Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

Jamaica Hills

Borough green markets offer fresh food all year long

Winter may be the time of year to pack on a few extra pounds of padding to insulate oneself against the polar vortex, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your healthy eating habits into hibernation until the spring. Comments (1)
Long Island City

B’klyn company supplies boro businesses

M. Fine Lumber Co. may be in Brooklyn, but its best customers are in western Queens. Comment

Focus on Queens: Northeast Republicans meet in Bayside

The Northeast Queens Republican Club installed new officers during a ceremony at the Clearview Golf Course Club House. Comment

Tip of the week


Store in Bayside spays and neuters cats

In the Jan. 17-23 edition, the Flushing Times printed an editorial expressing concern about the missing cats in the Astoria area as well as pointing out that the spaying and/or neutering of both outdoor stray cats as well as indoor cats that are allowed outside would go a long way toward solving the feral cat problem. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

Real Estate

Boro homeowners to see property taxes climb 4%

Queens homeowners will see their property tax bills rise by an average of about $183 next year on the heels of a hot real estate market. Comments (6)

Owner ready to fix crumbling Woodhaven store

Faced with court cases, the landlord of a Woodhaven building that buckled last spring said he is weeks away from repairing the structure. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Volunteers decorate cupcakes with SE Queens elderly for MLK day

A group of volunteers showed their sweet side to southeast Queens seniors earlier this week in honor of the enduring spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Comment

New way to order sushi in Astoria

Astoria’s restaurant row on 30th Avenue has a new addition with the soft opening of Pink Nori this week. Comment
New Voices

Proposal would legalize some basement apartments

A dearth of affordable housing, as well as a proliferation of converted — and “unapproved” — basement apartments, has led a coalition of Queens community groups and professionals to pursue changes to the way city government defines a legal rental unit. Comments (11)

No more banks, offices needed

The Jan. 17-23 article “BSA greenlights changes to Scobee Diner lot plan” may be a losing bet for those considering opening up a new Citi Bank and dentist’s office. Comments (2)

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014


Writer turns history to fiction

Eddie Upnick never envisioned becoming an author until one evening in 1995, when the Bayside resident was vacationing with his wife in Antigua and sparked up a conversation with the gentleman seated across from him at dinner. Comment

Thousands expected to see Lunar Parade

This year’s Lunar New Year parade is set to be the largest and most multicultural yet, organizers said. Comment
Forest Hills

Koslowitz cuts ribbon for computer labs in JHS 190

Officials from JHS 190 invited City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) to see how a $400,000 bond she directed toward computer labs at the school was put to use. Comments (1)

Queens Council on the Arts celebrates grant winners

The Queens Council on the Arts will host an open house Wednesday to honor those artists selected for the 2014 Queens Arts Fund and Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide program Comment
Remember the Date

Kupferberg center to open Holocaust exhibit at U.N.

On Jan. 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated more than 7,000 prisoners from the most notorious of the Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Poland. It is estimated that around 1.3 million people were deported to this camp between 1940 and 1945 and at least 1.1 million perished at the hands of Nazi guards. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014


Quiet Skies wants seat at table for discussions on plane noise

Advocates fighting to reduce airplane noise in Queens were not surprised to hear news from the Port Authority last week announcing that a record number of passengers came through New York’s and New Jersey’s major airports in 2013. Comment

Compost pilot program in western Queens to start

Come spring, families living in Community Board 5 will have access to a free, organic waste collection program offered by the city. Comment

Woodhaven tutor pleads guilty to child porn: DA

WOODHAVEN — Authorities announced a 31-year-old tutor was sentenced to one to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a child porn-related charge. Comment

Police looking for missing Corona teen

CORONA — Police were searching for a missing teen girl. Comment

Cops on the lookout for missing Flushing man

FLUSHING — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Flushing man. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

