Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015


WeWork coming to Astoria

WeWork, the rapidly growing shared-office provider, has inked a 15-year lease at Studio Square in Astoria for around $2 million a month. Comment

SE Queens is sweet on JAMS

Once again Tyra Emerson will be stopping traffic when the 19th edition of the Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival hits the roadways in early August. Comment

Avella, leaders push religious corporations bill

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and religious and community leaders are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign into a law bill that would include the Hindu, Sikh and Islamic faiths in the state’s religious incorporation law. Comments (3)

Korean-owned hair salon caters to variety of cultures

The Ggumizio Hair Club in Bayside prides itself on offering hair cuts, Japanese straightening and coloring services in an area that is increasingly populated by Koreans. Comments (3)

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

Community Service

National Night Out comes to Queens

Police precincts across the borough are gearing up for the annual National Night Out Against Crime, which takes place Tuesday, Aug. 4, at various locations around Queens. Comments (3)

Historic JFK terminal will transform into modern hotel: Gov

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday plans for a proposed state-of-the-art TWA Flight Center Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Jamaica. Comments (2)

Queens College gets federal grant for disability services project

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced a $1.1 million, five-year federal grant for Queens College to continue a disability services initiative that seeks to help low-income students with disabilities. Comment

Maspeth, MidVil streets renamed for local legends

The City Council unanimously passed a bill last week that includes a proposal to co-name two Queens streets, one in Maspeth and the other in Middle Village. Comment

Bayside author heads to the garden for her new book

Bayside author Kim Cunniffe has taken her experiences as a tutor of young students and turned them into a new book to help inspire children to think positively. Comments (8)
Block Shots

Hardy still basks in SJU success as career blossoms

Dwight Hardy is reminded of his magical senior season at St. John’s whenever he returns home to New York City, even as his career has moved on to bigger and better things. Comment

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

Edge Tae Kwon Do Academy reaps success at National Championships

Edge Tae Kwon Do Academy sent its 19-member traveling team to the National Championships in Austin, Texas and nine of them returned as national champions, winning in their respective categories. Three reached second place and returned to Woodside with silver medals. Comment

Vallone bill to streamline senior services passes

Councilman Paul Vallone’s (D-Bayside) six-month-long senior task force came to fruition last week with the City Council’s passage of two bills and a resolution to protect aging residents in the city as well as to reform the city Adult Protective Services. Comment

Upgrades to begin on Woodhaven playground

Long-awaited upgrades to the Mary Whalen Playground in Woodhaven are set to begin Aug. 18 at a ground-breaking ceremony led by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale). Comment
Dining Out

Peruvian fare finds new home in Forest Hills

Chalet Alpina was a fixture of the Forest Hills dining scene for over 30 years until the owners decided to retire in November. Comments (1)
New Voices

Local LGBTQ activists launch outreach initiative

In a massive shift in cultural attitudes over the past 10 years, a majority of Americans have come to support marriage equality and other legal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons—a societal awakening that some LGBTQ activists once believed was unthinkable. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015


Council candidate hires registered sex offender to collect signatures

City Council Democratic candidate Rebecca Lynch, who worked as deputy commissioner of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Affairs Office prior to launching her campaign, hired a registered sex offender to go door-to-door collecting signatures for her petition to run for city office. Comments (6)
Hunters Point

Hunters Point Library gets $3M infusion

The long-awaited Hunters Point Community Library, which had its ground-breaking in May, received a $3 million boost from the City Council. Comment

Safety review launched in Maspeth freight rail crash

The Federal Railroad Administration has launched a safety review of freight-line New York & Atlantic’s safety culture and management practices. Comment

City restaurants hope to win suit against Styrofoam ban

As of now, restaurant owners in New York City will have to package their take-out in non-polystyrene, or plastic foam containers, unless the Restaurant Action Alliance of NYC wins its lawsuit against the Sanitation Department to have the plastic boxes reinstated. Comment
Political Action

A Supreme Court legacy

It has been indicated many times in the past that the United States government is comprised of three co-equal branches of government, serving as a check and balance on each other. Comment

Trump is a ‘self-made man’ in name only

Donald Braggadocio Trump, the quintessential “Self Made Man”... almost. And indeed he is, if “Self” means having a millionaire father. Born in 1946, son of real estate tycoon Fred Trump, blessed with a posh youth of private schools and limitless security plus an inheritance of up to $200 million, this “Self Made Man” was destined to succeed. Comments (4)

All-star Charles eyes strong finish for Liberty

UNCASVILLE, Conn.—Tina Charles is ready to get back to business after her fourth WNBA All-Star Game appearance. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015

