Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013


Tip of the week


Take precautions before next storm

There is no about it: Our area needs to be better prepared for any future storms that may threaten our coastline. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013


Election Guide: City Council District 19

Two candidates are competing in the election for the City Council District 19 seat, which represents Little Neck, Bayside, Douglaston, North Flushing, Whitestone, Auburndale and College Point. Comments (2)

Woodsiders call on DOT to erect stop sign

Frustrated by what they call “inaction” by the city Department of Transportation, dozens of Woodside residents rallied outside the Big Six Towers to draw attention to a dangerous intersection at 47th Avenue and 60th Street. Comment

Election Guide: City Council District 20

Four candidates are competing in the election for the City Council District 20 seat, which represents Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Mitchell Gardens, Auburndale and Whitestone. Comments (1)

Election Guide: City Council District 22

Five candidates are competing in the election for the City Council District 22 seat, which represents Astoria, Long Island City and Jackson Heights. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Election Guide: City Council District 23

Two candidates are competing in the election for the City Council District 23 seat, which represents Hollis Hills, Queens Village, Glen Oaks, Floral Park and Oakland Gardens. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Election Guide: City Council District 24

Three candidates are competing in the election for the City Council District 24 seat, which represents Briarwood, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens Hills. Comment
St. Albans

Election Guide: City Council District 27

Two candidates are competing in the election for the City Council District 27 seat, which represents St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights, Jamaica, Baisley Park, Addisleigh Park, Queens Village, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Election Guide: City Council District 28

Two candidates are competing in the election for City Council District 28, which represents Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, Rochdale Village, Jamaica and South Jamaica. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Election Guide: City Council District 29

+Two candidates are competing in the election for the City Council District 29 seat, which represents Forest Hills, Rego Park and Kew Gardens. Comment

Election Guide: City Council District 30

Two candidates are competing in the election for the City Council District 30 seat, which represents Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Richmond Hill and Ridgewood. Comment

Election Guide: City Council District 31

Three candidates are competing in the election for the City Council District 31 seat, which represents Rosedale, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens and Far Rockaway. Comment
Ozone Park

Election Guide: City Council District 32

Two candidates are competing in the election for the City Council District 32 seat, which represents Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Woodhaven and the Rockaways. Comment

Election Guide: City Council District 34

Two candidates are competing in the election for the City Council District 34 seat, which represents Ridgewood, Williamsburg and Bushwick. Comment

Election Guide: Citywide Offices

Fifteen candidates will be on the ballot for mayor Tuesday. Comment

Protest FAA plan over airplane noise

The only way the citizens of northeast Queens are going to get results from the industry-slanted Federal Aviation Administration is to start protesting immediately in front of their offices, government buildings and airline ticket offices. Comments (4)

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

Long Island City

Fortune cookie baker revamping LIC facility

Queens’ luckiest company is expanding. Comments (1)

Astoria’s place to play dress up

When he attempts to explain what Astoria’s TDF Costume Collection does, Executive Director Stephen Cabral likes to tell the story of an outfit once worn by an opera legend. Comment

Cops search Corona for missing teenager

CORONA — The NYPD was on the lookout for a missing teen from the 110th Precinct, cops said. Comment
New Voices

Flushing needs better business growth, transit options

As one of the more vulnerable links in the business community, immigrant businesses struggled during the Great Recession. Though buoyed by growing immigrant communities, many found themselves in direct competition with chain stores and large retailers that have flourished in the past few years, some anchored by large-scale real estate development. Comments (1)

Do not be quick to blame Van Buren for failures

In response to a column written by Bob Friedrich in TimesLedger Newspapers Oct. 4-10: “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)

Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

Far Rockaway

Chelsea Clinton attends Rockaway Sandy rebuilding

The groundbreaking for a storm-resistant home in the Rockaways got a boost from a former First Daughter over the weekend. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep beats Fordham to advance to soccer finals

Brandon Silva, still battling a hip injury, woke up at 10 a.m. Thursday and was ready to put on his uniform and cleats to compete for a chance at another city championship. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Port Authority alters noise plan at Kennedy

