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November, 2018

Long Island City

Gianaris calls for boycott of Amazon at Long Island City rally

Long Island City

Gianaris calls for boycott of Amazon at Long Island City rally

The fight against Amazon has begun as residents, activists and elected officials gathered at Gordon Triangle in Long Island City Wednesday morning to protest the subsidies the company will receive as part of its deal with the city to establish part of its HQ2 in the neighborhood. Comments (6)
After decades serving Jackson Heights out of a prefab office on Northern Boulevard, Koeppel Mazda cut the ribbon on a new modern facility that is as sophisticated in design as the cars they sell. Comment
Members of the U.S. Marines, Air Force, the Navy, the Army and the Coast Guard dating as far back as the Korean War were honored at St. John’s University in celebration of Veterans Day. Comment
John Liu claimed victory in Tuesday night’s midterm election defeating Republican Vickie Paladino, Conservative Simon Minching and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who refused to step down after losing the Democratic primary in September. Comments (24)
St. Francis Prep boys’ soccer beat Fordham Prep in a classic at St. John’s University, avenging a regular season loss to the Rams with a 2-1 victory to capture a spot in this year’s CHSAA AA Class Championship game. Comment
Police have released two images of a suspect wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred over the weekend during a baby shower in Jamaica. Comments (4)
We’ve got you covered with live updates throughout the day regarding the 2018 midterm elections. Here’s the latest. Comment
Mayor Bill de Blasio joined Borough President Melinda Katz, along with local elected officials and community members last week unveiled designs of a $1.63 million project to reconstruct a commemorative plaza at the site of The Old Towne of Flushing Burial Ground. Comments (1)
Bayside Hills

Braunstein, Bressler tackle northeast Queens issues ahead of Nov. 6 election

Ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections, the Bayside Hills Civic Association invited the public Tuesday night to the Colonial Church of Bayside for a candidate forum. Comments (2)
In the wake of Saturday’s massacre in Pittsburgh, Pa. that left 11 people killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue — the deadliest attack on Jews in the U.S. — we’ve seen people across the country come together and call for the end of such atrocities. Comments (5)

October, 2018

People of all faiths and backgrounds gathered outside Borough Hall Monday night, standing in solidarity remembering and honoring the victims of a recent mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa. Comment
The Bayside Commodores’ football team remain undefeated this season following a 34-6 victory over Frank J. Macchiarola last Friday in Brooklyn. Comment
With construction underway at a homeless shelter in Ozone Park, elected officials rallied last Friday with dozens of members from the local community across the street from the construction site after a second homeless individual allegedly attacked a person in the area. Comments (3)
The St. Francis Prep Terriers took advantage of a late fourth quarter turnover to get a 28-21 win over their neighborhood rivals from Holy Cross in the 2018 “Battle of the Boulevard” football game Sunday afternoon at Martin Van Buren High School Field. Comment
Democrats and Republicans alike gathered together at the funeral Sunday for former state Sen. Frank Padavan, who was remembered as a bipartisan leader in northeast Queens during his 38 years serving in Albany. Comments (2)
Bayside

Bayside boys soccer downs Cardozo

Bayside

Bayside boys soccer downs Cardozo

Bayside’s boys’ soccer team earned a 3-1 victory over Cardozo on Columbus Day, led by a solid performance from sophomore Maximus Pericic, who scored the first two goals of his high school soccer to lead the Commodores (3-2-3) to victory. Comment
Long Island City locale’s Rainforest Art Foundation held its opening reception last Friday with a focus on seasoned and accomplished artists over the age of 80 who are still producing work in relation to the foundation’s mission. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

108th Precinct rolls out neighborhood policing program

The 108th Precinct joined many other precincts across the city with the rollout of its Neighborhood Coordination Officers program Monday. Comment
Bayside

