Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Rego Park

Sir Lance’s Lot weaves magic in Rego Park

Lupe Jusino is something of a fairy godmother for Rego Park. Comment

JFK’s Shake Shack named best airport fast food in world

It’s the dawn of a new age in air travel or at least in airport cuisine anyway. Comment

Tip of the week


Class size problem needs answer

Recently, near the start of the school year, the United Federation of Teachers documented a huge number of illegally oversized classes. The city Department of Education insists this easily verifiable truth is inaccurate. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013


From zipper factory to Academy Awards

When Lilia Skala arrived in Sunnyside, Queens in 1939 she spoke not one word of English, but a little more than two decades later she would star alongside Sidney Poitier in “Lilies of the Field” and receive an Academy Award nomination for her performance. Comment

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Ridgewood Reservoir transformed into nature preserve

Although the Ridgewood Reservoir reopened last month, the city Parks Department joined community leaders to mark its opening this week with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Comment

Do not give in to GOP demands

I think U.S. Rep. Marlon Stutzman (R-Ind.) exposed the truth behind the Republican Party’s opposition to Obamacare by saying, “We’re not going to be disrespected .... We have to get something out of this, and I don’t know what that even is.” Comments (5)

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013


Bayside gets closer to FAA roundtable

The northeast Queens group of activists set on silencing airplane noise over their communities has made headway in establishing an aviation roundtable with the Federal Aviation Administration. Comment
Jackson Heights

El Chivito D’Oro serves Uruguayan cuisine well done

Always on the lookout for a new cuisine to sample, I was intrigued when a friend with connections to South America raved over El Chivito D’Oro, a restaurant which he described as a Uruguayan steak house. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Dromm delivers $500K for Jax Hgts Diversity Plaza

Jackson Heights’ Diversity Plaza will soon be sporting new benches, improved lighting and location maps thanks to $500,000 in funding from City Councilman Daniel Dromm’s (D-Sunnyside) discretionary fund. Comment

Woman from Flushing disappears: NYPD

FLUSHING — The NYPD reached out to the public for help finding a woman who went missing within the 109th Precinct, cops said. Comment
New Voices

Film documents students taking special high school test

With the Specialized High School Admission Test happening in a matter of weeks, parents of children across Queens are pushing to squeeze in last-minute test prep as well as motivate their children to do well on what is arguably the most important test they will take until the SAT. Comment

Council beholden to rich interests over Willets

The 40-odd members of the City Council who approved the Willets Point plan were or should have been aware their vote did not make a significant change for the better the plan approved in 2008. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013


Cop union sues over anti-profiling law

The union representing the NYPD’s rank-and-file officers filed a lawsuit against the City Council this week, claiming lawmakers overstepped their authority by passing a vague anti-profiling law that leaves cops to guess who can and cannot be stopped. Comment

Fire marshals endorse Murray in SE Queens council race

Scherie Murray, the Republican candidate vying for the City Council’s District 31 seat in southeast Queens, accepted a nomination from the fire marshals’ union during Fire Prevention Week. Comments (2)

Police hunting for three suspects in iPhone theft: NYPD [With Video of Suspects]

ASTORIA — Police were looking for three people who allegedly stole a woman’s iPhone as she was walking down the street, the NYPD said.. Comment
Jackson Heights

Man robbed Jax Hts. Citibank of $800: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The NYPD was on the lookout for a man who allegedly robbed a Citibank branch on Roosevelt Avenue earlier this month, police said. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Safety agent charged with assaulting child in Rockaways: Cops

THE ROCKAWAYS — Police arrested an off-duty school safety agent Wednesday and charged her with endangering a child, the NYPD said. Comments (6)
I Sit and Look Out

Children need exposure to the arts and culture while in school

It seems generally agreed that music and the arts in our schools have suffered from a lack of support for many years. Comments (2)

Tea Party makes Bush look good

I used to laugh at the “No-Bama” quip appearing on bumper tags, asking, “Miss Bush yet?” I would harken back to decisions made during that, period such as the unnecessary Iraq war, tax cuts for the wealthy and so on, not to mention Dr. Evil Cheney, which still leaves a sour taste merely recalling his being. Comments (4)

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013


Bellerose library set to close for upgrades

The Bellerose branch of the Queens Public Library will be closing until the spring for renovations, the group said. Comment

Sir Paul McCartney makes Astoria stop

A buzz swept through Astoria’s cultural campus last week when international pop star Paul McCartney played a surprise concert for 400 students at the Frank Sinatra High School of the Performing Arts. Comment
Middle Village

Caruana, teachers want to hold off on evaluations

Student test scores fell this year citywide after the state implemented the new tougher guidelines of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, and a group of teachers rallied in Middle Village Friday to ask that the new scores not affect their evaluations. Comment

