Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Newest Mobile Market opens at Queensbridge

City Harvest launched its second Mobile Market in Queens recently and more than 500 families attended the Long Island City event, according to the senior director of program operations, Leslie Gordon. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Playground in LIC reborn for $1.27M

The renovation of Murray Playground in Long Island City is complete. Comments (1)

Astoria’s Pop Bar serves appreciation for art

When Jeremy Osslund decided to open his own bar, what to name it came easily: Pop Bar. Comment

Queens high school dancers strut their stuff

The Young Dancemakers Co. is once again performing all over the city, including a stop at Flushing Town Hall later this month, with Corona resident Nhia Solari and Frank Sinatra School of the Art’s Jane Namenwirth. Comment

Tip of the week


Hold a World’s Fair outside Flushing Mdws.

New York City is experiencing an unparalleled growth of tourism, and it is unlikely a World’s Fair operating a few months for a year or two will make in the long run a significant change for the better. Comment

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Van Bramer helps residents to spend $1 million

On a sweltering summer evening, more than 100 people gathered at the Sunnyside Community Services Center because they wanted to control a piece of the New York City budget pie. Comment
Long Island City

White House honors LIC man with a past

Stanley Richards likes to say he went from the big house to the White House. Comment

Catch the Bacon and Beer Classic over at Citi Field

Queens beer aficionados will be able to enjoy their suds with a side of bacon at Citi Field this summer. Comment

Lindenwood says flood claim money slow coming

After a sewage treatment plant malfunction, Lindenwood says the city is not helping it emerge from the deluge. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Everything’s coming up Rockaways

After the Park Place Seaport Theatre in Rockaway Beach closed in September 1997, the recently formed Rockaway Theatre Co. was left without a place to perform. Comments (1)

Fireworks are such a nuisance

Have we entered a wormhole and been jettisoned thru space at the speed of light, resulting in time slowing down? It sure seems like the clock has been turned back 48 hours. Comments (2)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Jackson Heights

Arepa Lady moves from the street-cart to the storefront

“Arepa Lady” is as famous among her customers as Wonder Woman is among comic book fans. Comments (3)
Forest Hills

LIJ vets’ children read essays about freedom

As last week’s Independence Day holiday approached, employees at North Shore-LIJ in Manhasset, L.I., who had served in the military celebrated by joining with their children and sharing their stories about what freedom means to them. Comment

Longtime Bayside activist Tshaka publishes memoir

Many people who have spent time living in Bayside know about the many contributions longtime activist Mandingo Tshaka has made to the area, but those who do not can now read about them in his new book. Comments (5)

Queensbridge waterfront finally reopens to public

After years of being off limits, the Queensbridge Park seawall was finally restored and opened to the public. Comment
Block Shots

Rogers named Player of the Year

The Judges ruled the borough in what was a sensational baseball season in Queens. Comment

Treat Rockaway beaches better

I read an article recently about a plan to build a floating Manhattan beach on a barge. Is that where the extra money goes when you do not have full lifeguard staffing in Rockaway Beach? Comment

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Bulova Corp. on the move

The Bulova Corp. plans to move part of its staff from its Woodside location to the 29th floor of the Empire State Building in 2015, a spokeswoman said. Comment

Tour de Queens rolls through boro

More than 1,000 people took part in the annual Tour de Queens last Sunday, which started and ended in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and passed through northeast Queens. The annual cycling event is organized by Transportation Alternatives. Comments (1)

Teen girl reported missing in Astoria: NYPD

ASTORIA — Cops were searching for a 15-year-old Astoria girl who disappeared June 28, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
Rego Park

Cops search for missing man from Forest Hills

FOREST HILLS — Police were requesting help in finding a Forest Hills man reported missing Tuesday. Comment

Queens’ first traffic lights became operational in ‘30

In 1930, Queens got its first traffic lights. They are switched on along the el structure on Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, heralding a line of traffic signals that will extend to Flushing. Comments (1)

DEP set to relieve SE Qns. of flood problem

In the past decade, southeast Queens and the term “flooding” have become synonymous. Residents from Rosedale to St. Albans experience ponds, streams and rivers reminiscent of biblical plagues whenever it rains. Comment

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Council seeks to ease alternate-side rules

Every morning you hear it on the news: Alternate-side parking regulations are in effect today. Comment
Long Island City

East River fireworks seen from some LIC perches

The annual Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks was back on the East River this year, but to see the spectacular, viewers needed to be creative. TimesLedger Newspapers’ intrepid photographer found a spot on the 42nd floor of a building in Long Island City. Comment
East Elmhurst

Getting to LGA takes too long, costs too much: Airport group

If you are in a hurry to get to LaGuardia Airport, hailing a yellow cab might be your best bet. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Man from Richmond Hill missing since June: NYPD

