Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Central Queens residents get more time to comment on waste from rail cars

Elected officials representing Glendale, Middle Village and Ridgewood have secured more time for residents to voice their opinions on plans to increase the amount of waste that rail cars transport through their neighborhoods. Comments (1)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Rockaway Beach

Pols want more right of way hours for train commuters along Rockaway bridge

Elected officials are calling on the U.S. Coast Guard and the MTA to extend right-of-way peak hours for trains along Rockaway’s Beach Channel Rail Bridge. Comment
Long Island City

The Factory LIC starts leasing space

The Factory LIC could become the next hot address for office space near Queensboro Plaza now that Atlas Capital Group has begun leasing space in its mammoth 10-story former Macy’s furniture warehouse, located at 30-30 47th Ave. Comment
Kew Gardens

Borough hall parking garage’s demolition pinches parking in area

Since the demolition of the municipal garage behind Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens, parking in the area has become increasingly difficult. Comments (1)

Pols, community leaders oppose plan for high school on Linden Place

Elected officials and civic leaders say they are against an SCA proposal to build a high school on Linden Place in Flushing in an area they say has many facilities and traffic problems. Comments (8)
South Ozone Park

Man robbed inside Resorts World Casino

SOUTH OZONE PARK— A young man robbed another man inside Resorts World Casino July 2, police said. Comments (1)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Rockaway Beach

Second section of boardwalk reopens in Rockaway

Rockaway got another stretch of boardwalk back in time for the July Fourth holiday weekend. The steel reinforced concrete deck spans Beach 97th Street to Beach 107th Street and it joins up with the first stretch of opened boardwalk to give residents and visitors one continuous mile of newly constructed boardwalk. Comment

Stavisky discusses school holidays, de Blasio-Cuomo conflict

At a legislative roundtable with media outlets, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) spoke about the recent announcement of the Lunar New Year school holiday, the tense relationship between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo and her legislative achievements. Comment

Seventh candidate enters bid for Weprin’s former Council seat

Community advocate Satnam Singh Parhar, of Bellerose, is entering the race for former City Councilman Mark Weprin’s (D-Oakland Gardens) seat, making him the third South Asian to toss his hat in the ring for the diverse northeast Queens council district that represents neighborhoods like Bellerose, Little Neck, Douglaston, Queens Village and Glen Oaks. Comment

Boro schools get tech upgrades from city budget

More than $5 million of Borough President Melinda Katz’s discretionary capital funds for the 2016 fiscal year will be distributed to public elementary and middle schools for Smart Boards, laptop computers and other tech devices across the borough, her office announced. Comment
St. Albans

City budget funds major Southeast Queens initiatives

Funds for homeownership assistance, workforce development, city parks, local institutions and nonprofits for southeast Queens residents are all part of the adopted city budget for 2016. Comment

Maloney identifies challenges to Second Avenue subway project

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and other elected officials have identified what they termed the five most serious challenges to the ontime completion of the Second Avenue subway and warned delays could bring ruinous money problems to the enormous project. Comment
Far Rockaway

Rockaway Theatre revives classic musical

While nostalgic fare such as “Oklahoma!” and “The Music Man” is popular with many community theater groups, the Rockaway Theatre Company is looking back in a few different ways with the production of “Guys and Dolls” that it is putting on for the next two weekends. Comment

How to put Trump in perspective

The decision by R. H. Macy’s to phase out the Trump menswear collection in their effort to be politically correct in response to Donald Trump’s remarks about illegal Mexican immigration needs to be balanced by a couple of other facts in Macy’s history. Comments (6)
Queens Village

Police raid alleged credit card fraud ring

QUEENS VILLAGE—A police raid busted 16 alleged Blood gang members, 13 of them from Queens, July 1 on charges of manufacturing and selling fraudulent credit cards in and around Queens Village, police said. Comment

Sunday, July 12, 2015


Homeless Services tackles employee safety in shelters

The city Department of Homeless Services has undertaken a number of initiative to address employee safety in homeless shelters following the murder of Whitestone resident Ana Charle, director of a homeless shelter in the Bronx at the end of April, allegedly by a former resident. Comment

Voelker Orth Museum launches Garden Creativi-TEA series

The Voelker Orth Museum in Flushing is offering families a mixture of the arts, gardening and tea through its brand-new Tuesday afternoon series this summer. Comment
The Civic Scene

Civic leaders of Queens continue to write against the Mayor

The mayor’s preliminary plans to change the zoning on property in Queens from R3 upwards are being prepared by his officials, but there is no input permitted from the civic leaders. There was one public hearing in Manhattan, where most people did not get a chance to speak. People were permitted to send in comments, but there have been no public hearings around the five boroughs where people can give their views. Comment

