Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011

Jamaica Estates

Celebrating a decade of fine Italian food

Some entrepreneurs work their whole lives before they can start a successful business. But Carlos Acquista recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Jamaica Estates Italian restaurant he started when he was only 23. Comment

Monday, Nov. 7, 2011


Job fair hopes to put women back to work

The job hunt is on again with the Center for the Women of New York planning to hold its annual conference and career fair at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing next week. Comment

Jack the Cat succumbs to injuries

Jack the Cat, the feline that touched the hearts of thousands of pet lovers across the world when he was lost at John F. Kennedy International Airport for two months, did not survive to be reunited with his owner and his cat siblings on the West Coast, his vets announced. He was 5 years old. Comments (5)

Beep must not back Creedmoor proposal

You are aware of the strong community opposition to the proposed plan on the grounds of Creedmoor as put forth by the Indian Cultural and Community Center. Your representatives have attended some if not all of the meetings in the Bellerose area on this subject and can confirm that the following neighboring civic associations have strongly opposed this proposal. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011

Long Island City

Seawall repair tops CB 1 wish list for another year

Repairing and removing contamination near the Queens seawall was named the top priority on Community Board 1’s capital budget wish list for fiscal year 2013. The board also placed streetlight, sewer and park upgrades on its annual list. Comment
East Elmhurst

Elected officials found Rikers library for moms

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera (D-Bronx) announced last week that they are collecting children’s books for female prisoners in Rikers Island and women’s facilities upstate to read to their children. Comment

Head of Korean group honored for lifetime achivement

Kwanghee Kim, founder of the Flushing-based nonprofit the Korean American Family Service Center, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award last week by the New York Women’s Foundation. But while she is dedicated to her work, she was not so happy with the name of the award. Comments (7)
Little Neck

Weight Watchers’ humble origins began in Deepdale

Unless one considers Long Island and Queens to be different countries, the name “Weight Watchers International Inc” may not have seemed entirely apropos at the time when the company consisted of a few scattered meetings and a loft space near the corner of Northern Boulevard and Little Neck Parkway. Comment
Ozone Park

Cop drove drunk while off duty in 106th: Police

OZONE PARK — An off-duty police officer was arrested and charged with drunk driving Friday, authorities said. Comment
Far Rockaway

Two men unwittingly robbed officer: Brown

FAR ROCKAWAY — Two Far Rockaway men were charged with robbery and assault after they allegedly tried to steal a gun from an undercover officer walking on the boardwalk, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)

Greater Jamaica holds gala

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation held its Gala Celebration 2011 Tuesday of last week. Comment

The burden of being a Cardozo captain

Being a captain isn’t all what it’s cracked up to be. Do I love being captain? Yes, of course, but it has some obstacles. Comment

Tip of the week


Don’t put bleachers in Crocheron Pk

On March 29, 1995, an illiterate letter — replete with more than a dozen errors in grammar and spelling, including “bleaches” instead of “bleachers” — was sent to Community Board 11 by a person who called himself “Commissioner of Bayside Little League,” requesting that bleachers be installed in Crocheron Park, across from the residential area that had been represented by the East Bayside Homeowners Association for two decades at that time. Comments (8)

Feeling Lucky?

History was made Friday when Aqueduct Racetrack opened Resorts World Casino New York City. According to the casino operators, 65,000 people jammed the slot machines and gaming tables during the opening weekend while thousands of would-be gamblers waited in the cold for their chance to play. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011


Mayor opens up to Flushing

Mayor Michael Bloomberg received an enthusiastic reception at a town hall in Flushing last week hosted by the Korean American Community Foundation. While there, Bloomberg answered questions from the mostly Korean audience about business issues, language access and even kimchee. Comments (1)

Queens officials condemn swastikas painted on western Queens libraries, synagogue

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) joined with officials and Jewish leaders Friday to decry swastika graffiti that had been painted on two Queens libraries and a synagogue in the area. Comment