The Port Authority has tweaked its plan to rehabilitate a runway at JFK Airport, but some southeast Queens residents still want an in-depth analysis of the impact the revised plan will have on airplane noise. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Ulrich, Simon differ over Sandy recovery

The two candidates who are running to represent many of the neighborhoods battered last year by Hurricane Sandy have different perceptions of the recovery process during the last year. Comments (1)

Three suspects sought in Flushing stabbing: NYPD

FLUSHING — The Police Department was asking for the public’s help in finding three suspects wanted in an assault within the 109th Precinct, cops said. Comment
Long Island City

Police charge Bronx man in LIC burglary: NYPD [With Video]

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police arrested a man who was depicted in surveillance video allegedly smashing his way into a Long Island City warehouse with a fire extinguisher, cops said.Kenneth Chapman, of the Bronx, charged with burglary and criminal mischief in connection to a break-in at a warehouse on 24th Street last week, police said. Comment

Down with all standardized tests

State Education Commissioner John King is getting rid of some standardized tests. Did this maven of multiple choice feel the pressure or did he see the light? Enlightenment is a long shot, but miracles happen. Comments (1)

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013

Belle Harbor

TimesLedger staffer has work showcased in Sandy exhibit

On the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the Museum of the City of New York has brought back vivid recollections of the incredible destruction wrought by the storm in a display of 200 photos, including one shot by TimesLedger Newspapers Photo Editor Christina Santucci. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Bagel shop celebrates recovery a year after storm

Two New York City firefighters have gotten a second chance at running their Rockaway Beach business after it was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Molloy beats Christ the King in overtime soccer match

Justin Bertea sat on the Molloy bench for 80 minutes praying and thinking about how cool it would be to score the winning goal and send the Stanners back to the city title game. Then he got to find out. Comment

Jamaica celebrates centennial for downtown LIRR station

A standing-room-only crowd jammed the glass-walled atrium in the Long Island Rail Road station’s AirTrain building in downtown Jamaica last week in a ceremony celebrating a century since the LIRR’s original depot opened in 1913. Comments (2)

Democrats face challengers in three SE Queens contests

Each of southeast Queens’ three City Council districts will be contested in next week’s general election, but the candidates challenging the winners from September’s Democratic primaries are facing steep odds. Comments (1)
The Play’s the Thing

Curtain rises on Queens’ fall season of theater

Things are confusing enough without having to turn the clock back this weekend, but I guess we have to. The extra hour gives me more of a chance to savor my Halloween trick-or-treat haul, while adding on another pound or two and watching lots of thin and healthy people run the NYC marathon. Comment
College Point

Police on lookout for College Point robbery suspect

COLLEGE POINT — Police were reaching out to the public with hopes of finding information on a suspect wanted in a reported robbery within the 109th Precinct. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Off-duty bus driver drove drunk: Police

OZONE PARK — An off-duty bus driver was arrested Saturday at about 10:33 p.m., police said. Comment

Police looking for man who couldn’t steal purse in LIC: NYPD

QUEENSBRIDGE — Police were looking for a bespectacled man they said tried to steal a woman’s purse. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm women’s team eyes fifth-straight NCAA tourney

The changing Big East conference has tweaked the St. John’s University women’s basketball team’s goals this season. Comment
Political Action

Vallone, Saffran make second run for Council seat

In the 19th City Council District in northeast Queens, it has been a hard-fought race between Republican Dennis Saffran and Democrat Paul Vallone. Both are attorneys and have run for this seat before. Vallone ran in a Democratic primary four years ago but lost to Kevin Kim. Twelve years ago, Saffran ran against Tony Avella in the general election and lost by a narrow margin. Comments (1)

Vote on Election Day

Forget the odds. The pollsters tell us Bill de Blasio, the Democrats’ candidate of choice, is poised to trounce the GOP’s Joe Lhota by a commanding margin in next week’s mayoral race. Comments (3)

