Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ozone Park

Ozone Pk. shop celebrates another milestone

Three decades after it was first opened, Innovation Printing and Promotions is still sticking to its origins as a successful, family-run business. Comment
East Elmhurst

Wrestling stars visit Queens

The Big Event 6 wrestling convention was held last Saturday at the Marriott Courtyard LaGuardia Airport in East Elmhurst. Comments (1)

Tip of the week


Students should learn trades

William Lewis’ opinion that the mayor and the city schools chancellor should concentrate on trade school courses for high schools in the city is right on. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Long Island City

Something’s brewing in Queens

While overall per capita beer consumption in the United States has gone flat, craft beers have been experiencing heady growth. Comments (1)

Boro’s Asian biz owners seek more SBA help

The federal government could do more to help Queens’ immigrant and minority small business owners access services they desperately need by providing better linguist outreach, Asian-American business leaders said at a congressional hearing Tuesday. Comments (3)
Richmond Hill

CB 9 votes new slate of officers to board

Community Board 9 unanimously elected Ralph Gonzalez its new chairman Tuesday. Comment

NYPD declares war on double parkers

Double-parkers have been warned. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

Victim gunned down walking home from LIRR station at night

Police were investigating the murder of a 48-year-old man was shot dead as he was walking home from work after midnight Monday. Comment
Kew Gardens

Brown names nine new ADAs

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last Friday the appointment of nine law school graduates as assistant district attorneys. Comments (1)
Jamaica Hills

Cops hunt for missing man from Jamaica Hills

JAMAICA HILLS — Police were seeking the public’s help in finding a missing 54-year-old man who disappeared March 2. Comment

SE Queens opposes co-location

I am proud of the work we have begun to do in order to establish a fair and equitable education system for our city’s children. The recent decision to withdraw nine space-sharing, co-located charter schools is a step in the right direction. Comments (2)

Monday, March 17, 2014


Downtown retail expert leaving job at Jamaica BID for Brooklyn

The woman in charge of building buzz for downtown Jamaica’s retail strip is moving on to Brooklyn, where her expertise will help two business districts work together. Comment

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Forest Hills

Get your pub grub on at Forest Hills’ Flying Pig

We confess to having a weirdly superstitious belief in the laws of equilibrium. Comment

Owner of closed Flushing preschool pleads guilty to fraud

The owner of a government-funded Flushing pre-school pleaded guilty last week to participating in a fraud scheme in which he used public money intended for special needs children for his personal use, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan said. Comments (10)
Glen Oaks

South Asian activist eyes Albany seat in eastern Qns

An activist in eastern Queens’ South Asian community who pushed to redraw his state Assembly district is eyeing a seat in Albany. Comment

Public transit made up 11 billion trips in 2013: Study

It was 1956 and Los Angles was shutting down its famous Pacific Electric Red Cars rail system while Kansas City sold its street cars to a Belgian company. Comments (1)

MTA to move buses away from Flushing church

A historic church in downtown Flushing received some relief last week from heavy bus traffic that has burdened it for years. Comment
Rego Park

Apartments planned for Abbracciamento’s

A development company was quick to lap up the leftovers after Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant and Catering served its last course. Comments (1)
Remember the Date

Life of Irish St. Patrick shrouded in myth and legend

May the luck of the Irish be with you — particularly this coming March 17, when the world will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, more commonly known to the Irish as St. Paddy’s Day. (Not “St. Patty’s Day,” as it is often mistakenly called in the United States). Comment

Sunnyside senior last seen on Queens Boulevard

SUNNYSIDE - Police were seeking help in locating an 80-year-old woman from Sunnyside who was reported missing March 10, the NYPD said. Ortansa Tornescu was last seen at 47-11 Queens Blvd., which several blocks from where she lives, according to cops. Comment
Rego Park

Police searching for missing Rego Park senior

REGO PARK — Police were searching for an elderly Rego Park man who had been missing since March 8. Comment

Writer has much to learn about U.S.

