Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Mount Sinai honored for electronic records system

Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens in Astoria was honored last week by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society for its electronic medical records system. Comment.
Long Island City

Free Wi-Fi coming to Queens during MLB All Star Game

Queens residents will have access to free Wi-Fi during the Major League Baseball All-Star Week July 12-16. Comment.

Union St. biz a gem in town full of jewelers

A Flushing business owner has combined classic artisan techniques and modern investment knowledge to keep his shop going strong into its third generation of ownership. Comment.

Top Cop kicks off cricket

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly tossed the coin to kick off the 2013 event at Flushing Meadows Corona Park June 27, which he said will contribute to building stronger relationships between the community and law enforcement. This year more than 100 youngsters aged 14-19 will compete on 12 teams for the title. Comment.

Eagle scout leads Udalls cleanup

Little Neck resident Kevin Shea, 16, organized a cleanup of Udalls Cove in Douglaston last month. Shea, a member of Boy Scout Troop 10, put the event together as part of his Eagle Project to become an Eagle Scout. Comment.

Court made wrong marriage decision

The U.S. Supreme Court’ ruling on gay marriage will cause more harm than good. The court has destroyed and robbed the foundation of traditional marriage and has single-handedly destroyed society as we know it. Comment.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Visit Ho Chi Min City by way of Ridgewood, Queens

We would be hard-pressed to find a more unlikely or inhospitable spot to open an eatery than the stretch of Metropolitan Avenue, near Queen’s western frontier, where Bunker has hunkered down. It’s across from a junk yard and next to a sewage treatment plant. Yet inaccessibility may actually work in Bunker’s favor. Comment.

Maspeth street to be co-named for Maspeth bar owner George Gibbons

A Maspeth street will be co-named to honor a lifelong resident who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in 2011. Comment.

Religion impedes rights for gays

If people say they support civil unions and equal rights for gays but feel that the “sacrament” of marriage should be between a man and a woman, then by excluding gays from marriage they show that they are not for equal rights for gays. Comment.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Long Island City

Solar charging sites set for Queens mobile users

AT&T and city officials recently unveiled a solar power charging station pilot program that will allow residents to charge their mobile devices throughout the city, including several areas in Queens. Comment.
Jackson Heights

NYPD investigates suspected hate crime on Queens F train

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is searching for two suspects seen in a video of an alleged anti-gay harassment incident that unfolded on a train in Jackson Heights last week, police said. Comment.

USTA gives boro first crack at annual job fair for Open

A job fair open exclusively to Queens residents last week drew hundreds hoping to score a slot at the upcoming US Open. Comment.
Long Island City

Filmmaker focuses on his Cannes’ debut

It’s said that it’s possible to create something positive from disparate circumstances. Comment.

Ex-Rikers officer draws 25 years for 2000 slaying

A city correction officer was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal shooting of his former girlfriend, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Political Action

Petition drives make or break a politician’s candidacy

The election campaigns every year in New York state and especially in New York City have two parts. The first is having designating petitions circulated with the candidates’ names on them. Each political party listed on the ballot goes through the petition process. Comment.

Woodside boy, 14, goes missing: NYPD

WOODSIDE — Police were asking for help to find a boy who went missing within the 114th Precinct, cops said. Comment.
Ozone Park

All-Queens softball: Rodriguez best in boro

Queens continues to be a softball-rich borough. Comment.

Tip of the week


Stop-and-frisk helps keep city safe from crime

The recent attacks on stop-and-frisk, a constitutional tool employed by the city Police Department, are outrageous. This program, instituted in under Police Commissioner William Bratton and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has helped bring down major crime rates in the city to an all-time low, to the levels seen in the 1950s. Comment.

Sunday, July 7, 2013


Police seek suspect who sexually abused girl in Corona shop: NYPD

CORONA — A suspect who sexually abused a 9-year-old girl inside a Corona grocery store was being sought by police, the NYPD said. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Queens native finds herself in the Hollywood spotlight

Shirlyn Wong was beginning to think she had chosen the wrong career. Comment.

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Uncle George’s Greek Tavern closes after $55G rent dispute

Uncle George’s Greek Tavern, a beloved Astoria restaurant that specialized in rustic Mediterranean cooking, has closed its doors following a rent dispute. Comment.

