Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016


Early voting is a process whose time has come

Early voting seems to have caught on with the electorate. At least 37 states have some form of early voting. Millions of registered voters are taking advantage of the opportunity to vote early. Comments (1)

New Red Storm roster makes promising debut

It was more treat than trick for the St. John’s men’s basketball team as the Red Storm cruised to a 99-49 victory over Baruch in an exhibition game Monday night. Comment

Second Avenue shortfall

If Phase One of the Second Avenue subway opens by the end of December, or some time in early 2017, it is still a glass only one quarter full. (“Second Ave. Subway On Schedule,” Philip Newman‚ Oct. 28). Comments (2)

Bayside gets its closeup

Back in the earliest days of the movies Queens was one of the capitals of filmmaking, and Bayside was a place where many of the industry’s biggest stars could regularly be seen. The story of that commmunity of celebrities will be told in an exhibit opening Thursday at the Bayside Historical Society. “Bayside: The Actors’ Enclave” includes photographs, newspapers and many other artifacts that document a glamorous side of life in the neighborhood in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016


Lancman rallies to put an end to “Revenge Porn”

City lawmakers are upping the ante on “revenge porn” sanctions with a call to pass legislation which will make disseminating intimate photos or videos of individuals without permission an offense punishable by one year in jail, a fine of $1,000 or both. Comment
Long Island City

Borough artist has a global point of view

Marlene Tseng Yu’s distinctive paintings are well-known throughout the world. Born 1937 in Taiwan, she came to the United States in 1963, receiving a Master in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1967 and teaching art at Denver University in Colorado from 1967 to 1968 before heading to Queens. Comment

Muhammad takes control as CK crushes Fordham Prep 41-7

Christ the King senior running back Siddiq Muhammad saw the ball fall out of his hands and had to bite back a groan. Comment

Monday, Nov. 7, 2016


Suozzi and Martins near end of race

The race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) in Congress will come to a close with next week’s general election, with former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and state Sen. Jack Martins (D-Mineola) locked in a campaign that could help determine if the Democrats can retake control of the House of Representatives. Comments (3)

Peralta fight to clean up Roosevelt Avenue now includes Woodside

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has company in his mission to clean up Roosevelt Avenue of its decades-old crime and quality-of-life issues. Comment

Koo encourages Flushing biz to take advantage of ‘Forgiving Fines’

Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) gathered at the Amerasia Bank Gallery in Flushing and urged business owners to take advantage of a new 90-day initiative that forgives penalties on violations handed out by the Department of Sanitation, Department of Buildings, and other city agencies. Comments (4)

Addabbo faces long-term issues in district

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) is facing long-term issues in his district, such as homeless shelters, Select Bus Service and delayed Hurricane Sandy relief in the midst of an election campaign. On top of this, the incumbent is fighting an uphill battle with an unresponsive city administration. Comment

Conigliaro challenges Addabbo with a plan for homeless

Republican candidate Michael Conigliaro is facing down his 2014 opponent, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), and says he is learning from the mistakes that lost him the seat with 47 percent of the vote. Comment

Give veterans the respect they deserve

As our nation prepares to celebrate Veterans Day Nov. 11, let us remember all of our veterans who have served in all branches of the armed forces from the American Revolution right down through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Comments (1)

Walker takes on leadership role for Red Storm

St. John’s senior Jade Walker has always been one of the guys. She grew up playing basketball with a boys’ team and the challenges of being the only girl on the court has turned her into one of the most fierce competitors around. She’s used to having to constantly prove herself and the chip on her shoulder has taken permanent residence. Comments (1)

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016


Meng up against newcomer in competition for House

In the last four years Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has sponsored multiple bills advocating for families and small businesses in her district. In her run for a third term she faces Republican Danniel Maio, a map maker. Comments (3)
Rockaway Beach

Pheffer Amato looks to replace Goldfeder in November election

In June Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) surprised everyone when he announced that he would not seek re-election. Goldfeder announced that he was leaving the Assembly to work as a lobbyist for Yeshiva University and focus more of his time on his family. With an endorsement from both the Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Goldfeder himself, Democratic candidate Stacey Pheffer Amato has become a front runner for the District 23rd seat. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Zwirn goes up against Pheffer Amato for Assembly seat

Republican Alan Zwirn is going up against Democrat Stacey Pheffer Amato for the Assembly seat in the 23rd District covering Ozone Park, Rockaway and Howard Beach. The seat went up for grabs after Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) announced in June he was stepping away to focus on family and work as a lobbyist for Yeshiva University. Comments (2)

Royals girls soccer team snags BQCHSAA crown

The Christ the King girls’ soccer team wasn’t going to give up their crown without a fight. Comment

NYPD seeks man who robbed livery cab driver

HOLLIS — Police were seeking a man who robbed a livery cab driver on Oct. 6, and were asking the public for any information that might help the search. Comment
The Civic Scene

Is a green solution turning into a boondoggle?

