Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015


Love is in the air at Langston Hughes Library

Renowned African-American romance novelists discussed everything from how they get inspired to creativity in romance writing at the seventh annual Langston Hughes Literary Arts Festival at the Langston Hughes Community Library in Corona over the weekend. Comment

Residents bring list of complaints to Jamaica transit study

The city Department of Transportation’s first public meeting on the Jamaica Transportation Study brought in a full house of community members and elected officials’ representatives with a long list of complaints. Comments (1)

Council passes private school security bill

The City Council passed a bill Monday that would establish a program to reimburse private schools for costs for security guards—allowing Catholic schools, yeshivas and other private schools to provide strong security for their students. Comments (5)

Baseball prospect receives $1.5M settlement after accident

The city has reached a $1.5 million settlement with a former Major League baseball prospect who said he was struck by a car at a Flushing intersection because he was not given enough time to cross the street. Comment

Rosedale teen seeks to represent New York at pageant

Nyah Stevens, 15, of Rosedale is preparing for her first beauty pageant in January, hoping to go from there to representing the state as Miss New York at the National 2016 Miss Teen USA pageant. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

East Elmhurst

Union head rips City Hall stats on Rikers Island safety

The rift between the head of the prison guards’ union and City Hall over safety at Rikers Island is growing wider. Comments (3)
Oakland Gardens

Grodenchik settles into new job, selects Behar as top aide

Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) was given his City Council committee assignments this week and has selected community advocate and attorney Steve Behar as one of his top aides. Comment
College Point

First phase of Frank Golden Park renovation begins

The first phase of a $5.2 million project to construct a playing field for a Gaelic football club in College Point has started and will be completed by spring. Comment

Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College to replace and expand veterans center

LaGuardia Community College has received a $20,000 grant from the New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. to establish a Battle Buddy Center for student veterans. The new center will replace and expand the Veterans Services Center that has been at the Long Island City college since shortly after it opened in 1971. Comment

CB 11 opposes improvements to Bayside BP

Community Board 11 voted unanimously Monday night to recommend that the city deny a zoning variance for BP to make improvements at the Bayside station, 204-12 Northern Blvd., just west of the Clearview Expressway, due to alleged violations on the property by the company’s current tenant and caretaker. Comment

Artists collaborate on Bayside pop-up shop

Some Baysiders discovered a new cultural addition to the neighborhood during its holiday celebration last weekend, when a group of artists got together wih a community advocate to put in a temporary art gallery in a vacant business front, known as a pop-up shop. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens Consort holds Yuletide concert

These days you don’t come across many musicians who have a particular interest in Italian baroque music and have the ability to play period baroque instruments at baroque pitch. Comment
Block Shots

Former Dozo star Rhoomes excelling at Fordham

Ryan Rhoomes is exceeding his own expectations. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015


Children’s store to close in a changing Ridgewood

A store with over 70 years of history in Ridgewood will be forced to close this January. Comments (1)

DOT meet focuses on Astoria Blvd. safety

Some 40 residents of Astoria and East Elmhurst joined elected leaders and officials from the city Department of Transportation to discuss traffic safety improvements along a dangerous stretch of Astoria Boulevard between 77th to 92nd streets. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Cannibal Cop’s acquittal upheld

A disgraced former Forest Hills cop had his acquittal on charges of conspiring to kidnap, kill and eat women upheld by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of appeals in a decision last week. Comment

House passes Meng bill seeking removal of ‘Oriental’ term

The House of Representatives passed a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) last week that removes the term “Oriental” from federal law. Comments (8)
Political Action

A presidential race that is breaking all the rules

As we observe the 2016 presidential campaign at this time, it is certainly an unusual campaign. In the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton seems to have the nomination sewed up, as her two opponents seem to have no chance of making significant gains in the polls high enough to seriously challenge her. Comments (1)

Sloppy Lewis holds off Truman

Francis Lewis coach Steve Tsai simply did not like how his team played, even though that play resulted in a win. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015


CB 5 gives green light to Crowley’s light rail proposal

Community Board 5 has voted to support Councilwoman Elizbaeth Crowley’s (D-Glendale) proposed commuter-rail plan from Glendale to Long Island City. The vote, which ended up 36 in support, six against and one abstention, came on the heels of CB5’s Transportation and Public Transit committees narrowly recommending the proposal last week. Comments (5)

Feline heroics earn 104th Precinct national award

After rescuing Kit Kat, an injured cat, from a burning home in Glendale, the 104th Police Precinct is getting national recognition from an unlikely place. Comments (2)

Bayside parade and tree lighting draws over 1,000 people

More than 1,000 parents, children, elected officials, teachers, residents and school administrators came out for the second annual Bayside Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday. Comment
Little Neck

APEC to host annual solstice party

The Alley Pond Environmental Center is preparing for its annual Winter Solstice Star Party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Members of the community are encouraged to dress warmly and come out to experience the astronomical event. Comment

