Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Flushing jewelry store switches diamond for substitute: Lawsuit

A Flushing business leader claims a jewelry store swapped her $1.2 million diamond ring with a cheap substitute when she took it in for cleaning last summer, a lawsuit said. Comments (3)

Macerich decides to go green by solar powering Qns. Center

Queens Center launched a solar power initiative during Earth Week at a special community event at the mall. Comment

Museum revisits Warhol’s World’s Fair exhibit

It’s been 50 years since up-and-coming pop provocateur Andy Warhol created a minor scandal at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Alley Pond becomes haven for animals during Pets & Pals

Four-legged creatures and their two-legged companions were invited to Alley Pond Park Sunday for the annual Pets & Pals event. Comment
Middle Village

Queens Impact Awards: After winning battle with cancer, teen helps others affected by diseases

Most people would give up at the times when Carly Rose Nieves decided to keep fighting. Comment
Long Island City

Queens Impact Awards: ‘Mama Gianna’ fights to keep Long Island City’s neighborhood feel

Gianna Cerbone-Teoli has three loves. Her family, her restaurant and her community. All three are in Long Island City. Comment

Queens Impact Awards: Sunnyside restaurateur advocates for fellow businesses

Lily Gavin, owner of popular Sunnyside restaurant, Dazie’s, says she and her family feel fortunate to have been part of the community for the past 40 years. Comment
South Jamaica

Queens Impact Awards: Pastor spreads spiritual guidance in southeast Queens

Rev. Philip Craig of Springfield Gardens combines his role as a pastor with social activism to follow Jesus Christ’s teaching that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Through his work, he has made a great impact on the southeast Queens community where he grew up. Comment

Queens Impact Awards: Sacred Heart teacher runs weekend Meals on Wheels program

Every Saturday morning, Virginia DeMillio heads to Sacred Heart Church in Bayside, notebook in hand, and updates a tally she has kept for nearly 31 years. Comment
Rego Park

Tip of the week


Get tax exemptions over airplane noise

I am writing to urge residents affected by jet noise from new flight patterns at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports to seek property-tax exemptions from New York City to compensate for reduced property values. Comments (14)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

College Point

Gaelic football club raising funds to build field in College Pt.

A Gaelic football club is hoping to build its field of dreams in College Point. Comment
Long Island City

Mundo plans to reopen in LIC boutique hotel

Red Sonja is checking into the Paper Factory Hotel. Comment
Ozone Park

Ulrich proposes veterans department

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) wants to replace the branch of the mayor’s office charged with assisting veterans with an autonomous department. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City opens up for artists

Once again the streets of Long Island City will buzz with the sights and sounds of Queens musicians, dancers, actors and artists in the fourth annual LIC Arts Open. Comment

Elmhurst’s Sherpa community remembers Mt. Everest victims

More than 300 Sherpas attended a prayer service and candlelight vigil for the victims of the Mt. Everest avalanche in Elmhurst last Sunday. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Queens Impact Awards: Historian revives Queens history in and out of the classroom

While growing up in Richmond Hill, Carl Ballenas never met any of his 61 first cousins in Peru, and instead turned to the neighborhood for a sense of heritage and history. Comment

Queens Impact Awards: Philanthropist supports Guyanese in New York and Caribbean

George Subraj left Guyana decades ago, but he remains at the forefront of medical advancements in the Caribbean nation through his philanthropic work. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

Queens Impact Awards: Far Rockaway daughter motivates forgotten youngsters

For U.S. Army reservist Lakia Echols, working to build orphanages in war-torn Kuwait was nothing compared to the hostilities she faced when returning home to Far Rockaway intent on helping troubled youth. Comment

Queens Impact Awards: ‘Big Mickey’ makes a difference felt from western Queens to Rockaway

Michael McCreesh is a huge man with an even bigger heart. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound lad from County Armagh, Ireland is known as Big Mickey and his grassroots charitable endeavors are known throughout the borough. Comment

