Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011

Queens Village

Queens Village brothers share $5M jackpot

A Queens Village immigrant who hit the jackpot will be sharing his Christmas winnings with his close brother. Comment

Produce truck crash causes huge traffic tie-up on GCP

An accident involving a truck that spilled produce all over the eastbound Grand Central Parkway snarled traffic on both sides of the parkway for hours Tuesday morning. The Breaking News Network reported the truck was overturned on the parkway at 31st Street at 8:13 a.m. Comment

Flushing chef brings excellent track record

Google one of Flushing’s newest restaurateurs, and this longing post from February appears in the results: “Chef Laura Lam — anyone know where she is these days?” Comment

Monday, Dec. 26, 2011


Bring MMA to city: Suit

On the way to winning his Golden Gloves title earlier this year, Julio Arce, then 21, fought through five rounds of boxing matches, including one at the Empire City Casino in Yonkers and a final match at Madison Square Garden. Comments (1)

Mysterious donation resounds at Queens College

Educators were pleased to find the Queens College music department $1.6 million richer after a mysterious donation from the estate of a deceased Forest Hills woman. Comment

Bayside activist wants park’s name changed

Marie Curie Park in Bayside, like Francis Lewis and Bay Terrace playgrounds, contains basketball courts, fitness equipment and a playground. Comments (2)

Whitestone eatery plan breaks Franco’s pledge

After part of a block was rezoned over the summer to accommodate the expansion of the White House restaurant in Whitestone, plans submitted to the city for the new eatery showed the maximum occupancy would be twice as large as the developer had told the community. Comments (11)
Broad Channel

Turner pushes guv to cut Cross Bay Bridge toll

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) reminded Gov. Andrew Cuomo of his Queens roots after writing the governor in an effort to end the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge. Comment
Willets Point

Willets Point sewer hearing draws gripes

The city Economic Development Corp. held a second public information session Monday night about the impending sewer project in Willets Point, where representatives were grilled by a small number of people opposed to the project. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Cops search for Flushing boy, 15, gone missing

FRESH MEADOWS — Police said they were looking for a 15-year-old boy who went missing around 2 p.m. near Francis Lewis High School, at 58-20 Utopia Pkwy. in Fresh Meadows, earlier this month. Comment

City shows gall in Willets sewer plan

In its mishandling of Willets Point, the city Economic Development Corp. has qualified for the Chutzpah Award of the Year. Comments (1)

Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011


Model train landscape features historic Queens icons

Captivated children and curious adults got to see landmarks from all over the city last week without having to leave Whitestone. Comment

Operator sought for Forest Park carousel by city

The carousel in Forest Park has been shut for three years, but that may change soon after the city Parks Department announced last week it is requesting proposals for bids on the historic structure. Comment

Groper attacked woman and fled scene: Police

POMONOK — Police have requested assistance in locating a groper who attacked a 25-year-old woman somewhere in the Hillcrest and Fresh Meadows area. Comment

Firefighters put out blaze in Broadway Flushing attic

Firefighters roll up a hose after extinguishing a small house fire in the attic of a home at 164th Street and 34th Avenue in Flushing Monday afternoon. There were no reported injuries.Photo by Ellis Kaplan Comment

Dozo’s Panisse goes to national tourney

Alexis Panisse’s historic cross-country season didn’t have the finish she was looking for. Comment

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

The Queens publishing family wishes our readers a holiday season filled with joy and hope. Comment

Save city after-school programs

Recently, the city after-school community celebrated the work being done in after-school programs in the area and around the country, joining in the national Lights On After-school celebration. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011


Stained glass adorns Flushing synagogue for holidays

The Free Synagogue of Flushing, the oldest Reform Jewish temple in Queens, dedicated its new stained glass windows Sunday with prayers and Hanukkah songs. Comment
Little Neck

Flushing food drive gets lift

A Flushing church is getting a little help from some of its neighbors to the northeast when it comes to feeding the city’s less fortunate. Comment
Long Island City

East River ferry service to Queens deemed success after six-month test

A group of elected officials and transportation executives have proclaimed the first six months of a trial project providing East River ferry service to Long Island City, Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan a success — far exceeding expectations. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Turner opens district office in Middle Village

After spending his first few months as a congressman in the Kew Gardens office of former seat holder Anthony Weiner, U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) cut the ribbon on his long-promised new digs Sunday. Comment
Jamaica Estates

