Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

Jackson Heights

Crowley helps hand out back-to-school supplies

With the start of the school year less than three weeks away, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) took part in back-to-school events in Corona and Jackson Heights in the past week, helping to hand out supplies to more than 400 students. Comments (2)

Trans-Pecos bridges groups in a changing Ridgewood

As the line between Ridgewood and Bushwick continues to blur, the complexities of gentrification familiar to Brooklyites have arrived in central Queens. Comment

Endorsements continue to roll in as City Council election approaches

New endorsements have been announced for three of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat in eastern Queens: Bob Friedrich, Satnam Singh Parhar and Barry Grodenchik. Comments (13)

Homegrown talent will be featured at the New World Queens Fest

The New World Queens Fest is set to rock Astoria Park on Saturday, Aug. 29, with live performances from more than 30 bands and 30 artists featuring bossa nova, reggae, hip-hop and R&B, funk, bluegrass and Afro-Cuban. The festival, presented by the non-profit Astoria Music & Arts, will also bring visual arts, dancers, performance artists and interactive children’s events to two stages and tents set up on the Great Lawn between the RFK and Hell Gate bridges. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015


Funding to come for Sandy-struck cemetery

Life is returning to the Evergreen Cemetery. Comment

Bayside veteran recalls time spent in Japan after WW II ended

In the summer of 1945, Paul Stein was 19 years old, in the Navy and part of the first group of Americans to enter Japan after the bombs were dropped and the country had surrendered. Comments (3)
Long Island City

First-ever EcoBon Floating Lantern Festival comes to Long Island City

Hundreds of visitors to Gantry Plaza State Park and Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City witnessed the first-ever EcoBon Floating Lantern Festival at sundown Sunday. Dozens of volunteers gathered at the shoreline of the East River to release more than 100 lanterns modeled after an ancient Japanese summer rite of remembrance. Comment

Grodenchik says years in government prepare him for Council

Barry Grodenchik has been campaigning for one of the most competitive political races in the off-year elections slated for this fall. Comments (7)
Queens Village

Lynch see chance for small changes with big impact

In the 1990s, Rebecca Lynch, a Democratic City Council candidate for Mark Weprin’s former seat, sat around the family dinner table to discuss worries her parents and neighbors had about the state of the borough. Comments (16)

Queens native Jack preparing for next stage of hoops career

The time that Queens native Kadeem Jack has spent playing for Rutgers University men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan has him better prepared for his future in professional basketball. Comments (1)

JFK workers allegedly steal $250K

JAMAICA — Six current and former cargo handlersat JFK International Airport, three from Queens and three from Brooklyn, were arrested and charged in federal court Wednesday with conspiracy to steal United States mail and money laundering, according to U.S. attorney in Brooklyn. Comment

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015


Longtime Sunnyside Irish pub closing down

Saturday will be the final Karaoke night at the Bliss Street Station, the popular Irish pub and restaurant in Sunnyside that is closing down Sunday after 26 years on the corner of Greenpoint Avenue and 47th Street. Owner Ambrose Gurhy had his restaurant on the market for several years and finally found a buyer who plans to open a South American eatery in its place. Comments (5)

Major construction begins on Kosciuszko Bridge

One of Maspeth’s busiest avenues has been closed as major construction on the Kosciuszko Bridge gets underway. Comment

State Comptroller: MTA delays are getting worse

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has complained to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority about hundreds of thousands of delays in the New York City subway system, many of which the comptroller’s auditors said were preventable. Comment

Several elected officials remind residents of the benefits of municipal ID cards

Three elected officials enrolled in the city’s municipal ID program last Friday, hoping it would encourage their constituents to take advantage of the benefits the IDNYC card offers. The free card provides identification for residents, including undocumented immigrants and others who have trouble getting government-issued identification such as the homeless and the formerly incarcerated, as well as providing a range of other benefits to cardholders. Comments (1)

Skala’s peers reflect on a life spent serving Bayside

Bayside leaders and the friends and family of Frank Skala reflected on his life this week following the death of the civic leader and community activist. Comment
Long Island City

