Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Long Island City

Reduce, reuse and recreate

Have you ever worked on a crafts project at home and ended up with excess buttons, ribbon, paper or yarn? Have you ever toiled at a company that has supplies or office furniture that it no longer uses? Comment
Richmond Hill

Queens teachers recall a day spent with students at Fair

Edna remembers that in March 1964 she attended a dinner in Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and while looking down at the site of the World’s Fair being built saw construction cranes everywhere. The site was not finished yet one of the speakers, perhaps Robert Moses, said it would be finished in time for opening day. Comment

Tip of the week


Response times of EMS must be improved´╗┐

On April 11, a neighbor of mine collapsed on Burden Crescent, a short distance from Jamaica Hospital, and 911 was called by an eyewitness of the fall at 4:45 p.m. I witnessed a Wyckoff Hospital ambulance arriving at the scene at 4:55 p.m., 10 minutes later. Comments (2)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Astoria Performing Arts Center names new executive director

After a nearly year-long search, the Astoria Performing Arts Center’s board of directors announced Erin Moore has been tapped as its new executive director. Comment

Whitestone Bridge finished in time for FDR’s visit

It was spring 1939 with the outbreak of World War II only months away, but President Franklin Roosevelt took time out to open the World’s Fair in a motorcade that passed over the shining new Bronx-Whitestone Bridge. Comment

Search still on for Flushing man five months later

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s help finding a Flushing man who has been missing for five months. Comment

Police looking for missing Rosedale senior

ROSEDALE — The police were looking for an elderly man who was last seen leaving his home last Monday. Comment

Base taxes on regional income

Brian and Amy are your typical middle-class New Yorkers. They have worked hard to build a comfortable life for their three children in Hicksville, L.I., and hoped to remain there to be near family. Comment

Monday, April 21, 2014

Jamaica Estates

SJU gets first president from outside the church

History was made at St. John’s University in Jamaica last week when for the first time the Vincentian institution named a new president who is not a priest. Comment

Titan Theatre Co. prepares for its next big role in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

At the end of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” with most of the cast lying dead on the floor, Horatio bids the title character farewell. Comment

SkyView to get kids shop

The Children’s Place is coming to the SkyView Center. Comments (2)

Moses left imprint on boro

Robert Moses’ uncompromising attitude toward opposition to everything from freeways to tunnels made him a villain to many neighborhood activists and he left an enduring mark on the landscape of Queens. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Police looking for missing Jackson Heights teen

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Jackson Heights teen last seen April 4. Comment
Political Action

Third parties play important roles in city elections

New York state has an almost unique system of third parties that appear on the ballot in addition to the two major parties. Comments (1)
New Voices

Boro test prep center chain reaches out to Queens minorities

A month after the results of the Specialized High School Admission Test, the momentum to reform the examination continues to build. As only marginal numbers of African Americans and Hispanics gain admission to the city’s most selective high schools, a lawsuit headed by the NAACP, as well as comments from elected officials, have cast a spotlight on the test and test prep centers, many of which serve Queens neighborhoods. Comments (3)

Gets facts straight on horse carriage industry

In response to the editorial published in the April 4-10 edition of the Bayside Times, we feel it is imperative to rebut some of the points made regarding horse-drawn carriages in New York City. Comments (2)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Rego Park

Group pushes for study of perils on Queens Blvd.

Before Jessame Hannus found her dream apartment in Rego Park, she knew the neighborhood because of the so-called Boulevard of Death that runs through it. Comments (9)

An urban son remembers visits to both World’s Fairs

We moved to Elmhurst from Borough Park about six months before the World’s Fair opened in 1939. Comments (3)

Man sentenced to 10 years in western Queens burglaries: DA

RIDGEWOOD — A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 10 years in prison April 10 after pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, cameras and computer equipment from nearly a dozen homes in Ridgewood, Forest Hills, Ozone Park and Howard Beach, the Queens DA said. Comment

Astoria social club burglarized: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police were asking for help identifying two suspects believed to be involved in the burglary of a Spanish social club in Astoria earlier this month, authorities said. Comment

Astoria deli robbed of $30K: Police

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in finding suspects wanted in the robbery of a deli in Astoria, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

