Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015


Delivery service moves to Ridgewood

LaserShip, a Virginia-based package delivery service and major Amazon contractor, signed a 10-year lease to relocate from Long Island City and fully occupy a Ridgewood warehouse as its newest distribution center, Comments (3)

Elmhurst Hospital Center receives grant for cardiac arrest training

Elmhurst Hospital Center will receive a $150,000 grant over the next two years from New York state to study medical simulation training for cardiac arrest code teams. The state funds will go to develop a novel curriculum for hospital medical teams responding to cardiac arrests, with the goal of developing training techniques that will lead to better safety and improved outcomes for patients. Comment

Family Fun Day event to be held in Whitestone

The 109th Precinct and the We Love Whitestone Civic Association are hosting the second annual Family Fun Day in Whitestone later this month. Comments (5)

All that Jaz: Scholarship offers piling up for TMLA’s Brunson

Jasmine Brunson showed apprehensive college coaches what they had been asking for all along this summer, and the scholarship offers came rolling in. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015


Astoria gets its first neighborhood slow zone

Construction on Astoria’s first Neighborhood Slow Zone has begun. City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and the city DOT’s Queens commissioner, Nicole Garcia, announced last week. Comment
Rego Park

Starbucks to brew in Rego Park

Starbucks will be opening two locations in Rego Park at 95-15 63rd Drive and 92-77 Queens Blvd. The shops will be the first two in the neighborhood. Comments (1)

Federal funds to aid in subway’s Sandy recovery

The federal government will provide more than $57 million to help insulate the New York City subways from tremendous damage such as that which occurred when Hurricane Sandy struck nearly three years ago. Comment

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015

Howard Beach

Bianco announces new security for A train in Howard Beach

NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco has announced new measures to secure the A-train line in Howard Beach and improve the transit agency’s contingency plans. Comment
East Elmhurst

African American developer sets sights on Queens

Possible mayoral candidate Don Peebles, head of one of the largest black-owned development companies in the United States, has his eye on Queens for future developments. Comments (1)

St. Anastasia in Douglaston to mark 100th anniversary

St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Douglaston is hosting its centennial celebration in October, but the parish will kick things off this weekend with a special Sunday mass which many past clergy and church members were expected to attend. Comment

Pilot social media program in 109th Pct. wins award

The NYPD has received a “Best of New York” award for its social media campaign, whose pilot program started in the 109th Precinct. Comment

Cool hand Q: Poised Mosby’s six scored power Campus Magnet

Que Ruan Mosby is living up to his nickname—“Cucumber”—on the football field. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

Howard Beach

Addabbo visits neglected underpass

In response to a growing number of complaints about unsightly and unsanitary conditions at the pedestrian underpass at 80th Street and 57th Avenue in Middle Village, state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) last week met with constituents to discuss possible solutions for cleaning up the area. Comment

Flushing black women’s group seeks to increase voting among youth

The Flushing chapter of the National Congress of Black Women is looking to recruit area high school students to educate people on how to vote. Comment
Long Island City

Variations Theatre opts for something in black

For its 2015-16 season Variations Theatre Group is heading to the dark side. Comment
Political Action

The often bumpy road from vice president to the presidency

It looks like Vice President Joseph Biden may be entering the Democratic presidential primary in 2016. Since the closing days of World War II, there have been 14 vice presidents, all of them elected vice president except for Gerald Ford who was appointed vice president and became president when Richard Nixon resigned. Comments (1)

Students tell of little-known New York story

The young student members of the Aquinas Honor Society of The Immaculate Conception School Catholic Academy, Jamaica Estates are a remarkable group of academically gifted scholars and have garnered accolades and awards over the years for their many unique and historical projects. Comment

Mullin tossed strike at Citi Field, eager for season

Chris Mullin might look to the Mets for some inspiration as he heads into his first season as St. John’s men’s basketball coach. Comment

Title time: Revamped CK wants to complete turnaround with crown

Christ the King’s football team had its best campaign since 2010 last season, finishing 6-3 and making an appearance in the CHSFL Class AA playoffs. But this year, the Royals are hungry for even more. CK believes it has the tools to improve after adding players from a junior varsity team that went 11-1 and reached the Class AAA final to a strong returning core. Comment

Whitestone woman missing: NYPD

WHITESTONE — A Whitestone woman went missing over the weekend, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015


Bus drivers now protected under city’s right-of-way law

A settlement between the Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the city clarifies that bus drivers will not be criminally charged in pedestrian crosswalk accidents if they did not act recklessly. Comment

Queens parents to sue Amtrak over son’s death

The Queens parents of Justin Zemser, a Naval Academy midshipman killed in May’s Amtrak derailment, are suing the railway company over his death for an unspecified amount. The family pledges to donate any payout to a commemorative scholarship in Zemser’s name. Comment
Dining Out

