Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015


SCA scraps plan to build a new high school in Bayside

The city School Construction Authority has announced it would rescind its contract to purchase the Bayside Jewish Center along with its plans to build a 739-seat high school on the site, ending a controversy over which has been growing for months. Comments (1).

As new tenants flow in, things look up for Atlas Park

HomeGoods, a popular household-supply franchise, opened its first store in Queens at The Shops at Atlas Park last Thursday—another sign that the long-struggling mall may be turning things around. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Cuomo vetoes Port Ambrose gas project

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nixed a controversial 3-year-old proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal 19 miles off Jones Beach on Long Island amid fears that it could trigger an environmental disaster or become a target for terrorists. Comments (1).
Long Island City

LIC Partnership Trade Show draws thousands to Astoria World Manor

More than 100 businesses gathered to exhibit at the Long Island City Partnership’s Business-to-Business Trade Show and Luncheon at Astoria World Manor last Friday. The 28th annual trade show attracts thousands of community members each year in a showcase displaying the mixed-use landscape of LIC, ranging from business services and real estate, to hotels and health care, to 3-D printing and catering. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm veterans fuel win vs. UMBC

St. John’s celebrated a different kind of Veterans Day five days after the real thing. Comment.

Obey the rules of the road

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Middle Village

Central Queens debates zoning changes and future of neighborhoods

While both Community Board 5 and Community Board 6 voted overwhelmingly against two major zoning text amendments, the few individual holdouts offered a window into an increasingly contentious relationship between Central Queens and City Hall. Comment.

Mural project brings hip-hop legacy to light

A new, colorful mural dedicated to the history of hip-hop culture in southeast Queens appeared on the corner of 198th Street and Hollis Avenue last week in Hollis. Comments (1).

109th Pct. captain sheds light on jaywalking campaign

The 109th Precinct’s commanding officer clarified the precinct’s plans to bolster pedestrian safety but said news reports inaccurately stated that the precinct was issuing summons to jaywalkers . Comments (3).

Woodhaven’s Peking opera star

After a lifetime spent in the world of opera, Woodhaven resident Qi Shu Fang has gathered more than her fair share of unique mementos. Comment.

Royals roll to first ‘AA’ final in 12 years

Christ the King’s greatest luxury was its ticket to the championship game. Comment.

Building a life in the shadow of the Holocaust

In November 1961, the Cold War was only an itchy trigger finger away from turning hot and national security was the most pressing issue on the minds of many in Queens. Making a stop at Fort Totten in Bayside that month, Lt. General Robert Wood announced that New York City was defenseless against Soviet nuclear missiles. The commanding officer of the Air Defense Command noted that they could handle bombers approaching our nationR Comment.

A bad deal for College Point

Before the police academy in College Point opened up, the city had an agreement that residential parking would not be affected. I live on 128th Street between 23rd and 25th avenues. And there were several occasions when NYPD cadets would park on the very block I live on and would hop into their fellow cadets cars to be driven down to the Police Academy. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015


First Presbyterian church celebrates 363 years in boro

The First Presbyterian Church of Newtown in Elmhurst, the borough’s oldest church, celebrated its 363rd anniversary Sunday by paying homage to the church member who donated the land to the Presbyterian Church in 1715. Comment.

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‘Uncle’ Ralph McDaniels to oversee hip-hop initiatives at Queens Library

Legendary DJ, VJ and music-video director “Uncle” Ralph McDaniels has been appointed the Queens Library’s first hip-hop coordinator as part of an attempt by the library to build stronger relationships with the hip-hop community in light of Hip Hop History Month.. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Shake Shack coming to Forest Hills

Forest Hills is on a culinary tear. Comment.

103rd increases security after homicide

Police officials from the 103rd Precinct have increased security after two shootings that took place in and around downtown Jamaica appeared not to be random incidents. Comment.

Overtime goal ends Red Storm’s season in NCAA tournament

The St. John’s women’s soccer team was 12 minutes away from winning its first ever NCAA tournament match at Belson Stadium. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Proposed zoning changes are bad for Queens

Civic associations and other community groups in New York City have worked for decades to maintain the quality of life in their communities. They have worked with local community boards to either maintain low-density zoning or prevent builders from changing zoning, which would permit high-density building in local communities. This is especially true in the historic districts of Manhattan and the one- and two-family areas of Queens and Brooklyn. Comments (1).

Protect the vulnerable

In 2016, for only the third time in 40 years, Social Security recipients and veterans will receive no Cost of Living Adjustment. By some miracle of accounting, our government claims there is no inflation. They certainly don’t consider how most seniors actually spend their money. The costs of all necessities are skyrocketing and they are increasingly unaffordable. Such things as food, health care, drugs, utilities and rent aren’t included when inflation is calculated. Comments (1).

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015


Man shot and killed outside Sunnyside strip joint

Police were looking for a gunman who shot and killed a 38-year-old man outside a Sunnyside strip club early Saturday morning. Officers from the 108th Precinct, responding to a 911 call of a person shot at Queens Boulevard and 50th Street, discovered the victim with a gunshot to his torso, according to the NYPD. Comments (1).
Little Neck

Domestic dispute in Little Neck spurs violence, death

A domestic dispute between a man and his girlfriend in Little Neck Monday morning escalated quickly, leading to a stabbing and apparent suicide, according to the NYPD Comment.

Sunny Hahn fined for 2013 campaign violations

The city Campaign Finance Board has fined Sunny Hahn’s 2013 campaign for City Council on the Republican Party line for committing violations. Comment.

Unemployment in borough is outpacing the City: Stringer

The unemployment rate in the borough has plummeted to 4.6 percent, down from 6.2 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to an analysis by the city comptroller’s office. Citywide unemployment is down to 5.4 percent, the lowest since 2008. Comment.

Molloy falls to Flyers in state seminfinals

The last time out at Belson Stadium, Archbishop Molloy experienced the highest of highs when Jessie Rodrigues’ double-overtime goal crowned the team as city champions. Comment.
New Voices

Turning on refugees is a mistake

Words can hardly do justice to the unimaginable horror visited on Paris by terrorist elements last Friday evening. While it was certainly not the first time Islamic fundamentalists have struck a European capital, the ferocity of the attacks and massacre of young people at the Bataclan concert hall sent shockwaves far beyond France’s borders. Comments (6).

A battle that needs to be won

The attacks on Paris were a declaration of war not only against the West but against all nations that are deemed not a supplicant to ISIS. Many have speculated how the nations of the world would react to an alien invasion. ISIS is the alien among us that has struck. Comment.
Long Island City

Man steals $4,500 guitar from Long Island City store

LONG ISLAND CITY—Police from the 114th Precinct were searching for a suspect who allegedly stole a guitar worth more that $4,500 from the Guitar Store last month. The man entered the music store, at 34-17 48th St. and stuffed the guitar under his shirt before leaving without paying, according to the NYPD. Comment.

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