Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012


Jamaica center will use grant to fight HIV in the transgender community

Although HIV/AIDS rates have generally been on the decline, transgender women of color are still at alarmingly high risk of contracting the disease, although one Jamaica health clinic is hoping a new funding stream will allow it to reduce some of the exposure in the transgender population. Comments (2)

Families flock to Fort Totten for Halloween

Fort Totten hosted an annual Halloween Festival Saturday, featuring spooky family fun, hay rides, a pumpkin patch and treats. The event was sponsored by Friends of Fort Totten Parks and Councilman Dan Halloran. Comment

Doug dog stumped by tree

Although Tropical Storm Irene may be a thing of the past for most, some neighbors along Douglaston Parkway said they are reminded of the brutal storm every time they step — carefully — outside. Comment

Velazquez boasts big backers in re-election bid

After a strong showing in last month’s Democratic primary, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Ridgewood) looks to keep the momentum going as the congresswoman heads into the November election. Comment
South Ozone Park

Hit jackpot at boro racino’s Genting Palace

When it opened, Resorts World Casino attracted customers to the gaming floor with a veritable sensory overload of flashing lights, ringing bells and clanging coins. Comment

Monday, Oct. 29, 2012


Huang project goes to vote

Community Board 11 will vote during its November meeting on whether or not a controversial developer can finish four homes currently being constructed in Bayside, the board said. Comment
Little Neck

Weprin renews effort for tougher sex-offender law

With the search still on for a man who police said sexually abused a young girl inside a local library, one northeast Queens lawmaker has renewed his push for a bill that would keep predators away from the children’s section. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Killer boyfriend of LIC artist receives 20 yrs. in prison: DA

A 46-year-old Long Island City man was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week for fatally stabbing his girlfriend, a prominent neighborhood artist, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Long Island City

Hunters Pt. awaits new schools in 2013

Education and elected officials announced at MoMA PS 1 last week that two new schools are set to open in Hunters Point, adding much-needed seats to the growing neighborhood, but some parents were still worried their children would not have a spot. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach driver hits pole with car, dies

ROCKAWAY BEACH — A 33-year-old Rockaway Beach man struck a pole not far from his home Saturday and later died at the hospital, police said. Comment

Residents spruce up Doug park as youngsters decorate Halloween pumpkins

The Douglaston Garden Club in conjuction with the Parks Department, the PS98 PTA, the Douglaston National Art League and Marlene’s Studios held a semi-annual cleanup of Catherine Turner Richard Park i Douglaston. The event also featured pumpkin decorating. Comment

Jamaica man, 48, missing since Friday

JAMAICA — A 48-year-old man has been missing from his Jamaica home since Friday, NYPD said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Misfud leads McClancy charge over St. Edmund

Joey Misfud admitted that the wet conditions did not provide the greatest of playing conditions at All-American Field, but it and St. Edmunds couldn’t slip up his McClancy team. They defeated Eagles 4-1 in CHSAA Class A South division boys’ soccer Friday afternoon. Misfud led the way with two goals and had a hand in three of the Crusaders’ four scores by winning a penalty kick. Comment

Tip of the week


MTA must protect its bus drivers

The recent assaults on city bus drivers should and must be a wake-up call to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide needed protection for all MTA bus drivers. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012


Queens second best place to live in city: Survey

When it comes to which New York City borough offers the most for your money, Queens comes in at No. 1, according to a survey. Comment

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Garden club shares some love of green

Before every meeting of the Douglaston Garden Club, members are given the option of attending a morning workshop to beautify the community while sharing their love for the craft. Comment
Long Island City

Costumed canines converge on Socrates

Socrates Sculpture Park hosted its annual Halloween Harvest Festival in Long Island City last Saturday. The event featured a canine costume contest with LIC’s Pooches Sport & Spa. Comment

Flushing groups open doors for interfaith walk

Eager to understand their neighbors, about 100 Flushing citizens participated in a tour of some of the neighborhood’s houses of worship Sunday, speaking to leaders and learning about their fellow residents’ religious traditions. Comment
South Ozone Park

