Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015


New bus lanes coming to Woodhaven Boulevard

New bus lanes are being added to both sides of Woodhaven Boulevard , between Dry Harbor Road and Metropolitan Avenue, a stretch that covers approximately 1.3 miles. Implementation of the lanes—which consists primarily of redrawing the street lines—began in mid-July, according to the MTA. Comments (2)

Fresh market and deli coming to Bell Boulevard

Quick, tasty and healthy food alternatives are coming to Bayside’s Bell Boulevard, at all hours of the day. Comments (1)

YMCA brings new youth workforce program to Jamaica

The YMCA of Greater New York launched a youth workforce development program Monday at the Y Roads Center in downtown Jamaica. Comments (2)

South Asian activist appointed to EDCNYC

The de Blasio administration announced the appointment of 10 new members to the city Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors, including a former Queens resident. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015


City Planning puts annual census data at your fingertips

The Department of City Planning has announced updates to its city Census FactFinder application that can now be used to quantify statistics on demographics, social characteristics, economics and housing in the country’s most diverse borough of Queens. Comment
Glen Oaks

Najmi running hard

Below a Korean church basement in Bellerose lies the campaign headquarters where Ali Najmi, a Democratic City Council candidate for Mark Weprin’s former seat, is preparing for the crowded upcoming primary election this fall. Comments (4)

Crowley visits New Jersey for light rail Ideas

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) went to New Jersey in late July to visit the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line in an effort to gather more information about her own proposal to bring a light rail line to Glendale and Middle Village. Comments (1)

Flushing House director of operations receives employee award

A Flushing House director received an employee distinction award from LeadingAge New York, an organization that represents not-for-profit care providers. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Boro has the most public tennis courts in city

Queens residents flock to public parks for reasons that range from sunbathing to playing sports. However, according to the latest data from Center for an Urban Future, the amenities that city parks offer vary considerably from borough to borough. Comments (1)

Fair pensions for the city’s bravest

The recent agreement that was reached between the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the city with regard to disability pensions is a fair and just one. This will now ensure that all firefighters, regardless of how many years of service they have rendered, will be covered by disability benefits for as long as necessary to help them and their families. Comment

Monday, Aug. 17, 2015


Gillibrand, city pols rally for better school nutrition

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with a number of other city officials, participated in a rally Monday in support of the reauthorization and expansion of a host of school nutritional programs at IS 5 in Elmhurst. Comments (4)

Costa increases funds for participatory budgeting in his district

A new cycle of participatory budgeting begins next month in his district with Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) increasing the allocation by 50 percent. Beginning Sept. 16, constituents in Astoria, parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights will have a say in how $1.5 million in discretionary funds will be spent. Comment
Long Island City

City to rename two streets in Long Island City

In an effort to clear up confusion and make the Court Square neighborhood in Long Island City safer, the city will rename two streets that share the same name. Two short dead-end streets are now both named Court Square, but under a law signed Monday by Mayor Bill de Blasio one will become Court Square East and the other will become Court Square West after the official map of New York is amended. Comment

Bourbon Street restaurant’s rooftop patio now open

The Bourbon Street restaurant in Bayside officially opened its new rooftop patio Wednesday. Comment
Long Island City

Macy’s moves part of its operations to Long Island City

Macy’s is returning to Long Island City. Comment

Training on the ground and scaling the Empire State Building

It was August 1962, and the National Guard reservists of Company C of the 1st Battle Group, 251st Infantry, who normally met once a week in the Flushing Armory, were on their two-week annual summer field training at Camp Drum in upstate New York. Comment

Get in the know about noise

The Part 150 Noise Study web pages for JFK and LGA airports have been updated to allow stakeholders and interested parties to enter in their email address, name, and address to get on the project mailing list. This will allow the Port Authority to send blast emails to subscribed users about project status, quarterly newsletters, public meeting announcements etc. The Port Authority is requesting that the Roundtable and its members spread this news and encourage people to start signing up. Comments (1)

