Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014


York College honors late President Bassin with building

York College, one of 11 senior colleges of the City University of New York, is honoring its longest-serving president in an eternal way. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Marshals take drug smuggler into custody

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — U.S. marshals were shot at as they were trying to arrest a drug smuggler in a home in Springfield Gardens on the night of Aug. 26. Comments (1)

New watering hole on tap for Sunnyside

A new neighborhood bar is set to open Sept. 4 on a once-desolate stretch of empty storefronts along Greenpoint Avenue in Sunnyside. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014


Comrie pushes for Smith’s seat to move city’s agenda in Albany

Leroy Comrie is back on the campaign trail. It did not take him long. Comments (1)

Liu unveils his plan for veterans in boro

Standing only a few feet away from the Korean War Veterans Memorial at Kissena Park in Flushing, Democratic state Senate candidate John Liu unveiled his four-point plan to improve and expand services for Queens war veterans and their families. Comments (15)
Willets Point

Supreme Court Justice dismisses Willets Point lawsuit

Opponents of a proposed megamall on the former site of Shea Stadium vowed to appeal the decision by state Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez to throw out their lawsuit against the city and the project’s developers last week. Comment
Glen Oaks

Republicans want to take state in another direction

Before some of the Republican candidates for statewide and local office reached the Queens Village Republican Club Tuesday, the audience was warming up for the rally. Comment

Film studio makes big donation to Mt. Sinai

The steel work for Mount Sinai Queens’ $125 million construction project in Astoria has been completed. Comment

Sunnyside named as a Bike Friendly Business District

Bicycles ruled the streets of Sunnyside Saturday afternoon as the neighborhood was designated a “Bike Friendly Business District,” the first in Queens. Comment

Police look for 17-year-old Ridgewood girl

RIDGEWOOD — Police were searching for a missing teen last seen at a home in Ridgewood, Comment

Don’t be quick to claim brutality

The New York Police Department made 150,000 arrests in four years. I believe during that time there was only one arrest in which the perpetrator died. Comments (5)

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014


Feast of the Assumption celebrated by Syrian Orthodox in Woodside

The streets surrounding St. Mary’s Malankara Orthodox Church in Woodside rang loudly with music and worship last weekend as hundreds of members of the Syrian Orthodox church gathered to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Comment

Parks must prune more: Pol

In a recent audit by city Comptroller Scott Stringer, Queens was heralded as the model borough whose Parks Department tree pruning practices should be followed by the rest of the city, but one area leader is skeptical of that finding. Comments (1)

Wyckoff Hts. hospital hosts health fair for neighborhood

Hundreds of people were treated to free health screenings and education earlier this month at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center’s annual health fair outside the hospital. Comment
Queens Village

NYPD, FBI on the hunt for boro bank robber

QUEENS VILLAGE — The FBI and the NYPD are trying to identify an armed man who allegedly robbed a Queens Village bank. Comment

Court was wrong in backing Willets shopping mall

The lower court’s decision approving a 1.4-million-square-foot shopping mall at Citi Field does not inspire judicial confidence (“Judge nixes Willets suit,” Aug. 22-28). Comment

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Murray Hill

Murray Hill bridge to be rebuilt again

A Murray Hill bridge, closed for years to be rebuilt only to be deemed unsafe and remain shuttered, will soon be reconstructed a second time, officials announced last week. Comment

State Senate hopeful Avery promises to fight for term limits

Queens Village attorney Munir Avery is a newcomer to politics, but he is not a stranger to government. Comments (1)

Respite from the city offers culinary delights

HUDSON, N.Y. — While secure in the knowledge that this borough is the epicenter of the culinary universe, even a Queens foodie needs a vacation. Comment
Block Shots

Columnist picks Queens stars to watch in fall 2014

Another Queens high school sports season is getting set to start. Comment

Cops looking for Elmhurst sexual assaulter

ELMHURST — Police from the 110th Precinct are hunting for an individual wanted for an attempted criminal sex act and assault that took place in the rear parking lot at the Pan American Hotel around 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

People can learn a thing or two from Ben Franklin

Sometime during the wonderful education I received in New York City schools, I became aware of Benjamin Franklin. In those days, you learned a great deal about the poor kid from Boston who made it big in Philadelphia and was one of the Founding Fathers. Comments (3)

Finish renovating PS 162 now

Children are looking forward to the upcoming school year: new backpacks, school supplies and clothes. Teachers are hard at work decorating classrooms to create a positive experience for their students. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014


Pols tout college savings bill

In an effort to combat what many middle-class families say is a becoming a growing financial burden, two Queens lawmakers have written legislation that would reduce the cost of applying for college. Comment

FDNY crew wins kudos after saving lady and pup

A Queens bicyclist and her 5-month-old Pomeranian puppy were rescued in dramatic fashion by the FDNY’s Corona Tigers last Thursday after they were struck by a city Parks Department sanitation truck in Corona. Comment

Fans flock to USTA for Ashe Kids’ Day

Young tennis fans descended on the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center Saturday eager to go racket-to-racket with the pros during the annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. Comment

Council backs Ridgewood rezoning

The City Council voted Aug. 21 to rezone a roughly three-block stretch of Ridgewood from a manufacturing to a residential district. Comment

Arresting movie captures top prizes in LIC

Filmmaker Rich Devaney is satisfied if after a screening of his short movie “Patrol,” audience members cannot put into words how they feel. Comment

Holy Cross looks balanced

Holy Cross stars Jordan Francklin, Brandon Pelzer and Brandon Jackson have moved on to the college ranks. Comment
South Jamaica

