Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Queens pols introduce bill to regulate restaurant inspections

Queens lawmakers and small business owners gathered Tuesday at Flushing Town Hall to introduce a new bill aimed at protecting restaurants from unfair inspection practices. Comments (8)

Queens International Night Market helps aspiring entrepreneurs

The founder of the wildly popular Queens International Night Market is working with the city to help the borough’s independent vendors grow their businesses. Comments (4)

Court sides with Lancman over mayor’s attempt to dismiss park lawsuit

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is claiming a first round victory in his parks equity lawsuit against Mayor Bill de Blasio. State Supreme Court Justice Arlene Bluth rejected the mayor’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought against him and the “Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park’ by Lancman, challenging the structure and funding of the Alliance. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017


Suozzi takes over as co-chair of Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus

Recently elected U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Huntington) will be undertaking a leadership role in the Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus as co-chairman, a position formerly held by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing). Comments (3)
Howard Beach

Fund-raising pages for Vetrano suspect shut down

An online fund-raising page confirmed it had shut down a page raising money to assist the man charged with killing Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano last summer. Comments (1)

IDNYC pop-up comes to Selfhelp in Flushing

IDNYC pop-up at Flushing’s Selfhelp center has gotten off to a great start. Comments (3)
Track and field

Checkmate: Former Forest Hills standout uses chess skills to spark track & field stardom

Oghenakpobo Efekoro never considered a career in shot put until the former chess champion started throwing during his sophomore year at Forest Hills, now he’s on the fast track to success. Comment

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Ozone Park

Ozone Park drop-in center opening despite protest

A heavily opposed Ozone Park homeless shelter is opening despite residents’ and lawmakers’ concerns. Comments (4)

Avella pushes for opt-out provision for city’s bioswale program

Flushing residents want to opt out of the city’s bioswales program. Comments (8)
Rego Park

Rego Park deli takes star turn in ‘The Comedian’

New York has become a hot spot for film and TV production. Although Times Square and other major New York attractions are iconic scenes in movies, Queens’ shops and restaurants have been getting their 15 minutes of fame in big movies and television series. Comment

Lancman calls on mayor to take further steps to protect immigrants

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is asking Mayor Bill de Blasio to step up for immigrants. Comments (2)

Spring Is In the Air at QPAC

Despite the findings of Punxsutawney Phil, the spring season will start on schedule at the end of February — at least at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Comment

Wild finish for Wildcats as Bowne clinches Queens title

John Bowne held on down the stretch to take down Queens High School of Teaching 66-63 in the borough final at Queens College on Saturday. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

Breezy Point

Four accused of defrauding Build it Back

The city’s Department of Investigation announced the arrest of four individuals accused of trying to bilk thousands from the city through the Build it Back program. The arrests came after a series of investigations into the efficacy of the city’s Hurricane Sandy reconstruction projects. The department said the study had saved the city more than $40 million. Comments (2)



Third times the charm: Knights take down Prep in BQCHSAA opener

Holy Cross grabbed its third victory this season over St. Francis Prep on Monday night, defeating the Terriers in the first round of the BQCHSAA postseason. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017


TSA reports JFK Airport security breach

Port Authority Police said 11 individuals passed through an unattended checkpoint that was supposed to be manned by officers from the Transportation Security Administration at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 5 Monday, according to a spokesman for the PA Police. Comments (1)

De Blasio appoints new ACS commissioner

The city has a new commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services after series of incidents involving the deaths of several toddlers, including 5-year-old Michael Guzman from Jamaica, forced Gladys Carrion to resign. Comments (1)

Second half surge: Royals roll in BQCHSAA opener

Christ the King dominated the second half Monday night, cruising to a lopsided victory over Xaverian in the first round of the BQCHSAA playoffs. Comments (1)

Jamaica woman punched in October assault dies

JAMAICA — A woman who was punched in the head and fell to the ground outside a Jamaica deli in October has died. Her death has been reclassified as a homicide, police said. Comments (2)

Friday, Feb. 24, 2017


Barnwell, Gianaris introduce legislation to reform affordable housing

State Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) has been busy since heading to Albany in January. The 30-year-old Woodside attorney, who stunned nine-term incumbent Margaret Markey in the Democratic primary before claiming her seat, has already introduced 12 pieces of legislation. Comments (6)

Townsend Harris students push for new principal

Members of the Townsend Harris High School community continued to criticize the interim principal installed at the school, with an online petition calling for her immediate removal. The news comes as the Queens borough president sent a letter to the head of the Department of Education bemoaning what she said was a lack of information on the process of selecting a permanent principal. Comment
Jackson Heights

Dromm, Constantinides join anti-Peralta rally in Jax Hgts

Two City Councilmen from northwest Queens demanded state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) reverse course and rejoin the mainline Democrats in Albany. Comments (6)

Katz honors Queens leaders at Black History Month event

Feb. 23 marked the fourth Black History Month celebration hosted by the African American Heritage Committee through the Queens Borough President’s office. The event, which honored student scholars and community leaders, was held at the newly built Helen Marshall Cultural Center atrium located at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens. Comments (2)

Avella introduces bill to save downstate residents from upstate tax

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced a bill designed to save downstate residents from paying taxes on upstate power plants. Comment

Avella to hold free immigration legal services at Bayside office

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) will be extending his office hours to offer immigration legal assistance to the community as part of his commitment to the Independent Democratic Conference’s Immigration Defense Coalition. Comments (11)

Mortgage buyback program appears to help SE Queens

A program created to buy back distressed mortgage notes held by the federal government that was championed by southeast Queens lawmakers is seeing promising results thus far, according to testimony at a City Council oversight hearing. Comment

Crowley, mayor oppose DHS move to prosecute immigrants

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and Mayor Bill de Blasio called Homeland Security’s new move to prosecute illegal immigrants a tactic which will result in mass deportations and divide families. Comments (5)

Another first

Queens’ riches are in its diversity, which was confirmed yet again by a new study that found the borough has more languages than anywhere else on the planet. Comments (3)
New Voices

Survivors of Japanese internment camps see parallels today

Feb. 19th marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a 1942 decree from President Franklin D. Roosevelt that ordered the internment of Japanese Americansas well as some German and Italian nationals in American concentration camps during World War II. Comments (3)

High octane: TMLA’s extra energy propels squad to victory

The Mary Louis Academy jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to to a 56-32 victory over Archbishop Molloy on Friday. Comment

Irresponsible pols bring needless panic to immigrant communities.

