Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016


Paid leave passes Assembly again

A bill that would increase paid family leave benefits passed its first hurdle in the state Assembly last week. Comments (2)
College Point

New traffic signal coming to College Pt. intersection

The city Department of Transportation has agreed to upgrade an all-way stop sign at a College Point intersection to a traffic signal by the end of May following an aggressive push from a resident. Comment
Dining Out

Neighborhood eatery brings old-world Italian flavors to Ridgewood

When a restaurant turned out to be closed at our appointed meeting time, our lunch companion suggested an alternative. Comment
Forest Hills

Asia meets Europe at new Forest Hills bakery

Asian-European fusion is the name of the game at Violet’s Bake Shoppe, a new bakery that opened three weeks ago along bustling Austin St. in Forest Hills. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016


Gotham Greens opens greenhouse in Hollis

Gotham Greens, an urban-agriculture pioneer and producer of greenhouse-grown vegetables and herbs, opened its first 60,000-square-foot greenhouse facility last week on Jamaica Avenue in Hollis. Comments (1)

TWA center OK’d in boro, waits for city vote

Borough President Melinda Katz, heads of community boards and City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the application’s lease for the project to revitalize the iconic TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, which is slated to start by summer of this year. Comments (1)

Ramones exhibit coming to the Queens Museum

The Ramones, the legendary punk-rock band hailing from Forest Hills, will be the subject of a two-part exhibition at the Queens Museum starting this April. The exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversary of the group’s first album. Comments (2)

Meng and Hawaii senator team up to remove ‘Oriental’ term

Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) to remove the term “Oriental” from federal law has been included in a Senate bill that eliminates offensive terms from all governmental documents. Comments (3)

Three Royals sign National Letter of Intent

Old Dominion’s courtship of Brent Priester was swift and convincing. Comment

Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

Forest Hills

Career forum held for Bukharian teens

For the Bukharian community in Queens, questions of tradition, heritage and assimilation are never far from the surface. Comment

With Queens objections, Council votes to raise salary

The objections of three Queens lawmakers notwithstanding, the City Council overwhelmingly voted Friday to raise the roof on their base salary, increasing their yearly income by nearly a third. It’s the first pay increase for elected officials in New York since 2006. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst man pleads guilty to child porn charges

A 63-year-old East Elmhurst man pleaded guilty to child pornography charges last week and faces between one to three years in prison, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comments (1)

Gianaris calls for DEP investigation after discovery of Astoria Park sewage leak

Following the discovery by the city Parks Department that sewage from the Astoria Park bathrooms flowed into the East River for more than 80 years, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) called on the Department of Environmental Protection to launch an immediate and comprehensive citywide review of properties adjacent to waterways to ensure a similar situation is not occurring elsewhere. Comment
South Ozone Park

Tony Orlando proves odds-on favorite at Resorts World show

If the Bronocs vs. Panthers did not strike your fancy for weekend entertainment, Resorts World Casino supplied a blast from the past with as performance by Tony Orlando Sunday night. Comments (2)

Maspeth in position for city title repeat

Maspeth boys’ basketball team won’t be sneaking up on anyone as it looks to repeat as PSAL Class B city champions after a thrilling run last year. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

Jackson Heights

Traffic safety measure in store for Jackson Heights: DOT

In an effort to increase pedestrian safety on Northern Boulevard, the city Department of Transportation is planning to build five more pedestrian islands between 105th Street and 114th Street. The half-mile stretch of roadway is part of the Northern Boulevard Vision Zero Priority Corridor. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Murder, burglary, car thefts down in boro: DA

Queens led in three categories of crime reduction and played a substantial role in the drop in major criminal activity throughout the city in 2015, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told a group of city, state and federal elected officials. Comment

The state of the borough’s real estate in 1959

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the Times–Ledger newspaper presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history Comment
Block Shots

Ponds giving SJU fans reasons to believe future is bright

The bright future of St. John’s was on view in Queens last weekend, and it wasn’t the guys playing in Red and White at Carnesecca Area. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016


Ferreras-Copeland thanks local group for dramatic rescue in storm

Members of the Corona Community Ambulance Corps were treated to lunch last week by City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) to thank them for their heroics during Winter Storm Jonas, which dumped 34 inches of snow in Jackson Heights last month. Comment

Police plan to make arrest soon in spate of Central Queens car thefts

As the spate of car break-ins in Central Queens continued, police said they have a suspect of interest and will be making arrests in the “near future,” according to 104th Precinct Capt. Mark Wachter. Comment
Long Island City

