Wednesday, April 30, 2014


LI woman opens boro’s first networking center in Bayside

Techies in Queens and on Long Island now have their own fully-wired hangout, and it is in the heart of Bayside. Comment

GOP hopeful to challenge Maloney

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) will likely face a first-time Republican challenger in the general election this fall. Comment

Glendale chef has been to ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ and back

Few people appreciate a fresh carcass quite like Vinny Accardi. Comments (1)

Miller announces college scholarships

State Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) announced that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $2,000 scholarships to be awarded June 9 at its annual Legislative Conference Day. Comment

Tip of the week


Charter schools are the future of education

Most people do not realize that every convenience, every trustworthy service we use, every reliable product we buy is the result of millions of people participating in the free market and making choices from a plethora of possibilities. In every service we use, every product we buy, the free market separates the excellent from the mediocre. Comments (2)

Mayor’s housing program not right for the city

Early in March, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced he was running for governor. The Republican easily won his second term as executive by a wide margin in a heavily Democratic county, due in large part to voter outrage about the overreach of the federal government regarding the county’s 2009 affordable housing settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Comments (1)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fresh Meadows

Northeast Queens elected officials tout Fair Wages Act

Two state lawmakers from northeast Queens were among a group of legislators calling for a $15 minimum wage for workers at large businesses last week. Comments (2)

Marthone returns to challenge Meeks

A southeast Queens accountant who brought up the rear of a four-way Democratic congressional primary two years ago is returning for Round 2. Comments (2)
Dining Out

Locally sourced rules the menu at Crescent Grill

“What’s a nice restaurant like you doing in a place like this?” Comment

Support congestion pricing in city

I write in response to the April 5-11 “On Point” column “Drivers must fight city’s plan for congestion pricing.” Comments (2)

Monday, April 28, 2014


City overcrowding Bayside HS: PTA

The Parent-Teacher Association at Bayside High School is butting heads with the city Department of Education over the number of students admitted to the school each year as parents say they are growing concerned that the school is overcrowded. Comments (8)

Van Bramer wants to reshape Board of Standards & Appeals

The City Council’s second most-powerful lawmaker would like to loosen City Hall’s grip over the panel that considers construction and renovation proposals that fall outside zoning regulations. Comments (1)

Rental market heating up with Woodside buildings

Woodside is being mentioned in real estate circles as the next hot neighborhood in western Queens, and a new luxury apartment building called Icon 52 may be responsible for moniker. Comments (2)

Carriage ban bad for Catholics

It is not easy to unite the editorial boards of The New York Times, New York Post and Daily News, labor unions and public — 64 percent want to keep the carriage horses — but Mayor Bill de Blasio has done it. Comments (2)

Sunday, April 27, 2014


Al-Mamoor moves school to Flushing

After a couple years of delays, Jamaica’s Al-Mamoor school will be moving to a new location in Flushing this summer. Comment
Fresh Meadows

City announces 3.35% water rate hike

The city Department of Environmental Protection announced Wednesday a proposed water rate hike of 3.35 percent for fiscal year 2015, much to the chagrin of City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows). Comments (2)

Blind runner from Flushing dies at age 90

A Flushing man who relatives said was the first blind person to run the Boston marathon died last week at the age of 90. Comments (7)
Jackson Heights

Pols demand funding for Jax Heights seniors

Several elected officials joined 150 senior citizens April 17 in Jackson Heights to demand city funding for three residence programs for older adults, two of them in Queens. Comment
Queens Village

Cops on lookout for missing Queens Village teen

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police were asking for help finding a missing teen who was last seen wearing a pair of gold-colored Nike sneakers. Comment
Jackson Heights

Off-duty cop arrested on DWI charge: Police

WESTERN QUEENS — An off-duty cop was arrested last week on a drunk-driving charge, police said. Comments (2)

Police searching for missing Bayside teen

BAYSIDE — Police were asking for the public’s help locating a missing Bayside girl, the NYPD said. Comments (7)

Police officer charged with contempt: NYPD

SOUTHEAST QUEENS — An off-duty police officer was arrested last week and charged with criminal contempt, police said. Comments (6)

Robbery suspects posed as police: Cops [With Video]