New rendering shows what tallest tower in borough will look like in 2019

A newly released rendering shows how the recently landmarked Clock Tower building in Long Island City will be dwarfed by a 77-story skyscraper to be called the Queens Plaza Park. Queens Plaza Development LLC, including Property Markets Group and the Hakim Organization, reached a $56 million deal for air rights with the MTA in late March that will allow them to build the largest tower outside Manhattan. Comment
Track and field

Belle Harbor’s Gallagher taking relaxed mindset into biggest race

Kerri Gallagher is preparing for the biggest race of her career. The Belle Harbor native and Fordham University star is racing in the 1500 meters for Team USA at the International Association Athletics Federation World Championships in Beijing Saturday and has herself ready to give her best. Comment

Ranting is wrong, but it’s here to stay

I recently saw a woman in a rant against a parking attendant, and today I read about Reggie Jackson’s rant at a fan that wanted two signatures. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015


Police Athletic League’s Queens Borough Day held at Harvey Park

Queens Borough Celebration Day brought about 200 children from the Police Athletic League’s Summer Play Streets program to Harvey Park in Whitestone last week for a day of games and other activities. Comments (8)

New restaurants open at One Fulton Square in Flushing

Residents and developers of the One Fulton Square mixed-use development in Flushing say the recent addition of several new restaurants, bars and retail spaces are adding to the complex’s diverse shopping experience. Comment

Maloney wants release of hundreds of millions in U.S. remittances to Greece

When Greece’s economy cratered in July, its large expatriate community in Astoria, which has the largest Greek population outside of Athens, held its collective breath. Now nearly two months later as the country awaits its international bailout, the Greek government has begun to relax restrictions on banking transactions. Comment

NE Queens senior centers to receive $20,000

State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) allocated $20,000 in funding to senior centers throughout her district a few days before National Senior Citizens Day. Comment
Dining Out

South of the border treats find new home in western Queens

Tacuba is the latest of a succession of eateries to alight at the corner of 36th Street and 35th Avenue across from the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Comment

Campus Magnet alum Hargrave going beyond the court for charity

Haron Hargrave is branching out in his efforts to give back. Comment
The Civic Scene

The city must find the correct balance in enforcing quality-of-life crimes

The New York City administration is working to decriminalize some quality-of-life crimes. It is felt by some people that some offenses should not be considered criminal acts. It is felt that tickets given for some petty crimes can escalate into people being put in jail, that even small bail in some cases can keep a person in jail for months until there is a court hearing. A minor infraction can escalate into a criminal record for a person, especially if they forget to go to a court hearing. Comments (2)

The city needs smarter spending, not more money

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans to hire a “Director of Mayor’s Organizing” make no sense. City Hall already maintains a full-time Washington, D.C. lobbying office. The office staff already works with both Congress and mayors on issues of interest to the city. The National Conference of Mayors does the same. Mayor de Blasio’s justification of this position is based on his belief that the federal government is shortchanging the Big Apple and other cities when it comes to providing mass transit, housing and infrastructure funding. His position is flawed when you look at the facts. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015


Lieutenant governor visits Bell Boulevard

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) took a tour of Bell Boulevard businesses Tuesday, guided by the leaders of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District. Comment
Queens Village

Close to home closed: Comrie

The proposed plan for a juvenile group home at a Queens Village site has been revoked, residents and elected officials announced this week at the Queens Baptist Church in Queens Village. Comments (4)

Smoking now banned near after-school programs

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) praised a new law that bans smoking near after-school programs and educational institutions. Comments (1)

Ridgewood group fund raises for graffiti removal

The Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation has started its semi-annual fund-raising campaign. Comment
Long Island City

Silent Disco returns to Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City

Silent Disco is coming back to the Long Island City waterfront Thursday, Sept. 3. Lincoln Center, which presented the program for the first time away from its Manhattan campus, organized the night of dancing under the stars at Hunters Point South Park last September. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights movie filmed in the key of love

