Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011

Astoria’s Little Egypt celebrates fall of Mubarak

The cafés and sidewalks of Little Egypt in Astoria were alive with jubilation in the minutes after it was announced that President Hosni Mubarak had stepped down from the office he held for more than three decades. Comment

CK transfer Williams points the way for LIC

The game of the weekend was in the Bronx at Gauchos Gym Saturday afternoon as Christ the King and Rice reprised their classic rivalry. Comment

All-American Smith lifts CK over Nazareth

Christ the King wasn’t giving its division up without a fight. Comment
Queens Village

Queens Village resident sentenced for ID theft

A Queens Village resident and Haitian immigrant who worked as a tax preparer was sentenced to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison last week after he stole the identity of one of his clients, who was also Haitian, to open multiple credit cards for expenses associated with a pub he owns in Queens Village, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Little Egypt Outraged Mubarak is still in office

Residents of Astoria’s Little Egypt went from happily awaiting a historic revolution to furiously condemning business as usual after President Hosni Mubarak refused to cede his power in a televised speech Thursday at 4 p.m. Comment

Man cut with glass bottle in boro bar: Brown

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — A Brooklyn resident was arraigned on charges of assault and harassment Feb. 2 for allegedly throwing a glass bottle at a man in a South Richmond Hill bar, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Cops on the lookout for missing Qns. Village man

QUEENS VILLAGE — The NYPD requested the public’s help in finding a Queens Village man reported missing Sunday. Comment

Jamaica man arrested in woman’s death

A Jamaica man has been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a St. Albans woman early Sunday morning after she booted him from a birthday party for fighting with another woman, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Another man who may be involved is still at large, the DA said. Comment

MTA completes first phase of Second Avenue subway line

A gigantic boring machine has finished a 7,612-foot tunnel to complete the first phase of the often-begun but yet-to-be-completed Second Avenue subway. Comment

Rosedale pastor hurt in hit-and-run

A Rosedale pastor is recovering at a Long Island hospital and the authorities were hard at work Tuesday searching for the suspected hit-and-run driver who put him there. Comment

Bill would ice bad landlords

The city public advocate is working on new legislation that would turn up the heat on landlords, including four in southeast Queens, who fail to meet their tenants’ basic needs during the winter. Comment

Boro man, 40, stabbed in Brooklyn boarding house

A 60-year-old Brooklyn resident has been arrested in the stabbing of a 40-year-old Laurelton man to death late Friday on East 51st Street between Avenues K and L in Brooklyn, police said. The New York Post reported the man, 40-year-old Shayne Sinclair, was a handyman for the boarding house where he was slain. Comment

FDNY must boost its diversity: Comrie

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) is urging his fellow Council colleagues to push the state to reform the FDNY’s hiring practice to entice minorities to join New York’s Bravest. Comment

St. Albans Church program helps young adults excel

Southeast Queens parents often find themselves struggling to keep their sons from succumbing to the temptations of street life, but a St. Albans program offers them one more tool to help make that effort a little easier. Comment

This Fight Is Not Over

Last week the city Panel for Educational Policy voted to close 12 public schools despite the protests of more than 2,000 teachers, parents and students. This happens when a billionaire mayor whose daughter never saw the inside of a public school appoints a businesswoman from Connecticut whose children attended the most exclusive private schools to run your school system. Comment
Fresh Meadows

The Civic Scene: Indian gov’t bestows honor on Fresh Meadows resident

Ramsaran is the executive vice president of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin. He is the owner of Ramex, an electronics manufacturing company in New York City. His great-grandparents emigrated from India in 1853, the year of the Sepoy Mutiny, to British Guiana, now called Guyana, as indentured laborers to work as drivers on the sugar plantations there. He had been destined to work in the sugar fields, but an uncle recognized his interest in learning and made it possible for him to attend school. He came to New York City in 1968, earning a degree in electronic engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn. Comment

Pols head off congestion fee

State legislators and other community leaders in Queens and Brooklyn joined together on the steps of City Hall Sunday to protest a years-old potential plan of Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s to hike bridge and tunnel tolls for Manhattan-bound motorists. Comment

Forest Hills HS students help elders tell life experiences

Everybody has a story to tell, and a group of Forest Hills teenagers will make sure that some of the most interesting tales in the neighborhood are recorded before they are gone forever. Comment

