Wednesday, April 22, 2015

College Point

NYPD launches social media program in NE Queens

The NYPD launched its brand-new social media campaign at the 109th Precinct’s monthly council meeting at the Police Academy in College Point last week. Comments (7)

Braunstein brings back Mother’s Day contest

State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) is returning with his annual Mother’s Day essay and poetry contest for elementary school students this year. Comments (3)

Whitestone exit ramp to reopen

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will reopen the Whitestone Expressway’s 3rd Avenue exit ramp in May. Comments (4)
Rego Park

Spreading their message through art

Leave it to Queens artist Yvonne Shortt and her creative Long Island City-based nonprofit Rego Park Green Alliance Studio to come up with another project that combines art and activism. Comments (1)
Dining Out

Head on down to Little Neck y’all for Korean-Cajun fare

Cruising along Northern Boulevard, we noticed a sign proclaiming Korean Cajun Cuisine on the Little Neck building with the faux Tudor façade. This piqued our imagination. Is this a new culinary marriage like Tex-Mex or Indian Chinese? Comments (3)

Alumni establish Friends of Bayside HS for 80th anniversary

A group of Bayside High School alumni and community members officially announced last week the creation of a nonprofit organization to unite current students, faculty and staff with alumni and the broader community. Comments (5)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Glendale group knits while watching the Mets at Citi Field

These aren’t your typical baseball fans. Comments (4)

Gianaris introduces Vaccine Safety Legislation

Looking to combat the alarming rise of measles and pertussis in toddlers, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) introduced legislation Monday that would encourage vaccinations following one of the worst seasons for deadly infectious diseases in recent memory. The bill would require any parent or guardian seeking an exemption from compulsory vaccinations to provide a physician’s affidavit to their children’s school stating that the physician discussed the risks of such a decision with the parent or guardian. Comments (10)

Bayside Historical Society introduces summer CSA

The Bayside Historical Society is breaking in the new season with its very first Community-Supported Agriculture program, to bring fresh organic produce to at least 50 families in the Bayside area. Comments (1)
The Play’s the Thing

Theater lovers gather to celebrate the Astoria Performing Arts Center

I’m at the Museum of the Moving Image, it’s April 1, but no foolin’, the Astoria Performing Arts Center is holding its annual gala. APAC has been around for 14 years and, by measure of 28 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and six wins so far, leads the pack of the growing number of theater companies in Queens. Comments (1)

Healthy Zeni pitches Molloy past Fontbonne

The road to recovery was tough for Amanda Zeni, but with a rewarding finish. The Archbishop Molloy senior, who missed most of last season with an injury, is back and gave Fontbonne Hall a taste of how tough she is when healthy. Comments (1)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Aquino can never be hospital admin again: Court

The former chief executive officer of the shuttered Parkway Hospital in Queens, Dr. Robert Aquino, have served his time for bribing former state Senator Carl Kruger. But his punishment isn’t over. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Queens lawmakers host immigration forum

Residents from diverse Jackson Heights and beyond got a chance to have questions answered on changing immigration laws last week during an immigration forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). Comments (4)

Ribbon-cutting for LeFrak City’s newly refurbished West Courtyard

The first phase of renovations of the outdoor amenities at LeFrak City, in Corona, is complete just in time for spring. Comments (1)

Astoria Performing Arts Center honors Jimmy Van Bramer, Ted Chapin

The Astoria Performing Arts Center threw a party earlier this month to honor two men who have made a commitment to the arts in New York City and Queens. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Pay crossing guards a decent hourly wage

One of the most frequent requests I get from principals, parents and teachers is for more school crossing guards. People who care about children know that crossing guards are a vital part of our school safety system. Comments (4)

Mets fans pack Citi Field with Amazin optimism

There was talk of playoffs among Mets fans as the team opened the 2015 season at Citi Field. Comment

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The time for debating has ended over plans to transfer the burden of transporting goods from trucks to freight trains across New York Harbor and the effects it would have on the Glendale-Maspeth area, where there are many train tracks. Comments (2)

Peralta calls for permanent addition to PS 143 in Corona

More than a hundred parents of students at PS 143 in Corona joined state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) to call on authorities to do something about the chronic overcrowding at the school. Originally designed to accommodate 900 students, the elementary school has nearly double that enrollment with closed to 1,800 students. Comments (2)

Whitestone resident buys Jewels property to build homes

The former Whitestone Jewels property has been sold to a developer who plans to build single-family homes on the lot. Comments (16)
Richmond Hill

