Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011

Business owners challenge go-ahead on Willets Point project

An attorney for a group of Willets Point business owners argued Wednesday afternoon that a state Supreme Court judge in Manhattan should revisit a prior decision that allows the city’s $3 billion plan to redevelop the 62-acre space to move forward. Comment

Schumer endorses Weprin for Congress

U.S. Sen Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) endorsed state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) Tuesday to replace former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner in Congress. Comment

Sanitation truck still three floors up in the air after crash

A 15.5-ton Sanitation truck smashed through the brick wall of a Maspeth maintenance garage and was left dangling three floors above 52nd Road Wednesday morning with the driver still inside. Comment

Rutgers’ Poole impresses at Nike

Mike Poole was the youngest player on the floor in either game at Baruch College last week, but the Rosedale native was also one of its most productive. Comment
Whitestone Times

Qns. man plans 9/11 bike ride

A Whitestone business group leader is planning a Sept. 11 memorial bicycle ride through the neighborhood to give residents a chance to remember those who died that tragic morning one decade ago this year. Comment

SE Qns promotes peace with Night Out

Southeast Queens community leaders, residents and law enforcement officials came together last week to celebrate the summer and call for better safety in the neighborhood. Comment

Cuomo selects York President to join job creation council

York College President Marcia Keizs will be bringing her years of expertise to help the city find a way to rebound from its economic woes. Comment

Police release photo of slain Hollis man

The police have shed light on a murder that took place more than two months ago in Hollis and are asking the public for help in catching the fugitive responsible. Comment
Little Neck Ledger

Avella traffic initiatives receive DOT’s approval

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced last week that the city Department of Transportation had approved two traffic safety projects he believed will make conditions safer for those who live near dangerous intersections. Comment

Motorcyclist dies after hitting vehicle: Police

ROSEDALE — A 36-year-old man died in a motorcycle accident near a playground Monday, police said. Comment

Shopper robbed by clothing store worker: DA

JAMAICA — A clothing store employee allegdly robbed a woman after she left the store July 23, the Queens district attorney told the New York Post. Comment

Far Rock man dies after shot in the head: Cops

FAR ROCKAWAY — A man was shot in the head in front of his home last week and was pronounced dead the next day, police said. Comment

Magnet HS teacher charged with rape

A Campus Magnet High School instructor turned herself in to authorities last week for allegedly taking a teacher-student relationship too far, the Nassau county district attorney’s office said. Comment

Memory of Sean Bell Lives On

Hats off to city Comptroller John Liu, who sent more than 30 interns to paint the exterior of the Sean Bell Community Service Center. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Beware of shady contractors, illegal rental apartment ads

Civic associations not only fight to preserve their communities, but provide useful information in their newsletters. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Forest Hills artist uses harp to create sci-fi, pop fusion

The harp is an instrument often associated with soft, heavenly melodies coming from a symphony, cherub or dead cartoon character floating up to the afterlife. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Crash stops softball game

A group of youths playing softball Saturday had to scatter when an allegedly intoxicated 64-year-old woman drove her car through the fence of a Maspeth ball diamond, police said. Comments (1)

City waits to decide on Pomonok mosquito spraying

The city Department of Health had not decided by Tuesday afternoon whether or not it needed to spray for mosquitoes in Jamaica Estates and the Pomonok Houses. Comment

Simanowitz aims to take Assembly seat

Five weeks before the special election to replace Nettie Mayersohn, his newly retired boss of 15 years, Democratic state Assembly candidate Michael Simanowitz is confident he is the best person to represent the people of District 27. Comment

RKO height not cleared: Feds

The $160 million proposal to revamp the crumbling RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing has hit an unexpected obstacle that could threaten its ability to break ground by the end of the year, as is currently planned. Comment
Flushing Times

