Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Colombian independence celebrated in Flushing Meadows

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras hosted a 2013 Independence of Colombia Celebration at Queens Theatre last Thursday in collaboration with the Colombian consulate and Afro Colombia New York. Comment

Hailing her Service

State Sen. Tony Avella recently presented Bowne Park Civic Association President Wanda Beck-Antosh with the New York state Senate Women of Distinction Award. Antosh is also active in the 109th Precinct Community Council, Community Board 7, the Whitestone Republican Club, the North End Republican Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 487 Auxiliary, the Broadway Flushing Homeowners Association, St. Mel’s Parish Council and the Flushing Hospital Advisory Board and has volunteered at the St. Albans Community Living Center for veterans for more than 15 years.Photo by Caroll Alvarado Comment

La Rioja serves up flavors of Spain in Queens

Jose Rodriguez, a native Spaniard from that country’s Galicia region, imported all the right ingredients to make an authentic Spanish restaurant in the center of Astoria. Comment

Hurricane pattern could return

Summer 2013 continues to bring an assortment of wild, dangerous and volatile weather. Comment

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Long Island City

Youthmarket returns to Long Island City after hiatus

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) joined with nonprofit GrowNYC in Long Island City last week to celebrate the return of the neighborhood’s Youthmarket, an event that featured a fresh assortment of fruits and vegetables. Comment

Flushing Town Hall garden in bloom after renovations

Flushing Town Hall celebrated the opening of its revamped greenspace last week. Comment
St. Albans

Sweet sounds of jazz in St. Albans

Music lovers flocked to St. Albans last weekend for the 11th annual St. Albans Jazz Festival. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Two suspects rob East Elmhurst diner: Cops [With Videos]

EAST ELMHURST - Two suspects were wanted by the NYPD in connection with a burglary at a diner last week within the confines of the 114th Precinct. Comment
Middle Village

TimesLedger picks Top 10 Queens HS teams of ‘12-13

Queens teams produced a memorable 2012-13 high school season filled with great players, great games and exceptional squads. Who had the best year of them all? Comment

Gay opponents need to change tune

I hear some people say they do not support anyone being gay or gay marriage. They call gays deviants and say homosexuality is wrong, immoral and not what God intended. It upsets them that in this politically correct world they cannot do this and cannot say that. Comments (7)

Monday, July 22, 2013


Sandy no match for Rockaway vet event

They were hurt serving their country and not even the devastation left in Superstorm Sandy’s wake could stop Rockaway residents from honoring the group of 32 soldiers during the annual three-day Wounded Warrior Project. Comment

With summer comes increased opportunity for thieves

While on vacation, people often leave lights in the home on overnight to scare off any would-be burglars, but that old trick may not be too wise after all. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Vallone bill would reverse Ed Koch bridge naming

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is drafting legislation to remove former Mayor Ed Koch’s name from the Queensboro Bridge, a measure he said is in demand among residents of Queens. Comments (2)

Police pursuing three suspects in boutique robbery

ASTORIA - Three men were wanted for allegedly robbing a clothing boutique last week in the confines of the 114th Precinct. Comments (4)
Middle Village

Walker aims for NBA spot

Erving Walker is hoping he isn’t done with the NBA. Comment

Tip of the week


Friedrich is wrong on NYPD act

Bob Friedrich’s July 13 column “Two Council bills will hinder the effectiveness of NYPD” is inaccurate. Friedrich misrepresents the bills that comprise the Community Safety Act (Intros 1079 and 1080), but whether out of ignorance or an attempt to mislead readers, we do not know. Comments (2)

Sunday, July 21, 2013


Douglaston loses Greenmarket after two years

Members of Community Board 11 have started searching for a new spot to host an annual green market after learning the two-year-old Douglaston location would not return this summer. Comment
St. Albans

MLB gives All-Star Week gift to St. Albans Veterans hospital

America’s pastime paid tribute to those who served in the name of Old Glory when Major League Baseball unveiled a renovated outdoor space at the Veterans Affairs hospital in St. Albans earlier this week. Comment

Woodside Child Center names Donnelly COO

The Child Center of New York, a well-known Woodside nonprofit that helps at-risk children and young people across the city, officially appointed its new chief operating officer earlier this month, the organization said. Comment

