Darryl Strawberry



Darryl Strawberry is a New York baseball legend, winning four World Series — one with the Mets, three with the Yankees — during his playing days .  Known for his moon shot homeruns, Strawberry was a team leader on one of the most successful runs in Met history.  The Met Hall of Famer slugged the most homeruns in franchise history while winning Rookie of the Year and playing on seven All-Star teams during his time in Flushing.  After stops back home in Los Angeles with the Dodgers and in San Francisco, Strawberry returned to New York to finish his career with the Yankees.

After finding so much success on the field in Queens, Strawberry returned to the borough where he made his name.  Strawberry opened Strawberry’s Sports Grill in Douglaston in 2010 and it has quickly become a neighborhood favorite to relax and watch the game or grab a delicious meal.

Oh Orly



Orly Amor is the founder of The Global Mentoring Center and is an international public speaker and author.

As an entrepreneur, author, and respected speaker, Orly Amor travels the country spreading the reach of her mentoring foundation, and inspiring everyone she meets. She is a master at helping busy people achieve success without compromising their quality of life. Through her unique and practical approach to self-exploration she has helped thousands of men and women get their personal and professional lives in order.

Co-ops & Condos


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Warren Schreiber is entering his fifth year as president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, Inc. — a civic organization representing almost 5,000 households.  The community organizer, who considers himself socially progressive and fiscally conservative, is involved with a number of other organizations and projects in Queens.  He is the co-president of the Presidents Co-op & Condo Council, an advocacy group representing more than 55 Queens co-ops and condos with a population of almost 100,000 people, president of the Bay Terrace Cooperative Section I, Inc., a 200 unit co-op in northeast Queens and a member of Community Board 7.



Developing Your Website



Neil Levin received a BA in Economics from Brooklyn College and was a pioneer in the online retail industry, running a successful web-based retail venture in 1995. Levin built upon his own experiences online when co-founding Webline Designs. To date Levin has worked on over 700 website design and development projects.  Outside of Webline, Levin is active in the New York City community. He currently sits on the Board of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Long Island City Business Development Corporation. He, and his wife JoAnn, live in Bayside.

Ask the Public Advocate



On November 3rd, 2009, Bill de Blasio was elected New York City’s third Public Advocate. For the prior eight years, de Blasio served in the New York City Council where he fought to make City Hall more responsive and accountable to New Yorkers.

Bill de Blasio began his work in New York City government as an aide to Mayor David Dinkins. During the Clinton Administration, de Blasio was appointed Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he served under former Secretary Andrew Cuomo. In 1999, de Blasio was elected to the School Board for District 15 in Brooklyn. In 2000, he managed Hillary Rodham Clinton’s successful campaign for U.S. Senate. The following year, de Blasio was elected to the New York City Council where he represented District 39 in Brooklyn for eight years.

De Blasio has also been a dedicated advocate for affordable housing, sponsoring a city law that prevents landlords from discriminating against tenants who depend on Section 8 vouchers to help pay for housing.

Bill de Blasio holds a Bachelors degree from New York University and a Masters in International and Public Affairs from Columbia University. De Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, met while working together in the Dinkins Administration. They live in Brooklyn with their two children, Chiara and Dante.

Local Media


Joshua Schneps

Joshua Schneps is Co-Publisher of Schneps Communications, the largest privately owned publisher of community newspapers, magazines and local websites serving the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. The company’s publications serving Queens include The Queens Courier group of weekly community newspapers, El Correo de Queens, Queens Business, Long Island City Courier, North Shore Towers Courier, Le Havre Courier, Aspire College Magazine and Key to Queens Magazine. The company recently acquired a group of weeklies in Brooklyn including The Brooklyn Home Reporter, The Brooklyn Spectator and Spectator News. The company’s websites include,, and Schneps Communications also hosts several business networking, awards, and tradeshow events including Top Women in Business, Kings and Rising Stars.

Richard Christy



Richard Christy grew up in Redfield, Kansas, a tiny town of about fifty people. He is a comic, writer, drummer, actor and licensed electrician.

Richard was offered his dream job opportunity to audition for The Howard Stern Show in 2004 when Stuttering John left the Stern Show to join The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. After Richard’s week long audition in June 2004, Howard’s audience voted, and Richard won his dream job. Richard now resides in Long Island City and continues to work on the radio and TV show.

