Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016


Treasury secretary Jacob Lew visits Queens College to discuss economy

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew visited Queens College Tuesday to participate in a student town hall meeting about the nation’s recovering economy and federal aid for CUNY. Comments (3)

City officials aim to bolster “revenge porn” bill

Councilmen Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) and Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan) announced Wednesday the introduction of a bill which will up the punishment for disseminating intimate photos or videos of individuals without permission. The legislation is based on a state bill by Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) and will make what is commonly known as “revenge porn” punishable by one year in jail, a fine of $1,000 or both. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016


Elected officials answer questions about ThriveNYC program

To address the need for better mental health services throughout the city, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, Mental Health Commissioner Gary Belkin and Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) held a forum to discuss the ThriveNYC program and how community organizations can help support the nearly one in five New Yorkers experiencing psychological trouble. Comments (1)
State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) beat back a challenge from community organizer S.J. Jung and will represent the 16th District for the eighth time since 1999. Comments (15)
South Ozone Park

South Ozone Park crashes kills 1, injures 7

A car packed with 20-somethings returning home from a party collided with another car in South Ozone Park early Sunday morning, killing one of the partygoers, according to police. Comments (2)

Bayside woman scammed out of $10K

BAYSIDE— The police reported that two women tricked a 90-year-old Bayside woman out of $10,000 Aug. 26 in what law enforcement is calling a found-wallet-scam in Bayside. Comments (3)

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

Jackson Heights

Hochul tours businesses along Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights

New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul took a guided tour of small businesses along Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights last week to listen to concerns and challenges the owners have in their daily operations. Comments (1)

SCA gives OK for new middle-school location in Sunnyside

Parents and area officials were excited to learn that the city’s School Construction Authority had approved of a location for a new middle school in Sunnyside, an attempt to reverse increased overcrowding in the area. Comments (1)

Avella delivers grant to Alley Pond Environmental Center

Alley Pond Environmental Center received a boost in finances allocated by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the form of $25,000 from discretionary funds Friday. Comments (1)

Weather reporting is all too predictable

While the northeastern section of the country has been dealing with drought conditions for nearly two years, the situation has remained pretty much status quo in some areas. Comment

Mother Nature’s message

Watching performance artist Deborah Wasserman in action, you’d swear she had multiple personalities. Comment

Tebow sets sights on Mets lineup spot

It’s “Tebow Time” for the Mets—or least for the Mets’ developmental league. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016


Two Jamaica men plead guilty to pimping a 16-year-old girl

A 22-year-old Jamaica man pleaded guilty to sex trafficking and promoting prostitution charges for forcing a 16-year-old girl into the sex trade in September 2014, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (4)
East Elmhurst

Aviation workers share 9/11 experiences at Vaughn College

A former editor of the Bayside Times hosted a unique panel discussion at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in East Elmhurst last week leading into Sunday’s 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Comments (1)

Holy Cross mourns Jackson’s death

The Holy Cross football community was stunned and deeply saddened Sunday after learning that former Knights standout Brandon Jackson died following a single-car crash in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks commemorates 9/11 anniversary

Glen Oaks residents and community leaders gathered at Tribute Triangle Park Sunday to remember the lives lost 15 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. Speakers talked about the virtues the United States continued to stand for, while first responders recalled the despair and heroism in vast supply on the day of the terrorist attacks. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Queens Village couple accused of abusing 6-week-old son: DA

A Queens Village couple has been charged with assault and reckless endangerment for allegedly injuring their six-week-old infant son, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (3)

Holy Cross emerges as victor from ‘Battle of the Boulevards’

The Holy Cross football team has been waiting for the season to start for months, anxious to get back on the field and hit something. Comments (2)

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

South Jamaica

Street renamed for D’Aja Robinson

Assembled near the bus stop where D’Aja Robinson died from a gunshot more than three years earlier, family members, elected officials and members of the community gathered to remember the 14-year-old girl and pledge that more would be done to ensure that other young lives were not cut short by gun violence. Comments (3)

New traffic signal installed at dangerous intersection on 21st Street in Astoria

Weeks after 45-year-old Sean Crume was killed by a hit-and-run driver on 21st Street in Astoria, Community Board 1 endorsed a resolution calling on the city Department of Transportation for a comprehensive redesign of the entire length of 21st Street. Comments (2)

