Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dining Out

Savor Italian flavors at Corona family-run spot

It’s not often that “doctor’s orders” is a reason for a restaurant visit, but my physician’s endorsement of Il Triangolo in Corona was so enthusiastic that it was positively prescriptive. Besides, it’s medicine that couldn’t be easier to take. Comments (1)

Blood drive to be held in Douglaston

The St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council will host a blood drive in Douglaston next month. Comment

Supermarket to pay workers over $370K in fines: Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a Queens-based supermarket chain to pay more than $372,000 in wages and fines to employees, including 18 “vulnerable” grocery baggers, some of whose only pay was tips from grocery customers. Comment

Craft distillery in the works for borough

An Astoria resident is close to producing an old-style gin named for the borough and now he has won a competition that gives him the means to deliver it. Comment

Tip of the week

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Jamaica Estates

SJU professor nominated for community service award

A St. John’s University professor has been nominated for a prestigious national award that recognizes members of the community who reach out to help improve the lives of the people around them. Comment

Crowley seeks 9th term in Congress

U.S. Rep Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) will seek re-election for an eigth time in the 14th Congressional District that covers large sections of Queens and the Bronx this year. Comments (2)

Gilly wants to lower rates for student loans in NYS

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has signed on to legislation that would allow college graduates with outstanding student loan debt to refinance their interest rates, saving college graduates tens of billions of dollars collectively in the first year alone if the bill were to pass. Comment

Dance show opens Corona students’ imagination

More than 400 students, including a group from Corona Arts and Sciences Academy, recently got a behind-the-scenes look at a special Queens Theatre performance of MOMIX. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Little Neck school holds art show

PS 811 students’ creative abilities were on display during the Little Neck school’s fifth-annual art show last week. Specialty drinks without alcohol and hor d’oeuvres were offered to guests at the special event. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Parental involvement is key to children’s education

It seems we have been talking about improving education in this country for most of my adult life, yet we continue to lag behind too many countries in too many fields. It does not seem to be getting better. Comments (11)

Monday, May 19, 2014


Racing returns to ‘Franny Lew’

If you happen to run into Gino Cafarelli around town, do yourself a favor and don’t ask him if he’s still trying to break into acting. Comments (12)

Students shine in Whitestone Bridge drawing competition

Five elementary school students were honored by City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) Monday for winning an art competition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge. Comments (3)

Businesses large and small flock to biggest trade show in Queens

More than 1,000 networking enthusiasts swarmed Citi Field Tuesday to attend the borough’s largest trade show, organizers said. Comment
Little Neck

Parade adds honoree

The Little Neck Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Committee has added a woman to its list of honorees who will serve as this year’s grand marshals. Comments (1)

Police looking for missing Astoria woman

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct have asked for the public’s help in finding Jaycinth Johnson, a 26-year-old black woman, who was reported missing May 9. Comments (1)
Rockaway Park

Missing Rockaway Park woman located

ROCKAWAY PARK — Police said a 62-year-old woman who had been reported missing has been located. Comment
New Voices

Barber from Queens Village climbs ladder to become champ

Queens Village resident Manual “Manny” Tavares is a barber by day and a karate master by night. Comment

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Ozone Park

Platforms at five A train stations to be refurbished in Ozone Park

Three months of work is under way to modernize and spruce up platforms of two A train stations in Ozone Park, which may complicate commutes this summer but result in a permanent benefit for straphangers. Comment

Whitestone fire chief named FDNY head

A retired Whitestone fire chief is coming out of retirement to become Mayor Bill de Blasio’s FDNY commissioner. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway rabbi pleads not guilty in misused special ed funds case: DA

A Far Rockaway rabbi and three colleagues allegedly pocketed $12.4 million allocated for preschool special education services at a Cornaga Avenue nonprofit and funneled it to personal purchases, from kosher catering for Orthodox camps to a $30,000 plumbing job, the Queens DA said. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

