Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013


Communities celebrate National Night Out in southern Queens

Dozens of people filled parks in southeast Queens for the annual National Night Out Against Crime. Comments (1).

Avella drops out of beep race

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) dropped out of the race for Queens borough president, he announced in a statement Wednesday. Comment.
Forest Hills

Western Queens comes out for Night Out

Residents of Western Queens packed National Night Out events last Tuesday. Comment.

Enigma Bookstore creates buzz in Astoria

Science-fiction, fantasy and mystery book lovers in Queens are in luck: Enigma Bookstore, a new, independent business in the community, is offering up an exciting variety of page turners for residents. Comment.

Know the facts of Trayvon case

People blame Trayvon Martin for sucker-punching George Zimmerman. Here are some facts these ignorant fools continue to ignore. Comments (17).

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013


St. Mary’s hosts program where patients strut their stuff

The children at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside were all smiles last Thursday as they showed off their dance moves with dancer Val Chmerkovskiy from the reality competition show “Dancing with the Stars.” Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

‘America’s Got Talent’ to film at Queens College

A panel of celebrity judges will make its way to Queens College Wednesday for a taping of the television show “America’s Got Talent” on the campus quad. Comments (2).

Van Bramer sets out to fight pigeon waste on subway line

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) has declared war on the pigeons that have been leaving their droppings at three stops on the No. 7 line between 46th and 61st streets. Comment.

The Dirty Gems shine with latest EP release

Earlier this spring a new band became part of New York’s emerging music scene as semi-finalists representing Queens at the 2013 Battle of the Boroughs talent quest held this March at The Greene Space in Manhattan. The Dirty Gems beat the competition and won first place and grand prize. Then they went on to compete in the Ultimate Battle in June. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill mom admits pimping daughter: Post

RICHMOND HILL - A woman from Richmond Hill admitted to pimping out her 11-year-old daughter to a 24-year-old man and was promised six years in prison, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Long Island City

Tip of the week


City must reject plan for mall at Willets Point

In 2008, the Bloomberg administration declared 62 acres of property in Flushing to the east of Citi Field called Willets Point, on which there were more than 200 small auto businesses as well as others, a blight. Comments (1).

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013


Group wants to give Flushing LIRR station a fresh coat

A Flushing community group is seeking to revitalize the Long Island Rail Road station in the heart of downtown with a community-funded project to paint a mural. Comments (2).

Thieves break into home of Sunnyside councilman

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) returned from his overseas vacation this week to find his Queens home burglarized, the elected official said. Comments (1).

Queens gets audio alerts at N, Q stops

Western Queens straphangers at several stations along the N/Q line can find out what time the next train is due to arrive if they just listen up. Comment.

Cops say robbery suspects struck again in Glendale

GLENDALE — A Glendale robbery is being investigated as just one incident in a larger robbery pattern affecting Queens and Manhattan, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Woman from LIC missing since late last month

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were asking for assistance in finding a missing Long Island City woman. Comment.
New Voices

Queens group seeks to help people outside Guyana

The recently formed group West Indians Serving Humanity has bold plans to aid underprivileged children through tapping the large West Indian community in Queens. I spoke with WISH group members Safraz Deen and Deven Dindiyal on their experiences, aspirations for their group and the charitable spirit they have discovered in borough residents. Comment.

Don’t unnecessarily rename bridges

In regards to the July 19-25 article “Vallone bill to reverse Ed Koch bridge naming,” I applaud City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.’s (D-Astoria) sensibilities in bringing this up. Comments (2).

Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013


Council candidates to meet at forums

The six candidates hoping to replace embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) will face off in two political forums this month as the September Democratic primary approaches. Comment.

Man crossing Queens Boulevard dies in motorcycle accident

A 50-year-old pedestrian was killed and a motorcyclist left in critical condition after a crash on the “Boulevard of Death” early Sunday, police said. Comment.

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East Elmhurst

E. Elmhurst, Corona rezone plan heads to Council and Bloomberg

A rezoning proposal intended to curb out-of-character real estate development in East Elmhurst and Corona is headed down the home stretch. Comments (1).

Burglary suspect broke in through unlocked door in Astoria

ASTORIA - The Police Department was reaching out for help in finding a suspect wanted in a burglary on 23rd Street, cops said. Comments (4).
Block Shots

Queens sluggers should try NYC Varsity League

Queens baseball players want to spread the word about the NYC Varsity fall league. Comment.

12-year-old boy missing from Hollis

HOLLIS — Police were looking for a missing 12-year-old boy who was last seen at his home on 104th Avenue last week. Comment.

Debi Mazar, known for playing Jersey Girls, hails from Jamaica

Mae West once said, “Personality is the most important thing to an actress’s success.” Seemingly having followed this advice, movie and television actress Debi Mazar (b. 1964) has cultivated a specific persona — that of the sassy, Italian Jersey Girl. Comment.

