Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows bakery celebrates 15th year

When Charlie Tola first opened his Fresh Meadows bakery at 23, many in the neighborhood said he would never make it. Comments (1)

Tip of the week


People always make things out to be bigger than they really are

So many letter writers continually want to bring up the Benghazi “scandal” instead of admitting that the puff of smoke they see in front of their eyes is actually New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s chances of ever living in the White House going up in smoke. Comments (5)

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014


Group says JFK, LGA need to be modernized

An air travel advocacy agency has called for increased efforts to modernize and improve New York’s three airports to decrease the tremendous number of flight delays and cancellations caused by winter storms, like the one early this month that crippled John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty. Comment

Feil acquires retail strip

The Waldbaum’s Shopping Center in Whitestone was sold to a New York City-based real estate firm for $23.9 million last week. Comments (4)
Ozone Park

Catering hall where ‘Pizza Dance’ was born files for bankruptcy

Court documents show La Bella Vita filed for bankruptcy in March, months before the Ozone Park catering hall closed in mid-December. Comment

New library site will circulate books

Many thanks to TimesLedger Newspapers for issuing a correction to Tom Allon’s Jan. 3-9 column and clarifying that books are central to the design and programming of the New York Public Library’s new branch on 53rd Street in Manhattan. Comment

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

Forest Hills

Historic District Council hopes to protect Forest Close’s architecture

The Historic Districts Council has named Forest Close one of its six preservation priorities for 2014. Comments (2)

Stringer vows to keep close eye on city contracts

Newly inaugurated city Comptroller Scott Stringer made a surprise appearance at a Community Board 7 meeting Monday. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill PTA asks Fariña for help

City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has an open invitation to assess the trailers slated to serve as classrooms for Richmond Hill High School freshmen next fall. Comments (1)
Little Neck

BSA greenlights changes to Scobee Diner lot plans

The city Board of Standards and Appeals has approved a variance allowing construction to move forward at the site of the former Scobee Diner in Little Neck. Comments (2)

Polish-Jewish group collaborates to name Maspeth street for pope

The Polish-Jewish Dialogue Committee has gotten approval from the city to rename the street in front of a Maspeth church in honor of the late Pope John Paul II. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill shares Afghan literature

Olivia Kate Cerrone leaned toward the crowd gathered in the Richmond Hill Library’s auditorium and began reading the story of an Afghan woman burned to death for riding a motorcycle with a boy. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Elected officials attend QJCC Legislative Breakfast

The Queens Jewish Community Council held its Legislative Breakfast at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. Comment

Some people blind to truth about the poor

My letters seem to have perturbed and provoked some readers into a mean-spirited frenzy of ad hominem attacks. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014

Fresh Meadows

Cuomo appoints Gennaro to new state DEC position

After he was term-limited out of office at the end of the year, former City Councilman James Gennaro wasted little time finding a new job. Comments (1)

Meng wants holiday for Lunar New Year

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has renewed a call to make Lunar New Year a school holiday. Comments (2)

Bayside gift shop to close its doors

A popular Bayside shop will soon permanently close its doors after 35 years in business. Comment
South Jamaica

Cops on the lookout for missing 12-year-old girl

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were asking the public to help find a missing 12-year-old girl. Comments (1)

Customs finds woman with counterfeit bills: Authorities

JAMAICA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport seized $150,000 in phony bills from a Colombian passenger last month. Comment

Cops look for suspects in theft from Flushing jewelry store

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s help in finding a man and woman wanted in connection with a grand larceny that took place at the H.Y. Jewelry store Jan. 9. Comment

Charter schools take public money

Charter schools cannot have it both ways. They should either stop their false claim that they are public schools or stop their false claim that as private entities they are beyond judicial reach. They should step up to the plate and stop dodging state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s financial audit of charters. Comments (1)

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014


Briarwood tax man stole thousands: IRS

A Briarwood tax preparer is facing up to 72 years in the pen after he was convicted last week of filing hundreds of phony tax rate returns, federal prosecutors said. Comments (1)

New Council speaker performs Miller’s inauguration

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller was sworn into his post by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito during a ceremony at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center last Saturday. Comment

Cops on hunt for Sunnyside robbery suspects [With Video]

SUNNYSIDE — Police were asking for the public’s help in tracking down two men believed to be involved in a robbery that took place in December in the 108th Precinct. Comment
Jackson Heights

Teenage girl missing from western Queens

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Authorities were trying to find a missing teen last seen within the confines of the 115th Precinct. Comment

