Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016


Borough maintains low Children’s Services caseload

Investigators at the Administration for Children’s Services working in Queens consistently maintain an lower average number of investigative cases than the citywide average, according to a recently released analysis by New York City’s Independent Budget Office. It is the only borough to do so. Comments (2)
“Evensong,” which is being given its world premiere by the Astoria Performing Arts Center, could not have a subject that is any more timely, provocative or pertinent to life in the so-called world’s borough. Comment

House the homeless in shuttered hospitals

When Mayor DiBlasio had a Town Hall meeting in Bayside back in February, which was co-sponsored by Council member Paul Vallone, I came out of my advocacy retirement to attend. I raised my hand and was called upon by the mayor. Comments (4)

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

East Elmhurst

City announces new bail payment system to cut down unnecessary jail time

The de Blasio administration announced the creation of an online bail payment system that will help defendants avoid unnecessary jail time by making it easier to post bail. Beginning in the spring, the system will allow the friends and family of those incarcerated on cash bail to pay online rather than make the costly and time-consuming trip to a Department of Correction facility. Comments (3)
Oakland Gardens

Grodenchik wants to end idle construction sites

With idle constructions sites taking over residential neighborhoods across Queens, Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) introduced legislation which would create a public registry of abandoned building projects and use the fines collected from owners to finance the registry. Inactive construction sites are described in the bill as a location where permits are expired with no work taking place during two Dept. of Buildings inspections within 30 days of one another. Comments (2)
Long Island City

New pre-k seats coming to Long Island City

Long Island City will benefit from 180 additional pre-K seats in the fall 2017 school year, according to the School Construction Authority and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Astoria). Comments (1)

Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

Long Island City

Plan unveiled for future of Long Island City

The unprecedented growth taking place in Long Island City, with 11,000 condominium and rental units built in the last decade with another 22,500 being developed, has been well documented by the LIC Partnership. For nearly a year the development organization has been working on a far-reaching, cross-sector business and organization survey, the first phase of which was released Monday. Comments (3)

Public workshop to be held on $30 million investment in Astoria Park

Astoria residents will have a say in how a $30 million investment by the city in Astoria Park will be spent. The city Parks Department will hold a public meeting at Bohemian Hall Wednesday, Nov. 16, to get community input as part of the Anchor Parks initiative announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio in August. Comment

The Center for Women of New York holds annual job fair

In an effort to help women find new job opportunities, the Center for the Women of New York held its annual job fair and panel discussion at the Sheraton Laguardia Hotel last Friday. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Bringing LIC’s vibrant art scene into the Open

One of the best ways to tap into Long Island City’s ever-expanding gallery scene is LIC Gallery Nights, a monthly event presented by LIC Arts Open. The third Thursday of every month, galleries and art spaces all over the neighborhood open their doors to the public for special evening viewing hours from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Comment

A starting point to combat homelessness

For the first time, there are more than 100,000 homeless students in New York City’s public and charter schools. Last year the homeless student population rose 22 percent from the prior school year. Whether you notice them or not, homeless children attend almost every school in every district and in all our backyards. Almost one out of 10 schoolchildren is homeless and one out of eight has been homeless at some point in the past five years. Some school districts have up to 18 percent homeless students. Comments (1)

St. Francis takes charge to win volleyball title

St. Francis Prep senior Bella Collura had never been more thankful to see the ball hit the floor. Comments (2)
QUEENS VILLAGE—Police from the 111th Precinct were looking for man suspected of committing grand larceny in Queens Village. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016


Selfhelp holds Coffee House event for holocaust survivors

Some 50 Holocaust survivors were able to tell their stories and dance at last week’s Selfhelp Coffee House program. Comments (1)

Shamorie Ponds has big plans with Red Storm hoops

The spotlight is bright and Shamorie Ponds is more than ready to step right into it. Comment
Police were looking for a man suspected of grand larceny in Flushing. Comments (2)

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016

Rochdale Village

Ex-boyfriend arrested in murder of Rochdale Village woman

The ex-boyfriend of a woman who was found stabbed to death in her car in South Jamaica last weekend has been arrested and charged with her murder, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Noel Coward classic gets a spirited production

