Tuesday, July 17, 2012


NY Sens. push Obama to sign law protecting transit money

President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation protecting hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for New York City’s mass transit system, which U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called “the city’s lifeblood.” Comment

Bloomy visits Flushing to tout summer jobs program

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott paid a visit to the Queens Botanical Garden last Thursday to kick off New York’s Summer Youth Employment Program. Comments (1)
Cambria Heights

Walcott honors Cambria Hts. grad for overcoming language barrier

Berne St. Pierre was playing basketball in Port-au-Prince in 2010 when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake turned Haiti upside down and — at the least — put his schooling on hold. Comment

Reminisce about Bayside nightlife

A Bell Boulevard reunion is scheduled for July 21, where patrons, bartenders, workers and anyone else with fond memories of Bayside nightlife from the late 1960s can gather to remember a simpler time. Comment

Sweet flavors of Colombia come to Astoria

Following the path of their parents, an East Elmhurst and Yonkers family’s new eatery — Earth, Wind & Fire Cafe — brings a common sight in Jackson Heights to Astoria. Comment

Monday, July 16, 2012


Maspeth trash train plan smells bad

The pending expansion of a waste transfer station in Maspeth is causing a stink with local residents. Comment

DOT mulling plaza for Newtown Ave.

In an effort to make the roads near PS 17 safer for its young students, the city has proposed turning the intersection at 30th and Newtown avenues near 33rd Street in Astoria into a pedestrian plaza, but City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) disagrees. Comment

Van Bramer gets Doe Fund for Woodside

The “men in blue” have arrived in Woodside. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Marine Parkway celebrates 75 years connecting boros

The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, which helped turn an isolated area into a key recreational destination in the city and sparked the growth of the Rockaways, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Comment
College Point

Police asks public’s help in locating missing teen

COLLEGE POINT — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 16-year-old teenager last seen at his residence. Comment

Panisse tops city track stars

The city was again a hotbed for girls’ track and field talent. Comment

Tip of the week

Flushing Times

Become a volunteer with training at Briarwood

New York Cares, a city volunteer program, is offering Queens residents ways to get involved in their community through rewarding projects. Comment

Patients suffer during Ozanam Hall dispute

In response to the recent news coverage about Ozanam Hall and Local 342, we wanted to share our frustration about what is happening at the home to the residents and staff. Comments (4)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

St. Albans

St. Albans mural neglected

The mural that greets Long Island Rail Road passengers as they enter the St. Albans station has seen better days, and neighbors are trying to return it to its former glory. Comment
Kew Gardens

Non-profit group helps youth get beyond criminal past

Looking back on his earlier years, 17-year-old Waverly Nall said living with his single mother in Brooklyn forced him to grow up quickly, and he would skip school, smoke marijuana and get into fights regularly. Comments (1)

New Foodtown welcomed

Gina Winters said she couldn’t believe her eyes when she took her first steps into the newly renovated Foodtown in Bayside. She let out a wholehearted “wow” when she noticed the change of scenery. Comments (1)

Whitestone native honored as heroic Mets outfielder

When the New York Mets take the field at their home ballpark, no player is more at home than outfielder Mike Baxter. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Officer arrested for drinking, driving: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY — An off-duty cop was arrested for hitting the bottle and then getting behind the wheel, according to the NYPD. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Dozo, Mary Louis players make All-City team

It was one of the most competitive seasons in recent years in New York City girls’ lacrosse. Comment

Citizens United mocks the law

Wisconsin has been sold to the highest bidder: the Koch brothers and their fellow billionaire benefactors. Gov. Scott Walker’s puppeteers outspent Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett 8:1 — $31 million to $4 million. Comment

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bay Terrace

Lawmakers vow to protect co-op tax relief

Their tax abatement program may have expired, but city officials gathered in Bay Terrace last week to assure area co-op and condo owners that they will not be hit with any surprises. Comment

Vallone’s funds cut by 15%

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) used the more than than $680,000 he was allotted in discretionary funding this year to assist a variety of charitable organizations in his district, but he said he thought he would have had more if not for an old feud over the renaming of the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge. Comment
Long Island City

FedEx set to leave Maspeth for LIC

Major online grocer Fresh Direct may be leaving Borden Avenue for the Bronx, but a representative for the Long Island City Partnership said courier company FedEx’s planned move nearby means the neighborhood’s industrial corridor is still active. Comment

Boro bosses fined in sexual harassment cases

Two women workers won sexual harassment cases against their Queens employers Tuesday when the state Division of Human Rights recognized their claims, awarding them a combined total of nearly $200,000 in damages. Comment

Fuchs enters race for Lancman’s seat

Abe Fuchs contends that what sets him apart from the other candidates running for state Assemblyman Rory Lancman’s (D-Fresh Meadows) seat is his willingness to shoot straight. Comments (1)

Technology used to capture iPhone thief

FLUSHING — Tech-savvy cops from the 109th Precinct nabbed an alleged iPhone thief last month using the latest in GPS tracking software, a police source told TimesLedger Newspapers. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

