Thursday, June 26, 2014


Goldfeder shares plan to stabilize property

Standing before a Neponsit doorway plastered with government health notices and a boarded-up window, state Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) outlined last week a three-pronged approach to combating the abandonment of properties damaged during Superstorm Sandy. Comments (1)

Meeks wants to lure drug firms to Jamaica

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) is in talks with the pharmaceutical industry to attract new companies to the downtown Jamaica area, using the state’s 10-year tax-free program for new businesses known as the STAR-UP NY initiative. Comments (1)

Rock Fest to return to Forest Park

The Forest Park Rock Fest is returning June 28, thanks to the success of last year’s performance. Comment

City must fix light on 200th St.

The street light in front of my home on 200th Street has been out since February. I called 311 at the time prior to my departure for the winter and was told that it had already been reported. Comment

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Long Island City

Long Island City transformed

These days Long Island City is referred to as “The Jewel of the Borough” and “The Gateway to Queens” with its beautiful waterfront parks and gleaming residential towers. Comment
Long Island City

Studio Square site is sold but beer garden will stay

Studio Square has been a big hit with soccer fans who have filled the 30,000-square-foot cobblestone beer garden to watch World Cup games on a giant 10-by-16-foot HD video screen every day this week. Comment

Sunnyside business owners dig into past

Stray Vintage, the little store at 48-09 Skillman Ave. in Sunnyside Gardens, has become a staple with shoppers looking for classic furniture, refinished jewelry, vintage barware, knickknacks and vinyl records. Comment

Parks Dept. planning to revamp old Mary Whelan playground

A re-blossoming is afoot at Mary Whalen. Comment
East Elmhurst

It’s a new day for LGA, JFK

Queens’ airports are due for takeoff. Comments (3)
Rockaway Beach

Boro has water plus ferries

Ferries are making waves in Queens. Comments (1)

Downtown Jamaica on a roll

Some 300,000 straphangers pass through downtown Jamaica every day and that could mean hundreds of thousands of double looks in a few years as the neighborhood’s main gateway undergoes a dramatic change. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Restaurant scene hot in LIC

At a recent fund-raising event celebrating her 20th year of government service, Borough President Melinda Katz called Long Island City a model for every other community in the state. Comment
Long Island City

New tech hub takes shape

When Gayle Baron retired as president of the Long Island City Partnership last year, she was replaced by Elizabeth Lusskin, the former chief of staff and vice president of strategic initiatives at NYU-Poly, the second oldest engineering school in the nation. Comment
East Elmhurst

Tip of the week


Don’t blame Obama for Iraq mess

What is occurring in Iraq today could have been and was foretold prior to and at the beginning of the American invasion. Comments (1)

Pols should come to agreement on library

We have been reading and hearing about various reports and allegations concerning the Queens Public Library system leadership over the past several months. Comment

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Flushing takes off after lull

As Flushing’s real estate market has shaken off the after-currents of the recession, long-stalled large-scale developments have started to get back on track. Comments (2)

Theater alive and growing

Theater producer Sean Williams has a theory as to how the two biggest outer boroughs developed into distinct artistic centers outside Manhattan — it’s the subway system. Comment

A dozen public high schools place among elite in state, U.S. rankings

One of the many perks about living in Queens is having easy access to several public high schools that are often credited as being some of the best in the country. Comments (3)

Flora Sweet House opens at SkyView

Flushing mallrats will have a new spot to cool off this summer. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Artists put LIC on the map

When developer Gerry Wolkoff banished the 5Pointz artists in November and had the world-famous graffiti mecca whitewashed to prepare it for demolition, many thought the LIC art community had suffered a mortal wound. Comment
Rockaway Park

Older residents keep their SPARC going

SPARC, Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide, marries members of the creative set with older residents in community arts projects across the five boroughs. Comments (3)
Queens Village

Koo asks city to study zoning to halt big houses in district

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) has requested that the Department of City Planning take a look at overdevelopment in his district. Comments (3)

Monday, June 23, 2014


Stavisky wins support from teacher’s union

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) scored a number of teachers’ union endorsements last week in her re-election bid. Comments (2)

Sunnyside patriotism paraded in annual march for the kids

Sunnyside takes its Flag Day Parade seriously. Comment
South Jamaica

Cricket: New face of Queens

Coinciding with the swelling number of immigrants in Queens is the diversification of the boroughs’ culinary, artistic and recreational scene. Comments (5)
Oakland Gardens

