Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College opens newly expanded and renovated library

LaGuardia Community College celebrated the completion of a $15 million expansion and renovation of its library last week. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Ozone Park Library face-lift unveiled

Dozens of residents, elected officials, and first-graders from PS 316 went to Ozone Park Library for its ribbon-cutting and grand reopening Friday morning. Comment
Queens Village

Blind Queens Village man honored for his service

One of the outstanding employees at Alphapointe NY, a Brooklyn company that hires the blind, is Yuet Yuen Chao,84, who is also known as Charlie. Comments (1)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Long Island City ►Video

Theater group tests your post-apocalypse reactions

A live-action, immersive theater company opened its doors May 11 in Long Island City. The company, First Person Xperience, located at 53-28 11th St., was founded by husband-and-wife duo Daniel Gomez and Dr. Johannana Gomez. Comment

MTA’s $20M plan aims to solve delays

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, under verbal siege by millions of commuters whose daily trips to work have been turned into journeys of late arrivals, has come up with a plan to ease the ever-worsening delays. Comments (1)

Red Storm wrap: Women’s hoops adds transfer, softball comes up short

The St. John’s women’s basketball team added a brand-new face, while the softball team’s historic season came to an end in the Big East championship. Comment

Monday, May 22, 2017

City Council challenger set for tough race

Alison Tan, wife of Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), surprised many when she announced her run for City Council at Community Board 7’s May meeting. Comments (3)

Dangerous roadway repaved in Astoria and Long Island City

While elected officials and community leaders were celebrating the recent repaving of 21st Street from 47th Avenue in Long Island City to Broadway in Astoria, street safety activists were warning that more needs to be done along the dangerous thoroughfare. Comment

City expands Community Schools Initiative

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to improve education across the city by expanding the Community Schools Initiative. Comment
East Elmhurst

Bill would place hundreds of new speed cameras in city school zones

The city’s speed camera program in school zones would be greatly expanded under legislation introduced Monday in Albany. Dozens of street safety advocates joined state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) as he proposed adding 610 cameras, up from the current 140 school-zone locations citywide, in an effort to crack down on speeding. Comment
Little Neck

Honorees named for Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade organizers have announced the honorees for the big event coming up May 29. Among them will be civic leaders and elected officials who have served their community with distinction. Comment

Remember what Memorial Day is all about

Memorial Day is fast approaching and I hope the masses will not forget the importance of this day. Memorial Day, in my book, is not just another day off to shop for sales or backyard barbecuing. Comments (3)
Springfield Gardens

Golden Eagles football standout ready for next step

Neko Morris always hoped to play Division I football, but he never expected one e-mail would land him a spot on a roster. Comment

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Meng calls for Transcontinental Railroad commemorative stamp for Asian immigrants

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has teamed up with a Republican counterpart from California to recognize the contribution of Asian Americans to the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Comments (5)

Momentum swing: TMLA rallies for win over Fontbonne

The Mary Louis Academy softball team notched a late-game comeback on Thursday with a 3-2, eight-inning victory over Fontbonne Hall. Comment

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Holy Cross gets anonymous donation of $1 million

Holy Cross High School in Flushing received major contribution from an anonymous alumni in early May. The science, technology, robotics, engineering, art and mathematics programs will get a boost of $1 million, according to a release. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens Hills

Three teens injured in high school slashing

KEW GARDEN HILLS — Three 17-year-old girls were injured Monday afternoon in a slashing incident at Queens North Community High School, police said. The incident happened at the 77th Road Kew Garden Hills school at 1:30 p.m., police said. Comment

Queens coaching legend passes away

Coaching veteran Tom Sowinski, who spent 23 years in the dugout, including a recent stint at Queens College, passed away on the golf course earlier this month. Comment

Friday, May 19, 2017


Homeless man cleared in slay at internet cafe

After being cleared of manslaughter charges, 51-year-old Paul Kim returned to the internet cafe in Flushing where he fatally stabbed 19-year-old Yangpu Fan. Comments (5)
Kew Gardens

