Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Richmond Hill

Diwali brings annual display of lights, color and culture to Queens

The Hindu community in Queens celebrated Diwali, the ancient “festival of lights” last weekend, bringing a large cultural display of color, song, dance, feast and prayer to Richmond Hill, the heart of the city’s Guyanese and South Asian communities. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015


Constantinides and Crowley give thumbs up to new Astoria mural

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) joined City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) to unveil the mural they commissioned under the Amtrak bridge overpass on 48th Street between 25th and 28th avenues. Comment
Dining Out

Authentic Japanese cuisine served with a side of indifference

We were drawn to Hashi Ramen & Izakawa by its reputation for authentic Japanese ramen and pub grub. Comment
Long Island City

Jill Biden visits LaGuardia Community College and talks of free tuition

Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, spoke to hundreds of current and prospective students at LaGuardia Community College last week, promoting President Obama’s “America’s College Promise” proposal to make the first two years of community college free for qualifying students. Comments (1)

Queens Midtown tunnel turns 75

It’s the 75th birthday of the Queens Midtown tunnel, which served motorists from its dedication by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1940 until floodwaters from Superstorm Sandy temporarily shut it down three years ago. Comments (2)

House passes Meng’s transportation legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives passed three key pieces of transportation-related legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) that seek to improve school bus safety and the performance of child car seats as well as address privacy protections in driverless cars. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Jamaica Hills

YMCA takes on homeless youth

One year ago, city data could have counted 14-year-old Jordan as part of the growing population of homeless public school students, which was estimated to be 84,000 by a report from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness. Comments (1)

Record low voter turnout for off-year elections in Queens

Summaries of voting results for the off-year election Nov. 3 have not yet been released by the city Board of Elections, but it is clear that even though voter turnout was low for legislators, Queens residents were engaged in the judicial elections. Comments (3)

Bayside-based music program gearing up for winter

MM Rock Camp, the Bayside-based music education and performance program led by guitarist and jazz musician Michelle (Marie) Nestor, is calling for winter registrations. Comment

CB5 votes against Cross Harbor Tunnel proposal

More than ten years later after the Cross Harbor Rail Tunnel proposal was first released, the fight continues as Community Board 5 members said last week that the proposal should be scuttled. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens fall in PSAL Class B final

One-goal games had gone Springfield Gardens’ way throughout the post season, as it used three tight victories to reach the title game. Then the Golden Eagles found themselves battling through another tight contest until a 45-yard blast from James Monroe’s Mamadou Jaith ended the match, as well as Springfield’s soccer championship hopes, in the 79th minute. Comment

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015


Christine Quinn lauds mayor for ‘significant step’ in homeless crisis

A City Hall announcement drew praise for Mayor de Blasio from an unlikely source—his former mayoral opponent Christine Quinn. Comment
Little Neck

Avella, civics asking for historic status for Cornell Farmhouse

Several civic organizations have joined state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in calling on the city Landmarks Preservation Commission to grant historic preservation status to the 200-year-old William Cornell Farmhouse in Little Neck. Comments (1)

De Blasio and Mayors across the country urge Speaker Ryan to reauthorize Zadroga Act

Mayor Bill de Blasio added his voice, and those of 23 other mayors of major cities across the nation, to the growing chorus of support for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. Comment

Nolan on Grover Cleveland: ‘It is not a failing school’

Speaking at the Ridgewood Legislative Forum last Friday, state Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) called the decision by the city Department of Education to designate Grover Cleveland HS in Ridgewood as a struggling school “very unfair.” Comments (1)
Political Action

Looking ahead to a lively presidential contest

It looks like Hillary Clinton will be the nominee of the Democratic Party for president. She has important advantages over other prospective candidates, including having served as U.S. senator from New York for eight years and as secretary of state for four years, in addition to having been first lady during Bill Clinton’s administration. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm women’s soccer earns home NCAA game

The St. John’s women’s soccer team had to wait 21/2 long and stressful days to find out if their season would continue in the NCAA tournament. What was another 20 minutes then? Comment

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015


Bayside cops review crime stats, give update on October shooting

Capt. William McBride, commanding officer of the NYPD’s 111th Precinct, reviewed a summary of crime statistics in northeast Queens during the first community council meeting since the spring. Comment

Women honored at JSPOA gala

Dozens of seniors honored the hardworking women of southeast Queens during the Jamaica Services Program for Older Adults 43rd annual gala at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach. Comments (1)

A controversial symbol of a city living in fear

Born Bernhard Hugo Goetz on Nov. 7, 1947 in Kew Gardens, Bernie Goetz is best known as the “subway vigilante” who shot four would-be muggers on a New York subway in December 1984. The incident sparked heated nationwide debate on the issues of soaring crime rates in major cities, race, public safety and the limits of legal self-defense. Goetz was found guilty of carrying an unlicensed firearm, and a jury in a civil trial Comment