Astoria man last seen in his home

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were seeking the public’s help in finding a missing Astoria man. Comment

MTA’s payroll tax constitutional: Court

The MTA said Wednesday it was pleased the state Court of Appeals has dismissed a legal challenge to the MTA’s 12-county Payroll Mobility Tax. Comment
Richmond Hill

Two arrested in tagging of J train in boro

RICHMOND HILL — Undercover officers arrested two men Jan. 11 for allegedly spray painting “FEAL” on a J train near the Jamaica Avenue-111th Street station, police said. Comment
South Richmond Hill

Brooklyn man sentenced to 40 year sin barbershop slay: DA

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — A Brooklyn man convicted of shooting two men, one fatally, in a Queens barbershop in 2010 has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)

JFK to get fair share of customs agents: Schumer

John F. Kennedy International Airport, which has the longest customs-wait in the country, will be getting an “adequate portion” of the 2,000 new customs agents the U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to add across the country, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. Comments (1)

Interactive production plays the Queens Museum this weekend

Theatre 167 invades the Queens Museum this weekend with performances from “The Jackson Heights Trilogy.” Comment
Block Shots

McClancy aims for CHSAA’s top division

The Monsignor McClancy girls’ basketball team understands the task of ascension it is undertaking and how hard it will be. That is half the battle. Comment
The Civic Scene

Developers ruin neighborhoods’ inherent nature

Four years ago, a developer bought a lot on Union Turnpike near the old St. Joseph’s Hospital with a zoning of R3-2, which permits houses or low-rise attached houses. Wanting to make more money by building higher, the builder proposed a zoning change so a four-floor building as tall as 40 feet with apartments above and stores below could be built. Civic association leaders, always wary of zoning changes, higher buildings and increased traffic and congestion, opposed this proposal. Comment

Caring for Cats

No matter what you may think of cats, the disappearance of dozens of strays in Astoria over the last few weeks should be cause for concern. Comment

New mayor develops blemish with Mark-Viverito as speaker

The people are best served when government operates with checks and balances. Comment

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Long Island City

Boro builders bought more air rights in 2013

Builders in Queens looked toward the sky in 2013 as they increasingly put unused development rights to work in order to push their outsized construction projects past the city’s zoning limits, though the market for the assets remains up in the air when it comes to prices. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Sheehan starts clemency push with petition

Barbara Sheehan, a Howard Beach mother imprisoned after she fatally shot her abusive husband, said she will not be able to meet her first grandchild for a few months, but hopes a clemency push may spare her from completely missing the baby’s first years. Comment

Queens airports set records in 2013: PA

Queens’ two airports had a banner year in 2013 as an all-time-record number of passengers passed through their gates, the Port Authority’s preliminary figures showed. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Cheap Shots faces loss of liquor license

A bar whose neighbors have complained for years that its patrons have wreaked havoc on Kew Gardens Hills residents came one step closer to losing its liquor license Monday night. Comments (1)

Crime dips 4.3 % in 104th Precinct

Capt. Christopher Manson said he was pleased crime dropped 4.3 percent in the 104th Precinct last year and planned to focus on cracking down on traffic violations as well as unruly park patrons in 2014. Comment
Long Island City

Queens theatrics earn our Kudos

After a quick review of the Queens theater scene for 2013 one thing became increasingly clear: The past 12 months could be labeled the “Women of the Year.” Comments (1)

Whitestone nonprofit raises money for Haiti with art show

Four years after an earthquake devastated Haiti and killed more than 100,000 people, Patricia Brintle is still hard at work rebuilding her homeland. Comment

Whitestone hip-hop artist battles addiction with music

In February 2012, it might have seemed like Charlie Scott would never amount to much. The once drug-addicted youth had amassed a large amount of debt, been kicked out of his family’s home and was on his way to rehab. Comments (4)

Woodside school gets annex to ease crowding

IS 125 in Woodside will finally get some relief for its overcrowding. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Political leaders hail Sharon as founding father of Israel

Queens paid tribute to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon this week as a courageous warrior who stood his ground to defend the people of his young nation. Comments (1)

CB 5 forms committee to analyze shelter plan

Glendale has escalated its fight against a proposed homeless shelter now that a new administration runs City Hall. Comment

Suspect sought by NYPD in Jamaica shooting

SOUTH JAMAICA — The NYPD was looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard over the weekend. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Studio Square in LIC hosts kickoff for Super Bowl week

