Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016


Elmurst man dies after jumping off cruise ship: Witnesses

An Elmhurst man is dead after witnesses said he jumped off a cruise ship in Flushing Bay early Sunday morning, police said. Comment
The Civic Scene

Queens state and federal legislators fight the problem of airplane noise

It has fallen on the shoulders of eight lawmakers to fight the airplane noise and pollution caused by jet airplanes in Queens. U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Grace Meng; state Sens. Toby Stavisky, Tony Avella and Joe Addabbo Jr.,; state Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz; and City Councilman Peter Koo make up the eight. While other legislators may be involved in the battle, I have not seen their names in the papers recently, so pardon any omissions. Comment

Record-setting goalie fuels St. John’s success

As St. John’s women’s soccer goalkeeper Diana Poulin suited up for the first game of her final season last Friday, she still felt the butterflies in her stomach. Comment

Police searching for suspect in Woodside hammer attack

WOODSIDE—Police were investigating a possible hate crime in Woodside. Comment

Thief robs $25K from pharmacy in Auburndale: cops

AUBURNDALE—A thief who held up a Rite Aid Pharmacy in Auburndale while allegedly brandishing a firearm fled on foot with $25,000 Sunday morning, NYPD said. Comment

Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

Forest Hills

Women pols voice opposition to Jung’s views on abortion

Friday was Women’s Equality Day and elected officials and advocacy groups took advantage of the occasion by holding a news conference on Geraldine Ferarro Way in Forest Hills to denounce S.J. Jung for his stance on abortion. State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing), Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and Government Affairs Manager for Campaign for Pro-Choice New York Emily Kadar all shared their views on the Democratic candidate for state senate. Comments (3)

Your Queens Weekend: Aug. 26-28

If shaking your groove thing under the stars sounds like a great way to spend a Friday evening, you’re in luck. Head over to Hunters Point South Waterfront Park in Long Island City (near the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue stop on the 7 train) for Lincoln Center Local’s Silent Disco. Comment

Police seek missing woman

Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a Flushing woman who has been missing since Wednesday. Comment

Cuomo pushes to restart tax break for affordable housing

Residents of the Astoria Houses are hoping Gov. Andrew Cuomo succeeds in his push to replace or restore the 421-a tax abatement. Comments (1)

DiNapoli and Stavisky talk campaign reform

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli spoke at a news conference last Friday about the campaign finance reform and ethics in politics. Comment
Far Rockaway

Downtown Far Rockaway pegged for investment

Downtown Far Rockaway will be receiving an influx of investment from New York City in an attempt to establish the area as the commercial hub for the entirety of the Rockaway peninsula. Comment

Meeks blasts Trump for outreach to black Americans

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) said GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s attempts at outreach to African Americans and Hispanics were doomed for failure. Comments (7)

Minister runs basketball camp for SE Queens players

In the gymnasium at First Presbyterian Church at 89-60 164th St. in downtown Jamaica, Paul Coles described his path to becoming the youth director for Young Life, an offshoot of the national ministry organization that is based in Rochdale Village. Coles said he was assigned to the area a year before and quickly decided on basketball as the means to reach young men. Comment
Far Rockaway

Dem Pfeffer-Amato faces GOP’s Zwirn for Goldfeder’s seat

State Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) announced in June that he would not seek re-election, leaving the Assembly to work as a lobbyist for Yeshiva University and focus more of his time on his family. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Officers, FDNY save woman from Springfield Gardens blaze

Two police officers and a FDNY lieutenant saved a woman from a fire that engulfed a three-story Springfield Gardens residence, according to the FDNY. Comment

Flushing coffee shop doubles as cultural center

What do you do with an extra space at a Hydroponic Garden Center in Flushing? Comment

Sunnyside quandary

All politics are local was a favorite saying of legendary House Speaker Tip O’Neill, who knew where accountability as a politician began and often ended. Comment

City’s municipal ID program draws over 860,000 New Yorkers

An evaluation of the rollout and implementation of the nation’s largest municipal ID program found that it was an overwhelming success, a report issued by the city a year and a half since its inception said. Comments (3)

City bail practices disciminate against the poor

In light of the Department of Justice’s recent amicus brief in Walker v. City of Calhoun arguing for the unconstitutionality of bail systems that insufficiently consider both a defendant’s indigence and alternative methods of assuring appearance at trial, I am writing to request that DOJ investigate the bail system in New York City, where thousands of low-level indigent defendants spend time on Rikers Island for being unable to make bail of $1,000 or l Comments (1)

Whitestone company sews up its place in baseball history

Russ Gompers was sitting in a house in Cooperstown a few weeks ago, ignoring his phone. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Forest Hills

Electeds question Jung on abortion statement

Elected officials and women’s groups are being invited to celebrate Women’s Equality Day by denouncing S.J. Jung in response to his announcement that he does not support a woman’s right to choose on the matter of abortion. Jung is the former President of the MinKwon Center and state Sen. Toby Stavisky’s (D-Flushing) Democratic opponent in the Sept. 13 primary. Comments (2)