I had to chuckle upon reading a letter in which the writer cautions the ever self-congratulating Ed Konecnik to be careful not to dislocate his shoulder while constantly patting himself on the back. Comments (1)

Sunday, March 16, 2014


Glendale pols to discuss shelter plans with city

Several of Glendale’s elected officials plan to discuss a proposed homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue with the city, and one state assemblyman has made it clear he wants a review of the recently conducted audit of the proposed operator at the top of the agenda. Comment

Constantinides tackles potholes with new bill

A city councilman believes the city’s war on potholes can be waged more efficiently. Comment

Sen. Gillibrand guests at Ferreras women’s brunch

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras’ (D-East Elmhurst) fledgling Women’s Leadership and Empowerment Brunch drew the star-power of U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Sunday afternoon. Comment

Fire sparked by gas leak damages Bayside home

Four people escaped injury Monday morning after an electrical spark caused a fire to break out in the basement of a Bayside home, the FDNY said. Comment

Police look for suspect in Flushing burglaries

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man wanted in connection to two Queens bank robberies. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Sanitation employee charged with DWI in 112th Pct: NYPD

REGO PARK — Police said an off-duty city Sanitation Department employee was arrested in the 112th Precinct, which encompasses Rego Park and Forest Hills, and charged with driving while intoxicated and other offenses just before midnight Tuesday. Comments (1)

Stolen card used to buy box drills in Woodside: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were trying to find whoever swiped a credit card from a gym in Astoria, the NYPD said. Comment

Ozone Park man charged with running over officer with ATV: NYPD

OZONE PARK — Police arrested a 31-year-old Ozone Park man and charged him with running over an officer’s leg while fleeing from cops in Brooklyn March 2, the NYPD said. Comment
St. Albans

Cops look for missing teen with hand tattoo

ST. ALBANS — Police were looking for a teenage girl with a tattoo on her hand who went missing last weekend, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Cops search for S.I. man last seen leaving for Queens job

STATEN ISLAND — Police were searching for a missing Staten Island man they say was last seen leaving to go to his job in Queens. Comment

Singer, activist Belafonte once lived in E. Elmhurst

Born March 1, 1927, at the Lying-in Hospital in Harlem, Harold George Bellafanti Jr. is a singer, actor and political and civil rights activist whose unforgettable presence on the American stage has spanned seven decades. Comment

Queens Taste to celebrate boro’s small biz

As I watched the Sochi Olympics last month, it occurred to me that instead of trying to promote New York City as a site for the Summer Games, as we did 10 years ago, we should go after the Winter Games. We certainly had more snow than Sochi over the last few weeks, and we have the venues: ice hockey in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, cross-country skiing in Forest Park and luge along the Jackie Robinson Parkway. Comment

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Maloney meets Ukrainians from Queens upset over crisis

Ukraine’s interim prime minister is on a whirlwind tour of Washington, D.C., and New York for talks with President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in an attempt to raise loan guarantees that would bolster a collapsing economy. Comments (1)

Avella urges Cuomo to ban hydrofracking

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined a state environmentalist group last week to present new evidence about the dangers of hydrofracking and to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to outlaw the practice in New York. Comments (4)

Seafood infection snags Flushing markets: City

An outbreak of a rare disease has infected at least 41 people citywide, including three from Queens, whose skin came into contact with live or raw fish that was purchased at seafood markets in the city’s Chinatowns. Comments (7)

Queens duo pocketed checks from mail at JFK: DA

A pair of southeast Queens residents were among five baggage handlers at JFK Airport who were arrested last week and charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of checks and credit cards that were being mailed overseas, authorities said. Comment

Queens Library to celebrate women’s history with events

Jamaica Library has invited the community to celebrate Women’s History Month this March, so join it as it commemorates noteworthy women throughout history with films, music and entertainment for all ages. Comments (2)

