Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Jackson Heights

Jax Hgts church to bury 150-year-old mummy discovered during construction

A Jackson Heights church will bury a 150-year old mummy next month. Comments (1)

Senator Avella calls on DOT to repair Flushing road

The Off Broadway Homeowners Association and Flushing residents are urging the city Department of Transportation to fix a strip of Depot Road along the Long Island Rail Road which is filled with potholes and exposed cobblestones. Comments (1)

Now is not the time to deport Haitians

To: John F. Kerry, Secretary, U.S. Department of State and Jeh C. Johnson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Comments (3)

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

South Jamaica

New home for seniors raising children opens in Jamaica

At the corner of Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 112th Road in Jamaica, a new facility is offering affordable housing and services to grandparents who are raising teenagers or children, one of only two such facilities in the state. Comments (5)

Public advocate’s worst landlord runs two Queens buildings

Public Advocate Letitia James has released her list of the 100 worst landlords throughout New York City and the landlord at No. 1 is the landlord for two buildings in Queens. Comments (6)
The Play’s the Thing

Royal Star Theatre brings joy to Jamaica Estates

If the never-ending and demeaning presidential campaign has got you down—and if it hasn’t, you haven’t been paying attention—then I have a remedy that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. It can be found in Jamaica Estates in the auditorium of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy where the Royal Star Theatre is about to open its production of “Spamalot”. Comment

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016


WeWork Studio Square offers new program for boro’s entrepreneurs

Western Queens has been drawing young tech companies and experts expect many more with the opening of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island next year. But these startups won’t be able to open office space right away. Comment

Woodhaven residents accuse DOT of deception on SBS

Woodhaven Residents Block Association announced at a meeting last week that the Department of Transportation would be putting off the implementation of the Select Bus Service plan, which has been a major source of community outrage, until 2017. But the postponement, which should have been a step in the right direction to those hoping to stop the plan, was regarded as nothing more than a deceptive ploy to residents who saw a bus stop being installed just two days after the city said it would wait. Comments (4)

Candidates for Senate and Assembly meet at Woodhaven forum

Woodhaven Residents Block Association held a candidates forum for hopefuls on the ballot for state Senate and Assembly where the community asked the candidates last week about how they would be addressing affordable housing, homeless shelters, illegal conversions and Select Bus Service. Comments (3)
Rochdale Village

Rochdale Village middle school opens science lab

Teachers, parents and Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) were on hand Monday morning to celebrate a new science lab at Public School 80, the Thurgood Marshall Magnet School of Media and Communications, in Rochdale Village. Comments (1)

Make investments in city buses

There are ongoing and future efforts to deal with complaints by various transit advocacy groups concerning problems with MTA NYCT and MTA Bus services and ridership loss. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit has already awarded contracts for $200 million to purchase and install a new bus radio system, along with $150 million for purchase and installation of a new East New York Brooklyn Bus Command Center. Comments (1)

Suspects sought in Flushing assault

FLUSHING—Police were searching for two men suspected of assault in Flushing. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016


Mayor calls on Albany for electoral reforms

Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging Albany to pass a slate of reforms to allow same-day voter registration, early voting and the consolidation of primary elections. There are nearly two million individuals in New York state who are not registered to vote, and half of them live in the city, he said last week. Comments (4)
The highest bidder in a storage unit auction in Long Island City was surprised to find his winnings in the form of dozens of dead cats. Comments (4)
Political Action

Don’t underestimate the value of the vice presidency

It seems that the tendency has been in recent years to downplay the value of vice presidential candidates. At this time, however, vice presidents have given an added importance to the campaign. Comments (3)

Red Storm looks for some respect—and another Big East championship

The St. John’s women’s basketball team is looking for a little bit of respect—and they’re willing to work for it. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016


St. Mary’s Hospital for Children hosts Halloween celebration for patients

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children and Spirit Halloween Superstore came together to throw a costume party for the patients of the Bayside health care center at 29-01 216th St. last week for the third year in a row. Comments (1)
A Long Island woman has been charged with shooting a plainclothes NYPD officer with a pellet gun in downtown Jamaica, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Red Storm junior Bashir Ahmed ready for action

Bashir Ahmed wanted to come home to play basketball. That, however, was easier said than done. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Cops seek missing Springfield Gardens man

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — The NYPD asked for the public’s help in trying to locate a missing Springfield Gardens man. Comment

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Jackson Heights

City Council passes bills to better service minority, LGBT communities

The City Council passed three measures and one resolution last week to count and bring more robust services to LGBTQ individuals and people of color in the five boroughs. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Councilman Wills addresses proposed drop-in center in Ozone Park

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Richmond Hill) and state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Jamaica) held a news conference in front of the proposed drop-in center on 100- 32 Atlantic Ave. urging the Department of Homeless Services to reconsider the site. The lawmakers were joined by community leaders who all agreed that a homeless shelter should not be opened when there are two schools less than 1,000 feet away from the site. Comments (1)

