Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015


City Hall honors Arverne correction officer for rescuing lost Alzheimer’s patient

An off-duty correction officer from Arverne came to the rescue of a woman with Alzheimer’s who was lost and had strayed into traffic last week. Correction Officer Daniel Leites, 32, spotted 59-year-old Joanne Velasquez wandering on Woodhaven Boulevard around 9:30 p.m. Nov. 16 and he began to follow her. Comment

Proposed zoning changes for Flushing West unveiled

At a public scoping meeting hosted by the Department of City Planning on the Flushing West rezoning proposal last week, City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) expressed concerns about many aspects of the project. Comments (1)

Street co-named for one of Sunnyside Gardens’ planners

With London Plane trees towering above them, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and members of the Sunnyside Gardens Preservation Alliance held a street co-naming ceremony at 45th Street and Skillman Avenue to honor the life and legacy of renowned landscape architect Marjorie Sewell Cautley. Cautley was part of the group that designed Sunnyside Gardens in the mid-1920s, and the trees she had planted more than 90 years ago have become the pride of the community. Comment

Kosciouszko Bridge construction progressing rapidly

While the new Kosciuszko Bridge is not slated to be completed until 2020, signs of construction progress are already visible. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park’s Rosinsky balances boxing, fighting fires

By Joseph Staszewski Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Oakland Lake, which has been open again for a few weeks now following drainage of the lake and major reconstruction of the pathways around it, was commemorated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday afternoon—celebrating what elected officials call one of Queens’ “hidden gems.” Comments (2)
Hunters Point

LIC Bulb Festival draws many young families to beautify waterfront park

Before he died in February, Friends of Gantry founder and longtime president Bill Bylewski would often lament that membership in his group was waning and those who remained were getting too old care for the greenspaces in the 12-acre Gantry Plaza State Park. Comment

New residential development breaks ground in Whitestone

O’Sullivan Builders and Developers broke ground last Friday on its new 45-home development named Bridges at Whitestone, putting to use the long-vacant land of the former Cresthaven Country Club. Comment
South Jamaica

Residents raise supportive housing concerns at City Hall

Southeast Queens residents and elected officials headed to City Hall last week to voice their concerns over the city’s new supportive housing plans for their shelter-saturated neighborhoods. Comments (1)

Protect America’s small investors

I worry about my children and grandchildren saving enough money to live comfortably in retirement. They live in a world where guaranteed pensions are becoming rare, so they’ll be almost totally dependent on retirement investment earnings to supplement Social Security. Comment

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

New Queens Chamber head describes his vision for boro

Thomas Grech, who was appointed in July as the new executive director for the Queens Chamber of Commerce, sat down with the editorial staff of the TimesLedger Newspapers last week to share his vision for economic opportunities in the borough. Comment
An Astoria man has been sentenced to up to four years in state prison in the fatal hit-and-run collision that took the life of 21-year-old Betty Jean DiBiasio in June, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Nicholas Colleran, 25, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and failure to yield the right of way for going through a stop sign and striking the young Astoria resident in a marked crosswalk. Comment
East Elmhurst

DenDekker wants city to pay for sidewalk repairs not homeowners

State Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst) and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced new legislation on damaged sidewalk repair Monday in East Elmhurst. Their bill will shift the burden of paying for damaged sidewalks away from property owners and hold the city accountable. Comments (4)

Bioswale locations released for CB 5

Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth are all about to get a little bit greener. Comments (1)
Murray Hill

149th Street Bridge renovation to start after long delay

The city has approved a contract to reconstruct the 149th Street Bridge in Murray Hill. The bridge has been barricaded and closed off to cars for five years. Comment

Gracie Church hosts free haircuts for all

A free haircut session for men and women was held Monday afternoon at the historic Grace Church in downtown Jamaica. Comment

Historical sites will be dressed and open for the holidays

It’s beginning to look a lot like the start of the holiday season in Queens. Comment

MTA spends big on study, gets little back

It was one year ago when we learned about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority study for bus service in northeast Queens. This study was championed by numerous elected officials. Just as I predicted, the results were a placebo designed to placate demagogues who are not regular users of the numerous public transportation alternatives that have been available for decades. Many of the recommendations coming out of this study are either common sense, previously known or old ideas recycled yet another time. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