Civic leaders suggest audits for Liu to run

When he visited the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights Monday evening, city Comptroller John Liu not only told those who attended his town hall how his job works but asked them how he could do it better. Comment
Forest Hills Ledger

Suspects take very short trip to DA’s office

Two Brooklyn men were arrested last week outside Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s offices in Kew Gardens and charged with attempting to use stolen credit cards to buy several thousand dollars in gift cards at a Kew Gardens Duane Reade with the help of a store employee who turned out to be an undercover State Police investigator, the DA’s office said Friday. Comment

Math club at Christ the King cream of the crop in New York

Christ the King High School is No. 1 in the state, and this time it has nothing to do with basketball. Comment

City moves on eminent domain

The city took a giant leap toward realizing its vision of redeveloping the neglected Willets Point area last week, announcing that nine business owners who have yet to accept relocation agreements will be receiving notices this week that the city is beginning the legal process to seize their properties via eminent domain. Comment
Flushing Times

Braunstein, Carrozza collect valentines for veterans

State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) and his predecessor, Ann-Margaret Carrozza, are promoting a gift drive to bring some love to disabled and hospitalized veterans this Valentine’s Day. Comment

Flushing to get new center

The parent company of the Margaret Tietz Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica Hills is opening a new Comprehensive Care Management Center on 37th Avenue in Flushing. Comment

Ridgewood man turns trash into art treasure

To step into the office of this Ridgewood businessman is more like setting foot into a museum of American consumerism. Comment
Flushing Times

Meng and Baruch College offer tax preparation help

Queens residents who need a little extra help getting their taxes in order will have a little extra help thanks to a joint program between state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Baruch College beginning later this month. Comment

Tale of CB 7 and Feinstein a ‘feel-good story’: Apelian

A story of mended ties between two once bitter enemies in the highly contentious debate over the redevelopment of Willets Point caused a controversy among other stakeholders in the project, although the two men at its center have buried the hatchet. Comment

Crowd jeers Black during visit to Kew Gardens Hills school

Controversial city Schools Chancellor Cathie Black’s appearance before Community Education Council 25 Monday evening at a Kew Garden Hills public school threw parents and teachers into a frenzy over what they described as her inexperience and disdain for their struggles and concerns. Comment

Little Neck 7-Eleven robbed by 3 men: Cops

LITTLE NECK — Three men robbed the 7-Eleven store at 246-15 Northern Blvd. in Little Neck early Sunday morning, police said. Comment

Baysider broke window of KFC with trash can: DA

FLUSHING — A Bayside resident was arraigned on charges of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, petit larceny and harassment Feb. 2 for allegedly stealing food from a Kentucky Fried Chicken at 136-04 Northern Blvd. in Flushing and then throwing a garbage can through the glass window of the store when the manager of the store refused to serve him again, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Upstater hit same man on 2 different days: DA

FLUSHING — A 21-year-old Norwich, N.Y., resident was arraigned on charges of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment Feb. 2 for allegedly attacking another man in Flushing on two separate occasions and locations, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Does this End Justify the Means?

This week the city will initiate an eminent domain process that will set the stage for the possible seizing of the property belonging to holdout landowners in Willets Point. The city is eager to begin the first phase of a redevelopment of a 62-acre site that lies between Citi Field and downtown Flushing. If things go as planned, the project will create 5,000 apartments and 1.7 million square feet of retail space. Comment
Bayside Times

Karyn Kovacs Wickers, 47

Karyn Kovacs Wickers, a graduate of Bayside High School, died of cancer Jan. 25 at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. She was 47. Comment

Taste of Bayside leaves visitors satisfied, wanting more

All those small samples really added up at the eighth-annual Taste of Bayside Feb. 2, where a congregation of the neighborhood’s bistros left residents clutching their stuffed stomachs with a mixture of satisfaction and regret. Comment

City pothole workers furloughed by DOT

The city Department of Transportation started furloughing workers assigned to fill the city’s potholes amid the busiest time for fixing the road craters even though Queens and the other boroughs have suffered through a series of winter storms, a DOT spokesman said Tuesday. Comment

CB 11 OKs church expansion

Community Board 11 voted in favor of legalizing an addition to a Korean church in Bayside but disapproved of an application by the owners of the Getty Service Station at 204-12 Northern Blvd. to extend a variance that the station has not received since 2000. Comment
Bayside Times

Police search for Bayside purse snatchers

A group of serial purse snatchers has been operating in the Bayside area, police from the 111th Precinct said. Comment

Bayside BID cleans up snow

Traversing Bell Boulevard became a little easier last week, thanks to the work of the Bayside Village Civic Association, local business owners and the city Sanitation Department. Comment

Queens Center owner buys Atlas Pk.

