Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015


Mayor to change horse carriage plans

Mayor Bill de Blasio is not backing down on his vendetta against the horse-drawn carriage industry. Comments (2)

Native Baysider still breaking powerlifting records

Native Baysider, Holy Cross High School alumnus and state record-holding powerlifter Andrew Spyridon-Tow took a trip home from college in November to compete again as an adult at a Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate meet in Strong Island, L.I., where he continued to shatter state and world records. Comments (3)

Make your Christmas tree safer

As people begin to decorate their homes and apartments for the holidays, it is important to be very careful when selecting a real tree for Christmas. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Long Island City

Veterans of Iraq War transition to union careers in Long Island City

Two Iraq War veterans in western Queens have found post-military careers as steamfitters. Comment

DOT confirms SBS coming to Woodhaven

It’s not a matter of whether Select Bus Service will come to Woodhaven Boulevard but rather when and how. Comment
Dutch Kills

New rock climbing gym opens in Dutch Kills

They are climbing the walls at Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge. Finally. Comment

Kim says governor unfairly targets Asian nail salon owners

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) said his position on nail salon legislation has been consistent, despite a New York Times article claiming he changed his stance after receiving donations from two trade associations. Comments (7)

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

East Elmhurst

East Elmhurt homeowners outraged over city funding for parks instead of sewer upgrades

Rev. Lisa D. Jenkins, and several of her East Elmhurst neighbors, were in shock when they learned the city plans to invest $3.2 million to upgrade Overlook Park and build the neighborhood’s first dog run. When the project was announced in October, the city Parks Department said it would improve green space and the quality of life for area residents. Comments (2)
Bay Terrace

Condo development in Bay Terrace not yet finalized

The talk around Bay Terrace has been centered on concerns that developers are planning to expand Bell Apartments by putting up new buildings for 187 condominium units. Comments (5)

Flushing Bay dredging process explained during boat tour

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials gave lawmakers and reporters a boat tour of the ongoing dredging project in the Flushing Bay Monday afternoon. Comment
Rochdale Village

M.E. report says Jersey boyfriend story is inconsistent: DA

The city medical examiner determined that the story of a New Jersey man, charged Nov. 24 with the death of his girlfriend’s 4-month old son in Rochdale Village, was inconsistent with the injuries, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Queens District Attorney’s office. Comments (2)
New Voices

Vandalism incident unnerves community

A vandalism incident in Woodhaven has left community leaders concerned about safety and rising intolerance against communities of color in the borough. Early Thanksgiving morning, an unidentified perpetrator set fire to prayer flags, known as jhandi, in front of a residence near 80th Street and 89th Avenue. According to surveillance footage, the vandal waited until he could be unobserved and then watched the fire from a distance before fleeing. Comments (2)

A fitting tribute to the Latin Mass

The Times Ledger published one of the finest articles on the Traditional Latin Mass (“In Queens cemetery, Latin mass lives again,” Oct. 23). Photo editor Michael Shain covered very meticulously and succinctly in his writing not only the mass itself, but the background behind it. His photographs convey exactly what is happening. Comment
Block Shots

Only patience will allow Mary Louis to meet expectations

When JoAnn Arbitello-Pinnock took over as coach at Mary Louis, she told Athletic Director Joe Lewinger it would take her five years to rebuild the girls’ basketball program. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015


Councilman Richards has healthy baby boy

City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton)’s wife gave birth to a baby boy — their first child — on Nov. 29 at North Shore LIJ Hospital. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Queens and the rest of city battle zoning changes

The same concerns which civic leaders in Queens have about the two new zoning changes proposed by City Hall to provide affordable housing can be found in Manhattan. Comments (1)

Consider our seniors

I think it would be a good idea to turn the former Bayside Jewish Center into a LGBT senior center. Comments (2)
Dining Out

Catch the freshest fish at Astoria Seafood

Astoria Seafood can only be described as one of those good news bad news places. Comment

Three men suspected of 39 robberies in boro: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were looking for three men suspected in a string of ATM skimming machine robberies across Queens. Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015


Simotas moves to prevent laundry pod poisonings

Laundry detergent pods are dangerous, according to state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria). Comment