Someone’s in the kitchen with papa

We first encountered Beth Roa, owner of Papa’s Kitchen at a pre-launch event for Smorgasburg Queens, the newest Saturday market in Long Island City. Comment

‘Gentleman Jim’ and the legacy he left Bayside

Champion heavyweight boxer, actor and Queens resident Jim Corbett was born in San Francisco, Calif. on Sept. 1, 1866. Known as “Gentleman Jim,” Corbett was raised in a middle-class family headed by his Irish immigrant father. He attended college and worked as a bank clerk before mastering the pugilistic arts at a local gym. Comment

The 7 train extension: $500 million and a station short

There is more to the MTA starting service on the No. 7 subway line to the new 34th Street-11th Ave. Hudson Yards station on Sunday that few are aware of. The original cost of the overall project was $2.1 billion and is now $2.4 billion not counting the subway station that had to be dropped from the original scope of work along with additional subway cars necessary to provide opening day service for transit riders. Comment

Abukari powers Bayside to season opening win

Shariff Abukari is off to quite a start. Comment

TSA screener charged in theft at JFK: DA

JAMAICA — A former Transportation Security Administration screener at JFK airport was charged last Friday with grand larceny for allegedly stealing a passenger’s diamond watch, the Queens district attorney announced. Comment

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

Middle Village

9/11 first responders return to Ground Zero to get the Zadroga Act renewed

A 9/11 first responder from Middle Village and a survivor from Flushing, both suffering the effects of cancer, went back to Ground Zero to call on Congress to reauthorize the Zadroga Act, and make it permanent. The law, which provides health care and compensation to those with 9/11-related illnesses, is slated to expire next year. Comment
Little Neck

Queens woman involved in boyfriend’s 2014 arson avoids jail time

A Queens woman who was charged last year with assisting her ex-con boyfriend in allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail inside his friend’s Little Neck home is walking free after striking a plea deal on a lesser charge with prosecutors Tuesday, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst residents meet to discuss new homeless shelter

More than 60 East Elmhurst homeowners, elected officials, clergy and community leaders gathered last Thursday at St. Mark’s AME Church to discuss The Landing, the new emergency shelter for homeless families at the former Clarion Hotel. Comment
Kew Gardens

Hundreds call about lost city wages: Stringer

Hundreds of phone calls have poured into the city’s labor law offices to claim prevailing wages after the city comptroller announced an estimated $3.7 million in wages owed to workers, including $800,000 owed to workers in Queens, according to its office. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Boro gets least funding per student: Report

As New York public schools open their doors to students, funding per student in Queens remains tight, much like the borough’s crowded school buildings, according to a report released Tuesday by the city’s Independent Budget Office. Comments (3)

Bayside BID continues music series, brings back Sunday Stroll

Coming back from the holiday weekend, the Bayside Village Business Improvement District has planned a full month of music in addition to its third annual Sunday Stroll event on Bell Boulevard. Comment

Briarwood man wins $7M lottery

A Briarwood man is now going to be receiving $1,000 a day for the rest of his life after winning the New York Lottery’s Cash4Life prize. Comments (1)

Concannon matches his experience up against six Democratic contenders

Joe Concannon, the Republican contender in the race for the eastern Queens City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin, said he was eagerly waiting to see who his Democratic opponent will be following the primary election on Sept. 10. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Mixed-use development under way on Farmers

Farmers Boulevard Community Development Corp. announced last week it is seeking buyers and businesses for a property at 113-50 Farmers Blvd. in Saint Albans currently under development. Comment

Tennis Benefit raises funds for young players

The City Parks Foundation put the goal of raising funds for the free youth instructional program CityParks Tennis front and center at its 18th annual Tennis Benefit at the US Open Tennis Championships last week. Comment
Floral Park

Spend some time down on the farm

The annual Queens County Fair and Corn Maze in Floral Park offers New Yorkers the chance to have country fun without having to leave the Big Apple. Comment

Brooklyn teacher awaits court date in US Open drone crash: DA

The Brooklyn teacher who was arrested and charged with crashing a drone into the Louis Armstrong Stadium during a US Open match last week has a court date next week, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment

Transit group plans rally against SBS

The Queens Public Transit Committee, a group strongly opposed to planned select bus service lines, will hold a rally this Sunday at 3 p.m. on Woodhaven Boulevard and Queens Boulevard at Hoffman Drive in Elmhurst. The rally, dubbed “Transportation for Everyone,” will protest the expected lane reductions and left-turn eliminations on Woodhaven Boulevard as a result of SBS’s implementation. “There are so many alternatives that the DOT doesn’t want to look at,” said Eugene Falik a member of the group. Comments (1)