Man dies after crashing car into bus in Hillcrest: NYPD

A 60-year-old man driving the wrong way on a Hillcrest street in front of St. John’s University died after he crashed into an MTA bus Monday night, police said. The bus driver and a female passenger on the bus suffered injuries. Comment

How Queens marked the holidays in 1959

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the TimesLedger newspaper presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history Comment

The city needs to rethink rezoning

The Department of City Planning will be holding a public hearing on Mayor de Blasio’s two proposals to increase the number of affordable housing units and senior housing units to be constructed in our city. The proposals, known as “Zoning for Quality and Affordability” and the “Mandatory Inclusionary Housing” text amendment, have come under much well-deserved criticism. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park’s Rozinsky drops boxing decision at Barclays

Will Rosinsky couldn’t fully size up Joe Smith Jr. Comment

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015


Flushing councilman wants LGA flight path diverted from Flushing

Advocates praised and echoed City Councilman Peter Koo’s (D-Flushing) sentiment that the FAA should consider reverting to LaGuardia Airport’s old flight paths. Comments (7)

Two 109th Pct. cops busted for taking karaoke club bribes: DA

A detective and a lieutenant assigned to the 109th Precinct’s Detective Squad have been charged with accepting bribes from Flushing karaoke club owners in exchange for letting them know when narcotics or vice units planned to schedule police raids, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)

Mayor joins Muslims in Queens to condemn terrorism

Less than 24 hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke about the Muslim community as an ally, Sarker Haque, a Muslim grocery store owner in Astoria, was reading the news in the middle of a slow afternoon moments when he was attacked by a 50-year old Florida man, police said. Comments (4)
Kew Gardens

Terror unit focuses on homegrown terrorist: NYPD

The NYPD counterterrorism unit for Patrol Borough Queens North spoke Tuesday with district managers for Queens community boards at Borough Hall about new tactical training and gathering intelligence on would-be terrorists. Comments (1)

Parks Without Borders invites input from Queens

The city Department of Parks and Recreation is asking residents to help it find ways to improve parks throughout the city by making suggestions about how some of the $50 million from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s OneNYC plan should be allocated. Comment

Redesign of Principe Park raises safety concerns

Community members are not yet fully sold on a proposed redesign of Maspeth’s Frank Principe Park, which some say would create safety risks. Comment

Queens Museum brings the holidays home

Shopping, live performances and art form a seasonal trifecta when the Queens Museum holds its Warming Up Winter Holiday Market this weekend. Comment
Cambria Heights

Boro Hall hears from Cambria Hts. on religious school

Almost a hundred Cambria Heights residents, including civic association and elected officials, collectively spoke out against a proposed religious school for the Chabad-Lubavitch community in Cambria Heights Dec. 3 during a land use hearing at Borough Hall in Kew Gardens. Comments (1)

Geothermal heating bill passes unanimously in City Council

The City Council voted unanimously to pass a bill to encourage geothermal energy. The bill will promote the use of geothermal systems, an energy-efficient form of cooling and heating buildings, throughout the city. The long-term impact of carbon emissions will be considered as part of a cost-efficiency analysis for installing geothermal in city-owned buildings. Comment

Toy drive to be held for children in Briarwood

The Briarwood Action Network’s fourth annual holiday toy drive for children living at the Briarwood Family Residence, a transitional housing facility in the community, will conclude next week. Comment

Hate strikes out

Queens, which prides itself on its diversity, has been the scene of several suspected hate crimes targeting Hindus and Bukharian Jews. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

I thought they were getting rid of horse-drawn carriages

Stella, Caesar, Blondie, Chris, Doreen, Charlie, Pumpkin, Tickles and Oreo are just some of the names of New York horses that have been killed or injured while working. Comments (4)
Middle Village

Center Piece: Howell’s triple-double powers Royals past Loughlin

Christ the King coach Bob Mackey said in the preseason that senior center Ashlie Howell was the key to his team’s year, especially with injured star forward Kaela Kinder out until at least January. Comment

SJU holds off Terriers for Mullin’s first win at MSG

St. John’s has been consistently inconsistent this season. Comment

Parity between LIRR and subway fares not realistic

The proposed New York City Council bill that would allow New York City residents to pay the same $2.75 fare on the Long Island Rail Road or Metro North Rail Road as they do to ride the subway sounds great on paper, but look at the details. It could have significant adverse impacts on Queens residents who are already daily LIRR commuters. Comment

Robbery suspect hits man with gun for no cash: NYPD

JAMAICA — Police were looking for a suspect in a robbery outside a storage facility in South Jamaica Nov. 29. Comments (1)

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015


Attack on Muslim shopkeeper in Astoria reclassified as a hate crime

The NYPD’s investigation into Saturday’s beating of a Muslim shopkeeper in Astoria has been reclassified as a possible hate crime, according to the commander of the 114th Precinct. Comment

