Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013


Balloon biz booms for Whitestone family

Business has been blowing up at Whitestone’s Dial-A-Balloon delivery and decorating service, but its success did not come out of thin air. Comments (10)
Broad Channel

Tip of the week


Lawsuits drive up healthcare costs

One of the highlights of city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign for mayor was his arrest at a protest against the closure of another city hospital. De Blasio’s primary solution was and continues to be to throw money at the problem, but unless we address the spiraling costs of lawsuits, New York hospitals will continue to close. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

Breezy Point

Celebrating the Queens Heroes of Sandy

Ordinary people demonstrate time and again the extraordinary strength and power of unity when calamity strikes. Comment
Belle Harbor

Then and Now: Sandy’s fury still evident 12 months later

It’s been a year after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Rockaways and parts of southern Queens. Comment

Costa releases plan to fight city crime

The presumed frontrunner for the 22nd City Council District seat promoted his public safety plans Tuesday morning, hoping to close the deal with Astoria voters. Comment

Debt ceiling debacle will continue next year

After more than two weeks of political gridlock, there was finally an agreement to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling to prevent the nation from defaulting on its financial responsibilities. Comment

Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway residents want to keep ferry

Hurricane Sandy transformed the Rockaways in many ways, both for the worse and better, but there is one change the storm brought about that some residents and elected officials are saying they especially hope will remain permanent: the Rockaway Beach Ferry Service. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

YANA center of Rockaway moves from Sandy relief

In the days immediately following Hurricane Sandy, the YANA Community Center was transformed into a major relief hub for storm victims in the Rockaways. With the support of members of the Occupy Sandy movement, the facility became a place for the surrounding community to find hot meals, medical care and other aid. Comment
Long Island City

Titan Theatre Co. shakes things up with show

Sometime during the later part of the 20th-century, theater troupes started to tweak Shakespearean productions by performing them in modern dress, or setting them during World War II or even switching genders of some of the characters. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Queens filmmaker breaks new ground

While technology has made independent filmmaking more manageable over the years, it can still be rare to see true risks being taken in the medium, and on a minuscule budget. If this is the case, then Queens filmmaker William Cusick can be considered an indie heavyweight, as his new project “Pop Meets the Void,” plans to tackle motion graphics animation, green screen compositing and live action all in one $36,000 film. Comment

Woodside teenager goes missing: Cops

WOODSIDE — The Police Department was reaching out for help in finding a teenager who disappeared within the 108th Precinct, cops said. Comment

Senior missing from his home in Rosedale

ROSEDALE — Police were searching for an elderly man who is missing from his home in Rosedale. Comment

Work begins where shutdown ends

It is overdue, but the federal government is open and the debt ceiling has been raised. This is a welcome development for our country, but the damage caused is irreversible and was unnecessary. Comments (1)

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

Ozone Park

Ozone Park gets new pedestrian plaza

A new pedestrian plaza that will be partially located in Ozone Park is expected to be completed this week, the city Department of Transportation said. Comments (2)
Belle Harbor

Hurricane killed 12 people in Queens

Relatives of a 77-year-old man who slipped and fell down a dark stairwell in the Hammels Houses the day after Hurricane Sandy said the effects of the patriarch’s death have not faded. Comment
Long Island City

Iraqi vet uses music ten years after tour

A one-time U.S. Marine scout sniper will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his return from the Iraq War with a special concert at Long Island City’s Secret Theatre Sunday evening. Comment

Rozic to host tax exemption workshop

A northeast Queens lawmaker will be hosting a community workshop this weekend to help residents benefit from a state tax exemption program. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Speeding enforcement initiative pays off: Police

FOREST HILLS — A three-day enforcement initiative throughout the city helped the Police Department issue more than 700 summonses as part of an ongoing effort to limit speeding and traffic infractions, cops said. Comment

Cops search for missing Whitestone woman

WHITESTONE — The Police Department was on the lookout for an 86-year-old missing woman from the 109th Precinct. Comment

Missing Hollis woman sought by police

HOLLIS — Police were asking for help in finding a woman who has not been seen since earlier last week. Comment
Richmond Hill

Police looking for missing Rich Hill teen

RICHMOND HILL — The NYPD was searching for a teenager missing from her Richmond Hill home. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Queens College honors athletes at Hall of Fame ceremony

The Queens College Athletic Department highlighted the contributions of several prestigious female athletes, most of whom left their mark on the basketball courts, during the school’s Hall of Fame dinner. Comments (1)

‘Civic Virtue’ made its Queens debut in October 1941

In October 1941, with the war in the United States a little more than a month away, war clouds gathered as the Japanese “peace cabinet” stepped down and the United States ordered all ships in the Far East to make for friendly ports. Ships were leaving Japan with American nationals on board while Japanese nationals were preparing to leave America. The Japanese press whipped up hysteria over the Allied oil embargo. Comment

