Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Author donates $3,500 to Astoria Bookshop

In an age when e-readers are becoming more common than physical books, independent bookstores need all the help they can get. Comment

World’s Fair anniversary events take center stage

With the anniversary celebrations of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs in full swing, it is not difficult to find people who have amassed Fair-related paraphernalia eager to share their collections. But for Forest Hills fair aficionado Sharon Weinman, who was not even born when the ’64 Fair opened, the souvenirs go beyond the usual pennants, booklets and plastic knickknacks. Comments (2)
Jamaica Hills

City DOT agrees to make change to busy pedestrian thoroughfare

The timing was perfect. After last Friday’s prayer services at the Jamaica Muslim Center, and with hundreds of people thronging the street, the long-awaited message was heard. Comment

Pols seek to slow traffic

Elected officials implored the city to install speed bumps and paint a crosswalk near PS 232 about a week after two adults and their special needs child were hit by a car near the Lindenwood school. Comment

St. Mary’s gets grant from General Mills Foundation

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children announced this week it was awarded a $20,000 grant from the General Mills Foundation that will go toward funding its farm-to-table and fitness programs. Comment

Tip of the week


City must take advantage of ferries

The May 30-June 5 editorial “Ferry Good Idea” is the wave of the future. Our waterways are an underused natural asset which can offer significant transportation alternatives for thousands of New Yorkers. Comment

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Jamaica Estates

Union fights SJU for painting jobs

After weeks of protests and a lack of negotiations, the painters union that claims St. John’s University shut them out of dozens of summer jobs is prepared to continue the fight. Comment

Vallone bill aims to lessen emergency response times

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) has introduced a bill he hopes will help save lives by cutting down response times for emergency personnel. Comment

Charter schools eye 14 new spots in city

Success Academy Charter Schools announced this week it planned to submit applications to open more than a dozen new locations in four of the five boroughs, including four schools in Queens, in response to what the organization said is an “all-time high” in demand for charter school seats. Comment

Communications workers endorse Liu

Former city Comptroller John Liu has continued to rack up endorsements in his campaign to unseat state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (5)

Longtime Bayside resident Krach died at the age of 94

Ruth Krach Chester, of Chatham, N.J., who was born and raised in Ridgewood, has died. She was 94. Comment
St. Albans

NAACP voter registration set to run through October

The NAACP wants every eligible voter to cast their ballots on every Election Day, which is why the civil rights organization held a rally to assist all southeast Queens residents to register to vote. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

NYPD IDs man fatally struck in S. Ozone Park

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A 58-year-old man who died after being hit by a car while crossing a street in South Ozone Park Saturday has been identified as Manhattan resident Robert Moczo, the NYPD said. Comment

Mayor wrong on mental health

The recent announcement by the de Blasio administration about a task force on behavioral health and the criminal justice system may appear to be an innocuous endeavor to evaluate the mental health needs of arrestees. Comments (1)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Forest Hills

Parkway returns to auction block

The former Parkway Hospital property is heading back to the auction block. Comment
Long Island City

Falchi Building becoming ‘it’ spot

The Falchi Building in Long Island City has made great strides since signing its first major tenant in October. Comment

Korean coffeehouse chain opens two boro franchises

One of the fastest growing coffeehouse chains in the world is targeting Queens as a big part of its global expansion. Comments (4)

Music provides key to healing

Whether you’re riding the No. 7 train or the Q60 bus, you’re probably plugged into your favorite tunes as a relaxing way to start your day and transition into work mode. Comments (4)
Rego Park

Woman’s cellphone swiped in Rego Park: NYPD

REGO PARK — Police released a photo of a man suspected in a cellphone robbery on Rego Center property June 3, the NYPD said. Comment
New Voices

Basement apartments in Queens should be legalized

A pillar of the mayor’s affordable housing plan is the legalization of some basement apartments. As Queens residents, we need to face reality and recognize that not only is the renting of basements widespread, it is necessary for many people to remain in their homes in the current economy. Comments (21)
Little Neck

Act would reduce wait time for veterans

As your readers may know, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has come under fire for delays with veterans’ benefits and care at its facilities. Comments (2)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Long Island City

