Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016


Ridgewood kids dig into the past

From recording the smaller moments of everyday life to digitizing thousands of historical documents, the Queens Memory project is no small undertaking. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Lancman wants more music education in public schools

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) called for an increased investment in music education at a news conference on the state of music education in his district Friday morning. Comments (1)

Queens World Festival prepares for another run

The sixth annual Queens World Film Festival kicks off March 15 with more than 120 feature length and short movies on tap. Comment

Alleged SNOW gang member sentenced: DA

One suspected member of the SNOW gang in southeast Queens was convicted last month after a 10-week trial for conspiracy to murder, and was sentenced Feb. 9 to serve 8 to 25 years in prison, the Queens District Attorney announced. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016


CB7 to review Municipal Lot 3 proposal

A project seeking to build affordable housing in Municipal Parking Lot 3 in Flushing will be presented to Community Board 7 in March with the hopes of breaking ground by the end of the year, after the necessary approvals are granted. Comments (3)

Knicks star Mason to have street named after him

South Jamaica is slated to honor the late Knicks forward Anthony Mason, who grew up in the area, at a street naming approved by the City Council this month. Comment

FAA reform bill raises concern from Queens leaders

Northern Queens communities are paying close attention to the proposed FAA reauthorization bill, called the Aviation Innovation Reform and Reauthorization Act. Comment

Flushing Town Hall goes hog wild

NY Epicurean Events, the folks who organized the recent Cheesefest, are pandering to meatheads this time with Charcuterie Masters, to be held at historic Flushing Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 27. Comment

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

Long Island City

DOT plans redesign of roadway in front of LaGuardia Community College

The city is planning a reconstruction for the street in front of LaGuardia Community College, where a high school student was struck and killed and four others were injured when a minivan went out of control in March 2013. Comment

Mayor’s housing plan under fire at City Council but not at one Woodside development

The management of the Big Six Towers in Woodside, a Mitchell-Lama affordable housing development, is hoping that its letter to the City Council and other city agencies can help offset some of the criticism surrounding Mayor Bill de Blasio’s embattled affordable housing plan after two rounds of hearings last week. Comments (2)
Little Neck

Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Parade honorees announced

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Association is hitting the ground early this year. Organizers released this week a list of honorees from Queens and beyond for what historically has been the largest Memorial Day parade in the country. Comments (1)

PS 120 students talk soccer with New York Cosmos

Players from the New York Cosmos professional soccer club teamed up with state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) at PS 120 in Flushing last week to kick off a series of free soccer clinics. Comment

Avella introduces bill to make Saint Patrick’s Day school holiday

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has introduced a bill that would establish Saint Patrick’s Day as a school holiday in districts with a significant Irish population. Comments (3)
The Play’s the Thing

Diversity in casting is going to take some work on everybody’s part

The current controversy about the lack of diversity in acting nominations for the Oscars prompts me to revisit the subject of non-traditional casting in theater. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm control their destiny after weekend split

St. John’s still has some work to do. Comment
Ozone Park

One suspect in Ozone Park robbery still at large: Police

OZONE PARK — One of two suspects, who allegedly robbed and assaulted an elderly man at gunpoint last month in Ozone Park, remains at large, according to police officials. Comments (1)

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016


Flushing black history committee in motion

As Black History Month kicks off, a black history committee made up of Flushing residents is working on a number of initiatives, such as a more comprehensive African-American history curriculum in public schools, to help their community. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Parent Advisory Board to discuss college admissions

The Queens Parent Advisory Board, co-chaired by Borough President Melinda Katz, will meet later this month to discuss “The College Admissions Process and How to Fund Your Child’s College Education.” Comments (2)
The Civic Scene

Communities don’t want affordable housing

For months City Hall has been pushing plans to expand affordable housing in spite of the fact that 90 percent of the community boards in New York City and all the borough boards have opposed them. The mayor says that he needs new zoning rules while civic groups of all kinds in all the boroughs oppose the massive 483 pages he pushed through the City Planning Commission and now wants the New York City Council to approve. Comments (3)

The City Council’s pay raise is absurd

It can only be described as obscene that the New York City Council has voted itself a $36,000 pay raise, to nearly $150,000 a year, when the median household income in the city is just under $53,000 and the average cop makes about $60,000. Compounding the obscenity, the overwhelming vote came with exquisitely vile timing less than 24 hours after two police officers who’d gotten 1 percent raises (to $55,000 and $57,000) were shot in a Bronx housing project. Comments (4)
Middle Village

