Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015


DOT will not be closing Shore Boulevard to vehicular traffic

Shore Boulevard in Astoria Park will not be closed to vehicular traffic following discussions on a controversial proposal to improve traffic safety on the half-mile riverfront roadway, according to Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. She made that announcement during an Astoria Civic Association last week. Comment

CB7 recommends rezoning of Waterpointe site

Community Board 7 is looking to rezone the Waterpointe site in Whitestone because it contends the developer did not provide a deed restriction ensuring that only homes are built at the site. The developer maintains that it has provided the board with everything it has requested. Comments (1)

From making wigs to changing lives, SE Queens business thrives

The hair industry in southeast Queens is big business from salons that braid and twist strands into special dos to wigs in every shape, length and color one can imagine. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Memo to Queens theater groups: Stop playing it safe

I’m leaving a wedding reception in Smithtown, hoping my hearing recovers from countless decibels of deejay music, when a couple approaches to tell me how much they miss the Outrageous Fortune Company. Comment

Bellerose teen honored as Girl Scouts’ Future Woman of Distinction

A teenage girl from Bellerose was named the Girls Scouts of Greater New York’s Future Woman of Distinction. The award is presented to one of the organization’s most outstanding girls for her commitment to academics, leadership and community service. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015


As new tenants flow in, things look up for Atlas Park

HomeGoods, a popular household-supply franchise, opened its first store in Queens at The Shops at Atlas Park last Thursday—another sign that the long-struggling mall may be turning things around. Comment
Far Rockaway

Cuomo vetoes Port Ambrose gas project

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nixed a controversial 3-year-old proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal 19 miles off Jones Beach on Long Island amid fears that it could trigger an environmental disaster or become a target for terrorists. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC Partnership Trade Show draws thousands to Astoria World Manor

More than 100 businesses gathered to exhibit at the Long Island City Partnership’s Business-to-Business Trade Show and Luncheon at Astoria World Manor last Friday. The 28th annual trade show attracts thousands of community members each year in a showcase displaying the mixed-use landscape of LIC, ranging from business services and real estate, to hotels and health care, to 3-D printing and catering. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm veterans fuel win vs. UMBC

St. John’s celebrated a different kind of Veterans Day five days after the real thing. Comment

Obey the rules of the road

According to reports, there have been 104 pedestrian deaths this year as of last week, and there will likely be more before the end of the year. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative has cut down on some of the deaths and injuries. This has been accomplished with lower speed limits and speed cameras. But in my opinion, one death is too many. As reported, more needs to be done. Pedestrians need to be better educated about the do’s and don’ts, when and where to cross the street. I also believe more summonses need to be issued to pedestrians who jaywalk. Let me also point out that 13 pedestrians were killed in the last two weeks. I also believe drivers must realize as well that they need to be mindful of pedestrians in the walkway. Comments (3)

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Middle Village

Central Queens debates zoning changes and future of neighborhoods

While both Community Board 5 and Community Board 6 voted overwhelmingly against two major zoning text amendments, the few individual holdouts offered a window into an increasingly contentious relationship between Central Queens and City Hall. Comment

Mural project brings hip-hop legacy to light

A new, colorful mural dedicated to the history of hip-hop culture in southeast Queens appeared on the corner of 198th Street and Hollis Avenue last week in Hollis. Comments (1)

109th Pct. captain sheds light on jaywalking campaign

The 109th Precinct’s commanding officer clarified the precinct’s plans to bolster pedestrian safety but said news reports inaccurately stated that the precinct was issuing summons to jaywalkers . Comments (4)

Woodhaven’s Peking opera star

After a lifetime spent in the world of opera, Woodhaven resident Qi Shu Fang has gathered more than her fair share of unique mementos. Comment

Royals roll to first ‘AA’ final in 12 years

Christ the King’s greatest luxury was its ticket to the championship game. Comment

