Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015


Ridgewood bookstore brings literary life to east Queens

After Barnes & Nobles announced their departure from Queens, Johanne Civil, executive director of the Queens Book Festival called on communities across the borough to help support local entrepreneurs to open new shops. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015


New pre-K site opens at Ravenswood

A new universal pre-K site is now open at the Queens Library in Ravenswood in Astoria after a last-minute reprieve from the borough president. Comment

Salon organizations sue state

A lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Albany by two groups representing nail salon owners, accuses Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State of New York of a politically motivated assault against the nail salon industry. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

Forbes editor speaks at Queens College business forum

At last week’s Queens College Business Forum, John Tamny, editor of RealClearMarkets and the political economy editor at Forbes, maintained that allowing rich individuals to keep their money gives everyone else immediate access to their wealth. Comment
Long Island City

Car2Go service rolls into Queens

With subway service strained on several lines in western Queens, residents received some transportation alternatives last month. Comment

Ridgewood Savings Bank hosts shredding events

Ridgewood Savings Bank and its executive team will be hosting a series of document shredding events at local branches. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015


Monsignor McClancy becomes first in nation to pilot new science module

Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School in East Elmhurst became the first school in the country to pilot a new science education module designed to teach middle and high school students about infectious diseases with a special focus on sepsis. Comment
Jackson Heights

The John Lennon Bus stops by PS 69 in Jackson Heights

The John Lennon Educational Bus Tour made a stop in Jackson Heights Monday and gave students from PS 69 the opportunity to write, perform, record and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast quality music video all in one day. Comment
College Point

Fifth Oktoberfest to raise funds for Poppenhusen Institute

The fifth annual Oktoberfest, a fund-raiser for the Poppenhusen Institute, is on the calendar in mid-October. Comment

EDC, Flushing chamber to survey small businesses in Flushing

The city Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce started conducting a short survey of small retail businesses in downtown Flushing. Comment

Woodhaven to hold neighborhood-wide yard sale

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will hold its annual neighborhood yard sale Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Comments (1)

Universal pre-K enrolls fewer low-income families in second year: Report

A professor at the University of California at Berkeley has asserted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s full-day pre-Kindergarten expansion has not successfully enrolled low-income children in the second year of the expansion. Comments (1)
This is what coach Ian Stone expected from his seniors during St. John’s non-conference portion of its schedule. Comment

Monday, Sept. 28, 2015


Gianaris pushes for voter reform at City Hall

In the aftermath of National Voter Registration Day, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) took to the steps of City Hall Wednesday and called for the enactment of the Voter Empowerment Act. Comments (1)

Bayside LIRR station traffic island lacks oversight

The small traffic island in front of the Bayside Long Island Rail Road station on 41st Avenue has a history of neglect. Comments (2)

Post Office honors Cynthia Jenkins

As former state Assemblyman William Scarborough’s seat comes up for election in November, Cynthia Jenkins— who lost her seat to him in 1994—was honored at a renaming ceremony of the Springfield Gardens post office on Merrick Boulevard. Comment

Van Bramer allocates funding for cultural programs in parks

Jason and Joy Marr, residents of Sunnyside Gardens, will bring performances of Shakespeare to parks around Queens for the tenth summer of their Hip to Hip Theatre Company. Comment

No. 7 train ranked best in city by Straphangers Campaign

The Straphangers Campaign has bestowed its best subway award on the No.7 line for the eighth time since the transit advocacy agency began rating the subways 17 years ago. Comments (1)
Long Island City

The Chain Theatre scores with a dark tale

Early in Variations Theatre Group’s new production of Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman,” the lead character, Katurian, talks about being a writer. Comment

Bulldogs lackluster in second straight loss

Campus Magnet coach Eric Barnet has never questioned the talent of his current roster, calling it one of the best he’s had in recent years. He is, however, beginning to wonder after a second straight loss if this group has the intangibles to succeed. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015


GoHealth Urgent Care centers kick off flu shot charity program

GoHealth Urgent Care, a North Shore-LIJ extension of same-day health care services, is offering $20 flu shots at each of its locations, three of which are in Queens. Comments (1)
College Point

Avella calls on city to fight illegal storage on College Pt. streets

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), along with civic leaders and residents, rallied in College Point to protest the illegal storage of industrial materials and debris on public spaces. Comments (1)

Frank Skala to be remembered at service

Frank Skala, retired teacher and longtime community activist, died Aug. 17 at St. Francis Hospital in Port Washington from complications from a stroke. He was 78. Comment
Political Action

For 2016 campaign, outsiders are the in thing

When we consider the three leading candidates in the Democratic presidential primary, including Vice President Joseph Biden, both Bernie Sanders and Biden are in their early 70s. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in her late 60s—as is the leading Republican candidate, Donald Trump. Comments (2)

