Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Oakland Gardens

Project ideas displayed at participatory budget meeting

Advocates for several northeast Queens nonprofits gathered at a participatory budget meeting last week to present their ideas for community projects in hopes of securing funding for the work in the city budget. Comment

Obituary: John L. Smith, 96, of Whitestone served in World War II and Korea

Lt. Col. John L. Smith, to date the oldest person to be born and to have lived in Whitestone, according to his family, died Feb. 25. He was 96. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Hydrants should be more clearly marked: Weprin

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) is renewing his quest to make fire hydrants across the city more visible. Comment

Tip of the week

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Model sues Astoria nightclub, claiming bouncers punched her

A Flushing model is suing a trendy Astoria nightclub and two of its bouncers after one of them allegedly struck her during a March 23 melee outside of Don Coqui at 28-18 31st St. in Astoria. Marilyn Reyes, 21, says her career is threatened after she needed five stitches to close what the police called a laceration over her right eye. Reyes’ attorney said they are asking for an unspecified amount in the civil suit filed in Queens Supreme Court but would settle out of court for $1 million. Comment

Artwork of military veterans goes on display in Astoria

A family in the property management business, with several apartment buildings in Queens, has found a way to showcase the artwork of military veterans and decorate the lobbies of their apartment buildings at the same time. Comment

Flushing fish trader found guilty of illegal storage

The owner of a Flushing seafood trading company was found guilty last week of storing fish at his College Point warehouse without having the proper permits, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)

Flushing couple calls attention to rare heart defect

Carolina Osorio spent the last four months of her pregnancy worrying about how her infant’s rare heart defect would affect the child. Comment

Woodhaven rallies against shaky building

Woodhaven residents channeled their inner Gipper over the weekend when they called on the city to demolish a partially collapsed building they say is waging a cold war on the neighborhood’s volunteer ambulance corps. Comment

Flushing’s PS 154 wins Eco-School green award

Flushing’s PS 154 has become the second school in the city to achieve Green Flag status, an award given to schools that excel in sustainability initiatives. Comment
Middle Village

Middle Village’s class of stars

It may be a 40-minute subway ride from Middle Village to the heart of Broadway, but for many PS 87 students it could easily be a 40-year journey. Comment

Teacher needs answers over treatment by DOE

This letter is in regard to my investigations with the Office of Special Investigations in the city Department of Education and my still pending investigation and charges from a school-based investigation. Comments (8)

Monday, March 10, 2014


Going Green to be held in fall at Flushing center

Going Green in Queens, the annual event on composting and other outdoor initiatives in the borough, will be moved to the early fall this year. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LaGuardia CC makes list of top 150 junior colleges

LaGuardia Community College was named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen College Excellence Program Tuesday, so the Long Island City school is eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds. Comment

Flushing deacon exploited asylum program: Feds

A Flushing deacon was convicted last week of immigration fraud after she coached asylum seekers how to lie on their applications, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan said. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Jax. Hts. opera star took on many roles

With March being Women’s History Month, we take a look at some outstanding women in the arts, such as Risë Stevens, a long-time opera star. Comment

NBC show films in Whitestone

Cast members of the new NBC show “Believe” were seen in Whitestone Tuesday. The series is scheduled to premier Monday. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Teen missing from Springfield Gardens: Police

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — Police were looking for a teenager who disappeared last week. Comment
New Voices

Indo-Caribbean elderly, youth need venues to spend time

Recent disputes between the management of the Burger King, at 120th Street and Liberty Avenue, and the senior citizens who occupy the limited seating space at the restaurant has led to the enforcement of a 20-minute seating policy. Comments (7)

Dems back high minimum wage

In response to a Jan. 31-Feb. 6 Bayside Times letter by Bob Friedrich (“Don’t give political parties labels”), about the “bad” Republicans and the “good” Democrats, the Democrats want to extend unemployment, the Republicans do not. They want to pay for it. Comment

Sunday, March 9, 2014


Rising Star Arts to offer acting classes in Astoria

An Astoria-based program, known for bringing theater residencies to Queens schools and community organizations, will begin offering acting classes to the public this month. Comment

