Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011

Long Island City

East and West cuisine meet at LIC eatery

In creating the menu for her new Long Island City restaurant Bear, at 12-14 31st Ave., Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky has drawn from the sum of her experiences. Comment

Emerald Awards to be dedicated to late civic leader Patricia Dolan

The Queens Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces has announced it will dedicate the eighth annual 2011 Emerald Awards to the late Patricia Dolan in recognition of her work to make the borough a better place to live, work and play. Comments (1)

Woodhaven Library book discussion group seeks new readers

Queens Library at Woodhaven invites the community to join the Woodhaven’s Book Discussion Group. For more than 40 years, the library has hosted a discussion around a great book. It is inviting new members. It meets monthly on the third Wednesday. Comment

Monday, Nov. 28, 2011

Jamaica Estates

Eclectic group with Queens roots to play SJU

A Jackson Heights-based chamber music ensemble’s eclectic arrangements will be featured on St. John’s University’s Jamaica campus Dec. 1 showcasing the musical genius of its percussionist and artistic director, Ingrid Gordon, and renowned harpist Susan Jolles, a longtime Forest Hills resident. Comment

Man killed by passing truck after exiting car on Clearview Expressway

BAYSIDE — A Rochdale man was stuck and killed on the Clearview Expressway in Bayside Sunday after he got out of a car on the shoulder of the highway, police said. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011

Howard Beach

Model train enthusiasts meet in Howard Beach

The MTA’s A line was not the only train heading through Howard Beach over the weekend. Comment

Astoria leaders push new laws after crime rise

A spike in criminal incidents in Astoria, ranging from gropings to smashed car windows to attempted rape, has led three elected officials representing the neighborhood to introduce legislation to prevent crime in the area. Comment

Meditation group in Bayside teaches to subtract distractions

When visitors walk through the front door and into the foyer of the unassuming, beige house on the residential 38th Avenue block of 216th Street in Bayside, they are asked politely, if they have not already done so, to remove their shoes. Comments (39)
Flushing Times

Molloy fielder heads west

Jonathon Ramon was in search of the best opportunity — on and off the baseball diamond — but he also wanted to get away from the moment the college process began. Comment

Astoria native Schwimmer also one of our ‘Friends’

Born in Astoria Nov. 2, 1966, actor and director David Lawrence Schwimmer is best known as the hopeless romantic Ross Geller in the 1990s sitcom “Friends.” Born to attorneys Arthur and Arlene Schwimmer, he, his older sister Ellie and his parents moved to California when David was 2. Comment

Halloran right standing up to dealer

I am a constituent of City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and I am glad to have an elected official who I can count on to take action. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011


Former LIRR employee writes Jamaica station history

For most commuters, the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station is just a simple hub that gets them to Long Island and Manhattan, but train history buff David Morrison said the location is one of the most historically significant places in the city. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

North Queens civic celebrates 70 years

More than 100 people and elected officials past and present turned out at the Lexington School for the Deaf in Jackson Heights last Thursday to honor the North Queens Homeowners Association for its 70th anniversary. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Jury convicts E. Elmhurst teen in stabbing death

East Elmhurst resident John Katehis, 19, has been convicted in Brooklyn State Supreme Court of murdering 47-year-old ABC radio reporter George Weber in a 2009 hookup gone wrong, the Kings County district attorney’s office said last week. Comment

Flushing park gets toilet after 30 years

Finally, some relief. Comment

Police seek Astoria man gone missing from home

ASTORIA — Police have asked for the public’s help in finding a man who went missing from his home last week. Comment

Students from Bayside HS and kids decorate the castle at the Bayside Historical Society

Children visited the Bayside Historical Society in Fort Totten last Saturday to make Victorian ornaments, as volunteers, including Bayside High School students in the Key Club, decorated the society’s Christmas tree. Comment
Middle Village

CK football coach, staff asked to quit

Christ the King varsity football Coach Chris Higgins and his entire staff were asked to resign by the school’s board of directors last week, sources told the New York Post. Comment

Tip of the week


‘A Terrific and Tireless Leader’

We routinely report on the activities of countless community leaders. Along the way, we have been impressed by the dedication of many we have met, but none more so than Pat Dolan, who died last week. Comment

Columnist wrong on facts of Haggerty case, boro GOP

I have tried to hold my tongue for a while concerning some of columnist Dee Richard’s biased and influenced comments, but one column — “John Haggerty makes promise for a Round 2 in court, published Nov. 3 — is just a bit too ridiculous to ignore. Maybe it is time she stuck to party updates and human interest stories. Comment

