Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013


Steinway touts measures to prevent flooding at site

New flood mitigation equipment has cropped up in Long Island City in the form of bark, leaves and ditches along the Steinway & Sons property. Comment

New bar/restaurant opens on Bell Boulevard

A new Bayside bar has given thirsty residents endless options. Comment

Tip of the week


City teachers need a new contract

It has now been nearly four years since the contract has expired, and New York city public school teachers are still without a new, fair and decent contract. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

Long Island City

Colors of Mexico focus of exhibit

Ask artist Rodolfo J. Caballero and he’ll tell you that maybe Mexico has a lot of color because it is a gift from the gods. Comment

New Flushing program teaches Korean culture

School officials and students launched a new program Tuesday at Veritas Academy, which provides opportunities to youth from low-income neighborhoods in Queens and the Bronx to explore Korean culture. Comments (3)

Tour offers glimpse into borough’s holidays’ past

Last weekend, many Queens residents took a step back in time by joining in the Queens Historical Society’s 26th annual Holiday Historic House Tour. Comment

P-Tech program will sow seeds of pupils’ future success

I am writing this rejoinder to state Sen. Tony Avella’s Nov. 22-28 response to Bob Friedrich’s Nov. 8-14 column “P-Tech program will serve as boon to Martin Van Buren.” Comments (2)

Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

Richmond Hill

FDNY, family don’t agree on how Rich Hill man died

Fire officials have concluded a 40-year-old handyman living in the basement of a Richmond Hill building intentionally set fires that led to his death, but the man’s relatives said they do not believe the findings. Comments (8)

State assembly members join forces to make Dream Act pass

Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) convened with fellow state legislators at his office Tuesday in a renewed effort to pass the Dream Act in New York state. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

City Council approves Ozone Park rezoning

The City Council earlier this week approved a major rezoning project in Ozone Park, which planners said has experienced out-of-character development in recent years. Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

Cops look for missing Far Rock man, 72

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were looking for an elderly man who was reported missing from his home on Central Avenue in Far Rockaway earlier this week. Comment

Mets do not need any more money

One would think the New York Mets and its related companies would be more than gratified at receiving for $1 the Willets Point property acquired by the city for tens of millions of dollars, a taxpayer subsidy of $99 million and the right to construct a 1.4-million-square-foot shopping mall on the Citi Field parking lot, which is part of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, without having to replace parkland or undergo a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure proceeding. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013


PA says it will no longer shoot airport owls

The borough’s airports will work with the state to humanely remove snowy owls that pose safety threats to aircraft in lieu of shooting them, officials said. Comment

Three Verizon techs who foiled Flushing rape hailed as heros

Three Verizon technicians from Queens were honored Tuesday at City Hall for stopping an attempted rape in Flushing. Comments (1)

Brown praises de Blasio on Bratton appointment

The borough’s top prosecutor last week praised Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s appointment of a police commissioner, saying he had a successful history working with Bill Bratton. Comment
Long Island City

Judge sentences man to 20 years in LIC slay

LONG ISLAND CITY — A Queens man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for stabbing his brother’s 27-year-old male roommate to death in March 2010, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Cops seek suspect who grabbed iPhone on train: Police

JACKSON HEIGHTS - Police from the 115th Precinct were looking for a suspect who allegedly swiped from an iPhone on a No. 7 train Nov. 22. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Suspect groped woman on subway: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS - Cops were trying to find a suspect who allegedly groped a woman the E train in Queens, police said. Comment

Man disappears from Flushing home

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s help in finding a missing man who disappeared Dec. 5. Comment
New Voices

Tutorial center helps students in need prepare for college

A nascent local foundation aims to facilitate better pathways to college for local students through awareness and community empowerment for the students who need it most. The Khan Foundation, the brainchild of Dr. Ivan Khan, seeks not only to mentor and inform low-income and female students, but also to cultivate leadership and develop well-rounded individuals who make appealing candidates for top universities. Comments (1)

Test students sparingly but carefully

Test mania does not translate into quality education — just the opposite. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013


Queens musicians pen song for victims of Sandy Hook

When Whitestone singer Frances Cozzolino first heard about the Sandy Hook school shooting one year ago, she turned to music to create a message of love for those affected. Comment

Hollis doctor lined pockets with taxpayer dollars: AG

A Queens doctor was arrested last Thursday on charges she allegedly scammed hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars from the nonprofit Hollis clinic she operated, authorities said. Comments (1)

MTA reviewing measures to make its railroads safer

The MTA is in the process of improving safety facilities and carrying out emergency drills on the Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road lines in the aftermath of the derailment in the Bronx that left four dead, including a woman from Woodside, and more than 60 injured. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights house fetches near record price in recent sale

