Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Long Island City

Children’s clothing store has growth spurt

Jill Callan had a business plan. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013


Ulrich to include Woodhaven in public budgeting program

The new City Council districts are causing concerns for Woodhaven residents who want their community to join the participatory budgeting program. Comment.

Queens derailment victim worked with severely ill children

At age 35, Kisook Ahn was the youngest of the four victims in Sunday’s Metro-North derailment in the Bronx that injured 63 others, the MTA Police Department said. Comment.
Willets Point

Photographer documents Iron Triangle

The Queens Borough Board recently authorized the sale of 23 acres of Willets Point $1 to Queens Development Group LLC, a joint venture between Sterling Equities and Related Cos. The site is slated to be redeveloped into a mixed-used commercial and residential project. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

Long Island City

Volunteers at Shady Park replant their beloved trees

The trees have returned to Shady Park in Long Island City. Comment.

Bravest battle two-alarm blaze at Whitestone auto body shop

A two-alarm blaze tore through a Whitestone auto body shop Saturday night, fire officials and a community leader said. Comments (2).

Plaque to mark Washington’s visit

On a victory lap across Long Island nearly 225 years ago, President George Washington spent a night at a “pretty good and decent house” in Jamaica, and now a group of prolific young historians want to mark the location. Comment.

Property stolen from lockers at gyms: Cops

GLENDALE — There have been multiple grand larcenies at the Planet Fitness, at 329 Wyckoff Ave., and the New York Sports Club in the Shops at Atlas Park, according to the 104th Precinct. Comment.

Traffic cop charged with harassement in SE Queens: Police

JAMAICA — An off-duty traffic cop was arrested last weekend on charges of harassment and mischief, police said. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013


Flushing man’s junk angers his neighbors

Clutter on the property of a Main Street resident has gotten so bad and so obtrusive his neighbors were compelled to make formal complaints to community leaders. Comments (7).

Traffic cop killed in midtown: NYPD

An NYPD traffic officer from Queens died after he was pinned underneath the wheel of a truck in midtown Saturday afternoon, according to police and The New York Post. Comment.

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Schumer wants to strengthen fed robocall law

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is preparing to introduce legislation to toughen penalties for violations of federal Do Not Call rules, including $20,000 fines for each violation and jail time for the “most egregious” offenders. Comments (2).

State gives $4.6 million for SNAP gap

New York state will provide $4.6 million in grants to emergency food providers during the holiday season in a move that should help some families in Queens. Comments (2).

Police search for two Flushing robbery suspects [With Video]

FLUSHING — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding two male suspects in two street robberies in Flushing and Briarwood that occurred Sunday after midnight. Comments (2).

Authorities arrest Flushing man in JFK Airport stabbing: AP

JFK AIRPORT — A Flushing man was arrested in the stabbing of another man in the head in a parking garage at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Associated Press reported. Comments (1).
Queens Village

Police officer charged with DWI in SE Queens: NYPD

QUEENS VILLAGE — An off-duty city police officer was arrested on charges of driving drunk, the NYPD said. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013


Shoppers hit borough stores as holiday season kicks off

Shoppers braved bitter temperatures to head to the stores Thursday evening, with dozens waiting in line to score deals throughout the borough. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Rockrose cuts the ribbon on luxury high rise Linc LIC

Long Island City’s newest luxury high-rise had its grand opening Monday. Comments (1).
Middle Village

104th police combat MidVil South crime

Police and other officials are assuring community residents that they are working to combat crime in Middle Village South. Comment.

NYCHA installs cameras

Residents of Bland Houses in Flushing can finally sleep a little easier since 53 security cameras were installed in the development in mid-November. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills celebrates Hanukkah

The Central Queens YM & YMHA held an event to mark Hanukkah in Forest Hills. The event was organized by Dale Stark and Ribin Kaufman. Comment.

109th Precinct warns residents of grand larceny over holidays

The 109th Precinct has issued a warning to residents reminding them of the increase in grand larceny and street robberies that typically happens during the holiday season. Comments (1).

Whitestone home gutted in 3-alarm fire: FDNY

Fire marshals are still looking for the cause of a fire that destroyed the inside of a Whitestone house, at 15th Drive and 163rd Street, just before noon Monday. Comments (2).
Long Island City

MTA will bring Nostalgia train to Queens Plaza in December

If it’s a ride back into the 1930s you’re looking for, why not take the Nostalgia Special from Long Island City to Manhattan during the first four Sundays next month? Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013


Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run truck crash: Police

Authorities were looking for a white commercial truck that drove off after striking and killing a 54-year-old bicyclist in Maspeth Wednesday evening, the NYPD said. Comment.

