Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015


Flushing law office files suit for ICE detainees

A former Astoria resident is involved in a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in an attempt to reverse his deportation to Guatemala. Comments (8)
Long Island City

St. Mary’s Church in LIC set for 150th anniversary celebration

St. Mary’s Church in Long Island City will mark its 150th anniversary with a special mass celebrated by Bishop Paul Sanchez Sept. 12 followed by a dinner dance at Riccardo’s Under the Bridge on 21st Street in Astoria. Comment

Man focibly touches teenager on subway stairs: NYPD

JAMAICA—Police were searching for a Hispanic male suspect wanted for forcibly touching a teenager on the subway stairs of the F train Parsons Boulevard subway station. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015


Homeowners delayed purposely on loans: Lancman

Queens elected officials, legal service providers and affected borough homeowners called on banks to start offering federally mandated loan modifications and stop delaying foreclosure negotiations. Comment

Verizon workers’ contract rally comes to Bayside

More than 200 Verizon workers rallied outside Verizon Wireless’ Bayside offices to demand that the company’s landline unit start negotiating new contracts for its employees, represented locally by Communications Workers of America, after the contract covering 39,000 workers in nine states expired Aug. 2. Comments (2)
Middle Village

From subway stations to Carnegie Hall

The MTA platforms were his stage and New York City’s subway riders were his audience. Comment

Elmhurst man sentenced for 2014 murder of wife

ELMHURST - An Elmhurst man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of his wife in Dec. 2014, after which he wrote a suicide note in her name before going to work at a Whitestone restaurant, where he was caught on camera washing blood from his shoes. Luis Paguay, 43, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder this past June and appeared before Acting Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Chin-Brandt Monday for sentencing. Comment

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, audiences from around the country were wowed by the feats of strength exhibited by men who were part of an old-time tradition. Called strongmen, they were a major attraction at places such as Coney Island less than 100 years ago. Comments (1)

School expansions coming to Queens

More than 50 percent of needed school seats for School District 24, which covers the neighborhoods of Corona, Ridgewood, Lefrak City, Elmhurst, Maspeth, Woodside and Middle Village, remain unfunded, according to the 2015-2019 School Construction Authority capital plan. Comments (11)
Kew Gardens

Boro workers owed $800K in city wages: Stringer

The city comptroller identified last week over a thousand workers, including 200 Queens residents, who are owed a total of $3.7 million in settlements for unclaimed prevailing wages from city-funded projects. Comment

Endorsements continue in Council race leading up to primary

Candidates running for the City Council election in eastern Queens reported more campaign endorsements as the primary election on Thursday, Sept. 10, drew neared. New political backing came in for Rebecca Lynch, Satnam Singh Parhar, Barry Grodenchik and Bob Friedrich. Comments (5)
Political Action

Why a renegade Republican is Trumping his rivals

When Donald Trump first announced that he was entering the Republican primaries to run for president, a significant number of voters seemed to feel that he was too controversial to run. However, as the polls show, he has gathered a wide range of support. Comment

Thomas to make most of year off the court at Seton Hall

Most basketball players dislike anything that keeps them off the court and away from competing. But Queens native and new Seton Hall guard Jevon Thomas is embracing the time that he will be spending away from an active roster. Comment
Queens Village

NYPD searches for Queens Village teenager

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police were looking for a young Hispanic girl from Queens Village. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015


City Planning to make proposals for Flushing riverfront in the fall

The Department of City Planning said it will release preliminary recommendations this fall for a project to revitalize the Flushing waterfront and bring affordable housing to the area. Comment
Glen Oaks

Avella secures money for new running track in Glen Oaks Oval Park

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented $150,000 in state grant money to the city Department of Parks and Recreation last Friday for the construction of an asphalt running track around Glen Oaks Oval Park. Comments (3)

Sen. Schumer pushes feds for money to fix E. River tunnels

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has appealed to the federal government for $800 million to repair two East River tunnels used by the Long Island Rail Road which were heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Comment

