Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights middle school opens much needed annex

Relief has come for one school in District 30, one of most overcrowded in the city. Comments (1)

Jamaica Hills teen crowned

Benjamin Cardozo High School graduate Lauren Schwartzberg was crowned 2014 National America Miss New York Teen. Comment

Give Glendale its own ZIP code: Meng

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) is trying to get Glendale its own ZIP code. Comments (6)

Technology stuck in 18th century at city polling places

Why is voting such a cumbersome task and why do so few eligible voters take advantage of this right? In some developing countries, where democracy has just taken hold, voting rates can top 60 percent to 70 percent of the eligible population. In New York, one of the largest states in the oldest democracy in the world, we are not likely to see elections where more than one in five eligible voters head to their local polling place on Election Day. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Howard Beach

Jeffries up against one in bid for second term

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) faces a lone challenger in his bid to earn a sophomore title. Comments (2)

Two more Flushing playgrounds to get city funds

A week after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a Flushing playground would be part of a citywide initiative to renovate neglected parks, the Parks Department confirmed two more playgrounds in the neighborhood have been slated for facelifts. Comment

Five-star nutrition treatment for pets

All pets are welcome. Comment

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014


Participatory budgeting spreads to additional Council districts

Two more City Council members are introducing participatory budgeting to their districts. Comment

Nelly Jannaccio dies at 92

Nelly Jannaccio, a Flushing resident for 57 years, died suddenly in her home in City Island, Bronx, Sept. 26 of complications of Alzheimer’s dementia, according to the medical examiner. She was 92. Comments (2)
Block Shots

Veteran Royals have best shot at CHSAA soccer title

Christ the King has set the bar a little higher and rightfully so. Comment

St. Francis Prep falls to Mount

The move back to the top division of the CHSFL hasn’t equated well for St. Francis Prep. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. Mary’s forward Agustus picks loyal St. John’s

Jordan Agustus’ long and close relationship with St. John’s will continue. Comment

Camera warnings would slow drivers

In his response this week to Bob Friedrich’s Op-ed of the prior week, Peter w. Beadle made an impassioned plea in support of speed cameras near city schools as a deterrent to serious injuries and death. Mr. Beadle quotes myriad statistics supporting his position but misses the point of Friedrich’s article. Comments (3)

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Glen Oaks

15-year-old boy shot in the face in Glen Oaks park: NYPD

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the face in Glen Oaks Saturday evening in a possible attempted robbery, police said. Comments (12)
Long Island City

Doughnut Plant moving into the Falchi Building

A high-end, Manhattan-based baker has decided it’s time to make his doughnuts in Queens. The Doughnut Plant will open a factory and retail facility in the Falchi Building, at 31-00 47th Ave. in Long Island City, in December. Comment
College Point

Police Academy in College Pt. faces possible further delays

A Manhattan flooring expert who was consulted on the building of a gym floor in the new Police Academy in College Point said his warnings the floor would fail were ignored. Comments (7)

Cross outlasts Chaminade in overtime

Joshua Evans hadn’t played since hurting his hand against Stepinac three weeks ago, but the junior delivered when given the chance to revive the Knights’ season. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

St. Albans

St. Albans accident sends Queens resident to hospital: NYPD

A Queens man was fighting for his life Saturday morning after a bizarre car accident in St. Albans Friday night, police said. Comment
Forest Hills

Two more tenants for Forest Hills Tower

Two more high profile tenants have signed leases for a combined 50,000 square feet of office space in Forest Hills Tower, at 118-35 Queens Blvd., Muss Developers announced Monday. Regus and the New York City Board of Elections join Plaza College, FEMA and Signature Bank as the newest tenants in the Class A tower that was already home to Mutual of America, Massey Knakal Realty Services and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng. Comment
Kew Gardens

DDC to contract for garage demolition

The city Department of Design and Construction said it received permission to solicit demolition services for the shuttered Borough Hall parking garage under an emergency declaration, which will speed up the project. Comment

McClancy remains favorite for fourth crown after topping St. Joseph’s

Monsignor McClancy’s journey to a fourth straight CHSAA Class A soccer city championship remains on track. Comment
Political Action

Israel, Addabbo races most lively in borough

Grant Lally is now running for U.S. Congress in the Third Congressional District, where 90 percent of the district is in Nassau and Suffolk counties with 10 percent of the district in Queens, which includes Douglaston, Little Neck and parts of Whitestone and Bayside. Comment

Mayor’s pet projects

Our mayor seems to have a hands-off approach to animals. Comments (1)

Domestic violence victims must break the silence

There is a silence that shrouds most incidents of domestic violence – a deadly silence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we must work together more diligently to give a voice to countless victims and put an end to this silence once and for all. Comments (1)

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014


Queens redistricting questioned

Queens is the poster borough for redistricting reform, at least if you let one good government group tell it. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Four new charter schools coming to Queens

The SUNY board of trustees has approved four new charter schools that will open in Queens. Comments (2)

Bayside middle school blows out candles on 60th

Bayside’s Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74 is turning 60. Comments (1)

Historic Sunnyside Gardens district turns 90 years old

Sunnyside Gardens turns 90 this month and residents will unveil three historic district signs and throw a birthday reception Oct. 25. Comment

