Books

November, 2013

Long Island City

Self-published books showcase western Queens scenes

Two photographers in western Queens have released photo books about their neighborhoods, and both are self-published but at different ends of the spectrum. Using an online platform called Blurb, they have produced interesting looks at Long Island City and neighboring Sunnyside. Comment.

October, 2013

Rockaway Park

Qns Public Library set to reopen Seaside branch after $1.6M fixup

The Seaside branch of Queens Library is ready to reopen nearly a year after it was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
Bellerose

Bellerose library set to close for upgrades

The Bellerose branch of the Queens Public Library will be closing until the spring for renovations, the group said. Comment.
Astoria

Bookshop is Astoria’s newest indie seller

John Jacob Astor’s name has been purged from the library he founded, but a new book shop gives a shot in the arm to the literary scene in the neighborhood that bares his moniker. Comment.

September, 2013

Jamaica

The butler did it with plenty of style and grace

After more than three decades running the show in Wall Street executive dining rooms and Fifth Avenue penthouses, Nikolaus Christmann knows a successful social evening begins with a drink. Comments (1).
Glen Oaks

Boro leaders hail Glen Oaks library

It took a crowd of some of the borough’s biggest hitters to hold and snip the yellow ribbon marking a new beginning for library patrons in Glen Oaks. Comment.

July, 2013

Bayside

Bayside library bash celebrates completion of $1.3M upgrade

The Bayside Library reopened its doors and will throw a welcome back party this weekend, the Queens Library said. Comment.

June, 2013

Corona

All the world’s his stage

When Melissa Friedman witnessed Xavier Pacheco’s self-proclaimed first attempt at performing Shakespeare, she decided the then 14-year-old Corona freshman was either a skilled liar or a naturally talented actor. Comment.
Flushing

Mitchell-Linden library moves to new, more spacious location

Queens Library at Mitchell-Linden will be closing after more than 50 years of operating in the Flushing area and moving to a new space, according to Joanne King, Queens Library’s director of communications. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Queens Tomorrow: Queens Library wired for action

Today’s Queens Library is much more than a place to merely find a book or do some research. More and more, the library has become a place where people can go to look for a job, brush up on computer skills and even find out how to become an American citizen. Comment.

May, 2013

Letters

Queens Library needs help from patrons

The city’s executive budget has been released. It proposes a cut to Queens Library of $29.6 million, part of a proposed cut to libraries citywide of $100 million. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Queens Library at Elmhurst hits important milestone

Queens politicians gathered at the site of the new Queens Library in Elmhurst Monday to commemorate an important milestone in the facility’s construction: the hoisting of the ceremonial final steel beam onto the structure, which is now complete. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights artist named an ‘Illustrator of the Future’

After competing in an international contest, much like the “American Idol” of science fiction and fantasy illustration and writing, emerging Jackson Heights artist Luis Menacho found overnight fame when his striking, surreal illustrations were chosen as winners from thousands of entries. Comment.
Flushing

Qns Library could face closures under suggested city budget cuts

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed deep cuts to city libraries in his 2014 budget that some worry could close Queens Library facilities, force layoffs and slash the number of hours facilities would be open a week. Comments (3).
Glen Oaks

New Glen Oaks library slated for May opening

A new state-of-the-art library in Glen Oaks will open its doors for business by the end of May, the Queens Library System said. Comment.
Flushing

Queens Library looks to get residents hooked on Ray Bradbury’s book with The Big Read

Characters from “The Great Gatsby,” “The Adventures of Pinocchio” and “Sleeping Beauty” mingled with Queens politicans last week outside the Flushing library to get residents talking about reading. Comment.

April, 2013

Flushing

Award-winning author to read from book

Award-winning author Stephen Maitland-Lewis will be at Queens College to read from his historical fiction novel about the Holocaust April 21 at 4 p.m. Comment.
Long Island City

Queens Writes! gets authors working throughout the borough

This weekend writers in Queens get a new way to share their work, and in some cases that platform is coming to them. The weekend of April 13-14 marks the inaugural Queens Writes! Weekend, which gives Queens writers a chance to gather, read each others’ work and compose their own. Comment.

March, 2013

Jamaica

Book Signing and Live Jazz Performance

Sandra L. Glittens, a writer of four books, will be signing her tomes at Jamaica Market, at 90-40 160th St. in Jamaica. Comment.
Corona

Langston Hughes Library now a ‘literary landmark’

The national Literary Landmarks Association has designated 10 New York locations for landmark status throughout its 27 years, but Saturday marked the first time in the state the association landmarked a library. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

Philanthropist, justice and columnist share only one thing

Andrew Carnegie, Antonin Scalia and I have a little in common. Comment.

January, 2013

Elmhurst

Newtown Literary book gives boro scribes a home

It’s high time Queens had a literary voice of its own. With countless stories to tell, the borough of uber-diversity has brought forth Newtown Literary, an innovative semi-annual literary journal, showcasing a collection of works by 26 local writers. It’s chock-full of deep, heartfelt pieces that go beyond the realm of run-of-the-mill storytelling. Comment.
Arverne

Sandy-hit libraries face slow, costly rebuidling

The Queens Library branch in Arverne smells dank and is cold and dark. Some of the walls are completely stripped. All of the books are gone, many having been lost in the surge during Hurricane Sandy, and what little shelving remains is covered in plastic sheets. Comment.
Flushing

Borough library caters to immigrants’ special needs

In Queens, where more languages are spoken than possibly any other place on the planet, the borough’s public library serves as an institution that stands alone in the eyes of immigrants. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks gets new library

Judging by its cover, the new Glen Oaks branch of the Queens Library should wow book lovers and other residents throughout northeast Queens upon its anticipated opening this spring, those familiar with the project said. Comment.
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