Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013


Afrikan Poetry Theatre to serve Thanksgiving dinner to less fortunate

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre will be celebrating Thanksgiving by giving back to the people of its community. Comment
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens construction nears halfway point: DOT

Both parts of the Kew Gardens interchange construction project are almost halfway done, according to officials from the state Department of Transportation. Comment
Fresh Meadows

It’s now 21 to buy cigs but smoking at 18 OK

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill into law banning the sale of cigarettes to New Yorkers under 21 Tuesday. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Mdws. shop unleashes new pet options

There is a new one-stop shop fulfilling the needs for all of Fresh Meadows’ four-legged friends. Comment

Avella forum faults Million Trees NYC

More than 800,000 trees later, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) still has not let up in his ongoing critique of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Million Tree NYC initiative. Comments (1)

P-tech plan needs more study

In his Nov. 8-14 TimesLedger Newspapers column, Bob Friedrich discussed the recent city Department of Education decision to co-locate a P-tech high school within the Martin Van Buren High School building. Friedrich spoke in favor of the P-tech concept and also said the co-location of a separate high school was the best method to administer this new program. Comment

Remember Ferrigno for her dedication

My good friend, Marjorie Ferrigno, died Nov. 14. She was in her late 90s. Comment

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013


Officials break ground at Woodside school site

Officials broke ground last week for the first new public school to be built in Woodside in more than 60 years, and the construction will bring relief to a crushing overcrowding problem that has plagued School District 30 for decades. Comment

Whitestone guitarist rocks out with his bandmates

Michael Rubin, the Whitestone native who is the lead guitarist and vocalist for rock band The Inoculated Canaries, talks about his band’s music with the knowledge and passion of someone who’s been playing for years. It’s easy to forget he’s just 14 years old. Comment

MTA explains finances behind lower fare hikes

Transit fares are scheduled to rise in 2015 and 2017, but the MTA, in a perhaps unprecedented move, now says it will cut the increases by nearly half. Comment

Zombies march through Astoria

Dozens of costumed ghouls took to the streets of Astoria for the annual Queens Thanksgiving Zombie Walk. Organizers said they had to make a last-minute switch from Bud’s Ale House, which closed down, to Applebee’s for the event’s meetup location. Comment

104th Precinct captain gives holiday safety tips

Shoppers should be especially cautious during the next few months because robberies tend to go up during the holiday season, according to Christopher Manson, captain of the 104th Precinct. Comment

Hollis used car dealers charged with sales tax theft: DA

HOLLIS - Two members of a family from Suffolk County, who operated two used car dealerships in Hollis, were charged with bilking the state out of $500,000 in sales tax by allegedly under reporting sales and neglecting to turn over to the state funds collected as sales tax, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)

Avella takes Friedrich to task over Van Buren

I am writing in response to Bob Friedrich’s Nov. 8-14 column “P-Tech program will serve as boon to Martin Van Buren.” In his column, Friedrich advocates for the city Department of Education’s proposal to co-locate the P-Tech program at Martin Van Buren High School while at the same time attacking my integrity for opposing the co-location. Comments (8)

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013


Pressure builds to move Q34 stop at end of route

A northeast Queens lawmaker is pushing for North Flushing residents to receive better and safer bus service through the extension of a bus route, but he says a lack of funding is standing in the way of an adjustment to the line. Comment
Forest Hills Gardens

Queens doctor targeted over circumcisions

An organization advocating against circumcision of baby boys targeted a Queens doctor in its latest demonstration. Comments (33)
Rockaway Beach

Man pleads guilty in Rockaway Beach rape: DA

ROCKAWAY BEACH — A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty last week to raping an elderly woman last year, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Pair plucks wallet from victim in Flushing market: Police

FLUSHING — The New York Police Department was asking for the public’s help in finding suspects wanted in connection with a Halloween grand larceny, cops said. Comment

Cops seeking info on man who used stolen card at Flushing ATM: Police

Police were searching for a man wanted for questioning about a purse stolen from a popular Manhattan nightclub, the NYPD said. Comment

