Wednesday, March 16, 2016


York College discussion promotes media diversity

The York College Association of Black Journalists partnered with black voices in the media last week to inform the Jamaica community about the crisis in black media. Comments (8)

Queens County Young Democrats elect first female president

When Stacy Eliuk decided to run for president of the Queens County Young Democrats, she knew she wanted to emphasize the power Queens gains from the diversity of its residents. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens Hills

New kosher pizza joint emerges in crowded Kew Garden Hills

The Queens kosher pizza market is a crowded one. Comments (4)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Woodhaven SBS to cost far less than $400m: DOT

A spokesman for city DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said her comments on the price tag for the controversial Select Bus Service along Woodhaven Boulevard, which angered state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), had been misinterpreted. Comments (4)

Woodside Houses to have basketball courts renovated

Hoop dreams will make a comeback at the Woodside Houses after City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and community members broke ground last Friday on a $500,000 renovation of its basketball court and play area. After being poorly maintained for many years, the courts at 31-5 49th St. are deteriorated and uneven, posing safety hazards to the young people who play basketball and other sports. Comment

The art of trees takes root in Flushing

Every year as spring nears trees seem to know that it’s time to turn green. Comments (1)

Monday, March 14, 2016


Community leaders launch Flushing business survey

Flushing community leaders have teamed up with the city to conduct a comprehensive survey of businesses in the area. Comments (4)

Cameras placed along Q44 Select Bus Service route

The city Department of Transportation has started issuing bus-lane violations, based on camera surveillance, along the Q44 Select Bus Service route that runs from the Bronx Zoo through Flushing to Jamaica. Comment

Crowded districts celebrate proposed funding for needed schools

Two of the most chronically overcrowded school districts in the city are celebrating some long-awaited relief. Comments (2)

Avella allocates $1M to Bayside High School

Bayside High School will receive about $1 million in major infrastructure renovations, courtesy of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comment

City announces record job growth in boros

The Big Apple’s private jobs sector is on an historic run, according to the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Comments (3)

Higher wages lift the entire economy

As a businessman and the owner of a small publishing house here in Queens, it is in my interest to have a $15 minimum wage. In addition to raising the wage of the most poorly paid workers, a $15 minimum wage will push up the wages of everyone else. That will mean more people who have discretionary income. Comments (3)

Hillcrest students shine in theater competition

Hillcrest High School actress Benne McCants has conquered the New York stage, and now is on her way to take on the rest of the country. Comments (1)

Sunday, March 13, 2016


Man stabbed on troubled Woodhaven corner

A troubled corner of Woodhaven again erupted in violence last week, when a 24-year-old man was stabbed in the neck by a group of unknown men, police said. A police source said the assault might have been gang-related. Comment
Political Action

Conservative Party plays a large, powerful role

The New York Conservative Party was first formed in 1962 and since that time has played an important role in our state election process. Comments (2)

Incredibly shrinking airspace


Champs at last: St. John’s wins fist Big East championshp since 1988

The St. John’s women’s basketball team won its third game in three days to take home its first Big East Tournament championship since 1988 with a 50-37 win over Creighton in the final at DePaul’s McGrath-Phillips Arena on March 8. Comment

Saturday, March 12, 2016


Woodside shopkeeper dies from injuries in beating

A Woodside shopkeeper who was brutally beaten with a metal rod Saturday morning has died from his injuries, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Five people felled by carbon monoxide in Oakland Gds.

Oakland Gardens

Five people felled by carbon monoxide in Oakland Gds.

Rescue crews responding to a Bayside home early Tuesday morning found it filling with dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. They rescued five people from the potentially lethal situation.The FDNY arrived at 226-04 77th Ave. in Oakland Gardens at about 5:30 a.m. Upon arrival, rescue crews found two children and three adults inside the house, the FDNY said. Comments (1)

A son of Queens leaves unique legal legacy

United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia was born in Trenton, N.J. on March 11, 1936 and grew up on O’Connell Court in the Elmhurst section of Queens. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the nation’s highest court in 1986, Justice Scalia became known in his 30-year career on the Supreme Court for his religious, political and social conservatism, perhaps best illustrated by his originalist interpre Comment

