Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Robert Mann Dance Centre celebrates 50 years in Bayside

The Robert Mann Dance Centre, a staple in the Bayside community, is celebrating its 50 year anniversary this Spring. Comments (1)

State owes Long Island City High School nearly $7 million

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is going to bat for his old school. He says New York State owes Long Island City High School almost $7 million and Gianaris is working to make sure his alma mater gets what it is owed as determined by a 2006 Court of Appeals decision in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity case. Comment
Armondo’s Italian Restaurant has reopened nearly a year after its old Jackson Heights location was destroyed during the five-alarm fire at the Bruson Building in April. Comment

Running on De Blasio time

The Irish have never been known for living lives pegged to the tick-tock of a kitchen clock, but certain traditions are cherished enough that these Celtic peoples do get to the starting line on time. Comments (3)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


The Religious Garb bill looks for support with push from Queens group in Albany

The Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group, gathered with community leaders and elected officials to advocate on Bangladeshi-Americans Annual Lobby Day in Albany last week and show support for the Religious Garb Bill, which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace against religious attire, Comments (8)

Whitestone sites face development

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said developers need to respect the zoning status of two properties in Whitestone that have not been developed. Comment

Hollis man pleads guilty to 2012 murder: DA

HOLLIS — A Hollis man pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the shooting death of a man in Hollis in 2012, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Monday, March 16, 2015

Community Service

St. John’s Bread and Life gets $200K award for work

St. John’s Bread and Life program feeds about 3,500 individuals every day in Queens and Brooklyn. For this reason and then some, the Brooklyn-based nonprofit, 795 Lexington Ave., was recognized last week by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, as a 2014 “Neighborhood Builder.” Comment

Assembly recognizes March as Early Intervention Month

The state Assembly unanimously passed a resolution last week, proclaiming March as “Early-Intervention Month” as a way to recognize the availability and importance of early intervention providers across the state. Comments (3)

Queens borough president calls for CEC member applications

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is looking to appoint two members to each of the borough’s seven Community Education Councils, to serve from July 2015 through June 2017. Comment

Sen. Avella heads up NYC social services task force

State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (D-Nassau) announced last week the new Task Force on the Delivery of Social Services in New York City. Comments (1)

Franny Lew’s run for second straight title cut short

Francis Lewis won the city championship last year over South Shore and a shot at a berth to their second straight city title game was in sight, but this time South Shore was a roadblock to its goal Comment
The Civic Scene

Legalizing basement apartments poses problems

As this column predicted a couple of months ago, the proposal to somehow legalize those illegal basement apartments or rooms is back in the news. The mayor is looking for ways to provide apartments for the homeless. Now Queens Borough President Melinda Katz says that we need to make the converted illegal basement apartments safe. Comment

Couple accused of running coke ring out of their Corona restaurant

CORONA — Police arrested a couple and their son who were accused of using their Corona restaurant and a produce business as fronts for a cocaine operation that stretched from Costa Rica to Queens, according to a Brooklyn federal court complaint. Comments (4)

Suspects sought in E train robbery: Cops

JAMAICA — Police were looking for two men wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred at about 10:55 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 on the northbound side of the E train platform at Jamaica Avenue and Van Wyck Expressway subway station. Comment

Flushing’s Macedonia Church should not be razed

Abraham Lincoln said: “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” Comment

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Only one shooting in 103rd Precinct since last fall

The 103rd Precinct in southeast Queens has had one shooting incident in the last 4 1/2 months and robbery crimes have shown a slight increase, Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann at the 103rd Precinct Community Council meeting Tuesday night. Comment

Constantinides unveils Participatory Budgeting ballot

Astoria and Jackson Heights residents will have the opportunity to vote on how to spend $1 million on projects through out their neighborhood as Participatory Budgeting winds down in Council District 22 this spring. They will get to chose their favorite five out of ballot of 18 project proposals that was introduced last Friday. Comment
Jackson Heights

Garden School’s debate team has surprising showing

The Garden School in Jackson Heights has boasted of their academic excellence since 1923. Now their debate team has given the independent middle school something else to be proud of. Comment
Jackson Heights

The world comes to Queens for fifth annual film festival

Jackson Heights filmmaker Lisa Melodia has screened her work at the Palm Spring and Nantucket film festivals, but no matter the locale, once the closing credits roll inevitably a man in the theater wants to know what the movie was about. Comment
Middle Village

Alkins sparks a big second half, sends CK back to title game

Rawle Alkins wasn’t ready to face an uncertain future if Christ the King’s run at a third straight city title was to end prematurely. Comment

