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Queens Lawmakers' Bills Pass Just Before Legislative Session Ends

Although the 2007 legislative session ended last week with bitter feelings between Governor Eliot Spitzer and Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, several Queens lawmakers' bills were passed before the closing bell rang. More...

Resolution Sets 'Korean War Veterans' Day'

This past Monday, June 25, the 57th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, was celebrated in Queens as "Korean War Veterans' Day" under a resolution introduced by Assemblymember Ellen Young (D- Flushing). More...

Unisphere, Inc. Hosts Circus In The Park Gala

Unisphere, Inc. held "Circus In the Park", its fourth annual gala event to benefit Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, on Thursday, June 21 at the Ederle Terrace at Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows- Corona Park. More...

2nd Mavromatis Golf Tournament Set For Sept. 10

The second annual Achilles Mavromatis Memorial Golf Classic will be held Monday, Sept. 10, 2007 at the Douglaston Golf Course, 63-20 Marathon Pkwy., Douglaston. More...

P.S. 85 Dedicated To Judge Charles J. Vallone

(L. to r:): Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Paul Vallone and former Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. stand with Principal Ann Gordon- Chang, and former Principals Lucille DiBiase and Libby Robbins at the rededication of P.S. More...

Enjoy Flavors Of Summer At Starbucks

As temperatures heat up, escape the heat by cooling down at Starbucks this summer. Under the green umbrellas on Starbucks' front porch, relax and refresh with the tastes of the season. More...

Family: Firefighter's Death 'Was Just A Tragic Accident'

Firefighter Daniel Pujdak was a man of many dreams. The former star pitcher at St. Francis Preparatory School could have accomplished anything he set his mind to, family and fellow firefighters said. "He had a heart as big as the sky. More...

Gazette Has Had Its Ons And Offs Over Last Five Years

Five years have gone by since I last reflected on how I came to the Gazette. In the years between 2002 and now, 2007, the paper has grown, the coverage base has expanded and some new people have become welcome additions to the staff. More...

No Biz Like New Biz

With new sign in place, Apple Bank's first Astoria branch is ready for opening and we hear it will be soon. It's on Broadway between 35th and 36th Sts. More...

Western Queens Gazette July 18, 2001

The Tanks Came Tumbling Down

Area residents expressed concern that the demolition would release lead dust into the atmosphere, although KeySpan officials said the process would be closely monitored and that before the demolition most of the paint on the 400-foot-high tanks had More...

With 3 Decades Behind Him, Padavan Will Continue In State Senate

About a decade before the Gazette came into existence, state Senator Frank Padavan (R- C, Bellerose) was elected for the first time. More...

Volunteers Build Playground At Variety B&G Club

Western Queens Gazette May 2, 2007

Hundreds of people volunteered their time this past weekend to build a playground in a single day, a contribution that will allow the community's children to play and exercise. Volunteers showed up as early as 6:30 a.m. More...

Ragtime Composer's Life, Music Celebrated

May 16, 2007

For the third consecutive year, the life and music of ragtime composer Scott Joplin were celebrated at St. Michael's Cemetery, East Elmhurst this past Saturday, May 12. More...

Says LIC Will Lead Office Building Boom In Queens

Western Queens Gazette April 24, 1985

The borough of Queens, long associated with quiet residential neighborhoods and pockets of industrial space, is poised for an office boom of major proportions, according to Sanford Zuckerbrot, president of Sholom Zuckerbrot Realty Corp. More...

TAMEF Takes Sunnyside Chamber To Turkey

Eight members of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and this Gazette reporter traveled to Turkey, thanks to the efforts of Veysel Ucan, executive director of TAMEF, the Turkish- American Multicultural Education Foundation, located on 45th Street More...

The Queens Gazette 25th Anniversary Edition 1982-2007

Then And Now

1983- Housing: The first stirrings of what would eventually authorize the sprawling Queens West development along 70 acres of Long Island City waterfront property cleared of decrepit old buildings appeared in an early March 1983 issue of the More...

Carey Saved City From Bankruptcy

In his eight years as governor of New York (1975-1982), Hugh Carey was put to the test before the end of his first year in Albany and he responded magnificently, leading the emotionally charged fight that saved New York City from bankruptcy. More...

Cuomo Brought Many Queens Pols Into Gov't

Following a series of highly publicized victories in his native borough of Queens in the late 1960s, when local communities were coming alive and challenging City Hall, attorney Mario Cuomo began to get an itch to run for public office as the 197 More...