Man gets 25 to life for killing toddler: Brown

CORONA — A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison last week for killing his girlfriend’s toddler daughter in her 103rd Street apartment, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Police searching for suspect in $7K check theft: Cops

ELMHURST - The NYPD was trying to identify and locate a suspect in a grand larceny within the 110th Precinct. Comments (1)
Political Action

Mayoral ticket benefitted Vallone race for Council

One of the most closely watched City Council races in Queens has ended in a loss for Dennis Saffran to Paul Vallone. It was a highly competitive campaign. Although both District 19 candidates campaigned hard, it was Vallone who was able to get about 300 people to turn out on Election Day and help his campaign. Comment

Tnnis not environmentally sound

I am writing in response to a recent media statement from an airline industry advocacy group, Global Gateway Alliance, which urges the Federal Aviation Administration to continue its avoidance of environmental laws regarding Tnnis, the new NextGen flight route over north Queens. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013


Council approves ‘Tuskegee Airmen Way’ renaming

Students at York College’s Aviation Institute are used to peering toward the sky and pretty soon they will have something new to look up to. Comments (5)
Long Island City

Amtrak announces fix for East River Tunnels

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) revealed a new Amtrak plan Monday aimed at lessening disruptions in its East River tunnels for travel between Long Island and Penn Station. Comment
East Elmhurst

$37M upgrade to fight flooding at LaGuardia

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a $37.5 million project to protect LaGuardia Airport from flooding from storms like Hurricane Sandy, which a year ago shut down the airport at a cost of $54 million a day. Comments (1)
The Play’s the Thing

Susan Agin runs the show at Bayside theater

When it comes to performing venues, Queens continues to be vastly underserved. Comments (1)

Shafran signs on as director for Working Families Party

A former City Council hopeful from Bayside signed on to a new job this week with the same party that endorsed him when he was running for public office. Comment

Suspect snatched woman’s phone at Queensbridge station: Police

LONG ISLAND CITY - The NYPD was searching for a suspect wanted in a grand larceny at the Queensbridge subway station at 21st Street. Comment

Police still searching for Bayside bank robber

BAYSIDE — Police were on the lookout for a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery at a Flushing Savings Bank last month, cops said. Comments (1)

Flushing bank robbery suspect remains at large: Cops

Police were asking for the public’s assistance in finding a suspect in a Flushing bank robbery. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Man sentenced to century behind bars in southeast Queens rapes: DA

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A 34-year-old man was sentenced to 100 years in jail after he was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting two different women on back-to-back days in 2005, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Foundation for Div-I dream laid early for Molloy’s Moss

Taylor Moss got comfortable playing at the highest level at a young age. Comment
The Civic Scene

Be aware of surroundings while standing on train platforms

One of the big concerns of patrons of our mass transit system in New York City is safety. The Senior Citizens Advisory Council to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is a group of five senior citizens from each borough who usually meet monthly at 2 Broadway, in Manhattan, to give their evaluations, comments and opinions to MTA officials. At the last SCAC meeting, information was provided concerning keeping the subway safe. Comment

Obliterated Art

New York finds itself in the perpetual balancing act of bolstering its income through commerce without sacrificing the public benefits of artistic endeavors. Comments (1)

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013


Reporter recalls covering JFK assassination

It was a beautiful day worthy of a visit by the president of the United States that Friday in late November, but would the people of Dallas heartily welcome the first family? Comment

Appeals Court denies city’s motion to drop stop-and-frisk ruling

The 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied the city’s request to vacate U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin’s ruling defining the city Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy as discriminatory. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens World Film Fest set to return for fourth year

When the 4th Annual Queens World Film Festival returns March 4, the organizers will depend on donations to run some of their programs this year. The festival’s director Katha Cato has had a bad year medically and the bills have piled up, forcing her and her husband Don to become fund-raisers. Comment
Long Island City

High school for adults celebrates new LIC digs

A school with an adult student body celebrated its new home with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Long Island City Monday. Comment

Politicians take their show on the road

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) wants to make sure the opening number of his stage debut, a rousing reworked version of a song from “Chicago,” does not turn into a solo act. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Eric Ulrich wants to reform Board of Elections

