Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013


Corona Library one of city’s top five

Queens prides itself on having some of the best libraries in the city, and now the borough’s got the proof to back it up. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

South Richmond Hill

Patrons dine like royalty at Veggie Castle

The restaurant business has always been part of Alex Bernard’s life. Comments (2)

Say no to Willets shopping mall

There are many reasons for the City Council to reject the application of Sterling Equities and Related Cos., which seeks to amend the 2008 approved Willets Point plan. Comments (1)

Take hint from Far East airports

In view of the increased jet noise over the New York metro area, I thought your readers might be interested in how several large cities in Asia have dealt with this problem. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013


City tennis permits drop as cost doubles

After the conclusion of the US Open two weeks ago, interest in tennis is at its peak in New York City and especially in Queens, within the shadow of the Billy Jean King National Tennis Center, where the tournament took place. Comments (1)

Tip of the week


Council biased in favor of Willets development

A recent TimesLedger Newspapers article (“Parking permit is crux of Willets Point redux,” Sept. 6-12) mentions a public hearing held Sept. 3 by the City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises. The article focussed on the developers’ decision to seek a special permit for parking at Willets Point, but omitted other newsworthy aspects of the hearing. Comment

Curtail number of political fliers, calls

Over the last month I have received more than 100 fliers in the mail and what seemed like an equal number of calls regarding New York City primary elections. In the five mail delivery days before the primary, I counted 38 fliers, which I had saved for recycling. This does not take into account the endless TV commercials. Comments (1)

Monday, Sept. 23, 2013


CB5 pedals forward on adding designated bike lanes

Community members who live within the confines of Community Board 5 will soon have an opportunity to weigh in on proposed bike lanes in the area, according to officials from the city Department of Transportation. Comment

Kupferberg Center attracts A-list entertainment

When Jeffrey Rosenstock took over as executive director of Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts a little more than two years ago, his first assignment was to turn the campus into the premier fine and performing arts showcase in the borough. Comment

Mythos settles lawsuit over underpaid staff: Feds

A pair of Auburndale restaurant owners were forced to fork over more than $300,000 in back pay and damages after failing to fairly compensate their low-wage workers over the course of three years, authorities said Tuesday. Comments (2)

Announcements in subway audible on most boro trains

The Straphangers Campaign says that for the third consecutive year, the majority of subway announcements were understandable and correct during delays or disruptions. Comment

Cops looking for missing Ridgewood woman

RIDGEWOOD — Police are searching for a woman who went missing last week from Ridgewood. Michelle Chung, 31, was last seen Sept. 10 at on Linden Street and Fresh Pond Road within the 104th precinct. She is described as Asian. Comment
Queensboro Hill

Woman disappears in Queensboro Hill: NYPD

QUEENSBORO HILL — An 83-year-old woman went missing from her Queensboro Hill home last week, and authorities are hoping the public can help find her. Comment
New Voices

Hindus clean up Rockaway sanctuary after water rites

Although Queens residents of all stripes are guilty of littering or dumping in Jamaica Bay, Hindu religious rites get some blame for some of the more visible debris. The Hindu rite of Ganga Pooja involves making an offering into a body of water as a way of cleansing one’s sins. Comments (2)

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013


Flushing ice cream team takes first place at Vendy Awards

A pair of Flushing food truck owners took home best dessert in the citywide Vendy Awards. Comment
Richmond Hill

Shops on Jamaica Avenue burglarized: NYPD [With Video]

JAMAICA - The New York Police Department was looking for suspects wanted in a string of commercial burglaries within the 102nd Precinct, cops said. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Businesses fight Jax Hts BID plan

Some 20 people rallied earlier this month to protest a plan for a Corona-Jackson Heights business improvement district, which they say would drive out small businesses. Comment

Boro librarian reads to gator

Children’s librarian Susan Scatena is willing to look danger in the eye and read it a story if it means getting more children to read. Comment
St. Albans

Auto shop owners stole $250K from state: DA

St. ALBANS — Authorities arrested the owners of a Merrick Boulevard auto body shop who allegedly bilked the state out of $250,000 in tax revenue, the district attorney said. Comment
East Elmhurst

Cops search for missing East Elmhurst man

EAST ELMHURST — Cops were reaching out to the public with hopes of finding a missing man who lived within the 115th Precinct, the Police Department said. Comment

Woman last seen leaving New York Hospital Queens

RICHMOND HILL — Police are looking for a woman who went missing from New York Hospital Queens earlier this month. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows man goes missing: Cops