Resorts World hosts job fair for thousands seeking work

As the national dialogue focuses on unemployment numbers heading into the presidential election, thousands of residents worked their way into a job fair at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park Friday. Comment

Jennings rules out taxes to lower debt

Southeast Queens congressional candidate Allan Jennings is not about to let a defeat — or a political title, for that matter — keep him down. Comment

Cops on the hunt for men who stole purse (with video)

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were looking for two men who snatched a 74-year-old woman’s purse in Jackson Heights. Comment

Jamaica teacher sentenced to 6 months in sex with teen case

JAMAICA — A Queens judge sentenced a former teacher at a Jamaica intermediate school to six months in prison after he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old student in 2009, the New York Post reported. Comment

St. Rocco honored in Astoria procession

Members of the Societá GioventĂș Quagliettana take part in the 2012 Fiaccolata di San Rocco, a candlelit procession in Astoria Saturday, held to commemorate the death of Saint Rocco. Nearly 100 people participated in the event. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm pre-ranked 10th in NCAA conference

Bolstered by five returning letter winners and a No. 8 national recruiting class, St. John’s University was picked to finish 10th in the preseason poll voted on by the league’s head coaches. Comment

Tito fires up York

The Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra brought its Latin tunes to the York College Performing Arts Center Oct. 13. He performed “Ran Kan Kan,” “Oye Como Va,” “El Cayuco” and included a special dedication to Puente’s son called “Complications”. Comment

Fear of Basketball

Peter Massaro, the owner of Cobblestone’s Pub in Forest Hills, thought he was doing a good thing when he converted a parking lot behind his bar into a half basketball court for nighttime tournaments. Comments (4)

Lawmakers can clean up Albany in three ways

Soon voters in New York state will again head to the polls to vote in the upcoming general election. While I am not a candidate for office this year, the season brings me back to 2010, when I was a candidate for the state Assembly. It also reminds me of how dysfunctional our state government still is and how hard it will be to fix it. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012


Three candidates seek SE Queens congressional seat

Three candidates are vying for southeast Queens’ congressional seat in the Nov. 6 general election. Comment

USTA makes case for center’s expansion

The United States Tennis Association hopes to expand its Queens facility by less than an acre into Flushing Meadows Corona Park, but is seeking to distance itself from other contentious projects planned for the borough’s largest greenspace. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Agency for young models has auditions in Forest Hills

Young women leave Shortstack modeling with the ability to pound the runway, but it starts with walking the auditorium stage at JHS 190 in Forest Hills. Comment

Electeds lament soda ban at Corona small biz forum

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) spoke out against the so-called soda ban Monday, telling a forum of small business owners and members of the business community they were concerned the ban would have negative effects on their industry. Comment
South Jamaica

Board tables fast-food chain upgrade decision

Community Board 12 voted last week to table the decision to renew a variance for a revamped McDonald’s in South Jamaica. Comment

Victim robbed by 3 men in Queensbridge: Police

QUEENSBRIDGE — Three men robbed another man in the lobby of the 41-01 Vernon Blvd. building in Queensbridge earlier this month, police said. Comments (1)

Wallet stolen from purse in boro bar: Cops

SUNNYSIDE — A man stole the wallet out of a woman’s purse in a Sunnyside bar earlier this month, police said. Comments (1)

Heroin found on man in JFK: Customs

JAMAICA — A customs officer allegedly found 2 pounds of heroin earlier this month in the luggage of a Bronx resident coming into John F. Kennedy International Airport from the Dominican Republic, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection New York field office said. Comment
South Ozone Park

John Adams wins boro title for third consecutive year

The division-clinching game reinforced everything Alex Navarette believed about his veteran team. Comment

Juvenile Justice

A new boarding home for delinquent teenagers recently opened in South Ozone Park as part of an effort to keep rehabilitating youths close to their families — and already area residents are complaining. Comment

Photo spotlight: Squirrel gets Halloween treet

A squirrel snacks on a pumpkin, which was part of a display on Estates Lane in Bayside. Comments (1)

