Friday, Nov. 27, 2015


Black Friday slow following string of deals on and before Thanksgiving

Shopping centers around Queens Friday looked more like a busy weekend than the start of any holiday purchasing frenzy. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills fires now investigated as arsons: NYPD

After another suspicious fire in Forest Hills, police and fire officials said they are looking for an arsonist. Comment.

Cuomo vetos Avella’s bill blocking mute swan eradication plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill sponsored by Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) that sought to halt the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to eradicate large populations of mute swans from the state. Comment.

Terror case against two Flushing men is moving too slow: Federal Judge

The federal judge presiding over a case involving a supposed terror plot that two young Flushing men and a Staten Island man had allegedly hatched, demanded last week that federal prosecutors hand over non-classified evidence in the case within the next 60 days. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Tabone surrenders to federal prison

Former Queens GOP Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone, who was convicted of fraud, bribery and witness tampering, joined fellow co-conspirator former state Sen. Malcolm Smith last Friday in a Pennsylvania federal prison, according to U.S. Bureau of Prisons records. Comments (1).
Hunters Point

Mayor launches second phase at Hunters Point South

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Long Island City Monday to take part in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the second phase of the mammoth Hunters Point South housing development. Comment.

Flushing LIRR renovation to begin in the spring: MTA

The long-anticipated Flushing LIRR station renovation project will start in spring 2016, according to the MTA. Comment.

Southeast Queens falls behind in health

The Jamaica and Hollis neighborhoods have unhealthy profiles due to high rates of disease and crime, according to the city Health Department’s report on 14 districts across the borough. Comment.
Douglas Manor

Douglaston man co-authors official Star Wars book

A Douglas Manor man who grew up fascinated with science fiction and fan memorabilia has just released a book he co-authored based on his very own collection of Topps trading cards he collected as a kid. Comment.
College Point

Parking issues abound at Police Academy

A College Point resident said he is upset that recruits from the Police Academy in the neighborhood are parking in residential areas. Comments (2).

Defending diversity

There is a curious silence in Queens. Comment.

It’s too easy to become a sex offender

Are we all sex offenders? Comment.

The cheese stands alone at Flushing Town Hall event

New York Epicurean Events, the folks behind last August’s Catskills Comes to Queens foodie festival, is at it again. Comment.

Matinecock deserve a more visible memorial

About a month ago, I attended a ceremony to honor the Matinecock people. A small sign saying “Matinecock Way” was placed on the corner of Northern Boulevard and Marathon Parkway in Little Neck, commemorating the area where a Matinecock cemetery once existed. I have felt unsettled about this event ever since. Comments (1).

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015


Mounting opposition leads to withdrawal of high school proposal

The School Construction Authority has officially withdrawn its plan to build a new high school in Bayside. Comments (1).

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Hunters Point

Van Bramer calls for tougher penalties on affordable housing renters who list on Airbnb

Controversy continues to swirl in and around Hunter Point South Crossing, an affordable housing development in Long Island City, where two tenants were found to have listed their government subsidized apartments on Airbnb, one of them for $500 a night. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Worry runs high in fire-stricken neighborhoods

Residents in Forest Hills and Rego Park are on edge after a rash of fires that the FDNY has deemed “suspicious.” Comment.

Queens has the least number of hungry residents in city

Queens has the fewest number of food insecure residents in New York City, according to a report from the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, while 11 percent of Queens children live in food insecure homes, considerably lower than the citywide rate of one-in-five children. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

City’s second worst landlord has Queens properties: Public Advocate

The second worst landlord in the city owns two apartment buildings in Woodside and Jackson Heights, according to the latest Worst Landlords Watchlist released Monday by the city’s Public Advocate office. Comments (2).