Sierra Club worries Ravenswood plant kills fish

The Sierra Club is asking a judge from Queens Supreme Court to require that the state Department of Environmental Conservation review the issuing of the first water withdrawal permit given to the Ravenswood Power Plant because the organization claims withdrawing water from the East River is killing fish. Comment

New cell phone tower opposed in Laurelton

Residents in Laurelton are up in arms. Comment

Schools chancellor pushes pre-K in local-based centers

City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña wants to make sure every parent in every neighborhood in the city knows about the city Department of Education’s initiatives, especially the free pre-kindergarten program being offered at community-based organizations. Comments (2)
The Play’s the Thing

Queens theater scene keeps columnist rolling

I get out of the house once in a while, and here are some of the places I’ve been and the people I’ve seen in the last few weeks. Comment

Student artists address social issues in works

Learning through an Expanded Arts Program, student artists have created artwork that speaks to major social issues in their communities. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Student from Romania wins transfer scholarship at LaGuardia

An international LaGuardia Community College student and a 40-year-old single mother of two, Cristina Mihailescu defeated all the odds when she was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship, the most prestigious available for community college students. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Burglary suspect stole jewelry from Forest Hills apartment: Cops

FOREST HILLS — Police were searching for a man suspected of stealing jewelry from a Forest Hills apartment last week, authorities said. Comment
Forest Hills

Man wanted in Forest Hills holdup: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Police released a photo of a man wanted in the armed robbery of a Forest Hills store June 6, the NYPD said. Comment
Remember the Date

Father’s Day only became a federal holiday in 1972

This coming Sunday, the third in June, we celebrate the important father figures in our lives on what is known worldwide as Father’s Day. Comment

Education better under de Blasio

Faith in our public school frontline educators has not only survived the lies, schemes and indecencies of a bygone Gracie Mansion absentee resident, sundry media rogues and other accomplices in full retreat, but has strengthened ever since a pro-education mayor, not prone to insulting the intelligence of New Yorkers, took office after a dozen years of mindless antagonism. Comments (3)

Saturday, June 14, 2014


Latimer Gardens to get cameras: Mayor

After years of pleas from residents, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced Latimer Gardens is one of a number of housing developments across the city that will soon receive security cameras. Comment

Vance says gang bust tied to ‘Chicken’ Murphy slay

Officials say a Queensbridge basketball star’s murder fueled gang warfare between residents of rival Manhattan housing developments. Comment
Long Island City

Restore scholarships: Vallone Sr.

Former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. is urging the Committee on Higher Education to restore the NYC Academic Scholarship Program that was abolished in 2012. Comment

Police ID worker killed in Sunnyside school construction site fall

SUNNYSIDE — An elevator construction worker was killed last Thursday morning after falling down an elevator shaft from the fifth floor of a school that under construction in Sunnyside, the NYPD said. Comment

Bravest battle two-alarm fire in Astoria building

ASTORIA — The FDNY battled a two-alarm blaze in a building on 42nd Street between Ditmars Boulevard and 23rd Avenue in Astoria Sunday after fire spread into a space above the ceiling in a third-story apartment, the FDNY said. Comments (1)

‘Unusual’ musical pioneer Lauper called Ozone Park home

Pioneering singer-songwriter, actress and LGBT rights activist Cyndi Lauper was born in Boulevard Hospital in Astoria June 22, 1953. Comments (2)

Library Oversight

Why is Tom Galante still sitting in the CEO’s chair at Queens Library amid the public outcry for his removal and the board’s refusal to agree to an audit by the city comptroller? Comments (1)

Reader wrong on haves, have-nots

What reader Ed Konecnik fails to understand is that the “haves,” who he is so enamored with, are not against welfare and socialism as it applies to them — only as it applies to the masses. Comment

Friday, June 13, 2014


Homeless residents begin moving into Pan Am Hotel in Elmhurst

The Comet Civic Association of Maspeth and Elmhurst is planning a protest for Tuesday evening at The Pan American Hotel at 79-00 Queens Blvd. The group’s President Roe Daraio claims that Samaritan Village, a Briarwood-based social service provider, made a proposal to place 200 homeless people in the hotel, including children, in a plan supported by Mayor de Blasio and approved by Comptroller Scott Stringer. Comments (20)

