Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Family Market brings Tokyo taste to Astoria

In the heart of Astoria, amid scores of Greek eateries, stands one of the city’s first Japanese grocery stores: Family Market. Comment

Shame on Senate over gun bill

It is incomprehensible that the background checks for people who want to purchase guns did not pass the U.S. Senate. Comments (5)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Jackson Heights

Flushing Meadows race to help Boston victims

A Queens runner who completed the Boston Marathon decided to host a 5k race in Flushing Meadows Corona Park to raise money for families affected by the terrorist attacks last week. Comment

Do your part to maintain quality of parks

Regarding your April 5-11 article “Parks needs to better care for trees,” we need to take care of our trees for many reasons and need to hire more staff. Comment

Monday, April 29, 2013


Outdoor advocate has nature trail named in her honor

Queens was once home to hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands, but now conservationists actively work to hang on to the last shreds of natural beauty in the concrete borough. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Queens Hospital opens redone geriatric clinic

Queens Hospital Center cut the ribbon on an expanded geriatric clinic last week, the latest project funded by state grant money to counteract borough hospital closures. Comment

Scholarship embodies spirit of late Bayside 6-year-old

In the years since her 6-year-old daughter’s untimely death, Bayside mother Effie Nicolopoulos said she found solace in keeping the memory alive by giving back to the community. Comment

MoMI, Taft Institute plan teaching seminar

The Taft Institute for Government at Queens College is teaming up with The Museum of the Moving Image to present a seminar for teachers on the topics of immigration and the city’s upcoming elections. Comment
LeFrak City

Electeds seek residents’ help in slaying of Lefrak tenant

Legislators in Queens want a murder that took place a year ago in LeFrak City to finally be solved and are asking residents to come forward with any information that can help lead to the perpetrator’s capture. Comments (1)
Little Neck

An artistic view of reality

Elinore Schnurr refers to herself as “a contemporary representational painter” who paints real scenes of people living in the everyday world. Viewing herself as a subjective painter, Little Neck resident Schnurr has painted six different series of paintings throughout her career that not only imply her feelings toward her subjects but exhibit her development as an artist as she adds more complex elements into her paintings. Comment

Housing employee charged with sex abuse: Cops

ASTORIA — A New York City Housing Authority employee was arrested and charged with sexual abuse, police said. Comment
Breezy Point

Tip of the week


NRA, foreign nations similar

On April 2, the U.N. General Assembly, to a resounding cheer, overwhelmingly approved — 154 in favor, three against and 23 abstaining — the first international treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade. The obvious goal: keeping deadly weapons out of the hands of perpetrators who would wreak havoc upon their victims. Comments (2)

Sunday, April 28, 2013


White roofs head to Astoria

A city-based nonprofit has set its sights on parts of Astoria and Long Island City to combat rising temperatures, armed with no more than buckets of white paint. Comments (1)

MS 74 girls’ B-ball team wins another title

It was a great season for the Queens District 26 Middle School Basketball League, which consists of six middle schools in the area: MS 67, 72, 74, 158, 216 and 266. The competition was fun and exciting throughout the year. Comments (6)

JFK, LGA see delays amid wind, furloughs

The unstoppable forces of Mother Nature and Washington gridlock hit earlier this week as Queens’ two airports experienced delays, though just how much of those waits were attributable to fewer air traffic controllers at the helm was hard to pin down. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Astoria PAC’s new musical tackles issues of class and family

One of the pleasures of the spring season in Queens is another musical from the Astoria Performing Arts Center. With production values worthy of Broadway and performers of professional caliber, APAC continues to lead the pack. And at a bargain ticket of only $18, how can you resist it? Comment

Corona man found guilty of rape, attempted murder

A jury convicted a 22-year-old Corona man of raping and attempting to murder his teenage ex-girlfriend and mother of his young son in Queens Supreme Court last Friday, the district attorney said. Comment
Rego Park

NYPD seeking info on wallet robbery suspect in Rego Park

REGO PARK — Police were seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery April 16. Comment

1936 saw Lindbergh baby killer’s body cremated in boro

It was 1936, the midpoint of the Depression. About 1,500 Queens families on relief could cultivate some of the 5,000 “subsistence gardens” in the borough. The gardens were open to all on home relief, those on work relief who did not receive supplemental home relief and those on work relief receiving only the minimum security wage of $60.50 a month. Comment