Queens Impact Awards: Arts enthusiast spreads her passion for performing

Susan Agin believes she has been destined for her current job since the day she was born. Comment

Council should revise DA funding

I read with interest your April 25-May 1 article on City Councilwoman Liz Crowley’s (D-Middle Village) call to re-visit the existing funding formula that allocates city budget dollars to each of New York City’s district attorney offices. Comment

Monday, May 12, 2014

Jamaica Estates

SJU officials moving location of student paper

Students working for St. John’s University’s campus newspaper, The Torch, are negotiating with school officials after being told last week that their office was set to be relocated to a much smaller space that the paper thinks will be a hindrance to its everyday operations. Comment

Vallone reflects on first months in office

With a little more than 100 days in office now under his belt, Bayside’s new city councilman, Paul Vallone, says he is the happiest man alive. Comments (1)

Flushing laments traffic

A group of 1,500 Flushing residents and business owners have had enough of the traffic and parking problems which have long plagued the neighborhood. Comments (9)

Queens Impact Awards: Fourth-generation mechanic teaches what ‘Women Auto Know’

For many women (and men), the art of car mechanics is a foreign language, but Audra Fordin is hoping to change that. Comment

Queens Impact Awards: His influence on the medical community is felt around the country

People who watched Joseph Lieber grow up in Forest Hills might have been tipped off that he was going to be a doctor one day by the way he would bring home organs from his father’s butcher shop and dissect them. He never lost his interest in medicine and science and decades later his passion is felt in every corner of the country. Comment

Queens Impact Awards: Korean chemist by profession, nurturer by nature

Even though she left her homeland of South Korea more than 20 years ago, Kwanghee Kim has continued to find ways to help the Korean community in her adopted home. Comment
Kew Gardens

Queens Impact Awards: Bank manager shares her creativity through community work

As one of the unsung heroes of Queens, Mandy Kelso has never said “no” to someone in need. Comments (1)
Rockaway Park

Queens Impact Awards: Rockaway Beach resident forges sense of community on peninsula

Salvatore Lopizzo wasted little time flinching when he discovered Superstorm Sandy had decimated his new Rockaway Park non-profit in October 2012. Comment
Rego Park

Cops search for missing man from Rego Park

REGO PARK — Police requested help locating a 73-year-old Rego Park man who was reported missing Tuesday, the NYPD said. Comment
Rego Park

Police seek help finding missing Rego Park man

REGO PARK — Police requested help locating a 79-year-old Rego Park man who went missing May 5, the NYPD said. Comment

Families grateful for people’s support

On April 4, four young people were taken from us unexpectedly in a car accident in Steinway Creek. Comments (1)

Sunday, May 11, 2014


Community helps beautify park at annual Udalls Cove cleanup

The Udalls Cove Preservation Committee gathered about 100 volunteers representing several community organizations last weekend to take part in its 45th annual cleanup of the 30-acre wetland that spans Little Neck and Douglaston. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Scandal in LIC school

A Queens principal was removed from her position after she was accused of allegedly having sex with a security guard, an assistant professor and a student’s parent, according to the city Department of Education. Comments (4)
Long Island City

Bikers tour Queens

More than 30,000 cyclists biked through western Queens on a 40-mile tour of the five boroughs during the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Sunday. Comment
Community Service

Queens Impact Awards: Tenor takes center stage professionally and at The Josephine Foundation

The Free Synagogue of Flushing’s musical theater workshops, a Bayside ballet class for girls in wheelchairs, arts and science programs at the Maple Grove Cemetery – there are few borough organizations the Josephine Foundation does not seem to have a hand in. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens Impact Awards: Filmmakers present the world to Queens during annual movie festival

It’s rare for a visitor to leave Don and Katha Cato’s Jackson Heights home without being shown a movie. Comments (2)

Queens Impact Awards: Motivational speaker shares his story of triumph over mental illness

