Queens

Alison Tan is challenging two-term Councilman Peter Koo. (Photo by Jon Cronin via Queens Tribune)

Alison Tan, Peter Koo’s Challenger, on Developers and More

East Asian, Elections 2017, Politics, Queens, Real Estate June 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Alison Tan, a Flushing community board member, is challenging City Council member Peter Koo. Her husband Ron Kim of the NYS Assembly initially endorsed Koo, Queens Tribune reports.

Celebrating Queens through Its ‘Endless Entrees’

Celebrating Queens through Its ‘Endless Entrees’

Food, Queens June 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm

A special section in Queens Chronicle profiles more than 15 ethnic cuisines found in the borough and originating from four continents.

At the Adhikaar June 8 event. (Photo via Everest Times)

Adhikaar: Stories of Help at a Fundraiser

New York, Queens, Social Services, South Asian June 21, 2017 at 12:31 pm

The organization Adhikaar, which helps members of the Nepalese community, held an event June 8 to review its accomplishments and raise money, Everest Times reports.

“Memorabilia recalling the outcry over the 1990 hate crime murder of Julio Rivera in Jackson Heights and the anti-gay opposition to the ‘Children of the Rainbow’ school curriculum,” writes Andy Humm. (Photo by Humm for Gay City News)

Exhibit Explores ‘Coming Out in Queens’

Culture, LGBTQ, Queens June 19, 2017 at 3:40 pm

“The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens,” a multimedia exhibit at the Queens Museum, features personal items from City Council members Daniel Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer, report Gay City News and Queens Chronicle.

(Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

Real Estate and a Queens Primary Race

Elections 2017, Queens, Real Estate June 16, 2017 at 4:32 pm

A column in Queens Latino looks at how real estate concerns could affect the Democratic primary race for the 21st District City Council seat, currently occupied by Julissa Ferreras-Copeland.

(Screenshot via video of the 2017 Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights)

Queens’ Gay Latinos – Proud, but Wary of Trump

Immigration, Latino, LGBTQ, Queens June 5, 2017 at 5:40 pm

While celebrating their parade in Jackson Heights, Latino members of the LGBT community expressed concerns that the Trump administration’s immigration policies will erode their rights, health and safety, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Profiling Prominent Guyanese in Queens

Profiling Prominent Guyanese in Queens

Queens, South American May 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm

To mark Guyana’s 51st year of independence, Queens Tribune is running a series of profiles of notable figures in the borough’s Guyanese community, from activists to entrepreneurs.

KCS Executive Director Linda Lee, Borough President Melinda Katz, local lawmakers and stakeholders break ground at the site on May 16. (Photo by Suzanne Monteverdi via QNS)

Korean Nonprofit Opens in ‘Groundbreaking’ Event

East Asian, Queens, Social Services May 18, 2017 at 1:19 pm

Korean Community Services has moved into the former site of the Bayside Jewish Center and held a groundbreaking ceremony attended by community and public officials, reports QNS.

Some of the offerings at the South Asian Council for Social Services’ food pantry in Flushing. (Photo via News India Times)

The Need for City’s Only South Asian Food Pantry

Food, Queens, Social Services, South Asian May 17, 2017 at 6:11 pm

Ten months after the South Asian Council for Social Services started the city’s only South Asian food pantry, it is seeing an increasing number every week of people in need, reports Desi Talk.

(Photo via Queens Tribune)

Queens Pols Worry Over School Incident

Education, Immigration, Queens May 16, 2017 at 4:25 pm

Queens politicians expressed concerns over keeping immigration officers out of the schools after an incident last week, reports Queens Tribune.

Councilman Vincent Gentile, after the passage of bill 1218-A banning illegal subdivisions in residential spaces. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

New Law Imposes Harsh Penalties on Illegal Home Conversions

Brooklyn, Housing, Immigration, New York, Queens May 10, 2017 at 9:51 pm

The City Council passed a bill further restricting the illegal partitioning of homes, a dangerous practice to increase rents that affects particularly Hispanic tenants targeted by unscrupulous landlords, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Alison Tan announcing her bid to unseat Council member Peter Koo (Photo by Ryan Brady via Queens Chronicle)

Wife of Ron Kim to Run Against Peter Koo

Elections 2017, Politics, Queens May 9, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Alison Tan, the wife of Ron Kim, announced she will challenge City Council member Peter Koo in the upcoming Democratic primary, reports Queens Chronicle.

In Long Island City, 134 new buildings are being erected. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

Amid Building Boom, LIC Wonders Where the Green Areas Are

Environment, Housing, Queens May 9, 2017 at 11:59 am

Long Island City activists and residents worry that the urban development that is creating new housing and more jobs will starve the neighborhood of much-needed green spaces, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Astoria Performing Arts Center’s “Raisin” is being revived four decades since the last New York production. The musical revival will feature choreographer Tamrin Goldberg, left, and actress Sarita Amani Nash, right. (Photo by Terrance O’Kane via Times Ledger)

‘Raisin’ Returns to NY After Four Decades

Black, Culture, Queens May 5, 2017 at 5:35 pm

Times Ledger and Queens Gazette cover the revival in Astoria of “Raisin,” which is being staged as a full production for the first time in 42 years. The musical is an adaption of “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry whose legacy is described in an Amsterdam News piece.

Jaime-Faye Bean is in her second month as the director of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District. (Photo by Christopher Barca via Queens Chronicle)

Sunnyside BID Director Draws on Time Abroad

Business, Queens April 28, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Jaime-Faye Bean, the new leader of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, tells Queens Chronicle she draws from her experiences living abroad when working with locals in the diverse neighborhood.