Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gds. man receives life sentence for killing his parents

The Springfield Gardens man convicted of shooting his parents to death in 2011 will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Tuesday. Comments (7)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Retired colonel joins NYHQ to improve trauma unit

Whether he is in Queens, his native Croatia or Iraq, Dr. Slobodan Jazarevic is always up for a challenge. Comment

Sounds of the season to fill Queensbridge

Summerstage, a program of the City Parks Foundation, kicks off in June in parks around the city with live performances from artists across various genres. Comment

Queens students team up with the Guggenheim

Artists who have work on display at the Guggenheim Museum have recently gotten younger — some have not even reached their eighth birthdays. Comment

Summer in the borough means Shakespeare

If it’s summer in Queens, then the borough’s parks are once again filled with free Shakespeare, courtesy of Hip to Hip Theatre Co. Comments (1)

Tip of the week


1939 was uplifting and somber

The year 1939 has much significance in history. Comment

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Long Island City

Pussy Riot documentary to top summer film series at Socrates

The annual outdoor summer film festival at Socrates Sculpture Park will get underway in July with a real attention-getter. Comment

Glendale animator brings his work to life

At the Queens Public Library in Forest Hills, there is a young man in the children’s section every weekday who helps students with their homework. Comment
South Ozone Park

N.C. man draws 110 years for cabbie attack, robbery

A North Carolina man was sentenced last week to serve 110 years in prison for a six-month-long crime spree in 2010 that included the armed robberies of several Queens fast-food restaurants and the attempted murder of a cab driver, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comments (8)

Don’t legalize illegal apartments

Mayor Bill de Blasio plans on creating 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next 10 years in the city. We need more affordable housing in our city, but some of the steps he and other officials will be taking to accomplish this goal are disturbing. Comments (3)

Monday, June 2, 2014


Avella dedicates May to Korean families

Representatives from Queens’ Korean organizations gathered in Bayside last week to welcome a proclamation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially declaring May as Korean-American Family Month in New York state. Comments (3)

Medicaid provider expands to Flushing after fraud trial

A Florida-based Medicaid plan provider, whose former chief executive officer was recently sentenced to prison on health-care fraud charges, has opened a new location in downtown Flushing. Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

Police searching for missing Far Rock man

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were asking for help locating a Far Rockaway man reported missing last week. Comments (1)
New Voices

Boro group works to prepare young women for college

Sometimes old traditions die hard in Queens’ immigrant communities. Despite the best efforts of educators, as well as spiritual and community leaders, some young women face difficulties in asserting themselves, building their identities and receiving equal and fair treatment within their families. Comments (2)

Be wary of DOE suspension rates

The city Department of Education recently released student suspension data. Do not read too much into it. Your child’s school is not necessarily better or worse for the numbers. Comments (2)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Ozone Park

Qns cop, paramedic charged in child porn sting: Agents

Authorities announced last week that the largest child porn sting in state history resulted in the arrest of 23 Queens residents, including an Ozone Park police officer, an Astoria nurse and a paramedic. Comments (3)

Astoria Post Office opens

A new Astoria post office’s first day passed without ceremony Saturday, but several at the 30-11 21st St. facility stopped to praise it. Comment
Middle Village

The Kings of Queens

The two men with the wavy, slicked-back hair could pass for your typical father and son until you take a closer look. Comments (1)

Fund seniors: Vallone

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) is one of three city representatives asking Mayor Bill de Blasio to increase funding for the city Department for the Aging in the 2015 budget. Comment

Laurelton marks Memorial Day

Participants in the annual Laurelton Memorial Day Parade marched through the streets of southeast Queens Monday morning. Comment

Woodside honors its fallen soldiers

Following a ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial at the corner of Woodside and 57th Street in front of the St. Sebastian’s school, participants in the Woodside Memorial Day Parade marched through the neighborhood. Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker and Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer joined flag bearers, veterans and supporters at the annual event, which concluded at Woodside’s Doughboy Park. Comment
Ozone Park

