Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

Jackson Heights

He’s got the whole world in his lens

Jackson Heights resident Sam Oppenheim’s passion for travel photography means he is one of a select group of people in the world who can say he has visited more than 30 countries on six continents. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Katz celebrates win in borough president race

Former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz defeated City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) in a spirited Democratic primary for Queens borough president Tuesday. Comments (1).
Oakland Gardens

Sweet Adele’s celebrates newest spot on Bell

Simon and Cindy Wu, of Little Neck, have been dishing out treats in Bayside since 1985, but at three different locations. The duo celebrated their latest milestone at the end of August when they reopened Sweet Adele’s in its newest home, at 73-24 Bell Blvd. Comments (1).

Sea lions find new home at Queens Zoo

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo recently welcomed two new male sea lions into its family. Comment.
Middle Village

Crowley builds up campaign coffers

If the amount of campaign contributions a candidate receives is an indicator of political support, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) is flexing her muscles in the 30th Council District race. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

Baseball players have lost their heroic luster over time

Once upon a time, baseball was known as the “national pastime” and its players were heroes. They were looked up to as paragons of what a person should be — talented, humble (for the most part) and one with the nation in which they played. Comment.

Respect city workers who build infrastructure

Not only around Labor Day, but all year round, as we marvel at the infrastructure of this city, we should salute the workers who rendered these architectural and engineering dreams a reality. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013


Maspeth Italian eatery reintroduces chef to SW Queens

We used to have a favorite Italian restaurant, tucked away in an obscure part of Glendale. La Tavernetta had everything — great food, modest prices and warm hospitality. It had the added cachet of being far enough off the beaten track that you had to know about it to know about it. Comment.

Live Blog: 2013 Primary

TimesLedger Newspapers is covering the 2013 primaries for Queens borough president, eight City Council seats and citywide offices. Comments (3).

Tip of the week


Staff unhelpful at boro pols’ offices

I have reached my breaking point with the lack of help coming from our elected officials at state Sen. Jose Peralta’s (D-East Elmhurst) and City Councilman Daniel Dromm’s (D-Jackson Heights) offices and how they have the most incompetent workers our tax dollars pay for. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 9, 2013


Primary Guide: City Council District 19

Five Democrats are competing in the primary for City Council District 19, which represents Little Neck, Bayside, Douglaston, North Flushing, Whitestone, Auburndale and College Point. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Lhota stumps for votes in Ozone Park

Joe Lhota, one of three Republicans vying to be the city’s next mayor, stressed one message to voters in south Queens last week. Comment.

Primary Guide: City Council District 22

Three Democrats are competing in the primary for City Council District 22, which represents Astoria, Long Island City and Jackson Heights. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Primary Guide: City Council District 24

Three Democrats are competing in the primary for City Council District 24, which represents Briarwood, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens Hills. Comment.
St. Albans

Primary Guide: City Council District 24

Six Democrats are competing in the primary for City Council District 27, which represents St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights, Jamaica, Baisley Park, Addisleigh Park, Queens Village, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens. Comments (1).

Primary Guide: City Council District 28

Four Democrats are competing in the primary for City Council District 28, which represents Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, Rochdale Village, Jamaica and South Jamaica. Comments (1).

Primary Guide: City Council District 31

Three Democrats are competing in the primary for City Council District 31, which represents Rosedale, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens and Far Rockaway. Comment.
Ozone Park

Primary Guide: City Council District 32

Two Democrats are competing in the primary for City Council District 32, which represents Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Woodhaven and the Rockaways. Comment.

Primary Guide: City Council District 34

Four Democrats are competing in the primary for City Council District 34, which represents Ridgewood, Williamsburg and Bushwick. Comment.

Primary Guide: Citywide Offices

Nine Democrats and three Republicans will be on the ballot for mayor Tuesday. Five Democrats are competing for the office of public advocate, and two Democrats are running for city comptroller. Comment.
New Voices

Boro group seeks to register Indo-Caribbeans for primary

Growing voter participation in Queens’ immigrant communities has left indelible stamps on the political processes in the borough. While most issues that affect these voters span racial and ethnic lines, a lack of participation by these voters has made many borough races non-competitive and residents feeling left out of the political process. Comments (1).

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013

Glen Oaks

Boro leaders hail Glen Oaks library

It took a crowd of some of the borough’s biggest hitters to hold and snip the yellow ribbon marking a new beginning for library patrons in Glen Oaks. Comment.

Scenes from the US Open: Men’s Semifinal Matches

In the two men’s semifinal matches of the US Open, Novak Djokovic defeated Stanislas Wawrinka, and Rafael Nadal beat Richard Gasquet, to advance to the final Monday. Comment.