Studio bosses agree with de Blasio’s choice for movie czar

The heads of the borough’s two biggest film and television studios are delighted with the city’s new movie czar. Comments (1)

New photo exhibition at QCC looks at family history

When award-winning photographer Marc Asnin completed a project about his troubled, enigmatic uncle three years ago, his subject was very different from the tough, tattooed guy Asnin had known and looked up to back when he was growing up on Brooklyn’s gritty streets. Comments (2)
New Voices

For major transit problems, few real solutions

Anyone looking to take public transit from Southeast Queens to Coney Island can expect a sojourn of at least 90 minutes, from hopping on the A train, to transferring in Downtown Brooklyn to the Q and traveling the length of the borough. Rockaway residents, despite being just a stone’s throw away, would have to take two to three buses to get there, and allocate an hour of travel time. People in Northern Queens can forget about trying to use mass transit to get there, as it would take up to two hours and invariably involve having to route through Manhattan. Comments (2)
Middle Village

Jefferson steal victory late from Christ the King

A few bad seconds slowed a week’s worth of momentum for Christ the King. Comment
Richmond Hill

Robber escapes from back window: NYPD

RICHMOND HILL — Police said an unidentified male robbed a deli grocery store Feb. 6 at 126-09 Jamaica Ave. in Richmond Hill. Comment

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016


Flushing man charged in fatal beating of father

A 19-year-old Flushing man was arrested in the fatal beating of his father Friday night, according to the NYPD. Officers from the 111th Precinct, responding to an assault in progress, discovered 57-year-old Ioannis Safetis unconscious and unresponsive in front of 47-05 Utopia Parkway. Comment

Stringer finally registers Pan Am shelter contract

The city has finally approved a limited contract for the Boulevard Family Shelter, in the former Pan American Hotel, on the provider’s fourth try, according to the city comptroller’s office. The $23.8 million, 30-month contract was registered, or approved, by Comptroller Scott Stringer, but its duration is just 30 months instead of the five-year contract that Samaritan Daytop Village was seeking. Comments (3)

No. 7 straphangers demand better service from MTA

Fed up with poor service on the No. 7 subway line, angry straphangers joined community leaders at a rally beneath the 40th Street station in Sunnyside during Tuesday’s morning rush. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) called on the MTA to implement and expedite a complete Full-Line Review of the 7 line, something that has proven successful on the A, C, F, G and L trains. Comments (1)

MTA settles Flushing LIRR eminent domain case

A Midtown Manhattan law firm settled a case with the MTA on behalf of the Ou Jiang City Supermarket, which the transportation agency seized to make upgrades to the Flushing-Main Street LIRR station. Comments (8)

CB7 approves special permit for Whitestone gym

Community Board 7 voted Monday night in favor of a motion to approve a 10-year special permit to operate a gym in Whitestone, but some were opposed to the proposal due to parking concerns. Comment
College Point

Body found decomposed inside College Point Yacht Club

The body of a man whose name police could not yet release because the body was badly decomposed was found in the College Point Yacht Club grounds Saturday afternoon, according to the NYPD and the yacht club. Comment

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning celebrates black artists

This February marks the 40th anniversary of Black History Month, which was recognized by the federal government in 1976. As part of this year’s celebration, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning will showcase work by Weusi artist collective members. The month-long exhibit of the Weusi story emphasizes the importance of African-American imagery in a modern setting. Comment
Cambria Heights

Defendants fished, washed check from USPS: DA

Nearly a dozen suspected members of the Snow gang, were charged last week with a two-month scheme involving stealing checks from USPS mailboxes and then forging the checks to cash them, the Queens district attorney said.. Comments (1)

Hundreds take Valentine’s Day tour of a waste treatment plant

She should have been shopping for her wedding dress, but the lure of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant was too much for Alexandra Hiniker. The 35-year-old representative to the United Nations for PAX, an international peace organization in the Netherlands, was one of the 300 visitors to take part in the Department of Environmental Protection’s 5th annual Valentine’s Day Tour of the largest water treatment plant in the city. Comments (1)
Broad Channel

High tide flood over for South Queens: NWS

After two days of unusually high tide, the coastal flood warning ended Wednesday afternoon for parts of southern Queens, according to the National Weather Service. Comment

Using horse sense

Hold your horses, Mr. Mayor Comment

Who will pay for costly Queens projects?

