Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Reynoso’s term begins

Early on in his political ascent, City Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Williamsburg) joined his predecessor Diana Reyna’s team as her Ridgewood representative. Comment
Long Island City

Transmitter set to be LIC’s 3rd microbrewery

In the century following Prohibition, Long Island City went without a single brewery, but now Transmitter Brewing LLC is poised to become the third to open in the last two years. Comment

Tip of the week


Reader confused about tax dodgers

Letter writer Ed Konecnik complains about the delusions of the left. It is obvious to knowledgeable readers that his flawed bullet points come from right-wing media and talking heads. Comments (6)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


U.S. rep from California inspires South Asian youth in Elmhurst

A California congressman came to Elmhurst Saturday to meet with South Asian youths. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

QueensWay mapped out at Forest Hills seminar

Friends of the QueensWay’s plan to construct a park hinges on just 3.5 miles of railway, but the controversy around those tracks has reverberated much farther. Comments (6)

Trees find new homes in Whitestone yards

Free trees are growing in Whitestone. Comments (1)
Long Island City

To thy own artistic self be true

Although Long Island City artist Kathy Ferguson has loved making art all her life, it wasn’t until her own children left for college that she was able to devote herself full time to her craft. Comments (1)

M.I.A. Maspeth-bound

British musician M.I.A. is headlining the Knockdown Center’s spring program with concerts scheduled for May 8-9, the arts center’s manager said. Comment
Middle Village

Calhoun preps for McDonald’s All American game

Sierra Calhoun understands she isn’t only representing herself and Christ the King when she steps on the floor for the McDonald’s All-American game. Comment
Remember the Date

Spring postponed for possible return in ‘15 (April Fool’s!)

If you are the office prankster, then it’s almost time to bring out the best you have to offer, as Tuesday is April 1, commonly known as April Fool’s Day or All Fools Day. Comment

Mayor must not follow in Bloomberg’s steps

The Bloomberg administration ignored small businesses and the needs of the little people, pursuing instead a long romance with real estate moguls. It also did not take the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure seriously nor the public trust doctrine, which requires approval of the state Legislature before any parkland is given over to non-park use. Comments (1)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Kew Gardens

Kew Gdns. opposes Q10 bus changes

MTA’s plans to tweak the Q10 bus route and fleet have gained little traction in Kew Gardens. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Planned Parenthood to open in Court Square

Planned Parenthood of New York City will begin construction on its first health center in Queens next month. Comments (2)

Fed panel to mediate between MTA-LIRR

President Barack Obama has named a second panel of federal mediators in a renewed effort to bring resolution in a dispute involving thousands of Long Island Rail Road workers and the MTA. Comments (2)
Ozone Park

Ozone Park shelter looking for new home [With Video]

The founder of an Ozone Park animal shelter believes she is close to finding a new home for the organization after its lease was not renewed. Comment

Survey says MTA losing war against grimy subway cars

The Straphangers Campaign says the MTA appears to be faltering in its struggle against dirty subway cars with the D train designated the worst with only 17 percent clean cars and cleanliness declining on several lines serving Queens. Comments (2)

WWII vet finally honored for his service

I am writing to inform your readers about a true local hero. Comments (1)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Willets Point

Protesters stage rally vs. Willets megamall

Opponents of a plan to build a megamall on parkland adjacent to Citi Field held a rally last weekend on Roosevelt Avenue to reinforce their disapproval of the project. Comment
Ozone Park

Two charged in murder of Ozone Park resident

After a bullet claimed the life of an Ozone Park pizzeria owner’s son during a botched home invasion 4 1/2 years ago, one of the two men accused of committing the murder entered a not guilty plea Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. Comment
Breezy Point

Breezy Point musician named best in Queens

After the roar of rap, rock, blues and jazz quieted down, Annika Scilipote remained and was dubbed the best in Queens at the annual Battle of the Boroughs earlier this month. Comment
Springfield Gardens

De Blasio softens stance on charters

In the final stretch before Albany decides which direction to take on issues like pre-K and charter schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to find some common ground on both sides of the devisive charter school debate. Comment
No Holds Barred

