Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dining Out

Sunday Roast at the Dog and Duck

I married a Brit and he never lets me forget it. One of his ways is by waxing nostalgic for the Sunday dinners of his youth. Said dinners involved chowing down, mid-afternoon, on a roast. It was usually a leg of lamb, commonly referred to as a “joint,” accompanied by — at minimum — roast potatoes, some kind of brassica, puddles of gravy, and mint sauce. Comment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A one-minute commercial serves to span the successes of one woman as you hear the voice of Maya Angelou reciting one of her poems. It is the year 1968 in New York. There is a teenage girl with her family excitedly watching an Olympic track meet surprised and excited to see that they are both women and black. Her father is cheering in the background. Comment

Detectives charged in lying about arrest

A Queens grand jury indicted two NYPD detectives for allegedly filing false paperwork and charged one with lying under oath about the August 2014 arrest of a man falsely accused of selling crack cocaine. Comment

Forest Park playground gets new equipment

A Forest Park playground got an early makeover. Comment

Department of Probation holds fashion show to promote jobs opportunities for clients

The lobby of the Jamaica office for the city Probation Department’s Neighborhood Opportunity Network was transformed into a fashion runway last week as department staff, motivational speakers and DOP Commissioner Ana Bermúdez touted opportunities available to probation clients. Comment
East Elmhurst

Peralta bill tackling speeding in school zones passes Senate

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who made a controversial switch to the Independent Democratic Conference in late January, was given a leadership title Tuesday when he was appointed vice chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee. The post comes with a $12,500 stipend, which is down from the $14,500 stipend he had received as minority whip with the mainline Democrats. Comment
The 23-year-old namesake of the infamous John Gotti was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to selling prescription drugs on the black market, a scheme which banked him about $1.6 million a year, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

‘Frank Skala Way’ to honor the life of local activist

The name of the late Frank Skala will be emblazoned over Bell Boulevard and 40th Avenue this summer pending City Council approval. Comments (1)

Royals fall into shooting rut, end season in CHSAA quarters

The Christ the King boys basketball team connected on just three field goals in the fourth quarter and racked up 23 turnovers in a 78-67 season-ending loss to Stepinac on Sunday. Comment

Monday, March 13, 2017

Former Councilman Hiram Monserrate and Elmhurst community leaders gathered in Willets Point to demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio honor the original Willets Point redevelopment Plan that guaranteed affordable housing. Comments (5)

Delta to fly quieter aircraft into LaGuardia

An initiative announced by Delta Airlines is taking aim at airplane noise over Queens, not by switching the trajectory for take-offs and landings but by swapping out raucous equipment with aircraft which are quieter. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Man convicted of killing Far Rock officer in 2015

The man charged with killing NYPD Detective Randolph Holder in October 2015 was convicted in New York State Supreme Court this week, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Comment

Molloy weathers foul storm, grabs semis berth

Archbishop Molloy sophomore standout Cole Anthony was hampered by foul trouble all game, but the Stanners picked up the slack, grabbing a 78-59 victory over All Hallows in the CHSAA ‘AA’ quarterfinals. Comment

Sunday, March 12, 2017

An NYPD highway patrol officer was in the right place at the right time, helping to deliver a baby girl on the Kosciuszko Bridge Sunday afternoon. Police Officer Raphael Mohammed was the first on the scene in response to a 911 call from an Uber driver who was taking an Astoria woman to a Brooklyn hospital. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway mom charged after school finds drugs in son’s bag

A Far Rockaway mother is facing prison time after sending her son to school with heroin, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (2)

Holy Cross comeback comes up short in CHSAA playoffs

The Knights erased a double-digit halftime deficit, but couldn’t quite wrap up the victory, falling to Cardinal Hayes in the second-round of the CHSAA postseason on Wednesday. Comment

Saturday, March 11, 2017

After President Donald Trump signed the new executive order on immigration Monday, Camille Mackler headed back to Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport to do a dry run with her group of 20 volunteer attorneys. Comments (10)
Community Service

Guardians Association awards scholarships at annual dinner

The Guardians Association held its 43rd annual awards and dinner dance at Antun’s in Queens Village last Friday to honor students as well as officers and civilians who have made a great impact on their communities. Comment

Might McClancy: Lady Crusaders clinch second-straight BQ title

Monsignor McClancy took down Fontbonne Hall 55-50 in the BQCHSAA on Saturday afternoon, winning the team’s second-straight championship. Comment

