Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

For the first time in a quarter of a century there were no fatalities on the Boulevard of Death in 2015. Comments (3)

Report estimates cost of free tuition at community colleges

The Independent Budget Office has put together a report estimating the cost of implementing free tuition in the City University of New York’s community colleges at the behest of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Comments (2)
Real Estate

Vallone’s bill would allow record of restrictive covenants in ACRIS

Restrictive covenants, binding legal requirements included in real-estate transactions by a seller, may soon be recorded into the city Department of Finance’s Automated City Register Information System, also known as ACRIS. Comment
Dining Out

Korean BBQ grilled up right at Murray Hill’s Mapo II

It was around 6:30 p.m. on a bone-chilling Wednesday. We were already in an evil mood from cruising the congested streets of Murray Hill for 20 minutes in search of a parking space. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016


Affordable housing production at risk with loss of tax abatement program

The de Blasio administration’s ambitious Housing New York plan, which has already financed more than 40,000 affordable apartments enough for more than 100,000 New Yorkers, may have hit a wall with the expiration of the state’s 421-a tax abatement program last Friday. Comment
Rego Park

Impatience grows over Rego Park library

After years of pushing city and elected officials for upgrades to the Rego Park branch of the Queens Library, community leaders in central Queens have grown impatient. Comment
Howard Beach

Terrorist registry bill floated

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in San Bernadino, Calif., and Paris last year, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) has co-sponsored the New York State Terrorist Registry Act as part of a bipartisan effort to combat terrorism across the state. Comments (2)

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

South Ozone Park

Wills quiet after implication on fraud case

In the corruption case against Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Ozone Park), his co-defendant Jelani Mills pleaded guilty last week to falsifying business records and funneling campaign funds into a shell company account under the direction of the lawmaker, according to the plea agreement with the state attorney general. Comments (2)

Petition against SBS goes online

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is taking their fight against Select Bus Service online. The civic association has created a petition for those opposed to the multi-million dollar project that would install a dedicated bus lane along Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards. Comments (3)

Addabbo and Miller propose bills to combat illegal massage parlors

Following the closure of several illegal massage parlors in Glendale and Middle Village, state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) and state Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) have introduced a package of legislation meant to deter and regulate these unlicensed businesses. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Overview of major crimes across the boro: NYPD

Overall crime across the borough was down last year by an 6 percent and across the city by 1.7 percent when compared to 2014, according to 2015 data reported by police officials. Comment
Middle Village

Blood Drive coming to Middle Village

The mother of a Middle Village native who fought cancer twice is organizing a blood drive in honor of her daughter. Comment
Political Action

Presidential campaign shifts into high gear

As the Republican presidential primaries move into high gear there have been rumors that some establishment Republicans may be considering running their own candidate for president if Donald Trump gets the official Republican Party nomination. Comment

Web series explores life in Astoria through a couple of roommates

Jacklyn Collier and Russell Daniels met the day they became roommates. Comment

Mastellone, Molloy hold off Kangaroos’ rally

Archbishop Molloy played at a pace and with a poise that made for a beautifully efficient and unselfish first 21/2 quarters. But that all changed when Boys & Girls sped things up by pressing, and the Stanners had to scramble to hold on over the final 12:00 to record its third-straight win. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016

Fresh Meadows

Lancman plays table tennis with MS 216 students

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) kicked off the middle-school table tennis season with a friendly pingpong match against a member of the defending championship team from MS 216 George Ryan Middle School in Fresh Meadows. Comment

Electeds help volunteers clean up Pomonok Houses on MLK Day

Elected officials joined volunteers from Pomonok Houses and Queens College in Flushing to clean up the grounds around the Pomonok Community Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Comment

How a Maspeth boy became ‘The Last Don’

Born on Jan. 10, 1943 in New York City, Joseph Charles Massino is a former member of the Italian Mafia who was the boss of the Bonanno crime family from 1991 to 2004. During his 13 years running the crime syndicate, the powerful Massino was known as “The Last Don,” as he was the only New York mob leader at the time not in prison. However, he is perhaps best known as the first boss of one of the notorious five Mafia families to turn state’s evidence and cooperate with the government in prosecuting other Mafiosi. The ex-mobster entered the Witness Protection Program after his 2013 release from prison and his whe Comments (4)

