Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Forest Hills

Synagogue builds new home on 70th

Seventeen years after a fire destroyed their shul building, Congregation Havurat Yisrael in Forest Hills has finally moved into a new home on 106-20 70th Road. Comment

Constantinides presents plan for Astoria waterfront revitalization

City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) hosted a Waterfront Festival in conjunction with the Waterfront Alliance at Hallets Cove Playground Saturday. Comment
Middle Village

Participatory Budgeting returns to CD30

Participatory Budgeting is returning to Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Middle Village) Council District 30. Residents of Middle Village, Maspeth, Glendale, northwest Woodhaven, much of Ridgewood and some of Woodside have started the process of deliberating over how to best distribute the $1 million allocated to their communities. The first of a series of scheduled participatory budgeting neighborhood meetings was held on Sept. 10, with more to follow in the coming weeks. Comment

Supermarket opens food court, party room

Green Apple Supermarket in downtown Jamaica, which had its grand opening in late August, will unveil its food court and party room this weekend. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Jamaica Estates

Group home for people with autism coming to Jamaica Estates

A community residence for young men with developmental disabilities is coming to Jamaica Estates in October. Comments (1)
College Point

College Pt. singer Bill Popp to now play full time

After spending years working as a plumber, singer Bill Popp will now be able to give up his day job and play with his band, Bill Popp and The Tapes full time—and he’s celebrating with a concert in October. Comment
East Elmhurst

Queens’ Congress members urge PA to address potential noise at LGA

Members of Congress from Queens have called on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to address their constituents’ concerns over the potential for increased aircraft noise that would result from the elimination of the perimeter rule at LaGuardia Airport. The rule currently limits flights arriving at or departing from LaGuardia to distances of 1,500 miles or less. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst library will be expanded

Queens Library has launched the bidding process for the expansion of its East Elmhurst branch that will add 4,000 square feet of space. The library, at 95-06 Astoria Blvd., has 7,500 square-feet. Comment

Statewide minimum wage increase considered

Queens workers, employers and elected officials have mixed reactions to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to increase the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour for all workers. Comments (1)

Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

Middle Village

Yeshiva expansion and park repairs top concerns at CB5 meeting

A planned yeshiva expansion in Glendale met fierce resistance at this past week’s Community Board 5 meeting, with residents citing various logistical complaints, while also recognizing that the Yeshiva, which has operated since 2006, has been an exemplary neighbor. Comments (2)

107th Pct. sees uptick in robberies

The 107th Precinct, based in Pomonok, experienced an increase in robberies and had no burglaries or murders between the end of August and early September. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Queens Village mosque grows

After the congregation at Masjid Ar-Rahman, a mosque in Queens Village, grew from just under a hundred people to thousands of Muslims from across the borough over the years, it decided to rebuild to accommodate its robust parish. Comments (2)

Stanners aim to change playoff fortunes


Stanners aim to change playoff fortunes

The Archbishop Molloy seniors have known too much playoff heartbreak to let it happen again in their final high school season. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015

Long Island City

Long Island City school probed for alleged sex affair in latest scandal

At a Long Island City high school, a staffer’s alleged affair with a student is just the latest in a series of problems. Comments (1)

Crowley gets LIE underpass upgrades

After receiving complaints about sanitary conditions on the Long Island Expressway underpasses on 74th and 80th streets, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, (D-Middle Village) along with the state Department of Transportation, pledged to clean the area marred by nesting pigeons and debris. Comments (1)

Pols praise resurfacing project on Main Street in Flushing

Elected officials commended the city Department of Transportation for starting its project to resurface parts of Main Street in Flushing, saying that it will provide smoother streets for residents. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Meet Richmond Hill’s piano man

By all appearances Richmond Hill resident Bill Gati is a mild-mannered architect, but there is another side to him that comes alive as a musical impresario – playing piano and saxophone and singing. Comment
New Voices