McCaffrey stood up for rights of outerboros

The late City Councilman Walter McCaffrey is now officially free from the scourge of term limits. How ironic that he was one of the first victims of term limits, which is nothing more — politically speaking — than the voters’ expression of a preference for a one-night stand. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013

South Jamaica

Ex-husband killed by wife’s boyfriend: DA

A Brooklyn man is facing murder charges after he allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend’s ex-husband in an early morning altercation outside the South Jamaica Houses in May,the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2).

Two people seriously hurt in fire in Whitestone Chinese restaurant: FDNY

Two people were seriously injured when a fire tore through the Emperor House Chinese restaurant in Whitestone Saturday afternoon, a spokesman for the FDNY said. Comments (12).

Brownfield law to update community boards on sites

Two northeast Queens lawmakers celebrated the passage of legislation they drafted that requires the state Department of Environmental Conservation to notify affected community boards whenever the agency is considering cleanups at any brownfield sites throughout the city. Comment.

Flushing Hindus hope to keep traditions alive

Hindus in America face a challenge as traditions tends to fade in immigrant offspring, but a Flushing temple that offers instruction for children is hoping to push back against that trend and last weekend showed off the knowledge of some of its brightest students at Hindu Awareness Day. Comment.
Ozone Park

Avella supports reactivation of old Rockaway train line

Activists calling for the city to reactivate the old Rockaway Beach branch received a push forward Monday when state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced his support for the project. Comments (1).
Howard Beach

Laundry worker abused customer: DA

A Howard Beach man was convicted of sexually abusing a female customer of the Laundromat at which he worked, the district attorney said Friday. Comment.
Ozone Park

Man dies after clinging to roof of car

OZONE PARK — An Ozone Park woman has been charged with murder after she allegedly drove into traffic with her husband clinging to the roof of her SUV, resulting in his death, police said. Comment.

Phones and iPads swiped from Astoria shop: Police

ASTORIA — Cops were looking for members of a crew who helped themselves to some gadgets at an AT&T store over the weekend. Comments (1).
St. Albans

Suspect knocks over St. Albans bank: Cops

ST. ALBANS — Police were looking for a bank robber wanted for knocking over a Capital One on Linden Boulevard. Comment.

Cops search for missing teen from Sunnyside

SUNNYSIDE — Police were searching for a Sunnyside teen who went missing more than a week ago. Comment.
Middle Village

CK’s Scarbrough gains interest from Division I hoops schools

The expectations around Kollyns Scarbrough were heightened entering her final summer of travel basketball before her senior year at Christ the King. Comments (1).

Parks Has a Problem with Trees

The death of a young pregnant woman who was crushed by a giant oak that toppled onto the bench where she was sitting in Kissena Park Sunday might have been avoided. The city Parks Department has been under pressure from legislators in Queens in recent years to accelerate its inspection and maintenance of borough trees. Comments (1).

Friday, Aug. 9, 2013

Ozone Park

Addabbo criticizes delayed ambulance wait time

An elected official is investigating why it took 26 minutes for emergency personnel to respond to an injured elderly man. Comments (2).

Flushing tofu competition shows diversity of veggie staple

It was a battle of the bean curds. Comment.

Officials pledge to oversee old Flushing burial ground

City officials have vowed to keep a closer eye on the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground after the leader of its conservancy spoke out against the area’s neglect. Comments (1).

Liu outlines run for mayor

Narrowing the wealth gap in New York City and advancing realistic transit goals for Queens are some of the platform points City Comptroller John Liu is pushing as he enters the home stretch of his mayoral campaign. Comments (4).

Avella fights for city property tax fix

A northeast Queens lawmaker took to the state Senate to fight ever-rising property taxes affecting homeowners whose properties have lost assessed value in his district and beyond. Comment.

Voskerichian vying for Halloran’s seat

She may have been the last Democrat to enter the five-way primary race for the 19th City Council District, but Auburndale’s Chrissy Voskerichian said she was keeping pace with her opponents by hitting the pavement and knocking on doors. Comment.

Weiner takes heat at Laurelton mayoral forum

Stop-and-frisk and — you guessed it — former Queens U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner dominated the discussion at a mayoral forum in Laurelton last week. Comment.

Social media frenzy helps Jamaica street festival thrive

Organizers of the 17th annual Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival spread the word through Facebook, Twitter and Yelp this year, which helped make the event bigger and better than ever. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Sandy funds to provide long-term relief: Charities

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report last month that called into question the way charities have handled Sandy relief. Comment.