Eighth burglary connected to string of southern Queens break-ins: Cops [With Video]

WOODHAVEN — Police released video of two suspects wanted in a rash of Queens burglaries allegedly cashing in lottery tickets at a Brooklyn bodega Feb. 27, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
Queens Village

EMT charged with weapons possession: Cops

SOUTHEAST QUEENS — An off-duty Fire Department EMT was arrested Monday and charged with weapons possession, police said. Comment

Maspeth man dies in motorcycle crash: NYPD

MASPETH — A 47-year-old Maspeth man died after his motorcycle struck a Lexus Sedan in Brooklyn Sunday, the NYPD said. Comment

Police search for missing Flushing woman

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a missing 19-year-old woman who was last seen leaving a store on East Broadway in Manhattan Tuesday, the NYPD said. Comment

Authorities looking for missing South Ozone Park man

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Police were searching for a man they say went missing after a visit with his mother in western Queens. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

De Blasio must do more to promote a greener agenda

As my readers know, I have been active in environmental and educational matters for many years. I have served on boards of nonprofits in those areas, including some in Queens. I have waved the flag for them and hope to continue to do so for a long time. Comments (3)

Fair Relocations

One group of auto repair shop owners who took the city’s offer to move out of Willets Point finally got a break. After weeks of uncertainty and tense negotiations, more than 40 businesses that belong to the Sunrise Co-op signed a deal to relocate as a group to a building in the South Bronx. Comments (2)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Long Island City

Finger-pointing follows first weekend of No. 7 shutdown

Harsh words and bad feelings toward the MTA have begun anew following the first of 22 weekends of suspended service on the No. 7 subway line into and out of Long Island City. Comment
Howard Beach

Howard Beach votes on how to shelter the area from future storms

Few elections invite the community to cast their votes in cash, but that is how the NY Rising Howard Beach Committee organized its vote this week on which proposed storm protection initiatives the neighborhood supported most. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City waterfront parks get some new blood

A new stewardship group is forming to care for the greenspace in Long Island City’s waterfront parks. The Hunters Point Conservancy will be a microcosm of what LIC has become — a mix of older, long-term residents with a new, more youthful dynamic. Comment
Rego Park

Briarwood couple opens magic bar on Queens Boulevard

Few bars advertise their services with beverages flying through the air or accessories catching fire. Comment
Willets Point

Willets Point repair shops find a home

A group of more than 40 Willets Point business owners who are relocating to the Bronx together have a few kinks to work out before they can move into their new home. Comments (1)

Brief shutdowns of RFK Bridge ramps planned for repairs

The MTA Bridges and Tunnels agency will carry out multiple shutdowns of the Robert F. Kennedy bridge ramp leading from Manhattan to Queens Thursday, March 20, through Friday, April 4. Comment

Church eyeing lot on Northern Blvd.

A church that sits across the street from a vacant lot at the corner of Northern Boulevard and 196th Street in Auburndale has started exploring the possibility of purchasing the empty property. Comments (1)

Indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith plans virtual golf outing

It’s not the Cold Spring Country Club on Long Island, but federally indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) is hoping a virtual golf game will help fill a campaign well that has nearly run dry. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Boro leaders back budget proposals

Melinda Katz and her staff received unanimous support among the borough’s leadership for her initial budget proposal as the new borough president. The leadership group, known as the Queens Borough Board, is comprised of all 11 Community Board leaders and all 14 of the City Council members from the county. Comment

Jobs in Queens run the gamut on salaries

How much do lawyers make annually in Queens? What about police officers, firefighters or even dentists? These are some of the questions people ask, before or during a job search or simply just out of curiosity. Comments (2)
Oakland Gardens

Councilmen back bill to webcast CB meetings

Two city councilmen from Queens are backing a newly introduced bill that would require all community boards in the city to provide live webcasts of their monthly meetings. Comment

