Wednesday, April 6, 2016


More 109th Pct. officers under investigation in karaoke club incidents

More police officers from the 109th Precinct are under investigation following the December arrests of two fellow officers, who were charged with taking bribes from Flushing karaoke club owners in exchange for protection from police raids, according to a lawyer for one of the officers. Comments (8)

Briarwood man made more than 30 fake 911 calls: DA

A Briarwood man was arrested and charged with making terrorist threats after he allegedly called 911 dozens of times to report false emergencies, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. According to a complaint filed by the DA’s office, the man claimed he made the calls because the sound of sirens responding to those calls calmed his verbally abusive uncle down. Comments (1)

Police make arrest in Woodhaven stabbing

Police from the 102nd Precinct have made an arrest in connection with a March 2 group-assault that left a 24-year-old man in critical condition. Comment

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Kew Gardens

Parent Advisory Board presses SCA for space

Representatives from the city’s School Construction Authority presented the 2016 proposed amendments to its’ five-year capital plan to Queens parents, students and educators at a Parent Advisory Board meeting Monday, but were met with tough questions about the availability of classroom space and the continued use of trailers in the place of permanent classrooms. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Female politicians encourage Young Dems during panel

Four female elected officials encouraged members of the Queens County Young Democrats to consider politics and public service as a career during a recent panel discussion, offering stories and guidance to the assembled crowd on the challenges of being a woman in politics in New York City. Comments (4)

Elected officials call for precinct upgrade in Corona

A group of lawmakers and community leaders from Corona are calling on the state to pay for a top-to-bottom renovation of the 110th Precinct and construction of a satellite station in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

Defending Big East champion St. John’s leaning on veteran lineup

The St. John’s baseball team had a season for the ages last year and is trying to pick up right where it left off. Comment

Monday, April 4, 2016


Company behind Elmhurst medical marijuana dispensary takes on Google

The company that opened the borough’s first medical marijuana dispensary, the Queens Patient Center in Elmhurst, in January is battling Google over the corporate giant’s refusal to carry its advertisements because it used the words “medical marijuana” or “medical cannabis.” Comments (4)

Woodside kindergarten class learn with puppetry

The students in a kindergarten class at Public School 229 in Woodside listened as Kirsten Kammermeyer, the class’ teacher-artist, held up a tiny face mask. She told the children that they could turn the blank paper into the face of a mountain lion by gluing strips of orange and yellow construction paper to the mask, a type of crafting called decoupage. Comments (1)

Al-Iman School encourages tolerance at Heritage Day event

Students at the Al-Iman School in Jamaica presented handmade projects illustrating the diversity of countries with significant Muslim populations as part of the school’s annual Heritage Day event last week. Comments (4)
The Play’s the Thing

So maybe you can take it with you

Do you want to be a star? Or perhaps more modestly, do you simply want to strut your stuff in community theater? Comment

Deep Judges hungry to reclaim city title

Benjamin Cardozo’s veterans want to get back to the sweet thrill of victory after enduring a crushing playoff defeat. Comment

Police looking for missing Jamaica teen

JAMAICA — Police were looking for a missing boy, last seen inside his Jamaica home Saturday. Comment

Sunday, April 3, 2016


Northwell hospitals celebrated for LGBT care

Several area medical centers were recently celebrated as being among the most welcoming and hospitable facilities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and family members in the country, according to a nonprofit fighting for LGBT rights. Comments (3)

Crook who preys on the elderly struck in Ridgewood: NYPD

Police said a serial robber who preys on the elderly has struck in both Queens and Brooklyn. Comments (1)
New Voices

Selective outrage distorts the victims of terror

No doubt many across our borough have watched the events in Brussels with anxiety, perhaps wondering if the events at Zaventem Airport could happen at La Guardia or JFK. We wonder if we’ll be safe in the subway—a system so large we could never hope to perfectly secure it. We spent most of last week going about our lives alongside police dogs and heavily armed police and to a certain extent, we’ve accepted it as the new normal. Comments (4)
Block Shots

Martinez enjoying happy homecoming at CK

Steve Martinez needs to go a little further down Metropolitan Avenue now to meet his team. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Howard Beach bank robber sought: NYPD

HOWARD BEACH — Police were seeking information on an individual who was wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred Monday at the New York Community Bank located at 156-39 Cross Bay Blvd. Comment

