Sunday, March 17, 2013

Belle Harbor

Irish pride on display in Rockaway [Photo Gallery]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here is a few more photos of the Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rockaway. Comment.

Fitzpatrick Academy of Irish Dance paints Whitestone green

Many may have “Riverdance” or “Lord of the Dance” in their minds when asked to think about Irish dancing, but jigs and reels can be found much closer to home. Comment.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Jackson Heights

Man trafficked girls in Queens: DA

A Queens grand jury indicted a Yonkers man on sex trafficking charges last week after he allegedly prostituted three teenage girls in Jackson Heights and throughout the city, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Man charged with murder in connection to bodies found in Howard Beach fire

Police said they have arrested a Brooklyn man in connection with the deaths of two men whose bodies the Queens district attorney believes may have been dumped in an undeveloped section of Howard Beach after being murdered elsewhere. Comment.

FOCUS ON QUEENS: City Council candidate Tony Meloni hosts a fund-raiser

City Council candidate Tony Meloni held a fund-raiser recently at Istria Sport Club. Comment.

FOCUS ON QUEENS: PFLAG holds annual awards celebration

The Queens NYC Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) recently held its annual Awards Luncheon and Fund-Raiser at Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant in Woodhaven. Comment.
Broad Channel

Hurricane Heros: Volunteer firefighters honored for work during Sandy

Five volunteer fire departments in southern Queens were honored for their heroic work during and after Hurricane Sandy prior to a meeting of the City Council last week. Each department was awarded a City Council proclamation by Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilman Eric Ulrich. The five departments that were honored were from West Hamilton Beach, Broad Channel, Roxbury, Point Breeze and Rockaway Point. Comment.

Honoring America’s History at East-West School

The East-West School of International Studies recently held aribbon-cutting for its Civil Rights Wall, which features prominent figures in the the civil rights movement. Comment.

Gov’t must save U.S. Postal Service

It is sad to contemplate the possible demise of our reliable “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” U.S. Postal Service, but that may fall victim to the onslaught of the privatization pirates. Comments (4).

MMA school offers close-knit community

A new school for mixed-martial arts, American Top Team, held its grand opening in Whitestone last month. Comments (9).

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fresh Meadows

Teens tackle tough issues at St. John’s youth conference

Scott Fried did not have the room’s undivided attention as he told a group of teenagers his story about going to a near-stranger’s home in Manhattan 25 years ago for a hook-up. Comment.
Forest Hills

NYPD officer from Forest Hills convicted in Cannibal case

A Manhattan federal court jury Tuesday found a suspended Forest Hills police officer guilty of conspiring to kidnap, rape, murder and cannibalize women. Comment.

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Long Island City

Radio personality Richard Christy on the edge of Queens

His nickname is “creepy.” He loves heavy metal, horror movies and Halloween. Oh, and his day job is to make disturbing prank phone calls to unsuspecting victims across the country. Comments (3).

Upstate cop asked ‘Queens teen’ for sex: DA

A former upstate police officer pleaded guilty in Queens Supreme Court last week to sending sexually explicit images to an NYPD officer posing as a 14-year-old Queens girl, the Queens district attorney’s office reported. Comment.
Long Island City

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer honors LIC leaders

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer recently honored community leaders during Black History event at the Jacob Riis Settlement House in Long Island City. Comment.
Ozone Park

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Angelo Graci and Ronald Reagan Republican clubs hold joint meeting in Ozone Park

The Angelo Graci, Ronald Reagan and Rockaway Republican Clubs recently hosted mayoral candidate Joe Lhota at a joint meeting, Comment.

Elmhurst senior missing after heading to pharmacy

ELMHURST — Police were asking for the public to help find an 82-year-old man who went missing on his way to the pharmacy earlier this week. Comment.

Big bucks in Bayside

Members of Bell Boulevard’s new Atlantic Bank celebrate a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at its grand opening Wednesday. Comment.

