Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

Long Island City

Long Island City’s doyenne of dance faces crippling rent hike

In Long Island City, a once-thriving artist community is fighting for its very existence because of crippling rent hikes, while the area still enjoys the top arts destination billing for Queens. Comments (3)

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

Douglas Manor

DOT and elected officials urge city to fund Douglas Manor repairs

Concerned about the growing state of disrepair of many roads in the Douglas Manor historic district, the city Department of Transportation has requested funds for reconstruction. Comments (1)

Shake Shack opens at Queens Center mall

The popular Shake Shack burger chain opened its first stand-alone location in the borough last Wednesday at the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst. The company operates licensed Shacks at Citi Field and LaGuardia Airport that do not have designated seating.. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016


Law to prohibit fines for dismissed tickets

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into a law a bill introduced by state Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst) and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) that eliminates fines and forfeitures for drivers whose tickets have been dismissed. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Dromm rescues vital Jackson Heights seniors’ program

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) has rescued three Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities from closure for the second time in two years. Dromm allocated more than $284,000 in funding for Jackson Heights’ Northbridge/Brulene/Southridge NORC for fiscal year 2016. Comment

SBS advocates worry over project delays

Queens transportation advocates are growing frustrated with what they say are costly delays in implementing Select Bus Service along Woodhaven Boulevard. Comments (3)

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016


Safe streets advocate celebrates national recognition of Queens Boulevard bike lanes

When the new bike lanes along Queens Boulevard were recognized as being among the best in the country by the national cycling group People for Bikes, the de Blasio administration and the city Department of Transportation were pleased. The lanes were installed this summer between Roosevelt Avenue and 73rd Street as the first phase of a $100 million reconstruction project and they were selected by People for Bikes because of their location on the notoriously dangerous and heavily trafficked roadway. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

City, union reach agreement on labor deal for correction officers

When it came to power two years ago, the de Blasio administration faced a daunting task—the city’s entire workforce was not under contract. Comments (2)

De Blasio names Deputy Mayor to manage homeless crisis as Cuomo gets involved

Just days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order to clear homeless people from the streets as temperatures plummeted and interject himself further into city politics, Mayor de Blasio has countered with a key City Hall appointment. Herminia Palacio was named deputy mayor for Health and Human Services Tuesday after a four-month national search to replace Lilliam Barrios Paoli, who stepped down last fall. Comments (4)

City curbs overtime spending after huge 10-year increase

The Independent Budget Office has released a report analyzing the amount the city has spent on overtime for its employees over the past 10 years, revealing the greatest increase in that span of time had gone to uniformed personnel. Comments (4)

The city must ensure elevator safety

The recent tragic death of a young man due to an elevator malfunction should certainly not have occurred, but that should be a wake-up call to inspect every single elevator in every city housing project in all five boroughs immediately! Comments (2)

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016


Suspects arrested in Bklyn in connection with Queens carjackings

A man and a female teenager were arrested in Brooklyn following a New Year’s crime spree in which they allegedly engaged in several carjackings using stolen cars from Brooklyn and Queens, the 109th Precinct and the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Commuters can save $800 a year with new benefits program

The new year brought some relief for the borough’s straphangers, bus riders and railway riders as the new Commuter Benefits Law went into effect on Jan. 1. Under the law, signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in October, employers with 20 or more full-time, non-union employees are now required to offer a commuter benefits program to their employees, allowing them to contribute pre-tax income to purchase monthly transit passes. Comments (1)
College Point

College Point Business Improvement District in the works

The College Point Board of Trade and City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) are working together on plans to create a College Point Business Improvement District. Comment
Political Action

Radio program tunes in to the big issues

Every Sunday morning a radio interview program on 970 AM is hosted by John Catsimatidis from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. It started out as a small enterprise about a year ago and is now considered a major weekend interview program. Comment

House the homeless

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s idea to house the homeless at Creedmoor has been unofficially dropped. My wife and I live a few blocks from Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village. We therefore have been concerned over this proposal. I’m not biased against the homeless, for I was homeless 40 years ago and I do feel their pain and loneliness and desperation. Yet temporary shelters are costly and do not solve the problem. Comments (6)

Johnnies drop pair of Big East games

St. John’s hung in there, but that was the most it could muster in its first two Big East games. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016

