Monday, July 27, 2015

Forest Hills

Movie shot in Forest Hills on Kitty Genovese murder

Earlier this week, 75th Avenue off Austin Street in Forest Hills served as the backdrop for a new movie called “37” that focuses on murder victim Kitty Genovese’s neighbors. Some scenes were shot down that tree-lined block, where an assortment of 1950s and ‘60s vintage cars were parked. Comments (2)

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Former Holy Cross star in pursuit of professional hoops contract

Evan Conti dreamed of playing professional basketball in Israel since his junior year at Holy Cross. That hope is close to becoming a reality. Comment

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


NYPD rolls out neighborhood policing pilot program in Queens South

Assistant Police Chief Terrence Monahan presented a progress report on the NYPD’s pilot neighborhood policing effort in the two Rockaway precincts to the Queens Borough Board and Cabinet meeting Monday, which is now rolling out in several other precincts. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Parks Department to unveil plans for Travers Park in Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights is so devoid of green parkland that an advocacy group called Queens Bike is advocating for bike lanes that would connect their neighborhood to parks in other communities in western Queens, such as East Elmhurst, Corona and Astoria. But now the city is about to combine three spaces in the heart of Jackson Heights, and you won’t need a bike to get there. Comments (1)

Still no zip code for Glendale: Meng

Nearly a year after U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) introduced a bill to create a zip code for Glendale, efforts to get the new postal designation have stalled. Comments (5)

Bayside market serves up tasty twists on deli classics

When Raymond Rhi put out a Craiglist advertisement for a chef for Bayside Natural Market deli, he did not know what to expect, but it definitely was not Frank Lynch’s chicken noodle soup. Comments (1)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Far Rockaway

Sweep of Far Rockaway street gang shows extent of wiretapping in borough

The recent arrests of 13 reputed members of a Far Rockaway street gang, who were indicted on charges of conspiring to commit murders and assaults, followed a long-term investigation by the NYPD and the Queens District Attorney’s Narcotics Investigation Bureau. Comments (2)

Democrats puzzled by Governor’s maneuver on gun control

Count state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) among the Senate Democrats who are flummoxed by the Cuomo administration’s latest shift on gun control. Comment

Head outdoors, it’s showtime


Head outdoors, it’s showtime

Anyone who made it through a 10th-grade English class knows in Shakespeare’s time men performed the roles written for women. Comment

Peralta’s 5th annual jobs fair puts people to work

More than 1,200 job seekers showed up at the Queens Center mall last week for the fifth annual jobs fair sponsored by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). There were 45 employers at the fair, who conducted 2,140 on-site interviews with candidates and scheduled another 1,145 interviews to be conducted with applicants at a later time. Comment

Ozone Park resident killed in motor vehicle accident: NYPD

JAMAICA—A driver died Sunday night after his car flipped and struck a tree in Jamaica, the NYPD said. Comment

Monday, July 20, 2015

Long Island City

Thousands flock to Queens Smorgasburg

Most Queens residents are familiar with learning new words, but no matter how you say it, the opening of Queens Smorgasburg had the attention of more than 5,000 people July 11. Comment

The Snake Road in Rosedale gets safe

Three new traffic signals along Brookville Boulevard in Rosedale were unveiled post-installation last Friday by the city Department of Transportation after a push by elected leaders for a new study to help make the street safe for community members and visitors to Brookville Park. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Supervised release expanded to reduce population on Rikers Island

In an effort to reduce the prison population on Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new initiative that would divert thousands of poor defendants from jail. Comments (1)
Long Island City

The man who ate Queens serves up more courses

Long Island City

The man who ate Queens serves up more courses

Joe Distefano was called “The Man Who Ate Queens” by New York Magazine. Comment

Thalia offers tango classes

It’s Latino Heritage month all year round at the Thalia Spanish Theater in Sunnyside, and for the rest of the summer, there will be tango classes offered for those who like to move their feet. Comment

When ending your own life is not suicide

This week, our columnist tackles the topic of death by choice when suffering from a terminal illness. Comment

July 4th firecrackers showed little honor or respect

It has been a year since I wrote a letter to the editor and our elected officials regarding the problem of fireworks being used throughout our community on the Fourth of July. This year, I saw no improvement in the enforcement of the law against those who choose to blow up dangerous and extremely loud explosive devices on a night that is supposed to honor our country. Where are these fireworks purchased? Why don’t the police arrest those selling and purchasing these devices, since it is illegal in New York state to do so? Comments (4)

Sunday, July 19, 2015


Boro advocates confront predatory rent increases

Confirming what advocates and civic leaders had cautioned for years, rents are rising rapidly in Queens, according to an analysis of the New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey, conducted by the Community Service Society. Median rents in Astoria rose a whopping 36 percent from 2002 to 2014, and in that time, nearly 400,000 rent-stabilized units have transitioned to market-rate rents, according to the organization. Comments (3)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

“Oklahoma!” is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. Comment

Friday, July 17, 2015

Forest Hills

Eastern Forest Park gets $1.9 million improvements

The city Department of Parks and Recreation kicked off its $1.9 million capital reconstruction project in Forest Park with a groundbreaking ceremony last week, continuing a $7 million series of incremental improvements to Queens’ third-largest park. Comments (1)

New policies lead to drop in public summer school enrollment

The number of students recommended by their teachers and administrators for summer school in city public schools dropped to 6.2 percent of the total enrollment, leading to the lowest number of summer school students in at least five years. Comments (4)
Long Island City