Queens hipster neighborhoods lucrative for landlords

While Brooklyn hipsters are increasingly paying Manhattan-like rents for their lofts, luxury apartments and luxury lofts, landlords looking to make a tidy profit on the skinny-jeans set need look no further than Queens. Comments (5).
Far Rockaway

St. John’s hospital waiting to kick off $23M expansion

More than a year after Peninsula Hospital closed its doors, the Rockaways’ lone remaining acute-care facility is awaiting final approval for a handful of projects totaling more than $23 million and may be eyeing an expansion into the shuttered institution’s facilities. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Boro pols strut their stuff in 2013 ‘Legislative Acts’

A night at the theater begins with a cocktail hour that includes an open bar, buffet of hors d’oeuvres and passed around canapés. The lobby is enveloped with local politicians and their friends and family as well as the attendees, who are anxiously awaiting for the production to start. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Artists race to bring their craft to ‘Big A’

The grandstand walls of the Big A are getting a face-lift. Comment.
Far Rockaway

MS-13 gangbanger gets life for Far Rock slay

A ruthless leader of the MS-13 gang on Long Island will spend the rest of his life behind bars after being sentenced for the 2010 slaying of a fellow gang member in Far Rockaway who failed to draw blood for the violent crew, authorities said. Comments (4).
Glen Oaks

Fireman stole from boro firehouses

The city firefighter from Long Island accused of making fake 911 calls before hitting five firehouses for cash — including two from Glen Oaks and Astoria — has admitted to the crime, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Pedestrian killed after hit by car near JFK: Police

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A 28-year-old man was killed when he was hit by a car crossing Rockaway Boulevard early Tuesday morning, authorities said. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

Rego Park

Study will examine rail line

Rockaway transit activists may be on track to getting their train back. Comments (3).
Cambria Heights

Cambria Hts. veteran shot dead in Brooklyn

A southeast Queens family will be spending Thanksgiving without its patriarch after he was gunned down in Brooklyn while dropping off money to help a family friend buy a holiday meal. Comment.

MTA mulls St. George’s bus stop woes

The MTA is set to unveil a plan to address heavy bus traffic that has plagued St. George’s Episcopal Church in Flushing for years. Comments (6).
Long Island City

Eatery offers walls to 5Pointz artists

One Long Island City restaurant will open its doors and walls to the artists from 5Pointz. Comment.
Jackson Heights

LaGuardia plane traffic draws hundreds as NE Queens activists speak

When City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) convened a town hall meeting to address the sudden increase in airplane noise from LaGuardia Airport, he was hoping to inform the community how best to complain to authorities. Comments (8).

Woodside jiggle joint loses bid to be cabaret

A Woodside gentleman’s club was denied a cabaret license by Community Board 1 last week, meaning only two women will be able to dance at the same time. Comment.
South Jamaica

Sean Bell Center closed

On the seventh anniversary of Sean Bell’s death at the hands of the NYPD, the community center that bears his name is shuttered, unable to raise the financial support needed to keep its youth programs afloat. Comments (1).

CB7 delays vote on Main Street development

Community Board 7 members expressed reservations about a proposed mixed-use development in downtown Flushing before deciding to delay a vote to approve the proposal Monday night. Comment.

Vallone pushes for ice rink to be made in Astoria pool

Term limited City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) wants a skating rink in Astoria Park. Comment.

Man arrested in shooting death of Elmhurst mother

ELMHURST — Police made an arrest Wednesday in the shooting death of 29-year-old Carolina Cobena of Elmhurst, NYPD officials said. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway organizer raises typhoon funds

A Rockaway resident is organizing a fund-raiser that will benefit Team Rubicon and its efforts to aid and rebuild in the Philippines, after a typhoon killed more than 5,000 people in the southeast Asian nation. Comment.

Turkeys given out in Flushing

Flushing community leaders joined with staff from City Councilman Peter Koo’s (D-Flushing) office Tuesday morning to show off a haul of more than 350 turkeys slated to be given out for Thanksgiving dinners. Comment.

Sunnyside burglary suspect sought by cops: NYPD

SUNNYSIDE - Police from the 108th Precinct were searching for a suspect wanted in a Nov. 7 burglary inside a Sunnyside building on 44th Street near 43rd Avenue. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Police identify man murdered in South Jamaica

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police have identified David Ates as the 47-year-old man who was found lying dead in a South Jamaica driveway Sunday with a gunshot wound to his head.. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013


Woman found dead with gunshot to head in Elmhurst

An unidentified 29-year-old woman was shot to death in Elmhurst early Tuesday, police said. Comments (1).

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013


Fire breaks out in Whitestone home

A three-alarm fire broke out at a Whitestone house, at 15th Drive and 163rd Street, just before noon Monday. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Southeast Queens man killed in Brooklyn

A Cambria Heights grandfather was shot and killed while dropping off money in Brooklyn to help a family friend pay for Thanksgiving dinner, police and his relatives said. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Man murdered in South Jamaica

A 47-year-old man was found lying dead in a South Jamaica driveway Sunday with a gunshot wound to his head, police said. Comments (1).

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s suspends star freshman Jordan for violation of team rules

St. John’s Coach Steve Lavin described his disciplinary style toward his players as “old school” and “tough love,” something he picked up living in a household with Catholic parents who raised six children. Comment.

Council approves ‘Tuskegee Airmen Way’ renaming

Students at York College’s Aviation Institute are used to peering toward the sky and pretty soon they will have something new to look up to. Comments (2).

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