Lewis gets past Bryant for bounce-back win

Jacklyn Lada and Samantha Margolis make quite a combination. Comment

Ridgewood thief steals pills

RIDGEWOOD — An armed robber stole almost $7,500 in prescription drugs from a Ridgewood pharmacy, police said. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015


Stringer calls for paid leave reform

Momentum is growing for the passage in the state Senate of a bill that would expand paid family leave time for New Yorkers. A report released earlier this month by City Comptroller Scott Stringer urged the Senate to pass the Paid Family Leave Insurance Act, sponsored by state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood). Comment

Annual walk to end Alzheimers takes place in Flushing

The annual Queens Walk to End Alzheimer’s brought hundreds of participants to Flushing Meadows Corona Park early Saturday morning. Comment
Jackson Heights

Viva la Comida returns to Jackson Heights for third year

The cultural and culinary diversity of Queens was on full display at the Viva La Comida! Festival in Jackson Heights last Saturday. The festival, now in its fifth year, is organized by the 82nd Street Partnership. This year’s edition featured a dizzying array of food trucks and live entertainment. Comment

How Queens battled the crime wave of 1959

In September 1959, Queens, like the rest of the country, was in the grip of a sharp increase in crime. It was estimated that there were over 100 gangs in the city with a combined membership in the thousands. The overall juvenile delinquent problem had grown to such proportions that the Senate Juvenile Delinquency Committee began hearings in Congress to study the nationwide problem of “teenage terrorists.” Mayor Wagner vowed to put 1,080 more policemen on the streets. Governor Rockefeller announced that the state would move immediately to curb the problem by setting up work camps for potential hoodlums. Comment

Jamaica beats Springfield Gardens to stay perfect

Samuel Jules continues to power Jamaica. Comments (1)

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Long Island City

New take on ‘Richard III’ questions what is disability?

Rachel Handler grew up in southern New Jersey, but with dreams of becoming an actor she always had her sights set on the Great White Way. Comment
Queens Village

Appearance matters for alleged shooter of NYPD officer

The case against Demetrius Blackwell, the accused gunman in the fatal shooting of NYPD Detective Brian Moore, has begun the discovery process for evidence related to the May incident in Queens Village, prosecutors said last week in Queens Criminal Court. Comments (3)

Douglaston composer honored with worldwide day of music

Douglaston composer Jim Cohn will be feted this weekend with three concerts on two continents, all taking place in one day. Comment

Fifth terror suspect arrested for trying to join ISIS: Feds

A Queens man has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, the foreign terrorist organization, according to federal prosecutors. He is the fifth person in Queens to be brought in on such charges this year. Comments (1)

New Americans take oath at King Manor

A group of 75 people became naturalized American citizens Sept. 17, the 228th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, at King Manor Museum in Rufus King Park. Comment

City Council wants all businesses to shut doors when air conditioning is on

All New York City businesses, large and small, will be required to keep their doors and windows closed when air conditioning is on or be subject to fines, if the City Council has its way. Comment

Controversial synthetic turf remains at 35 Queens athletic fields

The city installed more than 200 synthetic turf athletic fields that contain a substance known as crumb rubber, linked by some to certain types of cancer, in the past couple decades. But since putting a halt to the installation of these fields in 2008, the city said it has no intention of removing them until they need to be replaced from wear. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s law school alum and benefactor Belson dies

Jerome Belson, alumnus, benefactor and trustee emeritus of St. John’s University’s School of Law died Sept. 17 at the age of 90. Faculty, friends and family remembered him as generous, friendly and committed. Comment

Hindu worshipers flock to parade in Flushing

Thousands of Hindu worshipers assembled at the Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam Temple at 45-57 Bowne St. in Flushing Sunday afternoon to celebrate the birth of Lord Ganesha, also known as the Destroyer of Obstacles. Comment
Floral Park

Queens county fair returns to Floral Park

This past weekend Queens residents got a little taste of country life at the borough’s only county fair at Floral Park. Comment

Religious diversity

As Queens awaited the pope’s visit to Manhattan and the Bronx, the borough produced its own kaleidoscope of different religions in motion tending to congregations from all over the world. Comments (1)

He’s got magic to do just for you at Queensborough PAC

With deadlines and assignments each day, composer Stephen Schwartz barely has time to perform at Queensborough Performing Arts Center — which he is doing this weekend — let alone giving an interview. Comment

Hiking JFK taxi fares is a bad idea

The Taxi and Limousine Commission should reject its proposed rule to raise Manhattan fares to and from Kennedy Airport to $56.50 during peak times, hiking costs for passengers while failing to address the inefficiency of taxi and airport access in New York. Comments (1)

