Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Little Neck

Little Neck merchant nails customer service

There are not many fair-weather customers for North Shore Hardware owner Michael Steinberg, whose business flexes its muscles when Mother Nature is at her worst. Comment
Floral Park

34th Annual Antique Auto Show

The Queens County Farm Museum will host its 34th annual antique auto show, where members of the NY Antique Auto Club will exhibit their cars on the farmhouse grounds. Comment

JFK airport hosts annual Run on the Runway

John F. Kennedy International Airport will host its annual 5K Run on the Runway Race April 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for $25 or $19 for students 18 and under. Comment
Long Island City

Laguardia Community College offers career options workshop

LaGuardia Community College plans to offer a workshop featuring career options. Comment

Police officer intimidates resident at CB 8 meeting

I attended a Community Board 8 meeting March 13, which had on its agenda a United States Tennis Association application to expand its facilities in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (3)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Sample all the flavors of Ridgewood

What do James Cagney, Harry Houdini and Rosie Perez have in common? Well, at one time they all lived in Ridgewood. Comment
St. Albans

NYPD’s new chief of department hails from Queens

Phillip Banks III, 50, who spent more than half of his life working for the NYPD, was appointed recentlyas the NYPD’s new chief of department. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Weprin offers free immigration services

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) said his district office, at 73-03 Bell Blvd., will offer attorney services for anyone with questions regarding immigration related to naturalization and deferred action for childhood arrivals on the first Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Comment
St. Albans

Spring Flea Market

The St. Albans Library will host its Spring Flea Market. Comment
Long Island City

Laguardia Community College offers free college prep workshop

A free college workshop is scheduled to be held at LaGuardia Community College. Comment

Parks needs to better care for trees

As we approach spring and summer, it is important for the city Parks Department’s Forestry Division to maintain the thousands of trees that line streets and that are in our parks and playgrounds. Comments (2)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Richmond Hill

Rich Hill elementary tops for Latino pupils

Richmond Hill’s Jackie Kennedy-Onassis school was named one of the best elementary schools in the state for helping Latino, low-income and English-language learners get a leg up, according to a recent analysis of New York’s 4,000-plus public schools by a nonprofit educational-advocacy group. Comment

Survey ranks Queens as healthiest borough in city

For the fourth consecutive year, a nationwide survey has proclaimed Queens the healthiest county in New York City. Comment

Cops on the lookout for missing Flushing teen

FLUSHING — Police were asking the public’s help in finding a 15-year-old girl who went missing last Friday. Comment

Tip of the week

South Ozone Park

Resorts World Casino will host the “I Love the ’90s” dance concert

Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park is scheduled to host an “I Love the ’90s” dance concert. Comment

NYHQ Palliative Care Symposium

New York Hospital Queens is hosting its third annual Palliative Care Symposium. Comment

King Manor Museum hosts gazing through time

The history of a well-known Jamaica residence will be featured at an upcoming event. Comment
Long Island City

Laughing Devil Comedy Club presents The Big Thing

Join the best of New York comedians every Wednesday until May 8 for a night of laughs. Comment

Beep candidates pledge task force creation

On March 28, the Bay Terrace Community Alliance hosted an informative and lively candidates forum. It was standing room-only at the Clearview Park Golf Course Clubhouse as residents came out to meet the person who will be the next borough president. All announced contenders for the office of borough president participated. Comment

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Long Island City

Quinn DREAM Act town hall packs LaGuardia CC

A town hall hosted last week by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) at LaGuardia Community College’s Little Theater on immigration reform and the state DREAM Act drew so many people that press and several others hoping to attend were turned away at the door. Comment

Nurse filled phony prescriptions: AG

An RN who acted like an MD was busted last week for allegedly prescribing and administering painkillers to patients at a Hollis nursing home, authorities said. Comment
Rego Park

Senior, 79, missing from Rego Park home

REGO PARK — Police received a report of a missing 79-year-old man Tuesday. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills man missing from home

