Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013


Christmas story told by church’s Nativity

Redeemer Luther Church in Bayside held its annual Living Nativity, a performance depicting the birth of Jesus Christ, over the weekend on the church’s lawn, at 36-01 Bell Blvd. Dozens of people gathered Sunday night to watch the event, which featured a donkey and other farm animals. Comment

Sunnyside’s Bar 43 links business and charity

When Mickey McCreesh and his partner Nick Murphy opened Bar 43 in April 2008, they decided to make charity work a part of their business plan, so two years ago they joined with nine other restaurants and bars to form an association called Sunnyside Boulevard Bars. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013


Obituary: Steven S. Zedlovich, 69

Steven S. Zedlovich, 69, a resident of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., for five years and formerly of Whitestone, died Dec. 14 at his home. Comment

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People can’t rely on gov’t for everything

Responses to my letters to the editor reveal how much dependence and trust in an intrusive government is ingrained in our psyche. Without a shred of evidence, writers claim I advocate for a country with no government or regulation, and where people fend for themselves and die in the streets. Comments (3)

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013


Braunstein pushes bill on campus rape

State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) has been highlighting Columbia University’s alleged mishandling of rape complaints to promote a bill he drafted that would require universities to refer such crimes to police within 24 hours. Comments (1)

Police bring holiday cheer to St. Mary’s

Police officers from several NYPD units, including Emergency Service Unit 10, the Brookyln Warrant Squad, Mounted police, K-9 officers and Highway Patrol, visited St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside Tuesday afternoon to drop off donations from their holiday drive. Comment

New Councilman Paul Vallone to run office out of Bell Plaza

City Councilman-elect Paul Vallone has signed a lease to operate his district office out of Suite 507 in Bell Plaza at 42-40 Bell Blvd. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Newest link in the M. Wells chain shines in LIC

They could have gone anywhere, after the adulation their previous ventures received, but Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis stayed loyal to Queens. Comment

Tip of the week


Make elections more democratic

Gov. Andrew Cuomo must lead the charge toward accomplishing the reforms advanced by his Moreland Commission to investigate public corruption. Comments (1)

Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013


Schumer wants more funding for Federal Railroad Admin.

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have proclaimed the Federal Railroad Administration so financially strapped that it can inspect only 1 percent of the nation’s railroads and urged that more money be allocated for the agency in the name of safety on the rails. Comments (1)

Hot dog truck ignites at Glen Oaks Mobil

A Bellerose resident said it would be a long road back to work after her hot dog truck burst into flames Monday morning. Comment
Howard Beach

Pols obtain $2M to fix Sandy-ravaged boro school

Three New York lawmakers have announced the availability of nearly $2 million in federal money to repair damage inflicted on a Howard Beach school by Hurricane Sandy. Comment

Celebrate Christmas the Italian way with seafood

The Feast of the Seven Fishes (festa dei sette pesci), celebrated on Christmas Eve and also known as The Vigil (La Vigilia), is believed to have originated in southern Italy. Comment

Ridgewood resident guilty of extortion

RIDGEWOOD — An illegal Polish immigrant living in the borough was sentenced to 15 years in prison earlier this week for attempting to rob and extort a family in Westchester County, the U.S. attorney said. Comments (3)
Kew Gardens

Manhattan man solicits undercover boro cop: DA

KEW GARDENS — A 38-year-old van driver, who drives children to school, has been charged with initiating and conducting ongoing sexually explicit conversations online with an undercover detective he believed was a 14-year-old girl from Queens, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Hunt on for cop imposter who struck in boro [With Video]

ELMHURST — Police were looking for a man they say impersonated a cop in order to dupe dozens of people across the city, including two in Queens. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Try to do right by others during this holiday season

During what many people call the “Season of Light,” this time of holidays and holy days, I recall past seasons. I think many people do that as we come to a new year. Comments (2)

Some school lessons must remain

While the emphasis today for our students is to be more technologically savvy, what is equally important is that cursive writing still needs to be taught in our schools. Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013


Queens College program helps post-Sandy workers

Laborers working on post-Superstorm Sandy reconstruction now have someone looking out for their health. Comment

Crowley fasts for immigration reform

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) joined the nationwide “Fast for Families” last week in support of immigration reform that would provide undocumented immigrants with a path to citizenship. Comments (6)
South Jamaica

Boro juries find 3 guilty of murder on same day

The borough’s district attorney said three juries returned guilty verdicts in three separate murder cases within hours of each other earlier this month — a first in his memory. Comment

