Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) sent a letter to the City Department of Transportation last week about the agency’s failure to implement planned safety improvements at a dangerous intersection in Astoria. Comment

Woodside eatery brings a taste of the Himalayas to Queens

Some people collect art or antiques. For others it’s baseball cards or sports memorabilia. No matter what the collectors’ object of desire, one common trait is to find an exemplar that is especially rare. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

St. Albans

Lancman seeks support for his chokehold bill

The monthly meeting for Community Board 12 in St. Albans started off the new year with the goal of pushing forward with new ideas that will help improve community life while police and resident tensions simmer in minority neighborhoods across the city. Comments (1)

Free tax preparation program kicks off third year in Flushing

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and non-profit Urban Upbound launched the third year of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for Flushing and Whitestone residents. Comment

Comedy, music and theater come to Queensborough

The Performing Arts Center at Queensborough Community College is raising the curtains, and just in time for Valentine’s day. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

Bay Terrace

Queens pols, educators welcome reforms to school support system

Queens’ lawmakers and school principals praised a new up-to-date school support system announced by City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña last week that would help struggling schools and increase accountability. Comments (2)
Another mom-and- pop shop in Astoria has closed its doors for the final time. Square Hardware, a staple on Ditmars Boulevard for nearly 60 years, went out of business this week as the neighborhood continues to change. Comment

LIC residents meet with area police officers to forge better ties

As the rift between the Police Department and city leaders subsided after the fatal shooting of two police officers, city officials, community leaders, and NYPD representatives participated in a community meeting hosted by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) at Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City Saturday. Comments (1)

Miracle comeback gives Judges SNY Invitational crown

The doubts began to overcome Rashond Salnave. Thanks to his teammates he did not succumb to them. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015


Queens’ unemployment rate dropped in December: Dept. of Labor

In December, the unemployment rate declined in Queens, the New York State Labor Department reported. Comments (1)

Remembering notables lives lost in 1936

New Yorkers lost several notable celebrities in 1936. Former Mayor John F. Hylan and Queens Borough President Maurice Connolly died within a few weeks of each other. They lived on the same block on Olive Place in Forest Hills. S. I. Rothafal, known to the millions as Roxy, is found dead in his suite at the Hotel Gotham. The noted producer, credited with raising motion pictures and stage shows to the level of lavish spectacles, dies in his sleep. He was only 52. Comment

Bishop, Holy Cross hold off late Molloy run

Holy Cross nearly let a victory get away after a dominant first half against Molloy. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens earns statement win over Bedford

Springfield Gardens’ players wanted to win for more than themselves against Bedford Academy. Coach Angelo Buono’s team knew he had never beaten the Brooklyn power and planned on doing everything they could to change that. Comment

Sordid history of Federal Reserve System

Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of bankers or where money comes from. Consequently, many are indifferent to the machinations of the Federal Reserve. I implore those concerned about debt, sound money, transparency, liberty, taxation without representation to consider the following facts. Comments (2)

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015

Far Rockaway

Dollar van rivalry ends in one death

A man from Far Rockaway has been charged with fatally shooting another unlicensed livery driver in a brazen morning attack at the intersection of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 81 Street Friday, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s can’t deny Coach K milestone win

One of the best efforts of St. John’s season could not spoil a historic day for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Comment

More basement apartments, more stress on city services

Just before she gave her first State of the Borough address, Melinda Katz stated the city should consider new zoning districts for basement apartments. It’s quite obvious Ms. Katz has not been out and about the borough she represents. Comments (17)

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Kew Gardens

Boro civics oppose legalization of basements apartments

The idea to legalize basement apartments in the borough and the rest of the city is not sitting well with several civic and community associations in the borough. Comments (11)

NYCLASS keeps pressure on lawmakers to ban horse-carriage industry

With the bill to ban horse-carriage drivers expected for a vote sometime next summer in the City Council, the pressure is mounting on Queens lawmakers to support legislation pushed directly from the mayor’s office. Comments (8)

Woman killed in Jamaica bus accident

A pedestrian was killed Thursday night when she was struck by a Nassau County NIC bus near the intersection of 165th Street and Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, the NYPD said. Comment
Although they will most likely find it buried under a couple feet of snow, Dr. Seuss and his cavalcade of characters, including Horton the Elephant and the Cat in the Hat, plan to drop by Rockaway Beach next week. Comments (1)

Katz touts accomplishments in first State of the Borough Address

Borough President Melinda Katz delivered a new slogan during her first State of the Borough Address on Jan. 22. “If it’s good for families, it’s good for Queens,” Katz repeated throughout her speech to a packed audience at Colden Auditorium at Queens College. Comments (3)

Suspects in 2012 murder of Lou Rispoli still being sought

When Capt. John Travaglia took command of the 108th Precinct in December, he began to review the squad’s unsolved crimes. The October 2012 murder of Lou Rispoli, a prominent gay activist from Woodside, stood out. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Little Neck’s Wellington Chen tapped for Landmarks Preservation Commission

