Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Forest Hills

Police seek suspects in boro jeweler robbery

FOREST HILLS — Police were looking for three black men in their 20s suspected of robbing a jewelry store in Forest Hills March 31. Comment.

Four hopefuls file to get on ballot for Queens congressional seat

By Monday afternoon, only the four candidates who scored major-league endorsements so far in the race for the Queens congressional seat had filed their petitions with the city to appear on the ballot, but anyone else eyeing the seat had until midnight to do the same. Comment.

Teen in fight, receives broken jaw: Police

FLUSHING — Police want to question six men in connection with the assault of three teenagers in Flushing. Comment.

Maspeth cardiologist brings friendly back

The days of house call doctors with little black bags are long gone, but a good bedside manner remains a primary concern to at least one Maspeth cardiologist. Comment.

City must show respect for the dead at Old Towne

As the co-chairman of the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground Conservancy, I am writing to you to ask for your assistance with a crucial issue facing the 19th-century cemetery. Comment.

Monday, April 16, 2012


New guidebook helps boro Koreans find help

Korean-speaking immigrants will have an easier time understanding what services they are entitled to after a new guide was jointly released by the city and a nonprofit group. Comment.

Auburndale woman dies in house fire

An Auburndale woman died when the house where she was born caught fire Sunday morning, although her cousin made it out of the inferno in time. Comment.
Forest Hills

Police on the hunt for man in 3 boro robberies

FOREST HILLS — Police were looking for a man suspected of robbing three Chase banks in western Queens earlier this year. Comment.
South Jamaica

Police seek help in finding missing teen

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police have asked the community’s help in finding a 15-year-old girl who went missing from her home in January. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Tip of the week


Allow Avella to speak on ICCC

I am in agreement with state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and other community leaders calling for a thorough investigation of the deliberate attempt to muzzle him from sounding off over a disputed land deal — concerning the Indian Community and Cultural Center— over what we all suspect might be foul play. Comment.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Late activist has park view named for him

The site of what almost became a nine-story apartment building on Douglaston Parkway will morph into a scenic overlook at Old Oak Pond, all in the name of the late activist Joe Hellmann. Comment.

Queens in Your Pocket will guide you thru boro

The Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park held a special event last month that introduced the new Queens in Your Pocket, a guide to the borough that contains articles on trendy neighborhood restaurants, hotels and local businesses. Comment.

Developer eyes sequel to Bell Blvd. building

It would be hard to walk the streets of Bayside without seeing the Briarwood Organization’s work. The real estate firm announced its 100th-year celebration, which coincides with the construction of a new office building on Bell Boulevard. Comment.

Donated kidney gives Bayside man new lease on life

Bayside’s Tommy Chang spoke from the heart when remembering his kidney transplant after waiting almost nine years for the procedure. Comment.

Landlord admits misdeeds

Valerie Williamson smiled when she read the agreement her landlord had just signed in Queens Housing Court acknowledging he had illegally evicted her from his Jamaica boarding house. Comment.
Howard Beach

Turner gives medal to son of Queens vet

The Greatest Generation deserves the greatest of honors — even if the battles they fought were more than a half-century ago. Comment.
Floral Park

Queens Farm celebrates Easter with egg hunt and bunnies

The Queens County Farm Museum’s annual Easter egg hunt featured a number of games like the rubber-chicken toss and live rabbits. Comment.

Astoria restaurant robbed of money: Police

ASTORIA — Police were on the lookout for a man suspected of robbing the Pollos ala Barasa Mario restaurant, at 40-19 Broadway in Astoria, April 4. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man, 60, assaulted woman: DA

FAR ROCKAWAY — The Queens district attorney charged a 60-year-old Far Rockaway man with sexual assault and robbery after authorities allegedly linked his DNA to evidence found at the scene of the crime. Comment.

Firefighters sustain no injuries putting out blaze

WHITESTONE — Firefighters responded to a fire in a house on 13th Avenue in Whitestone near 147th Street Saturday afternoon. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Adams prodigy gets 15 Ks against LIC

Anderson DeLeon is only a sophomore, but the righthander baseball teammates call “Pedro” because he resembles Pedro Martinez with his slight build and winding motion, can do what most seniors can’t: relax easily excitable John Adams Coach Glenn Beyer. Comment.

‘Daddy’s Little Sunshine’

In most cases U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t send a warning because the people it deals with are inclined to run. The officers show up at a person’s home or place of work and within minutes the individual is handcuffed and taken away. Once they are taken to an ICE facility, it might be days before they can make a phone call to family or friends. Comment.