NYPD Automotive Service Worker arrested: cops

KEW GARDENS HILLS — An NYPD Automotive Service Worker was arrested in the confines of the 107th Precinct May 10 on assault charges, police said. Comment

Dragon Boat team cleans shoreline of Flushing Bay

The Empire Dragon Boat Team, in conjunction with the Parks Department, kicked off its 2014 competitive rowing season by cleaning up around Flushing Bay, where its practice is held. Comprised entirely of female cancer survivors, the team launches regular practices from the World’s Fair Marina. Volunteers were rewarded with boat rides led by the dragon boat team members. Comment
Forest Hills

Austin Street pizzeria burglarized: Police

FOREST HILLS — Officers released surveillance images of a suspect wanted in connection with a rooftop burglary of an Austin Street pizzeria, the NYPD said. Comment
Cambria Heights

Cops on the lookout for missing Cambria Hts. man

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — Police were asking for help finding a 21-year-old man who was last seen in Brooklyn over the weekend. Comment
Ozone Park

Police search for missing Ozone Park senior: NYPD

OZONE PARK — Police were searching for a 67-year-old Ozone Park woman reported missing Tuesday. Comment
Political Action

2014 politics will portend trends in 2016 races

The Queens Village Republican Club has been hosting guest speakers who have been attracting large crowds to the meetings. Comment

Stop the Corruption

Gimme a break. Comments (2)

Forget horse carriages and focus on the budget

I am writing on behalf of city Public Advocate Leticia James with a need so severe for those who need help in our city that there is no doubt her budget needs to be increased. Comment

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s to hold commencement Sunday

Thousands of students at St. John’s University in Jamaica Estates will celebrate graduation this Sunday. Comment

Schneiderman warns Flushing seniors on fraudsters

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman came to Flushing this week to host a seniors fraud prevention forum with U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing). Comments (1)
Long Island City

Long Island City plays host to South Asian New Year celebration

Shuvo Noboborsho! Comment
Forest Hills

Station elevators open

MTA New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco joined Queens officials in cutting the ribbon on three elevators at the Forest Hills-71st Avenue subway station last week. Comments (2)

Queens Library updates 1999 CBA

Queens Library has updated its Collective Bargaining Agreement with Local 1321 Queens Library Guild for the first time since 1999. Comment
Ozone Park

Suspect took jacket from Ozone Park home: Police

OZONE PARK — Police were searching for a suspect in connection with a burglary in Ozone Park last month. Comment

Foodies rush to Taste of Bayside

The Bayside Business Association held its 11th annual Taste of Bayside Tuesday evening at Fort Totten’s castle. The event featured more than 20 northeast Queens eateries. Comment

Corona teen last seen leaving home May 5

CORONA — Police from the 115th Precinct have asked for the public’s help in finding Ophelia Davis, a 16-year-old girl who was last seen leaving her residence on 102nd Street May 5. Comment

NYPD search for man who allegedly touched victims

ASTORIA — Police were searching for a suspect believed to be involved with four separate forcible touching incidents across western Queens last week. Comment

Columnist wrong on World’s Fair

The May 2-8 Political Action column “A third World’s Fair in the city would spur economy” transcends foolishness for a myriad of reasons. Comment

Friday, May 16, 2014


Stavisky announces re-election bid

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) officially launched her re-election bid Friday afternoon. Comments (1)

Crash on Clearview Expressway leaves one dead: Police

One person was killed Friday afternoon after two vehicles collided on the Clearview Expressway in Bayside, the NYPD said. Comments (8)

Ridgewood residents ask for housing help

The litmus test for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan rests in Ridgewood — if you ask one group of tenants. Comment
Floral Park

Floral Park audiologist helps 9/11 responder who lost use of right ear

A few months ago, Brooklyn resident Dan Moynihan sent an e-mail that would end up changing his life forever. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Woman struck and killed on Queens Boulevard identified: NYPD