How to celebrate 1,000 years in show business

Sometimes they get it right, and such a time was a Sunday evening in June when the remarkable Sonya Tannenbaum was the star of a surprise celebrity roast. The event, which took place at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Oceanside, was billed as a tribute to Sonya for “her first 1,000 years in show business,” and was attended by a number of luminaries from the Long Island stage. Love was in the air. Comment
Long Island City

Kasza on top of city’s finest

It was the year of the Eagle in boys’ volleyball. Comment

Queens resident experienced many vehicle accidents in 1924

The New York & Queens County Railroad Co., which operated trolleys in Queens, was in receivership and faced a shutdown of its operations. On June 4, 1924, a judge denied a motion by the receiver for the company to discontinue operations and rip up the tracks. Comment

Gov’t should not cut services

Nonprofits that provide valuable services to the children and adults of our communities have been cut off from state money by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. We all know we are in the midst of an economic crisis in our state and country, but these organizations cannot continue to operate properly unless they receive some state financial backing. Comment

A Victory for Teachers

For teachers in the city public school system, a long night just might be over. The principals had been directed to remove some teachers as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to close 24 schools and reopen them with new names. Only half the teachers could expect to be rehired. Comment

Friday, July 13, 2012

No Holds Barred

Continuing the Highest Lesson for Mr. Turner (Part IV)

Before I get to the Israel question, I feel I must add a few more facts to the history lesson, about our country Shrub inherited and the mess he left it in. I hope you and Mr. Turner will stay with me, or protest. Reactions are welcome Comment

Finance, insurance are Meeks’ biggest backers

On his way to a landslide victory in the Democratic Party primary last month, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) outraised his nearest opponent, Mike Scala, by a ratio of 83:1, with the largest donations to his almost half-a-million-dollar war chest coming from the industries he holds sway over as a member of the House Committee on Financial Services. Comment

Shuttered Peninsula Hospital ranked boro’s safest: Report

Residents in Rockaway have one of the city’s safest hospitals at their disposal, but the only snag is it closed in April. Comments (1)

Summer heat attracts scores at historic boro swim spot

Even though the scorching 100-degree heat that had characterized much of the past week had abated slightly, the Astoria Park Pool was full Friday afternoon. Comment

Tourism council looks to draw Manhattan visitors to Queens

Of the 50 million visitors to New York City last year, 8 million made the trip to Queens, and Tuesday morning the Queens Tourism Council kicked off a five-month-long initiative designed to increase the borough’s take of tourists and — in particular — the dollars they spend. Comment

Adult beach irks officials

Rockaway residents want to cover up cheeky sunbathers. Comments (3)

Chou makes bid for Assembly

Yen Chou, a former aide to a state lawmaker and onetime candidate for city office, announced her campaign for the Flushing state Assembly seat last week with a kick-off celebration and promises of a well-funded operation. Comment

Elmhurst greenmarket opens for its third year

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) joined with officials from Elmhurst Hospital Center and the nonprofit GrowNYC Tuesday to celebrate the neighborhood Greenmarket’s opening day. Comment

Sullivan touts dream board for BID election

Last year, Gregg Sullivan proudly coined “The New Vitality” as Bayside’s battle cry for new business. Comment

Police looking for missing Astoria man

ASTORIA — Police were looking for a 27-year-old man who disappeared July 1. Comment
South Richmond Hill

Four-alarm boro blaze injures 15 firefighters

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Fifteen firefighters were injured while battling a four-alarm blaze in South Richmond Hill last Thursday, an FDNY spokeswoman said. Comment

Living out his fantasy

A corner of the universe where fantasy and fiction are your guide. That’s where gifted illustrator Greg Opalinski goes when he’s inspired. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lew runner makes second team

There were plenty of memorable performances by the city’s top boys track and field athletes. Comment

Bicyclists tour Queens during annual event

Hundreds of bicyclist riders took part in this year’s Tour de Queens, a 19-mile ride around the borough that began and ended at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Famous runner at NYU first attended Newtown HS

As readers of this column know, I spent three happy and productive years as a student at Newtown High School. I had graduated from JHS 73 and the transition was not any easy one in the first semester, but I managed to do better and was a member of Arista by the time I graduated. Comment

Queens is no place to build a convention center

There is something missing on the part of New York city and state officials when it comes to convention centers (“Officials believe Queens has convention potential,” TimesLedger Newspapers, June 14-20). Comment

Thursday, July 12, 2012

College Point

College Pt academy trees felled weren’t dead: City papers

Hardly any of the trees chopped down around the College Point Police Academy in late March were dead, contradicting what a city Parks Department representative told the community. They were instead removed at the request of the lead contractor for the $1 billion project, according to city documents. Comments (2)

Liu seeks EDC shakeup for Willets lobbying

The city Economic Development Corp. is poised to morph into a new entity with legal lobbying powers after joining former Borough President Claire Shulman in admitting that they both used their influence to push city officials to approve the $3 billion Willets Point project. Comment

Bayside rallies to save post office

The U.S. Postal Service broke its silence Monday after unconfirmed reports circulated that Bayside’s post officewould be closed and moved to another location a few blocks away. Comment
Long Island City