Queens students call on mayor to fund English classes

Chanting “education is a right!” Queens students gathered Tuesday morning on the steps of Queens Borough Hall calling on the mayor to fund English classes. Comments (9)
Environment ►Video

Community boards discuss flood plans

Borough President Melinda Katz and Deputy Borough President Melva Miller were joined by Queens community board members to discuss the citywide overview plans on flood resiliency Monday. Comment
East Elmhurst

Ponte resigns after two weeks of scandal

Joseph Ponte will leave his post as commissioner of the Department of Correction next month and he is assisting in a national search to select his successor. Comments (1)

Gigliotti matriarch sentenced in cocaine scheme

After her husband and son were found guilty of running a cocaine trafficking operation out of their family-owned Corona pizzeria, Eleonora Gigliotti was sentenced for her part in the family drug smuggling business, prosecutors said. Comments (3)

Lancman fights for due process for detained immigrants

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillside), The Legal Aid Society and immigrant advocates rallied at City Hall last week demanding that Mayor Bill de Blasio drop a proposal in his executive budget that would restrict access to counsel for detained immigrants convicted of certain crimes. Comments (2)

Jamaica Ball set for Saturday

“Party with a Purpose,” is the name of the sixth annual Jamaica Ball, which will usher in the 10th anniversary celebration of the cultural non-profit A Better Jamaica. Comment

‘Star Wars’ stage choreography group to share techniques at Bell Boulevard Sports and Health Festival

The Empire Saber Guild will be at the Bell Boulevard Sports and Health Festival Sunday inspiring the ways of the force in young Jedi. Comment

False Alarm

Government by tweet has come to City Hall. Comment

Terriers take advantage of McClancy miscues in slim win

St. Francis Prep used a handful of errors and base-running mistakes on Friday afternoon, grabbing a 2-1 victory over Monsignor McClancy. Comment

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jamaica Hills ►Video

Chapin Nursing Home honors 14 seniors who are 99 and older

Chapin Nursing Home will be inducting 14 seniors during its second Annual Century Club celebration. Comment

Confusion at City Hall may have led to misinformation about DHS agents visit to PS 58

Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted Wednesday that there was confusion at City Hall after two U.S. Department of Homeland immigration officials appeared at PS 58 in Maspeth last week asking about a fourth-grade student’s enrollment. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Monserrate to run for city council despite sketchy past

Hiram Monserrate plans to return to city politics. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights protests Peralta IDC affiliation and questions his stipend

A group of 30 protesters gathered Saturday outside the Jackson Heights Post Office and called on state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) to leave the Republican-aligned Independent Democratic Conference and either rejoin mainline Democrats or resign. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City music teacher arrested on sex trafficking charges: Feds

Oliver Sohngen, founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with minors and sex trafficking, according to the U.S. attorney in Manhattan. Comments (1)

Members to be honored at Jamaica YMCA celebration

Eight individuals and one organization will be honorees Thursday at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning for the Jamaica YMCA’s 90th anniversary celebration. Comments (2)

The next phase of Queens Boulevard redesign comes to Rego Park and Forest Hills

The city will move forward with the third phase of the Queens Boulevard redesign project next month, bringing major safety improvements to the roadway -- including new protected bike lanes, repaved crosswalks and expanded medians -- through Rego Park and Forest Hills, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. Comment

Four others plead guilty in death of Oakland Gardens student

Five of the 37 indicted have now pleaded guilty in the death of a Baruch College student and Oakland Gardens man, Chun Hsien “Michael” Deng, 19, who died during a 2013 fraternity hazing ritual gone awry. Comment

Queensbridge murder ends peaceful streak in LIC public housing complex

Not five months after the elected officials and community leaders celebrated a full 365 days without gun violence in Queensbridge Houses, a member of the Bloods street gang was shot and killed Monday and died Tuesday. Comment
High Heat

It’s time for the Mets to call up top prospect Amed Rosario

It’s time for the Mets to call up shortstop Amed Rosario. With the team slumping and starter Asdrubal Cabrera dealing with injuries, New York needs to summon its top prospect to bring a jolt of energy to the big league club. Comment

