Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway ferry expected to win extension: Electeds

Mayor Bill de Blasio has three weeks to make good on his commitment to continue the ferry route servicing the Rockaways. Comment
Douglas Manor

Tip of the week


CEOs have a lot to answer for

I need letter writer Ed Konecnik to explain how the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are being nullified by trying to put American workers on an equal playing field with CEOs. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014


SJU freshman performs at de Blasio’s inauguration

When Ramya Ramana first started writing poetry as a child, it was just a form of escapism. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Couple returns to open LIC cafe after spending 15 years in Europe

The owners of Long Island City’s newest café are no strangers to the neighborhood. Comment
South Ozone Park

Guyanese migrate to S. Ozone Park

Guyanese migrating from Richmond Hill to South Ozone Park propelled the neighborhood into the top immigrant-adding neighborhood in the borough. Comments (11)
Kew Gardens

Kew Gdns man commits suicide with firework: FDNY

A Kew Gardens man who suffered from throat cancer used an explosive to end his life in his second-floor flat Monday, police and neighbors said. Comments (3)
Little Neck

Classic Italian cuisine makes itself at home in Little Neck

There’s no school like “old school,” and the folks at Il Bacco really have that classic Italian feel down. You expect the Rat Pack to come swaggering in. The feel is like a private club to which every newcomer is welcomed as a member. Comment

QGuide to present Queens theater awards

Just as the new year gets under way, TimesLedger Newspapers takes a look back at the best of the borough’s theater scene in 2013. This week, the QGuide presents its first Queens Kudos Awards to those actors, actresses and directors who delivered performances and productions that outshined the rest. Comment

Queens was still independent of New York City in 1888

When 1888 dawned, most locals were out for good, innocent, holiday fun. A local paper wrote, “Carriages commenced to flit hither and thither shortly after noon and towards evening the houses commenced to light up and the sounds of merry music and joyous songs reached far out into the starry night and told of the happiness and enjoyment within.” Comments (2)

Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg

Thank you for using your position and, at times, money to walk the talk regarding your desire to make our lives better. Comments (5)

Monday, Jan. 13, 2014


Nordstrom Rack heads to Flushing

A Nordstrom Rack is coming to Flushing’s SkyView Center. Comment

Memorial scholarship to honor Woodhaven teen

Several teachers at the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture have started a scholarship fund to honor a graduate who died in a remote-controlled model helicopter accident late last summer. Comments (1)

Asians still flocking to  Flushing

As the final stop on Queens’ International Express, Flushing serves as the epicenter of Asian immigration in the borough. Comments (9)

Paul Vallone sworn in to Council seat by former speaker

About 500 people packed PS 169’s auditorium Saturday to witness the third member of the Vallone family being ceremonially sworn into the City Council. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Boy’s funeral draws crowd of thousands

Thousands of people packed the Blessed Sacrament Church in Jackson Heights Tuesday morning for the funeral of Christopher Miller, the 7-year-old boy who died in a house fire on New Year’s Day. Comment

Now is the winter of our entertainment

Even though “The Nutcracker” has been packed away, the Boston Pops have headed back to Beantown and the last choruses of hallelujah have been sung, Queens’ performing arts scene does not go into hibernation. As the calendar flips to 2014, cultural venues around the borough kick things up with a winter packed with entertainment choices. And whether you are looking for a concert from a ’90s soft rock icon, a ballet with a spicy Latin beat or the chance to brush up your Shakespeare, you can find it in Queens this season. Comment
Cambria Heights

Police on the lookout for missing elderly man

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — Police were looking for an elderly man who went missing from his home on 229th Street last week. Comment
New Voices

Ozone Park group holds charity ball to usher in ‘14

The Ozone Park-based Indo-Caribbean Alliance kicked off the new year as a beneficiary of a charity ball hosted by two area business owners. The group has worked on initiatives, such as youth mentoring and voter registration plans, to continue its advocacy work though providing spaces for the community to come together, voter registration and serving in an advisory role for local youth. Comments (2)

