Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016


Giron challenges Stavisky on the Republican ticket

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) beat back Democratic opponent S.J. Jung in last week’s primary, but the battle for the 16th Senate District is not over yet. Comments (1)

Final two defendents plead guilty in Woodhaven beating death

The final two defendants of a group of six teenagers charged in the deadly 2011 beating of 18-year-old Anthony Collao, who they mistakenly thought was gay, in Woodhaven have pleaded guilty, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)

York College celebrates its 50th anniversary

York College celebrated its 50th anniversary with an executive Leadership Breakfast last Friday, then a block party and an alumni art show the following day. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

One man’s mission to bring Bayside culture

I’m over at Donovan’s off Bell Boulevard, enjoying a Malbec and burger and good conversation with Gregg P. Sullivan and an intriguing woman of mystery who must for now remain nameless. We’re talking about the way Bayside used to be and what it will take to revitalize it. And if anyone can do it, Sullivan is the man. Comments (5)

Al Oerter, Astoria native, won four gold medals in discus

Astoria native Al Oerter is best known as a four-time Olympic gold medal winner in the discus throw. Winning his first gold in the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics while still a student athlete at the University of Kansas, Oerter was also a champion in the Rome, Tokyo and Mexico City Olympic Games. Comment

A Richmond Hill resident remembers

When I had moved from Clinton Hill to Richmond Hill in a house on 102nd Street in 1967, the 102nd Street station of the BMT JJ train was at the border of Richmond Hill and Woodhaven. The station was then structurally closed and renamed 104th Street. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016


Pols tout new Sunnyside school

The building at the corner of 48th Street and Barnett Avenue is vacant and abandoned, but parents and elected officials gathered on the second floor of the cavernous space on Monday to announce that a middle school would help alleviate the longstanding overcrowding in the school district. Comment

NY Dept. of State holds cease-and-desist zone hearings

The New York Department of State held hearings Sept. 14-15 to determine the need to re-establish cease-and-desist zones in Queens to protect residents from real estate brokers and salespeople whose tactics are perceived as overly aggressive. Comments (2)

Queens Legal Services opens new Jamaica facility

Queens Legal Services is finally moving into a new space to serve its clients after decades of operating in a group of offices that were in disrepair. The new space at 89-00 Sutphin Blvd. in downtown Jamaica will be an office for the organization’s more than 70 attorneys, paralegals, social workers and advocates. Comments (1)
Bay Terrace

HomeGoods to open in Bay Terrace next month

HomeGoods is finally coming to the Bay Terrace Shopping Center. The store, which sells a wide variety of affordable home decor, is set to open in mid-October. Comments (1)
Political Action

Conservative Party gives its nod to Donald Trump

The New York State Conservative Party held a meeting of its State Committee earlier this month and by a large margin endorsed Donald Trump for president. The result is that Trump will be running for president on both the Republican and Conservative Party lines in New York. Comments (1)

Piecemeal fixes won’t make Queens streets safer

While I applaud the Department of Transportation for finally installing a traffic signal in front of the Variety Boys & Girls Club on 21st Street at 30th Road, the time of piecemeal fixes for this deadly speedway is over. The hit-and-run death of Sean Crume came even after the minor safety improvements DOT installed in 2015, sadly proving to us once again that we must completely redesign this street from the ground up to make it safe for all road users. Comment
Jackson Heights

Driver sought in Jax Hgts hit-and-run: NYPD

JACKSON HEIGHTS—Police from the 115th Precinct were searching for the driver of a vehicle in a hit-and-run that put a motorcycle rider in the hospital last month. A 21-year-old man was riding east on 37th Avenue Aug. 19 when an SUV in front of him attempted to make a U-turn, police say. Comment

Monday, Sept. 26, 2016


Remains of missing flight attendant Sierra Shields discovered

For eight months, Chris and Donna Shields flew to Queens twice a month from their home outside of Chicago to hand out fliers and help the search for their daughter Sierra, a flight attendant who had been missing since January. Last week they were planning join a walk in Jamaica to support the “LaMont Dottin” law, a bill passed by the state Legislature requiring all police departments to promptly file missing-persons reports despite the person’s age. The Shields were to take part in the hopes that the bill becomes law nationwide. Comments (1)

Crime down 35 percent in city schools: Report

Crime in city schools has decreased by 35 percent in the last five years, according to Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and the NYPD, but a charter school advocacy organization noted that the number of weapons recovered in schools was at the highest recorded level since 2010. Comments (3)

A new residential/retail development planned for downtown Jamaica

A development group in downtown Jamaica is reissuing a request for proposals to build a massive new residential/retail space in the area, one of several planned developments for the neighborhood. Comment
Ozone Park

Residents and leaders wary of Ozone Park homeless shelter

Ozone Park residents and leaders are voicing their concerns over a potential homeless shelter in the neighborhood. Comments (3)