Howard Beach

Addabbo supports bill for injured vets

State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) has come out in support of legislation that would provide New York veterans with insurance coverage for artificial limbs and other prosthetics they may require after being seriously injured in military service. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Moya urges Cuomo to sign legislation that would crackdown on curbstoning

State lawmakers are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign into law legislation that would stiffen fines and crack down on illegal car dealers known as “curbstoners,” who sell defective, damaged and stolen vehicles to unsuspecting victims. Comments (2)

Man’s leg amputated after Flushing motorcycle hit-and-run

A 77-year-old man had his leg amputated after he was struck by a motorcycle and the driver fled the scene in Flushing, according to Queens district attorney. Comment

Braunstein announces Halloween contest winners

State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) announced the winners of his Halloween essay and drawing contest, open to all elementary school students in Queens in grades two through five. Comment
Political Action

A struggle between two views of civilization

Western civilization fought a struggle with the Islamic civilization on and off for 400 years from the 10th to the 14th centuries. During that time the main issue was over the control of the Middle East holy lands during the Crusades. Comment

Former Queens College coach Kyvallos honored with Lapchick Character Award

Two different Coach K’s received the Lapchick Character Award. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015

Fresh Meadows

111th Precinct’s Explorers paint over graffiti

The 111th Precinct is out in force with teenagers in its Law Enforcement Explorer program to clean up graffiti in northeast Queens before snow starts falling. Comments (1)

NYPD detective nab prep in Los Angeles

Two New York City detectives assigned to the Queens district attorney’s squad have been praised by the DA himself as “real-life super heroes” for thwarting an attack on a Russian tourist by a knife-wielding assailant in Hollywood. Comment

CB5 schedules hearing on ballfields at Principe Park

Community Board 5 has scheduled a public hearing about proposed plans for the reconstruction of the ballfields at Principe Park (formerly known as Maurice Park), which is located on Maurice Avenue between Borden Avenue and 54th Avenue in Maspeth. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Tom wants answers to his security questions

Any high school history student is aware of the sign President Harry Truman kept on his desk: “The Buck Stops Here.” Comments (1)
Middle Village

Blocked punt unravels Royals’ title hopes

Christ the King created plenty of late-game magic in its biggest wins of the season. It appeared to be headed down that road again in the championship game only to see one of its earlier victims, Xavier, give it a taste of what it’s like to be on the other side of that magic. Comment

Friday, Nov. 27, 2015


Cuomo vetos Avella’s bill blocking mute swan eradication plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill sponsored by Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) that sought to halt the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to eradicate large populations of mute swans from the state. Comment

Terror case against two Flushing men is moving too slow: Federal Judge

The federal judge presiding over a case involving a supposed terror plot that two young Flushing men and a Staten Island man had allegedly hatched, demanded last week that federal prosecutors hand over non-classified evidence in the case within the next 60 days. Comment
Kew Gardens

Tabone surrenders to federal prison

Former Queens GOP Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone, who was convicted of fraud, bribery and witness tampering, joined fellow co-conspirator former state Sen. Malcolm Smith last Friday in a Pennsylvania federal prison, according to U.S. Bureau of Prisons records. Comments (3)
Hunters Point

Mayor launches second phase at Hunters Point South

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Long Island City Monday to take part in a ceremonial groundbreaking for the second phase of the mammoth Hunters Point South housing development. Comment

Flushing LIRR renovation to begin in the spring: MTA

The long-anticipated Flushing LIRR station renovation project will start in spring 2016, according to the MTA. Comment

Southeast Queens falls behind in health

The Jamaica and Hollis neighborhoods have unhealthy profiles due to high rates of disease and crime, according to the city Health Department’s report on 14 districts across the borough. Comment
Douglas Manor

Douglaston man co-authors official Star Wars book

A Douglas Manor man who grew up fascinated with science fiction and fan memorabilia has just released a book he co-authored based on his very own collection of Topps trading cards he collected as a kid. Comment
College Point

Parking issues abound at Police Academy

A College Point resident said he is upset that recruits from the Police Academy in the neighborhood are parking in residential areas. Comments (24)

Defending diversity

There is a curious silence in Queens. Comments (1)

It’s too easy to become a sex offender

Are we all sex offenders? Comments (1)

