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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Astoria

Sunnyside pet store owner opens pharmacy in Astoria

The owner of a popular Sunnyside pet store has expanded, opening a second location in Astoria last month. Wespaw Pet Pharmacy, located at 37-15 23rd Ave., brings pet owners quality medication with excellent customer service. Comments (1)
Immigration

City launches ad campaign on free services for immigrants

The city is preparing to launch an advertising campaign to help raise awareness of free business services for immigrant entrepreneurs. The city Department of Small Business Services is behind the Immigrant Business Initiative, a public/private partnership that works with community-based organizations to provide tailored business services in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Haiti-Creole, to meet specific needs of diverse communities of immigrant entrepreneurs. Comments (7)
East Elmhurst

Moya named to transparency work group

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) has created a new work group that will seek to bolster transparency and public participation in the Assembly. Comments (1)
Ridgewood

Enjoy the sweet smell of success at Rudy’s in Ridgewood

Take a peek through the front window of Rudy’s Bakery and Café into what looks like a 19th-century German neighborhood “B├Ąckerei,” and be taken back through time. Comment

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

College Point

Poppenhusen receives $100,000 in state budget

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented the Poppenhusen Institute with a $100,000 grant from the recently adopted state budget. Comments (5)
Government

Proposed city bill would permit youth hostels

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) has introduced legislation that would permit the operation of youth hostels within commercial districts in the five boroughs. Comments (5)
Sunnyside

The big tent under the 7 is back for Taste of Sunnyside 2015

Last year’s Taste of Sunnyside was so well received, even by critics of the idea, that the block-long festival tent under the No. 7 subway will return for another go May 19. Tickets for the popular annual neighborhood restaurant promotion inside the went on sale last week and are already selling at a faster rate than in 2014. Comments (2)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Jamaica

Jamaica Muslim Center welcomes one-way street

City and state leaders were joined by dozens of members of the Jamaica Muslim Center and residents to unveil the conversion of 168th Street to a one-way street from Hillside Avenue to Gothic Drive, which was completed April 10. Comments (3)
Hunters Point

Outdoor movie series begins at LIC waterfront park

The Skyline Cinema Waterfront Series returns to Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City with one for the kids Saturday. To celebrate the end of the long, cold winter the Hunters Point Park Conservancy is screening the most popular animated movie of all time, “Frozen,” to kick off its monthly cinema in the park series. Comments (2)
Long Island City

New dog run under construction in Long Island City

Construction is underway on a new dog run in Long Island City, near Center Boulevard between the Queens West Sports Field and PS 78. When completed in July, it will be the neighborhood’s fifth dog run with others located at Anabel Basin, Murray Playground, Hunters Point South and Vernon Boulevard at 48th Avenue. Comment
Jamaica

Women artists explore identity through work

A new exhibition at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning explores the way women artists see themselves in society through their work. Comment
Political Action

Queens GOPers honor Lincoln with style

The Queens Village Republican Club had one of its most successful fund-raising events March 22 when more than 250 guests attended the annual Lincoln Dinner, which this year marked the group’s 140th anniversary. Comments (2)
Opinion

Albany, city must help MTA update subway system

The New York City subway system is one of the region’s most valuable assets, but with the delays and crowds that characterize the commutes of millions of daily riders it is easy to underappreciate. Today’s news that subway ridership increased by 2.6 percent in 2014 is both a significant milestone celebrating the progress and popularity of the system over the decades but potentially a harbinger of bad news if more investment is not in the system. Comments (1)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Flushing

Flushing Riverfront Project in motion

A Flushing group and the Department of City Planning have teamed up to push forth a project that would redevelop the Flushing waterfront and bring more affordable housing to the area. Comments (1)
Maspeth

Junior’s Cheesecake leaving Maspeth factory for New Jersey

With the announcement made earlier this month that Junior’s Cheesecake Factory will be leaving its Maspeth factory, another part of the neighborhood’s industrial identity is being removed. Comments (3)
A 60-year-old man driving an out-of-control Penske rental struck a school bus with 23 second-graders on Hillside Avenue and rammed a fruit store, pinning a 35-year-old woman last Friday, the NYPD said. Comment
Jamaica

Homeland amps up TSA security after review

The Transportation Security Administration announced it will take take additional steps to address inhouse airport security vulnerability at U.S. airports Monday. Comments (1)
Block Shots

