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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Flushing

Queens Tomorrow: LIRR headed to Grand Central

Flushing

Queens Tomorrow: LIRR headed to Grand Central

Queens commuters have long heard that the East Side Access project will revolutionize their travels, but they won’t have to wait until its debut to reap some of the benefits. Comments (4)
Diagnosing the future of health care in Queens requires plenty of reflection on the past— an examination of hospital closures and overflowing emergency rooms, followed by a prescription for viable solutions. Comment
If New York City is the center of America’s melting pot, then Queens provides the flavor. Comment
Long Island City

Queens Tomorrow: Hotels pop up as tourism grows

Long Island City

Queens Tomorrow: Hotels pop up as tourism grows

There were more than 50 million visitors to New York City last year and as the tourism industry grows, Queens — with two airports and neighborhoods with rising cachet — is in the midst of a hotel-building boom aimed at grabbing the borough’s share of the $34 billion pie. Comments (1)
Today’s Queens Library is much more than a place to merely find a book or do some research. More and more, the library has become a place where people can go to look for a job, brush up on computer skills and even find out how to become an American citizen. Comment
The most high-profile development projects in the borough are happening in one of the most unlikely of places: Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (1)
Letters

Return PS 130 to District 26

PS 130, at 200-01 42nd Ave. in Bayside, currently mainly serves District 25 students. The school, however, is geographically in District 26 and historically was a K-6 and K-8 school for students living on the Auburndale-Bayside border. Comment

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

An Astoria soldier who had to give up his beloved blue brindle pitbull when he headed to boot camp is hoping his little crooner will find a new owner with help from an animal rescue coalition. Comment
The skyline of Queens is in for a radical makeover. Comment
South Ozone Park

Queens Tomorrow: Casino ups ante on A&E scene

South Ozone Park

Queens Tomorrow: Casino ups ante on A&E scene

New York City is the entertainment capital of the country. Few can argue that another city has had more of an impact on music, movies, nightlife, theater and food. Comments (1)
More than six months after Hurricane Sandy hit, there has been much talk about reshaping the city’s coasts to make them more impervious to storms and floods. But though the city is exploring numerous options to that end, from modifying building codes to flood mitigation projects, few concrete plans are yet in place, leaving the future landscape of southern Queens a question mark. Comment
With more than 290,000 students attending the borough’s public schools last year, Queens had the second-highest enrollment across the city. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts. Bazaar offers taste of South Asia

Jackson Heights

Jax Hts. Bazaar offers taste of South Asia

Housed in the historic Eagle Theater, just off a new pedestrian plaza along 37th Road, is the Jackson Heights Bazaar, a grocery market and food court tailored to the neighborhood’s bustling South Asian community. It has also has found a home in the hearts of the wider population. Comment
Letters

Take precautions while online

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, we are reminded of the importance of re-evaluating our security procedures, but we also must be conscious of another challenge: the threat to our personal information from cyber attacks. Comments (1)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Even though it will not be built in the same borough, Roosevelt Island’s soon-to-be hub of all things technology will still translate into new opportunities for startups in Queens, city and university leaders said. Comment
Long Island City

LIC-based artist creates mixed-media collages

Long Island City

LIC-based artist creates mixed-media collages

When one looks at any of Preston Trombly’s mixed-media collages from his “Sonatas” series, one gets the idea the artist had a very frustrating piano lesson, broke apart the piano with a hammer and then decided to put the parts of the instrument back together in an undefinable collection of bits and pieces. Comment
Dozens congregated in Whitestone last Monday to honor those who served in the military. Comment
FAR ROCKAWAY — The NYPD was asking the public’s assistance in locating a man and his son, last seen together in their Far Rockaway home. Comment
Jamaica FOCUS ON QUEENS

Jamaica Ball lights up the night

Jamaica FOCUS ON QUEENS

Jamaica Ball lights up the night

The Jamaica Ball was held recently at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Comment
The Flushing Meadows Corona Park Carousel opened for the summer season last week in tandem with the opening of the new Fantasy Forest Amusement Area, which is operated by NY Carousel Entertainment and has four rides, including Queens’ only roller coaster. Comment
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

