Sunday, April 23, 2017


Astoria Park hosting a rally for climate action April 28

In honor of Earth Day, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) are organizing the Astoria Climate Action Rally. The event is set for April 28, on the Great Lawn at Astoria Park. Comments (2)

2017 All-Queens boys’ basketball honors

Queens boasted some of the top hoops talent in the city this year. Here are the players who packed their stat sheets and racked up the victories. Comment

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Action: Cardozo’s Naclerio ready for his closeup

Longtime ‘Dozo boys basketball coach Ron Naclerio has been pacing the sidelines for years, but a recent opportunity has him doing it in front of the camera, booking a handful of gigs on TV. Comment

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Turner turns tide with big-time hit for Molloy

Jack Turner connected on the game-winning hit in the bottom of the fifth to lift Archbishop Molloy to a much-needed 2-1 victory over Xaverian on Tuesday. Comment

Spicer’s Words No Mere Gaffe

Assemblyman David Weprin, Co-President of the National Association of Jewish Legislators, issued the following statement in response to comments made by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Comment

Friday, April 21, 2017

Long Island City

Four arrested as Tom Cat Bakery terminates 20 immigrant workers

Four supporters of terminated immigrant workers at the Tom Cat Bakery in Long Island City were arrested and led away in handcuffs after they chained themselves to the underside of delivery trucks early Friday morning. Comments (6)

New principal named for Townsend Harris as DOE completes search

Students and teachers at the elite Townsend Harris High School were putting a negative chapter of the school’s history behind them after it was announced Interim Principal Rosemarie Jahoda would be leaving May 1, with a new person taking a permanent role in the school’s leadership. Comments (1)

Burning incense led to firefighter’s death in Ridgewood blaze

Incense left burning in an apartment in Ridgewood led to the death of 42-year-old Firefighter William Tolley, who fell off the roof of a five-story residential building, FDNY officials said Friday. Comments (2)
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Jackson Heights man arrested and charged in two assaults: NYPD

A Jackson Heights man has been arrested and charged in two assaults, authorities said. Comments (1)

Anti-gentrification protesters target City Hall’s development plans for western Queens

Nearly a hundred protesters from all over Queens joined forces for a rally against gentrification at the 46th Street subway station in Sunnyside Thursday evening. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Borgetto social club donates to St. Jude’s before shutting doors for good

Comitato Festa Di Maria SS Del Romitello De Borgetto is more than just a mouthful. The East Elmhurst social club, founded in 1979 by Steve Giambrone, 81, has been a slice of home for him and other Sicilians in the neighborhood who came to the United States from Borgetto, a mountain town about a half-hour drive south of Palermo. Comment

Queens Weekend Calendar: April 22-23

Your weekend calendar: April 22-23 Comment

Grab a seat at Bangladeshi Delights

Greg Mays, the founder of A Better Jamaica arts and culture organization, is presenting Bangladeshi Delights Saturday at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, which is the third out of eight installation within the Delightful Festival series so far this year Comment

Cuomo’s former Douglas Manor mansion available for $5,500 a month

A Douglaston mansion is up for rent this summer for the price of a Manhattan one-bedroom apartment. Comment

City offers advice for immigrant small business owners

It’s Immigrant Heritage Week. The city Department of Small Business Services announced Tuesday a new guide offering step-by-step advice for immigrant entrepreneurs planning, launching, or growing a small business. Comments (2)

Astoria ferry service to launch Aug. 1

Ferry service to Astoria gets underway Aug. 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday as he welcomed the first three of 20 new NYC Ferry vessels into New York Harbor. Comment

Cuomo unveils final LIRR Expansion Project proposal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is on a hot streak when it comes to transportation projects. Last year he oversaw the completion of the first stage of the 2nd Avenue subway line, which was 96 years in the making. He also announced the construction to rebuild LaGuardia airport. On April 12, he released the final Environmental Impact Statement for the LIRR Expansion Project. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man accused of stomping cat to death: DA

A grand jury has indicted a Far Rockaway man on charges of killing an adult female cat by throwing it off a third-story balcony, then stomping the animal to death in the sight of witnesses, including children, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Second man indicted in 2015 slashing of Whitestone girl

