Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Jackson Heights

Armondo’s finds a new home after is was burned out of the Bruson Building

Armondo’s is coming back. Comment

Molloy teacher to take part in Holocaust Remembrance at Auschwitz

A Briarwood teacher was one of only 25 educators from around the world chosen to participate in a unique professional development program in Poland as part of “Auschwitz: The Past is Present.” The program is part of the official observance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp. Comments (3)

December’s trip down memory lane

In 1913, then New York Mayor William Gaynor created a stir when he sarcastically called an elevated line, proposed for the sparsely populated Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and Corona communities, as the ‘cornfield line.’ Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014


Elmhurst resident pens tour guide to borough

Looking for a unique stocking stuffer for a borough-curious loved one this holiday season? An Elmhurst resident has written “Walking Queens,” a handy guide to 30 of the best neighborhood walking tours in the borough. Comment
Jackson Heights

Dromm bill seeks LGBTQ stats

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) introduced legislation requiring city agencies to include a sexual orientation and gender identity section on forms and then cull data from them to tailor services for the LGBTQ community. Comments (1)

Changes to SHSAT could aid Queens students

Though there is only one specialized high school in the borough, Queens’ students attend Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science, Stuyvesant and other specialized high schools in massive numbers. Comments (2)

Ferguson needs forgiveness, not burning

The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., handed down its decision and police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted for the shooting of Michael Brown which caused much rioting and burning of Ferguson. Comments (2)

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

College Point

College Point Corporate Park businesses say money is wasted

The city Economic Development Corporation is exploring different options that would enable businesses in the College Point Corporate Park to have more of a say in how the park’s funds are being used. Comment

Bayside serves as a laboratory for a new TV station endeavour

Bayside is about to get an excellent Christmas present. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

Fast start, Handford propel St. John’s past Wagner

In the preseason, the St. John’s women’s basketball team talked about how its length and athleticism would give opposing offenses trouble and how guard Aliyyah Handford’s jumper shot was much improved. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

It’s a small world after all

Some thoughts for a New Year. Comments (2)

Obama flourishing despite voter apathy

Well, the election is over and it went the way we expected. Voter turnout was terrible. Only 36.3 percent of eligible voters cast votes. The worst turnout in 72 years with only the 1942 election lower at 33.9 percent. The result was a combination of systematic politically executed schemes instituting voter suppression by the Republicans combined with naive, lackadaisical, plain laziness by the Democrats. More people went and shopped on Black Friday than went to the polls — shameful. Comments (1)

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

College Point

Shannon Gaels moves forward on College Point field

The Queens-based Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football Club’s plans to upgrade its field in College Point is moving swiftly, the College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association announced at its monthly meeting late last month. Comment

City to reduce number of mentally ill in jail

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday a plan intended to reduce crime and the number of inmates sent to Rikers Island with mental health issues or substance abuse by increasing mental health treatment to individuals throughout the criminal justice system. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm fall short against No. 10 Gonzaga

St. John’s was more concerned with what could have been instead of patting itself on the back for its best two performances of the season and the first real signs it is an NCAA tournament team. Comment
The Civic Scene

Keep our mail and jobs in Queens

Last year the USPS wanted to close the bulk mail processing center in Whitestone to save money. They planned to take all the mail to a processing center in Brooklyn, then bring it back to Queens, but everyone complained, so they shelved the plan. In typical autocratic manner the plan is back. Comments (1)

Mr. President, secure our borders

I was completely disgusted by the actions of President Barack Obama two weeks ago. Comments (4)

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014


Jamaica Muslim Center unveils South Asian senior center

For the past 12 years, Mazeda Uddin, a self-proclaimed “hungry community activist,” has been pressuring elected officials to form a senior center for the elderly Muslim population. Comments (1)

Flushing principal faces sexual harassment suit

A former teacher at John Bowne High School in Flushing filed a federal lawsuit against the principal, Howard Kwait, over sexual harassment and pressure to inflate grades Monday, court documents show. Comment
Middle Village

New Christ the King stars hungry to prove themselves

Dominique Toussaint, like many of her teammates, has waited her turn to take the reins of the Christ the King girls’ basketball program. Comment

Paper or plastic?

The usually unified City Council is divided over a proposal to charge shoppers a dime for each plastic bag or paper sack they use rather bringing their own carry-all for groceries and other retail purchases. Comments (1)

Challenging you to shop locally

The businesses owners within a small shopping strip in Whitestone got together and financed a holiday lights display, bringing back a longstanding tradition in the community that had gone missing for three years. While many residents had resigned themselves to the “it’s a sign of the times” sense of loss, a new group formed within the community calling itself, “We Love Whitestone” and taking up a mantra of “Get Up, Get Out, and Get Involved.” Comment

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) said Friday the video footage of the Eric Garner case along with the medical examiner’s ruling the death of the Staten Island man was a homicide “is enough for an indictment.” Comments (9)
Long Island City

