blog roll
our featured bloggers
This Month in Queens Real Estate: DEC 2014
Dec 17, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
Dec 2014 Queens NY Market Update  The pace of home sales continued to decrease in November and inventory continued to track below last year’s levels as well.  Sales are well below those seen in the...
NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
As employers, sometimes it is difficult to keep with the employment law changes, which is why you should consult periodically with an employment defense lawyer and stay apprised of new laws. At the...
Wage and Hour Regulation Pitfalls
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
Business owners can get themselves into trouble when not understanding wage and hours laws. What appears to be a bright idea that cuts corners and saves money is sometimes a violation that leads to...
In life, the glass is always half full! Exclusive interview with cartoonist Maria Scrivan
Dec 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 160 160 recommendations | email to a friend
Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena   | 19 November 2014   Maria Scrivan’s cartoons are published in MAD Magazine, Parade Magazine, Prospect Magazine (UK), on Mashable.com, Salon.com. Funny Times a...
Zeffirelli's La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera: a review
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 182 182 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 3 December 2014 |     Zeffirelli’s production of La Boheme at the metropolitan Opera shines. A sample of the stage set up as performed in a preceding season. L...
Are You Staying on Top of Regulations that Affect Your Restaurant?
Dec 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 171 171 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent change in regulations predicted to arrive soon is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will release a national menu labeling standard for chain restaurants. The standard will addres...
The World Seen Through a Dog’s Point of View. An Exclusive Interview with Paul Gilligan, author of Pooch Café
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 178 178 recommendations | email to a friend
  Written By:  Tiziano Thomas Dossena 10 October 2014 |   Paul Gilligan with Poncho, the main character of Pooch Cafe According to his website, www.poochcafe.com, Paul Gilligan’s affair with art be...
What about Wellness Programs as Part of Health Coverage?
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 227 227 recommendations | email to a friend
Today many companies offering health insurance also provide wellness programs, which are a preventative medicine approach to health. Today, 94 percent of employers with more than 400 employees and ...
This Month in Queens Real Estate: NOV 2014 (Month's Supply: 6.3 Months)
Nov 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 302 302 recommendations | email to a friend
Oct 2014 Queens NY Market Update  Queens home sales are down for the third month in a row from August – October. Home sales are also remaining significantly below last year’s levels, according to t...
Forest Hills Food Crawl
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 304 304 recommendations | email to a friend
The Chamber and All The Tastes of New York would love to invite you to our first Forest Hills Food Crawl, a culinary journey through Forest Hills happening this Wednesday, November 12th ! A Food Cr...

more blogs

pol position
Working hard or hardly working?
On Thursday afternoon, the new First Lady of NYC, Chirlane McCray, tweeted out a photo of a shovel and said she knew what son Dante was going to be doing if there was no school on Friday. But then ...
Jan 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Legislative Acts
Queens elected officials past and present took to the stage at Queens College this past Saturday night for the annual Legislative Acts, a variety show-style set of performances. It's quite possibly...
Nov 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Queens vs. Bronx in political pigskin
We love when our elected officials duke it out. We like it even better when they do it on the football field! Queens and Bronx elected officials took to the gridiron last weekend in the first ever ...
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Graziano endorses Vallone opponent
Paul Vallone certainly didn't make many friends among his fellow candidates in the Democratic Primary for the 19th Council District in northeast Queens, but he was willing to try. “We look forward ...
Oct 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Queens deserves a beep with 100 percent focus
The candidates for Queens borough president are fighting over one percent. Not one percent of the vote, mind you, but the “one percent” that members of Occupy Wall Street were so concerned about. M...
Oct 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Sandinistas, Goldwater...is this the 2013 race for mayor?
The race for New York City mayor is starting to take on some pretty lofty political agendas beyond whether so-and-so supported extending term limits or not. Republican candidate Joe Lhota has been ...
Oct 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Support is better late than never
This had to be a tough decision for the Queens County Democratic Party! On the steps of Borough Hall Monday, party leaders announced that Queens Democrats would officially be supporting in the upco...
Sep 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Thompson: the runoff is off
So the 2013 primaries came and went and the winners were...well, in some cases we still don't know yet a week later. In the end, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio will be the Democratic nominee for ma...
Sep 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
What Avella's departure means for the Queens BP race
Who would have thought when the campaign to replace Helen Marshall as Queens borough president initially got underway that we would be left with a head-to-head race between just two candidates? If ...
Aug 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
A new low in latest Siena college poll
Ladies and gentleman, we have a new record! And it is a dubious one at that. According to a new Siena College poll released last week, 80 percent of voters view Anthony Weiner in an unfavorable lig...
Aug 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Liu’s funds, Weiner’s run & Lopez’s pic
Man, what a week in politics! We don’t even know where to begin, so we’re just going to touch on some of the highlights. Probably the biggest news of the week, or at least the most recent, is that ...
Aug 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Convenient timing for Bloomberg?
There is an interesting fight shaping up in the City Council over Mayor Bloomberg’s recent veto of the Community Safety Act, a piece of legislation aimed at the Police Department’s controversial st...
Jul 31, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Weiner criticism from an unlikely source
Ever since the first whispers (and revamped Twitter account!) that former congressman Anthony Weiner was considering throwing his hat in the ring (he will, however, be holding on to that towel he i...
May 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Is cut-throat party politics dead?
It appears that going against the Queens Democratic Party doesn't carry with it the ramifications it once did. The party met on Monday morning to decide who it would endorse in some of the bigger r...
May 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
Is borough president the coolest job in the city?
In an article in Crain’s last week, some of the candidates for Queens borough president spoke about how they would like to sell Queens as a “cool” place, much the way Brooklyn has positioned itself...
May 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
full story
national news

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2014 file photo, actors Seth Rogen, right, and James Franco attend the premiere of the Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" in Los Angeles. Celebrities react to Sony's announcement Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, that it released Rogen and Franco's North Korea satire, "The Interview," on digital platforms: "You wanna watch The Interview?? You can RIGHT ... NOW!! ... Thanks Sony for making it happen. Booyah." - Rogen on Twitter moments after “The Interview” became available. "Merry X-mas MERICA! !!!!!THE INTERVIEW IS LIVE!!!!!! !!! ... Thank you SONY!!!!!!!!" - Franco on Twitter shortly after “The Interview” became available. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Images, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" online Wednesday — an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


2014-12-24 21:03:14 -0500

A medic listens as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon gives a speech during his visit an Ebola treatment unit in Freetown on December 19, 2014Sierra Leone's government has declared a five-day lockdown in the country's north to step up efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic, while making an exception for Christmas. "Muslims and Christians are not allowed to hold services in mosques and churches throughout the lockdown except for Christians on Christmas Day (Thursday)," Alie Kamara, resident minister for the Northern Region, told AFP. Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are the three nations worst-hit by the epidemic, and Sierra Leone recently overtook Liberia as the country with the highest number of Ebola infections. Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency on July 31 after the Ebola outbreak and imposed restrictions on the movement of people.


2014-12-24 21:01:02 -0500

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2012, file photo, volunteer Katherine Beaupre takes phone calls from children asking where Santa is and when he will deliver presents to their house, during the annual NORAD Tracks Santa Operation, at the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Santa is poised for another monster year on social media. NORAD Tracks Santa has already attracted a record 1.49 million Facebook “likes” before the journey even begins. And for Christmas Eve 2014, there’s a website version for smartphones. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command are pretending to monitor Santa Claus as he makes his storybook Christmas Eve flight. So far, NORAD says it used the heat signature from Rudolph's nose to "track" St. Nick over spots ranging from Australia to South America.


2014-12-24 20:52:48 -0500