Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013


NYC school lunch menus serve up healthy eats

When New York City children shuffle into the cafeteria on Sept. 9 most probably won’t notice any changes at that first back-to-school lunch until they roll their trays up to the cash register. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013


World’s Fair collections coming together

Nearly two decades before Walt Disney envisioned Tomorrowland for his amusement park in Los Angeles’ suburbs, thousands stood on line daily to get a glimpse of Futurama at the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (1)

Pols should only serve the public

In reference to the Aug. 2-8 Bayside Times letter “Give pols more than one salary,” those who are financially successful in the private sector should not be seeking elected public office with the objective of gaining additional salaries, lucrative pensions and the perks that come with such positions. Comments (1)

Teachers need a contract now

As the new school year nears, the teachers of our public school system still do not have a new, fair and affordable contract. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013


Corona cart vendor nominated for culinary prize

For the past 26 years, Maria Teresa Crespo has been dishing up Ecuadorian specialities from a street corner in Corona, and she was recently recognized for her tasty treats as part of an annual food truck competition. Comment

Kids snap up fish during Bayside derby

More than two dozen youth took part in the Bayside Anglers’ Snapper Derby Aug. 24. The goal was to catch and release as many fish as possible in an hour. Comment

Tip of the week


Donate blood, save three lives

For the past three years, I have had the privilege of organizing blood drives for City Council District 19, covering northeast Queens from College Point to Little Neck. Comment

Blame mayoral control for bad teachers

Do not blame public school teachers for the drop in test scores. They have no control over curriculum and education policy. Almost every detail of their professional experiences is dictated to them. Comments (2)

Monday, Sept. 2, 2013


Library custodians upset over outsourcing of jobs

Custodial workers are accusing the Queens Library of playing dirty when it comes to outsourcing union jobs to low-paid contract workers. Comment

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Prentzas promotes education overhaul in city

Gus Prentzas hopes to use his experience from the now-defunct school board to push for dramatic changes to the city’s education system if he is elected to succeed City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). Comment

Astoria’s Serpe seeks Vallone’s City Council seat

If there was any district in New York City where a Green Party candidate, independent of the political machine system, had the potential to get elected, it is in Astoria’s 22nd District, Lynne Serpe said. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013

South Richmond Hill

Drunken man led cops on chase: DA

A Staten Island man has been charged with taking police on a high-speed chase while under the influence of alcohol, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week Comment

Voters get three options in CD 31 Dem primary

Three contenders have thrown their hats in the ring for the Democratic primary in southeast Queens to determine who wins the party spot for the City Council seat now held by Donovan Richards. Comments (2)

Family of Japanese student seeks info about his death

The family of a Japanese student who police say was run down by an NYPD cruiser in Long Island City six months ago is pleading for witnesses who are willing to testify about what they saw to come forward, their lawyer said. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Community day honors legacy of late Sean Bell

Sean Bell’s fiancee pointed to the need in southeast Queens for community events and programs during an event to remember Bell over the weekend. Comment

Art project blooms at NY Hospital Queens

A garden grows in Flushing. Comment

Pair robs Hollis deli of money and cigarettes at gunpoint: Police

HOLLIS — Cops are looking for a pair of robbery suspects who allegedly stuck up a deli earlier this month for cash and cigarettes, police said. Comment

Children home during armed break-in in 104th: Police

Three men allegedly swiped jewelry and cash from a home on 79th Avenue, officials from the 104th Precinct said. Comment

Police search for missing Elmhurst man

ELMHURST — The New York Police Department was seeking help in finding a man who went missing within the 110th Precinct, cops said. Comment

It’s time to legalize marijuana

It is time to recognize that New York City’s misguided war on marijuana has failed. Instead of spending millions on low-level drug prosecutions that disproportionately affect minorities, why not legalize, regulate and tax the city’s $1.65 billion marijuana market? Comments (5)

Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013


Surprise inspections uncover safety hazards at city’s pools

The city comptroller’s office has inspected swimming pools citywide and found adequate maintenance and conditions in many, including Fort Totten in Bayside and PS 10 in Astoria Heights. Comment

US Open: Scenes from day five at the tournament

On day five of the US Open, the grand slam was a mixed bag, featuring upsets and favorites advancing. Comment

Rahman Council run seeks equality in boro

Mujib Rahman wants to end what he calls the double standard between longstanding residents and new immigrants in City Councilman James Gennaro’s (D-Fresh Meadows) district, should he replace the term limited lawmaker next year. Comments (2)

Astoria landlord rented uninhabitable apartments to prospective tenants: Queens DA

ASTORIA — An Astoria landlord allegedly pocketed $44,050 from prospective tenants looking to rent unlivable apartments that the city Buildings Department had ordered vacated, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