FRESH MEADOWS — The Police Department asked for help in finding a 40-year-old man who was reported missing within the 111th Precinct, cops said. Comment
The Civic Scene

Council cares only for Flushing Meadows development

Decades ago, when I became involved with civic work, there seemed to be the philosophy that parkland was a sacred trust held for the use of the people of a community. Now it seems the city is willing to give away parkland to private developers in the name of economic development. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013

South Richmond Hill

S. Rich Hill hit-and-run leaves grandmother dead

The family of a 59-year-old woman killed in a hit-and-run crash on 117th Street and residents of the block are calling for measures to slow down drivers on the roadway. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

S. Jam family seeks to return home after blaze

Nearly a month after a fire in a multi-family South Jamaica house took the life of a famed furniture designer, the living situation of one family whose apartment was in the basement of the building remains somewhat in limbo. Comments (2)
St. Albans

Street in St. Albans co-named for NYPD’s Arthur Hill

Arthur Hill left his mark through his service in the New York Police Department, with his work at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club in southeast Queens and on his family, loved ones said, and now a corner in St. Albans bears his name. Comment
Middle Village

Drive helps Mid Vil fire victims

Community United Methodist Church hosted a fund-raiser Sunday for several families whose homes were damaged by a fire that tore through Middle Village last week. About 200 firefighters were dispatched to the five-alarm fire that started at 78-15 68th Ave. Comment
Queens Village

Brooklyn gang member caught in Queens Village: DA

QUEENS VILLAGE — A Crips gangbanger from Brooklyn who was foiled when he was spotted wearing a pair of gold-colored sneakers was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday for a 2012 gunpoint robbery, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens Hills

NYPD cop cuffed in Queens: Police

POMONOK — An NYPD officer was taken into custody last week after an incident in the 107th Precinct, according to cops. Comment
Floral Park

Floral Park man missing since Sept. 11

A 56-year-old man has been missing since Wed., Sept. 11. A resident of Floral Park, Victor Guarneri was last seen leaving 81-15 164 St. at about 3 p.m. He is described as 5-foot-2 and weighs about 116 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue button up shirt, black shorts, a white shirt and white sneakers. Comments (1)
Block Shots

New SJU formation helps Red Storm to strong start

A grin quickly appeared on Tim Parker’s face at the mention of the St. John’s University men’s soccer team adjusting its formation this season. Comment
Political Action

Boro Dems have avoided internal strife seen in GOP

Every two years, major and minor political parties focus on county conventions for the purpose of electing county officers to run the county party during the next two-year period. Comment

Transit Triumphs

Queens is finally coming up on the MTA’s radar. Comment

Friday, Sept. 20, 2013


Avella drafting legislation against pension stripping

Retirees are afraid. Comments (2)

DOE gives county 13 new district schools

At a borough board meeting earlier this week, the Bloomberg administration gave a presentation on the 13 district schools it opened this year that it said will provide high-quality options to thousands of students by the time they are enrolled at full scale in the coming years. Comment
Far Rockaway

Peninsula trustee alledges fraud lead to closure

The trustee appointed to oversee the bankruptcy and eventual closure of Peninsula Hospital has accused a blacklisted health care executive of secretly operating the failed institution and running it into the ground for his personal gain. Comment
Jackson Heights

Two Queens police officers charged with bribery

Two police officers, both stationed in Queens, have been charged with accepting cash payments ranging from $40 to $1,500 for copies of official police accident reports, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. Comment

Corona ambulance corp heads stole $300K: AG

Three board members of a Corona volunteer ambulance service allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the nonprofit to fund vacations and lavish meals, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

City busts bribery suspects

The city’s corruption cops arrested a businessman last week after the southeast Queens city councilman he allegedly tried to bribe turned him in. Comment
Long Island City

House plan to limit food stamps would hurt New Yorkers: Maloney

Political leaders in western Queens are opposing a congressional proposal that would cut $39 billion from the federal food stamps program over the next 10 years. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Jax Heights field to be named for 12-year-old boy who died from sepsis

A sports field used by the Garden School in Jackson Heights will be named in memory of a 12-year-old sepsis victim, who was once a student there. Comment
Cambria Heights

Street named for Boyd in Cambria Heights

Apostle Dr. John H. Boyd’s legacy will live on long into the future in the Cambria Heights community where his ministry first began, his family and community leaders believe. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Pol bashes Van Buren plan