Citizenship by birth is still an inalienable right

Recently, the 2016 presidential campaign reached new levels of absurdity, with several Republican candidates demanding that the children of immigrants not receive American citizenship by birth. Birthright citizenship, enshrined in the Constitution by way of the Fourteenth Amendment and judicial interpretation, has been the law of the land since 1868 and one of the earliest significant achievements by the early Republican Party. Comments (5)

New school needs open-door policy

At the Community Board 11 meeting on Sept. 8, it was announced by CB11 that they received a call informing them that the contract for the purchase of the Bayside Jewish Center had been signed by the School Construction Authority. Comments (5)
Middle Village

Senior-laden Royals pursue state crown

Christ the King has one goal this season: to win a Catholic state title. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015


De Blasio wants all city students to have computer science

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been working to improve the city’s education system, delivered an “equity and excellence” speech at a Bronx school Wednesday, in which he announced at least two major efforts. Comments (2)

CB4 approves street co-naming for longtime owner of The Lemon Ice King of Corona

The man behind a borough icon will have a street co-named for him if Community Board 4 gets its way. Comment

Bayside and Whitestone voting sites to be removed

The Scheuer House of Bayside and Le Havre in Whitestone will no longer be voting sites for upcoming and future general elections. Comment

Tom considers ‘The Great Debate’

Violence or civil disobedience? That has been the perennial question facing the Civil Rights movement, which has evolved into the “Black Lives Matter” crusade. Comments (2)

Profiting from the Pope

I was appalled and distressed to read that scalpers are trying to sell tickets online to see the pope. Now an example on Craigslist is one person is offering a ticket for $2,500 and two tickets for $3,000 for the Central Park event, for which there were 40,000 pairs of tickets given out via a lottery system. These tickets were offered for these people to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the pope for free. Comments (1)

LIC runs past Eagle Academy

Long Island City remains among the ranks of the unbeaten. Comment

Con-duo steal $90K from old woman: NYPD

WOODHAVEN — An elderly woman was scammed Sept. 9 by a couple into handing them $90,000 in cash in Woodhaven, police said. Comments (2)

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Long Island City

Vendy Cup winner had roots in LIC as Jax Heights gears up for Viva La Comida

A street food vending truck, which got its start in Long Island City, captured the top prizes for its grilled cheese sandwich at the Vendy Awards on Governors Island last Saturday. Comment

Borough remembers 911 attacks

In the immediate aftermath of the events of Sept. 11th 2001, the TimesLedger wrote, “the unthinkable terrorist attacks on Manhattan’s World Trade Center sent a shock wave through Queens...streets remained eerily quiet as people sat in restaurants and other businesses glued to televisions and radios.” Comment

Transit advocates protest Woodhaven Blvd. SBS proposal

More than 20 members of the Queens Public Transit Committee rallied on Woodhaven Boulevard last Sunday to raise public awareness of the proposed Select Bus Service line and redevelopment of Woodhaven and Jamaica boulevards. They claimed the proposal would benefit fewer commuters than it would hurt. Comments (21)

Irish American comic returns to his native Flushing

A Flushing-born Irish-American comic who performed stand-up comedy in Ireland and briefly in China has returned to the borough to bring comedy in both English and Chinese to Flushing. Comment

7 train expands into western Manhattan

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials took the first ride on the 7 train from the new Hudson Yards station Sunday morning after an official ribbon-cutting for the $2.4 million project that now connects Flushing and northwest Queens to the far west side of Manhattan. Comment

JFK runway work to be completed this week

A runway renovation project at John F. Kennedy International Airport should be completed by Monday, according to the Port Authority. Comment

North Shore LIJ changes name to Northwell Health

North Shore LIJ Health System, the state’s largest private employer and health care provider, will soon be known as Northwell Health. Comments (1)

Loria denies that Steinway Mansion has been sold

Astoria-based attorney Philip Loria wants to make something perfectly clear. He is an owner of the Steinway Mansion and he has not sold it to Karl McNamara, an attorney who claimed he bought the historic home and planned to restore it and turn it into a music conservancy. Comment

Off the rails

The opening of the No. 7 line’s new station on the far west side of Manhattan is the first good news from the MTA in too long. Comment