Bayside Shield Institute hosts sixth annual fashion show

The Bayside Shield Institute hosted its sixth annual fashion show last week as models with intellectual and developmental disabilities walked the runway in hand-designed outfits reflecting New York City’s iconic locations. Comment
Church services are often a solemn affair, but congregants who flocked to Maranatha Baptist Church last week in Queens Village were up in arms and rallying for justice after the loss of a native son who died under mysterious circumstances while in police custody in York County, Penn. Comments (2)
High Heat

Mets bid farewell to David Wright

High Heat

Mets bid farewell to David Wright

David Wright said goodbye to the Mets’ faithful Saturday night at Citi Field, playing in one last game before riding off into the sunset. Comment

September, 2018

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Jamaica to mark the start of construction on a 100 percent affordable housing and mixed-used development that will provide more than 380 apartment units, a supermarket and 300 permanent jobs to the southeast Queens neighborhood. Comments (3)
Art “speaks to the aesthetic heart,” according to Kew Gardens potter Sheila Blunt. Comment
Hundreds came out to Bell Boulevard in Bayside for the annual Bell Blvd. Sunday Stroll. In case you missed it, here are some photos of the event. Comments (2)
Despite entering the game with an 0-2 record, the Holy Cross Knights’ football team showed grit and toughness, as they battled to the end against the Mount St. Michael Mountaineers in a heartbreaking 42-36 overtime loss at Sen. Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park last Saturday. Comment
Coming off an encouraging scrimmage on Saturday afternoon, the Holy Cross Knights boys’ soccer team were hoping for a positive outcome in their game against Fordham Prep Monday afternoon, at Fordham University in the Bronx. Comment
Queens artists are creating a colorful cry for justice at the third annual Social Justice Art Exhibit, currently on display at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning. Comments (1)
Sage Music, one of the most popular music schools in western Queens, didn’t have enough room for the multitude of students that were applying to study there. But after undergoing a remodel and expansion of their space, Sage is opening its doors to new students and anticipating the promising future of the school. Comment
Viva La Comida returned to the streets of Jackson Heights last Saturday to showcase some of the best Queens has to offer in terms food, music and, more food. Comments (1)
Prepare to spend many hours at the Museum of the Moving Image with their new exhibit, “A Whole Different Ball Game, Playing Through 60 Years of Sports Video Games.” Comment
Fordham Prep and St. Francis Prep’s soccer teams took to the pitch to battle for New York Catholic League’s top spot Monday afternoon and although it is early in the season, the intensity of play did not disappoint the fans, who endured poor weather to witness a 2-2 draw at Fordham University in the Bronx. Comment

Primary Day: Voters head to polls in Queens

Polls are officially open for the New York State Democratic Primary and there are several races to follow in Queens. Comments (3)
St. Francis Prep was unable to overcome a slow start, falling to St. John the Baptist 30-15 in their opening game of the season at the Martin Van Buren Football Field on Sunday afternoon. Comment
Against the odds, farms are making a comeback — and thriving — in Queens. Not community gardens, which have always had a soft spot to grow in the borough, but real, working, feed-the-people farms. Comment

August, 2018

State Sen. James Sanders is well on his way to creating a new tradition in the Rockaways with a Caribbean Day Carnival — which includes a parade and a festival — a week or two before the big celebration in Brooklyn on Labor Day. Comment
Elmhurst

Photos: Hundreds baptized on Queens Boulevard

It is a bold public statement of faith — getting baptized in a swimming pool with hundreds of people watching at one of the busiest intersections in Queens. Comment
Hollis

Photos: Old School is new again at Video Music Box concert

To mark the 35th year of Video Music Box — a TV series that’s as old as hip-hop itself and played an outsized role in making the music happen — Ralph McDaniels, the DJ who created the show and now serves as master of hip-hop for the Queens Library system, staged a concert in Roy Wilkins Park. Comment
Middle Village

Photos: St. John’s Cemetery to demolish ’50s-era chapel

The only weekly pre-Vatican II mass in Queens is coming to an end at the home it has had since 2004. Comments (1)
Maspeth

