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 (6).
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.

Obey the rules of the road

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Middle Village

Central Queens debates zoning changes and future of neighborhoods

While both Community Board 5 and Community Board 6 voted overwhelmingly against two major zoning text amendments, the few individual holdouts offered a window into an increasingly contentious relationship between Central Queens and City Hall. Comment.

Mural project brings hip-hop legacy to light

A new, colorful mural dedicated to the history of hip-hop culture in southeast Queens appeared on the corner of 198th Street and Hollis Avenue last week in Hollis. Comments (1).

109th Pct. captain sheds light on jaywalking campaign

The 109th Precinct’s commanding officer clarified the precinct’s plans to bolster pedestrian safety but said news reports inaccurately stated that the precinct was issuing summons to jaywalkers . Comments (4).

Woodhaven’s Peking opera star

After a lifetime spent in the world of opera, Woodhaven resident Qi Shu Fang has gathered more than her fair share of unique mementos. Comment.

Royals roll to first ‘AA’ final in 12 years

Christ the King’s greatest luxury was its ticket to the championship game. Comment.

Building a life in the shadow of the Holocaust

In November 1961, the Cold War was only an itchy trigger finger away from turning hot and national security was the most pressing issue on the minds of many in Queens. Making a stop at Fort Totten in Bayside that month, Lt. General Robert Wood announced that New York City was defenseless against Soviet nuclear missiles. The commanding officer of the Air Defense Command noted that they could handle bombers approaching our nationR Comment.

A bad deal for College Point

Before the police academy in College Point opened up, the city had an agreement that residential parking would not be affected. I live on 128th Street between 23rd and 25th avenues. And there were several occasions when NYPD cadets would park on the very block I live on and would hop into their fellow cadets cars to be driven down to the Police Academy. Comments (2).

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015


First Presbyterian church celebrates 363 years in boro

The First Presbyterian Church of Newtown in Elmhurst, the borough’s oldest church, celebrated its 363rd anniversary Sunday by paying homage to the church member who donated the land to the Presbyterian Church in 1715. Comment.

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‘Uncle’ Ralph McDaniels to oversee hip-hop initiatives at Queens Library

Legendary DJ, VJ and music-video director “Uncle” Ralph McDaniels has been appointed the Queens Library’s first hip-hop coordinator as part of an attempt by the library to build stronger relationships with the hip-hop community in light of Hip Hop History Month.. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Shake Shack coming to Forest Hills

Forest Hills is on a culinary tear. Comment.

103rd increases security after homicide

Police officials from the 103rd Precinct have increased security after two shootings that took place in and around downtown Jamaica appeared not to be random incidents. Comment.

Overtime goal ends Red Storm’s season in NCAA tournament

The St. John’s women’s soccer team was 12 minutes away from winning its first ever NCAA tournament match at Belson Stadium. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Proposed zoning changes are bad for Queens

Civic associations and other community groups in New York City have worked for decades to maintain the quality of life in their communities. They have worked with local community boards to either maintain low-density zoning or prevent builders from changing zoning, which would permit high-density building in local communities. This is especially true in the historic districts of Manhattan and the one- and two-family areas of Queens and Brooklyn. Comments (1).

Protect the vulnerable

In 2016, for only the third time in 40 years, Social Security recipients and veterans will receive no Cost of Living Adjustment. By some miracle of accounting, our government claims there is no inflation. They certainly don’t consider how most seniors actually spend their money. The costs of all necessities are skyrocketing and they are increasingly unaffordable. Such things as food, health care, drugs, utilities and rent aren’t included when inflation is calculated. Comments (1).

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