City launches three-month amnesty forgiving penalties on certain violations

The city will offer a 90-day amnesty program to individuals and businesses forgiving accumulated penalties and fines on violations from the Department of Sanitation, the Department of Buildings and other city agencies. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

Southeast Queens is site of two murders

Southeast Queens was the site of a shooting death and a potential homicide in recent days and police were seeking suspects or witnesses to the incidents. Comments (5)

Peter Koo teams up with sanitation company to clean up Flushing’s “Restaurant Row”

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) has teamed up with Crown Container, a trash disposal company, to clean up “Restaurant Row” in Downtown Flushing. Comments (8)

Backlash continues for Jung

Elected officials are speaking out against S.J. Jung, the failed Democratic candidate for state Senate, who they believe was falsely claiming their support as well as using photos of them to promote his campaign. Comment
Long Island City

Secret Theatre places Shakespeare’s “Merchant” in post-WWII Italy

Two of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches are at the center of his “The Merchant of Venice.” Shylock’s “Hath not a Jew eyes?” addresses the undercurrent of racism that underlies the crux of the play, while Portia’s “the quality of mercy,” delivered in the heat of a courtroom battle, stresses the humanity that is needed to make an attempt at overcoming the effects of that racism. Comment

The lessons 9/11 can teach us about picking a president

I remember being angry for at least seven years that our then feckless and incompetent President George Bush could not bring Osama Bin Laden to justice for his declaration of war on 9/11. Comments (10)

Schoolhouse squeeze

Schools in Queens opened last week to a mixed bag of news, depending on just where in the borough the students started classes. Comments (2)

Christ the King notches season-opening win over Xavier

It was anything but an easy game for the Christ the King football team Saturday. The Royals squared off against Xavier in a repeat of last year’s city championship and took on a difficult offensive scheme known as a “single wing.” Comment

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016


Homeless families have been living in Corona hotel for months: Elected officials

Three lawmakers are warning Corona residents of a possible conversion of a Holiday Inn Express into a homeless shelter in their neighborhood. Comments (9)

Barnwell shocks incumbent Markey in Assembly upset

The rising tide of anger at the city’s plan for a homeless shelter in Maspeth cost state Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) her chance for a tenth term in November. Comments (15)

Sanders beats Adams without Dems’ backing

State Sen. James Sanders (D-Rochdale Village) defeated Community Board 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams in a hard-fought match in which the Queens Democratic Party backed the challenger over the incumbent. Comment

Vanel wins race to fill Assembly seat long held by Barbara Clark

Lawyer Clyde Vanel defeated four other candidates in the race to fill the state Assembly seat vacated by Barbara Clark, who died earlier this year. The contest was close in the race to represent a district that includes parts of Cambria Heights, Glen Oaks, Queens Village, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens. Comments (7)
St. Albans

SE Queens asks HUD to curtail mortgage auctions

Elected officials in southeast Queens are taking the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to task based on claims revealed in a recent class action lawsuit that accuses the federal department of discriminatory housing policies. Comment

Astoria street co-named for Sept. 11 hero

A Sept. 11 hero was honored in Astoria just days ahead of the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. Comment

The good, the bad and the airport

A recent New York Times description of LaGuardia Airport bore a certain resemblance to the End Times. As Patrick McGeehan reported on one particularly terrible, very bad, no good day last month. Comments (1)
Dining Out

BBQ lovers get ready to meet the Mothership

We believed the stars to be in perfect alignment when we heard the next Queens Dinner Club event would give us a preview of the soon-to-open Mothership Meats Long Island City barbecue joint. We drooled with anticipation thinking about the Queens Dinner Club boys, Joe Distefano, Jonathan Forgash and Gabe Gross teaming up with Josh Bowen, Queens’ premier barbecue maven. Comments (2)

Cardozo Olympians honored

By the time Dalilah Muhammad and Deajah Stevens walked off the stage in the Cardozo High School auditorium, their cheeks actually hurt. Comments (3)

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Assembly candidate knocked off ballot writes in his name in Woodside Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016