Woodhaven man celebrated 50 years as a cop in 1946

In October 1946, at the Loews Triboro Theater in Astoria, Ed Sullivan, the famous Broadway columnist, appeared in person along with several acts, including dances and a comedian. Comment

Stay out of business that doesn’t concern you

Keep your head in the sand, Benjamin Haber (“Stop complaining about aircraft noise,” Sept. 27-Oct. 3). While the Federal Aviation Administration flies overhead to challenge the quality of life for Bayside and Whitestone residents, you do not even live in the area and tell us not to complain. Comment

Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

Rockaway Beach

Senior centers to close in preparation for Sandy: Mayor

Though the city has not yet ordered any evacuations in anticipation of the potentially dangerous Hurricane Sandy looming over the Northeast by the end of the weekend, various city agencies and leaders have started preparing for the worst. Comment

Councilman pleads for witnesses to come forward after attack on gay man in Sunnyside

In a plea that occasionally brought tears to his eyes, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) asked residents to come forward with any information they may have about a brutal attack Saturday on a 62-year-old Sunnyside resident, who is now fighting for his life. Comment
Middle Village

Addabbo, Ulrich spar at debate

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) sparred over their records and qualifications for Senate at a spirited debate last Thursday at Our Lady of Hope School in Middle Village, with Addabbo portraying himself as a leader who stands up for workers and families during tough fiscal times and Ulrich arguing the effort has not been enough to change New York’s economy. Comment
Long Island City

Borough hails 3-D printing

Manufacturing industries have become increasingly scarce in Queens and the city, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city Economic Development Corp. are hoping that Dutch 3-D printing company Shapeways’ recent move to Long Island City will usher in a new era. Comment

Flushing market moves closer to getting nod for roof parking

Community Board 7 approved a special permit that would put rooftop parking above a downtown Flushing grocery store and also got an update on the construction of the Whitestone Bridge, including a major change to traffic patterns. Comments (1)

CB 12 seeks answer to dirt bike dispute

Community Board 12’s third-largest park may just end up being a solution to southeast Queens’ two-wheeled problem. Comments (5)

Pro-life rallies on rise at Choices Women’s Center

The president of the Choices Women’s Medical Center, which performs abortions among other women’s health care services, said protests against the clinic at its new Jamaica location have increased in recent months. Comment
South Ozone Park

Cuomo takes reins in state racing reform

Now that’s a horse of a different color. Comment

Group rails against plans

At a special forum in Woodhaven last month, two groups laid out opposing plans for the abandoned Rockaway rail line, while the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association said it would refrain from taking a position until further notice. Comment

Bayside native launches satirical news start-up website

While readers of the satirical news source The Onion may be tearing up with laughter, one Bayside native said he wanted to take that reading experience one step further. Comment

Painting Corona Park pink

Breast cancer survivor Nadine Weaver lives in Manhattan, but she prefers to come back to her native Queens every year for the American Cancer Society’s annual breast cancer walk in Flushing Meadows Corona Park rather than attend the Central Park walk. Comment
Long Island City

LIC high expansion lets new school move in

Two high schools born in the shadow of Long Island City’s LaGuardia Community College will now operate together for the first time. Comment

Meng camp refutes Halloran claims of poll tie

The race for the congressional seat based in northeast Queens is either neck and neck or a landslide — depending on the poll you read. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Cops seeking man who touched woman, 18

JAMAICA HILLS — NYPD officers were asking if the public knows the whereabouts of a man who groped a teenage girl in Jamaica Hills earlier this month. Comment
Long Island City

Cops on the hunt for serial boro bank robbery suspect

ASTORIA — Police were looking for a robber who hit banks in Elmhurst, Middle Village, Long Island City and Astoria this past year. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Fire put out at Jewish center in Howard Beach

HOWARD BEACH — The FDNY responded to a small fire in the kitchen of the Rockwood Park Jewish Center earlier this month. Comment
Flushing Times

