Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Long Island City

Dramatic works to debut at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City

The landscape at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City will change dramatically in several weeks with the May 17 debut of several site-specific works. Perhaps the most dramatic will be the latest public artwork of Heide Fasnacht, titled “Suspect Terrain.” Comments (1)

Mute swan bill passes Senate a second time

A bill that seeks to protect mute swans from a state Department of Environmental Conservation plan to eradicate the population in the state passed the state Senate last week. An earlier version of the bill was vetoed last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Comment

Rufus King Park starts $2.2M improvement project

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver and elected officials broke ground in Jamaica’s Rufus King Park on Monday to begin a $2.2 million renovation project. Comment

NE Queens councilmen reveal participatory budget results

Winning projects from the week of participatory budgeting were announced by northeast Queens City Council members this week, which mostly included upgrades to public schools. Comments (2)

Traffic measures announced ahead of 3rd Avenue exit reopening

The city Department of Transportation announced traffic calming measures in conjunction with MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ anticipated reopening of the Third Avenue exit ramp at the Whitestone Expressway. Comments (25)

The grassroots Henna art business

The art of henna tattooing is older than the Egyptian Empire but Farzana Fatema, a henna artist based in Jamaica, began when she was just 10 years old. Comment

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Council passes first ever Cultural Plan

The City Council passed legislation, by a unanimous vote, to enhance access to arts and culture by implementing the city’s first-ever comprehensive cultural plan. The bill is aimed at keeping New York an artist friendly city in a time of skyrocketing rents and a variety of economic pressures. Comments (1)

Mizumi plans to expand Northern Boulevard restaurant

The owner of Mizumi Sushi and Seafood Buffet joined his lawyer at Community Board 11’s April meeting to make the case for his application to physically expand his restaurant onto the adjacent lot. Comments (6)
Fresh Meadows

All powerful Fed needs monitoring

The Federal Reserve Bank has controlled our economy since its creation 100 years ago. It has encouraged investment bubbles with large expansion of credit and cash. It has caused financial bust and ruin by suddenly limited credit and essaying the cash supply. Comments (2)

Poor second inning dooms Terriers in loss to Xaverian

St. Francis Prep took advantage of Xaverian errors the first time the teams met and stole a victory from the defending CHSAA city champions. Comments (1)

Monday, May 4, 2015


99-cent stores weaken economy in Woodhaven

Woodhaven’s shopping area has 99 problems. Comments (8)

Jamaica Revealed event brings in business developers

More than 100 business professionals gathered at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center to learn about future commercial and residential opportunities presented by the three major business improvement district organizations in downtown Jamaica. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Headliners on tap for Forest Hills Stadium this summer

Van Morrison and many other musicians will be joining The Who this summer at Forest Hills Stadium. Comments (2)
Glen Oaks

Bratton’s ‘Broken Windows’ works

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito seeks to make our city most unsafe. She proposes to decriminalize six low-level offenses like public urination. biking on the sidewalk, public consumption of alcohol, being in the park after dark, failure to obey park signs and jumping subway turnstiles. Comments (2)

Terriers power past Molloy for bounceback win

St. Francis Prep picked up right where it left off. Comment

Sunday, May 3, 2015


Bacon and Beer Classic a hit at Citi Field

While the Mets were in the Bronx battling the Yankees in the Subway Series on Saturday, their stadium was put to use. Nearly 10,000 people filled the corridors and the infield dirt for the second annual Bacon and Beer Classic. During its two sessions, 47 restaurants and 56 breweries offered two dozen bacon dishes and more than 100 craft beers. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Flushing Town Hall is looking for a few good LGBTQ artists

As the spectrum of diversity in Queens evolves, the concept of “vive la difference” is redefined, and throughout LGBTQ communities everyone is celebrated for who they are. Comments (1)

Queens Theatre honors NYHQ, Astoria Bank execs at gala

The heads of Astoria Bank and New York Hospital Queens were honored for their contributions to the Queens Theatre at the theater’s annual gala Monday night. Comments (1)

Queens residents selected for film and animation festival

Six Queens residents who are students at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan have been selected for the school’s 26th annual Dusty Film & Animation Festival. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Meet the Mets! Tom root, root, roots for the home team!

It is starting to feel a lot like 1969. Or 1973. Or 1986. Or even 2000, for many New York Mets fans, as a fast start reminded us of those glory years for New York’s junior baseball team. Comment
Little Neck

It’s time to pick up all the debris

It’s really sad to live in such an increasingly unattractive environment. Comments (1)

Construction crumbles under Susan Wagner team

It was an unfriendly reminder to Construction of the level at which it needs to play to compete with the city’s elite softball teams. Comment
Long Island City

25th hotel opens in Long Island City

A new Hilton Garden Inn opened last Friday on Queens Plaza North, becoming the 25th hotel in Long Island City, according to the Queens Tourism Council. Just seven years ago there was only one hotel in LIC. Comments (1)

Man convicted in 1980 cold case murder sentenced to 25 years to life: DA

FLUSHING—A man who strangled and robbed an elderly man in his Flushing home more than two decades ago was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comment