As a musician, he was a member of and/or played in the bands Public Assassin, Burning Inside, Acheron, Death, Iced Earth, Incantation, Demons and Wizards, Control Denied and Leash Law. Richard still plays drums every day and continues to write and record music for his current band Charred Walls of the Damned who just released their second album “Cold Winds On Timeless Days”

Discovering his other passions, Richard filmed the low budget thirty minute horror-comedy Evil Ned 2 followed by a full length remake resulting in Evil Ned 3: The Return of Evil Ned 2, Electric Boogaloo.

Richard released the full length comedy movies T-BACK, Legend Of The Black Eye and Leaving Grunion County.
Richard continues to stay extremely busy with various projects and has many plans for the future. You can follow him on his official website

Claire Shulman


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In 1986, Claire Shulman became Queens’ first female borough president, a position which she would hold until 2001.


As the highest ranking elected official in a borough of over two million people, Mrs. Shulman had an enormous role in a wide range of issues, including those related to land use, development of the City’s expense and capital budgets, economic development, and health care, to just name a few.


Mrs. Shulman is a graduate of Aldelphi University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree.  In 1993, she received an honorary Doctorate of Sciences degree from the College of Aeronautics.  In 1988, CUNY Law School presented her with the Deans Medal. She is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Queens College Medal and the La Guardia Community College Medal. She has received honorary Doctorate degrees from St. John’s University and Queens College. She is a member of Lamda Alpha International.


She began her professional career as a registered nurse at Queens Hospital Center. Mrs. Shulman was active in a number of civic and charitable organizations, and eventually was elected in 1968 as Chairperson of Community Board #11 in Bayside.


From 1972 to 1980, Mrs. Shulman was Director of Queens Community Boards, following which she became Deputy Borough President. On January 28th, 1986, she assumed the post of Acting Borough President, and on March 12th, 1986, was designated Borough President by a unanimous vote of the Queens’ City Council delegation.  Later that year, Mrs. Shulman was elected to a three year term as Borough President and was re-elected in 1989 to a full four year term. She would be re-elected in 1993 for a third term, and, again, in 1997, for a fourth term.


Some of Mrs. Shulman’s accomplishments as Borough President include: the rezoning of dozens of neighborhoods to create appropriate zoning restrictions that generated reasonable and responsible development while preserving the character of the existing neighborhoods (including historical districts like those in Jackson Heights and Ridgewood); the economic revitalization of many communities, particularly downtown Jamaica and western Queens; expansion of the Borough’s infrastructure; and increased funding for senior citizen centers, cultural programs and libraries. A project of great personal significance was the Queens Hospital Center, a $200 million complex that serves 400,000 patients annually, making it one of the largest health care providers in Queens. Mrs. Shulman was involved in the development of the borough’s first skyscraper, the 48-story Citicorp Building in Long Island City as well as the expansion of the Queens Center Mall, the most profitable per-square-foot venture in the country. Mrs. Shulman was pivotal in ensuring the development and growth of a number of Queens cultural institutions like the Queens Museum of Art, the Hall of Science, the USTA National Tennis Center,  the Queens Zoo, the Queens Theatre in the Park, the Museum of the Moving Image, Flushing Town Hall, PS1, the Noguchi Museum, and the South Queens Park Association. She was also largely responsible for the passage of legislation to reform the co-op/condo conversion process. As Borough President, Mrs. Shulman played a major role in securing funding for 35,000 additional school seats in the Board of Education’s five year Capital Plan.


Mrs. Shulman is currently the President and CEO of the Flushing Willets Point Corona LDC, and serves on the board of the York College Foundation, Queens County Savings Bank, the Flushing Cemetery, and New York Hospital Queens.

Silicon Valley 2.0



Jukay was raised in the Queens neighborhoods of Bayside and Flushing. He developed his interest in economic and community development in high school as a volunteer and later Chairman of the American Red Cross Queens Chapter Youth Group while also serving as Student Body President of Stuyvesant High School. After studying economic development and graduating from Harvard College, Jukay served as a U.S. Army officer where he earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Star Medal while commanding a rifle platoon and later leading economic development and governance initiatives for two Iraqi districts. In May 2011 Jukay returned to his hometown and founded the nonprofit organization Coalition for Queens. Its mission is to promote and advocate for Queens and its current Silicon Valley 2.0 initiative aims to make our borough the next great technological innovation center.

STORMing the Court

By Queens Courier Staff

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Internet In Bloom

By Queens Courier Staff

Ted J. Bloom, MLS., MSEd., has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A college librarian in Brooklyn with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include being a New York State Certified Media Communications Instructor and the holder of a state Public Librarian Certificate. Past accomplishments include creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a SUNY Communications Instructor and a YMCA Director.


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