NYHQ bridges gap for Chinese immigrants with lecture series

New York Hospital Queens launched a Chinese lecture series this week to educate the community about a range of health topics. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Funeral planned for LIC hit-and-run victim

A Richmond Hill family was mourning its patriarch, who police say was mowed down by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the street in Long Island City last Friday night. Comment

Two charged with tagging western Queens spots with graffiti: 104th Precinct

MIDDLE VILLAGE — Police in the 104th Precinct arrested two men they say are responsible for more than two dozen separate graffiti complaints throughout central Queens. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio faces uphill battle over charter schools treatment

In his first 100 days in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio has quickly and successfully started to push much of his progressive agenda in education, housing and paid sick leave. Comment

Authorities trying to identify man found in Woodhaven

WOODHAVEN — Police were asking for help identifying a man who was found in Woodhaven without identification March 1 and can not communicate. Comment
Block Shots

Cardozo coach finds redemption in Judges’ victory at PSAL final

Ron Naclerio wept uncontrollably at the final horn of Benjamin Cardozo’s first PSAL city championship since 1999. Comments (4)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Long Island City

More than half of city’s worst roads located in Queens: Report

Queens is the location of five of the nine worst maintained roads in New York City, according to the Center for an Urban Future, a city planning agency. Comments (2)
Long Island City

5Pointz owner defends move to gentrify area

An anti-gentrification banner found hanging along the front of the doomed 5Pointz warehouse on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City did not faze the building’s owner, Jerry Wolkoff. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s NCAA tourney hopes dashed with Big East loss

St. John’s won’t likely be dancing its way into the NCAA tournament this season thanks to a performance that was as inconsistent as the team’s season. Comment
Forest Hills

Bidder for Parkway Hosp. fails to close on $22M sale

The former Parkway Hospital property appears to be bound for another auction. Comment

Assembly plans to OK mayor’s pre-K tax hike

The state Assembly planned to authorize the city to raise income taxes to fund an expansion of pre-K, but in the state Senate, where Democrats do not hold the reins, the body was split on how to fund the expansion. Comment

69-year-old Glendale man dies after van backs into him: Cops

A 69-year-old Glendale man died after a van backing out of a driveway in Maspeth struck him last week, police said. Comment

Avella responds to actor’s support for horse carriages

As the war over horse-drawn carriages continues to divide New York City, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is standing firm on his position to ban the industry despite comments made by movie star Liam Neeson this week backing the carriages. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Dueling lawsuits challenge mayor on boro charters

The fates of a dozen new schools planned for Queens next year are up in the air as Mayor Bill de Blasio is facing legal challenges to his decision to reverse and continue a number of co-locations approved under the Bloomberg administration. Comment
Richmond Hill

Revelers ready themselves for Phagwah festivities

The Hindu Parades and Festival Committee will host its 26th annual Phagwah Parade Sunday in Richmond Hill. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Meng gets visas for families of LIE crash vics

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has successfully obtained visas for a group of family members of two Queens teenagers who died in a car accident on the Long Island Expressway last month. Comments (2)

Rockwell painting stolen from Maspeth recovered: Report

MASPETH — A Norman Rockwell painting that police said was stolen from a Maspeth storage facility last year has been recovered undamaged in Ohio, the Wall Street Journal reported. Comment
College Point

CB 7 OKs marshals’ plan

Fire marshals, who are pushing to name a Fort Totten playground after one of their fallen comrades, came one step closer to achieving their goal Monday night. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Ad warns of Nazi living in Jax Hts

A Brooklyn state assemblyman has launched a new advertising campaign to warn Jackson Heights residents that there is a former Nazi prison guard living among them. Comments (4)

Fariña praises arts at Flushing schools

City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña came to Queens last week to answer parents’ questions and give her vision for the future of the city’s education system at a town hall meeting. Comments (1)

Woman charged in pupil’s death: Manhattan DA

JAMAICA — A New Jersey woman was charged Tuesday for allegedly performing a botched butt enlargement procedure that caused the death of a 22-year-old Jamaica college student in July, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. Comment