Fix buses in the Rockaways

I was waiting for a bus Thursday, May 9, at Liberty Avenue going southbound towards Rockaway at 8:58 am. Comments (1)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Environment

Legislation would clean up LI Sound

Environment

Legislation would clean up LI Sound

Federal lawmakers representing parts of northeast Queens introduced new legislation that would funnel more funding toward the preservation and cleanup of the Long Island Sound. Comment
Most City Council incumbents in western Queens are running unopposed, but four hopefuls are vying for the seat of term-limited Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). Comments (6)
Northeast Queens has its fair share of turnover with four City Council races in November, but one crowded district has been making headlines since its incumbent was arrested on corruption charges in early April. Comments (1)
The next time a major storm hits Queens, one senator wants everyone to be prepared. Comment
Dozens of people flocked to Laurelton for the annual Memorial Day Parade, which began on Merrick Boulevard and concluded at Memorial Triangle, at 225th Street and North Conduit Avenue. Comment
College Point honored its veterans Sunday during the annual Memorial Day Parade. Comments (1)
LONG ISLAND CITY — Police reached out to the public to learn the whereabouts of a girl who disappeared within the 114th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
FOREST HILLS — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a burglary May 20. Comment
FLUSHING — A 60-year-old Kissena Boulevard woman has been missing since last week, and police were asking the public to help locate her. Comment
Far Rockaway

Teen charged in beating and assault of man in Far Rockaway: NY Post

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police arrested a teenager who was wanted in a beating caught on surveillance video, the New York Post reported. Comment
Letters

We must be better prepared for disasters

Our planet’s climate is changing. The impact on our daily weather has been extreme. Look at the tornado that hit northeast Queens, Hurricane Sandy, the amount and severity of recent tornados in Oklahoma and other parts of our country, serious drought in some areas like Mississippi, huge snowfalls in other states and gale force winds causing fires to spread. Comment

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Bayside

Avella thanks our vets

Bayside

Avella thanks our vets

In recognition of Memorial Day, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) invited four decorated veterans into his northeast Queens district office with resolutions in hand to honor them for their service. Comment
With the 2013 election season now underway, the field of candidates in southern Queens is beginning to take shape. Comment
Hundreds marched in the annual Little Neck-Douglaston parade along Northern Boulevard. Comment
Dozens of people marched in the annual Ridgewood-Glendale Memorial Day Parade Monday Monday. Comment
FOREST HILLS — Police were searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a string of 13 burglaries in Forest Hills and Jackson Heights between April 18 and May 20. Comment
BAYSIDE — The NYPD was asking for help in finding a man who disappeared within the 109th Precinct, police said. Comments (1)
Corona

Girl struck by van while crossing street in Corona: NY Post

CORONA — A 9-year-old girl was recovering in a hospital bed Monday after she was struck by a van a day earlier, the New York Post reported. Comment
ST. ALBANS — A St. Albans couple pleaded guilty Tuesday to sex trafficking charges in Queens Supreme Court, the borough’s top prosecutor said. Comment
Block Shots

Former TMLA star achieves hoops dream

Block Shots

Former TMLA star achieves hoops dream

Karin Robinson is getting a second chance at playing Division I basketball after she nearly let it get away. It is an opportunity the former Mary Louis star deserves. Comment
Editorial

Queens Needs Greenmarkets

Hunger is a daunting and sometimes invisible problem in Queens. Even in some of the borough’s more affluent neighborhoods, working couples and single mothers struggle to feed their families — another statistic among the data showing that one in six Americans suffers from what the government calls “food insufficiency.” Comment
Letters

Left-wing right on guns, gov’t

A short while ago, the Vatican agreed with President Barack Obama concerning the need for gun control. Recently, West Point did an in-depth study on conservatives and liberals. Comments (23)

