Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014


Straphangers name Q58 slowest bus in Queens

The slowest bus in Queens is the Q58, according to the transit advocacy agency Straphangers Campaign. Comment.
Ozone Park

Elvis Christmas show rocks Ozone Park

The seats were filled, decorations hung and nothing stirred, not even a mouse until there was a shout, a rattle and gyration of his hips when Elvis filled the Esquire Diner in Ozone Park through the voice of tribute performer Gregg Peters last week during his Elvis Christmas show. Comment.
Jackson Heights

$6 million in federal funds to combat domestic violence

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state received more than $6 million in federal funds that would allow community organizations, hospitals, police departments and district attorneys’ offices to increase services and protections for domestic violence or sexual assault victims. Comment.
Ozone Park

Man sought in alleged Ozone Park burglary: Cops

OZONE PARK — Police were seeking a man suspected of stealing $5,000 during an Ozone Park burglary Saturday, the NYPD said. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Long Island City

Police save life of LaGuardia prof the day he retires

Two officers from the 108th Precinct are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a LaGuardia Community College Professor Tuesday on the day he was to retire. Comments (2).
Ozone Park

Ozone Park fire displaces dozens of residents

A five-alarm blaze swept a four-story apartment building in Ozone Park Thursday, leaving dozens homeless Comment.

CB7 approves proposed hotel for downtown Flushing

At the monthly Community Board 7 meeting at the Union Plaza Care Center, board members approved plans to build a hotel on the old Sears site in Flushing. Comments (3).
Long Island City

Van Bramer drafts law to give community greater voice in public art projects

A city agency’s plan to install an expensive sculpture in Long Island City has angered members of the neighborhood’s art scene and Community Board 2. Now City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), the chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee, is drafting new legislation that would change the way the agency’s Percent for Art initiative works and increase the public’s involvement with future projects. Comments (2).

Maloney decries Senate failure to renew terrorist insurance act

A bill to extend the expiring Terrorism Insurance Act effectively died Tuesday when the U.S. Senate failed to reach an agreement to hold a vote before Congress heads home for the long holiday break. The program was created following the Sept. 11 attacks providing crucial federal insurance for the owners of skyscrapers and other large projects that could be the target of terrorist strikes. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans fights off floods with new sewer lines

St. Albans has withstood the torrential rains that have fallen on the borough so far this month. It was the first test for the city Department of Environmental Protection to determine if the $1 million storm sewer project recently completed mitigated the all too familiar floods. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Renovation at Tilly Park will provide greener modern space

Capt. George Tilly would be proud of the construction underway at the Jamaica Hills park that bears his name. Comment.

Senate passes Meng’s historic sites bill

U.S. Rep Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) bill to study the viability of the National Park Service supporting Queens historic sites associated with the signing of the Flushing Remonstrance passed the Senate last Friday night. Comments (1).

Crowley wants more women in FDNY

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) is seeking to snuff out what some say are FDNY hiring practices that disfavor women. Comments (1).

Halloran sentencing scheduled for Jan. 15

A month ahead of his scheduled sentencing, former Bayside City Councilman Daniel Halloran replaced his trial attorney with one he said is known for appeal work. Comment.

Nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers disagree with Eric Garner decision: Poll

Almost two-thirds of New York City adults believe the Staten Island grand jury should have brought criminal charges against a police officer in the death of Eric Garner last summer, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll. Comments (2).

AG slaps Papa John’s franchisee with wage suit

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn County Supreme Court Monday against Papa John’s franchisee Emstar Pizza Inc. and owners Emmanuel Onuaguluchi and Uchenna Onuaguluchi for allegedly underpaying employees at six location, the AG announced. Comment.
St. Albans

Two Queens men sentenced to 15 years for fatal St. Albans shooting: DA

ST. ALBANS — Two Queens men were sentenced to 15 years in prison for the shooting death of a woman during a birthday party at a St. Albans home in 2011. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014


Queens Library library board fires President Galante

The Queens Library’s board of trustees voted unanimously to dismiss President and CEO Tom Galante, who is being investigated by the FBI, federal prosecutors and the city Department of Investigations for alleged misuse of funds. Comments (2).

York holds protest as PBA chief slams City Council on Garner reaction

About 100 York College students staged a “die-in” Monday to vent their frustration over the Eric Garner case and other instances where unarmed civilians died in confrontations with the police. Comments (1).
Oakland Gardens

Ads target Weprin, Koo on horse carriage ban

Fashion guru and actor Tim Gunn wants City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) to support Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ban on the horse-drawn carriage industry. And Angelica Huston is targeting Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) seeking the same support. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Lonely Planet names Queens nation’s top travel spot

Lonely Planet crowned Queens the top U.S. tourist destination in its annual list, but the travel publishing outlet apparently found the borough’s lodging less than regal. Comments (4).

