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Queens Village teen scores internship at exclusive Manhattan restaurant

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Photo courtesy of Mario Gonzalez

Lyanna Cintron remembers standing in her mother and step-father’s kitchen at age 9 and wanting to get her hands dirty to make dishes like shrimp lasagna, lemon butter fish and sushi rolls.

Today, the 17-year-old Queens Village resident is a student at Food and Finance High School and interning at Italian-American restaurant Carbone, which was founded by Mario Carbone, a Queens native who was named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs in America” in 2012. Reservations at the Greenwich Village eatery are made one month in advance and classic dishes such as minestrone, spaghetti pomodoro and veal marsala are served.

Cintron, who received this internship with the help of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), has spent the last two months learning about the world of pastry. Her responsibilities include making frosting and ice cream from scratch, scaling recipes for cakes, taking inventory and more.

“Working at Carbone is actually an amazing experience,” Cintron said. “I’ve been learning a lot and meeting a whole bunch of new chefs that have been showing me the ways of the culinary world.”

Cintron said she’s an “all-around gal” when it comes to cooking but that her favorite meal to prepare is shrimp Francese, a flour-and-egg-battered shrimp dish that requires her to reverse batter the seafood. When she’s not cooking, the aspiring chef loves to watch anything Gordon Ramsey. The British chef and restaurateur is known for his abrasive teaching style on his television shows “Hell’s Kitchen,” “MasterChef,” “MasterChef Junior” and “Kitchen Nightmares.”

“I just love the way he is in the kitchen,” Cintron. “Even though some people say that he’s mean or whatever, I kinda like it because I feel like he’s only doing that to people to push them because he knows that they can do better.”

Cintron hopes to go to culinary school and slowly work her way to becoming a head chef or owning her own restaurant. She credits her teachers Chef Adrienne Terzouli and Chef Michael Lynch for pushing her to do better and the C-CAP program for placing her at Carbone and teaching her about networking. C-CAP is a nonprofit that has linked high school at-risk culinary students to the food service and hospitality industry for more than 25 years.

“Being a part of C-CAP was like God giving me the token to my dreams,” Cintron said.

After working at Carbone, Cintron said she has a new favorite restaurant. She has already visited the eatery twice with her family and plans to go again. Though her internship ends this week, she is already in talks with management to try to secure a position at the restaurant.

“[My teachers] always inspire me to do better and they always tell me that I’m going be the one of the ones that makes it in the culinary world so they just give me that nudge to keep going.”


Koch WAS New York

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Welcome to my bridge! Welcome to my bridge!

That was Ed Koch, son of Polish immigrants, who became the mayor of the world’s greatest city.

That same opportunity exists today and continues to attract immigrants to our shores looking for a better life. After serving in the Council and Congress, Ed became mayor at a critical time for the city. We were virtually bankrupt and for the first time people considered leaving town for a better future elsewhere.

A wholesale depression settled in and the exuberance that generally described us was gone. It was 1978 and in came this whirlwind guy from Greenwich Village with his enormous energy and a strong belief in the city.

He literally lifted our spirits and every day raised his arms and loudly proclaimed that New York City is alive and well. He restored glamour and industry to the city of promise.

He hired the best people and set to crafting a budget that the city could afford and yet survive.

His confidence in the city caught on, and the grumbling over cuts was no longer an issue.

He really understood how to make government work. He will be remembered for many things, including rehabbing vacant apartments into affordable housing in the Bronx and other parts of the city.

Who can forget driving the Cross Bronx Expressway looking at flowers painted on the windows of thousands of empty apartments?

Once I took Ed to the Astoria Motion Picture Center to watch Sidney Lument direct the “WIZ.” Astoria is now of course home to Kaufman Astoria Studio, which was long ago Paramount Studios Circa1898.

Ed and I stood on the darkest part of the enormous stage and watched Diana Ross dance down the yellow brick road right into Ed’s arms. You can’t imagine his excitement. This was right up his alley and of course media was part of his life. But most of all he understood the importance of bringing the motion picture and television industry back to New York City and was forever a supporter of the project.

During the early 1980’s the New York City film industry did almost zero in economic activity and now the latest number is $7.1 billion. What a leap forward.

The scandal of former Borough President Donald R. Manes in 1986 during Ed’s watch caught him by surprise and of course he was most distressed and it took a while for him to recover, but recover he did and the old bounce returned. He always supported me during that terrible time for which I am eternally grateful.

Some people think that one scandal will close his legacy but I don’t think so. His saving the city from financial disaster and returning the city to its greatest will forever be his legacy and history will treat him well. For a short but important time New York City was Ed Koch and Ed Koch was New York City.


Claire Shulman is former Queens Borough President. 

Perfect burgers at the ‘Corner’

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THE COURIER/Photo by Joanna M. Adduci

At Corner Bistro, simplicity is the key to success. For years, the original Greenwich Village location has been serving up burgers and beer to generations of discerning locals and visitors. So when they decided to open a second location, they chose to bring their bohemian ambiance to Long Island City.

When you walk into Corner Bistro, you’re greeted by the sight of a full bar and booth-style seating. My guest and I had eight choices for our dining adventure, including the hamburger, cheeseburger, bistro burger, grilled chicken sandwich, BLT sandwich, grilled cheese, chili and finally, the chili burger.

I was eager to see if the burger lived up to the hype. My guest and I ordered the bistro burger with a side of French fries and as it arrived, my eyes widened in disbelief. It was a classic all-American burger topped with cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato, all sandwiched inside a soft sesame seed bun. Complete with a McSorley’s Ale and a side of sweet potato fries, my taste buds were pleased, and so was my wallet, as these monstrous burgers are all under $9.

Although the menu is simple, the restaurant grants consistency to customers, letting them know that each time they visit Corner Bistro they will receive quality food, pleasant service and an assortment of draft beers — all at a modest price. Ask for Amie, a friendly and informative waitress.

The location of the new Corner Bistro is appropriate for a Greenwich Village-based saloon, nestled in Long Island City on Vernon Boulevard, a quaint, up-and-coming area with its own bohemian ambitions.

Grab some dinner at Corner Bistro and head down the block and witness a view that will surely take your breath away. Located a few short blocks from the water, after dinner be sure to relax on a bench and enjoy the view of Manhattan.

As summer lingers on, enjoy the simplicity and quality presented consistently at Corner Bistro in Long Island City. Good food, good service, good beer — what more could you ask for?


47-18 Vernon Blvd

Long Island City, NY 11101



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