Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Long Island City

Children’s clothing store has growth spurt

Jill Callan had a business plan. Comment

Tip of the week


Dems give GOP its just desserts

Finally, the Democrats smacked the Republican Party in the face by changing the rules and allowing presidential nominees to be approved by a simple majority — the way it should be. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway filmmaker hangs 10

You wouldn’t think that New York has a rich surfing history, or that surfing and firefighting are related, but it does and they are. It turns out that generations of Rockaway, Queens and Long Beach, Long Island firefighters, who called these coastline communities home, were avid surfers who passed down their passion for saving lives and riding waves to their children, even while inspiring others to follow in their footsteps. Comments (1)

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DOE needs to gets its act together

Posting on their website the answers to an exam that students had not taken yet and being defensive about it while still demanding that the job security of teachers be linked to the worthless results of discredited tests, qualifies the city Department of Education for a Nobel Prize in Audacity. Comments (1)

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013

Long Island City

LIC group provides offenders with a second act

Dressed in modern clothes and armed with cell phones and iPods, a troupe of Shakespearean actors jumped onto their makeshift stage in a nondescript office building on Northern Boulevard a couple of weeks ago. Comment

Ulrich to include Woodhaven in public budgeting program

The new City Council districts are causing concerns for Woodhaven residents who want their community to join the participatory budgeting program. Comment
Willets Point

Photographer documents Iron Triangle

The Queens Borough Board recently authorized the sale of 23 acres of Willets Point $1 to Queens Development Group LLC, a joint venture between Sterling Equities and Related Cos. The site is slated to be redeveloped into a mixed-used commercial and residential project. Comment
New Voices

South Asian charities help out Caribbean for the holidays

After several successful months of gathering books, toys and clothing from the community, local charity West Indians Serving Humanity gathered and shipped 13 cargo barrels with donated items for the needy in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago Nov. 7. Comment

Do not swoon over de Blasio win

Sometimes a gift-wrapped package does not contain a gift. A case in point is Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who ran on a ticket espousing the needs of the little people, distinguishing himself from the Bloomberg administration. Comments (1)

QueensWay meet silences speech

In the United States of America, we are granted certain rights and freedoms by the U.S. Constitution. One of these rights, which I am no stranger to, is the freedom of speech. Comments (4)

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

Long Island City

Volunteers at Shady Park replant their beloved trees

The trees have returned to Shady Park in Long Island City. Comment

Plaque to mark Washington’s visit

On a victory lap across Long Island nearly 225 years ago, President George Washington spent a night at a “pretty good and decent house” in Jamaica, and now a group of prolific young historians want to mark the location. Comment
No Holds Barred

Faith and State

Some time in my studies of history — probably in Miss Drummond’s course on European History at Newtown High School — I learned about the Holy Roman Empire. I also heard, whether in that class or later at City College, that some wag (who turned out to be Voltaire) had said the HRE was neither Holy, nor Roman nor an Empire. Comments (5)

Property stolen from lockers at gyms: Cops

GLENDALE — There have been multiple grand larcenies at the Planet Fitness, at 329 Wyckoff Ave., and the New York Sports Club in the Shops at Atlas Park, according to the 104th Precinct. Comment

Traffic cop charged with harassement in SE Queens: Police

JAMAICA — An off-duty traffic cop was arrested last weekend on charges of harassment and mischief, police said. Comment

November 1956 saw a rash of teens causing mischief

November brings to mind crisp autumn breezes, weekend football games and Thanksgiving turkey. In 1956, the nation sent President Dwight Eisenhower back to the White House that month, with only seven mostly Southern states backing Democratic contender Adlai Stevenson. Comment

New York’s energy future in wind

New York’s wind energy has given us a lot to be grateful for. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013


Flushing man’s junk angers his neighbors

Clutter on the property of a Main Street resident has gotten so bad and so obtrusive his neighbors were compelled to make formal complaints to community leaders. Comments (7)

Schumer wants to strengthen fed robocall law

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is preparing to introduce legislation to toughen penalties for violations of federal Do Not Call rules, including $20,000 fines for each violation and jail time for the “most egregious” offenders. Comments (2)

State gives $4.6 million for SNAP gap

New York state will provide $4.6 million in grants to emergency food providers during the holiday season in a move that should help some families in Queens. Comments (2)

Police search for two Flushing robbery suspects [With Video]

FLUSHING — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding two male suspects in two street robberies in Flushing and Briarwood that occurred Sunday after midnight. Comments (2)