Small Business Saturday events come to Queens

The Friday after Thanksgiving has for decades been known as the busiest shopping day of the year. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Transit group pushes for free LGA shuttle

A transit advocacy organization has released a study concluding that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Q70 bus line could be converted into a free LaGuardia Airport subway shuttle that would attract thousands of riders and could be introduced immediately, probably at no net cost to the MTA. Comments (1).
Willets Point

Willets West mega-mall appeal to be heard by court

After an appellate court ruled in July that the Willets West mega-mall proposal could not proceed without state legislative approval, the Court of Appeals has announced that it will hear an appeal by the developer. Comment.

Roosevelt Avenue bridge project to start in January

Construction work seeking to restore and rehabilitate the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge over the Flushing River and the Van Wyck Expressway will begin in January. Comment.
Block Shots

Cardozo coach, star have eyes on history

Ron Naclerio and Rashond Salnave can each earn a piece of history this season. Comment.

Another visit with Christmas past, present and future

Before diving into a new role, Astoria-based actor Marc LeVasseur always follows some advice given to him by an actor friend. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Far Rockaway

Tyrone Howard pleads not guilty in Officer Holder’s death

Tyrone Howard, accused of gunning-down NYPD officer Randolph Holder, pleaded not-guilty to murder in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Tuesday. Comment.

DOT will not be closing Shore Boulevard to vehicular traffic

Shore Boulevard in Astoria Park will not be closed to vehicular traffic following discussions on a controversial proposal to improve traffic safety on the half-mile riverfront roadway, according to Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. She made that announcement during an Astoria Civic Association last week. Comment.

CB7 recommends rezoning of Waterpointe site

Community Board 7 is looking to rezone the Waterpointe site in Whitestone because it contends the developer did not provide a deed restriction ensuring that only homes are built at the site. The developer maintains that it has provided the board with everything it has requested. Comments (1).

From making wigs to changing lives, SE Queens business thrives

The hair industry in southeast Queens is big business from salons that braid and twist strands into special dos to wigs in every shape, length and color one can imagine. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Memo to Queens theater groups: Stop playing it safe

I’m leaving a wedding reception in Smithtown, hoping my hearing recovers from countless decibels of deejay music, when a couple approaches to tell me how much they miss the Outrageous Fortune Company. Comment.

Bellerose teen honored as Girl Scouts’ Future Woman of Distinction

A teenage girl from Bellerose was named the Girls Scouts of Greater New York’s Future Woman of Distinction. The award is presented to one of the organization’s most outstanding girls for her commitment to academics, leadership and community service. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015


SCA scraps plan to build a new high school in Bayside

The city School Construction Authority has announced it would rescind its contract to purchase the Bayside Jewish Center along with its plans to build a 739-seat high school on the site, ending a controversy over which has been growing for months. Comments (7).
Richmond Hill

Newborn baby found in Richmond Hill church Nativity scene

RICHMOND HILL—A newborn baby was left inside the crèche—a tableau representing the scene of Jesus’s birth—of a Richmond Hill church Monday afternoon, police said. Comment.

As new tenants flow in, things look up for Atlas Park

HomeGoods, a popular household-supply franchise, opened its first store in Queens at The Shops at Atlas Park last Thursday—another sign that the long-struggling mall may be turning things around. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Cuomo vetoes Port Ambrose gas project

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nixed a controversial 3-year-old proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal 19 miles off Jones Beach on Long Island amid fears that it could trigger an environmental disaster or become a target for terrorists. Comments (1).
Long Island City

LIC Partnership Trade Show draws thousands to Astoria World Manor

More than 100 businesses gathered to exhibit at the Long Island City Partnership’s Business-to-Business Trade Show and Luncheon at Astoria World Manor last Friday. The 28th annual trade show attracts thousands of community members each year in a showcase displaying the mixed-use landscape of LIC, ranging from business services and real estate, to hotels and health care, to 3-D printing and catering. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm veterans fuel win vs. UMBC

St. John’s celebrated a different kind of Veterans Day five days after the real thing. Comment.

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