Friday, Feb. 15, 2008

Council grills MTA on subway anti-terror delays

"Two years ago, despite concerns about the effectiveness of Lockheed's artificial intelligence system, the MTA gave assurances they had tested the system and it would work," said City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing). Comment

State makes deal to keep NYRA at Aqueduct

Under the deal, NYRA retains its franchise of the state's race tracks for another 25 years while withdrawing its ownership claims on the land where the tracks are situated, Gov. Eliot Spitzer said in a statement. Comment

Romantic entanglement may foul DA’s Genovese case: Reports

Assistant District Attorney Barbara Wilkanowski allegedly offered 26-year-old Joseph Bonelli sweet deals on two criminal cases if he hired her boyfriend to represent her, the New York Post reported in January. Comments (1)

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008

Director brings Asian culture to borough stage

A native of Taiwan, Chiu, 30, moved to Queens five years ago, settling in Forest Hills after receiving her master's in theater from Northwestern University.Chiu became involved in the festival during […] Comment

Councilman slams graffiti marketing

At a news conference last week outside a bodega on 153rd Street in Jamaica, the councilman blasted Arizona Tea Company for promoting its "All City NRG" drink with graffiti-style designs and what he contends […] Comment

Luxury burial comes to boro

Named after St. Joseph, the structure will be built near the intersection of 49th Drive and the Grand Central Parkway service road. It is the first of three mausoleums planned for that corner of the cemetery."We're […] Comment

Sabini opponents blast DWAI plea, sentencing

Some 11 residents from the apartment complex demonstrated in front of Sabini's Jackson Heights office Tuesday afternoon. Al Blake, a former president of the Lefrak City Tenants Organization and supervisor […] Comment

No suspects found in Rockaway slay

Dems double turnout: Report

With former Mayor Rudy Giuliani out of the race before the primary, the borough's registered Republicans were less enthusiastic to turn out. Only 20 percent of the 92,656 GOP voters in Queens went […] Comment

Parkside owner’s son takes plea in drug rap

Anthony Federici Jr., whose last place of residence was Malba, pleaded to misdemeanor possession of cocaine in Brooklyn federal court Feb. 6, authorities said. He faces a maximum sentence of up to one […] Comment

Midville man pleads in extortion case

George Pauliny, of 63-27 82nd Place in Middle Village, admitted last Thursday that he used his position at Turner Construction Co. to convince subcontractors to install and maintain a boiler as well as […] Comment

Marshall hails boro’s African-American stars

Borough President Helen Marshall honored five people and one organization for their contributions to the community and awarded $1,000 scholarships to six Queens students during the annual African American […] Comment

LIC opposes boutique school

Representatives from the city Department of Education's Office of Portfolio Development and the proposed Academy of Film and Television spoke Feb. 6 to a large crowd of concerned faculty and parents […] Comment

How’s Business? Surviving a recession

If you ask four Queens residents their take on the recession, three believe we already in the midst of one. Even worse is that when asking Queens residents about their own economic outlook, people already […] Comment

Kosciuszko Bridge rehab put on hold by state DOT

The state originally expected to complete plans to upgrade the bridge, built in 1939, by the end of last year. and the project was supposed to be underway by 2011.Six plans for the bridge, which connects […] Comment

Kew Gardens man barks about poo

Many buildings in the neighborhood allow pets, which makes for a tail-waggingly friendly environment in Kew Gardens, but it seems that owners do not always follow all the way through on the duties that […] Comment

Forest Hills discussion highlights rent scams

The event was an information session for seniors about their rights as tenants, including tips on how to make a noise complaint, what steps must be taken in a legal eviction, how to get repairs done in […] Comment

Gioia wants to rein in LIC hotels

Hotels can currently build as-of-right in manufacturing and commercial zones, which allows them to skip the process of obtaining permits and community approval. Dutch Kills, where a number of the hotels […] Comment