Working Family Party endorses Liu

The Working Families Party, which supported state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) re-election in 2012, has thrown its weight behind his opponent. Comments (10)

Queens Library reforms stall after passing State Assembly

The state Assembly passed a Queens Library reform bill Monday, but it is unlikely to even come up for a vote in the state Senate. Comments (2)
Murray Hill

City to reconstruct Murray Hill bridge

A Murray Hill bridge, closed for years so it could be rebuilt, needs to be completely reconstructed for a second time, elected officials announced last week. Comment

Molloy to pay tribute to Vietnam war hero in Class of ‘63

A Richmond Hill war hero who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor is set to be honored at his Briarwood high school. Comments (3)
Bay Terrace

Lane closures on tap for Throgs Neck Bridge

As many as two out of three Queens-bound lanes of the Throgs Neck Bridge will be shut down during the night for seven weekends this summer for restoration of the bridge’s flooring surface. Comment
Jackson Heights

Frank’s Pharmacy finds new location

Frank’s Pharmacy has a new home in Jackson Heights. Comment

Boro vets mark D-Day

Seven decades after troops stormed Normandy, Vietnam Veterans recalled how the heroics of those who fought in World War II inspired generations of Americans — from Whitestone and beyond. Comments (1)

CB7 nixes basement apartments

Community Board 7 gave a resounding no to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to consider looking at legalizing basement apartments at a meeting Monday night. Comments (4)
Oakland Gardens

Beware of pay raise: Weprin

As the City Council begins to consider a minimum wage increase that would potentially bump hourly pay up to at least $15 an hour citywide, one councilman from eastern Queens has raised concerns about the negative side effects it could have on his district. Comments (3)

Kids rev up for Flushing Meadows Soap Box Derby

The yearly Flushing Meadows Soap Box Derby will be held in East Elmhurst Saturday and boys and girls from 7 to 17 from the metropolitan area will be participating in this competition. Comment

Cable giant helps Woodside group go ditigal

A nonprofit community group in Woodside is taking a big stride toward bridging the digital divide with the help of a media giant. Comment
South Ozone Park

Alleged child stabber nabbed in S. Ozone

The ex-convict charged in the murder of a 6-year-old boy and stabbing of his 7-year-old playmate in a Brooklyn housing project was arrested blocks away from his mother’s South Ozone Park home, where court documents show he was charged with the crime that sent him to prison. Comments (1)

Flushing House resident celebrates her 100th year

For Flushing House resident Kate Tuchman’s 100th birthday, it will not only take one party but two parties to recognize her achievements in education. Comments (3)

Project takes guns off streets

A gun buyback program organized by City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) last weekend took 40 weapons off the streets of southeast Queens. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

Cops investigate shooting in Jamaica Estates

JAMAICA ESTATES — Police were investigating a shooting outside a popular Jamaica Estates hookah bar last weekend that left one man injured, the NYPD said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights bank robbed of $3K

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police from the 115th Precinct were hunting for a suspect who allegedly robbed a Chase bank branch, at 77-01 31st Ave., June 7, the NYPD said. Comment

Judges track star Branch given Wingate awards

Denise Branch received a culture shock when she arrived at Benjamin Cardozo, but it may have been the best thing to happen to her track career. Comment
Political Action

Boro Dems face interparty fight over Avella, IDC

In recent years, there have been few major interparty battles within the Queens Democratic Party. This year, the situation may be different with Queens Democratic Chairman U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) indicating that the Democratic county organization will not endorse state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for re-election in the 11th Senate District in northeast Queens. Comments (2)

Thursday, June 12, 2014


Novelty grenade spurs PS 91 evacuation: NYPD

Students were evacuated from PS 91 in Glendale Thursday after what turned out to be a novelty grenade was discovered in a lunchbox among candy, the NYPD said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Dems duel for Jax Hts. district leader post

“District leader” is hardly a household title, but two women vying for the Queens Democratic Party post in western Queens are relying on the hallmark of typical elections by registering campaign committees, turning to unions and brandishing endorsements. Comments (2)

Developers push to halt sewage in Flushing Creek

A coalition of developers, businesses and environmentalists have launched a bid to clean up Flushing Creek. Comments (1)

