Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Safety net health center launches in Jamaica

Jamaica’s public health community cut the ribbon last week on a family health center that will provide preventative care to the uninsured and special services for Queens’ transgender community. Comment.

JFK’s historic Worldport put on ‘endangered’ list

Preservationists scored what may end up being a symbolic victory last week when JFK Airport’s historic Pan Am Worldport, set to be demolished to make way for a parking lot, was recognized as an endangered historic site. Comments (3).
Long Island City

City’s new sign system to arrive in August in Long Island City

The city Department of Transportation announced it is beginning to install new pedestrian maps to help New Yorkers find their way around the city’s streets in Manhattan and other areas, including Long Island City. Comment.

Community Board 1 approves Mt. Sinai Hospital expansion

Community Board 1 approved an application last week to allow Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens in Astoria to expand its facilities, a decision that hospital officials and community leaders said would benefit the community for years to come. Comment.

Prendergast named chairman of MTA after getting Senate OK

The state Senate has approved Thomas Prendergast as chairman of the MTA. Comment.

Distributor in Astoria brews up business

When owner Brian Donaldson discusses Native Coffee Roasters, his new, independent coffee distribution business based in Astoria, through every gesture, every smile, his passion for the beverage comes through. Comment.

Banner day in Flushing

St. Andrew Avellino Parish in Flushing is preparing to celebrate its centennial year, and to mark the occasion, church officials installed a large banner on the church tower on Northern Blvd at 158th Street. Comment.

Monday, July 1, 2013


Bayside goes mobile with smartphone app

Bayside has gone mobile. Comment.
Real Estate

Boro renters face increases of 4 percent to 7.75 percent

Thousands of rent stabilized tenants in Queens face the highest rent increases since 2008 starting in the fall. Comment.
College Point

Police search for missing College Point resident

COLLEGE POINT — Police reached out to the public with the hopes of finding a missing man within the 109th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Girl, 12, missing from Jackson Heights: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The police are asking neighbors to keep their eyes open for a 12-year-old girl who was last seen near the 103rd Street 7-train station last week. Comment.

Sunday, June 30, 2013


Sunnyside’s Lou Lodati Park finally goes to the dogs

Elected officials, community leaders and representatives of the Sunnyside United Dogs Society celebrated the reopening last week of Lou Lodati Park in Sunnyside, an event that overjoyed both dog owners and their four-legged friends alike. Comment.

Rep. Israel calls on MTA to investigate derailments

It has been a bumpy ride for the MTA over the past three months, and one northeast Queens lawmaker has called for a closer look. Comment.

Jamaica Post Office bandit gets 20 years behind bars

A fugitive who opened fire on the federal marshals who tracked him down after he stuck up a downtown Jamaica post office four years earlier was sentenced in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday to more than 20 years behind bars. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Ex-borough Rep. Weiner tops Quinn in latest poll

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is leading the New York City mayoral race, according to a poll released Wednesday. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway man identified as 44th Hurricane victim

The death toll from Hurricane Sandy has risen to 44 in the city after a man found dead in his home was determined to be a victim of the storm. Comment.

Glendale man dies in GCP motorcycle crash: NYPD

GLENDALE — A Glendale man died Sunday after the motorcycle he was driving on the Grand Central Parkway struck a guardrail, the city Police Department said. Comment.

Police seek suspect in Astoria bike theft [With Video]

ASTORIA — Cops were looking to put the breaks on a suspect who allegedly made off with a woman’s bike, the NYPD said. Comment.
Ozone Park

Ozone Park man who escaped during arrest apprehended by police: Cops

OZONE PARK — An Ozone Park man who allegedly escaped while being placed under arrest in Harlem Saturday was collared by police, the NYPD said Tuesday. Comment.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Jamaica Estates

Teen parents killed in early morning GCP crash

A Queens Village man was arrested and charged with speeding and impaired driving following a fatal crash on the Grand Central Parkway that claimed the lives of two of his teenage friends, police and one of the victim’s family said. Comments (2).

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Red Cross grant helps to rebuild 100 Rockaway homes

Felix Lyons, along with his pregnant wife and children, were displaced from their Arverne home when Hurricane Sandy rocked New York City. Since then, they have lived in temporary housing all over the city, including Brooklyn and hotels near Kennedy Airport. Comment.

Nassau DA upholds Friedman conviction

After taking a closer look at his case, the Nassau County district attorney’s office said the evidence only reaffirmed the 13 years behind bars as the appropriate sentence for convicted child molester Jesse Friedman. Comment.

Queens Chamber unveils app for boro tourism

Queens’ many diverse attractions can now be easily accessed on its own, free “This is Queens” mobile application. The Queens Chamber of Commerce and NYC Regional Economic Development Council presented the app at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Wednesday. Comment.