Elmhurst man accused of aiding terrorist groups in Afghanistan

Two men were arrested and charged in Queens Criminal Court with raising money to fund terrorist activities last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Perv films up woman’s skirt in Corona: Cops

CORONA — The New York Police Department was asking for the public’s assistance in finding a suspect wanted in connection with an unlawful surveillance incident within the 115th Precinct, cops said. Comment
Forest Hills

Supects distract mom with baby to swipe money from her purse: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Police were looking for a crafty trio who allegedly teamed up to steal money from a mother’s purse, the NYPD said. Comment
Forest Hills

Cops looking for Queens Boulevard burglary suspect

FOREST HILLS — Police were trying to track down a suspect wanted in connection to a burglary pattern along Queens Boulevard, the NYPD said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm has ingredients for greatness

The St. John’s University men’s basketball team is a more complete squad than it was last season, but they weren’t whole on media day. Freshman point guard Rysheed Jordan, the biggest missing piece, was missing from the school’s media day last week. Comment
Political Action

Ragusa is re-elected chairman of Queens GOP

On Sept. 27, the Queens Republican Party held its convention to elect its county chairman and county officers. It is held every two years. Next year, the Queens Democratic Party will hold its convention for the same purpose. Comment

The Other Sex

Queens has been on the sidelines for over two weeks watching the theater of the absurd play out in Washington as GOP hardliners in the House of Representatives held the nation hostage. Comments (1)

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013


Surveillance footage shows murdered Jamaica woman being led from her home [With Video]

A grainy video clip released Thursday shows Marisha Cheong, the 24-year-old student whose body was found on the shore in Breezy Point in February, being led from her Jamaica apartment by an unidentified woman, and police are hoping the footage will help them break open the unsolved murder case. Comment
College Point

City to install new principal in College Pt.

The city has responded to a call for change at one College Point elementary school after members of the community demanded its principal get a pink slip. Comment
Long Island City

Judge halts 5Pointz demolition for 10 days

The artists from 5Pointz got what they were hoping for when they took developer G & M Realty to court Thursday, a 10-day temporary restraining order meaning their artwork cannot be touched and the building may not be destroyed, for now. After the owners of the Long Island City property, David and Jerry Wolkoff, received unanimous approval from the City Council last week to demolish the complex, the graffiti artists took them to court. Comment

Astoria bystanders scares off sexual predator

An Astoria man is being hailed as a hero Friday after breaking up what the NYPD is calling an attempted rape. Comment

Council hopefuls endorsed

Endorsements have racked up for both the Republican and Democrat hoping to unseat embattled and outgoing City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), but one crossed party lines. Comments (2)
Middle Village

Candidates wrangle over discretionary funds

In one of the most hotly contested City Council races in Queens, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) is working to defend her seat in the 30th District from Republican challenger and political newcomer Craig Caruana. Comment
Queens Village

Jimmy Carter lends a hand with Habitat in Qns Village

Taking a break from a hard day of work, Dawnette Dixon smiled when asked what she and former President Jimmy Carter talked about as they spruced up her soon-to-be home in Queens Village. Comment

Court settlement gives 4,000 Queens residents new disability claim hearings

A judge in Brooklyn federal court Friday approved a class action settlement against the Social Security Administration, which denied claims to more than 4,000 disabled Queens residents, who are now entitled to new hearings, the Urban Law Center said. Comments (1)

Drunk driver kills child on Corona street: Cops

A Corona lawmaker has set up a bank account to help pay for the funeral of a toddler, who police said was killed by a suspected drunk driver as he crossed the street with his pregnant mother Friday night. Comment

Liu aides sentenced to prison

City Comptroller John Liu was outraged that his former aides were sentenced in Manhattan federal court to prison terms for soliciting illegal campaign donations in support of his failed run for mayor. Comments (3)
Middle Village

Middle Village school extension to reduce crowding at PS/IS 87

Students, parents and other members of the PS/IS 87 community celebrated the opening of a $20 million extension to the campus Tuesday. Comment

Mireille Leroy challenges Wills on Unity Party line

Mireille Leroy said not much has changed in her southeast Queens community since her last bid for City Council, except that this time around she is on the ballot. Comments (1)

Queens detective to appear before grand jury about alleged role in motorcycle melee: NY Post

MANHATTAN — Authorities were investigating the alleged role of an undercover NYPD detective from Queens in the West Side Highway motorcycle melee last month, the New York Post reported. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s primed to realize potential

For the past two seasons, the St. John’s University men’s basketball team has shown glimpses of a potential that if ever realized could put them back among the top programs in college basketball. Comment

Commodores suffer first loss at the hands of FDR

One play into the game, Bayside found itself down a touchdown after an 89-yard scoring run by Franklin D. Roosevelt running back Tristen Thomas. The big play proved to be the start of a forgettable afternoon for the Commodores. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Increase voter turnout with non-partisan elections