Fate of 5Pointz awaits approval from city board

Long Island developer Jerry Wolkoff said he is excited the wheels are turning on his plan to radically change 5Pointz, a former factory turned graffiti mecca, but the curator of the aerosol art was uncertain about both the project and his own future. Comment
St. Albans

Comrie brings home big bucks

The city recently released the massive list of discretionary funds allocated by the City Council to individual members and one southeast Queens councilman brought home far more cash for his district than his colleagues. Comment

Tour bus bound for Flushing crashes upstate and injures 20

The driver who crashed a tour bus shuttling gamblers from a Connecticut casino to Flushing last week may be in trouble with the feds for not being able to speak English, according to state police. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Feds purge geese near JFK

Federal agents rounded up more than 750 Canada geese at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Monday in an effort to stave off fatal bird strikes on passenger airplanes taking off or landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comments (15)
Real Estate

Queens foreclosures up with cases stuck in limbo

Queens led a citywide increase in foreclosures during the second quarter of the year, and while the current numbers are down dramatically since the state implemented stricter filing rules in 2010, thousands of cases have languished since then in the so-called “shadow docket,” making it difficult for homeowners to save their mortgages, according to recent reports. Comment

Meng outraises Halloran

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) is heading into the general election for the congressional seat centered around Flushing with a 7,700 percent fund-raising advantage over City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), although the GOP lawmaker won his first and only election as a financial underdog. Comment
South Ozone Park

Addabbo asks how Resorts robber escaped

A brazen daytime heist at Resorts World Casino netted a thief more than $60,000 and now a Queens lawmaker is pushing the casino to roll the dice on better security. Comments (1)

Mayor sets 20 mph zones for four areas in Queens

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced on a visit to Corona Tuesday that a 0.26-square-mile section of Corona would be one of 13 new Slow Zones being created throughout the city. Comments (2)

Cops search for woman missing from home

HOLLIS — Police were looking for a 26-year-old woman who went missing from her home Sunday. Comment
Forest Hills

Man, 50, working on highway hit by car

FOREST HILLS — A Jamaica Hills man was charged with drunk driving after police said he hit and killed a worker along the Grand Central Parkway Tuesday morning., the NYPD said. Comment

Imposter mailman robbed two Queens banks

ELECTCHESTER — A man clad in a mailman’s uniform allegedly knocked over two borough banks Monday, according to the Breaking News Network. Comment

Art bears illuminate Sky View Center in Flushing

The Sky View Center just became a bear market. The largest retail space in Queens added an extensive new bear-themed art exhibit to its shops and restaurants in late June that will offer visitors some colorful visuals to feast their eyes on while they shop and eat. Comment

Dozo’s Doyle makes Post’s city first team

It took 17 years, with plenty of near-misses, but Grand Street Campus finally broke through under Coach Melvin Martinez. Comments (5)
The Civic Scene

Queens high schools educate many remarkable students

All the Queens high schools educate, encourage and nurture their students. Here are just a few things different schools accomplished this past school year. Comment

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Springfield Gardens

Assault rifle ambush outside high school spurs calls for DA to host gun buyback

The gruesome triple homicide that occurred in Springfield Gardens Saturday morning is being used to boost arguments for and against the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, although nearly everyone agrees the assault rifle attack is a grim reminder of the city’s dark past. Comments (1)

MTA cop recovering after July 4th attack

The MTA police officer who was attacked while patrolling the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station on the Fourth of July was recovering and scheduled to have a second surgery on his eye this week after being released from Jamaica Hospital Friday, the MTA said. Comment
Douglas Manor

Bayside boy drowns in Douglas Manor pool

The Independence Day holiday turned tragic when one child drowned in Douglas Manor and another had a close call in Glen Oaks. A toddler lost his life in a pool in Suffolk County on the same day. Comment

Stanley Peyser, 87

Stanley Peyser, a longtime Bayside resident, died Tuesday in Plainview, N.Y. He was 87. Comment

Sex offender accused of inappropriate touching

FLUSHING — A registered sex offender was arrested and charged with touching two young girls at the Flushing branch of the Queens Public Library June 23, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Cops take woman into custody in man’s death

QUEENS VILLAGE — A 58-year-old man is dead and a woman charged with assault after police responded Monday to a 911 call at the residence where they both reside. Comment

Cardozo’s lacrosse captain Ayoob among city’s best

It was a return to glory for a number of city boys’ lacrosse teams. Comment

Monday, July 9, 2012


Bronx-Whitestone Bridge to close for evening

The MTA Bridges and Tunnels Department advises motorists that two lanes in each direction on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge will be closed Monday night. Comments (3)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Springfield Gardens

Three dead in shooting near Springfield Gardens HS: Police

Three men were killed in a hail of gunfire in Springfield Gardens early Saturday morning, police said. Comments (1)

Friday, July 6, 2012


Bayside post office set to close

Rumors that the United States Postal Service was considering closing Bayside’s post office proved to be true Friday, according to U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment


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