Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014


New surgery robot arrives at Flushing Hospital

Flushing Hospital Medical Center showed off the new robotic member of its surgical team last week. Comments (2)

Nonprofit expands clean-up efforts in southeast Queens

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) wants to clean up his district’s streets. Comments (1)

Queens College launches shuttle bus from Jamaica and Flushing stations

In an effort to reduce commute time and improve access to the campus, Queens College has launched a new shuttle bus service. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Small businesses power Queens’ economic growth

Much of the business growth in Queens since 2000 has been in businesses with less than five employees, according to a new survey. Comment
New Voices

Diwali deserves to be observed in schools

Last month, South Asian or Indo-Caribbean Hindu communities, nominally located in Jackson Heights, Flushing, Richmond Hill and Ozone Park, celebrated Diwali. Comments (3)

Astoria Cove a boon for Long Island City

I am a resident of Astoria Houses for 17 years. Astoria Cove is extremely important to me because I have younger siblings that are being raised in this neighborhood. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014


Women’s center holds conference in Flushing

Working women of Queens came to Flushing last week to tackle the challenges of workplace inequality. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Visitors learn secrets of East Elmhurst home

When history buffs discuss the oldest houses in the borough, the John Browne House in Flushing, Onendonk House in Maspeth and the King Mansion in Jamaica are usually at the top of the list. Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead in East Elmhurst, built in 1656, the oldest inhabited private dwelling in the entire city, tends to be shrouded in mystery. Comment

Chilean educators learn from Bayside school

Chilean educators got a taste of the American educational system. Actually, they got a taste of Oakland Garden’s PS 203, where students put on a show to welcome the South American professionals. Comment

Office of New Americans launches free ESL classes in Flushing

New immigrants can now take advantage of free English and citizenship classes in Flushing. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Weathering through nation’s problems

On the Sunday prior to the United Nations Climate Control summit in Manhattan, about 300,000 people marched for two miles in Manhattan asking for the protection of our planet from a climate catastrophe. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway teen Tyrema Mosley making a name for herself in the world of hip hop

Like her musical inspiration – famous rapper Nicki Minaj, who grew up in Jamaica – rising hip hop star Small Wundah is a proud Queens girl raised in Far Rockaway. Comments (12)

Molloy falls short in soccer city title game

Archbishop Molloy’s attempt to win a second CHSAA city championship game in three years fell short. Comment
Forest Hills

Man allegedly groped woman in Forst Hills: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Officers are searching for a male believed to have followed a 31-year-old woman into an elevator in an undisclosed Forest Hills building Oct. 29 and then saying “excuse me” before grabbing her butt and running off, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Don’t blame Obama for Ebola

The GOP is trying to place the blame for Ebola entirely on Obama. Comments (8)

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014


Queens-born novelist releases second borough-based book

A Queens-born novelist signed dozens of copies of his new book one night last month at the Astoria Bookshop. Comment
Little Neck

CB 11 to honor Matinecock tribe with Little Neck renaming

Community Board 11 wants to honor the Matinecock Indian tribe that lived around Northern Boulevard and Little Neck Parkway and was pushed out about 80 years ago when the city began to widen Northern Boulevard. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Lawmaker wants to end the divide of Roosevelt Avenue

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) believes there is an easy way for the city to improve conditions on Roosevelt Avenue: single command of the commercial corridor by a single police precinct. Comments (1)
On Point

Bringing Halloween out of the dark

This past week as we felt the chill of fall in the air, many of us experienced the sights and sounds of Halloween. Comments (4)

Crusaders capture first championship

Monsignor McClancy wasted little time going from an infant program to diocesan champion. Comment

81-year-old blind man mugged in Sunnyside

SUNNYSIDE - Police from the 108th Precinct were looking for two suspects wanted for the violent mugging of an 81-year-old man on Oct. 26. William Eichorn, a legally blind Sunnyside resident, was withdrawing cash from an ATM machine at the Chase branch at 46-10 Queens Blvd., when two heavyset, black males in their 20s to 30s approached the victim and punched him in the face and removed $100 in cash as well as his debit card, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)

Let’s support Queens’ theater

In noting a significant lack of theatrical treats in Queens, “Queens needs better theatrical treats” (TimesLedger Oct. 31 - Nov. 6), Mr. Hellman is correct to note while Queens politicians seem to have no problem endorsing a presumably taxpayer $70 million restoration of the 1964-65 New York City World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park relic, The New York State Pavilion — a structure of dubious architectural merit and with limited if at all practical use — they are silent when it comes to supporting Queens regional theatre. Comment

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014


Early Wagner goal enough to end Bayside’s season in semis

Bayside continually put pressure on the Susan Wagner defense. Putting dangerous shots on goal was a different story. Comment
Long Island City

