Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012

Bayside

Boro musicians enter LI Music Hall of Fame

The fourth annual Long Island Music Hall of Fame Awards ceremony and fund-raising gala inducted new members Oct. 18 in the recently renovated and much-improved multimedia stage performance space, “The Paramount,” on New York Avenue in the heart of Huntington Village. Comments (1).
Jamaica Estates

Former St. John’s dean killed herself: Reports

A former dean at St. John’s University who was on trial for allegedly embezzling $1 million from the school was found dead in her Jamaica Estates home Tuesday morning of an apparent suicide, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Letters

Leave Rockaway Branch alone and let city clean it up

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association announces its official position on the defunct Rockaway Branch rail line, which runs along 98th Street in Woodhaven. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 5, 2012

Corona

Historic Corona synagogue rejuvenated after $1.6M face-lift

Corona’s Congregation Tifereth Israel is the oldest standing synagogue in Queens, but after a $1.6 million exterior renovation, the temple is no longer showing its age. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Desperation builds on Rockaways (Continuing Live Blog)

As Rockaway residents struggled to clean their homes and belongings, find food and stay warm, frustration continued to mount Sunday during the sixth day the area was without power with no end in sight. Comments (2).
Forest Hills

Cops on the hunt for Forest Hills bank robber

FOREST HILLS — Police were seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery of an HSBC Bank. Comment.
Breezy Point

Tip of the week

Letters

Queens Library holds cancer talk

Queens Library invites everyone in Queens and around the world to learn more about prevention, detection and treatment of common cancers. An expert panel of doctors and social workers from Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York Hospital Queens, the New York University Langone Medical Center, the American Cancer Society and the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society will present two free programs and answer questions. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012

Astoria

House hopeful’s aide lied about Sandy on Twitter

Christopher Wight, who is running against U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), slammed the actions of his former campaign manager, who had admitted to writing messages on Twitter with inaccurate information about Hurricane Sandy during the storm. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Relief supplies slow to reach the Rockaways

Residents of the Rockaways braved dropping temperatures and a line that wound through Conch Playground and a block down the bordering sidewalk to receive food, water and other supplies at an aid distribution point Friday. Many said they were thankful to have help but also questioned why it started to arrive four days after Hurricane Sandy devastated the area. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst man among 25 indicted in illegal sports betting ring: DA

An East Elmhurst man was one of 25 people from areas including New York and California who were arrested in connection with a more than $50 million illegal sports betting ring, the Queens district attorney said last Thursday. Comments (1).
Astoria

Teen missing from Astoria: NYPD

ASTORIA — The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in locating an Astoria teenager missing since Oct. 22. Comment.
South Jamaica

Police officers arrest two Queens men after robbery: NYPD

MANHATTAN — Police arrested two men from Queens Saturday who allegedly fled from authorities in their car after robbing a group of men in Harlem, according to the NYPD Comment.
Rego Park

Suspect robs Rego Park bank three times in one month

REGO PARK — Police said a regular at the Valley National Bank, on 63rd Drive, has thrice made out with an oversized withdrawal, and they are looking for the public’s help in nabbing him. Comments (2).
From the Footlights

Experience the magic of theater

For the past decade, the TimesLedger’s From the Footlights column has profiled Queens’ residents who have been cast as members of some of the most acclaimed Broadway and off-Broadway productions in the city. Comment.
Middle Village

CK’s Fuchs adjusts in Metro Classic

The time is approaching when the ball in Jordan Fuchs’ hands changes and he wants to be ready. Comment.
Political Action

2013 elections will bring many new faces to City Council

The year 2013 will soon be upon us, and with it comes elections for city offices, including mayor, comptroller, public advocate, borough president and City Council. One of the main differences between the Council and our elected state legislators is that Council members are elected to four-year terms of office while those in the state Assembly and state Senate serve two-year terms. Comment.
Letters

NE Queens needs downtown express

As you and others might be aware, I have been fighting to get downtown service on the QM20 express bus and I am upset about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s fare hike plan, which hurts express bus riders more than subway riders. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012

Breezy Point

Turner’s house burns as Sanders’ home floods (Live Blog)

