Friday, June 3, 2016

A community activist from Woodside has announced that he will challenge Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) for her seat in Assembly District 30, which she has held since 1998. Comments (14)
Dining Out

Kuala Lumpur chain opens first East Coast restaurant in Flushing

When we learned that PappaRich, the enormously popular fast/casual Malaysian restaurant, opened a branch in Flushing, the lure of the exotic trumped our usual antipathy towards chain restaurants. Comment

Vacant Jamaica storefronts turned into art galleries

Discovering and exploring the many art exhibitions on display in Queens offers a great creative outlet for the entire family—from adults to often-bored kids and teens. Comments (6)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Astoria will have its third greenmarket this summer. City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) announced last Friday he is committed to allocating $10,000 in city funding to open a new Youthmarket in Ditmars Park that will operate every Saturday through the fall. Comment
Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to take responsibility for the current investigations into his administration. Comments (3)
Elected officials, homeowners and community leaders in College Point are calling on the city to take extra measures against mosquito-borne viruses. Comments (2)
The grand marshals for next Sunday’s Queens Pride parade and festival in Jackson Heights were announced Tuesday. Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst), OutRight Action International Executive Director Jessica Stern and the AIDS Center of Queens County will lead the 24th annual march when it steps off at noon. Comment
The Civic Scene

Abandoned houses are blight on neighborhoods

In every neighborhood there are one or more houses which are abandoned or partly built and they make the neighborhood look terrible. Some people have just abandoned their houses or they tore down the old house and started building, but either for financial or zoning reasons have stopped working on the building, perhaps for years. The neighbors are stuck with these eyesores and can’t really enjoy their own property. Comments (1)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The city Department of Sanitation has placed city trash receptacles at the Prince Street triangle under the “Adopt A Basket” program after forcing the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce to remove trash bins donated by an area company to address the trash problem. Comments (1)
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed $82.2 billion executive budget underfunds the city’s cultural organizations, according to more than a dozen City Council members from Queens and other boroughs, who rallied on the steps of City Hall last week. Comments (2)
A bill limiting gift allowances to community college boards of trustees, sponsored by state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), has been passed by the state Senate. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens Hills

Suspects wanted for attempted burglary in Kew Gardens Hills: NYPD

KEW GARDENS HILLS—Police were looking for two men in connection with an attempted burglary in Kew Gardens Hills. Comment

Monday, May 30, 2016

Students from Queens and other city schools participated in the first annual Beep Baseball Kids Clinic in Flushing Tuesday morning by wearing blindfolds during the game to support and encourage visually impaired students. Comments (1)
When a stretch of 37th Road between 73rd and 74th streets in Jackson Heights was closed off to vehicular traffic in 2011 in the interest of public safety, business owners initially objected. Many of them turned out last Saturday as elected officials joined civic leaders and city officials to officially co-name the northeast corner of Diversity Plaza in a ceremony that coincided with World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, which was designated by the United Nations in 2002. Comment
President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) that removes the term “Oriental” from federal law. Comments (4)

Northern Boulevard has undergone many changes

Many of the Little Neck stores I patronized in the 1960s have become distant memories. During those years, my parents would send me to Mangel’s Delicatessen on Northern Boulevard at the city line. A dollar would buy milk, bread, a head of lettuce and still leave some change. Comments (6)

Mary Louis comes up short in postseason

It was a season to remember for the Mary Louis Academy softball team. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Two suspects wanted in shoplifting spree: Cops

BAYSIDE — The NYPD is asking for assistance identifying two men wanted in connection with a two-incident grand larceny pattern within the confines of the 111th and the 107th Precincts. Comments (1)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The father and girlfriend of a Jamaica man awaiting trial on charges that he committed two home invasions in 2015 allegedly conspired to hire a hitman to kill witnesses for the prosecution’s case against him, according to the Queens DA. Comments (2)
Over the past six years, the Long Island City Arts Open has created an atmosphere of creative community in Queens. The Amie Gross Gallery hosted an event last Friday night in which the talents of artists and architects were enlisted to design the future facility for Transitional Services for New York. Comment

Red Storm gets ready to defend Big East title

The St. John’s baseball team that is currently defending its Big East title is drastically different from the team that took the crown last year. Comment

