Tuesday, July 31, 2012

St. Albans

City teaches boro tree care

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults should drink about 56 glasses of water a week and more when the temperature rises. The city Parks Department recommends that on those same hot, dry summer weeks trees should get up to 20 gallons of water. Comment

Two-time gunman gets 25 years in Jamaica hit

A Queens judge threw the book at a borough man last week who was involved in the fatal shooting of a Brooklyn cop just a day after he nearly killed a man during a Jamaica robbery, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Rockaways score sand to strengthen beaches

Summer beachgoers in Rockaway will soak in the sun next year with more of one crucial element: sand. Comment

Whitestone sweet shop pleases every palate

A new Whitestone bakery opened five months ago in a neighborhood already teeming with traditional pastry shops, but that might be exactly why Golden Sparrow will succeed. Comments (1)

Monday, July 30, 2012


Downloaded LIRR tix on phones will be tested at L.I. golf tourney

For the first time, Long Island Rail Road commuters will be able to download tickets to cellphones or print them during a pilot project during a golf tournament next month. Comment
Kew Gardens

Vallone wants statue kept in Kew Gardens

A controversial Borough Hall statue that some have labeled as sexist might be moved from Queens to Brooklyn, according to an Astoria councilman who would rather the stone structure stay firmly planted in place. Comments (5)
Oakland Gardens

Weprin celebrates restoration of Council Autism Initiative

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) announced last week he was a leading advocate in the city’s restoration of a $1.31 million allocation to the Council’s Autism Initiative in the fiscal year 2013 budget, which provides services to children and families affected by the disorder. Comments (1)

Missing person, 28, last seen near home: Cops

QUEENSBRIDGE — The New York Police Department was looking for help in locating a missing man within the confines of the 114th Precinct, police said. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Tip of the week


Keep Flushing Meadows open for all

When the United States Tennis Association opted to move out of Forest Hills to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, an unprecedented usurpation of public parkland, it promised it would never seek more parkland. That promise had as much credibility as a dead tennis ball, and it thereafter demanded and was given space that almost doubled its presence in the park. Comments (1)

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Avella fires off fracking letter to Gov. Cuomo

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week requesting a personal meeting to further discuss hydraulic fracturing before the governor decides if he would allow the controversial oil and gas extraction procedure in the state. Comments (5)

Street renamed for late Sen. Lanzillotti

A crowd of community and family members gathered on the corner of 48th Avenue and 41st Street Saturday to honor Carlo Lanzillotti, the late state senator who represented his neighborhood of Sunnyside in the 1950s. Comment

BID looks ahead in Bayside

With its new board mostly intact, the Bayside Village Business Improvement District has nowhere to look but forward after hosting its annual meeting last week, and with new Executive Director Lyle Sclair at the helm, the supply of ideas is not at a premium. Comment

Pols want trucks out of Woodside’s 65th Place

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and civic members called upon the NYPD and city Department of Transportation Monday to better enforce truck traffic laws in Woodside. Comment
South Ozone Park

Soccer star helps youngsters get kicks at Resorts World

An international soccer star from across the pond landed in the city last week to help youngsters get their kicks in South Ozone Park Comment
Long Island City

Man stole items with credit card: Police (WITH VIDEO)

LONG ISLAND CITY — The New York Police Department was seeking help searching for a suspect wanted for a grand larceny at a Target, at 519 Gateway Drive, June 8. Comment

Bayside American Martyrs baseball wins title

The American Martyrs Catholic Church of Bayside’s CYO baseball team won the Queens championship last month, redeeming themselves of a winless 0-12 season just two years ago. Comments (1)

GOP Drops the Ball

If there is reason to believe the microstamping of guns can save lives, why would anyone oppose it? Why should legislation requiring microstamping in New York state be controversial? Comments (3)

Astoria a resilient and caring area

In June I was lucky enough to attend events that exemplify what is best about our country and, specifically, community. Comment

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Astorian sent back for sex abuse trial

The suspect in a 2005 child sexual assault case in Astoria has been sent back from the Netherlands to Queens for trial, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1)