The way it was in Queens Village

This Easter my wife and myself spent the holiday with our friends Dave and Marion in Bellerose. Comments (9)

Saturday, April 2, 2016


Corona man sentenced for strangling an Astoria woman to death

A 22-year-old Corona man was sentenced to 14 years to life in prison for the strangulation murder of a young woman he met on the street, followed home and then killed with his bare hands in July 2009, according to the Queens district attorney. Comments (1)

Maloney brings re-election campaign to Astoria

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) brought her re-election campaign to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria last week. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Tax time has become prime season for scammers

There are warnings on TV, in the newspapers and even in the February 2016 Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association newsletter about criminals who try to get money from you claiming you owe money to the IRS. These criminals use this scam around this time of the year. Comments (1)

Molloy sets sights on consecutive state crowns

“Repeat” is not a taboo word around the Archbishop Molloy softball team. Comment

Flushing man missing since March: Police

FLUSHING—Police were searching for a Flushing man who has been missing since the end of March. Comment

Who will foot the bill for the city’s transit plans?

When it comes to public transportation, (“The Transit Dance,” March 25 issue), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent speech on his proposed $82.1 billion 2016-2017 fiscal year budget beginning on July 1, sounded great but provided little substance. He failed to give any specifics of how he will come up with $2.5 billion promised to meet the shortfall in the proposed $28 billion 2015-2019 MTA Five Year Capital Plan. The mayor is kicking the can down the road. He hasn’t given any specific information on how the MTA and New York City will come up with funding to implement any of the following transportation projects advocated by many other elected officials, constituents and transit advocates. Comment

Friday, April 1, 2016

Richmond Hill

Colorful Phagwah Parade returns to Richmond Hill

The Phagwah Parade made its triumphant return to Richmond Hill Saturday following a one-year hiatus. Last year the Hindu celebration marking the beginning of spring was canceled for the first time since 1988 because of political disputes within the organizing committee. Comment

Kim lashes out at governor for lack of Asian members on diversity council

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) is calling out Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not appointing an Asian-American to his newly formed Council on Diversity and Inclusion. Comments (8)
East Elmhurst

Laundromat provides free services for shelter

An East Elmhurst Laundromat provided free laundry services to more than 75 families living at The Landing homeless shelter near LaGuardia Airport this week. Comment

Residents can drop off food waste at Flushing Library

Residents can now drop off food scraps at a program held at the Flushing branch of the Queens Library. Comments (3)
St. Albans

Petitions underway for Phife Dawg, A Tribe Called Quest to be honored in Queens

Two major efforts are underway to honor legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest and one of its members, Queens-raised Phife Dawg, who recently died. Comments (2)

CB8 chairman to retire at the end of April

Community Board 8 Chairman Alvin Warshaviak will be stepping down from the position at the end of the month so he can spend more time with his family in Israel. Comment

Vallone’s illegal truck traffic bill passed by City Council

The illegal truck traffic that has been adversely affecting residential streets in New York City will no longer be an issue after passage of a new bill by City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside). Comments (2)
Murray Hill

Komodo dragon found in Murray Hill rescued by 109th Pct.

The 109th Precinct announced last week that a Komodo dragon found in Murray Hill at the end of February and rescued by officers from the precinct is now being cared for in an animal hospital. Comments (1)

Elementary my dear Watson

If Lucy Liu can play Dr. Watson on the TV show “Elementary,” then what is stopping someone from casting a woman to play Sherlock? Comments (1)

Hands off CUNY

As the April 1 deadline neared for the next state budget, it appeared Gov. Andrew Cuomo had backed down on his threat to slash nearly $400 million from CUNY in a move to force the city university system to become more efficient. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Tom wallks tall, with a big stick

This week, our columnist says it’s better to show your might than use it. Comments (2)

Title-minded McClancy not getting ahead of itself

The Monsignor McClancy baseball team is not going to let lofty expectations negatively affect its quest for a city title. Comment

Suspect in Astoria spree arraigned on murder charge

An Astoria man who went on a violent rampage earlier this month is facing 25 years to life in prison, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office. James Patrick Dillon, 23, fatally stabbed one man, slashed a woman and set another man on fire before he was shot by police on March 6, was arraigned last Thursday at Elmhurst Hospital Center where he is recovering from gunshot wounds. Comment

