Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Fresh Meadows

New TJ Maxx store officially opens in Fresh Meadows

At least 400 people came to Fresh Meadows Sunday to check out a TJ Maxx store that opened in a former Barnes & Noble site. Comment
Little Neck

Veterinary Care Group reinvents animal care experience in Little Neck

The Veterinary Care Group opened a new animal hospital in Little Neck last weekend, which it said is the first of many re-envisioned veterinary practices that reinvent the customer experience. Comments (1)

Homeless man charged with identity theft: DA

A grand jury has indicted a 26-year-old Queens homeless man for what prosecutors said was assuming the identity of an elderly man who welcomed him into his home and maxing out credit cards belonging to his benefactor. Comments (2)
The Play’s the Thing

Queens community theaters can take a lesson from Brooklyn company

Fifty is a nice round number, and any theater company that’s been around for that long must be doing something right. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

Rochdale Village

Rochdale library reopens adult center

It took almost a dozen years, but the Friends of Rochdale Library Adult Learning Center was able to see its hard work come to fruition Sept. 25, the opening day of the renovated and extended Rochdale Village Queens Library Adult Learning Center at 137th Avenue. Comment

Flushing couple indicted on sex trafficking charges: Nassau County DA

A Flushing couple charged with coercing two women into performing sex acts on customers in Nassau County massage parlors that the pair owned did not have licenses to practice massage therapy of any kind, according to the Nassau County DA’s office. Comments (3)

Walk of hope hopes for Gov signature

Dozens of friends, families and supporters joined the annual missing persons Walk of Hope last weekend to commemorate missing children and adults across the nation in an event that started from Rufus King Park in downtown Jamaica. Comment
Dining Out

Brazilian buffet offers Latino flavors in Jackson Heights

As anyone who has spent any time here knows, Queens can lay claim to innumerable good restaurants, and maybe even more than its fair share of great ones. Comments (2)

Monday, Oct. 5, 2015


Whitestone group planning breast cancer walk

After Donna Caruso’s mother died of breast cancer at the age of 53 after discovering her cancer late, Caruso was inspired to start a walk for women. Comment
College Point

EDC criticized for not reporting contaminated oil in Linden Place project

Community leaders and elected officials have blasted the city Economic Development Corporation for failing to immediately report fuel-contaminated oil it discovered during its Linden Place extension road and wetlands mitigation project in College Point. Comment

Peralta urges Queens residents to donate organs

In his continuing efforts to increase the number of eligible persons who are registered as organ donors, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) is joining LiveOnNY to encourage Queens residents to give the Gift of Life in the first-ever Organ Donor Enrollment Day Tuesday, Oct. 6. Comment
Long Island City

NYCHA houses in western Queens to get their own NYPD unit

More than 400 residents of the Queensbridge Houses, fearing the loss of police officers from Public Service Area 9, signed a petition in recent weeks expressing outrage that the NYPD would change something that was working so well. Crimes such as shootings, murders, rapes and robberies fell 33 percent compared with the same period last year, according to their City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). Comment

City grows greener with new initiatives

Two Queens members of the City Council joined numerous environmental groups Monday at Green City Force to announce over $1 million in funding for the Greener NYC Initiative. Comment
Block Shots

Mets vets savor a sweet NL title

Much of the excitement around the Mets division title has centered on its young arms and new additions. However, it is not those players who make the moment extra sweet, it’s the validation and joy of the four homegrown players who have suffered along with Mets fans nearly ever step of the way. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015


Breast cancer less common but no less scary for men

For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is roughly 1 in 1,000, while breast cancer is about 100 times more likely in women than in men, according to the American Cancer Society. Comment
Kew Gardens

Giving back after the breast cancer fight

When 60-year old Fran Holzman from Kew Gardens was diagnosed with Stage I breast cancer in 2007, it was not a complete surprise. Comment

Child literacy group teams up with Uno to raise money for new space

Uno Pizzeria of Bayside on Bell Boulevard held a fund-raising event for the Astoria-based nonprofit Reading 4 Smiles this week, pairing the release of the Dr. Seuss book “What Pet Should I Get?” with family-friendly activities, and raising just over $400.. Comment
The Civic Scene