Landmarks Preservation Commission begin public review of Queens properties

Preservationists were outraged in December when the Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City and seven other historic sites across the borough were put in jeopardy after the chairwoman of the Landmarks Preservation Committee proposed to remove them from consideration for protection. The blowback was so fierce that Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan reversed course less than a week later and decided not to “de-calendar” them and to consider a new plan to deal with a backlog of nearly a hundred buildings and sites citywide. Comments (2)

Citizenship fair for immigrants to take place Saturday

Elected officials, CUNY Citizenship Now! and the Flushing YMCA will host a free, multilingual citizenship workshop Saturday. Comments (10)

Macedonia A.M.E. Church will not be torn down: Borough President

Despite a published report that the Macedonia AME Church in Flushing was due to be torn down, the office of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz confirmed that there are no such plans. Comment

Lessons from Ramadan as Eid approaches

My story with religion is simple. My father was born and raised in Guinea and my mother was born in the Comoros Islands and grew up in France. They are both Muslim and therefore I and my brothers were born Muslim. Comments (1)

Astoria native Iapoce hits the big leagues

Even though he was wearing a Chicago Cubs uniform while standing on the freshly manicured grass at Citi Field, nobody in the building was more at home than Anthony Iapoce. The Astoria native and Monsignor McClancy Hall of Famer was in Flushing during the Mets recent home stand to monitor the progress of the Cubs’ young stars in his role as the special assistant to the general manager for player development. The opportunity to return to his stomping grounds in a Major League uniform had him reminiscing about his days as a starry-eyed sandlot ballplayer. Comment

A clean slate?

In this case, the proof wasn’t in the pudding, although it could have been with the lavish dinners hosted by fired Queens Library President Tom Galante. But it was the final audit conducted by Comptroller Scott Stringer that turned up thousands of dollars in personal expenses he billed to the nonprofit. Comment

Holding up the Second Ave. subway

There is still more to “Second Ave. subway faces several hurdles” (July 10) which the MTA and Congress member Carolyn Maloney conveniently overlooked. The MTA’s $14.1 billion shortfall in the proposed $32 billion 2015-2019 Capital Program could delay the next construction phase. Comments (1)

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Queens leaders say Garner settlement doesn’t solve problems

After City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced the $5.9 million settlement with Eric Garner’s family a few days before the anniversary of his death, Queens elected officials and community leaders say the agreement does not sufficiently address the troubled relationship between police and the community. Comments (3)

Civil trial against driver who hit Flushing toddler to open

Jury selection will begin next week for the trial in a civil case against a driver who struck and killed a 3-year-old girl in Flushing with his SUV. Comment

Riders Alliance takes ‘cardboard’ Cuomo for ride on the 7

Angry No. 7 train riders had plenty to say to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week, but he wasn’t hearing it. That’s because the Cuomo they were complaining to was only a cardboard cutout brought aboard the beleaguered subway line by members of the public transit advocacy group Riders Alliance to highlight the problems riders face every single day, according to the group. Comment
St. Albans

Two plead not guilty in Suffolk SWI crash

Two Queens men pleaded not guilty to DWI and leaving the scene of a fatal that killed a father and two children from St. Albans July 12 on the Southern State Parkway in Bay Shore, the Suffolk County district attorney’s office said. Comments (2)
Queens Village

Hindu leaders call on DOE for Diwali school holiday

Since the mayor announced Lunar New Year and two Islamic holy days will be observed as public school holidays, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and community leaders are speaking out to the city’s Board of Education on behalf of Queens residents who want the largely Hindu holy day Diwali to follow. Comments (5)
Fresh Meadows

Pol calls for end to illegal advertising in Fresh Meadows

State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) is calling on the city Department of Sanitation to address illegal advertising throughout Fresh Meadows. Comments (8)

Crowley to introduce light rail train idea to City Planning

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) said she is planning to present a cost-effective idea to bring a transit alternative to underserved areas of Glendale and Middle Village to the Department of City Planning in the coming weeks. Comment

JFK, LGA flights most delayed in nation

LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark airports have the worst delays in the country, a new study found. Comment

Constantinides named chairman of Environmental Protection Committee

City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) has been appointed chairman of the Council Environmental Protection Committee. The appointment was approved unanimously by the full City Council July 9. Comment
Block Shots

Equipment room holds special place in Piorkowski’s legacy

The “equipment room” is much more than that to Steve Piorkowski’s former players. Comment

What the American flag really stands for

Last week at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, a group called “Disarm the NYPD” burned the American flag to express their view that our nation’s flag is a symbol of oppression, specifically […] Comments (1)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

College Point

Bill Popp and The Tapes to play in College Point Wednesday night

Bill Popp and The Tapes will be performing at the Whitepoint Shopping Center in College Point in front of Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices and Ice Cream in College Point Wednesday night. Comment

Saturday, July 11, 2015


Residents flock to Queens Center mall for the opening of the first Apple store in Queens

About 1,000 people showed up within the first hour of the opening of the first-ever Apple Store in Queens at the Queens Center mall Saturday morning. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Police searching for suspects in RadioShack robbery

The NYPD is looking for two individuals who robbed a RadioShack store in Fresh Meadows Friday morning. Comment

Friday, July 10, 2015

Far Rockaway

17 indicated in Queens auto theft ring: DA

A two-year investigation by the NYPD and Queens district attorney has led to the indictment of 17 individuals for their alleged participation in a major Queens auto theft and “title washing” ring, the DA announced Thursday. Comment

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Stringer rejects permanent contract for Pan Am shelter

For the second time in two months, City Comptroller Scott Stringer has rejected the Department of Homeless Service’s proposed five-year, $42 million contract with service provider Samaritan Village that would convert the former Pan American hotel into a permanent shelter for homeless families. Comments (10)



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