Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Charter advocate says violence is high in city’s public schools

An education non-profit that advocates for New York City charter schools is accusing Mayor Bill de Blasio of fudging the numbers on safety in New York City’s public schools. Comments (4)
A new report by the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is shedding light on community conditions that affect physical and mental health in Flushing and Whitestone. Comments (2)

Avella pushes to ban pensions for convicted lawmakers

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) introduced a bill last week that would prohibit lawmakers convicted of felonies from receiving pensions for the time they served after having committed those crimes. Comments (1)

Queens Theatre presents a musical murder mystery

Two actors take on 13 roles in a comedic mix of murder, mayhem and music in Queens Theatre’s next production “Murder for Two.” Comment
Jackson Heights

Husband and wife team takes on childhood obesity in Jackson Heights

A Jackson Heights fitness center has started an outreach program in an effort to combat childhood obesity. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hunters Point

Owner of LIC storefront swamped with offers from potential tenants

One of the most wanted retail spaces in Long Island City will have a new tenant in a matter of weeks, according to the owner of the Delta Force Army Navy store, located at 49-10 Vernon Blvd. The owner, who preferred to remain anonymous because he has been inundated with phone calls from brokers for weeks, put his 900-square-foot storefront property on the rental market three weeks ago and has heard from a steady stream of prospective tenants. Comment
Far Rockaway

New section of Rockaway boardwalk opens ahead of schedule

The third section of new construction for the Rockaway Beach boardwalk has opened to the public significantly ahead of schedule, the city Parks Department announced last week. Residents and visitors can now stroll along 1.5 miles of rebuilt boardwalk from Beach 73rd Street to Beach 107th Street. Comment

Gianaris wants juvenile Miranda rights resolution

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) introduced legislation that would reform Miranda rights in New York for young people. The bill would require police officers to provide a plain language description of a juvenile defendant’s right to silence before being interrogated and their required consent before questioning can proceed. . Comments (2)

In death of Akai Gurley, there were two victims

Greater New York OCA Chapters believe there are two victims to the tragic incident involving an accidental discharge that led to a young man’s death. An innocent father of a young child is dead. And the career of a young rookie officer is over. Comments (6)

Suspect robbed R train passenger: NYPD

WOODSIDE — Police from the 108th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in finding a man who snatched an 69-year-old woman’s cell phone aboard a Manhattan-bound R train. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

Dutch Kills

Women’s shelter in Dutch Kills scene of violent incidents

The shelter for homeless women in Dutch Kills, which opened in October, has been the scene of some violent episodes in recent weeks. Several residents and police officers were injured at Pam’s Settlement, at the former Verve Hotel, at 40-03 29th St., police said. Comments (1)

Astoria Houses hopeful Durst Organization can complete Hallets Point

While construction on the first building of the massive Hallets Point development continues at First Street and 26th Avenue in Astoria, the rest of the megaproject has been put on hold. Comment

Stavisky: State Democratic Conference functioning well

Although state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) thinks Albany is still dysfunctional, she said the state Democratic Conference has become very united. Comments (2)

Avella questions Flushing West rezoning proposal

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has announced his opposition to the city proposal to rezone Flushing West based on poor No. 7 service and pollution in Flushing Creek. Comment

She writes the songs and now the novel

LaForrest “La La” Cope, an adjunct English professor at York and Queens colleges, has written songs and produced music for such A-list entertainers as Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill and Christina Aguilera. Comments (3)

Success on the silver screen for a son of Queens

Talented, widely acclaimed and prolific actor and director John Michael Turturro was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 28, 1957. Appearing in over 60 films, Turturro has worked with Spike Lee on nine features and has acted in four Coen Brothers movies. He comes from a family of actors; his brother Nicholas starred in the TV series “NYPD Blue” and his cousin Aida is best known for her role as Janice in “The Sopranos.” The seasoned actor is a dual national of the United States and Italy and speaks fluent Italian. Comment
Political Action

The action heats up in the presidential contest

The political primary season has begun with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders emerging as the big winners in the New Hampshire presidential primary. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Hall edges resilient St. John’s late

The chance for St. John’s to build off its first Big East win was washed away in a wild final 58 seconds. Comment

