Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jackson Heights

Three 9/11 victims memorialized by neighbors

Residents of a neighborhood that straddles the Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst border came together Saturday to honor three of their own who perished at the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks. They were joined by elected officials, police officers, firefighters and a motorcycle club for the unveiling and dedication of a Fallen Heroes Mural nearly 14 years later. Comment

Flushing LIRR station project to be completed by 2017: MTA

The MTA said it expects to complete the renovation of the dilapidated Flushing LIRR station by the end of 2017. Comment

New spa in Flushing offers a variety of massage therapies

A new massage parlor in Flushing is targeting middle- and upper-class residents. Comments (4)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Braunstein’s bill to ban more synthetic drugs passes Assembly

The state Assembly passed Assemblyman Ed Braunstein’s (D-Bayside) legislation last week that would ban a synthetic drug, known as “N-Bomb” or “Smiles” which started to surface in 2013, Comment
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens Sikh wins his suit against the Army

It’s not everyday that a person earns the chance to join the U.S. Army after suing them. Comments (6)

Budget, needs requests streamlined for community boards

The Department of City Planning presented improvements to the way that community district needs and budget requests are submitted at the Queens Borough Board meeting Monday. The new process for submitting draft forms raised concerns among community boards, however. Comment

Monday, June 22, 2015

Jamaica Hills

Jamaica Hills Merchant Association officially kicks off

Concerns about crime and sanitation issues on Hillside Avenue were addressed by about 40 neighborhood residents at a town hall that launched the Jamaica Hills Merchant Association. Comments (1)

108th Precinct commander praises his cops for drug bust

The commander of the 108th Precinct in Long Island City is heaping praise on two of his officers for a big drug bust in Sunnyside. Comment
Kew Gardens

Port Authority launches noise office, presents Part 150 progress

The Port Authority presented the details of its noise studies at the Queens Borough Board meeting Monday as it announced the opening of new office to work with the community on complaints. Comments (2)

9/11 first responders and firefighters testify on behalf of the Zadroga Act extension

Dozens of New York 9/11 first responders and firefighters boarded buses to Washington, D.C. last week to urge lawmakers to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Retired NYPD Officer David Howley offered gripping testimony during a congressional hearing on extending the 9/11 World Trade Center Health Program before it expires in late September. Comment
Political Action

The Conservative Party has a role to play in 2016

Mike Long has been Conservative Party state chairman for 27 years, guiding the party during that time. Comment
Middle Village

Fiddledeedee, Armenian violinist makes her home in Middle Village

So far, 2015 has been a very good year for Middle Village concert violinist Nuné Melikian. Comments (1)

Baysiders win swim awards

Bayside swimmers Jennifer Arana Perez and William Harrison had never heard of the PSAL’s Wingate Award until Arana Perez discovered she had won for the organization’s top senior girls’ swimmer. She immediately put the pressure on Harrison. Comment

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Long Island City

DOT took public parking spaces and Van Bramer wants them back

Dozens of angry Court Square residents joined City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) to call on the Department of Transportation to restore nearly 190 public parking permits that were withdrawn from the neighborhood. After a policy change, DOT officials significantly decreased the number of monthly parking permits and began using the public spaces to house agency vehicles and materials. Comment

Whitestone renames street for NYPD hero

A Whitestone street was renamed last Friday to honor the late Robert C. Lohnes, who was an NYPD detective and had a long history of making contributions to his community. Comment

A hero’s legacy celebrates the best of East and West

Highly-decorated World War II veteran, finance industry executive and government official, Yeiichi “Kelly” Kuwayama was born on June 1, 1918 in Manhattan and later grew up in Woodside, Queens. After graduating Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Kuwayama became one of the first Japanese-Americans to attend Princeton University. He volunteered for service in the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team, consisting of soldi Comment

Student artists LeAp into activism with work

Students from two Queens middle schools recently unveiled tables in two city parks, each one painted with designs that bring a powerful message to life. Comment
Block Shots