Markey loses seat, Hyndman and Stavisky keep theirs

BARNWELL DEFEATS MARKEY Lawyer Bryan Barnwell delivered a stunning blow to state Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth), walking away with 66 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Democratic primary with 92 percent of the precincts counted, the city Board of Election unofficial results revealed soon after the polls closed. Comments (1)

Hyndman wins a landslide victory for full term as assemblywoman

With seemingly low voter turnout the Democratic primary race in District 29 looked like it could go either way, but Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens) came out victorious, defeating opponents Lorraine Gittens-Bridges and Linda Guillebeaux with 73.3 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results reported by NY1. Comments (3)

Sanders defeats Adams soundly in state Senate race

State Sen. James Sanders (D-Rochdale Village) defeated Community Board 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams in a hard-fought match in which the Queens Democratic Party backed the challenger over the incumbent. Comment

Kerber’s US Open win puts her at the top of women’s tennis

Angelique Kerber jumped over the barricade at Arthur Ashe Stadium and sprinted back to her chair on the side of the court, collapsing into the seat and burying her face in her towel. The brand-new world No. 1 was overcome with emotion on Saturday evening after she defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 for her first US Open champinoship. Comment

Wawrinka stuns tennis world with Open win over Djokovic

It may be time for the “Big Four” to become the “Big Five.” Stan Wawrinka stunned the tennis-watching world on Sunday when he took down world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in the US Open men’s final at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Comment

Monday, Sept. 12, 2016


Follow TimesLedger’s coverage of the Sept. 13 primary

The TimesLedger Newspapers will be updating coverage of the Sept. 13 primary in Queens throughout the day Tuesday on the website, Facebook and Twitter. We will track turnout, any problems that develop at the polls, voter preferences for certain candidates and any significant trends that emerge. Comments (1)
Cambria Heights

Block champions relationships in District 33 Assembly race

Bryan Block, a candidate in the race to fill the state Assembly seat left vacant by the death of Barbara Clark, said that his campaign was built upon the strength of the relationships he established over his work as a community advocate. Comment
The 114th Precinct announced a Silver Alert for a Long Island City resident who went missing Saturday in Manhattan. Comment
The 108th Precinct is looking for a man who allegedly broke into a convenience store near LaGuardia Community College last month and made off with cigarettes, lottery tickets and cash, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016


Maspeth shelter owner says he wants out, but source says city is still talking

The Maspeth community fought City Hall and apparently won after the owner of the Holiday Inn Express claims he pulled out of a deal with the city and service provider Acacia Network to convert the facility into a homeless shelter Thursday evening. Comments (1)

Your Queens Weekend: Sept. 9-11

It may still feel like summer, but fall is just around the corner, and that’s the perfect time to experience the city on a bicycle. Bike New York is helping Queens residents get ready this weekend with its Learn to Ride Adults Package. The class is designed to show beginners how to ride with confidence. Learn to Ride students learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop and steer a bike, as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit. Most people learn to ride in one session, but even if they don’t, they’ll leave equipped with an easy, low-stress way to teach themselves—or they can come back for another free class. Let’s hope they teach students how to give pedestrians the right of way. The class, which is free of charge, is being held at the Flushin Comment

NYPD undercover drug sweep nets a dozen at Astoria Houses: DA

A yearlong anti-drug investigation at the Astoria Houses culminated with the arrests of a dozen suspected drug peddlers, Queens DA Richard Brown announced Friday. Comments (4)

Ways to remember 9/11 around the borough

Here are some of the 9/11 events taking place around the borough this weekend. Comment

Serena Williams out at the Open after straight-set loss in semis

It, simply, was not Serena Williams’ night Thursday. The top-seeded star fell to No. 10 Karolina Pliskova in the US Open semifinals, losing in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (5), at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016


Andy Murray drops four-hour quarterfinal match to Ken Nishikori

Andy Murray was in complete control in the early part of his quarterfinal match at the US Open Wednesday, cruising to a win in the first set. Then it started to rain, forcing a suspension of play as the roof was closed over Arthur Ashe Stadium. And then a loud noise went off in the middle of the fourth set, forcing a replay on the point. Comment

Serena Williams grinds out a three-set victory to gain US Open semifinal slot

Serena Williams will be in the US Open semifinals, but her path there wasn’t particularly pretty. Comment



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