Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016


Constantinides readies for third cycle of participatory budgeting

City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) is gearing up for a third season of participatory budgeting in which residents of his district, including Astoria and parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, can decide how to invest $1 million on capital projects. Beginning next month community members can attend four neighborhood assemblies and make suggestions for public projects in the district. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016


Avella pushes to clear Whitestone lot

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is fighting to get what is supposed to be a vacant Whitestone lot cleared. Comment
South Jamaica

Baisley Park library to be renovated

Baisley Park Community Library in South Jamaica will undergo renovations that will make the facility compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, improving access to the building’s collection for individuals who previously had difficulty entering the space. Comments (1)

Broadway quality comes to the Rockaways

The story of “La Cage aux Folles” has moved back and forth between the stage and screen over the years. Starting out as a 1973 play, it was turned into a hit 1978 film. It made its way back to the stage in 1983, when the team of Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman transformed it into a Tony Award-winning musical. In 1996, it was remade as “The Birdcage,” a film which starred Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, and changed the story’s setting from the French Riviera to Miami’s South Beach. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Bringing necessary publicity to a theater scene

Every now and then, the time comes for me to re-introduce myself to the readers of this column. Many of you, I’d like to believe, have enjoyed my well-chosen words since my June 2007 debut in these pages, about 150 columns ago, and maybe you even learned something. Comment

Monday, Aug. 15, 2016


BID holds annual meeting

The Bayside Village Business Improvement District held its annual meeting in the Magnolia Room of Bourbon Street Restaurant Monday to discuss a new street lamp program and progress on the plan to build a parking garage on 41st Avenue. Comment

Local 342 stages strike vs. Bayside Key Foods

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 342 representatives were picketing outside the Food Universe in Bayside at 35-10 Francis Lewis Blvd. last week and passing cars honked their support for the protestors and their giant inflatable rat. Comments (6)

New York needs to create a non-smoking generation

First, count the number of libraries in your neighborhood. Done? Now, count the number of stores that sell tobacco in your neighborhood. Can you count them? Probably not. I was raised in Bayside all of my life. In my small, suburban neighborhood, we have a total of two libraries. Considering the size of the area, that’s pretty impressive. But what blew my mind was the fact that while Bayside has two libraries, my neighborhood has at least 25 tobacco retail outlets. Comments (3)

Bruce makes mark as Met

Jay Bruce has officially arrived in New York. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016


Jamaica man pleads guilty in fatal accident

A 28-year-old Jamaica man has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident in which his car fatally struck a 48-year-old man who was standing next to his car on a Richmond Hill street. Comments (4)

Dead woman found in Pomonok a murder victim: Cops

A 61-year-old woman was found dead in her Pomonok apartment Aug. 1, according to the NYPD. Comment

Gotti grandson charged with drug sales

Suspects in a 12-month drug trafficking operation allegedly spearheaded by John J. Gotti, the grandson of the famed mobster John Gotti, were charged in Queens Criminal Court Aug. 4 with possession, criminal selling of a controlled substance and money laundering. Comment

Grant keeps college career close to home

Isaac Grant wants to make his family proud. Comment
Political Action

Presidential campaign has its twists and turns

This year’s presidential campaign is very unusual to say the least. Comments (3)

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016


Vincenzo Palazzolo dies at 67

Vincenzo Palazzolo, 67, of Jackson Heights died Sunday. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Man stabs NYPD officer in hand

JAMAICA - A police officer was injured after being stabbed in the hand by a man who had locked himself in his bathroom, according to the NYPD. Comment

Former MTA Chairmam Robert Kiley dies

Former MTA Chairman Robert Kiley, whose administration brought the end of the subway token and introduced the MetroCard, died Tuesday. He was 80. Comments (1)

Haron Hargrave gives back to his community

Haron Hargrave sprinted around the Verizon Athletic Field, shouting instructions to whoever would listen as he tried to make sure that tables and tents went up exactly where he wanted them. Comment

Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

Murray Hill

Murray HIll massage parlors operating illegally: DOB

The city Department of Buildings has found multiple massage parlors in Murray Hill have been operating illegally after a lawmaker asked the agency to investigate their status. Comments (5)

Former Garaufis house gets rejected for permits, receives ‘stop work order’ from DOB

Construction on the house formerly owned by federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis at 218-15 40th Ave. in Bayside had a stop work order slapped on it in July due to revocation of the owners’ Alt-1 permit after the once stately home was torn down. Comments (7)

Dragon Boats return to Meadow Lake

The 2016 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival brought the competition of traditional Chinese boat racing together with food, fun and entertainment to Flushing Meadows Corona Park last weekend and thousands of people came from across the city and beyond to explore what the attraction had to offer. Comment

