The Queens Tribune
is proud to introduce to you Queens'
To make this honorable list, an individual had to fit the following
definition: A resident of Queens who is widely known as someone successfully
affecting change for the better in his or her community; someone who
is omnipresent in the political or civic process and is undeniable idiosyncratic,
famous for his or her quirks; and finally, a Community Character is
someone who works primarily outside of the system to accomplish his
or her goals.
So with this in mind, we set out to compile the following list. A lot
of these notables we work with on a regular basis and thus were an obvious
choice. But former editors, members of the city council, government
officials and others also had suggestions.
Whether the people on this
list are here for their work in zoning reform, fighting over-development,
creating park space, saving animals or simply successfully getting a
stop light installed at that pesky intersection, they are all important
to our community in one way or another, and manage to put a smile on
our faces, whether they mean to or not.
photo by Ira Cohen
-Mark M. Fox
QCulture 2 editor