Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Forest Hills

Two people used stolen credit cards: Police

FOREST HILLS — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two individuals wanted for grand larceny. Comment
Jackson Heights

Cops seek man who pretended to be officer

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Cops were asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for impersonating a police officer. Comment

Rhoomes, out of Cardozo, picks Fordham over big names

Ryan Rhoomes described the last year of his life as hell. Instead of starting his college career at TCU, he was back home in Middleton, N.Y., working two jobs and using his sparse free time to stay in shape. Comment

Melt that stress away at Fish World USA

Few things have the ability to bring you back to your childhood — like a chorus of aquarium filters bubbling away — but whether you are looking for that $5 goldfish you had when you were young, or are in the market for an elaborate, underwater environment, Fish World USA in Auburndale offers a treasure trove of booty. Comment

Religion has no place in political campaigns

I fail to understand the brouhaha over the candidacy of Jeff Gottlieb in the 6th Congressional District, claiming it is a ploy to deprive candidate state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) of the “Jewish vote” (“Lancman calls Gottlieb ‘hack’ in primary run,” Flushing Times, April 12-18). Comment

Monday, May 14, 2012


St. Luke students collect 54,000 labels to help fund school

Certain Whitestone students have been rummaging through garbage cans and ransacking the cupboards of extended families to help fund a playground at their school, finding thousands of dollars most people mistake as trash. Comment

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South Ozone Park

Cops seek man in tire slashing and robbery

SOUTH OZONE PARK — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a black male suspect, aged 25-30, in connection with a grand larceny in South Ozone Park. Comment

A Cardozo star rises in MVP performance

PENNINGTON, N.J. — Emphatic dunks, feathery three-point shots, impressive moves around the hoop — Jermaine Lawrence showed his entire arsenal Saturday afternoon. Comment
Willets Point

Tip of the week


Nonprofit heads must give up perks

It is disappointing that City Councilmen David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), in the April 19-25 story “Proposed bill blocks trash charge for culturals,” would prevent the city from charging so-called private nonprofit groups for paying for trash and recycling. Comment

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Floral Park

Qns priests promoted to auxiliary bishops

It was unexpected but welcome news for two Queens Catholic priests, including one from Floral Park, after Pope Benedict XVI promoted them to auxiliary bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn, according to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. Comment

Famed dance institute holds tryouts for kids in Queens (WITH VIDEO)

Hundreds of pint-sized dance hopefuls bounded into Astoria for a free audition with the School of American Ballet at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts Sunday. Comment

Electeds blast MTA over long wait to replace MetroCards for seniors

The MTA has come under fire for what critics call an intolerably long process in replacing MetroCards lost by the elderly and disabled. Comment
College Point

Crowley reintroduces jobs bill following 2011 Senate rejection

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) hopes a proposed bill allocating $70 billion to teachers and first responders around the country will pass with presidential support, although a nearly identical piece of legislation did not gain enough support to even come to a vote in the Democratically led U.S. Senate last year. Comment

New taxis must be disabled-ready: Liu

City Comptroller John Liu threatened to reject a taxi contract between the city and car manufacturer Nissan, saying the designs are not handicapped-accessible, but the city Taxi & Limousine Commission and the city Law Department said Liu has no standing to do so. Comment

CB 11 considers street renaming

A Bayside student who wants to honor his late teacher by having a Bayside street renamed in her honor got the nod from Community Board 11 Monday. Comment

Officials want Astoria Pool, high-dive restored for plays

It might not be filled with water, but the pool at Astoria Park filled with music Saturday as the city Parks Department organized an event to promote its refurbishment. Comment

Two men robbed boro stores with guns: Cops

ST. ALBANS — Cops were asking for help identifying and locating two suspects wanted in connection with two gunpoint robberies at local businesses. Comment

Flushing’s Hay goes to NFL

Michael Hay has seen the lowest of the low. So when the highs come, he appreciates them even more. Comment

Queens suffered thru blackout, gas shortage in 1942

Stateside, the war effort was beginning to ramp up. On May 5, 1942, the sixth minesweeper to be built in Whitestone in the past seven weeks slid into the East River. The boat was christened at the Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp.’s yard at the foot of 154th Street. Comment
Long Island City

Western Queens filled with bicyclists during Five Boro Bike Tour

An estimated 32,000 cyclists rode in the TD Five Boro Bike last Sunday. Comment

Sad Demise of Monserrate

It was with no pleasure that we watched last week as former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate pleaded guilty to misusing money to fund his unsuccessful 2006 campaign. Comment