NBA player leads Hollis camp

Royal Ivey provides his basketball skills camp participants a unique experience through the basketball it teaches and the story it tells. Comment
Block Shots

Lewis’ Eisenberg switches from hoops coach to referee

Mike Eisenberg has come to grips with the fact that he may never get the chance to coach a high school girls’ basketball team again and take another squad to Madison Square Garden for the PSAL Class AA title game. Comments (2)

Council Deals Blow to Mayor Bloomberg

After an emotionally charged session at City Hall last week, the City Council voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s vetoes of two bills designed to rein in the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk. Comment

Friday, Aug. 30, 2013

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway ferry to continue through January

The city’s decision to extend weekday ferry service from the Rockaways has been praised by peninsula residents, but it just might not be enough to satisfy them. Comment
Cambria Heights

Campus Magnet gets new HS

Educators are hoping the third time is a charm for the institution some in southeast Queens still refer to as Andrew Jackson High School. Comments (9)

Pomonok blasts NYCHA policies on paid parking

A group of lawmakers want the city to answer for what they called egregious parking mismanagement at Pomonok Houses that is driving residents crazy. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Hts. street renamed for activist

A former community board manager and local activist was honored this weekend when a Jackson Heights street was co-named for her. Comment
Dutch Kills

Roundup of shopping carts clears trash in Dutch Kills

Several western Queens residents are praising police from the 114th Precinct who they said teamed up with the city Sanitation Department to remove more than one dozen shopping carts stuffed with garbage around Dutch Kills. Comment

Whitestone co-op sues to evict pet pig

Clearview Gardens is a real pigsty, according to a lawsuit. Comments (11)
Forest Hills Gardens

Weiner lays out mayoral plan

Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner is running a campaign of ideas, including mass transit fixes for Queens, and is soldiering through the primary despite the political fallout from his sexting scandal. Comments (1)

Friedman fights for access to Nassau court documents

Jesse Friedman celebrated a small victory in his ongoing fight to clear his name, but will still have to wait after years of professing he was wrongly coerced into pleading guilty to child molestation charges in 1988. Comment

US Open: Scenes from the fourth day of the tournament

American tennis players Victoria Duval and John Isner played Thursday at the US Open and were met with different outcomes. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s prez clears name

An independent law firm’s investigation into the case of a late St. John’s University dean and fund-raiser who killed herself during her embezzlement trial found former President the Rev. Donald J. Harrington and Chief of Staff Rob Wile made “errors in judgment,” which “led to conflicts of interest,” but no criminal wrongdoing. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Chair designer Pollock, 83, died in illegal subdivision fire: FDNY

The South Jamaica home where a famed chair designer died during a fire last week had been illegally subdivided into four apartments, a spokeswoman for the city Buildings Department said. Comments (1)
St. Albans

District 27 hopefuls want education changes

When asked which city agency most needed to mend its relationship with their community, candidates in the race to succeed City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said they would set their sights on the city Department of Education and the NYPD. Comments (1)
St. Albans

DOE plans new elementary school for St. Albans

The city Department of Education’s math does not add up, parents in southeast Queens say. Comment

Hallets Point heads for final approval from city

The city voted last week to approve the $1 billion Hallets Point project that is slated to bring nearly 2,000 residential units to the Astoria waterfront. Comment
Long Island City

Park opens in Hunters Point South

Mayor Michael Bloomberg opened a new waterfront park in Long Island City Wednesday two days after City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced the allocation of $2.5 million for the restoration of Queensbridge Park. Comment

Man charged in Astoria rape: Police

ASTORIA — An alleged rapist left a trail of his own blood from the crime scene after bursting through a window to evade police, the New York Post reported. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City attack on interracial couple not a hate crime: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY — The Police Department determined an attack on an interracial couple in Long Island City was not a hate crime, cops said. Comment

Corrections officer charged with shooting son says he couldn’t see clearly: NY Post

WOODSIDE — A city correction officer said it was a case of mistaken identity that led him to shoot his son, but the teen called the incident an out-of-control example of tough love, the New York Post reported. Comments (1)

Flushing team eager to make impact on gridiron

There were certain games last season that Flushing played well from start to finish, but there were certain times, according to senior running back DeAndre Ross-Lomax, that a talented Red Devils football team let wins slip from their grasp. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Terriers try to build on last year’s success

St. Francis Prep isn’t satisfied with the taste of success it experienced last season. Comments (1)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

The 2013 election season still has a way to go before it ends

While many insiders think there’s three weeks left until we pick a new mayor, city comptroller, city public advocate, as well as two borough presidents, a district attorney and a new City Council — an unprecedented turnover in municipal government — it is just the second half of a long marathon that won’t conclude until six months from now, in early 2014. Comment

CD 19 has weak candidates

It is sad to see the lineup for the 19th City Council District race this year. Comments (9)