Two Forest Hills men accused of stealing home from owner

Two men who won a Richmond Hill home in a foreclosure auction are charged with illegally forcing a homeowner out of his place and boarding up the doors and windows, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Farewell to Auburndale civic leader

A good friend of our community passed away recently. Maryalice Broussard lived in Auburndale for decades and was a vice president of the Auburndale Improvement Association, Inc. She was very active in the civic organization for many years and remained so right up to her death. She left us on March 30 at the age of 92 after a brief illness. Comment

Dickson tries to recover recruitment momentum after injury

Kadijah Dickson is physically healthy again, but is still recovering from a torn ACL in other ways. Comment

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Jamaica Estates

Former St. John’s law student told to leave program

The Court of Appeals has upheld St. John’s University School of Law’s decision to invalidate the application of a student who did not disclose an arrest for a drug sale even though his record was expunged. Comment

De Blasio odd man out in endorsing Hillary

When Hillary Clinton made her candidacy official Sunday by video, New York’s Democratic leaders raced to offer their endorsements. Except for Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comment

SE Queens voting on participatory budgeting ends

The city’s participatory budgeting vote for neighborhoods in Jamaica, St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights, Queens Village, Addisleigh Park, and Springfield Gardens will come to an end this Sunday. Comments (2)
College Point

College Point yacht club marks 150 years

The Williamsburgh Yacht Club celebrated its 150th anniversary Saturday in College Point with new and old members, the naval youth cadets and community leaders. Comment
New Voices

Boro’s Hindu advocates confront domestic violence

Domestic violence is a taboo subject in most communities, where abused partners suffer in silence, unaware of the resources available to assist them. In addition to physical violence, abusive relationships may include verbal and emotional abuse, as well as sexual and financial coercion. Due to vulnerability, dependency or socio-cultural factors, the abused partner may try rationalizing or tolerating the abuse, which may cascade into further abuse that can span generations. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Queens GOPers unite under a diverse tent

I write in response to a recent liberal flamethrower who brought up the question, why does Queens have far more Democrats than Republicans. He answers by arguing side issues on climate change, evolution, religious freedom legislation in Indiana, and illegal immigration enforcement in Arizona, in order to distinguish Republican from Democratic views. We can eternally debate these issues, which although important to some, are relatively far down the totem pole on the list of relevance to the vast majority of citizens of Queens, and issues on which not all Republicans concur. Comments (3)
Block Shots

Arms already carrying pitching rich Mets

It is about pitching, pitching and more pitching for the Mets. Comment

Friday, April 17, 2015


New initiatives seek to better Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Community members presented design concepts to help visitors to more easily navigate Flushing Meadows Corona Park as part of a joint project between the Queens Museum and the city Department of Parks and Recreation last week. Comments (2)

Noonan Playground renovation finishes two months early

The children are back in droves at the Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Playground in Sunnyside after the city Parks Department completed a $2 million renovation of the park. Comments (2)

NYPD 111th Precinct welcomes new commanding officer

The 111th Precinct was assigned a new commanding officer, Capt. William McBride, in March. Comments (5)
The son of City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) was arrested and charged with assault, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, harassment and menacing last Friday after an alleged road rage incident, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment
Long Island City

SculptureCenter renovation project wins prestigious award

In October, the SculptureCenter completed a 14-month, $4.5 million expansion and renovation that modernized the facility at 44-19 Purves St., which was once a trolley car repair depot. Comment
Jackson Heights

Hindu community wants holidays on school calendar

The Hindu community is putting pressure on the city to recognize three Hindu holidays on the public school calendar. Comments (6)
The Center for the Women of New York is hosting its 28th-annual luncheon Saturday to recognize those men and women in New York City who have made great strides in women’s issues, many of whom are from Queens. Comments (1)

Teen charged with threatening to kills Queens councilman, family: DA

The teenager who was arrested for allegedly threatening to target City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and his family in a drive-by shooting at their home in Hillcrest was a former friend of Lancman’s son, according to a spokeswoman for Lancman’s office. Comment
Ozone Park

Furuya Sisters come to Ozone Park

Internationally recognized classical music trio, the Furuya Sisters, will make their first Queens appearance April 18 in Ozone Park. Comment
Ozone Park

Faruya Sisters Come to Queens

Internationally recognized classical music trio, the Furuya Sisters, will make their first Queens appearance April 18 in Ozone Park. Comment
Fresh Meadows

