Thursday, July 30, 2015

Forest Hills

Arrest made in Aron Aranbayev death: NYPD

An MTA train operator has been charged in the death of a well-known Forest Hills jeweler, police said. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Najmi sees gay baiting in City Council race

A candidate for a Queens City Council seat is charging that supporters of one of his opponents are trying to smear him among Muslim voters by telling them about his support for LGBT rights and same sex marriage. Comments (3).

Bell Boulevard welcomes change with new businesses

Bayside has a new look. Several new businesses now grace Bell Boulevard with even more on the way. And as the Bayside Village Business Improvement District looks for new parking solutions, the area known for its independent small businesses will be more welcoming to both residents and visitors than ever before. Comment.

New clinic aims to help workers owed wages

Two Queens workers centers have launched a wage theft clinic to help employees in the borough get back money owed to them. Comments (6).

Plan to build public toilet at Lippman Arcade canceled

The city has scrapped plans to build a public pay toilet at Lippman Arcade in Flushing. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Redesign plan for LaGuardia Airport brings benefits to borough

The audacious $4 billion plan announced Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will replace LaGuardia Airport “in its entirety” by 2012 with a single, structurally unified main terminal with expanded transportation access, significantly increased taxiway space and wider gates that will accommodate modern aircraft. Comment.

Mayor visits Woodside to mark the start of the Queens redesign project

The long-awaited reconstruction of Queens Boulevard got underway last week. Elected leaders, street-safety activists and Department of Transportation officials joined Mayor Bill de Blasio in the shadow of the Big Six Towers in Woodside “where DOT shovels are now hitting the ground,” according to the mayor. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Seven foes in finalized race for Weprin’s Council seat

The city Board of Elections in Queens County has ruled in favor of the two City Council contenders who had objections filed against their petitions to run for Mark Weprin’s former seat covering northeast Queens. Comments (2).
Bay Terrace

Israel calls on feds to upgrade security at Fort Totten

The recent domestic attack at a U.S. military installation has reignited the national discourse on gun violence and security, and U.S. Steve Israel (D-Melville) is highlighting an apparent greater need for security at some of the city’s more vulnerable spots, including Fort Totten. Comment.

Fast food worker minimum wage increase met with mixed reactions

Although Queens lawmakers and employees praised the proposed $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers in the state, some are upset about the decision to leave out other industries. Comments (2).
Long Island City

5Pointz returns to LIC to help a good cause

Hundreds turned out for a hip hop fund-raising block party in Long Island City Saturday that featured a car show, break dancers, music, food and the return of a half dozen 5Pointz artists. The event took place at Francesco Teoli’s Evandro Tech Motors, located at 47-35 Vernon Blvd., and it was organized by his wife, Gianna Cerbone-Teoli, the owner of Manucatis Rustica. Comment.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Long Island City

New comedy club opens in Long Island City

The laughter is back on Vernon Boulevard. A new comedy club called The Standing Room quietly opened in late June at the former home of The Laughing Devil. Comment.

Next stop for No. 7 train is 11th Avenue

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, after nearly two years of delays, has announced Sept. 13 as the opening date of the new station that will permit the No.7 train to travel all the way from Flushing to Manhattan’s far west side. Comments (34).

Escape room games come to Bayside

Bayside is now home to a new game that has grown in popularity in Manhattan in the past few years: the escape room. Comment.

Kim raises over $160,000 from supporters

Since the legislative session finished at the end of June, Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has raised more than $160,000 for the July filing period. Comment.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Russell Simmons brings peace and yoga to youth

Hollis-raised hip-hop business magnate Russell Simmons returned to Queens last week to join community leaders and police officers at the annual Keep the Peace initiative Comment.

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City probation says ‘No’ to gun violence

The city Department of Probation brought attention to both gun violence and domestic violence at a street fair last week. Comment.

Jamaica developers bring jobs to local biz

As downtown Jamaica development projects increase so do opportunities. Comment.

Bayside teen shatters Powerlifting records

Baysider Andrew Spyridon-Tow, 17, broke the teenage world record for deadlifting during the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate meet in Strong Island, L.I., earlier this month. Spyridon-Tow lifted 550 pounds on his third of three deadlift attempts. Comment.

City firefighter charged with drunk driving: NYPD

FLUSHING—An off-duty firefighter was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in the 109th Precinct area, the NYPD said. Comment.

A tip of his hat to the late, great Omar Sharif

We saw his star at its rising in the Middle East, and today we remember the excellence of his artistic performances in such memorable films as “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), “Doctor Zhivago” (1965) and my favorite, “Funny Girl” (1968): Omar Sharif (1932-2015). Comment.

Monday, July 27, 2015

East Elmhurst

Cuomo raises curtain on redesign of LaGuardia Airport

Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced a $4 billion plan for the first phase of a redesign of LaGuardia Airport Monday at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Congressman Israel calls on feds to upgrade security at Fort Totten

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) joined several other city leaders Monday at Fort Totten to call on the Defense Department to upgrade security at the fort and other unarmed forts in two other boroughs. Comment.

Appeals Court tosses out city’s adult business zoning

Introducing a significant new chapter into a two-decade legal saga dating back to the Giuliani administration, the Manhattan-based First Department of the New York State Appellate Division has ruled that the city’s controversial 1995 adult uses zoning ordinance, as amended in 2001, violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment free speech guarantee. Comments (2).
Queens Village

The 105th Precinct gets more cops

The head of the 105th Precinct, Inspector Michael Coyle, spoke with church and community leaders at Bethel Ministries Church on Jamaica Avenue last week, addressing the upcoming changes at the precinct. Comments (1).

Bill targeting bad salons, worker exploitation passed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into a law a bill last week that would shut down unlicensed nail salons and grant trainee status to vulnerable unlicensed workers. Comments (1).
Bayside Hills

BP Katz announces support for City Council candidate Barry Grodenchik

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, along with other female political leaders, Tuesday announced her endorsement of former Flushing Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin at a brief event in Bayside Hills. Comments (4).

Diving Pool in Astoria Park to be transformed into performance space

The long-neglected Diving Pool in Astoria Park will undergo reconstruction next spring and be transformed into a public music and arts amphitheater, according to the city Parks Department. The 32-foot Arte Moderne diving platform that towers over the largest public swimming pool in the city was closed in the early ‘80s and sat deteriorating ever since with plant life growing in stagnant water at the bottom. Comments (5).

Former Cross receiver Bah settling in at Grand Street

Ahmed Bah has another place to call home. Comment.

Flushing HS put students in online courses to meet graduation rate 

Flushing High School allegedly enrolled 150 students in online courses to meet its 60 percent graduation rate goal, according to a published report. Comments (2).

NYPD is searching for suspect in connection with burglaries

FLUSHING—Police were looking for a suspect behind burglaries in the 109th Precinct area in June and July. Comment.

Limit the carriages

I belong to several save-the-animal organizations. I have to admit that when I first read about the street accidents occurring to horses and carriages in Manhattan with manhole electrocution and carriage collisions, I felt that a time for change had come. Comment.

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