Friday, Nov. 25, 2011


Comrie hosts foreclosure talk

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and two of his fellow City Hall members gathered in Corona last Thursday to give borough homeowners a helping hand in dealing with the ongoing housing crisis. Comment

Boro store managers report bigger Black Friday crowds

Queens bargain hunters lined up early for Black Friday deals, with some shoppers spending their Thanksgiving waiting in front of stores to take advantage of the deep discounts. Comment

Hevesi wants barriers for Fresh Pond trains

State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) is calling on a city body to install sound barriers near the Fresh Pond Terminal in Ridgewood so residents will not have to hear loud freight trains passing by the neighborhood. Comments (7)

Tech-hungry thieves fuel 24 % subway crime spike

Crime in the subways has been declining for years, but increased 24 percent last year with half of the incidents involving snatch-and-grab theft from straphangers on board trains. Comment

Man victim of assault from 3 others: Police

RIDGEWOOD — Police arrested one teenager Tuesday and were still looking for two more men in a Nov. 8. assault of a 25-year-old man on a Queens-bound L train in Ridgewood, according to the NYPD. Comment
Forest Hills

‘See How They Run:’ Parkside’s zany Brit hit

The reviewer must warn the theatergoer that Parkside Players’ new production of “See How They Run” makes no sense whatsoever. This is a good thing, because this work by Philip King is a complete, unapologetic farce. Even the name of the town where it takes place, Merton-Cum-Middlewick, is weird even for an English placename. Comment
Middle Village

CK loss put juniors on notice this year

Isaiah Lewis shot a glance at Jordan Fuchs in the locker room of the Times Union Center in Albany. Christ the King had just lost to Mount Vernon in overtime of the New York State Federation Class AA basketball championship game and tears were streaming down the faces of their senior teammates. Comment
The Civic Scene

Scams and fraud destroy moral fabric of our society

The newspapers and TV constantly tell of all kinds of crime. At a recent meeting, one senior citizen made the comment that the mentality of our country is to get something for nothing. This statement sounds plausible, but the question is how many people think this way. Comment

Explaining to Do

A wave of published reports has raised questions not only about city Comptroller John Liu’s plans to run for mayor in 2013, but his fitness to complete his term as comptroller. As the city’s chief financial watchdog, the comptroller’s judgment must be beyond reproach. That may no longer be the case. Comment

Waterfront plan will harm small biz

Were one to seek an area rife with congestion and abysmal architecture, downtown Flushing would surely qualify as the winner. There seems to be no end to myopic public officials together with taxpayer-subsidized, fat-cat real estate developer friends seeking to turn Flushing into tomorrow’s overcrowded slums. Comments (1)

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011


Zombies invade Astoria WITH VIDEO

The zombie apocalypse descended on Astoria Saturday, but instead of an insatiable hunger for brains, these walking dead had a craving for brews. Comments (2)

Bayside’s PS 159 celebrates coveted Blue Ribbon Award

Teachers, staff and proud students at PS 159 put the icing on the cake of their 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award last Thursday with an assembly celebrating the Bayside school’s recognition as one of the best in the nation. Comment

Whitestone hero gets pigskin tribute

It was the perfect weather for a football tournament in memory of Firefighter Thomas Casoria, his family said. Comment

Thompson visits NE Queens Multicultural Democratic Club

As city Comptroller John Liu’s political future hangs in limbo amid a fund-raising scandal surrounding his 2013 mayoral campaign, Bill Thompson met with the Northeast Queens Multicultural Democratic Club in Flushing Sunday to discuss his campaign for the mayoral election. Comment

Physician indicted over death: Special prosecutor

FLUSHING — An investigation into a Flushing physician’s dubious business practices led to the first indictment for the newly created Prescription Drug Investigation Unit of the city’s special narcotics prosecutor’s office. Comment

Two men robbed at gunpoint in Jamaica: DA

JAMAICA — A 34-year-old man is under arrest after he allegedly mugged two men at gunpoint last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Jazz Masters shine before packed Flushing Town Hall

The National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Masters’ “Armstrong and Beyond,” the latest edition of the annual Flushing Town Hall Jazz Masters concert, once again drew a capacity crowd on Friday evening. This year as in the past, Jimmy “Little Bird” Heath — a Queens resident, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, jazz educator and leader of the ubiquitous Queens Jazz Orchestra — led his colleagues in a very active pre-concert question-and-answer period with the audience. Comment
Jamaica Estates

