Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Community Service

Queens Fellowship plans grants focusing on girls, women

The Queens Fellowship is accepting applications for a yearly grant for Queens-based organizations that seek to empower young adults in areas such as financial literacy, entrepreneurship, science and technology. Comment

Yumcha Yoga offers classes for Flushing residents

When Yen Yen Woo arrived in Flushing in 2006, she started looking for a space where she could publish her Chinese comic book series. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway job fair to assist teens

The Beach 41st Cornerstone Community Center is hosting a job fair in Far Rockaway next week. Comment

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Majority of municipal ID applications come from Queens

Queens residents have submitted the largest number of municipal ID applications out of the five boroughs, the city announced last week. Comments (6)

Glendale bar launches comedy show

There’s something funny about Glendale. Comment
The Civic Scene

Cast your ballot on how to spend $1 million

Many City Council members in Queens have asked their constituents to take part in Participatory Budgeting. This means that people in the district can vote on how to spend the $1 million in member’s money these lawmakers are allocated to spend in their districts. For the past four months volunteers in certain districts have been meeting to decide on wants. The wants have been broken down into categories representing a couple of hundred thousand dollars each. Comments (1)

‘The Moth’ brings its story slam to Flushing

Storytelling. It’s the oldest thing in entertainment. Comment
Cambria Heights

Cambria Hts. native ‘Boogie’ Brozoski earns another crown

ALBANY – Lauren “Boogie” Brozoski couldn’t have scripted a better end to her career. Comment

Monday, April 13, 2015

Forest Hills

Forest Hills gym offers more than just muscle

For Jigar Jamindar, going to a gym in Forest Hills keeps him out of a wheelchair. Comment

107th Pct. captain focused on crime prevention

After six months as commanding officer of the 107th Precinct, Capt. Paul Valerga said he remains committed to preventing crime, which is his primary focus. Comment
The aim of protecting the public against the ill will of a select few has sparked bipartisanship in the borough. Comments (1)

Katz designates April Landmarks Month for Queens

Borough President Melinda Katz declared April 2015 as Landmarks Month, which will feature a series of events, including a special reception to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmarks law. Comment
Block Shots

With return to his roots, Mullin can move SJU forward

Chris Mullin can make St. John’s New York’s team again and he’s off to a good start. Comment

Sunday, April 12, 2015

For 30 years, Elmhurst resident Jennifer Chu and her neighbors on Manilla Street would look at an overgrown vacant lot that was used mainly for illegal dumping. They feared something more nefarious. Comments (1)

Bayside soldier wins German badge at state competition

The German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency is normally only worn by German soldiers, but it can also be earned by U.S. soldiers of any rank. Comment
Long Island City

You could die laughing at this play

If a play about the plague in 14th-century France sounds like your idea of a good time, then get yourself to the Secret Theatre for Nicu’s Spoon Theater Co.’s production of “Red Noses.” Comment

Saturday, April 11, 2015


New exhibition at Godwin-Ternbach proves a picture is worth a thousand words

French artist Edgar Degas, known for his paintings and sculptures of ballerinas, was a closeted photographer. Comments (2)

EMT gets prison time, fined after stealing nonprofit funds: AG 

A volunteer emergency medical technician who stole over $300,000 from the Corona Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps was sentenced to serve four months in jail and five years probation, and ordered to pay full restitution announced, state attorney general said. Comment

Narcotics busts in Terminal Four at JFK

Days apart Customs and Border Protection arrested two Avianca Airlines passengers trying to smuggle in heroin with a street-market value of more than $120,000 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the federal agency said. Comment

Why Queens has far more Democrats than GOPers

A few weeks ago Phil Orenstein touted the accomplishments of his Queens Village GOP club. He praised Republicans for not only being in the news, but making the news. He’s right, they were “in […]Comments (5)

City’s top sophomore cager transferring to Mary Louis

One of New York City’s best girls’ basketball players is coming to Queens. Comment

Two die after car crashes into scaffolding in Jamaica: NYPD

JAMAICA — Two men in their 20s died after their car crashed into scaffolding in front of a Jamaica high school early Sunday morning, the NYPD said. Comment

Friday, April 10, 2015


Army Corps to clean up Flushing Bay navigation channel

Starting this fall, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct maintenance dredging of critical sandbanks in Flushing Bay to make it easier for vessels to navigate the waters. Comment

Dream renewal of vows for Elmhurst couple

An Elmhurst couple, who met while working at the Flushing Post Office and later fell in love, will renew their wedding vows in grand style April 19 in one of the most popular venues in the city. But it’s a secret. Comments (3)
The Bayside couple accused of kidnapping and torturing their maid in February was in Queens Criminal Court for a conference with the district attorney’s office Wednesday, which court sources said resulted in the decision to take the case to the grand jury. Comments (3)

Stavisky proposes bill to recognize Lunar New Year school holiday

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) has introduced a bill that would eliminate Brooklyn-Queens Day from the school calendar to make way for a Lunar New Year holiday, but the city Department of Education said the swap is not legally possible to implement. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Comunilife combats teen suicide in boro’s Latina community

One of the city’s best-respected community-based health and housing service providers opened their first facility in Queens Tuesday to fight the rising tide of teen suicide in the borough’s Latina community. Comment
Willets Point United, a group representing business and land owners in the blighted area, is raising questions about the viability of the new space in the South Bronx where the Sunrise Cooperative auto shop group is moving. Comment

Downtown Jamaica plaza not approved by DOT

The city Department of Transportation rejected the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District’s proposal for an outdoor pedestrian plaza by Parsons Boulevard between Jamaica and Archer avenues, the BID said. Comment

