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Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

Long Island City

New dog run opens in Long Island City

Long Island City dog lovers now have a third location where they can exercise and play with their pets. Comment
St. Albans

Sanders’ missing persons bill needs gov’s signature

Days after “Second Avenue Singer” Garry Russo, 54, a Howard Beach resident, was found hanging from a tree after disappearing for a month, community activists and elected officials Monday called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo outside his Manhattan office to sign the LaMont Dottin’s Law, which would require police agencies to file a report after an adult is reported missing. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Wills and Garcia work with Richmond Hill merchants

Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) and Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia spent Tuesday afternoon with merchants along Liberty Avenue. Comments (2)
The Play’s the Thing

Queens theater companies should stop playing it safe

Marvin at my gym often wants to know what I’ve seen. He’s talking about theater, of course, ‘cause Marv and his wife get to lots of shows, usually in Manhattan and Off-Broadway. And he gives me his reviews. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills Hospital gets new director

Susan Browning, a Queens native and veteran health-care administrator for the North Shore-LIJ Health System, has been appointed executive director at Forest Hills Hospital. Comment

Vape shop offers smokers an alternative to cigarettes

In downtown Flushing Dragon Vapes NYC, an e-cigarette shop, says its mission is to help people quit smoking and make a difference in the community. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015


New TV series, condo come to Kaufman Astoria Studios

Comedic actor Neil Patrick Harris is trying to revive one of the great traditions of broadcast television, the comedy-variety show, and he’s doing it before a live audience at the Kaufman Astoria Studios. The 10-episode “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris” debuts in primetime on NBC Sept. 15. Comment

Bushwig, a gender-bending performance event, settles into Ridgewood

The queens are heading to Queens. Comment

Macy’s opens discount outlet at Queens Place in Elmhurst

The curtain went up Wednesday on a whole new concept for Macy’s shoppers in Elmhurst. The retail giant opened Backstage at the Queens Place shopping center, located at 55th Avenue and Queens Boulevard, an outlet offering deeply discounted designer brands. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens Hills

Queens College makes top five in college ranking list

Queens College is once again ranked among the top five schools in Washington Monthly’s “2015 Best Bang for the Buck” listing of colleges in the Northeast. Comment

Brownfield cleanup at Whitestone dry cleaners site delayed

The Great Atlantic Pacific & Tea Company currently has no definite plans to clean up a brownfield at the former Johnny on the Spot Dry Cleaners site in Whitestone after the company filed for bankruptcy in July, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Comment

After 30 years GOPer runs for Scarborough seat

After 30 years a Republican candidate is running against a Democrat for former Assemblyman William Scarborough’s seat in the southeast part of the borough. Comments (1)

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

Fresh Meadows

Lancman, BP Katz allocate $450,000 to buy Brinckerhoff cemetery

The city is in the process of buying the Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery in Fresh Meadows from its current owner. Comments (2)

‘Design-build’ success for Queens but faces uncertain future

A system used in the construction industry called “design-build” and widely considered a success in Queens as part of the Kosciuszko Bridge project is being closely watched by city officials, organized labor and the construction industry. Comments (1)

Bayside bookstore turns the page on five years of assisting people with disabilities

Now a part of the Bayside community for over five years, Turn The Page … Again, has become the neighborhood bookstore. More so, it has now given employment and vocational training opportunities to countless numbers of individuals who have mental disabilities like anxiety or mood disorders. Comments (1)

Workers’ union endorsements file in before City Council primary

A few more endorsements, most of them workers’ unions, have been announced for three of the six candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for City Council District 23. Comment

CBC: Reform taxi tax policy to close MTA funding gap

Reforming the taxation of New York City’s taxicab industry could help fill the $2.6 billion gap that remains after the MTA requested money from the city and state for its five-year capital plan, according to a report released by the Citizens Budget Commission. Comments (1)

Comeback Kids: Terriers eye ‘AA’ crown after tough 2014

The St. Francis Prep seniors want the final chapter of their high school career to be a comeback story. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Laurelton man dies in motorcycle accident

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A 22-year old Laurelton man died Aug. 29 in a fatal motorcycle accident in Springfield Gardens, police said. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015


Woman’s advocate Andrea Adams dies at 75

Andrea Ruby Adams, a dedicated community volunteer for over 30 years who lived in Douglaston, died Aug. 25 in a Jamaica nursing home. She was 75 years old. Comment

NE Queens schools outperform borough and city on state tests

City Department of Education District 26 Superintendent Danielle Giunta went over some progress made last year as the overall highest performing district in the city, proposing to build upon that success starting a new year. Comments (1)
College Point

Avella allocates $575,000 for MacNeil Park renovations

MacNeil Park in College Point will be undergoing a renovation, thanks to $575,000 in state funding. Comments (2)

Knights march on without stars

Holy Cross saw two of its best players from last year’s team transfer, with Rutgers-bound wide receiver Ahmed Bah now at Grand Street and quarterback Joshua Edwards heading to North Catholic Philadelphia. The remaining Knights don’t want to hear about the stars who left, and want to prove their talent collectively makes the team just as good. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Goodbye Manhattan, hello Brooklyn Heights!