MTA head warns about crowded subway platforms

Nearly 6 million straphangers jam New York City’s subways daily, and MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast says his agency may increase the number of subway platform conductors to remedy the situation. Comment.

Avella joins with Elmhurst United to stop city from making homeless shelter permanent

Members of the Elmhurst United Civic Association approached state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Flushing) to enlist his help in fighting against permanent status for the homeless shelter in the former Pan American Hotel at 79-00 Queens Blvd. Comments (2).

Traffic snarls Flushing

Elected officials and community and business leaders say they are not satisfied with the way the city Department of Transportation is handling the traffic problems brought on by the Flushing Commons construction site in downtown Flushing. Comments (7).

Elmhurst kid center of media storm after stock market fib

An Elmhurst teenager is apologizing for a fib that swept him, and a buddy, into a media firestorm this week. Mohammed Islam, 17, is admitting that he made up a story about making $72 million trading stocks at school, but not before a magazine article generated headlines around the world with the release of its issue Sunday. Comments (1).

Rally for Sunnyside Theater goes on despite rejection of six-month extension

The organizer behind Sunday’s rally to save the Sunnyside Center Cinemas from a date with the wrecking ball says the protest will go on despite the theater owner’s rejection of a six-month lease extension. Community activist Ty Sullivan hopes a huge turnout at the neighborhood’s only movie theater at 12:30 p.m. will bring the two sides together for more negotiations. Comment.

MTA blames four workers for missing derailment clues

The MTA blames three maintenance supervisors and a track inspector for their roles in an F train derailment in Woodside back in May that injured 30 riders. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

DA: Queens trio allegedly raped 14-year-old girl

Three Far Rockaway men were indicted on charges of kidnapping, sex trafficking and other counts for allegedly using intimidation and threats to force a 14-year-old girl to work for them as a prostitute, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Monday. Comment.

New York state bans fracking

Queens lawmakers welcomed the state Department of Health’s recommendation Wednesday to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State. Comments (2).

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014


SUNY combats sexual attacks on campus with new policy

In an effort to reduce sexual assaults on its 64 campuses, the State University of New York announced a “yes means yes” uniformed policy requiring “clear, unambiguous, informed, and voluntary agreement” between partners. Comment.

Nonprofit ‘Women Auto Know’ seeks more funding

Women Auto Know, a Flushing non-profit that helps women overcome their anxieties over auto repair, has launched a fund-raising campaign to attract more women drivers and auto shops. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Rego Park

Rego Park Social Security office closes for revamp

The Rego Park Social Security Office is slated to temporarily close as it cycles through a national upgrading initiative. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Boro schools lose track of computers: Stringer

A total of 35 computers and iPads were missing and 125 such devices sat unused when an audit of the city school system’s tech contracts reviewed four campuses across the borough, city Comptroller Scott Stringer said earlier this month. Comments (2).

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Springfield Gardens

Southeast Queens post office rename to honor Cynthia Jenkins

The first black woman elected to public office in southeast Queens will never be forgotten. Comments (1).
Long Island City

$2 million for LaGuardia Community College library renovation

The library at LaGuardia Community College is set for a massive renovation that will expand and modernize the facility and make it more accessible for the 850,000 students and faculty that visit each year. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who allocated $2 million in funding for the project, was joined by the school’s president Dr. Gail Mellow, educators and students at a Friday groundbreaking at the Long Island City campus. Comments (1).

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Kew Gardens

Strong PTA key to strengthening schools

About two dozen concerned parents, PTA officers and parent advocates met to discuss the ever-increasing need for enhanced parent and school involvement in Queens’ public schools and the positive impact this would have on their children’s education last week at Queens Borough Hall. Comments (3).

Reward doubles in murder of pregnant LeFrak mother of four

The reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer of a pregnant mother of four at LeFrak City in Corona has doubled. Comments (1).

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014


Four men charged with reckless driving in Flushing Meadows

Three Queens men and one Manhattan man were charged with “Fast and Furious” movie-style drifting at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comments (1).

Aperitif bistro opens on Bell Blvd.

Bell Boulevard, say bonjour to French fare. Comment.

Ditmars water main burst sends one to hospital: FDNY

A water main burst in Ditmars early Saturday, flooding close to 100 homes and sending one resident to the hospital, the FDNY said. Comment.
St. Albans

Sanitation employee arrested in St. Albans: Cops

ST. ALBANS — A 36-year-old Department of Sanitation employee was pulled over for allegedly driving with busted headlights, and arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in St. Albans Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014


Halloran, Tabone hire new attorneys

It’s one big clan of counsel in northeast Queens. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Plans to buy Fresh Meadows cemetery are under way

The Friends of Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery Inc. is putting pressure on the city to find a buyer for the long-neglected graveyard in Fresh Meadows which dates back to the early 18th century. Comments (1).

