Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

Long Island City

New LIC pub gives great beers a stage

Michael Bewley, co-owner of new pub Alewife Queens, at 514 51st Ave. in Long Island City, said he and his partner Daniel Lanigan came to the neighborhood through luck, but have found themselves already embraced by their neighbors. Comment.
Astoria

Train hits bumper in Astoria station and causes havoc for commuters

The morning commute in Astoria turned into a mad scramble for hundreds of people Tuesday morning after transit officials say a Q train hit the bumper at the Ditmars Station of the N/Q line. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

Far Rockaway

Victim refuses to give up headphones, punched: DA

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police arrested a man last week for ruining another person’s earphones during an attempted robbery, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills mom’s murder-for-hire conviction upheld

Nearly four years to the day that Daniel Malakov was gunned down in front of his daughter at a Forest Hills playground, a state appellate court upheld the murder convictions of his estranged wife and her relative in his death. Comments (6).
Long Island City

Costumed pups compete at LIC fest

Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City went to the dogs last Saturday for the annual Harvest Festival, which included a canine costume contest. Comments (1).
Letters

Investigate missing park funds

In April 2004, local papers reported details of a $4.12 million federal transportation allocation that had been secured by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights sign spells out historical connections

City Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said not too many people know that Jackson Heights was the birthplace of one of the most popular board games in the world, but after last weekend residents and visitors will be getting a fresh reminder about that fact. Comment.
Jamaica

Beep lauds SE Qns. kids keen on college

Borough President Helen Marshall addressed her Queens Youth Board and other youth Friday at York College in Jamaica during a day devoted to job skills and sexual health. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill teen steals condoms from store: DA

RICHMOND HILL — A teen boy was arrested last week for trying to steal some condoms from a drugstore, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Astoria

Man argues with and then robs victim: Brown

ASTORIA — A 22-year-old man was arrested two weeks ago on charges of robbing another person following an early morning argument, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
College Point

Ambulance headquarters transformed into haunted house

College Point Community Ambulance Corps held a Fall Festival, which included a haunted house. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

‘Spreading the wealth’ is not a good idea

What better place to demand the redistribution of wealth than on Wall Street? When the occupiers were asked, most could not explain their grievances, why they were there, who will determine whose wealth requires redistributing, who will do the confiscating and who will do the equalizing. Comment.
Editorial

Victory for Astorians

In these tough times, the U.S. Postal Service is faced with difficult decisions. The USPS was designed to be self-supporting and until now it was. Through the sale of postage and other services, it was able to cover salaries and overhead. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011

Oakland Gardens

Bayside kin feud for prizes

Jeff Viscovich said he checked one item off his bucket list when he and his family flew to Atlanta in August to compete on the television game show “Family Feud.” Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens’ Grapel returns home after Egyptian captivity

After four and a half months of detainment in an Egyptian jail on espionage charges, Oakland Gardens native Ilan Grapel walked down a hallway at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 and into the arms of his family Saturday morning. Comments (1).
Douglaston

Doug biz meets to plan revival of downtown area

Some called it the downtown, some referred to it as Main Street and others dubbed it the train station area. Some even suggested it may extend to the corner of Northern Boulevard. Comment.
Maspeth

Booted Maspeth biz says state incentives too small to stay

A manufacturing company employing 120 people will be forced out of Maspeth to make way for the new Kosciuszko Bridge, and the owner said the state is not doing enough to keep his business from leaving New York. Comment.
Forest Hills

Meir Shalev coming to Central Queens Y

The establishing of Israel and the young nation’s subsequent conflicts with Palestine play a major role in the writings of Israeli author Meir Shalev, who will be traveling to Forest Hills for a Sunday afternoon talk about his new book, “My Russian Grandmother and Her American Vacuum Cleaner.” Comment.
Astoria

U.S. treasurer extols lending

U.S. Treasurer Rosa “Rosie” Gumataotao Rios and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) visited Astoria’s Alma Bank to tout a $19 million grant the bank received from the federal government to lend to small businesses near its locations throughout the city and in New Jersey. Comment.
Bayside

