Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

LeFrak City

Street cleaners come to LeFrak City, Corona, East Elmhurst

Cleaning crews are taking to the streets in and around LeFrak City and several other business corridors in Corona and East Elmhurst, sweeping, emptying trash cans and removing graffiti during peak business hours. City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) announced the $103,000 expansion of the service provided by the Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless under a City Council initiative known as Cleanup NYC. Comment
Forest Hills

Connecticut driver dies in Forest Hills crash: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — A 45-year-old man from Connecticut died early Wednesday after his car collided with a tractor trailer on the Van Wyck Expressway. Comments (1)

FDNY responds to brush fire in Forest Park

WOODHAVEN — With the recent spate of suspicious fires in Forest Hills, FDNY officials put out an all-hands call Wednesday afternoon for a brush fire in Forest Park. Comment

Gianaris wants long-term parking removed in Sunnyside

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is calling on the Department of Transportation to remove 14-hour parking spots beneath the No. 7 subway line along Queens Boulevard, particularly between 38th and 44th streets. His constituents have complained for years that out-of-towners take up precious parking spaces that could be used by shoppers visiting the neighborhoods business district. Comment

Bayside pets get vaccinated

Dozens of pets in Bayside got their vaccinations last weekend at the Modern Pet shop inside the Bay Terrace shopping center. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015


CB5 officially backs Crowley’s commuter rail

Community Board 5 has voted to support Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Glendale) proposed commuter-rail plan from Glendale to Long Island City. Comments (1)

Stavisky slams Cuomo veto of state funds for public colleges

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to veto a bill that would require the state to cover mandatory costs of CUNY and SUNY, which include salary increases, fringe benefits, utilities and building rentals. Comment

Commissioner at DHS resigns in shakeup

In a shakeup of the city’s beleaguered Department of Homeless Services, Gilbert Taylor is out as commissioner after two years at the post. The move comes as part of a comprehensive operational review of all city homeless services. Comment

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015


Art mixes with film in Astoria exhibition

“Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact,” an exhibition of nearly 100 works by 46 artists, along with a series of screenings and artist talks, is on view at the Museum of the Moving Image through April. Comment
College Point

CB7 says it was not invited to Police Academy ribbon cutting

Community Board 7’s chairman is upset because the group was not invited to the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Police Academy in College Point Tuesday morning. Comment
Long Island City

Court Square Library expansion complete

Dozens of children helped cut the ribbon celebrating the $430,000 expansion of the Court Square Library last Friday in Long Island City. The Queens Library branch, located on the first floor of the Citigroup Building at 25-01 Jackson Ave., took over an additional 1,700 square feet of space donated by Citi. Comment

Kingsland Homestead celebrates 50 years of landmark status

The Kingsland Homestead is celebrating the 50th anniversary of receiving New York City landmark status. In October 1965, it became the first New York City landmark in Queens eight months after the law went into effect. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City Partnership launches business survey

The Long Island Partnership has launched a far-reaching, cross-sector business and organization survey as a key part of the comprehensive plan it is developing to strengthen the neighborhood’s economic, social and physical infrastructure while preparing for a mixed-use future. Until Jan. 16, LIC-based businesses and organizations can access the survey online or in print and contribute to important recommendations that will inform and shape LIC’s future and growth. Comment

Royal rebound: Balanced CK gets bounce-back win


Royal rebound: Balanced CK gets bounce-back win

Christ the King took the first step to finding its new identity without Rawle Alkins. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015


Municipal ID popup center coming to Bayside in January

A new popup municipal ID enrollment center will open at the Bayside Library in January. Starting Jan. 11, the popup IDNYC enrollment center will run at the library at 214-20 Northern Blvd. The center will cater to the Asian-American community in Oakland Gardens, Bayside Hills, Bayside as well as the community at large. Comments (4)

Suspect extradited in girlfriend’s gruesome murder

A man who fled to Florida following the gruesome death of his girlfriend, a young Jamaica woman, was charged Dec. 10 with her murder, according to police officials and the Queens district attorney. Comments (4)

Subway ridership hit all-time high on Oct. 29

If it seems as though your subway train gets more jammed with fellow commuters each day, it may not be a total illusion. Comments (2)

Better safe than sorry

When the Los Angeles School District shut down all of its schools due to what officials there termed a credible threat to the safety and security of thousands of students and staff, why didn’t the New York City Public school system do the same, since it received a similar threat? Comments (1)

Meshing Molloy working toward big goals

Archbishop Molloy has the talent to compete with the best teams in the CHSAA, but the team is still working on getting all of its pieces to come together. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens kids dance ‘The Nutcracker’

Students at the Carl Ullman School, PS 213 in Oakland Gardens performed a condensed version of the traditional holiday theatrical ballet, “the Nutcracker” last week—just in time for the holidays. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015