Saturday, May 2, 2015


River cleanups to take place in Queens in May

The Riverkeeper, a clean water advocate, is hosting seven cleanups in Flushing, College Point, Long Island City and Astoria as part of its fourth annual Riverkeeper Sweep, a day of service for the Hudson River. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Police make arrest in grandma murder in Jamaica

South Jamaica

Police make arrest in grandma murder in Jamaica

A young man was arrested and charged with murder last Friday in the fatal March shooting of 70-year-old Leta Webb. According to police, Webb was shot in the head and left arm while she stood in the doorway of her South Jamaica home. Comments (1)

Man enters guilty plea in 2011 bludgeoning death of his Bayside mother

The Bayside man accused of beating his mother to death in February 2011 entered a guilty plea last week to first-degree manslaughter, according to Queens DA Richard Brown. Comment
After months of delay and political games, former Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch was sworn in Monday as the country’s first female African-American attorney general. Comments (1)

A Happy (worried!) Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is usually marked by burnt toast, dandelion bouquets and crayon drawings of mommies and children with hearts all around them. Comment
Queens Village

Horse carriage industry should be shut down

I’ve been reading how the carriage horses are being treated. But that’s not the issue here. What people should be asking is what happens when their working days are over. Where do they go? The answer is nowhere. Because they have nowhere to go. That’s why the carriage horse industry is humane. Comments (15)
Belle Harbor

Belle Harbor native Kerri Gallagher one step closer to Olympic dreams

Kerri Gallagher wanted to get out fast to start the Olympic Development Women’s Mile at the Penn Relays. The Belle Harbor native did just that and it was enough to win her a gold medal, going against some of the best runners in the country. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Two dead after car hits tree in Fresh Meadows: NYPD

FRESH MEADOWS – Two men died after a car crashed into a tree in Fresh Meadows early Tuesday morning, the NYPD said. Comment

Friday, May 1, 2015

Kew Gardens

Queens officials against Move NY transit plan

Queens’ elected officials released a joint statement Tuesday opposing the transit proposal Move NY, which was unveiled in February, as “unfair” to borough residents. Comments (1)
The commanding officer at the 114th Precinct in Astoria has moved on after just 18 months on the job. Deputy Inspector Kevin Maloney was promoted to a new squad dedicated to police officer-involved shootings that operates out of the First Deputy Commissioner’s office at One Police Plaza. Comment

Kupferberg Center commemorates centenial of Armenian Genocide

The Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives helped to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide last week with a special event to educate students and the general public about survivor testimony and on how to interpret the prejudice and racism that caused the genocide in a 21st century context. Comments (2)
The retractable roof currently being built above the Arthur Ashe Stadium is expected to be up and running in time for the 2016 U.S. Open next August. Comment

First round of pre-K applications ends

The first pre-kindergarten admission period was concluded last week, and the city received 20,670 applications from Queens, where the majority of new seats will be required. Comments (3)

JFK Terminal 8 cleaner swipes electronics and liquor: DA

A Brooklyn woman, who worked at Kennedy Airport cleaning aircrafts, was charged with grand larceny and other crimes last week for allegedly swiping thousands of dollars worth of tiny bottles of liquor over a three-year period, announced Queens DA Richard Brown. Comments (1)
Flamenco has come to Queens. Comment
A Jamaica Hills resident who was shot and killed in a police-involved shooting last week was an ex-Marine Corps infantryman with a history of arrests ranging from assault to criminal mischief. Comment
The owner of four taxicab companies, including one based in Sunnyside, is being sued by the state, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Evgeny “Gene” Freidman alledgedly violated taxi drivers’ rights and breached a settlement agreement he reached with the Attorney General in December 2013. Comment
Emergency services were dispatched to Bayside High School Monday in response to a fire in a first-floor classroom, where they eventually found the source: A cell phone strapped to a nine-volt battery and an AA battery, which police sources said may have been the remnants of a homemade mobile charging device. Comment

Still waiting for answers

More than a year after an Oakland Gardens college student died in a hazing incident in Pennsylvania a judge has granted his mother the right to file a claim against the city. Comments (1)
New Voices

Comedians laugh off anti-Muslim transit ads

Two Muslim comedians are on a mission – to make New Yorkers laugh. Comments (2)
Block Shots

Mets are derailed in recent Subway Series

So the Mets aren’t kings of New York just yet. Comment

Former Hillside Arts teacher pleads guilty of criminal sex act: DA

JAMAICA—A Former Earth Science teacher of Hillside Arts and Academy in Jamaica pleaded guilty to attempted criminal sexual act and will go to jail after being caught trying to meet with a 14-year-old girl that he had been talking to online and who was actually an undercover police officer, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Queens woman found dead in van in Brooklyn: NYPD

BROOKLYN—A 25-year-old woman who was reported missing in northeast Queens was found dead in her boyfriend’s van in Brooklyn last week, according to the NYPD. Comment

