Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Ozone Park

Queens pols push vet bill for special session

A bill boosting all veterans’ access to civil service job credits has a fighting chance, if state legislators vote to override the governor’s veto during special session, Queens officials said. Comments (6)
College Point

TNP Trucking closes operations in College Point lot

A College Point trucking company has vacated the residential lot it was illegally operating after complaints from state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and residents, Avella announced Monday afternoon. Comments (2)

Crossing Art Gallery teams with Queens Library to show diversity through art

Queens Library has teamed up with Flushing’s Crossing Art Gallery for an exhibition of international artworks to celebrate the uniqueness and continuity of Queens’ communities. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Pk. man allegedly had 1,300 pills: DA

An Ozone Park man was arrested after surveillance allegedly led police to more than 1,300 oxycodone and valium pills in his car, basement safe, kitchen cabinet and dresser and $811 in his possession, prosecutors said. Comment

Monster snow could be new norm in warmer world

The monster snowstorm in Buffalo last week was downright scary. But storms like this are exactly the sort of extreme weather that climate scientists predict will become more frequent in New York unless we rein in the carbon pollution fueling global warming. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014


Boro industrial sector leaders hail city study

Manufacturing zone leaders are hoping a recent city study will usher in a more industrious era for the sector, particularly those in Queens staving off residential encroachment. Comments (1)

Flushing doctor faces fraud charges

FLUSHING — A Flushing doctor is facing charges of defrauding six insurance companies out of more than $25,000 by billing them for medical services that he never provided, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment

Jamaica plans the future of its downtown

Hundreds of Jamaica residents and leaders, elected officials and city agencies brainstormed and discussed ideas for the revitalization and improvement of Jamaica at the Jamaica Planning Initiative conference Saturday at York College. Comments (2)

Election Day brings little change

On Nov. 4, Americans rejected President Barack Obama and his progressive agenda and elected a majority of Republicans to Congress as well as many state governments. Comments (4)

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Long Island City

New commander of the 108th Precinct will crack down on drunk driving

If you are going to drink and drive, it’s best you don’t travel through western Queens now that Capt. John Travaglia is in command at the 108th Precinct. From his new station house at 5-47 50th Ave. Travaglia will oversee the squad that covers Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and a chunk of Maspeth where burglaries and property-related crime normally rank high on the priority list. Comment

A mission to give a voice to all victims

Arthur Flug retired at the turn of the century after 40 years of work, first at the city’s Board of Education and then with a Queens lawmaker because “I wanted time for myself.” Comment

Union questions Jamaica Development Corp.

The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. has heralded The Crossing, a $225 million mixed use development slated for its property beside the LIRR stop, but one union contends the project offers surrounding residents anything but a bridge to betterment. Comments (1)

Take a step back in time during annual Holiday Historic House Tour

You don’t need a time machine to visit a bygone era and experience Queens’ colorful and surprising history. Comment
Long Island City

All aboard! Station LIC finally opens

A new ponzi scheme is a big hit in Long Island City. The long-anticipated opening of Station LIC finally happened Nov. 17 and several of the 200 customers ordered the Ponzi burger, which you get for free provided you buy the burger for the next diner. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Christ the King focused on historic three-peat

History is the only thing on Christ the King’s mind. Comment
Political Action

Fixing our country’s voting system

Our democratic system of government has always, since its founding, featured American citizens voting at the local level for candidates to represent them for town, city and state government. Comments (1)

Gridlock at PS 188

I am a resident of Hartland Avenue where PS 188 is located. I have been looking for some help with the dismissal time problems we residents of the block have been experiencing. Comments (3)

Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014


Civics consider one or two roundtables for air noise fight

Advocates and residents fighting to mitigate jet noise and pollution around the borough’s two major airports are trying to decide whether the Port Authority, the state agency that manages both, should create one or two roundtables to discuss the problems generated at JFK and LaGuardia airports. Comments (2)

DEP project wants to eliminate floods in Laurelton

The recurring image of Laurelton streets flooded after heavy rainstorms discharge their rage will soon be an image of the past. Comments (1)

Schools reach agreement with custodians union

Local 891 School Custodians has reached a $211.1 million agreement for their cleaners and handymen with the city. Comment

Revived Queens College ready to take next step

Expectations are high for the Queens College women’s basketball team after the program completed a tremendous turnaround. Comments (3)

Bringing back the middle class

We have heard many elected leaders lament that our country — and our wonderfully diverse city — has lost its middle class in recent years. Bringing it back seems to be the rallying cry that everyone agrees is important. Comments (2)

Find time to help your neighbors

I had gotten a phone call a while back from an old friend from my old neighborhood in Queens Village. His name is Henry and he is over 90 now and still hanging in there as last I heard. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014


Queens College honors slain civil rights workers

As chimes pealed at Queens College President Obama paid homage Monday at the White House to Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, the three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi more than four decades ago. Comments (1)