NYPD searching for missing Jax Heights teen

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were searching for a teenager they said disappeared from Jackson Heights last weekend. Comment

Horses shouldn’t breathe pollution

In response to your April 4-10 editorial “Horse Sense,” back in the 19th century, the horse carriages were not competing with cars, buses and taxis on city streets. The horses were confined to Central Park. Comment

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Flushing Library receives new self-service stations

Check it out. Comment

Roosevelt proclaims expo a peace symbol

On Monday, May 1, 1939, the headline in The New York Times read: “President Roosevelt Opens fair As a Symbol of Peace.” Roosevelt in his first public utterance since German Chancellor Adolf Hitler had virtually rejected his plan for peace in the next decade, dedicated the fair to uniting the nations of the Western Hemisphere — to encouraging peace and good will among nations. He voiced the hope that “time would break down the barriers to tranquillity on the Continent.” Comment
East Elmhurst

Laptop of E. Elmhurst man had child porn: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY — An East Elmhurst man is facing more than a dozen charges of possessing child porn after workers at a Best Buy in Long Island City allegedly found pornographic images of kids on a laptop he brought into the store for repairs, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Man bought shoes at Ridgewood shop with stolen card: NYPD

RIDGEWOOD — Police released a surveillance image of a man who allegedly used a stolen ATM card to buy sneakers in a Ridgewood shoe store April 2, the NYPD said. Comment
Rego Park

Woman swiped purse in Rego Park Aldi’s: NYPD

REGO PARK — Police requested help identifying a woman suspected of stealing a purse inside Aldi’s supermarket, at 61-35 Junction Blvd., April 8, the NYPD said. Comment
Middle Village

Boro businesses charged in tax evasion cases: DA

MIDDLE VILLAGE — Two Queens business owners have been charged in separate tax evasion cases for allegedly stealing more than $162,000 in unpaid sales tax combined, Queens DA Richard Brown said. Comment
St. Albans

Cops on the lookout for missing St. Albans woman

ST. ALBANS — The Police Department was asking for help finding a woman who was last seen at her home last Saturday, the NYPD said. Comment
The Civic Scene

Queen Civic Congress wages battle against illegal apts.

The Queens Civic Congress is an umbrella organization of approximately 100 civic and co-op associations in Queens. The goal of the QCC is to maintain the quality of life for Queens residents. While it supports the general idea of providing more affordable housing, it opposes the proposals which would legalize the currently illegal basement/cellar apartments which some people build. Comments (1)

Punctuality Problem

We may have missed the deadline for evaluating Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first 100 days in office, but we know he’ll forgive us as the champion of fashionable lateness. Comment

Friday, April 18, 2014


Lancman grills NYCHA on Pomonok downsizing

NYCHA officials announced they are reviewing certain aspects of their so-called “rightsizing” policy after a grilling by City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) at an oversight hearing last week. Comments (4)
Ozone Park

Ozone-Howard Little League plans memorial for vets

While elected officials push for a parade to welcome home Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the Ozone-Howard Little League has taken steps to honor the homebound with a memorial. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Queens cab driver charged evading $28K in tolls: DA

A Long Island City cabdriver has been charged with stealing more than $28,000 in toll payments from the MTA, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Weprin names five projects that win budget vote

School technology and community safety were among the items that topped the list of winning projects in this year’s participatory budgeting process for City Council District 23. Comments (2)

Police track ‘person of interest’ in BK shooting to Jamaica basement

The search for a gunman who allegedly hit a 13-year-old Brooklyn boy in the eye with a stray bullet earlier this week led investigators to a basement in Jamaica Thursday where police tracked down a 21-year-old they were calling a person of interest. Comments (2)

CB 5 backs rezoning corner of Ridgewood

Community Board 5 voted last week in favor of an application to rezone a roughly two-by-one block strip in Ridgewood, CB 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri Jr. said. Comments (1)

Dept of Ed sticks with plan to bus PS 11 kids to Astoria

Elected officials in western Queens have lost a three-month battle with the city Department of Education and nearly 250 incoming kindergartners at PS 11 in Woodside will be bused 3 miles away every school day beginning this fall. Comment

Developers find funds for Flushing Commons

The developers of Flushing Commons have cleared their last major hurdles before construction can begin on the long-delayed, $850 million development. Comments (4)
South Jamaica

