Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013


Parks plans to protect creek

In an ongoing effort to limit the amount of storm runoff draining into Alley Creek in northeast Queens, the city Parks Department is holding a community forum to bring residents into the decision-making process. Comment

Newtown Literary book gives boro scribes a home

It’s high time Queens had a literary voice of its own. With countless stories to tell, the borough of uber-diversity has brought forth Newtown Literary, an innovative semi-annual literary journal, showcasing a collection of works by 26 local writers. It’s chock-full of deep, heartfelt pieces that go beyond the realm of run-of-the-mill storytelling. Comment

Flushing purse snatching turns into phone theft: Police

FLUSHING — A late-night attempted purse snatcher ended up pocketing an iPhone instead, police said.A 23-year-old woman was near the corner of Kissena Boulevard and Maple Avenue Jan. 12 at about midnight when a man tried to steal her purse, according to cops. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Martha Taylor holds fund-raiser for Council campaign

Martha Taylor recently held a fund-raiser at Anthony’s in Oakland Gardens to raise money for her City Council campaign. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Blue Bungalow brings biz back to Rockaway

Hurricane Sandy shuttered the doors of an eclectic Rockaway gift shop, but the owners want customers to know they are back and ready for business. Comments (2)

First responders deserve gratitude

One thing we as New Yorkers should be proud of is the way our first responders respond to accidents and other dangerous situations that put people in harm’s way. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

Rego Park

Rego Park woman faces challenges right out of college

The search for post-college employment can be a daunting task as many students spend years toiling in unrelated fields before landing career-oriented work in their chosen field of study. Comment

Candidates line up to replace Sanders

Two candidates have gotten their names on the ballot for next month’s special election to fill southeast Queens’ vacant City Council seat and seven others are waiting to be cleared by the city Board of Elections. Comment
Forest Hills

Obama picks Forest Hills man for treasury position

President Barack Obama’s cabinet might soon have a Queens section. Comment
College Point

Woman’s pocketbook stolen in College Point

COLLEGE POINT — A woman trying to be a good Samaritan near the College Point Shopping Center was instead duped by a con, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Sondra Peeden holds fund-raiser for Council campaign

Sondra Peeden recently held a fund-raiser at NuUrban Café in St. Albans for her City Council campaign. Comment

Bayside Historical opens art show at Fort Totten

The Bayside Historical Society held an opening reception for the annual art show Sunday. Comments (1)

Learn to live with airplane noise

There has been much media coverage, including an editorial from TimesLedger Newspapers (“Noise About Noise,” Dec. 27, 2012-Jan. 2, 2013), concerning complaints about alleged changes in flight patterns emanating from LaGuardia Airport. Comment

Monday, Jan. 21, 2013


Whitestone project may hit more snags

Civic leaders are trying to delay an application to build 52 new waterfront homes on a prime piece of Whitestone real estate until after questionable soil is removed from the property. Comments (5)

Funding cuts keep Bayside Historical Society on hold

When the Bayside Historical Society’s current building at Fort Totten was built in 1877, there was no such thing as a modern elevator, and more than 130 years later that still has not changed. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Life regains some normalcy for PS 207 students

After two months of being displaced from their school due to the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, parents and children say they are thrilled classes have once again started at PS 207 in Howard Beach. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Lancman campaign reaches public matching funds max

Former state Assemblyman Rory Lancman raised more than $85,000 in 51 days for his campaign for City Council, maxing out in terms of the public matching funds he is able to receive. Comment

Pomonok Library hosts ‘Project Runway’ competition

Teen fashion designers recently faced off in a competition to create the most creative and stylish woman’s outfit out of men’s clothing. The Weinstein Company, which produces “Project Runway,” donated prizes and supplies. Comment

Tip of the week


Support mediation group to combat social violence

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., left us heartbroken and looking for answers. No doubt the shooting was a result of many underlying issues, but as a mediation and family services center, we are asking ourselves: Might the lack of opportunity to resolve conflicts be one contributing factor? Comment

Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013

Long Island City

Boro clashes over maps at redistricting hearing

The city Districting Commission held its third round of public hearings in Queens Monday night, and two Queens neighborhoods were the subject of a verbal tug of war. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Socrates Sculpture Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship encourages sculptors to take risks