Traditional children’s holiday parade back in Bayside

Hundreds of Bayside children and neighbors took over Bell Boulevard’s roadway and sidewalks on a cold evening Sunday. There were no cars allowed on the busy commercial strip, at least for a while. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Residents in western Queens decide which city projects to back

Dog runs under the Triborough Bridge, community gardens, pedestrian plazas, a community boat launch and a footbridge over Queens Boulevard and Thomson Avenue in Long Island City. These are just some of the ideas several hundred residents from Jackson Heights to Astoria came up with during brainstorming sessions as two City Council districts introduced participatory budgeting for the first time. Comment.
St. Albans

Banks writes book on his Eagle schools’ success

Parents get upset when their kids are not admitted into an Eagle Academy school’s sixth grade class due to a lack of seats. After all, the all-boys public school network has an excellent reputation and a high school graduation rate of more than 80 percent. College acceptance for the graduates is 100 percent. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC civic associations join together for first food drive

When the leaders of two Long Island City civic associations heard how stressed area food pantries are this holiday season, they swung into action. Comment.

Kew Gardens Interchange work speeds ahead

As two massive projects alter the landscape of the Kew Gardens Interchange, the state announced it secured something for another kind of commuter — straphangers. Comment.

Two new devices to monitor airplane noise

The Port Authority, the state agency that manages both JFK and LaGuardia airports, will install new airplane noise monitors in the borough. The devices will provide data on the aircraft noise impact on communities in the flight paths of both airports. Comments (1).

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Rego Park

State grant to fund design of proposed QueensWay

The state announced Thursday The Trust For Public Land won a $433,750 grant to design a roughly 1.5-mile section of the proposed QueensWay. Comments (5).

Queens frustrated over Garner case

As the state attorney general asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to grant him power to investigate police killings of unarmed civilians, hundreds of Queens residents took their frustration to the streets over the non-indictment decision in the case of Eric Garner. Comments (4).

Tense battle brewing to ban horse-drawn carriages

The race is on and it looks like there could be a photo-finish shot at the City Hall race track. Comments (1).

Commission OK’s Ridgewood historic district

A swath of Ridgewood known for pioneering one of the first working class residential developments a century ago is poised to retain its historic housing stock for years to come. Comments (4).

Conley steps down as CB 2 Chairman after 23 years

Joe Conley’s sudden decision to step down last week as chairman of Community Board 2 after 23 years has set off a debate on the timing of the vote to name his successor. Comment.

Halloran sentencing on hold

The sentencing of former Bayside City Councilman Daniel Halloran has been put on hold. Comments (28).
Kew Gardens Hills

Furniture company owner climbs Azrieli towers in Israel

Kew Gardens Hills resident Michael Rollhaus isn’t your average furniture company owner. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Landmarks Preservation Committee reverses course on Boro’s historic properties

The Landmarks Preservation Commission reversed course and decided against holding a vote this week that would “decalendar” the iconic Pepsi sign in Long Island City as well as seven other historic properties in Queens. “Calendaring” is the first step in the public review process that gives structures protection from redevelopment or demolition. Comment.

Sunnyside movie theater facing shutout granted reprieve

The Sunnyside Center Cinemas, the neighborhood’s only movie theater, was expecting to close down Jan. 4 but has been granted a reprieve. Comment.
Jackson Heights

New municipal ID ready to launch next month

Thousands of Queens residents will be eligible to normalize their immigration status under the new programs announced by President Barack Obama. Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Nicha Agarwal estimated that in the city, the number of New Yorkers who will be able to come out of the shadows and become documented immigrants is between 114,000 and 121,000. Comments (1).

Q58 named slowest bus in borough

The slowest bus in Queens is the Q58 between Ridgewood and Main Street in Flushing, the transit group Straphangers Campaign announced Thursday. Comments (2).

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Jamaica Estates

Elderly pedestrian killed by car in Jamaica Estates

An elderly man was hit and killed by a teenage driver in the vicinity of 188th Street and Wicklow Place in Jamaica Estates, the NYPD said. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

Oakland Gardens

Woman dies in Oakland Gardens fire: FDNY

The Fire Department was investigating the cause of a fierce fire that took the life of a 64-year-old Oakland Gardens woman Saturday. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

One man dead, another one injured in South Jamaica shooting: NYPD

Police are investigating a South Jamaica shooting that left one man dead and another one injured in the hospital, said the NYPD. Comments (7).

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