Fresh Meadows

Efforts to buy back Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery in limbo

The future of the Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery in Fresh Meadows appears to be uncertain as elected officials square off on how much funding is needed to buy back the property. Comment

Wheelchair-bound Astoria man charged with second bank robbery in six months

A wheelchair-bound Astoria man has been charged with his second bank robbery in six months after allegedly wheeling into a Sunnyside bank last week and demanding money, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Artist Lisa Gindi among 50 others preparing for Bayside art show

Gearing up for the Bayside Historical Society’s 15th-annual winter art show this Sunday, Queens artist Lisa Gindi had a hard time choosing what to display. She could only select two out of at least 100 she has stored in her apartment. Comment

Jamaica man indicted in bathtub murder incident

A Queens County grand jury has indicted a 27-year-old Jamaica man on charges of murder and arson in the death of a 25-year-old woman whose charred remains were found in the bathtub of an apartment the two shared, the district attorney said. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills baby tied for first born in 2016

A Forest Hills child is tied as being the city’s first newborn of 2016. Comment

Pingpong tournament uses Chairman Mao

Chinese-born and Queens-based artist Zhang Hongtu has developed a unique artistic bent on his homeland’s late leader, Chairman Mao Zedong. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Picking winners in the presidential horse race

When I was growing up on the Upper West Side, I was a huge sports fan, my mood fluctuating with the fortunes of the Mets and Knicks. On days when one of my teams was playing, I had a frisson of anticipation lifting my already youthful optimism. Comments (3)

A theater struggles to stay in Queens

The Chain Theatre opened its doors days after Hurricane Sandy. When looking back at that time, Artistic Director Kirk Gostkowski remembers late nights passing the black Manhattan skyline still waiting for power, crammed roadways, searching for gas and sore muscles from laying plywood for the new flooring. As New Yorkers know, Hurricane Sandy brought the city to a standstill, which caused our hired contractors to walk out on the job. With time and money running tight, it was up to the artistic team to trudge through the chaos and finish the build. Comments (1)

Molloy bests Loughlin to begin big week

Cole Anthony saw Khalid Moore losing focus after he missed the first of two free throws in the closing seconds, with Archbishop Molloy needing just one to put Bishop Loughlin away. Comment

Friday, Jan. 8, 2016


Glendale waits..and waits for new train engines

After securing $9 million over the past three years in state funding for refurbished waste trains at Fresh Pond Rail yard in Glendale, civic organizations say that they have waited long enough for the trains to arrive. Comment

Elmhurst medical marijuana dispensary to carry products with kosher certification

When the borough’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens near the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst in the coming weeks, it will be the first in the world certified as kosher by the Orthodox Union. Comments (4)

Homes planned for old Holliswood Hospital site

The Holliswood Civic Association is casting a cautious eye on preliminary plans to build a residential development at the former Holliswood Hospital site. Comments (2)

Two borough lawmakers want to make hoverboards legal

Hoverboards were among the best selling items during the holiday season despite the fact that they are currently illegal across the five boroughs because they are considered motor vehicles and all motor vehicles must be registered with the state DMV. Comments (6)

Florida man indicted on hate crime charges in Astoria attack

Sarker Haque got a phone call Monday with the news he had been waiting to hear for more than a month since he was attacked inside his Astoria store. The Queens district attorney’s office told the 52-year-old Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh that a grand jury indicted the man who said “I kill Muslims” before allegedly beating him for 7 to 8 minutes Dec. 5. Comment

Queens pols react to Obama’s new gun action

Queens Democrats came out in uniform support Tuesday for President Barack Obama’s executive actions to try and curb gun violence throughout the country. Comments (6)
Kew Gardens

Connecticut man extradited for 2011 Kew Gardens fatal shooting: DA

A 52-year-old man arrested in Connecticut in connection with the fatal 2011 shooting of a Kew Gardens man that also seriously injured the victim’s brother has been extradited to the borough, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Rego Park

Rumba club loses liquor license

The State Liquor Authority is set to cancel the Rumba nightclub’s liquor license in Rego Park. Comment

