Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Constantinides launches petition for cleaner power plants

The demand for environmental justice for Asthma Alley in western Queens continues. Comment

Queens HS for the Sciences holds Career Day

Students at Queens High School for the Sciences at York College got firsthand knowledge and advice from a wide array of career professionals at the school’s second annual Career Day Wednesday. Comment

City starts construction on Rosedale sewer upgrades

Construction began in earnest this week on a $25 million sewer infrastructure project in Rosedale, one week after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to ensure that the city’s Department of Environmental Protection consistently updates southeast Queens communities on construction projects related to flooding. Comment

Dog arrives at JFK in crate filled with heroin: DA

KENNEDY AIRPORT — Two men have been charged with drug possession and conspiracy after more than 22 pounds of heroin worth over $1 million were found beneath the false bottom of a crate containing a dog shipped from Puerto Rico to New York City, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Mayor announces SBS plan will proceed in Woodhaven

The introduction of Select Bus Service to Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards has been hotly contested by the residents of southern Queens since the city Department of Transportation announced the service change in December 2015. Mayor Bill de Blasio, however, officially announced the launch would proceed this spring. Comments (22)
The financial status of NYC Health + Hospitals is increasingly uncertain, as the implications of potential changes to federal health care funding exacerbate a system already marked by declining admissions and a drop in federal and state spending. Comments (3)

Kew Gardens uses bowls to fight hunger

For the fifth consecutive year those who dine from full bowls in Kew Gardens can spend an evening helping those whose daily bread is less certain. Comments (1)

Gay veteran continues to advocate for equal rights

Denny Meyer remembered the story his mother told him as a child, when she fled Germany in the aftermath of Kristallnacht, when the Nazi regime encouraged citizens to ransack Jewish businesses and religious institutions. Comment

Riding the Metro: Knights baseball ready to get back into swing of things

The Metropolitan Campus baseball team is primed for its fourth season at the varsity level and after winning a divisional title last year, the Knights are ready to kick things into high gear. Comment

A bad joke for April Fools’ Day

April Fools’ Day can remind us that the meat, egg, and dairy industries have been playing us for fools year-round. Comments (1)

Monday, April 3, 2017

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is currently investigating the rash of malicious graffiti that is appearing on buildings and signs around Astoria. For the third time in three weeks, homophobic graffiti has been discovered on the building housing the district offices of state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria). The latest hateful message discovered Monday morning is believed to have been sprayed on a wall late Sunday night, according to Gianaris’ spokeswoman, Liza Acevedo. Comments (2)

Mother of leukemia-stricken Whitestone girl thanks community for support

A Whitestone basketball league raised $7,500 for a 6-year-old neighborhood girl fighting leukemia at its annual Basketball All Star Day last Saturday. Comments (1)

G&T elementary students retain automatic enrollment

Elementary school students in the Gifted & Talented programs at several schools in Astoria will continue to receive automatic enrollment into middle school G&T programs in the coming school year, the city Department of Education said. Parents and students have been up in arms over potential changes involving which students can enter the programs. Comment

Katz backs Hevesi’s rent subsidy support

Borough President Melinda Katz has joined a growing coalition of advocates in calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support the Home Stability Support program introduced by Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), and urge its inclusion in the state budget ahead of the April 1 deadline. The measure would create a new rental subsidy for families facing homelessness due to eviction or domestic violence. Comment
Mayor Bill de Blasio went to The Fortune Society headquarters in Long Island City Wednesday to announce a new initiative that will provide re-entry services to every person incarcerated person by the end of the year. The Jails to Jobs program will help connect them with jobs and opportunities outside of jail, as well as five hours of programming per day during their stay to address vocational, educational and therapeutic needs. Comments (2)

A broad spectrum at the Caribbean Music, Theatre & Comedy Festival

As we say goodbye to our winter blues, Black Spectrum Theatre is ready to help entertain you this spring with its first annual Caribbean Music, Theatre & Comedy Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in St. Albans. Comment
Political Action

Role of Supreme Court should be examined in a democratic society

There are three articles in the American Constitution referring to the three branches of government, which are the legislative, executive and the judiciary branches. Comments (1)
Jimmy Mulligan got his soccer start at St. John’s University and now the former Red Storm defender is back in the city as the New York Cosmos make the move to Brooklyn. Comment

A TimesLedger oversight

There are a few elected officials mentioned in the March 24 editorial “DOE Tunes Out” for their efforts to call out the lack of transparency in the Townsend Harris High School principal search. I wanted to flag that Assemblywoman Nily Rozic is missing from this list. Additionally, so is Congresswoman Grace Meng. The congresswoman joined our office, state Sen. Stavisky, and Council Member Lancman in one of the first letters that went out on Feb.16. Comment

Sunday, April 2, 2017


Man born in Jamaica killed in Manhattan racist murder

A Baltimore man was arrested and charged with killing a man who grew up in Jamaica, authorities said. Comments (2)
Hunters Point

