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Dromm Protests Stop And Frisk

Brendan Fay from St. Pats for All, community activist Jesus Lebron, Robert Pinter from Stop the Arrests and Councilmember Daniel Dromm participated in the Silent March to End Stop-and-Frisk held on Father’s Day. More...

Library Cuts Epitomized In Creative Game

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Library President & CEO Thomas W. Galante, children from P.S. 111 in Long Island City and the community participated in a carnival at the library that had a message. More...

UCCA Holds Annual Summer BBQ Fundraiser

The United Community Civic Association (UCCA) held its annual BBQ fundraiser and reception on June 14 at Central Lounge in Astoria. More than one hundred persons attended, including members from Mount Sinai Queens and SHAREing and CAREing.  More...

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Primary Endorsements 2012

Gazette Endorses Grace Meng In 6th CD  More...

Will Turner Win GOP Primary, Then Take Historic U.S. Senate Seat?

Last September, Breezy Point’s Bob Turner sprang a huge surprise and gave Queens Republicans a rare seat in the New York City Congressional delegation.  More...

Willets Point To Be Transformed Into Vibrant Destination

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Queens Development Group, a joint venture between Sterling Equities and Related Companies announced on June 14, the development plans for transforming long-blighted Willets Point into a dynamic mixed-use neighborhood and d More...

Fair Treatment Of Religious Institutions

Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. attended a rally on June 13, organized by Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, supporting the “Right to Worship” resolution #1155. More...

Rainey Park Repair Plans, Veterans Services Aired

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Sunnyside Chamber President Runs First Public Meeting

The luncheon meeting June 12, at Dazies Restaurant was the first public meeting of the Sunnyside Chamber helmed by new President Swain Weiner, after past- President Rebecca Barker had to step down due to family issues. More...

Meng Captures Queens Dem Endorsement, Electeds Anticipate Primary

A rarity in New York City politics, a give-’em-hell Democratic primary, will play out next Tuesday, when four candidates will push and shove, but mostly pull out hordes of party voters in their efforts to become the candidate for the newly-draw More...

QSAC’s Gala Raises $200,000 For Autism Services

QSAC’s gala, Fitting Together, raised more than $200,000 to support programs and services for children and adults with autism in New York City and Long Island. More...

Queens Gazette Remains True To Its Roots

hree decades ago, a group of community activists from Astoria, Long Island City, Dutch Kills and elsewhere, banded together to rescue a neighborhood weekly newspaper which had started up in the area but was threatened with being abandoned by its owne More...

1983

Astoria Studios Brought Hollywood East

he Feb. 1, 1983 edition of the Gazette reported on a landmark act initiating the modernization and renovation of the Astoria Studio complex. More...

1984

Ferraro Fought For Area Post Office

ongressmember Geraldine Ferraro was quick to reply in response to concerns from area residents after the USPS proposed that the  Bulova corporate building near the Grand Central Parkway serve as the new site of the Woolsey Post Office branch. More...

1985

New Subway Link Promised To Alleviate Congestion

t was the Jan. 2, 1985 issue of the Gazette that informed readers about a new subway link between Manhattan and Long Island City. More...

LIC Grads Face The Future

The Long Island City H.S. graduating class of 2012 includes Salutatorian Angela Garrovillas (l.) and Valedictoriam Xi Xi Hu (r.). More...

Former Gazette Owner Knew The Territory

hen I acquired the Queens Gazette in mid-June 1983 to embark on a new career as a weekly newspaper publisher, I was fortunate to be starting a new venture among so many people whose acquaintances had been made during my previous 33 years at the New Y More...

1986

Astoria Park Summer Festivals Enjoyed By All

undreds came to the annual Riverfront Festival in the late summer of 1986 held in Astoria Park.  More...

1988

Museum Dedicated To Film, TV History Was First Of Its Kind

fter seven years of planning, the Queens Gazette announced the opening of the American Museum of the Moving Image (AMMI). More...

1990

Westway Motel, A Blemish On The Community

he Oct. More...

