Wednesday, April 1, 2015


De Blasio signs bills improving transparency of veterans’ services

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law bills requiring city agencies to keep track of veterans using their services and reforms to the Veterans’ Advisory Board. Comment
City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced a new, $3.2 million initiative that will enhance science, engineering, technology and math instruction. Comment

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Jackson Heights Tibetan chef opens a second and larger restaurant in Sunnyside

The world-class chef behind a popular Jackson Heights Tibetan restaurant has opened a second, much larger eatery in Sunnyside. Comment
Community leaders are up in arms about the city’s plans to update existing zoning regulations to accommodate its affordable housing goals, which they say will undo more than a decade of progress in zoning. Comments (3)
In April 2014, Hillcrest High School theater teacher Harlan Penn traveled to Guyana as part of a church mission, but took time to meet with several acting companies while there. Comment
Bay Terrace

Bay Terrace pet store celebrates its grand opening

After a low-key start during the slow winter retail season, retired police officer turned entrepreneur, Sean Jordan, switched gears to prepare for the grand opening of his new Bay Terrace store, Modern Pet this past week. Comments (4)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Queens Community Board 8 approved a resolution calling on the City Council to pass legislation requiring all new multi-family housing to be smoke-free. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Mayor announced new funds for schools at Richmond Hill HS

Mayor Bill de Blasio met with students and faculty members at Richmond Hill High School as part of his Renewal Schools program tour across the city last week. Comments (1)

Proposal helps flood problem, nature, in Jamaica Bay

A project dedicated to providing resilient design proposals for hurricane protection and climate adaptation released plans for four vulnerable coasts across the North Atlantic region, which includes Jamaica Bay at an exhibit in Brooklyn. Comment
Springfield Gardens

With Anthony Mason in mind, Springfield Gardens wins first crown since ‘83

Anthony Mason was the guardian angel. He was the extra guy on the court. He was the inspiration. He was the motivation. Comment

When the sun goes down, this marketplace opens up

A night market is coming to Queens — hopefully. Comments (5)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Queens man was found guilty of murder for strangling a Holocaust survivor to death in his Flushing home more than three decades ago based on forensic evidence, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced. Comments (1)

Queens Library seeks public funding

Queens Library president pleaded for severely needed funding for library repairs across the city in a joint appeal with the New York and Brooklyn Public library presidents last week before the City Council’s Finance Committee. Comments (3)
Jamaica Estates

For St. John’s NCAA hoop dreams, it’s one and done

The St. John’s seniors spoke all season about getting a taste of the NCAA tournament. Comment

Be creative about Bell Blvd. parking

There are other options to building a multi-story parking structure at the existing municipal parking lot on 214th Place and 41st Avenue. These could provide additional parking that the “Bayside parking study begins” (Bayside Times - March 13) did not mention. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Cyberknife treats prostate cancer

For about 4 decades I have been taking regular annual PSA tests to screen for Prostate Cancer. My father passed with advanced Prostate Cancer in 1976 at the age of 81 and I then began detection using the PSA test. For our adult life Edna and I had been members of HIP but when we retired from teaching and did more traveling we switched to GHI and Medicare. Comment

Saturday, March 28, 2015

The city has begun introducing improvements, and is proposing many more, to make a two-mile stretch of 21st Street safer connecting Astoria with Long Island City. Comments (1)
Bayside Hills

Young Baysider wins spelling bee

Srinath Mahankali of Bayside Hills has won the top spot in his division at the New York Daily News Spelling Bee, outspelling about 70 of the best and brightest fifth through eight-graders in the city Comment
Springfield Gardens

Cookie sales snag Queens Girl Scout top spot

Sales isn’t for the faint of heart. But for one Queens teenager, all of the qualities of a young saleswoman were apparent from her philanthropic Girl Scout Cookie transactions. Comments (1)

Maspeth wins city crown in its first varsity season

For two years Maspeth envisioned winning a city championship in its first varsity season, but it was still hard for them to believe it was happening. Comment

City should not try to end half-day pre-K programs

This letter is in response to the article in the March 20 edition entitled “City hopes to enroll 70,000 students in pre-K by fall.” Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Parkside Players president Glenn Rivano shares the spotlight

Glenn Rivano doesn’t believe in term limits. At least not when it comes to his presidency of the Parkside Players. He’s held the office for 20 years, and there’s a rumor that it may be a lifetime position. Comment

Woodside babysitter found guilty in shaken baby case

WOODSIDE — A 43-year-old Woodside woman was found guilty Monday of manslaughter in the death of a 9-month-old baby, who was violently shaken by his babysitter on March 10, 2010. Yohani Moran, a resident of 64th Street, faces up to 15 years in prison following a four-week long trial. Comment

Friday, March 27, 2015

The long-delayed plans for RKO Keith’s Theater in Flushing have been approved by Community Board 7 after years of the property passing through the hands of multiple developers. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Culture town hall focuses on real estate forcing out LIC artists

The first ever Long Island City Cultural Town Hall Meeting was expected to be a forum on the “Sunbather” sculpture, a controversial piece of publicly funded art that has roiled Community Board 2 in recent months. Instead, the eight-foot-long pink statue, and its impending installation on Jackson Avenue, were barely mentioned. Comment
Jackson Heights

Legislation that cracks down on fake IDs market passes Senate

The illicit market for fake identification has made Roosevelt Avenue a destination for decades for underage youths looking for “proof” to enter bars and clubs as well as immigrants looking for a fake green card or Social Security card. Comments (3)

Ferrigno House in Broadway-Flushing on the market


Ferrigno House in Broadway-Flushing on the market

A couple of families have expressed serious interest in buying the landmarked Ferrigno House in the Broadway-Flushing Historic District. Comments (4)

