Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s University holds its 145th commencement

Family, friends and faculty members gathered on the great lawn at St. John’s Sunday to salute 2,200 students Sunday at the university’s 145th graduation ceremony. Comments (1).

New bill provides funding for tourism in the five boroughs

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) unveiled a bill that would provide the five boroughs with a portion of the city hotel occupancy tax they collect to promote local tourism. Comments (1).

Maspeth comes together for hair razing fund-raiser

Since 8-year-old Rocco Lanzer from Maspeth was diagnosed with leukemia several months ago, his friend and martial arts teacher, Sensei Angel Redondo, has been visiting him at North Shore LIJ’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, where the boy is receiving life-saving treatment. Comments (1).
Political Action

The American Military and royal titles

In my last column I referred to Article I, Section 9 of our Constitution which in part states: “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” Comments (1).
Glen Oaks

Honor NYPD Officer Brian Moore

We have lost Police Officer Brian Moore of the 105th Precinct, who died in the line of duty. Comments (3).

Son of former Met Alfonzo thriving at Bayside

Bayside baseball coach Pat Torney initially did not know who or what he had in Daniel Alfonzo. Comments (1).

Friday, May 22, 2015


NYC Musical Saw Festival retools for its 11th event

After cutting back last year to catch her breath, Natalia Paruz and her orchestra of saw musicians are returning to Astoria for the 11th NYC Musical Saw Festival at Trinity Lutheran Church Saturday, May 30. Comment.

Knockdown Center embarks on public image improvement

It’s Round Two for the Knockdown Center. Comment.
Hunters Point

Long awaited Hunters Point library breaks ground

Several years ago City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) got a phone call from Fausta Ippolito, a Long Island City mother of two children. She had been traveling to the Astoria Queens Library branch because her neighborhood lacked a library, and wanted to find out how to get a library built in Long Island City. Comment.

Pols launch network to address working conditions in nail salons

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), along with business leaders and advocacy groups have launched the Health Nail Salon Network to address illegal working conditions, an exploitable workforce and unrealistic pricing. Comments (3).

Businesses mingle at annual Queens Chamber of Commerce expo

More than 1,200 businesses of varying sizes throughout the borough took part in the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Queens Business Expo and Breakfast at Citi Field last week. Comment.

LED lights, lampposts coming to Roosevelt Avenue

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and the city Department of Transportation announced the installation of new LED lights and lampposts between 90th and 111th Streets on Roosevelt Avenue as part of her New Deal for Roosevelt Avenue. Comments (2).

After a long fight, Rosedale parents gets a safer street

New road safety measures are being implemented on 147th Avenue between two segments of Brookville Park’s game fields and at other intersections in the vicinity, the borough president’s office announced last week. Comments (1).

FAA to conduct first air noise impact study in over 25 years

The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced it will conduct a new survey of airplane noise in neighborhoods around the country’s largest airports to determine whether new standards are needed. Comments (2).
Fresh Meadows

Big Apple Circus pitches its tent in Cunningham Park

Step right up, the Big Apple Circus is in town and presenting its newest show “Metamorphosis” in Cunningham Park. Comment.

South Jamaica Houses expands urban farm in trashed lot

Longtime residents of South Jamaica I Houses, along with NYCHA employees and New York Restoration Project volunteers, have expanded a small urban farm located in the housing complex. Marian Dolphus, 84, a resident of South Jamaica Houses since 1975, has been maintaining a small herb garden, flowers and plants around the NYCHA complex. But her small herb garden inside an overgrown lot was becoming harder to handle. She needed help to clear out the lot and add space for another garden. So she and the South Jamaica Houses gardening team looked for resources that could enlarge their ur Comment.
Long Island City

City Council passes bill to enhance community engagement in public art projects

New York City will have its first-ever comprehensive cultural plan now that Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the legislation Monday. The new law requires the city Department of Culture to address the availability and distribution of cultural activities in the five boroughs, the relationship between cultural activities and social and economic health and welfare, housing and studio needs of artists, and increasing arts education and activities in public schools. Comments (1).

Fixing Amtrak

The Amtrak rail crash has reverberated across Queens with the deaths of a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman from Far Rockaway and a real estate executive who grew up in Douglaston. The engineer of the Northeast Corridor Train 188 lives in Forest Hills, but has not been seen in Queens as the National Transportation Safety Board investigates the accident on the heavily traveled route between New York and Washington. Comment.

