March 30, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Steinway Mansion Bounty Goes To Auction

It took eight decades for Michael Halberian, owner of Astoria's Steinway Mansion, to collect the vast assortment of antiques and memorabilia that he once proudly displayed around his home and showed off to all those who visited him. More...

Miller Holds Essay Contest for Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, Assemblymember Mike Miller (D-Middle Village) asked local school children to write an essay about influential women in history. More...

Rezoning Review For Sunnyside/Woodside Underway

City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden announced the beginning of public review for a 130-block rezoning in the Sunnyside and Woodside neighborhoods in Western Queens. More...

Students Inducted Into Honor Club

On March 18, twenty-one students at Most Precious Blood School in Astoria were inducted into the MPB Honor Club. Students are invited to join the Honor Club if they have an average grade of 93 or above.   More...

Van Bramer Celebrates Women’s History Month

On March 19, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer honored four outstanding women for their notable contributions to the community during a special awards ceremony at his annual open house event in Sunnyside. More...

Dromm Addresses Community

On November 17, New York City Councilmember Daniel Dromm delivered his 2011 State of the District Address at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights highlighting his accomplishments during his first year in office, which included the addition of 600 new More...

Savvy Senior How To Keep Up With Your Medications

Dear Savvy Senior I’m about to reach the “donut hole” coverage gap for my Medicare Part D plan. More...

Crackdown Snares Bogus Queens Bus Drivers

Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) investigators last week used facial recognition technology to snare two Queens school bus drivers who were using fake driver’s licenses to ferry youngsters to and from school. More...

Jackson Heights Is Star Of New Theater Production

Theater 167 is a new theater company formed in the melting pot that is Jackson Heights, a neighborhood that speaks 167 languages. The company was invented to embrace collaborative work, investigate cultural interactions and celebrate community. More...

Braunstein Attends International Food Festival

On March 17, Assemblymember Edward C. Braunstein (D-Bayside) visited P.S. 94 in Little Neck where he participated in the school’s International Food Festival. More...

‘It Will Always Be The Queensboro Bridge’

Residents in Long Island City are asking why city officials snubbed their pleas to keep the Queensboro Bridge named the Queensboro Bridge. More...

Willets Point Owners ‘Ramp Up’ Legal Challenge

Business and property owners in Willets Point last week filed a lawsuit charging the city began eminent domain proceedings before meeting with required state and federal transportation requirements and key environmental issues. More...

Hevesi Sentencing Postponed As He Is Hospitalized

Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi, who had been scheduled to be in a Manhattan courtroom on March 28 to be sentenced, was instead in a hospital after being taken there over the weekend reportedly after bleeding internally while visiting his daught More...

Marshall Attends Senior Center Re-Opening

Borough President Helen Marshall saluted Eleanor Errante (second from r.), president of the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Senior Center Advisory Council and Debbie Hoffer (r.), project director of the center, during the re-opening on March 11 after undergo More...

Koo Donates $2,000 For Meditation Garden

Councilmember Peter Koo donated $2,000 of his salary fund to the Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy for the creation of a meditation garden. The garden will consist of a paved space with benches surrounded by manicured bushes and greenery. More...

Armenian Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Story

Three survivors of the Armenian Genocide remembered their difficult moments of sorrow, pain and survival during what was known as the first genocide of the 20th Century during a special question and answer event at the New York Armenian Home, 137-31 More...

Community Calendar

Gazette Calendar Of Events

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Restaurant of the Week

GRAND CAFÉ

Grand Café invites you to relax and unwind in its cool, comfortable restaurant and lounge, decorated like a Mediterranean resort with bistro tables and wicker chairs. More...

Features

SCS Celebrates Tech Center’s First Anniversary

As spring arrived on March 21, Sunnyside Community Services (SCS), 43-31 39th St., Sunnyside and Time Warner Cable celebrated the first year of operation of the SCS technology center.  More...

Mount Sinai Queens Plans Expansion Despite Medicaid Cuts

Mount Sinai Queens, as of now the only hospital in Western Queens, serves about 250,000 people. That number increases to approximately 700,000 people when nearby communities in the borough are counted.  More...

