Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016


Restaurant business grows at JFK in 2015

With nearly 5 million passengers traveling through JFK International Airport each month, a few are bound to get hungry. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016


A Little Gym in Bayside gets kids moving and thinking

A private gym for toddlers and kids has made its home in Bayside for the past year. Established under the Little Gym franchise by Tae Koo, who saw the benefit of physical activity and gymnastics with his own daughter, Caroline, The Little Gym of Bayside, 34-38 Bell Blvd., is a part of a franchise rooted in a youth-gym concept founded in 1976 by educator, musician and kinesiologist Robin Wes. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Weprin to host food drives in his district

Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) kicked off a food drive last week at his district offices in Fresh Meadows and Richmond Hill. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016


Nolan adds her voice to Glendale train kerfuffle

State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) has raised objections with Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the procurement process of new locomotives by the New York and Atlantic railway company, which operates Glendale’s Fresh Pond Rail Yard. Comment
Jackson Heights

DREAM Act a priority of Assembly: Heastie

There is renewed hope for supporters of the Dream Act in New York state. Comments (4)
East Elmhurst

Peralta makes changes in his legislation that would legalize hoverboards

Less than a week after he introduced a measure to legalize and regulate hoverboards, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) announced he is making substantial policy changes to the legislation. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Man wanted for robbing woman at M train station: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY—Police were searching for a man who stole a 26-year-old woman’s iPhone while they were on the M train in Long Island City on New Year’s Eve. Comment

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016


Application for improvements to Bayside BP still getting pushback

A lawyer representing British Petroleum appeared before Borough President Melinda Katz at a hearing week regarding a variance amendment application for a gas station on Northern Boulevard. The variance was unanimously voted against by Community Board 11. Comment

Select Bus Service battle comes to CB9

As the Department of Transportation gave Community Board 9 a status update on Select Bus Service at its monthly meeting, it began to dawn on community leaders that SBS on Woodhaven Boulevard is not a matter of if but of when and how. Comments (4)
Fresh Meadows

Lancman recognized for supporting arts at PS 255

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) received a plaque for his commitment to arts education last week at PS 255 in Fresh Meadows, where he highlighted significant improvements in arts education. Comment
Ozone Park

Ulrich announces tax-info sessions

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced Tuesday he will be hosting two Property Tax Assessment Town Halls this February for residents to discuss their property tax assessments and notices of property value with representatives of the Tax Commission and Department of Finance. Comment

St. John’s holds off nationally ranked Seton Hall

St. John’s dynamic backcourt duo was exactly that and the supporting cast helped them close out the team’s second win this season over a ranked opponent. Comment

Heroin found in a bottle of Mama Juana at JFK: CBP

JAMAICA — A passenger on an incoming flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport was caught allegedly smuggling heroin inside of a bottle of a traditional Dominican drink Jan. 6, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said. Comments (2)

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016


Sloan award goes to boro science teacher

A Bellerose teacher at the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College said she would not have been named one of the seven to receive a Sloan Awards For Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics without with support of her colleagues. Comment
East Elmhurst

Riker reforms setback by recent violence

After a spate of violent episodes involving teenage inmates on Rikers Island, the head of the city’s Department of Correction sought a delay in iplementing one of his integral reforms. Commissioner Joseph Ponte sent a letter to the chairman of the Board of Correction last Friday that seeks a six-month delay to ending isolation for young adults ages 18 to 21 until June when his staff would be better prepared. Comment

Send valentines to veterans

State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) has announced his 20th-annual Valentines for Vets gift drive. Comment
New Voices

CUNY is vital to our long-term economic security

The City University of New York is in dire straits, due to political rivalries and a lack of will to fund these institutions at levels consistent with the 21st century. Notably, aside from chronic facility underfunding, many staff members have gone without raises since 2010, at a time when the cost of living has increased dramatically across the city. Comments (1)

Making Queens a more livable place

It’s time to make New Year’s resolutions for your community—and AARP’s Livability Index can help you do just that. Comment

Toussaint power Christ the King past Molloy

Christ the King’s Dominique Toussaint put on a dominant performance against Archbishop Molloy in a rematch of last season’s CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens and New York Federation final. Comment

