Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011

Little Neck

Little Neck salon specializes in Indian locks

One of the hottest trends in beauty, sported by celebrities and coveted by the beau monde, is the unparalleled quality of virgin Remy Indian hair extensions, and at Indiqué Hair in Little Neck customers can see first-hand what makes these locks so luxurious. Comment

Van Bramer to marry partner of 12 years

Wedding bells will soon be ringing in western Queens for City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who announced via Facebook Monday that he became engaged to Dan Hendrick, his partner of 12 years. Comments (1)

Tropical birds make it feel like summer at Queens Zoo

Two hyacinth macaws add a splash of color to the aviary at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo. Although the famed aviary will remain open all winter, these macaws and the other tropical birds will be taken off the exhibit when the weather gets cold. Comments (1)

Monday, Nov. 21, 2011


York alumnus urges youth to make a political difference

A political consultant who helped put major political figures into office is urging York College’s students to make their own mark in the future of the nation’s politics. Comment

Boro man hits cop with car, breaks his legs: DA

FLUSHING — A 26-year-old Flushing resident was sentenced to 10 years in prison Nov. 9 for hitting an on-duty police officer with his car and breaking both of the officer’s legs, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011


Women urged to consider non-traditional jobs at fair

Finding a job and landing one, whether it be white-, blue- or pink-collar, was the topic of discussion Friday at the 24th annual World of Working Women Conference in Flushing. Comment

Theatrical threads call Queens home

What do you do with 75,000 fabulous costumes when you have limited closet space at your expensive Manhattan address? Comment
Long Island City

New hotels in Queens sign of tourism boom: Mayor

Surrounded by a spectacular rooftop view of Manhattan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted the increase in hotels in Long Island City and elsewhere in the five boroughs during a visit to Z NYC at 11th Street and 43rd Avenue, saying the tourism industry has earned the city $31 billion. Comment
St. Albans

SE Qns. leaders help residents fight back

While the police continue to search for the suspects involved in the string of sexual attacks in southeast Queens, women in the area are learning how to fight back. Comment

3 missing Flushing men found unharmed: Cops

FLUSHING — Three Flushing men were reported missing last week, but were all later found in good physical condition, police reported. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man, 69, missing from hospital

RICHMOND HILL — Police were seeking help in finding a 69-year-old Richmond Hill man who went missing from New York Hospital Queens last Thursday. Comment
Floral Park

Kangaroo, alligator and lemur visit Queens Farm

Mother and daughter Heather and Jessica Iannucci from Two by Two Zoo visited the Queens Farm Museum in Floral Park last Saturday to explain about the dangers of people purchasing wild animals for their homes. The zoo showcased several animals, which were taken in by Two by Two after their owners could not keep them anymore or were found in New York, like an alligator that was discovered in the Hudson River. Comment

Tip of the week


City must tap into minority, women businesses

With the passage of Local Law 129 in 2005, the City Council created the Minority and Women-owned Businesses Enterprise Certification Program, which at its core was designed to encourage a bit more fairness for businesses owned and operated by women and people of color in their dealings with the city. It was supposed to give minority businesses a more level playing field to compete for city contracts, and in so doing promote their own businesses while contributing to the city’s economy. Comment

The Immigration Debate

Nothing is more certain to raise blood pressure in New York City than a discussion of the city’s handling of illegal immigration. This is evident in the response to Intro 656, a bill that would prevent the city Department of Correction from handing over suspected illegal immigrants to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for detention and deportation. Comments (2)

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011


Ackerman wants feds to raise boro lending limits

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said last week he was leading a bipartisan effort in Congress to stabilize the housing market in Queens and other high-cost areas by raising the limit on mortgages the government is allowed to guarantee. Comment

Halloran touts city plan for assistance in heating

For borough residents who want heating assistance from the city during the winter, the application can sometimes seem more like a test. Comment

Alley Pond Environmental Center saved wetlands

For 35 years now, the Alley Pond Environmental Center has been teaching the principles of environmental stewardship to generations of nature lovers and is currently working to ensure it exists as a resource for generations to come. Comment

Whitestone stop sign fight about the kids

Alfredo Molinari is second-generation — as in the second generation of residents to fight for a stop sign on a Whitestone block teeming with children. Comment

Brooklyn senator wants hearing by state into LIRR delays, fraud

A Brooklyn legislator has asked for public hearings on the Long Island Rail Road, which he said had received “an astounding amount of negative attention” due to “delays, worsening crime, and fraud charges involving LIRR retirees.” Comment
Cambria Heights

Cambria Hts. senior, 77, missing cane

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — Police were searching for a 77-year-old Cambria Heights man who disappeared from his home Nov. 9. Comment
Middle Village

