Friday, Aug. 26, 2016


Police seek missing woman

Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a Flushing woman who has been missing since Wednesday. Comment

Cuomo pushes to restart tax break for affordable housing

Residents of the Astoria Houses are hoping Gov. Andrew Cuomo succeeds in his push to replace or restore the 421-a tax abatement. Comments (1)

DiNapoli and Stavisky talk campaign reform

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli spoke at a news conference last Friday about the campaign finance reform and ethics in politics. Comment
Far Rockaway

Downtown Far Rockaway pegged for investment

Downtown Far Rockaway will be receiving an influx of investment from New York City in an attempt to establish the area as the commercial hub for the entirety of the Rockaway peninsula. Comment

Meeks blasts Trump for outreach to black Americans

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) said GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s attempts at outreach to African Americans and Hispanics were doomed for failure. Comments (5)

Minister runs basketball camp for SE Queens players

In the gymnasium at First Presbyterian Church at 89-60 164th St. in downtown Jamaica, Paul Coles described his path to becoming the youth director for Young Life, an offshoot of the national ministry organization that is based in Rochdale Village. Coles said he was assigned to the area a year before and quickly decided on basketball as the means to reach young men. Comment
Far Rockaway

Dem Pfeffer-Amato faces GOP’s Zwirn for Goldfeder’s seat

State Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) announced in June that he would not seek re-election, leaving the Assembly to work as a lobbyist for Yeshiva University and focus more of his time on his family. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Officers, FDNY save woman from Springfield Gardens blaze

Two police officers and a FDNY lieutenant saved a woman from a fire that engulfed a three-story Springfield Gardens residence, according to the FDNY. Comment

Flushing coffee shop doubles as cultural center

What do you do with an extra space at a Hydroponic Garden Center in Flushing? Comment

Sunnyside quandary

All politics are local was a favorite saying of legendary House Speaker Tip O’Neill, who knew where accountability as a politician began and often ended. Comment

City’s municipal ID program draws over 860,000 New Yorkers

An evaluation of the rollout and implementation of the nation’s largest municipal ID program found that it was an overwhelming success, a report issued by the city a year and a half since its inception said. Comments (2)

City bail practices disciminate against the poor

In light of the Department of Justice’s recent amicus brief in Walker v. City of Calhoun arguing for the unconstitutionality of bail systems that insufficiently consider both a defendant’s indigence and alternative methods of assuring appearance at trial, I am writing to request that DOJ investigate the bail system in New York City, where thousands of low-level indigent defendants spend time on Rikers Island for being unable to make bail of $1,000 or l Comments (1)

Whitestone company sews up its place in baseball history

Russ Gompers was sitting in a house in Cooperstown a few weeks ago, ignoring his phone. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Forest Hills

Electeds question Jung on abortion statement

Elected officials and women’s groups are being invited to celebrate Women’s Equality Day by denouncing S.J. Jung in response to his announcement that he does not support a woman’s right to choose on the matter of abortion. Jung is the former President of the MinKwon Center and state Sen. Toby Stavisky’s (D-Flushing) Democratic opponent in the Sept. 13 primary. Comments (2)
Real Estate

Amtrak raises rent 100,000 % for tenants below Hell Gate Bridge right-of-way

The Paratore family — Anthony, Michael, Mary and Rose — were born and raised in the single-family home their grandfather leased from Amtrak at 22-38 23rd St. in Astoria, below the right-of-way leading to the Hell Gate Bridge, in 1946. Since then the rent has not been raised since 1973. This all changed in early August when the Paratores and other residents received a letter from Amtrak informing the tenants their rent would be increased by as much as 100,000 percent starting in September. Comments (1)

73 year-old Pomonok man charged with murder of live-in girlfriend

An elderly Fresh Meadows man has been charged in the murder of his live-in girlfriend, the Queens district attorney said Wednesday. Comment

Pakistani Christians endorse Trump at Jewish center

With chants calling to “make America great again,” Republican candidates and members of the city’s Pakistani Christian community crowded into the basement hall of the Bellerose Jewish Center Saturday evening to celebrate their endorsement of Donald Trump for president. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Hundreds protest Wolkoff’s use of non-union labor at 5Pointz site

For more than two months union leaders have been setting up giant inflatable rats along the perimeter of the 5Pointz Towers construction site in Long Island City, protesting developer Jerry Wolkoff’s use of non-union labor. On Tuesday, reinforcements arrived as several hundred steamfitters, plumbers, carpenters and concrete workers flooded Jackson Avenue and Davis Street for a full-throated lunchtime rally alongside another inflatable called “Greedy the Pig.” Comments (1)

Stavisky, Jung debate issues in Dem primary race

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) faced off against S.J. Jung in a Tuesday night debate which raised tough questions about nail salons, government ethics, public transportation, housing and education. Comments (1)

Sunnyside backs Van Bramer in rift with mayor

More than a week has passed since Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would have a “polite but firm conversation” with City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) over his position on a City Hall-backed affordable housing plan in his district. While Van Bramer is still waiting for that phone call from the mayor, who is currently on a family vacation in New England, he has heard plenty of support from his constituents after he took umbrage with de Blasio’s tone. Comments (3)

