Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Willets Point

A Queens’ creation by street artist Banksy resurfaces in New York

One of the stars of the HBO documentary, “Banksy Does New York,” was on hand as an exhibitor at the Art Miami New York Modern Art Fair, held earlier this month. Comments (1)
The City Council passed a bill co-sponsored by City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) last week requiring the city Department of Environmental Protection to inspect catch basins more frequently to prevent flooding in areas such as Utopia Parkway in Fresh Meadows. Comments (1)

Welcome to the dog days of Bayside

A staple in the Bayside community for nearly a decade, Vanity Pups Boutique has been committed to pairing responsible pet owners with their ideal puppies and seeing them through their new responsibilities every step of the way. Comments (2)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) last week introduced a new group of high school students who will work with his office for his Educational Ambassador Program over the course of the next year. Comment
Long Island City’s Sage Music was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration last month. The popular music school’s founder, Jason Sagebiel, received the Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year Award, from the agency’s New York District office. Comment
Rego Park

Taking art to the next dimension

At the start of this year, hundreds of students from around the city and New Jersey were asked if they could design anything, what would it be? Comment
Friends of Fort Totten Park, the city Department of Parks and Recreation and Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) are gearing up for their 11th annual Family Fun Day on the grounds of Fort Totten Park. The event is slated for Saturday, June 13, from noon to 3 p.m. Comments (1)
Block Shots

Clinching crown just another chapter in McCormick’s storybook season

Ryan McCormick wasn’t going to be told “No.” Too much was at stake. Comment

Monday, June 1, 2015

Queensboro Hill

Parking to remain in Flushing, Queensboro Hill in Select Bus Service project

The city Department of Transportation announced that it would only pursue travel lanes for buses in Flushing, leaving access to the curb for parking, as part of its proposal to create a Select Bus Service route between downtown Flushing and Jamaica. Comment
Elected officials joined the Queens Library interim president and dozens of parents in a call for more library funding at a Tuesday rally outside the Jackson Heights branch. Libraries across the city are advocating for an increase in operating expenses of $65 million, and full funding of capital needs of $1.4 billion citywide over ten years. Comments (2)
A former resident of a Bronx homeless shelter pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting death of a Whitestone woman, who was the shelter’s director, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson announced Tuesday. Comments (4)

What New York really runs on

It is the place you can grab a gallon of milk or a can of frosting at midnight, but is it possible it is also one of those amazingly New York things that, like Central Park, makes us all a little calmer and happier? Comment

Beach Channel comes up short

Beach Channel had a chance to keep its season of comebacks alive with yet another. Comment

Sunday, May 31, 2015


Trash at center of Woodhaven debate


Trash at center of Woodhaven debate

There was a lot of trash talk at a recent Woodhaven community meeting. Comments (1)
The winners of the Queens Economic Development Corporation’s 9th annual StartUP! Business Plan contests were announced earlier this month with winning entrepreneurs receiving $10,000 to jump-start their businesses. The awards cap a five-month challenge-and-instruction course. Comment
The Civic Scene

Charter schools create an unequal environment

What is it with our city and state leaders concerning teachers and schools? Previous New York City mayors seem to have hated teachers. Governors in a couple of states have done things to debase teachers and now our governor is doing the same thing. Do these people think that teachers should be obedient, quiet, subservient, docile workers? Does it scare these people that teachers have joined together to form unions and fight for their rights, for their students and to improve the education system? Inspired, strong, hardworking, fighting teachers help their students and inspire them. Every person probably remembers one or more teachers who inspired or helped them. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Unleashing human potential

The Queens Village Republican Club’s policy is to make no endorsements of candidates during a Republican primary contest, and this certainly applies to the GOP presidential races. However we may certainly take a look at outstanding candidates and the pearls of wisdom they bring to the table. One presidential hopeful in particular who recently declared her candidacy, Carly Fiorina, is a distinctive voice espousing the vision of our Founding Fathers and restoring faith in the American Dream. Whether she becomes the presidential nominee or not, it is imperative we listen to what she is saying. Comments (1)

