Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013


Flushing academy teaches art of ping-pong

If you grew up playing ping-pong in a rec room in the United States, it may strike you as odd the passion the Chinese have for table tennis, and even more so that a master of the sport teaches the finer points in the basement of a Flushing hotel. Comments (2)

Tip of the week


Common Core needs a revamp

The newly implemented Common Core standards are not doing well. They have caused nothing but educational Armageddon in classrooms throughout the country and stressed out students, teachers, administrators and parents. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

Long Island City

AG nails JPMorgan and talks about role

Fresh off his record $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman spoke to a packed Little Theater at LaGuardia Community College Monday night. Comment

Japanese noodles star of Astoria eatery’s menu

If you ever visit Japan, unless you’re part of the 1 percent, you will probably eat a lot of ramen. It may be the only thing you can afford to eat there. It’s Japan’s most beloved restaurant comfort food. In the last few years, a sort of ramen craze has taken hold in New York, and ramen places have popping up like hidden charges on a phone bill. Comment

Willets Point treated poorly by city

In view of its longstanding disdain for the poor, the middle class and small businesses in this city, it comes as no surprise that the Bloomberg administration is driving the Willets Point occupants not simply out of the area, but out of business, with not just insufficient time to relocate, but no place to do so. Comment

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013


Muppets take Astoria with programs for the holidays

The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria is shifting into full Muppet mode for the holiday season with a series of screenings and puppetry workshops for children. Comment

USTA announces beginning of expansion into green space

The United States Tennis Association announced the first phase of a $500 million plan to renovate the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to the Queens Borough Board Monday night. Comment
Far Rockaway

Cops on the lookout for missing Far Rock boy

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were looking for a missing boy, 12, who was last seen the day before Thanksgiving. Comment

Community deserved say in planned school

In a democracy, the voice of the people must be heard regarding projects planned in a community. Recently, the City Council voted to construct a school on the Keil Bros. property in Bayside, the neighborhood that I have known for more than 82 years. Comments (4)

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013


City ignored CB 11 in school vote: Chair

CB 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece lambasted the city schools chancellor for ignoring Bayside’s opposition to building a new elementary school on 48th Avenue and showing a lack of respect for the community board. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

SJU alumni carnival to host student music video premiere

St. John’s University will host its 23rd annual Alumni Winter Carnival Tuesday. Comment

One Flushing unveils station mural

Business owners, elected officials and residents gathered in downtown Flushing Saturday to celebrate the completion of a community mural. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Traffic agent charged with assault: NYPD

JACKSON HEIGHTS — An off-duty NYPD ticket agent was arrested earlier this week and charged with assault, police said. Comment
The Civic Scene

Drilling in upstate shale may do more harm than good

While the use of solar panels and wind to cleanly produce energy slowly grows, some people want to quickly fracture the shale in upstate New York with a mix of toxic chemicals to free shale gas as a source of energy. Comments (6)

DOE mustn’t shove parents under bus

We are looking for people to give our cause a voice. Our gifted and talented class, in its fifth year at PS 203, were given our eviction notice. The city Department of Education had a meeting with school principals, guidance counselors and the Community Education Council Nov. 12, minus the parents, to inform them of a new policy. Comments (23)

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013


Biz leaders try to lure restaurants to open in downtown Jamaica

Downtown Jamaica is hungry — to the tune of $428.5 million. Comments (1)

Boston Pops ring in holidays at Queens College

During the upcoming weekend, a little bit of Beantown blows into Flushing with a crescendo of holiday tunes. Comment

Astoria eatery owner extorted: U.S. attorney

An NYPD officer and two Albanian immigrants have been charged with what federal prosecutors said was an extortion racket that cost an Astoria restaurateur some $24,000. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights man killed while crossing street on Upper East Side: NYPD

A Jackson Heights man was struck and killed while crossing a busy Manhattan street last week, the NYPD said. Comment

NYPD searching for suspect in string of bank robberies

BAYSIDE — The NYPD is asking for help identifying an individual wanted for a bank robbery at the Flushing Savings Bank branch, located at 188-08 Hollis Court Blvd. on Oct. 25. The suspect passed a demand note and fled with an undetermined amount of money, cops said Comment

Police look for missing man from Flushing

FLUSHING — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a 66-year-old man who disappeared Saturday just after 4 p.m. Comment
Block Shots

Former SJU coach stays true to her roots

Kim Barnes Arico is surrounded by Michigan blue and yellow every day she goes to work at Ann Arbor, but still can’t believe what she is seeing. Comments (1)
On Point

Queens’ civil leaders weigh wood-chipping and bridge tolls

On Dec. 1, the Queens Civic Congress held its 16th annual legislative reception in Douglaston. The QCC, a uniquely Queens institution, is an umbrella organization of more than 100 civic associations. It is an example of productive civic engagement and the adage that “all politics is local.” Comments (1)

Trains in Trouble

Queens has the unhappy distinction of being home to one of the four Metro-North passengers killed in the commuter train derailment early Sunday near the Sputyen Duyvil station in the Bronx. Comment

