April 1, 2015 RSS feed / Features

Go Foraging With Naturalist ‘Wildman’ Steve Brill

Hunt for Wild Carrots in Far Rockaway with naturalist/author “Wildman” Steve Brill at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 12, America’s go-to guy for foraging. More...

Cops ‘Spring’ Into Zero Tolerance Crackdown

As the winter chill finally gives way to warmer spring temperatures and Queens resident prepare to celebrate the Easter, Passover and Orthodox Easter holidays, police at the Queens Highway Patrol Unit and Borough Task Force and local precincts are hi More...

IdeaScale Program Debuts At 109th Precinct

NYPD officials last week announced the 109th Precinct in Flushing has been chosen to debut a social media program designed to encourage greater communication between police and the public.The Flushing precinct is the first in Queens to utilize the Id More...

Police Stop Traffic On Grand Central Parkway

Police stopped eastbound traffic on the Grand Central Parkway on Saturday, March 28, at 3:45 p.m., near the Parsons Boulevard exit. Police and other emergency vehicles were seen coming from all directions and converging on the spot in the photo. More...

Providing Passover Meals For New Yorkers In Need

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilmembers Julissa Ferreras, Mark Levine, Mark Weprin, and Karen Koslowitz partnered with Masbia Soup Kitchen and the Food Bank for New York City to distribute kosher for Passover meals to observant More...

Greek Culture Day At Bayside Senior Center

Ya sas, Nin Hao! A Greek Cultural Presentation was presented to over 100 seniors in eastern Queens by Catherine Tsounis and Dr. John G. Siolas on March 21st, 2015. More...

Newtown Creek Historian Speeks At Sunnyside Chamber Meeting

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce held its March luncheon at Sidetracks Restaurant on Queens Boulevard and welcomed Mitch Waxman, official historian of the Newtown Creek Alliance.  He spoke about Newtown Creek and the surrounding industrial stru More...

Archbishop Iakovos Honored With Street Co-Naming

Councilman Costa Constantinides celebrated the co-naming of 33rd Street, between Ditmars Boulevard and 23rd Avenue, in honor of Archbishop Iakovos of America. The celebration took place in front of St. Catherine & St. More...

National Boys & Girls Club Week Celebrated At Variety

On March 28, Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens (VBGCQ) joined over 4,100 Boys and Girls Clubs nationally with its Kickoff celebration of National Boys and Girls Club week. More...

Remembering Oetheimer Of The 114th Precinct

The five boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island consolidated in 1898 into one city and one police force – the New York City Police Department. More...

Ed Horn Meets With Boehner, Reid In D.C.

Ed Horn, St. More...

QCC Students Coca-Cola Community College Scholars

Queensborough Community College Chemistry students, Silvia Salamone and Daysi Proano, have been named 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars in the Gold and Bronze categories, respectively. More...

Coyote Visits Popular LIC Bar

A coyote was spotted on the rooftop of LIC Bar on March 30. The animal spent most of the day milling around above the Vernon Boulevard watering hole, where it was spotted by tenants with a view of the rooftop. More...

Teachers, Students Booted From ‘Fight Club’ School

Four teachers and an aide at PS 111 have been removed from the Long Island City school, after accusations they failed to properly supervise a group of teens who beat six-and seven-year-old students who refused to battle their classmates.  More...

Local-Express

Steven A. Roman

Steven A. Roman is a Queens native whose Sunnyside-based publishing company, StarWarp Concepts, produces novels, graphic novels, and comic books that feature tales of dark urban fantasy and horror. More...

City Seeks Funding For Queens Rapid Bus Service

If city transportation officials have their way, Queens straphangers will soon be able to hold on for a 21st century trip through the borough on Select Bus Service that will stretch from Woodside to the Rockaways.  More...

LIC Waterfront Weekend Bus Service Is Permanent

This week, the MTA announced the long-awaited permanent service expansion of the Q103 bus line, which connects the LIC and Astoria waterfront neighborhoods along Vernon Boulevard. More...

Armondo’s Is Back In Business

For more than four decades, Armondo’s Italian Restaurant has been serving the Jackson Heights community delicious cuisine, in a romantic setting.  After a devastating fire last year, Armondo’s has re-opened just a couple of blocks aw More...

Queens Botanical Garden Spring Egg-stravaganza!

Queens Botanical Garden is holding a Spring Egg-stravaganza! On Saturday, April 4, from noon until 2 p.m. rain or shine (activities move indoors for rain); no refunds. More...

Passover Celebrates The Liberation Of The Jewish People

Passover is celebrated by the Jewish people in commemoration of their liberation more than 3,000 years ago by God from slavery in ancient Egypt, and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. More...

