Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015


Flushing letter carriers’ blood drive to honor postal worker

The Flushing Letter Carriers are hosting a blood drive next week to honor a Forest Hills carrier who died last year. Comments (1)

Civic leader honored with Senate Liberty Medal

Longtime northeast Queens community and civic leader Richard Hellenbrecht received the Senate Liberty Medal from state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for his work in the area. Comment
Richmond Hill

Auto retailer chain opens its 10th store in Richmond Hill

Arch Auto Parts, an auto parts supplier with locations across the city, has opened its fifth store in Queens at 113-19 Atlantic Ave. in Richmond Hill. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

Long Island City

Rockrose scores financing to finish latest Court Square tower

Construction on the latest Long Island City residential tower can proceed now that Rockrose Development Corp. has finalized a $270 million construction loan for its first 80/20 project outside Manhattan. The superstructure for the 974-unit rental apartment tower complex at 43-25 Hunter St., in the Court Square section, is now 10 stories above ground. Comment

Funding disparity growing between public, charter schools: IBO

Students attending charter schools in the city are receiving much less public support compared to their counterparts in public city schools operated by the city Department of Education, a recent study found. Comments (1)

Comptroller Stringer finds $5.9 billion in additional resources in city’s budget

City Comptroller Scott Stringer has discovered a fortune. After analyzing the city’s adopted budget of $78.5 billion for fiscal year 2016, Stringer projected that the city benefited from $5.9 billion in additional resources since June of last year, including higher-than-projected tax revenues, savings and prior-year funds rolled over. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

37th Avenue resurfaced from the BQE to Junction Boulevard

The long-awaited resurfacing of 37th Avenue from the Brooklyn Queens Expressway to Junction Boulevard was finally finished Tuesday night, the city Department of Transportation announced this week. The commercial corridor that runs through Jackson Heights and Corona suffered great damage last winter. Comments (3)
South Ozone Park

City asks for case dismissal against juvenile group home

The South Ozone Park Civic Association West is fighting to pursue its class action suit against service providers for a state juvenile group home program, the Close to Home initiative, in federal court after the city’s Corporation Counsel pushed for its dismissal last week, according to federal court records. Comment

Monday, Aug. 10, 2015


Van Bramer calls for crackdown on illegal parking by car dealerships

Enough is enough. For years, car dealerships and auto body shops along Northern Boulevard in Woodside and Long Island City have been parking vehicles on the sidewalks and now City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), transportation advocates and residents are asking the 108th and 114th Precincts for assistance in increasing enforcement on illegal parking on streets and sidewalks from 62nd Street to Broadway. Comments (1)

Book drive seeks to increase literacy among kids in Flushing

The Queens Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has kicked off a book drive collection at the Latimer Gardens Cornerstone Community Center in Flushing. The books collected will be given to children living in the New York City Housing Authority’s developments. Comments (2)

Congresswoman Meng wants ‘better’ Iran nuclear deal

Two northeast Queens lawmakers have reservations about the current the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. Comment

A high-stakes journey that began in Bay Terrace

Former stockbroker, author and motivational speaker Jordan Belfort is best known for his portrayal by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2013 Hollywood film “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Born on July 9, 1962, Belfort was raised in a middle-class, Jewish family in Bay Terrace. After showing an aggressive sales acumen in his early years, he began his meteoric rise in the financial industry soon after college, eventually becoming the cha Comment
Middle Village

Christ the King’s Toussaint picks Virginia

Dominique Toussaint didn’t earn her scholarship to the country’s top women’s basketball conference overnight. Comment
Murray Hill

Police looking for suspects behind deli robbery

MURRAY HILL—The NYPD was looking for two men who robbed a deli in Murray Hill last week. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015


Lancman, Public Advocate want collision avoidance technology in cars

Public Advocate Letitia James, Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) and area business owners are calling for collision avoidance technology in vehicles owned by New York City. Comments (2)

Woodside native vies for state assembly seat

Brian Barnwell has a story to tell. Comment
Bay Terrace

Stavisky honored by Central Queens Y

The Central Queens Y recently honored state Sen. Toby Stavisky for giving it a $525,000 capital grant to fund renovations at the Central Queens Y and the Samuel Field Y. Comments (1)

Flushing taekwondo students compete in national championships

Students at the Flushing Champions Taekwondo recently participated in two national championships in Florida and Texas, bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Too much water is a problem in several parts of Queens

A recent meeting in Fresh Meadows at the Utopia Jewish Center again highlighted the problem of flooding along Utopia Parkway south of the Long Island Expressway. For decades there has been flooding when intense heavy storms hit the area. The city Department of Environmental Protection presented things that could be done to prevent flooding. Comments (1)
Block Shots