If you’re in the mood for a secret fling — in the form of an escapist love story, that is — a soon-to-be-released film promises to sweep you off your feet. Comment
Block Shots

Title fitting conclusion to SJU duo’s career

Rachel Daly and Georgia Kearney-Perry have won plenty of individual awards during their women’s soccer careers at St. John’s. Despite all of their personal achievements, however, this season will be their last chance to earn the team hardware—a Big East tournament title—and make their time in Queens complete. Comment
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights teen charged for collision: DA

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS—A Cambria Heights teenager has been charged with reckless driving, endangerment and other charges of speedily weaving in and out of traffic on the Cross Island Parkway and striking two vehicles including an NYPD vehicle, according to the Queens district attorney. Comments (1)

Summer’s scents bring back many memories

Summer in New York is nothing if not pungent. So pungent that there are certain smells that conjure up a New York August the way the smell of crayons whisks you right back to first grade. Comment

A most prolific writer

I have just read in the TimesLedger, with much sadness, about the passing of Kenneth Kowald. I have found him to be a most prolific writer and most interesting to read. He drew on his experiences and put them into his column based on his knowledge and his special interests. Comments (4)

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015


Queens students outperform city on state tests

The state Education Department released results of spring standardized tests for grades three through eight last week, revealing that Queens students had achieved some of the highest performance levels in both the city and state. Comments (1)

One homicide in eight months at the 103rd Precinct

The 103rd Precinct had its first homicide since December after the arrival of pilot programs based on the NYPD’s new neighborhood policing plan. Comment

National retailer comes to downtown Jamaica

Burlington Coat Factory is coming to downtown Jamaica. Comments (2)

Medallion owners organize to fight Uber

When David Bechor, a Queens Village resident, invested in a yellow-taxi medallion many years ago, it was a major investment in a secure future for him and his family. Comments (3)

Kissena Lake now safe after fish die-off

The city Parks Department said Kissena Lake in Flushing is safe for fish again after at least 150 fish died last week due to an algae bloom following flash flooding. Comment

Boro lawmakers concerned about potential LaGuardia changes

Several state legislators from Queens signed and sent letters to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Aug. 12, expressing opposition to the possible elimination of the perimeter rule at LaGuardia Airport in the belief it may lead to increased aircraft noise in the borough. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Pols push to keep JFK employees from parking on Howard Beach streets

Two Queens legislators have appealed to John F. Kennedy International Airport officials and airlines to help local residents regain the ability to park in front of their own homes, which has been limited due to employees from JFK who have overrun residential parking spaces. Comments (5)

Transporation advocates call for Q44 reforms

Transportation advocates gathered this weekend at the Q44 bus stop in Kew Gardens Hills to announce that they had collected more than 2,000 signatures from bus riders across Queens calling for better service along the Q44 route and throughout the borough. Comment

Avella, civic leaders renew call to change school site selection process

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) rallied alongside civic leaders and community leaders outside the Bayside Jewish Center last week in a renewed call on the state Legislature to pass his legislation requiring community input prior to the selection of sites for future schools. Comments (3)

Queens theater makes a splash at the Fringe

Chelsea Now Comment

Shelter storm

The tale of three shelters is playing out in southern Queens. Comments (1)

Former CK standout heading to new home with college choice on horiz

Travis Atson will be starting over again as he comes to the finish of his college recruitment. Comment

No new high school for Bayside

The School Construction Authority is proposing to construct a new high school on the site of the Bayside Jewish Center on 32nd Avenue and 203rd Street. This has raised concerns among local residents who feel the site is inappropriate because of limited space and parking and traffic concerns. Comments (3)

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Retired teacher, community activist and civic leader Frank Skala, who died of a stroke at Long Island’s St. Francis Hospital in the early hours of Monday morning, left a lasting imprint on the Bayside Community. He was 78. Comments (9)
South Jamaica