Hundreds mourn Al Volpe in Woodside

Several hundred Woodside residents and community leaders from all over western Queens filed into St. Sebastian’s Roman Catholic Church Saturday to say goodbye to 90-year-old Al Volpe. The longtime member of Community Board 2 and a board member of Woodside on the Move, Volpe always studied the issues and was well informed, according to his friend Joe Conley. Comment

Ridgewood dog abuser convicted of cruelty: DA

A Queens man who pretended to save a starving pooch that he actually abandoned pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty charges Tuesday, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment
Jackson Heights

NYPD names suspect in Jax Hgts transgender beating

The NYPD has released a photo of a suspect wanted for assault in the brutal beating of a transgender woman in Jackson Heights Nov. 29. Comment
The Civic Scene

Civic associations work to improve Queens

The September/October 2015 newsletter of the Auburndale Improvement Association Inc. included a petition which people could sign against the two zoning changes City Hall is proposing. In their November/December newsletter they stated that they received nearly 300 signatures. Copies were sent to the mayor, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Letitia James, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, the City Planning Commission, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council members Paul Vallone and Peter Koo, state Sen. Tony Avella and Toby Stavisky, Assembly members Ed Braunstein and Ron Kim, Community Boards 7 and 8 and the Queens Civic Congress. Comment

Transit studies waste time and money

A proposed amendment to the New York City charter by the City Council requiring both the New York City Department of Transportation and Metropolitan Transportation Authority to study potential light-rail systems and other transportation improvements, along with adding passenger service on existing active and inactive freight rail lines in all five boroughs, is a waste of time and money. Both issues have been previously studied on numerous occasions by various planning and transportation agencies going back decades. Comments (1)

Veteran McClancy runs past St. Edmund

This could be the start of something special for Monsignor McClancy. Comment

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015


Flushing residents concerned about illegal activities in karaoke clubs

An investigation into 109th Precinct officers accused of taking bribes from karaoke club owners in Flushing has reignited concerns among residents about illegal activities inside karaoke clubs throughout the neighborhood. Comments (2)

Astoria support helps Muslim man recover from attack

He still has swelling under his left eye, but Sarker Haque’s spirits are soaring since the Astoria community rallied around him after he was beaten during a possible hate crime Dec. 5. Nearly two weeks later, the 52-year-old Bengali Muslim has a steady stream of friendly customers at his Fatima Food Mart on 21st Avenue, and people greet him on the streets. Comment

New law to stop fake charities from putting out clothing bins

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein’s (D-Bayside) legislation to reduce the excessive number of textile recycling bins. The bill has been awaiting Cuomo’s signature since it was approved by both chambers in July. Comments (3)
As the calendar year draws to a close, the media loves to present its various versions of “The Best Of...” Comment
Rego Park

Addabbo calls on MTA to repair part of defunct railway

As debate continues over the future of the abandoned Rockaway Line, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) is focusing on a smaller, more immediate concern: deteriorating stanchions. Comment

French Workshop bakery opens in Bayside

The much-anticipated grand opening of The French Workshop, at 38-39 Bell Blvd., attracted a huge turnout in Bayside last Friday night, when the owners held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and blessing of the bakery. Comment

State Judge dismisses lawsuit against nail salon law

The Korean-American and Chinese nail salon associations said they would continue to explore other legal options after the New York State Supreme Court dismissed their lawsuit seeking to block the wage bond in the nail salon law. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Rockaway hit-and-run suspect charged: DA

A Far Rockaway man accused of a hit-and-run accident which left a woman critically injured was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene and driving with a suspended license, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1)

Department of Correction set to hire 1,800 more officers in 2016

Just days after the largest and most diverse class of recruits in Department of Correction history graduated, the agency announced plans to hire 1,800 more officers next year. New York City Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte said candidates will be selected after taking one of four exams. Comment
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep bomb threat deemed hoax

Classes at St. Francis Preparatory HS in Fresh Meadows resumed Tuesday after the school received a bomb threat. Comment

Holiday musings

As the holidays approached, there were some memorable moments in Queens. Comment
New Voices

ID NYC perks extended for another year

Slightly less than a year after a rocky but ultimately successful rollout, the de Blasio administration announced an extension to the benefits attached to the IDNYC municipal identification card. Existing cardholders will be able to enjoy select perks attached to the card through 2016 and new cardholders will have access to an expanded selection of benefits. Comments (1)

Bikers should take care

I am writing to alert bikers to the deadly danger upon approaching the Briarwood boondoggle of the Kew Gardens Interchange Project on Queens Boulevard going either east towards the south side of Interstate 678 (Van Wyck Expressway) with a forked Dead Man’s Curve, or west along a narrow two-lane road. Comments (3)
Jamaica Estates

Johnnies have come a long way in a short time

Jamaica Estates

Johnnies have come a long way in a short time

It took one of St. John’s oldest rivals to provide the best look into what the program’s bright future will look like. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

