Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011

Floral Park

Indian fare served fast in Floral Park

Hina Shah and her husband, Mahendra Shah, have been bringing the tastes of Mumbai to Queens since 2008. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens native nearly free from Egyptian captivity

Oakland Gardens native Ilan Grapel appears to be on his way to freedom after being detained in Egypt for more than four months on espionage charges. Comment

Monday, Oct. 24, 2011


Chief briefs 109th council on juveniles and terrorists

Chief Philip Banks III, the 25-year veteran, four-star head of the NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau, spoke for nearly an hour about issues that affect the people of the 109th Precinct during the precinct’s Oct. 12 community council meeting, responding to individual questions and explaining how citywide police initiatives will affect every city resident. Comment

Police find woman murdered in Woodhaven

A 54-year-old woman with puncture wounds in her neck was found murdered in a Woodhaven home Sunday evening and police are now searching for whoever killed her, the Police Department said Monday. Comment

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New DOT site will keep streets smooth: Bloomy

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced on a torn-up avenue in Woodside Monday that their new program, Street Works Manual, would prevent recently repaved streets from being dug up months later for utility upgrades. Comment
St. Albans

Robber stole jewelry from boro home: Post

ST. ALBANS — Police said they arrested a gun-wielding 23-year-old who robbed a family in St. Albans, the New York Post reported. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Attempted towing of car leads to assault: DA

KEW GARDENS HILLS — Impairing the governmental function of a public employee in Kew Gardens Hills earned one man a $250 fine, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011

East Elmhurst

E. Elmhurst center touts hearing aids

In a presentation at East Elmhurst’s Lexington Hearing and Speech Center last week, audiologist Solange Anderson spoke about the recent advances in hearing aid technology, saying that even those who suffer from mild hearing loss can benefit from an aid. Comment

Queens’ oratorio society to mark 85th anniversary

The Oratorio Society of Queens is planning to celebrate its 85th anniversary by opening the season with a collection of multicultural carols during its annual holiday concert. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Brooklyn man choked victim at hospital: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police arrested a Brooklyn man on charges stemming from an alleged choking incident at Mt. Sinai Hospital of Queens, at 25-10 30th Ave., Sept. 28. Comment
Cambria Heights

Woman threatens man with machete: Brown

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — A woman was due in court Nov. 30 after allegedly brandishing a machete and some colorful language in Cambria Heights last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1)

Tip of the week


Expose undocumented immigrants

How much dumber can we get? Apparently, quite a lot. Regarding your Oct. 6 editorial “Alabama Rides Again,” while the point of states taking over a federal government function may be well-taken, some of the other statements made are nonsense. Comments (1)

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011


Flushing temple dishes Indian entrees to masses

The distinctive tower of the Ganesh Temple in Flushing rises like a beacon for worshipers seeking spiritual nourishment, but in a subterranean cafeteria below, Hindu devotees can also recharge their batteries with expertly prepared southern Indian dishes. Comment

‘Blue Bloods’ transforms Whitestone bar

Television stars aligned in Whitestone Monday for the filming of the CBS police drama “Blue Bloods,” drawing a crowd of onlookers to several sites in the neighborhood. Comments (1)

All Saints raises funds for 120th anniversary

Stella Elder said she and her husband eat at Bell Boulevard’s Mekong East Restaurant about twice a week. Comment

Indie flicks return to Astoria with new film festival

Intent on establishing a Tribeca-style film festival in Queens, the Astoria/Long Island City International Film Festival returned to the streets of its namesake neighborhoods for the second year over the weekend. Comment

Heroes of Hispanic heritage

A community activist, a firefighter and an artist were among the seven people honored by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) as a part of Hispanic Heritage month. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Pk deodorant thief resisted arrest: Post

OZONE PARK — Authorities said they arrested a thief who was trying to steal hygiene products from an Ozone Park drugstore, the New York Post reported. Comment

Cops catch robbers inspired by movie: Police

ASTORIA — Four suspects dubbed by police as the “Bleach Bandits” were scheduled to be arraigned this week after a spree of ATM burglaries across Brooklyn reached to a candy store in Astoria earlier this month. Comment
Middle Village

From the court to the gridiron, CK’s Fuchs is back

Before this year, Jordan Fuchs was best known for catching alley-oop dunks. The Christ the King junior is now pulling down touchdown passes as well. Comment
Floral Park

Visitors to Queens Farm pick pumpkins

The Queens County Farm Museum is hosting pumpkin picking Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October. Comment

Put an end to Occupy Wall St.

