Alley Pond Environmental Center hosted an Estuary Day festival Saturday celebrating the area’s local estuary, Little Neck Bay, with educational exhibits and interactive booths, boat rides, entertainment and demonstrations. Comments (1).
From the outside, the Oakland Gardens headquarters of Heroic Racing Apparel looks like any other home, but inside owner Todd McNabney and operating manager Esther Hur grind away at a different kind of protective riding gear. Comments (1).
The family of a Whitestone man killed last week during a double shooting at a Long Island company held a funeral Monday — the same day the body of the suspected gunman was discovered in the Hudson River north of the city. Comment.
After closing out its last season with the blood and gore of “Macbeth,” the Queens Players have opted to lighten the mood with a slew of fairies and a scenery-chewing jackass in its fall opener, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Comment.
Currently, I am paying for 600 cable channels even though I only watch five. During the recent cable blackout affecting Time Warner cable customers, I was only able to watch three. Simply put, this is an insane system that no rational human would have conceived. Comment.
Hundreds of Long Island City yoga enthusiasts took part in City Salutations, a free fitness/wellness festival at the MoMA Dome PS1 in Long Island City. EmblemHealth and Flavorpill teamed up to hold the event, which featured yoga instruction from Rima Rani Rabbath, an advanced certified Jivamukti teacher at the Jivamukti Yoga School NYC. Thomas Droge, founder of the Droge Clinic and specialist in acupuncture and herbal medicine, also instructed a class in the Chinese martial art known as tai chi. Comment.
An early morning fire in Woodside claimed the life of 40-year-old woman Monday, a spokesman for the Police Department said. Fire officials said the blaze tore through a two-story home at 42-20 74th St. at 3:30 a.m. Comment.
The move to the legacy voting machines caused some chaos on Primary Day, with a number of the relics breaking down or otherwise malfunctioning. Compounding these issues were unclear directives on the use of paper ballots and at times confusing poll site instructions. Comments (2).
It took the City Council just under two weeks to unanimously agree that Queens co-ops and condos deserve federal storm recovery money, but the government in Washington has yet to jump onboard. Comments (1).
The corner of 60th Drive and Mt. Olivet Crescent in Maspeth was renamed Saturday for George Gibbons Jr., the popular bar owner of Gibbons’ Home. Gibbons was killed in a wrong way hit-and-run crash on the Long Island Expressway service road in 2011. His family and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who introduced the legislation to rename the street in the Council, unveiled the sign before a commemorative version was presented to relatives. Comment.
There may be light at the end of the tunnel for the nightmare faced by families zoned for Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village. MVB evokes wonderful memories for its alumni, but while its former reputation as a community school with high graduation rates is well-known, it has since fallen on hard times and by any objective measure of success is a failed school. Comments (1).
An Astoria contractor was sentenced to jail time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution pay after admitting he failed to give legal wages to employees working on various construction projects at city schools, the state attorney general said. Comment.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) joined other elected officials and residents Friday to urge the city Department of Transportation to address the growing pedestrian safety issue in the Queens Plaza and Long Island City area. Comment.
Former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz beat her opponents in all but two areas of Queens during last month’s borough president Democratic primary, although even the longshot candidates narrowed the gap on their home turf. Comment.
Jeff Stark and Todd Chandler have fond memories of summer nights camped out in the family sedan’s backseat watching Luke Skywalker battle the Evil Empire and a giant white shark terrorize a Long Island beach community at the local drive-in theater. Comment.
Senior Sarah Levell was headed to the Capital One branch in Hollis to get cash when she happened upon a rally Saturday of elected officials and patrons, calling on the bank to keep the Hillside Avenue location open despite plans to close later this month. Comment.
Of the dozen charter schools already open in Queens, more than half are in the western part of the borough, but the proposals so far for new charters in the 2014 school year are focusing on neighborhoods in the southeast. Comment.
Construction is nearly complete on the first air cargo warehouse to be built near JFK Airport in a decade, and the broker handling the Brookville property said the first 23,000 square feet are already leased. Comments (1).
Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa successfully fended off a challenge from former U.S. Rep. Bob Turner in the party’s internal election last week to keep hold of the reins of the borough GOP. Comment.
A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the development of seven full-scale casinos throughout New York state could potentially help Resorts World casino expand, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said. Comment.
Family members of a 23-year-old Astoria college student who was raped and murdered in 2009 laid eyes on her accused killer for the first time last week in an arraignment hearing in Queens Criminal Court. Comments (1).
Signaling what may be the beginning of a left-leaning trend in city government, Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Brooklyn) easily defeated state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn) in the run-off election for city public advocate Tuesday. Comment.
RICHMOND HILL — A former EMT who worked at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center was convicted of murdering his wife and torching their Sullivan County home by an upstate jury last week, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Jason Elliot spent most of the second half on the sidelines because of serious cramping in his legs. The Benjamin Cardozo defender let out loud screams of pain before and after his teammates carried him off the field. He said his legs still hurt while playing the final minutes of regulation and overtime. Comment.
There are only three months left in the Bloomberg era, and the folks at the Tweed Building who work for the city Department of Education are probably dusting off their résumés and thinking about their next gig. Comment.
A Cuomo administration official kicked off the state’s glitch-plagued health care insurance exchange this week in Queens, where residents have more insurance options than any other county in New York. Comment.
The friction mounting between two groups over a proposal to transform a piece of old railway line into a public park came to a head on Tuesday over a disagreement about who had actually been invited to a meeting to discuss the park plans. Comments (6).
A 19-year-old Jackson Heights resident killed in a hit-and-run crash dreamed of one day joining the law enforcement ranks, but now his family is hoping authorities find the driver of a dark-colored sedan who struck the teen and drove off. Comments (1).
Republican City Council candidate Dennis Saffran visited a playground in Whitestone to promise northeast Queens voters he would fight to keep registered sex offenders away from places populated with kids if elected in November. Comments (15).
Dozens of people flocked to Bell Boulevard for the Bayside Village Business Improvement District’s Weekend Walk Sunday. It was the first street fair in more than 10 years. Jimmy James served as the emcee for the day, which featured music from Chicken Head, the local band headed by Bayside Historical Society Chairman Paul DiBenedetto. Comments (1).
I. Daneek Miller came out as the clear Democratic Party nominee to succeed term-limited City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) when the city Board of Elections certified the election results Saturday, more than three weeks after the primary contest. Comments (2).
The task for the Holy Cross football defense was simple from the day the season started. The veteran unit was asked to play well enough to give the squad’s young offense a chance to execute and mature. Comment.
Police were looking for the driver of a dark-colored sedan who allegedly struck and killed a 19-year-old Jackson Heights resident Saturday night before fleeing the scene of the accident, the NYPD said. Comments (1).