Friday, May 31, 2013

A devoted father was shot and killed Friday morning as he waited outside South Jamaica’s 40 Projects to pick his young daughter up and take her to school, the victim’s grieving family said. Comments (28)
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) dropped out of the borough president race Friday. Comment
A Bayside Hills eighth-grader spelled his way to a national championship in his fourth and final crack at the competition, beating out 280 other spellers from across the country. Comments (2)
Lawmakers and homeowners fed up with flooding in southeast Queens are moving forward with legal means to try and force the city Department of Environmental Protection to alleviate the problem. Comments (1)
Michelle Lamelza makes most of her money working as a restaurant manager at Bayside’s Donovan’s Grill & Tavern, but she might have found an extra $100,000 thousands of miles away in the islands of Fiji. Comments (1)
Auburndale

Neighbors target car dealer

Auburndale

Neighbors target car dealer

More than two dozen residents, lawmakers and civic association leaders gathered at Auburndale’s Star Nissan Service Center last week to demand the dealership be held accountable for hacking branches and removing bark from 22 trees around its property. Comments (28)
Springfield Gardens

Delta opens expanded Terminal 4 at Kennedy

Springfield Gardens

Delta opens expanded Terminal 4 at Kennedy

Delta celebrated one of its largest investments in the metropolitan area last week when the company cut the ribbon on the $1.2 billion first phase of the expansion of JFK’s Terminal 4, and the airline has more in store. Comments (2)
If a trip to the Queens Museum of Art is on your summer agenda, you better find something else to do. Comment
South Ozone Park

Lawmakers urge Cuomo to allow city gaming

South Ozone Park

Lawmakers urge Cuomo to allow city gaming

A group of concerned elected officials and business leaders gathered on the steps of Borough Hall in Kew Gardens this week to urge the governor to reconsider rolling the dice on table gaming in the city. Comments (1)
Long Island City

DA charges three men with LIC kidnapping

Long Island City

DA charges three men with LIC kidnapping

A man held captive in a Long Island City warehouse for more than a month was freed after his mother tipped off investigators to the kidnappers’ ransom demands, authorities said. Comment
Queens Village

Funeral service held for Queens Village girl

Queens Village

Funeral service held for Queens Village girl

The young Queens Village girl who took her own life was laid to rest earlier this week as the community struggled to come to grips with her death. Comment
The American Red Cross is facing a new round of criticism for its relief efforts more than seven months after Hurricane Sandy came ashore. Comment
Those who think saws belong in tool sheds should stop by Astoria’s Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday to see how some people can make them sing. Comments (2)
With the return of the A train, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has also announced an extension of ferry service as the Rockaways edge toward recovery from Hurricane Sandy. He also said weekend ferry service in the Rockaways would start July 4. Comment
Howard Beach paid tribute to members of the military with its annual Memorial Day parade. Comments (1)
The annual Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade drew flag-waving crowds to Metropolitan Avenue Monday. Comments (4)
Participants in the annual Woodside Memorial Day Parade started their procession at St. Sebastian’s Roman Catholic Church. Comment
OZONE PARK — An off-duty FBI agent lost his assault rifle and car when they were both stolen Tuesday night, the New York Post reported. Comment
FLUSHING — A Flushing pimp was sentenced to one to three years behind bars Wednesday, the state attorney general said. Comments (1)
Bellerose

Byrnes leads QHST to victory over Goddard

Bellerose

Byrnes leads QHST to victory over Goddard

Elizabeth Byrnes had to get control of her emotions because this wasn’t the time to lose them. Comment
Ozone Park

Red Hawks mash Clinton

Ozone Park

Red Hawks mash Clinton

Construction’s rise to the top of the PSAL is nearly complete. Comment

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Police have identified the man they believe to be the gunman who fired at least nine rounds into an MTA bus in South Jamaica two weeks ago, killing a 14-year-old girl. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

A train returns to the Rockaways

Rockaway Beach

A train returns to the Rockaways

After a seven-month suspension of A train service to and from the Rockaway peninsula, the subway has started running on its full line again – and transit officials commemorated the occasion in style Thursday. Comment
After one branch of city government issued several Willets Point business owners violations and shut down their body shops earlier this month, another branch will now pay to fix them. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Boro funds drive beep race

