Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014


SE Queens bus riders hail faster Q114 route

All aboard! Comment

Cinco de Mayo says adiós to current site

Bell Boulevard’s classic Mexican restaurant is packing its fajitas and quesadillas and heading south. Comments (4)

Katz names Simons to Queens Library board

Borough President Melinda Katz appointed Earl Simons to the Queens Library board of trustees last week. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Long Island City

Queens Economic Development Corp. annouces fall programs

The Queens Economic Development Corp. put out the call to small business owners, budding entrepreneurs and home improvement contractors to sign up for its fall programs during a special networking event at Z Rooftop late last month, with many of the programs to begin in October. Comment
Long Island City

Kaufman Astoria Studios to host special free street fair

The main gate at Kaufman Astoria Studios will swing open to the public for a free, daylong street fair offering a rare inside look at film and TV production. Comments (1)

PS 101 teacher protested

The city has pulled a PS 101 teacher with a history of using corporal punishment from the classroom and given him administrative duties in the Forest Hills Gardens school after parents protested last week, the city Department of Education said. Comment

Bikers need to show respect

Bikers are getting everything for free. Nothing costs them 1 cent, whereas motorists must pay for a driver’s license, auto insurance, vehicle registration, gasoline taxes, etc., plus bridge and tunnel tolls and parking. Comments (9)

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Long Island City

Noguchi Museum hosts Community Day in LIC

The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City opened its doors to its neighbors last weekend as it hosted a Community Day for art lovers of all ages to come enjoy everything the facility has to offer. Comment

Pre-K Prognosis

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Queens last week on a whirlwind tour of the five boroughs to usher in his pre-K program for 51,500 children. He and his entourage visited the Home Sweet Home pre-K center in Fresh Meadows, which has been in need of programs for its growing population of 4-year-olds. Comments (2)

Lancman to lead committee

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) was chosen by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) to serve as chairman of the Council’s newly created Committee on Courts and Legal Services. Comment

Flushing rallies to beat Port Richmond 30-26

The game appeared to be lost to everyone but Flushing. Comment

Get your information right on Mae West

Since your newspaper has been serving Queens since 1919, I hope you will correct the factual errors in your recent article “Sex symbol Mae West spent her childhood in Woodhaven” by The Greater Astoria Historical Society. Comments (2)

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014


24-year-old man dies in Rosedale accident: NYPD

An accident killed a 24-year-old man and sent five others to the hospital Friday night in Rosedale, police said. Comment

Real broken windows increase in public housing complexes in city

Conditions at New York City’s Housing Authority buildings have worsened in recent years, especially because of the increase in the number of real broken or missing windows. Comments (1)
Breezy Point

Whale, dolphin sightings increase near Breezy Pt.

Whale and dolphin sightings in the Rockaways have increased over the last five years, making American Princess watch and adventure cruises that launching from Riis Landing in Breezy Point the new popular pastime. Comment
Bay Terrace

Missing Bay Terrace woman ID’d as body discovered in Beechhurst

Police have identified the woman whose body was found in a wooded area of Beechhurst last month as a Bay Terrace resident who had been missing since June, according to the NYPD. Comment
Kew Gardens

Labor calls for minimum wage control

Elected officials and labor leaders honored the Queens working class on the steps of Borough Hall in a ceremony co-hosted by Borough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) last week. Comment

Primaries were relatively new in boro during 1911

The big news in Queens during September 1911 was the upcoming Democratic primary election scheduled for the 26th. Comments (1)

Whitestone reserve vet honored at US Open

Sharon Rimal represented her country in a different and more public way at the US Open last week. Comment

Writer’s right on Willets land grab

Ben Haber’s recent writing is spot on. City Council members have sold their collective souls to the moguls who have already blighted Citi Field with its hideous signage and their real estate arms that will transform a thriving business community into a megalithic shopping mall. Comment

Police hunting man who stole car with toddler

CORONA — Police were searching for a man they said stole a car in Corona last weekend with a 2-year-old child asleep in the back seat. Comments (2)

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014


Serena Williams cruises to milestone 18th US Open win

Serena Williams ended a difficult season with a historic triumph. Comment

Murder-suicides kill five in Flushing: NYPD

Flushing experienced a bloody couple of days this week when five people were found dead in two murder-suicides within four blocks of each other in less than 12 hours, police said. Comments (1)

