Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Long Island City

Techies share words of wisdom at Long Island City meetup

The geek shall inherit the earth. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Parks reveals new images in Rockaway Beach fixup

Rockaway residents got their first view of what a post-Hurricane Sandy beachfront could look like when the city Parks Department presented renderings at a community meeting at Beach Channel High School last week. Comments (1)

Maspeth High celebrates new 74th Street building

After a controversial first year of incubation at Queens Metropolitan High School, Maspeth HS cut the ribbon Monday on its new building. Comment

Argentine maestro brings jazz fusion to Flushing

Flushing Town Hall Jazz Fusion presented works by the Argentinian pianist, composer and band leader Emilio Solla and his ensemble earlier this month. Comment

Doc pinpoints pain with Flushing acupuncture clinic

Signs point to an increasing interest in traditional Chinese medicine in the Western world, and a Flushing doctor has jumped into the competitive downtown market to offer a natural approach to treating certain chronic conditions. Comment

Allow for upgrade of diesel trains

I am writing in support of a request that has already been made in a letter co-signed by 43 Assembly members, including all the members from the Queens delegation, that an appropriation of $17 million be made available to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the purposes of upgrading 10 diesel engines of freight locomotives owned and leased by the Long Island Rail Road for the purposes of hauling waste throughout the New York City area. Comment

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Real Estate

DOB inspects few iffy homes in Qns

A number of buildings in Queens that may be dangerous or pose quality-of-life problems for their surrounding communities have gone unchecked by the city Department of Buildings, according to a recent audit of the agency. Comment
East Elmhurst

Bloomy touts plan to stop inmates from reoffending

Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a trip to Rikers Island last week to announce a new program to help inmates stay out of jail once they are released. Comments (3)

Police looking for man last seen in Woodhaven

WOODHAVEN — A 19-year-old Ozone Park man went missing from a store in Woodhaven Friday, police said. Comment

Tasty Nepalese fare offers new culinary adventure

Who knew that just a quick fixed-gear bike ride away from the hipster heartland, a Nepali community has been thriving? We made this discovery during a visit to the Nepali Indian Restaurant on Seneca Avenue in Ridgewood. There may be a more visible Nepali presence in the Jackson Heights/Woodside area, but a burgeoning number of Nepalis call Ridgewood home. Comment

Tip of the week


Dogs should not eat off tables

On Feb. 16, I had lunch at Ben’s Delicatessen in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center. This was my first time dining in this establishment. I was disturbed at a site across the dining room while I was about to bite into my sandwich. Comments (3)

Monday, March 4, 2013


Neighborhood Spotlight: Woodhaven split irks civic

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association wants to unify the neighborhood — a difficult task when redistricting carves up the community. Comment
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks’ challenger division suits up for another season

For Glen Oaks dad Dennis Noonan, few things have been more gratifying than going to bat for his community’s special needs children who want to play ball. Comments (1)

Cops searching for missing Elmhurst senior

ELMHURST — Police were searching for a 71-year-old Asian woman who went missing from her home Sunday at 10:30 p.m. Comment
Long Island City

LIC woman pleads to manslaughter in fatal Queensbridge stabbing

LONG ISLAND CITY — A 20-year-old Long Island City woman has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of a 29-year-old man outside the 21st Street-Queensbridge subway station on Christmas Eve in 2009, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Police locate Flushing girl, 14, who had been missing

FLUSHING — A 14-year-old girl who had been missing from her Flushing home last Friday has been located and was in good condition, police said Saturday. Comment
From the Footlights

Stage Door Stepmom

It would be difficult to think of a more recognizable and beloved character than Annie. With her radiant smile, curly red locks and even rosier disposition, the precocious comic book character manages to charm a president, billionaire and hundreds of theater-goers each night on Broadway. Comment

Obituary: Paul J. Olvany, 57

Former Queens resident Paul J. Olvany, 57, of Austin, Texas, died Feb. 19 in Fairfield, Texas. He was 57. Comment

MLS stadium could pose health hazard

Supporters of the Major League Soccer stadium in Flushing Meadow Corona Park have a myopic view of our need for another stadium. They espouse economic benefits and jobs, but little else. Comment

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Douglaston eyeing parkway makeover

