Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Forest Hills

Mideast expert talks about the region

Former Mideast envoy Dennis Ross spoke to a packed house about Israel, America and the future of the two countries’ relationship Sunday at the Hevesi Jewish Heritage Library in the Forest Hills Jewish Center. Comment

VIP prepares to fight back

The meeting for Varied Internships Program, a nonprofit youth program, brought a dozen parents, former VIP participants, business participants and supporters to downtown Jamaica last week to figure out a way to save the program after it lost federal funding this year. Comment

UN’s 70 anniversary marked at Queens Museum

John Tandana, president of the UNA USA Queens Chapter, looked out past the great glass windows of the Queens Museum at the Unisphere. Comment
Long Island City

Fisher Landau Center for Art dubbed one of top private museums in country

The Fisher Landau Center for Art has been quietly making a name for itself in the borough’s art scene since it opened its doors in 2003. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Douglas Manor

State funds unique guard rail project for Douglas Manor

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Monday his allocation of $210,000 in state discretionary funds for the city Department of Transportation to put toward a project in Douglas Manor. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Fraternity members arraigned on hazing death charges

Five more former Baruch College Pi Delta Psi fraternity brothers were arraigned on murder and other related charges last week in connection with the 2013 hazing death of Michael Deng, a 19-year-old freshman from Oakland Gardens. Comments (3)

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015


Mayor calls for court reform to keep dangerous individuals behind bars

Just two days after NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed, Mayor Bill de Blasio called for two key changes to state law to better ensure that dangerous defendants are not released to the street. The mayor has been pushing bail reforms as a way to keep nonviolent defendants out of jail. Comments (1)

Judicial elections come to Queens Nov. 3

Three county Supreme Court justice seats and three Civil Court justice seats are up for grabs on Election Day next Tuesday, with Queens District Attorney Richard Brown also seeking re-election to what would be his sixth-consecutive full term. Comments (2)

Broadway magic touches city students

Peek into any school on any day, and chances are you will see a little magic. Or a lot. I peeked into PS 347 on East 23rd Street in Manhattan last week and who should be there but Gregory Jbara, star of stage (Billy Elliott’s dad) and screen (he is on “Blue Bloods”), reading out loud about some very scary carrots. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Mussini impressing with more than shooting touch

Federico Mussini has already made a positive first impression at St. John’s with his strong outside shooting display at the program’s annual Tipoff event. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015

Jackson Heights

City health initiative set for Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights will be getting a new community health center and one of the two facilities in Corona will be expanded as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new Caring Neighborhoods initiative. The new program will spend $20 million over the next two years increasing primary care for thousands of residents in underserved neighborhoods across New York City. Comment

Center for Women of New York hosts annual conference

Professionals spanning the fields of education, banking and finance spoke about navigating their careers and the challenges women face in the workforce at the 28th annual World of Working Women Conference hosted by the Center for the Women of New York in Flushing last week. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Wiseman screens his new documentary about the people of Jackson Heights

Don Cato knows a quality filmmaker when he sees one. The co-founder of the Queens World Film Festival is one himself, having won a Silver Medal at the Cannes Film Festival in 1974. Comment

Make Forest Park a safer place

For over a year we have been working to get Forest Park to better address public safety by closing the gates allowing access to the park. They have replaced the gates; however, their actions are still very inadequate. Access from the Myrtle Avenue gate is always possible. The gates remain open at all hours. There is no signage indicating that this gate should be closed or that vehicles cannot enter from the busy intersection. Comment
Political Action

Setting out a vision for New York City’s future

The Queens Village Republican Club recently had its annual Columbus Day dinner. Among the guest speakers was Joseph Concannon, a retired NYPD police captain who is running in a special election in the 23rd City Council district. He is on the ballot as the Republican, Conservative, and Reform Party candidate and facing the Democratic contender, Barry Grodenchik. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Late Daly goal ensures happy sendoff for St. John’s seniors

The St. John’s women’s soccer team sent their seniors off in style in what is likely their last home game. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

New Hyde Park

Honduras native gets the surgery he needs from Cohen

A near-fatal horseback accident in Honduras that left Adrian Ehrler, 15, with a damaged windpipe and brain trauma turned into a miraculous medical success story after he came to Queens to seek better corrective care. Comment