The city Department of Education is inching along with a proposal to co-locate a new school at Martin Van Buren High School next year despite the opposition coming from elected officials and community leaders. Comment
South Ozone Park

No plans to close ‘Big A’ right now

The Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park will not be shutting down anytime soon, a spokesman for the New York Racing Association said. Comments (2)

Motorcycle accident kills two in Astoria

Loved ones of a 32-year-old motorcyclist and his female passenger, who were both killed in a collision over the weekend, have transformed an Astoria corner into a massive memorial for the pair. Comment
Bayside Hills

Murder in Bayside, she wrote

Howard Beach resident and amateur actor Lori Santopetro believes waiting backstage to make an entrance must feel like the seconds before a circus performer gets shot out of a canon. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Gennaro wants to put stop to 75th Avenue speeding

Fresh Meadows leaders are pressuring the city to put the brakes on a favorite shortcut for drivers cutting through the residential neighborhood. Comments (1)

Judge won’t postpone stop-and-frisk reforms

Murders in Queens are down almost 40 percent from where they were last year, and the federal judge who ruled the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional cited the citywide drop in crime Tuesday when she rebuked the Bloomberg administration’s claim that reforming the Police Department would make the streets unsafe. Comments (2)

Police search for teen from Ridgewood

The NYPD is searching for a teen girl who has been missing from her home in Ridgewood since Sept. 8. Christal Davila was last seen leaving her house on Weirfield Street at 9:50 a.m. She is described as Hispanic and is 5-foot-3 and weighs 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a long-sleeved white shirt with black print. Comment
Long Island City

Motorcycle kills woman crossing plaza: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY — A woman in her 50s was fatally struck by a motorcycle while crossing a Queens Plaza street last week, police said. Comment

Reloaded St. Francis Prep sweeps rival Molloy team

The players who made St. Francis Prep one of the city’s best and deepest volleyball teams last season are now keeping it arguably its most talented. Comment
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep falls to Firebirds in league opener

St. Francis Prep girls’ soccer Coach John Jenkins isn’t keen on using an attacking style of play. The Terriers take a different and more defensive approach to the game as they try to compete in the top division of the CHSAA Nassau/Suffolk league, arguably the best in the area. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Third term curse first haunted Koch, now Bloomberg

Back in 1987, more than a quarter century ago, an outspoken and opinionated third-term mayor was not only wearing out his welcome, but also evoking the ire of African Americans. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013


Vallone seals District 19 win

The Democratic primary battle in northeast Queens’ 19th City Council District finally came to a conclusive end, with Flushing attorney Paul Vallone emerging as the winner. Comments (13)

Kissena inspections don’t add up

In the eight months before a tree fell and killed a pregnant woman in Kissena Park in early August, the city Parks Department appears to have conducted fewer park inspections than authorities claimed immediately after the accident — and one of those assessments lasted only 11 minutes, documents show. Comment

Suspect sought in Jamaica attempted rape

Police released a sketch of a suspect wanted in the attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl in Jamaica earlier this week. Comments (1)

SE Queens leads boro vote

Data show twice the number of Democratic voters turned out last week in several southeast Queens City Council primaries compared to other districts in the west and northeast, hammering home the region’s political clout. Comments (5)

Cops warn NE Qns of recent break-ins

The 109th Precinct is urging residents to lock their homes and garages after a series of break-ins where thieves crawled through windows and broke into garages in the area. Comments (4)

Student dies in hospital after Maspeth car crash

A 13-year-old boy who suffered minor injuries in a horrific Maspeth car accident last week when an SUV jumped the curb and struck five students died Saturday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Comments (3)

24-story hotel coming to downtown Jamaica

The MTA and the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. sealed a deal Wednesday that paves the way for Long Island hotelier Able Management to erect a long-awaited, 24-story lodging-and-retail tower across from the JFK AirTrain station. Comments (3)

After long wait O’Neill’s finally makes its comeback

In May 2011, firefighters from Squad 288 lowered the flag waving above a smoldering structure fire. The flag was all that remained of O’Neill’s in Maspeth, the decades-old restaurant that had been gutted by the blaze. Comments (6)
Jackson Heights

Man accused of fatally stabbing Woodside resident not charged with hate crime

Police arrested a Bronx resident on charges of stabbing a 69-year-old Woodside man to death on a Jackson Heights sidewalk near a No. 7 train stop Monday afternoon, but will not charge him with a hate crime, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Bayside leaders warn of FAA’s exclusion plans

