November 22, 2017 RSS feed / Features

President Trump's Father & The Ku Klux Klan

A Historic Question Answered

The Major Emmet D. Smith Klan No. 38, Knights of the Invisible Empire.The year was 1915 Birth of a Nation by D.W. More...

On the Road in Greece: Businesses in Tripolis

  Small businesses predominant in the provincial city of Tripolis, in the middle of the Arcadian mountains. I visited Sypsis Meat Market to thank them for helping me in an accident. More...

Justice For All Discusses Overdevelopment And Affordability

Tales of 21st century Long Island City are told again and again in meetings of the Justice for All Coalition (J4A) – zoning changes with huge construction development as a result; industrial and residential displacement owing to rising rents; t More...

‘Voodoo Economics’   More...

Crystal Holds Fundraiser For St. Mary’s Hospital For Children

Steve Chen, COO for national manufacturer Crystal Window & Door Systems, was the honoree for St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children (St. Mary’s Kids) at the hospital’s Tribute Dinner on Monday, November 6. More...

Homelessness Of Students Still A Problem In NYC Public Schools

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month and one in every 10 students in New York City public schools has experienced homelessness during the 2016-17 school year, more than 104,000 students, according to an October 10 New York Times report More...

MTA To Increase 7, N, W Service In June

Starting this coming June, the MTA will be increasing subway service along the 7, N, and W lines.  The MTA periodically adjusts schedules based on ridership demand and needs, and below are the specific additions:   7 trains: Four addition More...

Queens Student Awarded An Eleftheria Scholarship

Jacqueline Christopher Waldman, a Queens high school student at the Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Astoria, was selected by the Mid-Atlantic Greek American Foundation to receive the Eleftheria Scholarship. More...

Meng Meets With Transportation Secretary

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) met with United States Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao where the two discussed excessive aircraft noise over Queens and improving charter bus safety in the wake of the charter bus crash in Flushing. More...

The History Of Thanksgiving And Its Celebrations

Throughout history mankind has celebrated the bountiful harvest with thanksgiving ceremonies.  More...

Over 700 Turkeys Distributed To Local Organizations, Schools

NYS Senator Jose Peralta and Woodside on the Move, alongside cosponsors and community-based organizations, donated on November 14 more than 700 turkeys to local and faith-based organizations, schools, and senior and daycare centers in time for the Th More...

Get A Head Start With Holiday Shopping At Astoria Bookshop

Now that we’re halfway through November, it’s time to start thinking about what to get your friends and family for the holidays. Need some help choosing the perfect book for your quirky coworker? Your hilarious aunt? More...

Long Island City Awards Gala

Nearly 350 business, tech, real estate and civic leaders attended the 30th annual Long Island City Awards Gala, hosted by the Long Island City Partnership, on November 14. More...

5th Annual Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Celebration

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition announced that it will be hosting its “5th Annual Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting Celebration” in December. More...

Astoria Comedian Greg ‘The Greek’ Kritikos Is At It Again!

The rising star of the Astoria comedy world has finally arrived and is ready to take his tough guy comedian act to new heights. More...

QCA’s “CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS”

Queens Council on the Arts will host “Creative Conversations” at the SUNY Queens Educational Opportunity Center on Wednesday, November 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m. More...

St. Francis Prep Showcases Talent At Annual Christmas Concerts

On Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9, St. Francis Preparatory School’s Music Department will host their annual Christmas Concerts, in Prep’s Brother Ralph Clifford Memorial Auditorium. More...

The Pulpit

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Hunt Suspect In Commercial Robberies

Police are searching for a serial bandit who made off with more than $2,000 from laundromats in Astoria and Woodside in early November.  The same man is also a suspect in a grab-and-run robbery at a Woodside Dunkin’ Donuts store on Septemb More...

Veterans Helping Veterans At The Grand Rehabilitation And Nursing

Understanding the importance of Veterans Day, veteran residents at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens gave back to their fellow brothers and sisters in arms by hosting a unique “Veterans Helping Veterans” event Wednesday, Nove More...

Two Landmark Street Safety Bills By Van Bramer Pass City Council

Two pieces of landmark street safety legislation authored by City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer passed the New York City Council. More...

Katz Meets With Armenian American Leaders

Representatives from the Armenian National Committee of America – Eastern Region met with Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in Queens Borough Hall on November 13. More...

