December 29, 2010 RSS feed / Front Page

New Year’s Calling Cards–An Astoria Tradition

The emergence of a new year held special significance for young men and women living in Astoria in the early 20th Century. Young men carried small, ornately designed calling cards to present to young women as a sign of their desire to begin a courts More...

Give The Gift Of Knowledge, Donate A Book

Queens library officials are urging residents to spend their holiday gift cash on something unusual, the donation of a new book to fill shelves of the cash starved library system. Officials said in light of the city’s $4.5 million budget cut, More...

CB1 Says ‘No’ To Disputed Developer

Members of Community Board 1 voted last week not to approve an application by controversial developer Stephen Bahar, to renew a building permit for a tern of two years, for the completion of a hotel at 29-11 39th Avenue in Long Island City. More...

Sanitation Shop Steward Rescues Forgotten Driver

Call it the case of the forgotten Department of Sanitation (DOS) worker.  A plow driver who sat behind the wheel of his rig for a full day before officials remembered his plow was stuck in a snow drift on a busy Queens street. More...

Amalgamated Bank Opens In Maspeth

Amalgamated Bank opened its fourth, and newest branch, on December 14 at 69-73 Grand Ave., Maspeth.  Amalgamated Bank President & CEO Derrick D. More...

Community Calendar

Gazette Calendar Of Events

Community Meetings Dates & times are subject to change, call to confirm. Associations Jan. 8, 2011, Feb. 12, 1 p.m., Woodhaven Residents’ Block; Woodhaven Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 78-15 Jamaica Ave.; 718.296.3735. Jan. More...

Seniors

How Much You Will Pay For Medicare In 2011

Dear Savvy Senior, I know we won’t be getting a cost of living increase in our Social Security benefits next year, but I haven’t heard about Medicare. What will the Medicare premiums and deductibles cost seniors in 2011? More...

Features

Stephen Cherpelis Granted The Honor Of Reader

Stephen Cherpelis, Dikaiophylax Archon (Defender of the Faith) of the Greek Orthodox Church, was granted the honor of Reader on December 6, by his Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Bayside. More...

Op-Ed: What Is Wrong With Everyone In Queens?

Dear Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo, I am writing this Op-Ed piece to simply ask you, the new sheriff in town, what can be done to fix the healthcare crisis in our borough of Queens, the borough where your father started his political career and where y More...

Miller Brings Holiday Cheer To District 38

Assemblymember Mike Miller traveled through District 38 bringing some holiday cheer to all. On December 16, Miller and Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley visited the Ridgewood Older Adult Center 59-14 70 Ave., in Ridgewood. More...

Firefighters Battle Frozen Hydrants, Unplowed Streets In 5-Alarm Blaze

Frozen hydrants buried in snow, unplowed streets and abandoned vehicles endangered  lives in Elmhurst on the night of December 27 as firefighters fought the elements to battle a five-alarm blaze in a six-story apartment building. More...

City Crackdown On Sidewalk Signs

The city has started a crackdown on restaurants and other establishments that use sidewalk signs, by slapping bars and eateries with Department of Sanitation (DOS) violations. More...

Queens, The Originator Of The New Year’s Eve Party?

Did you know that Western Queens might have been the birthplace of the traditional New Years Eve party? The first recorded New Year’s Eve bash was held in 1852 when 200 Astoria and Long Island City residents gathered at a ball and supper host More...

Lawmakers Group To Halt Meter Rate Hike

Councilmember Karen Koslowitz last week added her support to proposed legislation that would block Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to hike parking meter rates in Queens and the outer boroughs. More...

Ridgewood ‘Knife’ Man Had Violent History

The knife-wielding Ridgewood man, Zachary Blingert, who was shot to death last week by police had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, along with a history of domestic violence, law enforcement sources said. More...

Here’s To A Happy And Safe New Year’s Eve

Party hosts who want to help designated drivers quench their thirst on New Year’s Eve might consider serving holiday cocktails that are 100 per cent alcohol-free, police said. More...

Onorato Asks Cuomo To Reopen Parkway Hospital In Forest Hills

Citing a tremendous shortage of healthcare facilities in Queens since three hospitals were closed down in recent years, state Senator George Onorato (D–Astoria) has requested incoming Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state Commissioner of Health t More...

Political Page

Nov. Elections Turned 2010 Into Interesting Year

In just three short days we will be saying goodbye to 2010 as we welcome in 2011. More...

Restaurant of the Week

36 DELICIOUS YEARS OF PORTOFINO

T he Gazette closes another year of fine dining with a Forest Hills favorite Portofino Ristorante. Portofino sits proudly on the corner of Queens Blvd. More...

Editorials

New Year Brings Chance To Make Changes

At midnight this Friday, December 31, the first year of the first decade will draw to a close. More...

Letters to the Editor

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