The Clearview’s logjam needs to be cleared up

During many morning and evening rush hours, 18-wheel trucks going south exit the Clearview Expressway at 73rd Avenue and block this street. Going south on the Clearview Expressway, those trucks find a bottleneck as they try to exit the Clearview to go on the Long Island Expressway. This exit going east is a narrow U-turn road, with an exit speed of about 10 miles an hour, so trucks back up to the north on the Clearview Expressway. Comments (2)

How to keep Francis’ message alive

I was heartened that during his visit to New York City, Pope Francis shed light on the prevalence of poverty across the globe. Almost anywhere you go, you only need to look around to see that poverty rages rampant in our city, country and world. Sadly, in 2015—203 years since the New York City Mission Society was founded—our work is now more critical than ever. Comment

Former Royals standout Atson picks Tulsa

Travis Atson saw all he needed to know about Tulsa in one practice. Comment

New-look McClancy trying to regain championship form

Monsignor McClancy is not working with the championship-ready roster that it had during its four-year reign atop the CHSAA Class A boy’s soccer league. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Jackson Heights

Mobile clinic provides no-cost mammagrams to under-served women

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation’s Mobile Care Clinic was slated to stop in Arverne in Rockaway Friday providing no-cost digital mammograms and clinical breast exams for women 40 and over who have a New York City mailing address. Since 1980, the Mobile Care Clinic has traveled the five boroughs providing exams by a nurse practitioner and instruction on breast self-awareness for up to 40 women a day. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills hospital treats diverse population

Dr. Charles Conte, director of Surgery at Forest Hills Hospital and a surgical oncologist, often uses a translating service to help communicate with his patients. Comment

Queensborough selected for NASA grant program

Queensborough Community College has been selected to receive a $750,000 research grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to administer student training and expand course offerings in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. or STEM. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Coulter, Trump, Francis, and why words matter

Aside from squiring three spectacular children, one of my proudest achievements in life has been dumping a glass of beer in the lap of Ann Coulter about three decades ago. Comment

Voters should take action about the Iran nuclear deal

President Obama and the Democratic Party have failed the American people. The Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran not only preserves Iran’s capabilities for developing nuclear weapons, but guarantees the expansion of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Iran was classified as “the world’s foremost leader in state sponsored terrorism” by our State Department, and now this deal grants $150 billion to fund Iran’s terrorist activities and its proxies, putting Israel and our allies at risk. Comment

Queens Football roundup: Beach Channel wins second straight

Beach Channel has a different kind of streak to call its own. Comment

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015


Making Strides walk delayed due to Mets’ post-season games

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, run every October by the Queens Chapter at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, has been postponed until next month due to scheduling conflicts with the New York Mets playoff games. Comment

Queens radiologist shares experience as survivor

Although radiologist Sabiha Raoof, 50, screens her patients at Jamaica and Flushing hospitals for breast cancer, none of that experience could prepare her for discovering, just before her 41st birthday, that she had the cancer herself. Comment

Flushing support group targets Asian breast cancer patients

Before coming to NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens in Flushing, Ming-der Chang and Jessy Lau worked with Chinese patients at the American Cancer Society. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Hts. town hall meeting to address LaGuardia plane noise

Airplane noise has become such a quality-of-life issue around Jackson Heights that a group of elected officials is hosting a town hall on the subject Sunday, Oct. 18. Comment
Give Titan Theatre Co. and the Queens Library one night a month for the next three years, and they will bring you each of Shakespeare’s plays. Comment

Three candidates to face off in general election for Council District 23

Rebecca Lynch is still in the running in the general election for the vacant eastern Queens City Council seat, but she has not said whether she would still be mounting a campaign. Comments (2)

Conflict of interest bill receives hearing

A controversial piece of legislation sponsored by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) which seeks to amend and expand the city’s oversight of nonprofit organizations that receive funding from the city got its first hearing in front of the Council’s contracts committee last week. Comment

Astoria will gets its first dog park

More than a dozen dogs, and their owners staked a claim to an area below the RFK Bridge as the future home of Astoria’s first officially designated dog park last Friday. Comment

Annual Maker Faire honors inventions at Hall of Science

The annual World Maker Faire brought 80,000 people from around the country to the New York Hall of Science in Corona last weekend to celebrate invention and creation—spanning areas such as arts, crafts, food, engineering, music, science and technology. Comment

Flushing elementary school receives Blue Ribbon distinction

The U.S. Department of Education designated PS 244, The Active Learning Elementary School, as a Blue Ribbon School Tuesday morning. Comment
Little Neck