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013


Appeals court stays stop-and-frisk reforms

A federal appeals court Thursday temporarily suspended the court-ordered reforms to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics and removed the judge who ruled the controversial practices unconstitutional as the city appeals the case. Comments (1)

Hopefuls clash in Astoria

Four of the five candidates for the 22nd Council District seat squared off in their last debate Monday, just a week before Election Day, but the event at the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Astoria failed to draw more than 20 constituents. Comment

City’s new high schools help pupils early in college: Study

Students who attend the small high schools opened by the Bloomberg administration — such as the East-West School of International Studies in Flushing and the High School of Applied Communication at LaGuardia Community College — are more likely to make it through the first year of college than their peers at larger high schools, a new study shows. Comment
Far Rockaway

Sandy victims march on City Hall over aid

A group of hurricane victims commemorated the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy by walking with clergy from Far Rockaway to City Hall to demand that the next mayor speed up recovery and create jobs as well as affordable housing in the hard-hit Rockaways. Comment

Race to replace Halloran comes down to final two

Tuesday’s general election will mark the end of a long and contentious campaign to restore the reputation of the northeast Queens City Council district after its city councilman was arrested earlier this year. Comments (3)
Oakland Gardens

Concannon riled by flag pin rule

A City Council hopeful from northeast Queens pledged a strong allegiance to his flag pin after a scuttle with the city Campaign Finance Board over whether or not he could be pictured wearing it. Comments (2)

Astoria artist creates works to share (literally) with the world

It’s impossible to put a dollar amount on any of Dave Smith’s paintings, mostly because the Astoria artist only gives his work away. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Casinos, judges’ age will appear on ballot

On Nov. 5, New Yorkers will have several opportunities to amend the state Constitution when they vote on six proposed ballot measures. Comments (1)

Sunnyside to hold its first Restaurant Week

The experimental art group No Longer Empty will return to Queens and be part of the first Sunnyside Restaurant Week beginning Monday. Comment

Visitors sought to reach seniors in NE Queens

Eva Megerdichian has lived in her Whitestone home for 35 years, but said that time would have been cut short had it not been for her “second family.” Comment
Middle Village

Crowley, Caruana face off in heated debate

The only political debate between two Middle Village candidates for City Council was a fiery one, prompting a steady stream of cheers and jeers from the audience for nearly an hour and a half. Comments (1)

Strong voices speak out to halt new tech school inside LIC high

Hundreds of students and parents packed the auditorium of Long Island City High School last week to protest a plan proposed by the city Department of Education to co-locate a new career and technical education school inside the building next year. Comment
Forest Hills

Brooklynite charged in western Queens break-ins: DA

FOREST HILLS — A Brooklyn man has been charged with breaking into 11 homes in Queens and stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, cameras, computer equipment, sports memorabilia and ammunition, said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment
Rockaway Park

Man in custody after police find dead body

ROCKAWAY PARK — Police took a man into custody early Wednesday morning after they discovered a senior citizen dead inside a nursing home, according to cops. Comment
Block Shots

Former Red Storm star Lopez believes timing right for Jordan

Being tapped as a program’s missing piece is much different than being labeled its messiah. Just ask Felipe Lopez. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Terriers hold off Mary Louis to win CHSAA tennis title

Donna Episcopio and Nicolle Holloran realized just how important the next few points would be as a throng of spectators along with their St. Francis Prep teammates walked down to the tennis court after all the other matches concluded. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

If elected mayor, de Blasio should reach out to opponents

One of the greatest political books ever, “A Team of Rivals,” by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, tells the compelling and relevant tale of President Abraham Lincoln’s unprecedented hiring of his presidential rivals to serve in his administration. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013


Banksy bids farewell to city in Sunnyside

British street artist Banksy’s last day in New York City ended in Sunnyside with a couple of arrests and a plea to save 5Pointz. Comment

Ed panel votes to open five new schools in Queens

The city early Thursday morning approved a slate of new-school openings and co-locations, including several in Queens. Comment