Bowne student gets help in bullying case

A lawyer has enlisted the assistance of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) in the case of a John Bowne High School senior who is the daughter of a top-level Indian diplomat and who intends to sue the city for $1.5 million over what the lawyer describes as her wrongful arrest and suspension from school on bogus charges that she “cyberbullied” her teachers. Comment

Cop impersonator harasses driver: Brown

FRESH MEADOWS — A driver was charged with impersonating a police officer after a July 23 crash, according to the New York Post. Comment

Flushing landlord dead in apt. building: Police

FLUSHING — Last week, the NYPD found 47-year-old Zi Zhuang Mai dead inside an apartment building, at 161-09 Horace Harding Expwy. in Flushing. Comment

Rockland man arrested in Queens sex sting: Brown

KEW GARDENS — A construction manager from New City in Rockland County has been charged with allegedly trying to lure an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old Queens girl to meet him for sex, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

‘I Dance for Them’

Last week we were reminded once again of the magnificent native American culture that once flourished in New York. Comment

Jamaica Hospital bribery trial set to end this week

The bribery trial against one of Jamaica Hospital’s former top administrators is winding down and is set to have its grand finale at the end of the week. Comment

January Regents saved thanks to $1.5 million in private funds

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced last week that they had secured $1.5 million in private funding in order to allow students across the state to take the state Education Department Regents Exams in January. Comment

Queens College noted for its diverse campus

Queens College was ranked 11th in the country for its diversity, according to the latest college guide put out by the Princeton Review. Comment

Korean accuses monk of being held captive: Suit

A 60-year-old Korean immigrant has accused one northeast Queens family of enslaving her for a period of more than 12 years, forcing her to work as a housekeeper without pay at the family’s homes in Little Neck, Bayside, Flushing, Whitestone and Elmhurst. Comment

Precincts tout Night Out

The 111th Precinct and members of the communities it serves got together last week at the Douglaston Plaza shopping center for the 28th annual National Night Out Against Crime. The event is designed to heighten crime-prevention awareness through strengthening police-community partnerships. Comment

Little Neck synagogue plans to hold monthly singles night

Beginning next month, the Little Neck Jewish Center, at 49-10 Little Neck Pkwy.,´╗┐ will devote one Friday night Shabbat a month to Simcha Singles — a night for the community’s companionless Chosen People to connect with each other and their religion. Comment
Bayside Times

Bayside pastor arrested in Conn.

The pastor of the Community Baptist Church in Bayside, who is awaiting court dates for two separate incidences in Queens and Connecticut, was arrested last month by Norwalk, Conn., police for allegedly violating a court-imposed protective order, according to Norwalk Superior Court. Comment

Douglas Manor Beach closed due to high levels of bacteria

Douglas Manor Beach has been closed since the end of June due to a high Enterococci bacteria count, according to the city Department of Health. Comment

Bellerose residents slam halal market over violations

Bellerose civic leaders and City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) are calling on a halal meat market in the neighborhood to get its act together after it was cited for more than a dozen violations, including three labeled as “critical” by the state Department of Agriculture and Markets. Comment

Happy customers keep new Bayside Diner busy

A week after it opened, the Bayside Diner was humming Tuesday morning as patrons filled the eatery to get their fill of classic diner breakfast items in the setting of the revamped restaurant. Comment

Boro man break’s cops wiper in fit of rage: DA

CORONA — A Corona man allegedly busted the windshield wiper of a cop after he discovered a ticket on his friend’s car July 23, according to a complaint from the Queens district attorney. Comment

Police search for suspect in two morning robberies

OZONE PARK — Police released a video of a man suspected of committing two robberies in the same morning within the 106th Precinct. Comment

Man who stabbed woman in LIC receives 25 years

KEW GARDENS — A judge in Queens Supreme Court sentenced 49-year-old Brooklyn resident Elie Granger to 25 years in prison and five years post-release supervision for stabbing a woman walking with her daughter in Long Island City, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Cops find man’s floating dead body near bridge