Ex-Bonanno crime boss to be released from pen

In less than two months, Joseph Massino, the former mob boss of the Bonanno crime family, will be released from prison. Comment
Forest Hills

Rosedale man gets 18 yrs. for gang assault: DA

FOREST HILLS — A 31-year-old Jamaica man received 18 years in prison for the brutal beating of another man in a Forest Hills club in 2010, QueensDistrict Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (3)

Motorist killed in Rosedale crash: Cops

ROSEDALE — A young man from Richmond Hill was killed last week when his convertible spun out of control and flipped over on the Sunrise Highway, police said. Comment
Political Action

District leaders play an important role in shaping policy

In New York City politics, the state Assembly district seems to be the key element on which much of the local political organization is based. The importance of the Assembly district leader comes into being in the 1870s, especially in Manhattan with the citywide Democratic Party. Comments (1)

Americans need to wake up on pipeline

Interesting. Here in the United States, we still have average citizens rooting for the Keystone XL pipeline carrying the Canadian tar sands oil from Alberta to refineries in Texas, thinking it will in some way make our country oil independent and make gas prices lower. Comments (2)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Richmond Hill

South Asians await Bengali ballots

The borough’s South Asian community last week cautiously celebrated the news that the city Board of Elections will provide Bengali-language ballots for this year’s city elections. Comments (3)
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks Little Leaguers get All-Star treatment at Citi Field

Glen Oaks Little Leaguers received the all-star treatment when they were given the chance to play ball at Citi Field. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill husband gets 18 years in wife’s stabbing slay

An estranged husband who stabbed his wife to death in their Richmond Hill home last summer and tried to cover up his bloody crime was sentenced to 18 years in prison earlier this week, the borough’s district attorney said. Comments (1)
The Play’s the Thing

Queens has plenty of performances but not enough playhouses

According to the latest census, Queens has about 2.3 million inhabitants, making it the second largest of New York City’s five boroughs and by itself bigger than most cities in the nation. Yet its theater facilities remain meager, almost to the point of non-existent. Comment
Ozone Park

Police looking for missing teen from Ozone Park

OZONE PARK — A teenager was reported missing from her Ozone Park home, police said. Comment
Forest Hills Gardens

Police looking for suspects in Forest HIlls Gardens robberies

FOREST HILLS GARDENS — Four suspects were being sought by the police in connection to a string of recent robberies in Queens and Manhattan in recent weeks, police said. The robbery pattern involves eight separate incidents, including two in Forest Hills Gardens and one in Rego Park, the NYPD said. Comment
Block Shots

Panella finds escape in coaching streetball team

Mike Panella leaves his mother’s side mostly to shower, sleep and coach basketball on New York City’s streetball circuit. Comment

A Tragic Case

The Florida jury’s decision to acquit George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin reverberated through Queens and the rest of the city, where calls were issued to dismantle “shoot first” laws. Comments (5)

Friday, July 19, 2013


Donations dry up for Sen. Smith after his arrest

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), the embattled southeast Queens lawmaker who has taken heat in the past for treating his campaign account as a personal piggy bank, may have to make some lifestyle changes soon. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Beep approves 5Pointz redevelopment plan

Borough President Helen Marshall approved a tweaked special permit application Tuesday for the 5Pointz redevelopment project that includes additional community benefits for Long Island City residents. Comment

Brooklyn man charged in robbing of 73-year-old blind man twice

A Brooklyn man was charged Thursday with robbing a 73-year-old blind man twice in two weeks at his home in the Queensbridge Houses, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Advocates push for parkland on old Rockaway tracks

Advocates for a new park in Queens are quickly moving closer to seeing their vision become reality. Comments (2)

Avella as beep to speak for all

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is hoping voters will spring for his no-nonsense approach to government and plans to run a more inclusive office should he be elected as the next borough president. Comment
Queens Village

Van Buren faces co-location

The city is considering the co-location of a charter school at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village that could cut 500 seats, a city Education Department spokesman said, despite borough leaders’ concerns. Comment