CK’s Calhoun picks UConn Basketball program’s 6-foot-5 guard intends to be a Husky next fall

It was a single act that speaks volumes about Omar Calhoun. Comment

Arts and crafts exhibited at Greek cultural center

Paintings, prints and jewelry were on display during the annual arts and crafts exhibition at the Stathakion Center on 29th Street in Astoria Saturday of last week. The show was sponsored by the Culture Committee of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York. Comment

Friedrich defends his political role

In a Nov. 10-16 letter to me, Barbara Leonardi asked if my letter to the editor (“E-mail disguised as birthday celebration,” Oct. 20-26), wherein I called for “truth in advertising” by elected officials who send out fund-raising letters masquerading as birthday invitations was “genuine or just another one of your tries at a political position.” In the same paper, Diane Stromfeld characterizes my letter as a “complaint from the perennial candidate, who is a perennial loser.” Comment

Wacky CB 11 Show

If we had not seen this happen before, we might have thought it was a skit from “The Tonight Show” or “Saturday Night Live.” But our reporter says it really happened. He wrote that at last week’s Community Board 11 meeting, “Bedlam broke out” over a proposal to install bleachers at the Little League field in Crocheron Park. Comment

Friday, Nov. 18, 2011


109th Cop of the Month leads city with most arrests in 2011

The 109th Precinct’s November Cop of the Month has not only distinguished himself in northeast Queens, but has made more arrests than any other officer in his position throughout the entire city. Comment

Cops give tips on keeping kids away from gangs at boro forum

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and representatives of the NYPD as well as the city Department of Education visited Elmhurst’s Pan American High School last week to teach parents how to prevent their children from falling in with gangs. Comment

Bayside man takes on Citi

Baysider David Yale empathizes with the millions of people across the country searching for jobs, but if he had his way, there is one person he would like to send to the unemployment line. Comment

Bellerose Broadway star’s memory honored by charity

The foundation set up by a Bellerose girl who starred as Young Nala in “The Lion King” on Broadway raised $10,000 during a Manhattan fund-raiser last week. Comment
Far Rockaway

Rockaway Beach resident dead from gunshot: Cops

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police said Sean Mack, a Rockaway Beach resident, was found in Far Rockaway early Sunday morning with a gunshot wound to his lower torso and was later pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Comment

Being a Poundstone

Wearing her nifty signature suit and loud necktie, the bob-haired comedienne adjusts her mike and takes a swig from a can of Diet Pepsi as she gets ready for some serious joke-telling. Funnywoman Paula Poundstone’s off-kilter, improvisational comedy is as real and down-to-earth as it gets. Comment

Motorcyclist killed after colliding with truck: Cops

WOODSIDE — Police said a 28-year-old man driving a motorcycle eastbound on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway was killed when he crashed into the rear of a truck in the early morning hours of Sunday. Comment

Victim stabbed 8 times with kitchen knife: DA

FLUSHING — A 50-year-old Flushing man was arraigned Nov. 1 on charges of attempted murder, two counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon after he allegedly stabbed another man multiple times, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Salt & Fat: Sunnyside’s recession-friendly ‘Wow’

If I had a rating system for restaurants, I would have to rate Salt & Fat a qualified “WOW.” Qualified only because, although I adored it, it’s not everybody’s bucket of lard. Comment

Blood drive held at Whitestone Volunteer Community Ambulance

A blood drive for New York Hospital Queens was held at the Whitestone Community Volunteer Ambulance Saturday. Comment
Cambria Heights

Greenwood’s passing lifts Campus Magnet

Antoine Allen didn’t have to hope or pray. He might not have seen the football, but he knew Kahlik Greenwood’s pass would find him somehow. Comment

Wall St. protesters are collectivist idealists

News reports about Occupy Wall Street and interviews with occupiers are reminiscent of double-speak. “Greed” means anyone with a lot of money must have stolen it, “social justice“ requires that the wealthy share since they have more than they need and “equality” and “fairness” mean redistribution to each according to his needs. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011


Rape trial begins for Bayside pastor

A Queens Supreme Court jury heard opening arguments Tuesday in the trial of the Rev. Phillip Joubert, the pastor of Bayside’s Community Baptist Church, who is accused of sexually abusing and raping his then-13-year-old daughter in 2009. Comments (2)

OWS rallies Elmhurst, Jamaica for fight against city

Although the crowds in Queens could not hold a flame to the thousands who were marching up and down the streets in Lower Manhattan Thursday, borough members of the Occupy Wall Street movement tried to rally more people to their cause. Comment

Halloran uses four-letter video to rally community

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was caught on video in Auburndale last month giving an expletive-laced tongue lashing to a car shop, but instead of letting the incident fade quietly into the past, he has worn it as a badge of honor at subsequent public appearances. Comments (1)