Police search for Ozone Park slashing suspects [With Video]

OZONE PARK — Police were looking for at least two men wanted in connection with an Ozone Park assault that happened in the early morning of May 18. Comment

Housing plan is un-American

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan of 200,000 apartments, 120,000 of which are slated to be in presently illegal city basements, is reminiscent of the 1950 housing program for Moscow of Nikita Khrushchev, the late Soviet premier. Comments (3)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Kew Gardens

Workers demand fair wages

Airport workers carried their fight for better wages and benefits directly to one of the contractors underpaying them. Comments (1)
Bayside Hills

Bayside Hills honors veterans

The Bayside Hills Civic Association held a Memorial Day Ceremony at The Flagpole on Bell Boulevard at 53rd Avenue Saturday morning. Several elected officials addressed attendees after local theater star Rhea Arkin sang the National Anthem and BHCA President Michael Feiner made his remarks. Comment
South Jamaica

Sutphin sings of peace

Memorial Day weekend was marked in South Jamaica with a chorus of “I love my life” proclamations. Comments (2)
Howard Beach

Howard Beach remembers those who served their country

A mass at Our Lady of Grace Church was held before the annual Howard Beach Memorial Day Parade, which began at 11 a.m. Monday in Coleman Square. Veterans and Boy Scouts took part in the procession through the streets of Old Howard Beach, followed by a contingent from the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Comment
College Point

Annual parade marches through College Point

Participants in the annual College Point Memorial Day Parade kicked off at 2 p.m. Sunday at 28rd Avenue and College Point Boulevard and concluded at MacNeil Park. State Sen. Tony Avella served as the grand marshal, and Isabella Joan Hollaway was named this year’s Poppy Queen. Comments (1)

NYPD nabs over 1,000 in speeding initiative

QUEENS — Police slapped 1,219 Queens drivers with speeding summonses in a two-day enforcement blitz in May. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Men wanted in S. Ozone Park robbery: Cops

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Police were searching for a group of men who are believed to have robbed a man in front of a deli in South Ozone Park earlier this month. Comment

Former TMLA guard commits to Colonials

Mei-Lyn Bautista had her summer plans set, but things quickly went off course for the better. Comment

Ferry Good Idea

Queens has a major resource that is unlimited, free and accessible: the East River. Comments (1)

Let pols know about need for quiet skies

As you may already know, the Federal Aviation Administration announced May 16 that the Airspace Redesign program will be modified and new changes will be made to New York airspace. Comments (2)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Queens Village

Mayor says he’s not interested in bringing Olympics to NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio Friday put the brakes on any talk of bringing the 2024 Olympic Games to New York City. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

No. 7 line to be shut between Times Square and 74th Street this weekend

Starting at 2 a.m. Saturday until 4:30 a.m. Monday No. 7 Flushing line subway trains will not operate between Times Square and 74th Street-Broadway in both directions. Comment

Senior punched in the face in Howard Beach purse robbery [With Video]

HOWARD BEACH — Police were looking for a pair of teens, who snatched a 73-year-old woman’s handbag in Howard Beach Tuesday afternoon and punched her in the face, the NYPD said. Comments (3)

Glendale details shelter concerns residents want included in study

Hundreds poured into Christ the King Regional High School’s auditorium last week to share concerns about how a homeless shelter could strain Glendale: Which sewage system would the facility link into? Would it exacerbate flooding? Could it blend with the area’s mostly single- and two-family homes? Comments (2)

GOP hopefuls trade barbs at heated debate

Two Republican candidates vying for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Great Neck) clashed repeatedly at a forum hosted last week by the Northeast Queens Republican Club as they debated issues such as healthcare and immigration. Comments (3)
Rockaway Beach

