Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Oakland Gardens

Weprin wants hazing redefined

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) announced new legislation Sunday aimed at cracking down on hazing after the recent death of Michael Deng, a 19-year-old Baruch College student from Oakland Gardens who died in December from injuries he sustained during a fraternity hazing ritual. Comments (1)

Jamaica shop going strong for nearly 100 years

Innovations in bicycle technology have come and gone in the past hundred or so years, but the basic idea — two pedals, two wheels and something to hold on to — remains. Comments (1)

Vets in training learn animal care skills at Alley Pond

The Alley Pond Environmental Center held a veterinarian training class Saturday in Douglaston. Comment

Tip of the week


Horse carriages just like child labor

In response to the Feb. 14-20 letter “Horse carriage drivers need to upgrade,” Elizabeth Forel makes some good points. Comments (8)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Second doc pleads guilty in Flushing clinic fraud

A second doctor pleaded guilty last week to participating in a Medicare fraud scheme at two Flushing clinics, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District in Brooklyn said. Comments (3)

Laurelton playground revamp among appeals from SE nabes

A Laurelton skate park and a resurfaced track and field at Roy Wilkins Park are among the recreation projects in southeast Queens vying for city funding. Comments (1)

Western Queens organizations make their pitch for funding

Western Queens’ nonprofits asked Borough President Melinda Katz for money to keep the arts scene vibrant for the county, while other organizations had different needs. Comment
Long Island City

Studio with a view in Long Island City

Painter Violet Baxter has spent most of her artistic career painting scenes outside her different studios’ windows. Comments (4)
Remember the Date

Mardi Gras fun precedes Ash Wednesday, season of penance

This Tuesday and Wednesday welcome a double holiday celebration. Shrove Tuesday is commonly known as the day prior to the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. It is also widely known as the festive celebration of Mardi Gras. Comment

Mayor should consider Rockaway line reactivation

I am writing to you as a citizen, a lifelong resident of the Rockaway Peninsula and president of the Queens Public Transit Committee, whose goal is to improve transportation options throughout the borough. Comments (3)

Monday, March 3, 2014


Ambulance corps shuts its doors in Woodhaven

After decades of assisting ailing neighbors, the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps is calling on the community to help resuscitate the corps. Comments (2)

Bayside welcomes national network for television shoot

A stretch of Bell Boulevard in Bayside was transformed into a movie set this week when the strip was used for an episode of a nationally broadcast television show. Comment
Rego Park

Queens parking garages offer to help snowed-in drivers

Bill Lerner believes that those who have felt the impact of the harsh winter the most are the ones who have to drive in it. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Forest Hills resident tapped to head children and youth services

Udai Tambar, a Forest Hills resident and head of South Asian Youth Action!, is slated to begin as the city’s director of children and youth services March 3. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Exploring a tale of two theaters here in Queens

Last week I had the opportunity to revisit two theaters in Queens, both remarkable as the all too rare significant theater venues in our borough of 2.2 million residents. I say significant in that these theaters are dedicated to the performing arts exclusively, and are not in schools or houses of worship or other places where space is shared with many other activities. Comments (1)

Cops looking for missing Flushing man

FLUSHING — Police were looking for an Asian man who was reported missing Saturday. Comment

Replace the Pavilion with grassy parkland

I am old enough to remember visiting the 1964-65 New York City World’s Fair and was of the opinion architect Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion was one of the least interesting structures and not up to his usual high standards. Comments (5)

Sunday, March 2, 2014


Pastor takes different path

A pastor in western Queens turns his church into a community event space once every month, usually for a musical concert. But this past Saturday the Sunnyside Reformed Church hosted something different. Comments (1)

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Baysider starts ‘Mass Mob’

With the changing face of religion in the 21st century, one Bayside resident is trying to help restore the luster to some churches whose enrollment and financial situations have suffered in recent years. Comment
Kew Gardens

Boro Hall fields budget requests

Community leaders and nonprofits filed into Borough Hall to seek funding for projects rooted in a large swath of Queens from $60,000 to pay a grad student to research expanding Ridgewood’s historic district to creating a four-block pedestrian plaza in downtown Far Rockaway. Comment
Forest Hills

