Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013


Pin Up Queens turns hobby into new career

For Giana Stanigar, vintage clothing is about much more than style. Comment

Tip of the week


Beware of governmental crises

Do you believe the attack on Benghazi resulting in four American deaths was prompted by a video? Do you still believe you can keep your doctor and your health plan? Will Lois Lerner at the Internal Revenue Service ever be held responsible for her actions? Do you believe the president was never informed of the National Security Agency surveillance? Would you enter your private information on the government healthcare website with confidence? Comments (3)

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013


Stuff turkey with latkes for Thanksgivukkah

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City teachers need their autonomy

Queens has a superior track record with many of the finest educators in the city, but they are being pushed around in all sorts of ways for reasons that have nothing to do with quality of instruction or service to students. Comment

Sometimes jokes are not funny

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) father gave a speech to a cheering crowd of Teabaggers in which he said President Barack Obama should “put down the Koran, get off his knees and go back to Kenya.” Comments (2)

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013


Terrace on the Park hosts trade fair for LIC businesses

Thousands of business people took part in the 25th annual LIC Partnership Trade Show at Corona’s Terrace on the Park Wednesday. Comment

Cops search for missing Flushing man

FLUSHING — Police were searching for a Flushing man who disappeared last week. Comment
South Jamaica

S. Jamaica woman disappears from home

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were looking for a missing elderly woman who left her home on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard Sunday. Comment
New Voices

Different sects, regions celebrate Diwali their way

Hindus, Jains and Sikhs across Queens observed Diwali on the weekend of Nov. 2, an occasion for solemn reflection and giving thanks. The meaning of Diwali varies in these denominations, but for most the start of the festival coincides with the 13th day of the second half of the month of Ashwin on the Hindu lunar calendar, which follows 15-day cycles coinciding with the light and dark (waxing and waning) phases of the moon. Comment

Reflect on the memory of JFK

On Nov. 22, we will remember the death of President John F. Kennedy. Comments (2)

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013


Woodside resident to receive parks honor for his activism

A Woodside man will be honored by the Partnership for Parks for starting a group made up of volunteers who clean neighborhood greenspaces and streets, remove graffiti and plant trees. Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

Jury finds man, 21, guilty in Far Rockaway shooting

Nearly two years after a 21-year-old Rockaway Beach man was violently gunned down, a suspect was convicted of the killing, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last Thursday. Comment

Israel applauds FDA for cracking down on trans fats

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposal to limit the usage of harmful trans fats in everyday food items has validated many years of advocacy for one northeast Queens lawmaker. Comment
Richmond Hill

NYPD hunting Rich Hill burglary suspect

RICHMOND HILL — Police were trying to identify a suspect wanted in a Richmond Hill burglary. On Sept. 10 at about 2 a.m., the suspect allegedly broke the back door of Darbar’s Chicken & Ribs on Liberty Avenue, the NYPD said. The suspect then allegedly took money from the shop’s cash register and ATM, according to cops. Comments (1)

Police search for serial jewel thieves: Cops [With Video]

CORONA — Police were on the hunt for a group of inter-borough jewelry store thieves who have struck seven times since September, including heists in Corona, Jackson Heights and Flushing, the NYPD said. Comment

Pizza franchisee charged with bilking state of $600K in sales tax: Brown

ROSEDALE — Authorities arrested a man who owned several Papa John’s pizzerias and charged him with failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales taxes, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Cops searching for Halloween shoot suspect [With Video]

JAMAICA — Police were looking for a gunman they say allegedly shot a 21-year-old outside an apartment building behind the Queens Supreme Civil Court house on Halloween. Comment

New mayor must back city workers

New Yorkers went to the polls to cast their votes for the next mayor of New York City, and the winner has his work cut out for him. Comments (1)

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013


Christmas comes early to Corona

Like a lot of people itching to get into the holiday mood, Jon Lovitch often pops “Miracle on 34th Street” or “It’s a Wonderful Life” into the DVD player, then cranks up the air conditioner to combat the heat and humidity. Comment
East Elmhurst