From Molloy to the Mets

Legendary Archbishop Molloy coach Jack Curran continually asked Thomas Hackimer to pitch, telling him it was his future in baseball. Comment

Saturday, June 20, 2015

St. Albans

Resolution could help foreclosure homes

A City Council resolution which asks for funding from city, state and federal monies to remedy the foreclosed and zombie homes that have plagued northern and southern Queens was introduced last week . Comment

Samsung employees volunteer to help Autistic children in Douglaston

Samsung Electronic America employees, headquartered in Richfield Park, N. J. did their part to help Autistic students at a Douglaston preschool last week. Comment

Doing the time, but not doing the crime

Jeffrey Deskovic admitted he raped a murder a teenage girl back when he was in high school. Problem was, he didn’t do it. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Flushing theater group moves to Jamaica Estates

The Free Synagogue of Flushing Community Theater Group is changing religions. Comment
Richmond Hill

Lions nab cricket title

Richmond Hill wasn’t going to defer from the cautious, simple and deliberate cricket that got it to the city final. Comment

Friday, June 19, 2015


Pol to host carnival for children in Flushing as PS 120 principal is reassigned

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and the Chinese-American Planning Council announced a carnival would be held for children in Flushing this summer, just as the principal of PS 120 was reassigned after banning students who were unable to pay an admission fee to an earlier school carnival. Comments (4)
Oakland Gardens

Council hopefuls file in running for Mark Weprin’s seat

After Mark Weprin’s City Council seat officially became vacant Monday, hopefuls began filing petitions to run for the vacancy created when he took an administration position in the governor’s office. Comments (22)
Queens Village

Grand jury indicts accused cop killer

Retired NYPD Sgt. Raymond Moore, the father of slain Detective Brian Moore, did not take his eyes off of Demetrius Blackwell, the accused gunman in his son’s death, during Blackwell’s June 11 arraignment at Queens Supreme Criminal Court in Kew Gardens. Comment

Pols, immigrants present second Immigration Resource Fair

Elected officials and city immigrant groups announced the second annual Immigration Resource Fair which will include a legal clinic and community-based organizations at a news conference at the Flushing Library Monday morning. Comment

Kalief Browder remembered at Welling Court in Astoria

A mural depicting Kalief Browder, the young Bronx man whose harrowing ordeal on Rikers Island led to his suicide June 6, appeared one week later at Astoria’s Welling Court. Comment

Schedule of events released for fireworks at Fort Totten

The details of the July 1 fireworks at Fort Totten have been released and include a free concert and unlimited opportunities for Independence Day celebration and recreation. Comments (6)
Kew Gardens

Rent laws extended five days as Albany negotiates

The governor and state lawmakers agreed to extend the rent laws until Tuesday after the legislative session ended Wednesday without resolving the impasse. Comments (3)

Patriotism on the march in Sunnyside’s 47th Flag Day Parade

A sea of red, white and blue followed two armored vehicles up Greenpoint Avenue Saturday as over 1,000 marchers, most of them children, took part in the 47th annual Sunnyside Flag Day Parade. While there are several Flag Day observations around the city, Sunnyside is the only neighborhood in the five boroughs with this type of parade each year. Comment

Pol seeks crackdown on illegal nail salons, easier licensing for trainees

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has introduced a bill that would empower the Department of State to crack down on unscrupulous nail salons and make it easier for trainees to get licenses. Comments (2)

Jamaica Farmers Market opens Friday

One of the longest running farmers market in New York City, the Jamaica Farmers Market, is reopening this Friday with an array of free nutritional programs and cooking demonstrations, as well as its annual pie contest and harvest-time celebration. Comment

Pavilion paint project a bigger job than expected

Workers at the New York State Pavilion began a $3 million beautification project Sunday applying the original “American Cheese” yellow paint to the weather-worn structure. Comments (1)

Out of control

Whatever the outcome of the charade in Albany over extending rent regulations for 2 million New York City residents, it is outrageous that the laws were allowed to expire. Comment
New Voices