It is time for New Yorkers to stand up and demand the mayor and NYPD put an end to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Comments (3)

Friday, Oct. 21, 2011


CB 5 hydrant user finds some fail to function

Vinnie Alberici is an unlikely inspector of fire hydrants in and around Community Board 5, but he has found that a significant number are in poor condition or not working at all. Comment

Former mayoral campaign operative found guilty of looting Bloomy

Queens political operative John Haggerty was found guilty Friday by a Manhattan jury of grand larceny and money laundering after being accused of stealing $1.1 million from Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment

Astoria’s Grand Post Office is saved after long battle

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and other Astoria representatives praised USPS’ decision Wednesday to take the Grand Post Office on 30th Avenue off the potential list of locations to be closed. Comment

Avella bill would give state say in large land deals

Inspired by the controversial sale of Creedmoor land to the Indian Cultural and Community Center, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) penned legislation that would require the state attorney general and state comptroller to review and approve all land sales worth $100,000 and higher to private companies. Comments (1)

BID holds second arts festival

Nearly 30 vendors, offering everything from trinkets to jewelry to hats, lined 41st Avenue near the Long Island Rail Road station Sunday when for the third straight week the Bayside Village Business Improvement District produced a street event designed to bring more foot traffic to Bell Boulevard. Comment
Kew Gardens

Actors raise the dead at Maple Grove Cemetery event

With more than 80,000 souls to chose from, the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery had no shortage of stories to resurrect Saturday for the eighth annual Spirits Alive event at the Kew Gardens cemetery. Comment

“America’s Next Top Model” contestant visits Jamaica shop

“America’s Next Top Model” contestant Bianca Golden, a native of Queens, visited Le Bourgeosie Boutique in Jamaica Sunday. Golden, who has been signed by both Major Models and Ford Models, signed autographs for fans. A voter registration drive was also held during the event. Comment

PS 48 students celebrate new school building

Students at PS/IS 48 in Jamaica have been yearning for a school building where they did not have to share a single room in which to eat, play and assemble and this year their wishes were granted. Comment

Historic Flushing site gets much needed makeover

The Kingsland Homestead, a 226-year-old home in downtown Flushing, is getting a long-awaited face-lift this autumn, and its organizers hope the program will allow the site to continue its missions of historical education and preservation for many more years. Comment

Carjacker sentenced for nearly killing ex cop: Brown

A Queens judge handed the man who left a former NYPD officer for dead during a carjacking before leading the police on a wild ride on the streets of southeast Queens a lengthy prison sentence for his crimes, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment

U.S. DOT gives MTA $113M to upgrade bus fleet, depots

The U.S. Department of Transportation has designated nearly $113 million for the MTA, which will use it for new buses, the upgrading of bus depots and other facilities and a command facility. Comment

Missing pet fans help JFK crews track Jack

The online community that has been working for weeks to find a missing cat at John F. Kennedy International Airport was up and about this weekend to get more people on their team and bring the missing feline home. Comments (7)

Liu campaign finance practices questioned

A series of alleged campaign finance irregularities has raised questions about City Comptroller John Liu, the former councilman from Flushing and a possible top-tier candidate to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2013. Comment

See ‘Chix 6’ in Queens before Broadway fanfare

“Now this is theater,” the reviewer thought minutes into Lourds Lane’s thrilling, loud, vibrant, over-long, over-the-top spectacular “Chix 6,” now at Queens Theater, the theater formerly known as Queens Theater in the Park. Put on by a crew — if not quite a cast — of hundreds bursting with talent, the theatergoer gets the feeling that “Chix 6” is something Broadway is a little scared of right now, mostly because of the expense of putting on such an extravaganza, but mostly because of sheer timidity. If there’s one thing th Comments (1)