SJU students bake Thanksgiving pies for food pantries

More than 70 St. John’s University students spent their Sunday evening baking pies for Queens food pantries, churches, a senior center and a foster care facility. Students from 11 fraternities and sororities prepped about 1,050 apples to fill around 300 pies. St. John’s chose five organizations, where they planned to deliver 200 of the pies, as well as 300 turkeys. Assemblyman Rory Lancman partnered with St. John’s and arranged for donations to six other sites, which they said were in need. Councilman James Gennaro encouraged participation in the event. Comment

Lawrence, talented frontcourt leading Cardozo

From Royal Ivey to Rafer Alston and Daryll Hill, Cardozo has always been known for its guards. At this time of year, Ron Naclerio is usually scrambling for big-bodied forwards. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Three generations make mark on Queens Women’s Bar

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Just one more month till Christmas. It kind of crept up on us, didn’t it? Comment

‘A Terrific and Tireless Leader’

We routinely report on the activities of countless community leaders. Along the way, we have been impressed by the dedication of many we have met, but none more so than Pat Dolan, who died last week. Comment

City wrong to remove Wall Street protesters

The more conservative elements of our city have succeeded in their efforts to obtain the forceful removal of protesters from Zuccotti Park. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011

Far Rockaway

Jury finds Far Rock man guilty of rape, perjury

A Queens Supreme Court jury found former Far Rockaway resident Jerry Ramrattan, 39, guilty of raping his ex-girlfriend Wednesday and then enacting an elaborate scheme that put her behind bars for seven months, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Bayside pastor convicted of sexual abuse

The Rev. Phillip Joubert, pastor of the Community Baptist Church in Bayside, was acquitted of rape charges Tuesday, but a Queens Supreme Court jury found him guilty of several lesser charges, including two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Comment

Liu probe shocks Flushing

The Flushing community is stunned by the news that City Comptroller John Liu, who rose through the political ranks in the bustling Queens neighborhood, has been ensnared in a federal investigation into his campaign finances. Comments (3)

Nissan ignores Halloran order to live by regs

The deal is off between a noisy Auburndale car service center and lawmakers from northeast Queens. Comments (1)

Bayside teen scientist advances to national finals

With Christmas right around the corner, Brian Kim’s packing and covering mathematics techniques should come in handy, but until then he will just have to settle for winning prestigious science competitions. Comment

Occupy Wall Street spreads

While most of the action in last Thursday’s day-long Occupy Wall Street protest took place in Lower Manhattan, supporters in Queens hit the streets to add more numbers to the cause. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts’ pre-recession economy grew three times that of city

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli painted a mostly positive portrait of Jackson Heights and its surrounding neighborhoods’ economy on a visit to the community last week, saying small businesses owned by immigrants bring in much money and the area has enormous potential growth. Comment

GOP proposes own redistricting plans for Assembly, Senate

State Republicans have been quietly shopping around a map of proposed legislative lines as part of the upcoming redistricting, as Queens minority groups have been advocating for lines of their own. Comment
South Ozone Park

Qns. pair wins ‘lotto’ cash

A pair of lucky Queens lottery players showed off their winnings Monday in front of dozens of gamblers who were testing their own luck at Aqueduct’s new racino. Comment

Giuliani says county job growth hangs on enough energy supply

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke at an energy symposium in Astoria Friday to discuss which area will power New York City in the future, and some panelists said it should not be Queens. Comment

Despite bypass, trucks travel Maspeth roads

Large trucks continue to use Grand and Flushing avenues in Maspeth after the city Department of Transportation instituted a traffic plan last summer prohibiting the trucks from barreling through those streets, business owners on the commercial strip said Friday. Comments (3)
College Point

Busless students on the road

The city will make it easier for College Point middle-schoolers to get home from class in Whitestone, but it has not budged on letting them do so in yellow buses. Comments (1)

Man charged in crash that killed Maspeth bar owner

The man suspected of killing popular Maspeth bar owner George Gibbons Jr. last month was being held without bail after being arraigned on manslaughter and other charges last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Whitestone civic does its part to keep veterans parade alive

The Whitestone Memorial Day Parade has been a neighborhood tradition for as long as many residents can remember, but few realize how close it comes to extinction during tough economic times. Comment
Forest Hills

GOP unites in Forest Hills

After U.S. Rep. Bob Turner’s (R-Kew Gardens) upset victory against state Assemblyman David Weprin in a September special election, Republicans are extending their reach into Forest Hills with a new political club. Comment

