Friday, Nov. 27, 2015


Black Friday slow following string of deals on and before Thanksgiving

Shopping centers around Queens Friday looked more like a busy weekend than the start of any holiday purchasing frenzy. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills fires now investigated as arsons: NYPD

After another suspicious fire in Forest Hills, police and fire officials said they are looking for an arsonist. Comment.

Cuomo vetos Avella’s bill blocking mute swan eradication plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill sponsored by Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) that sought to halt the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to eradicate large populations of mute swans from the state. Comment.

Terror case against two Flushing men is moving too slow: Federal Judge

The federal judge presiding over a case involving a supposed terror plot that two young Flushing men and a Staten Island man had allegedly hatched, demanded last week that federal prosecutors hand over non-classified evidence in the case within the next 60 days. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Tabone surrenders to federal prison

Former Queens GOP Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone, who was convicted of fraud, bribery and witness tampering, joined fellow co-conspirator former state Sen. Malcolm Smith last Friday in a Pennsylvania federal prison, according to U.S. Bureau of Prisons records. Comments (1).
Hunters Point

Mayor launches second phase at Hunters Point South

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Long Island City Monday to take part in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the second phase of the mammoth Hunters Point South housing development. Comment.

Flushing LIRR renovation to begin in the spring: MTA

The long-anticipated Flushing LIRR station renovation project will start in spring 2016, according to the MTA. Comment.

Southeast Queens falls behind in health

The Jamaica and Hollis neighborhoods have unhealthy profiles due to high rates of disease and crime, according to the city Health Department’s report on 14 districts across the borough. Comment.
Douglas Manor

Douglaston man co-authors official Star Wars book

A Douglas Manor man who grew up fascinated with science fiction and fan memorabilia has just released a book he co-authored based on his very own collection of Topps trading cards he collected as a kid. Comment.
College Point

Parking issues abound at Police Academy

A College Point resident said he is upset that recruits from the Police Academy in the neighborhood are parking in residential areas. Comments (2).

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015


Mounting opposition leads to withdrawal of high school proposal

The School Construction Authority has officially withdrawn its plan to build a new high school in Bayside. Comments (1).
Hunters Point

Van Bramer calls for tougher penalties on affordable housing renters who list on Airbnb

Controversy continues to swirl in and around Hunter Point South Crossing, an affordable housing development in Long Island City, where two tenants were found to have listed their government subsidized apartments on Airbnb, one of them for $500 a night. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Worry runs high in fire-stricken neighborhoods

Residents in Forest Hills and Rego Park are on edge after a rash of fires that the FDNY has deemed “suspicious.” Comment.

Queens has the least number of hungry residents in city

Queens has the fewest number of food insecure residents in New York City, according to a report from the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, while 11 percent of Queens children live in food insecure homes, considerably lower than the citywide rate of one-in-five children. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

City’s second worst landlord has Queens properties: Public Advocate

The second worst landlord in the city owns two apartment buildings in Woodside and Jackson Heights, according to the latest Worst Landlords Watchlist released Monday by the city’s Public Advocate office. Comments (2).

Small Business Saturday events come to Queens

The Friday after Thanksgiving has for decades been known as the busiest shopping day of the year. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Transit group pushes for free LGA shuttle

A transit advocacy organization has released a study concluding that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Q70 bus line could be converted into a free LaGuardia Airport subway shuttle that would attract thousands of riders and could be introduced immediately, probably at no net cost to the MTA. Comments (1).
Willets Point

Willets West mega-mall appeal to be heard by court

After an appellate court ruled in July that the Willets West mega-mall proposal could not proceed without state legislative approval, the Court of Appeals has announced that it will hear an appeal by the developer. Comment.

Roosevelt Avenue bridge project to start in January

Construction work seeking to restore and rehabilitate the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge over the Flushing River and the Van Wyck Expressway will begin in January. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Far Rockaway

Tyrone Howard pleads not guilty in Officer Holder’s death

Tyrone Howard, accused of gunning-down NYPD officer Randolph Holder, pleaded not-guilty to murder in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Tuesday. Comment.