Anyone opposed to the idea of the Federal Aviation Administration exempting itself from studying how its flight patterns might affect the environment has less than two weeks to speak up. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Apartment units to be added atop Rego Center

Work has already begun to build 314 apartment units on top of the Rego Center shopping mall in Rego Park. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens Hills

D.C. shooter has strong ties to Queens

The man who gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard Monday in the nation’s capital was a son of Queens who attended Hillcrest High School, authorities and multiple reports said. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Three boro schools crack state’s top-25

A blue school rolled out the red carpet this week when city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott made a pit stop in Oakland Gardens to congratulate its students and teachers as some of the best in the state. Comments (2)

Pre-K seats still available: DOE

School districts in Queens still have pre-kindergarten seats available for the current school year, the city Education Department said. Comment

CB 11’s Seinfeld injured

Community Board 11 District Manager Susan Seinfeld is expected to miss a few weeks of meetings after falling and breaking both her arms. Comments (2)

Commodores rout Madison

The week began and ended with Jason Levitt shedding tears. Comment

Cross bests Mount with last second touchdown

During the preseason there was a battle for the starting quarterback job at Holy Cross between Paul Yodice and Akini Primis. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Sepe leads St. John’s to victory over WVU

The St. John’s University men’s soccer team finished its four-game home stand perfectly, winning all games, thanks to the strength of Sean Sepe’s second consecutive game-winning goal. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013


Subway car announcements remain clear: Survey

The transit advocacy agency Straphangers Campaign has released a survey showing that for the third consecutive year most subway car announcements, including ones advising passengers of delays and disruptions, were understandable and correct. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013


Funeral services arranged for Astoria motorcycle crash victim

Memorial services for a woman killed in an Astoria motorcycle crash over the weekend were scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Comment
Jackson Heights

Man charged with murder as a hate crime in Jax Hts stabbing

Police arrested a Bronx resident on charges of stabbing a 69-year-old Woodside man to death on a Jackson Heights sidewalk near the No. 7 train stop Monday afternoon and authorities were looking into the murder as a possible homophobic attack, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Councilwoman Ferreras gives birth to baby boy

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and her boyfriend Aaron Copeland welcomed a baby boy into the world last week. On Sept. 11 at 11:55 a.m. she gave birth to Julian Aaron Copeland. Comment

Monday, Sept. 16, 2013


Suspected D.C. shooter born in Queens: FBI

A man suspected of fatally shooting a dozen people at a Washington, D.C. naval facility Monday morning was born in Queens and lived in Flushing for two years, according to the FBI and published reports. Comments (4)

Cops arrest 19-year-old in fatal Corona hit-and-run

CORONA — Police cuffed a 19-year-old from Elmhurst Monday, charging him with leaving the scene of a fatal accident the day before, the Police Department said. Comment

Cops arrest 19-year-old in fatal Corona hit-and-run

Police cuffed a 19-year-old from Elmhurst Monday, charging him with leaving the scene of a fatal accident the day before, the Police Department said. Comment

10-year-old girl accosted in Jamaica on way to school: NYPD

JAMAICA — A 30-year-old man shoved a sixth-grade girl to the ground in Jamaica and threatened her Monday morning while on she was on way to MS 216 in Fresh Meadows, police and education officials said. Comments (2)
No Holds Barred

Why can’t New York City kids master the English language?

There has been more and more discussion recently about the sad state of English usage by American students. This apparently is not just a matter of elementary, middle or high schools. Students are entering college without the necessary tools to handle the language. Comments (12)

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013


Motorcyclist and female passenger killed in Astoria crash with SUV: Police

A 32-year-old motorcyclist and his unidentified female passenger were both killed when the bike they were riding on slammed into an SUV making a U-turn in Astoria Saturday afternoon, police said. Comment
South Richmond Hill

Man charged with DWI, leaving scene after S. Rich Hill mother killed in crash: NYPD

A 59-year-old woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash while visiting a former neighbor to welcome his new daughter-in-law to the family Friday evening, and the man allegedly behind the wheel of the car that hit her was charged with driving drunk, police and the woman’s friend said. Comment
Middle Village

Church to host drive for Middle Village fire victims

A Middle Village church will play host to a fund-raiser Sunday afternoon for families whose homes were destroyed or damaged in a five-alarm blaze earlier this week. Comment


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