Oratorio Society celebrates 85th year

The Oratorio Society of Queens is planning to celebrate its 85th anniversary by opening the season with a collection of multicultural carols during its annual holiday concert. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans man gets 12 years for killing baby son

KEW GARDENS — A 22-year-old St. Albans man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday for killing his baby son when he was crying, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Long Island City

Spooktacular screenings at MOMI, Karloff honored

In the past, Queens horror enthusiasts have reported seeing ghosts and zombies on All Hallow’s Eve. Rumor has it these otherworldly creatures have been visiting our borough — once called the Land of Cemeteries — in large numbers. Here, the dead outnumber the living more than two-to-one. Comment.
Dining Out

Sol Hyang Lee: Experience Manchuria in Flushing

So if you dine in a restaurant specializing in the delicacies of northeast China, while speaking frankly to your honey, have you gone on a Manchurian candid date? Groaning aside, if you want to try it, we have a place for you. Sol Hyang Lee, on 41st Avenue in downtown Flushing specializes in the hybrid cuisine of Manchuria and Korea. What sets it apart from other local restaurants promoting that style is that Sol Hyang Lee also offers tabletop barbecued kebabs. Comment.
Howard Beach

Heart of a Lion: Proce beats cancer

The atmosphere at Bishop Loughlin was raucous, the hundreds of fans in attendance jumping out of their seats with every point. The Lions girls’ volleyball team swept St. Agnes on Senior Day and the players were ecstatic afterward, dancing, cheering and enjoying baked desserts. Comment.
Rosedale

Halloween Festival held at Brookville Park

Costumed children flocked to Brookville Park for the Friends of Brookville Park’s third-annual Halloween celebration. Comment.
QueensLine

QueensLine: Flushing elected fought for prayer in public school in ‘46

It was October 1946 and at the Loews Triboro, on stage in person, was Ed Sullivan, the famous Broadway columnist, with the Harvest Moon Dance Winners and extra added attraction Johnny Burke, “left over from the draft of 1917,” along with other big acts. Two big shows went on at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Comment.
Letters

Occupy Wall Street protesters are truly patriotic

Another day of the Occupy Wall Street protests that have spread to several major cities, and another day of disparaging remarks from the haves and those who do not get it on the right. Comments (4).

Friday, Oct. 28, 2011

Flushing

Willets Point tech center installed by group on Panorama of QMA

Jukay Hsu, founder of the advocacy group Coalition for Queens, temporarily installed a mock-up of a technical innovation center over Willets Point on the Queens Museum of Art’s Panorama from last Thursday to Sunday. Comment.
Ozone Park

Thousands visit new racino at Aqueduct for opening day VIDEO

The owners of the Aqueduct racino in Ozone Park hit the jackpot Friday when thousands of gamblers flooded the only video gambling casino in the state on its opening day. Comments (4).
Flushing

Developer lays out Flushing waterfront plan

The long-stalled plans to redevelop the downtown Flushing waterfront were the center of a public outreach session last week, drawing dozens of residents and business and community leaders to Flushing Town Hall for a presentation on the proposal. Comment.
Forest Hills

Cops nab alleged armed robber in Forest Hills

Two NYPD officers who work in the 112th Precinct were honored last week for chasing down a gun-wielding perp who has been charged with numerous armed robberies in Forest Hills. Comment.
College Point

Avella pushes city to pay for College Point retaining walls

Neighbors on 130th Street in College Point whose backyards look out over Powell’s Cove have known each other for decades. Comment.
Little Neck

Avella gets city to look into flooding woes

Under the right conditions, Marvin Tessler’s garage in Little Neck could be used as a swimming pool. Comment.
Flushing

MTA study reveals straphangers approve of subways, but not LIRR

The MTA says 84 percent of straphangers are content with subway service, although commuter satisfaction with the Long Island Rail Road declined. Comment.
St. Albans

NAACP looks at flooding

The Jamaica branch of the NAACP and elected officials are putting pressure on the city to step up its efforts to solve the chronic flooding problem they say is devastating southeast Queens. Comment.
Crime

