Friday, May 27, 2016

Queens Impact Awards

Taryn Sacramone: Director of Queens Theatre celebrates borough’s artists

Taryn Sacramone, the managing director of the Queens Theatre, believes the performing arts space and concert venue is located in one of the most buoyant areas for artists in the country. Comment

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Gun buyback yields 89 weapons in Laurelton

A gun buyback program held in southeast Queens Saturday took a total of 89 weapons out of circulation and off the streets, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (11)
Rego Park

Addabbo announces repairs to rail road

The stretch of Rockaway Beach Rail line extending through Rego Park has been rusting for decades, neglected by the city since service was shut down in the early 1960s. Comments (1)

York alum mades documentary about Nepal

York College’s journalism program welcomed 2014 graduate Bimina Ranjit and her award-winning Nepal documentary. Comment

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Oakland Gardens

MS 74 students raise money for Iowa trip

Students from Middle School 74 in Oakland Gardens are poised to compete at the championships of an international intellectual competition and are trying to raise funds to pay for the journey. Comments (3)

Flushing Senior Housing Month to start in May

Flushing Senior Housing Month, a series of rent-freeze registration events for eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities, will take place in May. Comments (3)
Long Island City

The Elks Lodge doesn’t rate with Landmarks Preservation Commission

The Elks Lodge building in Court Square will not be landmarked. Comment
Queens Village

Queens Village schools and libraries get new funds

Schools and libraries ended up the big winners in Council District 23’s participatory budgeting cycle for 2016, according to an announcement from Councilman Barry S. Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens). Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills nonprofit heals with music

Through remarkable acts of kindness and the healing power of music, a Forest Hills-based nonprofit called Songs of Love Foundation has been bringing smiles to the faces of thousands of ailing kids all across the country and the world. Comment

Elderly woman attacked by man with tire iron: NYPD

BEECHHURST — Police were looking for a man who allegedly hit a 77-year-old woman with a tire in the driveway of her Beechhurst home. Comments (2)

Monday, April 25, 2016


City rolls out plan for Zika virus

The city has developed a plan of action for the Zika virus. Comments (3)

Kim hosts bipartisan meeting to discuss community issues

Democratic and Republican lawmakers from Queens, upstate New York and Long Island came together for a private historic meeting in downtown Flushing last week. Comments (7)

Lancman urging mayor to fully fund middle school summer programs

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is asking for funding for middle-school summer programs to be fully restored. Comments (1)

Queens College summer camp to offer David Villa-inspired soccer training

World Cup champion and top goal scorer for the Spanish National Soccer Team David Villa is bringing his DV7 Soccer Academy Spanish soccer methods to Queens College’s Summer Camp. Comments (1)

Queens College alum presents exhibition on European anti-Semitism

Mark Podwal is a Queens-based dermatologist, who has worked as an artist for the New York Times Op-Ed page and has served on the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine as a clinical associate professor of dermatology. Comments (1)

Borough president’s daughter makes her mark in space

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the Times–Ledger newspaper presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history Comment
Linden Hill

Suspects wanted for stealing Uber driver’s car: NYPD

LINDEN HILL—Police were looking for three suspects who assaulted and stole the car of an Uber driver in Linden Hill. Comment

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Participatory Budgeting wraps up in western Queens

More than 3,600 residents in the district represented by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) voted on how to spend $1.85 million in funding to improve their neighborhoods as the second season of Participatory Budgeting came to a close Monday. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Delay in boardwalk completion could disrupt Rockaway waterfront business

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said the delayed opening of a portion of the Rockaway Boardwalk will be a blow to the surrounding community after the city postponed the work because of the crane collapse in Manhattan. Comments (3)

Red Storm duo taken in WNBA draft

Aliyyah Handford and Danaejah Grant added one final accomplishment to the long list they accumulated together at St. John’s. Comment

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Briarwood Action Network to host ‘It’s My Park Day!’