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Real Estate

Amtrak raises rent 100,000 % for tenants below Hell Gate Bridge right-of-way

The Paratore family — Anthony, Michael, Mary and Rose — were born and raised in the single-family home their grandfather leased from Amtrak at 22-38 23rd St. in Astoria, below the right-of-way leading to the Hell Gate Bridge, in 1946. Since then the rent has not been raised since 1973. This all changed in early August when the Paratores and other residents received a letter from Amtrak informing the tenants their rent would be increased by as much as 100,000 percent starting in September. Comments (1)

73 year-old Pomonok man charged with murder of live-in girlfriend

An elderly Fresh Meadows man has been charged in the murder of his live-in girlfriend, the Queens district attorney said Wednesday. Comment

Pakistani Christians endorse Trump at Jewish center

With chants calling to “make America great again,” Republican candidates and members of the city’s Pakistani Christian community crowded into the basement hall of the Bellerose Jewish Center Saturday evening to celebrate their endorsement of Donald Trump for president. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Hundreds protest Wolkoff’s use of non-union labor at 5Pointz site

For more than two months union leaders have been setting up giant inflatable rats along the perimeter of the 5Pointz Towers construction site in Long Island City, protesting developer Jerry Wolkoff’s use of non-union labor. On Tuesday, reinforcements arrived as several hundred steamfitters, plumbers, carpenters and concrete workers flooded Jackson Avenue and Davis Street for a full-throated lunchtime rally alongside another inflatable called “Greedy the Pig.” Comments (1)

Stavisky, Jung debate issues in Dem primary race

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) faced off against S.J. Jung in a Tuesday night debate which raised tough questions about nail salons, government ethics, public transportation, housing and education. Comments (1)

Sunnyside backs Van Bramer in rift with mayor

More than a week has passed since Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would have a “polite but firm conversation” with City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) over his position on a City Hall-backed affordable housing plan in his district. While Van Bramer is still waiting for that phone call from the mayor, who is currently on a family vacation in New England, he has heard plenty of support from his constituents after he took umbrage with de Blasio’s tone. Comments (3)

Candidates unite to criticize Martins on moving primary date

The race to succeed U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) has taken several twists, including three candidates from different political parties who joined forces on Saturday to criticize Republican state Sen. Jack Martins (D-Mineola) in his attempt to postpone the general election date after a federal court mandated a Republican primary date in October. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill woman charged with murder of 9-year-old stepdaughter

A Richmond Hill woman who been charged with killing her 9-year-old girl stepdaughter told a neighbor three days earlier that she would kill Ashdeep Kaur, prosecutors said. Comments (1)

Flushing karaoke bars sue NYPD for $300M

Three Flushing karaoke bars have sued the NYPD for $300 million, claiming they were singled out during a bribery scandal involving officers from the 109th Precinct. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

Investigators search for motive in imam murder

Muslim community members and leaders are urging the authorities to remain open to the possibility that the murder of the Ozone Park imam and his assistant were a hate crime. Comment

Muhammad brings home gold from Rio

This former Judge ruled in Rio. Comment
Long Island City

New exhibit tracks works from 20 artists

Tucked away on a side street in Long Island City, just steps away from the 39th Avenue stop on the Q and N trains, is a unique museum that both explores the development of some of contemporary art’s major figures and encapsulates the vision of its founder, Emily Fisher Landau. Comment

Is the walk to school really so terrifying?

These are the safest times in history, but if you believe what you see on television, they are not. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016


Flushing bicyclist killed on streets of Bayside

A 78-year-old bicyclist was killed at 223rd Street and Northern Boulevard in Bayside Wednesday morning, police said. NYPD said it received a call about a collision involving a bicyclist at around 6:30 a.m. and arrived to find Michael Schenkman lying unconscious in the street near the intersection. Comments (4)

Preparations under way for breast cancer walk

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Queens held a breakfast Aug. 11 at Terrace on the Park in Corona to kick off preparations for its annual Queens walk. The walk’s main purpose is to raise awareness and funds to combat breast cancer. Comment

New law would protect city vets with Human Rights Law

Legislation was introduced Tuesday that will make veterans a protected class under New York City’s Human Rights Law, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials. Comment

Big City musicians showcase talent at LIC venue

Big City Music Festival returned to Long Island City’s LIC Bar, where 24 musicians and groups from across the city gathered to showcase their original song-writing talent Saturday and Sunday. The two-day event comes along every two years and was founded by Niall Connolly, an Irish immigrant who sought to bring a little bit of home to the city. Among performers gaining in notoriety were Warren Malone, August Wells and Youth in a Roman Field. Comment

Alleged gang member pleads guilty in Corona shooting

A 22-year-old purported member of the Los Travaiesos street gang has pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the December 2015 shooting of a reputed rival gang member in a Corona club, the Queens DA said. Comments (1)

Using creativity to teach about science

For many kids, the summer that is about to end was a time to head for the beach or just relax. But for the 30 young people who participated in the Museum Education and Employment Program, the break between school years has been an opportunity to learn about museums and how they operate. Comment

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