Monday, April 17, 2017

Dining Out

Little Egypt offers big flavor at modest price

I am guessing that Ridgewood’s Little Egypt restaurant wasn’t named after the famed turn-of-the-century belly dancers. Still, its dishes certainly made my belly dance. Comment

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Trump’s budget plan could hurt LGBT community in Queens

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) held a round-table discussion last Friday to discuss the negative effect President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts would have on Queens. Meng hosted a wide array of non-profit organizations that stand to lose funding under Trump’s budget plan that was announced March 16. Comments (10)

NYPD lags in civilian hires

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD have made an effort to increase uniformed and civilian staffing in the department, and though there have been significant increases in uniformed personnel in the last three years, civilian hiring lags behind. This can make it difficult to reduce overtime spending on uniformed officers, according to a new analysis from the city’s Independent Budget Office. Comment

St. Mary’s gives activity center artful upgrade

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside unveiled an art installation in an activity room used by the patients in the facility. Dan Colen, an artist who works through the non-profit RxArt, turned the somewhat bland space into a stimulating atmosphere for the children to interact with caretakers. Comment

New dive-bar with a twist opens in Bayside

A new establishment has flipped on the “open” sign on Bell Boulevard. Comment

Revisiting late 19th-century development

Welcome to May 1886. Comment

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Queens International Night Market returns with crowd control plan

When the popular Queens International Night Market returns to Flushing Meadow Corona Park later this month, the first two nights will be ticketed to help alleviate traffic, enormous crowds and any disruption to the surrounding community.The crowds for opening night last year at the Queens Hall of Science parking lot were more than double the average of 8,000 visitors who normally attend each night with a long line stretching several blocks down 111th Street. Comment

Korean Center to run PSA’s for National Crime Victims Week

The Korean American Family Service Center will use radio to reach out to victims of crime during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Comment

Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices calls it quits

Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices in Bayside said its final goodbye via Facebook recently. Comments (1)

Queens Young Democrats’ goal: more diversity

The Queens County Young Democrats elected a new executive board for 2017, and it now faces the challenge of adding more diversity to the organization. Comment

Terriers hoping to stay on top despite early-season weather woes

The St. Francis Prep softball team is anxious to defend its Brooklyn-Queens title, but actually getting on the field has been a challenge this spring. Comment

Monday, April 10, 2017


CB11’s Susan Seinfeld announces retirement

Community Board 11’s District Manager Susan Seinfeld is retiring at the end of June, it was announced at the Monday monthly meeting. Comment

City Hall rally protests Trump’s proposed cuts to the arts

New York City is known as the cultural capital of the nation and its elected officials are sending a strong message to the Trump administration that it will stand against proposed federal cuts to the arts and humanities. Comments (1)
Douglas Manor

Van Wyck house in Douglas Manor hits market for first time in a century

A Douglas Manor home has hit the market with a $3.2 million price-tag, but this house is more than just waterfront property. Comment
Bay Terrace

Bayside master to head to USA National Taekwondo trials

A Bayside martial artist will be going to the USA National Taekwondo trials to be selected for the USA national team in this year’s world championships in South Korea. Comments (1)

Former Molloy star helps make history at Quinnipiac

Aryn McClure led the Bobcats to the program’s first-ever Sweet 16 appearance this season, but the former Stanners star is far from satisfied. Comment

Military spending, really?

In 2014, the United States spent $610 billion on the military, an amount that exceeds such spending by the next seven countries, combined. President Trump, in typical fashion, while seeking to increase that amount by an additional $54 billion, does not justify the need for it. Comments (1)

Sunday, April 9, 2017


Yeshiva hosts E-Waste recycling event in Flushing

Flushing residents got a chance to turn in their old electronics to be recycled. Comment

MTA approves projects to upgrade Queens subway stations

MTA officials have approved projects to upgrade a number of Queens subway stations, shorten the Canarsie Tunnel under the East River and begin the next phase of the 2nd Avenue subway. Comment

Savoring the moment: TMLA star relishes All-American status

The Mary Louis Academy senior Danielle Patterson got her All-American moment last week, competing in the annual game with some of the best players in the country. Comment

Saturday, April 8, 2017


Electeds release more info on DEP sewer reports for southeast Queens

The first report on the progress of sewer infrastructure repairs in southeast Queens from the city’s Department of Environmental Protection will be available in early 2018, Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) said. Comment