Woman clearing snow in Bayside mugged: NYPD

BAYSIDE — A woman was mugged by an unidentified man on Saturday, March 7, while she was cleaning snow from atop her car on 228th Street and 64th Avenue police said. Comments (2)

Death rides the E train

JAMAICA — On Sunday morning, around 7 a.m., police responded to a 911 call for an aided male inside of an eastbound E train at Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer train station Comment
Queens Village

Queens Village GOP touts it best year

For the past year, the Queens Village Republican Club has been leading the charge, on the forefront of the New York City and state political landscape. We’ve not only been in the news, but making the news. One year ago we stood on the steps of Queens Borough Hall in a freezing snow storm and declared our indignation against the outrageous remarks of Gov. Cuomo, when he said conservative Republicans should leave New York. A few months later we were back at Borough Hall challenging the “Status Cuomo” and we haven’t stopped challenging it to this day, even as Cuomo recently commiserated, surrendering to the corruption of politics in New York, saying: “You’ve always had and you probably always will have some level of corruption.” Comments (1)

Saturday, March 14, 2015


Wife of Bayside dad accused of killing baby wants him granted bail

The Bayside father whose 4-month-old child died during the holidays after what appeared to be physical abuse, has been in jail since the new year, when police and the medical examiner ruled the infant’s death a homicide. Comment

Condition of Corona man hit by 7 train unknown

A 28-year-old man who was hit by a No. 7 train in Corona March 5 suffered severe leg trauma, the NYPD said. Comment

Council bill would keep city pools open through September

New York City beaches and outdoor public pools are usually closed after Labor Day, but a new proposed legislation could extend availability for an extra month. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s shaped C. J. Nitkowski’s career

C.J. Nitkowski’s grew up in a blue-collar, military family where his father always preached the value of a person’s work ethic. He heard it. He understood it, but never fully practice it until he put on a St. John’s uniform. Comment
New Voices

Latest elite HS test admits same ethnic mix

Statistics recently released by the Department of Education paint a troubling picture of the 5,103 students who received offers based on their exam scores to attend Specialized High Schools in the fall. According to the DOE, approximately 27,000 students took the admission test last fall. Comments (6)
Block Shots

Anthony Mason slowly worked his way to stardom

Anthony Mason is revered for never giving an inch on the basketball court. He should be remembered for each inch he took to get himself to the high level of his profession Comment
Bayside Hills

Queens needs building inspectors

Queens Borough President Katz, State Senator Avella, NYC Mayor DeBlasio, Assemblywoman Rozic, Councilman Weprin and Assembyman Braunstein. Comments (3)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Kew Gardens

City commits $100 million to redesigning Queens Boulevard

Nearly 50 protesters rallied at the steps of Borough Hall for swift action in the redesign of Queens Boulevard Saturday. Comments (1)

Falun Gong members sue Flushing group that opposes them

Falun Gong practitioners in Flushing have filed a lawsuit against a Queens organization for their alleged involvement in a conspiracy to injure them and deprive them of their rights based on their religion. Comments (5)

College Point man arrested in Bayside spa rape: NYPD

BAYSIDE — Officers of the 111th Precinct arrested a College Point man suspected of raping a Bayside massage therapist at gunpoint, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Sen. Avella calls on DEC for probe into Lumber Liquidators

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation last week to launch an investigation into levels of formaldehyde found in some Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators. Comments (1)

DEC releases revised mute swan management plan

The state Department of Environmental Conservation released a revised mute swan management plan for public comment on Monday, after taking into consideration an array of public comments left on the first draft in January. Comments (1)

Bronx man arrested in Astoria nightclub fight: NYPD

A Bronx man was arrested and charged with slashing three men at an Astoria nightclub early Friday morning, the NYPD said. Comment

Donovan gives tech grant to four schools in SE Queens

Four public schools from School District 31 gathered together to receive $503,000 from a technology grant arranged through Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) last week at PS 270 in Laurelton. Comment

NYPD 111th Precinct gets new commanding officer

Jason Huerta, the commanding officer of the 111th Precinct Police Precinct, has finished out his last week in Bayside. The deputy inspector is being transferred to the Bronx, where he will be promoted to inspector. Comments (6)

Parking study aims to improve Bell Boulevard

The Bayside Village Business Improvement District has officially contracted with HB Engineering to begin moving forward on a parking study in Bayside and on Bell Boulevard this month. Comments (2)

