Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Long Island City

Music & film fest on tap for Court Square

A recording industry executive is planning to bring a music and film festival to Long Island City this summer. Comment

Whitestone haircutter serves unique clientele

There is no avoiding the razor, but Radik “Ray” Khaimov has taken several steps to help children, particularly those with special needs, acclimate to haircuts at his Whitestone barbershop. Comments (1)

Graduation schedule

Several colleges in Queens are holding upcoming commencement ceremonies. Comment

Tip of the week


Always observe Memorial Day

As the nation approaches Memorial Day, we must remember all of the men and women, past and present, who have sacrificed their lives so we could be able to live in freedom. Comment

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Forest Hills Gardens

PS 101 celebrates century in Forest Hills Gardens

Charlie Chaplain and the Model T assembly line live on at Primary School 101. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City artist’s work inspired by the sea

Within the past five years, Long Island City sculptor Noriko Kuresumi has received awards and recognition for her artwork. Comment

Crowley office moving to Atlas Park

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) announced this week her district office will move from 64-77 Dry Harbor Road into The Shops at Atlas Park. Comment

City did right by its teachers

The new contract between the city and the United Federation of Teachers is a monumental achievement for all New Yorkers because it is a milestone of reconciliation between management and labor. Comments (2)

Monday, May 26, 2014


Revamped Taste of Sunnyside draws raves for BID leader

Tuesday evening turned out to be a shining moment for the Sunnyside Business Improvement District and its fourth annual restaurant showcase. Comment

Filing error for Van Bramer

A 2017 campaign committee recently registered with the state Board of Elections listed City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) as a candidate for the 37th Council District in Brooklyn. Comment
Kew Gardens

Boro leaders say no to basement apartments

Community leaders were loud and clear about their concerns over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to look into legalizing basement apartments at Monday’s Borough Board meeting. Comments (4)

Pols support Queens Library bill

Borough President Melinda Katz has thrown her support behind a state bill that she said would enhance oversight and transparency at Queens Library. Comments (3)

Police search for missing Rosedale teenager

ROSEDALE — Police were searching for a missing teen last seen at his home in Rosedale earlier this week. Comment

CB 7 must explain Willets decision

We have been following the Willets Point-Flushing takeover by the city to build hotels, a shopping center and housing projects. Comments (3)

Sunday, May 25, 2014


Filmmakers close in on finishing Pomonok documentary

In September 2011, Terry Katz and Al Stark set off to tell the story of Pomonok Houses. Comments (17)

Youngsters compete in Douglaston chess tournament

About two dozen students took part in a chess tournament at PS 98 in Douglaston Monday evening. Participants each faced four opponents in the competition, which was organized in conjunction with NY Chess Kids. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Police ID man killed in Roy Wilkins shooting

ST. ALBANS — A 24-year-old man died after he was shot inside Roy Wilkins Park Saturday, police said. Comments (6)
Long Island City

Corrections worker charged with gun possession: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — An off-duty city Correction Department employee was arrested and charged with gun possession and menacing, according to the NYPD. Comment

Obituary: Lucie Fitzpatrick, 75, had lived in Bayside

Lucie Fitzpatrick, a Bayside resident for 40 years before retiring to Florida, died at Forsythe House of Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Fla., May 15. She was 75. Comment

Queens tackled forming community boards in ‘62

In 1962, people in Queens ask themselves what is a neighborhood and how many neighborhoods are in Queens? Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Powerful women in the public eye deserve better treatment

There is no doubt women are finally, rightfully starting to become more powerful in the backrooms (politics), newsrooms (media) and boardrooms (business). Comment

Understanding new roles will lower divorce rate

According to research, about 40 percent to 50 percent of married couples in the United States get divorced and around 60 percent of them fail in their second marriages. Comment

Saturday, May 24, 2014


Queens fans enjoy watching Subway Series

Queens fans agree that the fun of the Subway Series is more then just about the action on the field. Comment

Parks nix Woody McHale renaming

The city’s Parks Department has rejected a fire marshal’s request to rename a playground in Fort Totten after a fallen colleague. Comments (1)

CB1 supports DOT plan to change Astoria crossway

A dangerous intersection in Astoria will be redesigned under a city Department of Transportation plan that awaits Community Board 1 approval next week. Comment
Kew Gardens

Gang leader tried to intimidate witness for grand jury: Brown

The reputed co-leader and members of a notorious Queens street gang have been arraigned on charges in connection with what authorities said was an attempt to scare a witness out of showing up before a grand jury. Comments (2)
Oakland Gardens

Take a bite out of the Big Apple Circus

As the lights come up on this year’s Big Apple Circus production of “Luminocity” it looks more like Times Square than its actual setting in Cunningham Park. Comment
South Richmond Hill

Suspects sought in Liberty Avenue robberies

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were requesting help in finding at least two men suspected of assaulting and robbing four victims along Liberty Avenue between 125th and 126th streets since early April, the NYPD said. Comment

Police crack down on distracted driving

CITYWIDE — More than 5,000 tickets were issued during a two-day Vision Zero enforcement initiative across the five boroughs earlier this month, the NYPD announced. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Queens Civic Congress honors four leaders at luncheon

