Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012

Long Island City

New boro coalition holds second tech meetup in LIC

The nonprofit Coalition for Queens once sought to bring an applied sciences campus to the borough. Now it is teaching people about the technology already here. Comment

Mathnasium brings math tutoring to Bayside

The United States ranked 32nd in math proficiency last year, according to a study by Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, and that is what keeps people like Mathnasium Center Director John Lee going. Comments (1)

Mobile clinic offers free mammograms

The American-Italian Cancer Foundations’s mobile clinic will be providing no-cost mammograms and clinical breast exams at locations across the borough throughout August. Comment

Monday, Aug. 6, 2012


Flushing Food Fest hosts best Asian fare

Flushing is a food haven like no other in the city, and some of the neighborhood’s best restaurants gathered to form the ultimate feast Friday at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel. Comment

St. Anastasia parish mourns death of its senior priest, 81

If there was one thing Frederick Bedell said he would remember about the late Rev. George Lutjen, it would be his willingness to reach out to people in need. Comment

Woodhaven couple gets summer surprise from ’90s rapper

A young couple’s backyard is getting iced this summer — and they are thrilled. Comments (1)

Douglaston student receives top honors from L.I. school

A Douglaston eighth-grader clocked in two of his school’s highest student honors, his school announced last week. Comment
Breezy Point

Work to close one lane in both directions on Cross Bay

For the rest of the summer, one lane will be closed in each direction most Saturdays on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge for work related to the $17 million project to rehabilitate the concrete piers beneath the bridge. Comments (1)

Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012

Broad Channel

Turner gets out Buckley vote

Legislation to change the name of a Queens wildlife center in honor of a former U.S. senator from New York passed the House of Representatives, but it is still a long way from being a wildly popular idea. Comments (1)

Douglaston civic wants to create park

The Doug Bay Manor Civic Association gathered last Thursday to discuss several issues, including turning a nearby piece of land into a park, making the local Long Island Rail Road station more accessible and preserving the community’s character. Comment

Avella looks abroad to address fracking

To a farmer living in upstate New York, hydrofracking is a local issue, but after a more global discussion in his office last week, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he was surprised to realize how international the controversial drilling method could be. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Mdws. prepares for role in city budgeting

Fresh Meadows residents will soon have a direct role in how some of their tax dollars will be spent thanks to a year-old city experiment in participatory budgeting, about to enter its second round. Comment

Suspect burglarized three boro biz: Police

ASTORIA — The NYPD wants to find the man who burglarized three businesses in Astoria this month. Comment

Bravest battle Jamaica blaze

Middle Village

Christ the King’s Severe filling Calhoun’s shoes

Jon Severe hears it all the time. Everyone, from friends to classmates and even opponents, ask him how it feels to be the one who will be taking the bulk of shots next year for Christ the King. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012


Jawin keeps pushing for Ft. Totten

The Center for the Women of New York President Ann Jawin has not let up in ongoing efforts to move her group into a building in Fort Totten in Bayside and said she hoped to see bids chosen to renovate part of the facility by the end of the year. Comment

11th Ave. gets speed bump

Residents of Malba will be getting a speed bump on 11th Avenue after a decade-long ordeal. Comments (3)

Library foundation finished

The journey to reopen the Elmhurst Library reached a major milestone last week as construction was completed on the foundation for the library’s new 30,000-square-foot building. Comment

Messer takes ballot challege to Qns judge

State Senate candidate John Messer bypassed a city agency to bring his challenge to Queens Supreme Court alleging his opponent, Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), got onto the ballot using fraudulent signatures, but Stavisky’s camp dismissed it as a frivolous exercise. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Comrie surveys St. Albans biz on soda ban

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), an opponent of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s so-called soda ban, said if hizzoner was really committed to reducing the amount of sugar New Yorkers consume, there was a better way to go about doing so than limiting the size of drinks a business can sell. Comment

Boro shines as leader in solar installations

Queens saw a solar boom in 2011, when the borough almost doubled the number of solar panel installations that had been put in between 2003 and 2010 to make the borough first in the city, according to a new report. Comment
Long Island City

LIC vet stabbed on train by 8 girls on train: Cops

MANHATTAN — A Vietnam veteran who lives in a Long Island City shelter was allegedly attacked by a gang of eight young women on a No. 6 train Sunday, the New York Post reported. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Man robs gas station after shooting ceiling

