Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows store attracts a wide clientele

Despite never having been a professional dancer, Ben Hahn has devoted most of his life to those who are. Comment

Pols and staffs should not be secretive

I called my city councilman, Peter Koo (D-Flushing), in June. I wanted to know if he voted for or against the two community safety bills that were passed. Comment

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Bayside Marina bouncing back after Sandy

It will take more than a prayer to keep the Bayside Marina afloat, the owners said. Comment

Bell Boulevard set to shut down for BID’s Weekend Walk

Bell Boulevard will be closed for an entire day this September for what the Bayside Village Business Improvement District announced as Bayside’s first weekend walk event. Comment

Obituary: Ex-Baysider John Cash dies in Illinois at age 92

John J. Cash, who grew up in Bayside, died at Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington, Ill., July 3. He was 92. Comment

Sign up for 9/11 health funds

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 affected all of us, but survivors and the brave first responders, many of whom risked everything to provide emergency aid, have suffered incomparable health problems and financial loss in the years following this tragedy. Comment

Monday, July 15, 2013


Woman fatally stabbed in her Sunnyside home

A 35-year-old woman was brutally stabbed to death in her Sunnyside apartment last week and police have taken her boyfriend into custody, the NYPD and neighbors said. Comment

Three Ridgewood Reservoir blueprints unveiled

Three new concept plans that may help determine the future of the Ridgewood Reservoir were unveiled last month. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Former Niagara president to take helm at St. John’s

St. John’s board of trustees said the Rev. Joseph Levesque, the former president of Niagara University, has been elected interim president of the nation’s second-largest Catholic University to replace the Rev. Donald Harrington, who announced his retirement in May. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Brooklyn woman last seen at Jamaica Hospital: Police

JAMAICA — Police are looking for a missing woman who was last seen leaving Jamaica Hospital earlier this week. Comment

All-Queens Baseball: Castano named boro’s best

The death of legendary Archbishop Molloy baseball Coach Jack Curran was the backdrop of the 2013 baseball season in Queens. Comments (2)

Tip of the week

New Voices

S. Asians, Indo-Caribbeans convene to bolster community

Two weeks ago, South Asian and Indo-Caribbean activists met in South Ozone Park to discuss a wide range of topics pertinent to the Indo-Caribbean community at the first Indo-Caribbean Convene, a space provided for activists and community leaders from Queens to discuss matters of faith, culture, justice and community. Comment

Do not curtail stop-and-frisk

The City Council’s passage in June of the inaptly named Community Safety Act is a reckless action which will handcuff the police, lead to more drugs and guns on our streets and victimize the poor and minority citizens the Council claims to protect. Comment

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Forest Hills

DOT brings bicycle parking to Rego Park, Forest Hills

Queens cyclists should gear up because Rego Park and Forest Hills will soon see 39 new bicycle parking racks, the city Department of Transportation said. Comment

Wildlife agents round up flocks of geese near JFK

Federal wildlife agents removed hundreds of geese thought to be a hazard to air safety at Kennedy Airport last week, but an animal-rights activist who filmed them said the government is setting the fowl up as a red herring. Comments (12)

Boro’s GOP hopefuls rally in support of police

Queens Republican City Council hopefuls gathered outside Borough Hall Wednesday to back southeast Queens candidate Scherie Murray, who voiced her opposition to two NYPD reform bills the Council passed two weeks ago. Comments (1)

Woodside man charged with DWI and reckless driving after LIE chase: Nassau Police

NORTH HILLS, L.I. — A Woodside man was arrested last week after he allegedly drove 100 mph on the Long Island Expressway while intoxicated and ignored police who tried to pull him over, Nassau County police said. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Corrections captain charged with drunk driving: Cops

RICHMOND HILL — A city Corrections Department captain was arrested and charged with drunk driving on the Fourth of July, police said. Comment

Astoria man busted with cache of fireworks: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police arrested an Astoria man last week for illegally dealing fireworks and seized loads of boxes of assorted fireworks-making materials at his home, according to the police. Comment
Queensboro Hill

Queensboro Hill armed robbery suspects caught on video in Yonkers: Police

SUNNYSIDE — Police released new surveillance images of a pair of alleged stickup artists who hit two Queens businesses in June from another robbery Jun. 10 in Yonkers, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Little green men visited Queens in summer of 1952

The year 1952 will be remembered as the summer of UFOs on the East Coast. Since the 1947 sightings of unidentified flying objects over Roswell, N.M., Americans from various parts of the country had been reporting seeing strange phenomena in the night skies. Comment

Parks must clean up Olde Towne burial ground

The Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground is in Flushing on 46th Avenue between 164th and 165th streets. It is a 19th-century cemetery where approximately 1,000 souls rest. Many of the dead are children, victims of epidemics. Most of the interred are African Americans or indigenous Americans. Comment