Schools needed but not on Keil land

City Councilman Paul Vallone’s (D-Whitestone) response (“Inform people of school hearing,” Dec. 27-Jan. 2) to my Dec. 6-12 letter “Community deserved say in planned school” was that he has been opposed to the approved primary school on the Keil Bros. property in my section of Bayside all along. I had heard differently. Comments (1)

The time has come for DOE to finally shape up

Which is the biggest number: the total count of stars in the solar system, the sum of grains of sand on all Atlantic Ocean beaches, the dollar deficit of the U.S. economy or the tally of useless re-organizations of the city’s school system since the mayor seized it a dozen years ago? Comments (3)

Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014


FDNY offers CB 11 winter fire safety tips

A member of the city Fire Department’s City Safety Division addressed the public and members of Community Board 11 this week, warning against some of the most common causes of fires at this time of year and providing helpful tips on ways to prevent them. Comment

Korean nonprofits combine in historic merger

Two Flushing Korean nonprofits which have a shared mission of empowering children, women and families affected by domestic violence, merged last week. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Friend of 50 Cent killed

Police were looking for one or two masked gunmen who killed a southeast Queens hip-hop artist with ties to rapper 50 Cent in Springfield Gardens last week. Comments (6)
Forest Hills

Officer charged with petit larceny: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — An off-duty city cop was arrested last week while allegedly in possession of stolen property, police said. Comments (1)
College Point

Police look for missing College Point man

COLLEGE POINT — Police were seeking the public’s help in finding a missing 40-year-old man who disappeared Dec. 30. Comments (3)
Forest Hills

Correction officer charged with engaging in sexual conduct with minor: Police

FOREST HILLS — An off-duty city Department of Correction employee was arrested Jan. 7 and charged with engaging in sexual conduct with a minor, according to police. Comments (2)

NYPD asks for help finding missing man

RIDGEWOOD — The NYPD has requested the public’s assistance in finding a 90-year-old who went missing Dec. 31. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Fraternity death of boro pupil was cruel and inhumane

The death from the alleged hazing of an Oakland Gardens student of Baruch College raises many questions. Comments (1)

Legislation must protect houses

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) will be introducing legislation in the Senate that would allow neighborhood and other civic organizations, as well as individual homeowners, to register restrictive covenants and other types of deed restrictions with the city Department of Buildings. Comments (1)

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014


Melrose Ballroom makes debut as Astoria performance venue

A new entertainment venue has joined Astoria’s cultural district. Comment
South Jamaica

City’s first murder victim shot in S. Jamaica: Cops

A 22-year-old man killed in the city’s first murder of the year was buried Tuesday with his mother, who died New Year’s Day 19 years earlier. Comments (1)

Dalai Lama names first baby of 2014 born in Elmhurst Hosp.

A Woodside couple are the proud parents of a newborn girl with two special distinctions: The baby was the first one born in New York City in the new year and her name was selected by the Dalai Lama. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Lancman sworn in during Queens College ceremony

Councilman Rory Lancman was inaugurated during a ceremonial swearing in at Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall Sunday. Lancman was elected to the seat formerly held by Councilman James Gennaro, who was term-limited out of office. Comment
Richmond Hill

Police looking for two Rich Hill bodega robbers

RICHMOND HILL — Police were looking for two men caught on camera robbing a bodega on 135th Street with a shotgun. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens Hills

Cop arrested after choking girlfriend: NYPD

KEW GARDENS HILLS — An off-duty police officer was arrested after a physical confrontation with his girlfriend Sunday, the NYPD said. Comments (3)
South Ozone Park

Police seek missing senior in S. Ozone Park

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Police were searching for a 73-year-old man who went missing Dec. 31. Comment
Fresh Meadows