FRESH MEADOWS — A man entered a Fresh Meadows gas station with a gun earlier this month, shot a round into the ceiling and demanded money from the worker at the register, police said. The authorities are asking the public’s help in finding the gunman. Comment

Friday, Aug. 3, 2012

Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows residents flooded out in rainstorm

Torrential rain caused major flooding in several areas of Fresh Meadows Wednesday, with several cars getting stuck in swelling water and many people reporting flooded basements. Comment

Sullivan loses race for BID

Two weeks after a controversial vote in the only contested slate of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District’s annual board election, Mitch Catanzano was named the victor over former Executive Director Gregg Sullivan as the board’s only resident representative. Comments (1)
College Point

College Pt. shops opening amid civic concerns

The Point 128 hotel and mixed-use complex in College Point, formerly known as the Gelmart building, is nearly open for business, although some civic leaders are worried an impending glut of traffic could come along with it. Comments (7)
Far Rockaway

Pricey property hits Rockaway real estate market

Any potential land buyers hoping to snatch up beach front property in Far Rockaway better have deep pockets — a lot of deep pockets. Comment

MTA says union wage freeze, fare hikes must reduce deficit

MTA officials describe their financial plight as fraught with risk, although Chairman Joseph Lhota says he is more optimistic now than when he took over the transit agency six months ago. Comment
Jackson Heights

Dromm distributes $550K to nonprofits

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said sanitation and ensuring the success of burgeoning immigrant populations were his priorities when he doled out the $550,000 he received in discretionary funding this year. Comment

Koo presses for Queens comfort women memorial

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) is moving forward with plans to rename a Flushing street after the comfort women from World War II, much to the chagrin of the Japanese community. Comments (7)
Floral Park

Queens Farm hosts colorful Pow-Wow

A spectacle of bright colors, feathers and dancing returned to the borough as the Queens Farm Museum hosted the 34th annual Thunderbird Grand Mid-Summer Pow-Wow this weekend. Comment
Howard Beach

Koch backs Joe Addabbo in Senate race

An incumbent state senator running for re-election in his seat representing Queens gained a vocal ally in a surprise endorsement earlier this month. Comment

Two men assaulted with cane, box cutters: Cops

ASTORIA — Police were looking for two men who attacked two others with a metal cane and box cutters earlier this month. Comment

Mountain climber from Queens dead in Peru: AP

PERU — The bodies of an experienced Queens climber and his friend from Annandale, Va., were found off a ridge on the 20,000-foot Palcaraju Peak in Peru, the Associated Press reported. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012


DA drops rape case against Bayside man

Charges of attempted rape were quietly dropped against a Bayside man after he said DNA evidence proved he was not the man responsible for the crime. Comments (5)
Springfield Gardens

Families share memories of lost loved ones

One still-grieving woman lamented it was the group no one wants to belong to. Comment
Middle Village

Queens Dems kick Elizabeth Crowley off district leader ballot

The Queens Democratic Party settled some family business last week. Comment
Willets Point

EDC cites ‘08 global crisis

Critics of the proposed $3 billion, mixed-use development in Willets Point can look to the 2008 global economic downtown for controversial changes to the massive project, according to city Economic Development Corp. President Seth Pinsky, who discussed some of the thorny issues associated with developing the Iron Triangle. Comments (1)

New principals for five ‘turnaround’ schools

Despite a recent court ruling striking down the city’s controversial attempt to restructure 24 struggling schools throughout the five boroughs, principals at five of those high schools in Queens have rejected offers to return to their schools, according to the city Department of Education. Comment
Long Island City

Van Bramer weds partner after 13 years

He waited until he could be married in Queens. Comments (1)

Eatery owner rebuilds after fire

Sitting under a tent in a makeshift office outside his restaurant, George O’Neill still hears the sirens and alarms that awakened him on the morning of the fire. Comment
Flushing Times

Briarwood fights back at car vandals

About 30 Briarwood residents rallied on Main Street between Queens Boulevard and Manton Street Saturday to demand a greater police presence and better sanitation for the stretch of the street, which they say is a popular site for car break-ins. Comment
St. Albans

Malcolm Smith eyes run for mayor

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) is considering a run for mayor in 2013 as a Republican, but the head of the borough GOP said his party would find it difficult to endorse the oft-maligned southeast Queens lawmaker. Comment