Building a life in the shadow of the Holocaust

In November 1961, the Cold War was only an itchy trigger finger away from turning hot and national security was the most pressing issue on the minds of many in Queens. Making a stop at Fort Totten in Bayside that month, Lt. General Robert Wood announced that New York City was defenseless against Soviet nuclear missiles. The commanding officer of the Air Defense Command noted that they could handle bombers approaching our nation’s population centers, but Nike missile batteries surrounding the city would have a much harder time with fast, elusive nuclear-tipped missiles. Comment

A bad deal for College Point

Before the police academy in College Point opened up, the city had an agreement that residential parking would not be affected. I live on 128th Street between 23rd and 25th avenues. And there were several occasions when NYPD cadets would park on the very block I live on and would hop into their fellow cadets cars to be driven down to the Police Academy. Comments (4)

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015


First Presbyterian church celebrates 363 years in boro

The First Presbyterian Church of Newtown in Elmhurst, the borough’s oldest church, celebrated its 363rd anniversary Sunday by paying homage to the church member who donated the land to the Presbyterian Church in 1715. Comment

‘Uncle’ Ralph McDaniels to oversee hip-hop initiatives at Queens Library

Legendary DJ, VJ and music-video director “Uncle” Ralph McDaniels has been appointed the Queens Library’s first hip-hop coordinator as part of an attempt by the library to build stronger relationships with the hip-hop community in light of Hip Hop History Month.. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Shake Shack coming to Forest Hills

Forest Hills is on a culinary tear. Comment

103rd increases security after homicide

Police officials from the 103rd Precinct have increased security after two shootings that took place in and around downtown Jamaica appeared not to be random incidents. Comment

Overtime goal ends Red Storm’s season in NCAA tournament

The St. John’s women’s soccer team was 12 minutes away from winning its first ever NCAA tournament match at Belson Stadium. Comment
The Civic Scene

Proposed zoning changes are bad for Queens

Civic associations and other community groups in New York City have worked for decades to maintain the quality of life in their communities. They have worked with local community boards to either maintain low-density zoning or prevent builders from changing zoning, which would permit high-density building in local communities. This is especially true in the historic districts of Manhattan and the one- and two-family areas of Queens and Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Protect the vulnerable

In 2016, for only the third time in 40 years, Social Security recipients and veterans will receive no Cost of Living Adjustment. By some miracle of accounting, our government claims there is no inflation. They certainly don’t consider how most seniors actually spend their money. The costs of all necessities are skyrocketing and they are increasingly unaffordable. Such things as food, health care, drugs, utilities and rent aren’t included when inflation is calculated. Comments (1)

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015

Little Neck

Domestic dispute in Little Neck spurs violence, death

A domestic dispute between a man and his girlfriend in Little Neck Monday morning escalated quickly, leading to a stabbing and apparent suicide, according to the NYPD Comment

Sunny Hahn fined for 2013 campaign violations

The city Campaign Finance Board has fined Sunny Hahn’s 2013 campaign for City Council on the Republican Party line for committing violations. Comment

Unemployment in borough is outpacing the City: Stringer

The unemployment rate in the borough has plummeted to 4.6 percent, down from 6.2 percent in the third quarter of 2014, according to an analysis by the city comptroller’s office. Citywide unemployment is down to 5.4 percent, the lowest since 2008. Comment

Molloy falls to Flyers in state seminfinals

The last time out at Belson Stadium, Archbishop Molloy experienced the highest of highs when Jessie Rodrigues’ double-overtime goal crowned the team as city champions. Comment
New Voices

Turning on refugees is a mistake

Words can hardly do justice to the unimaginable horror visited on Paris by terrorist elements last Friday evening. While it was certainly not the first time Islamic fundamentalists have struck a European capital, the ferocity of the attacks and massacre of young people at the Bataclan concert hall sent shockwaves far beyond France’s borders. Comments (6)

A battle that needs to be won

The attacks on Paris were a declaration of war not only against the West but against all nations that are deemed not a supplicant to ISIS. Many have speculated how the nations of the world would react to an alien invasion. ISIS is the alien among us that has struck. Comment
Long Island City