Tip of the week

Political Action

Long sees loss in Senate race as a learning experience

Attorney Wendy Long made her first try for high public office when she ran in a Republican primary last year for the U.S. Senate in New York. She ran a successful campaign by defeating her opponents, U.S. Rep. Robert Turner of Middle Village and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, by wide margins. Comments (1).

City and UFT need to work together

The failure of the city and the United Federation of Teachers to reach an agreement regarding new teacher evaluations is a disgrace. Comment.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Rockaway Beach

Cross Bay Bridge rebate renewed as officials call for an end to tolls

State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) has announced legislative renewal of the E-ZPass rebates for residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel who use the Cross Bay-Veterans Memorial Bridge. Comment.
Long Island City

Van jumps curb near LaGuardia CC, killing teen

A teenage boy was killed Monday after the driver of a minivan lost control and hit five people on the sidewalk near LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, the NYPD said. Comments (7).
Richmond Hill

Woodhaven man killed in suspected DWI: cops

A 76-year-old man was hit by a car and killed in Woodhaven as he was crossing the street near his favorite coffee shop last week, and police arrested the driver on charges of drunk driving, authorities said. Comment.

Queens women celebrate Title IX effect on sports

Girls and women from city Parks Department recreation centers across the borough gathered in Flushing over the weekend to celebrate 40-plus years of Title IX, the federal legislation prohibiting discrimination in sports based on gender. Comment.

FOCUS ON QUEENS: State Sen. Jose Peralta hosts Black History celebration

State Sen. Jose Peralta recently hosted a Black History Month celebration at the Langston Hughes library in Corona. Comment.

RFK junior high student, 13, missing on way to class

POMONOK — Police were asking for the public’s help locating a 13-year-old girl who went missing last week. Comment.

Alley Pond meadows makes one appreciate nature

Standing in the white powdery cover of Alley Pond’s meadow alone, something moves me to savor the ability to observe distant patterns of angry steel-gray clouds touching a plaster-sculpted earth. This life sustainer with its own pattern of land and water is seemingly suspended in time by the winter’s severity. Comments (1).

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Jackson Heights

Jax Hgts tailor looted $1.7M in sales tax: AG

A Jackson Heights tailor famous for making and altering suits for sports stars pleaded guilty Tuesday to evading almost $2 million in taxes and could spend up to three years in jail, the state attorney general’s office said. Comment.

Dad gets max sentence for shaken baby death

The father convicted of killing his 2-month-old daughter in 2007 by shaking her and fracturing her skull inside a Flushing apartment was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison Monday, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Avella renews flat tax fuel push to fight skyrocketing city costs

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said his patience was running dry as gas prices continued to go up in his home state. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Aqueduct developer gambles on Las Vegas

A major player in the city’s gaming industry is heading west to try its luck on the Las Vegas strip. Comment.

FOCUS ON QUEENS: United African Dance Troupe and JPAC celebrate Black History Month

The United African Dance Troupe in conjunction with the Jamaica Performing Arts Center recently presented the fifth annual Black History Month Celebration at JPAC. Comment.

Driver dies when car hits highway guardrail on Whitestone Expressway: NYPD

WILLETS POINT — A 26-year-old Elmhurst man was killed last week when his car smacked into a guardrail on the Whitestone Expressway. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Forest Hills man missing after leaving house

FOREST HILLS — Police were asking for the public to help locate an 88-year-old man who went missing last week. Comment.
On Point

Sequester necessary to stop out-of-control gov’t spending

I woke up March 1 amazed to find buses and subways running, planes still flying and creating too much noise in Bayside and the gears of government grinding along. After weeks of nonstop predictions of a sequestration Armageddon from Washington, I was relieved that the roads were still open and traffic lights functioning, enabling me to reach the deli and my morning joe at the Glen Oaks Shopping Center. Comments (1).

The Purpose of Flushing Meadows

Ever since March 12, 1733, when Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan became the first official park in New York City, parks have played an important role in a city which has seen its greenspace disappear. Comments (1).

Bloomberg should ban styrofoam

It seems there are people who are criticizing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to ban styrofoam. Comments (2).