Koo funds stronger Bland security

A Flushing lawmaker held a town hall meeting last week to discuss new security features coming to Bland Houses, which have been the site of a recent killing and subsequent gunfire. Comment

Woodside fire kills one man, injures four

A deadly, two-alarm fire in Woodside raged for nearly three hours early Friday morning, leaving one dead, four injured and neighbors turning to each other in search of ways to cope with the tragedy after the smoke had cleared. Comment

Douglaston Greenmarket faces uncertain future

The city wrapped up the Douglaston Greenmarket this weekend, and though it was a hit with customers, the verdict is still out on whether or not it will return next year. Comment

Like father, like son

Héctor Colón was only 13 years old when he first became enamored with the prospect of becoming a trumpet player. Comment
St. Albans

Queens Hospital fills hospital closings gap

A representative from Queens Hospital Center paid a visit to Community Board 12 during its monthly meeting last week to reassure the southeast Queens community that it does have viable health care options in its backyards. Comment

Hollis pair sentenced to prison for Dunkin’ gift card thefts: DA

Two foreigners who stole thousands of dollars from a Hollis bank using modified gift cards were sentenced last week for their crimes, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Four people sent to hospital in LIE accident

SUNNYSIDE — A Flushing driver was arrested Saturday after he allegedly caused a severe accident on the Long Island Expressway that sent him and four passengers to the hospital, police said. Comment

Victim assaulted, cut with food tray: Brown

JAMAICA — A 56-year-old man pleaded guilty last week to striking another person on the head with a food tray, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Modest Mary Louis returns with strong starting field

Mary Louis’ girls’ basketball squad is the team so many are talking about heading into the season. With the two best freshmen in New York City and exceptional returning players, led by George Mason-bound slasher Reana Mohamed, the Hilltoppers are everyone’s chic pick to finish at or near the top of loaded CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I. Comment
Far Rockaway

Ramrattan lawyer tries to discredit DA witnesses

Bayside attorney Frank Kelly said Monday that in trying to find his client, former Far Rockaway resident Jerry Ramrattan, guilty of rape, perjury and other charges, prosecutors have relied upon the testimony of liars, thieves and a woman who has presented inconsistent testimony. Comment

Cultural Center bad for Bellerose

The Queens Civic Congress, the umbrella coalition for more than 100 Queens civic organizations, congratulates Community Board 13 on its vote to oppose construction of two multi-story apartment buildings on the Creedmoor campus adjacent to several low-density Bellerose neighborhoods. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011


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)

Authorities discover more than 5,000 untaxed cigarettes in western Queens: DA

A Woodside man was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court last Thursday on counterfeiting and other charges after NYPD officers allegedly found 5,000 untaxed cartons of cigarettes and $96,000 in cash at his residence and at two locations in Jackson Heights, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Fairway market hits Doug

A steady stream of traffic poured in and out of the new Fairway Sunday, a few days after the market opened to great fanfare in the Douglaston Shopping Plaza. Comments (1)

Daughter says she was raped by pastor dad

The prosecutor in the rape trial of the Rev. Phillip Joubert, pastor of the Community Baptist Church in Bayside, told a Queens Supreme Court jury Monday that testimony submitted by his daughter was enough to find him guilty of sexually abusing her. Comments (2)

Thanksgiving dinners

Afrikan Poetry Theatre Feast for the Homeless — Help serve families, bring food donations and enjoy a delicious meal. Comment

FDNY saves teen girl who fell in storm drain

KISSENA PARK — A teenage girl was rescued from a storm drain that she fell into while hanging out with friends Friday night. Comment

Fight in boro bar leads to hospital stay for 4: Post

ASTORIA — Authorities said four men were injured early Sunday when a car careened through a brawl outside an Astoria nightclub, the New York Post reported. Comment
Jamaica Estates

SJU struggles at Garden

One of the big questions that has been swirling around the St. John’s men’s basketball team is how a young, inexperienced group would match up against some of the top teams in the country. Comment

Friday, Nov. 18, 2011


Woodside man dies in house fire

A Woodside man was killed and three others are in serious but stable condition after their home burst into flames early Friday morning, fire officials and neighbors said. Comment

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

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011


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

Suspect in Gibbons hit-and-run death faces manslaughter charge; held without bail

The man suspected of killing popular Maspeth bar owner George Gibbons, Jr. last month is being held without bail after being arraigned on manslaughter and other charges Wednesday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment


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