Primary will cost voters pretty penny

The local press is awash with statements that the upcoming Democratic primary for the nomination in the 6th Congressional District is a short time for the candidates to get themselves known. Comment

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Bishop Reilly seeks lost grads for 41st reunion

A committee of seven has been tasked with finding nearly 450 graduates of a Fresh Meadows high school that no longer exists. Members of the Bishop Reilly High School class of 1971 have organized a reunion set for early next month with hopes of bringing everyone together again. Comment

‘Hipster’ influx pulls city gaze westward

Hipsters who are moving into the neighborhoods of western Queens are pulling inspectors from the city Department of Buildings away from their usual hot spots in the eastern part of the borough, according to the department. Comment

Boro has fair share of cheating hearts

Suspicious Queens spouses just had a heaping dose of fuel poured onto their dubious flames. Comment

Jamaica Ball promises food, fun and nonprofit accolades

Don’t just party — party with a purpose. Comment

Rosedale Little League prepares for season

The Rosedale Little League is gearing up for baseball to begin. Comment

Police need to ID two suspects in robberies (WITH VIDEO)

WOODSIDE — Cops need the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection with a robbery at gunpoint in Woodside. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Bring contemporary hits to the stages of Queens

There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams – not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. “The Great Gatsby”, F. Scott Fitzgerald Comment
Fresh Meadows

Hamlet of Francis Lewis draws offer from Wagner

Jazmine Hamlet had her plan set. As of early April, she didn’t have the Division I school she wanted. So the Francis Lewis guard figured she would go to a junior college for a year with hopes to earn some more interest. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Teachers should be up to the challenge of educating

From my first day of school, when my mother brought me to the building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, I had drilled into me by my parents that teachers were supreme. You did not question or show disrespect to them. Comment

Punishment Should Fit the Crime

Under standards imposed during the Bloomberg administration, the city can boot or tow cars of owners who owe as little as $350 or have five unpaid parking tickets in the course of one year, even if the tickets have not gone to judgment. Comment

Garbage station does not belong near LGA runway

Queens is in the midst of an incredible period of economic growth, with billions of dollars in proposed construction and thousands of new residents expected in the next 20 years. The borough is home to two airports and they are the lifeblood of our local business community. Comment

Friday, May 11, 2012

St. Albans

Man dies after gunshot wound in the head in St. Albans

A 23-year-old man who was shot in the head made a desperate attempt to get help before he collapsed in St. Albans Thursday afternoon, a witness and the NYPD said. Comment
Forest Hills

Aquino gets four months in jail

Dr. Robert Aquino, former chief executive officer of Parkway Hospital, was sentenced to four months in prison Tuesday for bribing former state Sen. Carl Kruger in an effort to keep the Forest Hills institution open. Comments (1)

Feds clear RKO for takeoff

The Federal Aviation Administration cleared plans to build a 16-story, mixed-use building around the landmarked lobby of the RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing last week. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Soaring acts to star at Big Apple Circus

It’s time to “Dream Big” in Queens as the Big Apple Circus launches its annual event later this month fully equipped with jugglers, horses, dogs, acrobats, magic and more. The new 34th season show will feature the Flying Cortes trapeze act, a staple of the event. Comment

105th Precinct’s ranks gain 34 to turn tide of crime

The NYPD has fulfilled a request by Deputy Inspector Joseph Courtesis for more boots on the ground to combat rising crime trends in the 105th Precinct, but the community’s wishes for a new precinct appear to have been looked over once again. Comment

Ridgewood cabbie admits imprisoning family in taxi at JFK

A Ridgewood livery cab driver has pleaded guilty to charges of imprisoning a Panamanian family in his speeding taxi in a terrifying ride fleeing police. Comment
Jackson Heights

Bostonian admits assault on Jax Hts gay man: DA

A 28-year-old Boston man pleaded guilty to committing a hate crime last week after stabbing a gay man in Jackson Heights who was walking down the street with his boyfriend last year, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Libyan nabbed in Astoria apt. stabbing death

A man described by his roommate as a recently divorced Libyan war refugee was arrested and charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 28-year-old man on Friday night, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Aide stole $800,000 from elderly patient

An elderly Forest Hills woman bilked out of close to $800,000 over four years by her home health aide said the theft left her feeling shocked and betrayed. Comments (4)

