Thursday, July 10, 2003

Population Shifts in Western Queens

Constant change is an undeniable aspect of life in any place. For residents of neighborhoods in Western Queens, the world is a dramatically different place than it was when they picked up the first copy of the Astoria Times five years ago, especially when speaking of the demographic make-up of the various communities. Comment

Queens’ Early History Shaped by Indians

Long Island with its numerous creeks and inlets and bays had an abundance of fish and shellfish which provided sustenance. Wild game, a variety of fowl, and fruits and nuts were natural sources of food. Timber for shelter and canoe building was plentiful. It was clearly an attractive site for settlement, especially so for those tribes who chose this place since they followed an agricultural way of life. Because they understood and practiced crop rotation they moved about frequently in small groups. They were an essentially peaceful people, which was an important plus for the early European settlers who first came here. Comment

Fresh Meadows Complex Stands Tall

By Tien-Shun Lee Comment

Little Neck: The Evolution of a Village

By Joan Brown Wettingfeld Comment


By Dan Trudeau Comment

Korean Immigrants Change Look of Little Neck

By Ayala Ben-Yehuda Comment

Reminiscing About Bayside Childhood

By Joan Brown Wettingfeld Comment

St. Albans Festival Highlights Boro’s Jazz History

Jazz, in all its rhythmic and improvisational glory, is coming as a full-fledged festival to St. Albans. The Black Spectrum Theatre, which is responsible for the recent production of “A Soldier’s Play,” is heralding the premiere St. Albans Jazz Festival on the evening of Saturday, July 19. Comment

Border Communities Claim Long Island Identity

By Ginsberg Alex Comment

New Immigrants Help Save Ozone Park Church

By Alex Davidson Comment

Lefferts leads Knights to 2-1 win over Blackwatch

The speedy midfielder has embraced his role of super-sub for the Brooklyn Knights. With the soccer club stuck in a five-team race for a pair of playoff spots and after a sub par first half, Lefferts came up huge off... Comment

Middle Village Memorial Honors Gen. Slocum Victims

By Philip Newman Comment

A Memorable 4th of July in Forest Park

“We come to the park and... Comment

State probe looking into Simmons’ activities

The state Lobbying Commission is investigating Jamaica native and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons to determine if he violated spending limits in recent months during his crusade to have the state’s harsh Rockefeller drug laws repealed, a state official said. Comment

L.I. seniors invited back for Prom II

Russo’s on the Bay decided last week to foot the bill for a second senior prom for West Hempstead High School students after the catering hall had to cancel the students’ first prom when a power outage June 26 left most of Howard Beach in the dark. Comment

Man charged in South Jamaica murder

Kenneth Wright, 18, of Chauncy Street in Brooklyn, was arrested last Thursday and charged with killing Jamal... Comment

Borough residents flock to Woodside street fair

Matela, who immigrated from the Philippines to Queens in 1989 and was in a 10-member band sponsored by the Foundation for Filipino Artists, plays the... Comment

LIC firehouse shutdown violated charter: Judge

A Brooklyn judge ruled July 2 that the city violated its charter when it closed Engine Co. 261 in Long Island City without serving proper notice, but it was unclear if the ruling represented more than a technical win in a war Long Island City had already lost. Comment

Sapphire Edwards Sr. P Bayside

Jessica Chow    Sr.    P    Forest Hills Comment

Second city audit reports Mets owe millions in rent

The Mets need to repay the city more than... Comment

Nolan approves transit’s $600 million security plan

State Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) has relented and approved a nearly $600 million Metropolitan Transportation Authority security plan after previously vetoing it because the MTA failed to provide adequate information on its anti-terrorrism efforts. Comment

Group plans Web site, 5K to boost NE Queens parks

Q4U, short for “Queens for You,” a group founded by Bayside... Comment

4th of July gun mishap claims life

Marlon Simpson, 29, of Queens Village was... Comment

Fake bomb in rental car scares travelers at LGA

A mock bomb — actually two road flares taped to an electronic timer — looked real enough for officers to seal off and evacuate the National Car Rental office and garage at Ditmars Boulevard and 95th Street last... Comment

Gioia warns residents of city gyms’ hidden fees

Gioia said a recent anonymous survey conducted by the City Council’s Investigation Division... Comment

Miracle Workers

Using sign language and facial expressions, Ron Hall, 28, said last week that he is definitely ready to move out of his parents’ house and to find a full-time job and his own apartment after he leaves his internship at the Central Credit Union in Forest Hills. Comment

Ronny Vargas Sr. P Aviation

Danny Rosenbluth    Sr.    P/1B    Cardozo Comment

Transit study requested on JFK-Manhattan link

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the... Comment

Principal raped teen girl in S. Jamaica home: DA

He threatened the girl that her mother would go to jail and she... Comment

Airport Frolic

Just under 30 children currently have the... Comment

Jury selection begins in second trial for Jamaica man convicted of murder

Tyrone Johnson, 26, was found guilty last June of killing Leroy... Comment

Flagpole to honor those killed 9/11

“I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to these... Comment

5 from SE Queens charged in string of bank robberies

Five suspects were taken into custody by the Queens Robbery Squad and 106th Precinct... Comment

