Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

South Ozone Park

Mayor signs curbs on sale of synthetic marijuana into law

Three new bills, sponsored by a Queens councilman were signed into law Tuesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio to curb the use of K2 synthetic marijuana and increase violations for sellers or manufacturers. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

City Parks Department investing in East Elmhurst green space

When the city began moving homeless families into the former Clarion Hotel in East Elmhurst, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) said the community would be supportive but “not without added support.” Comment

Queens Zoo helps save New England cottontail rabbits

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo is part of a partnership between the federal government and six state governments to save New England cottontail rabbits. Comment

Stop & Shop stores to open in Howard Beach and Springfield Gardens

A Waldbaum’s store in Howard Beach and a Pathmark store in Springfield Gardens are the next of six Queens grocery stores formerly owned by the Great Atlantic Pacific & Tea Company to be converted into Stop & Shop stores. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015


CB7 approves special permit for Two Fulton Square

Community Board 7 has voted overwhelmingly in favor of an application seeking a special permit to allow the construction of a proposed mixed-use development in a flight obstruction area at Two Fulton Square in Flushing. Comment

Woodside and Sunnyside group rallies for new middle school

Nearly 100 concerned parents and children rallied on 48th Street in Woodside Sunday to bring the area’s overcrowded school problem to the community’s attention and ask the city Department of Education to do something about it. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Homeless woman attacks off-duty officer in park

A homeless woman has been arrested and charged with slashing the throat of an off-duty police officer after she refused to give the suspect her purse in Cunningham Park Friday afternoon, according to the Queens DA and the NYPD. Comment

Farina holds town hall in Hollis

More than 250 parents, teachers, students and principals gathered Tuesday night for a town hall meeting at IS 238 Susan B. Anthony Academy at 182nd Street and Hillside Avenue with City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to discuss progress being made in the education system across the city. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Peralta wants herbal Viagra banned after Lama Odom’s brush with death

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) announced Monday he is drafting a bill that would ban the sale of dietary supplements that are marketed for curing erectile dysfunction and enhancing sexual performance. Peralta outlined his legislation a week after former Christ the King basketball star Lamar Odom lay in a coma after ingesting “herbal Viagra” with other drugs and alcohol in a Nevada brothel. Comments (2)

Actress Renee Taylor’s show may leave you wanting more

Actress, comedian and all around entertainer, Renee Taylor is most recognized for portraying Fran Drescher’s mother on the hit TV series, “The Nanny.” Comment

Marie Curie Middle School secures grant to upgrade its music room

Despite its award-winning band program, Marie Curie Middle School is teaching music education out of a small, old space. Comment
Jamaica Estates

SJU’s confidence not shaken by last-place selection

Being picked by the coaches to finish last in the Big East didn’t faze St. John’s. Instead, the new-look Red Storm men’s basketball team displayed a quiet confidence as they prepared to start their season with an exhibition game against St. Thomas Aquinas Nov. 4 at Carnesecca Arena. Comment

Monday, Oct. 26, 2015


Residents bothered by abandoned home in Fresh Meadows

Residents are complaining about unsafe conditions at an abandoned home in Fresh Meadows that is still in the name of its dead property owner. Comment

Concannon outspending Grodenchik on City Council general election

Republican City Council candidate Joe Concannon, who has raised over $121,000 for his campaign, has outspent his Democratic opponent Barry Grodenchik, who has raised more than $220,000, by 5-to-1 in the last month, according to city Campaign Finance Board disclosure reports. Comment

CB5 rejects Yeshiva expansion application

Community Board 5 will recommend that the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals deny an application from the United Talmudical Seminary in Glendale for a zoning variance to expand its building. Comment
St. Albans

Candidates flip-flop over issues in St. Albans debate

As the general election date inches closer, the two state Assembly candidates for William Scarborough’s former seat have started flip-flopping on issues that affect the community. Comment

Flushing couple arrested in connection with brothels run at hotels

A Flushing husband and wife who own two sister hotels in Flushing and Brooklyn were arrested and charged with promoting prostitution and falsifying records in the hotels, according to the Brooklyn district attorney. Comments (2)

Whitestone fugitive returned to New York

Luis Zambrano, a Whitestone resident who was arrested in Virginia last month in connection with the death of his girlfriend, a Queens Village mother, has been returned to New York, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Take artistic journey along the Silk Road

