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Street Talk: Who is your favorite superhero?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Jeffrey Boursiquot

Jeffrey Boursiquot

Jayson Bell

Jayson Bell

Matthew Nikol

“Iron Man.”
Matthew Nikol

Sindy Gonzalez

“Wonder Woman.”
Sindy Gonzalez (mother)

Lisa Scoppa

“The Wolverine.”
Lisa Scoppa

Oliverio Bosi

Oliverio Bosi

Mia Ferrarai

Mia Ferrari

Pasquale Mulave

Pasquale Mulave

Connor Hirsch

Connor Hirsch

Jesse Pyun

“Iron Man.”
Jesse Pyun

Hako Mrkulrc

Hako Mrkulrc

Paul Sinanis

Paul Sinanis

Ryan Chan

Ryan Chan

Logan Messler

Logan Messler


Street Talk: What are you going to be for Halloween?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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“A Mummy.”
Benjamin Friedman (left)

“A butcher with a bloody scar, along the lines of Sweeney Todd.”
Tracy Friedman


“Origami Yoda.”
Daniel Aguasaco

“Elsa from ‘Frozen.’”
Carol Aguasaco


Michaela Turck


“I’m going to wear a clown mask.”
Dylan Drebaul


“A clown.”
Julia Blenzig


Iman Zara


“Anna from ‘Frozen.’”
Angela Perez


“A vampire.”
Jasmilkis Santos


Street Talk: Who will you vote for in the Democratic primaries on Sept. 9?  

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Grace Carton

“I have to look them up to see who to vote for, but I’ll definitely vote.”
Grace Carton

Philip Robinson

“I am not sure if I am a registered Democrat, but if I am, I will vote for the first one on the list. I don’t care who it is.”
Philip Robinson

Ioannis Naoum

“I have not decided yet, but I will vote.”
Ioannis Naoum

Gregg Sullivan

“I need to do more research, but I will vote. I love Avella.”
Gregg Sullivan

Lynn Greenhut

“I have not yet decided who to vote for.”
Lynn Greenhut

Andrew Shin

“I have not decided whether I will vote at all or not.”
Andrew Shin

Cathy Brun

“I’ll vote for John Liu. He has integrity.”
Cathy Brun

Rob Rohena

“I am not going to vote at all. I don’t think it makes any difference.”
Rob Rohena


Street Talk: Are you excited to go back to school?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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“I’m excited, I like school!”
Emon D.

Gina D.

“My kids are in second grade and kindergarten so we’re planning to get the school supplies this week and I’m verbally preparing my little one.”
Gina D.

Elizabeth F.

“We’re going to the hair salon.”
Elizabeth F., age 4

Mike E.

“I guess we’re not preparing… we’re just focusing on enjoying the summer as much as possible.”
Mike Eudabin

Isabella K.

“She’s really excited. She’s not scared, I’m scared.”
Isabella K.

Michelle M.

“Nothing, I’m in denial. I’ll go shopping on Friday – that’s my deadline.”
Michelle Mietzner

Wayne C.

“We already did our shopping because the school doesn’t supply anything anymore, so we have a very long laundry list.”
Wayne C.

Corey C.

Yes and no. Yes because we have recess, and no because we may have to walk too much.”
Corey C., age 6


Street Talk: What is your favorite summertime beer?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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“I like Bud Light, because it’s cheap!”
Tom Twist

“Curious Traveler Summer Shandy, it’s really good, and only available in the summer.”
Eric Berman

“Victoria beer, for the taste.”
Paco Castillo

“I like Sol beer, because it’s light and a good alternative to Corona.”
Ryan Gamble

“I like Sol, too, because it’s light and refreshing.”
Cheyne Gamble

“IPA Sam Rebel is nice.”
Joe Brandon

“Amstel Lite, for the taste.”
Eddy Filangeri

“I like Brooklyn beer, because my son introduced me to it.”
John Clark



Street Talk: How do you think the Mets will end up this year?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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They’re going to be horrible.  I don’t think they have enough hitting, so they’ll probably [win] about 70 games.
Lou Gittler

Hopefully they’ll do better; I haven’t lost hope. I’ve lived in Queens for 32 years, so I’m a big Mets fan.
Anna Fernandez

