Friday, July 29, 2016


Your Queens Weekend: July 29-31

This weekend, the outdoor summer concert scene is hitting full swing. Friday night at 6, the Latin band Orquestra Finke will bring their swinging rhythm section and harmonic brass sound to Clement Clarke Moore Homestead Park in Elmhurst ( for details). Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Queensbridge Park is hosting an evening o Comment
Kew Gardens

Couple receives medical attention at Queens County Courthouse

Drama erupted at the Queens County Courthouse at 125-01 Queens Blvd. Friday morning, when a woman slipped on the main floor of the courhouse and fell. Her husband subsequently experienced an anxiety attack, said the Queens District Attorney, which led to two ambulances arriving at the scene to care for the couple. Comment

Meng elected vice chair of Democratic National Committee

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) was unanimously elected vice chair of the Democratic National Committee after the convention ended in Philadelphia. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills man arrested for touching two women joggers: NYPD

A 25-year-old Kew Gardens Hills man was arrested and charged with two counts of forcible touching after two incidents in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this week, according to the NYPD. Comment

NYPD body cameras discussed at town hall meeting

Community members gathered in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica Tuesday night for a town hall meeting hosted by Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) about the NYPD’s proposed pilot program for equipping officers with body cameras. Comments (2)
College Point

College Point blaze caused by discarded cigarettes in trash

Discarded cigarettes and matches ignited a five-alarm fire in College Point that displaced eight families, burned through three businesses and injured nine firefighters, the Fire Department said. Comment

Why Northshore-LIJ changed its name to Northwell

The evolution of North Shore-LIJ Health System to Northwell Health has been years in the making. As the health system has grown through mergers and acquisitions, consumers, employees and affiliates have dealt with confusion over what to call the institution, which has many parts. But at the beginning of 2016, North Shore-LIJ officially emerged with a name that would resonate and form an identity to generate solidarity for the institution. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Gunman gets 20 years for shooting at police officers in Jackson Heights

A man who opened fire on two police officers in Jackson Heights in 2011 was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison Tuesday. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

Feds should probe security blind spots at LaGuardia Airport: Schumer

Last month’s attack at Turkey’s Istanbul Ataturk Airport in which terrorists killed 45 people and injured 230 others has prompted U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) to call on the feds to investigate security at LaGuardia Airport. Schumer cited a recent investigative report by NBC which showed the baggage pick-up and drop-off areas at LaGuardia lacked surveillance cameras, leaving the areas at-risk in the event of a future terror attack. Comments (1)

donateNYC will help residents give and get second-hand goods

Second-hand goods do not generally come to mind at the mention of the Department of Sanitation. But the city agency recently announced the launch of donateNYC, an online medium for New Yorkers to give and find goods as well as reduce the amount of garbage which ends up in landfills. Comments (3)

Appellate court affirms lower ruling in Republican primary question

A New York State appellate court ruled it would not set a primary date for two Republicans in a race to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville), whose district covers part of Queens, and the case may be heading for federal court. Comment

Two attacks target children in Bowne Park

FLUSHING — A Flushing man has been charged with sexual assault and robbery of a 12-year-old after an attack in Bowne Park last week, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Jamaica Hospital announces hospice care renovations

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center will entirely renovate its hospice care unit, including the construction of a new center that will provide compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life care for patients. Comment

Jung challenges validity of Stavisky’s petitions

S.J. Jung challenged the validity of state Sen. Toby Stavisky’s (D-Flushing) campaign petitions at a Tuesday news conference claiming many of the signatures were out of the district, illegible or lacking a valid address to the extent that the incumbent was only left with about 13 valid signers. Comment

MMI puts on a really big show for film lovers

In Hollywood’s heyday, the line between “movies” and “films” was for the most part an artistic one. “Movies” came with a tub of popcorn, “films” were accompanied by an artistic pedgree and, usually, subtitles. Comment

Tennis returns to Forest Hills

Ilana Kloss stood on the court at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills in November and swore she could almost hear the sounds of the crowd. Comment

Patterson thrives in basketball spotlight

When Danielle Patterson walked up to the newsstand July 23, her hands were shaking just a little bit. Comment
Long Island City

80-year-old-woman’s purse stolen at LIC Art Center

LONG ISLAND CITY - Police from the 108th Precinct were looking for a woman who allegedly stole an unattended purse from a table inside the LIC Art Center earlier this month. The suspect stole an 80-year-old woman’s purse July 13, at around 3:35 p.m., according to police. Among the items inside the purse were the victim’s credit card and $125 in cash. Comment

Bratton moves on

Commissioner Bill Bratton’s decision to close the second chapter on his New York City tour as head of the nation’s largest police force doesn’t come as a surprise. But it creates a vacuum at a point when Queens and the rest of the city are grappling with a racial divide between the police and the community as well as the threat of terrorism. Comments (1)

Do Republicans really want to build a wall?