Community leaders against Q44 Select Bus Service route

Community Board 7 and the Flushing BID have expressed reservations about the upcoming Q44 Bronx-Flushing-Jamaica Select Bus Service route project, which the city Department of Transportation says has already started. Comment
College Point

Middle school coming to College Point: Vallone

At the monthly College Point Civic & Taxpayers Association meeting last week, City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) said the former St. Fidelis School in College Point is set to become a middle school, the first in the neighborhood. Comments (7)
East Elmhurst

Judge approves Rikers Island civil rights settlement

A federal judge has given final approval to landmark federally mandated reforms at Rikers Island. Comment

N.Y., Mo. officials bet on hometown teams

Gov. AndrewCuomo and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon have added their names to the list of those placing bets on the World Series. If the Mets win, Nixon will wear a Mets jersey to work for a full day. If the Royals win, Cuomo will wear a Royals jersey to the office for a day. Comment

We must take criminals off our streets

Our bail system is broken, and last week we learned how badly it fails to keep us safe. Comments (2)

Jamaica rolls past Grady

Samuel Jules continues to power Jamaica. Comment

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015


Allison Hope Liao Way street sign now in place

The street sign for Allison Hope Liao Way was unveiled in Flushing last Friday afternoon, honoring the 3-year-old girl who was hit by a driver while crossing the intersection in 2013. Comment

Two men shot at Bayside party from apartment rented by Airbnb

A quiet Bayside street quickly became a scene of mayhem early Sunday morning, when two men were shot after leaving what neighbors described as a riot at an expensive house rented out through Airbnb. Comments (3)
Cambria Heights

CB13 votes against Jewish learning institution

Community Board 13 members voted Monday night at Antun’s Catering Hall against variances needed for the development of a four-story Jewish learning institution in Cambria Heights. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Rockaways ferry not scheduled to return until 2017

After Rockaway residents were stranded in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Bloomberg administration introduced a subsidized ferry service from the peninsula—a service that ended in the first year of the de Blasio administration. Comment

DOE gives incoming high schoolers admissions tips

The city Department of Education presented tips to parents and students for high school admissions at the Queens borough president’s Parent Advisory Board last week. Comment

CB11 education committee disapproves of proposed high school

Members of Community Board 11 who attended Tuesday’s Education Committee meeting unanimously shot down a motion to recommend approving the city School Construction Authority’s proposal to build a new 739-seat high school in Bayside. Comments (2)
Rockaway Beach

Volunteer says homes still need repair

Although it has been three years since Hurricane Sandy, volunteer Marissa Bernowitz said a number of issues remain, including homes that need repair, disaster management and empty lots. Comment

Elections come to southeast Queens

The winner of the seat held by former Democratic Assemblyman William Scarborough in southeast Queens will be decided in next week’s election. Comment

Concannon and Grodenchik square off

Three candidates will face off Tuesday in the city’s off-year elections to fill a vacancy left by Mark Weprin in the City Council’s 23rd District. Comment

Trivia junkies wanted at Q.E.D. in Astoria

Anyone with a brain crammed with useless information covering a plethora of topics can stop annoying just their friends while watching “Jeopardy!” and bring their encyclopedic knowledge to a much larger audience. Comment

A city diminished again

The city buried another NYPD officer this week, the second son of Queens to die among the four policeman gunned down in the past 11 months. Comments (1)
New Voices

A community comes to grips with an officer’s death

The killing of an NYPD officer in East Harlem sent shock waves across the Guyanese community in Brooklyn and Queens, as its members struggled to come to grips with the loss of Officer Randolph Holder, an immigrant from Guyana, whose family settled in Queens. Prior to joining the NYPD in July 2010, Holder served with the NYPD Auxiliary with the 101st Precinct in Far Rockaway. He was third generation law enforcement, as his father, Randolph Holder Sr., and grandfather served as police officers in Guyana. Comments (1)

Handford will stand alone in St. John’s hoops’ history

Aliyyah Handford is on the verge of standing alone in St. John’s women’s basketball history and joining an elite group of players to suit up for the school. Comment

