Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016


Suozzi fills staff positions


Suozzi fills staff positions

Congressman-elect Tom Suozzi is filling out his staff prior to taking his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as he continues to seek space for a Queens office. Comment
Political Action

City wonders whether Hillary Clinton will run for mayor

Speculation in some quarters has Hillary Clinton considering a run for New York City mayor next year against Mayor Bill De Blasio. If this is true, it brings a new dimension to political elections. Comments (9)
Dining Out

Bistro recalls old-school French dining

Dining Out

Bistro recalls old-school French dining

Time was that New York City was peppered with little French restaurants, their nucleus being in and around the theater district, owned and operated by Gallic expats. Like the $2 steak, they are for the most part a fond memory. Therefore, we were surprised and delighted to discover Côté Soleil, a new French bistro in Astoria, facilitating time travel to a bygone era. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016


De Blasio launches ParkNYC app


De Blasio launches ParkNYC app

Motorists will no longer need to rush to feed the meter. Comments (4)
Santiago Bonilla, the owner of Love Bakery and Cafe, is fighting a $300 summons for an unclean sidewalk for garbage he couldn’t clean because it was lodged beneath an parked car. Two years ago, the owner of the deli next door was issued a summons for the same reason. Comments (2)

Hotel at TWA Flight Center breaks ground


Hotel at TWA Flight Center breaks ground

The TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport will soon be the home of the airport’s first on-site, full service hotel. Elected officials celebrated the news as they broke ground on the new hotel, located inside the famous terminal originally designed by famed architect Eero Saarinen. Construction is expected to be completed by 2018. Comments (2)

In from the cold

Now that the holidays have arrived, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are associated with images of family and friends gathered around dinner tables to share the traditions that have defined their cultures. Comments (1)
They listened, they executed and it all worked perfectly. Comment

Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

As science, technology, engineering and math courses dominate curriculums across the country, art programs are being cut from many schools, but not at the Rachel Carson Magnet School for the Arts (IS 237) in Flushing. Comments (1)
The St. John’s men’s basketball team was actually winning at one point Sunday afternoon. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016

It remains to be seen what impact Donald Trump’s presidency will have on the faith-based community, but the moment serves as an opportunity for religious communities to unify and not be overwhelmed by anxiety. The advice came during a community clergy breakfast held by state Sen. James Sanders (D-Far Rockaway). Comments (6)
City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and student ambassadors from organizations in his district distributed hundreds of toys to the patients of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children at 29-01 216th St. Friday along with Auburndale Soccer Club and Dwarf-Giraffe Athletic Association. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016

Elected officials in western Queen are helping the 28th annual New York Cares coat drive reach a record-number 125,000 requests from its clients this year. Comment
After close to a century of an on-again-off-again struggle to build a Second Avenue subway, transit officials have proclaimed their readiness for straphangers to finally board the new transit line amid an OK from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who proclaimed “the wait is over.” Comment
A 22-year-old Jamaica man pleaded guilty to sex trafficking after forcing a 15-year-old girl into having sex for money earlier this year, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (2)
The city Commission on Human Rights announced a series of actions it will take to prepare New Yorkers to report and respond to acts of discriminatory harassment following a spate of incidents which have occurred on public transportation in recent months. Comments (3)
The hole was just too big for the Archbishop Molloy girl’s basketball team to claw out of. Comment

Friday, Dec. 23, 2016

The Durst Organization has acquired the Queens Plaza Park development site alongside the landmarked Clock Tower building and will press forward with construction of the largest skyscaper in Queens. Comment
Three years after city snow plows destroyed the curb in front of All Saints Episcopal Church in Bayside, the Department of Transportation still has no plans to repair the damage, even after the intervention of a higher power — the neighborhood’s assemblyman. Comment
Elmhurst has its library back and hundreds of community members turned out for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and flag-raising Tuesday. Comment
South Jamaica

NYCHA South Jamaica Houses get repaired sidewalks

South Jamaica

NYCHA South Jamaica Houses get repaired sidewalks

NYCHA’s South Jamaica II Houses in Jamaica are benefitting from more than 12,000 square feet of new sidewalks, approximately 530 feet of new curbing and upgraded pedestrian ramps at three intersections. The newly completed project is part of a $3 million investment from the city to repair damaged sidewalks outside NYCHA properties, according to the city Department of Transportation. Comments (2)
Queens residents seeking affordable housing options are up against a sparsity of supply and overwhelming demand, according to experts who gathered during a two-part housing conference hosted by state Sen. James Sanders (D-Far Rockaway). Sanders held dual meetings in Jamaica and Far Rockaway to inform community members about the methods of finding affordable housing. Comment
Richmond Hill

