Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rockaway Beach

Forum on Rockaway reformulation study scheduled for April

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting a public forum to obtain feedback from Rockaway residents for the long-delayed Rockaway Reformulation Study at the urging of state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY). Comment

Flushing man guilty of assaulting stepmother: DA

A Flushing man pleaded guilty to brutally assaulting his elderly stepmother in September 2013, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comments (3)

Whitestone, Elmhurst properties eyed by developers

A commercial building in Whitestone has been sold, real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield announced last week. Comments (7)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


World War II veteran shares stories of liberating Buchenwald

Queensborough Community College’s Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives held an event last Friday where World War II veteran Rick Carrier spoke to students about being the first American to discover the Buchenwald concentration camp. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows street to be named after late bishop

A street in Fresh Meadows will be renamed after the late bishop Ignatius Catanello in a ceremony this summer. Comments (5)

Queens library budget proposes $18.1 mill increase

The Queens Public Library held a budget proposal hearing in front of a small audience at the Queens Flushing branch on Main Street this week. Comments (1)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Long Island City

Mayor’s tech team pays visit to Coalition for Queens

When Mayor de Blasio wanted to introduce New Yorkers to Digital.NYC, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive online hub for the city’s tech ecosystem, he sent his tech officials and leaders on a five-borough tour to help turn ideas into businesses, aid digital startups, and connect New Yorkers to opportunities and jobs in the city’s tech ecosystem. When it came time for the group to visit Queens March 25, the choice of venue was an easy one. Comment

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Long Island City

LIC Robotigers look for funding of national competition

The Robotigers Team 1796 from Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City, which won the regional First Robotics Competition, is trying to raise funding to travel to the national robotics competition in St. Louis. Comment

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Long Island City

MTA deal allows for the building of borough’s tallest building

Developers have a deal in place that will allow them to build the tallest building in Queens, next to the iconic Clock Tower, now that MTA board members voted to sell 478,000 square feet of air rights for $56 million. Comments (1)

Bayside chosen for City Council’s age-friendly initiative

Bayside is one of two neighborhoods in Queens that was recently selected to be a part of the New York City Council’s “Age-friendly Neighborhoods Initiative,” which is attempting to make the city and its naturally-occurring retirement communities more accommodating to older individuals. Comments (7)
Kew Gardens

City tourism plan to highlight Queens sites

New York City’s official marketing and tourism company is turning up the Queens glamor, riding the wave of attention the borough received after Lonely Planet named it the best place to visit in America. Comments (4)

Queens GOP targets southeast Queens Republicans

Recently appointed Queens Republican Party chairman Bob Turner is working to rally his base in southeast Queens. Comments (2)

Astoria Park shoelace strangler sentenced

A homeless woman was sentenced last week for her role in the brutal beating death of a man in the northeast corner of Astoria Park five years ago. Comment

Woman wanted for larceny at Flushing supermarket: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a woman who allegedly stole money from a 52-year-old man at a supermarket in Flushing, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Real Estate

Queens foreclosures attract unwanted visitors

Property values in Queens are on the rebound from the housing crisis, but despite increases in median home values, the concern over the growing number of blighted, abandoned houses is very much real throughout the borough. Comments (2)

Feds track hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus, Arabs

U.S. Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and Grace Meng (D-Flushing) joined several other members of Congress and advocates to welcome the inclusion of Sikh, Hindu and Arab American communities in the Department of Justice hate crimes tracking effort. It is the final step in a three-year-long effort to encourage the federal government to finally begin tracking and quantifying hate crimes against these at-risk communities. Comments (2)
Howard Beach

Sunken boat threatens to block Howard Beach creek

It turns out that a notorious landlord who served jail time is responsible for two sunken boats in one of Howard Beach’s creeks. Comments (5)

Dream Act unlikely to pass Senate after exclusion from budget

As the most diverse county in the country with nearly half of the population foreign-born, Queens residents likely have the most to gain from the Dream Act, if and when it is passed. Comments (4)

DOT to add traffic agents, lanes to address Flushing Commons problems

Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced several new safety and mobility measures to address traffic congestion and pedestrians safety issues at the Flushing Commons construction site at a meeting of Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s task force for the project. Comments (4)

