Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016


Mayor calls on Albany for electoral reforms

Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging Albany to pass a slate of reforms to allow same-day voter registration, early voting and the consolidation of primary elections. There are nearly two million individuals in New York state who are not registered to vote, and half of them live in the city, he said last week. Comment

Dead cats found frozen in LIC storage locker

The highest bidder in a storage unit auction in Long Island City was surprised to find his winnings in the form of dozens of dead cats. Comments (5)
Political Action

Don’t underestimate the value of the vice presidency

It seems that the tendency has been in recent years to downplay the value of vice presidential candidates. At this time, however, vice presidents have given an added importance to the campaign. Comment

Red Storm looks for some respect—and another Big East championship

The St. John’s women’s basketball team is looking for a little bit of respect—and they’re willing to work for it. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016


St. Mary’s Hospital for Children hosts Halloween celebration for patients

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children and Spirit Halloween Superstore came together to throw a costume party for the patients of the Bayside health care center at 29-01 216th St. last week for the third year in a row. Comment

Woman charged in pellet gun shooting of NYPD cop

A Long Island woman has been charged with shooting a plainclothes NYPD officer with a pellet gun in downtown Jamaica, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Red Storm junior Bashir Ahmed ready for action

Bashir Ahmed wanted to come home to play basketball. That, however, was easier said than done. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Cops seek missing Springfield Gardens man

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — The NYPD asked for the public’s help in trying to locate a missing Springfield Gardens man. Comment

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016


Maspeth protesters denounce mayor’s homeless policy at City Hall

For more than two months, members of the Maspeth-Middle Village Task Force have rallied against a proposed homeless shelter for families at the Holiday Inn Express on 55th Road. They built a coalition of more than 20 civic associations and traveled to Bellerose, Rosedale and Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to protest outside other shelters or partly converted hotels and twice rallied outside the home of Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks, drawing the ire of Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (3)

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Your Queens Weekend: Oct 21-23

If spending the weekend with Rembrandt and Warhol sounds good to you, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College has just what you’re looking for. “Queens Collects: 60 Years at the GTM,” drawn from the over 6,000 items in the museum’s collection, opens Saturday and runs through Dec. 17. While the exhibit showcases donations that have been made to the museum in the past decade, the whole range of the GTM’s holdings will be on display. That includes works by Whistler, Goya and Matisse; ancient and antique glass from Egypt, Greece and Rome; photographs Comment

Mayor’s Sandy recovery program over budget and delayed

One week before the four-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor de Blasio admitted he won’t make his own self-imposed deadline to fix all the homes the storm destroyed by the end of the year — and that the troubled Build it Back storm-recovery program needs taxpayers to bail it out to the tune of $500 million. Comment
Jackson Heights

City Council passes bills to better service minority, LGBT communities

The City Council passed three measures and one resolution last week to count and bring more robust services to LGBTQ individuals and people of color in the five boroughs. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Councilman Wills addresses proposed drop-in center in Ozone Park

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Richmond Hill) and state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Jamaica) held a news conference in front of the proposed drop-in center on 100- 32 Atlantic Ave. urging the Department of Homeless Services to reconsider the site. The lawmakers were joined by community leaders who all agreed that a homeless shelter should not be opened when there are two schools less than 1,000 feet away from the site. Comments (1)

Mayor’s Office announces initiative to raise profile of women in city film business

When it comes to the worlds of film and television, New York City has “the richest talent base in the country,” says Julie Menin, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Comments (1)

Electeds call for stricter zoning in South Corona to relieve school overcrowding

Children are bearing the brunt of South Corona’s exploding population, according to several elected officials. Standing in front of classroom trailers at PS 16 on 114th Street, they demanded an immediate response to the district’s overcrowded schools, urging the city to downgrade South Corona’s existing zoning code to lower the neighborhood’s density. Comments (1)

Bell and Northern boulevards to get a left turn signal: DOT

The uneasy intersection at Bell and Northern boulevards will have a left-turn signal before too long after requests from neighborhood officials. City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), Bayside Hills Civic Association President Michael Feiner and state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) reached out to DOT to study the intersection for the viability of a left turn signal and were told Oct. 6 that the dream would become a reality. Comment

Proposed Sunnyside Gardens middle school sparks controversy

Weeks after the School Construction Authority announced it had selected a site for a new middle school in the Sunnyside Gardens area, community members and some elected officials are expressing caution about proceeding. Comment
East Elmhurst

Prison guards’ union sues city over solitary

The Correction Officer Benevolent Association sued Mayor Bill de Blasio, the City Council and the city Board of Correction because the group contends its complaints are not being heard while the city caters to inmates’ wishes. COBA President Elias Husamudeen charges that violence against officers has surged since the de Blasio administration ended the use of solitary confinement for prisoners 21years old and under. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Lawmakers want Cuomo to sign Justice for Job Seekers legislation

Several legislators, including state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-East Elmhurst), called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign protections for job seekers as they released the results of a new investigation, “Demanding Justice for Job Seekers,” last week. The report illustrated deceptive and illegal tactics employment agencies use to prey on minimum-wage work seeking applicants. Comments (1)

Suspect sought in attack on woman in Jamaica

A 69-year-old woman was assaulted outside a Jamaica deli Saturday morning, and police were asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect in the attack. Comment