City, Addabbo try to solve Howard Beach congestion

Lisi de Bourbon, spokeswoman for the city Department of Transportation, said the agency is... Comment


It what may have been his greatest coaching decision ever, Ciano kept quiet. Comment

Soccer field slated for Bayside park

The city Parks Department project at Raymond M. O’Connor field between 32nd and 33rd avenues and 210th and... Comment

Big Brother watches Baysider on TV show

Dana Varela, 28, will have her every... Comment

CB 11 votes against sidewalk Flamingo

Fanning themselves in the heat of the MS 158 auditorium in Bayside Monday night, Community Board 11 members voted against renewing the permit for sidewalk tables and chairs outside the Flamingo Cafe on Northern Boulevard and approved proposals for two Bayside streets to become one-way. Comment

Fund honors 23-year-old killed on Bell Boulevard

Relatives of Angelina M. Bruno have kicked off a campaign... Comment

Douglaston homeowners seek to preserve graves

The burial site, a forested area that borders the backyards... Comment

Flushing bizman indicted on attempted bribe charge

Liangmin Chen, 33, also known as Gui Zhong Chen, was... Comment

Liu, Weprin tout BID plan on Flushing’s Main Street

City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) and City Council Finance Committee Chairman David Weprin (D-Hollis) met with business owners on Main Street in Flushing last Thursday to discuss plans for the controversial […] Comment

High demand for homes drives up prices in boro

“There’s a lot of competition out... Comment


Senior Theater Acting Repertory welcomes seniors interested in acting. Wed. & Fri. 718-347-2310 or Stan Guttman at 718-224-2729. Comment

Unlike other high school athletes, Bernie Estevez isn’t a two- or three-sport star.

The Cardozo standout has an unparalleled passion for playing baseball — and playing it well, year round — making the Judges’ four-year starter an easy choice for TimesLedger PSAL Baseball... Comment

I scream, you scream

Walking through the door of Eddie’s Sweet Shop is like being catapulted through a time machine back to the 1920s. Inside, the 19th-century interior is perfectly preserved. Nine original wood-topped revolving stools face a white marble-topped counter. The floor is black and white mosaic tile, the ceiling above pressed-tin. Behind the soda fountain is a 75-year-old white porcelain refrigerator, Frigidaire’s first electric model. Comment

Big ‘A’ offers fun for everyone

Now in its seventh year at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park, the fair includes more than 100 rides, games, free attractions... Comment

La Motta’s: La Motta’s offers Oriental favorites with U.S. twist

Grandpa La Motta, in the Fulton Fish Market for 40 years, had the canopy towed to the head of Manhasset Bay to shade a fuel dock. Later he used it to block his hot dog/hamburger snack bar and patio from the sun. In 1993, it was lifted off and La Motta’s was built around it. The effect? Stunning. Comment

Queens Symphony ready to take music to the park

Queens Symphony Orchestra continues its 50 years of tradition... Comment


Helps those with disabilities apply for New York City Housing Authority. First Wed. of month, 11 a.m. Queens Independent Living Center, 140-40 Queens Blvd., Jamaica. 718-658-2524. Comment

Black Spectrum Theatre takes show on the road

The Black Spectrum Theatre, the community-based production company that brings high-quality stage... Comment

Ash park was transformed into Queens treasure trove

The Queens Historical Society will hold a tour of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, starting and ending at... Comment

Airline success

But what is its secret? What is the... Comment

Beeps must strategically tackle city spending plans

The mayor, the comptroller and the predecessor to the public advocate, the City Council president, each wielded two votes. They adopted the expense and capital budget with the City Council. Comment

Jonas Garelle is still walking on air.

“I can always look back and say I’m a championship coach. I brought a championship to Forest Hills and it’s something they can’t take away from me, the program and the school,” said Garelle, who moved to Levittown Monday. “It’s something that I’ll always cherish.” Comment

Camper follows his nose, arrives at boxing victory

Camp Recro was nestled on beautiful Lake Sebago, high on a mountaintop in the Bear Mountains region of New York state. It was a respite for low-income kids from the Lower East Side of Manhattan to escape the heat of summer. Comment

Bucking the BID

Under the proposed BID, Flushing property owners would spend $380,000 a year to keep the downtown area clean. Opponents of the BID said they could accomplish the task for $100,000. They added that the sluggish economy, the increase in property tax and even the SARS virus make the timing for the BID all wrong. Comment

Bring on the games

Doctoroff estimates that the games will generate $12 billion in regional economic growth. In order for JFK to get the most benefit out of the Olympics, it will have to begin making improvements now. Comment

Where were the unions?