Boothe makes play for the pros

Malik Boothe joined his former St. John’s teammates D.J. Kennedy and Paris Horne as big money winners this summer. Now, he should join them as professional basketball players. Comment

Titan shakes things up for its new season

Titan Theatre Co. has driven its reputation on cutting-edge adaptations of William Shakespeare’s works, but this season is putting the Bard in the backseat. Comment

Man beaten with bat in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

CORONA—Police were looking for a suspect who beat a man with a baseball bat in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (2)

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015

Real Estate

Avella, civic leaders call on Legislature to curb real estate solicitation in Queens

Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined borough residents and civic leaders in Bayside last week to renew their request that the state Legislature pass his bill to amend the real property law for the borough. Comments (4)

Great Wall opens latest supermarket in Corona

A huge international supermarket has opened in Corona. Great Wall opened its latest location last week at 59-16 99th St. along the eastern side of LeFrak City, the massive residential complex that currently houses more than 14,000 people. Comment

Free music and movie night to be held at Kissena Park

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce announced a free music and movie night in Kissena Corridor Park in Flushing later this month. Comments (1)

Queens most optimistic about city’s quality of life: Poll

New Yorkers say the quality of life has declined citywide, although Queens residents give living conditions in their borough the highest marks in the city. Comments (5)

BP Katz gives $32M to Queens parks

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is allocating $32 million for key renovations and upgrades to 37 public parks in Queens. Comments (2)
Political Action

Getting a handle on the ever-expanding election process

American presidential campaigns have usually been long in duration. However, in recent years these campaigns have gone on for at least two years when the primaries and general elections are included. Comment

Industry needs a little breathing room

My company, Lynda Transportation Services Inc., works with other manufacturers that make advanced components to reduce auto emissions. We care about air quality, and we do not oppose reasonable federal standards to improve it. We do oppose standards that cost far more than they are worth by creating a drag on the economy while generating little to no benefit, such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to lower the existing ozone standard. Comment

Dozo’s Salnave conditioning himself for title, scholarship push

Rashond Salnave has been running. Comment
Springfield Gardens

L.I. man killed in Springfield Gardens accident

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS—A 60-year-old Long Island man died in a collision after midnight Aug. 5 near Rockaway Boulevard in Springfield Gardens, according to police officials. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015

Jackson Heights

Dromm has boro’s best Council attendance, Wills the worst

The gold star for best City Council attendance record for Queens elected officials goes to Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), a former public school teacher, and the worst attendance record goes to Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica), according to the latest City Council records. Comments (5)

Four Council candidates hammer out the issues at Wednesday debate

A recent debate gave eastern Queens residents a better understanding of where four candidates vying for a City Council seat in an off-year election this fall stand on some current city issues. Comments (1)

Council hopefuls announce new campaign endorsements

New campaign endorsements have been announced by three of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for the City Council seat in eastern Queens, which covers neighborhoods such as Glen Oaks, Queens Village, Floral Park and Bellerose. Comment
New Voices

Presidential candidates need to address racial inequality

The next Presidential election is 15 months away and none but the most ardent political enthusiasts are paying attention to the sideshow that is campaigning before the primaries and caucuses. Yet I’ll be the first to admit that as a casual observer, I felt pangs of annoyance as I watched “Black Lives Matter” protestors upstage Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders—first at Netroots Nation, and then this past weekend at his own event celebrating Social Security and Medicare. Comments (1)

Hunting animals is not a sport

Hunting as a sport! What in the world is sporting about killing an animal for the sheer joy of ceasing its existence? Big- and/or wild-game hunting—exemplified by our brave warrior, dentist Walter Palmer, killing Cecil the protected lion for the sole purpose of photographing himself with the slaughter and mounting the nebulous achievement on a wall or as a carpet—should be embarrassing to anyone with a semblance of self-respect. How much less damaging it would be for this “sportsman” to have hunted out a Viagra prescription to feed his inadequacy. Comment