Cuomo holds off challenger Teachout

Gov. Andrew Cuomo survived Tuesday’s Democratic primary with strong support from Queens, but not without a spirited fight from challenger Zephyr Teachout. Comment
Howard Beach

Russo’s on the Bay expands with its own brand of foods

If you are fond of “grandma’s cooking,” especially Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, you will not have to take the family out to dine. Comment

Royals kick Kennedy Catholic

Medina Mulic turned Diana Paravatos’ “oops” into an “oh.” Comment

Perry’s indictment nothing but a witch hunt

As a committed Democrat and former Democratic lawmaker, I am appalled at what is going on in Texas. Comments (2)
Middle Village

Man rescued from open grave in Middle Village

MIDDLE VILLAGE — Firefighters said they were called to St. John Cemetery in Middle Village at 10:05 a.m. Sept. 5 to assist a worker who had fallen into an open grave, the FDNY said. Comment

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014


Woodside honors its 9/11 victims

Residents gathered Thursday night at Doughboy Park to honor Woodside’s victims of 9/11. Comment

Queens Library board votes to place Galante on paid leave

The Queens Library Board of Trustees voted to place President and CEO Thomas Galante on indefinite leave with pay at a closed-door meeting Thursday night. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Big Apple named Top US Cycling City for first time

One week after Sunnyside became the first neighborhood in Queens to be designated a Bike Friendly Business District, New York City was honored as the Top U.S. Cycling City by Bicycling Magazine. Comments (2)

Another motorcyclist dies at Dead Man’s Curve: NYPD

A perilous intersection in Whitestone known as Dead Man’s Curve has claimed another motorcyclist’s life, police said. Comments (1)
Community Service

Hollis basketball camp teaches young athletes life lessons

At the Royal Skills basketball camp, children don’t just learn about basketball — they learn about life. Comment

Fall into arts

With the official end of summer 11 days away, it’s time to pack up the beach chairs and think about settling into a seat at one of borough’s performing arts venues. Comment

CB7 rejects never-ending variance for Auburndale realtor

After a couple hours of yelling, confusion and chaos, Community Board 7 voted Monday night to extend a variance for an Auburndale business on Northern Boulevard, preserving the conditions of a previous agreement. Comments (3)
Real Estate

Reynoso bill seeks to track rent data

City Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn) wants to save rent-regulated housing one statistic at a time. Comment

Ridgewood Reservoir dam may go untouched

After encountering a surge of opposition to planned Ridgewood Reservoir work, the city applied to reclassify the dam and avoid controversial decommissioning construction. Comment

Jamaica lot suitable for community garden

The empty lot in Jamaica with its crooked, netless rims used by neighborhood kids to play hoops will not be converted into a basketball court. Comments (6)
Long Island City

Step right up and join this social justice show

The circus is coming to town — sort of. Comment

School owner sentenced

The former owner of a Flushing pre-school for disabled children was sentenced to two years in prison last week after he pleaded guilty to stealing $2 million in government funding meant for student services. Comment

Stavisky beats Jung in race for Senate seat

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) is poised to return to Albany for her eighth term after she successfully fended off a primary challenge from Flushing activist S.J. Jung. Comment

Sanders trounces two opponents in Dem primary

State Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) characterized his first primary for his Albany seat as a rematch with his predecessor, albeit through a surrogate. Comment
Block Shots

Ex-Holy Cross player debuts for Lincoln

Prince Klutsey wasted little time making a good impression in his new home at defending PSAL city champion Abraham Lincoln. Comment
Breezy Point

Man in cardiac arrest off Breezy Point rescued

BREEZY POINT — A 47-year-old having a heart attack on a barge off the shore of Breezy Point Sept. 4 was flown to the hospital, where he regained his vital signs, the NYPD said. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014


Avella commemorates 9/11 with motorcade

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) honored more than two dozen victims of the 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center by participating in his 10th annual motorcade Thursday. Comment
Rochdale Village

Brown canvassers say campaign has not paid them

Everly Brown was apparently not the only loser at his Farmers Boulevard headquarters primary night. Comment