Killer’s plea called raw deal

A former Woodhaven resident pleaded guilty last week to murdering and dismembering his wife in 2007, but the deal he cut for 20 years behind bars seemed like just the latest disappointment to activists who worked to turn what was initially a missing persons case into a murder investigation. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Car slams into Kew Gardens Hills restaurant

An out-of-control car crashed through the window of a Kew Gardens Hills eatery Sunday, but surprisingly the driver was not seriously injured and no one in the store was hurt. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Weprin calls on city to oversee food carts

In reaction to what he says is a proliferation of food carts on city streets, City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) said he would like to see the city Street Vendor Review Panel reconvene and implement a new plan regulating where and when the food carts can operate. Comments (3)

Jamaica, Brooklyn teens tried stealing phone: DA

JAMAICA — An 18-year-old from Jamaica and a 17-year-old from Brooklyn, were charged with attempted robbery and resisting arrest after they allegedly tried to swipe a cell phone from a man walking on a Jamaica street, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Sikhs brave snow during procession

Dozens of people participated in a procession or Nagar Kirtan that began in the Gurdwara Sant Sagar Sikh Temple and proceeded through the streets of Bellerose. Comment
Flushing Times

Bowling runs in the family

Archbishop Molloy had just won the city championship and the bowling lanes were clear. Everyone was in the front of the building when Thomas Cacioppo grabbed a ball. Comment
Flushing Times

Penalty kicks down Molloy

The Archbishop Molloy players fell to the ground, some to their knees and others flat on their backs as the tears and emotions flowed out. Comments (3)
Political Action

Bloomberg must swiftly put an end to Wall St. protest

The Occupy Wall Street protest continues. It seems that most of those protesters do not intend to leave any time soon unless compelled to do so. Comments (7)

Pol should make peace between halal market, Bellerose

I have family in Glen Oaks and they shop at Super Halal Meat in Bellerose. We enjoy the shopping experience and would have to travel farther to another specialty market that specifically caters to Muslims with halal products. Comments (9)

A Son of Queens Freed

It was not justice — not even close — but it was a welcome outcome nonetheless. Comment

Friday, Nov. 4, 2011


Elmhurst Library to close

The Queens Library’s Elmhurst branch will be shutting its doors next week but when it returns, it will be bigger and better than ever. Comment

Jack the cat moved to Manhattan for further treatment

Jack the cat is moving on to the West Side of Manhattan from Queens as he continues to regain his strength for his return voyage to his owner in California. Comments (11)
South Jamaica

Teen arrested in murder of South Jamaica teenager: NYPD

Police said Wednesday they had arrested and charged a suspect in the murder of Patrick Dixon, the teenager from South Jamaica who was killed last week when several young men attempted to steal his iPhone. Comments (4)

St. Saviour’s activists want state to release funds

Advocates for a park at the St. Saviour’s site in Maspeth are hoping the state will change its mind and provide crucial funds for the project’s future. Comment

Fatal crashes more likely on discount buses: Report

Discount buses, such as those piloted by Queens drivers in two recent accidents, are seven times more likely to be involved a fatal smashup than regular buses, a federal agency reported this week. Comment
Bayside Hills

Bayside Hills lot ruling sparks call for reform of BSA

The Bayside Hills community gathered around the corner of 216th Street and 51st Avenue on Halloween to once again protest the second home planned for the narrow lot after the city Board of Standards and Appeals ignored vehement opposition and granted approval to the project. Comments (1)

Joe Crowley’s brother sued by GOP official

Attorney John E. “Sean” Crowley is suing a California woman on disability, claiming he was never properly compensated for legal work he had done for her. She and her lawyer, who are fighting the fee, claim his congressman brother’s appointments create a conflict of interest. Comment

Boro dad who stopped rape gets daughter free party

A Whitestone civic leader who owns a party place on Clintonville Street rewarded a U.S. Marine veteran who thwarted a rape near the Cross Island Parkway in August by hosting his daughter’s second birthday celebration for free. Comments (5)
Forest Hills

