Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers
Borough President Melinda Katz and the Queens influencers. (Ali Garber)

On Thursday, May 18, City & State celebrated the release of our Queens issue with an event at the Central Lounge – a club that saw Borough President Melinda Katz, Sen. Michael Gianaris and Queens' most influential leaders take the their spot behind the DJ booth (only to address the audience, unfortunately). Scroll below for a recap of the event. All photos by Ali Garber.

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers
Félix Matos Rodríguez, president of Queens College, Melinda Katz and Arthur Cheliotes, president, Local 1180 Communications Workers.

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 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers
Seth Krakauer and Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, executive director of the Queens Council on the Arts.

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers
Patrick Dolan, Jr., president of Enterprise Association, Steamfitters Local 638 and the attendees from Steamfitters.

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers
Richard K. Dzwlewicz (right), TD Bank regional vice president for the Queens and Bronx.

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz addresses the crowd.

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers
Sen. Michael Gianaris takes the mic from City & State EIC Jon Lentz.

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers
Sen. Michael Gianaris addresses the crowd.

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers
Stewart Steeves, Chief Executive Officer of LaGuardia Gateway Partners.

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers
Patrick Dolan, Jr., president, Enterprise Association, Steamfitters Local 638.

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers
Michael Rodgers, vice president of development and philanthropy, New York Road Runners

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers
Fran Biderman-Gross, founder of Advantages, Caryn Schwab, executive director of Mount Sinai Queens, Mayra DiRico, director of retail banking for Astoria Bank, and Mark Henry, president, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056.

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers

 Queens Borough Presdient Melinda Katz and Queens influencers

View the full gallery of photos from our Queens issue event, here.