December 23, 2015 RSS feed / Features

Off the Beaten Trail: In Search of St. Nicholas in Russia

           Santa Claus is not from the North Pole. He is based on Nicholas, the Greek Orthodox Bishop of Myra, Lycia. More...

Van Bramer’s Hit-Run Bill Passed By City Council

On December 16, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez were joined by Martha Puruncajas, mother of Luis Bravo, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver, to applau More...

Dept. Of City Planning, CB1 Discuss 2016 Zoning Plans

Proposed changes to the city’s zoning resolution to promote more affordable housing have not fared well with most of the city’s 59 community boards.  The proposed changes were rejected by 12 of 14 community boards in Queens at the No More...

Applaud DOE Decision To Forego New High School

Councilman Peter Koo was joined by state officials and community leaders on December 18 to announce that the Department of Education has scrapped plans to insert a high school into the Linden Place DOE District Office at 30-48 Linden Place.  More...

Christmas: A Sprig Of Mistletoe For The Occasion

The holiday known as Christmas arose in the fourth century A.D. as the Christian religion, still in its infancy, struggled for supremacy with the official Roman state religion, Mithraism. More...

East River Kiwanis Sponsors Key Club Leadership Prog.

The East River Kiwanis Club sponsors several leadership programs, one of which is the Key Club at the Academy for American Studies High School in Long Island City. More...

St. Anargyroi Holds Christmas Celebration In Astoria

Representatives of Greek Orthodox parishes and societies gathered at St. Demetrios Cathedral in Astoria to enjoy a Christmas celebration for St. More...

APEC’s Sunny Bunnies Explore Pine Trees

Alley Pond Environmental Center’s Sunny Bunnies (ages 3-4) explored pine trees, pine cones and their evergreen needles. They examined pine needles comparing their texture, scent and size. More...

Cop In Astoria Extortion Pleads Guilty

A disgraced ex-NYPD officer charged with extorting “protection money” from restaurant and business owners in an Albanian enclave in Astoria is facing life in prison after he pleaded guilty on December 15, to extortion and gun charges.&nbs More...

Cops Probe Clues In Boxcutter Attack On Teen

An NYPD forensics team is examining a bloody box cutter discarded by a man who brutally slashed the face of a young Chinese exchange student in Queens last week, in the hopes that it will reveal evidence leading to the identity of the violent suspect More...

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration At Queens College

Kupferberg Center for the Arts announced its second annual concert celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Featuring a musical performance by Bebe Winans, the concert is slated for Sunday, January 17. More...

JFK Airport’s Terminal 4 Celebrates 19 Million Passengers

In celebration of its 19 millionth annual passenger, JFKIAT – the company that manages Terminal 4 at John F. More...

Providing Toys For Tots

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Van Bramer Delivers Food To Veterans’ Shelter

New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer visited the Borden Avenue Veterans Residence (BAVR) in Long Island City to drop off thousands of items from his 6th Annual Holiday Food Drive. More...

Ferreras Announces $103K Lefrak Cleanup Initiative

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland recently announced the start of Cleanup NYC, a City Council Initiative in its second year, aimed at improving the quality of life along business corridors. More...

Pomonok Senior Center Displays Clients’ Masterpieces

Art has the power to heal those who create it. Art can bring true happiness to those who experience it. At least that’s how the clients of the Pomonok Senior Center see it. More...

Rally: Shut Down Club Allure

On December 17, City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Pat O’Brien, Chair of Community Board 2, and community leaders from Long Island City and Sunnyside held a rally to call for the closure of Club Allure. More...

Newsstand To Block Strand

A newsstand kiosk is being constructed in front of 25-27 Broadway, blocking the front of the famed Strand Smokehouse, a local dining and entertainment mecca in the heart of Astoria. More...

Mark Libertini

Local-Express

Owner of Aigner Chocolates Mark Libertini graduated culinary school in 1992 from Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. More...

Queens Leads StreetEasy’s Top 10 Of NYC Hottest Nabes

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz released a statement in response to a report by StreetEasy released December 12 on 2015-2016 New York City housing market trends, which projects a “surge of new demand” in Queens. More...

Astoria/LIC Kiwanis Holds Holiday Auction

The Astoria/Long Island City Kiwanis Club held their Annual Holiday Auction on December 7 at Riccardo’s by the Bridge in Astoria. As in the past there were a variety of items up for bid. More...

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CALDC Holds Tenants’ Rights Second Workshop Of Series

On December 17 a group of Astoria residents attended a workshop hosted by Central Astoria LDC and co-hosted by Queens Legal Services and the New York City Commission on Human Rights.  More...

Meng Praises Permanent Renewal Of Zadroga Bill

Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Queens) issued the following statement December 19 on the permanent renewal of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act: More...

NYC Parks Rec Centers More Than Just Gyms

Whether you are looking to get fit, learn a new skill, or fulfill a New Year’s resolution, NYC Parks Recreation Centers can help you meet your goals. More...

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