Mayor, state attorney general form immigration task force

Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the formation of a new joint task force to target those who prey on immigrants, while encouraging victims of fraud to come forward without fear. Comments (9)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill liquor store steals $500,000 in sales tax: DA

A Queens man and his Richmond Hill business were charged with criminal tax fraud, grand larceny and falsifying records after he allegedly stole more than $500,000 in New York State sales tax, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment

Airplane noise deters from quality of life in Queens

Summer is coming. For northeast Queens residents, this used to mean enjoying time with family, playing sports, biking and walking near Kissena Park or Little Neck Bay. But for the past three years it has meant isolating oneself inside, jamming the windows shut and waiting for a reprieve from a new, low altitude flight route that has inundated the area with hundreds of planes per day. Comments (30)

Queens’ seniors score hoop scholarships

Jermaine Bishop chose to seize an opportunity to play high-level college basketball at a program in need of his services. Comment

Kudos to Sen. Jose Peralta

Although the Dream Act never made it into the state budget, its biggest booster in Albany has been able to persuade his colleagues to pass a bill cracking down on fake IDs that threaten national security. Comments (1)

Flushing woman reported missing

FLUSHING — A 30-year-old Queens woman was reported missing Sunday, a day after she was discharged from medical care. Comment
Middle Village

Middle Village school hosts wrestling fund-raiser

St. Margaret’s and East Coast Professional Wrestling are hoping to make a formidable tag team while trying to raise money for the Middle Village grammar school. Comment

Thursday, April 9, 2015


No. 7 train problems spawn blog and Facebook group

A steady stream of calamitous events on the No. 7 subway line has driven two Sunnyside community activists to start a new blog and Facebook group, called 7 Train Blues that chronicles suspensions of service, delays and packed platforms. The latest stranding of a packed train beneath the East River which suspended service in both directions during Monday’s morning rush saw the membership in the Facebook group more than double. Comments (1)

Jamaica imam talks about accused terrorists in his mosque

The day after two Queens members of his Jamaica mosque were arrested and charged with plotting a terror attack on U.S. soil, the women’s Imam addressed his shocked congregation at Friday prayers. Comments (2)

Two heads of airport roundtable elected for LGA, JFK

Members of the newly formed New York Airport Community Roundtable Committees for LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports met Tuesday night to install their leadership. Comments (1)
Long Island City

108th detective helps talk down Kosciuszko jumper

A detective from the 108th Precinct in Long Island City is being hailed as a hero after a dramatic rescue of a 45-year-old-woman who threatened to jump from the Kosciuszko Bridge Monday. NYPD Detective Meghan Kinsella, who has worked as a domestic violence officer for more than nine years, had just completed a home visit when she heard a 911 call about a suicidal female on the bridge over her police radio. Comment
Dutch Kills

Indoor rock climbing facility planned for Dutch Kills

Fans of one of the country’s fastest growing sports will soon have a second venue for indoor rock climbing in Long Island City. A company called Brooklyn Boulders will open a 25,000-square-foot facility in the Q41 Building, at 23-10 41st Ave. in the Dutch Kills section, called BKB Queensbridge. Comments (1)

Northern Boulevard site plan halted for cleanup

The vacant lot on Northern Boulevard and 211th Street, once home to former car dealerships and more recently construction vehicle storage, finally has a plan to be redeveloped. Comments (12)
South Ozone Park

Police arrest man in shooting incident outside Resorts World casino

The man suspected of firing shots in the World Resort Casino parking lot turned himself in at the 106th Precinct with his attorney Tuesday night after authorities released his photo to the media, the police said. Comments (2)
Middle Village

Juniper Pk bocce lovers need help

I am writing on behalf of a large number of senior citizens who enjoy the great game of bocce at Juniper Park in Middle Village. This game is good for our health and mind. For many of us, it keeps us literally alive. Comment

Man dies after being hit by car in Auburndale: NYPD

AUBURNDALE — A 61-year-old man died last week after being struck by a vehicle in Auburndale that fled the scene, the NYPD said. Comment

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Early lane closures to affect Cross Island Parkway

Queens commuters should note some early morning lane closures that went into affect Tuesday, April 8, and will continue through the end of May. Comments (1)

Monday, April 6, 2015


Traffic stalled as woman poised to jump off Kosciuszko Bridge

A distraught young woman Monday was talked off a ledge of the Kosciuszko Bridge, where it appeared he was threatening to jump. Comments (4)
Hunters Point

7 train riders trapped under East River as Monday rush hour service suspended

Straphangers aboard a packed Manhattan-bound No. 7 train were stranded for over an hour during Monday’s morning rush, the MTA said. More than 540 riders needed to be transferred to a rescue train and brought to Grand Central Station. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Five people injured in brawl inside Resorts

After a dozen people got into a brawl at the World Resort Casino Friday night, leaving five people injured, shots were fired outside in the parking lot around 10:49 p.m. in South Ozone Park, police said. Comments (4)

Two die after car crashes into scaffolding in Jamaica: NYPD

Two people died after their car crashed into scaffolding in front of a Jamaica high school early Sunday morning, the NYPD said. Comment

Friday, April 3, 2015

One of the two Jamaica women who were arrested and charged with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, was a former student at CUNY’s York College in Jamaica, according to records obtained by the Timesledger. Comments (4)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Jack Friedman, 56, who served as the executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce since 2007, died Thursday morning. Comment
South Ozone Park

Five people injured in brawl inside Resorts

After a dozen people got into a brawl at the World Resort Casino Friday night, leaving five people injured, shots were fired outside in the parking lot around 10:49 p.m. in South Ozone Park, police said. Comment



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