Convenient bus service comes at a cost

Let us all celebrate the fourth anniversary of NICE bus, which occurred Jan. 1. Thousands of Queens residents travel via Nassau Inter County Express Bus to jobs, schools and other destinations in Nassau County. In addition, thousands of Nassau County residents ride NICE bus to jobs, schools and other destinations in Queens. Many transfer to the subway at the Flushing, Jamaica or Far Rockaway stations. Comment

Swift Justice: Fast start lets Judges cruise past Friendship Charter

Benjamin Cardozo has suffered through many slow starts this season, but Saturday night against Friendship Charter was nothing of the sort. Comment

Thief steals car keys in Glendale: NYPD

GLENDALE —A man walked into a car dealership and strolled out with stolen cash and two sets of car keys, police said. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016

Kew Gardens

Language access expands in schools

With at least 135 languages spoken in Queens, according to the borough president’s website, the city Department of Education last week announced an expansion of language-access services across the city. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

LaGuardia Airport flight attendant missing; NYPD

Police were searching for a missing Astoria woman who was last seen leaving work at LaGuardia Airport around noon last Thursday. Sierra Shields, 30, a flight attendant for Shuttle America, was scheduled for a flight later that day that day but she quit her job and walked out leaving personal belongings behind, according to 1010 WINS. Comments (2)

Queens DA charges man with animal abuse after new unit formed

On the same day Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced his office had created an Animal Cruelty Prosecution Unit, a Jackson Heights man was charged with aggravated animal cruelty after allegedly killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old Chihuahua. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

The media needs to start ignoring Donald Trump

This week, our columnist pleads with his colleagues to stop doing stories about GOP’s Presidential front-runner. Comments (3)

Meng is a powerful advocate for animal rights

Congresswoman Grace Meng’s continued strong leadership is evident through her support of efforts to improve animal welfare. The Humane Cosmetics Act is one of the Humane Society of the United States’ leading legislative bills for 2016 and its future success is dependent on co-sponsors such as Congresswoman Meng. Comments (3)

Dash take Storm’s Daly sixth in NWSL draft

Rachel Daly followed up her record-breaking career at St. John’s with a historic first as a professional. Comment

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016


Kim wants better treatment of Asian nail salon owners

After more than six months of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to impose a state of emergency on the nail salon industry, state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has introduced the Transparency in Enforcement Act to combat what he has called selective enforcement of the law against salons owned by Asian immigrants. Comments (6)
East Elmhurst

Airports workers rally at LaGuardia for higher wages

Several hundred low-wage airport workers rallied with elected officials, religious and community leaders at LaGuardia Airport Monday demanding a $15 minimum wage and union rights. Coordinated actions took place at 10 other airports across the country in other cities, including Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia, with all marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Comments (1)

More traffic lights will be installed on 21st Avenue in Astoria

Queens DOT Commissioner Nicole Garcia announced Friday that more traffic lights will be installed on 21st Avenue in Astoria this spring. The added safety improvements are part of a redesign of a dangerous two-mile stretch of roadway that often resembles a speedway between Hoyt Avenue South and Queens Plaza. Comment

Uber not at fault for traffic: City

The city released a traffic study Friday which does not hold Uber or other app-based car services responsible for traffic congestion across the city. Comment

King’s legacy, unfinished, remembered by all faiths

Jews, Christians and Muslims marked the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. together at the Flushing Free Synagogue Sunday. Comment

Bayside United Methodist hosts open house for Tutti Play Cafe

The Tutti Play Cafe is opening this weekend in Bayside as part of a new community outreach endeavor from BrokenBuilders Ministries, the multi-congregational Korean church operating in conjunction with the United Methodist Church in Manhattan and Bayside. Comment

