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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Astoria

Maloney urges Congress to extend terror act

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) called on Congress to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act at Ground Zero Saturday. Comment.
Flushing

Jung builds war chest

Flushing state Senate candidate S.J. Jung has out-fund-raised and outspent his opponent, Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), but her campaign is not worried. Comment.
Middle Village

CB 5’s Giordano saluted

State Assembly members Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) and Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) gave Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano a proclamation marking his 25 years on the board during its July 9 meeting. Comment.
Rochdale Village

Rochdale Library to get new roof in summer

The Rochdale Village Library is expected to temporarily close the book Aug. 2 to undergo a $4.1 million renovation project that includes a new roof. Comment.
Flushing

Wheel Fun Rentals opens Queens locations

Queens families will have a couple more ways to explore Flushing Meadows Corona Park this summer. Comment.
Jamaica

More shops open at JFK’s Terminal 4

With more than 60,000 travelers passing through each day in the summer season, John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 has just undergone a face-lift. Comment.
Letters

Show Rockaways some love

Rockaway Beach, the land of no! Comment.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Long Island City

Lot LIC film, music event on tap

Part of the downtown music scene will move from Manhattan to a spot of land in Long Island City starting next month. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Man gets 17 years for beating senior roommate to death: DA

A former resident of a Rockaway Park nursing home was sentenced to 17 years in prison last week after pleading guilty to clubbing his 71-year-old roommate to death with the metal footrest of a wheelchair in October, the DA said. Comments (1).
Douglaston

Young artists exhibit work in Douglaston

Students from PS 811Q celebrate the opening of their art exhibit at the National Art League in Douglaston. Comment.
Jamaica

Suspect tried to hold up worker at Sunshine Grocery at gunpoint: Police

JAMAICA — Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who tried to rob a grocery store at gunpoint on Parsons Boulevard. Comments (1).
Political Action

Late Queens GOP Chairman Ragusa will be missed

The recent death of highly respected Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa has created a difficult situation for the party. Ragusa had led his county organization through one of its most difficult times in recent years. Comment.
Letters

Stop going after Wall Street

Interestingly, on June 25, the City Council released a joint report — “Thousands of Homeowners Still Drowning in Underwater Mortgages” — which found that private-labeled securitized mortgages, like high-interest and subprime, that contributed to the bursting housing bubble and economic collapse of 2008 are disproportionately high in African-American and Latino neighborhoods of New York City. Comments (3).

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jamaica

Affordable housing quest

Southeast Queens was hit hard during the housing crisis earthquake. Comments (2).

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St. Albans

Miller gives $1 million to constituents to spend

How would you spend $1 million of tax money in your neighborhood? Comments (5).
Forest Hills

Legendary player hits home run in Forest Hills

Pop into any Citibank around noon time these days, and you may encounter the beloved mascot Mr. Met as well as Mets Alumni and SNY Broadcasters Ron Darling or Keith Hernandez. Comment.
South Jamaica

Cops looking for South Jamaica shooting suspect

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were searching for the gunman who opened fire during an early morning incident that left one man injured Monday. Comments (2).
I Sit and Look Out

Do not just pray for the poor but actually help them out

This is about Pope Francis and a lovely human being named Claudia. Comments (3).
Letters

Supreme Court ruling wrong for unions

The U.S. Supreme Court made a wrong decision when it ruled that some public workers who benefit from union negotiations and protections do not need to bother paying for them. Comment.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jamaica

Downtown Jamaica wants to cultivate healthier community

The farmers market is back in Jamaica, and that means residents, tourists and workers in the downtown Jamaica area can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. Comments (1).
Howard Beach

Ognibene out of Senate race

Former City Councilman Thomas Ognibene filed paperwork declining to run on the Republican and Conservative tickets for state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.’s (D-Hoard Beach) seat, the city Board of Elections said. Comment.
Hollis