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fresh Meadows

Lancman outlines Council plans

Former state Assemblyman Rory Lancman is hoping to take the skills he learned in Albany and apply them to the City Council. Comment

Boro’s CCRB complaints drop in 2012

The number of complaints filed with the independent body investigating allegations of police misconduct dropped slightly in the borough last year, with areas of southeast Queens continuing to account for the lion’s share. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Bravest charged with robbing cop: NY Post

FOREST HILLS — An off-duty firefighter was arrested and charged with the robbery of an off-duty police officer, the New York Post reported. Comment
Richmond Hill

Slasher of woman, 26, flees, hunted by cops: NYPD

RICHMOND HILL — The NYPD was searching for a man wanted in the slashing of a 26-year-old woman about her body. Comment
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst man missing since early July: Cops

EAST ELMHURST — Police were seeking the public’s help in locatinga 15-year-old boy who was missing from the 115th Precinct. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Hilltoppers softball coach Ginny Peiser retires

Mary Louis varsity softball Coach Ginny Peiser has retired from the bench to devote more time to the G.O.A.L.S. youth softball league she founded in 2009. Junior varsity Coach and former TMLA all-city player ToniAnne Campuzano will take over next season, according to school Athletic Director Joe Lewinger. Comment
On Point

Two Council bills will hinder effectiveness of NYPD

I don’t care to go back to the bad old days of New York City, when crime was rampant, city streets were filled with folks thinking it was acceptable to sleep on sidewalks, squeegee men assaulted drivers stopped at red lights and our town was headed down a long spiral of despair. The City Council’s short memory is about to drag us back to those days with the passage of Intro 1079 and 1080, which end stop-and-frisk and creates an NYPD inspector general. Comment

Meter Madness

Queens has a starring role in the Muni-Meter meltdown bedeviling the city. There is a constant stream of complaints to community boards across the borough from motorists trying to appease the temperamental meters so they can perform simple tasks such as buying a newspaper or having a cup of coffee. Comments (2)

Friday, July 12, 2013

College Point

Police launch manhunt in College Point for men posing as cops

A group of NYPD narcotics officers stopped to help two fellow cops with a College Point arrest Wednesday night until they realized the plainclothes duo were imposters in the middle of a possible drug robbery, the head of the 109th Precinct Council said. Comment
Little Neck

Weprin, Simotas earn $$$ for jobs outside Assembly

State Assembly members David Weprin (D-Little Neck) and Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) earned six-figure salaries last year from their jobs outside Albany, recent filings aimed at shedding light on state officials’ outside incomes show. Comments (2)

All-Star fever coming to Queens

All-Star festivities have kicked off in the city and are headed to Queens this weekend. Comment

Avella bill aims to chill parkland development

A new state bill would force private companies that set up shop on parkland to replace the greenspace somewhere else at three times the size, which could make Flushing Meadows Corona Park less enticing for development projects. Comments (1)

New evidence to be used in Astoria murder trial

A cellphone voicemail of an Astoria man and the ex-girlfriend he is accused of murdering will be used as evidence in his upcoming trial. Comment

Astoria bikini bar denied liquor: SLA

The state Liquor Authority ruled against granting a liquor license to the operators of a proposed bikini bar in Astoria last week, a decision that was lauded by elected officials who oppose the establishment. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

South Asian groups sue BOE over ballots

A pair of South Asian community groups last week filed a federal lawsuit against the city Board of Elections for failing to provide voters with Bengali-language ballots as it has been required to do since 2011 under the Voting Rights Act. Comment
Long Island City

Bridge and tunnel art show

Where artists go, transformation follows. Comments (1)

Students design Sunnyside map

Three students at LaGuardia Community College helping to put Sunnyside on the map were honored by the college and community organizations last week as top finalists in the Sunnyside map project. Comment

Mosquitoes with West Nile traced to Pomonok in boro

West Nile-infected mosquitoes were discovered in the Pomonok area of Queens and officials urged residents this week to take steps to avoid infection. Comment

Whitestone exit sparks spat

A group of Malba Gardens residents want cars taking the last exit from the Whitestone Expressway diverted to another street or stopped altogether. Comments (93)
Jackson Heights

NYPD probes hate crime on F train in Jackson Hts.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force was searching for two suspects seen in a video of an anti-gay harassment incident that unfolded on a train in Jackson Heights last week, police said. Comment

NYPD gasses subway stations to test effects of a poison attack

At subway stations citywide scientists pumped harmless gas into more than a score of tunnels in an effort to find out what might happen in a poison gas attack underground. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Suspect sexually assault teenage boy twice in Jax Hgts: Police [With Video]

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The NYPD was searching for a suspect who allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy twice in Jackson Heights. Comments (1)

Suspect swipes SUV from Astoria driveway on America’s birthday: Cops [With Video]

ASTORIA — Cops released surveillance footage of a suspected car thief who allegedly pinched an SUV from an western Queens driveway on Independence Day, the NYPD said. Comment
Middle Village