Saturday, March 9, 2013


St. Pat’s for All celebrates 14th parade in Sunnyside

Green was not the only color on the streets of Sunnyside and Woodside Sunday as the whole spectrum of shades came out to celebrate the neighborhoods’ St. Pat’s for All parade, now in its 14th year. Comment.

Iannece re-elected as CB 11 chairman for one more year

All four Community Board 11 officers were re-elected for another year Monday, including Chairman Jerry Iannece, who was given his fifth and final term with the group. Comment.
Long Island City

LaGuardia hosts luncheon honoring talented women

LaGuardia Community College marked the start of Women’s History Month with a luncheon to honor outstanding women and their achievements in education and administration last week. Comment.

Police find in Forest Park burned body of dead man

A man out for a walk with his dog in Forest Park over the weekend found the charred body of a homeless man who was apparently consumed by a fire he set to keep warm, police said. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Jamaica High campus pupils get treated for pepper spray

About two dozen people at the Jamaica High School campus had to be treated Tuesday after a Queens Collegiate High School student allegedly released pepper spray in the building’s shared cafeteria, officials said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Stringer visits Daniel Patrick Moynihan Democratic Club

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer recently visited the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Democratic Club’s meeting in Fresh Meadows. Comment.

FOCUS ON QUEENS: Crowley hosts Black History celebration

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley recently honored several community and political leaders for their contributions during a Black History Month Celebration. The annual event celebrates the achievements of African Americans throughout our history and celebrate New York’s rich diversity, according to Crowley. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Man gets 50 years for murder, arson: Brown

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — The ex-boyfriend who strangled a pregnant mother and tried to cover up his crime by lighting a fire that caused the death of her 2-year-old son was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison Wednesday, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Cops on the hunt for three scammers

FLUSHING — Police were looking for three scam artists wanted for stealing items from the cars of unsuspecting motorists. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Boro high school student embodies success, hard work

Brandon Newell is a respected student by Principal Lynn C. Callender, of the Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School in the Campus Complex in Cambria Heights. She said when she assumed the leadership of the school last September, Brandon was one of the first students who came to her with suggestions on how to help the school move forward. Comment.

What’s Taking So Long?

It’s been two months since 19-year-old Robert Jackson was allegedly brutalized by police around the corner from the 109th Precinct. Comment.

Do not build stadiums in parks

I support reader Benjamin Haber’s letter to the editor “Enjoy Parks for Open Spaces, Not Sports Stadiums.” Comment.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Howard Beach

Troupe actively seeks help

It was curtains for a Rockaway theater after Hurricane Sandy struck in October and caused thousands of dollars in damage, forcing the cancelation of the season’s final performance. Comment.

Competition for pre-K seats promises to be fierce

Queens public schools will have 216 more free, pre-kindergarten seats available next year, and if the demand for this year’s seats is any indication, there will still be more than four applications for every open slot across the borough. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill men shot neighbor, torched home: DA

The two young Richmond Hill men charged with tying up a neighbor and setting his apartment on fire allegedly robbed and shot him in the head first in a crime that netted just $200, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Breezy Point

Near-term Sandy recovery should remain untouched

Automatic spending cuts by the federal government that took effect Friday will probably not be felt immediately by Queens residents trying to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy, but may result in less money for long-term city projects if an impasse in Congress is not overcome, two state senators who serve on a Sandy recovery task force said Wednesday. Comment.

Family of man killed in LIC wants answers from NYPD

The parents of a young Japanese man struck and killed by a police cruiser en route to an emergency in Queensbridge are demanding city officials review the circumstances surrounding his death. Comment.
Hunters Point

LIC’s Hunters Pt South to get first housing units

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Long Island City Monday to break ground on the first two middle-income apartment buildings in Hunters Point South, a highly anticipated mixed-use development. Comment.

Subway stations cleaner with fewer rats: Straphangers

Subway stations are getting cleaner with fewer overflowing garbage containers, peeling paint and rats, according to the Straphangers Campaign. Comments (1).

