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 »

Man Robbed at Knifepoint at 52nd Street Station in Woodside: NYPD

June 2, 2022 By Czarinna Andres The police are looking for two men who robbed a straphanger at knifepoint at the 52nd Street subway station in Woodside Tuesday. The victim, a 24-year-old male, was waiting for a train on the Flushing-bound platform when two unknown men approached him at around 2:50 p.m. The suspects displayed… 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 »

Op-Ed: Housing For All, Picking Up the Pieces After COVID-19

May 14, 2021 Op-Ed By Ingrid Gomez In the wake of the pandemic, our communities need housing more than ever. Yet many tend to overlook the most obvious method in addressing the rise in homelessness in our city, and that’s ensuring people currently living in homes are allowed to continue living in them. Rent spikes,… Read more »

Man Found Stabbed Inside Grand Avenue Station Early Friday: NYPD

April 23, 2021 By Ryan Songalia A man was found stabbed to death inside an Elmhurst subway station early Friday morning, police said. The victim, who has not been identified, was stabbed in the upper chest at approximately 5:42 a.m. on the southbound platform of the Grand Avenue-Newtown M and R station. The man was… Read more »

Op-Ed: In Honor of Earth Day, Let’s Fight for Municipal Composting

April 22, 2021 Op-Ed By Aleda Gagarin I worry now more than ever about my children growing up on an uninhabitable planet. The science is loud and clear that we need to act urgently. If I were in City Council now, during these final months of budget negotiations, I would fight to restore and expand… Read more »

More Than a Year Since COVID-19 Struck Lingering Injustices Remain: Op-Ed

April 14, 2021 Op-Ed By: Evie Hantzopoulos One year ago today, I grabbed a used surgical mask, latex gloves, a precious bottle of hand sanitizer, and my beat up Mazda to make my way to a local Astoria bakery that had been converted to an emergency food distribution site to support people who were ineligible… Read more »