Famous homeless veteran gets a home in Astoria

Cadillac Man has come in from the cold. Thomas Wagner, perhaps the most famous homeless person in the borough, moved into his own one-bedroom apartment after spending most of the last 21 years living on the streets of Astoria. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

LGBT members rally for Jax Heights transgender woman

Nearly a hundred members of the Jackson Heights LGBT community rallied last week near the home of a 35-year-old transgender woman who was brutally assaulted in the early hours of Nov. 29. Activists who met with the woman at Elmhurst Hospital Center Dec. 1 said she was off life support and on the road to recovery, but they have since been turned away. Comment
Forest Hills

Authorities ramp up security for Bukharians in Forest Hills

After six weeks of fear and uncertainty as an arsonist targets homes being built by Bukharian Jews, city authorities are stepping up foot patrols and surveillance measures throughout the beseiged Forest Hills community. Comment

Van Bramer wants tougher penalties on hit-and-run drivers

A young East Elmhurst man was struck and killed in the crosswalk of Junction and Northern Boulevards in Jackson Heights Tuesday night. The driver of a black Toyota Camry hit 17-year-old Ovidio Jaramillo and sped away, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Move NY tolling plan draws mixed reactions

Lawmakers and community leaders are divided over Move NY’s proposed tolling plan for East River bridges. Comments (1)

NYCHA head outlines progress and challenges in Queens

New York City Housing Authority Chairwoman Shola Olatoye faces a unique challenge in the city and in Queens: updating an outdated model for public housing while also trying to make up revenue lost because of cuts in federal funding. Comment

Driver in Bayside car crash arraigned on triple manslaughter: DA

The Jackson Heights woman who drove into another car, killing a mother and her two daughters, in a Bayside crash in July has been charged with manslaughter, the Queens DA said. Comments (1)

We don’t have to feel afraid after San Bernadino

Have we really all become convinced that we are under constant terrorist threat? Comments (1)

For the NYPD, this has been a terrible year

Can New York City be harmful to your health? Comments (2)

York College theater students gets intimate with new production

In Lynn Nottage’s 2004 play “Intimate Apparel,” a black seamstress dreams of opening her own business in early 20th-century New York City. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Forest Hills

Bukharian community, city officials call for unity in face of arsons

Bukharian community leaders met Tuesday morning with Borough President Melinda Katz, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce, and a host of other city lawmakers to discuss heightened security measures for the Forest Hills neighborhood that has been ravaged by a spate of arsons. Comments (3)

Koo wants plane flights diverted from downtown Flushing

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) is calling on the Department of City Planning to work with the Federal Aviation Administration to consider reverting to LaGuardia Airport’s old flight paths if it cannot resolve the airplane noise issue. Comments (8)
Springfield Gardens

Off-duty cop answering Craigslist ad fatally shoots suspect : NYPD

An off-duty cop who responded to a Craigslist ad about a car for sale shot and killed an armed thief who was part of pair who tried to rob him Monday night in Springfield Gardens, police said. Comment
Forest Hills

As arsons mount Queens’ Bukharians call for help

As the number of Forest Hills arson attacks has grown to seven, many in the tightly knit Bukharian community are frustrated with what they see as an ineffectual response from city authorities. Comments (4)

Man dies after crashing car into bus in Hillcrest: NYPD

A 60-year-old man driving the wrong way in Hillcrest died after he crashed into an MTA bus Monday night, police said, with the bus driver and a female passenger suffering injuries. Comments (1)

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015


Elmhurst fire injures nine, one critically; FDNY

An early morning two-alarm fire tore through a three-story home in Elmhurst and spread to a neighboring house, injuring nine, according to the FDNY. Comments (1)

Mayor reassures Muslim community in Queens

As federal authorities pieced together the reasons behind the fatal shooting that left 14 dead last week in San Bernadino, Calif., Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the Muslim community at the Jamaica Muslim Center Friday to condemn the attacks. Comments (6)

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015

Forest Hills

After fifth fire in Forest Hills, Jewish leaders label serial arson as hate crime

The Bukharian Jewish Center of Forest Hills is calling a series of fires throughout Forest Hills a hate crime and is offering $50,000 reward for tips after the latest suspected arson hit the home of a rabbi early Sunday morning. Comments (4)
Rego Park

Rego Park soup kitchen looking for new location

A Rego Park food pantry and soup kitchen that helps the homeless, among others, may soon be homeless itself. Comments (2)

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015


Sanders prepares for primary against Meeks

State Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission Wednesday challenging longtime U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), according to federal records. Comments (2)

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

Jamaica Estates

Red Storm routed by Rams

There will be a lot of firsts for coach Chris Mullin and his young St. John’s team this season. There won’t be any fond memories to his first trip back to Fordham University and many of the players’ first true college road game with the Red Storm. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015


Pols, community want two barges removed from Flushing Bay

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and community groups that use Flushing Bay are urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to remove two barges in the bay immediately. Comment



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