Bust nets mob hit suspect

In all, 50 members and associates of the Gambino family were charged, but others from the Genovese and Bonnano families also were arrested, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District said.John Gotti, […] Comment

Forest Hills couple battle LIRR on train horns

The couple has been seeking a limit or end to trains' horn blasting through the Forest Hills station and nearby area but thus far are dissatisfied with the LIRR's response. Add to that the fact […] Comment

‘Fat Nick’ lawyer hit with DWI charge

Albert Gaudelli crashed his 2002 Acura into a traffic light at Union Turnpike and Utopia Parkway in Fresh Meadows at around midnight Friday after coming home from a party hosted by Queens DA Richard Brown, […] Comment

Astorians celebrate after Egypt’s soccer triumph

The Pharaohs took their second consecutive ACN title with a 1-0 victory over Cameroon in the highly contested game in Ghana. Within minutes of the victory, dozens of Egyptian Astorians poured onto Steinway […] Comment

Leaders demand Con Ed shock probe

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said it was unclear whether Con Ed was to blame for the contractor's death. But they said the utility […] Comment

Custody feud, red tape leave daughter in limbo

"What makes this case particularly sad is the fact that the child has now lost both of her parents. Her father has been killed and her mother faces the justice system," the Queens DA told a news conference […] Comment


Mail thief targets woman in Astoria

Susan Simons, 56, said she was distraught when she received a change-of-address confirmation note on Dec. 26 from her local post office. The Astoria resident had lived in the neighborhood for more than […] Comment

90th Street station repairs on the way: Sabini

The Butler Did It: A Mega tryout for boro hopefuls

It might not sound quite as exotic, especially considering the torrential downpour Megaloudis attempted to dodge as he made his way into the parking lot two weeks ago. But for the former standout at Monsignor […] Comment

Murphy helps Fidelis to perfection

Three-game winning streak for much-maligned Johnnies

After a 64-62 win against Providence Saturday at Carnesecca Arena, the Red Storm men's basketball team has won three straight Big East games for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Just like […] Comment

Stanner shocker: Archbishop Molloy hands Christ the King its first league loss since 2000

"I can see that look, that (means) she's gonna go in and take over," said Cecala, the Archbishop Molloy girls' basketball coach.On Saturday afternoon, not only did the sophomore forward take over, […] Comment

Gold Standard: Molloy, community honor Curran for 50 years of coaching

So Curran, Archbishop Molloy's boys' basketball and baseball coach, addressed an envelope to Lubbock, Texas and slipped the photo inside. The recipient? Bobby Knight. A few days later, Curran […] Comment

Former DAC athletic director loses battle with cancer

Lewis in playoffs for first time since ‘02

"Nobody knows there's a (boys') team here," the Bayside resident said. "Everybody knows about girls' basketball."That's because Mike Eisenberg's team has been a city power, gaining […] Comment

College Round-Up: Bartlett leads Queens to seventh straight win

E. Elmhurst day care growing

Royals shine in Primetime

Christ the King made the 90-minute drive down the New Jersey Turnpike for the Primetime Shootout and easily dispatched Trenton Central, 64-47, Sunday afternoon at the Sovereign Bank Arena.Both teams came […] Comment

Archsbishop Molloy girls win city championship; Laurelton native McAuley sets U.S. record

Carradine resigns after more than two decades at ‘Dozo

"When they didn't show up for the game, I felt that I didn't want to coach this group of girls anymore," Carradine said. "I just couldn't believe that this had happened."There had been unrest […] Comment

Anybody’s game: No clear favorite in this year’s Brooklyn/Queens tourney

"I'll name the top seed the favorite as soon as I know who it is," said Holy Cross coach Paul Gilvary, whose team beat Christ the King last year to win its first B/Q title since 1978. "I don't […] Comment