Burglary suspect with limp hits homes all over Queens: NYPD

FLUSHING — A walking cane did not stop a suspected bandit from making a clean getaway from burglaries all over Queens, the NYPD said Wednesday. Comment.
Howard Beach

Sheehan lawyers eye reprieve in state’s court of last resort

Lawyers for the Howard Beach woman who fatally shot her abusive ex-NYPD husband in 2008 are hoping to appeal to the state’s highest court after she began serving a five-year sentence on a gun charge last month. Comment.

Nassau slams court decision to uphold MTA payroll tax

A state appeals court has upheld the payroll tax enacted at a time of extreme financial peril for the MTA, but Nassau County said it planned to challenge the ruling. Comment.
South Jamaica

Buyback nets nearly 30 weapons in memory of slain teen

Police say a gun buyback at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in South Jamaica last weekend netted 29 weapons, including 17 revolvers, eight semi-automatics and one rifle. The event was held in honor of D’aja Robinson, the 14-year-old who was shot dead while riding a city bus just a few blocks from the church.Photo courtesy NYPD Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

Empire State Building has been a beacon for columnist

The Empire State Building has been part of my life, it seems, forever. When a large structure to go up some blocks west of it was approved not long ago, which will block the view of it from some angles, it brought back memories. Comment.

Elmhurst woman missing from home: Police

ELMHURST — The NYPD was seeking help from the public in finding a missing Elmhurst woman. Comment.
Rochdale Village

Rochdale girl last seen at school: Police

ROCHDALE VILLAGE — Police were looking for a 12-year-old girl who was last seen at her school more than a week ago. Comment.

Promotion holds first card in boro

Family Wrestling Entertainment made its Queens debut June 21 in Corona, featuring two hardcore legends and a 30-man battle royal. Comment.

15-year-old Flushing girl last seen in late June

FLUSHING — A Flushing teen went missing from her Barclay Avenue home late last month, and the NYPD is looking for the public’s assistance in locating her. Comment.

Do not blame birds for plane collisions

The recent near collision of two passenger jets over New York City is once again proof that there are more near-collisions between planes due to pilot and control tower error. Comment.

Saturday, July 6, 2013


Transit aficionado pleads guilty to Jamaica joyride

The cult figure who has inspired curiosity with his unusual — and criminal — fixation on mass transit could spend up to five years minting license plates after he pleaded guilty earlier this week to joyriding in a large bus in Jamaica, the district attorney said. Comment.

Gianaris and Simotas open new district offices in Astoria

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) have new district offices in Astoria, and they want residents to know about the move. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Queens high school students win many awards, scholarships

With the ending of the 2012-13 school year, it is time to recount some of the good things going on in our Queens high schools. Comment.

Suspected jewelry thief caught in Jamaica: Police

JAMAICA — A woman who allegedly stole nearly $500,000 in jewelry from New York Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers’ Miami Beach hotel room was arrested in Jamaica, police said. Comment.

Cops search for missing Corona man

CORONA — The Police Department asked for the public’s assistance in locating a missing Corona man. Comment.

MTA worker charged with assault in Ridgewood: Cops

RIDGEWOOD — An off-duty MTA employee was charged last Saturday with criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, police said. Comment.

Supreme Disappointment

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to eviscerate the 1965 Voting Rights Act sent a chill through Queens, which has become a beacon for people from all over the world seeking equality. Comment.

Friday, July 5, 2013


Popular HBO series stages film shoot on Bell Boulevard

Another popular television series took to the streets of Bayside to film part of an upcoming season, but with a new set of rules to minimize the effects on Bell Boulevard businesses. Comment.

Afrikan Poetry puts spotlight on arts scene

During the day, downtown Jamaica is jam-packed with young people shuffling to and from York College or shopping on Jamaica Avenue, but come nighttime the area doesn’t exactly have the cultural cache neighboring boroughs can claim. Comment.

Original Jamaica HS building receives city landmark status

The building that housed the original Jamaica High School more than 100 years ago earned a spot on the city’s landmarks list last week. Comment.
Little Neck

Lien outrage in Little Neck

Sidewalk cracks along Little Neck Parkway can be traced directly to the center of the busy street where they formed, but homeowners who live there were slapped with liens on their property for them, residents said. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Weprin wants city to toughen up on bullying

Bullying among Queens youth has gotten out of hand and it is up to the city Department of Education to fix it, borough lawmakers said. Comment.