Like a young Joan Didion or a middle-aged Woody Allen, I have had an enduring love affair with my birthplace—Manhattan, particularly its West Side. Comment

Employee gives city a good name

One recent evening at approximately 5:15 p.m., I heard a chain saw outside my home on 58th Avenue. I went out to see a young man chopping down branches from a dead tree on the mall which had been dropping large dead branches onto the street for weeks. This young fellow, by himself, on the mall was trimming the dead tree so that the large branches would no longer be falling into the street and causing hazards to cars passing. I could only envision a car careening off a piece of wood and hitting a child going to school this fall. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

NYPD traffic agents arrested on range of charges: Police

RICHMOND HILL — Two NYPD employees were arrested within the confines of the 102nd Precinct. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015

Kew Gardens

BP Katz accepts donations for homeless students

One week after the city opened a new shelter for homeless families in East Elmhurst, Borough President Melinda Katz announced a drive that will collect backpacks and school supplies for the children who live there and at other shelters in Queens and around the city. Comments (3)
Forest Hills

Trailers coming to PS 144

PS 144 in Forest Hills will be using trailers for additional teaching space for its pre-K center this coming academic year. One trailer will accommodate two pre-K sections totaling 56 seats, according to Jason Fink, spokesman at the Department of Education. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Avella calls for better communication among city agencies for sidewalk repairs

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) rallied outside a Queens Village home with a handful of concerned homeowners from eastern Queens who have received violations from the city Department of Transportation because of sidewalks in front of their properties that have been damaged by city tree roots. Comments (2)

Crowley visits debate tournament in Maspeth

City Council member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) visited students at Maspeth High School just before the final tournament of the two-week Queens Debate Institute summer camp. Comment
Block Shots

New coaches upholding traditions at Holy Cross, SFP

The St. Francis Prep and Holy Cross football programs have new head coaches for the first time in more than six and four decades respectively. The only thing that has really changed, however, are the names next to the titles. Comment
The Civic Scene

Parents must be assertive when meeting with education officials about their children

Parents of special needs children have to be aware of the needs of their child. They must press school officials aggressively to have these needs addressed. Since special education costs are very high, due to the specialized services each student needs, our school system tries to cut costs. Often programs are only given enough money for some children but not for all. Comments (1)

A phony controversy

The GOP continues to say “body parts” are being sold by Planned Parenthood. What we’re dealing with is fetal tissue—which has been very valuable in solving medical problems such as AIDS, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease. The 1954 Nobel Prize went to John Franklin Enders, Thomas Huckle Weller and Frederick Chapman Robbins “for their discovery of the ability of poliomyelitis viruses to grow in cultures of various types of tissue.” That’s right, tissue experimentation helped cure polio! Comments (6)

Man dies after trying to run across LIE: NYPD

FLUSHING — A North Carolina man who tried to cross the Long Island Expressway Saturday night in Flushing died after being struck by a vehicle, the NYPD said. Comment

Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

Long Island City

New Planned Parenthood Health Center on Long Island City opens

Planned Parenthood has opened its first health facility in Queens. Comments (1)
Bay Terrace

Online petition urges Barnes & Noble to stay in Bay Terrace

A petition has been circulating online, started by a member of the community after she learned the Bay Terrace Shopping Center would be losing its Barnes & Noble bookstore, which has called the Bayside commercial center home since 1993. Comments (5)

District 23 debates heat up for Sept. 10 Democratic primary

As the Sept. 10 primary inches closer, candidates running for the 23rd Council District in eastern Queens have started playing hard ball. Comments (1)

Kids come out for Arthur Ashe Day before US Open

Thousands of young tennis fans from the tri-state area gathered Saturday at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day tennis event before opening day for the US Open. Comment

Zuerner brings dance to Evergreens Cemetery

Is there a place for art in a space traditionally reserved for mourning? For Anne Zuerner, a 29-year-old choreographer who will stage a series of dances inside the Evergreens Cemetery in Glendale this fall, the answer is a respectful, but adamant yes. Comment
Far Rockaway

Honey Week returns with slate of sweet treats

Far Rockaway

Honey Week returns with slate of sweet treats

Brooklyn Grange is sweet on Queens. Comment

Comptroller rejects contract at Pan Am shelter for third time

City Comptroller Scott Stringer has rejected the Department of Homeless Services’ proposed five-year, $42 million contract with service provider Samaritan Village that would convert the former Pan American Hotel into a permanent shelter for homeless families. The Boulevard Family Shelter, which operates in the 216-unit shelter at 79-00 Queens Blvd., will have to resubmit its plans. Comment

DEP to start cleaning up Flushing Bay next year

The city Department of Environmental Protection will start dredging the Flushing Bay next year. Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

Teen murdered blocks from where his older brother was killed: NYPD

A 16-year-old boy was fatally shot in the head at the corner of Seagrit Avenue and Beach 26 Street in Far Rockaway Sunday, according to police. He was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon. Comment