Boro nonprofit serves up gala, honors

The Queens Centers for Progress held its 11th annual Evening of Fine Food Feb. 6 at the Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadow Corona Park. The event featured buffet tables from 22 area restaurants, including […] Comment

City Council set to landmark 109-year-old Jamaica bank

Gennaro pushes green flood prevention bill

At a news conference in Broad Channel to tout the passage of a bill he sponsored that forces the city to come up with a comprehensive storm water management plan by the end of the year, Gennaro said 27 […] Comment

Electeds take on subprime crisis

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) both spearheaded new campaigns that brought all parties - homeowners, community activists and banking corporations - together […] Comment

Real estate duo stole client’s ID: Brown

Realtor Elba Garcia, 50, of Elmhurst, and loan officer Yanet Salazar, 35, of Queens Village took out a $589,000 mortgage using information provided by a prospective client in a previous failed deal, authorities […] Comment

Man robbed house, fled through window: Police

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Elderly patient missing from Goldwater Hospt.

Valuables filched from locked box in house

Teens tried to steal iPod from student: Police

Man caught in the act of robbing house: Cops

Woman assaulted cop at traffic stop: Police

Cops seek bar burglar

York now part of Nobel plan

Yunus and York officials said they will be offering a special scholarship to allow children of members of the Grameen Bank, which he founded in 1983, to study in America at York. In addition, Yunus said […] Comment

Middle Village cemetery offers to host church losing home

The Historic Districts Council, a citywide nonprofit preservation group, had recently called on the city to designate the 160-year-old church as a landmark after the property owner retained an expediting […] Comment

Councilman’s chief of staff says city delaying lawsuit

Plummer was scheduled to go on trial in federal court in Manhattan Feb. 25. Plummer, who lives in St. Albans, was fired from the City Council by Quinn, who accused Plummer of "disruptive behavior" after […] Comment

Monserrate losing gusto for Willets Pt.

Monserrate, speaking at a rally alongside dozens of Willets Point workers outside the New York City Economic Development Corporation offices in Manhattan last Thursday, said his patience has worn thin […] Comment

Moving Image museum to expand

The project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009, will double the size of the museum by adding three stories to its current location at 35th Avenue and 36th Street, said museum Director […] Comment

Little Neck man escaped Nazis in Sobibor uprising

"My life is an everlasting victory over the Nazis," he said.On Sunday the Little Neck resident recounted his remarkable story to fellow survivors and future generations at an event at the Margaret Tietz […] Comment

Building sales worry groups

Apollo Real Estate Advisors & Vantage Properties LLC acquired 50 structures primarily in Flushing, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Woodside and Sunnyside comprising nearly 2,000 residential units Feb. […] Comment

Dentist’s family put faith in justice system

At a news conference after Dr. Mazoltuv Borukhova was indicted on first-degree murder and conspiracy charges in Dr. Daniel Malakov's death, Kelly and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said from […] Comment

David Oats, park activist, journalist, dies at 58

David Oats, a lifelong civic activist and journalist in Queens, died Feb. 5 at North Shore University Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 58. Oats' name became synonymous with Flushing Meadows […] Comment

Civics, hospital remain at odds after Health Dept. decision

"It was approved," the hospital communications director, Leslie Johnson, said of the unanimous New York State Hospital Review and Planning Council's vote last Thursday. "We're just going to do […] Comment

NYRA deal nearly finalized

As part of the agreement, which was not finalized as of Wednesday morning, NYRA would continue to run Aqueduct, Belmont Park in Elmont, L.I. and Saratoga Race Course for 25 years, The Times reported. […] Comment

AirTrain ridership hit 4.4M last year

The train, which picks up passengers at stops located in Jamaica and Howard Beach, reached a new ridership benchmark last year with nearly 4.4 million paid passengers, according to the PA. The high level […] Comment

Whitestone men found guilty in bid-rig scam

DOI Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn said Alan Risi, Chief Executive Officer of Georal International Ltd. in Whitestone and Joanne Ruscillo, director of sales for Integrated Security Corp., located at the […] Comment

