Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Queens Village

A Queens Village girl raises money for St. Jude

Twelve-year-old Cayla Kumar is an achievement machine. She just completed about 900 hours of community service, raised $25,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and is preparing to compete in the National American Miss beauty pageant’s pre-teen division. Comment
Forest Hills

BP Melinda Katz visits two overcrowded Forest Hills elementary schools

Borough President Melinda Katz visited two overcrowded elementary schools in Forest Hills Monday in an attempt to mediate a problem with kindergarten and pre-K space. Comment

Ridgewood coffee shop owners promote neighborhood

A coffee shop in a changing neighborhood sometimes can be a controversial thing. Comments (1)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Bay Terrace

Vehicle crime high around Bay Terrace

The Bay Terrace Community Alliance got a chance to meet with 109th Precinct’s commander last week to get an idea of what kind of crime is going on around the shopping center and in nearby neighborhoods. Comments (5)

Inaugural International Cultural Festival a hit in Astoria Park

The first-ever International Cultural Festival drew hundreds of spectators to Astoria Park’s Great Lawn Saturday. The free event, created by the Central Astoria Local Development Corp., featured performances native to Mexico, Italy, Japan, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Ireland, Greece and other countries. Comment

Monday, June 8, 2015


York College holds 45th commencement

Thousands of family, friends and faculty members celebrated CUNY York College’s 45th commencement with over 1,000 graduates May 29 at the York College Performing Arts Center in downtown Jamaica. Comment

Costa introduces two bills to encourage organ donations

New Yorkers have a bad track record when it comes to registering to donate their organs. Comments (1)

New bill would regulate motor-driven scooters used for deliveries

Motorized scooters have multiplied around the borough in recent years as they have become the favorite mode of travel for deliveries. While most riders use caution, some do not, creating a quality-of-life issue in many neighborhoods and a legal one as well. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

Drive-by suspects attack elderly man: Cops

OZONE PARK—A 73-year-old man was assaulted and robbed May 20 by two male suspects who fled the scene in a white SUV, police said. Comment

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Richmond Hill

FDNY celebrates 100th year in Richmond Hill

As the entire city celebrates the 150th anniversary of the FDNY, firefighters, friends and family of Engine Company 294 and Ladder Company 143 marked the firehouse’s 100th anniversary in Richmond Hill last week. Comment
Kew Gardens

New municipal ID enrollment center opens at Queens Borough Hall

Queens Borough Hall will serve as an municipal ID pop-up enrollment center from early to mid-June, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced last week. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Taste of LIC celebrates its 10th anniversary

The Taste of LIC celebrated its 10th anniversary Tuesday night with a record 66 restaurants, wine shops and breweries taking part inside a 9,000-square-foot festival tent pitched on the Plaza at Gantry State Park. The cultural and culinary event raises over $100,000 annually to support programming at the Obie Award-winning Chocolate Factory Theater, which fosters the creation of new work in a variety of disciplines, including dance, music, multimedia and the visual arts. Comment

Sunnyside robber uses fire escape and finds unlocked window

SUNNYSIDE—Police from the 108th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted in connection to a burglary in Sunnyside. Comment

Saturday, June 6, 2015


Queensborough holds 54th graduation ceremony

Queensborough Community College in Bayside conferred degrees to 2,300 students of many ages and hailing from a wide variety of countries last week. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Development team selected for first phase of LaGuardia renovation

LaGuardia Airport had become so dilapidated in recent years that Vice President Joe Biden said it resembled “a third world country” and Gov. Cuomo said “he’s right” before they announced a design competition for a modernization plan. One year later, after several delays, the Port Authority’s board of commissioners voted unanimously last week to select a development team to implement the enormous renovation. Comment

Suspect wanted for robbery at Subway restaurant: NYPD

BROADWAY-FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man who robbed a Subway restaurant in Broadway-Flushing mid-May. Comments (1)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Oakland Gardens

Weprin officially resigns from City Council seat

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) officially announced this week his last day in office would be June 15, after accepting an administrative position with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which will leave the northeast Queens post vacant until primary elections in September. Comments (3)