FLUSHING — Police were searching for two men wanted in three commercial armed robberies in which the suspects allegedly imitated police officers, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
I Sit and Look Out

City school pupils need more education in the arts

In a column in October, I wrote about the loss of the arts in our schools. Comments (2)

Saturday, April 26, 2014


St. John’s asks Traditions Bar to protect students, neighbors

As a popular college bar in Jamaica Hills awaits news from the state Liquor Authority on the status of its license renewal request, nearby St. John’s University is hoping the establishment will consider some suggested changes that the school believes will help improve the safety of its students. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Jeffries faces challenge

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) has filed petitions to run again for the 8th Congressional District seat, which stretches from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Brighton Beach in Brooklyn and includes Howard Beach and parts of Ozone Park. Comment

Filmakers hope to bring Astoria to the big screen

Two Astoria filmmakers launched a fund-raising campaign earlier this month to raise the money to create a feature-length film about their neighborhood. Comment
Little Neck

Four veterans selected to lead Little Neck-Douglaston parade

The planning committee for the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade has named four men who will be honored at this year’s annual event. Comments (2)

Bayside student donates hair for cancer patients’ wigs

At the age of 6, Bayside student Luke Arnero knew he wanted to do something to help others. Comment
College Point

Stolen card used in College Pt. spree: Police

COLLEGE POINT — Police were seeking the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted in a grand larceny linked to the Target in College Point, cops said. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Man charged in untaxed cigarette scheme: DA

KEW GARDENS — An Ozone Park man’s alleged unwitting delivery of untaxed cigarettes to a newsstand across the street from the Queens district attorney’s office led to his arrest in an $800,000 counterfeit tax scheme, the DA said. Comment

Man charged with bringing loaded gun, metal knuckles to JFK: DA

JAMAICA — A Pennsylvania man was arrested at Kennedy Airport last week when an x-ray machine picked up a loaded handgun and a pair of metal knuckles allegedly concealed in his vest, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Public servant Grover Whalen oversaw the ‘39 World’s Fair

Business leader, civil servant and 1939 World’s Fair impresario Grover Aloysius Whalen was born in New York City June 2, 1886. Comment

A Bright Tomorrow

All the stars are aligning these days for Queens, which has begun celebrating the milestone anniversaries of the two World’s Fairs that put the borough on the global map. Comment

Friday, April 25, 2014


Credit to lessen taxes for small properties

With the passage of a state budget earlier this month, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has secured an income tax credit for some homeowners within New York City that he says will give them a small but much-needed break from continuously rising property taxes. Comments (2)

ASPCA euthanizes dog shot in Astoria

A tragic shooting in Astoria on April 12 has claimed a third life. Jack, a Yorkshire Terrier that was discovered wounded at the scene, has been euthanized an ASPCA spokeswoman said. Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

Build it Back funds on the way: Mayor

Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled what he described as a major overhaul of the city’s Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts in Staten Island last week, shifting his administration’s strategy toe a more local approach. Comment

Library audit stymied: Stringer

City Comptroller Scott Stringer is turning to the courts to compel embattled Queens Library President Thomas Galante to open the nonprofit’s books. Comment

Shuttles may come to Queens College

Commuting Queens College students may soon have a new way to get to school. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Parkway sale rescheduled

The sale of the former Parkway Hospital property has been delayed again, with the closing date now scheduled for May 5. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gdns father sentenced in child sex abuse of relatives: DA

A Springfield Gardens father who appeared to be an upstanding member of his community as a court officer and a volunteer basketball coach at his daughter’s high school was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison earlier this week after he was convicted of sexually abusing young relatives and owning child pornography, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1)

MTA workers to receive raises in proposed deal with agency

In more than two years of negotiations, the MTA often proclaimed its financial condition so severe as to preclude any labor cost increases for three years, but the agency and negotiators for bus and subway workers have agreed on a contract providing 8 percent raises over five years. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Republicans to challenge Israel for seat

Two Republican candidates are looking to square off against U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) this year in the race for New York’s 3rd Congressional District. Comment

Ravenswood Houses to get new $4M lighting system

Residents of the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria are relieved to be getting a $4 million overhaul of the facility’s outdoor lighting system, something they say has been needed for decades. Comment
Long Island City