Jamaica legal clinic offers info sessions

A Jamaica-based legal consultation nonprofit is holding several informational workshops specifically for southeast Queens residents facing housing discrimination. The sessions will also offer information to volunteers or service providers trying to assist vulnerable individuals. Comments (2)

A burst in the batters box: Valente sparking St. John’s early run

Redshirt junior John Valente is among the best hitters in the entire country and his success in the box has helped the Red Storm notch one of the best starts in program history. Comment

NYPD seeks suspect in Laurelton shooting

LAURELTON — Police were seeking information about a shooting that occurred in Laurelton just after midnight on Wednesday morning. Comment

Friday, April 7, 2017


Mayor decries hate at Caughman funeral

Timothy Caughman was remembered at his funeral by well-wishers and elected officials as a generous and warm individual who loved conversing with fellow New Yorkers. Comments (4)

Opening Day surrounded with optimism for Mets fans across borough

Mets fans throughout the borough believe 2017 could be the year New York takes home a World Series title. Comment

De Blasio talks about homelessness at Corona town hall

During a town hall last week at IS 61 in Corona, Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged that the city was working to stop housing homeless individuals in two hotels in the area. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Legislation named for Kalief Browder aims to help former prisoners with mental health problems

Clutching a picture of Kalief Browder on the steps of city hall Monday, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) announced his new legislation named in his honor, which seeks to improve mental health services for the formerly incarcerated. Comment

Lancman questions O’Neill on fare evasion impact

Undocumented immigrants convicted of fare evasion are in danger of deportation, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said during a City Council Public Safety Committee hearing last week. Comment

Corona man killed cycling in Sunnyside by Woodside driver

The Corona community is rallying around a family who lost their father early Sunday morning after he was struck and killed by an unlicensed and drunk driver in Sunnyside, police say. Comments (6)

16-year-old stabbed at John Bowne High School

Police have arrested three students after a stabbing at John Bowne High School in Flushing Tuesday morning, police said. Comments (4)

Throw away the key

Rikers Island is a place of Dickensian squalor reached by a bridge from Queens but under the jurisdiction of the Bronx, where the human condition is deplorable by all measures. Comment

Former firefighter forms new theater company

“Why not do something that scares us and is challenging? What else are we here for?” Comment

Ever-changing Storm: St. John’s announces two transfers

The Red Storm announced the departure of Malik Ellison and Darien Williams last week, another change to the squad’s roster. Comment

Police searching for three men suspected of Woodside burglary

WOODSIDE — Police were searching for three men suspected of burglary in Woodside. Comment

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Legislators debate state budget

Though progress had been made on several key issues, state legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo had not yet reached a conclusion on legislation for the coming year’s budget by Wednesday night, the governor said. Comment

John Bowne principal sued again

A Flushing principal who has settled over $500,000 in lawsuits is being sued again, this time by his vice principal who is accusing him of harassment. Marc Einsohn, vice principal at John Bowne High School, is suing the Department of Education and Principal Howard Kwait for allegedly punishing him after he spoke out against inflating student grades. Comments (5)

Pfoser Darby removed from Community Board 4 after alleged racial comments last month

For the first time in more than three decades, Ann Pfoser Darby is no longer serving as a member of Community Board 4. The 82-year-old’s application for her latest two-year term was rejected without comment by Borough President Melinda Katz after Pfoser Darby set off a firestorm last month with comments deemed racist and xenophobic by many. Comments (6)

De Blasio goes forward with 111th Street plan without Community Board 4’s support

The city Department of Transportation will begin implementing its safety plan to redesign 111th Street in Corona this Monday morning after Mayor Bill de Blasio gave the project a green light. Community Board 4 tabled the plan last month with members demanding more safety measures such as crosswalks, stop signs and traffic signals on the dangerous thoroughfare. Comment
East Elmhurst

Independent commission suggests Rikers Island for future expansion of LaGuardia Airport

The Iblue-ribbon commission impaneled by the City Council to study Rikers Island not only recommended that the jail complex be closed and demolished in 10 years, it also came out strongly in favor of using the 413-acre island for an expansion of LaGuardia Airport. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

DA Richard Brown does not support city’s plan to close Rikers Island

When a blue-ribbon panel released its 146-page report Sunday recommending an “achievable plan” to permanently close Rikers Island and establish five jail facilities in each of the five boroughs, one law enforcement official was noticeably absent from the press event at John Jay College. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown was not present as former Chief Judge Joseph Lippman presented the findings of his commission’s year-long study. The study was supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio last Friday, after he offered strenuous opposition to the plan during testimony to Comment

NYPD can’t save 1-year-old girl found unconscious in Woodside hotel

A 1-year-old girl died last Friday after being found unconscious in a Woodside hotel, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)
High Heat

Has New York City become a Mets town?

