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Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017


Avella calls out DEC on Waterpointe development

Residents are asking the state Department of Environmental Conservation why inappropriate landfill was used at the Waterpointe Development site. Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans photographer’s work featured on Jamaica kiosks

Elias Williams, a photographer whose work has been used by the Magnum Foundation and The New York Times, will be the second individual to have his work displayed on the LinkNYC kiosks throughout Jamaica, as part of the Art to the People series curated by the non-profit A Better Jamaica. Comments (1)
A Corona man has been charged after a Thanksgiving hit-and-run that left a 71-year-old man in critical condition, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Queens Village

Queens Village man sentenced to life in prison: DA

A Queens Village man who was responsible for the death of a Queens teenager and wounding another man in a drug robbery gone wrong in January 2015 was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, according to Queens DA Richard Brown. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017


Stringer: Poor bus service sparks transit crisis

A new report from City Comptroller Scott Stringer claims not only are the subways in bad shape, but the bus system is also one of the slowest in the country and has lost over 100 million passenger trips in the past eight years. Comments (1)

South Ozone Park cheerleaders head to nationals

The Southside Seahawks cheerleading team, which practices at the Virgil Grissom Middle School in South Ozone Park, beat their peers at the 2017 Big East AYC Regional Competition by winning two of the three meets Nov. 18. Comment

Holden preps for Council as new critic emerges

The powerful Juniper Park Civic Association will have a new leader for the first time in more than 28 years since its president, Robert Holden, will have to resign before his Jan. 1 swearing-in as a city councilman. Comments (2)

McGoldrick Library gets plaque for namesake priest

A plaque was unveiled and will be mounted in the McGoldrick Library in Broadway-Flushing for its namesake priest who sought to promote education in the then-rural community that became north Flushing. Comments (1)

Is the LIRR dissing Little Neck riders?

This photo of me, a longtime Long Island Rail Road rider, reveals that something is still missing one year later from installation of a new replacement pedestrian overpass bridge at the Little Neck LIRR Station in November 2016. Comments (2)

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017


Fraternity found guilty on multiple counts in Michael Deng hazing trial

National Asian fraternity Phi Delta Psi and 37 of its members were found guilty in a seven-day jury trial on multiple charges in the death of Oakland Gardens student, Michael Deng, who was killed in a brutal hazing ritual in 2013. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

EMTs save four victims from carbon monoxide leak

Two Fire Department emergency technicians from Station 54 in Springfield Gardens swooped in to save four residents on 192nd Street in Jamaica after receiving a sick call Saturday, according to the FDNY. Comment

DEC plans to investigate dry cleaners

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation has invited the public to comment on a draft plan to have the Clearview Cleaners located in Hollis investigated for what it deems is a brownfield site and cleaned up. Comment

Bayside restaurant marks Small Business Saturday

Sabor Guaraní, a restaurant and bar in Bayside, opened its doors on Small Business Saturday to serve up authentic Paraguayan cuisine like empanadas, sliders, steak, and meat platters. Comment

Bike lane rules lack common sense

As a Schwinn Cruiser Deluxe biker, I have been biking along Queens Boulevard in the new green bike lanes, while serenading myself with some songs from “The Wizard of Oz.” Comments (1)

Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017


Mobile food vendors get new sites in city parks

Mobile food vendors have until Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. to request a permit to work at 146 park sites across the city for five years, according to the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation. Nearly 30 of the sites will be new. Comment

MTA appoints new head of NYC Transit

The MTA pulled talent from Canada in the appointment of Andy Byford as the new president of New York City Transit. Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

Long Island City

Tom Cat Bakery refutes claim that two famed restaurants are boycotting over terminated workers

Tom Cat Bakery has challenged an article in TimesLedger Newspapers last week that two highly rated Manhattan restaurants, The Spotted Pig and Le Bernadin. have halted purchases from Long Island City-based artisanal bakery in response to a call from current and former workers demanding the company adopt simple protections and fair severance for 20 immigrant workers fired in April. The immigrants were terminated when they could not produce adequate working documents after Tom Cat Bakery management had been subjected to an audit by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Comments (1)

Thanksgiving fire erupts in two Jamaica homes

Two next-door homes went up in flames from a fire in Jamaica on the night of Thanksgiving, according to the FDNY. Comment

New garbage bins coming to Roosevelt Avenue and area side streets

He has introduced legislation to combat sex trafficking, tackle fake Ids, curb gang violence and take drugs off the street in an ongoing effort to make Roosevelt Avenue a better place to walk, shop and eat, and now state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) wants to literally clean up the business corridor shared by Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Corona. Comments (1)
High Heat

David Wright would make a good big-league manager one day

With former Met Carlos Beltran getting the chance to interview for the New York Yankees’ managerial vacancy, it got me thinking about which other current or former Mets might one day manage a big league club. And one name comes to mind more so than others: David Wright. Comment

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

Bramson ORT, a 40-year-old technical college with campuses in Forest Hills and Brooklyn, closed in February after losing its accreditation, which effectively removed its authority to grant degrees. The Queens campus is locked and empty except for an office that handles student transcript requests. Comment
Long Island City

