Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Russell Simmons brings peace and yoga to youth

Hollis-raised hip-hop business magnate Russell Simmons returned to Queens last week to join community leaders and police officers at the annual Keep the Peace initiative Comment.

City probation says ‘No’ to gun violence

The city Department of Probation brought attention to both gun violence and domestic violence at a street fair last week. Comment.

Jamaica developers bring jobs to local biz

As downtown Jamaica development projects increase so do opportunities. Comment.

Bayside teen shatters Powerlifting records

Baysider Andrew Spyridon-Tow, 17, broke the teenage world record for deadlifting during the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate meet in Strong Island, L.I., earlier this month. Spyridon-Tow lifted 550 pounds on his third of three deadlift attempts. Comment.

City firefighter charged with drunk driving: NYPD

FLUSHING—An off-duty firefighter was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in the 109th Precinct area, the NYPD said. Comment.

A tip of his hat to the late, great Omar Sharif

We saw his star at its rising in the Middle East, and today we remember the excellence of his artistic performances in such memorable films as “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), “Doctor Zhivago” (1965) and my favorite, “Funny Girl” (1968): Omar Sharif (1932-2015). Comment.

Monday, July 27, 2015

East Elmhurst

Cuomo raises curtain on redesign of LaGuardia Airport

Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced a $4 billion plan for the first phase of a redesign of LaGuardia Airport Monday at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Congressman Israel calls on feds to upgrade security at Fort Totten

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) joined several other city leaders Monday at Fort Totten to call on the Defense Department to upgrade security at the fort and other unarmed forts in two other boroughs. Comment.

Appeals Court tosses out city’s adult business zoning

Introducing a significant new chapter into a two-decade legal saga dating back to the Giuliani administration, the Manhattan-based First Department of the New York State Appellate Division has ruled that the city’s controversial 1995 adult uses zoning ordinance, as amended in 2001, violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment free speech guarantee. Comment.
Forest Hills

Movie shot in Forest Hills on Kitty Genovese murder

Earlier this week, 75th Avenue off Austin Street in Forest Hills served as the backdrop for a new movie called “37” that focuses on murder victim Kitty Genovese’s neighbors. Some scenes were shot down that tree-lined block, where an assortment of 1950s and ‘60s vintage cars were parked. Comments (1).
Queens Village

The 105th Precinct gets more cops

The head of the 105th Precinct, Inspector Michael Coyle, spoke with church and community leaders at Bethel Ministries Church on Jamaica Avenue last week, addressing the upcoming changes at the precinct. Comments (1).

Bill targeting bad salons, worker exploitation passed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into a law a bill last week that would shut down unlicensed nail salons and grant trainee status to vulnerable unlicensed workers. Comments (1).
Bayside Hills

BP Katz announces support for City Council candidate Barry Grodenchik

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, along with other female political leaders, Tuesday announced her endorsement of former Flushing Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin at a brief event in Bayside Hills. Comments (3).

Diving Pool in Astoria Park to be transformed into performance space

The long-neglected Diving Pool in Astoria Park will undergo reconstruction next spring and be transformed into a public music and arts amphitheater, according to the city Parks Department. The 32-foot Arte Moderne diving platform that towers over the largest public swimming pool in the city was closed in the early ‘80s and sat deteriorating ever since with plant life growing in stagnant water at the bottom. Comments (5).

Former Cross reciever Bah settling in at Grand Street

Ahmed Bah has another place to call home. Comment.

Flushing HS put students in online courses to meet graduation rate 

Flushing High School allegedly enrolled 150 students in online courses to meet its 60 percent graduation rate goal, according to a published report. Comments (2).

NYPD is searching for suspect in connection with burglaries

FLUSHING—Police were looking for a suspect behind burglaries in the 109th Precinct area in June and July. Comment.

Limit the carriages

I belong to several save-the-animal organizations. I have to admit that when I first read about the street accidents occurring to horses and carriages in Manhattan with manhole electrocution and carriage collisions, I felt that a time for change had come. Comment.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Queens Village

Boro remembers Eric Garner

A Queens Village community memoriam for Eric Garner, who died from a police chokehold last year, was held at the New Greater Bethel Ministries bookstore on Jamaica Avenue to discuss the impact of his death on the area and the new NYPD neighborhood policing efforts that are gradually taking place across the borough. Comments (1).

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Vet designation on municipal ID praised by boro pols, groups

Queens elected officials and veterans groups praised a new veteran designation on the municipal ID card announced by the city last week as a good first step in addressing problems that veterans face. Comment.

Charles is named WNBA All-Star

One of Christ the King’s greatest players was voted among the WNBA’s brightest stars. Comment.

Lincoln Center brings the show to Queens

If you cannot make it to Lincoln Center this summer, you are in luck as Manhattan’s premier performing arts facility is heading to Queens — sort of. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Small businesses in Queens need help to survive

At the Queens Civic Congress, Inc. general meeting in the Union Nursing Home June 16, it agreed to help sponsor a forum July 29 to discuss the Small Business Survival Act. This act was introduced in the City Council in June 2014. The act is stalled in the Committee on Small Business without the support of the speaker or the mayor. Comments (1).

Cutout governor symbolizes subway snafus

I really appreciate the very creative idea the Riders Alliance had for focusing attention on the insufficient service provided to 7 train customers like myself. They took the governor—or a life-size cardboard cutout of him since he wouldn’t show up—for a ride on the 7 train. It was appropriate because the MTA has been taking 7 train customers for a ride without bothering to show up for quite a while. Comment.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Starbucks to start brewing in downtown Jamaica

Starbucks will open its first branch in Jamaica during the first half of 2016. Comments (5).

Boys Club in Flushing addresses summer decline in youth literacy

The Boys Club of New York, 133-01 41st Road in Flushing, is spending the summer working with children who have been struggling with reading, fighting what many educators call the “summer slide.” Comments (4).
Block Shots

Landing Heron could help lure Alkins to Red Storm

Bringing Rawle Alkins to St. John’s is going to be a white-knuckle recruiting battle with some of the nation’s top programs and destinations. It makes landing Alkins’ Rens travel ball teammate Mustapha Heron that much more important. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Five Queens campuses get $5million

City University of New York colleges across the borough will receive an estimated $5 million this fiscal year from the borough president’s discretionary funds to support capital projects at CUNY campuses. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Can you hear him now? Hopefully not

Today I write about civility and cell phones. I practice one but don’t have the other. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Who’s running the ship when they run for president?

I’ve been worried recently about New Jersey and Wisconsin. These states elected governors a few years ago and they probably expected that a big job like running a state would be more than a full-time job. But instead, their chief executives are running around the country auditioning for a new job while their constituents get to scratch their heads and wonder who is minding the ship. Comments (1).

Taking a positive step against racism

The removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Capitol is a positive step against racism, despite the fact that it was removed because of public pressure and shame rather than the desire of many Southerners who still waxed nostalgic over it. It was a symbol of an ignominious period in American history. Its sight for enlightened whites and especially blacks was a reminder of a harsh period which is best forgotten. It is to be placed in a museum as an historic relic, which should have occurred when the Civil War ended. Comments (1).

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