Queens celebrates Year of the Rabbit

Photos by Walter Karling

2023 is the “Year of the Rabbit,” and the rabbit theme was seen throughout the parade.

In Chinese culture, red and yellow are among the luckiest colors.

At the parade: NYS Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Councilwoman Sandra Ung.

View East along 39th Avenue.

Traditional lions entertained the spectators.

No one messes with Zi Xuan Shu!

Colorfully-clad costumed marchers.

The yellow dragon displayed his teeth to the throngs of spectators.

Remembering Gina Lollobrigida: Memories of a superstar in Queens

By Walter Karling

2 unidentified women; Queens Borough President Donald Manes; Gina Lollobrigida; Bishop Anthony Bevilacqua of the Diocese of Brooklyn [He later became a Cardinal]; and Queens District Attorney John Santucci.

As you probably know, the great Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida recently died.

I checked through my archives and found some photos I shot of her at an event entitled “Vita Italia,” which was held 42 years ago on February 26, 1981.   This  took place at the Terrace on the Park.

I remember the late Vincent Iannece, father of now Judge Jerry Iannece, the president of the Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Queens calling me at the last minute about her appearing there.

I have no idea what the event was about but I hustled over anyway and got some photos.  I scanned these from my negatives.

Manes, Lollobrigida, Bevilacqua, Santucci.

Celebrating the 4th of July in Astoria

Locals gathered by the waterside at Astoria Park on June 29, for the annual Independence Day fireworks display. Sponsored by the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition, the event kicked off the 4th of July holiday weekend with a bang.

(Photos By Walter Karling)

Fireworks display in the East River by the Hell Gate Bridge.

Friends from the neighborhood enjoyed a picnic before the fireworks.

They had a great time: Anche Lee and Tommy Onolfo.

Enjoying the patriotic evening: Zina Benkyane, Hana Hamisa, and her brother Yassine Hamisa.

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards greets attendees.

The Swingtime Big Band provided musical entertainment.

Organizers and local politicians: George Stamatiades, president of the CALDC; NYC Councilwoman Tiffany Caban; NYS Senator Michael Gianaris; Tony Barsamian, executive vice-president of the CALDC; and Marie Torniali, executive director of the CALDC.

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