Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Forest Hills

Teen Lounge closing disturbs Bukharian community

At the end of June, the Bukharian Teen Lounge in Forest Hills shut down its programming for teens in the community who used its social and educational services. The lounge provided an opportunity for teens to learn to acclimate to American society with other students of similar Central Asian backgrounds and language. Comments (1)

Astoria Park Alliance does a lot with a little

If you were to hand out awards for the best green spaces in Queens, Astoria Park would be among the top entries on the list. Amid its nearly 60 acres of land is an Olympic-size outdoor pool with a sweeping view of the East River, and that’s just scratching the surface. Comment

Renovations are complete at Sunnyside’s Noonan Playground

The basketball and handball courts at Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Playground in Sunnyside are back in action after the city Parks Department, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), community leaders and students from IS 125 cut the ribbon Tuesday. The $200,000 upgrade on the courts, located at Greenpoint Avenue and 43rd Street, puts the finishing touches on the $2.2 million renovation, which included new accessible play equipment, more swings, a toddler area and a new spray shower, which was completed in April 2015. Comment

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Jackson Heights

Newsstand installed despite community opposition inspiring new legislation

When the city installed a newsstand in Jackson Heights, it was so controversial two lawmakers want to make sure it doesn’t happen again. More than a dozen community leaders joined state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) on the corner of 37th Avenue and 76th Street, where the two announced they would introduce legislation that would change the Newsstand Licensing Law. Comments (2)

Sol Food & Drink sets up shop on Bell Boulevard

Sol Food & Drink is the latest addition to the Bell Boulevard business district, offering a sophisticated atmosphere for young professionals to gather. Business partners Paul Rhee, Dev Viswanath and Norman Cheng took over the space, which had been inhabited by Conga’s Bar and Grill, to start a new adventure in the restaurant business. Sol, located at 40-09 Bell Blvd., officially opened its doors June 24. Comments (2)

Contractor pleads guilty to defrauding Queens homeowners

A Long Island building contractor has entered a guilty plea to defrauding Queens and Long Island homeowners and leaving a trail of unfinished home improvement projects, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (4)

New CEO appointed at Elmhurst Hospital Center

Elmhurst Hospital Center has a new boss. Comment
Political Action

Is the Ivy League a path to the White House?

It would seem that Ivy League colleges play a major role in educating future presidents of the United States. Comments (4)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Cambria Heights

Man charged in police pursuit crash that killed Laurelton woman

A Far Rockaway resident has been charged with killing a woman after crashing into her car while fleeing from police, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Court records show that the driver had been convicted of a similar incident in Nassau County in 1989. Comments (2)

Chamber of Commerce to launch Business Accelerator Program

The Queens Chamber of Commerce and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced the allocation of $75,000 in funding to launch the Business Accelerator Program, a service designed to help the creation and maintenance of Queens-based start-ups and keep recent CUNY grads in the borough by creating jobs for them. Comments (2)

Jamaica arts exhibition celebrates temporary run

A storefront along the 165th Street pedestrian corridor in downtown Jamaica was transformed into a vibrant art exhibition when artists, business leaders and organizers gathered at the space July 7 to commemorate the work and look towards the future. The exhibition is scheduled to close July 17. Comment

Holy Cross starter Patrick Morrissey tries his hand at closing

Patrick Morrissey is usually a starting pitcher. But a few weeks ago the Holy Cross baseball standout, who has been playing for the Midville Dodgers scout team this summer, was presented with an opportunity he wouldn’t normally get during the high-school season. Comment
On Point

Co-op owners need to protect their rights

In New York City, almost 1 million people live in co-op apartments, and many of the most affordable ones are in Queens. Efforts to maintain affordable housing in New York City are continually being challenged. Comments (8)

Give our children lessons in character

Our young people need more support and guidance in their lives. We are all aware of the problems that our young people have such as drug abuse, irresponsible sexual activity, high drop-out rates, violence, bullying, suicides and the rash of horrible school and gang shootings. Character traits should be taught in all schools for grades K through 12. Comments (4)

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Mayor signs legislation increasing access to free feminine hygiene products

Women in the city’s public schools, shelters and prisons will have access to free feminine hygiene products after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a package of legislation Wednesday. Comments (6)

House passes FAA bill with no airplane noise provision

After advocating for regulations to control airplane noise in Queens, U.S Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has taken issue with the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act. The measure, which passed the House Monday in a 90-4 vote, featured many reforms but notably absent were any provisions to mitigate airplane noise. Comments (2)

Mets prospects get up-close look at NYC

Blake Tiberi was exhausted. He would go as far as to say he was absolutely bone-tired. Comment