Liu hangs on as Avella claims victory

Former city Comptroller John Liu has refused to accept defeat at the hands of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in a tight race that ended with the incumbent claiming victory and AP eventually giving him a winning margin of 568 votes. Comments (4)

Whitestone synagogue sells building to developer

A shrinking Whitestone synagogue has sold its building to a Great Neck, L.I.-based developer who is leasing a section of the space back to the shul. Comments (4)

Finest lose yet another hero cop to 9/11-related cancer

The funeral for an NYPD sergeant who served eight years at the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst lent a compelling backdrop to the latest push by political leaders to reauthorize the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Comment

Sunnyside due for slow zones as funds ramp up for projects

Big changes are coming to the streets of Sunnyside and Long Island City as lawmakers allocate funding for future projects that will change the way drive in the borough. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Staff leave Gateway amid investigation

At least two administrators and one teacher have departed from Queens Gateway as the city investigates students’ and parents’ allegations of mismanagement at the Jamaica Hills school. Comments (60)

Train disturbs kids: Crowley

Students at PS 85 in Astoria are taught special hand signals to let teachers know when they cannot be heard above the noise coming from the N and Q trains. Comments (3)

Liu lawsuit for city fines languishes in state court

Former city Comptroller John Liu said along the recent campaign trail that he is fighting $525,000 in city fines for illegal campaign posters in his 2009 comptroller run. Comments (3)

Bayside asks for speed relief

After decades of watching drivers speed past their homes and get into car accidents, residents of 33rd Avenue in Bayside have had enough. Comment

Jamaica raises funds for sickle-cell research

Hundreds of people walked the streets of Jamaica last weekend in support of finding a cure for sickle-cell anemia. Comment

Turnout slim in primary

A slate of incumbent state officials swept the Democratic primaries in Queens despite anemic voter turnout in most contests. Comment

Comrie ousts Sen. Smith from seat

Former City Councilman Leroy Comrie, armed with widespread support from the Queens Democratic Party, overwhelming won the three-way race to unseat embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis). Comment

Assemblywoman Markey wins quiet election with wide margin

State Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) emerged from her first primary unscathed, garnering 75 percent of votes against an opponent making his initial run for political office. Comment

Beach Channel loses 1st game on new field

The Beach Channel players will always remember their first game on their renovated field despite an ending to forget. Comment

Police arrest Whitestone shooting suspect: NYPD

WHITESTONE — Police arrested the grandson of a former Gambino family associate who they said shot a childhood friend on the Whitestone shore Aug. 29, the Queens DA’s office said. Comments (9)

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014


Boro groups, pols to honor the fallen of 9/11

Astoria Candlelight Vigil Comment

Avella declared winner of tight Senate race but Liu won’t concede

Despite the fact the Associated Press called state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) the victor of his bitter primary battle with John Liu Tuesday night, the former comptroller isn’t giving up. Comments (26)

Markey scores major victory in race to retain Assembly seat

State Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) triumphed in her first competitive primary Tuesday, according to preliminary results from the Associated Press. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014


Stavisky wins resounding victory against Jung

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) convincingly won re-election Tuesday night against her challenger S.J. Jung after a hard-fought campaign to hold onto her seat after seven terms in office. Comment

Comrie defeats Malcolm Smith in overwhelming victory

Former City Councilman Leroy Comrie won the three-way race to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), according to preliminary results from AP. The incumbent’s federal indictment for allegedly trying to bribe his way onto the GOP line in the mayoral race in 2013 was a heavy burden to carry. Comments (4)

Cuomo, Hochul declared primary winners

Gov. Andrew Cuomo survived a threat from two challengers in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election and will continue his quest to remain in Albany in the general election in November. Comments (2)

Live Blog: 2014 Queens Democratic Primary

State Sen. hopeful Leroy Comrie got one last push for his campaign in the early evening hours before the polls closed. Comments (4)

Two dead in murder-suicide in Flushing: NYPD

A 51-year-old man shot his girlfriend in downtown Flushing Monday afternoon before turning the gun on himself, police said. Comments (4)

Three with slashed throats found dead in Flushing fire

The burned bodies of three unidentified people were found with their throats slashed after a fire at a Flushing apartment building early Tuesday morning, police said. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Sanders sweeps to victory in three-way race for Senate seat

State Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) was poised for a sophomore term in Albany after coasting through Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Comment


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