To keep Queens affordable, 421-a should be scrapped

The controversial 421-a tax abatement program expired quietly on Monday night, temporarily ending tax breaks on new constructions in the city, but also putting the status of hundreds of thousands of rent-stabilized housing units in limbo. Comments (8)

Remembering a very special dad

I am remembering my father as many of us are doing as we approach Father’s Day. Let me just say a few words about my father, who gave me more than I had given him in return. We lived in Queens Village on 213th Street and 102nd Avenue in a corner house. It was 1963 and my mother had just passed away. My father was then 72 years old and I was 14 years old. My father had to take care of me and an elderly blind boarder named John as well. Comments (3)
Forest Hills

Forest Hills Festival of the Arts turns 15

This year’s 15th annual Forest Hills Festival of Arts included much more than handcrafted items. Comment

In Mayor’s Cup win, Molloy stars shine

Alexandra Yule has filled many roles during her career at Archbishop Molloy. The Columbia-bound senior got to perform in all of them during her final game as a high-school softball player. Comment

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Flushing man latest Queens resident to be charged with terrorism

Queens has again been identified as the home of another young Muslim suspected of plotting a terrorist attack. Comments (5)
Long Island City

De Blasio and Bloomberg bond briefly over Cornell Tech Center

Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a rare joint appearance at Tuesday’s ground-breaking ceremony for Cornell University’s technology campus expansion on Roosevelt Island. The two chatted amicably and traded compliments during their speeches, their differences overshadowed by Cornell Tech’s arrival that will mean so much to the city’s economy. Comment
Long Island City

5Pointz artists sue developer while August Martin project opens to the public

Attorneys for nine of the 5Pointz artists filed a federal lawsuit seeking punitive damages against developer Jerry Wolkoff and his son David for ordering workers to whitewash the graffiti mecca Nov. 19, 2013. Comments (1)

Forest Park murder spurs talk of long-delayed cameras

After several people were sexually assaulted in Forest Park in 2013, residents and officials succeeded in securing money for cameras. However, the promised safety measures were never installed and crimes have continued. Comment
South Ozone Park

Close to Home contract for South Ozone Park rejected by city

South Ozone Park Civic Association West and Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) announced at a community meeting Tuesday at St. Anthony of Padua Church that the contract for a South Ozone Park juvenile group home on 127th Street was rejected by the city comptroller’s office. Comment

Gianaris bill to crack down on scofflaw drivers passes in state Senate

The New York State Senate passed legislation that would crack down on all drivers who kill or seriously injure others while driving with revoked, suspended or otherwise invalid licenses. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) following the tragic death of a Woodside schoolboy, would make such an incident a felony and is included in Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero agenda. Comments (3)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Vaughn College student charged as terror suspect

A Flushing student from Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology has been charged with conspiring to support a foreign terrorist organization after a federal investigation revealed that the terror suspect had been planning to attack various New York City landmarks on behalf of the Islamic State, according to the authorities. Comments (6)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Ramadan celebrates introduction of the Quaran

The Islamic holy month Ramadan, where Muslims all over the world fast from sunrise to sundown, began Thursday in accordance with the Islamic lunar year calendar. Comment

Monday, June 15, 2015


New York rent laws expire at midnight

With the state’s residential rent laws set to expire at midnight Monday, the occupants of some 135,000 rent-regulated apartments in Queens were waiting for lawmakers in Albany to reach an agreement to extend the steady march to free market rates. Comment

Sunday, June 14, 2015


Man shot and killed by off-duty corrections officer in Jamaica

An alleged gunman was shot and killed by an off-duty New York State Corrections Officer late Saturday night in Jamaica, according to the NYPD. Officers from the 102nd Precinct in Richmond Hill responded to reports of a robbery in front of 82-10 Rockaway Blvd. around 10:30 p.m. when they discovered an unidentified male who was unconscious and unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the head. Comment

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Queens Village

Demetrius Blackwell indicted by grand jury in NYPD Detective Brian Moore’s death

The alleged shooter of NYPD Detective Brian Moore was charged with murder, attempted murder, aggravated murder, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen goods after a grand jury indictment and arraignment was announced Thursday by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (5)


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