Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rockaway Beach

QueensWay makes its case against rail line

An Open Letter to MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast. Comments (14)

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017


Crime inches up in 109th Precinct, down citywide

Crime in the 109th Precinct, which covers part of northeast Queens, has gone up slightly in 2016, according to NYPD crime statistics through Dec. 18. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

When Borough President Melinda Katz opposed the idea of closing large parts of Flushing Meadows Corona Park this summer so concert promoters could stage music festivals, she wanted to keep access open to thousands of families and residents who enjoy the park. Comment
Middle Village

Middle Village student receives Marshall Scholarship

Hunter College student Faiza Masood, who lives in Middle Village, is one of the recipients of this year’s Marshall Scholarship, offered to a select number of students throughout the country. An Islamic Studies major, she hopes to offer a fresh and independent voice to intellectual conversations on her faith. Comment

Corona teen named NYC Youth Poet Laureate for 2017

A Queens native was crowned the NYC Youth Poet Laureate for 2017. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017

It took eight years of protests and political pressure from elected leaders before the New York Power Authority agreed to permanently shut down the Charles Poletti Power Project in 2011. The 33-year-old natural gas and oil plant was deemed the city’s worst polluter and a prime reason western Queens, which produces 60 percent of the city’s electricity, was nicknamed Asthma Alley. Comment

Van Wyck Exwy upgrades completed: Cuomo

The project to ease traffic through the Kew Gardens Interchange was completed last week. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

NE Queens civics sound off about bioswales

In its November 2016 newsletter Maria DeInnocentis of the Civic Association of Utopia Estates questions the city building bioswales at the curbs in their community. Green markings indicate that the Department of Environmental Protection is considering putting a bioswale, or “rain gardens,” at that location. Comments (2)

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017


Israel to chair LIU Global Institute

Outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) is heading from Congress to the classroom, announcing that he will be the chairman of Long Island University’s new Global Institute. Comment
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College receives grant to study LGBTO history

A research group at LaGuardia Community College will examine the history of LGBTQ activism in Queens as part of a three-year program illuminating the history of New York City. Comments (1)

Stanners grab 51-50 victory over Monsignor Scanlan

Jenna Mastellone wasn’t nervous. If anything, she was happy to step up to the free throw line. She likes taking free throws. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017


Two armed men rob cell phone stores in Sunnyside, Elmhurst and Corona: NYPD

CORONA - The NYPD released new surveillance video Sunday that shows two men connected to a series of several cell phone store robberies in western Queens over the last month. The footage tracks the two suspects near a Sprint store they allegedly robbed near Junction Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue in Corona Dec. 21. Comment

Police searching for man suspected of Chase bank robberies

FLUSHING - Police were searching for a suspect wanted in multiple bank robberies throughout Queens. Comments (1)

Scotch Volvo dealership’s plan for Bayside strip

(Re: Helms Brothers’ application to allow a Volvo dealership to operated at 207-22 Northern Blvd.) Comments (2)

Football stars honored after thrilling season

There were plenty of big-time moments on the gridiron in Queens this season. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016


Jamaica cheerleading team raises funds to head to Nationals

A Jamaica cheerleading team raised funds to bring the team to national championships to be held in Orlando, Fla. with the help of the public, who pitched in on an online crowdfunding drive. Comments (1)

Richards announces Laurelton library funding

The Laurelton Library will benefit from more than $2.7 million in capital funding obtained by Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Arverne). Comment
It felt a bit like Christmas had come early for the St. John’s men’s basketball team. Comment

Friday, Dec. 30, 2016


DOE will hold District 30 community meetings on G&T program

City Department of Education officials will be holding discussion meetings with Astoria community members who were concerned that elementary school students enrolled in the Gifted and Talented program at Public School 122 would no longer automatically enroll in the G&T middle-school program. The news modified an announcement earlier this month that parents in PS 122 may lose automatic enrollment in a few years. Comments (1)
From their office above a Roosevelt Avenue Laundromat, DRUM fought for 15 years to put an end to a federal 9/11 terrorist program that caused the deportation of tens of thousands of Muslim and Arab men. Comments (5)
Howard Beach

Addabbo joins calls for familial DNA testing

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblywoman-elect Stacey Pheffer-Amato joined the call last week for New York state to allow a special type of DNA testing that could develop new leads in the unsolved murder of a Howard Beach jogger last summer. Comment

Bayside in fifth place on list of 10 hottest neighborhoods

StreetEasy has released its annual list of “NYC’s Hottest Neighborhoods in 2017” with Bayside coming in at No. 5 out of 10 and beating Astoria, which came in dead last as the only two in Queens to make the list. Comments (7)
South Jamaica