Madison ends Dozo’s championship quest


Madison ends Dozo’s championship quest

Benjamin Cardozo will not repeat as city champions. Comments (1)

Saturday, May 30, 2015


Joseph D’Alessandro Sr. dies at age 66

Joseph John D’Alessandro Sr., who operated D’Alessandro’s Food Market in Flushing with his four brothers, died May 21 at the age of 66 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Comments (1)

Sunnyside subway pusher sentenced to 24 years in prison

A Rego Park woman was sentenced to 24 years in prison last Wednesday for shoving an Elmhurst man in front of a subway train because she thought he was a Muslim, prosecutors said. Comment
The angry man who murdered his ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of Resorts World Casino Tuesday before being killed by police in Brooklyn sent threatening text messages to her family members after he shot her, police said. Comments (3)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Some thoughts on sleep and sleep disorders

I’ve been thinking a lot about sleep lately. It is a topic many complain about and discuss occasionally with friends and family, but it still remains a very mysterious topic to most people around the world. Comments (1)

How salons can take the lead on safety

Nail salon owners in New York City have been under a microscope for the last few days. Many of these small business owners are hard-working immigrants who abide by the law, treat their employees fairly and contribute to the New York City economy. Comments (2)

Durso’s double delivers Molloy CHSAA state softball crown

Jamie Durso delivered in the clutch again with a championship on the line. Comment

S. Jamaica man sentenced to 20 years in strangulation case

JAMAICA — A South Jamaica man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for the strangulation death of his girlfriend whose body was found floating in the water near the Idlewild Park Preserve in Rosedale in March 2013, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Friday, May 29, 2015

Prosecutors in the federal case of two Queens women accused of plotting a terror attack filed a request Tuesday for a protective order for unclassified materials, including the identity of the undercover agent who befriended them, in Brooklyn federal court. Comment
At a lively town hall meeting last week, the Department of City Planning fielded questions from Flushing residents and community and business leaders on plans to revitalize the waterfront. Comment
The owners of Glendale’s soon to be homeless shelter have experience with owning residential buildings. They also have experience with complaints. Comment

New commander at the 114th Precinct settles into Astoria

NYPD Capt. Peter Fortune had just settled in as the new commanding officer of the 114th Precinct in Astoria when Officer Brian Moore was shot in the head less than 10 miles away in Queens Village. He died May 4, sending shock waves through the department and the borough’s station houses. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills commemorates Memorial Day with veterans ceremony

American Legion Continental Post 1424 organized the annual Forest Hills-Rego Park Memorial Day Parade Saturday, bringing together diverse groups with participants of all ages. Comment
Pedestrian safety advocates are worried that a bill City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is proposing will make the city’s right-of-way law for drivers more lenient. Comments (2)
Jim McFadden, who served as Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas’ director of communications for nearly two years, died May 20 at the age of 27. The first year student at George Washington University School of Law went into cardiac arrest May 1 after choking on food at dinner and was kept alive by life support for two weeks, according to his mother Lisa. Comments (1)

Whitestone celebrates and commemorates Memorial Day

The Whitestone Veterans Memorial Association put on its annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade with a flawless performance by all involved. Comments (6)

Equality denied

The American dream was tarnished last week for at least 100 children who were shut out of a carnival at their Flushing elementary school because their parents did not pay the $10 fee. Comments (5)

Burt Bachrach’s style has kept up the times

Award-winning songwriter, composer and singer Burt Freeman Bacharach was born in Kansas City, Missouri on May 12, 1928. His father, Bert Bacharach, was a well-known syndicated newspaper columnist. He showed a gift for music early, forming a 10-piece band while a student at Forest Hills High School in Queens and playing piano at the officers’ club on Governors Island while serving in the Army in the early 1950s. In a career spanning seven decades from the Brill Building to Hollywood and beyond, Bacharach has gained fame through musical arrangements for film, television and famous stars including Dionne Warwick and Nei Comment

