Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013


Flushing BID hosts photo contest to capture essence of downtown

The Downtown Flushing Transit Hub Business Improvement District is hosting its second Flushing Photo Contest, which started Aug. 31 and will run through the end of December 2014. Comment

Flushing shop dishes out SiChuan cuisine

Flushing is awash in Chinese restaurants, but on closer inspection many eateries, like Cheng Du Tian Fu, pay homage to the enormous country’s specific regions and cuisines, which can vary widely. Comment

Tip of the week


Obamacare will do people good

A longtime friend sent me an e-mail the other day about defunding Obamacare, hoping his side would shut down the government in protest. He is in that Tea Party/Republican/Libertarian loop of e-mailers who send out crazy, racist, bigoted, mean e-mails mocking President Barack Obama and the Democrats. Comments (6)

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013


City Council votes to make old Jamaica HS landmark

The ornate building that housed the original Jamaica High School was officially given landmark status this week after a City Council vote. Comment

Educator visits Astoria school to review curriculum

The head of the state Education Department visited the Albert Shanker school in Astoria last week and said he is looking for students to make slow-and-steady gains this year on the state Common Core exams. Comment

Astoria’s Mar’s offers out-of-this-world cuisine

Aaaaarrrr. No, it’s not the punch line of a pirate joke, but the letter that must be found in the name of a month in which it’s safe to eat oysters. While that bit of folk wisdom is not necessarily true, it’s as good a reason as any to hit an oyster bar in September (or October or November, and so on). Mar’s, a newish Astoria watering hole offering mollusks and crustaceans, was our target. Comment

Ferreras should not support Willets plan changes

For too long there has been an unwritten law that in connection with legislation pending before the New York City Council, the Council member whose district encompasses the area on which there may be an impact has the say on whether the legislation should be enacted or rejected. Not only does this not comport with legitimate democratic processes, but it ignores the fact that a single Council member does not speak for all the residents of a district and ignores the fact there may be an impact upon an entire borough as well as the city. Comments (1)

Monday, Sept. 30, 2013

Rockaway Beach

Bianco named president of city Transit Authority

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast has appointed Carmen Bianco as president of the New York City Transit Authority after what the chairman called a nationwide search. Comment

Do not attack Miss America

As a member of Congress who represents a large population of Americans of Indian descent, I am troubled by the remarks aimed at the winner of the 2013 Miss America Pageant and a fellow New Yorker, Nina Davuluri. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013


Cops in 110th, 115th precincts sold accident reports: Brown

Two city cops assigned to Queens precincts have been charged with accepting cash payments from $40 to $1,500 for supplying copies of official police accident reports, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Bus depot will not be placed in Maspeth: City

A proposal to relocate a bus depot to Maspeth has been nixed, according to city officials. Comment
Kew Gardens

County Democrats rally behind de Blasio’s run

Queens Democratic officials stood shoulder to shoulder and more than eight deep on the steps of Borough Hall earlier this week to literally and figuratively get behind city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s bid for City Hall. Comments (2)
Ozone Park

Old-fashioned gambling ring busted: DA

Six individuals, five of whom are Queens residents, were indicted on charges of unlawfully running an illegal gambling operation, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment
Howard Beach

Vetro of Howard Beach reopens for business after Sandy

The wine cellar looked like an indoor pool. It was easy to imagine some bottles of the fine imported Italian vintages floating down Cross Bay Boulevard and into Jamaica Bay as the staff from Vetro restaurant waited on the rooftop for assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy last year. Comment
Queensboro Hill

Half of alleged thieving twosome still at large: Cops

WOODSIDE — Police have arrested one man in connection with multiple robberies across the borough while his alleged accomplice remains at large, the NYPD said. Comment

Queens’ Gorman made his name playing Lenny Bruce

Longtime New Yorkers should remember character actor Cliff Gorman for his breakthrough stage roles as Emory in “The Boys in the Band” and as Lenny Bruce in the eponymous “Lenny.” Comment

Our children’s education is in crisis

There are many reasons why our education system is in crisis. Prospective educators are subjected to a trendy oppression-obsessed, feel-good and esteem-ridden curriculum with little emphasis on mastery of subject matter. Note some college courses offered to prospective educators: Social Diversity in Education, Oppression of the Disabled, Diversity and Change, Lesbian/Gay Oppression and Multicultural Education. Comments (4)

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013

Belle Harbor

TimesLedger editor makes cut in Sandy photo contest

TimesLedger Newspaper Photo Editor Christina Santucci’s work has been selected for an exhibition titled Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Board cracks down on block party plans

The party’s over! Comments (1)

Parks reopens Ridgewood Reservoir

The Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is open now that Phase 1 construction at the site has been completed. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Japanese comic storytelling bows in LIC

Tall and blond, Katsura Sunshine looks like he should be relating Nordic tales rather than funny Japanese stories. Comment

Astoria dental lab owner admits to tax fraud

The owner of an Astoria dental lab knew what he was doing when he failed to collect employment taxes, court documents showed. Comment

Senior citizen, 75, from Ridgewood missing

RIDGEWOOD — A 75-year-old Ridgewood woman has been missing since Monday, the NYPD said. Comment