Regulars reunite to partake in nightlife on Bell Boulevard

For as long as many can — or care to — remember, Bell Boulevard has been a hot spot for nightlife, drawing revelers from the boroughs and the suburbs to its numerous and famed bars, where they recall memories of good times and create new ones as well. Comments (1)

Astoria man pleads innocenct to girlfriend’s brutal murder

An Astoria man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and leaving her body in the bathtub of their shared apartment pleaded not guilty to the charges in Queens Criminal Court last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Hallets Cove class shows Astoria children local sea life

Boys and girls were out in Hallets Cove catching fish with nets last week, but the 9- and 10-year-olds were trying to learn about their finned neighbors rather than eating them. Comment

Douglaston talks trains

Braving the pouring rain, City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) joined with Douglaston leaders last week to host the first of three community forums with the Long Island Rail Road. Comment

Messer makes Stavisky rematch official

John Messer, an Oakland Gardens businessman and lawyer, officially kicked off his challenge to state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) Sunday, touting his multicultural credentials in a redrawn, more diverse district. Comments (1)
Middle Village

MidVil asks officials to clean empty house

Residents in Middle Village are tired of picking up the pieces of a crumbling house. Comment

Police look for suspect in five Queens robberies

JAMAICA — The New York Police Department was looking for help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with five robberies in Queens, police said. Comment

Cops look for man in assault at boro motel (WITH VIDEO)

ELMHURST — A woman said she was sexually assaulted at a motel on Queens Boulevard, and now the police are seeking the public’s help. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis guard leads Heat in loss

YORK, Pa. — For the most part, it was a good performance by the NYC Heat, but there were a few key moments Coach Kevin White would like back. Comment

Meng backs bill making state gov’t use flags made in America

State Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) introduced legislation July 18 that would require all American flags used by the state government be home grown. Comment

Queens Loses a Champion

Apostle John Boyd Sr., who started the New Greater Bethel Ministries under a tent in Cambria Heights, died earlier this month of natural causes at 85. By 2012 his church was 2,000 strong and his radio ministry reached an estimated 150 million each week. Comment

YMCA child program in Bayside was important

June 22 was a sad day in Bayside. It was almost 19 years to the day that I first entered the little blue building that housed the Bayside YMCA Early Childhood Center with my newborn son and his 2-year-old brother. Comment

Friday, July 27, 2012


State probes Flushing school

The only way for the state to recoup money from a Flushing-based education company is to give it more. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Crowley faces challenge in district leader election

Never go against the family. Comment

Grace Meng’s father charged with wire fraud in FBI sting

Jimmy Meng, a former Flushing state assemblyman and father of current Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), was arrested on charges of wire fraud in an FBI sting operation after he accepted a fruit basket containing $80,000 in bribery money Tuesday afternoon at his Flushing-based company, according to federal prosecutors. Comments (3)

Astoria wants W, QM22 bus back in service

In light of recent public transportation restorations across the city, Astoria’s elected officials and civic members demanded Tuesday that the MTA bring back the W subway line and the QM22 express bus. Comments (1)

Bronx family had just left Nigerian gathering at Richmond Hill hall before crash

Oby Okoro, the woman the NYPD identified as the driver in a gruesome accident Sunday morning in Jamaica that left five passengers dead, told police she lost control of her Mercedes-Benz because the brakes failed, according to a report. Comment

Bidding begins for Little Bay Park

The city Parks Department announced last week it had opened the bidding process for the construction of a comfort station at Little Bay Park, putting an end to years of delays and waiting. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

S. Asian workers underpaid: Study

After more than a year of work, the Jackson Heights-based immigrant advocacy group Desis Rising Up and Moving released a report of South Asian low-wage workers in Queens last week that revealed a large majority of them are paid below minimum wage and get little to no benefits. Comment

Bayside leaders want to know whether post office is moving

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined local leaders Friday, including Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece, and East Bayside Homeowners Association President Frank Skala, to protest a possible relocation of the Bayside post office at 212-35 42nd Ave. Comment

Far Rock man pleads guilty to lifting JFK luggage: DA

A Far Rockaway man faces up to six years in prison after he admitted to walking off with passengers’ luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Chen kicks off run for Meng state seat