Macerich, the real estate investment trust that owns Queen Center Mall, will take over The Shops at Atlas Park Feb. 28, even though it was not the company that placed the winning bid in a Jan. 28 foreclosure auction. Comment

Perfume stolen in aluminum-lined bag: DA

ELMHURST — A 46-year-old Woodside woman was arraigned on charges of petit larceny, possession of a burglar’s tools and criminal possession of stolen property for allegedly stealing perfume from the Queens Center Mall’s JCPenney store via an aluminum-lined bag, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Man hit on head with guitar in Woodside: DA

WOODSIDE — A 29-year-old man was arraigned on charges of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment Feb. 2 for allegedly striking another man on the head with a guitar on a Woodside intersection, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Woman faces up to 4 yrs. in child drowning: DA

KEW GARDENS — A 30-year-old Ozone Park woman who provided care for children out of her home was convicted Tuesday of reckless assault of a child by a daycare provider in the June 2009 death of an 11-month-old boy who drowned in a bucket with 6 inches of water, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Gov’t must look into ways city agencies treat Clear Spring residents

An open letter to U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment

Bring Walmart to the Shops at Atlas Park

I think Walmart should come to Atlas Park. Walmart appeals to different kinds of people, whether they are rich or working-class. It would be an asset to the surrounding communities of Atlas Park. Comment

Out-of-state pupil needs help from TimesLedger’s readers

I am in the fifth-grade at Ripon Christian Elementary School in Ripon, Calif. I have adopted your state as a class project. I will be doing a report and making a display about New York. Toward the end of April or the beginning of May, my class will have a “state fair.” I will display and show everything that I have gotten and learned about your great state to my whole school. Comment

Protect Social Security from GOP

America is a community. We look out for each other as a nation. We build schools for our children, fund police for our safety and provide a secure retirement for our seniors. We do not toss aside our most vulnerable citizens when they need our help the most. Comment

Bring Walmart to city for benefit of residents

Attention, job seekers and bargain hunters: Walmart is on the way to a neighborhood near you. That’s right — no more trips to Long Island or New Jersey to get those money-saving deals. The American retail giant is eyeing several possible store locations within the five boroughs. Comment

Keep city teachers employed

The latest from Mayor Michael Bloomberg is that he will have to lay off an additional 15,000 teachers if there is no additional help from Albany. Comment

QueensLine: Queens, Nassau ‘fought’ over ownership of Mets

On Feb. 2, 1962, the Long Island Star-Journal reported that the way had been cleared for Charles “Lucky” Luciano, who had died Jan. 26, to be buried in St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village beside his parents in the family burial vault. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Opposing groups find common ground on Cuomo’s budget

Has anyone noticed a rather remarkable groundswell of support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget agenda? This support comes from all factions of the electorate not just his Democratic base. As a columnist, it’s part and parcel of my job to notice and become aware of such trends and hopefully pass on the information for your perusal. Comment

Queens urged to ask for more arts funding

Borough President Helen Marshall vowed to fight for a fair share of cultural funding for Queens in her State of the Borough address last month, but the institution that doles out the cash said Queens can have the money — it just has to ask for it. Comment

Schools slated for $1.5B cut

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $1.5 billion cut to public school aid for his 2011-12 budget, which has raised fears the city may lay off teachers to make up the gap, although Mayor Mike Bloomberg, the United Federation of Teachers and some city councilmen hope it does not come to that. Comment
Astoria Times

Woodside man gets 25 yrs. for wife slay

A Woodside man who stabbed his wife to death and then attacked his then-7-year-old daughter was sentenced to 25 years in prison Feb. 1, the Queens district attorney’s office said. The man, Indian immigrant Balbir Singh, pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month for his 2008 crime, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Senior centers fear loss of city funds

The governor’s proposal to slash $27 million from senior centers across the state would devastate the borough’s growing elderly population, according to an administrator at a Jamaica facility that was nearly put on the chopping block last year. Comment

