On her 387th day in office, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her first tate of the Borough speech, listing accomplishments that she spoke of with pride, and future goals that she addressed with a mixture of hope and determination.
“Our motto at Borough Hall is simply this,” Katz told a capacity crowd at the Colden Center at Queens College. “If it’s good for our families, it’s good for Queens.”
“Art in the Garden—Paul Lin: Botanical Therapeutic Art,” Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
A close-up of a painting, left, by artist Chris Freeman reveals surprising texture. Freeman, right, sits with his dog, Barbie, in Topaz Arts in Woodside. On the cover: “Twins” by the artist.
Police officials are seeking a man who held up a Chase bank on Saturday at 11:35 a.m. at 59-26 Woodside Ave., not far from the Woodside-61st Street subway station.
The suspect, a white male 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds, walked up to a teller and demanded money; after the teller complied, the man fled with an undetermined amount of cash.
Police are seeking assistance from the public in identifying a suspect who exposed himself to a woman.
Police said the man entered a business in the mezzanine area of the 61 Street-Woodside Avenue subway station, where he exposed himself to a 22-year-old female employee on Sat., Jan. 3. The suspect fled the store upon the arrival of a customer.
It’s winter. The trees are stark and ghost-like — and that’s just the art.
At first, the idea of large paintings depicting black-and-white woodlands in a season when most New Yorkers fantasize about the tropics isn’t so appealing.
Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook and “In Practice: Under Foundations,” opening Sat., Jan. 24, 5–7 p.m., SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City. Info: (718) 361-1750.
A classic steam engine pulls a train through Woodside in this 143-year-old Queens Library photo.
Back when railroading was a booming business, lines came and went, as new companies emerged, succeeded, failed or were gobbled up by the big boys.
One such firm was the Flushing and Woodside Rail Road, whose station in the latter community is seen here. This is, according to the book “Old Queens, N.Y. in Early Photographs,” the oldest known photo of Woodside. Taken sometime during the winter of 1871-72, it shows what eventually became the corner of 58th Street and 38th Avenue.
Even amid frigid temperatures, some Queens families are a little warmer.
Several organizations, including the LaGuardia Family Center, Muhammadi Center, First Baptist Church, Kings Inn Family Center and Chhaya Community Development Corp., received more than 1,200 donated coats this Saturday as part of state Sen. Jose Peralta’s (D-East Elmhurst) fifth annual coat drive.
For many fans, the Major League Baseball offseason is four months of boredom and agonizing over whether that superstar free agent will sign with your favorite team.
If you’re a fan of the New York Mets, that describes just about every offseason, especially this one.
Woodside native Steve Santangelo poses with his white and orange customized Queens jerseys, held up by him and a baseball convention staffer.
Beginning in 2015, a newly passed law will impose civil penalties and fines of up to $10,000 on reckless drivers.
Introduced by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), The Justice for Hit-and-Run Victims Act is designed to potentially save lives by discouraging drivers fleeing the scene of an accident.
After being apart for five years, one Woodside family was recently reunited with the help of Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens), who secured a waiver of inadmissibility to the U.S. for mother Zully Gallo.
An undocumented immigrant, Gallo returned to Columbia in 2009 to care for her ailing mother and was then unable to re-enter the U.S. because of her previous unlawful residency. Despite her husband, Javier Gomez, being a legal citizen, her visa was denied.
Inside Councilman Eric Ulrich’s (R-Ozone Park) district office desk are three medals that his great-grandfather earned for his service in World War II. On top of the desk stands a small wooden paperweight that says “Support Our Troops.”
One of the first people to greet you when you walk into his office is Redmond Haskins, the councilman’s director of communications and a certified veterans service officer, who is authorized to assist veterans with claims for certain benefits.
There was no safer year in New York City history to look both ways and cross the street than 2014.
Fewer pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents last year, 132, than in any other year since the city began recording data in 1910, with 37 deaths in Queens.
A Jackson Heights-raised author has returned to his roots.
Matt Burgess’ second novel, “Uncle Janice,” which was published by Doubleday on Tuesday, chronicles a female undercover narcotics police officer as she faces the war on drugs in Jackson Heights. The author chose to kick off the release of his crime novel in his native borough at the Astoria Bookshop Tuesday evening.
A dedication ceremony was held Dec. 19 to celebrate the naming of the new PS 343 in Sunnyside as the Walter McCaffrey Campus.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) along with Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley and other officials attended the ceremony to celebrate the former councilman and his memory.
2014 began with tragedies in Western Queens. From the death of a 7-year-old to the discovery of Avonte Oquendo’s remains, it was a difficult winter. But not all of 2014 was bad. Many traffic-calming measures were installed throughout the borough to make Queens streets safer and a huge chunk of affordable housing was set aside in the Astoria Cove project. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past 12 months.
An elderly woman was critically injured last Friday afternoon when a school bus hit her as she attempted to cross a Forest Hills street.
According to police, the bus was making a right turn from 108th Street onto 70th Road just before 1 p.m. when it struck the 85-year-old victim as she walked northbound on 108th Street.
A school bus carrying 14 students crashed into a pizzeria on 59th Street and Woodside Avenue in Woodside last Friday, causing minor injuries.
According to witnesses, a silver town car was attempting to pass in front of the bus when it collided.
Somberly reflecting on the murders of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, the 108th Precinct in Long Island City hosted a vigil Monday. The pair were shot while sitting in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn by a Baltimore resident, Isaaiyl Brinsley, on Saturday.
The attack is alleged to be a response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict officers in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown this summer.
The clock is ticking and soon the 20th annual Queens Chronicle Toy Drive will be over. Won’t you please contribute before the deadline on Monday, Dec. 22?
This year, the Chronicle is collecting gifts for children in four Queens city homeless shelters and a safe house in Eastern Queens for victims of domestic violence.