Braunstein announces essay contest winners

More than 600 students participated in the latest edition of Assemblyman Ed Braunstein’s (D-Bayside) Halloween Essay and Drawing Contest. Last year, the number of entries totaled only about 300. Comment

High Schools students organize toy drive for children’s hospital

Bayside students organized a toy drive for the children of St. Mary’s Healthcare System that will run until Dec. 8. The students are part of City Councilman Paul Vallone’s Student Ambassador Program. Neighbors can drop off their toys at Vallone’s office, at 42-40 Bell Blvd, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Comment

Flushing’s season again ended by Lincoln

Flushing had a shot at redemption against after Abraham Lincoln ended its season in lopsided fashion last season in the semifinals. Comment

Delivering dreams

President Obama’s bold move to break the logjam in Washington over immigration reverberated across Queens, where nearly half the population is foreign-born. Comments (4)

Animals deserve same respect as humans

The story about the man who hung 25 dead cats from trees is just appalling. Comments (1)

Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

LeFrak City is still reeling from the pre-Thanksgiving shooting death of Brandee Anastasia Massey, a pregnant mother of four. Comments (1)
Although stores opened hours before Black Friday officially began, shoppers packed shopping centers around the borough today. Comment

Pizza-maker champion cooks at Bayside restaurant

Growing up in Italy, Giuseppe Manco waited impatiently for the end of the school day. He wanted to grab his backpack and run to the family’s restaurant to work in the kitchen. Comment

Tabone-Smith to resume as planned

A judge struck down a pregnant lawyer’s bid to delay the corruption trial of former Queens GOP leader Vincent Tabone and state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), propelling the case back to the issue that initially derailed it — Yiddish. Comment

Astoria salutes two World War II vets

Astoria honored two of its oldest residents: Sal Gagliardo was celebrated for his service to the country and community on the occasion of his 100th birthday, and his much younger friend, Luke Gasparre, was honored as well at the age of 90. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC organization first Queens-based nonprofit to win prestigious award

There are more than 4,200 non-profits in the borough, representing 15 percent of the New York City total, but no Queens organization has ever won a prestigious New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Award. Until now. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Queens lawmakers welcome new immigration reform

Queens has become such a bastion of immigrant rights in recent years that when President Obama issued his executive order, the borough’s only Republican elected official, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (D-Ozone Park), did not release a statement. Others did. Comments (1)

Contenders vie for tites at Flushing arm-wrestllng tourney

About 70 wrestlers from Queens, the metropolitan area and even countries as far away as Russia, Poland and Japan competed against one another in the 37th annual Empire State “Golden Arm” Tournament of Champions at the Cheap Shots Sports Bar in Flushing Sunday. Comment

Bayside rally falls short in loss to FDR

Tyrell Plaza refused to let his career end without a fight. Comment
Rego Park

Young Dems host charity basketball event

Borough elected officials eked out a win against the Queens Young Democrats at a basketball game hosted last weekend to benefit a Rego Park food pantry. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014


Speed limit will be lowered on Queens Boulevard

Queens Boulevard will have its speed limit reduced after all. The commissioner of the city Department of Transportation added the dangerous thoroughfare to a list of other roadways that were slowed to 25 mph from 30 mph as part of a citywide speed limit reduction that went into effect Nov. 7. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Street in Little Neck will be named for Matinecocks

If everything goes according to plan, the Matinecock tribe in Little Neck will never be forgotten. Comments (8)
Northeast Queens residents seeking to get information about events in the area now have a place where they can get all that rundown. Comments (2)

Arverne man charged in infant assault: DA

An Arverne man was arrested and charged in the assault of his ex-girlfriend’s child, which left the infant with a severe skull fracture and hemorrhages, the DA said. Comment

Block Shots: Lewis still in search for respect after city title

Francis Lewis is coming off winning its first girls’ basketball city title since 1979. The Patriots, however, still believe they have plenty to prove even with four starters returning from the team that raised the trophy at the Barclays Center last year. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

President Obama’s executive action on immigration echoed along Roosevelt Avenue, where hundreds of newcomers gathered to view the speech at watch parties last week. The corridor is famous for its ethnic neighborhoods like the old Irish and new Filipino communities in Woodside that abut the heavily Hispanic population in Jackson Heights and Corona. Comments (4)
The massive Astoria Cove project finally got the green light Tuesday when the full City Council voted unanimously in favor of the plan. The vote was perfunctory, having passed through the Land Use subcommittee last week. Comment
Bayside is off the radar of the city Department of Homeless Services. Comments (10)

City Council pushes for 10-cent fee for plastic bags

To pay or not to pay? Comments (2)
Sunnyside takes Small Business Saturday very seriously. Comment
U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) announced Monday he introduced legislation that would forgive debts incurred by Hurricane Sandy survivors who the federal government mistakenly overcompensated and then sought to recoup the extra money from them. Comments (1)

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014


Girl, 3, dies in Rosedale home

A 3-year-old girl in Rosedale died after she was found unconscious on Saturday morning, the Police Department. Comment



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