When Hakeem Rahim graduated as the first African American valedictorian from Uniondale HS in 1998, it was a sign the Hempstead, L.I. native was on the track to success. Comments (1)

Queens Impact Awards: Bayside native helped his impoverished neighborhood rise to beauty

Mandingo Tshaka has spent a good portion of his 83 years on Earth traveling the world and performing with famous musical acts, but the part of his life he is most proud of is the larger portion that he has spent helping his community. Comments (3)

Queens Impact Awards: Couple credits volunteer work for decades of happiness

Throughout the Bible one finds evidence of how giving makes us happier. Comment

Man smuggled cocaine into JFK in custard: U.S. Customs

JAMAICA — Authorities at John F. Kennedy International Airport arrested a man from Guyana last month after allegedly discovering nearly 18 pounds of cocaine hidden in an item inside his suitcase, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office said. Comment

Corona man convicted in sex assault of child: DA

CORONA — A Corona man has been found guilty by a jury of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young boy, beginning when the victim was 5 and continuing until he was 16, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Operator to pay $500K in unpaid taxes: State

BAYSIDE — The operator of a former Bayside Papa John’s pizza franchise has agreed to pay the state nearly half a million dollars in penalties for failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales tax, the state Department of Taxation said. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Two suspects robbed woman in Forest Hills: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Police were looking for two men wanted in the theft of a 61-year-old woman’s cellphone, credit cards, driver’s license and MetroCard, the NYPD said. Comment
Remember the Date

Mother’s Day celebrations have a long, ancient tradition

The number of Hallmark cards sent last year for Mother’s Day was 133 million. Of course, like all holidays, this observance was not always a purely commercial one but rather has roots dating as far back as ancient Greece. Comment

Open Communities

Greater transparency may be coming to Queens community boards, which are the lowest rung of government and serve an important role in giving ordinary citizens a voice in neighborhood rezonings, school locations and liquor licenses. Comments (1)

MTA must prevent derailments

The recent subway derailment is a wake-up call for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to speed up track inspections to prevent another derailment from occurring. Comment

Saturday, May 10, 2014


Queens welcomes ruling on prayer at gov’t meets

Queens elected officials were quick to praise the diverse roster of spiritual leaders tapped to give invocations at City Council meetings following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that opening local government meetings with sectarian prayers is constitutional. Comment

Ferreras applauds deal between city, teachers

Borough leaders last week praised the nine-year, $5.5 billion contract agreement announced by City Hall and the United Federation of Teachers as a step forward in the right direction after years of acrimony between the two sides under the previous administration. Comment

Another roof bar OK’d

Community Board 11 issued its second letter in as many months at its monthly meeting this week recommending approval for a Bayside business to add a rooftop bar. Comments (3)

Cinco de Mayo celebrated in Flushing Meadows

Thousands of people flocked to Flushing Meadows Corona Park Sunday for the annual Cinco de Mayo festival. Comment

Queens Impact Awards: Flushing bank manager gives back to community

Whether she’s at work or at a meeting for one of the many organizations she’s involved with, Nazneen “Lucy” Hossain is always looking for ways to help out fellow community members. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Queens Impact Awards: Queens Hospital Center volunteer focuses on others’ well-being

Giving back always puts a smile on Andrea Adams’ face, and she’ll tell you there’s nothing else she’d rather do. Comment
Glen Oaks

Queens Impact Awards: Queens College grad dedicates career to North Shore LIJ patients

In 1978, Carmine DeSena made a choice that would end up changing his life and thousands of others. Comments (1)

Queens Impact Awards: Innovative activist involved in many non-profit causes

Greg Mays may appear to be sitting on a small fortune, considering he spends so much time doing work that doesn’t produce personal income. But the southeast Queens community activist said it only looks that way. Comment
Addisleigh Park

Queens Impact Awards: Mentor serves as a role model to Queens youngsters

When Rodney Pride retired a few years ago from his career as a social worker after more than three decades, it may have been a little too soon for the man who has a sense of service pumping through his veins. Comment

