Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012


Making Middle Eastern magic

In the subculture of belly dancing, there are few stronger images than the flowing, glittery costumes, but many of these outfits can cost more than $600 and are made in Egypt and Turkey. Astoria dancer Angela Lambru’s first costume cost $800 and she was typically paid $30 for each dance performance. Comments (3)

Resident of Maspeth impersonated cop: Police

MASPETH — Police arrested a Maspeth man for allegedly impersonating an officer in the neighborhood Friday morning, police said. Comment

Monday, Jan. 9, 2012


Acrobats soar at Queens Theatre

The Golden Dragon Acrobats, a Chinese acrobatic touring company, dazzled visitors to Queens Theatre with stunts that included balancing, gymnastics and contortion. Comment
Queensboro Hill

Teenager, 14, missing and sought by police

QUEENSBORO HILL — Police have sought the public’s assistance in locating a 14-year-old girl who disappeared New Year’s Day. Comment
Forest Hills

Robber assaulted woman in Forest Hills: Police

FOREST HILLS — The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a man wanted for a robbery in Forest Hills. Comment

Tip of the week


Gov’t must cut spending for sake of next generation

As I have made clear from Day 1, the main reason I got into politics is out of concern for the future of our nation. As a grandfather of 13, my priority is to improve our economy by helping foster an environment where businesses can create lasting jobs and address our national debt crisis so our children and grandchildren can prosper in this country. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012


Queens locales come alive in anthology set in borough

As part of a sordid, dark plot, 25-year-old Nikki Lavin Sheridan drugged and drowned her father, Douglaston doctor George Sheridan, in the waters under the Throgs Neck Bridge — the same place her mother, Eileen Lavin, was murdered a quarter century ago. Comment

Astoria residents condemn pharmacy merger

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) held a recent rally attended by about 30 people at an Astoria pharmacy to protest a proposed merger between two pharmacy benefit management companies, saying the plan would be a detriment to local businesses. Comment
Forest Hills

Weiner now daddy to baby boy Jordan

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

Police seek groper of woman in Jamaica

JAMAICA — Police have asked the public for help in their pursuit of a man who they say groped a woman’s rear end nearly two weeks ago. Comment
East Elmhurst

S. Ozone Pk. man missing after being robbed: Cops

EAST ELMHURST — Police were looking for a South Ozone Park man who went missing after being robbed in East Elmhurst. Comment

Lutheran league gearing up for 2012

The New York City Lutheran League’s basketball program has been around for more than 50 years and features schools that span across four out of the city’s five boroughs. The Lutheran Schools Association product has seven schools that participate in an ultra-competitive schedule that features sixth- through eighth-graders. Comments (1)
On Point

Cultural differences should not trump residents’ concerns

A few weeks ago, I attended an event at the Gurdwara Sant Sagar, a Sikh house of worship in Bellerose. The event was organized by the Creedmoor Civic Association for community residents to learn more about the gurdwara and the Sikh community. Comments (2)

Spa Gets a Thumbs Down

We are curious about Borough President Helen Marshall’s decision to reject a proposal to build a second spa in College Point. It took Marshall several weeks to decide that that spa would create a parking and traffic problem in the Corporate Park. Comment

City must clean up Flushing housing site now

As the first vice president of the Auburndale Improvement Association Inc., it is part of my responsibility to address community problems. Comments (1)

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012

South Richmond Hill

Mother mourns slain son after S Rich Hill murder

Police were searching for the man suspected of killing 20-year-old Keith Frank last month in a flash of violence outside a South Richmond Hill party that left an 8-month-old girl without a father. Comments (4)

‘Flatiron of Astoria’ gets new coat of paint

A historic building in Astoria that looks like a shrunken-down version of Manhattan’s Flatiron Building recently got a face-lift in time for the holidays. Comment
Jackson Heights

New director picked to lead 82nd St. BID

The 82nd Street Business Improvement District named Seth Taylor, who previously worked at three different business improvement partnerships throughout the city, as its executive director two weeks ago. Comment

QCC interns review stories

A handful of Queensborough Community College students gathered with Holocaust survivors Tuesday to look back on the experiences they shared while interviewing and preserving the survivors’ stories for generations to come. Comment

Whitestoners honor Brennan at funeral

Whitestone’s Gene Brennan received befitting honors at his funeral last month. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Woman, 47, assaulted on Christmas Eve: Cops

