Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Russell Simmons brings peace and yoga to youth

Hollis-raised hip-hop business magnate Russell Simmons returned to Queens last week to join community leaders and police officers at the annual Keep the Peace initiative Comment.

City probation says ‘No’ to gun violence

The city Department of Probation brought attention to both gun violence and domestic violence at a street fair last week. Comment.

Jamaica developers bring jobs to local biz

As downtown Jamaica development projects increase so do opportunities. Comment.

Bayside teen shatters Powerlifting records

Baysider Andrew Spyridon-Tow, 17, broke the teenage world record for deadlifting during the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate meet in Strong Island, L.I., earlier this month. Spyridon-Tow lifted 550 pounds on his third of three deadlift attempts. Comment.

City firefighter charged with drunk driving: NYPD

FLUSHING—An off-duty firefighter was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in the 109th Precinct area, the NYPD said. Comment.

Monday, July 27, 2015

East Elmhurst

Cuomo raises curtain on redesign of LaGuardia Airport

Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced a $4 billion plan for the first phase of a redesign of LaGuardia Airport Monday at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Congressman Israel calls on feds to upgrade security at Fort Totten

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) joined several other city leaders Monday at Fort Totten to call on the Defense Department to upgrade security at the fort and other unarmed forts in two other boroughs. Comment.

Appeals Court tosses out city’s adult business zoning

Introducing a significant new chapter into a two-decade legal saga dating back to the Giuliani administration, the Manhattan-based First Department of the New York State Appellate Division has ruled that the city’s controversial 1995 adult uses zoning ordinance, as amended in 2001, violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment free speech guarantee. Comment.
Forest Hills

Movie shot in Forest Hills on Kitty Genovese murder

Earlier this week, 75th Avenue off Austin Street in Forest Hills served as the backdrop for a new movie called “37” that focuses on murder victim Kitty Genovese’s neighbors. Some scenes were shot down that tree-lined block, where an assortment of 1950s and ‘60s vintage cars were parked. Comments (1).
Queens Village

The 105th Precinct gets more cops

The head of the 105th Precinct, Inspector Michael Coyle, spoke with church and community leaders at Bethel Ministries Church on Jamaica Avenue last week, addressing the upcoming changes at the precinct. Comments (1).

Bill targeting bad salons, worker exploitation passed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into a law a bill last week that would shut down unlicensed nail salons and grant trainee status to vulnerable unlicensed workers. Comments (1).
Bayside Hills

BP Katz announces support for City Council candidate Barry Grodenchik

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, along with other female political leaders, Tuesday announced her endorsement of former Flushing Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin at a brief event in Bayside Hills. Comments (3).

Diving Pool in Astoria Park to be transformed into performance space

The long-neglected Diving Pool in Astoria Park will undergo reconstruction next spring and be transformed into a public music and arts amphitheater, according to the city Parks Department. The 32-foot Arte Moderne diving platform that towers over the largest public swimming pool in the city was closed in the early ‘80s and sat deteriorating ever since with plant life growing in stagnant water at the bottom. Comments (3).

Flushing HS put students in online courses to meet graduation rate 

Flushing High School allegedly enrolled 150 students in online courses to meet its 60 percent graduation rate goal, according to a published report. Comments (2).

NYPD is searching for suspect in connection with burglaries

FLUSHING—Police were looking for a suspect behind burglaries in the 109th Precinct area in June and July. Comment.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Queens Village

Boro remembers Eric Garner

A Queens Village community memoriam for Eric Garner, who died from a police chokehold last year, was held at the New Greater Bethel Ministries bookstore on Jamaica Avenue to discuss the impact of his death on the area and the new NYPD neighborhood policing efforts that are gradually taking place across the borough. Comments (1).

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Vet designation on municipal ID praised by boro pols, groups

Queens elected officials and veterans groups praised a new veteran designation on the municipal ID card announced by the city last week as a good first step in addressing problems that veterans face. Comment.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Starbucks to start brewing in downtown Jamaica

Starbucks will open its first branch in Jamaica during the first half of 2016. Comments (5).

Boys Club in Flushing addresses summer decline in youth literacy

The Boys Club of New York, 133-01 41st Road in Flushing, is spending the summer working with children who have been struggling with reading, fighting what many educators call the “summer slide.” Comments (4).
Kew Gardens

Five Queens campuses get $5million

City University of New York colleges across the borough will receive an estimated $5 million this fiscal year from the borough president’s discretionary funds to support capital projects at CUNY campuses. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Who’s running the ship when they run for president?

I’ve been worried recently about New Jersey and Wisconsin. These states elected governors a few years ago and they probably expected that a big job like running a state would be more than a full-time job. But instead, their chief executives are running around the country auditioning for a new job while their constituents get to scratch their heads and wonder who is minding the ship. Comments (1).

