Astoria Studios Going Global?

A major movie studio in Hollywood is holding discussions with Kaufman Astoria Studios in Astoria that could lead to the local production house becoming part of a global movie-making network. Although Kaufman Astoria President Hal Rosenbluth told the New York Times that there was “nothing definitive” in the works, Ron Lynch, president of Culver Studios of California stated in the […]

‘Precious History’ Of Fort Totten

Borough President Helen Marshall. (c.) helped cut the ribbon, on the historic Fort Totten Battery Friday, December 2 with state Senator Frank Padavan (at Marshall’s r.), Congressmember Gary Ackerman (at Marshall’s l.) and city Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe (third from l.) in attendance. The project to ensure the safety and stabilization of the battery was funded […]

Calendar of Events

Holiday Galas Dec. 16, 1 p.m., Kew Gardens Community Center Holiday Party, 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd., Suite 202; 718-268-5960. To Dec. 16, Bank of America 2005 Holiday Toy Drive; to locate a branch go to To Dec. 16, Community Board 2 Holiday Toy Drive; 43-22 50th St., 2nd Floor, Woodside, Fri, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17, […]

Spitzer–Suozzi Primary May Come From One Of AG’s Wall St. Targets

One of New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s high-profile investigations of Wall Street types could be the springboard for Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi to get into the Democratic primary for governor against frontrunner Spitzer. This scenario emerged last Friday as Kenneth G. Langone, a former New York Stock Exchange executive who’s awaiting trial on charges brought by Spitzer, lambasted […]

Book Review


The Tale of Jackie Berry By Joan Eiseman Illustrations by the author 31 pp.; paperback Marble House Editions Rego Park $12.95 Time has a different meaning for children. Yesterday is, truly dead and gone. Their parents’ childhoods seem almost too distant to be real, those of grandparents even more remote. Joan Eiseman’s first work, The Tale of Jackie Berry , […]

Avella Seeks To Improve Veterans’ Property Tax Exemption

City Councilmember Tony Avella has requested that the state legislature amend the sections of the state property tax law which provide for the veterans’ partial property tax exemption in order to gain as much as $400 more a year from that benefit for some vets. Avella’s objective is the elimination of the School Tax Add Back which is included in […]

Gianaris—Wisely—Chooses To Remain In Assembly Editorial

When a candidate who shows a strong chance of winning suddenly drops out of a campaign, some feelings of letdown inevitably follow. That was the case when Assemblymember Michael Gianaris stepped aside from the race for state attorney general last week. It is believed by some that the Democrats have a good chance of winning–and retaining–the attorney general’s office being […]


Thanks For Bus Passes To The Editor:

I must applaud the fantastic advocacy of our local and federal legislators for having the city in their best interests and providing us with grants for transportation and continued free bus passes for high school students on express buses. This shows the dedication of our lawmakers and we praise them. During this holiday season, Clinton, Schumer, Weprin and Maloney have […]

Freedom Train Rolls Into Queens

Get into a conversation with a long-time Queens resident and you’re likely to discover a subscriber of the Long Island Star-Journal , a daily paper that informed the community about local and world news until it folded in 1968. A banner across the Star-Journal masthead reminded readers that the newspaper’s name came from the merger of the Long Island Daily […]

Press Need For Affordable Housing In Queens West

Elected officials in Queens and housing advocates from around the city, citing the need for affordable housing in this borough, called for a major construction initiative on the Queens West development site in Long Island City. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall declared: “The need for affordable housing is not a new idea, but an old one that needs to be […]