12/10/13 10:00am


Yesterday the outgoing Borough President Helen Marshall celebrated the opening of a $23,000,000 event atrium at Borough Hall. The New York Daily News reports that the Forum, as it’s called, is 11,000 square feet and will be used for civic meetings and public events. According to the News, “The three-story space, featuring a large stage with floating canopy, can host 450 people for meetings, concerts and other events. New bathrooms are also in the works.” Construction should totally wrap early next year. Marshall received some flack for these plans over the rising price tag of the project, which started at $17,000,000. And since the city built the Forum over an open courtyard, the removal of cherry blossom trees for construction caused a little controversy.

Regardless, Marshall celebrated the space yesterday, stating, “For decades, public hearings and other public events were held in cramped and unimproved quarters upstairs. Now, for the first time, the people of Queens will have a fitting public space in our county seat of government.”

Outgoing Queens Borough President Helen Marshall Unveils $23M Borough Hall Event Space [NY Daily News]

11/20/13 1:00pm


They’re not actors. They’re politicians playing actors. This Saturday, elected officials from around the borough will star in Legislative Acts, a show which will let them display their musical, acting, singing, dancing and comedic talents for two good causes. Basically a series of parodies of classical movies, well-known TV series, Broadway shows and songs, the performance will benefit two Queens College initiatives: Big Buddy, which pairs homeless children with college-student mentors; and Women and Work, a job-training and life-skills program. So far, more than 30 legislators have agreed to participate. They include everybody from City Council Member Mark Weprin (above) to Congress Member Grace Meng to Borough President-elect Melinda Katz. Plus, Queens College drama and music students are involved in the production, which is directed by actor, playwright and teaching artist Kevin R. Free.

Details: Legislative Acts, Queens College, LeFrak Concert Hall, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, November 23rd, 7 pm, $100.

Photo by Mark Weprin

01/24/13 2:00pm


Image source: DNAinfo

NY1 reported on Queens Borough President Helen Marshall’s final State of the Borough speech, which happened this past Tuesday at Queens College. Her term – the last of three she has served – is set to end this year and she will not run again (term limits). In her speech, she did not take much time to say goodbye but rather to talk about what she has accomplished over the years as Borough President, and what projects she plans to launch during her last months in office.


11/27/12 9:00am

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It’s a tale of two neighborhoods united by holiday cheer. The Sunnyside Drum Corps headlines this year’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting at Sabba Park in Woodside. The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce is the main organizer of this genuine celebration of community with students, residents, shopkeepers, elected officials and nonprofit employees who sing carols and have fun regardless of the weather. Borough President Helen M. Marshall will light the tree and Father Brian Dowd from Queen of Angels RC Church will lead a Christmas prayer. Candy canes for the children.

Holiday Tree Lighting in Sunnyside/Woodside
Sabba Park, 50th Street and Queens Boulevard
6pm – 8pm | FREE