Unwanted Intrusion

Richmond Hill

Rich Hill credit repair service charged with scamming clients

The owner of a Richmond Hill credit repair company has been charged with bilking customers out of thousands of dollars, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comment

The Power of Illusion

David Copperfield, step aside. For 20-plus years, husband and wife performers and illusionists Kevin and Cindy Spencer have been famous for bringing their unique entertainment style to the magic-deprived. The duo’s mind-boggling, fast-paced, state-of-the-art illusions have had audiences from Las Vegas to Taiwan wondering: “How’d they do that?” Comment

Death of woman, 79, prompts investigation

WOODSIDE — A 79-year-old Woodside woman was found dead in her Woodside home last week, police said. Comment

Dozo softball ties for first

The Cardozo players bounded out of the dugout, mobbing Gabriella Valdes at home plate. Minutes later, they came together around Kelly Phillips on the pitcher’s circle for a seemingly choreographed chant and dance. When they arrived back at the dugout area, Coach Pete Douglas was greeted with a rah-rah speech and the chanting of the girls’ names. Comment
The Civic Scene

Eminent domain easily abused in the hands of developers

Two expansion proposals are slowly wending their way forward. New York University wants to expand in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. The city also wants developers to demolish the Iron Triangle in Willets Point and build giant, mixed-use buildings and other properties. Comments (2)

Tributes and tunes for York Foundation

The York College Foundation held its 5th Annual Scholarship Benefit Concert at York Monday night of last week. The event featured a performance by Patti Austin & Trio entitled, “The Ella Fitzgerald Tribute.” Comment

Stop the Closings

At the moment it appears the only hope for stopping the city Department of Education from closing August Martin High School and 23 other schools is intervention by the courts. Comment

Thursday, May 10, 2012

South Ozone Park

Two dead in JFK hotel murder-suicide: DA

Police were investigating an apparent murder-suicide that occurred early Thursday afternoon, leaving two men dead at the Hilton Garden Inn at 148-18 134th St. outside John F. Kennedy Airport. Comment

Bayside BID members debate firing of executive director

There were points where so many people spoke over each other that no words were audible, while at other times one commanding voice dominated and echoed throughout the room. Comments (1)

Special ed school locked down after gunman shoots one in broad daylight: NYPD

A high school for special education students was shut down Wednesday after a 41-year-old man was shot in broad daylight nearby, the NYPD and teachers said. Comments (1)
Willets Point

City drops bid to condemn Willets property: Lawyer

Property owners in Willets Point are rejoicing after the city dropped its bid last week to use eminent domain in the Iron Triangle, but the decision does not mean the city is turning its back on redevelopment. Comment

Bayside’s Ozanam Hall workers union votes to strike

Labor negotiations have not reached a tipping point yet at Bayside’s Ozanam Hall nursing home, but members of the UFCW Local 342 union voted Monday to authorize a strike, the group said. Comment
Long Island City

LIC’s Baccalaureate named best in state

The Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Long Island City has been named the best high school in New York state by U.S. News & World Report. Comments (1)

Ex-Jamaica Hospital chief receives 3 years in prison

A federal judge sentenced a former Queens hospital executive Monday to three years in prison for bribing three state legislators in exchange for lobbying on his institution’s behalf. Comment

Monserrate admits guilt in 2006 fraud

In the final nail in the coffin of a notorious political career, former state Sen. and City Councilman Hiram Monserrate pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court Friday to funneling taxpayer dollars through a nonprofit to finance his 2006 Senate campaign, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said. Comment
College Point

College Point family mourns after mother’s West Nile death

A College Point family lost their mother to complications stemming from West Nile virus, and they point to standing pools of water and unkempt foliage across the street as the culprit. Comments (5)
College Point

DMV computer system finds fraud has many faces

A man named Chieu Nguyen walked into the College Point state Department of Motor Vehicles office March 27 and applied for a learner’s permit using forged documents purchased in the Bronx, according to a criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comments (1)

Flushing Town Hall marks 150 yrs.