CK erases 17-point deficit to tame Lions

If Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello had any doubts about the resiliency of his boys’ basketball squad going into the postseason, they were quelled on Valentine’s Day. Comment

Shots fired outside Rosedale bar: NYPD

ROSEDALE — On Monday, a man fired several gunshots outside of a bar in Rosedale, police said. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

Kew Gardens

Boro budget needs more funding: Katz

While the state and city go back and forth over who will foot the bill for various items, the borough’s preliminary budget meeting held last week at Borough Hall in Kew Gardens concluded Queens needs more money from the city. Comment

Flushing House prepares for its big 1 double 0

World War I was raging in Europe when Flushing House’s origins were no more than blueprints and good intentions and now its founding institution is throwing a party to celebrate its 100th birthday. Comment

Thieves after tires and rims in Bayside

Tires and rims are tempting thieves throughout Queens and especially in Bayside. Comments (5)

Elizabeth Ann Volk, 54, died in Redding, Conn.

Elizabeth Ann Volk, also known as Liz, died Feb. 8 at age 54 in Redding. Conn. Surrounded by family and close friends, she left us peacefully from the home she shared with her life-partner, Josephine Mineo. Comments (3)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Mr. Governor, tear down these sexist ads!

This week, Tom and his wife make a plea to Gov. Cuomo to remove breast augmentation ads from subways. Comment

Obstructing the choice of a justice

The sudden vacancy on the Supreme Court has been followed by an ugly partisan fight over the appointment of a new justice, to a degree that some of the loudest voices in the argument did not have the grace or courtesy to wait until the late Justice Scalia had a funeral and burial before they began to fight for the power involved in the next appointment. Comments (2)

King of Queens at last

Cardozo’s seniors had just one glaring thing left to accomplish in their successful four-year run, and they weren’t going to squander their final chance at it. Comment

Hollis man missing

HOLLIS—Police were looking for a Hollis man missing since last week. Comment

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016


Holocaust survivor tells her story at Cardozo HS

Elly Berkovits Gross, a Holocaust survivor, offers no easy explanations for the things that she has been through. Comments (3)

Mayor cracks down on construction site safety-lapses

Hoping to assuage the fears of residents and business owners in high-density construction zones such as Long Island City, Flushing and Jamaica, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that the city will quadruple the penalties for serious construction-safety lapses, conduct a wave of more than 1,500 enforcement sweeps and require new supervision at construction sites citywide to protect workers and the public amid the record building boom. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Phagwah Parade is back for 2016

After the Phagwah Parade was canceled last year for the first time in 27 years due to disputes within the Hindu Parades & Festivals Committee, another nonprofit organization announced at a press conference in Richmond Hill that the event will be in full swing, rain or shine, this March. Comments (2)

Residents call for cameras on deadly intersection

Days after a teenage girl died in a hit-and-run commuter van accident in Rosedale, several residents and Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurleton) gathered last Friday near the scene of the incident to bring attention to the fact that there was no speed camera at one of the busiest intersections in Rosedale. Comments (8)

Residents riled up over Hollis veteran housing

Dozens of upset and frustrated Hollis residents joined the People for the Neighborhood community group at a town hall meeting at St. Matthew’s Church Tuesday to discuss the controversial issue of homeless veterans who moved into the supportive housing units inside buildings on Hollis Avenue. Comments (1)

Macedonia Plaza affordable housing complex fully rented

The city Department of Housing Preservation and Development said the Macedonia Plaza affordable housing complex is completely rented and that a grocery store in the complex is scheduled to open within the next two months. Comment

Community wants new police precinct this year

Dozens of residents from neighborhoods in Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens, along with Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), called on the City Council and the NYPD last week for a new precinct in southeast Queens. Comments (2)

African Americans celebrated on stage

In honor of Black History Month, a couple of Jamaica performing arts centers are producing two very different plays that explore the African-American experience. Comments (1)

Man attacks Chinese women in hate crimes: DA

A Flushing man charged with hate crimes involving robbery and assault in two attacks on Chinese women said he committed the crimes because of bad experiences with Chinese people, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (2)

Man imprisoned woman for sex: DA

A Hollis man was charged last week with sex trafficking, rape and other related offenses for allegedly forcing a teenager into the sex trade against her will, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment

