Monday, April 21, 2014

Jamaica Estates

SJU gets first president from outside the church

History was made at St. John’s University in Jamaica last week when for the first time the Vincentian institution named a new president who is not a priest. Comment.
Flushing

Titan Theatre Co. prepares for its next big role in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

At the end of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” with most of the cast lying dead on the floor, Horatio bids the title character farewell. Comment.
Flushing

SkyView to get kids shop

The Children’s Place is coming to the SkyView Center. Comment.
Flushing

Moses left imprint on boro

Robert Moses’ uncompromising attitude toward opposition to everything from freeways to tunnels made him a villain to many neighborhood activists and he left an enduring mark on the landscape of Queens. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Police looking for missing Jackson Heights teen

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Jackson Heights teen last seen April 4. Comment.
Political Action

Third parties play important roles in city elections

New York state has an almost unique system of third parties that appear on the ballot in addition to the two major parties. Comment.
New Voices

Boro test prep center chain reaches out to Queens minorities

A month after the results of the Specialized High School Admission Test, the momentum to reform the examination continues to build. As only marginal numbers of African Americans and Hispanics gain admission to the city’s most selective high schools, a lawsuit headed by the NAACP, as well as comments from elected officials, have cast a spotlight on the test and test prep centers, many of which serve Queens neighborhoods. Comment.
Letters

Gets facts straight on horse carriage industry

In response to the editorial published in the April 4-10 edition of the Bayside Times, we feel it is imperative to rebut some of the points made regarding horse-drawn carriages in New York City. Comment.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ozone Park

Retired Ozone Park officer charged in wife’s murder: NYPD

A retired police officer has been arrested in the murder of his wife, which left Ozone Park residents scrambling to shelter the couple’s young children from the aftermath of the fatal gunshots Saturday, the NYPD and neighbors said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Two 4-year-olds die in Far Rockaway fire: NYPD

A Far Rockaway block spent Easter morning mourning the death of two 4-year-olds, killed in a blaze that the FDNY said was sparked by youth fire play late Saturday night. Comment.
Rego Park

Group pushes for study of perils on Queens Blvd.

Before Jessame Hannus found her dream apartment in Rego Park, she knew the neighborhood because of the so-called Boulevard of Death that runs through it. Comments (3).
Elmhurst

An urban son remembers visits to both World’s Fairs

We moved to Elmhurst from Borough Park about six months before the World’s Fair opened in 1939. Comments (1).
Ridgewood

Man sentenced to 10 years in western Queens burglaries: DA

RIDGEWOOD — A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 10 years in prison April 10 after pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, cameras and computer equipment from nearly a dozen homes in Ridgewood, Forest Hills, Ozone Park and Howard Beach, the Queens DA said. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria social club burglarized: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police were asking for help identifying two suspects believed to be involved in the burglary of a Spanish social club in Astoria earlier this month, authorities said. Comment.
Astoria

Roosevelt Island deli robbed of $30K: Police

ROOSEVELT ISLAND — Police from the 114th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in finding suspects wanted in the robbery of a deli on Roosevelt Island, the NYPD said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

NYPD searching for missing Jax Heights teen

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were searching for a teenager they said disappeared from Jackson Heights last weekend. Comment.
Bayside

Horses shouldn’t breathe pollution

In response to your April 4-10 editorial “Horse Sense,” back in the 19th century, the horse carriages were not competing with cars, buses and taxis on city streets. The horses were confined to Central Park. Comment.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ozone Park

Updated: ‘Mommy just got shot,’ children say after fleeing Ozone Park home

A 40-year-old woman was fatally shot with her two children nearby in Ozone Park Saturday by a man believed to be her husband, the NYPD and neighbors said. Comments (2).
Ozone Park

Briarwood man found shot dead in street: NYPD

A 20-year-old Briarwood man was found shot dead on an Ozone Park street early Saturday morning, police said. Comments (14).
Ozone Park

Two men shot in South Jamaica: Police

Two men were shot near the South Jamaica Houses at around 4:38 p.m. Saturday, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing Library receives new self-service stations

Check it out. Comment.
Bayside

Roosevelt proclaims expo a peace symbol

On Monday, May 1, 1939, the headline in The New York Times read: “President Roosevelt Opens fair As a Symbol of Peace.” Roosevelt in his first public utterance since German Chancellor Adolf Hitler had virtually rejected his plan for peace in the next decade, dedicated the fair to uniting the nations of the Western Hemisphere — to encouraging peace and good will among nations. He voiced the hope that “time would break down the barriers to tranquillity on the Continent.” Comment.
East Elmhurst

Laptop of E. Elmhurst man had child porn: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY — An East Elmhurst man is facing more than a dozen charges of possessing child porn after workers at a Best Buy in Long Island City allegedly found pornographic images of kids on a laptop he brought into the store for repairs, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Ridgewood