A single-family home in Jackson Heights has sold for nearly $1 million, a further sign that the real estate market there is robust, one area real estate agent said. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Suspect tried to get cash from LIC ATM with fake check: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY - Authorities were searching for a suspect who allegedly tried to deposit a fraudulent check at a Long Island City ATM and then take out money, police said. Comment

Suspect stole $5K from store: NYPD

ASTORIA - Police from the 114th Precinct were asking for help in finding a suspect wanted in the robbery of a shop on Steinway Street Nov. 24. Comment

Cops look for suspect in Jamaica bank robbery

JAMAICA — Police were seeking the public’s help in finding a man in connection with an attempted bank robbery. Comment

NYPD appeal to public in finding rape suspect

FLUSHING — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted in connection with a rape that happened around 10 p.m. Dec. 4. Comments (1)

‘Spirit of ‘76’ made 318th stop in Queens during 1948

On the morning of Dec. 7, 1948, Pearl Harbor Day, the “Freedom Train” rolled into Queens and stopped in Flushing for a four-day stay before going on to Jamaica for another two days. It carried priceless documents: the original Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Emancipation Proclamation and other important historical papers and artifacts. Comment

Queens pols curbed airplane noise

As a Queens resident who has had to deal with the issue of increased airplane noise in our borough, I am writing to commend our local elected officials — specifically U.S. Reps. Steve Israel (D-Melville) and Grace Meng (D-Flushing), state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) — for their work to curb airplane noise over our neighborhoods and create an Airplane Noise Community Roundtable. Comments (1)

Feed the Children

’Tis the season to be jolly, but not if you’re hungry in Queens. Comments (1)

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

South Jamaica

Council calculates violence

Gun violence in South Jamaica has dropped precipitously since the City Council implemented a pilot program last year based on the Cure Violence initiative, a project out of the University of Illinois-Chicago that approaches violence as a public health crisis. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Hunters Point South housing project moves to Phase 2

Developer TF Cornerstone has been selected to build Phase 2 of the massive Hunters Points South housing project in Long Island City. Comment

Bay Terrace blasts column by ex-resident

After New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser described Bay Terrace as a soulless neighborhood fit to spawn the notorious Wolf of Wall Street, the Bay Terrace Community Alliance demanded an apology. Comments (4)

New Remonstrance targets NYPD tactics

The religious leaders of the Flushing Interfaith Council gathered at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Flushing Sunday to sign a second Flushing Remonstrance in protest against racial profiling in the policing and surveillance of Muslims by the NYPD. Comment

Asian group woos recruits

Asian Americans for Equality, a citywide nonprofit, launched a program to connect job seekers with Flushing businesses in need of skilled workers last week. Comments (2)

Meng asks USPS to mend post office

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) called on the U.S. Postal Service to renovate the exterior of the long-neglected Benjamin S. Rosenthal Post Office on Main Street last week. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Monserrate’s ex-lover surfaces just in time to move suit ahead

The ex-girlfriend of former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate created some drama in Brooklyn federal court this week. Comment

Woman pleads guilty in Flushing blessing con

A Queens woman pleaded guilty to conning three Flushing women out of large amounts of money through a trick known as the “blessing ritual,” the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Long Island City

Secret Theatre tinkers with classic ’60s show

Although the Secret Theatre’s new production is titled “Oliver! The Musical,” it could rightfully be called “Nancy! A Star is Born.” Comment
Forest Hills Gardens

Brown says two boro men pimped three teenage girls

Two Queens men, one of whom allegedly waited for his victim at a school bus stop, have been charged with kidnapping, rape and sex trafficking while carrying on a business of forcing three girls, aged 13, 15 and 16, to work as prostitutes, the Queens district attorney said this week. Comment

A funny thing happened on the way to the temple

Jonathan Forgash had been attending the Astoria Center of Israel for much of his life. Comment
Kew Gardens

Borough Hall atrium first face-lift since ‘40

They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, but maybe the ancient city’s founders would have moved a little quicker if they had had to deal with the December weather in Queens. Comment
Long Island City

Brooklyn Cupcake shuts Long Island City location

Brooklyn Cupcake has closed its Long Island City location less than a year after it opened. Comment
South Jamaica

Police nab South Jamaica kidnap suspect in Pa.

A South Jamaica man whom police had sought in connection with a deadly kidnapping was tracked down and arrested in Pittsburgh, the NYPD said. Comment
Richmond Hill

Police seek man in Richmond Hill death

RICHMOND HILL — The Police Department has released surveillance footage of a person wanted for questioning in connection with a man found tied up and beaten to death in his home last week. Comment
Block Shots

CK’s Andre Walker should make most of senior hoops season

Andre Walker is hoping to follow in Jon Severe’s footsteps in a number of ways and there is no reason why he can’t. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Sophomore leads Lewis to strong start

Sierra Green played every game for the Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team as a freshman. She took her lumps playing at a higher level than a normal 14-year-old, but her time on the varsity made her all the more prepared to break out in 2013. Comment
Political Action