The Cliffs should provide a good workout

I would like to respond to your Oct. 11-17 article “The next generation in fitness arrives in Astoria/LIC,” about the Cliffs at LIC grand opening celebration Oct. 10. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013

Howard Beach

Houses of worship back on feet after rebuilding

The wrenching stories of destruction share many common elements: pews that had to be ripped out, waterlogged religious texts, congregants holding on to some sense of normalcy with makeshift services. Comments (1)
Breezy Point

Turner hopes burned house will be rebuilt by yearend

Bob Turner is hoping he and his family will be celebrating Christmas in their home this year instead of the Kew Gardens house they have been renting for the last year. Comment
Queens Village

Van Buren co-location battle hits boiling point

A chaotic news conference confirmed just how opposed the community is to a plan that would co-locate a new high school at Queens Village’s Martin Van Buren HS. Comment

Police pull body from water near Bayside Marina

The New York Police Department was still investigating after pulling a teen’s body from Little Neck Bay near the Bayside Marina over the weekend, cops said. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Scare up fun in Queens on Halloween

With Halloween less than a week away, Queens has no shortage of frightful and not-so-scary events guaranteed to bring a shriek of fun.The Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St. in Flushing, long a favorite of kids and adults alike, has a variety of Halloween-themed activities called “Boo at the Zoo” Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26-27. Comment
Rockaway Park

Qns Public Library set to reopen Seaside branch after $1.6M fixup

The Seaside branch of Queens Library is ready to reopen nearly a year after it was severely damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Comment
Richmond Hill

Cops on the hunt for Rich Hill bank robbery suspect

RICHMOND HILL — Police are looking for a suspect they say tried to rob three banks within the span of 70 minutes last week. Comment

Corona boy, 12, subject of search

CORONA — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding a 12-year-old boy missing from Corona. Comment

Police investigating dead baby found in teen’s bag: NYPD

MANHATTAN — NYPD officers discovered a dead baby in the bag of a teen accused of shoplifting at a Manhattan Victoria’s Secret last week, the NYPD said.Police responded to a 911 call of shoplifting at the store in Herald Square. While inspecting the bags of Tiona Rodriguez, 17, of Brooklyn, and Francis Estevez, 17, of Glendale, they discovered the body inside Rodriguez’s bag, authorities said. Comment
Block Shots

Anja Malesevic finds new home at Dozo

Anja Malesevic made a smooth transition after leaving her immediate family behind when moving from Serbia to the United States earlier this year, but there is one thing that still gets her, something she can’t get over. Comments (5)
The Civic Scene

Illegal apartments lead to decline in area’s quality of life

People often buy a house or rent a legal apartment in a neighborhood which has a good quality of life. Communities are zoned in such a way so as to protect the quality of life there. The zoning dictates the size of the houses and thus how many people can live in the dwellings. If a resident thinks a neighbor is violating the zoning laws, he or she can file a complaint with the local community board or with the city Department of Buildings. Comments (4)

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

Kew Gardens

QPTV to air beep debate

It was on, then it was off and now it’s back on again. Comments (1)
Breezy Point

Recovery still slow in Breezy Point

Sunlight streams in through the stained glass windows of St. Thomas More, casting a blue light into the apse of the Breezy Point church. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Global relief network opens health clinic in Rockaways

A free clinic for adults without health insurance opened its doors days before the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Mixed reviews on Rockaway businesses recovering after Sandy

When Superstorm Sandy hit a year ago, its tidal surge carried two shipping containers down Rockaway Beach Boulevard that smashed into storefronts like a pair of 5,000-pound shoes in a washing machine. Comment

Some Sandy evacuees left with few housing choices

More than 100 evacuees who were displaced by Superstorm Sandy nearly a year ago found themselves in a Catch-22 situation last week when those with the poorest chances of finding a permanent place to stay were dropped from the program footing their hotel-room bills. Comment

New school campus named for Geraldine Ferraro

Civic leaders from around Queens and beyond gathered in Ridgewood Tuesday to name the campus of a new public school after the late congresswoman and activist Geraldine Ferraro. Comments (1)

Mount Sinai Hospital expansion to feature new operating suites

While half a dozen Queens hospitals have closed in the last decade, Mount Sinai Queens was preparing for expansion. Administrators and staff, community leaders and elected officials both past and present gathered Monday for a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating a $125 millon building project. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Environmental laws look ahead in boro

Hurricane Sandy left a scar on Queens — and the rest of New York City — unlike any other storm in recent history, but Mother Nature might be an even greater threat looking forward. Comment

Vallone outraises Saffran in City Council race

Democrat Paul Vallone has raised nearly $50,000 more than Republican opponent Dennis Saffran in the race to replace outgoing City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) as the two gear up for November’s general election. Comments (4)
Springfield Gardens