Bayside Village BID looks back on busy year

Virtually all 30 members of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District chose to return to the board after a booming and progressive year, its leaders said. Comments (1).

City freezes Halloran discretionary grants

The city has frozen $72,857 in discretionary grants once in the hands of embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), according to a published report. Comment.

City courts volleyball players with refurbished park area

The city Parks Department opened new volleyball fields on the eastern edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park Tuesday. Comment.

Suspected Flushing burglar walks with limp: NYPD

FLUSHING — A man with a cane hobbled away from a Flushing burglary earlier this spring, according to police, who have released a photo of the suspect in the hopes he can be identified. Comment.

Suspects stole copper pipe from empty Woodhaven building: Police

WOODHAVEN — Two suspects allegedly broke into an address on Jamaica Avenue near 75th Street, a vacant residential location, and stole copper piping, police said. Comment.
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst man goes missing: Police

East Elmhurst - Police were searching for 52-year-old John Clappis of East Elmhurst, who went missing within the confines of the 115 Precinct. Comment.

Friday, June 28, 2013


Flushing civic lives by own code

Landmark and zoning regulations are typically enforced by city regulators, but for 50 years a northeast Queens civic association has defended a code existing outside city statutes and a recent judicial ruling bolsters its ability to do so in the courtroom. Comments (2).

Survey to decide need for Elmhurst LIRR site

Elected officials joined MTA Long Island Rail Road President Helena Williams last week to announce the start of a ridership survey that will determine the viability of reopening the Elmhurst LIRR station. Comments (2).

Cuomo’s economy czar pays visit to Queens College

One of the state’s top economic advisers spoke at a Queens College breakfast last week where he discussed several borough businesses that have taken advantage of millions in grant money, although Queens as a whole still lags behind other counties. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Bus company stiffs staff: AG

The Queens owners of a discount Chinatown bus company shuttered after a fatal accident pleaded guilty to withholding money from their drivers, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said last week. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC’s Andrews Grove finally gets face-lift

Several months after the devastation and havoc unleashed by Hurricane Sandy tore up parts of the borough, repair efforts are finally under way to fully restore Andrews Grove in Long Island City. Comment.

Free lunches available for pupils at boro sites

Children from Queens and the rest of the city can get free, healthy food all summer starting this week. Comments (1).

Jamaica farmers market lures food stamp recipients

Amid a heated debate in Washington over food stamps, the Jamaica farmers market opened last week with an eye toward getting those on public assistance to think about the value of fresh produce. Comment.

Jets too close over Queens airspace: FAA

A Federal Aviation Administration investigation into a near-miss between two airplanes has left one northeast Queens lawmaker warning of more turbulent times ahead. Comment.

Bypass route fails to stem Maspeth truck traffic

Nearly two years since the Maspeth Bypass was implemented, residents say truck traffic still is a nuisance in their neighborhood. Comments (3).

Man gunned down in Corona: NYPD

Police were still searching for a suspect involved in the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man in a residential section of Corona early Tuesday morning, the NYPD said. Comment.

Avella’s bill balances scale in business lease renewals

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) hopes a proposed bill will give small business owners more clout in lease negotiations within the five boroughs. Comment.

Senate blocks Women’s Equality Act

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act failed to pass the state Legislature by session’s end despite widespread support in the state Assembly because of one provision bolstering abortion rights. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

Father apprehended after allegedly running off with child from E. Elm: Police

East Elmhurst – A 28-year-old father was in the custody of the Memphis Police Department the day after he allegedly took off with his four-year-old daughter from an East Elmhurst coffee shop, police said. Comment.

Missing Ridgewood woman last seen entering M train station: Police

RIDGEWOOD — The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in locating a woman who was reported missing within the 104th Precinct. Comment.

Gov’t looking into who stole over $1M at JFK

JAMAICA — More than $1 million disappeared from a Swiss airliner that landed at JFK Airport over the weekend and the feds are looking to see who made off with the cheese, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Thursday, June 27, 2013


City Council passes police oversight bills in late nigh session

While the city that never sleeps was in all likelihood enjoying a deep slumber, the City Council early Thursday morning passed two NYPD oversight bills with veto-proof majorities crafted in the wake of public outcry over the stop-and-frisk practice. Comment.

Queens welcomes vote giving federal benefits to same-sex couples

Elected officials across Queens applauded the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday when it ruled that legally married same-sex couples should receive the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples and also made way for same-sex marriage in California. Comments (1).

Supreme Court guts Voting Rights Act

Despite the partisan quagmire in Washington that has thwarted efforts to tackle gun reform, immigration and a farm bill, Queens congressional members said it was imperative their colleagues come together to rewrite a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act the Supreme Court invalidated Tuesday. Comment.