LaForgia tops All-Queens list

Queens remains the dominant volleyball borough in New York City. The three city titles brought home by Queens’ teams should be evidence enough. Comments (1)
On Point

Columnist hopes his dreams for the new year come true

As the new year begins, I like to create a civic-themed “wish list” in the hope that lawmakers may have an epiphany and aspire to fulfill these wishes. I have kept the list brief this year, hoping to improve my chances of success. Comment

New Year’s Wish List

The new year is the time when many people welcome the future with good intentions, but making resolutions taxes our moral fiber because they are easily broken. Comment

Mayor, unions must work together

As we begin 2014, we also begin under the administration of a new mayor. Comments (2)

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

Queens Village

Off-duty corrections officer shot dead in Queens Village: Report

An off-duty corrections officer who confronted his estranged wife outside a home in Queens Village was shot dead by her new boyfriend early Friday morning, according to the NYPD and a news report. Comments (3)
Douglas Manor

Enforce city deeds: Avella

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has introduced legislation that would compel the city to enforce restrictive covenants alongside zoning ordinances. Comments (4)
Jackson Heights

Advocacy group’s fight against reckless drivers gains attention

Make Queens Safer is growing in numbers and increased visibility. Comments (2)

ConEd probes Farrington

Con Edison started the last phase of an environmental investigation at the former Farrington Street Gas Works in December. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Feds to send $4.9M to repair Beach Channel High School

Three lawmakers have announced that more than $4.9 million in federal funding has been allocated to help complete repairs to Beach Channel High School and to clean up Jamaica Bay more than a year after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Rockaways. Comment

HPD to build housing on Flushing’s Muni Lot 3

The city Department of Housing has started a public process to redevelop Flushing’s Municipal Lot 3 into affordable housing. Comments (2)

Gizis takes over as Queens College interim president

As a lifelong researcher and educator, Dr. Evangelos Gizis was ready to stand in as interim president when James Muyskens announced his departure from Queens College. Comments (1)

111th saw uptick in theft crimes for all of 2013

The 111th Police Precinct reported this week that it saw a slight increase in the number of crimes reported in 2013 with car thefts figuring prominently in the upturn. Comments (6)

Developers agree to cleanup of site

The developers of the Flushing Commons project have opted into a city-run, environmental cleanup program after low levels of contaminants were found below Municipal Lot 1 — protecting them from future enforcement actions from city or state environmental agencies. Comment

Elmhurst has most foreign-born residents

Northwestern Queens has nearly as many foreign-born residents as the rest of the borough combined with 422,900, a new report on immigrants from the Department of City Planning found. Comments (4)

Jamaica’s King Manor all set to get a new roof

Jamaica’s King Manor is getting a face-lift. Comments (2)
Rockaway Beach

Sinkholes from Sandy plague the Rockaways

Flooding has plagued Rockaways residents of Beach 84th Street and Beach Channel Drive for years, but the long-term effects have made sinkholes a dangerous new problem for families living there. Comment

Suspect allegedly swiped $100 from Peruvian restaurant register: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were asking the public’s help in identifying and locating a suspect wanted in a Dec. 5 burglary at an eatery on Steinway Street. Comment
Block Shots

Lopsided loss to Hayes provides important lesson to Royals

Christ the King went to the videotape to find inspiration from humiliation. Comments (1)
Political Action

State should readopt June primary election schedule

With the 2014 New York state legislative session about to begin, the issue of moving the state political party primary from September to June will be one of the important matters considered by our state Legislature. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Queens Village

Man found shot to death in Queens Village

Police were investigating a Queens Village office Thursday afternoon where they said a 30-year-old man was fatally shot in the back of the head the night before. Comments (23)

Loved ones grieve for PS 79’s Annamarie Tromp

Hundreds of friends and family members gathered at Flushing’s St. Andrew Avellino Parish Monday to mourn the loss of Annamarie Tromp, a beloved pre-K teacher who died in a New Year’s Eve car crash. Comments (6)