Airport workers protest at LGA

Dozens of low-paid, contracted airport workers rallied outside LaGuardia Airport Tuesday, continuing their call for better wages and benefits as the holiday travel season approaches. Comments (2)

Lower East Side man convicted in killing of transgender woman

A Lower East Side resident has been convicted of brutally strangling to death a transgender woman in her Glendale apartment in 2010, attempting to hide evidence of the murder and stealing the woman’s belongings, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment
Floral Park

Birds of prey flock to farm

“Nature Nick” Jacinto led a demonstration about Birds of Prey at the Queens County Farm Museum Saturday. The program was one of several featured during Wildlife Weekends, held the past two weekends at the Floral Park location. Comment

Cops hunting for suspect in Greek church theft

The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in a grand larceny in Astoria. Comment

LIC man pleads guilty to killing stepdaughter in Astoria: DA

A 54-year-old Long Island City man pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his stepdaughter and critically wounding his estranged wife in December 2011, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Police seek to ID Woodhaven burglary suspects [With Video]

WOODHAVEN — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects wanted in a Woodhaven burglary. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jewelry store hit in Jackson Heights: NYPD

The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in identifying four suspects wanted in a robbery at Viriani Jewelers in Jackson Heights on Halloween. Comment

Second half of Simon and Garfunkel hails from boro

Legendary singing duo Simon and Garfunkel helped define the singer-songwriter generation of the 1960s with their blend of folk and pop music, charming melodies and catchy lyrics. Half of that storied partnership is Forest Hills native Art Garfunkel, born Nov. 5, 1941. Comment

Bring the Public to Queens Museum

The renovation of the Queens Museum is a welcome addition to the borough, which is rapidly honing its reputation as an important cultural destination for the city. Comments (3)

Living wage in city is possible

Working men and women at Resorts World Casino hit the jackpot recently in what is sure to become a benchmark agreement for casino labor statewide. Comments (1)

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013


City using eminent domain to build Corona school

The city is planning to use eminent domain to clear the way for a 796-seat elementary/middle school in Corona, one of the most overcrowded neighborhoods in the five boroughs. Comments (3)
Kew Gardens

Katz releases economic development plan for boro

Borough President-elect Melinda Katz’s experience heading the City Council Land Use Committee is at the forefront of the economic development plan she released Wednesday, which calls for developing mix-use districts, promoting a high-tech economy and developing a branding campaign that puts Queens on a pedestal. Comments (6)

Better airplane noise monitoring system to come to boro: officials

Queens is getting a new system for monitoring noise from area airports, officials from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey said last week. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s preps for matchups against Wagner, Bucknell

St. John’s Coach Steve Lavin put the basketballs away at practice this week in preparation of his team’s first two home games of the year. Comment
Long Island City

Judge rules demolition of 5Pointz can begin

A federal judge has decided against issuing a permanent injunction that would stop the demolition of 5Pointz in Long Island City. Comment
Richmond Hill

Fire marshals point to electrical wiring as source of Richmond Hill blaze

Electrical wiring inside the walls on the third floor of a Richmond Hill building was to blame for a four-alarm fire Tuesday evening, a spokesman for the Fire Department said. Comment
Long Island City

LIC restaurant group to host tasting party

The Long Island City Restaurant Association is less than a month old and the owners involved are already working on their first event. Comments (2)

Stop & frisk fight continues in court

Lawyers who successfully argued against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices asked the full Second Circuit Court of Appeals Monday to reconsider a decision made by a three-judge panel to remove the district judge who ruled on the landmark case. Comment

Queens politicians get acts together for a good cause

In a little more than a week, a slate of Queens politicians will show another side of their personas when they step into a set of new roles — literally. Comment
Howard Beach

Howard Beach’s Jr. Gotti stabbed on Long Island

The Nassau County district attorney’s office has taken over the investigation of an attack on John A. “Junior” Gotti, the former Gambino crime family chief, who showed up at a Long Island hospital after suffering a stab wound in the abdomen in what he said was an attempt to break up a fight. Comments (13)

It takes a community to make local theater happen

Free Synagogue of Flushing Community Theatre Group, better known as FSFCTG, is presenting yet another musical directed by Maryellen Pierce, a full-time teacher at Mary Louis Academy. This time it’s “Legally Blonde the Musical.” Comment
Ozone Park

