Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Long Island City

LIC Industrial Business Zone gets increase in funding

The Industrial Business Zone in Long Island City is getting an increase in City Council funding. The $100,000 grant will allow the LIC Partnership to continue to help companies obtain financing, energy efficiency consultation, tax credits and abatements to grow their businesses and ultimately retain jobs. Comments (1)

Patchwork of personal stories stitched into art

A little girl in a dress with her knees turned in carries a bulky, bundle of books far too large for her, sewn in a square quilt with a red trim and tawny background. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015


City Council bill would protect workers when groceries sold

A bill called the Grocery Worker Retention Act was recently introduced to the City Council seeking to provide a 90-day transition retention period to eligible employees following a change in ownership of a grocery store. Comments (1)

Astoria’s Animal Engine Theater Co.’s show goes to the dogs

Like a lot of New Yorkers working in the theater, Carrie Brown has held numerous part-time jobs over the years, including a four-year stint as a dog walker. Comment

Gianaris authors ethics reform package

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) joined Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and several Democratic Conference members to introduce a package of “common sense” ethics reform legislation in Albany Monday. Among the proposals are bills that would effectively ban outside income for legislators, take away pensions from elected officials convicted of felonies, create a public financing system for elections and strengthen financial disclosure laws. Comment
South Ozone Park

South Ozone Park organizer meets with President Obama

Rishi Singh, 29, of DRUM - South Asian Organizing Center in Jackson Heights-- met with the president and affirmed the importance of relief programs such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents. He also pushed for relief for those who are currently excluded from the president’s executive action on immigration. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

St. Albans

St. Albans fights affordable housing on Farmers

Some community members in St. Albans are not giving up, at least not yet. Comments (2)

Middle Village street named after late Sanitation worker

Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed a law naming a street in Middle Village after city Department of Sanitation worker Steven Frosch, who died during the summer. Comments (8)
City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), whose district is home to about 20 percent of the horse-drawn carriage drivers, admitted he was surprised the controversial bill to rid of the industry “became the No. 1 question” at City hall. Comments (10)

Who’s next?

Is there no end in sight to the parade of Queens’ lawmakers and political operatives who face indictment and then corruption trials that conclude with a guilty verdict? The latest to join the roster of disgraced officials are former Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith from Jamaica and Vincent Tabone, once the vice chairman of the Queens Republican Party. Comment

Oh, Mahon: Senior guard’s buzzer beater nets Molloy key win

A broken play gave Kaitlin Mahon a chance to break Bishop Loughlin’s heart. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015

Former state Senate leader Malcolm Smith and former Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone plan to appeal their guilty verdicts after a federal jury convicted them of bribery and fraud last week in deliberating that lasted only four hours, their lawyers said. Comment
Belle Harbor

FEMA cancels debt for Belle Harbor seniors

The seniors at Belle Harbor Manor, an assisted-living facility in Rockaway, owed debt incurred after Hurricane Sandy, but their obligations have been canceled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Comment

Apple to open its first store in borough

Apple is coming to Queens. Comments (2)

Francis Lewis’ quest for top playoff seed comes to screeching halt

The defending city champions lost back-to-back games to Grand Street and division rival Murry Bergtraum last week, leaving them in third place at best when the girls’ basketball playoffs begin Feb. 24. Comment

Help us save Most Precious Blood School

Most Precious Blood School in Long Island City is scheduled to be closed in June. This should not happen! Comment

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015


More funds for EMS set aside for borough

Mayor Bill de Blasio presented his preliminary 2016 budget of $77.7 billion for the city Monday at City Hall with a strong focus on public safety, social resources, education and income inequality while still managing a fiscally responsible approach. Comment

Holistic group plans chamber in Bayside

The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is coming to Bayside Feb 21 when it will host a Holistic Expo and Bazaar to celebrate the launch of its new chapter in Queens. Comment

Tom Pugh ends 42-year career as Holy Cross coach

Tom Pugh felt for the last two seasons that his time on the Holy Cross sidelines was coming to an end. Comment

Samuel LeFrak’s legacy is more than just affordable housing

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

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015


Sex offenders living in Queens shelters: Sen. Jeff Klein

A new investigative report revealed that four known sex offenders are currently staying in homeless family shelters in Queens, and almost a dozen sex offenders are housed in family shelters across the city. Comments (3)
City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) wants to make access to the East River possible where abandoned and dilapidated docks litter the shoreline. He is working with the city’s Economic Development Corporation to bring an Eco-Dock to the Hallets Point peninsula in the near future. Comment
The NYPD is looking for a suspect in a series of livery cab robberies that occurred after he got into the cars at John F. Kennedy International Airport and then robbed the driver after reaching his destination, police officials said. Comment

103rd Precinct tests body cameras for police

Since the outcry over the death of Eric Garner in a chokehold applied by an NYPD officer, police and community relations have under scrutiny and new policies are being tested out across the city. Comments (1)
Little Neck

MS 67 students to represent NYS in Future City nationals

Eighth-graders at MS 67 in Little Neck are scheduled to compete at the National Finals for the National Engineers Week Future City Competition in Washington Saturday. Comments (8)

Looking to revamp Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Nonprofit Design Trust for Public Space, in conjunction with the Queens Museum and the city Department of Parks and Recreation, is working on a project that would engage local residents in the planning and design of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (3)