Passover Traditions

Passover bears several names in the Hebrew Bible. It is variously called hag ha-pesah (the Festival of the Passover offering), hag hamatzot (the Festival of Matzoh) or hag haaviv (the Spring Festival). More...

Van Bramer Holds Women’s History Month Open House

On March 28, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer held his Fifth Annual Women’s History Month Celebration and Open House at his District Office in Sunnyside. More...

Cops Hunt Shooter, Nab Teen Accomplice

An Ozone Park teenager this week is facing manslaughter charges in connection with the execution style murder of a 21-year-old Flushing man.Jordan Paulino was arrested less than 24-hours after he allegedly took part in the brutal murder of Jordan San More...

Gunman Charged In Ridgewood Murder

A 20-year-old Queens man is facing life in prison for the March 14 shooting death of a Ridgewood man.Prosecutors said Ricardo Delgado was arguing with the victim, Eric Santiago, 20, on Palmetto Street near St. Nicholas Avenue at about 1:15 a.m. More...

Woodside Sitter Found Guilty In Fatal Baby-Shake

A Queens jury last week convicted a 42-year-old Woodside babysitter of manslaughter for fatally shaking a 9-month-old boy to death in March 2010.Prosecutors said little Dilan Criollo was dropped off by his mother at the Woodside home of babysitter, Y More...

Miller Hosts Women Of Distinction Awards Event

On March 27, Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) hosted a Women of Distinction Awards event and acknowledged women who have dedicated their time within the community. The event took place at 10 a.m. More...

Woodhaven BID Holds Spring Street Fair

The Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s Jamaica Avenue was rocking on March 28. More...

Dr. Rashmee Sharma: A Woman On A Mission

Dr. More...

Sophocles Unveiled In Athens Square Park

After more than two years of preparation, the statue of Sophocles was unveiled at Athens Square Park in Astoria before hundreds waving Greek flags in a swell of national pride.  More...

NYS Pavilion Gets Illuminating Feature

The New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park underwent a second lighting test run on March 24 as part of Borough President Melinda Katz’ effort to restore the iconic architectura More...

For A Century, Tree Brought Joy To Neighborhood

City Park Officials cut through the heart of a Long Island City neighborhood on March 23, when crews cut down a 100-year-old American elm tree that provided neighbors with much more than shade.  More...

Counterfeit $100s Seized

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at John F. More...

114th Pct. Gets New Officers

The police academy graduated 884 new officers in December who are now out on patrol, but not just in high-crime areas.  Under changes to the Operation Impact training program announced by NYPD Commissioner William Bratton last year, rookie offic More...

No More Turns On 31st Street From Hoyt Avenue

The city Department of Transportation has announced that beginning March 31, drivers exiting Grand Central Parkway at Hoyt Avenue will no longer be permitted to make a right-hand turn at 31st Street. More...

Walk Through Beechhurst With Historian Jason Antos

On Saturday, April 11, explore what was once the favorite vacation area for many silent movie era stars such as Mary Pickford, where estates lined the waterfront, including those of industrialist Harvey Firestone and entertainment impresario Arthur H More...

Queens Library At Steinway To Close Briefly

Queens Library at Steinway, 21-45 31st Street in Astoria, will be closed temporarily from April 2 to April 7, while self-service book returns are installed inside the library. Customers are invited to use any other Queens Library during the closure. More...

$26M Deal Clears Air Over Proposed Skyscraper

Developers of a 70-story skyscraper planned for construction in Long Island City’s Dutch Kills community have reached an agreement with Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) officials to purchase air rights near a parcel of land near 29-37 41st More...

John Bowne Student Selected As Ambassador

Jahlil Lee, 16, is a resident of Woodside, and a junior at John Bowne High School S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Program, formerly known as the Honors Program. More...

Mark-Viverito, Ferreras’ Lunch For Queens Women

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras welcomed 25 Queens women to a roundtable on the advancement of women in New York City on March 24.  More...

Tony Bennett And Lady Gaga Team Up To Help Youths

Born This Way Foundation and Exploring the Arts announced recently that they will partner to highlight exceptional non-profit organizations at several of the upcoming stops for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s Cheek To Cheek tour, including New Yor More...

Elvis Comes To Gaudio’s

On March 26, Gaudio’s Ristorante presented the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, the one, the only…Elvis! (played by Gregg Peters). More...

A Movable Feast

Easter, the greatest festival of the Christian church, commemorates the resurrection of Jesus. It is a movable feast; that is, it is not always held on the same date. More...

The Pulpit

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Dept. Of Energy Grants $40M To QC Cancer Screening

In 1998, the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems at Queens College—recently renamed the Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment to honor its founder—began the Worker Health Protection Program (WHPP). More...

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