Vallone, Ferreras seek stiffer sex trafficking laws

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said he would introduce a resolution calling upon the state Legislature to increase penalties for sex trafficking after he and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) held a hearing on the subject last week. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Restored park honors civic from another era

Albert Montbellier dedicated most of his life to improving the quality of life in southeast Queens and the community has taken up his cause with an all-new, all different greenspace in the area. Comment.
Ozone Park

Queens senior missing and in poor health: Cops

OZONE PARK — Police have asked the public’s help in finding a missing senior citizen. Comment.
Flushing

Uncovering a Halloween haunting

A paranormal investigation squad has brought its psychic sensitivity, Geiger counter and years of experience hunting ghosts to the 226-year-old Kingsland Homestead, hoping to catch the spirits of Flushing past between its aging walls. Comment.
Ridgewood

Victim, 22, groped on platform of M train: Cops

RIDGEWOOD — A man allegedly touched a passenger inappropriately in an M train subway station last Thursday police said. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Hindus celebrate Festival of Lights in Richmond Hill

Hundreds of people filled the streets of Richmond Hill Saturday for the annual Diwali Motorcade to celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights. Comment.
Bayside

In win, Grubler laughs last

Ashley Grubler grabbed the ball to serve, took a deep breath and smacked it long. It was a crucial error — the match was tied at 23 in the second set — against rival Francis Lewis. Comment.
The Civic Scene

The Civic Scene: EDC speaks on borough economy at QCC meeting

Last month, the Queens Civic Congress held a meeting devoted to the economy of Queens in the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.
Letters

Average joes will pay for jobs bill

As 2011 continues, the state of our national economy is no better than it was two years ago. In fact, it has worsened significantly. Comment.
Editorial

Taking on Cyberbullying

Elected officials held a news conference at a Queens high school that they hope will raise public awareness about cyberbullying. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

Israeli prime minister greets Oakland Gardens man released by Egypt

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Oakland Gardens native Ilan Grapel “it’s good that you’re home” when the young man arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport Thursday afternoon after he was released by Egypt, The Jerusalem Post reported. Comment.
Forest Hills Gardens

GOP operative guilty of bilking mayor

Queens political operative John Haggerty was sprung from jail Saturday after posting $250,000 bail but faces up to 15 years in prison after he was found guilty Friday by a Manhattan jury of grand larceny and money laundering after being accused of stealing $1.1 million from Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Education

Queens school leaders: Walcott unresponsive

Some leaders of the borough’s community education councils, which act as liaisons between parents and the city Department of Education, gave city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott’s office an “F” for communication. Comments (1).
Woodhaven

Boro woman found dead in home

Police were still searching Tuesday for whoever killed a 54-year-old immigration law consultant found with puncture wounds to the throat in her Woodhaven home. Comment.
Jamaica

Pols warn of spike in sex assaults at SE Qns station

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) joined southeast Queens elected officials at the Parsons-Archer subway stop Friday to distribute fliers warning residents about attempted sexual assaults, including one rape, in southeast Queens. Comment.
Woodside

Cops search for slay suspect

Police were on the lookout for an individual in connection with a homicide that left a 62-year-old man lying strangled in the bathtub of his Woodside apartment, authorities said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Turner takes Afghanistan trip to review operations and troops

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Kew Gardens) quietly slipped away on a congressional field trip to Afghanistan earlier this month. Comment.
Jamaica

NYPD opens Bell cops’ trial

Two of the officers who opened fire at Sean Bell defended their actions again Monday at the start of their NYPD disciplinary trial. Comment.
Flushing

Nation’s bard charms boro

Just two days after being named U.S. poet laureate, Phil Levine read from a few of his poetry books to an audience at Queens College last week. Comment.
Jamaica

LIRR issues riders’ rights after Sept. service outage

The Long Island Rail Road has issued a rider bills of rights after U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on the transit agency to establish procedures for updating passengers and providing for their safety during service disruptions and delays. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Bus stop to Bay Terrace plaza will stay in place: Braunstein