Kew Gardens

Boro funds drive beep race

Six candidates for borough president disclosed the contents of their war chests earlier this month, but those at the front of the pack did not necessarily raise the most money in the borough they seek to represent. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

LGBT pride to parade through Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights

LGBT pride to parade through Jackson Heights

This year’s 21st annual Queens Pride Parade and Multicultural Festival will pack a special punch as it makes it way down 37th Avenue. Comment
Two southeast Queens parent groups will host an education debate Monday featuring five of the candidates vying to replace City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who must leave his post in City Hall next year because of term limits. Comments (1)
The future of a graffiti-ridden warehouse in Long Island City does not seem like the type of project that warrants contentious meetings packed with raucous residents — unless that warehouse is aerosol art haven 5Pointz. Comment
Students at LaGuardia Community College Tuesday heard the firsthand account of a man who was freed from prison with help from another wrongly convicted man as well as his views on the criminal justice system that sent him to jail for nearly a quarter of a century for a murder he did not commit. Comments (1)
Ditmars

Astoria med center gets OK

Ditmars

Astoria med center gets OK

The city granted a crucial permit to developers of a controversial Astoria medical facility last week against the wishes of neighbors who contend construction crews did irreparable damage to their property. Comments (1)
The family and neighbors of a missing Flushing mother found strangled to death in the trunk of her car were attempting to come to grips with the grisly crime this week. Comment
Howard Beach

Howard Beach house burns

Howard Beach

Howard Beach house burns

An enormous gas explosion and ensuing second-alarm blaze at a private home in Howard Beach damaged during Hurricane Sandy sent one woman to the hospital with burns, the New York Post reported. Comment
Hundreds lined the block around St. Albans’ Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral last week to remember D’aja Robinson as police continue to investigate the 14-year-old’s senseless killing on a city bus. Comments (2)
HOLLIS — A teen faces up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to the shocking 2011 shooting of a newlywed during a botched robbery, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)
Marchers paid tribute to the fallen during the annual Memorial Day Parade. Comment
HOWARD BEACH — An appellate court Wednesday upheld the sentence of a Howard Beach woman acquitted of murder but convicted on gun possession charges in the 2011 shooting death of her husband, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)
SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police have released additional images of two suspects wanted in connection with the stabbing death of a man outside a club in South Richmond Hill May 12. Comment
QUEENSBRIDGE — The city Police Department asked for help finding three suspects wanted in connection with an assault in the 114th Precinct, cops said. Comments (3)
Briarwood

Stanners stay alive in CHSAA season

Briarwood

Stanners stay alive in CHSAA season

Donovan Armas immediately thought of former Coach Jack Curran when the senior was in trouble in the top of the seventh inning and Molloy’s season on the line. Comment
The Bayside softball team has come up with plenty of offensive firepower this season en route to winning the PSAL Queens A-I division title. Comment

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Event SUMMER FUN

Queensites plan now for season of activities

Event SUMMER FUN

Queensites plan now for season of activities

As the dreary winter season comes to a halt, the excited buzz of summer grows louder than ever. Comment
Rockaway Beach SUMMER FUN

Sandy will not stop playtime in Rockaways

Rockaway Beach SUMMER FUN

Sandy will not stop playtime in Rockaways

During the darkest hours of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath, one fact remained true in that swirling tide of uncertainty: Summer was sure to return to the Rockaways. Comments (1)
Long Island City SUMMER FUN

Bicyclists hit the road all across the borough

Long Island City SUMMER FUN

Bicyclists hit the road all across the borough

Biking in Queens offers something for every person. The health-conscious, the practical and the adventurous will all find what they are looking for on the streets of the city’s most expansive borough. Comment

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Flushing woman missing since last week was found dead in the trunk of her car parked in Elmhurst Monday afternoon, police and a published report said. Comment
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday the Rockaway ferry, filling in for the hurricane-damaged transit system, will operate for at least six more weeks and possibly through Labor Day. Comments (1)

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