Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Man stole hopeful renters’ money: Cops

ELMHURST — A fake Queens broker conned six people out of deposits for apartments that he never intended on renting, police said. Comment
Ozone Park

Lab cheerleader trades pompoms for high-tops

Up until two years ago, if Ashanti Plummer was at a basketball game, it was in the stands or on the baseline waving pom-poms. Comment

Queens facility takes you out to ball game

Without looking, the sounds of Bayside’s Batting and Pitching Academy resembled any other ball field amid the early spring season frenzy. The cracking of aluminum bats seemingly dominated the room only to be met with the encouraging yells of a Little League coach. Comment

Co-name Jamaica Bay refuge after James Buckley

The Jamaica Bay area has a number of public works named for notable New Yorkers who merit our remembrance. There is the bridge named for former U.S. Rep. Joseph Addabbo Sr., the Marine Parkway Bridge named for New York Mets and Brooklyn Dodgers hero Gil Hodges and Floyd Bennett Field, which honors the famous Brooklyn aviator. And, of course, there is John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment

Monday, May 21, 2012


Crowley, Maloney face rivals for seats

U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) will not face any challengers from within their party at the primaries, but neither will their opponents. Comment

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Ridgewood cabbie admits guilt in chase at JFK

A Ridgewood livery cab driver has pleaded guilty to charges of imprisoning a Panamanian family in his speeding taxi while trying to elude police in a terrifying chase at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment

Lancman pushes pro-veteran agenda in bid for House

Calling on real-life experiences, state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) outlined a pro-veterans agenda Monday as part of his bid for New York’s 6th Congressional District. Comment

Work on Moynihan station set to begin later this year

The first phase of the long-delayed Moynihan railroad station is in sight with a $270 million project to provide greater access to railroad passenger platforms and passageways. Comment

Man assaults woman, steals cell phone: DA

RIDGEWOOD — A 32-year-old Brooklyn man violated an order of protection last month, not only initiating contact with a woman but beating her and taking her cellphone, according to a criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney. Comment

FDNY puts out car fire


Ford’s ‘Pookie’ signs with Old Dominion

Basketball wasn’t always a serious thing for Brittany “Pookie” Martin. The Bishop Ford center had played the sport growing up, but didn’t compete in organized ball until she went to the Brooklyn Catholic school. Comment
Kew Gardens

Tip of the week


Don’t abuse eminent domain use

For about 200 years since the founding of this Republic, everybody — Republicans, Democrats, independents, rich, middle class and poor — were in agreement that government could exercise eminent domain and take private property for just compensation for a public purpose, to wit: a school, a road, transportation facilities, a public building. Comment

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Kew Gardens

Borough lawmakers pen bill to protect female immigrants

There are currently two competing versions of a women’s rights bill extension on the federal level, but Queens lawmakers are not waiting for a resolution and have introduced state legislation to protect the anonymity of victims’ immigration status when they report domestic violence. Comment

Ridgewood touts artistic sensibility during gallery crawl

The Queens Museum of Art wanted to make sure everyone on a recent gallery crawl knew which borough they were in. Comment
Forest Hills

A tree adoption event grows in Forest Hills park

Forest Hills will host a tree giveaway this week to help the city get a little greener. Comment

Sunnyside baker wins $10K on ‘Sweet Genius’ show

Sunnyside resident Angela Cuervo became a baker after watching a cooking show when she was 19. Six years later, she won one. Comment

Ads advise against absence

The newest advertisements showed children with clocks covering their eyes below the slogan, “It’s 9 a.m. Do you know where your kids are?” Comment

Man vents anger by biting another: Brown

CORONA — A 31-year-old man sank his teeth into the side of another person on 100th Street Sunday, according to a criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney. Comment

Police seek missing man from Flushing, 53

FLUSHING — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a Flushing man who was recently reported missing. Comment
Forest Hills

Andre the Giant goes big

Andre Armstrong’s journey to a Division I basketball scholarship featured as many stops and starts as the Brooklyn/Queens Expressway. Comment
Rego Park

Cops seek whereabouts of missing boro man, 20

REGO PARK — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 20-year-old man who disappeared last week. Comment

Credit Repair Vultures

It takes a special kind of crook to take advantage of people when they are down and out. We saw this when the mortgage crisis hit and con artists offered to help people save their homes from foreclosure. The victims paid the crooks thousands of dollars and still lost their homes. Comment

St. Mary’s should be source of Bayside pride

Bayside is fortunate to have St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in the community. Over the years, it has built a reputation for quality service to children and been recognized for such on a national level. Comment

Saturday, May 19, 2012


Putnam Ave. man ran chop-shop: DA

A Ridgewood man allegedly set up his own motorcycle chop-shop in his basement complete with hundreds of bike parts, according to Queens prosecutors. Comment
Long Island City