Grade A: Patterson, Brunson power Hilltoppers to statement win over Loughlin

If Saturday afternoon was the first test of whether or not Mary Louis can challenge the elite teams in CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens, the Hilltoppers aced it. Comment
Jackson Heights

Police searching for suspects in Jackson Heights lounge assault

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The NYPD was looking for three men in connection with a felony assault in Jackson Heights last month. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016


Avella announces plan to combat homeless crisis

At a news conference last week, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) outlined proposals to address the homeless crisis in New York City, including investing $2 billion over five years for supportive housing, increasing shelter allowances and reforming shelters. Comments (5)
Long Island City

CB2 hosts public meeting on residential development at the Parago Paint building in LIC

Community Board 2 will hold a public meeting Wednesday to discuss a mega-project that would transform Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. The owners of the Paragon Paint building wants to develop the property at 45-50 Vernon Blvd., as well as adjacent parcels, for residential and retail use. Comments (2)
On Point

Do City Council members deserve a raise?

This is what a classified ad would look like for the position of New York City Council member. Comments (10)

Commuters are facing a long wait for improvements

Remember over three years ago—December 2012—when the NYC officials and developers who broke ground for the new Hudson Yards project, which is to be built over the Long Island Rail Road Westside storage yard between 10th and 12th avenues in Manhattan, were all smiles? Comment

Patriots pillaged by Vikings

Repeating past mistakes caught up to Francis Lewis in its most important game to date. Comment

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

East Elmhurst

Ex-con looks for cop that helped land him job at LaGuardia

An ex-con from the Bronx has been driving the streets in and around LaGuardia Airport searching for an NYPD officer for the last month. Comment

Chinese student slashed in Whitestone to stay in the U.S.

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) said the NYPD is following a number of leads in the case of a 16-year-old exchange student from China who was slashed by a mysterious attacker last month on her way to school in Whitestone. The girl said she plans to stay in the United States. Comments (5)

Free legal housing help available for Flushing residents

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and Queens Legal Services launched a partnership to provide free monthly legal housing assistance to Flushing residents. Comments (2)

Muslims pleased with settlement of lawsuits on NYPD surveillance

Borough Muslims said they are pleased with the city’s settlement of several lawsuits from 2013 that accused the NYPD of improperly investigating Muslim groups. Comments (2)

103rd Pct Inspector promoted, crime down

Despite the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old man on Dec. 31 in South Jamaica, newly promoted Inspector John Cappelman said Tuesday night overall crime was down 6 percent in the surrounding neighborhoods of downtown Jamaica at a 103rd community precinct meeting. Comments (1)

‘In Jackson Heights’ settles into run at Museum of Moving Image

Frederick Wiseman was a no-show at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards Jan. 5. Comment

Grover Cleveland students develop apps focused on Forest Park

Five years ago, Grover Cleveland High School’s Academy of Information Technology received a grant from computer technology company Lenovo to start an app development workshop under the instruction of GCHS teacher Andrew Woodbridge. Comment

Four Astoria subway stations will be closed for renovations

Astoria straphangers will lose the use of four of their subway stations on the N/Q line for six months to a year for major renovations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Friday. Comment

Elmhurst civic activist killed in Jackson Heights crash

One of Elmhurst’s most active community leaders was killed in a single car crash on Astoria Boulevard Sunday, according to the NYPD. Comment
Forest Hills

Subway station upgrades coming to Forest Hills and Jamaica

The 67th Avenue subway station in Forest Hills and the Parsons Boulevard stop in Jamaica are among 30 stations citywide to be completely renovated, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced. The upgrades, which will be covered by the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Program, will be constructed through a “design-build process,” which Cuomo said will cut work time by half. Comment

Parks, not profits

Every piece of public green space is a precious commodity in Queens. At the top of list is Flushing Meadows Corona Park, a sprawling 900-acre expanse that plays host to the US Open, Citi Field and the ambitions of developers who want to build a mall on a parcel outside the ballpark. Comment

Play dates and the end of play

This week, our columnist ponders the benefits of adult-supervised playtime. Comments (1)

