Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Ozone Park

Ulrich takes oath as Dems applaud

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) is a Democrat’s Republican, if you let his colleagues tell it. Comments (1)

New owner on tap for Douglaston Deli

After more than four decades in business, the owner of Douglaston Deli has decided to step down and pass the business to his oldest son. Comment
Rockaway Park

NY Cares seeks Rockaway volunteers

New York Cares is offering volunteer opportunities to rebuild homes and assist community organizations in the Sandy-ravaged communities of the Rockaways until May 1. Comment

Flushing Town Hall strikes up the jazz bands

Jazz might have been born in New Orleans, but it grew up in Queens. Comments (3)
Remember the Date

The year’s most romantic day had start in paganism

Remember the date or sleep in the dog house. Comment

Tip of the week


Don’t believe right-wing lies about the left

TimesLedger Newspapers reader Ed Konecnik finds it perturbing that some folks do not believe in his philosophical world. Since he refers to the U.S. Constitution all the time, he is either a constitutional lawyer or one of those laughable right-wingers who carry around a pocket Constitution and flash it at every progressive they see as if it was a cross to vanquish a vampire. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Jackson Heights

City to drop appeal in stop/frisk lawsuit

Borough President Melinda Katz said she supported Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to drop the city’s appeal to the federal stop-and-frisk case. Comment

VFW Post 2813 moves post to a new site in Sunnyside

Woodside’s and Sunnyside’s veterans are on the move. Comment

Flushing temple marks India’s Republic Day

The Hindu Temple Society of North America celebrated the signing of their home country’s constitution during an event Saturday, which also honored Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Comment
South Ozone Park

Suspect shot into Rockaway Boulevard shop: Police [With Video]

SOUTH OZONE PARK — The NYPD released video surveillance of a man allegedly firing a bullet and shattering a window at a Rockaway Boulevard business Sunday, according to cops. Comments (1)

Do not legalize illegal housing

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials are floating the idea of legalizing illegal basement apartments and other units as a way of dealing with the need for more affordable housing in our city. The outgoing chairwoman of the City Planning Commission, Amanda Burden, has said we must accept an increase in density and height in our neighborhoods if we are to accommodate all those needing housing. She admitted this would be a hard sell in most areas of the city. Comments (10)

Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

South Jamaica

Sanders seeks more NYCHA oversight

Public housing tenants in southeast Queens have long suspected their neglected apartments may have something to do with increased asthma rates and possibly even cancer, and now one lawmaker wants to send the state on a fact-finding mission to see if those theories are true. Comments (2)
Long Island City

LIC nonprofit expands its free tax prep program

Urban Upbound, the nonprofit community development corporation based in Long Island City, has found a way to expand its influence throughout the borough. Comment

Her vehicle has a first name -- it’s O-S-C-A-R

Amanda Vazquez, born and raised in Woodhaven, graduated from Penn State last year never thinking that she would be driving an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Comments (1)

NYPD asks for help finding missing teen

RIDGEWOOD — Police were seeking assistance in their search for a missing Ridgewood 15-year-old. Comments (4)

Monied interests demonize unions

Radio ads and billboards will proclaim just about any message that has been paid for. The placement, whether in a public square or on the airwaves, is like a rented body from an escort service. Industrial psychologists are hired by the ad’s bank rollers and function like wardrobe provocateurs. They calculate how to appeal to fantasy and what will work. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014

Jackson Heights

Signal needed at deadly intersection: Pol

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) is renewing calls for the city Department of Transportation to make changes to traffic patterns around Broadway and 74th Street following the tdeath of a pedestrian Monday evening. Comments (1)

Boro residents petition for extension of Motor Parkway

Hundreds of petitioners have joined forces with a campaign calling for the Motor Parkway bike and pedestrian trail in Bellerose to be upgraded. Comments (2)