Police looking for serial groper

RIDGEWOOD — Police were looking for a suspect wanted in connection with two robbery and forcible touching incidents in Ridgewood. Comments (2)

Thursday, March 31, 2016

East Elmhurst

Correction Commissioner Ponte talks about Rikers

When Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, he made fixing the culture of brutality on Rikers Island a priority of his new administration. He turned to 67-year-old Joseph Ponte, who had spent the previous three years remaking Maine’s prison system, and appointed him commissioner of the Department of Correction, putting him in charge of the city’s prison system and the nation’s second-largest jail. Comments (1)
Bay Terrace

Sunken boat puzzles residents along Little Neck Bay

For months, a forest-green sailboat sat moored in the harbor of Little Neck Bay with a jetski attached by rope to its back. The boat has since sunk into the harbor with only a small part still showing, but some community members remain interested in how it came to rest in the bay in the first place. Comments (1)

MTA officials to take part in 7 train town hall meeting Tuesday

Newly appointed MTA Transit President Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim will appear with members of her staff at a town hall meeting in Sunnyside Tuesday and answer questions about the No. 7 subway line. The event takes place at the Sunnyside Community Services center at 43-31 39th St. beginning at 6:30 p.m. Comments (2)
Howard Beach

A struggling Kasich comes to Queens

Howard Beach

A struggling Kasich comes to Queens

GOP presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is struggling in the polls, but as primary season moves eastward, he made his case Wednesday afternoon to New York voters at a MSNBC town hall event at St. Helen Catholic Academy in Howard Beach. Comments (2)

Mobil station in Bayside bought by big developer

Ground was broken in the parking lot of the vacant Mobil gas and service station at the corner of Northern and Bell boulevards this week to excavate gas storage tanks from beneath the recently closed facility. Questions remain as to what will eventually replace the station. Comments (2)

Meng works to arrange military honors for veteran killed in Elmhurst fire

An Elmhurst man who perished in a house fire last week should be buried with full military honors, according to U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing). Martin Devereux, 71, was one of three men killed March 21 after a discarded cigarette caused a raging two-alarm fire at 42-28 Ithaca St. Comments (1)

Flushing Commons project concludes first phase

The first phase of the Flushing Commons project has been officially topped off. At a ceremony March 18, the final beam was put in place. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Reconstruction of LaGuardia Airport approved by Port Authority

The reconstruction of LaGuardia Airport will begin later this year after the Port Authority’s board of commissioners unanimously voted to advance the $4 billion modernization project last week. The board approved a lease with LaGuardia Gateway Partners to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new state-of-the-art Terminal B. Comment

York College show hopes to make ‘em laugh

Something funny is going on in the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College. Comment

Elder care: Where is the risk?

This week, Lenore questions whether we should make things so easy on our older adults. Comments (1)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Howard Beach

Kasich comes to Queens

Howard Beach

Kasich comes to Queens

As GOP presidential candidate John Kasich prepared to take the stage Wednesday for a MSNBC townhall event at St. Helen’s Church in Howard Beach, an onlooker shook his head in disbelief. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Elmhurst native Patty Duke dead at 69

Elmhurst native and Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke died early Tuesday morning. She was 69. Comments (2)
A three-alarm blaze broke out in East Elmhurst early Tuesday morning, tearing through two homes and three garages. It took more than 100 firefighters from 33 units over an hour to bring the fire under control just after 3:40 a.m., according to the FDNY. Comment

Monday, March 28, 2016

East Elmhurst

Elderly man found dead in East Elmhurst fire: NYPD

An 88-year-old man was killed and four firefighters injured in a Sunday morning house fire in East Elmhurst, according to the NYPD. Firefighters received a call just after 4:30 a.m. that a blaze had broken out on the first floor of a two-and-a-half-story brick home on 87th Street. Comments (2)

Teen arrested in Woodhaven assault: Police

Police from the 102nd Precinct have made an arrest in connection with a March 13 group-assault that left a 24-year-old man in critical condition. Comments (4)

Titan Theatre serves up a delicious Caesar to end its season

To experience the cult of personality today, one need only stream the political drama “House of Cards,” or catch Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump expounding on whatever issue is getting traction with his followers that day. Comment



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