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Four vie to represent Ridgewood

The two frontrunners in the race for the City Council District 34 seat, which encompasses Ridgewood as well as parts of Brooklyn, both identified affordable housing as a primary issue in their community. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights plays host to South Asian street festival

The Play Street Pedestrian Plaza in Jackson Heights was treated to the Chatpati Mela street festival Saturday, a celebration of South Asian culture as well as the vibrant neighborhood it calls home. Comment.

Four boro JFK bag handlers lightened flyers’ luggage: DA

Seven John F. Kennedy International Airport baggage handlers, including four from Queens, have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars in valuables from El Al Israeli airlines passengers’ luggage, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Police seek two suspects in electronics robbery

FLUSHING — A 22-year-old man had a cache of electronics allegedly stolen by two women earlier this month after the duo accompanied him to his pad, police said. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man missing since Labor Day: Cops

RICHMOND HILL — Police are asking for help locating a 26-year-old man who was last seen inside his home on 120th Street Labor Day. Comment.
College Point

College Pt. woman goes missing on Labor Day: Police

COLLEGE POINT — A 37-year-old woman went missing Labor Day, and police were hoping the public can help locate her. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Bulldogs look to star quarterback for leadership

Campus Magnet Coach Eric Barnett isn’t shy about his feelings for senior quarterback Blessuan Austin. It’s something the 6-foot-2 senior’s teammates feel equally as strong about as well. Comment.
Political Action

Catsimatidis backs vocational schools and stop-frisk

John Catsimatidis is running strongly in the Republican primary election, to be held Sept. 10. He has been endorsed by former Republican Gov. George Pataki. His main opponent in that race is Joe Lhota, a former deputy mayor. Comment.

Teens at gas station a nuisance

I am a Clearview Gardens resident and was interested in either writing an article about, or having one written about the gas station at 17-55 Francis Lewis Blvd. Comments (57).

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013


Parks restores Doug pathway to waterfront

The path to Little Neck Bay has been made a little bit easier for residents living along the water in Douglaston, thanks to the neighborhood civic group and elected officials. Comment.

Whitestone chef stirs up Food Network show

Whitestone resident Alessandra Ciuffo has spent nearly a decade in the kitchen honing her culinary skills. Comment.

Lever-style machines to return for primary vote

Voters in Queens will be going analog on Primary Day as the city Board of Elections rolls out the old lever-style voting machines across the five boroughs. Comments (1).

Whitestone real estate broker fleeced clients: Guv

The state of New York has suspended licenses of six real estate sales agents and brokers, including one from Whitestone and another from Ozone Park, for what state officials said was illegally collecting broker fees from innocent and unsuspecting victims. Comments (2).
Jackson Heights

Man pleads not guilty to weapons charges

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A Jackson Heights man pleaded not guilty to several federal weapons charges after being accused of allegedly shooting at two cops while wearing a fake beard and glasses, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Traffic cop charged with identity theft: Police

FLUSHING — An NYPD traffic enforcement agent was cuffed herself Tuesday and hit with charges, including identity theft. Comment.

Astoria teen goes missing: Police

ASTORIA — The New York Police Department was reaching out to the public with hopes of finding a missing teen within the 114th Precinct, cops said. Comment.

Man from Flushing missing again: NYPD

FLUSHING — The Police Department was asking for help in finding a missing 87-year-old man from Flushing, cops said. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Dolphins regroup in Sandy’s wake

It’s possible to imagine that Beach Channel could let the events of last October’s Hurricane Sandy cast a shadow on its football season. Comment.
On Point

Condo, co-op owners should vote for who will care for them

Next week, Democrats and Republicans will select their parties’ candidate for November’s mayoral election. Having attended numerous candidate forums in the past few months, a reality check taken with a dose of truth serum is in order by the contenders, as they purport to solve many serious problems confronting our city. Comment.

Get Out and Vote

Next Tuesday voters from Queens will go to the polls to choose candidates in primaries for citywide offices as well as borough president and the City Council. This is a year when every vote counts and a low turnout will allow a small portion of the electorate to decide who runs City Hall and other major posts for the next four years. Comment.

Willets Point plan nothing but same old politics

The Willets Point plan approved in 2008 was clear and unambiguous. The city would acquire 62 acres in Willets Point through the voluntary sale by property owners or, if need be, through eminent domain. A private developer would construct on the site upscale retail stores, office buildings, a convention center, a school and luxury housing with a portion set aside for affordable housing. Comments (1).