Landing Diallo would be major step forward for St. John’s

Landing Cheick Diallo would be the exclamation point to the early success of Chris Mullin’s tenure as St. John’s men’s basketball coach. Comments (7)
The Civic Scene

New zoning could imperil quality of life

Using the valid excuse that more affordable housing is needed for the homeless, the city administration is planning sweeping zoning revisions which civic leaders fear will undo years of positive changes they have been working for. Comments (3)
Whitestone

State budget deal dealt empty hand to boro Dems

The 2015 state budget is a travesty for the average Ne York resident. Gov. Cuomo and the Republican-controlled state Senate have eliminated many taxes on the wealthy, including sales taxes on yachts costing over $230,000 and private planes. State Sen. Sanders of South Ozone Park remarked that when he tried to find yacht and jet owners in his district, he couldn’t find any. There are none in my district either. Comments (1)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Flushing

Disbarred lawyer stole money from couple: DA

A Flushing man, who was disbarred from the practice of law, has been charged with stealing more than $34,000 in estate funds that were meant to go toward a convent, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comments (1)
Glendale

Glendale residents clean community garden

Residents of Glendale celebrated Earth Day over the weekend by cleaning up the community’s garden and getting it ready for the warm season. Comment
Briarwood

Young Stanners struggle through the early season

Archbishop Molly is experiencing plenty of growing plains with its inexperienced club. Comment
Opinion

Ask DenDekker to allow vote on GMO food

An important debate is underway concerning the labeling of genetically modified foods as a bill to mandate this action makes its way through the New York State Assembly and state Senate. Comment

Friday, April 24, 2015

Corona

More trespassing at the World’s Fair observation decks

For the second time in a month, a group of youngsters was caught sneaking into the World’s Fair observation towers at Flushing Meadow Corona Park. On April 14, officers from Parks Enforcement Patrol saw that the lock on the door to the towers had been clipped and heard people speaking from the platform. Comments (4)
The first spring days of the year arrived last week with a bang as a string of shootings erupted around the borough, but the deadliest toll was reserved for three fatal stabbings. Comments (3)
Last weekend brought some of the first sure signs of spring, which were commemorated by the annual ancient Hindu religious festival, Holi. Comments (1)
Little Neck

5,000 new plants take root in Alley Pond Park

About 3,500 trees and 1,500 new shrubs took root in Alley Pond Park last week due to the combined effort of more than 200 volunteers. Comments (2)
Sunnyside

Bike lanes on the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge get nod from CB2

The city Department of Transportation will begin building bike lanes on the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge in late spring or early summer after the plans were approved by Community Board 2 earlier this month. When completed, cyclists will have six-foot bike lanes on both side of the bridge with four-foot buffers from automotive traffic. Comments (4)
Broadway-Flushing

Avella, homeowners group want landmarking for Broadway-Flushing

Residents of the Broadway-Flushing neighborhood want the Landmarks Preservation Commission to recognize the neighborhood as a historic district. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing schools doing well with Common Core standards

Students in School District 25 have been faring well since the new Common Core Learning standards launched, according to the district’s superintendent. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Jamaica car dealer charged with tax fraud: DA

A used car salesman who operated two businesses in Jamaica has been charged with tax fraud with the state and city out of nearly $500,000 in collected sales taxes over a five-year period, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)
Briarwood

Briarwood gets subway stop named solely for neighborhood

After decades of confusion, Queens residents can now rejoice in the clarification of the Briarwood subway station. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) , Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and Seymour Schwartz announced the renaming of the Briarwood-Van Wyck subway station to simply Briarwood after a 14-year battle. Comments (2)
History

Borough president honors Queens’ history with landmarks tour

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law, Borough President Melinda Katz declared April “Queens Landmarks Month” and invited members of the press on a tour of prominent landmarks throughout the borough Tuesday afternoon. Comments (3)
Opinion

Money matters

The annual budget dance in the city marking a standoff between the mayor and the large interest groups is underway. The tone has softened under Mayor Bill de Blasio, but there is still anguished testimony from lawmakers and horse-trading behind the scenes as many institutions try to emerge unscathed. Comment
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep sets sights on consecutive diocesan crowns

