Author: Allie Griffin

Community Greenhouse Learning Lab Opens at Astoria Houses

April 26, 2022 By Allie Griffin A group of young residents of the Astoria Houses NYCHA development held a ceremonial ribbon cutting Monday to celebrate the opening of an indoor greenhouse inside the housing complex’s community center. The state-of-the-art greenhouse will double as a food source and science lab for children and their families. The… Read more »

Lusskin to Leave LIC Partnership to Take Position With Empire State Development

April 19, 2022 By Allie Griffin The president of the Long Island City Partnership, the economic development organization that promotes business in the area, is leaving the nonprofit to take on a new role at a state agency. Elizabeth Lusskin, who has led the LIC Partnership since October 2013, will depart to become the executive… Read more »

Assembly Member González-Rojas Secures Funding for Several Programs in the State Budget

April 14, 2022 By Allie Griffin Assembly Member Jessica González-Rojas announced this week that she helped secure funding for several key initiatives in the new state budget. State lawmakers passed the final $220 billion state budget for fiscal year 2023 over the weekend. The budget, González-Rojas said, included funding for renters and small landlords, hospitals,… Read more »

Assembly Member Brian Barnwell Announces He Will Not Seek Re-Election

April 12, 2022 By Allie Griffin Assembly Member Brian Barnwell announced via social media Tuesday morning that he will not be seeking re-election. “It is with sadness that I announce that I will not be seeking re-election to the NYS Assembly for a 4th term,” he announced via Twitter. “… It has been a true… Read more »

Council Member Tiffany Cabán Endorses Juan Ardila for Queens Assembly Seat

April 7, 2022 By Allie Griffin Council Member Tiffany Cabán, a leading progressive within the City Council, announced Thursday that she has endorsed Juan Ardila for the 37th Assembly seat. Cabán, who represents Astoria and East Elmhurst in the council, is backing the 28-year-old progressive for the seat, which represents Long Island City, Maspeth, Ridgewood,… Read more »

The Halal Guys to Open Location at Queens Center Mall This Spring

April 6, 2022 By Allie Griffin The Halal Guys, a popular New York City-based halal food chain, is opening a location in the Queens Center Mall this spring. The eatery, which was started by three Egyptian immigrants as a lone Manhattan food cart in 1990 and morphed into a brick-and-mortar restaurant business, will open a franchise… Read more »