The winter holiday season is fast approaching. In the spirit of the season, New York Junior Tennis & Learning is taking part in the third annual day of giving, called #GivingTuesday, on Tuesday, Dec. 2.
This day is devoted to inspire giving and create a better world. That speaks directly to our mission. For more than 40 years, NYJTL has endeavored to bring the joys of tennis and education to underserved youth. Together, we are changing the lives of inner-city youth, providing them with the necessary tools they will need to excel on and off the court.
The words of Arthur Ashe speak of the difference a person can make in this world. “Start where you are. Use what you have,” he once said. “Do what you can.”
I encourage all New Yorkers to mark their calendars for Tuesday, Dec. 2. Seek an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the season, and make a meaningful difference.
After decades of neglect, the archways welcoming visitors and residents to the Ridgewood Plateau are receiving a fresh coat of paint and with it, new life.
Woodside artist Larry Madine was hired to restore the four archways bearing the words “Ridgewood Plateau” hand painted on them in script lettering. The project was years in the making and largely propelled by the Newtown Historical Society. Madine says the reaction from the neighborhood has been great and that many of the residents have been appreciative of the restoration.
Boy Scouts Pack 390 of Woodside marched along with veterans, elected officials and community leaders during the fifth annual Middle Village Veterans Day Parade, which took place on Metropolitan Avenue on Sunday.
The Scouts were joined by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 551, former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
At the Community Board 2 meeting held at the Sunnyside Community Services building on Nov. 6, board member Anne Hart was honored with the Community Board Service Award in recognition of her service to the Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside areas.
Hart has been on the board for 10 years as of this month.
Beth Roa, co-owner of the Woodside Filipino comfort food restaurant “Papa’s Kitchen,” poses in front of the eatery.
One traditional restaurant has an unlikely modern fan base.
Papa’s Kitchen, a petite eatery that feels more like a family’s home, is on Woodside Avenue and 66th Street, close to the heart of “Little Manila,” on Roosevelt Avenue.
Bob Holden and his pal Pete Savage were walking up Eliot Avenue in Middle Village one day in 1968 looking for girls — they were 16, what else would they be doing? — when they saw two up ahead near Lutheran Avenue, going the same direction they were.
Savage went up the block to check them out. He came back quickly with a blunt report.
Down Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, past the trendy joints such as Woodbines and Alobar, the neighborhood begins to look more like it did 30 years ago — industrial and urban — drastically different from the modern greenspace waterfront and shiny towering apartment buildings.
But behind a brick-layered warehouse used by the Department of Transportation is a cultural oasis that won’t be found in TimeOut New York.
The NYC Marathon has always had a paradoxical quality. It’s the world’s largest and most prestigious road race (yes, I know that some folks in Boston and Chicago will disagree with the latter) and yet there is little hoopla in the mainstream sports community in the days leading up to it. You rarely hear anything about it on WFAN or ESPN New York and even the coverage in the local dailies is scant at best.
One reason is that Americans rarely win either the men’s or women’s race. Meb Keflezighi, who was born in Eritrea but emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12 with his family, won the race in 2009. You would have to go back 27 years before that for your last American winner, Alberto Salazar.
Marvin Jeffcoat has a simple message to Queens residents this Veterans Day: If you want to thank a vet, hire a vet.
Jeffcoat, who served in the Army from 1984 to 2004 and saw combat in Desert Storm, says the best way to integrate veterans back into civilian life and keep them healthy and happy is to find them productive jobs.
A 20-year-old woman was killed and two other people were wounded early last Friday morning when a fight inside an Elmhurst nightclub spilled onto the street and shots rang out.
The gunfire erupted at the corner of Queens Boulevard and Barnwell Avenue, about 50 feet from the front door of the club, shortly after authorities arrived to disperse a fight and subsequent disorderly crowd.
Sunnyside will be moving a bit slower now that a portion of the neighborhood’s slow zone has been put into place over the past month.
“I am so proud to have brought to our neighborhood the first of two significant slow zones,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) said at a press conference in front of PS 199, where two of the slow zone gateway signs have been placed. “There is nothing more important than keeping our children safe.”
A 20-year-old woman was killed and two other people were wounded early Friday morning when a fight inside an Elmhurst nightclub spilled onto the street and gunshots rang out.
There was no shortage of cuteness at the third annual Woodside Halloween Pet Walk on Saturday. All of the animals, mostly dogs — and one hamster — came in costume, as did some of their human owners. Participants congregated on Skillman Avenue and walked over to Lawrence Virgilio Playground for the costume contest. (see entire article in the Western Queens section)
There was no shortage of cuteness at the third annual Woodside Halloween Pet Walk on Saturday.
Determined. Family oriented. Beloved. These were some words a number of residents and local elected officials in the Jackson Heights community used to describe Frank Buonagurio at the grand reopening ceremony of his drugstore, Frank’s Pharmacy.
The independent, family-owned business reopened last Saturday, just six months after a five-alarm fire gutted its old location and caused more than $1 million in damage.
With Election Day around the corner, residents across Queens are firing up to cast their votes Tuesday.
In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo is challenged by Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.
Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli faces Republican Robert Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.
Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is up against John Cahill, former chief of staff to Governor George Pataki.
Another proposal for the Sunnyside Yards — which houses Long Island Rail Road tracks and a freight yard — has bubbled up to the surface, and residents are split on how it will affect the community.
Community Board 2 is in an exploratory phase to find a developer to build a massive residential space by constructing a deck to be placed over the Sunnyside Yards.
Sunnyside has a new public space to kick back in.
On Friday, Sunnyside Shines and community leaders cut the ribbon on Lowery Plaza, on Queens Boulevard and 40th Street under the elevated line.
Sisters Penelope, 4, and Anastasia Flouras, 7, of Woodside are dressed to impress at Citi Field.
The weekend closure on a segment of the No. 7 subway line will continue for four more weeks after beginning last Friday night.
Service will be suspended in both directions to accommodate signal maintenance and construction work between Queensborough Plaza and Times Square-42nd Street.