Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015


Community activist from Sunnyside remembered in Congress

A longtime community activist from Sunnyside was honored for his life and legacy in Congress last week. Comment

Avella wants new criminal charge for police car vandals

Although it is in its early stages, the PBA already welcomed the idea that calls for a bill to establish a new crime category for people who vandalize law enforcement vehicles. Comments (5)

Queens men indicted for bookmaking in gambling operation: DA

Seven men from Queens, the Bronx and upstate New York were indicted on charges of illegally operating a sports betting enterprise in Queens County, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comments (114)
Political Action

Fixing schools will require more than teacher evaluations

In Gov. Cuomo’s recent State of the State address, he emphasized education and called for additional teacher evaluation ratings as a means of increasing teacher accountability. Comments (2)

NY legislators rated worst in the country

The Brennan Center for Justice, a public interest law center at NYU School of Law, rated the New York State Legislature the worst in the nation and considering the plethora of misdeeds that have emanated from it, the charge may well be justified. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015


Bell tattoo parlor inks money for Wounded Warriors

One motorcycle helmet has a traditional Japanese mask painted on it offering protection. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s University freezes tuition, other costs

St. John’s University announced it would be freezing tuition, fees, room and board costs for the 2015-16 academic year at its Queens, Manhattan, Oakdale and international locations. Comments (2)
Rockaway Park

Rockaway Park couple sentenced for assaulting disabled woman: DA

A Rockaway Park couple was sentenced to prison for assaulting a disabled woman in March 2012, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Friday. Comments (1)

Kangaroos hop to Cardozo Classic win

Queens High School of Teaching watched a relentless Boys & Girls team pull away from it after a strong first half. Comment

Cuomo’s bill violates right to life

No worse a political charlatan exists than Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose signature Woman’s Equality bill obfuscates the historical feminist philosophy of rights for all persons without exception in proposing that abortion be embedded in the Constitution of the State of New York. Comments (7)
Cambria Heights

Barber sentenced for stabbing teen over headphones: DA

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — A Cambria Heights barber was sentenced to 19 years in prison for stabbing a customer to death who sold him Bluetooth headphones, District Attorney Richard Brown announced Tuesday. Comments (3)

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

Long Island City

Center for adults with disabilities celebrates 20th anniversary

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Citiview Connections Clubhouse, Director Russell Roten opened the doors to community leaders who are dedicated to de-stigmatizing beliefs about mental illness. The Long Island City center for adults with psychiatric disabilities held its open house last week to generate interest about its mission to help those suffering from mental illness reclaim their lives and realize their potential through work and the support of a caring community. Comments (3)

Flushing chapter of National Congress of Black Women kicks off programs

Less than a year after the National Congress of Black Women announced plans to start a boroughwide chapter in Flushing, the nonprofit already has some programs in place and others in the works. Comments (2)
Long Island City

NYC tourism records driving Queens hotel boom

The Big Apple is booming. The city’s tourism industry shattered the all-time high with 56.4 million visitors in 2014, generating a record $61.3 billion in economic impact while supporting 359,000 jobs and $21 billion in wages. Comments (2)
Middle Village

Best league shooters defeat Royals

A poor shooting night against the league’s best shooting team isn’t a recipe for success. Comment
I Sit and Look Out

Because you don’t agree with something doesn’t make it wrong

The E train, as I remember it, was between Queens Plaza and Jackson Heights, where I would change for the GG (I believe it was called that in those days) for the Grand Avenue station in Elmhurst, where I lived on 57th Avenue. Comments (3)

Arrest made in Woodside bank robbery

WOODSIDE — The man who authorities believe robbed the Chase Bank branch at 59-26 Woodside Ave. Jan. 17 was apprehended in Pennsylvania, the FBI said. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015

South Ozone Park

Juvenile center flap in S. Ozone Park

A second home for juvenile offenders currently under construction in South Ozone Park as part of the statewide Close to Home initiative has alarmed residents. Comments (6)
Long Island City

Free legal services project is launched at Queensbridge

The potential eviction of Tyshema Basnight, who moved into the Queensbridge Houses to care for her cancer-stricken mother, has drawn attention to the lack of legal services that are available to the residents of the New York City Housing Authority. In Basnight’s case, NYCHA’s one-year rule may force her and her two children to leave because they weren’t permanent residents for an entire year when her mother, Corine, died in November 2012. Comment

Weather woes hit the borough

The “Tale of Two Storms” is the latest urban adventure to hit Queens Comment

NYC worn down by lack of state funding

New York City is an abused prostitute, and New York state is the abusive pimp. Comments (19)

Man injured after punch in face on Bell Blvd: Police

BAYSIDE — Police were looking for two suspects who assaulted a man on Bell Boulevard Jan. 25. Comments (4)

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015

Fresh Meadows

Author of Fresh Meadows photo history book returns home

When 60-year-old Debra Davidson left Fresh Meadows in 1976 to attend graduate school in Manhattan, she never thought she would return to her hometown. Comments (1)

Bratton choses boro to test new community policing tactic

The patrol beat just got a new definition, and Queens will be a testing ground for the new police initiative. Comments (1)

LaGuardia students develop exhibit focusing on Muslims

Last fall LaGuardia Community College photography students and faculty devoted two semesters to a project they fervently embraced. Comment