Thursday, April 30, 2015

For her first production as the Astoria Performing Arts Center’s artistic director, Dev Bondarin opted to dust off a legendary Broadway flop. Comment
The owner of an auto repair shop might derail permanent status for the homeless shelter at the old Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst. Samuel Velez, the owner of Aamco Transmissions, at 79-14 Queens Blvd., says he has a problem with rats and it’s the shelter’s fault. Comments (11)

Whitestone resident, head of homeless shelter, murdered


Whitestone resident, head of homeless shelter, murdered

A former resident of a homeless shelter in the Bronx tried to rape, then shot and killed a Whitestone mother who served as the shelter’s director late Monday afternoon, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
Benjamin Cardozo HS students got a special visit Wednesday to witness firsthand testimony from a survivor of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima in World War II and the grandson of President Harry S Truman, who ordered the world’s first nuclear assault. Comments (3)
Patrick Tunney has seen a lot of “scary accidents” from the windows of his restaurant over the last 20 years. The Copper Kettle sits at the corner of 51st Street and Skillman Avenue and until this week that intersection didn’t have a traffic light. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens Nepali community reacts to tragedy with prayer and fund-raising

The 40,000 Nepali immigrants in New York City were hit hard by the catastrophic 7.8 earthquake that devastated their homeland last Saturday, with a death toll that passed 5,200 by Wednesday. Nepalese prime minister Sushil Koirala warned that the death toll could climb past 10,000. Comments (1)

Voters choose education upgrades in local participatory budget

The people have spoken and they demand education upgrades. Comment
CUNY’s York College recently sent out a memorandum to faculty members about a new media policy leaving professors outraged at the policy . Comment

Anti-police activists criticize Lancman over police support

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) has been getting some backlash on social media from anti-police activists following his renewed call for 1,000 new cops for the NYPD. Comment
Last week was a memorable one for Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst). The city councilwoman made a select list of the most powerful people in the city and she married her longtime boyfriend in a City Hall ceremony last Friday. Comments (2)

Testing ‘opt out’ gains momentum in Queens schools

Though the “opt out” movement has had unprecedented support statewide this year, very few parents in city schools refused state standardized testing for their children in the last few weeks. The movement drew even lower support in Queens, but preliminary estimates in the borough may not be accurate. Comment
St. Albans

Participatory budget winners for District 27: Miller

The city’s participatory budget voting ended this week. On Wednesday, from in front of his office in St. Albans, Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St.Albans) announced the five project winners for funding from that voting in his district. Comment

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Middle Village

Elusive Middle Village coyote’s freedom days end

This story doesn’t have a Roadrunner—and in the end it’s the coyote that gets caught. Comment
A Whitestone woman who served as director of a homeless shelter in the Bronx was shot and killed by a former shelter resident late Monday afternoon, the NYPD said. Comments (10)
State Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Jamaica) has announced he will resign his elected position and accept a plea to charges of submitting false travel vouchers. Comments (2)
Ozone Park

Queens teacher, husband arrested in drug raid

A Queens teacher was arrested Monday after a drug task force allegedly found 10 grams of heroin, a scale with drug residue on it and all of the items needed to use heroin in her Ozone Park home, according to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutors. Comments (4)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Authorities have determined the source of a fire that broke out at Bayside High School Monday which started in a student’s locker. Comments (2)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Emergency services were dispatched to Bayside High School Monday for a reported fire in a classroom, according to the FDNY. Comments (1)
JAMAICA — The NYPD released footage of two suspects wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred in the early hours of April 19 in Jamaica. Comments (1)
Several hundred people gathered at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Sunday in a show of solidarity with the people of Nepal. Comment
Add Middle Village to the list of coyote habitats. Comments (1)

Devlin enters guilty plea in 2011 bludgeoning death of his Bayside mother

The Queens man accused of beating his mother to death in February 2011 entered a guilty plea last week to first-degree manslaughter, according to the Queens DA Richard Brown. Comment

Friday, April 24, 2015

Jamaica Hills

Jamaica Hills man killed by officers: NYPD

Jamaica Hills

Jamaica Hills man killed by officers: NYPD

A 30-year-old Jamaica Hills resident was shot and killed by two police officers after he fired a gun inside a bar in Jamaica Wednesday night, the NYPD said. Comments (3)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A 30-year-old man suspected of firing a gun inside a bar in Jamaica was shot and killed by two police officers Wednesday night, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Queens woman found dead in van in Brooklyn: NYPD

A woman living in the northeast Queens area was found dead in her boyfriend’s van in Brooklyn Wednesday night, the NYPD said. Comment

Monday, Jan. 5, 2015


LIRR busiest U.S. railroad after 181 years

Let us all wish a Happy 181st Anniversary to the Long Island Rail Road. On April 24, 1834, the LIRR was officially chartered by the State of New York. In 1900, the Pennsylvania Railroad bought a controlling interest as part of its plan for direct access to Manhattan, which began on Sept. 8, 1910. The Penn Railroad subsidized the LIRR into the late 1940s. This provided the financial basis for support of expansion and upgrades to service and infrastructure. Comment



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