Work to make America better

As 2012 continues and the presidential election campaign begins to really ratchet up, is our nation’s economy really beginning to improve? Comment.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Queens gets highest health rank in city

Queens is New York City’s healthiest county, according to an annual survey of the nation’s more than 3,000 counties. Comment.

Junior athletes march in area’s Little League kickoff

Thousands of pint-sized athletes and their proud parents and coaches marched through Glendale Saturday morning in anticipation of another year of baseball with the Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth Little League opening parade. Comment.

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Iannece to run for Assembly

After looking at the newly drawn state Assembly districts, Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece said he could not help but notice how it included much of his political and professional jurisdiction. Comment.
Long Island City

Van Bramer says spas in LIC may be illegal

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and civic leader George Stamatiades said they are determined to fight two spas in the Dutch Kills area they suspect of being illegal businesses. Comment.

Bodega adds safety measures to deter crime after shooting

A year and a half after Shawn Forde fatally shot Juan Torres during a robbery at the Lucky Deli, the Laurelton bodega has followed some of the advice offered in the wake of the violence to make itself safer. Comment.
St. Albans

Youngsters flock to St. Albans park for Easter Egg Hunt

The 11th annual Easter Egg Hunt was held in St. Albans Memorial Park Saturday. The event was hosted by Affinity Health Plan in conjunction with City Councilman Leroy Comrie. Comment.

Cops find illegal guns at school worker’s home: Police

RIDGEWOOD — Rape and felony sex assault charges were dropped against a city school safety agent after his accuser backed off her story, according to police. Comment.
Forest Hills

Taci’s: Quality Turkish cuisine in Forest Hills

When Taci’s sign went up last summer on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills heralding the arrival of a Turkish restaurant, we were positively salivating. We knew of the highly regarded Brooklyn establishment similarly named Taci’s Beyti and hoped for a clone. What we got about two weeks ago was, if not a clone, a spin-off. Comments (1).
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm recruits Bedova

Humble as he is talented, Danny Bedoya was reluctant to accept that a single signature put him in a class by himself. Comment.

Titanic failed to claim any Queens residents in 1912

The newspapers were filled with progress and development. It was a confident age, but midway through the month a jarring note burst upon the world. It has remained seared in our collective memory to this day. Comment.

Trees Bite the Dust

Trees Bite the Dust Comment.

St. Mary’s more a matter of big business

I would like to address your March 22-28 Bayside Times editorial “Skala Rides Again.” I have lived in the immediate neighborhood of St. Mary’s Hospital for the better part of 60 years. I remember when the original building was erected. It was run by Episcopal nuns, who lovingly tended to the chronically ill children in their care. Comment.

Friday, April 13, 2012


City updates CB 7 on construction of Whitestone Bridge

At Monday’s Community Board 7 meeting, residents got updates on construction projects in northeast Queens from city officials along with watchful residents. Comments (1).
Glen Oaks

Industrious vermin call vehicles of Glen Oaks Village home

Unexpected guests have shacked up under some residents’ car hoods, sparking a bitter critter battle in Glen Oaks Village. Comment.
Long Island City

What LIC hopes to see in the future

• Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute — Before Cornell University and the Technion Institute of Technology won the city Economic Development Corp.’s contest to build a higher education tech campus in the city, Long Island City legislators and business leaders lobbied successfully for Roosevelt Island to become the chosen site. A subway stop away, the school is expected to bring economic development to western Queens. Comment.

NYCLU calls foul on DA protocols

Eugene Polhill was arrested around 10:30 p.m. one night in 2009 outside the 179th Street subway station on Hillside Avenue after a man told police Polhill tried to rob him about a half hour earlier. Comment.

Rosedale man runs for seat held by Meeks

Before U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) decided to make a run at a U.S. Senate seat, he briefly flirted with the idea of challenging Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) on his home turf for the new 6th Congressional District. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Blaze ends Cooking with Jazz for Queens chef

A unique eatery pairing music and food will play its last chord and boil its last crawfish April 22 after the owner decided the stress was not worth the cost. Comment.

City mediates grave damage

Members of a Flushing house of worship met with a developer and the city Monday morning to answer lingering questions about how much of a historically marked cemetery was disturbed by construction crews last month. Comment.
College Point

Dead man discovered in lot of Home Depot

Police, firefighters and men in hazmat suits were called to the parking lot of the Home Depot in College Point Saturday night after a man was found dead in a car. Comment.

Woodside nonprofit plans gala in order to help children

Woodside’s The Child Center of NY will be holding a $550-a-plate fund-raiser gala April 18 at Gustavino’s in Manhattan. Comment.