Mobile library service rolls back into Hunters Point

The mobile library is returning to the Hunters Point waterfront. The new vehicle will park alongside the Hunters Point Library, which is still under construction, April 9 and return each Sunday until the new library opens this fall. Comment
Klay Brown opted to take his basketball talents to Brooklyn two years ago, but the Jamaica native doesn’t regret the choice, especailly after leading the Railsplitters to a Federation championship on March 25. Comment

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Southeast Queens students supplied with computers

A nonprofit is helping southeast Queens students engage in learning outside of the classroom by supplying nearly 200 students from several area schools with free desktop computers. PowerMyLearning, based in Manhattan, offered parents and children a free computer supplied with educational software. The non-profit held two workshops March 11 and March 18. Comment
Ozone Park

Former Marine found guilty in fatal nightclub shooting

OZONE PARK — A former Marine was found guilty of a fatal 2012 shooting outside an Ozone Park nightclub, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Struggles at states: TMLA falls in Feds finals

The Mary Louis Academy struggled from the get-go and could never find a rhythm, falling 59-31 to South Shore in the NYS Federation “A” title on March 25. Comment

Reputation of House speaker on the line

California Republican Representative David Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a member of Trump’s transition team, was supposed to on a bipartisan basis look into whether there was Russian interference in our recent election. Comment

Friday, March 31, 2017

The owners of Spa Castle, who were indicted on tax fraud charges, made sizable donations to Queens Democrats over the years, according to government campaign filings. Comments (5)
Jackson Heights

DOT installs more traffic safety measures in Jackson Heights

A chaotic section of Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights called a Vision Zero priority location by the city’s Department of Transportation has received much-needed traffic calming measures. Motorists will no longer be allowed to make a left-hand turn onto Roosevelt Avenue from the northbound lane of Elmhurst Avenue, and with vehicles no longer lining up for this turn, DOT was able to install two signalized crosswalks at the corners of 90th Street, 50 feet away. Comment

Forest Parks carousel opens

Forest Park’s carousel is open for the season. Comment

Queens celebrates 100 years with the Hell Gate Bridge

Amtrak and the Greater Astoria Historical Society celebrated the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Hell Gate Bridge Monday with not only experts on the history of the railroad overpass, but engineers and thrill-seekers sharing their love for the steel arch that connects Queens to Randalls Island. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Queens men toss dogs from buildings: DA

A Fresh Meadows man was charged with throwing his ex-girlfirend’s pug off the balcony of a seven-story building last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (2)

Maspeth marks 375 years of proud history

Small-town living doesn’t come to mind when people think of New York City. But for 375 years, the residents of Maspeth, have been a world away from the “big city” and would like to keep it that way. Comment
Bay Terrace

Vision Zero improvements slated for Bay Terrace

A Bay Terrace corridor will get improvements as the city DOT and the mayor’s office announced the kick-off of a $1.6 billion effort to enhance safety conditions at intersections and roadways. Comments (1)

CB7 discusses cashless tolling at Throgs Neck, Whitestone bridges

Community Board 7 members expressed their concerns over cashless tolling, which is set to being in the fall, at the Throgs Neck and Whitestone bridges at Monday’s meeting. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Eight arrested in Jackson Heights prostitution sting: NYPD

Eight men were arrested on the corner of 80th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights last Friday night, caught in an NYPD prostitution sting operation, according to police. The men offered money in exchange for sex to an undercover officer, police said. Comment

Upside down America

Each week since Queens native Donald Trump was elected president, the scorecard has shown his approval ratings stuck at 40 percent but consumer confidence rising to a now 17-year-high. Comments (4)
Film Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

RIP Jimmy Breslin: A tabloid titan whose insults never stung

This week, our columnist honors an old hero. Comment

Storm stalled in Michigan, fall in WNIT Sweet 16

St. John’s notched just 10 points in the second half, suffering a season-ending loss at the hands of Michigan on Thursday in the WNIT Round of 16. Comment

Heart-breaking danger on the crosswalk

Frederique Rowe lost her 1-year-old daughter, Skylar Perkins, who was killed in her pink stroller by a truck on 23rd Avenue in Elmhurst. Comments (10)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Howard Beach

Howard Beach nephew of crime boss indicted: Prosecutors

The nephew of reputed crime boss Vincent Asaro has been indicted in Brooklyn federal court, authorities said. Comments (2)

LPC approves Bowne Street Community Church for landmarking

Bowne Street Community Church will finally be a city landmark after years of delay. Comment

Mayor de Blasio rejects U.S. attorney general’s sanctuary city threat

As the leaders of more than 30 sanctuary cities gathered in New York City Monday to discuss strategy in taking on the Trump administration, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a surprise visitor to the White House briefing room. Sessions told the press corps that all cities seeking federal Department of Justice grants would have to comply with Immigration and Customs orders and that the administration would “claw back” monies already disbursed to those municipalities that refused to cooperate with ICE. Comments (12)
East Elmhurst