Photos: Day Off concert wows the crowd at Knockdown Center

After eight years of traipsing around the country — including Los Angeles, Miami and Austin — Fool’s Gold, the indie hip-hop label headquartered in downtown Brooklyn, brought its famed Day Off festival to Queens. Comment
Woodside

Slain officers honored at Dragon Boat Festival

Leading one of the NYPD teams that raced during the festival was Brittany Hawkrigg, a police officer from Manhattan. Comments (1)

July, 2018

Forest Hills

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema takes over Forest Hills

A 10-day event will transform vibrant Forest Hills into a movie mecca, as Kew Gardens passes the torch to its neighboring community when the 2nd Annual Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema launches an exciting lineup of 110 films created by talented filmmakers from the borough and beyond. Comment

Whitepoint Youth Football encourages safety among its players

Sportsmanship. Safety. Education. Family. Comments (1)
Bayside

Photos: Sparks fly at neighborhood fireworks shows

Macy’s fireworks show is great, sure. But Queens’ homegrown celebrations in Astoria and Bayside are not to shabby, either. The borough celebrated Independence Day early and we’ve got photos of the two neighborhood specatcles. Comment
Flushing

Photos: International Yoga Day comes to Flushing

International Yoga Day, an ambitious plan from the prime minister of India to promote yoga around the world, is now in its fourth year. At the Hindu Temple Society in Flushing, the wedding hall was converted into a mass yoga room for more than 100 people, ranging from beginners to experts. Comment
Bayside

Photos: Bayside Little League celebrates conclusion of another successful season

The Bayside Little League ended its season last week with an awards ceremony and barbecue. Here’s what you missed. Comment

June, 2018

The Bayside Open tennis championships are back! And now, the top players can qualify for the US Open. Take a look at the action. Comment
LeFrak voters sparse at old polling site Comments (1)
Jamaica

Photos: Jiu-Jitsu fever at York College

At York College, the KASAI’s “The Elite Grappling Championships,” a day-long series of amateur jiu-jitsu matches, showed off the world’s oldest form of hand-to-hand combat. In case you missed it, here’s a look at the scene. Comment
Flushing

Federal judge orders immediate release of Flushing man seized for deportation during green card interview

A federal judge ordered the immediate release Wednesday night of the Flushing man separated from his family and detained during a green card interview. Comments (8)
Hosting topical symposia puts the vital relationship between the Queens Museum and the local Haitian community on display. Comment
Although the middle school athletes from George J. Ryan MS 216 in Fresh Meadows fell short of their goal to capture the citywide middle school basketball championship trophy, the smiles that broke out on their faces as they received their runner-up medals and trophy revealed that they are CHAMPS. Comment
The Welling Court Mural Project kicked off its ninth year in an ongoing effort to beautify the mostly industrial community centered around 12th Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria. Comments (1)
The origin behind the naming of the Madelaine Chocolate Company has been lost in time. The family who started the company in Rockaway Beach after World War II didn’t have a Madelaine in the fold. It may have been a once-popular movie actress or just something French that kind sounded classy. Comments (1)
Forest Hills Stadium — once the home of the US Open and now revived as a top-of-the-line concert venue — opened its concert season last week with a performance by Belle & Sebastian, a Scottish indie band that is making a comeback after being off the road for a few years. Comment
On June 9, 1958, Jonathan Kane’s father took a photo that would represent Harlem’s jazz culture in publications around the world for decades to come. Comments (1)
The crowds at Belmont Park, the biggest race track in the country, was capped at 90,000 for this year’s Belmont Stakes. Fans were hoping to see one of the sport’s rarest moments — a Triple Crown performance. Comments (1)
Bayside Hills

PS 376 in Bayside Hills will add one new grade each year

The city’s Department of Education held an inauguration ceremony Saturday at the now-completed PS 376 in Bayside Hills near 48th Avenue and 210th Street. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Queens kicks off Pride Month with annual parade

