Flushing Times

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Speaker taps three Qns pols to join policy working group

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) named three Queens Council members to her new Policy Working Group last week. Comment.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Urban farm pushes park soil cleanup

A Flushing nonprofit is hoping to start a soil remediation program this summer that would treat soil in a section of Kissena Corridor Park by planting rice and different types of grass. Comments (2).

Boro reps want immigration vote

Queens immigration advocates joined federal and state lawmakers in front of Flushing Town Hall last week to rally for comprehensive immigration reform. Comments (5).

Monday, April 7, 2014


Lancman to keep an eye on NYPD’s new watchdog

The city Council’s Public Safety Committee is hoping the new NYPD inspector general can effectively walk the line between deterring crime and protecting civil liberties. Comment.

Head of Queens Museum to be named city’s cultural affairs commissioner

Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to name the head of the Queens Museum Monday to the post of cultural affairs commissioner for the city. Comment.

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New Voices

Group looks out for voting rights of Asians in Queens

Queens’ political nature has changed dramatically from a decade ago. A year after a round of redistricting has been completed, immigrant communities in the borough continue to flourish and old City Council districts have grown or shifted with new residents. Comments (4).

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Jamaica Estates

SJU student hacked by online date

Police are reportedly investigating an incident involving a St. John’s University student who had her phone stolen and hacked at the end of a date with a Brooklyn man she met on a dating website. Comment.

Cops search for Flushing iPhone robbery suspect

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s help finding a man they said stole an iPhone from a teen on the No. 7 train at the end of February. Comments (1).

Saturday, April 5, 2014


NYPD looks for suspected bank robber

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man in connection with a string of eight bank robberies across the city over the last two months. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Queens Civic Congress opposes development on parkland

The Queens Civic Congress is an umbrella organization of approximately 100 civic associations, co-ops and other groups. The aim of QCC is to protect the quality of life for Queens residents. When necessary, it works with other groups in other counties in New York City and state. Richard Hellenbrecht is the its president. Comment.

Friday, April 4, 2014


A high-flying storm is now brewing in Flushing

If the Flying Wallendas attempted to stage a version of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” it would probably look a lot like Cirque du Soleil’s “Amaluna.” Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows teen opera singer dreams big at the Met

Most teenage girls would rather dream of becoming Beyoncé than Maria Callas, but not Regina Fierro. Comment.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Katz starts Flushing task force

The first meeting of a task force on the Flushing Commons development left some business leaders with lingering questions. Comments (23).

Mets fans flock to Queens with Opening Day hopes

The New York Mets opened their season to tempered optimism. Comments (1).

Albany to foot pre-K bill

Parents have until the end of the month to enroll their children in the first phase of the city’s pre-kindergarten expansion, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a Ridgewood school Wednesday. Comment.

Murray Hill father found fatally stabbed: Police

A 44-year-old Murray Hill father of two was stabbed to death a few blocks from his home Tuesday evening, police said. Comment.

National Congress of Black Women plans to start Flushing chapter

A national organization promoting the progress and development of African-American women will soon be heading to Queens to establish the group’s first chapter in the borough. Comments (3).
Block Shots

Opening Day gives fans glimpse at Amazin’s flawed roster

Mets fans, get used to this. Comment.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Murray Hill

Father of two murdered in Murray Hill: NYPD

A 44-year-old Murray Hill father of two was stabbed to death a few blocks from his home Tuesday evening, police said. Comments (7).
Jamaica Estates

‘Wonder Five’ leads St. John’s to big time

Most people with any interest in basketball know about St. John’s University and the famous Redmen whose winning history goes back to the early 1900s. There’s even a little history lesson about the school and its basketball program on the university’s website. Comments (2).

Sunday, March 30, 2014


There’s more to Citi Field than just playing ball

Although Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets will be five years old this spring, it still has the feel of a new ballpark. Comment.
Willets Point

Protesters stage rally vs. Willets megamall

Opponents of a plan to build a megamall on parkland adjacent to Citi Field held a rally last weekend on Roosevelt Avenue to reinforce their disapproval of the project. Comment.

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