New horizon for a traditional art

When Qiu Ren Wang first came to the United States from China four years ago, it was to participate in the huge Art Basel Miami Beach art fair. But before and after the fair he visited New York City, where he found both the artistic environment he was looking for and a community of like-minded artists from his homeland. Comments (1)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Richmond Hill

Elected officials hold Richmond Hill rain barrel giveaway

Elected officials and representatives of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection were on hand in Smokey Oval Park in Richmond Hill Saturday to give away free rain barrels to community members, saying the practice could help the environment and save people money when their water bills come due. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Elected officials join protesters at JetBlue over low wages

Elected officials in western Queens are turning up the heat on Long Island City-based JetBlue for paying airport workers low wages. Comments (4)

Israel endorses Suozzi for Congress

Outgoing Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) endorsed former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi in the general election campaign to succeed Israel in the 3rd Congressional District. Suozzi won the Democratic primary to become the party’s nominee in the race, which includes parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties in addition to Bay Terrace, Whitestone, Glen Oaks and Floral Park. Comment

Former SJU lacrosse star shines as a pro

Kieran McArdle loves running—at least when there’s a lacrosse stick in his hand. Comment

Musical pioneers make their mark in Queens

On a Friday evening last month, the Arthur Moon Band performed at Queens Theatre to celebrate the release of its first album, “Our Head,” and to screen the video for “Wind Up,” one of the songs from that album. Comment

Friday, July 15, 2016


Civic leaders hold community meetings in response to police violence

The recent spate of police violence, including the shooting in Dallas, has black residents in Queens on edge. Comments (6)

Medrano emerging as community leader in Sunnyside

A group of young adults is trying to help the next generation in Sunnyside find, and stay on, the proper path. Comments (1)

Sunnyside community leader Lily Gavin laid to rest

Nearly a thousand people paid their respects to Lily Gavin at Lynch’s Funeral Home in Sunnyside over the weekend. On Monday morning a long funeral procession, led by officers of the 108th Precinct, carried her casket west on Queens Boulevard, past Dazie’s her restaurant for more than 40 years. Comments (1)

Whitestone street re-named for Vincent Cangelosi

City Council member Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) hosted a street co-naming ceremony Tuesday in honor of Vincent Cangelosi, a Whitestone resident who died in the Sept. 11 attack. Comment

New MTA app lets commuters buy tickets online

MTA’s new app eTix is about to simplify your commute on the Long Island Rail Road. Comment

Queens Courage and Neir’s team up to showcase gin

Queens Courage gin distiller Chris Murillo held a tasting at historic Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven last Friday showcasing his resurrection of a little known blend of the spirit by the name of “Old Tom’s.” Astoria Distilling Company, located in Long Island City, is a start-up founded by Murillo who left his job as a corporate attorney to pursue his dreams of making craft liquor. Comment

Pidot fights for GOP primary against Martins in Israel race

As the Democratic primary for New York’s 3rd Congressional District unfolded over the past months and concluded with a victory for former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, a Republican primary fight has been brewing, as well. The contest is currently playing out in state court. Comments (1)
Real Estate

Avella issues letter to DOB to keep Airbnb listing at bay

An Airbnb listing in Broadway-Flushing had state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and residents up in arms over zoning violations at a July 1 news conference. Now Avella has issued a letter to the city Department of Buildings demanding that the agency enforce the law requiring single-family dwellings and non-commercial use within the neighborhood. Comments (1)

Community, cops should take stock

New York City’s police officers know how it feels to lose fellow officers in a senseless, cold-blooded assassination. We stand with the men and women of the Dallas Police Department, DART and with their families to mourn the loss of these fine officers. They did nothing to harm anyone but instead were protecting the rights of others to be heard in protest. We have said it many times before: the loss of life—every life—is a tragedy. But much of the anger directed at police o Comments (7)

Herring uses summer ball to up his game’s level

John Herring just wants to get better. Comment

A tough challenge

The assassination of five police officers in Dallas after the killing of two black men at the hands of officers in other cities has stunned and saddened Queens. Comments (1)

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Community responds to tragedies throughout country

Violent shooting incidents involving the police spurred an outpouring of grief and frustration at community meetings and prayer vigils throughout the borough and city from elected officials and community members. Comments (2)

Bayside woman soon to celebrate 107th birthday

Ida Albert came to the United States at the age of 3 and, like many immigrants today, settled with her family in Astoria. Comments (1)

Vigil calls for peace in borough and country

Pastor Rimsky Toussaint of Tabernacle of Glory in St. Albans stood before an assembled crowd of mourners gathered at the rear of the King Manor Museum in Rufus King Park in downtown Jamaica Tuesday evening. The crowd held thin white candles, cupping their hands around the wick to shield the flames from the wind. Comments (5)
Long Island City

