Santa’s Welcome A Blockbuster

With a personal invitation from the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition (CALDC), Santa made his first appearance of the season Monday evening when, accompanied by Mrs. Claus he came to the Queens Borough Public Library, Broadway branch, in his limousine, and what a grand appearance it was! He was greeted by a phenomenal crowd of hundreds of children and their […]

Calendar of Events

Holiday Galas Dec. 10, 1 to 5 p.m., Kidz Care Junior Civic Association party, kids must be accompanied by an adult ; American Legion Hall, 107-15 Metropolitan Ave. Dec. 10, 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., Queens County Farm Museum Wreathmaking Workshop, registration required, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park; 718-347-FARM. Dec. 10, 7 p.m., St. John’s University 18th Annual Christmas […]

Avella Comes Out In Opposition To Term Limits Extension

City Councilmember Tony Avella, who in the past has not agreed with his colleagues on some controversial issues, has come out in opposition to the council’s quest to extend the term they may serve and declared that if the effort is successful, he will not run for election to a third term. “I was elected to the city council because […]

On the brief side… Lunch Boxes Recalled

The office of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has reached an agreement with Fast Forward LLC, a Manhattan wholesaler of consumer products, for the recall of thousands of children’s lunch boxes identified as an environmental risk because lead was used in their manufacture. Between March and September of this year, thousands of soft plastic and mesh lunch boxes […]

‘The Whole World Is Dancing’ Is Folk Dance Introduction

Book Review

The Whole World Is Dancing Marble House Editions Rego Park 32 pp. $12.95 By Diana Sanders Published by Marble House Editions, The Whole World Is Dancing is a children’s book written and illustrated by Elizabeth Uhlig. Created for youngsters 8 to 12 years of age, the book teaches culture through the use of dance. Written in couplets, it gives a […]

Lafayette Says His Bill Will Relieve High Heating Costs

Seeking to provide some relief to senior citizens on fixed incomes who are facing a drastic predicament as fuel costs zoom out of sight this winter, Assemblymember Ivan Lafayette will shortly file a bill to alleviate high energy costs. Lafayette (D–Jackson Heights), one of the highest ranking Democrats from Queens in the Assembly, said his bill will change a program […]

Major And Local Project Funding Headed Our Way


As Yogi Berra said, it’s deja vu all over again. Three years ago, the city faced a transit strike, set to begin December 15, the day the contract between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Transport Workers Union Local 100 was due to expire. This year, New Yorkers are faced with the same situation, only this time, according to reports, negotiations […]


Protest Parking Lot Sale To The Editor:

We have strong reservations about current HANAC plans to take over the municipal [parking] lot at 29th Street and Astoria Boulevard for senior housing. This plan will decrease the number of public [parking] spaces available to one-third . The small number of remaining [parking] spaces directly accessible to Astoria Boulevard will largely be taken by HANAC visitors and workers. [Advanced […]

Sixty-five Years Ago…

On November 15, 1940 the Queens–Midtown Tunnel opened as the largest non-federal public works project in the nation. During the four years it took to build the tunnel, several commercial photographers took over 4,600 photographs to document the progress of each aspect of its construction. The photographs were mounted on cloth and bound into albums with the subject, date, location […]

Danger in Queens, But Nobody Cares!

Have you ever witnessed a serious accident and not tried to do something to help those who were injured? Probably not! Have you ever passed a smoking fire and not think about reporting it to the fire department? Unlikely! Have you ever passed an opened electrical power transformer box with large frayed wires exposed and totally ignored the potentially dangerous […]