Child prodigy violinist returns to Flushing for concert

It has been 20 years since Christopher Wang, a Flushing High School graduate and concert violinist, was given a helping hand by members of the Flushing Rotary Club as he struggled to adjust to life in […] Comment

NY commuters choose trains over buses: Report

"The continued investment in new subway cars and buses is not going unnoticed by our customers, who are responding by increased usage of our system," said Howard Roberts Jr., president of the New York […] Comment

Wall Street slump means budget plan cuts: Spitzer

Herbal spa opens on Bell Boulevard

That's the motto of Rani Thukral, founder of Rani Organic 7 Ayurvedic Spa, a chain of 18 spas across the city.She opened up her first spa in Floral Park in 1992, and now with help from her son and […] Comment

Residents protest SJU dorm

Concerned Residents of Jamaica Estates rallied Saturday morning in front of 172-14 Henley Road, where a watery foundation excavation marks the site of a 478-bed dorm that St. John's University is […] Comment

Beloved Mets’ ‘Sign Man’ dead at 83

The precursor to the famous signs appeared during the Mets inaugural season in 1962 Ð a year when they went 40-120 and were dubbed "The Lovable Losers" Ð when Erhardt, sitting in the bleachers, […] Comment

St. Kevin wins grant for diversity mural

Shelia Ambrosio, a teacher at Flushing's St. Kevin School, was picked from a group of 711 applicants by to be a recipient of the Airborne Teacher Trust Fund Grant last month. Ambrosio said she will […] Comment

Little Neck poker bust leads to 7 arrests: DA

A 111th police officer said the 9 p.m. raid was carried out at 253-24 Northern Blvd. by the Queens Vice division.Many people were found inside the building, which hosted gambling games like Texas Hold'em, […] Comment

Visitors flood Flushing for Lunar New Year

Flushing's Asian community celebrated the Lunar New Year with extravagant, daylong celebrations throughout the streets and inside popular shops and meeting areas. The day kicked off with a huge parade […] Comment

Neighborhood gets behind extension of historic district

"We surveyed this area last year as part of our effort to designate more historic districts," Kate Daly, the organization's executive director, told attendees. "This is the first step -- the information-sharing […] Comment

Cracks in homes lead residents to seek halt to work at SJU site

Since last fall, the Concerned Citizens of Jamaica Estates, which organized a protest Saturday, has been trying to fight the 478-bed dorm project at 172-14 Henley Rd. because of its out-of-context nature […] Comment

Cuomo, Brown announce bill to keep perverts offline

The e-STOP (Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators) legislation would make sex offenders on probation or parole register their e-mail addresses, instant messenger screen names and other […] Comment

College Pt., hospital plans pass as Willets Pt. vote looms

Up for discussion were a long-delayed residential project in College Point, the addition of two floors to the already underway expansion of New York Hospital Queens and the potential redevelopment of […] Comment

CB 7 rezoning plans on waiting list: City

Members of CB 7, elected officials and community members have become increasingly frustrated in recent months with the seeming lack of action on the part of City Planning to move forward with rezoning […] Comment

Brown touts city’s low crime at Kew Garden breakfast meet

Crime in the borough is down in most categories, with auto theft leading the pack. Queens' 4,000 car thefts represent a 19.6 percent decline since 2006, and a 92 percent drop since Brown took office […] Comment

Dog found in St. Albans returned to new puppies

Emily Kruzynski said three 105th Precinct police officers brought the missing dog, which they found on a stoop in St. Albans, to the hospital about two weeks ago without a leash. She was lactating.The […] Comment

Boro’s Asians backed Clinton: Poll

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund surveyed 700 Asian-American voters during the Feb. 5 primary, which saw Clinton carry her home state by a wide margin over U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). […] Comment