Playwright Noel Coward is in the house, or rather at the Zion Episcopal Church, where the Douglaston Community Theatre is performing his classic comedy “Blithe Spirit.” The plays center on Charles Condomine (Rich Weyhausen), a successful novelist who wants to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing. To do so he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati (Joan Edward), to hold a séance at his house. Charles invites his skeptic friend Dr. George Bradman (Nick De Casare) and his wife, Violet (Annette Daiell), who finds the medium idea fascinating. Comment

Knights fall to Regis in semifinal matchup

The Holy Cross boys soccer team saw its dreams of winning a CHSAA city championship dashed last week when the Knights fell 2-1 in OT to Regis in the intersectional semifinals at St. John’s University. But while the loss was disappointing, the squad got a bit of a gift a few hours later. Comment
South Ozone Park

Police seek missing South Ozone park teen

SOUTH OZONE PARK — The NYPD is seeking a teenager who has been missing since Tuesday morning, and is asking for the public’s help in finding her. Comment

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Cambria Heights

EmblemHealth facility will remain open

An EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care facility in Cambria Heights will remain open despite initial fears of closure, according to state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans). He made the announcement during a news conference outside the facility last Friday. Comment

St. Albans woman charged with subway murder

A St. Albans woman was charged by the Manhattan district attorney’s office with fatally pushing another woman in front of a subway train at Times Square Monday, according to Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance. Comment

Central Ridgewood’s row houses designated city landmark

The beige brick row houses of central Ridgewood are now officially recognized as an historic district by the Landmark Preservation Commission, a designation which will maintain the character of the neighborhood for generations to come. Many of the residents in the community have roots as old as the distinct buildings themselves, and with the changing character of the neighborhood were enthusiastic with the new status of their area. Comment

Pedestrian bridge in Bayside is coming down

Representatives from the Queens DOT commissioner’s office announced at Community Board 11’s meeting Monday night that the 216th Street pedestrian bridge in Bayside will be dismantled with no plans for a replacement. The decision comes after the concrete foundations underneath the two sides supporting the structure was found to be in decline in 2006. Comments (11)

Borough’s state Senators sweep, hope for Democratic majority

All six incumbent state senators from Queens won re-election by comfortable margins, including state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), who defeated Republican challenger Marvin Jeffcoat of Woodside by 86 percent to 14 percent, according to unofficial results from the state Board of Elections. Comments (1)

Man charged with assault in punching death on Briarwood street

A man who was caught on tape punching an elderly man to death and walking away this summer has been charged, a spokesman for the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Incumbents keep Assembly seats as two vacancies filled

Democratic candidate Stacey Pheffer Amato is the new assemblywoman for Queens’ 23rd District, which covers the Rockaways, Ozone Park and Howard Beach. Comments (1)
In a second-floor walk-up along Hillside Avenue in Jamaica, Think Before You Ink offers individual, artistic tattoos. Customers walk in from the neighborhood and also travel from as far as California to work with the studio’s artists, including business founder Richard Parker. Comments (2)

High school football wrapup: Week 9

Christ the King’s storybook football season came to an early end Sunday afternoon when the Royals fell 28-27 to Xavier in the first round of the CHSFL “AA” playoffs. Comment

Ridgewood remembers a great escape artist

Dorothy Dietrich is one of the world’s best known magicians and has been called “The First Lady of Magic.” She has appeared in many television specials, and is the first and only woman to do the bullet catch in the mouth, “the stunt that scared Houdini.” Dietrich is also the first and only woman to perform a straitjacket escape from a parachute ride while suspended hundreds of feet in the air from a burning rope. Comment

KC and The Sunshine Band to perform at QPAC

Bayside will be getting a shake-up Nov. 19 when KC and The Sunshine Band rolls out the disco-era hits at Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Comment

The battle is over

The ugliness of this year’s presidential election bypassed Queens, where 19 races for congressional and state legislative seats were run with civility and occasional bouts of bipartisan fervor. Comments (2)

It’s time to question the American path to power

In 1804, two American political leaders who really loathed one another engaged in a duel on the western banks of the Hudson River. Comments (11)

What is happening in Briarwood?