Prominent black artist has show at LaGuardia

In celebration of Black History Month, the fifth floor of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City now sports an exhibit that not only showcases the work of a prominent black American artist, but his portraits of prominent black Americans and their culture. Comment

Artists receive grants to produce work for Queens

Artists from across Queens gathered at a Hunters Point restaurant last Thursday to receive a rare treat — a paycheck. Comment

Jackson Heights community celebrates prophet’s birthday

About 60 religious leaders, legislators and residents gathered at a mosque and a restaurant on 72nd Street in Jackson Heights Saturday for an interfaith celebration of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. Run by anti-terrorist Imam Mohd Qayyoom, the event drew speakers and worshipers who spoke out for harmony between all religions and peace. Comment

MTA pledges to hold the line on fares, service

The cash-strapped MTA said it would be hard-pressed to replace the $100 million in MTA money slashed in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget, but it vowed that the agency would fill the gap without fare increases or service cuts. Comment

DAs to fight mortgage fraud with e-mail system

The Queens district attorney’s office is joining forces with the mayor and prosecutors from around the city to put a stop to mortgage fraud by using new digital systems. Comment

Wilpons sued for $1B by trustee of Madoff

Bernard Madoff’s bankruptcy trustee is going after some 40 entities controlled by the owners of the New York Mets and their families, claiming they received $300 million in “fictitious profits” stemming from the $65 billion Ponzi scheme perpetuated by the Rockaway native. Comment

DOE panel votes again to close Jamaica High

Although a large number of Jamaica and Beach Channel High School supporters walked out on the city before it voted to phase out the schools last week, they are vowing to continue to fight to keep the institutions’ future alive. Comment
Astoria Times

E. River ferry service to stop at Hunters Pt.

Spring will bring a new ferry service on the East River serving Long Island City along with points in Brooklyn and Manhattan in what officials say is recognition of a growing population and commerce in waterfront communities. Comment

Sunnyside Amtrak derailment snarls LIRR evening commute

An Amtrak train leaving Penn Station in Manhattan partially derailed Monday, blocking a set of shared tracks and causing delays for Long Island Rail Road commuters. Comment

Dead man in car for days Police discover Astoria corpse behind wheel of ice-encrusted beemer

A 31-year-old Astoria resident was found dead in a bright blue BMW Saturday, having been unnoticed for days in the snow- and ice-covered vehicle. The city medical examiner’s office was still investigating the cause of the man’s death. Comment

CUNY stands to lose 5.2% of Albany aid

The CUNY system would lose 5.2 percent of its state funding under the $132.9 billion budget Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed last week. Comment

Council extends smoking ban to city parks, beaches

The City Council voted last week to expand the smoking ban by prohibiting smokers from lighting up in city parks and beaches. Comment

Queens faces major cuts in Cuomo’s budget

The $132.9 billion budget proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo was not kind to the city, especially Queens, as tens of millions in cuts would be affected if his agenda moves forward. Comment
Astoria Times

Cabbies not shopping: 31st St. Biz Astoria businesses complain taxi drivers take up their customer’s parking spots

At the end of the N and Q lines, the merchants near 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard say while the area sees a lot of traffic, few of the cars parked beneath the subway train belong to customers visiting their businesses. Comment

Trippingly on the tongue

The Jackson Repertory Theater is set to open its 2011 season in Jackson Heights with a performance of “The Sonnet Man,” an innovative blend of music and Shakespeare conceived by Broadway playwright Arje Shaw as a way of exposing young people to classical literature through a genre they know and love: hip-hop. Comment

The Play’s The Thing: Brave the elements to catch some of these upcoming shows

In this, the winter of our discontent, most of us in Queens aren’t getting out much. Snow is everywhere, it’s tough to get your car on the road, and when you get back home, where do you park it? And walking isn’t much easier, especially when you have to cross the street. Comment

Alan Dershowitz argues to overturn Malakov wife’s murder conviction in appeals court

Alan Dershowitz and a Queens prosecutor squared off before a panel of Appellate Court judges Wednesday to argue over the conviction of Daniel Malakov’s murderous estranged wife. Comment

City unveils plans for $360M Hunters Point South affordable housing project

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday morning that the city has chosen a developer and accepted a proposal for the first phase of Hunters Point South, the city’s largest affordable housing project since the early 1970s. Comment



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