Queens Egyptians keep tabs on crisis in Cairo

Following the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi by the Middle East nation’s army, his countrymen living in Queens are calling for immediate action to end a growing international crisis. Comment

Pol wants CitiBike to come to Astoria

In a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city Department of Transportation, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has requested that CitiBike, New York City’s new bike-share program, be expanded into the neighborhoods of Astoria and Woodside. Comments (1)

Corona mom files federal suit against cop who shot her son

Corona resident Cecilia Reyes, whose 22-year-old son Noel Polanco was fatally shot by an NYPD detective during a traffic stop last year, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against New York City and the officer who gunned down the National Guardsman, according to court documents. Comments (1)

Gennaro blasts safety act at crime camera unveiling

City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) hailed new NYPD cameras in Briarwood last week, but warned a bill passed by the Council could put the freshly installed crime-fighting tools in jeopardy. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Comedy club in LIC lands on sales block

It’s no joke: The Laughing Devil, a beloved comedy club in Long Island City, has been put up for sale, its owners said last week. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights is ready for its close-up

Growing up in Sunnyside, Mike Ordonez thought it odd that residents from other parts of the city always identified themselves by their borough and not, as in Queens, by their neighborhoods. Comment
Ozone Park

Cat killer sentenced to one year

An Ozone Park man has been sentenced to one year in jail for the killing of a stray cat in February 2012, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Long Island City

MTA seeks to increase trains on G line

The MTA says the G train needs more service and other improvements, including abolition of the G Train Sprint, a maneuver involving passengers running in pursuit of trains that stop far from where straphangers wait. Comment

City officials propose reforms for inspecting restaurants

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) met with several Council members last week, including Queens officials, to unveil a legislative package intended to improve New York City’s restaurant inspection program while protecting the health of residents. Comments (1)

$5K offered for info about Woodside stabbing

Police were searching for the driver of a dark-colored, older model sedan who is suspected of stabbing a 26-year-old Astoria deejay to death and wounding another man in Woodside over the weekend. Comment

JFK bomb plot conviction upheld: NY Post

JAMAICA — A Trinidadian imam who was part of a failed bomb plot at John F. Kennedy International Airport was rightfully convicted and sentenced to life in prison, a federal appeals court said, according to the New York Post. Comments (1)

Melo to run hoops camp at Queens College

Queens youngsters can learn to shoot like Melo at Queens College next month. Comments (3)
The Civic Scene

Common Core standards will do more harm than good

Hurricane Sandy devastated whole communities throughout New York City. Schools in these areas that were not damaged became community centers for people displaced by the storm. Even today, some homes have not been rebuilt. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Columnist ponders if Twitter controversy was all strategy

Imagine that for more than a decade you’ve been plotting to become mayor of New York City and you have been blocked from that path by the wealthiest man in town. Comment

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Willets Point

Auto shops rail against city plan at Willets Point

Business owners who work in the shadow of Citi Field used this week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game festivities as an opportunity to shed light on the harsh realities they contend go under the radar just across the street. Comment
South Jamaica

SE Queens mulls over Zimmerman verdict

In southeast Queens, where the issues of racism and gun violence — and the point where the two often meet — are everyday realities, the acquittal of George Zimmerman Saturday night in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sparked impassioned conversations about prejudice in America. Comments (12)

Bellerose begs to be sprayed for West Nile

It has been two years since the city Department of Health put Bellerose on its list of neighborhoods to spray for the West Nile virus, and residents of the community have been left waiting for relief. Comment

SE Queens nonprofit prez arrested on fraud charges

In the latest installment of the sweeping corruption probes to hit Queens, the president of a Laurelton nonprofit that received thousands of dollars in member items from several borough lawmakers was arrested Tuesday and charged with pocketing the cash, authorities said. Comments (5)

Whitestone grapples with graffiti vandals

It took years for Devon O’Connor to install the large green “Welcome to Whitestone” sign where the Cross Island Parkway meets Francis Lewis Boulevard, and it also took him hours to wipe away the fresh graffiti scrawled across it earlier this week. Comments (9)

LIRR peak-hour trains cut on Port Wash line

Straphangers who rely on peak rush-hour trains on the Long Island Rail Road in Queens were given less than one week’s notice of temporary but potentially devastating cuts to some of their service. Comment

H&M eyed for Jamaica Ave.