Addabbo honors vets with Ozone Park flag

For years a flagpole has stood empty in an Ozone Park shopping center, but Friday a group of citizens, along with state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), hoisted a new flag to mark Veterans Day. Comment

Avella honors Vietnam veterans with resolutions

A northeast Queens lawmaker rolled out the red carpet at his Bayside district office in honor of five distinguished veterans. Comment

Red Storm beats Ford to win boys’ soccer championship

St. John’s Prep erased the memory of last season’s title game defeat. Comment

Bustos’ hat trick powers Tigers to PSAL B crown

Queens High School of Teaching’s Jasmine Bustos didn’t expect to play the hero. The senior did fulfill the role masterfully by recording a hat trick in the biggest game of her career. Comment
Block Shots

Playoff clash breathes new life into Battle of Boulevard rivalry

Consider the Holy Cross and St. Francis Prep football rivalry back where it belongs even if it was played on the wrong boulevard. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013


MTA fare hikes to be lower than expected

Transit officials say straphangers will still face fare increases in 2015 and 2017 but the hikes will cost riders only about half as much as originally planned. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Boro affected by SNAP cuts

New York City families are already feeling the effects of recent cuts to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Comments (2)

Filipinos raise funds for homeland

When Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippines Friday, its destruction was felt 8,500 miles away in Woodside, where nearly 13,000 Filipinos make up the largest concentration in the state. Comment

Astoria councilman finds tires on car slashed

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. found two tires on his car had been slashed as he got ready to go to an event at a school Wednesday morning. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows pedestrian dies in Horace Harding accident: Police

A 57-year-old man was hit and killed by a Honda Civic as he crossed the street at the Horace Harding Expressway and 188th Street in Fresh Meadows Wednesday evening, police said. Comment
South Richmond Hill

CB 9 member retained after ouster vote fails

Community Board 9 had one less member as of Tuesday night, but it was not Sam Esposito. Comment

Jax Heights march held for boy killed in crash

Outraged by the tragic death of a 4-year-old boy in October, hundreds took to the streets of Corona and Jackson Heights Tuesday night to demand better traffic safety and strict enforcement of traffic laws. Comment

Zombies to invade Astoria for Thanksgiving festivities

People in Astoria might think The Walking Dead is filming at Kaufman Astoria Studios Saturday because the Cultural Campus will be overrun by zombies. The third-annual Queens Thanksgiving Zombie Walk gets underway at Applebee’s, at 38-01 35th Ave around 2:30 p.m. Comment
Long Island City

M. Wells Steakhouse makes its return to Long Island City

The long-awaited opening of M. Wells Steakhouse in Long Island City took place when owner Hugue Dufour invited friends, family and associates to dinner seatings Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Comment

Schumer wants to save mass transit tax break

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has warned that a federal tax advantage saving each mass transit user in the New York metropolitan area at least $1,000 a year could expire at the end of this year. Comment

York weighs challenges facing Mayor de Blasio

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio campaigned on a populist message the city was ready to hear, NY1 host Errol Louis told York College last week, and his transition to City Hall will depend on how the city helps him to turn that message into policy. Comment

City to make it safer for kids to walk to four boro schools

At an intersection near IS 77 Ridgewood, a storm-water drain obstructs a crosswalk. At the St. Joan of Arc school in Jackson Heights, garbage collection can sometimes coincide with students arriving to class in the morning. And at 29 other schools across the borough identified as high priorities by the city Department of Transportation there exist a myriad of safety concerns for young students walking to and from school. Comment
Belle Harbor

Veterans fix Sandy homes

About two dozen former military men and women chose to celebrate Veterans’s Day by repairing Hurricane Sandy-ravaged homes in Belle Harbor over the weekend. Comment
Middle Village

Veterans honored in Middle Village

Borough residents paid tribute to those who served in the military as well as enlisted men and women during the fifth-annual Queens Veterans Day Parade. The festivities kicked off on 80th Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village and concluded with a ceremony at Christ the King High School. Comment