Mayor should get his act together ASAP

Now, to show that this native Manhattanite can give some digs on both sides of the Hudson, I shall proceed to our imperious new mayor. And, yes, I mean, imperious, on the basis of his early actions. You can look it up. Comments (4)

Police hunting for TD Bank robbery suspects

JAMAICA — Police were looking for two suspects wanted in a bank robbery. Comments (1)

N.J. man charged in Queens car sales scheme: DA

WOODSIDE — A New Jersey man formerly employed at a used car dealership in Woodside has been charged with defrauding two customers out of more than $10,000, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Sanitation worker charged with driving while ability impaired: NYPD

JAMAICA — An on-duty city Sanitation Department employee was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with impaired driving after he allegedly crashed into a parked car, police said. Comments (2)

Back universal free school lunch

There is simply nothing more important than the health of our children and families. Comments (3)

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Newcomer wants son left back in Ukraine

Amid the political unrest that has shaken Ukraine over the last few months, a Whitestone mother has struggled to get her 4-year-old son out of the troubled country. Comments (4)

Bravest battle Bayside house fire for 90 minutes without injuries

Firefighters battled a roaring blaze with 20-foot flames Monday night at a vacant Bayside home that was preparing for construction, neighbors said. Comment
Middle Village

Coast Guard visits ill boy

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew flew into Juniper Valley Park Monday to give an 8-year-old with a life-threatening illness the tour of his dreams. Comment
South Richmond Hill

S. Richmond Hill blaze rips through family home: FDNY

Fire marshals were still trying to determine the cause of a three-alarm fire that ripped through a family’s home in South Richmond Hill Sunday morning after it started in the vacant house next door, the FDNY said. Comments (1)

103rd Precinct commander moves to School Safety Division

The commanding officer of the 103rd Precinct has left his post in downtown Jamaica for the NYPD’s citywide School Safety Division. Comment

Crowley announces child care bill in Corona

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) came to Corona to announce legislation to increase access to quality and affordable child care for low-income families. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Cops hunting for suspect who stole minivan: NYPD

RICHMOND HILL — Police released a surveillance image this week of a man believed to have stolen a car in Richmond Hill, according to cops. Comments (1)

Jamaica man convicted in 2003 murder: DA

JAMAICA — A southeast Queens man was convicted last week of committing murder during an attempted robbery in 2003, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Woman robbed of purse by knife-wielding suspect: NYPD [With Video]

ASTORIA - Police from the 114th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in locating a knife-wielding suspect who allegedly snatched a woman’s purse, the NYPD said. Comment
Cambria Heights

Queens player helps LuHi win state title

ALBANY — Lauren “Boogie” Brozoski, a Cambria Heights native, already knew what it felt like to win a state Federation title, but this victory was different. Comment

Despite the Depression, boro public works boomed in ‘31

It was called the Great Depression, a time that undoubtedly was the worst financial crisis in our country’s history. Nearly a third of the workforce was unemployed. A decade wiped off the map, nearly a generation would pass before the country reached the same level of economic activity as the 1920s. Comments (1)

Don’t Stiff the MTA

We have a message for our governor: Andrew, remember your Queens roots and keep your hands off the MTA’s $40 million public transit funds that could make travel for city straphangers a whole lot easier. Comments (2)

Friday, March 28, 2014


Barber charged with fatally stabbing teen over Bluetooth debt: NYPD

A southeast Queens barber has been charged with murder after an argument in a Laurelton shop Thursday afternoon left a teenager dead, police said. Comments (1)

NYPD identifies second victim in Ridgewood double murder

Police identified the male victim in the Ridgewood double homicide as 21-year-old Louis Oscar Padilla-Lopez, the NYPD said Friday. Comment
Long Island City

Avonte’s teacher was told of teen’s tendency to run: Report

Avonte Oquendo’s teacher had heard warnings from his mother that the autistic teen was a runner before he disappeared, but failed to share this information with his school’s administrators, a new report by the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the city’s schools revealed. Comment

Wills pushes rent subsidies

Advocates for the homeless said there is still time for Albany to approve a plan being pushed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) that would free up existing state funds in order to create a housing-subsidy program for those who need it most. Comments (4)
Fresh Meadows