Molloy’s Gallagher commits to Columbia team

For Carolyn Gallagher, there was always Columbia and everyone else. Comment

Turn your kitchen into a bazaar

If you love to watch cooking shows, why not do it up close and personal at the Turkish Cultural Center Queens? Turkish cooking classes, a project of the TCCCQ Womens’ Association headed by Deniz Ozbudak, are held there monthly on the second Wednesday. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Americans must come together and help one another

As a young child growing up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, I remember riding the subway and buses. Comments (1)

The Immigration Question

A family that until recently lived in College Point watched with special interest when the question of immigration came up in the second debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Comments (3)

NE Qns. needs downtown express

As you might be aware, I have been fighting to get downtown service on the QM20 express bus and I am angry at the fact that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bus Co. wastes northeast Queens residents’ taxpayer money. Comments (1)

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

St. Albans

Nassau DA arraigns Queens man in cop shooting

Nassau County’s district attorney Thursday filed charges against the St. Albans man accused of killing a Nassau County police officer and a Brooklyn man Tuesday in cold blood and the Queens DA announced the arrest of a man suspected of helping the accused to evade prosecution. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

NYPD officer charged with conspiring to eat women

An NYPD officer from Forest Hills was arrested in connection with a gruesome plot to cook and eat a number of women after raping and torturing them, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court Thursday. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst man among 25 indicted in illegal sports betting ring: DA

An East Elmhurst man was one of 25 people from New York to California who were arrested in connection with a more than $50 million illegal sports betting ring, the Queens district attorney said Thursday. Comments (1)

Senate candidates blast mailers as negative campaign tactics

Negative campaign tactics are nothing new in politics, but two Queens candidates running in a tight race for state Senate are actively trying to separate themselves from a heap of harsh political mailers. Comment

State AG sues beauty school in Flushing

The state’s top prosecutor sued a Flushing beauty school for allegedly collecting cash but giving out bogus nail licenses, leaving students out of cash and jobs, the attorney general’s office announced Friday. Comments (2)
Oakland Gardens

Weprin posts best attendance

Fourteen lawmakers represent the borough of Queens in the City Council, but only one posted a perfect attendance record over the last two years, according to statistics. Comments (1)
College Point

College Pt. fix for traffic woes pushed to 2014

The construction of a crucial road in the fight against College Point traffic has been delayed yet again, even while the development of the College Point Police Academy has proceeded at a clip. Comment
Long Island City

CUNY Law opens new home

The CUNY School of Law recently moved from Flushing to 2 Court Square in Long Island City and held its ribbon cutting Monday. Comment

Jamaica man to face trial in bomb plot

Federal prosecutors have until mid-November to convene a grand jury and indict a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man who was living in Jamaica when he allegedly tried to detonate a bomb outside the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan last week. Comment
Long Island City

Principal resigns after city probes

The principal of a Long Island City high school was booted after investigators found she made discriminatory remarks, rigged her school’s parent surveys and hid a student who brought a knife to school from the police, according to city Department of Education documents. Comments (3)

SE Queens turnout tops boro primaries

More than 16,000 ballots were cast in the Sept. 13 primary elections in Queens races for state Assembly, according to official city Board of Elections results, which equates to less than 10 percent of all voters eligible to participate. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Queens electeds laud court’s gay marriage ruling

Queens and city officials praised last week the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that found the controversial Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Comment

Cops arrest alleged Flushing rapist: NYPD (with video)

Police arrested a man accused of terrorizing two Flushing businesses, allegedly raping a worker in one and robbing another, authorities said. Comment

Diary: Bayside soccer star treasures what it means to be part of a team

So far my senior year has been amazing. Thanks to my parents, coaches, teammates and friends, this year couldn’t be getting any better. Comment
Long Island City

Obamacare funds bolster new LIC clinic

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) shouted when she got her first look at The Floating Hospital’s new community health center in Long Island City. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Activists laud end to hotel

Community members claimed victory last week after a long fight to stop construction of a “hot-sheet motel” near Springfield Gardens High School reached a conclusion they said was much more appropriate for the neighborhood. Comment
Middle Village

Meng vs. Halloran in debate face-off

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) blasted state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) on her absenteeism in Albany last Thursday, concluding a debate between the congressional candidates that was otherwise convivial. Comment
College Point

