Monday, Dec. 30, 2013


Music school makes debut in Bayside

A new Bayside business hopes to have Bell Boulevard ringing with the sound of woodwinds, strings and singing. Comments (3)
Fresh Meadows

Eatery brings Afghan taste to Fresh Mdws.

If the word “kebab” conjures up images of bite-sized bits of meat served from a street vendor, the Ali Baba restaurant in Fresh Meadows will make you think again. Comment
Cambria Heights

Queens saxophonist makes splash in the City

For the past decade, Cambria Heights saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr. has been playing his way to the top of the city’s jazz scene. Comments (2)

Group names Q58 slowest bus in county

If your trip aboard the Q58 seems overly long, you are not imagining: It is one of the slowest trips in New York City. Comment
East Elmhurst

New shop hawks foodstuffs made in Empire State at LGA

A new store opened at LaGuardia Airport last week. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Transit union workers want new contract and raise in pay

The MTA approved a $13.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2014 week in its monthly meeting, which included a long discussion of whether to set aside $25 million to increase transit service and loud appeals for raises from restive transit workers nearing two years without a union contract. Comments (1)
New Voices

Queens Museum exhibit showcases provocative artwork

For the next month, the Queens Museum will host the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective’s yearly visual arts exhibition, titled “A Bomb, with Ribbon Around It.” The name refers to a critique of the works of Frida Kahlo, whose artistic style and complex identity flew in the face of her contemporaries. Comment

Tip of the week


Less gov’t means more problems for people

Another week, another dose of libertarian nonsense from frequent letter writer Ed Konecnik, who seems to think that freedoms are taken away by fair tax laws, welfare, food stamps and anything the government does to assist the folks who need a helping hand. Comments (4)

Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013


Pups soothe exam takers

Queens College students found the perfect relief for exam period stress this year: puppies. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Tech U. campus lease will be boon for boro

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and university officials inked a deal last week to formally hand over 12 acres on Roosevelt Island to CornellNYCTech, the engineering school expected to provide a boon to western Queens’ burgeoning tech scene. Comment

St. John’s professor releases new book on Kazakhstan

For most American tourists, Kazakhstan is probably not high on their list of places to see, but for St. John’s University professor Jay Nathan, the central Asian country provides endless fascination. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Borough actors consider themselves at home on stage

When Lenny Banovez was asked to direct the Secret Theatre’s recent production of “Oliver!” he said no thanks. Comment
Queens Village

Missing Queens Village man last seen at his home

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police were looking for a 21-year-old man who was reported missing from his home on 216th Street last week. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jax Heights teen last seen leaving home he went missing

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police from the 115th Precinct were asking the public’s help in finding a 15-year-old boy last seen leaving his residence on 92nd Street near 34th Avenue Dec. 9. Comment

U.S. must keep its guard up

The end of 2013 does not promise national security for the United States or the world. It comes at a time that for once in recent memory the two national parties have reached an agreement that may avoid fiscal warfare for the next two years. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

Middle Village

Fallen sgt.’s gun fights on

Although James McNaughton was the first NYPD officer killed in the Iraq war, the Middle Village resident’s gun continues to fight city crime. Comment

Flushing senior dies in blaze at residence

A 73-year-old woman who lived in the Flushing House Retirement Home died last week in a fire she accidentally started by smoking in bed, the home said. Comment
Queens Village

O Magazine gives posh treatment to three deserving boro women

A trio of Queens women were given the star treatment by Oprah Winfrey’s magazine in recognition of the good works they do in their communities. Comments (1)

Man burglarizes 99 cent store in Woodhaven [With Video]

WOODHAVEN — Police released surveillance footage of a man using a metal tool to pry open a cash register while burglarizing a 99 cent store Dec. 14. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Police looking for missing Hollis girl

HOLLIS — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 14-year-old girl. Comments (3)

Dangerous Roads

Less than a week after transportation activists marched along Queens Boulevard to call for more safety features on the treacherous thoroughfare, a motorcyclist hit a pedestrian in Woodside and both died. Comment

DOE inflates the city’s graduation rate

Mayor Michael Bloomberg claims that our educational system has made “incredible progress” under his reforms. His evidence is the increase in the graduation rate. Comments (2)

Friday, Dec. 27, 2013


NYHQ welcomes robot to sort medication for hospital’s patients

Flushing’s New York Hospital Queens has become the city’s second hospital to install a cutting-edge, drug-dispensing robot in its pharmacy. Comment
Kew Gardens

A look back at Helen Marshall’s 12 years in office

When Borough President Helen Marshall steps down at the end of the month, she will cap off a career in public service spanning decades. Comments (2)
Long Island City

LIC boat houses bandy in court over ownership

In Long Island City, it is called the Battle of the Boathouses, a two-year-old court skirmish between the founder of the LIC Boathouse and the group that wrested control of it. Comments (2)
Long Island City

LIC group sows small biz

Urban Upbound, a Long Island City-based nonprofit development corporation, will receive a $100,000 grant from the city Department of Small Business Services. Comment
Block Shots

Terriers top TimesLedger’s best in boro list

The dawn of the new year provided us with a moment to look back on the events of the last 365 days, so I took the time to recognizes the top players, coaches and performances during the year in Queens high school sports. Here is a look at who and what made the cut. Comments (1)

Jackson Heights native Rettig starred in TV’s ‘Lassie’

Best known as Jeff Miller, the star of the TV series “Lassie,” Queens native Tommy Rettig was a child actor who appeared in numerous films and television shows in the 1950s and ’60s. He performed alongside Hollywood stars, including Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum and Ronald Reagan. Comments (1)

Inform people of school hearing

It was disconcerting to read that Mandingo Tshaka still believes I supported construction of a new school at the Keil Brother’s site (“Community deserved say in planned school,” Dec. 6-12). Comments (2)