A Manhattan-based real estate firm that lured Swedish retailer H&M to downtown Brooklyn’s revitalized Fulton Mall may be looking to do the same on Jamaica Avenue, a source said. Comment

McCaffrey, 64, laid to rest

More than 150 people attended the funeral Monday of Walter McCaffrey, a former city councilman who friends and officials described as a brilliant, warm and witty man dedicated to his community. Comment

Comfort Woman shares story with Queensborough CC

Ok Sun Lee can clearly recall the day she was taken from her native Korea. Just 15 years old, she was walking alone through her hometown, a rural village, when she was kidnapped by two strange men. Comments (12)

Mets’ Harvey on the mound as night to remember begins

The 84th annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game provided fans with memories that will last a lifetime even if the game itself was not riveting. Comment
St. Albans

Comrie makes exit from boro prez race

With a weak fund-raising showing that put him hundreds of thousands of dollars behind the top contenders in the borough president race, City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) announced over the weekend he was dropping out of the contest. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Sample the best of Jamaica at Jerk Festival

Jamaica celebrates everything musical, edible and traditional from its Caribbean namesake this Sunday at the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Roy Wilkins Park. Comment

Boro leaders blame GOP for food stamp cuts

Queens elected officials blasted House Republicans last week for passing a revised farm bill that stripped funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, but retained agriculture subsidies. Comments (1)

Bayside library bash celebrates completion of $1.3M upgrade

The Bayside Library reopened its doors and will throw a welcome back party this weekend, the Queens Library said. Comment
South Jamaica

S. Jamaica grandmother killed in blaze: Neighbors

A doting 50-year-old Trinidadian grandmother died in an early morning blaze in South Jamaica Wednesday, a spokesman for the Fire Department and her neighbors said. Comments (3)
Rockaway Beach

Kidnapped baby boy from boro found by police

ROCKAWAYS — A Rockaway Beach woman was arrested and charged with Custodial Interference after she allegedly kidnapped her son this week. Comment

Weprin explains why he voted for stop-frisk bills

There has recently been a great deal of heated discussion about the two bills that comprise the Community Safety Act — Intros 1079 and 1080 — which the City Council passed in late June. New Yorkers have been receiving some false information on these bills, so the time has come to calm down and look at the facts. Comments (1)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

South Jamaica

Grandmother killed in South Jamaica fire

A 50-year-old woman died in an early morning blaze in South Jamaica Wednesday, a spokesman for the Fire Department and her neighbors said. Comment
Long Island City

Something wicked this way comes to LIC

Watching a production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” can often transport a viewer back to a 12th-grade English class. Comment

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Bayside riders to protest LIRR summer service cuts

Bayside commuters are invited to gather at their Long Island Rail Road stop early Wednesday morning to protest planned cuts of weekday rush-hour trains, officials said. Comment

Police searching for ex-husband in Maspeth attack: 104th Commander

Police were hunting for a Bronx man suspected of restraining and beating his ex-wife for hours in Maspeth before allegedly swiping money and phones, the 104th Precinct’s commander said. Comment

Monday, July 15, 2013

Long Island City

MTA recommends G train upgrades

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has examined the G subway line at the request of two state senators and found what the MTA calls “opportunities to improve service.” Comment

NYPD looking for sedan driven by stabbing suspect in Woodside: Police

Police released surveillance video late Saturday of a vehicle believed to have been driven by a suspect in a fatal stabbing in Woodside hours earlier. Comment
St. Albans

Queens copes with scorching heat wave

Queens residents were feeling the wrath of another heat wave Monday, with scorching temperatures expected to continue throughout the week, the National Weather Service said. Comment

Saturday, July 13, 2013

St. Albans

Comrie drops out of Queens beep race

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) dropped out of the borough president race Saturday, his campaign said. Comment

Hispanic group offers $5K for info in fatal stabbing of young father in Woodside

Two Hispanic men were stabbed - one fatally - in Woodside early Saturday morning, police said, and an outreach group is offering several thousands dollars as a reward for information about the killer. Comment


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