Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Broad Channel

Boro residents may get city help removing mold

Some Queens homeowners who are battling mold after Hurricane Sandy ravaged their houses may see some relief through a new $15 million initiative sponsored by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and two nonprofits helping with recovery efforts . But some borough houses of worship contend the plan falls short. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Tree-mapping project helps St. John’s win recognition

St. John’s University students and faculty are engaging in a project to digitally map the location and characteristics of all trees on the campus, a program that helped the school earn recognition as a 2012 Tree Campus USA institution of higher learning. Comment

Winter Pride honors Meng, Out Astoria

Queens Pride recently held its 20th Winter Pride gala at Astoria World Manor. The event helps to fund the Queens Pride Parade and Multicultural Festival and honors those who contribute to the causes and concerns of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Community in Queens. Comment

Show your love this Valentine’s

If you heart someone, express your love on Valentine’s Day. Comments (1)

Astorian runs stationery biz from apartment

Astorian Gabriella Miyares was always interested in art printing. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013


Flour babies in Bayside tackle teen pregnancy

A sociology teacher at Bayside’s Benjamin N. Cardozo High School got a rise out of her students when she chose to fight teenage pregnancy with sacks of flour. Comments (6)
Breezy Point

Polar Bears take dip on Breezy Point shore for hurricane relief

For the past 13 years, hundreds have helped Annie McMahon celebrate her birthday and fund cystic fibrosis research by plunging into the icy waters off Rockaway but this year’s frigid swim also raised money for the storm-ravaged community where the event was held. Comment
Breezy Point

Velazquez, Meng want bigger share of Sandy cleanup for small biz

New York lawmakers want more hurricane relief funds to go to small businesses. Comment
Long Island City

Department fines crane operator in LIC collapse

The city Department of Buildings issued $132,800 in fines last week to the operator, site safety manager and property owner in a January Long Island City crane collapse. Comments (1)

Councilman Peter Koo announces bid for re-election

City Councilman Peter Koo announced his bid for re-election at Flushing Town Hall. Comment
Ozone Park

Cops seek missing man from Ozone Park

OZONE PARK — Police were seeking help in locating an Ozone Park man who went missing last week. Comment

City should check tree stability

One of the destructive results of Hurricane Sandy was the destruction of trees throughout the city. Comment

Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

Long Island City

Boat clubs in Facebook spat

A lawsuit over a Facebook Web page is putting the current leaders of the Long Island City Community Boathouse at odds with its founder. Comments (1)

Boro braces for another Beacon battle in Bayside

Battle cries to save Bayside’s beloved Beacon program echoed throughout the community last year, but not for the last time. Comment
Fresh Meadows

League of Conservation Voters has high hopes for Rozic

One of northeast Queens’ newest representatives in state government was chosen as part of a short list of environmentally promising officials, the New York League of Conservation Voters said. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Fed storm aid funds released for city use

Queens residents whose homes and business were decimated by Hurricane Sandy may soon start to get help from the federal storm aid package with new city plans for spending an initial allocation of $1.77 billion in grants. Comment

Flushing’s Li guilty in death of baby girl

The father of 2-month-old Annie Li was found guilty of manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child Friday after a jury determined he caused her death in 2007, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Hydrofracking, gun laws discussed at UCCA breakfast

The environment, gun control and education dominated the conversation at the United Communities Civic Association’s annual legislative breakfast last Friday. Comment

Police seeking missing Astoria man, 50

ASTORIA — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man reported missing in Astoria Saturday. Comment
Queens Village FOCUS ON QUEENS

United Negro College Fund honors volunteers during MLK breakfast

The Greater New York Inter-Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund recently held its Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Breakfast at Antun’s in Queens Village. Sylvester Wise served as the event’s featured speaker. Comment

Astoria musician treats fans to new material at club gig

Hell Gate Social in Long Island City has an unassuming exterior: The metal front has no windows, and even event coordinator April Rose Lucas likens it to a “closed garage door.” A step inside, however, reveals a candlelit bar with surreal wall portraits and a front-room screen for films or music videos. The bar maintains this low-key image to make people seek them out. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Casting votes against Sandy aid is not the American way

As a Manhattan native, I have always been proud of being born in this city, but I learned from my parents that I should consider myself an American first before giving my allegiance to any locality. Comments (1)