Landmarks Commission delays vote on removing sites from list

By The Times Ledger Staff Comment
Joseph Conley announced he is stepping down as chairman of Community Board 2 after 23 years of volunteer service. He told a larger-than-usual crowd at the board’s monthly meeting, at Sunnyside Community Services Thursday that it was time to make way for new leadership. Comment
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) agreed Thursday with the decision of the Justice Department to open an investigation into the death of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died in a police chokehold. Comments (3)

Film studio buys Glendale lots for $19.5 M

A $19.5 million property sale has set the stage in Glendale. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

SE Queens pushes to create an industrial BID for JFK

Businesses in the off-airport cargo neighborhood in Springfield Gardens want to create the Greater JFK Industrial Business Improvement District to increase the quality of life of property and company owners, tenants and community organizations in an area with about 8,000 workers. Comments (2)

Astoria schoolgirl wins prestigious prize for invention

When she accepted the TAGIE award for Young Inventor of the Year in Chicago’s historic Navy Pier Grand Ballroom last week, Astoria’s Lyla Black stunned the crowd of 400 toy and game industry insiders from 23 countries. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis HS JROTC gets perfect score

The Francis Lewis High School Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in Fresh Meadows is the first and only school in its brigade to receive a U.S. Defense Department honor with distinction award with a perfect score for the 2014-15 academic year. Comment

Bayside pockets its fourth landmarked structure

Bayside has scored big, again. The neighborhood just got its fourth landmarked property. Comments (5)
Six ousted Queens Library trustees dropped their lawsuit against Borough President Melinda Katz, but maintained her view of the court proceeding should not be trusted. Comment
Middle Village

$25M sewer fix in the works in Middle Village

Western Queens neighborhoods have their hopes wrapped up in a 5-by-8 foot concrete box this holiday season. Comment

Jamaica hip hopper Sabor Latino raps positive message

Robert Torres is a stand-up guy who believes in good causes. Comment

Former Republican club president Harvey E. Moder dies at 88

Former Queens Village Republican Club president Harvey E. Moder, 88, died Monday. Comments (1)

Fresh-faced Cardozo eyes second straight PSAL city title

Benjamin Cardozo has no plans for leaving the mountain top after winning the school’s first PSAL Class AA city title since 1999. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014


Queens dismayed grand jury did not indict in Garner death

Queens reacted with swift disappointment to the decision by a Staten Island grand jury not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of black resident Eric Garner. Comments (9)
The future of the Pepsi Cola sign and seven other historic sites across the borough are suddenly in jeopardy now that the chairwoman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission is proposing to remove them from consideration for protection. Comments (5)

Fight is on to ban horse-drawn carriages

Horse-drawn carriages in and around Central Park’s roadways have been a part of the city for at least the last century. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Study shows federal cuts are affecting food banks and soup kitchens

A survey released just before Thanksgiving shows that one in six New York City residents struggles against hunger while food pantries are finding it difficult to meet demands this year. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Meng says she saved college from closure

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said Monday she saved Bramson ORT College from shutting its doors, but she and the Forest Hills college would not discuss details of the school’s trajectory. Comment
Forest Hills

Black Friday sales weaken in borough

Forest Hills

Black Friday sales weaken in borough

Bargain-hunters came out for the busiest shopping weekend of the year throughout the borough. Comments (1)

Smith viewed campaign coffers as IPO: Prosecutors

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) allegedly compared his campaign coffers to an IPO and former Queens GOP leader Vincent Tabone allegedly bartered with the party’s endorsement as precursors to the crimes they are charged with at their impending federal corruption trial, prosecutors contend. Comment

Flushing Town Hall hosts first holiday market

Flushing Town Hall is holding its first-ever holiday market featuring everything from Christmas earrings to Korean traditional knotting art Sunday. Comment
LeFrak City

Fund-raising campaign held for children of murdered LeFrak mother

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) has opened an education fund and launched a public fund-raising campaign for the children of Brandee Anastasia Massey, the pregnant mother of four who was shot and killed in front of her LeFrak apartment on the day before Thanksgiving. The baby girl she carried was delivered at Elmhurst Hospital Center but did not survive. Comments (1)
It’s the most wonderful time of the theater year. Comment

Maspeth native Chiarovano writes special chapter in NYC’s oldest football rivalry

Injuries placed Michael Chiarovano into the spotlight early in the season for Xavier. The Maspeth native moved from fullback and the team’s second or third rushing option to the Knights’ premier back. He made his ascent even clearer with a dominant performance in one of Xavier’s biggest games of the season. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

A Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of black resident Eric Garner, Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan said in a statement Wednesday, as Queens reacted with dismay. Comments (5)

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

At around 8:50 a.m., a stabbing was reported on 143-45 Sanford Ave. on Parsons Boulevard. Two people were then taken to New York Hospital Queens, according to FDNY spokesman Brian Norton. Comments (1)

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

A federal judge dismissed six former Queens Library trustees’ lawsuit seeking to reverse their removal from the board at the borough president’s hands, court documents show. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

No Holds Barred

Oxymora in Academia

It is no secret that I share, with many Americans, concern about our educational system and the fact that so many people in this country are not properly literate. Comment



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