Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Kew Gardens

Austin’s Ale House moves the party outside

After several years of planning and renovations, Austin’s Ale House in Kew Gardens officially unveiled its new outdoor patio area last week for the first time since the lengthy redesign was completely finished. Comment
St. Albans

Fund transportation: Miller

New York City may lose $2 billion in federal funding for road, bridge and mass transportation repairs and projects unless Congress takes action and continues to allocate money for the so-called Highway Trust Fund. Comments (2)

Bayside stores to extend Thursday hours

The Bayside Village Business Improvement District launched its Thursday Nights Out campaign last week aimed at promoting businesses in the neighborhood by extending their hours during the summer months. Comment

Free meals for children to be offered at Queens Library locations

This summer, 22 Queens Library locations will provide meals for children and teens 18 and under every Monday through Friday from June 27 to Aug. 29. Comments (7)

Performance venue encourages cell phone use

Anyone who has ever attended a live performance in a New York City theater knows the drill when it comes to cell phones. Comment

Tip of the week


Fence ruins look of neighborhood

Forest Hills is a beautiful community known for glorious green areas. Apartments and co-ops maintain lawns, grass and shrubbery so the area remains attractive. Comments (1)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hollis Hills

New York Hospital Queens honors Hollis Hills couple

A Hollis Hills couple was honored at a gala this week with New York Hospital Queens’ highest award in recognition of the many years the two have spent working to better the institution for the people it serves. Comment
Dining Out

Catch new addition to Forest Hills’ dining scene

Reef is the latest addition to the off-Austin Street, Forest Hills dining scene. It occupies the two-story space (street level and basement) that formerly housed Status Quo, and before that the Network Café. It features Mediterranean-style seafood, and other things, with the major emphasis on Greece and a minor one on Italy. Comment

Pols don’t understand Flushing Meadows

Flushing Meadows Corona Park has three distinctions: It is the most used of this city’s municipal parks; it has the largest lake; and it is the most neglected, underfunded and abused, dumped upon with all sorts of structures that do not belong in an urban park, courtesy of the Neanderthal politicians who mismanage this city, view FMCP not as an urban park but as real estate to be turned over to real estate and business interests — their true constituents — and the public be damned. Comments (4)

Monday, June 9, 2014


York College graduates face challenges of the future

York College valedictorian Katsiaryna Hud revealed the secret to success to her fellow 1,069 graduates at the 44th commencement ceremony of the Jamaica campus. Comment

Qns ex-cop arraigned

A former NYPD officer from Bellerose has been charged with vandalizing buildings and vehicles in Borough Park with anti-Semitic graffiti, according to the Brooklyn district attorney,. Comment
Richmond Hill

Elevator, subway upgrades slated for Lefferts Blvd stop

The Lefferts Boulevard A train station is slated to get a major face-lift just in time for its 100th anniversary. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Cops seek public help in finding missing teen

EAST ELMHURST — Police from the 115th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in finding Elizabeth Larrea, who was last seen May 27 at her 88th Street residence. Comments (2)

Senior last seen at Ridgewood home: Cops

RIDGEWOOD — Police were searching for a 92-year-old reported missing from his Ridgewood home. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Cuomo scores coup by attaining Working Families line

Once again, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has exhibited his highly superior political negotiating skills in securing the Working Families Party endorsement after a fascinating kabuki dance with the left-leaning — and important — group. Comments (2)

Protect birds and people in planes

The recent near-collisions between jets on runways and in the air once again are showing that human, not avian error, is to blame. Comments (2)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Long Island City

Record crowds mark Taste of LIC despite rainstorm

High winds and heavy rain did nothing to slow the ninth annual Taste of LIC at Gantry Plaza State Park Tuesday. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Lancman offers workplace safety bill

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) has introduced new bills he hopes will bring down workplace injuries at city agencies. Comment
Ozone Park

Police search for suspects in Ozone Park armed robbery

OZONE PARK — Police were asking for help finding two men they said robbed a 47-year-old man at gunpoint outside his Ozone Park home April 24. Comment

Police search for missing Flushing man

FLUSHING — Police were searching for a missing man who disappeared May 29. Comment

Police search for Astoria bank robbery suspect

ASTORIA — Police were hunting for a suspect who allegedly robbed a bank May 27, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
Rego Park

Cops search for burglars who hit pet store

REGO PARK — Police were looking for two burglars who they said broke into a Rego Park pet store and stole nine parrots and bird cages worth more than $1,200 May 28. Comment
Far Rockaway

NYPD searching for missing Far Rock man

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were seeking help in locating a missing Far Rockaway man. Comment

