Friday, July 31, 2015


Meng says ‘no’ to current Iran nuclear deal

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on the Middle East, has announced her opposition to the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, the first congressional lawmaker to do so. Comment.

MTA operator awaits arraignment in Forest Hills jeweler’s death

Charles Jordan, 46, an MTA train operator from Valley Stream LI., has been with charged in the death of a well-known Forest Hills jeweler to the stars in a suspected road rage incident, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Long Island City

Citi Bike arrives in Long Island City in early August

Citi Bike will have its long-awaited rollout in Long Island City early in August, with docking stations installed at 12 locations around the neighborhood. The new service is part of a plan announced in October that would double the size of the bike-sharing fleet of blue bikes on city streets from 6,000 to 12,000. Comment.

Flushing intersection to be named after Flushing toddler hit by car

The City Council voted to rename an intersection in downtown Flushing after Allison Liao, a 3-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a driver in October 2013. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

AME rallies for affordable homes, jobs in Jamaica

Hundreds of community members marched alongside religious leaders through south Jamaica Tuesday to protest the lack of affordable housing for lower-income families and employment opportunities in southeast Queens since the launch of the borough plan to redevelop the downtown area. Comments (1).
Queens Village

Qns Village corner renamed for Det. Brian Moore

A Queens Village corner will be renamed after slain NYPD Detective Brian Moore, who died in the line of duty in May. A City Council vote on July 23 approved the change. Comment.
Howard Beach

Howard Beach leads in nature study

Since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Howard Beach has become a case study for finding natural and unnatural defenses against vulnerable structures, The Nature Conservancy said in a report released this week. Comment.

Astoria street to be co-named for late civic leader Dennis Syntalis

A beloved leader of Astoria’s Greek community will be honored this fall when a segment of 30th Avenue from 30th Street to 29th Street will be co-named “Dennis Syntilas Way.” He died in January at the age of 85 following a long illness. Comment.

Queens Library to continue search for new president

The Queens Library said it would continue to search for a new president as planned and that it would undertake a full review of the questionable expenditures she made that were uncovered in an audit by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. Comments (1).
Long Island City

The Inspired Word presents the borough’s first Lit Fest

What do you get when you mix a hefty dose of poetry, prose and spoken word with a dash of music, then sprinkle it throughout a popular Long Island City watering hole? Comment.
Long Island City

Huge mural to be unveiled on the Thomson Avenue Bridge in LIC

A major work of public art will be unveiled Aug. 12 at Long Island City’s Thomson Avenue Bridge, between Skillman Avenue and 44th Drive, near LaGuardia Community College. Internationally acclaimed artist Mark Salinas, an 18-year resident of Sunnyside, spent the last year planning the execution of a 6,000-square-foot mural, the largest community-made mural in Queens. Comment.

Reckless car chase leads to arrest on weapons charge: NYPD

A Rosedale man was arrested and charged Saturday with criminal possession of a weapon along with other related charges after he allegedly fled from police officers during a traffic stop in Jamaica, police said. Comment.

New York City Slang for a new generation

This week, our columnist defines the new words she heard around the Big Apple. Comments (1).

Queens takes flight

Last year Queens was singled out as the No. 1 destination in the country by Lonely Planet, which must not have sent its travel writers to review our exotic borough by flying into LaGuardia. We would have lost the race to the top before round one even began. Comment.

Plan to build new LaGuardia is full of holes

Are we really spending $4 billion—or $8 billion, as estimated by Crain’s—to build the word’s largest waiting room? Comments (4).
Jamaica Estates

Mullin sees big tests at Maui Invitational for young St. John’s

Chris Mullin considers himself and St. John’s underdogs as the first year coach and his new roster prepare to get their first taste of big-time college basketball at the Maui Invitational this November. Comment.

Man allegedly punches Resorts guard then steals his car: NYPD

JAMAICA—Police were looking for a suspect who allegedly attacked a Resorts World Casino security guard and then stole his car Saturday evening outside Resorts World Casino at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in Ozone Park, the NYPD said. Comments (1).

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Forest Hills

Arrest made in Aron Aranbayev death: NYPD

An MTA train operator has been charged in the death of a well-known Forest Hills jeweler, police said. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Najmi sees gay baiting in City Council race

A candidate for a Queens City Council seat is charging that supporters of one of his opponents are trying to smear him among Muslim voters by telling them about his support for LGBT rights and same sex marriage. Comments (3).

Bell Boulevard welcomes change with new businesses

Bayside has a new look. Several new businesses now grace Bell Boulevard with even more on the way. And as the Bayside Village Business Improvement District looks for new parking solutions, the area known for its independent small businesses will be more welcoming to both residents and visitors than ever before. Comment.

New clinic aims to help workers owed wages

Two Queens workers centers have launched a wage theft clinic to help employees in the borough get back money owed to them. Comments (6).

Plan to build public toilet at Lippman Arcade canceled

The city has scrapped plans to build a public pay toilet at Lippman Arcade in Flushing. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Redesign plan for LaGuardia Airport brings benefits to borough

The audacious $4 billion plan announced Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will replace LaGuardia Airport “in its entirety” by 2012 with a single, structurally unified main terminal with expanded transportation access, significantly increased taxiway space and wider gates that will accommodate modern aircraft. Comment.

Mayor visits Woodside to mark the start of the Queens redesign project

The long-awaited reconstruction of Queens Boulevard got underway last week. Elected leaders, street-safety activists and Department of Transportation officials joined Mayor Bill de Blasio in the shadow of the Big Six Towers in Woodside “where DOT shovels are now hitting the ground,” according to the mayor. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Seven foes in finalized race for Weprin’s Council seat

The city Board of Elections in Queens County has ruled in favor of the two City Council contenders who had objections filed against their petitions to run for Mark Weprin’s former seat covering northeast Queens. Comments (3).
Bay Terrace

Israel calls on feds to upgrade security at Fort Totten

The recent domestic attack at a U.S. military installation has reignited the national discourse on gun violence and security, and U.S. Steve Israel (D-Melville) is highlighting an apparent greater need for security at some of the city’s more vulnerable spots, including Fort Totten. Comment.

Fast food worker minimum wage increase met with mixed reactions

Although Queens lawmakers and employees praised the proposed $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers in the state, some are upset about the decision to leave out other industries. Comments (2).
Long Island City

5Pointz returns to LIC to help a good cause

Hundreds turned out for a hip hop fund-raising block party in Long Island City Saturday that featured a car show, break dancers, music, food and the return of a half dozen 5Pointz artists. The event took place at Francesco Teoli’s Evandro Tech Motors, located at 47-35 Vernon Blvd., and it was organized by his wife, Gianna Cerbone-Teoli, the owner of Manducatis Rustica. Comments (1).

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Long Island City

New comedy club opens in Long Island City

The laughter is back on Vernon Boulevard. A new comedy club called The Standing Room quietly opened in late June at the former home of The Laughing Devil. Comment.

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Next stop for No. 7 train is 11th Avenue

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, after nearly two years of delays, has announced Sept. 13 as the opening date of the new station that will permit the No.7 train to travel all the way from Flushing to Manhattan’s far west side. Comments (34).

Escape room games come to Bayside

Bayside is now home to a new game that has grown in popularity in Manhattan in the past few years: the escape room. Comment.

Kim raises over $160,000 from supporters

Since the legislative session finished at the end of June, Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has raised more than $160,000 for the July filing period. Comment.

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.

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