109th celebrates Xmas

Members of the 109th Precinct give out gifts to children at a Christmas event at PS 20 in Flushing Saturday afternoon. Comment
Rego Park

Police hand out more parking tickets and moving summons during initiative

QUEENS — The Police Department said officers issued hundreds of tickets in the borough last week during a citywide initiative to improve pedestrian safety during the holiday shopping season. Comment

Hip to Hip Theatre Co. adds film star to board

Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Co. recently announced the addition of Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe to its board of directors. Comment
The Civic Scene

Testing, constant changes ruin education for students

With the arrival of 2014, a new city administration will take over our city. One of the issues it will face is the revitalizing of the city school system. For the past 12 years, there have been changes in our schools that have left the staff stressed out and dispirited. Morale is low. Comment

Leave St. Nick Alone

What a silly flap over Santa Claus’s DNA. Comments (1)

Charter schools not all that great

A charter school recently made headlines for punishing a mischievous student by throwing him into the quarantine of a padded cell in the expectation that the trauma would build his character. Comments (1)

Friday, Dec. 20, 2013


Child struck and killed by truck in Woodside: NYPD

A truck driven by an unlicensed driver struck and killed an 8-year-old boy who was walking to school with his sister in Woodside Friday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (5)

Q58 one of city’s slowest buses: Straphangers Campaign

The Q58 has been designated among the slowest buses in New York City in the transit advocacy agency Straphangers Campaign’s annual Pokey Awards. Comment

Elmhurst Hospital hosts safety summit

Vehicular accidents involving pedestrians and bicycle riders in the Jackson Heights-Elmhurst-Corona area are so common that Elmhurst Hospital convened a daylong summit last week. Comment
Little Neck

LIC watch biz heads for old Leviton site

A watch manufacturing company that must vacate its Long Island City headquarters has secured $13 million in subsidies to remain in the city by relocating to the former Leviton site in Little Neck. Comments (9)

Legislators hope 14 cameras in Forest Park deter sex crimes

State Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven) and state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) plan to work with the city Department of Parks and Recreation to decide where to install 14 security cameras they hope will deter sexual predators in Forest Park. Comment
Long Island City

Pulaski traffic raises red flags for residents

The focus on unsafe traffic patterns on bridges emptying into Long Island City has shifted from the Queensboro to the Pulaski bridge. Comment
Jackson Heights

Key Food takes over site shuttered by Trade Fair

A new Key Food supermarket is scheduled to open in Jackson Heights as early as February, replacing the Trade Fair that closed down without notice last week. Comments (3)
Bay Terrace

Commuters fear depot changes will delay QM2, QM20 buses

Commuters in northeast Queens are worried that bus depot changes could usher in a new year full of delayed express buses. Comments (1)
Long Island City

JetBlue gives $50K to two boro schools

A pair of borough schools will receive $25,000 each to help turn out Queens’ future leaders in the aviation industry. Comment
Long Island City

Food Bazaar opens shop

A gigantic supermarket has opened on Northern Boulevard where Long Island City, Sunnyside and Astoria come together. Comment
Forest Hills

Trial set for three others in ‘Cannibal Cop’ probe

A trial is set to begin next month for the New Jersey man accused of conspiring with the Forest Hills “Cannibal Cop” and two others snagged in the FBI investigation. Comment
College Point

City announces restoration for MacNeil Park esplanade

The city Parks Department has declared MacNeil Park, which was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, due for a $2.4 million face-lift. Comment

City OKs Bowne House center plan

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a $2.8 million plan to build a visitor’s center for Flushing’s historic John Bowne House in late November. Comment

Astoria plays host to Philippine typhoon fund-raiser

The founder of the Queens County Market decided to appeal to people’s taste buds to support typhoon relief in the Philippines Sunday. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Man attacks Fresh Meadows woman [With Video]

FRESH MEADOWS — A gunman attacked a woman, 66, who was unloading her car in her driveway around 11 p.m. Dec. 5, police said. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst man, 68, reported missing

EAST ELMHURST — Police from the 115th Precinct were seeking the public’s help in locating a missing person last seen Dec. 10. Comments (1)

Astoria’s Rockette steps into the season

In late-September as many people are trying to squeeze another drop out of a waning summer, Lori Barber is already dreaming of a white Christmas. Comment
Block Shots

