Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I Sit and Look Out

Everyone deserves to have health insurance

During my youthful days, I played stickball, Chinese handball, softball and handball. As I grew older, these activites became less and less, until they were no more. Comments (6)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Voices

Council urges creation of Office of Civil Justice

The City Council took action last week, passing a bill that called for the creation of an Office of Civil Justice, as outlined in Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s State of the City Address earlier this year. This office, modeled after the existing Office of Criminal Justice, unifies efforts by the administration to assist New Yorkers to connect with legal representation in some civil court matters. Comments (2)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Queens Village

A Queens Village girl raises money for St. Jude

Twelve-year-old Cayla Kumar is an achievement machine. She just completed about 900 hours of community service, raised $25,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and is preparing to compete in the National American Miss beauty pageant’s pre-teen division. Comment
Forest Hills

BP Melinda Katz visits two overcrowded Forest Hills elementary schools

Borough President Melinda Katz visited two overcrowded elementary schools in Forest Hills Monday in an attempt to mediate a problem with kindergarten and pre-K space. Comment
Long Island City

Unchained Festival returns to Long Island City’s Chain Theatre

Fiction Writing 101 begins from the premise that budding authors should write what they know. Comments (1)

Ridgewood coffee shop owners promote neighborhood

A coffee shop in a changing neighborhood sometimes can be a controversial thing. Comments (1)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Bay Terrace

Vehicle crime high around Bay Terrace

The Bay Terrace Community Alliance got a chance to meet with 109th Precinct’s commander last week to get an idea of what kind of crime is going on around the shopping center and in nearby neighborhoods. Comments (5)

Inaugural International Cultural Festival a hit in Astoria Park

The first-ever International Cultural Festival drew hundreds of spectators to Astoria Park’s Great Lawn Saturday. The free event, created by the Central Astoria Local Development Corp., featured performances native to Mexico, Italy, Japan, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Ireland, Greece and other countries. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s falls in NCAA baseball regionals

St. John’s calling card all season has been its ability to rally late. The Red Storm baseball team did it multiple times in the NCAA tournament. That included its final game—before a second one-run loss ended its season. Comment

Monday, June 8, 2015


York College holds 45th commencement

Thousands of family, friends and faculty members celebrated CUNY York College’s 45th commencement with over 1,000 graduates May 29 at the York College Performing Arts Center in downtown Jamaica. Comment

Costa introduces two bills to encourage organ donations

New Yorkers have a bad track record when it comes to registering to donate their organs. Comments (1)

New bill would regulate motor-driven scooters used for deliveries

Motorized scooters have multiplied around the borough in recent years as they have become the favorite mode of travel for deliveries. While most riders use caution, some do not, creating a quality-of-life issue in many neighborhoods and a legal one as well. Comments (3)

Expand Air Train in Queens

Following up on a past editorial letter in which I indicated my preference for neither a Queensway of pedestrian/commercial accommodation, nor restitution of the old Rockaway Beach LIRR line as a North-South Queens transportation alternative, I would like to suggest that the best solution to public transportation inadequacies would be the expansion of the Air Train along the Van Wyck Expressway through Briarwood. Comment
Ozone Park

Drive-by suspects attack elderly man: Cops

OZONE PARK—A 73-year-old man was assaulted and robbed May 20 by two male suspects who fled the scene in a white SUV, police said. Comment

Metropolitan rallies to volleyball victory

Metropolitan Campus was three points from the end of its first varsity season and falling short of a city boys’ volleyball crown before coach Thomas Shean reminded his players the type of effort that got them to the final. Comment

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Richmond Hill

FDNY celebrates 100th year in Richmond Hill

As the entire city celebrates the 150th anniversary of the FDNY, firefighters, friends and family of Engine Company 294 and Ladder Company 143 marked the firehouse’s 100th anniversary in Richmond Hill last week. Comment
Kew Gardens

New municipal ID enrollment center opens at Queens Borough Hall

Queens Borough Hall will serve as an municipal ID pop-up enrollment center from early to mid-June, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced last week. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Taste of LIC celebrates its 10th anniversary

The Taste of LIC celebrated its 10th anniversary Tuesday night with a record 66 restaurants, wine shops and breweries taking part inside a 9,000-square-foot festival tent pitched on the Plaza at Gantry State Park. The cultural and culinary event raises over $100,000 annually to support programming at the Obie Award-winning Chocolate Factory Theater, which fosters the creation of new work in a variety of disciplines, including dance, music, multimedia and the visual arts. Comment
Ozone Park

Airbnb offers homeowners a lifeline

No one plans on dealing with illness—it just happens. When I developed cancer from working near the World Trade Center in the four years after the September 11 attacks, I did not have a plan for paying the exorbitant medical bills that racked up despite my solid health insurance. Comments (3)

Sunnyside robber uses fire escape and finds unlocked window

SUNNYSIDE—Police from the 108th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted in connection to a burglary in Sunnyside. Comment

