Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Clinton Dems celebrate Women’s History Month

The Clinton Democratic Club commended Tuesday evening several females whose areas of expertise range from acting to poetry to advocacy as part of Women’s History Month. Comment

Wills asks Albany to free up homeless dollars

A lawmaker from southeast Queens who spent two days on the street last year wants Albany to ease restrictions he says are preventing the city from helping the homeless get back on their feet. Comments (1)

Astoria Bier and Cheese opens in Ditmars

Ditmars craft beer and cheese lovers no longer have to make the trek down to Broadway to get their fix. Comment

Tip of the week


Get involved with community boards

I think most of us are aware of our elected officials and the jobs they do on behalf of our communities, but we should also recognize the contribution our community boards and civic associations make in affecting conditions in our neighborhoods. Comments (6)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kew Gardens

Book opens a new chapter on notorious Kew Gardens murder of Kitty Genovese

These seven words may have sealed Kitty Genovese’s fate 50 years ago, on that cold morning of March 13, 1964: “There must have been 30 calls already.” Comments (3)

Flushing theater returns

Flushing Town Hall, a popular venue for jazz concerts, musical performances and plays, reopened its theater last weekend after a $1.2 million face-lift. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City artist wins Illustrators of Future contest

Twelve winning writers and 12 illustrators from around the globe — including Seonhee Lim of Long Island City — will be honored April 13 during the 30th annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards. Comment
Middle Village

Crowley co-chairs Women’s Caucus

Propelling more females into the FDNY ranks and investing pension funding in women-led corporations may seem unusual policy priorities for a city councilwoman from Glendale, but not when the legislator leads the Council’s Women’s Caucus. Comment

P-Tech will be good for Martin Van Buren HS

Recently, a number of elected officials have lamented the city Department of Education’s decision not to withdraw the co-location plans at Martin Van Buren High School. Comments (1)

Monday, March 24, 2014


Judge tosses challenge to boro GOP control

In the latest chapter of the battle between feuding factions of the Queens Republican Party, the state Supreme Court earlier this month threw out a challenge to Chairman Phil Ragusa’s victory at the party’s leadership vote last year. Comment
South Jamaica

SE Queens church rallies for charters

Charter school supporters gathered outside a southeast Queens church earlier this week, asking Albany to pass legislation that will provide the institutions with funding to build their own school houses. Comments (2)
The Play’s the Thing

S. Ozone Park playwright’s first piece set for its debut

A while ago I saw a Charlie Rose interview with Frank Langella on Channel 13. Langella was starring in “King Lear” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and he had a lot to say about playing such a demanding role and his approach to acting. Three elements of his craft are vital, he said: “Know the lines, know what they mean, and mean them when you say them.” Comment

Queensboro Hill library poised to reopen after major renovation

Queensboro Hill bookworms will soon have their library back. Comment

Schumer calls on federal gov’t to look into LIRR safety rules

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has urged federal railroad officials to examine the Long Island Rail Road’s safety procedures following a 60-day federal probe into Metro-North Railroad, where investigators reported a culture of safety was lacking. Comment

Queens’ highways, streets in bad shape: Study

Some of New York City’s worst-maintained infrastructure is in Queens, including highways, bridges, water quality standards and public housing, according to a report by an urban think tank and planning agency. Comments (6)

Cardozo pupil, 17, wins car in American Miss pageant

Lauren Schwartzberg, a 17-year-old senior at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside and newly licensed driver, won a 2014 Ford Mustang Convertible at the National American Miss Pageant held in Hollywood, Calif. Comment
Queens Village

Police search for missing teen from Queens Village

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police were searching for a missing teenager they said was last seen leaving his school in Queens Village. Comment
New Voices

Hookah use increases among boro teens as pastime

Hookah, an Arabian water pipe used to smoke tobacco, is a time-honored tradition and social activity spanning the Middle East and South Asia. Even limited use of this water pipe to smoke the tobacco, known as sheesha, produces a pleasant, light-headed sensation. Comments (5)

Get tax credit when caring for elderly

When I travel through our communities, I often meet families caring for elderly parents or relatives. Comment

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Queens Quiet Skies member meets with FAA

The battle for quieter skies in northeast Queens traveled across the country last month as one borough advocate attended a conference to address airplane noise with representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration. Comments (1)

LaGuardia students win $250 in Kim essay contest

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) awarded two LaGuardia Community College students $250 each for winning the Grit Essay Contest. Comments (1)