Bayside JV coach to take helm of boys’ varsity hoops squad

The new face of Bayside boys’ basketball is a familiar one. Comments (1)
I Sit and Look Out

Next beep should take notes on Brooklyn’s Markowitz

Anthony Weiner is out. We really never thought, given the last few polls, that he was in, but one never knows. Since he served a part of Queens in the U.S. House of Representatives, I guess we have to remember him, but let us get over it quickly. Anthony will capitalize on his return to public life — note I did not write “public service”). In any event, he is living in Manhattan and, if we are lucky, he will not be in Queens anytime soon. Comments (1)

Queens Booms With Construction

The magic number for Queens these days seems to be 24. In the last week, it was revealed that a new 24-story hotel is headed for downtown Jamaica while the owner of the Rego Park mall is moving ahead with plans to put 24 floors of apartments above the shopping mecca. Comments (1)

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013


Skateboarding accident leaves Sunnyside teen dead: NYPD

An 18-year-old skateboarder who was attempting to hitch a ride on the side of a truck in Sunnyside died Thursday when he lost control and was crushed by the vehicle, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Man in prison linked to 2009 Astoria slay by DNA: Queens DA

A 30-year-old former Queens man was indicted in the grisy 2009 rape and murder of an Astoria woman, the Queens district attorney said Thursday. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jax Heights field renamed for boy who died from sepsis

Rory Staunton fought hard for his Jackson Heights community throughout his 12 short years before his untimely death from sepsis shock last year. His community fought just as hard to make sure his name would be never be forgotten. Comment

Charity to rebuild five Queens homes

When 9-year-old Maya Tsou looks at the shell of a house being renovated on 132nd Road in Rosedale, she sees beyond the construction. In her mind, she envisions her future bedroom with an art studio, a music center, a science exploration area and a loft bed. Comments (1)

Queens basketball coach receives street co-naming

The father of a late western Queens basketball coach will see the corner bearing his son’s name each time he leaves his home on 38th Street. Comment
St. Albans

Carter coming to boro

Former President Jimmy Carter is coming to southeast Queens and he’s bringing his hammer and saw with him. Comments (2)

104th Precinct takes steps to fight recent rise in crime

Crime in the 104th Precinct has increased 27 percent within the 28 days before Sept. 20, the precinct’s captain, Christopher Manson, said last week. Comment

Flushing MS-13 men plead

Two more members of the violent MS-13 gang’s Flushing chapter have pleaded guilty to assault, racketeering and murder conspiracy charges in Brooklyn federal court. Comments (2)

Month-long Astoria manhunt ends

The NYPD arrested the 61-year-old Florida man Monday who had been wanted for more than a month after he allegedly struck a police officer with a stolen truck, sparking a wild chase that led to the temporary closure of the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge in late August, police said. Comment
Forest Hills

Elmhurst woman killed in hit-and-run

The son of a 58-year-old Elmhurst woman mowed down by a hit-and-run driver on Queens Boulevard plans to bring her body back to her native Bangladesh for a Muslim burial. Comment
Jackson Heights

Supporters say BID expansion would improve quality of life

A proposal to expand the 82nd Partnership in Corona and Jackson Heights could greatly improve street conditions in the vibrant shopping district, the head of the organization says. Comments (2)

CB 7 gives approval to Flushing project

Community Board 7 voted to approve the sale of several city properties during its September meeting: one lot that will house a six-story building in downtown Flushing and another only 3-feet wide. Comments (1)

Astoria turns into one big performance

For the next couple of weeks, the public can take a break from all their worries and ride the N or 7 trains to the 2nd Annual Astoria Arts Festival. Comment

Bayside eyes FAA advisory committee

Bayside-based Queens Quiet Skies has an independent advisory committee on its radar as the group’s activists continue to speak up about airplane noise over northeast Queens. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

SFP runs past Kellenberg

Kellenberg ended St. Francis Prep’s season with a heartbreaking overtime playoff loss last year. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Mary Louis team ties with Spellman

Mary Louis couldn’t capitalize on a quick start. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio must choose great deputy mayors if he wins

Conventional wisdom is rarely correct in political campaigns, and early front-runners also don’t often make it first to the finish line. Just ask Hillary Clinton, Christine Quinn or Mark Green. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013


Helicopter noise sparks outrage in Whitestone

Whitestone and Malba Gardens residents are being driven nuts by increased helicopter noise as more choppers travel to and from the north coast of Long Island, where a mandatory route bypassing Suffolk and Nassau counties begins about 15 miles away from the Queens border. Comments (16)

Hotel hotbed in Flushing

A blitz of hotel construction is taking Flushing by storm, but real estate experts wonder on how many more projects the area can sustain. Comments (1)

Street to be co-named for Gibbons as kin press for tough hit-run law

A Maspeth street will be co-named Saturday for George Gibbons Jr., who was killed in a hit-and-run crash on the Long Island Expressway, but his family would like the popular bar owner’s legacy to also leave its mark on state legislation. Comment

