Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Cruise of Jamaica Bay puts native birds at center stage

The 100-foot “Golden Sunshine” leaves Pier 4 at Sheepshead Bay and goes out into the waters of Jamaica Bay. My wife and I are among a large number of people on board for an ecology cruise sponsored by the American Littoral Society. Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen, two authorities on Jamaica Bay, its history and wildlife, narrate it. Comments (1)

Nonprofit’s grants to help Astoria kids

Zone 126, a nonprofit designed to better the educational opportunities of children living in Astoria Houses, gave 14 grants to individuals last week for small-scale programs that will allow young people to participate in fun trips, learning experiences and events. Comment
Long Island City

LaGuardia passes review

Long Island City’s LaGuardia Community College celebrated a successful re-accreditation with Middle States recently. Using a set of distinct standards, the nonprofit review association named the borough institution exceptional for its innovative programs and tracking of how much students are learning. Comment
Forest Hills

Grill Palace offers succulence, surprises

There is no shortage of international cuisine in Queens — the city’s mecca for diverse eats, expertly prepared by chefs who grew up surrounded by deliciously unique fare. Comments (1)

Shulman must be investigated

In an article in the July 8 New York Post Queens Weekly section, headlined “Shulman gets slap for illegal Willets lobby,” Claire Shulman, the former borough president, once again got away with illegal shenanigans. Comment

Monday, July 23, 2012

Rochdale Village

Rochdale civic group discusses stop-and-frisk with 113th Pct.

Clifton Stanley Diaz said he would not blame Mayor Michael Bloomberg for working to remove firearms from the streets of the city, even if it means continuing to enforce the controversial stop-and-frisk practices. Comments (1)

Jamaica street co-named for local hero

He was everyone’s hero. Comment

DOE truck rolls into Flushing Meadows Park with free food

Those who frequent certain western Queens neighborhoods where a fedora is the preferred fashion know that food trucks are all the rage with the youth crowd these days, and the city Department of Education is taking notice, too. Comment

City girls find being green is easy in natural setting

In this city of concrete, there are still natural settings hidden just off the beaten — and paved — path. Comment

Missing boy, 14, from Rich Hill sought by cops

RICHMOND HILL — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing Richmond Hill teen. Comment

Tip of the week


Reader calls out columnist over his views on politics

I would like to respond to the June 7-13 “On Point’ column by Bob Friedrich headlined “Politics not working right? Columnist knows five reasons why.” Comment

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Bayside celebrates Skala’s 75th birthday on Bell Boulevard

You didn’t have to be at Frank Skala’s birthday party to know it was Frank Skala’s birthday. Comments (2)

Ft. Totten will not get eco dock for one year

Plans to build an eco-friendly dock at Fort Totten Park will have to wait another year due to a lack of funding in the city’s capital budget, according to the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. Comments (1)
Cambria Heights

Apostle John Boyd Sr., built SE Queens ministry

Apostle John Boyd Sr., who started the New Greater Bethel Ministries under a tent in Cambria Heights and grew it to a congregation of 2,000 strong, died last week at the age of 85. Comment
Long Island City

New ferry to LIC, Brooklyn exceeds 1M passenger mark

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) said Monday the East River Ferry has been sailing smoothly, having recently passed the 1 million passenger mark in its travels through Long Island City, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Comments (1)

Yellow cab fares going up 17% by September: TLC spokesman

The city Taxi & Limousine Commission’s board has voted to increase taxi fares by 17 percent sometime in September, the first jump in rates since 2006. Comment

Robber hit Subway and Howard Johnson: Cops (WITH VIDEO)

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police released images of a suspect wanted in connection with two commercial robberies along Rockaway Boulevard. Comment
East Elmhurst

Police hunt for two men in attempted burglary

EAST ELMHURST — The NYPD was looking for help in identifying suspects wanted in connection with an attempted burglary within the 114th Precinct, police said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

SJU women’s basketball benefit golf outing

St. John’s University women’s basketball first-year head Coach Joe Tartamella has announced the date for the program’s first golf outing. Comment