A road map for raising the quality of New York schools

To improve our city schools, we should do the following. Comments (1)

Hey-Rod: Senior’s double-overtime goal earns Stanners intersectional crown

For two straight years Archbishop Molloy reached the intersectional title game and had to watch another team celebrate. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015


Man shot by four men in Flushing: NYPD

A 32-year-old man who was drinking in Flushing says he sought refuge in three nearby homes when he was shot by four men after they stole his wallet early Sunday morning. Comment

Boro Book Festival launches for 2016

The Queens Book Festival, which debuts next summer, officially launched a campaign Wednesday to position iteself as the largest and most inclusive literary gathering in Queens. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s University celebrates veterans in annual ceremony

More than 100 people attended St. John’s University’s annual Veteran’s Day ceremony in honor of the service and contributions of veterans throughout the country a day ahead of Veterans Day. Comment
Breezy Point

One dead in plane crash off Breezy Point

The pilot of a small plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Breezy Point has been identified as a retired Navy commander from New Hampshire, police said. Comments (1)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Ladies in Tom’s life dig recycling

I will be honest: I am not much of a recycler. It just doesn’t occur to me. I know it is important and I know why it is important, but somehow it never makes it to the top of my list of priorities. If I could choose between watching the Mets, being with my kids, reading the Times, or making a special trip to the few stores that will recycle my pile of plastic bags, well, then, you know. Comment

Making the city affordable for seniors

In a borough and city where affordability and livability are inextricably linked, communities must make land-use decisions in order to balance the two in a fair and equitable manner. Comment

No need for St. John’s fans to hit the panic button

Jamaica won’t be renamed Panic City—at least not just yet. Nor should it need to be. Comment

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015


Maspeth Avenue renamed to Kowalinski Way at ceremony

On a damp and chilly Wednesday morning, bagpipes pierced the air as elected officials, local veterans and community leaders gathered around Frank Kowalinski Post No. 4 to honor the post’s namesake with a new sign called Frank Kowalinski Way on Maspeth Avenue between 61st and 64th streets. Comment
College Point

Businesses feel left out of Flushing Creek cleanup program

Mom-and-pop marinas, yacht clubs and other businesses in College Point and Flushing are upset that a federally funded dredging program for the Flushing Creek and Bay does not extend to their properties. Comment

Miller pushes for reform of illegal commuter vans

A five-point transit legislative plan unveiled last week by Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St.Albans) includes targeting illegal operators in the commuter van industry and improving public transportation in the area. Comment

Making Strides walk raises $740k for fight against breast cancer

The Queens chapter of the American Cancer Society held its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, filling Flushing Meadows Corona Park with a sea of pink Sunday. Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

DOT announces Rockaway transportation study

The city Department of Transportation announced last week that the agency would carry out a multi-year study aimed at helping to improve transportation access in the Eastern Rockaways. The study, titled “The Access to Opportunity: Transportation and Housing Study in the Eastern Rockaways,” will create proposals for short-term and long-term transportation improvements aligned with the city’s land-use investments in the Rockaway region. It will give particular emphasis to improving residents’ access to goods, activities, services and destinations through road Comment

Obama administration to ask Supreme Court to save his executive action on immigration

The Obama administration will take its immigration fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. Comments (2)

Whitestone charged with murder in girlfriend’s death: NYPD

A Whitestone man has been charged with murdering his girlfriend, a Queens Village mother, who was ending her relationship with him, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday. Comment
Forest Hills

String of fires plague borough

A string of fires has broken out across the borough since the month began, leaving one elderly man dead as well as a restaurant and three homes severely damaged. Much of the mayhem occurred in Forest Hills. Comment

Community Board 2 rejects elements of city’s rezoning plan

The chairman of Community Board 2 said last Thursday’s vote to reject two key components of the city’s plan to amend the zoning code was not a rejection of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s push for affordable housing. Instead, it is a reaction to an overwhelmed infrastructure in Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside with an eye toward future development. Comment

Charlie Brown and company drop by Astoria

Good grief — Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of Charles M. Schulz’s beloved cartoon gang arrived on the big screen last week during an early sneak peak of “The Peanuts Movie” at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Comment

Corruption’s cost

This was no parade of extras. In recent days Queens saw two star players in the borough’s unending political scandals march off to prison to do time for committing unsavory deeds with the taxpayers’ money. Comment

In defense of the misunderstood microbe

It’s time for a microbes’ rights movement. Comment

City parks should not be for sale

Middle Village

Royals move into semifinals

Christ the King has moved a step closer to an undefeated championship season. The Royals bested visiting St. Francis Prep 60-20 at Franklin K. Lane in the first round of the CHSFL Class AA playoffs last Saturday. CK advances to face Fordham Prep in the semifinals on Saturday. Comment