Mayor’s Office announces initiative to raise profile of women in city film business

When it comes to the worlds of film and television, New York City has “the richest talent base in the country,” says Julie Menin, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Comments (1)

Electeds call for stricter zoning in South Corona to relieve school overcrowding

Children are bearing the brunt of South Corona’s exploding population, according to several elected officials. Standing in front of classroom trailers at PS 16 on 114th Street, they demanded an immediate response to the district’s overcrowded schools, urging the city to downgrade South Corona’s existing zoning code to lower the neighborhood’s density. Comments (1)

Bell and Northern boulevards to get a left turn signal: DOT

The uneasy intersection at Bell and Northern boulevards will have a left-turn signal before too long after requests from neighborhood officials. City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), Bayside Hills Civic Association President Michael Feiner and state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) reached out to DOT to study the intersection for the viability of a left turn signal and were told Oct. 6 that the dream would become a reality. Comments (3)

Proposed Sunnyside Gardens middle school sparks controversy

Weeks after the School Construction Authority announced it had selected a site for a new middle school in the Sunnyside Gardens area, community members and some elected officials are expressing caution about proceeding. Comment
East Elmhurst

Prison guards’ union sues city over solitary

The Correction Officer Benevolent Association sued Mayor Bill de Blasio, the City Council and the city Board of Correction because the group contends its complaints are not being heard while the city caters to inmates’ wishes. COBA President Elias Husamudeen charges that violence against officers has surged since the de Blasio administration ended the use of solitary confinement for prisoners 21years old and under. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Lawmakers want Cuomo to sign Justice for Job Seekers legislation

Several legislators, including state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-East Elmhurst), called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign protections for job seekers as they released the results of a new investigation, “Demanding Justice for Job Seekers,” last week. The report illustrated deceptive and illegal tactics employment agencies use to prey on minimum-wage work seeking applicants. Comments (1)

Suspect sought in attack on woman in Jamaica

A 69-year-old woman was assaulted outside a Jamaica deli Saturday morning, and police were asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect in the attack. Comment

Cardozo tennis coach Howie Arons dies at 67

The Queens athletic community lost one of its most prominent and successful names Oct. 13 when longtime Cardozo tennis coach Howie Arons died after battling cancer. He was 67 years old. Comment
Dining Out

Little Tibet brings Himalayan flavor to Jackson Heights

It has been fascinating to see the changes taking place in the commercial area in Jackson Heights, running from about 75th to 72nd streets, bounded to the north by 37th Avenue, and Roosevelt Avenue to the south. A neighborhood whose numerous South Asian alimentary offerings were once dominated by Punjabi and South Indian fare has had to make room for the arrival of a steady influx of Himalayan eateries. Comment

Women just say no

This was supposed to the Year of the Woman with Hillary Clinton poised to crash through the glass ceiling—before Bernie Sanders, the private email server saga and Donald Trump’s unexpected burn-and-slash path to the GOP nomination. Comments (3)

When Pope Paul VI visited the New York World’s Fair

Pope Paul VI, perhaps the world’s most famous individual, was the first pope ever to visit the United States. On Oct. 4, 1965 the pope said mass at Yankee Stadium to an audience of 90,000 people. And to a country embroiled in the Vietnam War, Pope Paul preached a 15-minute homily on peace, telling the crowds that “Politics do not suffice to sustain a durable peace.” Another item on the pontiff’s schedule wa Comment

Trump cooks up another controversy

Notwithstanding independent corroboration shortly after several women alleged that they were sexually harassed by Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump, not only does he deny the allegations, he claims he never met some of the women and that their complaints constitute a conspiracy to deny him the election. Comments (3)

Siblings are both stars on the soccer field

The Guzzo siblings grew up playing soccer together and, for a long time, the plan was to keep that trend going—or at least to play at the same school. That plan, however, didn’t quite play out and, now, the Guzzos are on the opposite side of the Queens soccer divide. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Kew Gardens

Banks faces borough’s leaders to review the state of homeless in Queens

The man who tried to convert a Maspeth hotel into a homeless shelter, setting off two months of protests that still continue, and rented rooms in other hotels around the borough without alerting officials came to Queens Wednesday night. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

Electeds warn homeless may be placed in another East Elmhurst hotel

Several elected officials say they believe yet another hotel in Queens has been earmarked by the Department of Homeless Services to be partially converted into a shelter for the homeless. Comments (1)

Suozzi battles Martin in final stretch for Israel’s seat

Democratic candidate for Congress Tom Suozzi has received the endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but the official announcement scheduled for Verdi’s Restaurant in Whitestone on Monday was canceled due to the death of Suozzi’s father, Joseph Suozzi, overnight on Sunday. Comments (2)