Rethink Willets Point

Does the city really need two more convention centers? If so, does it make sense to build them in Queens? Comments (1)

Ex-mayor appreciates kind words

Your June 7-13 editorial “Search for the Next Ed Koch” arrived at my desk. Thank you for your generous comments concerning my mayoralty. Comments (1)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Breezy Point

Wounded warriors hit the water for annual Rockaway festival

Cpl. Jason Wheeler smiled and laughed as he strapped on his goggles while he was poolside in Breezy Point Saturday. Before continuing his efforts to become a master scuba diver, Wheeler took a breather to share his story on what brought the New Hampshire native to New York. Comment

Jamaica sculpture restored

About four decades after it was installed in an unassuming little park on Hillside Avenue, a unique example of abstract sculpture in Jamaica was restored to its original condition last week. Comment
Long Island City

Preservation of G subway stops strengthens outerborough link

Queens will permanently become a little more connected to its neighbor after the Metropolitan Transportation Authority found some extra cash in its budget to pump into the G train, according to the city public advocate. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Queens Theatre and Brooklyn Grange honored

The city Department of Small Business Services honored the Long Island City business Brooklyn Grange Farm and Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s Queens Theatre at its annual awards ceremony last week. Comment

Police officer charged with DWI in SE Queens: Police

JAMAICA — An off-duty city police officer was arrested last week for allegedly driving while intoxicated within the confines of the 103rd Precinct, police said. Comment
Long Island City

Man wanted in burglary of boro sushi restaurant

LONG ISLAND CITY — The NYPD was looking for help in finding a man wanted in connection with a burglary that occurred at a Long Island City sushi restaurant, police said. Comment

Suspects took two bikes from basement: NYPD

ASTORIA — The NYPD was looking for help in locating two suspects wanted in connection with a burglary that occurred within the confines of the 114th Precinct last month, police said. Comment
Long Island City

SummerStage brings R&B stars to boro parks

The City Parks Foundation is kicking off its 2012 season of SummerStage, one of the city’s longest-running free performing arts festivals. Comment
Glen Oaks

2013 Glen Oaks Little League seeks players

The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 21, if still enrolled in high school, to play baseball. Comment

U.S., Asian chains must coexist

With the way supermarkets are closing in this part of Queens, you wonder where we are going to shop in the future. Comment

Friday, July 20, 2012


Man charged in Sunnyside hit-and-run

After crashing his car into a building, a Sunnyside man has been arrested in relation to a hit-and-run accident that left a bicyclist dead Wednesday evening, police said. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Crowley sees cash slashed

A treasure trove of discretionary funds was allotted to members of the City Council recently — but the cash hauls were not doled out equally, as one Queens lawmaker’s funds were drastically slashed. Comments (2)

Civic leader eyes Miller’s Assembly seat

He went from presidential honoree to a campaign hopeful in a matter of days. Comment

Vallone, de Blasio want state to restrict sex offenders in libraries

City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) proposed last week that the state enact a law to bar sex offenders from the children’s section of public libraries. Comments (2)

Civic steps in to spruce up Whitestone Walgreens

The result of a bizarre act of vandalism was finally cleaned up in Whitestone, ending an eyesore’s reign over 14th Avenue. Comments (118)
Springfield Gardens

Locust Manor fixes on the way: LIRR

The Locust Manor Long Island Rail Road station in Springfield Gardens is scheduled to undergo some long-awaited repairs at the end of the summer, and while the plan falls short of what the community ultimately wants, officials are already looking ahead to find more funding. Comment

Texting while driving law nets 3,334 offenses in Queens: Gov

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that more than 20,000 tickets — 3,334 in Queens — were issued in New York state since the law against texting by motorists took effect a year ago. Comment

Wells Fargo settles $125M subprime suit

Approximately 4,000 African-American and Hispanic borrowers in the New York City metro area may be eligible for financial compensation after Wells Fargo reached a settlement last week in a case alleging it had engaged in discriminatory practices during the subprime mortgage boom. Comment
St. Albans