All you need is love

Jenny Limberg-Durkin’s Advanced Placement art students at The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates were given an unusual assignment back in September. Each student was asked to reach into a hat and take out a piece of paper describing a segment from a new children’s book, written by Rita Piro, the head of the school’s foreign language department. Comment
Richmond Hill

50-year-old man shot in leg, crashes into home

RICHMOND HILL — A 50-year-old man was shot in the leg at about 5:40 p.m. Monday while sitting in his car at 172nd Street in Jamaica, the New York Post reported. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Flushing’s King gets pigskin crown

For the first time in a long time, three Queens teams made the PSAL City Championship division playoffs. Comment

Bomb scare at LaGuardia Airport in 1960 fizzles out

In 1960, Queens boasted more than 35 movie theaters. In the Forest Hills Theatre, see “The Magnificent Seven,” in Jackson Heights is “The Apartment,” in Sunnyside view “Hell to Eternity” and at the Polk see the original “Ocean’s 11.” Comment

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

The Queens publishing family wishes our readers a holiday season filled with joy and hope. Comments (17)

City must do better in how it treats nonprofits

As many in Queens will tell you, there are many nonprofits throughout the borough that have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Nonprofits have traditionally been exempt from paying property taxes on buildings they own and provide services in, like churches and nonprofit affordable housing developers. Comment

Friday, Dec. 23, 2011

Queens Village

SE Queens kids shine as stars

Two budding performers from southeast Queens have hit it big this holiday season as they landed a major role in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular show. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Hiram’s conviction upheld

Former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate lost in court again Friday when the state Court of Appeals confirmed his misdemeanor assault conviction for dragging his girlfriend Karla Giraldo through his Jackson Heights apartment in December 2008, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Jamaica’s dollar vans alter routes to avoid jams

Dollar vans in downtown Jamaica will be traveling a new route that will not only make it safer for motorists who ride through the streets daily, but also pedestrians who use the vans to get home. Comment
Middle Village

Juniper Valley Park modernizes design

Elected officials, civic leaders and city Parks Department officials helped cut the ribbon earlier this month on $750,000 in renovations to the Juniper South Playground. Comment

Qns. pols hail Legislature on middle-class tax cuts

Most Queens residents will have more money in their pockets come tax time next year after the state Legislature earlier this month approved tax decreases for those making less than $300,000. Comment

Glendale trains to go green

A $2 million federal grant awarded to the city will help outfit two freight trains that pass through the Fresh Pond Terminal in Glendale with cleaner technology. Comment
Kew Gardens

Cops arrest 21 in sting involving Apple products

KEW GARDENS — Police have arrested 21 people from Queens in connection with a citywide sting in which individuals purchased Apple iPhone4s and iPad2s they believed to be stolen from undercover officers. Comment

Police seek suspect in attempted boro robbery

WOODSIDE — The NYPD was looking for a suspect in a robbery attempt in Woodside last month. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis gets ‘groove back’ against Bergtraum

Mary Louis can take a collective deep breath. Comment
The Civic Scene

Boro salon takes day out of schedule by catering to disabled

For 28 years LP and Co. Hair Design, on Union Turnpike west of 188th Street, has been working with special schools, the Queens Occupational Center and United Cerebral Palsy to perform beauty activities for their clients, who otherwise might never go to a professional beauty parlor. Comments (1)

Public School Hero

High school Coach Charles Granby last week became the first coach in the PSAL to win 700 games. It is a record likely to stand for many years. Comment

Fight against secondhand smoking

Fresh air is a precious commodity and a right for all New Yorkers, but many multi-unit dwellings are not smoke-free environments. Comments (6)

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011


Psychologist analyzes holiday handwriting

With each seemingly mindless cross of a “t” or dot of an “i,” the deepest psychological characteristics of the writer’s subconscious are revealed — at least that’s what Dr. Elias Samas will tell you. Comments (5)
Queensboro Hill

Palace Diner will close doors at end of month

The Palace Diner, one of the last bastions of greasy-spoon fare in Queensboro Hill, will be closing Dec. 30 after nearly four decades of serving the community. Comments (20)
Long Island City

Cornell wins bid for NYC tech campus

The new applied sciences campus that will be coming to the city may be on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island, but state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) said Tuesday the announcement of two universities planning to build on the island was great news for Long Island City. Comment
Jackson Heights

Police arrest fake beard suspect

A man who allegedly shot at two police officers in Jackson Heights earlier this month was arrested in Manhattan with two guns, counterfeit police materials and chemicals, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said. Comment

