Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014


City Hall has surprise party for Peter Vallone Sr.’s 80th

Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor David Dinkins, and hundreds of current and former city leaders, family and friends joined Peter Vallone, Sr. to celebrate his 80th birthday with a surprise party at City Hall. The first and longest serving City Council speaker was overjoyed to see his former colleagues. Comment

Natural food bar comes to Glendale

The recently opened Raw Juice Café is making a name for itself in Glendale as one of the few options for healthy, natural food in the neighborhood. Comment

MTA: Train delays increased in 2014

Straphangers: Has taking the subway in the past year often been a bad dream of pushing and shoving bodies on platforms and inside trains all ending in late arrivals? Comments (3)

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

A proposal to unite Roosevelt Avenue under one precinct command has been rejected by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Grant to fund design of proposed QueensWay

The greenery that has taken root along the long-shuttered Rockaway Beach LIRR spur appears one step closer to claiming the tracks, thanks to a state grant. Comment

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Kew Gardens

Authorities seized millions in knockoff goods

Authorities seized more than $2 million worth of counterfeit goods in Queens bearing logos of such designers as Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, The North Face and Versace. Comments (6)

Jamaica Hospital among city’s best

Jamaica Hospital just received a great Christmas gift. Comments (12)

Book puts Jamaica Bay at center of World War I

New York and the metropolitan area were the most important port for American soldiers traveling to Europe to fight in World War I. Comment

Nationally-ranked Red Storm handle Fordham

St. John’s looked very deserving of its national ranking by the time its rout of Fordham was over. Comment

Cop dragged 2 blocks in Woodhaven: NYPD

WOODHAVEN — A police officer who pulled over a tan Nissan Maxima on Atlantic Avenue near 75th Street Dec. 11 got caught on the car as the driver allegedly sped off and was dragged for two blocks, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Sikh group critizes guidance on racial profiling

Though people of the Sikh faith have existed in the United States for more than 130 years, post 9/11 this group has faced undue scrutiny from federal law enforcement and agencies, such as the Transportation Security Agency. Comments (4)
The Play’s the Thing

Art and commerce are not mutally exclusive

You may have heard that the rich are getting richer, and that income inequality is expanding. They say you can’t take it with you, and according to scripture, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. So it’s up to the rest of us to help the wealthy spend their money. After all, this is the giving season. Comment

Violent protests put all at risk

The latest incident this past weekend where two police officers who were part of the contingent to ensure that the rights of protesters were protected were viciously attacked by several of them is outrageous. Comments (4)

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014


Watermain leak floods Ditmars basements

A torrent streamed out of a Ditmars watermain Saturday, caking several basements with water, mud and debris that quickly solidified into a deluge of insurance queries. Comment

Vallone calls for drone regulation

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) wants to restrict the use of drones and establish no-fly zones for the devices. Comments (3)

Stavisky: Keep specialized HS test


Stavisky: Keep specialized HS test

State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) says she supports keeping the specialized high school admissions test as the sole factor for admission to the city’s specialized high schools. Comments (5)
Samir Doughty’s chance to leave a lasting impression on the New York City hoops community was far from a smashing success. Comments (1)
Long Island City

City finds new way to invest in safety at public housing

The city has found a unique way to finance enhanced security at some of the most dangerous public housing developments. Comment
St. Albans

Police seek man for attacking teenager in St. Albans: NYPD

ST. ALBANS — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a man in connection with an attempted rape of a teenager that took place in July in the vicinity of 109th Road and Farmers Boulevard in St. Albans. Comment
The Civic Scene

Make speed cameras more visible in NYC

For years, this column has cited instances of ticket giving by the city which many call “speed traps” or “cash cows” as a way of making money. The Clearview Expressway is a straight run from the Throgs Neck Bridge to Hillside Avenue, which invites going faster than the posted 50 mph. I have noticed as many as three police cars in a row giving tickets to drivers exceeding the speed limit in any one direction. Comments (3)

Library branches to say open later

I want to introduce myself to you and the residents of Queens. I started my library career as a children’s librarian trainee in Suffolk County, while pursuing my master’s of Library Science at St. John’s University. I served customers at the front desk for many years and then managed small and large public libraries in Iowa, Connecticut and New York. Comment

Emphasizing joys of holiday season

The holiday season is upon us and it represents for many a mixed bag, meaning there are negatives and positives. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014


Straphangers name Q58 slowest bus in Queens

The slowest bus in Queens is the Q58, according to the transit advocacy agency Straphangers Campaign. Comment
Ozone Park

Elvis Christmas show rocks Ozone Park

The seats were filled, decorations hung and nothing stirred, not even a mouse until there was a shout, a rattle and gyration of his hips when Elvis filled the Esquire Diner in Ozone Park through the voice of tribute performer Gregg Peters last week during his Elvis Christmas show. Comment

Wrath of Khan: Senior’s two late free throws push Lewis past South Shore

Cassidy Khan showed no fear in the big moment with the game on the line. Comment
Jackson Heights

$6 million in federal funds to combat domestic violence

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state received more than $6 million in federal funds that would allow community organizations, hospitals, police departments and district attorneys’ offices to increase services and protections for domestic violence or sexual assault victims. Comment
Ozone Park

Man sought in alleged Ozone Park burglary: Cops

OZONE PARK — Police were seeking a man suspected of stealing $5,000 during an Ozone Park burglary Saturday, the NYPD said. Comment

Cut the mayor some slack

Mayor Bill de Blasio should get a break. Comments (2)

Queens rallies to support our police

Supporting our police officers for protecting us day and night is not a Republican or Democrat political issue, it’s an American issue. Comment

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Two officers from the 108th Precinct are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a LaGuardia Community College Professor Tuesday on the day he was to retire. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