A finiancial titan makes a major contribution

Born on Dec. 14, 1955 in Queens, John Alfred Paulson is a leading investment banker who founded investment management firm Paulson & Co. in 1994. He shot to prominence and fortune in 2007 through his bets against the subprime mortgage lending market, and is considered one of the most prominent names in the field of high finance. He is married to Jenny Zaharia, an immigrant from Romania, and has two daughters. His older sister, The Comments (2)

U.S. heroes deserve our thanks

Three Americans prevented a massacre aboard a European train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris Aug. 21. A suspected terrorist named Ayoub El Khazani’s goal apparently was to kill. National Guardsman Alex Skarlatos with Air Force Airman Spencer Stone and friend Anthony Sadler jumped into action to save the day when death of the innocent was imminent. These brave Americans went above and beyond the call of duty to save lives from a most depraved individual who had no regard for human life. Comment

Royals’ Zambrotta narrows down her college picks

Sydney Zambrotta has kept her college recruitment a mystery for much of her high school career. It was a family decision and kept prospective programs from being influenced by the other schools that were recruiting her. Comment
Block Shots

Mary Louis’ Patterson prepping for big year

Danielle Patterson is getting what she had expected even before she ever suited up as a high-school basketball player. Comment
Long Island City

Suspect sought in reported larcency from construction company’s office

The suspect, described as a black man, pryed open the roll down gate to the building around 10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3, seen in surveillance footage wearing a black t-shirt and black pants, according to the NYPD. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015


New York State Pavilion paint project is complete

Workers at the New York State Pavilion have completed a $3 million beautification project that painted the crown of the weather-worn structure in its original “American Cheese” yellow paint. The work began June 14 and took less than eight weeks. Comments (4)

The Elmezzi Foundation awards $100,000 grant to Mount Sinai Queens

The Elmezzi Foundation has provided a $100,000 grant to Mount Sinai Queens to support a population health management program, in which information technology is employed to consolidate the various aspects of patient care. Centered at its Family Health Associates Clinic in Astoria, the program will consist of four care management teams to engage nearly 500 people per year, with a goal of significantly impacting the medical, behavioral and social health outcomes of individuals in Astoria, Long Island City and throughout Queens. Comment
Forest Hills

Participatory Budgeting back for District 29

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) is once again gearing up for Participatory Budgeting in her district, composed of Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Rego Park and parts of Richmond Hill. Comment
New Voices

Activists Rally in Support of Right to Know Act

Queens activists took to Woodside Plaza to urge Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) to support the Right to Know Act—a set of proposals under consideration in the City Council that would require police officers to identify themselves during interactions with the public and restrict “unconstitutional searches.” Comment
Queens Village

A referendum on stop and frisk

Our city is in peril and we need a change, of course. This epic battle will play out Nov. 3 when voters make their feelings known. Comments (1)

Confident Campus Magnet expect rebound season

The trust Campus Magnet coach Eric Barnet placed in quarterback Que Ruan Mosby late last season paid off and is returning some confidence to a program looking to get back to its winning ways. Comment

Police search for two suspects in Astoria Houses gunfire

ASTORIA - Police from the 114th Precinct are looking for two men after gunshots were heard outside the Astoria Houses Monday night. Officers responded to a 911 call of shots around 10 p.m. in the parking lot in front of 1-04 Astoria Blvd. Comment

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

Willets Point

Remaining Willets Point auto shops worry about their fate

Auto shop workers and owners in Willets Point have mixed feelings about the city’s treatment of them after the de Blasio administration chose not to appeal a ruling to halt the Willets West megamall project. Comment
Hunters Point

City may place ferry landing near Gantry Plaza State Park

The city Economic Development Corp. is studying two locations for a new ferry landing in Long Island City; just north of Anable Basin off 44th Drive and the small plaza near the northeast corner of Gantry Plaza State Park. The EDC will send representatives to the Sept. 15 meeting of the Hunters Point Civic Association, where they will explain their proposal and take feedback on the concerns and opinions of the neighborhood. Comment
Far Rockaway