Police have identified the woman struck and killed by a Chevrolet Malibu on Queens Boulevard last weekend as Rosa Anidjar, 82, of Forest Hills. Comments (2)

Jung to challenge Stavisky

Flushing activist and businessman S.J. Jung has kicked off a campaign to challenge state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) in a September primary. Comment

OSHA fines JFK contractor $14.4K citing safety violations

Federal regulators cited a cleaning contractor at Kennedy Airport in March for more than a dozen workplace safety violations, including several related to potential exposures to Hepatitis B and C and HIV. Comments (1)

Qns celebrates World’s Fair at festival

The city Parks Department will host a festival Sunday at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park to commemorate the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. Comments (1)

Ridgewood site lands on federal Superfund list

Years of studies are on the horizon for a radioactive Ridgewood block that has been added to the federal Superfund cleanup program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. Comment

Leaders want South Asian in Albany

South Asian community leaders said this week they were ready to stand behind one of their own to take eastern Queens’ 24th state Assembly District this year. Comments (3)

Library board refuses to fully open books

City Comptroller Scott Stringer blasted the Queens Library for rejecting his call to open its books last week. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Van Buren HS alumni to fete school’s heritage

The Wikipedia entry on Martin Van Buren High School is scant, but the “Notable alumni” section contains an inspiring catalogue of successes in the realms of culture, civics and thought that could fill several leather-bound volumes. Comments (3)

Strand Smokehouse hopes to reopen next week

An Astoria businessman will find out Monday if he can reopen his popular restaurant and two bakeries that were shuttered by the city Department of Health last month. Comment

Sunnyside breaks ground on Vietnam vets memorial

Sunnyside will honor its Vietnam War dead with a new memorial in a playground named for a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Comment

Teen from Ridgewood reported missing: NYPD

RIDGEWOOD — Police requested help finding a 14-year-old Ridgewood girl who went missing, the NYPD said. Comment

Burglar steals $2,600 from 99-cent store: Cops [With Video]

LAURELTON — A burglary suspect cut a hole in the roof of a 99-cent store on Merrick Boulevard over the weekend and made off with $2,600, police said. Comment
Block Shots

Bayside team dedicates season to coach fighting cancer

As Steve Piorkowski’s cancer battle continues, his team is fighting for him on the softball diamond. Comments (3)

Lift the Medicare residency cap

Currently, a “residency bottleneck” exists. Comment

Thursday, May 15, 2014

St. Albans

Man dies after weekend shooting in Roy Wilkins Park

A 24-year-old man died after he was shot inside Roy Wilkins Park Saturday, police said. Comments (10)

State Senate passes Lunar schools bill

Queens’ Asian community’s fight to get a school holiday for the Lunar New Year cleared a major hurdle Tuesday. Comments (9)
Forest Hills

Condominiums proposed at Parkway Hospital property

Parkway Hospital has sat vacant for years, but two firms are vying to control the future of what has been a no-man’s land in Forest Hills. Comments (2)
Long Island City

LIC Boathouse battle over

A federal court ruling has left both parties satisfied after a grueling 2 1/2-year lawsuit. Comments (3)

McCaffrey to be honored

A legendary figure in western Queens politics will be remembered with a street co-naming in Woodside Saturday. Comment

Women used child to steal at stores: Cops

The two women being sought by police for allegedly using a young child to help them steal from a Bayside business last week may also have hit another store the same day. Comments (1)

Smith bought leader votes: Feds

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), who is awaiting trial on charges he tried to buy his way into the 2013 mayoral race as a Republican, boasted to a government informant that he spent tens of thousands of dollars in 2008 in order to get elected majority leader, federal prosecutors claim. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Lally drops suit over Labate’s petition signatures

A lawsuit alleging that congressional candidate Stephen Labate gathered forged and fraudulent signatures on his campaign petitions was withdrawn this week after an attorney representing his opponent, Grant Lally, moved to dismiss the case in the middle of a court hearing, less than three weeks after Lally filed the suit. Comment