Final assignment for SJU artists

A lot of college officials like to talk about how they provide students with a real-world education which usually entails multiple internships. Comment

Cops arrest Ozone Park man in harassment: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police charged an Ozone Park man with aggravated harassment, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing as a hate crime in an April 7 incident aboard a Q88 bus, the Queens District Attorney’s office said. Comment

NYPD searching for two missing Bayside teens

BAYSIDE — Police were searching for two Hispanic teenage girls, who went missing from the same address in Bayside last week. Comment
Jamaica Hills

TMLA’s Goldman signs with Marist

Georgia Goldman knew the importance of performing well at the New York YMCA State championship in March. Comment
Block Shots

Terriers’ baseball coach going strong after 600th win

Brother Robert Kent is known for showing his players personal attention, but the longtime coach wanted the exact opposite when it came to his own milestone. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

New businesses use technology to transform daily life

Most people think of revolutions as violent, messy movements which result in lots of death and mayhem. Just think American Revolution or French Revolution, circa the 18th century. Comment

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Elderly couple injured in Bayside home invasion: Cops

An elderly couple was taken to the hospital Wednesday after two men forced their way into their Bayside home and assaulted them, the NYPD said. Comments (7)

Pedestrian killed crossing Atlantic Avenue: NYPD

An unidentified man was struck and killed by a white box truck while crossing Atlantic Avenue near 85th Street in Woodhaven at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, the NYPD said. Comments (4)
Howard Beach

Detective charged with DWI after partner shot in wrist: DA

An NYPD detective was charged with shooting his partner in the wrist and then driving under the influence of alcohol to Jamaica Hospital early Wednesday, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1)

Fire rips through Ridgewood home: FDNY

More than 60 firefighters descended on Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood Thursday after police officers spotted smoke billowing out of the front window of a private home, the FDNY and NYPD said. Comment
Rockaway Beach

State to okay tax abatements for Sandy-damaged property: Pols

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that state legislators have rallied behind a bill that would ensure city residents who repair homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy are not penalized with higher property tax bills. Comment
Jackson Heights

Massive five-alarm blaze in Jackson Heights under investigation

The FDNY was still investigating Wednesday the cause of Monday’s massive five-alarm fire in Jackson Heights, which took more than 200 firefighters from 39 units over six hours to bring it under control, the Fire Department said. The Bruson Building at 74-09 37th Ave. remained closed to the public, but some business owners had been escorted inside to retrieve property from shops and offices on the first two floors. Comment
Middle Village

Guidelines needed for community board appointments: Lawmakers

Three Queens city councilmen are calling on borough presidents to fill community board seats using a series of best practices, from turning to an independent screening panel to fielding candidates to instituting term limits for members. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Friend remembers slain Briarwood man as ‘fun’

Days after a 20-year-old Briarwood man was found shot dead on an Ozone Park street, police were still searching for a weapon and clues as to who fired the bullets, the NYPD said. Comment

Boro airport workers rally for pay increases

Poverty wages won’t fly. Comment
Little Neck

Neighbors protest Gluck wall

About 60 members of the Little Neck community joined elected officials outside the former Leviton property Tuesday morning to protest the construction by E. Gluck Corp. that has led to a 35-foot-high wall being put up on a property line that faces a residential area. Comments (17)
Long Island City

LIC real estate gathering draws record crowd

More than 200 movers and shakers gathered to discuss the latest developments and marketing trends in the Long Island City real estate market Wednesday morning at the Con Ed Learning Center. Comment

Pavilion designated National Treasure

On the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair opening day, one of its last remaining structures was named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Arm wrestlers to flex muscles at Kew Gdns Hills competition

Get ready for some arm wrestling. Comment
Far Rockaway

FDNY, DOI examining ambulance delay in fatal Far Rockaway fire

The FDNY and city Department of Investigation are investigating why it took nearly 10 minutes for an ambulance to be dispatched to a blaze that claimed two 4-year-olds’ lives once firefighters arrived at the Far Rockaway fire this weekend and verified the emergency. Comment

Maspeth school bars LGBT date at prom: Student

A young couple is determined not to let a Maspeth Lutheran school’s policy against admitting a transgender date to the prom keep them from partaking in the high school tradition. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