Mayor’s new homeless program will reduce shelter population

As a doctor I learned to be relentless when treating my patients. So, I am proud of the relentless effort the de Blasio administration has put into taking on the homelessness crisis. Comments (1)

Laurelton man slashes postal worker

LAURELTON — A postal worker in the midst of mail delivery was slashed Monday afternoon by a man who then fled inside his own Laurelton apartment, police said. Comment

Friday, March 10, 2017

Community Board 11’s Transportation Committee approved a motion to reconfigure Oceana Street to make it safer for bicyclists accessing parks and paths as well as students attending nearby schools at the Monday meeting. Comments (4)
Richmond Hill

Massive blaze rips through Richmond Hill stores

FDNY crews remained on the scene days after a seven-alarm blaze engulfed several buildings on a short span of Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill, injuring five people and leaving 31 homeless. An FDNY spokesman said several of the buildings would undergo a controlled demolition because of the structural instability caused by the fire. Comment

Endangered language group maps polyglot Queens

An organization devoted to dying languages has determined that Queens has the widest variety of foreign tongues in the world. Comments (2)

Meng to host immigration town hall

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) is hosting a town hall Saturday to discuss immigration. Comments (2)

St. Pat’s For All celebrates diversity of borough

Gathering in the midst of a bitterly cold morning, hundreds celebrated the annual St. Pat’s for All parade, held on Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside Sunday. Comment
Richmond Hill

Phagwa parade coming to Richmond Hill this weekend

The 29th annual Phagwa parade is coming to Richmond Hill Sunday. Comment

Bellerose business allegedly defrauds residents out of homes: DA

The city’s most vulnerable were preyed upon in an alleged scheme by several individuals and a Bellerose-based real estate development company that are accused of defrauded residents out of their homes, according to the Queens DA. Comment
Long Island City

ICE grabs Brazilian man off the streets on Long Island City

A Brazilian national wanted for armed robbery in his home country was arrested in late February in Long Island City, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Monday. Anderson Hickman, 33, was captured at an undisclosed location by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Enforcement and Removal Operations officers on Feb. 24. Comments (3)

Transit quagmire

The public transit system often seems close to buckling in Queens under the weight of near record ridership even though the number of straphangers declined last year for the first time since 2009. Comments (2)

A rocky road to jazz

Finding one’s calling in life is never easy, and for jazz saxophonist, pianist, flutist, and clarinet player Carol Sudhalter, that proved to be an exceptionally rocky path, despite growing up in a family of jazz musicians. Comments (4)

Keeping offenders out of jail may reduce violence

It’s no secret that America loves to send people to prison. We have 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of its prisoners – which is odd for a “Land of Liberty.” Comments (1)

House homeless in vacant hospitals like Creedmoor

Once again communities are protesting the city’s plan on dumping the homeless population into hotels in their neighborhoods. Comments (1)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Helen Marshall has left a legacy that touched thousands in the borough and reached across the city to the state. Comments (3)

DOE announces new bilingual programs in Queens

The city’s Department of Education will be opening 24 new Dual Language and Transitional Bilingual Education programs in Queens schools this September, part of a citywide initiative to launch 68 new programs, the most additions at the start of a school year since 2010. Comments (3)

NYCHA cut by Trump administration the first of many: Stringer

The city’s public housing authority is the first victim of the Trump administration’s budget cuts as $35 million in aid has been slashed in NYCHA’s largest decrease in funding in half a decade. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development notified NYCHA of the 5 percent reduction in late February before Dr. Ben Carson was confirmed as secretary. Comments (6)

Vision Zero makes improvements at dangerous Northern Blvd. intersection

City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg returned to Northern Boulevard last Friday to unveil safety improvements at 48th Street, calling the complex, five-legged intersection “tricky.” The $1 million project brings an array of safety improvements, including a concrete pedestrian island, two crosswalks and curb extensions. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Katz holds rally in opposition to Trump policies

A crowd of hundreds gathered in the cold Sunday afternoon for a “Unity in Diversity” rally sponsored by Borough President Melinda Katz, part of a concerted effort to keep public pressure and attention on opposition to President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration. Comments (5)
The New York Mets have 14 players participating in the World Baseball Classic this spring, but is that what’s best for the players? Comment
College Point