Floral Park

Native tribes hold 37th annual Powwow

The 37th annual Native American Thunderbird Pow Wow was performed at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park last weekend. Thousands of visitors were on hand as Native American culture and history were demonstrated through the traditional dance competition. Comments (2)
College Point

Street in College Pt. to honor officer slain more than 40 years ago

A street outside the Police Academy in College Point is being renamed in honor of a police officer killed in the line of duty more than 40 years ago. Comments (4)

Elmhurst Hospital Center in design phase of expansion for ER

Elmhurst Hospital Center is one of the busiest public hospitals in the city with more than 1.7 million visitors annually and nearly 150,000 patients visiting its Emergency Room every year, according to New York state data. Administrators have begun the process that will allow for the much-needed expansion and renovation of its Emergency Department. Comment

MTA funding becomes political football

The chairman of the MTA has jumped feet first into the sparring match between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, urging both to contribute more money to the struggling transit agency as the aging system grapples with deteriorating service. Comment

What was going on in July 1955

In Queens, the heads of four families in the Queensbridge federal housing project refused to sign required loyalty oaths. Eviction procedures against them were begun. The oath was required under an amendment to the Public Housing Law in 1952, which required all 30,000 families living in 15 projects in the city to sign. The Queensbridge Tenants League had also been declared a subversive organization two months before by U.S. Attorney General Herbert Bromwell Jr. Comment

Parks should belong to the people

On July 6, the Appellate Division Court ruled that part of Flushing Meadows Corona Park may not be used for a mall complex known as Willets West. This has been a contentious issue for some time, because many people feel that parkland belongs to the public and should not be awarded out for private development projects. At the very least, such proposals should have been reviewed by the state Legislature, which in this case was not done. The people’s land was just going to be given away. Comment
Willets Point

Mets continuing history of pitchers excelling at the plate

The New York Mets pitchers’ performance on the mound has been a big part of what’s kept the team in the playoff race this season, but the hurlers have also been making a big contribution at the plate. Comment
South Ozone Park

Police seek suspect in ice cream robbery: NYPD

SOUTH OZONE PARK – Police were asking for the public’s assistance in finding an individual wanted in connection with a robbery within the confines of the 106th precinct. Comment

Friday, July 31, 2015

Long Island City

Citi Bike arrives in Long Island City in early August

Citi Bike will have its long-awaited rollout in Long Island City early in August, with docking stations installed at 12 locations around the neighborhood. The new service is part of a plan announced in October that would double the size of the bike-sharing fleet of blue bikes on city streets from 6,000 to 12,000. Comment

Flushing intersection to be named after Flushing toddler hit by car

The City Council voted to rename an intersection in downtown Flushing after Allison Liao, a 3-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a driver in October 2013. Comments (3)
South Jamaica

AME rallies for affordable homes, jobs in Jamaica

Hundreds of community members marched alongside religious leaders through south Jamaica Tuesday to protest the lack of affordable housing for lower-income families and employment opportunities in southeast Queens since the launch of the borough plan to redevelop the downtown area. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Qns Village corner renamed for Det. Brian Moore

A Queens Village corner will be renamed after slain NYPD Detective Brian Moore, who died in the line of duty in May. A City Council vote on July 23 approved the change. Comment
Howard Beach

Howard Beach leads in nature study

Since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Howard Beach has become a case study for finding natural and unnatural defenses against vulnerable structures, The Nature Conservancy said in a report released this week. Comment

Astoria street to be co-named for late civic leader Dennis Syntilas

A beloved leader of Astoria’s Greek community will be honored this fall when a segment of 30th Avenue from 30th Street to 29th Street will be co-named “Dennis Syntilas Way.” He died in January at the age of 85 following a long illness. Comment

Queens Library to continue search for new president

The Queens Library said it would continue to search for a new president as planned and that it would undertake a full review of the questionable expenditures she made that were uncovered in an audit by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. Comments (1)
What do you get when you mix a hefty dose of poetry, prose and spoken word with a dash of music, then sprinkle it throughout a popular Long Island City watering hole? Comment
Long Island City

Huge mural to be unveiled on the Thomson Avenue Bridge in LIC

A major work of public art will be unveiled Aug. 12 at Long Island City’s Thomson Avenue Bridge, between Skillman Avenue and 44th Drive, near LaGuardia Community College. Internationally acclaimed artist Mark Salinas, an 18-year resident of Sunnyside, spent the last year planning the execution of a 6,000-square-foot mural, the largest community-made mural in Queens. Comment

Reckless car chase leads to arrest on weapons charge: NYPD

A Rosedale man was arrested and charged Saturday with criminal possession of a weapon along with other related charges after he allegedly fled from police officers during a traffic stop in Jamaica, police said. Comment

New York City Slang for a new generation

This week, our columnist defines the new words she heard around the Big Apple. Comments (1)

