As founder in 1985 of Schneps Communications,Victoria Schnepsis Publisher/CEO of groups of weekly community newspapers in Queens and Brooklyn. The Queens Courier and Brooklyn Home Reporter and Spectator. They also publish El Correo de Queens, and monthly pubs including Queens Business, the Long Island City Courier, North Shore Towers Courier, LeHavre Courier and Aspire.
Inspired by the power of the press during her advocacy work on behalf of her daughter Lara, brain damaged at birth, Ms. Schneps pursued her dream of being in the news business. She started a neighborhood newspaper in her Bayside living room, with a partner and a $250 investment.
Today, Schneps Communications publishes over 17 newspapers and magazines. The Queens Courier was chosen as one of the top 10 newspapers in New York State and their website as #1 for two years by the New York State Press Association.
One of my biggest delights being a newspaper publisher is to meet unique people. This past week I had the pleasure of having dinner with two remarkable people, John Ciafone and his wife Gina Argento, and, as an added bonus, my son Josh joined us since his wife was visiting her mother in California with […]
I felt déjà vu on the visit to the day camp my grandchildren are going to, because it’s the same one my daughter attended. Then, a few days later, I visited my grandson at sleepaway camp which totally reminded me of the sleepaway camps I had gone to ‘til I got married! The sun was […]
As the sun broke through the clouds we made our way into the Fordham section of the Bronx to find the “catering” gate of the enormous Bronx Botanical Garden to attend the wedding of dear friend Claire Shulman’s granddaughter. I’d never been to the famous and expansive 250 acres of gardens. But I heard that […]
My favorite weekend moments are when I can watch the Sunday Show, eat breakfast in bed and read my Sunday newspapers. I guess because it happens that way so rarely, that when it does it’s a real treat and so a perfect Sunday began. The market in Astoria features many vendors with unique items and […]
Last year, my son Josh and my daughter Elizabeth created the flea market in LIC, and this year, they created the Astoria Flea & Food at the backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios. And I’m addicted to both. First I love a bargain, but most of all I love the creative people who bring their food […]
It was our annual Yunis family gathering hosted by Stu’s daughter Mimi Broner in Kent, Conn., but what added to the joy was that Stu’s son Jon, who lives in Sarasota, Florida, was getting married to his lovely bride Hillary. It was a glorious sunny weekend and made even brighter by the love in the […]
Whenever I go to the theatre I’m in awe of the multiple-story-high, brightly lit billboards up and down Broadway. With seating opportunities on newly created plazas it’s a natural place for street performers and the day I was there two “cow girls” in skimpy outfits were singing their hearts out and collecting money for their […]
It was a week balanced with work and celebrations and remarkable fundraising events, and I relished each one. Particularly I adored meeting my journalism hero Charlie Rose, who was honored this past week by the Museum of the Moving Image. The honorees were Charlie Rose and Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO of HBO. Since I […]
One of my favorite shows, “The Lion King,” has a powerful song that has special meaning for me, especially this past week. It’s “They Live in You.” The lyrics are, “Have faith … they live in your reflection … they live in you.” It helped me to get through the past week and helped my […]
It was an event I couldn’t refuse. Geraldo Rivera was invited by the graduates of the College of Staten Island’s social work majors to be their commencement speaker. What made it so special was that the school’s campus is the former Willowbrook State school, a place where he helped make history and where my daughter […]
What a week! We broke all our records for attendance at our Top Women in Business Ultimate Networking Event last week. More people celebrated the women we honored than in the past 13 years when we began recognizing the achievements of the extraordinary women of our borough. Almost a thousand people walked the red carpet […]
While serving on the board of the Queens Museum, I got to know one of the members, Seth Kupferberg, and his wife, Tracey. She was honored by the Yellow Rose Society, an organization that provides critical services for people with Alzheimer’s disease. It was my pleasure to be there to cheer for her at the […]
It was a weekend that is always my favorite, staying for a few nights in Manhattan, the greatest tourist destination in the world! I was there to celebrate my Stu’s grandnephew Alec Easton’s Bar Mitzvah and stayed at the W hotel on Lexington Avenue, just across the street from the Waldorf Astoria. On Friday night […]
While taking my grandchildren to Adventureland on Route 110 in Farmingdale, I had a déjà vu feeling. It was bringing back memories of when I lived just a mile away in Melville. Josh and Samantha, my youngest children, grew up from sixth grade to high school in that neighborhood and I was surprised to see […]
It was a trip down Memory Lane last week when Veronica Tsang, a dear friend and one of my Top Women in Business, invited me to attend her bank’s branch opening in Bensonhurst, and then I had an appointment with the new director of the New York Community Hospital on Kings Highway. The drive from one neighborhood to the other was […]