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Op-Ed: Not another Amazon disaster

June 20, 2024 By John J. Ciafone, Esq. A few years ago, Long Island City won a national competition to house the corporate headquarters of Amazon.  Amazon promised tens of thousands of jobs, from technical employment for workers to local student graduates, deliverers, contractors, laborers, construction union jobs, Porters and Superintendents.  Also, not to mention… Read more »

Lifelong Dutch Kills resident and devoted nun honored with a street renaming

June 18, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan The street in front of where Sister Flora Marinelli lived as a devout member of the Sisters of St. Joseph for 35 years is now co-named in her honor.  Long Island City Council Member Julie Won was joined by Marinelli’s family, her fellow sisters and representatives from St. Patrick’s… Read more »

Candidate profile: Gus Lambropoulos for NYS Senate District 59

June 18, 2024 By Czarinna Andres Democratic candidate Gus Lambropoulos announced his candidacy for New York State Senator for District 59 in January, emphasizing his roots in a hardworking immigrant family and his commitment to fostering a thriving New York. The son of Greek immigrants, Lambropoulos’s campaign resonates with his deep connections to the communities… Read more »

Three key Queens State Assembly primary races that could shake up Albany representation


Jun. 18, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan While many seats in New York’s primary election this June are uncontested, three State Assembly races in Queens could alter the borough’s representation in Albany.  Both one-term and long-term incumbents are facing fresh challengers who are hoping to snag the seat and address issues such as housing, public safety,…
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Asian voters in Queens take a right turn

Asian woman comes to voting booths in polling station office

Jun. 18, 2024 By Czarinna Andres The Asian community in Queens is becoming much more political and engaged with local issues than ever, political analysts say. The surge in anti-Asian violence, proposals to make it tougher for Asian students to get into specialized high schools, and the rising costs of property ownership are among the…
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New retail tenants coming to Jasper’s $370M development in Long Island City

June 14, 2024 By Czarinna Andres A new $370 million mixed-use development is on the verge of completion in Long Island City, with more than 64 percent of its 33,000 square feet of retail space already leased. Jasper, located at 49-20 5th Street, is an expansive 484,000-square-foot project that includes 499 residential units along with… Read more »

Fortune Society celebrates creative expression with 11th Annual Arts Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park

June 14, 2024 By Athena Dawson The Fortune Society is set to host its 11th Annual Creative Arts Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Astoria on Saturday, June 22nd, from 1 to 6 p.m.  The non-profit organization is one of the nation’s leading re-entry service and advocacy organizations for incarcerated and formerly… Read more »