Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008

Apple may rise no more for Shea after Sunday

By Stephen Stirling Comment.

Ex-piano-maker Steinway dies at 93

Henry Z. Steinway, who ran the Astoria-based piano company started by his family more than 150 years ago and was known as the honorary mayor of Long Island City, died last Thursday in his Manhattan home. He was 93. Comment.

State orders Parkway to close doors

The state Department of Health is ordering the New Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills to close next week after it rejected the hospital’s reconfiguration plan last Friday. Comment.

Ed Dept. says District 26 gets best grades in boro

The grades are in and schools in northeast Queens showed mixed results over last year’s scores in the second annual rating of the city’s public schools. Comment.

Queens faces fallout from meltdown on Wall Street

As Wall Street entered its second week of market turmoil and federal lawmakers negotiated the largest bailout in American history, Queens residents struggled to make sense of the changing financial landscape and how it would affect them. Comment.

Jamaica Bay marshes washing away with tides

For years, lifelong Broad Channel resident Dan Mundy has seen the once lush marshland in Jamaica Bay rapidly deteriorate into nothing. Comment.

Liu criticizes MTA on complaint response

 A Metropolitan Transportation Authority official testified for more than an hour today on how the agency responds to  straphanger complaints, but Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) said the MTA failed to demonstrate that anything is actually done about such complaints. Comment.

Longtime South Ozone Park resident dies in house fire

A retired South Ozone Park man perished Thursday when a fire ripped though the home that he lived in for more than four decades, neighbors said. Comment.

No ‘Doubt’-ing quality of latest BroadHollow show

There is a “Star Trek” novel in which Ambassador Sarek, father of Spock, is described as having “a thoroughgoing belief in his own rightness.” Such is the case with the inflexible Sister Aloysius, the anti-heroine of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Doubt,” now at the BroadHollow Theatre. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Whitestone Times

Turmoil ups calls for four more years of Bloomberg

As the Wall Street crisis continues, so too does talk that the economic turmoil supports the argument for extending Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s term, which runs out next year. Comment.

Police search for suspect in Woodside murder

Police are searching for a suspect who they say killed a 40-year-old man early Tuesday morning. Comment.

MTA eliminates free E-Zpasses for firefighters, cops

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board narrowly voted Wednesday to take away free E-Zpasses from all city employees, including firefighters and police. Comment.

Playwright Wellman spins tales of a weird world at Chocolate Factory

Mac Wellman’s “1965UU”, directed by Stephen Mellor, is a surreal lullaby, adapted from his book “A Chronicle of the Madness of Small Worlds.” This installment chronicles the scant lives on 1965UU, an asteroid with no apparent purpose, much like Earth. The play is running until Oct. 4 at the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City. Comment.

Queens Women’s Center plans dinner, job fair

The Center for the Women of New York will host a “coming of age” birthday celebration Thursday in Flushing featuring a list of prominent city government and business leaders as the organization turns 21. Comment.
Flushing Times

Feds may probe claims China played role in Flushing attacks

The federal government may be looking into allegations by spiritual group Falun Gong that the Chinese consulate general orchestrated attacks on its members in downtown Flushing earlier this year. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gianaris pressures city to expand film incentives

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D−Astoria) joined film industry representatives last week to call on the city to help bring post−production jobs to the city by expanding its film and television tax credit. Comment.
Astoria Times

Another tale of immigrants told on streets of Queens

It should come as no surprise that directors Gloria La Morte and Paola Mendoza chose three of the borough’s most diverse neighborhoods to shoot “Entre Nos,” an independent film about a Colombian woman who struggles to support her children after her husband abandons them. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dancers by trade

In a place as diverse as Queens, it only makes sense to have Calpulli Mexican Dance Company make an impact on the community. Calpulli, a word in the Nahuatl language, refers to “groups or clans categorized by trade.” For these dancers, they are a calpulli of artists, spreading Mexican culture through dance. Comment.
Astoria Times

Catching up with John Ferry, a real original

Never let it be said that I’m not a sucker for nostalgia — especially when it comes to my very own theater company, The Outrageous Fortune Company, now in its 16th season, getting play No. 45, “Yellow Face,” up and running. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008

Whitestone Times

Ex−piano−maker Steinway dies at 93

Henry Z. Steinway, who ran the Astoria−based piano company started by his family more than 150 years ago and was known as the honorary mayor of Long Island City, died last Thursday in his Manhattan home. He was 93. Comment.

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