A subway station that will make you smile

Do yourself—and your soul—a favor. Hop on the 7 train and go to the last stop in Manhattan, the brand-spanking-new one: 34th Street-Hudson Yards. Comment

Let city shoppers decide for themselves

Schools are open, but once again out-of-work, single-income, poor, working and middle-class parents looking for reasonably priced clothing and educational supplies had to pay more. This is thanks to elected officials who believe they know what is best for you. Polls of ordinary New Yorkers continue year after year, and now decade after decade, to support the right of Walmart to open stores in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. Comments (4)

Nacinovich put his arm to use as US Open ballperson

When he tried out to be a US Open ballperson, Michael Nacinovich not only immediately earned the job—he also got a specific position. Comment
Middle Village

Miranda’s late TD gives CK season opening win

As David Navas’ pass settled into Alex Miranda’s hand in the right side of the end zone on fourth down, it was more than just a winning touchdown in Christ the King’s eyes. It was a sign that the program was ready to take the next step, as well as a reflection of its current roster’s maturity. Comment

Program offers to take students from high school to art school

The Queens Council on the Arts is currently recruiting new students to be part of its High School to Art School program for the fall. All high school seniors in New York City are eligible to apply, and the program is free for all accepted applicants. Comments (1)

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

Oakland Gardens

Deng’s attack more brutal: Poconos police

After homicide and other related charges were brought Monday against 37 members of an Asian fraternity at Baruch College, police contended the students were particularly brutal to Michael Deng, a 19-year-old freshman from Oakland Gardens, who died in the Poconos after a night of hazing in 2013. Comments (4)

Nail salons sue governor

Two trade groups representing Chinese and Korean nail salons throughout the city have sued the Cuomo administration over a new requirement that they purchase wage-bonds as insurance for any unpaid wages. The suit follows a one-day shutdown by the city’s salon shops, including a number along Jamaica Avenue, to protest what they consider an overly complex and hastily applied regulatory regime. Comments (8)
More than 400 residents of the Queensbridge Houses have signed a petition expressing their outrage at the NYPD’s decision to end the command of Public Service Area 9, the squad that is charged with patrolling the borough’s public housing developments. The Flushing-based squad operates the Ravenswood Satellite which covers the Queensbridge Houses, the Astoria Houses, Woodside Houses and Ravenswood. Comment

Board of Elections commish fined on ethics charge

Michael Michel, president of the city’s dysfunctional Board of Elections, has been fined $10,000 after helping his daughter’s live-in boyfriend land a string of positions with the board. Comment

Scarborough sentenced to 13 months: AG

Former southeast Queens state Assemblyman William Scarborough has asked the court to schedule the date on which he is to begin serving a sentence for corruption after his wife’s surgery . Comments (1)

Broadway-Flushing rallies for historic district status

The Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association joined state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) and 75 residents in Bowne Park last Saturday, calling on the city Landmarks Preservation Commission to grant the neighborhood historic district status. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

First boro solar project helps light up city skyscraper

A solar rooftop project stretching across several warehouses in Springfield Gardens was unveiled Tuesday in a first for Queens. The project will enable Bloomberg L.P.’s global headquarters in Midtown Manhattan and its downtown data center to partially convert to clean solar energy. Comments (1)

Walking for Wellness gains traction

“Walking for Wellness,” a weekly walk organized by state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-Hollis), has grown from 12 participants to 50. The walk and exercise routine takes place across different parks every Saturday in southeast Queens. Comment
Glen Oaks

Candidates prepare for general elections

After winning the Sept 10 Democratic primary race for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat, Barry Grodenchik celebrated at a Bellerose restaurant where cameras lit up the room and cigar smoke wafted across the sidewalk outside. Comments (1)

Whitestone home plagued by water leak problems

A Whitestone man is calling out the city Department of Environmental Protection for not aggressively handling water leak problems at his home. Comment
Forest Hills