Vanel drops out of state Senate race

Small businessman Clyde Vanel announced Monday he would not pursue the state Senate seat currently held by Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and sought by former City Councilman Leroy Comrie. Comments (3).
Flushing

Andy Warhol’s latest gifts arrive at Queens College’s museum

Seven of pop artist Andy Warhol’s iconic silk screen prints will now call Flushing home. Comment.
Flushing

Three Queens Asian leaders endorse Schneiderman

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and City Council members Margaret Chin (D-) and Peter Koo (D-Flushing) have announced that they will endorse state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for re-election. Comment.
Astoria

Two charged in Astoria armed robbery

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct arrested two Manhattan residents and charged them in an armed robbery at Broadway and Steinway Street Sunday around 11 p.m, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
The Civic Scene

City should not grant variance for religious school in CB 8

A community facility desiring to legalize building violations and add another floor was just turned down by Community Board 8. The community facility is the Sephardic Congregation, on 72nd Avenue between Main and 141st streets, at 141-41 72nd Ave. Comments (1).
Letters

LIRR strike would be devastating

The Long Island Rail Road strike is fast approaching, and I fear a devastating effect on our economy. Comment.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Ridgewood

Two charged in Ridgewood attempted rape: NYPD

Police arrested two men and charged them with attempting to rape a woman in Ridgewood, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Astoria

Hallets Cove Playground gets makeover

Volunteers pitched in to clean Hallets Cove Playground in the Astoria Houses Saturday morning during an event organized by Councilman Costa Constantinides. The NYPD’s Community Affairs Unit set up its rock climbing wall for participants to have some fun after beautifying the waterfront area. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing man jailed for web child porn

A Flushing man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to promoting child pornography was sentenced last week to serve two to six years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Bayside

Nicolosi, 74, served in Assembly

Former state Assemblyman Vincent Nicolosi died Friday after a years-long battle with breast cancer at the age of 74, relatives said. Comments (2).
Springfield Gardens

Son gets life for killing parents

The Springfield Gardens man convicted of shooting his parents to death in 2011 as they slept will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Artist fired up over her works

Liberty Valance, who creates pottery and teaches others how to at Long Island City’s Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center, also enjoys painting nature scenes from the environs around her. Comments (2).
Letters

Bring every troop home now

The shear dishonesty, let alone outright absence of patriotism, of even questioning the exchange of five uncharged terrorists for one American soldier is disgusting, and those shameless dissidents who are condemning President Barack Obama for doing so should hang their heads if they are not in fact devoid of shame. Comments (2).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Astoria

Critics want more affordable housing at Astoria Cove

As opposition to the Astoria Cove mega-project mounted, the developers revealed that they have slightly increased the number of affordable housing units that will be available at the five-unit waterfront building complex. Comments (1).
Bayside

U.S. Rep. Israel backs Avella in state Senate race

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) announced Friday he will be backing state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in his primary fight against former city Comptroller John Liu. Comments (26).
Springfield Gardens

Construction to begin for nature center at Idlewild Park

The $5.3 million nature center projected for Idlewild Park will soon become a reality, with work for the environmental facility at the entrance of the Springfield Gardens park expected to start sometime this year. Comment.
Little Neck

Lally edges Labate by 11 votes to win GOP primary

More than three weeks after the election, a congressional primary between two Republican candidates in northeast Queens finally has a winner. Comments (3).
Jamaica

Jamaica parents demand an end to gun violence

“Enough is enough” was the message of dozens of relatives who have lost loved ones to gun violence in Jamaica Saturday afternoon. Comments (12).
Ridgewood

50 flats planned at Ridgewood Theatre

The city has approved plans to build apartments above the Ridgewood Theatre while preserving its facade, but a preservationist seeks to remind the historic structure’s owners that what counts is on the inside. Comment.
Bayside

Boro home to third of crowded city schools

Roughly one-third of the city’s most overcrowded schools are in Queens, a recent report from city Comptroller Scott Stringer said. Comments (3).
Flushing