Woodside calls for street safety after hit-run

Woodside community activists, neighbors and elected officials asked the driver of a hit-and-run accident in Queens Boulevard that left a man fighting for his life in a hospital to surrender to authorities. Comment

MTA capital plan would renew 7, N and Q subway platforms

Straphangers in western Queens took notice when the MTA proposed its $32 billion capital plan. An overhaul of subway stations along the Astoria line and the No. 7 were included among the agency’s priorities and major objectives for the years 2015 to 2019. Comment
Bay Terrace

Fallen marshal honored at Ft. Totten playground

Close to 100 people clustered around a Fort Totten playground Sunday as bagpipes hummed and FDNY members tugged a navy cloth off a plaque, paying tribute to Martin “Woody” McHale. Comment

Oakland Lake shuttered

Oakland Lake is closed to visitors until next fall. Comments (5)

Elmhurst author inspired by her furry neighbors

Among the vendors hawking their wares along Austin Street’s recent fall festival, Jane Sayre Denny’s booth really stood out surrounded by young readers anxious to scoop up copies of her works. Comment

Jamaica dad guilty in family deaths: Brown

Shortly before the Empire State Building was slated to glow violet in honor of domestic violence awareness month, Queens prosecutors heralded a guilty plea in one of the borough’s most notorious such crimes in recent memory. Comment

Superhero two-way star Hermitt powers Red Devils to third straight victory

Keron Hermitt goes by many nicknames that he is starting to live up to. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Long Island City

Planned Parenthood breaks ground in Long Island City

Elected officials from across the borough joined the leaders of Planned Parenthood of New York City, Thursday, for a groundbreaking ceremony for its new health center in Long Island City. When the 14,000-square-foot state-of-the-art center opens in May 2015, it will be PPNYC’s first in the county allowing 24,000 client visits within the first year of operation. Comments (4)

Schumer unites with boro groups to fight increasing airplane noise

The groups fighting against airplane noise in Queens have enlisted what they hope is a new and strong ally. Comments (8)
Forest Hills

QueensWay study eyes $120M price tag

It would take $120 million to curate a park along the abandoned Rockawy Beach LIRR spur, but QueensWay advocates contend most of the project could be funded by the federal government. Comments (1)

Laurelton man accused of stealing house from 70-year-old woman

A Queens man has been charged with stealing the home of an elderly woman “with the stroke of a pen” by illegally transferring the deed on the house and moving into it, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (4)

World’s Fair anniversery celebrations draw to a close Sunday

A six-month series of celebrations commemorating the World’s Fair anniversaries will conclude Sunday at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park with several free events and activities. Comments (1)
College Point

College Pt trucking company given till end of October to clear out

The city said a College Point trucking company, which residents have complained has kept them up at night and spewed pollution into their neighborhood for years, must close its doors at a secondary site by the end of October. Comments (6)

Lawsuit challenges city’s Glendale shelter study

In its haste to ease a homeless shelter into Glendale, the city misclassified some 150 acres of private cemetery as open to the public, overlooked an error in school enrollment calculations and ignored potential burdens on the FDNY, a lawsuit from opponents to the project alleges. Comment

Queens Botanical Garden ushers in fall with Harvest Fest

The Queens Botanical Garden is set to celebrate the arrival of autumn with its annual Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch Sunday. Comment

Price of Queens homes rises while sales dip: Report

The average price of homes in Queens has gone up in the third quarter of 2014, but sales have dropped since the same time last year, a new report by the Real Estate Board of New York said. Comments (4)
Rockaway Beach

De Blasio launches initiatives to help Rockaways get back on feet

Mayor Bill de Blasio went to the Rockaways Wednesday afternoon to launch initiatives to help neighborhoods that are still struggling from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Comment

City’s worst landlord list focuses on NW Queens

The city public advocate’s annual worst landlord list included several buildings clustered in northwest Queens, with few residences east of the Van Wyck Expressway excluding the Rockaways getting included. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Artists ask shall we dance

The language of dance is universal, and now the borough’s thriving community of movement artists have joined forces to bring the inaugural Queensboro Dance Festival to Long Island City beginning Monday and running through Sunday, Oct. 26. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014


Dead man found hung on LIE overpass: NYPD

MASPETH — Police were investigating the death of a man found hung with a belt on a Long Island Expressway pedestrian overpass Wednesday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (3)

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Howard Beach

ICE agent fires gun in Howard Beach: Feds

HOWARD BEACH — A Department of Homeland Security agent fired his gun around 11 p.m. Monday when a suspect driving a car near Cross Bay Diner accelerated toward agents, the department said. Comment
Forest Hills

QueensWay plans to be unveiled

Friends of the QueensWay plans to announce its blueprint to transform the abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch LIRR into a High Line-style park at a news conference Tuesday. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010


Sunnyside Restaurant Week twice the size of last year’s

The 2nd Annual Sunnyside Restaurant Week is being billed as “Around the World in 32 Plates” as a nod to the diversity in the neighborhood’s culinary scene. The five-day promotion, featuring a three- course dinner menu for $25, is twice the size of last year’s inaugural event. Comment


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