Aviation stuns nationally ranked MLK to reach PSAL soccer final

Playoff dramatics and unexpected wins have become so normal for Aviation over the last five years they shouldn’t come as surprise at this point, but leave it to the Flyers to find a way to write another memorable chapter. Comment
Long Island City

LIC man arrested in DEP fraud scheme: City

A Long Island City man was among three former city Department of Environmental Protection employees charged in a decade-long bribery scheme and accused of pocketing lavish gifts from a Houston business in exchange for renewing its contracts, city investigators said. Comments (1)

Mayor’s education plan targets 12 boro schools

Queens elected officials cheered Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to transform 94 of the city’s — and 12 of Queens’ — worst performing schools by adding an hour of instruction, bolstering professional development and boosting mental health and social services at the campuses. Comment

Brown, Katz battle abuse

The U.S. Department of Justice has set aside $900,000 for a grant to combat domestic violence in Queens, the borough’s top prosecutor announced. Comments (2)

Developers file application to build new hotel in Flushing

Developers have filed an application to rezone a supermarket to build a new hotel in downtown Flushing, according to city records. Comments (2)

Sharing stories of election days past

It was the autumn of 1927. Skirts were short, young people were dancing to that new jazz music, and the stock market was booming — the Great Depression was still two years away. Movies were still mostly silent, but the first “talkie,” Al Jolson’s “The Jazz Singer” was released that year. And in May, Charles Lindbergh thrilled the nation — he was the first to fly across the Atlantic in “The Spirit of Saint Louis.” Comment

Holy Cross tops Mount, eyes playoff run

Holy Cross’ strong second half to the season continued. Comment
Queens Village

School technician pleads gulty to promoting child pornography on the Internet: DA

QUEENS VILLAGE — A Queens Village man pleaded guilty to promoting child pornography on the Internet, said Richard Brown, the Queens district attorney. Comment

Another Dunkin’ hurting area businesses

I don’t particularly mind that Dunkin’ Donuts is launching a fourth franchise in Forest Hills. Comments (3)

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

Long Island City

Hearty group cheers on marathon runners in Long Island City

Carmen Rosario gave her lungs and legs quite a workout during Sunday’s 44th annual New York City Marathon, and she wasn’t even running the race this year. Normally around 150,000 runners enter the lottery and only one in three win a spot in the field of 50,000. Comment
Jackson Heights

Moya cracks down on ‘vampire’ employment agencies

State Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) has turned vampire-hunter. Comments (1)

Tablets come to Flushing library

Flushing Library has entered the age of digital readers. Comment

Pay another visit to ‘The Cottage’ at Queens Theatre

After successful productions in Arizona, Massachusetts and Colorado, playwright Sandy Rustin’s Noël Coward-esque comedy “The Cottage” makes a triumphant return to the borough where it all started. Comments (1)

Christ the King wins fourth consectutive diocesan soccer title

Coach John Fayad decided to make a switch for the sake of change in the biggest game of the season and it paid dividends for his Christ the King team. Comment

Police look for missing Flushing girl

FLUSHING — Police were searching for a 16-year-old girl who they said ran away from her Flushing home on Halloween. Comment
Jackson Heights

Armed robbery in Jackson Heights apartment building

JACKSON HEIGHTS - Police from the 115th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in finding four suspects wanted in an armed robbery. On Oct. 31, a 25-year-old man entered his apartment building on 89th Street in Jackson Heights where two of the four suspects were waiting for him. Comment

Missing voters

Voting picked up in Queens on Election Day, but still not enough people could muster the strength or interest to get themselves to the polls. The decisive races were held back in September during the primaries and even a contest as closely followed as the Tony Avella-John Liu face-off failed to rouse more than 13 percent of registered Democrats from their lairs. Comments (1)

MTA bus hits, kills Ridgewood man: NYPD

RIDGEWOOD — A 60-year-old Ridgewood man died after he was struck by an MTA bus near Wyckoff Avenue and Palmetto Street at 5:07 a.m. Oct. 30, police said. Comments (1)

Gov. Cuomo turns deaf ears to borough

Gov. Andrew Cuomo did a disservice to the residents of Queens and nearby area on Oct. 20 when he called for plans to modernize LaGuardia and Kennedy airports without explaining that it is the taxpayers who will pay for much of this. Comments (1)

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014

Forest Hills

World Series tugs at both sides for Forest Hills man

While neither New York baseball team was in this year’s World Series, for one Forest Hills resident, it was a contest of dual allegiances. Comment

Abuse victims still getting cold shoulder

I have just finished reading Council Member Elizabeth Crowley’s letter (“Domestic violence victims must break the silence”) in the Bayside Times Oct. 17-23 issue. I will give them the answer why victims are no longer calling for help. They are not calling for help because the system to help them is broken. Comment

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

Kew Gardens

Katz forms aviation task force to fight jet noise in borough

In an effort to have one strong voice in the war against the Federal Aviation Administration, the Queens borough president established a new aviation task force to try to curb airplane noise generated by flights at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. Comments (5)
Long Island City