A couple of months ago green letters with green lines started appearing at the curbs of some houses in Fresh Meadows. It took weeks of inquiry for us to discover that these green letters meant the DEP wanted to build bioswales, or rain gardens, in this location. Comments (3)

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016


Crowley challenged by Astoria businessman

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) is seeking his 10th term in Congress representing Queens and the Bronx against Republican challenger Frank Spotorno, a first time candidate and owner of the Park Avenue Elevator Cab Company in Astoria. Crowley is the leader of the Queens Democratic Party and vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives. Comments (3)

Miller opposed by Maldonado in Assembly race

State Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) has two major issues facing the constituents in his district: Select Bus Service and Mayor de Blasio’s controversial shelter plan to warehouse homeless in converted hotels across the city. Miller, like many other elected officials in Queens, is frustrated as he grapples with these problems and finds City Hall unresponsive to his complaints. Comments (3)

First-time GOP candidates run in eastern Queens

Three Eastern Queens members of the state Assembly are being challenged by first-time candidates on the Republican slate. Comments (1)

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016


A rebuilt GOP gets competitive

The high-stakes drama of the presidential election this year should not overshadow the fact that Queens has 19 contested races Nov. 8 at the congressional and state levels. Comments (6)

All eyes on Barnwell-Nunziato race in western Queens

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Margaret Markey’s name will not appear on the ballot for the State Assembly and now voters in Woodside, Maspeth and Middle Village are choosing between a first time candidate and a longtime civic leader to replace her. Brian Barnwell, a 30-year-old attorney from Woodside who stunned the Democratic party when he upset Markey in the primary, is facing Republican nominee Tony Nunziato, 59, a self-described “man of commitment” and small business owner in Maspeth. Comments (1)

State senators in NE Queens face challengers

The state Senate races in northeast Queens have candidates from both parties competing for control over long-held Democratic territory. On the ballot is Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and his opponent, Republican Mark Cipolla, as well as Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and her GOP challenger and Woodside resident, Carlos Giron. Comments (2)

General election includes race to fill Clark seat

On Election Day, voters will choose to fill the New York State Assembly seat left vacant by the death of Assemblywoman Barbara Clark. The race is one of several in the southeast Queens area. Comment
The city Department of Homeless Services got some good news last week when its Library Pilot Project was recognized by the Library of Congress as one of 14 honorees from around the world implementing best practices in literacy promotion. Launched in March 2015, the collaboration between DHS, Queens Library and the city’s Department of Education, among others, works to bring literacy services and programs to children and their families in 30 newly created shelter-based libraries. Comment
East Elmhurst

Reforms created after Kalief Browder’s death have failed: Lancman

Another sad chapter in the story of Kalief Browder, who committed suicide in 2015 after a harrowing ordeal on Rikers Island, was written during a City Council subcommittee hearing last week during testimony by his older brother. Akeem Browder, still grieving after his mother Venida’s death last month following several heart attacks, said she suffered immeasurable guilt and depression without any counseling or therapy. Comment

Fair Chance Act hits one year anniversary

The Fair Chance Act turned one year old Oct. 27, with advocates and community members saying continued education and outreach was the key to ensuring the law’s continued success. Comment
A Jamaica man was charged with punching a 69-year-old woman outside a Jamaica deli, and community leaders gathered Tuesday at the scene of the crime to encourage community members to tell authorities about violent offenders hiding from police. Comments (3)

Sisters make splash on Bayside tennis team

Shkysi Cummings always wanted to play tennis, watched the sport on TV and dreamed of one day competing on the court. But the Bayside senior wasn’t a tennis player—she played handball. Comment

High school football roundup: Week 8

The Springfield Gardens football team continued to spread the ball out on Saturday afternoon as five different players found the end zone in the Golden Eagles’ 34-6 victory over George Washington. Comment

Data shows Queens’ complex electoral map

With a contentious election just days away, some Americans are increasingly concerned about the integrity of the voting process as well as their access to the ballot box. Although for supporters of Republican nominee Donald Trump, this presents an unfounded and nihilistic belief in a “rigged election,” for some Americans there are concerns that they may face discrimination or intimidation at polling places. For others, a basic right of access – a ballot they can understand, is not guaranteed. Comments (3)

Up for the count

If you’re not in it, you can’t win it, which should be the mantra for Queens voters in this unruly presidential election. Power Ball has come to the voting booth with the odds shifting almost daily as new polls are released and October Surprises rock the race. Comments (4)

Gardens have much to teach kids

As a student of Environmental Studies, I would like to draw the readers’ attention to the need for nature-based experiential learning in children’s curriculum. In an urban setting such as New York City, it is critical that children’s learning experience extends beyond classroom walls and the limited number of field trips outside the city. One good way to make sure of this is to incorporate garden-based learning programs in schools. Gardens make a great learning resource for the children as it can be integrated very well with their academic learning goals and help them to develop a holistic perspective of the world. Comment

Footwear designer from Corona makes an impact on fashion and her community

Two years ago, a young, spirited entrepreneur from Corona started her own line of custom-made, handcrafted riding boots and Oxfords for stylish women and men. While it may have been a shot in the dark, the gamble turned out to be well worth any risks involved. Comment