In the spirit of 13th century merchant explorer Marco Polo, who traveled the ancient Silk Road that linked China to Europe, two New York photographers recently set out along a similar route that took them to a variety of exotic destinations. Comment

Solution to Queens Blvd. safety is over our heads

I have an idea about Queens Boulevard, the “Boulevard of Death.” How about the city building an overpass at both Yellowstone Boulevard and Union Turnpike? That would be better for seniors and children, as well as for other people, to walk on, instead of crossing the street and running the risk of getting killed before they get across the street. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm women eye top spot after being picked second

The Red Storm’s women’s basketball team has gotten used to being at the top of the Big East in the preseason poll. Being there in March, however, would mean a whole lot more. Comment

Robbers use stun guns on Flushing victims: Police

FLUSHING — Police from the 109th Precinct were asking for the public’s help identifying two suspects wanted for robbery. On Friday, Oct. 9, a 23-year-old Flushing man heard a knock on the door of his apartment on 41st Avenue. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015


St. Anastasia celebrates 100 years

St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Douglaston hosted its centennial celebration last weekend with a mass led by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn followed by a full-fledged festival in the church parking lot. Comment

Bayside skeptical about high school plan

The School Construction Authority is under contract to purchase the Bayside Jewish Center, 203-05 32nd Ave. Comment

Risi wins Chair of Community Board 1 in second vote

Joseph Risi, Jr. was elected chairman of Community Board 1 in Astoria Tuesday night. Risi, who served as the board’s executive secretary and the chairman of the Consumer Affairs Committee, defeated first vice chairman George Stamatiades by a vote of 28-14. Comment

Extend the Zadroga Bill now

Congress needs to extend the Zadroga Bill, which has been helping first responders to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. There are still many people who worked at that site who are quite ill with cancer, emphezema and other lung-related illnesses who must be compensated. Comment

Elite Lewis rolls past Aviation

Missing the postseason last year didn’t sit well with a Francis Lewis program that has traditionally been one of the best in the city. Fueled by that failure to produce results, the Patriots are now back among the elite teams. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

Cambria Heights

Apple employee charged for using bogus credit cards

A 24-year-old man was charged Tuesday with grand larceny and other related charges for allegedly re-coding credit and debit cards while working at the Apple store in Queens Center Mall, and then using the re-coded cards to buy legitimate Apple gift cards worth nearly $1 million, the Queens DA said. Comment

Queens Tourism Council gets $100K grant

For a third consecutive year, state Assemblywoman Margaret M. Markey (D-Maspeth), who chairs the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts, and Sports Development, has allocated $100,000 of her fiscal 2016 budget to the Queens Tourism Council. Comment
Forest Hills

Former mideast envoy comes to Y

Veteran U.S. diplomat Dennis Ross will speak in Forest Hills on Sunday, Oct 25 at 3 p.m. at the 19th Dennis Ross Annual Author’s Cafe of the Central Queens Y. Ross has for 30 years been one of the leading figures in Mideast peace negotiations, shaping the course of modern history in the region. Ross will speak about his new book, Doomed to Success, which tells the inside story of the fraught relationship between the United States and Israel. Ross was lead U.S. negotiator in many of the most important peace negotiations under both Republican and Democratic presidents. Ross is currently a Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Distinguished Professor at Georgetown University. Comment

Monarch butterflies need our help

Scientists are very concerned about the dramatically decreasing population of Monarch butterflies. Comments (1)
Dining Out

Dine like Lady Gaga at The Pomeroy in Astoria

Does being a chef to a celebrity make you a celebrity chef? It would seem so, judging by the crush of patrons vying for tables at Astoria’s brand new gastropub, The Pomeroy. Comment

Late touchdown keeps Royals perfect

There are still a few weeks left until the start of the CHSFL playoffs, but Christ the King’s battle for first place against Xavier felt like a championship game and it ended that way. Comment
Rochdale Village

Police look for elderly Rochdale Village man

ROCHDALE VILLAGE — A 77-year-old man from Rochdale Village went missing Tuesday morning from his home, police said. Comment

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

Kew Gardens

Affordable housing plan affects available parking

At a presentation by the city’s Department of City Planning Monday, meant to push forward the mayor’s affordable housing plan, Queens community board heads voiced exasperation over zoning proposals that could potentially lead to the loss of parking space in subsidized housing near public transit. Comment