Elmhurst man arrested over cigarette sales

ELMHURST — An Elmhurst man was busted by police in the Bronx for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes and dodging more than $56,000 in taxes, the state Department of Taxation and Finance said. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Armed robbery suspects sought by police: NYPD [With Video]

EAST ELMHURST — Police were hunting for two suspects wanted in connection to the stick-ups of four livery drivers in western Queens, authorities said. Comment
South Jamaica

Police hunting suspect in Rockaway Boulevard shooting: Cops

SOUTH JAMAICA — The Police Department was looking for a suspect in a shooting last month, according to cops. Comment
Queens Village

Suspects robbed Queens Village salon: NYPD

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police released photos of three suspects wanted in the robbery of a salon on Hempstead Avenue last weekend, the NYPD sad. Comment

City does not need horse carriages

I commend state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for his continued common sense support for New York City to join other congested cities, such as London and Paris, in ending the antiquated horse-drawn carriage industry (“Borough carriage drivers fear for jobs,” Jan 31-Feb. 6). Comments (4)

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014


Lunar baby born at NYHQ

Two proud parents took home one of Queens’ first babies born in the Lunar New Year from the hospital last week. Comment

Police look for church burglary suspect

WOODSIDE — Police were seeking the public’s help in finding a man in connection with the burglary of two churches. Comment

Creedmoor escapee caught in Tennessee

BELLEROSE — Police said the ex-con who escaped from the Creedmoor psychiatric hospital last week was picked up a few days later at a bus depot in Tennessee. Comment

Officer charged with DWI after Woodside crash

WOODSIDE — An off-duty police officer was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after a car crash Monday morning, the NYPD said. Comment

Woman thrown to the ground in Woodside attempted burglary: NYPD

WOODSIDE — Police were searching for a burglary suspect who allegedly threw a 65-year-old woman to the ground and punched her in the head last month, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Sanitation employee charged with child endangerment after motorcycle crash: NYPD

OZONE PARK — An off-duty city employee was arrested Monday and charged with crashing his motorcycle with his 7-year-old daughter on the back, police said. Comment
Rockaway Park

Rockaway native living up to expectations at Wagner

Former Mary Louis star Jasmine Nwajei put on display the reason why there is so much buzz around the Wagner College freshman point guard. Comment

Acting legend John Barrymore once called Bayside home

Known to the world as John Barrymore, stage and screen star John Sidney Blyth was born in Philadelphia Feb. 15, 1882. His English father, Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blyth, was a dashing leading man on the late 19th century stage, and his mother, Georgie Drew, was also an accomplished actress. Comments (1)

LGA Makeover

LaGuardia is taking a lot of heat for being the worst airport in America, and now the governor has joined the chorus of critics who trash the Queens gateway as dingy, obsolete and low tech. Comments (2)

More action needed to stop Star Nissan violations

Again it has happened. I come down the sidewalk along the Clearview Expressway service road on my motorized scooter and vehicles from Star Nissan block my way because they are parked on the sidewalk. I, as a handicapped person in my 80s, have to risk my life and go out into the service road, where vehicles are speeding off the expressway trying to make the light at Northern Boulevard. Comments (4)

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

Willets Point

Willets Point shops scramble for new home

Many Willets Point business owners have been left without a home after they surrendered their auto shops’ properties to meet a deadline that passed last weekend. Comments (1)

Driver appears in court after fatal Flushing crash

A 24-year-old Flushing man, accused of driving with a suspended license when he was in a New Year’s Eve car crash that took the life of a pre-K teacher, made his first appearance in court Monday. Comments (6)

Meng looks back at first year in House

Having survived a government shutdown, a shooting outside the Capitol and a mugging, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) first year in Congress was anything but uneventful. Comments (5)

Queens College makes list of best value U.S. schools

Queens College has been deemed one of the best value schools in the country by The Princeton Review. Comments (1)

Ferreras celebrates her historic appointment

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras’ (D-East Elmhurst) State of the District speech at the Langston Hughes Library in Corona Tuesday was anything but routine. Comment
Long Island City

