Models Of Queens
Victoria was born and raised in College Point of a Greek father and Italian mother. She has pride in her roots, but she considers herself an American.
From her father, she inherited a love of movies.
"My dad has raised me on the classics," said Victoria. Among her favorites are "Apocalypse Now," "Lawrence of Olivia," and "Goodfellas," a Queens mobster flick.
This led her to become a film major at Hofstra University, where she is a freshman. She also attended St. Francis Prep High School where she got into acting and set design.
Despite her age, shes into going dancing at clubs and used to hangout at Metropolis in College Point before it closed down.
Among her favorite hangout places is Millennium, where she plays pool on Northern Boulevard, or shell wander Steinway Street in Astoria with her friends. "Its more of a city-like atmosphere," said Victoria
She also spends time at Shenanigans on the Cross Island for Karaoke night. "I love singing to Karaoke even though I make a fool of myself."
Victoria stays in shape and admits, "I am a big workout person." Shell do one hour of cardiovascular every day- jogging by the Cross Island or walking and then shell hit the free weights.
Unfortunately, part of keeping in shape involves cutting out the foods she adores. "I try to cut out chocolate but its hard. Im a big chocolate fan."Present Shopping
Bet you thought Bayside was just the name of a town in Queens. Wrong. Its also the name of an up-and-coming band from Long Island. Surprised?
So was a QConfer who noticed the bands CD on the "local artists" rack while doing some holiday shopping. Curious, she picked up the bands album "Long Stories Short," examined it and ultimately discovered that nothing but the bands name had any connection to Bayside.
The melodic punk-style band formed a year ago and recently released their first album.
Anthony Raneri, singer/guitarist, the only Queens member, is from Glen Oaks, and told QConf, "We were driving around, looking for a name for the band, and we thought Bayside sounded cool."
According to baysiderocks.com there was actually another band named Bayside from Canada, but they broke up.
Their next show is at 8 p.m. on Dec. 23 at The Continental, located in Manhattan, not Bayside.
Strangely enough, as the QConfer continued her Queens-related shopping experience, she noticed a section for the musician Michael Schenker. Freaked out by the coincidences, she then left the store empty-handed.Ghosts Of Christmas Present
A Holliswood resident has redefined the American Christmas with a 7-foot model
replica of the Twin Towers on the front lawn. The tiny monoliths proudly look over 214
Street and Hillside Avenue as a reminder of the tragedy that struck America on Sept. 11.
At the base of the Twin Towers are small model Christmas trees about four inches high.
Meanwhile the rest of lawn is decorated with 2-foot high Christmas trees and lights. It
seems that the biggest addition to Christmas this year might be to the color blue for an
added patriotic touch. The resident also garnished a tree stump with red, white and blue
The NY Yankees have signed a deal with Steve Karsay, offering big bucks to the middle relief pitcher who grew up in Flushing and pitched for Christ the King High School.
The newly inked deal is worth $21 to $22 million over four years.
Karsay, who grew up just minutes from Shea, made his pitching debut in New York against the Mets late last season after being traded to the Atlanta Braves from the Cleveland Indians as part of a package that included trash talking #7 train basher John Rocker.
"Its always been my dream to pitch in Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium," Karsay told reporters this week.
But the pride of Queens is no stranger to the stadium. He played there for Christ the King in 1990.Queens Kid Gets 'VIP' Treatment
Born at St Johns Queens Hospital, actor Shaun Baker, who plays Quick Williams, a quick-fisted boxer turned weapons expert on the action series VIP, says he can relate to his characters reputation as a fighter.
Critics predicted the vehicle, in which Pamela Anderson plays the unlikely head of an elite, bare-midriffed bodyguard agency, would be RIP after its first season. Syndicated audiences have proven them wrong. VIP weekly ranks among the highest rated syndicated programs-usually tied with another biggie, Baywatch.
Baker grew up in Rosedale and Harlem and made his Broadway debut at age 14 in Tommy Tunes My One And Only. After moving to Los Angeles he landed roles in the movie House Party and series NYPD Blue and Chicago Hope.
Baker says he loves LA and admits that working on the show hasnt hurt his love life - but he credits his Big Apple beginnings with giving him the knack for success.
"Growing up in New York, you have to learn very quickly how to handle yourself. Boxing and acting are a lot alike its all about reacting. Somebody throws something at you, and you react to it."
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