Pros and cons of Select Bus Service

I am writing to address the article “Bus lane cameras on Q44 Select Bus Service route worry community” (Feb. 5-11 issue). It’s important to remember that SBS was brought to our community because of need. Thousands of bus riders like myself are benefiting from these improvements—we often don’t have another mode of transportation. As a bus rider who uses the Q44 bus route and a longtime Queens resident it feels like we’re often left out of these conversations, like we aren’t considered part of this community. Comments (2)

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016


MTA toys with return of the W train

It was 2010 and the financially desperate Metropolitan Transportation Authority was so broke that it had to curtail dozens of bus lines and shut down two subway lines. Now the MTA has said that the W train may live again. Comment

Alleged gang member enters guilty plea in murder case

A 20-year-old purported member of the MS 13 gang has pleaded guilty to attempted murder and other charges in the June 2014 shooting of two teenagers whom he believed to be members of a rival gang, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Hilltoppers down LuHi on Patterson’s buzzer beater

Danielle Patterson felt like she had left her Mary Louis teammates alone in a dogfight with two-time defending state Federation Class AA champion Long Island Lutheran. Comment

Man shot outside Corona bar

CORONA — Police were still searching for two suspects who shot a man outside a Corona bar Dec. 14. Comments (1)

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016

College Point

Girl almost drowns in pool at College Pt. spa: NYPD

A 6-year-old girl nearly drowned in a pool at Spa Castle in College Point last week, the NYPD said. Comments (2)
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has decided to come up with an extra $66 million in its push to get the first phase of the Second Avenue subway opened and running on schedule by the end of this year. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm’s Lewis finding scoring touch

Aaliyah Lewis can’t be taken for granted any longer. Comment

Man wanted for stealing account information at Astoria bank: NYPD

ASTORIA—Police were looking for a man who allegedly stole a woman’s bank information at a bank in Astoria at the end of January. Comment

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016


Tenants decry abuse in Ridgewood

On a rainy Tuesday morning, Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), and U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Ridgewood) joined angry residents of 17-08 Summerfield St. in Ridgewood to call on Silvershore Properties to make immediate repairs to the rent-controlled building so that tenants could remain in their homes. Comments (4)

RKO Keith’s Theater in Flushing up for sale again

Community and civic leaders, along with elected officials were concerned by the news that the decaying RKO Keith’s Theater site—known as the “gateway to Flushing”—is up for sale again after Community Board 7 approved the latest plan in March. Comment

Queens youngest fashion star shines

She designs her own clothing line, which debuted during New York Fashion Week, where 22 models rocked the runway wearing her free-flowing African-inspired creations. Comments (3)

DOT traffic safety plan for Astoria Park approved by CB1

Shore Boulevard in Astoria Park will become a one-lane roadway with a protected bike lane before the end of summer after Community Board 1 voted overwhelmingly to approve the city Department of Transportation traffic safety plan last week. Comments (1)

Nail salon workers to rally in Albany

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), along with as many as 700 to 1,000 workers and owners from Asian-operated small businesses, including nail salons, will travel to Albany next week to protest what they see as the state’s selective enforcement of the nail salon law that they believe unfairly targets their community. Comments (5)

Bayside man receives 50 years for murdering  his parents

A 40-year-old Bayside man has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for the murders of his parents—drowning his mother in a water-filled bathtub and then more than a year later fatally smothering his father in bed. Comment

Rev. Floyd Flake receives Garvin Award

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown celebrated Black History Month by praising the Rev. Floyd Flake of Jamaica as “a respected leader not only in southeast Queens but throughout our country.” Comments (2)

Keep Queens secure

The Obama administration’s decision to slash $90 million from federal funds to fight terrorism in New York City boggles the mind. Has Washington forgotten that the city is the No. 1 terror target in the country and probably the world as the ultimate symbol of capitalism and secular life in the West? Comments (3)
New Voices

Shooting raises questions of accountability

Last week, former Police Officer Peter Liang was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of Akai Gurley. The rookie cop had his gun drawn while conducting a patrol of NYCHA’s Pink Houses in East New York, Brooklyn and negligently fired into the darkened stairwell, ricocheting off a wall and striking Gurley in the chest. In a subsequent press conference, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton described Gurley, who was in the building to visit his girlfriend, as a “complete innocent.” Comments (3)
Middle Village

