Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Bayside teen wins national skating competition

Between doing her schoolwork, hanging out with friends and being a member of a championshp-winning synchronized ice-skating team, Emma Estrada leads a busy life. Comments (2)
Hunters Point

Van Bramer rallies for stop sign at dangerous Hunters Point intersection

Community leaders and students from PS/IS 78 joined City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) last Friday in calling for the city Department of Transportation to erect a stop sign at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue. During the rally, protesters raised a homemade “People’s Stop Sign” to bring attention to needed traffic safety improvements that Van Bramer has been calling for at the intersection since 2012. Comment

Crowley pushes FDNY on ambulance response times

City Ambulances are taking longer to respond to life-threatening medical emergencies and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) is not happy about it. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Long Island City

City plans new development for Long Island City waterfront

The city is planning to bring a massive mixed-use development to the Long Island City waterfront. The city Economic Development Corp. is currently seeking proposals from qualified developers for two parcels of land, totaling more than 4½ acres, just north of Anable Basin at the western end of 44th Drive. Comments (4)

Costa’s bill encouraging solar energy passes Council unanimously

Legislation encouraging the use of solar energy on city-owned buildings passed by unanimous vote in the City Council last week. Comment

Electeds request paint job for Hell Gate Bridge

The iconic Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria will mark its centennial in September and a host of elected officials in western Queens are calling on its owner to give it a face-lift. U.S. Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), along with state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), and City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) drafted a letter calling on Amtrak to repaint the bridge for the first time in 20 years. Comments (1)
Dining Out

Astoria’s Kurry Qulture steps up the game on Indian cuisine

Usually when contemplating an Indian dining experience in Queens, our expectation is of a tasty, modestly priced meal in unpretentious surroundings. Comment

Support your community newspaper

Happy 81st Anniversary, Bayside Times/Little Neck Ledger and sister TimesLedger newspapers! Daily newspapers such as the New York Times, Post, Newsday and Daily News concentrate on international, Washington, Albany, City Hall, business and sports stories. They have few reporters assigned to cover local neighborhood news stories. These reporters have to compete against colleagues for limited available print space. As a result, daily newspapers miss significant news, civic, political and transportation stories from Queens communities. Comments (2)

Handford moves to top of SJU women’s all-time scoring list

Aliyyah Handford knew she was closing in on the St. John’s all-time scoring record, she just didn’t know how close she was or when it happened. Comment

Monday, March 7, 2016


Aviation roundtable structure still being debated ahead of March meeting

Members of the New York Community Aviation Roundtable, formed to address the airplane noise around Queens’ two major airports, are still at odds over the roundtable structure and have yet to vote on bylaws. Comments (1)

New GOP office coming to Ridgewood to expand party’s reach

In an effort to build the Republican Party’s base in New York City, the Republican National Committee is opening a new office in Ridgewood this spring, describing it as a central location that will enable it to reach out to more minority groups. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Work is on a roll for Jackson Heights artist

Just like the words “eye,” “jam” and “mug” can each be either a noun or a verb, “scroll” is the latest member of the word club that straddles both categories. Comment

Man sentenced in killing of Flushing woman: DA

A 25-year-old Fresh Meadows man has been sentenced to 23½ years in prison for fatally shooting a nurse and wounding her son as they sat in a car parked outside the Pomonok Houses during the July 4th weekend in 2011, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2)

‘Speedy Trial’ crisis in New York City’s Criminal Court

The right to a speedy trial is expressly embodied in the U.S. Constitution, with the Sixth Amendment stating “the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial.” But no one familiar with our criminal court, where misdemeanors and petty offenses are heard, can honestly think that this right is being honored today. Comments (1)

Final Verdict: Judges’ season ends in loss to Westinghouse

Aaron Walker has been here before. Comment

Sunday, March 6, 2016


Kaufman Astoria Studios installs massive solar panel system

Kaufman Astoria Studios is going green. Comments (1)

Woodhaven fire house to get renovations

More than a century after it was built, a Woodhaven firehouse will be undergoing major reconstruction later this year, officials from the FDNY said01. Comment

Another new development planned for Ridgewood

The Brooklyn development boom continues its march into Queens. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Don’t turn city hotels into homeless shelters

The civic associations of Queens are concerned about the number of hotels which are being built. There is concern that the owners of these hotels could lease them to the city as homeless shelters. Two small hotels have already been turned into homeless shelters. Comments (5)
Middle Village

