Thursday, July 14, 2016


McClancy pitcher Charlie Neuweiler is Player of the Year in Queens HS baseball

Charlie Neuweiler likes to be in control. Comment

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Summer still sizzles at Flushing Town Hall

Drumming under the moon, a “puppet slam” and a fine arts workshop are just a few of the events still to come in an exciting lineup of summer events at Flushing Town Hall. Comment

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Queens Village

Defective streetlight rankles Queens Village residents

Residents on a Queens Village street are increasingly concerned about a streetlight they claim has not worked for months after repeated inquiries to city departments and Con Edison. Comments (2)

NYC Department of Health faulted for lax lead oversight

An audit of city group day care centers under the supervision of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found the organization failed to require water lead tests from the centers. Comments (1)
Real Estate

Avella joins residents’ protest against Airbnb listing

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) stood with residents of Broadway-Flushing to protest an Airbnb listing which he has called a violation of city zoning laws on Friday. Comments (3)

Public hospitals face budget shortfall

New York City’s hospitals are facing a potential multibillion-dollar shortfall in the coming few years, according to a new report from the New York City Independent Budget Office. Although Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has developed a “transformation plan” in concert with the New York City Health + Hospitals public system, it is uncertain that the proposals will stave off the projected deficit. The report called it the “steepest fiscal challenge” the hospital system had faced in memory. Comments (1)

Quentin Holmes gets ready for next step in career

Quentin Holmes sat waiting for his phone to ring, desperately wishing his last name started with ‘A.’ Comment

Forest Park hosts a rarely seen Gilbert & Sullivan gem

When you think of Gilbert & Sullivan collaborations, the most likely candidates are usually the three most popular of their 14 works: “The Pirates of Penzance,” “The Mikado” and “H.M.S. Pinafore.” Perhaps the most well-known songs from those operettas, “I am the very model of a modern Major-General” (Pirates), “A Wandering Minstrel” (Mikado) and “Now Give Three Cheers” (Pinafore) may come to mind as well Comment

Supreme Court deadlock leaves immigrants in the lurch

Last month a legal challenge to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deadlocked the remaining eight justices currently on the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in March. Comments (3)

In a high-tech age, libraries still depend on real people

It seems like the news is filled with more and more stories about automated customer service. Virtual assistants, apps that answer your questions, chatbots that designers swear act and sound like humans. There’s-a large premium being put on building artificial intelligence that can answer questions and mimic the experience of talking to a real person. Comments (2)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Long Island City

White House taps LaGuardia Community College for new tech program

The White House has awarded LaGuardia Community College a $3.9 million grant to provide free tech industry training for at-risk and disadvantaged young people, ages 17 to 29. Comments (1)

Stringer calls for free sunscreen to combat rising skin cancer rates

Free sunscreen would be available at all city parks, beaches, pools and playgrounds under a proposal by city Comptroller Scott Stringer. As summer vacation begins for 1.1 million schoolchildren, Stringer released a report last week which outlines the high risk of skin cancer in New York City and the nation where the disease takes the lives of 10,000 Americans annually and costs $1.8 billion/ Comments (1)

Cosmos fall to New England in Open Cup match at SJU

The New York Cosmos dreams of a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title run came to a screeching halt as the squad dropped a disappointing 3-2 game to the New England Revolution at St. John’s University’s Belson Stadium June 29. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Things get hopping at community theaters

I must admit to an unusual fondness for a particular great white rabbit. Comment

A search for the right college stirs up memories

The new buildings on campus are modern monstrosities. The path to the rocks in the gorge where we used to swim is roped off for safety reasons. Comment

Let charter schools use public space

Open letter to Mayor de Blasio. Comments (1)

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Money allocated to repair East River train tunnels

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said the federal Department of Transportation has agreed to provide $432 million for repairs to the East River tunnels heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy despite a federal court decision posing possible delays in the project. Comments (1)

Braunstein gives check to Selfhelp Clearview

State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein presented a $500,000 grant from state capital funds to Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center at the Senior Health & Wellness Forum. The funds will go toward improvements to the building such as upgrading the lobby, auditorium, the heating system, and a handicap accessible walkway. Comment

Queens College legends salute Pat Summitt’s legacy

The sports world was shocked late last month when former Tennessee women’s baketball coach Pat Summitt lost her battle with Alzheimer’s at the age of 64. Comment
The Civic Scene

More accomplishments for Queens high schools

Members of the Jamaica NOW Leadership Council visited Thomas A. Edison High School accompanied by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) to highlight the importance of the school for the community. The school has 12 career and technical education programs, which include three-year automotive repair, electrical installation and medial assisting. The principal, Moses Ojeda, is a graduate of the school. Two students recently were the winners in the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association Competition. Comment

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Jackson Heights

Coalition demands ban on alcohol ads in transit system

More than 50 community advocates, faith leaders and schoolchildren joined City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) on the steps of City Hall last week to call for a ban on alcohol advertising from public transit. Members of the Building Alcohol Ad-Free Transit, or BAAFT, kicked off a citywide awareness campaign June 29 saying buses and subways function as the yellow school bus for the city’s youth and it is wrong for them to be targeted by MTA-facilitated alcohol advertising. Comments (2)
Real Estate

