Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014


Owl advocates sue over JFK bird plan

An animal rights group that had its feathers ruffled when the Port Authority killed three owls at JFK Airport last month is suing the federal government to reform the airport’s bird-management policies. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Elton John’s foundation helps fund LIC non-profit

The Elton John AIDS Foundation is providing a $50,000 grant to The Fortune Society, a Long Island City nonprofit that advocates for formerly incarcerated men and women living with HIV/AIDS. Comment

Farewell Salute

Queens College’s departing president, Dr. James Muyskens was honored during a ceremony at the college Decc. 18. Muyskens is retiring from the Queens College presidency to return to teaching. Comment

Treat all animals with respect

Between the Port Authority killing birds to avoid collisions with planes, the hunting of bears in New Jersey and the decision to kill up to 3,000 deer on eastern Long Island due to an overpopulation, it seems wildlife is being targeted unjustly and inhumanely. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014

Floral Park

Farmhouse presents picture of the past in Floral Park

The restored Adriance Farmhouse, first built as a three-room Dutch farmhouse in 1772. is one of the main features of the Queens County Farm Museum. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

E. Elmhurst DJ brings old-time sounds home

Today’s digital age of electronic dance music gets a refreshing “dis” from a local DJ’s vintage vibe mix of funk and soul, featured in his newly released album – made with old-school, analog technology. Comment

CityMD opens Astoria clinic as its first facility in Queens

Astorians seeking medical attention have a new option after CityMD opened a new location last Friday. Comment
College Point

College Point becomes home to tapas bar

College Point is getting a Latin Quarter of its own — albeit with a Queens flavor. Comments (5)

Tip of the week


Mayor did more harm than good

As departing Mayor Michael Bloomberg skirts the city saying his farewells and touts his accomplishments, I reflect on his mayoralty from my Flushing digs. Comments (4)

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014


Liu leaves public office after 12 years

Count John Liu as yet another public official whose immediate plans come Jan. 1 were only to take some time off. Comments (7)

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New IHOP owners mull development

The new owners of the IHOP, at 155-17 Northern Blvd., said they are considering buying the current tenants out of their lease and could be open to redeveloping the property in the future. Comments (13)
Fresh Meadows

Klein farm owners face hearings: DOB

The owners of the historic Klein Farm have been issued summonses to appear at hearings concerning the illegal removal of trees at the protected property. Comments (2)

Astoria writer finds humor in an unlikely profession

Taren Sterry realizes whenever she is asked, “what do you do?”, her answer is not really an ice breaker as much as a Titanic sinker. Comment

Northern Boulevard needs signs back

I am upset that the city Department of Transportation, Community Board 7 and City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) approved removing the rush hour/no standing signs from the eastbound lanes of Northern Boulevard in Flushing from Prince Street to Utopia Parkway. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014


Astoria gastropub opens

Two successful Astoria restaurant owners have joined together to create the neighborhood’s latest gastropub lounge. Comment

NYPD looking for Flushing grand larceny suspect

FLUSHING — Police were asking the public to help find a woman wanted in connection with a grand larceny that took place Nov. 30. Comments (2)

Rosedale teen last seen at home

ROSEDALE — Police were looking for a teenage girl who went missing from her home last week. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Transit cop charged with assault: NYPD

THE ROCKAWAYS — An NYPD traffic cop was arrested over the weekend on assault charges, police said. Comments (1)

Bloomy’s minuses outweigh pluses

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s current citywide visit is ostensibly to emphasize leaving office with a favorable legacy. While there may be some aspects of Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor that may warrant a laudable legacy, including his private philanthropic activities, his cabal with 21 term-limited City Council members to overturn twice public-supported term limits, will not be among them. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014

Long Island City

DOT closes exit on Queensboro after cop death

A new era began on the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge with the closing of the entire Queens-bound outer roadway Monday night. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Boro leads on crime: DA

In his year-end address to residents, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown trumpeted his office’s accomplishments and praised the borough as one of the city’s leaders in crime reduction in 2013. Comments (4)
Far Rockaway

Oscar winner visits Far Rock

Actor Adrien Brody visited a rehearsal of of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” during the The Action Center’s Post-Sandy Holiday Party in Far Rockaway. The Action Center provides after-school and out-of-school-time programs for children in the community, and the party was organized by Bulgari and Save the Children, which started helping the Far Rockaway center after Hurricane Sandy. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Police search for Kew Gdns Hills bank robbers

KEW GARDENS HILLS — Police were seeking the public’s help in finding two men in connection to a bank robbery. Comment

Suspect sought in Jamaica stabbing

JAMAICA — Authorities were looking for a man wanted in connection with a stabbing outside a bar in mid-December. Comment
Far Rockaway

Man fatally shot in Far Rockway: Police

FAR ROCKAWAY — A young man was killed last week during a shooting that left another victim wounded, police said. Comment

Police look for missing Sunnyside woman

SUNNYSIDE — Police were looking for a missing 27-year-old Hispanic woman with a light complexion who was last seen leaving her Woodside residence Dec. 26. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Boro salon treats youth to makeovers at holiday season

Larry Mattola, owner of LP & Co. Hair Design in Fresh Meadows, has been opening his salon on a Sunday prior to the holiday season to provide beauty treatments to developmentally disabled children and young adults for 30 years. Now, additional establishments such as Concept E Salon, LULU’S Bakery, Salon Visentin and Chazzam Entertainment are involved in doing something nice for others during the holidays. Comment

Safety Nets Tossed

Two months after food stamps for Queens residents were cut for the first time in 80 years, Congress ended long-term unemployment benefits for 1.3 million Americans across the country. Comment