Lainos right in suing Parks

The news that the family of Tony Laino, who was killed when a tree fell on his house in Flushing, has filed a lawsuit through their attorney is good to hear. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 6, 2013


Woodhaven teen killed by model helicopter

A Woodhaven teen died Thursday when the remote-controlled model helicopter he was operating struck him, according to police. Comment.
Willets Point

Parking permit is crux of Willets Point redux

The city Economic Development Corp. was back in City Hall this week pushing a new Willets Point redevelopment plan years after the original was approved by the City Council, but the developers could have avoided the latest legislative process by tweaking the proposal’s timetable. Comments (3).

AirTrain closures in works for system update

The Port Authority plans to shut down the AirTrain beginning Saturday for an update to the transit link between downtown Jamaica and JFK Airport. Comment.

New express bus to run from Woodside to LaGuardia

The MTA Sunday will inaugurate a new super express bus to provide a faster route for travelers going to LaGuardia airport. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Proposed natural gas port project faces pushback

The future of a controversial deepwater natural gas port that would lie off the coast of New York and New Jersey took a hit last week when Gov. Chris Christie said he will consider vetoing the project. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Brown brings ideas to race

Businessman Everly Brown paints himself as the only candidate capable of truly representing the people of Queens should he be elected borough president in November. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Council records tell stories of two beep hopefuls

Two of the four candidates for borough president served in the City Council at the same time, and records show former state Assemblywoman Melinda Katz and City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) put their mark on the city in different ways. Comment.

Trio swiped radios from New World Mall: Cops

FLUSHING — Three men allegedly broke into the security office of the New World Mall in July and made off with a batch of electronics, the NYPD said. Comment.

Five Democrats face off in contest for Halloran’s seat

Certain words and phrases were thrown around endlessly throughout the campaign as five Democratic contenders for the northeast City Council seat vied to win the primary: quality of life, over-development and integrity, to name a few. Comments (2).

Stringer sets sights on Dept. of Buildings

Scott Stringer may not have the Queens cred city Comptroller John Liu can boast, but in his bid to succeed the Flushing native the Manhattan borough president said his roots have a certain outerborough tinge voters across the city can relate to. Comments (1).

Elmhurst man enjoys stint as seasoned US Open ballperson

US Open ballpeople can often forget they are regularly on national television after the completion of a sometime grueling day at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Comments (2).

New business comes to Bell

Some new businesses have been moving into Bayside along the popular Bell Boulevard strip, turning heads as shoppers pass by. Comments (1).

Scenes from the US Open: Week Two

The field of US Open competitors continued to narrow during the second week of play. Comment.

Van Bramer secures $2.6M to expand Sunnyside center

The City Council allocated $2.6 million in capital funding to Sunnyside Community Services so it can renovate its second floor and enhance senior services, administrators said. Comment.

Weekend Walk to halt traffic along Bell Blvd.

Bell Boulevard will be shut down the last Sunday of this month for Bayside’s first weekend walk event, the Bayside Village Business Improvement District said. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Christ the King alum arrested in California: NY Post

Christ the King alumnus and NBA star Lamar Odom was arrested and charged with allegedly driving drunk in California, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Man steals cellphones while riding bike: Cops

GLENDALE — Police in the 104th Precinct said that there was a man riding around on a bicycle and taking mobile phones from distracted victims over the last week. Comment.

Knights prep for competition

Brandon Pelzer and Jordan Francklin are accustomed to carrying a large chunk of the Holy Cross football team’s offense, leaving them ready for those responsibilities to only further grow this season. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Make endorsements part of decision-making in primary

When I was the publisher of a chain of weekly newspapers, each year around this time numerous political candidates came to our office for their endorsement interviews. Comment.

Electeds should rethink candidate they support

During the course of the District 19 Council race, Jobs for New York has sent a series of “hit pieces” against three of the candidates for the benefit of Paul Vallone. The mailers are paid for by Jobs for New York, and upon information and belief were designed, printed and dist Comments (6).

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

Forest Hills

Forest Park rape connected to five other sex attacks

Police have connected the Aug. 26 rape of a woman in Forest Park to five other sexual attacks in the same area dating back to 2011, authorities said Thursday afternoon. The NYPD said all six cases are part of a pattern. The victims range in age from 13 to 69, and attacks have taken place as early as 9:15 a.m. and as late as 6:30 p.m., cops said. Comments (1).
South Ozone Park

Child hit by car in S. Ozone Park: FDNY

A young child was seriously injured in a car accident in South Ozone Park Thursday afternoon, fire officials said. Comment.
Howard Beach

Man injured when jet ski flipped: FDNY

A man who was riding a jet ski in the waters of Jamaica Bay was rescued Thursday by the Fire Department after the jet ski overturned, officials said. Comment.
Willets Point

Willets Point stages hunger strike

Workers who rely on the various auto-service shops in Willets Point to put food in the mouths of their families staged a hunger strike last week, protesting what they said was the city’s poor effort to relocate them in order to make way for a planned mixed-use development. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC crash kills Florida man: NYPD

A Florida man died Wednesday while riding his motorcycle on 39th Street in Long Island City after he collided with another vehicle, the Police Department said. Comment.