Long Island City Arts Open brings public into studios

There has always been a thin line between art and politics. For centuries, the two have been inextricably intertwined. Take the Renaissance Era, when works of art such as Michelangelo’s David and Donatello’s Judith beheading Holofernes, were highly charged with political symbolism. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Young, social, worried and eating

Do you know what a Finsta is? Neither did I, because I am not between the ages of 13 and 34. Anyone aged 13 to 18 is being labeled “Gen Z,” while those 18 to 34 are the much-discussed Millennials. Dan Coates studies them both. His company, yPulse, is a marketing research firm based in Manhattan, and lately some of its research has been on Finstas. Comment

Another 30-year wait on Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel?

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will spend up to $70 million on advancing an environmental study, as well as design and engineering for the Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel, still leaves a $9.930 billion shortfall to complete this project. Comments (4)

Avoid quackery, put faith in licensed medical experts

America is replete with consumers using a myriad of self-prescribed, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, minerals, inappropriate prescription dosages, and other treatments — such as chiropractic, homeopathic, acupuncture, acupressure, and psychologic — not prescribed by a licensed physician with an M.D. degree. Comments (5)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Long Island City

LIC Arts Open starts Wednesday at venues across Long Island City

The 7th annual LIC Arts Open gets underway Wednesday and runs through Sunday at numerous locations around Long Island City. The free festival, billed as the largest event in Queens, invites visual artists, performers, musicians, designers and the public to celebrate creative expression together in one of the most vital arts districts in New York City. Comment

Miraculous work:

Our reviewer says 10-year-old actress gives Tony-worthy performance in “The Miracle Worker” at the Queens Theatre. But get your tickets now because the show’s run ends this weekend! Comment
Howard Beach

Pedestrian struck by vehicle on Cross Bay Boulevard dies

A Queens man died after being struck by a vehicle while walking across Cross Bay Boulevard, according to the authorities. Comment
Elmhurst ►Video

Man steals wallet and cell phone from sleeping F train rider: NYPD

The NYPD was looking for a man who allegedly stole a cell phone and wallet from a sleeping passenger inside a northbound F train in Elmhurst. The 41-year-old victim awoke around 4:30 a.m. April 23 and discovered the wallet, which contained several credit and debit cards, had been taken, police said. Comment

Monday, May 15, 2017


Schools chancellor calms fears at Maspeth school after visit by immigration officials

The city’s Department of Education has learned that it was not an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security who was turned away by school officials at PS 58 in Maspeth last Thursday. But the visit by a federal immigration officer touched a nerve in Queens with U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Borough President Melinda Katz. Comments (3)
Kew Gardens Hills

Man arrested on charges of shooting girlfriend in Kew Garden Hills: Cops

Police have arrested and charged a Kew Garden Hills man after he allegedly shot his girlfriend in the head after an argument Sunday morning, the NYPD said. Comment

Sunday, May 14, 2017


Man wanted for allegedly flashing a 13-year-old girl in Sunnyside: Cops

The 108th Precinct was searching for a suspect who allegedly endangered the welfare of a child, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Long Island City ►Video

Police searching for LIC burglary suspects

Police were searching for two males in connection with a burglary in Long Island City last month. Comment

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ozone Park ►Video

Ozone Park Library hosts grand reopening

Dozens of local residents, elected officials, and first-graders from PS 316 went to Ozone Park Library for its ribbon cutting and grand reopening Friday morning at 93-24 Rockaway Blvd. Comment

Queens Weekend Calendar: May 13-14

Your weekend calendar: May 13-14 Comment

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Long Island City

Truck fire in LIC followed by man falling on tracks delays No. 7 line

Two separate incidents caused a service suspension on the No. 7 subway line between Court Square and the 61st Street/Woodside station for nearly 25 minutes Thursday morning, according to the MTA. Comments (1)

Police look for suspects in theft of woman’s bag in Astoria

Police from the 114th Precinct in Astoria were looking for three suspects who allegedly stole a woman’s bag in a bar last month. The suspects grabbed the woman’s bag off a hook inside Break Bar & Billiards, located at 32-04 Broadway around 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, according to the NYPD. Comment


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