Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016


Bus lane cameras on Q44 Select Bus Service route worry community

As the warning period alerting motorists to new camera installations along the route of the Q44 Select Bus Service is currently underway, community leaders and elected officials are casting a wary eye on the bus lane cameras. Comment.

Lion dancers to perform in Flushing for Lunar New Year

Lion dancers will ring in Lunar New Year at The Shops at SkyView Center in Flushing. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Queens Big Bro honored at ceremony

Mark Zustovich was honored last week by Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and a host of elected officials as ‘Queens Big Brother of the Year,’ for his commitment to his “Little Brother,” Spencer Ford. Comment.

Meng seeks better access for women to feminine hygiene products

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has introduced a bill that aims to make feminine hygiene products such as tampons and pads more accessible and affordable to women. Comments (1).
New Voices

Lack of discretionary funding leaves southeast Queens in the cold

Queens’ reputation as the forgotten borough never seemed more pertinent until the weekend before last, as we dug out of record snowfall and waited well into the work week for the plowing of tertiary streets. While the mayor toured Ridgewood and Sunnyside, offering a mea culpa, members of the Queens delegation wrote op-eds and held press conferences, bringing attention to the situation. Despite loud complaints from at least two elected officials in southeast Queens, many residents felt their anger was not heard at City Hall. Comments (1).

Molloy leaps Lions in standings on Anthony’s put-back

When Cole Anthony had the ball stolen away from him in the closing seconds of Archbishop Molloy’s face-off with Bishop Loughlin, it led to a go-ahead hoop for Loughlin. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills butt stabber arrested

FOREST HILLS — A man who police say repeatedly stabbed a subway passenger on a Forest Hills train late last year was arrested Jan. 12, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Forest Hills

Mumford and Sons return to Forest Hills

The Forest Hills Stadium is banging on as British rock band Mumford & Sons announced this week via Twitter that it will be returning to the historic venue this summer. Comment.

Avella to introduce bill establishing architectural districts

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has announced plans to introduce legislation that would create special architectural districts throughout the state. The move was prompted by the Broadway Flushing neighborhood’s losing battle for city landmark status. Comment.

Most New Yorkers think government corruption is huge problem: Siena poll

Nearly 90 percent of New Yorkers say corruption in state government is a serious problem and two-thirds of those polled say the job of legislator should be full time and without outside income. Comments (2).
Jackson Heights

Two arrested in $14M heroin bust in Jackson Heights

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) is applauding law enforcement for a huge drug bust in his district last week. Comments (1).
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Time for pols to fix this city up

Tom Allon thinks the city needs to invest in itself — or else. Comment.

Stop converting hotels into shelters

Since taking office more than two years ago, Mayor de Blasio and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) have converted at least nine hotels into homeless shelters, most of them in Queens and Brooklyn. There may be more as these conversions are usually made in a stealthy manner and some communities are not aware of the changeover until months later, as the residents of Jamaica Hills have recently experienced. Comments (5).

Walk this way: Senior guard leads Doz past CK for second straight SNY title

The free-throw line was an unfriendly place for Benjamin Cardozo throughout the SNY Invitational, leaving Aaron Walker to resort to pleading for help there with the championship on the line. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016


Fallen Manhattan crane owned and operated by Queens companies

A crane owned and operated by two companies based in Queens crashed in Lower Manhattan Friday morning, killing a 38-year-old man, and seriously injuring four others, police said. Comment.

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Public advocate honors Lunar New Year school holiday

Public Advocate Letitia James and community leaders commemorated the first year of the Lunar New Year school holiday Friday morning at the Queens Library in Flushing as the celebration approached. Comment.

Bayside High School awarded honor roll by NFL

Bayside High School is being recognized by the National Football League at this season’s end in honor of two former students who went on to play in Super Bowls during their professional athletic careers: Ronnie and Derrick Harmon. Comment.

Lil BUB the cat comes to Astoria

Hundreds of people lined up last Saturday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria to meet Internet sensation Lil BUB the cat and hear her story. Comments (1).

Bayside High School approaches 80 years

Bayside High School is about to turn 80 years old, and teachers and alumni are reaching out to all former students to join in the celebration. Comment.

Parks seeks to enhance Lawrence Playground

The city Parks Department hosted a public scoping meeting last week to get ideas from the community about improving circulation and the aesthetics of the Lawrence Playground in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

Queens Botanical Garden elects two to board of trustees

The Queens Botanical Garden’s board of trustees has named two new members to its board, with outgoing members Saul Kupferberg and Walter Sanchez leaving after each finishing six years terms.Kupferberg and Sanchez will remain as advisory council members. Comment.

Queens professor publishes photographic essay of black marching bands

Most people may have seen a marching band play in a parade or on television at the halftime of a college football game, but between the sound of horns blaring and the glitz and glamor of flashy uniformed choreography, many might not understand their cultural significance. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

PS 203 kids celebrate the Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by most eastern Asian cultures, so in Queens — where over 130 countries from around the world are represented — some schools have made it part of their curriculum. Comments (2).