RICHMOND HILL — Police were searching for a man reported missing last month from his Richmond Hill home. Comments (1)
Jamaica Hills

Brunson preparing for hoops spotlight

MANHEIM, Pa. — Jasmine Brunson’s desire for better competition and a better education came with a price: It has left her as one of the city’s under-the-radar talents. But Brunson is ready to show people what she can do. Comment
New Voices

Workers take top Korean restaurant in Flushing to court

Kum Gang San, a Korean restaurant with locations in Flushing and Manhattan’s Koreatown, has egregiously violated employment law for several years, a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court by the Asian American Legal Defense Fund and LatinoJustice PRLDEF alleges. Comments (1)

Lifeless Lifeline

The city has delivered a slap in the face to Rockaway residents, who have relied on the ferry as an alternative to the longest public transit commute in the country on the A train and buses immobilized on clogged highways. Comments (17)

Friday, July 11, 2014


City releases study on Glendale shelter

An environmental study of the proposed homeless shelter in Glendale acknowledged many concerns raised by residents: some additional 160 children could squeeze already overcrowded primary and middle schools, nearby buses and trains might carry 100 people more during peak evening hours and the facility would sit on soil vulnerable to spills from a neighboring chemical company. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

A kidney in honor of Kinsey

A few months ago, 6-year-old Oakland Gardens girl Kinsey Saleh became a social media star after her mother, Nadine Morsi, created a Facebook page in hopes of finding a donor willing to replace her daughter’s failing kidney. Comment
Forest Hills

Loved ones mourn Pat Toro

Pastor “Pat” Toro was remembered by friends and family this week as a “veteran’s veteran,” who tirelessly advocated for downtrodden comrades throughout the years. Comment

Comrie stockpiles support and money to unseat Smith

Leroy Comrie’s campaign for embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith seat is gaining momentum. He is accumulating support, endorsements and money. Comments (1)

Timeline issued for Jamaica Ave. building repairs

Navy scaffolding casing a squat, two-story building, at 78-19 Jamaica Ave., that partially caved in last spring is slated to come down by October. Comment
Long Island City

Gantry set to host kayaking

Kayaking comes to Gantry State Park in Long Island City for the first time this week with free walk-up events Friday and Saturday. Comments (1)

109th Pct. welcomes home new top officer

The 109th Precinct welcomed a familiar face as its new commanding officer last week. Comments (1)

Jamaica wants Albany to clean toxic waste sites

Downtown Jamaica is one of the neighborhoods benefitting from a state program that redevelops underused vacant lots, home in the past to gas stations, auto repair shops, junk yards, factories and similar poorly managed waste operations. Comments (1)

Police charge man in Astoria Houses shooting

Police said they caught up with an armed man fleeing from the scene of a double shooting at the Astoria Houses last Thursday afternoon after the car he was riding in slammed into another vehicle several blocks away. Comment

Lincoln Center makes a stop at Queens libraries

The Lincoln Center Local Live is back in Queens with nine shows to be performed throughout the summer at various branches of the borough’s library. Comment

Fireworks plague boro

Some residents across the borough were bothered by a slew of illegal fireworks that were repeatedly set off by their neighbors throughout the July 4 weekend. Comments (1)

Documentary to take new look at ‘86 Mets

Filmmaker Heather Quinlan wants to give Mets fans a reason to celebrate. Comments (1)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Rise in murders may not correlate to end of stop-frisk

A savvy political friend recently described to me in a simple, glib way why shootings generally go up in the summer and stay low in the winter. Comment

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Key witness sobs at Halloran trial

Former Bronx GOP boss Joseph Savino, who pleaded guilty in an election-rigging scheme and now faces 30 years in prison, said he had a guide in the plot: a quarterback from Queens. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Frat boys still not charged in death of Oakland Gardens student: DA

More than seven months after the hazing death of a Baruch College freshman from Oakland Gardens in the Pocono Mountains, prosecutors said they are not ready to determine who will be charged and when charges will be filed. Comment

Avella scores union nod in re-election bid

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) won a big ally in his re-election campaign Tuesday when Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the two-term incumbent. Comments (10)

PS 107 collects funds to send boy’s body to Cameroon

The PS 107 community is offering financial help to Orlie Siankam as she travels to her native Cameroon to bury a son who authorities allege was strangled to death by his dad. Comment

Sen. Smith missed 808 votes: Report

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) was absent in Albany more than all his colleagues in the chamber, except for Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights), who was mounting an unsuccessful bid for Congress. Comments (3)
Little Neck

No winner yet in GOP primary for Israel’s seat

A congressional primary between two Republican candidates in northeast Queens is still not officially decided after three unsuccessful weeks of trying to determine a winner, the state Board of Elections said. Comments (2)