The Queens Civic Congress, an umbrella organization of more than 100 civic associations in Queens, had its ninth biennial luncheon at Antun’s Caterers in Queens Village. Civic, co-op and tenant association leaders are the unpaid volunteers who work to maintain the quality of life in Queens communities. Comment

Diversity Matters

It looks as though there will be some drama this year in at least three Queens races for Albany seats. Shaking off the often soporific mood of the election season, several challengers have stepped into the ring to oppose boldfaced names in the state Legislature. Comments (3)

Legal drinking age should be made 18

I am old enough to join the military, old enough to buy a car, old enough to own a house, but I am not old enough to purchase alcohol. As I move up in the social rankings, I should not be held back socially among my peers. Comments (2)

Friday, May 23, 2014


Liu launches bid to challenge Avella

Former city Comptroller John Liu officially kicked off his campaign to unseat state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) Friday morning. Comments (7)

World’s Fairs celebrated

Queens remembered. Comment
Middle Village

Candidates raise funds for Assembly seat race

Petitioning for state legislative races does not get underway until next week, but state Assemblywoman Margaret Markey’s (D-Ridgewood) campaign and a Middle Village challenger have already begun soliciting financial support. Comment

Massive flooding ravages Lindenwood residents

The city Department of Environmental Protection has taken responsibility for floods that poured into southern Queens last week after heavy thunderstorms rolled through the area. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Queens GOP leaders rip gov on education at Boro Hall

Queens Republicans say they are ready to school New York’s chief educator. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows wants fix for 179th Street cave-in

Fresh Meadows residents joined their elected officials Monday to call on the city to repair a sinking street that has caused homeowners to file dozens of complaints for more than a year as the thoroughfare continues to deteriorate. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Dems tap Lancman’s wife for judgeship

City Councilman Rory Lancman’s (D-Fresh Meadows) wife has been nominated by the Queens Democratic Party as its candidate for a Queens Civil Court judgeship. Comment

Woodside street renamed for late Walter McCaffrey

The life and legacy of the late Walter McCaffrey was celebrated in Woodside Saturday when the corner of 61st Street and Woodside Avenue was renamed in his honor. Comment

Actors right at home in Astoria

When starry-eyed youngsters around the country dream of moving to New York City to pursue a life on the stage, they probably don’t imagine themselves in Astoria. Comment

Avella touts water rate bill

Despite a recent report that said there was not a significant way to prevent citywide water rate hikes without cutting infrastructure costs, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) hopes to lower some ratepayer’s bills through new legislation. Comments (3)

Transit unions call for money to be put into boro bus system

Days after President Barack Obama pleaded for infrastructure and transportation funding at the foot of the Tappan Zee Bridge, transit unions rallied for related investments in front of the Jamaica Bus Depot. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Sliwa-Katz case sealed

Guardian Angel Curtis Sliwa and Mary Sliwa have been divorced for two years, but a Manhattan judge moved a civil lawsuit detailing the Guardian Angel’s alleged extramarital affair with Borough President Melinda Katz into the court’s matrimonial division and out of public records last week. Comment

MTA and workers union approve a 5-year contract

In a record affirmative vote, thousands of Transport Workers Union members, who operate subways and buses, have approved a new five-year contract. Comment
Middle Village

Missing Middle Village teen found in Philadelphia

MIDDLE VILLAGE — An 18-year-old Brooklyn Tech student from Middle Village who went missing May 15 was located earlier this week and in good health, the NYPD said. Comment
Block Shots

New playoff format hurts softball teams

The PSAL’s expanded softball playoff format doesn’t help anyone. Comments (2)

Thursday, May 22, 2014


Strand Smokehouse reopens for business

The Strand Smokehouse reopened for business on Thursday. The popular Astoria barbecue joint, at 25-27 Broadway, was shuttered by the Department of Health 21 days ago after the owner interfered with a routine inspection in August. Comment

Lally and Labate square off at NEQRC forum

Two Republican candidates vying to become the next representative of New York’s 3rd Congressional District debated issues such as universal health care and immigration reform at a forum Wednesday night hosted by the Northeast Queens Republican Club. Comments (2)

Boaters battle Flushing Bay pollution

Carmel Fromson knew something was wrong when she woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in her eye. Comments (7)
Little Neck

Gluck agrees to lower wall

After receiving dozens of complaints from residents and civic associations, the E. Gluck Corp. announced this week it would be making changes to a 36-foot-tall gray wall the company put up last month at the site of its new warehouse in Little Neck. Comments (2)
Jamaica Hills

Jamaica Hills school flouts hiring regulation: Parents

Queens Gateway parents say the city skirted administrative hiring practices when appointing a principal in 2012, but they are not going to let similar violations slide this time. Comments (17)

Liu poised to face Avella for Senate

In a widely anticipated move, former city Comptroller John Liu announced Thursday he would challenge state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who recently bolted from the mainline Democrats and joined the Independent Democratic Conference. Comments (4)

