Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Long Island City

Astoria photographer turns destruction into works of art

Astoria resident Jean-Marie Guyaux, a commercially successful photographer who has a studio in Long Island City, has taken photos that have appeared in some of the most popular publications in the country as well in theatrical posters and advertisements. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Astoria trio take invention to Caribbean

The breakout stars of the LIC Flea’s inaugural season were front and center all along. Ice Riders NYC, three transplanted Southerners now living in Astoria, saw their business explode thanks to a unique invention and a prime spot at the flea market that closed for the season last Sunday. Comment
Long Island City

Tip of the week


QueensWay needs support to be like High Line

I want to take a moment to address the QueensWay project, a proposed public greenway that will transform the Long Island Rail Road Rockaway Beach branch, which was abandoned more than 50 years ago. Specifically, the former railroad extends 3.5 miles from Rego Park and Forest Hills down to Ozone Park. This proposed project is one of great concern to many residents in certain areas of the rail line due to its potential negative impact on local residents. Comments (7)

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013


WFP helps mint three new boro lawmakers

The Working Families Party backed three out of four of the borough’s new City Council members, and incumbents who had previously run on the influential party’s line saw the percentage of their WFP votes grow in Tuesday’s election. Comments (1)

Adventures in dining at Astoria’s Loukoumi Taverna

I recently dined with the Gastronauts at Loukoumi Taverna in Astoria. The Gastronauts are a loose association of adventurous eaters who come together more or less monthly to share the pleasures of dining on food with an off-the-charts “ee-eew” factor, lubricated with plenty of wine and beer. Comment

Hospital inspector charged with assault: NYPD

WESTERN QUEENS — An off-duty city hospital inspector was arrested last week and charged with assault, police said. Comment

De Blasio won’t befriend parks

In a mayoral debate Oct. 22 between candidates Democratic city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Republican Joseph Lhota, a question came up concerning a professional soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (5)

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013


Alumnus gives back to York College radio

York College’s student radio station, which beams across the Internet from Jamaica to all corners of the globe, recently got a facelift, thanks to the alumnus who founded it almost 30 years ago. Comments (1)

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LND Reds win Merillon Tournament

The Little Neck Douglaston Reds 10U team finished their youth baseball season by winning the Merillon Columbus Day Tournament. Comment

Introducing the new Queens Museum

Although it dropped the word from its name, art remains the focal point of the new Queens Museum as it reopens after an eight-year, $69 million renovation project Saturday. Comment

Suspect snuck into Ditmars shop for smokes, lottery tickets: Police

ASTORIA — Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly snuck into the Coffee Pot Restaurant and stole cigarettes and scratch-off lottery tickets, the NYPD said. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Statistics could prove we are the Last Lucky Generation

One night, many years ago, a friend of ours said to me, “We are the last lucky generation.” Comments (3)

Socialized medicine lowers costs

I would like to comment on the Oct. 25-31 letter “Lawsuits drive up healthcare costs” by Thomas B. Stebbins. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013


Flushing intersection slated for closer look

The untimely death of a toddler crossing a busy intersection in Flushing prompted the city to take action after some pressure from northeast Queens lawmakers. Comment

Court stays stop-and-frisk reforms

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) last week called a federal appeals court decision to temporarily suspend a lower court’s ruling and orders to reform stop-and-frisk “deeply troubling.” Comments (1)

Flushing man charged with plan to sell un-stamped cigarettes: DA

FLUSHING — Authorities charged a man with bilking the city out of thousands of dollars in tax revenue by peddling un-stamped cigarettes, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (3)
Forest Hills

Detective in 112th Pct. hit with assault charge: Police

FOREST HILLS — An off-duty NYPD detective was charged with assault, according to police. Comment
The Civic Scene

Cause a racket to get something done about airplane noise

The West Cunningham Park Civic Association and the Civic Association of Utopia Estates held a joint general membership meeting, where the new commanding officer of the 107th Precinct, Capt. Fred Grover, and Janet McEneaney and Bob Whitehair, president and vice president of Queens Quiet Skies, spoke. Comment

Cuomo must give Rockaways housing

Well, governor, here is an opportunity to prove you are not an elitist politician, not in the pockets of high-line developers and that you care about the needy people of this city that you govern. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013


Pols want weekend elections

Lawmakers in Queens are looking to change the way America votes. Comments (3)

Flushing street may be named for gay rights activist Manford

A street co-naming to honor a Flushing gay rights pioneer has cleared its first hurdle — the approval of Community Board 7 — by a vote of 30-1, and the proposal was then forwarded to the borough president and the City Council for consideration. Comment

CB 11 vote allows car dealership to expand Douglaston showroom

Community Board 11 unanimously voted at its November meeting to allow a car dealership from Douglaston to expand its showroom. Comments (1)

Police looking out for two in Woodside burglary

WOODSIDE — Police were searching for suspects wanted in connection with an attempted burglary in Woodside. Comment

Pair swiped cell phone from woman’s bag: Police

FLUSHING — The New York Police Department reached out for help to find a duo wanted in connection with a grand larceny within the 109th Precinct. Comment