Studio Square in Long Island City will kick off Super Bowl week with Tailgate 48 Jan. 26. Comment
Long Island City

Socrates Sculpture Park opens a satellite exhibit

Next week Socrates Sculpture Park moves to Manhattan. Comment

Bayside eatery to offer happy hour specials

A Bayside eatery has announced its plans to launch a new happy hour schedule. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Giglio named Player of Year

Queens continues to produces some of the city’s top girls’ soccer talent. It led to a banner season for a number of its schools. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Royals team battles back to create winning streak

Christ the King found success by learning how to deal with failure. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio joins ranks with Clinton as master tactician

Once upon a time, not too long ago, politics was considered an honorable profession where high-minded people toiled to serve the public. Comment

Realtor wrong to remove trees from the landmark Klein Farm

The reporting of the blatant cutting and removal of several veteran shade trees by Audrey Realty on the landmarked Klein Farm is troubling. Comments (1)

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Willets Point

Willets Pt shops eye new home

A group of Willets Point business owners, hoping to relocate together, have settled on a new home in the Bronx. Comments (3)
Long Island City

No. 7 shutdowns planned for 22 weekends

Straphangers on the No. 7 subway line will have to get used to full and partial service disruptions as the MTA prepares to shut down the western segment of the line for 22 weekends beginning Feb. 28. Comments (3)

Astoria cats go missing

Stray cats are disappearing in Astoria and city services are not helping to solve the mystery. Comments (8)

City Board of Elections rife with patronage: Report

Good government groups are not the only organizations calling for city Board of Election reform these days. Comments (1)

De Blasio unveils plan for safe streets in city

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to a school in Woodside, where an 8-year-old boy was run down by a tractor trailer, to announce a new initiative Wednesday to combat the epidemic of traffic fatalities in western Queens and the rest of the city. Comment
Richmond Hill

CB 9 district manager says chair harasses staff

District Manager Mary Ann Carey announced at the Jan. 14 Community Board 9 meeting that she felt harassed by the board chairman following a poor performance review and had contacted her union. Comment

Discovery of burial site holds up construction work

A five-story, 32-unit apartment building sits unfinished, at 90-11 Corona Ave. in Elmhurst, and nobody knows when the project will be completed. Comments (1)

Boro leads health law signups

The newest set of data published by the state Department of Health shows that more than 37 percent of New York residents already enrolled for coverage through the Affordable Care Act live in New York City. Comment
St. Albans

5Pointz owner cuts $10K check to Malcolm Smith

Queens’ most notorious developer of 2013 made a sizable political contribution to the borough’s most ambitious, federally indicted politician of the year. Comments (133)
Fresh Meadows

Remembering the Lensman

Ira Cohen, who worked as a photographer for the Queens Tribune for the past 15 years, died last week. Comments (2)

Burglars steal $60K from Flushing building

Three apartments in the same Flushing building were burglarized Saturday, residents said, with the loss of more than $60,000 in cash and jewels. Comments (2)

Photog spots dapper bank robbery suspect: NYPD and freelancer

MASPETH — Officers arrested a bank robbery suspect Tuesday, thanks to a freelance photographer and recent Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol recruit, authorities and the lensman said. Comments (1)

Corona celebrates Three Kings Day with Hizzoner

Dozens of children flocked to Corona Sunday for a Three Kings Day Celebration. Comment
Queens Village

Separate shootings leave two dead in Qns. Village

Two men were killed in Queens Village last week in separate incidents. Comment

NYPD seeks Astoria shooting suspects [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police were seeking help identifying a man in connection with an assault that occurred in the early hours of Monday in Astoria. Comment
Forest Hills

Woman struck by bus in critical condition: FDNY

FOREST HILLS — A pedestrian was rushed to the hospital after being struck by an MTA bus at the corner of Queens Boulevard and 71st Avenue Wednesday morning, police said. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Queens’ Katz era begins

Borough President Melinda Katz was inaugurated during a ceremony last week that repeated the tenets of her campaign: her Queens heritage and capacity to lead the borough through her experience with land use. Comments (3)

Knights score victory in Battle of Boulevard

Making use of a potent press and an attacking defense, Holy Cross was able to claim this season’s first meeting against rival St. Francis Prep in the Battle of the Boulevard. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Struggling St. John’s lets Big East win slip away at Garden

Another nationally ranked opponent on the ropes became another potential victory that slipped away in the final minutes from St. John’s University. Comment


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