Auto shop manager charged in inspection scam

A St. Albans auto shop manager was charged last week after an investigation by the state Department of Motor Vehicles determined he was allegedly using “dummy” cars in order to give valid inspection stickers to approximately 30 vehicles that had never actually been inspected, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Bayside reacts to post office’s closure rumors

In the wake of a whirlwind of speculation over whether or not Bayside’s post office would shutter, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) stood up and demanded answers from the U.S. Postal Service. Comment
Budget Bites

TimesLedger announces new food blog: Budget Bites

Queens has the best restaurants in the city. There. We said it. Comment
Budget Bites

Sample delicious dumplings in Flushing for under $10

At Jie Jie Sheng, a no-frills Union Street dumpling shop, they let the food do the talking. Comment
Far Rockaway

Police investigate death of Far Rockaway teen

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway man was shot and killed last weekend, the NYPD said. Comment

Police seek info on suspect in Hollis bank robbery

HOLLIS — Police were looking for help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection to a bank robbery that occurred within the confines of the 107th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment

Bayside native pens book based on 9/11 experience

Looking for a great summer read? Check out Tennessean author Neil Newton’s first riveting novel, “The Railroad.” In a New York minute, the Bayside native’s life was forever impacted by his 9/11 ordeal. Skillfully combining this experience with a tale of murder and an unexpected twist, Newton even tackles hot-button issues like domestic violence and sexual abuse. Comment
Flushing Times

Molloy baller Ejerta prepares to put on Dowling uniform

Kamille Ejerta couldn’t help but picture herself in a Dowling uniform as she watched them play Franklin Pierce this winter. Comment
Our History

Sophisticated postal service existed in ancient Rome

The Romans had a postal service in the second century that might be called “letter perfect.” Nothing, or almost nothing, could keep their postal carriers from completing their rounds. Comments (3)

Can Weiner Come Back?

Just a year after resigning in disgrace from Congress, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is reportedly considering running for mayor. Comments (1)

Ban hydrofracking in all parts of the state

A recent article in The New York Times revealed a potential plan by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to permit hydrofracking in five upstate counties, which would turn our fellow New Yorkers into the gas industry’s guinea pigs. Comment

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Police charge man in Sunnyside hit-and-run

After crashing his car into a building, a Sunnyside man has been arrested in relation to a hit-and-run accident that left a bicyclist dead Wednesday evening, police said. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Mayor, Sanders disagree about stop-and-frisk

Critics and supporters of the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program are looking at a recent wave of gun violence, including a deadly assault in southeast Queens with an AK-47, and coming up with differing interpretations. Comments (4)

Van Bramer slams electric bikes

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) invited fellow Councilman Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan) to his district last Thursday to promote Garodnick’s bill, which would increase fines for those who violate traffic laws on electric bikes. Comments (5)

Meng accepts Halloran challenge to TV debates

The race for the Queens congressional seat centered in Flushing is gearing up for its second stage, with the Republican Party candidate seeking televised debates and the two hopefuls starting off with modest war chests. Comment
Kew Gardens

Queens pols seek vote on microstamping bill

A Queens lawmaker called out state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and his party Monday, urging the Republican leader to bring a controversial gun control measure to a vote during a special session in Albany. Comments (6)
Forest Hills

Weiner packs funds to run

Scandal-plagued former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is sitting on several million dollars, which he could use in a run for mayor. Comment

DOH closure report irks Rockaway pol

The state Department of Health issued its final report on the shuttered Peninsula Hospital last week, and local lawmakers are not satisfied. Comment

Queens high schools await judge’s ruling

The city was dealt another blow last week to its plan to restructure seven struggling Queens high schools, leaving it unclear which staff will be at those schools — and even what they will be named — come September. Comment
Ozone Park

GOPers battle in race to Queens primary

Republican candidates looking to unseat state Sen. Joseph Addabbo are ratcheting up their efforts as they each vie to wrestle away their party’s nomination. Comments (1)

