Heavy rains earlier this month proved true the old adage “When it rains, it pours,” and when it pours in certain parts of southeast Queens streets can look more like Springfield Lake than Springfield Boulevard. Comments (1).
Since I am not a gun enthusiast, my opinions on the subject of guns are personal. Studies have shown that the number of homicides in a country is in proportion to the number of guns it has. The United States has the dubious honor of being fourth in the world in the number of gun-related deaths per year (9,369), only behind such distinguished company as South Africa (31,918), Colombia (21,898) and Thailand (20,032). Comments (37).
A Long Island City woman will spend three to nine years behind bars for bilking 30 people out of their life savings, but her alleged co-conspirator is still on the run, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
The city Sanitation Department is wrongfully ticketing residents who put their trash bins on the curb for pickup too early, according to state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who is renewing calls to the department to stop fining people under what he said is artificial policy. Comments (1).
There was little space to spare along the substantial Bayside Marina pier Saturday, where more than 100 anxious children clutched fishing rods in hopes of winning a contest designed to both expose them to nature and dispel any lingering myths of pollution associated with the city’s waterways. Comment.
Community leaders and residents of Douglaston overlooked the pouring rain last week to celebrate the unveiling of a ceremonial plaque in honor of late area activist Joseph Hellmann. The ceremony was a precursor to an ongoing project on the property to construct an overlook by next year. Comment.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has fined JetBlue Airways $90,000 for failure to inform passengers on a delayed flight that they had the right to leave the plane while it remained at a John F. Kennedy International Airport departure gate. Comment.
Spending hundreds of dollars per year fixing pipes and cleaning his basement is not something Shah Ahmed wants to keep doing, so the Jamaica resident contacted state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to help him get to the root of the problem. Comment.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) called upon residents of Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside last Thursday to donate supplies for needy children in the community before school starts in September. Comment.
Emergency responders were called to Laurelton Tuesday afternoon at assist with a Jeep that was stuck in a ditch. According to a spokesman for the FDNY, fire officials assisted a woman out of her car at about 1 p.m. and took her to North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System.Photo by Ellis Kaplan Comment.
Known for his catchphrase “That’s what’s going on around the country; here’s what’s happening in your neck of the woods,” weatherman and TV personality Al Roker was born in Queens Aug. 20, 1954. After majoring in broadcasting and journalism in college, Roker rose through the ranks of news broadcasting, eventually landing at NBC and anchoring the daily weather reports on “The Today Show” since 1996. Comment.
It’s not often we say this, but we are proud of the state Legislature, which recently allocated $450,000 to help young, undocumented immigrants find their way through the application process that will allow them to take advantage of an amnesty announced recently by President Barack Obama. Comment.
State money has dried up to support nonprofits that educate and enlighten residents all over New York. This is the third year that state money, which is taxpayer money, has been unavailable to enable many valuable organizations to function effectively. Comment.
There were many kind words directed at the late City Councilman Thomas White Jr. during a street renaming ceremony in South Jamaica Saturday, but two of the speakers sent a much more powerful message as living examples of his greatest legacy. Comment.
Fresh Meadows resident Claire Goldberg, who still lives on her own and uses an iPad, celebrated her 100th birthday in style last week surrounded by three generations of her family and elected officials. Comment.
A Richmond Hill man has been arraigned on charges that include driving under the influence of alcohol when his car collided with a motorcycle, injuring its two passengers, one of them critically. Comment.
It might seem obvious, but the 109th Precinct is again urging residents to avoid leaving valuables inside their cars no matter how safe the neighborhood might seem and provided numerous recent examples of what can happen when wallets, pocketbooks and thousands of dollars in cash are left unattended even for a few minutes. Comments (1).
Amanni Fernandez was looking for a new challenge after a disappointing junior season at Christ the King. The rising senior point guard, who lost the battle for the starting job last year, left her NYC Warriors AAU team to play this summer with the Gauchos. Comment.
From the time I was a child when I realized there were seasons, the fall has always been my favorite time of the year. “Autumn in New York,” as the 1934 Vernon Duke song glorifies it, is true. Comment.
As we approach the presidential election, the state of our nation’s economy is still not good. Unemployment continues above 8 percent and prices on everything, from food and health care to gasoline and home mortgages, continue to be high. Comment.
The development of a prime piece of waterfront property in Whitestone set to house 52 homes has hit a bureaucratic snag preventing construction, while a lawmaker has raised questions about illegal dumping at the site. Comments (128).
Klein Farm, one of the last family-owned, working farms in Queens until 2001, is still owned by a company connected to the notorious developer Tommy Huang despite reports several years ago that the firm was preparing to sell the property. Comment.
Faced with a disturbing increase in shootings in southeast Queens, District Attorney Richard Brown and legislators from that part of the borough have drawn up a plan to curb gun violence by working together across city, state and federal lines. Comments (1).
A Bayside private school listened to public demand and spent the past year developing its first gifted and talented program, modeled closely to the style offered throughout the city in order to revive its weak enrollment numbers. Comments (1).
Milton Bassin, the longtime president of York College who is credited with nurturing the institution during its seminal years and shepherding it through difficult financial times, died of natural causes last week in the Bronx at the age of 88. Comment.
The parents of slain southeast Queens youth marched alongside anti-violence activists, including hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, in South Jamaica Sunday to call for an end to the gun violence that has long plagued the area and intensified over the summer. Comments (1).
The MinKwon Center for Community Action held a candidates forum last week where hopefuls for the newly created Flushing state Assembly seat offered often vague answers to policy questions and in one case pledged support for a controversial program much maligned by immigrant rights groups. Comment.
