December 7, 2016 RSS feed / Features

CALDC’s Joyous Tree Lighting

The Central Astoria LDC’s “4th Annual Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Celebration,” held Saturday, December 3rd, on the Great Lawn at Astoria Park brought out hundreds of families despite the frigid weather.  More...

Van Bramer Announces 7th Annual Food Drive

Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer announced his 7th Annual Food Drive to provide food for homeless and hungry New Yorkers during the holiday season. More...

Simotas Honors Young Women’s Leadership Teacher

Assembly Member Aravella Simotas visited Astoria’s Young Women’s Leadership School on November 29th to honor one of its teachers, Andrea Chaves. Ms. More...

Top Safety Rating At Mount Sinai Cardiac Catheterization

Three physicians at Mount Sinai’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory have received the top safety rating.   More...

Support Children This Holiday Season

The holidays are all about spreading generosity and kindness, so when searching for the perfect presents for everyone on your holiday shopping list, look for gifts that also benefit children in need around the world. Gifts That Give Back More...

Gift Cards: The New Holiday ‘Cash’

Gift cards, the new form of holiday cash, have become the gift of choice, for New Yorkers wanting to avoid the long lines and hassle of holiday shopping. More...

Sign Up Your Child Now For Free Fresh Air Fund Summer

Join The Fresh Air Fund for its 141st summer of serving New York City children from low-income communities, and give your child an experience of a lifetime, free of charge. More...

NYC Amnesty Program For Violations Ends Dec. 12

Just five days are left in the NYC Amnesty Program for outstanding violations from the Department of Sanitation, Buildings, Transportation, Fire Department, Landmarks, Parks or other city agencies. More...

Louis Armstrong House Museum: Holiday House Tours

Holiday season is officially here! Decorative lights are glistening and the holiday spirit is bright. More...

Resolution To Designate Diwali A School Holiday

Recently, Council Member Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and his colleagues on the NYC Council Committee on Education, which is chaired by Dromm, heard testimony from community advocates in favor of More...

Judge Orders Psych Test For Assailant In Subway Fatality

A Manhattan judge last week ordered a woman accused of fatally pushing an Astoria woman into the path of an oncoming subway train to undergo a psychiatric exam to determine her competency.  More...

FDNY Tips For A Fire Safe Holiday Season

City fire officials are again urging Queens residents to follow fire prevention tips offered in the FDNY’s Annual Holiday Guide. More...

Local Express

Isaac Rodriguez

Isaac Rodriguez is the CEO of Provident Loan Society of New York – one of the country’s oldest lending institutions. More...

Kaufman Arts District’s Outdoor Video Installation

The Kaufman Arts District (KAD) in Astoria will present a public art installation on December 19 of three curated video art pieces that explore the very essence of the creative process and what defines art. More...

QCA Director Interviews Artist Dan Corson

“I am an artist now and...,” an Interview with artist Dan Corson and Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director of Queens Council on the Arts.  What could be better than making art that can truly touch people in the rush and tumble o More...

Louis Armstrong House Museum Gala 2016

At Louis Armstrong House Museum they are still feeling the excitement of Gala 2016. From the gorgeous venue at Capitale to the magnificent performance by the Catherine Russell Octet, the night was truly unforgettable. More...

Seeds Of Russian Revolution At Peter & Paul Fortress

Off the Beaten Track:

It was a rainy day and the slippery cobblestones were difficult to walk on. Everyone in our ExpresstoRussia/In tourist group was enthusiastic about seeing the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia. Everyone, but me. More...

Spreading Thanksgiving Cheer For 15th Year

For the 15th consecutive year, Paul Halvatzis, a licensed real estate broker with Amorelli Realty and his friends have assisted St. Andrew Avellino Roman Catholic Church of Flushing with its annual Thanksgiving food drive. More...

A Christmas Vignette

ONCE UPON A TIME – pardon this hackneyed phrase – in the 20th century, there was a beautiful home in the quaint village of Richmond Hill, New York. More...

Bohemian Hall Holds Christmas Tree Lighting

Council Member Costa Constantinides attended Bohemian Hall’s Christmas Tree Lighting on December 2nd. More...

Queens College Choral Society’s Annual Winter Concert

The Queens College Choral Society, one of the borough’s treasures, will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and works by Brahms for its 76th annual Winter Concert on Saturday, December 10, at 8 pm in Colden Auditorium. More...

Santa Comes To Visit The FDNY In Astoria

On Sunday, December 4th, Engine 263 Ladder 117 held their annual Christmas party for families and friends of the Firehouse located at 42-08 Astoria Boulevard South in Astoria. More...

Titan Presents ‘A Christmas Carol’ At Queens Theatre

The award-winning, Queens-based Titan Theatre Company has announced a Queens-only ticket special for its upcoming production of the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Emily Trask and Lenny Banovez. More...

