It’s In Queens! (Dec. 4 to Dec. 10)

There’s some outdoor fun, but Queens is still heavy on the online events this week. That doesn’t thwart the diversity, though, which includes Mexican dance, hot jazz, niceness kits, free admission, holiday trees, high-octane brains, vegan dumplings, and crazy quilts.   Dec. 4, Navidad: A Mexican-American Christmas, 7 pm. Calpulli Mexican Dance Company screens excerpts from its showcase production, “Navidad: […]

2020-12-02 E-Edition

Santa Starts His Rounds

Central Astoria LDC’s First Astoria Community Pop-Up Event

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition hosted its first pop-up event on Saturday, November (highlighting Small Business Saturday) along Steinway Street, 30th Avenue and Broadway. The pop-up event rang in the holiday shopping season by showcasing Astoria’s business districts and their small businesses, and featured an array of contactless and socially distant performances throughout the afternoon. Pop-ups included FunikiJam World […]

I On Politics

IN MEMORY OF MAYOR DAVID DINKINS: Rep. Carolyn Maloney: “Yesterday (November 23), New York City lost an icon. Mayor David Dinkins was a kind and empathetic man who led New York City during difficult times. I am proud to have known him and worked with him on important initiatives for our ‘gorgeous mosaic’ of a city. The countless programs he […]

Turkey Distribution To Astoria Houses Tenants Without Cooking Gas

In response to a severe gas leak in Astoria Houses that has left residents without gas for their stoves, Bishop Mitchell Taylor; Claudia Coger, President of the Astoria Tenant Association; and Councilmember Costa Constantinides collaborated with Innovation Queens to generously provide cooked Thanksgiving turkeys for residents in need. Some residents have been without the means to cook since September 23rd, […]

The Holidays Are Coming—No Matter What

The Holidays Are Coming – No Matter What We certainly will be glad when we can stop writing about how COVID has invaded every aspect of our lives, throughout an entire year, and maybe more. But the holidays are coming, regardless. And provided we are not foolish about it, we can still celebrate to an extent. Hopefully everyone had a […]

Letters to the Editor

Don’t Hold Your Breath To The Editor: One failure for outgoing NYC Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg was her inability to advance NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s favorite $2.7 billion Brooklyn Queens Street Car Connector (BQX) project under her watch. It is no surprise that due to the financial crises as a result of COVID-19 on the municipal budget, NYC Mayor […]

Thanksgiving 2020 And Gratitude


President & CEO, Queens Chamber of Commerce During a time when it is tough to see an end to this pandemic with food shortages, bills piling up and general malaise and uncertainty, it is important to pause, reflect and yes – be thankful. The current challenge knows no language – no GED, college degree or MBA required to feel the […]

Queens Chamber Thanks Outgoing SJU President, Welcomes New President

Thomas J. Grech, President & CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the oldest and largest business association in Queens, issued the following statement on the retirement of Dr. Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, outgoing President of St. John’s University, and the appointment of Reverend Brian J. Shanley, O.P. as his successor: “The Queens Chamber of Commerce would like to extend their […]

Gianaris Joins Stewart-Cousins To Announce New Senate Supermajority

NYS Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris joined NYS Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins to announce they will have enough Democratic members to hold a two-thirds supermajority. This will mean the Senate Democratic Majority will be the largest majority conference in the history of the state Senate. Senator Gianaris said, “Under Democratic leadership, we have secured the largest Senate majority […]