Some 5Pointz murals at August Martin painted over

The 5Pointz artists are worried that history is repeating itself. Less than two years after developer Jerry Wolkoff ordered the “whitewashing” of their graffiti mecca in Long Island City to make way for two luxury residential towers, the artists have learned that some of the murals they created at August Martin High School in South Jamaica this spring have been painted over. Comments (3)
Long Island City

State labels LIC elementary school persistently dangerous for second year

PS 111 in Long Island City, where a group of teenagers tried turning a tutoring session into a fight club for first-graders in March, was the only Queens school placed on the state Education Department’s 2015-16 list of persistently dangerous schools. Comments (1)
College Point

New sewer line to cut back waste in NE Queens bays

The city Department of Environmental Protection announced that a new interceptor line that will reduce combined sewer overflows into Flushing Bay, Powell’s Cove and Little Bay has been activated. Comments (1)

Bayside Supercuts under new management

Supercuts’ Bayside salon, at 41-04 Bell Blvd., is now under new management. Comment

Police offer reward for tips on rapper Chinx’s murder

Days before the recent release of both an album from slain rapper Chinx and a documentary about him, the NYPD offered a $2,500 reward for information about the murder of the upcoming Rockaway-raised performer, who was gunned down in May near Queens Boulevard. Comments (1)

Flushing sidewalk vandalized with anti-Asian hate speech

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) condemned anti-Asian hate speech vandalism carved into the sidewalk in front of the Cherry Manor Condos in Flushing. Comments (15)

Leo Frank, killed 100 years ago, remembered

A century ago Leo Frank, a Jewish industrialist and native son of New York, was strung up from a tree in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta and lynched by “a cruel hand, a heavy hand,” as Abraham Cahan, the editor for the Jewish Daily Forward wrote just days after the event. This past week Queens and city officials as well as Jewish civic leaders from across the borough, gathered near Frank’s resting place at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Glendale to remember that painful centennial. Comments (1)

TV show sets up shop in Bayside

Queens, the home of superheroes? Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015


Bayside’s own Frank Skala dies


Bayside’s own Frank Skala dies

Well known Bayside civic leader and community activist Frank Skala died of a stroke at Long Island’s St. Francis Hospital in the early hours of Monday morning after a few months of deteriorating health. He was 78 years old. Comments (6)
Queens Village

City drops plan for juvenile home in Queens Village

The plans for a juvenile group home proposed for a Jamaica Avenue site in Queens Village have been dropped by the city Administration Children’s Services after community members protested for months, elected officials announced Tuesday. Comments (5)

Sen. Avella endorses Parhar’s City Council campaign

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has publicly announced his endorsement of Satnam Singh Parhar, who is one of six candidates vying for the competitive Democratic nomination in the Sept. 10 primary election for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat. Comment

Monday, Aug. 17, 2015

An East Elmhurst man was arrested in the violent abduction of his 18-year-old former girlfriend Saturday, according to the NYPD. When officers from the 115th Precinct responded to a 911 call of a dispute in front of 32-65 81st St. they were informed by witnesses that a young woman was approached by Jonathan Coronel, a 21-year-old Hispanic man, and forced into a light colored vehicle at knife point, investigators say. Comments (3)

Train delays expected for E, F, M and R lines

Subway passengers who used the E, F, M and R trains along the Queens Boulevard line will likely face substantial delays over the next two weeks, especially during rush hour times. Comments (2)

First homicide reported since December in 103rd Precinct

The 103rd Precinct had its first homicide since December when a Laurelton man was shot dead around 5 a.m. Sunday near the corner of Camden Avenue and Liberty Avenue in St. Albans, according to police. Comments (14)

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

Glen Oaks

One dead in Glen Oaks ‘Collyers’ Mansion’ house fire

A 58-year-old man died in a fire at a Glen Oaks home early Thursday morning where he was discovered by fire personnel in the basement, according to the NYPD. Comment

CFB doles out matching funds to Council candidates

Five of the candidates running for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin earlier this year have been awarded $95,000 from the city Campaign Finance Board’s matching funds program. Comments (2)
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