Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Free Access-A-Ride cards could save MTA $90M

The MTA has approved free MetroCards for people who use Access-A-Ride, which it said could save $90 million a year by 2015. Comment
Breezy Point

Intermittent Full Bridge Closures

There will be several full, intermittent bridge closures of up to 40 minutes at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge on two overnights for necessary inspection and maintenance of the lift span. Comment

Missing teen sought by cops last seen at home

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing teen from Flushing. Comment

Bayside optometrist sticks to old-school ways

Vincent’s Opticians in Bayside has a reputation for quality — and it goes back a long way. Comment

Monday, July 9, 2012


Corona man gets nine years for child porn charges: DA

A Corona man was sentenced to up to nine years in prison last week after pleading guilty to charges of promoting and possessing child porn, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

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Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens student wins BP scholarship

Susan Tsang of Oakland Gardens was one of 50 city students to receive college scholarships last week when 185 local BP gas station owners of New York and New Jersey presented a grant donation of $100,000 to the BP Community Scholarship Program. Comment

Cops looking for missing man from Flushing, 25

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 25-year-old man who disappeared in Flushing last Thursday. Comment

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Little Neck

Little Neck Titans celebrate almost perfect soccer season

The girls of the U16 Little Neck Titans celebrated an almost perfect season, kicking their way through a 4-0 victory over the Northport Cow Harbor team last month to earn their second Long Island Junior Soccer League division title. Comment

Stavisky sets Senate run at new Flushing post

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) kicked off her run for re-election Saturday in the redrawn 16th Senate District at her new campaign office in the heart of downtown Flushing. Comments (2)

Man robbed three boro laundromats: Police

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were seeking the public’s help in apprehending a man wanted in connection with three laundromat robberies in Jackson Heights. Comment

Saturday, July 7, 2012

College Point

Parks promises kayak launch for MacNeil

The kayak launch at MacNeil Park is on the horizon, the Queens Parks commissioner said at last week’s College Point Civic meeting, meaning residents may soon be able to take to the open waters with their self-propelled vessels. Comments (3)
Middle Village

Turner refocuses on Congress following GOP primary loss

After an unsuccessful end to his U.S. Senate run, Congressman Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) quickly refocused on his House duties rather than brood over the what-ifs. Comment
Queens Village

105th Precinct’s top cops bagged burglar: Courtesis

Officer Francisco Luciano and Sgt. Jonathan Cermeli were honored as the 105th Precinct’s Cops of the Month for May last week. Comments (4)

Driver, 47, dies after bus strikes his van

WOODSIDE — A driver was killed when his van collided with a city bus at the intersection of 39th Avenue and 69th Street in Woodside, police said. Comment

Police on the hunt for man who robbed bank

ROCKAWAY — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man in connection with two bank robberies at a Chase Bank, at 68-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd. in Arverne. Comment

Friday, July 6, 2012


Seven city Beacons survive Bloomberg’s budget

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg boasted his balanced fiscal year 2013 budget, Bayside buzzed with a resounding bravo. Comments (1)

Douglaston farmers market brings fresh back

Don’t be fooled by its size. Comments (1)

Queens prosecutor analyzes how TV’s ‘CSI’ affects jurors

Do jurors who regularly watch the television show “CSI” have warped expectations for what evidence can and should be collected, thereby hurting prosecutors’ chances to convict criminals? Comment

Elmhurst men arrested in burglary spree: DA

Two Elmhurst men were arraigned on charges of burglary, drug possession and endangering the welfare of a child last Thursday after they were allegedly caught trying to sell stolen items to a Woodside store while one of the men’s 3-year-old daughter waited in the back of the car, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

LIRR to alter schedule for some evening trains

Construction on the East Side Access project will force changes in some eastbound Long Island Rail Road rush hour service for as long as one month. Comment

Possible MTA service just might be restored

It was called the doomsday plan to keep the MTA from plunging into a financial abyss, but it’s two years later and there is talk — nothing official yet — that maybe some of the sorely missed bus and subway routes might be restored. Comment
Long Island City

Pols rally against Review Avenue waste transfer station

Elected officials stood with local residents June 26 protesting the city Department of Environmental Conservation’s approval of Waste Management of NY’s proposal to modify the existing Review Avenue transfer station to increase the facility’s activity. Comment
Forest Hills

Religious items stolen from boro synagogue

FOREST HILLS — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in recovering several religious artifacts swiped from a Forest Hills synagogue. Comment
East Elmhurst

Cops ask public to help catch robber of bank

EAST ELMHURST — The Police Department was seeking the public’s help in locating a man in connection with a bank robbery at Sovereign Bank, at 75-15 31st Ave. in East Elmhurst. Comment

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Douglas Manor

Bayside boy drowns in Douglas Manor pool

A 4-year-old Queens boy drowned in a relative’s pool early Wednesday evening during a Fourth of July gathering, police said. Comments (8)

MTA officer stabbed in the eye at Jamaica LIRR station

An MTA police officer who was stabbed in the eye while patrolling the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road Station on the Fourth of July made it through surgery, although doctors have not yet determined what effect the attack will have on his vision, the MTA said. Comment