Bring city shelters up to standards

Gilbert Taylor, former commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services, has voluntarily or involuntarily resigned. Regardless, this is a much-needed change, which provides the city with an opportunity to rectify some of his poor decisions as well as reform the agency to effectively help those in need. Comments (2)
Block Shots

CHSAA boys’ hoops off to wild, unpredictable start

Uncertainty is the only thing that’s certain about the CHSAA Class AA boys’ basketball league right now, because of a level of parity we haven’t seen in years. Comment

Car thefts continue in Central Queens

MASPETH—A rash of car break-ins in Central Queens continues unabated. Over the past week, at least four cars were broken into in Maspeth and two more in Elmhurst. Comments (1)

Police seek robber in Ridgewood

RIDGEWOOD—Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a man in his mid thirties in connection with a robbery in Ridgewood. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016


Ozanam Hall Nursing Home to lay off employees

The Ozanam Hall Nursing Home in Bayside is planning to lay off approximately 40 employees Monday, according to sources close to the situation. Comments (70)

Cuomo turns to Stringer to review homeless shelter system

Mayor Bill de Blasio thought he had gained some momentum in his battle with the city’s homeless crisis in the days before Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address. Last week the mayor vowed his administration was “taking the gloves off” and “we’re owning this issue 110 percent.” Comments (2)

City Parks denies permits for music festivals in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

There will be no large-scale music festivals in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this summer after the city’s Parks Department Monday rejected all current applications by for-profit companies to hold paid-admission events in the borough’s largest green space. Comment

Gov. proposes rehab on 30 subway stations

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come up with a far-reaching plan to push the often beleaguered Metropolitan Transportation Authority into the 21st century, including a complete overhaul of 30 subway stations, “contactless payment” from straphangers as they board subways and buses and WiFi in all stations by the end of this year. Comments (3)
Long Island City

The Chain Theatre plans to offer programming to the end

In a little more than three weeks, The Chain Theatre will shut the door for the last time on its 45th Road home. Comment

VIP youth program end in Jamaica

After a long battle with the state for public funding to keep its doors open, Varied Internships Programs, a Jamaica-based nonprofit youth program, shut its doors on the eve of the new year. Comment
Ozone Park

Home invasion turns fatal for Ozone Park dad: NYPD

While 51-year old Frankie Nieves was getting his daughter ready for school Monday morning, two robbers entered his home and fatally shot him in Ozone Park, police said. Comments (4)

CB7 weighs in on airplane noise in northern Queens

Members of Community Board 7 had strong opinions on how the Port Authority is tackling the airplane noise issue, expressing concerns about everything from placement of noise monitors to insufficient community representation at the board’s monthly meeting Monday night in Flushing. Comments (3)
Fresh Meadows

107th Pct. officers help woman in labor on L.I.E.

Two police officers from the 107th Precinct helped a mother who went into labor give birth in her car Saturday on the Long Island Expressway and Kissena Boulevard. Comment

Big fourth from Rivers, Walker sends Royals past Stanners

Christ the King found a way without Jose. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016


Flushing woman made Korean children her slaves: DA

A Flushing woman has been charged with labor trafficking and other charges for allegedly holding two Korean children captive as slaves for six years, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2)
Long Island City

New play at Secret digs into New York’s desperate past

In his director’s note for Pamela Enz’s play “City Girls & Desperadoes,” now at the Secret Theatre, Richard Mazda writes that it “is not about drugs, sex or dealing,” but rather “is a play about relationships within that bankrupt yet thrilling late ’70s New York City world.” Comment

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Kew Gardens

Correction Department gives job seekers glimpse at life inside

New York’s Boldest held an open house, and we were there. Comment

Friday, Jan. 8, 2016


NYPD settles lawsuits on Muslim surveillance

The city announced plans to provide additional guidance to police officers as part of a settlement of 2013 lawsuits accusing the NYPD of improperly investigating Muslim groups. Comments (4)

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016


Chinese student slashed in Whitestone will stay in the U.S.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon at the office of state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), a 16-year-old exchange student from China who was slashed by a mysterious attacker last month on her way to school in Whitestone said she is grateful for the community’s support and plans to stay in the United States. Comments (1)
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