Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ozone Park

Children flee fatal shooting of mother in Ozone Park

A 40-year-old woman was fatally shot with her two children nearby in Ozone Park Saturday by a man believed to be her husband, the NYPD and neighbors said. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Briarwood man found shot dead in street: NYPD

A 20-year-old Briarwood man was found shot dead on an Ozone Park street early Saturday morning, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing Library receives new self-service stations

Check it out. Comment.
Bayside

Roosevelt proclaims expo a peace symbol

On Monday, May 1, 1939, the headline in The New York Times read: “President Roosevelt Opens fair As a Symbol of Peace.” Roosevelt in his first public utterance since German Chancellor Adolf Hitler had virtually rejected his plan for peace in the next decade, dedicated the fair to uniting the nations of the Western Hemisphere — to encouraging peace and good will among nations. He voiced the hope that “time would break down the barriers to tranquillity on the Continent.” Comment.
East Elmhurst

Laptop of E. Elmhurst man had child porn: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY — An East Elmhurst man is facing more than a dozen charges of possessing child porn after workers at a Best Buy in Long Island City allegedly found pornographic images of kids on a laptop he brought into the store for repairs, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Ridgewood

Man bought shoes at Ridgewood shop with stolen card: NYPD

RIDGEWOOD — Police released a surveillance image of a man who allegedly used a stolen ATM card to buy sneakers in a Ridgewood shoe store April 2, the NYPD said. Comment.
Rego Park

Woman swiped purse in Rego Park Aldi’s: NYPD

REGO PARK — Police requested help identifying a woman suspected of stealing a purse inside Aldi’s supermarket, at 61-35 Junction Blvd., April 8, the NYPD said. Comment.
Middle Village

Boro businesses charged in tax evasion cases: DA

MIDDLE VILLAGE — Two Queens business owners have been charged in separate tax evasion cases for allegedly stealing more than $162,000 in unpaid sales tax combined, Queens DA Richard Brown said. Comment.
St. Albans

Cops on the lookout for missing St. Albans woman

ST. ALBANS — The Police Department was asking for help finding a woman who was last seen at her home last Saturday, the NYPD said. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Queen Civic Congress wages battle against illegal apts.

The Queens Civic Congress is an umbrella organization of approximately 100 civic and co-op associations in Queens. The goal of the QCC is to maintain the quality of life for Queens residents. While it supports the general idea of providing more affordable housing, it opposes the proposals which would legalize the currently illegal basement/cellar apartments which some people build. Comment.
Editorial

Punctuality Problem

We may have missed the deadline for evaluating Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first 100 days in office, but we know he’ll forgive us as the champion of fashionable lateness. Comment.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pomonok

Lancman grills NYCHA on Pomonok downsizing

NYCHA officials announced they are reviewing certain aspects of their so-called “rightsizing” policy after a grilling by City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) at an oversight hearing last week. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Ozone-Howard Little League plans memorial for vets

While elected officials push for a parade to welcome home Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the Ozone-Howard Little League has taken steps to honor the homebound with a memorial. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Queens cab driver charged evading $28K in tolls: DA

A Long Island City cabdriver has been charged with stealing more than $28,000 in toll payments from the MTA, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Bayside

Weprin names five projects that win budget vote

School technology and community safety were among the items that topped the list of winning projects in this year’s participatory budgeting process for City Council District 23. Comments (2).
Jamaica

Police track ‘person of interest’ in BK shooting to Jamaica basement

The search for a gunman who allegedly hit a 13-year-old Brooklyn boy in the eye with a stray bullet earlier this week led investigators to a basement in Jamaica Thursday where police tracked down a 21-year-old they were calling a person of interest. Comments (2).
Ridgewood

CB 5 backs rezoning corner of Ridgewood

Community Board 5 voted last week in favor of an application to rezone a roughly two-by-one block strip in Ridgewood, CB 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri Jr. said. Comments (1).
Woodside