Several injured in Glendale bus accident

A speeding car slammed into the back of a bus carrying a group of special-needs adults Wednesday near Forest Park, police said. Comment
Block Shots

Aviation is facing challenging path to second crown

The city champions certainly aren’t getting the star treatment. Comment

Police searching for suspects who reportedly stole from woman’s car

FLUSHING—Police were looking for individuals who allegedly flattened the tire of a woman’s car and stole her belongings in Flushing last week. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015


7 train riders can’t believe their line was named best in city

Riders of the 7 train couldn’t believe what they were reading when the Straphangers Campaign’s annual rankings came out last week. For the second year in a row, and the eighth time in the last 17 years, the No. 7 subway line was named the city’s best in the advocacy group’s annual report card. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Police looking into possible hate crimes against Jews

Police were investigating two possible hate crimes in Kew Gardens Hills in which Jewish victims were hit by BB guns. Comments (2)

Fall Family Day at the Museum of Moving Image celebrates Jim Henson

The Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate Jim Henson’s birthday with a special Fall Family Day Saturday with screenings, puppet-making and other fun and educational activities for children of all ages. The late television, film and puppetry pioneer, who died in 1990, was best known for creating The Muppets. Comment

CB 7 votes against proposed Q44 Select Bus Service route

Community Board 7 voted against the implementation of the Q44 Bronx-Flushing-Jamaica Select Bus Service route at its monthly board meeting Monday night in Flushing. Comment
Long Island City

MTA seeks community partner to repurpose 2 railroad bridges

For now the only activity atop a train trestle known as the LIRR Montauk Cutoff in Long Island City is a few feral cats hunting for field mice. That could change if the MTA finds a partner who would revamp and repurpose the twin elevated railroad tracks that have gone unused since the 1990s. Comment

Avella opposes Vallone bill on restrictive covenants

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is saying a bill introduced by City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) that seeks to protect deed-restricted properties is weak. Comment

Dromm emerges as ally in fight for secular education in city Yeshivas

In recent weeks, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) has emerged as one of the few public officials pushing the DOE to fully investigate allegations that 38 yeshivas in Brooklyn and one in Queens may be breaking the law by neglecting secular studies. Comment

Ferreras introduces free feminine hygiene products at Corona high school

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) unveiled the first dispenser of free feminine hygiene products at a public school Tuesday at the High School for Arts and Business in Corona. The pilot program, the only government initiative of its kind in the nation, is the start of Ferreras’ push to make such products available for free in middle schools, high schools and other public buildings across the city, including hospitals, parks and cultural institutions. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill street co-named for late NYPD Deputy Commish Jack Maple

A new street sign on 108th Street in Richmond Hill now bears the name of the NYPD’s former deputy commissioner for crime control, Jack Maple. Comment
Real Estate

Queens regulated rents leased well below city-set rates

A recent report released by the city Independent Budget Office found that many landlords of residential buildings with city-regulated rents in Queens are setting rents an average of $350 less than the set maximum-regulated amounts. Comment

Man who claimed to buy Steinway Mansion fails to show at public meeting

Karl McNamara failed to attend a public meeting he requested at the Greater Astoria Historical Society Monday. McNamara wanted to discuss his plans for the Steinway Conservatory, a music school for disadvantaged youth he planned to establish at the historic Steinway Mansion, which he claimed he had purchased. Comments (1)

Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill street renamed for late NYPD Deputy Commish Jack Maple

The NYPD unveiled a new street sign on 108th Street in Richmond Hill Monday, carrying out a resolution passed by the City Council to have it bear the name of the late deputy commissioner who grew up on that street: Jack Maple. Comment
Long Island City

Man charged with driving car on LIRR tracks in LIC

A 25-year-old Queens man who allegedly drove his car along Long Island Rail Road tracks in Long Island City for a mile has been arrested, the MTA said. Comments (1)

Whitestone man wanted in trunk murder arrested in Virginia

A Whitestone resident wanted by police in connection with the death of a Queens Village mother, who was his girlfriend, was arrested in Virginia Friday afternoon, according to the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office. Comment

19 rescued after boat capsizes off College Point

A dragon boat on its way to Whitestone capsized in the East River Sunday afternoon near College Point, turning what was supposed to be a romantic trip into something far more dramatic. One of the 19 people onboard planned to propose to his girlfriend. Comment

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015


Flushing assemblyman intervenes in purse snatching

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) helped stop a mentally ill man from stealing a young woman’s purse early Thursday afternoon by holding him down until police came. Comments (2)

Terror suspect from Queens made several attempts to join ISIS abroad: Feds

A young Queens man was arrested Thursday morning and charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, the foreign terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said. Comments (2)

Mary Louis’ Brunson picks Minnesota

Jasmine Brunson simply wanted what she has earned and Minnesota can give that to her. Comment



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