Mayor Bill de Blasio nominated Little Neck resident Wellington Chen, former Flushing’s Community Board 7 member, to become a member of the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Comments (1)

MTA should seek more funding for capital plan: Transit groups

Transit advocacy groups and Queens lawmakers are calling on the MTA to consider additional options for funding its five-year capital plan after its board voted last week to increase the base fare on subways and buses from $2.50 to $2.75, effective March 22. Comment
St. Albans

Jamaica man charged with assault of off-duty cop: DA

A Jamaica man has been charged with assaulting an off-duty NYPD officer in a St. Albans supermarket parking lot following a minor dispute earlier in the store that involved the defendant’s girlfriend, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

O’Neills steps up to the plate with fund-raiser

O’Neill’s Restaurant, the fabled Irish eatery and sports bar in Maspeth, raised $140,000 — and maybe as much as $200,000 — at a block-busting benefit for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital over the weekend. Comments (1)
New Voices

Queens communities positive on Municipal ID program

The Municipal identification program, IDNYC, mentioned a year ago in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first State of the City address has finally come to fruition, with inaugural registration Jan. 12 at the Flushing branch of the Queens Library. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Some DOE policies setting up schools for failure

As the year 2015 starts, the Department of Education should correct some of its policies which set up some schools to fail. Comments (2)

Silver’s downfall

There was a wall of silence in Queens last week following state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s graft indictment as elected officials shrank into the shadows when asked about what his arrest could mean for the borough. Comments (1)

Veteran Francis powers Patriots past Midwood

Robyn Francis has voluntarily taken a back seat to her Francis Lewis teammates throughout her career, even when she was older or equally as talented. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015


Nolan announces candidacy for Assembly Speaker

Catherine Nolan’s hat is in the ring. The longtime Democratic assemblywoman representing the Ridgewood area announced Wednesday she is in the running to replace banished Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) in an election to be held Feb. 10. Comments (1)

Subway shutdown hits the third rail

The decision by the Metropolitan Transit Authority to shut down the subway system for the first time in its 110-year history because of a snowstorm is being questioned as elected officials defended the move. Comments (3)

Rosedale man murders three in their home

Neighbors and family friends created a small makeshift memorial decorated with flowers, ribbons, and teddy bears in front of the home where three female members of a family in Rosedale were shot to death by the man who lived with them and left his 12-year-old daughter fighting for her life, police said.. Comment

U. S. Labor official impressed with job training at Queensborough

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu came to Bayside Friday evening to tour job training programs at Queensborough Community College. Comment
Long Island City

Waterfront Crab House owner dies

Tony Mazzarella, the owner of the Waterfront Crab House in Long Island City for nearly 40 years, died Saturday from a long battle with leukemia. He was one week shy of his 79th birthday. Comments (1)
On Point

No ‘Silver’ lining in Sheldon’s fall from grace

There is no ‘Silver’ lining in this sordid tale of another New York elected official who has been caught up in a tangled web of corruption and self-dealing. Comments (7)

Former Christ star Atson off to strong start at South Kent

Travis Atson’s move to South Kent has been smooth and successful. Comment

There is still more to do to stop domestic violence

Last Saturday’s family tragedy in southeast Queens once again underscores the human toll and horror of domestic violence. Despite the progress that we have made in domestic violence prevention and prosecution, this tragic case shows that we cannot relent in our efforts to eliminate the scourge of domestic violence. The latest statistics from the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence show a 41 percent reduction since 2002 in intimate partner homicides. This sorrowful incident demonstrates yet again that even one domestic violence homicide is one too many. Comments (2)
Bay Terrace

Candle causes Bay Terrace fire: FDNY

BAY TERRACE — A fire that broke out at a home located in Bay Terrace Monday night was caused by an unattended candle, a spokesman for the Fire Department said. Comment

Two shot, one fatally, on 127th Ave.: NYPD

JAMAICA — Two people were shot in the head Sunday night at 168-40 127 Ave., according to police. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

It takes a lot for a time-specific show to remain relevant and fresh nearly 50 years after its first bow on Broadway. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015


Boro getting back to normal as restrictions, bans lifted

Queens was ready to face one of the worse storms in city history, but fortunately the so-called “blizzard of historic proportions” was downgraded to a winter storm by the National Weather Service late Monday. Comments (2)

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015


Man shoots, kills three family members in Rosedale: Cops

Three members of a family in Rosedale were shot and killed in a rampage that left a 12-year-old girl fighting for her life at Long Island Jewish Hospital, police said Saturday. Comments (2)

O’Neills raises big bucks for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

George O’Neill, the bulldog-tough owner of O’Neill’s Restaurant in Maspeth, used the uncharacteristic word “grand” to describe the fund-raiser he staged over the weekend for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Comment
After eight years at the podium, Queens Symphony Orchestra Music Director Constantine Kitsopoulos has announced his resignation, effective immediately. Comment



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