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DOT will not be closing Shore Boulevard to vehicular traffic

Shore Boulevard in Astoria Park will not be closed to vehicular traffic following discussions on a controversial proposal to improve traffic safety on the half-mile riverfront roadway, according to Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. She made that announcement during an Astoria Civic Association last week. Comment.

CB7 recommends rezoning of Waterpointe site

Community Board 7 is looking to rezone the Waterpointe site in Whitestone because it contends the developer did not provide a deed restriction ensuring that only homes are built at the site. The developer maintains that it has provided the board with everything it has requested. Comments (1).

From making wigs to changing lives, SE Queens business thrives

The hair industry in southeast Queens is big business from salons that braid and twist strands into special dos to wigs in every shape, length and color one can imagine. Comment.

Bellerose teen honored as Girl Scouts’ Future Woman of Distinction

A teenage girl from Bellerose was named the Girls Scouts of Greater New York’s Future Woman of Distinction. The award is presented to one of the organization’s most outstanding girls for her commitment to academics, leadership and community service. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015


SCA scraps plan to build a new high school in Bayside

The city School Construction Authority has announced it would rescind its contract to purchase the Bayside Jewish Center along with its plans to build a 739-seat high school on the site, ending a controversy over which has been growing for months. Comments (7).
Richmond Hill

Newborn baby found in Richmond Hill church Nativity scene

RICHMOND HILL—A newborn baby was left inside the crèche—a tableau representing the scene of Jesus’s birth—of a Richmond Hill church Monday afternoon, police said. Comment.

As new tenants flow in, things look up for Atlas Park

HomeGoods, a popular household-supply franchise, opened its first store in Queens at The Shops at Atlas Park last Thursday—another sign that the long-struggling mall may be turning things around. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Cuomo vetoes Port Ambrose gas project

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nixed a controversial 3-year-old proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal 19 miles off Jones Beach on Long Island amid fears that it could trigger an environmental disaster or become a target for terrorists. Comments (1).
Long Island City

LIC Partnership Trade Show draws thousands to Astoria World Manor

More than 100 businesses gathered to exhibit at the Long Island City Partnership’s Business-to-Business Trade Show and Luncheon at Astoria World Manor last Friday. The 28th annual trade show attracts thousands of community members each year in a showcase displaying the mixed-use landscape of LIC, ranging from business services and real estate, to hotels and health care, to 3-D printing and catering. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Middle Village

Central Queens debates zoning changes and future of neighborhoods

While both Community Board 5 and Community Board 6 voted overwhelmingly against two major zoning text amendments, the few individual holdouts offered a window into an increasingly contentious relationship between Central Queens and City Hall. Comment.

Mural project brings hip-hop legacy to light

A new, colorful mural dedicated to the history of hip-hop culture in southeast Queens appeared on the corner of 198th Street and Hollis Avenue last week in Hollis. Comments (1).

109th Pct. captain sheds light on jaywalking campaign

The 109th Precinct’s commanding officer clarified the precinct’s plans to bolster pedestrian safety but said news reports inaccurately stated that the precinct was issuing summons to jaywalkers . Comments (4).

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015


First Presbyterian church celebrates 363 years in boro

The First Presbyterian Church of Newtown in Elmhurst, the borough’s oldest church, celebrated its 363rd anniversary Sunday by paying homage to the church member who donated the land to the Presbyterian Church in 1715. Comment.

‘Uncle’ Ralph McDaniels to oversee hip-hop initiatives at Queens Library

Legendary DJ, VJ and music-video director “Uncle” Ralph McDaniels has been appointed the Queens Library’s first hip-hop coordinator as part of an attempt by the library to build stronger relationships with the hip-hop community in light of Hip Hop History Month.. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Shake Shack coming to Forest Hills

Forest Hills is on a culinary tear. Comment.