Royal Ivey comes home for induction to Cardozo’s Hall of Fame

Since opening in 1966, Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside has generally been considered one of the best-rated schools in the city and has appeared as one of Newsweek’s top 100 schools in the nation. On Saturday the school celebrated its athletic prowess, welcoming back three star athletes and one coach for the inaugural induction into its Hall of Fame. Comments (1)

Registered sex offender kills cat, throws dog down trash chute: NYPD

Police last week charged a 29-year-old Bay Terrace man with throwing a neglected miniature Dachshund down the trash chute of his 17th-floor apartment May 14. Comments (12)

Bleak crime rates, Queens second in murders: NYPD

The NYPD expressed concern about the rise in violent crime in the city at a news conference Monday. Queens currently ranks second-highest in homicides and third-highest in shooting incidents for the five boroughs. Comments (3)
Real Estate

Study: Rising rent threatens half of New Yorkers

Almost half of the households in Queens are spending half of their income on rent, a relatively new phenomenon that has developed as rent prices continue to rise in New York City, according to census data and a new study. Comments (2)

Willets Point United says Flushing waterfront project is illegal

Willets Point United says it fears a local development corporation run by former Borough President Claire Shulman is trying to influence legislation in the corporation’s proposed project to rezone the Flushing waterfront. Comment
Rego Park

Queens Library officials make big push for overdue upgrades

Queens Library has unveiled two new mobile libraries at a time when the borough’s public library network is pushing the city to increase funding for programs and branches that are underfunded, according to Bridget Quinn-Carey, the library’s interim president and coordinator. Comment
Forest Hills

Barnes & Noble holds customer appreciation day at Forest Hills Branch

In an ongoing effort to prevent the Barnes & Noble branch in Forest Hills from closing, residents sought to prove the value of the bookstore by trying their best to buy everything on the shelves. Comments (1)

Park partially complete after decade-long wait

The long overdue completion of Little Bay Park’s comfort station was announced last Friday, even if visitors had to use portable toilets because the comfort station wasn’t actually complete. Comment
Little Neck

PS 94Q celebrates school’s centennial

David Porter Elementary School in Little Neck is commemorating 100 years, which culminated last Friday with a celebration. Comment
South Ozone Park

Boyfriend suspected in fatal stabbing: NYPD

SOUTH OZONE PARK—A girlfriend was stabbed to death allegedly by her boyfriend Tuesday morning in a fatal domestic dispute in Richmond Hill, police said. Officers from the 102nd Precinct responded to 911 call at 6:46 a.m. Tuesday about a domestic dispute in a basement apartment at 95-30 134 St. in Richmond Hill, according to police. Comment

Police searching for missing Flushing woman

FLUSHING — The NYPD is looking for a young Asian woman residing in downtown Flushing who has been missing since the end of May. Comment

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Willets Point

Willets Point auto shop launches hunger strike to protest pending eviction

Sunrise Cooperative, a group of 48 auto shop owners in Willets Point, has been staging a hunger strike to protest their scheduled eviction from the industrial strip since Monday as part of an agreement with the city Economic Development Corporation. Comment
Jackson Heights

Crowley unveils legislation to rename Jackson Hts post office after Manfords

On the eve of Gay Pride Month, U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) joined several elected officials last week to announce legislation to rename the Jackson Heights Post Office in honor of Jeanne and Jules Manford, the late Queens residents and national heroes who fought for the advancement of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Comment

State considers new email retention policies, may be able to look to city

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent decision not to purge e-mails of state employees after 90 days has been praised by watchdog groups after much scrutiny. Comment
Long Island City

Fatal shooting at Queensbridge Houses revives stop and frisk debate

A $2,000 reward for information about the shooting death of 23-year-old Jahhad Marshall early Saturday morning at the Queenbridge Houses has been announced by the 114th Precinct in Astoria. The aspiring chef, and resident of 1st Street in the Astoria Houses, was caught in a crossfire created by multiple gunmen, according to sources, in a back courtyard at 40-16 12th St. Comments (11)

