Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Instructors teach crowd means of self-defense from assault

A group of about 40 people learned about self-defense tactics at an event held to help educate the community about the dangers of sexual assault. The evening was part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Comments (2)

Volunteers clean debris from Queens waterways

Growing up in Beachhurst, Robert Gans kept a motorboat near his home, and swimming and fishing from that motorboat were regular activities for him. Comment
Dining Out

Trattoria L’Incontro chef spreads his wings with Maiella in LIC

When we heard Chef Rocco Sacramone, of Trattoria L’Incontro, had partnered with Tommy Demaraso, owner of Cavo restaurant and lounge in Astoria, for a new venture in Long Island City, we were really excited. Comments (1)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Bayside High and senior center celebrate 80th birthdays with prom

The overhead lights of the auditorium in Bayside’s Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center had been dimmed to strike the mood for the senior prom. Nat King Cole’s “L-O-V-E” faded in over the speakers as students from Bayside High School slow danced with senior citizen community members. Erin Brennan, the senior center’s program director, beamed as a student and a senior shuffled together on the dance floor. Comment
East Elmhurst

Two lawmakers call for expansion of speed cameras in school zones

Speed cameras have been critiqued and criticized as a cash grab for the city, according to state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). But he says they work and he wants more of them to save children from injury and counter the city’s epidemic of hit-and-run collisions. Comments (2)

Costa wants playgrounds locked while Van Bramer secures funding for Dutch Kills Playground

After receiving increased complaints from constituents in recent weeks about broken beer bottles, drug paraphernalia and used condoms found each morning at an Astoria playground, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) is planning to draft legislation that would require the Parks Department to secure playgrounds at night. Comments (1)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Queens Village

Parents and elected officials rally to stop co-location

Plans to co-locate a new charter high school in a Queens Village building already housing a public middle school is facing sharp criticism from parents and elected officials as the city’s Panel for Educational Policy prepares to vote on the proposal. Comments (1)

City expands bail alternative program to lower Rikers population

The city rolled out a $17.8 million expansion of the supervised release program for low-risk offenders last Friday which allows them to stay at home and continue working as they await trial. The supervisory program, which has been operating in Queens since 2009, enables judges to offer an alternative to cash bail and reduce the prison population on Rikers Island. Comments (1)

Achilles International starts new chapter in Queens

A few months ago, Wendy Phaff, the assistant director of development at the Queens Center for Progress in Jamaica, became interested in helping someone at the center train to participate in a New York City marathon. The center assists people with developmental disabilities, so she called Achilles International, which helps individuals with disabilities to prepare for running events. Comments (1)

Rozic to address safety problem at Flushing intersection

State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) scheduled a news conference next week to address a traffic safety problem at the intersection of Blossom Avenue and Main Street in Flushing. Comment

The case of the four women who went to prison for being gay

It is hard to believe, but it is true. Comments (1)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Long Island City

Vendors wanted for Long Island City pop-up boutique

The Queens Economic Development Corp. is looking for a few good vendors. The agency will be opening a boutique pop-up shop and tourism center in Long Island City in June dubbed “MiQ” as an abbreviation for “MadeinQueens.” Comments (1)

Late rally allows sloppy Red Storm to take first Big East series

The St. John’s baseball team battled through a plethora of errors and base-running miscues to pull out a 5-4 win over Georgetown in the deciding game of its first Big East Conference series of the season Sunday at Kaiser Stadium. Comment

Saturday, April 16, 2016


State budget includes more funding for opportunity programs

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) touted a 20 percent increase in the state’s 2016 budget for higher education programs. Comments (1)
Willets Point

Empty Willets Pt. shops to be torn down

The city is planning to demolish a block of auto repair shops in Willets Point as part of the $3 billion Willets Point Development Plan. Comments (3)

Democrats must work together to make progress

The average Democrat takes a progressive agenda for granted when living in New York. We’re not Texas, where lawmakers have passed legislation dramatically restricting access to abortion clinics across the state. We’re not Wisconsin, whose highest court upheld a law ending most collective-bargaining rights for government employees. We’re not even our neighbor, Pennsylvania, where no law exists on the books protecting the rights of the LGBTQ community from discrimination in the workplace. However, every New York Democrat who has interacted with state politics knows how dangerous that assumption can be. Comments (3)