Ramp collapses at Auburndale construction site

Crews working on an underground garage at an Auburndale construction site experienced a mishap June 30 when a ramp collapsed. The incident was originally reported by Breaking News Network as a partial building collapse, but the supervisor on site said it was in fact a ramp. He declined to elaborate further. Comment

Friday, July 8, 2016

Police were looking for a suspect and a motive in the Monday stabbing of the longtime superintendent for an apartment building in St. Albans. Comments (1)

Jamaica BIDs considering unification

Three business improvement districts in downtown Jamaica are considering unification, as one of the three BIDs in the area reported strong growth and heavy development in the district at its annual meeting. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Bukharian Teen Lounge closes in Forest Hills

The Bukharian Teen Lounge, a facility for young people funded by the JCCA, formerly known as the Jewish Child Care Agency, closed its doors in Forest Hills June 30 after the school year ended. Comment
East Elmhurst

Peralta and Hyndman call for dashcams same day as fatal hit-and-run

In the aftermath of a fatal hit-and-run collision in Corona last week, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) expressed his condolences to the family of the victim and hopes for the three people injured in the accident. Comments (1)

Looking through a window on Queens from both sides of the glass

There are two sides to every story. Comment

Remembering the legacy of Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, bore witness for all of Queens in his mission to teach the world about the horrors of the Holocaust. Comment

The other July holidays

Feeling a little down because the big July holiday is already behind us, with nothing to show for it but leftover red, white and blue frosted cupcakes? (And isn’t blue frosting repulsive? And isn’t that why the cupcakes are left over?) Comments (2)

We must take back our democracy

Britain has demonstrated democracy in action. The recent referendum on European Union membership enabled people to vote directly on an issue of vita l concern to their country. Comment

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Long Island City

Wolkoff use of non-union workers at 5Pointz a safety concern; unions

The man who ordered the whitewashing of the 5Pointz graffiti mecca in 2014 is feeling the heat of organized labor. Jerry Wolkoff is using non-union workers at his Long Island City construction site despite an agreement to use 100 percent union labor and for the last three weeks an inflatable rat has stood in protest on Jackson Avenue. Comments (2)

Lancman sues city over Flushing Meadows Park Alliance

A turf war over Flushing Meadows Corona Park escalated this week. City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court against the city and the Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, an entity he claims was formed to funnel money from developers and other for-profit entities in exchange for the use of park resources. Comment
Ozone Park

Resorts World Casino plans huge expansion

Resorts World Casino New York is proposing a massive expansion to its site at the Aqueduct Racetrack that could cost anywhere between $300 million and $500 million. The expansion would include a new hotel, meeting areas and other amenities. Comments (7)

Bell Plaza Sports Club abruptly closes doors

Bell Plaza Sports Club issued a letter to its members informing them they would have to find a new gym June 28. The fitness facility, located at 45-58 Bell Blvd., had been in Bayside for 30 years, and its closing two days later shocked the community. Comments (15)

Sunnyside mourns loss of longtime civic leader Lily Gavin

Sunnyside lost one of its great advocates Wednesday when Lily Gavin died following a long illness. Gavin owned Dazie’s Restaurant, a neighborhood landmark since 1972, which was a frequent center of the neighborhood’s civic life. Comment

Derelict vehicles sit on abandoned property in Flushing

Two abandoned vehicles full of newspapers left behind by hoarders at a house in Flushing have drawn the attention of residents and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who held a news conference to call upon the city to remove the fire hazard posed by the contents of the cars. Comment

TimesLedger picks the best in Queens high school baseball

The 2016 high school baseball season is in the books and there was plenty of on-field success all across Queens this spring. Comments (2)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The superintendent for an apartment building in St. Albans was found stabbed to death in the boiler room of the building where he worked and lived Monday afternoon, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)

Queens goes POP! for the Fourth


Queens goes POP! for the Fourth

The Independence Day celebration rolls across the borough from Bayside to Long Island City, stopping in the parks — like Forest Park here — for picnics, then at Louis Armstrong’s house — now a museum in Corona — for Pop’s annual birthday bash, through Astoria Park and ends after dark under the landmark Pepsi sign for Macy’s fireworks on the East River./ Photos by Steve Malecki and Michael Shain Comment

Woman arrested in fatal Junction Boulevard crash

Police have arrested a Forest Hills woman who was the driver of a Porche, which jumped the curb while traveling at excessive speeds, injuring three and killing one 21-year-old female pedestrian last week, the NYPD said. Comment

Friday, July 1, 2016

Long Island City

Wolkoff is building his 5Pointz towers in Long Island City without union workers

Over a dozen cement mixing trucks lined up for several blocks on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City Friday morning. The drivers in each truck waited patiently for their turn to enter the construction site, where the 5Pointz graffiti mecca once stood, and deliver their cargo, as work has begun on the superstructure for a project that will deliver two luxury high-rise towers containing 1,000 apartments. Comments (12)
The fireworks were back in Bayside for a second year—and the crowds turned out on a beautiful night for a patriotic Fourth of July party at Fort Totten. Comments (1)

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Ramp collapses at Auburndale garage

A ramp collapsed at an Auburndale construction site where workers were building an underground parking garage Thursday, Breaking News Network reported. Comment



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