Indian center told to divulge info

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge last week gave the embattled Indian Cultural and Community Center one month to supply the state inspector general with information about the investors who helped purchase part of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Campus in Bellerose for $1.8 million in 2008. Comments (3)

Flushing construction messed up parking lot

After a Flushing developer tore up a downtown parking lot to make way for a planned mixed-use building, the project caused another one of its properties to be in violation of its certificate of occupancy. Comment

NE Qns pols rated low on human rights

The City Council, as well as its northeast Queens members, fared poorly in a recent review of the legislative body’s record on human rights over the past year. Comment

Sanders, Comrie get human rights grades

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) is going to have to make some room on his fridge. Comment

Christmas bash for Astoria kids almost a no-go

Hundreds of good little Astoria Houses children received toys from Santa Claus last Thursday in an early Christmas celebration that almost did not happen. Comment
South Ozone Park

Aqueduct racino opens 2nd floor of electronic gaming

Resorts World opened the doors of the second floor of its racino Friday that will allow players to dine in style and possibly break the bank. Comments (3)
College Point

Group wants FAA to revisit College Point transfer station

A Queens advocacy group hopes that developments surrounding the aviation industry and LaGuardia Airport will draw renewed attention to what it said are the dangers of a planned garbage facility in College Point. Comment
Forest Hills

Weiner’s wife gives birth to baby boy

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner became a first-time father yesterday after his wife gave birth to 7-pound boy, the New York Post reported. Comment

Community Baptist Church pastor convicted of sexually abusing relative

Dozens of supporters wearing purple ribbons filled a Queens Supreme Court room, where the Rev. Phillip Joubert received a five-year prison sentence last week for sexually abusing his teenage daughter in his Bayside home in the summer of 2009. Comment

Astoria heavy metal ‘Cat Lady’ robber guilty

A Manhattan Supreme Court jury found an Astoria death metal singer guilty of the “Cat Woman” or “Cat Lady” robberies last week, which she committed at two SoHo boutiques in summer 2010, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. Comment
Springfield Gardens

IS 59 students win battle over obesity

Cohen Children’s Medical Center received a large donation last week to boost its new program to fight childhood obesity and a group of Springfield Gardens students from IS 59 showed the hospital’s administrator a creative way of fighting the problem. Comments (1)

Queens’ Korean community reacts with anxiety to Kim Jong-il’s death

After the death of North Korea’s secretive dictator Kim Jong-il over the weekend, the large Korean enclave in Flushing and Bayside collectively breathed a sigh of relief. Comment

Van Bramer wants to reform powerful city zoning agency

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced last week he was introducing four pieces of legislation dedicated to reforming the city Board of Standards and Appeals. Comment
St. Albans

No more group homes: CB 12

The application of a possible group home in southeast Queens caused a huge stir during Community Board 12’s monthly meeting last week, after members protested the large number of shelters and other institutions in the area. Comment
Jackson Heights

Parents call on DOE to create more seats in five-year plan

About 100 parents, administrators and students from PS 2 in Astoria Heights and PS 11 in Woodside demanded more consideration for their overcrowded schools at a Community District Education Council 30 meeting in Jackson Heights last Thursday. Comment

Walcott disapproval rating rises: Poll

Queens residents gave the city’s school chancellor low marks on his job performance last week as national test results showed a slight drop in scores for city children since 2009. Comment
Forest Hills Gardens

Haggerty gets up to four years in larceny case

The Queens Republican operative convicted of stealing more than a million dollars from the mayor was led off to prison Monday to begin serving a sentence of at least a year. Comment

Elmhurst rare fish smuggler put in jail

A Brooklyn federal court judge sentenced an Elmhurst man to a year in prison last week for smuggling 16 live Asian Bonytongue fish from Malaysia to John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2009, a spokesman for the court said. Comment
Far Rockaway

St. John’s hospital fails to meet blood work standards: State

The state has ordered St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway to stop its services related to blood work after the medical center’s lab failed to meet New York state health standards. Comments (1)

Boro Middle school teacher had affair with teen student: DA

A teacher at a Jamaica middle school was arrested last Thursday after investigators discovered he was allegedly carrying on a sexual affair with one of his students for more than a year, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