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013


Queens mourns Nelson Mandela

The borough’s elected officials mourned the death of Nelson Mandela, many citing the former South African president as a source of personal inspiration. Comments (1)
Willets Point

Willets Pt developers request $42.6 million in subsidies

Developers have requested $42.6 million in tax breaks from the city for the redevelopment of Willets Point into residential, commercial and retail space. Comment

Boro’s stalled work sites show little change: Study

At an empty construction site along Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside, plans to erect a five-story residential/commercial building have been stalled since 2009, one of 165 properties across the borough that have remained in limbo over the past five years. Comments (1)

N, Q trains to cut noise at Ditmars

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) liked what he heard and so will pupils at an elementary school and untold numbers of passers-by at a subway stop in Astoria, where subway trains have been creating a deafening din for years. Comment

Tabone lawyers move to dismiss bribery charges

Lawyers for Vince Tabone, the former vice-chairman of the Queens Republican Party who was charged earlier this year in a public corruption scheme, are arguing their client was too low on the totem pole to be prosecuted as a public official. Comments (1)

City looks to extend hotel tax as Queens heads new boom

Queens is leading the outerboroughs in the current hotel building boom, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ensure that visitors to the Big Apple’s hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfasts continue to fill the city’s tax coffers. Comments (4)

No place like home for the holidays

Those interested in getting an in-person taste of how Queens once celebrated the holidays are in luck. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Brooklyn Net leads Qns. College camp

Leftover turkey and holiday shopping could not keep children from enjoying hoops action as Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez entertained more than 100 children at his Citi Pro Basketball Camp Sunday at Queens College’s Fitzgerald Gymnasium. Comment

Democratic lawyer making a run at indicted Smith’s Senate seat

Soon after state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) was arrested eight months ago in an alleged scheme to rig the mayor’s race, speculation arose as to who would seize the opportunity to run for the southeast Queens seat in 2014, and now there is an answer. Comments (2)

Whitestone auto shop reopens after big fire

A two-alarm blaze that destroyed much of a Whitestone auto body shop over the weekend remained under investigation by fire marshals Tuesday, a Fire Department said, but the damage did not stop the business owners from reopening in an adjoining area less than 36 hours later. Comment
Howard Beach

Howard Beach to receive $50M from feds for storm protection

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the federal government will provide nearly $50 million to fund storm protection for Howard Beach, which suffered heavy damage from Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1)

Poggiali to retire from 111th as community affairs officer

The 111th Precinct Community Council met in a packed conference room Tuesday night as community members and police honored Officer Gary Poggiali for his 10 years of service as the precinct’s community affairs officer. Comment

New commander for the 114th will meet community at party

The 114th Precinct is Astoria has a new commanding officer. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rock residents given special meal

Organizations from all over Queens joined together to give Far Rockaway a Thanksgiving dinner for the second year in a row last Thursday. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Weprin among candidates vying to be council speaker

With the public forums all wrapped up, the race for City Council speaker shifts from something resembling the democratic process to an affair to be negotiated behind closed doors.. Comment
Ozone Park

Police look for Ozone Park hotel robbers

OZONE PARK — Police were seeking the public’s help in identifying two men in connection with a robbery at La Quinta Hotel on Van Wyck Expressway Saturday night. Comment
Middle Village

Christ the King team sights on second-straight Federation title

The Christ the King boys’ basketball team thinks it has more to prove than in recent years. Comment

City’s daily multiple murders are in death throes

The thought-provoking author Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book a number of years ago called “The Tipping Point.” It espoused the now-accepted theory that there is a defining stage at which something moves into a new realm, sort of like a “critical mass.” Comments (1)

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013


De Blasio names Bill Bratton as top cop

Incoming Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio made one of his most closely watched appointments Thursday when he named Bill Bratton as his administration’s new police commissioner. This will be Bratton’s second turn as head of the nation’s largest police force. Comment

Train victim’s funeral set

The Queens nurse who was killed Sunday morning in the Metro-North Railroad train derailment in the Bronx will be laid to rest in Woodside Saturday. Comment

S. J. Jung ends hunger strike

Doctors insisted S.J. Jung, a Flushing business owner and president of the MinKwon Center for Community Action, end an eight-day fast for immigration reform last week in Washington after he experienced stomach pain and severe dehydration. Comments (3)
Willets Point

Willets Point shops face deadline

Willets Point business owners mulled difficult decisions this weekend as the first relocation deadline passed. Comment
Howard Beach

Loved ones remember musician killed in Howard Beach crash

Susan Sisini said she was still trying to come to grips with the death of her husband four days after the popular musician was killed in a Howard Beach car crash. Comment

FDNY breaks ground on boro EMS station

One day after a Metro-North Railroad train derailed in the Bronx, killing four passengers and injuring dozens of others, the head of the FDNY said the department’s EMS bureau was laying the groundwork to be prepared for future emergencies in Queens. Comment

Pet psychic to visit Ditmars shop

An Astoria boutique plans to celebrate the season by helping animal owners find out what their four-legged creatures are really thinking. Comment