A Pennsylvania man has been arraigned on assault, conspiracy and other charges for his alleged role in the December 2015 slashing of a 16-year-old Whitestone girl, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Sex trafficking ring run out of Flushing

Three Flushing residents have been indicted for allegedly running a multi-state prostitution ring, the acting U.S. attorney in the Buffalo area said last week. Comments (6)

Rail quite a gamble

Spin the roulette wheel before you take a Long Island Rail Road train into Penn Station. Comment

The Queens Museum unveils new exhibitions for the summer season

Queens Museum introduced several new exhibits on the main floor when it opened its doors Sunday. Comment

Terriers take down McClancy with shutout victory

The St. Francis Prep baseball grabbed a 2-0 win April 13, defeating the Crusaders with solid defense and strong pitching. Comment

An argument for Rockaway Railway rebuild

The Rockaway Beach Branch’s preservation as a potential rail corridor — and not as a park — is essential for the further development in Queens. The Friends of the Queensway published an editorial April 12 outlining their concerns with reactivation, which laid out a series of points that I think need to be addressed. Comments (1)
Willets Point

Monseratte asks de Blasio to back original Willets Point plan

A week before oral arguments at the New York State Courts of Appeals, former Councilman Hiram Monserrate and Elmhurst community leaders gathered on the steps of City Hall Tuesday to once again demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio honor the original Willets Point Redevelopment Plan that guaranteed affordable housing. Comments (1)

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Mayor acknowledges BQX funding issues after internal memo leaked

The Brooklyn-Queens Connector may have derailed in its planning phase. Mayor Bill de Blasio conceded Monday night that funding issues could shelve his proposed street car system, known as the BQX, which would run 16 miles along the waterfront from Astoria to Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Comments (1)
Long Island City

City’s first Girl Scout troop for homeless girls established in Long Island City shelter

The lives of 22 girls living in a Long Island City shelter for homeless families have improved dramatically thanks to a collaborative effort by several concerned adults. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Brooklyn man confessed to Howard Beach murder: DA’s office

As the Brooklyn man accused of murdering Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano was arraigned Tuesday, a Queens prosecutor made public a statement the suspect allegedly gave to police saying he had “just lost it.” Comments (1)

Corona pizzeria owner gets 18 years in Mafia-linked cocaine case

The mobster who owns a Corona pizzeria was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years in prison for narcotics-trafficking and firearms-related offenses. Following a two-week trial in Brooklyn in July, Gregorio Gigliotti, 61, a resident of the Malba section of Whitestone, and his son Angelo, were convicted by a federal jury of crimes including conspiracy to import cocaine. Comments (1)

Queens businesses help send medical supplies to aid Venezuelan protesters

Queens business owners are coming together to send aid to Venezuelans injured during violent protest amid the economic crisis gripping the South American country. Comments (1)
High Heat

Mets should turn to Neil Walker with team’s struggles in the leadoff spot

With the early-season struggles of Jose Reyes and Curtis Granderson, the Mets should turn to Neil Walker to fill in at the top of the order. Comments (1)

IDC claims victory with Raise the Age but mainline Democrats disagree

Akeem Browder and fellow criminal justice advocates joined members of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference Tuesday in calling on the city to plan to remove juveniles from Rikers Island within a year as required by recently passed Raise the Age legislation. Comments (2)

Suozzi addresses Whitestone’s concerns at town hall meeting

Newly elected Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-LittleNeck) answered Whitestone residents’ burning questions at a town hall meeting Tuesday evening. The congressman, who opened his Queens office Wednesday at 250-02 Northern Blvd., attended the town hall meeting hosted by We Love Whitestone at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church. Comments (2)

Tony Bennett charms crowds at Westbury show

Tony Bennett may be 90 years old, but the jazz crooner from Astoria is still smooth and energetic on stage. Comment

Helping Haiti through art

Friends of Haiti and fans of Haitian art will have a chance to support relief work on the Caribbean island while picking up some beautiful artwork this weekend at a fund-raising gallery show put on by From Here to Haiti in Whitestone. Comments (3)
Rhymes with Crazy

Not Gone, Girl

If you’re thinking of writing a bestseller, I’ve got a word of advice for you. Comments (2)

Earlier access needed at Gantry State Park

An open letter to state Sen. Gianaris. Comments (2)

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