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.

Terpischoreans perform traditional Filipino dances

Filipino Terpischoreans cheer up NYC seniors

Culture, Featured Posts, New York, Queens, Southeast Asian January 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

The Terpsichoreans of Queens are signing and dancing their way into the hearts of seniors in New York City. The group of active seniors did their routine of songs and dances from the Philippines at the Bayside Senior Center in Queens over the holidays, to rave reviews.

Hindu priest Ramesh Maharaj recounts firebomb attack

Guyana national targets Hindu, Muslim neighbors

Caribbean, Queens January 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

An ethnically and culturally diverse community in Queens where thousands of West Indians, including Indo-Guyanese live, work, or worship, is on edge after four attempted fire bombings of properties in a single day.

Elderly Koreans get a free haircut in Queens, courtesy of the Korean American Beautician Federation.

Korean-American businesses share the love

East Asian, Economy, Featured Posts, Queens January 4, 2012 at 8:54 am

The generosity of Korean-American entrepreneurs has shined through the holidays. Korean nail professionals donated their services to the elderly, and church members assembled baskets of fruit to show appreciation to police officers, firemen and the elderly. But it didn’t end there. Just before New Year’s Eve, members of the Korean American Beautician Federation gave free hair cuts to residents of Corona Senior Center of the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York in Queens.

Palace Diner in Flushing, Queens

Greek diner to be replaced by Chinese restaurant

Culture, In the News, Queens, Western European January 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

After 35 years of serving scrumptious meals, the Palace Diner in Flushing, Queens is closing its doors for good. Queens Courier reports that a family of diners who grew up on Greek food served by owner George Mantzikos is saying a sad farewell to the local landmark.

How to find your way in Queens

How to find your way in Queens

Environment, In the News, New York, Queens January 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

If you’ve ever tried visiting a friend or finding a business place in Queens, you’ll know what The Queens Tribune is talking about. You’re new in Queens and you’re looking for an address on 73rd Street, but you end up on 73rd Place instead and spend the next 20 minutes tryingRead More