Doug residents nix apt. block

The Douglaston Civic Association, which bused about 25 members to the meeting, and Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside), expressed their strong dissatisfaction with both the developer's downsized proposal […] Comment

Queens Zoo seeks volunteers to give tours, help with events


The Mosholu-Montefiore Senior Center poetry class is proud to introduce their new book, Celebrate Life, a collection of poems about unity, hope and the road ahead. Comment


Rabbi Henry Katz passed away in the afternoon of February 7, after fighting various health conditions for the previous five months. He was 80 years old. Comment


Officers state that on Monday, January 28, at 4:55 p.m., a suspect described, as a 160-pound black male in his 20 Comment


In 1923, one local businessman opened the doors of a retail Garden of Eden to the people of Westchester Square. Now, almost 90 years later, On the Square Flower Shop still offers residents genuine, personalized service and a high quality product. Comment


Students from Saint Theresa […] Comment


Happy Valentine […] Comment


The American Association of Architects, New York chapter, has filed a proposal with the New York City Department of City Planning that would eliminate some of the concessions won when several Bronx communities were down-zoned several years ago. Comment


As suspected by neighbors, construction of an upcoming medical facility is getting closer according to recent permits filed with the Department of Buildings, as it pertains to the property at 1464 Astor Avenue. Comment


On January 23, a home for autistic men was relocated and dedicated in memory of John J. Sabatos, the program […] Comment


Knowing that they would receive a forfeit victory over Adlai Stevenson on Thursday, February 7, the Lady Jaguars of Jane Addams only needed to beat Evander on February 5, to guarantee at least a tie for first place in the Bronx A Division. Comment


The Cancer Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine will launch a new research program that will promote cancer awareness among Bronxites, after receiving a generous donation from two native Bronxites and longtime benefactors of the institution. Comment


A Bronx business grew by leaps and bounds after moving to the borough a little over two years ago. Comment


Almost 1,000 people were left with an indisputable feeling of optimism at Fordham University […] Comment


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Sacred Heart, at 1651 Zerega Avenue, has provided children of the Bronx a Catholic education for nearly 75 years. After a decade of extensive financial difficulties, this June the school will close its doors for the final time. Comment


A delegation of elected officials, leading clergy, security officers, Fordham students and Local 32BJ leaders took their struggle for better treatment of campus security officers to Fordham President, Father Joseph McShane. Comment


Overall major crime has risen by 39% in the 45th Precinct, while the number of new officers has not. Comment


Parishioners of Holy Rosary Church and neighboring parishes are anticipating the arrival of Cardinal Edward Egan for a special mass on Tuesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. Comment


Victims of the 5-alarm fire that tore through close to 12 businesses on White Plains Road, on Monday, February 4, are getting some help from city officials and local business leaders to get back on their feet. Comment


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The site of a former manufactured gas facility sold to the Parks Department decades ago is getting a new lease on life. Comment


The Gompers-South Bronx battle did not live up to the recent hype, but after 32 minutes of solid play, the Panthers dominated the Phoenix en route to an 81-63 victory that puts them in sole possession of 1st place in the Bronx A East Division. Comment


The largest-scale hybrid vehicles ever used in the Bronx are making their way around parts of the borough, with hopes that the green buses will soon be shuttling more people throughout the entire borough. Comment


What should have been an uneventful evening rush hour last week turned into a traumatic event for those who witnessed a police officer firing on a vehicle near the intersection of Allerton and Matthews avenues, and Boston Road. Comment


Thanks to the help of Councilman Jimmy Vacca, Pelham Bay Library patrons have been experiencing a quieter atmosphere and less horseplay from its younger cardholders. Comment


A pioneering elder care facility founded in 1970 has been granted a new lease on life. Comment


With the playoffs right around the corner, Bronx schools received an added tune up on February 9, as Herbert H. Lehman High School hosted its 2nd Annual Basketball Classic. Comment