The cheese stands alone at Flushing Town Hall event

New York Epicurean Events, the folks behind last August’s Catskills Comes to Queens foodie festival, is at it again. Comment

Matinecock deserve a more visible memorial

About a month ago, I attended a ceremony to honor the Matinecock people. A small sign saying “Matinecock Way” was placed on the corner of Northern Boulevard and Marathon Parkway in Little Neck, commemorating the area where a Matinecock cemetery once existed. I have felt unsettled about this event ever since. Comments (2)

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015


Mounting opposition leads to withdrawal of high school proposal

The School Construction Authority has officially withdrawn its plan to build a new high school in Bayside. Comments (1)
Hunters Point

Van Bramer calls for tougher penalties on affordable housing renters who list on Airbnb

Controversy continues to swirl in and around Hunter Point South Crossing, an affordable housing development in Long Island City, where two tenants were found to have listed their government subsidized apartments on Airbnb, one of them for $500 a night. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Worry runs high in fire-stricken neighborhoods

Residents in Forest Hills and Rego Park are on edge after a rash of fires that the FDNY has deemed “suspicious.” Comment

Queens has the least number of hungry residents in city

Queens has the fewest number of food insecure residents in New York City, according to a report from the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, while 11 percent of Queens children live in food insecure homes, considerably lower than the citywide rate of one-in-five children. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

City’s second worst landlord has Queens properties: Public Advocate

The second worst landlord in the city owns two apartment buildings in Woodside and Jackson Heights, according to the latest Worst Landlords Watchlist released Monday by the city’s Public Advocate office. Comments (2)

Small Business Saturday events come to Queens

The Friday after Thanksgiving has for decades been known as the busiest shopping day of the year. Comment
East Elmhurst

Transit group pushes for free LGA shuttle

A transit advocacy organization has released a study concluding that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Q70 bus line could be converted into a free LaGuardia Airport subway shuttle that would attract thousands of riders and could be introduced immediately, probably at no net cost to the MTA. Comments (1)
Willets Point

Willets West mega-mall appeal to be heard by court

After an appellate court ruled in July that the Willets West mega-mall proposal could not proceed without state legislative approval, the Court of Appeals has announced that it will hear an appeal by the developer. Comment

Roosevelt Avenue bridge project to start in January

Construction work seeking to restore and rehabilitate the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge over the Flushing River and the Van Wyck Expressway will begin in January. Comment
Block Shots

Cardozo coach, star have eyes on history

Ron Naclerio and Rashond Salnave can each earn a piece of history this season. Comment

Another visit with Christmas past, present and future

Before diving into a new role, Astoria-based actor Marc LeVasseur always follows some advice given to him by an actor friend. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Far Rockaway

Tyrone Howard pleads not guilty in Officer Holder’s death

Tyrone Howard, accused of gunning-down NYPD officer Randolph Holder, pleaded not-guilty to murder in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Tuesday. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015


SCA scraps plan to build a new high school in Bayside

The city School Construction Authority has announced it would rescind its contract to purchase the Bayside Jewish Center along with its plans to build a 739-seat high school on the site, ending a controversy over which has been growing for months. Comments (7)
Richmond Hill

Newborn baby found in Richmond Hill church Nativity scene

RICHMOND HILL—A newborn baby was left inside the crèche—a tableau representing the scene of Jesus’s birth—of a Richmond Hill church Monday afternoon, police said. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015


Man shot and killed outside Sunnyside strip joint

Police were looking for a gunman who shot and killed a 38-year-old man outside a Sunnyside strip club early Saturday morning. Officers from the 108th Precinct, responding to a 911 call of a person shot at Queens Boulevard and 50th Street, discovered the victim with a gunshot to his torso, according to the NYPD. Comments (3)

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015


CK drops state final to St. Anthony’s after winning city crown

Winning its first city championship took something out of Christ the King heading into the state title game. Comment

Speak out! What’s your take on Syrian refugees?

Here’s your chance to have your say. Comments (6)

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015


Zadroga Act extension gains momentum

Hundreds of 9/11 first responders and survivors boarded buses Tuesday morning at the Fire Academy on Randall’s Island for a trip to Washington, D.C. where they rallied outside the Capitol Building and urged Congress to pass a permanent extension of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Comment



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