Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Malfunction on Koscuiszko causes massive traffic jam

The good news for motorists on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway is the state has begun construction of the $550 million replacement for the Kosciuszko Bridge. The bad news is the project won’t be finished until 2020 so there will be more days like Tuesday when a joint malfunctioned, resulting in the closure of the middle lane. Comment

Governor announces wage hike for tipped workers

Thousands of restaurant servers, hotel housekeepers and other tipped workers across New York state will enjoy a wage hike that will raise their hourly pay to $7.50, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. The increase was ordered by Acting Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino and it will go into effect later this year. Comment

Former 109th Pct. head assaulted by girlfriend: Manhattan DA

FLUSHING —A Columbia University professor was charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, the former head of the 109th Precinct, who she said cheated on her, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Comments (1)

College Pt. resident robbed elderly man: DA

ASTORIA — A College Point resident has been charged with assaulting a 78-year-old man last week and robbing him of more than $400 in cash he was holding as he made a purchase at a newsstand, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Bill would target unlicensed drivers

A rash of pedestrians fatally struck by unlicensed drivers has prompted the Queens leadership to ban together to pass legislation that would make such an act a felony and result in two to four years of jail time. Comments (4)

‘Mad Men’ exhibit coming to Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image will open a major new exhibition March 14 celebrating “Mad Men,” one of the most acclaimed television series in recent decades, as the show begins its final season. The exhibition, “Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men,” will feature large-scale sets including Don Draper’s office and the Draper kitchen, over 25 iconic costumes, hundreds of props, advertising art, video clips, and personal notes and research material from Weiner. Comment

Monday, March 2, 2015


Jamaica job fair attracts hundreds of hopefuls

Hundreds of job seekers searched the 72 vendors at Tolentine Hall at the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Jamaica at a career fair last week Thursday hosted and sponsored by elected officials and community leaders in Queens. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Schools Chancellor encourages parents to run for Education Council seats

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is encouraging parents across the city to make a direct impact on their child’s education by running for an Education Council seat. Parents interested in becoming members of a Community or Citywide Education Council can apply online at until March 11. Comment

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens attorney indicted for sex with minor: DA

A Kew Gardens attorney has been indicted a second time on charges of engaging in a sexual act with a female minor in exchange for money, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment

Officials announce tech program for colleges

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) announced legislation to create the Community College High-Technology Investment Program for community colleges at Queensborough Monday afternoon. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015


Maria Tuccio, 68, lived in Astoria

ASTORIA — Maria Tuccio, 68, of Astoria died on Feb. 16. Comment

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015


Bayside couple charged with kidnaping maid: DA

A Bayside couple allegedly held a maid they employed in their home against her will Feb. 13 and are accused of proceeding to beat, burn and torture her until she admitted to stealing items from the couple’s home, police said. Comments (6)

Ferreras cites four major developments in her District

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) covered a lot of ground in her State of the District Address last week. Among the significant developments in District 21 are the groundbreaking of the first affordable senior housing development, the relocation of the Willets Point auto shops, the establishment of a higher education and health care institution and the future of the Jackson Heights BID extension into Corona, Comment
Fresh Meadows

City in negotiation to buy back Fresh Meadows cemetery

Although the city has committed to figuring out a way to buy back the Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery in Fresh Meadows, the Friends of Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery is continuing to raise funds to cover incidental expenses. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Historians, lawmakers reflect on 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s death

Fifty years after Malcolm X was assassinated in Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom, historians and politicians alike say his teachings and principles remain relevant today. Comment

Annual parade in Flushing rings in Lunar New Year

Fiery, vermillion and saffron-colored dragons, the beating thunder of the drums, and the vibrant lions dancing down Main Street almost made the Flushing Lunar New Year parade viewers forget the cold temperature Saturday morning. Comment
Long Island City

Gantry guardian loses battle with cancer

The guardian of the Gantry is gone. Comments (2)

Bill would ban sex offenders from living near schools

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) and state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) are calling for a statewide ban on sex offenders living near schools. Comment