Contending Mets have turned fans into believers

A franchise and a fan base are alive again in Queens and it could mean bad things for the rest of baseball. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015


Suspect sought in Flushing robberies

The NYPD was looking for a man behind seven commercial burglaries that occurred in Flushing between May and August. Comment

New York’s king of cranes dethroned 

James F. Lomma, a Whitestone resident once known as New York’s king of cranes, will have to pay over $96 million in total damages to the families of two victims from a 2008 crane accident. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Something funny is happening in LIC

Charlie Chaplin once said, “a day without laughter is a day wasted.” Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

De Blasio’s allies getting progressively ticked off

I am increasingly concerned that New York’s mayor may be losing touch with the normally genial, coalition-building side of his persona. It would be all right if this just meant that the rookie mayor was simply losing a few of his Democratic friends. But his behavior of late could cost the city in the future. Comments (14)

Royals Alvarado comfortable in new spotlight

Jose Alvarado was warned about what happens when college coaches are allowed to contact players of his caliber. Comment

Friday, Aug. 7, 2015


Queens residents, cross-country cyclists raise awareness of human trafficking

Members of a new nonprofit advocacy organization, led by Dr. Santhosh Paulus of North Shore LIJ and several Queens residents, finished a 3,400-mile cross country bicycle ride last weekend to raise awareness of global issues of poverty and human trafficking, passing through Queens on Saturday. Comment

Former Astoria school will become new Pre-k center

The city Department of Education will be opening a new pre-K program at the former Most Precious Blood building on 32-52 37th St. The school was shuttered by the DOE in June due to declining enrollment and what the school claimed was over $5.5 million in needed repairs. Comment

Flushing burial ground redesign in the works

The Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground Conservancy and elected officials are pushing for additional markers on the burial ground, but the Parks Department said no design plan is under way. Comments (2)

Kupferberg Center continues advocacy effort for WWII comfort women

Yong Soo Lee, one of the many Korean and Chinese women who were forced into sexual slavery as “comfort women” by the Japanese army during World War II, paid a second visit to the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at Queensborough Community College last week. The visit was part of her campaign to spread awareness of sexual slavery and social injustice. Comment

City Council campaign spending differs across the board

Bob Friedrich has now come out as the top fund-raiser in the off-season City Council race for Mark Weprin’s former seat in the northeast Queens district. He has surpassed Satnam Parhar, Rebecca Lynch, Ali Najmi and Barry Grodenchik, the other campaign leaders for funds raised. Comments (4)
Long Island City

Socrates Sculpture Park rolls out the dance floor

Images of lithe dancers leaping or strutting swan-like by the water’s edge – juxtaposed against a blue painted sky, with views of the Manhattan skyline in the distance — may appear better suited for a picture frame, but they actually exist. And you can watch these scenes play out during Dance at Socrates 2015 for the next three weeks. Comment

Katz gives $14 million to Queens Library for capital projects

In response to reforms by the Queens Library, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has allocated $14 million in funding to 12 branches after rescinding funds last year in light of questionable expenditures by former CEO Thomas Galante. Comment

Glendale property loses floorplans

The city Department of Buildings has revoked the floor plans for a proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale. Comment

Medical marijuana growing center and dispensary planned for borough

Medical marijuana will be grown and dispensed at two locations in the borough now that the state Department of Health has awarded licenses to five organizations. Bloomfield Industries Inc. will grow cannabis in a warehouse by the base of the Long Island Expressway in Long Island City as early as December, while Empire State Health Solutions will operate a dispensary from a building next door to the Queens Center mall. Comment

Council candidates rake in more endorsements

Candidates for the vacant City Council seat in eastern Queens announced two new political endorsements this week. Comment
Long Island City

Queens Courage takes space in the Falchi Building

The Astoria Distilling Company is coming home. The maker of Queens Courage gin has signed a lease to open a tasting room and production space at the Falchi Building, located at 31-00 47th Ave. in Long Island City. Comment

Jamaica man pleads guilty of given indecent materials to minors: DA

A 43-year-old Jamaica man could be sentenced to 1 1/2 to four years in prison after pleading guilty to distributing indecent materials to minors while falsely claiming to be a basketball coach and regularly conducting basketball workouts with teen-age boys, the Queens District Attorney said. Comment

Closing the gap

The tide has begun to turn for lower-income workers who struggle to make ends meet in Queens. Comment

Go big or stay home with these movies

For a generation raised on movie watching through their smart phones and pads, Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image has an eye-opening experience in store for the rest of the month. Comment