No winter slowdown for Queens theater scene

Have you missed me? It’s been several weeks since my last column, and I was hoping for a barrage of letters, e-mails, texts and phone calls seeking my whereabouts and an immediate resumption of The Play’s The Thing. After all, I’ve been writing this column since June 2007, and some of you may have gotten in the habit of reading it. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Focus on Queens: MLK’s contributions commemorated with celebration

Community leaders were recently honored at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in St. Albans. Comment

Fellow writer has it all wrong

Last week a letter writer used five paragraphs to defend his defense of inequality by saying he defends his defense of inequality (“Some people blind to truth about the poor,” Jan. 17-23). Comments (4)

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014


111th warns of rise in car thefts, offers tips to prevent break-ins

The 111th Precinct in Bayside said it has seen a significant increase in car thefts in recent weeks and is asking the public to be conscious of things that may help prevent them from becoming targets. Comments (8)
East Elmhurst

Mayor calls for fairer wage

Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed support for airport workers in their struggle against poor working conditions and unfair wages following a rally and protest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

South Ozone Park parish saves for new Mary statue

Parishioners accustomed to a Virgin Mary statue greeting them at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Parish in South Ozone Park will likely have to wait a year to see the familiar figure. Comments (1)
Hurricane Relief

Feds to give $886M for Sandy subway aid: Schumer

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that the federal government will provide $886 million to repair damage to East River tunnels caused by Hurricane Sandy. Comment
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill woman stabbed boyfriend to death: NYPD

RICHMOND HILL — A 64-year-old woman is facing up to five years in jail after she pleaded guilty earlier this week to stabbing her boyfriend to death last year, authorities said. Comments (3)

Cops searching for missing Elmhurst girl

ELMHURST — Police from the 114th Precinct were asking the public’s help in finding a missing 12-year-old girl. Comment

Teen disappears in Bellerose

BELLEROSE — Police were searching for a missing teen last seen Jan. 15, according to the 105th Precinct. Comments (1)

Focus on Queens: MLK lunch held in Astoria

The Astoria/LIC NAACP held its Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Fund Luncheon at Riccardo’s in Astoria. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Silva tops All-Queens team

Some familiar programs did some big things on the soccer pitch in Queens. Comment

Silent film star Francis X. Bushman once lived in Little Neck

Francis Xavier Bushman was a film and television actor whose career flourished during the silent film era. Born in Baltimore in 1883, he was perhaps best known for the role of Romeo in the 1916 Metro Pictures production of “Romeo and Juliet” as well as that of Messala in the 1925 silent epic “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.” Comment

Unhappy New Year

The new year has gotten off to a somber start in Queens with homicides and pedestrian fatalities grabbing the headlines. Comment

DOE should comply with FOIL

The Freedom of Information Law is an instrument of democracy and sometimes, therefore, a pain, and that is the way it should be. Whether or not it is exercised in a particular situation depends on who may be gored by public disclosure. Comment

Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

South Jamaica

Father arraigned in stabbing of wife, daughters in Jamaica

The man accused of stabbing to death his wife and two daughters in a South Jamaica apartment was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Friday on multiple murder counts and held without bail, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (3)
Murray Hill

Murray Hill senior found dead after fire in his apartment

A 63-year-old man was found dead after a fire broke out in his basement apartment Friday morning, the FDNY said. Comments (2)

Toddlers remembered as princesses during Jamaica funeral

Hundreds of mourners packed a South Jamaica church Thursday evening to pay their respects to the 21-year-old mother and her two young daughters, who were found stabbed to death in their Sutphin Boulevard apartment four days earlier. Comments (2)
Long Island City

‘This Prison Where I Live’ examines a life lived in the now

On the surface, Angela Iannone’s play, “This Prison Where I Live,” appears to be little more than an historical ghost story, but underneath it asks tough questions about ambition, forgiveness and redemption. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Parks Department unveils Rockaway Boardwalk plans

Plans to replace the Rockaway boardwalk may put the peninsula on a map in a whole new way. Comments (3)
Queens Village

