Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014


School to start earlier

The city Department of Education is expected to move up the start time for hundreds of schools starting this fall. Comments (7)

Forest Hills eatery boasts Citi Field spot

Winning the Citi Small Business Call Ups program was a home run for Giorgios Aspiotis and his Forest Hills restaurant Corfu Grill. Comment
Kew Gardens

State pushes bill to target sex abusers

Queens lawmakers gathered this week to celebrate the passage of a bill aimed at cracking down against repeat sexual offenders by harshening penalties. Comments (1)

Young hopefuls line up to be the next U.S. Open idol

A hot summer morning was no deterrent for a few hundred children who showed up for a chance to stand in the spotlight at this August’s USTA’s US Open in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

W. is still king of the vacation

Republicans like to point out that President Barack Obama has played golf 178 times during his presidency, about once every two weeks. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

College Point

Police Academy start delayed

The grand opening of the new police academy in College Point has been moved back to 2015 following more delays, a police source familiar with the project said. Comment

Central Library to close for day

The Queens Central Library will close its doors for a day Aug. 11 to complete work to renovate the customer service and circulation areas. Comment

Amateur photographers capture southeast Queens

They capture present-day images that will be immortalized tomorrow. Comment

Students encouraged to act up in this summer school

For the past 25 years, Sofia Landon Geier has appeared on stages across New York City and has even popped up on TV shows like “Law and Order” from time to time. Comment

12 units, 60 fighters battle blaze in Jamaica

JAMAICA — Firefighters responded Tuesday morning to an all-hands fire that broke out in a seven-story building in Jamaica, said a spokeswoman for the Fire Department. Comment

Do not look down on Briarwood

Why do we negate the neighborhood we are living in? Sure Briarwood lately has a lot of things that can create problems, but there are also great things. Comments (3)

Monday, Aug. 4, 2014


Borough’s police precincts plan National Night Out events

The NYPD is gearing up for its annual National Night Out, set to take place Tuesday, Aug. 5. Comments (1)

Prospect Cemetery resurrected at York

Years ago Prospect Cemetery, the oldest in Queens and one of the oldest in the city, was covered with vegetation, trees, vines and debris. Its tombstones were toppled and damaged. Comments (2)

MTA OKs new service to speed Rosedale riders’ trips to work

By the end of August, Rosedale and Far Rockaway commuters will have a new bus line that will shorten their travel time to the Jamaica subway station. Comment

No. 7 train is named city’s best, but No. 2 at bottom of survey

For the seventh time in 16 years, the Straphangers Campaign has chosen the No. 7 train as the city’s best subway line. Comments (1)

Auto unions endorse Avella

Two automotive workers unions endorsed state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for re-election this week. Comments (1)
Rockaway Park

Let Rockaway Theatre Co. entertain you

Rockaway Theatre Co. may be a bit out of the way with a bridge toll along the route, but it is well worth the schlep for its current production of “Gypsy.” Comment

Five arrested in Juniper Valley in past week: 104th Precinct

MIDDLE VILLAGE — Officers arrested four minors and one adult in Juniper Valley Park over the past week on weapons and marijuana possession charges, the 104th Precinct said. Comment
Middle Village

Zambrotta finds home at CK

Christ the King provided a different type of change for Sydney Zambrotta, and in the process finally gave the nomadic guard a place to call home. Comments (1)

Guilty Again

It was another sad day for Queens this week when former City Councilman Dan Halloran became the latest figure to join the growing ranks of convicted felons who have been elected to public office in the borough. Comment

Reader pens ‘Dream of Queens’

I would like to share my memories of Queens. Comments (3)

Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014


Updated: Police identify Woodside man found slashed to death in Corona

Police identified a 30-year-old man who was found dead in Corona Sunday morning as Woodside resident Fabian Carreno. Comments (3)

Two die in accident on LIE

A 30-year-old driver and his 31-year-old passenger died early Saturday morning in a car crash on the Long Island Expressway, police said. Comment

A municipal ID to meet Van Gogh and Monet

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s municipal identification card could come with a surprise — a huge cultural surprise. Comments (1)
Long Island City

MTA officers save residents from blaze in LIC building

MTA Bridges and Tunnels officers saved more than a dozen people from a fire that swept a four-story building near the Queens-Midtown Tunnel early Wednesday, the MTA said. Comment

Customs arrests two on drug charges at JFK

JAMAICA — Two arriving passengers at John F. Kennedy International Airport were arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine into the United States in two separate incidents, according to authorities. Comment
Rego Park

Bronx man charged in shoplifting spate: DA

REGO PARK — Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced a Bronx man has been charged in a pick-pocketing spree preying on shoppers in central Queens over the past year. Comments (2)
Political Action

Liu-Avella race could lead to battles with third parties

The Democratic primary in the 11th state Senate district in northeast Queens seems to be attracting a lot of attention in New York City with former city Comptroller John Liu challenging incumbent Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (2)