A legacy for 9/11

The 14th anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers still touches deep wounds in Queens, which lost more than 200 firefighters, police officers and working people to the carnage on Sept. 11. Comment

The Substitute: A year in the city’s public schools

This week, Lenore explores the good, bad, and ugly of the public school system. Comment

Landmarking stifles homeowners

In its effort to obtain City Landmark status, the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association is again asking the homeowners to express their support for landmark designation. This request disingenuously implies that homeowners have input and can participate in the landmarking process. According to the law, landmark designation is not the subject of a vote by the community or homeowners and notification to homeowners is not required. Comments (2)
Block Shots

Queens Village singer debuts at US Open

Madison Zamor realized a different type of US Open dream. Comment

Fire occurred in basement of Korean supermarket: FDNY

FLUSHING — A fire broke out in the basement of a supermarket in Flushing late Wednesday morning, the FDNY said. Comment
Howard Beach

Motorcycle passenger dies after being hit twice by traffic: NYPD

HOWARD BEACH — A Brooklyn woman died in a motorcycle accident on Monday night after being struck twice by moving traffic on the Belt Parkway near Exit 17, which leads to Crossbay Boulevard in Howard Beach, police said. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015


Astoria organization helps asylum seekers adjust to New York

The image of 3-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi lying face down and dead in the surf at a Turkish beach resort is now seared on the world’s conscience, a tragic symbol of a massive worldwide displacement of population. Wars, conflict and persecution have forced more than 60 million people, more than at any time since 1949 when the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees began keeping records, to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere, according to a report from the U.N. refugee agency. Comments (1)

Study finds half of the city’s worst subway stations are in Queens, the worst in Woodside

The beleaguered No. 7 subway line’s 52nd Street subway station in Woodside/Sunnyside is being called the worst in the city, based on a report issued last week by the Citizens Budget Commission. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Barnes & Nobles closings leave Queens literary community in limbo

As Barnes & Noble closes its last two Queens locations, leaving Forest Hills without a bookstore and Bayside with just one, many in the borough’s literary community worry over what, if anything, will take their place. Comments (2)

Bayside Jewish Center signs deal to become high school

Community Board 11 expressed disappointment Tuesday over not being immediately informed of a contract that the Bayside Jewish Center signed with the School Construction Authority to build a high school on its property. Comments (11)
South Ozone Park

Sex offenders leave shelter near school

The city Department of Homeless Services has removed all Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from the Skyway Men’s Shelter off South Conduit in South Ozone Park, City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Ozone Park) said Wednesday. Comments (2)

Thousands flock to Jamaica Night Market

More than 3,000 visitors came to the first opening night of the Queens International Night Market on 168th Street in downtown Jamaica Saturday. Comments (1)

Nail salons close in protest along Jamaica Avenue

A stretch of Jamaica Avenue was surprisingly quiet one day last week as many of the avenue’s nail salons had closed and posted stark messages of protest on their shuttered security gates. Comments (4)

NYPD complaints drop by 22%: CCRB

A new Civilian Complaint Review Board report on misconduct complaints against NYPD officers released this week showed a small percentage of the police force were responsible for many of the complaints filed with the city agency. Comments (1)

Habitat for Humanity opens it first NYC store in Woodside

Habitat for Humanity will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday in Woodside at its first-ever ReStore in New York City. Comment

No. 7 station to open at last on 11th Ave. in Manhattan

After nearly two years of delays, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that the No.7 subway line will finally make its inaugural run all the way from Main Street in Flushing to 11th Avenue on Manhattan’s far west side. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015


Follow primary election results here on Thursday

The TimesLedger Newspapers will be covering the Democratic primary election for Council District 23 throughout the day Thursday. Comments (2)

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015

Jackson Heights

Police search for masked rapist in Jackson Heights

Police from the 115th Precinct were hunting for a man who raped a 35-year-old woman at knifepoint in Jackson Heights early Wednesday morning. The suspect can be seen in security video hiding in the bushes of a home on 84th Street near 34th Avenue, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

A Brooklyn teacher was arrested and charged with crashing a drone into the Louis Armstrong Stadium during a US Open match Thursday night, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)

Bayside’s nautical eatery to be torn down

Bayside’s boat-shaped seafood eatery, Pier 25A, closed this week before hosting an auction Wednesday to sell off all of its decor, furniture and kitchen equipment. Comment

Arrest in Greenpoint heating oil truck, fuel theft: DA

A Greenpoint heating oil company worker was arrested Aug. 26 for allegedly stealing a truck loaded with fuel, according to the Brooklyn district attorney’s office. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

As the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches, more than 50 ailing first responders and survivors joined U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and other elected officials at Ground Zero Thursday to call on Congress to prevent the expiration of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Comments (1)
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