KEW GARDEN HILLS — Police were asking the public’s help in finding a 84-year-old man who has been missing since Tuesday. The man, Fyat Kaplan, was last seen at his home around 2 p.m. wearing green sweat pants, a grey flannel shirt and a grey sweater. Police described him as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds. Comment

Allergic to Salad presents cooking class with Vesta chefs

Allergic to Salad, an organization devoted to changing the minds of children who refuse to eat greens, will be hosting a series of free cooking classes for children of ages 5-12. Comment

Cowboys Get Booted

We are saddened to hear that the city Parks Department has temporarily shut the Howard Beach stables run by the Federation of Black Cowboys. Comment

USTA plan will benefit boro park

Regarding the March 22-28 letter to the editor “Parkland should remain haven for people, not business,” we are confident that in partnership with the local Queens community boards and elected officials we will ensure a better Flushing Meadows Corona Park and United States Tennis Association Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Comment

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Richmond Hill

Second fire strikes Rich Hill store in two months

A two-alarm fire broke out in a Richmond Hill bodega Tuesday in the same building where authorities believe a blaze was set a month ago to cover up the grisly murder of a tenant. Comment

Work begins on Little Bay Park comfort station

After waiting eight years to break ground, northeast Queens leaders took to Little Bay Park Tuesday with plans to celebrate a more comfortable future there, but what they found instead was another hurdle in an ongoing bureaucratic battle. Comments (2)

Boxer arrested packing heat at JFK: DA Brown

A world-class pugilist was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport when he handed a Delta agent a locked box allegedly containing an unloaded hand gun and three 15-bullet clips last Thursday, not two weeks after the state’s new gun laws kicked in, authorities said. Comments (1)

Gallagher picked as best in boro

Queens was again home to some of the city’s best players and teams. Archbishop Molloy was the premier squad in the borough, powered by a special group of seniors. The Stanners won the school’s first CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens regular season title. Comment
Rego Park

Woman stole accessories in boro stores: Police

REGO PARK — Police were asking the public’s help in finding a woman suspected of stealing several items, including wallets and handbags, from people across the borough and in Staten Island from January to February. Comment

Yankee pitcher praises Coach Curran

Mike Jerzembeck shared a bullpen with Mariano Rivera and played under Joe Torre as a member of the 1998 New York Yankees World Series championship team, yet he cites his recently deceased high school Coach Jack Curran as the biggest influence in his baseball career. Upon receiving the news of the death of his mentor, Jerzembeck was filled with emotion from his formative years. Comment

Woman, 86, found on Cross Island Parkway

BAY TERRACE — An unidentified woman was found walking along the Cross Island Parkway at the Throgs Neck Bridge last Friday. Comment
Political Action

NYPD inspector general would create leadership friction

The dispute involving city police powers seems to have focused on the stop-and-frisk procedure the police have been using for the last several years as a way of deterring crimes before they are committed. A lot of controversy has been generated over this matter. Comment

Sick Days for All

If every year were an election year, city government might get something done. Comment

Friday, April 5, 2013


Council hopefuls react to scandal

Scandal surrounding City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) had the borough buzzing this week as his Democratic challengers looked ahead to November. Comment

Community wants more say in Atlas Park mall’s future

The owner and developer of the Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale faces skepticism tempered with cautious optimism from the surrounding communities after announcing revitalization plans last week. Comments (1)

Pomonok blasts parking hike

A group gathered at Pomonok Houses last week to castigate the city for increasing annual parking fees by more than 400 percent weeks before the money is due. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills holds burglary meeting

A resident of Forest Hills Gardens came home one night in February and immediately knew something was not right. Comment
St. Albans

Boro man found shot to death in St. Albans

A neighbor described a young man from South Jamaica found shot to death in St. Albans early Sunday as a soft-spoken and polite person who was always quick to offer help. Comment

County’s Gallery of Rogues has breached public’s trust

The arrest of borough politicians in an alleged bribery plot made headlines around the nation Tuesday, but in Queens, handcuffed elected officials has unfortunately become an ongoing tradition. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill welcomes spring with Holi Festival