Airport noise problems are on the rise

The letter from Sharon Pinkerton in a recent edition of the Times Ledger (“Keep noise down, efficiency up at Queens airports,” March 4) is not only misleading, but also incorrect. NextGen has not reduced the noise problems in communities surrounding JFK and LaGuardia airports, but actually increased them, despite the fact that today’s high bypass jet engines are quieter. And, this has happened because easy and safe noise abatement procedures have been abandoned in order to save on airlines’ fuel costs. Comments (4)

York College tackles the L.A. riots in new theater production

The stage of York College’s theater is about to bring the sights and sounds of a city’s streets in turmoil to life. Comments (2)

Queens College claims second straight conference championship

The Knights are champions again. Comment

Friday, March 11, 2016

Two Jamaica-raised baristas at the newly opened Starbucks in Jamaica, David Merrick and Nigel Armstrong, who met barely a month ago but have already branded themselves the “dynamic duo,” are excited the store will offer job training for youth in the community. Comment

St. Pat’s for All will continue despite big parade lifting ban

The St. Pat’s for All Parade will continue as a vital part of the fabric of the borough even though the march’s founder, and his Lavender and Green Alliance, have been invited to march under their banner at the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan. Comment

CB 11 takes on suspicious businesses

Community Board 11 has alerted the mayor’s office about several Bayside businesses that it suspects are engaged in illegal and unlicensed activities. Comments (12)

311 Weekend encourages residents to pick up phone and act

New Yorkers are used to daily nuisances like busted street lights and public graffiti, but the Woodhaven Residents Block Association is encouraging residents to pick up the phone and act. Comments (1)

Stavisky shoots down rumors of new shelter near Pan American hotel

After her office was flooded with phone calls from concerned Elmhurst residents in recent weeks, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) is squelching rumors of a second homeless shelter near the Pan American hotel. A recent Newtown Civic Association newsletter reported that a vacant lot nearby had been approved for a mixed-use building, fueling speculation among anxious homeowners. Comments (1)

MTA announces fleet of ultrabuses for Queens

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will add more than 2,000 state-of-the-art buses to its fleet in the next five years, including 75 this year in Queens in what Gov. Andrew Cuomo called a “major overhaul of the MTA’s fleet.” Comment
Jackson Heights

Julio Rivera murder documentary set for world premiere in Jax Hgts

A documentary about the murder of Julio Rivera, and the effect it had on Jackson Heights’ LGBT community, makes its world premiere Thursday at PS 69. It is the same school, at 77-02 37th Ave., where the notorious murder took place 25 years ago. Comment
Forest Hills

Hevesi talks politics at Central Queens Y

Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi still enjoys a good debate. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Developer’s possible plan to building at Fresh Meadows post office in limbo

After U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) received a written confirmation from the U.S. Postal Service that it plans to renew the lease of a Fresh Meadows post office, a developer’s interest in replacing the site with one of two retail-office buildings is uncertain. Comments (2)

Suspect sought in Corona subway pushing incident: NYPD

The NYPD has released a sketch of the suspect wanted for pushing a 17-year-old girl onto subway tracks in front of an oncoming No. 7 train Saturday evening. Comments (3)
Broad Channel

Film looks to save Jamaica Bay

About five years ago, filmmaker Dan Hendrick was jammed into Broad Channel’s American Legion Hall with hundreds of residents, and could not believe what he was hearing. Comment

Queens, take a bow

It’s official—Queens is a theater town. Comments (1)

The revolution in Brownsville

This week, Lenore explores a new graphic novel about the birth of contraception in America. Comment

An unwelcome blast from airports

Sharon Pinkerton (“Keep noise down, efficiency up at Queens airports,” March 4) says, “NextGen reduces noise overall.” Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Comments (1)

Lewis slips past Truman for trip to Garden

Coach Steve Tsai and star Sierra Green both emerged from the Francis Lewis locker room shaking their heads in disbelief. Comments (1)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Long Island City

LIC artists rally against developers illegal altering of Elks Lodge facade

Some of the biggest names in the Long Island City arts community declared war on developers who illegally altered the decorative facade on the Elks Lodge building on 44th Drive Tuesday, one week after neighborhood residents renewed efforts to have the property landmarked. Comment
Block Shots

Granby’s life lessons leave lasting impact

Chuck Granby leaves behind a legacy of winning games and saving lives. Comment
Far Rockaway

Addabbo tries to keep city honest in ferry route process

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Jr (D-Howard Beach) is asking the city to reconsider its procedures for selecting an operator for ferry service to and from Rockaway. Comment

