Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016


Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care facility coming to Bell Blvd.

Come September, Bayside will be getting a new urgent care facility in its business district. The space formerly occupied by Lucille Roberts at 41-19 Bell Blvd. will be partly taken over by a Northwell Health-GoHealth center to serve Bayide. Comments (7)

Cuomo signs new small business bill backed by Flushing leaders

Lawmakers and small business advocates are celebrating the passage of a bill that extends loans to smaller businesses. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016


Flushing auto repair shop celebrates 83 years

Great Bear Auto Repair and Body Services in Flushing marked its 83rd anniversary Saturday with a celebration and barbecue. Comment
Long Island City

Silvercup Studios expands outside of Queens for first time

Silvercup Studios has opened its third film and television production facility, its first outside of Long Island City. Gov. Andrew Cuomo attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Silvercup North, a 115,000-square-foot space in a former Port Morris warehouse in the Bronx. Comment

Community calls for affordability at possible development

Concerned community members gathered outside the site of a proposed development in downtown Jamaica to demand that the residential units be 100 percent affordable for people living in the surrounding area. Comments (3)

Keeping both history and memories alive

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Monday, Aug. 29, 2016


Plaque unveiling at Bayside firehouse is a loving dedication to Capt. Thompson

The life of Capt. Thomas “Tommy” Thompson was commemorated Friday in an unveiling ceremony for a plaque dedicated to Bayside FDNY leader, who died Aug. 17, 2015 of cancer related to the post 9/11 cleanup at Ground Zero. Comment

City makes $30M investment in Astoria Park

Astoria Park was selected to receive $30 million in city funding as part of a new Anchor Parks initiative. One park in each borough is splitting a $150 million investment that will create or improve running tracks, hiking trails, soccer fields, bathrooms and watering stations. Each was selected based on historical underinvestment, high surrounding population and the potential for park development. Comment
Far Rockaway

Success Academy opens two new Queens schools

Charter school organization Success Academy opened two new schools in Queens this week in Far Rockaway and South Jamaica, bringing the total number of its schools in the borough to four. Comments (3)

New lighting system drives down crime at Ravenswood Houses in Astoria

The city has completed the installation of a $4 million lighting upgrade at the Ravenswood House in Astoria and major crimes are down since the project began last year, according to NYCHA officials. Comment

Maspeth leaders, residents continue homeless shelter protest

Protests have continued for the last week outside the proposed Maspeth homeless shelter site and will continue until the public hearing Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Knockdown Center on Flushing Avenue. The meeting, organized by Community Board 5, is expected to draw a crowd of more than 1,000 people. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park resident aims for table-tennis gold in Rio

Tahl Leibovitz first picked up a table tennis paddle at the South Queens Boys and Girls Club nearly 25 years ago. Comments (2)

Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016


Oasis Cafe in Bayside burglarized: NYPD

An arrest was made in connection with a burglary at a Bayside coffee shop, police said Monday. Comments (6)

Former St. John’s star gets a shot at the NBA

DJ Kennedy will be the first to admit his head is spinning just a bit. Comment

Police seek burglary suspect

JAMAICA — Police were asking for the public’s help in identifying a man in connection with a spate of burglaries. Comments (1)

Man shot during Astoria robbery

ASTORIA - Police from the 114th Precinct were searching for a suspect who approached a 29-year-old man from behind and displayed a handgun while demanding his property. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016


Elmurst man dies after jumping off cruise ship: Witnesses

An Elmhurst man is dead after witnesses said he jumped off a cruise ship in Flushing Bay early Sunday morning, police said. Comment
The Civic Scene

Queens state and federal legislators fight the problem of airplane noise

It has fallen on the shoulders of eight lawmakers to fight the airplane noise and pollution caused by jet airplanes in Queens. U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Grace Meng; state Sens. Toby Stavisky, Tony Avella and Joe Addabbo Jr.,; state Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz; and City Councilman Peter Koo make up the eight. While other legislators may be involved in the battle, I have not seen their names in the papers recently, so pardon any omissions. Comments (3)

Record-setting goalie fuels St. John’s success

As St. John’s women’s soccer goalkeeper Diana Poulin suited up for the first game of her final season last Friday, she still felt the butterflies in her stomach. Comment

Police searching for suspect in Woodside hammer attack

WOODSIDE—Police were investigating a possible hate crime in Woodside. Comment

Thief robs $25K from pharmacy in Auburndale: cops

AUBURNDALE—A thief who held up a Rite Aid Pharmacy in Auburndale while allegedly brandishing a firearm fled on foot with $25,000 Sunday morning, NYPD said. Comment