Queens Village plays host to annual MLK breakfast

Income inequality was the term on everyone’s tongue at the United Negro College Fund’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast in Queens Village Monday, when speakers invoked the civil rights leader’s embrace of economic justice that defined the latter part of his life. Comment

109th to hold meeting with Flushing businesses to tackle pickpockets

The 109th Precinct appealed to downtown Flushing businesses Thursday for help in tackling a proliferation of pickpockets who have ravaged shoppers in the new year. Comments (2)

Kim warns residents of IV fluids misuse

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) joined Asian-American health professionals last week to warn residents of the dangers of the inappropriate use of intravenous fluids in the Asian community. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC blasts MTA on 7 line shutdowns

Passions ran high at a recent Long Island City rally. Comment

Police arrest Briarwood man in drug bust

Police arrested a Briarwood man last week who they alleged was the ringleader in a citywide drug smuggling operation. Comments (2)
Middle Village

Fedkowskyj mulls running for Markey’s Assembly seat

State Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Ridgewood) may face her first primary in more than a decade. Comment
Long Island City

Avonte’s funeral set for Saturday

New York City will say goodbye to Avonte Oquendo Saturday. Comment

Miller aims to save street parking for N.Y. cars

State Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven) only wants to see yellow and navy plates when he looks out on the street at night. Comments (7)

Constantinides calls for safety on 21st Street

Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) held his first press event as the new city councilman for District 22 in Astoria Friday, tapping into the borough’s hot-button topic of the month: traffic safety. Comment
South Ozone Park

Three libraries to reopen after self-checkout installed

The Queens Village, South Ozone Park and LeFrak City branches of Queens Library were expected to reopen this Wednesday after a series of upgrades to their check-out systems. Comments (1)

Landmarks blocks Aluminaire House

A controversial proposal to move an all-aluminum house, built in the 1930s, to Sunnyside Gardens has been quashed by the city Landmarks Preservation Commission. Comments (1)

Korean students visit Sacred Heart School

For the past three weeks, Sacred Heart School in Bayside has been home to nine extra students who have been given the opportunity to experience America through the eyes of their peers. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Volunteers paint Roy Wilkins center during MLK event

More than 80 Habitat for Humanity volunteers and soon-to-be homeowners converged on Roy Wilkins Park Family Center Saturday to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by sprucing up the southeast Queens facility with murals and fresh paint. Comment
Richmond Hill

Three suspects sought in string of J train robberies [With Video]

JAMAICA — Police were searching for three men wanted in a string of robberies on the J train along Jamaica Avenue between 102nd and 121st streets, the NYPD said. Comments (6)

Two men wanted in Astoria shooting: NYPD

Police released a new surveillance image of two suspects in an Astoria shooting earlier this month. Comments (13)
Forest Hills

Forest Hills theater troupe stages a fanciful farce

First String Players hopes to heat things up this season with a comic production to combat the winter doldrums. Comment

Queens native Holley heads to Florida after coach leaves

Abraham Lincoln defensive tackle Thomas Holley dreaded his phone call more than a month ago to Florida football Coach Will Muschamp to tell him he was committing to Penn State. Comment
Block Shots

Close competition sparks interest in CHSAA boys’ hoops season

The parity in CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens boys’ basketball will make for a fun finish for the league’s Queens teams. Comment
Political Action

De Blasio and Farina should consider trade schools

Public education has always been an important issue in New York City political campaigns. That is especially true in mayoral races. Comments (1)

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Howard Beach

Howard Beach man charged in Lufthansa heist: Prosecutors

More than three decades after the largest robbery in New York history, authorities arrested a Howard Beach patriarch they believe helped orchestrate the so-called Lufthansa heist. Comments (5)
College Point

Avonte’s mother files court papers requesting info on son’s disappearence

In her search to know what happened to her autistic son, Avonte Oquendo’s mother filed court papers Wednesday challenging the NYPD to release information about his disappearance. Comment

