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Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Flushing

Bright Flushing shop offers Korean accessories

Although it has nothing to do with its Feb. 14 namesake holiday, Valentine in downtown Flushing receives a lot of love from its customers who shop the store looking for unique, Korean accessories. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Rego Park

Development blazes on in Central Queens

Central Queens’ real estate boom shows no signs of slowing down. Comment
Flushing

Ring in the Lunar New Year

Queens is gearing up for 2016’s second New Year’s celebration as the Lunar New Year kicks off 15 days of festivities Feb. 8 Comment
Astoria

Two men attack CVS employee while trying to steal ice cream: Police

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were searching for two men who attempted to steal ice cream from a CVS Pharmacy, and then beat up the employee who confronted them, police said. Comments (4)

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

Astoria

Shore Boulevard to become one-way in DOT safety plan for Astoria Park

The city wants to make Shore Boulevard a one-way street as part of the Department of Transportation’s redsign of traffic patterns in and around Astoria Park. The proposal, presented to Community Board 1last week, also includes new protected bike lanes in the area. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Iconic terminal gets approval across the board

Community Boards 10, 12 and 13 unanimously approved the $265 rehabilitation and conversion of the TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport into a 505-room hotel. Comments (1)

Not paying tolls can be costly

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has warned motorists who evade highway tolls that they could ultimately face suspension of their driver’s registration if they do not pay up. Comments (2)
Basketball

Crusaders crave consistency for title push

Monsignor McClancy is a title contender, but its inconsistent play has kept it from taking the leap to becoming a championship favorite. Comment
Far Rockaway

Robber who is suspected of plaguing elderly couple arrested

WOODSIDE —Police have arrested an charged a Far Rockaway woman for allegedly robbing an elderly couple in their Woodside home in May. Comment

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Douglaston

Two historic Douglaston homes approved for major expansions

The city Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved major renovations and expansions for two historic-district homes in Douglaston—one on Bay Street and another on Beverly Road. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Julio Rivera film gets world premiere in Jackson Heights

A documentary film exploring the brutal anti-gay murder of Julio Rivera in 1990 will have its world premiere during the Queens World Film Festival in March. Comments (1)
Woodside

Q70 bus to run around the clock to LaGuardia

Transit officials plan to add service to the popular Q70 bus, which links LaGuardia Airport with regional transit hubs in Woodside and Jackson Heights, and ultimately introduce Select Bus Service on the line. Comment
Jamaica

Shooters vs. hooters at JFK

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2014 court decision Tuesday that said the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was within its rights to kill nearly any migratory bird, including snowy owls, that poses a threat to air traffic at JFK International Airport, according to federal court records. Comment
Astoria

Celebrate Black History Month at the movies

After a rather inauspicious beginning during the second week of February 1926, Black History Month was finally recognized by the federal government in 1976. Comments (1)

Former SJU hoops manager named first female NFL assistant coach

A former St. John’s basketball manager landed a historic job in the NFL. Comment
Letters

Cuomo has short-sighted take on transit

When it came to transportation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s annual State of the State speech had great sound bites but provided little substance. Cuomo failed to give any specifics of how he will come up with the $8.3 billion promised to meet the shortfall in his proposed 2015-2019 MTA Five Year Capital Plan. Cuomo is kicking the can down the road. Comments (1)
Woodhaven

Suspect demanded sex act with knife: NYPD

WOODHAVEN — Police released the sketch of a suspect who allegedly threatened a victim with a knife before making sexual demands in Woodhaven, police said. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016

Howard Beach

Sampling begins on Spring Creek South

Efforts to protect Howard Beach from environmental degradation in future hurricanes has taken another step forward. Comment
Flushing

Queens College to participate in solar power initiative

Queens College will be housing a solar storage system as part of a new three-year collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute and the New York Power Authority. Comment
Basketball

Resilient Red Hawks rally past QHST

It was a show of the kind of resiliency Construction has come to expect from its stars—and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Comment
College Point

Woman dies after being struck by truck in College Pt.: NYPD

COLLEGE POINT—A cement truck fatally struck a 61-year-old woman last week in College Point, the NYPD said. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016

Fresh Meadows

NE Queens electeds offer support for tax filers

Two lawmakers in northeast Queens are advocating on behalf of residents filing taxes as the tax season approaches. Comment
Kew Gardens

New courts may curb gun violence

In an effort to curb gun violence across the five boroughs, the de Blasio administration announced last week Project Fast Track, a strategic plan intended to expand police investigations and to expedite illegal gun cases in the state court system. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