Court upholds Malakov killers’ convictions

Mazoltuv Borukhova’s revenge plot to get back her daughter has not only put her and her distant uncle behind bars for the rest of their lives, but it may have cost her the chance to see her child ever again. Comments (2)

Halloran claims city’s mistreating his district at meet

With representatives from a number of city departments sharing the stage with him at Holy Cross High School on Francis Lewis Boulevard, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) hosted his second annual town hall meeting, where he sharply criticized the city for what he characterized as either neglect, malfeasance or outright targeting of his northeast Queens district. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Film stars pioneers of Rockaway surfing community

Just hop on the Far Rockaway-bound A train and you’ll find Rockaway Beach. The mystery of this faraway stop inspired Brooklynite writer-director Kryssa Schemmerling, a New York University filmmaking teacher and mom, to shoot a documentary about the little-known surfing community there. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

Queens’ fencing dynamo

The St. John’s University Red Storm fencing team has been one of the best in the country for a number of years, winning a national championship in 2001 and not placing lower than sixth at the national championships since 1993. Comment
College Point

Visitors find frights at Poppenhusen haunted house

The Poppenhusen Instite hosted a Halloween haunted house. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Music has had deep, enriching effect on life of columnist

I think music has been a part of my life since I was old enough to hear. My parents were not musicians, but they loved music and had good singing voices. So has my sister, Elizabeth, and my father’s sister, my Aunt Maud Gallagher, and her son Harry. Comment

Middle class will pay for jobs bill

As the great recession of 2011 continues unabated, protests against the dire economic conditions continue to occur and are now spreading to other parts of the country. The president continues to press for the passage of his jobs creation bill, but Congress is balking. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011

Jamaica Hills

Hillcrest High School earns A on city progress report

The city released its fifth annual public high school progress report last week, and for the 2010-11 school year schools in Queens outperformed the citywide average, with 98 percent of schools either maintaining or moving up or down one grade from the previous year. One Queens school, Hillcrest High School, jumped two letter grades, from a C to an A. Comments (2)
Ozone Park

Thousands flock to Aqueduct to test their day one luck

The owners of the Aqueduct racino in Ozone Park hit the jackpot Friday when thousands of gamblers flooded the only video gambling casino in the city on its opening day. Comments (1)

Queens GOP infighting ends with Ragusa win

A Queens Supreme Court judge put an end to the leadership dispute between warring factions of the Queens Republican Party last week when he ruled that Phil Ragusa is the rightful chairman of the party. Comment
South Jamaica

Trial of two Sean Bell detectives ends as judge weighs arguments

The fate of two of the officers who killed Sean Bell in a hail of 50 bullets is now in the hands of the police commissioner and the Rockaway bridegroom’s family is urging him to give them justice. Comment

Redistrict Avella seat: Group

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said there are rumors swirling around that his district may be torn apart when the state Legislature redraws political lines next year. Comments (2)

Young woman dead at 21

After three days in Elmhurst General Hospital, the 21-year-old girl shot in the head Oct. 24 in Maspeth died from her injuries, according to police. Comments (4)
Willets Point

Willets Point workers stage soccer match: Weekend tournament, art show give visitors a look at another side of the gritty Iron Triangle

The Iron Triangle became the asphalt rectangle Sunday as it hosted daylong soccer matches along with walking tours and sculptures made of muffler parts. Comment

Cops still looking for sex attackers

Police still have no leads in five unsolved sex attacks out of the seven assaults that have been plaguing southeast Queens, but an elected official is urging residents not to give in to fear. Comments (3)

JFK cat in ICU following rescue at customs room

Even though the first sight of her cat after it spent two months on the lam in John F. Kennedy International Airport was when he was in critical condition in a animal ICU, Karen Pascoe said she was glad that her pet was safe. Comment