Astoria’s Greek community celebrate independence with two events

With hundreds of visitors from Greece in town for last Sunday’s annual Greek Independence Day parade on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, Astoria held two special events on Saturday. First a street co-naming for a longtime leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church followed by the unveiling of a new statue in Athens Square Park. Comments (3)

Mary Immaculate site to be developed into residential

The former Mary Immaculate Hospital location at 150-13 89th Ave. in downtown Jamaica will be developed into a residential complex by the Manhattan firm of Goldstein, Hill & West Architects, according to the city Buildings Department. Comments (2)
St. Albans

Veteran cremation site planned for to St. Albans

The Veteran Affairs St. Albans Community Living Center has been chosen as one of the five cremation-only facilities that will be constructed across the nation, the VA’s National Cemetery Administration announced during a public meeting at the center last week. Comment

Man wanted for groping teens in Flushing: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were searching for a man who forcibly touched three teenage girls in Flushing between November and March. Comments (2)

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Two Queens charged in terrorist plot

Two Jamaica women were arrested Thursday and charged with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons or property in the United States, the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn said. Comments (3)

Auburndale hit-and-run leaves man dead: NYPD

A 61-year-old man died after being struck by a vehicle in Auburndale Wednesday night, the NYPD said. Comment
Willets Point

Willets Point auto group gets $5.8M from the city

The Sunrise Cooperative, a group of 48 Willets Point auto shop owners, is receiving a nearly $5.8 million settlement from the city to relocate to and complete renovations at its South Bronx space. Comments (1)

DOT presents plans for Queens Boulevard to CB2

The safety of pedestrians and cyclists is the focus of the city Department of Transportation’s plans for a $100 million redesign of Queens Boulevard. The concept was unveiled during a slide show presentation for Community Board 2’s Transportation Committee Tuesday night. Comments (4)
Jamaica Estates

Chris Mullin tapped for new St. John’s University basketball coach

Chris Mullin is here to coach St. John’s back to its past glory days. Comment

Elmhurst resident dies in East Village collapse

An Elmhurst resident was the second of two fatal victims pulled from the rubble of the East Village gas explosion Sunday. Comment

Lancman, sex trafficking groups seek city funds for victims

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and sex trafficking advocates are calling on the city to provide more funding for victims. Comments (2)

Grandmother shot dead after answering door

At 1:39 a.m. Monday morning, 71-year-old grandmother Leta Webb answered her door in Jamaica and moments later her family woke up from the loud noise of a gunshots to find her body on the porch. Comment

Queens lawmakers disappointed with state spending plan

Several state legislators from Queens have expressed discontent with weakened policies and eliminated initiatives in the state budget as both houses struggled to get a final resolution on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk by deadline. Comment

Queens public schools to house new pre-k programs

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call for universal, full-day pre-kindergarten demands 17,000 new seats citywide by fall, which is causing some head butting with Queens communities, where the greatest portion of new seats is needed. Comments (1)

CB 8 to hold burning stations for Passover holiday

Starting this Friday, the first day of Passover, the 107th Precinct will have dedicated patrols driving around the precinct area, which primarily covers Fresh Meadows, Cunningham Heights, Hilltop Village, Electchester and Pomonok, according to the precinct’s captain, Paul Valerga. Comments (2)

Paper wins five awards

Times Ledger Newspapers Editor Roz Liston’s editorials won two awards at this year’s New York Press Association contest that pitted hundreds of papers across the state against each other. The paper also received three other awards to individual reporters for their coverage of spot news and local government. Comments (1)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Elderly woman murdered in her Jamaica home

A 70-year-old Queens woman was shot to death after opening her front door in the middle of the night, police said. Comments (2)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Kew Gardens

Seven Queens residents charged in alleged gang attacks: DA

Seven alleged members and associates of a notorious street gang in southeast Queens were indicted on conspiracy, weapons and other charges for the attempted murder, shooting and assault of two individuals believed to be associated with a rival gang the Queens District Attorney office and the NYPD announced Friday. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Girlfriend charged in St. Albans’ shooting: DA

ST. ALBANS — A South Ozone Park woman has been charged with setting up a robbery that ended in the fatal shooting of her boyfriend in St. Albans, police said. Comments (2)

Saturday, April 5, 2014


PS 32 third graders raise funds to save Amazon Rainforest

Gifted and talented third graders at the PS 32 State Street School in Flushing started a school-wide booster campaign to raise money to help protect the Amazon rainforest in South America. Comment


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