Convention center bound for new Corona hotel site

Queens is finally getting a convention center. Comment

5Pointz graffiti art spotted on Astoria wall

Straphangers on the N and Q subway lines were the first to notice that the artists from 5Pointz are back in Queens. Comments (4)
South Jamaica

Floyd Flake’s housing unit loses city deal

An arm of the Rev. Floyd Flake’s Allen AME Church turned over a pair of derelict apartment buildings to a Brooklyn-based nonprofit developer several months ago after it failed to renovate them under a city-run affordable housing program, TimesLedger Newspapers has learned. Comments (7)

Boro Council members back Mark-Viverito as speaker

The 14 members of the borough’s City Council delegation fell in line with their colleagues Wednesday to unanimously elect East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) as the body’s speaker, putting an amicable end to the power struggle between Mark-Viverito’s progressive allies and the outerborough political machines that traditionally held sway in the selection. Comments (2)

Study finds immigrants make up larger share of Queens neighborhoods

In the borough that prides itself as the most diverse county in the nation, almost half of Queens’ 2.2 million residents were born in another country. Comments (6)

St. John’s Hospital building sold to apartment developer

The St. John’s Hospital building on Queens Boulevard across from the Queens Center Mall has been sold to a developer for more than $50 million and will be turned into rental apartments, Crain’s New York Business reported. Comments (8)

County hopeful on stop-and-frisk reform

Leaders in the Queens communities where stop-and-frisk was most heavily used during the 12 years of the Bloomberg administration said they were encouraged by recent statements made by some of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top appointments. Comment

Muni Lot 1 deal reached

The developers of Flushing Commons have cleared their last hurdle before going ahead with the long-delayed development of Flushing’s Municipal Lot 1. Comment
South Ozone Park

Resorts World shutters buffet, closure puts 175 out of work

Less than three months after those pushing to authorize casino expansion in the state touted Resorts World as the epitome of the industry’s economic benefits, the South Ozone Park business closed its Aqueduct Buffet restaurant. Comments (6)

Ridgewood homes planned on toxic lot

A developer has submitted plans to construct a seven-story, 90-unit residential building on top of a brownfield site in Ridgewood. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Man charged with attempted murder of police officer in Jamaica Estates

An armed robbery suspect who was shot while Nassau police officers were attempting to apprehend him in Jamaica Estates Sunday afternoon was charged with attempted murder of a police officer after he allegedly pinned one cop with his vehicle while trying to flee, according to court documents filed by the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Police arrest five in Kew Gardens Hills burglary

KEW GARDENS HILLS — Police foiled an attempted burglary at JK Deli in the early hours of Jan. 3. Comment

Dozo beats Construction in first-place battle

Cardozo isn’t ready to give up its perch atop PSAL basketball in Queens. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s off to slow start after defeat by rival Hoyas

The St. John’s University men’s basketball team has dug itself into an early hole in Big East play. Comment
East Elmhurst

McClancy team falters without guard Britton

Monsignor McClancy Coach Don Kent knows his team has a few things working against it right now. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014


Trains delayed by signal problems

Trains were snarled by weather-related delays Tuesday morning, despite the MTA’s assurances that service would continue without interruption. Comments (1)
Jamaica Hills

Woman killed crossing street in Jamaica Hills: NYPD

A Jamaica Hills woman was killed Sunday night when she was hit by a car while crossing the street near her home, police said. Comments (2)

Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

Kew Gardens

Authorities investigating fatal Kew Gardens blast

A 70-year-old man was killed in what authorities described as a small explosion in his Kew Gardens apartment Monday night. Comment

Queens braces for the deep freeze

As the cold weather front bore down on Queens Monday, a major airline canceled all flights to Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, but the MTA said subway and LIRR service would continue without interruption. Comment
South Ozone Park