Judging the court

At last we see a number of decisions coming out of the Supreme Court. They’ve been a long time coming. They were diverse, and as would be expected, were received by each of our political parties with various degrees of either approval or disdain depending on their advocacy. Following are the five Supreme Court judgments. Comment

Year’s best in Queens high school sports

It was a banner year for some unfamiliar faces in Queens, mixed in with a few perennial powers who remained on top. The Christ the King boys’ basketball team claimed a third straight CHSAA Intersectional title, but fell short of a historic Federation three-peat. After years of knocking on the door Aviation has a boys’ soccer city title to call its own. And after a four-year wait, Archbishop Molloy took home another CHSAA state softball crown. Comment

Saturday, July 11, 2015


103rd cops save baby

An 18-month old male infant was successfully revived two police officers from the 103rd Precinct on June 28 while on patrol nearby 148th Street and Liberty Avenue. Comments (2)

State fully funds backlog of requirements for private schools

The state Legislature passed a last-minute, end-of-session agreement to allocate $250 million to fund the costs of state mandates at secular, religious and independent schools throughout the state. Comment
Kew Gardens

Civic Virtue statue site to be overhauled

Where “Triumph of Civic Virtue,” a statue created by Frederick MacMonnies once stood, to the left of Queens Borough Hall, there is now just an empty platform in a locked fence, but this is soon to change. The new design to be added to the pedestal will celebrate women of Queens, according to the city Department of Design and Construction. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

The Arc of History meets the Supreme Court

Even though the first 50 years of the 20th century were pretty barbaric due to two extremely bloody world wars, I still believe the arc of history bends towards progress and the pace has accelerated in the last 50 years. Comment

Flushing’s Iki sushi restaurant takes a nibble out of Manhattan

The first challenge Iki presents? Finding the place. Comment

Going to bat for a wonderful school

I have lived in this neighborhood in Bayside over 50 years, and my two sons went to 205Q when they were children. It was a wonderful school at that time and I understand it still is now. Comment

Queens native Machado prepared to relaunch NBA dream

Even Scott Machado had stopped believing in himself, but a good season overseas has the Queens native refocused on a return to the NBA. Comment
Block Shots

CHSAA left Rawle no choice

CHSAA left Rawle no choice. New York City’s best boys’ basketball player is leaving and he couldn’t be more right in doing so. Comment

Friday, July 10, 2015


Animal rights group pushes Queens Council members on horse carriage ban

The animal rights group New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets rolled out new tactics last week for its ad mailer campaign targeting City Council members who are undecided on a bill that would ban horse carriages in Manhattan by mid-2016. The NYCLASS campaign charged the drivers with openly expressing bigoted attitudes. Comments (10)
Stalkers in the borough are about to be targeted by the city, the NYPD and the Queens district attorney with the implementation of a program that has proved successful elsewhere in the city. Comment
Long Island City

LIC’s Silvercup Studios expanding to the Bronx

Long Island City-based Silvercup Studios is so successful that a $1 billion expansion project, approved by Community Board 1 in 2014, still does not give it enough space. The Northeast’s leading independent film and production facility announced plans Monday to build a new studio complex in the Bronx as well. Comment

Protected bike lanes open on Greenpoint Avenue Bridge connecting Sunnyside and Brooklyn

New protected bike lanes that span both directions of the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge were opened last week by the city’sDepartment of Transportation. The project and the ongoing redesign of Greenpoint Avenue provide a vital bike network connection between Queens and Brooklyn that spans more than 1.5 miles over the Newtown Creek just south of Sunnyside. Comments (1)
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights women charged with running pot farm: Queens DA

Two Cambria Heights women have been charged with operating a pot farm on the second floor of their residence, using more than $64,000 worth of electricity stolen from Con Edison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)
College Point

Poppenhusen Institute wants more funds to keep running

The Poppenhusen Institute, an institute dating to the 1800s, is trying to raise $50,000 to cover its operating costs. Comment

Borough gets first Apple Store with grand opening at Queens Center mall

The borough’s first Apple store will open at the Queens Center mall Saturday at 10 a.m. The first 1,000 customers to the store, located at 90-15 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst, will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. Comments (2)

Delis play a starring role in New York’s story

Every time Ted Merwin sat down to research his new book, he would get hungry. After interviewing him, I had the same problem— I ran out and bought myself half a pound of Hebrew National bologna. How come? Comment

Queens Museum turns its attention to Peru

The cultural traditions of the Andes will be on display in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this weekend, when the Queens Museum plays host to a Peruvian celebration of art, theater and music. Comment

Settling scores

Bravo, Mr. de Blasio. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Aklins leaving CK for prep school

Christ the King star Rawle Alkins removed some of the uncertainty surrounding his basketball future. Comment

Timeless justice

What should not be overlooked in the exuberance over the same-sex marriage decision by the U.S. Supreme Court (“Let Freedom Ring,” July 3 issue), are the words Justice Anthony Kennedy included in the court’s majority opinion, words that represent significant meanings beyond the same-sex marriage issue. Comment