Candidates clear initial obstacle in Flushing race

Candidates for the Flushing state Assembly seat will challenge each other in court before butting heads on the campaign trail, although a controversy surrounding one candidate has attracted the eye of the Queens district attorney. Comment
Forest Hills

Man charged in fatal GCP crash

A Jamaica Hills man has been arraigned on charges of driving under the influence and mowing down a 63-year-old highway worker on the Grand Central Parkway last week, the Queens DA said. Comment

BID election brings in new board

The Bayside Village Business Improvement District held its fourth annual meeting Monday, electing a somewhat new board with one spot still to be determined. BID executives also discussed the group’s financial outlook throughout the past year while its new executive director outlined plans for the future. Comment
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks heroes honored

Lifeguard and life saver Emily Harms said she returns to Glen Oaks every year so she can watch over the Royal Ranch pool, but never in her six summers working there has she been tested with such urgency. Comment

Bloomberg initiative revamps Jamaica probation program

Clients at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network center in Jamaica still see a probation officer when they visit the building on the corner of Jamaica Avenue and Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, but that is about the only way the new program resembles a traditional probation office. Comment

Astoria man located: NYPD

ASTORIA — The NYPD said late Tuesday that an Astoria man, who had been missing, was found. Comment

Man robbed two boro banks at gunpoint: Cops

FLUSHING — Police released a surveillance image showing an individual wanted in connection with two bank robberies in the confines of the 107th Precinct in Flushing, the NYPD said. Comment

Dancing with Dragons

From the Cirque Du Soleil-inspired human pyramids to frenetic unicyclists circling the stage while playing catch with wide-brimmed hats, the Golden Dragon Acrobats brought their own brand of hot, summer entertainment to Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s Queens Theatre. Comment
Flushing Times

The ball’s in Amani’s court

YORK, Pa. — Decision time is finally coming for Amani Tatum. Comments (1)
Cambria Heights

Driver takes tough road to Texas A&M

James Driver’s route to a Division I scholarship was as unpredictable as a wild Campus Magnet victory. Comment

Dozo’s Hunt secures full scholarship to Alcorn State

Tyrel Hunt was close to settling for a Division II school at this time last year. Then, before making a decision, he thought about how far he had come in one year, from a fringe rotation player to a key component at Cardozo, and he realized if he had made such strides in that short a period, why not see what the next year would hold. Comment
Political Action

Senate candidate Reyes champions rights of businesses

In the 15th state Senate district in western Queens, the Republican Party at the county and state levels is dedicated to recapturing that seat from state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), who won the office from conservative Republican Serf Maltese in 2008 after Maltese had held the seat for 20 years. Comment

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Estelle Cooper charged in theft from nonprofit: DA

Estelle Cooper was charged with stealing $50,000 from her former nonprofit, which funds activities at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Queens district attorney said Tuesday. Comment

Messer campaign claims a dead woman signed Stavisky’s petition to get on ballot

A candidate for the state Senate seat based in Flushing has charged that his opponent, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), got onto the ballot with forged signatures, including one of a dead woman. Comment
College Point

Con Ed workers picket with negotiations, heat wave on horizon

Consolidated Edison workers picketed outside several locations in Queens this week, as rising temperatures were set to put a strain on the city’s electrical infrastructure. Comment

City OK’s Mormon chapel

The city approved an application Tuesday that will allow the Mormon Church to build a chapel that exceeds zoning regulations on 33rd Avenue in Flushing, much to the dismay of civic organizations and Community Board 7. Comments (1)

Jury increases murder charge for Astoria man

Murder charges have been upgraded in the case of Jason Bohn, a 33-year-old Astoria resident who allegedly strangled and beat his girlfriend to death in their apartment last month, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Missing Hollis woman found in Dallas: New York Post

HOLLIS — A Hollis woman, who had been reported missing last week, has been located, police said. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Beach Channel lineman commits to being Husky

Folorunso “Foley” Fatukasi felt like a Huskie when he attended UConn football camp in June. Comment


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