Suspect swiped $7K worth of purses: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Police were searching for a suspect who authorities believe swiped five handbags worth $7,000 from 107-21 71st Road Jan. 24. Comment

Police on the hunt for supermarket burglary suspect [With Video]

WOODHAVEN — Cops were hoping they could hit the jackpot after catching a burglar on camera playing a crooked Supermarket Sweep game in the borough. Comment

Reader is correct over inequality

I agree with Tyler Cassell regarding Ed Konecnik. It has been said that we pay taxes to buy civilization. Along with making money, there should also be social responsibility. Comments (3)

Saturday, March 1, 2014


Pols denounce DOE plans

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) joined several elected officials and parents of students at PS 11 in Woodside to denounce the city Department of Education’s final recommendation to send the school’s kindergartners to PS 171 in Astoria. Comment

DiNapoli touts Flushing might at Lunar event

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli came to Flushing Monday night to celebrate the Lunar New Year and honor a number of the community’s leaders. Comment
Jackson Heights

Crowley touts bill to give grants to employment programs

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) announced the introduction of the On-the-Job Training Act of 2014 (H.R. 3971), legislation that will help put New Yorkers back to work and improve skills through training programs. Comment

Plan to plug potholes starts in Maspeth

With help from city Department of Transportation staff, Mayor Bill de Blasio swept debris out of a last pothole, shoveled in asphalt and pounded in the filling on a Maspeth street corner. Comment

Health care is major priority in 2015 NE Qns budget needs

Several nonprofits in northeast Queens delivered budget testimonies last week in front of Borough President Melinda Katz as they formally requested funding to help maintain vital programs across their institutions. Comment
Forest Hills

Suspect grabs women in bear hugs before robbing them: NYPD [With Video]

FOREST HILLS — Police were searching for a man who allegedly grabbed women in bear hugs in central Queens and stole their purses late at night, the NYPD said. Comment
South Jamaica

Four suspects sought in armed robbery and attack on woman: NYPD

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were trying to identify four suspects they say robbed a woman in South Jamaica early on the morning of Feb. 8. Comments (1)
St. Albans

St. Albans laundromats part of armed robbery string: NYPD

ST. ALBANS — Cops were looking for a crew who allegedly cleaned out nearly a dozen laundromats, including one in St. Albans, police said. Comment
On Point

‘Tale of Two Cities’ reveals hypocrisy of new mayor

It has become clear what Mayor Bill de Blasio had in mind with his Tale of Two Cities parable. He presented it as an allegory of the haves and have-nots, but neglected to tell us who they are. Comments (6)

Mayor’s Shaky Start

Our new mayor has had a bumpy ride in his first few weeks on the job. Even though Bill de Blasio has been a public figure in his roles as a city councilman and city public advocate, the rules of the road change when you’re the top dog in City Hall. Comment

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

Fresh Meadows

PSAL coaches want new Francis Lewis basketball player off roster

Transfer Chelsea Robinson could be the missing piece to the Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team’s PSAL city titles hopes, but league coaches are saying the senior forward should not be eligible to compete. Comments (3)

Young man recalled at vigil year after death in Queensbridge

Relatives of a Japanese student who authorities say was fatally struck by an NYPD cruiser responding to an emergency last year in Queensbridge have been waiting for a year to find out the circumstances of Ryo Oyamada’s death. And they believe a federal court ruling directing the city to release materials from an investigation into the fatal accident by mid-March could provide some of the answers they have been looking for. Comment
Richmond Hill

Queens police pledge to translate for abuse victims

Police emphasized the NYPD’s indifference to immigration status and willingness to translate conversations for those reporting domestic violence at a recent forum hosted by the 102nd and 106th precincts. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Spring Gardens teen sentenced to 20 years

A Springfield Gardens teenager was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week for sexually assaulting a woman and violently raping another in Valley Stream, L.I., on separate occasions last summer, Nassau County prosecutors said. Comment
St. Albans

DA Brown applauds NYPD’s Chief Banks

The NYPD’s second in command was honored by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown last week at a Black History Month event in the prosecutor’s offices. Comments (1)

