Friday, April 18, 2014


Lancman grills NYCHA on Pomonok downsizing

NYCHA officials announced they are reviewing certain aspects of their so-called “rightsizing” policy after a grilling by City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) at an oversight hearing last week. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Ozone-Howard Little League plans memorial for vets

While elected officials push for a parade to welcome home Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the Ozone-Howard Little League has taken steps to honor the homebound with a memorial. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Queens cab driver charged evading $28K in tolls: DA

A Long Island City cabdriver has been charged with stealing more than $28,000 in toll payments from the MTA, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Weprin names five projects that win budget vote

School technology and community safety were among the items that topped the list of winning projects in this year’s participatory budgeting process for City Council District 23. Comments (2).

Police track ‘person of interest’ in BK shooting to Jamaica basement

The search for a gunman who allegedly hit a 13-year-old Brooklyn boy in the eye with a stray bullet earlier this week led investigators to a basement in Jamaica Thursday where police tracked down a 21-year-old they were calling a person of interest. Comments (1).

CB 5 backs rezoning corner of Ridgewood

Community Board 5 voted last week in favor of an application to rezone a roughly two-by-one block strip in Ridgewood, CB 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri Jr. said. Comments (1).

Dept of Ed sticks with plan to bus PS 11 kids to Astoria

Elected officials in western Queens have lost a three-month battle with the city Department of Education and nearly 250 incoming kindergartners at PS 11 in Woodside will be bused 3 miles away every school day beginning this fall. Comment.

Developers find funds for Flushing Commons

The developers of Flushing Commons have cleared their last major hurdles before construction can begin on the long-delayed, $850 million development. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Baisley Houses get new basketball courts

Come this summer, the residents of South Jamaica’s Baisley Park Houses will have something else to celebrate at their annual fete: a new basketball court and playground redesigned from the ground up. Comments (1).

MTA buys land to redevelop aging Jamaica Bus Depot

The MTA recently bought up a handful of properties adjacent to the South Jamaica bus depot, which it has been hoping to expand for years, but until the agency can come up with the needed capital funds, construction plans will sit as idle as the buses parked along Merrick Boulevard. Comments (1).

Belgian waffles hit Seattle before 1964 World’s Fair

Ask just about anyone who visited the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park what they remember eating, and you’ll get the same answer—Belgian waffles. This gussied up breakfast food was, indeed, the iconic comestible of the fest. But contrary to the commonly held belief of Queens loyalists, they were not invented for that event. Comment.

1939 exhibits on future bring hope

These city fathers who met at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan had decided to hold what would be the greatest world’s fair. The location: Flushing Meadow in Queens. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills slashing may be gang related: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Police were searching for a suspect they believe slashed an 18-year-old man near 62nd Avenue and Yellowstone Boulevard at 4 p.m. April 9, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Block Shots

St. John’s future appears brighter with Delarosa commitment to SJU

Adonis Delarosa’s commitment appears to be the start of a good thing at St. John’s University. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights teen last seen April 7: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police from the 115th Precinct are asking for the public’s help in finding Joseph Alzate, a 14-year-old Hispanic teen last seen April 7 at his home on 94th Street. Comment.

As Jews celebrate Passover, Christians prepare for Easter

This week, those of the Jewish and Christian faiths celebrate some important dates in their religions. Comment.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Far Rockaway

De Blasio outlines overhaul of Build it Back

Mayor Bill de Blasio trekked to Midland Beach in Staten Island Thursday to unveil what he called a major overhaul of the city’s Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. Comment.

Contract deal reached between MTA and workers

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the 34,000 members of the Transport Workers Union have reached an agreement. Comments (1).

Man wanted in rash of Flushing grand larcenies: NYPD

Police were looking for a man wanted in connection with a string of grand larcenies and attempted robberies that hit Flushing this winter. Comments (3).

HPD to demolish caved-in Jamaica Ave. building

Woodhaven leaders hope a wrecking ball bound for a partially collapsed Jamaica Avenue building can bring the block back to its foundation as a neighborhood nexus complete with a senior center and volunteer ambulance corps. Comments (1).

Queens salutes two World’s Fairs

As the site of both the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, the history of Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the events are inextricably linked. Comments (1).
Little Neck

Little Neck residents irked by Gluck renovations

News that the popular watchmaking company E. Gluck Corp. has finalized a deal to relocate from Long Island City to Little Neck has some northeast Queens residents opposing changes the warehouse will bring to the neighborhood. Comments (4).
Rockaway Beach

Fallen hero cop to be promoted posthumously

A Queens police officer who died after he was critically injured responding to a Brooklyn blaze will be promoted posthumously to the rank of first-grade detective, Mayor Bill de Blasio told mourners at a somber service for Dennis Guerra in Rockaway Beach Monday. Comment.

Avella pens duelling bill detailing library reform

Several weeks after six out of seven of the borough’s state senators penned their names to a Queens Library reform bill, Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) introduced his own proposal that one-ups his mainline Democratic colleagues. Comment.
Long Island City

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show returns to East River

When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks were returning back to the East River for the first time in five years, he made it clear it was all about the numbers and inclusion. Comment.
College Point

College Pt. senior center saved by $100K in state funds

For the second time in as many weeks, a northeast Queens senior center in danger of shutting down got a reprieve Tuesday. Comment.
Long Island City

MTA will let No. 7 run for two big LIC events

The organizers of two major Long Island City springtime events were relieved and grateful that the MTA reworked its plans to provide weekend service on the No. 7 subway line during the weekend of May 17-18. Comment.