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

East Elmhurst

Elmhurst man killed in Christmas morning hit-and-run

Police were looking for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a 29-year-old crossing Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst early Christmas morning, the NYPD said. Comment
South Jamaica

2013 safest year in boro under Bloomy

Queens was on pace to see a significant drop in murders this year, preliminary data showed, making 2013 by far the safest year in the borough during the Bloomberg administration. Comments (1)

New bar caters to Astoria’s growing gay community

Astoria’s newest gay bar opened last weekend, drawing large crowds and at least one celebrity. Comment

Glendale Shopping Center planned beside Atlas Park

Plans for a 350,000-square-foot shopping center next to The Shops at Atlas Park has Glendale abuzz. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Q111 bus murderer gets 95 years in jail

The ex-con who murdered his girlfriend’s son inside her Baisley Park Houses apartment two years ago and then opened fire on passengers inside a city bus was sentenced to nearly 100 years in prison last week, the borough’s top prosecutor said. Comment
LeFrak City

Lawsuit against LeFrak to move forward: Judge

A woman living with HIV/AIDS will be allowed to proceed with her discrimination lawsuit against the LeFrak Organization after a federal judge last week denied the landlord’s motion to dismiss the case. Comment
Jackson Heights

Off-duty traffic agent arrested in 115th Precinct

JACKSON HEIGHTS — An off-duty NYPD traffic agent was arrested last week and charged with assault, police said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Queens native Holley to play for Penn State

Thomas Holley thought he made two good moves in the same week. Comment
Political Action

Conservative Party hopeful in next year’s elections

In a recent interview, Thomas Long, chairman of the Queens Conservative Party, gave his views of various current political topics. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

Far Rockaway

Santa float brings joy to kids in Rockaways

Santa Claus came early to the Rockaway Peninsula, delighting unsuspecting children as he waved from aboard a float flanked by dancing elves Saturday afternoon. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013


Truck kills Woodside school boy

A still shaken friend and neighbor witnessed the tragic death of 8-year-old Noshat Nahin, who was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in Woodside as he walked to school last week. Comments (2)

RKO Keith’s gets new owner

The new developers of Flushing’s RKO Keith’s Theatre will not deviate from old plans to develop the site into a 17-story mixed use complex, but might consider building condos rather than rental units, the developer’s representative said. Comments (3)
Richmond Hill

Men murdered in Corona and Richmond Hill

Two men in their 20s lost their lives over the weekend in western Queens murders, police said. Comments (13)
Long Island City

Mayor makes final speech in Queens on school gains

Mayor Michael Bloomberg made what will likely be his final speech in Queens before leaving office Dec. 31. Comment

Soccer officials talk to Bronx on stadium

Major League Soccer seems to have dropped its bid to build a stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and has set its sights on the Bronx. Comments (3)

Bloomberg takes inaugural ride on 7 train extension to West Side

The No. 7 subway extension will not be ready for the straphanging multitudes until June, but the MTA made an exception Friday for the man who championed the whole idea and shepherded it to fruition. Comments (1)

CB 7 chair blasts parking plan for Flushing Commons project

Community leaders blasted new details about parking at the proposed Flushing Commons project that the developers unveiled at a Community Board 7 District Service Cabinet meeting last Thursday. Comments (4)
Kew Gardens

He draws on his experience to create

While many artists are inspired by the images they see, Kew Gardens resident Matthew McDonnell has created five works of art based upon what he has heard and researched. Comments (1)

Motorcyclist, pedestrian die in Queens Blvd. crash

Both a Yonkers motorcyclist and a 78-year-old woman, remembered fondly by her Woodside neighbors as a “nice lady,” were killed in a Queens Boulevard crash Saturday evening, police said. Comment

Cops hunt for suspect in Queensbridge murder

QUEENSBRIDGE — Authorities identified a 28-year-old man Saturday as a suspect in the Queensbridge murder of an Upper West Side resident earlier this year. Comment

Cops searching for missing Francis Lewis student

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police in the 115th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in finding a 14-year-old boy last seen leaving Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows where he is a student Dec. 20. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Prep hoops off to fast start

St. Francis Prep proved something to itself as it has gone about proving everyone else wrong. Comment
Middle Village

Lifeless Christ the King manhandled by Cardinal Hayes

Poor execution without the starting point guard in the lineup was understandable and somewhat expected by Christ the King Coach Joe Arbitello. Seeing his team play without energy, aggressiveness or urgency against Cardinal Hayes was what came as a surprise. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis loses to Murry Bergtraum

Francis Lewis will have to live with proving they can play with Murry Bergtraum for now. Comment

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill native fatally shot on Liberty Avenue

A 23-year-old man was gunned down in Richmond Hill early Sunday after several men tried to jump him, police and the man’s friends said. Comments (180)

Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013


Motorcylist and pedestrian die in ‘Boulevard of Death’ accident: NYPD

Both a Yonkers motorcyclist and a 78-year-old woman were killed in a Queens Boulevard crash Saturday evening, police said. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013


Corona man fatally stabbed on Roosevelt Avenue: Cops

A 25-year-old man was fatally stabbed in front of a Roosevelt Avenue restaurant in Corona early Saturday, the NYPD said, Comments (6)

Cops hunting for suspect in Queensbridge murder: NYPD

Authorities identified a 28-year-old man Saturday as a suspect in the Queensbridge murder of an Upper West Side resident earlier this year. Comments (25)
Jackson Heights

Suspect groped woman on 7 train: Police

Police were looking for a suspect who allegedly rubbed against a 21-year-old woman before grabbing her butt on the No. 7 train, the NYPD said. Comment


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