Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

New Voices

Hindu relics from Jamaica Bay featured in exhibi

Extended until Nov. 2 at the Queens Museum of Art is a unique exhibit that combines faith and environmentalism. The museum exhibit, “Sacred Waters,” is a display of some of Hindu religious icons pulled from the shores of Jamaica Bay and restored. Sadhana: A Coalition of Progressive Hindus, was founded in October 2011 and includes members of the borough’s Indian and Indo-Caribbean communities. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Fresh Meadows

Kati roll shop opens in Fresh Meadows

Kati roll lovers no longer have to schlep to Manhattan for the savory snacks. Comments (1)

Vallone co-sponsors bill to aid police dogs

City legislators want to protect police dogs from housing discrimination. Comment

Lindberg baby kidnaper cremated in Maspeth in 1936

On Oct. 24, 1934 Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a Bronx carpenter, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Flemington, N.J., on charges of murdering the 20-month-old infant son of Charles A. Lindbergh, the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic. The child was kidnapped from Lindbergh’s home in Hopewell, N.J. on March 1, 1932. Lindbergh paid a $50,000 ransom, which was a fortune in 1932. The child’s body was found in woods near the Hopewell-Princeton road on May 12, 1932. Later $14,000 of the ransom cash was found in Hauptmann’s garage when he was arrested. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014


Ridgewood Library branch marks 85 years

Dozens gathered to mark the Ridgewood Library’s 85th anniversary Monday and toast decades more of page turning in the oldest city-funded branch in the borough. Comment

First-time novelist hits it big with story set in Woodside

A first time novelist raised in Jackson Heights has set the book publishing world on fire with the Aug. 19 release of “We Are Not Ourselves”, an epic chronicle of a multi-generational Irish family in Woodside. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens focuses on its creative side

Kew Gardens Community Arts Day took over the neighborhood last Sunday with an afternoon of creativity, connections and collaboration. Comment

Terriers’ catcher Licul picks Rhode Island

Kelly Licul had resigned herself to the fact that she wasn’t going to play Division I softball until Rhode Island came along. In her mind, a different route was originally just fine, but playing for the Rams was too good to pass up for the St. Francis Prep catcher. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Relationship with Claxton lands Construction’s Wright-Foreman at Hofstra

If Justin Wright-Foreman was curious about what it was like to win at Hofstra, he had the perfect person to ask. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Gas line workers dig up human bones: NYPD

RICHMOND HILL — The medical examiner’s office is studying five human bones police said gas line workers dug up in Richmond Hill last week. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Robber barons can make fine philanthropists

I won’t get involved in the current problems of the Queens Public Library, but the investigations involving it gave rise to a great many thoughts, which may seem to be disconnected at first. Comments (2)

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

East Elmhurst

Chamber of Commerce studies energy issues with winter on way

With winter approaching, the Queens Chamber of Commerce has formed an Energy Committee to inform and educate members who are responsible for thousands of jobs in the borough and region about energy-supply challenges facing Queens, promote solutions to meet demand with local resources, and accelerate regional economic growth. Comments (1)

The ‘men in blue’ crews coming to clean up Rosedale

The “men in blue” are coming to Rosedale. Comments (8)

Cross runs past rival Prep

The first win of the season for Holy Cross wasn’t an ordinary one. Comments (1)

Flushing rolls past Jefferson

The momentum shifted Flushing’s way on two plays early in the second quarter. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

NE Queens residents rally against airplane noise

On a pleasant Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago a large crowd of people gathered in Cunningham Park to protest the problems caused by airplane traffic in Queens. For more than two years a group called Queens Quiet Skies has been pressuring to make our skies quieter and less full of aviation fuel pollution. Their representatives have been attending civic and all other kinds of meetings to raise awareness. Comments (2)
Queens Village

GOP: Let’s get beyond partisan divide

In his rebuttal to my letter on political divisiveness, Robert LaRosa proves my point that partisan rancor has intensified since the 2000 presidential elections. My message to LaRosa and the small vocal […] Comments (1)

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

Long Island City

SculptureCenter opens new $4.5 million expansion

Hundreds of art lovers gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the SculptureCenter’s 14-month, $4.5 million expansion in Long Island City. The popular cultural institution, which opened in 2001 in a former trolley car repair factory at 44-19 Purves St., now has a modern entrance lobby with several amenities. Comment
CORONA — Police have identified the man who died shortly after being found unconscious on a Corona street Friday as Amar Amador, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Retired Briarwood cop convicted of fatally shooting wife in Briarwood home

A retired cop has been found guilty of murdering his wife inside their Briarwood apartment, the borough’s top prosecutor announced last week. Comment

Speed cameras cut traffic deaths

Speed enforcement cameras save lives and are an essential tool in New York City’s effort to reach “Vision Zero” by eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries. The use of speed cameras has been authorized near city schools because statistics show that the deterrent helps reduce the number of crashes by as much as 27 percent and the number of serious injuries and deaths by up to 40 percent. But Bob Friedrich ignores these facts in his recent Op-ed, “Speed Cameras Masquerading as Mayor’s New Cash Cow,” choosing instead to recycle the tired and incorrect accusation that speed cameras are nothing more than a revenue-generating scheme. Comments (11)

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

A 28-year-old Jamaica man pleaded guilty Friday to stabbing his wife to death as she slept and then fatally turning the knife on his two young daughters, the DA said. Comment
CORONA — The medical examiner is investigating whether criminality contributed to the death of a 54-year-old man found unconscious on a Corona street Friday night, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
Long Island City