‘A Mixed Blessing’

In a lecture at Temple Sinai in Roslyn Heights, L.I., on the day after the Boston bombings, former President Bill Clinton noted that the 21st-century world of the Internet and social media is “a mixed blessing.” Comment

NRA, pols in cahoots against kids

Every newspaper in the country should print the names of the 41 Republican U.S. senators, along with the five Democrats, who voted down the gun control bill. Comments (2)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Fresh Meadows

Pols push MTA to spend surplus on Queens lines

A $40 million MTA budget surplus has leaders from northeast Queens calling to expand service and undo drastic cuts made in 2010. Comments (2)

Residents pitch in to help clean Udalls Cove

Spring cleaning is not just another intolerable indoor chore to a group of environmentally engaged residents from northeast Queens. Comments (1)
Hunters Point

Greenmarket to return to Hunters Point in LIC this summer

Residents of Hunters Point in Long Island City will once again be able to buy fresh and local produce from a farmers market slated to open this summer. Comment

Qns students tackle Common Core tests

As students in Queens and across the city last week began taking the state’s new, tougher English and math exams, parents and teachers expressed concerns that their students would be graded on tests for which they were not adequately prepared. Comment

Queens jury convicts killer of Flushing gas attendant

A 24-year-old from Jamaica is facing life in prison after a jury Monday convicted him of killing a store clerk three years ago while sticking up a Flushing gas station for a few cartons of smokes. Comment

Building wall collapse injures one in Astoria

A full stop work order and two ECB violations were issued against a three-story building in Astoria that partially collapsed during reconstruction work Monday, causing the injury of a construction worker, according to the city Department of Buildings and police. Comment

Bayside cops hunt for couple in credit card scam

BAYSIDE — Police released surveillance footage of two suspects they said were wanted for allegedly using a stolen credit card on two separate occasions across two precincts. Comment

Top Dogg

Hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg made a surprise visit to Jamaica. Comment
Jamaica Estates

WNBA drafts two of St. John’s players

Nadirah McKenith and Shenneika Smith added another piece of history to their St. John’s careers. Comment
Political Action

Mayors lose public support after serving three terms

In recent times, there has been a lot of attention focused by the city’s general public on the mayor’s office. This is true of mayors who have served for more than two four-year terms. Comment

The Small Town of College Point

The kids who signed up to play ball in the College Point Little League this spring are learning more than how to throw, catch and swing a bat. Their coaches are teaching them a far more important lesson: how to deal with one of the tragedies that is part of life. Comment

Good riddance to gun makers

Three cheers for Connecticut! Colt, the firearm manufacturer of the AR-15, is packing up its wares. It is leaving the Constitution State and Gov. Dannel Malloy for the Lone Star State and Gov. Rick Perry. Comments (5)

Friday, April 26, 2013


GOP shifts gears, endorses Saffran for Halloran’s seat

Queens Republicans looking for the ideal candidate to represent an already red district held by City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) set their sights on Dennis Saffran instead, a party official said. Comments (1)

Vallone eyed judgeship before City Council run

Paul Vallone, a Flushing attorney, was also deemed qualified for judicial positions months before he announced a run for the northeast Queens City Council seat, records showed. Comments (1)

Probation Dept. brings families into new center

A revamped probation program the city introduced in Jamaica over the summer is expected to branch out to Long Island City and Far Rockaway soon. Comment

Engineering floats students’ boats at Jamaica HS campus

More than two dozen teams of excited students attempted with varying degrees of success to traverse the pool at the Jamaica High School campus last week in cardboard boats held together with duct tape. Comment

City marks historic Ridgewood with street signs

Elected officials joined the city Landmarks Preservation Commission and community residents to unveil new street signs marking the Ridgewood North Historic District last week. Comment

Community weighs Flushing Meadows’ future

Residents flocked to Flushing Meadows Corona Park Monday night to attend a community planning session for the greenspace and listen to a lawmaker’s vision of how it should be taken care of in the future. Comment

City moves on trash problem

They say you can’t fight City Hall, but whoever said you can’t give it a motivating kick in the rear end every once in a while? Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills library rehab part of building spurt in system

