Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Long Island City

Workers protest use of non-union labor at 5Pointz Towers construction site

Nearly 1,000 steamfitters, plumbers, carpenters and concrete workers flooded Jackson Avenue in Long Island City for a lunchtime rally Tuesday to protest developer Jerry Wolkoff’s practices at the site of the former 5Pointz graffiti mecca. During the public review process, Wolkoff’s G & M Realty agreed to several major community givebacks, including a commitment to build and staff the site using 100 percent union labor, so that he could construct an additional 400 units. Comment

City to spray again in Queens to combat Zika

The city Department of Health is continuing pesticide spraying all over the city, including Queens, in an attempt to stop the Zika virus from spreading. Comment
Queens Village

Queens Village playground gets upgrade

Community members and elected officials in Queens Village celebrated the ground breaking of an $800,000 reconstruction for Pat Williams Playground. Comment

Trio of lawmakers determined to pass the DREAM Act

With the start of the next state legislative session beginning in January, three Queens lawmakers renewed their call last week to pass the DREAM Act in New York. Comments (3)

Jackson Heights man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend’s dog

A 33-year-old Jackson Heights man has pleaded to killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old Chihuahua by violently slamming the dog against the floor during a verbal dispute, with the girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter present, the Queens DA said. Comments (1)

Grain House aims to please—and does

We were sort of lured to Grain House on Northern Boulevard in Little Neck under false pretenses, not that we have anyone to blame but our selves. Comment

Puttiing up a roadblock against bicycle safety

Imagine asking Astoria drivers to detour to Staten Island on their way to pick up a relative at JFK Airport. Or requiring pedestrians to walk to Rikers Island on their way to Astoria Park. It would be absurd, and you’d get laughed out of the room! But that’s basically what Queens Community Board 1 wants the Department of Transportation to say to future cyclists of the proposed 31st Avenue bike lane, which would connect the East River and Flushing Bay. Comments (4)

For SJU’s Tinari, winning is the ultimate goal

Morgan Tinari knew something had to change. Comment

Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Ozone Park

Man indicted in murder of Queens imam, associate

A Queens grand jury indicted a Brooklyn man accused of gunning down the imam of an Ozone Park mosque, along with his friend and associate. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced the indictment Monday. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill woman accused of strangling 9-year-old stepdaughter

A Richmond Hill woman been charged with the murder of her 9 year-old girl stepdaughter, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Elmurst man dies after jumping off cruise ship: Witnesses

An Elmhurst man is dead after witnesses said he jumped off a cruise ship in Flushing Bay early Sunday morning, police said. Comment
Rego Park

Police search for missing elderly man in Rego Park

Police from the 104th Precinct were searching for a man who was reported missing Saturday in Rego Park. Stanley Micek, of 1830 Madison St., was last seen at a Sears department store located at 96-05 Queens Blvd., at around noon, police said. Comment

Two men stage several Flushing muggings

Police were searching for two suspects in connection with a string of robberies in the Flushing area. Police said that in at least two of the robberies the suspects tasered their victims. Comment

Thief robs $25K from pharmacy in Auburndale: cops

A thief who held up a Rite Aid Pharmacy in Auburndale while allegedly brandishing a firearm fled on foot with $25,000 Sunday morning, NYPD said. Comment

Electeds, business owners push Cuomo to sign bill to aid small businesses

Lawmakers and small business owners gathered at the Greater Flushing Chambers of Commerce to urge Gov. Cuomo to sign a new law that would help small businesses. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Dromm calls on Conservative leader to resign after student suicide

In the aftermath of a Staten Island schoolboy’s suicide, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) is calling upon state Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long to resign his position at the Brooklyn school the child attended. Daniel Joseph Fitzpatrick, 13, was a student at Holy Angels Catholic Academy where Long is the chairman of the board. Comments (3)

New grocery store needed in former Waldbaums space: Avella

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) called attention to the need for a new grocery store in a vacant retail space formerly occupied by Waldbaums in Whitestone at a news conference Friday. Comments (1)

Kupferberg opens ‘Women at the Frontline of Mass Violence Worldwide’

The Kupferberg Holocaust Center at 222-05 56th Ave. in Bayside is showcasing a new exhibit which illustrates the struggle of women in the face of mass violence and genocide through video and photography. Comments (1)

The fallout of Bill Bratton’s resignation

This week, our columnist wonders what is next for New York City’s — and America’s — police force. Comment

Reyes returns to Mets lineup after second stint with Cyclones

After a difficult string of games that saw a handful of big-time players make their way to the DL and manager Terry Collins shut down a post-game press conference in three minutes, the Mets finally received some good news Aug. 11 when Jose Reyes made his on-field return with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016


Bayside youth brings home taekwondo gold from U.S. Junior National Championship

Baysider Michael Mancuso, 16, walked away from the U.S. Junior National Championship with a Gold Medal in taekwondo in July and is officially No. 1 in the country for Middle Lightweight competitors. Comment

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Queens Village

Indian Independence Day celebrated with electeds at Queens temple

An event celebrating the 69th Indian Independence Day was hosted by Bruhud New York Seniors at Sri Saneeswara Temple in Queens village Monday, where elected officials sat in on songs of nationalism and spoke about the contributions of the Indian population to the community and the success of India as a democracy. Comment

Man suspected in karaoke bar attack

FLUSHING—Police were loohing for a suspected rapist in Flushing. On July 14 at approximately 2:39 a.m. a 52-year-old woman was raped inside of Flower Karaoke, located at 162-05 Chrocheron Ave., according to police. The victim socialized with the suspect for around two hours, after which he raped her inside a rented room at the karaoke bar, police said. Comments (2)

Pedestrian tasered in Flushing hold-up

FLISHING—Police were searching for two men who tasered a pedestrian during a hold-up in Flushing. Comments (1)

Jesse Orosco and his mentor cross paths again

Tom Gamboa can’t quite remember what year it was, but he knows it was a Saturday afternoon when he first saw future Mets pitching star Jesse Orosco. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

Richmond Hill

Stepmother charged with Richmond Hill murder

The stepmother of a nine-year-old girl who was found dead at her home in Richmond Hill has been charged with second degree murder, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Stepmother charged with Richmond Hill murder

The stepmother of a nine-year-old girl who was found dead at her home in Richmond Hill has been charged with second degree murder, according to the NYPD. Comment

MTA failed to collect millions in fines and fees: audit

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has announced that an audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority disclosed that the MTA failed to collect more than $13 million in fines and fees between Jan.1, 2013 and June 6,2015. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill son fatally stabbed, mother wounded in home attack

A son was stabbed to death and his motherseverely beaten inside their Richmond Hill home Sunday morning, according to police. Comment

Suspect sought in Corona church break-in

CORONA - Police from the 115th Precinct were searching for a man who gained entry to a Corona church last month by walking through a front door and proceeded to pry open a rear office inside, according to the NYPD. The individual attempted to fill a bag with items from the office at the Mount Horeb Church, located at 109-20 34th Ave., but fled with nothing when he heard a church worker, police say. Comments (1)

WWE star has his roots in Molloy hoops squad

He may be 7 feet tall now, but WWE Superstar Big Cass—who was born William Morrissey—didn’t always tower above the crowd. Ten years ago, he was a scrawny 5-foot-8 kid who was cut from the varsity basketball team at Archbishop Molloy. Comment

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