Friday, July 24, 2015


Queens Library to continue search for new president

The Queens Library’s board of trustees said Thursday it will undertake a full review of the questionable expenditures made by Interim President Bridget Quinn-Carey uncovered in an audit by city Comptroller Scott Stringer before deciding her future. Comment.
East Elmhurst

LaGuardia power outage affecting flights: PANY&NJ

LaGuardia Airport began experiencing power outages early Friday, which were the result of ongoing construction at the airport, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Comment.

Urban Upbound launches its first worker cooperative

The sign above the entrance to the offices of Urban Upbound says “Need a job?” It’s a question the non-profit organization has been asking residents of the Astoria Houses for more than a decade as it provides residents of public housing with the tools and resources needed to achieve economic mobility and self sufficiency, and to break the cycle of poverty. Comment.

Lynch, Najmi and Grodenchik among top City Council fundraisers

Eight candidates have now filed petitions to with the city Board of Elections for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat, with three hopefuls leading the pack in the amount of funds raised. Comment.
Queens Village

The seriously comical debate for District 23

The candidate debate for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin was going to be a regular debate session organized by different Queens Village community organizations until Michael Foubister, a new candidate for District 23, showed up Tuesday night. Comments (3).
College Point

NYPD tow pound in College Pt. discussed at land use hearing

Concerns about the NYPD’s plans to lease a tow pound in College Point were raised by Community Board 7 Chairman Eugene Kelty at a land-use hearing hosted by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. Comment.

Eleven Queens grocery stores to be acquired by Stop & Shop

Key Food and Stop & Shop are acquiring 11 Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company grocery stores in Queens after A&P filed for bankruptcy. Comment.
Howard Beach

City Council speeds up Sandy recovery process

The City Council approved a text amendment on special zoning rules to accelerate rebuilding of Sandy-damaged residences in areas within flood zones in the Rockaways, south Queens, south Brooklyn and Staten Island. Comment.
Forest Hills

Famed jeweler killed in Forest Hills hit and run: NYPD

A Queens man and renowned jeweler to several national celebrities, Aron Aranbayev, 40, died at Jamaica Hospital Monday from injuries he sustained when he was struck by a vehicle the night before, police said. Comment.

First District 25 Bike Ride held in Kissena Park

About 25 Queens residents joined state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) for the inaugural District 25 Bike Ride late Monday morning to discover ways to improve biking paths. Comment.

New hotel opens in Corona

A brand new 90-room hotel opened in Corona Friday just a short walk from Citi Field, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the USTA Tennis Center, home of the US Open. Comments (1).
Bayside Hills

The Jacksons come to Queens on 50th anniversary tour

The remaining members of the Jackson 5—Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon Jackson—are making a stop in Queens on their 50th-anniversary tour. The concert will take place Aug. 30, one day after what would have been Michael Jackson’s 57th birthday. Comment.

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Mayor announces Queens Boulevard reconstruction project has begun

Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to Woodside, where he launched his Vision Zero initiative in January 2014, to announce the first phase of the city Department of Transportation’s $101 million redesign of Queens Boulevard had begun. Comment.

Uber, City Council reach agreement to postpone vote

The billionaire for-hire car service Uber came to an agreement Wednesday under which the City Council will postpone a vote on capping the number of its drivers this year. Comments (3).

Members of Congress push for stricter aircraft noise controls

The three members of Congress’ Quiet Skies Caucus from Queens are pushing for tougher aircraft noise controls amid growing concern over the health of residents living near major U.S. airports. Comments (3).
Long Island City

LIC BID expansion plan announced

The Long Island City Business Improvement District announced its proposed expansion plan this week that would create a new sub-district along Vernon Boulevard, Jackson Avenue and 44th Drive. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

Airport workers call off strike after deal is reached with employer

A “potentially crippling” strike by 1,200 airport workers was averted just hours before the picket lines were to form at Kennedy and LaGuardia Wednesday. Comment.
Long Island City

Queensbridge Houses will be first to get free broadband service

The Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City will be the first of five public housing developments citywide that will receive free high-speed Internet service under a $10-million pilot project, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week. Comments (2).

Hindus want prayer room at JFK

The Hindu community is calling on the Port Authority to create a designated prayer room at JFK Airport in response to the airport’s large number of Hindu employees and passengers. Comments (2).
Jackson Heights

Big renovation for small park in Jackson Heights

One of the smallest parks in the borough is about to get an expensive makeover. Comments (1).

