Wednesday, May 27, 2015


District 31 announces participatory budget winners

High-technology projects were the winners in the participatory budget bids for southeast Queens’ District 31 represented by Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton). Comments (1)
A Long Island City-based company is looking to change the way the food cart business operates in New York City. Comment

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Long Island City

Planned Parenthood health center in Court Square set to open in June

Queens residents will no longer have to travel to another borough for sexual and reproductive health services when a new Planned Parenthood clinic opens in Long Island City next month. Comments (8)

Maspeth Park set for millions in upgrades

A park in Maspeth that was once a water pump station has been plagued by flooding and an old track, but several million dollars will be used to get the small park back on track. Comments (1)

Whitestone rallies against overdevelopment

Dozens of Whitestone residents rallied against overdevelopment in their neighborhood Sunday, following the sale of a trash-ridden waterfront property to a major New York developer. Comments (8)
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm closes out NCAA bid

St. John’s couldn’t add the program’s first softball NCAA tournament win to its historic season. Comment

Monday, May 25, 2015


Sunnyside food festival came back with a bang

The third annual Taste of Sunnyside event was attended by hundreds of locals Tuesday intent on sampling all the cuisine the neighborhood had to offer under the 7 train. Comment

Bowne playground to undergo revamp

The Bowne Playground located adjacent to PS 20 in Flushing is undergoing a renovation to update the park’s facilities for children and adults alike. Comments (1)

PS 98 students learn poetry at special author visit

The Douglaston School of Literature, PS 98Q, had a special visit last week from Dr. Lindamichelle Baron, who worked with children in a series of workshops to help them express themselves through poetry. Comment
Let’s hear it for the youth of America, ‘cause today I got a couple of 16-year-olds to tell you about. Comment

Keeping up the spirit of landmark laws

In its latest effort to obtain NYC Landmark status, the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association asked the homeowners to vote in favor of or against seeking landmark designation. This request for a vote disingenuously implies that homeowners have input and can participate in the landmarking process. According to the law, landmark designation is not the subject of a vote by the community or homeowners and notification to homeowners is not required. Comments (1)

Molloy bests SFP for diocesan crown

Giovanna Bonilla knew her job was to get Victoria Brown home from third base with no outs — in any way possible — to start the celebration for Archbishop Molloy. Comment
Long Island City

Butt slapper smiles in released sketch

LONG ISLAND CITY—There is a man on the loose who has an affinity for slapping butts. Comments (2)

Sunday, May 24, 2015


New street cleaning routes in Whitestone

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and the nonprofit Doe Fund announced additional street cleaning routes in Whitestone last week. Comment
New Voices

Mayor, City Council indicate priorities for Immigrants in budget

The mayor’s preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2016 contains a host of programs and funding relevant to Queens residents. New York City’s next fiscal year, FY16, begins on July 1, 2015, though the budgeting process is well underway. Overall, in the fact sheet released by the mayor’s office, Mayor de Blasio has expressed concern at the prevalence of job growth in low-wage sectors, 46 percent of New Yorkers living at or near poverty levels and the highest income gap since the 1920s. Comments (3)

New York needs youth hostels

Presently, New York City does not have a law that legalizes youth hostels. The New York City Council has introduced a bill, Intro 699, that would permit youth hostels to be established in commercial districts only. The passing of this bill would provide access to safe, modern, legal and regulated hostel facilities for thousands of youth travelers on an annual basis. Comments (1)
Block Shots

Young Mase ready to carry on family legacy

Anthony Mason Jr. was prepared for this and it shows. Comment

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s University holds its 145th commencement

Family, friends and faculty members gathered on the great lawn at St. John’s Sunday to salute 2,200 students Sunday at the university’s 145th graduation ceremony. Comment

