Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013


Alley Pond hosts Estuary Day festival

Alley Pond Environmental Center hosted an Estuary Day festival Saturday celebrating the area’s local estuary, Little Neck Bay, with educational exhibits and interactive booths, boat rides, entertainment and demonstrations. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Tip of the week

Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gdns. biz marries biker style, safety

From the outside, the Oakland Gardens headquarters of Heroic Racing Apparel looks like any other home, but inside owner Todd McNabney and operating manager Esther Hur grind away at a different kind of protective riding gear. Comments (1)

De Blasio has to do right by labor

Now is the only time in the modern history of organized labor in New York City that all members of every public employee union are forced to work under expired contracts. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013


Whitestone kin mourns victim of L.I. shooting

The family of a Whitestone man killed last week during a double shooting at a Long Island company held a funeral Monday — the same day the body of the suspected gunman was discovered in the Hudson River north of the city. Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans senior missing

ST. ALBANS — The police are asking for help finding an elderly man who went missing from his home on 205th Street last week. Comment
Long Island City

Much ado going on in Long Island City comedy

After closing out its last season with the blood and gore of “Macbeth,” the Queens Players have opted to lighten the mood with a slew of fairies and a scenery-chewing jackass in its fall opener, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Comment

Pay only for those cable channels you want to

Currently, I am paying for 600 cable channels even though I only watch five. During the recent cable blackout affecting Time Warner cable customers, I was only able to watch three. Simply put, this is an insane system that no rational human would have conceived. Comment

Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

Long Island City

Long Island City plays host to a free yoga festival

Hundreds of Long Island City yoga enthusiasts took part in City Salutations, a free fitness/wellness festival at the MoMA Dome PS1 in Long Island City. EmblemHealth and Flavorpill teamed up to hold the event, which featured yoga instruction from Rima Rani Rabbath, an advanced certified Jivamukti teacher at the Jivamukti Yoga School NYC. Thomas Droge, founder of the Droge Clinic and specialist in acupuncture and herbal medicine, also instructed a class in the Chinese martial art known as tai chi. Comment

New Union Street library opens in Mitchell-Linden

One northeast Queens library opened this week while another closed for renovations as part of a massive, decade-long capital improvement push in the borough. Comments (1)

Cops search for missing Ridgewood man, 85

RIDGEWOOD — Police were searching for an elderly man missing from Ridgewood. Comment
New Voices

Boro’s Asian voters face snafus at polls in primary

The move to the legacy voting machines caused some chaos on Primary Day, with a number of the relics breaking down or otherwise malfunctioning. Compounding these issues were unclear directives on the use of paper ballots and at times confusing poll site instructions. Comments (2)

Congressional GOP is out of whack

I am truly amazed. How low can Republicans go? Thank goodness the GOP is here to cut billions from food stamps and fight for the right of wealthy Americans to buy a new yacht every year. Comments (6)

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013


Council passes co-op resolution in favor of FEMA storm funds

It took the City Council just under two weeks to unanimously agree that Queens co-ops and condos deserve federal storm recovery money, but the government in Washington has yet to jump onboard. Comments (1)

Corner in Maspeth renamed for bar owner George Gibbons

The corner of 60th Drive and Mt. Olivet Crescent in Maspeth was renamed Saturday for George Gibbons Jr., the popular bar owner of Gibbons’ Home. Gibbons was killed in a wrong way hit-and-run crash on the Long Island Expressway service road in 2011. His family and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who introduced the legislation to rename the street in the Council, unveiled the sign before a commemorative version was presented to relatives. Comment
Long Island City

Obituary: Reardon, 54, of Long Island City headed Coast Guard Auxiliary

Anthony Reardon, a Long Island City resident and a top city leader in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, has died at 54. Comment
Queens Village

Queens Village resident goes missing

QUEENS VILLAGE — Cops were on the lookout for a man who went missing within the 114th Precinct last month, the Police Department said. Comment
East Elmhurst

Teen disappears from E. Elmhurst home

EAST ELMHURST — A teenage girl went missing from her East Elmhurst home last week, and police were hoping the public could help find her. Comment
On Point

Martin Van Buren High School may get new lease on life

There may be light at the end of the tunnel for the nightmare faced by families zoned for Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village. MVB evokes wonderful memories for its alumni, but while its former reputation as a community school with high graduation rates is well-known, it has since fallen on hard times and by any objective measure of success is a failed school. Comments (1)

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013


Astoria contractor sentenced after failing to pay crew: AG

An Astoria contractor was sentenced to jail time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution pay after admitting he failed to give legal wages to employees working on various construction projects at city schools, the state attorney general said. Comment
Long Island City

Queens Plaza unsafe for pedestrians: Pols

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) joined other elected officials and residents Friday to urge the city Department of Transportation to address the growing pedestrian safety issue in the Queens Plaza and Long Island City area. Comment