Commitment bringing out best in CK’s Howell

Finalizing her future has improved the present for Ashlie Howell. Comment

East Side Access wastes time and money

“MTA OK’s contract for East Side Access” (Feb. 5) is a glass half full. Since 2001, the total direct cost for MTA LIRR East Side Access to Grand Central Terminal has grown from $3.5 billion to $4.3 billion in 2003, $6.3 billion in 2006, $8.4 billion in 2012 to $10.8 billion in 2014. Don’t be surprised when it grows to $11 or $12 billion. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016


Real estate agents under fire for illegally advertising single family home in Flushing

The city Department of Buildings has launched an investigation after the Broadway Flushing Homeowners’ Association expressed concerns about a real estate company listing that advertised a single-family home in Flushing as a single-room occupancy available to rent. Comments (5)
East Elmhurst

Plan to allow larger planes and longer flights to use LaGuardia hits turbulence

Flushing resident Susan Carroll saw signs beginning last year that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey would try and drop the perimeter rule at LaGuardia Airport. Comment
Queens Village

SE Queens remembers late Assemblywoman Barbara Clark

Elected officials and leaders described state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village), who died this week, as a fierce advocate for her community, passionate about education and unwavering in her positions. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

LGBT community on edge after another Jackson Heights attack

A dozen gay rights activists joined City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and members of Make the Road New York Tuesday at the spot where a man was robbed and attacked last week by three suspects hurling gay slurs at him. Comment

Oversized home draws ire in Bayside

State. Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has had enough. Comments (5)
Forest Hills

Pro tennis and world-class music coming to Forest Hills Stadium

From Paul Simon to John McEnroe this summer promises to be a busy one at the Forest Hills Stadium as world class music and professional tennis return to the historic venue. Comment
Long Island City

Pepsi Cola sign to be landmarked this year

The iconic Pepsi Cola sign that sits on Long Island City’ waterfront is a step closer to landmark designation along with two other Queens locations: the Bowne Street Community Church in Flushing and the Ahles House in Bayside. Comment
The New York Mets will host the first LGBT “Gay Pride Night” by a city team from the four major professional sports leagues, team officials announced at Queens Borough Hall Tuesday. On Saturday, Aug. 13, more than 5,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender baseball fans will take part during a 7:10 p.m. Mets and Padres game. Comments (1)

Shooting in Woodhaven not random: NYPD

In what police described as a harrowing ordeal, a 39-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were shot early Saturday morning inside the Rico Chimi hamburger restaurant located at 80-01 Atlantic Ave. in Woodhaven. Comment

The old (wo)man and the dishwasher

This week, Lenore tries to figure out her new, high-tech, dish-dirtying camel tongue. Comment
Block Shots

Former Molloy guard Tatum spearheading Jaspers’ turnaround

Amani Tatum has Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy with her every step of the way. Comment

Man wanted in connection with assault near nightclub: NYPD

BRIARWOOD—Police are looking for a man who allegedly assaulted a 23-year-old man in an alley next to the H2O Nightclub at 153-33 Hillside Ave. in Briarwood last weekend. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

Queens Village

SE Queens Assemblywoman Barbara Clark dies at 76

State Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village), who represented parts of southeast Queens, died at the age of 76 Monday night, a representative from her district office said. The cause of death was not immediately known. Comment
East Elmhurst

Port Authority considers longer and bigger flights at LaGuardia Airport

Residents who live along the flight paths into and out of LaGuardia Airport will not be pleased to know that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is considering lifting the “perimeter rule,” a regulation in place since 1984 that limits the size of planes using the airfield. Currently longer flights of more than 1,500 miles away have to land at Newark or Kennedy. Comments (5)
Little Neck

Police looking for Little Neck thief

LITTLE NECK — Police were searching for a man wanted for stealing a wallet left unattended in a Little Neck pet store. Comments (3)

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

Two shot in Woodhaven: police

A 39-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were shot early Saturday morning inside the Rico Chimi restaurant in Woodhaven, police said. Comment



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