Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014


Comrie pushes for Smith’s seat to move city’s agenda in Albany

Leroy Comrie is back on the campaign trail. It did not take him long. Comments (1).

Liu unveils his plan for veterans in boro

Standing only a few feet away from the Korean War Veterans Memorial at Kissena Park in Flushing, Democratic state Senate candidate John Liu unveiled his four-point plan to improve and expand services for Queens war veterans and their families. Comments (3).
Willets Point

Supreme Court Justice dismisses Willets Point lawsuit

Opponents of a proposed megamall on the former site of Shea Stadium vowed to appeal the decision by state Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez to throw out their lawsuit against the city and the project’s developers last week. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Republicans want to take state in another direction

Before some of the Republican candidates for statewide and local office reached the Queens Village Republican Club Tuesday, the audience was warming up for the rally. Comment.

Film studio makes big donation to Mt. Sinai

The steel work for Mount Sinai Queens’ $125 million construction project in Astoria has been completed. Comment.

Sunnyside named as a Bike Friendly Business District

Bicycles ruled the streets of Sunnyside Saturday afternoon as the neighborhood was designated a “Bike Friendly Business District,” the first in Queens. Comment.

Police look for 17-year-old Ridgewood girl

RIDGEWOOD — Police were searching for a missing teen last seen at a home in Ridgewood, Comment.

Don’t be quick to claim brutality

The New York Police Department made 150,000 arrests in four years. I believe during that time there was only one arrest in which the perpetrator died. Comments (3).

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014


Feast of the Assumption celebrated by Syrian Orthodox in Woodside

The streets surrounding St. Mary’s Malankara Orthodox Church in Woodside rang loudly with music and worship last weekend as hundreds of members of the Syrian Orthodox church gathered to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Comment.

Parks must prune more: Pol

In a recent audit by city Comptroller Scott Stringer, Queens was heralded as the model borough whose Parks Department tree pruning practices should be followed by the rest of the city, but one area leader is skeptical of that finding. Comments (1).

Wyckoff Hts. hospital hosts health fair for neighborhood

Hundreds of people were treated to free health screenings and education earlier this month at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center’s annual health fair outside the hospital. Comment.
Queens Village

NYPD, FBI on the hunt for boro bank robber

QUEENS VILLAGE — The FBI and the NYPD are trying to identify an armed man who allegedly robbed a Queens Village bank. Comment.

Court was wrong in backing Willets shopping mall

The lower court’s decision approving a 1.4-million-square-foot shopping mall at Citi Field does not inspire judicial confidence (“Judge nixes Willets suit,” Aug. 22-28). Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Murray Hill

Murray Hill bridge to be rebuilt again

A Murray Hill bridge, closed for years to be rebuilt only to be deemed unsafe and remain shuttered, will soon be reconstructed a second time, officials announced last week. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Two arrested during bike-wilding on the Van Wyck

A Flushing motorcyclist and another man from Mount Vernon, N.Y., were arrested during an episode of biker-wilding on the Van Wyck Expressway Saturday evening, police said. Comments (5).

Man struck and killed in Jamaica

A pedestrian was stuck and killed by a motor vehicle in Jamaica just before 5 a.m. Saturday, according to the NYPD. Police from the 103rd Precinct responded to a 911 call and discovered a 53-year-old man with trauma to his body. The man was allegedly struck by a 2007 Dodge Charger as he crossed Liberty Avenue, near Tuckerton Street, in the vicinity of York College. The victim was transported to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Comment.

State Senate hopeful Avery promises to fight for term limits

Queens Village attorney Munir Avery is a newcomer to politics, but he is not a stranger to government. Comments (1).

Respite from the city offers culinary delights

HUDSON, N.Y. — While secure in the knowledge that this borough is the epicenter of the culinary universe, even a Queens foodie needs a vacation. Comment.
Block Shots

Columnist picks Queens stars to watch in fall 2014

Another Queens high school sports season is getting set to start. Comment.

Cops looking for Elmhurst sexual assaulter

ELMHURST — Police from the 110th Precinct are hunting for an individual wanted for an attempted criminal sex act and assault that took place in the rear parking lot at the Pan American Hotel around 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

People can learn a thing or two from Ben Franklin

Sometime during the wonderful education I received in New York City schools, I became aware of Benjamin Franklin. In those days, you learned a great deal about the poor kid from Boston who made it big in Philadelphia and was one of the Founding Fathers. Comments (2).

Finish renovating PS 162 now

Children are looking forward to the upcoming school year: new backpacks, school supplies and clothes. Teachers are hard at work decorating classrooms to create a positive experience for their students. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014


Pols tout college savings bill

In an effort to combat what many middle-class families say is a becoming a growing financial burden, two Queens lawmakers have written legislation that would reduce the cost of applying for college. Comment.

FDNY crew wins kudos after saving lady and pup

A Queens bicyclist and her 5-month-old Pomeranian puppy were rescued in dramatic fashion by the FDNY’s Corona Tigers last Thursday after they were struck by a city Parks Department sanitation truck in Corona. Comment.

Fans flock to USTA for Ashe Kids’ Day

Young tennis fans descended on the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center Saturday eager to go racket-to-racket with the pros during the annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. Comment.

Council backs Ridgewood rezoning

The City Council voted Aug. 21 to rezone a roughly three-block stretch of Ridgewood from a manufacturing to a residential district. Comment.

Arresting movie captures top prizes in LIC

Filmmaker Rich Devaney is satisfied if after a screening of his short movie “Patrol,” audience members cannot put into words how they feel. Comment.

Holy Cross looks balanced

Holy Cross stars Jordan Francklin, Brandon Pelzer and Brandon Jackson have moved on to the college ranks. Comment.
South Jamaica

Motorcyclist dies on the Belt Parkway

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were investigating an accident on the Belt Parkway that left a motorcyclist dead. Comment.
New Voices

Blacks, Hispanics lag behind whites, Asians on tests

In a report released Aug. 14, city students made modest gains on state English and math examinations. The boost was touted by the de Blasio administration as a reflection of the city’s successful implementation of Common Core standards, now in its second year since its inception in New York state. Comments (8).

Vets BBQ was the biggest and best yet

This year, my annual veterans barbecue was bigger and the best yet. We had an astounding 100 veterans, men and women, from my district come out for a Saturday afternoon in Howard Beach. Comment.

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