Afghanistan’s age of conflict caught in photos

Visitors to Queensborough Community College’s art gallery will soon be able to get an up-close look at the destruction and devastation that the last quarter of a century has brought to Afghanistan. Comments (1)

Small biz programs change in wake of Queens hearing

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced changes to its services after Asian-American business leaders said the agency could do more to help minority small business owners at a recent Queens hearing. Comments (1)

Support smoke-free housing

On June 9, Community Board 7 passed a resolution that originated in the CB 7 Health Committee that encouraged owners and landlords of new, multi-family housing to create smoke-free housing units and to establish a smoke-free environment in the developments wherever possible. Comments (4)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Long Island City

Paws & Pints makes hit with yuppies and their puppies

The first Paws & Pints event at Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City was so successful the organizers have decided to make it a monthly event. Comment

Dragon boat crews already practicing

Preparations for the 24th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival got underway last weekend with the first round of practice sessions for the crews that will compete Aug. 9-10. Comment

Greater Woodhaven honors Velazquez, officer at dinner-dance

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corp. recently held its 35th anniversary dinner-dance at The Woodhaven Manor in Woodhaven honoring six people of distinction, which included U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) as Woman of the Year; Mathew Xenakis, president of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, as Man of the Year; and Deputy Inspector Henry Sautner, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, for Award of Distinction. Comments (1)

Cops called to capture swarm

Although Bell Boulevard was buzzing about the removal of about 12,000 bees Sunday, officials say a swarm of that size is fairly average. Comment
Broad Channel

City overhauls Sandy repairs

Although few exterior signs are left of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath in Queens’ coastal communities more than a year and a half later, city officials recently made major policy and leadership changes to help quicken remaining recovery efforts with a focus on getting displaced residents back into their homes. Comment
Long Island City

New generation recasts LIC

The skyline of Long Island City changed during the boom of the last 15 years, and so did the population. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Cops on the lookout for missing teenager

ST. ALBANS — Police were searching for a missing teenager who was last seen last Saturday evening leaving his St. Albans home. Comment

Man from Westchester convicted in kidnapping

ELMHURST — A 32-year-old Westchester County man was convicted this week in the 2012 kidnapping and robbery of a Woodside car dealer, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Political Action

Catsimatidis advocates for a new World’s Fair

One of the main advocates of a new World’s Fair is John Catsimatidis, a longtime, successful, New York City businessman. He has a radio talk show on 970 AM every Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. involving politics and current events. Comment

Boro needs relief from planes

What was U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) thinking? Residents of Bayside, Little Neck, Douglaston and Auburndale have for two years been living under the terrible noise of the new take-off route out of LaGuardia Airport called the tnnis climb. Comments (15)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Jamaica Estates

Family files civil suit against St. John’s after son’s death

A Flushing family has filed a lawsuit against St. John’s University in Jamaica Estates after their son was killed last year when he came in contact with a lethal drug during an externship where the school had placed him, according to a court summons. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Funeral scheduled for slain South Jamaica man

Instead of finishing up their wedding plans, Vanessa McKinley had to organize a funeral for her fiancé after he was fatally shot inside a Springfield Gardens lounge over the weekend. Comments (4)
Long Island City

DOE comes out against Avonte’s Law at hearing

City Department of Education officials criticized a proposed bill last week that would require schools with disabled and elementary students to install alarms on their doors. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Drive-through Starbucks plus gym planned at former Goldfingers club

Starbucks may be brewing up a second serving for a shuttered Rego Park strip joint. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill group honors Indo-Caribbean backers

The Richmond Hill-based community organization Indo-Caribbean Alliance held its second annual fund-raising gala June 7at the Venetian Terrace on 114th Street. Comment
Willets Point

Willets shops look for home

The developers of Willets Point are inching toward starting the first phase of their $3 billion redevelopment of the neighborhood into commercial, residential and retail space with a megamall. Comment

Macedonia readies rentals

More affordable housing is about to come online as the Macedonia Plaza development in downtown Flushing nears completion. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Flux Factory’s new exhibit brightens the evening

The Long Island City Community Gardens on 49th Avenue have been attracting residents after dark lately to a new interactive light installation. Comment
Ozone Park

