December 9, 2009 RSS feed / Features

Astoria Residents Rally For Safer Streets

Area residents have long considered 21st Avenue, especially between 21st and 28th Streets in Astoria, a dangerous thoroughfare. Along that portion of the avenue, there are no lights, stops signs or speed bumps to slow speeding traffic. More...

Onorato Says Closing Budget Gap Was ‘Not Without Pain’

Looking back at last week’s budgetmaking exercises in Albany, state Senator George Onorato says legislators got the most important job done—closing an almost $3 billion budget gap—but averting the most harmful cuts and enacting sen More...

Most Precious Blood School Inducts 6th Student Council

Most Precious Blood Parochial School in Long Island City inducted its sixth Student Council in a candlelight ceremony November 20. More...

Wind Sensors Keep MTA Bridge & Tunnel Customers Safe

When Mother Nature kicks up her heels with high winds as she did recently over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, MTA Bridges and Tunnels uses a system of technologically advanced weather sensors to help keep motorists safe. More...

Queens Chamber Building Awards Go To 32 Persons, Firms

At an early December reception held at Terrace on the Park in Corona, the Queens Chamber of Commerce presented the chamber’s 97th annual Building Awards to 32 recipients. More...

Sunnyside Community Services Honors Judy Zangwill

On Thursday, October 22, residents, elected officials and community leaders of Western Queens gathered at the Sunnyside Community Services (SCS) Center Annual Benefit Reception to honor SCS Executive Director Judith Zangwill for nearly 20 years of s More...

Woodside On The Move Holds Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Freezing rain and snow could not keep spectators from coming out on December 5 to celebrate the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony presented by Woodside On The Move. More...

Gifts for the Curious:

What to Get the Dan Brown Fan

The popularity of Dan Brown’s latest novel, “The Lost Symbol,” has opened up the secretive world of the Freemasons to millions of readers. More...

Chanukah Celebrated In Many Ways, Places In Queens

The eight-night festival of Chanukah begins on Friday, December 11 at sundown. Many synagogues and public venues in the area will be celebrating the “festival of lights” with unique and exciting events. More...

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One of the best known symbols of Chanukah is the Dreidel. A dreidel is a four sided top with a Hebrew letter on each side. More...

Festive, Fun & Interesting

“There is no place like New York City during the holidays, and just because the economy is in a downturn doesn’t mean New Yorkers have to stop taking advantage of all the things that make New York the most vibrant city in the world,&rdqu More...

Deck The Halls With Tropical Flair

As holiday traditions repeat each season, people drag boxes of plastic More...

Think Before Putting A Furry Friend Under The Tree

If you are thinking of putting a puppy—or any other pet under your Christmas tree this holiday season, make sure you consider the responsibilities of pet ownership before wrapping up that warm, cuddly critter. More...

Choosing Your Christmas Tree

A variety of trees will be available at Queens retailers this year. More...

Indulge In “Me-Time” For A Smooth Holiday Season

The holiday season is the perfect time to relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends. More...

Freedom Explored At Chios Liberation 97th Anniversary

“Freedom must be kept alive in our daily life. One cannot be free when one knows his family’s freedom is restricted,” said Captain Stelios Tatsis. More...

Gennaro Kicks Off Toy, Coat, Food Drive

City Councilmember James Gennaro (second from l.), with (l. More...

Queens, Brooklyn Schools Support St. John’s Bread & Life Toy Drive

Local schools and businesses in Brooklyn and Queens are rallying to help the St. John's Bread and Life Sponsor-AFamily program, which provides age-specific toys and holiday meals to more than 2,000 families in need this holiday season. More...

Guide To Budget- Friendly Gifts

Shoppers on tight budgets are searching this year for holiday gifts that will keep on giving. Here are some suggestions for gifts with special significance that will be appreciated long after the holiday season: More...

Astoria Center Of Israel Celebrates Historic Site Designation

The Astoria Center of Israel (ACI) held a special celebration on November 15 in recognition of being designated a Historic Religious Site by both the New York State and the National Registry of Historic Religious Sites. More...

Steinway Christmas Lights Fall To Street

Police Emergency Services Unit workers tended to a Christmas decoration that collapsed onto Steinway Street on Friday, December 4. More...

Gianaris Attends 114th Precinct Kids’ Christmas Party

Assemblymember Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) attended the 114th Precinct Community Council's Christmas Party for the underprivileged children of Western Queens on December 5. More...

Gift Ideas For The Traveler

Wondering what to get the person who seems to live out of a suitcase? Whether you’re shopping for the business traveler or the family nomad, these gift ideas will make their holidays a little merrier. More...

Hero Tow Truck Driver Helps Nab Carjackers

A Queens tow truck driver is being hailed a hero for helping police put the brakes on a team of armed carjackers sought in connection with a borough-wide pattern of eight carjackings, including five in November alone. More...