A busy and sometimes problematic intersection along Douglaston Parkway has been on the community’s radar for months but a solution may finally be in the works, the city Department of Transportation said. Comment

Sunnyside raises funds for Newtown victim kin

While the Wheelers, a former Sunnyside family whose 6-year-old son Benjamin was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, were not able to attend a fund-raiser for them in the neighborhood where they once lived, hundreds showed up Saturday to donate and have fun. Comment

NYPD captains endorse Halloran

The Republican incumbent preparing to defend his northeast Queens seat in the City Council collected an early endorsement, courtesy of the New York Police Department’s Captains Endowment Association. Comment

Langston Hughes Library now a ‘literary landmark’

The national Literary Landmarks Association has designated 10 New York locations for landmark status throughout its 27 years, but Saturday marked the first time in the state the association landmarked a library. Comment

City Council offers plans to help small biz after Sandy

Some Queens small businesses still struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy may receive some help in the form of waived fees and insurance seminars, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) announced Monday. Comment

Cop searching for suspect in Flushing cell phone theft

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a 31-year-old Asian man who allegedly stole a cellphone from a Flushing business in January. Comments (2)

Help the Helpers

Should Federal Emergency Management Agency funds be used to repair churches and synagogues damaged by Hurricane Sandy? Comment

Gun restrictions will not infringe on people’s rights

When I was a kid, I grew up with images of Hopalong Cassidy shooting umpteen bullets at bad guys from his six-shooter while riding on his white horse, Topper, at a full run. Paladin was called to town to wipe out bad guys because he was the guy with the gun in the ad, Have Gun Will Travel. Wyatt Earp shot all the bad guys when they deserved it and so did Steve McQueen and several others. Comments (22)

Film, stage actress Cecily Adams, 46, born in Jamaica

Actress Cecily Adams was born in Jamaica Feb. 6, 1958, to singer Adelaide Efantis and actor Don Adams, of “Get Smart” fame. Comment

Saturday, March 2, 2013


City reveals renderings of planned performing arts center

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and Community Board 1 unveiled the schematic designs last week for an outdoor performing arts space to be built where the diving pool once stood in Astoria Park. Comment
Kew Gardens

Queens groups seek to influence budget at boro hearing

About 150 representatives from Queens community boards, nonprofits and civic groups made their pitch to Borough President Helen Marshall last week on how they think a portion of the city’s budget should be spent in the coming fiscal year. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills HS pulls plug on wild student video dance

It was a real shake-up for one Forest Hills High School senior, who attempted to dance his class’ name onto the growing list of viral Harlem shakers taking over the Internet. Comments (5)
St. Albans

Correction cop charged with menacing: Police

ST. ALBANS — City Department of Correction Officer Latessha Goban, 37, was arrested on charges of menacing last week, police said. Comment

Cop tried to steal saw blade from store: Police

FLUSHING — A 44-year-old NYPD officer was arrested on charges of menacing and petit larceny after he allegedly stole a saw blade from a Flushing Home Depot and pointed a gun at a security guard’s stomach, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Missing teen mom and son last seen in Woodside

WOODSIDE — Police were seeking information about the whereabouts of a young mother and her 1-year-old son Feb. 21. The pair were reported missing Feb. 20. Comment

Cops block off Whitestone street over gun call

WHITESTONE — More than a dozen police officers responded to 8th Avenue between 148th and 149th streets Sunday afternoon for what witnesses said was a call about a gun. Comment

Poor shooting dooms SJU in loss to Pittsburgh at MSG

The St. John’s men’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament hopes took a big hit when the Red Storm lost an opportunity for a résumé-boosting win over No. 20 Pittsburgh. Comment
Middle Village

Defense key for Christ the King

Joe Arbitello is usually the harshest critic of his Christ the King team’s defense. The Royals’ coach, however, had been happy with his club’s performance on that end floor despite trailing by seven at the half of the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens boys’ basketball championship Friday night. He credited Bishop Loughlin’s talented offensive players with making tough shots. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

A mayor of the people, Ed Koch will be greatly missed

Walking on the Brooklyn Bridge, holding a peregrine falcon. Comments (4)

Show Us the Money

We are pleased to see that Community Board 7 has put the brakes on the United States Tennis Association’s proposal to expand its facility in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