Lancman’s first 100 days

For City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), the transition from Albany to City Hall has been relatively seamless. Comment

Land Use Committee kills Whitestone sidewalk café

A Whitestone pizzeria’s application to build a sidewalk café, which met strong community opposition, was struck down by the City Council’s Land Use Committee last week. Comment
Howard Beach

Addabbo pushes for member items alternative

While most legislators are busy haggling over pre-kindergarten funding and campaign finance reform in the state budget, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) has renewed his bid to secure money for Queens nonprofits. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Hillside Arts teacher arrested on sexual predator charges

Cops posing online as a teenage girl arrested a teacher who works at the Jamaica High School campus earlier this week on charges of being a sexual predator, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Queens pediatrician splits time as violinist

It’s hard enough for a woman to have one full-time career, but Fresh Meadows resident Yeou-Cheng Ma has been maintaining two that are totally different as both a prominent musician and a pediatrician. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park street, sewer work slated for fall: City

It may take state Supreme Court intervention, but the city said it is prepared to make good on three decades of pledging to improve sewers, streets and sidewalks in Ozone Park. Comments (4)
Kew Gardens

DA wants to turn empty prison into office space for prosecutors

A defunct detention center that has served as a backdrop for shows such as ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and ‘Blue Bloods’ would be perfect place to send the borough’s prosecutors, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown Comments (2)

Search for compromise on PS 11 busing issue

The city Panel for Educational Policy decided to delay a final vote on the controversial plan by the city Department of Education to bus 250 children from PS 11 in Woodside to another school 3 miles away while a construction project gets under way. Comment

Bayside man pushes for awareness of Lynch Syndrome

A Queens man who was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago has joined the fight to help raise awareness for a genetic syndrome that a group of doctors at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital say can help save lives if detected early. Comments (2)

Astoria talks traffic safety

Judging by a show of hands, most of the crowd of more than 200 residents who attended a pedestrian safety town hall meeting in Astoria last week knew somebody who had been injured in a traffic collision. Comment
Jackson Heights

Dream Act loses in poll

Despite Democrats in Albany pushing for the Dream Act, a new poll found that a majority of New Yorkers do not share the legislators’ fantasy. Comments (3)

Ridgewood EMTs city’s first to employ anti-opiate drug

The Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps became the first EMS agency in the city to successfully employ a drug to combat opiate overdoses when three EMTs sprayed naloxone up the nose of an unconscious man struggling to breath at a subway station this past weekend. Comment
Long Island City

Theater of the absurd mixes with historical drama

In fiction the individual who points out society’s hypocrisy and questions the status quo rarely earns a happy ending. Comment
Long Island City

LIC Spring Stroll to close Vernon Boulevard in May

The people behind the Long Island City Partnership are not letting the MTA derail their plans for an ambitious, full-scale street festival in May. Comment
College Point

Avonte’s brother thanks New Yorkers for support

Avonte Oquendo’s family has broken its silence for the first time since the teen’s remains were found on the College Point shore in January. Comments (1)

Q77, Q31 bus service to resume weekends

A pair of eastern Queens bus lines that has been running reduced service on weekends since the MTA took a hatchet to its schedule four years ago will soon begin operating seven days a week. Comments (2)
St. Albans

Partially naked man spotted in St. Abans: NYPD

ST. ALBANS — Police were searching for a man who allegedly flashed two women in St. Albans last week, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
Block Shots

Tsai leads Lewis amid challenges at home

ALBANY — This season may have been the most trying as well as the most rewarding for Francis Lewis Coach Steve Tsai. Comments (5)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio’s key to success should be compromising

It is often said that good politics involves the “art of the compromise.” To get things done and make progress, which should be the goal of every elected leader, there needs to be give and take. Comment

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Teen found fatally stabbed in Laurelton barber shop: NYPD

A 34-year-old man was taken into police custody after a 19-year-old was found with fatal stab wounds inside a Laurelton barber shop Thursday afternoon, the NYPD said. Comment

Police investigating Ridgewood double murder

Two people were found shot to death inside a Ridgewood apartment building Thursday evening, police said. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Planning for Little Neck parade takes big step forward

The new group of organizers who have volunteered to take over the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade met again Wednesday night to continue pulling together the details of the 87th annual event scheduled to take place in May. Comments (1)

