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Gov. Cuomo to visit Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Saturday

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Governor Cuomo's Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be stopping by Wyckoff Heights Medical Center on Saturday as part of a Whistle-Stop Rally Tour alongside Gov. Alejandro Garcia-Padilla of Puerto Rico.

Cuomo, who is up for re-election on Tuesday, is expected at the hospital near the Brooklyn-Queens border at 3:30 p.m. together with healthcare workers from the 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East union.

As part of his campaign Cuomo plans to continue protecting access to quality healthcare.


CUNY appoints new Queens College president

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of CUNY


Dr. Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, a former cabinet secretary of the Department of Family Services for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, was appointed as the president of Queens College by The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York (CUNY), the school announced Monday.

“He brings to Queens College an impressive blend of scholarly accomplishment, public service, a strong commitment to student success and a deep belief in the University’s educational mission,” Chancellor James B. Milliken of CUNY said.

Rodriguez graduated from Yale University with a degree on Latin American Studies and later received his Ph.D in history from Columbia University. He is an academic in the status of women in Puerto Rico and he has written and co-written many scholarly works on the topic.

Prior to his recent appointment, Rodriguez served as president of Hostos Community College, another CUNY affiliate, since 2009.

“I look forward to joining the vibrant community of students, faculty, staff and alumni that have made Queens College a beacon of excellence, opportunity and innovation through the years,” Rodriguez said. “In the spirit of Queens College’s motto — ‘We learn so that we may serve’ — I pledge to put all the experience and learning of my scholarly, administrative and public service career at the service of an institution that has, and will continue to serve, Queens, New York City, and the nation with the highest standards of excellence and dedication. Thank you for the opportunity to serve, and I look forward to becoming a member of the Queens campus community for many years.”





Queens surfer who saved six during Sandy apparently drowns in Puerto Rico

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

A 23-year-old Belle Harbor man, who, using his surfboard, heroically saved six people during Sandy, died in a surfing accident in Puerto Rico yesterday, according to multiple media reports.

The body of lifeguard Dylan Smith was discovered floating near his surfboard in the waters just off of Maria’s Beach in western Puerto Rican, near Rincon on Sunday morning, police told NBC New York.

Smith was pulled from the water, but attempts to resuscitate him failed. It appears that he drowned, but the U.S. Caribbean territory’s police are investigating his death.

FDNY Chief Michael Light, a family friend who knew Smith his whole life, told the Daily News that Smith went to the popular surfing spot to “unwind” and “blow off some steam.”

“The same sport — the sport of surfing — that he used to save all those people, it’s so shocking that he perished that way,” Light also told the paper.

During the night of Sandy, Smith, along with Michael McDonnell, rescued six of their neighbors trapped on a Beach 130th Street porch as houses around them burned and flood waters surged. Using a homemade rope bridge and surfboard, the pair was able to get them to safety.

Because of their heroics, People magazine named Smith and McDonnell as two of its 2012 Heroes of the Year.

Queens’ Morning Roundup

| ctumola@queenscourier.com


Monday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast with a chance of rain. High of 39 with a windchill as low as 25F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the ESE in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60%. Monday Night: Overcast with snow and rain, then rain after midnight. Low of 37. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the ENE after midnight. Chance of precipitation 80% .

EVENT of the DAY: Jewish/Chinese Nosh Party “Woks and Lox”

Come to the Queens Kickshaw in Astoria tonight for Woks and Lox, a Jewish/Chinese nosh party! Celebrated chef Chichi Wang takes care of the menu, but there will also be Mah Jong, a Bar Mitzvah-esque sign-in board, a Chinese auction with prizes and other forms of Jewish and Chinese-inspired fun. (Auction proceeds will go to Jews for Racial & Economic Justice and the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence.). Starts at 8 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens lifeguard who used his surfboard for dramatic rescues during killer storm tragically drowns

A 23-year-old hero lifeguard from Queens — who used his surfboard to help save six lives as superstorm Sandy raged — drowned on Sunday in a surfing accident in Puerto Rico. Read more: New York Daily News

