Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Two Queens residents win CUNY-wide entrepreneurial challenge

Queensborough Community College hosted the City University of New York’s Capital One Bank Entrepreneurship Challenge finalists last week, when five students from three community colleges around the city vied for a $5,000 grant to help them get their business ideas started. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Noguchi Museum prepares to celebrate its 30th birthday

Long Island City’s Noguchi Museum is marking its 30th anniversary with a year-long celebration of the Japanese-American artist’s legacy. That celebration kicks off with the museum’s Spring Benefit May 19. Comments (1)

Flushing resident honored as ‘Woman of Distinction’

Flushing resident Christine Colligan was honored with a “Women of Distinction” award by the state Senate last week for her work with the Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York, or KAPA-GNY, and her service to Queens. Comment

Lancman, religious leaders ask for more security in non-public schools

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), along with Queens Muslim, Jewish and Christian school leaders, are renewing calls for the city to provide more security in non-public schools. Comments (2)

Longtime Bayside bar and grill hosts sporting events

After 22 years in business, Bayside’s CJ Sullivan’s American Grill continues to offer a venue where sports fans can watch games, as well as enjoy quality drinks and traditional American food. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s baseball teams nabs title

St. John’s Coach Ed Blankmeyer wasn’t leaving anything to chance. Comment

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Kew Gardens

Amended post-Sandy zoning rules favor homeowners

The Queens Borough board voted Monday unanimously in favor of a text amendment in flood resilience zoning regulations and a city councilman asserted his opposition to the city’s Flushing-Jamaica rapid transit plan at Borough Hall. Comments (1)

Bayside Historical Society awarded $100k from state

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented the Bayside Historical Society with a $100,000 grant Thursday. The grant, which was allocated from the recently adopted state budget, is to help cover the nonprofit’s operating expenses. Comments (1)

DOT picks new boro head

The city Department of Transportation has selected Nicole Garcia, deputy borough commissioner, to become the new Queens commissioner. Comments (2)

St. Francis Prep’s win takes them to finals

After taking the mound in her first career playoff start, an initially jittery Katie Siano gained confidence with each inning and each successful defensive play behind her. Comments (1)

Monday, May 18, 2015


Whitestone exit ramp now open to traffic

The Third Avenue exit ramp of the Whitestone Expressway has officially reopened to all traffic in both directions, the MTA announced last week. Comments (11)
East Elmhurst

Women and minorities sought for LAG project

Black and Latino leaders are putting pressure on the Port Authority to include more minority- and women-owned businesses and enterprises in the reconstruction of LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B. Comments (6)

Air pollution code gets revamped first time since 1975

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed seven different pieces of legislation into law last week, including a law updating New York City’s air pollution control code that was sponsored by Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton). Comments (1)
Long Island City

LPC approves Landmark Status for Clock Tower in LIC

The Clock Tower building in Long Island City has finally achieved landmark status. The city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to designate the former Bank of Manhattan building, as it is officially known, as a New York City landmark. Comment

Women who were making a difference a century ago

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the TimesLedger newspaper presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history. Comment

Putting paid-for science in its place

Recently a cliché has been born that is emblematic of dodging facts or delaying the obvious...or merely just exposing stupidity. It’s called, “I’m not a scientist but...”. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Suspect identified in Jax Hgts homicide


Stanners continue to struggle with Xaverian

Archbishop Molloy can’t seem to figure out Xaverian. Comment

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Home for the mentally disabled celebrates

A non-profit group that serves mentally disabled people is settling into a new service home in Woodhaven, despite an unsettled controversy that was stirred more than a year ago. Comment
Fresh Meadows ►Video

Sailing group offers key to the sea

Who needs to sail the seven seas when you can sail Meadow Lake? Comments (4)
The Civic Scene

Civic associations voice concerns on zoning changes

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

After slow start, Cardozo hits stride

Defending PSAL city champion Benjamin Cardozo’s slow start to the 2015 baseball season is now a distant memory. Comment

Saturday, May 16, 2015


Annual Queens Taste showcases borough’s food at Hall of Science

Some 600 Queens residents got a taste of everything from mini-burgers to sushi Tuesday at the 13th annual Queens Taste at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment
Forest Hills

