Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016


Preparations under way for breast cancer walk

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Queens held a breakfast Aug. 11 at Terrace on the Park in Corona to kick off preparations for its annual Queens walk. The walk’s main purpose is to raise awareness and funds to combat breast cancer. Comment

New law would protect city vets with Human Rights Law

Legislation was introduced Tuesday that will make veterans a protected class under New York City’s Human Rights Law, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials. Comment

Big City musicians showcase talent at LIC venue

Big City Music Festival returned to Long Island City’s LIC Bar, where 24 musicians and groups from across the city gathered to showcase their original song-writing talent Saturday and Sunday. The two-day event comes along every two years and was founded by Niall Connolly, an Irish immigrant who sought to bring a little bit of home to the city. Among performers gaining in notoriety were Warren Malone, August Wells and Youth in a Roman Field. Comment

Alleged gang member pleads guilty in Corona shooting

A 22-year-old purported member of the Los Travaiesos street gang has pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the December 2015 shooting of a reputed rival gang member in a Corona club, the Queens DA said. Comments (1)

Using creativity to teach about science

For many kids, the summer that is about to end was a time to head for the beach or just relax. But for the 30 young people who participated in the Museum Education and Employment Program, the break between school years has been an opportunity to learn about museums and how they operate. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Queens Village

Queens Village playground gets upgrade

Community members and elected officials in Queens Village celebrated the ground breaking of an $800,000 reconstruction for Pat Williams Playground. Comment

Trio of lawmakers determined to pass the DREAM Act

With the start of the next state legislative session beginning in January, three Queens lawmakers renewed their call last week to pass the DREAM Act in New York. Comments (8)

Jackson Heights man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend’s dog

A 33-year-old Jackson Heights man has pleaded to killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old Chihuahua by violently slamming the dog against the floor during a verbal dispute, with the girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter present, the Queens DA said. Comments (1)

Grain House aims to please—and does

We were sort of lured to Grain House on Northern Boulevard in Little Neck under false pretenses, not that we have anyone to blame but our selves. Comment

Puttiing up a roadblock against bicycle safety

Imagine asking Astoria drivers to detour to Staten Island on their way to pick up a relative at JFK Airport. Or requiring pedestrians to walk to Rikers Island on their way to Astoria Park. It would be absurd, and you’d get laughed out of the room! But that’s basically what Queens Community Board 1 wants the Department of Transportation to say to future cyclists of the proposed 31st Avenue bike lane, which would connect the East River and Flushing Bay. Comments (4)

For SJU’s Tinari, winning is the ultimate goal

Morgan Tinari knew something had to change. Comment

Monday, Aug. 22, 2016


Electeds, business owners push Cuomo to sign bill to aid small businesses

Lawmakers and small business owners gathered at the Greater Flushing Chambers of Commerce to urge Gov. Cuomo to sign a new law that would help small businesses. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Dromm calls on Conservative leader to resign after student suicide

In the aftermath of a Staten Island schoolboy’s suicide, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) is calling upon state Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long to resign his position at the Brooklyn school the child attended. Daniel Joseph Fitzpatrick, 13, was a student at Holy Angels Catholic Academy where Long is the chairman of the board. Comments (3)

New grocery store needed in former Waldbaums space: Avella

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) called attention to the need for a new grocery store in a vacant retail space formerly occupied by Waldbaums in Whitestone at a news conference Friday. Comments (2)

Kupferberg opens ‘Women at the Frontline of Mass Violence Worldwide’

The Kupferberg Holocaust Center at 222-05 56th Ave. in Bayside is showcasing a new exhibit which illustrates the struggle of women in the face of mass violence and genocide through video and photography. Comments (1)

The fallout of Bill Bratton’s resignation

This week, our columnist wonders what is next for New York City’s — and America’s — police force. Comment

Reyes returns to Mets lineup after second stint with Cyclones

After a difficult string of games that saw a handful of big-time players make their way to the DL and manager Terry Collins shut down a post-game press conference in three minutes, the Mets finally received some good news Aug. 11 when Jose Reyes made his on-field return with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016


Bayside youth brings home taekwondo gold from U.S. Junior National Championship

Baysider Michael Mancuso, 16, walked away from the U.S. Junior National Championship with a Gold Medal in taekwondo in July and is officially No. 1 in the country for Middle Lightweight competitors. Comment
Queens Village

