Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015


Vision Zero comes to the 104th Precinct

The road traffic safety project Vision Zero is coming to the 104th Precinct. Over the next two weeks, the city Department of Transportation, along with the officers of the 104th Precinct, will be conducting an educational and enforcement initiative. Comment

Nonprofit program tackles literacy among Queens youth

Reading and writing proficiency is something educators are always talking about to see where their students can improve. Comment

Mayor’s initiative will improve immigrant access to health care services

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a multimillion-dollar initiative to improve health care access for the city’s immigrant population, making New York City one of the first major U.S. municipalities to expand health care access after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. Comments (4)

Flushing women’s boutique gives back to the community

After nearly three years in business, the women’s boutique Pippy&Lily has undertaken a number of initiatives to support the Flushing community, including its recent participation in the inaugural Organ Donor Enrollment Day. Comment
Middle Village

For Middle Village resident, song writing is just one of her talents

Two talented women — one from Queens, the other from Manhattan — have teamed up to launch a fun, quirky video for a pop single they wrote called “Barcode.” Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015


Half of Flushing Commons office condos sold

Less than a month after sales started, more than 50 percent of the units are in contract for Flushing Commons’ office-condominium building. Comment
East Elmhurst

City to test bail alternatives

The city is seeking new reforms to a bail system for low-level offenders in order to reduce unnecessary jail time, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. He will launch “Bail Lab” later this year as part of a campaign to provide relief for some of the 47,000 who are jailed in the city each year because they cannot afford bail. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

NYPD starts toy drive

Patrol Borough Queens South launched its annual toy drive Tuesday which will continue until the first week of December. Comment

Police seek burgulary suspect in 104th

RIDGEWOOD—Police from the 104th Precinct were asking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for burglaries. Sometime during the daylight hours of Wednesday, Aug. 26, a burglar entered an apartment building on 74th Street in Queens, police said. Once inside the building, the suspect forced open two separate apartments and removed jewelry, police said. Comment

Monday, Oct. 19, 2015

Forest Hills

Conference addresses Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, weighed nine pounds when it passed Congress. For small and medium-sized businesses, that’s a dizzying amount of new regulations and potential pitfalls. Comments (1)

Constantinides bill regulating air conditioning and business signed into law

Beginning next summer, you will no longer feel a blast of cold air as you walk past the front door of a store. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Queens nonprofits get $2 million in funding

One of the oldest and largest city-based trusts has given almost $2 million in grant funds to nonprofit Queens-based organizations as well as nonprofits that do work in the borough and nearly $9 million to nonprofits across the city. Comments (30)
Jamaica Estates

Ballet dancer takes on cancer

An aspiring ballet dancer’s local fund-raising efforts for a cause she believes in have brought smiles and donations from folks across Queens and beyond. Comments (1)

GOP and Dem City Council contenders continue to rake in support

Both candidates running for the vacant northeast Queens Assembly seat have been racking up a list of political endorsements, many of which they received back before the Democratic primary. Comment

Molloy rallies to win

Last year was not forgotten when Archbishop Molloy matched up with Fordham Prep. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015


Brooklyn Cupcakes arrives in Glendale

Queens residents can indulge their sweet tooth at a new cupcake shop in Glendale. Comment

Second suspect pleads not guilty in grandmother’s murder

Months after grandmother Leta Webb was gunned down in the doorway to her South Jamaica home, a second suspect has pleaded not guilty to murder charges, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
New Voices

Local LGBT Group Begins Outreach in Richmond Hill

The newly established Caribbean Equality Project held its first support group, Unchain, at the Queens Library - Lefferts Branch last week. The Queens-based CEP bills itself as “dedicated to promote social change, awareness, and acceptance by empowering and strengthening the Caribbean LGBTQ voices in Queens, NY.” The group launched on Aug. 8, with a ceremony at the Queens Museum. Comments (1)

Patriots beat Dozo in runup to crown

Francis Lewis moved a step closer to regaining its throne. Comment

To fight breast cancer, empower yourself

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Creating awareness is not just about wearing pink with pride, it’s about taking charge of your health and empowering others to do the same. Have you educated yourself about breast health and ways you can reduce your risk of breast cancer? Comment