Halloran surrenders to federal prison June 8

Former City Councilman Daniel Halloran will surrender to a federal prison in Kentucky Monday after a federal judge denied his court request to stay out of prison while he appeals his conviction. on corruption charge. Comments (2)

Assemblyman Kim, Chinese group to host carnival for kids in Flushing this summer

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and the Chinese-American Planning Council will host a carnival in the Flushing/Northeast region this summer for all children in the neighborhood after some students at PS 120 were banned from a school carnival last week for not paying the required fee. Comment
Jackson Heights

Dromm’s long battle started Queens Pride

When the Queens Pride Parade steps off in Jackson Heights at noon Sunday, memories of the first march 23 years ago will flood back for the event’s founder, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). The award-winning public school teacher at PS 199 turned activist for his LGBT community believes the world has changed since 1993. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Queens College holds graduation ceremony

More than 2,500 graduates, including working parents and first-generation college students, graduated from Queens College in Kew Gardens Hills during its commencement ceremony last week. Comment
Rockaway Park

Senator Schumer proposes new laws to prevent copper theft

In response to last week’s copper theft that left thousands of commuters on the A line in the Rockaways scrambling to find alternative transportation, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) introduced legislation that would make it harder for copper thieves to profit from their spoils. He cosponsored the bill withSenator Klobuchar (D-MN), Comment

Monday, June 1, 2015

Willets Point

Willets Point auto shop group launch hunger strike to protest pending eviction

Sunrise Cooperative, a group of 48 auto shop owners in Willets Point, is holding a hunger strike to protest their scheduled eviction from the neighborhood this Monday as part of an agreement with the city Economic Development Corporation. Comments (4)
Queens Village

Five-alarm Queens Village warehouse fire under investigation: FDNY

A five-alarm fire inside a Queens Village food-packing warehouse near 218th Street is under investigation, FDNY officials said Monday morning. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Lidia Bastianich: Celebrated chef keynotes Impact Awards

Lidia Bastianich is an acclaimed chef and restaurateur specializing in Italian cuisine, author of multiple cookbooks and host of several popular TV programs. Comments (1)
Queens Impact Awards

Alberto Barreto: Drug counselor changes lives in Rockaway

With the summer approaching, Alberto Barreto knows gunshots will become common in Far Rockaway’s soundscape. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Adrian Bordoni: Community builder moves Woodside

Maspeth resident Adrian Bordoni, who has been a teacher for nearly 20 years, got into the community-building business in 2011. That’s when he became the executive director of Woodside on The Move, a grassroots nonprofit that is dedicated to making the community a better place to live, work and do business. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Aline Euler: Nature lover opens APEC to more people

As a child, Aline Euler remembered falling in love with nature when her family first moved from Manhattan to Astoria before eventually settling in Bayside. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Alisha Johnson: Mother of four nourishes kids’ creativity

Alisha Johnson is dedicated to improving and enriching the lives of the many young people who live in her Jamaica community. As executive director/founder of Talent Youth Development Education and Entertainment, her job is to respond to their needs and support their creative endeavors. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Ann Margaret O’Connor: Cultural collaborator connects borough talent

She has been described as an urban wanderer, foodie, lover of life and all things “Queens” and an authentic New Yorker Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Barbara Brown: Southeast Queens activist fights airplane noise

Longtime Queens resident Barbara Brown is known for her dedication and desire to help folks in her southeast Queens community as well as her ongoing efforts as head of the Eastern Queens Alliance. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Bob Reid: Commish leads Bayside Little League for 47 years

Bob Reid might be too humble to bring up the little things he’s done behind the scenes over the years in Bayside, but they’ve added up to some tremendous accomplishments. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Carol Lacks: Retiree invigorates Kew Gardens art scene

While longtime Kew Gardens resident Carol Lacks has been described as caring and proactive by her neighbors, she has also gained a reputation as someone who likes to shake things up a bit. As a result of her creative efforts, folks in her neighborhood have benefited in many ways, and the local artistic community has flourished. This, in turn, has made a deep impact on Queens’ cultural landscape. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Dr. Charles Schleien: Doctor saves children in cardiac arrest