Jamaica man confesses to murder of wife, daughters: DA

Authorities believe a Jamaica man kissed his young daughters and asked for forgiveness before he killed them, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Van Bramer, Ferreras land key spots

City Council members Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) came out as big winners in the Council sweepstakes when Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) named the two Progressive Caucus members to a pair of top positions Wednesday. Comment
College Point

Avonte’s kin ready to sue city for death

Avonte Oquendo’s mother refused to believe her son was not coming home until she had absolute proof. Comment
Fresh Meadows

State records reveal Huang’s firm was dissolved

A Huang family company that racked up city Department of Buildings violations in December for allegedly cutting down trees on a protected property in Fresh Meadows has not been a registered business since 2009, according to Department of State records. Comment

Korean elders win round one with Mickey D

A Flushing McDonald’s franchise and a group of Korean seniors the fast food chain said had outstayed their welcome have officially ended a feud that drew international attention last week. Comments (4)

Snowstorm slams boro as polar votex returns

Residents in some parts of Queens were faced with more than a foot of snow Wednesday morning after another round of winter weather made its way through the area, leaving behind freezing temperatures that are projected to last until the end of the week. Comment

Funeral held for Elmhurst pedestrian fatally struck by SUV

A funeral was held Wednesday morning for a 68-year-old woman who was fatally struck by an SUV as she crossed Grand Avenue Saturday morning en route to Maspeth Bingo Hall, authorities and a witness said. Comment

Queens prepares for the Year of the Horse

It’s time to ring in Lunar New Year 2014: the Year of the Horse. The spirit of the horse is said to be energetic, bright, warm-hearted, intelligent and able. Comment
Rockaway Beach

City extends Rockaway ferry

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to study whether a permanent Rockaway ferry route is financially feasible has residents of the peninsula fantasizing about a boat-fueled revival. Comments (2)

Bayside school wins award

The students and staff at PS 46 in Bayside know that academic success is not just about getting good grades. Comment
Kew Gardens

Queens GOPers lambast guv over radio remarks

Borough Republicans were seeing red this week over comments Gov. Andrew Cuomo made about which GOPers were not welcome in New York state. Comments (1)

Organization kicks off campaign to save New York State Pavilion

As the New York State Pavilion approaches its 50th anniversary, a new organization will be kicking off an effort to preserve the iconic structure at an event Saturday. Comments (2)

Suspect held up Ditmars wine shop at gunpoint: NYPD [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were trying to find a ski-mask wearing suspect who allegedly held up Doctors Wine and Spirits, at 46-16 Ditmars Blvd. on Jan. 17, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Money stolen from Holy Cross Church: Police

MASPETH — Police said someone snuck into a car parked near Holy Cross Parish while people were fixing a flat tire Tuesday afternoon and stole an unknown amount of cash. Comment

Cardozo grinds out win over Iona Prep

Benjamin Cardozo Coach Ron Naclerio doesn’t want his unbeaten team to stop enjoying wining even when the way they play doesn’t make it feel like they did. Comment

Defensive adjustment propels Molloy to win

The basketball players decided what defense to play in the second half against St. Francis Prep an easy one for Archbishop Molloy Coach Mike McCleary. It also was the right one. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis hands Cardinal Spellman first loss at Rose Classic Super Jam

Francis Lewis’ main goal is to win a PSAL Class AA city championship, but it also wants to show it is one of the best girls’ basketball teams in New York City along the way. That means winning big non-league games along with its division games. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014


Speaker expected to announce Council leadership spots

The new City Council will take further shape tomorrow as Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) is expected to dole out key leadership positions that will define the legislative body’s power structure for the next four years. Comments (1)

MTA to operate on modified schedule with LIRR running on weekend timetable

The MTA announced plans for modified subway, bus and rail service Wednesday morning as the city digs out from the latest winter storm that dumped about 7 inches on the boroughs. Comments (1)

Korean seniors reach accord with Flushing McDonald’s

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) announced a truce to an ongoing seating dispute between a group of Korean senior citizens and a Flushing McDonald’s Monday. Comments (6)
No Holds Barred

We Can Dream, Can’t We?

