Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016


Jamaica transit plaza gets millions in state funds

The Jamaica Transportation Center Station Plaza in downtown Jamaica will benefit from $7.65 million in state funding to improve the area, according to state Sen. James Sanders (D-Rochdale Village). Comments (1)
Queens Village

Roy Paul touts grassroots appeal in race to succeed Clark

Roy Paul foresees a groundswell of support that may help him emerge victorious in the upcoming Democratic primary election Sept. 13 to fill the seat vacated by the late Assemblywoman Barbara Clark. Comments (1)

Schumer proposes national firefighter cancer registry

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has launched an effort to establish a national firefighter cancer registry which he said would benefit untold thousands of firefighters who have a higher than normal cancer risk because they are exposed to a range of harmful toxins while fighting fires. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016

Jackson Heights

Peralta pushes to clean up Roosevelt Avenue

When 85-year-old Frederick Wiseman spent eight weeks filming his highly acclaimed, “In Jackson Heights,” the grand master of American documentary filmmaking would shoot 12 hours a day “exploring one of the most diverse communities on the planet,” he said.- There was one thing Wiseman would not do while filming more than 140 hours of content: Walk Roosevelt Avenue after the sun went down. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College joins new city DACA initaitive

Four different community-based organizations in Queens will partner with the city in a new program that will provide classes to assist immigrants meet educational requirements needed for DACA eligibility, a federal program that offers temporary protection from deportation as well as access to work authorization. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals increases opportunities for social and economic mobility for immigrants across the city. Comment
South Ozone Park

Sanders teams up with legal clinic for vet assistance

Queens Legal Services is teaming up with state Sen. James Sanders (D-Rochdale Village) to offer a free legal assistance clinic for veterans starting this month. Comment

Pomonok man, 73, charged with murder of live-in girlfriend

An elderly Fresh Meadows man has been charged in the murder of his live-in girlfriend, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Telling Broad Channel’s story in pictures

Dan Guarino is an artist, performer, writer, photographer and longtime resident of Broad Channel, the unique community that sits between Howard Beach and the Rockaways. Comment

Monday, Sept. 5, 2016


Transit advocate weighs in on death of Flushing cyclist

The death of 78-year-old cyclist and Flushing resident Michael Schenkman on Northern Boulevard in Bayside hit close to home for many pushing to make the streets a safer place. Schenkman, a Bronx native and former high school industrial arts teacher, had been riding in the eastbound lane near the 223rd Street intersection when he was struck by a 25-year-old driver going in the same direction in a black Chevy Impala on the morning of Aug. 24. Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives Paul Steely-White, whose organization advocates to make cities safer and better for car-free commuters, issued a statement on the death of Schenkman, an active member of the group. Comments (7)

S.J. Jung talks about his vision for Senate

S J. Jung, the former president of the MinKwon Center and a Flushing resident has been taking another stab at elected office in a campaign waged against state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) for the second time. Comments (6)

Constantinides expands cleaning services in Astoria

Increased efforts are being made to clean up Astoria. Comment

DOT to study dangerous intersection at 26th Avenue

The city Department of Transportation has launched a study of the intersection at Corporal Kennedy Street and 26th Avenue to determine what its options are to make the area safer for pedestrians and motorists. According to state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the intersection has been the scene of deadly accidents and is in need of turn signals to mitigate danger. DOT issued a letter to Avella Aug. 10 to announce the study would be underway. Comment

City, state must foot bill for MTA fixes

Significant improvements for transportation in Queens are dependent upon both Albany and City Hall increasing MTA funding. Comments (1)

Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016


Meng pushes for Glendale to get its own zip code

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has appealed to Congress to establish a new postal zip code serving Glendale exclusively in a long-sought change that proponents say is needed to avoid slow postal service and confusion with neighboring Ridgewood. Comments (1)

Students return to school as DOE fights overcrowding

As public schools open in Queens Sept. 8, the city Department of Education is adding new seats to keep up with the rising demand and combat the continuing issue of overcrowding in Queens. Comments (4)
Political Action

Republican has a shot at NE Queens Senate seat

The 11th State Senate district of northeast Queens was represented by Republican Frank Padavan for 38 years, before his defeat by Tony Avella in 2010. This year Avella is being challenged by Republican Mark Cipolla, who is an attorney and comes from Hollis Hills. Two years ago Avella had no opponent in the general fall election, although he had a Democratic Party primary. Comment

The TPP deserves a big thumbs-down

An Open Letter to U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley. Comments (1)

Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016


Queens Library launches digital archives

Items from the Archives at Queens Library are now available for people to view online, Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott announced last week. Comment
Last weekend, just before the US Open began, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day gave children a chance to join in on the festivities. Comment

Hosting an event is not the same as endorsing it

(Response to the Aug. 26 story “Pakistani Christians endorse Trump at Jewish Center” in the TimesLedger) Comments (3)

Molloy prepares for a championship season

The whistle blew loudly, echoing across the field at Alley Pond Park, and the Archbishop Molloy boys soccer team kept running. And running. Comment

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016


Elected officials support Woodside transgender victim

Activists and elected officials joined together in a show of solidarity in Woodside last week for a transgender woman who was struck in the head with a hammer in mid-August. Comment

Homeless families sheltered at Woodside motel without notice from city

While the Maspeth protests against a proposed shelter for homeless couples have generated headlines, the city was quietly moving homeless families with children into a Woodside motel. Comments (2)

Corona park reopens after $2 million upgrade

A Corona park has been renovated and reopened a full four months ahead of schedule, according to the city Parks Department. The $2 million upgrade of Hinton Park, funded entirely by City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst), focused primarily on the southern section of the park, where a volleyball court, adult fitness equipment, game tables and drinking fountains were installed. Comment

Sanders stresses work undone in primary fight

New York State Sen. James Sanders (D-Rochdale Village) says downtown Jamaica is need of community economic development and he is working to ensure that the community living in the area now benefits from the increased retail and residential development happening throughout the area. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Elected officials speak out against S.J. Jung for stance on abortion

Elected officials and women’s groups in Queens gathered in honor of Women’s Equality Day in Forest Hills Friday to denounce S.J. Jung, the Democratic candidate challenging state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), after his announcement that he does not support women’s right to choose on the matter of abortion. Comments (5)
College Point

College Point sports complex receives funding for completion

The College Point Sports Complex will finally be completed after years of setbacks. Comments (1)

MTA brings e-books to subway platforms

This week the MTA unveiled its latest attempt to show how comfortably it has segued into the 21st century. Meant to show how fully high-technology has permeated the system, Subway Reads NY both showcases the presence of WiFi capability in an increasing number of stations and has given riders an incentive to take advantage of that capability. Comments (1)

A new season brings both promise and peril

I went for a long swim at a pond near my house an hour north of the city last week. The sweltering heat and warmth of the water belied the impending breezes of autumn and the back to school rush. Comment
FLUSHING—Police were searching for a man who attempted to kidnap an 11-year-old girl Saturday at the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in Flushing, police said. Comment

The wrong way to end bullying

I would like to comment on the letter from John Amato (“Schools should stand up to bullies,” Aug. 26, 2016). Comment

Royals are focused for a push toward CHSFL crown

The Christ the King football team can still remember every detail of their loss in last year’s CHSFL Class AA championship game agaist Xavier. This year the squad is determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

At about 4:19 a.m. Oakland Gardens resident Michael Fabre, 25, was driving a 2010 Infinity with four passengers traveling eastbound on the LIE at a high rate of speed when it struck a divider near the Maurice Avenue exit, according to police. The Infinity then hit another vehicle with one driver, police said. Comments (6)

FAA data reveals plane noise has grown over Queens

A Freedom of Information request made by Queens Quiet Skies to the Port Authority has found that flight patterns of commercial jets making the climb above northeast Queens during departure from LaGuardia Airport have increased and account for about 15 percent of the all traffic to and from the international hub. Comments (5)
East Elmhurst

LaGuardia Gateway Partners acts to eliminate airport traffic gridlock

The leader of the consortium in charge of the $4 billion Central Terminal redevelopment at LaGuardia Airport says weather played a major role in creating a gridlock fiasco that forced travelers to leave taxis and livery cars and make a mad dash to through traffic in order to make their flights on Monday, Aug. 22. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office called the delays unacceptable and directed the LaGuardia Gateway Partners and the Port Authority to come up with a plan to “minimize undue and unsafe impacts on travelers.” Comment

Maspeth residents boo Markey at shelter hearing

More than 800 angry Maspeth residents poured into the Knockdown Center on Flushing Avenue Wednesday night for a public hearing on the proposed homeless shelter in the Holiday Inn Express. Comments (1)

Amtrak asks 100,000% rent increase from Hell Gate Bridge homeowners

Many of the residents living under the right-of-way of the Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria have been renting the land adjacent to their homes since the 1940s at nominal fee from Amtrak in return for maintaining the property. Comments (1)
Willets Point

