Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Those Queens-centric food fanatics, Joe Distefano, Gabe Gross, and Jonathan Forgash — collectively known as the Queens Dinner Club — have been at it again. Comments (2)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A City Council motion in 2014 to ease restrictions on gender change applications has resulted in a spike of birth certificate changes in the past few years. Comments (3)
The city will fund a new effort to vastly reduce the spiking numbers of fatal drug overdoses in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Moya celebrates STEM funding

Jackson Heights

Moya celebrates STEM funding

A national organization of pharmaceutical firms throughout the country granted $2,000 to a Jackson Heights charter school to help bolster the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs. Comments (1)

Specialty camps get kids ready for future

The warm bright days of summer seem far away, but they’re too close for comfort if you’re a parent who is wondering: What do we do with the kids once school is over? Comments (1)




Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Tax lien sales concentrated in SE Queens


Tax lien sales concentrated in SE Queens

The highest concentrations of tax liens sold in New York City were located in southeastern Queens and central Brooklyn, according to an analysis conducted by New York University’s Furman Center. Though foreclosures on these properties remain low, some elected officials stress the need to allay the uncertainty the process can bring while acknowledging it is a revenue source for the city. Comments (1)
Elected officials and religious and community leaders gathered at the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck for a rally last Friday condemning the rising number of anti-Semitic attacks in New York City and all forms of discrimination. Comments (4)

Students will choose how to spend funds


Students will choose how to spend funds

A Queens councilwoman is taking the “participatory budgeting” process into the schools in her district, and has allocated more than $2 million to fund capital projects for 21 school communities. Comments (2)
Borough President Melinda Katz joined City Councilman Costa Constantinides in Woodside Monday to announce that all 11 classroom trailers will be removed at the end of the year from the PS 151 playground, which will be updated to bring increased recreational space for students and the community. At its April policy meeting, the Panel for Educational Policy will vote to approve the resiting of PS Q255, which serves autistic students between the ages of 5 and 17, which is co-located at PS 151’s building but occupies the trailers in the playground. Comment

Monday, March 20, 2017

City Council members gathered on the steps of City Hall last week calling for a $25 million security grant to combat the rise in hate crimes. Comments (4)
JAMAICA — A Jamaica man was sentenced to 24 years in prison for conspiring to murder a witness to two home invasions he committed in March 2015, the Queens DA said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Abandoned Fresh Meadows home sold at auction

Fresh Meadows

Abandoned Fresh Meadows home sold at auction

An abandoned Fresh Meadows home that drew complaints from neighbors for years has finally been sold at auction for $710,000 to an unidentified buyer, according to the public administrator of Queens County. Comments (2)
The Jamaica Muslim Center was packed last Friday as state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) held a Town Hall Against Hate with representatives from nonprofits and city agencies throughout New York. Comments (3)
Rockaway Beach natives Charles and Charlie Marquardt have turned the Molloy College men’s hoops into a family affair after four sesaons together. Comments (1)

Lois A Katz, 1946-2017

Lois A Katz, a former Bronx resident who lived in Bayside, died March 9. Comment

Sunday, March 19, 2017

BAYSIDE - Two men armed with a kitchen knife stormed into a Bayside nail salon March 9 where they stole an iPad and cash, police said. Comments (1)

Retired prison guard shoots estranged wife in Woodside: DA

A 54-year-old retired city correction officer has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his wife in their Woodside home last Sunday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. According to the charges, Victor Guzman was involved in a verbal and physical altercation with his wife, Maria Guzman, 52, inside their apartment on 59th Street near Laurel Hill Boulevard when he pulled out a .38 caliber revolver and fired one round while their 7-year-old grandson was in the home. Comment
The Mary Louis Academy clinched its first-ever CHSAA “AA” state title Saturday night, taking down Monsignor Scanlan 66-55 in OT at Fordham University. Comment

Long-suffering 7 riders should get midday express service

There is more to “Transit Quagmire” (TimesLedger editorial, March 10-16) concerning Gov. Andrew Cuomo cutting $65 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority budget and ongoing problems with both the LIRR and No. 7 subway. Comments (2)

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Huge cocaine bust at JFK


Huge cocaine bust at JFK

KENNEDY AIRPORT — U.S. Customs and Border protection arrested a man at JFK Airport who the agency said was “busting out of his pants” with cocaine. Comments (1)
Glen Oaks

Retired NYPD officer found dead in apparent suicide: Cops

A retired NYPD officer was found dead in an apparent suicide Tuesday near Union Turnpike and 246th Street, according to police. Comment
Archbishop Molloy had two chances at the game-tying bucket in the final seconds of play, but came up short on both, falling to Cardinal Hayes in the CHSAA “AA” final Sunday afternoon. Comment

Friday, March 17, 2017

A man from Hollis has been indicted for a second time on sex trafficking charges, according to the Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Corey Hannah, 34, was charged by a grand jury Monday of kidnapping a 15-year-old,forcing her into prostitution and collecting all the profits. Comments (2)
Students in Queens’ northeastern schools suffer from a lack of adequate air conditioning, a problem they share with many students around the city, according to attendees and elected officials at a legislative breakfast for School District 26. Comments (4)
More than a dozen of the borough’s arts organizations would be affected by the Trump administration’s threat to eliminate funding for the National Endowment of the Arts, City Comptroller Scott Stringer warned, costing thousands of jobs in New York City. Comments (3)
The NYPD has smashed a notorious street gang that has terrorized a Jackson Heights park for years following a long-term investigation. Comments (4)
Congressional Democrats were handed new ammunition in their battle against against the Republican ObamaCare replacement bill Monday when the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office released its analysis that shows 14 million Americans would be stripped of their insurance next year, and more than 24 million would lose their coverage in the the next 10 years. Comments (3)
With reoccurring criminal activity and alarming reports revealing dozens of public safety concerns, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is calling for the closure of Aces New York, a strip joint located at 31-10 37th Ave. in Long Island City. Gianaris is demanding the State Liquor Authority deny a renewal of the club’s cabaret license. Comments (2)
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College president wins prestigious education award

