Queens

Author Obioma Nwokolo (Photo via Forest Hills Times)

An African Princess Story to Inspire Girls

African, Queens, Youth December 1, 2017 at 5:07 pm

Obioma Nwokolo, a Forest Hills resident originally from Nigeria, shares with Forest Hills Times the book series and accompanying dolls she created to instill confidence in young girls.

(Photo by Mark Hallum via Times Ledger)

Action on a Queens Burial Ground?

African American, History, Queens December 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Times Ledger reports on the prospects for a restoration of Old Towne Burial Ground in Flushing.

The East Elmhurst Corona Alliance protests at LaGuardia Airport. (Photo via Queens Tribune)

Protesting Contracting Practices and More at LGA

Business, Queens November 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm

This is the third year that clergy and others protested to urge that the state increase contracting with minority and women-owned businesses in connection with the $8 billion upgrade of LaGuardia Airport, reports Queens Tribune.

Witnesses said Chinese girls jumped from there. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinese Massage Parlor Worker Dies in Police Raid

Business, East Asian, Queens November 28, 2017 at 5:09 pm

In reporting on a massage parlor worker who jumped to her death during a police raid in Flushing, Sing Tao Daily looks into the background of the Chinese immigrant and how some massage parlors affect area businesses.

Jackson Heights Islamic Center and Mosque President Mirza Rahman. (Photo by Richard Loria via Queens Chronicle)

Bangladeshis Help the Rohingya: ‘It Is Only Natural’

Queens, South Asian November 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm

The Bangladeshi community in NYC is raising money, and awareness, in support of the Rohingya, reports Queens Chronicle.

Cosme Aguilar, 41, began working in the kitchen of a French restaurant as a doorman and performing cleaning duties. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

From Auto Mechanic to High-End Chef

Business, Food, Queens November 21, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Casa Enrique, the first and only Mexican restaurant in the city with the prestigious Michelin star, is run by an immigrant chef with no cooking training, El Diario/La Prensa reports.  

Talukder came to the United States in the 1980s, when he was still a teenager, and qualified for the late amnesty program for green cards in 1990, he said. He later filed for asylum after receiving death threats from the Jamaat Islami Party, a fundamentalist party, while visiting Bangladesh, he said. (Photo by Katie Honan via City Limits)

Bangladeshi Father in Queens ‘Fears the Worst’

Immigration, Queens, South Asian November 17, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Riaz Talukder “fears the worst” ahead of his ICE check-in on Nov. 20 after agents told him last month “to return with a passport and a plane ticket back to Bangladesh,” writes City Limits.

Honorees of the 2017 Ambassador Awards, presented by TimesLedger newspapers to Queens immigrants who have made a difference in our community in the fields of medicine, art, business, law and philanthropy. (Photo by Michael Shain via Times Ledger)

‘Queens Heroes’ Celebrated

Twenty-five immigrants from different fields were honored by Times Ledger.

Souksavat Soukhaseum (Photo via New York Jewish Life)

The Future of a Century-Old Flushing Synagogue

History, Jewish, Queens November 10, 2017 at 4:53 pm

New York Jewish Life describes how the century-old Free Synagogue of Flushing is “experiencing a renaissance.”

An eruv on the Lower East Side, Manhattan (Photo by Ella, Creative Commons license)

Opinion: ‘Why the Eruv Matters’

Jewish, Metro Area, Opinion, Queens October 31, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Commentary in The Bukharian Times describes how the Bukharian Jewish community in Queens can relate to the eruv controversy in Mahwah, New Jersey.

Destruction left behind by Hurricane Sandy. (Photo courtesy of Rockaway Youth Task Force via Amsterdam News)

Sandy, Five Years On

Brooklyn, Environment, Metro Area, Queens October 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm

For the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, numerous community publications marked the occasion.

Assemblyman Ron Kim speaks about a bill he and state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, left, are pushing to prevent deadly bus crashes like the one in Flushing last month. Young Lim, center, whose husband was injured in the Northern Boulevard collision, came out in support. (Photo by Ryan Brady via Queens Chronicle)

Flushing Officials Seek Tighter Regulations for Private Buses

Government, New York, Queens, Transportation October 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm

Following the deadly bus crash in Flushing last month, Assemblymember Ron Kim and state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, have introduced bills to strengthen regulations on private buses, reports Queens Chronicle.

City Council member Peter Koo (left) and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, deputy commissioner for the division of disease control at the NYC Dept. of Health (Photo by Cecilia Li via Sing Tao Daily)

Urging Calm Over Legionnaires’ Disease Cases in Flushing

Health, Queens October 26, 2017 at 11:54 pm

The NYC Health Department and City Council member Peter Koo held a joint press conference about the Legionnaires’ disease cases in Flushing, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Jersey City mayoral candidate Bill Matsikoudis (standing) (Photo via Greek News)

Greek-American NJ Mayoral Candidate Heads to Astoria

Elections 2017, Queens, Western European October 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Jersey City mayoral candidate Bill Matsikoudis spoke at a fundraising event in Astoria about his Greek heritage and what led him to dedicate his life to public service, reports Greek News.

The statue of a young girl in traditional Korean clothing sits in the Museum of Korean American Heritage in Manhattan as a memorial to “comfort women.” It has become a symbol for human rights everywhere, especially women and girls, whom scholars say are most vulnerable to exploitation. (Photo by Annabelle Blair via Times Ledger)

First NYC ‘Comfort Women’ Statue Unveiled

East Asian, Manhattan, Queens October 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm

The Korean American Association of Greater New York installed the city’s first comfort women statue at its Museum of Korean American Heritage in Manhattan, reports Times Ledger.