New bill provides funding for tourism in the five boroughs

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) unveiled a bill that would provide the five boroughs with a portion of the city hotel occupancy tax they collect to promote local tourism. Comments (3)
Since 8-year-old Rocco Lanzer from Maspeth was diagnosed with leukemia several months ago, his friend and martial arts teacher, Sensei Angel Redondo, has been visiting him at North Shore LIJ’s Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, where the boy is receiving life-saving treatment. Comments (1)
Political Action

The American Military and royal titles

In my last column I referred to Article I, Section 9 of our Constitution which in part states: “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” Comment
Glen Oaks

Honor NYPD Officer Brian Moore

We have lost Police Officer Brian Moore of the 105th Precinct, who died in the line of duty. Comments (2)

Son of former Met Alfonzo thriving at Bayside

Bayside baseball coach Pat Torney initially did not know who or what he had in Daniel Alfonzo. Comment

Friday, May 22, 2015

Astoria ►Video

NYC Musical Saw Festival retools for its 11th event

After cutting back last year to catch her breath, Natalia Paruz and her orchestra of saw musicians are returning to Astoria for the 11th NYC Musical Saw Festival at Trinity Lutheran Church Saturday, May 30. Comment

Knockdown Center embarks on public image improvement

It’s Round Two for the Knockdown Center. Comment
Hunters Point

Long awaited Hunters Point library breaks ground

Several years ago City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) got a phone call from Fausta Ippolito, a Long Island City mother of two children. She had been traveling to the Astoria Queens Library branch because her neighborhood lacked a library, and wanted to find out how to get a library built in Long Island City. Comment

Pols launch network to address working conditions in nail salons

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), along with business leaders and advocacy groups have launched the Health Nail Salon Network to address illegal working conditions, an exploitable workforce and unrealistic pricing. Comments (6)

Businesses mingle at annual Queens Chamber of Commerce expo

More than 1,200 businesses of varying sizes throughout the borough took part in the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Queens Business Expo and Breakfast at Citi Field last week. Comment

LED lights, lampposts coming to Roosevelt Avenue

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and the city Department of Transportation announced the installation of new LED lights and lampposts between 90th and 111th Streets on Roosevelt Avenue as part of her New Deal for Roosevelt Avenue. Comments (3)

After a long fight, Rosedale parents gets a safer street

New road safety measures are being implemented on 147th Avenue between two segments of Brookville Park’s game fields and at other intersections in the vicinity, the borough president’s office announced last week. Comments (1)

FAA to conduct first air noise impact study in over 25 years

The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced it will conduct a new survey of airplane noise in neighborhoods around the country’s largest airports to determine whether new standards are needed. Comments (2)
Step right up, the Big Apple Circus is in town and presenting its newest show “Metamorphosis” in Cunningham Park. Comment

South Jamaica Houses expands urban farm in trashed lot

Longtime residents of South Jamaica I Houses, along with NYCHA employees and New York Restoration Project volunteers, have expanded a small urban farm located in the housing complex. Marian Dolphus, 84, a resident of South Jamaica Houses since 1975, has been maintaining a small herb garden, flowers and plants around the NYCHA complex. But her small herb garden inside an overgrown lot was becoming harder to handle. She needed help to clear out the lot and add space for another garden. So she and the South Jamaica Houses gardening team looked for resources that could enlarge their urban farm and hit the jackpot as the 2014 Citywide Vegetable Garden Winner. Comment
Long Island City

City Council passes bill to enhance community engagement in public art projects

New York City will have its first-ever comprehensive cultural plan now that Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the legislation Monday. The new law requires the city Department of Culture to address the availability and distribution of cultural activities in the five boroughs, the relationship between cultural activities and social and economic health and welfare, housing and studio needs of artists, and increasing arts education and activities in public schools. Comments (1)

Fixing Amtrak

The Amtrak rail crash has reverberated across Queens with the deaths of a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman from Far Rockaway and a real estate executive who grew up in Douglaston. The engineer of the Northeast Corridor Train 188 lives in Forest Hills, but has not been seen in Queens as the National Transportation Safety Board investigates the accident on the heavily traveled route between New York and Washington. Comment