LaGuardia recruits small biz

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and LaGuardia Community College invited entrepreneurs in Queens and the Bronx Monday to take part in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program at the Long Island City institution. Comment

Walcott visits city’s stand-out HS for Sciences

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott took a victory lap around the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College Monday morning after the Jamaica school was recognized as one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report last week. Comments (4)

Astoria studio gets OK for outdoor lot: Schumer

Let the filming begin! Comment

Pedestrian killed in livery crash

An allegedly drunken livery cab driver hopped the sidewalk in Sunnyside Sunday morning, killing one man before plowing into a row of parked cars in front of a flower shop, according to eyewitnesses and police. Comment
Glen Oaks

Cops catch suspect in Queens bank robberies

FOREST HILLS — Police arrested a man last week who they said flashed a gun before knocking over several banks across Queens. Comment

Man caught in connection with two crimes: Brown

RIDGEWOOD — An 18-year-old man was charged with attempted murder, assault and robbery in two separate incidents in the western Queens neighborhood, according to a criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney. Comment

Queens College exhibit explores evil eye mysticism

Often when a tourist visits Turkey they’ll see an eye drawn on a door or knocker in the shape of a hand. This is the Nazar, a talisman against the evil eye, a curse directed at a person or thing the spell caster dislikes or envies. Now the evil eye is the subject of a fascinating art exhibit at Queens College Art Center. Comment

Queens College hosts cancer benefit

Queens College and its athletics department recently played host to a Relay for Life event, which raised money for the American Cancer Society, in its Fitzgerald Gymnasium. Comment
Our History

Farmers first settled Flushing

The town of Flushing was first incorporated Oct. 10, 1645, by the order of the governor of New Netherlands, William Kieft. Comment

Dunkin’ Dummies

Anyone old enough to drive and smart enough to know the difference between a donut and a bagel should be smart enough not to park a luxury car in a public spot with the keys in the ignition. Comments (2)

Church must allow priests to marry

The recent criticism by Pope Benedict XVI that priests should not question celibacy is typical for an institution that refuses to accept that there must be change in this area. Comments (3)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Rochdale Village

SE Queens drug rings dismantled after mass arrests: NYPD

A 15-month investigation by the NYPD and the Queens DA’s office led to the arrests of more than a dozen people, who authorities alleged were leaders and members of two drug gangs that operated in southeast Queens, police and prosecutors announced Thursday. Comments (1)
College Point

College Point postal center will not close

After months of uncertainty, the U.S. Postal Service has decided not to shut down the Queens Processing and Distribution Center in College Point in a move saving more than 700 jobs, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said Friday. Comment

LIRR bans alcohol on late night weekend trains

The Long Island Rail Road has issued a reminder that starting Friday night alcoholic beverages will be prohibited aboard trains and platforms between 12 midnight and 5 a.m. The ban also applies on Saturday during the same hours. Comment

Crowley lays out platform

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) touted her life experience as to why she is the best candidate for the new Queens congressional seat in a sitdown with the TimesLedger Newspapers last week. Comment
Queensboro Hill

Queensboro tree giveaway kicks off Saturday

Queensboro Hill will be the site of two nature-themed events Saturday where neighbors can help make the city a little more green. Comment

Tenants rally against super

City Councilmen James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) and Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) visited a Jamaica apartment complex Friday in an effort to help two longtime tenants who say their superintendent has made violent and homophobic threats to them. Comment
College Point

Hero pilot trashes city waste station near LaGuardia

Opponents of a waste station near LaGuardia Airport have taken to the airwaves with a hero pilot at the helm. Comments (2)

Bklyn man guilty of 2010 Astoria slay

A jury found a Brooklyn man who had been serving in the U.S. Coast Guard guilty of murder and criminal possession of a weapon last Thursday for shooting an Astoria Houses resident in front of his girlfriend as the victim was loading his car for a move to North Carolina, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens’ gay community salutes Obama

The western Queens LGBT community and their allies sent a giant postcard to the White House last Thursday, thanking President Barack Obama for coming out in support of same-sex marriage. Comment

Library advocates fight to stave off budget cuts

Queens Library supporters rallied to close the book on budget cuts for good. Comment

Iannece optimistic about Assembly bid

More than one month after announcing his intentions to run for the newly created 25th state Assembly District seat, Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece said things have been working in his favor so far, including his first endorsement from the Uniformed Fire Officers Association. Comments (2)

Laurelton man gets 15 yrs for bodega killing: DA

The 29-year-old man who pleaded guilty last month to shooting and killing a Laurelton bodega co-owner who came to his brother’s aid during a botched 2010 robbery was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Marie Curie gets greener