The head-punching assault upon Patrick Gorman, outside his apartment building at the corner of Queens Boulevard and Main Street in Briarwood, on June 26, 2016, which led to his death by homicide on the same day has just been announced to the public 4½ by months later by the major television networks upon the recent release of video surveillance by the NYPD. So, it takes over four months for an NYPD cam posted on Main to be viewed? Obviously, no real time viewing. Comments (1)

Mary Louis star Danielle Patterson commits to Notre Dame

Danielle Patterson was sitting on a plane, flying back from South Bend last weekend when suddenly it hit her. Comment

Suspects sought in Queens Village and Jamaica burglaries

JAMAICA—Police were looking for three men wanted for a string of burglaries in Queens Village and Jamaica. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016


Queens Library settles with former CEO for $1.5 million

The lawsuit filed by former Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante against the institution and two of its trustees has ended in a $1.5 million settlement. Comments (5)
Tom Suozzi said he is looking forward to finding common ground between his fellow Democrats and Republicans after he was elected Tuesday to fill the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville). The district covers parts of Long Island and eastern Queens. Comments (1)
After stunning nine-term incumbent state Assemblywoman Margaret Markey in the Democratic primary, Woodside attorney Brian Barnwell claimed her seat in Albany with a convincing Election Night victory over Republican nominee Tony Nunziato. The 30-year-old political newcomer tried his best to be humble and low key during his victory party at O’Neill’s Pub in Maspeth. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

New study shows Sandy exacerbated mental health and drug use issues

Kenneth Brown did not think the projections for Sandy could be true. As he visited a friend in the Rockaways on the weekend of Oct. 29, 2012, he said he did not imagine what the following weeks of his life would entail when the hurricane hit the city, causing significant damage along the peninsula. Comment

Queens GOP repairs itself to enter many races

Queens County GOP chairman Bob Turner, a former congressman from southern Queens, has rebuilt the party in a predominately Democratic borough and put forth a large group of candidates to challenge incumbents in the Nov. 8 election. Despite the fact the Democrats were able to hold off their opponents, the newly struck unity among Republicans is a far cry from the polarization which existed among its members up until very recently and divided loyalties to the party’s leadership. Comment
Jackson Heights

Iron Coffin Lady given a proper burial by Jax Hgts church

Five years after a 160-year-old mummy was torn from the earth at a construction site in Elmhurst, the Iron Coffin Lady was given a proper burial Monday by the elders of a Jackson Heights church. A dozen of the faithful from Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church gathered at her grave site at Flushing Cemetery after a weekend celebration that featured historical exhibits and lectures Saturday. Comment
The Paratore family and other residents of the Ditmars section of Astoria are breathing a sigh of relief after Amtrak decided to temporarily halt any further actions or negotiations regarding properties many homeowners have leased for decades. Under the existing agreement, Amtrak leases out the property underneath the trusses of the Hell Gate Bridge for a nominal fee which releases it from the burden of maintaining the premises. Comment
Long Island City

LIC artists’ talent on display in Matted exhibit

Back in the day, a group of “wild and woolly” artists invaded Long Island City, when nothing much was going on there. Their collective vision ignited a creative movement and jumpstarted a vibrant artistic community. Comment

Safety obsessions are getting insane

A squirrel chomped the leg of a senior citizen sitting on the porch of a retirement home in Deltona, Fla., last week. A television station there, WESH, reported that the victim ran inside, furry felon still attached, whereupon it bit two or three more seniors. Comment

Francis Lewis girls’ soccer team advance in semifinals

Jacklyn Lada wasn’t really trying to score a goal, but she certainly wasn’t upset when it went in the net anyway. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) won out over his 2014 opponent once again with 59 percent of the vote in his district, which covers Maspeth, Woodhaven, Howard Beach, Ozone Park and the Rockaways. The major issues facing the district are homeless shelters, Select Bus Service and long overdue Hurricane Sandy relief. Comments (1)
Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi bested state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) in the race to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) in representing parts of Queens and Long Island in Congress. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Vanel wins Clark seat

Queens Village

Vanel wins Clark seat

Attorney Clyde Vanel has won the race to succeed state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark, who died earlier this year, according to unofficial vote totals from the New York State Board of Elections. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016


Election advisory

ADVISORY: The TimesLedger Newspapers will be filing reports from the polls in Queens throughout the day. We will put out the final results of the 17 congressional and state legislative races in the borough once they become available after the polls close at 9 p.m. Comments (6)
At PS 115 in Glen Oaks, turnout has been strong and steady, according to the poll coordinator. Some voters said they were relatively unfamiliar with former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, a Democrat, and state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola), the two congressional candidates in the race who are running to fill the seat that will be left vacant by outgoing Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville). Comment