Suspects sought in gunpoint robbery of iPhone: NYPD [With Video]

OZONE PARK — Police were trying to identify suspects wanted in the gunpoint robbery of a woman in Ozone Park last weekend, the NYPD said. Comment
St. Albans

South Jamaica man charged with gun possession: Police

ST. ALBANS — An NYPD sergeant and three officers happened to be on patrol at the intersection of Merrick Boulevard and 119th Avenue last Saturday night when they said they witnessed a South Jamaica man fire a gun toward a group of people he had been arguing with, police said. Comment
The Civic Scene

Charters must accept problem students like public schools

Regretfully, many schools are considered failures due to conditions beyond the control of teachers and administrators. Comment

Freeze the Rents

The Rent Guidelines Board may make history next week when it could impose the first rent freeze in the city’s history under the mayor’s prodding for more affordable housing. Comment

Let veterans use Fort Totten

In a recent issue, letters probed the Community Board 7 and Willets Point giveaway to big business. Of course, CB 7 heads are getting something out of the Willets Point deal, as they got from the Fort Totten gift to the FDNY, and as the Bay Terrace Mall permits on size. Comment

Friday, June 20, 2014

South Jamaica

Man charged with shooting girlfriend, 15, in South Jamaica

SOUTH JAMAICA - Police arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with the murder of a teenage girl inside a South Jamaica house Wednesday night. Comments (3)
Kew Gardens

Queens residents jam hearing on rent hikes

Queens renters and a number of landlords jammed a room at Queens Borough Hall Thursday in a noisy finale to a series of hearings before a decision tenants hope will bring a rent freeze. Comment

Customs agent find cocaine in suitcase at JFK

JAMAICA - A man was busted by customs officials early this month at John F. Kennedy Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle almost five pounds of cocaine hidden in his suitcase, authorities said this week. Comment

Queens College songwriter Gerry Goffin dies at 75

Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who along with Carole King wrote a string of mega-hit songs in the 1960s after they met as students at Queens College, died Thursday morning in his Los Angeles home of natural causes, his wife Michele announced Thursday. He was 75. Comments (94)
Kew Gardens

Queens Library reform bill passes Legislature

Several of the borough’s legislatures reached an agreement in Albany Friday on a bill to regulate the activities at the Queens Public Library. Comment
East Elmhurst

Soap box races won by a pair of brothers in East Elmhurst

A pair of brothers from East Elmhurst will represent New York City at the National All-American Race in Akron, Ohio, in July after capturing both divisions at the annual Flushing Meadow Soap Box Derby Saturday. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Brother accused of killing his brother, stabbing mother: NYPD

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS - Police arrested a 27-year-old man who allegedly stabbed his brother to death and injured his mother before he plunged the knife into his leg Wednesday evening. Comment

Change entrance criteria for elite schools: Kim

A bill which would change test criteria for the city’s specialized high school entrance exams has been smothered by racially charged debate, state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) said. Comments (19)
Long Island City

QCA block party to fund high school art program

In honor of the new Kaufman movie lot, Queens Council on the Arts will be hosting Saturday another block to support the High School to Art School portfolio program. Comment

Liu kicks off fund-raising

John Liu formally launched his fund-raising bid Tuesday night in his campaign to unseat state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (5)

Marthone challenges Meeks in SE Queens

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) is seeking a ninth term in office, but a Queens accountant is trying to prevent that from happening. Comments (2)
St. Albans

St. Albans opposes five-story building

The clock is ticking. Comment

Council vows to bring back Peter F. Vallone Scholarship

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) has launched an initiative aimed at restoring the Peter F. Vallone Academic Scholarship in honor of his father that was cut from the Council’s funding in 2011. Comment

Glitter and be gay, lesbian, bi, transgender or questioning

With Pride Month winding down, Flushing Town Hall has decided to celebrate the borough’s diversity with a special concert honoring Queens’ LGBTQ and immigrant communities. Comment

Avella’s water bill passes Senate

The state Senate passed Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) bill to eliminate minimum water charges Monday. Comments (2)

Laurelton gets new playgrounds to delight of students at PS 132

Kids in Laurelton have two new parks where they can now play just in time for summer and Rockaway is also getting its own new playground. Comment
Long Island City