Boats get holy help at sea

Blessed is the fleet. Comment
College Point

Boro condo pays upkeep tab on DOT land

The city Department of Transportation owns a small grassy plot of land in College Point, but condo owners nearby have been footing the bill for its upkeep. Comments (1)

Downtown Jamaica BIDs plan to restyle district

Downtown Jamaica’s two business improvement districts held their annual meetings last week where they reviewed their 2012 accomplishments and discussed initiatives for the next year, all of which focused on changing the shopping district’s image. Comments (1)

Meng win shows strong Asian voice

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) trounced three other U.S. House of Representatives hopefuls in a Democratic Party primary last week with the aid of a sizeable war chest, the backing of the Queens Democratic Party and, most importantly, a robust Asian vote concentrated in downtown Flushing. Comment

Farmers’ market returns to Jamaica

Cookbook author Martha Rose Shulman contributed to a New York Times article in May touting garlic scapes — the green, curling tops of the garlic plant — but noted she would have to wait to provide any recipes because her local farmers market did not carry them. Comment
Long Island City

Local ‘Occupy’ protesters take on LIC’s Citi building

Long Island City and Astoria activists affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement held a 12-hour-long protest adjacent to the Citi Building at 1 Court Square last week. Comment

Bayside Little League team inch closer to World Series

It was a big win for these Little Leaguers. Comment

Police seek suspect in rape of woman in Jamaica

JAMAICA — Cops were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted in the rape of a young woman in Jamaica. Comments (1)

Dunkin’ Donuts robber hit 2 other biz: Police

BELLEROSE — A suspect wanted in connection with a robbery at a Dunkin’ Donuts on Hillside Avenue struck again in two more robberies, according to police. Comment

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Bird bust unfolds at JFK

A Guyanese man’s bird-brained scheme fell apart when he stepped off his flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport in May and was caught allegedly sneaking some feathered friends into the country, according to authorities. Comment

Garden World has deep roots in Flushing

Seth Fiddle was visiting the Astoria Federal Savings bank right outside his job when he said he realized he was getting tired of the rumors. Comments (4)

Support returning Queens vets with AT&T

In 2007, 12- and 13-year-old Robbie and Brittany Berquist, a brother-sister team, devised Cell Phones for Soldiers to make sure deployed soldiers could keep in touch with loved ones at home for free. Comment
Glen Oaks

Special needs Little League to continue next year

The Glen Oaks Little League Challenger Division for Special Needs Children is gearing up for another spring season next year for children with physical and mental challenges. Comment
South Ozone Park

Resorts World Casino experiences first robbery

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A man claiming to have a handgun robbed Resorts World Casino, at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park, at approximately 4:45 p.m. Friday, according to police. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Cops search for suspects in Fresh Meadows

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Willets Point

EDC and Shulman’s development group admit to illegal lobbying: AG

The city Economic Development Corp. and the local development corporation run by former Borough President Claire Shulman admitted they illegally lobbied city officials about the multibillion-dollar Willets Point Redevelopment project, the attorney general announced Tuesday. Comment
Willets Point

Willets bid process called into question

The winners of a bid to redevelop Willets Point may have had a leg up on the competition, although the city said the selection process was completely unbiased. Comments (4)

School closings put on hold

An arbitrator ruled last week that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial plan to close seven Queens high schools was in violation of the teachers union’s collective bargaining agreement, though the city has vowed to challenge the ruling in the courts. Comments (1)

Astoria man beat girlfriend to death: DA

A 33-year-old Astoria man was arraigned on charges of murder and criminal contempt Saturday after his girlfriend was found strangled and beaten to death in their apartment, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Obamacare still confounds boro business

Queens residents and businesses owners largely lauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to preserve the president’s health care program, but when it came down to how the ruling would affect them, many still had unanswered questions . Comment

League eyes Flushing park for soccer stadium project

A nationwide soccer league is hoping to build a new stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which already has some lawmakers cheering. Comments (1)
Douglas Manor

Douglas Manor tops state’s dirtiest waters

Last year was a bad one for city beaches, but none were ranked higher than Douglas Manor in health standard violations, according to a recent report by the National Resources Defense Council. Comment

Neighbors blast Creedmoor for area problems

Residents near the Creedmoor Psychiatric Campus in Bellerose say the state-owned property is a magnet for all sorts of unwanted visitors and unscrupulous activities, and neither the police nor campus security can seem to get the situation under control. Comments (3)

Queens Dems hail 5-4 vote on health care

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld nearly all of President Barack Obama’s controversial Affordable Care Act last Thursday and, depending on who you asked in Queens, the decision was either great news or a source of stress and uncertainty. Comments (2)
Queens Village

Qns Village man shot dead

A 24-year-old man was killed by gunfire in the Queens neighborhood where he lived early Saturday, police said. Comment
Long Island City

5Pointz in plans to be replaced: Conley

Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley said the board is waiting to hear back from the city regarding developer Jerry Wolkoff’s plans to replace Long Island City’s graffiti mecca 5Pointz. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Cops look for two men in sexual assault: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — A thug wanted for sexual abuse, rape and robbery in three Forest Hills incidents has reportedly struck again, according to police. Comment

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