Judges reconsider Cannibal Cop case

A panel of three judges is the latest line in an ongoing legal debate over whether or not the carrion fantasies of a Forest Hills cop are enough to put him in jail again. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Here’s how to solve Albany’s corruption problem

The British historian and moralist “Lord Acton” wisely said in 1887, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Comments (1)

Linking tax credits to the prevailing wage is a bad idea

One of New York City’s most effective affordable housing programs is at risk. The 421-a property tax credit sunsets in June and some are urging prevailing wage mandates to be included in any extension of the program. Such a step would undermine efforts to build affordable housing in Queens and across the city for the foreseeable future. Comments (1)

JFK K-9 sniffs out over 20 pounds of heroin, coke on plane: U.S. Customs

JAMAICA—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found two packages of narcotics during two separate routine aircraft searches at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Jamaica. Comments (1)

Construction tops Bayside, takes division

Construction has shown that its winning ways didn’t stop with Britney Rodriguez’s graduation. Comment

Friday, May 15, 2015


Plan to turn Bayside Jewish Center into new high school rolls on

The city School Construction Authority plans to purchase the Bayside Jewish Center to build a new high school and relieve significant overcrowding in District 26 schools. Comments (4)

Skelos’ move to step down lauded by Queens lawmakers

Queens lawmakers commended state Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Nassau) for his decision to step down as the Senate majority leader. Comments (1)

A push comes from Maspeth to maintain industrial areas of Queens

Manufacturing in New York City isn’t dead. It just needs some nurturing. Comment

Four charged in operating drug ring out of Corona pizzeria

A popular Italian restaurant in Corona, known for its charming dining room and backyard piazza, was allegedly a front for a cocaine trafficking ring that spanned three continents, according to a six-count indictment that was unsealed in Brooklyn federal court last week. Comments (1)

Two women accused of terrorism plead not guilty

Two women from Jamaica who were accused of plotting a terror attack in the United States pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and additonal counts related to their alleged terror plot after a grand jury indictment May 8 in Brooklyn federal court. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Participatory Budgeting voting takes place in western Queens

Bicycle riders in Long Island City are the big winners in the 26th Council District’s first year of participatory budgeting. Comment

Mayor unveils ‘SWAT Teams’ to address homeless shelter code violations

Mayor Bill de Blasio made an appearance in Queens Monday to announce the creation of SWAT Teams to address critical repairs needed in city-funded homeless shelters. The announcement follows a Department of Inspection report that entailed hundreds of code violations at several shelters this spring. Comment

Residents fear guns in the streets after death of NYPD Officer

The 103rd Precinct reported at its monthly Precinct Council meeting Tuesday crime dropped 29 percent in April compared to last year, but residents raised concerns following the shooting death of NYPD Officer Brian Moore. Comments (2)

Libraries and cops among de Blasio’s bargaining chips for budget negotiations

Mayor Bill de Blasio has unveiled his $78.3 billion executive budget for the 2016 fiscal year, along with an $83.8 billion, 10-year capital strategy that is setting aside some extra money for Queens, including $1.2 billion for a flood-mitigation plan in the southwestern part of the borough. Comments (1)

Queens gears up to celebrate Memorial Day

As the country prepares to honor those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, Queens has no shortage of activities and ceremonies during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Comments (1)

Another politician falls

Here we go again, but this time the long shadow cast by the state capital in Albany has stopped at the Queens border -- on the Nassau side, for a change. Comment

How to stop imaging ‘The Next Etan’

This week, our columnist explains why worrying about your kids walking home alone is not something you should worry about. Comments (2)
Block Shots

For St. John’s, first softball crown worth the wait

After a more-than-three-decade wait for its first Big East softball championship, what were a few more minutes for St. John’s? The Red Storm thought it had the final out, but Seton Hall’s Jackie DiPietro was called safe on a close play at first base. Comment

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway resident killed in Amtrak crash

A Far Rockaway resident was among those who were killed in the Amtrak train derailment Tuesday night in Philadelphia and the engineer was identified as a resident of Forest Hills. Comment

Tresspasser killed by train near Bayside LIRR Station

A woman was killed after being struck by a Long Island Rail Road train Wednesday night in northeast Queens, an MTA spokesman said. Comments (3)