Molloy hoops star C.J. Davis chooses Columbia University

Archbishop Molloy guard C.J. Davis wanted to land at a college that challenged him both on and off the court. Columbia provided that in every way. Comment
On Point

P-Tech program will serve as boon to Martin Van Buren

The forces of stagnation and inertia were on display recently at a city Department of Education public hearing on the Martin Van Buren High School P-Tech colocation proposal. This program, modeled after a similar school program in Brooklyn, was visited last week by President Barack Obama and is being touted as a model for the nation. Comments (3)

Boro Votes Change

The Bill de Blasio landslide effect rumbled across Queens as Democrats secured all but one of the seats up for grabs in the general election. Comment

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013


Avella asks for stop signs at Flushing intersections

A confusing intersection in Flushing spurred the interest of a northeast Queens legislator hoping to make the area safer for drivers. Comments (5)
Middle Village

Brookyn Diocese files suit against Christ the King

A Catholic high school in Middle Village is being sued by the Diocese of Brooklyn for failing to give up a portion of the revenues it makes from renting out unused space to a charter school, the diocese announced Tuesday. Comments (2)

Part of Ridgewood Theatre could be used for rental units

Nearly 100 years after it first opened, part of the Ridgewood Theatre may be converted into living space, according to documents filed with the city Department of Buildings. Comment
Jackson Heights

Boro judge backs suit with videos on phone

A Queens judge now possesses what he thinks he needs in his lawsuit against the city, the NYPD and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown: two pieces of visual evidence. Comment

Cops arrest four in ticket scam

Authorities nabbed four Romanian nationals — two from Elmhurst — suspected of installing hidden cameras and credit card skimmers on ticket machines at various Long Island Rail Road stations, including one in Bayside, investigators said. Comments (7)

Developers delay Flushing Commons groundbreaking

Shovels will not yet be hitting the ground on the $850 million Flushing Commons development project despite earlier plans for a fall 2013 start date, the city Economic Development Corp. said. Comment
Ozone Park

Las Vegas casino resolution gets nod in New York state

New York voters decided to bring Las Vegas-style casinos to the state when they approved a controversial ballot measure Tuesday night. Comment
Ozone Park

Marshall blesses Ozone Park rezone plan

Borough President Helen Marshall has given her stamp of approval to the city’s plan to rezone the neighborhood of Ozone Park. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens Hills

Queens to host 36th state edition of arm wrestling championships

Queens will play host to a professional sporting event to go along with tennis and baseball when the New York Arm Wrestling Association holds its 36th annual Empire State Golden Arm Tournament Sunday. Comments (1)
Rockaway Park

Nursing home resident charged in elderly roommate’s death: DA

A resident of a Rockaway Park nursing home has been arraigned on a charge that he beat his roommate to death, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Friday. Comment
Rochdale Village

Rochdale man convicted of raping two women: Brown

ROCHDALE — A Rochdale man has been convicted of raping two women in two days, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens Hills

Cops report attempted rape at Queens College

FLUSHING — The Police Department asked for the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted for an attempted rape within the 107th Precinct. Comments (4)
Fresh Meadows

Prep finds Silva lining in win

Brandon Silva didn’t miss the moment he had been waiting all season for. Comment
Middle Village

Royals score crown over TMLA team

Christ the King’s Sarah Nolan was in a deep goal-scoring slump as the regular season came to a close. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio message of equality for all spurs landslide

Now that it is official and Bill de Blasio has won a sweeping victory for mayor by a 3-1 margin — just four months after he was languishing in fourth place in the Democratic primary polls at around 10 percent — what have we learned? Comments (1)

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013


Vallone captures seat for Dems

Flushing attorney Paul Vallone came out victorious after a heated City Council campaign in northeast Queens and will replace embattled Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) in 2014. Comment

De Blasio victory ushers in new hope for one city

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill DeBlasio, who vowed to fight inequality, staked his claim to New York City Tuesday with an overwhelming victory propelled in part by capturing 65 percent of the votes cast for the office from Queens. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Ulrich deflects bid from Dems’ Simon

Not until well into the night Tuesday was it clear that City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) would retain his seat. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Katz swept into Boro Hall in landslide

Following a lopsided election Tuesday, Borough President-elect Melinda Katz called her wide margin of victory a mandate, and Tony Arcabascio said he will never run for office in Queens as a Republican again. Comments (1)

Costa Constantinides wins Astoria Council seat

Costa Constantinides was a landslide winner for the 22nd City Council District seat, beating four contenders with more than 65.6 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results. Comments (1)

Democrats predominate in four NE Queens Council runs

Two new faces earned a spot in the City Council this week, while two others who have already been representing northeast Queens held onto their seats. Comment
Dutch Kills

High-rise developer purchases Dutch Kills Bar building

One of the luxury apartment builders hard at work remaking the Long Island City skyline recently inked a deal to buy the property that the trendy Dutch Kills Bar calls home, but the developer was staying tight-lipped as to what the acquisition will mean for the atmospheric cocktail spot. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC building becomes last site to receive tag from Banksy

The artists from 5Pointz were back in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday as hearings got under way into the stature of the artwork that covers the graffiti warehouse complex. Comment
St. Albans

