Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Long Island City

A new Day rises in Long Island City ceramic business

If you mingle among the artists in Long Island City and mention the name Ellen Day, you will likely elicit at least one smile on somebody’s face. Comment.

Video shows man burning Hindu flags in Woodhaven

Queens’ Hindu community is on edge as police look for a possible hate crime suspect who torched dozens of Hindu flags set up in the front yard of a Woodhaven house early Thursday morning. A lawmaker, civic leaders and a national Hindu group condemned the crime. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Transgender woman beaten in Jackson Heights

Police from the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights were searching for a man who brutally attacked a transgender woman early Sunday morning. Officers responding to a 911 call discovered the 35-year-old victim with multiple injuries to the head and face around 4 a.m. on 93rd Street near 37th Place. Comment.

Whitestone Village tree lighting postponed

The first annual Whitestone Village tree lighting ceremony scheduled for Tuesday evening has been postponed to Friday due to inclement weather. Comment.
Bayside Hills

Oakland Lake officially reopens to the public

Oakland Lake, which has been open again for a few weeks now following drainage of the lake and major reconstruction of the pathways around it, was commemorated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday afternoon—celebrating what elected officials call one of Queens’ “hidden gems.” Comments (1).
Hunters Point

LIC Bulb Festival draws many young families to beautify waterfront park

Before he died in February, Friends of Gantry founder and longtime president Bill Bylewski would often lament that membership in his group was waning and those who remained were getting too old care for the greenspaces in the 12-acre Gantry Plaza State Park. Comment.

New residential development breaks ground in Whitestone

O’Sullivan Builders and Developers broke ground last Friday on its new 45-home development named Bridges at Whitestone, putting to use the long-vacant land of the former Cresthaven Country Club. Comment.
South Jamaica

Residents raise supportive housing concerns at City Hall

Southeast Queens residents and elected officials headed to City Hall last week to voice their concerns over the city’s new supportive housing plans for their shelter-saturated neighborhoods. Comments (1).

Protect America’s small investors

I worry about my children and grandchildren saving enough money to live comfortably in retirement. They live in a world where guaranteed pensions are becoming rare, so they’ll be almost totally dependent on retirement investment earnings to supplement Social Security. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

Forest Hills

$2,500 reward being offered in Forest Hills arson cases

Police are now also offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in a spate of fires in Forest Hills. Comment.

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New Queens Chamber head describes his vision for boro

Thomas Grech, who was appointed in July as the new executive director for the Queens Chamber of Commerce, sat down with the editorial staff of the TimesLedger Newspapers last week to share his vision for economic opportunities in the borough. Comment.

Astoria man sentenced in fatal hit-and-run of Betty Jean DiBiasio

An Astoria man has been sentenced to up to four years in state prison in the fatal hit-and-run collision that took the life of 21-year-old Betty Jean DiBiasio in June, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Nicholas Colleran, 25, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and failure to yield the right of way for going through a stop sign and striking the young Astoria resident in a marked crosswalk. Comment.
East Elmhurst

DenDekker wants city to pay for sidewalk repairs not homeowners

State Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst) and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced new legislation on damaged sidewalk repair Monday in East Elmhurst. Their bill will shift the burden of paying for damaged sidewalks away from property owners and hold the city accountable. Comments (4).

Bioswale locations released for CB 5

Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth are all about to get a little bit greener. Comment.
Murray Hill

149th Street Bridge renovation to start after long delay

The city has approved a contract to reconstruct the 149th Street Bridge in Murray Hill. The bridge has been barricaded and closed off to cars for five years. Comment.

Gracie Church hosts free haircuts for all

A free haircut session for men and women was held Monday afternoon at the historic Grace Church in downtown Jamaica. Comment.

Historical sites will be dressed and open for the holidays

It’s beginning to look a lot like the start of the holiday season in Queens. Comment.

MTA spends big on study, gets little back

It was one year ago when we learned about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority study for bus service in northeast Queens. This study was championed by numerous elected officials. Just as I predicted, the results were a placebo designed to placate demagogues who are not regular users of the numerous public transportation alternatives that have been available for decades. Many of the recommendations coming out of this study are either common sense, previously known or old ideas recycled yet another time. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015


Man burns Hindu flags in Woodhaven

Police were looking for a man who torched dozens of Hindu flags set up in the front yard of a Woodhaven house early Thursday morning. Comment.
Howard Beach

Addabbo supports bill for injured vets

State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) has come out in support of legislation that would provide New York veterans with insurance coverage for artificial limbs and other prosthetics they may require after being seriously injured in military service. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Moya urges Cuomo to sign legislation that would crackdown on curbstoning

State lawmakers are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign into law legislation that would stiffen fines and crack down on illegal car dealers known as “curbstoners,” who sell defective, damaged and stolen vehicles to unsuspecting victims. Comments (2).

Man’s leg amputated after Flushing motorcycle hit-and-run

A 77-year-old man had his leg amputated after he was struck by a motorcycle and the driver fled the scene in Flushing, according to Queens district attorney. Comment.

Braunstein announces Halloween contest winners

State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) announced the winners of his Halloween essay and drawing contest, open to all elementary school students in Queens in grades two through five. Comment.
Political Action

A struggle between two views of civilization

Western civilization fought a struggle with the Islamic civilization on and off for 400 years from the 10th to the 14th centuries. During that time the main issue was over the control of the Middle East holy lands during the Crusades. Comment.

Former Queens College coach Kyvallos honored with Lapchick Character Award

Two different Coach K’s received the Lapchick Character Award. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015

Fresh Meadows

111th Precinct’s Explorers paint over graffiti

The 111th Precinct is out in force with teenagers in its Law Enforcement Explorer program to clean up graffiti in northeast Queens before snow starts falling. Comments (1).

NYPD detective nab prep in Los Angeles

Two New York City detectives assigned to the Queens district attorney’s squad have been praised by the DA himself as “real-life super heroes” for thwarting an attack on a Russian tourist by a knife-wielding assailant in Hollywood. Comment.

CB5 schedules hearing on ballfields at Principe Park

Community Board 5 has scheduled a public hearing about proposed plans for the reconstruction of the ballfields at Principe Park (formerly known as Maurice Park), which is located on Maurice Avenue between Borden Avenue and 54th Avenue in Maspeth. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Tom wants answers to his security questions

Any high school history student is aware of the sign President Harry Truman kept on his desk: “The Buck Stops Here.” Comments (1).
Middle Village

Blocked punt unravels Royals’ title hopes

Christ the King created plenty of late-game magic in its biggest wins of the season. It appeared to be headed down that road again in the championship game only to see one of its earlier victims, Xavier, give it a taste of what it’s like to be on the other side of that magic. Comment.

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