Former St. Francis star makes it to Major League Soccer

Former St. Francis Prep soccer star Kevin Garcia hopes, eventually, it will sink in that he’s made it to Major League Soccer. Comment
South Ozone Park

Police searching for three suspects who allegedly robbed and punched 61-year-old

SOUTH OZONE PARK—Police were searching for three individuals suspected of robbery in South Ozone Park. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016


QCC adds a top-of-the-line 3D printer to its lab

Queensborough Community College has announced the addition of a Stratasys J750 3D printer — a rarety in the academic world — to its Engineering Technology 3D Lab. Comments (2)

Vietnam vets gather for POW event in Maspeth

Dozens of people gathered last Friday night for National POW/MIA Recognition Day at 68th Street and Borden Avenue in Maspeth. Comment

Jamaica drops game to Sheepshead Bay

This one hurt. The Jamaica football team had plenty of chances to pick up its second win of the season Saturday afternoon, but the Beavers couldn’t put all the pieces together, hampered by late-game miscues en route to a 14-7 loss to Sheepshead Bay. Comments (1)

Man gropes woman at Flushing bus stop: Cops

FLUSHING—Police were searching for a man who allegedly groped and taunted a woman at a Flushing bus stop. Comments (4)

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016


Off-duty officer shoots robbery suspect: NYPD

An off-duty corrections officer fatally shot a suspected would-be robber in Jamaica Sunday evening, according to the NYPD. Comments (7)

Healthcare workers picket at St. Mary’s in Bayside

Healthcare workers picketed Tuesday at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside in response to slow contract negotiations with management, an organizer from 1199SEIU said. The 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, one of the largest unions in the state, is demanding a better health insurance plan, an improved retirement plan, as well as a 3 percent raise which would put these workers in line with the compensation their equals receive at neighboring facilities. Comments (1)

Francis Lewis girls’ soccer team embodies family values

The motto of the Francis Lewis girls soccer team? Play like a family. Comments (1)

Man goes missing in Kew Gardens

KEW GARDENS — Police were seeking a missing person, and were asking the public’s help in locating him. Comment

Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

Long Island City

Long Island City’s second ferry landing located at Gantry Plaza State Park

After completing an environmental review, the city announced that Long Island City’s second ferry landing will be located along the promenade of Gantry Plaza State Park about a hundred feet south of Anable Basin. Comment
Howard Beach

Pheffer Amato demands better security in park following Karina Vetrano murder

One week after the release of private security camera footage showing Karina Vetrano moments before her murder, the NYPD has received 104 tips, including some with new information, but the case remains unsolved. The video captures the 30-year-old Howard Beach jogger near Spring Creek Park Aug. 2, just before 6 p.m. where she was beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted, according to police. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Street co-named in honor of Jax Hgts civic leader Mary Vavruska

The life and legacy of longtime Jackson Heights civic leader Mary Vavruska was celebrated last Saturday with a street co-naming in her honor. The stretch of 34th Avenue between 93rd and 94th streets was christened “Mary Varuska Way” in memory of the former Community Board 3 chairwoman, who died in July 2015 at the age of 83. Comment

Suozzi holds first general election town hall

Issues throughout the country are not being addressed because of the poisonous nature of the country’s political discourse, Democratic congressional candidate Tom Suozzi said during the first of six town hall meetings Tuesday. Comment
Long Island City

Gustavo Rodriguez is always searching for new musical talent for LIC Bar

When Sunnyside resident Gustavo Rodriguez, 43, began booking musical performers at the LIC Bar in 2008, he used to have a difficult time bringing acts to the old venue at 45-58 Vernon Blvd. That is no longer the case, as the saloon’s reputation has grown along with the neighborhood’s popularity. Comment

Avella, civic may sue city over Flushing mosque decision

State Sen.Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and members of the Kissena Park Civic Association are considering a lawsuit against the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals after the approval of several variances for a controversial mosque to be built at 46-05 Parsons Blvd. in Flushing. Comments (1)

A season on screen at the Museum of the Moving Image

It’s a busy fall season at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, featuring a tribute to one of the greatest American actors of his generation, a retrospective of the work of a director who ruled the art houses in the 1990s and a web-based, interactive exhibition that gives viewers a look at how American presidential candidates have been marketed to the public for the past 60 years. Comment

Fair warning

Incumbents, beware. Comment

Keeping voters from getting lost in translation

Against a backdrop of slumping voter participation in the five boroughs, Mayor de Blasio has launched new efforts to translate voter registration forms into languages, including Russian, Urdu, Haitian Creole, French and Arabic. With this latest effort, according to the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, accessible voter registration forms now cover 80 percent of “Limited English Proficient” voters in New York City. Comments (3)
Middle Village

CK finishes big in last-minute defensive showdown with Poly Prep

The Christ the King football team made a promise to themselves this season—the Royals were going to finish what they started. Comment

HIgh School Football Roundup: Week 2

The Bayside football team stayed perfect on the young season with a hard-fought 12-6 victory over Tilden Educational Campus last Friday. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

