Wednesday, June 15, 2016


‘Oscars of the Libraries’ honors Queens branches

The Arverne and Glen Oaks branches of the Queens Public Library were two of the five grand prize winners of the third annual New York City Neighborhood Library Awards. Each will receive a gift of $20,000. Comment

Evening to showcase talent of borough parents

For Queens mothers and fathers who can sing, dance, make people laugh or have other talents, state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) is hosting a talent show in Jamaica next week that will provide them with a platform to show off their talents. Comments (2)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Forest Hills

Trio of literature lovers push to bring bookstore back to Forest Hills

When the Austin Street Barnes & Noble location shut its doors last New Year’s Eve, former employees organized an on-the-fly reunion so they could be together among the stacks one last time. Comment

Public Advocate holds anti-bullying town hall

Elected officials, teachers and students gathered to discuss the threat of anti-Muslim bullying in schools at a town hall sponsored by Public Advocate Letitia James held at the Islamic Circle of North America at 166-26 89th Ave. in Jamaica. Comments (4)
College Point

Horseshoe crabs saved in College Pt.

A College Point environmental activist helped save about a dozen horseshoe crabs in College Point Park after they got stuck in a boom that is part of a water main and sewer project. Comment
Jackson Heights

Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center opens in Jackson Heights

New York-Presbyterian/Queens celebrated the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center in Jackson Heights last week. The facility, located at 72-06 Northern Blvd., is a community teaching hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. It serves Queens and metro New York residents. Comment

Barbara Bush’s legacy had its start in Flushing

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the Times–Ledger newspaper presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history. Comments (3)

Two suspects allegedly robbed Flushing man: NYPD

FLUSHING— Police were searching for two suspects wanted in connection with a grand larceny in Flushing in early May. Comments (2)

Monday, June 13, 2016


Queens College holds 92nd commencement exercises

More than 2,500 students, which included working parents, veterans, servicemen and first-generation scholars from New York and around the world, graduated from Queens College in the 92nd commencement ceremony last week. Comments (1)

$3 million odor mitigation project completed at Bowery Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant

When the wind blows south over Bowery Bay, a foul stench annoys residents of the Astoria neighborhoods of Steinway and Ditmars, a state of affair that has gone on for nearly 80 years. What they smell is not the body of water wedged between Rikers Island and LaGuardia Airport, but the Bowery Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant just north of Berrian Boulevard. Comment

Mary Whalen Park gets full makeover

City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver along with Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), CB 9, and Maryann Keller cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Mary Whalen Park Friday for a full reconstruction of the playground. The renovations come as an update to make the park safer and more engaging, with pre-school and pre-teen play areas as a spray shower area. Comment

Application seeks to make city owner of Mitchell-Linden Library

The Queens Library is looking to transfer ownership of the Mitchell-Linden Library in downtown Flushing from Queens Library to the city. Comment

Collier takes the helm at Queens College

Matt Collier couldn’t stick around for too long. Comment

Woman wanted for alleged assault in Flushing: Police

FLUSHING—Police were looking for a woman who allegedly assaulted another woman with a beer bottle in Flushing at the end of May. Comment

Sunday, June 12, 2016


QCC hold commencement with Weprin and Stavisky

Queensborough Community College held its commencement Friday morning with school and civic leaders addressing the graduating class of 2016. In attendance were Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), as well as Yi (Jane) Jiang, Vicky Chan, Yueli Chen, and Daomi Burch, who received honors for high academic achievement. Comment

Korean group gets $25K for project connecting immigrants to jobs

Thanks to a $25,000 grant from state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York will now be able to connect immigrants with job opportunities throughout New York City. Comments (5)
The Civic Scene

Schools need more funding for equipment and supplies

As our school year draws to a close, one must evaluate what our students have accomplished and what more they could have done if there was proper funding. Too many schools need refurbishing and more funding for supplies and modern equipment. Too many school use closets as classrooms, have laboratories which are just old, and have dilapidated halls and rooms. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