Motorcyclist dies on the Belt Parkway

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were investigating an accident on the Belt Parkway that left a motorcyclist dead. Comment
New Voices

Blacks, Hispanics lag behind whites, Asians on tests

In a report released Aug. 14, city students made modest gains on state English and math examinations. The boost was touted by the de Blasio administration as a reflection of the city’s successful implementation of Common Core standards, now in its second year since its inception in New York state. Comments (8)

Vets BBQ was the biggest and best yet

This year, my annual veterans barbecue was bigger and the best yet. We had an astounding 100 veterans, men and women, from my district come out for a Saturday afternoon in Howard Beach. Comment

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014


Suspect arrested in sexual assault outside Pan Am hotel

A suspect was arrested Thursday night in connection with the attempted sexual assault of a 26-year-old mother in front of her three children behind the Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst last Sunday, police said. Comment
Community Service

Late Ben Fried honored on sign at 43rd and Bell

Dozens gathered in Bayside Monday to honor one of the community’s most beloved members by permanently embedding his name in the neighborhood for all to remember. Comment

Costa wants gun registry

Just days after 23 people were shot across the city in one weekend, two of them fatally, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) took to the steps of City Hall to introduce legislation that would allow public access to the city’s gun offender registry. Comments (1)

New Q114 bus line ready for first riders

The commute to work will never be the same for some southeast Queens riders. Comments (8)

Council takes step to end Rikers culture of violence

The City Council has moved to end the culture of brutality that exists at Rikers Island as well as other New York City jails. Comment

Queens Museum displays Monument Quilt

The field behind the Queens Museum was turned into a sea of red cloth last week as stories from survivors of sexual and domestic violence were stitched together on 200 quilt squares. Comment

Ozone Park merchants lambaste Liberty Ave. Plaza

An Ozone Park pedestrian plaza and the road changes that came with it have been a one-way route to commercial disaster, nearby shop owners say. Comment

Liu blasts IDC mailers

John Liu’s campaign has filed a complaint with the city Board of Elections, claiming glossy mailers sent out by the Independent Democratic Conference’s PAC in support of his opponent, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Avella), were illegal campaign contributions. Comments (2)
Bay Terrace

Candidates explain platforms at Bay Terrace debate forum

A big name was missing from the roster of candidates at a forum in Bay Terrace Tuesday night. Comment
Kew Gardens

JFK Dems celebrate Aug.19 birthdays

Aug. 19 is when political lions come out to play ... at least in Queens. Comment

US Open serves up more than tennis

The scene at Arthur Ashe Stadium’s Aces restaurant was a culinary delight as the US Open’s culinary partner displayed the array of food offerings tennis fans can nosh on at this year’s event. Comments (1)

New SJU team seeks familiar soccer goals

The St. John’s University men’s soccer team lost several key players in the offseason, but the Red Storm are ready to face the challenges ahead with hopes of returning to the NCAA Tournament. Comment

Video of suspect in attempted rape released

ELMHURST — Police were looking for a man in connection with the attempted rape of a 23-year-old woman in Elmhurst early in the morning of Aug. 16, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

House the Homeless

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s recent column about how he and his family fell into homelessness should remind us that we have been quick to demonize of Queens shelter residents. Comments (2)

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Jackson Heights

Seth Taylor out at Jax Hts BID

The architect behind the planned BID expansion from Jackson Heights into Corona suddenly stepped down this week. Comments (2)

Fans flock to US Open for very best of tennis

The opening days of the US Open again brought thousands of people from across the country and around the world to enjoy spectacular tennis, cuisine and a unique atmosphere. Comment

Bar patron stabbed on Bell Blvd.

Bell Boulevard, which draws crowds of revelers who visit the bars and restaurants on summer nights, was rocked by a brutal stabbing late last week. Comments (9)

Van Bramer’s family once homeless

After watching and reading accounts of protests and town hall meetings against new homeless shelters in East Elmhurst and Elmhurst, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) kept quiet because the controversy lay outside his district. Comments (3)
Fresh Meadows

Robbery spree hits northeast Queens

FLUSHING- Police were looking for two men responsible for at least four robberies in the confines of the 107th and 109th Precincts. Comment

Avella takes on party in primary

Tony Avella did not get into politics to make friends. Comments (2)

Dems recruit Liu to depose incumbent

Despite a deal between the mainline Democrats and the Independent Democratic Conference to reunite, former city Comptroller John Liu said his primary opponent, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is not to be trusted. Comments (5)

SE Queens men petition city for more class time

They are incensed by the reception at the 113th Precinct, disturbed by the unemployment among young black men and concerned about health disparities. Comment

Shootings ricochet across boro streets

Queens has had its share of violence in the last few days. Comment

Wills’ bill seeks to protect jailed voters’ ballots

Although jail detainees are kept behind bars, City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) says their votes should not be. Comments (5)

USTA gives borough star treatment

For the third straight year, the Queens Economic Development Corp. will staff an information and referral kiosk at the US Open to generate business for the borough’s restaurants, hotels and cultural institutions. Comment
Long Island City

5Pointz demolition underway

The long-awaited demolition of 5Pointz began last Friday morning with heavy machinery punching a huge hole in the back wall. Comment
South Ozone Park

Sneakers, wallet stolen in S. Ozone Park: NYPD

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Police were searching for a man accused of tugging off a 23-year-old’s sneakers and wallet and running away from the South Ozone Park block, the NYPD said. Comment


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