Assessed By Critics As A Big- Time Spender

Setting a precedent, the New York State Conservative Party for the first time gave George Pataki, the Republican candidate, its endorsement and support when he ran against and defeated incumbent Mario Cuomo in 1994 to become the state's 53rd gove More...

Chancellors Come & Go; Schools Remain

Twenty-five years is a long time. In 1982, "Dallas" was the top-rated television program, Dave Kingman, playing for the Mets, led the National League with 37 home runs, and Ma Bell was in charge of almost everyone's telephone. More...

Maltese Says 'Conservative' GOP's Best Bet Is Rudy

In the war of words being waged by Republican presidential hopefuls for the loyalties of the party's conservative wing, Rudy Giuliani has been endorsed by a pol whose conservative credentials are unchallenged- state Senator Serphin Maltese. More...

McCall Lauds LIC Gains But Warns Of Slowdown

Western Queens Gazette June 13, 2001

"Of all the boroughs outside Manhattan, Queens has had the best performance in recent years," state Comptroller H. Carl McCall told the Long Island City Business Development Corporation last Friday. More...

Flashback To 1999

Wants Fed $ For White House Designates

Seeking to capitalize on the recent designation by the White House of the No. More...

Onorato: 25 Years Of State And Community Service

State Senator George Onorato has been Western Queens' representative for about a quarter of a century (almost as long as the Gazette has been around) and says he's glad to see some long overdue changes in Albany since Governor Eliot Spitzer too More...

Flashback To 2004

Onorato Bill Makes Gift Cards Worth The Money

Legislation sponsored by state Senator George Onorato which would ensure that gift card buyers get their money's worth from these purchases has been approved by the Assembly and senate in Albany, the Astoria lawmaker announced. More...

Plan Airports Monorail Link

Western Queens Gazette October 28, 1992

A decades-old plan for a high tech, elevated, automated monorail system linking Kennedy and La Guardia Airports with major rail and mass transit facilities to speed passengers to airports may finally be getting off the ground. More...

St. Irene: Looking For A Miracle

Western Queens Gazette, October 31, 1990

They came in wheelchairs and on crutches for the past week, and upwards of 5,000 visited St. Irene Chrysovalantou Greek Orthodox Church in Astoria to see the church's patron saint's tear-stained icon. More...

New Greek Orthodox Archbishop Makes First Vesper Visit In Queens

Western Queens Gazette November 20, 1996

Although the Greek Orthodox Church in America encompasses 1.5 million members in about 450 parishes, the newly installed Archbishop of America, Archbishop Spyridon, chose the Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. More...

Queens

Gateway To New York

Aligning its theme with New York City's 100-year centennial celebration of the consolidation of New York, the Queens Astoria Historical Society launched its first meeting of the season with "New York The Way It Was: Queens," a video presentation More...

A Park Celebrated From What Once Was A Field Of Stones

Western Queens Gazette October 16, 1996

"Is this a park?" the little boy was overheard asking his grandfather. "Yes, Jimmy. It's a sculpture park, and you're allowed to climb on many of the things that you see here," he was told. More...

Cosmonaut

Exploring The Universe Of Human Endeavor Western Queens Gazette October 20, 1999

"People are always striving to see something new," former Cosmonaut Viktor Savinykh told a group of students during a recent visit to the College of Aeronautics to explain the nearly universal urge of human beings to explore the cosmos. More...

Riverview Restaurant Opens Outdoor Dining Space

Riverview Restaurant and Lounge, 2-01 50th Ave., Long Island City, now offers its patrons an expansive outdoor space from which to enjoy spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. More...

Is 'A Bronx Tale' A Queens Folly?

Western Queens Gazette September 23, 1992

A war of words that pitted several 30th Ave. merchants against actor-director Robert De Niro broke out in Astoria this week but it is unlikely that the outcome, if any, will affect the production of the temperamental star's film, "A Bronx Tale". More...

Wonderful Ethnic Company Presented Wines To Public

Wine is part of Mediterranean cuisine. Greek wines are known throughout the world for their quality. More...

114th Police Precinct Blotter Highlights:

Man Stabbed, Killed After Dispute

A black man 24 years old, as yet unidentified by police, was stabbed several times in the torso at about 3 a.m. in front of 34-50 Steinway St. last Wednesday, June 20. More...

On the brief side...

32 Attorneys General Push For Student Loan Bill Declaring that the shortcomings of the student loan industry "[cry] out for a federal solution," 32 state attorneys general have appealed to the United States Senate to follow the House's approval of More...