Crime drops sharply in Queens in 2014: DA

Queens County has played a significant role in the city’s historic drop in major crimes, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Melva Miller named deputy borough president

Melva Miller, director of economic development for the Queens Borough President’s Office, will be the next deputy borough president, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced Tuesday. Comments (2)

Condos sell quickly at Sky View Parc

Private equity firm Onex Real Estate Partners announced it had sold out half of the condominiums in the first tower of Sky View Parc in Flushing. Comments (3)
Little Neck

Little Neck concert series brings Manhattan to NE Queens

After arriving in New York from Minsk, Belarus, by way of Cologne, Germany, classically trained pianist Nina Siniakova toiled as a human jukebox on a grand piano. Comments (1)
New Voices

Citywide mental health roadmap can help borough immigrants

A newly announced roadmap, created in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, stands to improve the delivery of mental health services across all city agencies. The necessity of breaking out of outmoded institutional models has become more apparent in recent years, with a swelling immigrant population and a staggering increase in homelessness, many of whom suffer from undiagnosed mental illnesses. In addition, cultural norms and taboos inhibit individuals and families in immigrant communities from receiving help in conventional, structured settings. Comments (2)

More scholarship offers should be heading to Dozo’s Walker

One of New York City’s top players is waiting for college coaches to figure out what everyone else has learned this year. Comment

Police looking for suspects behind 7 Eleven robbery

BAYSIDE — Police were looking for two individuals who robbed a 7 Eleven in Bayside in January, the NYPD said. Comments (4)

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

Springfield Gardens

Former Springfield Gardens, Knicks standout Mason in critical condition

Former Springfield Gardens and New York Knicks star Anthony Mason is in a fight for his life after suffering a massive heart attack, according to multiple reports. Comments (5)

CB 2 keeps watchful eye on Sunnyside Rail Yards

The new chairman of Community Board 2 is urging his members, and residents in the neighborhoods surrounding the Sunnyside Rail Yards, to stay calm and wait for more information about Mayor de Blasio’s “game-changer” of a plan for a massive development of an affordable housing complex on the site. Comments (2)

Protesters want city to remove homeless from Westway

Nearly 50 demonstrators rallied for the removal of the homeless families shelter at the Westway Motel in East Elmhurst Saturday, a day after a convicted child molester was removed from the facility. Comments (4)

Aviation roundtables still not finalized: CB 7

Advocates and residents who are working to reduce jet noise and pollution around Queens’ two major airports are still at odds over the number of roundtables needed as well as membership. Comments (1)

Ring in the Lunar New Year with activities around the borough

Next week don’t be surprised if someone wishes you a happy New Year. Comment
Forest Hills

Explore the sweeter side of the borough

Valentine’s Day connotes visions of hearts and chocolate. Comment

Trailers to be removed for an addition to PS 19 in Corona

Relief is on the way for PS 19 in Corona, the largest elementary school in New York City. Decades-old rusty temporary trailers will be removed and a new addition constructed to help solve one of the worst overcrowding situations in the borough. Comments (3)

NE Queens leaders renew calls for ferry service

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) has renewed calls for ferry service in northeast Queens after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan for a boroughwide ferry service. Comments (3)
Richmond Hill

Man charged in Richmond Hill graffiti spree: DA

A Queens man has been charged with making graffiti nearly 20 times in the Richmond Hill neighborhood. Comments (1)

NE Queens scores high in childhood safety

In a new report released by the Citizens Committee for Children, Bayside and Astoria were ranked as being the safest for children in New York City, while Jamaica and Jackson Heights were among those ranked as “High Risk” Comments (1)

Cardozo Judges rule with division crown

Benjamin Cardozo knew its first-quarter effort could not continue if it planned on making the case as the best public school team in Queens and the top seed in the citywide playoffs. The Judges trailed rival Construction by 12 points in the opening minute of the second quarter. Comments (1)

Queens is not East Manhattan

For far too long, the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island have been denigrated as the “outer boroughs” of New York City. The media, the politicians and even the residents refer to these areas as outer parts of our great city. We are, in fact, not satellites, but all part of our great city. When one goes to Manhattan from any of these four boroughs, we should not say, “I am going to the city” because we are already in the city. We should just be saying, “I am going to Manhattan”. Comments (1)

Flushing Bank, NYPD investigate bank hacking spree

FLUSHING — Flushing Savings Bank, the NYPD and the 109th Precinct are currently investigating a series of hacking incidents that have ensnared more than 100 bank customers since October. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015


Melva Miller to become next deputy borough president

Melva Miller, director of economic development for the Queens Borough President’s Office, will be the next deputy borough president, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced Tuesday. Comment

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015


Holy Cross football coach retires after 42 seasons

Longtime Holy Cross football coach Tom Pugh is stepping away from the sidelines. Comment

Flushing Bank, NYPD investigate bank hacking spree

Flushing Savings Bank, the NYPD and the 109th Precinct are currently investigating a series of hacking incidents that have affected more than 100 bank customers since October. Comments (50)

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015


Flushing man arrested in Pomonok murder

The NYPD has made an arrest in the borough’s first murder of 2015. Flushing resident Shyron Kearse, 34, was busted in the shooting death of Troy Grant at the Pomonok Houses, according to police. He faces murder and weapons charges. Comment
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