YWCA head hails Queens chapter’s programs

The chief executive officer of YWCA USA paid a visit to the organization’s Queens location in Flushing last week to stress the impact the nonprofit has on local communities. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Officer arrested in Fresh Meadows: Cops

FRESH MEADOWS — A city Department of Correction officer was busted on charges of drunk driving early Monday morning, police said. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Man robbed of $200 at Jackson Heights ATM: NYPD

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The NYPD was searching for a suspect in a robbery at a Jackson Heights bank branch, police said. Comment

Trio sought in robbery of Maspeth livery service

MASPETH — Officers released photos of three men they believe robbed Sensational Livery Cab Leasing Services, at 69-20 48th Ave. on the border of Woodside, of $16,000 at gunpoint Feb. 25, the NYPD said. Comment

Jamaica teenager reported missing

JAMAICA — The NYPD was looking for a 19-year-old man who went missing last week. Comment

People should want to pay taxes

Frequent letter writer Ed Konecnik wants to know how much of the money he earns belongs to me in the name of social justice and why, but that is not the right question to ask. Comments (4)

Saturday, March 8, 2014


Buyer in wings to take over Steinway home

The historic Steinway Mansion, built in 1858, finally has a buyer after a tumultuous four years on the market. Comment

Front Toward Enemy replaces Canz-a-Citi as latest addition to Astoria’s ‘Restaurant Row’

There is a new addition to Astoria’s ever-growing restaurant row on 30th Avenue and one of the owners believes they will stand out from the others. Comment
Middle Village

Delarosa’s late heroics sends CK past Hayes, back to city title game

Christ the King’s season proved to be safe in Adonis Delarosa’s hands. Comment
Long Island City

Feds to send Roman sculpture found in LIC storage to Italy

After an ancient Roman sculpture was discovered in a Long Island City warehouse, federal investigators seized it Friday and are now planning on returning the piece to Italy. Comment
Ozone Park

NYPD search for man suspected in 9 burglaries

OZONE PARK — Police were searching for a man they believe is behind a spate of nine burglaries and an attempted break-in within the 106th Precinct, which covers South Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Howard Beach. Comment
Long Island City

Suspect in subway assault on Hispanic man sought by cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — The NYPD released surveillance images of a suspect wanted in an assault last month on the No. 7 train, according to cops. Comment

Suspect passed phony checks in SE Queens: Cops

JAMAICA — Cops were looking for a suspect they said is wanted for passing fake checks. Comment
The Civic Scene

DOE reverses course on District 26’s valued G&T program

People buy a house or a co-op or rent in a neighborhood for several reasons, one of which is the quality of the education system. District 26 has a fine gifted and talented program, which attracts many middle-class families and makes it the top district in the city. To enter the program, young children at age 4 have to pass a test and be evaluated. Comments (6)

Swan Song

A few weeks after Hurricane Sandy pulverized the Rockaways, one of the superstorm’s survivors planted himself in the road next to Jamaica Bay in the eastern part of the peninsula. The large and elegant creature stopped a passing car and demanded attention. He was hungry and wanted a ride, even if that meant hopping into the vehicle with another species. Comments (2)

City should assume Qns. Library building

As you know, the recent issues surrounding the capital construction process at Queens Library and the lack of transparency into the process are cause for great concern. Comment

Friday, March 7, 2014


Liu backs Meng but stays mum on own future

Former city Comptroller John Liu put to bed rumors he might run against U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) when he endorsed her for re-election Monday, but refused to rule out a possible campaign for another office this election cycle. Comments (3)

Avella still seeking mute swan legislation

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he is not letting up on his fight to stop the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to eradicate thousands of mute swans, despite a statement from the agency last week saying it would reconsider its proposal to do so. Comments (1)

Put Flushing sites on national register: Meng

Officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior, the agency that oversees federal parkland, threw their support behind legislation last week that could pave the way to putting two historic Flushing sites under the National Park Service. Comment

Car wash workers win Elmhurst strike

A weeklong strike by workers at an Elmhurst car wash has come to an end with union organizers claiming victory. Comments (3)

CB11 denies Auburndale owner’s zoning request

Community Board 11 voted down an application at its monthly meeting Monday that would have allowed the owner of an Auburndale building to complete renovations under previous zoning laws that were changed six years ago, citing safety concerns that would arise if the project were to move forward. Comments (1)