Man steals $4,500 guitar from Long Island City store

LONG ISLAND CITY—Police from the 114th Precinct were searching for a suspect who allegedly stole a guitar worth more that $4,500 from the Guitar Store last month. The man entered the music store, at 34-17 48th St. and stuffed the guitar under his shirt before leaving without paying, according to the NYPD. Comment

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Willets Point

Space for Willets Pt. auto shops in the South Bronx halfway done

Construction of a new South Bronx space for the displaced businesses of the Sunrise Cooperative, a group of Willets Point auto shop owners, is halfway complete as the city looks to evict the remaining businesses that stand in the way of the first phase of the sprawling Queens project. Comment
Long Island City

Cornell Tech gives tour of campus to open in 2017

The developers of the upcoming Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island offered a sneak preview of the project late Tuesday morning. Comment
Jackson Heights

De Blasio defends city’s work on education at town hall

Speaking before a capacity crowd at PS 69 in Jackson Heights for 2 1/2 hours last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio fielded questions about the Common Core opt-out movement, class size, school overcrowding and high suspension rates for minority students. Comment

Council committee demands noise reduction from sightseeing helicopters

The City Council Committee on Environmental Protection held a hearing on a resolution calling for changes to the Federal Aviation Administration’s North Shore Helicopter Route. The resolution, introduced by Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) is aimed at reducing noise pollution over northeast Queens. Comment

New NYPD unit deployed to protect city from terrorists

Three days after the ISIS attack on Paris on Friday the 13th, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton warned that New York City “is the most likely target” for another terrorist strike. Comment
As the old adage goes, nothing beats a home-cooked meal. Comment
Jackson Heights

Peralta calls for Vision Zero measures on Roosevelt Avenue

A state lawmaker is calling on the city Department of Transportation to bring its Vision Zero initiative to a chaotic stretch of Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights. Comment

Six-day library services starts this weekend

After a years-long battle to restore public funds to Queens Library, libraries across the borough will officially begin six-day service Saturday. Comment

Queens stands with Paris

At a candlelight vigil in Jackson Heights two days after the Paris terrorist attacks, a Queens lawmaker said the diverse neighborhood is a prime example of tolerance for the rest of the world. Comment
Block Shots

Red Storm off to a good start

It was an emotional debut from start to finish for Chris Mullin. Comment

What was lost will now be found

Remember that old expression “Finders keepers, losers weepers?” Does it even exist anymore? Comment

To bring in voters, update the process

The November election this year in the City of New York resulted in an extremely low turnout of registered voters. One figure that I heard for turnout was 5 percent. Granted, there were few races of note this year. Comments (1)

Man robbed at Woodhaven J train station: NYPD

WOODHAVEN — A 34-year-old man was beaten outside the Woodhaven Avenue station of the J train in an attempted robbery Oct. 24, police said. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015


Councilman blasts Mayor for playing politics with new park alliance

A turf battle erupted Monday at Flushing Meadows Corona Park as Mayor Bill de Blasio joined Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) to announce the official launch of a long delayed park conservancy. Comment
Far Rockaway

Transit relief for Queens residents discussed at  Council

A Queens city councilman has introduced a resolution that would allow city residents to pay a subway-equivalent $2.75 fare on the Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North within city limits and transfer to the subway or bus for free. Comment
Jackson Heights

The boro prays for Paris victims

Queens Asian, Hispanic and Muslim leaders organized two candlelight vigils this week to pay homage to the victims of the Paris attacks and to display the diversity of the borough that has been a beacon for integrating people from around the world. Comment
Rockaway Park

Mayor arrives early for Flight 587 memorial service in Rockaway Park

Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived on 116th Street in Rockaway Park Nov. 12 nearly a half-hour early for the 14th annual memorial for the victims of the American Airlines Flight 587 crash. Last year the mayor received heavy criticism for arriving late and missing the tolling of the bell that marks the exact time of the flight’s impact at 9:16 a.m. Comment