Community holds vigil for murdered wife

Richmond Hill

Community holds vigil for murdered wife

The Indo-Caribbean community held a vigil Sunday at Naresa Lounge in South Ozone Park in honor of Rajwantie Baldeo, the Guyanese woman who was nearly decapitated on the streets of Richmond Hill, allegedly by her jealous husband. Comment
It was an incredible season for girls’ soccer in Queens. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

New campaign launched to reform student debt

Several years ago I ran for mayor of New York with Martin Hassner’s help. We were committed to making significant changes in public education, already aware that the system was only preparing 25 percent of its students for a college education. Comments (1)

In from the cold

By Philip Newman Comment
Legos aren’t just for kids. Turns out there’s an entire fan club out there made up of grownups who are hooked on those colorful little interlocking blocks. After years spent in hiding, these brave souls have finally emerged from the shadows, and believe it or not, have even given themselves a name. Adult Fans of Lego® or AFOLs, can’t seem to get enough. They just love to build — and to display their creations. Comments (2)

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

The founder of an Elmhurt-based Christian non-profit had been trying to visit with the 30 homeless men living at the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express since the city moved them in Oct. 10. When Lester Lin, 33, was told volunteers from City Mission could spend time with the residents one day last week, he made sure they would not go to the hotel emtpy-handed. Comment
The plans to construct three additional structures on vacant green space adjacent to Bell Apartments in Bay Terrace have changed to accommodate about 36 two-family homes, according to the architect. Comments (14)
The city Parks Department Monday denied applications from three entertainment giants hoping to use Flushing Meadows Corona Park for music festivals this summer after opposition from Borough President Melinda Katz. Madison Square Garden, AEG Live and Founders Entertainment were seeking to close off large portions of the park in order to stage for-profit, multi-day events, but were denied permits for the second year in a row. Comments (1)
Astoria parents in School District 30 have set off a firestorm by questioning whether elementary students who attend PS 122 will have automatic enrollment in the school’s “Gifted & Talented” middle school classes, a policy in place since a memorandum released by the Department of Education in 2013. Comment
The interim principal of Townsend Harris High School has got to go, according to frustrated parents. Comments (1)
As New York City experienced its seventh consecutive year of tourism growth, welcoming an all-time record 60.3 million visitors by year’s end, a new study finds tourists spent more than $5 billion in Queens last year bringing big benefits to transportation, food, recreation and hotel industries. Comments (1)

Stringer: Success Academy stiffed city


Stringer: Success Academy stiffed city

Success Academy Charter Schools billed the Department of Education for special education services that may not have been delivered, an audit released by city Comptroller Scott Stringer found. Comment
Police were looking for a man wanted in connection with a burglary pattern which took place in Bayside in November. Comment
John Tsapelas looked up at the scoreboard and couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing. Comment

The dying deserve a last chance at life

A few years ago, a firefighter in Sacramento, Calif., Mike DeBartoli, noticed his hands cramping up. He figured it was a symptom of the job. Comments (1)
Hanukkah... or Chanukah (we have been wandering for many years in search of the correct spelling) is the winter holiday commemorating the restoration of Jewish worship at the temple of Jerusalem when Judah Maccabee led the revolt against the Seleucid Empire in 164 BCE. Judah was called “Maccabee,” a word composed of the initial letters of the four Hebrew words “Mi Kamocha Ba’eilim Hashem,” meaning: “Who is like You, G-d.” Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

East Elmhurst

Q70 to be free Dec. 22-23 for riders taking bus to LIRR, subways

Holiday traveling will be a little easier this year flying out of LaGuardia. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

New York City will welcome an all-time record of 60.3 million visitors by year’s end, surpassing the 60 million mark for the first time ever, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. He said travel and tourism now sustain more than 375,000 jobs in the city, representing a gain of more than 15,000 jobs over last year. Comments (4)

Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

On a rainy Sunday afternoon with the controversial Maspeth Holiday Inn as the backdrop, state Sen. Tony Avella (D- Bayside) announced his run for mayor. The location was no coincidence. Comments (2)

Friday, Dec. 16, 2016

Since moving into the Holiday Inn Express in Maspeth Oct. 10, 30 homeless men have been subjected to raucous rallies each weeknight from area residents. But on Thursday afternoon a half dozen of the residents received kindness instead in the form of care packages full of toiletries and basic necessities prepared by neighborhood high school students. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016


Rego Park man gets 20 years for stabbing outside mosque

A Rego Park man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after a vicious attack on a man entering a mosque in Kew Gardens Hills, the Queens DA said. Comment

Fire on 12th floor in Briarwood quenched by firefighters

A blaze on the 12th floor balcony of a 14-story high-rise in Briarwood was quickly handled by firefighters Thursday, an FDNY spokesman said. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015

Everyone should put aside their differences

I am a lifelong New Yorker. An American. I love New York. I believe in my town. Comment



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