Leaders in Corona launch drive to make new citizens

There are some 500,000 legal immigrants in the state who are eligible for naturalization, and on Sunday morning organizers gathered outside a church in Corona to kick off a campaign to help them become citizens. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Katz lauds booming LIC

Borough President Melinda Katz proclaimed that visitors to New York who don’t venture into Queens haven’t seen the real New York City last week in a speech to more than a hundred Long Island City movers and shakers. Comments (3)

Whitestone nixes Nonna’s

A Whitestone pizzeria’s plan to add a sidewalk cafe to the sidewalk outside has been met with strong opposition by residents. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Rockaways celebrate St. Pat’s Day

With plans on the horizon to restore the Rockaways’ beaches, the peninsula celebrated its durability and heritage over the weekend with the 39th Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Comment

111th awards officers for arrest in car thefts

The 111th Community Precinct Council awarded two officers at its monthly meeting Tuesday for their work in helping to catch a suspect the NYPD says is responsible for a string of car thefts that hit the Bayside area this winter. Comment
Long Island City

Take a walk on the wild side with the Queens Players

The Queens Player’s production of “Richard III” begins even before the audience gets to their seats. Comment
Forest Hills

Queens Y screens films focused on special needs

For the third straight year, the New York ReelAbilities Film Festival returns to the Central Queens Y to highlight recent movies that explore characters living with disabilities. Comment
Middle Village

Juniper Park seeks sting for unpaid fines to DOB

The Juniper Park Civic Association says it is time the city abandon its tactic of trying to fine landlords who fail to address building violations. Comment
Richmond Hill

Jury indicts Jamaica man in beating of sergeant: DA

A grand jury declined to indict a Jamaica man accused of beating an off-duty sergeant with the top charge of attempted murder, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Judge refuses to delay trial for three borough politicos

A federal corruption trial for three Queens politicians will not be delayed until after this year’s elections, according to a new report. Comments (1)

Ridgewood house fire leaves 92-year-old dead

A Ridgewood blaze left two brothers without a mother or home Monday. Comment

Cops hold man in robbery string: 104th Precinct

RIDGEWOOD — The 104th Precinct said Wednesday that police had detained an individual believed to be connected with several armed robberies last week, but that the man had not yet been charged with any crimes. Comment
Block Shots

PSAL sets confusing precedent on transfers

The PSAL ruling on Chelsea Robinson’s eligibility to play is about more than just this one instance. It sets a dangerous precedent moving forward and appears to be another case of the league bending its own rules. Comments (2)
Political Action

Astorino poised to run for governor as a Republican

The statewide race for governor this year seems to be taking shape. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who threw his hat into the ring Wednesday on the Republican side, seems to be gaining support. Comment

Thursday, March 6, 2014


Halloran OK’d to travel while he waits for trial

Looking for work, willing (and now able) to travel. Comment

Boro councilmen grill city Board of Elections

A profound political bent should be a prerequisite for employment with the city Board of Elections, City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) said. Comment

Downtown Jamaica rises

One of the most strategic and underdeveloped corners in downtown Jamaica is set to undergo a massive overhaul, with plans in the works to build 400 apartments and 80,000 square feet of retail space at one of the city’s busiest transportation hubs. Comments (4)
Willets Point

Willets Point shops blast EDC relocation effort

A number of Willets Point business owners joined state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) last week to demand better relocation options from the city. Comment

Queens pols sign on to keep state money from groups opposing Israel

A majority of Queens’ state legislators support bills designed to penalize colleges that use state funds to pay membership fees or attend conferences hosted by groups boycotting Israel. Comments (1)

Cardozo beats Brooklyn Collegiate to reach city final

Benjamin Cardozo took its Queens championship game loss to Construction to heart, and used the pain to earn a chance to play for a bigger crown. Comment

Boro prez asks mayor to handle library bids

Borough President Melinda Katz asked City Hall earlier this week to remove all control over selecting contractors for construction projects at the Queens Library that was in the hands of embattled CEO Thomas Galante, who is reportedly under investigation to see if there have been any improprieties. Comments (1)