Dept of Ed sticks with plan to bus PS 11 kids to Astoria

Elected officials in western Queens have lost a three-month battle with the city Department of Education and nearly 250 incoming kindergartners at PS 11 in Woodside will be bused 3 miles away every school day beginning this fall. Comment.
Flushing

Developers find funds for Flushing Commons

The developers of Flushing Commons have cleared their last major hurdles before construction can begin on the long-delayed, $850 million development. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

Baisley Houses get new basketball courts

Come this summer, the residents of South Jamaica’s Baisley Park Houses will have something else to celebrate at their annual fete: a new basketball court and playground redesigned from the ground up. Comments (2).
Jamaica

MTA buys land to redevelop aging Jamaica Bus Depot

The MTA recently bought up a handful of properties adjacent to the South Jamaica bus depot, which it has been hoping to expand for years, but until the agency can come up with the needed capital funds, construction plans will sit as idle as the buses parked along Merrick Boulevard. Comments (1).
Flushing

Belgian waffles hit Seattle before 1964 World’s Fair

Ask just about anyone who visited the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park what they remember eating, and you’ll get the same answer—Belgian waffles. This gussied up breakfast food was, indeed, the iconic comestible of the fest. But contrary to the commonly held belief of Queens loyalists, they were not invented for that event. Comment.
Flushing

1939 exhibits on future bring hope

These city fathers who met at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan had decided to hold what would be the greatest world’s fair. The location: Flushing Meadow in Queens. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills slashing may be gang related: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Police were searching for a suspect they believe slashed an 18-year-old man near 62nd Avenue and Yellowstone Boulevard at 4 p.m. April 9, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Block Shots

St. John’s future appears brighter with Delarosa commitment to SJU

Adonis Delarosa’s commitment appears to be the start of a good thing at St. John’s University. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights teen last seen April 7: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police from the 115th Precinct are asking for the public’s help in finding Joseph Alzate, a 14-year-old Hispanic teen last seen April 7 at his home on 94th Street. Comment.
Opinion

As Jews celebrate Passover, Christians prepare for Easter

This week, those of the Jewish and Christian faiths celebrate some important dates in their religions. Comment.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Far Rockaway

De Blasio outlines overhaul of Build it Back

Mayor Bill de Blasio trekked to Midland Beach in Staten Island Thursday to unveil what he called a major overhaul of the city’s Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. Comment.
Transit

Contract deal reached between MTA and workers

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the 34,000 members of the Transport Workers Union have reached an agreement. Comments (1).
Flushing

Man wanted in rash of Flushing grand larcenies: NYPD

Police were looking for a man wanted in connection with a string of grand larcenies and attempted robberies that hit Flushing this winter. Comments (3).
Woodhaven

HPD to demolish caved-in Jamaica Ave. building

Woodhaven leaders hope a wrecking ball bound for a partially collapsed Jamaica Avenue building can bring the block back to its foundation as a neighborhood nexus complete with a senior center and volunteer ambulance corps. Comments (1).
Corona

Queens salutes two World’s Fairs

As the site of both the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, the history of Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the events are inextricably linked. Comments (1).
Little Neck

Little Neck residents irked by Gluck renovations

News that the popular watchmaking company E. Gluck Corp. has finalized a deal to relocate from Long Island City to Little Neck has some northeast Queens residents opposing changes the warehouse will bring to the neighborhood. Comments (4).
Rockaway Beach

Fallen hero cop to be promoted posthumously

A Queens police officer who died after he was critically injured responding to a Brooklyn blaze will be promoted posthumously to the rank of first-grade detective, Mayor Bill de Blasio told mourners at a somber service for Dennis Guerra in Rockaway Beach Monday. Comment.
Jamaica

Avella pens duelling bill detailing library reform

Several weeks after six out of seven of the borough’s state senators penned their names to a Queens Library reform bill, Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) introduced his own proposal that one-ups his mainline Democratic colleagues. Comment.
Long Island City