Cole Bros. Circus pitches its tent at Belmont Park

The Cole Bros Circus will be making things funny in Belmont Park when it performs Friday through Sunday. Show times on Friday are at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., whereas Saturday and Sunday have extra opportunities with three shows each day at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Comments (3).

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


NYPD rolls out neighborhood policing pilot program in Queens South

Assistant Police Chief Terrence Monahan presented a progress report on the NYPD’s pilot neighborhood policing effort in the two Rockaway precincts to the Queens Borough Board and Cabinet meeting Monday, which is now rolling out in several other precincts. Comments (3).
Jackson Heights

Parks Department to unveil plans for Travers Park in Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights is so devoid of green parkland that an advocacy group called Queens Bike is advocating for bike lanes that would connect their neighborhood to parks in other communities in western Queens, such as East Elmhurst, Corona and Astoria. But now the city is about to combine three spaces in the heart of Jackson Heights, and you won’t need a bike to get there. Comments (1).

Still no zip code for Glendale: Meng

Nearly a year after U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) introduced a bill to create a zip code for Glendale, efforts to get the new postal designation have stalled. Comments (5).

Bayside market serves up tasty twists on deli classics

When Raymond Rhi put out a Craiglist advertisement for a chef for Bayside Natural Market deli, he did not know what to expect, but it definitely was not Frank Lynch’s chicken noodle soup. Comments (1).

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Queens Village

Elderly Queens Village woman found dead

Police were investigating the suspicious death over the weekend of a 94-year-old Queens Village woman, who lived with her son. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Power outages hit the borough during heat wave

An estimated 12 Queens neighborhoods have been affected by power outages and downed wires since the Monday evening heat wave according to the latest update on the Con Edison power outage map. Comment.
Bayside Hills

BP Katz announces support for City Council candidate Barry Grodenchik

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, along with other female political leaders, Tuesday announced her endorsement for former Flushing Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin in a brief event in Bayside Hills. Comments (11).
Far Rockaway

Sweep of Far Rockaway street gang shows extent of wiretapping in borough

The recent arrests of 13 reputed members of a Far Rockaway street gang, who were indicted on charges of conspiring to commit murders and assaults, followed a long-term investigation by the NYPD and the Queens District Attorney’s Narcotics Investigation Bureau. Comments (1).

Democrats puzzled by Governor’s maneuver on gun control

Count state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) among the Senate Democrats who are flummoxed by the Cuomo administration’s latest shift on gun control. Comment.

Peralta’s 5th annual jobs fair puts people to work

More than 1,200 job seekers showed up at the Queens Center mall last week for the fifth annual jobs fair sponsored by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). There were 45 employers at the fair, who conducted 2,140 on-site interviews with candidates and scheduled another 1,145 interviews to be conducted with applicants at a later time. Comment.

Ozone Park resident killed in motor vehicle accident: NYPD

JAMAICA—A driver died Sunday night after his car flipped and struck a tree in Jamaica, the NYPD said. Comment.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Long Island City

Thousands flock to Queens Smorgasburg

Most Queens residents are familiar with learning new words, but no matter how you say it, the opening of Queens Smorgasburg had the attention of more than 5,000 people July 11. Comment.

The Snake Road in Rosedale gets safe

Three new traffic signals along Brookville Boulevard in Rosedale were unveiled post-installation last Friday by the city Department of Transportation after a push by elected leaders for a new study to help make the street safe for community members and visitors to Brookville Park. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

Supervised release expanded to reduce population on Rikers Island

In an effort to reduce the prison population on Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new initiative that would divert thousands of poor defendants from jail. Comments (1).

Thalia offers tango classes

It’s Latino Heritage month all year round at the Thalia Spanish Theater in Sunnyside, and for the rest of the summer, there will be tango classes offered for those who like to move their feet. Comment.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Forest Hills

Eastern Forest Park gets $1.9 million improvements

The city Department of Parks and Recreation kicked off its $1.9 million capital reconstruction project in Forest Park with a groundbreaking ceremony last week, continuing a $7 million series of incremental improvements to Queens’ third-largest park. Comments (1).

New policies lead to drop in public summer school enrollment

The number of students recommended by their teachers and administrators for summer school in city public schools dropped to 6.2 percent of the total enrollment, leading to the lowest number of summer school students in at least five years. Comments (4).
Long Island City

Landmarks Preservation Commission begin public review of Queens properties

Preservationists were outraged in December when the Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City and seven other historic sites across the borough were put in jeopardy after the chairwoman of the Landmarks Preservation Committee proposed to remove them from consideration for protection. The blowback was so fierce that Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan reversed course less than a week later and decided not to “de-calendar” them and to consider a new plan to deal with a backlog of nearly a hundred buildings and sites citywide. Comments (2).

