UNO Chicago Grill is teaming up with the New York State Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association to raise money for lifesaving equipment and facilities that benefit the city’s community volunteer emergency responders following Hurricane Sandy, the chain restaurant said. Comment.
State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) is sponsoring a holiday gift drive for hospitalized veterans, as well as a toy drive for needy and hospitalized children and the young victims of Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
I could not believe it: A massive tree trunk, measuring 5 feet in diameter, ripped out of the ground with roots and earth dangling in the air. Smashed and suffocated in the rubble by huge branches and leaves was a little red car. Comment.
A nutrition-oriented Whitestone nonprofit cooked Thanksgiving dinner for flood victims last Thursday, although disaster experts caution that there is a point where free grub can do more harm than good. Comment.
Many members of Queens’ Jewish community, several elected officials and international diplomats gathered at Young Israel of Hillcrest Sunday to commemorate the centennial birthday of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish architect who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during World War II. Comment.
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo wrestles with whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing in the state, a Queens councilman has lauded him for refusing to buckle to pressure and allowing a critical deadline to pass rather than speed up a review of the controversial drilling method’s potential impact on public health.City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), chairman of the Council’s Environmental Protection Committee, said Cuomo had made it clear from his public statements that his decision on hydraulic fracturing would be guided by science and safety. Comment.
Inside an interfaith outreach relief center at St. Anthony’s Church in Oceanside, L.I., a 6-year-old boy and his mother approached student volunteers from Queensborough Community College looking for a pair of shoes. Comment.
The city’s lawyers were back in a courtroom last week asking a federal appeals panel to overturn a ruling that prohibited the city Department of Education from barring religious institutions from holding worship services in public school buildings during after-school hours. Comment.
A large free-throw discrepancy proved to be the difference for the York College men’s basketball team as they lost to North Carolina Wesleyan College 80-76 in the final game of the Roger Taylor Invitational Sunday afternoon. Comment.
After Election Day, members of Clergy United for Community Empowerment gathered for a breakfast at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans sponsored by U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, who was re-elected. Comment.
The New York Times reported in its Nov. 12 issue that Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to increase school lunches to $2.50 from $1.50, slash $8.3 million from libraries and increase fees on parking meters. Comments (1).
Tucked in between large, national stores such as Old Navy and Marshall’s, small boutiques line Jamaica Avenue’s shopping district for more than a dozen blocks, offering an assorted mix — with a heavy emphasis on fashion — of bargains that draw shoppers all year long and especially on Black Friday. Comment.
More than 10 Queens residents, many hailing from the Northeast, were charged by the state attorney general in a widespread prostitution operation that used an advertising company and money laundering to pimp out trafficked women and elude authorities, the state attorney general said last week. Comment.
City Comptroller John Liu said his audit of an upgrade for a water pollution control plant in Astoria revealed that the city Department of Environmental Protection had paid almost $6.6 million in extra costs due to the consultants’ design flubs even though the consultants are expected to cover the cost. Comment.
In his latest criticism of the Queensborough Bridge renaming, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) has introduced legislation that prohibits the city from renaming public property after living people. Comments (1).
In what has become a regular Thanksgiving tradition in northwestern Queens, several elected officials gave frozen turkeys to needy neighborhood families last week, but state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) set aside some for Far Rockaway. Comment.
JAMAICA — A JetBlue flight attendant and her boyfriend were arrested in connection with the theft of an iPhone from a traveler at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the New York Post reported. Comment.
We couldn’t be more delighted that Long Island City newcomer Casa Enrique is offering its patrons a new take on Mexican food. Chef Cosme Aguila includes recipes from Chiapas, Puebla and San Luis Potosi regions that set this eatery apart from usual Mexican establishments. These influences make for a lighter and brighter Mexican. Comment.
The Queens College men’s basketball team was unable to pick up its first win of the 2012-13 season against the Post University Eagles, losing the contest Saturday afternoon by the score of 83-67. Comment.
The devastation of Hurricane Sandy was felt hard in the Northeast, and the aftereffects of the storm will remain with us for some time. For people with lung disease, exposure to damp materials and mold growth can trigger asthma and allergies and cause breathing problems. Comment.
With a nationally scrutinized, hard-fought and money-fueled race for a state Senate seat now over and the recovery effort underway after Hurricane Sandy devastated southern Queens, newly re-elected Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) is looking forward. Comment.
Flushing’s community board blasted a controversial rezoning of an industrial block Monday over concerns that 300,000 to 600,000 square feet of commercial property could potentially be built without providing any parking spaces, but the proposal may still get the green light from the city. Comment.
Following the death of one of her constituents in a motor vehicle accident, state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) is renewing her push to raise the fines for speeding in residential neighborhoods. Comment.
Through the first nine months of the year, the number of stop-and-frisks the police conducted across the city was down dramatically from the same period in 2011 and on pace for the biggest year-to-year decline during the Bloomberg administration. But downtown Jamaica was not keeping pace with the drop. Comment.
Small business owners in Queens were divided over whether Small Business Saturday — the shopping holiday that is the independent shop owner’s answer to the big box-dominated Black Friday — was helpful for sales. Comment.
RIDGEWOOD — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating two men who are wanted in connection with an attempted robbery and criminal impersonation in the 104th Precinct near Cypress Avenue. Comment.
