Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Forest Hills

Ridgewood Savings Bank celebrates its diamond anniversary

Ridgewood Savings Bank celebrated the 75th anniversary of its historic Forest Hills branch on Queens Boulevard recently with a ceremony that had borough politicians in attendance. Comment

Forever 21 opens first concept store in Queens

National retailer Forever 21’s new concept store opened in Flushing over the weekend. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Central Veterinary provides low cost microchips for pets

Several residents of northeast Queens took advantage of a low-cost opportunity last weekend to have microchips administered to their pets. And there are more opportunities in the future for those who missed it. Comments (1)

City Council bill pushes supervision of nail salons

Nail salons in all five boroughs could be forced to comply with a number of regulations that aim to improve health and safety standards in salons. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Cancer survivors ‘gifted’ vow renewal ceremony a dream come true

Gwen Redman’s dream came true April 19. She renewed her vows with her husband William, 25 years after they eloped, in an extravagant celebration made possible through donations from businesses and vendors, and the help of a childhood friend. Comments (1)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Kew Gardens

After-school programs to close in low-performing districts

Queens parents, children and teachers joined elected officials last weeks on the steps of Queens Borough Hall to respond to a $5.9 million cut in funding that will result in the closing of four after-school programs in the borough. Comments (1)
Long Island City

New medical facility planned for Long Island City

A new medical facility is being planned for Long Island City. Norvin Healthcare Properties announced a project with NYU Langone Medical Center that will transform a 45,000-square-foot industrial building into a multi-specialty ambulatory care facility. Comment

St.Albans nurse charged with murder involving disabled infant: DA

A licensed practical nurse was charged April 30 with the murder of a 23-month-old female infant after she was caught boarding a Virgin Atlantic flight to Nigeria via London, the Queens District Attorney’s Office announced. Comment

Opposition of rezoning efforts are growing

Resistance is building in Queens against the city’s plan to rezone major swaths of New York City to include affordable housing. Comments (3)

Monday, May 11, 2015


City to shutter Malcolm X Early Childhood Educational Center

The oldest day-care and pre-K center in Corona is being forced to close in July, leaving 120 families searching for options. Comments (3)

Bayside boy gives back to animal shelter after being bitten by dog

An 8-year-old Bayside boy who was bitten by a dog at a relative’s home in Pennsylvania is raising money to support an Ozone Park animal shelter where his family had adopted a dog that helped him heal. Comments (1)

QEDC to offer new course for immigrant business owners

Registration is under way for a new business program launched by the Queens Economic Development Corp. The QEDC has teamed with the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, Queens Library and New York Community Trust to create the classes geared to helping immigrant business owners with an emphasis on financial literacy. Comments (2)

More buses to be added to Q28 line

Changes are coming to the Q28 bus route this summer, with additional buses allocated to increase frequency and decrease crowding. Comments (2)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Bayside Hills

Baysider releases his first fictional book

A Baysider just published a science-fiction fantasy thriller influenced by his own – literally – heart-wrenching story. Comments (1)

Residents clean up Hoover Park in Briarwood

The Briarwood Action Network, a neighborhood group, hosted the semiannual “It’s My Park Day!” at Hoover-Manton Playgrounds in Briarwood over the weekend. Comments (2)

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Low-performing schools to get boost in city budget

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced early this week he has allocated an additional $33.6 million in his FY2016 executive budget to raise the operating budgets of 130 of the city’s lowest-performing schools. Comments (2)

Mayor de Blasio wants more rent regulation

Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling for stronger rent laws to mitigate the loss of affordable housing due to deregulation. Comments (2)
Middle Village

Street renamed to honor sanitation worker killed on job

A sanitation worker who died on the job last year is being memorialized on the Middle Village block where he first kissed his high school love and wife. Comments (2)

Cocaine underwear, backpack, inside: CPB

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are always discovering interesting concealment methods. Within the span of a few days, they found several pounds of cocaine hidden three different ways – in a smuggler’s underwear, in a backpack, and by one guy who allegedly swallowed it – at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Jamaica. Comments (5)

Friday, May 8, 2015


Senate denies city DOE the ability to set Specialized HS criteria

The state Senate shot down a bill last week that would have given the city Department of Education the ability to set admission criteria for its nine designated specialized high schools, like Queens High School for the Sciences at CUNY York College. Comments (3)

KFC franchisee and owner settles $375K for labor law violation: AG

A KFC Corporation franchisee which operates 13 stores in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan agreed to pay $375,000 in restitution for several labor-law violations, the state attorney general announced. Comments (2)

Flushing councilman pushes for shorter landmark review process

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), chairman of the Council’s Landmarks Subcommittee, introduced a bill last week that would reduce the amount of time it takes for the Landmarks Preservation Commission to review potential landmarks. Comments (3)

Jamaica man sentenced in absentia after fleeing the U.S.