Xaverian rallies in seventh to stun McClancy

Monsignor McClancy offered Xaverian numerous chances to get back into their contest, with walks and fielder errors, but it took seven innings for the Clippers to finally cash in. Comment

Friday, April 15, 2016


Whitestone bomb plotter tries to hang himself: Lawyer

An Algerian-American man who lived in Whitestone who pleaded guilty to terrorism and other related charges in 2012 in connection with a plot to bomb New York City synagogues attempted suicide in jail last week, according to his lawyer. Comments (6)
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) stressed his strong New York roots and expressed confidence about the strength of his campaign at a rally in Long Island City last weekend. Comments (4)
Former President Bill Clinton and Queens elected officials described his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as a strong advocate for minorities at an organizing event in downtown Flushing Tuesday morning. Comments (6)
Jackson Heights

Clinton embraces diversity in Jackson Heights

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited the Jackson Diner in Jackson Heights Monday to discuss diversity and discrimination with residents and elected officials. Comments (11)

Allan Houston gives basketball advice to young kids

At a basketball clinic in Corona last weekend, two-time NBA all-star Allan Houston spoke to students and parents about the importance of believing in themselves as well as the fundamentals of the game. Comments (1)

MTA miscalculates straphangers’ wait time: Comptroller

When the president of MTA New York City Transit took part in a town hall meeting on the beleaguered No. 7 subway line in Sunnyside last week, she came armed with some statistics on straphanger wait times. Veronique Hakim said during the evening rush there is a No. 7 train every 2.2 minutes. Comments (1)

Parents address concerns about school violence

A representative for an organization supportive of charter schools addressed District 28’s Community Education Council last week about the spate of violence and guns in the city’s public schools. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Civil rights leaders weigh in on race at Black Lives Matter Summit

At the second annual Black Lives Matter Summit at LaGuardia Community College, Rev. Al Sharpton and civil rights leader and anti-violence activist Tamika Mallory shared their thoughts on the movement and race relations in the United States. Comments (2)

All-Queens Girls’ Basketball

Queens’ top programs were again major trophy contenders this season, and Monsignor McClancy officially put itself on the map. Comment
Long Island City

Trolling for answers in an online reality

Not long ago, trolling was a fishing term used to describe the practice of dragging a baited line behind a boat. Comment

Queens’ votes count

For the first time in years Queens matters in the presidential primaries. Comments (1)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

It’s time to return ethics classes to schools — and politics

Somebody had to say it, and Tom does. Comment

Students need schools close to home

How would you feel if your child was not able to attend the elementary school in his/her own neighborhood but instead had to be bused to an overcrowded school in another area? Comments (3)

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Signs on Skala’s Bayside house try to preserve neighborhood

The legacy of Frank Skala is still a powerful force in Bayside despite his death in August 2015. Comments (2)

Udalls Cove Preservation Committee plans Saturday cleanup

When the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee held its first cleanup on Earth Day in 1970, the area was cleared of massive amounts of garbage such as abandoned automobiles, appliances, everyday garbage, and “floatables”—refuse that washes ashore from boats and storm drains. Comments (1)

MTA proposing changes to Q65 bus route

Community Board 7 announced the MTA is considering making changes to the Q65 bus route, which travels from College Point to Jamaica, at its monthly board meeting Monday night. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC’s iconic Pepsi-Cola sign is named a landmark

The Pepsi-Cola sign that stands on the East River waterfront at the north end of Gantry Plaza State Park is now a city landmark. The sign had been under consideration by the Landmarks Preservation Commission since 1988 years and Tuesday it was designated by a unanimous vote. Comment

Astoria electeds ask public to help find driver in 21st St. hit-and-run

Police and stakeholders in the community were still searching for the driver of a silver four-door sedan that killed a 45-year-old man in Astoria last week, the NYPD said Comment

Hopes for better conditions at Pan Am shelter after new homeless plan is unveiled

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a comprehensive plan to deal with the city’s homeless crisis that will consolidate two agencies, a move that is expected to save $38 million, according to Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks, who will lead the combined departments. Comments (1)