Strictly business: Royals handle Loughlin for third straight B/Q crown

Senior Dominique Toussaint described this year’s Christ the King team as one that had to deal with “unfinished business,” and the Royals have continued to handle it. Comment

Saturday, March 5, 2016


Former assemblywoman to pen book on love and money

A former New York State Assemblywoman and Bayside native is trying her hand as a financial adviser for unhappy couples. Comment

Easter Bunny coming to Shops at SkyView Center

Kids of all ages will get the chance to meet the Easter Bunny at The Shops at SkyView Center from March 11 to March 26. Easter falls on March 27. Comment

Schumer nominated for fourth term in Senate

The Democratic State Committee has nominated U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) for a fourth term Monday. Schumer will likely become the Senate Democratic leader if re-elected in his race against the expected Republican nominee Wendy Long. Comments (4)
On Point

Queens residents are pawns in a social experiment

When I ran for the New York City Council in 2015, the leaders of the Queens Village Civic Association (Nagassar “Ram” Ramgarib and Mohamood “Mo” Ishmael) and I initiated a months-long community-driven battle against a program conceived by Albany politicians to open a neighborhood prison on a Queens Village residential street. We organized weekend protests at the site that garnered more protesters and greater press coverage week after week. After a couple of months as the protests grew, elected officials took notice and joined in. Comments (18)
Block Shots

Tensions risk pushing CHSAA girls’ hoops leagues further apart

Can’t they all just get along? Comment

Friday, March 4, 2016


Queens Kudos honors the best in community theater

Anyone who lives outside the New York City area may wonder why someone who is a Metro Card swipe away from Broadway would bother to see a production of “Seussical: The Musical” in Middle Village. Well, according to Queens theater buffs, skipping that show at the JC Players would have meant missing out on an incredible theatrical experience. Comments (2)
The Play’s the Thing

Community theater earns our Kudos

Today we celebrate community theater. Comment

LIRR report shows more late trains in 2015

The Long Island Rail Road says its problem with late trains last year was the worst since 2000, and that a variety of events from winter storms to massive construction projects were among the causes of the delays. Comment
East Elmhurst

Corona and East Elmhurst among most crowded in city: Report

Several neighboring communities in Queens are bursting at the seams with overcrowded housing units, according to a new report from the real estate listings site StreetEasy. Comments (3)

Ballot set for Crowley’s participatory budgeting campaign

An eight-item participatory budgeting ballot has been decided upon in Elizabeth Crowley’s City Council district. A team of about 25 budget delegates worked with city agencies to determine the final projects. The projects are as follows. Comment
Jackson Heights

Arrest made in Jackson Heights transgender beating

There has been an arrest in a case that sparked outrage in the Jackson Heights LGBT community this winter. Comment

Woman, son charged with jury tampering in attempted cop slay trial

A Long Island woman and her son have been indicted on charges of trying to influence the jury, through telephone calls to jurors and a meeting with a juror in a McDonald’s, during the son’s trial for the attempted murder of two policemen who were trying to arrest him for a home invasion, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Woodhaven mother charged with stealing from daughter’s medical malpractice settlement

A 31-year-old Woodhaven mother has been charged with stealing more than $65,000 from her pre-teen daughter’s malpractice lawsuit settlement and then using the money for plastic surgery on herself and numerous other personal expenses, according to the Queens district attorney. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Maggie’s Little Theater delivers big laughs with latest show

Director Erik Neilssen has a hit on his hands with the hilarious “Lend Me a Tenor” at Maggie’s Little Theater in Middle Village. Comment

Feud hits housing

The power struggle between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio has taken a hazardous turn, threatening the development of affordable housing in Queens and the rest of the city. Comments (3)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Looks like New York values will decend on White House

Our political prognosticator says there’s a lot to like about Hillary — and a couple things about the The Donald. Comments (3)

Speedy Lions race past Molloy in diocesan final

Issac Grant carried the team on his back, with freshman guard Cole Anthony feeling under the weather—but his effort wasn’t enough to earn Archbishop Molloy its first diocesan boys’ basketball crown since 2002. Comment

Thursday, March 3, 2016

College Point

Health Dept. shuts down Spa Castle pools after near-fatal drowning incident

The city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ordered a College Point spa to close all of its pools after a 6-year-old girl nearly drowned in one of the spa’s pools last month. Comments (1)
Elected officials praised the appointment of former city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott as the new president and CEO of the Queens Library. Walcott succeeds former CEO Thomas Galante, who was ousted from his position in December 2014 for allegedly misusing library funds. Comments (1)