Cornell starts demolition for Roosevelt Isle campus

Work on Cornell University’s new Roosevelt Island tech campus is underway. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Protesters want Bryant principal gone

The principal at William Cullen Bryant High School has come under fire in Long Island City. Comment

Suspect in mosque attack arraigned two years later

A Queens Village man was arraigned last week in Queens Supreme Court, accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Jamaica mosque more than two years ago during an arson spree that included an attack on a house used as a Hindu temple. Comments (1)
Block Shots

City title fitting end to Mangieri’s revival of Beach Channel

John Mangieri inherited a baseball program you could picture in one of those feel-good Disney movies. His story seemed to follow a Hollywood script through ups and down before coming to a happy ending at Yankee Stadium June 12. Comments (3)
Jamaica Estates

Family of Jamaica Estates pilot travels to Israel for his burial

A Jamaica Estates man who owned a clothing store in the Bronx was killed Tuesday morning after a plane he was piloting crashed into the backyard of a home on Long Island. Comment

Bayside alums reunite for cancer research fund-raiser

Bayside’s softball season may have ended in a heartbreaking loss to Tottenville in the semifinal earlier this month, but the Commodores have learned from Coach Steve Piorkowski that life is about more than wins and losses. Comments (1)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

South Jamaica

Teen girl found dead with gunshot wound to head

SOUTH JAMAICA — A 15-year-old girl was found dead with a gunshot wound to her head in a South Jamaica house late Wednesday, police said. Comments (7)

Pan Am homeless spark loud protests

More than a thousand protesters rallied in front of the Pan American Hotel Tuesday, calling on the city to reconsider housing homeless families in their community. Comments (1)

Halloran’s bribery case goes on

Northeast Queens leaders are expected to be drawn into the trial of former Bayside City Councilman Dan Halloran after it resumes from a weeklong recess June 25. Comments (1)
Little Neck

GOPers ready for primary

As congressional candidates Stephen Labate and Grant Lally prepare to face off in a Republican primary next week, each hoping to unseat current U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville), the two challengers have each focused their campaigns on similar issues, including the Affordable Care Act, small business and national security. Comments (15)

Foreclosures rise in boro

It was just last year that Abdul was about to lose his one-family Ozone Park property to the bank. Comments (1)

PACs play into primary

Jeffrey Kurzon has couched his bid to swipe the Democratic Party’s backing from U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) in the June 24 primary by portraying the incumbent as an eager beneficiary of PACs bankrolled by firms in the financial sector. Comment

CB 11 approves DOT plaza plan in Douglaston

Community Board 11 passed a resolution at its monthly meeting Monday night to approve a proposal from the city Department of Transportation that seeks to create a pedestrian plaza outside the Long Island Rail Road station in Douglaston. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Teen: Don’t deport my dad

An Elmhurst teenager is asking the federal authorities to release her father, who is facing deportation, from a detention center in Hudson County, N.J. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Succesful LIC Summit brings some new ideas

The first LIC Summit drew nearly 400 people to an all-day event, presented by the LIC Partnership, Tuesday at the Museum of the Moving Image. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills Stadium books rappers Drake and Lil Wayne

Rap stars Drake and Lil Wayne have nearly quadrupled admission rates charged at the Forest Hills Stadium. Comments (1)

Queens Botanical Garden to host its inaugural Festival de las Flores

The Queens Botanical Garden will bring the Festival de las Flores to life Sunday while celebrating the Summer Solstice.. Comment
St. Albans

Collecting cans turns trash into scholarships

Growing up as a kid in Jamaica in the 1980s, chemistry professor Kwesi Amoa collected cans and plastic bottles to buy clothes for the next school year. Comments (1)

Senate passes Avella bill calling for longer terms

The state Senate passed a bill last week authored by Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) that would increase terms for members of the state Legislature from two to four years. Comments (2)

City to tackle sludge in Flushing Creek

The city launched a planning process last week to clean up the ever-smelly and polluted Flushing Creek. Comment

Flushing worker crushed by forklift in Maspeth: Cops

MASPETH — A 54-year-old construction worker from Flushing died after a forklift fell on his chest at a Maspeth construction site Tuesday morning, the NYPD said. Comment
Real Estate

Rent Guidelines Board likely to approve historic lease freeze

For decades anguished New York City tenants have shown up at often chaotic hearings to plead for relief from an ever-skyward spiral in stabilized rents with a bold few even demanding a freeze. Comments (1)

