Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016


Bayside National Guardsman killed in LIE crash with two passengers

At about 4:19 a.m. Oakland Gardens resident Michael Fabre, 25, was driving a 2010 Infinity with four passengers traveling eastbound on the LIE at a high rate of speed when it struck a divider near the Maurice Avenue exit, according to police. The Infinity then hit another vehicle with one driver, police said. Comment

FAA data reveals plane noise has grown over Queens

A Freedom of Information request made by Queens Quiet Skies to the Port Authority has found that flight patterns of commercial jets making the climb above northeast Queens during departure from LaGuardia Airport have increased and account for about 15 percent of the all traffic to and from the international hub. Comment
East Elmhurst

LaGuardia Gateway Partners acts to eliminate airport traffic gridlock

The leader of the $8 billion LaGuardia Airport reconstruction project says weather played a major role in creating a gridlock fiasco that forced travelers to leave taxis and livery cars and make a mad dash to through traffic in order to make their flights on Monday, Aug. 22. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office called the delays unacceptable and directed the LaGuardia Gateway Partnership and the Port Authority to come up with a plan to “minimize undue and unsafe impacts on travelers.” Comment
Jackson Heights

Peralta pushes to clean up Roosevelt Avenue

When 85-year-old Frederick Wiseman spent eight weeks filming his highly acclaimed, “In Jackson Heights,” the grand master of American documentary filmmaking would shoot 12 hours a day “exploring one of the most diverse communities on the planet,” he said.- There was one thing Wiseman would not do while filming more than 140 hours of content: Walk Roosevelt Avenue after the sun went down. Comment

Maspeth residents boo Markey at shelter hearing

More than 800 angry Maspeth residents poured into the Knockdown Center on Flushing Avenue Wednesday night for a public hearing on the proposed homeless shelter in the Holiday Inn Express. Comment

Amtrak asks 100,000% rent from Hell Gate Bridge homeowners

Many of the residents living under the right-of-way of the Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria have been renting the land adjacent to their homes since the 1940s at nominal fee from Amtrak in return for maintaining the property. Comment
Willets Point

Melinda Katz sued by filmmaker over FOIL request

Borough President Melinda Katz has been sued by a Queens filmmaker who claims she violated New York State’s Freedom of Information Law. Comment

Homeless families sheltered at Woodside motel without notice from city

While the Maspeth protests against a proposed shelter for homeless couples have generated headlines, the city was quietly moving homeless families with children into a Woodside motel. Comment

Judge rules election for Israel seat will be Nov. 8

A federal court ruled Tuesday that the general election date for the race to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) should still be Nov. 8, putting a hold on state Sen. Jack Martins’ attempt to have the race postponed until December. Comment
Forest Hills

Harps get hip

If you think harps and harp-playing belong to a different era, you haven’t experienced Erin Hill’s “alternative” take on the instrument. Comment

Profiling moms: When is it OK to leave a kid alone?

This week, Lenore plays Marco Polo with her column. Comment

Molloy prepares for a championship season

The whistle blew loudly, echoing across the field at Alley Pond Park, and the Archbishop Molloy boys soccer team kept running. And running. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

Howard Beach

Police release sketch of man in Vetrano murder case

Police have released the sketch of a man they would like to question in connection with the murder of Howard Beach resident, Karina Vetrano. The 30-year-old was found dead Aug. 2 after leaving her home at 164-30 84th St. to go jogging down an unfrequented path in Spring Creek Park. Her father found the body of his daughter, who had been raped and strangled. Comment

Serena, Murray cruise to wins in Day Two of Open

She’s still the favorite for a reason. Comment

Day Three at the Open is filled with action

Novak Djokovic got a bit of a break on Wednesday as he received a walkover into the third round of the US Open. Comment

Venus Williams battles to a first-round Open win

Venus Williams didn’t think about the history she made when she stepped onto the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday. She was more concerned with what would happen when she stepped off it. Comment

Caroline Wozniacki racks up an impressive win Wednesday

Turns out the rumors of Caroline Wozniacki’s on-court demise were a bit premature. Comment

Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care facility coming to Bell Blvd.