TMLA’s Danielle Patterson is focused on the future

Danielle Patterson doesn’t exactly consider herself a crier. Comment

Saturday, June 11, 2016


York College celebrates 46th commencement

Graduates of York College’s class of 2016 gathered under a massive tent on the field outside the school’s Health and Physical Education complex as family, friends and other well-wishers withstood a steady rain to celebrate the class’ commencement ceremony. Comment

Fourth of July fireworks are returning to Fort Totten

The annual Fort Totten 4th of July fireworks show will again be sponsored by Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside). The event will take place June 29 and will be hosted in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Comment

Cardozo inducts five into athletic hall of fame

The rich athletic history of Cardozo High School got even more impressive Saturday as the Judges inducted five individuals into the program’s athletic hall of fame. Comment
Long Island City

Police search for suspect in LIC robbery: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were searching for a suspect in a Long Island City grand larceny. Comments (2)

Friday, June 10, 2016

East Elmhurst

Time ticking on Peralta identity theft legislation

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is joining state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) in urging the Assembly to pass legislation to combat identity theft by expanding the state’s “enterprise corruption statute” to include cybercrime and identity theft-related offenses. Comment

New bill to target companies that engage in predatory towing

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has introduced legislation proposing new measures to crack down on predatory towing. Comment

Suffolk legislator vies for Israel’s congressional seat

Steve Stern is finishing his sixth term in the Suffolk County Legislature, his last due to term limits. He has served as chairman of the Veterans Committee as well as the vice chairman of both the Economic Development Committee and the Seniors and Consumer Protection Committee. Comment
Queens Village

NYPD investigating Queens Village assault as possible hate crime

Days after a Muslim man was brutally beaten outside a Queens Village mosque, police said they were investigating the incident as a hate crime. Earlier in the week, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations had called on the NYPD to examine the crime for a possible bias motivation. Comments (1)

Clarke criticizes money in politics during Congressional run

Jonathan Clarke, one of five candidates in the Democratic primary to succeed U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) in the district covering northeast Queens, said his background was decidedly unconventional in comparison to other candidates. Comment

Group rallies for bridge tolls

With the legislative session coming to an end June 16, 40 transit riders and transportation advocated called for passage of the MoveNY Fair Plan in Astoria Saturday. Comments (11)
St. Albans

A Tribe Called Quest to be honored with mural

Phife Dawg, a founding member of the celebrated hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, died earlier this year, and elected officials are seeking to memorialize the St. Albans native and his group. A new mural may grace the side of a Linden Boulevard storefront soon, according to the office of Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans). Comments (4)
Dutch Kills

Club Purlieu shuts down for good

A Dutch Kills nightclub has closed down after numerous incidents of violence, including the shooting of a livery cab driver in March. Comment

Benfit run for victims of Ecuador quake at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

A 5K run and walk will take place in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Saturday to benefit victims of the tragic earthquake in Ecuador this spring. More than 660 people were killed, with more than 27,000 injured. Over 80,000 were left homeless during the April 16 quake, which registered a 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Comment

Honoring our vets

The Vietnam War has been on the mind of Queens again with recent events bringing back memories of a turbulent era when the country was polarized by the conflict. Comment

The Pan Am shelter has been a failure from the start

Since day one, the conversion of the Pan Am hotel into a homeless shelter has been an abysmal failure in terms of transparency. The de Blasio administration and the Department of Homeless Services blatantly disregarded various laws and even circumvented procedures to ensure the landlords and Samaritan Village receive their lucrative contracts. Comments (6)

Bayside babseball team ready for PSAL championships

It seems fair to say that the Bayside baseball team is feeling pretty good right now. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

The lessons of Muhammad Ali

This week, our columnist remembers a man he grew up admiring. Comments (1)

NYPD seeks woman who fled from gunshot victim

JAMAICA — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a person of interest in connection with an assault that occurred May 29. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Queens Village man missing: NYPD

QUEENS VILLAGE—Police were looking for a resident of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village who went missing over the weekend. Comment

Thursday, June 9, 2016


Suspect in serial chain store heists charged with robbery

Khalif House, who was arrested Wednesday in Floral Park by a joint fugitive task force after a botched heist in College Point, is facing robbery charges, federal prosecutors said. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Heavy security expected in LIC for July 4th fireworks