Jackson Heights

Queens kicks off Pride Month with annual parade

Thousands of spectators flooded the vibrant streets of Jackson Heights Sunday as dancers, musicians, advocates, and elected officials marched down 37th Avenue from 89th Street to 75th Street in the 26th Annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival in celebration of Pride Month. Comments (2)

Flushing baseball drops semifinal game to Bathgate

The Flushing Red Devils traveled to the Bronx Saturday Looking for their fifth-straight playoff win and a birth in the PSAL Class AA City Championship game at Yankee Stadium. In their way was an undefeated Bathgate Educational Complex team, at Monroe High School Field. Comment

May, 2018

Rockaway Beach

Electeds warn businesses will suffer after city closes section of Rockaway Beach for the summer

Days before the start of the summer swim season, the city announced Monday that an 11-block stretch of Rockaway Beach would be closed for the summer due to beach erosion that has created unsafe conditions for beachgoers. The portion of the beach, from 91st Street to 102nd Street, includes restaurants and bars such as Connolly’s, Community House, Thai Rock, Uma’s and Bungalow Bar which could lose business due to the closure. Comments (1)
Education

St. John’s ushers in next generation with commencement ceremony

About 1,800 St. John’s University undergraduates walked across the Great Lawn of the Jamaica campus to formally receive their degrees Sunday morning and heard remarks on systemic racism from Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle. Comments (3)
Coming into Monday afternoon’s game, the Archbishop Molloy baseball team needed a win over a good St. Raymond’s side to keep its season alive and put them in this year’s CHSAA playoffs. Comment

Unsung heroes honored at 5th Annual Queens Impact Awards

TimesLedger Newspapers, once again recognized the people in Queens who make a difference behind the scenes. Comments (2)
Middle Village

Photos: An inside look at the Fresh Pond Crematory

The idea of burning the deceased rather than burying them is catching on. Comment
Kew Gardens

A taste of World War I at Maple Grove Cemetery

To mark the centennial of America’s entrance into World War I, the Great War, a handful of volunteers staged a re-enactment at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens — a trip back to the daily life of the Doughboys in Europe at a moment in time when the art of war was changing for the deadlier. Comment
Willets Point

Memories of Willets Point

The transportation system in New York City is typically abominable. Comments (4)

April, 2018

Astoria

Police provide ‘state funeral’ and ‘dignity’ for newborn left in trash at Dutch Kills Playground

A gasp from the crowd assembled on the steps at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Astoria could be heard over the pealing bells as the tiny white casket was removed from the hearse and placed on a wooden platform. Comments (1)
Basketball

Molloy can’t hold late lead in loss to Regis

The Molloy baseball team failed to right the ship against Regis, falling to 2-6 on the season after dropping a closely contested game under the bright lights in the Bronx, 4-3. Comments (2)
Douglas Manor

Douglaston Manor presents ‘Ira and Isabella’s Italian Jewish Wedding’

Take to the floor and dance the Hora and Tarantella as Laugh Out Loud Productions presents “Ira & Isabella’s Italian Jewish Wedding” at Douglaston Manor. Comments (2)
Hundreds from the Hindu community showed up to get colorful by tossing rainbow-hued powder at one another and to celebrate the beginning of spring at the 30th Annual Phagwah Festival Saturday in accordance with tradition. Comment
East Elmhurst

ICE agents arrest 40 in Queens as part of six-day operation

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removal teams arrested nearly 200 people in New York City — including 40 in Queens — during a six-day sweep the agency called “Operation Keep Safe.” Comments (11)
With weather wreaking havoc on this year’s softball season, Saturday’s great spring weather enabled the St. Francis Prep softball team to get out and work off their rust against Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx. Comment
Flushing

Photos: Thousands attend fan-based Lego festival at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

What is that makes those colorful little plastic bricks such an obsession? Comment
Located on the bustling strip of Bell Boulevard, Krave It has revolutionized the restaurant row offerings with a creative twist. Comments (2)
Baseball