“Mr. Crime” of College Pt. now in police custody

COLLEGE POINT — Cops arrested a College Point man known as “Mr. Crime” Tuesday, charging him with multiple drug offenses, according to police sources. Comments (93)
Middle Village

Royals soccer captures title

Sarah Nolan showed the poise and patience she has been striving for. Comment
Long Island City

Bryant defeats FH to bolster title hunt

The Bryant girls’ volleyball team walked into Forest Hills last Thursday as the second-place team in the Queens A North/East division and walked out with a share of the lead as it looks to regain its division title. Comment

Queens Musem of Art thriving in hard times

The arts have always been an important part of New York City’s culture and New Yorkers’ lives and for years the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park has served its communities in a big way, while extending its outreach efforts beyond the borough. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012

St. Albans

Suspected cop killer nabbed

After a 7-1/2-hour manhunt along the Queens/Nassau border Tuesday, police said they arrested a double murder suspect in St. Albans Tuesday night who earlier in the day gunned down a Nassau County cop and moments later killed an innocent motorist in a carjacking, according to Nassau and Queens law enforcement officials. Comments (5)
Richmond Hill

Baldeo turns self in amid fraud charges

Former City Council candidate and current Queens District Leader Albert Baldeo turned himself in to the FBI Wednesday on charges of fraud and obstruction of justice, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said Wednesday. Comments (2)

Boro pilots die in LI plane crash

A friend of two Queens men who perished Saturday after their small plane crashed in a Long Island inlet said they died following their passion. Comments (4)
Oakland Gardens

Oak Gdns man on no-fly list now back home

A 26-year-old Oakland Gardens man finally returned home Monday night after being stranded in Europe for 22 days by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which said he was on their no-fly list. Comment

Captive man loses his leg

A Whitestone couple who believed a family member was suffering from drug addiction and mental illness bound their kin’s leg so tightly with duct tape it had to be amputated by doctors, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2)

Flushing woman brain dead after violent purse snatching

Police arrested an alleged purse snatcher who punched a woman so hard in Flushing over the weekend she is now brain dead, police and the Queens district attorney said. Comments (4)

Spooky spirits spin at famed carousels

Residents are encouraged to visit two recently reopened Queens carousels for some scary fun this weekend. Comment

Buses, vans to replace LIRR trains over weekend

The Long Island Rail Road plans to use buses and vans to replace four early morning trains on the Port Washington branch Saturday, Oct. 27, at Manhasset, Plandome and Port Washington, L.I., stations to permit overnight track inspections. Comment

Cassagnol named district manager of CB 4

Christian Cassagnol, a longtime member of Community Board 4, has been named the board’s new district manager. Comment

MTA chairman favors hike of 25 cents in subway fares

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota has suggested the transit agency is likely to raise the basic subway and bus fare of $2.25 by a quarter to $2.50, effective in March 2013. Comments (1)

Brooklynite stunned Queens man: DA Brown

RIDGEWOOD — A 23-year-old Brooklyn resident has been arraigned on an indictment charging him with second-degree assault as a hate crime in a bias attack last month in Ridgewood, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment

Driver who hit man, 76, now in police custody

FLUSHING — A young man who allegedly hit a septuagenarian who was walking near Kissena Park Saturday and then fled has been taken into custody, police said. Comment
Forest Hills

Schumer endorses Addabbo in state Senate race against Ulrich

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) got the backing of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) in his bid for re-election last Thursday, winning an important endorsement as the hotly contested race for the 15th Senate District enters its final weeks. Comments (1)
Flushing Times

Molloy holds strong in hunt for Catholic soccer crown

Nick Matusewicz realizes good things are happening when the ball finds Denes Kostel. That’s why dribbling the ball deep while along the box he had his eyes on the budding junior. Comment

Monday, Oct. 22, 2012


Two Queens men killed in Long Island plane crash

A man from Bayside and a pilot from Fresh Meadows died over the weekend when their small plane crashed into a Long Island inlet, the Suffolk County Police Department said. Comment


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