Unjustly ignoring a valiant World War II hero

Soon after the surprise air attack of Imperial Japan on December 7, 1941 upon Pearl Harbor, my uncle, Anthony V. Manago enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Private First Class. He attended military boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. in 1943, and did one year of advanced infantry training in San Francisco and Hawaii. Antho Comments (4)
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s baseball team earns Big East championship

St. John’s continually found solutions to any problems it faced during its run to the Big East baseball crown. Comment
South Ozone Park

Fatal collision kills 1, injures several children

South Ozone Park

Fatal collision kills 1, injures several children

SOUTH OZONE PARK — One woman died, while one adult and several children were injured after a three-vehicle collision Tuesday morning in South Ozone Park, police said. Comment

Thursday, May 28, 2015


PS 120 students banned from carnival for not paying fee

A carnival company is planning to host a free carnival for about 100 students at PS 120 in Flushing who were banned from participating in a school yard carnival last week because their parents did not pay the required fee. Comments (14)
Surrounded by a heavy NYPD presence, the wake and funeral of upcoming rapper Lionel “Chinx” Pickens, a member of the group Coke Boys, was held Tuesday at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica. Comment
Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to Rockaway last Friday for the first time since he was booed for his late arrival at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on the peninsula. He was joined by an array of elected officials for the reopening of a new stretch of boardwalk which runs from Beach 87th Street to Beach 97th Street, 2 1/2 years after the previous boardwalk was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Comments (3)

Queens brings in Memorial Day Weekend with 11 parades

Queens celebrated Memorial Day weekend with 11 parades, more than any other borough in the city. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Little Neck parade pays special tribute to Vietnam War veterans

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade is often touted as the largest such procession in the country. Comments (2)
Mayor Bill de Blasio will be the grand marshal of this year’s Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights June 7, one year after he became the first mayor to march. Comments (1)
Thousands of people have signed a petition to keep Forest Hills’ Barnes & Noble open. Comments (2)
The Pathmark Plaza in Flushing is now closed after an SUV crashed into the store Tuesday night, injuring five people, including the driver. Comments (2)

Three Queensborough grads to continue degrees on Cooke scholarships

Three Queensborough Community College students who are set to graduate Friday plan to continue on to complete their baccalaureate degrees in the fall after being awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships. Comments (1)

A daylong celebration of borough’s diversity set for Astoria

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition, famous for its Independence Day celebration, Astoria Park Carnival, and concerts on the waterfront, is adding another event to its repertoire to honor the neighborhood’s diversity. Comment

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Thousands of Rockaway commuters were stranded because of a copper cable theft that left the A-train line completely down, according to the MTA. Service was restored temporarily around noon. Comments (2)
A former resident of a Bronx homeless shelter pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting death of a Whitestone woman, the shelter’s director, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson announced Tuesday. Comments (1)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Ex-lover shot by police after killing former girlfriend:

In a love triangle gone wrong, a jealous man was killed in a police shooting after he shot his ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of Resorts World Casino Monday morning in Jamaica, according to the police. Comments (2)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Rego Park

Woman found dead in Rego Park apartment: NYPD

A woman was found dead in her Rego Park home early Monday morning, Memorial Day, according to the NYPD. Comment

Defending champions Cardozo holds off Grand Street to advance to quarterfinals

Benjamin Cardozo had multiple chances to break the game wide open. Instead a few runs here and a few runs there had to do and was just good enough against Grand Street. Comment

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Neighborhood residents and civic leaders turned out to the Bayside Jewish Center last week to protest the School Construction Authority’s plan to purchase the property for a new high school in northeast Queens. Comments (4)
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is introducing legislation to reform the site selection process for new schools in city school districts. Comments (19)

Woman sent to prison for 24 years for shoving Queens subway rider

A 33-year-old Rego Park woman was sentenced to 24 years in prison Wednesday for pushing a man to his death in front of the No. 7 subway train in Sunnyside in 2012, Comments (1)



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