Jamaica man pleads guilty to tax fraud: State

JAMAICA — A Jamaica man who formerly worked as a certified public accountant pleaded guilty to charges that he tried to defraud New York state out of millions of dollars in tax credits, the state Department of Taxation and Finance said. Comments (1)
I Sit and Look Out

Society must protect the sanctity of spoken language

I do not remember having speech classes until I got to City College. Then I had to take four sessions, one credit each, over the years I was there. Sometimes that meant getting up to the campus at night for just that one hour each week. Comments (3)

Gov’t must do more to ensure vets’ health care

Last month, reports surfaced that a Phoenix-based U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health-care facility maintained two separate lists of patients, one of which doomed nearly 1,600 sick veterans to suffer serious illness without treatment and led to the preventable death of 40 others. Comments (2)

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Markey launches re-election campaign

State Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) launched her re-election bid this weekend while petitioning with Queens Democratic Party Leader U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and supporters at her side. Comment

Schumer proposes to give children’s groups access to FBI database

Legislation that would give children’s groups access to federal criminal background checks on new employees and volunteers was announced by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) following the arrest of 23 Queens residents charged in a child pornography ring. Comment
Breezy Point

Weather Channel visits Breezy Point to report on 2014 hurricane season

With the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season beginning June 1, the Weather Channel is true to the network’s “It’s Amazing Out There” mantra. Comment
Jackson Heights

Women punch, slash straphanger at 74th Street station: NYPD

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Authorities were searching for two women who allegedly attacked a man on a No. 7 train platform, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows man sentenced after sending sexual messages to cop posing as teen: DA

FRESH MEADOWS — A Fresh Meadows resident has been sentenced to at least a year and a half in prison for trying to disseminate indecent material online to a detective he believed was a 14-year-old girl, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Ozone Park

Man sought in Ozone Park burglary: Police [With Video]

OZONE PARK — Police were trying to identify a suspect wanted in a burglary last week in the 106th Precinct. Comment

BK man pleads guilty to assault as a hate crime in Ridgewood attack: DA

RIDGEWOOD — Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week that a 25-year-old Brooklyn man pleaded guilty to an assault as a hate crime stemming from his 2012 attack of a man in Ridgewood. Comment
Queens Village

Cops search for missing Queens Village woman

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police were searching for an elderly woman last seen at her home in Queens Village last week. Comment
On Point

Mayor’s budget will spell doom for city in the future

Years from now, when the city is teetering on the financial abyss, just like Detroit, folks may ask, “How did this happen?” Comments (1)

A Bold Stand

It took a strong woman to agree to give up some of her power in the City Council. Comment

Preserve memory of ‘39 fair

Benjamin Haber should realize he is “Wrong on the World’s Fair” (TimesLedger Newspapers, May 16-22). Haber’s pathetic misunderstanding of the fact that the 1939 fair was not conceived as a “little people’s park for the less privileged” to kick a soccer ball around the greens. Comments (1)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Jamaica Hills

Disabled kids in limbo

Her son was struggling at Queens Gateway, but Sandra Williams put off requesting a hearing with the city, hoping the special education certificate she was told his instructor had would materialize and his lessons would improve. Comments (2)

Giant art supply store opens in old Sunnyside factory

Artists in Sunnyside and Long Island City are celebrating the recent opening of a mammoth supply store, at 34-09 Queens Blvd. Comment
Forest Hills

Man wanted in alleged sexual assault in Forest Hills: NYPD

Police have released a sketch of a suspect wanted in the sexual abuse of a 47-year-old woman in her Forest Hills apartment building Tuesday, the NYPD said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens Community House and Plaza College struggle

Administrators of Queens Community House still face logistical nightmares after their main headquarters in Jackson Heights was destroyed in a massive five-alarm blaze April 21. Comment

168th St. to be one-way at Muslim center entry

At a time when the de Blasio administration is making huge efforts to increase street safety in every neighborhood in the city, Jamaica Hills just got a big chunk of good news. Comments (2)
College Point

Avonte’s family files suit for $25 million

Avonte Oquendo’s family is ready to take the city to court. Comments (4)

Corona restaurant turns into haven for World Cup

With the start of the World Cup Finals set to begin in less than two weeks in Brazil, one Corona restaurant is set to capitalize on the fervor sure to sweep the overwhelmingly Hispanic neighborhood. Comments (3)

Queens women find second family while playing on football team

The New York Sharks are a women’s pro tackle football team. Even after playing for more than a decade, most New Yorkers have never heard of them. Comments (2)