Man walks across USA, brings journey to Queens

A man walked off the Queensboro Bridge and into Long Island City last Thursday as he began the final stretch of a four-year, cross-country odyssey. Comment
Jackson Heights

Crowley urged to oppose TPP

Dozens of protesters took to the sidewalk Friday outside the office of U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) in hopes of persuading him to vote against the fast-tracking of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that opponents fear would send thousands of American jobs overseas. Comment

Brothers plead guilty in 2004 gang slayings

Three former New York residents pleaded guilty Monday to murdering two members of a rival street gang and dumping their bodies behind a Ridgewood warehouse in 2004, federal prsecutors said. Comments (4)

In second term Simotas heads key women’s panel

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) has been elevated to chairwoman of the Assembly’s Task Force on Women’s Issues in her fourth year in the statehouse. Comment

Flushing doc gets year in fraud case

A Flushing doctor was sentenced to a year in prison last week after he pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme that prosecutors said fraudulently billed Medicare for more than $15 million, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn said. Comments (5)

Queens trio takes last place on environment report card

While a number of their colleagues got glowing reviews, a trio of Queens City Council members showed a duller shade of green when their voting records put them on the bottom of the list of environmental causes. Comments (1)

Whitestone man pleads guilty to tax theft from L.I. business

A Whitestone man pleaded guilty this week to allegations that he failed to pay more than $300,000 in taxes from sales at his two auto businesses in Great Neck, L.I., according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Comment

East meets West

Shanghai artist Zhang Lanjun fuses traditional Chinese art with modern abstract creations served up via a Western palate. Comment
Rockaway Park

Robbery suspects took $60K from Rockaway bar: Police

ROCKAWAY PARK — Police said a trio in blackface masks allegedly tied up three people in Wharf Bar and Grill, at 416 Beach 116th St., pistol whipped two victims and stole $60,000 in cash at 1:40 a.m. Feb. 3. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Sierra Calhoun chosen to play as McDonald’s All American

Sierra Calhoun’s dream of playing in the McDonald’s All-American game formed from watching it on television at a young age. The Christ the King senior will now get a chance to be the player others aspire to be. Comment
Block Shots

CK’s rivalry match marred by mayhem

My original plan was to write a column encouraging hoops fans to experience the boys’ basketball rivalry between Christ the King and Bishop Loughlin in Fort Greene. Comment
Political Action

Bridgegate raises questions over Christie as president

The recent situation involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the slowdown on the George Washington Bridge that lasted for several days raises a significant number of questions. Comments (1)

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014


Katz recommends preserving Pavilion during tour of World’s Fair site

Borough President Melinda Katz joined an activist-driven push to return the long neglected New York State Pavilion to its former glory Thursday. Comments (3)
Forest Hills Gardens

Ex sues Sliwa, Katz over support checks

Curtis Sliwa’s love-spurned ex-wife claimed in court papers last week that the Guardian Angel and Borough President Melinda Katz concocted an unbelievable story about the method by which the Queens politician conceived her children in order to pull a fast one on borough voters. Comments (6)
Middle Village

PS/IS 49 to lose principal

The hard-driving principal of PS/IS 49 in Middle Village plans to retire before the end of the academic year after delaying his plans to help the school plan an expansion. Comments (28)

Queens Library chief questioned at hearing

Members of a special City Council oversight committee on the Queens Library grilled library President Tom Galante for more than two hours last Wednesday during a hearing on executive compensation and outsourced labor, with promises of more inquiries to come. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Parkway auctioned for $22M

A limited liability company laid claim to the former Parkway Hospital property in Forest Hills with a $22 million bid during a foreclosure auction last month. Comments (1)