First-generation Whitestone voter explains why she likes Trump

Poll workers could not catch a break on Election Day with the persistent flow of voters to PS 193 in Whitestone. By 5:40 p.m. 4,300 had made it out, and the crowd kept coming. Comments (4)
In Flushing polling sites frequented by Asian-American voters few problems emerged. Comments (2)
A car parked in front in front of the polling station at PS/IS 49 had a sign in the windshield saying, “Thou shall not kill...unborn children.” Donald Trump flags hung outside several homes in the neighborhood along the Maspeth-Middle Village border. Comments (2)

Foreign-born voters try to vote for Clinton several times in Sunnyside

The poll workers at PS 199 in Sunnyside knew it was going to be a busy morning when they arrived at 6 a.m. and saw more than a hundred people waiting to get in. Comments (2)
Grace D’Agostino, poll coordinator at PS 146 in Howard Beach, said she arrived at the location to find voters lined up 40 minutes before opening. Not far along into the day, she hit a snag. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Ozone Park voters go to the polls to stop Trump

Residents of Ozone Park were flowing in and out of MS 202 to vote in the general election and while most felt hopeless about the state of the nation and election choices, they upheld the importance of putting in their ballot. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Hispanic women say no to Trump in Jackson Heights

At PS 69 in Jackson Heights, the school was packed with voters, but the process was very organized with short lines. People were coming in and out Comments (1)
Candace Prince, a coordinator for the polling place at Springfield Gardens Educational Complex, said she had been hesitant to take a moment’s rest ever since the early-morning rush. Comment
Cambria Heights

Voters turn out in droves in Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights

Voters turn out in droves in Cambria Heights

Long lines awaited voters at Andrew Jackson High School in Cambria Heights Tuesday as election workers struggled hard to manage high turnout and issues with ballot scanners. Comments (1)

St. Albans woman charged in pushing death at Times Square

A 30-year-old St. Albans woman has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 49-year-old Astoria straphanger who was pushed onto the tracks in front of a train at the Times Square station, police said. Comment

Suspect surrenders in Flushing sucker punch death

The man wanted for punching a 64-year-old pedestrian on a Flushing street has turned himself into police, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Monday, Nov. 7, 2016


W service returns to Astoria

The W train returned to Astoria Monday morning after a six-year absence. The MTA terminated the line during budget cuts in 2010, but it was restored and is running locally between Astoria-Ditmars and Whitehall Street-South Ferry in Manhattan. Comments (1)

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016


Man dies in Corona hit-and-run

A 46-year-old man was struck and killed in Corona late Friday night, according to the NYPD. Police from the 110th Precinct, responding to a 911 call, discovered the man lying in the intersection of 104th Street and 41st Avenue unconscious and unresponsive with severe head and body trauma. Comment

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016


Your Queens Weekend: Nov. 4-6

If you’re someone who’s happy to see Halloween in the rear-view mirror, this weekend has something for you. Saturday, at the Sunnyside Greenmarket in Lou Lodati Park (Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street), you can bid your jack-o-lantern a definitive farewell at the Pumpkin Smash 2016. Bring your pumpkins and gourds to this event sponsored by the NYC Compost Project. If you smash the pumpkin, the NYC Compost Project will turn it into compost for city parks and green spaces. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and there is no charge. For more information, call Comment
Hurricane Relief

Mayor’s bill makes it easier to tear down Sandy-damaged homes

The wrecked homes Hurricane Sandy left standing will be gone soon.Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to speed up the city’s sluggish Sandy-recovery program Build It Back, which has struggled to rebuild victims’ homes more than four years after the historic storm. Hizzoner signed a new law Nov. 2 that makes it easier for contractors to get the permits they need to demolish damaged homes. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016


City unveils Brooklyn-to-Queens trolley routes

The city revealed the routes it is considering for its planned Sunset Park-to-Queens streetcar system in a new report released Tuesday,, including some streets that could have to become traffic-free to accommodate the $2.5-billion trolley and three potential new bridges. Comments (1)

Mary Louis star Danielle Patterson commits to Notre Dame

Danielle Patterson was sitting on a plane, flying back from South Bend last weekend when, suddenly, it hit her. Comment



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