Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

Queens Village

Qns Village attorney hopes to bridge gap between U.S. and Africa

An attorney who lives in Queens Village has founded a new non-profit that she hopes will bridge the gap between people of African descent living in the United States and people living on the African continent Comments (14)

Cartoon for Dec. 2-8 paper


Lancman proposes bail process changes

Judges should have the ability to make decisions on bail with the knowledge of how much defendants can afford to pay, according to City Council legislation proposed by Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest). Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jax Hgts street co-named for civic leader Emma Brandt

A longtime Jackson Heights civic leader was honored Nov. 18 when a corner on 74th Street was co-named “Emma Brandt Way.” Comment

Mara Sfara fuses Holocaust heritage with Greek mythology in QCC display

Queensborough Community College’s art gallery is hosting an installation designed to help people with dyslexia and other learning disabilities express their emotions better. Comments (1)
Dining Out

How Maspeth BBQ joint stayed under the radar

When we stumbled upon Slide BBQ, tucked away in the depths of residential Maspeth, we wondered how come it slid under our radar for almost two years. No buzz in the foodie community. No tips from our barbecue fanatic friends. Nada. We set out to find out why. Comments (1)

Stop-and-frisk provokes community controversy

New York City is failing in its obligation to include and inform the community on reform of the controversial stop-and-frisk program, activists charged at a town hall earlier this month in South Richmond Hill. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Jackson Heights

Stop-and-frisk forum held in Jackson Heights

Members of the Jackson Heights community spoke out about their experiences with the NYPD’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” tactic, part of a series of community forums mandated by a 2013 federal court ruling that labeled the NYPD’s use of the practice discriminatory. Comments (16)

NY AG issues fraud alert for immigrant scams since election

In light of increased fear and anxiety in immigrant communities as a result of the current political climate, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a fraud alert last week warning immigrants to be aware of potential scammers offering immigration services. Comments (2)

Bayside shops celebrate Small Business Saturday

In the wake of the Black Friday consumer bonanza, local businesses throughout the borough celebrated Small Business Saturday this weekend, urging customers to support the tiny shops that dot the avenues of Queens. Comment

Man pleads guilty in anti-Muslim assault

A man pleaded guilty to assaulting a Jamaica man and shouting racial slurs in May, according to the attorney representing the victim. Comment

Health + Hospitals holds Jamaica forum

Southeast Queens residents said their neighborhoods could benefit from more community outreach on the part of New York City’s public hospital system, during a forum on the future of health care. Comments (1)

St. John’s comes up short at Delaware State

St. John’s men’s basketball coach Chris Mullin had a simple answer to what went wrong Tuesday night—everything. Comment

Monday, Dec. 5, 2016


MTA holds hearing tonight at York College on subway fare hikes

The MTA is holding a public hearing on its latest round of fare hike proposals Monday, Dec. 5, at York College Comments (1)

Electeds rally for money-saving homeless solution

A delegation of more than 30 City Council members led by Public Advocate Letitia James formally endorsed Home Stability Support on the steps of City Hall last week. Comments (3)

Whitestone bus company holds anti-bullying campaign

Vallo Transportation, a school bus company based in Whitestone, is promoting its fourth annual “No Bullying Zone” campaign with supplies reminding children to be kind to one another. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Justice Department funds Queens project to help survivors of repeated domestic violence

The Queens Family Justice Center in Kew Gardens has been selected by the U.S. Department of Justice to be the first of six sites in the nation to launch a pilot program for victims of domestic violence who have suffered multiple forms of trauma, or polyvictimization. The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence received a $650,000 grant to develop the NYC Polyvictimization Collaborative Project to ensure victims of violence have full comprehensive support. Comment

112th precinct honors bus hero

A Brooklyn rapper received a plaque from the NYPD for helping a young girl after she was forcibly touched on the Q53 in Elmhurst last month. The 112th Precinct gave 21-year-old Moise Morancy a Good Samaritan award to thank him for restraining a 36-year-old man until police arrived. Comment

Flushing hosts its first pop-up amnesty day for city fines

In an effort to help Flushing business owners take advantage of “Forgiving Fines: The New York City Amnesty Program” before the Dec. 12 deadline, The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce hosted a “pop up” amnesty event on Tueday night on 39-01 Main St. Comments (2)

Remember Pearl Harbor and the heroes who died there

As the nation prepares to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the sneak attack by Japan on the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, it is important that we never forget all of those who lost their lives on that terrible Sunday morning. Comments (1)

Red Storm volleyball team delivers a one-two punch

Danisha Moss’s volleyball career started with a conversation in front of a Toronto KFC. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016


St. John’s becomes Catholic Relief Services Global Campus

St. John’s is officially a Catholic Relief Services Global Campus. Comment

Smith found guilty in 25-year-old killing

A Queens jury has found a 57-year-old man guilty of murder in the slaying of a man who was shot in the head as he drove a car along Grand Central Parkway more than 25 years ago. Comment
Political Action