Queens borough board votes against city zoning changes

Two major city zoning amendments intended to boost the number of new affordable housing built in the borough were voted down by the Queens Borough Board Monday. Comment

Electeds seek landmark status for Horse Brook House in Elmhurst

Several elected officials have issued a letter to the chairwoman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission urging a Request for Evaluation for the Horse Brook House in Elmhurst. They want the historic farmhouse, located at 90-11 56th Ave., to be reconsidered for landmark status before its new owner can demolish it and build small residences. Comment
Little Neck

Little Neck man honored for military and civic service

The Jefferson Democratic Club and several elected officials honored World War II veteran Lt. Thomas Dent of Little Neck for his service at its November meeting the day after Veterans Day. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Forest Hills

Six recent fires in Forest Hills suspicious: 112th Pct.

Judith Harrison, the commanding officer of the 112th Precinct, which covers Forest Hills and Rego Park, said six of the seven fires to plague Forest Hills in recent weeks have been deemed suspicious. Comment
Long Island City

Chain Theatre prepares for its final curtain call

In a little more than three months, Queens loses one of its mainstay performance spaces when Long Island City’s Chain Theatre rings down its curtain one last time. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015


Borough Board votes down mayor’s zoning text amendments

The Queens Borough Board voted overwhelmingly to disapprove two major city zoning amendments Monday to make way for more affordable housing. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Little Neck man leaps to death after stabbing girlfriend: NYPD

A Little Neck man leaped to his death from his fifth-floor apartment Monday morning immediately after stabbing his girlfriend several times, according to police. Comments (1)

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Jackson Heights

Muslims in Queens condemn Paris attacks at vigil

Dozens of residents from across the borough gathered at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris. Comments (2)

Hot-shooting Mussini helps SJU, Mullin grab season-opening win

Thanks to St. John’s newest sweet-shooting guard, its most-famous former player earned his first victory as coach. Comment

Man viciously beaten in Ridgewood

A 35-year-old man was fighting for his life after being viciously assaulted by three men Sunday in Ridgewood, police said. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015


NYPD deploys security forces after Paris attacks

Following the brutal terrorist attacks Friday night in Paris that led to the deaths of more than 125 people, NYPD and military counterterrorism forces were deployed hours later across the city to both airports in the borough, crowded areas and locations connected to the French government. Comments (1)

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Long Island City

Actor proposes to co-star at curtain call of ‘Wait Until Dark’

At last Saturday’s performance of “Wait Until Dark” at the Chain Theatre, audience members witnessed an unscripted third act coda. Comment
Jackson Heights

De Blasio tackles education at town hall in Jackson Heights

Speaking before the packed auditorium of PS 69 in Jackson Heights for more than two hours Thursday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio touted his rollout of full-day pre-kindergarten and outlined new plans to improve education in the city’s public school system. It was his second town hall since he took office in 2014. Comments (1)

Detective agency offering $100,000 reward for stolen Lamborghini

The Pinkerton detective agency is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that can lead to the recovery of a white 2015 Lamborghini Aventador Convertible stolen in Flushing at the end of October. Comments (1)

Woman charged with DWI in Woodhaven crash: DA

The mother of four children who were injured after her SUV collided with a garbage truck in Woodhaven early Thursday morning has been charged with drunk driving, according to police. Comment

Teen barricades himself in bedroom of Whitestone home

An emotionally disturbed teenager is currently undergoing evaluation at the Long Island Jewish Hospital after he barricaded himself in his bedroom at his Whitestone home and threatened to harm himself Thursday afternoon, police said. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

Howard Beach

Vincent Asaro acquitted in Lufthansa heist trial

A federal jury found alleged former Bonanno crime family capo and Howard Beach resident Vincent Asaro not guilty of one count of racketeering conspiracy and two extortion-related counts Thursday in a riveting trial that involved the Lufthansa heist at Kennedy Airport. Comment



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