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Discover these hidden gems for a staycation in western Queens

July 7, 2023 By Danielle Brody Instead of leaving town, why not try a staycation? We’ve put together a list of hotels in western Queens. Each property has unique features from pet friendly policies, rooftops overlooking Manhattan, or on-site bars — so you may not even want to leave the hotel. Paper Factory | 37-06… Read more »

Fueling LGBTQ+ business growth: 2023 Queens LGBTQ+ Business Convening coming to La Guardia Community College May 31

May 25, 2023 By Czarinna Andres The 2023 Queens LGBTQ+ Business Convening is set to bring together over 600 business professionals and entrepreneurs from across New York City at LaGuardia Community College on Wednesday, May 31.  The highly anticipated event, now in its third year, aims to provide diverse workforce development opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs…. Read more »

Persona non grata: Scandal-scarred Queens Assemblymember blasted for social media posts following uninvited appearance at community event

April 26, 2023 By Christian Murray Juan Ardila, the Queens assemblymember who has been accused by two women of sexual assault and refused to step down from office, has come under fire for posting photos of himself at a community event without the permission of the attendees and the organizers. Ardila attended an Earth Day gardening… Read more »

‘He preys on vulnerable women’: Queens Assemblyman Ardila accused of sexual assault, issues apology

March 14, 2023 By Christian Murray Freshman Assemblyman Juan Ardila, who represents western Queens, faced political fallout Tuesday after being accused of sexual assault by two women—allegations that the lawmaker did not refute when asked for comment. Ardila, who first took office in January after winning a vacant 37th District assembly seat last year, allegedly… Read more »

Big Crowds and Big Names Turned out for St. Pats For All Parade Sunday

March 6, 2023 By Kathleen Warnock On the first Sunday in March, the start of St. Patrick’s season, a poet and a rocker were the Grand Marshals of St. Pat’s for All, the inclusive parade through Sunnyside and Woodside, Queens. Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon and musician Caít O’Riordan grandly marshaled the gathering, begun in 2000, which… Read more »

John Vogt, chairman of Sunnyside BID and longtime Queens champion, passes away

Feb. 20, 2023 By Christian Murray John Vogt, chairman of the Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (Sunnyside Shines BID) and long-time neighborhood champion, died last week. He was 66. Vogt, who was born and raised in Jackson Heights, played a significant role in promoting Sunnyside as a business and restaurant destination for several decades. For… Read more »

Op-Ed: This Year’s State Budget Must Prioritize Climate, Jobs, and Justice for New York

Op-Ed, Jan. 30, By Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas In a time of rampant economic inequality and environmental injustice, it is easy to feel defeated.  Here in Queens and across New York State, however, communities are organizing for a better future. New Yorkers from different backgrounds and with different lived experiences are proving that we can build… Read more »

City Council Rejects Rezoning Application for Auto Dealership on Northern Boulevard

Jan. 24, 2023 By Christian Murray The city council rejected a rezoning application last week where the owners of a Northern Boulevard site in Woodside planned to build an auto-dealership. The application, where the developers sought to demolish an abandoned restaurant and build a 2-story Lincoln showroom, was voted down after it came under harsh… Read more »

NYPD Looking for Man Who Allegedly Groped 16-year-old Girl on 7 train: NYPD

Jan. 16, 2023 By Bill Parry A 16-year-old girl was groped in broad daylight on board a 7 train in Corona during the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 13, according to the NYPD. Police from the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights and Transit District 20 are looking for the man who approached the teenage as she was riding the Flushing-bound… Read more »