A 1965 Ford Mustang with braided racing stripes. A transparent Buddha floating just off the shore in the East River. The Virgin Mary cast in bird seed. These are just a few of the intriguing works a visitor will encounter while strolling through Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. They are part of the organization’s latest Emerging Artists Fellowship Exhibition, an annual program it holds each year to spotlight some of the most creative and compelling emerging sculptors working. Comment

Meng gets committee assignments

Newly sworn-in U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Bayside) will serve on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. Comment

Bayside battles pest problem

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has boots on the ground in Bayside to battle the area’s latest beetle infestation, officials said. Comment

Constantinides begins 2013 Astoria council run

Astoria District Leader Costa Constantinides kicked off his campaign to be the neighborhood’s city councilman at Central Lounge last week. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Police seek suspect in Long Island City and Astoria iPhone robbery cases

LONG ISLAND CITY — The NYPD wants to question 19-year-old Karim Morle in connection with a series of eight iPhone robberies in Long Island City and Astoria, police said. Comments (3)

Three arrested in alleged Flushing beating, iPhone theft: NYPD

FLUSHING — A teen who was beaten had her cellphone taken after trying to collect evidence against her attackers, according to cops. Comment
Middle Village BLOCK SHOTS

Droesch makes ‘miraculous’ move to CK assistant

Clare Droesch completed one of her life’s dreams a year after she wasn’t sure if she would live at all. Comments (1)
Political Action

GOP could win City Hall if it can avoid a September primary

In the United States electoral system, most of the focus is on the November election, but the political party primary election in many cases is of equal importance. Comment

Education in

We congratulate Cardozo High School Principal Gerald Martori for recognizing just how important it is that students in the 21st century understand China and the Asian culture. Comments (6)

Macchiarola will be sorely missed

Last month, New York City lost one of its most respected and effective schools chancellor when Frank Macchiarola died. His service as chancellor coincided with the period of my husband Leonard’s service as chairman of the state Assembly Education Committee. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013

Springfield Gardens

Dinner honors gun victims

Parents from southeast Queens and beyond who lost their children to gun violence joined together at Occasions Banquet and Catering Hall in Springfield Gardens Sunday for the fourth annual Forgiveness Dinner. Comment
Far Rockaway

Rockaway shuttle adjusts hours for repairs to line

Starting on Monday, Jan.21, the free H shuttle train from Far Rockaway-Mott Ave. to Beach 90th Street will operate Monday to Friday from 4:55 a.m. to 9:25 p.m. so that repairs can be made to restore full service to line in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the MTA said. Comment

Queens drops e-waste at gardens recycling

Loading up cars, vans and in one instance a bulldozer, residents of Flushing and beyond took their broken TVs, VCRs and computers to the Queens Botanical Gardens Sunday for its third annual E-Waste event. Comment

Borough library caters to immigrants’ special needs

In Queens, where more languages are spoken than possibly any other place on the planet, the borough’s public library serves as an institution that stands alone in the eyes of immigrants. Comment
Howard Beach

Houses of worship fight damage without FEMA

Lisa Mason, an assistant director and assistant teacher at the Howard Beach Judea Center Preschool, said her facility sustained massive damage during Hurricane Sandy. Comments (2)
Ozone Park

Ozone Park man, 51, found dead in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN — A 51-year-old Ozone Park man was found dead Friday on a Brooklyn street, the NYPD said. Comment
Far Rockaway

Police searching for three teen suspects in cellphone snatch

FAR ROCKAWAY — A young woman was robbed of her cellphone by three teenagers while riding the Rockaway Shuttle train last month, police said. Comment
Queensboro Hill

Fake Con Ed worker cons Queensboro Hill woman: NYPD

QUEENSBORO HILL — A man posing as a Consolidated Edison employee bilked a woman out of nearly $200 this month, police said. Comment

Molloy’s Kostel best in boro

Queens teams dominated the Catholic High School Athletic Association and made history in the Public Schools Athletic League. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

NRA has no right to dictate who should live and die

I fired a weapon twice in my life, on two successive days. Comments (12)

DOE Doesn’t Learn

What will it take to convince the city Department of Education that its shoot-first, ask-questions-later approach to improving schools isn’t working? Comment

Nation needs better mental health outreach

First, I recommend a comprehensive education campaign for the American public and the mental health community for the public to better understand the community when communicating how to be better understood. Comment

Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Far Rockaway

Cops nab mom after son brings guns to school: Police

The NYPD has arrested the mother of a 7-year-old boy who brought a .22 caliber pistol and a full ammunition clip to a Far Rockaway elementary school Thursday, police said. Comments (1)

Child struck, killed by SUV in Ridgewood: Cops

A 7-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car in Ridgewood last night, police said. Comment
Far Rockaway

City’s Sandy food stamp program reached few

Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved $13 million in disaster food aid benefits for victims of Hurricane Sandy, state data show far less money was actually delivered to a fraction of families eligible for the program — a revelation some critics say points to a gross failure on the part of the city. Comments (1)

Foreclosure relief on its way after feds halt probe

More than 3,000 borrowers in Queens who were in foreclosure in 2009 and 2010 may receive anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $125,000 after federal regulators cut short an investigation before fully determining the scope of possible abuses by 10 mortgage servicers. Comment

111th Pct closes 2012 with slight crime increase

The 111th Precinct topped out 2012 with a slight uptick in crime, mostly due to an end-of-the-year jump in burglaries, police said. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Activists honor MLK with Peace Week events

With Gov. Andrew Cuomo setting the stage for passage of the nation’s toughest gun laws in Albany, southeast Queens activists Monday announced the program for an annual peace event, which has taken an alternative approach to ending violence long before the Sandy Hook massacre trained the nation’s attention on the subject. Comment

Boro MulchFest brought in more than 3,000 trees

The city Parks Department said last weekend’s MulchFest, in which residents could drop off their Christmas trees at neighborhood parks to be chopped up, collected 3,320 trees in Queens. Comment

Rapes drop in 109th as thefts rise in 2012

Overall crime was slightly up in the 109th Precinct in 2012 compared to 2011, although major crimes including rape and murder fell by about 50 percent each. Comment

City Council candidates cash in as campaign heats up

Challengers hoping to unseat City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) have filed disclosure statements with the city Campaign Finance Board, beginning the next chapter in a busy Democratic primary race. Comment

Pub grub haven lives on as Woodside pair purchase bar

A pub food institution in Woodside will keep serving hearty cuisine after a pair of neighborhood guys bought the restaurant from the outgoing owner. Comment

New painkiller guidelines unveiled at Elmhurst Center

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Elmhurst Hospital Center last week to unveil what is expected to be the first step in a citywide campaign to combat prescription painkiller abuse. Comments (1)

TU urges drivers to slow subways as MTA issues a rebuke to union

The MTA has ordered union officials to cease distributing fliers urging subway motormen to cut their speed as they enter subway stations in the name of safety, suggesting it appeared more likely the union was trying an illegal slowdown tactic to improve its stance in labor negotiations. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man found dead near boardwalk

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway resident has been charged with stabbing a neighbor to death near the Boardwalk on Beach 17th Street, police said. Comments (1)
South Richmond Hill

Cops link cellphone robbers to other crimes

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Authorities said a robbery last month in a South Richmond Hill cell phone store can be traced to three earlier robberies of Radio Shack stores in South Richmond Hill and Brooklyn. Comment

Would-be boro robber sought in Flushing

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man who knocked down an elderly woman and tried to rob her, the NYPD said. Comment

Maturing Bishop leads Cross to win

Holy Cross Coach Tom Marchesini knows his team is inexperienced. He also understands patience often pays off with that type of group, especially with star sophomore Jermaine Bishop. Comment

Stanners make statement in victory over Loughlin

Archbishop Molloy’s strategy to beat Bishop Loughlin was to outdo the Lions at what they do best. It wanted to outrun and out-defend them from the start. Comment
The Civic Scene

DOE must be more understanding of autistic students

When one reads that the city Department of Education suspended dozens of special needs 4- and 5-year-olds last year, one has to suspect the DOE is failing some of our most fragile children. This revelation comes on the heels of new policies for special needs students just initiated this school year. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013


Albany first to pass tough firearms reform

Queens lawmakers who worked to pass the state’s speedily approved gun reforms this week cautiously praised the legislation, saying it still needed to be tested and there was more work to do to prevent further violence. Comments (5)

City bus drivers stage strike

Parents throughout Queens geared up for a dramatic change to their daily routines after union bus drivers enacted a strike with hopes of retaining certain job guarantees. Comments (2)
Breezy Point