Indian Independence Day celebrated with electeds at Queens temple

An event celebrating the 69th Indian Independence Day was hosted by Bruhud New York Seniors at Sri Saneeswara Temple in Queens village Monday, where elected officials sat in on songs of nationalism and spoke about the contributions of the Indian population to the community and the success of India as a democracy. Comment

Man suspected in karaoke bar attack

FLUSHING—Police were loohing for a suspected rapist in Flushing. On July 14 at approximately 2:39 a.m. a 52-year-old woman was raped inside of Flower Karaoke, located at 162-05 Chrocheron Ave., according to police. The victim socialized with the suspect for around two hours, after which he raped her inside a rented room at the karaoke bar, police said. Comments (2)

Pedestrian tasered in Flushing hold-up

FLISHING—Police were searching for two men who tasered a pedestrian during a hold-up in Flushing. Comments (1)

Jesse Orosco and his mentor cross paths again

Tom Gamboa can’t quite remember what year it was, but he knows it was a Saturday afternoon when he first saw future Mets pitching star Jesse Orosco. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016


MTA failed to collect millions in fines and fees: audit

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has announced that an audit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority disclosed that the MTA failed to collect more than $13 million in fines and fees between Jan.1, 2013 and June 6,2015. Comments (2)
A son was stabbed to death and his motherseverely beaten inside their Richmond Hill home Sunday morning, according to police. Comment

Suspect sought in Corona church break-in

CORONA - Police from the 115th Precinct were searching for a man who gained entry to a Corona church last month by walking through a front door and proceeded to pry open a rear office inside, according to the NYPD. The individual attempted to fill a bag with items from the office at the Mount Horeb Church, located at 109-20 34th Ave., but fled with nothing when he heard a church worker, police say. Comments (1)

WWE star has his roots in Molloy hoops squad

He may be 7 feet tall now, but WWE Superstar Big Cass—who was born William Morrissey—didn’t always tower above the crowd. Ten years ago, he was a scrawny 5-foot-8 kid who was cut from the varsity basketball team at Archbishop Molloy. Comment

Friday, Aug. 19, 2016


Court rules for Republican primary

There will be a Republican primary in the race to choose a nominee for the seat that will be vacated by U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville), whose district covers parts of eastern Queens. Comment

Vallone announces Ahles House victory in City Council

The City Council voted Tuesday to affirm the April ruling of the Landmark Preservation Commission, which designated the Lydia Ann Bell and William J. Ahles House at 39-26 213th St. in Bayside a landmark once and for all. The final motion is the result of work that started in 2009 with then-Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and other preservation activists, and ended with Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), who brought vocal support for the motion to the chamber. Comments (1)

Maspeth residents protest proposed homeless shelter

A new proposed homeless shelter in Maspeth has outraged residents and led to ongoing protests. Comments (2)

Markey misses shelter meeting but calls plan a mistake

State Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) has spoken with city Comptroller Scott Stringer twice since the city revealed its proposal to turn the Holiday Inn Express in Maspeth into a temporary shelter for homeless couples earlier this month. Stringer assured Markey that he would listen closely to the community’s concerns, particularly about any move for speeded-up approval of the siting of the shelter by the de Blasio administration before a thorough community review, according to Markey’s chief of staff Michael Armstrong. Comments (3)

Kaufman Astoria Studios takes part in global campaign supporting blood donations

The sign above the Hollywood-style main gate to Kaufman Astoria Studios which was added to the film and television production facility in December 2015 may look like its fallen into a state of disrepair as the two light blue A’s in Kaufman have gone dark. Studio officials say the outage is intentional, and for a life-saving cause. Comment

Peralta’s annual job fair returns to Queens Center mall

Job seekers can find more than 40 potential employers under one roof this Thursday as state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) hosts his 6th annual Job Fair to Curb Unemployment at the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst. Between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. companies and service providers such as Terrace on the Park, Plumbers Local 1 Training Center, The Cheesecake Factory, Con Edison and the Department of Homeland Security will accept resumes and offer career advice at the Food Court. Comment

Jamaica Hospital trauma care receives accolades

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center celebrated its designation as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons, and a police officer injured in a hatchet attack, who was treated at the hospital, was on hand to celebrate the new designation. Comment
Ozone Park

Calling for justice

The arrest of a suspect in the cold-blooded murder of an Ozone Park imam and his assistant near their mosque has brought some relief to the Bangladeshi community in Queens, but Muslims in the borough remain fearful about their safety. Comments (2)

Let MTA pay for Bayside parking garage

There are other options to “Bayside BID pushes garage,” (Mark Hallum, Aug. 12 issue). Comments (3)
Forest Hills

