Wednesday, March 23, 2016


New leader named at Corona’s Langston Hughes Library

Queens Library has appointed a successor for the longtime executive director of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in Corona. Dr. Mikisha Morris will replace Andrew Jackson when he retires in July. Comment
Kew Gardens

Fund may spur new industrial development in city

The mayor’s office hopes to entice new industrial development to the city with a $150 million fund for nonprofit and for-profit developers in an attempt to stem the gradual loss of industrial real estate and jobs throughout New York. Comments (2)

Scoreless second quarter does in Lewis

Francis Lewis was looking for a fairy tale ending to its season and to send off its seniors with a championship. Instead, its final game was more like a horror story. Comment

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Long Island City

Improvement on way for Gantry Plaza State Park

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy was awarded a $12,000 matching grant from the state for upgrades to Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City. The funding will replace damaged Adirondack chairs, cast-iron tree grates and broken light fixtures throughout the popular waterfront park. Comment

Questions about school safety fuel legislative breakfast

Parents concerned about school safety and overcrowding in District 26 schools downed coffee, enjoyed breakfast and met with lawmakers at a Friday morning event at the Bayside Diner. The breakfast was organized by the district’s Presidents’ Council and attendees discussed the need for more crossing guards to direct traffic at school arrivals and dismissals. Comments (5)

Bayside rally, bid for perfect season falls short

The Commodores were close to breaking through, but letting one game slip through their fingers ended their hopes for an undefeated league season. Comment

Can the MTA keep bus improvements on schedule?

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s $202 million contract award for a new New York City Transit Bus Radio System to support a fleet of 6,000 buses missed some issues of interest to bus riders and taxpayers. The award is well over one year late, based upon the original baseline project schedule. Comments (1)

Monday, March 21, 2016


Two pols unite against Flushing West rezoning proposal

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) have joined forces to oppose the city’s plan to redevelop Flushing West. Comments (4)
Fresh Meadows

Queens Regent Judith Chin talks Common Core challenges

In what educators described as a fireside chat-style discussion, Queens Regent Judith Chin said the Common Core launch was flawed but the Board of Regents was heading in the right direction. Comments (2)

Woodside street named after late Puerto Rican activist

A street in Woodside has been renamed in honor of Alice Cardona, a prominent Puerto Rican women’s rights activist from Woodside who died in 2011. Comments (2)
Middle Village

After push from Crowley, Middle Village school to expand

After years of explosive student growth, PS/IS 128 in Middle Village is set to expand. Comments (1)

Kupferberg Holocaust center explores Nazi Germany in films

Hollywood and the Third Reich first crossed paths during a screening of the anti-war motion picture “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Comments (2)
Middle Village

Lions halt Royals’ bid for historic crown

An old rival denied Christ the King a chance to play for history. Comment

Tired of playing subway twister

I’ve been commuting from Astoria to Manhattan since the summer of 2000. Over the years, I’ve dealt with more service interruptions and fare hikes than I would have liked, but I have never experienced the level of overcrowding we’ve had lately. Comments (2)

Sunday, March 20, 2016


Bratton calls Vision Zero an elusive goal

The ultimate goal of the de Blasio administration’s Vision Zero initiative to have zero pedestrian fatalities by 2024 is unlikely, according to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. The city’s top cop kicked off the Vision Zero Cities conference with that stunning admission at NYU last week. Comments (1)

North Shore University Center opens Zika clinic

A Long Island hospital has opened a clinic for anxious parents-to-be who are concerned that they may have been infected with the Zika virus. Comments (1)

Corona man charged with attempted murder in subway shoving incident

A Corona man was charged with attempted murder last Friday for allegedly pushing a teenage girl onto the tracks of the subway as a No. 7 train rolled into the 103rd Street Corona Plaza station March 5, according to the Queens district attorney. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Royal pains: Sloppy effort ends CK’s season short of Federation tourney

Christ the King fought and clawed to give itself a shot at a big last-minute victory, despite an out-of-sync performance, only to literally throw the opportunity away. Comment