Given the gravity of the economic crisis that the city faced, it seems that things have worked out about as well as anyone might have hoped. Comment

Boro residents intervene to keep local streets safe

Most of the civic organizations as well as the 105th Community Council do not have formal meetings in July or August, except for the fun stuff. We hope your Fourth of July celebrations were safe, happy and quiet. Unfortunately, even when it isn’t the Fourth of July, fireworks sometimes appear on the scene. Comment

MacNeil Park presents free Irish music concert

On Sunday, July 20, at 6 p.m. there will be a free concert at MacNeil Park with Morning Star, authentic Irish music. On Saturday, July 26, 1-3 Garden Tea with Mrs. Poppenhusen and New historic College Point Slide Presentation Then and Now. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. Comment

French boycott produces questions of impartiality

This piece is going to be in two parts, and I ask your indulgence. This kind of thing will occur from time to time. The “local angle” (and I assure you there is one) will not be apparent until the end of Part II. Comment


After struggling in her first year in the circle, the four-year... Comment

Flushing woman reports finding

FLUSHING — A 49-year-old woman discovered an anti-Semitic message on the front door of her home in the vicinity of 34th Avenue and 137th Street Monday morning, police said. Comment

Astoria man found dead

ASTORIA — A 70-year-old man was found dead at 6:30 a.m. July 2 under the Hell Gate Bridge, police said. Comment

109th Precinct, councilman to offer

The etching will take place in the Waldbaums Shopping Center at 20th Avenue and 132nd Street... Comment

Unconscious man found in car

FLUSHING — An unidentified 48-year-old man was found unconscious in the back seat of a car about 1:20 a.m. Saturday. He was taken later to Flushing Hospital at 45th Avenue at Parsons Boulevard where he was pronounced dead,... Comment

Man, 29,  found dead

The investigation was ongoing, police said. Comment

Robber escapes with cash

No injuries were reported at the scene and... Comment

Man shot multiple times

in LIC listed as stable Comment

Cyclist critically injured after

KEW GARDENS HILLS — A 45-year-old motorcyclist was severely injured when he collided with an unidentified vehicle last Thursday at 5:50 p.m. while traveling northbound on 149th Street, police said. Comment

Springfield Gardens girl

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — Police were still searching for a severely disabled 9-year-old girl from Springfield Gardens, according to published reports, after she was reported missing from her Manhattan day care center. Comment

Long Island City man

MONTAUK, L.I. — A private plane crashed in a pond outside Montauk Airport early Monday morning, killing three men, the National Transportation Safety Board said. Comment

Mall Association sponsoring

The day-long event is slated to feature information from hospitals and health clinics on blood... Comment

Month-old fetus found

ROSEDALE — An unidentified person discovered a one-month-old fetus Saturday morning in front of 243-37 Caney Rd., police said. Comment

Man shot in St. Albans,

ST. ALBANS — A 20-year-old man was shot twice by an unidentified man Saturday about 6:05 a.m. in front of 192-19 Linden Blvd., police said. Comment

Man dies after being hit

by R train in Jackson Hgts. Comment

Two men shot in Flushing

after run-in with third man Comment

L.I. Cardinals score 10-3 win over Cardinals Red

As he raked out some mud behind home plate, Rich Kashdan felt like a proud parent before the president of the Long Island Cardinals baseball organization watched two of his teams — the Long Island Cardinals and the Cardinals Red — clash at Cardozo Monday. Comment

A less than spectacular comeback

Along with the hundreds or, dare I say, thousands of recreational softball league players, I take to the field each week for a little fun in the sun along with the hopes of recapturing some part of our youth not long behind us. Comment

Heartbreak for NYC stars

Off-balance after being... Comment

New York Freedoms breaking new ground

“It’s me,” the 31-year-old native of Liverpool, England said. Comment

Glacier Helped Form Strange Alley Pond Vistas

By Alexander Dworkowitz Comment

True Age of Little Neck Ledger a Mystery

By Dan Trudeau Comment

Arts Explosion Takes Over Astoria, LIC

By Courtney Dentch Comment

Bell Boulevard: Vital Artery in Bayside History

Bell Boulevard, the “main street” we know today, has a history reaching back to the early 19th century. Through the years it has reflected the story of Bayside as it evolved from a peaceful, rural, agricultural village to a thriving residential and commercial suburb of the New York City. Comments (1)

Junior Mets League for Ages 7 to 14 at the Cross Island YMCA

All games will be at Alley Pond Park at the Little League/Softball Field 3. This 10-session program will be held July 12, 13, 19, 20 and 26 and Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 24. Participants ages 7 to 8 play from 10 a.m. to noon; participants ages 9 to 11 play from noon to 2 p.m.; and participants ages 12 to 14 play from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The registration fee is $20. Comment


The men’s singles and doubles tournaments are scheduled to be held on the hardcourts of... Comment

USTA ballperson tryouts

Registration at the center begins at 3 p.m. The tryouts are open to people 14 or older. Comment



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