Melinda Katz sued by filmmaker over FOIL request

Borough President Melinda Katz has been sued by a Queens filmmaker who claims she violated New York State’s Freedom of Information Law. Comments (1)

Judge rules election for Israel seat will be Nov. 8

A federal court ruled Tuesday that the general election date for the race to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) should still be Nov. 8, putting a hold on state Sen. Jack Martins’ attempt to have the race postponed until December. Comment
Forest Hills

Harps get hip

If you think harps and harp-playing belong to a different era, you haven’t experienced Erin Hill’s “alternative” take on the instrument. Comment

JFK wake-up call

These are anxious times, underscored by the chaos and panic that gripped Kennedy Airport earlier this month when false reports of shots fired created pandemonium. Hundreds of passengers fled the terminal, creating a human stampede that swept along adults and small children. Comment

Profiling moms: When is it OK to leave a kid alone?

This week, Lenore plays Marco Polo with her column. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

Howard Beach

Police release sketch of man in Vetrano murder case

Police have released the sketch of a man they would like to question in connection with the murder of Howard Beach resident, Karina Vetrano. The 30-year-old was found dead Aug. 2 after leaving her home at 164-30 84th St. to go jogging down an unfrequented path in Spring Creek Park. Her father found the body of his daughter, who had been raped and strangled. Comments (1)
She’s still the favorite for a reason. Comment

Day Three at the Open is filled with action

Novak Djokovic got a bit of a break on Wednesday as he received a walkover into the third round of the US Open. Comment

Venus Williams battles to a first-round Open win

Venus Williams didn’t think about the history she made when she stepped onto the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday. She was more concerned with what would happen when she stepped off it. Comment

Caroline Wozniacki racks up an impressive win Wednesday

Turns out the rumors of Caroline Wozniacki’s on-court demise were a bit premature. Comment

Ryan Harrison scores major upset at Flushing Meadows

Ryan Harrison, meet the world. World, meet Ryan Harrison. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016


Wawrinka draws attention with first-round victory

It’s time to start paying attention to Stan Wawrinka. Comment
The lines stretched around corners as the sea of people slowly, but surely filed their way into Flushing Meadows Park Monday for the first day of the US Open. Comment

Martins’ request to delay general election for Israel seat denied

A federal court judge Tuesday denied a motion by Republican candidate Jack Martins to move the general election to Dec. 6 because a GOP primary now has been ordered in the race to fill the seat held by U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville). Comment

Isner wins a wild one to progress past first round at US Open

John Isner couldn’t pinpoint what emotion he was feeling. Comment

Big name cruise to victory on Day One at the Open

The big names survived the opening day of the US Open Monday without facing much opposition. Comment

Monday, Aug. 29, 2016

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 (1)

Man punched aboard Q66 in Astoria

ASTORIA — The NYPD has released surveillance video of an attack on board a Q66 bus in Astoria more than a month ago. Comments (1)

Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

Forest Hills

Women pols voice opposition to Jung’s views on abortion

Friday was Women’s Equality Day and elected officials and advocacy groups took advantage of the occasion by holding a news conference on Geraldine Ferarro Way in Forest Hills to denounce S.J. Jung for his stance on abortion. State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing), Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and Government Affairs Manager for Campaign for Pro-Choice New York Emily Kadar all shared their views on the Democratic candidate for state senate. Comments (6)

Your Queens Weekend: Aug. 26-28

If shaking your groove thing under the stars sounds like a great way to spend a Friday evening, you’re in luck. Head over to Hunters Point South Waterfront Park in Long Island City (near the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue stop on the 7 train) for Lincoln Center Local’s Silent Disco. Comment

Police seek missing woman

Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a Flushing woman who has been missing since Wednesday. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Forest Hills

Electeds question Jung on abortion statement

Elected officials and women’s groups are being invited to celebrate Women’s Equality Day by denouncing S.J. Jung in response to his announcement that he does not support a woman’s right to choose on the matter of abortion. Jung is the former President of the MinKwon Center and state Sen. Toby Stavisky’s (D-Flushing) Democratic opponent in the Sept. 13 primary. Comments (2)
Real Estate

Amtrak raises rent 100,000 % for tenants below Hell Gate Bridge right-of-way

The Paratore family — Anthony, Michael, Mary and Rose — were born and raised in the single-family home their grandfather leased from Amtrak at 22-38 23rd St. in Astoria, below the right-of-way leading to the Hell Gate Bridge, in 1946. Since then the rent has not been raised since 1973. This all changed in early August when the Paratores and other residents received a letter from Amtrak informing the tenants their rent would be increased by as much as 100,000 percent starting in September. Comments (4)



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