McLaughlin jail term cut

Disgraced former state Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin could soon be a free man. Comment

Airport workers sign on to unionize

Several thousand airport workers voted to join a union to further their ongoing battle for fair wages and benefits. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC Landing by Coffeed set to open in waterfront park

Long Island City’s newest waterfront park is about to get a new upscale outdoor cafe next week. Comment

Queensborough shows support for kidnapped Nigerian girls

Students and faculty at Queensborough Community College have joined people all over the world in support of rescuing the nearly 300 girls who were kidnapped from a boarding school in Nigeria last month. Comments (2)

Taste of Sunnyside set for tent under No. 7

The fourth annual Taste of Sunnyside Tuesday evening will be different than the previous three. Comment

Boro pols applaud budget

Queens’ elected officials raved about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive budget, but it was greeted less graciously in accounting offices. Comment

Community group holds park series

A coalition of Flushing community organizations will kick off a summer event series in Kissena Corridor Park Saturday with an Armed Forces Day celebration. Comment

Flushing fair to link immigrants, services

Flushing’s St. George’s Church is set to host an Immigration Resource Fair Saturday, which organizers said will integrate immigrants into the local economy by connecting them to organizations that provide language and job services. Comments (2)

Commodores beat rival Patriots

Bayside softball Coach Steve Piorkowski believes his lineup is deep enough that he could invert it and have similar success at the plate. Comment

Former Flushing star drafted by Giants

Call it the most rewarding weekend of Jayson Bromely’s life. Comment

Cardozo set sights on volleyball title

A year of transition is entering its final stage at the right time for the Benjamin Cardozo boys’ volleyball team. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Poor pitching keeps St. John’s out of first place

St. John’s was two outs away from winning Game 2 of its series with Creighton and ending the weekend in first place in the Big East. Comment

Horse carriage industry an important part of city

The horse carriage industry is an iconic part of New York City. Comments (2)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


SJ Jung to challenge state Sen. Stavisky

Flushing activist and businessman S.J. Jung has launched a bid to unseat State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing). Comment

Hammer-wielding suspect arrested in robberies: Cops

Police arrested a Brooklyn man Monday in connection with a trio of robberies committed by a hammer-wielding man that started in Briarwood, the NYPD said. Comment

Women used child to steal from Bayside store: Police

Two women were being sought by police after they allegedly used a young child to help them steal a wallet from a Bayside store last week, the NYPD said. Comments (4)
Ozone Park

Platforms at two A train stations to be remodeled in Ozone Park

Queens-bound subway platforms at 88th and 104th streets in Ozone Park are shutting down along Liberty Avenue, but in the end inconvenienced straphangers will be rewarded with refurnished and modernized stations on the A line. Comment

Monday, May 12, 2014

Jackson Heights

De Blasio touts education reform in Jackson Heights

Mayor Bill de Blasio met with parents and teachers at PS 69 in Jackson Heights Monday and afterward at a news briefing he outlined the major school reforms that are part of his executive budget and teachers contract. Comment

Police hunt for hammer-wielding robber suspected in Queens attack

BRIARWOOD — Police were searching for a 28-year-old man believed to have used a hammer to rob a woman in Briarwood in the first of three robberies, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Cyclist dies in accident with van in Ozone Park: NYPD

A 40-year-old cyclist was struck and killed Sunday night when he collided with a black Mercedes Benz van driving along Rockaway Boulevard near 90th Street, police said. Comments (1)

Saturday, May 10, 2014


Suspect sought in Queensbridge triple shooting: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were looking for a suspected gunman who left a party at the Queensbridge South Houses one night in March and returned to shoot up the place, the NYPD said. Comments (4)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Far Rockaway

NYPD searches for missing Far Rock woman

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were searching for a missing woman last seen April 24 in Far Rockaway, the NYPD said. Comment


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