Port Authority changes JFK runway plan to save 800 trees

The Port Authority has modified a runway rehabilitation plan at JFK Airport that would have brought planes in lower over areas of southeast Queens and required perhaps as many as 800 trees to be removed from Idlewild Park. Comment
Forest Hills

Koslowitz, Torodash face off

Following a string of sexual assaults in Forest Park and Rego Park, the two candidates for the City Council seat that covers those areas discussed public safety as an issue of primary concern. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

New life for deadly corner

A Jackson Heights business leader is trying to calm a neighboring community following two homicides in broad daylight last month. Comment

Panelists address workplace obstacles for women

More than a hundred women took part in a daylong World of Working Women Conference & Job Fair at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing last Friday. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Late DeLeon goal pushes Terriers past Molloy

It’s the type of big goal St. Francis Prep has come to expect from Sophia DeLeon. Comment
East Elmhurst

McClancy beats St. Edmund to remain in first in division

Monsignor McClancy appears to have righted itself after a two-game losing streak. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Changing political winds will usher in de Blasio

Historians often point out that political movements work in cycles. After a few terms of Republican presidents, for example, we often see a shift to a Democratic president, like when Barack Obama followed George Bush Jr. and Bill Clinton defeated George Bush Sr., who succeeded Ronald Reagan. Comment

Struggle and Hope

It has been a year since Superstorm Sandy hurtled into Queens, leaving a scar on the Rockaway Peninsula and its neighbors on the nearby mainland. Other parts of Queens also felt the fury of the hurricane, but the coastal communities headed the borough’s casualty list both in terms of damage to property and human lives. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

Broad Channel

Broad Channel beckons one year after Sandy

Nighttime in the Channel is the easiest time to estimate how many residents of the 22-block-long coastal enclave have not returned after Hurricane Sandy. Comment
Broad Channel

Insurance rate hikes sting

Flood insurance rates began increasing for some Queens business and homeowners at the beginning of October, but coastal communities believe the federal government has not looked hard enough to find a better solution to keeping its troubled insurance program above water. Comment
Far Rockaway

Emergency funds still trickling in after Sandy

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has given more than $250 million to victims of Hurricane Sandy who live in Queens, according to a spokesman. Comment
Howard Beach

Howard Beach braving ongoing effects of storm

A year has gone by, but the name “Sandy” has remained on the tip of everyone’s tongues in Howard Beach since the devastating hurricane battered the New York area, residents said. Comment

Arcabascio leans on biz laurels for beep

After spending 34 years building IT systems for companies like Merrill Lynch and North Shore-LIJ Health Systems, Republican Tony Arcabascio said he has learned a thing or two about building a thing or two, and he wants to bring his hands-on, pragmatic approach to Borough Hall. Comments (7)
Long Island City

Judge urges artists to talk to owner on 5Pointz plan

When Judge Frederic Block issued a 10-day retraining order last Thursday, he told the lawyers for the 5Pointz owners and the artists suing them to talk to each other. Comment
No Holds Barred

A Modest Proposal

Just before the Civil War began, if I am correct, Horace Greeley, the founder and editor of The New York Tribune and an outspoken anti-slavery advocate, wrote something along these lines. Comment

Credit card scam hits Bayside LIRR station

The Bayside train station was listed as one of four Long Island Rail Road branches to be hit with a foiled credit and debit card scam at various ticketing machines, the MTA Police Department said. Comment
Rockaway Park

Artists mark Sandy anniversary with new exhibition

In the first moments after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the Rockaways, the churning seawater rushed ashore, headed straight up Marina and Kevin Callaghan’s street and completely flooded their basement, where it destroyed Kevin’s art studio and much of his work. Comment
Long Island City

Search continues for missing boro teen

Police have chased down more than 200 tips they received about the disappearance of Avonte Oquendo, but as the massive search for the missing autistic Rego Park teenager proceeded through the third week, the authorities had no new information. Comments (4)
Far Rockaway

Rockaway youth group to plant Sandy garden

Work is never done for the Rockaway Youth Task Force, which plans to mark the approaching one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy by breaking ground on a community garden and holding a day of service. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Hurricane Sandy Events in the Rockaways

Fire & Flood — Join the House of Rock Church to reflect on how Hurricane Sandy changed everyone’s lives. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Prep wins in straight sets

St. Francis Prep heard all the hype leading up to its crossover match with Westchester County power Kennedy Catholic, which joined the CHSAA this season. Comment
Middle Village

Mulic scores twice in Royals victory

Medina Mulic again proved she could score from anywhere in any way and at any time. Comment

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

Queens Village

Fatal fire in Queens Village caused by electrical issue: FDNY

An electrical issue in the basement of a two-story home in Queens Village sparked a blaze that claimed one person’s life Sunday, the Fire Department said. Comment


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