This is not a list of New Year’s Resolutions or commitments or anything like that. It is a compendium of the things I suggest we all might think about as we get into 2014 Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

College Point

Updated: Avonte’s mother learns that her missing son’s remains were found in College Point

The lawyer representing the mother of missing Rego Park teen Avonte Oquendo said Tuesday she has accepted the medical examiner’s findings that the human remains found on the shore in College Point were those of her 14-year-old autistic son. Comments (10)
Rockaway Beach

De Blasio extends Rockaway ferry serivce, agrees to study long-term contract

Linda and Daniel Ruscillo planned to spend today rallying to demand the city maintain the Rockaway ferry route. Comments (2)

Jamaca father suspected of fatally stabbing wife, toddlers apprehended: NYPD

A 28-year-old man suspected of killing his 21-year-old wife and two young daughters in their Jamaica apartment was awaiting extradition proceedings Tuesday morning after being apprehended in Texas, a spokesman for the NYPD said. Comments (3)

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

East Elmhurst

Elected officials and workers protest at LaGuardia Airport with civil disobedience

Dozens of protesters were arrested by the NYPD Monday for closing down an the 94th Street Bridge leading into LaGuardia Airport. U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Manhattan), City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and several union leaders and workers were cuffed and taken into custody for failing to heed orders to disperse. Comment

Family mourns mother and young daughters stabbed to death in Jamaica

A Jamaica woman and her two young daughters were found stabbed to death Sunday evening by her 12-year-old cousin and other relatives in an apartment the extended family shared on Sutphin Boulevard, relatives said. Comments (2)
College Point

Police find head and second arm that could belong to Avonte Oquendo

After a weekend of searching the College Point shoreline, police said they found the head, a second arm and most of the body of what could be Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old boy with severe autism who disappeared from his Long Island City school in October. Comments (1)

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014


Hate Crimes unit investigating Astoria diner fight

Authorities were investigating whether a dispute inside the Neptune Diner earlier this month was an anti-gay assault, the NYPD said. Comment

Driver charged in fatal Maspeth crash: NYPD

A 28-year-old man, who was behind the wheel of an SUV that fatally struck an Elmhurst senior Saturday morning, was charged with aggravated driving without a license, police said. Comments (4)

Woman and two toddlers found fatally stabbed in Jamaica: NYPD

A woman and her two young children were found stabbed to death inside a Jamaica apartment Sunday evening, police said. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Fastrack maintence on four Queens subway lines to begin Jan. 20

The MTA will carry out its Fastrack maintenance starting Monday, Jan. 20, on the E. F, M, and R subway lines in Queens and Manhattan. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014


Brooklyn resident found fatally stabbed near Ridgewood cemetery

A 26-year-old man was found stabbed to death in front of a Ridgewood cemetery Saturday morning, police said. Comment

Elmhurst senior fatally struck by SUV in Maspeth: NYPD

A 68-year-old woman was killed when she was struck by an SUV as she crossed Grand Avenue Saturday morning en route to Maspeth Bingo Hall, authorities and a witness said. Comments (4)
Jackson Heights

Suspect sought in No. 7 groping: Cops

Authorities are hunting for a man who allegedly groped a 16-year-old girl on a train at a No. 7 station in Jackson Heights Thursday morning, police said. Comment

Pedestrian struck and killed on Cross Island Parkway: Police

A man was fatally struck by an SUV on the Cross Island Parkway in Bellerose Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

One hurt in GCP accident: FDNY

One person was seriously injured in a crash that launched two vehicles through a fence and on top of a guardrail along the Grand Central Parkway in East Elmhurst Friday morning, a spokesman for the Fire Department said. Comment

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

College Point

Body parts found that could belong to missing boy Avonte

Family members were still waiting Friday afternoon to hear if human remains found on the shore in College Point were those of Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy who vanished from his Long Island School in October. Comments (2)


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