Monday, April 27, 2015


Fire at Bayside High School under investigation

Emergency services were dispatched to Bayside High School Monday for a reported fire in a classroom, according to the FDNY. Comment.

Footage released of suspects wanted in Jamaica stabbing death

JAMAICA — The NYPD released footage of two suspects wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred in the early hours of April 19 in Jamaica. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Solidarity for Nepal at Jackson Height’s Diversity PLaza

Several hundred people gathered at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Sunday in a show of solidarity with the people of Nepal. Comment.
Middle Village

Coyote spotted in Middle Village still on the loose

Add Middle Village to the list of coyote habitats. Comment.

Devlin enters guilty plea in 2011 bludgeoning death of his Bayside mother

The Queens man accused of beating his mother to death in February 2011 entered a guilty plea last week to first-degree manslaughter, according to the Queens DA Richard Brown. Comment.

Jamaica Muslim Center welcomes one-way street

City and state leaders were joined by dozens of members of the Jamaica Muslim Center and residents to unveil the conversion of 168th Street to a one-way street from Hillside Avenue to Gothic Drive, which was completed April 10. Comments (2).
Hunters Point

Outdoor movie series begins at LIC waterfront park

The Skyline Cinema Waterfront Series returns to Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City with one for the kids Saturday. To celebrate the end of the long, cold winter the Hunters Point Park Conservancy is screening the most popular animated movie of all time, “Frozen,” to kick off its monthly cinema in the park series. Comments (1).
Long Island City

New dog run under construction in Long Island City

Construction is underway on a new dog run in Long Island City, near Center Boulevard between the Queens West Sports Field and PS 78. When completed in July, it will be the neighborhood’s fifth dog run with others located at Anabel Basin, Murray Playground, Hunters Point South and Vernon Boulevard at 48th Avenue. Comment.

Women artists explore identity through work

A new exhibition at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning explores the way women artists see themselves in society through their work. Comment.
Political Action

Queens GOPers honor Lincoln with style

The Queens Village Republican Club had one of its most successful fund-raising events March 22 when more than 250 guests attended the annual Lincoln Dinner, which this year marked the group’s 140th anniversary. Comments (1).

Albany, city must help MTA update subway system

The New York City subway system is one of the region’s most valuable assets, but with the delays and crowds that characterize the commutes of millions of daily riders it is easy to underappreciate. Today’s news that subway ridership increased by 2.6 percent in 2014 is both a significant milestone celebrating the progress and popularity of the system over the decades but potentially a harbinger of bad news if more investment is not in the system. Comment.

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Flushing Riverfront Project in motion

A Flushing group and the Department of City Planning have teamed up to push forth a project that would redevelop the Flushing waterfront and bring more affordable housing to the area. Comments (1).

Junior’s Cheesecake leaving Maspeth factory for New Jersey

With the announcement made earlier this month that Junior’s Cheesecake Factory will be leaving its Maspeth factory, another part of the neighborhood’s industrial identity is being removed. Comments (3).
Queens Village

Truck hits school bus, fruit store on Hillside Avenue

A 60-year-old man driving an out-of-control Penske rental struck a school bus with 23 second-graders on Hillside Avenue and rammed a fruit store, pinning a 35-year-old woman last Friday, the NYPD said. Comment.

Homeland amps up TSA security after review

The Transportation Security Administration announced it will take take additional steps to address inhouse airport security vulnerability at U.S. airports Monday. Comments (1).
Block Shots

Landing Diallo would be major step forward for St. John’s

Landing Cheick Diallo would be the exclamation point to the early success of Chris Mullin’s tenure as St. John’s men’s basketball coach. Comments (4).
The Civic Scene

New zoning could imperil quality of life

Using the valid excuse that more affordable housing is needed for the homeless, the city administration is planning sweeping zoning revisions which civic leaders fear will undo years of positive changes they have been working for. Comments (2).

State budget deal dealt empty hand to boro Dems

The 2015 state budget is a travesty for the average Ne York resident. Gov. Cuomo and the Republican-controlled state Senate have eliminated many taxes on the wealthy, including sales taxes on yachts costing over $230,000 and private planes. State Sen. Sanders of South Ozone Park remarked that when he tried to find yacht and jet owners in his district, he couldn’t find any. There are none in my district either. Comment.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


Disbarred lawyer stole money from couple: DA

A Flushing man, who was disbarred from the practice of law, has been charged with stealing more than $34,000 in estate funds that were meant to go toward a convent, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comments (1).