Tip of the week


Appeal to Moderate Republicans

Even though the city has been run by Republican mayors for the last 20 years, the party has not gained in numbers or influence. Comments (2)

Four pols show courage on gun control

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden deserve great credit for their efforts to curb gun violence in our country. So does Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the state level and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the city level. Comments (2)

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013


Mom proposes Bayside street for 9/11 victim

After more than 11 years, a Bayside mother has not given up in her fight to secure her son’s place in history after he gave his life to help others Sept. 11, 2001. Comment

Construction starts on new Sunnyside school

In what is happily becoming a more common occurrence in the overcrowded school districts of western Queens, elected and school officials met in Sunnyside last week to break ground on a new kindergarten-to-fifth-grade school. Comment

Lawmakers renew call for Lunar New Year school holiday

A group of lawmakers is calling for the Lunar New Year to be made a school holiday in the city, but the message has fallen on deaf ears in the state Legislature many times before. Comments (2)

Grand Central birthday bash draws celebrities

The shoulder-to-shoulder crowds who competed with commuters for space at Grand Central Terminal last Friday came for a birthday party — the 100th for the venerated transit hub on a day of speeches, celebrities, brass bands and prices more appropriate to a century ago. Comment
South Richmond Hill

Couple arrested after alleged pick up of delivered pot: Post

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — A couple was arrested after they allegedly had 30 pounds of marijuana delivered to a pediatric medical center via FedEx at 115th Street and Liberty Avenue last week, according to a report in the New York Post. Comment
On Point

Finance Dept. bases condo and co-op taxes on fiction

If you are a co-op or condominium owner or private homeowner, you should know that the city Department of Finance has released its annual assessed valuation numbers for all real estate in New York City. Comment

Tough Choices

The time has come for painful common sense. Comment

State must find funding in budget for early education

I am writing to request that you hold the funding levels for Early Intervention Programs and preschool services at the same levels that were enacted in the 2012-13 state budget in your executive budget proposal for fiscal year 2013-14 and commit to doing so in future budgets. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013

Jackson Heights

Jax Heights tour guide honors nabe’s best halal cart

To their surprise and confusion, a vendy operating at 74th Street near 37th Avenue received a lamb-topped trophy last week for being the best halal food cart in the Roosevelt Avenue area of Jackson Heights. Comment

Decision about hydrofracking in state may rest on DEC study

The state Department of Environmental Conservation may miss a critical deadline for finalizing hydraulic fracturing regulations later this month as it waits for a health review of the drilling method to be completed. Comments (1)

MTA weighs new safety measures to cut subway deaths

The union representing subway operators maintains that slowing trains on approach to stations is the key to reducing the number of subway deaths, but an MTA official argued that such a move would disrupt the entire schedule and cause dangerous crowding on platforms. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gds. man guilty of killing girlfriend, toddler

A Springfield Gardens man faces life in prison after he was convicted last week of strangling his pregnant girlfriend and then lighting a deadly fire inside her apartment that killed her 2-year-old son as he slept. Comment

Baysider used fake Social Security nos. to fraud: U.S. attorney

BAYSIDE — A Bayside man pleaded guilty in an identity theft scheme in which he worked alongside the leader of a Newark organized crime enterprise, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey said. Comment
Forest Hills

Cop wanted to hand wife over to cannibal: Post

FOREST HILLS — The NYPD’s suspected “cannibal cop” allegedly offered up his wife in a sick Internet chat, according to the New York Post. Comment

Woodside 10-year-old dies after collapsing in bath tub

Authorities were still unsure what caused a 10-year-old Woodside boy to slip into unconsciousness and die last week. Comment
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep’s Troina commits to Wagner

Playing Division I football was never a given for St. Francis Prep’s Joey Troina, so the senior wide receiver did everything he could to make his dream a reality. Comment

Writer cannot decide gun ownership

Unfortunately, Kenneth Kowald’s Jan. 17-23 article “NRA has no right to dictate who should live and die” is filled with the same illogical, irrational cliches we have been putting up with for years from the anti-gun extremists. Comments (3)

Friday, Feb. 8, 2013


Queens braces for Nemo’s snowfall

An impending blizzard sent Queens into a frenzy as officials braced for the more significant storms since Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1)
Breezy Point