Friday, Aug. 26, 2016


Cuomo pushes to restart tax break for affordable housing

Residents of the Astoria Houses are hoping Gov. Andrew Cuomo succeeds in his push to replace or restore the 421-a tax abatement. Comments (3)

DiNapoli and Stavisky talk campaign reform

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli spoke at a news conference last Friday about the campaign finance reform and ethics in politics. Comment
Far Rockaway

Downtown Far Rockaway pegged for investment

Downtown Far Rockaway will be receiving an influx of investment from New York City in an attempt to establish the area as the commercial hub for the entirety of the Rockaway peninsula. Comment

Meeks blasts Trump for outreach to black Americans

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) said GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s attempts at outreach to African Americans and Hispanics were doomed for failure. Comments (8)

Minister runs basketball camp for SE Queens players

In the gymnasium at First Presbyterian Church at 89-60 164th St. in downtown Jamaica, Paul Coles described his path to becoming the youth director for Young Life, an offshoot of the national ministry organization that is based in Rochdale Village. Coles said he was assigned to the area a year before and quickly decided on basketball as the means to reach young men. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Dem Pfeffer-Amato faces GOP’s Zwirn for Goldfeder’s seat

State Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) announced in June that he would not seek re-election, leaving the Assembly to work as a lobbyist for Yeshiva University and focus more of his time on his family. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Officers, FDNY save woman from Springfield Gardens blaze

Two police officers and a FDNY lieutenant saved a woman from a fire that engulfed a three-story Springfield Gardens residence, according to the FDNY. Comment

Flushing coffee shop doubles as cultural center

What do you do with an extra space at a Hydroponic Garden Center in Flushing? Comment

Sunnyside quandary

All politics are local was a favorite saying of legendary House Speaker Tip O’Neill, who knew where accountability as a politician began and often ended. Comment

City’s municipal ID program draws over 860,000 New Yorkers

An evaluation of the rollout and implementation of the nation’s largest municipal ID program found that it was an overwhelming success, a report issued by the city a year and a half since its inception said. Comments (3)

City bail practices disciminate against the poor

In light of the Department of Justice’s recent amicus brief in Walker v. City of Calhoun arguing for the unconstitutionality of bail systems that insufficiently consider both a defendant’s indigence and alternative methods of assuring appearance at trial, I am writing to request that DOJ investigate the bail system in New York City, where thousands of low-level indigent defendants spend time on Rikers Island for being unable to make bail of $1,000 or l Comments (2)

Whitestone company sews up its place in baseball history

Russ Gompers was sitting in a house in Cooperstown a few weeks ago, ignoring his phone. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016


Pakistani Christians endorse Trump at Jewish center

With chants calling to “make America great again,” Republican candidates and members of the city’s Pakistani Christian community crowded into the basement hall of the Bellerose Jewish Center Saturday evening to celebrate their endorsement of Donald Trump for president. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Hundreds protest Wolkoff’s use of non-union labor at 5Pointz site

For more than two months union leaders have been setting up giant inflatable rats along the perimeter of the 5Pointz Towers construction site in Long Island City, protesting developer Jerry Wolkoff’s use of non-union labor. On Tuesday, reinforcements arrived as several hundred steamfitters, plumbers, carpenters and concrete workers flooded Jackson Avenue and Davis Street for a full-throated lunchtime rally alongside another inflatable called “Greedy the Pig.” Comments (1)

Stavisky, Jung debate issues in Dem primary race

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) faced off against S.J. Jung in a Tuesday night debate which raised tough questions about nail salons, government ethics, public transportation, housing and education. Comments (4)

Sunnyside backs Van Bramer in rift with mayor

More than a week has passed since Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would have a “polite but firm conversation” with City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) over his position on a City Hall-backed affordable housing plan in his district. While Van Bramer is still waiting for that phone call from the mayor, who is currently on a family vacation in New England, he has heard plenty of support from his constituents after he took umbrage with de Blasio’s tone. Comments (5)

Candidates unite to criticize Martins on moving primary date

The race to succeed U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) has taken several twists, including three candidates from different political parties who joined forces on Saturday to criticize Republican state Sen. Jack Martins (D-Mineola) in his attempt to postpone the general election date after a federal court mandated a Republican primary date in October. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill woman charged with murder of 9-year-old stepdaughter

A Richmond Hill woman who been charged with killing her 9-year-old girl stepdaughter told a neighbor three days earlier that she would kill Ashdeep Kaur, prosecutors said. Comments (1)