Spa Castle employee asks boss to beef up security after hit-and-run

A Spa Castle employee is asking that his employers make some serious changes after he was the victim of a hit-and-run on the job. Comment

Astoria electeds condemn bias incident near Ditmars Boulevard

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Unit is investigating a bias incident in Astoria that occurred last week when a man swung an umbrella at a woman after telling her to go back to her country. Comments (4)

Two arrested for allegedly prostituting young woman in Flushing: DA

A 32-year-old Pennsylvania man and a 29-year-old Brooklyn woman have been indicted by a Queens grand jury on charges of sex trafficking, kidnapping, promoting prostitution along with other charges for allegedly forcing a 21-year-old woman into prostitution. Comments (1)

Detective McDonald delivered a message of healing

Steven McDonald, a native of Queens Village, was a New York City police detective who became a messenger of peace and forgiveness after being shot and paralyzed in the line of duty in 1986. Before his death Jan. 10, 2017, Detective McDonald traveled the world, from high school gyms on Long Island to Northern Ireland, Bosnia and the Middle East sharing his story of rebirth through forgiving the young man who nearly took his life. When his son, Conor, joined the police force in 2010, he proudly became the fourth generation McDonald to don the NYPD badge. His wife Patti has been the mayor of Malverne on Long Island since 2007. Comment

Vallone describes wonders of his recent trip to Israel

After leaving Ash Wednesday Mass this past week, all of the wonderful and powerful memories of my most recent trip to Israel came flooding back to me. Comments (2)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

There’s another stop, but still no start. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The lefty tossed two scoreless innings in his first appearance since having surgery to remove a bone spur in his pitching elbow last season. Comment
Community Board 11 approved a motion at the Monday meeting for a street co-naming in honor of the late Frank Skala, a Bayside teacher and community activist who died in 2015. Comment

Monday, March 6, 2017

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown presented Police Commissioner James O’Neill a check for $20,391,864 Monday morning to fund neighborhood policing initiatives in Queens. The announcement was made at a press conference at the New York Police Academy in College Point, where Brown said the main use of the funds would be to enhance O’Neill’s community based police strategy in all 16 precincts in Queens. Comment
A row of stores along Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill lay vacant and gutted Monday following a seven-alarm fire Saturday evening, with some residents saying it was likely several buildings would have to be razed due to the destruction. Comment

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Helen Marshall, who served as Queens borough president for 12 years after many nearly two decades as a Democratic lawmaker at the city and state levels, died Saturday in California. She was 87. Comments (6)
Zack Wheeler is progressing nicely after a slow start to Spring Training and is scheduled to pitch in his first game March 10. Comment

Friday, March 3, 2017

Jackson Heights

Service on 7 resumes after suspension due to gas leak

MTA suspended service on the No. 7 subway line Friday due to a gas leak on the street level at 72 Street and Broadway, officials said. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Gotti’s grandson sentenced to eight years behind bars

John Gotti, the 23-year-old grandson of the infamous crime lord, has been sentenced to eight years in prison following a guilty plea for selling prescription drugs that earned him $1.6 million a year, according to the Queens district attorney Comment
College Point

Police look for woman suspected of hitting Spa Castle employee with car

Police were searching for a woman suspected of assault in College Point. Comments (1)
Hate is on the rise in New York City, according to police. Comments (4)

Homeowners lose properties to fraud: DA

A group of elderly people and one disabled veteran awaiting an organ transplant were allegedly defrauded out of their homes by a Bellerose-based real estate development company, among others, according to the Queens DA. Comment

Thursday, March 2, 2017


Delta plans switch to newer planes to cut noise at LaGuardia

Delta Airlines announced it would take the initiative to reduce airplane noise over Queens by switching to larger and quieter aircraft. Comments (4)

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017


Lancman asks patrons to nominate libraries for city prize

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is asking constituents to nominate one of four libraries in his district for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. The awards celebrate the vital role libraries play in local communities. Comment

Thursday, March 9, 2017


CB 4 member makes incendiary comments over bike lanes

An allegedly racist comment made by a Community Board 4 member last week could add fuel to a combustible public meeting Tuesday night in Corona. The city Department of Transportation will present a short overview of recent changes to its long-awaited redesign of 111th Street and the results of an analysis requested by CB 4 after it tabled a compromise of the plan for a bike lane and other traffic safety measures in November. Comment



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