Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012


Teen, 16, steals phone during G train fight: DA

RIDGEWOOD — A teenager was arraigned this month on charges he stole a cell phone during a massive fight on a G train subway car in Ridgewood, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Police arrest man in connection with Jamaica firebombings

Police said Tuesday evening they have arrested a Jamaica man in connection with the string of firebombings in southeast Queens on New Year’s Day that galvanized the city’s religious community and elected officials to decry hate crimes. Comment

Astoria butcher shop sells organic meat

The door handle and the walls of Butcher Bar may be adorned with vintage cleavers, but the owners of the new butcher shop and barbecue restaurant in Astoria are committed to a kinder carnivorous meal. Comment

Queens Zoo animals receive their holiday treats

The holidays came early for Cisco and Spangles, two Andean bears at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo. Zookeepers gave the bears the gifts so that they could exercise their minds and bodies. Comment

Monday, Jan. 2, 2012

Long Island City

New directors bring change to boro arts venues

Queens’ arts and cultural venues celebrated an exciting chapter in 2011, replete with renovation and reorganization. Comment
Douglas Manor

City to repair sinking Shore Rd in summer

Shore Road with its scenic vistas of Little Neck Bay gets a little too close for comfort to the picturesque surroundings at times, but not for long. Comments (1)

Woman tries to steal from drug dealer: Cops

CORONA — Police said a Corona apartment was the scene of a violent heist attempt Dec. 8, when a young woman apparently tried to set up her drug dealer. Comments (1)
Floral Park

Visitors flock to Queens Farm for open house

The Queens County Farm Museum held its annual Holiday Open House. Comment

Koo not clear on what area he represents

In a story that ran Nov. 30 on “Fox 5 News,” Ashley Mastronardi reported on the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association’s efforts to receive New York City Landmark Historic District status for its neighborhood. Broadway-Flushing has already been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, with more than 1,300 properties within its boundaries. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012


Mother Nature KO’d boro with snow, rain

Many Hollywood films have at the center of their plots the destruction of a great metropolis at the hands of Mother Nature, and in 2011 Queens came closer than any year in recent memory to resembling a high-budget disaster flick. Comment

Jamaica tenants sue over poor conditions

A group of Jamaica tenants has taken its landlord to court on grounds that the company left them in intolerable conditions despite numerous complaints and calls for help. Comment

Hempstead man robbed 7 people of phones: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY — A Long Island man was charged with seven robberies in a one-month period, all similar in nature and focused on one area in Long Island City, according to documents from the Queens district attorney. Comment
Queens Village

Man holds up boro gas station with toy gun: DA

QUEENS VILLAGE — A 24-year-old Long Island man was arrested nearly two weeks ago for holding up a gas station with a fake gun, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Far Rockaway

Bonaventure’s giving spirit

Tatiana Wilson saw something first on Facebook. There was a fire back home at her house in Far Rockaway. The St. Bonaventure freshman guard called her mother, Temeka, who didn’t really go into details. Then she spoke to her sisters, Shaina and Kema. They broke the bad news to her. Comment

CB 12 Wrong on Group Home

Community Board 12 members are up in arms over an application by Birch Family Services to open a group home. Birch is seeking to create a home for six autistic 21-year-olds. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011


Fairway to donate portion of sales to honor fallen cop

The Douglaston Fairway will honor the memory of a fallen city Police Department officer by donating a portion of its sales to a scholarship fund established for the four teenage daughters he left behind. Comment
South Jamaica

Jamaica man who changed lives has own taken

Shakim Fields worked at a Jamaica nonprofit helping at-risk youth and adults on the fringe of society to find jobs. He was baptized, not as a child but by choice as an adult, and had later studied to become a minister. Comment

Two arrested in Astoria burglaries: Police

A man and a woman the police had been searching for in connection with 12 burglaries in Astoria have been arrested and charged in some of the incidents, authorities said. Comments (1)

Southeast Queens schools lose fight to save their future

It was a down year for parents, students and teachers at Jamaica High School and three other southeast Queens schools after the city finally moved ahead with its plan to shut down the institutions, but their supporters said they will continue to fight in 2012. Comment
Real Estate

Development projects thrive on paper only

It has been a year of striking deals and submitting plans for development projects in Queens, but the borough has seen little physical progress and sometimes fierce opposition to ambitious proposals as 2011 draws to a close. Comment
Long Island City

LIC Market: Good cheer via upstate sustainability

Is it a trend? Is it a cuisine? New American is the moniker that is being widely bandied about, but what is it really? Perhaps it’s more of a culinary philosophy, intent on reminding us that what we eat originated on a farm, not in a factory. Comment
Real Estate