New bills require a push from Queens voters

State Sen. Tony Avella recently visited a meeting of the Queens Civic Congress and handed out a list of more than 60 bills which are of concern to the civic associations of Queens. A bill is a proposal but does nothing unless it is passed by the state Senate and Assembly and signed into law by the Governor. Avella wants us to support the bills we like by asking our local legislators to vote to get them out of committee, and then vote for them in their branch of the Legislature. Comment
Basketball

Walker tip-in pushes Dozo past Christ the King

After Rashond Salnave made the game’s biggest defensive play, he and his teammates on the Benjamin Cardozo basketball squad knew Christ the King expected him to take the final shot. Instead, Judges coach Ron Naclerio drew up a play, with one second left in a tie game, that banked on Aaron Walker’s athleticism. Comment
Bayside

Police looking for Bayside robbery suspect

BAYSIDE—A masked robber stole a pack of cigarettes and $40 in cash from the JJ Town Deli last Monday after pointing what was alleged to be a gun at the clerk, the NYPD said. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Forest Hills pimp faces years in prison: DA

FOREST HILLS — A Forest Hills man is facing between six and 12 years in prison for the recruitment and statutory rape of two young women, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comments (2)

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Participatory Budgeting hits a roadblock in Queens

Eddie Valentine is exasperated. Comments (3)

Central Queens emerges from snow

Residents of central Queens say that after days of city negligence their streets have been plowed and their neighborhoods addressed by the mayor in the aftermath of a blizzard that blanketed New York with over two feet of snow. In Jackson Heights as much as 34 inches fell. Comment
Bayside

Construction of new elementary school moving forward in Bayside

The city School Construction Authority will soon have construction of a new 416-seat elementary school underway in Bayside, about 2 1/2 years after it purchased the former Keil Brothers Nursery with City Council approval. Comments (1)
Flushing

Katz lauds progress of Queens in State of the Borough address

At her annual State of the Borough Address last week, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz cited a plan to remove classroom trailers from borough schools, the reorganization of the Queens Library following a corruption scandal and the renovation of the New York State Pavilion as signs of the progress the borough has made. Comments (1)
Bayside

Little Bay Park restroom to be completed in February: Parks Dept.

The long-anticipated opening of the comfort station at Little Bay Park is expected by the end of February, the city Department of Parks and Recreation said. Comments (2)
South Ozone Park

Two men arrested in Hampton Inn shooting: NYPD

Police officials said two men were arrested in connection with the Hampton Inn shooting robbery of a mother and daughter near JFK last week as part of an investigation into a series of incidents at hotel parking areas. Comment
Astoria

Internet star Lil BUB appears at Museum of the Moving Image fund-raiser Saturday

Internet sensation Lil BUB, the tiny celebrity cat with huge eyes and a dangling tongue, will appear at a special benefit for special needs pets at the Museum of the Moving Image Saturday. MoMI will present “The Story of Lil BUB” featuring the feline and her owner, Mike Bridavsky, in the Sumner M. Redstone Theater beginning at 1 p.m. Comment
Bayside

Trial underway for Bayside man accused of murdering parents

A Bayside man who was indicted in 2012 in the murders of his mother and father is defending himself at his trial in Queens Supreme Court. Comment
Editorial

Speed the plow

Blizzards pose precarious challenges for New York City mayors when the snow piles up on Queens’ streets and the plows are slow to dig out residents. Comment
QueensLine

When the borough braced for World War II

It was 1939, and the sixth anniversary of German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler’s rise to power on Jan. 30, 1933 was at hand. The world was arming for war. In Washington, President Roosevelt proposed to Congress a $9,000,000,000 budget for 1940, to arm for defense and spend for recovery. Comment
Block Shots

Cespedes signing allows Mets fans to think big

The night before one of the biggest blizzards in New York City history Mets fans were given a reason to start finally dreaming of spring. Comment
Letters

Helping neighbors

At age 73 with a heart condition, I was bedridden with respiratory problems in my house in Bayside when the Blizzard of ‘16 struck on Saturday. Comment
Flushing

Man allegedly attacked woman at massage parlor: NYPD

FLUSHING — An Auburndale man was arrested after police said he allegedly assaulted a 40-year-old woman at a massage parlor in Flushing earlier this month. Comments (7)