3 Jamaica dairies at center of comptroller’s DOE audit

Dairies in Queens could have possibly milked the Big Apple for millions of dollars because the city Department of Education lacked proper oversight of its school lunch contracts, the city comptroller said. Comments (1)

Haider elected as head of CB 11

Community Board 11 celebrated several new leaders at its monthly meeting this week as new board members were elected at the same meeting where new Borough President Melinda Katz spoke about saving the New York State Pavilion and keeping closer tabs on nonprofits. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

City drops boro charter school

Mayor Bill de Blasio last week reversed a decision the Bloomberg administration made during its waning hours by refusing to allow three controversial charter schools, including one in southeast Queens, to share space with public schools in the fall, though another charter in the borough is still on the table. Comment

Toddler will recover from Flushing crash

The 2-year-old boy who was hit by a car on an Auburndale street Monday afternoon is expected to make a full recovery, the principal of his brother’s school said. Comments (1)
Long Island City

DOE scraps co-location scheduled for LIC High

Defenders of Long Island City High School are applauding a decision by the city Department of Education to shelve a controversial plan that would have reduced enrollment over the next four years to make room for a career and technical education school. Comment

Law school grad guilty of Astoria murder

ASTORIA — A University of Florida law school graduate has been convicted of first-degree murder of his former girlfriend inside their Astoria apartment, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Wednesday. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Dromm says senator harassed him

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) claims he was harassed by a state senator over his support for same-sex marriage and needed top state officials to intervene to stop a flow of offensive e-mails. Comment

De Blasio, Mark-Viverito march in St. Pat’s for All

Mayor Bill de Blasio marched in Sunnyside’s St. Pat’s for All Parade Sunday — one day after organizers of Boston’s celebration appeared to have eased their ban on LGBT groups, saying that while it was not easy to start an inclusive event 15 years ago, the idea has caught on. Comment

Stanners end strong season with subpar performance

Archbishop Molloy Coach Mike McCleary’s assessment of his team’s effort against St. Peter’s was short, to the point and spot on. Comment
Middle Village

Royals beat Molloy for BK/Qns crown

Christ the King needed an extra push after its diocesan championship game against Archbishop Molloy got off to a slow and sloppy start. The Royals got exactly what they needed from star seniors Sierra Calhoun and Kollyns Scarbrough. Comment

St. John’s Prep loses to Tigers in diocesan final

St. John’s Prep made an unexpected run to the diocesan championship game for the second-straight year because of crisp play, hot shooting and a commitment to defense. Comment

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Fresh Meadows

Patriots defeat Bergtraum

Sierra Green was burning up inside, and her fiery determination helped the Patriots torch Murry Bergtraum, ending its 15-year reign atop PSAL girls’ basketball. Comment
Belle Harbor

Belle Harbor man pleads guilty to bank fraud: FBI

The FBI announced last month that a Belle Harbor business executive had pleaded guilty to bank fraud. Comment

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Landmarked Steinway Mansion sold to unidentified buyer

The historic Steinway Mansion has a buyer. The landmarked Astoria home, built by the legendary piano-making Steinway family in 1858, has been on the market since 2010. Bob Singleton, the executive director of Friends of Steinway Mansion and the Greater Astoria Historical Society, said, “The mansion is under contract and there really is nothing else to say.” Comment

Boy hit by car in Auburndale expected to recover

The 2-year-old boy who was hit by a car on an Auburndale street Monday afternoon is expected to make a full recovery, the principal of his brother’s school said. Comments (9)

Haider to replace Iannece as CB11 chairman

Community Board 11 voted in Christine Haider as its new chairwoman during a monthly meeting Monday night to replace longtime leader Jerry Iannece, who will be forced out by term limits at the end of this month. Comments (2)

Monday, March 3, 2014


Toddler in critical condition after being hit by car in Auburndale: NYPD

Police were investigating a car accident Monday afternoon that left a 2-year-old boy in critical condition after he was hit by a car on an Auburndale street, the NYPD said. Comment

Elderly woman found dead by Bravest battling Ridgewood fire

Police said a 92-year-old woman died after a fire ripped through her two-story Ridgewood home Monday morning. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Queens celebrates St. Pat’s over the weekend

The Rockaways and Sunnyside celebrated St. Patrick’s Day over the weekend with their annual parades. Comments (1)


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