Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Mayor signs environmental justice legislation into law

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed two pieces of legislation Tuesday to better promote environmental justice through the work of city agencies. One of the bills was sponsored by City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) to help improve the lives of his constituents in “Asthma Alley,” the area of western Queens that is home to almost half of the city’s power plants. Comment

Woodside man sentenced in beating death of shop owner

It was a vicious fight that turned deadly and now a 22-year-old Woodside man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison in the beating death of a shop owner in March 2016. Comment

Gratitude to our mail carriers

I would like, at this time, to praise our men and women in the U.S.Postal Service whose tireless efforts bring us our mail everyday. Comments (6)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Astoria electeds angered by more hateful graffiti discovered in neighborhood

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating more homophobic graffiti in Astoria within the last three weeks. Comments (1)

City rent board votes for hike in stabilized apartment leases

The city’s 1 million rent-stabilized tenants will likely see a rent increase for the coming year. Comments (1)
Bayside Hills

Dermody Triangle to be restored in Bayside Hills

A very rough timeline was announced for the restoration of Captain Dermody Triangle in Bayside Hills at the civic association meetingTuesday. Comments (1)

St. John’s hoops adds Dixon, Freudenberg signs overseas

The Red Storm men’s basketball team grabbed a big-time transfer last week, signing reigning MAAC Rookie of the Year Mikey Dixon to the roster. Comment

Monday, May 1, 2017

Queens community projects were able to network and compete for funding at Queens SOUP Saturday afternoon. Comment

Crowley, Barnwell attend Maspeth Earth Day recycling event

Maspeth Federal Savings Bank held its semi-annual recycling fair for Earth Day Saturday. Comments (1)

Mayor proposes early childhood education for all three-year-olds in city

The city plans to build on the success of its Pre-K for All program by expanding free, full-day childhood education to include 3-year-old children, Mayor de Blasio announced Monday. Comments (1)

St. John’s softball star short on height, not determination

Red Storm senior shortstop Monique Landini is just 5-foot-2, but the St. John’s standout refused to be defined by a set of numbers. Comment

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Lancman funds music lessons for Flushing fourth-graders

Students at Flushing’s PS/MS 200 will now have access to music lessons, thanks to Councilman Rory I. Lancman (D-Hillcrest). Comment
Willets Point

Willets Point megamall has its day in court

The ongoing litigation over the use of parkland for the Willets Point mega-mall project is now in appeals court. Comments (3)

Portgual ready to power Construction, again

Lizul Portgual has helped turn Construction into a softball powerhouse, but this year she’s anxious to finish on top, looking to capture a city title. Comment

Queens comic gets big break with ABC series

When comic Barry Rothbart heard that his career had gone to the dogs, it was actually good news. Comments (2)

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Bangladeshis celebrate their culture at Jamaica arts center

The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning was packed Saturday as people from all different backgrounds came out to celebrate the third installation of the Delightful Festival series, Bangladeshi Delights. Comment

Three Astoria residents honored at Women’s History Month luncheon

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) celebrated Women’s History Month by honoring three women for achievement in community service and business. Comment

Terriers star taking hoops talent cross-country

St. Francis Prep basketball standout Emily Engstler has a jam-packed hoops schedule this offseason, including a weekend playing 3-on-3 with USA Basketball earlier this month. Comment

Friday, April 28, 2017

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) finds serving during the Donald Trump era in stark contrast to the environment she became used to when Barack Obama was in office. Comments (5)

Advocates celebrate 100 years along the No. 7 despite worries about future

Transportation advocates and enthusiasts met in Penn Station last Friday to celebrate the centennial of the 7 train and the role it has played in the development of Queens. But there was an honest undertone of apprehension about the declining state of the overburdened vein through the World’s Borough as overcrowding and deteriorating infrastructure take its toll. Comments (1)

Assemblyman Kim announces new bill to protect taxi drivers

After a recent string of attacks against cab drivers, state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) is calling for stricter penalties against the perpetrators. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Sikh taxi driver says turban pulled off by unruly passengers

More than 30 members of the Sikh community joined elected officials last Friday in a show of solidarity for taxi driver Harkirat Singh, 25, at the Gurdwara Sikh Temple Society in Richmond Hill where Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Hollis) held a news conference to address the assault on the driver. Comments (2)

Girl Scout troop from LIC homeless shelter honored at City Hall

The members of Girl Scout Troop 6000 were honored by the City Council Tuesday for making history as the first troop in New York City history exclusively for homeless girls. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) presented each of the girls with a proclamation to celebrate their founding last month. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Four arrested as Tom Cat releases immigrant workers

The head of Tom Cat Bakery maintains the company had no choice but to dismiss immigrant employees last Friday after a recent audit by the Department of Homeland Security. Keith Bleier, the company’s president and CEO, said Tom Cat was compelled to release the workers after they were unable to produce proper documents by the April 21 deadline. Comments (2)

Man arrested in theft at Kennedy Airport: PAPD

KENNEDY AIRPORT — Port Authority police arrested Eric Love, 50, of Schenectady, N.Y. for allegedly stealing more than $14,000 in fragrances from the Duty Free Store in the A wing at Terminal 4 and more than $3,898 in 18 Fitbit Watches from the Hudson News Storenear gate B20. The authorities said the thefts occurred on Jan. 23, April 2 and April 14. Comment

Center for the Women of New York celebrates 30th anniversary at luncheon

The Center for the Women of New York is celebrating its 30th anniversary at its annual awards luncheon Saturday by honoring two women who were at the forefront of the Women’s Movement. Comment

Girl Scout Promise

There are miracles after all, and one just happened in Queens. Comment
Jamaica Estates

“Little Women” sing at Royal Star Theatre in Jamaica Estates

The late-19th-century coming-of-age classic “Little Women” was a landmark in highlighting the increasingly independent identity of the American woman. A new production by Royal Star Theatre aims to do much the same in spotlighting the talents of women in community theater. Comment

Should the MTA take over?

