Queens Parks, Zoo Are Even More Bear-Able In July

July has been a good month for Queens parks and the Wildlife Conservation Center, better known as the Queens Zoo. Astoria Park, a 65-acre stretch of athletic paradise in Queens with astounding views from its perch on the banks of the East River, has been named the July Park of the Month by the city Department of Parks and Recreation. […]

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Events Community Meetings Clubs

Events Community Meetings Clubs Sep. 11, 8 p.m., JFK Regular Democratic Club of Queens; Aurora Concepts, Parsons Boulevard north of Union Turnpike; 718-591-0100. Sep. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., Middle Village Republican; Trinity Lutheran Church, downstairs, 63-70 Dry Harbor Rd., Middle Village. Community Boards Sep. 18, Oct. 11, Nov. 9, Dec. 14, Board 8; location to […]

Olympic Village May Be Built In Queens West Even Without The Games

Although the city’s Olympic 2012 plans died when London was awarded the games last week, Congressmember Anthony Weiner thinks the Bloomberg mayoral administration should continue plans for Olympics related projects in Queens. Weiner, a candidate for the Democratic mayoral nomination, singled out the Olympic Village in the sprawling Queens West development along the East River in the Hunters Point section […]

Let’s Get Back To Flushing Stadium/Willets Plans Without Delay

Mayor Michael Bloomberg fought the good fight for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but last Wednesday’s victory by London in being chosen for the event closes a major chapter in the Bloomberg mayoral administration. Now, it’s back to running the city, concentrating on his re-election campaign, and picking up the thread of numerous major development projects throughout the city, chief among […]

We Stand By London As London Stood by Us

Last Thursday morning at the height of its rush hour, London, the capital of the United Kingdom, was rocked by three explosions in its Underground, or subway system. One more explosion blew apart one of the city’s famous double-decker buses. As the Gazette goes to press, more than 50 people are known to have died in the blasts and some […]


Remembering Walter Kaner To The Editor:

Our community and our city suffered a great loss on June 26th when Walter Kaner passed away. Throughout his life, Walter touched so many of our lives in so many different and positive ways. He will be deeply missed by those of us who were fortunate enough to know him. As a respected columnist for the Western Queens Gazette , […]

NYC Is Cutting Taxes, Investing In Public Schools Op—ed

By Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg The City Council and I recently reached an agreement on a city budget for the new fiscal year, which will run from now through next July. This marked the fourth year in a row that we’ve reached a fair and balanced budget on time. And that’s a tribute to all of our city’s elected officials […]

Anna-Marie Vallone Is Commerce Bank Vice President

Commerce Bank (NYSE: CBH), “America’s Most Convenient Bank,” has named Anna-Marie Vallone vice president, commercial lending. In her new role, Vallone will develop customized lending solutions for a wide range of Commerce Bank commercial clients in Queens. Vallone joins Commerce with 12 years of banking experience. She most recently served as a vice president/relationship manager at JP MorganChase. A resident […]

Queens Projects To Go Forward Despite Loss Of Games

Queens officials wasted little time lamenting the loss of the 2012 Summer Olympics, instead focusing on the benefits gained from the effort and looking ahead to a future campaign to win the 2016 games. Enthusiasm is still running high to get on with planning for the new Mets stadium in Flushing along with the Willets Point makeover, both projects a […]

Muni-Meters On Bell Blvd.

Councilmember Tony Avella (D–Bayside) and Department of Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall announced the installation of muni-meters in Bayside’s shopping and business districts. The meters replace 175 individual parking meters along Bell Boulevard from 35th Avenue to 45th Road and on Northern Boulevard from 210th to 215th Streets. The move was endorsed by Judy Limpert, Bayside Business Association president, who said, […]