Police seek subway offender

JAMAICA — Police sought the public’s help in trying to identify a man who forcibly touched a woman at the Jamaica Center subway station earlier this month. Comments (2)

Saturday, May 28, 2016

One of the borough’s leading providers of caregiver support services has launched a new initiative to provide comprehensive services for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Sunnyside Community Services will receive $7.5 million over five years as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $67.5 million Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Initiative to alleviate the emotional and financial burdens that are placed upon those who care for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s. Comment

Kaufman Astoria opens studio doors


Kaufman Astoria opens studio doors

Kaufman Astoria Studios, a film and television production studio located at 34-12 36th St. in Astoria, welcomed the public behind the scenes for an open house on Sunday, as thousands of visitors witnessed how stunts are created, how special effects are formed and how and where the stars live when they are working on location. Comment
Former Glen Cove mayor and Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi brought his campaign for Congress to Whitestone at a town hall meeting Monday night to discuss helicopter noise and other issues affecting eastern Queens. Comments (4)

A clear head is Construction star’s secret weapon

Lizul Portugal does her best not to think when she steps into the batter’s box. Comment
Jackson Heights

Man sought in Jackson Height forcible touching case: Police

JACKSON HEIGHTS - Police from the 115th Precinct were searching for a man who forcibly touched a woman inside a Jackson Heights store May 17. Comment

Friday, May 27, 2016

The controversial plan by Phipps Houses to build a ten-story, 209-unit residential building called The Barnett, with 100 percent mixed-income affordable housing, on the northern edge of Sunnyside Gardens had its public hearing with Community Board 2 week. More than 150 Sunnyside residents attended and complained the project would add stress to area infrastructure, add more students to overcrowded schools, worsen traffic and remove parking places. Comments (1)
When Ed Schauder, president of the Free Synagogue in Flushing, was nominated by a close friend for the 2016 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, he did not think too much of it. Comment

Kaiman touts experience in congressional race

Jon Kaiman said the challenges he has faced throughout his political career make him uniquely suited to be the Democratic candidate in the race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) in a district that includes parts of northeastern Queens. Comments (1)

Little Neck-Douglaston Parade to honor vets and civics

The annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade will start its march down Northern Boulevard from Great Neck Road to 245th Street Monday. Among the marshals and honorees are decorated war veterans, public servants and civic leaders alike. Comment
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) inducted Andrew Jackson into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame Tuesday. The Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by their service to their community. Jackson, also known as Sekou Molefi Baako, served in the U.S. Air Force between 1964 and 1968 and was assigned to the 4th Air Commando Squadron at Nha Trang Air Base in Vietnam. Comment
NYPD responders did a little fishing of their own at the Bayside Marina Tuesday when they spent the afternoon recovering a Jeep Cherokee that had rolled into the bay. The car had gone in when the driver, who was mourning the death of a friend, put the car in park on the boat launch ramp. Comments (1)
Kevin Lacz, a former Navy SEAL who served with the famous Chris Kyle and played himself in the film of Kyle’s autobiography, “American Sniper,” made an appearance at Northwell Health in honor of Memorial Day and to promote PTSD awareness. Comments (1)
The Woodhaven Resident’s Block Association held its monthly meeting last week, and the main topic of discussion was the possible reactivation of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line, a long-abandoned branch of the Long Island Rail Road that has sparked intense debate in recent years. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s celebrates 2016 graduates

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s celebrates 2016 graduates

An overcast sky was no match for the joy and satisfaction among the crowd that assembled at St. John’s University Sunday to celebrate commencement for the class of 2016. Comment

Horse sense prevails

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s quixotic quest to ban horse carriages from Central Park appears to have ended with a quiet fizzle after he made it his top priority on “Day One” of his new administration. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Class of 2016, I have one word for you: Reagan

This year’s graduating class needs do what it can to keep Donald Trump from getting elected, says our columnist. Comment

Remembering the meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is here again, and I hope the many will not forget the importance of this day. Brave men and women have fought and died in many wars to keep freedom alive. These wars started with the Revolutionary War and extended to the war of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, the Vietnam War, Iraq, Afghanistan and finally the war against terrorism that continues. Comments (4)

Cardozo team is well prepared for victory

The Cardozo baseball team has a drill that’s become part of the regular practice schedule this season. Comment
St. Albans