Dr. Charles Schleien, who grew up in Flushing, has dedicated his career to helping others. In particular, he has a long history of doing and supporting research for children. Comments (1)
Queens Impact Awards

Dominick Bruccoleri: Restaurateur helps buoy Bayside business

Dominick Bruccoleri is not only a longstanding business owner in the Bayside community, he has been with the Bayside Village Business Improvement District as chairman from the beginning to what it is today. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

David Rosasco: Translator cleans Woodside streets with kids

The founder of the Woodside Neighborhood Association spent 12 years in Japan studying language to become the professional translator he is today. It was when David Rosasco returned home in 2005 that he realized his hometown needed a drastic makeover. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Ed Horn: Memorial counselor melds death with life

Ed Horn is concerned with the living and the dead. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Ellen Kodadek: Flushing Town Hall director champions global arts

When Ellen Kodadek first arrived at Flushing Town Hall, she inherited financial problems brought on by funding cuts. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Frank Raffaele has chariable component in his business plan

Frank “Turtle” Raffaele is on a mission. The founder and CEO of Coffeed Roasters, and his partners, are out to prove that the business model behind their Coffeed chain of coffee cafés can both make a profit and support various social missions. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Frances O. Scarantino: Busy woman founds Howard Beach day care

Several years ago Howard Beach native Frances Scarantino, 43, saw that quality day care options in her area were limited. Compelled to help working parents, she started her own nonprofit youth organization, after completing a successful career in the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Jacques Leandre: Lawyer gives back to Rosedale football league

Born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, Jacques Léandre’s parents left the city known as the Paris of the Antilles to raise their family in New York. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Jason and Joy Marr: Woodside couple brings Shakespeare to Queens parks

William Shakespeare brought Jason and Joy Marr together. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Dr. Jill Rabin: Doctor builds LIJ’s prenatal care services

Dr. Jill Rabin, recognized for her extraordinary drive in helping to improve North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Prenatal Care Assistance Program, said outreach and education have been essential measures in empowering women to take a proactive role in their health. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Marissa Bernowitz: Disaster volunteer delivers Rockaway relief

Volunteering comes naturally to Marissa Bernowitz. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Ouida Duncan: Healer provides free spinal surgery for poor

While Ouida Duncan grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, she watched her parents who worked in the local hospital: They gave their time and energy to help heal others. Unknowingly, the act of healing became ingrained in her and she carried it over to New York in the 1970s. Comments (1)
Queens Impact Awards

Rob MacKay: Booster of borough touts all things Queens

Rob MacKay is the gatekeeper to the World’s Borough. Or, as he puts it, “I’m basically the cheerleader of Queens.” Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Susan Brustmann: Director keeps saving Poppenhusen Institute

When Susan Brustmann first became executive director of the Poppenhusen Institute in College Point in 1983 after saving the institute from demolition, she was a novice. She had no staff, no salary and no experience. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Steven Hitt: Director builds LaGuardia Community College’s theater group

Steven Hitt said he is very honored to be acknowledged for the work he has been doing as managing director for the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and as adjunct assistant professor of Dance and Human Services at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Theresa Adams: Volunteer gives her all for Hunters Point

The Hunters Point area of Long Island City has been transformed and revitalized over the years, thanks to third-generation resident Terri Adams, a dedicated volunteer who has been working tirelessly for community betterment. Comment
Queens Impact Awards

Tyra Emerson: JAMS Festival organizer eyes her 20th year

If someone had told a 10-year old Tyra Emerson, the executive director of Cultural Collaborative Jamaica, that she would be leading a major arts and culture group for downtown Jamaica, she would have shaken her head no. Comment

Friday, May 29, 2015


After appeal denied, Halloran asks for one more week before prison

Former City Councilman Daniel Halloran, convicted of bribery and fraud earlier this year, filed Friday for an extension on his surrender date after his bail pending appeal May 27 was denied in Federal Court in White Plains. Comments (5)

Little Bay parking lot opens after decade-long wait

The long overdue completion of Little Bay Park’s comfort station was announced Friday even if visitors had to use portable toilets because the comfort station still was not finished. Comments (1)


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