NYPD will give info card after stops

A federal court Monday approved two proposed policing reforms on racial profiling and the much-debated stop-and-frisk policy for the NYPD after a landmark case, Floyd v. City of New York, against the police practice was won in 2013. Comments (1)

City starts roof replacement project at Queensbridge Houses

The Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City will be first in line for new rooftops as part of the city’s $300 million project to improve the quality of life at New York City Housing Authority developments over the next three years. Comment
Far Rockaway

First affordable housing project comes to Rockaways

Mayor Bill de Blasio and borough elected officials broke ground last week on the first affordable housing project under the city’s new housing program at the Beach Channel Senior Apartments in Far Rockaway. Comment
Howard Beach

Boro trees impacted by Sandy are dying

Last week 20 college students ended their nature study on the impact of Hurricane Sandy on trees across Queens. Comment

Horse carriage debate rekindled by mayor’s radio interview

Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly pushed legislation in the City Council that would ban the horse carriage industry in the city as it exists today, but now has called on advocates to get the measure passed rather than fighting good fight himself. Comment
Glen Oaks

Friedrich says strong voices fix issues

Bob Friedrich, a Democratic City Council candidate running for Mark Weprin’s former seat, won a major fight. Comments (12)

Parhar says eastern Queens needs a change in leadership

Satnam Singh Parhar, one of the Democratic candidates vying for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat in eastern Queens, and his life story embodies at least for some immigrants the American dream. Comments (3)

Dosamantes, City Council candidate, wants to reform education

Bellerose native Celia Dosamantes—at 24, the youngest of the seven candidates pursuing the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin—has ambitious goals for District 23. Comments (7)

Basketball clinic teachs “Royal Skills” to kids

Royal Ivey, a Hollis native who started out playing for Cardozo High School and went on to a career as an NBA player and coach, will bring his knowledge of what it takes to win both on and off the basketall court back to his home turf this weekend. Comment
Jackson Heights

Street theater performance takes big business to school

Theater for the New City rolls into Jackson Heights this weekend with a free performance of a musical that chronicles the challenges and struggles facing the city’s school system. Comment

Willets revisited

The de Blasio administration’s refusal to back an appeal by the developers of the $3 billion Willets Point project could be the first step in reversing a questionable decision to substitute a mega-mall for affordable housing. Comment

New Jersey ruling returns sanity to child care

It pains me to say it, but New Jersey is suddenly a light unto us all. Last week, its Supreme Court there ruled that it isn’t automatically child abuse to let your kid wait in the car while you pick up the dry cleaning. Comments (3)

A civil rights legend’s legacy stands tall

The Jamaica Branch NAACP salutes the life and legacy of NAACP executive board member and former board chairman, Julian Bond who died Aug. 15. Mr. Bond dedicated his entire life towards civil rights and the upward mobility of mankind. Comment
Track and field

Gallagher’s strong summer ends in world championship semifinals

Kerri Gallagher went into the IAAF World Championship and showed she could compete with the best 1500 meter runners in the world. The Belle Harbor native made the semifinals and finished in the top 24 at the Worlds in Beijing, China last weekend. Comment
Long Island City

NYPD releases sketch of suspect in Long Island City caustic liquid attack

LONG ISLAND CITY — Investigators from the 108th Precinct have released a sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with an attack on a woman in Long Island City last Wednesday. In what police believe was not a random assault, the man threw “a liquid similar to Drano” into the face of a 59-year-old woman in Sunnyside Wednesday evening, according the NYPD. Comment

Man wanted for stealing woman’s purse in Flushing: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man who robbed a woman in Flushing over the weekend. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015


Queens’ pre-K seats rise to 23,000 from 14,000

The city’s universal pre-K, or pre-Kindergarten, officially starts Wednesday, Sept. 9, and the mayor’s office said Wednesday it has officially met its goal of enrolling at least 70,000 families in full-day programs. Comments (5)
Willets Point