City bee man herds swarm in Corona

NYPD Detective Tony Planakis says he had an exciting Wednesday responding to two bee incidents, including one in Queens that involved about 12,000 insects. Comment
Long Island City

Two-year-old art moving company has explosive growth

A busy warehouse in Long Island City is the base of operations for a young and successful company that is hard to define beyond its can-do attitude that has made it a favorite of the rich and famous in New York City and around the world. Comments (1)

Astoria Cove project review starts noisily

A six-month review process for the planned Astoria Cove residential complex, between 4th and 9th Streets, in Hallets Point got underway Tuesday with a sometimes raucous public hearing. Comment

SE Queens holds party to greet Huntley on return from prison

The Rev. Charles Norris Sr. and Clergy United for Community Empowerment welcomed former state Sen. Shirley Huntley back from prison with a party Tuesday. Comments (2)

Flushing woman pushed off subway platform releases book

More than 30 years after overcoming a horrifying attack in which she was pushed in front of an oncoming subway train and lost her hand, Renee Katz is still finding ways to inspire. Comments (2)
Long Island City

LaGuardia CC grads told never to stand still in life

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez implored more than 1,000 LaGuardia Community College graduates never to give in to adversity while television newsman Ray Suarez said their need for more education was infinite. Comment

Soccer madness set to strike borough

The fever and the madness are on in Queens — soccer fever and madness, that is. Comments (2)

Fans take in Belmont Stakes

Even though Belmont favorite California Chrome fell short of the coveted Triple Crown last week, the hundreds of thousands of racing fans who turned out to witness the historic opportunity were treated to plenty of fun. Comment

Strip club dancers charged with scamming wealthy patrons: Authorities

FLUSHING — Police arrested four women described by authorities as strippers and the manager of a Flushing strip club Monday night and charged them with taking part in a plot to drug wealthy patrons and then overcharge their credit cards, city Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan said. Comments (2)
Rockaway Park

Beach Channel aims for baseball crown

Hurricane Sandy delivered the worst to the Rockaways but brought out the best in Kely Aponte and his Beach Channel baseball teammates. Comment
Rockaway Park

Scholars Academy wins PSAL ‘B’ title

Scholars Academy never stopped believing the game was over, because it has given itself plenty of reasons to feel that way. Comment
Block Shots

Day at the races proves to be afternoon of disappointment

Only California Chrome may have had a worse day than me at the Belmont Stakes. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

Construction beaten by Tottenville in final

The Red Hawks left more upset with how they lost than the fact that consecutive city titles eluded their grasp. Comment

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Willets Point

Bicyclist hit and killed on Roosevelt Avenue: NYPD

A bicyclist was fatally struck while riding on Roosevelt Avenue between 126th Street and Shea Road a little after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Comments (8)

Missing women last seen in Kissena Park: NYPD

Police were looking for a missing 54-year-old Flushing woman who disappeared in Kissena Park Sunday. Comments (4)

Monday, June 9, 2014


Flushing man arrested in Astoria elevator attack

A Flushing resident has been arrested and charged with attempted rape for allegedly attacking a woman in the elevator of her Astoria building, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Racing fans face long waits returning home after Belmont Stakes

A crowd of more than 100,000 spectators soaked up plenty of fun Saturday at the 146th annual Belmont Stakes in hopes of witnessing the first Triple Crown in 36 years, but they remained in high spirits even after the race failed to make history. The return trip home was another matter. Comments (2)
Long Island City

G train steps up service to Queens

The G train, which serves only two stations in Queens but vast areas of Brooklyn, turned over a new leaf Monday with improvements long campaigned for by two Brooklyn lawmakers, including a 25 percent increase in afternoon rush hour service. Comment

Sunday, June 8, 2014

South Ozone Park

Pedestrian fatally struck in South Ozone Park: Police

A pedestrian died Saturday after he was hit by a car while attempting to cross North Conduit Avenue in South Ozone Park, the NYPD said. Comment

Bicyclist killed in Laurelton hit-and-run: Cops

A Laurelton man was killed early Saturday morning after he was hit by a car while riding a bicycle not far from his home, the NYPD said. Comments (2)


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