Pols coast in SE Queens

Southeast Queens’ three Democratic City Council candidates coasted to victory Tuesday with decisive margins of victory and some of the largest raw-vote counts in the borough. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Crowley defends City Council seat from political newcomer Caruana

Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who promised that she would continue the work she has started in the 30th Council District if she is re-elected, had her wish granted by voters. Comment
Long Island City

De Blasio win may weigh on boro school co-locations

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s victory in Tuesday’s mayoral race may prove to be a reprieve for a handful of Queens schools facing co-locations next year. Comment

Pair found dead inside Sunnyside apartment

SUNNYSIDE — Just before noon Tuesday, the NYPD responded to reports of a foul odor inside an apartment on 46th Street in Sunnyside. Comment
Long Island City

LIC comedy club to screen B movies and cult comedies

The Laughing Devil is getting into the movie business. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Professor at Queens Col. puts out book on tango

Queens College hosts an event this Friday to determine just how many it does take to tango. Comment

Cops hunting Bayside bank robbery suspect

BAYSIDE — Police were on the lookout for a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery at a Flushing Savings Bank last month, cops said. Comment
St. Albans

Former teacher sentenced in sex abuse case

ST. ALBANS — A former Queens public school teacher convicted this June of sexually abusing five of his students received a 35-year prison sentence Wednesday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (4)
Block Shots

St. Francis Prep set to serve for elusive state volleyball crown

Jaclyn LaForgia turned in a near-perfect performance, committing just one hitting error while helping St. Francis Prep win a seventh straight CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens girls’ volleyball title. Comment
Fresh Meadows

SFP secures first AAA playoff spot since ‘08

St. Francis Prep’s long road back to the CHSFL’s elite is now complete. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013

Kew Gardens

Katz wins Queens borough presidency in landslide

Shortly after the polls closed Tuesday night, Melinda Katz claimed victory in the borough president race at the Queens Democratic Party headquarters before heading off to Brooklyn to celebrate with Bill de Blasio, the new mayor. Comments (3)

Vallone victorious in bid for Halloran’s seat

Flushing attorney Paul Vallone came out on top of a hotly contested City Council race in northeast Queens and will replace embattled incumbent City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) in 2014. Comments (5)

Crowley beats back challenge for her Council seat

Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) successfully retained her seat on the City Council when she won 57.6 percent of the votes in District 30, according to the Associated Press. Comments (1)

Constantinides wins Vallone’s Council seat

Costa Constantinides captured the 22nd City Council District in Astoria, where he was born and raised. Considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, Constantinides is known as a community organizer and district leader with deep connections, having served on the staffs of several Council members, most recently as deputy chief of staff for James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows). Comments (1)
St. Albans

Miller wins race for Comrie’s Council seat

Democrat I. Daneek Miller won his race for southeast Queens’ District 27 City Council seat Tuesday with a victory over Sondra Peeden, who continued her campaign on the Independence Party line after coming in dead last in the Democratic Party primary. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

Ulrich wins Council seat after early cliffhanger

Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) faced unexpectedly stiff competition for his seat in the City Council from Democrat opponent Lew Simon but retained his post by winning 53 percent of the vote, the Associated Press reported. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Weprin wins second term in City Council

Incumbent City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) secured a second term after defeating Reform Party challenger Joseph Concannon in Tuesday’s election. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Lancman lands City Council spot

Former state Assemblyman Rory Lancman earned himself a new job in government Tuesday after winning the general election to replace the term-limited City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows). Comment
South Jamaica

Wills wins another Council term

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) won a second term in City Hall Tuesday. Comments (4)
Forest Hills

Voters send Koslowitz back to Council for another term

Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) will continue to serve on the City Council after she won the race for the 29th Council District seat. She walked away with 91.8 percent of the vote, while her Republican opponent in the race, Jon Torodash, won 8.2 percent, with 58 percent of the ballots counted, according to preliminary results from the Associated Press. Comment

Koo claims victory in Council re-election bid

Northeast Queens’ City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) won a second term Tuesday night, beating out three others vying for the 20th District seat. Comments (1)

Richards claims Council victory in southern Queens

City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) won his first full term in City Hall in Tuesday’s election. Comment

Reynoso wins Reyna’s Council seat

Antonio Reynoso held onto his win for the 34th City Council District race. He beat his one opponent, Gladys Santiago, when he won 95.9 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from Associated Press. Santiago, who ran on the third party School Choice line, won 4.1 percent, based on preliminary results. Comment

Bill de Blasio easily wins New York City’s mayoral race

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio swept to a resounding victory over Republican Joe Lhota Tuesday as New Yorkers voted for a shift toward progressive policies after 12 years of the Bloomberg administration. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013


Live Blog: 2013 November Elections

TimesLedger Newspapers is covering the 2013 elections for Queens borough president, 12 City Council seats and citywide offices. Comment

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013


TimesLedger staff to cover election with live blog

The staff of the TimesLedger Newspapers will live blog with frequent updates on the election Tuesday at the polls around Queens throughout the day. The reporters will also be tweeting about the Queens borough president race and the contests for City Council Comment

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