Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015


Brooklyn teacher ordered to do community service after drone accident

A Brooklyn teacher who launched a drone that malfunctioned and crashed into an empty section of seats in the Louis Armstrong Stadium last month during a US Open match has been ordered to perform community service, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comments (1)

Puro Japanese wrestling comes to the boro

Japan may be a long way from Queens but Japanese-style professional wrestling has made its way here, with a match that took place before an audience of more than 100 Sunday at the Queensboro Elks Lodge in Elmhurst. Comment

Sibling business partners teach rhythm to Bayside kids

Several famous musicians have come out of Bayside, like Nuclear Assault bassist Dan Lilker, his thrash metal counterpart Scott Ian and jazz musician and trumpeter Clark Terry. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

St. John’s University dean honored by Catholic association

The National Catholic Educational Association honored St. John’s University’s Dr. Mary Jane Krebbs, chairwoman of the Institute for Catholic Schools, with its President’s Award at the 25th annual NCEA Seton Awards Gala Monday. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

Long Island City

Russian bakery comes to The Falchi Building in LIC

Food options at The Falchi Building became more intriguing last week with the grand opening of a Russian-based international cafe chain that has 49 locations around the world in such locations as St. Petersburg, Moscow, Belarus, Ukraine and Israel. Stolle Bakery opened its first franchise in the U.S., featuring Eastern European traditional cuisine. Comment

Flushing chamber kicks off credit-lending program for area businesses

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce has launched a credit-building and financial-education program for area entrepreneurs and residents. Comment

Markey pushes child victims bill

As Pope Francis concluded his historic trip to the United States, he told a group of sexual abuse victims in Philadelphia that “God weeps for the sexual abuse of children.” Comments (5)

Cardozo star chooses college that feels like home

When Rashond Salnave made his decision on where he’ll play college ball, he chose the place that felt like home to him. Comment

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015


Vallone announces first wave of planning for 2016 participatory budgeting

Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) has started the ball rolling on participatory budgeting projects in Council District 19 for next year. Comments (1)

Addabbo holds annual jobs fair

Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) held his annual job fair at the Shops at Atlas Park last week, and even though the weather didn’t cooperate, over 85 vendors and hundreds of eager job-seekers showed up for the event. Comment

Man living in Maspeth killed in elevator accident

An Israeli man who was living in Maspeth died Oct. 2 when he attempted to escape from a stalled elevator at a posh building in Williamsburg. In the gruesome incident, the man’s head was pinned between the elevator and the floor. Comment

Holy Cross wins at Chaminade

A three-touchdown day from Aaron Griffin was more than enough to earn Tim Smith his first victory as Holy Cross head coach. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015


Pols and community leaders rally after fatal hit-and-run in Flushing

Following a fatal hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning at College Point Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing, elected officials and community leaders are calling for improved safety and awareness in the area. Comments (1)

City Council doubles funding for the Cultural Immigrant Initiative

Immigrant cultural organizations will be able to broaden their programming, thanks to an expansion in City Council funding. Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito joined Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and leaders of several borough arts groups at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside last week to announce a $3.2 million Cultural Immigrant Initiative. Comments (1)

Big renovation for Woodside park

A 2.5-acre park in the shadows of Woodside’s Big Six Towers complex will receive a $1.8 million renovation. Big Bush Park, in between 61st Street and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, will be repaired and new playground equipment will be installed. Comment

Domestic violence march held in Flushing

The Korean American Family Service Center hosted the 18th annual March Against Domestic Violence last week in downtown Flushing in commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Comment

Queens World Film Festival holds screenings in Sunnyside

The Queens World Film Festival will help kick off the 3rd annual Sunnyside Restaurant Week on Monday Oct. 19 with a screening of short films at Bliss Plaza, under the 46th St. No. 7 subway station, beginning at 6:30 p.m. QWFF will return with a host of Queens filmmakers for a screening of “Queens-centric” short films at Claret Wine Bar, at 46-02 Skillman Ave., Wednesday Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Comment