City honors 9/11 victim decade later

A street renaming in honor of a Corona man who died in the Sept. 11 attacks somehow got lost in the shuffle, but family members and the community took solace Sunday that the commemoration occurred the same year of the 10th anniversary of the tragedy. Comment

Halloran blows lid at Star Nissan

Auto-owners bringing their Maximas and Muranos in for service at Auburndale’s Star Nissan service center were privy to a spectacle last week as City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) stopped by to confront management on a litany of quality-of-life complaints neighbors have registered against the company — and ended up delivering a verbal lashing that left employees slack-jawed. Comments (2)
Broad Channel

City, fed agencies team up to create plan for Jamaica Bay

The mayor and the federal government are teaming up to not only restore Jamaica Bay to its original natural state, but also make it a prominent destination for visitors from around the world. Comment
Middle Village

Civic decries Crowley’s immigration proposal

The Juniper Park Civic Association will host a news conference outside City Hall to show its opposition to a bill City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) recently co-sponsored that would protect certain illegal immigrants from being deported. Comments (4)

Dozen rivals vie for six boro judgeships

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown is running unopposed for sixth term in office next week, but 12 other candidates will vie for a State Supreme Court spot in a judicial system that has been tightening its belt amid rising case loads. Comment

Mets will move in fences at Citi Field for fair play

Citi Field will become a more friendly place for home runs after the New York Mets decided Monday to move in the fences at the Flushing ballpark in time for next season. Portions of the outfield wall will be moved as much as 12 feet closer to home plate and the entire outfield wall will be 8 feet high. Comment
Cambria Heights

Molloy teen shot at party is paralyzed

A Queens star high school soccer player was left paralyzed when a cowardly thug shot him in the back outside a house party, police said. Comment

LIC medical center expands to SE Queens

Help is on its way to southeast Queens. where medical experts say there is a huge void when it comes to women’s health issues. Comment
Forest Hills

Nobel candidate to speak on Israeli-Palestinian struggle

Most men in Izzeldin Abuelaish’s position would have called for revenge after Israeli tank shells killed his family in 2009, but the two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee will speak in Forest Hills this month about how he did the opposite. Comment
Forest Hills Gardens

Haggerty set to be sentenced for bilking Bloomberg

Queens Republican operative John Haggerty, found guilty last month of stealing $1.1 million from Mayor Michael Bloomberg during the mayor’s 2009 re-election campaign, can receive a sentence ranging from probation to 15 years in prison when he is set to be sentenced Friday by a Manhattan Supreme Court judge. Comment

11 out on bail in LIRR pension fraud case

Eleven people have been released on bail in what federal prosecutors contend was a monumental fraud scheme by Long Island Rail Road employees falsely claiming disabilities in order to augment their pensions. Comments (5)
Queensboro Hill

Meng wants city to have its own liquor authority

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) paid a visit to the Palace Diner on Main Street last week — not to chow down on burgers and fries, but to dish with members of the Queensboro Hill Civic Association about 2012 legislative initiatives such as the creation of a city liquor authority and an English-language signage bill. Comment
Long Island City

Suspect in October LIC shooting sought by cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were asking for the public’s help last Thursday in finding a suspect wanted in a shooting in Long Island City. Comment

Queens’ Celebrity Builder

Queens native Stephen Fanuka has built a reputation as the “contractor-to-the-stars,” crafting tony digs for a celebrity clientele that boast names like Beyonce, Lindsay Lohan and Astoria’s own Tony Bennett. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Snow bodes well for tough St. Franics Prep soccer

The way Chris Joseph sees it, last season could have ended differently if St. Francis Prep had a different mentality. This team might not be as purely skilled as that group, he said, but is tougher — physically and mentally. Comment
Jackson Heights

Hundreds celebrate Halloween with parade in Jackson Heights

Hundreds of people marched along 37th Avenue for the annual Jackson Heights Halloween Parade. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