Election results are bringing back student unrest

We have now seen a return of college student street demonstrations, in some ways similar to the street demonstrations of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

New faces aim to make mark at St. Francis Prep

The St. Francis Prep girls’ basketball team is hoping that last season is the gift that keeps on giving. Comment

Oakland Gardens man robbed, pistol-whipped: NYPD

BAYSIDE—A Bayside man was robbed in front of his house last Friday along 57th Road near Cloverdale Boulevard after returning home from shopping, NYPD said. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

Jackson Heights

Armed robbery at Jackson Heights jewelry store

JACKSON HEIGHTS—Police were searching for three individuals who stormed a Jackson Heights jewelry store and threatened employees at gunpoint Tuesday night, according to the NYPD. The three suspects, two men and one woman wearing dark clothing with hoods covering the tops of their faces, entered Kunal Jewelers, located at 37-08 74th St. just after 7 p.m., police said. Comment

Vallone introduces bill to combat overdevelopement

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) introduced legislation Tuesday to address the “limbo” period between the issuance of a notice to revoke on a construction site and the point at which the permits are officially revoked. Comments (3)
Kew Gardens

Attorney sentenced for abuse

A 58-year-old Kew Gardens attorney has been sentenced to two years in jail for taking part in sex acts with two underage girls in exchange for money at his home where he maintains his law office, the Queens DA said. Comments (1)

Chess innovator makes his move

A retired FDNY firefighter is advancing his business to the next level after developing a chess learning system 25 years ago. QuickChess is now moving into the Digital Age where potential enthusiasts can learn the game quickly. They are doing so with the assistance of Women’s World Chess Cup winner Susan Polgar. Comment
Middle Village

Young Lady Royals show off their confidence

The Christ the King girls’ basketball team is in the middle of a youth movement. Comment
Queens Village

Police seek missing Queens Village woman

QUEENS VILLAGE — Police were seeking information on a Queens Village woman who was reported missing on Tuesday, and were asking for the public’s help to find her. Comment

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016


Flushing High still on struggling school list

An already struggling Flushing High School has not seen much improvement. Comments (11)

Wills’ corruption trial likely to start soon

The criminal trial of Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) is expected to begin in January, according to the office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The court is currently handling pre-trial motions in preparation for a trial that follows Wills’ 2014 arrest on charges of corruption. Comments (1)

Mayor promises greater Vision Zero effort to deter reckless driving

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday the city would renew its efforts on Vision Zero heading into the darkest days of the year, traditionally the deadliest time for pedestrians. After 19 people were killed and more than 5,000 were injured in city traffic during the month of October , according to City Hall, traffic fatalities declined nearly 50 percent thanks to efforts unveiled by the mayor on Oct. 27. Comments (6)
Jackson Heights

Peralta proposes registry for travel agents

With the holiday travel season in full swing and complaints on the rise, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) unveiled legislation in Jackson Heights Monday that would require travel agents and consultants to register with the New York Department of State. The implementation of a registration scheme would safeguard consumers against fraud, misrepresentation and false advertising, while also introducing security concerns. Comment

Cuomo signs Avella’s bill to protect mute swans

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced hislegislation for the protection of mute swans had been signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday. The bill was passed by the Senate twice as well as the state Assembly, but was vetoed two more times by Cuomo before the birds could get the protection from extermination sought by animal rights and elected officials such as Avella. Comments (1)

Cuomo to create Queens task force to help former inmates

In an effort to keep former prisoners from returning to a life of crime, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will create the borough’s first-ever task force to help individuals transition from incarceration back to their communities. Comment

Cuomo announces new track to be added to LIRR main line

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a milestone had been reached in the LIRR’s Main Line Expansion Project, which is the next step toward construction of the new rail to reduce congestion on the tracks while maintaining the quality of life for residents along the corridor. Comments (1)

Queens shoppers take advantage of Black Friday deals

Shoppers hunted for discounts throughout the borough during Black Friday, which kicked off the start of the holiday shopping season. Record online sales were projected for the day after Thanksgiving, which offers consumers steep markdowns on merchandise, but many Queens businesses did not see the long lines and crowds for which the day is most well-known. Comments (1)

Visuality gives music a brand new look

Multidisciplinary music ensemble CreArtBox, which is based in Sunnyside, will bring a powerful combination of various art forms to the Queens Theatre Saturday night. Comment

Hunger epidemic in Queens

Two days before Queens residents flocked to stores to scoop up bargains on Black Friday, a new report said nearly one in six children living in the borough is hungry. Comments (3)
On Point

Trump could withhold funds from New York as sanctuary city

New York’s blind adherence to a “sanctuary city” policy will all but guarantee that a large portion, perhaps as much as 10 percent, of the city’s budget coming from the federal government will be withheld by President‑elect Trump soon after he takes office on Jan. 20. Estimated at more than $7 billion, it will trigger a financial crisis with far-reaching consequences leading to higher taxes and steep reductions in social services that will hit the most vulnerable New Yorkers hardest. Comments (18)

