Neighborhood Development News

New Astoria Residential The owner of a parcel at 25-28 30th Drive in Astoria has filed permits to develop a seven-story residential building at the site, according to a post on the YIMBY (Yes, In My Back Yard) website. The proposed 70-foot-tall development would likely feature 43,747-square-feet of residential space with 18 condominium units, a cellar, a 38-foot-long rear yard […]

Crime Watch

Hunt Armed Gas Station Crook Police are searching for a gunman who held up a Jackson Heights gas station on April 13th. Cops said the man was captured on CCTV as he walked into the BP Gas Station at 75-15 Northern Boulevard at about 11:40 p.m., where he flashed a weapon at employees, jumped behind a counter and demanded cash […]

Neighborhood News

Astoria Cops Aid In Special Deliveries Community Affairs officers at the 114th Precinct have been delivering more than just hope to local residents who need a helping hand during the recent citywide shutdown. Officers Carlos Chacon and Mujibulla, “Mashi,” Mashriqi have joined forces with community organizations, local schools and pantries to deliver food to residents living within the command who […]

Commonpoint Queens Staff Unsung Heroes

Central Queens Y, continues to serve the community in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since closing their doors to traditional programming on Monday, March 16th Commonpoint Queensʼ staff immediately pivoted to virtual services for their clients including live stream and on-demand programs for everything from early childhood learning to exercise classes, and from mental health counseling for older adults […]


Company Donating Thousands of Face Shields To Protect Those on the Front Line Con Edison is drawing on the expertise of its workers in a Bronx machine shop to manufacture 40,000 face shields for Westchester County health-care workers who are treating coronavirus patients. The company today turned the first 6,000 plastic shields over to Westchester County Executive George Latimer and […]

2020 Easter at Greek Orthodox Cathedral of San Giorgio dei Greci, Venice

2020 Corona virus in Italy has rendered the churches empty. Persons are watching services online. Rev. Nicholas Madaro emailed a photo of  his parish at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of  San Giorgio dei Greci (Saint George) in Venice during Greek Orthodox Easter week. A beautiful, spiritual church without parishioners. This is how all Greek Orthodox Christians will remember Easter 2020. […]

Internet in Bloom for The Layperson

This is the second consecutive Internet in Bloom column about COVID-19 aka the Corona virus in the hope that our readers may learn more helpful information via the Internet.   If you visit you will note that the only debt that should be garnished from our federal stimulus package checks should be child support as there is precedent in […]

Springtime At Socrates Park

Instagram user @photosbyj2 shared this beautiful image of Socrates Sculpture Park in springtime. From the Director: “Socrates Sculpture Park is OPEN! As a New York City public park, Socrates has been deemed essential during this time and remains open for people to walk on the grass, soak up some sun, and experience the artworks on view (The Socrates Annual exhibition […]

Queens Museum Profiles Queens Night Market Founder

Queens Museum says, “We miss the sense of community we got from having open doors and a place to gather! Until we can open again we are looking for new ways to connect. Once a week we will spotlight a member of our community and ask them to share something: a recipe, an artwork, something they are organizing around this […]

Star Journal: April 1936!

Get into a conversation with a longtime Queens resident and you’re likely to discover a former subscriber of the Long Island Star Journal, a daily paper that informed the community about local and world news until it folded in 1968. Welcome to April 1936! It was the Depression, and some Queens families on relief could cultivate some of the 5,000 […]