A historic building in Queens has seen its fair share of events — a century-and-a-half worth, to be exact. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Brinckerhoff backers want to save graveyard

The remains of some of the earliest settlers in Queens rest in an empty lot in Fresh Meadows — and residents are trying to keep it that way. Comment
Long Island City

Gianaris urges Koch Bridge check after 4th crash

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said he is asking the city Department of Transportation to do another comprehensive review of the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge off-ramps after a fourth car accident took place near the bridge last week. Comment

Jamaica art peaks curiosity

A newly installed speed bump near the corner of Archer Avenue and 153rd Street has Jamaica commuters slowing down — with some even coming to a complete stop. Comment
Real Estate

Boro officials push bills at BSA reform hearing

Two Queens lawmakers are sponsoring bills that would provide oversight over one of the most controversial government bodies in the city, and the public got to weigh in last month. Comment

East Side Access project delayed again

The East Side Access to bring the Long Island Rail Road into Grand Central may not become a reality until 2019, largely because of excavation problems in Queens. Comment

Triangle in Elmhurst receives $200K grant

Leaders of the 82nd Street Partnership, a small business improvement organization, were pleased the borough president and mayor’s offices set aside $200,000 to improve the Dunningham Triangle, a vital piece of open space in the dense neighborhood. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Aqueduct top bosses fired

The New York Racing Association, which oversees the racetrack at Aqueduct, said Friday it fired two top executives after a state report revealed they illegally withheld $8.5 million in bettor winnings. Comment

Astoria film lot needs action

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) visited Kaufman Astoria Studios Friday to demand the federal government kill a recommended review for an outdoor studio lot at the site so that the project could move ahead quickly. Comment

SUV Accident

Emergency responders were called to the intersection of 229th Street and Hoxey Drive in Bayside last Thursday, where an SUV collided with a utility pole. At least one person was taken to the hospital following the accident. Comment

Man leaves robbery empty-handed: Police

BAYSIDE — Police from the 111th Precinct are seeking information on a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted robbery. Comment

Bellerose stabbing sends two to prison

Two former Queens residents received lengthy prison sentences for their roles in the stabbing death of a 41-year-old father of two after an argument in Bellerose in February 2010, Queens district attorney Richard Brown said last Thursday. Comment

Three injured in Rosedale crash: FDNY

Firefighters responded to an accident at the corner of 141st Avenue and 241st Street in Rosedale Friday morning. According to an FDNY spokesman, three people, including two with minor injuries and one person who was in serious but stable condition, were injured in the multi-vehicle crash. Comment
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights’ Baker lives dream

Cavon Baker was determined to play Division I basketball. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Silverstein to campaign for Halloran’s Council seat

The weeks keep flying by. It just doesn’t seem possible that in less than three weeks we will be celebrating Memorial Day and all the fun parades Queens is famous for. Fortunately, they are spread out over the Memorial Day weekend, making it possible to view more than one. Aside from the fun and festivities of the parades, it’s a good time to reflect on how lucky we are to be living in such a wonderful country. Comment

Van Bramer library card bill expansion now law

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill into law last week that will expand the Library Card Act. Comment

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Dem hopefuls talk policy for new Qns seat in House

Three candidates for the new Queens congressional seat based in Flushing discussed their platforms at a forum last week, while behind-the-scenes legal battles played out in State Supreme Court. Comment

Gibbons’ killer heads to prison for seven years

The wrong-way driver who fled the state after causing the death of beloved Maspeth bar owner George Gibbons was sentenced to up to seven years in prison Monday, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Mayor’s ‘13 budget draws Queens ire

While Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $68.7 billion proposed budget poses no threats to teaching positions, the cuts to firehouses, after-school programs and the library’s budget have some in Queens rallying for another fight. Comment

American Heart Association to host Queens Go Red for Women

Various community leaders will be recognized next week when the American Heart Association hosts the fifth annual Queens Go Red for Women Dinner. Comment
Jackson Heights

Rivera family, senior center to lead Pride Parade

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), who announced the marshals of the 2012 Queens Pride Parade Monday, looked back on how far the parade and the state had come since its inception 20 years ago. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Cops investigate blaze in Rockaway apartment

ROCKAWAY — While executing a search warrant at 84-12 Rockaway Beach Blvd., police observed smoke and a black male hanging out of a window on the sixth floor of 84-18 Rockaway Beach Blvd. Comment

Three men rob drugs from Astoria store: Cops

ASTORIA — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three men wanted for a grand larceny on Steinway Street. Comment
Queens Village

HBQVB in full swing

The Hollis Bellaire Queens Village Bellerose Athletic Association kicked off its season with a parade recently. Comments (1)

Sunday, May 6, 2012


Astoria man arrested in stabbing at apartment above hookah cafe: Police

Police arrested an Astoria man in the stabbing death of 28-year-old man in an apartment above a Steinway Street hookah cafe Friday night, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

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