Victoria’s Secrets


Victoria Schneps

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.



Penner’s Pen



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.

Traveling with Bob & Sandy Nesoff



Bob and Sandy Nesoff are an award-winning team of travel writers who have covered the globe from Africa to Tahiti, Europe and the United States. They discuss the good and the not so good of hotels, attractions, cruises and countries.  Their articles range from the luxurious to adventuresome.

Residential Real Estate – Buy? Sell? Invest? Real Focus, Real Insight, Real Advice!



Helen Keit is a licensed real estate broker at Keller Williams Realty Landmark with 30 years experience in real estate servicing all Queens neighborhoods and responsible for the sale of over 1300 homes and apartments. She has helped hundreds of families move, including many employees for dozens of the country’s top corporations.

As a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) as well as Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), a Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and a Certified Luxury Homes Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) Helen has created unique programs to provide specialized solutions and unparalleled service for families transitioning to their next lifestyle setting.

Her skill at negotiating, marketing and problem solving help buyers and sellers alike accomplish their goals – a smooth and profitable move! /


Writing Isabella



My name is Isabella Taxilaga and I am in the second grade at P.S. 122 in Astoria.

My favorite things to do are reading, writing and drawing. I love to write poems, songs and stories about my family and what I feel. I really love doing this job and I’m very happy and proud to write for everybody. Anyone can write as much as they want and become really good — I did that, too.

Writing makes me really happy, I hope it makes you feel wonderful, too!

Isabella was the grand prize winner of The Be Kind People Project’s national student writing contest. 


Viewpoint: Queens Commercial/Investment Properties


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In 2012 Swain Weiner joined the Greiner-Maltz team as President, Partner, and Founder of Greiner-Maltz Investment Properties, which specializes in all types of commercial investment sales throughout the five boroughs and Long Island.

Mr. Weiner came to Greiner-Maltz with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Over the last several years, he has sold over $193,880,000 in aggregate sales with over 975 residential units. He joined Massey Knakal in January 2003 as a Director of Sales in Queens, where he transferred his top-producing sales and corporate expertise to benefit his clients. He was the recipient of Massey Knakal’s 2004 & 2009 Richard Marcinko Award for Tenacity, Loyalty and Single-Mindedness of Purpose in the Pursuit of Excellence; the 2005 and 2007 Nicholas T. Donovan Award for Business Development and Goodwill Promotion; and the 2006 John H. Holler Award naming him Salesperson of the Year for Queens. Additionally in 2006, he was recognized as a coach/mentor and was promoted to a Senior Director of Sales. He was also amongst the top tier producers on the Sales Recognition Trip from 2004 – 2007. In 2009, Mr. Weiner was promoted to Vice President of Sales.

In addition, Swain contributes articles to local real estate publications; among them, The Real Deal, The Queens Courier, Real Estate Weekly, and The Mann Report.

Mr. Weiner was born in New York City and attended Baruch College in Manhattan, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Marketing. Before joining Massey Knakal, he had a successful career in media sales at Katz Media Corp., quickly working his way up to Director of Sales to the Chief Operating Officer, Vice President, Senior Vice President, and General Manager. Mr. Weiner was known within the industry for consistently capturing dominant market presence and building strong, loyal client and staff relationships.

Swain resides in Mamaroneck, N.Y. with his wife, Jo Ann, and sons, Matthew and Grant.

The Commercial Real Estate Report



Stephen R. Preuss is an Executive Director in the Capital Markets Group of Cushman & Wakefield, where he focuses on investment sales for the Douglaston, Little Neck, Bayside, Kew Gardens Hills, Fresh Meadows, Flushing, Whitestone, College Point, Corona, East Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights neighborhoods of Queens.

Previously, Stephen was Vice President of Sales at Massey Knakal Realty Services. Cushman & Wakefield acquired Massey Knakal on December 31, 2014.

Stephen has transacted in over $1 billion of investment and commercial real estate over his 15 year career. During his tenure, he has sold over 125 properties to date with an aggregate value of over $650 million and has been a top producer companywide for the past several years.

He is a major contributor to The Queens Courier Real Estate Journals and has been featured in multiple publications for his expertise and accomplishments including The Real Deal, The New York Real Estate Journal, FOX, CBS, Newsday, The New Yorker, The New York Post, The New York Times and Real Estate Weekly.

Throughout his career, Mr. Preuss also went on to gain his Series 7 and Series 63 licenses from the National Association of Securities Dealers. He is an avid worldtraveler, golfer, distance runner and wine connoisseur. He lives in Nassau County on The North Shore of Long Island with his wife and his son.

Politics From Here


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Among journalists, leaving the fourth estate to work the media in government or business is referred to as, “going over to the dark side.” I’ve spent the last couple of years as a Director of Communications with the New York City Council, after a five-year stint as a reporter for The Courier – and now, thanks to publisher Victoria Schneps-Yunis, I’ve more or less re-emerged as a political columnist.

My roots may be in far-northeast Queens (I spent nearly 10 years on Community Board 11, including two years as vice-chair), but I hope to bring you interesting insights into just what’s going on throughout our borough and the city at large, with a little help from my friends – maybe even the “friends” who don’t really like me.

All I can promise is honesty and fairness as best I see it, presented with good humor wherever possible, pointedly where necessary. But as my old college professor used to say, “It is the duty of the intellectual to speak truth to power.” So here goes.

Michael Kawochka



Life-long New Yorker and Brooklyn native, Michael Kawochka has had a few careers, all of them successful. Customer service has been the common thread sewing them all together.