TMLA’s Munday voted top sweeper

Deirdre Munday didn’t vote for herself, but plenty of other people did. Comment
Dishing with Dee

John Haggerty makes promise for a Round 2 in court

On Tuesday evening, state Sen. Tony Avella held a 60th birthday party celebration for himself at Antun’s in Queens Village. It was a rather small, intimate party, but a pleasant one full of well-wishers. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011


Maspeth seeks hit-and-run suspect

After Maspeth bar owner George Gibbons Jr. was killed in a hit-and-run accident two weeks ago, the community and the Gibbons family took action to try and bring to justice the man suspected of causing the lifelong Queens resident’s death. Comment
Long Island City

Willets Pt. site snubbed in bids for tech center

After a Monday deadline, seven universities submitted plans for a New York City campus as part of a mayoral initiative to establish a technical center and while there were no bids for Queens, two powerhouse institutions had an eye on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island, which could bring major economic benefits to the borough. Comments (1)
New Hyde Park

Ex-CB 13 Chairwoman Susan Noreika dies at age 90

Susan Noreika, a charter member of Community Board 13 who served as its chairwoman for three decades, died Oct. 4. She was 90. Comment

Cop testifies to NYPD on Sean Bell shooting

One of the officers who killed Sean Bell gave his account of why he and his five comrades fired 50 shots at the bridegroom and his two friends nearly five years ago outside a nightclub in South Jamaica. Comment
South Jamaica

Teen murdered for iPhone

A South Jamaica teen was murdered Friday when a group of young men tried to steal his iPhone and stabbed him, police said. Comment

Bayside resident Martin Zias dies at 83

Martin Zias, 83, of Bayside, died Oct. 22 at his home surrounded by family. He was 83. Comment

Man shot dead in Bland Houses on H’ween: Cops

A 21-year-old man was killed on Halloween evening outside the Bland Houses in Flushing, police said. Comments (8)

House Transportation chairman gives greenlight to Second Ave. subway

U.S. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) has assured U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) that federal money for the Second Avenue subway will continue through the first phase of the project. Comment

Man grabbed buttocks of girl, 8, in Flushing: Report

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man who sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl in Flushing, police said Comment

Say it’s not snow!

A snowstorm blanketed the borough Saturday afternoon. Comment
Flushing Times

Molloy overcomes Fontbonne rally for spot in final

The play was over. The volleyball seemed to touch the floor. Most players would have given up. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011


Train hits bumper in Astoria station and causes havoc for commuters

The morning commute in Astoria turned into a mad scramble for hundreds of people Tuesday morning after transit officials say a Q train hit the bumper at the Ditmars Station of the N/Q line. Comment

Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

Forest Hills

Forest Hills mom’s murder-for-hire conviction upheld

Nearly four years to the day that Daniel Malakov was gunned down in front of his daughter at a Forest Hills playground, a state appellate court upheld the murder convictions of his estranged wife and her relative in his death. Comments (7)

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011

Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens’ Grapel returns home after Egyptian captivity

After four and a half months of detainment in an Egyptian jail on espionage charges, Oakland Gardens native Ilan Grapel walked down a hallway at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 and into the arms of his family Saturday morning. Comments (1)

Bloomy says he’ll work to fix kimchee fines

Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Health Department inspectors: lay off the kimchee. Comment

Friday, Oct. 28, 2011

Israeli prime minister greets Oakland Gardens man released by Egypt

Ilan Grapel, the Oakland Gardens native who was released by Egypt Thursday after being arrested and held on espionage charges for more than four months, will return home Friday morning, according to U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment
Ozone Park

Thousands visit new racino at Aqueduct for opening day VIDEO

The owners of the Aqueduct racino in Ozone Park hit the jackpot Friday when thousands of gamblers flooded the only video gambling casino in the state on its opening day. Comments (4)

Portions of Throgs Neck Bridge to close for night roadwork

Part of the center lane of the Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed on around the clock starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, to permit roadwork. Comments (1)


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