The ground at the Bay Terrace shopping center appears to be a bit more solid for riders of the MTA’s Q28 bus. Comment.
Howard Beach

Van parks on boat after wild ride through Howard Beach

The driver of an adult day care van was arrested and charged after he drove off the end of a Howard Beach street and landed on top of a boat while fleeing a fender bender on the Belt Parkway Thursday, police said. Comment.
Broad Channel

Experts weigh in on the future of Jamaica Bay at forum

Ecological experts from around the world joined Jamaica Bay advocates last Thursday to come up with ideas to save the borough’s largest ecosystem from being erased off the map. Comment.
Transit

Top aide to Giuliani will head MTA

Joseph Lhota, a former deputy mayor and budget director renowned for having outstanding business, finance and organizational abilities, will take over the financially imperiled MTA. Comment.
Jamaica

DA indicts two on Jamaica prostitution charges

A pair of suspected pimps was indicted last week on charges of kidnapping a teenage girl and forcing her to work out of a Jamaica motel as a prostitute, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Maspeth

Maspeth woman still alive after shot in head

A 22-year-old Maspeth man was arrested and charged with allegedly shooting a woman in the head Monday night, police said. Comments (9).
Bayside

Bayside gym helps Harlem football team

Ask Larry Dodge what the most important muscle group for a young football player on the field is and he will tell you. Comment.
Bayside

Volunteers clear debris from historic Bayside graveyard

Hidden deep in the corner of 216th Street and 42nd Avenue is a piece of land that is a major part of Bayside’s history, and last weekend a group of volunteers helped to make sure it did not turn into an eyesore. Comment.
College Point

College Point spa project denied permit

College Point may not change its name to spa town just yet. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria man cleared in Bklyn. sex attacks

Police had not reported any more arrests of sex offenders in Brooklyn as of Tuesday evening since Joshua Flecha, a 32-year-old Astoria resident was cleared of charges last week after he was accused of being one of the South Slope gropers. Comment.
LeFrak City

DA says 46 arrested in LeFrak drug sting

The Queens district attorney’s office announced Friday it has charged 46 men and women — including two men who allegedly pushed drugs out of a day care — in a massive, seven-month drug sweep of LeFrak City coordinated between the office and the Police Department. Comments (1).
Astoria

Grand post office spared

A spokeswoman from the U.S. Postal Service said that while Astoria’s Grand station has been saved from the chopping block, four other post offices in Queens are still up for study. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria eatery served lawsuit by employees

Eight former employees of Astoria’s celebrated Trattoria L’Incontro are suing the restaurant and its owners in Brooklyn federal court, claiming they were not paid proper wages and that their managers skimmed their tips. Comments (26).
Belle Harbor

Slater passes anger program with flying colors: DA Brown

The former flight attendant who became a national sensation when he escaped from a JetBlue plane following a rant with a passenger is mostly off the hook for his costly stunt after he completed a court-ordered anger management program, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Flushing

Oral history project calls on boro’s native storytellers

Queens residents who want to recall their memories of the borough as part of a massive oral history project will get their chance this week when StoryCorps’ Queens Week kicks off this Thursday. Comment.
Elmhurst

Turkish arrival worried for family after quake

The shock from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Turkey Sunday rippled across the Atlantic to some Queens residents, who grew increasingly worried about their homeland as the death count continued to rise. Comment.
Astoria

Police update info in Astoria August robbery

ASTORIA — Police released new information about a robbery that took place in August. Comment.
Astoria

Man struck, killed on GCP service road: Police

ASTORIA — A pedestrian was killed while trying to cross the Grand Central Parkway service road Monday morning, police said. Comments (1).
Jamaica

York’s urban swim trials

Swimming tryouts at York College have been a bit unusual this year compared to years past. A lengthy delay in the pool’s opening pushed tryouts back for almost two months and the presence of a new time system has been a pleasant surprise to all those associated with the program. Comment.
Bayside

Fort Totten hosts Halloween fest

Costumed children flocked to Fort on a Haunted Hill, a Halloween festival at Fort Totten Saturday. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