Stalking sale items on the grocery shelves

Not everyone shares my hobby, but let me put it out there. It is grocery shopping. There’s nothing I enjoy more. And since we live in the city, I’m shopping all the time, because who has space for those container ports of Country Crock the folks in the suburbs stock up on? Comment.

Don’t let veterans get lost in the shuffle

We need to do everything we can to honor our commitment to veterans when they return from defending us abroad, including making sure that they don’t get needlessly ensnared in our criminal justice system. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens names gym after late alum, Knicks star Anthony Mason

Anthony Mason was known for having his name cut into his hair. “Mase” and that image now have a permanent place of prominence on the walls of the Springfield Gardens gymnasium. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans man found guilty in assault incident

A young man was convicted last week of the 2012 assault of the older brother of a New York Giants wide receiver, who was beaten to the ground and shot once in the head, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Bayside residents rally against newly proposed high school

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is introducing legislation to reform the site selection process for new schools in city school districts. Comments (10).

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Woman sent to prison for 24 years for shoving Queens subway rider

A 33-year-old Rego Park woman was sentenced to 24 years in prison Wednesday for pushing a man to his death in front of the No. 7 subway train in Sunnyside in 2012, Comments (1).
Long Island City

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks to be broadcast from LIC

Long Island City will get national exposure as it hosts NBC’s two-hour national broadcast of the 39th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. Comment.

Family of Amtrak victims mourn lost Queens loved ones

The Amtrak Train 188 derailment sparked a national conversation, but the Queens victims of the crash made it a tragedy that hit home for many borough residents. Comment.

Ozone Park rapper gunned down in Briarwood

The wife of the amateur rapper who was killed last week is in the middle of planning a funeral and memorial, she wrote on Facebook. Comments (1).
Rego Park

QueensWay advocates dedicate sandwich to high line plan

The abandoned railroad tracks in southern Queens may not be the High Line style park that advocates envision, but you can still get the “QueensWay Sandwich.” Comment.

Airbnb generates $30m in Queens economic activity: Report

A new study released by Airbnb, the website that allows people to rent out their homes and other lodgings, found that roughly 42,000 people stayed in Queens in 2014 using listings they found on the site, generating about $30 million of economic activity in the borough. Comments (3).

Ridgewood group fights gentrification

A group of Ridgewood residents is collecting stories of people being evicted in the area for a series of documentaries aimed at galvanizing the neighborhood’s tenants who are beginning to be priced out of the community as real estate prices increase. Comment.

Reputed gang member charged in Elmhurst murder: DA

A reputed member of the Sureño 13 street gang has been charged with murder, gang assault and weapons possession for the fatal shooting of a 38-year-old Elmhurst man following a verbal argument earlier this month, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Jamaica terror suspects skips pre-trial hearing

One of the two Queens women who have been accused of plotting a terror attack in the United States did not show up in court for a pre-trial hearing Wednesday at Brooklyn federal court. Comments (2).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Two Queens residents win CUNY-wide entrepreneurial challenge

Queensborough Community College hosted the City University of New York’s Capital One Bank Entrepreneurship Challenge finalists last week, when five students from three community colleges around the city vied for a $5,000 grant to help them get their business ideas started. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Noguchi Museum prepares to celebrate its 30th birthday

Long Island City’s Noguchi Museum is marking its 30th anniversary with a year-long celebration of the Japanese-American artist’s legacy. That celebration kicks off with the museum’s Spring Benefit May 19. Comments (1).

Flushing resident honored as ‘Woman of Distinction’

Flushing resident Christine Colligan was honored with a “Women of Distinction” award by the state Senate last week for her work with the Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York, or KAPA-GNY, and her service to Queens. Comments (1).

Lancman, religious leaders ask for more security in non-public schools

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), along with Queens Muslim, Jewish and Christian school leaders, are renewing calls for the city to provide more security in non-public schools. Comments (3).

Longtime Bayside bar and grill hosts sporting events

After 22 years in business, Bayside’s CJ Sullivan’s American Grill continues to offer a venue where sports fans can watch games, as well as enjoy quality drinks and traditional American food. Comments (1).
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s baseball teams nabs title

St. John’s Coach Ed Blankmeyer wasn’t leaving anything to chance. Comments (1).

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