Flushing residents want sex to stop

Residents of a Flushing housing complex want students from two nearby high schools to stop engaging in X-rated extracurricular activities in their backyards. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jax Heights man drew swastikas on library: DA

A 40-year-old Jackson Heights man was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Saturday on charges of spray painting graffiti on a library and religious buildings in Jackson Heights, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Howard Beach

Sheehan lawyer ‘appalled’ at jail term for gun

The Queens County judicial system does not protect battered women, an irate lawyer for Barbara Sheehan said last Thursday, after the Howard Beach mother was sentenced to five years in prison on a gun charge after being acquitted of murdering her husband. Comment

Queens man stabbed landlord to death: DA

A Woodhaven tenant, who was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in 1994, has been arrested and charged with killing his landlord, a prominent Pakistani immigration law consultant, according to the Queens district attorney’s office and the victim’s family. Comment

City looking at St. Saviour’s alternative

After years of clamoring for parkland at the St. Saviour’s site in Maspeth, community leaders had their hopes dashed when the city said it is all but abandoning its pursuit of the land last week. Comments (1)

Broadway building settles suit over race

An Astoria apartment building has agreed to pay $341,000 and institute fair housing measures as the result of a lawsuit by the nonprofit Fair Housing Justice Center alleging the building’s management discriminated against potential black tenants. Comment

Trees planted in Astoria using money from Con Edison

Representatives of the City Parks Foundation and other nonprofits planted trees on and near the corner of 27th Street and 20th Avenue in Astoria Monday as part of an initiative to bring 850 new trees to western Queens in the next three years. Comment

House dismisses Meeks loan probe Ethics Committee sees no violation but will look into another $40,000 borrowing

The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said it will not look into a nearly $60,000 home equity loan received in 2010 by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) after the Office of Congressional Ethics determined there was no reason to believe the congressman violated House rules. Comment

Sutphin LIRR gets new, safe cab stand

Commuters who frequent downtown Jamaica now have a new, safe transportation option. Comment
Forest Hills

Protester crashes Turner inauguration

Despite a disruption from a small protest, U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Kew Gardens) was inaugurated Sunday at Metropolitan High School in Forest Hills before an enthusiastic crowd. The first Republican congressman to represent the district since 1923 received support from Republicans and Democrats at the ceremony. Comment

Dromm fights for vet centers

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) visited Elmhurst Memorial Hall last week to oppose various city fees levied on veterans organizations. Comment
South Ozone Park

Aqueduct brings in millions in revenue: Racino operator

The new Aqueduct racino made more than $1 million a day in the first nine days of operation, according to the company’s latest financial report. Comment
St. Albans

DEP responds to flooding

Southeast Queens residents vented their frustration last Thursday with the city over the chronic flooding problems that have bedeviled the area over the years and pushed the city Department of Environmental Protection to get a move on with a solution. Comment

Wills admits ‘96 break-in, pays restitution

Nearly 48 hours after he sealed his future in City Hall, Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) ended the 15-year-old misdemeanor case against him at Manhattan Criminal Court last Thursday by admitting to his past wrong doings, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. Comment

Social Security to merge LIC, Astoria offices

The U.S. Social Security Administration will be moving its offices from Steinway Street in Astoria and Crescent Street in Long Island City to a brand new building on 37th Avenue mere blocks from the N and Q lines. Comment

One-way street OK’d by CB 7 near PS 209

Community Board 7 voted Monday night in favor of a one-way street conversion in Whitestone that would alleviate traffic congestion around an elementary school but also curb in appropriate behavior on the part of parents. Comments (1)

Braunstein renews fight against abuse

In the wake of the Penn State sexual abuse cover-up scandal, state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) is renewing his call for passage of a bill that would require New York colleges and universities to report on-campus violent crimes immediately to the authorities. Comment

Suitcase killer sentenced: DA

The former Woodhaven man who admitted to killing his wife, dismembering her body and dumping some of her body parts in a suitcase in Forest Park was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Judge declares mistrial in parking assault case

A jury could not come to an agreement Monday about the fate of a Jamaica livery cab driver who assaulted a woman over a Manhattan parking spot, but prosecutors said they will try to make their case again. Comment

Gillibrand gives Navy Cross to vet killed in Vietnam

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) visited North Shore-LIJ’s Rosen Family Wellness Center on Veterans Day to give the family of a Vietnam soldier killed on the battlefield 45 years ago military honors he was due but never received until now. Comment

QCC honors vets on campus with memorial

Student and faculty veterans at Queensborough Community College were honored last week with the dedication of the college’s Remembrance Grove and the promise that their service to the country would not be forgotten. Comment
Rego Park