Thousands celebrate graduation from Queensborough

More than 2,000 students celebrated the end of a chapter of their lives while also preparing to begin a new one as the Queensborough Community College Class of 2014 walked across the stage last Friday. Comments (3)

One Fulton Square Hyatt opens for business

The first part of the $125 million One Fulton Square development has opened in downtown Flushing. Comment

Crowley calls for streamlining 9-1-1 call system immediately

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) says too many dispatchers on a 911 call may be bungling the response. Comment

Gim challenges Kim in rematch

Phil Gim is running for state Assembly again. Comment
Howard Beach

Build It Back to staff pols’ offices

The city will be dispatching Build It Back representatives to state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.’s Howard Beach and state Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder’s Howard Beach and Ozone Park offices every Thursday afternoon beginning June 5. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Stay tuned for Queens reality

Once considered the dumping ground of network television, summer months now include new scripted shows and plenty of reality TV choices. Comment

Teachers union approves 9-yr contract with DOE

The United Federation of Teachers approved a ground-breaking contract this week that will implement several changes to improve education and increase the influence teachers have in the decision-making process inside schools. Comments (1)

California Chrome to seek Triple Crown

Racing fans will gather at the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, L.I., Saturday to possibly witness sports history as California Chrome races for the Triple Crown. Comment
South Jamaica

Police ID officer killed in motorcycle accident

SOUTH JAMAICA — An off-duty police officer was killed in a motorcycle accident in South Jamaica Monday evening, police said. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Police search for Forest Hills senior

FOREST HILLS — Police requested assistance finding a 79-year-old Forest Hills man who went missing Tuesday, the NYPD said. Comment
Block Shots

Judges deserve respect for this season’s unexpected success

Benjamin Cardozo isn’t your traditional championship contender. Comments (1)

Commodores fall to Tottenville

Bayside’s bats and hearts had pushed them through adversity all season — but couldn’t take the Commodores any further. Comment

Thursday, June 5, 2014

South Ozone Park

Police nab suspect in child stabbings in S. Ozone Park

Police cuffed a 27-year-old ex-convict in South Ozone Park Wednesday evening after the mayor and the police commissioner requested help finding the man suspected of stabbing a child to death and seriously injuring another in Brooklyn last weekend, the NYPD said. Comment

Major gang bust linked to ‘Chicken’ Murphy murder: Manhattan DA

City officials announced the indictments of 103 suspected gang members in a sweeping investigation into gang warfare that authorities say was fueled in part by the murder of Queensbridge basketball star Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy. Comment

Elevator worker dies in fall at Sunnyside school site

An elevator construction worker was killed Thursday morning after falling down an elevator shaft from the fifth floor of a school that is under construction in Sunnyside, the NYPD said. Police received a 911 call at 8:15 a.m. and responded to the PS 313 work site, at 45-45 42nd St. where the worker, who was in his 40s, was removed from the basement, authorities said. Comment

Smith’s federal corruption trial gets under way

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), former Bayside City Councilman Daniel Halloran, and Queens Republican Party Ex-Vice President Vincent Tabone went on trial in federal court Wednesday with prosecutors calling the high-profile case a cautionary tale about “the corruption of an election.” Comments (2)

Mayor rejects Olympic plan for rail yards

Mayor Bill de Blasio has rejected the possibility of bringing the 2024 Summer Olympics to western Queens. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis JROTC departs for Normandy

Nineteen members of the storied Junior ROTC program at Francis Lewis High School embarked on the trip of a lifetime this week as they headed to Europe to participate in the anniversary celebration of D-Day, the same week that City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) launched a fight to remove the programs from schools. Comment
Long Island City

U.S. labor secretary tells LaGuardia CC grads to never give up

More than 1,000 members of LaGuardia Community College’s Class of 2014 expressed its exultation with traditional screams of joy Thursday after two speakers urged them to seize the day in their quest for success. Comment

Electeds at odds over reforms at Queens Library

With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, lawmakers have been working to get through an impasse on dueling Queens Library reform bills. Comment

Queens Academy operating without permanent principal since January

Weeks after allegations surfaced that the city was not upholding hiring rules at Queens Gateway to Health Sciences, teachers at a Flushing school supervised by the same superintendant said they are facing similar problems. Comments (2)

Advocates want funding for lawyers in New York deportee cases

Last year José, a longtime Woodside resident, stood before an immigration court in Manhattan. Comments (3)

Ridgewood teacher accused of rape: DA

A day after a 39-year-old Glover Cleveland High School physical education teacher was arraigned on charges of engaging in a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student, the Queens DA said she returned to Queens Criminal Court Wednesday on similar charges involving a second student. Comment
Queens Village