We hear that the ICE raids on criminal illegal aliens throughout our nation and in New York City have brought needless panic to the immigrant communities in Queens. Comments (5)
The Play’s the Thing

Live theater is most lifelike entertainment

If you’re a regular reader of this column, as well you should be, then you’re probably a person who enjoys and values theater. For me there’s nothing like it, introduced to the stage by my parents at an early age — “Finian’s Rainbow” and “Brigadoon” come to mind back in the ‘40s. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017


Astoria residents fight religious organization trying to evict them

The 12 low-income tenants who remain in an Astoria dormitory-style residence were hailed as heroes last week for fighting eviction by a Christian non-profit so the building could be converted to a homeless shelter. Their attorney said they had faced threats and intimidation since the New York School of Urban Ministry told the original 39 residents to leave just before Thanksgiving. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

More seats coming to Francis Lewis High School

More than 500 new seats are soon to be constructed at Francis Lewis High School in order to alleviate intensive overcrowding, according to the city’s School Construction Authority. Comments (3)

Budget office examines free school lunch expansion cost

Amid calls to expand the free lunch program to all students in New York City’s public schools, an analysis by the city’s Independent Budget Office found the costs of expanding the program could be as much as $23 million, and changes to federal policy could endanger it further. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Crowley blames Trump for rise in hate crimes, threats

It took several weeks, but President Donald Trump finally spoke out Tuesday about a spike in bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the United States and the desecration a Jewish cemetery in Missouri. There have been 69 threats in 27 states in the last month, according to the JCC Association on North America, with most coming last weekend. Comments (4)

Activist street vendor remembered in Corona a year after her death

Dozens of immigrant vendors and advocates gathered for a candlelight vigil in Corona Tuesday to remember one of their leaders on the one-year anniversary of her death. Claudia Lopez was an iconic figure in the neighborhood, a churro vendor by the entrance to the Junction Boulevard No. 7 subway station for more than 22 years, before succumbing to cancer at the age of 45. Comments (1)

Bull dies after roaming Jamaica streets

The founder of an animal sanctuary in New Jersey attempted to rescue a bull that escaped from a Jamaica slaughterhouse Tuesday morning, only to learn that the animal had died while being transported to an animal care facility. Comments (4)

Plane registerd to Whitestone firm crashes in New Jersey

A plane registered to an address in Whitestone crashed in Bayonne, N.J. Comment
Forest Hills

Parkside Players bring Agatha Christie murder mystery to life

A good cup of coffee shouldn’t taste bitter, especially when it’s poured from a fancy silver carafe and served in fine English china. Comment

Mets back in action as Spring Training begins

It’s finally here. With the start of spring training last week, baseball is back. Comment

Sudden onset unattractiveness

When you go to the periodontist for oral surgery and all you’re worried about is the potential pain, you may forget to ask whether you will spend the next couple of weeks looking like a chipmunk beaten up by a gang of biker squirrels. Comment

New York City high schools are not preparing graduates for college

What’s the value of a high school diploma when the recipient isn’t ready for college or a particular career? Comments (3)

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017


Cuomo reveals plans to blow up old Kosciuszko Bridge

The Kosciuszko Bridge is going out with a bang! Comments (1)

Storm continue to stumble on road, fall at Marquette

St. John’s road woes continued Tuesday night, as the Storm fell to Marquette 93-71 for the squad’s second-straight loss. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017


Individuals pass through unattended JFK Airport security checkpoint

Port Authority Police said 11 individuals passed through an unattended checkpoint that was supposed to be manned by officers from the Transportation Security Administration at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 5 Monday, according to a spokesman for the PA Police. Comments (1)

Fugitive cow makes a break for it in Jamaica

A bull broke loose onto the streets of Jamaica Tuesday morning before being taken into captivity by the police, but it later died, according to the NYPD. Comments (8)

Monday, Feb. 20, 2017

Middle Village

Six injured in Middle Village apartment house fire

College Point

7-month-old baby found dead in College Point

A College Point infant died Saturday, police said. Comments (3)

Friday, Feb. 17, 2017


Lawsuit filed on behalf of Astoria residents evicted by Christian ministry

The Legal Aid Society filed a lawsuit in Queens Supreme Court Friday to protect low-income tenants from eviction by a Christian non-profit in Astoria. Comments (1)

Weekend Calendar for Queens: Feb. 18-19

Your weekend calendar: Feb. 11-12 Comment

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Fresh Meadows

Missing Fresh Meadows teen returns to family

Fresh Meadows teen, Skye Azhar, 15, is back with his family after disappearing Jan. 31, according to his mother. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Ferreras-Copeland, women of the City Council stand up for Elizabeth Warren

Eight days after the U.S. Senate Republicans silenced Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren from reading a letter from Coretta Scott King, the women of the New York City Council stood in solidarity with the Massachusetts Democrat before a Council meeting Wednesday. Comments (5)

Police fire at suspect wielding fake gun

An NYPD officer fired at a man holding an imitation firearm in Jamaica Wednesday evening, police said. Comment


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