Lawmakers kicked off the expansion of the Kew Garden Hills library last Friday as part of a decade-long capital spending boom that has forged ahead despite budget cuts to operating costs. Comment

Jazz takes centerstage at Flushing Town Hall festival

Amanda Monaco wants to share her love of jazz with others while they have fun and learn more about the history of the music and its ties to Queens. Comment

Group rallies against Tennis Center expansion

Park advocates have no love for a proposed tennis center expansion in Flushing. Comment
Far Rockaway

DeBlasio slams shuttle bus cuts as MTA plans Hamptons express

City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has appealed to the MTA to rescind its decision to curtail A train shuttle bus service in the Rockaways while operating nonstop trains to serve Manhattanites traveling to the Hamptons. Comment
Richmond Hill

Girlfriend arraigned in Rich Hill stabbing

A Richmond Hill woman with a history of relationship was arraigned on charges of stabbing her boyfriend to death with a knife, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Elmhurst Hospital ranked one of safest hospitals for angioplasty

Elmhurst Hospital was named the safest hospital in the borough for angioplasty, a cardiac intervention procedure in which a catheter is used to clear blocked arteries in the heart, a state Department of Health report found. Comments (1)

Upstater accused of threats to Maloney admits he called

An Elmira, N.Y., man who claims he is running for a council office upstate was arrested and charged with harassing U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) over her support of proposed gun control legislation, police and the congresswoman said. Comment
Breezy Point

FEMA agrees to extend shelter rights for superstorm victims

Victims of Hurricane Sandy who still cannot return home were given an extension to remain in temporary shelters this week. Comment
Cambria Heights

Police on the hunt for serial interboro robbery suspects [With Video]

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — Police were looking for two men wanted in connection with five gunpoint robberies from March 1 through April 18 in Queens and Brooklyn. Comment
Jamaica Hills

TMLA’s Hobdy shows skills in tourney

Sometimes it takes a little convincing to get Simone Hobdy to play at her best. Comment
Block Shots

Fresh Meadows defensive tackle finds success on gridiron

Thomas Holley is an example that anything can happen when you try something new. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Terriers’ bats fall silent in defeat by Fontbonne

St. Francis Prep Coach Ann Marie Rich wasn’t exactly sure how to explain her team’s play, only to say it was unexpected and unlike them. Comment

Participatory budgeting shines in eastern Queens

Over the past eight months, the residents of eastern Queens embarked on a new and unusual way to decide how $1 million of government funds would get spent. The results exceeded my expectations and once again proved the value of public participation in government. Comment

Thursday, April 25, 2013


City refurbishes fields on MLS site

The city is pumping money into the reconstruction of two Flushing Meadows Corona Park soccer fields that lie in the footprint of a 25,000-seat stadium proposed by Major League Soccer, raising questions about the future of the professional sports arena. Comments (2)

Police arrest suspects in Astoria Park brawl

Five youths who are suspected of engaging in a mob attack against two 14-year-old girls in Astoria Park — an assault that was caught on video — were arrested last week, police said. Comments (2)

Queens GOP gets new brass

The Queens man installed as a city Board of Elections commissioner during a political coup in January recently spoke to a Republican club about his tenuous relationship with party leadership and cleaning house at the board. Comments (2)

Bayside BID to display high school students’ artwork

The Bayside Business Improvement District will host its fourth annual arts and crafts festival Saturday. The fair will showcase the work of 30 Queens artists and for the first time several students from Bayside High School’s arts program. Comment

Subway train strikes, kills Transit Authority worker

The MTA was investigating the death of a signal maintainer, who the agency said was working on the system when he was struck by a northbound E train entering the 46th Street station in Astoria early Wednesday morning. Comment
Willets Point

Man killed after car hits Willets Pt. shop

Minutes after a car smashed into a Willets Point body shop Tuesday afternoon, killing one worker and injuring two others, police said, a motorist raced to the bloody scene to give crucial medical attention. Comment

Pols enter not guilty pleas

Two Queens lawmakers, the former vice chairman of the borough’s Republican Party and three co-defendants pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges Tuesday before learning that their next day in court is nearly three months away. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Hoops star Severe finds new ‘home’ at Fordham University

Jon Severe broke down and paused multiple times while thanking his family and Christ the King before trying to tell the large contingent of teammates and fellow students who had gathered in the school’s gym where he would be playing next year. Comment