State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) outraised and outspent her Democratic Party primary challenger last month, though City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) has a competitive war chest with just a few weeks until the polls open. Comment.
JAMAICA — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating Darren Hicks, a young man suspected in 11 gunpoint robberies of delivery drivers and store employees throughout southeast Queens. Comment.
A raging fire engulfs the front half of a car along the northbound lanes of the Cross Island Parkway Monday night around 8 p.m. The burning vehicle was sitting north of Union Turnpike, emanating heat across the highway and snarling traffic behind it. Comment.
Of the four teams in last week’s Smartball Classic semifinals, three were penciled in at the outset of the two-week, single-elimination tournament. Christ the King and defending state Federation Class AA champion Boys & Girls are established New York City powers, while South Shore has a roster with as much talent as any in the five boroughs. Comment.
A recent news article told of the U.S. Congress slightly decreasing its subsidies to the agro industry. It is sad that large agro businesses are still receiving large amounts of money although we are experiencing a $1 trillion annual federal deficit. Comment.
On behalf of all the Friends of Queens Library, we, the group’s presidents, would like to thank Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council for adopting a budget this year that saves our library system and our staff. Comment.
Faced with a bullet-ridden summer of violence, the Queens district attorney, the NYPD and state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica) held a gun buyback Saturday in Rochdale that netted 509 weapons, including an AK-47, authorities said. Comments (3).
Two area politicians took to Bellerose Thursday morning to advocate for state legislation that would require contracting opportunities be procured to veteran-owned businesses, similar to a current federal law. Comment.
Since the federal government began its deferred action policy for young undocumented immigrants last week, Jackson Heights-based Make the Road New York said Tuesday it has helped 1,000 submit applications to remain in the United States for at least two years. Comment.
Several silver religious artifacts were stolen from the Young Israel of Queens Valley in Kew Gardens Hills last week by a man who came in during prayer services, the synagogue’s executive director said Thursday, Comment.
A state judge on Long Island has ruled the payroll tax enacted to save the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from financial ruin is unconstitutional, but the MTA expressed optimism it will be upheld on appeal. Comment.
A change in route for some passengers taking off from LaGuardia Airport has become a noisy nuisance for residents in northeast Queens, and area lawmakers said they were trying to see what all the commotion was about. According to a Federal Aviation Administration official, the agency is evaluating the departure path of the Flushing climb, which goes north out of LaGuardia Airport, turning towards the northeast part of the borough. Comments (8).
A Manhattan Supreme Court judge struck down the outerborough taxi hail plan as unconstitutional Friday, saying in his decision that the “home rule” clause was violated when Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to pass the plan through the state Legislature instead of the City Council. Comment.
Campaign donations and endorsements have poured in for two Democratic candidates in the primary race for the seat of state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), with political support mounting on both sides. Comments (26).
At a panel hosted by City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) Monday, immigration experts said many options are available to undocumented LGBT newcomers, but all have their pitfalls for those pursuing residency. Comment.
Recently released campaign finance reports for the state Senate seat based in downtown Flushing provided insight into the campaign strategies of state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) and challenger John Messer, a businessman and lawyer from Oakland Gardens. Comments (1).
New York’s oldest credit union, Municipal Credit Union, is opening its first branch in southeast Queens, bringing a financial management option with generally better returns than traditional banks to a neighborhood that is beleaguered with low-income residents and a high number of home foreclosures. Comment.
The US Open will kick off a fortnight of tennis next week, where the No. 1 men’s player will take on last year’s defending champion, a top-ranked competitor will watch from the sidelines and the world’s best women will go head-to-head for nearly $2 million in prize money. Comment.
A Richmond Hill man was charged with stabbing his wife to death in their home last week, covering her head with a plastic bag and stuffing her body under a bed, the Queens District Attorney’s office said, eight months after an order of protection was issued against him. Comment.
Rita Plush: Her name seems to evoke an image of a golden era movie star. But Ms. Plush, a published short story writer and essayist, never sought fame. When her first novel, “Lily Steps Out,” recently debuted, it seemed fame had found her. Comments (3).
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement Wednesday his office would not be pursuing criminal charges against any officers in an incident in Jackson Heights last month where a judge contends he was struck by a policeman. Comment.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) unveiled proposed tax breaks for small business owners alongside state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) at a Flushing auto repair shop run by Audra Fordin, the fourth generation of her family to take the reins, but the first woman. Comment.
A three-alarm fire gutted a Flushing Laundromat early Monday morning, severely damaging a cluster of apartments above the store and injuring more than a dozen of the city’s Bravest as well as two tenants. Comment.
OZONE PARK - The New York Police Department was seeking the public’s help in identifying and finding a suspect wanted for questioning in connection to three robberies within the transit system. Comment.
QUEENS VILLAGE — Police announced Tuesday they had arrested Queens Village resident Jeffrey Contreras and charged him with the attempted murder of a police officer, according to a statement released by the NYPD. Comment.
FLUSHING - Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a four-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on the southbound Whitestone Expressway Tuesday morning near Northern Boulevard, according to a spokesman for the FDNY. Comment.
DDN/Sean Bell was guaranteed to win the Nike Tournament of Champions title Sunday night — the Queens-based program’s teams from West 4th Street and Watson both earned spots in the final. The real question was which sideline Coach Raheem “Rah” Wiggins would be on for the contest. Comment.
The city Health Department plans to spray pesticides in several areas of southeast Queens Tuesday night through Wednesday morning in order to reduce mosquito populations and the risk of West Nile virus. Comments (2).
A worker unloading a truck in Woodside Monday morning was killed in an accident involving a school bus carrying special-needs children, according to police, witnesses, fellow employees and the man’s boss. Comment.