Flushing Times

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013


City must reject plan for mall at Willets Point

In 2008, the Bloomberg administration declared 62 acres of property in Flushing to the east of Citi Field called Willets Point, on which there were more than 200 small auto businesses as well as others, a blight. Comments (1)

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013


Group wants to give Flushing LIRR station a fresh coat

A Flushing community group is seeking to revitalize the Long Island Rail Road station in the heart of downtown with a community-funded project to paint a mural. Comments (2)

Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013


Council candidates to meet at forums

The six candidates hoping to replace embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) will face off in two political forums this month as the September Democratic primary approaches. Comment
Block Shots

Queens sluggers should try NYC Varsity League

Queens baseball players want to spread the word about the NYC Varsity fall league. Comment

McCaffrey stood up for rights of outerboros

The late City Councilman Walter McCaffrey is now officially free from the scourge of term limits. How ironic that he was one of the first victims of term limits, which is nothing more — politically speaking — than the voters’ expression of a preference for a one-night stand. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013


Flushing Hindus hope to keep traditions alive

Hindus in America face a challenge as traditions tends to fade in immigrant offspring, but a Flushing temple that offers instruction for children is hoping to push back against that trend and last weekend showed off the knowledge of some of its brightest students at Hindu Awareness Day. Comment

Parks Has a Problem with Trees

The death of a young pregnant woman who was crushed by a giant oak that toppled onto the bench where she was sitting in Kissena Park Sunday might have been avoided. The city Parks Department has been under pressure from legislators in Queens in recent years to accelerate its inspection and maintenance of borough trees. Comments (1)

Friday, Aug. 9, 2013


Flushing tofu competition shows diversity of veggie staple

It was a battle of the bean curds. Comment

Officials pledge to oversee old Flushing burial ground

City officials have vowed to keep a closer eye on the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground after the leader of its conservancy spoke out against the area’s neglect. Comments (1)

Liu outlines run for mayor

Narrowing the wealth gap in New York City and advancing realistic transit goals for Queens are some of the platform points City Comptroller John Liu is pushing as he enters the home stretch of his mayoral campaign. Comments (4)

Melo’s basketball camp draws youth to borough

Young hoops players in Queens got a chance to learn about basketball and the daily grind of the NBA from New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony over the weekend. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013


Liu denied matching funds

A report on City Comptroller John Liu’s fund-raising for the mayoral race provides insight into the city Campaign Finance Board’s decision to deny him public matching funds. Comments (1)

Tree kills Flushing woman

The family of a 30-year-old pregnant woman killed by a falling tree Sunday was making funeral arrangements in the wake of her untimely death. Comment

Flushing man charged with murder: NYPD

FLUSHING - A Flushing man has been arrested and charged with stabbing another man, police said. Bulmaro Diaz, 25, of 38-05 Union St., is accused of stabbing a 24-year-old man in the stomach Aug. 3, the NYPD said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. Louis’ Whitesell to replace Hicks on SJU basketball staff

St. John’s University men’s basketball head Coach Steve Lavin announced the hiring of former St. Louis associate head Coach Jim Whitesell to his coaching staff for this season. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013


Dragon Boat Festival: Before oars hit the water, dragons must be awakened

Beneath the glow of the Golden Arches and amid the throng of tourists queueing up for half-price theater tickets, a Buddhist monk dressed in a traditional orange robe stood in the middle of Times Square last week to awaken a sleeping dragon. Comment

Dragon Boat Festival: Culinary delights from past and present come together

The Dragon Boat Festival is a rite of the Chinese holiday, the Fifth Moon Festival. Celebrated throughout Asia, it is also known as the Double Fifth, Tuen Ng in Cantonese, or Duānwǔ Jié in Mandarin. Comment

Dragon Boat Festival: Racing is just the beginning

A profusion of color and entertainment will take over Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the 23rd annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Aug. 10-11. Comment

Dragon Boat Festival: Races honor patriotic acts of statesman/poet

Like so many legends, Dragon Boat races reportedly started to honor a man whose fight against tyranny ended with his death. Comment

Dragon Boat Festival: Schedule of Events

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Chinese Music Ensemble of New York Comment

Dragon Boat Festival: Non-profits, sponsors provide souvenirs, free information to attendants

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens draws hundreds and thousands of people to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the championship dragon boat racing, the opening parade and the variety of unexpected free attractions. Comment

Dragon Boat Festival Recipe: Savor zongzi in honor of dragon boat races

Spoon: Chinese porcelain soup spoon; large pot Comment

Dragon Boat Festival Recipe: Craft dragon rolls for festivities

The dragon roll is a thick sushi roll of eel and cucumber covered with thinly sliced avocado. Comment

Monday, Aug. 5, 2013


Pregnant woman killed by fallen Kissena Park tree

A 30-year-old pregnant woman was killed when a falling tree crushed her in Kissena Park Sunday evening, police said. Comment


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