Royals’ Calhoun narrows colleges

Phoenixville, Pa. — Sierra Calhoun has been meticulous about her recruiting. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Do not underestimate underdog mayoral candidates

I was so often labeled an underdog by the media when I ran for mayor last year that I jokingly told my friends I was thinking of changing my first name to “Longshot.” Comment

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Queensbridge blind man robbed twice in two weeks [With Video]

A blind man was the victim of two robberies in two weeks at the Queensbridge Houses by the same predator, police said. Comment
Forest Hills Gardens

Women charged in Forest Hills Gardens gunpoint robbery: Police

FOREST HILLS GARDENS — Police have arrested two women in connection with a gunpoint robbery of three women in Forest Hills Gardens, a spokesman for the NYPD said Thursday. Comment

Queens Theatre hires new managing director

Nearly four months after beginning its search, the Queens Theatre has picked its new leading lady. Comment

Embattled lawmaker has funding slashed

Lawmakers kept a promise this week to give out earmarks to nonprofits and schools on behalf of embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), but this year his share of the pot was greatly diminished. Comments (1)
Willets Point

Mystery music bugs Flushing from far away

Residents of a serene North Flushing block spent six weeks tracking down the elusive source of blaring music — and were shocked to find it across a river and more than a mile away. Comments (27)

Council cuts three boro lawmakers’ discretionary budgets

A trio of Queens City Council members had their discretionary funding budgets cut this year, while five lawmakers got double-digit increases to dole out to non-profit groups. Comments (2)

Former Councilman Walter McCaffrey dies

Former City Councilman Walter McCaffrey, who represented Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City for nearly two decades, died Wednesday. He was in his mid-60s. Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans celebrates its musical history at 11th jazz festival

St. Albans, the southeast Queens mecca for jazz musicians, pays tribute to its musical heritage with the 11th annual St. Albans Jazz Festival this weekend at St. Albans Memorial Park. Comment

Teachers accuse Elmhurst principal of racism

The city Department of Education is investigating the principal of an Elmhurst high school who allegedly made racist remarks about two teachers who were later fired, a DOE spokesman said. Comment
Howard Beach

Nine charged in Bonanno family crackdown

A crew of the Bonnano crime family was busted this week on charges of running a multi-million-dollar gambling scheme out of Costa Rica, among other allegations, the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment

Maspeth street will honor bar owner George Gibbons

After nearly a year of struggle, a lifelong Maspeth resident who was killed in 2011 will be honored with his name added to the street on which he grew up. Comments (1)

Students at QCC learn from comfort women

History traveled more than 6,000 miles to meet face-to-face with students at Queensborough Community College. Comment
Breezy Point

Rockaway fire victims sue

A group of Breezy Point and Rockaway Beach residents has filed suit against the Long Island Power Authority and National Grid, alleging the utility providers were responsible for the fires that engulfed their homes immediately after Hurricane Sandy. Comment

Shafran reveals income in Council race

A candidate hoping to fill the spot of embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) released a financial disclosure statement Monday, and two opponents followed suit. Comment
Long Island City

Man holds up LIC livery cabbie at gunpoint: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — The NYPD is trying to find a suspect who allegedly robbed a cab driver at gunpoint in Long Island City, police said.. Comment

Man stole items from parked car in 109th Pct: Cops

WHITESTONE — The police were searching for a suspect who allegedly swiped a wallet from a vehicle in Whitestone, according to cops. Comments (1)
Block Shots

Former Dozo hoops star shoots for spot on NBA roster

James Southerland’s quest to make an NBA roster is still alive even though he didn’t hear his name called at the Barclays Center or get to shake Commissioner David Stern’s hand on draft night. Comment

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Maspeth street to be co-named for Maspeth bar owner George Gibbons

A Maspeth street will be co-named to honor a lifelong resident who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in 2011. Comment

Authorities test harmless gas release in subways

Police and scientists from the federal Department of Energy were busy Tuesday studying how a poison gas attack or accident might affect the New York City subway system. Comment

City pinpoints West Nile in Pomonok Houses

POMONOK — The West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes in Pomonok Houses, the city announced Monday. Comment

Monday, July 8, 2013

Richmond Hill

Suspect in attempted rape sought in Richmond Hill: NYPD [With Video]

Police were looking for a man who grabbed a 21-year-old woman from behind, threw her to the ground and allegedly tried to rape her in Richmond Hill early Friday morning, the NYPD said. Comment
Jackson Heights

NYPD investigates suspected hate crime on Queens F train

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is searching for two suspects seen in a video of an alleged anti-gay harassment incident that unfolded on a train in Jackson Heights last week, police said. Comment

Broadway Flushing man found dead in backseat of car: NYPD

A man who slept off a night of drinking in the backseat of his car was found dead in the Broadway section of Flushing Saturday, police said. Comment


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