Festive decorations twinkle throughout Queens

Holiday decorations light up the night. Comment

Queens College joins ‘Stomp Out Bullying’ effort

The Queens College women’s lacrosse team spent an emotional day Dec. 9 talking to the seventh- and eighth-grade classes of St. Gregory’s grammar school in Manhattan in the hopes of furthering the national “Stomp Out Bullying” campaign. Comment

Take a Second Look

There are a few reasons why the city should not go forward with plans to open a garbage transfer station on the waterfront in College Point. One of the strongest is that the flocks of birds attracted to the garbage will endanger planes landing at and taking off from nearby LaGuardia Airport. Comment

Guv must restore funding for state child care program

Created by the state Office of Children and Family Services in 2006, the state Kinship Caregiver Program was meant to provide vital funding and services to grandparents and other familial caregivers who find themselves tasked with raising young children. It is supposed to help children stay in loving environments by maintaining a sense of stability and the familiar and preventing them from entering foster care. Comment

Friday, Dec. 30, 2011

Queens Village

Sister wants justice to heal

Lystra Huggins still remembers the day her mother came home with one pair of roller skates for her to share with her brother Leslie. She was 9, Leslie 10, and it was the day their family moved into a new house in Trinidad. Comment
Fresh Meadows

NE Queens group brings loving care to seniors

Roberta Heller, 74, said her favorite thing about Stan Fish is the jokes he tells, although the few he recited at her Fresh Meadows home one day last week were not suitable for print. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Facebook likes Comrie for boro prez

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) has been gearing up to make a big run during the 2013 election season, according to records, and the southeast Queens elected official is getting some major support online. Comment

Hercules named winner of first Queens Critters contest

Hercules, the French bulldog, is the winner of the TimesLedger Newspapers’ first Queens Critter contest. His owner is Afrodite Pogiatzis of Astoria. Pogiatzis said the 1-year-old pup is a “sweet boy.” Comment

City should take over vacant Whitestone lot: Avella

An abandoned plot of land in Whitestone has been an eyesore and health hazard in the community for around a decade, and a lawmaker said the city has passed the buck onto private agencies without ensuring something is done. Comments (2)

Residents blast ‘confusing’ fliers on DOT’s Maspeth bypass plan

The city Department of Transportation has been circulating fliers with maps of the Maspeth bypass plan for trucks that the agency says will prevent double parking and congestion, but civic leaders say the literature is nothing but confusing. Comment

The Wonderful World Ahead

Oct. 15, 2003 was a landmark day for the history of Queens and jazz music. Jon Faddis, a Dizzy Gillespie contemporary, world-renowned trumpeter and music educator, paid a royal tribute to the great legacy of the iconic Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong when he played one of the maestro’s gold-plated Selmer trumpets atop the roof of the legend’s 107th Street residence in Corona. Comment

Cops look for man who exposed self, stole laptop

FLUSHING — Police were searching for a man wanted in connection with a bizarre robbery and sexual assault in the 109th Precinct. Comment

Oratorio Society performs holiday concert

Members of the Oratorio Society of Queens take the stage on the Queensborough Performing Arts Center in Bayside for their annual holiday concert, commemorating the organization’s 85th anniversary. Comments (2)
St. Albans

113th Precinct holds holiday party for kids

The 113th Precinct held this year’s Holiday Party at Thomasina’s in St. Albans. Comment

Victims receive more than 12 stab wounds: DA

FLUSHING — A Brooklynite stabbed two men more than a dozen times in downtown Flushing last month, according to documents from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment
Jackson Heights

Holiday carolers serenade Jackson Heights residents

As part of the Third Annual Jackson Heights Caroling Walk, a group performed winter and holiday songs from all faiths, languages and cultures on 31st Avenue. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills Temple celebrates Hanukkah with Menorah lighting and songs

The Reform Temple of Forest Hills celebrated Haunkkah with an outdoor Menorah lighting and a sing-along. Some of the selections included “Candlelight” and “Maoz Tzur,” sung by fourth- and seventh-graders. Comment

Three men apprehended in Rosedale shooting: Cops

ROSEDALE — Police arrested three men following an afternoon shooting Friday, the NYPD said. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City carries on without shining stars

Long Island City’s success this season is rooted in its four seniors’ determination to prove themselves. Two years ago, they heard about Jeremiah Brown; last year it was Aaron Williams. The two transfers, who starred for LIC one year after the next, were on hand last week afternoon at LIC to see how far their former basketball teammates have come. Comment
Dishing with Dee

Northeast Queens GOP group elects new president

We hope all of our readers had a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah and are having a Happy Kwanza and a happy whatever other celebration that happens at this time of year. Comment