Authorities arrest Flushing man in JFK Airport stabbing: AP

JFK AIRPORT — A Flushing man was arrested in the stabbing of another man in the head in a parking garage at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Associated Press reported. Comments (1)

Wrestling champs visit Queens

The Big Event V brought together professional wrestlers and pro wrestling fans for four hours at Terrace on the Park earlier this month. Comment
Queens Village

Police officer charged with DWI in SE Queens: NYPD

QUEENS VILLAGE — An off-duty city police officer was arrested on charges of driving drunk, the NYPD said. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

City Opera had sets for ‘49 Puccini tribute built in Queens

The first opera I saw was “Faust” at a Saturday matinee of the New York City Opera in what had been the Masonic Temple on 55th Street. I was attending City College at night and working as a copy boy and then a clerk on the city desk of The New York Times. Comments (1)

Delay in Service

Commuting on the Long Island Rail Road from Queens to Manhattan can be a maddening experience. All too frequently train service is disrupted because of problems in the four East River tunnels connecting the borough and parts beyond to Penn Station. Comment

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013


Shoppers hit borough stores as holiday season kicks off

Shoppers braved bitter temperatures to head to the stores Thursday evening, with dozens waiting in line to score deals throughout the borough. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Rockrose cuts the ribbon on luxury high rise Linc LIC

Long Island City’s newest luxury high-rise had its grand opening Monday. Comments (1)
Middle Village

104th police combat MidVil South crime

Police and other officials are assuring community residents that they are working to combat crime in Middle Village South. Comment

NYCHA installs cameras

Residents of Bland Houses in Flushing can finally sleep a little easier since 53 security cameras were installed in the development in mid-November. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills celebrates Hanukkah

The Central Queens YM & YMHA held an event to mark Hanukkah in Forest Hills. The event was organized by Dale Stark and Ribin Kaufman. Comment

109th Precinct warns residents of grand larceny over holidays

The 109th Precinct has issued a warning to residents reminding them of the increase in grand larceny and street robberies that typically happens during the holiday season. Comments (1)

Whitestone home gutted in 3-alarm fire: FDNY

Fire marshals are still looking for the cause of a fire that destroyed the inside of a Whitestone house, at 15th Drive and 163rd Street, just before noon Monday. Comments (2)
Long Island City

MTA will bring Nostalgia train to Queens Plaza in December

If it’s a ride back into the 1930s you’re looking for, why not take the Nostalgia Special from Long Island City to Manhattan during the first four Sundays next month? Comment
Block Shots

Terriers seek progress on court after assistant coach takes helm

St. Francis Prep Coach Kevin Wagner was given his chance to grow along with the roster of his girls’ team, and the Terriers believe they are ready to reap the benefits of that. Comments (4)

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013


Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run truck crash: Police

Authorities were looking for a white commercial truck that drove off after striking and killing a 54-year-old bicyclist in Maspeth Wednesday evening, the NYPD said. Comment

Queens hipster neighborhoods lucrative for landlords

While Brooklyn hipsters are increasingly paying Manhattan-like rents for their lofts, luxury apartments and luxury lofts, landlords looking to make a tidy profit on the skinny-jeans set need look no further than Queens. Comments (5)
Forest Hills

Forest Hills mailman vies for MMA title

The postman always delivers, but in borough postal worker Jerome Bourne’s case, he is delivering knockouts as well as newspapers. Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

St. John’s hospital waiting to kick off $23M expansion

More than a year after Peninsula Hospital closed its doors, the Rockaways’ lone remaining acute-care facility is awaiting final approval for a handful of projects totaling more than $23 million and may be eyeing an expansion into the shuttered institution’s facilities. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Boro pols strut their stuff in 2013 ‘Legislative Acts’

A night at the theater begins with a cocktail hour that includes an open bar, buffet of hors d’oeuvres and passed around canapés. The lobby is enveloped with local politicians and their friends and family as well as the attendees, who are anxiously awaiting for the production to start. Comment
South Ozone Park

Artists race to bring their craft to ‘Big A’

The grandstand walls of the Big A are getting a face-lift. Comment
College Point

Catch a Metropolitan Opera show in College Point

Picture yourself attending a performance at Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House. Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

MS-13 gangbanger gets life for Far Rock slay

A ruthless leader of the MS-13 gang on Long Island will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced for the 2010 slaying of a fellow gang member in Far Rockaway who failed to draw blood for the violent crew, authorities said. Comments (4)
Glen Oaks

Fireman stole from boro firehouses

The city firefighter from Long Island accused of making fake 911 calls before hitting five firehouses for cash — including two from Glen Oaks and Astoria — has admitted to the crime, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Pedestrian killed after hit by car near JFK: Police