They won $2,500 for their school and never had to make a sound. Comments (1)

Woman gets 10 years for throwing away baby

KEW GARDENS — A Queens Criminal Court judge sentenced a 24-year-old Woodside woman to 10 years in prison Monday for throwing her newborn daughter in a bathroom trash can in Elmhurst Hospital Center, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Dad busted with kids, drugs in car: NYPD

JAMAICA — A random stop by two NYPD officers ended with a substantial drug bust Sunday and an irresponsible father in cuffs. Comment

A change of harp

The harp is often relegated to the position of backup instrument, more likely set off to the side of a concert stage than at its center. But jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda has worked to change that, with recordings and performances that put the instrument front and center. Comment

Bronx standout signs with Queens College

Joya McFarland didn’t just want to go somewhere she felt wanted. The John F. Kennedy senior wanted a college where she was needed. Comment
Political Action

Stark parallels exist between careers of Romney and Reagan

Both Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney began their political careers in elective office by serving as governors of large industrial states. Reagan served two terms as governor of California and Romney served one term as governor of Massachusetts. Comment

Starting Over in Willets Point

The city’s decision to drop its bid to use eminent domain in Willets Point to force property owners to sell brings the fight to develop this underused property back to Square 1. Comments (1)

Question boro Dems, not Lancman

I find Bob Friedrich’s column about state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) misleading (“Lancman attack on Queens Dem machine rings hollow,” May 3-9). Lancman’s criticism of the Queens Democratic Party is based upon the previous action of the party. Comment

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s coach shares inspiring story with new grads

Jumping into the job pool is all about overcoming challenges, St. John’s University head basketball Coach Steve Lavin told graduates at the university’s commencement speech Sunday, and tackling adversity is something he knows a thing or two about. Comment
College Point

Contaminated soil at NYPD site needs to go: CB 7

Construction crews are currently working on the College Point Police Academy project near the Whitestone Expressway, but civic leaders said the city has not lived up to promises about handling contaminated soil on the site. Comments (3)
Richmond Hill

Police search for driver who killed man in Richmond Hill

The family of a Guyanese immigrant was making funeral arrangements this week after police said a car slammed into the 47-year-old father of two while he was crossing Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill Sunday morning and then fled the scene. Comment

Woman killed by shots fired from vehicle on GCP

A drive-by shooting on the Grand Central Parkway early Sunday morning claimed the life of a New Jersey mother, police said. Comment
Rego Park

Koslowitz rips train line at CB6

Community Board 6 convened for its monthly meeting last week with two topics dominating the majority of the conversation: the possible revival of the Rockaway line of the Long Island Rail Road and a planned four-story development on 102nd Street in Rego Park. Comments (3)
South Ozone Park

Two dead in murder-suicide at hotel near JFK

A business meeting turned deadly last week when one man opened fire on another before turning the weapon on himself in an apparent murder-suicide at a hotel near John F. Kennedy International Airport, authorities said. Comment

Report reveals priciest blocks in Douglaston

There’s no place like home — especially for 10 pricey blocks in Queens. Comment

Bayside BID debates firing of former head

It was a look into the past, present and future of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District packed into the same meeting last week, and although confrontational at times, the conversation had shifted by the meeting’s end to the core message of bettering local business. Comment

Parks says carousel will open by Memorial Day

A long-shuttered feature of Forest Park will spin again. Comment
Willets Point

Willets Pt. wants roads fixed after eminent domain fails

In the wake of a city decision to drop its eminent domain proceedings, property owners from Willets Point called on the city Department of Transportation to repair the streets of their neighborhood at Monday’s Community Board 7 meeting and had a unique guest speaker to help make their case. Comments (1)

Koo caught in firestorm over WWII comfort women

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) has been stirring up an international controversy with his plans to honor Asian women forced into prostitution by Japan during World War II. Comments (10)
St. Albans

Young man killed in St. Albans

Police identified a 23-year-old man who died after he was shot in the head near Addisleigh Park as Ariel Edwards. Comments (2)

Sanders to challenge Huntley for Senate

City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton) has announced his intention to challenge state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) as she seeks a third term for the 10th District seat in southeast Queens. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Peninsula rally cries fall on deaf city ears

Hundreds of Rockaway residents sickened by the closure of Peninsula Hospital aimed their ire directly at the city Department of Health at a public hearing last week. Comment

Cancer survivors on rowing team discover healing in Flushing Bay

The members of an all-women’s rowing team who gathered at the World’s Fair Marina Saturday have already been through the fight of their lives, but winning the battle against cancer does not make tidying up Flushing Bay any easier. Comment