Fund-raiser for Whitestone Ambulance features Easter bunny and magic

A fund-raising event for the Whitestone Community Volunteer Ambulance was held at Dabby’s in Whitestone Saturday. Devon O’Connor, founder of the Welcome to Whitestone Commercial and Residential Civic Association and board member of the Whitestone ambulance, hosted the second annual event at his children’s party venue. Comment.

Cops seek two men in four Astoria burglaries

ASTORIA — Police said two young men burglarized four commercial spots in Astoria at the end of last month, taking money, equipment and, in one case, a motor scooter. Comment.

Cops investigating death of man in Bayswater

BAYSWATER — Police said a black man was found dead at Battery Road and Chandler Street in Bayswater April 4 at around 11:30 p.m. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills woman reported missing

KEW GARDENS HILLS — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating an elderly woman, who was reported missing from Kew Gardens Hills. Feng Huang, 82, was last seen leaving her home at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, according to police. Comment.

Titanic turns 100

As Queens commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic and the events surrounding her fateful journey, it’s customary to recount those fascinating, decades-old tales and anecdotes that are part of this never-ending story. Comment.

Dozo shocks PSAL city champion GW

Three weeks ago, Cardozo began its baseball season in Washington Heights to see how it measured up against powerhouse George Washington, the defending PSAL Class A city champion. After finding themselves in a huge 11-run hole, the Judges rallied against the Trojans backups. They left feeling good after the narrow defeat, taking a moral victory back with them to Queens. Comment.

Bayside softball wins for cancer-fighting coach

Bayside’s postgame celebrations this year might as well be sponsored by AT&T. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Civics fight Mormon church variance for 33rd Ave. chapel

A member of the Jamaica Estates Safety and Security Task Force, Bill Murray, has reached out to neighborhood civic associations to ascertain techniques which can be used to better protect the community from criminal activities. Comment.

Stop-and-Frisk Furor

Whether or not the aggressive stop-and-frisk policy in the 103rd Precinct is sound policing depends on what statistics you look at and whose child is being frisked. Comment.

No seniority hurts Queens in D.C.

With all the hoopla concerning the decision of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) to not run for another term, people often forget that the power in Washington, D.C., is based on seniority. Comment.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Police search for man who groped 11-year-old girl in Fresh Meadows

Police in the 107th Precinct were looking for a man who sexually assaulted a little girl in Fresh Meadows, the NYPD said. Comment.
Long Island City

Building boom recasts LIC

Before Michael Bloomberg became mayor, he visited Queens in 2001 and told residents that he wanted to see skyscrapers in Long Island City. Ten years later, he held a news conference on anti-smoking measures at the city Department of Health’s new home, the latest skyscraper in the neighborhood. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Cops find driver dead with gunshot wound in South Jamaica

Police responding to the sounds of gunshots in South Jamaica found a crashed car when they arrived, its driver dead behind the wheel with a gunshot wound in his side, the NYPD said. Comment.

Delta breaks ground on new LaGuardia project

One of the country’s busiest airports is about to get even busier. Comment.

Ravenswood man gunned down

Ravenswood Houses resident Sandra Davis said she was wondering how she would pay for the burial of her nephew, 37-year-old Shaka Ryan, after he was shot in a liquor store a few blocks away Saturday night. Comment.

Flushing Commons talks revealed in e-mails

On the heels of what appeared to be a fund-raising trip to Asia, the developers of Flushing Commons are back in Queens and in the process of inking contract deals for the $850 million downtown project. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Muni-Meter reform should help business

The rush to the Muni-Meter is over. Comment.

Senior center faces shutdown after cuts

After lawmakers set aside $2 million to build a new home for a Jamaica program that provides services to adults with special needs, the city told the Friendship Center it would eliminate its funding next fiscal year — a move the center said will force the operation to end after more than 30 years in the neighborhood. Comment.

Francis Lewis graduate shines on ‘American Idol’ stage

As the first Korean-American to make the finals for Season 11 of Fox’s “American Idol,” 22-year-old Flushing resident Heejun Han’s journey to fame began with an audition in Pittsburgh back in January, when he belted out Michael Bolton’s version of “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?” Comment.
South Jamaica

Police search for Jamaica man’s killer

Police were still looking for the killer of Kareem Bandy, a 30-year-old South Jamaica resident who had previously lived in upstate New York. Comment.

Garbage-train plan stinks: Hevesi

Public outcry over idling garbage trains in Middle Village prompted state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) to sound off. Comment.
College Point

College Point firm fined $1M over wages

A College Point business that cheated a group of workers out of more than $1 million was ordered to pay up and is barred from bidding on contracts in the Big Apple for five years, the city comptroller said last week. Comment.
St. Albans

Head-chef-turned owner offers soul food in St. Albans

After 16 years, her name is finally out front. Comment.