Whitestone resident competes in national ‘Light Fight’

A Whitestone resident known for extravagant Christmas lights is now vying to have the best display in the country. Comments (6)
Long Island City

Some 319,000 residents of Queens battle hunger

More than 319,000 people in Queens live in households without enough food, although the borough trails the Bronx, which leads New York City in what a family advocacy agency calls “food insecurity.” Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Katz names Comrie as deputy beep

Borough President-elect Melinda Katz has tapped City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), a term-limited lawmaker from southeast Queens and her former Democratic primary rival, as her deputy borough president. Comments (2)

Movie biz gets big rush from new back lot

Film and television production in New York City got a powerful upgrade Tuesday when film executives joined political leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Kaufman Astoria Studios’ new back lot. Comment

Work stopped at GNC site on Bell Blvd.

A storefront under construction that used to house Lucky Bell Store, at 42-09 Bell Blvd., has been sitting at a standstill since mid-November. Comments (3)

Boro thankful for shopping

Queens shoppers left the Thanksgiving dinner cleanup for later and opted to hit the stores in search of bargains as retailers opened that evening for an early start to Black Friday holiday spending. At the Sky View Center in downtown Flushing, customers waited in a long line in front of Best Buy that snaked around the parking lot. Comment

Medical examiner to determine cause of York student’s death

A York College student who had been missing for more than a week was found dead inside a Corona home over the weekend, and authorities were working to determine how he died, officials said. Comments (1)

DOT unveils project for plazas around city at spot in Corona

Corona Plaza was the scene of the announcement last week launching the city’s new Neighborhood Plaza Partnership. Comment
Richmond Hill

Police investigating death of man found bound and possibly beaten

RICHMOND HILL — A 58-year-old man was discovered bound and apparently beaten to death inside his home Wednesday evening, police said. Comment

St. Albans resident gives back during Thanksgiving

Adrienne Hayes did her best to make sure no one in Jamaica went hungry this Thanksgiving. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Police on lookout for missing Jackson Heights teen

The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in finding a teenager reported missing in Jackson Heights. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

‘Good Samaritans’ now persons of interest: Cops

SOUTH JAMAICA — A Queens woman who initially told police she flagged down a cab and took a fatal-gunshot victim to Jamaica Hospital is now considered a person of interest after her story changed several times, a police source said. Comment
Long Island City

Cops hunt for suspect in subway iPhone theft [With Video]

LONG ISLAND CITY — Cops were looking for a suspect they say snatched an iPhone from a straphanger at the Queens Plaza subway station last week. Comment

Molloy starts season without Jack Curran

C.J. Davis knew something was different not because of what he saw, but because of what he didn’t hear. Comment
Middle Village

Royals outlast Moore Catholic after slow start

Christ the King lauded its depth in the preseason and put it on display in its opener. Comment

Dozo wins volleyball title

Benjamin Cardozo High School was in danger of dropping the first set for the second straight playoff match in girls’ volleyball and again refused to be closed out. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Sampson carries Red Storm to win over Georgia Tech

Steve Lavin knew JaKarr Sampson had more to give, and the St. John’s University coach just had to make him believe it. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

Kew Gardens

Katz taps Comrie for deputy BP

Queens Borough President-elect Melinda Katz has tapped Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), a term-limited lawmaker from southeast Queens and her former Democratic Party primary rival, as her deputy borough president. Comments (1)
Glen Oaks

Woman injured by vehicle in Glen Oaks: FDNY

A 19-year-old woman was taken to North Shore LIJ Tuesday afternoon after she was allegedly hit by a minivan just a few blocks away in Glen Oaks, authorities said. Comments (2)

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013


Queens derailment victim worked with severely ill children

At age 35, Kisook Ahn was the youngest of the four victims in Sunday’s Metro-North derailment in the Bronx that injured 63 others, the MTA Police Department said. Comment
Whitestone UPDATE

Whitestone auto body shop to reopen after two-alarm blaze

One of the owners of a Whitestone auto body shop that was ravaged by a two-alarm blaze over the weekend plans to reopen in an annex next door to his business Monday morning. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013


Queens resident killed in Metro-North derailment: Officials

A Queens woman was one of four people killed when a Metro-North Railroad train derailed in the Bronx Sunday morning, transit officials said. Comment
Howard Beach

Driver charged in Howard Beach crash that took life of musician: NYPD

A popular musician from Glendale was killed in a car crash in Howard Beach early Saturday, police and friends said. Comments (4)

Bravest battle two-alarm blaze at Whitestone auto body shop

A two-alarm blaze tore through a Whitestone auto body shop Saturday night, fire officials and a community leader said. Comments (2)

Man found dead in Corona house: Police

The medical examiner was working to determine how a 27-year-old man died after his body was found inside a Corona home early Sunday, a spokesman for the NYPD said. Comments (5)

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013


Traffic cop killed in midtown: NYPD

An NYPD traffic officer from Queens died after he was pinned underneath the wheel of a truck in midtown Saturday afternoon, according to police and The New York Post. Comment


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