David Porter School to get playground extension

The David Porter School, PS 94Q in Little Neck, will soon be getting a much-anticipated addition to its playground after state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) allocated about $300,000 in state funding for the project. Comment

High Line hopes

The MTA is playing a riff on the saying, “If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.” Comments (2)

How cancer diagnosis can create lifelong friendships

The upside of cancer? Comment

Seniors need a safer Queens Boulevard

Wide streets with fast-moving vehicle traffic make it dangerous for seniors to navigate their own neighborhoods. Older New Yorkers are one of the groups most at risk of being injured or killed in traffic crashes. This is a significant problem in Queens, where seniors are 13 percent of the population (and growing) but make up 35 percent of pedestrian fatalities. Comments (5)

Jamaica scores big win against Bayside

A good defensive performance is a great way to overcome a struggling offense and that’s exactly how Jamaica picked up its biggest win so far this season. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015


Astoria-based LGBT group invited to march in St. Patrick’s Parade

Astoria resident Brendan Fay got a phone call late Monday evening. One that he had been waiting a quarter of a century to get. Comment
Forest Hills

Danny Brown hopes to open new locations

Danny Brown, renowned restaurateur and home-grown star of Queens’ culinary scene, is looking for a little respect. Comment
Cambria Heights

Delta, Habitat team up to rescue abandoned SE Queens home

Dozens of Habitat for Humanity and Delta Air Lines volunteers, a few carrying small luggage, gathered Wednesday on a rainy day to start work on restoring an abandoned home in Cambria Heights. Comment

Sale of Jewish Center raises questions, but school planning commences

The state attorney general’s office has found that required regulations were not followed in the sale of the Bayside Jewish Center to the city early last month. Comments (5)

Grover Cleveland HS will remain open: DOE

The city Department of Education said it was committed to keeping Grover Cleveland HS in Ridgewood open at a public hearing last weekend. Comment

Smith, Tabone, deal with problems before prison

Two convicted borough political players—former state Sen. Malcolm Smith and Queens Republican Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone—were approved for an extension on their surrender dates to federal prison on corruption charges, due to health and family issues, according to federal court records. Comment

Mayor targeted in unions ads as tensions mount over MTA funding

Mayor Bill de Blasio is firing back at the Transit Workers Union for launching a new ad campaign attacking him for underfunding the state-controlled mass transit system. Comments (1)
Long Island City

World art treasures find a home in Queens

From visually compelling textiles, to figurative objects and ceremonial items, to vessels and masks, ancient artisans across the globe crafted and weaved items that were not only functional but expressed their deep-rooted relationship with nature and cosmology, and mirrored what they saw around them. Comment

Annual Sunday Stroll draws crowds to Bell Boulevard

Bayside residents and families, along with elected officials, enjoyed music, games and various activities at the third annual Bayside Village BID Sunday Stroll last weekend. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Jefferson star Shamorie Ponds lands at St. John’s

St. John’s fans will have another lefty from Brooklyn to root for. Comment

Police looking for pair of thieves in Woodside robbery

WOODSIDE — Police from the 108th Precinct were searching for two suspects in an alleged Woodside robbery on Sept. 11. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015


Juror causes mistrial after posts on social media

A Queens jury forewoman caused a mistrial Wednesday after using her cell phone to post comments on social media during an armed robbery case in Queens Criminal Court Comments (4)

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

Long Island City

Court Square man leaps to his death: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY - A 35-year-old man jumped to his death from a Court Square luxury apartment building Monday night, an NYPD spokesman said. Comments (1)

Monday, Sept. 28, 2015


Deadly shooting occurs outside Astoria hookah bar

A Brooklyn man was gunned down outside a Steinway Street hookah bar early Monday morning, police said. Comments (2)

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015


Man in critical condition after car accident in Maspeth: NYPD

A 39-year-old man was in critical condition after he struck two light poles and a parked vehicle in Maspeth early Sunday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (11)

Flushing couple indicted on sex trafficking charges: Nassau County DA

A Flushing couple was charged with coercing two women into performing sex acts on customers in Nassau County massage parlors that the pair owned, the Nassau County DA’s office announced. Comments (1)

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015


Gianaris brings MetroCard Van to the Big Six Towers, the Astoria Houses

The MTA MetroCard Van is coming to the Big Six Towers in Woodside and the Astoria Houses Tuesday, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) announced Comment



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