Naclerio focuses on teaching Cardozo squad

Ron Naclerio is hoping to live up to his nickname this winter—the teacher. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Little Neck

LIRR to replace Little Neck foot bridge this week

Nearly three months after the 54-foot pedestrian bridge connecting commuters to Manhattan- and Port Washington-bound train platforms at the Little Neck station of the Long Island Rail Road was demolished, a new one will finally be taking its place. First constructed in 1989, the overpass was decommissioned after being deemed unsafe due to structural deterioration from age. Comments (4)
Bayside Hills

Bayside Hills residents bristle over stalled water main installation

The city Department of Design and Construction has encountered another snag in one of its projects that had residents at the Bayside Hills Civic Association meeting Tuesday night in uproar. Comments (1)

Lawsuit could end Maspeth uprising over city’s shelter plan

The group of protesters who have spent the last several months fighting the city’s efforts to convert a Maspeth hotel into a homeless shelter are hopeful that a lawsuit filed in Queens Supreme Court will finally put an end to a saga that began in early August. The holding company that owns the land on which the Holiday Inn Express on 55th Road was built is suing the hotel’s operator, Harshad Patel, for violating the terms of his lease. Comments (1)

New survey finds almost 11 percent of Queens residents go hungry

Hunger Free America released its annual hunger report showing the state of hungry workers and families in New York. The organization surveyed multiple soup kitchens and pantries across the city and state and found that in New York state nearly 3 million people, and in New York City approximately 1.4 million people, lived-in food insecure households in 2013-2015, meaning they could not always afford enough food. This compared to 2006-2008, when 2.3 million people were food insecure statewide and just under 1 million citywide. Comments (3)

Cubans in Queens welcome death of Fidel Castro

The death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has been cause for celebration for some Cubans in Queens. Comments (1)

Simotas’ rape kit bill signed into law

The timely processing of rape kits will now be mandated in New York state after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law Monday. The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) after she received reports of hundreds of untested rape kits in jurisdictions throughout the state, passed unanimously in the state Assembly and Senate in June. Comment

Police seek home invasion suspects

Police were investigating the possibility that a state correction officer was targeted in a home invasion attempt in Jamaica Sunday evening in an incident that left the officer and his wife injured from several gunshot wounds. The NYPD also released a video of a vehicle leaving the area at the time of shooting, and the officer’s union posted a reward for information leading to the suspects. Comment

Festive in Flushing

Presenting a diverse range of performances and cultural opportunities has been the mission of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts ever since it was founded in 1979. With Flushing Town Hall as its home, the organization has celebrated the borough’s deep roots in jazz, while always expanding its boundaries to include the many cultures that Queens now calls home. Comment

On the holiday list: toy-related terror

Sick of being warned about anything and everything when it comes to the holiday season, especially all the warnings about dangerous toys? Comment

New LaGuardia, same old problems

In looking at the effort to push LaGuardia Airport to the limits, it is helpful to be aware that the FAA has for the last few years been implementing a system in which separations between jetliners are reduced. What used to be 5 miles of separation can now be cut to 2½ miles by using satellite-based positioning. So jetliners are already flying closer together than in the past. Comments (12)

Bayside defeated in semis

For the Bayside football team, it was just a case of missed opportunities. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016


Valley National Bank in Maspeth robbed: NYPD

Police were looking for a man in connection with a bank robbery, which took place in Maspeth Monday. Comments (4)

Monday, Nov. 28, 2016


Two shot in Jamaica home invasion

Police were seeking two suspects who shot two people during a home invasion attempt in Jamaica Sunday evening. One of the wounded was a state corrections officer, police said. Comments (4)

Bayside man pistol-whipped in robbery: Cops

A Bayside man was robbed at gunpoint on Friday night when he returned to his home, according to NYPD. Comments (1)

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016


Scenes from a mall: Shoppers head to Queens Center for Black Friday

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016


Black Friday shoppers find plenty of discounts at Queens Center mall

After four hours of braving the crowds of Black Friday shoppers at the Queens Center mall, Tafiqa from Woodside and her friend Sadia of Jackson Heights needed a break. The two slumped to the floor outside the Aeropostale store surrounded by a dozen shopping bags filled with jackets, clothing and kitchen appliances. Comment
Bay Terrace

Black Friday calm in Bay Terrace

The Black Friday shopping crush was steady but manageable at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center, according to customers and store employees. Many credited the popularity of online shopping with the decrease in the number of shoppers for the post-Thanksgiving tradition. Comments (1)

Business as usual for many northeast Queens stores on Black Friday

Black Friday in northeast Queens turned out to be business as usual for many retailers. At College Point Shopping Center, things appeared calm and organized, with stores like Target, Babies R Us , Old Navy and T.J Maxx having short lines and customers saying that it felt like just another day. Comments (1)


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