Breezy Point slow to rebuild after Sandy left few standing

Three months after Hurricane Sandy devastated Breezy Point, many people say the sleepy coastal community will rebuild. Comment
Breezy Point

Ireland sends its lads to peninsula to restore damaged parish center

Battered and burned by Hurricane Sandy, the bungalow community of Breezy Point received a helping hand from the luck and brawn of the Irish. Comment
Kew Gardens

Court strikes down part of DA’s interview program

Thousands of convictions in Queens court could be heading for retrial after a state appellate court ruled last week that part of a program run by District Attorney Richard Brown’s office violated suspects’ constitutional rights against self-incrimination. Comment

Trial for Liu aides likely to drag well into city’s election season

The trial for two aides to the city comptroller was delayed after one of them was forcefully hospitalized with an unspecified illness, news reports said. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Proposed QHC residence raises concerns at town hall

Scores of angry community members gathered to protest a Queens Hospital Center proposal to turn one of its vacant buildings into a residence for low-income individuals and people living with chronic health conditions, mental illness or HIV/AIDS at a town hall meeting last week. Comment
Jackson Heights

Minority stop and frisks high in 115th, 103rd

An NYPD report released Monday revealed that the controversial stop-and-frisk tactic was used on Hispanics in the 115th Precinct in the Jackson Heights area and blacks in the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica at rates that outpaced their demographics in 2011. Comments (2)
Cambria Heights

Sen. Smith explains decision to join IDC

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) told a standing-room-only crowd last week that he joined the Senate’s new coalition government in order to get results for his community and he said the move has already paid off. Comment

Final Council lines spur outrage

Groups in northeast Queens blasted the final draft of new City Council lines that were approved Wednesday night.. Comment

FX puts Bayside on spy alert

A new FX television series brought Bayside into the spotlight when it set up shop along Bell Boulevard to shoot an upcoming episode. Comments (1)

School bus drivers’ strike puts brakes on APEC programs

It has been a bumpy ride for Douglaston’s Alley Pond Environmental Center. Comments (2)
Queens Village

DA indicts nine in Qns. Village insurance scam

An investigation dating back to 2008 has resulted in the indictment of nine individuals and a Queens Village medical clinic for an alleged insurance scam that bilked no-fault insurers out of $150,000, the Queens district attorney said this week. Comment
Little Neck

Weprin, Liu propose changes to city’s education panel

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) and city Comptroller John Liu each have a proposal on the table to reform the controversial Panel for Educational Policy, which has been criticized as a rubber stamp for the mayor’s school-closing policy. Comments (3)

Police on the hunt for serial Woodside burglary suspect [With Video]

WOODSIDE — Cops were seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and apprehending a suspect wanted in connection with three burglaries in Woodside in December. Comment

Suspect charged in attempted abductions on Northern Blvd.

FLUSHING — Police arrested a man last week wanted for attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl into his car on Northern Boulevard in two separate incidents on the same day, the NYPD said. Comment

Holy Cross’ Hoskins signs with Central Conn. as Celestain heads to Monmouth

Signing Day wasn’t all smiles and camera flashes for Holy Cross’s Malachi Hoskins. The senior defensive end faced the decision of switching schools at the last minute. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Scholars regroups after storm

The world around the Scholars Academy girls’ basketball team is as regular as it can be after Hurricane Sandy turned things upside down just a few months ago. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Poor first quarter dooms Mary Louis in loss

Mary Louis Coach JoAnn Arbitello has grown far too familiar with her team performing poorly for one quarter each game. It’s become a trend she isn’t happy with. Comment

Cardozo hitting stride with record time

It wasn’t a day that Sabrina Southerland expected anything special to happen. Comment


There is little we can say about the late Ed Koch that hasn’t already been said. He was one of the greatest mayors this city ever knew, a quintessential New Yorker who lifted the spirits of this city when it needed it most. Comments (1)

Clinton performed well before GOP

I think U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did an outstanding job defending herself and the State Department from the disgraceful onslaught by the Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Comments (1)

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013


Jamaica man pleads guilty in Federal Reserve bomb plot

The young Bangladeshi man who attempted to blow up the Federal Reserve last fall with a phony bomb supplied by the authorities faces life in prison after he pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court Thursday, the prosecutor handling the case said. Comment