Astoria Cultural Campus to be designated as Kaufman Arts District

The neighborhood surrounding the Kaufman Astoria Studios has been known as the Cultural Campus, home to seven institutions like The Museum of the Moving Image, The Queens Council on the Arts and the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. On Friday, the 24-block area will be officially designated as the Kaufman Arts District, the first of its kind in Queens. Comment
St. Albans

Scarborough’s home, office raided by FBI

State Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-St. Albans) said he had not abused Albany’s travel reimbursements after federal agents raided his home and offices Wednesday. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Maspeth bar to honor life of Christopher Uhl

A commemoration of Queens native Christopher Uhl, 59, is slated for 7 p.m. Friday at the Club House Sports Bar where he tended bar. Comment

Human rights report faults Queens electeds

When it comes to human rights, City Council members from Queens collectively did not have a shining record in 2013, a new report by the Urban Justice Center said. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s sophomore Sampson to enter NBA draft

This time last year, JaKarr Sampson was certain he wanted to return to St. John’s University for another season, but the sophomore forward came up with a different plan after finishing up this year’s campaign. Comment

FAA approves JFK runway plan

Washington has given the Port Authority the go-ahead on a plan to rehabilitate a runway at JFK Airport, but those in adjacent neighborhoods opposed to the construction said they intend to appeal the decision. Comment
Cambria Heights

Avella wants new precinct

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) this week applauded the dedication of Borough President Melinda Katz after she named the creation of a new police precinct to cover the northeastern part of the borough as one of her top budget priorities for the 2015 fiscal year. Comments (1)

Hillcrest HS student contracts TB

The city Health Department is currently investigating a case of tuberculosis at Hillcrest High School after one of the school’s students contracted the disease, a DOH spokeswoman said. Comment
Long Island City

5Pointz artists will have a gallery exhibit of original art

The artists from 5Pointz will explore the heartache brought on by the destruction of their world famous graffiti mecca just two blocks away from its ghostly shell. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Lancman asks mayor to freeze city water rates

City Councilmen from northeast Queens called on Mayor Bill de Blasio last week to put an end to inflated water rates. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Cheap Shots fined $15K by State Liquor Authority

A Kew Gardens Hills bar that residents contend has wreaked havoc on the neighborhood for years was slapped with a $15,000 fine by the state Liquor Authority Tuesday. Comment

Raid on MTA funds will hike fares: Study

Transit advocates and elected officials have called for the state Legislature to block Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to divert $40 million designated for the cash-strapped MTA, contending it would otherwise bring more fare hikes and service cuts rather than a new era of transit riders. Comments (2)
Long Island City

LIC site for ex-prisoners stages grand reopening

The Fortune Society, an agency that helps former prisoners re-enter society, celebrated the grand reopening of its newly renovated and refurbished headquarters in Long Island City Tuesday. Comment

Amazin’ Mets to start 2014 season against rival Washington Nationals

Baseball returns to Queens this week as the New York Mets open the 2014 season against division rival the Washington Nationals at Citi Field Monday at 1:10 p.m. Comment

Cuomo orders plane noise studies

Residents in northeast Queens fighting the increase in airplane noise rejoiced this week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the Port Authority to complete a series of tasks intended to address their concerns. Comment

Proposed bill calls for fee on grocery bags

The City Council has received a proposal calling on grocery stores citywide to charge customers for the bags they use to take their groceries home. Comments (1)

Poll shows New Yorkers support horse carriages

A recent poll produced by Quinnipiac University revealed that the majority of about 1,200 New Yorkers who were surveyed are in favor of keeping horse-drawn carriages in Central Park despite opposition from Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city and state lawmakers pushing to ban the industry. Comments (3)

Man found dead in garbage bag had been shot: Police

EDGEMERE — Police identified a man whose body was found in a trash bag near the beach in Far Rockaway Monday as Jamaica resident Quynton Ross. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

Cops search for suspect in customs agent’s killing

SOUTH JAMAICA — The NYPD Tuesday released a sketch of a suspect wanted in the murder of an off-duty customs and border agent outside his parents’ southeast Queens home in 2010. Comments (1)

