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Queens' Local Beat

Bayside Historical Society - Archives, exhibits, events, and publications of the 35-year-old society.

Concerned Citizens of Laurelton - This community group works to "maintain the beauty and quality of life for all Laureltonites." Includes a community calendar of events hosted by the group.

Holliswood Gardens Homeowners Association - Information and history about Holliswood and Holliswood Gardens Queens. With poetry!

Kissena Park Civic Association - Kissena Park Civic Association website

Kupferberg Center Performances - Information regarding upcoming show and events.

Little Neck / Douglaston - LIRR schedules, area history, and information on community groups in this suburban-style Queens neighborhood. Home of John McEnroe!

Queens -'s online guide to Queens touches on the basics of the borough, with guides to neighborhoods, restaurants, and tidbits of Queens trivia like where Archie Bunker lived (on a fictional street in Astoria, it turns out).

Queens Borough President - Website of the Queens Borough President

Queens Botanical Garden - Contains calendar of events, photographs, and educational links.

Queens Chamber of Commerce - Everything you need to know about Queens. Contains excellent links.

Queens Community Board 13 - The Queens Community Board representing Queens Village, Springfield Gardens, and the surrounding areas has a simply presented Web site with the schedules and agendas of upcoming meetings, as well as archived meeting minutes and community board newsletters in pdf format. There is also a complaint form that can be filled out online, though block party applications and new tree requests must still be made on paper.

Queens Council on the Arts - The Queens Council on the Arts is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1966 to support, promote, and develop the arts and individual artists in presenting their cultural diversity for the benefit of the greater-Queens community.

Queens Courier - Another weekly Queens newspaper.

Queens Historical Society - Information about the society, with some insight into Queens history.

Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee - Mission, meetings, and upcoming events.

Queens Public Television - Links to other Queens organizations, a newsletter, and, of course, TV listings.

Richmond Hill Historical Society - An in-depth look at Queens and Richmond Hill history, as well as maps and links to other relevant sites.

Shea Stadium - A comprehensive look at the home of the New York Mets. Contains stadium history and trivia.

Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce - Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Astoria Historical Society - A non-profit cultural/community organization dedicated to preserving the past and promoting Long Island City's future.

USTA National Tennis Center - More than just the home of the US Open, the Tennis Center is open to the public 11 months a year.

West Flushing Civic Association - Neighborhood Information, a Local Calendar, Community Pages, and links to Queens organizations and Queens-related news items.

Staten Island's Local Beat

Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island - The Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island works to develop, foster and promote the arts, cultural and humanities activities on Staten Island.

Enrichment Through the Arts - Schedule and descriptions of plays to be performed at the College of Staten Island.

Jewish Community Center of Staten Island - Events, membership information, and upcoming Jewish holidays.

Museum of Tibetan Art - Visitor information and pictures of this unique and beautiful museum.

National Lighthouse Museum - Located on the North Shore, the museum's mission is to "Broaden the Public's Appreciation and Understanding of America's Lighthouse Heritage." Contains a photo tour of the grounds.

National Lighthouse Museum - Located on the North Shore, the museum's mission is to "Broaden the Public's Appreciation and Understanding of America's Lighthouse Heritage." Contains a photo tour of the grounds.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center - Various cultural events and institutions can be found in the beautifully renovated historic buildings on Staten Island's north shore.

Staten Island Ballet - A description of the group, as well as related links.

Staten Island Chat - An online community of message boards and links related to Staten Island. Content is posted by readers.

Staten Island Community Television - Policies, procedures, training and forms -- everything you need to get started on your own program. Includes a TV schedule.

Staten Island Economic Development Corporation - "Learn more about the unique advantages Staten Island has to offer your business."

Staten Island Ferry - Special Announcements, Facts About the Ferry, and, of course, a schedule.

Staten Island Live - News, listings, forums, even high school softball coverage. An extensive, intensely local site, whose news and features are provided by Staten Island Advance.

Staten Island Zoo - A fun site with exhibit previews, membership information, a map of the zoo, and a calendar of events.

The Staten Island Museum - Founded in 1881, New York City's only general interest museum explores the arts, natural science, and local history. Located just two blocks from the Ferry Terminal, visitors can embark on a voyage through time in the Staten Island Ferry exhibit, get close to exotic insects, see rocks glow in the dark along with other oddities in the Hall of Natural Sciences and experience the life of Staten Island's first inhabitants, the Lenape.

Local News Sites

A.M. New York
Launched in 2003, A.M. New York is one of the dailies given out for free at subway stations and other places where commuters congregate. It is owned by the Tribune Company, which also owns Newsday, and therein lies confusion: The corporation has started packaging all NYC-related articles on the AMNY Web site, even when the articles are by Newsday staffers and published in the Newsday print edition. But those articles also still appear on the Newsday Web site as well.

Amsterdam News
A weekly newspaper founded in 1909 in Harlem focusing on the African-American community.

Bronx News
Billing itself as the Bronx's "independent voice," this website has news categories for many of the neighborhoods in the Bronx, from Mott Point to Fordham. Their front page is busy, filled with stories, and tons of advertisements and classifieds.

Bronx Times Reporter
Local News from the Bronx with custom views for Throgg's Neck and Morris Park.

Brooklyn Papers
Three weekly papers, one covering Downtown Brooklyn, another Park Slope, the third Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst. They specialize, they say, "in covering the hip, hot, literary areas of Brooklyn." The papers are available online only in pdf format.

Chelsea Now
A weekly launched at the end of September, 2006, it is published by Community Media LLC, which also puts out The Villager, Downtown Express, Gay City News, and NYC Plus.