Raphael Sugarman, 56, wrote for TimesLedger Newspapers

CALGARY, ALBERTA — Raphael Sugarman, a columnist for the TimesLedger who wrote “From the Footlights” about Queens people working on Broadway, died Feb. 14 in Calgary. He was 56. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015


Top cop talks ‘hard truths’ with crowd in southeast Queens

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton spoke to the southeast Queens community in an effort to shelve the notion of police bias against minorities at a Black History month celebration at the Greater Allen AME Church in Jamaica Tuesday morning. Comment

CK advances to diocesan final, Cross falls to Xaverian 

Christ the King’s foot is hitting the peddle with the playoffs underway. Comment

Jazz musician Clark Terry, former Queens resident, left his mark

Jazz giant and educator Clark Terry, a renowned trumpeter and flugelhorn playerwho lived in Queens and worked with numerous musicians in the borough, died over the weekend at the age of 94 in Pine Bluff, Ark. Comments (1)

IDC still powerful in the Senate: Avella

When state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) first joined the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of rogue Democrats in the state Senate, he praised the group for its ability to overcome partisan lines and get things done. Comments (1)

Assemblywoman adds attorney to staff because of de Blasio’s proposal for Yards

As Mayor de Blasio pushes his Sunnyside Yards affordable housing megaproject forward, one elected official is warning that “this is a critical time for our neighborhoods in western Queens.” State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) announced Feb. 19 that Ira Greenberg, an attorney from Sunnyside Gardens, has joined her staff to work on transportation, housing and zoning issues related to the threat of over-development in western Queens. Comment

St. Patrick’s parades ready to step off in borough

This Sunday’s 16th annual St. Pat’s for All Parade in Sunnyside will be a homecoming for Steven Malone, the very public face of the Central Park horse-carriage industry, who was born and raised in the neighborhood. Comment
East Elmhurst

Terminal B redevelopment on hold at LaGuardia while FEMA funds storm preparedness

The multibillion-dollar reconstruction project of LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal Building is in a holding pattern. Comments (2)

Longtime state Sen. George Onorato is remembered

Former state Sen. George Onorato, who represented western Queens for nearly 30 years, died last Saturday at the age of 86. Onorato served the borough in Albany from 1983 to 2010, as a member of multiple committees, including the task force on Waterfront Development. Comment
Ozone Park

Alleged Sikh attacker indicted for hate crime

A Queens grand jury has indicted a Long Island man on hate crime charges for allegedly ramming his pick-up truck into a Sikh and dragging his body along the street before fleeing the scene in Ozone Park, the Queens District Attorney office said. Comment

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Long Island City

Man turns himself in following fatal assault in Long Island City

A Long Island man has turned himself in for the fatal beating of Jose Antonio Cocuyo-Malaga in Long Island City early Friday morning. Comments (1)

Unlicensed driver charged in fatal Elmhurst hit and run: NYPD

An unlicensed driver who allegedly struck and killed a woman Sunday night in Elmhurst, and then tried to flee, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, according to police. Comments (5)

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Fresh Meadows

Hundreds say farewell to beloved Prep coach O’Connor

St. Francis Prep said goodbye to a legendary coach and a beloved person Thursday. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015


Police conduct drug raid at Woodhaven home with day care: NYPD

A search warrant executed in the 102nd Precinct turned up narcotics and more than $2,000 in cash in a residential home that houses a day-care center in Woodhaven, police said. Comments (1)

Flushing Lunar New Year Parade to take place Saturday

Flushing’s robust Chinese and Korean communities will be celebrating Lunar New Year in the 19th annual Flushing Lunar New Year Parade this Saturday. Comment
Ozone Park

L.I. man charged with attempted murder in assault on Sikh

A grand jury indicted a Long Island man on hate crime charges for allegedly calling a Sikh man “Osama” and then intentionally ramming his pick-up truck into the victim and dragging his body along the street before fleeing the scene in Ozone Park in July, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)


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