Volunteers prepare botanical garden for season

Bright blue skies and mild weather were the mark of spring’s turning point Sunday, when volunteer groups turned out to prepare the Queens Botanical Garden for the season. Comment
The city Department of Environmental Protection presented its application for the construction of an aeration facility on the Maspeth side of the Newtown Creek during a public land use hearing before Queens Borough President Melinda Katz last week. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s women’s basketball rolls on

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s women’s basketball rolls on

St. John’s may have missed the NCAA tournament after a string of five straight appearance, but it is taking full advantage of its current post season opportunity. Comment

Environmental groups continue push back on Newtown Creek aeration

Environmental advocacy groups such as Riverkeeper and the Newtown Creek Alliance have long opposed the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s push to aerate the Newtown Creek. Comment
Riders and elected officials in western Queens are applauding the long-awaited permanent expansion of the Q103 bus line, which connects Astoria and Long Island City along Vernon Boulevard. The MTA approved the plan that would make weekend and expanded weeknight service permanent, linking numerous cultural institutions and waterfront parks in the two waterfront communities. Comment

Residents to choose which projects get funded with $1 million

Residents in Sunnyside, Long Island City and Woodside will get to choose which community projects will be getting $1 million in public funding through the process of Participatory Budgeting. A Project Expo will be held on April 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sunnyside Community Center, at 43-31 39th St., to give the community the opportunity to speak with project delegates, see project presentations and learn more about each proposal. Comment
Middle Village

Royals hope for 2010 all over again

Christ the King is trying to ensure history repeats itself. Comment
Block Shots

Former St. John’s star Grant relishes coaching experience at Wings

Tyrone Grant came to a Wings Academy boys’ basketball practice in the Bronx two years ago with the intention of just giving the team one inspirational talk. Comment

Spring has sprung

The first signs of spring have surfaced in Queens despite Mother Nature’s tenacious hold on the borough. Comment

50-foot boat wreck imperils Hawtree Creek

I am writing to you on behalf of the Howard Beach Motor Boat Club in Howard Beach and its members as well as the residents of the Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach areas, particularly those adjacent to the Hawtree Creek north of Jamaica Bay. Comment
St. Albans

Duo pleads guilty in sex trafficking case: DA

ST. ALBANS — A couple pleaded guilty to sex trafficking Tuesday after admitting they forced a 15-year-old girl into prostitution last year the Queens DA said. Comment

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Preservationists in western Queens breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday when the Landmark Preservation Commission voted unanimously to give the Clock Tower in Long Island City its chance at landmark designation. Comment
Richmond Hill

NYPD asks for case dismissal in Phaghwa Parade controversy

The city’s Legal Department has requested that the Hindu Parades & Festival Committee’s court petition against the NYPD be dismissed on the grounds the Queens Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over the reinstatement of the revoked parade permit. Comment
The borough president needed to see it for herself. Melinda Katz went to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park to watch the second lighting test run for the New York State Pavilion, part of her overall effort to restore the “iconic architectural marvel” that had fallen into disrepair for decades since the 1964 World’s Fair. Comment
The city Department of Transportation unveiled the design concept for Select Bus Service to connect Rockaway with Woodside using designated lanes on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards this week. Comments (10)
State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) said the Legislature is making headway on negotiations to pass a $143 billion budget before New York’s new fiscal year begins April 1. Comment
A 75-year-old crossing guard was released from Elmhurst Hospital Center and is now home recovering from head injuries she received when she was struck in a Jackson Heights intersection last week. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Mayor’s renewal school program heads to the war room

During Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tour of underperforming schools enrolled in the Renewal Schools program launched last year, he announced one of the methods to measure improvements would be Compstat, the NYPD crime-tracking tool, at Richmond Hill High School. Comments (1)
More than 60 residents were displaced by a fire that ravaged eight row houses in Woodhaven last week, leaving them to sort out their lives in the aftermath. Comments (2)
Kum Gang San, a Korean restaurant in Flushing, and its owner have to pay nearly $2.7 million in back wages to 11 former employees for committing wage theft, a federal magistrate judge ruled last week. Comments (2)
Middle Village

Rawle Alkins’ future is unclear on CK team

Middle Village

Rawle Alkins’ future is unclear on CK team

If Rawle Alkins is forced to leave the New York City basketball scene, he plans on doing it on top this weekend. Comment

Friday, March 20, 2015

Despite an increase in delays and decrease in customer satisfaction, New York City commuters will have to brace themselves for another round of MTA fare hikes this Sunday. Comment

Man charged with attempted murder, arson in Woodhaven fire


Man charged with attempted murder, arson in Woodhaven fire

A 30-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and arson in the fast-moving blaze that engulfed eight row houses in Woodhaven Wednesday night and injured eight people, including two children, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (7)
A 75-year-old crossing guard was in stable condition at Elmhurst Hospital Center Friday recovering from head injuries she received when she was struck in a Jackson Heights intersection Thursday morning. Comment

Queens man guilty of murder in 1980 cold case: DA

A Queens man was found guilty of murder for strangling a Holocaust survivor to death in his Flushing home more than three decades ago based on forensic evidence, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced. Comment
Rawle Alkins emerges from the Christ the King locker room following a playoff win with a throng of reporters behind him and a pack of young fans awaiting him at the top of the steps inside Fordham University’s Rose Hill gymnasium. The Christ the King junior boys’ basketball star takes photos with the kids as they continually ask him where he will attend college. Before starting his interview, Alkins sporting glasses like Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbook, laughs and smiles brightly from ear to ear as he politely shrugs off their repeated attempts for an answer. Comment

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Queensbridge man arrested following investigation by two precincts

A one-man crime spree in Long Island City and Astoria apparently has come to an end after a dual investigation by detectives from the 114th and 108th Precincts. Comment



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