HOWARD BEACH — The NYPD is investigating the death of a man found floating near the Joseph P. Addabbo Sr. Memorial Bridge late Monday night. Comment

Adult pushes two kids off of their bikes: DA

CORONA — A 27-year-old man was arrested for shoving two kids off their bicycles July 25, according to a complaint from the Queens district attorney. Comment

Boro stoplight will cause traffic

I am writing to thank state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for his efforts to get a traffic light installed in College Point at 122nd Street and 11th Avenue (“Traffic light coming to dangerous College Pt. corner,” July 21-27). Comment

Koch’s pick is wrong for the country

In response to Ed Koch’s endorsement of Bob Turner for Congress, covered in the July 28-Aug. 3 TimesLedger Newspapers article entitled “Koch deserts Weprin by endorsing Turner,” I ask whether Koch really thought this one through. Comment

Obama must start getting tough with Republicans

I saw the flash on television last week that we finally have a debt deal on the table that both sides will agree to. But why do I have this sinking feeling in my stomach about it, and I have not even read the details in the newspaper? Comment

Vote pols out of office over debt fiasco

Well, after weeks of political wrangling and ballyhoo, it was possible for the elected clowns in Washington, D.C., to actually come to an agreement that prevented our nation from defaulting Aug. 2. Comment

Hard Times in Sunnyside

Two parking regulations are casting a shadow over small businesses on Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside. Comment

QueensLine: Queens residents weighed in on Kinsey sex report in 1953

On Aug. 11, 1953, Queens residents were told that they could expect no relief from the odors continually emanating from Newtown Creek. Though the smells were more offensive than toxic in nature, city officials were nevertheless reluctant to remedy the problem. Comment

I Sit And Look Out: From classmate to Congress, Ferraro was unforgettable

She would have been 76 this Aug. 26. She missed it by five months. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Boro precincts hold successful National Night Out events

When will this heat wave cease? It’s really beginning to get to almost everyone. Our energy seems to have got up and went, paraphrasing the popular street vernacular. Our creative minds seem to have departed with our energy — not a rocket scientist left among us. Comment

Douglaston party store wears many hats

There is a colorful new store in Douglaston offering an array of gifts and a festive atmosphere. Comment

State body to take closer look at Wyckoff Hosp.

A state commission is looking to streamline health care in Brooklyn, but residents of southwestern Queens could be affected as well. Comment

Women legislators endorse Weprin bid

Many female elected officials at the city, state and federal levels endorsed state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) last Thursday at a news conference in front of Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, saying the Democratic candidate for the sprawling congressional district is a tireless advocate for women’s rights. Comment

Weiner sits on vast war chest

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned from his congressional seat in June, but he still controls a mountain of money amassed from donations from his multiple mayoral runs. Comment
Astoria Times

Van Bramer helps non-profits

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s (D-Sunnyside) $556,000 in discretionary funding this year largely went to nonprofits that provide a wide range of services, although some money went to public housing associations, LGBT groups and a private park. Comment

House hopefuls exchange political jabs

Congressional candidates Bob Turner and state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) lobbed attacks against each other this week, with Turner criticizing Weprin for giving himself a pay raise while on the City Council in 2006 as Weprin criticized the Tea Party, which he strongly linked to Turner, for being responsible for the country’s credit downgrade. Comment

West Side Tennis Club solicits proposals

The West Side Tennis Club announced last week that it will once again seek to develop the deteriorating, historic tennis stadium that sits on its grounds. Comment

Queensborough wins $500K federal grant

Queensborough Community College announced last week it was one of six community colleges across the country to have been awarded a $500,000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Comment

Smith to investigate hospital

A state senator announced he will launch an investigation into the imminent closure of Far Rockaway’s Peninsula Hospital at a rally Sunday. Comment

Young readers come on out and meet the Mets for story time

A pair of Mets starters gave a group of kids a fun storytime session Monday at the Central Library´╗┐ and received some lessons of their own as they toured the branch’s amazing new science center. Comment