Beach opens in Rockaway despite repairs

Eileen Anderson trekked over a mound of sand dredged between Rockaway Beach and the ocean and sat near a long pipe with the words “danger, keep off” scrawled in orange. Comment

Gim announces Kim challenge

Flushing Republican Phil Gim has announced he will take a second crack at state Assemblyman Ron Kim’s (D-Flushing) seat. Comments (7)
Richmond Hill

DOE backtracks on changes at Rich Hill High

The city said it reached a compromise with Richmond Hill High School over space changes, but school leaders contend the city schools chancellor should have come and extended the olive branch herself. Comment

Katz gives nod to Ridgewood rezoning

Borough President Melinda Katz gave her blessing to rezoning a corner of Ridgewood to make way for 96 residential units — with two suggested caveats. Comment

Maspeth marks Memorial Day with parade

Thousands of people turned out for the annual Maspeth Memorial Day Parade Sunday. Comment

Queens war veterans honored for service

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) marked this year’s Memorial Day holiday by honoring a group of war veterans for their service during a ceremony held in Bayside last week. Comment
Long Island City

9th annual Taste of LIC set for next week at Gantry

Long Island City is gearing up for its social event of the season as the ninth annual Taste of LIC prepares to take over the Plaza at Gantry State Park Tuesday. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills honors veterans during Memorial Day event

Crowds gathered on Metropolitan Avenue Sunday to watch the Forest Hills Memorial Day parade, but some were disappointed the annual event did not draw the mayor. Comment

Health center to build new Flushing facility

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center has announced it is going to build a 9,000-square-foot Flushing facility in conjunction with an affordable housing complex. Comments (4)

Council to distribute funding more equally

The City Council officially adopted a detailed reform package earlier this month that includes changes to the way funds are distributed to all members for non-profits in their districts by leveling the playing field. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Seven boro men charged in NE Queens fraud hits

Seven people are facing charges in connection with two separate fraud rings they allegedly participated in throughout northeast Queens over the past two years, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comments (5)

Jamaica singer brings Latin roots to his music

Talented and passionate best describe Latin pop artist Sharky El Tiburon’s music that is packed with both emotional and positive messages. Comment

Glendale gathers to honor those who served

The annual Ridgewood-Glendale Memorial Day Parade was held on Myrtle Avenue Monday. Comment
Jamaica Estates

SJU eliminated from Big East

St. John’s was left without a baseball championship to show for its fantastic regular season. Comment

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Halloran may plead insane in upcoming trial

Former Bayside Councilman Daniel Halloran’s attorneys contend his benign brain tumor may not have been so harmless. Comments (5)
Queens Village

Wills says he refused to wear wire

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) said he never wore a wire despite pressure from state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in what his lawyer described as a bid to take down African-American officials who did not support New York’s top prosecutor. Comments (1)

Liu kicks off campaign as Avella pledges to raise $100,000

To say John Liu has hit the ground running would be an understatement. Comments (9)
Jackson Heights

Jax Ht. BID ready for expansion vote

The plans for expanding the Jackson Heights Business Improvement District is moving forward with word that ballots will be delivered to 1,500 addresses at the end of June. Comments (4)
Little Neck

Little Neck-Douglaston marks Memorial Day

Northern Boulevard in Little Neck and Douglaston was covered in red, white and blue Monday afternoon for the annual Memorial Day Parade. Comments (1)

Whitestone mom brings son home from Ukraine

A Whitestone mother and her 4-year-old son, who was stranded in Ukraine for months, have been reunited, after U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) intervened. Comment

Police hunting for hoodie-wearing suspect in Laurelton slay

Police were still looking for a gunman in a dark-colored hoodie who shot and killed a 20-year-old gym teacher in his Laurelton back yard early Monday morning and wounded another man, the NYPD said Wednesday. Comments (1)
College Point

TNP trucks must go: Avella

College Point residents who have wrestled with a trucking operation in their neighborhood for years might finally be on the verge of closing it down. Comments (2)