Roddick hits the baseline and the books

Former US Open champion and world No. 1 Andy Roddick admits that he’s a bit of a nerd. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

Ozone Park

Man charged with murder of imam and associate

An East New York man was arraigned Tuesday in the murders of an Ozone Park imam and his associate in broad daylight while Muslim community members expressed fear and frustration about the safety of their families during a funeral ceremony Monday afternoon, blocks from where the killings occurred. Comment

Cuomo announces funding for downtown Jamaica

Surrounded by elected officials and community leaders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that downtown Jamaica would be the beneficiary of a $10 million allocation from the state government for neighborhood revitalization. Comments (7)

Stavisky/Jung petition debate continues, both claim victory

The petition feud between state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and her Democratic primary opponent, S.J. Jung, moved to State Supreme Court as Jung brought his attempt to knock Stavisky off the ballot to trial. Comment

Section of Queens Boulevard will be closed all weekend

Motorists might want to avoid the area around the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst this weekend as the city Department of Transportation makes necessary repairs on the Woodhaven Boulevard Bridge beginning Friday at 11 p.m. The project requires the full closure of Queens Boulevard’s main roadway between 57th Avenue and 62nd Drive until 5 a.m. Monday. Comment
Howard Beach

Howard Beach walks in support of slain jogger

The Howard Beach community showed up in large numbers Tuesday for a walk in support of slain jogger Karina Vetrano. Comments (1)

Sanders faces primary challenge from Adams

State Sen. James Sanders (D-Rochdale Village) is facing a challenge in the Democratic primary race to represent a large part of southeastern Queens stretching from Richmond Hill to parts of Far Rockaway. His opponent is Adrienne Adams, the chairwoman of Community Board 12, which includes downtown Jamaica. Comments (1)
Hunters Point

Hunters Point growing pains on display at public safety meeting

Hunters Point residents and people who use Gantry Plaza State Park have been on edge since one of their own posted a warning on social media after witnessing a sexual assault on the night of Aug. 1. Carolyn Sheehan-Gargano heard the attack taking place in the tall sea grass surrounding the popular red Adirondack chairs. Comment
Track and field

Cardozo alum Stevens comes in 7th in Rio 200m finals

Deajah Stevens won’t bring a medal back to Queens, but the Cardozo grad still impressed during her time in Rio. Comment

Basketball star returns for annual Hollis camp

Young basketball enthusiasts will have a chance to further develop their skills in Hollis this weekend at the ninth annual Free Royal Skills Basketball Clinic, during which time they can be coached by retired NBA point guard and Oklahoma City Thunder basketball coach Royal Ivey. Comment
While law enforcement officials still try to figure out what caused the evacuation of two terminals at JFK International Airport Sunday night, a full after-action report on the response has been ordered by Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye. Talking to reporters Wednesday, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton called the episode a “false alarm that we can learn from,” and accentuated the positives of the embarrassing false alarm that might have been caused by travelers reacting to Usain Bolt’s victory in the Olympics, according to officials. Comment

Former St. John’s fencer scores silver in Rio

An Olympic medal is coming back to St. John’s and this one is historic. Comment
Forest Hills

Cameras come back

Folks who have met Marty Mayol of Marty’s Camera Repair call him a magician. He knows how to make all kinds of broken cameras work again. Even antique models that are over 100 years old. Comments (1)

College kids require course in ‘adulting’

Kids will start leaving for college during the next few weeks, and it’s nice—or maybe just weird—to know that at least one university is offering a new class this fall in “adulting.” Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016

A 35-year-old Brooklyn man has been charged with murder in the execution-style killing of an Ozone Park imam and his assistant Saturday afternoon near their mosque in Ozone Park, police said. Comments (9)
Track and field

Dalilah Muhammad wins her first race in Rio

That’s one way to make your presence known at the Olympics. Comment

Monday, Aug. 15, 2016

JFK International Airport was back to normal Monday after two terminals were evacuated after reports of shots fired Sunday night, according to the Port Authority Police Department. There were flight disruptions and delays caused by the incident but regular service returned by 12:45 a.m., a PAPD spokesman said. Comments (1)

Friday, Aug. 12, 2016


Your Queens Weekend: Aug. 12-14

With the temperatures soaring again this weekend, a tribute to the ultimate hothouse flower seems rather appropriate. Comment

Maspeth residents protest proposed homeless shelter

Hundreds of Maspeth residents and several lawmakers expressed their outrage at a new proposed homeless shelter during a town hall meeting held Thursday night. Comments (1)



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