Pre-K application results ready as city adds 10,000 more seats

Mayor Bill de Blasio made two trips to Queens in the past week to discuss the next steps in providing pre-kindergarten for tens of thousands of children across the five boroughs. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Borough salutes gay pride

Mayor Bill de Blasio did something none of his predecessors had ever done Sunday when he marched in the Queens Pride Parade. Comment
Long Island City

Hundreds call on DOT to make Center Boulevard safer for child pedestrians

A boisterous crowd of nearly 250 Long Island City residents, many of them schoolchildren, gathered at the corner of Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue to demand traffic calming measures from the city Department of Transportation last Friday. Comment

Queens family raises two transgender kids

Jeff and Mary Timmons were surprised when their second son Gabriel told them he wanted to be a girl at 4, but the bigger shock was when their youngest daughter, Jamie, also turned out to be a transgender child. Comments (19)

Queens College hails 90th graduation

More than 2,500 Queens College students huddled under gray skies last week to receive their degrees at the Flushing school’s 90th commencement ceremony. Comment
Queens Village

Pols worry about Creedmoor security

Concern mounted over security at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village after another patient escaped Tuesday by climbing over a fence, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
No Holds Barred

American education has been dumbed down

I don’t know much about science except what I read. I took general science at JHS 73 in Maspeth. Somehow I got through Newtown High School without taking any science courses, but since I have an academic diploma and a Regents diploma and was elected to Arista, I guess I wasn’t cheating. Comments (9)

Suspect in ‘Gatsby’ robbery arrested in Queens: FBI

KEW GARDENS — The FBI announced the arrest of suspect dubbed the “Gatsby Bandit” Tuesday. Comment

Judges to play in city final

Keith Rogers has lived and thrived in the big moment all season. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Construction headed back to PSAL final

A narrow victory in the quarterfinal brought out the best of Construction in the following round. Comments (1)

Molloy heads to final with Curran in mind

Archbishop Molloy is a win away from completing a goal it hoped to accomplish last season — honoring former Coach Jack Curran with a CHSAA baseball title. Comment
Long Island City

Info Tech captures city volleyball title

The health status of Information Technology star hitter Mateusz Szumilo for the championship match was uncertain even minutes from the start. Comment

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


TimesLedger honors Queens Impact awardees

The Queens Impact Awards recognized 27 men and women who have made a difference in Queens during a dinner for 250 people at Douglaston Manor May 15. The honorees were nominated by an outside committee. Comment

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Teacher charged with rape in 104th Precinct: NYPD

A teacher at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood has been arrested and charged with rape and criminal sexual act, the NYPD and DOE said. Comments (100)
South Jamaica

Off duty officer dies in South Jamaica motorcycle accident: NYPD

An off-duty police officer was killed in a motorcycle accident in South Jamaica Monday evening, police said. Comments (2)

Monday, June 2, 2014


Jury selection underway in Halloran, Smith and Tabone trial

Jury selection for the federal corruption trial of state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), former Bayside Councilman Daniel Halloran and ex-vice chairman of the Queens Republican Party Vincent Tabone was slated to begin Monday in what prosecutors have described as an elaborate ploy by Smith to bribe his way onto the GOP line in a failed mayoral bid. Comments (5)

Missing Whitestone woman found in Manhattan

Police have found a missing Whitestone woman who disappeared May 9. Comments (1)

Maspeth school safe after gas smell detected: FDNY

Martin Luther School evacuated its Maspeth campus Monday morning due to the smell of gasoline, the FDNY said. Comment

Bronx-Whitestone Bridge to close overnight for construction

Construction on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge will shut down two of three southbound lanes heading into Queens overnight. The reconstruction project will start Monday at 11 p.m. and continue into Tuesday until 5 a.m. It will close again Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Comments (1)

Sunday, June 1, 2014


Queens cop charged with assaulting girlfriend: Police

An off duty NYPD officer was arrested after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend in his northeast Queens home Saturday morning, police said. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Queens celebrates 22nd annual Pride Parade

Despite the No. 7 line being shut down for repair work this weekend, thousands gathered along 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights Sunday afternoon to celebrate Queens Pride 2014. Comments (1)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ozone Park

Construction, Bayside win thrillers to advance in softball semifinals

Emily Perez lofted a ball down the left field line with a chance to send Construction to the semifinals. The junior third baseman didn’t need to see that it landed right on the foul line to bring home Britney Rodriguez for the winning run. She just listened to the cheers from her dugout and watched the reaction of first base Coach Tito Rodriguez. Comment


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