SFP breaks tie over Molloy, tops field

It didn’t take St. Francis Prep long to exact revenge. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Mendez, Beaudoin carry SFP in key win over CK

St. Francis Prep running back John Mendez insured that his team’s hopes of making the ‘AA’ playoffs stayed alive Friday night. Comment.
Dishing with Dee

Dishing with Dee: Keynote speakers shine at boro political club meetings

Believe it or not, but we have started to receive our first Christmas/holiday party invitations. It looks as though it’s going to be a busy party season if they are starting to send their invites out this early. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011

Laurelton

Seventh woman sexually attacked in Laurelton: Sanders

Another sex attack has taken place in Laurelton, according to City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton), who is urging his constituents to remain vigilant and stop the crime spree from getting worse. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Ackerman says Grapel will arrive in Israel Thursday

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) announced Wednesday he had arrived in Israel and was expecting Oakland Gardens native Ilan Grapel to be released by Egypt Thursday afternoon. Comment.
Jamaica

Jack the Cat found safe and sound at JFK

After spending two months prowling the ins and outs of John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jack the Cat was found safe and sound and is set to be returned to his owner. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Parents admit taking their 8 children from Forestdale

The Harlem parents who were arrested on charges of taking their eight children from a Forest Hills day-care center pleaded guilty Tuesday evening, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Howard Beach

Sheehan out on bail pending appeal hearing

Barbara Sheehan, the Howard Beach mother who was acquitted of murdering her husband, could enjoy freedom for at least a year after she was released on bail from Rikers Island Monday afternoon, where she was being held on a gun charge. Comment.
Bellerose

CB 13 votes no on tower plan for Creedmoor

For all the controversy it generated, plans to build two nine-story towers of senior housing and a community center devised by a South Asian group were overwhelmingly voted down by Community Board 13 Monday. Comments (3).
Maspeth

Cops release new info on suspect in fatal car crash

MASPETH — Police have released new information on the man they are looking for in connection with the car accident that took the life of the owner of a popular Queens bar. Comment.
Woodhaven

Ex-boro man admits to dismembering wife: DA

FOREST PARK — A former Woodhaven man pleaded guilty in Queens Criminal Court Tuesday in the 2007 murder of his wife and mutilation of her corpse, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (4).
Astoria

Two-alarm fire guts inside of Astoria home

ASTORIA — No one was seriously hurt in a massive fire that destroyed the interior of a home Saturday morning, the FDNY said. Comment.
Hollis

Hollis woman abandons son in boro street: Cops

HOLLIS — A 21-year-old woman was arrested Saturday after she abandoned her baby boy in the middle of the street, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Archrivals feel like family, coaches make peace

Instead of verbal barbs, Flushing Coach Jim DeSantis and Campus Magnet’s Eric Barnett tossed bouquets at one another. The two Queens coaches, who nearly came to blows after last year’s showdown between the borough’s top public school programs, made peace this week. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011

Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens native nearly free from Egyptian captivity

Oakland Gardens native Ilan Grapel appears to be on his way to freedom after being detained in Egypt for more than four months on espionage charges. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 24, 2011

Springfield Gardens

Teenage suspect charged in two southeast Queens sex assaults

A Springfield Gardens teenage has been charged in connection with the two of the sex attacks that unnerved southeast Queens throughout the fall, investigators said. Comment.
Woodhaven

Police find woman murdered in Woodhaven

A 54-year-old woman with puncture wounds in her neck was found murdered in a Woodhaven home Sunday evening and police are now searching for whoever killed her, the Police Department said Monday. Comment.
Health

Mayor touts an apple a day - literally

Commuters at the Steinway Street stop of the E, M and R trains could have picked up more than the morning paper on their way into and out of the Astoria subway station Monday. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 21, 2011

Politics

Former mayoral campaign operative found guilty of looting Bloomy

Queens political operative John Haggerty was found guilty Friday by a Manhattan jury of grand larceny and money laundering after being accused of stealing $1.1 million from Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.

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