Banker Reveals Bribes In Pension Fund Probe

For the first time since New York state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo started looking into possible irregularities concerning investment operations in the state’s huge pension fund under former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s stewardship More...

Hulking Mugger Gets 75 Years For Beating, Robbing 3 Women

Brushing aside a plea from a 240 pound defendant being sentenced for robbing and beating three Queens women, one 101 years old, Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak instead sentenced him to 75 years in prison last week. More...

Swine Flu Virus Spreads, Slowly

New swine flu infections continue to drop across the United States, but 27 confirmed cases were the cause of an additional 27 deaths among children and teenagers for the week ending November 21, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control a More...

Queens Teachers Win Statewide Contest

Teachers in Queens won three prizes for their schools in a statewide curriculum competition. The contest, sponsored by publisher Egmont USA, was based on award-winning author Walter Dean Myers’ new Civil War era young-adult novel Riot. More...

New York Cares Coat Drive Underway

Each winter tens of thousands of New Yorkers face a cold choice: buy a winter coat or put food on the table. More...

Guide To Toys For Children With Special Needs

The folks at Toys ‘R’ Us have partnered again this year with the National Lekotek Center to develop a 2010 Toys ‘R’ Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. More...

How Letters Get To Santa

For generations, kids have been sending letters to Santa. They—we, too—still believe that he reads their letters and finds his way into their homes – even those without a chimney. More...

Koslowitz Will Tackle Senior Issues

After eight years, Karen Koslowitz is headed back to the City Council. More...

BAMPA, Most Precious Blood Church Bring Santa To Broadway

Santa Claus made a special appearance on Wednesday, December 2 before hundreds of admirers. More...

HANAC Honors Man Of Year At 37th Dinner Dance

On October 22, 450 supporters of the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee (HANAC), celebrated the completion of the George T. More...

Christmas Ornaments Have Long History In America

Decorating homes and Christmas trees with ornaments is one of the most traditional ways to capture the excitement and magic of the holiday season. More...

National Candy Cane Day Is December 26

The history of candy canes dates back to December 1670, when the choirmaster of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany gave sugar sticks in the shape of shepherd’s crooks to his young singers to keep them silent during a long depiction of The Nativi More...

The Story of Chanukah

The story of Chanukah begins in the reign of Alexander the Great. Alexander conquered Syria, Egypt and Judea, but allowed the people under his control to continue observing their own religions and retain a certain degree of autonomy. More...

Spread Cheer-Not Germs- When Entertaining This Holiday Season

During the giving season, the one thing you should avoid giving to visiting friends and family is the flu. More...

‘Tis the Season for Everything Gingerbread

Gingerbread is synonymous with the holidays. More...

Mistletoe Has Long History

Mistletoe has long been considered a symbol of love, peace and goodwill. More...

A DELICIOUS Holiday Duo

Tea and Pears Make a Merry Combination

Some things just go together, especially for the holidays — hot cocoa and marshmallows ... turkey and stuffing ... and a fresh new holiday duo, tea and pears. More...

Make the Most of Holiday Classics

Don’t let guests fear the ghost of holiday meals past; instead ensure perfection with these holiday classics that warm the heart and please the pocket book. More...

St. Mary Winfield Youth Choir Performs At Lincoln Center

On October 29 Ann Smith and the 65- member St. Mary’s Youth Choir, select members of the Youth Drama Guild and guests from Msgr. McClancy H.S. More...

How To Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Whether your family has always cut their own Christmas tree or you have decided to brave the cold to start a new tradition, choosing and cutting your own evergreen can be a fun experience. More...

Warm Up the Holidays With Seasonal Sips

This holiday season families and friends across the country will gather for celebrations, creating home cooked meals that rekindle warm memories of years past. More...

The Pulpit

Times and dates are subject to change. Please call event sponsors to confirm. All Nations Baptist: More...

Sweet Holiday Gifts

It’s true — the kitchen is the heart of the home. Ever notice how people always gather there? Whether baking treats, making dinner or spending time with family and friends, the kitchen is my favorite place to be. More...

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P orto Bello Restaurant is celebrating the 10th anniversary of bringing fine Italian dining to Astoria. More...

All About Santa’s Elves

Who are Santa’s elves? Fact: Elves are the longest-living people in the world, and are known for their natural ability to make magic. More...

St. John’s Prep Alums Hold Reunion

On Saturday, November 21, alumni of St. John's Preparatory School held their annual reunion at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. The classes of 1949, ’59, and ’69 were honored this year. More...

Noguchi Museum Celebrates 25th Anniversary

On Sunday, December 6, an audience gathered at The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, for a private viewing of Noguchi Reinstalled, a recreation of the late artist’s works in their original interior design. More...

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