As the old saying goes, democracy is the second worst form of government — everything else is tied for first. Comments (1)

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

Long Island City

Artists sue to save 5Pointz

The artists at Long Island City’s 5Pointz will not go away quietly. Comment

Bellerose grapples with graffiti

Neighbors in Bellerose are hoping they can turn an act of hate into a teachable moment after finding swastikas scrawled on parked cars throughout the area. Comment

Graffiti artist Banksy creates mural on Woodside wall

After work Monday, Flatbush resident Ten Sodeinde opted to take the long way home from Manhattan so he could make an artistic pilgrimage to Woodside. Comments (2)

Police crack 22-yr-old Baby Hope case

Neighbors of Margarita Castillo said they knew little about the tragic cold case of Baby Hope, let alone suspected that the woman who lives in their Elmhurst apartment building was the mother of the 4-year-old girl whose murder baffled investigators for more than two decades. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Boro vendors to headline new Long Island City market

A new indoor market is set to make its debut in the historic Standard Motor Parts Building in Long Island City and showcase Queens’ creative spirit in everything from food to furniture. Comment
Richmond Hill

Man injured in Rich Hill conversion fire: City

The owner of a Richmond Hill home severely damaged in a fire over the weekend plans to comply with the Department of Buildings’ order that the house be torn down, a spokeswoman for the agency said. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Couple charged with child, animal abuse

A Richmond Hill couple were arrested for allegedly endangering their children and pets following an alleged violent domestic dispute Sunday, police said. Comment
Long Island City

Authorities keep up search for autistic Rego Park teen

The massive search moved into the second week for Avonte Oquendo, the autistic Rego Park teen who disappeared when he ran out of his Long Island City school earlier this month. Comment

Fed workers at Maloney rally decry shutdown

Scores of federal employees described the negative impact of the federal shutdown on their families and finances in a Columbus Day demonstration in Manhattan organized by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria). Comments (1)

Woman found guilty in Astoria Park slay

ASTORIA — A transient Astoria woman was convicted of murder and other charges after a six-week jury trial for attacking a 32-year-old man at Astoria Park in 2010, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
South Ozone Park

Man abducts and exposes himself to girl: Police [With Video of Suspect]

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Police were searching for a man wanted for allegedly committing a criminal sex act against a 12-year-old girl. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens flies past Mott Haven for third victory

If there’s one thing a football team has to do, it’s to take advantage of the other team’s mistakes. Springfield Gardens did exactly that against Mott Haven. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Resilient SFP rallies for win

St. Francis Prep has made a habit of playing close games during the program’s resurgence in the last two seasons. It is also making a habit of winning them. Comment
Long Island City

Draw keeps Bryant ahead of Aviation in A division

Despite a hard-fought tie with rival Aviation, Bryant remains in control of its own destiny in PSAL Queens A West soccer. Comment

Obama, Congress must grow up

Since Congress cannot agree on anything, our government has now shut down. This is such a travesty because so many people are going to be affected by this in different ways, and not for the better. Comments (1)

Monday, Oct. 14, 2013


Police crack 22-year-old cold case of Astoria girl’s death

With the help of an anonymous tip and DNA evidence, detectives identified a 4-year-old Astoria girl as the nameless murder victim who for more than two decades was known only as Baby Hope and arrested the man they say allegedly brought her young life to a gruesome, tragic end. Comments (1)

Graffiti artist Banksy makes an art stop in Woodside

Although at its core the nature of Banksy’s work is temporary, he probably hoped his Queens piece would last more than a day before being vandalized. Comments (3)

South Richmond Hill motorcyclist dies in Whitestone highway crash: Police

WHITESTONE - A 27-year-old man was killed early Sunday when the motorcycle he was driving slammed into a Whitestone highway barrier at “Dead Man’s Curve,” police said. Comments (2)

Government employees join Maloney in shutdown protest

Scores of idled Internal Revenue Service workers and other government employees demonstrated Monday in Midtown Manhattan in an appeal for an end to the congressional stalemate that has shut down the federal government and shared stories of the resulting financial strain. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013


Man charged with DWI after SUV hits and kills Corona toddler: NYPD

Police charged a South Ozone Park SUV man with drinking and driving after a Corona toddler crossing the street with his pregnant mother was struck and killed on Junction Boulevard Friday night, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Man seriously injured in Richmond Hill fire: FDNY

Fire officials were trying to find out what caused a Richmond Hill blaze early Saturday that left one man with serious burns and appeared to separate the front of the multi-family home from the rest of the building. Comments (1)

Avella condemns swastika graffiti in Bellerose

A northeast Queens lawmaker condemned what he called hate-filled vandalism in Bellerose, which was discovered by residents early Friday. Comments (1)

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