Baisley Houses get new basketball courts

Come this summer, the residents of South Jamaica’s Baisley Park Houses will have something else to celebrate at their annual fete: a new basketball court and playground redesigned from the ground up. Comments (2)

MTA buys land to redevelop aging Jamaica Bus Depot

The MTA recently bought up a handful of properties adjacent to the South Jamaica bus depot, which it has been hoping to expand for years, but until the agency can come up with the needed capital funds, construction plans will sit as idle as the buses parked along Merrick Boulevard. Comments (3)

Belgian waffles hit Seattle before 1964 World’s Fair

Ask just about anyone who visited the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park what they remember eating, and you’ll get the same answer—Belgian waffles. This gussied up breakfast food was, indeed, the iconic comestible of the fest. But contrary to the commonly held belief of Queens loyalists, they were not invented for that event. Comment

1939 exhibits on future bring hope

These city fathers who met at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan had decided to hold what would be the greatest world’s fair. The location: Flushing Meadow in Queens. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills slashing may be gang related: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Police were searching for a suspect they believe slashed an 18-year-old man near 62nd Avenue and Yellowstone Boulevard at 4 p.m. April 9, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
Block Shots

St. John’s future appears brighter with Delarosa commitment to SJU

Adonis Delarosa’s commitment appears to be the start of a good thing at St. John’s University. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights teen last seen April 7: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police from the 115th Precinct are asking for the public’s help in finding Joseph Alzate, a 14-year-old Hispanic teen last seen April 7 at his home on 94th Street. Comment
Remember the Date

As Jews celebrate Passover, Christians prepare for Easter

This week, those of the Jewish and Christian faiths celebrate some important dates in their religions. Comments (2)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Far Rockaway

De Blasio outlines overhaul of Build it Back

Mayor Bill de Blasio trekked to Midland Beach in Staten Island Thursday to unveil what he called a major overhaul of the city’s Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. Comment

Contract deal reached between MTA and workers

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the 34,000 members of the Transport Workers Union have reached an agreement. Comments (1)

Man wanted in rash of Flushing grand larcenies: NYPD

Police were looking for a man wanted in connection with a string of grand larcenies and attempted robberies that hit Flushing this winter. Comments (3)

HPD to demolish caved-in Jamaica Ave. building

Woodhaven leaders hope a wrecking ball bound for a partially collapsed Jamaica Avenue building can bring the block back to its foundation as a neighborhood nexus complete with a senior center and volunteer ambulance corps. Comments (1)

Queens salutes two World’s Fairs

As the site of both the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, the history of Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the events are inextricably linked. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Little Neck residents irked by Gluck renovations

News that the popular watchmaking company E. Gluck Corp. has finalized a deal to relocate from Long Island City to Little Neck has some northeast Queens residents opposing changes the warehouse will bring to the neighborhood. Comments (12)
Rockaway Beach

Fallen hero cop to be promoted posthumously

A Queens police officer who died after he was critically injured responding to a Brooklyn blaze will be promoted posthumously to the rank of first-grade detective, Mayor Bill de Blasio told mourners at a somber service for Dennis Guerra in Rockaway Beach Monday. Comment

Avella pens duelling bill detailing library reform

Several weeks after six out of seven of the borough’s state senators penned their names to a Queens Library reform bill, Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) introduced his own proposal that one-ups his mainline Democratic colleagues. Comment
Long Island City

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show returns to East River

When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks were returning back to the East River for the first time in five years, he made it clear it was all about the numbers and inclusion. Comment
College Point

College Pt. senior center saved by $100K in state funds

For the second time in as many weeks, a northeast Queens senior center in danger of shutting down got a reprieve Tuesday. Comment
Long Island City

MTA will let No. 7 run for two big LIC events

The organizers of two major Long Island City springtime events were relieved and grateful that the MTA reworked its plans to provide weekend service on the No. 7 subway line during the weekend of May 17-18. Comment

New restaurants flock to Queens Taste 2014

From Portuguese paella to Turkish delight, foodies will get to sample dishes that are as diverse as the borough they’re from at this year’s Queens Taste. Comment

Dog listed in stable condition after Astoria shooting

Only the family dog survived a spate of violence at a home in Astoria Saturday. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Cats fined $11K for anti-Ulrich mailings