Kew Gardens

Port Authority addresses traffic problems with borough leaders

Two senior Port Authority officials assured elected and community leaders at Borough Hall Monday that the traffic gridlock caused by the reconstruction of LaGuardia Airport is being addressed. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz requested a briefing after travelers were forced to leave vehicles and make a mad dash through traffic on foot in order to make their flights Aug. 22. Comment

Phipps pulls plug on development as Sunnyside gentrification fears grow

More than 200 anxious residents of Sunnyside gathered Sunday at the Queen of Angels Parish Center for a panel discussion on the over-development of western Queens. They were united in opposition to the Phipps Houses plan to build 209-units of affordable housing on a parking lot at 50-02 Barnett Ave., a project that was to have its first hearing before a City Council subcommittee hearing Tuesday. Comments (1)

Comptroller presents economic snapshot of Jamaica

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli called Jamaica “an evolving neighborhood” that has seen robust growth in recent years, according to an economic snapshot of the Greater Jamaica Area prepared by his office. Comments (5)
Forest Hills

Hevesi plan would combat homeless crisis, save taxpayers millions

A state lawmaker from Queens has unveiled a new fiscally and socially responsible plan to reverse the growing homeless crisis in the city and the state. Comments (1)

Top Queens high schools noted on list

Queens high schools occupied three of the top 10 spots in a list of the best high schools in the city, with Townsend Harris High School in Flushing earning the top spot. Comment

NYPD pulls the plug on Bell Blvd. massage parlor

The Bling Bling Body Works at 39-25 Bell Blvd. was shut down by the Police Department in a State Supreme Court order posted to the door. Comments (8)

Center for the Women of New York to hold walkathon

The Center for the Women of New York will hold its 8th annual Walk for Women in Fort Totten Park this Saturday. Comment

A little bit of Spanish Harlem comes to Flushing Town Hall

Back in the 1960s, a sound known as the Latin Boogaloo became prominent on the music scene. Following in the footsteps of the bossa nova and incorporating touches of R&B, mambo and a Cuban genre called son montuno, this modern style of samba originated in New York City, where it was primarily popular among Cuban and Puerto Rican teenagers. Songs were performed in both English and Spanish. Comments (1)

‘Wait Until Dark’ delivers suspense, scares

Following its stellar version of the Broadway muscial “La Cage aux Folles,” Rockaway Theatre Company has changed gears considerably with its new production, the well-known Frederick Knott drama “Wait Until Dark.” A popular movie version of play, starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin, scared the beejusus out of audiences back in the 1960s. This new stage version makes a strong effort to do the the same for today’s audience. Comment

We are hitched to the idea of weddings

Your friend, or niece, or roommate is getting married and you’re invited! Comment

Alvarado heading to Georgia Tech

Christ the King basketball star Jose Alvarado doesn’t get nervous often, but as he stood in front of friends and family Sept. 15, he stumbled over his words just a bit. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016


Phipps withdraws zoning application for affordable housing project in Sunnyside

Phipps Houses withdrew its rezoning application with the city Monday that would have allowed them to build a 10-story, 209-unit affordable housing development on the edge of the Sunnyside Gardens historical district. Comment

Rahami’s family members stopped by FBI: Report

Five people stopped by the FBI and police Sunday in Brooklyn were released hours before Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was arrested in the bombings that injured 28 people on West 23rd Street in Chelsea and went off in New Jersey, authorities said. Comments (7)

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

The Chelsea Explosion

Explosion rocks Manhattan

Our pals at were on the scene after someone planted a bomb in their Manhattan neighborhood on Saturday night, injuring 29 people. Click through for photos and the latest updates. Read more…

The latest on the bombing from The Villager

Our partners at The Villager have a breakdown of the bombing. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016


Remains of missing Astoria flight attendant found: NYPD

The human remains that washed ashore on a Rikers Island beach Wednesday have been identified as those of Astoria resident Sierra Shields, a 30-year-old Delta and United flight attendant, according to the NYPD. Her disappearance from LaGuardia Airport in January set off an eight month search, by family and friends, her family said. Comments (1)

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016


U.S. Court of Appeals overturns decision to hold 3rd District Republican primary

The Second U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled against holding an Oct. 6 Republican primary in the 3rd Congressional District, which covers Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as parts of northeast Queens. The ruling overturns a previous decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District to hold the primary, and effectively ends Philip Pidot’s protracted legal challenge to state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) for the Republican nomination. Comment

Your Queens Weekend: Sept. 16-18

Fall may not officially be here yet, but this weekend brings a taste of the season to come—from an autumn-themed street fair to the beginning of the new cultural season at one of the borough’s most popular venues. In Ridgewood, the Myrtle Avenue Fall Street Festival will stretch from Wyckoff Avenue to Forest Avenue. The event, on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., features over 200 merchant and vendor displays, children’s rides, game booths, and non-profit and civic organizations. Antique and custom cars from the East Coast Car Assocation and Riviera Owners A Comment


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