Boro man mugged, beat woman over purse: Cops

ELMHURST — A Forest Hills man was arraigned last month for allegedly trying to mug a woman on the street, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Queens teens steal and damage SUV: Brown

BAYSIDE — Two Woodhaven teens were arrested last week after they stole a woman’s car and damaged it along with other autos when they were apprehended, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

QC soccer steps up game

The Queens College men’s soccer team had a seven-game undefeated streak and a 5:28:16 time span without allowing a goal heading into their conference clash with the New York Institute of Technology. Comment
Our History

Our History: Franklin made his name with many inventions, contributions

If Benjamin Franklin was to walk up High Street in Philadelphia in October 1723, he would note a city busy with a population of about 10,000 people. Hard for us to imagine for that period in our history. Comment

Demand more public input into planned fracking

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” is a process used to extract natural gas from underground shale deposits. The problem with the process is that it uses toxic, carcinogenic chemicals combined with huge amounts of water to facilitate the removal of the gas. These chemicals can reach into wells, waterways, reservoirs and underground aquifers, thereby contaminating our water supplies. Other states that allow fracking have had instances where wells and streams have become contaminated due to fracking. Comment

Four Lives Gone

If only the two young men charged with the murder of Tyshanna “Chicken” Murphy looked like dangerous thugs, it would be easier to celebrate their arrests. But they do not. Tyshawn “Ta Ta” Brockington, 21, and Robert Cartagena, 20, look like a couple of guys from the neighborhood. Comments (1)

The Fight to Save Southeast Queens

There are two pressing concerns in southeast Queens and they are directly connected: Putting people back to work and saving their homes. Comments (1)

A Little Respect for the Community, Please

There has to be a point when the city tells developers enough. That point has come with the Millennium office building on Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Chon Property Corp., of Flushing, bought the building for $2.6 million in 2003 and has done nothing with it. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011

Howard Beach

Van lands on boat after Howard Beach chase

The driver of an adult daycare van slammed through a barrier Thursday and crashed into a motor boat docked at a yacht club in Howard Beach while fleeing from an SUV he had allegedly sideswiped on the Belt Parkway, police said. Comments (1)

Charges dropped against Astoria man in Brooklyn sex assault

Police dropped sex crime charges Wednesday against Joshua Flecha, a 32-year-old Astoria resident originally accused of being one of the Brooklyn gropers, the NYPD said. Comment
Ozone Park

Aqueduct’s new slots ready to roll Oct. 28

Let the games begin! Comments (4)
East Elmhurst

Delta nears LaGuardia deal

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) applauded last week the U.S. Department of Transportation’s approval of a deal between Delta Airlines and US Airways that is set to bring a significant renovation and quieter jets to LaGuardia Airport. Comment

Survey IDs boro danger zones

A transportation advocacy group has identified southeast Queens as the borough’s most dangerous place for pedestrians and it is calling on the city to do more to prevent people from getting hurt. Comment

Crowley’s fund-raising leads Qns. congressional delegates

As the borough’s congressional delegation prepares for primary and general elections next year, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars in the last three months and is sitting on almost $1 million, according to the latest campaign finance disclosures from the Federal Election Commission. Comment

J/Z project saps business

Business owners along Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven said their profits have plummeted because of construction crews that block off long stretches of parking spots, even when no work is being done. Comment
Bayside Hills

Under protest, Bayside Hills variance won

Bayside Hills Civic Association President Michael Feiner said “you just can’t win” after the city Board of Standards and Appeals voted Tuesday to grant a variance he and the community had been protesting for months. Comments (1)

SE Qns on high alert following two sex attacks

An elected official and crime watchdog group have pledged to provide safety support to southeast Queens residents after the neighborhood was the site of two nighttime sexual attacks. Comment

Occupy Bayside group advocates tax fairness

Protesters did not so much occupy the Bayside Long Island Rail Road station as they did temporarily appropriate its space last Thursday when they held up signs and handed out leaflets urging morning commuters to take part in and support financial reforms. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Sheehan in Rikers pending sentence

