Queens

Rodolfo Flores is the founder of American Family Community Services. (Photo by Gloria Medina/EDLP)

Immigrant Parents Confront Anger and Domestic Violence

Health, In the News, Queens March 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Latino immigrants struggling with anger management, domestic violence and parenting issues meet weekly at classes held by a non-profit organization in Queens, where organizers worry that increased class attendance points to a growing problem in the community.

Theodore Menis has been the president of the Olympiakos Fan Club in Astoria since it began in 1995. (Photo by Rachel Sapin)

At Greek Soccer Fan Club, Talk Drifts to Economy

Featured Posts, Queens, Sports March 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

At the Olympiakos Fan Club of New York in Astoria, conversation flows from Greek to English and back to Greek again. And when it’s not about soccer, it generally drifts to glum talk of the ongoing economic crisis in Greece.

Queens Bachata Fans Enjoy Intimate Gigs With Big Stars

Queens Bachata Fans Enjoy Intimate Gigs With Big Stars

Culture, Dominican, Queens March 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Bachata, a popular dance music from the Dominican Republic, has a growing audience for its sentimental lyrics and rhythmic sounds. And Queens is the place to enjoy live Bachata in a cozy, intimate setting.

State Senator Jose Peralta announces that offices of city officials will help immigrant victims of fraud.

Queens Pols to Immigrants: Report Fraud to us if You Fear Police

Crime, Queens March 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

City officials gathered in front of Elmhurst Hospital last Wednesday to remind their immigrant constituents that they can report cases of fraud or scamming to their representatives’ offices if they fear contact with the police.

Homesick Nepalis Gather Around Love Poetry

Culture, Queens, South Asian, Video February 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

In 2010, Binod Roka noticed his children trying to hide their Nepalese heritage in hopes of fitting in at school. To help them appreciate their roots, he co-founded a series of poetry readings, which have become gathering places for Queens’ Nepalese community.

The 37th Road pedestrian plaza has not been a hit with local business owners.

‘Mother Language Day’ May Bring New Life to Jackson Heights Plaza

Culture, Queens, South Asian February 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

Some Jackson Heights merchants have complained that the pedestrianized plaza on 37th Road has hurt their business, but it may become the site of a new city tradition, reported the Queens Chronicle: Bangladeshi groups in Jackson Heights are seeking the city’s permission to observe International Mother Language Day on Feb. 21.

Over 200 turned out in Rego Park to demand justice from Inversionistas Unidos.

Alleged Ponzi Scheme Cheats Latinos of $10 Million

Economy, Latino, Queens February 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Victims of an alleged ponzi scheme in Queens are seeking justice for their losses, which may total more than $10 million. Here’s more on the scam we referenced in an earlier post on efforts by the Ecuadorian government to help victims recover their money.

Residents in Richmond Hill, Queens voice their complaints on recent squatters who they say disturb the peace.

Richmond Hill Neighbors Want Squatters Evicted

Housing, Queens February 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Residents in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens complained last week about squatters that had taken over a foreclosed house, reported the Queens Chronicle.

This striking photo from The Jackson Heights Herald shows the controversial pedestrian plaza on 37th Road. (Photo by The Jackson Heights Herald)

Street plaza infuriates Jackson Heights businesses

Featured Posts, Queens February 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Jackson Heights in Queens may not have the traffic of Times Square, but the city has installed a pedestrian plaza in the heart of this South-Asian hub. While the city has won accolades for pedestrian plazas elsewhere, the Jackson Heights plaza has infuriated local merchants.

A new immigration office has opened in Queens, the first in the city outside of Manhattan.

City’s most diverse borough gets its own immigration office

Immigration, New York, Queens February 1, 2012 at 11:14 am

The schlep to downtown Manhattan to file paperwork with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may be a thing of the past for some outer-borough residents, now that the agency has opened its first New York City office outside of Manhattan.

Julissa Ferreras and boxer Sergio 'Maravilla' Martínez, in center, with community members who attended the round table on domestic violence.

Champion boxer joins fight against domestic violence

Bronx, Featured Posts, Latino, New York, Queens January 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm

A champion boxer is throwing his middleweight behind the fight against domestic violence in New York. World boxing champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez, attended a round table on the sensitive topic, organized by New York City Council Member Julissa Ferreras from Queens.

Asians in war of words over Queens redistricting

In the News, Politics, Queens January 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Growing Asian populations in Queens are clamoring for adequate representation in new redistricting plans.

From left: Peter Vallone Jr., Jose Peralta, Grace Meng, Leroy Comrie Jr.

Ethnically diverse race for Queens Boro President

Featured Posts, Politics, Queens January 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm

The list of candidates to replace Queens borough president Helen Marshall in 2013 is growing. Add assembly member Grace Meng to the list of possible candidates, which until now has been comprised of city council members Peter Vallone Jr. and Leroy Comrie, and state senator José Peralta. With Meng entering the competition, an Asian female would be added to the race, where she would run against a Latino (Peralta) and an African-American (Comrie).

Men smoking hookah in Rego Park, Queens

NY outlaws underage Hookah

Culture, In the News, New York, Queens January 13, 2012 at 1:51 pm

A new law banning hookah smoking by underage kids has taken effect in New York. Minors will no longer be allowed to buy hookah products, or smoke shisha, at hookah bars that have become popular in neighborhoods around New York City.

Timeline of New Year’s Day bombings

Timeline of New Year’s Day bombings

Queens January 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm

The residents of Jamaica, Queens began the year in panic after five fire bomb attacks by a 40 year old hoodlum. Ray Lazier Lengend told police he was angry with Muslims at a local mosque when he was not allowed to use their bathroom.