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Street Talk: What are you doing for Mother’s Day?


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“A hibachi restaurant, probably. I was thinking about one in Brooklyn.”
Kelly Thompson

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“I celebrate with my wife and daughter. We’re going to eat and do whatever my wife wants.”
Shang Gu

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“I hope my daughters will have something great planned for me!”
Simone Perry

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“My mom lives in Pennsylvania so I’m probably going to visit her. My birthday’s the week before so it’s a mother-daughter thing.”
Laura Kitterle

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“Actually, I work. Nothing else to do.”
Alex Alverado

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“I’m seeing [singer] Audra McDonald with my mother. It’s a surprise!”
Isabel Salane

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“I have to work. I work in a restaurant, and it’s the biggest day of the year.”
Hugo Herrera

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“I’m going to honor my wife and take her out to dinner.”
Richard Vespi

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Street Talk: Do you believe parents should be able to opt their children out of state math and reading exams?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ANGELA MATUA

Charles Zimmerman

“No. Well, I think that some of the parents don’t know quite as much as what the education system knows. So I don’t know if they’re qualified or not to do that. I mean, if they’re educators themselves yes, if not.”
Charles Zimmermann

Patrick Barbarito

“I mean I know testing is ridiculous some of them, but no, I think you should take them. I know they need to tweak the system that’s for damn sure, but no.”
Patrick Barbarito

Kalisha Wrencher

“No, because when I had to go to school we had to take them to graduate, so no. Keep them in there, let them get their education because you’re making it too easy for them nowadays.”
Kalisha Wrencher

Ashley Fishberger

“I think they should be able to opt out of it. I do, and I think it should be a personal choice; it shouldn’t have to stress out the children or the parents. We should focus on the education and the kids’ learning.”
Ashley Fishberger

Jason Prior

“I would say no only because the state wants kids to live up to a certain standard and I agree with that.”
Jason Prior

Valerie G.

“Well, based on what I hear with the teachers, it’s so unfair for the children and there’s a lot of stress for the children. I don’t know if it should be some take and some don’t.”
Valerie G.

Gail Smiley

“I think that all children should get a good education, that’s exactly how I feel and if it was my children I would want them to take the exam, that way you know how knowledgeable they are.”
Gail Smiley

Michelle Becker

“No, I think it has to be everybody’s in or everybody’s out or there’s no way to kind of get a gauge.”
Michelle Becker

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Street Talk: With alternative fuel cars becoming more readily available, would you buy one?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ROSS BELSKY

Bridget Cronin

“No. I don’t drive at all because I don’t see the need for a car in the city.”
Bridget Cronin

Luciano Lamour

“I would have to make cost-benefit analysis to see if it eventually pays off money-wise.”
Luciano Lamour

Christina Cooper

“I would, but I have a car already.”
Christina Cooper

Samantha Morin

“Yes I would. I would consider doing anything to better the environment.”
Samantha Morin

Larry DeFrances

“Not until their costs drop.”
Larry DeFrances

Diane Lebowitz

“No. I drive a Rogue and I love it. I like SUVs to drive in the snow and bad weather.”
Diane Lebowitz

Matthew Bauman

“I would consider it after a few years of the masses using them to see if they find it worth it to switch.”
Matthew Bauman

Michelle Nirov

“There would have to be way more fuel stations for them around. If there were, I would definitely consider it.”
Michelle Nirov

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Street Talk: Who do you think has the better chance of making the playoffs this season — the Mets or the Yankees?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ROSS BELSKY

Brooke

“The Yankees, just based on their track record.”
Brooke Astaria

Danielle

“The Mets, as long as Matt Harvey comes back healthy.”
Danielle Cazilas

anthony

“The Mets are younger and more hungry. Plus, they have six starting pitchers.”
Anthony Hassan

William

“The Yankees. They are the best team in baseball history and always overcome the odds.”
William Landon

Brian

“The Mets. I’m rooting for Michael Cuddyer to make an impact.”
Brian Cornil

Dominick

“The Yankees. They will always be my team.”
Dominick Papasio

Emilio

“I’m generally indifferent. I don’t see the point, philosophically, of baseball nowadays. Chess is my sport.”
Emilio Velez