Quiet hoops star Ross making noise with record performances

Streetball’s mystery man no longer lives in the shadows. Comment
East Elmhurst

Three Queens residents charged in LGA taxi driver scheme: DA

EAST ELMHURST—Three Queens residents are among seven airport taxi dispatchers who have been charged in a taxi-dispatching scheme at LaGuardia Airport, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015


Friedrich, Parhar top campaign spenders in City Council race

Bob Friedrich is now outfund-raising and outspending his Democratic competitors vying for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat in eastern Queens. Comments (12)

Sunnyside street co-named for Luke Adams

The late civic leader Luke Adams was so revered in Sunnyside that he had a street co-named in his honor less than a year after his death. Community leaders, elected officials and nearly 200 residents gathered to unveil “Luke Adams Way” at the corner of 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, right next to the iconic Sunnyside Arch, that he helped build in the 1980s to revitalize the business district. Comment
Queens Village

Stringer investigates ACS over Close to Home contracts

Despite approving Administration Children’s Services contracts, the city comptroller’s office said Tuesday it would still begin an investigation into Administration for Children’s Services contracting process with a service provider for juvenile group homes. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Trio held Jamaica Estate home hostage from owner: DA

Two Long Island brothers and a New Jersey man have been charged with breaking into a Jamaica Estates home in April, changing the locks and holding the house hostage from the owner, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Mother alleges 3-week-old baby was possessed: DA

Richmond Hill

Mother alleges 3-week-old baby was possessed: DA

A young mother was charged with tossing her three-week-old son out of the window at a Richmond Hill apartment building because she feared he was possessed by an evil spirit, the Queens district attorney said, even though an elected official pointed out that a medical center and police precinct were nearby. Comments (1)
Long Island City

River rescue off Gantry Plaza State Park

A police lieutenant from the 108th Precinct is being called a hero after a rescue operation in the waters off Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City. The incident began around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31, when two adolescents jumped into the East River at the 11th Street Basin and found themselves in difficulty, according to the NYPD. Comment
Queens Village

Survivors gear up for breast cancer walk

The annual Making Strides Queens Walk, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to fight breast cancer, geared up with a kick-off breakfast that gathered over 700 survivors and supporters who plan to take part in the October event in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

Time Warner coming to Flushing shopping center

Time Warner Cable is moving into The Shops at SkyView Center in Flushing. Comments (8)

Handling a crisis

Two months before Legionnaires’ disease struck the South Bronx, Queens had a bout with the sometimes fatal illness spread by contaminated cooling towers. But unlike our neighboring borough, Queens soon had its outbreak under control and the 13 cases concentrated in Flushing were treated effectively. Comment

A Texas broad gave New York City its brass

Hello, sucker! Comment

Paving over Roosevelt Avenue is a bad idea

I am 100 percent opposed to paving over Roosevelt Avenue in front of the McGoldrick library for many very valid reasons. Here are just two. Comments (2)

Former Holy Cross star Conti lands contract in Israel

Evan Conti’s dream of becoming a professional basketball player is a reality, but even he can’t quite believe it yet. Comment

Queens Theatre raises curtain on its new season

It was “another opening, another show” in Flushing Meadows Corona Park when lawmakers and the borough’s performing arts crowd gathered to talk about the 2015-2016 season at the Queens Theatre. Comment
East Elmhurst

Prank calls allege hijacking plans at LGA: PA

EAST ELMHURST —The Port Authority is investigating two prank calls claiming that JetBlue flights at LaGuardia Airport were going to be hijacked. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015


Queens inspecting cooling towers for Legionnaires’ disease

In the aftermath of a small outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Queens this spring, borough hospitals and buildings are continuing to undertake safety preventive measures in light of the recent outbreak in the South Bronx. Comments (1)