Queens GOP leadership faces primary challenges

The borough’s Republican Party and its leadership are facing a wave of challenges in Tuesday’s primary that could reshape the GOP power structure in Queens. Comments (22).
Forest Hills

Forest Hills remembers Sept. 11 hero

Twelve years later, the memorials still go on throughout the borough to remember those who perished Sept. 11, 2001, but in Forest Hills a revitalized annual event will honor an 18-year-old who literally dedicated his life to helping others. Comment.
St. Albans

Council candidates debate gangs, guns

Almost all of the candidates present at an election forum Tuesday night believe youth in southeast Queens need more activities to keep them busy, Comments (1).

Vallone rallies against proposed shelter

Residents of Glendale and its surrounding neighborhoods rallied last week against a proposal to create a homeless shelter that would house 125 families. Comments (3).
St. Albans

Thompson calls for reforms of juvenile justice practices

With a week to go in the Democratic primary, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson was joined by southeast Queens clergy and community leaders Tuesday morning when he laid out a platform involving the criminal justice system for young, non-violent offenders. Comment.

Rep. Israel urges limited action against Assad regime in Syria

The Queens congressional delegation is unanimously behind President Barack Obama’s decision to seek authorization for military intervention in Syria, where apparent chemical weapon attack last month killed about more than 1,400, but lawmakers had differing views on whether the United States should ultimately get involved. Comments (4).

Sunnyside to honor Newtown victim

Although he only spent a small part of his much-too-short life in Queens, Benjamin Wheeler will soon become a permanent part of Sunnyside after a street is co-named to honor the 6-year-old Newtown, Conn. shooting victim. Comment.

Cyndi Lauper comes home with an ‘Unusual’ concert

Thirty years after she bopped onto the music scene, Cyndi Lauper comes home for a special performance at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium Oct. 20. Comments (1).

Reward offered for suspect in Forest Park rape

Police have beefed up security at Forest Park after a second woman was attacked by a man wielding a stun gun within a six-month period, and community residents believe another basic measure can be taken to protect fellow parkgoers. Comments (1).

Woman killed in GCP crash identified as Woodside senior

EAST ELMHURST — A 71-year-old woman behind the wheel of a Nissan Sentra died after her vehicle hit another sedan, crossed several lanes of traffic and slammed into a median on the Grand Central Parkway Saturday, police said. Comment.
Queens Village

Police investigating fatal shooting of Brooklyn man on Jamaica Avenue

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police were investigating the shooting death of a 22-year-old Brooklyn man in Queens Village early Saturday, the NYPD said. Comment.
Block Shots

Lack of advancing Americans takes away from US Open

The US Open might as well be called just the Open in its second week. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013


Startup bakery biz dishes Dixieland desserts

Southern-style sweet treats make any event orders of magnitude better, but nothing is as sweet as kicking up your feet and letting someone else sweat it out in the kitchen. Comment.

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).

Monday, Sept. 2, 2013


Reward of $22K offered for Forest Park rape suspect

Authorities are offering more than $20,000 for help in nabbing a rape suspect in an attack at Forest Park attack. Comment.

US Open: Scenes from the seventh day at the tournament

In the fourth round of the US Open, tennis star Serena Williams took on fellow American Sloane Stephens. Comment.
Broad Channel

Woman killed in GCP crash: Police

A woman behind the wheel of a Nissan Sentra died after her vehicle hit another sedan, crossed several lanes of traffic and slammed into a median on the Grand Central Parkway Saturday, police said. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013


US Open: Scenes from day six of the tournament

American men, including John Isner and Jack Sock, were eliminated, as wildcard Alison Riske won to move on in the tournament. Comment.

Art project blooms at NY Hospital Queens

A garden grows in Flushing. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013

Forest Hills

Senior raped in Forest Park stun gun attack: Police

A 69-year-old woman was tased, pushed to the ground and raped in Forest Park Monday, and police are investigating whether the attack is connected to an incident earlier this year, a spokesman for the NYPD said. Comment.
Queens Village

Man shot and killed in Queens Village

Police are investigating the shooting death of a 22-year-old man in Queens Village early Saturday, the NYPD said. Comments (5).

Friday, July 5, 2013


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.

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.

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