Photographer captures borough’s stories through her lens

In a city as richly steeped in history as New York, every neighborhood has a story to tell. In Queens, where you can experience the world in a nutshell by riding the No. 7 train, a Sunnyside photographer, compelled to focus her lens on “the Queens of yesterday and today,” captured local images that she says “depict serene moments and initiate a feeling of a lost time.” Comment.
Long Island City

Department of Health fights bedbugs in LIC headquarters

The city Department of Health in Long Island City — the same agency responsible for preventing bedbug infestations — has a bedbug problem itself, sources told the New York Post. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Safety measures in place at infamous LIC intersection

Long Island City’s intersection at 30th Street and Thomson Avenue just became a safer commute for pedestrians and motorists. Comment.
South Jamaica

Wills gets two guns off streets of SE Qns.

As a southeast Queens community still reeling from a senseless murder earlier this summer prepared to rally against crime, two more handguns were taken off the streets. Comments (11).

Detective, assistant DA get into fight with cops in Astoria: Court documents

ASTORIA - An NYPD detective and an assistant Queens DA were arrested Saturday after getting into a scuffle with on-duty police officers, according to a criminal complaint filed by the DA’s office. Comments (2).
Jackson Heights

Police say two home invasion suspects returned to same apartment days later [With Video]

JACKSON HEIGHTS - Police asked for the public’s help in locating suspects wanted for two similar incidents within the 115th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment.
St. Albans

Pathways star wins title

Jordan Washington saw a chance to end his career as a New York City high school basketball player in style and he delivered. Comments (1).

Melo’s basketball camp draws youth to borough

Young hoops players in Queens got a chance to learn about basketball and the daily grind of the NBA from New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony over the weekend. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

2013 race for mayor feels like repeat of contest from ‘77

Like the old saying goes: “Those who do not understand history are destined to repeat it.” Comments (1).

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013


Cops charge teen in sex assault of 4-year-old in Jamaica McDonald’s

JAMAICA — Police said early Thursday that an unidentified 14-year-old boy was arrested and charged in connection to the sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl in Jamaica in a McDonald’s play area Tuesday. Comments (2).

Queens’ scores plunge on new state tests

As educators have been warning for some time, third-through-eighth-graders’ scores on the state’s English and math tests fell precipitously this year as New York implemented tougher standards, and Queens was no different. But while overall scores declined in the borough, data released by the state Department of Education show Queens outperformed statewide averages. Comments (1).
Rego Park

Sale of Trylon Theater property rankles house of worship

Controversy has erupted after the sale of a Rego Park commercial property containing a synagogue amid fears the house of worship will be evicted. The new landlords contend they want to preserve the synagogue and support its huge congregation. Comment.

Council members from county give $29M to district schools

The 14 members of the borough’s City Council delegation gave almost half of their combined $66.4 million in capital budget member items to schools this year, although the way that money was spent varied from district to district. Comments (3).

Police arrest Bayside man after standoff

A 41-year-old man was slapped with charges of assault and resisting arrest in connection with a standoff with police on a quiet Bayside street last weekend. Comment.

Two men charged in Jamaica murder

Police arrested two men in connection with the fatal weekend shooting of a 33-year-old man in Jamaica, the NYPD said Wednesday. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Dead shark found on N train

ROCKAWAY BEACH — A dead dolphin that had washed ashore was discovered on Rockaway Beach Wednesday morning, according to an official from the city Parks Department. Comment.

Liu denied matching funds

A report on City Comptroller John Liu’s fund-raising for the mayoral race provides insight into the city Campaign Finance Board’s decision to deny him public matching funds. Comments (1).
Oakland Gardens

Concannon set to run for Mark Weprin seat

A former candidate for the state Senate has re-emerged in the political arena, but this time he is vying for a spot in the City Council. Comments (2).

Tree kills Flushing woman

The family of a 30-year-old pregnant woman killed by a falling tree Sunday was making funeral arrangements in the wake of her untimely death. Comment.
St. Albans

Forum fields Council hopefuls

Several of the candidates in the contest to succeed term-limited City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) discussed their plans for economic development at a forum in St. Albans earlier this week. Comment.
College Point

College Point calls for new PS 29 head

Parents, teachers and a state lawmaker called for the ouster of a College Point elementary school principal last week. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach restoration project to begin

The first phase of a Rockaway Beach sand replenishment project will begin this week, officials said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Stray bullet hits 10-year-old near home in Far Rockaway

A reputed Far Rockaway gang member was charged with firing off a bullet that wounded a 10-year-old girl early Saturday morning, authorities said. Comments (2).

Flushing man charged with murder: NYPD

FLUSHING - A Flushing man has been arrested and charged with stabbing another man, police said. Bulmaro Diaz, 25, of 38-05 Union St., is accused of stabbing a 24-year-old man in the stomach Aug. 3, the NYPD said. Comment.
Richmond Hill

‘Anything Goes’ this weekend as group stages Porter musical in Richmond Hill

HJC Teen Drama Group sets sail this weekend with its production of the Cole Porter musical “Anything Goes.” Comment.