Lancman outlines platform

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) recently sat down with TimesLedger Newspapers to discuss his campaign for Congress and outline some of the issues he would tackle in Washington, D.C., if he should win a four-way primary in June and then defeat a Republican challenger in November. Comment.
Long Island City

JetBlue moves to Queens Plaza

Two long-awaited changes came to Queens Plaza last week as the recently completed park near 29th Street was named “Dutch Kills Green” and airline company JetBlue opened its new Long Island City office a few blocks away. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Garden City jockey races way to Kentucky Derby

Thousands of horse racing enthusiasts from the city and beyond converged on Aqueduct Racetrack Saturday to watch Gemologist and his jockey, Garden City, L.I., native Javier Castellano, take top honors at the Wood Memorial. Comment.

Crews plug water leak with 39th Rd. repairs

It was a happy ending after all for Douglaston resident Eugene Loewy, whose calls have apparently been answered to fix a faulty water main near his home. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

It takes a borough to raise a theater company

“The Waste Land”, by T.S. Eliot Comment.

Inappropriate language sidelines Dozo softball coach

The longtime Cardozo softball coach has been removed pending an investigation into his “inappropriate language,” and players, parents and fellow teachers are not happy, the New York Post has learned. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Political season heats up with U.S. Senate, House races

The political races are beginning to gel. The campaigns are starting to form their strategies that they hope will result in a winner for their respective candidates. What would normally be a mild campaign season is turning out to be a rather riveting winner-take-all contest. Comment.

Pols shouldn’t jump at chance to run

It is interesting how politicians vying to be elected to an office and promising to protect and serve us are jumping quite fast to leave office. Comment.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Lancman calls Gottlieb ‘hack’ in primary run

After word spread that Jeff Gottlieb, a 70-year-old employee of the state Board of Elections, was seeking a spot in the Democratic primary for a Queens congressional seat, state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) said it was a ploy to siphon votes away from him. Comment.

Sunnyside groper déjà vu

In a replay of the response to earlier sexual assaults in the area, the attack on a woman in Sunnyside Gardens Easter Sunday brought City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) and Sunnyside’s elected officials back to the No. 7 46th Street-Bliss Street subway stop Tuesday morning to alert the community. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Peninsula shuts its doors after rescue bids fail

Sources close to Peninsula Hospital gave a negative prognosis to the chances of the Far Rockaway facility ever opening its doors again as a hospital after they were shut for good Monday. Comment.

Mets’ Opening Day brings eclectic crowd to Citi Field

Several Queens politicians attended Opening Day last week, but not everyone got a front-row seat for the Amazin’s’ win. Comment.
Forest Hills

Hospital wins culinary prize

Hospital food usually gets a bad rap, but chefs from 11 North Shore-LIJ hospitals set out to change that perception by competing in the health system’s first-ever cooking challenge — and Forest Hills Hospital prepared a first-place gourmet meal. Comment.
Long Island City

Car hits and kills man in Blissville accident: Cops

BLISSVILLE — A man in his 30s was killed April 4 after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle at Borden and Greenpoint avenues, police said. Comment.

Bryant coach hits 1,000th

Wally Hausdorf was a basketball coach who had stints at Stony Brook, Old Westbury and Queens College. At the time, softball was just something to do to fill time and make extra money before he became a Division I head coach. Comment.

Monday, April 9, 2012


Lancman blasts new candidate as ‘party hack’

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman not only called Jeff Gottlieb’s entrance into the Democratic race for the Queens congressional seat “a sham,” but said the Queens Democratic Party and its chosen candidate were both responsible for trying to siphon votes away from him. Comment.
Little Neck

Few options left for special needs education in city

Turning 5 years old never seemed so tricky. Comment.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


Ravenswood man shot in liquor store dies

A Ravenswood man was shot multiple times at a nearby liquor store Saturday night and later died at the hospital, police said. Comment.
South Jamaica

Man found dead in South Jamaica home

Kareem Bandy, a 30-year-old South Jamaica resident, was found dead in the house where he was a tenant Friday evening with a gunshot wound to his head, police said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Man groped four women in Jackson Heights

Police were on the lookout Saturday for a man suspected of groping four women in Jackson Heights between late March and early April. Comment.

Three Queens subway stations to close for track work

Starting Sunday, April 7, major track work will require shutting down three Queens subway stations for nine days, adding an estimated 10 minutes to trips. Comment.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Corona buildings evacuated after manhole fire releases CO

A manhole fire early Friday morning led to the evacuation of three buildings on 102nd Street in Corona because of concerns over carbon monoxide, fire officials said. Comment.

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