Sandy victims decry lack of help

A year after Hurricane Sandy struck New York City, members of the Arverne community in the Rockaways say they have not received much help in the way of recovery. Comment
Long Island City

Artists get new demolition delay at 5Pointz

The 5Pointz artists in Long Island City are marking another small victory in the lawsuit against G & M Realty and the planned demolition of the graffiti mecca. Comments (2)

Forest Park Carousel spins its way onto Landmarks list

The century-old Forest Park carousel in Forest Park continues to spin, but it now bears a new plaque signifying its special landmark status. Comments (2)

QPTV airs beep debate

There was no reason for Queens Public Television to flip-flop on plans to air its borough president debate because the station was not required to invite third-party candidate Everly Brown in the first place, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Comments (2)

York College to be Queens’ new tax-free biz incubator

Hoping to shed New York’s reputation as a tax-heavy place that sends startups to places like California, Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week announced Jamaica’s York College will be one of a number of havens across the state where new and high-tech businesses can work tax-free for the next decade. Comments (1)

Corona student accuses retailer of racial profiling

The New York state attorney general announced a probe into Barneys and Macy’s about racial profiling at the two department stores after a black teen from Corona was arrested when he bought an expensive belt at one of their Manhattan emporiums. Comment
Queens Village

Parents support Van Buren

The community’s opposition to the co-location of another school at Queens Village’s Martin Van Buren High could not be more clear as everyone readied themselves for Wednesday’s official vote on the plan. Comments (1)
Long Island City

108th Precinct addresses child missing from LIC

When 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo walked out of PS 277 in Long Island City at 12:38 p.m. Oct. 4, he was heading in the direction of the East River and the non-verbal autistic youth has not been seen since. Comment

Dentists in Bayside collect Halloween candy to prevent cavities

Bayside dentists have a sweet deal for children this Halloween. Comments (1)

Officials hold Queens Museum ribbon cutting

The Queens Museum celebrated its $69 million expansion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting Wednesday. On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Queens Museum officially reopens to the public. Comment

Northeast Queens voters to decide four Council races

Four City Council races involving 11 candidates will be on the ballot in northeast Queens on Election Day, setting the stage for a potentially different political landscape by year’s end. Comments (1)

Lhota visits with voters at O’Neill’s

One mayoral hopeful made his case to voters at a popular Maspeth hangout Friday. Comment
Kew Gardens

Three candidates vie for beep seat

None of the candidates for borough president disagree on which one among them has the backing of Queens’ political and business establishment, but they do differ on how that should sway voters in next week’s general election. Comment

Queens celebrates Halloween and the fall harvest

Costumed children celebrated Halloween in Bayside and Bellerose, while visitors to the Queens Botanical Garden enjoyed the Harvest Festival. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Cops search for two S. Ozone Park robbery suspects [With Video]

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Police were searching for two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery Oct. 8 at about 9:15 p.m. on 149th Avenue in South Ozone Park, the NYPD said. Comment

Cross snaps three-game skid

Holy Cross has asked a lot from its talented defense as a young offense has struggled all season. The Knights have used four different quarterbacks and were shut out the last two weeks of a three-game losing streak. Comment
Middle Village

Three Queens teams reach soccer semifinals

Christ the King saw history repeat itself. Comment
Jamaica Estates

McPherson returns to SJU after injury

Eugeneia McPherson didn’t get to finish her St. John’s University career the way she envisioned. Instead, she will get a chance to script an ending unlike any other player in the history of women’s basketball at the school. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

LeFrak City

Police charge man in murder of LeFrak City neighbor

A 34-year-old man was arrested and charged with shooting a fellow LeFrak City resident to death early Sunday at the Corona complex where they both lived, police said. Comments (6)

Pedestrian killed crossing street in Jamaica

A man was killed Monday night when he was hit by a car while crossing Jamaica Avenue, police said. Comments (1)

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s starts highly anticipated season with energetic tip-off

For Phil Greene IV, there was no mistaking what the palpable energy inside a packed Carnesecca Arena meant. Comment


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