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — Police were looking for a man who they say sexually assaulted a woman who was coming off a bus on Christmas Eve. Comment
Long Island City

Robber hit banks in LIC and Brooklyn: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were on the lookout for a man who is believed to have robbed two banks, one in Long Island City and one in Brooklyn. Comment

Clarke beats setback, returns to frontcourt

Mairega Clarke didn’t know what to think two falls ago when he went to the doctor. The Holy Cross forward was told he had high blood pressure — a rather unusual affliction for a teenager. The diagnosis, Clarke said, only made it worse. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Civility is a forgotten and missed art in public places

This started out to be one column to be sent out into the world at anytime. It has turned into more than that and I think the comments in these columns may be something to think about in the new year. They represent my thinking and those of a group of five younger friends who see my columns on a regular basis. Comment

Welcome City Harvest

Every day tons of food are wasted in the city. Fortunately, there is an organization that wants to do something about that. Comment

City better be prepared for winter storms

I was happy to hear that there will be no snowfall snafus this winter and during future winters. Comment

Friday, Jan. 6, 2012


City traffic deaths plummet

The city was set to end the year with the lowest number of deaths from traffic accidents since statistics were recorded in 1910, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials announced last week. Comment

Cops vow crackdown on boro bars

Northeast Queens police said they will focus on bars and restaurants operating illegally in 2012, but community leaders said more needs to be done on a state level and cited a Flushing watering hole with a questionable liquor license as an example. Comment

Jamaica Avenue bookseller pens tome on giving up scams

About once a week, Michael Evans can be seen on Jamaica Avenue hawking his books — one autobiographical and the others a series about a man who kills snitches. Comments (2)

Abused ex-Laurelton kin want to settle city lawsuit

The attorney representing the 10 adopted siblings who were abused by their Laurelton mother for two decades is pushing for a settlement package for their lawsuit against the city Administration for Children’s Services and two other adoption agencies, a published report revealed. Comment
Jackson Heights

New city permit process gave Elmhurst restaurant early start

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited a new Elmhurst restaurant, Tacos Tulcingo, Tuesday to announce the success of the city’s New Business Acceleration Team, which has allowed restaurants to open 72 days earlier than before. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Cop car involved in crash


New Year’s Day accident fatal in Maspeth: Police

MASPETH — Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal New Year’s Day car accident. Comments (1)
Middle Village

CK football renews 2012 coaching staff

Looking to turn around its floundering football program, which won just a single game this fall, Christ the King is going pro — with its next coaching staff. Comment
Political Action

Romney, Gingrich campaigns echo contest in 1976

We are watching a contest between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich for the Republican Party 2012 presidential nomination. Although there are other candidates competing, these two candidates seem to be leading. Comments (1)

The Adoption Scam

A lawsuit on behalf of 10 disabled children who were fraudulently adopted by an ex-Laurelton woman who used their adoptions to make more than a million dollars raises questions about the justice system. The children’s lawyers are looking for a $68 million settlement. Comment

Support the bald eagle

My name is Joseph Ciciliato. I am in third-grade at PS 94. I am writing to tell you that I have a special bird in mind to represent our country. The bald eagle, instead of the wild turkey, should be our national bird. Comments (4)

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

Kew Gardens

Firebombings suspect arraigned on hate crime charge against Muslims

The man investigators say firebombed the borough’s largest mosque and three other locations in southeast Queens on New Year’s Day was ordered to be held without bail Thursday. Comment

Boro Muslims boycott Bloomberg’s annual breakfast

Several Queens Muslim leaders and their allies from other faiths added their names to a letter calling for a boycott of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s annual interfaith breakfast, which was held Friday. Comment

Allen AME tops list of borough’s worst landlords

The Greater Allen AME Cathedral’s affordable housing unit leads the borough in the city public advocate’s worst landlord list, and the Jamaica tenants who contend they are suffering in ramshackle conditions say they want action. Comments (9)

Franco shrinks White House

The architect who plans to renovate Joe Franco’s White House restaurant in Whitestone released a statement last week describing scaled-down plans to reinvent the ageing eatery. Comments (3)
Long Island City

NE Qns activist lauds Roosevelt Isle campus

Flushing resident JuKay Hsu advocated throughout 2011 for Willets Point to become the site of an applied sciences school, but said Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s school to be built on Roosevelt Island presents a lot of great opportunities for Queens. Comment

Man accused of burglaries out on bail

A man who has been charged with two burglaries in Astoria is now free on a $50,000 bail, which has drawn criticism from City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). Comment
Real Estate