Police searching for suspect who tried to rob woman in Flushing: NYPD

The NYPD is looking for a man who attempted to rob a 29-year-old woman in her building in Flushing. Comment

Thursday, July 9, 2015

An unidentified man and woman, both 29 years old, were struck and killed early morning Thursday by a Long Island Rail Road train in Hollis, police said. Comment

Borough library executives targeted

Former Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante and Interim President Bridget Quinn-Carey spent more than $300,000 on prohibited items, such as alcohol, dinners, entertainment and other personal expenses, according to an audit released by City Comptroller Scott Stringer Tuesday. Comments (3)
Willets Point

Appeals court rules Willets Point mall can’t proceed

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Flushing Meadows Corona Park advocates opposed to the Willets West mega-mall proposal called an appellate court’s historic decision in favor of keeping the parkland public a triumph, while the developer said it would appeal the ruling to stop the project. Comment

Bayside BID hosts annual meeting, gets ball rolling on parking

The Bayside Village Business Improvement District held its annual meeting Wednesday to get its member businesses moving forward with some short-term solutions to the parking problems on Bell Boulevard and to unveil some major plans for the current fiscal year. Comments (2)
Rego Park

Queens man gets probation for email threats to Muslim group

A Rego Park man who allegedly stabbed a Muslim man in Flushing in 2012 was sentenced Tuesday to three years of supervised release and six months of home confinement for sending death threats to an employee of an Islamic advocacy group in Washington, the Brooklyn U.S. attorney said. Comments (1)

Elected officials and civic group call for rejection of permanent contract for Pan Am shelter

Quality-of-life issues at the former Pan American hotel were called into question by several elected officials and members of the Elmhurst United civic association at a rally outside the shelter for homeless families this week. They gathered to call on City Comptroller Scott Stringer to reject a five-year, $42 million contract that would convert the Pan Am facility into a permanent shelter. Comments (2)
South Ozone Park

Shelter’s sex offenders too near school: Wills

The city Department of Homeless Services determined the Skyway Men’s Shelter, which currently houses sex-offenders among its residents in South Ozone Park, is too close to a school and in violation of shelter residency restrictions, City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Ozone Park) said Tuesday. Comments (1)

Astoria Greeks await decision of European leaders at weekend summit

Astoria’s Greek community is holding its collective breath and will be glued to the news and social media for the second straight Sunday as it waits to see what happens next in Greece’s financial crisis. Comments (2)

Young man’s death brings community together

About 200 community members, friends and family gathered for a candlelight vigil Monday to pay respects to the late 21 year-old Christopher Tannuzzo of Lindenwood. Even more attended the wake the following night, forming long lines to enter the chapel. Comments (21)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Stringer: Queens Library executives spent over $300K on prohibited items

City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced Tuesday the results of an audit found former Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante and other library executives, including Interim President Bridget Quinn-Carey, spent more than $300,000 on prohibited items, such as alcohol, dinners, entertainment and other personal expenses. Comments (1)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The city Health Department began aerial applications of non-chemical larvicide in non-residential areas of Queens Tuesday to reduce adult mosquito populations that potentially carry the West Nile Virus. Comments (9)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Willets Point

Appeals court rules Willets Point mall can’t proceed

An appellate court issued a historic decision in favor of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and park advocates opposed to the Willets West mega-mall proposal that will keep the parkland public. Comments (4)

Astoria Greeks support no vote against EU’s austerity demands

Astoria’s Greek community is holding its collective breath as it waits to see what happens next following Sunday’s surprise result of its first national referendum in 41 years. Greeks voted “no” by more than 61 percent to 38 percent, in support of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ stand against its European creditor’s austerity demands, putting the nation’s banks at risk of collapse and paving the way for Greece’s potential exit from the European monetary union. Comment
Bay Terrace

Elderly woman drives car into store in Bay Terrace

An elderly woman accidentally drove her car into a clothing store in Bay Terrace Sunday afternoon. Comments (9)

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Two men found unconscious, unresponsive on Independence Day died: NYPD

Two men found unconscious and unresponsive within an hour of each other in southern Queens on Independence Day died, according to the NYPD. Comment

Man shot in Auburndale on Independence Day to survive: NYPD

A 21-year-old man who was shot four times in Auburndale on Independence Day is expected to survive, according to the NYPD. Comment

Remains of man found in Bayswater in March ruled a homicide: Medical examiner

The medical examiner’s office deemed the death of a 26-year-old man whose remains were found in March by police in Bayswater a homicide July 1. Comment

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Oakland Gardens

Fatal crash on 210th Street takes lives of woman and child

A two-car collision on 210th Street in Oakland Gardens took the lives of a woman and a child, leaving four others injured Wednesday night. Comments (12)



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