Purple, green, yellow, pink and red dusted the streets of Richmond Hill Saturday during the Phagwah Festival, a Hindu celebration of the triumph of good over evil and the coming of the spring season. Comment

Smith to stay in office after bribery charges

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) said through his lawyer that he plans to stay in office despite federal prosecutors accusing him of orchestrating a massive and far-fetched scheme to bribe his way into the mayor’s office, according to published reports. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows blaze sends 11 to hospital

Visiting family members who were staying at a Fresh Meadows home were among 11 people who were taken to the hospital Monday after an early-morning blaze. Comment

Hope and remembrance mark Opening Day at Citi Field

New York Mets fans armed with enthusiasm and tempered hopes for another season poured into Citi Field Monday for Opening Day. Comment

DA charges Elmhurst man in illegal dwelling scheme

An Elmhurst man is facing charges after he allegedly turned four houses and three garages into illegal single-room dwellings, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Rockaways recovery adds an artistic flourish

The view for those strolling along Rockaway Beach just became a bit more rounded, thanks to a new cultural center established overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Comment
Ozone Park

Overhaul planned for Ozone Park streets

City agencies revealed a sprawling plan last week to bring a series of street, sewer and lighting upgrades to Ozone Park. Comment

Boro lawmakers temper praise for state budget

Leaders in Albany lauded the third on-time budget passed in a row last month, but Queens lawmakers expressed reservations about the bill. Comment
Long Island City

Mayor plans veto of Council’s sick pay accord

The paid sick leave deal struck last week by City Council members, business owners and union leaders was mostly well-received, with one notable exception. Comment

Play recounts true story of teen’s gang experience

The Kupferberg Center for the Arts presents the Off-Broadway production of “De Novo,” the tragic true story of a teenage gang member and his attempt to start a new life. Comment

Molloy starts season after Curran’s death

The Archbishop Molloy baseball team is keeping former Coach Jack Curran in their hearts, on their jerseys and in their dugout as they get set to begin the program’s first season without him in 55 years. Comment

Queens stars head to Final Four

With Louisville and Syracuse winning in the Elite Eight, two players from Queens will be featured in the Final Four next weekend. Comment
Block Shots

Mets manager aims to excite fans after overhaul of roster

There was a hint of defiance in the voice of Mets manager Terry Collins, the type you like to hear before an Opening Day game for a club with not much expected of it. Comment

Police search for Flushing scammers [With Video]

FLUSHING — Police hope someone can help to identify three people suspected of telling victims they have a flat tire in order to distract them as they steal property from their cars. Comment

Thursday, April 4, 2013


Bribery plot exposed

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and Queens Republican Vice Chairman Vince Tabone were arrested Tuesday and charged with a mayoral bribery scheme so outlandish it left many in the borough scratching their heads. Comment

Smith’s career shaped by large ambitions

In the wake of state Sen. Malcolm Smith’s (D-Hollis) bribery scandal, Independent Democratic Conference leader Sen. Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx) stripped the embattled lawmaker of his committee assignments and leadership position within the state’s coalition government and in a final blow suggested Smith step down from the perch from which he had long coveted positions of power. Comment

Halloran under pressure to reduce personal debt

As federal agents led outspoken City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) out of his home in handcuffs early Tuesday, he reportedly remarked that he “had no idea” why he was being arrested. Comments (9)

Boro GOP ranks want new leaders

Queens Republicans were shocked to learn a leader of their organization and City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) were allegedly involved in a bribery scheme to get state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) on the GOP mayoral ticket, and many said Tuesday’s arrests signaled a need to change the party’s leadership. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Authorities arrest suspect in Forest Pk rape attempt

A man suspected of attempting to rape a 23-year-old woman in Forest Park last week was convicted of manslaughter in 1990, police said, and several of the city’s women officials lauded his arrest Tuesday afternoon. Comment

Huntley and co-conspirators get probation in embezzlement scam

Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley and her accomplices in a scam that bilked taxpayers out of nearly $30,000 through a do-nothing nonprofit received light sentences in State Supreme Court in Nassau County last week as the disgraced lawmaker awaited sentencing in Brooklyn federal court on a separate case. Comment
Long Island City