Saturday, March 19, 2016


Politicians and NYPD discuss hate crime underreporting at forum

Elected officials, community advocates and members of the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force gathered during a forum at the Queens Library in Flushing last week to encourage New Yorkers to report potential hate crimes. Comments (1)

Suspect in Ridgewood shooting found dead in apparent suicide: NYPD

A suspect wanted in connection with the shooting of two men at a Ridgewood deli Sunday morning was found dead a short time later, slumped over his steering wheel in an apparent suicide, police said. Comment

Elmhurst martial arts instructor charged with sexual abuse: DA

ELMHURST — An Elmhurst Tae Kwon Do instructor has been charged with sexually abusing four of his young female students at various times over the last 19 months, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment

Second act: Ponds wants to throw Garden party with St. Johns

Thomas Jefferson’s Shamorie Ponds enjoyed his first taste of winning a championship at Madison Square Garden and he wants to experience it again. Comment
The Civic Scene

High rents are causing small businesses to close their doors

The civic associations of Queens have always had a good relationship with the small businesses which occupy the many strip malls in and near them. Too many small businesses in New York City are closing because of the exorbitantly high rents that landlords are asking when their old leases end. The Queens Civic Congress, an umbrella group of approximately 100 civic associations in Queens, has long been concerned about the small businesses which serve their communities. Comments (2)

Friday, March 18, 2016


Free feminine hygiene products program expands to more borough schools

Young women at more than a dozen high schools and middle schools in District 24 will have access to free feminine hygiene products now that the Department of Education has expanded a pilot program launched by City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) last September. Comments (4)
Long Island City

Electeds want Dutch Kills strip club closed down following shooting

Two City Councilmen are turning up the heat on Club Purlieu, the Dutch Kills strip club that state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) called a “danger to local residents” after an unlicensed livery cab driver was shot in the head on March 4. Comments (3)

Katz fights rezoning

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz supports affordable housing but wants the communities in Queens to have a greater role in the rezoning process to accomplish the mayor’s ambitious program. Comment
Kew Gardens

Queens Cabinet discusses stalking

The NYPD intends to expand a program that combats stalkers throughout Queens in the coming months. Comment
A 22-year-old woman was in critical condition after plunging off an overpass last weekend during a four-car accident that started when she was coming to the rescue of her friend, who was allegedly driving drunk on the Whitestone Expressway, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Flushing-Main Street LIRR station gets first phase of makeover

Riders who take the LIRR train at the Flushing-Main Street station are in for a treat: new signage and platform railings as part of a $24.6 million project to renovate the long-neglected station. Comments (3)
The friend of a beloved bouncer who died during a fight at an Ozone Park Restaurant last weekend said the restaurant that he was killed in should be closed down. Comment

Homeless playwright brings his work to Manhattan stage

Garrett Buhl Robinson calls the two-star hotel where he lives in Jamaica the shelter. Comments (3)

Going up: McClancy books trip to Albany with CHSAA state title win

This time Monsignor McClancy was leaving nothing to chance. Comment

A bold mission

A small miracle is in the works in southern Queens. Comments (1)
New Voices

IDC proposes solution for specialized high school diversity crisis

After yet another year of foundering enrollment numbers for black and Hispanic students at the city’s specialized high schools, the Independent Democratic Conference in Albany is taking a crack at reforming the admission process for those schools. Comments (4)

For a new season, try a new diet

After another winter of snowstorms and floods, I look forward to March 20, first day of spring, balmy weather, and blooming flowers. Comments (1)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

JAMAICA — A fifth-grade student went to school Tuesday with his grandfather’s loaded 9mm pistol in his backpack, police said. Comments (2)

Mayor’s plans for shelter safety draws mixed reviews

Two state senators, who have both criticized the homeless shelter for families at the former Pan American hotel in Elmhurst, had vastly different reactions to the program Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday to improve safety at the city’s shelters. Comments (1)

City picks San Francisco-based company to operate ferry service

The city has awarded the Citywide Ferry Service contract to San Francisco-based Hornblower Inc. as its operator when the system is scheduled to launch next year bringing ferries to Astoria, Rockaway and South Brooklyn. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Aviation roundtable members argue over structure at meeting