GOP women wage war on selves

What is all this buzz about the Republican war on women? Is it just a political stunt to gain the female vote? Comments (2)

Bring back corporal punishment

With so many students in high school who are constantly misbehaving, which severely disrupts the learning process and causes many teachers to leave the profession, perhaps it is time once again to consider reinstating corporal punishment in the high schools, both public and private. Comments (6)

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014


Deposed library trustees sue Katz

Six members of the Queens Library board of trustees who were dismissed last week are not going to go quietly. Comment

Avonte’s Law passes City Council, 48-0

The City Council last week overwhelmingly passed Avonte’s Law, a bill that will require the city Department of Education to install door alarms in schools that accommodate elementary school children. Comments (1)

MTA will hike fares despite better finances

The MTA’s financial picture has improved over its plight of six months ago due to what it called “hard choices,” lower health and pension costs and increased revenue from fares, tolls and taxes. Comments (2)

Sunnyside library already reopened

Sunnyside residents were surprised and relieved last Thursday to see their library reopen a month earlier than expected after it was closed for roof replacement in June. Comment

Queens man dies in crash on Long Island

ROSEDALE — A Rosedale man was killed July 27 after the car he was driving went out of control on the Southern State Parkway, authorities said. Comment
Block Shots

Queens teams have tough act to follow after banner year

It is August. It’s OK to groan since the summer will sadly be over faster then we’d all like it to be. Comment
The Civic Scene

Community roundtables will tackle airplane noise issues

After years of pressuring for the formation of community roundtables to discuss airplane noise over residential neighborhoods, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has authorized the formation of such groups. Meetings were recently held in a large hanger at the Vaughn College of Aeronautics adjacent to LaGuardia Airport. Comments (3)

Senator clarifies work in Little Bay Park

In response to the July 25-31 letter to the editor “Politicians only care about votes,” I would like to clarify some inaccuracies. Comments (2)

Friday, Aug. 1, 2014


Man dies after being ejected from motorcycle: NYPD

ASTORIA — A 39-year-old motorcyclist was killed in Astoria early Friday morning after he swerved across lanes and struck two parked cars, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
Middle Village

EMS rush Middle Village drowning victim to hospital: FDNY

MIDDLE VILLAGE — A man was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital in cardiac arrest Thursday evening after struggling to stay afloat in a private pool in Middle Village, the FDNY said. Comment
Forest Hills

Pedestrian killed crossing Forest Hills street: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Police were investigating a collision in Forest Hills Friday morning that left a pedestrian dead, authorities said. Comment

1,000 turn out for Sandy meet at Allen AME

One Far Rockaway woman worried about where her family would stay during the months-long repairs slated for her Hurricane Sandy-damaged house. Comment

Alzheimer’s Association sends social worker to help Queens

Lydia Eliza Bovell, 81, who suffers from dementia, went missing July 17 in Jamaica. Comment

Migrant kid crisis tackled

Every day, unaccompanied children from Central America cross the border in hopes of reuniting with their families in the United States. Comments (5)
Long Island City

LIC to get crosswalks for Center Boulevard

The streets on Long Island City are getting cleaner and safer. Comment

Beechhurst resident fights to keep seawall

A Beechhurst resident has been locked in a years-long struggle with the state Department of Environmental Conservation over his seawall, which he claims protected his waterfront property when Superstorm Sandy ravaged the city’s coast. Comment

Developer buys Flushing lot to build community facility

The city has sold a vacant property in downtown Flushing to a Bayside developer who has plans to convert the building into a mixed-use community space. Comment

Arborcide strikes Bayside

City officials have begun investigating why a row of trees owned by the city Parks Department was suddenly — and illegally — chopped down in Bayside. Comments (3)
Glen Oaks

Pow-Wow draws big crowd to farm

Native American culture proved to be a big draw at the Queens County Farm Museum on Little Neck Parkway in Glen Oaks over the weekend. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Councilwoman Koslowitz dips into pension and payroll: Docs

City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz’s (D-Forest Hills) previous stint at City Hall is paying off — literally. Comments (5)
Bay Terrace

Lone gas station in Bay Terrace to close its doors soon

The Bay Terrace community is lamenting the upcoming loss of its only gas station after learning the spot will be closing at the end of August, the store’s developer said. Comments (3)

Officer shot returns to S. Richmond Hill home

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — NYPD Detective Mario Muniz returned to his South Richmond Hill home from Bellevue Hospital after he was wounded in Manhattan earlier this week while aiding U.S. marshals who were seeking Charles Mozdir, 32, a California man wanted on child molestation charges. Comment

Queens takes its next step

The dance experience should be available to everybody, but space for creative expression is limited in New York City, and it doesn’t come cheap. Comment
Richmond Hill

Man found guilty in fatal Rich Hill beating: Brown

RICHMOND HILL — A 28-year-old Fresh Meadows man was found guilty in the fatal beat down of a Moka Nightclub and Lounge patron, the Queens DA said. Comments (5)