Fed court upholds Borukhuva conviction

A Brooklyn federal judge in a decision handed down Sept. 11 upheld the conviction of Dr. Mazoltuv Borukhova and a co-conspirator, both of whom were found guilty of plotting the 2007 murder of Borukhova’s estranged husband, Dr. Daniel Malakov. Comments (17)

Queens Art Intervention returns for second year

If you are not into attending museum exhibits, or just don’t have the time, you can still get your culture on—while enjoying summer’s last hurrah—when QAI 2015 rocks Queens this weekend. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Police have identified Queens Village resident Angie Escobar as the woman whose body was found last Thursday in a car being driven by Whitestone resident Luis Zambrano, her boyfriend. Comments (11)

McClancy center fielder Holmes picks Mississippi State

Quentin Holmes is accustomed to going fast, but even he had no clue just how quickly the most important sprint of his career was going. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015


Steinway Mansion’s Loria denies selling the historic home

Mystery surrounds the future of the Steinway Mansion. Comments (2)
Oakland Gardens

Five frat brothers charged in Deng’s death

Oakland Gardens

Five frat brothers charged in Deng’s death

Five Baruch college fraternity brothers have been charged with murder in the hazing death of 19-year-old Michael Deng, a freshman from Oakland Gardensl, who died during an initiation ritual in Pennsylvania nearly two years ago, the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department said. Comments (2)

New station on the No. 7 Flushing line opens at 34th Street

Cutting the ribbon to open the new No. 7 station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue are Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and MTA Chairman Tom Pendergast (all holding the scissors). The $2.4-billion extension of the Flushing line, which began passenger service Sunday, promises an easier commute for Queens residents working on the booming far West Side of Manhattan.Photo by Michael Shain Comments (2)

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015


Steinway Mansion sold to investor who will open music school

Attorney Karl McNamara has purchased the historic Steinway Mansion from Philip Loria for an undisclosed sum and he plans to restore it and open a music school. Comment
Queens Village

Elderly couple escapes house fire in Queens Village

An elderly woman and her husband narrowly escaped a fire Monday as she turned to look back at the blaze that had destroyed her Queens Village home. Comment

DOT to repave sections of Main Street in Flushing

The city Department of Transportation will begin resurfacing parts of Main Street in Flushing Monday night. Comments (1)

Fighter jets give the US Open and Queens an air show

Northeast Queens experienced some extraordinarily loud aircraft noise Sunday but may have enjoyed a little bit of an air show that came along with it. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

Far Rockaway

Two teenage boys charged in shooting of Far Rockaway girl: Cops

Two 15-year old boys were arrested Saturday in the shooting death of a teenage girl in Far Rockaway, police say. Comment

Thief snatches supplements from Rite Aid, overpowers employee

Police are searching for thief wanted for stealing vitamins last month from the Rite Aid pharmacy in Bayside, 43-20 Bell Blvd. Comments (3)

Offense-minded Bayside tops Lewis in opener

For much of last season, the Bayside boys’ soccer team had to rely on a stingy defense and an all-world goalkeeper to get them to the PSAL Class AA semifinals. Comment

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015


Avella motorcade remembers lives lost on 9/11

Beginning early Friday morning in Flushing and ending just after 11 a.m. in Douglaston, State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) wove a path through the borough to honor victims of Sept. 11. Comment

Jamaica basketball coached sentenced for child porn: DA

A Jamaica man who claimed to be a basketball coach and regularly conducted workouts with teenage boys was sentenced to up to four-and-a-half years of prison for having boys send him nude photos, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015


Grodenchik defeats Friedrich in tight race for City Council seat

Barry Grodenchik, on leave as the director of parks and community boards for Borough President Melinda Katz, edged out Bob Friedrich in a tight Democratic primary race Thursday for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin. Comments (4)

Candidates Friedrich, Parhar vote in Dem primary

(adding comment from Dosamantes) Comment

Rodrigues scores twice to power Molloy past SFP

Jesse Rodrigues never gave up on the play and was rewarded handsomely. Comment

Rodrigues scores twice to power Molloy past SFP

Jesse Rodrigues never gave up on the play and was rewarded handsomely. Comment



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