Suspect shot gun on Laurelton street: Cops

LAURELTON — Police were looking for a suspect who allegedly opened fire outside a row of stores on Merrick Boulevard last month, authorities said. Comment
Middle Village

Royals win state crown

ALBANY — Andre Walker spent most of the season letting Christ the King stars Rawle Alkins, Adonis Delarosa and Travis Atson lead the team to victories. But the senior point guard knew he couldn’t stay in the background any longer with all three coming up short in the Royals’ biggest game of the season. Comment

Late lead escapes Cardozo to end memorable season

ALBANY — Benjamin Cardozo was starting to believe its dreams of upsetting Christ the King were going to become reality. The Judges led the defending state champion Royals by five points in the final minutes of the fourth quarter after a big run. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Cold-shooting Lewis loses to L.I. Lutheran

ALBANY — Francis Lewis’ youth was never an issue during its playoff run. But Patriots Coach Steve Tsai saw inexperience finally be a factor in the team’s season-ending loss. Comment

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

St. Albans

FBI raids office and home of Assemblyman William Scarborough

Federal agents conducting an investigation of state Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-St. Albans) raided the lawmaker’s home and his offices in southeast Queens and Albany Wednesday, authorities said. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm beaten by Tennessee in second NCAA tourney game

The St. John’s University women’s basketball team couldn’t follow up its last-second victory over USC with an upset of No. 1-seeded Tennessee in the NCAA tournament. Comment
Little Neck

NE Qns begins parade talks

Residents of the Little Neck and Douglaston areas of Queens are joining forces with the United Veterans War Council to ensure that their decades-old Memorial Day parade does not come to an end this year. Comment

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Cuomo orders Port Authority to conduct noise studies

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday directed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to complete a series of tasks intended to address concerns from residents about the recent increase in airplane noise in the New York City area. Comment

Bravest battle Bayside house fire

A fire in the second story of a Bayside home burned for nearly an hour and a half Monday night, but there were no injuries, a spokesman for the Fire Department said. Comment

MTA conference to help small biz bid on Sandy rebuilding projects

The MTA will conduct a conference for small businesses — particularly minority-owned, woman-owned and certified disadvantaged business owners — that hope to bid for MTA construction projects intended to rebuild infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Comment

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ozone Park

FBI seeks one of two indicted in 2009 Howard Beach killing

FBI agents requested assistance finding one of two men charged in the 2009 killing of an Ozone Park pizzeria owner’s son days after the criminal indictment against the pair was unsealed, agents said. Comment

Body discovered in trash bag on Far Rock beach: Police

Cops made a grim discovery Monday morning when they found an unidentified man’s lifeless body inside a trash bag near the beach in Far Rockaway. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Three injured in Queensbridge South Houses shooting

Three people were injured in a shooting at Queensbridge South Houses in Long Island City early Sunday morning, police said. Comment

Pedestrian hit by cab in Astoria expected to survive: NYPD

A 27-year-old man who was struck by a livery cab early Sunday morning in Astoria is expected to survive, the NYPD said. Comment

Sunday, March 23, 2014

South Richmond Hill

Three-alarm blaze rips through two S. Richmond Hill homes: FDNY

A three-alarm fire destroyed a family’s home in South Richmond Hill Sunday morning after it ignited in the vacant house next door, the FDNY said. Comments (2)

Off-duty officer charged with DWI in Bayside: Police

An off-duty police officer was arrested and charged with drunk driving after he allegedly crashed his car into a parked vehicle in Bayside early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (6)
Middle Village

Royals repeat: Seniors lead Christ the King to second-straight Federation crown

ALBANY – Christ the King’s seniors saved their best performance for last and powered their team to a second-straight state title Saturday night. Comment

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis falls to LuHi in state semifinal game

Francis Lewis was its own worst enemy if you ask Chi La Bady. The Patriots played hard, executed on defense, but never got shots to consistently drop, especially at the free throw line. Comment

Friday, March 21, 2014

Middle Village

Resilient Royals rally to beat Cardozo in overtime at state tournament

Christ the King saw its season and state title hopes about to slip away with minutes left to play before the Royals were able to turn things around and ensure neither came to an end. Comment


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