Come September, Bayside will be getting a new urgent care facility in its business district. The space formerly occupied by Lucille Roberts at 41-19 Bell Blvd. will be partly taken over by a Northwell Health-GoHealth center to serve Bayide. Comments (2)

Ryan Harrison scores major upset at Flushing Meadows

Ryan Harrison, meet the world. World, meet Ryan Harrison. Comment

Cuomo signs new small business bill backed by Flushing leaders

Lawmakers and small business advocates are celebrating the passage of a bill that extends loans to smaller businesses. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016


Wawrinka draws attention with first-round victory

It’s time to start paying attention to Stan Wawrinka. Comment

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Fans give thumbs up to changes at US Open

The lines stretched around corners as the sea of people slowly, but surely filed their way into Flushing Meadows Park Monday for the first day of the US Open. Comment

Martins’ request to delay general election for Israel seat denied

A federal court judge Tuesday denied a motion by Republican candidate Jack Martins to move the general election to Dec. 6 because a GOP primary now has been ordered in the race to fill the seat held by U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville). Comment

Isner wins a wild one to progress past first round at US Open

John Isner couldn’t pinpoint what emotion he was feeling. Comment

Big names cruise to victory on Day One at the Open

The big names survived the opening day of the US Open Monday. Comment

Flushing auto repair shop celebrates 83 years

Great Bear Auto Repair and Body Services in Flushing marked its 83rd anniversary Saturday with a celebration and barbecue. Comment
Long Island City

Silvercup Studios expands outside of Queens for first time

Silvercup Studios has opened its third film and television production facility, its first outside of Long Island City. Gov. Andrew Cuomo attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Silvercup North, a 115,000-square-foot space in a former Port Morris warehouse in the Bronx. Comment

Community calls for affordability at possible development

Concerned community members gathered outside the site of a proposed development in downtown Jamaica to demand that the residential units be 100 percent affordable for people living in the surrounding area. Comments (2)

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Monday, Aug. 29, 2016


City continues Zika sprayings in Queens

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 (1)

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day: a prelude to the US Open

The weekend before the US Open begins, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day gives children a chance to join in on the festivities. Comment

Man punched aboard Q66 in Astoria

ASTORIA — The NYPD has released surveillance video of an attack on board a Q66 bus in Astoria more than a month ago. Comments (1)

Plaque unveiling at Bayside firehouse is a loving dedication to Capt. Thompson

The life of Capt. Thomas “Tommy” Thompson was commemorated Friday in an unveiling ceremony for a plaque dedicated to Bayside FDNY leader, who died Aug. 17, 2015 of cancer related to the post 9/11 cleanup at Ground Zero. Comment

City makes $30M investment in Astoria Park

Astoria Park was selected to receive $30 million in city funding as part of a new Anchor Parks initiative. One park in each borough is splitting a $150 million investment that will create or improve running tracks, hiking trails, soccer fields, bathrooms and watering stations. Each was selected based on historical underinvestment, high surrounding population and the potential for park development. Comment
Far Rockaway

Success Academy opens two new Queens schools

Charter school organization Success Academy opened two new schools in Queens this week in Far Rockaway and South Jamaica, bringing the total number of its schools in the borough to four. Comment

New lighting system drives down crime at Ravenswood Houses in Astoria

The city has completed the installation of a $4 million lighting upgrade at the Ravenswood House in Astoria and major crimes are down since the project began last year, according to NYCHA officials. Comment

Maspeth leaders, residents continue homeless shelter protest

Protests have continued for the last week outside the proposed Maspeth homeless shelter site and will continue until the public hearing Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Knockdown Center on Flushing Avenue. The meeting, organized by Community Board 5, is expected to draw a crowd of more than 1,000 people. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park resident aims for table-tennis gold in Rio

Tahl Leibovitz first picked up a table tennis paddle at the South Queens Boys and Girls Club nearly 25 years ago. Comments (1)

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