Friday, Aug. 19, 2016


Man arrest for Flushing Meadows groping incident

FLUSHING— A Kew Gardens man has been arrested in two groping incidents in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, police said. Andres Marrero Fisher, 25, was charged with forcible touching , public lewdness and harassment, according to the district attorney’s office. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016


Share the burden on helicopter noise

We are reaching out to you concerning the July 25, 2016 notification in the Federal Register that the Federal Aviation Administration is issuing a “final rule” extending the “North Shore Helicopter Route” for another four years without the normal 30-day notice that would give the community the opportunity to comment on this decision. Comments (2)

A metal muralist is saluted at Maple Grove

At Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, honoring those who have been laid to rest there is an multi-faceted, ever changing task. “We are constantly looking for something that will lead to a great discovery,” said Carl Ballenas, president of Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery. “When we walk through the grounds we are always looking at the markers and tombstones for something that we should take notice of.” Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016

Oakland Gardens

Shakespeare in the Park, free films to return to Cunningham Park

Shakespeare in the Park and free movie screenings will be returning to Cunningham Park for the month of August, courtesy of Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) and Friends of Cunningham Park. Comment

The new Elmhurst library will open in late fall

Elmhurst residents have been waiting more than four years for their brand new state-of-the-art public library to open and now that moment is just months away. Comment
East Elmhurst

Peralta holds back-to-school giveaway, free outdoor movies

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) will hold his seventh annual Back to School Giveaway Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 98th Place and 57th Avenue in Corona. Comment
Forest Hills

Residents debate merits of Queensway vs. railway

Residents of the Central Queens advocacy group, Friends of the QueensWay, and The Trust for Public Land, a non-profit that constructs and conserves green space, held a workshop for other inhabitants to participate in the Phase One design of a pedestrian park that could cost up to $120 million. Comments (66)

Red Storm fencers are ready to take Rio

The United States fencing team will be a little more red than white or blue when the squad lands in Rio for this year’s Olympic Games—Red Storm, that is. Comment

Monday, Aug. 8, 2016

LeFrak City

NBA Kenny Anderson comes home to LeFrak City

LeFrak City residents gathered Saturday to celebrate hometown legend Kenny “Mr. Chibbs” Anderson with a basketball tournament aimed at helping the youth. Comment

Olde Towne Flushing cemetery gets much needed grooming

Volunteers arrived at the Olde Towne Flushing Burial Ground Wednesday to clean up the neglected cemetery, which holds the remains of African Americans, American Indians and the poor from 19th century society. Comments (4)
Long Island City

City gives Avonte’s family $2.7M settlement

The city has agreed to pay the family of Avonte Oquendo, the 14 year-old autistic boy whose body was found along the College Point shoreline, $2.7 million in a settlement, according to the Law Department. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park woman convicted of child assault

An Ozone Park woman has been convicted of abusing and starving her stepdaughter for a period of two years, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Former Bayside teacher tried to pay minor for sex: DA

A former substitute special education teacher from Bayside was charged Monday with an attempted criminal sexual act after being arrested in an Internet sting, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (2)

A player who started in Jamaica gains a worldwide rep

Lasan Kromah—who won a national championship with UConn in 2014—was born in Queens, but grew up in Maryland and his on-court history has taken him, literally, all over the world. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

A failure to communicate about going green

Suddenly green letters and numbers have been appearing on sidewalks in front of houses and Cunningham Park on 199th Street. They are probably at other places, too. People scrambled to find out what these cryptic green markings mean. Elaine Young, first vice president of the West Cunningham Park Civic Association, searched the DEP website and discovered that they are for bioswales, which are also called Rain Gardens. They are supposed to catch and funnel rainwater into the ground. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016


Baby’s death in Sunnyside is ruled a homicide

SUNNYSIDE—The death of a 5-month-old has been ruled a homicide, according the medical examiner’s office. Comments (1)
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights celebrates National Night Out

The field at Cambria Playground in Cambria Heights Tuesday evening was filled with kids, parents, community members and cops for the National Night Out event sponsored by the 105th Precinct. Officers were drenched in the dunk tank while others fired up the grills to offer hamburgers and hot dogs to attendees. Comment

Cyclist and motorist involved in gunfight

FLUSHING—Police were seeking information about a gunfight that broke out between a driver and bicyclist in Flushing earlier this month. The incident took place on 137th Street and 32nd Avenue on July 12 at about 10:25 p.m., police said. Comments (2)

Bayside soccer star gets a chance to play in Spain

Marcela Aguirre knows a good opportunity when she sees one. She also isn’t one to back away from a challenge. Comments (1)