Ozone Park fire displaces dozens of residents

Ozone Park

Ozone Park fire displaces dozens of residents

A five-alarm blaze swept a four-story apartment building in Ozone Park Thursday, leaving dozens homeless Comment

CB7 approves proposed hotel for downtown Flushing

At the monthly Community Board 7 meeting at the Union Plaza Care Center, board members approved plans to build a hotel on the old Sears site in Flushing. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Van Bramer drafts law to give community greater voice in public art projects

A city agency’s plan to install an expensive sculpture in Long Island City has angered members of the neighborhood’s art scene and Community Board 2. Now City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), the chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee, is drafting new legislation that would change the way the agency’s Percent for Art initiative works and increase the public’s involvement with future projects. Comments (2)
A bill to extend the expiring Terrorism Insurance Act effectively died Tuesday when the U.S. Senate failed to reach an agreement to hold a vote before Congress heads home for the long holiday break. The program was created following the Sept. 11 attacks providing crucial federal insurance for the owners of skyscrapers and other large projects that could be the target of terrorist strikes. Comments (1)
St. Albans

St. Albans fights off floods with new sewer lines

St. Albans has withstood the torrential rains that have fallen on the borough so far this month. It was the first test for the city Department of Environmental Protection to determine if the $1 million storm sewer project recently completed mitigated the all too familiar floods. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Renovation at Tilly Park will provide greener modern space

Capt. George Tilly would be proud of the construction underway at the Jamaica Hills park that bears his name. Comment

Senate passes Meng’s historic sites bill

U.S. Rep Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) bill to study the viability of the National Park Service supporting Queens historic sites associated with the signing of the Flushing Remonstrance passed the Senate last Friday night. Comments (1)

Crowley wants more women in FDNY

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) is seeking to snuff out what some say are FDNY hiring practices that disfavor women. Comments (1)
A month ahead of his scheduled sentencing, former Bayside City Councilman Daniel Halloran replaced his trial attorney with one he said is known for appeal work. Comment

Nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers disagree with Eric Garner decision: Poll

Almost two-thirds of New York City adults believe the Staten Island grand jury should have brought criminal charges against a police officer in the death of Eric Garner last summer, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll. Comments (2)

AG slaps Papa John’s franchisee with wage suit

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn County Supreme Court Monday against Papa John’s franchisee Emstar Pizza Inc. and owners Emmanuel Onuaguluchi and Uchenna Onuaguluchi for allegedly underpaying employees at six location, the AG announced. Comment

Former Molloy guard Davis making most of career detour

The thought of going to prep school didn’t sit well with C.J. Davis initially. Comment
St. Albans

Two Queens men sentenced to 15 years for fatal St. Albans shooting: DA

ST. ALBANS — Two Queens men were sentenced to 15 years in prison for the shooting death of a woman during a birthday party at a St. Albans home in 2011. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

The Queens Library’s board of trustees voted unanimously to dismiss President and CEO Tom Galante, who is being investigated by the FBI, federal prosecutors and the city Department of Investigations for alleged misuse of funds. Comments (3)

York holds protest as PBA chief slams City Council on Garner reaction

About 100 York College students staged a “die-in” Monday to vent their frustration over the Eric Garner case and other instances where unarmed civilians died in confrontations with the police. Comments (1)
Fashion guru and actor Tim Gunn wants City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) to support Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ban on the horse-drawn carriage industry. And Angelica Huston is targeting Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) seeking the same support. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Lonely Planet names Queens nation’s top travel spot

Lonely Planet crowned Queens the top U.S. tourist destination in its annual list, but the travel publishing outlet apparently found the borough’s lodging less than regal. Comments (5)

MTA head warns about crowded subway platforms

Nearly 6 million straphangers jam New York City’s subways daily, and MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast says his agency may increase the number of subway platform conductors to remedy the situation. Comment
Members of the Elmhurst United Civic Association approached state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Flushing) to enlist his help in fighting against permanent status for the homeless shelter in the former Pan American Hotel at 79-00 Queens Blvd. Comments (5)

Traffic snarls Flushing

Elected officials and community and business leaders say they are not satisfied with the way the city Department of Transportation is handling the traffic problems brought on by the Flushing Commons construction site in downtown Flushing. Comments (7)
An Elmhurst teenager is apologizing for a fib that swept him, and a buddy, into a media firestorm this week. Mohammed Islam, 17, is admitting that he made up a story about making $72 million trading stocks at school, but not before a magazine article generated headlines around the world with the release of its issue Sunday. Comments (1)

Rally for Sunnyside Theater goes on despite rejection of six-month extension

The organizer behind Sunday’s rally to save the Sunnyside Center Cinemas from a date with the wrecking ball says the protest will go on despite the theater owner’s rejection of a six-month lease extension. Community activist Ty Sullivan hopes a huge turnout at the neighborhood’s only movie theater at 12:30 p.m. will bring the two sides together for more negotiations. Comment
The MTA blames three maintenance supervisors and a track inspector for their roles in an F train derailment in Woodside back in May that injured 30 riders. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

DA: Queens trio allegedly raped 14-year-old girl

Three Far Rockaway men were indicted on charges of kidnapping, sex trafficking and other counts for allegedly using intimidation and threats to force a 14-year-old girl to work for them as a prostitute, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Monday. Comment

Raining 3’s: Sharp-shooting Weekes leads Construction to lopsided win

An exceptional shooting performance was long overdue for Tahleek Weekes. Comment

New York state bans fracking

Queens lawmakers welcomed the state Department of Health’s recommendation Wednesday to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State. Comments (3)

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Although Charles Dickens was not the first author to write a holiday story, his tale of Ebenezer Scrooge is often credited with helping to create the modern Christmas celebration. Comment



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