Taxi dispatchers charged with taking cash bribes at JFK: DA

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, together with Port Authority Inspector General Robert Van Etten, announced Wednesday that 16 airport taxi dispatchers were arrested in an undercover sting operation and charged with unlawfully receiving cash bribes in a taxi-dispatching scheme at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comments (2)

Man stole baby food in Woodhaven: Cops

WOODHAVEN — Police released a surveillance image of a man wanted for allegedly stealing two bottles of baby formula from Rite Aid at gunpoint. Comments (3)

Cops on the lookout for missing teenage girl, 14

ROSEDALE — Police were looking for a teenage girl who went missing last month. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Crossing guard charged with leaving scene of accident: Police

SOUTHEAST QUEENS — An off-duty school crossing guard was arrested over the weekend after leaving the scene of an accident, police said. Comments (1)

Ulrich should back renaming

Let me first introduce myself as a former constituent within Queens Community Board 9 from Richmond Hill, with relatives who had resided in Ozone Park and Howard Beach over the years within your district constituency. Comment

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Richmond Hill

Phagwah on parade

Revelers from Canada to California flocked to Richmond Hill Sunday to usher in spring with a parade dominated by DJs, drum ensembles, colorful powders and dancing in the streets. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Northeast Queens park chosen to promote green spaces in U.S.

Cunningham Park has been selected to participate in a fund-raising project to provide financial support and increase awareness of green spaces nationwide. Comment

Man charged with enticing children to participate in online sex game: DA

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and Police Commissioner William Bratton announced recently that a Corona man was arraigned on charges of luring young girls over the Internet to participate in what he allegedly called “The Game.” Comments (2)

Pair wanted in rash of purchases made with stolen credit cards: NYPD

ELMHURST — Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects wanted in a string of grand larcenies, including two in Queens, police said. Comment
Kew Gardens

Lawyer charged with stealing $200K from clients: DA

KEW GARDENS — An embattled attorney found himself in need of a good lawyer when he was charged with stealing more than $200,000 from his clients, the district attorney’s office said. Comments (1)

Man wanted in rash of bank robberies: Cops

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man they said robbed seven banks scattered throughout the city since January. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Crossing guard arrested in 100th Precinct: NYPD

ROCKAWAY BEACH — An off-duty school crossing guard was arrested March 12 in the 100th Precinct after police said he failed to hand money and fake cocaine over to authorities. Comment
The Civic Scene

City should be tougher when punishing urban developers

A few weeks ago, Administrative Law Judge Michelle Manzione, after a city Environmental Control Board hearing, found the tenant of Klein Farm guilty of having several trees cut down and the 100-year-old circular driveway paved over. Comments (4)

A Dream Deferred

As New Yorkers celebrated their Irish heritage during the Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade, senators in Albany ignored their immigrant roots and defeated a bill to give tuition assistance to undocumented college students. Comments (3)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Long Island City

Town hall meeting set to bring together warring factions over 7 train shutdown

Officials from the MTA will finally meet with Long Island City residents and business owners to discuss the issues involved with the suspended weekend service on the No. 7 subway line, into and out of LIC, now entering its third weekend. Carmen Bianco, the president of MTA NYC Transit, is scheduled to take part along with elected officials this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at PS/IS 78Q, at 46-08 5th St. Comment
Little Neck

Community rallies to rescue 2014 Little Neck Douglaston Memorial Day Parade

Dozens of northeast Queens residents joined the United War Veterans Council at the Community Church of Little Neck Wednesday evening to pledge their determination to save the Little Neck Douglaston Memorial Day Parade as the future of the annual event hangs in jeopardy. Comments (6)

Rwandan woman tells story of gender genocide

Jacqueline Murekatete experienced firsthand the ways in which women have been both victims and perpetrators in what is often regarded as the world’s most heinous crime: genocide. Comment

New neighbors may pinch industrial zone

Although Maspeth’s Industrial Business Zone boasts 592 acres, a few small developments on the horizon could threaten its stability. Comment

Flushing food cooperative embarks on third season

Dozens of Flushing neighbors have signed up to skip the middle man during this year’s farming season. Comment

De Blasio pushes edu-tax plan at pre-K program in Sunnyside

With the clock ticking in Albany where his push for an education-funding tax hike received mixed support, Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped in Sunnyside last week to tour one of the many half-day pre-K sites he hopes to expand next school year. Comments (1)