Council blasted for nixing Queens animal shelter

More than 30 men and women staged a protest in Rego Park Saturday against a September City Council law that no longer requires an animal shelter to be built in Queens. Protesters also slammed the nonprofit Animal Care & Control’s policies on euthanizing animals. Comments (1)

Cab driver found in taxi shot to death: Police

EDGEMERE — Fernando Mateo, of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, is offering a $1,000 reward for the murder of a livery cab driver in Edgemere which he believes was an illegal street hail that went bad. Comment
Richmond Hill

Driver dies in Rich Hill after car slams into tree

RICHMOND HILL — A motorist was killed early Sunday morning after crashing into a tree at a high rate of speed at the corner of Van Wyck Expressway State Road West and 91st Avenue, police said. Comment

Lady Tigers win conference

The Queensborough Community College women’s volleyball team has captured its second straight CUNY Athletic Conference Championship in as many years. Comment
Fresh Meadows

MLK celebration irks league officials

It’s always something when Martin Luther King Jr. and Francis Lewis meet. Comment

Bayside falls to archenemy, ends postseason in semis

Bayside boys’ soccer has nine losses over the last three seasons. Seven have come via Francis Lewis, including the most painful one, Friday’s 3-1 setback in the Public Schools Athletic League Class A semifinals at New Dorp on Staten Island. Comment

Hillcrest High School scores an A

Everyone at Hillcrest High School should be proud of our most recent accomplishment. We were officially informed that the city Department of Education has designated Hillcrest HS as an “A” school on the 2010-11 Progress Report. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011


Boro activist Pat Dolan, 72, dies after being hit by car

Pat Dolan, a longtime Queens activist who was president of the Queens Civic Congress, head of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy and involved in numerous other civic activities, died Tuesday night after she was struck by a car on her way to a transportation meeting, police said. She was 72. Comments (3)

Fairway opens its doors in Douglaston

The Douglaston Plaza shopping center and the surrounding streets were packed Wednesday morning as shoppers from all over the city flocked to be one of the first to walk through the borough’s newest mega market. Comments (3)

Police looking for witnesses in Bland slay

Police from the 109th Precinct said residents know who shot and killed 21-year-old Alex Botero in Flushing’s Bland Houses Halloween evening, but cops cannot make an arrest until someone comes forward with a name. Comments (1)
Belle Harbor

Queens remembers crash of Flight 587

Holding roses and photos of their loved ones, family members of those who died in the 2001 American Airlines Flight 587 crash in Belle Harbor paid tribute in a memorial ceremony Saturday. Comment
College Point

Senior robs College Pt. bank: Cops

A gun-slinging senior knocked off a College Point bank Saturday, terrifying residents and making off with $1,000, police said. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

112th crime prevention officer warns Forest Hills about laptop thefts at Starbucks

City Comptroller John Liu said he has beefed up the office’s audit and contract review functions since his election two years ago during a meeting of Community Board 6 last week. Comment

Feds launch probe into Liu financing

Federal investigators are looking into City Comptroller John Liu’s current campaign war chest following a series of published reports that questioned the legality of some of his donations. Comment

Woman crashes car into Rite Aid in Astoria: Cops

ASTORIA — The automatic glass door of a Rite Aid, at 33-01 30th Ave. in Astoria, was broken, a piece of the storefront had been knocked off and car parts lay about the corner after a car slammed into it Monday morning. Comment

Schumer protects funding for East Side Access, 2nd Ave. subway

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that he had stopped a Republican proposal in Congress that would have stopped work on the East Side Access project and the Second Avenue subway. Comment

Subway crimes increased 24% in ‘10: NYPD

Crime in the subways has been declining for years, but increased 24 percent last year with half of crimes involving snatch-and-grab thefts from straphangers onboard trains. Comment
Jackson Heights

Pipia, McClancy get storybook ending ‘A’ title

Even in the toughest moments, Sal Pipia never had any doubts. Even when the Monsignor McClancy senior soccer star thought he wouldn’t play another high school game, he felt like his team would win the title. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011


Suspect in Gibbons hit-and-run death caught in Connecticut

A month to the day after he allegedly killed the owner of a popular Maspeth bar in a hit-and-run accident, which sparked a massive neighborhood campaign to bring him to justice, Peter Rodriguez was arrested Tuesday morning in Connecticut, police said. Comments (7)

Monday, Nov. 14, 2011


VIDEO: Crowley and Gibbons family search for suspect in hit-and-run crash

The family of Gibbons Home’ owner George Gibbons, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash last month, and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley Sunday led a massive effort to paper western Queens with fliers featuring a photo of the suspected driver. Comments (2)


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