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A 28-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a car crossing Rockaway Boulevard early Tuesday morning, authorities said. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Veteran Royals eye basketball state title

Sierra Calhoun, Kollyns Scarbrough and Kristen Drogsler got a tangible reminder that time is limited for them and the teams’ six other seniors to leave their mark on Christ the King history. Comment

Lincoln defeats Red Devils

Flushing’s Cinderella season came to a crashing halt. Comment

All stores should be closed on Thanksgiving

It is outrageous that so many stores have decided to open their doors on Thanksgiving, a day that is supposed to be spent with family and friends. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

Rego Park

Study will examine rail line

Rockaway transit activists may be on track to getting their train back. Comments (3)
Cambria Heights

Cambria Hts. veteran shot dead in Brooklyn

A southeast Queens family will be spending Thanksgiving without its patriarch after he was gunned down in Brooklyn while dropping off money to help a family friend buy a holiday meal. Comment

MTA mulls St. George’s bus stop woes

The MTA is set to unveil a plan to address heavy bus traffic that has plagued St. George’s Episcopal Church in Flushing for years. Comments (6)
Long Island City

Eatery offers walls to 5Pointz artists

One Long Island City restaurant will open its doors and walls to the artists from 5Pointz. Comment
Jackson Heights

LaGuardia plane traffic draws hundreds as NE Queens activists speak

When City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) convened a town hall meeting to address the sudden increase in airplane noise from LaGuardia Airport, he was hoping to inform the community how best to complain to authorities. Comments (8)

Woodside jiggle joint loses bid to be cabaret

A Woodside gentleman’s club was denied a cabaret license by Community Board 1 last week, meaning only two women will be able to dance at the same time. Comment
South Jamaica

Sean Bell Center closed

On the seventh anniversary of Sean Bell’s death at the hands of the NYPD, the community center that bears his name is shuttered, unable to raise the financial support needed to keep its youth programs afloat. Comments (1)

CB7 delays vote on Main Street development

Community Board 7 members expressed reservations about a proposed mixed-use development in downtown Flushing before deciding to delay a vote to approve the proposal Monday night. Comment

Vallone pushes for ice rink to be made in Astoria pool

Term limited City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) wants a skating rink in Astoria Park. Comment

Man arrested in shooting death of Elmhurst mother

ELMHURST — Police made an arrest Wednesday in the shooting death of 29-year-old Carolina Cobena of Elmhurst, NYPD officials said. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway organizer raises typhoon funds

A Rockaway resident is organizing a fund-raiser that will benefit Team Rubicon and its efforts to aid and rebuild in the Philippines, after a typhoon killed more than 5,000 people in the southeast Asian nation. Comment

Turkeys given out in Flushing

Flushing community leaders joined with staff from City Councilman Peter Koo’s (D-Flushing) office Tuesday morning to show off a haul of more than 350 turkeys slated to be given out for Thanksgiving dinners. Comment

Sunnyside burglary suspect sought by cops: NYPD

SUNNYSIDE - Police from the 108th Precinct were searching for a suspect wanted in a Nov. 7 burglary inside a Sunnyside building on 44th Street near 43rd Avenue. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Police identify man murdered in South Jamaica

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police have identified David Ates as the 47-year-old man who was found lying dead in a South Jamaica driveway Sunday with a gunshot wound to his head.. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Lackluster Red Storm team holds off Monmouth Hawks

St. John’s University had little to be happy about, despite pulling out a win over Monmouth. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s bows out of NCAA tourney

In Ian Stone’s mind, his St. John’s University’s women’s soccer team’s season could have been over weeks ago. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013


Woman found dead with gunshot to head in Elmhurst

An unidentified 29-year-old woman was shot to death in Elmhurst early Tuesday, police said. Comments (1)

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013


Fire breaks out in Whitestone home

A three-alarm fire broke out at a Whitestone house, at 15th Drive and 163rd Street, just before noon Monday. Comment
Cambria Heights

Southeast Queens man killed in Brooklyn

A Cambria Heights grandfather was shot and killed while dropping off money in Brooklyn to help a family friend pay for Thanksgiving dinner, police and his relatives said. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Man murdered in South Jamaica

A 47-year-old man was found lying dead in a South Jamaica driveway Sunday with a gunshot wound to his head, police said. Comments (1)

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s suspends star freshman Jordan for violation of team rules

St. John’s Coach Steve Lavin described his disciplinary style toward his players as “old school” and “tough love,” something he picked up living in a household with Catholic parents who raised six children. Comment

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