Future of Willets Point Development Plan now uncertain

The $3 billion Willets Point project is in limbo after the city announced it would not appeal a recent appellate court ruling requiring state legislative approval before a proposed megamall could move forward. At issue is the absence of affordable housing in the first phase of the multi-use development. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

City opens a new shelter for homeless families in East Elmhurst

Faced with a spike in the city’s homeless population this summer, the Department of Homeless Services declared the former Clarion Hotel in East Elmhurst an emergency shelter. More than 40 homeless families began moving into the city’s first new shelter to open in 2015, directly across the Grand Central Parkway at 94-00 Ditmars Ave. Comments (4)

Boro churches heighten security after Charleston

In the wake of the fatal church shooting in Charleston, S.C., churches in southeast Queens have taken a look at their security measures. Comment

Ambulance corps’ future in doubt

The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Ambulance Corps is running out of options. Comment

Rickshaw rider traveling the world arrives in Flushing

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) welcomed Chen Guanming, who is known as “the Olympic Rickshaw Rider,” to the steps of Flushing Library last weekend. Comment

South Jamaica Houses drown in sewage water

The New York City Housing Authority brought in a contractor Tuesday morning to sanitize the South Jamaica Houses community center and the apartment above after it was flooded Sunday evening with sewage water near 109th Avenue in south Jamaica. Comments (3)

Consensus elusive over proposed Woodhaven SBS

Woodhaven Boulevard is a dangerous and congested mess. That much, transit advocates, city politicians, transit officials, and local community members can all agree on—but not much else. From the very name of the proposed $200 million redesign to the proposal’s effect on pedestrians, businesses and traffic, consensus is hard to come by. Comments (19)

DOE to investigate subpar education in city yeshivas

Young Advocates for Fair Education, or Yaffed, a Brooklyn-based advocacy organization, has caused a stir in New York’s Orthodox Jewish community after releasing a letter saying the secular education in 39 yeshivas in Brooklyn and Queens was substandard, and in some cases, likely illegal. Comments (8)
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens theater troupe heads to the Caribbean

Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens theater troupe heads to the Caribbean

Hillcrest High student Nadia Butler was looking for more out of her school break than an endless marathon of Netflix viewing and daily doses of chat show host Wendy Williams’ “Hot Topics.” Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015


Whalen Playground renovation under way

Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) joined members of Community Board 9 and the Woodhaven Residents Block Association to officially kick off construction at the Mary Whalen Playground in Woodhaven. Comments (5)

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

Rego Park

Bus swerves into Rego Park building, at least six injured officials say

A Resorts World Casino shuttle swerved into a three-story building on the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard Monday as it tried to avoid another car in a crash that seriously injured the bus driver and left five others with injuries, witnesses and officials said. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

City opens a new shelter for homeless families in East Elmhurst

The city began moving homeless families into a new emergency shelter in East Elmhurst, directly across the Grand Central Parkway at the former Clarion Hotel. Comments (4)

West Nile pesticide to be sprayed in NE Queens Monday

The city Health Department has scheduled pesticide spraying in northeast Queens beginning Monday, Aug. 24, from trucks on the ground as part of its efforts to reduce mosquito activity and prevent the risk of West Nile Virus from spreading. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Two die in fire at Far Rockaway home: NYPD

Two people were killed in a fast-moving fire in Far Rockaway Sunday afternoon, the FDNY said. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015

Ozone Park

Man bound in Ozone Park home invasion robbery: NYPD

Police were looking for suspects who bound an elderly man by his feet and stole items from his home in Ozone Park early Saturday morning. Comments (1)

Man shot in Arverne: NYPD

A man was shot in the torso in Arverne Sunday morning, police said. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Willets Point

City decides not to appeal ruling on Willets Point mega-mall

The city said a recent appellate court ruling requiring state legislative approval before a proposed mega-mall could move forward gave it an impetus to push for more housing in the $3 billion Willets Point Development Plan. Comment



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