Briarwood Action Network will be hosting It’s My Park Day! next month. Comment
Political Action

How convention battles have played out in the past

As we move closer to the political party national conventions, there has been increased discussion about open conventions in which there are several candidates running for their party’s presidential nomination. Comment

Ponds shines at Jordan Classic in front of future SJU teammates

Shamorie Ponds gave his future St. John’s teammates one last preview of the help that is on the way. Comment

Friday, April 22, 2016


Electeds want DOT to put traffic signal at Flushing intersection

Elected officials, community leaders and traffic safety advocates are calling on the city Department of Transportation to re-explore ways to reduce accidents at the intersection of Blossom Avenue and Main Street in Flushing. Comments (3)

US Senate sends FAA reauthorization bill to the House

The U.S. Senate passed a long-term Federal Aviation Administration bill Tuesday that may require the Port Authority and the FAA to re-examine LaGuardia Airport’s flight paths and the NextGen satellite navigation system. Comments (5)

Flushing SOUP program funds community projects

Inspired by a similar program in Detroit, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce kicked off a micro-granting effort at a crowd-funded community dinner last week that supported projects to help the neighborhood . Comment

Councilman Vallone announces winners of participatory budgeting vote

Participatory budgeting is catching on as a way for communities in Queens to have a direct say in what projects get funded within their districts. Comment

Queens Symphony Orchestra honors founder David Katz

The legacy of one of the borough’s foremost cultural figures was celebrated Sunday with a special tribute performance by the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Maestro David Katz, who founded the QSO in 1953, was remembered before a sold-out crowd at the LeFrak Concert Hall, part of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. Comment

Opt-out advocates see steady rates from last year

The opt-out movement has generated headlines and protests in recent weeks as students across the city and state sat for their state standardized exams that were held on April 5-7 and April 12-13.. Official numbers will not be released for several months, but advocates said the pattern would likely remain steady from the year before. Comments (2)
Rego Park

Rego Park food bank receives generous donations

The Masbia Soup Kitchen in Rego Park got some help from a realty firm last week. Comment
Dutch Kills

City proposes long contract for Dutch Kills shelter

A Queens lawmaker is objecting to a proposed 4-1/2-year, $39 million permanent contract for the shelter for homeless women in Dutch Kills. The city Department of Homeless Services and the service provider Acacia submitted the bid to operate Pam’s Place at the Verve Hotel with City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who has 30 days to approve or reject the contract. Comment

Safer green spaces

It’s springtime and our thoughts turn to balmy days in the borough’s parks, which are a mecca for family outings, bike riding and sporting events such as soccer matches. But criminals—some barely out of elementary school and others with long rap sheets—see vast opportunities for mischief in Queens’ green spaces. Comment

Say no to one-size-fits-all zoning

The New York City Council recently voted overwhelmingly to approve Mayor deBlasio’s two zoning proposals aimed at increasing the amount of affordable and senior housing units in our city. The bills are the Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality and Affordability text amendments. Comments (1)
New Voices

Refugees deserve to be treated humanely

In the midst of the world’s largest refugee crisis since World War II, much is made of the fact that among the arrivals in Europe are not only Iraqis and Syrians, but refugees from as far off as Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Though typically dismissed as “economic migrants” attempting to use the crisis to subvert typical immigration controls, many claim political or religious persecution. Comments (5)
The Play’s the Thing

Meet some of the cast from ‘You Can’t Take it With You’

Rehearsals are underway for “You Can’t Take It With You,” the Parkside Players’ spring production. Comment

Stanners lose no-hitter, game in seventh to St. Ray’s

After Anthony Romero lost his shot at a no-hitter, his team also saw their lead vanish. Their opponent’s victory followed. Comments (1)

Parked car in Astoria robbed: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were looking for assistance in identifying an individual caught on surveillance footage committing petit larceny by entering an unlocked vehicle. Comment

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Queens Village

Preet Bharara targets corruption at talk with Queens Civic Congress

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a roomful of Queens civic leaders that public corruption affects “every single person in New York whether you vote or not” just days after he vowed to root out corruption at all levels of government, including the mayor’s and governor’s offices. Comment