New immigrants assimilating

Immigrants are blending into the population of the United States as they have in earlier decades. They are bringing low crime rates as well as learning English at the same rate or faster than previous generations have, a new study said. However, that study also found that many who now come to America don’t necessarily want to stay. Comments (2)

Molotov attack not bias crime: Police

A Briarwood man has been charged with attempted murder and other related counts for allegedly throwing a makeshift Molotov cocktail at a Manhattan halal cart, according to police. Comment

Astoria street co-named for civic leader Dennis Syntalis

Members of Astoria’s Greek community gathered in Athens Square Park Saturday to celebrate the life of their late civic leader Dennis Syntilas. The street in front of the park on 30th Avenue, which he helped create in the ‘90s, was co-named “Dennis Syntalis Way” in his memory. Comment
Jackson Heights

Hundreds attend Jackson Hts. town hall on airplane noise

A standing-room-only-crowd of nearly 400 concerned citizens packed into the auditorium at PS 69 in Jackson Heights for a town hall meeting on LaGuardia Airport aircraft noise Sunday. The Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey sent representatives, who made presentations on noise monitoring and emissions tracking, highlighting safety standards and their efforts to minimize the impact of noise on residents. Comments (2)

Students demand a traffic light for dangerous intersection near Sunnyside school

More than 80 first graders from PS 343 in Sunnyside joined City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) in calling on the city DOT to install a traffic signal at a dangerous intersection near their school as part of their civics curriculum. The intersection in question is surrounded by apartment buildings and the largest park in the neighborhood, the Thomas P. Noonan Playground. According to the NYPD’s annual Motor Vehicle Collision Report, the intersection at 42nd Street and 47th Avenue statistics show that between January 2014 and August 2015 there have been six collisions involving 12 people. Comment

Grand larceny up in 109th Pct. area: Captain

Skimming devices and the theft of Econoline vans have contributed to a rise in grand larcenies in the 109th Precinct in Flushing, Capt. Thomas Conforti told the precinct community council’s monthly meeting last week. Comment

Advocate group calls for more accessible cabs

New York City has sold only 350 of 2,000 proposed taxi medallions meant for wheelchair-accessible cabs and that’s largely Uber’s fault, the United Spinal Association contends. Comment

Thomas Ognibene laid to rest

The late City Councilman Tom Ognibene was a physically imposing man, but Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) never saw him as such. Rather for Ulrich, Ognibene “was not a towering figure — he often lowered himself to pick others up.” Comments (1)

Nick Cannon and St. Mary’s host annual concert for kids

The kids of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children got a special treat as the hospital’s celebrity board member Nick Cannon hosted the largest annual charity concert in Times Square for the third year last week at the Hard Rock Café. Comment

A limit on weapons

After three men were slaughtered in a triple homicide back in the long, hot summer of 2012, Queens DA Richard Brown called for another gun buyback in southeast Queens. Comments (1)

Really? Can ‘Recess Consultants’ be a good thing?

This week, Lenore admits that sometimes adults can interfere with kids in a good way. Comments (1)

Elmhurst station hits the comeback trail

In January 1985, the Elmhurst station on the LIRR’s Port Washington Branch closed. Ridership had dwindled to less than 100 per day. It was decided at the time, probably based upon a cost-benefit analysis, that investing millions of dollars to upgrade the station made no economic sense. Research indicated that there would be a poor return in potential ridership that would utilize this station. Comment

Budding leader Johnson easy to root for

Durand Johnson didn’t go as far as calling it his team, but there is little doubt it will be. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Violence on Rikers growing despite reforms: Stringer

The de Blasio administration is defending its reforms at Rikers Island and other city jails following a scathing analysis by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. Comment

Support continues for Lamar Odom during his recovery

Lamar Odom was beloved in Queens growing up, and remains so during a tumultuous time in his life, because of his humble nature and giving spirit. Comment

Meeting for new high school stymied by community unrest

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) wrote a letter to the head of the School Construction Authority Tuesday, asking that the agency rescind its contract with the Bayside Jewish Center, citing the many problems building a school at the location may pose. Comments (5)
College Point