Criminal summons issued at Little Neck station for illegal crossing

The pedestrian bridge serving commuters along the LIRR stop of Little Neck on the Port Washington branch was taken down in mid-September due to unsafe conditions, but now commuters crossing to the other side may find themselves in trouble. Comments (7)

Making Strides Against Cancer walk reaches 12K turnout in Queens

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Cancer walk Sunday in Flushing Meadows Corona Park saw a turnout which rivaled last year’s and raised awareness and funds for breast cancer research, education, early detection efforts and patient service programs. The disease is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer among women and is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women. Comment

Flushing zombie home to be auctioned

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced progress had been made at an abandoned house in Flushing where he had previously held a July news conference to call attention to the dangerous and unhealthy condition of the long-neglected property. The land has been cleaned up, thanks to help from the Queens County Public Administrator’s office, and the house is going to auction in December. Comments (1)

109th Precinct Council describes theft scheme

A crowd of people wearing pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month packed the 109th Precinct’s monthly community council meeting last week. The meeting focused on crime and transportation issues. Comments (1)

Queens GOP fields many candidates in local races

Queens Republicans held a fund-raiser last week in support of their local candidates and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Comments (4)

New film follows legendary Danny Fields from Warhol to the Ramones

Earlier this year, the Queens Museum saluted one of Queens’ biggest contributions to the history of rock n roll with the exhibit “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: The Ramones and the Birth of Punk,” which told the story of the legendary punk rockers on the 40th anniversary of the release of their first album. Comments (1)

The reason why some turn to child porn

In a St. Francis College classroom in downtown Brooklyn last week, a law professor dad introduced his son, now 30-something, and said, “I’m very proud of him.” Comment

Childhood friends end soccer standoff with tie

There’s a love-hate relationship to these kinds of games. Comment

What ever happened to Briarwood?

“Briarwood,” the MTA speaker proudly announced to the F-train passengers, as if Hollywood was on the horizon with the Walter Mittys humming the classic Phillips’ tune, “California Dreamin’.” Within two square blocks of the town, you may see the redundancy of three 99 Cents stores, three bodegas, three laundromats, three Chinese restaurants, three pharmacies, four beauty parlors, five dry cleaners and seven gambling venues vending Lotto. Comments (4)

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016


Cook-off picks the best chicken soup in Queens

While it may be incontestable that chicken soup is good for you, the question of who makes the best chicken soup is one that many people in many places have asked. “Deli Man,” a 2014 documentary, told the story of Congregation Emanu El in Houston, Texas, which ran a Chicken Soup Cook-Off for many years. There have been cook-offs in the New York City area as well, but until now the partcipants have mostly been amateur chefs and judges. Comment
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens man sentenced to 12 years in shooting of girlfriend

A Kew Gardens man who first claimed his girlfriend had been shot in a home invasion but later admitted he accidentally shot her in the head, leaving her helpless for life, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for criminal possession of a weapon and other charges, the Queens DA said. Comments (1)

High school football roundup: Week 6

The Christ the King football team continued to find the end zone with ease Saturday, cruising to a 33-8 victory over Kellenberg Memorial. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

The city is refuting Monday’s claim made by three lawmakers that an East Elmhurst hotel has been earmarked by the Department of Homeless Services to be partially converted into a shelter for the homeless. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens Hills

Police hunt rapist in Flushing attack

Police were looking for a man wanted in the rape of a 51-year-old woman who was ambushed in Flushing early Sunday morning as she walked along the Horace Harding Expressway. Comments (1)

Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

Democratic candidate for Congress Tom Suozzi received an endorsement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo as Election Day nears, but the official announcement scheduled for Verdi’s Restaurant in Whitestone was canceled due to the death of Suozzi’s father, Joseph Suozzi, overnight on Sunday. Comments (1)
While members of the Maspeth-Middle Village Task Force protested in solidarity with civic groups in Sunset Park, Brooklyn Saturday, where several homeless shelters have opened, anger spread to the Rockaway Peninsula where the city is now renting rooms at the Playland Motel to house homeless families. Comments (1)

NYPD arrests woman in pellet gun attack


NYPD arrests woman in pellet gun attack

Police arrested and charged a Long Island woman Saturday with shooting a plainclothes NYPD officer with a pellet gun in downtown Jamaica, authorities said. Comments (1)

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016


Beloved Cardozo tennis coach Howie Arons dies at 67


Your Queens Weekend: Oct. 14-16

If you’ve been wondering about where to find the best chickcn soup in Queens, there’s an event this weekend that might just clear up that question for you. Comment

Friday, Oct. 14, is the last day to register to vote

New Yorkers who are not registered to vote have until the end of the day Friday to ensure that they can cast a ballot in this year’s general election, including the vote for the next president. Comment



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