Julie Wager, ‘Mr. Steinway Street’, Led Astoria Business Community

n 1991, the Queens Gazette in its ninth year and Tony Barsamian, who had taken over as publisher and editor-inchief from John Toscano, was in the process of building a team to run the editorial and advertising sides. More...

1992

Airport Monorail Would Have Serviced Kennedy and LaGuardia

n the Oct. More...

1994

Western Queens Residents Stand Against Smut

orno Has To Go!’ screamed the headline of an article that appeared in the February 23, 1994 issue of the Gazette that told the story of area residents protesting an adult video store in Astoria.  More...

Van Bramer, LIC Residents To LIRR: ‘End The Noise’

On June 15, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer joined local community leaders and the residents of Borden Avenue in calling on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to stop excessive noise produced by idling LIRR trains at various hours throughout the day. More...

1997

Poletti Power Plant Is Closed Due To Age

ew York Power Authority (NYPA) Chairman and CEO C.D. More...

1999

Frank Sinatra School: 1999 Dream Bears Fruit In 2009

ntertainer and artist Tony Bennett in 1999 voiced a dream for a high school for students of music and visual arts in Astoria, the Queens community where the singer got his start. More...

2002

Redistricting Threats Haunt Queens Pols

n 2002, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, whose 14th Congressional District includes Manhattan’s  More...

2003

Dutch Kills Green Completes Queens Plaza Rehab
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2005

Gas Prices Trend Lower, Still Surpass 2005 Levels

n August 2005, according to AAA figures, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.587, a gallon of gasoline in the middle octane rating range was $2.768 and a gallon of premium gasoline cost $2.82. More...

2007

Bryant H.S. Faces Closure After 123 Years

arring a miracle, at the end of the 2011-12 academic year a high school which first opened its classrooms to Queens youngsters in 1889 will cease to exist. The William Cullen Bryant H.S. art deco building at 48-10 31st Ave. More...

Koo To Memorialize WWII Comfort Women

Councilmember Peter Koo, despite criticism from home and abroad, is continuing with his mission to honor the Asian girls and women who suffered during World War II known as “comfort women”.  More...

Cavafy Lecture Gives Insight To 2012 Global Society

“One thinks of one’s own self-made walls when reading Constantine P. Cavafy’s poem, ‘The Walls’,” said Dr. Constantine E. Kosmas, keynote speaker at the Cavafy’s Clear-Cut View: Poetry & Truth lecture. More...

2009

Cuomo Takes Over New York Racing Association

ew York Governor Andrew Cuomo took over the New York Racing Association (NYRA) on May 22. More...

Great Change And Progress In 1906 Queens

The Greater Astoria Historical Society presents pages from the Long Island Star Journal.   Welcome to June 1906! More...

Keeping Perspective With The Help Of Geologic Events

Maybe you vote red, or maybe you vote blue.  One thing is certain: with the upcoming election, we Americans seem to feel what divides us more keenly than what unites us. More...

Miss NY Visits Albany

State Senator Michael Gianaris and Astoria resident Miss New York Kaitlin Monte are seen here during visit to the Capitol in Albany on June 13. More...

Crain’s NY Reports Food Bazaar Will Open At Pathmark Site

A new bazaar is coming to Long Island City. Or is it?  More...

Boro-Wide Blotter

Borough-Wide Alerts Beware Utility Man Scam  Queens police officials are warning borough residents–particularly seniors–to be on the lookout for a man posing as a worker for the city Department of Environmental Protection who scams r More...

Clinton Democratic Club Endorses Meng And Iannece

Chairman of Community Board 11 and candidate for Assembly Jerry Iannece (l.) is joined by (l. More...

Army’s Birthday Celebrated

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall was surrounded by soldiers as she helped to cut a cake with a ceremonial saber at Borough Hall, June 14 in celebration of the 237th birthday of the U.S. Army. More...

Turner Speaks At St. Margaret’s School Graduation

Congressmember Bob Turner delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2012 at the St. Margaret’s School graduation ceremony on June 15, in Middle Village, Queens. He is seen here with the graduates.   More...