Mayor snubs Manhattan parade but pledges to march in Queens

Mayor Bill de Blasio will march in the St. Pat’s For All Parade in Sunnyside March 2, according to City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). The news came a day after de Blasio said that he would not join the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue because the events’ sponsor, the Hibernian Order, does not allow gay groups to participate. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Klein farm tenant admits tree cutting

Tenants of the historic Klein farm in Fresh Meadows accepted responsibility for cutting down trees and altering the driveway of the property without permits at a hearing Tuesday. Comments (5)
Middle Village

Gallagher faces new legal round in rape case

Former City Councilman Dennis Gallagher, who represented the Middle Village area for seven years, has at least one trial ahead of him. Comment
East Elmhurst

Boro residents slam proposal to add runways

Northeast Queens residents fighting for quieter skies around New York City’s major airports are butting heads with the Global Gateway Alliance over suggestions that building more runways will help to improve and modernize the overcrowded facilities. Comments (4)

Mother charged in death of Rockaway child: DA

ROCKAWAYS — A 28-year-old mother was charged with beating her 2-year-old daughter to death in the Arverne section of the Rockaways, and authorities were also investigating the death of another toddler in South Jamaica, the Queens DA said Wednesday. Comment
Queens Village

Police charge South Jamaica man with 2013 murder

QUEENS VILLAGE — Authorities arrested a South Jamaica man in connection to the shooting death of a 22-year-old Brooklyn resident on Jamaica Avenue in August, the NYPD said Wednesday. Comments (8)
Community Service

Apply by Feb. 7 to be on community board

Borough President Melinda Katz announced Monday that she has extended the application deadline for Queens residents to join one of the borough’s 14 community boards. Comment
South Ozone Park

United Black Men of Queens to honor new officers at event

The United Black Men of Queens Foundation Inc. is hosting a ceremony Saturday at 10 a.m. in honor of its newly elected officers and board of directors. It will be held at the Raddison Hotel JFK, located at 135-40 140th St. in South Ozone Park. A continental breakfast will be served. Comment
Cambria Heights

Legendary coach to retire

Once Charles Granby lost his day-to-day passion for coaching, he knew his time on the bench was coming to an end. Comments (3)
Middle Village

Royals team loses cool in defeat by Loughlin

Christ the King lost its composure along with an important basketball game at Bishop Loughlin. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s basketball surges to top of Big East standings

The St. John’s University women’s basketball team hasn’t forgotten October when the preseason Big East rankings were announced. The Red Storm was picked third and is now making it a point of trying to show the league’s coaches they were a little bit off. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

South Jamaica

Medical examiner to determine cause of South Jamaica toddler’s death

Authorities were investigating the death of a two-year-old boy from South Jamaica Tuesday afternoon, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Jackson Heights

Updated: Bus fatally strikes Bronx woman crossing Jackson Heights street: NYPD

A Bronx woman was struck and killed by a Q53 bus Monday night while crossing Broadway and 74th Street in Jackson Heights around 6 p.m., the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014


Queens crawls out from under snowfall

By the TimesLedger staff Comments (1)

Queens man charged in Sunnyside bus stop crash

Jackson Heights resident Luis Andrade, 32, was arrested at the 115th Precinct Sunday and charged with fleeing from the scene of a hit-and-run in Sunnyside. police said. Comments (1)

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014


Five hurt in Sunnyside hit-and-run: Authorities

The NYPD was searching for a driver who allegedly lost control of a white Mazda SUV and crashed into several people near a stop for the Q66 bus in Sunnyside Saturday night, authorities said. Comments (1)

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

Jackson Heights

FBI hunting suspects in robbery of armored-truck guard

An armored-truck guard was robbed at gunpoint of an estimated $300,000 in Elmhurst Friday, according to authorities and news reports. Three men in heavy winter clothing approached the guard around noon as he was collecting deposits at the HSBC branch, at 82-57 Broadway, according to the FBI. One assailant allegedly held .45 semi-automatic handgun to the guard’s face, investigators said. Comment


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