Queens takes flight

Last year Queens was singled out as the No. 1 destination in the country by Lonely Planet, which must not have sent its travel writers to review our exotic borough by flying into LaGuardia. We would have lost the race to the top before round one even began. Comment

Plan to build new LaGuardia is full of holes

Are we really spending $4 billion—or $8 billion, as estimated by Crain’s—to build the word’s largest waiting room? Comments (4)
Jamaica Estates

Mullin sees big tests at Maui Invitational for young St. John’s

Chris Mullin considers himself and St. John’s underdogs as the first year coach and his new roster prepare to get their first taste of big-time college basketball at the Maui Invitational this November. Comment

Man allegedly punches NYRA guard, then steals his car: NYPD

JAMAICA—Police were still looking for a suspect who attacked a security guard and then stole his car July 25 in a parking lot neighboring Resorts World Casino at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in Ozone Park, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Bell Boulevard welcomes change with new businesses

Bayside has a new look. Several new businesses now grace Bell Boulevard with even more on the way. And as the Bayside Village Business Improvement District looks for new parking solutions, the area known for its independent small businesses will be more welcoming to both residents and visitors than ever before. Comments (1)

New clinic aims to help workers owed wages

Two Queens workers centers have launched a wage theft clinic to help employees in the borough get back money owed to them. Comments (7)

Plan to build public toilet at Lippman Arcade canceled

The city has scrapped plans to build a public pay toilet at Lippman Arcade in Flushing. Comment
East Elmhurst

Redesign plan for LaGuardia Airport brings benefits to borough

The audacious $4 billion plan announced Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will replace LaGuardia Airport “in its entirety” by 2021 with a single, structurally unified main terminal with expanded transportation access, significantly increased taxiway space and wider gates that will accommodate modern aircraft. Comment

Mayor visits Woodside to mark the start of the Queens redesign project

The long-awaited reconstruction of Queens Boulevard got underway last week. Elected leaders, street-safety activists and Department of Transportation officials joined Mayor Bill de Blasio in the shadow of the Big Six Towers in Woodside “where DOT shovels are now hitting the ground,” according to the mayor. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Seven foes in finalized race for Weprin’s Council seat

The city Board of Elections in Queens County has ruled in favor of the two City Council contenders who had objections filed against their petitions to run for Mark Weprin’s former seat covering northeast Queens. Comments (3)
Bay Terrace

Israel calls on feds to upgrade security at Fort Totten

The recent domestic attack at a U.S. military installation has reignited the national discourse on gun violence and security, and U.S. Steve Israel (D-Melville) is highlighting an apparent greater need for security at some of the city’s more vulnerable spots, including Fort Totten. Comment

Fast food worker minimum wage increase met with mixed reactions

Although Queens lawmakers and employees praised the proposed $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers in the state, some are upset about the decision to leave out other industries. Comments (2)
Long Island City

5Pointz returns to LIC to help a good cause

Hundreds turned out for a hip hop fund-raising block party in Long Island City Saturday that featured a car show, break dancers, music, food and the return of a half dozen 5Pointz artists. The event took place at Francesco Teoli’s Evandro Tech Motors, located at 47-35 Vernon Blvd., and it was organized by his wife, Gianna Cerbone-Teoli, the owner of Manducatis Rustica. Comments (1)

Monday, July 27, 2015

East Elmhurst

Cuomo raises curtain on redesign of LaGuardia Airport

Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced a $4 billion plan for the first phase of a redesign of LaGuardia Airport Monday at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. Comment
Bay Terrace

Congressman Israel calls on feds to upgrade security at Fort Totten

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) joined several other city leaders Monday at Fort Totten to call on the Defense Department to upgrade security at the fort and other unarmed forts in two other boroughs. Comment

Appeals Court tosses out city’s adult business zoning

Introducing a significant new chapter into a two-decade legal saga dating back to the Giuliani administration, the Manhattan-based First Department of the New York State Appellate Division has ruled that the city’s controversial 1995 adult uses zoning ordinance, as amended in 2001, violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment free speech guarantee. Comments (2)

Friday, July 24, 2015


Queens Library to continue search for new president

The Queens Library’s board of trustees said Thursday it will undertake a full review of the questionable expenditures made by Interim President Bridget Quinn-Carey uncovered in an audit by city Comptroller Scott Stringer before deciding her future. Comment
LaGuardia Airport began experiencing power outages early Friday, which were the result of ongoing construction at the airport, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Comment

Thursday, July 23, 2015


Mayor announces Queens Boulevard reconstruction project has begun

Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to Woodside, where he launched his Vision Zero initiative in January 2014, to announce the first phase of the city Department of Transportation’s $101 million redesign of Queens Boulevard had begun. Comment



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