2 District 30 Students Earn Awards

Joseph Derosa and Maria Nava, eighthgraders, at I.S. 141, and I.S. 204 respectively, were among the recipients of Scholastic Achievement Awards given to outstanding students of District 30 schools by the Community Education Council last week. More...

Nicollette, Anthony, Phillip &Friends

We couldn't miss the opportunity of the Gazette's 25th Anniversary to send good wishes to everyone who has helped to make it Queens' Best Paper! It's been around as long as I can remember! More...

American Dream Scholarships Awarded To Queens Grads

Commerce Bank recently announced the recipients of its annual American Dream Scholarship program, which awards $1,000 to local graduating seniors who both achieve academic excellence and serve the community. More...

Noise Complaints Dog Board 1, Boro Cabinet

Noise is the number one complaint in New York City. An estimated 355,000 complaints are made to 311 each year, according to the city's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). More...

Intern Feels At Home At Gazette

A couple of months ago, I walked into the Gazette office for the first time, ready for the first day of my internship. More...

Starbucks Puerto Rico Coffee Comes To NYC

In celebration of New York City's diverse Puerto Rican population, Starbucks Coffee will offer its Puerto Rico single origin coffee, which has previously been available only in Starbucks stores in Puerto Rico, for a limited time in New York City st More...

NYPD Announces Immersion' Program

New York Police Department Community Affairs Chief Douglas Ziegler last week announced the kickoff of a new Police Immersion Program that will put rookie cops on the streets. More...

Western Queens Gazette December 16, 1987

How's Business? A Gazette Survey

Over in the Ditmars shopping area, Joe Scheinfeld, owner of Scheinfeld's Kiddie Shop (22-28 31st St.) finds business this holiday period "erratic". "Business is good, but not steady like it was in the past," he explained. More...

The Queens Gazette 25th Anniversary Edition 1982-2007

Then And Now

1984- Elections. More...

Novice To Start, Stays 9 Years

When I went on my job interview for the Queens Gazette, it was nerve-racking. Not only was it my very first job interview, but with no experience, I was applying for a job at a local Queens newspaper. More...

The Pulpit

Atonement Lutheran: +Jul. 2. Day camp begins, children ages 4+. +Sunday worship services in English at 10:15 a.m. More...

Dedicate Girls' Wing At Boys Club

Western Queens Gazette July 20, 1988

Asardonic remark at a Variety Boys Club dinner five years ago that the club was open to "girls on Monday only" came full circle yesterday when the new Girls' Annex at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens in Astoria was officially opened. More...

Jazz At Gravesite…Fulfill Wish 68 Years Later

Western Queens Gazette, April 10, 1985

In 1917, near death, Scott Joplin, the most famous and enduring of the early ragtime composers, expressed the wish that his composition, "Maple Leaf Rag", first sheet music to go over a million copies, be played at his funeral. More...

Plan 12-Story Bldg. In Astoria; Would Be Area's 2nd Highest

Western Queens Gazette January 28, 1987

Fresh on the heels of the controversy over construction of a six-story building on a low rise residential block, comes news of a planned 12-story luxury condominium on 30th Road near Crescent St. More...

The Queens Gazette 25th Anniversary Edition 1982-2007

Some things never change, as the Gazette will show with news items we've discovered as we leafed through past issues and then found that the same subject matter came up in more current issues.

1981- Steinway Street Clock: Standing 15 feet high and admired by generations of shoppers since it was erected in 1922, the Steinway Street Clock became an official New York City landmark in 1981, just before the Gazette started publishing. More...

The Queens Gazette 25th Anniversary Edition 1982-2007

Then And Now

1982- Astoria Studio: Early in March 1982, after several years of effort, the historic Astoria movie studios, built in 1921 and now badly in need of repair, were transferred from the federal government to New York City. More...

The Governors In The Gazette's Life

When the first issue of the Western Queens Gazette hit the streets of Astoria, Long Island City and Jackson Heights in January 1982, Hugh Carey was almost at the end of his two-term reign as governor of New York State and Mario Cuomo was in More...

Flashback To 1982

Don't Think Mayor Will Go To Albany

Mayor Koch's plane was still hours away from landing at Kennedy Airport but already City Hall was buzzing with speculation that the mayor might be considering a run for the governor's office after all. More...

Flashback To 1982

Cuomo Opens Queens Headquarters

Lieutenant Governor Mario Cuomo kicked off his gubernatorial campaign in his home borough of Queens during a swing through the borough this past week. Mr. More...