Lawyers hoped to get Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach school secretary who was acquitted of murdering her husband but found guilty on a gun possession charge, out of Rikers Island pending an appeal, but the mother of two surrendered herself to police custody last week and was subsequently locked up. Comment

Officials warn Sunnyside of bicycle-riding groper

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and Sunnyside electeds passed out fliers near the No. 7 train 46th Street-Bliss Street station early Monday morning, warning commuters of a groper in the area who has attacked five women and a 12-year-old girl. Comment

State gives $1.5M grant to boro waterfront plan

The controversial plan to redevelop the downtown Flushing waterfront has been cast into the spotlight in recent days. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Maloney backs bringing university for engineering to Roosevelt Island

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), other Queens elected officials and Long Island City business groups threw their support Monday behind Roosevelt Island becoming the new site for an applied sciences and engineering university in the city. Comment
Cambria Heights

State cyberbullying bill presented at Cambria Heights school

An effort to curb cyberbullying through legislation made its way to Campus Magnet HS in Cambria Heights last week to raise awareness and get teens to document their experiences. Comment

109th Pct. Cops of the Month raid gambling den in Broadway

Brian Maguire, deputy inspector of the 109th Precinct, honored four officers last week as the precinct’s newest Cops of the Month. Comment

City makes Jamaica water plant eco-friendly with roof upgrade

The city has taken another step in cleaning up Jamaica Bay and making one of its water treatment facilities more environmentally friendly. Comment
College Point

Point 128 to undergo scrutiny by city

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) plans to meet this week with the city Department of Buildings about architect Raymond Chan’s Point 128 development now under construction in College Point. Comment

L.I. killer sentenced in Elmhurst nightclub slay

John Lundi, of West Babylon, L.I., has been sentenced to 35 years to life in prison for a 2008 killing in which he fatally stabbed a man eight times outside an Elmhurst nightclub, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Protect kids at Metro Ave. bus stops: CB 6

At the end of each school day, hoards of students from two high schools converge on a busy Queens intersection where hijinks and crowded crosswalks have created an accident waiting to happen, community leaders say. Comment
South Jamaica

Van kills woman near S. Jamaica home: Cops

Police were searching for the driver of a dollar van who they say struck a woman and left her to die on the streets of south Jamaica Sunday night. Comment
Forest Hills

Accused kidnapping parents return to Queens

The fugitive parents who allegedly kidnapped their eight children out of a Forest Hills foster care center last month were brought back to Queens last Thursday and placed behind bars while they wait for their trial, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Secret sticker cabal frames me: Vallone

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) accused graffiti-makers of putting up fake campaign stickers for him around the city to have him fined and make him look like a hypocrite. Comment
Little Neck

Little Neck manhunt yields 4 arrests

Four Brooklyn men with prior arrests, including one who was convicted of murder, were nabbed after fleeing to a Nassau County golf course following a robbery at a Miracle Mile jewelry store Friday afternoon that set off a massive search in Little Neck and on Long Island, Nassau County police said. Comments (1)

Kelly honors hero cop at Venditti park event

A fallen hero was remembered Sunday as family, friends and members of the various communities touched by Detective Anthony Venditti rededicated the Ridgewood park that bears his name — 25 years after he was killed in the line of duty. Comment

Shaping poetic Queens

In ancient Greece, poets were honored with a crown of laurel. In 21st century Queens, the borough’s poet laureate, Paolo S. Javier, isn’t taking his noble title lightly. Comment

Fake cop forced man to perform sex act: Police

QUEENS — The NYPD has arrested a Bayside man they claim forced a victim to perform a sex act by impersonating a police officer. Comments (6)
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis still on top

Francis Lewis heard all about its soccer demise in the preseason, how this would be the year Bayside surpassed it in PSAL Queens A East. The Patriots didn’t fire back, though they heard the chatter. Comment
Middle Village

CK sharpshooter commits to Adelphi

Lauren Nuss didn’t have to look far to find her perfect college fit. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Bedoya assists in Francis Lewis soccer reign over boro