The city Campaign Finance Board fined mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis $11,473 for failing to identify himself as the financier of mailings criticizing City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and submitting false documents to the board during the 2013 election season. Comments (1)

Workers back on the job after agreement between UPS and union

UPS ended its standoff with Maspeth workers after a 10-hour negotiation session April 9. Comments (3)

NYPD disbands spy unit

The city announced earlier this week that the Police Department will shut down the unit that targeted Muslim groups. Comments (2)

World’s Fair Anniversary Events

Queens will play host to a number of events celebrating the anniversaries of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. Comment

Cops arrest Ozone Park man in harassment of teen on Q88 bus: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police charged an Ozone Park man with attempted assault, aggravated harassment and menacing in an April 7 incident aboard a Q88 bus, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Astoria Historical Society exhibits images of two Fairs

As part of the celebrations surrounding the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the Queens World’s Fairs, the Greater Astoria Historical Society has dug deep into its treasure trove for a new exhibit detailing both events. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills’ Efekoro wins shot put title

Forest Hills’ Oghenakpob Efekoro’s throwing slump may have carried into the outdoor season, but it hasn’t gotten in the way of victories. Comment
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep defeated by diocesan champ Fontbonne

Two rain-outs forced St. Francis Prep to wait a little longer for its first crack at Fontbonne Hall, which beat the Terriers in last year’s diocesan championship series. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Terriers fall to St. Raymond’s

St. Francis Prep Coach Brother Robert Kent didn’t sidestep or overanalyze the reason behind his club’s first defeat of the season. Comment
Middle Village

Royals star Delarosa signs with St. John’s

There was just no place like home for Adonis Delarosa. Comment

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Astoria man sentenced to life in prison for killing girlfriend

An Astoria man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the strangling and beating death of a former girlfriend, Danielle Thomas, in June 2012, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Trinidadian arrested at JFK smuggling heroin: Customs

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested a Trinidadian earlier this month who allegedly tried to sneak through Kennedy Airport with $70,000 worth of heroin hidden in his underwear. Comments (4)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Rockaway Beach

Sea of blue to remember fallen Far Rockaway officer

It was a somber sea of blue on Beach 84th Street Monday morning as loved ones and colleagues attended a funeral for a Queens police officer who died after he was critically injured responding to a Brooklyn blaze. Comment
Long Island City

Fourth of July fireworks will be back on East River: Mayor

The Fourth of July fireworks are coming back to the Queens waterfront for the first time in five years. Macy’s annual extravaganza will be launched from barges on the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday afternoon. Comments (2)

Passenger dies in early morning Rosedale crash: NYPD

ROSEDALE — A 29-year-old man died in Rosedale early Monday morning after the car he was riding in rear-ended another car and overturned, police said. Comments (1)

Passenger dies in early morning Rosedale crash: NYPD

A 29-year-old man died in Rosedale early Monday morning after the car he was riding in rear-ended another car and overturned, police said. Comment

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Far Rockaway

Brooklyn teen charged with felony murder in Far Rock officer’s death: DA

Charges against a Brooklyn teen who allegedly set a fire that led to a Far Rockaway police officer’s death have been upgraded, the Brooklyn district attorney said, three days before the officer’s funeral is to be held in the Rockaways. Comment
Forest Hills

Woman threw coffee, punch at F train rider: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Police were searching for a woman who allegedly tossed coffee on and punched a fellow straphanger in Forest Hills earlier this month, the NYPD said. Comment
Forest Hills

Woman threw coffee, punch at F train rider: NYPD

FOREST HILLS - Police were searching for a woman who allegedly tossed coffee on and punched a fellow straphanger in Forest Hills earlier this month, the NYPD said. Comments (3)

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Updated: Police identify armed man killed by officer and woman fatally shot in Astoria: NYPD

Police responding to a 911 call in Astoria Saturday morning shot and killed an elderly man who came to the door of his 38th Street home carrying a shotgun, the NYPD said. Comment
Long Island City

MTA restores one weekend of No. 7 service for LIC events

The MTA is restoring service on the No. 7 for one weekend in May to accommodate two Long Island City arts events, the agency announced Friday. Comment


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