Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Rego Park

Ben’s Best keeps deli legacy alive in Rego Pk.

The once ubiquitous New York City delicatessen is disappearing from the metropolitan landscape. These proud establishments, some owned and operated by the same family for generations, are being replaced by banal fast food chains where the only thing more disturbing than the food is the indifferent glare of the person serving it. Comment

Ferreras should back people, not biz

It does not require a rocket scientist to make a decision concerning a Major Soccer League stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Maspeth senior went missing from home: Police

MASPETH — The NYPD was asking the public to help find a 79-year-old man who went missing earlier this week. Comment

Take part in city budget process

As a taxpayer, it is important that you have the opportunity to get involved in the city’s budget process. It is your money and it only makes sense that you have a say in how it is spent. Comments (1)

Monday, May 20, 2013


Bayside pupils showcase their art in MS 158’s annual show

Students and their families stood back and admired the artwork on the hallway walls of Bayside’s MS 158 Marie Curie last week. Comment
Murray Hill

Head up to Murray Hill for Korean-style BBQ pork

When we invited our friends to dine with us at a Korean restaurant in Murray Hill, they wondered when Manhattan became our beat. Of course, we didn’t mean that Murray Hill. The one we were talking about is a section of Flushing that extends approximately from Union Street to Francis Lewis Boulevard for several blocks north and south of Northern Boulevard. Comment

Designers put boro buildings on display in Bayside

Some of the borough’s most notable and unique architects had their work on display Tuesday when the American Institute of Architects’ Queens chapter came together in Bayside. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Hack from Springfield Gardens stabbed to death fellow Queens cabbie in Nassau: DA

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — Springfield Gardens resident Christopher Heron was sentenced to 22 years to life in prison Monday for murdering a fellow taxi driver in Nassau County in 2011, according to Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Comment

Police charge two people with possession of ‘large’ quantity of drugs in Flushing: NYPD

FLUSHING — Two Massachusetts residents were arrested in Flushing Monday night and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and intent to sell, according to the NYPD. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man, 54, missing from his home: Cops

RICHMOND HILL — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 54-year-old man who went missing earlier this month. Comment

Tip of the week


City must stop practice of solitary confinement

It is time to end torture in New York City jails. I am referring to the rampant use of solitary confinement, which has brutalized incarcerated people, cost taxpayers millions of dollars and made our streets more dangerous. Comment

Sunday, May 19, 2013


Meng joins Schumer on immigration bill

After speaking out in concern over certain provisions in a comprehensive immigration bill, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) cited the art of compromise for helping her sign onto the legislation authored in part by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). Comment

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Belle Harbor

Fed Sandy aid ready to flow to Rockaways

Communities in the Rockaways and other neighborhoods in Queens hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy will soon start to receive the first wave of aid from a congressional storm relief package after the federal government approved the city’s plan to spend nearly $1.8 billion to help New Yorkers rebuild the money. Comment
Rockaway Beach

LIPA set for overhaul after storm criticism

The utility company charged with lighting Long Island and the Rockaways is reaping the consequences of its highly criticized handling of electrical outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. Comment

City Council passes paid sick day legislation

A bill requiring city businesses to provide paid sick leave to their employees passed the City Council with overwhelming support last week, and proponents who have long been fighting for the measure said it was long overdue. Comment
Rockaway Beach

MTA worker charged with petit larceny: NYPD

ROCKAWAYS — An off-duty Metropolitan Transportation Authority employee was arrested and charged with petit larceny last week, according to the NYPD. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gdns. teen missing since last month: Police

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — The police were asking the public to help find a 14-year-old girl who has been missing since the beginning of April. Comment
College Point

College Point teen missing: Police

COLLEGE POINT — The police need the public’s help in finding a teenager who went missing last week. Comment
The Civic Scene

Flushing Meadows development will do more harm than good

Officers and board members of the Kissena Park Civic Association recently testified at Community Board 7 about issues concerning the civic. Zoning Committee Chairman Joe Amoroso explained in the civic’s March 2013 newsletter what is of concern. Comments (1)

Knives have no place on a plane

It is ridiculous that the Transportation Security Administration is going to allow small knives to be carried on board planes. A small knife is just as dangerous as a large one. Comment

Saturday, May 18, 2013


Seawall work begins at Queensbridge Pk.