Bloomberg to open 15 new schools in boro

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced 78 new schools will open across the city in September — including 15 in Queens — at a news conference Tuesday held at a Long Island City school that is the future home of a new technical academy. Comment

18-story tower could rise into LGA flight path

Community Board 7 is set to hear a proposal to construct a gleaming 18-story tower in downtown Flushing that needs special permission from the city to pierce LaGuardia Airport’s flight path zone. Comments (1)

Rosedale building with ties to NE Queens conman sold

A Rosedale office building with ties to a convicted felon notorious for his shady deals throughout the borough went for $24 million when it was sold through a bankruptcy-approved deal in January. Comment

Maloney’s city office receives death threats over telephone

Callers phoned in death threats to U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), the congresswoman revealed this week. Comment
Floral Park

Floral Park man dies in blaze after dozing off with cigarette

A Floral Park man died in his bed Tuesday morning after police said he fell asleep while smoking a cigarette. Comment
Hunters Point

Police find marijuana plants in LIC building

HUNTERS POINT — Police said they recovered a sizable crop of marijuana plants from inside a building, at 11-27 44th Road Tuesday. Comment
Kew Gardens

Man grabbed woman in Kew Gardens station: Cops [With Video of Suspect]

KEW GARDENS — Police were asking the public’s help in finding a man suspected of forcibly touching a woman at the Union Turnpike subway station. Comment
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep opens season with high hopes

St. Francis Prep couldn’t have asked for a better start to a year where it believes it can change its recent fortunes in CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens softball. Comments (3)
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm look to rebuild with freshmen players

The St. John’s baseball team competed in its first NCAA Super Regional last year after being crowned the Big East conference’s regular season and tournament champions. Comment
Long Island City

Tube in Queens-Midtown Tunnel closed for two weekends

Tube in Queens-Midtown Tunnel closed for two weekends Comment

QC honors classical Santour musician Pouri Anavian

Come hear traditional Isafahan and Mahur live musical performances for $25. Comment

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Richmond Hill

Howard Beach man charged in Forest Park attempted rape

Police said they had arrested a man suspected of attempting to rape a 23-year-old woman in Forest Park Friday evening. Comment

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Bail set for Halloran, Smith on charges of trying to rig mayoral race [UPDATED]

Bail was set at $250,000 for state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) and City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) Tuesday afternoon following their early-morning arrest in connection with what federal prosecutors painted as a scheme to bribe Smith’s way onto the Republican mayoral ticket. Comments (1)

Smith, Halloran charged with trying to rig mayoral race

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of orchestrating a wide-ranging bribery scheme to get himself on the Republican ballot for mayor while City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was indicted as Smith’s deal broker while seeking extra kickbacks for himself, the Manhattan U.S. attorney said. Comments (6)

Some J train service shutdown overnight for maintenance

It’s the Lower East Side’s turn for the MTA’s Fastrack all-night subway maintenance service, which began at 10 p.m. Monday night for four consecutive nights and will involve passengers traveling to Queens. Comment
Floral Park

Man dies in Floral Park house fire: NYPD

A 63-year-old man died Tuesday after emergency responders found him severely burned when they responded to a fire inside a Floral Park home, police said. Comment

Monday, April 1, 2013

Fresh Meadows

Four people critically injured in Fresh Meadows blaze

An early morning kitchen fire on the second story of a Fresh Meadows home sent 11 to the hospital Monday, fire officials said. Comments (1)

Sandy volunteers and first responders to be honored at Opening Day

The New York Mets have invited a few Amazin’ guests to Monday’s Opening Day festivities at Citi Field. Comment

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Richmond Hill

Police hunt for man who sexually assaulted Forest Park jogger

A 23-year-old woman jogging through Forest Park was attacked by a man who zapped her with a stun gun and sexually assaulted her Friday evening, police said. Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans man fatally shot: NYPD

A 21-year-old man was found gunned down at the corner of 110th Avenue and 179th Place in St. Albans early Sunday, police said. Comment


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