Man sought in Flushing bank robbery

FLUSHING—Police were looking for a man suspected of robbing a bank in Flushing. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

Forest Hills

Ramones fans turn out in droves for new street naming

Ramones fans gathered from far and wide to celebrate the renaming of the intersection of 67th Avenue and 110th Street outside of Forest Hills High School as “Ramones Way.” The school is the alma mater of the four original members of the band. Comments (1)

Maspeth protesters mull slander suit against de Blasio administration

The Juniper Park Civic Association is threatening to sue the de Blasio administration for slander by one of its spokeswomen, according to its president, Bob Holden. After city Comptroller Scott Stringer was invited to Middle Village last week speak to a town hall meeting addressing concerns with the city housing single men at the Holiday Inn Express, Aja Worthy-Davis released a statement saying, “Scott Stringer is courting a group advocating for kicking women and toddlers onto the street, using White Lives Matter as their protest song. He should be ashamed.” Comments (2)

Astoria’s PS 85 gets air conditioners to shut out subway noise

Students and teachers at PS 85 will finally enjoy some peace and quiet, and some cool air, too, thanks to a $125,000 grant from the New York State Assembly. All classrooms with windows facing the elevated subway tracks over 31st Street are getting air conditioners, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) announced last week. Comment
Rochdale Village

Police seek killer of Rochdale Village woman

Friends and community members mourned a Rochdale Village woman who was found murdered early Monday morning after she went missing several days earlier. Comment
East Elmhurst

Death of East Elmhurst toddler riles elected officials, safe streets advocates

Safe streets advocates are outraged that the driver of a van that struck and killed an 8-month-old toddler in East Elmhurst Friday was released without bail later that evening. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst man faces child porn charges: DA

An East Elmhurst man has been charged with possession of numerous of photos of children under 12 performing sex acts or acting in a sexual manner and is also charged with possession of a loaded handgun, the Queens DA said. Comment

Making Bell Boulevard Bayside’s theater row

Lon Blais is bringing live performance back to Bayside with encore performances of his one-man show “The Boy on the Bureau,” an autobiographical drama about the playwright’s experience as the “white sheep” of his family in Danvers, Mass. The Bayside resident took over a vacant shop at 41-23 Bell Blvd. for the premiere of the show in September and will be returning to the same location on Nov. 4, 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. Comment

We’ve met the robots and they are us

We don’t kill off our retirees just because they’re not working anymore, so don’t worry about our future robot overlords killing off us humans when we’re no longer working, either—which we won’t be since robots will be doing everything faster and better than us, just as machines have been taking jobs from us since the invention of the saw mill. Comment

What a president from Queens should be

Think about it...a president from Queens. It’s never happened, but it would be so cool! The closest we came was First Lady Nancy Reagan, who spent her toddler years in Flushing before relocating to Maryland. Comments (6)

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016


Police arrest suspect in Jamaica deli assault

A suspect has been arrested and charged in the Oct. 21 assault of a 69-year-old woman outside a Jamaica deli, police said. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

NYPD finds missing woman murdered in South Jamaica

A missing Jamaica woman was found murdered Monday night and police were seeking any information that might lead to her killer. Comments (4)
Police were looking for information leading to the discovery of the whereabouts of a child who went missing from her home in Queens Village. Comment
A threatened strike by union drivers at two New York City bus companies, which would have affected 12,000 public school students in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island, was narrowly averted late Monday night. The Teamsters Union, representing 900 school bus drivers for Jofaz Transportation and Y&M Transit, demanded considerations for rising health care and lower paid time off. Comments (1)

Center for Women to hold 29th daylong job fair in Flushing

The Center for the Women of New York is holding its annual job fair and panel discussion on where the jobs are at the Sheraton LaGuardia Hotel Friday Nov. 4. Comments (4)

Monday, Oct. 31, 2016


Man is shot and killed in Jamaica

A Jamaica man was shot and killed early Sunday morning, and police are seeking information about his killer. Comments (12)
South Jamaica

Police shoot man in leg in South Jamaica

Police have charged a Pomonok man with aiming a gun at police officers, according to the NYPD. Comment

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

An 8-month-old boy in a stroller was struck and killed by a van in East Elmhurst Friday, according to the NYPD. The van was backing out of a commercial driveway near 92-20 Astoria Blvd. around 10:15 a.m. when it hit the unidentified toddler, who was being pushed by his 35-year-old mother, a police spokesman said. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Flights resume after Pence’s jet skids off runway at LaGuardia

Both of LaGuardia Airport’s runways were open by midday Friday after crews worked all night to remove Mike Pence’s campaign plane from a field. The Republican vice presidential candidate and 47 other passengers were unhurt after the Boeing 737 jet skidded off the end of the rain-slicked runway 4/22 just before 8 p.m. Thursday, according to the Port Authority. Comment

Your Queens Weekend: Oct 28-31


Your Queens Weekend: Oct 28-31

Halloween is Monday, so a weekend filled with holiday-related activities is about to get underway. Click here to see our roundup of Halloween events all over the borough. Comment



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