TimesLedger starts A&E blog

From Astoria to Woodhaven, Queens offers a world of diversity in food, culture and entertainment. Comments (1)

Man, 50, killed when SUV strikes him: Police

JAMAICA — A 50-year-old man was killed last Friday when he was hit by an SUV while crossing the street, police said. Comment

Cops hunt for missing Corona girl

CORONA — The Police Department was looking for help in finding teen girl who went missing within the 115th Precinct, cops said. Comment
Block Shots

English import Daly proves to be missing piece

Rachel Daly was worth the risk and the wait. Comment
Political Action

Despite losing Catsimatidis sees a future in politics

Gristedes billionaire John Catsimatidis plans to play a role in reorganizing the city’s Republican Party after losing his bid to win the GOP line in the September mayoral primary. Comments (2)

Defending Hizzoner

It’s time to give Mayor Michael Bloomberg a break. Comments (1)

Gov’t shutdown unfair to workers

Members of Congress need to do what they were elected to do and pass a budget that allows the federal government to function. Comment

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Cambria Heights

Parents discuss snitching

Laseam Hogan had already been signed by Def Jam Records and was on his way to a career in rap music when he was shot and killed, according to his mother, Andrea McGowan. Comment
Kew Gardens

Beep votes show hopefuls’ strongholds

Former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz beat her opponents in all but two areas of Queens during last month’s borough president Democratic primary, although even the longshot candidates narrowed the gap on their home turf. Comment

Maspeth community tries to block new arts center

A plan to transform an old factory located in an industrial section of Maspeth into a cultural arts center may be hampered by the community. Comment

At Corona’s ‘Empire Drive-In’ your car is optional

Jeff Stark and Todd Chandler have fond memories of summer nights camped out in the family sedan’s backseat watching Luke Skywalker battle the Evil Empire and a giant white shark terrorize a Long Island beach community at the local drive-in theater. Comment

Residents of Hollis slam plan to shutter neighborhood bank

Senior Sarah Levell was headed to the Capital One branch in Hollis to get cash when she happened upon a rally Saturday of elected officials and patrons, calling on the bank to keep the Hillside Avenue location open despite plans to close later this month. Comment
South Jamaica

Charter school bids focus on SE Queens

Of the dozen charter schools already open in Queens, more than half are in the western part of the borough, but the proposals so far for new charters in the 2014 school year are focusing on neighborhoods in the southeast. Comment
Queens Village

Hearing set for Van Buren

A joint public hearing later this month will allow residents to weigh in on the city’s proposal to co-locate a school at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village. Comment
Springfield Gardens

New cargo warehouse near Kennedy almost finished

Construction is nearly complete on the first air cargo warehouse to be built near JFK Airport in a decade, and the broker handling the Brookville property said the first 23,000 square feet are already leased. Comments (1)

Maspeth’s O’Neill’s once again open for business

A Maspeth favorite is back. Comments (1)

Ragusa bests Turner to remain GOP chair

Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa successfully fended off a challenge from former U.S. Rep. Bob Turner in the party’s internal election last week to keep hold of the reins of the borough GOP. Comment
Ozone Park

Referendum could help Resorts World: Addabbo

A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the development of seven full-scale casinos throughout New York state could potentially help Resorts World casino expand, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said. Comment

Man charged in 2009 Astoria cold-case murder

Family members of a 23-year-old Astoria college student who was raped and murdered in 2009 laid eyes on her accused killer for the first time last week in an arraignment hearing in Queens Criminal Court. Comments (1)

James wins advocate race

Signaling what may be the beginning of a left-leaning trend in city government, Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Brooklyn) easily defeated state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn) in the run-off election for city public advocate Tuesday. Comment
Richmond Hill

Ex-Jamaica Hospital EMT murdered wife: Post

RICHMOND HILL — A former EMT who worked at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center was convicted of murdering his wife and torching their Sullivan County home by an upstate jury last week, the New York Post reported. Comment

Authorities opt not to charge Jamaica biker in West Side Highway melee: Post

JAMAICA — A Jamaica man will not be charged for in connection to a wild bike chase along the West Side Highway. Comments (6)

Elliot’s late goal propels Cardozo past rival Lewis

Jason Elliot spent most of the second half on the sidelines because of serious cramping in his legs. The Benjamin Cardozo defender let out loud screams of pain before and after his teammates carried him off the field. He said his legs still hurt while playing the final minutes of regulation and overtime. Comment

Ross-Lomax leads Flushing team to win over Kennedy

Facing a second straight loss with time running out, Flushing put the ball in the hands of playmaker DeAndre Ross-Lomax. The senior running back proved to be exactly that when needed most. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio could face major decisions on city schools