Trio stole from Corona Ambulance Corps: AG

A Corona volunteer ambulance service said it may have to close shop after state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week three former board members allegedly stole more than $300,000 from the nonprofit to fund lavish vacations and meals. Comments (2)

Walcott blasted in Maspeth over school co-location vote

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott got an earful at a routine policy meeting in Maspeth last week when students, parents and educators sounded off on the city Department of Education’s upcoming plans to co-locate a number of schools in Queens. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Three boro schools claim National Blue Ribbon titles

Public schools in Little Neck, Oakland Gardens and Richmond Hill landed national Blue Ribbon honors this week along with three others citywide, the U.S. Department of Education said. Comments (1)

Steinway Mansion raises funds with music at bar

The evolution of modern Queens, New York City and even the entire United States can be traced to one house on 41st Street in Astoria, says Bob Singleton. Comments (1)

DOE proposal to rezone PS 12, PS 229 rescinded

Despite a former proposal to rezone them, PS 12 and PS 229 will remain in their current zones, according to School District 24 officials. Comment
Howard Beach

Howard Beach holds first parade for Columbus Day since 2011

After a two-year hiatus, the Howard Beach Columbus Day Parade is slated to return to Cross Bay Boulevard Sunday afternoon. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Police identify man found shot near Jax Hgts stabbing

Two days after state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) described Roosevelt Avenue as the city’s new version of once crime-ridden Times Square, a 33-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds to his head and neck just steps away from where the legislator had stood. Comment

Eat a bargain at Restaurant Week

Borough President Helen Marshall loves to tout Queens’ diversity with a tourism-board-ready slogan: “Visit Queens and see the world.” Comments (2)

Administrator sued in sexual abuse case at Long Island school

The city Department of Education said it was unaware of the fact that the new principal of Flushing High School had been accused of sexual harassment and racist remarks when he headed a Long Island middle school. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Prep grad identified in sex suit vs. school

A St. Francis Preparatory School graduate has revealed her name to the public in the midst of a $17 million sexual abuse lawsuit against her former school. Comments (7)

Police search for Astoria grab suspect: NYPD

ASTORIA — The Police Department was looking for help in finding a suspect who allegedly grabbed a woman in Astoria, cops said. Comment
South Jamaica

Teen gets 20 years in jail for grisly 2011 robbery

SOUTH JAMAICA — A teenager was sentenced to 20 years behind bars this week after he pleaded guilty in July for his involvement in the vicious Oct. 28, 2011 attack on a 17-year-old whose throat was slashed during a cellphone robbery, the Queens DA said. Comments (2)
Block Shots

SJU misses opportunity to sign Whitehead

St. John’s University’s loss to tri-state rival Seton Hall in the basketball recruitment of Abraham Lincoln hoops star Isaiah Whitehead is a blow, just not the end of the world. Comment

Cardozo volleyball team aims for PSAL city title

A junior-heavy Benjamin Cardozo team fell two wins shy of a volleyball city title last season. The bulk of the squad is back and plans on finishing the job. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013


L.I. shooting suspect from Queens: Report

The suspected gunman who shot up a light fixture company in East Garden City in Nassau County Wednesday morning hails from Queens, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Traffic backed up on LIE as Bravest respond to bus fire

A bus fire snarled traffic on the eastbound Long Island Expressway service road Wednesday morning. Comment
Little Neck

Dorothy Hyland dies at 84

Dorothy Hyland, of Ocean Grove N.J., and a former longtime Little Neck resident, died Sept. 21. She was 84. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013


Police charge Florida man with running over officer after month on lam: NYPD

The NYPD arrested the 61-year-old Florida man Monday who had been wanted for more than a month after he allegedly struck a police officer with a stolen truck — sparking a wild chase that led to the temporary closure of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in late August, police said. Comment
Hunters Point

Body of man in his 30s found in East River off LIC: Police

A body was pulled from East River in Long Island City Monday night, authorities said. Comment

Monday, Sept. 23, 2013

College Point

College Point man struck and killed by car: NYPD

A 42-year-old man was killed when a car jumped the curb and hit him on the Whitestone Expressway service road Monday afternoon, police said. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Queens Democrats throw support behind de Blasio in mayor’s race

Dozens of Queens Democratic officials piled onto the steps at Borough Hall Monday afternoon to unify literally and figuratively behind Bill de Blasio in his bid for City Hall. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Brothers burned by Drano on bus

Two brothers were injured Saturday when a bottle of liquid drain cleaner leaked onto the floor of a public bus, police said. Comment

Ridgewood iPhone snatch carried out on two wheels: NYPD

RIDGEWOOD — Two suspected bike-riding bandits allegedly swiped an iPhone from a 27-year-old woman earlier this month, police said. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013

Forest Hills

Elmhurst woman killed in Queens Boulevard hit-and-run

Police were looking for a silver minivan after its driver mowed down a 58-year-old woman on the “Boulevard of Death” Saturday night and fled, a spokeswoman for the NYPD said. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Man shot in head and neck found close to stabbing murder earlier in week: NYPD

A 33-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to his head Friday evening less than a block from where a 69-year-old man was stabbed to death four days earlier, police said. Comment


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