Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

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York College students get walking to fight breast cancer

Moments before the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Walk, a team of students and faculty members from York College, gathered together outside of Central Park. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015


Glendale Yeshiva hit with zoning violation

The United Talmudical Seminary in Glendale has been slapped with a violation from the city Department of Buildings for housing students on the yeshiva’s premises in violation of the school’s zoning regulations. Comments (1)

City Council passes physical education bill

The City Council has unanimously passed legislation introduced by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) to further ensure that city children receive state-mandated physical education. Comment

Astoria contractor barred from doing work with the city and state for five years

An Astoria contractor was found to have cheated three immigrant workers out of $735,000 in prevailing wages and benefits by City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Comment

New Astoria murals help prevent graffiti

In an ongoing battle against graffiti, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) enlisted the help of a non-profit arts group from Auburndale. 501 See Streets has painted murals of bygone eras in Astoria’s history at the Amtrak underpass at 48th Street between 25th and 28th avenues. Comment
Richmond Hill

Suspect flashes firearm over Chinese takeout order: NYPD

RICHMOND HILL — Police were searching for a suspect who threatened employees of an eatery in Richmond Hill with a firearm, according to police officials. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015


Five new developments planned in Jamaica

With a dozen developments underway in downtown Jamaica, plans for five mores, including another hotel, have been announced for the expanding transit hub. Comments (3)

Maloney leads Zadroga rally after House Republicans propose funding cuts

9/11 first responders and survivors once again made the trip to Ground Zero Monday to join U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and other congressional leaders to rally in support of a permanent and fully funded Zadroga Health and Compensation Act extension. Comments (1)

Ex-Queens Library CEO sues system for severance pay

Former Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante is seeking more than $2 million in severance compensation to “set the record straight” after he was ousted from his position in December 2014. Comments (2)

Simotas gets public feedback on proposal to close Shore Boulevard to traffic

Some 80 members of the Astoria community joined City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) to discuss traffic safety improvements on the streets surrounding Astoria Park last week. Comment
Jamaica Estates

SJU’s Agustus determined to stand out

Jordan Agustus plans on rewriting her reputation. Comment

Astoria man reported missing

ASTORIA — The NYPD was looking for an elderly man who was last seen on Oct. 24 at around 9 p.m. Comment

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015


Whitestone Lanes to be replaced by mixed use development

Tthe family business that owns Whitestone Lanes, a bowling alley in Flushing, is allegedly planning to sell the property for $60 million to make way for a mixed-use development, but a manager said it is merely renovating the property. Comments (4)
Forest Hills

Forest Hills chocolate shop re-opens

Mark Libertini, the new co-owner of Aigner Chocolates in Forest Hills, smiled broadly from across the counter and offered a piece of peanut brittle--dark or milk--to any customer willing to take him up. Comment

Day of the Dead festivities held at Corona Plaza

The third annual Mexican Day of the Dead celebration at Corona Plaza featured a mixture of food, music and dancing as participants mourned the dead and victims of police brutality. Comments (1)
Block Shots

Beach Channel football back on the rise after lows of Sandy

Homes, stores and boardwalks aren’t the only things being rebuilt in Beach Channel. Comment
Long Island City

Man allegedly steals drum kit from Guitar Center: Police

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police from the 114th Precinct were searching for a man who allegedly stole a drum kit module worth more than $2,000 from the Guitar Center at 34-17 48th St. The suspect entered the store on Oct. 2 around 3 p.m. and removed Roland Electric Drum Kit Module and fled, according to the NYPD. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015

Long Island City

NYC Marathon runners pass through LIC

New York City Marathon runners were cheered on by spectators from Queens and other places as they passed through Long Island City Sunday morning. Comments (1)

City wants plastic foam banned

The city Law Department has filed a motion with the State Supreme Court to appeal a Manhattan judge’s September ruling striking down former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on polystyrene container use in the restaurant industry. Comments (2)

New York needs new ferries

“Ferry not due till ’17” (Oct. 30) is disappointing news for a lot of New Yorkers. The ferry program is funded out of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ongoing $55 million program to support the creation of new ferry services around the five boroughs. And while many Staten Island residents feel they are the forgotten borough when it comes to transportation improvements and options, some Rockaway residents feel they are the forgotten Queens community when it comes to the same. Comments (2)