Christ the King duo pick college destinations

Christ the King’s David Cole and Tyrone Cohen were both eager to make their college plans known after taking official visits. Cohen, however, was insistent that they do it right. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015


Authorities: 6 men caught with 3,000 pounds of pot

Six suspects are facing up to five-and-a-half years in prison after getting caught with more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana, worth over $3.5 million, in Elmhurst, authorities said. Comments (1)

Bayside area victimized by ATM skimming devices: NYPD

Credit and debit card skimmers are on the rise again in northeast Queens. Comments (5)

Public review begins for proposed high school in Bayside

A visit by Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) to Community Board 11’s monthly meeting Monday sparked a heated discussion among board members about an ongoing proposal for a new high school in Bayside. Comments (4)

New York falls behind in organ donors

Live On New York sponsored its first organ enrollment day Tuesday, following the July passage of a bill in the state legislature to institute an annual organ enrollment day. Comment

Young Queens authors urged to enter writing contest

The Queens Literary Journal, which publishes works by young authors and poets, recently started a fund-raising campaign to help get the word out about its writing contest. Comment

Undefeated Royals run past St. Joseph by the Sea

No matter who was taking the handoff, Christ the King had no trouble running the ball against St. Joseph by the Sea. Comment
The Civic Scene

The city’s quality of life needs to be maintained

It is the obligation of the city to maintain the things which make our life worthwhile. We pay all kinds of taxes and license fees which are supposed to make our surroundings pleasant, but often the city does not use this money to maintain our quality of life. Comment

Behind Fiorina’s rise

Carly Fiorina’s increase in her poll ratings as the result of her response to Donald Trump’s juvenile feminism statements, while laudable, does not in and of itself qualify her to be president or vice president of the United States. It is her positions on many other issues that should make that determination. Comments (1)

Friday, Oct. 9, 2015


Gianaris to intoduce legislation to eliminate bail

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) will introduce legislation that would reform the pre-trial detention system in New York State by eliminating bail. The bill would remove cash bail or any form of monetary bail bond as an option for a judge to impose on a defendant pending trial. Comments (1)

Constantinides brings Doe Fund street cleaners to Astoria Park

Astoria Park has some of the best river views, and the most popular public swimming pool, in the entire city. It also has a problem with windblown trash. Comment

City Council members head to D.C. to stop foreclosures

Two southeast Queens City Council members joined U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.), along with homeowners from across the nation, at a rally last week in Washington D.C. against foreclosures and the big companies that still benefit from the 2008 mortgage crisis. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Driver in bus crash faces charges: DA

The driver involved in the MTA bus crash into the backyard of a home near South Conduit Oct 3, was charged Wednesday for possessing 64 zip lock bags of cocaine and other charges stemming from the incident, announced the District Attorney’s office. Comment

Fall into the arts

As the weather turns colder the outdoor fairs and festivities wrap up for another season. Comment
Little Neck

Seniors recognized for community service

Jim Alchus of Little Neck, who has been recognized for his volunteerism with children with disabilities, was crowned the “2015 Savvy Senior King” at the Association of Generational Experts for Seniors’ Savvy Senior Day. Comment
Block Shots

Ponds’ commitment shows Red Storm’s recruiting blueprint

Chris Mullin sat in the middle of Carnesecca Arena during his first day on the job as St. John’s men’s basketball coach and said the Red Storm would dominate local recruiting. Landing his first player from New York City—Thomas Jefferson guard Shamorie Ponds—gave us our first insight into how he plans to do that. Comment

Room to improve

If you believe what the pundits and professional survey takers tell us, New York State does a lot of things really well. Comment

Dozo shuts out Bayside to keep perfect record

On a day when it was a struggle for Benjamin Cardozo to find the back of the net, even the one that made its way there didn’t come easy. Comment