The west gone wild

Western Queens is turning into Dodge City, a wicked part of town where urban cowboys let off steam after taking the trail from Manhattan to the outer borough. Many of the same temptations that made the 19th-century cowtown infamous lure the 21st-century dudes to Long Island City and Maspeth: women, booze and guns. Add drugs to the mixture and the late night crime stats are ready to roll. Comments (1)

Two hours to a better you this new year

This week, our columnist guarantees a successfull New Year’s resolution. Comment

Parks need the council’s support

One need not be surprised. U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and City Council members Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) and Peter Koo (D-Flushing) support allowing private for-profit companies to use Flushing Meadows Corona Park for music events that will require paid admissions. Comment
Block Shots

Cardozo needs to make most of big month ahead

Benjamin Cardozo’s ultimate goal is their second city championship in three years, but that doesn’t mean the senior-laden group doesn’t want to pick up a few other things along the way. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016


Newly freed man returns to Bayside after 25 years

The last time Johnny Hincapie remembers sitting inside the Blue Bay Diner in Bayside was in April or May of 1990, just a few months before police officers would pick him up from his nearby home on the corner of 15th Road Extension . They told his mother, Maria Hincapie, they would bring him back. Comments (4)

The year’s best in Queens high school sports

Last year brought plenty of highlights, produced many stars and created memories to last a lifetime. TimesLedger Sports Editor Joseph Staszewski takes a look back at the year in Queens high school sports and picks the best of the best from 2015. Comment

Maspeth faces uptick in crime

The Dec. 30 shooting of basketball player Cleanthony Early and subsequent violence have brought some unwelcome attention to the normally quiet neighborhood of Maspeth. Comment
Forest Hills Gardens

Forest Hills Gardens priciest nabe in Queens

The priciest homes in Queens aren’t where one might think. Forest Hills Gardens, not Long Island City or Douglas Manor, took the top spot with a median sale price of $1.3 million, up from $1.1 million last year, according to a new report released by real estate metrics firm PropertyShark. Comment
Bay Terrace

Developers present new condo plan to Bell Apartment shareholders

The Bell Apartments’ board of directors and Cord Meyer Development presented preliminary plans to construct a 186-unit condominium on vacant green space adjacent to the residential complex to the co-op’s shareholders Monday. Comments (2)

Glendale restaurateur takes the show on the road to Hollywood

When Vinny Accardi opened his Glendale steak restaurant Room 55 in 2014, he had visions of turning fine dining on its head with high-end food without the pretensions. Comment
Kew Gardens

Overall crime low, murders up: NYPD

Despite a slight increase in murder and rape, overall crime in Queens has decreased by 6 percent since 2014, according to the latest numbers released by the NYPD. Comment

New Year ends, begins with murder

A mother, her boyfriend and son were arrested on charges of witness tampering Saturday in connection with the last murder of 2015, the killing of a 16-year-old boy in South Jamaica, according to police officials. Comment

Rep. Israel announces his retirement

After 16 years in the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville), whose district covers part of Queens, has officially announced he will not be running for re-election in November. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

Block Shots

TimesLedger picks best high school sports teams, players of 2015

TimesLedger Sports Editor Joseph Staszewski takes a look back at the year in Queens high school sports and picks the best of the best from 2015. The year brought plenty of highlights, produced many stars and created memories to last a lifetime. Comment

Queens-Midtown Tunnel tube closes overnight for repairs

The Queens-bound (South) tube of the Queens-Midtown Tunnel is being temporarily shut down during overnight hours for about 12 weeks to allow restoration and repairs on areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Comment

Monday, Jan. 4, 2016


Three arrested in Ridgewood machete attack: Cops

Three men have been arrested for allegedly attacking a 21-year-old man with a machete on a Ridgewood street corner early New Year’s Day, police said. Comments (5)
Jackson Heights

No. 7 train delays after broken rail at Hunters Point Ave.

A broken rail south of Hunters Point Avenue caused extensive delays on No. 7 trains Monday morning, the MTA said. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

Kew Gardens

Connecticut man arrested in 2011 shooting death of Kew Gardens man

A 52-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with murder, attempted murder and other charges in the fatal shooting of a Kew Gardens man in 2011 that seriously injured his brother, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Maspeth club fire bombed one day after nearby shooting

The Queens strip club which Knicks’ player Cleanthony Early visited before getting shot Wednesday was hit by a Molotov cocktail early Thursday morning, police said. Comment


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