Following Byzantine Footsteps: Mausoleum of Galla Placidia

   Daughter, sister, Mother of Emperors, captive of barbarians, incest, this was the life of Galla Placidia. Used as a political tool in royal marriages, she had a hard life. More...

Missing Medals Secured For Queens Korean War Veteran

House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (DNY) was joined by NYS Assembly Member Michael DenDekker, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, to present military service replacement medals to Jackson Heights resident Robert West, a More...

Vallo Transportation Hosts Special Bullying Prevention Presentation

Vallo Transportation promoted their fifth annual anti-bullying awareness campaign, the “No Bullying Zone.” To celebrate this milestone anniversary, the company increased outreach efforts in the community and hosted a special bullying prev More...

HEAP Makes Home Heating Bills More Affordable

Autumn may have blessed us with extra sunshine and warmer-than-average temperatures this year, but that doesn’t mean that winter is going to be as kind. More...

Maloney Requests Fearless Girl Statue Remain In Place

On Friday, November 17, Congress Member Carolyn B. More...

Winner Of Annual Veterans Day Essay Contest Announced

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY), announced the winner of his annual Veterans Day essay competition for New York’s 14th Congressional District, which asked students to write about what it means to commemorate the holiday. More...

Senator Ritchie Welcomed At Flushing Library

NYS Senator Toby Ann Stavisky welcomed Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the NYS Senate Select Committee on Libraries, to the Queens Library in Flushing. The Flushing Library is the busiest library in the nation, averaging 5,000 people per day. More...

Good News For Ridgewood Reservoir

Assembly Member Catherine Nolan released a statement regarding the Ridgewood Reservoir:  More...

The History Of Thanksgiving And Its Celebrations

Arriving in Massachusetts in late November, the Pilgrims sought a suitable landing place. More...

Local-Express

Maura Serpagli

Maura Serpagli is a 30-something mom of two small boys. She is a native New Yorker who claims she won’t leave Astoria unless it is in a body bag. More...

Santa’s Coming To Steinway Street!

Santa will be making a special appearance on Steinway Street on Sunday, December 3. Come join in the festivities that will kick off the most wonderful time of the year, with the one and only Santa Claus. More...

UCCA’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The United Community Civic Association (UCCA) is holding its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, December 4, at 5 p.m., in McManus Memorial Park at 81st St. and Grand Central Service Rd. More...

The Priceless Gift Of Holiday Gab

My favorite dish at our holiday dinners never has anything to do with food. It’s the savory conversations that I crave. The heartfelt chatter of close family and friends enhances each occasion like a special mix of spices. Salty. Sweet. More...

ASO To Play LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and The Astoria Symphony Orchestra present “Let it Snow,” a swingin’ holiday concert and visit with Santa Claus on December 9 at 3 p.m.  More...

St. Demetrios Students Help Clean Athens Square Park

Approximately 25 students representing the Saint Demetrios High School Student Council and National Honor Society, Athenian Chapter, braved the falling temperatures and windy conditions to assist in cleaning Athens Square Park on Friday, November 17. More...

Celebrating National Baklava Day In Bayside

Frequent Letter to the Editor contributor Larry Penner and his wife, Wendy, celebrate National Baklava Day on November 17, at Fontana Famous Pizza & Gyro in Bayside. More...

St. Andrew Avellino Church And Academy Annual Dinner

On Thursday, November 16 over 200 people attended the 103rd Annual Dinner at Terrace on the Park for St. Andrew Avellino Church and Academy. Over $45,000 was raised.   More...

Gunpoint Robbery At Woodside Pizza Hut

A man got more than a slice and a Coke at a Woodside Pizza Hut.  Police are searching for an armed robber who walked into a Pizza Hut Restaurant at 51-40 Northern Boulevard on November 12, pulled a gun and demanded that workers fork over cash fr More...

House Vote On Flood Insurance ‘Breaks Promises’

House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement after House Republicans approved its flood insurance program: “House Republicans approved a flood insurance program on November 14 that does nothing to address the More...

House Dems On DHS’ Decision To Reconsider Rejected DACA Applications

Leading House Democrats issued the statements below after the Department of Homeland Security announced its decision to reconsider the applications of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients who applied for an extension by the deadline but More...

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