A movable gallery comes to Queens

Art meets food European-style in Queens when the popular Astoria Art Festival returns to the borough for the third year. Comments (1)

City planners develop transit plan to cope with LIC building boom

Capacity crowds have filled three public forums for residents of Community Board 2 in the past week, while more than a thousand people sought information on the application process for units of affordable housing at Hunters Point South. The buildings, still under construction on Long Island City’s waterfront, will begin moving in residents in the spring and when the project is completed, Hunters Point South will have 5,000 units. Comments (1)

CB 11 approves variance for Auburndale auto repair biz

An auto repair businesses at Francis Lewis Boulevard got what it was looking for during this month’s Community Board 11 meeting. Comments (1)
Dining Out

Chinese comfort food orbits downtown Flushing

Who doesn’t love dumplings? They’re a universal comfort food common to pretty much every culture. Ravioli, perogi, kreplach, manti, mandu — the list is practically endless. Comments (5)
Fresh Meadows

Persico’s milestone shows track record of consistency

Joanne Persico got an extra reminder of what she has built during her more than two decades at St. John’s. Comment

Queens community theater in the dark

Another opening, another church basement. Comment

Officer ignored older Bayside man in broken wheelchair

An Open Letter to Deputy Inspector Jason Huerta of the 111th Precinct. Comments (8)

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014


Local jazz musicians greet Airtrain statio commuters and visitors

Every Thursday until Nov. 20 jazz will make a delightful sound in the mezzanine of Jamaica’s AirTrain station. After all, jazz is to Jamaica and Queens as Elvis is to Memphis. Comments (4)

Ridgewood subway station among worst in city: DiNapoli

Queens is home to two of the city’s bottom five subway stations in dire need of structural repairs, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said last week. Comments (1)

Family shelter plan floated in Ridgewood: Addabbo

As Glendale and Middle Village gathered last week to assess their strategy for stopping plans to build a homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue, word of a second proposed facility in Ridgewood spread. Comments (1)

Few Queens’ legislators face challenges this Nov.

The majority of Queens’ state and federal legislators do not face a challenger this Election Day, but the redistricting process that culls candidates is on the ballot. Comment

Man dies in police custody in Ridgewood

RIDGEWOOD -The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau was investigating why a man died in police custody in Ridgewood Wednesday just after 2 p.m. Comment

First place still up for grabs after Molloy, CK tie

By Joseph Staszewski Comment
College Point

City to restore wetlands around abandoned Flushing Airport

The city is set to restore 12 acres of wetlands surrounding Flushing Airport as part of a plan to extend 132nd Street in College Point. Comments (1)

Queens restaurant week enters 11th year

Dozens gathered in Atlas Park’s lawn Monday to sample dishes from participants in Queens Restaurant Week. Comment

Queens Museum hires new president

The Queens Museum named Laura Raicovich as its new executive director and president last week, replacing Tom Finkelpearl, who is leaving to join Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. Comment
Jackson Heights

Art brings to life concrete barrier along street safety path

A passerby simply admired the barrier as it was being painted and said “thank you.” Comment

Woman arrested in stabbing death of Jamaica man

JAMAICA- A 33-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend to death in southeast Queens, police said. Comments (2)

Legal help for unaccompanied migrant minors

Help is on the way for hundreds, if not thousands, of unaccompanied minors facing deportation at immigration court. Comments (2)

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014


Queens hospitals on high alert for Ebola virus

Elected officials at the city, state and federal levels are urging calm in the face of increased tension since the Ebola virus reached U.S. soil with the sole case in Dallas of a Liberian man who died Wednesday. Mayor de Blasio said Monday that he was “very confident” in the city’s preparation for an outbreak of the virus. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Avonte Oquendo remembered on first anniversary of disappearance

Avonte Oquendo was remembered by his mother, Vanessa Fontaine, and a small circle of friends on the first anniversary of his disappearance Saturday. The gathering took place in Hunters Point South Park near where the 14-year-old autistic boy was believed to have entered the water of the East River after he vanished from the Riverview School in Long Island City last Oct. 4. Comment

Flushing marches against domestic violence

A few weeks after murder suicides claimed five lives in downtown Flushing, hundreds of purple-wearing marchers weaved through the neighborhood’s streets to take a stand against domestic violence. Comment

De Blasio lauches new parks initiative in Flushing

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to turn over a new leaf on how funding for the city’s parks is doled out. Comments (5)

Library funds spent on ‘questionable expenditures’: Stringer

All onboard Thomas Galante’s gravy train. Comment

Ridgewood NYPD escapee sentenced to five years: DA

A Queens Supreme Court Judge handed down a five-year sentence to the Ridgewood man who injured a police officer while hijacking an NYPD van during an arrest this spring, the Queens DA said. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Two young brothers were killed in a fire that broke out on the first floor of a two-story frame house on Tioga Drive near 188th Street in St. Albans Monday evening. Comments (2)
A Ridgewood family said they were relieved to find a cousin with a mental disability Monday after he disappeared this weekend, walked to Corona and suffered an epileptic seizure on the street. Comment

Friday, Oct. 15, 2010


Elected officials call on voters to approve Smart Schools Bond Act

State Assemblymen Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) and Michael DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst) joined forces to call on voters to approve the Smart Schools Bond Act in November. The bill would help pay for the replacement of classroom trailers with permanent classroom space, the construction of new facilities for pre-kindergarten and the purchase of new educational technology equipment. Comment



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