NE Queens home sale prices fall in third quarter of 2011

Queens home sales prices have increased slightly overall despite sharp declines in sales prices in many parts of the borough, including southeast Queens, a new report shows. Comments (2)
South Ozone Park

We want live table games, full casinos in NY: Poll

On the heels of the opening of the Aqueduct racino, support is growing to expand gambling in the state, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. Comments (1)

Jamaica kicks off Kwanza festivities

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre hosted its annual Kwanzaa celebration at MS 8 in Jamaica Friday, honoring the 45-year-old holiday with music, food and a reflective look back at African culture and tradition. Dozens of revelers in southeast Queens turned out for the event. Comment

Mysterious Queens College donor kept to herself

Much remains a mystery about the Forest Hills woman who left $1.6 million to the Queens College music department in her will, but interviews with those who had cursory encounters with Beatrice Schacher-Myers have provided a peek into the life she led. Comments (1)

Avella calls on city to fix broken curbs

Bellerose homeowner Caroline Vereline said that in the 54 years she has lived in her home, she has never seen the city Department of Transportation repair the curbs on her street. Comment

Sample a Taste of Bayside

Offering patrons the opportunity to sample a smorgasbord of eastern Queens’ flavors in a convenient setting, Taste of Bayside will return Jan 25. Comment

Gang leader gets life in jail after ‘01 Flushing slay: Prosecutor

The leader of a violent Chinese gang that operated in Flushing and similar enclaves throughout the city and country was sentenced to life in prison on racketeering charges, which included those related to the 2001 stabbing death of a bouncer at a Main Street karaoke club. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Two treated at Walbaum’s with CO symptoms

Forest Hills

Robber stole victim’s wallet and fled: Police

FOREST HILLS — Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a man wanted in connection with a December gunpoint robbery in Forest Hills. Comment
Middle Village

Calhoun leads shutdown

BINGHAMTON, NY — Omar Calhoun’s reputation is built on the offensive end, as an elite scorer and potent three-point scorer. It’s why defending national basketball champion Connecticut successfully recruited the Brooklyn native, who is just the second Christ the King player to reach 1,000 points as a junior (Khalid Reeves is the other). Comments (1)
Dishing with Dee

Old year ends on sad note with closing of Palace Diner

Happy New Year to everyone! We hope 2012 is one of the best-ever new years for you. Don’t make too many resolutions, as we all know that even with the best of intentions they are hard to keep after the first few weeks. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012

South Ozone Park

Cuomo wants convention center at Aqueduct racino

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wants the Aqueduct racino in South Ozone Park to be the site of the nation’s largest convention center during his State of the State address Wednesday. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man gets up to 32 years in prison for rape, perjury

Former Far Rockaway resident Jerry Ramrattan will be spending a minimum of 24 years behind bars for raping his ex-girlfriend Seemona Sumasar and enacting an elaborate scheme to frame her, but his victim said she still feels threatened by him. Comment

Mayor condemns mosque bombing

A collection of religious leaders and elected officials from all over the city Tuesday stood by the worshipers of the borough’s largest mosque in Jamaica to send a message to the man under arrest for allegedly firebombing the center on New Year’s Day that they will not tolerate hate in the community. Comment
Forest Hills

Aquino admits to bribing Kruger for $30K

Dr. Robert Aquino, former chief executive officer of Parkway Hospital, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal bribery charges — two weeks before his trial was set to begin, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Playground at Alley Pond Pk. slated to reopen

The playground in Alley Pond Park, which was damaged by a suspicious fire toward the end of September, will be repaired and open to the public once again by late spring or early summer, according to the city Parks Department. Comment

Bloomy touts rise in city life expectancy

What is the key to living a longer life? Comments (1)

Fairway helps out slain officer’s family

The Douglaston Fairway will honor the memory of a fallen NYPD officer by donating a portion of its sales this Thursday to a scholarship fund established for the four daughters he left behind. Comment

Bayside home torched in two-alarm blaze

According to fire officials, no one was injured in the Bayside blaze at 46th Avenue and Oceania Street, which was declared under control just after midnight Tuesday morning. A spokesman for the FDNY said that investigators believe the fire may have started in the basement. Comment

Dozo falls to Philly squad

PHILADELPHIA — Savon Goodman said he took what the defense gave him: multiple powerful dunks that brought the capacity crowd to its feet. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012


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


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