Ban hydrofracking in New York state

The sneaky ways the big oil companies are using to promote the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking, is enough to arouse grave suspicions that the procedure is as dangerous as the environmental scientists say it is. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011


Gangs change street culture

Last year 43 lives were lost to murder in southeast Queens. It is difficult to determine how many of the 43 homicides were gang-related, but gang violence and easy access to guns coupled with an unwillingness of witnesses to come forward have made it hard for police and prosecutors to do their jobs. Comment
College Point

Beep rejects College Pt. spa

Borough President Helen Marshall gave two thumbs down to plans for another spa in College Point last week. Comments (1)

Bayside BID director axed for remarks

At night Bell Boulevard shines under the Bayside Village Business Improvement District’s holiday lights, but behind the scenes what was described as a “toxic” environment led the BID to oust its energetic executive director last week. Comments (1)
Hunters Point

City Harvest feeds boro’s hungry

The work on nonprofit City Harvest’s new 45,400-square-foot facility in Long Island City is not yet complete, but the organization is already sending out an average of 83,000 pounds of food a week to places that help the five boroughs’ hungry. Comment

Top 10 news stories of 2011 in Queens

1) U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is forced to resign in June after sexting several young woman, setting the stage for the election of Bob Turner, the first Republican to win the Queens seat in 90 years. Comment
Forest Hills

Turner win stuns boro in ‘11 GOP businessman’s victory over Dem Weprin makes political history

Heading into 2011, the Queens political scene was supposed to be uneventful, with District Attorney Richard Brown facing no opposition and the foregone conclusion that Democratic judicial candidates would defeat their Republican rivals as they have for every year in recent memory. Comment

Gold Star Diner shuts its doors after being sold

After decades of slinging hash for Bell Boulevard’s hungry patrons, the Gold Star Diner quietly closed its doors last week, possibly for the final time. Comments (3)

Gay marriage passage hits home in Sunnyside, Jax Hts.

Before Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill June 24 that would legalize same-sex marriage in New York state, Astoria LGBT activist Brendan Fay and his husband, Dr. Thomas Moulton, helped same-sex couples in New York cross the border into Canada or into neighboring states to get married. Comment

Veteran honored posthumously

After fate brought him to a Glendale cemetery, Michael Hogan realized that his World War I veteran grandfather’s gravesite deserved a military headstone. Comment

New dawn for Qns livery cabs after Cuomo signs taxi bill

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week they had come to an agreement on legislation to allow livery cabs to legally accept street hails in Queens, although two borough officials said they still have problems with the legislation. Comment

Brutal killing gets Asian 29 years in prison

The Chinese national who killed a Flushing woman by beating her to death and removing her organs was sentenced to up to 29 years in prison last week. Comment
Richmond Hill

Police seek suspect in boro cab cash-and-rob

RICHMOND HILL — Police were on the hunt for a suspect who they said crashed and robbed the driver of a cab that he was riding in less than two weeks ago. Comment
Jackson Heights

McClancy makes moves with big Xavier upset

With all five starters from last year lost to graduation and just three regulars back, expectations at Monsignor McClancy were justifiably tempered. Longtime Coach Don Kent really just had one goal. Comment

Cross cools Magnet after dominant win

Campus Magnet entered last Thursday’s basketball contest at Holy Cross red hot, still on a high from wins over Queens AA rivals Bayside and Cardozo. The Knights were aware of their opponent’s recent success and in front of a large crowd full of alumni, treating the non-league tilt with intensity befitting a playoff game. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011


Jack the Cat charity advocates for pets as passengers

Jack the Cat may have gone to that big sandbox in the sky nearly two months ago, but that has not stopped his supporters from spreading his story to prevent future pet tragedies. Comments (1)

Police seek duo in 12 burglaries that hit Astoria

Astoria officials were telling their constituents to be aware and close their windows in light of the NYPD’s announcement that the authorities were searching for two individuals in connection with 11 burglaries in the neighborhood in recent weeks and another in June. Comment

MTA OKs $12B budget, keeps service cuts

The MTA has approved a $12.7 billion 2012 budget at an impassioned meeting where several board members vainly tried to restore some of the service cuts imposed last year because of the agency’s financial straits. Comment
Whitestone Times

Cross cools Magnet after dominant win

Campus Magnet entered last Thursday’s basketball contest at Holy Cross red hot, still on a high from wins over Queens AA rivals Bayside and Cardozo. The Knights were aware of their opponent’s recent success and in front of a large crowd full of alumni, treating the non-league tilt with intensity befitting a playoff game. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011


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


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