Wednesday, April 26, 2017


CB11 adds new members to its ranks

Community Board 11 has added new members to its roster, with some having a background in community involvement in some way or another over the years. Comments (4)

Queens Taste food festival coming to Flushing

Queens foodies can get their fix this year at Queens Taste 2017. Comments (3)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Avella calls for left turn signal in Flushing after DOT rejection letter

The intersection at 26th Avenue and Francis Lewis Boulevard is a tricky one for motorists to navigate, and making a left turn is often particularly challenging. But state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who has had it on his to-do list to change this scenario for about three years, does not see the situation improving any time soon. Comment

Van Bramer calls for safety measures at deadly Sunnyside intersection

The group of senior citizens shuffled across 39th Street in Sunnyside, cautiously looking in all directions as they approached the spot at 43rd Avenue where cyclist Gelasio Reyes was struck and killed by an alleged drunk and unlicensed driver on April 2. Comment

Port Authority cops won’t help airlines bump passengers after ugly Chicago incident

The Port Authority Police Department will not help airlines remove paying passengers from overbooked flights, nor if they need to make room for crew members. The commander of the PAPD has warned his officers not to make the same mistake that occurred last week in Chicago when Dr. David Dao was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago. Comments (7)

City spends over $500K a night on hotels for homeless: Stringer

The cost of housing the homeless in commercial hotels has skyrocketed in recent months, with the city spending $530,000 per day, up from $400,000 per day just four months ago, according to a new analysis released Monday by City Comptroller Scott Stringer. That’s an increase of 32.5 percent. Comments (2)

Monday, April 24, 2017

East Elmhurst

DOT unveils safety improvements along Astoria Boulevard

The city has nearly completed a redesign and safety upgrade on a dangerous stretch of Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst. Comment

Stavisky weighs wins and losses in state budget

After the state budget passed a week beyond its official deadline, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) held a roundtable to discuss the victories and disappointments of fiscal year 2017. Comment
Willets Point

Monseratte asks de Blasio to back original Willets Point plan

A week before oral arguments at the New York State Courts of Appeals, former Councilman Hiram Monserrate and Elmhurst community leaders gathered on the steps of City Hall Tuesday to once again demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio honor the original Willets Point Redevelopment Plan that guaranteed affordable housing. Comments (2)

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Astoria Park hosting a rally for climate action April 28

In honor of Earth Day, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) are organizing the Astoria Climate Action Rally. The event is set for April 28, on the Great Lawn at Astoria Park. Comments (2)

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Action: Cardozo’s Naclerio ready for his closeup

Longtime ‘Dozo boys basketball coach Ron Naclerio has been pacing the sidelines for years, but a recent opportunity has him doing it in front of the camera, booking a handful of gigs on TV. Comment

Friday, April 21, 2017

East Elmhurst

Borgetto social club donates to St. Jude’s before shutting doors for good

Comitato Festa Di Maria SS Del Romitello De Borgetto is more than just a mouthful. The East Elmhurst social club, founded in 1979 by Steve Giambrone, 81, has been a slice of home for him and other Sicilians in the neighborhood who came to the United States from Borgetto, a mountain town about a half-hour drive south of Palermo. Comments (1)

Grab a seat at Bangladeshi Delights

Greg Mays, the founder of A Better Jamaica arts and culture organization, is presenting Bangladeshi Delights Saturday at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, which is the third out of eight installation within the Delightful Festival series so far this year Comment

Cuomo’s former Douglas Manor mansion available for $5,500 a month

A Douglaston mansion is up for rent this summer for the price of a Manhattan one-bedroom apartment. Comments (2)

City offers advice for immigrant small business owners

It’s Immigrant Heritage Week. The city Department of Small Business Services announced Tuesday a new guide offering step-by-step advice for immigrant entrepreneurs planning, launching, or growing a small business. Comments (2)

Astoria ferry service to launch Aug. 1

Ferry service to Astoria gets underway Aug. 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday as he welcomed the first three of 20 new NYC Ferry vessels into New York Harbor. Comments (2)

Cuomo unveils final LIRR Expansion Project proposal

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is on a hot streak when it comes to transportation projects. Last year he oversaw the completion of the first stage of the 2nd Avenue subway line, which was 96 years in the making. He also announced the construction to rebuild LaGuardia airport. On April 12, he released the final Environmental Impact Statement for the LIRR Expansion Project. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man accused of stomping cat to death: DA

