Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Redesign of Shore Boulevard in Astoria Park gets underway

The construction project that will turn Shore Boulevard in Astoria Park into a one-way street is set to get underway next week. The city Department of Transportation will begin implementing its Queens East River North Shore Greenway project that will create several changes, including a buffered two-way bike path on the current northbound traffic lane. Comments (6)
Jamaica Estates

Mary Louis students honored for community service

Students in the Service Learning and Leadership Program at Mary Louis Academy were honored for their efforts to enact positive change in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood by the board of directors of a nearby apartment complex last week. Comment
Rochdale Village

School breaks ground for new playground

Elected officials, community leaders, students and faculty from Catherine and Count Basie Middle School 72 in Rochdale Village broke ground on construction of a new playground at a ceremony Tuesday. Comment

Bayside Village BID holds sports and health festival

The Bayside Village BID held its second annual Sports and Health Festival on Bell Boulevard Sunday. Comment

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

College Point

Avella wants task force to keep tabs on College Pt. spa

Although the Spa Castle in College Point has reopened following an incident in which a girl nearly drowned in one of its pools, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is renewing pressure on the city to create a task force that would assess and monitor such establishments. Comments (5)

Caregivers protected from discrimination by new law

Caregivers of ill or disabled family members living in New York City have new protections under the law, and most private and public employers will be barred from discriminating against someone because they have caregiving responsibilities outside the workplace. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills sees improvements in mail delivery services

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said she received a letter from the U.S. Postal Service last week outlining a series of actions the Postal Service has undertaken to improve mail delivery in Kew Gardens Hills following complaints she received from her constituents. Comment

Northwell Health to sponsor the Mets

A new partnership was announced in which Northwell Health will sponsor the New York Mets’ “Mr. Met Dash” as well as a nursing station on the suite level of Citi Field. Comments (4)

Best-selling author started his career in Queens

Best-selling author, sports journalist and musician Mitch Albom was born on May 23, 1958 in Passaic, N.J. Best known for his 1997 bestseller “Tuesdays with Morrie,” which shares insights from a terminally ill college professor, Albom is also one of the premier sports writers of his generation as well as an accomplished pianist and songwriter. He has founded eight charities focused on helping the neediest in Detroit, where h Comment

Queens Council on the Arts celebrates its golden anniversary

The Queens Council on the Arts is still fab at 50. Comment

Monday, May 16, 2016


Queens colleges prepare for Graduation Days

In spring an undergraduate’s fancy turns to Commencement Day. Comment

Flanagan questions mayoral control of city schools

State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown) offered a harsh assessment of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s testimony before the Senate’s education committee in Albany last week in support of an extension ofmayoral control of the city’s public school system. Comments (1)

Bayside Business Association holds tasting event

The Bayside Business Association is hosting its annual Taste of Bayside and Beyond, an event that will showcase culinary delights from various restaurants from around the neighborhood. Comments (2)
Block Shots

Best still to come for Mets

The Mets have picked up right where they left off after a trip to the World Series, but while there are few reasons to be extra optimistic about the Amazin’s chances this season, things still look pretty good. Comment
The Civic Scene

Can we solve the airplane-noise problem?

For decades residents of Queens have complained about the noise of airplane takeoffs from JFK and La Guardia airports. I remember attending meetings called by the late Congressman Ben Rosenthal at a hotel near La Guardia Airport. The only thing we remember about those meetings were people from Nassau County saying that they should not have airplane noise over their homes because they paid a lot of money for their homes. Comments (8)

Sunday, May 15, 2016


Clearview Expressway to be repaved

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announce repaving projects from three major roadways serving Queens and the Bronx. A total of $43.5 million will be set aside to resurface Throgs Neck and Clearview Expressways in both directions and portions of Grand Central Parkway. Comments (1)

Hundreds turn out for Department of Correction career fair

More than 800 job seekers attended a Department of Correction career fair at York College last Saturday. Of those who attended, 327 were given on-the-spot interviews for non-uniform, career-track positions ranging from cooks and mechanics to social workers and attorneys. Comment

Senate passes Stavisky bill with harsher penalties for graffiti vandalism

The New York State Senate passed a bill sponsored by state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) that would toughen penalties for people convicted of defacing public or private property with graffiti. Comments (3)

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Neir’s Tavern rallies for landmark status

Neir’s Tavern held a rally with Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) Saturday to create awareness of the need for the Landmark Preservation Committee to approve its application. Comment
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst man sentenced for child sex abuse incident

An East Elmhurst man has been sentenced to one to three years in prison after pleading guilty to promoting a sexual performance by a child, Queens DA Richard Brown announced last Thursday. Computer technicians discovered sexually explicit photographs of children on the defendant’s computer after he dropped it off for repairs at a Long Island City Best Buy store in March 2014. Comments (1)