The Passing Of A Dynamic Priest From Astoria

Rev. Dionisios Marketos passed away on November 20, 2016. The wake was held that Tuesday evening at St. Demetrios Cathedral in Astoria, on November 22nd. More...

Tree Lights Up McManus Park!

The First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at McManus Memorial Park was held on December 4 under clear evening skies. More...

Dromm, Stavisky Host Tree Lighting, Children’s Reading

On the evening of December 1st, Council Member Daniel Dromm (DElmhurst, Jackson Heights), state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Queens), students from PS 13, PS 102, IS 5, youth leaders from Asian Americans for Equality, Representatives from Community B More...

Vallo Transportation Spearheads Anti-Bullying Campaign

Recently, Vallo Transportation promoted their fourth annual anti-bullying awareness campaign entitled No Bullying Zone. More...

Peralta’s New Bill Requires Travel Agents To Register

As we approach the holiday travel season, and in response to an uptick in complaints, State Senator Jose Peralta unveiled legislation (S.1265) on November 28 that would require travel consultants and travel promoters operating or doing business in Ne More...

Choosing The Perfect Christmas Tree

Choosing the perfect Christmas tree can be one of the most fun or fitful tasks of the holiday season. After all, it’s a simple fact that for most families, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree.  More...

QbSO Flushing Town Hall Debut: Brahms & Grieg Concert

The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra will have their Flushing Town Hall debut on Sunday, December 11th at 7:30 pm. More...

Wetland Restoration Partners With Local Schools

The proposed 6-acre Big Rock Wetland Restoration Project in Douglas Manor is the focus of a groundbreaking multi-faceted public school curriculum created in partnership between the Douglas Manor Environmental Association (DMEA), PS 98 in Douglaston a More...

LAHM’s 2.7M Digitization Project Has Begun

Earlier this year, the Louis Armstrong House Museum (LAHM) received a $2.7 million grant from Robert F. Smith’s Fund II Foundation to digitize every item in the collection. More...

Holiday Lighting Ceremony In Sunnyside

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan joined the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, community leaders and residents at the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Sabba Park. (L. More...

Riders Say ‘No Way MTA’ To Fare Increase

The first of five MTA-sponsored public meetings around the city was held on December 5th at York College in Jamaica. Aimed at soliciting feedback on proposed fare hikes, the meeting opened with attendees hearing the MTA’s plans.  More...

Make Gifts Personal with DIY Labels

After spending hours scouring stores for the perfect gift for each person on your list, the last thing you want to do is bury your thoughtful gesture in generic wrapping. More...

Internet In Bloom For The Layperson

The following are a few facts about the state of national education from the American Library Association 2012 Reference Book, www.ala.org:  1. More...

Queensboro College's Family Singalongs: Disney Faves

The Queensborough Performing Arts Center Family Fun Singalong Series, sponsored by Council Member Daniel Dromm, focuses this season on Disney’s feature-length favorites. More...

Burt Young: Award Nominated Actor & Corona Native

Gazette reporter Jason D. More...

Wild Mushroom Croustades

We present to you a Holiday Hors d’Oeuvre: Wild Mushroom Croustades. Try not to fill up on the bread! We dare you... More...

LIC-A’s Fall Show At Plaxall

An Opening Reception of Long Island City Artists’s (LIC-A) exciting Fall Exhibition was held on November 22 at Plaxall (5-25 46th Ave., LIC), which donated the space for the show. More...

Giving Those Who Are Blind A Seeing Eye

Dr James A Kutsch Jr:

“If you run into an obstacle, don’t allow yourself to be stopped by it, but rather figure a way to go around it, under it, or above it. And never let it prevent you from living your life to the maximum,” Dr. James A. More...

Safe And Sound During The Holidays

How to manage noise aversion in dogs and strengthen the human-animal bond

The holiday season seems to last longer and get more hectic every year. Whether cooking the Thanksgiving feast or doing last-minute gift shopping, everyone can get a little stressed out. More...

‘The Laramie Project’ By Lexington School Drama Club

The Lexington School for the Deaf Drama Club will present “The Laramie Project” on Friday, December 16, and Saturday, December 17. More...

Cops Hunt Gunmen In Jackson Heights Robbery

Police are searching for a team of gunmen who stormed into a Jackson Heights jewelry store on November 29, and emerged moments later, with an undetermined amount of merchandise.  More...

Ask Dr. Universe

What is fire? —Anish P., 10, Nepal  More...

‘Tis The Season For Historic Holiday House Tours In Queens

Consider it time travel into Christmas celebrations from as far back as the 17th century. On Sunday, December 11, seven Queens landmarks will open their doors to the public during the 29th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour. More...

The Pulpit

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Preserving Holiday Traditions

Holiday traditions come in many forms - from decorating the tree and shopping for loved ones to movie nights and your favorite festive foods. More...

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