While the days of musicians being discovered by major record companies may be gone forever, a new Astoria-based social networking site, started by two Long Island entrepreneurs, may help aspiring musicians to gain exposure and new fans. Comment.
FRESH MEADOWS — Emergency officials responded to the scene of a car fire on 184th Street near the Long Island Expressway service road in Fresh Meadows at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning, the Breaking News Network reported. Comment.
The young Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team played like veterans when it mattered. The Patriots’ starting lineup doesn’t have a single upper classmen in it, but they beat Bronx’s John F. Kennedy like a senior squad. Comment.
We think most Queens residents will agree that, with the exception of the service delays by Consolidated Edison and the Long Island Power Authority, the government’s response was remarkable. Compare that to the bumbling that occurred when Hurricane Katrina stuck the Gulf Coast in 2005. Comments (2).
Hurricane Sandy uprooted a more than 300-ton oak tree across the street, slamming it into a London plain maple tree in front of our home, causing it to crack open. These trees continued to loom over our home on live Consolidated Edison wires for 11 days before we received any physical help. Comment.
The Bay Terrace Shopping Center and The Shops of College Point drew crowds Black Friday as shoppers across the nation turned out in record numbers for the biggest kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Comment.
While the number of Queens high schools receiving low marks on the city’s most recent progress reports remained the same from the previous year, successful new schools receiving high grades helped the borough grow in the higher ranks. Comment.
The students at Long Island City’s LaGuardia Community College, less than a block away from one of the most polluted parts of Newtown Creek, are taking part in a years-long campaign to clean the Superfund site. Comment.
With worries that the state Legislature may not reconvene for a special session before year’s end, northeast Queens lawmakers reached out to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on behalf of co-op and condo owners to prevent what they are calling a potentially devastating increase in real property taxes. Comment.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) was in Rhinebeck Tuesday helping out Democratic Senate hopeful Terry Gipson, who is still awaiting the results of the general election. While almost a month has passed, ballots for two upstate seats are being still counted, leaving the control of Albany’s upper house in flux. Comment.
Residents of many neighborhoods in Queens awoke to a world without electricity and heat the morning after Hurricane Sandy lashed the East Coast with villainous rage and now that world of cold and perpetual darkness has become the new normal for many in the borough’s seaside communities. Comment.
The field for Queens borough president is growing larger after state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) decided to throw his hat into the race this week, but at least one of his competitors is not sweating the extra competition. Comment.
With predictions the city will see an increase in hurricanes like Sandy in the future, some are concerned a proposed natural gas pipeline that would travel from the Atlantic Ocean under the Rockaways through Jamaica Bay and into Brooklyn could be vulnerable. Comment.
As John F. Kennedy International Airport hummed last week with pre-Thanksgiving travelers, airport security workers and their supporters protested, calling attention to inadequate training that they contend jeopardize travelers. Comment.
C.J. Davis understands how hard it is for legendary Archbishop Molloy Coach Jack Curran to still put the time and effort he does into coaching. The 82-year-old Curran, starting his 55th season on the bench, has been going for dialysis three days a week for the last two seasons and underwent CyberKnife radiation earlier this fall when a 5-centimeter cancerous tumor was found on his lung in July. Comment.
JoAnn Arbitello’s cellphone rang as she was walking through the aisles at BJ’s two weeks ago and Joe Lewinger was on the other line. When she picked up, the Mary Louis athletic director informed her he was retiring as varsity girls’ basketball coach and promoting her to do the job. Comments (1).
What started as a pick-up roller hockey game in College Point to raise a few bucks for hurricane victims has united scores of self-described “rink rats” in something larger, and in the process will give much-needed funds to organizations helping in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Comments (2).
More than 40 rush hour Long Island Rail Road trains still crippled by the effects of Hurricane Sandy should be restored by Christmas week, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Hauppauge) and Amtrak said Tuesday. Comment.
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber hinted Monday that the league and the city have nearly hammered out a broad agreement for a 25,000-capacity stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (5).
Jewish, Hindu and Muslim leaders from Queens gathered with lawmakers to denounce the possible hate crime committed at a Kew Gardens Hills Mosque earlier this month, and city Comptroller John Liu suggested some of the NYPD’s policies could make bias crimes more common. Comments (1).
Hurricane Sandy changed a lot for the residents of Queens. From downed trees and power lines to destroyed homes, the importance and appreciation of craft has become more relevant than ever, according to one Douglaston man. Comments (3).
RICHMOND HILL — A 14-month-old girl, who had not been riding in a car seat, was in serious condition at Long Island Jewish Hospital after a two-car crash in Richmond Hill involving the minivan she was riding in Monday, according to a report in the New York Post. Comments (2).
Junior Brandon Jackson delivered on his promise to Juwan Wilson and the Holy Cross seniors. He had told the senior linebacker that he would make sure the Knights’ season and the seniors’ careers ended on a good note in the annual Battle of the Boulevard clash with St. Francis Prep. Comment.
Joe Lewinger has retired as Mary Louis girls basketball coach to focus on his duties as the school’s athletic director. Lewinger, who spent 11 seasons on the Hilltoppers bench, informed the team earlier this week that he would be stepping away and assistant coach JoAnn Arbitello would take over as coach. Comment.