CB 5 considers rezoning

Plans to rezone a roughly two-block manufacturing section of Ridgewood for residential and commercial use roused many to testify at the Community Board 5 meeting last week. Comment

No gas for Pomonok tenants

More than 250 apartments in a Flushing housing complex could be without gas for two months, tenants said after a gas leak cut off their service last week. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Irish Circle site up for auction

The Rockaway Beach home of the nearly 20-year-old Irish Circle Tavern is on the auction block after its owner failed to make payments ordered by a bankruptcy court. Comments (30)

LIRR, Metro-North to install damage detecting monitors along tracks

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Friday that the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Commuter Railroad plan to install equipment capable of detecting and instantly reporting defects or damage or overheating in wheels and other equipment as well as those of freight trains using the same tracks. Comment
Forest Hills

Queens singers take center stage at Carnegie Hall

The old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice,” could now sport a new punch line. Comment

Peter Vallone joins guv’s team as aide to Correction commish

Peter Vallone Jr. has a new job. Comment
Rego Park

Temple’s lease in tumult

A rent dispute between Ohr Natan synagogue and the Rego Park congregations’ landlord has landed the two in court. Comment

Two borough paralegals sentenced in fraud scheme

Two Queens paralegals were sentenced last week for their part in an immigration fraud scheme, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan said. Comments (2)

John Liu files suit vs. city over lost matching funds

John Liu isn’t stepping out of the spotlight anytime soon. Comments (2)
Floral Park

Rep. Israel writes bill to help small business

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) introduced new legislation this week that aims to help small businesses by encouraging them to put money into a special savings account that can be used tax-free in times of need. Comments (1)
St. Albans

St. Albans man convicted of attempted murder stemming from Facebook fight: DA

ST. ALBANS — An online argument that authorities say was taken too far now has a 22-year-old facing up to 25 years in prison. Comment
Long Island City

Car accident leaves one dead, two injured in LIC

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police from the 108th Precinct responded to a 911 call of a motor vehicle accident on the eastbound upper roadway of the Queensboro Bridge Wednesday and found a taxi driver unconscious and unresponsive in the driver’s seat. Comments (3)
Block Shots

Royals’ Atson proven to be among city’s best

Travis Atson’s name wasn’t part of the conversation about the city’s best players when the season began, but now it will be printed among some of its all-time greats. Comment
Political Action

Labate, Lally set for GOP primary to unseat Israel

New York state’s 3rd Congressional District, which runs along the north shore of Long Island, is in three counties: Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. It contains, within its Queens part, Douglaston, Little Neck and parts of Whitestone and Bayside. Comments (1)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fresh Meadows

PS 173 community to take safety pledge in memory of Flushing girl killed by SUV

Hundreds of students, parents and teachers will take a safety pledge at PS 173 Friday to commemorate the memory of Allison Liao, a 3-year-old girl who police say was struck and killed by a car in downtown Flushing in October. Comment
Long Island City

Henry Zilberman, LIC hotelier, dies

Henry Zilberman, the former gypsy cab driver who built his own taxi and limousine enterprise before putting a chic exclamation point on Long Island City with his boutique Z Hotel, died earlier this month, TimesLedger Newspapers has learned. Comments (4)

Woodside para accused of sexually abusing 14-year-old: NYPD

MASPETH — A PS 9 paraprofessional was arrested at 1 a.m. Thursday and charged with raping a 14-year-old boy, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Korean delegate tours exhibit on comfort women

In an effort to shed new light on one of the lesser-known episodes of World War II, a Korean leader visited the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives in Bayside last week to view an exhibit on the Korean comfort women that has become one of the museum’s most popular items since its opening three years ago. Comment

D train dirtiest, L the cleanest: Straphangers survey

The D train is the dirtiest subway line and the L is the cleanest in the latest report from the transit advocacy agency Straphangers Campaign, which reported several Queens lines “significantly deteriorated.” Comments (1)

Dream Act dies in Albany

Queens’ state senators unanimously voted for the Dream Act Monday, but failed to muster enough votes to overcome opposition by two fellow Democrats and the GOP. Comments (5)
Jackson Heights

Activists put up slow zone signs in borough to protest city delays

More than 100 safe-street activists posted mock traffic signs in three Queens neighborhoods and seven other communities citywide over the weekend. Comments (1)

Maspeth rails against Knockdown Center

Maspeth wants to halt the hipsters. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Three boro residents dead in separate cases