Bratton shares collaborative vision in Jamaica

Police Commissioner William Bratton pledged to make collaboration the hallmark of his tenure at the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. annual meeting Wednesday afternoon. Comments (1)

Bring ferry service to NE Qns: Vallone

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) is one of three representatives in Queens asking the city to consider expanding ferry service to two locations in the northeast part of the borough. Comments (6)

Cops arrest two in Bayside thefts involving child

Police arrested two women earlier this week in connection with a series of thefts in which a child was used to help the suspects steal from three Bayside stores, including two on the same day, the NYPD said. Comment
Long Island City

Thousands attend two events in LIC

Long Island City was the place to be with thousands of people drawn to two events, the fourth annual LIC Arts Open and the first LIC Springs! Comment
Little Neck

Little Neck-Douglaston parade set

Just two months after many residents feared for the future of the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, the annual event is set to kick off Monday afternoon for the 87th year in a row. Comments (1)

Memorial Day Parades

There are a number parades scheduled in Queens to commemorate Memorial Day. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

1,900 earn degrees in SJU Class of ‘14

St. John’s University held its 144th commencement ceremony on the Great Lawn Sunday with nearly 1,900 undergraduate students receiving their degrees and close to 10,000 family, friends and faculty in attendance. Comments (1)

Sen. Stavisky launches re-election campaign

A few days after a Democratic opponent declared his candidacy, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) launched her bid for re-election last week. Comment
Glen Oaks

Najmi ditches plan to challenge Weprin

Ali Najmi has popped the speculative bubble enveloping his campaign committee. Comment

Cyberbully hits Whitestone students

A Whitestone school is still trying to figure out the identity of an anonymous cyberbully who lashed out at several of its students last weekend on Instagram. Comment
Richmond Hill

Cops search for suspect in Rich Hill burglaries: NYPD

RICHMOND HILL — Police were seeking help in identifying a suspect wanted in three recent burglaries in the Richmond Hill area, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Terriers win diocesan title

During the last five seasons, St. Francis Prep watched in defeat as its opponents celebrated their diocesan titles. No loss was more painful then being beaten in two straight softball games by Fontbonne Hall and falling a win shy last season. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s falls short in quest for first place

SOUTH ORANGE — St. John’s didn’t help itself enough and didn’t receive the outside assistance it needed to win a Big East regular season baseball title. Comment

Cathedral Prep falls to Nazareth after sloppy defense

It was a day of missed opportunities for Cathedral Prep of Elmhurst. Comment
Middle Village

Former CK star makes MSG debut with NY Liberty

Tina Charles has played at Madison Square Garden before, but not for one of MSG’s resident teams. Comment

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Forest Hills

Updated: Truck kills 66-year-old in Forest Hills parking lot: NYPD

A 66-year-old man was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer backing up in a Forest Hills Key Food parking lot at 10:17 a.m. Wednesday, the NYPD said. Comments (3)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Authorities hunting for driver in hit-and-run that injured man in Astoria: Cops [With Video]

Police were searching for a driver who they said mowed down a pedestrian on an Astoria sidewalk and took off early Saturday morning. Comments (3)

Two women arrested in Bayside shoplifting theft using child: Police

Two women have been arrested in connection with a series of thefts in which they allegedly used a small child to help them steal from three Bayside stores, including two on the same day, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Transit workers ratify new MTA contract

The Transport Workers Union, representing 34,000 subway and bus workers, has overwhelmingly approved a new contract with the MTA. Comment

Suspect sought in Pomonok bowling alley shooting [With Video]

Police were looking for a man they said shot a 36-year-old man outside a bowling alley in Pomonok Saturday night. Comments (1)

Monday, May 19, 2014


Queens Democratic Party nominates Liu to face off against Avella

Former city Comptroller John Liu was officially nominated Monday morning as the Queens Democratic Party’s pick to challenge state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (13)

Whitestone students struck by cyberbully

St. Luke School students have been hit by a cyberbully. Comments (4)
Little Neck

E. Gluck agrees to lower wall in Little Neck

Northeast Queens lawmakers announced Monday that the E. Gluck Corporation has agreed to modify a 36-foot gray wall that has become the source of dozens of complaints from Little Neck residents. Comments (4)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Far Rockaway

Escaped shoplifting suspect apprehended by police: NYPD

A prisoner who gave police the slip Friday at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in the Rockaways, was back in custody by Saturday night, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)

Police ID Clearview accident victim

Police identified a 51-year-old woman killed in an accident on the Clearview Expressway as Bayside resident Ingrid L. Arcuik. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Terriers to play in softball final with semifinal upset of Fontbonne

Monica Zhivanaj was helpless as she watched Fontbonne leadoff hitter Bianca Marletta send a ball over the left field fence for a home run in the bottom of the first inning. But instead of letting it rattle her, the St. Francis Prep sophomore pitcher used it as motivation. Comment


Do you know an immigrant in Queens who has made an impact on the community? Nominate a person who has made a difference for the 2018 Queens Ambassador Awards.

Sign up for daily news e-mails!


TimesLedger archive

CNG Radio

Brooklyn Paper Radio

Listen: ►iTunes ►RSS
Community News Group

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!