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016


111th Precinct hosts Night Out Against Crime in Douglaston

The 111th Police Precinct hosted the National Night Out Against Crime at Douglaston Mall in the Fairway parking lot Tuesday with Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) and commanding officer Captain William McBride. The event took place throughout the city for communities to interact with the officers who serve them and allowed non-profits and city agencies to set up information tables for attendees. Comments (3)

Man fatally shot in Flushing

FLUSHING—A Long Island man was fatally shot in the head late Wednesday night, police said. Comment

CK’s Alvarado takes a shot at becoming the best

Jose Alvarado’s plan for this summer was to work harder than anyone, train longer than anyone and in the end be better than anyone else. Comment

Friday, Aug. 5, 2016


Your Queens Weekend: August 5-7

Two festivals that highlight the borough’s cultural diversity are on the menu this weekend. Comment
Real Estate

Avella asks city to clean up Broadway-Flushing zombie home

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) stood with Broadway-Flushing residents in front of a so-called “zombie” home asking the city to clean up the abandoned property. The house, on 25-18 163rd St., is caught up in fraudulent mortgage activity and is in the process of being foreclosed by one of its two mortgage holders, according to Avella. Comments (3)

City Planning to rule on affordable housing project in Sunnyside

The City Planning Commission was scheduled to render its decision next week on the Phipps Houses’ plan to build The Barnett, a 10-story, 209-unit building with 100 percent mixed-income affordable housing in western Queens. Comment
St. Albans

Artists make a mural of A Tribe Called Quest’s message

On the corner of 200th and Hollis avenues in St. Albans, a group of artists worked in the blistering sun last week on a mural celebrating the music, message and legacy of the hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Jocelyn Goode, the founder of the Founder of CultureCocoa ArtHouse, designed the mural, and it is the second one in a series that began with a mural in honor of Run DMC two blocks away. Comment

Jung loses bid to get Stavisky removed from ballot

The city Board of Elections ruled in a hearing Tuesday that state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) could remain on the ballot for re-election after an opponent contended that she lacked the required number of valid signatures in her petitions. The challenges were raised by her Democratic foe, S.J. Jung and other residents within the district, who claimed the signatures to qualify her for re-election were illegible or had addresses outside of the district, leaving only 13 out of 3,519 valid. Comments (3)

Sutphin BID celebrates new facades

Community members and elected officials celebrated the unveiling of a row of seven new storefront facades along Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica between Hillside and 88th avenues. The plan is the first step toward renovating more facades along Sutphin Boulevard. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Mayor announces big drop in prison violence

Reforms on Rikers Island and other city prisons have resulted in a 45 percent reduction in serious violence indicators during the first half of 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday with Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte. Comments (2)

Tennis great Virginia Wade hit first ball on new Astoria Park courts

The cracked and aging tennis courts in Astoria Park have been restored by the nonprofit City Parks Foundation with a $750,000 donation that includes a decade of maintenance. Comment

Bratton resigns as NYPD Commissioner

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced his resignation from the department at a news conference this week where he and Mayor Bill de Blasio said NYPD Chief of Department Jimmy O’Neill would replace him in the job of top cop. Comments (1)

Former St. John’s stars band together to win big prize

Paris Horne didn’t even have to look—he knew D.J. Kennedy was there. Comment

Art shapes lifestyles

For museums and cultural organizations around the country, finding ways to expand programming outside the walls of an indoor exhibition space has become an increasingly important part of their cultural mission. Comment

Breaking barriers

Regardless of where American women sit on the political spectrum, Hillary Clinton’s nomination as the first female presidential candidate of a major political party is a historic breakthrough. It only took 96 years since women got the right to vote back in 1920 for a female to be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. Comments (3)

Dreaming of a Trump dynasty

For those “Never Trumpers” still around, here is an even more dystopian vision than a two-term Donald presidency: a Trump political dynasty that dominates the 21st century. Comments (2)

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

Howard Beach

Woman found murdered in Howard Beach marsh

Stunned family and community members mourned the murder of a 30-year-old woman at vigil in Howard Beach Wednesday evening. She was killed while in the middle of a jog along the marshes of Spring Creek Park. Police have now offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to her killer. Comment

Health Dept. to spray parts of Queens for Zika virus

In an attempt to stop the Zika virus from spreading in Queens, the city Department of Health has scheduled pesticide spraying in parts of Elmhurst, Hunters Point, Masbeth, Sunnyside and Woodside. The agency will spray pesticide from trucks on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting, according to the DOH. Comments (1)

Fire destroys Whitestone market, two other businesses

A three-alarm fire burned through a beloved Whitestone food market, destroying M&M dry cleaners and Laundromat along with it and injuring four firefighters, FDNY officials said. Comments (2)