Saturday, June 6, 2015


Queensborough holds 54th graduation ceremony

Queensborough Community College in Bayside conferred degrees to 2,300 students of many ages and hailing from a wide variety of countries last week. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Development team selected for first phase of LaGuardia renovation

LaGuardia Airport had become so dilapidated in recent years that Vice President Joe Biden said it resembled “a third world country” and Gov. Cuomo said “he’s right” before they announced a design competition for a modernization plan. One year later, after several delays, the Port Authority’s board of commissioners voted unanimously last week to select a development team to implement the enormous renovation. Comment
Glen Oaks

Serve by volunteering

I was at a Memorial Day breakfast which was sponsored by the Memorial Day parade committee, and took place at Father Smith Hall in St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston, on May 25. There were many religious, political, veteran, military, fire departments, police and civic groups in attendance including my organization, St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911, where I serve proudly as Grand Knight. All these groups were there in preparation for marching in the parade. Comment

Molloy, McClancy advance to playoffs

Archbishop Molloy was given yet another chance to let its youth be an excuse and let its season get away. Comment

Suspect wanted for robbery at Subway restaurant: NYPD

BROADWAY-FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man who robbed a Subway restaurant in Broadway-Flushing mid-May. Comments (1)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Oakland Gardens

Weprin officially resigns from City Council seat

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) officially announced this week his last day in office would be June 15, after accepting an administrative position with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which will leave the northeast Queens post vacant until primary elections in September. Comments (3)

Royal Ivey comes home for induction to Cardozo’s Hall of Fame

Since opening in 1966, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside has generally been considered one of the best-rated schools in the city and has appeared as one of Newsweek’s top 100 schools in the nation. On Saturday the school celebrated its athletic prowess, welcoming back three star athletes and one coach for the inaugural induction into its Hall of Fame. Comments (1)

Belmont officials believe last year’s transportation woes are fixed

The race to the exits was just as fierce as the one down the stretch at the Belmont Stakes last year. MTA officials are confident they are better prepared for the heavy rush to Belmont Station this time after American Pharaoh tries to claim the Triple Crown Saturday. Comment

Registered sex offender kills cat, throws dog down trash chute: NYPD

Police last week charged a 29-year-old Bay Terrace man with throwing a neglected miniature Dachshund down the trash chute of his 17th-floor apartment May 14. Comments (12)

Bleak crime rates, Queens second in murders: NYPD

The NYPD expressed concern about the rise in violent crime in the city at a news conference Monday. Queens currently ranks second-highest in homicides and third-highest in shooting incidents for the five boroughs. Comments (3)
Real Estate

Study: Rising rent threatens half of New Yorkers

Almost half of the households in Queens are spending half of their income on rent, a relatively new phenomenon that has developed as rent prices continue to rise in New York City, according to census data and a new study. Comments (2)

Willets Point United says Flushing waterfront project is illegal

Willets Point United says it fears a local development corporation run by former Borough President Claire Shulman is trying to influence legislation in the corporation’s proposed project to rezone the Flushing waterfront. Comment
Rego Park

Queens Library officials make big push for overdue upgrades

Queens Library has unveiled two new mobile libraries at a time when the borough’s public library network is pushing the city to increase funding for programs and branches that are underfunded, according to Bridget Quinn-Carey, the library’s interim president and coordinator. Comment
Forest Hills

Barnes & Noble holds customer appreciation day at Forest Hills Branch

In an ongoing effort to prevent the Barnes & Noble branch in Forest Hills from closing, residents sought to prove the value of the bookstore by trying their best to buy everything on the shelves. Comments (1)

Park partially complete after decade-long wait

The long overdue completion of Little Bay Park’s comfort station was announced last Friday, even if visitors had to use portable toilets because the comfort station wasn’t actually complete. Comment
Little Neck

PS 94Q celebrates school’s centennial

David Porter Elementary School in Little Neck is commemorating 100 years, which culminated last Friday with a celebration. Comment

Independence rules at Sparrow Film Project in Astoria

More than 50 independent filmmakers will make their marks on Queens’ movie scene this weekend when the Museum of the Moving Image kicks off the seventh annual Sparrow Film Project in Astoria. Comments (2)

SummerStage show celebrates World’s Fairs anniversaries

SummerStage is coming to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the first time Sunday, June 7, to headline the 2015 World’s Fair anniversary festival. Comment


The schoolyard spat between Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo erupted again recently, leaving Queens on the sidelines of the political playground watching the two politicians slug it out. Comment
Kew Gardens

Forest Hills needs its bookstore

The Forest Hills Barnes & Noble has been a neighborhood treasure and retail anchor on Austin Street for over two decades. Countless families—including my own—frequent the bookstore on a regular basis. Comment

Cleveland boys’ volleyball wins city title

Coach Anna Dawidowska came into the season with high expectations for her Grover Cleveland boys’ volleyball team, even though its lineup featured four sophomores. Comment
South Ozone Park