Francis Lewis baseball falls to Monroe in tournament matchup

The Francis Lewis High School baseball team faced off against the Monroe Eagles in the 49th annual James Monroe Campus Holiday Invitational Baseball Tournament and fell 8-1 to last season’s PSAL champions. Comment
Baseball

Short-handed Construction falls to Bathgate

With several players unavailable while on vacation, Construction coach Daniel Paradis used the opening round of the 49th Annual James Monroe Campus Holiday Invitational Baseball Tournament to reward some of his younger players with game experience and play other starters in different positions. Comment

March, 2018

Hundreds of LaGuardia Community College students stood shoulder to shoulder with the trailblazers of the borough’s LGBTQ civil rights movement Monday afternoon for the opening of a new exhibit called “The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens” located in the college’s historic Hall of Flags in Joseph Shenker Hall. Comments (5)
Organizers of the very first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Bayside started working on it last September. So no one was more happy to see the parade’s Grand Marshal, PBA President Pay Lynch, step off to start the march down Bell Boulevard last weekend. Comment
Thousands of students at high schools across Queens joined a national 17-minute walkout protesting inaction from government officials on gun control in response to the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla. that killed 14 teenagers and three adults. Comments (3)
Long Island City

LIC residents rally against city’s waterfront plan

Hundreds of Long Island City residents and business owners rallied with community leaders and elected officials Saturday against the city’s plan to develop two plots of publicly owned waterfront property on 44th Drive and a neighboring Department of Education building on Vernon Boulevard. Comment
Flushing

Protesters gather in Flushing in support of immigrants

At least 200 people gathered in Flushing Monday afternoon to demand that Congress act on DACA, the Obama-era program that protected nearly 700,000 young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Comments (2)
Event

The Green Mile: St. Pat’s kicks off with grand parades

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, but parades in celebration of the holiday have already started in Queens — one in Rockaway, the traditional first parade of the season, and the St. Pat’s Parade for All in Sunnyside. Comment
The St. John’s men’s lacrosse season is in full swing. Comment

February, 2018

Astoria

Fun and games at IndieCade

With controllers in hand and virtual-reality goggles in place, IndieCade, a the three-day festival, attracts more than 200 exhibitors from the eastern seaboard, all eager to show off their video game creations and maybe find a big-time game company willing to take a chance on them. Comments (10)
The Lunar New Year parade in Flushing is so big, it takes more than an hour and a half for all the groups to march by — from dignitaries to church and civic groups to tae kwon do classes. Everyone gets a moment in the sun — or the moon. Comment
Cardozo basketball coach Ron Naclerio knew that before he could begin to think about winning his fourth NYC PSAL Basketball Championship, his team would have to accomplish their goal of capturing the 2018 PSAL Queens Borough Championship. Comment
Astoria’s elected officials said they believe the MTA is tone deaf to the community’s needs during a rally in opposition to the $22 million plan to reconstruct the Ditmars Boulevard subway station last Thursday. Comments (3)
At the John F. Kennedy Jr. School — just off Junction Boulvard in Elmhurst — on a rainy Saturday morning, 15 kids give up a perfectly good Saturday to take a test. Comment
Event

Week in Pictures: Ash Wednesday and beyond

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, the six-week period of sacrifice and reflection that leads up to Easter. But you don’t have to give up anything to get a good look at the week in pictures. Comment
Selma, Birmingham, and Little Rock — names of the most famous battlegrounds of the civil rights movement. Comments (1)
Event

Lunar New Year is just beginning and more: Week in Pictures

By most estimates, one in four people living in Queens is of Asian descent. That makes Lunar New Year — the most important holiday in that part of the world — a big deal here. Like Christmas, it is more of a season than a holiday, The day itself is Feb. 16 but the celebration goes on for two weeks. At least. Meanwhile, the city has announced (again) what it plans to do with Willets Point, the neglected parcel of land next to Citi Field; a tragedy in Forest Park; and a surprise at the “Today” show also make up the The Week in Pictures. Comment
Friday night’s game between Archbishop Molloy and Christ the King was a matchup that New York City basketball fans have been waiting for all season, and it certainly lived up to expectations. Comment
Brooklyn, step aside. No longer the “forgotten borough,” Queens has been in the spotlight more than ever, and people everywhere are hearing about its strong multicultural vibe and getting to know and appreciate its uniqueness. Comment
Event