Boro education rep to oppose altering schools at panel vote

The Queens representative on the city Panel for Education Policy said he intends to vote against proposals to co-locate and phase out borough high schools at the panel’s meeting next week. Comments (1).

Shafran launches Council bid

For Bayside native Austin Shafran, hands-on governmental experience has been the driving factor in his decision to run for City Council. Comments (3).
Jackson Heights

Council legislation aims to stop additional deportations

In step with a recent push in the borough to keep immigrant families intact, the City Council passed two bills last week that would keep undocumented people charged with minor crimes from being directed to federal customs and deported. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Royals beat Hayes in CHSAA semifinal

Christ the King’s Jon Severe calf was cramping and he was struggling for shots with Cardinal Hayes’ Tyler Wilson crowding him throughout the game in the CHSAA Class AA intersectional semifinal at Fordham University Thursday night. Comment.

Grocer heads for old Key Food site

A grocer called Good Fortune Supermarket is set to replace the former Parsons Boulevard Key Food on the border of Flushing and Whitestone. Comments (22).
Long Island City

Curbs stop 39th St. wrong-way driving

Blissville resident Stephen Grande used forward thinking to thwart some backward drivers. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Sanitation workers get heroes’ welcome at St. Pat’s march

The streets of Rockaway Park were cleared for the weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, and everyone knew who to thank. Comment.

Third Queens World Film Festival opens in Astoria

The Queens World Film Festival opened Tuesday night on an enthusiastic note as the event kicked off the third year of its existence. Comment.

SE Queens officials explore fixes to persistent flooding

Community members gathered at York College last Thursday to discuss a persistent problem in southeast Queens: flooding. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Feds to reach out to boro borrowers in foreclosure deal

Queens residents who were in foreclosure in 2009 or 2010 with any of the 13 mortgage servicers that inked an agreement with federal regulators last week are expected to be contacted by the end of March about receiving payments, which could range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $125,000. Comment.

Public health programs may lose some outlays from Washington

Across-the-board spending cuts born out of sequestration could have an impact on the public health of Queens and the state at large, according to officials. Comment.
Long Island City

Diego Salazar gallery offers inspiring glimpse

Whether you are an art aficionado or just want insight into the creative process of professional artists, the Diego Salazar Art Gallery in Long Island City should be your hangout spot for the next two Saturdays. Comment.

Suspect shoots man, flees scene in Laurelton

LAURELTON — The NYPD was looking for a man who shot a person in the rear end in front of the Laurelton Plaza last week. Comment.

Minivan slams through brick wall in Glendale: FDNY

GLENDALE — A wayward driver allegedly plowed a minivan through the wall of a three-story brick building on 82nd Avenue Sunday, a Fire Department spokesman said. Comment.

Bayside comeback falls short

Bayside played from behind nearly the entire game, and despite multiple comeback attempts could not advance to the semifinals. Comment.

Cardozo coach’s punishment by league unreasonable

The Judges boys’ basketball coach was unfairly suspended for two playoff games for throwing the runner-up plaque after his club’s controversial Queens title game loss to rival Bayside. A clear foul wasn’t called on an Omar Williams three-pointer with Cardozo down just one with seconds left to play. Comments (21).

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Forest Hills

Cannibalism case heads to jury in trial of Queens officer

The defense team for the Forest Hills man accused of conspiring online to kidnap, torture and eat numerous women likened his schemes during closing arguments Thurday to the 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast that caused widespread panic among those who thought aliens were actually invading the planet. Comment.
Howard Beach

[UPDATE] Two men found dead in Howard Beach brush fire identified by police

Two men who were found dead in the remains of a brush fire in Howard Beach were identified by authorities Thursday as the NYPD released photos of vehicles believed to be connected to the suspicious deaths. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Man stabbed to death in Richmond Hill: Cops

A 30-year-old man died in Richmond Hill Wednesday afternoon after he was attacked by a group of men and stabbed, police said. Comment.