Police charge Woodside man with attempted rape

WOODSIDE - Police said they arrested a Woodside man and charged him with attempting to rape a 61-year-old woman last week, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Police arrest suspected Glendale narcotics dealer

GLENDALE — Police announced Tuesday afternoon they had caught a suspected narcotics dealer who had injured a detective while breaking away from officers in Glendale Monday evening, the NYPD said. Comment

Judges crowned city champs

Chants of “MVP” rang out through Yankee Stadium as Cardozo star Keith Rogers stood at the plate with the bases loaded and a chance to win his team a title. Comments (1)

Molloy falls to Xaverian in CHSAA final

Archbishop Molloy was without the crisp play, clutch hitting and dominant starting pitching last week that the Stanners had brought to the field all season. Comment
Rockaway Park

Beach Channel wins PSAL B final game

Everything Beach Channel had worked for all year appeared ready to fall out of reach in a heartbreaking defeat, but a game-saving throw by centerfielder Antonio Moccia gave senior Kely Aponte a second chance to fulfill the promise he made to his team. Comment

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gdns dispute leaves 1 dead: NYPD

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS - Police were investigating a multiple stabbing that left one man dead and another man in custody, authorities said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Jamaica Estates man killed in L.I. plane crash

A Jamaica Estates man died Tuesday morning after a plane he was piloting crashed in the backyard of a Long Island home, the Suffolk County Police Department said. Comments (1)
LeFrak City

LeFrak City man murdered outside his apartment building

A 21-year-old LeFrak City man was stabbed to death behind his apartment house around 10 p.m. Tuesday, the NYPD said. Comments (9)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Judge calls mistrial for Smith, Tabone, but Halloran case to proceed

A federal judge declared a mistrial in the corruption case of state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and former Queens GOP Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone Tuesday, which pushed scheduled proceedings past the southeast Queens legislator’s upcoming election, a spokesman for prosecutors said. Comments (1)

Police arrest suspected Glendale narcotics dealer in Manhattan

Police announced Tuesday afternoon they had caught a suspected narcotics dealer who had injured a detective while breaking away from officers in Glendale Monday evening, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Monday, June 16, 2014


Updated: Judge to ask jurors if they can serve past planned Smith trial end date

Judge Kenneth Karas plans to poll jurors about whether they can serve longer in the federal corruption trial of state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), former Bayside Councilman Dan Halloran and ex-vice chairman of the Queens GOP Vincent Tabone Tuesday and then decide whether to delay proceedings or declare a mistrial, according to prosecutors’ press representative. Comments (3)

Police called in to capture bee swarm in Bayside [With Video]

A swarm of about 12,000 bees was removed from Bayside Sunday afternoon by police after the insects gathered on a tree branch and then buzzed about Bell Boulevard when the removal process sent them flying. Comment
Breezy Point

Men rescued from inlet near Breezy Point: NYPD

Police pulled two fishermen out of the Rockaway Inlet near Breezy Point Monday afternoon and the two were then treated for hypothermia, the NYPD said. Comment

Sunnyside marks Flag Day with parade

Patriotism was on the march Saturday in Sunnyside as thousands took part in the 45th annual Flag Day Parade down Greenpoint Avenue. While there are several Flag Day observations around the borough, Sunnyside is believed to be the only neighborhood with a parade. Comment
Howard Beach UPDATED

Substance released on A train was Mace: NYPD

HOWARD BEACH — Authorities were called to the Howard Beach A train station Monday morning after police said Mace was sprayed during a passenger argument and bystanders complained it was irritating them, the FDNY and NYPD said, Comment

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Springfield Gardens

Shooting victim to be remembered at Father’s Day vigil

Relatives of a doting South Jamaica dad slain Saturday in an early morning shooting planned to mourn him Father’s Day evening with a candlelit vigil at the Springfield Gardens lounge where he died. Comments (5)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Oakland Gardens

Senior killed in Bayside car accident with lightpost

A 91-year-old woman died after her sedan drove onto a Bayside road divider and struck a light pole Friday afternoon, police said. Comments (6)
Springfield Gardens

South Jamaica man dies after early morning shooting

An early morning shooting claimed the life of a 35-year-old man in Springfield Gardens Saturday, authorities said. Comments (9)


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