Firefighter’s union says city is underreporting response times across the board

The city’s firefighters union released what it calls a “bombshell analysis” Monday which claims the FDNY is underreporting emergency response times in some cases by as much as 92 percent. In Queens, the average time for a medical emergency was said by the city to be 4:37 minutes, but in reality the elapsed response time in the borough was 8:03—a difference of 74 percent. Comment
The mayor found his way to Queens Monday evening—and seemed to enjoy it. Comments (9)

St. Pat’s for All set for Sunday in Sunnyside

Mayor Bill de Blasio will march for the third straight year in the St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside Sunday. The inclusive event gets underway with speeches from elected officials and community leaders at the Queen of Angels Church at 43rd Street and Skillman Avenue beginning at 1 p.m. Comment

New take on ‘West Side Story’ hits Knockdown Center

It won’t be just any night in Maspeth. Comment

Single family home with 15 bedrooms ordered by Buildings Dept. to vacate

Residents were seen removing their belongings from a single-family home in Flushing last weekend that real estate agents had advertised as having 15 bedrooms, but the real estate company claims it was not aware of anything illegal occurring on the property. Comments (6)

Boro residents guilty in Medicaid fraud scheme: US Attorney

Three Queens residents were among the four medical professionals and a clinic owner who received prison sentences in a million-dollar Medicare fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney Robert Capers announced. Comments (10)
The man who is accused of crashing into an off-duty rookie cop stationed in Far Rockaway as he stood at an accident scene on the New Jersey Turnpike turned himself in, police said Monday. The crash, which occurred Sunday morning, capped off a series of hit-and-run crashes throughout Queens and the tri-state area which left two people critically injured and four dead. Comments (1)

Late Assemblywoman Barbara Clark honored at Jamaica church before hundreds

At the funeral for late state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village), her daughter said she had a long battle with cancer but did not suffer as she continued working and fighting for her constituents. Comment

Lenore loves this King Tut tomb!

This week, our columnist sings the praises of Tutankhamun! Comment

Veterans lead McClancy to first varsity diocesan title

Four years ago, the Monsignor McClancy’s girls’ basketball program began. The current team’s six seniors, who were on that team as freshmen, have put a successful finish on what they started. Comment

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The mayor came to Queens--and he seemed to enjoy it. Comments (11)
Former city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has been selected as the new president and CEO of the Queens Library, the chairman of the board of trustees announced. Comment

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

More than 500 relatives, elected officials and prominent southeast Queens leaders paid tribute to the late state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village), who served the area for nearly three decades, at a funeral service ceremony Monday at Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica. Comments (5)
A series of hit-and-run crashes throughout Queens and the tri-state area left two people critically injured and three dead Sunday evening, including an off-duty rookie cop stationed in Far Rockaway. Comments (3)

Cardozo’s Walker finds home at Manhattan College

For months, Aaron Walker didn’t have an answer to the question where he would be playing basketball next season in college. The scholarship offers came slow to the combo guard. Comment

Royals drop diocesan semifinal in OT to Loughlin

A second straight comeback win against the Lions was not to be for Christ the King. Comment

Grant’s Land: Senior forward powers Molloy to B/Q final

Isaac Grant walked off to a standing ovation as calmly as he went about the business of sending Archbishop Molloy to the diocesan title game. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

Loughlin ends TMLA’s season, Christ the King roars into final

Mary Louis’ pair of stars gave just about all that they could before being trumped by Bishop Loughlin’s ace freshman Comment

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

Jackson Heights

Arrest made in Jackson Heights transgender beating

The suspect wanted in the vicious attack on a transgender woman in Jackson Heights was arrested Tuesday in Knoxville, Tenn., brought back to New York City and charged with two counts of assault, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)

Brooklyn/Queens girls’ hoops coaches frustrated with changing Catholic state format rules

Pick something and stick with it. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016


GOP opening office in Ridgewood this spring to build base

The Republican National Committee is opening a new office in Ridgewood this spring to build the Republican Party’s base in New York City. Comments (1)

Wind damage causes havoc in Bayside

High winds caused minor damage throughout Bayside during a blustery storm that hit the tri-state area Wednesday night. Comment



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