There are only three months left in the Bloomberg era, and the folks at the Tweed Building who work for the city Department of Education are probably dusting off their résumés and thinking about their next gig. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

College Point

Man dies in forklift accident at College Point business: NYPD

COLLEGE POINT — A man was killed in a forklift accident at a College Point industrial firm Thursday morning, authorities said. Comments (1)

Cardozo kids protest class cuts

There were hundreds of voices shouting but one unified message coming out of a crowded protest against class cuts Wednesday at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Oakland Gardens. Comments (1)

State welcomes shaky start to Obamacare

A Cuomo administration official kicked off the state’s glitch-plagued health care insurance exchange this week in Queens, where residents have more insurance options than any other county in New York. Comment
Ozone Park

QueensWay incites controversy

The friction mounting between two groups over a proposal to transform a piece of old railway line into a public park came to a head on Tuesday over a disagreement about who had actually been invited to a meeting to discuss the park plans. Comments (6)

Family mourns Jax Hts teen killed in hit-run

A 19-year-old Jackson Heights resident killed in a hit-and-run crash dreamed of one day joining the law enforcement ranks, but now his family is hoping authorities find the driver of a dark-colored sedan who struck the teen and drove off. Comments (1)
College Point

NYPD tow lot incites anger in College Pt.

College Point community leaders are furious the NYPD quietly set up a tow yard without the neighborhood’s knowledge. Comments (3)

Third hotel planned for downtown Jamaica block

Downtown Jamaica is starting to look like a Monopoly board with plans for a third hotel in the works for the block to the east of the Long Island Rail Road station. Comments (5)

Saffran pledges bill to bar sex offenders

Republican City Council candidate Dennis Saffran visited a playground in Whitestone to promise northeast Queens voters he would fight to keep registered sex offenders away from places populated with kids if elected in November. Comments (15)

BID closes Bell Blvd. for Weekend Walk

Dozens of people flocked to Bell Boulevard for the Bayside Village Business Improvement District’s Weekend Walk Sunday. It was the first street fair in more than 10 years. Jimmy James served as the emcee for the day, which featured music from Chicken Head, the local band headed by Bayside Historical Society Chairman Paul DiBenedetto. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Miller is winner in Dem primary

I. Daneek Miller came out as the clear Democratic Party nominee to succeed term-limited City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) when the city Board of Elections certified the election results Saturday, more than three weeks after the primary contest. Comments (2)

Flushing Hospital set to open new ambulatory care center

Flushing Hospital Medical Center is set to open a new ambulatory care center in an effort to change how health care is delivered as beds become scarcer throughout the borough. Comment
Long Island City

Health Dept battling bed bugs at LIC HQ

Bed bugs have been spotted inside the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s gleaming headquarters in Long Island City, but the agency has been mum about the reported invasion. Comments (1)

Homeless man beaten to death in Sunnyside Park

SUNNYSIDE — Police have classified the death of a homeless 42-year-old a homicide after the man was beaten in Joe Sabba Park earlier last month, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)

Pelzer keeps Cross perfect

The task for the Holy Cross football defense was simple from the day the season started. The veteran unit was asked to play well enough to give the squad’s young offense a chance to execute and mature. Comment

Molloy stops Bonnies volleyball comeback

Ally Kalesin wasn’t having the best of matches only to break out of her funk when it mattered most. Comment

Piazza inducted into Mets Hall of Fame

Former New York Mets star Mike Piazza was inducted into the Amazin’s’ Hall of Fame Sunday at Citi Field. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013


Protest planned against Cardozo HS cuts

Hundreds were expected to attend a protest in Bayside opposing the city’s cutting of budget money for Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, officials said. Comments (5)

Funeral planned for Jackson Hts. teen killed in hit-and-run

Loved ones of a Jackson Heights teen killed in a hit-and-run crash Saturday evening plan to remember the 19-year-old Wednesday afternoon. Comment

Monday, Sept. 30, 2013


Body in Hudson River identified as that of Long Island shooting suspect: AP

The body of the Queens man suspected in last week’s Long Island shooting at a company was discovered in the Hudson River north of the city Monday, Nassau County police said. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Howard Beach celebrates Columbus Day with parade

Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach was awash with red, white and green Sunday during the Columbus Day Parade. Comments (1)

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013

Jackson Heights

Suspected M18 member charged in Roosevelt Avenue slay: Queens DA

The man charged with shooting a 33-year-old in the head and neck on Roosevelt Avenue last week is a suspected gang member, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Jackson Heights teen killed in hit-and-run: NYPD

Police were looking for the driver of a dark-colored sedan who allegedly struck and killed a 19-year-old Jackson Heights resident Saturday night before fleeing the scene of the accident, the NYPD said. Comments (1)


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