Search continues for Queens boy missing since Friday

A missing child alert remains in effect for a 10-year-old Queens boy. Read more: CBS New York

Recent rains worsen Queens apartments’ damage from Sandy

In a duplex in Jamaica, Queens, two families are still enduring damage from Hurricane Sandy. Read more: NY1

Gun control advocates join hands across the Brooklyn Bridge

Advocates for new measures to curb gun violence after the deadly Connecticut school attack have assembled on both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge to send a picturesque message to legislators. Read more: CBS New York

Potential school bus strike threatens ‘poverty quota’

The first quota system for a public school to be approved under the Bloomberg administration is in jeopardy of falling through due to a busing-related snag, parent leaders charge. Read more: New York Daily News

Assault weapons ban talk sparks run on gun stores

The National Rifle Association may still get its way and defeat the lawmakers calling for a ban on the sale of assault ridles, but some gun store owners say it seems their customers aren’t taking any chances. Read more: ABC News

Lawmakers see ‘fiscal cliff’ deal as elusive

With anxiety rising as the country lurches towards a “fiscal cliff,” lawmakers are increasingly skeptical about a possible deal and some predict the best possibility would be a small-scale patch because time is running out before the yearend deadline.Read more: AP




Don Coqui comes to Queens

| smosco@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Steve Mosco. Don Coqui’s cuisine is a ‘shortcut to Puerto Rico.’

Thanks to the immensely successful flagship restaurant in New Rochelle, the name Don Coqui has become synonymous with Puerto Rican cuisine in a modern and lively atmosphere. Now all the fun fed upon by upstaters comes to Queens with our very own Don Coqui in Astoria.

The brainchild of renowned restaurateur Jimmy Rodriguez, the Astoria version of Don Coqui not only features a large dining room, but also boasts a café space for lunch and private parties, as well as a lounge space with plenty of room to dance.

But before the music starts, let’s focus on the food. The menu is far more than a collection of trendy dishes with kooky names – at Don Coqui’s the Puerto Rican dishes are rooted in 30 years of family recipes perfect for Queens’ melting pot of diversity.

The appetizers are energetic and vivacious with classic favorites given new life in a modern setting. Start with shredded roasted pork wrapped in crispy yuca and the crispy plantains topped with a choice of shrimp, steak, pork and codfish. The yuca-wrapped pork – bite-sized, succulent wraps resembling sushi rolls – deliver intense flavor in a small package. The plantain starter is another wise choice and features mouthwatering toppings on the texturally satisfying plantain. The beef and codfish stand out, but all four options deserve a taste.

It’s important to stay warm during these chilly months and there is no better, or more delicious, way to stay warm than with a big bowl of Sancocho from Don Coqui. A fairly rustic stew, Sancocho was popularized by the peasants who gave it the richness that now has it on restaurant menus. It’s a beef, chicken and oxtail stew with smoked ham and an array of Caribbean root vegetables. This stew is so comforting, it is like the edible version of the world’s softest blanket.

As for entrées, do not pass up the roasted pork with rice. The dish is a mammoth pork shank, roasted in all the flavors of Puerto Rico, until the skin is perfectly crisp and the aroma is enough to knock you out of your seat. Other Don Coqui favorites include Paella, plantain crusted red snapper, braised oxtail, roasted half chicken, skirt steak, mofongo and more.

Don Coqui also offers grilled options, as well as dry-aged certified Angus beef steaks.

Get to Astoria for a ‘shortcut to Puerto Rico’ with a visit to Don Coqui.

Don Coqui

28-18 31st Street

Astoria, NY 11102




Monday through Wednesday 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Thursday 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Sunday 3 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Bar Hours:

Monday through Wednesday 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Thursday 4 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. – 4 a.m.

Sunday 3 p.m. – 12 a.m.


Private Parties

Full Bar

All Major Credit Cards

Valet Parking

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