Search is on for suspect in Woodhaven stabbing

Police were still on the hunt for a man wanted in the stabbing of a 17-year-old Woodhaven girl, and they have released new photos of the person who they believe may be the attacker. Comments (2).

First Walmart store rumored for Ridgewood

Although the company will not confirm it, rumors have been surfacing that the discount department store Walmart may be opening its first site in the city in Ridgewood. Comment.
Middle Village

Royals’ Calhoun commits to Duke

Sierra Calhoun’s image of her college career fit perfectly with what Duke Coach Joanne P. McCallie’s program had to offer. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. Louis’ Whitesell to replace Hicks on SJU basketball staff

St. John’s University men’s basketball head Coach Steve Lavin announced the hiring of former St. Louis associate head Coach Jim Whitesell to his coaching staff for this season. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013


Four-year-old assaulted in Jamaica McDonald’s: NYPD [With Video of Suspect]

JAMAICA — A 4-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a McDonald’s restaurant play area Tuesday, the NYPD said. Comment.

Dragon Boat Festival: Before oars hit the water, dragons must be awakened

Beneath the glow of the Golden Arches and amid the throng of tourists queueing up for half-price theater tickets, a Buddhist monk dressed in a traditional orange robe stood in the middle of Times Square last week to awaken a sleeping dragon. Comment.

Dragon Boat Festival: Culinary delights from past and present come together

The Dragon Boat Festival is a rite of the Chinese holiday, the Fifth Moon Festival. Celebrated throughout Asia, it is also known as the Double Fifth, Tuen Ng in Cantonese, or Duānwǔ Jié in Mandarin. Comment.

Dragon Boat Festival: Racing is just the beginning

A profusion of color and entertainment will take over Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the 23rd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Aug. 10-11. Comment.

Dragon Boat Festival: Races honor patriotic acts of statesman/poet

Like so many legends, Dragon Boat races reportedly started to honor a man whose fight against tyranny ended with his death. Comment.

Dragon Boat Festival: Schedule of Events

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Chinese Music Ensemble of New York Comment.

Dragon Boat Festival: Non-profits, sponsors provide souvenirs, free information to attendants

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens draws hundreds and thousands of people to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the championship dragon boat racing, the opening parade and the variety of unexpected free attractions. Comment.

Dragon Boat Festival Recipe: Savor zongzi in honor of dragon boat races

Spoon: Chinese porcelain soup spoon; large pot Comment.

Dragon Boat Festival Recipe: Craft dragon rolls for festivities

The dragon roll is a thick sushi roll of eel and cucumber covered with thinly sliced avocado. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013


Police release photos of suspect in Woodhaven teen stabbing

Police have released new photos of a man wanted in the stabbing of a 17-year-old Woodhaven girl. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 5, 2013


Pregnant woman killed by fallen Kissena Park tree

A 30-year-old pregnant woman was killed when a falling tree crushed her in Kissena Park Sunday evening, police said. Comment.

Kaufman begins work on outdoor movie lot

Construction on the back lot of Kaufman Astoria Studios officially kicked off two weeks ago, making way for New York City’s first outdoor film set. Comment.

Standoff in Bayside draws police negotiators to 42nd Ave.

The NYPD descended upon a quiet Bayside street Saturday night with guns drawn and what neighbors described as a SWAT team-like vehicle after a resident allegedly pushed his girlfriend inside the basement of a 42nd Avenue home at gunpoint and refused to come out, police said. Comment.

Elmhurst groper has struck five times since February: NYPD

ELMHURST — A serial sexual assailant has forcibly touched five Asian women at two stations along the M train since February, police said Saturday. Comment.

Jamaica shooting leaves one dead: NYPD

A 33-year-old man was fatally shot Saturday morning near the corner of 163rd Street and 89th Avenue, police said. Comments (2).
Far Rockaway

10-year-old girl shot in Far Rock: NYPD

A 10-year-old girl was grazed by a stray bullet after an early Saturday morning shooting in Far Rockaway, witnesses and the NYPD said. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Dead body found in Spring Gardens likely hit by car elsewhere: NYPD

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — Authorities now believe a 35-year-old man discovered dead at the corner of 230th Place and Lansing Avenue early Thursday morning was hit by a car at another location, police said. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 2, 2013


Woodhaven stabbing may be gang-related: Police

Police are investigating whether a violent stabbing of a 17-year-old girl last week was related to a gang conflict, officials said. Comments (2).
Jackson Heights

Boro lawmakers rename streets for gay activists

Western Queens leaders honored two late gay rights activists over the weekend with streets renamed in their honor. Comment.

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