Queensbridge Park’s seawall is getting a makeover that many residents and elected officials are saying is long overdue. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights artist named an ‘Illustrator of the Future’

After competing in an international contest, much like the “American Idol” of science fiction and fantasy illustration and writing, emerging Jackson Heights artist Luis Menacho found overnight fame when his striking, surreal illustrations were chosen as winners from thousands of entries. Comment
Rockaway Park

Social Security snaps back

Not only did Hurricane Sandy wipe out some homes in the Rockaways, it also compromised many of the resources residents need to help with the recovery process. Comment

Flushing man admits role in child porn sites

A Flushing man pleaded guilty Monday to running 18 websites containing child pornography from his Queens home. Comment

Police hunting for Maspeth bank robbery suspect

MASPETH — The police were asking the community to help identify and locate a suspect wanted in connection with the robbery of an Amalgamated Bank earlier this month. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Addabbo pushes to restore disabilities funding

A state senator from Queens has joined a number of other legislators in Albany in a fight to restore program funding for people with developmental disabilities that was controversially cut from the budget earlier this year. Comment
Far Rockaway

MTA train operator charged with DWI in Rockaways: Police

FAR ROCKAWAY— An off-duty Metropolitan Transportation Authority train operator was arrested and charged with DWI earlier this week, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)

Cops on the lookout for missing Holliswood senior

HOLLISWOOD — Police hope the public can help in locating an 84-year-old man who went missing from his home last week. Comment

The Huntley Nine

What a sad day for Queens. Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for stealing $87,000 from her own nonprofit to go shopping after secretly recording nine Democratic colleagues at her home in southeast Queens. Comments (1)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Long Island City

LaGuardia unveils trove of City Council records online

Scores of legislative documents, photos and other records that recount the sometimes mundane but other times controversial history of the City Council are now available in an online database LaGuardia Community College unveiled last week. Comment

Q13, Q16 rerouted near Little Bay Park

Long-awaited construction at Little Bay Park has forced the city to reroute buses around northeast Queens through residential streets and near area elementary schools for the next year, and State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) wants that changed. Comment

The art of friendship

Near the end of Queens College Art Center’s new exhibit hang six photographic images that at first glance seem pretty unfriendly. Comment

Elmhurst eyesore transformed into community garden

A vacant lot that has been an eyesore for Elmhurst residents for decades is getting a makeover as a community garden, thanks to a number of youngsters who belong to a nearby church group. Comments (2)

Huntley gets light sentence

A Brooklyn federal judge last week sentenced former state Sen. Shirley Huntley to a year and one day in prison for stealing taxpayer dollars, but said in the past the court had proven to be imperfect in deterring such corruption. Comment
Cambria Heights

DOT installs light after deadly wreck

A grieving mother Wednesday said it took the death of her daughter for the city Department of Transportation to install a traffic light at a dangerous Cambria Heights intersection, but the DOT’s Queens commissioner said that was not the case. Comment

Willets Point project clears its first hurdle

A Community Board 7 committee switched its vote at the 11th hour Monday to approve the $3 billion Willets Point redevelopment project, hours before the full board followed suit. Comments (1)

Retail revival waits in wings

Downtown Jamaica, which at one time was the retail shopping hub of Queens and Nassau counties, may soon have a major department store that community and business leaders are hoping will return the area to its former glory. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Rockaway teens play dress up in prom gown giveaway

Angela Hines believes all young women should feel like a princess on prom night and she is doing her part to make that come true. Comment
South Richmond Hill

Cops seek trio in S. Rich Hill fatal stabbing [With New Video]

A night at the club turned deadly for a 21-year-old Sunday. Comment
Long Island City

DA accuses Queens man of LIC carjacking spree

A Long Island City man who allegedly went on a carjacking and robbery spree in the borough last week is being held without bail and was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, the district attorney’s office said. Comment