Citizenship fair for immigrants to take place Saturday

Elected officials, CUNY Citizenship Now! and the Flushing YMCA will host a free, multilingual citizenship workshop Saturday. Comments (9).

Macedonia A.M.E. Church will not be torn down: Borough President

Despite a published report that the Macedonia AME Church in Flushing was due to be torn down, the office of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz confirmed that there are no such plans. Comment.

Astoria native Iapoce hits the big leagues

Even though he was wearing a Chicago Cubs uniform while standing on the freshly manicured grass at Citi Field, nobody in the building was more at home than Anthony Iapoce. The Astoria native and Monsignor McClancy Hall of Famer was in Flushing during the Mets recent home stand to monitor the progress of the Cubs’ young stars in his role as the special assistant to the general manager for player development. The opportunity to return to his stomping grounds in a Major League uniform had him reminiscing about his days as a starry-eyed sandlot ballplayer. Comment.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Queens leaders say Garner settlement doesn’t solve problems

After City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced the $5.9 million settlement with Eric Garner’s family a few days before the anniversary of his death, Queens elected officials and community leaders say the agreement does not sufficiently address the troubled relationship between police and the community. Comments (3).

Civil trial against driver who hit Flushing toddler to open

Jury selection will begin next week for the trial in a civil case against a driver who struck and killed a 3-year-old girl in Flushing with his SUV. Comment.

Riders Alliance takes ‘cardboard’ Cuomo for ride on the 7

Angry No. 7 train riders had plenty to say to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week, but he wasn’t hearing it. That’s because the Cuomo they were complaining to was only a cardboard cutout brought aboard the beleaguered subway line by members of the public transit advocacy group Riders Alliance to highlight the problems riders face every single day, according to the group. Comment.
St. Albans

Two plead not guilty in Suffolk SWI crash

Two Queens men pleaded not guilty to DWI and leaving the scene of a fatal that killed a father and two children from St. Albans July 12 on the Southern State Parkway in Bay Shore, the Suffolk County district attorney’s office said. Comments (2).
Queens Village

Hindu leaders call on DOE for Diwali school holiday

Since the mayor announced Lunar New Year and two Islamic holy days will be observed as public school holidays, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and community leaders are speaking out to the city’s Board of Education on behalf of Queens residents who want the largely Hindu holy day Diwali to follow. Comments (4).
Fresh Meadows

Pol calls for end to illegal advertising in Fresh Meadows

State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) is calling on the city Department of Sanitation to address illegal advertising throughout Fresh Meadows. Comments (7).

Crowley to introduce light rail train idea to City Planning

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) said she is planning to present a cost-effective idea to bring a transit alternative to underserved areas of Glendale and Middle Village to the Department of City Planning in the coming weeks. Comment.

JFK, LGA flights most delayed in nation

LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark airports have the worst delays in the country, a new study found. Comment.

Constantinides named chairman of Environmental Protection Committee

City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) has been appointed chairman of the Council Environmental Protection Committee. The appointment was approved unanimously by the full City Council July 9. Comment.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

College Point

Bill Popp and The Tapes to play in College Point Wednesday night

Bill Popp and The Tapes will be performing at the Whitepoint Shopping Center in College Point in front of Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices and Ice Cream in College Point Wednesday night. Comment.

Saturday, July 11, 2015


Residents flock to Queens Center mall for the opening of the first Apple store in Queens

About 1,000 people showed up within the first hour of the opening of the first-ever Apple Store in Queens at the Queens Center mall Saturday morning. Comments (2).
Fresh Meadows

Police searching for suspects in RadioShack robbery

The NYPD is looking for two individuals who robbed a RadioShack store in Fresh Meadows Friday morning. Comment.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Far Rockaway

17 indicated in Queens auto theft ring: DA

A two-year investigation by the NYPD and Queens district attorney has led to the indictment of 17 individuals for their alleged participation in a major Queens auto theft and “title washing” ring, the DA announced Thursday. Comment.

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Stringer rejects permanent contract for Pan Am shelter

For the second time in two months, City Comptroller Scott Stringer has rejected the Department of Homeless Service’s proposed five-year, $42 million contract with service provider Samaritan Village that would convert the former Pan American hotel into a permanent shelter for homeless families. Comments (10).

Friday, Jan. 2, 2015


Eastern Queens City Council election in full swing

Eight candidates have now filed petitions with the city Board of Elections to run for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat, with three hopefuls leading the pack in the amount of funds raised. Comments (1).

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015


Members of Congress recommend stricter controls on aircraft noise

The three members of Congress’ Quiet Skies Caucus from Queens are pushing for tougher aircraft noise controls amid growing concern over the health of residents living near major U.S. airports. Comment.

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