House approves aid for hurricane relief

The political tempest stalling hurricane aid to parts of Queens and the Northeast subsided Tuesday night when the U.S. House of Representatives approved disaster relief to Sandy victims. Comment

Accused baby shaker trial opens

At the baby shaking trial of a Flushing man, a parade of doctors and officers took the stand in Queens Supreme Court to testify about their knowledge of the events that led to the October 2007 death of his 2-month-old daughter. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Council looks at how city responded to Sandy crisis

City Council members questioned administration officials about the city’s preparations and response to Hurricane Sandy Wednesday in the first of what will be several hearings examining what was done right and what was done wrong leading up to and after the unprecedented storm. Comment

ELected officials slated to meet with FAA about plane noise at LaGuardia

A meeting has been set between the Federal Aviation Administration and lawmakers in northeast Queens with hopes of grounding residents’ concerns about new flight noise booming throughout their communities. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Boro president hopefuls submit fund-raising numbers

Tallies are in for the first round of campaign filings for the Queens borough president race, though the city’s public financing program is designed to even the playing field between the haves and have-nots. Comment
Far Rockaway

Twin Tower firm doles out dollars to help storm victims

One company’s devastating loss of life in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks inspired an annual charitable effort benefiting those in need around the world, and now that effort will help victims of Superstorm Sandy. Comments (1)

Flushing arrest sparks controversy

Instructors and supporters of the Flushing YMCA attended a 109th Precinct Community Council meeting earlier this month to complain about an arrest outside the facility on Northern Boulevard. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens Hills

QJCC applauds Meeks for Raoul Wallenberg bill

The Queens Jewish Community Council honored U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) at its well-attended legislative breakfast Sunday, but the event was tempered by the announcement that the group had lost all its Citymeals-on-Wheels funding for its kosher weekend meal deliveries. Comments (1)

Subway pusher suspect sane

A Rego Park woman who allegedly thrust an Elmhurst man in front of an incoming No. 7 train in Sunnyside has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial and a homeless man was arraigned on charges of pushing another Elmhurst man in front of a Q train in Manhattan last month, prosecutors said. Comment

MTA irks borough officials with Lunar New Year snub

Elected officials and community leaders in Flushing are railing against the MTA for suspending weekend service on the No. 7 line during the Lunar New Year celebrations. Comment
Long Island City

LIC crane picked up too large load: DOB

The crane on a construction site in Long Island City that collapsed and hurt seven workers last week had been carrying more than twice the weight it should have, the city Department of Buildings said. Comment

Three hurt in four-alarm blaze in Flushing

FLUSHING — Three people were injured in a four-alarm blaze in a Flushing apartment Saturday night and early Sunday morning, the FDNY said. Comment

There Goes the Neighborhood

Plans at Queens Hospital Center to turn one of its buildings into a residence for people with low incomes and people with chronic conditions and mental disabilities have raised concern in the community. Comment
Jamaica Estates

SJU beats Notre Dame after Hoya loss

St. John’s spoke after a lopsided loss to Georgetown about how its basketball team needed to bounce back the same way the Hoyas did against them after their own dreadful defeat. It did just that. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013


Bus drivers’ strike strands Queens students

Union bus drivers’ decision to go on strike Wednesday morning marked the beginning of a new reality for more than 152,000 city students who were left without rides to school. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013


New York state passes nation’s toughest gun laws

Lawmakers in Albany moved swiftly this week as the state Legislature passed a set of reforms to the state’s gun and mental health laws that Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to make a priority in his State of the State speech a week earlier. Comments (4)

Transit workers vow subway slowdown

In the aftermath of several recent subway fatalities, motormen have been advised by their union to slow down on approaches to train stations, but transit officials suggest it is more of a labor negotiations tactic than a safety first campaign. Comment
St. Albans

Queens senator dedicates Albany gun measure to mothers

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) Monday dedicated two parts of the Senate’s gun control bill to two southeast Queens mothers who lost their sons to gun violence. Comment

Monday, Jan. 14, 2013

Education UPDATED

School bus drivers’ union calls Wednesday strike

City officials prepared for the worst as union bus drivers said they would strike Wednesday morning, leaving more than 150,000 students without rides to school, the Department of Education said. Comment


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