Holy Cross struggles in loss to Xaverian

Pitching has been Holy Cross’s biggest constant and strength this season, but has struggled to couple it with the other aspects of the games when playing against the elite teams in CHSAA bseball. The deficiencies were again evident against division leader Xaverian. Comment

City shows off new landings for future citywide ferry service

The city provided a sneak peek at what 10 new ferry landings will look like as the upgrade of the Citywide Ferry Service begins next summer. The city’s Economic Development Corporation released renderings of the 35-foot-by-90-foot docks that are being fabricated for the launch of the service to be operated by Hornblower. Comments (3)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Tom’s eyes are opened during trip to Germany

This week, our columnist says we’ve got a lot to learn from our allies in central Europe. Comments (3)

Police look for missing man

HOLLIS — The NYPD was seeking the public’s help in trying to locate a Hollis resident who was reported missing. Comments (2)

The PS 130 community wants its school back

On April 20, the District 26 Community Education Council held a hearing regarding the proposed rezoned elementary school lines in Bayside. The lines were redrawn to take into account PS 332, the new elementary school currently under construction on the former Keil property on 48th Avenue and 211th Street. Comments (1)

Friday, May 13, 2016


CUNY faculty vote to authorize strike

City University of New York staff and faculty union members overwhelmingly voted this week to authorize a strike in case contract negotiations fail to reach an agreement over pay raises. Comments (3)
Queens Village

Pols oppose public schools co-location with charter

Elected officials expressed their reservations about a potential co-location at a Queens Village middle school in a letter sent to city Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and Vanessa Leung, the chairwoman of the Panel for Educational Policy. Comment

CB7 rejects proposal to build two-family home in Flushing

Community Board 7 turned down an application seeking to construct a three-story, two-family home in Flushing at its monthly board meeting Monday night. Board members were confused about the number of bedrooms due to a lack of visual rendering of the project. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Author talks media coverage of Kitty Genovese death

A University of Nevada, Las Vegas professor who wrote a book exploring the circumstances surrounding the death of 29-year-old Kew Gardens resident Kitty Genovese, an Italian-American woman stabbed to death in 1964, attacked and outlined the media coverage of the crime at a discussion at Queens College Monday afternoon. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

Jamaica NOW tours Thomas Edison High School

Members of the Jamaica NOW Leadership Council visited Thomas Edison High School Monday for a tour of some of the school’s 12 career pathway tracts. Comment

Astoria street co-named for Greek television pioneer

An Astoria street was co-named in honor of the late community leader Demetris Kastanas last Saturday. Family members and community leaders joined City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) at the intersection of 31st Avenue and Steinway Street where “Demetris Kastanas Way” was unveiled. Comment

Grocery bag fee bill passed by City Council

Although Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and others praised the passage of a bill instituting a minimum 5-cent grocery bag fee, some maintain it will adversely affect low- and middle-income individuals and families. Comments (12)

Priest shot in arm in Jamaica incident

A priest was caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting during an incident in the early Sunday morning in Jamaica, according to the NYPD. The pastor was hit in the arm but was otherwise unhurt. Comment

Fire Safety Town Hall in Corona following rash of fires

Corona and East Elmhurst have experienced nearly a dozen fires since January caused by hazardous electrical conditions, improper use of smoke alarms and poor emergency planning, leading City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) to host a Fire Safety Town Hall on Wednesday, May 18. The event begins at 7 p.m. at VFW Post 150, located at 51-11 108th St. in Corona, and it will include the FDNY for fire safety education. Comment
Long Island City

You don’t have to be grad to attend this reunion

For many graduates, the thought of going back for one of those reunions on campus is enough to send them into a downward spiral of could’ves, should’ves and would’ves. Comment

Red Hawks roll past Bayside for 11th straight win

The Construction offense celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a hit parade. Comment

Justice for D’aja

A Rosedale man was convicted this week of murdering a 14-year-old girl who was riding home on a bus in South Jamaica after a Sweet Sixteen party in 2013. The senseless shooting sent a shudder through the city, shocked by the random nature of the attack. Comments (1)
On Point

Plastic-bag fee is victory for social engineers

The disciples of social engineering and behavior modification were at it again last week in the City Council with passage of the 5-cent plastic bag fee. With the mayor’s blessing, the New York City Council decided to add a few hundred dollars to every family’s annual shopping bill. All done in the name of the “environment,” a pretext to justify imposing new taxes and fees on already tapped-out New Yorkers. Comments (11)

Woodside assault suspect sought: NYPD

WOODSIDE — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance identifying an individual with ties to an assault that happened within the confines of the 108th Precinct. Comment

