Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bayside

GOP won’t challenge Avella after failing to get signatures

September’s Democratic primary between state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and former city Comptroller John Liu will be for all the marbles since there will be no Republican contender in the general election. Comments (3).
Bayside

Jury nails Halloran on five counts

Queens had mixed reactions to the conviction of former City Councilman Dan Halloran, who was found guilty this week of accepting bribes and plotting to pay Republican power brokers to support state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) as the GOP candidate in the 2013 mayoral race. Comments (3).
South Jamaica

Second arrest made in D’aja Robinson shooting: DA

Police arrested a second suspect in the 2013 shooting of D’aja Robinson, a 14-year-old girl who was sitting on a bus in South Jamaica when a bullet struck her in the head, Queens district attorney said Thursday. Comment.
Willets Point

Willets mall challenged in court session

Opponents of a plan to build a megamall on parkland adjacent to Citi Field made their arguments in State Supreme Court in Manhattan Wednesday afternoon. Comment.
Flushing

Mini McMansion draws Flushing’s ire

A second house is about to spring up on a Flushing block where neighbors have been raging over another recently constructed, two-story dwelling which they said dwarfs the size of their own homes. Comments (7).
Astoria

DHS vows to notify nabes on new shelters

Scott Stringer had heard enough. Comments (2).
Government

Correction group wants Brown to handle Rikers Island crimes

Rikers Island may soon be under Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s jurisdiction, but not if he has anything to say about it. Comment.
Whitestone

Reporter’s Notebook, Views of Halloran’s trial

With an American flag pin worn religiously on his breast, his father’s police badge memento in hand and a rarely wavering smile, former City Councilman Dan Halloran cut a colorful figure on the witness stand. Comment.
Jackson Heights

82nd Street BID plan meets stiff resistance

Opposition to the proposed expansion of the 82nd Street Partnership was in full throttle at two separate public meetings last Thursday. Comment.
Sunnyside

New public plaza opens in center of Queens Blvd.

Sunnyside has a new public space directly under the No. 7 subway station at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, thanks to a collaboration between the Sunnyside Shines BID and the city Department of Transportation’s NYC Plaza Program. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

New Indian Prime Minister Modi bound for city

Just months after India elected Narendra Modi prime minister, the head of the South Asian nation is fielding invitations across the ocean, from the White House to the diaspora in Queens. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Muslims mark Eid at Diversity Plaza

Hundreds of Muslims from every corner of the world made their way to Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Monday to celebrate Eid Mubarak. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Van runs over owner while at gas station

SOUTH JAMAICA — A man was injured when his van ran over him while pumping gas at a South Jamaica gas station, police said. Apparently, he forgot to put the vehicle into park. Comments (1).
Corona

Mets pitch in for NY pavilion

The New York Mets have teamed up with People for the Pavilion, a volunteer organization working to preserve the historic structure that hosted the 1964 World’s Fair. Comment.
Whitestone

Pedestrian struck, killed in Whitestone: NYPD

WHITESTONE — An 87-year-old Whitestone woman was struck and killed when she was crossing Willets Point Boulevard Tuesday night, police said. Comment.
Basketball

Scott Machado seeks second chance in NBA

The beginning of Scott Machado’s professional basketball career has been a series of starts and stops. Comment.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Long Island City

Two Bridge and Tunnel workers injured saving people from LIC fire

Bridge and Tunnel officers saved more than a dozen people from a fire that swept a four-story building near the Queens-Midtown Tunnel early Wednesday, the MTA said. Comment.
Flushing

Straphangers names No. 7 train the city’s best

The No. 7 train has been designated the best subway line in New York City by the transit advocacy agency Straphangers Campaign. Comments (2).
Flushing

Biz service comes to Flushing

In an attempt to widen Asian-American merchants’ access to small business services, LaGuardia Community College has started providing an adviser at the Flushing branch of the Queens Library one day a week. Comments (3).
Rosedale

DEP to neutralize floodings with SE Queens storm sewers

Help is on the way for southeast Queens residents who suffer chronic floods in their homes and in their streets everytime heavy rain falls. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC now home to weekly eatery strolls

A new walking tour for foodies made its debut in Long Island City last week. Comments (1).
Woodhaven

Woodhaven civic fights graffiti

The Woodhaven Residents’ Blocks Association wants to keep 311 busy. Comments (1).