Virgin Mary statue decapitated in South Ozone Park

A pastor at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Parish in South Ozone Park discovered the church’s statue of the Virgin Mary decapitated at 10 a.m. Monday, according to police. Comments (3)

Police shoot suspect who allegedly injured officer while trying to flee: Nassau PD

An armed robbery suspect was shot by a Nassau County police officer in Jamaica Estates Sunday evening after four plainclothes cops tried to apprehend the 21-year-old, who allegedly crushed one of the officers between two cars while attempting to flee, Nassau County police said. Comment
Ozone Park

Man charged with stealing car at gunpoint after helping to free it from snow: NYPD

Brooklyn teen offered to help a 19-year-old man push a car that was stuck in the snow in Ozone Park Friday afternoon, before allegedly stealing the vehicle at gunpoint as well as the victim’s iPhone and money, police said. Comments (1)

Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014


Plane skids off slick JFK runway into snowbank

A plane skidded off a runway into a snowbank after landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday morning, causing all flights at the Queens airport to be halted for two hours, the Port Authority said. Comment
Middle Village

Sled riders head to Juniper Park

Youngsters and the young of heart flocked to Juniper Valley Park Saturday to enjoy the fallen snow. The Parks Department handed out hot chocolate and organized snow activities for the enjoyment of visitors to the Middle Village park. Comment
Richmond Hill

Taxi driver killed in Richmond Hill crash with parked cars: NYPD

A Kew Gardens resident driving a yellow cab was killed after his vehicle struck two parked cars on a Richmond Hill street Friday afternoon, police said, Comment

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014

Springfield Gardens

Rapper linked to 50 Cent shot and killed in Springfield Gardens

A 42-year-old rapper who grew up in South Jamaica and had ties to the famed Queens native, 50 Cent, was killed in a shooting that left a 22-year-old man in critical condition and injured two others Friday afternoon, police said. Comments (23)

Friday, Jan. 3, 2014

Queens comes through storm relatively unscathed

Winter storm Hercules left Queens residents wrestling with up to 11 inches of snow Friday. Comment

New mayor says city workers met snow storm challege

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to a Sanitation Department depot in Woodside Friday to praise workers for their response to the snowstorm that dumped nearly 10 inches on the city. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014


Driver who struck teacher faces charges on suspended license: DA

A 24-year-old driver, involved in a New Year’s Eve crash that killed a Flushing pre-K teacher, allegedly had his license suspended nine times, the Queens district attorney’s office said in court documents. Comments (150)
East Elmhurst

Fireplace sparks started East Elmhurst blaze that killed 7-year-old: FDNY

A 7-year-old East Elmhurst boy was killed in an early morning house fire on New Year’s Day when sparks from an unattended fireplace ignited pillows, blankets, a couch and Christmas decorations, the FDNY said Thursday. Comments (5)
South Jamaica

Updated: City’s first murder victim shot to death in South Jamaica: NYPD

Authorities were looking for a 26-year-old man in connection with the death of a Richmond Hill resident who was shot to death in a South Jamaica house during the city’s first murder of the year, police said. Comments (35)

Missing Jamaica man found dead in Central Park lake

An NYPD Scuba team discovered the body of a missing Bangladeshi college student in Central Park Wednesday who had been staying with family in Jamaica before he disappeared. Comment

Laurelton teen gunned down in Brooklyn

A Laurelton teenager was gunned down in Brooklyn just a few hours into the new year, police said. Comments (3)

City’s first baby of the year born in Elmhurst Hospital

For the second year in a row, the first baby to be born in New York City in the new year was delivered at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Tenzin Choetso, a girl, was born at one second after midnight on New Year’s Day to a Tibetan-born couple from Woodside. Comment
Little Neck

Man dies in LIE car crash

A 31-year-old Long Island man was killed around 4:50 a.m. Wednesday when his Ford van struck a flatbed truck on the Long Island Expressway in Queens, police said. Comments (2)


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