Flushing karaoke bars sue NYPD for $300M

Three Flushing karaoke bars have sued the NYPD for $300 million, claiming they were singled out during a bribery scandal involving officers from the 109th Precinct. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

Investigators search for motive in imam murder

Muslim community members and leaders are urging the authorities to remain open to the possibility that the murder of the Ozone Park imam and his assistant were a hate crime. Comment

Muhammad brings home gold from Rio

This former Judge ruled in Rio. Comment
Long Island City

New exhibit tracks works from 20 artists

Tucked away on a side street in Long Island City, just steps away from the 39th Avenue stop on the Q and N trains, is a unique museum that both explores the development of some of contemporary art’s major figures and encapsulates the vision of its founder, Emily Fisher Landau. Comment

Is the walk to school really so terrifying?

These are the safest times in history, but if you believe what you see on television, they are not. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016


Flushing bicyclist killed on streets of Bayside

A 78-year-old bicyclist was killed at 223rd Street and Northern Boulevard in Bayside Wednesday morning, police said. NYPD said it received a call about a collision involving a bicyclist at around 6:30 a.m. and arrived to find Michael Schenkman lying unconscious in the street near the intersection. Comments (4)

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Long Island City

Workers protest use of non-union labor at 5Pointz Towers construction site

Nearly 1,000 steamfitters, plumbers, carpenters and concrete workers flooded Jackson Avenue in Long Island City for a lunchtime rally Tuesday to protest developer Jerry Wolkoff’s practices at the site of the former 5Pointz graffiti mecca. During the public review process, Wolkoff’s G & M Realty agreed to several major community givebacks, including a commitment to build and staff the site using 100 percent union labor, so that he could construct an additional 400 units. Comments (1)

City to spray again in Queens to combat Zika

The city Department of Health is continuing pesticide spraying all over the city, including Queens, in an attempt to stop the Zika virus from spreading. Comments (3)

Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Ozone Park

Man indicted in murder of Queens imam, associate

A Queens grand jury indicted a Brooklyn man accused of gunning down the imam of an Ozone Park mosque, along with his friend and associate. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced the indictment Monday. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Police search for missing elderly man in Rego Park

Police from the 104th Precinct were searching for a man who was reported missing Saturday in Rego Park. Stanley Micek, of 1830 Madison St., was last seen at a Sears department store located at 96-05 Queens Blvd., at around noon, police said. Comment

Two men stage several Flushing muggings

Police were searching for two suspects in connection with a string of robberies in the Flushing area. Police said that in at least two of the robberies the suspects tasered their victims. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

Richmond Hill

Stepmother charged with Richmond Hill murder

The stepmother of a nine-year-old girl who was found dead at her home in Richmond Hill has been charged with second degree murder, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Stepmother charged with Richmond Hill murder

The stepmother of a nine-year-old girl who was found dead at her home in Richmond Hill has been charged with second degree murder, according to the NYPD. Comment

Friday, Aug. 19, 2016


Cuomo moves to replace 421-a tax credit

There may be hope for two residential mega-projects in Astoria. Comment

FDNY unveils plaque dedicated to Capt. “Tommy” Thompson at Engine 306

Loved-ones, firefighters and elected officials unveiled a plaque at Engine Co. 306 firehouse at 40-18 214th Place in Bayside Friday to commemorate the life of Capt. Thomas Thompson, who died from an illness related to his service at Ground Zero on Aug. 17, 2015. Comments (2)

Van Bramer angered by mayor’s tone on Sunnyside project

A sudden rift has developed between Mayor Bill de Blasio and a key ally, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), the majority leader of the City Council, which has unanimously voted down a project in upper Manhattan that would have delivered 67 affordable apartments to Inwood section. Comments (2)

Martins, Suozzi tangle over new GOP primary

State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola), now facing a Republican opponent in the race to fill the vacant congressional seat covering northeastern Queens, wants the recently scheduled Oct. 6 primary moved to Dec. 6 to accommodate military and absentee voters. Comment
Track and field

Dalilah Muhammad wins gold medal in Rio

Dalilah Muhammad was as good as gold on Thursday night, taking the gold medal in the final of the women’s 400-meter hurdle at the Olympic Games. Comments (1)

Your Queens Weekend: Aug. 19-21

This weekend, musical performances in a variety of styles will grace stages across the borough. Comment

Burglar assaults woman in Woodhaven: NYPD

Police responded to a burglary at a home within the confines of the 102 Precinct Friday morning at 9 a.m. The house in Woodhaven was occupied at the time, NYPD said. Comment


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