Borough Board says yes to JFK BID

The Queens Borough Board unanimously approved the creation of a new industrial business improvement district for an area neighboring John F. Kennedy Airport at its monthly meeting at Borough Hall Monday. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

Lawmaker calls for special prosecutor in NYPD shooting

A Queens lawmaker has asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the death of a man who was shot by NYPD officers last weekend, saying that an external investigation could help ensure objectivity. Comments (4)

Panel educates attendees on human rights for city residents

Elected officials and representatives from the city’s Commission on Human Rights detailed the protections available to city residents during a discussion at SUNY’s Queens Educational Opportunity Center in Jamaica. Comments (1)

Queens casts its vote

Queens voters, enthusiastic about being relevant at the polls once again, cast their votes in large numbers for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump in the most contested presidential primary in decades. Comments (8)
Jackson Heights

Ecuadorean community copes with disaster back home

The borough’s Ecuadorean community, still reeling from Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake that claimed at least 400 people and injured more than 2,500 in their home country, gathered for a candlelight vigil at St. Leo’s Church in Corona Wednesday as plans to aid relief efforts gained strength. Comments (1)
Hunters Point

Sanders rally draws attention to Hunters Point waterfront park

After Bernie Sanders drew huge crowds for rallies in Manhattan’s Washington Square and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park last week, expectations were high for his primary eve rally Monday in Hunters Point South Park. But a crowd of less than 5,000 turned out for the Sanders stump speech and most of them seemed to be from Brooklyn and Manhattan. Comments (2)

Whitestone man sentenced to 28 years for stabbing girlfriend to death

A Whitestone man who stabbed his estranged girlfriend to death and then hid her body in the trunk of her car in September 2015 has been sentenced to up to 28 years in prison, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment

An unfounded panic leaves some parents shaken

On Saturday night at Cinema Village on East 12th Street in Manhattan, I met Marine Sgt. Aaron Rasheed. He was up from Virginia with his wife and three young children, including baby Elijah, who cried part-way through the new documentary we were there to watch: “The Syndrome.” Comments (3)
Block Shots

Tireless Toussaint reaping rewards for her work

For a second, Dominique Toussaint pondered taking a much different career path, one that might not have included a scholarship to play at Virginia, Miss New York State basketball honors and a spot in the Jordan Brand Classic. Comment

Officer knocked down mannequins at Corona shop: NYPD

CORONA — A 29-year-old police officer was arrested and charged with criminal mischief after he allegedly knocked down mannequins at a clothing shop last weekend, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Trump wins GOP primary, Hillary defeats Bernie

By the TimesLedger staff Comments (3)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Queens voters went to the polls Tuesday under a bright blue sky to cast their votes in either the Democratic or Republican primary. TimesLedger reporters have fanned out across the borough to take the pulse of the primary races as Hillary Clinton faces off against U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Democratic line and Queens native Donald Trump vies for the Republican nod against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Comments (2)

How to find your polling spot for Queens presidential primary

The Presidential Primary is today, April 19. It’s time for Queens voters to get out to the polls to make a difference. Comments (8)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Ozone Park

Man, 32, killed by police in Ozone Park

Police from the 106th Precinct’s Special Conditions Unit shot and killed a man who reached for a pistol carried in his waistband during a foot pursuit, the NYPD said. Comments (7)
A 18-year-old man died after he collided with a city Parks Department truck Sunday afternoon while riding his skateboard, according to police. The crash happened at the intersection of Forest Parkway and Park Lane South in Woodhaven, along the southern end of Forest Park. Comments (1)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Police are looking for a man suspected of slashing a livery cab driver in Corona early Saturday morning, according to the NYPD. Investigators believe the suspect is the same man wanted for questioning in a homicide at a Manhattan homeless shelter Friday. Comment

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Four Totten soldiers injured in Jersey crash: Report

Four Army Reservists stationed at Fort Totten were injured Thursday when a military vehicle turned over on the New Jersey Turnpike nears Jamesburg, USA Today reported. Comment



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