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BP Urges Disabled Residents In Western Queens: Use Taxi Smart Card Program

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NY Knicks Great Larry Johnson To Appear At Time Warner Cable Experimental Store

 Queens District Attorney Richard A. More...

Local Leaders Protest Gun Violence; Seek Killer

On February 7, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, state Senators Michael Gianaris and Jose Peralta, community leaders and local residents requested the public’s help in identifying the killer of a former Queensbridge resident shot to death on Saturday, More...

Congratulations, Anthony!

Senior student-athlete Anthony DiPasquale of Holy Cross H.S. was awarded the New York City Scholar Athlete Scholarship by the National Football Foundation. More...

DA Brown Holds Annual Legislative Breakfast

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown briefed city, state and federal elected officials from Queens at his annual Legislative Breakfast held at his Kew Gardens offices. More...

Lunar New Year Lucky Scrolls Hosted At Bayside Senior Center

             Chinese New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. More...

Gennaro Hails Passage Of Groundbreaking Green Bills

Councilmember James F. More...

Sandy Hook Wheeler Benefit Coming To Sunnyside

The many friends of the Wheeler family will host a benefit for them on Saturday, February 23, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Services Center, 43-31 39th St. in Sunnyside. More...

Weprin Celebrates Lunar New Year

Councilmember Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) celebrated the Lunar New Year with local seniors at the Bayside Senior Center in Oakland Gardens. More...

NYHQ Celebrates First Baby Of Lunar New Year

New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) celebrated the Lunar New Year by welcoming the first baby born there, at the start of the Year of the Snake at 5:08 a.m. Baby Sophia, delivered by Dr. More...

Holy Cross H.S. Law Club Competes In Mock Trials

The Holy Cross Law Club will be competing in a Mock Trial Tournament at Queens County Supreme Court, the Criminal Court Building, at 125-01 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens. The preliminary round schedule started Monday, February 11, with Holy Cross H.S. More...

City Issues $133G In Fines For LIC Crane Collapse

The city Department of Buildings (DOB) last week issued 12 violations in connection with a January 9 crane collapse in Long Island City that injured seven workers, including three construction workers that were trapped underneath the crane. &nbs More...

Vasilopita Cutting Of Prometheus Teachers Society

 “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well,” said Alexander the Great. The Vasilopita cutting of the Prometheus Greek Teachers Association took place on Sunday, 3 p.m. More...

Well-Known Theater Director Stars In His Student's Festival Short

On a break from directing John Patrick Shanley's “Doubt” Queens-based Peter Jensen stars in a short film by one of his acting students; goes on to screen at Queens World Film Festival More...

Cops Hunt Sex Partner In Strangulation Slay

Queens detectives are searching for a man for questioning in the strangulation death of a man found dead on Saturday night at a Hot Sheet motel in Elmhurst.  Police sources said investigators believe the victim, Joseph Benzinger, 54, met th More...

Woodside Toddler Dies In Five-Story Fall

Investigators are trying to determine how a 3-year-old Woodside girl plunged five stories to her death on Sunday afternoon, from a bathroom window at the family’s apartment in the Woodside Housing complex.   More...

Tougher Testing For Drunk Drivers

Suspected drunk drivers who refuse to submit to a Breathalyzer test at the scene of a deadly crash will now be whisked off the street and taken to a designated precinct for quick blood testing, police officials said.  Cops plan to speed up More...

Port Authority Cops Rescue Queens Bridge Jumper

A despondent Long Island woman with a history of emotional problems jumped off the Whitestone Bridge on February 7, but was rescued by a Port Authority harbor crew that happened to be patrolling the area, authorities said.  A Port Authority More...

Community Calendar

Gazette Calendar Of Events

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Restaurant of the Week

THE THIRSTY KOALA

Treat yourself to a Modern Australian dining experience at The Thirsty Koala in Astoria. Serving made-to-order, artfully prepared dishes that use only natural, organic ingredients, The Thirsty Koala aims to nourish body and spirit. More...

Seniors

Resources For Seniors Interested In Retiring Abroad

Dear Savvy Senior,  What tips and resources can you recommend to folks interested in retiring abroad? My wife and I will be retiring next year and are intrigued with the idea of living in a foreign country. More...

Editorials

Saluting Our Presidents

When some of us were in elementary school, lo these many years ago, the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the first and 16th president, respectively, were celebrated as two separate days of significance. More...

Letters to the Editor

Muni-Meters Malfunction   A copy of this letter was received at the Queens Gazette.  February 4, 2013 Ms. More...

Vallone Remembers Koch With A Smile

I served with Mayor Ed Koch for 12 years, the last four from 1986 through 1989, while I was the newly elected head of the City Council, soon to be empowered as a truly independent legislative branch of government with the coming elimination of the un More...

Star Journal

Industry, Growth In 1879 Queens

The Greater Astoria Historical Society presents pages from the Long Island Star Journal.  Welcome to February 1879!  More...

Judge: ‘Cannibal Cop’ Cooked Up Plan For Molloy HS Girl

Accused “cannibal cop” Gilberto Valle was lusting, last year, after a star player on the Archbishop Molloy High School girls’ softball team, a Manhattan federal judge said at a pre-trial hearing last week.   More...

Maloney Hails Obama's State Of The Union

Congressmember Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn) issued the following statement on last night’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama, the 22nd she has attended as a Member of Congress.  More...