Man struck and killed by 7 train in Corona; Police

CORONA—A 26-year-old Murray Hill man was struck and killed by a No. 7 train Saturday after he fell off the subway platform at the Junction Boulevard station, police said. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Thousands turn out for Officer Holder’s funeral

For the fourth time in 11 months men and women in blue gathered to mourn the killing of a New York City police officer. Comment

Amazing turnout to cheer on Mets

Mets fans are prepared to celebrate a World Series title and are filling the local bars to do so. Comment
Far Rockaway

New Boardwalk gets mixed reviews

Ed Hynes sat with his back turned to the ocean on a blustery fall afternoon along the new Rockaway Boardwalk. Comment
Breezy Point

After 3 years, Breezy home gets help

Three years after Hurricane Sandy, Diane Hellriegel’s Breezy Point home on Oceanside Avenue has still not been touched. She took her dogs to Alabama and moved to Long Island. Hellriegel, who did not have flood insurance, fought to have her home rebuilt. Now that’s about to happen. Comment
Howard Beach

Build It Back improves for Sandy victims

Days before Hurricane Joaquin was forecast to hit the city’s shores, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo’s (D-Howard Beach) phone started ringing. It was his constituents, calling to say they were ready with packed bags and a evacuation plan. Comment

Fererras brings elected officials to Citi Field to root for the Mets

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), whose District 21 is home to Citi Field, hosted several of her colleagues at a Game One Watch Party at McFadden’s Tuesday night. The cavernous restaurant and saloon at Citifield was electric, jam packed with screaming Mets fans. Comment
Far Rockaway

Slain officer remembered by kin in festive, bittersweet atmosphere

On a winding street in Far Rockaway where Officer Randolph Holder first lived in the United States, there was music, food and laughter last Friday. At the home of Holder’s extended family, those who were closest to him milled around the front lawn, reminiscing about the man they had lost. Comment

Van Bramer endorses the Move NY Fair Plan to ease traffic and fund 7 line repairs

Move NY Fair Plan, the congestion pricing plan that would bring tolls to East River crossings to raise funds for MTA infrastructure repairs, has gained a powerful backer. Comment

Extra trains and better communication in store for N train riders in Astoria

The MTA will be adding trains to 12 subway lines in June to cope with a surge in ridership, which saw an average 5.6 million riders a day last year, and an anticipated population increase because of major residential construction. Comment

Titan tackles Wilde’s seriously funny comedy of manners

Oscar Wilde’s best known play, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” could just as easily be titled, “The Importance of Casting the Right Actress as Lady Bracknell.” Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015


Thousands gather at wake for slain Officer Randolph Holder

They came from across the state and the country, some who knew him and many who didn’t. Thousands of police officers lined Merrick Boulevard and saluted as NYPD Officer Randolph Holder’s casket was carried into the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica Tuesday morning. Many were crying. Comments (1)

Hundreds join Queens borough president for Mets pep rally

The Mets are warming up for their attempt at a third World Series title. Comments (1)

Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

Far Rockaway

Slain officer remembered by kin in festive, bittersweet atmosphere

0n a narrow winding street in Far Rockaway where Officer Randolph Holder first lived in the United States, there was music, food and laughter Friday. At the home of Holder’s extended family, those who were closest to him milled around the front lawn, cups in hand, reminiscing about the man they had lost. Comment

Hometown rally to send off Mets to World Series matchup

The New York Mets are headed to Kansas City, Mo. Tuesday to take on the Kansas City Royals in their first World Series matchup in 15 years and Queens is preparing a major send-off. Comment

Slain officer’s funeral to be held at Allen A.M.E. Cathedral

Information on the wake and funeral service for slain police officer Randolph Holder are as follows. Comments (1)

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015


Watermain break causes Queens Boulevard shutdown in Elmhurst

Traffic was a nightmare for much of Friday morning in Elmhurst after a massive water main break forced the NYPD to close Queens Boulevard in both directions for several blocks. Comment

Dog rescuer turns out to be its abuser: DA

The man who claimed he found a starving boxer in a park and then brought it to a city shelter last week was charged Thursday with animal cruelty after an investigation revealed he was the dog’s owner and had failed to properly care for the animal, the Queens District Attorney office said. Comments (1)



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