WBAI workers may face layoffs at storied station

Employees at a historic New York City broadcaster believe more than half a century on the air may soon end in radio silence. Comment.

Maspeth pupils win gold in ballroom competition finals

A group of Maspeth students tangoed their way to a gold medal in the annual Dancing Classrooms ballroom final, but fell a step short of the grand prize. Comment.

Veras touts civic work in race

Andrea Veras wants to bring her experience as a Briarwood community activist to city government and is running to replace term-limited City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows). Comment.
Bay Terrace

Bay Terrace game spot closes up after 30 years

Three decades of gaming have come to an end in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Not all black voters may have their eye on Thompson

Identity politics is an age-old term for voters picking one of their own. Up until the 1940s, the Irish largely dominated New York politics and ticket balancing meant having one Irish candidate, one Italian candidate and one Jewish candidate on the same slate to appeal to the dominant ethnic groups in the city. Comment.
South Jamaica

12-year-old boy missing since June: Cops

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were asking the public to help find a 12-year-old boy who has been missing since June 27. Comment.
Block Shots

Baseball game fosters respect for armed forces

Fans who made their way to St. John’s University saw more than just a good baseball game last Friday night. Comment.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Breezy Point

City to study future of Rockaway ferry

The city is floating the idea for a permanent ferry that would serve the Rockaways. Comment.

Student debt to soar after House inaction

Loan interest rates doubled this week for more than 7 million students nationwide and northeast Queens reps put the blame on the Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Marshall weighs rezoning

Borough President Helen Marshall heard a presentation on the Department of City Planning’s East Elmhurst rezoning proposal last week, a plan the department said will protect the neighborhood’s character and encourage mixed-use development. Comment.
South Jamaica

Suspected cop shooter charged at his bedside

In a bedside arraignment at Jamaica Hospital, a 40-year-old man was charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend and attempted murder after an off-duty police officer was shot when he broke up a domestic dispute on Father’s Day in South Jamaica, the district attorney said. Comment.

EcoHouse to set up shop in Botanical Garden parking lot

An environmental group is wheeling its brick mobile home into the parking lot of the Queens Botanic Garden this summer to teach residents how to save energy in their own digs. Comment.

Missing Bayside woman’s body found on Gilgo Beach in L.I.

A body found on Gilgo Beach last week was identified as Natasha Jugo, a Bayside woman who disappeared in March, according to the Suffolk Police Department. Comment.

Advocate candidates meet voters at York

Voters in southeast Queens got the chance to see four of the candidates for city public advocate on stage together for only a few minutes last week as they came in and out from other engagements, and one hopeful said that is exactly why her campaign is surging. Comment.

Accused Maspeth weed mother posts bail after non-guilty plea

A Scarsdale, N.Y., woman who had made headlines as the “Pot Mom” is out on bail after being arrested in May in a Maspeth marijuana case, according to authorities. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Cops searching for suspect in anti-Semitic graffiti incidents

FAR ROCKAWAY — The NYPD is searching for Randy Evans who is wanted in connection with criminal mischief in Far Rockaway. Comment.
Long Island City

Woman in hospital after being hit by car: FDNY

LONG ISLAND CITY — A pedestrian was taken to Elmhurst Hospital after she was struck by a vehicle near the Queensboro Bridge early Tuesday morning, the FDNY said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Man killed ex-girlfriend in Far Rock with 2x4: Brown

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Queens man has been convicted of murdering his former girlfriend by bludgeoning her to death with a two-by-four piece of lumber, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Woman fatally stabbed in Sunnyside apt.: Police

A 35-year-old woman was brutally stabbed to death in her Sunnyside apartment Tuesday night, and police have taken her boyfriend into custody, the NYPD and neighbors said. Comment.
South Jamaica

Teen parents die in crash on Grand Central

A teen husband and wife who died in a high-speed crash on the Grand Central Parkway Saturday will share a final resting place as their families raise their 14-month-old baby together, the child’s relatives said. Comment.