Street in front of Police Academy now Ptl. Phillip Cardillo Way

In what Police Commissioner Bill Bratton called “one step toward righting a wrong,” the street in front of the Police Academy in College Point has been renamed to honor Patrolman Phillip Cardillo, who was shot inside a Nation of Islam mosque in Harlem in April 1972. Cardillo was 31. Comment

First step complete in New York State Pavilion restoration

When Joe Somers was growing up in Whitestone, his parents brought him to the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park where he fell in love with the space-age New York State Pavilion. Now 57, and still living in Whitestone, Somers recalled the sadness he felt every time he drove past the structure on the Long Island Expressway or the Van Wyck and saw the state of disrepair it had fallen into during the last few decades. Comments (2)
Oakland Gardens

School pilots new virtual reality platform

Space exploration for public schools was limited to field trips to the planetarium in the 20th century. But now virtual reality technology is bringing the planetarium to the classrooms — like those at PS 213 in Oakland Gardens. Comment

TWA icon has last tour before construction begins

Thousands of visitors flocked to the last tour Sunday of the iconic architecture of the TWA Flight Center at Kennedy Airport before its renovation and expansion into a hotel. Comment

Job fair brings women together

The 28th annual World of Working Women Conference, hosted by the Center for the Women of New York, will be held Friday in Flushing. Comment
Long Island City

Uber signs lease at Falchi Building in Long Island City

When the car-sharing company Lyft signed its lease at the Falchi Building in September 2014, it took over a 5,000-square-foot space on the fourth floor. Lyft likely never imagined that its chief rival, Uber, would join them under the same roof. Comment

Pizza at stake in Mets vs. Cubs bet

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chicago Mayor Rahm Israel Emanuel are just two top leaders betting on their baseball teams to take the 2015 National League Championship Series. Comment

Black Spectrum Theatre takes a look back with new play

The Black Spectrum Theatre in Queens, whose mission is to create theater and film productions about the African-American community, has announced the opening of a new play by its founder Carl Clay. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

Far Rockaway

NYPD officer who grew up in Far Rockaway killed in East Harlem

A New York City police officer, whose family lives in Far Rockaway, was shot in the head and killed Tuesday night after a gunfight between rival crews in East Harlem led to a police chase and shoot-out at around 8:30 p.m. near the F.D.R Drive, the police commissioner said. Comments (4)

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Kew Gardens

Community board heads upset over affordable housing for seniors

Borough community board heads were outraged over the potential loss of parking spaces Tuesday at the city’s Department of City Planning presentation on the proposed zoning text amendments needed to push forward the mayor’s affordable housing plan for seniors. Comment

Monday, Oct. 19, 2015

College Point

Ptl. Phillip Cardillo Way unveiled at Police Academy

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton hosted a ceremony unveiling the renaming of a street in front of the Police Academy in College Point after Patrolman Phillip Cardillo. Comments (2)
Community Service

Pink Paper makes difference in fight against breast cancer

Community Service

Pink Paper makes difference in fight against breast cancer

Community News Group Vice President of Advertising Ralph D’Onofrio (l-r); President Jennifer Goodstein; Nancy Colt, senior representative for community engagement for the American Cancer Society in Brooklyn and Staten Island; and Courier Publisher Cliff Luster celebrate the proceeds from our Oct. 2 Pink Paper issue, which were donated to the American Cancer Society to raise awareness for breast cancer. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015


Police want to question boyfriend of woman slain in Jamaica homicide

The NYPD wants to interview the boyfriend of a woman who was found burned from head to toe in the bathtub of a Jamaica apartment. Detectives from the 103rd Precinct were looking for Carlos Leon, aka Carlos Alvarez, and were asking for the public’s help following the grisly discovery of 28-year-old Miriam Velez-Samayoa when they responded to a 911 call of a possible assault in progress just after 4 a.m. Saturday. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015


Burned woman found dead in bathtub: NYPD

Police from the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica are investigating the death of a woman discovered in a bathtub early Saturday morning. Responding to a 911 call of a possible assault in progress, officers found a 28-year-old female, unconscious and unresponsive, in an apartment at 147-28 90th Ave., in Jamaica, according to the NYPD. Comment

Man shot and killed in Jamaica: NYPD

A man was gunned down in broad daylight in Jamaica Saturday. It was just after noon when police from the 103rd Precinct, responding to a 911 call, discovered a man in his 30s lying unconscious and unresponsive at the intersection of 107th Avenue and 164th Street. Comments (3)



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