Stalking sale items on the grocery shelves

Not everyone shares my hobby, but let me put it out there. It is grocery shopping. There’s nothing I enjoy more. And since we live in the city, I’m shopping all the time, because who has space for those container ports of Country Crock the folks in the suburbs stock up on? Comment

Don’t let veterans get lost in the shuffle

We need to do everything we can to honor our commitment to veterans when they return from defending us abroad, including making sure that they don’t get needlessly ensnared in our criminal justice system. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens names gym after late alum, Knicks star Anthony Mason

Anthony Mason was known for having his name cut into his hair. “Mase” and that image now have a permanent place of prominence on the walls of the Springfield Gardens gymnasium. Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans man found guilty in assault incident

A young man was convicted last week of the 2012 assault of the older brother of a New York Giants wide receiver, who was beaten to the ground and shot once in the head, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Long Island City

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks to be broadcast from LIC

Long Island City will get national exposure as it hosts NBC’s two-hour national broadcast of the 39th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. Comments (1)
The Amtrak Train 188 derailment sparked a national conversation, but the Queens victims of the crash made it a tragedy that hit home for many borough residents. Comment

Ozone Park rapper gunned down in Briarwood

The wife of the amateur rapper who was killed last week is in the middle of planning a funeral and memorial, she wrote on Facebook. Comments (1)
Rego Park

QueensWay advocates dedicate sandwich to high line plan

The abandoned railroad tracks in southern Queens may not be the High Line style park that advocates envision, but you can still get the “QueensWay Sandwich.” Comment

Airbnb generates $30m in Queens economic activity: Report

A new study released by Airbnb, the website that allows people to rent out their homes and other lodgings, found that roughly 42,000 people stayed in Queens in 2014 using listings they found on the site, generating about $30 million of economic activity in the borough. Comments (3)

Ridgewood group fights gentrification

A group of Ridgewood residents is collecting stories of people being evicted in the area for a series of documentaries aimed at galvanizing the neighborhood’s tenants who are beginning to be priced out of the community as real estate prices increase. Comment

Reputed gang member charged in Elmhurst murder: DA

A reputed member of the Sureño 13 street gang has been charged with murder, gang assault and weapons possession for the fatal shooting of a 38-year-old Elmhurst man following a verbal argument earlier this month, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Jamaica terror suspects skips pre-trial hearing

One of the two Queens women who have been accused of plotting a terror attack in the United States did not show up in court for a pre-trial hearing Wednesday at Brooklyn federal court. Comments (2)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Police were hunting for the suspect involved in a fatal drive-by shooting that killed a Far Rockaway rapper and critically injured the passenger early Sunday morning in Briarwood. police said. Comment

Funeral planned for Douglaston native who died in Amtrak crash

A funeral was planned Monday for Laura Finamore, who was killed in the Amtrak train crash last week, at St. Anastasia Church in Douglaston, where the Cushman & Wakefield executive grew up. Comment
More than 200 family members and friends of Laura Finamore gathered for her funeral at St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Douglaston Monday morning six days after the devastating Amtrak derailment that took her life and the lives of seven others. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Man found hanging from tree in Cunningham Park: NYPD

A man in his 50s was discovered hanging from a tree in Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows Monday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (6)

Friday, May 15, 2015


Jamaica man pleads guilty to prostituting teenage girl

A 22-year-old man from Jamaica has pleaded guilty to forcing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution so that she could deliver the money to him, the Queens district attorney said Friday. Comment

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015


Historic landmark church makes unprecedented community effort

Zion Episcopal Church in Douglaston is celebrating 185 years in June, marked by its annual Strawberry Festival. But this year, the church is taking the festival as a chance to reaffirm its place in the Douglaston and Little Neck communities under its new leadership. Comment



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