New restaurants flock to Queens Taste 2014

From Portuguese paella to Turkish delight, foodies will get to sample dishes that are as diverse as the borough they’re from at this year’s Queens Taste. Comment.

Dog listed in stable condition after Astoria shooting

Only the family dog survived a spate of violence at a home in Astoria Saturday. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Cats fined $11K for anti-Ulrich mailings

The city Campaign Finance Board fined mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis $11,473 for failing to identify himself as the financier of mailings criticizing City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and submitting false documents to the board during the 2013 election season. Comments (1).

Workers back on the job after agreement between UPS and union

UPS ended its standoff with Maspeth workers after a 10-hour negotiation session April 9. Comments (3).

NYPD disbands spy unit

The city announced earlier this week that the Police Department will shut down the unit that targeted Muslim groups. Comments (2).

World’s Fair Anniversary Events

Queens will play host to a number of events celebrating the anniversaries of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. Comment.

Cops arrest Ozone Park man in harassment of teen on Q88 bus: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police charged an Ozone Park man with attempted assault, aggravated harassment and menacing in an April 7 incident aboard a Q88 bus, the NYPD said. Comments (2).

Astoria Historical Society exhibits images of two Fairs

As part of the celebrations surrounding the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the Queens World’s Fairs, the Greater Astoria Historical Society has dug deep into its treasure trove for a new exhibit detailing both events. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills’ Efekoro wins shot put title

Forest Hills’ Oghenakpob Efekoro’s throwing slump may have carried into the outdoor season, but it hasn’t gotten in the way of victories. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep defeated by diocesan champ Fontbonne

Two rain-outs forced St. Francis Prep to wait a little longer for its first crack at Fontbonne Hall, which beat the Terriers in last year’s diocesan championship series. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Terriers fall to St. Raymond’s

St. Francis Prep Coach Brother Robert Kent didn’t sidestep or overanalyze the reason behind his club’s first defeat of the season. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals star Delarosa signs with St. John’s

There was just no place like home for Adonis Delarosa. Comment.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Astoria man sentenced to life in prison for killing girlfriend

An Astoria man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the strangling and beating death of a former girlfriend, Danielle Thomas, in June 2012, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1).

Southern musician attracts fans in Sunnyside pubs

Few Queens musicians can boast that a Masters golf champion watched him or her perform, but Sunnyside resident Will McCranie can do that after Sandy Lyle caught his show Sunday night. Comments (2).
Long Island City

High school in LIC ranked 5th in Northeast: Report

The Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Long Island City has been ranked as the fifth best high school in the Northeast, according to The Washington Post. Comment.

Broadway-Flushing shop sells water wellness

For those who do not speak Korean, the Erom store near Broadway Station may appear — at first glance — to be a place devoted solely to the sale of bidets. Comments (4).
South Jamaica

Wills lays out plan to clean up southeast Queens

Southeast Queens lawmakers are taking the gloves off in order to deal with the area’s persistent trash problem. Comments (3).

Reynoso, Richards to lead Progressives

Two Queens city councilmen have been elected co-chairs of the body’s Progressive Caucus. Comments (2).

Tip of the week


Horses belong in natural locales

In reply to the April 4-10 editorial, with all the media hype showing the carriage trade as something it is not, the reasons why so many people want this trade shut down have been overlooked. It is inhumane and dangerous. Comment.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Trinidadian arrested at JFK smuggling heroin: Customs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested a Trinidadian earlier this month who allegedly tried to sneak through Kennedy Airport with $70,000 worth of heroin hidden in his underwear. Comments (4).
Jamaica Estates

Evils of global slavery explored at SJU event

In globalized supply chains where timber felled in Brazil is used in the manufacturing process that creates steel for U.S. automobiles, the economic and moral systems that permit forced labor are often hidden from sight. Comment.

Maspeth street honors saintly Pope John Paul

A few weeks before Pope John Paul II was scheduled to be canonized as a saint in Rome, Maspeth’s faithful gathered over the weekend outside the neighborhood church the Polish pope visited in 1979 for a street co-naming ceremony honoring Blessed John Paul. Comment.

Costa calls Doe Fund to tackle trash troubles

After 90 days in office, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) has crossed a major campaign promise off his “to-do” list. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Jamaica man pleads guilty to sex acts: DA

A Jamaica man pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with two 7-year-old girls in separate incidents in South Ozone Park last year, the Queens DA said. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Like Pagliacci did, they try to keep their sadness hid

Next week audiences will have the chance to travel to The City of Lights circa 1930 without ever leaving Queens. Comment.

Whitestone center for seniors rescued

A Whitestone senior center, in danger of closing down this summer because of funding problems, will be able to keep its doors open, thanks to state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (1).

St. Mary’s in Bayside names new president

The board of directors at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children named a new president last week who will also take over the role as chief executive officer of New York’s largest long-term child health care provider. Comment.

Kudos to Queens Quiet Skies

It is with pleasure that I read of the accomplishments of Queens Quiet Skies and other entities in convincing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to advocate for mitigation of the noise and pollution problems of aircraft flying over our communities. Comment.

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