Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014


CB8 denies request for temple expansion

At the monthly Community Board 8 meeting at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, board members turned down an application for one synagogue due to existing violations but voted to approve another synagogue’s application. Comments (2)

Sunnyside couple welcomes new child after Sandy Hook

David and Francine Wheeler, a couple originally from Sunnyside, welcomed a new son to their family Nov. 5 nearly two years after losing their 6-year-old Ben in the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Comment
Dining Out

Farm-to-table dining in Woodside comes with a Latin twist

When you enter a new restaurant, you immediately get a certain vibe. Comment

St. John’s overcomes poor first half against Franklin Pierce

In St. John’s mind, there wasn’t a big mystery behind what led to its poor first half against Division II Franklin Pierce. Why it happened was a different story. Comment

Queensline: Giving respect to a Queens comic legend

Born Jacob Rodney Cohen on Nov. 22, 1921, beloved comedian and actor Rodney Dangerfield is best remembered for his catchphrase, “I don’t get no respect!” as well as his comic, rapid fire rants on life’s misfortunes. Comment

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014


LIC Partnership’s 27th annual Trade Fair moves back to the west

The Long Island City Partnership’s 27th annual Trade Show drew more than 2,000 visitors and 103 exhibitors to the Astoria World Manor last week. The event showcases the diverse blend of industrial, commercial tech, residential and cultural sectors that make up the booming business community. Comment

Costa gets Astoria Cove deal and carbon emission reduction bill passed

The massive Astoria Cove development is expected to get the green light when the full City Council puts it to a vote Tuesday. Comments (1)

Homeowners want to put end to unsolicited real estate offers

They want the phone calls, the mail and the notes at the door to stop. Comments (2)

Flushing Town Hall jumps with jazz

Last Friday was a uniquely fortuitous time for a capacity crowd gathering of serious music appreciation fans and jazz aficionados alike who witnessed an unusual confluence of several of the idiom’s most dynamic, respected and celebrated purveyors of the art form. Comment

Queens athletes sign letters of intent

Aryn McClure could have waited for big programs to come along or select one of the ones she already had scholarship offers from. Going to the biggest school wasn’t what the Archbishop Molloy senior wanted. She landed where she believed she and her game best fit by choosing Quinnipiac. Comment

Mayor’s immigrant listening tour comes to Richmond Hill

South Queens often has difficulty attracting the attention of elected officials and city agencies. Comments (2)

Constitution still our great protector

It should not be missed by any of us that we are being assaulted by a progressive agenda of a ruling elite that thinks we are not capable of managing our own lives. This ruling class insists on imposing its righteous vision upon us for our own “good.” Comments (2)

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014


Sunnyside art and craft show grows each year

The Sunnyside Arts and Craft show is growing every year. Comment

Flushing kicks off holiday with lighting in the rain

Despite pouring rain, City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), Santa Claus and members of the Flushing Business Improvement District kicked off the holiday shopping season with Macy’s Flushing at the 12th annual holiday lighting ceremony late Monday afternoon. Comment

Driver in Sunnyside hit-and-run gets two years: DA

A Queens Supreme Court judge sentenced a Jackson Heights man to two years behind bars after prosecutors said he fled from a Sunnyside wreck that left an 8-year-old girl and five others injured in February, the Queens DA said. Comment

McClancy claims 4th straight CHSAA Class A soccer crown

Monsignor McClancy boys’ soccer entered uncharted and historic territory by winning its fourth straight CHSAA Class A championship. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Kowald: Getting and spending

William Wordsworth, a great English poet, wrote some 175 years ago that getting and spending, we lay waste our powers. Comments (2)

A lawyer’s right to be pregnant

As a former City Council member from Queens, I followed the Sen. Malcolm Smith political trial with keen interest. The government’s first attempt at this prosecution ended in one plea bargain, one conviction and a spectacular mistrial for the remaining defendants because the government withheld thousands of hours of recordings — apparently in Yiddish. Comments (3)

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014


Miller pitches bills for Vision Zero

State Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven) aims to be the next visionary contributing to the mayor’s traffic safety initiative. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Prosecutors appeal ‘Cannibal Cop’ case

Prosecutors want another go-around with a former Forest Hills police officer, known as the “Cannibal Cop,” who got a judge to toss out his prior conviction on conspiring to kidnap, kill and eat women. Comment
East Elmhurst

Report shows airport workers are victims of wage and hour violations

A scathing new report finds that airport workers are the victims of rampant wage theft at JFK and LaGuardia Airports. The survey, conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, reports nine out of 10 subcontracted workers report at least one violation of wage and hour laws by their employer while 69 percent reported multiple violations last year. Comments (1)
College Point

Suspect sought in College Point purse snatching

COLLEGE POINT — The Police Department was looking for a woman suspected of stealing a pocketbook at the Marshall’s Department store in Flushing in late October. Comments (5)

Opportunistic Flushing grabs playoff win over South Shore

Flushing didn’t miss its chance to capitalize on South Shore’s mistakes, swinging a deadlocked game in its favor. Comment
The Civic Scene

Department of Parks budget consult with Community Board 8

Half a dozen members of the Parks Committee of Community Board 8 recently attended a consultation meeting with the officials of the Queens Department of Parks and Recreation in the Overlook in Forest Park. Comment