St. Francis Prep doesn’t want to get too far ahead of itself. Comment
Opinion

Kiddie phone shot not worth 1,000 looks

A high school friend I hadn’t seen in years was passing through New York. We had just a few precious hours to catch up, so we wandered around Central Park, exulting in its blossom overdrive, then sat on a sun-warmed rock to chat. Of course, I wanted to see a picture of her kids. Comment
Flushing

F line makes history in Briarwood

Flushing

Men wanted for attempted robbery at massage spot: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were looking for four men who allegedly punched and tried to rob a 48-year-old man at a massage parlor in Flushing last month. Comments (1)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Oakland Gardens

Judge gives Deng family OK to file claim against CUNY in 2013 hazing death

A Manhattan judge has ruled that the Queens family of Chun Hsien Deng can file a late claim against CUNY Baruch College, where he was a student when he died during an alleged hazing ritual during a trip with a fraternity to Pennsylvania in December 2013. Comments (8)
Long Island City

The Clock Tower one step closer to landmark status

The iconic Clock Tower building in Long Island City is one step closer to official landmark status. The city Landmarks Preservation Commission set a date for a formal vote following a public hearing Tuesday. Comments (2)
Education

Opt out movement sees low numbers in Queens

City schools administered state Common Core standardized math tests this week to children enrolled in grades three through eight, just as the numbers of students whose families decided to “opt out” of the previous week’s English Language Arts tests were coming in. Comments (3)
South Ozone Park Civic Association West and three neighborhood residents filed a class action suit in Queens Supreme Court Tuesday against the property owner and the future operator of a juvenile justice facility on 127th Street. Comments (2)
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and park advocates say they are hopeful after a panel of judges heard arguments last week in the case of a proposed megamall on the former site of Shea Stadium. Comments (2)
Jamaica

103rd Precinct cops get national award for bravery

Four 103rd Precinct officers who survived a 2014 hatchet attack are being recognized at the 22nd Annual Top Cops Awards dinner by the National Association of Police Organizations for actions above and beyond the call of duty in May in Washington, D.C. Comments (1)
The MTA and the city Department of Transportation announced that they have canceled plans for a dedicated bus-only lane on the Q44 bus route in Kew Gardens Hills. Comments (2)
Rockaway Beach

Express bus foes want ’50s train back

While the city moves forward with plans to create an express bus service that would run along Woodhaven Boulevard, some residents in Rockaway are pushing for the revival of a subway line that once ran from Rockaway to northern Queens. Comments (39)
Bayside

Bayside Little Leaguers commemorate new season

The official start of the Bayside Little League was commemorated with ceremonial first pitches Saturday by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and state Assemblyman Braunstein (D-Bayside). Comments (4)

Subway ridership jumps in Long Island City

It will come as no surprise to Queens straphangers that subway ridership in the borough surged in 2014. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC Partnership crunches numbers at annual real estate breakfast

Hundreds of real estate industry professionals gathered at the Con Edison Learning Center on Vernon Boulevard for the Long Island City Partnership’s 9th Annual Real Estate Breakfast Wednesday. Comments (1)
Basketball

2015 All-Queens boys basketball honors

What a boys’ basketball season it was in Queens as the borough produced three city champions. Comment
Jamaica

JFK bust finds coke in granny underwear

JAMAICA — Five days apart, two Caribbean Airline passengers were arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle in cocaine at John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Comments (1)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ridgewood

Owner offers big reward for finder of lost Chihuahua in Ridgewood

The owner of a lost dog is willing pay thousands of dollars to bring her pooch home. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Stepson charged with killing stepfather in Richmond Hill over dishes: DA

A young grocery store worker was charged allegedly with fatally stabbing his stepfather to death in their Richmond Hill apartment around 2:30 p.m. Sunday after a fight over the dishes, the Queens District Attorney’s Office said. Comments (1)
An actor appearing in Titan Theatre Co.’s production of “Othello,” at the Queens Theatre through May 2 said the show’s director, Lenny Banovez, isn’t interested in the who, what, when or where of the play, but rather the why. Comments (2)
Flushing

Granderson hopes to lead Amazin turnaround

The Mets are ready to win. Comment

Friday, April 17, 2015

Just before noon Friday an out-of-control Penske rental truck struck a school bus filled with children on Hillside Avenue and then rammed a fruit store, pinning a pedestrian, the Fire Department said. At least 30 people were taken to the hospital. Comment

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