Friday, March 1, 2013


Casino survey tracks Vallone in lead as beep

A new poll from earlier this month shows City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) leading the pack for borough president, though its relevancy was questioned by the councilman’s competitors. Comments (1)

CB 7 wants AG to probe lux lot’s soil

Community Board 7 is asking the state attorney general to investigate how unauthorized soil was dumped on a waterfront lot in Whitestone where a luxury housing development is planned, TimesLedger Newspapers has learned. Comments (4)

Fire escapes inviting theft

Nimble burglars have been using Flushing fire escapes to break into homes in the downtown area, officers from the 109th Precinct said this week. Comment
Little Neck

Northeast Queens biz in transition

Business has been better in Little Neck and Douglaston, shop owners along Northern Boulevard say. Comment
South Ozone Park

Hindu Cultural Center founder accused of larceny

Two women who had worked for a South Ozone Park nonprofit and are connected to the city government were arrested on charges they stole tens of thousands of dollars from the organization’s senior lunch program through an overbilling and kickback scheme, the state attorney general said Monday. Comments (10)
Richmond Hill

Agencies fine boro businesses more than city average: Report

City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio stood in Richmond Hill Monday and blasted the Bloomberg administration for issuing a disproportionate number of fines to small businesses in Queens while sparing Manhattan stores. Comment

Elmhurst holds parade in late Lunar New Year

Organizers of the third annual Elmhurst Lunar New Year celebration took to the streets Saturday at a rescheduled event after Snowstorm Nemo froze their previous plans, but bad weather followed them nonetheless. Comment
Murray Hill

Lawmaker displays road rage at long-closed Flushing bridge

A Queens lawmaker took to the 149th Street bridge in Murray Hill yet again to denounce its continued closure and the horrendous traffic conditions that it causes. Comments (1)
Rockaway Park

Mayor’s Fund dedicates $2M to academic support

Queens schools that were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy are among 39 citywide learning centers set to receive a boost of relief funds. Comment

Cop car kills man, 25, on foot in Queensbridge

An NYPD spokesman said Wednesday that the identity of a man struck and killed by a police car responding to an emergency had not been released because they had not yet been able to reach the man’s family in Japan. Comments (4)
Howard Beach

Walcott reveals concerns about PS 207 at hearing

PS 207 in Howard Beach was so badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy that the city Department of Education was initially concerned it would have to be demolished, according to testimony from the department’s chancellor at a City Council oversight hearing on storm preparedness Tuesday. Comment

Man tied up Elmhurst woman before robbing her on Valentine’s: NYPD

ELMHURST — A young man entered a 69-year-old woman’s Elmhurst apartment on Valentine’s Day, restrained her and stole from her, police said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm women spoil Rutgers coach’s milestone

St. John’s’ domination of Rutgers continues. Comment

Cardozo girls win sixth-straight track title

Sabrina Southerland doesn’t waste words or strides. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013


Cops make arrest in late-night Bell Blvd. assault: NYPD

BAYSIDE — A Douglaston man was charged with hitting a 23-year-old in the face with a sharp object on Bell Boulevard early Thursday, the NYPD said. Comments (4)
Richmond Hill

[UPDATE] Police charge two men in death of Richmond Hill man found bound in blaze

Two men have been arrested on kidnapping, murder and arson charges in connection with a fire in Richmond Hill early Sunday morning in which a 43-year-old man was found burnt to death with his hands and feet bound, police said. Comment
Forest Hills

‘Cannibal Cop’ trial begins

When a federal prosecutor Monday asked Kathleen Mangan-Valle if she was married, the estranged wife of the Forest Hills man known as the “Cannibal Cop” furrowed her brow, hesitating a moment before reluctantly responding “Yes.” Comment

Richards wins in SE Queens

Donovan Richards is southeast Queens’ newest City Council member. Again. Comment

GOP coup ends with successful rebel power play

The leaders of the Queens Republican Party dropped their legal bid to oust the borough’s GOP Board of Elections Commissioner Michael Michel, who was installed in a political coup earlier this year. Comments (1)

St. Patrick’s Day parade returns to the Rockaways this weekend

Green and shamrocks are taking over the borough this weekend, with revelers celebrating St. Patrick’s Day expected to gather for two major parades — one to take place in the storm-hit Rockaways. Comment