Defending champion McClancy falls to St. Edmund in final

Monsignor McClancy girls’ soccer squad won the program’s first title with just a single goal last season. This year, it saw its hopes for a repeat dashed by the same margin. Comment

Man wanted in residential burglary: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police were searching for a man who stole jewelry and cameras from an Astoria home at the end of September. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015


Astoria Financial sold for $2 billion

The Astoria Financial Corporation, parent company of Astoria Bank, has agreed to merge with New York Community Bancorp in a deal valued at nearly $2 billion. Comment

Arrests made in illegal narcotics ring at Ridgewood and Brooklyn pharmacies

A Connecticut husband-and-wife pharmacy team have been charged in federal court with allegedly illegally distributing more than 500,000 oxycodone pills over the last three years out of their Ridgewood and Brooklyn pharmacies, according to the Manhattan U.S. attorney. Comment

Thanks for an Amazin’ season

Thanks to the New York Mets for this Amazin’ season, which produced a well-deserved National League championship as a result of their excellent play and the smart mid-season trades made by the team’s front office. Comments (2)
Cambria Heights

Queens artists take part in L.I. exhibition

Two Queens-based artists, who study at Chezar Art Studio, will be part of a month-long exhibition at Nassau County’s Jericho Public Library. Comment

Queens teams come up empty in PSAL A semifinals

Francis Lewis was less than a minute away from a trip to the championship game, but that proved to be just enough time for its hopes to be dashed. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills school employee allegedly assaulted student: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — An employee of Russell Sage Junior HS in Forest Hills was arrested and charged in connection with assaulting a student last week, according to the NYPD. Comment

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Jackson Heights

Frederick Wiseman shines his spotlight on Jackson Heights

The grand master of American documentary filmmaking sat on a metal folding chair in the cafeteria at PS 69 in Jackson Heights and reflected on what made him choose this particular neighborhood as the subject of his 41st movie. Comment

Corona singer a hit with Mets slugger

The concert choir from the Frank Sinatra School for the Performing Arts in Astoria got some national exposure during the Fall Classic, backing up the school’s founder, Tony Bennett, as he sang “America the Beautiful” before the Mets series-ending loss to the Royals in Game 5. But a 2009 graduate of the Frank Sinatra school also played a role in the World Series, one that was tied to slugger Yoenis Cespedes and his walk-up song, which is played as he approaches the batter’s box. Comment

Corona singer a hit with Mets slugger

The concert choir from the Frank Sinatra School for the Performing Arts in Astoria got some national exposure during the Fall Classic, backing up the school’s founder, Tony Bennett, as he sang “America the Beautiful” before the Mets series-ending loss to the Royals in Game 5. But a 2009 graduate of the Frank Sinatra school also played a role in the World Series, one that was tied to slugger Yoenis Cespedes and his walk-up song, which is played as he approaches the batter’s box. Comment

When the ‘war to end wars’ finally ended

The tumult began at 6 a.m., with blasts from factory whistles and the pealing of church bells that stirred thousands of Queens citizens from their beds and marked the end of what President Woodrow Wilson called “the war to end all wars.” Comment

A veteran of the Manhattan Project visits Queensborough Community College

Benjamin Bederson, 93, an Army veteran and experiential atomic physicist on the Manhattan Project, is one veteran many might not usually think about on Veterans Day. Comment

Medical marijuana dispensary’s chief medical officer discusses Elmhurst operation

When the borough’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens on Jan. 5, near the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst, it will look like any other business on the outside and the inside will resemble a doctor’s office. The Empire State Health Solution’s storefront, at 89-55 Queens Blvd., will also have 24-hour security in place. Comment

Markey announces security upgrades at Woodside Projects

State Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) has announced a grant of $1 million that will be used for security upgrades at the Woodside Houses. Comment

Transit change comes to south of the boro

After three decades, once again the MTA capital plan has included the renovation of the Jamaica bus depot, Councilmen Richard Donovan (D-Laurelton) and I. Daneek Miller (D-St.Albans) revealed to residents at a town hall meeting last week about transportation improvements and expansions across southeast Queens. Comment