City Journal
A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by The Manhattan Institute, City Journal was "an idea factory" for former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Nowhere in its "about us" page is the word "conservative."

Crain's New York Business
Founded in 1985, this weekly tabloid-size magazine focuses on New York business. Most of the articles online are only available to subscribers.

Daily News
Founded in 1919, the Daily News was the first American tabloid newspaper, which described not just the shape of the newspaper, but its style of news -- crime, scandal and sex, but also a focus on the working man, following its motto (carved into its landmark building, which it now no longer occupies) "God must love the common man -- he made so many of them." Always New York-centric, its most famous headline -- "Ford To City: Drop Dead" -- is said to have cost Gerald Ford the Presidency. Now owned by Mort Zuckerman, the Daily News keeps its focus on local and neighborhood news.

Downtown Express
Lower Manhattan community weekly.

Ethnic, non-English and Immigrant Press
For links to some three dozen New York City newspapers in languages other than English -- including, most popularly, Chinese and Spanish -- see this page from Gotham Gazette's section on immigrants.

Gay City News
Gay City News bills itself as "the newspaper serving Gay and Lesbian NYC".

Highbridge Horizon
The Highbridge Horizon is a monthly bilingual community advocacy newspaper produced by and for the residents of Highbridge Bronx.

Hunts Point Express
Produced by students at Hunter College, and edited by Bernard Stein, who is the Pulitzer-Prize winning publisher of the Riverdale Press, the Hunts Point Express, launched in 2006, covers the Hunts Point and Longwood neighborhoods of the Bronx.

Inner City Press
Inner City Press, headquartered in the South Bronx of New York City, engages in investigations and journalism regarding human rights, transparency, corporate accountability, community reinvestment, predatory lending, environmental justice, fair housing, social exclusion and related topics.

Legislative Gazette
The Legislative Gazette is the weekly insider's newspaper for the state government, founded in 1978 and put together by student interns as part of the State University of New York. Its Web site is useful for keeping track of the news that might fly under the radar screen of the mainstream press.

NBC New York
This local NBC outlet covers everything from news to sports to weather.

New York Construction News
Published by McGraw Hill Construction, this is a news site for the local construction industry, with sections for building, infrastructure, design, and downtown redevelopment news. Recent features discuss the green Solaire high-rise at Battery Park City, a new green building being developed by the Durst Organization, and how legislation has made environmentally-friendly building more attractive.

New York Post
The oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States, the New York Post is a very different publication than the one Alexander Hamilton founded in 1801. Though Rupert Murdoch turned it into a gossip and scandal sheet, its reporters still occasionally unearth solid local news stories that nobody else has. (Somebody should tell them, though, to redesign their homepage.)

New York Sun
Launched in 2002, this weekday newspaper promotes itself as the conservative alternative to The New York Times. Most of its articles are available in full online only to its subscribers.

New York Times
Often called the best newspaper in America, the New York Times has made a point not just of offering its articles online, but also creating content, such as interactive illustrations, specific to the Web. Since the mid-1990s, management has declared its aim to be a national newspaper, taking focus away from local coverage.

New Yorker, The
A weekly magazine launched in 1925 that is known for its literate journalism, humor, fiction and criticism. The percentage of articles about New York City is small -- and they are often the very stories that are not available online.

The Long Island newspaper that had a separate New York City edition until it was abruptly killed in 1995, Newsday is making an effort to include city news again, which is most noticeable on its Web site.

Norwood News
Bi-weekly community newspaper serving the northwest Bronx communities of Norwood, Bedford Park and Fordham Bedford. Founded in 1988 by Mosholu Preservation Corporation.

NY Wired
This site links to news stories from sources across the state from the Buffalo News to the New York Times to the Gloversville Leader, sorted by "channel". Channels include social services, buget & taxes, editorial, health care and transportation. Useful yes, but don't expect them to make it pretty.

Queens Courier
Borough-wide community weekly.

Queens Courier
Another weekly Queens newspaper.

Queens Tribune
Borough-wide community weekly.

Riverdale Press
The only neighborhood weekly in New York City to win a Pulitzer Prize, this family-owned newspaper covers communities in the Northwest Bronx.

Staten Island Advance
Daily paper with City-wide and local Staten Island news.

The Chief
The Chief, the weekly newspaper covering municipal government and public employee unions, is now online. It covers city politics with an eye on labor issues, going into more depth than the mainstream papers on events like contract negotiations.

The Indypendent
The newspaper of the New York City Independent Media Center, it was founded in the year 2000. An all-volunteer collective writes, distributes, and designs the paper, which comes out every three weeks. Coverage in the paper includes local, national, and international news and analysis, coming from a strong left-wing perspective.

Time Out New York
A weekly magazine that calls itself "the obsessive guide to impulsive entertainment," most of its content is not available online until weeks later, if at all. But its occasional features about the city are not only hip, they are also informed.

Transportation Alternatives Street Beat
Transportation Alternatives encourages New Yorkers to take up bicycling, walking, and public transportation instead of driving. Its bi-monthly newsletter gives marching orders to potential activists who want to do things like lobby their councilmembers about bike licensing legislation, or let the Department of City Planning know how dangerous it is to cross Delancey Street.

TribecaTrib Online
The Tribeca Trib is an award-winning monthly community newspaper covering Lower Manhattan, including Tribeca, Battery Park City, the Financial District and the Seaport/Civic Center area.

Villager, The
Greenwich Village community weekly.

West Bronx News Network
This site combines news from three Bronx publications -- the Norwood News, Highbridge Horizon and the new Mount Hope Monitor, with the intention of filling a gap left by the lack of local coverage of the area in other publications. Content is available in both English and Spanish.

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