Boro pols oppose obscure legal move on cop bills

Days before the City Council was set to weigh in on a pair of controversial bills that would bring new oversight to the NYPD this week, a group of Queens lawmakers opposed the use of a rare legislative procedure that brought the items to the floor. Comment.

HBO’s “Girls” to close parts of Bell Blvd.

A popular HBO series will be shutting down parts of Bell Boulevard early next week to film in Bayside. Comment.

Forest Park carousel gets landmark designation

The Forest Park Carousel spun its way onto the prestigious list of New York City landmarks after the city Landmarks Preservation Commission announced Tuesday that it would give the special designation to the attraction. Comments (3).
Forest Hills

English Rock group to perform at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium

The Forest Hills Tennis Stadium has reached a major turning point in its history. Although it has not been used for a major event in years, the arena will host English folk rock band Mumford and Sons in August. Comment.

Jamaica HS gets poor grade

Newly released figures by the state show Jamaica High School saw its graduation rate drop almost 40 percent the year the city started phasing out the troubled institution, and supporters of the school said the numbers are proof the school has been left to fail. Comment.

Violence marks first summer weekend in Queens

Southeast Queens cops collared a murder suspect Monday following a weekend of violence, the NYPD said, while a woman was slashed in the throat early Tuesday in Queens Village. Comments (1).

USTA meet full of fuzzy math

Grass parking allocated for the US Open in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is twice the space cited by representatives from the city Parks Department and the United States Tennis Association at a City Council hearing last week. Comment.

104th Precinct: Crime down, car accidents up

Capt. Christopher Manson, who has been with the 104th Precinct since January, said his and the 83rd Precinct in Brooklyn have been working together to stop a violent robbery pattern along the Ridgewood-Bushwick border. Comment.

Rich Hill man attacked over his sexuality

A Queens LGBT artist and activist required seven staples to his head after an assault by performers shouting homophobic slurs outside a Richmond Hill bar Sunday night in full view of several witnesses from his LGBT advocacy group. Comments (2).

Bloomberg’s budget saves boro from cuts

The Bloomberg administration’s passing of its final $70 billion city budget has restored the fates of popular Queens institutions that have gotten too used to fighting for funding. Comment.

Uncle George’s Greek Tavern closes its doors: City Marshal’s Office

Uncle George’s Greek Tavern, a beloved Astoria restaurant that specialized in rustic Mediterranean cooking, has closed its doors, according to a spokeswoman for the city Marshal’s Office. Comment.

Legislature OKs speed cameras near schools

The New York state Legislature approved a bill last week allowing the installation of speed cameras around 20 schools with documented speeding issues in the city. Comment.

Gun-toting suspect sexually assaulted woman in Flushing: Police [With Video]

FLUSHING - Police were hunting for a suspect who sexually assaulted a woman in Flushing Saturday afternoon, the NYPD said. Comment.
Ozone Park

Human remains found at late mobster’s Ozone Park home: Medical Examiner

OZONE PARK — Remains found at the Ozone Park home of the late mobster James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke were identified as human, according to a representative for the city medical examiner’s office. Comment.

Manhattan man gets 25 to life in Queensbridge basketball star slay: DA

QUEENSBRIDGE - A 23-year-old Manhattan man was sentenced to 25-years-to-life in the murder of high school basketball standout Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Jamaica cab slasher gets nine years in prison

JAMAICA — The man who slashed a Jamaica cab driver after learning he was Muslim accepted a nine-year prison sentence in Manhattan court Tuesday. Comment.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Four Queens lawmakers oppose forcing vote on NYPD bills

A group of Queens lawmakers formed the bulk of the opposition against a rare legislative procedure in the City Council that will bring two NYPD oversight bills to a full vote this week. Comments (2).

Man gunned down in Corona: NYPD

A 27-year-old man was fatally shot in the head in a residential section of Corona early Tuesday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (1).

Monday, June 24, 2013


17-year-old arrested in fatal stabbing of Rosedale teen

JAMAICA — A 17-year-old has been arrested and charged with the stabbing death of a teen Saturday night, the NYPD said. Comment.
Long Island City

New rules to save boro homes

The city’s building code will probably be modified to better prepare for storms following recommendations unveiled last week by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) in Long Island City. Comment.

Glendale man dies in Grand Central motorcycle crash: NYPD

A Glendale man died Sunday after the motorcycle he was driving on the Grand Central Parkway struck a guardrail, the Police Department said. Comment.

Friday, June 21, 2013


Weekend work to cause delays on 7 train

Queens-bound No. 7 train straphangers will encounter delays and skipped stations as the MTA replaces track panels during the upcoming weekend. Comment.
South Jamaica

Mourners march for D’aja, 14

They marched mostly in silence Saturday, stopping only once along the way to pray on Sutphin Boulevard and 116th Road where D’aja Robinson grew up, before reaching the intersection where the 14-year-old was shot and killed last month. Comments (4).

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