Candidates unite to criticize Martins on moving primary date

The race to succeed U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) has taken several twists, including three candidates from different political parties who joined forces on Saturday to criticize Republican state Sen. Jack Martins (D-Mineola) in his attempt to postpone the general election date after a federal court mandated a Republican primary date in October. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill woman charged with murder of 9-year-old stepdaughter

A Richmond Hill woman who been charged with killing her 9-year-old girl stepdaughter told a neighbor three days earlier that she would kill Ashdeep Kaur, prosecutors said. Comments (1)

Flushing karaoke bars sue NYPD for $300M

Three Flushing karaoke bars have sued the NYPD for $300 million, claiming they were singled out during a bribery scandal involving officers from the 109th Precinct. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

Investigators search for motive in imam murder

Muslim community members and leaders are urging the authorities to remain open to the possibility that the murder of the Ozone Park imam and his assistant were a hate crime. Comment

Muhammad brings home gold from Rio

This former Judge ruled in Rio. Comment
Long Island City

New exhibit tracks works from 20 artists

Tucked away on a side street in Long Island City, just steps away from the 39th Avenue stop on the Q and N trains, is a unique museum that both explores the development of some of contemporary art’s major figures and encapsulates the vision of its founder, Emily Fisher Landau. Comment

Is the walk to school really so terrifying?

These are the safest times in history, but if you believe what you see on television, they are not. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016


Flushing bicyclist killed on streets of Bayside

A 78-year-old bicyclist was killed at 223rd Street and Northern Boulevard in Bayside Wednesday morning, police said. NYPD said it received a call about a collision involving a bicyclist at around 6:30 a.m. and arrived to find Michael Schenkman lying unconscious in the street near the intersection. Comments (3)

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Preparations under way for breast cancer walk

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Queens held a breakfast Aug. 11 at Terrace on the Park in Corona to kick off preparations for its annual Queens walk. The walk’s main purpose is to raise awareness and funds to combat breast cancer. Comment

New law would protect city vets with Human Rights Law

Legislation was introduced Tuesday that will make veterans a protected class under New York City’s Human Rights Law, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials. Comment

Big City musicians showcase talent at LIC venue

Big City Music Festival returned to Long Island City’s LIC Bar, where 24 musicians and groups from across the city gathered to showcase their original song-writing talent Saturday and Sunday. The two-day event comes along every two years and was founded by Niall Connolly, an Irish immigrant who sought to bring a little bit of home to the city. Among performers gaining in notoriety were Warren Malone, August Wells and Youth in a Roman Field. Comment

Alleged gang member pleads guilty in Corona shooting

A 22-year-old purported member of the Los Travaiesos street gang has pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the December 2015 shooting of a reputed rival gang member in a Corona club, the Queens DA said. Comments (1)

Using creativity to teach about science

For many kids, the summer that is about to end was a time to head for the beach or just relax. But for the 30 young people who participated in the Museum Education and Employment Program, the break between school years has been an opportunity to learn about museums and how they operate. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Long Island City

Workers protest use of non-union labor at 5Pointz Towers construction site

Nearly 1,000 steamfitters, plumbers, carpenters and concrete workers flooded Jackson Avenue in Long Island City for a lunchtime rally Tuesday to protest developer Jerry Wolkoff’s practices at the site of the former 5Pointz graffiti mecca. During the public review process, Wolkoff’s G & M Realty agreed to several major community givebacks, including a commitment to build and staff the site using 100 percent union labor, so that he could construct an additional 400 units. Comments (1)

City to spray again in Queens to combat Zika

The city Department of Health is continuing pesticide spraying all over the city, including Queens, in an attempt to stop the Zika virus from spreading. Comments (2)
Queens Village

Queens Village playground gets upgrade

Community members and elected officials in Queens Village celebrated the ground breaking of an $800,000 reconstruction for Pat Williams Playground. Comment

Trio of lawmakers determined to pass the DREAM Act

With the start of the next state legislative session beginning in January, three Queens lawmakers renewed their call last week to pass the DREAM Act in New York. Comments (7)

Jackson Heights man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend’s dog

A 33-year-old Jackson Heights man has pleaded to killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old Chihuahua by violently slamming the dog against the floor during a verbal dispute, with the girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter present, the Queens DA said. Comments (1)

Grain House aims to please—and does

We were sort of lured to Grain House on Northern Boulevard in Little Neck under false pretenses, not that we have anyone to blame but our selves. Comment

Puttiing up a roadblock against bicycle safety

Imagine asking Astoria drivers to detour to Staten Island on their way to pick up a relative at JFK Airport. Or requiring pedestrians to walk to Rikers Island on their way to Astoria Park. It would be absurd, and you’d get laughed out of the room! But that’s basically what Queens Community Board 1 wants the Department of Transportation to say to future cyclists of the proposed 31st Avenue bike lane, which would connect the East River and Flushing Bay. Comments (4)

For SJU’s Tinari, winning is the ultimate goal

Morgan Tinari knew something had to change. Comment

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