A grand jury has indicted a Far Rockaway man on charges of killing an adult female cat by throwing it off a third-story balcony, then stomping the animal to death in the sight of witnesses, including children, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Second man indicted in 2015 slashing of Whitestone girl

A Pennsylvania man has been arraigned on assault, conspiracy and other charges for his alleged role in the December 2015 slashing of a 16-year-old Whitestone girl, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Sex trafficking ring run out of Flushing

Three Flushing residents have been indicted for allegedly running a multi-state prostitution ring, the acting U.S. attorney in the Buffalo area said last week. Comments (15)

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Mayor acknowledges BQX funding issues after internal memo leaked

The Brooklyn-Queens Connector may have derailed in its planning phase. Mayor Bill de Blasio conceded Monday night that funding issues could shelve his proposed street car system, known as the BQX, which would run 16 miles along the waterfront from Astoria to Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Comments (2)
Long Island City

City’s first Girl Scout troop for homeless girls established in Long Island City shelter

The lives of 22 girls living in a Long Island City shelter for homeless families have improved dramatically thanks to a collaborative effort by several concerned adults. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Brooklyn man confessed to Howard Beach murder: DA’s office

As the Brooklyn man accused of murdering Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano was arraigned Tuesday, a Queens prosecutor made public a statement the suspect allegedly gave to police saying he had “just lost it.” Comments (1)

Corona pizzeria owner gets 18 years in Mafia-linked cocaine case

The mobster who owns a Corona pizzeria was sentenced Tuesday to 18 years in prison for narcotics-trafficking and firearms-related offenses. Following a two-week trial in Brooklyn in July, Gregorio Gigliotti, 61, a resident of the Malba section of Whitestone, and his son Angelo, were convicted by a federal jury of crimes including conspiracy to import cocaine. Comments (1)

Queens businesses help send medical supplies to aid Venezuelan protesters

Queens business owners are coming together to send aid to Venezuelans injured during violent protest amid the economic crisis gripping the South American country. Comments (1)

IDC claims victory with Raise the Age but mainline Democrats disagree

Akeem Browder and fellow criminal justice advocates joined members of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference Tuesday in calling on the city to plan to remove juveniles from Rikers Island within a year as required by recently passed Raise the Age legislation. Comments (2)

Suozzi addresses Whitestone’s concerns at town hall meeting

Newly elected Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-LittleNeck) answered Whitestone residents’ burning questions at a town hall meeting Tuesday evening. The congressman, who opened his Queens office Wednesday at 250-02 Northern Blvd., attended the town hall meeting hosted by We Love Whitestone at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church. Comments (2)

Tony Bennett charms crowds at Westbury show

Tony Bennett may be 90 years old, but the jazz crooner from Astoria is still smooth and energetic on stage. Comment

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Port Authority cops arrest Bronx man in JFK luggage theft

A bag was stolen from Terminal 8 at JFK airport March 23. Comments (5)
Richmond Hill ►Video

Police search for man who vandalized Islamic Cultural Center

RICHMOND HILL — Police are searching for a man suspected of criminal mischief outside the Bosnian Cultural Center in Richmond Hill. Comments (1)

Cops search for missing Bayside teen

FLUSHING — Police from the 111th Precinct are searching for the whereabouts of a missing Bayside woman who was last seen in Flushing. Comments (1)

Friday, April 14, 2017


Queens Weekend Calendar: April 15-16

Your weekend calendar: April 15-16 Comment

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Cyclist’s widow joins Van Bramer in call for safety measures at Sunnyside intersection

The widow of Gelacio Reyes, the cyclist who was struck and killed by an alleged drunk and unlicensed driver at a Sunnyside intersection April 2, joined City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) Thursday morning as he demanded immediate action to make the area safer. Comment

Yonkers contractor charged with arson in Elmhurst fire: FDNY

A contractor from Yonkers has been arrested in connection with the five-alarm Elmhurst fire that damaged 112 units in a brick apartment building Tuesday afternoon, FDNY officials said. Comment

Man who hates God burglarized churches, temple in Queens: DA

A man has been charged with hate crimes for allegedly burglarizing several houses of worship in Flushing, Woodside and Elmhurst due to his hatred of religion and God, the Queens district attorney said. Comment


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