The boys of James Monroe Campus had much more to celebrate on Wednesday, February 6, than just a strong 76-39 victory over John Addams High School. Comment


Dangerous traffic conditions called for an intervention in front of Lehman High School, the site where stoplights will be installed on May 31. Comment


To win one Colgate Games is an achievement, but to win in back-to-back years is a statement. Comment


Community Board 11, the Borough President […] Comment


On February 6, two men were arrested in a string of robberies that occurred on the #6 train between the Westchester Square and Pelham Bay Park stations from January 19 through February 2. Comment


After making history by forcing a developer it to raze an illegally built house, the saga surrounding the remaining two houses at 3177 Glennon Place and 3174 Hatting Place continues in Locust Point. Comment


The girls of Bronx Science spoiled South Bronx […] Comment

Cardozo, Campus Magnet advance to Queens Borough title game

It was vintage Ron Naclerio early. And it ended up being old-school Cardozo, too, against Thomas Edison on Thursday in the semifinals of the Queens Borough playoffs in Bayside. Comment

A Good Idea -Maybe

Applications available for 2008 City Parks partnerships class

Applaud Ackerman’s courage

Far Rockaway police need new recruits

Ackerman’s Christmas vote reflected honesty, privacy

Mayor’s school budget cuts are a rash mistake

No Place for a Prison

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Neighbor to Neighbor: Jamaica Post office will miss retirees

By now, you possibly think you know someone who fits the description of the above individual. We've seen them in a variety of places and situations. For years, whenever such difficult situations occur […] Comment

Political Action: Giuliani’s campaign sunk by inexperience

It was ironic that several months before, a motion picture had come out about a University of Notre Dame student who had tried for four years to become a member of the Notre Dame football team and finally, […] Comment

The Civic Scene: Streets called one-way for a very good reason

This type of activity is dangerous to children, older people and drivers who are following the street signs. Some people actually become angry if you criticize them for these illegal actions. Edna and […] Comment

Dishing with Dee: Queens GOP ponders fate in Senate races

Michael Ricatto of Better Leadership America received the Businessman of the Year Award, presented by Philip Sica. CUNY trustee Jeff Wiesenfeld gave a special oral presentation, "The Poisoning of our […] Comment

Berger’s Burg: Candidate Berger chooses love over politics

You see, Valentine's Day was coming on Feb. 14, and, on its heels, Presidents' Day on Feb. 18. So, which do I write about - politics or Valentine's Day? Being quick on my feet, and resolute, […] Comment

Silent snow

Lisa M. Robinson's photography collection "Snowbound," currently on exhibit at the Klompching Gallery in Dumbo, might sound like an unwelcome concept in the middle of winter, but in a way, that is […] Comment

The Reel Queens: Blackout made filming a horror for Whitestoner

Shot during a period of three weeks amid the 10-day blackout of July 2006 in a sweltering warehouse at the corner of 38th Street and 23rd Avenue in Astoria, "The Sickness" is a horror film that tells […] Comment

The Play’s The Thing: Theater journeyman DiSpigno reflects on busy career

The conversation was mainly about local theater and lots of names were dropped. I can now give you only a couple of highlights, since we're expecting to sell the video rights of our meeting to the […] Comment

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Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

Mary Louis, CK girls will play at St. John’s

The varsity teams will play at 6 p.m., following the JV at 4:30 p.m. Comment

Boro native faces off with Clemens at Congressional steroid hearing

"I have no reason to lie, and every reason not to," the Breezy Point native told congressmen during his opening statement at a hearing also attended by Clemens. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008

PSAL Queens Borough playoffs: Thomas, Stokley lead Edison into semis

Allan Thomas had 32 points and 12 rebounds and Isiah Stokley had 22 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Thomas Edison boys' basketball team to a 76-61 win against Van Buren on Tuesday in Jamaica in the first round of the PSAL Queens Borough playoffs. Comment



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