Cardozo tennis coach Howie Arons dies at 67

The Queens athletic community lost one of its most prominent and successful names Oct. 13 when longtime Cardozo tennis coach Howie Arons died after battling cancer. He was 67 years old. Comment
Dining Out

Little Tibet brings Himalayan flavor to Jackson Heights

It has been fascinating to see the changes taking place in the commercial area in Jackson Heights, running from about 75th to 72nd streets, bounded to the north by 37th Avenue, and Roosevelt Avenue to the south. A neighborhood whose numerous South Asian alimentary offerings were once dominated by Punjabi and South Indian fare has had to make room for the arrival of a steady influx of Himalayan eateries. Comment

Women just say no

This was supposed to the Year of the Woman with Hillary Clinton poised to crash through the glass ceiling—before Bernie Sanders, the private email server saga and Donald Trump’s unexpected burn-and-slash path to the GOP nomination. Comments (3)

When Pope Paul VI visited the New York World’s Fair

Pope Paul VI, perhaps the world’s most famous individual, was the first pope ever to visit the United States. On Oct. 4, 1965 the pope said mass at Yankee Stadium to an audience of 90,000 people. And to a country embroiled in the Vietnam War, Pope Paul preached a 15-minute homily on peace, telling the crowds that “Politics do not suffice to sustain a durable peace.” Another item on the pontiff’s schedule wa Comment

Trump cooks up another controversy

Notwithstanding independent corroboration shortly after several women alleged that they were sexually harassed by Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, not only does he deny the allegations, he claims he never met some of the women and that their complaints constitute a conspiracy to deny him the election. Comments (3)

Siblings are both stars on the soccer field

The Guzzo siblings grew up playing soccer together and, for a long time, the plan was to keep that trend going—or at least to play at the same school. That plan, however, didn’t quite play out and, now, the Guzzos are on the opposite side of the Queens soccer divide. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Jamaica Estates

Auction of Trump’s boyhood home in Queens postponed

An auction for the childhood home of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Jamaica Estates has been postponed until after the election, according to the real estate firm handling the property. The sellers originally scheduled the auction for Wednesday night, but held back in order to give interested buyers more time to evaluate the home. Comments (1)

Man tried to lure Elmhurst girl while she waited for school bus: Cops

Police from the 110th Precinct were looking for a man who tried to lure a 13-year-old girl from her building’s lobby last week as she waited for her school bus in Elmhurst. The incident occurred just after 6 a.m. Oct. 6, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Banks faces borough’s leaders to review the state of homeless in Queens

The man who tried to convert a Maspeth hotel into a homeless shelter, setting off two months of protests that still continue, and rented rooms in other hotels around the borough without alerting officials came to Queens Wednesday night. Comments (4)
East Elmhurst

Electeds warn homeless may be placed in another East Elmhurst hotel

Several elected officials say they believe yet another hotel in Queens has been earmarked by the Department of Homeless Services to be partially converted into a shelter for the homeless. Comments (2)

Suozzi battles Martin in final stretch for Israel’s seat

Democratic candidate for Congress Tom Suozzi has received the endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but the official announcement scheduled for Verdi’s Restaurant in Whitestone on Monday was canceled due to the death of Suozzi’s father, Joseph Suozzi, overnight on Sunday. Comments (3)

Criminal summons issued at Little Neck station for illegal crossing

The pedestrian bridge serving commuters along the LIRR stop of Little Neck on the Port Washington branch was taken down in mid-September due to unsafe conditions, but now commuters crossing to the other side may find themselves in trouble. Comments (6)

Making Strides Against Cancer walk reaches 12K turnout in Queens

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Cancer walk Sunday in Flushing Meadows Corona Park saw a turnout which rivaled last year’s and raised awareness and funds for breast cancer research, education, early detection efforts and patient service programs. The disease is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer among women and is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women. Comments (1)

Flushing zombie home to be auctioned

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced progress had been made at an abandoned house in Flushing where he had previously held a July news conference to call attention to the dangerous and unhealthy condition of the long-neglected property. The land has been cleaned up, thanks to help from the Queens County Public Administrator’s office, and the house is going to auction in December. Comments (1)

109th Precinct Council describes theft scheme

A crowd of people wearing pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month packed the 109th Precinct’s monthly community council meeting last week. The meeting focused on crime and transportation issues. Comments (2)

Queens GOP fields many candidates in local races

Queens Republicans held a fund-raiser last week in support of their local candidates and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Comments (5)

New film follows legendary Danny Fields from Warhol to the Ramones

Earlier this year, the Queens Museum saluted one of Queens’ biggest contributions to the history of rock n roll with the exhibit “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: The Ramones and the Birth of Punk,” which told the story of the legendary punk rockers on the 40th anniversary of the release of their first album. Comments (2)

The reason why some turn to child porn

In a St. Francis College classroom in downtown Brooklyn last week, a law professor dad introduced his son, now 30-something, and said, “I’m very proud of him.” Comments (1)

Childhood friends end soccer standoff with tie

There’s a love-hate relationship to these kinds of games. Comments (1)

What ever happened to Briarwood?

“Briarwood,” the MTA speaker proudly announced to the F-train passengers, as if Hollywood was on the horizon with the Walter Mittys humming the classic Phillips’ tune, “California Dreamin’.” Within two square blocks of the town, you may see the redundancy of three 99 Cents stores, three bodegas, three laundromats, three Chinese restaurants, three pharmacies, four beauty parlors, five dry cleaners and seven gambling venues vending Lotto. Comments (5)

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