Man bought shoes at Ridgewood shop with stolen card: NYPD

RIDGEWOOD — Police released a surveillance image of a man who allegedly used a stolen ATM card to buy sneakers in a Ridgewood shoe store April 2, the NYPD said. Comment.
Rego Park

Woman swiped purse in Rego Park Aldi’s: NYPD

REGO PARK — Police requested help identifying a woman suspected of stealing a purse inside Aldi’s supermarket, at 61-35 Junction Blvd., April 8, the NYPD said. Comment.
Middle Village

Boro businesses charged in tax evasion cases: DA

MIDDLE VILLAGE — Two Queens business owners have been charged in separate tax evasion cases for allegedly stealing more than $162,000 in unpaid sales tax combined, Queens DA Richard Brown said. Comment.
St. Albans

Cops on the lookout for missing St. Albans woman

ST. ALBANS — The Police Department was asking for help finding a woman who was last seen at her home last Saturday, the NYPD said. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Queen Civic Congress wages battle against illegal apts.

The Queens Civic Congress is an umbrella organization of approximately 100 civic and co-op associations in Queens. The goal of the QCC is to maintain the quality of life for Queens residents. While it supports the general idea of providing more affordable housing, it opposes the proposals which would legalize the currently illegal basement/cellar apartments which some people build. Comment.
Editorial

Punctuality Problem

We may have missed the deadline for evaluating Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first 100 days in office, but we know he’ll forgive us as the champion of fashionable lateness. Comment.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Pomonok

Lancman grills NYCHA on Pomonok downsizing

NYCHA officials announced they are reviewing certain aspects of their so-called “rightsizing” policy after a grilling by City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) at an oversight hearing last week. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Ozone-Howard Little League plans memorial for vets

While elected officials push for a parade to welcome home Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the Ozone-Howard Little League has taken steps to honor the homebound with a memorial. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Queens cab driver charged evading $28K in tolls: DA

A Long Island City cabdriver has been charged with stealing more than $28,000 in toll payments from the MTA, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Bayside

Weprin names five projects that win budget vote

School technology and community safety were among the items that topped the list of winning projects in this year’s participatory budgeting process for City Council District 23. Comments (2).
Jamaica

Police track ‘person of interest’ in BK shooting to Jamaica basement

The search for a gunman who allegedly hit a 13-year-old Brooklyn boy in the eye with a stray bullet earlier this week led investigators to a basement in Jamaica Thursday where police tracked down a 21-year-old they were calling a person of interest. Comments (2).
Ridgewood

CB 5 backs rezoning corner of Ridgewood

Community Board 5 voted last week in favor of an application to rezone a roughly two-by-one block strip in Ridgewood, CB 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri Jr. said. Comments (1).
Woodside

Dept of Ed sticks with plan to bus PS 11 kids to Astoria

Elected officials in western Queens have lost a three-month battle with the city Department of Education and nearly 250 incoming kindergartners at PS 11 in Woodside will be bused 3 miles away every school day beginning this fall. Comment.
Flushing

Developers find funds for Flushing Commons

The developers of Flushing Commons have cleared their last major hurdles before construction can begin on the long-delayed, $850 million development. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

Baisley Houses get new basketball courts

Come this summer, the residents of South Jamaica’s Baisley Park Houses will have something else to celebrate at their annual fete: a new basketball court and playground redesigned from the ground up. Comments (2).
Jamaica

MTA buys land to redevelop aging Jamaica Bus Depot

The MTA recently bought up a handful of properties adjacent to the South Jamaica bus depot, which it has been hoping to expand for years, but until the agency can come up with the needed capital funds, construction plans will sit as idle as the buses parked along Merrick Boulevard. Comments (1).
Flushing

Belgian waffles hit Seattle before 1964 World’s Fair

Ask just about anyone who visited the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park what they remember eating, and you’ll get the same answer—Belgian waffles. This gussied up breakfast food was, indeed, the iconic comestible of the fest. But contrary to the commonly held belief of Queens loyalists, they were not invented for that event. Comment.
Flushing

1939 exhibits on future bring hope

These city fathers who met at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan had decided to hold what would be the greatest world’s fair. The location: Flushing Meadow in Queens. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills slashing may be gang related: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Police were searching for a suspect they believe slashed an 18-year-old man near 62nd Avenue and Yellowstone Boulevard at 4 p.m. April 9, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Block Shots

St. John’s future appears brighter with Delarosa commitment to SJU

Adonis Delarosa’s commitment appears to be the start of a good thing at St. John’s University. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights teen last seen April 7: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police from the 115th Precinct are asking for the public’s help in finding Joseph Alzate, a 14-year-old Hispanic teen last seen April 7 at his home on 94th Street. Comment.
Opinion

As Jews celebrate Passover, Christians prepare for Easter

This week, those of the Jewish and Christian faiths celebrate some important dates in their religions. Comments (2).

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