Queens Students Speak Out On Community Issues Through Art In Historic Citywide Parks Exhibition

LeAp’s student artists of two Queens schools will present their original large-scale public artworks—school lunchroom tables that they transformed into beautiful and meaningful works of art addressing important social issues in their comm More...

Electeds, Concerned Citizens Tour Woodside Flood Sites

Congressmember Joe Crowley, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Carter Strickland, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, representatives from the Wynwood Gardens Civic Association and concerned residents toured flood-prone areas of Wo More...

Technology Advances Since 1982 Lead To 2012 DOE Social Media Guidelines

Beginning in September with the start of the new school year for 2012–2013, rules for social media use go into effect for the first time in New York City’s public schools.  More...

Crowley Endorses Hakeem Jeffries For Congress

Elected officials and community leaders including Congressmember Joe Crowley, state Senator Joe Addabbo and Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder announced their endorsement of Hakeem Jeffries for Congress on June 15 at the Cross Bay Diner in Howard Beach.&n More...

50 Years Of Opposition Brings Ravenswood Nuclear Power Plant Ban

Astoria is a thriving neighborhood. Accessible to Manhattan, it has the feel of both an urban and small town environment with safe streets and a long and varied list of dining and cultural destinations. More...

From The Office Of Peter Vallone Jr.

Vallone Jams With Students

Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. joined students from P.S. More...

Gianaris Remains 12th S.D. Senator, Maloney Hailed

After the Dutch Kills Civic Association celebrated the last meeting of the season with a party at St. More...

Children’s Alley Pond Playground Re-Opens

Councilmember Mark Weprin joined Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, for the re-opening of a children’s playground in Alley Pond Park after it was destroyed by an overnight fire on Sept. 28, 2011. More...

Internet In Bloom For The Layperson

Contrary to popular belief and 2012 presidential campaign mudslinging, there are jobs left in the USA. Consider New York City. More...

Fifth Annual Senior Olympics At Parker Jewish Institute

Residents participated in the fifth annual Senior Olympics at the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation. Their age and health issues might have slowed their pace, but not their competitive spirit or joy of life. More...

1982

No. 7 Train Saw Many Delays Over The Decades

n the Feb. 2, 1982 issue of the Gazette it was reported that the MTA announced the closing of the No. 7 train between Times Square and the Vernon-Jackson Station between the hours of midnight to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, and from 1 a.m. More...

Reflections On 30 Years Of The Western Queens Gazette

lashback to 1982: Gasoline was 91 cents a gallon, and the average monthly rent in the United States was $320. The first CD player was sold in Japan, and Time Magazine’s Man of the Year was “The Computer”. More...

Voice Of The Community

ometime in the early 1980s, a weekly newspaper appeared in Astoria which was published by the Reverend Moon, who was at that time a new arrival in this country from East Asia and settling in Western Queens and Flushing.  The paper was called Que More...

Astoria Native Discusses The Manhattan Project

Sixty years ago, the Manhattan Project was conceived as a research and development program, led by the United States with participation from the United Kingdom and Canada. More...

Compassionate Allowances Mean Faster Decisions For Disabled People

In April, Social Security announced 52 new Compassionate Allowances conditions to the growing list of severe medical conditions that qualify for expedited medical decisions. More...

When Should You See A Periodontist?

Many people are at risk of developing gum disease due to poor oral hygiene and may need to see a periodontist for further evaluation and treatment. Dentists in New York City are capable of, and routinely treat, mild forms of gum disease. More...

For The Love Of Community

he Western Queens Gazette made its first appearance on Feb. 1, 1982 with a front-page headline that screamed the news, “Birth Of A Newspaper”.  More...

1987

A Super Bowl Dream Come True

or Astoria residents Donald Del Giorno and his friend John Manchesi it was a football miracle.  Del Giorno was the lucky winner of Z100’s Super Bowl XXI giveaway, which awarded him a pair of tickets to watch the N.Y. More...

1989

Borough’s Tallest Building Opens At Decade’s End

t the ribbon-cutting ceremony of what would become the tallest building in Queens, Councilmember Walter McCaffrey described the new Citicorp Tower as “a victory for Western Queens, its civic leadership, Community Board 2 and local elected offic More...