Amazing expectations for Mets after World Series run

Kristina Pena’s attire for Mets games hasn’t changed—but the expectations that she and the rest of the club’s fans have for the 2016 season certainly have. Comment

Cuomo nominates former mayoral candidates to CUNY board

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated two new members to the board of trustees of the City University of New York, and both nominations are familiar names in the world of New York mayoral politics. Comment

Councilmen push for new 116th Precinct in SE  Queens

The average New York City police precinct covers a population of about 100,000. The 105th, however, is spread far too thin with more than 188,000 residents. Comments (2)

TimesLedger wins four journalism awards

TimesLedger Newspapers received recognition at the New York Press Association 2015 Better Newspaper Contest last weekend for best newspaper, editorial page, sports coverage and feature story. Comments (1)

Queens Symphony Orchestra celebrates David Katz

Back in 1953, the borough was culturally deprived when David Katz founded the Queens Symphony Orchestra, which he served as its first conductor. Comment
The Civic Scene

Civic organizations shed light on important topics

A recent issue of Retiree, the newsletter of the United Federation of Teachers’ Retired Teachers Chapter, had two very interesting stories. One noted that Aug. 26, 2015 was the 80th anniversary of the founding of Social Security. Workers and their employees each pay a payroll tax toward the program, somewhat like an insurance premium. It provides benefits to retirees as well as to those on disability and minor children of deceased members. About 40 percent of the recipients have no other source of income. Social Security has a $2.8 trillion surplus. Comment

Making sure that the victims of crimes are heard

This week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Crime victims have the hardest role in our criminal justice system. Many feel victimized not only by the initial criminal act, but by our court process. Victims are forced to come to court over and over again, without seeing any progress in their case, because of our trial delays. Comment
Block Shots

Mets are still in pursuit of an Amazin’ era

Mets fans can all rattle off the special years in franchise history: 1969, 73, 86, 88, 2000, 2006 and now 2015. What’s missing is an Amazin’ era. Comment
Ozone Park

Police cruiser collides with cupcake delivery truck

OZONE PARK — Two officers from the 113th Police Precinct were among five injured when their squad car collided with a food delivery vehicle loaded with Little Debbie cupcakes. The roof had to be removed by emergency responders who transported the injured to Jamaica Hospital. Comments (1)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


TimesLedger to announce best in Queens girls’ basketball

It is awards time again. Time to recognize the best of the best in Queens basketball. Comment

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton called his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a “world-class change maker” at an organizing event he held with U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) in downtown Flushing Tuesday morning. Comments (6)

Bayside house approved for landmarking status

The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a historical Bayside house for landmarking status, all but assuring that the property will attain the designation. Comments (2)

Monday, April 11, 2016

City Council member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-E. Elmhurst) got on the phone to Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff last week to make sure she did not skip Queens in the run-up to next week’s New York state primary. Comments (6)

Bill Clinton, Meng to campaign in Flushing for Hillary

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) will be campaigning with former President Bill Clinton in Flushing Tuesday on Hillary Clinton’s plan to raise Comments (3)
Speaking before supporters from the five boroughs at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, state Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) touted the progress his campaign has made since he first announced his candidacy for the presidency. Comments (3)

Friday, April 8, 2016


Astoria electeds ask for public’s help in fatal hit-and-run

Elected officials and community activists in Astoria are calling on the public to come forward with information relating to Wednesday night’s fatal hit-and-run. Comments (3)

Thursday, April 7, 2016


Fatal hit-and-run on 21st Street in Astoria puts pressure on DOT

A 45-year-old man was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver as he tried to cross 21st Street near 30th Road in Astoria Wednesday night, according to the NYPD. Police were searching for the driver of a dark colored sedan who sped away from the scene. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Sharpton recalls Dr. King at black summit in Queens

At the second annual Black Lives Matter Summit at LaGuardia Community College that drew nearly 200 people Thursday morning, Rev. Al Sharpton urged African Americans to rally together to fight for justice, stressing that they all have the same goals. Comments (2)

Motorcyclist dies in crash under Throgs Neck Bridge

A man suffered a fatal motorcycle accident along the jogging path beneath the Throgs Neck Bridge early Thursday after colliding with a tree, police said. Comment



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