‘West Side Story’ hits the stage at St. Francis Prep

Tonight won’t be just any night as St. Francis Prep’s Alvernian Drama Society presents the classic musical “West Side Story,” Friday through Sunday in Fresh Meadows. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

A Hillary victory would shatter barriers

Novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously said “There are no second acts in American life.” He was wrong, of course, because time and time again we have witnessed comebacks, late-in-life success, and numerous examples of redemption in the arts, politics, and the business world. Comments (2)

2015 All-Queens Girls Basketball Honors

Christ the King returned to its perch atop the city by winning a second straight CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens basketball title and its first Catholic Class AA state crown since 2010. The Royals fell a win shy of claiming another state Federation title, losing to Long Island Lutheran. Comment
Ozone Park

Guilty verdict in Ozone Park molesting case

OZONE PARK — A jury found a Queens pedophile guilty of molesting two young sisters from Ozone Park between 2009 and 2012, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Sunnyside mourns hero cop


Sunnyside mourns hero cop

Hundreds of police officers, FBI field agents and the head of the New York Field Division, representatives of other federal law enforcement agencies and a contingent of U.S. Navy Seals filled the pews of the Church of St. Teresa in Woodside to pay their respects to one of the NYPD’s top cops. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Hundreds attend funeral for Jack Friedman

Jack Friedman was buried on Sunday afternoon, the day of his birthday when he would have turned 56, at Parkside Memorial Chapels in Rego Park. Comment
Floral Park

No (C0) alarm in Floral Park home

The Floral Park home where an elderly couple, a tenant and a friend died last week after a car was left running in the garage did not have carbon monoxide detectors, Fire Department officials said. Comments (1)

Bayside study confirms lack of parking, seeks solutions

The Bayside Village Business Improvement District carried out a public parking study in Bayside over the last several weeks, culminating Tuesday with a public meeting to include community input in that study. Comments (8)
The votes have yet to be tallied as New York City participatory budgeting continues into the weekend, but Queens council members expect the turnout to be at an all-time high. Comments (2)

Downtown Jamaica Development plan unveiled

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen announced Wednesday the launch of the Jamaica Now Action Plan to revitalize downtown Jamaica into a epicenter of tourism, transit, dining, and shopping area for all visitors. Comments (5)
Long Island City

You’re not crazy, Variations Theatre group delivers a knock-out ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’

Literature is littered with the noble but flawed character who attempts to right a wrong by attacking the hypocrisy or deceitfulness of those in power. Comment

King of Falafel to open brick and mortar restaurant in Astoria

A Palestinian from the West Bank city of Ramallah has fashioned his own version of the American Dream on the streets of Astoria. Comments (2)

Church, NYPD, ruffles in prom dress, shoes, purses for teens

The NYPD joined Highland Church members to put together a charity prom dress event for young women in Jamaica Saturday at the Fellowship Hall on 162nd Street. Comment

CB 7 rejects applications for mosque, metal company

Community Board 7 turned down an application for a mosque to be built on Parsons Boulevard and disapproved another by a manufacturer seeking to expand its facility in College Point. Comments (2)

Council members from Queens urge de Blasio to readjust water rates

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection proposed a 3.24-percent water rate increase to the city water board in late March, but several Queens lawmakers are upset over yet another expected increase for residents. Comments (1)

Queens Taste 2015 moves to the New York Hall of Science in Corona

The borough’s premiere annual food and networking event is coming to Corona this year. Comment

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Floral Park

Floral Park couple and friends found dead

An NYPD Sergeant found his elderly parents and family friends dead in a possible case of carbon monoxide poisoning in Floral Park on Friday afternoon said neighbors and police. Comment

Friday, April 10, 2015

The NYPD buried one of its top cops after a funeral mass in Woodside that was accompanied by unusually heavy security Friday morning. Comments (13)

Teen charged with threatening to kill Queens councilman, family: DA

A teenager was arrested for allegedly threatening to target City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and his family in a drive-by shooting at their home in Hillcrest, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday. Comment
Funeral services for Jack Friedman, 56, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, will be held Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at Parkside Memorial Chapels, the chamber announced. Comment
This weekend marks the start of participatory budgeting voting week in Queens, so City Council members kicked it off with a news conference in front of Borough Hall Friday, encouraging as many people as possible to take part in the process. Comments (2)

Thursday, April 9, 2015


LIRR service disrupted after man falls at Penn Station

Commuters crowded into Penn Station for the Thursday evening rush hour after a person attempting to move between two Long Island Rail Road cars fell, forcing the suspension of all rail service into the transit hub. Comments (2)



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