City initiative helps minority teen boys

Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched´╗┐ last week what he called the country’s most ambitious effort to tackle disparities between young black and Latino men, which was lauded by state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans). Comment
Astoria Times

Famed LIC eatery M. Wells to close its doors

M. Wells, a popular Long Island City eatery that serves traditional American diner food with a Quebecois bent, will be closing at the end of August due to failed lease negotiations, its owners said in a statement. Comment

Students show off their engineering prowess at LCC fair

From designing a coffee maker to an automatic parking machine, city high school students showed a summer of work they had done making their engineering dreams come true at a science fair held at LaGuardia Community College last week. Comment

CB 2 says no to liquor license for strip club

Community Board 2 has once again recommended denial of a liquor license to a strip club near Queens Plaza, saying despite the club’s change in management, the business still goes against the community’s planned future growth. Comment

JAMS delights in its 15th year of music, food Jamaica’s popular fest draws thousands

Downtown Jamaica is often packed with shoppers, but Saturday the streets were flooded with people who came out for the 15th-annual Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival. Comment

Handballers reflect on train accident

Nearly a dozen young men and women are sprawled across the cracked cement at the back of the handball court Monday afternoon at Bland Playground in downtown Flushing, smoking Newports and waiting for their chance to play the game that occupies them for hours on end on hot summer days. Comment

Goldfeder starts campaign from Howard Beach HQ

Some of the Queens Democratic Party’s heaviest hitters helped kick off the campaign of state Assembly candidate Phil Goldfeder at his Howard Beach campaign office last Thursday night. Comment

Deacy begins Assembly run at new Rock Beach office

Jane Deacy, who is running for the 23rd state Assembly seat vacated by Audrey Pheffer, officially opened her Rockaway Beach office Saturday to kick off what will be a short campaign designed to boost Republican political clout in the area. Comment

Mayoral board checks Corona’s NYPD hassles

Many immigrant residents in Corona complained about harassment from the NYPD when a worldwide think tank took a survey earlier this year, so in response the organization brought in a watchdog agency to speak about police harassment Sunday. Comment

Forest Hills co-op manager pushes clean oil to owners

A Forest Hills co-op owner is warning Queens landlords who burn high-polluting heating oil that a possibly pricey change is on the horizon. Comment
Astoria Times

Astoria crash kills Australian girl

Crowds of bystanders helped upright a minivan after it flipped during an Astoria car accident Sunday night that killed a 10-year-old girl, the FDNY said. Comment

Local theater producers limited by costly play rights

Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion. Comment

CB 6 proposes fixes for Woodhaven Blvd.

Community Board 6 voted to approve a list of recommendations last week to a city plan to alleviate congestion along Woodhaven Boulevard, an important artery that runs north to south through the borough. Comment

Wal-Mart to help save Jamaica Bay marshes

Jamaica Bay is getting another financial boost from one of the nation’s largest corporations to help improve its dying ecosystem, but despite praise from the city, watchdog groups are calling the act of charity foul. Comment

Thai Rock: An experience fit for a Rockaway renaissance

Who would have thought that Queens’s sleepy beachfront appendage would become a magnet for hipsters, foodies and the media in the summer of 2011? Credit for this revitalization belongs to the arts community. Comment

Rhode Island man pimped out woman in Queens: DA

A Providence, R.I., man is expected to return to Queens Criminal Court next week on charges of taking a woman from his hometown to Queens and forcing her into prostitution to make money for him, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Muppet Master Jim Henson’s puppet fantasy world is explored at the Museum of the Moving Image’s new exhibition in Astoria

If The Muppets were interviewed on The Today Show, what would they say about their creator, Jim Henson? Well, spokeswoman and diva Miss Piggy would probably blurt out, “He was sooo hot!” Big Bird might say, “And he made the whole world smile.” Burt and Ernie would both agree that, “without him, we wouldn’t be here!” Comments (2)


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