Housing asks for bids in development of Flushing lot into affordable units

As developers put the finishing touches on Macedonia Plaza, the city Department of Housing has launched a process to build more affordable housing in downtown Flushing. Comments (1).
College Point

Gaelic football club given funds to upgrade College Pt. field

A Gaelic football club intent on building its field of dreams in College Point is one step closer to its goal, thanks to some public funding. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing woman sentenced in butt injections case

A Flushing woman who performed illegal butt enhancement procedures in her home that sent one woman to the hospital was sentenced to two to three years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday. Comments (3).
Douglaston

First West Nile mosquitoes found in Doug, College Pt.

The city Department of Health said this week the city’s first evidence of West Nile virus this summer has been detected in northeast Queens. Comments (1).
Bayside

Comfort women bill passes state Senate

With the recent passage of a bill introduced by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the Senate is seeking to bring awareness of the Korean comfort women issue into New York’s schools. Comments (5).
Bayside

Braunstein seeks end to phony charity bins

In response to a growing number of recent resident complaints, state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) has written legislation that aims to outlaw clothing donation boxes not associated with legitimate charities. Comments (1).
Jamaica

‘King Kong’ and other monsters threaten Jamaica parks

Get those lawn chairs, blankets and snacks — it’s summertime and that means the tradition of family and classic free movies at southeast Queens parks is back. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Four new Queens Center stores as three others expand in mall

Shoppers at Queens Center will have more options this year as the retail powerhouse announced that four brand new stores will open while another three complete expansions. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Summertime and boro theater choices are easy

Whether or not your daddy’s rich and your ma is good lookin’, check out Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of this ballad on YouTube, and put yourself in the mood for some summer fun. Comments (1).
Flushing

Revelations Quintet to fill air with classic music in Flushing

Classical music lovers will not have to travel to Manhattan this weekend to hear Bach and Handel: they will be able to get their melodious fix right in Flushing. Comment.
Jackson Heights

115th Precinct on the hunt for a burglary suspect

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police from the 115th Precinct were still looking for an individual wanted for a burglary that took place June 7 at 10 p.m. at a house on 70th Street. Comments (2).
Bay Terrace

Police look for missing Bay Terrace woman

BAY TERRACE — Police were searching for a missing 41-year-old woman who they said was last seen outside her home in Bay Terrace June 11. Comment.
Block Shots

Cardozo coach proves age is just a number

Ron Naclerio still has game and there is a video to prove it. Comment.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jamaica Hills

Man held in Jamaica Hills apartment against will for two days: NYPD

An 18-year-old man escaped Thursday from a Jamaica Hills apartment where he was held against his will for two days, police said. Comments (1).
Transit

MTA and LIRR workers reach deal to avoid strike

With a little help from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the MTA and Long Island Rail Road unions have reached a tentative deal to ward off an impending strike, officials said. Comment.
Bayside

Halloran speaks to jurors at his federal corruption case

Former Whitestone City Councilman Daniel Halloran assumed the witness stand in his federal corruption trial Thursday, saying a statement he made about money being the prime motivator in politics was taken out of context by prosecutors who have made it a catch phase of the corruption case. Comment.
Whitestone

Beltrani assumes boro GOP post, but second faction disputes move

Does the Queens GOP have a new king? Comments (2).
Bayside

Bell Blvd BID explores possible parking garage

At $21,000 a space, parking garages come at a premium far above the average $3,000-per-slot surface lot, but one urban planning expert told the Bayside Village BID it just might be worth it. Comments (3).
Long Island City

5Pointz demo set to begin in next few weeks

5Pointz will start to come down in August. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway angered by swastika ad

Lawmakers across the city criticized an organization this week that was seen flying a large swastika banner over some of the city’s beaches last weekend, including Rockaway Beach. Comments (1).
Flushing

