Models Of Queens
He Cooks Too!
Park resident David Hassan is any woman’s dream. He’s tall, dark and
handsome, loves to dance, calls cooking his favorite hobby, and enjoys
long walks on the beach. But, alas, Hassan hasn’t found that special
someone yet. “I guess I’m just waiting for my special angel to come
and take me away on her wings,” the shy and sweet 21-year-old said.
a native of Guyana who has lived in Ozone Park for the past 12 years, said
having a girlfriend is hard because he’s focusing on his acting and
modeling career. “This is my dream,” he said. “It’s not easy to
break into the entertainment business, but I’m not going to give up.”
persistent Manhattan College student has already appeared on the
television show “Now and Again” and has worked on promos for the radio
station Z100. He met several celebrities at the station’s parties,
including classically trained pianist and R&B singer Alicia Keyes.
“It would have been nice to get her number,” Hassan said. “But she
had her bodyguards there. Oh well.”
also scored a role as Stephanie’s boyfriend on “NYPD Blue,” which he
called, “a really great experience.” He said, “I had to walk down
the street with [Stephanie] and then someone started shooting at us. We
had to jump behind a car to make sure we didn’t get hit. I still have
one of the shells.”
recently, Hassan worked as an extra in the upcoming movie “Rollerball,”
playing a screaming fan. He said, “I hope I get in the film. I don’t
know if they’re going to edit me out or anything. There were a lot of
way, Hassan plans to keep acting and modeling and said, “I’m going to
ride this as long as it takes me. If it doesn’t work out, I’m studying
broadcast in college, and that will be my backup plan.” The former JHS
226 student also plans to expand his cooking expertise. He said, “I
really want to learn how to make Japanese food. I love it.”
interested in meeting Hassan can catch him on the Manhattan dance club
circuit, or on 71st Avenue in Forest Hills. He said, “When I can’t get
to Manhattan, the hot spot is Forest Hills. It’s got a real Manhattan
feel for me.”
Tunes From Beyond The Grave
new album released this month by Queens native and punk rock icon the late
Joey Ramone offers a unique new take on a classic made famous by another
Queens music legend who is no longer with us.
a Wonderful World” is the first single from Ramone’s posthumously
released LP entitled “Don’t Worry About Me.”
song was originally made famous by jazz legend Louis Armstrong who lived
in Corona from 1943 until his death in 1971.
who died of lymphoma in April 2001,occasionally sang the tune during his
live solo shows and according to the album’s producer, “What A
Wonderful World” also reflected the punk rocker’s outlook on life.
Daniel Rey said in published reports that “Joey was an optimist
and the song is very positive, life-affirming, and the changes are great.
They’re very powerful in their own soft way.”
began recording the album soon after his 1996 split from The Ramones who
formed in 1974 in Forest Hills.
another cue from Armstrong who got the nod in 1990, The Ramones are slated
to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 18.
press time, there was no way to be certain if Ramone and Armstrong were
writing tunes together or jamming in that big night club in the sky.
to City Councilman John Liu, it was fate that he be elected representative
of Flushing. He was raised there, he went to school there, he worked on the
Community Board there, he lives there, and he’s raising his son there. His
connections to Flushing are strong and found in every aspect of his life –
even in his name.
ironic,” Liu told QConf, “that both the first and last
name of the person representing Flushing mean toilet.” He then pointed out
that “john” is a slang American term for bathroom, and “loo” is the
English term. He said of his last name, “It’s spelled differently, but
it sounds the same . . . I think that’s funny.”
is the first Asian City Council member, and assured his constituents that
his name will not represent his tenure in the office. He said, “I’ll
keep Flushing out of the toilet. That I can promise.”
We watched with the rest of the world as Great Neck’s Sarah Hughes skated her way to Olympic Gold. We listened intently to each interview with the local teenage super skater.
asked by an NBC correspondent just after the hysteria calmed down, who she
was on the phone with, the 16 year-old said, “I think it was some
collective QConfidential ears perked up since we know that Sarah’s
Great Neck congressman is really our Queens Congressman and Queens
Tribune Founder Gary Ackerman.
took only a day for the Ackerman operation to provide us a picture of that
famous call. Unfortunately, it shows Ackerman talking on the cell phone from
the Great Neck House, the local community center where he watched the event
with Sarah's neighbors. We can only imagine shining star Sarah is at the
other end of the conversation in which Ackerman promised to throw her a
parade in Great Neck.
Congressman,” she said!
guess teenagers (and adults)
don’t always know the name of their Congressmen.
joked, maybe it was Gary Condit.
Sarah, he's not quite as good looking but a lot safer.
was your very own Congressman representing Queens and the North Shore of
Long Island, Gary Whatshisname?
of Queens' best known successes, Mario Cuomo – born in
Jamaica, long-time resident of Holliswood, New York’s 54th governor
– has apparently been upstaged by real estate mogul Donald Trump,
also from Queens.
had committed to give a talk in February at the Learning Annex, a
Manhattan-based adult education center that advertises through a catalogue,
which was to feature Cuomo and Trump on the cover.
shortly after the catalogue came out featuring only Trump on the cover,
Cuomo’s nostrils flared, and he canceled the “gig.”
indicate Cuomo’s response was, “It had nothing to do with the cover.
I’m happy for Trump. We’re both from Queens. I was really
busy for the rest of the year.”
R&B Singer, Local Agency
R&B singer, Carl Thomas will be seeking film roles with the help
of a talent agency in Southeast Queens.
agency Talent Express in Hollis has over 1,400 clients in various
entertainment genres, not limited to print advertisements, television
commercials and television and film. Thomas is not currently up for any
upcoming film appearances – his rep, said, they are looking for a role to
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