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has again set his sights on the city Board of Elections — a recent battleground in his ongoing fight with the Queens Republican Party — with a bill that would prohibit BOE employees from being paid to work on local political campaigns. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s conference cracks down on cyberbullying

Concerns over online bullying have become so prevalent in some circles that St. John’s University authored its own policy on the matter and dedicated an entire day to exploring its effects. Comment
Long Island City

Self-published books showcase western Queens scenes

Two photographers in western Queens have released photo books about their neighborhoods, and both are self-published but at different ends of the spectrum. Using an online platform called Blurb, they have produced interesting looks at Long Island City and neighboring Sunnyside. Comment
Long Island City

LIC burglary suspect uses rocks to break in: Police

LONG ISLAND CITY - The NYPD was searching for a suspect wanted for questioning in five Long Island City burglaries, according to cops. Comment

Stop-and-frisk leads to few convictions: AG

Aside from its questionable legality, the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program is highly ineffective at catching criminals, with just 3 percent of stops resulting in a conviction, a new report by the state attorney general found. Comments (1)

Boro to get share of $1 billion in foreclosure relief

As the foreclosure crisis in Queens showed signs of improvement, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced New York state will receive more than $1 billion out of a historic settlement reached with JPMorgan stemming from its role in the financial crisis. Comment

Savino pleads guilty to bribery scandal involving Halloran

A former Bronx GOP chairman pleaded guilty to charges accusing him of playing a part in a bribery scandal allegedly involving two lawmakers from Queens. Comments (2)

Hearing on ICCC moved to January

A hearing on the first of two variances the Indian Cultural and Community Center needs to break ground on its controversial plan to erect a pair of nine-story apartment towers on the Creedmoor campus in Bellerose was rescheduled for next year. Comments (5)
Block Shots

Red Storm soccer team earns respect during historic season

The St. John’s University’s women’s soccer team continues to give us new reasons to take notice. Comment

Holy Cross run ended by Chaminade team

Holy Cross’ Jordan Francklin left the Chaminade football field proud of his team’s second half effort. Comment
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep wins state championship

The St. Francis Prep girls’ volleyball team had been too close to a CHSAA Class AA state title in the last two seasons to let another one get away. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio outshines Bloomberg on empathy skills

I watched a documentary the other night about President John F. Kennedy and I was struck by how well he was able to connect with voters. Even when he was receiving a long line of well-wishers, he seemed to listen to each one intently. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Long Island City

Artists hold vigil to commemorate loss of 5Pointz graffiti mecca

Hundreds gathered at 5Pointz after sundown Tuesday for a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of iconic graffiti that was painted over on the building’s outer walls during the early morning hours under the orders of property owner Jerry Wolkoff. Comments (1)
Willets Point

Willets Point land sale approved

The Queens Borough Board voted to authorize the city’s Economic Development Council to transfer 23 acres of land for the Willets Point redevelopment project. Comments (1)

Rep. Grace Meng robbed in attack on Capitol Hill

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) was mugged Tuesday night near Capitol Hill in Washington by an attacker who stole her purse, she said. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills man charged in Queens College attempted rape: Police

FLUSHING — Police charged a Kew Gardens Hills man with attempting to rape a woman near Queens College earlier this month, the NYPD said Tuesday night. Comments (3)

Council passes plan to build Bayside school

Nearby neighbors in Bayside have made their opposition to a new elementary school on 48th Avenue loud and clear, but that did not stop the City Council from passing it with flying colors. Comments (8)
Richmond Hill

CB 9 may revote on ouster

The decision on whether to remove longtime board member Sam Esposito from Community Board 9 amid accusations he made anti-Semitic remarks is not over. Comment

Queens trio named to de Blasio’s transition team

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio Wednesday announced three leaders from Queens in the realms of technology, higher education and the arts who will help the city’s 109th mayor choose his new government. Comments (1)

Woodside Filipinos raise thousands in typhoon aid

Woodside’s Bayanihan Filipino Community Center continues to be at the heart of the neighborhood Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Comment
Richmond Hill

