December 21, 2016 RSS feed / Features

Toys For Tots

St. Michael’s Cemetery hosted its sixth annual Toys for Tots program sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. Guests arrived at the cemetery’s All Souls Chapel on December 17th with all kinds of toys for children less fortunate.  More...

Toys For Tacos Toy Drive

Queens Bloc, a local organization founded by two Queens natives, Facia Class and Sana Hussain, held their first Toys for Tacos event at the Shillelagh Tavern, located at 47-22 30th Avenue in Astoria, More...

Fidel Castro’s Son Sought Refuge In Flushing In 1959

Fidel Castro. The man, the leader, the dictator, and one of the most iconic persons of the 20th century has finally been laid to rest. More...

Astoria Civic Association’s Holiday Party

Three Wise Men: The Astoria Civic Association Holiday Party was held on December 12. It was attended by (l. More...

QSAC, Astoria/LIC Kiwanis Provide Thanksgiving Meals

Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC), with the help of the Astoria/LIC Kiwanis club, was able to provide a Thanksgiving meal for over 60 needy families that have an autistic child. More...

Jackson Heights Beautification Group’s Tree Lighting

Council Member Daniel Dromm attended the annual Jackson Heights Beautification Group’s (JHBG) Tree Lighting with state Senator Jose Peralta, Assembly Member Francisco Moya and Friends of Divers More...

Celebrate Grand Opening Of Brand- New Elmhurst Library

As we went to press on Tuesday… More...

Dutch Kills Civic Celebrates Holidays & New Officers

The December meeting of the Dutch Kills Civic Association consisted of a holiday party, which was preceded by a swearing in of new officers by Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan. (L. More...

The Story Of Chanukah

The story of Chanukah begins in the reign of Alexander the Great. Alexander conquered Syria, Egypt and Judea, but allowed the people under his control to continue observing their own religions and retain a certain degree of autonomy. More...

The Ties That Bind

Attending the United Community Civic Association’s annual Holiday Brunch were Queens Gazette Publisher Tony Barsamian; Community District Education Council 30 Superintendent Dr. Philip A. More...

Take a Photo With Sarah Claus

It’s well-known that Queens is the most diverse county in the United States. The Made In Queens store in Long Island City will celebrate this distinction while spreading holiday cheer on Saturday, Dec. 17th, from noon to 2 pm. More...

Local Express

Greg Walsh

For over 30 years, Greg Walsh has been selling Christmas trees and spreading Christmas cheer around the city. Beginning in his own neighborhood of College Point, Greg has expanded to two other locations in Queens. More...

Ask Dr. Universe

Dr. Universe: How do bugs walk on water? —Annelise W., 6, Seattle, WA  Dear Annelise,  The other day I was out ice skating when I started thinking about your question. More...

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Officially Topped Off

The long effort to rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church took another step forward and upward, as a six-foot three-inch high Justinian cross was placed atop its dome last month. More...

The Pulpit

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The Open Air Water Power Museum

On The Road in Greece:

I went back in time to a period when water power decided the outcome of war. Water power was a decisive factor in the successful Greek Revolution in 1821. More...

Taminent Celebrates 85th Dinner Dance

The Taminent Regular Democratic Club celebrated their 85th annual Dinner Dance at Riccardo’s by the Bridge. More...

Durst Organization Acquires LIC Clock Tower Site

The developers of a 77-story “Super Tower” that was to be built next to the iconic clock tower building at Queens Plaza, have sold the property to the Durst Organization for $173.5 million.  More...

NYPD Insiders Examine 175 Years of Crime

“An extensive buffet of New York City’s real crime history, served up in spicy bite-sized portions.”–Raymond W. Kelly, Former NYC Police Commissioner More...

A #QueensValues Holiday Card

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer’s team has prepared their annual holiday greetings in a #QueensValues holiday card. More...

St. Nicholas Remembered As Santa Claus At Greek Orthodox Vespers

“Santa Claus is alive! He is St. Nicholas. He gives us hope. Bring children here to see the icon of St. Nicholas,” said Rev. Eugene Pappas, guest speaker at the St. Nicholas of Flushing Vespers Feast Day, December 5th, 2016. More...

Taminent Collects Toys For Tots

The Taminent Regular Democratic Club collected toys at their annual Holiday Party to donate to children in need through Toys for Tots. More...

Ushering In A Season Of Peace

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and her Queens General Assembly held a December 13th holiday celebration entitled “Season of Peace.” The event was inspired by the fact that three ho More...

Lights Will Shine Over Ditmars

A team of Astoria movers and shakers took time from their Christmas preparations last week, to make sure that holiday lights will shine over commercial strips in the Ditmars area next winter.  More...

Astoria-LIC Kiwanis Holiday Turkey Donation

The Astoria-Long Island City Kiwanis Club donated over 1,000 pounds of holiday turkeys to the needy in our community. The club purchased all the turkeys from K&T Meat Market. More...

The DeVito Family & Friends Attend UCCA Brunch

At the recent United Community Civic Association annual Holiday Brunch Felix DeVito, a community oriented businessman posed for some photos. More...

Chanukah, However You Spell It

The following is an account of the history of Chanukah as told in December 2008, by the late Astoria icon and Gazette Community Liaison, Julian “Julie” Wager, who passed away suddenly in 2010. More...

MMI’s Major Exhibition On Director Martin Scorsese

The first exhibition devoted to the life and work of Martin Scorsese, one of the most influential of contemporary filmmakers, made its American debut on December 11, and runs until April 23, 2017 at the Museum of the Moving Image. More...

Be A Big Apple Greeter

Ahh, the holidays are upon us, and you know what that means: TOURISTS! Coming from all over the world, these tourists spend a majority of their time in Manhattan, traveling around cliché neighborhoods and not truly getting the New York experience. More...

BP Katz Welcomes ‘Bull’ Start To Queens

Michael Weatherly, star of the CBS series, “Bull,” and a former star of the CBS show, “NCIS,” posed with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Julie Menin, Commissioner of 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...

Astoria Park Pool Group: ‘Restore Historic Diving Pool’

Astoria Park and Aquatic Preservation (APAAP), a grassroots organization formed to support the restoration and re-opening of the Astoria Park diving pool, has repeatedly been stymied, they said, by claims by Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandow More...

Officials Collect Winter Coats For Families In Need

Council Member Costa Constantinides, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, and Assembly Member-elect Brian Barnwell gathered on December 16 with nearly 100 winter coats donated by community members for families in need. More...

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