Boyfriend suspected in fatal stabbing: NYPD

SOUTH OZONE PARK—A girlfriend was stabbed to death allegedly by her boyfriend Tuesday morning in a fatal domestic dispute in Richmond Hill, police said. Officers from the 102nd Precinct responded to 911 call at 6:46 a.m. Tuesday about a domestic dispute in a basement apartment at 95-30 134 St. in Richmond Hill, according to police. Comment

Aces prove key to Molloy’s softball state crown

Archbishop Molloy played more slugfests and gave up more runs than it would like to remember on its way to the CHSAA state tournament, only to see its pair of aces come through when it mattered most. Comment

Police searching for missing Flushing woman

FLUSHING — The NYPD is looking for a young Asian woman residing in downtown Flushing who has been missing since the end of May. Comment

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Willets Point

Willets Point auto shop launches hunger strike to protest pending eviction

Sunrise Cooperative, a group of 48 auto shop owners in Willets Point, has been staging a hunger strike to protest their scheduled eviction from the industrial strip since Monday as part of an agreement with the city Economic Development Corporation. Comment
Jackson Heights

Crowley unveils legislation to rename Jackson Hts post office after Manfords

On the eve of Gay Pride Month, U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) joined several elected officials last week to announce legislation to rename the Jackson Heights Post Office in honor of Jeanne and Jules Manford, the late Queens residents and national heroes who fought for the advancement of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Comment

State considers new email retention policies, may be able to look to city

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent decision not to purge e-mails of state employees after 90 days has been praised by watchdog groups after much scrutiny. Comment
Long Island City

Fatal shooting at Queensbridge Houses revives stop and frisk debate

A $2,000 reward for information about the shooting death of 23-year-old Jahhad Marshall early Saturday morning at the Queenbridge Houses has been announced by the 114th Precinct in Astoria. The aspiring chef, and resident of 1st Street in the Astoria Houses, was caught in a crossfire created by multiple gunmen, according to sources, in a back courtyard at 40-16 12th St. Comments (11)

Halloran surrenders to federal prison June 8

Former City Councilman Daniel Halloran will surrender to a federal prison in Kentucky Monday after a federal judge denied his court request to stay out of prison while he appeals his conviction. on corruption charge. Comments (2)

Assemblyman Kim, Chinese group to host carnival for kids in Flushing this summer

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and the Chinese-American Planning Council will host a carnival in the Flushing/Northeast region this summer for all children in the neighborhood after some students at PS 120 were banned from a school carnival last week for not paying the required fee. Comment
Jackson Heights

Dromm’s long battle started Queens Pride

When the Queens Pride Parade steps off in Jackson Heights at noon Sunday, memories of the first march 23 years ago will flood back for the event’s founder, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). The award-winning public school teacher at PS 199 turned activist for his LGBT community believes the world has changed since 1993. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Queens College holds graduation ceremony

More than 2,500 graduates, including working parents and first-generation college students, graduated from Queens College in Kew Gardens Hills during its commencement ceremony last week. Comment
Rockaway Park

Senator Schumer proposes new laws to prevent copper theft

In response to last week’s copper theft that left thousands of commuters on the A line in the Rockaways scrambling to find alternative transportation, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) introduced legislation that would make it harder for copper thieves to profit from their spoils. He cosponsored the bill withSenator Klobuchar (D-MN), Comment

Everybody’s invited to this family reunion

Some people wait all year for their family reunion, but there’s no need to put the party on hold. Comment

The school of hard knocks

Emily Horowitz spends a lot of time with people other professors don’t. Criminals. Domestic violence victims. Domestic violence perps. Sex offenders. Guys convicted of murder. Comment

Monday, June 1, 2015

Willets Point

Willets Point auto shop group launch hunger strike to protest pending eviction

Sunrise Cooperative, a group of 48 auto shop owners in Willets Point, is holding a hunger strike to protest their scheduled eviction from the neighborhood this Monday as part of an agreement with the city Economic Development Corporation. Comments (4)
Queens Village

Five-alarm Queens Village warehouse fire under investigation: FDNY

A five-alarm fire inside a Queens Village food-packing warehouse near 218th Street is under investigation, FDNY officials said Monday morning. Comment

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Queens Impact Awards

TimesLedger honors those who have made an ‘Impact’

The TimesLedger is proud to present this year’s recipiants of the Queens Impact Awards. Click here to see who made a difference!

Friday, May 29, 2015


After appeal denied, Halloran asks for one more week before prison

Former City Councilman Daniel Halloran, convicted of bribery and fraud earlier this year, filed Friday for an extension on his surrender date after his bail pending appeal May 27 was denied in Federal Court in White Plains. Comments (5)

Little Bay parking lot opens after decade-long wait

The long overdue completion of Little Bay Park’s comfort station was announced Friday even if visitors had to use portable toilets because the comfort station still was not finished. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s Athletic Director Chris Monasch calls it quits

The St. John’s Athletic Department is looking for new management. Comment


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