‘It’s a Wonderful Life:’ Radio play fun in Corona

We know the story of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” George Bailey, the mensch from Bedford Falls, comes on some hard financial times and decides to end it all when a Level 2 angel named Clarence is sent to let him know what a wonderful life he’s had. In the movie he’s played by Jimmy Stewart, with his Everyman charm and peculiarly American verve. In the Queen Theatre’s delightful radio play version, he’s portrayed on the broadcastby Jake Laurents, acted by the very good Duke Lafoon. Comment
South Ozone Park

Belt Parkway rollover claims South Ozone woman

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A 21-year-old woman was killed in a car accident in South Ozone Park Saturday, police said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Storm ends skid, loses star

So far this year, nothing has come easy for St. John’s men’s basketball team. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Patroits triumph in unity

Jasmine Davis had the ball at the free throw line with the clock winding down. Francis Lewis was up just two points with under a minute remaining in the game. All of a sudden, Tyese Purvis cut to the basket on the baseline. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Holiday season is mad dash with parties spread over Queens

This week was more non-stop holiday party running around. “Ho! Ho! Ho!” is beginning to wear a little thin. I think the week between Christmas and New Year’s I will go to bed and hibernate for the whole week. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011


MTA board votes down $20M to restore service cuts

The MTA approved a 2012 budget today after impassioned appeals by some members to set aside $20 million for restoration of service cuts carried out last year. Comment

Man throws self in front of train after fatal attack

MASPETH — A 43-year-old Maspeth woman was stabbed to death in her apartment Tuesday by a man who cops believe later threw himself in front of a Long Island Rail Road train, police said. Comments (8)

Mayor says Cuomo will approve livery cab pickups

After months of wrangling, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday the city and state officials had come to an agreement over a contentious plan to allow livery cabs to pick up street hails in the outer boroughs and Upper Manhattan. Comment

Hanukkah and Kwanzaa events to be held in Queens

Hanukkah Celebration in Whitestone — Enjoy sing-alongs, music, volleyball, food, and arts and crafts. Comment
Ozone Park

House of Holiday in Ozone Park is one-stop shop for trees, adornments

The Christmas season may be winding down, but an Ozone Park store is going to continue to help shoppers ring in the spirit with its enormous selection of holiday decorations, trinkets and gifts. Comment

Community activist Gene Brennan dies

Gene Brennan, a retired NYPD detective with 20 years on the force, former member of Community Board 7 and longtime community activist, died Monday afternoon at the age of 70, his family said. Comments (4)

Four Queens men charged in Bklyn cop’s slaying

Four Ozone Park men were indicted Tuesday in the murder of a police officer who was shot and killed during a robbery last week in Brooklyn, the Kings County district attorney’s office said. Comments (2)
Cambria Heights

Campus Magnet coach notches 700th victory

Like he has for most of his career, Charles Granby was more concerned about others on a day that was supposed to be all about him. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011


MTA issues free rides in Astoria during DWI campaign

The city Department of Transportation is once again giving away thousands of free taxi, livery and public transit rides in its campaign to curb drinking and diving by holiday celebrants. Comment
Pet Photo of the Week

Have a great photo of your pet? Submit it to our Queens Critter Contest!

Send your picture to our Queens Critter Contest! Comment

Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

Jackson Heights

Police catch suspect in Jax Hts cop shooting

Antonio Olmeda, 53, has been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of two police officers in Jackson Heights earlier this month, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said Monday afternoon. Comments (1)

Cornell, Technion win bid for Roosevelt Island campus: Mayor

After Stanford University dropped out Friday of a city-run contest to build an Applied Sciences campus, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology would be building a 2 million-square-foot graduate school at Roosevelt Island. Comment
Forest Hills Gardens

Haggerty sentenced to jail for stealing from mayor

The Queens Republican operative who was convicted of stealing more than a million dollars from the mayor during his last election campaign was sentenced Monday to spend at least a year in prison. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011


Tip of the week


Deputy mayor touts new tech school plan

The deputy mayor in charge of trying to boost the city’s economy told York College’s student body and faculty last week that the only way for New York to recover its economic strength would be an investment in education and tapping into the potential of future employers. Comment

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011


Bayside pastor sentenced to five years in jail for sex abuse

Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Krohn sentenced the Rev. Phillip Joubert to a five-year prison sentence Thursday after the pastor of the Community Baptist Church in Bayside was convicted last month of sexually abusing his teenage daughter in the summer of 2009. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

Tea Party co-founder arrested on gun charge

The head of a major Tea Party group was arrested Thursday when he attempted to board a plane at LaGuardia Airport with a gun in his luggage, the Queens district attorney said. Comment


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