Despite Local Opposition Queensboro Bridge Is Re-Named

BY JOHN TOSCANO  Despite some latedeveloping resistance from Astoria/Long Island City residents and local officials, the City Council voted last week to re-name the Queensboro Bridge in honor of former Mayor Edward I. Koch.  More...

Maloney At St. Patrick’s Day Annual Breakfast

On March 17, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney co-sponsored the St. Patrick’s Day Annual Breakfast along with Democratic District Leader Jim McManus, Riese Organization CEO and co-host Dennis Riese and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. More...

MTA Bridges And Tunnels Gives Motorists Real Travel Time Information

MTA Bridges and Tunnels will be installing new electronic travel time signs to provide motorists with an increased sense of accuracy concerning information regarding major regional destinations and connecting highways. More...

Vallone Welcomes Pan Gregorian Enterprises To Steinway Street

Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. More...

St. John’s Prep Student Receives Sportsmanship Award

Sophomore Daniella Misetic, co-captain of the St. John’s Prep Junior Varsity Girls Basketball team, received the Marie Sisti Sportsmanship Award. More...

American Airlines Pays Tribute To Medal Of Honor Recipients

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McAngels Soar At Eighth Annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance

The eighth annual McAngel Dinner Dance attracted more than 400 guests and raised more than $100,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) on March 19 at The Inn in New Hyde Park. More...

Queens Library And Department Of Consumer Affairs Opens Empowerment Centers

On March 18, Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz joined Citi Community Development and Microfinance Global Director Bob Annibale, Citi Foundation Chief Operating Officer Brandee McHale, the Financial Clinic Executive Dire More...

Van Bramer Recognizes 100 Year Old Sunnyside Resident

On March 19, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer attended a special 100th birthday celebration for Sunnyside resident Andy Rodriguez. More...

The Magic Of Broadway Comes To Astoria

Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. joined the students of P.S. More...

Jury Finds Cop Shooter Guilty

A Queens jury last week convicted an illegal immigrant who shot two police officers and tried to shoot a third officer inside a Queensbridge subway station three years ago. More...

Manslaughter Conviction In Fatal Club Brawl

A Queens jury last week handed down manslaughter convictions for three Brooklyn men charged with the 2007 stabbing death of a 24-year-old patron outside a Long Island City strip club. More...

Seniors Get Relief From ‘Doughnut Hole’

Thousands of seniors are benefiting from changes in the federal drug prescription program, according to the New York state director of the AARP seniors’ advocate organization.The director, Lois Wagh Aronstein, cited new data from the U.S. More...

City Spending Big Bucks For Birdman

Newly-released records indicate the city Department of Sanitation (DOS) is spending $700,000 over the next four years to hire a wildlife biologist to monitor seagulls and other birds that could interfere with air traffic around LaGuardia Airport afte More...

79 New Trees To Be Planted At MacDonald Park

A volunteer tree planting will take place in Forest Hills on April 9 in MacDonald Park. More...

110th Pct. Community Council Has March Meeting

With Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown in attendance, police officers from the 110th Precinct were recognized for their achievements at the Monday, March 21 meeting of the 110th Precinct Community Council. More...

Borough-Wide Blotter

Compiled By Liz Goff 109th Precinct Nab Two In Supermarket Shootings Queens detectives last week arrested two teenagers in connection with two shootings that left one man dead and another seriously injured. More...

Weprin Supports Blood Drive

On March 6, Assemblymember David Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) came out to support a community-wide blood drive, located at Young Israel of New Hyde Park. More...

Political Page

Cuomo Wins Major Budget Victory

Governor Andrew Cuomo scored an impressive triumph over the weekend as state legislative leaders went along with his plan for an on-time $132.5 billion state budget that wipes out a $10 billion deficit without imposing any new taxes and makes huge cu More...

Editorials

Wrong Census Count Means Disaster For NYC

What are they, nuts!?  This was our first reaction to the announcement by the U.S. Census that during the course of a decade the population of New York City grew by 166,855 people to 8.175 million. More...

Letters to the Editor

With Fond Remembrance  To The Editor:  [Former Congressmember] Geraldine Ferraro represented Woodside in Congress from 1978 to 1984. More...

DOH Should Help Not Hinder

“They make it impossible for us to have a business.” This summed up the frustration of Joe Santillo, owner and operator of Grand Avenue Pizza in Astoria, the community I represent in the state Assembly.  More...

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