Queens Muslims on alert after barrage in Boston

Members of Queens’ Muslim community said this week they had not experienced a backlash in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, but whenever an act of terrorism makes headlines, it puts them on edge. Comment

Terrorism alters immigration bill debate

Some borough advocates of federal immigration reform are concerned that a new bipartisan measure to overhaul the current system will be derailed by the Boston Marathon bombings, allegedly carried out by two young men who immigrated to the United States from Kyrgyzstan. Comments (1)

Voters say term limits cut graft: Poll

New York voters have had enough with dishonest elected officials and believe term limits could help curb corruption in politics, a Siena College poll found. Comment

Council race expands after Halloran arrest

While the race to challenge City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was already crowded on the Democratic side, a member of his own party has stepped up for a spot on the ballot now that the lawmaker faces federal corruption charges. Comments (1)

FBI agent testifies in trial of Liu aides

A secretly recorded video showing city Comptroller John Liu at a fund-raiser was shown in federal court this week during the trial of the lawmaker’s former aides who are accused of funneling illegal contributions to his mayoral campaign. Comment
Rego Park

Rego Park dentist abused patient: Brown

REGO PARK — A 62-year-old dentist with an office in Rego Park has been charged with sexually abusing a female patient between September 2012 and April of this year, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment

Flushing philanthropists give cash after quake

Groups of Chinese Americans in Flushing have been gathering money and resources to help the victims of last weekend’s earthquake in Sichuan Province. Comment
Kew Gardens

Police looking for man who robbed teen girl

KEW GARDENS — The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with groping and robbing a 14-year-old girl in an elevator in a Kew Gardens building. Comment
Forest Hills

Weiner starts new Twitter career amid steady mayoral rumors

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner has lived to tweet again. Comment

Molloy pitches past Prep

Archbishop Molloy hurler Donovan Armas is quite simply a big game pitcher who is at his best in clutch situations and St. Francis Prep learned that the hard way. Comment

Cardozo softball bounces back to beat Frank Sinatra Legends

The Benjamin Cardozo girls’ softball team remembers how they felt losing its first game of the season to Bryant and surrendering sole possession of first place in the PSAL Queens A-I Division. They didn’t want that to linger and bounced back quickly. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Construction tops Tots in comeback

Construction senior Kailan Luciano was finishing up the fifth-grade the last time Tottenville lost a PSAL regular season softball game. Comment

Wednesday, April 24, 2013


E train kills MTA worker in Astoria

An MTA worker died on the job early Wednesday morning when he was struck by an E train entering the 46th Street station in Astoria. Comment
Middle Village

Royals’ Jon Severe signs with Fordham Rams

New York state’s top senior boys’ basketball player is staying home. Comment

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Willets Point

Car crashes into auto shop, kills worker: NYPD

A motorist plowed into New Pamir Auto Body Shop in Willets Point across from Citi Field Tuesday afternoon, killing one worker and possibly severing both legs of another, police said. Comments (2)

Smith, Halloran plead not guilty to corruption charges

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) pleaded not guilty in federal court in White Plains Tuesday to charges that they orchestrated an elaborate scheme to rig the upcoming mayoral election. Comment
Rego Park

Baby girl found dead in Rego Park apartment

A 6-month-old girl was found unconscious and later died in Rego Park Monday night, authorities said. Comment

Two-alarm blaze snuffed out in Jamaica building

New York’s Bravest spent about half an hour Monday putting out a fire that broke out in a residential building in Jamaica. Comment

America’s singing policeman, Daniel Rodriguez, to perform at Flushing Town Hall fund raiser

“America’s beloved tenor” Daniel Rodriguez will sing at a fund raising gala Thursday at Flushing Town Hall, at 137-35 Northern Blvd., to benefit the Flushing House retirement residence. Comment

Monday, April 22, 2013


Building facade in Astoria partially collapses, injuring worker

A construction worker was injured Monday when the façade of a three-story building in Astoria that formerly housed a flower shop on the ground level partially collapsed, police and a friend of the building’s owner said. Comment

Saturday, April 20, 2013


Police charge Elmira man with harassing Carolyn Maloney: NYPD and congresswoman

An Elmira man was arrested and charged with harassing U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) over her support of proposed gun control legislation, police and the congresswoman said. Comment


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