A Guyanese man who may have absconded to his native land was sentenced in absentia to nine years in prison on burglary charges after he and an accomplice fled during the course of jury selection for their trial in Queens Supreme Court, according to the Queens District Attorney office. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Bigger and better LIC Arts Open set to begin Wednesday

The 5th annual LIC Art Open promises to be the biggest and best ever with more artists, larger venues, more sponsors and a more professional approach by its organizers. Comment
Ozone Park

Hate indictment dismissal denied in Sikh hit-run case

A Queens judge has denied a motion to dismiss or reduce a grand jury’s nine-count February indictment for attempted murder as a hate crime of a Long Island man who allegedly ran over a Sikh man in Ozone Park last year after yelling racial remarks, according to court records. Comments (4)
Ozone Park

Queens substitute teacher arrested in drug raid: DA

A Queens substitute teacher who was recently arrested during a drug raid taught at nine schools across the borough after dropping out of high school for several years as a teenager and earning her diploma as an adult last year. Comment
Jackson Heights

Women of Distinction honor awarded to founding member of Make Queens Safer

A community leader and safe streets advocate from Jackson Heights was honored in Albany Tuesday. Comment
Queens Village

Suspected cop killer has long arrest record: NYPD

Demetrius Blackwell, the suspected cop killer, has a long history of arrests that go all the way back to his teenage years. Comments (2)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Springfield Gardens

5Pointz artist reunite to paint August Martin High School

5Pointz is going back to school, in Queens this weekend. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Funeral for Officer Brian Moore set for Friday

Alongside hundreds of police officers, retired NYPD Sgt. Raymond Moore stood tall to salute his son, Officer Brian Moore, who died from a gunshot wound to the head as his body was moved from Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Comments (4)

New York State Pavilion scores a $3 million makeover for free

The New York Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park will be getting a $3 million makeover for free, thanks to bridge and steel painters. Sometime in the fall, the rusted Tent of Tomorrow will be restored to its original “American cheese yellow” according an official from the City Parks Department. Comments (1)
Long Island City

PS/IS 78 students guaranteed seats for at least one more year

School District 30 Superintendent Philip Composto called a community engagement meeting Monday to discuss the future of PS/IS 78Q, the Robert Wagner School, in response to parent and teacher outcry over a long list of wait-listed children for next year’s enrollment. Comment

Fund-raiser to honor slain Bronx homeless shelter director

A Yonkers company is hosting a fund-raiser for a Whitestone woman who was fatally shot by a former resident of a Bronx homeless shelter she directed. Comment

Senate Dems leave floor after Republicans oppose Skelos vote

State Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) and state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-Hollis) were among Senate Democrats who walked off the Senate floor Monday after Republicans refused to call a vote on whether the recently arrested state Sen. Dean Skelos should remain their majority leader. Comment
Forest Hills

Special Olympics track meet heads to Forest Park this weekend

The Queens Rockers are getting ready for the Special Olympics track-and-running competition in Forest Park this weekend. Comment
Long Island City

Vernon Boulevard closed Saturday for unique street fair

Vernon Boulevard will be closed to traffic between 50th Avenue and 46th Avenue Saturday for the second annual LIC Springs! street festival. The Long Island City Partnership and the Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walks Program, host the block party, which drew over 5,000 people last year, from noon to 5 p.m. Comment

Residents fear possible illegal hotel in Broadway-Flushing

Nearly 100 residents joined state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association to protest the reconstruction of a house in Broadway-Flushing they fear may become an illegal hotel again. Comments (5)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Little Neck

Little Neck corner store robbed, vandalized: NYPD

A corner store in Little Neck was broken into and robbed over the weekend, public information officers at the NYPD said. Comments (9)
Jackson Heights

Man shot to death in Jackson Heights

A man was shot and killed in Jackson Heights about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at 93-12 Roosevelt Ave., police said. Comments (3)

Monday, May 4, 2015

Queens Village

Officer shot in Queens Village over weekend dies

A couple of hours after NYPD Officer Brian Moore died Monday, Police Commissioner William Bratton stood outside Jamaica Hospital surrounded by hundreds police officers in uniform and plain clothes, members of the Fire Department, retired police officers and officials. Comments (7)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Queens Village

105th Pct. cop critical after Queens Village shooting

A young police officer was in critical condition Sunday after being shot in the head as he approached a man during a stop in Queens Village, the NYPD said. Comments (2)

Friday, May 1, 2015


Bronx officials want homeless shelter closed after murder


Rosale community activist fatally shot in car

A community activist was found fatally shot inside a vehicle Wednesday around 12:30 in the afternoon on 167th Street near Linden Boulevard in St. Albans, police said. Comments (3)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Little Neck

Woman who founded Weight Watchers in Little Neck livingroom dies at 91

Jean Nidetch, the founder of Weight Watchers International Inc., died in her Florida home Wednesday at the age of 91, according to the company. Comment


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