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013


Police search for driver in Astoria faceoff with cops

A massive manhunt was underway for a Florida driver after two officers were injured trying to apprehend him during a wild chase in Astoria, police said. Comment
Kew Gardens

GOP shakes things up at the BOE

An insurgent faction of Queens Republicans is orchestrating a power grab by remaking the borough’s Board of Elections office in its image following a successful political coup earlier this year. Comment

Candidates have much to consider in picking Chinese names

Candidates who want to make inroads with Mandarin-speaking voters must tread carefully when translating their names into Chinese, and strategies differ on how to be effective while avoiding unwanted connotations. Comment

PAC ads attack Council hopefuls

Four of the five Democrats hoping to replace City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) stood united this week in opposition to attack ads being sent out to voters. Comments (5)
Rego Park

Police on the hunt for violent Rego Park rapist

The NYPD is still searching for the man wanted in a brutal rape that occurred in Rego Park last week. Comment
Richmond Hill

MTA worker steals truck from Rich Hill: Cops

An MTA electrician who worked out of a storage yard in Richmond Hill allegedly caused more than half a million dollars’ worth of damage across the Nassau County border early Tuesday when he tore through the town of Elmont, L.I, in a stolen boom truck, leaving a path of downed utility poles, trees and traffic signs in his wake, police said. Comment

Stop-frisk act makes for politics in Queens

If the City Council’s decision to forge ahead last week on a pair of NYPD oversight bills was, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg claimed, nothing more than “election year politics” and “political pandering,” Queens politicians on both side of the debate certainly provided plenty of fodder. Comments (1)

City co-names Astoria street for first female county clerk

There was no shortage of friends and relatives anxious to share their stories of the late Gloria D’Amico as they gathered on Shore Boulevard in Astoria to co-name a street in her memory. Comment

Vallone vows to keep boro safe as beep

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is running for borough president on his record of public safety experience and small business know-how. Comment
Bay Terrace

Voters pack candidates forum

Bay Terrace voters took a closer look at candidates running for four different jobs, including mayor and City Council in a nearly three-hour marathon of city politics. Comment

US Open tennis tournament sparks romantic recollection

Returning for Opening Day of the US Open brought back memories that go beyond tennis for Roy and Daniella Gemal. Comment
Far Rockaway

Police identify teen boys killed in Far Rock crash

FAR ROCKAWAY — Two teenagers from the Rockaways were killed after the car they were riding in hit a concrete pillar holding up the subway in Far Rockaway early Saturday, police said. Comment

Cops seize multiple guns from Flushing man: NYPD

FLUSHING — A search warrant helped police seize three powerful firearms, cops said. Comments (1)

Queens Museum to get $18M

As it moves into the last full month of a major expansion project, the Queens Museum learned Tuesday it will receive another monetary boost from the city toward paying the bill. Comment
Queens Village

Southeast Queens man murdered in Brooklyn

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police arrested a suspect on theft charges Tuesday, a day after he allegedly shot and killed a Queens man during an attempted armed robbery in Brooklyn, according to the NYPD and the New York Post. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013


Bloomberg administration asks judge to suspend stop-and-frisk ruling

The Bloomberg administration Tuesday asked the federal judge who earlier this month ruled the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional to temporarily suspend her appointment of an independent monitor and her order to reform the practice, claiming the broad-sweeping directive is likely to cause “irreparable harm” to public safety. Comment
South Jamaica

Laurelton man charged in rape of teen in S. Jamaica Houses elevator: NYPD

Police arrested a Laurelton man in the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in the South Jamaica Houses, the NYPD said Monday. Comments (1)

US Open: Two-week tournament begins with fireworks, celebrities

The US Open festivities Monday featured stars - both from tennis courts and the movie screens. Comment

Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

Far Rockaway

Two teens die in Far Rock car collision with concrete pole: Police

Two teenagers were killed after the car they were riding in hit a concrete pillar holding up the subway in Far Rockaway early Saturday, police said. Comment
Rego Park

Authorities searching for suspect called ‘Junior’ in Rego Park rape [With Video]

Authorities are hunting for a man who allegedly harassed and followed a 52-year-old woman in Rego Park, before throwing her down a flight of stairs and raping her Friday evening, police said. Comments (7)

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013


US Open: First lady, stars shine at Kids’ Day

Thousands of fans flocked to Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Saturday afternoon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013


Police looking for Florida man after wild chase with gunfire in Astoria

Police identified a suspect who allegedly struck a police officer with a stolen pickup truck in Astoria Thursday after cops tried to pull him over in connection with a purse snatching in East Elmhurst earlier in the day, the NYPD said. Comment

City sends Halletts Point project to final stage

The city voted to approve the $1 billion Halletts Point project that is slated to bring nearly 2,000 residential units to the Astoria waterfront. Comment

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