Rise and shine

It’s time for Mayor de Blasio to reset his snooze alarm on events that define the city he was elected to govern. Comment

Voting against your best interests

Congratulations voters! Once again, you’ve voted against your own best interests. Comments (2)

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Kew Gardens

Book lovers join forces to open pop-up shop in Kew Gardens

Taking a page from the Kevin Costner film “Field of Dreams,” a group of avid readers recently opened a pop-up bookstore in Kew Gardens to fill this particular retail void in their neighborhood. Comment

Tabone-Smith trial to proceed as planned

A White Plains federal court judge ruled Thursday that former Queens GOP Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone’s trial would resume with co-defendant state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis ) despite his attorney requesting an adjournment because of her pregnancy, prosecutors said. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens man sues Army over turban policy

A Kew Gardens man filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army last week claiming its ROTC program violated his religious rights by refusing to accept him unless he strayed from Sikh practices. Comments (4)

Jamaica basketball coach accused of lewd video chat with teen player : DA

A Jamaica basketball coach was arrested and charged in connection with a lewd video of one of the teenage players he coached, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Queens Councilman announces police chokehold bill

City Councilman Rory I. Lancman (D-Hillcrest) introduced three bills last week that would give police officers a misdemeanor for performing chokeholds and address police officers’ excessive use of force. Comments (5)
South Jamaica

Many homeless hail from S. Jamaica: Study

A three-avenue strip of South Jamaica is among 30 Census tracts in the city that are collectively home to about 2 percent of the city’s population, but 10 percent of families entering homeless shelters, a recent study found. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Two plead guilty in murder of Jackson Heights teacher

A Bronx man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the strangulation death of a Jackson Heights teacher and his accomplice has copped a plea to robbing the victim of his cell phone and other items, the Queens district attorney said. The case was one of several to shake the LGBT community in recent years. Comment

North Shore unveils helicopter for faster medical service

Faster emergency treatment is on the way for borough and area residents with life-threatening injuries due to the launching of a medical helicopter at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Comment

Avella calls for better benefits for non-uniform 9/11 respondents

Glen Oaks resident Arthur Syken was one of the thousands of first responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Comment

Uncertain future for spurned Red Storm

Top recruit Isaiah Briscoe will not be joining St. John’s next season. The question now is: Who will? Comment

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014


Mayor signs bills reducing city cooperation with ICE

While the nation awaited President Obama’s planned overhaul of the immigration system, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed two bills into law that dramatically reduces New York City’s cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on detentions and deportations of undocumented immigrants. Comments (5)

City to study affordable housing in western Flushing

Western Flushing is among the latest New York City neighborhoods that are next in line for the city’s affordable housing agenda. Comments (2)

Tabone’s lawyers seek adjournment in corruption trial

Too many lawyers in the courtroom may spoil the federal court date for two Queens political figures fighting corruption charges. Comment

Gaggle of geese strung on clothesline in Whitestone

Whitestone’s got an unusual problem. One of its houses has been hosting dead geese in its backyard since last Friday. Comments (17)
Rego Park

Rally calls for the reactivation of Rockaway Beach train line

Borough residents held a rally Sunday to demand the restoration of the Rockaway Beach Line, an LIRR train that left the station in 1962 for the last time and took riders from Penn Station in midtown Manhattan to Ozone Park, Rego Park and across Jamaica Bay to the Rockaways. Comments (28)
Fresh Meadows

RoboMindTech teams to compete at robot Olympiad in Russia

Six students from the RoboMindTech Science and Technology Learning Center in Fresh Meadows will represent the United States this Friday in the 11th World Robot Olympiad in Sochi, Russia, one of the world’s largest robotics competitions. Comment
Willets Point

Boro historian leads tour of Willets Point

A mile from where shuttered auto shops rise above cratered roads, Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum started his tour of several sleek shopping complexes that will one day compete with the redesigned Willets Point. Comment

Bayside supports young girl fighting brain tumor

Little Izabella Gamarra cut her waist-long brunette hair in the summer to donate it to kids suffering from hair loss to cancer and other illnesses. Comments (1)
College Point

Postal workers protest decision to stop processing first-class mail in College Point

In light of U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s announcement he will retire Feb. 1, postal workers protested against his decision to stop processing first-class mail at the USPS facility in College Point Friday afternoon before it goes into effect. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014


Fund-raiser slated for late Ridgewood graffitist Wulf

Those mourning Ridgewood graffiti legend Jason Wulf are hoping tagged tributes can help finance his gravestone. Comments (9)

MTA to vote on cameras for MetroNorth trains

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee has approved installation of cameras in Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road trains as a safety and secure measure. Comment

Fire breaks out at trash facility in Jamaica

About 100 firefighters battle a blaze that broke out Tuesday morning at a Jamaica waste disposal site, a Fire Department spokesman said. Comments (2)

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014


MTA releases proposals for 4 percent subway, bus fare hikes

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Monday disclosed a complete list of its proposals to hike bus and subway fares as well as bridge and tunnel tolls by a total of 4 percent in the next two years. Comments (2)


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