Gazette Honored With Resolution On Eve Of Paper’s Anniversary

In honor of the Queens Gazette’s 30th anniversary, Assemblymember Aravella Simotas and state Senator Michael Gianaris presented the newspaper’s Publisher and Owner Tony Barsamian with a L More...

1991

Queens Welcomes Businesses Of All Sizes

n 1991, the Economic Policy and Marketing  More...

1993

D.A. Brown Still Going Strong After 21 Years

n 1991, John Santucci brought a 14- year career as Queens District Attorney to a close with his retirement at age 60.  More...

1995

Car Theft And Chop Shops — A Queens Menace

n attack on an alleged chop shop operator in his lair near 55th Street in Maspeth in February of 1994 led to the arrest of 13 individuals, including a reputed captain in the Bonnano crime syndicate, by detectives from the Queens District Attorney&rsq More...

1996

New Control Tower At LaGuardia Was A Community Concern

ccording to representatives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey proposed traffic rerouting for access and egress to LaGuardia Airport was effective.  However, an East Elmhurst resident representing both a citizens group and the Airp More...

1998

New Ball Parks Spurred By Former Speaker Vallone Sr.

n 1998, then City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. battled with then Mayor Rudolph Giuliani over the location of a new home for the New York Yankees American League major league baseball team. More...

2000

Queens Blvd. Safety Improvements Save Lives

t has long been known as the Boulevard of Death, and with good reason. Queens Boulevard, which runs from Crescent Street at the foot of the Queensboro (Edward I. More...

2001

Flushing Bay Odors Persist Despite Transfer Station Assurances

n July 2001, then Queens Borough President Claire Shulman and then City Councilmember Helen Marshall agreed that years of federal plans for the environmental restoration of Flushing Bay had resulted only in confusion and accomplished next to nothing. More...

2004

Willets Point Development Proceeds, But Meets Snags

n 2004 Mayor Michael Bloomberg embarked upon a long cherished goal of his administration and that of several of the city’s planners and chief executives before him—transforming a 62-acre conglomeration of auto repair shops and junkyards c More...

2006

Monserrate’s Once Bright Career Ends With Assault Conviction

n 2001 a former Marine and New York City Police Officer won an open Democratic Party primary election for the 21st City Council district seat vacated by Helen Marshall on her election as Queens borough president. More...

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The Trains Stopped Running Here 50 Years Ago

There’s a ghost spur on the Long Island Railroad, just west of the Forest Hills station.  Glance to the right from the window as you ride the train going east from Woodside and coming into Forest Hills. More...

Turner Hosts Army’s 237th Anniversary Celebration

In recognition of the 237th anniversary of the United States Army, Congressmember Bob Turner hosted a celebration on June 12. More...

2008

Fresh Direct Set To Move To South Bronx From Long Island City

nline grocery service Fresh Direct is set to move from the Long Island City headquarters it has occupied since 2002 to Mott Haven, The Bronx, having outgrown the space it presently occupies. More...

2010

NYC Reaches Half Of Million Tree Goal; Queens At 25 Percent

ive years into the Million Trees program, New York City finds itself slightly more than halfway to its goal of planting one million trees throughout the city. More...

2011

Green Cabs Are Legitimate Borough Taxis

ast year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and  Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)  More...

St. Demetrios Graduates Class of 2012

The senior commencement ceremonyfor the Saint Demetrios H.S. graduating class of 2012 was held on June 6 at the Petros Patrides Cultural Center at Saint Demetrios School. More...

Nicollette, Anthony,Phillip &Friends

Nicollette, Anthony and Phillip are now young adults, More...

Fighting Back Against Child Predators

Take a look at the most wanted man in Western Queens.  Police say Mark Synclair, 33, was standing outside P.S. More...

REO Speedwagon Plays Citi Field

Despite the 7 to 3 loss by the Mets to the Cincinnati Reds on June 15, fans at Citi Field still reserved some positive energy for REO Speedwagon. More...

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