Ethel Chen, a longtime Flushing Democrat and retired librarian, kicked off her campaign last week for the Flushing state Assembly seat currently represented by Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing). Comment

Police search for man wielding knife: 109th

WHITESTONE — Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted for menacing in relation to a June 12 incident that occurred in the confines of the 109th Precinct. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Suspect sought by cops in robbery of boro bank

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The New York Police Department was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who was wanted in connection with a bank robbery within the 115th Precinct, police said. Comment

Golden Piggy: Authentic Korean BBQ in Bayside

The thing about Korean cuisine is that the more you delve, the more rewards you’re likely to find. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s Hardy could have shot with Miami Heat

Now this is on-the-job training. Comment
Middle Village

CK star Lewis may transfer

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — Isaiah Lewis will likely transfer from Christ the King and become the latest city star to leave the area, he said during The Hoop Group’s Summer Classic East showcase. Comment

Thomas steps up game, commits to play serious ball

READING, Pa. — Jevon Thomas walks under the hoop, inbounds the ball and playfully shoulder-bumps Wings Academy Coach Billy Turnage. He does the same to another familiar face, smiling at each one. Comment

First lady Nancy Reagan called Elmhurst and Flushing home

Nancy Davis Reagan was born Anne Francis Robbins July 6, 1921, in New York City. She was the only child of car salesman Kenneth Robbins and actress Edith Luckett. After spending her early childhood in Elmhurst and Flushing, she decided to pursue an acting career after graduating from college, and eventually moved to Hollywood. Comment
The Civic Scene

City should uphold zoning against Mormon church

Several decades ago, when the City Charter was revised, the city Board of Standards and Appeals was created. The old city Board of Estimate was eliminated and a five-member BSA was created. The BSA hears appeals from concerned landowners if they believe the zoning resolutions passed by the City Planning Commission and the City Council are unfair. Comments (3)

Happy Birthday, Frank

In Queens there is no one we have disagreed with more frequently or vigorously than Bayside activist Frank Skala. Comments (1)

Take part in the city’s budget process

I invite the community to participate in an experiment in public participation in the city budget. This year, I am allocating $1 million in capital funds for the community to decide how to spend based on local priority needs. Comment

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Inspectors let Con Ed edit gas leak file

Members of a state agency assigned to investigate the role Consolidated Edison played in a deadly 2008 Queens gas explosion were secretly passing their findings onto a consultant for the utility, a report from the state inspector general alleged. Comment

Ex-Flushing HS principal busted on meth charge

The former principal of Flushing HS was busted and charged last week with possession of methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, less than a block away from the school, police said, although he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Comments (1)

Authorities investigating man’s death on Steinway Street

Police are investigating the death of an Asian man who was found behind a building in Astoria early Thursday morning. Comment

Police search for two missing Bayside siblings

Detectives from the 111th Precinct are looking for help in finding two missing Bayside siblings, the NYPD said Wednesday. Comment

USTA expansion means spoils for Queens park

The United States Tennis Association’s plan to expand its 42-acre facility in Flushing Meadows Corona Park could mean more perks for the borough’s largest green space, although it is unclear whether a state law will require the USTA to foot the bill. Comment
Little Neck

Q79 route returns to NE

Public transportation will soon get a little easier for many riders in northeast Queens, thanks to the restoration of weekday bus service along the former Q79 route, a vital transportation corridor that runs along Little Neck Parkway. Comments (4)

August Martin gets high marks in survey

A day before a state judge rebuked the mayor’s attempt to shutter seven Queens high schools, parents, teachers and students at four of the institutions rated their schools below average, according to surveys the city Department of Education released Monday. Comment
Long Island City

Van Bramer, Hendrick to marry Sat.