Jimmy Meng arrest echoes in Flushing

The arrest of former state Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, father of Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), could send ripples through the Flushing political world, although opinions differ on how much it will affect his daughter’s congressional race. Comment

Bayside Yankees head to New Mexico championships

The Bayside Yankees senior scout team charged the mound with excitement earlier this month after clinching a spot as one of 10 teams nationwide going to the 2012 Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M. Comment

Comrie wants dollar vans in boro taxi plan

City Councilmen Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) gathered with commuter van driver-owners from both boroughs near Jamaica Center Tuesday, calling on the commissioner of the city Taxi & Limousine Commission to grandfather the commuter van companies into the outer-borough taxi street-hail plan. Comment

Queens, Brooklyn settle rivalry in Astoria Park water battle

They came to battle and exchange good-natured hipster jokes. Comment

Ridgewood group sees state funds fade

With its state member item funds gone and city cash quickly fading away, the Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corp. is cutting staff hours and shrinking services, but the nonprofit remains hopeful that it can remain a viable resource to the community. Comment

JFK could spread disease

John F. Kennedy International Airport has the most potential of all U.S. airports to be the most influential global-superspreader of contagious diseases, according to a new study released by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Comment

St. Mary’s workers rally for new contract

Despite the pouring rain, nurses and caregivers of the 1199SEIU union from St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside took to the streets Wednesday to rally for better benefits, including health insurance and access to education. Comment
South Ozone Park

Suspect arrested in Resorts World robbery

A man accused of a daring daylight robbery at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park in June was arrested in Pennsylvania Tuesday, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1)
South Richmond Hill

Cops seek shooters of pedestrian in S. Rich Hill

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — The NYPD was seeking information that could help them find the drivers of a red Toyota Camry who shot at a young man walking on a South Richmond Hill street earlier this month. Comment
Middle Village

CK junior helps secure title

Kollyns Scarbrough gave everyone a glimpse in March of what may come in the near future — including herself. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012


Ferreras introduces sick-day plan to protect workers

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), low-wage workers and small business owners rallied in Elmhurst Tuesday for a proposal that would protect employees’ jobs if they need to take sick days. Comment
Far Rockaway

Rockaway man gets 50 years in 2009 shooting death: DA

A Far Rockaway man who indiscriminately sprayed bullets into a crowd in the neighborhood in September 2009 was sentenced to a lengthy term in prison by the Queens district attorney. Comment
Long Island City

LIC’s Laughing Devil raises $1K for Aurora victim

A Long Island City comedy club raised $1,000 Tuesday for Caleb Medley, an aspiring comedian who was shot defending his pregnant wife in the devastating Century 16 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., earlier this month that left 12 dead and 58 wounded. Comment

JAMS rocks the weekend

The Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival, a celebration of Queens’ cultural diversity and one of the largest summer festivals in the borough, will return to Jamaica this weekend. Comment

Protect your neighborhood from crime during National Night Out in borough

National Night Out Against Crime Comment

Q ranked best subway in city by Straphangers

The Straphangers Campaign has designated the Q as the best subway line and the C as the worst in the transit advocacy agency’s 15th annual State of the Subways survey. Comment
Long Island City

Two sides weigh in on soda ban plan

Controversy over a proposal to limit the size of sugary drinks in many New York City food service establishments played out at a public hearing last week, with opponents blasting the so-called soda ban as government overreach but supporters saying it was an important measure to bring down obesity rates. Comment
Dutch Kills

Antique jade cup worth $20K stolen from LIC auction house

An 18th-century Chinese jade cup said to be worth $20,000 was snatched from a Long Island City auction house last week, police said. Comment
Cambria Heights

Queens cop suspended in kidnapping: Report

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — A Queens detective was suspended and a group of men, including his cousin, were arrested after a kidnapped man was found bound in his garage last week, according to a report in the New York Post. Comment

Monday, July 30, 2012


Three charged with fatal Corona stabbing

Police said three men, one only 17 years old, have been arrested and charged in connection with a fatal stabbing in front of an Ecuadorian restaurant in Corona early Sunday morning, police said. Comment

LIRR restores afternoon service after tunnels completed

The Long Island Rail Road Monday is restoring three afternoon trains taken out of service during tunnel excavation in Queens for the East Side Access project. Comment


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