Unsurprisingly, immigration is a flashpoint in this year’s presidential election, particularly with the Republican nominee Donald Trump’s signature policy goals of “border walls” and sweeping country and religious-specific bans on immigration. Comments (2)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fresh Meadows

Big Apple Circle cancels season after fund-raising fails

Big Apple Circus, a beloved non-profit that entertained families for decades, won’t be coming back for the 2016-17 season after not meeting its $2 million fund-raising goal. The New York staple has entertained families since 1977 with annual performances in Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows and Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

First contracts awarded for LaGuardia AirTrain project

As the LaGuardia Airport reconstruction project got underway June 1, some groundwork was laid for the proposed AirTrain that would bring travelers to and from Willets Point. Comments (8)

BQX street car advocates confident project finances won’t feel loss of 421-a

Advocates of the Brooklyn Queens Connector don’t believe the expiration of the 421-a tax abatement for developers will affect the financing of the $2.5 billion street car project. The Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector say the project will pay for itself by capturing the increases in property taxes of existing real estate and the new developments along the 16-mile street car corridor, from Astoria to Sunset Park, Brooklyn, one of the fastest-growing parts of the city, according to Mayor de Blasio, with 405,000 residents and 296,000 workers. Comments (3)
Willets Point

Islanders eye Willets Point for new arena: Report

If the Islanders have their way, they’ll soon be calling Willets Point home. This is all according to Bloomberg News, which did not name the source, but reported the New York Islanders’ owners have been in talks for months with New York Mets owners to build an arena adjacent to Citifield in Flushing. Comments (3)

Queensbridge Park esplanade named for community leader

The esplanade in Queensbridge Park was named in honor of advocate Elizabeth McQueen, who founded The Friends of Queensbridge Park in 1998 and led the group for 18 years. McQueen organized volunteer events and helped to beautify the park that runs along the East River, across Vernon Boulevard from the Queensbridge Houses, where she lived until her death in February at the age of 83. Comments (1)

James Sanders notes passion of Bernie Sanders supporters

State Sen. James Sanders (D-Rochdale Village) said he was “astounded” when supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bid for the Democratic nomination booed him when he expressed his support for Hillary Clinton during a meeting with his pledged delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday. Comments (1)

Queens Dems rally to support Suozzi bid

Since Tom Suozzi won the Democratic primary for Congress, the former Nassau County executive has been working to further bring elected officials who were formerly neutral in the five-way race for the primary over into his sphere of support. The Queens neighborhoods covered in the district are in the northeast and predominately Democrats. Comments (1)

Crowley compares Clinton and Trump’s response to 9/11 attacks

A raucous Democratic National Convention turned somber around 9:11 p.m. Tuesday as a trio of speakers remembered the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center and Hillary Clinton’s response as one of New York’s senators. U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) stepped to the microphone and recalled getting the news on a runway at LaGuardia Airport. Comments (5)
Rego Park

Arrests made in nearly $5M Rego Park bank robbery

Three men were arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly executing two bank burglaries in Queens and Brooklyn which temporarily made them $5 million richer, law enforcement officials said. Comments (3)
Forest Hills

Queens Museum celebrates the Ramones

From Forest Hills High School to Rockaway Beach, the Ramones’ roots in Queens are deep. The punk-rock foursome is most well-known for its CBGB shows, wild songs and a well-earned reputation as one of rock’s fiercest and finest bands, but the Queens Museum is currently highlighting the group’s Forest Hills origins in an exhibition. Comments (1)

Mike Piazza gets his Hall-of-Fame moment

Mike Piazza was selected in the 62nd round of the MLB Draft in 1988. That’s the 1,390th pick overall. Comments (1)

Mail-order marriages have their virtues

Years ago, when Marcia Zug read a GQ magazine article about mail-order brides, she was revolted. A high-flying New York City photographer, fed up with all the demanding models he was dating, wanted to find a subservient woman to make him happy. So he ordered a pretty bride from a foreign country. Comments (2)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Long Island City

City Council votes to designate iconic Pepsi-Cola sign a landmark

It took nearly three decades, but the Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City’s Gantry State Park is finally an official New York City landmark. The City Council voted 43-0 in favor of the designation last week. Comment
Long Island City

Artists work with developers so both can thrive in Long Island City

While strolling to her gallery space recently, Carolina Peñafiel experienced a slight existential crisis. Comment

Organization promotes STEAM in Jamaica

In the basement of the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Jamaica, Terence Dew, the founder and lead program developer of STEAM Academy, demonstrated the dizzying array of devices, hardware and software the students in the program were utilizing. He said he wanted the class to have an open, supportive atmosphere. Comments (1)

Civic associations improve their neighborhoods

In the March-April 2016 Newsletter of the Auburndale Improvement Association Inc. First Vice President Henry Euler told of several activities by the civic. He gave information about City Council Intro 446, which would ban the discharge, disposal or use within the city of New York of any wastewater or natural gas waste produced from the process of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Although fracking is illegal in New York state, this toxic wastewater can be sent into the state and could be used to deice roads. Comment

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Man is fatally shot in Jamaica

Police were seeking information about a fatal shooting that occurred in Jamaica on Monday evening, according to the NYPD. Comments (5)

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Bioswale plans anger Flushing residents: Avella

A city Department of Environmental Protection project to install bioswales across Flushing to clean up nearby waterways has residents fuming over the lack of homeowner notification. Comments (6)

No more room on the Flushing  No. 7 line

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to rezone Flushing West was put on hold for very good reasons. Everyone is aware that the Flushing No. 7 subway has been running at full capacity during rush hour for years. There is no space to accommodate the thousands of new riders that would have been generated by new housing as a result of Flushing West. Comments (3)

Summer Meals Program will feed hungry kids in Queens

In an effort to provide free meals over the summer to underprivileged kids, Hunger Free America has collaborated with the city Department of Education. Hunger Free America is a non profit organization that helps schools through out the country feed kids. The Summer Meals program will run in three locations in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. The program will provide free summer meals to anyone 18 years old and under. Comments (6)

Bratton takes dim view of Pokémon Go

Pokemon Go may be one of the most popular apps ever, but New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton isn’t amused. Comments (1)

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