When it comes to public transportation, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s recent speech on the “State of Queens” made for some great sound bites but provided little substance. Katz failed to provide any specific information on how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York City Department of Transportation will come up with funding to implement any of the following transportation projects advocated by many other Queens elected officials, constituents and transit advocates. Comment

Diarra dazzles in Battle of the Boulevard win for Cross

It was an impressive night for the youngest Knight. Comment

Teenage girl dies in hit and run: NYPD

ROSEDALE—After midnight Wednesday, a teenage girl was fatally struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard and Sunrise Highway in Rosedale, police officials said. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016


Auburndale man kills his father: Police

The first homicide in the 111th Precinct since 2014 is the result of a family affair gone horribly wrong, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (5)
Long Island City

New streetcars could help LIC tech and innovation sector

A proposed streetcar system along the East River, connecting western Queens with Brooklyn, would be a tremendous asset to the growth of the tech and innovation sector in Long Island City, according to two key figures in the industry. Comment

DEP to modernize sewers in Flushing and Bowery bays

The city Department of Environmental Protection will start working on a $33 million sewer upgrade project this spring to prevent 225 million gallons of sewage from being released into Flushing and Bowery bays every year. Comment
Long Island City

Plans for new tower in LIC would make it the borough’s tallest

A Flushing-based developer is planning to transform the Long Island City skyline in a gigantic way. Chris Jiashu Xu has filed plans to build a 964-foot, 79-story residential tower that will dwarf the Citigroup building, which has been the tallest in Queens since it opened in 1990. Comments (3)

Horse carriage deal collapses day before City Council vote

Mayor Bill de Blasio has dismissed a union’s call for a state investigation into his campaign to ban horse carriages from city streets. The Transport Workers Union requested a probe by the state attorney general’s office after de Blasio’s plan to rein in the city’s horse carriage industry fell apart last week. Comment

Katz pledges economic growth and family values at annual speech

The rapid transformation of Queens into a coveted destination for tourists, businesses and the arts will not compromise the borough’s commitment to family values, Melinda Katz said at her annual Queens Borough Cabinet meeting Tuesday. Comments (2)

Flushing bus crashes in Connecticut: State Police

A bus owned by a Flushing company traveling from the neighborhood to a casino in Connecticut overturned on I-95 early Monday afternoon due to snow on the road, according to the Connecticut State Police. Comments (1)

Asians celebrate first Lunar New Year school holiday

Community leaders said the new Lunar New Year school holiday, which shuttered public classrooms Monday, will help educate the public about a key Asian celebration. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Mayor announces new crane regulations

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced emergency regulations after a crane owned and operated by two Queens companies crashed in Lower Manhattan last Friday morning, killing a 38-year-old man and injuring three others. Comment

Will you be my Valentine’s disaster?

This week, our columnist breaks down the bad and good of Valentine’s Day. Comment

Power of three: Star trio sends Dozo division title

Benjamin Cardozo’s big three alone were greater than Construction as a whole. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016


No. 7 straphangers demand better service from the MTA

Angry No. 7 train riders in Sunnyside rallied beneath the 40th Street station during Tuesday’s morning rush to demand better service on the beleaguered subway line. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) called on the MTA to perform Full-Line Reviews on the No. 7 line, a top-to-bottom study that resulted in improvements on the A, C, F, G and L trains. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

East Elmhurst jogger slashed in Jackson Heights

A 19-year-old East Elmhurst woman was slashed while jogging Sunday morning in Jackson Heights, according to the NYPD. The victim was at the corner of 79th Street and 25th Avenue just after 11 a.m. when a man ran up beside her and slashed her in the left thigh with an unknown weapon, police said. Comments (2)

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

College Point

Decomposed body discovered in College Point Yacht Club

Police were investigating the death of a man whose body was found decomposed inside the College Point Yacht Club grounds. Comments (4)

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016


Fallen Manhattan crane owned and operated by Queens companies

A crane owned and operated by two companies based in Queens crashed in Lower Manhattan Friday morning, killing a 38-year-old man, and seriously injuring four others, police said. Comment

Public advocate honors Lunar New Year school holiday

Public Advocate Letitia James and community leaders commemorated the first year of the Lunar New Year school holiday Friday morning at the Queens Library in Flushing as the celebration approached. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016


Horse carriage deal collapses day before City Council vote

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to reign in the city’s horse carriage industry fell apart Thursday as the Teamsters Union, which represents the drivers, withdrew its support. Comment

Brisco’s free throws push Lewis to key win

With its biggest piece still on the mend, it took a total team effort for Francis Lewis to grind out an important victory. Comment



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