More towers to rise in Long Island City

At the LIC Partnership’s annual LIC Summit last month, one of the more interesting panel discussions was entitled “The Next Wave of Development in LIC” and it included representatives of developer Tishman Speyer, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the shared-office-space firm WeWork. Now all three are involved in a new megaproject that will bring two 27-story towers to the Long Island City skyline, providing 1.1 million square feet of office space along Jackson Avenue from Queens Boulevard to 42nd Road. Comments (1)

Five men charged in Bayside sports bookie ring: DA

An illegal sports gambling operation based out of a rundown Bayside home has been shut down and five men have been charged with their alleged roles in a wire room that booked more than $750,000 a year in bets, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (3)
Murray Hill

City explores bioswales to reduce flooding in Murray Hill

The city Department of Environmental Protection is exploring the possibility of installing bioswales, or rain gardens, in Flushing neighborhoods to combat flooding, ease overburdened portions of the storm sewer system and clean up waterways affected by runoff such as Flushing Creek and Flushing Bay. Comments (3)
Hunters Point

Pre-K classes for Hunters Point where children are wait-listed

The city will add much needed pre-K seats in Hunters Point this fall, according to the city’s Department of Education. The move comes after a phone-call campaign mounted by the Gantry Parent Association. Comments (1)
Track and field

Cardozo alums are heading to the Olympics in Rio

Eugene, Ore., is 2,929 miles from Cardozo High School, but those miles didn’t seem quite so far as New York City history was made at the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials Sunday. Comments (3)

Queens World Film Fest brings some favorites back to borough screens

The Queens World Film Festival is celebrating six years of bringing the best of both local and international filmmaking to borough screens. Katha Cato, QWFF president, said its schedule of free summer encore screenings, which runs through the rest of the summer, has something for everyone—and something from just about everywhere. Comment

What Generation Z’s eating habits tell us

You can tell a person’s age by his teeth. Comments (1)

How LIRR riders can get some East Side Access right now

A recent announcement by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that Amtrak may be responsible for additional delays on the progression of Long Island Rail Road East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal project is nothing new. Insufficient support from Amtrak, including track outages and assignment of Force Account Signal and other workers, has been responsible for periodic delays since 2006. Watch for a future MTA announcement that opening day of service has been moved from December 2022 to 2023 or 2024. Comments (1)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Jackson Heights

Flower Hour of Colombian Parade

As ethnic parades go, it seems there is one every weekend somewhere in New York. But the Festival de las Flores, a Colombian tradition that is just taking root in Queens, is not your standard bands-and-beauty-queens march. Comment

Sanders listens to SE Queens’ concerns after police shootings

State Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) held a community meeting at LIFE Camp to address the issue of police violence in response to the recent shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana as well as the attacks in Dallas, which left five officers dead. Comments (8)

Illegal fireworks cause disturbance in Bayside, Whitestone

The Fourth of July weekend brought a number of summons for illegal fireworks violations in Bayside, according to the 111th Precinct. This account, however, was not consistent with claims from one resident who said local law enforcement was reluctant put a stop to displays in the neighborhood. Comments (7)

Kids ride at Queens Center Mall erupts in flames

NYPD responded to a call Sunday at Queens Center Mall, located at 91-15 Queens Blvd., when one of the rides at a kiosk erupted in flames. Comments (1)

Israel endorses Suozzi for Congress

Outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) endorsed former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi Monday in the general election campaign to succeed him in the 3rd Congressional District. Comments (1)

Friday, July 8, 2016


Family of Corona hit-and-run victim needs help to pay for funeral, burial

The family of Doniqueca Cooke, the 21-year-old Corona woman who was fatally stuck in a hit-and-run collision last week, is asking for the public’s help to defray the cost of her funeral and burial. Comments (6)
Cambria Heights

Woman killed in police pursuit collision in Cambria Heights

A car crash following a police pursuit through Cambria Heights Thursday afternoon ended with one woman dead, a man injured and the driver of the vehicle in custody, according to the NYPD. Comment

Queens lawmakers condemn police shootings and Dallas attack

Elected officials throughout the borough responded to the harrowing displays of violence that shook the nation this week, including the shootings of two men in Louisiana and Minnesota at the hands of the police, as well as the shooting deaths of five police officers that unfolded near the end of a protest march in Dallas. Comments (8)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Long Island City

Labor dispute at 5Pointz escalates

Union leaders protesting developer Jerry Wolkoff’s use of non-union workers at his Long Island City construction site were so incensed by a comment from him in a TimesLedger article Wednesday night that they added three more giant inflatable rats along Jackson Avenue Thursday morning. Comments (11)


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