Queens Boulevard Bridge Rebuild Starts Headaches

Western Queens Gazette April 4, 2001

An 18-month traffic headache started Monday for thousands of motorists as a $40.8 million rebuilding of the Queens Boulevard Bridge over the Sunnyside Yards in Long Island City got underway. More...

Flashback To 2003

Pataki Has Final Say On Token Booths

In the final hours of the 2003 legislative session, the legislature in Albany passed a bipartisan bill which dumped the future of subway token booths in Governor George Pataki's lap- if he wants it. More...

Queensview Nursery School Visits Firehouse- In 1988

In 1988 the Gazette was six years old and the youngsters in this photo, who attended the Queensview Nursery School, weren't much younger when they visited a local firehouse. More...

Life At The Gazette

What can I say about Tony? Some of us just can't get enough of him. This is my second tour of duty, and the second go-round is a lot easier than my first. I didn't know what Tony was like back then. More...

Flashback To 2002

Would Halt Public Campaign Financing In Fiscal Crisis

Declaring New York City's subsidizing campaigns during a period of severe fiscal shortfalls "obscene," state Senator Serphin Maltese last week called for an immediate halt in taxpayer funding of politicians' campaigns and the suspension or eliminat More...

After 30 Years In Assembly, Lafayette Still Pursues Full Agenda

Assemblymember Ivan Lafayette, at 76 years of age and in his 31st year as a lawmaker, appears to be headed into one of the most contentious and most meaningful battles of his legislative career over the issue of who shall control the city's publi More...

Council Tackles Term Limits; In The City's Best Interests

Western Queens Gazette October 16, 1996

"Which is better, our [the City Council] referendum proposal or the current law?" City Council Speaker Peter Vallone asked the City Club at its September meeting at Citicorp recently. More...

Flashback To 1999

Onorato Opposes LaGuardia Rail Link

State Senator George Onorato and Assemblymember Denis Butler, who both double as Democratic district leaders in Astoria and Long Island City, respectively, last week came out strongly against the 'N' train extension to La Guardia Airport. More...

Throngs Hail Manton

Western Queens Gazette December 6, 2006

The late Thomas J. More...

Orthodox Leader Visits Local Cathedral

Western Queens Gazette July 18, 1990

Thousands of jubilant Astorians and Long Island City residents jammed the streets and sidewalks of a Greek Cathedral- stopping traffic and bringing part of Astoria to a virtual standstill as they strained to see and hear the spiritual leader of m More...

Archbishop Iakovos Ends His 37-Year Reign In Orthodox Church

Western Queens Gazette July 31, 1996

In what may have been his last public appearance before retiring at the end of this month, Archbishop Iakovos told thousands of worshippers last Sunday that they and their church would triumph over evil "because we believe in him who is the victory More...

'Those Who Are Still Alive': Vet Visits Vietnam Memorial To Find His Friend

Western Queens Gazette May 24, 2000

At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C, a father explained to his son that 58,209 names on the long, black, angular wall stood for the people our country sent to the war in Vietnam and were killed. More...

Where Were You In '82? Here Are Some Reminders

In the earliest days of the Western Queens Gazette in 1982, the newest kid on the block was doing exactly what it was expected to do- reporting the news, the local news- in Long Island City, Hunters Point, Dutch Kills, Ravenswood; Ditmars, As More...

Queens Civil Rights Workers Disappear In June 1964

Get into a conversation with a long-time Queens resident and you're likely to discover a subscriber of the Long Island Star-Journal, a daily paper that informed the community about local and world news until it folded in 1968. More...

$9.48 M Library Opens In Long Island City

It took a long time and there were a few delays, but the Queens Borough Public Library branch at 21st Street and 38th Avenue was officially ready on Friday, June 15, and it was time to call politicians, library officials and the general public toge More...

'Harry Potter' Available At EHC Book Fair Fundraiser

On July 16-21, Elmhurst Hospital Center (EHC) will hold a Scholastic hospital book fair to benefit the hospital auxiliary. Some 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale of all materials at the fair will be to enhance patient care. More...

Queens Band Wins Starbucks Competition

Starbucks employees (partners in Starbucks' lexicon) have been brewing up the hottest music all summer as part of the Avant-Grande Music Competition. More...

Country Western Music & Dancing In Queens

On the second Tuesday of each month The New York Metropolitan Country Music Association holds dances in Queens at 7:30 p.m. Adults only are permitted, dance lessons are held for newcomers with refresher courses for more advanced dancers. More...

2 Trumpet Players Wanted At York College

The summer jazz program at York College is in its third year, and students from all over the city can study at York for five weeks and earn five college credits in jazz performance and music theory. More...

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