DOT Day of Public Awareness warns motorists about change in speed limit

Teams of city Department of Transportation officials, and even Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, took to the streets last week to spread the word that a new law lowering the default speed limit across New York City was taking effect this Friday. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

City fines Queens’ Democratic Commissioner $10K

City Board of Elections President Jose Miguel Araujo put his wife on the payroll so their family could get health insurance, but the move may not have been a benefit now that city attorneys are involved. Comments (1)

MTA closing in on Main Street property for LIRR station upgrade

The MTA is close to acquiring the land it needs to install elevators at the Flushing LIRR station, elected officials announced last week. Comment
Jackson Heights

New leader for 82nd Street Parnership in Jackson Heights

The 82nd Street Partnership has a new leader to guide the Jackson Heights Business Improvement District through its controversial and divisive proposed expansion into Corona. . Comment

An eternal place in history for Korean Comfort women

Korean comfort women will forever have their place in history. The mostly unknown story of these Asian women will be part of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College. Comment

Stringer audits Merrick Academy in Laurelton

City Comptroller Scott Stringer has launched an audit of a Laurelton charter school along with three others. Comments (1)

Neighborhood Slow Zones already under construction in Sunnyside

Construction of the first of two Neighborhood Slow Zones is already underway in Sunnyside, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced Tuesday. Speed limits have been lowered to 20 mph and speed bumps have already been installed by the city Department of Transportation with more on the way. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Bookseller closes chapter on Fresh Meadows location

Fresh Meadows Barnes & Noble shoppers are hoping the closing sale is just another plot twist in the decade-old shop’s history. Comment

Flushing Town Hall project helps veterans tell their stories

Courage and integrity, honor and commitment are the stuff of which heroes are made. Comments (1)

Christ the King uses missed opportunity to plot future wins

Christ the King didn’t pat itself on the back for a fine season after falling to Kellenberg with first place on the line. Comment
Queens Village

Off-duty cop arrested, charged in choking incident

QUEENS VILLAGE — A police officer was arrested for allegedly choking his wife in their Queens Village home, the NYPD said. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014


DHS to make shelters at Pan Am and Westway permanent

A process is under way in which the city Department of Homeless Services will seek to make emergency shelters at the former Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, and the Westway Motel in East Elmhurst permanent, officials said. Area residents and political leaders alike were angered this summer when DHS opened the shelters to families with no prior notice to the communities. Comments (3)

Flushing man attacks family with barbell before trying to commit suicide: NYPD

A 49-year-old father beat his 7-year-old son, wife and mother-in-law with a barbell before trying to take his own life in their Flushing home Wednesday night, police said. Comments (7)

Pedestrian hit and killed by city bus in Flushing: NYPD

A 60-year-old man was killed by a city bus Wednesday night as he was crossing a Flushing street, the police said. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

GOP regains majority in state Senate

While Democratic state senators in Queens were able to retain their seats, their upstate colleagues did not fare as well, leading to the GOP reasserting their control over the upper chamber. Comments (2)

Nolan and Kim win re-election to state Assembly

Assembly members Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) and Ron Kim (D-Flushing) both won re-election Tuesday and will return to the lower house in Albany. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Queens turns out heavily for Cuomo

New Yorkers returned Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Albany with 52.8 percent of the vote and sent the same all-Democratic Queens’ delegation of state legislators back to the capital, according to unofficial state Board of Elections results. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Queens sends five U.S. reps back to Congress

There were no surprises on Election Night in Queens as voters returned five U.S. representatives to the House. Comments (1)

Southeast Queens lawmakers disappointed with top uniformed cop’s resignation

Several days after Police Commissioner William Bratton named Philip Banks his No. 2 in command, he resigned as first deputy commissioner in a move that was considered “troubling” and “disappointing” by some southeast Queens lawmakers. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway blames politics for ferry’s demise

Mayor Bill de Blasio seems to have provoked the political ire of Rockaway ferry advocates by letting the service expire and then moving swiftly to have the dock dismantled. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Wolkoff wants to call new residential towers 5Pointz

The 5Pointz artists are crying foul that G & M Realty has filed a trademark application to use the term as the name for the residential complex they plan to build on Davis Street in Long Island City. The iconic graffiti mecca is currently in the final phase of demolition to make way for owner Gerry Wolkoff to build two luxury high-rise towers that will contain 1,000 units of rental apartments. Comment

Woodhaven Corps building structurally sound: City

The city claims the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps’ headquarters are stable, but others say its health is still hobbled. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014


Live Blog: Election Day 2014

The TimesLedger Newspapers is covering the races for governor, seats in the state Legislature and Congress in the general election. Comments (1)

Queens election results

Unofficial results from the Board of Elections for Queens races. Comment
College Point

Seniors die in College Point parking lot crash

Two seniors died in a car crash in a College Point parking lot Monday night, police said. Comments (2)


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