Whether as an award winning account executive at NYC’s #1 public relations agency, or as a project manager at the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, Michael has always been a staunch advocate for his clients.

At Pfizer, he managed complex million dollar software projects, delivering strong results on time, while negotiating hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost savings.

At Edelman PR Worldwide, his team won three of the top four industry awards.

Having sat on all sides of the table, Michael brings empathy to both his clients and customers. He has been a landlord and a tenant, as well as buyer and a seller.

When working with Michael, you are buying local expert knowledge in a 4th-generation Greenpointer.

Active in the community, Michael has served on the Greenpoint YMCA Board of Managers since 2003. He is also a member of the New York Technology Council and the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce, a regular at the North Brooklyn Breakfast Club, guest lecturer at the NY Real Estate Institute, and a past Berry Street Garden volunteer.

He holds a BA with honors from the University at Buffalo, where he double-majored in English and Communication. He earned his MBA in Computer Information Systems at night from Baruch College.

An avid traveller and music lover, Michael stays put most summer weekends in Fire Island. He ranks himself an enthusiastic intermediate at both yoga and volleyball. After business hours, he can usually be found loitering at local favorites Spoonbill & Sugartown Books, Bembe, Dope Jams Record Shop, or the Whirlybird Café.

Valuable Resources for Home Buyers


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Ryan J. Walsh began his legal career at the law firm of Renfroe and Quinn. As an associate he represented individuals in criminal matters and first time home buyers, real estate owners, lenders and not-for-profits in connection with commercial and residential properties throughout the five boroughs.

Mr. Walsh began the Law Office Of Ryan J. Walsh in April 2006 with a focus on representing lenders and individuals in the purchase and sale of residential and commercial real estate. The firm represents clients in residential and commercial mortgage transactions, sales, purchases, refinances, leasing of commercial and residential real estate properties. The firm also counsels individuals in the preparation of wills and the sale and purchase of business interests.

Ryan is an active board member of Neighborhood Housing Services of Northern Queens, a statewide board member of Best Buddies, a member of the Central Queens Y and a former board member of Community Board 11 and the YMCA 189 Beacon Program.

Ryan received his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 2001. He earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Stony Brook , where he majored in political science.

Ryan J. Walsh, Esq.
The Law Firm of Ryan J. Walsh & Associates, PLLC
Silver Towers l 125 -10 Queens Blvd, Suite 9, Kew Gardens, NY, 11415
P: (718)-793-2488 l C: 646-541-7771 l F: (718)-793-2247
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Matt’s Musings



On primary day 2010, Matthew Silverstein became the  Democratic State Committeeman for the 26th Assembly District.

Matt began a career in public service as an Inspector for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. As an Inspector, Matthew worked to uphold the landmark New York City Consumer Protection Law. He then became the Executive Assistant to DCA Commissioner Jonathan Mintz.

In 2007, Matthew became the Project Analyst for America Works of New York – an exciting private/public partnership that has been at the front of social policy issues for nearly 25 years. America Works was the pioneering company whose work led to the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, moving national welfare programs from subsistence to back-to-work programs. America Works has community offices in New York City, Albany, Baltimore, Chicago, Newark, Oakland and Washington D.C.

At America Works, Matt finds employment for Veterans, Welfare Recipients, Food Stamp Recipients, and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, people receiving SSI /SSDI Benefits, youth aging out of foster care, homeless/sheltered individuals and people living in NYCHA Housing. Matthew is also responsible for all political outreach for America Works network of companies. He has also worked inside New York State Prisons – helping formerly incarcerated individuals remain out of prison by keeping full time jobs – and works with our nation’s veterans.

Matthew has worked to protect the quality of life for residents of North East Queens for many years. Matthew is currently the 2nd Vice President for the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, and a member and former officer of the Friends of Fort Totten Parks.

From 2008 – 2010, Matthew served as President of the New York State Young Democrats and is a proud part of community activities of both the F.D.R. & Jefferson Democratic Clubs, serving on the Board of Directors of both organizations.

A true product of New York’s public school system, Matt is a graduate of CUNY Baruch College, where he studied Political Science. He earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from CUNY Hunter College. Matthew is a charter member of the Bayside – Whitestone Lions Club.  Matthew currently lives in Bay Terrace. In January of 2012, Matthew was named as one of the Queens Courier’s rising stars.

Anthony Lolli


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Anthony Lolli rose from humble beginnings to become a successful real estate investor and developer, and the founder and CEO of Rapid Realty—NYC’s largest apartment rental brokerage. Under his leadership, Rapid Realty became New York’s first rental-based real estate franchise, growing from one location to nearly sixty in just three years. In 2012, Rapid Realty was named one of the fastest-growing companies in America by Inc. magazine. Anthony’s unique insights have been featured in numerous publications, radio and TV broadcasts.

Mechanically Yours


Audra Fordin

Audra Fordin is the 4th generation owner, 1st female operator of her family business

Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body Shop, founded in 1933. Audra took full ownership

of Great Bear, and the Flushing, New York location and has grown the business to nearly three times its size through her “tell not sell” educational service programs.

In keeping up with the automotive technology,  Audra and her team of technicians at Great Bear advanced their training and Certification in Hybrid Technology.  She is a native to Queens, recognized as A nationwide expert on radio and television and has been featured on primetime as well as in national trade and business publications.

Audra is also the Founder of,  which provides education and resources empowering women of all ages to be safe, confident and knowledgeable consumers, passengers and drivers.

The WomenAutoKnow community is where building relationships and rebuilding Trust in Auto Repair does exist.