Mayor wants stronger mental health services following Astoria rampage

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants the city to improve mental health services following accused killer James Patrick Dillon’s bloody rampage in Astoria Sunday. Comments (5)

Katz comes out in support of Crowley’s light rail proposal

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has thrown her support behind a proposal to return commuter rail service to the Long Island Rail Road’s Lower Montauk Branch. Katz said a light rail service should run from Long Island City to Jamaica, and advocated for the rail system be integrated into a larger transportation plan for Queens. Comments (2)
Willets Point

Willets Point group feels excluded from BP’s street repair meetings

Willets Point United says it is upset that it was not invited to meetings set up by Borough President Melinda Katz about illegally parked trucks and the dilapidated streets in the area under the shadow of Citi Field. Comment
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who died Sunday at the age of 94 due to congestive heart failure, was known for the many roles she played throughout her life. Comment

Electeds upset over DOE’s treatment of St. Pat’s holiday

Borough elected officials say they are disappointed in the city Department of Education’s decision to keep parent-teacher conferences scheduled on St. Patrick’s Day, although they differ on whether it should be a school holiday. Comments (4)

Police searching for suspect in shooting of cab driver in Astoria

A livery cab driver is in critical condition after a suspect shot at his car, which also had four passengers, outside an Astoria club last week. Comment

Former CK star Alkins passes on SJU for Arizona

Rawle Alkins will not be returning home to play college basketball. Comment

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


SJU recruit Ponds shines in first game at Carnesecca

Jefferson guard Shamorie Ponds had the first of what he hopes will be many memorable games at Carnesecca Arena. Comment

Freshman star has Knights excited for future despite quarterfinal loss

While Holy Cross had to deal with being denied a second straight trip to the semifinals, they got a glimpse of a bright future in the process. Comment

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The MTA will add more than 2,000 ultra-modern buses to its fleet with the first 75 of them going to Queens, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. Comments (2)

Suspect charged with attempted murder in Woodside shopkeeper’s attack

A Woodside shopkeeper, who was brutally beaten Saturday morning, is considered likely clinically brain dead with no expectation of surviving, according to a criminal complaint provided by the Queens district attorney’s office. Comments (1)

Royals survive scare, advance to semis with 2OT win

Christ the King’s quest for a fourth straight city title continues—barely. Comment

Gritty Molloy heads to first semifinal in 14 years

Winning pretty just isn’t Archbishop Molloy’s thing. Comment

Monday, March 7, 2016

Starbucks held a preview opening for its new store in Jamaica Monday, the first of at least 15 stores that will open throughout the United States to hire and train youth in diverse and urban communities. The store will officially open Tuesday at 6 a.m. Comments (6)

Astoria man in custody after Sunday crime spree

Astoria went on lockdown Sunday afternoon as the NYPD flooded into the neighborhood in a desperate search for a killer. Comments (3)

Balanced Lewis heads back to semifinals


Balanced Lewis heads back to semifinals

As the right time, the Patriots are showing just how good and how deep they are. Comment

Sunday, March 6, 2016


Woodside shopkeeper beaten with metal pipe

Blood stains marked the spot where a 35-year-old shopkeeper in Woodside was brutally beaten early Saturday morning. Comment

Friday, March 4, 2016

Jamaica ►Video

Police looking for car that injured woman in South Jamaica: With Video

Police looking for the driver of a silver or gray minivan that struck a 22-year-old woman in South Jamaica Sunday morning have obtained a video of the crash scene. Comments (2)

Woodhaven SBS pricetag $400 million: Trottenberg

A DOT spokesman said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg’s comments on the price tag for the controversial Select Bus Service along Woodhaven Boulevard, which angered state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), had been misinterpreted. Comments (1)

Avella gives $1M to Bayside HS for upgrades

Bayside High School will receive major infrastructure renovations to the tune of $1 million, courtesy of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (2)

Livery cab driver shot outside Astoria club: NYPD

A livery cab driver was discovered with a gunshot wound to his head inside his car in Astoria early Friday morning, the NYPD said. Comment

Thursday, March 3, 2016


New Woodhaven violence may be gang-related: NYPD

The streets of Woodhaven erupted into chaos Wednesday night when a 24-year-old man was stabbed in the neck by a group of unknown men, police said. A police source said the assault might have been gang-related. Comments (3)



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