Week in Pictures

Take a look at the top photos of the week. Comment
Are you feeling jacked up? That’s what celebrity restaurateur Willie Degel, the guy behind the Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse empire, asks callers on his cheerful voice-mail message. Comments (1)
Basketball

Royals roll to fourth straight win

Basketball

Royals roll to fourth straight win

The Christ the King boys’ basketball team has shown a knack for overcoming obstacles this season and did so again Friday, defeating Holy Cross 68-55 at William J. O’Meara Memorial Gym without the presence of head coach Joe Arbitello, who missed the game with a flu. Comment

January, 2018

Crime

East Elmhurst man gets six months in sale of stolen tortoise

The East Elmhurst man who authorities say was responsible for lifting a rare tortoise from its Douglaston habitat was sentenced to six months behind bars last Friday on charges of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Comment
Queens Community House in Forest Hills sponsors a cypher dance contest every year that attracts scores of performers from around the city. Comments (1)
Event

Crowds reach 200,000 at second annual Women’s March on New York

More than 200,000 women, men, children and dogs marched, sang, chanted and drummed their way from West 72nd Street and Central Park West to Times Square on Saturday for the second annual Women’s March on New York City, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (5)
As collegiate sports go, fencing has 400 or 500 years on football and basketball. But the fine art of thrust and parry does not show its age. Comment
An early taste of spring, the government shuts down and wakes up again, all in the space of a giddy, three-day weekend. Sword fighting breaks out at St. John’s University, a battle of the break dancers in Forest Hills and a guy who loved turtles too much — see it all in the Week in Pictures, Comment
Nearly a hundred protesters rallied outside the Brooklyn home of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Tuesday night in response to the Senate vote on a budget deal he made to end the three-day government shutdown Monday without protections for young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. Comments (2)
Rockaway Beach

HPD to blame in fatal Rockaway blaze: Electeds

A fatal blaze that tore through a Rockaway Beach high-rise Friday, injuring 17 people, including nine police officers and three firefighters, was ruled accidental by the FDNY, but it could have been prevented, according to several elected officials. Comment
Ozone Park

Vigil held for murdered Richmond Hill mother

The family of Stacy Singh, a mother of two who was killed in her Richmond Hill home, made an emotional plea to the community to stand up for victims of domestic violence at a vigil in Ozone Park. Comment
Bayside

Bayside Historical Society hosts 17th Annual Winter Art Show

Lots of folks got their culture on last Sunday at the Bayside Historical Society’s 17th Annual Winter Art Show, where they viewed outstanding works by 49 local artists in the categories of painting, drawing, mixed media, three-dimensional and photography. Comment
Basketball

St. John’s Prep earns hard-fought tournament win

Participation in the Hoopers NY Martin Luther King Challenge provided head coach Mike LoCascio an opportunity to get his St. John’s Prep girls’ hoops team some much-needed game experience, as the Red Storm overcame a long fourth-quarter scoreless drought to defeat Woodlands Senior High School of White Plains, 49-38, at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx. Comment
Event

Photos of the week

The end of 13 straight days of sub-freeezing temperatures was certainly welcome. But Winter Storm Grayson left a slushy reminder that there is still a long way to go to spring. Here are some of the best shots of the storm and more top photos of the week. Comment
Flushing

Christmas on the hardwood

The 13th Annual Queens Jam Christmas Classic returned to John Bowne High School. Comment
Queens residents began to deal with the frozen tundra left behind by Winter Storm Grayson, which dumped as much as 13 inches of snow in Rego Park and nearly a foot in the rest of the borough Thursday, more than double what forecasters had predicted. Comments (1)

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