[UPDATE] Flake says he did endorse Katz

The Rev. Floyd Flake confirmed Thursday afternoon his controversial endorsement of former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz in the race for borough president, a day after her opponent disputed the nod had taken place. Comment.

CB 7 vote may hinge on cash

Community Board 7 named its price for approving the expansion of the United States Tennis Association’s facility in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Monday night. Comment.

Borough weighs impact of sequester cuts

The impact that billions of dollars in federal spending cuts will have on Queens was not immediately clear since it is widely expected that Congress will revise the deep automatic cuts over the next few years. Comment.

NYPD arrests man following Bell Blvd. stab

A 23-year-old man said he was stabbed after a late-night argument outside of Brian Dempsey’s American Ale House in Bayside last week. Comment.

Molloy bests St. Anthony’s as CK falls to Moore Catholic in quarterfinals

The Stanners got contributions from almost everyone who played and were able to gut out a 60-55 win over St. Anthony’s (L.I.) in the CHSAA Class AA girls’ basketball quarterfinals at St. John Villa Wednesday night. Comment.

Ben Fried’s legacy reflected on Bell

When asked how they would remember the late Ben Fried, several of Bayside’s loudest and most influential voices used some hefty words: legendary, iconic, outspoken, curmudgeon. Comment.

Chinese family to claim body found in Flushing Bay

The family of a 46-year-old tourist who was discovered floating in Flushing Bay last week is trying to secure visas to come to America and claim the body, a lawmaker who is helping with the process said. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Weprin unlocks groups ban

Despite a recent uproar over the validity of civic-minded groups such as co-op and condominium organizations being allowed to meet in public schools, the city Department of Education assured them that the doors would remain open. Comment.
South Jamaica

Family of slain Jamaica teen observe solemn anniversary

About 100 friends, family members and loved ones gathered outside the South Jamaica Houses Saturday night to light candles in remembrance of Darryl Adams, the teenager who was gunned down in the housing projects last year. Comments (1).

Flushing awaits word on Commons project

The Flushing community has grown more impatient over the years as the site where the city approved an $850 mixed-used project continues to function as a parking lot. Comment.

Astoria medical building destroyed homes: Vallone

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said while an eight-story medical building under construction in Astoria has damaged multiple homes nearby, he would like to see the building completed rather than being left to deteriorate. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Noguchi Museum digs deep into stone carving artistry

Stone sculptures and the process of creating them will be the focus of the Noguchi Museum’s final Artist in Residence Weekend of the season this weekend. Comment.

Stanners eliminated during quarterfinal

One more win and two more points might have meant the return of legendary Coach Jack Curran to the Archbishop Molloy bench. Comment.

Archbishop Molloy drops diocesan final to Ford

Archbishop Molloy couldn’t complete its quest for a diocesan title. Comment.

St. John’s suspends Harrison for rest of season

The St. John’s men’s basketball team will be without its leading scorer for the remainder of the season as the school announced the suspension of sophomore guard D’Angelo Harrison last week. Comment.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Howard Beach

Two men found dead in Howard Beach brush fire: Police

Two men were found dead in the smoldering remains of a brush fire in Howard Beach Wednesday morning, cops said, and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said he did not believe the bodies were there for long. Comment.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Jamaica Hills

Students treated for pepper spray at Jamaica High School campus: Authorities

About two dozen people at the Jamaica High School campus had to be treated earlier today after a Queens Collegiate High School student allegedly released pepper spray in the building’s shared cafeteria, officials said. Comment.
Real Estate

DOB inspects few iffy homes in Qns

A number of buildings in Queens that may be dangerous or pose quality-of-life problems for their surrounding communities have gone unchecked by the city Department of Buildings, according to a recent audit of the agency. Comment.

Saturday, March 2, 2013


Gallagher powers Stanners into B/Q title game

Archbishop Molloy is looking to add another title to its growing list of hardware. Comment.

City reveals renderings of planned performing arts center

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and Community Board 1 unveiled the schematic designs last week for an outdoor performing arts space to be built where the diving pool once stood in Astoria Park. Comment.

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