Man fatally shot in St. Albans: NYPD

ST. ALBANS — Police said a Brooklyn man, who was shot May 19, has died and they continue to investigate his murder. Comment

Thursday, May 26, 2016

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are pushing the Federal Aviation Administration to make some changes after Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Nassau County elected officials asked the two New York Democrats to push the agency to reduce the airplane noise threshold level. Comments (4)
Rego Park

Thieves cut hole in roof of Rego Park bank

Police were trying to determine what was stolen from a number of safety deposit boxes during a brazen burglary committed at a Rego Park bank over the weekend. Comments (1)
Jamaica’s opportunities in business and transit are vast, according to a presentation made by the New York director of the Regional Plan Association to the directors and members of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation. Comments (7)
The Queens Economic Development Corporation is looking for vendors to participate in a boutique pop-up that the agency will open in Long Island City in late June. The unique retail store, dubbed “MiQ” for Made in Queens, will market handmade crafts, designer goods, housewares and small-batch, packaged food items. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Rockrose tops off another Court Square tower

Long Island City

Rockrose tops off another Court Square tower

As construction workers completed its 50th story, Rockrose Development Corp. celebrated the topping out of The Hayden, its 974-unit residential tower at 43-25 Hunter St. in Court Square last week. When construction is completed next year, The Hayden will be the fourth tallest structure in Queens, reaching 509 feet. Comments (1)

Students call for fences at Jamaica school

Students, faculty and parents at York Early College Academy have battled bureaucracy for the past several years in an attempt to have gates installed in the school’s yard to help ensure student safety, Now, the gates may be built due to allocated funding from the office of the Queens borough president. Comment

Barges removed from Flushing Bay


Barges removed from Flushing Bay

At a news conference announcing that the barges in Flushing Bay have been removed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) said his office is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who can locate the perpetrators who abandoned boats in Flushing Creek that polluted the water. Comment
The MTA’s full board unanimously approved a plan Wednesday that will bring W train service back to Astoria this November. The W trains will run local from Whitehall Street to Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard as part of a reconfiguration so that the Q train can serve the new Second Avenue subway line from 63rd Street and 96th Street in Manhattan to Brooklyn. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Big Apple Circus sets up its tent in Cunningham Park

Step right up—the Big Apple Circus has brought its Grand Tour to Cunningham Park, and both kids and adults are sure to be left in awe. Comments (1)

District attorneys deserve full funding

Our city is experiencing historically low crime. At the same time, we are reforming our criminal justice system to focus resources on violent crime and ensure people don’t face harsh consequences for committing low-level offenses. The district attorneys are crucial to both of these efforts, putting dangerous criminals in jail while diverting others to innovative programs like our drug and mental health courts. Comments (1)

Bayside bats no match for Madison pitcher

The Bayside softball team just kept swinging. Comment

Woman fights off rape attempt in Ridgewood: NYPD

RIDGEWOOD — The NYPD was looking for assistance in identifying a suspect involved in an attempted rape in Ridgewood. Comment

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Police responded to an incident at Bayside Marina Tuesday afternoon in which a Jeep Cherokee had rolled into the water. Comments (6)
Rego Park

Thieves cut hole in roof of Rego Park bank

Police were continuing to investigate a brazen burglary at a Rego Park bank. Comment

Monday, May 23, 2016


Serial burglar on the loose in Bayside: NYPD

Police were looking for information on a suspect who is wanted in connection with a series of burglaries in Bayside. Comments (6)

Friday, May 20, 2016


Farmworker’s rights march to Albany stops in Ridgewood

Nearly two dozen farmworkers and their advocates stopped by the Ridgewood Democratic Club Friday for lunch and a chance to rest their feet as state Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Long Island City) welcomed them to the event. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Police seek suspect in Fresh Meadows burglary

FRESH MEADOWS - Police were looking for information about an individual with ties to a burglary in Fresh Meadows. The incident took place May 5 at a house near 174th Street and Glawin Avenue, in the confines of the 111th Police Precinct. Comment

L.I. man assaulted in front of Meng’s office in Flushing: NYPD

A 63-year-old Long Island man was attacked and robbed in front of U.S. Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) district office in Flushing Wednesday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
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