Famed eateries drop Tom Cat Bakery over layoffs

Two highly rated Manhattan restaurants, The Spotted Pig and Le Bernadin. have halted purchases from Long Island City-based Tom Cat Bakery in response to a call from current and former workers demanding the company adopt simple protections and fair severance for 20 immigrant workers fired in April. The immigrants were terminated when they could not produce adequate working documents after Tom Cat Bakery management had been subjected to an audit by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Comment

Elmhurst-based City Mission honored by Coalition for the Homeless

When the city converted the Pan American hotel into a shelter for homeless families in June 2014 without any dialogue with the Elmhurst community, homeowners and other residents were outraged and racially charged rallies and town hall meeting ensued as the Asian community was roiled. Lester Lin, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, was shocked to hear racial epithets being hurled at the mostly black and Hispanic residents of the shelter. Comments (2)
Rockaway Beach

NYC Ferry vessels show some wear and tear in recent weeks

The city will bring in a team of experts and inspectors to examine flaws that have appeared on nearly a third of the vessels in its NYC Ferry fleet that has been in operation for less than a year after a $325 million investment. Comments (1)

Mayor hears residents’ concerns at packed town hall in Flushing

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Flushing last week and met with the unofficial “Mayor of Flushing,” Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), who hosted a town hall for residents to voice their biggest concerns in their neighborhoods. Congestion, quality of life and affordable housing were frequently mentioned issues. Comments (2)
Hunters Point

HarborLab preps for move to Hunters Point South

HarborLab, a Long Island City-based environmental and educational nonprofit, will move its operations into one of the waterfront towers that will be part of the next phase of the Hunters Point South development. Comment

Queens adults struggle to afford food: report

One in 12 adults in Queens live in households that cannot afford enough food, according to Hunger Free Hunger America, whose chief executive officer called the findings “shameful.” Comment
See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Lost landmark

What does it take these days to protect and preserve a historic home in Bayside? The combined forces of a city councilman, a state assemblyman and a state senator could not save the former residence of federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis from the wrecking ball. Comment

A defense beyond the grave

We are all of us moved and angered when stories break about priests abusing children. Comment

Bayside, Far Rockaway football ready to compete for championships

When the PSAL hosts its football Cup and Bowl Division championships on Saturday, Dec. 2, at MCU Park, Queens will be well represented. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017


IDC, mainline Dems talk coalition in effort to regain majority in state Senate

A tentative peace was brokered between opposing Democratic groups in the state Legislature with a letter from top party leaders calling for members of the rogue Independent Democratic Conference to reunite with the mainline party to regain the majority in the state Senate or face primary challenges. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

Former St. John’s basketball player arrested in Tampa serial murders

A 2017 St. John’s University graduate who was on the men’s basketball team has been charged with four murders in a six-week killing spree that terrorized Tampa, officials said. Comment

Mayor wants Flushing burial ground revamped

A Flushing resident used last week’s visit from Mayor Bill de Blasio at a town hall meeting as an opportunity to ask for help with a black cemetery. Comments (2)
Before losing his years-long battle with cancer in early September, state Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) led the fight to have a Nazi-era prison guard, living in Jackson Heights deported. The effort gained steam this year with the support of all 29 members of New York’s congressional delegation and both U.S. senators from New York. Comment

Sweep takes unsafe charter buses off road

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an initiative on the part of DOT, DMV and the state police that has cracked down on charter buses, taking many unsafe vehicles and under-qualified operators off the road since September. Comments (1)

NYPD seizes over 700 weapons in New York City schools

At a City Council Committee on Public Safety last week, the commissioner of the School Safety Division for the NYPD testified about how the number of weapons seized at schools has grown by nearly 200 this year compared to last year. Comment

Astoria-based band channels storytelling tradition inherent in old-school folk music

Before the Greenwich Village folk scene evolved into folk-rock, Bob Dylan announced: “I’m speaking for all of us. I’m the spokesman for a generation.” Comment

Revenge porn bill sends strong message

Earlier this year, Nathaly Rodriguez found herself in a real-life nightmare. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

This exhibit makes sense of our senses

You won’t believe your eyes (or your ears or your fingers) when you head to the Musueum of Natural History. Comment

St. John’s men’s hoops continues hot start with win over UCF

It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win no matter how it happened. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017


St. John’s grad arrested in connection with four Florida muders

A former St. John’s University men’s basketball player and graduate was arrested Tuesday in connection with four murders this year in one Tampa, Fla., neighborhood, according to the New York Post. Comment
Rego Park

Forest Hills man dies after riding bicycle into a car in Rego Park

REGO PARK — An 84-year-old Forest Hills man died Monday two weeks after he rode his bicycle into a car in Rego Park, police said. Comment

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017


Police searching for two men in F train robbery

Police were searching for two men suspected of robbery in Jamaica. Comment

Flushing man killed in Bayside motor vehicle accident

BAYSIDE — A 73-year-old man was killed in a motor vehicle accident last Friday at the intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard and 39th Avenue. Comment

Friday, Nov. 24, 2017


Black Friday fever hits Queens


Black Friday fever hits Queens

With the Thanksgiving holiday in the rearview mirror, Queens residents turned their attention to holiday shopping. Comments (1)



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