My guess is about 75 wins.  They have more questions now than they did before spring training.
Mike Ingordo

Unfortunately not well, but I do think they’re going to have an amazing 2015.
Steve Schawrtz

Horrible, they haven’t made much improvement. The improvement they made was minor – like minor league.
Nick Kara

I think they’re going to end strong. I’m pretty optimistic that they can keep it together.
Brandon Ilg

I think they’ll be about .500. I do think they’ll do better than they did last year, but I don’t think they’re a playoff team yet.
John Burkart

Due to organizational structure, the performance will be just like the management: terrible.
Carlos Riano





Street Talk: Do you think more should be done to keep students with special needs safe in school?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Kids with special needs need to be able to be tracked when in school. I think Schumer’s “Avonte’s Law” is a good idea and is necessary.
Ken Kupetski

Yes, I believe more should be done because it’s too dangerous out there, even for kids without special needs.
Caitlin Neil-Karhut

Yes, I used to work with kids with special needs and some are not able to fend for themselves, so keeping students safe should be the priority right now.
Esther Park

Definitely, more needs to be done. What happened to Avonte should never happen again.
Kevin Collins

Yes, I do feel there isn’t enough being done. There isn’t enough funding for schools and I feel there should be longer hours in school, so teachers can help the students even more.
Arthur B.

I believe schools aren’t doing enough for kids with special needs. It is always better to have more protection.
Julia Vennitti

I believe it is the school’s responsibility to make sure students are safe, so I feel they need to figure out a better and safer plan to keep kids in school when they are supposed to be in school.
Maya Schallcross

Yes, I feel the more protection the better; the most important thing is that these kids are safe.
Juliet Hainline






Street Talk: What are your plans for the Super Bowl?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


I will be staying home with my family and watching the game.
Ryan Arboleda

I plan on throwing a party at my house.
Erick Alvarado

I plan on throwing a party and having some drinks with my boys.
Wilfredo Zelaya

My plans are not too exciting. I’m going to be on a concert gig.
Jeremy Arnold

Unfortunately, I’ll be working for the Super Bowl.
Brad Crandell

I’m going to a local bar with some friends.
Manny Lalonde

I’ll be staying home watching the game with some appetizers, beer and friends.
Bridget Cronin

I’m going to my friend’s house in Brooklyn for a party to watch the Super Bowl as well as celebrate my 60th birthday.
Lou Gittler




Street Talk: What do you think of Governor Andrew Cuomo legalizing medical marijuana?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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I think it’s a great idea for those who need it for medical reasons because it’s supposed to help with pain and improve living. I believe this is a necessary step, as long as the use of medical marijuana is contained.
Bridget Delaney

I could understand him legalizing it for medical purposes.  It’s just a matter of control so that those who are using it for other reasons do not get their hands on it.
Louisa Samolis

Personally, I think legalizing it is a good idea, people are already using it anyway so making it legal is something that needed to be done, since other states in the country have also legalized it.
Demos Samolis

It’s about time, and I believe he hasn’t done enough with it yet.
Walter Klimetz

I believe that medical marijuana is a good drug for people who need it, and thanks to Governor Cuomo these people are now able to get it.
Michele Dregei

I think medical marijuana is beneficial for patients in need of it and it’s about time Governor Cuomo did something about it.
Mary Jacobini

Legalizing medical marijuana is good and bad:  it’s good for those who need it, but bad if it’s introduced to the wrong person who can’t handle it and takes it in the wrong context.  So, this has to be handled very carefully.
Grace Thomas

If it’s something that a doctor is prescribing to the patient because it’s going to help them feel better, then yes, I believe this is beneficial. But, if a person is using the excuse that it is for medical reasons and using it for recreational purposes, then I think it can be a bad thing.
Audrey Anderson




Street Talk: How do you think Mayor de Blasio handled Hercules?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


He did an excellent job; the snow was moved from the streets right away.
Anthony Palermo

The new mayor did a good job with the snow; hopefully we will continue doing well in other areas as well.
Rocco Manzolillo

It seems he did fine. I noticed there were fewer streets that were unplowed.  I’m not sure if that would mean giving the mayor credit or if he just has good people working for him, regardless it got done.
Linda Gold