Check into ‘The Cottage’ for some oh so civilized laughter

In Sandy Rustin’s new play “The Cottage,” now at the Astoria Performing Arts Center, any doubt that we’re deep in Noël Coward territory simply vanishes after a very pregnant character is handed a scotch to sip while she enjoys long drags from her cigarette. Comment

Two pedestrians lose lives in Queens Boulevard crash

Two pedestrians were struck and killed while walking along Queens Boulevard early Monday morning, NYPD officials said. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gdns. Hills man dies in Bronx crash

KEW GARDENS HILLS — A Kew Gardens Hills livery driver and his passenger were both killed in a multi-vehicle crash on the Hutchinson River Parkway in the Bronx Saturday morning, police said. Comment

Shooter of Iranian bandmates from Ridgewood

RIDGEWOOD — The shooter in an apparent murder-suicide in Brooklyn last week lived in Queens, according to police. Comment
East Elmhurst

McClancy team rallies with late goals for title

Just two minutes. That’s all Monsignor McClancy needed to change its fortunes against Kennedy Catholic and clinch its third straight city soccer title. Comment

Holy Cross runs past Prep

Holy Cross football Coach Tom Pugh talks about how a player defines his career by how well he performs against St. Francis Prep. Well, Brandon Jackson is hitting legendary status at this point. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Terriers’ state title hopes dashed by Friars

Joseph Loboco dropped to his knees and put his head in his hands as the final horn sounded on his St. Francis Prep career and a season that went further than his team could have imagined. Comment
Jamaica Estates

SJU women’s soccer team earns NCAA tournament appearance

Georgia Kearney-Perry and her St. John’s University women’s soccer teammates were noticeably nervous waiting to hear their NCAA tournament fates at Taffner Field House. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Richmond Hill

CB 9 retains board member accused of anti-Semitic remark

Community Board 9 voted to retain Sam Esposito, a longtime member, after he was accused of making anti-Semitic remarks to three board members earlier this year. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Judge rules 5Pointz can be torn down for residential towers

A federal judge has decided against issuing a permanent injunction that would stop the demolition of 5Pointz in Long Island City. Comment
Richmond Hill

Fire marshals investigating Richmond Hill blaze that injured 11

About a dozen people suffered minor injuries when a four-alarm blaze spread through four stories of an apartment complex in Richmond Hill Tuesday evening, fire officials said. Comment
College Point

College Point man struck and killed on 14th Ave: NYPD

COLLEGE POINT — A 47-year-old man was killed when he was struck by two vehicles on a busy College Point street less than a block from where he lived Tuesday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (13)
Rockaway Park

Mourners mark 12th anniversary of Flight 587 crash in Rockaways

Family and friends of more than 250 people killed when Flight 587 crashed in Belle Harbor 12 years ago braved bitter wind and falling snow to pay their respects to the victims. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

Richmond Hill

Three injured in four-alarm blaze in Richmond Hill

A four-alarm fire ripped through multiple floors of an apartment complex in Richmond Hill Tuesday evening, fire officials said. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

John ‘Junior’ Gotti knifed in L.I. parking lot

John A. “Junior” Gotti, former boss of the Gambino crime family, suffered an abdomen stab wound in a Long Island drug store parking lot but declined to elaborate on the incident to law enforcement officials, according to police and legal sources. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Aviation, Bryant fall in PSAL Class A boy’s soccer semifinals

Aviation had been able to advance through the PSAL playoffs without playing its best on offense. However, the team’s scoring struggles continued in the semifinals and finally cost the Flyers. Comments (1)

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013


Filipinos raise typhoon relief funds while waiting for hear from relatives

When Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippines Friday, its destruction was felt 8,500 miles away in Woodside where nearly 13,000 Filipinos make up the largest concentration in the state. Comment

Two men killed after car jumps curb in Elmhurst: NYPD

Two pedestrians were struck and killed while walking along Queens Boulevard early Monday morning, NYPD officials said. Comments (6)

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013

Willets Point

Motorcyclist killed in crash on Whitestone Expressway

A Bronx motorcyclist was killed when he lost control of his bike and slammed into a median on the Whitestone Expressway Saturday morning, police said. Comment

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