103rd increases security after homicide

Police officials from the 103rd Precinct have increased security after two shootings that took place in and around downtown Jamaica appeared not to be random incidents. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015


Man shot and killed outside Sunnyside strip joint

Police were looking for a gunman who shot and killed a 38-year-old man outside a Sunnyside strip club early Saturday morning. Officers from the 108th Precinct, responding to a 911 call of a person shot at Queens Boulevard and 50th Street, discovered the victim with a gunshot to his torso, according to the NYPD. Comments (1).
Little Neck

Domestic dispute in Little Neck spurs violence, death

A domestic dispute between a man and his girlfriend in Little Neck Monday morning escalated quickly, leading to a stabbing and apparent suicide, according to the NYPD Comment.

Sunny Hahn fined for 2013 campaign violations

The city Campaign Finance Board has fined Sunny Hahn’s 2013 campaign for City Council on the Republican Party line for committing violations. Comment.

Unemployment in borough is outpacing the City: Stringer

The unemployment rate in the borough has plummeted to 4.6 percent, down from 6.2 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to an analysis by the city comptroller’s office. Citywide unemployment is down to 5.4 percent, the lowest since 2008. Comment.
Long Island City

Man steals $4,500 guitar from Long Island City store

LONG ISLAND CITY—Police from the 114th Precinct were searching for a suspect who allegedly stole a guitar worth more that $4,500 from the Guitar Store last month. The man entered the music store, at 34-17 48th St. and stuffed the guitar under his shirt before leaving without paying, according to the NYPD. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Willets Point

Space for Willets Pt. auto shops in the South Bronx halfway done

Construction of a new South Bronx space for the displaced businesses of the Sunrise Cooperative, a group of Willets Point auto shop owners, is halfway complete as the city looks to evict the remaining businesses that stand in the way of the first phase of the sprawling Queens project. Comment.
Long Island City

Cornell Tech gives tour of campus to open in 2017

The developers of the upcoming Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island offered a sneak preview of the project late Tuesday morning. Comment.
Jackson Heights

De Blasio defends city’s work on education at town hall

Speaking before a capacity crowd at PS 69 in Jackson Heights for 2 1/2 hours last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio fielded questions about the Common Core opt-out movement, class size, school overcrowding and high suspension rates for minority students. Comment.

Council committee demands noise reduction from sightseeing helicopters

The City Council Committee on Environmental Protection held a hearing on a resolution calling for changes to the Federal Aviation Administration’s North Shore Helicopter Route. The resolution, introduced by Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) is aimed at reducing noise pollution over northeast Queens. Comment.

New NYPD unit deployed to protect city from terrorists

Three days after the ISIS attack on Paris on Friday the 13th, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton warned that New York City “is the most likely target” for another terrorist strike. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Peralta calls for Vision Zero measures on Roosevelt Avenue

A state lawmaker is calling on the city Department of Transportation to bring its Vision Zero initiative to a chaotic stretch of Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights. Comment.

Six-day library services starts this weekend

After a years-long battle to restore public funds to Queens Library, libraries across the borough will officially begin six-day service Saturday. Comment.

Man robbed at Woodhaven J train station: NYPD

WOODHAVEN — A 34-year-old man was beaten outside the Woodhaven Avenue station of the J train in an attempted robbery Oct. 24, police said. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015


Zadroga Act extension gains momentum

Hundreds of 9/11 first responders and survivors boarded buses Tuesday morning at the Fire Academy on Randall’s Island for a trip to Washington, D.C. where they rallied outside the Capitol Building and urged Congress to pass a permanent extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Comment.