Luciano

“Both teams are boring. The Phillies are going to win it all.”
Luciano Lamour

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Street Talk: How do you plan on spending your income tax refund this year?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ROSS BELSKY

Brandon Jolly

“Buy an Xbox One.”
Brandon Jolly

Diane Valles

“I will put it in the bank, but I know someway or another I will need it for an emergency.”
Diane Valles

Denise Surgent

“I am dependent on my mom.”
Denise Surgent

Maria Nass

“Save it, of course.”
Maria Nass

Peter Dodd

“I will spend it exclusively on my own pleasures.”
Peter Dodd

Anthony Modica

“I don’t get one.”
Anthony Modica

Tyrone Wilkerson

“Go to a fancy steakhouse.”
Tyrone Wilkerson

Mimi Melendez

“Invest it in my kids.”
Mimi Melendez

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Street Talk: What are you looking forward to most about warmer days ahead?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ROSS BELSKY

Meme Santana

“Not wearing my winter coat and maybe just a hoodie.”
Meme Santana

Matt Gallo

“Going to the park and hanging out outside for a change.”
Matt Gallo

Michael Dickenson

“Practicing my parkour skills.”
Michael Dickenson

Brian Conner

“100 percent I am most excited to getting back to playing handball.”
Brian Conner

Melanie Smith

“In general I can’t wait. I am sick of wearing so much clothes.”
Melanie Smith

Barry Omana

“The snow finally melting.”
Barry Omana

Maria Nass

“Everything. I don’t remember a winter this bad since 1995.”
Maria Nass

Javier Jordan

“Playing basketball, for sure.”
Javier Jordan

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Street Talk: What do you hate most about winter?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ROSS BELSKY

WARCHILD

“Having to wear long-johns.”
Chris Warchild

DICK BASS

“When work gets canceled. I need to get paid.”
Dick Bass

MATTHEW HARRINGTON

“Forgetting my hat and gloves when I go sledding.”
Matthew Harrington

TAHMID KAMAL

“The commute when it snows. Especially when the forecast is wrong and the subways and roads are closed anyway.”
Tahmid Kamal

BRIAN CONNER

“The ice everywhere after it snows.”
Brian Conner

LAURA BRICKERTON

“Everything. I like 100 degrees and hotter.”
Laura Brickerton

BREDA PACCIONE

“It gets dark early. When I think about the warm people in Florida I get annoyed. Also parking in the snow, and walking my dog.”
Breda Paccione

ROSA TEJEDA

“I don’t like piled up, dirty snow that gives me wet shoes.”
Rosa Tejeda

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Street Talk: What is your New Year’s resolution?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

Martha Wahnon

“I don’t wait once a year to make a resolution. I am constantly trying to better myself. My latest resolution has been to be more of a peacemaker and not give into what causes arguments.”
Martha Wahnon

Jason Zassino

“I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. It is a hokey tradition. I have been trying to quit smoking but it is tough to do.”
Jason Zassino

Genesis Mera

“I want to learn to speak English fluently.”
Genesis Mera

Tanisha Isaacs

“Be a more positive, less bitter person.”
Tanisha Isaacs

Jonathan Milard

“Contact my family more often.”
Jonathan Milard

Victor Prado

“To invest more in people and to preach more the name of Jesus to people.”
Victor Prado

James O'Neil

“I never do New Year’s resolutions. Never have. After two weeks everyone is talking about how they’ve broken theirs.”
James O’Neil

Julie Halkiopoulos

“Be healthy enough so I can help my daughters as much as I can, be involved in their lives. Try to help more stray, abused animals, and elderly people.”
Julie Halkiopoulos

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What do you think about the mayor’s proposed ban on horse-drawn carriages in New York City?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY PAULINA TAM AND ASHA MAHADEVAN

Anca David

“If the horses stay in Central Park it is okay, but if they are out in the streets, no.”
Anca David

Deborah Haimer

“I’m not sure because it is a tradition but the carriages also block traffic.”
Deborah Haimer

