Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016


Nearly a thousand protesters march through Astoria calling for close of Rikers Island

Nearly 1,000 protesters demanded the closing of Rikers Island during a march through Astoria on their way to a rally at the base of the bridge to the notorious prison complex. Glenn E. Martin, founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA, which organized the event that drew celebrity speakers such as Russell Simmons and John Legend and a host of former prisoners, advocates and elected officials, marvelled at the turnout. Comments (3)

Mayor’s tweet miffs anti-shelter activists

"How do you explain to children why angry adults are out in front of the place they’re living and want to throw them into the streets?” Comments (2)

Community Board 4 holds its first youth fair

Youth 101 fair will be a one-stop shop to show young residents what services are available to them. Comments (1)

For Queens GOPers, Trump takes night

The Queens Village Republican Club partnered for a watch party with the Nassau County Federation of Republican Women, joining them at the Park City Diner in Garden City, Long Island to enjoy a buffet dinner and cheer on Republican candidate Donald Trump against his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Comments (6)
Long Island City

Van Bramer shows Clinton support at LIC debate viewing party

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) hosted a presidential debate viewing party at The Creek and the Cave, at 10-93 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City, Monday night, along with the club’s owner, Rebecca Trent. The event was primarily a chance for Clinton supporters from the area to mingle with one another and cheer on their candidate. Comments (4)

Helen Marshall Cultural Center dedicated in Kew Gardens

Former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall was honored for her career in politics and service to Queens at the grand opening Tuesday of the Helen Marshall Cultural Center, an 11,000-square-foot atrium at Queens Borough Hall. The project cost about $23 million, according to current Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

In Forest Hills, it’s time for everybody to dance

If you remember the 21st night of September as something more than just a date on the calendar, then Forest Hills Stadium next weekend may be the place for you. Comments (1)

Uncovering why women cover up

This week, our columnist checks out the growing modest fashion movement. Comment

McClancy’s Quentin Holmes makes it to Team USA

McClancy baseball star Quentin Holmes has picked up so many accolades and been named to so many all-star teams over the last few months that the senior speedster has gotten used to seeing his name listed among the top players in the country. Comments (1)

High school football roundup: Week 3

The Christ the King football team is keeping it dramatic. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016


Giron challenges Stavisky on the Republican ticket

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) beat back Democratic opponent S.J. Jung in last week’s primary, but the battle for the 16th Senate District is not over yet. Comments (2)

Final two defendents plead guilty in Woodhaven beating death

The final two defendants of a group of six teenagers charged in the deadly 2011 beating of 18-year-old Anthony Collao, who they mistakenly thought was gay, in Woodhaven have pleaded guilty, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)

York College celebrates its 50th anniversary

York College celebrated its 50th anniversary with an executive Leadership Breakfast last Friday, then a block party and an alumni art show the following day. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

One man’s mission to bring Bayside culture

I’m over at Donovan’s off Bell Boulevard, enjoying a Malbec and burger and good conversation with Gregg P. Sullivan and an intriguing woman of mystery who must for now remain nameless. We’re talking about the way Bayside used to be and what it will take to revitalize it. And if anyone can do it, Sullivan is the man. Comments (3)

Al Oerter, Astoria native, won four gold medals in discus

Astoria native Al Oerter is best known as a four-time Olympic gold medal winner in the discus throw. Winning his first gold in the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics while still a student athlete at the University of Kansas, Oerter was also a champion in the Rome, Tokyo and Mexico City Olympic Games. Comment

A Richmond Hill resident remembers

When I had moved from Clinton Hill to Richmond Hill in a house on 102nd Street in 1967, the 102nd Street station of the BMT JJ train was at the border of Richmond Hill and Woodhaven. The station was then structurally closed and renamed 104th Street. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016


Pols tout new Sunnyside school

The building at the corner of 48th Street and Barnett Avenue is vacant and abandoned, but parents and elected officials gathered on the second floor of the cavernous space on Monday to announce that a middle school would help alleviate the longstanding overcrowding in the school district. Comment

NY Dept. of State holds cease-and-desist zone hearings

The New York Department of State held hearings Sept. 14-15 to determine the need to re-establish cease-and-desist zones in Queens to protect residents from real estate brokers and salespeople whose tactics are perceived as overly aggressive. Comments (2)

Queens Legal Services opens new Jamaica facility

Queens Legal Services is finally moving into a new space to serve its clients after decades of operating in a group of offices that were in disrepair. The new space at 89-00 Sutphin Blvd. in downtown Jamaica will be an office for the organization’s more than 70 attorneys, paralegals, social workers and advocates. Comments (1)
Bay Terrace

HomeGoods to open in Bay Terrace next month

HomeGoods is finally coming to the Bay Terrace Shopping Center. The store, which sells a wide variety of affordable home decor, is set to open in mid-October. Comments (1)
Political Action

Conservative Party gives its nod to Donald Trump

The New York State Conservative Party held a meeting of its State Committee earlier this month and by a large margin endorsed Donald Trump for president. The result is that Trump will be running for president on both the Republican and Conservative Party lines in New York. Comments (1)

Piecemeal fixes won’t make Queens streets safer

While I applaud the Department of Transportation for finally installing a traffic signal in front of the Variety Boys & Girls Club on 21st Street at 30th Road, the time of piecemeal fixes for this deadly speedway is over. The hit-and-run death of Sean Crume came even after the minor safety improvements DOT installed in 2015, sadly proving to us once again that we must completely redesign this street from the ground up to make it safe for all road users. Comment
Jackson Heights

Driver sought in Jax Hgts hit-and-run: NYPD

JACKSON HEIGHTS—Police from the 115th Precinct were searching for the driver of a vehicle in a hit-and-run that put a motorcycle rider in the hospital last month. A 21-year-old man was riding east on 37th Avenue Aug. 19 when an SUV in front of him attempted to make a U-turn, police say. Comment

Monday, Sept. 26, 2016


Remains of missing flight attendant Sierra Shields discovered

For eight months, Chris and Donna Shields flew to Queens twice a month from their home outside of Chicago to hand out fliers and help the search for their daughter Sierra, a flight attendant who had been missing since January. Last week they were planning join a walk in Jamaica to support the “LaMont Dottin” law, a bill passed by the state Legislature requiring all police departments to promptly file missing-persons reports despite the person’s age. The Shields were to take part in the hopes that the bill becomes law nationwide. Comments (1)

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Crime down 35 percent in city schools: Report

Crime in city schools has decreased by 35 percent in the last five years, according to Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and the NYPD, but a charter school advocacy organization noted that the number of weapons recovered in schools was at the highest recorded level since 2010. Comments (3)

A new residential/retail development planned for downtown Jamaica

A development group in downtown Jamaica is reissuing a request for proposals to build a massive new residential/retail space in the area, one of several planned developments for the neighborhood. Comment
Ozone Park

Residents and leaders wary of Ozone Park homeless shelter

Ozone Park residents and leaders are voicing their concerns over a potential homeless shelter in the neighborhood. Comments (2)

Former St. Francis star makes it to Major League Soccer

Former St. Francis Prep soccer star Kevin Garcia hopes, eventually, it will sink in that he’s made it to Major League Soccer. Comment
South Ozone Park

Police searching for three suspects who allegedly robbed and punched 61-year-old

SOUTH OZONE PARK—Police were searching for three individuals suspected of robbery in South Ozone Park. Comment

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