Former officer arraigned on charges of shooting wife 10 times: DA

A retired police officer was arraigned Sunday in the murder of his wife, after which Ozone Park residents rushed to shelter the couple’s young children from the aftermath of the 10 gunshots, law enforcement officials and neighbors said. Comment

Sounds of jazz to take over Flushing Town Hall again

An artists’ collective of musicians, known as Queens Jazz OverGround, plan to highlight the talents of world-renowned and emerging jazz instrumentalists who call the borough home at the second annual Spring Jazz Festival this weekend. Comment

Molloy beats St. Francis Prep

Anthony Catinella took the mound knowing full well he had a chance to dominate. Things just felt so right for the Archbishop Molloy righty while warming up that he had little doubt. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Delarosa looks forward to Obekpa’s return

One of the things Adonis Delarosa was looking forward to most about heading to St. John’s was getting to play against and learn from center Chris Obekpa. Comment
Middle Village

Draft trade brings boro WNBA star to Liberty

Tina Charles is coming home. Comment

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Motorcycle rider critically injured in Astoria accident: NYPD

An Elmhurst man was arrested and charged with driving a car without an ignition interlock following an Astoria accident in which a 29-year-old motorcycle rider was critically injured, police said. Comments (33)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jackson Heights

Five-alarm blaze rips through Bruson Building in Jackson Heights

Firefighters were still on the scene of a massive five-alarm blaze in Jackson Heights Tuesday morning with Tower Ladders 107 and 54 dousing the Bruson Building with water because of hot spots. Comment

Pavilion opened for 50th anniversary of World’s Fair

Organizers of the World’s Fair 50th anniversary celebration were shocked by the tremendous turnout Tuesday as thousands lined up and waited hours for their chance to enter the iconic New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

Women’s center to host annual awards luncheon

The Center for the Women of New York will hold its 27th annual luncheon in Douglaston this weekend to honor Queens leaders from a number of professions. Comments (1)
Remember the Date

Earth Day founded to teach importance of environmental protection

Many of you may have noticed Google’s doodle April 22, which marked the 44th Earth Day, a holiday celebrated in more than 192 countries around the globe. Comment

Monday, April 21, 2014

Jackson Heights

Bravest battle four-alarm blaze in Jackson Heights

Firefighters were still battling a four-alarm Jackson Heights blaze Monday night nearly three hours after the first 911 call reporting the fire came in, a spokesman for the Fire Department said at around 8:40 p.m. Comment
Kew Gardens

Homeless man charged with stabbing man in face at Kew Gardens train station: NYPD

KEW GARDENS — A 35-year-old homeless man was arrested and charged with stabbing a 26-year-old man in the Union Turnpike subway station Sunday afternoon after authorities searched a city bus and chased the suspect on foot, the NYPD said. Comments (5)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ozone Park

Retired Ozone Park officer charged in wife’s murder: NYPD

A retired police officer has been arrested in the murder of his wife, which left Ozone Park residents scrambling to shelter the couple’s young children from the aftermath of the fatal gunshots Saturday, the NYPD and neighbors said. Comments (2)

Women’s center to host annual awards luncheon

The Center for the Women of New York will hold its 27th annual luncheon in Douglaston this weekend to honor Queens leaders from a number of professions. Comment
Far Rockaway

Two 4-year-olds die in Far Rockaway fire: NYPD

A Far Rockaway block spent Easter mourning the death of two 4-year-olds killed in a blaze that the FDNY said was sparked by youth fire play late Saturday night. Comment

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ozone Park

Updated: ‘Mommy just got shot,’ children say after fleeing Ozone Park home

A 40-year-old woman was fatally shot with her two children nearby in Ozone Park Saturday by a man believed to be her husband, the NYPD and neighbors said. Comments (2)
Ozone Park

Briarwood man found shot dead in street: NYPD

A 20-year-old Briarwood man was found shot dead on an Ozone Park street early Saturday morning, police said. Comments (34)
Ozone Park

Two men shot in South Jamaica: Police

Two men were shot near the South Jamaica Houses at around 4:38 p.m. Saturday, the NYPD said. Comments (1)


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