‘Education reformers’ is a misnomer

So-called reformers and certain daily tabloid editorial boards should admit it. They would trust the “wolf of Wall Street” to be the new city schools chancellor rather than accept anyone who has the blessing of the “tainted” teachers union. Comment

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014


Bayside street to honor cadet

Every December, family members gather to honor Mohammad Salman Hamdani, a Bayside police cadet who died after rushing to assist at Ground Zero Sept. 11, 2001. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Photographer focuses on social woes

Jackson Heights photographer Adam Nadel creates stark images of reality that unquestioningly provoke any viewer’s social consciousness. While his subject matter, such as war, disease, poverty and environmentalism, is complicated, his photos give the impression of purity with the faintest hint of a shadow or an inconspicuous setting in the background. Comment

Bloomberg touts prison record

Just a few days before he left office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in downtown Jamaica last week touting his administration’s work to reduce incarceration rates at the same time the city is experiencing record-low levels of crime. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Dominic Stiller wears many hats in Dutch Kills

Dominic Stiller wears many hats in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City. Comments (2)

Landlord in Woodside lets space to academy

Christmas came early for the owners of the Edge Tae Kwon Do Academy this year. Comment

Francklin tops TimesLedger’s All-Queens Football Team

This season saw a resurgence of some of Queens’ most storied programs and one of its best teams taking things to the next level. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014

Far Rockaway

Family settles in Rock after son’s brain tumor

The Mitchell family was poised to move into their Far Rockaway house two weeks before Superstorm Sandy hit. Comment
Long Island City

New Long Island City art gallery run by and for artists

The newest art gallery in Long Island City is not like the others. Comment

City’s hard hats call Queens home

The largest share of the five boroughs’ resident hard hats lived in Queens in 2012, and while the construction workforce grew from the previous year, it was still significantly lower than its pre-recession levels. Comment

Suspects linked to string of borough robberies: Cops

WHITESTONE — Police were searching for two suspects they believe burglarized a Dunkin’ Donuts, at 10-29 Clintonville St., late Nov. 26, capping off a string of nine similar incidents. Comments (1)
Block Shots

Stanners hoping to race past opponents

Archbishop Molloy’s new up-tempo approach has already produced plenty of smiles, thanks to plenty of easy baskets from loads of passes. Plenty more wins will come along with them as the Stanners boys’ basketball team enters 2014 and the bulk of its CHSAA schedule. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014

East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst child killed in New Year’s fire: Police

A 7-year-old boy was killed and a 13-year-old boy was injured in a New Year’s Day blaze in East Elmhurst, the NYPD said. Comments (4)

Two die in separate Flushing crashes: NYPD

Two people lost their lives in northeast Queens crashes in less than 12 hours of the New Year’s holiday, police said. Comments (17)
South Jamaica

Stabbing in South Jamaica is city’s first murder of 2014

The city’s first murder of the year happened inside a South Jamaica home, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

New log cabin lets APEC hold classes outside in winter

Alley Pond Environmental Center’s outdoor classroom has been able to weather its first winter, thanks to a new log cabin. Comments (1)

Dozo, Construction revving up rivalry

Cory Semper knows what it’s like to challenge Benjamin Cardozo for Queens boys’ basketball supremacy in the PSAL during his five seasons coaching at Bayside, where he won the borough title last season. Comments (6)

Police look for missing 15-year-old student

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s help in finding a missing 15-year-old boy. Comment
Richmond Hill

Cops looking for missing Rich Hill teen girl

RICHMOND HILL — Police were looking for a missing 13-year-old girl from Richmond Hill. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013


Animal shelter finds new Glendale home

Bobbi & the Strays animal rescue and adoption center will be ringing in 2014 in a new spot in Glendale. Comment

Baba John Watusi Branch, 70, founded Afrikan Poetry Theatre

John Watusi Branch, co-founder of the Afrikan Poetry Theatre in Jamaica, died last week. He was 70. Comments (14)
Kew Gardens

Man shot in Kew Gardens during Xmas Eve scuffle

Neighbors in a Kew Gardens apartment complex were shocked to hear a bullet cut through the air on Christmas Eve and then see emergency responders rush a man wearing a g-string thong and bra into an ambulance. Comments (10)

Afrikan Poetry Theatre celebrates Kwanzaa

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre in Jamaica held a two-day Kwanzaa celebration in conjunction with the Queens borough president’s office. The holiday honors African heritage and focuses on the seven core principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Comment
Floral Park

Floral Park man died near Inwood Club club: Police

FLORAL PARK — Police found a 30-year-old Queens man dead outside a Manhattan night club early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comment

Woodhaven park manager abused relative: Cops

WOODHAVEN — Police arrested a Queens district park manager Sunday afternoon and charged him with sexually abusing an underage female relative on three occasions since 2008. Comments (7)
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens surges past St. Edmund for win

Trailing isn’t a position Springfield Gardens is used to being in, especially for nearly an entire game. You wouldn’t have guessed it by they way it handled the situation when faced with it. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm team taps reserves to beat Seton Hall in opener

Joe Tartamella didn’t hesitate to remove his struggling starters and insert four new players off his bench early in the first half. That kind of depth is a luxury the St. John’s University women’s basketball coach finally has and benefited from against Seton Hall. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

Far Rockaway

Teen charged with shooting at police in Far Rockaway: NYPD

Police nabbed a man who allegedly exchanged gunfire with officers in Far Rockaway early Friday, the NYPD said. Comments (3)

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

Long Island City

Queensboro exit ramp to close nightly

A series of deadly car accidents on a notorious off-ramp of the Queensboro Bridge has prompted the city to close an entire lane to nighttime traffic beginning Monday. Comments (1)

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