109th officers shovel out Whitestone couple’s car

An elderly Whitestone couple got a big hand from two officers from the 109th Precinct who happened to be passing by last week when the seniors were attempting to dig their car out of a pile of snow and ice. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC architect has plans for hot restaurant scene

The founder of a Long Island City architectural firm who specializes in designing restaurants has decided to open one of his own. Comment

One Flushing launches e-commerce boot camp

Over the next five months, Flushing business owners and entrepreneurs will be able to take advantage of a new program that will enable them to become more Web savvy. Comment

Proposed pre-K sites double in boro: City

The number of city schools and community-based organizations proposing to host pre-kindergarten sites in Queens next school year has more than doubled after Mayor Bill de Blasio requested submissions to help fulfill his goal of providing 21,000 new seats next year, the administration announced earlier this week. Comment
South Jamaica

Teen runaway escapes from three pimps: DA

A teenage runaway allegedly forced to work as a prostitute in southeast Queens for three months was able to escape when her captors let their guard down and she called her grandmother as well as 911, authorities said. Comments (5)
Springfield Gardens

Richards allocates $2.5M in Mandela tech grant

A city councilman from southeast Queens wants Nelson Mandela to continue to inspire young students. Comment

Boro riders lining up to get MTA’s Bus Time in March

MTA Bus Time, which will enable Queens straphangers to determine where their buses are and when they are supposed to arrive, will go into operation March 9. Comments (1)

Flushing organizations seek funding from BP for projects

Flushing nonprofits appealed to the borough president last week to get their piece of the budget pie. Comment
Richmond Hill

Police seek suspect in Rich Hill phone robbery: Cops

RICHMOND HILL — Police were asking for help in identifying a suspect they say stole a cellphone from someone at Wireless World in Richmond Hill earlier this month, authorities said. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills thrower aims for PSAL shot put record

Oghenakpob Efekoro has enjoyed being the city’s best shot putter for most of his career, but the Forest Hills High School senior isn’t satisfied with just that. He wants to be the best ever at the event in PSAL history. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis guard commits to Niagara

Simone Hobdy understood she had to be patient when it came to her future. Comment
Block Shots

Veteran teams stand in way of Christ the King’s success

Bishop Loughlin’s makeup should have looked familiar to Christ the King because the Royals have relied on a similar chemistry to clinch important victories in previous years. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio drivers have more of a reason to speed

Now that we’ve mostly resolved the city’s vexing stop-and-frisk crime policy, the media has now invented a new frivolous issue to focus on: stop and speed. Comments (2)

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

College Point

Avonte’s family still in the dark after medical examiner’s report

Avonte Oquendo’s family did not receive the kind of closure they were hoping to get this week when the medical examiner concluded the autistic teen’s cause of death could not be determined. Comment

Woman fought off man trying to rape her in Astoria: NYPD

The NYPD has released a surveillance image of a man who allegedly tried to rape a woman in Astoria Sunday, police said. Comments (3)
Rego Park

Jamaica man set arson fires in malls: DA

A Queens Criminal Court Judge ordered a 23-year-old Jamaica man charged with igniting fires in a dozen Elmhurst and Rego Park department stores ordered held without bail Wednesday and to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Comments (7)
Ozone Park

CB 9’s Esposito indicted in Social Security fraud

Community Board 9 member Saverio “Sam” Esposito has been indicted in connection with a massive Social Security fraud scheme the Manhattan district attorney has accused his father of orchestrating. Comment

Galante addresses salary controversy

The embattled CEO of the Queens Library told reporters earlier this week he does not believe the continuing criticism over his executive compensation and the library’s spending will pose a problem when it comes time for the nonprofit to raise funds. Comments (1)

Avella will join Dems in independent caucus

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he thinks he will fit right in with the upper chamber’s Independent Democratic Conference even if there are a few kinks to be worked out with the leadership of his new caucus. Comment

De Blasio chooses Sunnyside to march in St. Pat’s Parade

Mayor Bill de Blasio will be joined by most, if not all, of the City Council in the 15th Annual St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside Sunday. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

JetBlue alone in wage war as competitors OK raises

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has scored another victory over an airline in its ongoing battle for fairer wages for service workers at the two airports in Queens. Comment
Long Island City

