Organizers of the Flushing Street Festival with balloon sculptures (Photo via Queens Courier)

Flushing Street Festival Planned

Asian, Culture, East Asian, Food, Queens April 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Organizers announced plans for the second annual Flushing Street Festival to be held on Aug. 1. It is expected to be much larger than last year’s, Queens Courier reports.

A view of Willets Point. (Photo via Times Ledger)

Arguing Against Willets West Mall

Business, Queens, Real Estate April 23, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Plaintiffs in the case against Willet West, the mega-mall portion of the $3 billion Willets Point development, believe appellate justices are receptive to their arguments, Times Ledger reports.

(Photo courtesy of Fares “Freddy” Zeideia via Times Ledger)

King of Falafel to Open Restaurant in Astoria

Business, Food, Middle Eastern, Queens April 17, 2015 at 5:50 pm

The Vendy Award-winning food truck King of Falafel will expand to a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Astoria, reports Times Ledger.

Jamaica, Queens intersection (Photo via Queens Courier)

Revitalizing Downtown Jamaica, Queens

Business, Queens, Real Estate April 16, 2015 at 5:26 pm

City officials announced a new 21-step program to revitalize Jamaica, Queens, over the next few years, Queens-based publications report.

Celebrating the Thai New Year in Queens

Celebrating the Thai New Year in Queens

Culture, East Asian, Featured Posts, Queens, Video April 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Thais in Elmhurst marked the three days of Songkran with a water-pouring ritual and by paying respect to their elders.

(Photo courtesy of New York Asian women's Center via Queens Courier)

NY Asian Women’s Center Expands its Reach

Asian, Queens, Women April 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm

With more grant funding supporting its efforts to help women who have suffered from domestic abuse or human trafficking, the New York Asian Women’s Center is expanding into Elmhurst, reports Queens Courier.

(Photo by Karen Shakerdge for Voices of NY)

An Iraqi Seder in Queens

Congregants of a synagogue in Jamaica, Queens, celebrated Passover with an Iraqi-style Seder.

A business at Willets POint (Photo by d.aniela, Creative commons license)

Some Businesses Settle Willets Point Suit

Bronx, Business, Environment, Queens, Real Estate April 7, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Some Willets Point businesses will receive funds to ease their relocation to the Bronx, but others remain opposed to the move, media outlets in Queens report.

Tenzen Tsering (Photo via Times Ledger)

‘Most Respected Tibetan Chef in Queens’ Opens New Restaurant

Asian, Food, Queens April 1, 2015 at 10:43 am

World-renowned Chef Tenzen Tsering, of GangJong Kitchen in Jackson Heights, has opened a second Tibetan restaurant – Punda in Sunnyside, which he hopes will make the neighborhood “happier and healthier,” he tells the Times Ledger.

A recent demonstration against the expansion of the 82nd BID to Roosevelt Avenue. (Photo by Javier Castaño for Queens Latino)

Opinion: 82nd Street Partnership and the ‘Politics of Exclusion’

Business, Opinion, Queens March 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm

An opinion piece in Queens Latino argues that the recent agreement on the expansion of the 82nd Street BID to Roosevelt Avenue does not take sufficient account of dissenting views.

Author Heather Won Choi (back center) read from "Eugene's Unsuspecting Journey" to an audience of fifty children at Queens Library in Flushing. (Photo via Korea Daily)

A Korean Mother’s ‘Unsuspecting Journey’

East Asian, Health, Queens March 23, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Drawing from the loss of her son, Heather Won Choi conceived the children’s book “Eugene’s Unsuspecting Journey” with a message of instilling courage in kids, reports Korea Daily. She read from her book to children and donated copies in English and Korean to the Queens Library.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in middle, at York College (Photo by Tess McRae via Queens Chronicle)

Liberia’s President Addresses Young Women in NYC

African, Queens, Women March 20, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf discussed the challenges of Ebola and rebuilding her country after civil war at a Women’s History Month event at York College in Queens, reports Queens Chronicle.

Rendering of Queens Night Market (from www.queensnightmarket.com)

Chinese Lawyer Eyes a ‘Night Market’ in Queens

Business, East Asian, Food, Queens March 16, 2015 at 12:22 pm

A Chinese-American lawyer has launched a Kickstarter campaign to open a night market in Queens in April, Sing Tao Daily reports.

The smoked meats counter at Morscher's Pork Store. (Photo by Regina Mogilevskaya via Brooklyn Based)

Checking out Sleepy Ridgewood

Brooklyn, Food, Housing, Queens March 13, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Brooklyn Based offers a neighborhood guide to Ridgewood, which straddles Brooklyn and Queens.

Jia-Yi He shows off a six-sided wheel harmonica, which lets him change keys at the flick of a wrist. (Photo by Elizabeth Graham via The Brooklyn Paper)

A Chinese Harmonica Virtuoso

Brooklyn, Culture, East Asian, Queens March 13, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Jia-yi He, a Chinese harmonica virtuoso, brings his talents to Brooklyn on March 15, The Brooklyn Paper reports.