Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016


Flushing 2050 initiative eyes vision for the future

Flushing residents, business owners and community leaders have launched the Flushing 2050 Community Building Initiative to establish a collective, community-led vision for the neighborhood’s future. Comments (7)

LIRR, Metro-North hit record ridership levels in 2015

Both of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s commuter railroads reported modern ridership records in 2015. Comments (1)
The Public Advocate’s office filed a lawsuit against the city Department of Education earlier this week, claiming the agency has failed to meet the needs of its students with disabilities, which has resulted in a loss in Medicaid revenue for the city. Comments (2)

Bellerose couple have been each other’s Valentines for more than 70 years

Their story began in New York City during World War II. Comment

How to spend an un-Valentine’s Day

If roses, chocolates and sipping champagne do not sound like your idea of how to spend Valentine’s Day, Q.E.D. in Astoria wants you to know there are plenty of other ways to spend Sunday, Feb. 14. Comment

MTA OK’s contract for East Side Access

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved the final major contract for construction of the $10.8 billion East Side Access project to provide tens of thousands of commuters a faster and more direct route from Queens to Manhattan’s East Side. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Forest Hills

Forest Hills Asian Association holds State of the Civics event

Edwin Wong, co-founder of the Forest Hills Asian Association, likes to think of his organization as the new kid on the Forest Hills block. Comment

Bayside man convicted for his parents’ murders

A Bayside man charged with killing his parents in separate attacks over a year apart was convicted Friday after a nearly three-week-long trial. Comment
East Elmhurst

MTA bans hoverboards

Hoverboards are officially banned from subways, buses, railroads and even Access-A-Rides, according to the MTA. The popular personal transportation devices are even barred from subway stations because they have been known to burst into flames and blow up due to their lithium batteries. Comments (1)

Flushing girl receives 3D printed prosthesis

A young girl from Flushing has received a new prosthetic hand that was developed using some of the latest in 3D printing technology. Comment

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Far Rockaway

Queens GOP establishment pushes Ulrich for mayoral run

A spokesman for Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) says that his office is not putting too much into reports that the Queens GOP is pushing him to run for Mayor. Comments (4)
Forest Hills

New ambulance for Forest Hills volunteers

After almost eight years of effort, the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps unveiled its bright and shiny new ambulance during a ceremony Sunday at its headquarters that was attended by ambulance volunteers from across the city and elected officials. Comment

Falafel King has grand opening for new eatery

Faras “Freddy” Zeideia, known as “King of Falafel,” was smiling from ear to ear as his cash register rang up sales from a long line of hungry folks Saturday, the opening day of his restaurant at 30-15 Broadway in Astoria. “I feel good,” Zeideia said between customers. Comment

Costa invests in technology upgrades at Astoria schools

In his State of the District address last week, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) went back to his old school, PS 122, to map out his commitment to improving education in District 22’s 17 schools. His plan, called the Science 2050 Learning Initiative, will make sure students have the latest technology in their classrooms. Comments (1)

Borough sees rise in number of private sector jobs

Queens has seen growth in private sector employment since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, according to the city Economic Development Corporation. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Peralta hosts seventh annual coat drive

Just days after Winter Storm Jonas basted Jackson Heights with 34 inches of snow, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Woodside on the Move donated more than 1,700 winter coats to area community and faith-based organizations, which will distribute them to needy families and individuals. This was Peralta’s seventh annual coat drive. Comment

Schools compete in Lego robotics bout

More than 30 schools across the borough competed Sunday in the First Lego League, a competition at George Ryan Junior High School in Flushing, to qualify for the annual NYC Regional First robotics contest in March. Comment
Long Island City

The Chain Theatre says goodbye for now

Long Island City

The Chain Theatre says goodbye for now

Long Island City’s The Chain Theatre went out with a bang not a whimper with its final performance Saturday night. Comment
Political Action

We need to protect the heroes who protect us

Charles Lindbergh is recognized as the first pilot to fly an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean from the United States to Europe. At the time, in the late 1920s, he became a national hero. Comments (1)

Recovered Kinder sparks Royals past Mary Louis

For the first two months of the season, all an injured Kaela Kinder could do was watch when things got tight and tough for her Christ the King team. Comment
Ozone Park

Deli robbers flee when alarm went off: NYPD

OZONE PARK — Police were looking for suspects in an attempted robbery incident at a deli in Ozone Park, police said. Comments (1)

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016


Bus lane cameras on Q44 Select Bus Service route worry community

As the warning period alerting motorists to new camera installations along the route of the Q44 Select Bus Service is currently underway, community leaders and elected officials are casting a wary eye on the bus lane cameras. Comment

Lion dancers to perform in Flushing for Lunar New Year

Lion dancers will ring in Lunar New Year at The Shops at SkyView Center in Flushing. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens Big Bro honored at ceremony