Giuliani active in politics without holding office

Rudy Giuliani achieved prominence in federal law enforcement early in his career. Within two years after graduating from New York University Law School, he began working for the U.S. attorney’s office. A brief time after that he became chief of the Narcotics Unit and later executive U.S. attorney. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Oakland Gardens

Court papers reveal how Oakland Gardens college student died

Court documents revealed details of what allegedly happened the night a 19-year-old Baruch College freshman from Oakland Gardens died after a hazing incident in the Poconos in northeastern Pennsylvania. Comments (1)

City pushes forward with Glendale shelter plan

The city is pushing ahead with plans to transform a vacant Glendale manufacturing plant into a homeless shelter despite objections from the community. Comments (1)
Long Island City

5Pointz’ Meres One moves across river

The longtime curator at 5Pointz has packed up his aerosol spray cans and taken his iconic “Bright Idea” light bulbs across the East River to Manhattan. Comment

Queens mourns Nelson Mandela

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) said he was moved to see the outpouring of support from world leaders who gathered in Johannesburg earlier this week to remember the late Nelson Mandela. Comments (3)
Willets Point

City OKs subsidies for Willets project

The city approved $42.6 million in tax breaks for the developers of Willets Point Tuesday in a move strongly opposed by two elected officials from northeast Queens. Comment

Whitestone resident wins big in national ‘Light Fight’

Kevin Lynch’s neighborhood erupted in jubilation Monday night when the Whitestone resident won ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” Comments (7)

Walcott says he has left plan to overcome crowded classes

Outgoing city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said he has left a blueprint for the incoming de Blasio administration that includes a capital plan to address overcrowding in western Queens. Comments (3)
Little Neck

Feds eye four boro sites to seize

The U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn has filed court documents seeking to seize six properties from a Little Neck family charged with running a $10 million counterfeit accessories and apparel ring out of their Cambria Avenue home. Comments (3)

Thief steals $600 in cash from Bayside church fair

The Rev. Laurence Byrne said one of many revelers at All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s annual Holly Bazaar stole about $600 from the Bayside parish Saturday. Comment

Hundreds gather to pay respects to victim of Metro-North crash

Several hundred mourners turned out for the funeral Saturday of the Woodside nurse killed in the Metro-North Railroad train derailment who was remembered for her dedication to nursing. Comment
East Elmhurst

Rep. Crowley tackles airport noise

The Queens congressional delegation has turned up the heat on airline companies on the issue of airplane noise. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Pols criticize DOT after officer killed

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) held a joint press conference at the site of Tuesday’s early morning crash that killed off-duty Police Officer Elisa Toro, a 36-year-old mother of two teenage boys and a 10-year-veteran on the NYPD force. Comments (2)

Holiday happenings around Queens

Amanda Monaco: Carols & Car Races — Jazz guitarist and composer Monaco brings her quartet, Formula One, to perform original songs about car racing mixed in with classic holiday songs. Comment

5 Napkin Burger quietly closes Astoria store after three years

When Kaufman Astoria Studios began construction on its new outdoor soundstage in July, 5 Napkin Burger manager Jim Coughlin watched from across the street. Comments (6)

Missing boy’s family opens Astoria headquarters

Avonte Oquendo’s mother is refusing to give up the search for the 14-year-old autistic boy who disappeared from his Long Island City school Oct. 4. Comment

Cops break up stolen luxury car ring

JAMAICA — Police shut down a $2.4 million luxury car theft ring Tuesday following an 18-month investigation. Comments (1)

Gun found on two turnstile jumpers: NYPD

JAMAICA — A pair of cash-strapped straphangers were busted last week for allegedly strapping heat, police said. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s routs Fordham

March is a long way from now, but St. John’s University caught a glimpse of the NCAA tournament team it has been looking for. Comment
Middle Village

Christ the King team beats rival Nazareth

In a game littered with future Division I girls basketball players, it was Christ the King’s Kristen Drogsler, a role player heading to Division II Caldwell College, who provided the spark to lead her team to victory. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013


Doctor fatally hit by car outside NYHQ: Police

A 55-year-old doctor was struck and killed by a Mercedes Benz outside New York Hospital Queens Monday evening, police said. Comments (10)
Long Island City

Off-duty police officer dies in Queens Plaza car crash

An early morning crash at a notorious spot in Queens Plaza South claimed the life of an off-duty police officer early Tuesday morning, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013


Train derailment victim remembered at Woodside funeral

Relatives of a Woodside nurse killed in the Bronx Metro-North Railroad train derailment last weekend said the 35-year-old hoped to help her ill nephew through her work in the United States. Comment

Brooklyn pedestrian killed by hit-and-run driver in Woodhaven: Police

Police were looking for a hit-and-run driver who allegedly struck and killed a 35-year-old man in Woodhaven early Saturday, the NYPD said. Comment


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