Jamaica man charged in assault of cop: DA

A Jamaica man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly brutally beat an off-duty police officer, according to authorities. Comments (1)

Astoria residence to house 90 low-income seniors

Community members and elected officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Astoria’s newest affordable senior residence Friday. Comment

Police identify man killed in Cross Island crash as Pomonok resident

QUEENS VILLAGE — A 49-year-old Pomonok resident was killed when the Toyota Corolla he was driving hit a guardrail, flipping over and ejecting him from the car late Friday, police said. Comment

Queens residents charged in counterfeiting ring indictment: DA

BELLEROSE - Four organized counterfeiting rings based in Queens were allegedly taken down after prosecutors went undercover for over three years, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (3)

Boro wins roundtable battle

After more than a year, northeast Queens activists marked a key milestone in their ongoing battle to curb unprecedented airplane noise over residential areas. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Buildings Dept. shuts new Cliffs gym in LIC

A Long Island City climbing gym has given new meaning to an open-and-shut case. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Ozone Park husband charged wife’s murder awaiting arraignment: Authorities

A 50-year-old man was awaiting arraignment Wednesday on charges that he stabbed his wife to death inside their Ozone Park home early Friday, police and a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Willets Point

Willets Pt. businesses denounce relocation offer

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined Willets Point business owners at City Hall Wednesday to decry a relocation plan proposed by the city as part of its plan to develop the blighted area into a $3 billion commercial, retail and residential site. Comments (8)
South Ozone Park

Police find man murdered in South Ozone Park home

A man who was found dead in the basement of a South Ozone Park home Tuesday morning has still not been identified, authorities said. Comments (1)

Flushing reaches semifinal

Flushing running back Deandre Ross-Lomax thought the game was going to continue as New Dorp’s Dawa Winn ran for the goal line and the potential tying two-point conversion. Comments (2)

Red Storm claim volleyball crown

Winning three straight diocesan championships is never easy, but St. John’s Prep’s girls’ volleyball Coach Jen Cocchi believes her team’s work ethic and determination have been the difference. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Strong second half sends St. John’s past Bucknell

Bucknell was daring St. John’s University to shoot jumpers, and after poor shooting in the first half Phil Greene IV finally made them pay. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Long Island City

5Pointz graffiti covered over at night

5Pointz was whitewashed overnight. The graffiti that covered the iconic warehouse in Long Island City was covered with white paint by an army of workers under the cover of darkness Monday night. “I went in there and painted it all at once,” said property owner Jerry Wolkoff, “It’s like taking medicine, get it over with all at once. Now it’s done, the torture is over.” Comment
South Ozone Park

Man found dead in South Ozone Park home

A man was found dead in the basement of a South Ozone Park home Tuesday morning, authorities said. Comments (7)

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

East Elmhurst

La Guardia Airport to get anti-flooding protection

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that $37.5 million has been set aside to provide anti-flooding measures to prevent a repeat of the shutdown of LaGuardia airport that occurred a year ago when Hurricane Sandy struck. Comment
Richmond Hill

Cop in medically induced coma after brutal beating: DA

An off-duty police sergeant remained in critical condition following a brutal beating outside an Ozone Park diner on Sunday morning, authorities said. Comments (1)

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

Ozone Park

Husband charged in stabbing death of Ozone Park wife: Cops

A 50--year-old man was arrested and charged with stabbing his wife to death inside their Ozone Park home early Friday, police said. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Cops release surveillance images of Queens College attempted sexual assault suspect

Police released surveillance images of a man they believe is a suspect in the attempted sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman near Queens College earlier this month. Comments (7)
Cambria Heights

Driver dies in Cross Island crash: NYPD

A 49-year-old man was killed when the Toyota Corolla he was driving hit a guardrail, flipping over and ejecting him from the car late Friday, police said. Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

Man shot by police in Far Rockaway: NYPD

A police officer shot and critically wounded a 25-year-old man who allegedly pointed a loaded gun at housing cops in Far Rockaway early Saturday, the NYPD said. Comments (3)


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