Dr. Gail Mellow, the president of LaGuardia Community College, won the 2017 TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence Monday, one of the most prestigious awards in American academia. Comment
Traffic in Downtown Flushing’s busiest street will be redirected to accommodate construction. Comments (1)

An unjust act

The abrupt firing of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bahara sent a shudder through Queens, where his prosecutions of corrupt politicians seems to have halted the long parade of lawmakers found guilty of illegal dealings. Comments (3)
St. John’s struggled in its 108-67 loss to Villanova in the quarterfinal matchup of the Big East Tournament. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

An Israeli field of dreams at the World Baseball Classic

How I stopped worrying about the Mets and learned to love Team Israel. Comments (1)

Original Willets Point plan has been ignored

Even ignoring the fact the so-called blight in Willets Point was caused by the city’s neglect and not the small shop owners in the area, the linchpin to the approval of the 2008 Willets Point redevelopment plan was that it would include affordable housing. Comments (1)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio has been vague about where in the five boroughs the city would place 90 new homeless shelters since he announced his latest plan last month, but last week the mayor was very clear about where he would build one of them. In Maspeth. Comments (3)
Students at Townsend Harris High School engaged in a sit-in protest at the school Wednesday afternoon as a committee held its first meetings with potential applicants to fill the position of permanent principal. Comments (9)
NYPD Officer Michael Hance, who gained notoriety not just for his contributions to the 9/11 cleanup at Ground Zero, but for becoming an Internet sensation by dancing in the Manhattan Pride Parade in 2015, died on Sunday. He was 44. Comments (1)

Forest Hills’ Kurt Sonnenfeld dead at 91

The Queens Community House board of directors announced the death of an original founder this month. Forest Hills resident Kurt Sonnenfeld, one of the non-profit, multi-service, community organization’s original board members and a lifelong champion of human rights, died March 4 at age 91. Comments (2)
Mets’ top prospect Amed Rosario has made a strong impression on New York’s coaching staff this spring and could reach the majors in 2017. Comments (1)
Calling the last few months “uncertain times for our country,” U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) opened an immigration town hall at the new Elmhurst Community Library Saturday to discuss President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration. A panel of experts including attorneys from the Legal Aid Society and advocates from the New York Immigration Coalition, Make the Road New York and the Black Institute were on hand to share information and advice about the so-called Muslim ban and the rights of undocumented and documented immigrants with more than 10 Comments (8)
Life was returning to normal in Queens Wednesday as subways and buses resumed full service, but LaGuardia and Kennedy airports were jammed with travelers trying to make up for the day lost to Winter Storm Stella. Comments (2)

Flushing Chamber previews 2017 agenda


Flushing Chamber previews 2017 agenda

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting last Thursday, where leaders elected new board members and previewed its 2017 agenda. Comments (2)
As he left his Manhattan office at St. Andrews Plaza Monday, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara heard the cheers from colleagues, aides and friends when he said goodbye to his staff and moved on to an uncertain future. As the skirl of bagpipes filled the air, Bharara, fired by the White House Saturday afternoon, told reporters, “I love New York, and this is the best prosecutor’s office you’ve ever seen.” Comments (3)
Maggie’s Little Theatre will send up Agatha Christie mysteries this month with “Something’s Afoot, A Murder Mystery Musical,” beginning March 18. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Playboy’s return to prominence

Playboy Magazine used to be the illicit thrill that men of all ages hid in their sock drawers. Comments (1)
Little Neck

Tracking down the latest locale for your favorite supermarket product

Can this insanity please stop? Comments (1)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A 37-year-old Queens man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for two home invasions and a concurrent 12-to-24 year prison term for trying while in Rikers Island to hire a hitman to kill witnesses before they could testify against him in court. Comments (2)
A man allegedly abandoned by his brother after a serious car crash in Woodhaven has died, police said. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

As Winter Storm Stella wound down Tuesday afternoon, residents in Woodside were busy running snowblowers and wading through the wet snow that packed sidewalks as well as street crossings. Comments (2)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Queens prepared for the loss of all above ground subway service, including the No. 7, the J and the A, at 4 a.m. Tuesday as the winter storm bore down on the borough and the rest of the city. Comment
An 81-year-old woman, who was hit by a driver of the same age, has died as result of her injuries, police said. Comment

Woodside man shoots estranged wife: NYPD

A retired city correction officer from Woodside is awaiting charges and arraignment in the shooting of his estranged wife Sunday night, the Queens district attorney’s office said Monday. Comment
Police were searching for two men suspected of robbery in College Point. Comments (3)

Friday, March 10, 2017


Elderly Flushing pedestrian dies after being struck by tow truck

An 81-year-old woman who was hit by a driver of the same age has died as result of her injuries, police said. Comment

Weekend Calendar for Queens: March 11-12

Your weekend calendar: March 11-12 Comment





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