Larry Penner is a concerned self described taxpayer and citizens’ civic activist. He continues to write about government, budgets, politics, media, transportation, urban history, economic and civil liberties issues of interest to local residents. He has been an avid letters to the editor contributor for over 20 years. His works have been periodically featured on the pages of The Queens Courier along with many other daily and weekly newspapers in Queens and the New York metropolitan area along with various national newspapers and magazines.
Did you know that the first game to be played at the Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field was an interleague exhibition game against the New York Yankees on April 5, 1913? Ebbets Field officially opened on April 9, 1913 against the Philadelphia Phillies. It reminded me that if it had not been for mega builder Robert […]
The cloudless skies sparkled brilliant blue but they couldn’t brighten the feelings of sadness that came over many in the standing-room-only crowd, as we sat in the chapel paying tribute to Jack Friedman. He died too young at the age of 55. In fact, his 56th birthday was his burial day. But, in some way, […]
The cruel, claustrophobic kingdom of 1950s psychiatric facilities is revealed in Variations Theatre Group’s “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” The story unfolds in the hospital day room. In it, we are witnesses to a combination of horror, suspense and black comedy. Ultimately, we are left breathless from this intense and unforgiving indictment of once […]
It’s been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s the case locales around the world have been imitating the Scottish invention of a game in which players whack a small white ball across acres or manicured lawn and attempt to place it into a hole in the ground only slightly larger […]
The stunning atrium of the Museum of the Moving Image at the Kaufman Astoria studios hosted a gala to pay tribute to and to raise money for APAC’s important work bringing talented performers to the community. The museum has a 267-seat theater that hosted a musical performance by a professional group of singers who held […]
Some things may fade into the dust bin of history and become little more than a few paragraphs in a school social studies book. Other experiences burn into the memories of many and never go away. The Holocaust of the 1930s-1940s is one of those happenings. Insight Vacations, known more for its casual tours through […]