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Ozone Park

TimesLedger looks behind the scenes at citizen budgeting

When Participatory Budgeting came to New York City in 2011, it was met with enthusiasm across Queens. The City Council called it “revolutionary” and residents saw it as an example of democracy in action. But five years into the process, which allows citizens to spend at least $1 million of their Council member’s discretionary funds, the passion is waning. Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) was the first in Queens to adopt PB. Comment
Emergencies

Borough recovers after being ignored during city snowstorm

Elected officials and residents said Queens was faring a bit better at mid-week after expressing frustration over the slow cleanup from the blizzard that left streets impassable in some neighborhoods. Comments (1)
Elmhurst

Rego Park woman is first patient at borough’s first medical marijuana dispensary

As a medical professional for more than 20 years, 52-year-old Emily Taylor of Rego Park was very much against drug use and never tried marijuana in her life. Than she began suffering from multiple neuropathies with chronic stabbing pains all over her body beginning six years ago. Comments (3)
Queens Village

Creedmoor campus surplus to be vacant by 2017

The surplus section of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus will be completely vacant by 2017, which means the surrounding community and the state’s primary economic development agency must work together to find appropriate uses for the state land. Comments (4)
Transit

Public transit advocates demand Cuomo properly fund MTA capital program

When members of Riders Alliance lugged a 6-foot-tall cardboard cutout of Gov. Cuomo onto the No. 7 subway line in July, the public transit advocates were trying to get the governor to address the MTA budget and its $14 billion deficit. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Peace week ends with talk on violence in Jamaica

As Peace Week took place across the city and borough, community leaders including Carol Maraj, mother of rapper Nicki Minaj, and police officials came together in downtown Jamaica to have a discussion about violence in their communities. Comments (4)
Flushing

Queens Museum shutting its gift shop for retooling

The Queens Museum is keeping one of its newest exhibitions under wraps for a couple more months. Comments (3)
Letters

Nanny state in full effect

Gov. Cuomo and the mayor decided to shut down all roads and most mass transit in New York City during our recent epic snowstorm. The mayor threatens to arrest drivers who disobey his edict. Comments (6)
Opinion

How to swap one food for another — and lose weight!

This week, our columnists talks with a man who has figured out the perfect diet — and loses weight! Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

Emergencies

City steps up snow removal efforts in Queens

Elected officials and residents in Queens said Tuesday some parts of the borough remained unplowed following the weekend blizzard despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that the city Department of Sanitation has plowed nearly all Queens routes since the end of the snowstorm. Comments (3)
College Point

Woman dies after being struck by truck in College Pt.: NYPD

A 61-year-old woman died after she was struck by a cement truck in College Point Friday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Emergencies

City failed some parts of Queens during snowstorm: Mayor

Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged the city should have done a better job in some parts of Queens as residents complained about the borough being ignored during the snowstorm. Comments (2)
Glendale

Queens officials upset at city’s snow response

Almost half of the city’s snow-plowing equipment has been diverted to Queens according to the Mayor’s office, even as some streets in the borough remained unplowed as of Monday afternoon. Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) held a press conference Monday at 4 p.m. “to let the rest of the city know the truth about how this mayor failed to provide services to my district,” according to a post on Ulrich’s Facebook page. Comments (2)

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

Elmhurst

Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Elmhurst

The borough’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened its doors Friday near the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst. Comment
Jamaica

Freddie the cow, Merrick the goat find new homes: NYPD

Officers from the 103rd Precinct who were led on a literal wild goat and cow chase in Jamaica over the past week said the goat nicknamed Merrick and the cow nicknamed Freddie have found sanctuary. Comment
South Ozone Park

Mother, daughter shot at Hampton Inn in South Ozone Park

A mother was fighting for her life at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Friday after gunman shot at her and her daughter Thursday night outside of Hampton Inn in South Ozone Park, according to police sources. Comments (2)
Emergencies

Mayor says city prepared as forecasters predict 12-18 inches of snow

In light of the larger than originally forecast snow fall this weekend, New York City officials offered additional information about the city’s preparedness and made recommendations for New Yorkers to successfully ride out the winter’s first snowstorm. Comment
Jamaica

Red Storm alum becomes first full-time coach in NFL history

A former St. John’s basketball manager is making history on the football field. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Flushing

Katz highlights borough’s popularity at State of the Borough address

At her annual State of the Borough Address Thursday, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz highlighted the progress the borough has made now that it’s become a top destination for tourists and other New York City residents. Comments (2)
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