Salad dressing filled with liquid coke: CBP

JAMAICA—A passenger had his salad dressing seized Oct. 5 after airport authorities allegedly found liquid cocaine in his six bottles of oil and vinegar at JFK airport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Comments (1)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

Long Island City

Avonte’s law one step closer to passing two years after boy went missing

Supporters of an effort to reform the ways that public schools safeguard children with autism rallied at Hunters Point South Park Saturday two years from the disappearance of Avonte Oquendo on Oct. 4, 2013. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

New Stop & Shop store opens in Ozone Park

An Ozone Park grocery store formerly owned by the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company is among five stores in the city that will be converted into Stop & Shop stores in the first round of conversions of supermarkets formerly run by A&P. Comments (1)

Two debates to be held before City Council election

The two candidates in the eastern Queens City Council race will square off in two upcoming debates before the off-year general election Tuesday, Nov. 3. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Kenyan diplomat hurt by assailant at Kew Gardens Hills residence

A Kenyan diplomat said he was attacked after he discovered that a man had broken into his home in Kew Gardens Hills. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

To sleep, perchance to feel rested

Like millions of Americans, I have an uneasy relationship with sleep, and I’ve spent the past year digging into this underappreciated aspect of our lives. Comments (3)

Bayside outlasts Lehman

The third time was the charm for Bayside. Comment

Holy Cross stymied by offense’s slow start

The Holy Cross defense continues to play like one of the best in the league, but the Knights can’t seem to get their offense going enough to complement it. Comment

How to make Queens’ roads safer

A little over a year ago, Make Queens Safer stood on Northern Boulevard to support Congressman Joe Crowley’s legislation, the Pedestrian Fatalities Reduction Act of 2014, in response to many crashes in our district. A string of tragedies in our borough prompted Vision Zero legislation, and we have deep appreciation for the focus on addressing a reduction of serious injuries and fatalities of pedestrians and and other road users. Comment

Cocaine allegedly smuggled in with candy: U.S. Customs

JAMAICA—A man allegedly tried to smuggle four bags of candy filled with cocaine Oct. 6 at JFK airport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Comment

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015


York College builds team for breast cancer walk in Central Park Sunday

York College, an educational institution in Jamaica, is sponsoring the college’s Breast Cancer team. Comment
Long Island City

Nolan concerned about ferry landing at Gantry

A lawmaker from western Queens has reservations about the city’s plan to place a ferry landing at Gantry Plaza State Park. Comment

Bus terminal proposed for Flushing West

Among the proposals included in the Flushing Riverfront project are a mixed-use bus transit center and the creation of a special district for the Flushing West area. Comment

Joe Concannon confident of a GOP victory in election bid

Republican and Conservative candidate Joe Concannon, a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired NYPD captain, has been steadfast in campaigning for the vacant northeast Queens City Council seat since announcing his election bid in June. Comments (3)

Barry Grodenchik prepares for City Council general election

Democratic candidate Barry Grodenchik is continuing on the campaign trail in the race for the open state City Council seat in eastern Queens after securing the Democratic nomination in a higly competitive six-way primary in September . Comments (1)

Van Bramer lauds Dutch Kills residents’ reaction to new homeless shelter

The city began to move in residents of its new shelter for homeless single women at the Verve Hotel in Dutch Kills this week. The facility, located at 40-03 29th St., will eventually house 200 women when it is at full capacity. Comments (4)
Rego Park

Another condo rises in Rego Park

As housing prices in Manhattan and Long Island City continue to climb, Central Queens and especially Rego Park are getting an influx of high-end housing developments that offer relatively affordable sale prices. A new seven-story condominium currently under construction near The Contour building at 97-45 Queens Blvd. marks the most recent project to pop up in the neighborhood. Comment
Kew Gardens

Largest Hispanic group enrolls in NYPD

The largest percentage of Hispanic recruits in the history of NYPD was sworn in last week at the new Police Academy in College Point, according to police officials. Comment

Political consultant fined for choreographing anti-horse carriage funds

The city Campaign Finance Board hit a political consultant group with fines for helping an anti-horse-drawn carriage group orchestrate campaign contributions to Council candidates in 2013 in excess of legal limits. Comment