District 26 holds breakfast

Several elected officials met with parents and educators of School District 26 last week as the district’s presidents’ council hosted a legislative breakfast in Bayside to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing education today, including school safety and Common Core standards. Comment

Court officer found guilty of sexually abusing relatives: DA

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A court officer assigned to the Civil Supreme Court in Jamaica was convicted of sexually abusing two young family members and possessing child pornography, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (5)
Fresh Meadows

Lewis beats Vikings to win PSAL crown

Francis Lewis ended a piece of basketball history in the semifinals before making some of its own in the title game. Comment
Middle Village

Christ the King crowned CHSAA champs

Rawle Alkins delivered on the hype and his guarantee to bring Christ the King yet another city championship. Comment
Middle Village

Nazareth’s Cuevas scores 50 to end CK’s season in semis

Bob Mackey exited the locker room with his collar open and a look of exhaustion on his face. The Christ the King girls’ basketball coach and his team had no answer for Nazareth star guard Bianca Cuevas in a battle of the McDonald’s All-Americans between Cuevas and the Royals’ Sierra Calhoun. Comment

Stanners fall to St. Anthony’s in state playoffs

Archbishop Molloy was faced with an uphill battle it could not win despite a strong second half. Comment

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Judges party like it’s 1999

Rashond Salnave knew he couldn’t miss. Comment

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Glen Oaks

South Asian activist eyes unnamed seat in eastern Queens

An activist in eastern Queens’ South Asian community is eyeing a seat in Albany, and while it may seem like an opportune time for the Glen Oaks resident to take a shot at either his state senator or assemblyman, one insider suggested it may just be a move to raise his profile. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

Man shot and killed in South Jamaica coming home from work

A 48-year-old man was shot dead after midnight Monday at the corner of the South Jamaica block where he lived with his husband, police and a family member said. Comments (4)

Homeless man arrested in attempted abduction of 12-year-old in Astoria: NYPD

A homeless man was arrested Monday night in the attempted abduction of a 12-year-old Astoria girl, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Monday, March 10, 2014


Man arrested in Ridgewood robbery spree: 104th Precinct

RIDGEWOOD — The 104th Precinct announced Monday that officers had arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with four robberies in the second half of February. Comment
Long Island City

Protest banner hung on 5Pointz

A statement-in-art about gentrification and the impending end of 5Pointz appeared on the building that had hosted the graffiti display Sunday morning. Comment
Willets Point

Willets Point business owners sign lease to move to the Bronx

A group of more than 40 Willets Point business owners have found a new home in the Bronx. Comments (3)

Spark ignites flames in basement of Bayside home

Four people escaped injury Monday morning after an electrical spark caused a fire to break out in the basement of a Bayside home, the FDNY said. Comments (1)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Long Island City

Relatives of Richmond Hill man killed in LIC hit-and-run hope driver is found

A Richmond Hill man fatally mowed down by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the street in Long Island City Friday night had been headed to his second day of work, police and heartbroken relatives said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Electchester man arrested after cops find 5 pounds of heroin in kitchen: NYPD

Frank Giardina might want reconsider who he invites into his apartment after what happened on Friday evening. Comments (7)

Maloney joined by Queens Ukrainians to push U.S. assistance to Ukraine

U.S. Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) met with members of New York City’s Ukrainian community on Saturday to discuss the American efforts to support the fledgling government of Ukraine in their crisis with Russia. Comments (4)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Long Island City

Richmond Hill man killed in hit-and-run on Northern Boulevard: NYPD

Authorities were looking for a dark-colored vehicle that fatally struck a Richmond Hill man Friday night in Long Island City and drove off, the NYPD said. Comment

Man struck by van in Maspeth dies: NYPD

A man died Thursday night when a van backing out of a driveway in Maspeth struck him, police said. Comments (4)

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