Protests planned against potential South Jamaica shelter

Protests are set to continue outside the proposed site of a small hotel development in Jamaica that has some community members worried it may be transformed into a homeless shelter upon opening. Comment
Glen Oaks

North Shore Towers goes smoke-free

North Shore Towers is going smoke-free after shareholders took a vote to banish the habit on the 110-acre premises. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Windsor Oaks residents oppose variance change

The Board of Standards and Appeals will decide the fate of a wooded variance between two communities in Oakland Gardens in February. Comments (3)
An anonymous buyer is rescheduling the auction of President-elect Donald Trump’s childhood home in Queens to Jan. 17, just days before Trump is set to be inaugurated. Comment

Banking on change

As we approach the new year in Queens, native son Donald Trump’s improbable victory as the nation‘s new president has made Americans more optimistic about the future. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Famed Forest Hills HS alumni return to rap about Hamilton

Two illustrious alumni returned to Forest Hills High School last week to talk history, economics, achievement and hip-hop. Comment
Little Neck

LIRR shortchanged Little Neck riders

In June 2016, the Long Island Rail Road closed the Little Neck Station east end pedestrian overpass bridge for safety reasons. The structure was removed Sept. 16.. A new replacement pedestrian bridge was installed Dec. 3. How disappointing that no canopy was included for both the new pedestrian bridge and staircases. Why did commuters have to deal with this inconvenience for six months? It created a safety hazard at the nearby Little Neck Parkway grade crossing with riders having to cross before grade crossing gates came down to avoid missing trains. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Indo-Caribbean women speak out against domestic violence

Disturbed by the brutal murder of a woman in Richmond Hill, two Indo Caribbean women’s activists organized a community vigil to discuss violence against women and mourn the most recent victim of fatal domestic violence. Comment

Jamaica native finds star form after devastating injury

Marquise Moore was frustrated. He’d been at the top of his game last season when it all got sidelined – literally. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016


Flushing artist Adele Lerner dies a week short of 110th birthday

Flushing artist Adele Lerner had seen New York City life from the Lower East Side when it was booming with immigrant life to the day the Twin Towers fell. She died just short of her 110th birthday Dec. 18. Comment

NYCHA leaders back the BQX despite gentrification fears

When three NYCHA resident associations endorsed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed $2.5 billion Brooklyn Queens Connector streetcar project Monday, it raised some eyebrows among members of the growing anti-gentrification movement in western Queens, who see the BQX as an expensive boondoggle for luxury real estate developers with properties along the waterfront. Comments (2)

Cardozo coach Naclerio sets all-time win record

Ron Naclerio looked down at his cell phone Thursday night and was a bit concerned it was going to ring and buzz and light up for the rest of time. Comments (2)

Cuomo announces new toll pay system at bridges

Cashless tolling will be coming to city bridges and tunnels by the end of 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. New initiative by the governor’s office allows E-ZPasses to be scanned without the driver having to slow down, and those who don’t get their license plate scanned are billed by mail. Comments (2)

Townsend parents want interim principal removed

Townsend Harris High School Interim Principal Rosemarie Jahoda is facing increased pressure from school faculty, parents and students, with many calling for the Department of Education to remove her from the post. Comment

Whitestone teacher named National American Miss

A Whitestone teacher has been named National American Miss. Katherine McQuade, 20, won the national title representing New York State over Thanksgiving week in Hollywood, Calif. Comments (2)

Investigation called for in Astoria evictions by Christian charity

Lawmakers in western Queens are calling for an investigation into the Astoria Christian ministry for evicting low-income residents during the holiday season in order to turn a dormitory into a shelter. Comment
College Point

Death of young College Point man ruled a homicide

COLLEGE POINT - Police have deemed the June death of a 21-year-old man in College Point a homicide. Comment

Self-appointed child protectors stalk parents

It was the year of Pokemon Panic — any toy that gets kids outside must be stopped! — and the year a Florida school canceled its “Powder Puff” all-girl football game, suggesting the girls bob for apples instead. It was the year that we saw the first academic study of bouncy house temperatures — ”something that no one had really examined in the published literature,” according to one of the researchers. Imagine that. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

Following intense pressure from civil and human rights organizations and New York state’s attorney general, the Obama administration Thursday moved to dismantle a dormant national registry program that was once used to track mostly Muslim and Arab men. Created by the Bush administration following the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System was established to monitor travelers from a list of countries, almost all of them Muslim. Comments (2)



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