Scalia’s legacy

Queens was a footnote buried in most obituaries written about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia following his death last weekend in Texas at 79. Comment

Uncle Sam hands out scarlet letters

One day after President Obama signed legislation that will brand the passports of sex offenders last week, a federal court challenge was filed against it. Comments (2)

Guilty verdict in Gurley case is good for New York

The verdict is in. The jury has spoken loud and clear. On Feb. 11, in Brooklyn, history was made when a jury convicted a police officer of killing Akai Gurley, an unarmed black man. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Gurley family, and we hope they can find some relief in seeing justice rendered. Comments (2)
Middle Village

Tired Royals drop league finale to Loughlin

What a difference a day makes. Comment

Police look for suspected wallet snatcher: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a woman who allegedly robbed another woman in Flushing, police officials said. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016


Mayor offers some more detail on BQX streetcar project

Mayor Bill de Blasio rallied supporters Tuesday in Red Hook, Brooklyn for his proposed $2.5 billion Brooklyn Queens Connector, the 16-mile-long streetcar system that would serve communities from Astoria to Sunset Park, along the East River waterfront. The mayor called the corridor one of the fastest-growing parts of the city, with more than 405,000 residents and 296,000 workers, where transit capacity has not kept pace. Comments (6)

Department of Education adds first LGBT community liaison

The Department of Education has hired its first LGBT community liaison, a ground-breaking position that will implement a balanced literacy program that includes gay authors as well as providing an LGBT curriculum for teachers. Comments (2)
Queens Democrats praised the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s legal brilliance but were quick to point out they did not support his conservative opinions. Comments (2)

Alleged Ridgewood car thief dropped I.D. card: NYPD

Police from the 104th Precinct have arrested a suspect wanted in a string of car break-ins in Ridgewood and Maspeth. Comments (3)

109th Precinct to get more officers in new program

The NYPD approved a community policing program in the 109th Precinct that will bring in a substantial number of new officers to serve all northeast Queens residents as a way of compensating for the tow pound in College Point. Comments (1)

CB5 votes against Ridgewood street festival

For the second year in a row, Community Board 5 has recommended that the application for the annual Fresh Pond Road Italian Festival in Ridgewood be denied. Comment
Forest Hills

Fight brews over the future of Forest Hills

A new reality is hitting home for many residents of Forest Hills: Development has arrived. Comment

Costs of applying for citizenship soaring: Stringer

Nearly 670,000 New Yorkers are eligible to apply for citizenship, but the costs have spiked so high that immigrants may no longer be able to afford becoming full-fledged Americans, the city comptroller has warned. Comments (3)

Astoria Performing Arts Center takes a look into its backyard

Northwest Queens takes center stage this week as the Astoria Performing Arts Center celebrates its 15th season with a slate of new works focused on its neighborhood. Comment
Block Shots

Basketball continues to be family affair for Whites

“Dinner is on you.” Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

Larry Sawlani, 69, owner of the Bayside Smoke Shop, at 41-05 Bell Blvd., died Saturday after a five-year battle with heart disease. A well-respected and recognized face in the community for more than 33 years, Sawlani was remembered fondly by those around him. Comments (4)
A subway passenger was dragged to his death Monday night after he got stuck in the doors of an F train as it left a Kew Gardens subway station, MTA officials said. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 15, 2016


Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who grew up in Elmhurst, dies at 79

President Obama ordered flags to be flown at half-staff across the nation as a mark of respect for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died of natural causes at a ranch near Marfa, Texas. The 79-year-old’s body was discovered Saturday morning. Comment

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016


Residents call for pedestrian safety after teenage girl killed in hit/run

After the hit-and-run death of a teenage girl struck by a van, community and elected officials called on the Department of Transportation Friday for pedestrian safety measures on the busy intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard and Sunrise Highway in Rosedale. Comment

More officers coming to 109th Precinct neighborhoods

The 109th Precinct and City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) announced a new community policing program that will bring in a substantial number of officers to serve all northeast Queens residents when it kicks off this spring. Comments (1)

Man charged with hate crimes in attacks on Chinese women: DA

A Flushing man has been charged with hate crimes involving robbery and assault in two alleged attacks on Chinese women, one at the end of January and the other on Wednesday, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Whitestone man dies after fire in basement apartment

A Whitestone man died late Thursday night after a fire broke out in his basement apartment, according to the NYPD and the FDNY. Comments (2)



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