Councilman blasts Mayor for playing politics with new park alliance

A turf battle erupted Monday at Flushing Meadows Corona Park as Mayor Bill de Blasio joined Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) to announce the official launch of a long delayed park conservancy. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Transit relief for Queens residents discussed at  Council

A Queens city councilman has introduced a resolution that would allow city residents to pay a subway-equivalent $2.75 fare on the Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North within city limits and transfer to the subway or bus for free. Comment.
Jackson Heights

The boro prays for Paris victims

Queens Asian, Hispanic and Muslim leaders organized two candlelight vigils this week to pay homage to the victims of the Paris attacks and to display the diversity of the borough that has been a beacon for integrating people from around the world. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Mayor arrives early for Flight 587 memorial service in Rockaway Park

Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived on 116th Street in Rockaway Park Nov. 12 nearly a half-hour early for the 14th annual memorial for the victims of the American Airlines Flight 587 crash. Last year the mayor received heavy criticism for arriving late and missing the tolling of the bell that marks the exact time of the flight’s impact at 9:16 a.m. Comment.

Queens borough board votes against city zoning changes

Two major city zoning amendments intended to boost the number of new affordable housing built in the borough were voted down by the Queens Borough Board Monday. Comment.

Electeds seek landmark status for Horse Brook House in Elmhurst

Several elected officials have issued a letter to the chairwoman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission urging a Request for Evaluation for the Horse Brook House in Elmhurst. They want the historic farmhouse, located at 90-11 56th Ave., to be reconsidered for landmark status before its new owner can demolish it and build small residences. Comment.
Little Neck

Little Neck man honored for military and civic service

The Jefferson Democratic Club and several elected officials honored World War II veteran Lt. Thomas Dent of Little Neck for his service at its November meeting the day after Veterans Day. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Forest Hills

Six recent fires in Forest Hills suspicious: 112th Pct.

Judith Harrison, the commanding officer of the 112th Precinct, which covers Forest Hills and Rego Park, said six of the seven fires to plague Forest Hills in recent weeks have been deemed suspicious. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015


Borough Board votes down mayor’s zoning text amendments

The Queens Borough Board voted overwhelmingly to disapprove two major city zoning amendments Monday to make way for more affordable housing. Comments (1).
Little Neck

Little Neck man leaps to death after stabbing girlfriend: NYPD

A Little Neck man leaped to his death from his fifth-floor apartment Monday morning immediately after stabbing his girlfriend several times, according to police. Comments (1).

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Jackson Heights

Muslims in Queens condemn Paris attacks at vigil

Dozens of residents from across the borough gathered at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Comments (2).

Man viciously beaten in Ridgewood

A 35-year-old man was fighting for his life after being viciously assaulted by three men Sunday in Ridgewood, police said. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015


NYPD deploys security forces after Paris attacks

Following the brutal terrorist attacks Friday night in Paris that led to the deaths of more than 125 people, NYPD and military counterterrorism forces were deployed hours later across the city to both airports in the borough, crowded areas and locations connected to the French government. Comments (1).

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Jackson Heights

De Blasio tackles education at town hall in Jackson Heights

Speaking before the packed auditorium of PS 69 in Jackson Heights for more than two hours Thursday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio touted his rollout of full-day pre-kindergarten and outlined new plans to improve education in the city’s public school system. It was his second town hall since he took office in 2014. Comments (1).

Detective agency offering $100,000 reward for stolen Lamborghini

The Pinkerton detective agency is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that can lead to the recovery of a white 2015 Lamborghini Aventador Convertible stolen in Flushing at the end of October. Comments (1).

Woman charged with DWI in Woodhaven crash: DA

The mother of four children who were injured after her SUV collided with a garbage truck in Woodhaven early Thursday morning has been charged with drunk driving, according to police. Comment.

Teen barricades himself in bedroom of Whitestone home

An emotionally disturbed teenager is currently undergoing evaluation at the Long Island Jewish Hospital after he barricaded himself in his bedroom at his Whitestone home and threatened to harm himself Thursday afternoon, police said. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

Howard Beach

Vincent Asaro acquitted in Lufthansa heist trial

A federal jury found alleged former Bonanno crime family capo and Howard Beach resident Vincent Asaro not guilty of one count of racketeering conspiracy and two extortion-related counts Thursday in a riveting trial that involved the Lufthansa heist at Kennedy Airport. Comment.

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