New council to help Chinese seniors in Queens

Selfhelp Community Services, a nonprofit that works to secure independent living for seniors, has established a Chinese Advisory Council to assist older Chinese immigrants living in Queens. Comments (5)

Boys Club teaches swimming as a life skill

There are over 1,800 public schools serving about 1.1 million students in the city, and only a handful of them have swimming pools—meaning most city kids do not get water safety education. Comment

Horse carriage deal may be coming soon

Official proponents of a ban on the horse carriage industry in the city, the industry’s advocates and workers union have reached a compromise to introduce new limits on one of Manhattan’s most widely recognized historic activities. Comment

Queens values

GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s intended zinger at rival Donald Trump as the embodiment of New York values puzzled many residents of the borough, where The Donald was born and bred before moving across the river to Gotham. Comments (2)

Finally, your Starbucks tutorial!

Now you too can understand what your are ordering at Starbucks. Or not. Comment

Playing politics with Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The TimesLedger editorial in its January 14-21, 2016 edition (“Parks, Not Profits), defending the integrity of of Flushing Meadows Corona Park as well as all urban parks in our municipal park system, is right on the mark and should be applauded by all who cherish parkland. Comment
Block Shots

Beating SIA something Lewis can build on

If Francis Lewis is looking for a turning point to its season, it may have found it in a win over Staten Island Academy. Comment

Police send helicopters out to search for suspects

BAYSIDE — The driver of a white sedan led cops on a chase Sunday morning when he fled after a patrolman attempted to pull him over for a seatbelt violation, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016


Neighbors rally to bring to light alleged illegal food business

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) rallied outside a single-family rental home in Bayside Tuesday with many concerned neighbors fearing potential hazardous consequences from what they allege is a commercial food operation being conducted illegally. Comment

Fight continues against Hollis home for vets

A few homeless veterans were scheduled to move this Thursday into the much disputed affordable housing units owned by Queens landlord Rita Stark in Hollis despite pushback from community members, according to the city’s Human Resources Administration Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Boro pols urge Obama to launch anti-Semitism summit

City Councilmen Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) and Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), along with state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows), were among 13 lawmakers across the city who have joined with the Simon Wiesenthal Center to urge President Barack Obama to convene a summit on anti-Semitism, invoking the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Comments (7)
Fresh Meadows

Robots take center stage at competition

Justin Pepe had a slice of pepperoni pizza in one hand and a pen in the other. Pepe, 15, a member of the Syosset Robotics team, was frantically sketching a redesign of his competitive robot in the cafeteria of Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows, otherwise known this past weekend as “The Pit.” Comment

Avella introduces stringent ethics reforms proposals

At a news conference last week, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) unveiled a series of ethics reform proposals, as well as going over some which he had planned to pursue before being reassigned from his position as chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee in May. Comment

Hallets Point mega-project breaks ground in Astoria

There was an air of excitement at the Astoria waterfront last week as Mayor de Blasio and city officials helped break ground on the massive Hallets Point development. Comment

Community mourns teenager death

Hundreds of family, friends and community members gathered at Praise Tabernacle Church on Sutphin Boulevard Saturday to attend funeral services for 16-year old Jihad Jackson, whose shooting on New Year’s Eve in South Jamaica left the community shocked and angry. Comments (1)

Woodside community advocate questions redesign of Queens Boulevard

After a brief tour of the new Queens Boulevard bike lane in front of the Razi School in Woodside Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio offered praise for the city Department of Transportation. Comments (11)

Table tennis anyone?

A sort of sporting detente between the United States and China born in the early 1970s volleyed into Flushing Meadows Corona Park last weekend during the Queens Museum’s Ping Pong Mao Tournament. Comment

St. John’s target Alkins beginning final phase of recruitment

Rawle Alkins is entering the final stages of his recruitment. Comment

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016


Agreement reached on carriage horses

City officials announced Sunday that a compromise has been reached between the opposing parties in the ongoing debate on whether to ban horse carriages from Manhattan streets. The agreement will keep the tourist-driven industry in Central Park, with new stables to be built there. Comments (2)



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