SING! music competition expanded to five Queens schools

The city’s SING! music program, a public high school tradition where students write, cast, rehearse, perform and compete in original musicals, will be expanded to 10 new schools—five of which are in Queens. Comment

Santathon takes over Sunnyside Saturday

Sunnyside will be seeing red Saturday when a charity organization comprised of nine neighborhood restaurants and pubs will present its fourth annual Santathon. Comment
On Point

Sheldon Silver’s conviction was a long time in coming

Sheldon Silver’s conviction on all counts of corruption and malfeasance was stunning. He now faces more than 20 years in prison. The cesspool that is Albany and City Hall come as no surprise to many civic leaders that battle daily for their community. As they begged for money and cans of paint to cover graffiti, Sheldon Silver was doling out hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer funds as hush money and protection for his cronies, while collecting millions from law firms for no-show jobs. Comments (2)

Block Syrian refugees

Our Queens representatives oppose the refugee bill, aka the America SAFE Act, which puts additional safeguards into place for screening Syrian refugees in order to prevent the threat of terrorist attacks from ISIS infiltrators. Comments (3)

Holiday season gets underway at Flushing Town Hall this weekend

The holiday season kicks off with a bang at Flushing Town Hall this weekend with a calendar filled with activities to suit everyone’s tastes. Comment

St. John’s topples nationally ranked USF

St. John’s two stars delivered its first signature win of the season. Comment

Armed suspect followed victim into building: NYPD

SUNNYSIDE — Police were looking for an armed robbery suspect who allegedly followed a young woman into her apartment building near 47th Avenue and 39th Place Nov. 21. Comments (1)

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015


Weekend of holiday festivities planned in Bayside

Bayside’s holiday festivities were scheduled to kick off this Saturday with the annual Children’s Holiday Parade down Bell Boulevard. Comments (1)

Hindu flags burned in Woodhaven

The Queens Hindu community is on edge as police look for a possible hate-crime suspect who allegedly torched dozens of Hindu flags set up in the front yard of a Woodhaven early Thanksgiving morning. Lawmakers, civic leaders and a national Hindu group strongly condemned the crime. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Judge rules Deng murder case should proceed

After a preliminary hearing Monday in the trial of five Baruch College Pi Delta Psi fraternity brothers charged in the hazing death of Oakland Gardens resident Michael Deng, 19, a Pennsylvania judge ruled Tuesday that there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial. Comment

Holiday shopping weekend hits Queens stores early

Black Friday is no more in Queens—or at least it is not what it used to be. Comment

MODA Grill expected to replace CityRib

Moda Grill, a new restaurant in downtown Jamaica, is slated to replace CityRib, which was open for almost three years at the Parsons Boulevard location. Comments (1)

Small Business Saturday gets mixed results in Queens

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday was created to encourage shoppers across the country to support mom-and-pop shops in their neighborhoods. In in eastern Queens, eager buyers were scant, but shoppers turned out in greater numbers in the western part of the borough. Comment

BP Katz opposes rezoning amendments

As the Department of City Planning’s two zoning text amendments come up for City Council review in the coming months, Borough President Melinda Katz has announced her recommendation to disapprove them, independently but in consideration of the borough board’s overwhelming 12-2 vote against each of the proposals last month. Comment
Willets Point

Community upset over Willets West megamall appeal

The city said it will continue to push for affordable housing at Willets Point regardless of the outcome of an appeal by the developer of a megamall that is part of the $3 billion project. Comments (4)

Silver’s sad legacy

The guilty verdict that ended Sheldon Silver’s 40-year tenure as an assemblyman this week brought back memories of the iron clad grip the all-powerful speaker had on his Democratic members in Queens. Comment

Meet the terrible toys of 2015

With the holiday season upon us and tots with their eyes all gosh-darn aglow, it is time to buy toys. This year, some are moving faster than others. Comment

Provide them shelter

Throughout the year 2015 close to one million Syrians have migrated from the horrors of an internecine war in Syria into the continent of Europe. Germany has maintained open borders to accommodate these suffering men, women and children and give them a new home. Comments (7)

Just in time for holiday shopping, new craft market appears in Jamaica

After making a successful splash earlier this year with their outdoor shopping venue, organizers of the Jamaica Market return for a series of holiday sales events beginning Saturday. Comment