Boro mechanic to be honored at Go Red for Women

The American Heart Association will host its sixth annual Queens Go Red for Women Dinner as part of its campaign to wipe out heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 killer of women. Comment

Advocates in Flushing target domestic violence

Some of the biggest challenges for those wishing to end domestic violence can be both identifying victims and convincing them to leave their abusive situations. This can be especially true in immigrant communities where victims may already be isolated by language and culture from those who can help. Comments (1)

Man used stolen debit card to shop in Woodside Home Depot: Cops

SUNNYSIDE — Police were asking the public to help identify a man wanted in connection with using a debit card stollen from a home on 40th Street earlier this month. Comment
Long Island City

Bloomberg announces new fire prevention tool

The city buildings with the highest risk of fire are first in line for inspections with help from a new technology the city Fire Department is putting to use as the first of its kind in the nation. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Man charged with robbing cabbies with ‘AIDS’ syringe: DA

FOREST HILLS — Cops said a Forest Hills man is accused of allegedly robbing multiple cabbies with a syringe he said was contaminated with the AIDS virus. Comment

‘Sweetheart Swindler’ gets 1-3 years: Brown

HOLLIS — A Hollis woman known as the “Sweetheart Swindler” was sentenced Wednesday to one year to three years in prison on charges she jumped bail in 2007, the district attorney said. She will serve the sentence consecutively with hard time accrued from another case. Comment
Ozone Park

Red Hawks cruise by Bryant

Construction softball ace Britney Rodriguez didn’t have many slipups on a warm Friday afternoon at Smokey Oval Park. Comment
Block Shots

Human drama unfolds in sports

The stories behind the box score are what make high school sports special. They produce genuine, raw emotions in the players and connect those watching from the sidelines and beyond to the game at a whole different level. Comment

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Far Rockaway

A Train service to Rockaways to return May 30

A train subway service to the Rockaways, a critical link from the peninsula to the rest of the city that was suspended after sustaining serious damage during Hurricane Sandy, will be restored on May 30. Comment
St. Albans

SE Queens debates corruption issues

They’re neither judge nor jury, but if they were, they’d lock ’em up. Comment
Forest Hills

Ex-wife accuses Sliwa of giving $400K to Katz

The lawyer hired to file a $1.4 million suit against Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa and former state Assemblywoman Melinda Katz vowed to investigate whether the couple’s two children were really conceived via in-vitro fertilization while the beret-wearing crime fighter was still married. Comment
East Elmhurst

Qns pol backs off USTA bill

The Bloomberg administration probably will be tapping a state lawmaker from outside Queens to carry a state bill allowing the United States Tennis Association to expand its Flushing Meadows Corona Park facility. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Mdws horse stable set for sale over weekend

The operator of a century-old Fresh Meadows horse stable needs to either pony up $60,000 soon or ride into the sunset. Comment

Forest Park Carousel set to spin for Landmarks

Anyone taking a spin on a recently refurbished carousel in Woodhaven might soon be doing so on an official city landmark. Comment

Funds pile up for Council hopefuls

The latest campaign funding for the crowded field running to replace City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) showed Bayside’s Austin Shafran, former government spokesman for the Empire State Development authority, in the lead with Whitestone attorney Paul Vallone not far behind. Comments (10)

BB gun incident scares parents at Ditmars Park

A Queens man who allegedly let his 5-year-old daughter run around Ditmars Park with an illegal BB gun was arraigned on charges of reckless endangerment last Friday, the district attorney said, and an Astoria legislator said the father made the situation worse by allegedly resisting arrest. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Stranded cat reunited with owner in Bayside

After hearing about her elusive feline’s escapades on the news, an Oakland Gardens woman was reunited with her cat Wednesday at a Bayside animal hospital but not without a frantic search. Comment

Bayside board wants PS 130 back in district

After hearing the city proposal to address overcrowding with a new elementary school in the heart of Bayside, Community Board 11 members renewed an old battle to bring back a school in Auburndale their district once had. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Rev. Floyd Flake endorses Bill Thompson for mayor

Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson recently got something he missed out on the last time he made a run for Gracie Mansion but didn’t really miss: the endorsement of Greater Allen A.M.E’s the Rev. Floyd Flake. Comments (1)

FDNY discrimination suit sent back to court

A panel of appellate judges Tuesday ruled a Brooklyn federal judge overstepped his authority by finding the FDNY intentionally discriminated against black and Hispanic applicants without hearing testimony from the city’s witnesses, kicking the case back to the district court and directing a new judge to be appointed. Comment

MTA worker who faked robbery of her token booth arrested: DA

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker was arrested and charged with staging a robbery of her token booth, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
East Elmhurst

Police searching for four East Elmhurst stabbing suspects

EAST ELMHURST — Police were asking the public’s help in finding four suspects wanted in connection with a stabbing within the 115th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s students prepare for graduation this weekend

Thousands of guests and graduates are expected to pack the Great Lawn at St. John’s University in Jamaica Estates this Sunday during the school’s 143rd commencement. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Big Apple Circus puts up tent in Cunningham Park

The Big Apple Circus returns to Queens Sunday for a month of performances packed with trapeze artists, synchronized cyclists and performing animals in its production of “Legendarium” at Cunningham Park. Comment

Police on the hunt for two suspects in Elmhurst home invasion [With Video]

ELMHURST — Surveillance footage shows two suspects wanted for a brazen home invasion earlier this month, police said. Comment

St. Mary’s Walk set for Belmont track

For the ninth consecutive year, St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is holding its celebrated Walk for St. Mary’s Kids with five children tapped to serve as grand marshals. Comment

Suspect swiped laptop from Flushing building: Cops

BROADWAY — The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a burglary last month. Comment

Xaverian clips Stanners for division title

The Archbishop Molloy baseball team won on pitching and defense all season only to see both challenged in the biggest game of the season so far. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s clinches its Big East berth

The St. John’s baseball team entered the weekend with its future in doubt. The Red Storm was in eighth place in the Big East standings, needing to hold on to that position to secure a spot in the conference tournament. Comment

Cathedral baseball overcomes slow start to season

The 2013 season could not have started worse for the Cathedral Preparatory baseball team. The Crusaders of Elmhurst lost their first five games, failing to win a game against a tough non-divisional schedule. Comments (1)

Bayside hits past Dozo for crown

Steve Piorkowski saw something change in his Bayside softball team’s mindset after division rival Benjamin Cardozo dropped a crossover game to Bryant. Comment

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Qns MTA worker fakes robbery at her ticket booth: NYPD

CORONA – A Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker was arrested and charged with staging a robbery of her token booth, according to police and multiple reports. Comment
Long Island City

Ridgewood man dies in LIC motorcycle crash

LONG ISLAND CITY - Police identified a man killed in a motorcycle crash on Vernon Boulevard Tuesday night as 32-year-old Daniel Nieves of Ridgewood. Comment

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

South Richmond Hill

Police seeking ‘person of interest’ in Rich Hill stabbing death [With Video]

Police were looking for a man described as a person of interest in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old, who police said stumbled over to officers for help in South Richmond Hill Sunday. Comments (1)

Cb 7 OKs Willets Point project in close vote

Community Board 7 approved the $3 billion Willets Point redevelopment project Monday night in a lengthy meeting heavily attended by advocates for and against the project. Comments (1)

Monday, May 13, 2013


CB 7 committee rejects Willets Project ahead of full board vote

Community Board 7 was set to vote on the Willets Point redevelopment plan Monday night, several days after a subcommittee rejected the $3 billion proposal. Comments (1)

Police hunt for suspect in subway assault [With Video]

The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in finding both a man suspected of punching another person on a subway train and the victim of that assault. Comment

Elmhurst senior killed by car while crossing the street: NYPD

A 75-year-old Elmhurst woman was hit and killed by a car a block from where she lived Sunday afternoon, police said. Comment

Saturday, May 11, 2013


Astoria father charged with firing BB guns at park before letting his children play with them: DA

A Queens father arraigned on charges Friday of shooting illegal BB guns in a crowded Astoria park and then letting his five-year-old daughter wave one of the guns around at other children, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

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