Nicole Cai

“I’m for banning because of the bad smells around Central Park.”
Nicole Cai

Joy Xu

“The carriages are good because there is a very nostalgic and romantic feel when you ride in them.”
Joy Xu

Javenia Harrington

“I like the ban. I have been following PETA for a while and this city is a busy place for a horse to be in.”
Javenia Harringon

Patricia Kelly

“I think it’s ridiculous because it’ll put a lot of people out of work.”
Patricia Kelly

Michael Capozzi

“It’s honestly easier to just keep them because the carriages are part of New York’s history and it also keeps people in business.”
Michael Capozzi

Raul Arguello

“The ban will be good for the horses but bad for the tourists, but it’s not even a New York City thing to do. Tourists don’t come here to specifically go on a horse-drawn carriage ride.”
Raul Arguello

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Street Talk: Where do you plan to do most of your holiday shopping, in stores or online — and why?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY PAULINA TAM

Shirley Fantini

“I’m not a computer-savvy person. Clothes might look different in stores than online.”
Shirley Fantini

Beverly Wynne

“Definitely in stores. I’m very local. I’d rather look at the clothes in stores and touch the fabric. It’s more personal.”
Beverly Wynne

Barbara Pinerio

“In stores. I’m at an age where I’m not so tech-savvy.”
Barbara Pinerio

Peter Garoutsos

“I’m already done with all my holiday shopping, but I like shopping in stores because I can see the quality.”
Peter Garoutsos

Freddy Francois

“In stores. I had many bad experiences with shipping.”
Freddy Francois

Lorraine Lynch

“In stores. I like to try things on and see them in person.”
Lorraine Lynch

Emily Im

“Online. It’s more convenient and you can find everything for a cheaper price.”
Emily Im

Thomas Leung

“In stores. I can browse through the clothes and try them on to see which fits better so I don’t have to go back another time to return them.”
Thomas Leung

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Street Talk: Will you shop this Black Friday?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

Angelica Diana

“Yes. I like the spirit of Black Friday. There are lots of sales.”
Angelica Diana

Hannah Wilcock

“No. I am working all day.”
Hannah Wilcock

Gabriela Meade

“No. I can’t stand crowds.”
Gabriela Meade

Maritza Uribe

“No. I work on Fridays and it’s crazy on Saturdays. The shops don’t care for their staff. Thanksgiving is a day for families to be together. The sales go against the spirit of Thanksgiving.”
Maritza Uribe

Marcelo Pinheiro

“No. The lines are too long. I want to do something that represents the meaning of the holiday. Shopping is completely opposite to that.”
Marcelo Pinheiro

Hazim Sadkahn

“Yes. I am looking for things for children. I have 10 nephews and I will buy gifts for them for Christmas.”
Hazim Sadkahn

Tristan Ortiz

“Yes. I am planning to buy electronics—that’s where the deals are.”
Tristan Ortiz

Lyle Borman

“No. I won’t be going to the stores. I never do.”
Lyle Borman

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Street Talk: What are your plans for Thanksgiving?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

Vartanoush Krastev

“I will spend it with my extended family. My son and I will be visiting his wife’s family. I won’t be cooking; [I] will do that for Christmas.”
Vartanoush Krastev

Nijah Taylor

“I will go with my family to my aunt’s house in Montgomery. She is having a family get-together. We’ll be eating ribs, lasagna, rice, ham and turkey, play music and just have fun.”
Nijah Taylor

Lourdes Aguilar

“My sister and I will go to our parents’ house for Thanksgiving. My dad will cook and we’ll bring wine.”
Lourdes Aguilar

Bit Chang

“We’ll just have a nice family gathering. I’ll help with the cooking.”
Bit Chang

Joseph McAteer

“Nothing special. I’ll go to church in the morning, watch ballgames and eat turkey.”
Joseph McAteer

Nicole Kopczynska

“I’ll go to my parents’ house in Howard Beach. I won’t be cooking, I’ll just eat what they cook.”
Nicole Kopczynska

