Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Malfunction on Koscuiszko causes massive traffic jam

The good news for motorists on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is the state has begun construction of the $550 million replacement for the Kosciuszko Bridge. The bad news is the project won’t be finished until 2020 so there will be more days like Tuesday when a joint malfunctioned, resulting in the closure of the middle lane. Comment

Governor announces wage hike for tipped workers

Thousands of restaurant servers, hotel housekeepers and other tipped workers across New York state will enjoy a wage hike that will raise their hourly pay to $7.50, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. The increase was ordered by Acting Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino and it will go into effect later this year. Comment

Former 109th Pct. head assaulted by girlfriend: Manhattan DA

FLUSHING —A Columbia University professor was charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, the former head of the 109th Precinct, who she said cheated on her, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Comments (1)

Artist creates using nature as a canvas

The material is botanical and the result is therapeutic. Comments (1)

College Pt. resident robbed elderly man: DA

ASTORIA — A College Point resident has been charged with assaulting a 78-year-old man last week and robbing him of more than $400 in cash he was holding as he made a purchase at a newsstand, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Bill would target unlicensed drivers

A rash of pedestrians fatally struck by unlicensed drivers has prompted the Queens leadership to ban together to pass legislation that would make such an act a felony and result in two to four years of jail time. Comments (4)

Songs in the key of freedom

This past weekend, Lefrak Concert Hall resonated with the messages of forgiveness, reconciliation and understanding as two of South Africa’s musical icons, Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela, celebrated two decades since the end of apartheid. Comment

‘Mad Men’ exhibit coming to Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image will open a major new exhibition March 14 celebrating “Mad Men,” one of the most acclaimed television series in recent decades, as the show begins its final season. The exhibition, “Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men,” will feature large-scale sets including Don Draper’s office and the Draper kitchen, over 25 iconic costumes, hundreds of props, advertising art, video clips, and personal notes and research material from Weiner. Comment

Monday, March 2, 2015


Jamaica job fair attracts hundreds of hopefuls

Hundreds of job seekers searched the 72 vendors at Tolentine Hall at the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Jamaica at a career fair last week Thursday hosted and sponsored by elected officials and community leaders in Queens. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Schools Chancellor encourages parents to run for Education Council seats

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is encouraging parents across the city to make a direct impact on their child’s education by running for an Education Council seat. Parents interested in becoming members of a Community or Citywide Education Council can apply online at until March 11. Comment

Vision Zero action

The city DOT returned to Queens last week to introduce the first of its Vision Zero plans to protect pedestrians in the borough. The mayor’s initiative was launched in Queens a year ago after a series of high-profile deaths made pedestrian safety a top priority in the county. Comments (1)

New musical tells the story of southern Queens

Forest Hills resident Mark Lord has lived in Queens since 1969, but it was only a few years ago that he wrote a musical about the borough, “Let’s Hear it For Queens,” which was co-produced by the Free Synagogue of Flushing Community Theatre Group. Comment
Middle Village

Big night from Kinder earns CK division crown

Kaela Kinder had more on her mind than leading Christ the King to a division title when she stepped on the court against Bishop Loughlin. Comment

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens attorney indicted for sex with minor: DA

A Kew Gardens attorney has been indicted a second time on charges of engaging in a sexual act with a female minor in exchange for money, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment

Officials announce tech program for colleges

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) announced legislation to create the Community College High-Technology Investment Program for community colleges at Queensborough Monday afternoon. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Mullin reflects on relationships that led him to St. John’s Hall of Fame

Induction into the St. John’s University Athletics Hall of Fame is about celebrating much more than his accomplishments on the court for Chris Mullin. Comments (1)

There are steps to take to end ATM fraud

Lately, it appears that the odds are not in any consumer’s favor in the United States when they head to the ATM. The most recent victim locally appears to be Flushing Bank, where reports indicate about 120 people have had their accounts hacked. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

St. Francis Prep celebrated the life of its legendary coach while saying a final goodbye. Comment
ASTORIA — Maria Tuccio, 68, of Astoria died on Feb. 16. Comment
Block Shots

Vince O’Connor’s legacy is built on personal, lasting relationships with players

Marco Battaglia remembers a time during his early years at St. Francis Prep when football coach Vince O’Connor was perceived to be unapproachable even when nothing could have been further from the truth. Comment

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

A Bayside couple allegedly held a maid they employed in their home against her will Feb. 13 and are accused of proceeding to beat, burn and torture her until she admitted to stealing items from the couple’s home, police said. Comments (6)

Ferreras cites four major developments in her District

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) covered a lot of ground in her State of the District Address last week. Among the significant developments in District 21 are the groundbreaking of the first affordable senior housing development, the relocation of the Willets Point auto shops, the establishment of a higher education and health care institution and the future of the Jackson Heights BID extension into Corona, Comment
Fresh Meadows

City in negotiation to buy back Fresh Meadows cemetery

Although the city has committed to figuring out a way to buy back the Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery in Fresh Meadows, the Friends of Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery is continuing to raise funds to cover incidental expenses. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Historians, lawmakers reflect on 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s death

Fifty years after Malcolm X was assassinated in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom, historians and politicians alike say his teachings and principles remain relevant today. Comment

Annual parade in Flushing rings in Lunar New Year

Fiery, vermillion and saffron-colored dragons, the beating thunder of the drums, and the vibrant lions dancing down Main Street almost made the Flushing Lunar New Year parade viewers forget the cold temperature Saturday morning. Comment
Long Island City