Three Queens residents were found dead Saturday when the NYPD received calls about a body floating along the coast of Gantry Plaza State Park, another in a Howard Beach motel room and a third inside a closed Flushing construction site. Comments (1)

NYS Pavilion open to public for one day only

The New York State Pavilion will be open to the public for the first time in a generation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair April 22 — for one day only. Comments (7)
Long Island City

Battle of the bars divides Dutch Kills

A turf war has broken out in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City, and it will take a judge to sort things out. Comment

Annual Memorial Day parade looking for new leader in 2014

Organizers of the Little-Neck Douglaston Memorial Day Parade have begun organizing this year’s event and looking for new leadership to take the reins. Comment

Developer chooses Hilton franchise for Jamaica hotel

Downtown Jamaica’s towering new hotel will fly the Hilton Garden Inn flag, bringing a four-star property to the transitioning neighborhood. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Design for a new main terminal at LaGuardia released

A Manhattan design firm has offered a glimpse of what LaGuardia Airport might look like in the future. Comment
East Elmhurst

Viverito proposes measure to regulate car wash biz

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) wants to clean up the car wash industry in New York City. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

12-year-old shoots his sister with gun used in slay: Source

Police were still looking for the killer of an IT worker who was slain walking home from work last week in South Jamaica after a 12-year-old boy accidentally shot his sister a few days later with a gun a source said was identified as the murder weapon. Comments (1)

Stash of guns and drugs found in Sunnyside: NYPD

SUNNYSIDE — Police seized a cache of guns, bullets, crack and pills when raiding a Sunnyside man’s home Tuesday, the NYPD said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s pitted against USC in first round of Big Dance

The news was a bit delayed, but exciting nonetheless. Comment
Middle Village

Royals aim for state crown

Christ the King heads to the state Federation tournament hoping to cement its place in the record books. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Underdog Patriots hope to win state title at Albany tournament

Francis Lewis Coach Steve Tsai hasn’t let his girls’ basketball team completely enjoy all it has accomplished this season just yet. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm loses in first round of NIT to Robert Morris

St. John’s University’s failed season ended with another disappointing effort. Comment

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Cops search for driver in police car collision

Police were searching for a driver they say collided with an NYPD car in Bayside Wednesday morning before fleeing the scene, the NYPD said. Comments (4)

Judges to face CK in semifinal game

Benjamin Cardozo has basked for a week in its city championship glory. But it is back to business with a showdown against Christ the King in the state Federation tournament approaching. Comment

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Community invited to discuss future of 2014 Little Neck Douglaston Parade

Organizers of the annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade have planned a meeting for Wednesday night to discuss the future of this year’s event. Comments (2)

Monday, March 17, 2014


Updated: Gas turned off at Pomonok Houses because of leak

More than 240 apartments in a Flushing housing complex have been left without gas since Thursday evening because of a leaking pipe, a Con Edison spokesman said. Comments (1)

Flushing bus driver arrested after accident in Virginia: Authorities

A Flushing bus driver was arrested early Monday morning after the bus he was driving ran off a Virginia interstate and overturned on its side, Virginia State Police said. Comments (3)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill celebrates Phagwah with parade

Despite temperatures dropping below freezing Sunday, thousands welcomed spring in Richmond Hill with colorful powders, glittering confetti and plenty of dancing. Comment
Long Island City

Updated: Woman’s body found in water near Gantry Plaza: NYPD

Police officers found a 51-year-old woman’s body in the East River near the coast of Gantry Plaza State Park Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comment

Man found dead in Flushing construction site: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police said officers believe a construction worker fell to his death while working at a Flushing site Saturday evening. Comments (1)

Bravest battle third-alarm blaze in Lindenwood: FDNY

LINDENWOOD — About 105 firefighters responded to a brush fire near 76-08 156th Ave. in Lindenwood Saturday evening, the FDNY said. Comment

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Howard Beach

Woman found dead in Howard Beach motel: NYPD

HOWARD BEACH — Police were investigating the death of a 22-year-old woman found unconscious in Surfside Motel Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Man attempted to kidnap 11-year-old boy in Flushing: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police released a sketch of a man suspected of attempting to kidnap an 11-year-old boy in Flushing Friday afternoon, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

South Jamaica man charged in fatal 2012 shooting: NYPD

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police said Friday officers had arrested a 30-year-old South Jamaica man in the slaying of a 22-year-old near Roy Wilkins Park in April 2012. Comments (6)


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