Man wanted for slashing teen with box cutter: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man who allegedly assaulted a teenager with a box cutter in Flushing last week. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Suspect in Kew Gardens robbery wanted: Police

KEW GARDENS — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a July robbery in Kew Gardens. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015


String of pedestrian traffic deaths prompts legislative action

A rash of pedestrian deaths in Queens and around the city has galvanized borough lawmakers to call for more action to reduce traffic fatalities in addition to what Mayor Bill de Blasio’s VisionZero has already implemented. Comments (1)

Sunnyside and Woodside have the highest percentage of uninsured residents: Stringer

Nearly a quarter of Sunnyside, Jackson Heights and Corona residents are uninsured, according to City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who published the results of a new analysis Monday. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

After officer is slashed at Rikers union calls for Joseph Ponte’s removal

The 22 stitches on the face and head of Correction Officer Raymond Calderon were clearly visible during a rally on the steps of City Hall Monday. Comments (1)

City department of veterans created

A bill to create a city Department of Veterans Services passed Tuesday, the day before Veterans Day. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Queens vet embodies American Dream

Carlos Coello, an Ozone Park resident and U.S. Navy Veteran, has been devoted to the simple act of helping others ever since he was a child. Comments (4)

Baysiders opposing new school proposal rally to get City Council’s attention

A group of Bayside residents organized a rally outside Councilman Paul Vallone’s (D-Bayside) office last weekend, asking the City Council to vote against the School Construction Authority’s controversial proposal to build a new 739-seat high school on 32nd Avenue. Comments (5)

Major pols surrender to fed prison

Two disgraced southeast Queens politicians, former state Sen. Malcolm Smith and state Assemblyman William Scarborough, began their prison sentences within days for violating the public trust in unrelated high-profile corruption cases. Comments (1)

Politicians sound off on light rail plan

While the light rail plan proposed by City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) is still in its preliminary stages, elected officials and civic leaders are beginning to voice both praise and concern. Comment

York College professor fights for justice

After serving 25 years in prison, Johnny Hincapie, 43, who was convicted of the 1990 murder of a tourist on a Manhattan subway platform, was granted a second trial and released on bail. But one month and four days after Hincapie was freed from prison, the Manhattan district attorney decided to appeal his overturned murder conviction, delaying any new trial and leaving the murder charge unresolved. Comments (2)

Art comes to life around the borough

An art intervention can happen anywhere. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

Jackson Heights

Mayor de Blasio to hold town hall on education in Jackson Heights Thursday

Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold a town hall meeting on education Thursday at PS 69 in Jackson Heights. Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Farina, several DOE officials and City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), the chairman of the Council’s Education Committee, are expected to attend. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015


Scarborough heads to prison on corruption charges

Disgraced former state Assemblyman William Scarborough was scheduled to surrender Tuesday afternoon into the custody of U.S. marshals to start his prison sentence after pleading guilty to fraud and corruption charges earlier this year, according to federal court records. Comments (4)
Richmond Hill

Scooter driver dead after getting hit twice in Richmond Hill

RICHMOND HILL -- A 62-year old man driving a scooter died after being struck Monday afternoon by two different cars on Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill, police said. Comment

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015


Man sought help in Flushing after being shot by four suspects: NYPD

A 32-year-old man was shot by four black men early Sunday morning as he was walking through Leavitt Park in Flushing, the NYPD said. Comments (3)
Disgraced former state Sen. Malcolm Smith surrendered to a Philadelphia prison to begin his 84-month sentence this weekend after his second request to extend his surrender date was denied by a federal judge in White Plains. Comments (3)

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015


Pedestrian killed in Flushing hit and run identified, driver located: NYPD

Police have identified the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a private bus in downtown Flushing Thursday night as 84-year-old Aglaia Gouaris of Union Street in Flushing. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

Elderly man struck by car and killed in Ozone Park: NYPD

An elderly man was struck and killed by a car in Ozone Park late Saturday night while walking in a crosswalk against the traffic light. Comments (1)

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Middle Village

Royals set sights on state crown

Christ the King has made winning the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens title an annual occurrence over the last five seasons, but the team’s eyes are set on much bigger prizes. Comment

Hoffman sends Molloy past Terriers, back to city final

Jessie Rodrigues heard Kyle Hoffman yelling his name over the boisterous crowd at Belson Stadium. Comment

Woman killed in Flushing hit-and-run

An unidentified woman was killed in Flushing Thursday by a driver who fled the scene in an unknown vehicle, police said. Comment
East Elmhurst

Rikers Island on lockdown after correction officer is attacked and slashed

Rikers Island was on lockdown Friday and a prison guard is recovering after a brutal attack at the hands of two prisoners Thursday afternoon. Comments (1)
Bay Terrace

New Stop & Shop opens in Bay Terrace

The Waldbaum’s stores in Bay Terrace reopened Friday as Stop & Shops. Comments (5)



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