(clarifying the history of the roundtable structure) Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis High School has highest applicant number in city

Public high schools in the northeastern area of Queens are continually some of the most popular schools in the city, and Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows is at the top of the list. Aside from the city’s specialized high schools, it was the public high school with the highest number of applicants in the city in 2015. Comments (4)

Bratton touts NYPD’s accomplishments at St. Pat’s Day luncheon

Alluding to the popular phrase from Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the city is in “the best of times and the worst of times” at the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon in Corona. Comments (1)

Protesters claim tenant abuse in Hollis

Chanting “no justice, no peace,” residents of the Cunningham Heights apartment complex in Hollis rallied last week to protest what they contended is chronic landlord abuse and intimidation. Comments (1)
Rego Park

In Rego Park the condos follow the rentals

Rego Park’s housing market is on fire. The neighborhood has seen the biggest overall rent increase in Queens since February 2015, according to a report by real estate firm MNS released last week. Comment

Bayside animator readies screening at Queens World Film Festival

“The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead” has already screened more than three dozen times in numerous countries, according to director Elliot Cowan. Past screenings of the animated film have taken place in spots ranging from Arkansas to Armenia. It will be shown Friday as a part of the Queens World Film Festival, and the night will have a special significance for Cowan. Comment

Tourney run only thing left for SJU seniors

Aliyyah Handford tries not to think of the end just yet. Comment

Beware the double-heart mark of the sex fiend

That headline is not click-bait, it is sarcastic. Comments (2)

Turnovers sink Terriers in CHSAA state semis

Kerri White couldn’t find it in herself to be disappointed. Comment

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Mayor announces Hornblower as new city ferry operator

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday he has tapped San Francisco-based Hornblower Cruises & Events to run the city’s ferry routes. Comment

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Hundreds say goodbye to legendary coach Granby

Thank you, coach. Comment

Monday, March 14, 2016

Two men have been arrested in connection with the death of a bouncer at an Ozone Park restaurant early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comment
A 22-year-old woman was arrested and charged with DWI following a four-car accident on the Whitestone Expressway in Flushing that caused her friend to plunge off the overpass Saturday, the NYPD said. Comments (19)

Suspect in Ridgewood shooting found dead in apparent suicide: NYPD

A suspect wanted in connection with the shooting of two men at a Ridgewood deli on Sunday morning was found dead a short time later, slumped over his steering wheel in an apparent suicide, police said. Comment

Woman dies after being hit by car in Corona: Police

A 64-year-old woman died after being struck by a vehicle that was reversing into a parking space in Corona, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Man found shot in the head in St. Alban’s dies: NYPD

A 33-year-old Jamaica Estates man died after he was found shot in the head in St. Alban’s Friday night, the NYPD said. Comment

Two injured after tire comes off car on Grand Central Pkwy: NYPD

Two people were injured after a tire flew off of a car on the Grand Central Parkway Friday afternoon, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Late stumbles send Stanners to season-ending loss

Archbishop Molloy has made a season of closing out wins in the final minutes, sometimes with the last possession of the game, but the Stanners picked a bad time for that trend to cease. Comment

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Aybar, McClancy tame Cougars in CHSAA state semis

Taylor Aybar was too much for St. John the Baptist to handle. Comment

Garden of Dreams: SJU recruit Ponds seeks elusive title at future home

Roughly eight months prior to his collegiate debut at St. John’s, Jefferson guard Shamorie Ponds will get yet another chance to play in an arena that he will soon call home. Comment

Friday, March 11, 2016


Electeds call for Astoria club’s closure to be made permanent

An Astoria strip club, the scene of a shooting last Friday, was temporarily shut down by the NYPD on orders from the Department of Consumer Affairs. Comment

Corona man arrested for pushing teen in front of No. 7 train: NYPD

A Corona man was arrested and charged with attempted murder Friday in a subway shoving incident over the weekend, according to the NYPD. Comments (4)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Howard Beach

Veteran Rockaway captain dies from heart attack

The 100th Precinct in Queens is reeling from two tragedies in as many weeks. Comment



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