Anglers clean Bayside coast

Dozens of people joined the Bayside Anglers at the group’s 20th annual cleanup on the shoreline of Little Neck Bay Sunday morning. Comment
South Jamaica

Cops look for boy, 7, last seen in S. Jamaica

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were asking for help finding a young Brooklyn boy who was last seen in Queens Monday. Comment
South Jamaica

Jamaica man sentenced to 14 years for sex assault: DA

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A 26-year-old southeast Queens man was sentenced to 14 years in prison for sexually assaulting two young girls last year, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Howard Beach man charged with junking stolen vehicles: DA

HOWARD BEACH — A 35-year-old Howard Beach man was arrested and arraigned May 2 on charges of selling stolen vehicles to a Long Island scrap yard for up to $750 apiece, the DA said. Comment
Block Shots

Royals star returns to CK in preparation for Liberty home opener

Tina Charles still recalls attending homecomings for Christ the Kings girls’ basketball greats as a high school athlete. Comment

Johnson spoke at New York World’s Fair in 1964

In a 1964 speech at the Singer Bowl at the New York World’s Fair site, President Lyndon Johnson called on all Americans to “open wide the door of equality” for 20 million of their fellow black citizens who had been “on the outside looking in” for 200 years. Comment

NYCHA must not throw out its own residents

Ralph Calinda is 91. He is a World War II veteran and neighborhood gardener. He has been a tenant leader in the Flushing apartment complex where he has lived for the past six decades. Comment

Friday, May 9, 2014


Queens Library votes against opening books to Stringer

The Queens Library board of trustees has rejected a call from City Comptroller Scott Stringer to open its books. Comments (1)

Defunct Ridgewood factory site added to Superfund list

The EPA announced Thursday it designated the land once owned by a now-defunct Ridgewood company involved with the Manhattan Project a federal Superfund site. Comments (1)

Rapper’s mother relieved by arrest in his 2013 slaying

A Manhattan mother waited one year, two months and two days for news that there had been an arrest in the Queensbridge shooting death of her son, an aspiring rapper. Comment

Lancman says NYCHA backtracked on pledge

The city’s public housing authority has reneged on a pledge to let seniors stay in their homes while it re-examines its downsizing policies, officials said last week outside the Pomonok Houses in Fresh Meadows. Comment

De Blasio taps retired Whitestone chief as fire commissioner

Mayor Bill de Blasio has named retired Whitestone fire chief Daniel Nigro as his FDNY commissioner. Comment

SLA denies Knockdown Center’s liquor license

The Knockdown Center’s drinks will stay virgin — for now. Comment

Queens-bound lanes to close for Whitestone Bridge work

Beginning Friday, two of the three southbound lanes heading into Queens will be closed overnight for work on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge. Comments (1)
St. Albans

St. Albans girl dead in Brooklyn hit-run

Funeral arrangements have been made for the 9-year-old St. Albans girl who was killed in a car crash in Brooklyn over the weekend. Comment
Long Island City

Slow zones to cut speed to 25 mph on Northern, Queens boulevards

Drivers will have to slow down on two of the borough’s most dangerous roadways beginning next month. Comments (5)

Steinway Mansion sold to investors for $2.65 million

The mystery investors who paid $2.65 million for the historic Steinway Mansion last week may prove to be the best-case scenario for Astoria. Comment

Avella calls on city to shovel hydrants

Following a harsh winter that pounded New York City with an uncharacteristic amount of snow, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has introduced legislation that would transfer the burden of shoveling out fire hydrants from homeowners to the city Sanitation Department. Comments (3)

Whitestone civic’s donations save Memorial Day Parade

The Whitestone Memorial Day parade, which has faced financial problems in recent years, will be able to go on as planned this year, thanks to community support. Comment

