Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

Fresh Meadows

City offers solution to Utopia Parkway flooding

The city Department of Environmental Protection is considering raising manhole covers and installing bioswales to address flooding problems in Utopia Parkway. Comments (2)
Rego Park

Rego Park cashier swiped $56K in toys: DA

A Rego Park Toys R Us cashier has been arrested and charged with using fake coupons to send herself and relatives more than $56,000 in toys, clothes and electronics during the past six months, the Queens DA said. Comment

Catching up with a former Queens hoops star

Born in Harlem on Dec. 20, 1981, Royal Terence Ivey is a former professional basketball player. He currently coaches the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Developmental League and runs an event for youth in Hollis called the Defending Your Dream Basketball & Life Skills Clinic. Comment

Monday, Dec. 29, 2014

Forest Hills

Queens author-illustrator celebrates the season with felines

It’s “The Twelve Days of Christmas” with a purr-fectly irresistible twist. Comment

Pomonok Senior Center gets 10 new parking spots

Seniors at the Pomonok Senior Center in Flushing will no longer have to worry about walking to the center. Comment

Koo calls for better security in non-public schools

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) introduced legislation last week that would require the NYPD to provide some security measures for non-public schools. Comments (2)

Grading Mayor de Blasio’s first year in office

Like many freshmen, Mayor Bill de Blasio had some moments of glory and some rookie stumbles in his first year in office. Now, as we head into the holiday season of good cheer (and school break), here is a brief report card on his performance in some difficult subjects. Comments (9)

Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014


A&P seeks brownfield cleanup for Whitestone shopping center site

The site of a former dry cleaners’ service, which is part of a shopping center in Whitestone, is now being considered for the state Brownfield Cleanup Program. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Weekend service on No. 7 subway line will be shut down as work resumes

Straphangers from Long Island City will have to bear the brunt of another round of weekend service shutdowns of the No. 7 subway line beginning next month. The MTA announced that disruptions will affect the line on 12 weekends during the first five months of 2015. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Civic calls for runway expansion impact study

The Eastern Queens Alliance had its day in court. Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014


No school on Diwali, Lunar New Year

Starting next year, school holidays will be allowed on Lunar New Year, Diwali and Eid. Comments (6)

Queens pols praise fracking ban

Queens lawmakers are saying the potential health risks associated with hydraulic fracturing outweigh the benefits after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on the procedure last week. Comments (2)
Political Action

John Catsimatidis may expand his radio program

The radio program featuring host John Catsimatidis has been growing in interest since it started several months ago on Sunday mornings at 970 AM from 9-10 a.m. Comments (1)

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014


Novel set in Queens riding high in the literary world

A first-time novelist raised in Jackson Heights has plenty to celebrate this holiday season. Comment

Chain stores boom in Queens: Report

Chain stores are multiplying across Queens. Comment
Two officers from the 108th Precinct are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a LaGuardia Community College Professor Tuesday, his last day of teaching before retirement this summer. Comment
Long Island City

Unique cooking school opens in LIC

A Long Island City man is taking his love of cooking and turning it into a second career, right in his own home on Crescent Street. After traveling the world for 30 years, Dan Dolgin decided to quit his job as vice president of Global Sourcing for Vanity Fair and open a culinary school. Comment
Long Island City

NAACP hosts solidarity march

Some 50 elected leaders, pastors and Queensbridge residents marched peacefully in Long Island City to protest the grand jury decision to not indict a white police officer in the death of black Staten Island resident Eric Garner in August. Comments (1)

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014


Council passes Crowley’s animal rights legislation

Cats, dogs and the City Council — oh my. Comments (1)

Let the healing begin

The time has come for reflection – not polarizing rhetoric – on what the murders of two police officers mean for Queens and the rest of the city. We have lost two men who dedicated their lives to protecting us from petty crime and random violence as part of New York’s ascent from the dark days of the 1980s. Comment
Kew Gardens

Farina discusses dual langauge push

Surrounded by community and ethnic news outlets, city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced plans to open 40 dual language programs across the city next fall. Comments (2)

Putting a new twist on the blind date

Singles, here’s a radical concept to help meet that someone special and get to know them on a spiritual level — paper bag dating. Comment

Ring in 2015 without leaving Queens

Excitement is in the air as January approaches, with the dawn of a new year filled with hope, great expectations and new resolutions. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Kew Gardens

Open police relations debate: Katz

Borough President Melinda Katz said Queens residents “really want a moment” after two police officers were assassinated in Brooklyn as they sat in their patrol car. Comments (3)
Long Island City

LIC residents support 108th Pct. during candlelight vigil

As they filed out of the 108th Precinct, the hard and angry expressions on the faces of the NYPD officers and detectives began to soften as they looked at the crowd that gathered outside their stationhouse. Hundreds of Long Island City residents turned out in a cold and misty rain to stand with the police following the assassinations of two of their own Saturday. Comments (1)

Cubans in boro speak of new Cuba-USA relations

The Cuban community in the borough was caught by surprise when President Barack Obama announced moves to restore diplomatic and commercial relations with the island after more than half a century of Cold War tension. Comments (1)

700th Heaven: Judges beat Construction for Naclerio’s milestone win

Ron Naclerio finally let himself enjoy the thought of 700 career wins when Rashond Salnave hit a 3-pointer to give Benjamin Cardozo a 12-point lead with just over three minutes remaining in the game. Comment

High school graduation rate rises in Queens

Queens’ public high schools have seen a modest increase in the number of students who graduated in August, according to data released by the city Department of Education. Comments (1)

Sunnyside rallies to save movie theater

Roughly 170 residents and community leaders rallied in front of the Sunnyside Theater Sunday afternoon to protest the theater’s closing despite the owner’s rejection of a six-month lease extension. Comment

Galante vows to sue library over dismissal

Thomas Galante will not go quietly. The disgraced former president and chief executive officer of Queens Library is planning to sue the board of trustees for firing him this week. Comment

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, in response to the killings of two police officers Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, said the public must remember challenges confronting cops in their efforts to keep the city safe. Comments (2)



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