Bayside Village BID to study offering more spots for vehicles

Parking troubles in Bayside may soon become much milder. Comments (5)
College Point

Consolidation could trim College Point mail center

The College Point Mail Center could be back on the block two years after the community successfully rallied to save it. Comment

M Train graffiti arrests follow famed taggers funeral: NYPD

Two men were arrested and charged with making graffiti shortly after memorial services in Ridgewood for famed Queens graffiti artist Jason Wulf Monday, the NYPD and commemorative blogs said. Comments (13)

Zupnick pleads guilty in PS 79 teacher crash

A 24-year-old Flushing man who was driving without a license in a crash, which claimed the life of a beloved PS 79 teacher on New Year’s Eve, has pleaded guilty to charges related to the accident. Comments (2)

Jamaican jerk festival returns

It’s back and jerkier than ever. Comments (1)

Congress refuses to help in LIRR talks

MTA President Thomas Prendergast went to the nation’s capital to find out if Congress might intervene in the event of a Long Island Rail Road strike, and quickly found the answer was in the negative. Comments (1)

Meng urges young immigrants to join anti-deportation program

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) spoke about the urgency for undocumented immigrants in New York to enroll or reapply for the Deportation Protection Program this week. Comments (2)

Fans celebrate Germany’s World Cup victory

German soccer fans rejoiced outside of Zum Stammtisch Restaurant in Glendale after their team defeated Brazil in the World Cup semifinal game, advancing to the final match. Comment

Mother arrested in baby’s death: NYPD

ELMHURST — The mother of an 11-month-old boy, who was found dead in her Elmhurst apartment, was arrested Monday after she allegedly admitted to authorities that she suffocated the child, police said. Comments (10)
South Jamaica

Police hunt for man who shot two people

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were searching for the gunman who opened fire and injured two people in the vicinity of 142nd Street and Rockaway Boulevard in South Jamaica. Comments (10)
Block Shots

Richmond Hill HS grad finds success in UFC ring

Uriah Hall and his broken toe silenced all of his critics. Comment

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Congress refuses to intervene in LIRR talks

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast went to Washington, D.C., Wednesday seeking help from Congress in the negotiations with Long Island Rail Road workers, but several lawmakers cautioned him not to count on them. Comments (1)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


MTA asks Congress if it will intervene in an LIRR strike

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast Tuesday asked Congress whether it intends to intervene in the labor dispute involving the Long Island Rail Road and its workers, whose union has threatened to strike as early as July 20. Comments (1)

Mother arrested in Elmhurst baby’s death: NYPD

The mother of an 11-month-old boy, who was found dead in her Elmhurst apartment, was arrested Monday after she allegedly admitted to authorities that she suffocated the child, police said. Comments (4)

JFK construction to suspend AirTrain service

The Port Authority will suspend JFK AirTrain service from 10 p.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday because of airport construction. Comment

Monday, July 7, 2014


Baby found dead in Elmhurst apartment: NYPD

An 11-month-old boy was found dead Sunday afternoon in the Elmhurst apartment where he lived with his mother, police said. Comment

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Jackson Heights

Florida man charged with DWI in Jax. Hts. crash: NYPD

A Florida man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in the early Saturday morning collision that killed a pedestrian crossing Roosevelt Avenue near 92nd Street, the NYPD said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Florida man charged with DWI in Jax. Hts. crash: NYPD

A Florida man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in the early Saturday morning collision that killed a pedestrian crossing Roosevelt Avenue near 92nd Street, the NYPD said. Comment

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Fresh Meadows school raises funds for funeral of slain 8-year-old

Amidst mourning, staff and families at PS 107 have gathered to fund-raise the $10,000 necessary to send a recently killed fourth-grader’s remains back to Cameroon with relatives. Comment

Suspected drunk driver fatally strikes man with car in Corona: NYPD

An unidentified man was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver while crossing Roosevelt Avenue near 92nd Street early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comment
Far Rockaway

S. Ozone Park man dies in motorcyle crash

A 26-year-old South Ozone Park man died Friday evening after his motorcyle hit a street curb in Far Rockaway and then crashed into a wooden utility pole, the NYPD said. Comments (3)
South Richmond Hill

Three injured in borough blazes: FDNY

Firefighters had a busy July 4 weekend, with at least two fires sending Queens residents to the hospital. Comment

Friday, July 4, 2014


Man charged in Astoria Houses shooting after getaway car crashes: NYPD

Police said they caught up with an armed man fleeing from the scene of a double shooting at the Astoria Houses in Thursday afternoon after the car he was riding in slammed into another vehicle several blocks away. Comments (1)


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