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Glendale residents clean community garden

Residents of Glendale celebrated Earth Day over the weekend by cleaning up the community’s garden and getting it ready for the warm season. Comment.

Young Stanners struggle through the early season

Archbishop Molly is experiencing plenty of growing plains with its inexperienced club. Comment.

Ask DenDekker to allow vote on GMO food

An important debate is underway concerning the labeling of genetically modified foods as a bill to mandate this action makes its way through the New York State Assembly and state Senate. Comment.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Jamaica Hills

Jamaica Hills man killed by officers: NYPD

A 30-year-old Jamaica Hills resident was shot and killed by two police officers after he fired a gun inside a bar in Jamaica Wednesday night, the NYPD said. Comments (3).

More trespassing at the World’s Fair observation decks

For the second time in a month, a group of youngsters was caught sneaking into the World’s Fair observation towers at Flushing Meadow Corona Park. On April 14, officers from Parks Enforcement Patrol saw that the lock on the door to the towers had been clipped and heard people speaking from the platform. Comments (4).

Early days of spring bring violence to Queens & New York City

The first spring days of the year arrived last week with a bang as a string of shootings erupted around the borough, but the deadliest toll was reserved for three fatal stabbings. Comments (3).

Holi celebrates culture and diversity in Queens

Last weekend brought some of the first sure signs of spring, which were commemorated by the annual ancient Hindu religious festival, Holi. Comments (1).
Little Neck

5,000 new plants take root in Alley Pond Park

About 3,500 trees and 1,500 new shrubs took root in Alley Pond Park last week due to the combined effort of more than 200 volunteers. Comments (2).

Bike lanes on the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge get nod from CB2

The city Department of Transportation will begin building bike lanes on the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge in late spring or early summer after the plans were approved by Community Board 2 earlier this month. When completed, cyclists will have six-foot bike lanes on both side of the bridge with four-foot buffers from automotive traffic. Comments (4).

Avella, homeowners group want landmarking for Broadway-Flushing

Residents of the Broadway-Flushing neighborhood want the Landmarks Preservation Commission to recognize the neighborhood as a historic district. Comments (1).

Flushing schools doing well with Common Core standards

Students in School District 25 have been faring well since the new Common Core Learning standards launched, according to the district’s superintendent. Comments (1).

Jamaica car dealer charged with tax fraud: DA

A used car salesman who operated two businesses in Jamaica has been charged with tax fraud with the state and city out of nearly $500,000 in collected sales taxes over a five-year period, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1).

Briarwood gets subway stop named solely for neighborhood

After decades of confusion, Queens residents can now rejoice in the clarification of the Briarwood subway station. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) , Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and Seymour Schwartz announced the renaming of the Briarwood-Van Wyck subway station to simply Briarwood after a 14-year battle. Comments (2).

Borough president honors Queens’ history with landmarks tour

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law, Borough President Melinda Katz declared April “Queens Landmarks Month” and invited members of the press on a tour of prominent landmarks throughout the borough Tuesday afternoon. Comments (2).

Money matters

The annual budget dance in the city marking a standoff between the mayor and the large interest groups is underway. The tone has softened under Mayor Bill de Blasio, but there is still anguished testimony from lawmakers and horse-trading behind the scenes as many institutions try to emerge unscathed. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep sets sights on consecutive diocesan crowns

St. Francis Prep doesn’t want to get too far ahead of itself. Comment.

Kiddie phone shot not worth 1,000 looks

A high school friend I hadn’t seen in years was passing through New York. We had just a few precious hours to catch up, so we wandered around Central Park, exulting in its blossom overdrive, then sat on a sun-warmed rock to chat. Of course, I wanted to see a picture of her kids. Comment.

F line makes history in Briarwood


Men wanted for attempted robbery at massage spot: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were looking for four men who allegedly punched and tried to rob a 48-year-old man at a massage parlor in Flushing last month. Comments (1).

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