Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016


Fariña attends eastern Queens town hall meeting

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña touted what she said was significant progress towards alleviating parent concerns in recent years during a town hall meeting for parents, teachers, and students in eastern Queens Tuesday. Comments (1)

City has new strategy to combat Islamophobia

The de Blasio administration has rolled out a new initiative to combat Islamophobia. Comments (2)

Whitestone library to get new roof

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein announced $500,000 will go into repairs for the branch. Comment

How life was in Queens on the brink of war

On Sept. 1 Queens, not to mention the nation as a whole, was on the cusp of great change as 1941 drew to a close. Comment

Keeping America’s safe is everyone’s job

Bombs have gone off in New York City and New Jersey. The one that blew up in the Chelsea section of New York City had injured 29 people and the other in Seaside Park in New Jersey failed to blow up in time ended up with no fatalities. Comment

SJU players use hoops skills for worthy cause

For the sixth straight year, the St. John’s men’s and women’s basketball teams combined practicing the fundamentals of the game with raising money for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation as they quite literally dribbled around campus in the Dribble for the Cure. Comment
College Point

Police: ‘Abduction’ a simple mix up

Police say a man who grabbed a young girl outside of her school was actually a family friend she did not recognize. Comment

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

Your Queens Weekend: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

The first weekend of October is just about here, and along with that comes the longstanding tradition of Oktoberfest. But since we are, after all, in the world’s borough, Oktoberfest here takes on a multicultural flavor. On Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Voelker Orth Museum (49-19 38th Ave., Flushing) will be putting on what it calls “Oktoberfest Flushing Style,” a chance to enjoy the festival’s traditional German-American fare alongside a sampling of Korean-American dishes, uniting what the museum calls “two culinary tradition Comment

Council task force sets up evaluation process with eye on tax breaks for developers

Group calls for improvements to transparency. Comments (1)

Suspect sought in assault of bartender in Flushing

FLUSHING—Police were searching for a man suspected of assaulting a bartender in Flushing. Comment

State pumps $65 million into Jamaica station

The state is giving the Long Island Rail Road $64.9 million to build a new platform and tracks at the Jamaica Station—an attempt to update the hub for the growing number of commuters who pass through it. Comment
East Elmhurst

MTA rolls out rebranded Q70 bus to provide speedier access to LaGuardia Airport

The MTA relaunched its Q70 bus on Sunday as the new LaGuardia Link special bus service which will provide travelers and airport employees with better transit options to and from LaGuardia to transit hubs at 61st Street in Woodside and 74th Street/Broadway in Jackson Heights. The specially marked buses will speed service with off-board fare collection. Comment

W train returns to Astoria in November

Astoria and Long Island City will have their W subway line again beginning Nov. 7, according to MTA officials. The agency discontinued the service amid budget cuts in 2010, but will relaunch the W to replace the Q train, which will depart Queens to operate on the 2nd Avenue subway line in Manhattan beginning in December. Comments (4)

Rapper J. Cole added to Meadows Music and Arts Fest lineup

The Meadows Music and Arts Festival, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Citi Field and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, got a little bigger following a scheduling mishap involving one of its headliners, The Weeknd, and the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.” Comment
Long Island City

At Secret Theatre, ‘The Underpants Godot’ works on many levels

From the moment you’re handed your program, it is clear that “The Underpants Godot,” currently running at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, is an unusual production. Comment

Molloy fails to score, falls to Fordham

There’s still a lot of season left—that was the message Molloy soccer coach Andy Kostel gave his team after the Stanners 1-0 loss to Fordham Prep Sept. 22. Comment

A continuing controversy

Finding a way to make sure every Queens resident has a safe, secure place to live is one of the most important, and difficult, problems the borough faces. Comments (1)

Alleged ATM skimmers at Bayside bank: NYPD

Police were searching for two men who allegedly used an ATM skimming device in Bayside. Comments (1)

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016


Nearly a thousand protesters march through Astoria calling for close of Rikers Island

Nearly 1,000 protesters demanded the closing of Rikers Island during a march through Astoria on their way to a rally at the base of the bridge to the notorious prison complex. Glenn E. Martin, founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA, which organized the event that drew celebrity speakers such as Russell Simmons and John Legend and a host of former prisoners, advocates and elected officials, marvelled at the turnout. Comments (3)

Mayor’s tweet miffs anti-shelter activists

"How do you explain to children why angry adults are out in front of the place they’re living and want to throw them into the streets?” Comments (4)

Community Board 4 holds its first youth fair

Youth 101 fair will be a one-stop shop to show young residents what services are available to them. Comments (1)

For Queens GOPers, Trump takes night

The Queens Village Republican Club partnered for a watch party with the Nassau County Federation of Republican Women, joining them at the Park City Diner in Garden City, Long Island to enjoy a buffet dinner and cheer on Republican candidate Donald Trump against his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Comments (6)
Long Island City

Van Bramer shows Clinton support at LIC debate viewing party

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) hosted a presidential debate viewing party at The Creek and the Cave, at 10-93 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City, Monday night, along with the club’s owner, Rebecca Trent. The event was primarily a chance for Clinton supporters from the area to mingle with one another and cheer on their candidate. Comments (6)

Helen Marshall Cultural Center dedicated in Kew Gardens

Former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall was honored for her career in politics and service to Queens at the grand opening Tuesday of the Helen Marshall Cultural Center, an 11,000-square-foot atrium at Queens Borough Hall. The project cost about $23 million, according to current Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

In Forest Hills, it’s time for everybody to dance

If you remember the 21st night of September as something more than just a date on the calendar, then Forest Hills Stadium next weekend may be the place for you. Comments (1)

Uncovering why women cover up

This week, our columnist checks out the growing modest fashion movement. Comment

McClancy’s Quentin Holmes makes it to Team USA

McClancy baseball star Quentin Holmes has picked up so many accolades and been named to so many all-star teams over the last few months that the senior speedster has gotten used to seeing his name listed among the top players in the country. Comments (1)

High school football roundup: Week 3

The Christ the King football team is keeping it dramatic. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016


Giron challenges Stavisky on the Republican ticket

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) beat back Democratic opponent S.J. Jung in last week’s primary, but the battle for the 16th Senate District is not over yet. Comments (2)

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Final two defendents plead guilty in Woodhaven beating death

The final two defendants of a group of six teenagers charged in the deadly 2011 beating of 18-year-old Anthony Collao, who they mistakenly thought was gay, in Woodhaven have pleaded guilty, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)

York College celebrates its 50th anniversary

York College celebrated its 50th anniversary with an executive Leadership Breakfast last Friday, then a block party and an alumni art show the following day. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

One man’s mission to bring Bayside culture

I’m over at Donovan’s off Bell Boulevard, enjoying a Malbec and burger and good conversation with Gregg P. Sullivan and an intriguing woman of mystery who must for now remain nameless. We’re talking about the way Bayside used to be and what it will take to revitalize it. And if anyone can do it, Sullivan is the man. Comments (5)

Al Oerter, Astoria native, won four gold medals in discus

Astoria native Al Oerter is best known as a four-time Olympic gold medal winner in the discus throw. Winning his first gold in the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics while still a student athlete at the University of Kansas, Oerter was also a champion in the Rome, Tokyo and Mexico City Olympic Games. Comment

A Richmond Hill resident remembers

When I had moved from Clinton Hill to Richmond Hill in a house on 102nd Street in 1967, the 102nd Street station of the BMT JJ train was at the border of Richmond Hill and Woodhaven. The station was then structurally closed and renamed 104th Street. Comment

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