Graziano eyes Halloran seat

When discussing his decision to enter a crowded Democratic primary race and challenge City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), Flushing’s Paul Graziano did not hesitate to emphasize his focus on fighting over-development in northeast Queens. Comments (7)

Woodhaven Blvd. nets worst road designation

A new report by a transportation group has compiled a list of the most dangerous roads for New Yorkers traveling by foot, and that report has some bad news for Woodhaven residents. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

JFK has lost ground in air cargo industry

At the turn of the century, Port Authority and state officials were cautiously optimistic that new markets in Asia would provide a boon to the region’s air-cargo industry. Comment

Queens’ best music acts tune up for annual battle of the boros

Queens will look to regain its title in the annual Battle of the Boroughs this week when seven area bands compete for the chance to take home the crown. Comment
Long Island City

Qns domestic violence forum mulls solutions

Domestic violence complaints have not declined over the last 10 years despite increased enforcement by the NYPD, even as major crime and incarceration rates fell. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens DA says man shot friend while drinking in Jax Hts

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A Jackson Heights man has been charged with shooting his friend during a night of drinking, but he told authorities that he allegedly hid the gun after his buddy accidentally shot himself, the Queens DA said. Comment
Richmond Hill

Queens food pantries fearing cuts to hunger funding

Since the start of the recession, River Fund Executive Director Swami Durga Das said he has seen the families coming to his Richmond Hill food pantry nearly double and he worries that planned state and federal cuts could make the problem worse. Comment

Pennsylvanian gets 50 years in Flushing murder

FLUSHING — A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison last week for the 2011 kidnapping and murder of a Flushing man, and the kidnapping of the victim’s 80-year-old mother, according to the Queens district attorney. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Garden School play space now officially a city park

After years of negotiation, fund-raising and a near-loss of the land forever, the city Parks Department said its acquisition of the private Garden School’s playground in Jackson Heights is complete. Comment

Man falls 3 stories at Queens Center mall

ELMHURST — A 35-year-old man was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital Center in critical condition last week afternoon after falling multiple stories at the Queens Center mall, sources said. Comment

Latest fare hike for MTA to kick in over the weekend

The cost of your ride is going up as of this weekend. Comment
Kew Gardens

Man injured after he was hit by car in Kew Gardens: NYPD

KEW GARDENS — A man in his 80s was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition last week after being hit by a motor vehicle that smashed through a storefront in Kew Gardens, police said. Comment

Tatum time: Senior guard powers Molloy to first place

Scott Lagas finally let Amani Tatum do her thing: Will a win. Comment
Middle Village

Severe leads CK to B/Q title

Jon Severe remembered losing to Bishop Loughlin in last year’s diocesan semifinals, breaking a string of three-straight Christ the King crowns. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013


Woman found dead near Flushing River: Cops

FLUSHING — A 46-year-old woman was found dead in the vicinity of the Flushing River Tuesday, according to police sources. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

Forest Hills

Wife of ‘Cannibal Cop’ first to testify at his trial

The trial for the Forest Hills man known as the “Cannibal Cop” began in Manhattan federal court Monday with Gilberto Valle’s estranged wife testifying about how she discovered his alleged plot to kidnap, rape, murder and cannibalize a number of women. Comment
South Ozone Park

United Hindu Cultural Council founder arrested in overbilling and kickback scheme: AG

The founder of the United Hindu Cultural Council Senior Center in South Ozone Park was arrested on charges she stole tens of thousands of dollars from the organization’s lunch program through an overbilling and kickback scheme, the state attorney general said Monday. Comments (5)

MTA fares and tolls to rise over weekend

Whatever your mode of mass transit, bridge or tunnel, you will pay more in several steps starting Friday. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

Richmond Hill

Man killed in suspicious Richmond Hill blaze: NYPD

A 43-year-old man died early Sunday morning in a Richmond Hill fire that the NYPD has classified as suspicious, police said. Comments (3)

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013


Father gets 20 years for shaking baby daughter

An Elmhurst man is set to spend 20 years in prison for shaking his 2-month-old baby last year, giving her brain damage that has put her on life support since the incident, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment


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