Queens College honors Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Queens College held a ceremony last week for Domestic Violence Awareness Month featuring survivors, students and Queens legislators in solidarity with survivors. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Rockaways remembers Hurricane Sandy

Dozens of Rockaway residents marched to the beach last week to mark the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. It was part of a memorial event at the Rockaway YMCA commemorating lost loved ones and neighbors as well as survivors. Comment

Man wanted in connection with burglary at Flushing office: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man who reportedly stole money and electronics from a Flushing office last week. Comment

Pricing out Mets fans

Bringing the World Series to the world’s borough, despite its heartbreaking conclusion, is something that can give everyone in Queens a sense of pride and accomplishment—from the team’s stellar roster of young pitchers to the legions of fans who have supported the Mets in good times and bad. Comment
On Point

Denying representation to District 23 residents

I’m delighted to be resuming my On Point column for the TimesLedger papers. I had taken a hiatus in order to run for the New York City Council seat left vacant by the sudden departure of Councilman Mark Weprin in May of this year. I placed second in the Democratic primary, losing by 300 votes out of approximately 7,000 cast. Comments (4)

Another Bayside school is a bad solution

The Auburndale Improvement Association’s boundaries overlap with the Northwest Bayside Civic Association in the area where the proposed new high school is located, on the site of the Bayside Jewish Center. We support the civic and the surrounding community near the site in opposing the construction of this proposed high school. Comments (6)
Springfield Gardens

Late score earns Eagles playoff berth

The play Springfield Gardens used to initially grab the lead eventually earned it much, much more. Comment
Bay Terrace

Funny thing happened on the way to the theater

It will be something familiar and something peculiar — you might even say something for everyone —when Theatre by the Bay presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” with its new artistic director, Ovi Vargas, running the show. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015


Second victim in Rosedale Halloween shooting dies

The second victim in the shooting of two teenagers in Rosedale during the Halloween weekend died Wednesday afternoon as police continued to search for two suspects wanted in connection with the incident. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Astoria nun spends 30 years on Rikers Island

A Catholic nun who was raised on Crescent Street in Astoria and still lives in a convent on Ditmars Boulevard has spent the last 30 years on Rikers Island, and she’s looking forward to more. Comment

Vallone said he would oppose proposed high school following CB vote

Community Board 11 voted 31-1 against the School Construction Authority’s proposal to build a new high school on 32nd Avenue in Bayside Monday, going along with strong community opposition to the $114 million project. Comments (3)
Kew Gardens

Katz has concerns about MSG’s plan for a music festival at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Madison Square Garden announced Monday that it is seeking to host a three-day music festival at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in June that would have a world-class lineup of talent and serve as a showcase for the culture and diversity of the city. Comments (2)

Two months later, Whitestone woman still missing

Despite using a variety of investigative tools to find a Whitestone woman who disappeared two months ago, the lead investigator in the case said it still has not located her. The NYPD and her family have also come up empty-handed in the search. Comment

Decent borough turnout in judicial elections

Many Queens residents who did not have any special elections in their districts came out to vote on Election Day Tuesday — re-electing three Queens Supreme Court justices, a Civil Court judge as well as Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Limited-zone bus route proposed for NE Queens

A new pilot program to create limited-zone bus service, as well as other short- and long-term improvements, are among the recommendations unveiled as part of the Northeast Queens Bus Study funded by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comment

Unions rally in support of Cosmos’ proposed soccer stadium

Around 200 supporters of the New York Cosmos soccer team’s plans to build a new stadium on the Queens-Nassau county border joined labor leaders at a rally to grab the state’s attention on the matter. Comments (5)
Jackson Heights

Crowley urges Mayor to help taxicab medallion owners in a new reality

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) has grown so alarmed about the new reality facing the taxi industry in the city, specifically the declining value of licensed taxicab medallions, that he fired off a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio last week urging action. Comment

Peter Vallone Jr elected as Civil Court judge

Now he is Judge Vallone. Comment

Petition against Glendale homeless shelter dismissed by judge

A judge has denied a petition filed by a group of homeowners’ associations in the Middle Village area that contended the environmental assessment for a proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale was fundamentally flawed. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Don’t wait to see ‘Wait Until Dark’ at Chain Theatre