Mark Zustovich was honored last week by Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and a host of elected officials as ‘Queens Big Brother of the Year,’ for his commitment to his “Little Brother,” Spencer Ford. Comment

Meng seeks better access for women to feminine hygiene products

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has introduced a bill that aims to make feminine hygiene products such as tampons and pads more accessible and affordable to women. Comments (3)
New Voices

Lack of discretionary funding leaves southeast Queens in the cold

Queens’ reputation as the forgotten borough never seemed more pertinent until the weekend before last, as we dug out of record snowfall and waited well into the work week for the plowing of tertiary streets. While the mayor toured Ridgewood and Sunnyside, offering a mea culpa, members of the Queens delegation wrote op-eds and held press conferences, bringing attention to the situation. Despite loud complaints from at least two elected officials in southeast Queens, many residents felt their anger was not heard at City Hall. Comments (2)

Molloy leaps Lions in standings on Anthony’s put-back

When Cole Anthony had the ball stolen away from him in the closing seconds of Archbishop Molloy’s face-off with Bishop Loughlin, it led to a go-ahead hoop for Loughlin. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills butt stabber arrested

FOREST HILLS — A man who police say repeatedly stabbed a subway passenger on a Forest Hills train late last year was arrested Jan. 12, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Forest Hills

Mumford and Sons return to Forest Hills

The Forest Hills Stadium is banging on as British rock band Mumford & Sons announced this week via Twitter that it will be returning to the historic venue this summer. Comment

Avella to introduce bill establishing architectural districts

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has announced plans to introduce legislation that would create special architectural districts throughout the state. The move was prompted by the Broadway Flushing neighborhood’s losing battle for city landmark status. Comment

Most New Yorkers think government corruption is huge problem: Siena poll

Nearly 90 percent of New Yorkers say corruption in state government is a serious problem and two-thirds of those polled say the job of legislator should be full time and without outside income. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Two arrested in $14M heroin bust in Jackson Heights

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) is applauding law enforcement for a huge drug bust in his district last week. Comments (2)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Time for pols to fix this city up

Tom Allon thinks the city needs to invest in itself — or else. Comments (1)

Stop converting hotels into shelters

Since taking office more than two years ago, Mayor de Blasio and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) have converted at least nine hotels into homeless shelters, most of them in Queens and Brooklyn. There may be more as these conversions are usually made in a stealthy manner and some communities are not aware of the changeover until months later, as the residents of Jamaica Hills have recently experienced. Comments (5)

Walk this way: Senior guard leads Doz past CK for second straight SNY title

The free-throw line was an unfriendly place for Benjamin Cardozo throughout the SNY Invitational, leaving Aaron Walker to resort to pleading for help there with the championship on the line. Comment

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016


Bayside High School awarded honor roll by NFL

Bayside High School is being recognized by the National Football League at this season’s end in honor of two former students who went on to play in Super Bowls during their professional athletic careers: Ronnie and Derrick Harmon. Comment

Lil BUB the cat comes to Astoria

Hundreds of people lined up last Saturday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria to meet Internet sensation Lil BUB the cat and hear her story. Comments (1)

Bayside High School approaches 80 years

Bayside High School is about to turn 80 years old, and teachers and alumni are reaching out to all former students to join in the celebration. Comment

Parks seeks to enhance Lawrence Playground

The city Parks Department hosted a public scoping meeting last week to get ideas from the community about improving circulation and the aesthetics of the Lawrence Playground in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

Queens Botanical Garden elects two to board of trustees

The Queens Botanical Garden’s board of trustees has named two new members to its board, with outgoing members Saul Kupferberg and Walter Sanchez leaving after each finishing six years terms.Kupferberg and Sanchez will remain as advisory council members. Comment

Queens professor publishes photographic essay of black marching bands

Most people may have seen a marching band play in a parade or on television at the halftime of a college football game, but between the sound of horns blaring and the glitz and glamor of flashy uniformed choreography, many might not understand their cultural significance. Comment
Oakland Gardens

PS 203 kids celebrate the Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by most eastern Asian cultures, so in Queens — where over 130 countries from around the world are represented — some schools have made it part of their curriculum. Comments (3)

Bothers sentenced for sex trafficking and promoting prostitution at Woodside motel: Queens DA

A Corona man, and his brother from Brooklyn were sentenced to prison lastThursday in a 2014 gunpoint sex trafficking case in which a 25-year-old woman was allegedly “sold” to them for $200 and then held against her will for a week during which she was forced to have sex for money, according to prosecutors. Comments (2)
Hunters Point

Hunters Point set for massive street reconstruction project

Long Island City is known for its shiny steel and glass residential towers on Center Boulevard, its three dozen arts and cultural institutions and venues, and it’s waterfront parks along the East River. It’s also known for its broken roadways, a remnant of the neighborhood’s industrial past. Comment

Flushing calligrapher puts all of his heart into his works

As a highly skilled calligrapher, you could say Simon Xianwen Zeng paints his soul on paper with brush strokes of black ink. Comment