One-year-old girl killed by pickup in East Elmhurst

As she tried to join a Friday evening vigil for her one-year-old daughter, Fredrique Rowe, 24, collapsed in tears at the intersection of 94th Street and 23rd Avenue in East Elmhurst and was surrounded by fellow residents of The Landing, a shelter for homeless families. The night before, Rowe was pushing Skylar Perkins in a stroller across the bus intersection near LaGuardia Airport, when a white Dodge Ram pickup truck made a right turn off 94th Street and crushed the stroller. Comment
Community leaders in Astoria learned that the new Citywide Ferry Service will launch in their neighborhood later this summer than they thought. During a tour of the new ferry landing on Hallets Cove, officials from the New York City Economic Development Corporation said there would be a staggered opening of the new service beginning in Rockaway in June, followed by South Brooklyn and then Astoria by the end of the summer due to construction schedules. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

Trump childhood home sells for $2.14 million to mystery buyer

President Donald Trump’s Jamaica Estates childhood home has sold for a 50 percent profit. Comment
Immigrant workers at the Tom Cat Bakery in Long Island City have secured an extension of the deadline for a threatened mass termination after employees, some of whom have worked for the company for more than a decade, held a rally last week. The workers had been notified that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had conducted an audit at the bakery and 31 of them were told they would be fired, with no severance pay, within 10 business days if they did not provide documents proving they are in the United States legally. Comments (6)
Here is the season preview for the 2017 New Yor Mets. Comment
Jackson Heights

Calls to opt-out intensify as state testing begins

This week marked the testing days for the New York State English Language Arts exams, administered throughout the state. As with the past few years, the test dates coincided with calls to opt-out of the exams, with elected officials and parents calling for the Department of Education to follow a unanimous 2015 New York City Council resolution mandating that the DOE inform parents of a student’s right to boycott the test. Comment

PS 186 cheers on state exam test takers

Along with helping students prepare for the state exams with Test Sophistication classes, Dr. Melissa Haidary, principal of The Castlewood School in Bellerose, sought to put an extra positive spin on test days. As students were dropped off for the first day of state testing, they were greeted by staff and students alike cheering them on to do their very best. Comment
St. Albans

Police seek leads in fatal St. Albans shooting

ST. ALBANS - Police were seeking any information about a shooting incident along Merrick Boulevard in St. Albans in the early morning hours of Wednesday that left one man dead and another hospitalized. Comment

Paul simon returns to Queens for benefit concert

Legendary Queens-bred singer-songwriter Paul Simon is coming back to his roots on April 5 to headline a benefit concert supporting Materials for the Arts in Long Island City. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

My pillow’s smarter than your pillow in world of high-tech gadgets

If you’ve been wondering what to do with all that extra cash you’re so sick of, I hope you hightailed it over to the Luxury Technology Show last week in Chelsea.Otherwise, you might not be aware of some of the must-haves coming soon — or already upon us — like the smart pillow. Comment

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio decided to bypass Community Board 4 and go ahead with plans to redesign 111th Street along the western edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (4)
Jia “Jenny” Hou walked out of a Pennsylvania detention facility a free woman last week after an immigration judge decided not to deport her to China. The treasurer of former City Comptroller John Liu’s 2013 mayoral campaign had been mired in legal problems since she was convicted in federal court of soliciting illegal donations. Comments (8)
Police have released new information about the armed robbery in front of an Auburndale home. Comment
Major League Baseball announced that New York Mets All-Star closer Jeurys Familia will be suspended for 15 games for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. Comments (1)
The New York Mets will hand the ball to Noah Syndergaard on Opening Day and he’ll be followed by Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey in the rotation. Comment

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Auburndale homeowners were robbed at gunpoint around 9 a.m. Monday by four to five unidentified black males who later fled the scene in a black Honda, according to police. Comments (7)

Monday, March 27, 2017

It has happened again. Comments (3)

Police search for armed robbers who hit two Flushing establishments

Police were searching for two men suspected of two robberies in Flushing. Comment
Two New York Knicks players are heading to Queens Tuesday evening. Comment
High Heat

Mets scratch Matz from scheduled start due to elbow discomfort

The New York Mets’ projected Opening Day starting rotation may be in jeopardy, as Steven Matz was scratched from Monday’s scheduled Spring Training start due to elbow discomfort, according to the New York Post. Comment

Friday, March 24, 2017

East Elmhurst

Baby girl struck and killed by pickup truck driver in East Elmhurst: NYPD

A 1-year-old baby girl was struck and killed by a pickup truck in East Elmhurst Thursday night, according to the NYPD. The toddler, identified as Skylar Perkins, was in a stroller being pushed by her mother across 23rd Avenue just before 9 p.m. when a white Dodge Ram made a right turn off 94th Street crushed the stroller, police said. Comment

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Police seek Jamaica bias attack suspect

Police were seeking a suspect in a bias assault that occurred in Jamaica when a woman allegedly made bigoted anti-Muslim statements before attacking the victim. Comment



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