During the final moments of Variations Theatre Group’s production of “Wait Until Dark,” two actors perform their scene in complete blackness. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015


Grodenchik defeats Concannon for City Council seat

Eastern Queens voters have ultimately chosen Democrat Barry Grodenchik to be their next City Council representative following long and competitive primary and general election races in this off-year contest. Comments (4)

Maloney, mayor criticize MTA on Second Ave. subway delay

U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and Charles Rangel (D-East Harlem) have expressed disappointment and chagrin at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan to delay completion of the second phase of the Second Avenue subway to East Harlem. Comment

Hyndman wins Scarborough’s Assembly seat in landslide

Democrat Alicia Hyndman defeated the Republican candidate, Scherie Murray, Tuesday night in a landslide victory in the off-year general election for the state Assembly seat formerly held by William Scarborough. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015


Voting exceeds primary pace late in the day in Oakland Gardens

In eastern Queens, voting for Republican Joe Concannon and Democrat Barry Grodenchik appeared to pick up after 5 p.m. with one poll worker in Oakland Gardens reporting that turnout for the City Council seat exceeded the primary pace. Comment

Follow TimesLedger Newspapers updates on Election Day

Check out the TimesLedger Newspapers election roundup on the website. We are filing periodic updates from the polls throughout the day and will Comment

Monday, Nov. 2, 2015


Ex-Queens Library CEO to sue system

Former Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante said he is planning to sue the library for more than $2 million “to set the record straight” after he was ousted from his position in December 2014. Comment

Three shootings, man impaled on fence during Halloween weekend

Three men were shot in Jackson Heights and Rosedale, while another man was found impaled on the fence of his Belle Harbor home during the Halloween weekend. Comments (1)

Amazing Mets season ended with World Series heartbreak

Citi Field was the center of the baseball world last weekend and unfortunately the site of a World Series championship celebration that did not belong to the Mets. Comments (2)

Maspeth’s Grand Street Bridge to be shut for repairs on weekends

Grand Street Bridge in Maspeth, which connects Queens and Brooklyn, will undergo three weekends of repairs to fix underdeck stringers, a supporting mechanism for the bridge, according to the Department of Transportation. Comment

Royals’ Kinder heading to Virginia Tech

Kaela Kinder has seen her game expand by leaps and bounds during her time at Christ the King and she wanted to make sure the same was possible at the next level. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015


Rosedale man dies after being shot in the torso: NYPD

A man died after he and another man were shot in Rosedale Saturday night, the NYPD said. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

Jackson Heights

Man shot by suspect with mask in Jackson Heights: NYPD

A man was shot in Jackson Heights by another driver early Saturday morning but was in stable condition, the NYPD said. Comment
Belle Harbor

Man found impaled on fence in Belle Harbor

A dead man believed to be intoxicated was found impaled on a fence at his home in Belle Harbor early Friday morning, police said. Comments (2)

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015


Ridgewood pharmacist and husband charged in alleged drug scheme

A Connecticut couple has been charged in federal court for allegedly distributing more than 500,000 oxycodone pills over the last three years out of their Ridgewood and Brooklyn pharmacies, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Comment

Meeks recovering from mild heart attack after missing key votes in House

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) was recovering from a mild heart attack he suffered Wednesday that caused him to miss two major votes this week. Comment

Second Avenue subway service to Harlem faces delay

U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and Charles Rangel (D-Harlem) have expressed anger over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan for billions of dollars in cuts that will further delay completion of Phase Two of the Second Avenue subway to East Harlem. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015


Whitestone Lanes property up for sale: Realty firm

The family business that owns Whitestone Lanes, a bowling alley which has been serving the Flushing area for decades, is planning to sell the property for $60 million to make way for a mixed-use development. Comments (2)

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015


Corona singer a hit with Mets slugger

The concert choir from the Frank Sinatra School for the Performing Arts in Astoria got some national exposure during the Fall Classic, backing up the school’s founder, Tony Bennett, as he sang “America the Beautiful” before the Mets series-ending loss to the Royals in Game 5. But a 2009 graduate of the Frank Sinatra school also played a role in the World Series, one that was tied to slugger Yoenis Cespedes and his walk-up song, which is played as he approaches the batter’s box. Comment


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