Dollar vans worry about city rules, not Uber

For downtown Jamaica commuters like those coming out of the Parsons Boulevard subway station on Archer Avenue around 11 p.m. one recent evening, commuter vans are a convenient transportation option compared to the more expensive Uber car service, city buses or cabs. Comments (7)

Pols and civic leaders split over proposed pedestrian plaza in Flushing

A pedestrian plaza proposed for the street across from the McGoldrick Library in Flushing has pitted elected officials and community and civic leaders against one another. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

TimesLedger columnist Kenneth Kowald dies at 88

Kenneth Kowald, who wrote with insight and compassion about his small corner of Queens and the world beyond it, died Wednesday. He was 88. Comments (7)

Homelessness and criminal activity plague Flushing park

The Bowne House Flushing is calling on the city Parks Department and other city agencies to address the growing homeless population and the drinking and drug activities in the adjacent Weeping Beech Park. Comments (9)
Fresh Meadows

Queens fitness studio failed to pay instructor overtime: Suit

A Flushing man has filed a lawsuit against his former employer in Fresh Meadows for demanding he work up to 105 hours a week with no overtime. Comments (4)

Plan to ban cars on Shore Blvd. gets thumbs-down in Astoria Park

A lawmaker’s request to ban cars from Shore Boulevard in Astoria Park is meeting resistance from residents of western Queens. Comments (4)

Grand jury indicts accused Flushing terrorist

A federal grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging a young Flushing man and his friend with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to the terrorist group ISIS and the assault of FBI agents, according to the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District. Comments (1)

Republican debate a big hit at Astoria comedy venue

Last week’s Republican debate on the Fox News Channel delivered eye-popping ratings, with 24 million viewers, by far the largest audience ever for a network or cable news event. It was also the most-watched television event of the summer, eclipsing the last game of the NBA Finals and the women’s World Cup soccer finals, according to the Nielsen company. Comments (1)

25th anniversary Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is biggest one yet

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival last weekend at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was bigger than any previous year. The estimated crowd of more than 60,000 visitors saw more teams compete than ever before, with over 200 crews racing the ornate one-ton boats across the park’s Meadow Lake. Comment

This art project is a walk in the park

Some people walk to stay in shape, others to clear their heads, or to support a cause they believe in. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015


Bourbon Street restaurant previews new rooftop patio

More than 200 residents of Bayside and other Queens neighborhoods attended the pre-opening of the upcoming rooftop patio of the Bourbon Street restaurant in Bayside Monday night. Comments (1)

Pedestrian dies after being hit by car in Glendale

A 61-year-old man has died from his injuries after being struck by a vehicle Friday at around 12:22 a.m., according to police. Comment

West Nile Virus spraying to take place in Queens Wednesday

The city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will be spraying pesticide from trucks in parts of Queens overnight Wednesday between 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. to reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus. Comments (2)

Monday, Aug. 10, 2015


Avella, community leaders oppose pedestrian plaza proposal

State. Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and community leaders say they are against a pedestrian plaza proposed for the street across from the McGoldrick Library in Flushing. Comment
A Richmond Hill woman who was charged with murdering her one-month-old infant tossed him out the window after he returned from a hospital visit because she thought he was possessed, police sources said Monday. Comments (1)

Truck driver dies in early morning collision on Francis Lewis

A truck driver who suffered an apparent seizure died Monday after his truck crossed over the median and struck two parked cars in Auburndale, police say. Comment

Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

A one-month-old baby was found dead Friday around 4 a.m. in the courtyard of a residential building on the corner of 115th street and Myrtle Avenue in Richmond Hill, and a neighbor said she called 911 after hearing a thud in the middle of the night. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015


Four Council candidates hammer out the issues at Wednesday debate

Four of the candidates vying for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin when he took an administrative position in the governor’s office appeared at North Shore Towers Co-op in Glen Oaks Wednesday night for a debate. Many of the questions focused on concerns facing older district residents. Comments (3)
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