Whitestone pays tribute to soldiers during Memorial Day service

Following a ceremony at Whitestone Memorial Park, at 149th Street and 15th Drive, the Whitestone Memorial Day Parade marched through the streets and concluded at the park. Dr. David Copell, a Korean War veteran, served as the grand marshal of the event, which drew U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, city Comptroller Scott Stringer, state Sens. Toby Stavisky and Tony Avella, Assemblymen Ed Braunstein and Michael Simanowitz, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Paul Vallone. Comments (1)

Small biz squeezed in Astoria growth

An old-fashioned Italian bakery shut its doors Saturday after 38 years on 30th Avenue in Astoria, and at the same time a florist shop was forced to move from 31st Street after 92 years at the same spot. Comment

Lindenwood livid at DEP

Hundreds of homeowners and renters came out to hear city Comptroller Scott Stringer speak at the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association about the April 30 Lindenwood rainstorm, which flooded basements, garages and apartments with more than 2 feet of water, causing thousands of dollars of damage. Comment
Jackson Heights

7 train to be shut down for Pride Sunday

Organizers of the 22nd Pride Parade in Jackson Heights are expecting huge crowds Sunday even though the No. 7 line is shut down for repair work. Comment

Whitestone bully unlikely to face charges

A Whitestone cyberbully who school officials are still trying to identify will likely escape criminal charges as recent cyberbullying legislation passed in the state Legislature fell short of criminalizing online harassment. Comment

Gambino captain gets life for two ‘81 boro murders

A notorious Gambino crime family chieftain was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 10 years Tuesday after being convicted of a series of crimes during a 40-year mafia career that included everything from loansharking to murdering two Woodhaven bar owners in a rage over a spilled drink. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Terriers sweep St. Ray’s

St. Francis Prep reliever Devin Coy was warming up often during the Terriers’ two playoff games against St. Raymond’s. Comment

Dozo playoff game postponed in Brooklyn

A sunny day with clear skies and temperatures in the 80s — sounds like a beautiful day for baseball, right? Comments (1)

Stanners fall short of No. 1 playoff seed

Archbishop Molloy was unable to grab the top seed in the CHSAA Class AA baseball championship tournament, but remains one of the favorites to bring home the city title. Comment
Block Shots

Molloy develops into serious contender for CHSAA crown

The magical season for Molloy may come without star power and a year after it would have been a storybook ending. Comment

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Rockaway Park

Ferry runs ashore in Jamaica Bay

JAMAICA BAY — A Seastreak ferry ran aground in Jamaica Bay at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, but none of the 29 passengers on board were injured, the FDNY and NYPD said. Comments (1)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Updated: Man killed in Grand Central car fire caused by metal on roadway: FDNY

A 50-year-old Westchester man died and two people were injured in a car explosion on the Grand Central Parkway near the RFK Bridge Tuesday afternoon, the FDNY said. Comments (4)

Monday, May 26, 2014


Man fatally shot outside Laurelton house during BBQ

A 20-year-old man was shot and killed outside his Laurelton home early Monday morning. Comments (16)
Forest Hills

Forest Hills marks Memorial Day with parade

Dozens crowded along Metropolitan Avenue to watch the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade Sunday. Comments (2)

Sunday, May 25, 2014


Jamaica mother, children reported missing: NYPD

JAMAICA — The NYPD said a 19-year-old mother and her two young children were reported missing from their Jamaica home Wednesday. Comment
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights father fatally struck by sedan: NYPD

A Cambria Heights father was struck by a car and killed while bicycling blocks away from his home Friday morning, the NYPD and his mother said. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Police search for missing Ozone Park teen

OZONE PARK — Police requested assistance finding an 18-year-old man reported missing from his Ozone Park home Wednesday. Comment

Police search for missing Whitestone woman

Police were looking for a 34-year-old woman who went missing last Friday afternoon in Whitestone. Comment


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