GCP crash snarls westbound traffic near Astoria

Westbound traffic came to a standstill on the Grand Central Parkway near Astoria Wednesday afternoon after a multiple car crash, the FDNY said. Comment.

Boro lawmakers split on profiling bill

Queens lawmakers dug in their heels this week over a controversial anti-profiling bill that would allow individuals to sue the city in state court over the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices. Comment.

Motorist shot in feud over parking spot

A 39-year-old man took road rage a bit too far in downtown Flushing last weekend when he allegedly claimed to be an NYPD officer and shot someone over a parking space, court documents revealed. Comment.

Bayside battles fickle muni- meters

Parking along Bell Boulevard has become a microcosm of what busy business districts throughout the city have been struggling to address because of consistently inconsistent Muni-Meters, community leaders said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Katz counts on experience

Melinda Katz’s two decades in public service now seem like tailor-made preparations for the vacant borough president seat she is seeking, the former lawmaker recently told TimesLedger Newspapers. Comment.

Shops at Atlas Park marks a new beginning for mall

The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale has taken a first step toward revitalization. The mall’s new Center Green, a 10,000-square-foot open space, officially opened Tuesday in time for the first community event there this weekend. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Cops make arrest in Kew Gardens Hills mosque stabbing

A Forest Hills man was charged with attempted murder last week for allegedly stabbing a member of a mosque in Kew Gardens Hills while screaming anti-Muslim slurs in November, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Swindlers stake out College Pt. lot: Cops

Groups of con artists have recently been duping northeast Queens residents out of cash in person and over the phone, the 109th Precinct warned this week. Comment.
Long Island City

Marshall reviews plans for 5Pointz

A special permit application for the 5Pointz redevelopment project has been tweaked to include additional community benefits for Long Island City residents, the site’s owners told Borough President Helen Marshall last week. Comment.

Braunstein bill prompts flight noise investigation

Advocates working to silence the drastic uptick in airliner noise throughout northeast Queens celebrated a victory this week when a bill allowing the Port Authority to investigate their claims passed the state Legislature. All they need now is the governor’s signature. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Protesters rally outside Richmond Hill bar

LGBT activists rallied at the scene of a suspected hate crime last Thursday to protest violence at drinking establishments and against the LGBT community in Richmond Hill. Comment.
Long Island City

Kohlberg buys Steinway in $438M takeover deal

Steinway, the famed Long Island City piano maker, is being acquired by a private equity firm for nearly $438 million. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights resident found dead: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A 56-year-old man was found dead Monday within the confines of the 115th Precinct. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Queens stars relish chance to play at Yankee Stadium

Kely Aponte couldn’t wait for the chance to step foot on the Yankee Stadium field. Not even the wait of an hour and 46 minute rain delay could put a damper on the Rockaway Park native’s spirits. Comment.

McCleary named as Molloy hoops coach

Archbishop Molloy officially named Coach Jack Curran’s replacements by removing the “interim” titles from basketball Coach and Athletic Director Mike McCleary and baseball headman Brad Lyons, according to McCleary. Comment.

Emergency responders assist at Bayside accident

BAYSIDE - Two vehicles, a Jeep Wrangler and Ford Focus, were involved in an accident at the corner of Bell Boulevard and 46th Avenue in Bayside at about 6:45 p.m. Monday evening. Comment.

Monday, July 1, 2013

No Holds Barred

It’s time to support our troops

Very early on in our disastrous intrusions in Afghanistan and Iraq, I began to do two things, both related to the effect of these wars on Queens. Comment.

Bayside goes mobile with smartphone app

Bayside has gone mobile. Comment.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Kew Gardens Hills

Forest Hills man charged in mosque stabbing: Police

A Forest Hills man was charged with using anti-Muslim slurs while repeatedly stabbing a man who was unlocking a Kew Gardens Hills mosque for morning prayers last year, the Queens district attorney’s office said Friday. Comment.

Sunnyside’s Lou Lodati Park finally goes to the dogs

Elected officials, community leaders and representatives of the Sunnyside United Dogs Society celebrated the reopening last week of Lou Lodati Park in Sunnyside, an event that overjoyed both dog owners and their four-legged friends alike. Comment.

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