Author: czarinnaandres

30th Annual Queens Pride Parade Draws Big Crowd to Jackson Heights

June 6, 2022 By Czarinna Andres Thousands of people gathered on the streets of Jackson Heights Sunday to celebrate Pride Month with the return of the borough’s largest pride event. More than 100 groups marched down 37th Avenue for the 30th Annual Queens Pride Parade after a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NYC… Read more »

New York Blood Center is Holding a Series of Blood Drives as Supply is Low

June 3, 2022 By Czarinna Andres The New York Blood Center (NYBC) is holding a series of blood drives throughout Queens this month to help bolster the region’s blood supply that is currently at an alarmingly low level. The center is calling for more blood donors, due to a drop in donations since the Memorial… Read more »

Queensboro Dance Festival Tour Kicks Off June 4

June 2, 2022 By Alexandra Adelina Nita The annual Queensboro Dance Festival tour will begin this Saturday—featuring Queens-based dance companies of diverse cultures and styles. The festival will consist of more than 30 free outdoor performances and classes across the borough, as well as pop-up events that will be announced throughout the summer on the… Read more »

Op-Ed: Astoria Not For Sale

May 25, 2022 Op-Ed We are tenants, immigrants, activists, homeowners, formerly houseless, artists, parents, small business owners, community organizers, and more. And we say: Astoria is Not for Sale. For too long, real estate has dominated the land use conversations and development of our communities, especially in working class neighborhoods being gentrified. Now, Astoria is… Read more »

Op-Ed: Support Innovation QNS and the Future of Steinway Street

May 12, 2022 Op-Ed By Domenico Pinto, Founder of Ferrari Driving School For years, Astoria has been a magnet for immigrants and other working class people trying to make it in New York. That’s what made Steinway Street a place where neighbors shared meals, people came from all over to do their shopping and merchants… Read more »

The Rowan Debuts New Model Homes Designed with Today’s Buyer’s Needs in Mind

June 16, 2021 Sponsored Post  When considering the interior design of The Rowan’s two new model apartments, Queens-based developer RockFarmer Properties decided to take a different approach by asking a simple question: ‘How will future residents use their homes in a post-pandemic world?’ With many New Yorkers expected to work from home for the foreseeable… Read more »

Op-Ed: Fighting For Seniors and Their Ability to Age in Place

May 20, 2021 Op-Ed By: Julia Forman As a pandemic that brought disproportionate harm to our senior neighbors raged through the city, our government sputtered. Communications were focused on text and internet messages and those on the other side of the digital divide struggled to get the same information as our younger citizens. Vaccine sign-ups… Read more »

Queens Congressman To Vote Against Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Unless Cap on SALT Deduction is Lifted

April 14, 2021 By Ryan Songalia Congressman Tom Suozzi, who represents northeast Queens and parts of Long Island, says that he will not back President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan unless it contains a provision that would restore the full deductibility of state and local taxes—known as SALT. The cap, which was instituted as part of… Read more »

Queens Non-Profit Helps Thousands Get Through Pandemic, Featured on The Today Show

April 14, 2021 By Ryan Songalia For many Americans, the COVID-19 pandemic created a financial strain that is still being felt more than a year later. That sting has been felt more so by those who haven’t qualified for federal unemployment assistance or other pandemic benefits—primarily undocumented immigrants. That’s where Sunnyside Community Services has tried… Read more »