SE Queens leaders plan stop-and-frisk meetings

Southeast Queens community leaders are planning a number of town-hall meetings after a report released last week found the overwhelming majority of people stopped by the NYPD in the 103rd Precinct last year were innocent blacks and Latinos. Comments (4)

Doomed high schools get new names

The seven Queens schools that the city Panel for Educational Policy voted to close were given new names last week, but two western Queens legislators said they were more concerned with the future results of the closure. Comments (1)

Cops look for robbers who brandished guns

FLUSHING — Police were looking for two men wanted in connection with a series of gunpoint robberies, cops said. Comment

Cops looking for suspect in dentist office burglary

ASTORIA — Police are looking for the man who allegedly extracted a laptop and dental equipment from a Steinway Street dentist earlier this month. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Prep boys rake up win over strong Xaverian ball club

St. Francis Prep players have spent more time wielding rakes and shovels in the last two weeks than bats and gloves. With all the rain, attempting to play games at the Terriers’ grass field at Cunningham Park has been dicey. Three games last week alone were postponed. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Bronx beep speaks at monthly meet of boro Dem club

We hope everyone fortunate enough to still have their mothers enjoyed the day by celebrating in some way with their mom. For those among us who are not that fortunate, we hope you took some time out to say a little prayer and reminisce about the good times you had with your mother while she was with us. Comment

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


[UPDATE] 111th officer helped Jamaica drug dealer: Feds

A federal investigation of a heroin ring found that an officer from the 111th Precinct in Bayside was allegedly supplying information on license plates and narcotics probes to a dealer from Jamaica, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn said. Comments (1)

Mets to host first All-Star Game since ‘64

The Mets ballplayers aside, Citi Field is finally guaranteed to host a team of all-stars next year. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Police kill man who stabbed wife

Police shot and killed an enraged, knife-wielding man last Thursday night after he used the weapon to stab both himself and his wife, the NYPD said. Comment

Oratorio Society concert to celebrate 85 years of music

With the Oratorio Society of Queens’ 85th anniversary spring concert scheduled for this weekend, Artistic Director and Conductor David Close said he was excited to finally see all the hard work leading up to the event come to fruition. Comments (3)

Rangers fans cheer on their team in Douglaston

New York Rangers fans watched the game against the New Jersey Devils at Strawberry’s Sports Grill Monday. Comment

Bayside blaze torches home on 206th Street

Four firefighters sustained minor injuries battling a two-alarm blaze in Bayside Tuesday afternoon and were taken to North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System to be treated, fire officials said. Comment

Ozanam Hall nursing home union moves closer to strike

Tensions surrounding ongoing labor negotiations at Bayside’s Ozanam Hall nursing home mounted as members of the UFCW Local 342 union voted last week to authorize a strike, the group said. Comments (3)

Mittman remains on ballot for congressional seat race

Dr. Robert Mittman, a Bayside allergist, has secured a spot on the ballot for the June 26 primary to determine the Democratic candidate for the new Queens congressional seat, his campaign said last week. Comment

New Yorkers favor increase to state minimum wage: Poll

With just a month to go before the state Legislature breaks for the summer, New Yorkers are strongly in favor of both increasing the minimum wage and cutting taxes on businesses, according to a new Siena Research Institute poll. Comment
Willets Point

Bicyclist dies after he gets hit by driver: Cops

WILLETS POINT — A man pedaling a bicycle near Citi Field was struck and killed Friday, police said. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis tops Bayside

Alina Cerda provided a big finish to a big day for Francis Lewis. Comment

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

East Elmhurst

Two bikers killed as motorcycle slams into bus in East Elmhurst

Two men were killed when the motorcycle they were both riding on slammed into the front of a bus on 31st Avenue near 73rd Street in East Elmhurst Sunday evening, police said. Comments (5)

Monday, May 14, 2012


Woman dies from gunshot wound to head near Grand Central Parkway

A woman who was shot in the head and driven to Elmhurst Hospital Center died Sunday morning, the NYPD said. Comment
Richmond Hill

Police searching for hit-and-run driver who killed man in Richmond Hill

Police were looking for the driver who hit and killed a man crossing Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill Sunday morning, the NYPD said. Comment

Intoxicated livery driver kills one in Sunnyside: Cops

A drunken livery cab driver hopped the sidewalk in Sunnyside Sunday morning, killing one man before plowing into a row of parked cars in front of a flower shop, according to eyewitnesses and police. Comment

Police discover body in Forest Park brush fire

Police and firefighters discovered a charred body in Forest Park Saturday morning after responding to a brush fire call, the NYPD said. Comment

Friday, May 11, 2012


Police kill man who stabbed wife in Oakland Gardens

Police shot and killed an enraged knife-wielding man Thursday night after he used the weapon to stab his wife and then himself, the NYPD said. Comment

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