Danny Bedoya can’t explain why. He just gets a certain joy out of seeing a teammate score a goal, seeing them succeed, even more than when he’s the one putting the ball in the back of the net. Even when he played forward years back, the Francis Lewis star senior often set up his team’s other striker, rather than himself. Comment

Police find missing Astorian in good health

ASTORIA — Police said they have found an Astoria woman who was reported missing last week. Comment
Political Action

Political Action: Boro GOP must be unified to make meaningful impression

The Queens Republican Party intra-county struggle for control continues. Earlier in the year, it began with the petition drive with both sides in certain state Assembly districts fielding different candidates for district leader and county committee. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Dishing with Dee: Jefferson Dem Club hands out awards at 101st dinner

The Jefferson Democratic Club held its 101st annual dinner at the Douglaston Manor last Thursday night. Comment

E-mail disguised as birthday celebration

Recently I and many other ordinary folks in the community received an e-mail invitation to help celebrate state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) 60th birthday. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011

Springfield Gardens

Sanders rallies community to combat sexual assaults

City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) is hosting an emergency meeting Wednesday in light of the pair of sexual attacks that have taken place in southeast Queens over the last week. Comment
Forest Hills

Haggerty case goes to jury

An attorney for Queens political operative and Bloomberg campaign volunteer John Haggerty, who is on trial in Manhattan Supreme Court for allegedly stealing $1.1 million of the mayor’s money, told jurors during closing arguments Tuesday that the Manhattan district attorney’s office came to a “rush of judgment” in charging the Forest Hills resident while prosecutors claimed key e-mails will seal Haggerty’s guilt. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Ackerman says Egyptians may release Grapel

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said Tuesday he was hopeful Oakland Gardens native Ilan Grapel would soon be released by Egypt, following the news that the Israeli government had released hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier who has been held captive by Hamas for five years. Comment

Gibbons’ Home owner killed in auto accident

Two orange and blue seats from Shea Stadium, numbered 4 and 3, sat empty outside Maspeth’s Gibbons’ Home bar Sunday, one day after owner George Gibbons Jr. was killed in a senseless auto accident. Comments (1)

New Yorkers across the political spectrum support higher taxes for the rich

Only a fraction of the city’s population spends each night in Zuccotti Park as part of the Occupy Wall Street protest, but polls released Monday show a majority of New Yorkers agree with some of the movement’s messages. Comment
Middle Village

CB 5 to meet over Christ the King charter school

A committee was set to meet this week to discuss the possibility of putting one of the area’s first charter schools within Christ the King High School in Middle Village. Comment
Far Rockaway

Cops need family to ID man’s body in Rockaways

ROCKAWAYS — The NYPD was still waiting for the family to identify a man who was shot and killed Monday. Comment
Forest Hills

Car dealer pleads guilty to tax fraud: DA

Car dealer pleads guilty to tax fraud: DA Comment
Long Island City

Bloomy asks Long Island City to name its new park

Mayor Michael Bloomberg invited city residents last week to leave a permanent mark on a new open space at Queens Plaza as the project to improve the major hub of transportation in Long Island City nears completion. Comments (3)

Flushing football shuts down JFK

Flushing Coach Jim DeSantis wasn’t sure his team could pull out a victory against John F. Kennedy and its mammoth defense Friday. Comment

QBG holds harvest festival

The Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing held its Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch Sunday. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011


Bloomberg says he backs OWS protesters’ rights in Woodside

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference in Woodside Monday that he supported the right of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators to protest, but whether they could stay in the tent city set up in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park is in the park’s owners’ hands. Comments (1)

Civic CURES Edsall eyesore

A civic organization dedicated to beautifying neglected and often filthy strips of land along train tracks was at it again in Glendale over the weekend. Comment

Monday, Oct. 17, 2011


Middle Village man killed in wrong-way crash

George Gibbons Jr., 37, from Middle Village, was killed over the weekend in an auto accident. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

Driver in fatal South Jamaica hit and run sought

Police are searching for the driver of a dollar van who they say struck a woman and left her to die on the streets of South Jamaica Sunday night. Comment

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