Elmhurst Dairy to close its doors after 80 years in Jamaica

Elmhurst Dairy, a fixture of Jamaica and one of the premier producers of milk in New York state, announced Wednesday it will close and discontinue its operations. For the first time ever, milk will not be bottled within the city limits, according to a statement released by Elmhurst announcing the closure. CEO Henry Schwartz lamented the closure and the loss of jobs for 273 people. Comment

Man shot in struggle with police faces burglary charges

A Brooklyn man has been charged with burglary after being shot during a struggle with an NYPD officer during a burglary attempt in Maspeth, according to the NYPD. Comment

Queens schools show improved test scores

New York City students showed improved scores in state exams this past year and matched New York State students in English Language Arts (ELA) scores for the first time since standardized testing was instituted for all grades in 2006. City students also showed increased proficiency on math exams, and Queens students matched the upward trends in both categories. The tests were conducted in April for students in grades 3-8. Comment

DOT begins Phase 2 of the Queens Blvd. project in Elmhurst

Phase 2 of the Queens Boulevard reconstruction project began last week in Elmhurst where Community Board 4 approved the plan in May, but without its controversial bike lanes. The following day Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered officials at the city DOT to ignore CB 4 and include the bike lanes as the $100 million project pushes through Elmhurst to Rego Park from 74th Street to Eliot Avenue. Comment

Flushing mourns death of elderly assault victim

Leaders and community members gathered to remember Flushing resident Vincent Chun Man Tse, 68, who died following a brutal attack last week. Comments (1)

Barnwell to face Assemblywoman Markey in Dem primary

State Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) is facing at least one Democratic challenger from Woodside for the seat she has held since 1999. Markey kicked off her ninth re-election bid last month, saying she is proud of her time in the Assembly representing residents of Maspeth, Woodside and parts of Middle Village, Woodside, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Astoria. Comment

China-based developer buys RKO Keith’s Theatre

The RKO Keith’s Theater at the gateway to Main Street in downtown Flushing will be transformed into a condo — or so say the latest developers with a plan to rescue the blighted landmark. Comments (4)

Piazza and Mets fans celebrate on his home turf

Mike Piazza was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last weekend, but the celebration isn’t quite over yet—it has simply changed locations. Comment

Bill Popp plays cool sounds for warm evenings

Queens offers a lot of ways to cool off with music during the summer months, from evenings under the stars in a city park, to rock bands cranking up the volume within sight of the Atlantic Ocean in the Rockways. Comment

America needs to keep its sense of humor

Just a few weeks after the terror attacks of 9/11, Gilbert Gottfried took to the stage of the Friar’s Club and explained he had to leave early to catch a plane to California. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016


Bratton resigns as NYPD commissioner

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, who has overseen the department during the entirety of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first term, announced his resignation Tuesday. De Blasio quickly announced that Chief of Department Jimmy O’Neill would be promoted to the job being vacated by Bratton. Comments (5)

Stavisky petitions upheld by city Board of Elections

A hearing at the Manhattan office of the city Board of Elections Tuesday found objections to state Sen. Toby Stavisky’s (D-Flushing) campaign petitions to be insufficient to knock the incumbent off the ballot for the upcoming election. Comments (2)

Monday, Aug. 1, 2016


Elderly Flushing man dies after assault on street

Chun Man Tse of Flushing has died following an assault 10 days ago that left him unresponsive, police said Monday. Comments (1)

Burglary suspect shot by cop in Maspeth: NYPD

A woman who was inside her home in Maspeth on 66th Street near 55th Avenue about 1:30 p.m. Monday saw on a security camera that someone was burglarizing her home and called 911, the NYPD said. Comment

Friday, July 29, 2016


Your Queens Weekend: July 29-31

This weekend, the outdoor summer concert scene is hitting full swing. Friday night at 6, the Latin band Orquestra Finke will bring their swinging rhythm section and harmonic brass sound to Clement Clarke Moore Homestead Park in Elmhurst ( for details). Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Queensbridge Park is hosting an evening o Comment
Kew Gardens

Couple receives medical attention at Queens County Courthouse

Drama erupted at the Queens County Courthouse at 125-01 Queens Blvd. Friday morning, when a woman slipped on the main floor of the courhouse and fell. Her husband subsequently experienced an anxiety attack, said the Queens District Attorney, which led to two ambulances arriving at the scene to care for the couple. Comment

Meng elected vice chair of Democratic National Committee

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) was unanimously elected vice chair of the Democratic National Committee after the convention ended in Philadelphia. Comments (7)
Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills man arrested for touching two women joggers: NYPD

A 25-year-old Kew Gardens Hills man was arrested and charged with two counts of forcible touching after two incidents in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this week, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)


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