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) will marry his longtime partner Dan Hendrick in Studio Square, a Long Island City event space, Saturday, his spokesman, Jason Banrey, said. Comment
Broad Channel

City and feds will co-manage parks in Jamaica Bay

For decades an invisible line has existed in Jamaica Bay, a line birds and fish passed without notice and one no bureaucrat dared to cross. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Rego Pk biz sold dog fur

A Rego Park company will have to pay a hefty fine after an investigation found that the firm advertised and sold products containing dog fur, a federal crime, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Comments (5)

Dead woman’s name on Flushing petition

Democratic candidate John Messer accused the Queens Democratic Party, which is backing state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) in the race, of using forged signatures to get contenders on the ballot, but the Oakland Gardens businessman and lawyer did not take the opportunity to alert the city Board of Elections. Comments (1)

MTA completes 16 new tunnels for three city projects

Workers building the East Side Access to bring the Long Island Rail Road into Grand Central Terminal have finished the last tunnel for the project. Comment

Workers march in Jamaica for living wages

Protesters marched in Jamaica last week to bring attention to a new report highlighting the plight of low-wage workers in the city and one that named a few Queens businesses as some of the biggest offenders. Comment

New hospital unit heals pains

Elmhurst Hospital Center opened its new Chest Pain Observation Unit Monday, capping a long-awaited, $1 million project which the staff said will ease their crowded emergency room. Comments (1)

District 29 posts low test scores

Dickens would have called it a tale of two boroughs. Comments (1)

Sunnyside biker killed in hit-run

A Long Island City man was arraigned on manslaughter, DWI and drug charges Friday after he allegedly hit a bicyclist in Sunnyside and drove away for 10 blocks until he plowed into a building, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1)

Cops nab man after chase in car, on foot

JAMAICA — A routine traffic stop July 17 turned into a car chase, then a foot pursuit and then finally a major arrest for officers in Jamaica. Comment

Cops hunt for man in rape of woman in Astoria

ASTORIA — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted rape in Astoria July 13. Comment

Free Shakespeare, Queens-style

Are you dreaming of something different to do on a midsummer afternoon or evening that won’t break the bank? Comment
Middle Village

Christ the King’s Delarosa shapes up for colleges

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — At 6-foot-11 and 265 pounds, Adonis Delarosa is one of the nation’s biggest players. The Christ the King forward is also one of its most improved. Comment

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

St. Albans

St. Albans shooting kills one teen, injures another

A St. Albans teen was shot and killed in front of his home early Tuesday, and his family believes he might have lived if taken to the hospital sooner. Comments (48)

Cop in Bell shooting sues city to get job back

William Bell said Tuesday he did not believe Gescard Isnora, the former NYPD detective who was fired for his involvement in the deadly 2006 shooting of his son, Sean Bell, should get his job back. Comments (1)

Soda ban will hurt Queens businesses: Ferreras

Corona has been singled out as having the highest rate of childhood obesity in the city, but City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) joined with local business owners and a new coalition last Thursday to say Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban is the wrong way to fight it. Comment
Floral Park

Qns powwow to feature native American dances

Three days of inter-tribal native American dance competitions are expected to draw as many as 17,000 people from throughout the country, Canada and the Caribbean this weekend as the Queens Farm Museum hosts the 34th annual American Indian Pow-wow. Comment
South Ozone Park

One man arrested in South Ozone car theft

SOUTH OZONE PARK — An off-duty FBI agent opened fire on three would-be car thieves after they tried breaking into his car, police said. Comment

Jamaica man dies in accident riding his ATV

JAMAICA — A Jamaica man was killed after his all-terrain vehicle struck a metal pole over the weekend, police said. Comment

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Jimmy Meng, father of Assemblywoman Grace Meng, charged with wire fraud

Jimmy Meng, a former Flushing state assemblyman and father of current Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), was arrested on charges of wire fraud in an FBI sting operation after he accepted a fruit basket containing $80,000 in bribery money Tuesday afternoon at his Flushing-based company, according to federal prosecutors. Comments (2)

Police release names of victims in SUV crash

The NYPD Monday released the names of the three survivors and five people who died in the fiery SUV crash in Jamaica over the weekend. Comment
Willets Point

Man found dead in Willets Point identified by police

A 39-year-old auto worker whose nickname was Frijol, or bean in Spanish, was found dead in Willets Point late Saturday night, the NYPD and neighborhood workers said. Comments (1)

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Five family members die in SUV crash near Van Wyck

An SUV packed with family members on their way home from a Nigerian benefit early Sunday morning flipped over in Jamaica, killing five passengers and leaving three others in stable condition, police and family members said. Comment


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