2019-02-06 E-Edition

Presenting Pages From Long Island Star Journal

Photo public domain Welcome to February 1921! The oldest Queens deed, bearing a 1653 date, was finally publicly recorded. For “love and affection” together with 85 pounds of lawful money, David Springsteen sold 26 acres to his son. Today part of Kew Gardens and Forest Hills, the land was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in 1921. Found in private […]

Democratic Orgs Host Astoria Public Advocate Forum

The Taminent Regular Democratic Club, Powhatan & Pocahontas Democratic Club, and the Queens County Young Democrats (QYCD) co-hosted a candidates’ forum on the evening of Wednesday, January 30th, featuring 10 of the contenders in the February 26 special election for New York City public advocate. The forum took place at the Omonoia Cretan’s Association in Astoria. “Astoria residents and all […]


Dr. Hossein Rahemi

Dr. Hossein Rahemi, the engineering and technology department chair at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, is the facilitator of Vaughn’s annual participation in the VEX Robotics World Championship. The Vaughn College Robotics Team, the only US team that competed among seven international teams in the VEX U Competition, earned first place for the robotics skills champion category and are […]

CKO Kickboxing has arrived to Maspeth

CKO Kickboxing has arrived in Maspeth Queens. With over 90 locations nationwide, this is the first to arrive to the southwestern part of Queens. Classes maximize exercise efficiency through kickboxing and high intensity maneuvers. Open to all types of athletic abilities, from those just starting to exercise to those in great shape, the workouts do a great job of comfortably […]

Petland Discounts To Close?

Petland Discounts is likely to close all its locations, 78 in the tristate area. The founder and sole proprietor Neil Padrone died of bladder cancer on January 14. He was 74 years old. A neighborhood institution for many Queens residents since 1965, Petland currently employs 367 people. The chain filed notice that it would close on April 18, in compliance […]

Usha Balrup Promoted To Vice President Market Manager

FCSB has appointed 30-year veteran of the banking industry, Usha Balrup, vice president market manager. In her new role, Balrup will oversee the business development team and expansion of lending efforts. She will also set the direction for FCSB’s brand of personal banking and reputation in the business community. Balrup joined FCSB in 2017 as vice president business development officer. […]

Overhaul Of NYCHA Properties Citywide Agreement

When US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson recently visited the Queensbridge Houses, a federal takeover of the beleaguered New York City Housing Authority, the largest in the nation, became a real possibility. “There’s a host of things that are going to be required that I think are reasonable and that can be accomplished. If it can be accomplished […]

Letters to the Editor

No Free Ride “A Lowered Fare Is More Fair” (Editorial, January 30) is easier said than done. The MTA is currently contemplating a fare increase rather than a decrease to deal with this year’s operating deficits of several hundred million. The capital side shortfall is in the billions. Longterm MTA debt exceeds $40 billion. This results in debt service payments […]

Labor And Allies Come Together To Support Amazon Headquarters

On Wednesday, January 30th, members of organized labor, including the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, 32BJ and State Ironworkers District Council, as well as the Long Island City Partnership, Urban Upbound, and Queens Chamber of Commerce rallied at the steps of City Hall in support of Amazon choosing Long Island City for its new headquarters. With […]