Men should care about breast cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and is a reminder for all of us to do something. Throughout the month of October, women are encouraged to make mammography appointments. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Dutch Kills

City opens new homeless shelter in Dutch Kills hotel

The city opened a new homeless shelter for 200 single women in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City this week in response to a 9 percent increase in the number of adult women coming into the shelter system. The Verve Hotel at 40-03 29th St., becomes the second shelter the Department of Homeless Services has opened this year. Both of those shelters are in western Queens. Comments (6)

Police force tactics get redefined

The NYPD announced new guidelines on police use of force last week by redefining the controversial tactic and introduced a new system to document its use, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Little Neck street co-named for native Matinecock Tribe

Northern Boulevard now also bears the name of Long Island’s Matinecock Native American Tribe following a street co-naming ceremony in Little Neck Monday. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

One woman dead, 2-year old clings to life after crash

One woman is dead and a 2-year-old girl remains in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital after being struck Tuesday night by a white SUV on a sidewalk in Richmond Hill, according to police. Comment

Talks underway to bring Coachella-style festival to borough

A concert promoter is in preliminary discussions with the City Parks Department and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) that would bring a large-scale music festival to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in June. AEG Live, which stages the wildly popular Coachella Festival in California each year, as well as Firefly in Delaware, would stage a show called Panorama, a nod to the name of a model of the five boroughs that was created for the 1964 World’s Fair. Comment
Family and friends will remember Avonte Oquendo on the second anniversary of his disappearance with a “March for Safety” to promote autism awareness Saturday. They will gather at The Riverview School in Long Island City where the 14-year-old autistic student disappeared through an unlocked side door on Oct. 4, 2013. Comment

Whitestone woman missing for more than one month

The husband of a Whitestone woman who went missing in early September, along with the private investigator looking into her disappearance, spoke at a news conference held at state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) district office Tuesday afternoon. Comments (1)

Annual Greek festival to take place in Flushing

Greeks and non-Greeks around the borough can enjoy a taste of Greece and Cyprus at the Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas’ 44th annual Greek Festival in Flushing this weekend. Comment

Restaurant week comes to Queens

The Shops at Atlas Park played host to the best of culinary Queens Monday where five borough restaurants—Jamaica’s Vintage Curry, Astoria’s Christos Steak House and Maspeth’s Connolly’s Corner, along with Shiro of Japan and Chili’s—provided free buffet-style samples of their fare. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015


Daly has record-setting day in seventh-straight win for SJU

Rachel Daly’s header put her ahead of everyone else in the St. John’s record book. Comment

Monday, Oct. 5, 2015


Man killed in Flushing hit-and-run: NYPD

A Corona man died after being struck by a car and thrown to the pavement in Flushing early Sunday morning, police said. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015


Two men dead, 3 survive after boat capsizes in Jamaica Bay

Two people are dead and three people remain hospitalized after a small boat capsized in Jamaica Bay Friday night during heavy wind and rain from Hurricane Joaquin, the police said. Comments (1)

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway braces for Joaquin’s punch

Almost three years ago, Rockaway residents heard that a storm was heading out to sea and they relaxed. Then Hurricane Sandy made a turn and roared ashore devastating the peninsula. Comment

City orders construction sites secured for approaching hurricane

The city Department of Buildings is urging all proprietors and developers of ongoing construction projects to secure building sites and buildings in preparation for approaching Hurricane Joaquin. Comment
Hurricane Relief

Joaquin likely to miss New York, but residents still urged to prepare

Even as it looks like New York will be spared the worst of Hurricane Joaquin, New Yorkers are being told to prepare and expect the worst. Comment
Glen Oaks

Zucker Hillside unveils sculpture as symbol of mental health recovery

Brooklyn artist Robin Antar has unveiled a new statue which serves the centerpiece to North Shore LIJ’s Zucker Hillside Hospital’s new green space at its Glen Oaks site. Comment



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