Police investigating attack on Hispanic straphanger

A Hispanic man was attacked aboard a Queens-bound No. 7 train Sunday in what police were investigating as a possible hate crime. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Aqueduct funding sought

The New York Racing Association and state Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) are at odds over which community is entitled to revenue generated at Resorts World in South Ozone Park. Comments (3)

Woodhaven residents target graffiti problem

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association tackled concerns from neighbors at its latest monthly meeting about what some community members contend is the worst graffiti epidemic the area has experienced in decades. Comment

Burglary spree across Queens ends in arrests

Two Queens men were arrested last weekend and charged separately in a rash of burglaries that were committed across the borough over the last six months, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Fort Totten site may be named after fallen marshal

A deceased Hollis Hills fire marshal who has already had a Manhattan bar named after him might also get his name on a playground in Fort Totten. Comment

Environment sizzles in Queens Museum’s show

Temperatures may be back around freezing although at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park things appear to be heating up. Comment

104th Precinct warns of knifepoint robberies targeting women

RIDGEWOOD — The 104th Precinct urged the community to be alert following seven knifepoint robberies of women in Ridgewood over the past month. Comments (15)
Middle Village

Royals routed by Loughlin

Christ the King didn’t want to point to missed shots and foul trouble as the reasons for its lopsided loss to rival Bishop Loughlin in the diocesan final. Instead, it was their lack of will, hunger and execution as well as the inability to stop Lions star Khadeen Carrington. Comment

Branch’s three victories on track not enough to win title for Dozo

All Denise Branch heard was Benjamin Cardozo Assistant Coach Ray James telling her she was on pace and to keep going. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

College Point

Cause of Avonte’s death ruled undetermined by ME

The mystery of Avonte Oquendo’s death did not become any clearer Thursday when the city medical examiner concluded the cause and manner of the boy’s death was undetermined. Comment

Avella will join Independent Democratic Conference

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Wednesday that he will leave the formal Democratic Party to become a member of the Independent Democratic Conference. Comment

NYPD seeking suspect who used stolen credit card info at liquor store: Cops

Police were hunting for a suspect who allegedly used a duplicate credit card at a Brooklyn liquor store to charge purchases to the account of a victim from the 109th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

Loss puts Big Dance in jeopardy for SJU

An NCAA tournament berth doesn’t seem to be a certainty for St. John’s University. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014


Scammer impersonates 109th inspector in failed try to bilk Flushing senior

A fraudster tried to con an elderly Flushing man out of $4,000 by impersonating a commander at the 109th Precinct, police said. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014


Fires break out in two western Queens malls

Police detained a 23-year-old man leaving the Burlington Coat Factory Monday afternoon and were investigating whether he was behind several small fires set in the Rego Center and Queens Center malls over the past few days, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

Oakland Gardens

‘Michael Deng’s Law’ would amend definition of hazing: Weprin

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) announced new legislation Sunday aimed at cracking down on hazing after the recent death of Michael Deng, a 19-year-old Baruch College student from Oakland Gardens who died in December from injuries he sustained during a fraternity hazing ritual. Comment
South Ozone Park

Man fatally struck while crossing Van Wyck: Police

Police were investigating a fatal accident early Sunday morning that left a pedestrian dead on the border of South Ozone Park and South Jamaica after he ran across the Van Wyck Expressway, the NYPD said. Comment
South Ozone Park

Breeder’s Cup and laptops swiped from Aqueduct: NYPD

SOUTH OZONE PARK - The NYPD was investigating the theft of computers stolen from an office at the Aqueduct Racetrack along with a nearly 30-year-old Breeder’s Cup Trophy, police said. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014


Japanese student remembered at vigil one year after he was fatally struck by police vehicle

Huddled on a damp sidewalk in Queensbridge a little after midnight Friday, more than one dozen mourners gathered to remember a Japanese student who authorities say was fatally struck by an NYPD cruiser last year. Comment
Long Island City

Taxi ends up colliding with coffee shop wall in LIC accident

LONG ISLAND CITY — Emergency responders were called to a three-car collision in Long Island City Friday. Comment
Rochdale Village

Man injured in Rochdale shooting: NYPD

ROCHDALE Village - Police were investigating a shooting in southeast Queens Friday night that injured one person, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

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