Closing the deal

The latest wrestling match between our mayor and governor has produced a $29 billion MTA deal that should mean better public transportation for long-suffering riders in Queens. Comment

The off-road revolution benefits New York

This week, Lenore cheers Gridlock Sam! Comment

Ridgewood’s Outpost for art

The Outpost Gallery in Ridgewood is hard to miss these days. Comment

MLB should ensure that replays get the job done

Instant replay was supposed to all but eliminate the feeling Mets fans experienced last Saturday night when the Dodgers Chase Utley “slid” into Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada at second base and broke Tejada’s leg. Comment

Eliminating inequality is everyone’s concern

The word “inequality” is used quite a bit these days. But anyone who has been around 5-year-olds for more than 15 minutes is familiar with the refrain “it’s not fair,” usually screamed in a high pitch and followed by a meltdown. Comments (1)

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Middle Village

Former Queens Councilman Thomas Ognibene passes away

Former Council Minority Leader Thomas Ognibene, a Queens Republican giant who mixed a strong conservative vision with practicality and brought the interests of the central section of the borough to a city-wide platform, died Tuesday at the age of 72 following a battle with aggressive spinal cancer. Comment
East Elmhurst

Push for women and minorities in LGA terminal project ramps up

(Editors note: Updating Sanders’ meeting with Skanska) Comments (2)

Elmhurst woman found slashed in Kissena Park: NYPD

A colleague of Elmhurst resident Qing Qing Kiemde, whose disemboweled body was found in Kissena Park in Flushing Sunday said she appeared troubled not long before her murder. Comments (2)

Flea market gets cleaned up

It was a dramatic scene right out of a movie last week. Rudy, the homeless man living on the closed Merrick Flea Market property in Laurelton, blocked the trucks and a team that had come to clean up and lock the property after a fire in August. Comment

Cuomo and de Blasio reach agreement on MTA funding

Forgive the riders of the No. 7 subway line for not celebrating the news of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s agreement to fund the MTA capital program last weekend. They were too busy dealing with delays, skipped stops, packed trains and crowded platforms, all exacerbated by crowds heading to the Mets playoff games at Citi Field. Comment

Sunnyside Restaurant Week kicks off Monday

When Valerio Marchi opened his Italian restaurant Soleluna in May, he made sure to take part in the annual Taste of Sunnyside, a showcase of the neighborhood’s culinary diversity in a festival tents pitched under the No. 7 subway line. Now his restaurant will take part in Sunnyside Restaurant Week beginning Oct. 19 and he’s hoping it helps build his growing customer base. Comment

Astoria gets its art on at fourth annual week-long festival

In anticipation of this year’s returning Astoria Art Festival, art lovers are gearing up for a week’s worth of cool events that will transform over 20 venues into gallery spaces. A total of 35 emerging and well-known local artists will be spotlighted when the fest takes over the bustling community this Saturday and runs through Oct. 24. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows artist brings fresh approach to the art world

Nicole Appel commutes three days a week from Fresh Meadows to her job in Chelsea. She is 24 years old and, like a lot of young women her age, is intensely focused on her work. Comment

Assembly debate gets heated before Election Day

The two African-American women running for William Scarborough’s former Assembly seat faced each other at a debate Tuesday night hosted by the NAACP at the Majority Baptist Church, Comments (1)

Center for Women holds career conference

The 28th annual World of Working Women Conference will be held Oct. 23 in Flushing hosted by the Center for the Women of New York. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

Middle Village

Former Queens Councilman Thomas Ognibene dies at 72

Former City Council Minority Leader Thomas Ognibene, a Queens Republican giant, died Monday at the age of 72 following a battle with aggressive spinal cancer. Comment

Woman found slashed in Kissena Park identified: NYPD

A woman whose disemboweled body was found in Kissena Park in Flushing Sunday has been identified as Elmhurst resident Qing Qing Kiemde, 28, in what police have classified as a homicide, investigators said. Comments (3)

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

Kew Gardens Hills

Kenyan diplomat injured by assailant at Kew Gardens Hills home

A Kenyan diplomat was attacked when a man broke into his home in Kew Gardens Hills Saturday night, the NYPD said. Comment



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