Gantry guardian loses battle with cancer

Long Island City

Gantry guardian loses battle with cancer

The guardian of the Gantry is gone. Comments (2)

Bill would ban sex offenders from living near schools

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) and state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) are calling for a statewide ban on sex offenders living near schools. Comment
CALGARY, ALBERTA — Raphael Sugarman, a columnist for the TimesLedger who wrote “From the Footlights” about Queens people working on Broadway, died Feb. 14 in Calgary. He was 56. Comment

RIP: Clark Terry, jazz musician

I am proud to say that Mr. Terry was our next door neighbor in Bayside. When I was in elementary school, he introduced me to Archie Moore, who had the biggest hands I had ever seen. In the 1960s seat belts were not required. One day he invited all of us neighborhood kids to go for Carvel ice cream. There had to be eight of us loaded into his 1965 Malibu convertible, which my brother later bought from him. Comments (1)

Bayside coach Steve Piorkowski stayed positive to the end

The kindness, positive nature and fighting spirit that made Steve Piorkowski loved by all he came in contact with was with him even in his final days. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015


Top cop talks ‘hard truths’ with crowd in southeast Queens

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton spoke to the southeast Queens community in an effort to shelve the notion of police bias against minorities at a Black History month celebration at the Greater Allen AME Church in Jamaica Tuesday morning. Comment

CK advances to diocesan final, Cross falls to Xaverian 

Christ the King’s foot is hitting the peddle with the playoffs underway. Comment
Jazz giant and educator Clark Terry, a renowned trumpeter and flugelhorn playerwho lived in Queens and worked with numerous musicians in the borough, died over the weekend at the age of 94 in Pine Bluff, Ark. Comments (1)
When state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) first joined the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of rogue Democrats in the state Senate, he praised the group for its ability to overcome partisan lines and get things done. Comments (1)

Assemblywoman adds attorney to staff because of de Blasio’s proposal for Yards

As Mayor de Blasio pushes his Sunnyside Yards affordable housing megaproject forward, one elected official is warning that “this is a critical time for our neighborhoods in western Queens.” State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) announced Feb. 19 that Ira Greenberg, an attorney from Sunnyside Gardens, has joined her staff to work on transportation, housing and zoning issues related to the threat of over-development in western Queens. Comment

St. Patrick’s parades ready to step off in borough

This Sunday’s 16th annual St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside will be a homecoming for Steven Malone, the very public face of the Central Park horse-carriage industry, who was born and raised in the neighborhood. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Lewis scores super-sized blowout in playoff win

Francis Lewis got its city title defense started with a lopsided victory of epic proportions. Comment
East Elmhurst

Terminal B redevelopment on hold at LaGuardia while FEMA funds storm preparedness

The multibillion-dollar reconstruction project of LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal Building is in a holding pattern. Comments (2)

Longtime state Sen. George Onorato is remembered

Former state Sen. George Onorato, who represented western Queens for nearly 30 years, died last Saturday at the age of 86. Onorato served the borough in Albany from 1983 to 2010, as a member of multiple committees, including the task force on Waterfront Development. Comment
A Queens grand jury has indicted a Long Island man on hate crime charges for allegedly ramming his pick-up truck into a Sikh and dragging his body along the street before fleeing the scene in Ozone Park, the Queens District Attorney office said. Comment
New Voices

Northwest Queens immigrants shun banks

Historically, new immigrants and their communities have faced barriers in securing financing through mainstream financial institutions. Some communities overcame racial and linguistic barriers by relying on fraternal and cultural organizations and tools such as rotating credit in order to open small businesses and establish immigrant neighborhoods. Comments (7)

Transit options exist now to East Side Access

Intelligent Long Island Rail Road riders are not waiting until 2023 for East Side Access to begin actual service into Grand Central Terminal (re“Another milestone met for East Side Access,”Bayside Times Feb. 20). They take advantage of existing options already available. Transferring at Woodside for the No. 7 express subway will take you to Grand Central Terminal in 15 minutes. This is five minutes more than staying on to Penn Station or change at Queens Boro Plaza from the No. 7 subway for either the N or Q subway, which will take you to 59th Street and Lexington Avenue in even less time. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s holds off Xavier to bolster tournament résumé

February continues to be a magical month for St. John’s and it has NCAA Tournament games in March looking more and more certain. Comment

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

A Long Island man has turned himself in for the fatal beating of Jose Antonio Cocuyo-Malaga in Long Island City early Friday morning. Comments (1)

Unlicensed driver charged in fatal Elmhurst hit and run: NYPD

An unlicensed driver who allegedly struck and killed a woman Sunday night in Elmhurst, and then tried to flee, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, according to police. Comments (5)

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Seniors’ moment: Upperclassmen pace SJU to key win over Seton Hall

St. John’s seniors took what they hope is their final bow at Carnesecca Area as winners. Comment

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

St. Francis Prep said goodbye to a legendary coach and a beloved person Thursday. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

A search warrant executed in the 102nd Precinct turned up narcotics and more than $2,000 in cash in a residential home that houses a day-care center in Woodhaven, police said. Comments (1)

Flushing Lunar New Year Parade to take place Saturday

Flushing’s robust Chinese and Korean communities will be celebrating Lunar New Year in the 19th annual Flushing Lunar New Year Parade this Saturday. Comment
Ozone Park

L.I. man charged with attempted murder in assault on Sikh

A grand jury indicted a Long Island man on hate crime charges for allegedly calling a Sikh man “Osama” and then intentionally ramming his pick-up truck into the victim and dragging his body along the street before fleeing the scene in Ozone Park in July, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)



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