How a normal teen can be labeled a ‘sex offender’

Teens get horny. Teens have sex. But when should that be illegal? Comment

Former SJU pair take $1 million tourney

It’s always good when you reunite with old friends and do something big. It’s even better when that something big is playing in a basketball tournament with the opportunity to win a grand prize of $1 million. Comment

Three drones in three days at JFK: FAA

JAMAICA—The Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Homeland Security announced they will be investigating the sighting of drones by commercial pilots between July 31 and Aug. 2 in and around JFK airport. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015


Local drivers feel Uber pangs

After 11 p.m. at the Sutphin Boulevard transit hub, which connects to the subway, LIRR and the Airtrain in Jamaica, dozens of green and livery cabs line up waiting for customers coming up from the staircase only to watch them jump into Uber cars. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Citi Bike arrives in Queens with first docking station in LIC

Citi Bike arrived in the borough for the first time Wednesday with the activation of the first of 12 docking stations in Long Island City. Comment

Residents rally against possible homeless shelter in Hollis

About three dozen homeowners, residents and members of grassroots advocacy groups rallied outside a recently renovated eight-family apartment building in Hollis Saturday in protest of its rumored and evidently realized status as the site for a group of new homeless shelters. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Joffrey Ballet School expands into Long Island City

Long Island City prides itself on more than 30 arts and cultural institutions and venues such as Socrates Sculpture Park, SculptureCenter, the Noguchi Museum, and the Chocolate Factory theater. Comments (2)

Court legalizes adult shops

A recent court ruling by the state Appellate Division upholding the legality of adult businesses in New York City is already having an effect in one Queens shopping district. A new shop called Nexus Point, which opened on 80-30 Jamaica Ave. in Woodhaven after the July ruling, is meeting stiff opposition from community leaders. Comment

Jamaica car wash owner sued for $400K in wages

Nine workers at a busy Queens car wash off Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica have filed suit against the car wash and the owner for what they contend are wage and hour violations totaling about $400,000 in unpaid income. Comments (3)

Ridgewood garden gone, but residents remain hopeful

Nestled between two blocks of Ridgewood row houses and beneath the last section of the M subway line lies a surprisingly green, peaceful strip of land. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Farina announces reforms in wake of grade-fixing allegations at Bryant HS

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is implementing tough reforms that will hold schools accountable and ensure compliance with academic rules just days after a blockbuster report in the New York Post said a former student at Bryant High School in Long Island City claimed she was graduated with failing grades. Department of Education officials say the aggressive new approach comes after years of “sporadic allegations regarding academic integrity.” Comments (3)

Prosecution lists evidence in Queens terror case

A judge in Brooklyn federal court has approved the agreement on sharing evidence requested by federal prosecutors in the terror case that accused two Queens women of plotting and training for a terrorist attack. Comments (2)
Cambria Heights

113th officers arrest alleged liar

Two police officers from the 113th Precinct, near Rochdale Village, caught a man in an alleged lie and ended up arresting him last week in connection with an accident in Cambria Heights, according to the NYPD Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

Queens Village

Man shot dead in apartment under Queens Village business

Hours after police officers from the 105th Precinct celebrated National Night Out against Crime in Cabbell Park in Cambria Heights Playground with nearby residents, a Queens Village resident was found shot dead in a basement near 212nd Street, police said. Comments (2)

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

Kew Gardens

Katz gives $14 million to Queens Library for capital improvements

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has allocated $14 million for key expansions, renovations and technology across 12 branches of the Queens Library System. Comments (3)

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015


Woman found floating and unresponsive in World’s Fair Marina

A woman was found unconscious in the World’s Fair Marina in Flushing Bay Saturday afternoon. Comments (1)

Friday, July 31, 2015


Meng says ‘no’ to current Iran nuclear deal

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on the Middle East, has announced her opposition to the U.S. nuclear deal with Iran, the first congressional lawmaker to do so. Comments (1)

MTA operator awaits arraignment in Forest Hills jeweler’s death

Charles Jordan, 46, an MTA train operator from Valley Stream LI., has been with charged in the death of a well-known Forest Hills jeweler to the stars in a suspected road rage incident, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Forest Hills

Arrest made in Aron Aranbayev death: NYPD

An MTA train operator has been charged in the death of a well-known Forest Hills jeweler, police said. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Najmi sees gay baiting in City Council race

A candidate for a Queens City Council seat is charging that supporters of one of his opponents are trying to smear him among Muslim voters by telling them about his support for LGBT rights and same sex marriage. Comments (4)


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