Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference in Woodside Monday that he supported the right of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators to protest, but whether they could stay in the tent city set up in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park is in the park’s owners’ hands. Comments (1).
The elderly attendees of the Whitestone Armory are joining with the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to decry a plan by the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs they describe as designed to force them to pay more money. Comment.
Tired of seeing cars racing along the street in front of her home on Francis Lewis Boulevard, eighth-grader Cheyenne Hua devised a solution to put the brakes on heavy-footed speedsters while leaving nothing but smooth sailing for law-abiding drivers. Comments (1).
Even by conservative estimates, volunteers from a Flushing Greek Orthodox church had prepared well over 50,000 fried dough balls during the four-day St. Nicholas festival that culminated Sunday night. Comment.
No one would call Douglaston a food desert, but ever since Waldbaum’s left the Douglaston Shopping Plaza and — more recently — with the closing of the Douglaston Market, grub choices have been limited. Comment.
Silicon Valley is getting ready for its biggest competitor yet. Yes, that is right: New York City. In a plan that has stirred and awed much of the tech world, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has committed $100 million to establishing a top-tier, applied sciences university within the five boroughs. Comments (2).
As he waits weekday mornings at the Auburndale station for the Long Island Rail Road to carry him into Manhattan, Joe O’Neill passes the time throwing, which sounds just a bit menacing until one realizes it is simply one of the terms — along with the dizzy baby and the boing boing — spoken by O’Neill and the other members of the New York YoYo Club. Comments (1).
Merchants on 37th Road between Broadway and 74th Street say they have seen their business drop by 50 percent or more since the city Department of Transportation has rerouted the bus routes and turned the block into what is planned to be a pedestrian plaza. Comments (5).
If the thought of frozen yogurt does not immediately conjure up an association with the cool, crisp air and leaves that are beginning to rustle along the sidewalks of Bell Boulevard as we welcome in autumn, the sign in the window of the new Red Mango tempting passersby with the promise of its seasonal pumpkin spice flavor is sure to instantly make one feel warm and cozy inside. Comment.
Mere weeks after announcing the dog run on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City would be renovated, local legislators and their four-legged constituents cut the ribbon on the expanded park last Thursday. Comment.
Home video games are an integral part of our high-tech culture. Take a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 away from a kid or teen and they won’t make it through the day. The same holds true for many adults who get hooked on escaping reality. Comment.
ROCKAWAY BEACH — Six gun-toting men tried to hide under the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach after allegedly squeezing off a few rounds Friday, but police from the 100th Precinct yanked them out by their feet before slapping them with cuffs, according to the NYPD. Comment.
When Woodsider Rocky Sanabria wrote to City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) about his wish to become a motivational speaker and share his experiences as a transgender teen, Van Bramer invited him to speak at the Council so he could get started on that dream. Comment.
If the term “romantic comedy” makes you think of contrived setups, cringe-inducing gags and expectable conclusions, the Douglaston Community Theatre is producing a play that just may change your mind. Comment.
Artists often sign the corners of their masterpieces, but the city signed Ann Buehler’s for her Saturday, putting the name of the feisty former head of an Astoria Boys & Girls club at the corner of 30th Road and 21st Street. Comment.
Empty storefronts dot the commercial strips in Ridgewood and Forest Hills, but the reasons behind the vacancies are different for each area, according to business leaders in both neighborhoods. Comment.
Defense lawyers plan to appeal what they call the contradictory verdict rendered last Thursday after Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach mother who shot her ex-cop husband, was acquitted of murder but found guilty on gun possession charges. Comment.
Residents of one Whitestone neighborhood say they are fed up with recurring car crashes at what they describe as a dangerous intersection, and the city announced Tuesday that it will undertake a new study to evaluate whether to take steps to address their concerns. Comments (3).
A campaign committee controlled by Queens Republican political operative John Haggerty, who is on trial for allegedly stealing $1.1 million of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s money, is three months late in filing its disclosure report with the state Board of Elections, a BOE spokesman said Tuesday. Comment.
Ted Rabinowitz has performed CPR and saved lives as part of the Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps for more than three decades. But he never imagined his quick-thinking colleagues would end up saving his own after a heart attack earlier this year. Comments (5).
City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) announced Tuesday he was introducing a resolution calling for the city Department of Education to integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical figures into the general school curriculum. Comment.
The Forest Diner on 108th Street in Forest Hills closed last month after slinging food for about 30 years, and some residents said its passing was a watershed moment in the history of the neighborhood. Comment.
Downtown Manhattan can seem as if it is worlds away, in more ways than one, from Bayside. David Yale said that in the nearly 25 years he has lived in the neighborhood, he cannot remember seeing a lot of political demonstrations. Comment.
Traffic sailed along new routes through a previously unregulated, five-way intersection in Maspeth last week, but residents and business owners said a new truck bypass plan caused pure mayhem elsewhere. Comments (3).
The teen Queensbridge native who was shot in an apparent dispute between two rival Manhattan public housing projects was trying to avoid trouble when her accused shooters allegedly opened fire on her, prosecutors revealed last week when the pair appeared in court. Comments (1).
A Jamaica father was remanded to jail last week after he tried to kill himself and his 2-year-old daughter inside their car that was parked in the rear of a Long Island shop, investigators said. Comment.
A little over a week after a lighting strike at the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station caused hours of delays, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on the railroad Monday to voluntarily implement a protocol in order to better inform passengers and protect their safety during service disruptions and delays. Comment.
The city public advocate is calling on the federal government to shut down the controversial immigration detention center in Springfield Gardens and rethink its partnership with the private organization that runs it. Comment.
The city has declared that it will not be considering landmark status for the former Gelmart site in College Point, despite loud opposition from local residents and leaders to a plan to overhaul it. Comments (2).
A new train terminus in Long Island has the potential to increase traffic through Middle Village, and it opened just as residents got a little bit of relief from noise and pollution coming from the track behind their houses. Comment.
Nearly two months have passed since the city committed itself to acquiring the old St. Saviour’s Church site in Maspeth for parkland, and even though $5.5 million has already been allocated to purchase the property, a sum of money totaling about 1 percent of that amount is holding up the process while warehouse walls rapidly climb. Comment.
The mortgage crisis hit Queens hard, but the purchase of one foreclosed luxury condominium building in Flushing demonstrates a promising way forward for properties that were left behind when the real estate bubble burst. Comment.
State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) announced a new plan last week she hopes will solve the health crisis that has been gripping southeast Queens for years, but health advocates want to make sure the proposal has enough meat on its bones to make a change. Comment.
Holy Cross hasn’t played all season like a young football team. The Knights’ highly touted sophomores had performed well beyond their years and nearly pulled a stunning upset of league power St. Anthony’s last week. Comment.
All St. John the Baptist quarterback Greg Egan and the rest of his team could do was sit on the sidelines and hope their defense could make one last stop, as they were clinging to a three-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Comment.
When I worked for a large corporation in Manhattan, one of the executive secretaries became a good friend of mine. Ann was of Italian-American background, bright, witty and a delight. She had to be all those things — the company expected excellence from its employees. Comment.
The front of the September 2011 Bayside Hills Civic Association newsletter told of the group’s plans to have special activities at its annual 9/11 observance on the 10th anniversary. It obtained two pieces of World Trade Center steel from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. It was an appropriate activity by the civic. Comment.
Rev. Casper J. Furnari leads a ceremony to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who was renowned for his love of animals, at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, located on Utopia Pkwy. at 73rd Ave. Comment.