With the New York Mets’ recent success, there seems to be a new sheriff in town when it comes to baseball in New York City. Comment

Suozzi discussion gets heated at Hillcrest Jewish Center

Freshman U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Huntington) reached out beyond his district Sunday for a breakfast Q&A with residents at the Hillcrest Jewish Center in Fresh Meadows. Comments (2)

Magic show at the Queens Theater will honor local prestidigitator

A magic show at the Queens Theater will honor a local prestidigitator. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Tour Lilliputian World in Times Square

A new airport is about to open on 44th Street, just west of Times Square. It has 17 gates, plenty of parking, 34 gift stores and, of course, planes taking off and landing day and night. Best of all, a ticket only costs $25. Comment

MTA project to bring LIRR trains to Grand Central delayed yet again

At a recent Metropolitan Transportation Authority board meeting, it was announced that construction of the Long Island Rail Road Eastside Access to Grand Central Terminal project had fallen behind another year. This means that the completion date may slip once again by one year from December 2022 to December 2023, and the costs might also increase. We have heard this story over and over since 2001. Comments (2)

Many foods served at Passover Seders

A ritual marathon feast known as a Seder is celebrated on Passover to mark the Jews’ liberation from slavery in Ancient Egypt. This year it takes place April 10. Comment

Support ‘Paralyzed Veterans of America’

I would like to tell your readers of your newspaper about an organization that I am proud to support. It is called “Paralyzed Veterans of America.” As a veteran of the United States Navy who had served in the Vietnam era, I applaud such a important organization that helps our disabled veterans. Comment
On Point

Statue standoff needs reversal of fortune

Many of you have read about the “Fearless Girl” vs. “Charging Bull” statute controversy in lower Manhattan. Back on March 7, in honor of International Women’s Day, investment managing company State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) erected a statue a few feet from the iconic “Charging Bull” near the New York Stock Exchange. Comments (6)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Woman found dead in holding cell

A 56-year-old woman has died after being found unconscious in her holding cell, police said. According to police, at 8 a.m. Wednesday officers in Queens Central Booking, located at 125-01 Queens Blvd., found a 56-year-old female unconscious and unresponsive in a holding facility. Comment

Susan Seinfeld announces retirement from CB 11

Community Board 11’s District Manager Susan Seinfeld is retiring at the end of June, Chairwoman Christine Haider announced at the Monday meeting. Comments (1)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Albany pols keep government running as budget talks stall

The state Legislature passed a budget extender, which will fund the state government at the previous year’s level throughout May 31, to avoid a government shutdown, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. But significant challenges remain, according to Queens elected officials. Comments (2)

Syndergaard leaves game early as Mets defeat Braves on Opening Day

The Mets opened their 2017 season with a convincing victory over the Braves Monday afternoon. Comment

Long Island Rail Road faces Tuesday morning delays

After the second derailment in Penn Station within 10 days, the MTA said the Long Island Rail Road expects some delays during the Tuesday morning rush hour. Comments (3)

Monday, April 3, 2017

College Point

Police arrest Spa Castle assault suspect

Police have found the woman suspected of running over a Spa Castle employee with her car, the NYPD said. Comment

One killed in Rosedale fire

Firefighters responded to a blaze in Rosedale Sunday which killed one person, according to FDNY. Comments (1)

Friday, March 31, 2017

East Elmhurst

Mayor de Blasio changes course to call for closure of Rikers Island

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday he will back a plan to close down Rikers Island just days before a blue-ribbon panel is set to make its report public. The Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform proposal is expected recommend phasing out the notorious prison complex within the decade in favor of five smaller community jails located across the city. Comments (4)

De Blasio talks about housing the homeless at Corona town hall

Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged that the city was working to stop housing homeless individuals in two hotels in the Corona area during a town hall held Wednesday evening at IS 61 in Corona. Comments (2)

Queens Weekend Calendar: April 1-2

Your weekend calendar: April 1-2 Comment

CBP arrest two at JFK on charges of heroin smuggling

A couple attempting to enter John F. Kennedy International Airport last weekend were arrested for trying to smuggle heroin through customs hidden in a whiskey gift box, according to representatives for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Comments (3)


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