5Pointz reunion helps inspire beleaguered school

The old 5Pointz crew reunited this past weekend at August Martin High School in Jamaica, where they found plenty of walls for their aerosol street art and one giant cause. More than 100 artists came from as far as Texas and Japan and joined with a team of students, who came up with the idea, and painted their signature graffiti murals in hallways and stairwells as part of an effort to change the culture at the beleaguered school. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Council contenders express interest after Mark Weprin’s resignation

The sudden resignation of City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) has triggered widespread interest from potential candidates for the northeast Queens seat. Comment

Construction plans for Steinway Mansion site worries preservationist

Passions are running high among Astoria preservationists since the city Department of Buildings made public the owners’ plans for construction at the Steinway Mansion. While the historic 27-room home, built by the legendary piano-making Steinway family in 1858, is landmarked and cannot be touched, the acre of land it sits on is not. Comments (3)

Queens enthusiasts celebrate the borough at social media mixer

Some of the borough’s top social media influencers got to meet each other for the first time at the first-ever Queens Social Media Mixer last week. Comments (3)

Colleges in Queens head into graduation season

St. John’s University’s Queens commencement ceremony is scheduled to take place Sunday, May 17, at 10 a.m. on the Great Lawn of the Queens campus at 8000 Utopia Parkway in Jamaica Estates. Students who attend the Manhattan and Oakdale campuses will also participate in this ceremony. This year’s commencement speaker is Rev. David O’Connell, bishop of Trenton, N.J. Comment

Scarborough pleads guilty to state and federal charges, resign from Assembly seat

State Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Jamaica) pleaded guilty to state and federal charges of wire fraud, theft and grand larceny and resigned from his Assembly seat last week, state and federal officials said. Comments (1)

Family, Avella discuss construction of Broadway-Flushing home

The lawyer representing a family moving into a Broadway-Flushing home that residents fear will become an illegal hotel brokered a joint meeting between the family and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (3)

Please beer with us

If you think Brooklyn when you hear the word brewery, think again. Comment

Queens has 3 of top 10 New York high schools: Report

Three of the top ten highest-ranked high schools in New York state are in Queens, according to the annual U.S. News and World Report listing released Tuesday. Nine of those ten schools were in the five boroughs, with Queens and Manhattan home to most of them. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Big Apple Circus to debut new show in Cunningham Park

The Big Apple Circus is hosting a brand-new show called “Metamorphosis” under the Big Top in Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows starting this weekend. Comment

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Activists celebrate defeat over cell tower in Laurelton

Laurelton residents and officials have stopped the metal giant. Comments (3)

Monday, May 11, 2015


Mayor unveils SWAT Teams to address homeless shelter code violations

Mayor Bill de Blasio made an appearance in Queens Monday to announce the creation of SWAT Teams to address critical repairs needed in city-funded homeless shelters following a Department of Inspection report that entailed hundreds of code violations at several shelters this spring. Comments (7)

New high school planned for Bayside Jewish Center site

The School Construction Authority is in the final stages of buying the Bayside Jewish Center to build a new high school at 203-5 32nd Ave., City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) announced. Comments (2)
Oakland Gardens

Mark Weprin leaves City Council to join governor’s staff

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D- Oakland Gardens) is stepping down from his position to join Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staff, he announced in an emailed statement on Monday. Comments (1)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Queens Village

Slain NYPD Officer is laid to rest

On a bright, sunny day the funeral for slain NYPD Officer Brian Moore was held Friday morning with his family, close friends and elected officials amid a sea of blue at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Seaford, L.I. Comment

Corona restaurant owners charged with running international coke ring

A couple accused of running a cocaine ring out of their Corona restaurant, along with their son, were charged Thursday with participating in an international cocaine trafficking operation that ran from Costa Rica through the Bronx to Queens and then on to Italy, according to the Brooklyn federal court. Comments (4)

Coyote spotted near LaGuardia Airport

Another coyote was spotted in Queens this week checking out LaGuardia Airport, according to officials at the Port Authority Comment

Bayside Historical Society awarded $100k from state

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented the Bayside Historical Society with a $100,000 grant Thursday, allocated from the recently adopted state budget, to help cover the nonprofit’s operating expenses. Comment

New musical buzzes into Queens Theatre

Playwright Rob Urbinati believes the Great American Songbook, those musical standards mostly written for the theater and penned by the likes of Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin and the Gershwins, is due for Volume 2. Comment


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