Lunar New Year Parade


By Queens Courier Staff

In celebration of the Year of the Rat, crowds came out this past weekend to watch the 13th annual Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing. Dragons and lion dancers marched up Main Street (photo above) as four-year-old Joanna Lin caught confetti (photo right). The parade route stretched from Union Street at 37th Avenue to Main […]

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No. 7 line back for Lunar New Year


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

In a timely letter to City Councilmember John Liu, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has pledged to restore full weekend service on the No. 7 line for the first two weekends in February, after almost derailing Flushing’s celebration of “Chinese New Year.” The MTA announced a “major capital project” involving new signal and track switches […]

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Flushing man indicted for Lunar New Year murder


By Queens Courier Staff

A Flushing man has been indicted on murder and other charges in the stabbing death of a 40-year-old man on a Flushing street last month. The victim had been on his way home from a Chinese New Year celebration. “The defendant is accused of fatally stabbing a hard-working man who had immigrated five years ago […]

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Suspect charged in Lunar New Year killing


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

A 21-year-old Flushing man has been charged with the Lunar New Year slaying of a 40-year-old restaurant deliveryman who was returning home after a party. According to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Kendall Walker fatally stabbed Zhang Hong Qui, who had left a party on nearby Elder Avenue in the early morning hours of […]

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Lunar New Year celebration in Bayside school


| csantucci@queenscourier.com

Parents and visitors got a taste of Asia recently at P.S. 46 in Bayside, when students put on their annual Lunar New Year celebration. The show featured Chinese and Korean songs and dance, as well as the traditional lion dance. Beginning in November, the students - about 120 in all - started practicing for the […]

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Queens Residents Celebrate Lunar New Year


By Queens Courier Staff

Delighting the crowd were street entertainers, including a fire eater, children’s martial arts groups, a sword artist, ceremonial masked jesters, a large paper mache snake, six floats and many brightly decorated vans representing local Queens businesses. However, the event was not without its controversy. Prior conflict with various members of the Asian community regarding inclusion […]

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The Lunar New Year Of The Hare Hops Into Flushing


By Queens Courier Staff

    What was formerly the celebration of "Chinese New Year" is now the celebration of the "Lunar New Year (the year of the hare — 4697) and this fourth annual celebration of the new year was welcomed in Flushing by people of diverse Asian backgrounds parading in unity. Headed by Queens Borough President, Claire […]

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Car tires and rims become big target for thieves in southern Queens


| slicata@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Joe Thompson

While auto theft is on the decline across the city, there has been a new wave of thefts targeting cars that is taking place in and around Howard Beach. But this time, thieves take the wheels and leave the cars behind.

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Gov. Cuomo unveils proposal to build an AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Gov. Cuomo rolled out a proposal to build an AirTrain from the Willets Point No. 7 train station to LaGuardia Airport, similar to the train line now connecting John F. Kennedy Airport to the Long Island Rail Road’s Jamaica station.

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Mother of Avonte Oquendo invited to President Obama’s State of the Union address


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Senator Charles Schumer's Office

When President Obama delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress, Avonte Oquendo’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, will be watching from the gallery of the House of Representatives as a guest of Sen. Charles Schumer.

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New law permits schools to close for more religious and cultural holidays


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo via UrbanUrban_ru/Flickr

For decades, the city closed schools for Christian and Jewish holidays but other religions’ holidays — like Eid al-Fitr and Diwali — didn’t receive the same benefit. But the passage of a new law backed by elected officials in Flushing is changing that.

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Star of Queens: Thao-Nguyen Le, co-director, Vietnam Heritage Center


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Thao-Nguyen Le develops and implements programs for Vietnam Heritage Center, recruits and manages volunteers, organizes special community events to celebrate Vietnamese culture, and cultivates and maintains relationships with donors and community members.

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What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

In-tetra, 1970

The Noguchi Museum has an exhibition on view of Noguchi’s work from archaic times to modern times. The only thing Noguchi loved more than the promise of the future was the sense of belonging to the Earth he derived from working with million and billion year old pieces of rock. Noguchi Archaic/ Noguchi Modern explores a stylistic wormhole that seems to link the ancient past and the distant future in his work.

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