Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway man charged in fatal stabbing

A Far Rockaway man has been charged in the fatal stabbing of his common-law wife that occurred Sunday morning in the apartment they shared, according to the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Greenpointers blow up over Kosciuszko Bridge demolition

By Lauren Gill and Ruth Brown Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park drop-in center opening despite protest

A heavily opposed Ozone Park homeless shelter is opening despite residents’ and lawmakers’ concerns. Comments (3)

Avella pushes for opt-out provision for city’s bioswale program

Flushing residents want to opt out of the city’s bioswales program. Comments (5)
Rego Park

Rego Park deli takes star turn in ‘The Comedian’

New York has become a hot spot for film and TV production. Although Times Square and other major New York attractions are iconic scenes in movies, Queens’ shops and restaurants have been getting their 15 minutes of fame in big movies and television series. Comment

Lancman calls on mayor to take further steps to protect immigrants

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is asking Mayor Bill de Blasio to step up for immigrants. Comments (2)

Spring Is In the Air at QPAC

Despite the findings of Punxsutawney Phil, the spring season will start on schedule at the end of February — at least at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Comment

Wild finish for Wildcats as Bowne clinches Queens title

John Bowne held on down the stretch to take down Queens High School of Teaching 66-63 in the borough final at Queens College on Saturday. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

Breezy Point

Four accused of defrauding Build it Back

The city’s Department of Investigation announced the arrest of four individuals accused of trying to bilk thousands from the city through the Build it Back program. The arrests came after a series of investigations into the efficacy of the city’s Hurricane Sandy reconstruction projects. The department said the study had saved the city more than $40 million. Comments (2)



Third times the charm: Knights take down Prep in BQCHSAA opener

Holy Cross grabbed its third victory this season over St. Francis Prep on Monday night, defeating the Terriers in the first round of the BQCHSAA postseason. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017


TSA reports JFK Airport security breach

Port Authority Police said 11 individuals passed through an unattended checkpoint that was supposed to be manned by officers from the Transportation Security Administration at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 5 Monday, according to a spokesman for the PA Police. Comments (1)

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De Blasio appoints new ACS commissioner

The city has a new commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services after series of incidents involving the deaths of several toddlers, including 5-year-old Michael Guzman from Jamaica, forced Gladys Carrion to resign. Comments (1)

Second half surge: Royals roll in BQCHSAA opener

Christ the King dominated the second half Monday night, cruising to a lopsided victory over Xaverian in the first round of the BQCHSAA playoffs. Comments (1)

Jamaica woman punched in October assault dies

JAMAICA — A woman who was punched in the head and fell to the ground outside a Jamaica deli in October has died. Her death has been reclassified as a homicide, police said. Comments (1)

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017


Protesters clash at IDC rally against Avella

More than 100 people rallied outside the office state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) Friday to protest his defection to the Independent Democratic Caucus, a group of renegade elected officials who have allied themselves with the GOP representatives in an attempt to pass legislation in an Republican-majority Senate. Comments (7)

Vegans hold candlelight vigil for doomed Jamaica bull who died in custody

About two dozen animal advocates held a vigil on the curb outside of Aziz Slaughterhouse in Jamaica Wednesday evening in memory of a bull that escaped from the facility the day before, leading police on a wild chase throughout the streets of southeastern Queens. Comments (9)

Barnwell, Gianaris introduce legislation to reform affordable housing

State Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) has been busy since heading to Albany in January. The 30-year-old Woodside attorney, who stunned nine-term incumbent Margaret Markey in the Democratic primary before claiming her seat, has already introduced 12 pieces of legislation. Comments (6)

Townsend Harris students push for new principal

Members of the Townsend Harris High School community continued to criticize the interim principal installed at the school, with an online petition calling for her immediate removal. The news comes as the Queens borough president sent a letter to the head of the Department of Education bemoaning what she said was a lack of information on the process of selecting a permanent principal. Comment

Weekend Calendar for Queens: Feb. 25-26

Your weekend calendar: Feb. 25-26 Comment
Jackson Heights

Dromm, Constantinides join anti-Peralta rally in Jax Hgts

Two City Councilmen from northwest Queens demanded state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) reverse course and rejoin the mainline Democrats in Albany. Comments (5)

Katz honors Queens leaders at Black History Month event

Feb. 23 marked the fourth Black History Month celebration hosted by the African American Heritage Committee through the Queens Borough President’s office. The event, which honored student scholars and community leaders, was held at the newly built Helen Marshall Cultural Center atrium located at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens. Comments (2)

Avella introduces bill to save downstate residents from upstate tax

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced a bill designed to save downstate residents from paying taxes on upstate power plants. Comment

Avella to hold free immigration legal services at Bayside office

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) will be extending his office hours to offer immigration legal assistance to the community as part of his commitment to the Independent Democratic Conference’s Immigration Defense Coalition. Comments (11)

Mortgage buyback program appears to help SE Queens

A program created to buy back distressed mortgage notes held by the federal government that was championed by southeast Queens lawmakers is seeing promising results thus far, according to testimony at a City Council oversight hearing. Comment

Crowley, mayor oppose DHS move to prosecute immigrants

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and Mayor Bill de Blasio called Homeland Security’s new move to prosecute illegal immigrants a tactic which will result in mass deportations and divide families. Comments (5)

Another first

Queens’ riches are in its diversity, which was confirmed yet again by a new study that found the borough has more languages than anywhere else on the planet. Comments (3)
New Voices

Survivors of Japanese internment camps see parallels today

Feb. 19th marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a 1942 decree from President Franklin D. Roosevelt that ordered the internment of Japanese Americansas well as some German and Italian nationals in American concentration camps during World War II. Comments (3)

High octane: TMLA’s extra energy propels squad to victory

The Mary Louis Academy jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to to a 56-32 victory over Archbishop Molloy on Friday. Comment

Irresponsible pols bring needless panic to immigrant communities.

We hear that the ICE raids on criminal illegal aliens throughout our nation and in New York City have brought needless panic to the immigrant communities in Queens. Comments (3)
The Play’s the Thing

Live theater is most lifelike entertainment

If you’re a regular reader of this column, as well you should be, then you’re probably a person who enjoys and values theater. For me there’s nothing like it, introduced to the stage by my parents at an early age — “Finian’s Rainbow” and “Brigadoon” come to mind back in the ‘40s. Comment

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