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Mayor overrules CB4 and orders bike lane extended on Queens Boulevard

Mayor Bill de Blasio told officials at the city DOT Wednesday to ignore Community Board 4 and to include bike lanes when the $100 million reconstruction project for Queens Boulevard begins Phase Two in July. On Tuesday night, CB4 Chairman Louis Walker pushed a motion to vote on the plan without including the bike lanes and it passed by a 31-1 vote. Comments (5)

Queens listens to city’s street car proposal

The city pitched its Brooklyn-Queens Connector streetcar proposal in its first public visioning session Monday in Astoria. Many in the crowd of 75 at the Variety Boys & Girls Club were skeptical of the cost-benefit of the $2.5 billion project that would connect 16 miles of East River waterfront from Astoria to Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Prom Impact brings joy to students across Queens

The PAL Eddie Byrne Center in Jamaica hosted this year’s Prom Impact, a donation service in which underprivileged high school students could find formal wear for their proms free of charge. Comment

Kim says small number of nail salons committed wage violations

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) said Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that only 143 out of 5,000 nail salons are guilty of wage violations indicates that he has been unfairly demonizing Asian nail salon owners. Most of the salons are in Queens and Brooklyn. Comments (3)

Van Bramer bills would punish businesses that park cars on sidewalks

For too many years he has watched car dealerships and auto body shops along Northern Boulevard parking vehicles on public sidewalks and now City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) is doing something about it. Last week he introduced two bills cracking down on businesses citywide that park cars on sidewalks, creating a hazard for pedestrians who are forced to walk on the street. Comments (2)

Airline workers begin negotiating first union contract

After three years of rallies, sit-ins, marches and civil disobedience, thousands of airport workers began bargaining for their first-ever union contract Tuesday. More than 7,000 workers, over half of all those employed by subcontractors at three area airports, have won the right to collective bargaining, including 4,300 workers at Kennedy and 1,200 at LaGuardia Airport. Comments (1)

Astoria is borough’s lone gentrifying neighborhood according to report

A new study by the NYU Furman Center shows that Astoria is the only neighborhood in Queens that is classified as “gentrifying” based on its analysis of how housing and population have changed over the past two decades. The report, released Monday, defines “gentrifying” neighborhoods as areas that were relatively low-income in 1990, but then experienced higher than median neighborhood rent growth in the following 20 years. Comments (1)

Rosedale man convicted for 2013 shooting

D’aja Robinson, 14, was on her way home from a Sweet Sixteen party when a bullet smashed a window on a Q6 bus she had just boarded and killed her. Now, nearly three years later, Kevin McClinton, 24, has been convicted of her murder. Comment

‘Spelling Bee’ wins over audience with F-U-N

During the last decade—well, pre-“Hamilton”—Broadway developed a subgenre of seemingly lightweight musicals which touched upon surprisingly deep truths. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s hosts charity hoops game for fallen detective

Boomer Esiason kept the purpose for the night close to his heart. Comment

Here’s some new holidays for skipping alternate-side

There are now 34 holidays on which New York City suspends its street-cleaning parking rules, including Ash Wednesday, Asian New Year, Eid al-Adha and Diwali. That’s quite the holiday buffet. Comments (1)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Mayor overrides CB 4 to allow bike lanes in Queens Blvd. plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio is overriding a decision by Community Board 4 to approve Phase 2 of the Queens Boulevard $100 million redesign Tuesday night. Comments (3)
Jamaica Estates

Shot fired in St John’s dorm after confrontation involving seven men

Three men entered a residence hall at St. John’s University in Jamaica Estates Wednesday afternoon and after a dispute with four other men fired a gun in a robbery attempt, police said. The suspects fled the campus grounds but were later apprehended only a block away from the university, the NYPD said. Comment

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Jamaica man sentenced for having child porn, molesting girl

A Jamaica man was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, possessing child pornography and sexual abuse, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comments (1)

Monday, May 9, 2016


Priest shot in arm during incident in Jamaica

A priest was shot in the arm early Sunday morning in Jamaica, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)
South Ozone Park

Man struck during hit-and-run in South Ozone Park

Police were trying to find the driver of a black SUV who they claim struck a pedestrian in South Ozone Park early Sunday morning and then fled the scene. Comment

Monsignor McClancy’s Alberico tosses perfect game

A line drive to centerfield proved to be much more than a simple second-inning out for Monsignor McClancy pitcher Frank Alberico. Comment

Friday, May 6, 2016


Spirit and Harmony Festival returns to Jamaica Mother’s Day

The Black Spectrum Theatre will help Queens celebrate Mother’s Day with the second annual Spirit and Harmony Festival this weekend. Comment



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