MLS had secret soccer plan

A confidential proposal made by Major League Soccer last year provides insight into the sports group’s closely guarded vision of what a stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park might look like, documents showed. Comments (6)
Fresh Meadows

City councilman weighs buying Brinckerhoff Cemetery

A committee formed to preserve Brinckerhoff Cemetery, a colonial cemetery in Fresh Meadows that was recently named a landmark by the city, is hoping the City Council will buy the burial ground from its private owner. Comments (3)

Queens remembers Ed Koch

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of late Mayor Ed Koch last week as the outspoken and charismatic lawmaker was remembered in Queens with both fondness and sadness following his death at age 88. Comment

Three teenagers stabbed in Jamaica subway station [With Video]

Police Tuesday released surveillance images of one of two teens who allegedly stabbed three others on a Jamaica subway platform a day earlier.. Comments (2)
Willets Point

City says no dice to Willets casino

The city is adamantly denying a casino is bound for Willets Point after a recently unearthed 2011 proposal shows the developers of the project initially wanted to construct a large gaming hall and hotel on a Citi Field parking lot and simply pave over most of the Iron Triangle for parking. Comment

Police hunt for suspect wanted in Queensbridge bodega slay [With Video]

Police released surveillance video of the gun-toting thug who shot and killed an Upper West Side man in front of a Queensbridge bodega Saturday night. Comments (2)

Laurelton considers historic-district designation

Built as a planned community in the earlier part of the 20th century, Laurelton was notable for its variety of Colonial Revival-style homes and landscaped center malls that stretch up and down several streets crisscrossing the neighborhood. Comments (4)
South Jamaica

SE Queens competitors sound off

Can a Jewish candidate capitalize on a crowded field of black City Council hopefuls and win this month’s special election for southeast Queens’ vacant Council seat? Comments (3)

Black History celebration swells with talent and pride

Queensborough Community College kicked off Black History Month with revelry as talented performers graced the stage at the school’s performing arts center Saturday. Comment

Borough gears up for Year of the Snake celebrations

The Year of the Snake is nearly upon us, and Queens is crawling with Lunar New Year cultural shows, performances, parades and food. Comment

Police seek public help in catching Rosedale bank robbery suspect

ROSEDALE — Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Rosedale last month. Comment
Queens Village

Queens Republicans prep for annual Lincoln dinner

The country’s oldest Republican club will host its 138th anniversary Lincoln dinner this weekend with a packed agenda full of dinner, dancing, and honorees throughout the borough, the group said. Comments (1)

Contractor at JFK stole employees’ wages: AG

A contractor at John F. Kennedy International Airport was arrested last week for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 in wages owed to his union employees and concealing the haul in the bank account of a Florida company he ran, authorities said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Police look for Fresh Mdw. bank robbery suspect

FRESH MEADOWS — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery in Fresh Meadows earlier this month. Comment
South Richmond Hill

Teens robbed victim of his cellphone: Police

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were seeking assistance in identifying two suspects wanted in connection with a mugging in South Richmond Hill last week. Comment
Far Rockaway BLOCK SHOTS

Fatukasi signs with UConn after Sandy

Folorunso “Foley” Fatukasi’s upbeat nature never changes, not through Hurricane Sandy costing his family their home, not through living in hotel rooms eating fast food with four other family members and not through waiting months to return to school at Beach Channel High School. Comment
Middle Village

Severe soars with red hot Christ the King

The Christ the King boys’ basketball team further proved why it’s considered the city’s top team, and star guard Jon Severe displayed why his recruiting stock is soaring. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013


[UPDATED WITH SURVEILLANCE VIDEO] Three stabbed on J-train platform: Police

Three men were stabbed at the Parsons Boulevard subway station in Jamaica Monday afternoon, and police were on the hunt for two suspects who took off on foot, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)

Grand Central’s history celebrated with fête

Visitors and commuters alike showed up in the thousands Friday during the morning rush hour to observe the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Terminal, the venerable transit edifice. Comment

Monday, Feb. 4, 2013


[UPDATED WITH VIDEO] Queensbridge shooting claims life of Manhattan man

A Manhattan man was killed in front of a Queensbridge bodega Saturday night, police said. Comments (2)


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