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show returns to East River

When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks were returning back to the East River for the first time in five years, he made it clear it was all about the numbers and inclusion. Comment.
College Point

College Pt. senior center saved by $100K in state funds

For the second time in as many weeks, a northeast Queens senior center in danger of shutting down got a reprieve Tuesday. Comment.
Long Island City

MTA will let No. 7 run for two big LIC events

The organizers of two major Long Island City springtime events were relieved and grateful that the MTA reworked its plans to provide weekend service on the No. 7 subway line during the weekend of May 17-18. Comment.
Flushing

New restaurants flock to Queens Taste 2014

From Portuguese paella to Turkish delight, foodies will get to sample dishes that are as diverse as the borough they’re from at this year’s Queens Taste. Comment.
Astoria

Dog listed in stable condition after Astoria shooting

Only the family dog survived a spate of violence at a home in Astoria Saturday. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Cats fined $11K for anti-Ulrich mailings

The city Campaign Finance Board fined mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis $11,473 for failing to identify himself as the financier of mailings criticizing City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and submitting false documents to the board during the 2013 election season. Comments (1).
Maspeth

Workers back on the job after agreement between UPS and union

UPS ended its standoff with Maspeth workers after a 10-hour negotiation session April 9. Comments (3).
Government

NYPD disbands spy unit

The city announced earlier this week that the Police Department will shut down the unit that targeted Muslim groups. Comments (2).
Flushing

World’s Fair Anniversary Events

Queens will play host to a number of events celebrating the anniversaries of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. Comment.
Flushing

Cops arrest Ozone Park man in harassment of teen on Q88 bus: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police charged an Ozone Park man with attempted assault, aggravated harassment and menacing in an April 7 incident aboard a Q88 bus, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Astoria

Astoria Historical Society exhibits images of two Fairs

As part of the celebrations surrounding the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the Queens World’s Fairs, the Greater Astoria Historical Society has dug deep into its treasure trove for a new exhibit detailing both events. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills’ Efekoro wins shot put title

Forest Hills’ Oghenakpob Efekoro’s throwing slump may have carried into the outdoor season, but it hasn’t gotten in the way of victories. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep defeated by diocesan champ Fontbonne

Two rain-outs forced St. Francis Prep to wait a little longer for its first crack at Fontbonne Hall, which beat the Terriers in last year’s diocesan championship series. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Terriers fall to St. Raymond’s

St. Francis Prep Coach Brother Robert Kent didn’t sidestep or overanalyze the reason behind his club’s first defeat of the season. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals star Delarosa signs with St. John’s

There was just no place like home for Adonis Delarosa. Comment.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Astoria

Astoria man sentenced to life in prison for killing girlfriend

An Astoria man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the strangling and beating death of a former girlfriend, Danielle Thomas, in June 2012, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Southern musician attracts fans in Sunnyside pubs

Few Queens musicians can boast that a Masters golf champion watched him or her perform, but Sunnyside resident Will McCranie can do that after Sandy Lyle caught his show Sunday night. Comments (2).
Long Island City

High school in LIC ranked 5th in Northeast: Report

The Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Long Island City has been ranked as the fifth best high school in the Northeast, according to The Washington Post. Comment.
Broadway-Flushing

Broadway-Flushing shop sells water wellness

For those who do not speak Korean, the Erom store near Broadway Station may appear — at first glance — to be a place devoted solely to the sale of bidets. Comments (4).
South Jamaica

Wills lays out plan to clean up southeast Queens

Southeast Queens lawmakers are taking the gloves off in order to deal with the area’s persistent trash problem. Comments (3).
Ridgewood

Reynoso, Richards to lead Progressives

Two Queens city councilmen have been elected co-chairs of the body’s Progressive Caucus. Comments (2).
Bayside

Tip of the week

Letters

Horses belong in natural locales

In reply to the April 4-10 editorial, with all the media hype showing the carriage trade as something it is not, the reasons why so many people want this trade shut down have been overlooked. It is inhumane and dangerous. Comment.

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