Credit reporting agencies agree not to list disputed parking tickets

The nation’s major credit reporting agencies have agreed to reform their method of fixing erroneous credit reports and end the practice of putting disputed parking violations on consumer credit reports, the state attorney general announced. Comment

Late game rally sends Queens College to NCAA tournament

Queens College completed a wild comeback to punch its ticket to the NCAA tournament Comment

Judges head back to another title game

The business of winning a second straight PSAL city title is nearly complete for Benjamin Cardozo. Comment

Thursday, March 12, 2015


No. 7 riders protest bad service


No. 7 riders protest bad service

Disgruntled commuters, business owners and community leaders rallied, under the 40th Street station in Sunnyside Wednesday, to voice their concerns over frequent poor 7 train service. For much of the winter trains have been breaking down, bypassing No. 7 subway stations; signals and switches have malfunctioned; and overcrowded platforms continue to plague riders along the line. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

82nd Street Partnership finds new way forward

During her State of the District Address last month, City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) announced that the plan to expand the 82nd Street Partnership into Corona was more likely because of a community agreement with the Business Improvement District. The details of that agreement were made public Tuesday in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding between Ferreras, the 82nd Street Partnership and the expansion steering committee. Comment
Long Island City

Meres moves on from 5Pointz

The iconic 5Pointz graffiti mecca is gone but the artistic genius behind it has never been bigger. The street artist known as Meres One made an old warehouse in Long Island City world famous, but now his work can be seen in the “crossroards of the world” on the Times Square JumboTron. Comment
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep senior killed in car accident

A senior at St. Francis Prep died following a car accident Friday night involving four other seniors, the school’s principal said. Comments (1)

Bob Turner expected to take over Queens GOP: State Committee

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Turner is expected to be named the new chairman of the Queens Republican Party, according to a spokesman for the state Republican Committee. Comment

Two bird suppliers get jail for role in Woodhaven cockfights: AG

Two men from upstate New York were sentenced to nine months in prison for animal cruelty as part of their roles in a major 2014 cockfighting ring that extended into Queens and Brooklyn, Comments (2)
After being advised by the Federal Aviation Administration that an individual was directing a laser at several aircraft as they took off and landed at LaGuardia Airport Monday evening, the NYPD dispatched an aviation unit to blanket the area in search of the source, the Police Department said. Comment
Judith Chin, of Little Neck, will join the Queens Judicial District 11 in April as the first Asian American selected to serve on the state Board of Regents in its over 230-year history. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Delta pilots cite brake problems in LGA crash: NTSB

The cockpit crew from Delta flight 1086 that skidded off the runway at LaGuardia airport March 5 told investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board that they had difficulty with the brakes during landing when the runway was covered with snow. Comments (3)

Pols, leaders want official Lunar New Year school holiday

Lawmakers and cultural groups have expressed their disappointment over the absence of a Lunar New Year holiday on next year’s calendar after Mayor Bill de Blasio recognized two Eid holidays. Comments (6)
Rockaway Beach

De Blasio hear jeers for tardiness at Rockaway St. Pat’s

Mayor de Blasio was a half hour late for the 40th annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Parade Saturday and he was lambasted by many Rockaway residents who felt slighted. Pockets of parade spectators jeered as de Blasio joined the march at 117th Street instead of starting at Beach 129th Street in Belle Harbor. Comments (1)

California actors make a home in Astoria

Imagine if a bunch of coworkers from Astoria decided to pack up their belongings and move to Southern California en masse, where they would open a new branch of their company. Comment
Long Island City

Valerie Green saves the last dance for herself

Like a lot of little girls, when Valerie Green was 3 years old her parents enrolled her in ballet class. Comment

Monday, March 9, 2015

Jermaine Bishop didn’t give his team time to feel sorry for itself. Comment

Man, woman dead in possible murder-suicide: NYPD

A man and woman were found dead Friday afternoon in their Flushing home in what appeared to be a murder-suicide, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Sunday, March 8, 2015


Fight at Astoria nightclub ends with 3 men slashed: NYPD

Three men were slashed during a fight at club in Astoria early Friday morning, the NYPD said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Man charged in Jackson Heights murder: NYPD

A 22-year-old man was arrested Friday in the murder of a young father in Jackson Heights in December, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Little Neck

College Point man arrested in Little Neck spa rape: NYPD

LITTLE NECK — Officers of the 111th Precinct arrested a College Point man suspected of raping a Little Neck massage therapist at gunpoint, the NYPD said. Comments (3)

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A man who was hit by a No. 7 train in Corona Thursday morning is in critical condition, the NYPD said. Comments (2)



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