Jeffrey Cabreja

“I am going to spend the day with my girlfriend. We’ll go to her parents’ house first and then go to my dad’s house in New Jersey.”
Jeffrey Cabreja

Jorge Chavez

“I’ll be working two jobs that day. I’ll miss out on being with family.”
Jorge Chavez

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Street Talk: What do you think about the 25 mph speed limit that goes into effect Friday?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY PAULINA TAM

Cathy Cacavas

“Let’s give it a try and see how it goes. Sometimes, people don’t even stop when there’s a stop sign.”
Cathy Cacavas

Max Hom

“This is a very good idea. It’s good for children as well as school areas because it’ll be safer, but I’m not sure how much a difference of 5 mph will do.”
Max Hom

Leo Wei

“Yes, it might lower some accidents, but people speed all the time, so I’m not sure how this will help much.”
Leo Wei

Frank Morales

“30 mph is too slow to begin with, and 25 mph is too excessive. It’ll be too slow during the morning commute.”
Frank Morales

Claire Leder

“I think it’s good. The new speed limit is going to make everybody more cautious with driving and will reduce accidents.”
Claire Leder

Alvin Billings

“Strongly disagree; 25 mph is too unrealistic, especially with traffic conditions. If they try to enforce that strictly, the cost will be snowed under. What are they going to do? Put an officer at every corner?”
Alvin Billings

Cedric Herbin

“It’s not really going to make a difference. There’ll be more traffic and more road rage.”
Cedric Herbin

Lynus Ora

“The speed limit should really stay the same or be 35 mph. I normally drive around 30. Yes, the new speed limit will prevent some accidents, but there’ll be more traffic.”
Lynus Ora

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Street Talk: What do you think about the 21-day quarantine for those returning from West African countries that are affected by Ebola?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY PAULINA TAM

Carlos Cruz

“I understand why the quarantine is important but I think we should facilitate aid workers to attack it at its source.”
Carlos Cruz

Victor Giler

“I agree with it. I don’t see anything wrong with it.”
Victor Giler

Evelyn Summer

“It is necessary, but I was not happy with what I read and heard about the quarantined New Jersey nurse’s living conditions.”
Evelyn Summer

Laura Levy

“I think it’s a phenomenal idea. It’s a great plan to prevent those affected from affecting anybody else.”
Laura Levy

Marlee Beyda

“It is probably a good idea if they could catch those with the symptoms first.”
Marlee Beyda

Carlos Cruz

“It’s a good idea but on second thought, those affected should be placed in humane health environments.”
Carlos Morales

Tatiana C

“To protect the public, yes, but those affected should be given proper amenities and be placed in good medical facilities. We did it for tuberculosis and we can do it again.”
Tatiana C.

Cindy Niedoroda

“It is necessary because there could be so many people who can get affected by that one person who has it and wasn’t quarantined.”
Cindy Niedoroda

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Street Talk: Does unisex perfume ‘Queens’ capture the scent of the borough, and what do you think of the smell?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY PAULINA TAM

Allison Lee

“It reminds me of the women in Jackson Heights. Also smells like an older woman.”
Allison Lee

Fanny L

“Too strong. Definitely not for me.”
Fanny L.

Peter Rutledge

“I hope Queens smells like that. It’s very nice but I personally won’t wear it. But some men might like it.”
Peter Rutledge

Julia Blechner

“It’s a great unisex perfume. It smells really good and it reminds me of grandma.”
Julia Blechner

Alex O'Brien

“I don’t mind wearing it from time to time. It’s a pretty good smell.”
Alex O’Brien

Katarina Prasso

“Very flowery. It’s more of a women’s scent and it’s a bit too sweet for men to wear. It also has a very nature-like smell to it.”
Katarina Prasso

Fernando Aguilar

“Yes, I like the scent, so it’s good for both men and women.”
Fernando Aguilar

Colin Wilkinson

“Very appealing. I like the aroma and unlike a lot of perfume the scent lasts a little longer and it does not disappear.”
Colin Wilkinson

Read more about the fragrance, Bond No. 9 Queens. here.

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