‘Almost Like India, Minus the Animals’

‘Almost Like India, Minus the Animals’

Follow Little India’s Rachel Khona on a trip through the Indian enclave of Jackson Heights, Queens. Walk through supermarkets, sari shops, and jewelry stores, and take a seat at Jackson Diner.

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras unveils her plan to improve Roosevelt Ave. (Photo by Percy D. Luján, via Queens Latino).

Roosevelt Avenue Deal Met With Hope and Concern

Business, Crime, Economy, In the News, Queens March 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Last week’s announcement of a renovation plan for the beleaguered Roosevelt Avenue in Queens has received wide acclaim by the local media, although El Diario-La Prensa also found dissenting voices.

A meeting in Jackson Heights to plan the new Queens Women Chamber of Commerce (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino).

Queens Women Form Chamber of Commerce

Business, Economy, In the News, Queens March 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

A group of Queens women has been meeting weekly to organize a new Women Chamber of Commerce where women can learn from and help each other in their businesses, Queens Latino reports.

Catalina Antonio de NICE (Photo by Marco Aurelio via Queens Latino)

Latinas in Queens Face Challenges

Education, Latino, Queens March 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Queens leaders discuss the difficulties faced by Latinas in the borough who are younger, less educated and make less than other immigrant women. The challenges are compounded by petty rivalries: “When are we going to grow up?” asks one, reports Queens Latino.

Noel Polanco was shot dead by an NYPD detective during an early morning traffic stop in Queens last October. (Photo via El Diario-La Prensa)

El Diario Calls for Firing of Detective in Polanco Case

Crime, Latino, Opinion, Queens March 14, 2013 at 10:27 pm

El Diario-La Prensa is calling for the dismissal of a police detective who fatally shot an unarmed national guardsman after pulling him over last October in Queens, in a scathing editorial entitled “Fire Dt. Hamdy from the NYPD.”

Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio (left) and Vishnu Mahadeo, of the Richmond Hill Economic Development Council, accuse the city of using fines against small business to boost funds at the expense of businesses in the outer boroughs, especially Queens. (Photo by Joseph Orovic/Queens Chronicle)

‘Borough Bias’ Found in Small Business Inspections

Bronx, Business, Queens March 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Data released by the public advocate’s office finds that small businesses in the outer boroughs receive a disproportionate number of visits by city inspectors, and consequently, a higher amount of fines, the Queens Chronicle and The Riverdale Press report.

Thousands of Rockaway residents turned up to celebrate the 38th annual Queens County St Patrick’s Day Parade at Rockaway Beach.

St. Patrick’s Brings Hope to Rockaway

Culture, Environment, Queens, Western European March 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm

This year, perhaps green stood for hope more than luck as thousands of hurricane-weary Rockaway residents celebrated the 38th Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, in a show of resilience, reports Irish Central.

Street Naming Should ‘Rectify’ Injustice to 9/11 Muslim Hero

Street Naming Should ‘Rectify’ Injustice to 9/11 Muslim Hero

Queens, South Asian March 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm

A street in Bayside, Queens, is scheduled to be renamed after Salman Hamdani, a Pakistani-American who gave his life helping others on 9/11 and was first misidentified as a terrorist, the Queens Chronicle reports.

A College Point store owner point out stolen copper fire tube. (Reporter Lu Yin repair, / photography)

Chinese Stores Hit by Copper Robbers

Asian, Crime, In the News, Queens February 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Store owners in College Point complained of an influx of recent burglaries by thieves trying to pass themselves off as customers, reports World Journal. A popular item to steal has been the copper covers with the advent of a metal scrapyard nearby.

With Hesitation, Tibetans Welcome New Year

With Hesitation, Tibetans Welcome New Year

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, Traditions February 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Although the Tibetan government in exile has asked its people not to celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year, in mourning for the almost 100 self-immolations worldwide protesting Chinese repression, a Nepalese restaurant in Queens hosted its first Losar festival on February 12.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Rockaway, Queens can bring some much needed spirit back into a community hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. But weeks before the celebration, it's gripped by financial difficulties. (Photo by Amauri Aguiar via Flickr, Creative Commons License)

Sandy Threatens St. Patrick’s Parade in Rockaway

Culture, Queens, Traditions February 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm

The financial strains that walloped Rockaway businesses after Hurricane Sandy could now extend into its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, reports the Irish Voice. The paper calls on Irish Americans to help ensure the parade will go on.

Gay councilman Daniel Dromm speaks out against the recent murders of LGBT members in front of the site on one of the killings. (Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario)

Queens Murders Put LGBT Community on Alert

Crime, LGBTQ, Queens February 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

The recent murders of three gay men have alarmed the city’s LGBT community, reports El Diario-La Prensa. Councilman Dromm and The Anti-Violence Project are urging the community to exercise caution when meeting someone for the first time.

Street mural in Astoria, Queens. (Photo by Daniel Bentley, Flickr Creative Commons License)

An Oral History of City’s Greeks

Eastern European, History, Immigration, In the News, Media, Queens February 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm

The first-ever oral history archive of New York’s Greek American community, a Queens College project, seeks to document the Greek immigration to the U.S. from 1960 to 1980, Greek News reports.


Willets Point Community Faces off with Developers

Environment, Housing, In the News, Queens January 31, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Plans for hotels and shopping centers by CitiField and surrounding Willets Point has riled community advocates and immigrants, who met with contractors and representatives to question the lack of priority for affordable housing, reports Queens Latino.

In Astoria, A Spot Where Food and World Peace Mix

In Astoria, A Spot Where Food and World Peace Mix

Ali El Sayed is an artist. His canvas is a plate and his brush ranges from an eggplant to a beef shank. The Egypt-born chef has owned Kabab Café for over 25 years and believes that food, not diplomacy, is the key to attaining world peace.