In the basement of a science and technology center for children, Tronian, a small robot made out of Legos that resembles a dune buggy, drove forward on a table with a red plastic ball clutched in its plastic arm. Comment.
Whether celebrating their own culture or learning about the practices of others, Queens residents can join in a wide array of ethic and religious-themed festivals throughout the year. Popular gatherings such as Holi, Diwali, and Eid offer a time to honor old traditions and new beginnings through music, dance, and other festivities. Comment.
Here’s something to look forward to during the final weeks of this bleak winter: Queens’ arts festival season starting in March. Combining culture, community, commerce and good times, these events connect residents and visitors to every facet of the arts, while celebrating local talent and giving small businesses a much-needed boost. Comment.
Steven Menna has been making pizza ever since he was young, but it was a trip to Naples in 2006 that led him to become the owner of Tufino, a new Astoria restaurant that makes pizza like it is done in the Italian city. Comment.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) honored more than a dozen women for their community contributions at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans Saturday. Comment.
The city Parks Department announced a change in ownership for Patrizia’s of Bayside after the Italian eatery cut back its operations to only providing catering services earlier this year but now has a reopening date about two months away. Comments (1).
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) called for the city Department of Transportation to do a traffic safety study of Thomson Avenue last week in light of a car crash that killed a 16-year-old boy and injured four LaGuardia Community College students. Comment.
Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny brought some luck of the Irish straight from the Emerald Isle to Breezy Point with a visit to St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Breezy Point on St. Patrick’s Day. Comment.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Friday that Rapid Repairs is wrapping up work to restore city homes damaged during Hurricane Sandy, with 20,000 residences having received free emergency repairs to their heating, electrical or hot water systems and 54,000 people able to return home. Comment.
Democrats hoping to challenge City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) in November filed their March financial contributions with the city Campaign Finance Board, showing Austin Shafran in the lead with former state Assemblyman John Duane and attorney Paul Vallone not far behind. Comment.
The Whitestone man who pleaded guilty in December to plotting attacks on New York City synagogues was sentenced to 10 years behind bars last Friday in the first conviction on state-level terrorism charges. Comment.
FRESH MEADOWS — A 19-year-old driver was being held on $100,000 bail after a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident resulted in the death of a Bronx cabbie on the Grand Central Parkway Sunday, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment.
CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating two suspects wanted in connection with a string of robberies and one attempted robbery in Cambria Heights and two in Brooklyn. Comment.
The two Bronx men charged with murder in the January slaying of a Flushing teacher were arraigned Thursday and could face up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted, the Queens District Attorney said. Comment.
The Queens Plaza millstones seemed to have found a permanent home in the new Dutch Kills Green, but Greater Astoria Historical Society Executive Director Bob Singleton said one of the stones has been damaged and the pair should be in a safer place. Comment.
A Queens legislator and members of historical preservation organizations are up in arms over proposed alterations to a 100-year-old farmhouse in Douglaston they believe could threaten the character of the home and its neighborhood. Comments (1).
A Greek national was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport last week where authorities said he sneaked past the TSA security checkpoint with a stun gun he had allegedly used to subdue his former girlfriend before he raped her, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
About 200 people who struggle to make ends meet in the Rockaways — some of them still reeling from Hurricane Sandy — received Passover meals from the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula Monday. Comment.
In southeast Queens’ special election last month — the first race in the borough under new campaign finance disclosure rules — the 1199/SEIU reported spending more than $22,000 to send mass mailings to its members urging them to vote for Donovan Richards. Comment.
Two weeks after friends and family of Darryl Adams gathered outside the South Jamaica Houses on the first anniversary of his death, they packed a Queens courtroom Tuesday and watched as one of his killers was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Comments (4).
JACKSON HEIGHTS — A 19-year-old Bronx man was arrested and charged with murder in the January slaying of a Flushing teacher on 91st Street, police said, the second arrest in the case in as many days. Comment.
Unlike most parks in the city, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is subject to federal regulations that govern development more stringently than the state, although its oversight would apply to each of the three proposed projects in a different way. Comment.
Ann Hussain, a manager at a Jamaica Hills grocery store, said she thinks a proposal from Mayor Michael Bloomberg that would require most retailers to keep cigarettes and other tobacco products out of sight is a bad idea. Comments (1).
Nassau County police are assisting the NYPD in its investigation into the disappearance of a Bayside woman after she was linked to an abandoned car found at a notorious beach on Long Island Sunday. Comment.
The day after the broadest challenge yet to the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practices kicked off in a Manhattan federal courtroom, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) announced she was in favor of appointing an independent monitor to oversee the department. Comments (1).
After meeting face-to-face with the Federal Aviation Administration, residents and elected officials of northeast Queens mulled over their next move to silence airliner noise above their homes, which could include legal action. Comment.
Diane Manton, wife of the late congressman and Queens Democratic Party Chairman Thomas Manton, died Monday, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) said in a statement. She was in her 80s. Comments (1).
Continuing her work of several years to improve Roosevelt Avenue, City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) joined with city officials and community leaders Tuesday to unveil a seven-point plan to make the strip cleaner, brighter and safer. Comment.
JAMAICA ESTATES — Police were seeking assistance in locating a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery at the entrance of the F train subway station at Homelawn Street and Hillside Avenue March 8. Comment.
A bottlenose dolphin that delighted residents along the East River in Queens and Brooklyn late last week seems to have swum to fairer seas, a Long Island nonprofit to protect marine animals said. Comment.
Back when he was searching for a service project to help him earn his Eagle Scout award in 1976, Rosedale’s Fred Kress looked no further than his local park to make a difference in his community. Comment.
A founder and key player in Queens’ annual Going Green event said this year it was sure to deliver the same kinds of eco-friendly messages while also offering more opportunities for visitors to engage in workshops. Comment.
Hurricane Sandy wrought havoc on New York City’s tree population and stressed the importance of properly maintaining them. Northeast Queens’s interests in increasing community involvement in that maintenance are at odds with current city policies. Comment.
A mother who watched her 18-year-old son gunned down on surveillance video last year as he ran through the South Jamaica Houses trying to escape his cold-blooded killers told her son’s shooter at his sentencing earlier Tuesday she hoped he would spend the rest of his life in prison. Comments (13).
The Long Island Rail Road said Tuesday it would cancel seven and divert one of the 128 trains it normally provides in the afternoon and evening rush hour because of track damage caused by a derailment Monday night west of the Forest Hills station in Queens. Comment.
The fact that blacks and Latinos are stopped by the NYPD at rates disproportional to their populations across the city was not in dispute Monday when the broadest challenge yet to the Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policies kicked off in a Manhattan federal courtroom. Comment.