Citizen budgeters

Queens has been on the front lines of an urban experiment: empowering residents to decide how to spend $1 million in taxpayer money on projects within their City Council districts. Comments (1)

Ahh, the sidewalks of New York

This week, Lenore takes a walk on the wild side. Comment

Save the next Freddie

It’s a relief that Freddie, the cow who escaped from a slaughterhouse in Queens, will get to spend the rest of his days at a sanctuary where he’ll be able to enjoy the company of other cows. If you want to help charismatic animals like Freddie, please go vegan. Comment

Holy Cross can’t close out Hayes


Holy Cross can’t close out Hayes

Holy Cross again had to cope with a tough loss after being oh-so-close to an impressive win. Comment

Woman attacked and robbed in her car on Avery Road: NYPD

FLUSHING — An unidentified man attacked a woman inside her car early Jan. 27 on Avery Avenue, and stole credit cards and $2,000 cash from her purse, police said. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016


Community rallies against mosque proposal

Dozens of community members, along with civic leaders spoke Tueaday during a hearing at the city’s Board of Standards & Appeal in opposition to the slated construction of a house of worship in Flushing. Comments (7)
Middle Village

City’s revised snow plan raises ire in Queens

As the fallout continues over the city’s response in Queens after a blizzard blanketed part of the borough with 34 inches of snow, George Stoll, president of CSB Contractors, maintains that he would have done a better job of clearing the snow than the city did. Comments (8)
A private investigator and the family of a Whitestone woman who mysteriously disappeared five months ago still have no clues as to what happened to her as the second month of the new year kicks off. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Protest by Uber drivers in Long Island City draws TLC attention

The city listened to the angry chants of several hundred striking Uber drivers who massed outside the company’s Long Island City headquarters Monday. Organizers from the New York Taxi Workers Alliance called for the job action after the app-based service slashed its prices by 15 percent last Friday, and when main competitor Lyft followed suit with a reduction of its own, the Taxi and Limousine Commission was monitoring the situation.. Comments (3)
It is no coincidence that “A Chorus Line” opens with the actors’ backs to the audience. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Concerns over spread of Zika virus

The World Health Organization declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency Monday after the explosion of cases in South and Latin America and the Caribbean. The disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes or possibly through sex, is believed to be linked to microcephaly, a condition that is causing babies to be born with small heads and brain damage. Comment

Carmen Electra sues Corona strip club

A Corona strip club is being sued by ‘90s pop star Carmen Electra. The singer-actress filed a federal lawsuit against La Oficina Bar, located at 39-20 104th St., for using her image in a nightclub advertisement on its Instagram account. Comment
Forest Hills

ATM skimmers plague Queens

A group of roving ATM skimmers are plaguing Forest Hills, Queens Village and Flushing. Comments (2)

A tale of two blizzard responses

Mayor Mike Bloomberg was in Bermuda when the blizzard of 2010 bore down on New York City, burying forgotten Queens residents under a blanket of snow. Comment

Former Cross star gets Super end to first NFL season

Draft day disappointment wound up being the best thing to happen to former Holy Cross football star Dean Marlowe. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Oakland Gardens

Man robs Chase Bank in Oakland Gardens: NYPD

Police were looking for a suspect who robbed a Chase Bank location, 61-09 Springfield Blvd., in Oakland Gardens Tuesday. Comments (3)

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016


Officer pushed onto Jamaica subway tracks by four suspects: NYPD

Police were searching for four suspects who pushed a police officer from the NYPD Transit Unit onto the tracks when they were stopped for not paying a subway fare at the Jamaica Center/Parsons-Archer terminal in downtown Jamaica. Comments (3)
South Ozone Park

Suspect in hotel shooting charged with robbery in another incident: DA

One of the career criminals, suspected of having a connection with a hotel shooting last month of a mother and daughter near Kennedy Airport, was charged with robbery incidents in Queens and Nassau counties, according to police officials and the Queens district attorney. Comments (2)

Voting for this year’s Queens Kudos has started

The nominations are in and now it’s time to cast your ballot for this year’s Queens Kudos, honoring the best in the borough’s theater community. Comment

Krsolvic, Crusaders escape Fontbonne scare


Krsolvic, Crusaders escape Fontbonne scare

Kristina Krsolvic earned an important victory for her McClancy team—and more playing time for herself in the process. Comment

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016


Bourbon Street burglarized over weekend: Cops

Two masked burglars broke into Bourbon Street Bar and Restaurant in Bayside, 40-12 Bell Blvd., over the weekend, walking out with a safe full of cash, police said Monday. Comment

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Molloy holds off Xaverian thanks to Anthony’s big fourth quarter

Cole Anthony began to see his young team’s spirits fading once Xaverian’s Khalil Rhodes buried a three to tie the score with a little more than a minute to play in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens boys’ basketball game. After six straight Clippers’ points it was time to take things into his owns hands. Comment



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