I was surprised that schools were actually closed, but I love a snow day.  I thought everything was cleaned up well the next day.
Jennifer Fioranelli

It seemed everything was adequately done. There were trucks cleaning up throughout the night and day.
George Nichols

Around here everything was cleared out and I feel de Blasio handled it more effectively than Bloomberg had done in the past.
Ethan Geffen

I think he did a good job cleaning up the snow.
Daphne Dimitriadiou

This was his first real test as mayor and I feel that he succeeded.  I did not notice any major problems in my neighborhood, so I feel he did a good job in cleaning up the snow.
Ayda Zuniga





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

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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My New Year’s resolution is to watch less television and go outside more.
Tammy Carlson


My resolution is to stop going back to my ex-girlfriend and to move on.
Terence Clarke


My resolution is to try to become better at basketball. I’ve always been a fan, but I’m not that great at it personally.
Jerome Turner


My resolution is to quit smoking, or at least cut down on it.
Phillip Palmer


Next year, I want to spend less time on Facebook and socialize more.
Lydia Kelley


I’m planning on starting my own business next year, so my resolution is to make that happen.
Thelma Thompson


My resolution is to spend more time with my family and friends.
Amy Garcia


My resolution is to find other activities to do on the weekends.
Deborah Jordan



Street Talk: What do you think of Mayor Michael Bloomberg requiring flu shots for students?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com




It makes sense, students who aren’t vaccinated pose a health risk to the other students.
Albert Sherman


I agree with the idea, it’s in everyone’s best interest to get flu shots.
Derrick Logan


I think the idea is good, but I’m not sure it’s his place to force vaccinations on students.
George Thomas


I don’t see why anyone would be against this policy; children are supposed to be getting their flu shots anyway.
Jaime Davis


I just feel sorry for people who might not be able to afford a flu shot for their children. What are they supposed to do?
Joann Banks


I think Bloomberg should just mind his own business. He’s on his way out of office soon anyway, there’s no point in starting this up now.
Kristina Ballard


I think it’s a good idea from a logical standpoint, because vaccinations are a good thing. But, it’s not right to force them on people who might not want to give their kids a flu shot for whatever reason.
Matt Clayton


On the one hand, I can see why it’s good for kids to be vaccinated, but on the other hand, it shouldn’t be forced on them, even though it’s for the best.
Stacy Palmer

Street Talk: Would you be willing to pay more to ride the rails if the MTA made safety improvements?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Yes, I believe glass doors on the platforms in front of the tracks will keep us all safer.
Ray Turbin

Yes, If they cleaned it up a little and more cameras were put around, it would be safer.
Cary Aloise

No, it’s too much money already and they always say there will be improvements but I never see any.
Mohsina Khan

Yes. It’s pretty safe now and there haven’t been any derailments, but I think more cameras would help out a lot.
John Aloise

Yes, safety is a high standard. But in the long run people will appreciate it.
Nazim K.

Yes, because lately there have been a lot of accidents and it would be very helpful. I don’t think people would mind paying for that.
Christopher Khan

Yes, because people have been pushed onto the tracks and sometimes others fall. To make improvements I’m sure they will need more money.
Bella Schaefer

Yes, it’s for improvements. Also, they need to correct the delays and the cleanliness.
Antonio Rojano

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

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Evelyn Dubowy

“My New Year’s resolution is to go back to the gym and start physically moving more than I have been. I just want to keep walking and keep moving.”
Roz Sann

“My New Year’s resolution is to do as much as I can to save the planet and work with politicians to pass environmental protection laws.”
Barbara Leonardi

“My resolution is to stick to a diet and lose weight.”
Larry Lansner

“I want to continue working on behalf of the co-op and condos in New York City in order to create fairer laws to protect co-op and condo owners, and to continue working on political issues to make life better for our residents.”
Dianne Stromfeld

“My resolution is to be nice to people in order to create a more peaceful world.”
Marcel Smigel

WATCH Street Talk: Will you be going to Resorts World Racino?

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The Courier hit the streets to see if nearby locals would visit Resorts World Casino New York City, located in South Ozone Park. Reviews from Queens residents were mixed.

See video below.