Jordan’s strong play shows SJU promise

St. John’s University has given us a true look at the team it can be moving forward with its second half performance against Syracuse. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio must think long-term to plan city’s success

There has never been a better time to be a progressive in New York City. The new mayor, the city public advocate, city comptroller and most of the City Council are from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, and we will now see if a concentrated focus on the poor and middle class will help vault them to a better station in life. Comment

Project for QueensWay steadily progresses

In his Nov. 29-Dec. 5 letter, state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) raises questions about the public engagement process for the QueensWay, which is being sponsored by The Trust for Public Land in partnership with Friends of the QueensWay, a group of residents living near the QueensWay. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013


Updated: RKO Keith’s sold to developer for $30M

The landmarked RKO Keith’s theater in Flushing was sold to developer JK Equities for $30 million Monday. Comments (3)

Senior dies in fire at Flushing retirement home

A 73-year-old woman died in a fire that broke out in her Flushing House Retirement Home apartment early Thursday morning, the FDNY said. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Frat pledge dies in hazing: DA

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) has already started work on hazing legislation following a fraternity incident that led to the death of Baruch College freshman Chun “Michael” Deng from Oakland Gardens in Queens. Comments (1)
Long Island City

East River ferry to set sail to LIC for next five years

The Bloomberg administration announced a five-year contract extension for the East River ferry Friday. Comment
Long Island City

Queens economy on a roll

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli presented a new study that shows Queens has weathered the recession and is now a model of recovery that the rest of the state can learn from. Comments (1)

Ridgewood site may join Superfund list

Decades after a chemical company involved with the Manhattan Project closed, the government has returned to the defunct Ridgewood business in an attempt to designate it a Superfund site. Comment

Reformers target Qns. Blvd.

Alternative transportation activists are revving up their campaign to make Queens Boulevard safer and more accessible for bikers, pedestrians and subway and bus riders. Comment

Glendale residents decry homeless shelter plan

State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) responded to the city’s decision to push for a controversial homeless shelter in Glendale by chastising the city Department of Homeless Services for failing to stem the need for such facilities. Comment
Jackson Heights

82nd St. Partnership shows pride in project

The 82nd Street partnership and several Jackson Heights business owners Tuesday celebrated the completion of a restoration project that upgraded several storefronts, but the event was marred by protesters who are fighting the BID’s plan to expand into Corona. Comments (4)
Fresh Meadows

Klein farm’s trees felled

Trees that populated the historic Klein Farm in Fresh Meadows were recently cut down, causing outrage among residents and elected officials. Comment

Avella wants city bridges to be toll free

Queens drivers can always count on a free ride to Manhattan over the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge if state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has his way. Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans residents upset over church’s housing plan

Neighbors in St. Albans are planning to make their voices heard at the city Board of Standards & Appeals after the community board and the borough president gave lukewarm approvals to an affordable housing project. Comments (1)

Bloomberg to take inaugural ride to new No. 7 line stop on 11th Ave.

Since it will not be ready for regular straphangers until June 2014, the maiden trip of the No. 7 subway extension will take place this Friday so the man under whose administration it was built can take the first ride. Comment

Suspect robbed check cashing store with lighter fluid and lighter: NYPD [With Video]

CORONA — Police from the 110th Precinct are asking for help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in a commercial robbery. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm falls to Syracuse

The final minutes were St. John’s University’s worst after a second half that was filled with so many of its best. Comment

Holy Cross loses to St. Raymond’s

The Holy Cross boys’ basketball team found itself in a tough position, down double digits before even scoring a point. Comment

Stannners work through early season growing pains

Archbishop Molloy is inexperienced and it showed against Nazareth. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013


Red Cross assisting Astoria residents displaced by fire

Fire broke out in a two-story, multi-family house in Astoria Monday afternoon, displacing 18 people who lived there, including four children. Comment

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

Rego Park

Police chase carjacking suspects to Rego Park where car was dumped: Nassau PD

Nassau County detectives were pursuing four men they say crashed into a 2013 Land Rover in Flower Hill, L.I., stole the vehicle at gunpoint and dragged police into a car chase that ended Sunday night with the suspects ditching the vehicle at Queens Boulevard in Rego Park. Comments (4)

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013


NYPD hunting for suspect in Ozone Park attempted rape

Police were looking for a man who allegedly got inside an Ozone Park apartment Friday morning, wielded a knife and tried to rape the woman inside before she fought back, the NYPD said. Comment


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