Liu pulls in $508K for coffers

Former city Comptroller John Liu has flexed his fund-raising chops in his young campaign to oust state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), amassing more than $508,000 in his first campaign finance filing. Comments (5).
Ridgewood

Ramones drummer dies in Ridgewood

Growing up in Forest Hills, Thomas Erdelyi was always really into music. Comments (2).
Elmhurst

Family of dead baby grieves at Elmhurst candlelight vigil

Relatives held a candlelight vigil Sunday for an 11-month-old boy, who police said was allegedly murdered by his mother at her Elmhurst apartment. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts district leader race grows heated on Facebook

This is not your mother’s Democratic district leader race. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Film festival returns to Jackson Heights

The couple behind the Queens World Film Festival will have special screenings in Jackson Heights over the next two Saturday evenings. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Queens mourns U.S. leader of Bangladeshi ruling party

A leader of the U.S. chapter of the Bangladeshi ruling political party died from a fatal beating on an Ozone Park street corner last week, the NYPD and a Queens’ leader said. Comments (1).
Bayside

Martha Pellon, 83, dies

Martha Vivas Pellon, who was raised in Manhattan but lived in Bayside for the last 40 years of her life died May 30. She was 83. Comment.
Ridgewood

Suspects sought in sexual assault of teen in Ridgewood [With Video]

RIDGEWOOD — Police were searching for two men wanted in a sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman near Seneca and Putnam avenues in Ridgewood, the 104th Precinct said. Comments (1).
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm hoops team signs two players for fall

The St. John’s University men’s basketball roster just got bigger in more ways than one. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Terriers choose White as hoops coach

Kerri White believes she is ready to be a head coach and St. Francis Prep thinks so, too. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Green rides sophomore wave

Sierra Green didn’t enjoy being left out of her first travel ball summer and it led to a breakout year. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bayside

Cooperating witness takes stand in Dan Halloran’s corruption trial

Former City Councilman Dan Halloran’s attorney questioned an upstate developer cooperating with the government about whether his first meeting with the Bayside Republican breached FBI protocol and whether he celebrated the legislator’s arrest with a trip to Florida. Comment.
Glendale

Queens neighborhoods shows soccer allegiances for World Cup final

Soccer fans throughout Queens were glued to their screens Sunday to watch the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany. Comment.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gds. man receives life sentence for killing his parents

The Springfield Gardens man convicted of shooting his parents to death in 2011 will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday. Comments (2).
Auburndale

At least one injured in Francis Lewis car accident

At least one person was taken to the hospital following a car accident on Francis Lewis Boulevard near 37th Avenue, a spokeswoman for the Fire Department said. Comment.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ozone Park

Two men charged with beating Rich Hill man to death: NYPD

Police arrested two men Wednesday in the fatal beating of a 55-year-old Richmond Hill man believed to have been sparked by a spat over car keys in a nearby club, the NYPD said. Comments (5).
Transit

LIRR unions and MTA point the finger at each other as negotiations break down

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast said negotiations with the LIRR unions broke down Monday because there was “not a gap but a gulf” between the two sides after the union chairman vowed to go ahead with plans to strike July 20. Comments (1).

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Transit

MTA releases contingency plan for commuters in event of LIRR strike

The MTA has proposed alternatives for commuters in the event that an LIRR strike happens next Monday. Comments (1).
Laurelton

Laurelton baby found dead in home: NYPD

Police were investigating the death of a 10-month-old Laurelton boy who was found unconscious and unresponsive in his home late Thursday night. Comments (1).
Bayside

Former Bayside lawmaker, Nicolosi, dies at 74

Former state Assemblyman Vincent Nicolosi died Friday after a years-long battle with breast cancer at the age of 74, relatives said. Comment.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Forest Hills

Founding member of the Ramones dies in Queens at 65

The last surviving original member of Queens’ legendary punk band, the Ramones, has died at 65. Comment.

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