Hot-shooting Bayside loses by a point

A close game again got away from Bayside. Comment

The NFL could use a new playbook

I have a love-hate relationship with pro football. Comment

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015


Granny guilty of child abuse

A Flushing mother has been convicted of endangering the lives of her son and two granddaughters who were between 2 and 8-years-old by failing to provide them with a habitable environment, the Queen district attorney said. Comments (4)

Queens theatrics earn our Kudos

When people think of New York theater, it often takes a lot to convince them the best of the city’s performing arts doesn’t only happen in a roughly 50-square-block area of Manhattan. Comments (1)

Child molester removed from shelter for homeless families at the Westway Motel

The city Department of Homeless Services removed a convicted child molester who was living in the shelter for homeless families at the Westway Motel Wednesday, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Construction of Hunters Point Library finally set to begin

Hunters Point is finally getting its library. Construction of the long-delayed $30 million project on Long Island City’s waterfront will begin this spring. Comment
Little Neck

LGBT Center set to open in Little Neck

Elected officials gathered at Queens Borough Hall Tuesday to announce the opening of centers throughout the borough of Queens to serve LGBT families. Comments (2)

Queens pols praise de Blasio plans for affordable housing, ferry service

Queens lawmakers praised Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans to push for more affordable housing in his second State of the City Speech Tuesday morning but spoke in more cautionary terms about his proposals for a citywide ferry service and affordable housing in Sunnyside Yards. Comments (4)

Former drivers protest against Rainbow Limo for labor violations

A group of former Rainbow Limo drivers and the Flushing Workers Center held a boycott outside the Bank of Tokyo last week to protest the bank’s involvement with the limousine company, which drivers say has committed acts of violence and wage and hour violations. Comments (1)

Prosecute sex traffickers with tax laws: Maloney

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) warned pimps and sex traffickers that the Internal Revenue Service is watching over their businesses. Comments (1)

Women’s basketball standout now coaching

Experiencing basketball from a different perspective has revived Shenneika Smith’s passion for the game and possibly given her a different future in it. Comment

Translation company to open in Flushing this summer

Cyracom, an Arizona-based language interpretation services company, will be opening its first New York City contact center in Flushing this summer. Comments (1)

Cheers to MTA for Lunar New Year’s plan

We at Flushing Town Hall would like to thank the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for suspending its 7 line construction work on the Feb. 21-22 weekend of the annual Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing. Comments (4)

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

Former southeast Queens state Sen. Malcolm Smith was found guilty on all counts Thursday at his corruption trial in federal court in White Plains, his attorney said. Comments (4)

Albert Baldeo draws jail

A former Queens district leader and City Council candidate, Albert Baldeo was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 18 months in prison for tampering with witnesses during the FBI’s investigation of his campaign finances. Comments (4)

Vallone unveils Fort Totten July 4 fireworks show

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) completed his first year in office on a high note when he gathered hundreds of people at the Children’s Christmas Parade in Bayside. Comments (10)
Long Island City

Bishop Taylor cleared by NYPD

Long Island City

Bishop Taylor cleared by NYPD

Bishop Mitchell Taylor, the co-founder and CEO of Urban Upbound, has been cleared in an NYPD probe into claims he extorted a Long Island City hotelier. Comments (9)
South Ozone Park

Reuben Wills indicted again

On a cold, late night in South Ozone Park, Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) helped fold and stack chairs after a town-hall meeting in a local church about issues within his constituency. The Queens church was a long way from the Manhattan Supreme Court, where Wills was arrested and arraigned that Tuesday morning, after being re-indicted by a grand jury on five counts of allegedly filing false documents in annual disclosure reports for public records between 2011 and 2013, according to the state attorney general. Comments (1)

Nolan quits race to replace Silver as Speaker

Knowing she lacked the support of her own colleagues, state Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) stepped aside Monday in the race to replace disgraced former Speaker Sheldon Silver. Comment

Citi Field ferry in the works

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) said he is working on getting a full-time ferry from Citi Field into Manhattan that would be privately funded by the Mets and the US Open. Comments (1)

Umbrella and freezing weather shuts down 7 train

Service on the 7 train was back on track early Wednesday morning after an umbrella, cold weather and freezing rain converged on Monday to shut down the busy line that stretches from Flushing to Times Square. Comment

Police arrest Astoria Park murder suspect

A Croatian historian was fatally shot in Astoria Park Saturday allegedly at the hands of a friend over a real-estate deal gone sour in Italy, authorities said. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015


7 train back with limited service as parts of N and Q suspended

Things are getting back to normal, one step at a time, on the No. 7 train subway line after Monday’s suspended service because ice hit the third rail. Comment

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

Service on the 7 train was partially restored Monday after ice on the third rail shut down the whole line for hours. Comment
Rochdale Village

Second brother dies in Rochdale shooting

Two brothers, one initially injured and the other shot dead, were found after police responded to a 911 call at 168-40 127th Ave. in Rochdale, within the confines of the 113th Precinct Jan. 25, police said. Comments (1)

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015


New snowstorm to drop 6 inches in city

The National Weather Service issued Sunday morning a snowstorm warning in effect from 7 p.m. Sunday until 6 p.m. Monday. Comment

Man killed in Astoria Park: NYPD

Astoria- A 42-year-old man was shot and killed inside Astoria Park Saturday, the police said. Comments (1)


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