Over the past 12 months, there appears to have been an increase in service disruptions on the Long Island Rail Road. This was noted in the April 21 editorial “Rail Quite A Gamble.” A majority of these disruptions have been directly related to more frequent signal, switch, power and track problems at both the East River Tunnels and Penn Station. Comments (1)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Political arsonist raises the bar for defending free speech

My freshman roommate at Cornell in 1981 pasted a picture of a blonde coed on his wall one day. Comment

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Funeral arrangements have been made for four family members who perished in a fast-moving Queens Village house fire Sunday that gutted the frame house at 112-16 208 St. The victims ranged in age from 2 to 20. Comment

Officials gather for ground-breaking of huge Jamaica residential building

Around a hundred people came out to celebrate the ground-breaking of The Crossing, a massive 26-story residential building, at Jamaica Station Tuesday. Comments (3)

Mayor sounds off after court blocks Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities

Mayor Bill de Blasio chided the Trump administration after a federal judge in San Francisco blocked the president’s executive order to cut federal funds to so-called “sanctuary cities” Tuesday. Comments (4)
Fresh Meadows

Controversial Townsend Harris principal outed by DOE

After months of turmoil at one of the top high schools in the city, Townsend Harris has found a permanent replacement for the interim principal whose ouster had been sought by students, parents and elected officials Comment

More delays plague LIRR as Amtrak plans Penn Station overhaul

Multiple Long Island Rail Road trains going to and from Penn Station were delayed or canceled Tuesday as power problems in one of the East River Tunnels created more transportation nightmares for commuters. Comment
For more than four months, Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden led nightly protests against the de Blasio administration’s plan to convert the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express into a homeless shelter, building a citywide coalition in the process. Comment
While expectations are sky-high for the Mets this season, they have struggled early against their National League East opponents to start the season, specifically the first-place Washington Nationals. Comment

Organizer defends use of loaded term at anti-gentrification rally in Sunnyside

A community activist in Sunnyside was distressed to hear the term “ethnic cleansing” used during an anti-gentrification rally and march last week. Comments (2)
Little Neck

DOT changes timing at perilous Little Neck intersection

The city Department of Transportation and Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) announced that a tricky Little Neck intersection would be modified for the safety of pedestrians and motorists. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Is bottled water really safer than NYC tap?

Charming, handsome, and homeless, the 25-year-old we’ll call Bruce decided to join me for dinner at the small Manhattan shelter where I volunteer once a month. We were both enjoying the pasta provided by another volunteer, but only one of us was drinking a $3 bottle of water. Comment

Unconscionable EPA cuts deserve backlash

The present administration in Washington D.C. is proposing a budget where significant funding cuts will take place for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Comment
Film Comment

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Bob Holden, the longtime leader of the Juniper Park Civic Association, will announce his run for City Council at Thursday night’s monthly meeting. The 65-year-old will challenge City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) in a primary this fall. Comments (1)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


JD’s Saloon robbery suspect is in custody: NYPD

Police officials have released information about a suspect arrested in connection with a robbery which occurred in the 111th Precinct in late February. Comment
South Ozone Park

106th Precinct looks for suspect who swiped cell phone

SOUTH OZONE PARK - Police from the 106th Precinct were looking for a man who stole a cellphone at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. March 7. A 62-year old woman placed her cellphone down, which contained her debit card, insurance card and driver’s license. Comment

Monday, April 24, 2017

What started as a quiet Sunday afternoon in Queens Village became deadly after a three-alarm fire in the southeastern part of the borough took the lives of a family of five in a frame house located at 112-16 208 St. Four children were among the victims Comment

Corona hoops star declares for NBA Draft

Hamidou Diallo hasn’t played a single minute of college basketball, but the Corona native is still ready to, maybe, take the next step in his hoops career. Comment

Police search for two suspects in Flushing robbery

The NYPD is seeking two men for their involvement in a robbery at a Northern Boulevard store in Flushing. Comments (1)

Police search for man in connection with Jamaica assault

Authorities were searching for an unidentified male in connection with an assault in Jamaica that occurred Friday in the 103rd Precinct. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway man killed in collision with semi-truck: cops

A Far Rockaway man was killed in a motor vehicle accident as his 2014 Dodge Charger collided with the trailer of a semi-truck last week, according to police. Comment

Friday, April 21, 2017

Four supporters of terminated immigrant workers at the Tom Cat Bakery in Long Island City were arrested and led away in handcuffs after they chained themselves to the underside of delivery trucks early Friday morning. Comments (7)
Students and teachers at the elite Townsend Harris High School were putting a negative chapter of the school’s history behind them after it was announced Interim Principal Rosemarie Jahoda would be leaving May 1, with a new person taking a permanent role in the school’s leadership. Comments (4)
Incense left burning in an apartment in Ridgewood led to the death of 42-year-old Firefighter William Tolley, who fell off the roof of a five-story residential building, FDNY officials said Friday. Comments (1)
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Jackson Heights man arrested and charged in two assaults: NYPD

A Jackson Heights man has been arrested and charged in two assaults, authorities said. Comments (2)
Nearly a hundred protesters from all over Queens joined forces for a rally against gentrification at the 46th Street subway station in Sunnyside Thursday evening. Comments (2)

Queens Weekend Calendar: April 22-23

Your weekend calendar: April 22-23 Comment



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