Groundbreaking musical begins run in Astoria

How do you solve a problem like “Allegro”? Comment

Queensbridge walking tour shows area off to outsiders

The Queensbridge housing development in Long Island City was once home to some of pop culture’s most famous names — like rapper Nas and NBA player Metta World Peace, formerly Ron Artest — but the residents who live in the area believe not many people know about the wonders their neighborhood has to offer. Comment

Suspects sought in Astoria cell phone robbery: Cops

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in finding suspects wanted in a robbery. Comment
Kew Gardens

Rent Guidelines Board sees possibility of zero percent

A rent freeze for New York City’s 1 million rent-regulated apartments has been a tenet of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and, if a city board votes next month as it did Monday, the mayor’s vision could become reality. Comments (1)

Elmhurst man charged in counterfeit perfume bust: Cops

ELMHURST — Police arrested an Elmhurst man in Manhattan last week in a counterfeit perfume bust, the NYPD said. Comment
Middle Village

Bob Mackey inducted into Hall of Fame

Coaching girls sports wasn’t exactly something Bob Mackey embraced at first. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Former TMLA star honored by league

Calling Ellen Sarosy-Kiernan one of the best softball players ever at Mary Louis wouldn’t do justice to her athletic career at the Jamaica Hills high school. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Master, ambassador teachers will positively change schools

When I briefly taught English at Stuyvesant High School more than 25 years ago, I had the good fortune of meeting a witty, impish Irish man who had already been a teacher for two decades. Comment

Thursday, May 8, 2014


Judge cuts four years off McLaughlin’s sentence for cooperating

Disgraced former State Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin has had his sentence slashed by four years for helping prosecutors bring convictions against other elected officials, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan said. Comments (1)

Wills charged with grand larceny

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with grand larceny and fraud for allegedly stealing some $30,000 in state and city funds, authorities said. Comments (7)
South Ozone Park

NYRA skimps on Aqueduct

NYRA appears to be doing little to up the ante in favor of Aqueduct Racetrack. Comments (3)

Fractured rail studied by scientists to see if it caused derailment

The MTA was still investigating what caused the fracture to a rail found under a F express train in Woodside last Friday that went off the track and injured 19 of the nearly 1,000 passengers aboard. Ten patients were treated at Elmhurst Hospital Center and have since been released, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Comment
Fresh Meadows

IBO weighs in on water rate hikes

Queens homeowners should not expect to get relief on their water bills any time soon, according to a new report by the city Independent Budget Office. Comment

Dems lean on Liu to run for Avella’s seat

The Queens Democratic Party is actively courting John Liu to run against state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who recently bolted from the Democratic Party to join the Independent Democratic Conference. Comments (11)

Bee swarm removal shuts down Astoria block

Brian Porr has been calling authorities to complain about his neighbors’ bee-keeping hobby for three years and no one did anything. But on Wednesday the hives were hard to ignore as the bees swarmed, forcing the closure of an Astoria street for most of the day. Comments (11)

More Queens Asians fall into poverty: City

While the poverty rate rose significantly throughout the city in the last recession, Queens’ Asian community was hit especially hard, a new city study has revealed. Comments (4)
Fresh Meadows

Najmi enlists familiar names in challenge to David Weprin

Candidates aspiring to get out from under the shadow of the Weprin political family may find it stretches pretty far. Comment
South Jamaica

South Jamaica man shot dead at site of city’s first ‘14 murder

The mother of the 24-year-old who was shot dead in South Jamaica Monday picked up her son’s gun and fired back at his killer, police said. Comments (3)

City releases housing plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday released his much-anticipated, $41.1 billion housing plan laying out with broad strokes his administration’s goal to create 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next decade through a combination of preservation and new construction. Comment

Avella fights legalizing basement apartments

Forget air rights — below-ground space may now be the most contentious aspect of the Queens real estate market. Comments (4)