Salon owners tell Kim regs causing problems

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) met with nail salon owners and Asian business leaders this week to discuss the hardships caused by new, strict state regulations. Laws meant to protect workers have cracked down on nail salon owners, who have told Kim that the regulations are punitive and impossible to abide by. Comments (5)

Heroin and Fentanyl ODs rise in city and boro

Drug overdose deaths from heroin and Fentanyl abuse have skyrocketed across the five boroughs in the past five years, the city Department of Health reported. The Bronx had the most unintentional overdose deaths at 252, while Queens had 144 deaths, 83 of which involved heroin. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

Street renamed for teen shooting victim

Three years after the shooting death of a teenager sitting on an idling bus in south Jamaica, a portion of the street near where she died will be named in her memory and honor. Comments (5)

Woodhaven residents rally against Select Bus Service

Neighborhood residents and activist groups gathered in Woodhaven Saturday to protest the city Department of Transportation’s new Select Bus Service plan. The route would reconfigure lanes and eliminate left turns at major intersections as well as install bus stops in the median of Woodhaven Boulevard, which opponents fear will create unsafe conditions along the corridor and interrupt flow of traffic. Comments (5)

Chain Theatre keeps the show going

In the slightly more than three years it spent at its location in Long Island City, the Chain Theatre put on a intriguing mix of theater, film and comedy. From its productions of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Hurlyburly” to the Unchained Festival, which featured a range of new and challenging works, the Chain was a distinctive presence on the borough’s cultural scene. Comment

Put park safety first

Just days after a woman jogger from Howard Beach was found strangled to death in a Queens marsh near her home, a new report found violent crime has risen in the city’s parks. Comments (1)

Family-friendly events bring communities together

This weekend, two family-friendly community events will engage Jackson Heights and Flushing with food, culture and crafts. Comment

Bowne basketballers lead team to showcase win

The plan was simple – defend your turf. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

Howard Beach

Police raise reward for information about Vetrano murder

Police doubled the reward for information leading to Karina Vetrano’s killer to $20,000 as authorities continued to search for clues in the mysterious murder of the Howard Beach jogger. The victim’s family also announced a fund to raise a reward that quickly exceeded more than $100,000. Comments (6)
Howard Beach

Friends remember Karina Vetrano

Residents of the Howard Beach community say they won’t rest until the killer of Karina Vetrano is found. Comment
Howard Beach

Funeral held for jogger in Howard Beach church

Hundreds gathered at St. Helen’s Church in Howard Beach Saturday to mourn the death of Karina Vetrano, with many inside the church having to stand to fit into the space. Like the town hall meeting that would be held two days later, the church set up loudspeakers outside to let those who could not enter hear the eulogies for the 30-year-old jogger who was found murdered earlier that week. Comment

Stavisky strikes back at primary opponent

The state Sen. Toby Stavisky’s (D-Flushing) campaign is firing back at primary opponent S.J. Jung by calling on the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics to investigate his tardiness in filing an annual statement of financial disclosure with the agency. Comment
Murray Hill

149th Street bridge in Murray Hill finally opens

After more than five years of construction, the new149th Street bridge in Murray Hill is finally open in a move that should help the area’s business community, which is largely composed of Korean-owned businesses, recover some of their losses. The ongoing bridge problems have closed off a major street in the neighborhood, blocking traffic and making it difficult for potential customers to reach businesses. Comments (1)

Queens DA asked to treat Jamaica assault as a hate crime

The lawyer for a Jamaica man who was assaulted this spring has called on the Queens district attorney to prosecute the attack as a hate crime. Comment

Five candidates approved by BOE to run for Clark seat

Candidates in the Democratic primary race to run for the seat left vacant by the death of state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark have learned if they qualified for the ballot. Comment

Back to the Future: Reimagining the New York State Pavilion

The future looks bright for a neglected Queens landmark, thanks to a no-holds-barred ideas competition that yielded remarkable blueprints for its transformation. Comment

How Pokémon Go got turned into a threat

Our governor wants us to panic about a problem that does not exist: Sex offenders preying on kids playing Pokemon Go. Comments (1)

Moses Brown gets lots of traction on basketball court

Moses Brown knows what you’re thinking. He’s tall—6 feet and 11 inches tall, in fact. He knows it’s a lot to take in. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016

Howard Beach

Residents seek answers on jogger’s murder at Howard Beach town hall

Concerned community residents turned out in the hundreds at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Howard Beach Monday evening for a town hall meeting about the ongoing investigation into the murder of Karina Vetrano, who was killed during a jog through a secluded area in Spring Creek Park. Comments (1)

City plans Zika spraying in parts of Queens Tuesday

Pesticide spraying to combat mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus have been done all over the city, including Queens. The next round of truck spraying will be Tuesday night in parts of Jackson Heights, Astoria and Woodside. The sprayings will take place between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday, weather permitting. Comments (1)


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