East Elmhurst

Western Queens electeds react to latest hit-and-run tragedy

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) took officials from the city’s Department of Transportation on a Wednesday morning walking tour of the intersection where Ovidio Jaramillo was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver last week. The two hope that the DOT improves safety conditions at Northern Boulevard and Junction Boulevard, which has been the site of 25 crashes so far this year leading to eight injuries and one death, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)
Flushing resident Patricia Workman said she is relieved now that Congress has reached a bipartisan agreement Tuesday that will renew the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and attached it to the must-pass ominous spending bill. The measure would extend the World Trade Center Health Program for 75 years with $3.5 billion in funding to monitor and care for nearly 73,000 9/11 first responders and survivors who suffer illnesses from breathing in the toxic air at Ground Zero. Comment

Queens kids head to North Pole on Delta flight

More than a hundred children from PS 29 and the Flushing YMCA boarded a Delta Air Lines plane at Kennedy International Airport Tuesday morning along with Santa’s elves, heading to the North Pole to visit the jolly man in a red suit. Comments (2)
Queens Village

Queens Village street co-named for fallen NYPD officer

The family of Detective Brian Moore, along with elected officials and hundreds of officers, gathered with the public in front of the NYPD 105th Precinct in Queens Village last week to pay tribute to the late officer, who was shot dead in early May. Comment
Forest Hills

Authorities boost search for arsonist

Police and fire officials in Forest Hills have their hands full. As city authorities intensify their search for a serial Forest Hills arsonist who may be armed, they have also arrested a suspect in a string of rubbish fires on Austin Street near the 112th Precinct. Comment
Forest Hills

Debate emerges over festivals in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

As Queens’ global recognition rises, some residents worry that the borough, overcome by its newfound status, could lose its family-friendly character. Comment

Hollis NBA star debuts in short film

Royal Ivey, assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Blue basketball team who was raised in Hollis, will be featured in a three-part short documentary Dec. 20 and Dec. 26 on ESPN. Comment

Dromm disturbed over illegal conversion of Elmhurst apartment for listing on Airbnb

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) has an Airbnb problem in his district and he’s not happy about it. Comments (1)

Flushing-Willets Point-Corona corporation projects aim to improve area

The Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corporation has taken the lead on the Flushing waterfront project and other quality-of-life issues in north-central Queens. Comment

Songs from the lobby of life

Yiddish is the language that used to work like magic for the Jews of Europe. You could be from Russia, Romania or France, and even if you couldn’t understand a lick of each other’s official languages, you could almost certainly speak the Jewish language of Yiddish, and all talk together. Or sing. Comment

2015 All-Queens Boys Soccer Honors

Archbishop Molloy led another strong season on the soccer pitch in Queens. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015


Female exchange student slashed in Whitestone: NYPD

A 16-year-old exchange student from China was slashed on her way to school by a “crazed attacker” in Whitestone Wednesday morning, the NYPD and state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) said. Comments (5)
Forest Hills

Rubbish fire suspect arrested

A Rego Park man has been arrested in connection with a string of rubbish fires Dec. 16 on Austin Street in Forest Hills, according to police. Comment

Family of four struck by cement truck in Corona

A family of four were struck by a cement truck at 55th Avenue and Junction Boulevard in Corona around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015

Fresh Meadows

Bratton: Threat against city schools is ‘not credible’

Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday the NYPD had evaluated a threat against the city’s schools as not credible and classes would continue as usual. Comment

Braunstein gets contribution from family player in Sheldon Silver trial

State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) received a campaign contribution from Brian Meara, a lobbyist who cooperated with the government in its investigation of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, because Meara is his uncle, a spokesman said. Comment

Monday, Dec. 14, 2015


109th Pct. officers being investigated over bribes taken from karaoke clubs

Several officers assigned to the 109th Precinct are being investigated after two officers were charged with taking bribes from karaoke club owners in Flushing in exchange for protection from police raids investigating drugs at the spots, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (5)

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015


Police look for person of interest in deadly hit and run

Four days after 17-year-old Ovidio Jaramillo was struck and killed near Northern Boulevard and Junction Boulevard in a hit-and-run accident, police have released a photo of a suspect in connection with the incident. Comment

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015


Astorians stand with beaten Muslim shopkeeper

Several hundred Astoria residents gathered outside the Fatima Food Mart Thursday with elected officials and civic leaders to stand with its owner Sarker Haque. Comment
Queens Village

Street renamed for fallen Office Brian Moore

Queens lawmakers and police officers from around the city gathered outside the 105th Precinct in Queens Village Friday morning to unveil a new street sign on 222nd Street, now co-named Detective 1st Grade Brian Moore Way. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Forest Hills ►Video

FBI offers its help as video shows arsonist may be armed

As city authorities stepped up their search for the Forest Hills arsonist and the FBI offered its help, a new video released by police Thursday shows the suspect may be armed with a gun. Comments (2)



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