Book passage with Astoria’s newest Thai restaurant

Just when we thought we had encountered all the varied cooking styles of Thailand on offer in Queens, a new eatery comes along to burst our bubble. Comments (1).
Letters

Peralta helped keep our children safe

As president of the Friends of the Lefrak City Library and a member of the community, I want to publicly thank state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) for resolving an important community concern by helping us secure a crossing guard for our school children at the busy and dangerous intersection of Horace Harding Expressway and Junction Boulevard adjacent to the Long Island Expressway. Comment.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bayside

Former Councilman Dan Halloran found guilty in bribery case

Former city Councilman Dan Halloran was found guilty Tuesday afternoon at the federal court house in White Plains of all charges on a five-count indictment in his corruption case. Comments (31).
Woodside

One dead, another wounded in Woodside shooting

Two men were killed in separate incidents sparked by arguments during a bloody weekend in Woodside. Comments (2).
Flushing

Avella secures $2 million for Queens College labs

One of Queens College’s older research laboratories is set to be revamped. Comments (1).
Glendale

DOE street cleaning comes to Myrtle and Grand

Judging by her discretionary funding allocations, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) put a priority on a pristine pavement. Comments (3).
Rego Park

Rego Park real estate lawyer to challenge Joseph Addabbo

Queens Republicans announced a Rego Park real estate lawyer will assume the candidacy left vacant when former City Councilman Thomas Ognibene opted not to run for state Senate. Comment.
St. Albans

Family Day held in St. Albans Park

Families flocked to St. Albans Park Saturday for Family Day, sponsored by Councilman Daneek Miller. The event featured food, dancing and pony rides. Comments (1).
Letters

There’s more to mayor’s vacation

Only a politically naive person would believe Mayor Bill de Blasio is vacationing in Italy when the major impetus for this trip is to meet with some of his leftist Italian comrades of the Democratic Party of the Left, the nom de guerre of the Italian Communist Party after its 1991 reorganization. Comment.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hollis

Hollis scholarships send a dozen students to college

Jeff Oyo is enjoying his last vacation days. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Pols to hold hearing on restoring public transit in parts of borough

Two state lawmakers from Queens are gearing up to address the transportation woes that constituents in the outer parts of the borough say they have suffered through for too long. Comments (1).
Astoria

GOP hopeful mulls reality TV appearance

A long-shot Republican candidate who is challenging U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) has considered venturing into the world of reality TV. Comment.
Bayside

Avella gets nod from firefighters

Some of New York’s Bravest have decided to tip their firefighter hats toward state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in his re-election campaign this week. Comments (1).
Opinion

Scholarship offers piling up for CK’s Alkins

Rawle Alkins isn’t fazed by having some of the nation’s best college programs and coaches getting in line for his services. Comment.
South Jamaica

S. Jam. man charged in violent crime spree: Cops

SOUTH JAMAICA — A South Jamaica man was arrested last weekend after allegedly going on a crime spree in Brooklyn that included two carjackings, a shooting and multiple hit-and-runs, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
QueensLine

QueensLine: Singer Guthrie died at Creedmoor in Queens Village

Iconic folk singer, radio host, author and political activist Woody Guthrie’s songs changed the landscape of American music and influenced generations of performers from Bob Dylan to Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen. Comment.
Letters

Civic needs to meet chancellor

On Feb. 28, the Auburndale Improvement Association Inc. sent city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña a letter requesting to meet with her regarding PS 130, at 200-01 42nd Ave. in Bayside. Comment.

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