Police search for suspect in boro grand larcenies

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s help in identifying a man they said stole credit cards, cash and Apple iPhones from at least four Flushing businesses in January. Comment

Molloy backcourt brims with confidence

The learning curves weren’t similar for Kaitlyn Mahon and Emer Moloney as juniors at Archbishop Molloy, but the results were the same. Comment

Thursday, July 31, 2014


GOP won’t challenge Avella after failing to get signatures

September’s Democratic primary between state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and former city Comptroller John Liu will be for all the marbles since there will be no Republican contender in the general election. Comments (12)

Jury nails Halloran on five counts

Queens had mixed reactions to the conviction of former City Councilman Dan Halloran, who was found guilty this week of accepting bribes and plotting to pay Republican power brokers to support state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) as the GOP candidate in the 2013 mayoral race. Comments (3)
South Jamaica

Second arrest made in D’aja Robinson shooting: DA

Police arrested a second suspect in the 2013 shooting of D’aja Robinson, a 14-year-old girl who was sitting on a bus in South Jamaica when a bullet struck her in the head, Queens district attorney said Thursday. Comment
Willets Point

Willets mall challenged in court session

Opponents of a plan to build a megamall on parkland adjacent to Citi Field made their arguments in State Supreme Court in Manhattan Wednesday afternoon. Comments (1)

Mini McMansion draws Flushing’s ire

A second house is about to spring up on a Flushing block where neighbors have been raging over another recently constructed, two-story dwelling which they said dwarfs the size of their own homes. Comments (17)

DHS vows to notify nabes on new shelters

Scott Stringer had heard enough. Comments (4)

Correction group wants Brown to handle Rikers Island crimes

Rikers Island may soon be under Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s jurisdiction, but not if he has anything to say about it. Comment

Reporter’s Notebook, Views of Halloran’s trial

With an American flag pin worn religiously on his breast, his father’s police badge memento in hand and a rarely wavering smile, former City Councilman Dan Halloran cut a colorful figure on the witness stand. Comment
Jackson Heights

82nd Street BID plan meets stiff resistance

Opposition to the proposed expansion of the 82nd Street Partnership was in full throttle at two separate public meetings last Thursday. Comment

New public plaza opens in center of Queens Blvd.

Sunnyside has a new public space directly under the No. 7 subway station at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, thanks to a collaboration between the Sunnyside Shines BID and the city Department of Transportation’s NYC Plaza Program. Comment
Fresh Meadows

New Indian Prime Minister Modi bound for city

Just months after India elected Narendra Modi prime minister, the head of the South Asian nation is fielding invitations across the ocean, from the White House to the diaspora in Queens. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Muslims mark Eid at Diversity Plaza

Hundreds of Muslims from every corner of the world made their way to Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Monday to celebrate Eid Mubarak. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Van runs over owner while at gas station

SOUTH JAMAICA — A man was injured when his van ran over him while pumping gas at a South Jamaica gas station, police said. Apparently, he forgot to put the vehicle into park. Comments (1)

Mets pitch in for NY pavilion

The New York Mets have teamed up with People for the Pavilion, a volunteer organization working to preserve the historic structure that hosted the 1964 World’s Fair. Comment

Pedestrian struck, killed in Whitestone: NYPD

WHITESTONE — An 87-year-old Whitestone woman was struck and killed when she was crossing Willets Point Boulevard Tuesday night, police said. Comments (1)

Scott Machado seeks second chance in NBA

The beginning of Scott Machado’s professional basketball career has been a series of starts and stops. Comment

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Long Island City

Two Bridge and Tunnel workers injured saving people from LIC fire

Bridge and Tunnel officers saved more than a dozen people from a fire that swept a four-story building near the Queens-Midtown Tunnel early Wednesday, the MTA said. Comment

Straphangers names No. 7 train the city’s best

The No. 7 train has been designated the best subway line in New York City by the transit advocacy agency Straphangers Campaign. Comments (2)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Former Councilman Dan Halloran found guilty in bribery case

Former city Councilman Dan Halloran was found guilty Tuesday afternoon at the federal court house in White Plains of all charges on a five-count indictment in his corruption case. Comments (37)

One dead, another wounded in Woodside shooting

Two men were killed in separate incidents sparked by arguments during a bloody weekend in Woodside. Comments (3)

Sunday, July 27, 2014


FDNY battles 3-alarm fire in Astoria

A three-alarm fire broke out in a six-story residential building in Astoria just after 11 a.m. Saturday, according to the FDNY. Comments (1)

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Prosecutors sum up their bribery case against former Councilman Halloran

Eight weeks after the proceedings first opened, attorneys began presenting their summations and closing statements Friday in a federal corruption case against former City Councilman Dan Halloran. Comment
Far Rockaway

Man stabbed to death in Far Rock

FAR ROCKAWAY- A cab driver was fatally stabbed Wednesday evening during a dispute with another driver, police said. Comment


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