All four one: Deep Royals seek historic crown

It wasn’t long after missing out on being the first team to win a third straight state Federation Class AA basketball title that Christ the King’s focus shifted to its second chance at rewriting the history books. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights Dunkin’ Donuts robbed: NYPD

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A man claiming to have a gun robbed the Dunkin’ Donuts on 95th Street in Jackson Heights earlier last month, police said. Comments (1)

Cats caught in fire safe and sound

GLENDALE — Two cats rescued by authorities from a house fire in Queens last week are in good health and have been reunited with their owner, officials at a BluePearl Veterinary hospital said. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

Forest Hills

Hunt on for Forest Hills arson suspect

For residents of Forest Hills and Rego Park, the sight of detectives and fire marshals milling around their residential blocks is becoming increasingly common. But as a spate of arsons at homes under construction continues and the search for the suspect ramps up, police may have made a break in the case. According to unconfirmed reports, police have deciphered a letter the arson suspect left at the scene of his most recent crime. Comment

Hollis site is option for homeless vets: HRA

Less than a month after southeast Queens residents testified at a City Council hearing against bringing additional shelters or supportive housing into their neighborhoods, the Hollis residential buildings on Hollis Avenue, the site of protests almost every Saturday since May, have become a permanent residence for homeless veterans, the city said Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Flood of emotion at Richmond Hill church where baby was found

When the staff of a Richmond Hill church discovered a newborn baby inside their Nativity scene, they were first shocked, then grateful. Comment
Jackson Heights

NYPD investigates dual attacks against LGBT community in Jackson Heights

The Jackson Heights LGBT community is reeling and beginning to mobilize following two separate and vicious attacks this week. . Comments (1)
Queens Village

Grodenchik sworn in

In a packed auditorium Sunday morning at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village, Barry Grodenchik was officially sworn in as a City Council member. Comment
Long Island City

LIC Planned Parenthood reviews security after Colorado shooting

In the aftermath of last week’s Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado, administrators at the Diane L. Max Health Center in Long Island City are reviewing their safety protocols and security measures. Comment

New Q44 Select Bus Service route kicks off

Riders, elected officials and community leaders have expressed mixed reactions to the rollout of the new Q44 Select Bus Service route. Comments (3)

Former Flushing chef wins $10M lottery

A retired Flushing chef who recently won $10 million in the New York Lottery is planning to buying a new house. Comment

Ron of a kind: Dozo’s Naclerio gets record win 723

Moments after officially standing alone atop the PSAL’s coaching-wins list, Ron Naclerio got up on a chair to address the standing-room only crowd celebrating with him at Benjamin Cardozo. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

Long Island City

A new Day rises in Long Island City ceramic business

If you mingle among the artists in Long Island City and mention the name Ellen Day, you will likely elicit at least one smile on somebody’s face. Comments (1)
Woodhaven ►Video

Video shows man burning Hindu flags in Woodhaven

Queens’ Hindu community is on edge as police look for a possible hate crime suspect who torched dozens of Hindu flags set up in the front yard of a Woodhaven house early Thursday morning. A lawmaker, civic leaders and a national Hindu group condemned the crime. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Transgender woman beaten in Jackson Heights

Police from the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights were searching for a man who brutally attacked a transgender woman early Sunday morning. Officers responding to a 911 call discovered the 35-year-old victim with multiple injuries to the head and face around 4 a.m. on 93rd Street near 37th Place. Comment

Whitestone Village tree lighting postponed

The first annual Whitestone Village tree lighting ceremony scheduled for Tuesday evening has been postponed to Friday due to inclement weather. Comment

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

Forest Hills ►Video

$2,500 reward being offered in Forest Hills arson cases

Police are now also offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in a spate of fires in Forest Hills. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015


Man burns Hindu flags in Woodhaven

Police were looking for a man who torched dozens of Hindu flags set up in the front yard of a Woodhaven house early Thursday morning. Comment

Friday, Nov. 27, 2015


Black Friday slow following string of deals on and before Thanksgiving

Shopping centers around Queens Friday looked more like a busy weekend than the start of any holiday purchasing frenzy. Comments (3)
Forest Hills

Forest Hills fires now investigated as arsons: NYPD

After another suspicious fire in Forest Hills, police and fire officials said they are looking for an arsonist. Comment



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