Bothers sentenced for sex trafficking and promoting prostitution at Woodside motel: Queens DA

A Corona man, and his brother from Brooklyn were sentenced to prison lastThursday in a 2014 gunpoint sex trafficking case in which a 25-year-old woman was allegedly “sold” to them for $200 and then held against her will for a week during which she was forced to have sex for money, according to prosecutors. Comments (1).
Hunters Point

Hunters Point set for massive street reconstruction project

Long Island City is known for its shiny steel and glass residential towers on Center Boulevard, its three dozen arts and cultural institutions and venues, and it’s waterfront parks along the East River. It’s also known for its broken roadways, a remnant of the neighborhood’s industrial past. Comment.

Flushing calligrapher puts all of his heart into his works

As a highly skilled calligrapher, you could say Simon Xianwen Zeng paints his soul on paper with brush strokes of black ink. Comment.

Citizen budgeters

Queens has been on the front lines of an urban experiment: empowering residents to decide how to spend $1 million in taxpayer money on projects within their City Council districts. Comment.

Ahh, the sidewalks of New York

This week, Lenore takes a walk on the wild side. Comment.

Save the next Freddie

It’s a relief that Freddie, the cow who escaped from a slaughterhouse in Queens, will get to spend the rest of his days at a sanctuary where he’ll be able to enjoy the company of other cows. If you want to help charismatic animals like Freddie, please go vegan. Comment.

Holy Cross can’t close out Hayes

Holy Cross again had to cope with a tough loss after being oh-so-close to an impressive win. Comment.

Woman attacked and robbed in her car on Avery Road: NYPD

FLUSHING — An unidentified man attacked a woman inside her car early Jan. 27 on Avery Avenue, and stole credit cards and $2,000 cash from her purse, police said. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016


Horse carriage deal collapses day before City Council vote

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to reign in the city’s horse carriage industry fell apart Thursday as the Teamsters Union, which represents the drivers, withdrew its support. Comment.

Community rallies against mosque proposal

Dozens of community members, along with civic leaders spoke Tueaday during a hearing at the city’s Board of Standards & Appeal in opposition to the slated construction of a house of worship in Flushing. Comments (7).
Middle Village

City’s revised snow plan raises ire in Queens

As the fallout continues over the city’s response in Queens after a blizzard blanketed part of the borough with 34 inches of snow, George Stoll, president of CSB Contractors, maintains that he would have done a better job of clearing the snow than the city did. Comments (8).

Mystery surrounds September disappearance of Whitestone woman

A private investigator and the family of a Whitestone woman who mysteriously disappeared five months ago still have no clues as to what happened to her as the second month of the new year kicks off. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Protest by Uber drivers in Long Island City draws TLC attention

The city listened to the angry chants of several hundred striking Uber drivers who massed outside the company’s Long Island City headquarters Monday. Organizers from the New York Taxi Workers Alliance called for the job action after the app-based service slashed its prices by 15 percent last Friday, and when main competitor Lyft followed suit with a reduction of its own, the Taxi and Limousine Commission was monitoring the situation.. Comments (2).
Far Rockaway

Queens GOP establishment pushes Ulrich for mayoral run

A spokesman for Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) says that his office is not putting too much into reports that the Queens GOP is pushing him to run for Mayor. Comments (3).
Long Island City

The Secret Theatre provides one singular sensation with ‘A Chorus Line’

It is no coincidence that “A Chorus Line” opens with the actors’ backs to the audience. Comment.

Brisco’s free throws push Lewis to key win

With its biggest piece still on the mend, it took a total team effort for Francis Lewis to grind out an important victory. Comment.
Ozone Park

Concerns over spread of Zika virus

The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency Monday after the explosion of cases in South and Latin America and the Caribbean. The disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes or possibly through sex, is believed to be linked to microcephaly, a condition that is causing babies to be born with small heads and brain damage. Comment.

Carmen Electra sues Corona strip club

A Corona strip club is being sued by ‘90s pop star Carmen Electra. The singer-actress filed a federal lawsuit against La Oficina Bar, located at 39-20 104th St., for using her image in a nightclub advertisement on its Instagram account. Comment.
Forest Hills

ATM skimmers plague Queens

A group of roving ATM skimmers are plaguing Forest Hills, Queens Village and Flushing. Comments (1).

A tale of two blizzard responses

Mayor Mike Bloomberg was in Bermuda when the blizzard of 2010 bore down on New York City, burying forgotten Queens residents under a blanket of snow. Comment.

Former Cross star gets Super end to first NFL season

Draft day disappointment wound up being the best thing to happen to former Holy Cross football star Dean Marlowe. Comment.

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