Brooklyn Rabbi Charged In Internet Sex Sting

 Queens District Attorney Richard A. More...

LGBTQ Organizations Hold Community Safety Forum

The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) and the LGBTQ Justice Project of Make the Road NY (MRNY) held a community discussion Wednesday on staying safe when engaging in online dating and pick-ups. More...

Addabbo: Sandy Task Force Recommendations Fitting

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. More...

Social Security Cards And Numbers

Do you know where your Social Security card is located? Hopefully, it’s in a safe place, tucked away securely with your other important papers. More...

Resorts World Casino Tops $1.2 Billion Played For The Second Straight Month

Resorts World Casino New York City began 2013 on the right foot in January, recording its second straight month of $1.2 billion played, according to figures recently released by the New York Lottery. More...

Vallone Visits Islamic Houses Of Worship

On February 8, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. addressed the congregations of the Jamaica Islamic Center and Jamaica Muslim Center. More...

Sidewalk Cafes, Alternate Side Parking Discussed At CB 2 Meeting

A large part of February’s Community Board 2 (CB2) meeting was a reprise of the special Hunters Point meeting of January 16, which dealt with four issues:  allowing sidewalk cafés in parts of Hunters Point and also Sunnyside; setting minimum and More...

Dutch Kills ‘Snow Busters’ Battle Nemo Aftermath

A trio of dedicated Dutch Kills snowbusters hit the streets again last weekend to show Winter Storm Nemo who is boss.Joe Florio, Joe Liptak and Richie Madrid rose early on February 9, hooked up plows to their Quads and headed out to rescue Dutch Kill More...

Vallone Talks Senior Housing With QICA

Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. attended the Queens Interagency Council On Aging’s Legislative Advocacy Forum at Queens Borough Hall on February 6. More...

Elmhurst Man Convicted In Subway Stabbing

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today that a 21-year-old Elmhurst resident has been sentenced to 24 years to life in prison in the fatal stabbing of a 27-year-old Woodhaven resident at an elevated subway station in July of 2010. More...

Crowley Installs Board For Friends Of Ridgewood Library

Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) installed the new board for Friends of Ridgewood Library Monday night, February 4. More...

Cops Offer $2G For Queensbridge Deli Gunman

Police this week released surveillance video (see photo) of a gunman who opened fire outside a Queensbridge deli, killing a 27-year-old Manhattan man.  Cops responding to 911 calls found Francisco Leal unresponsive with a gunshot wound to t More...

Five Queens Businessmen Nabbed With Knockoff Toys

Federal authorities last week arrested five Queens businessmen who were charged with importing knockoff, substandard toys from China.  The toys included characters Mickey Mouse, SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora The Explorer, Spider Man and Mutan More...

It's In Queens! (February 14 Through February 20)

Tony Bennett might have left his heart in San Francisco, but the Astoria native would be very impressed by the wide array of romantic activities on Valentine’s Day in Queens this year. More...

Crystal Windows Executive To Lead Northeast Window & Door Association

Executive Vice President of Crystal Window & Door Systems Steve Chen has become the new President of the Northeast Window & Door Association (NWDA).  Elected by the association’s Board of Directors, Chen took over the reins of the region More...

Family Mourns Astoria Subway Victim

Friends and family of a 49-year-old Astoria man found unconscious on a No 3 train Friday morning remembered him this week as “a special guy” with a big heart – and questioned why fellow straphangers “didn’t care enough to ask if he was okay” when he More...

Sky View Center Partners With Queens Botanical Garden

Sky View Center announces its latest community partnership with the Queens Botanical Garden, a local nonprofit focused on providing educational programs for environmental stewardship. More...

Sunnymoms Announce Sandy Hook Fundraiser

A group of young mothers from Sunnyside is reaching out to the Queens community to open their hearts – and wallets, to assist the family of 6-year-old Benjamin Wheeler, one of the 20 children massacred in December at the Sandy Hook Elementary School More...

Queens Cops, State Police In Joint Seat Belt Enforcement

Buckle up, or pay up. That’s a message police are sending to motorists and passengers throughout New York State who fail to use seat belts.   More...

Political Page

Bloomberg Nixes Citi Field Casino Plan

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Gianaris Attends UCCA Legislative Breakfast

WANTS BROCHURE TO EXPLAIN PROPERTY TAX CALCULATION: Councilmember Dan Halloran (R-CWhitestone) recently joined with colleagues in the City Council to sponsor a bill requiring the Department of Finance (DOF) to publish a brochure explaining how proper More...

STAVISKY NAMED TO NEW EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, the ranking Democrat on the Higher Education Committee, has been named to the newly created Senate Education Subcommittee on New York City Education. More...

Features

“Take a Book” Mini Libraries Established To Help Hurricane Sandy-Impacted Communities

Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) is proud to have established five Mini Librariesin Brooklyn and Queens to support communities hit by Hurricane Sandy. More...

Two Queens Gang Members Each Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison For Fatal Shooting

Victim Killed By Stray Bullet While Walking Home From School, Second Teen Struck By Stray Bullet While Working At Car Wash

Queens District Attorney Richard A. More...

Obama Honors Flushing Resident Manford

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (P-FLAG) founder Jeanne Manford will be posthumously awarded the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on Friday, February 15.  More...

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