For the second year in a row, Long Island City is the place to be for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, and NBC will base its national telecast at Hunters Point South Park. More than 52,000 shells will be fired from four barges centered off Midtown Manhattan, right across from the park. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens Pride marked in Jax Heights

Parade-goers came out in force to celebrate the LGBT community at Queens Pride in Jackson Heights despite a heavy downpour. Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst), Executive Director for Outright International Action Jessica Stern and AIDS Center of Queens County led the 24th annual march as marshals down 37th Avenue between 89th and 75th streets Sunday.. Comments (1)

De Niro in Astoria to celebrate city’s film commission’s 50th anniversary

Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys, and Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo joined Mayor Bill de Blasio on stage at the Museum of the Moving Image Wednesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, which is now a part of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. The three superstars were named MOME Ambassadors, along with Lady Gaga and Jane Rosenthal, the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. Comment
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College unveils plans for new entrepreneur center

LaGuardia Community College had star power on hand for graduates of its small business program Tuesday. Comment
South Jamaica

Anthony Mason to be honored with street renaming

A stretch of 147th Street between Rockaway Boulevard and 123rd Avenue will be renamed “Anthony Mason Way” in honor of the late New York Knicks forward. The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday and elected officials and members of the Mason family were expected to attend. Comments (2)

Bayside High School celebrates 80 years

Bayside High School took in its first wave of students on March 16, 1936. Now the Alumni Association is throwing a two-day bash this weekend to acknowledge a long tradition of excellence in education at the 80th anniversary celebration of the school’s founding. Comment

Street renamed to honor Bayside High’s ‘Coach P’

The section of 204th Street between 32nd Avenue and 203rd Place in Bayside will soon have a brand-new name. Comments (1)
Bay Terrace

Vivaldi to end operations in Bay Terrace

Vivaldi Ristorante will be splitting up with the Parks Department in what the city agency is calling an early and mutual termination of its licensing agreement. Comments (4)
Far Rockaway

Goldfeder announces he will not seek re-election

State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) announced last week that he would not run for re-election to represent the 23rd District, which covers Broad Channel, Lindenwood and swaths of Howard Beach, Ozone Park and the Rockaways. Comment
Jackson Heights

State Assembly passes the Dream Act again

The state Assembly once again voted to pass the Dream Act Monday, the legislation authorizing undocumented students who graduate high school in New York to apply for college financial aid.The bill would create a Dream fund to advance the educational opportunities of undocumented immigrant students who arrived in the country before the age of 16, remove financial obstacles to obtaining state financial aid for certain immigrant students and eliminate barriers for immigrants who wish to start a college tuition savings account. Comments (4)

Jimmy Heath to honor Dizzy Gillespie with concert

He jammed with Queens’ music royalty back in the 1960s, and now NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath returns to Flushing Town Hall for a tribute to his hero and mentor, Dizzy Gillespie, with the Queens Jazz Orchestra titled “Dizzy Revisited.” Comment

Saying goodbye to an old neighbor—and friend

When your grandmother dies, everyone knows what to do. Send a note, or at least express condolences. But when a neighbor in your apartment building dies, there isn’t really any protocol, maybe because there are so many different kinds of neighbors: The ones who live to clomp, the ones who put their garbage in the recycling, the “Hi, how are you?” buddies who chat for the length of an elevator ride. Comments (1)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Far Rockaway

Subway robber suspect strikes again in Far Rock: NYPD

A thief is still on the loose after holding up a Subway restaurants in Bayside June 1, Forest Hills last Friday, Oakland Gardens on Sunday and yet another in Far Rockaway on Monday night, Police said. Comments (1)
A fire hydrant in front of a café and a flower shop in downtown Flushing was leaking water along Roosevelt Avenue Wednesday morning. Comment

Monday, June 6, 2016

Queens Village

Muslim man attacked outside Queens Village mosque

Queens Village

Muslim man attacked outside Queens Village mosque

A Muslim man was assaulted outside a Queens Village mosque last week and the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked the police to consider the attack as a possible hate crime. Comments (7)



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