Queens Quiet Skies hi-fives roundtables

Members of Queens Quiet Skies were feeling optimistic about the results of the first set of roundtable meetings that took place last week between New York’s major airports and the advocacy group fighting to reduce airplane noise throughout the borough. Comments (1)

Bayside’s finest cuisine to star at Totten event

Businesses in Bayside are gearing up for the 11th annual Taste of Bayside to be held next week, showcasing the diverse food offerings the area has to offer. Comment

Barbara Cook brings tuneful act to Flushing

Legendary Broadway actress Barbara Cook continues to serenade audiences with her silvery soprano well into her sixth decade of performing, and has no plans of stopping. “Retire? Retire to what?” Cook said. “I love singing. And as long as I can do it, I will.” Comment

Alan J. Friedman, director of Hall of Science, was 71

Alan J. Friedman, a physicist described as an eternal educator and credited with saving the New York Hall of Science, died of pancreatic cancer Sunday, his wife said. He was 71. Comments (1)

Main Street Flushing bank robbed: Police

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a young Asian man wanted in connection with a bank robbery at a TD Bank on Main Street Tuesday afternoon. Comment

Stanners beat Fontbonne

Alexandra Yule was asked to mature quickly on the softball field, and the Archbishop Molloy junior windmiller has done that and more. Comment

Duel threat Rogers powers Dozo past John Adams

Benjamin Cardozo senior Keith Rogers showed with both his arm and his bat why he is considered a top player in the city. Comments (1)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Councilman Wills arrested by attorney general’s office

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested early Wednesday by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, a law enforcement source said. Comments (2)

MTA spots and repairs broken LIRR rail at Flushing station

Broken rails were not limited to the New York City subway system this week. Comments (1)

Motorist, 77, critical after crash on Northern Boulevard

CORONA — A 77-year-old man who lost control of his motor vehicle and crashed on the Northern Boulevard bridge near 114th Street was in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital Center, according to the NYPD. Comment

Motorist, 77, critical after crash on Northern Boulevard

A 77-year-old man who lost control of his motor vehicle and crashed on the Northern Boulevard bridge near 114th Street was in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital Center, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

South Jamaica

South Jamaica man fatally shot in front of site of city’s first 2014 murder

A 24-year-old man was shot dead Monday outside the same South Jamaica home where the year’s first murder victim was killed. Comments (7)
Real Estate

Rent freeze on table at annual landlord-tenant dance

The New York City Rent Guidelines Board has voted to preliminarily approve some of the lowest rent increases for rent-stabilized apartments in the agency’s history with the possibility of an unprecedented rent freeze. Comments (1)

Monday, May 5, 2014

St. Albans

St. Albans girl killed in Brooklyn crash: NYPD

A 9-year-old St. Albans girl was killed Sunday when an alleged hit-and-run driver smashed into the car she was traveling in on her way from a church gathering in Brooklyn to Sunday dinner with friends and family, police said. Comment

Steinway Mansion sold for $2.6 million

The historic Steinway Mansion has been officially sold to a private buyer, according to Michele Kazarian, the daughter of the late owner Michael Halberian and executor of his will. Comment

Sunday, May 4, 2014


Former Bellerose cop charged with spray painting anti-Semitic graffiti: NYPD

A former police officer from Bellerose is facing hate crime charges after he was arrested and charged with spray painting anti-Semitic graffiti in 19 different locations around Brooklyn Saturday, the NYPD said. Comments (5)

MTA restores local E and F service after train derailment

Local service to the E and F subway lines has been restored two days after the train derailment in Woodside Friday morning that injured 19, the MTA said Sunday. Comment
Forest Hills

Pedestrian fatally struck on Queens Boulevard: Police

A pedestrian trying to cross Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills was hit and killed by a car Saturday night, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Saturday, May 3, 2014


Van driver and nine others injured in Flushing bus collision: NYPD

Ten people were taken to the hospital Friday night after a van collided with an MTA bus on Northern Boulevard in Flushing, the NYPD said. Comment


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