Pace law school accepts student rejected by St. John’s

After the St. John’s University School of Law rescinded the application of a student who did not disclose an arrest for a drug sale despite his record being expunged, the student received a spot at the Pace University School of Law. Comment
Ozone Park

Corona man accused of sexual abuse in mosque: DA

A 63-year-old Corona man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in the basement of a Ozone Park mosque, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Borough to commemorate Sept. 11

Several events commemorating Sept. 11, 2001 are planned in the borough beginning next Friday. Comment

Voices to remember

In the last month Queens has lost two voices of conscience—men who spoke out fearlessly about the importance of community and the sanctity of the borough. Comment

Young Flushing team turns to Beckett to keep success going

Quarterback Terrence Chavis was a major reason for Flushing’s success and playoff runs the last two seasons. But even after graduating Chavis, arguably the best quarterback in the PSAL last year, the Red Devils don’t see their passing attack missing a beat, with his former backup Tajmaleeak Beckett now playing that leadership role. Comment

A good old-fashioned history lesson

This week, our columnist explains at the genes of your jeans. Comment

Willets Point is a lesson in absurdity

If I were to describe the Willets Point matter (“Willets Revisited”—Aug. 28 editorial) as a municipal absurdity of unparalleled proportions, I would be overly generous. The basis of former Mayor Bloomberg’s decision to remove over 200 small businesses with over 1,000 of their employees from Willets Point, was that the area was a blight. Comment

Man found hanging over Cross Island Parkway

BAYSIDE — A hanging victim was discovered early Wednesday morning on the Cross Island Parkway near Northern Boulevard. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

Forest Hills

Barnes & Noble to leave Queens

Barnes & Noble’s is leaving Queens. The retail book giant announced this week that it will be closing its two remaining Queens locations at Bay Terrace Shopping Center and Forest Hills. Comments (5)

Homeless have left Weeping Beech Park

Elderly residents are frequenting Weeping Beech Park in Flushing again after the nearby Bowne House expressed concerns about homeless people living in the park as well as criminal activities. Comment

Record crowd attends US Open’s first day

A record opening day crowd descended on the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the start of the US Open. Comment
Jackson Heights

Anti-gay fliers found in Jackson Heights

The 115th Precinct is investigating the appearance of anti-gay fliers that were discovered on cars around Jackson Heights last weekend. The hate literature, written in English and Spanish, quotes Romans 1:18-32. Comment

Woman allegedly shot, burned boyfriend: DA

The woman arrested for allegedly setting her boyfriend on fire was charged with murder Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court and her children faced counts as accomplices, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Six compete in Dem primary for Weprin’s seat

Six candidates will face off in the Democratic primary election on Thursday, Sept. 10, in the race to take Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat in eastern Queens. Comments (3)

Maloney opposes the Iran nuclear agreement

President Obama got the necessary votes to assure the Iran nuclear deal would survive a congressional challenge when Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the 34th Democrat to support the agreement Wednesday. Lawmakers struggled with the decision on the deal that would ease economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on the country’s nuclear program. Comment

Porn shop on Jamaica Ave. shuts down

After swift mobilization from civic leaders and elected officials, an adult store on Jamaica Avenue that opened in August has closed. Comments (1)

Flea market fire unveils squatter issue in Laurelton

A fire destroyed parts of the long-closed Merrick Flea Market at Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton last week and the property manager from BP Real Estate Investors boarded up the windows for safety. Comments (4)

Skimming devices discovered on ATMs in NE Queens: 109th Pct.

Four skimming devices were found on ATMs at a drugstore and two gas stations in northeast Queens between June and August, according to the 109th Precinct. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Sydney Zambrotta reaped the fruits of her labor by verbally committing to play basketball at Louisville next year. Comment

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015


Southwest Queens to get pesticide application Tuesday

The city Health Department has scheduled another application of synthetic pesticides in Queens for Tuesday. It is an effort to control mosquito populations in the city and reduce the risk of human infection of the West Nile Virus. Comment
Howard Beach

“Second Avenue Sinatra” found dead: Police

Howard Beach

“Second Avenue Sinatra” found dead: Police

A Howard Beach ironworker, known as “The Second Avenue Sinatra,” who disappeared last month was found hanging from a tree in Spring Creek Park, off Crossbay Boulevard in Howard Beach, police said. Comments (1)

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015


AirTrain to be suspended for maintenance during weekend

The AirTrain JFK service will be suspended from 11 p.m. Saturday until 7 a.m. Sunday for scheduled maintenance, the Port Authority announced Friday. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Bay Terrace

Barnes & Noble to leave Queens, closing two stores

Barnes & Noble’s two remaining locations in Queens will both be closing. The Forest Hills’ Barnes & Noble, located at 70-00 Austin St, will be replaced by a Target superstore set to open sometime in 2016, while its location in Bay Terrace does not yet have a specified closure date. Comments (4)
Up to two Bronx-bound lanes at the Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed this weekend for asphalt and binder work on the bridge. Comment



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