Two elected officials from Queens rode out the surging tides and flames that assailed parts of the Rockaways, and after a congressman fled for his life, he now has no home to return to. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Pat Dolan’s legacy immortalized on street sign

Even in death, Queens civic activist Pat Dolan seemed to exercise her influence over the group of elected officials gathered at her street renaming ceremony in Kew Gardens Hills Friday. Comment.
College Point

Blackouts plague northeast Queens

Hundreds lost power in College Point and Whitestone after trees toppled throughout both neighborhoods, while northeast Queens marinas faced the harsh reality unleashed by Hurricane Sandy, according to Consolidated Edison. Comments (5).
Bay Terrace

Avella, Concannon spar at Bay Terrace forum

Candidates for various state and federal offices came face-to-face with voters at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in an annual election forum last week, sparking a lively discussion on issues most important to the district in the run-up to the Nov. 6 general election. Comments (4).
Maspeth

FDNY honors six firefighters lost in 1962 blaze

Family, friends and firefighters spilled out of the garage at VIP Auto Body Shop in Maspeth Friday as they honored fallen heroes from half a century ago. Comment.
Bellerose

Slain officer mourned on LI (With Video)

A phalanx of white-gloved police officers dressed in their ceremonial uniforms lined a somber Long Island street Saturday as they paid their respects to the Nassau County officer who was gunned down in the line of duty days earlier. Comment.
Astoria

Arcabascio challenges Gianaris for Senate seat

Candidates for the redrawn Astoria and Long Island City state Senate seat both agree on the issues facing the district but differ slightly in their approach. Comment.
Emergencies

Boro residents have options to recover damages

The total economic impact left by Superstorm Sandy will not be known until farther the road, but there are several ways for Queens homeowners to get financial help rebuilding their lives. Comment.
South Jamaica

ASPCA says boro woman mistreated her pet dog

SOUTH JAMAICA — A woman’s alleged neglect of her dog came back to bite her when she was arrested last week and charged with animal cruelty, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Fearless Smith thriving with bolstered St. John’s team

The biggest shot of Shenneika Smith’s career is rooted in lessons learned from former high school Coach Apache Paschall, who died of cancer before he could see her beat UConn. Comment.
On Point

Legislators must bring back tax breaks for co-ops, condos

The co-op and condominium community was hit hard in June when the state Legislature adjourned without renewing the city Tax Abatement and J51 programs. These programs were implemented decades ago and have helped equalize the disparity in taxes paid by co-ops and condominiums and have provided needed dollars through tax abatements that have helped maintain the city’s aging housing infrastructure. Comments (2).
Editorial

‘Sorrow and Resilience’

The devastation and misery brought on by Hurricane Sandy will live on in the hearts and minds of Queens residents for decades to come. In modern times, it compares only to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, which left 1,836 people dead. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Heroic New Yorkers battled Sandy

As our area continues to cope with the severe aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it was moving to see a photo of volunteer firefighters raising our flag in battered Breezy Point. Comments (1).

Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

Bayside

Gas shortage creates long lines of impatient drivers

Queens residents slept in their cars, pulled guns on each other and combed the borough from end to end searching for gas in the days after Superstorm Sandy. Comments (3).
South Ozone Park

Relief on tap for Queens hurricane victims

As the Eastern Seaboard picked through the wreckage left in Hurricane Sandy’s wake, officials in Queens were setting up relief stations for those in need. Comment.
Breezy Point

Devastation in Breezy Point stuns residents

Many people returned to Breezy Point for the first time after Hurricane Sandy to see if their houses were still standing Wednesday, two days after a six-alarm fire leveled more than 100 houses and catastrophic flooding destroyed many more. Comment.
Emergencies

Priorities shift after tempest (Live Blog)

No section of Queens completely escaped the wrath of Superstorm Sandy and emergency crews worked through the week to contain the smoldering cinders that once were Breezy Point homes, restore power to the roughly 112,000 customers without power and clear the thousands of trees that crushed cars and houses while blocking roads. Comment.
Rosedale

Storm surprises Rosedale with wet and wild wrath

Residents in Rosedale said they were caught off guard by Hurricane Sandy’s fury Monday night when a creek separating Queens and Nassau County overflowed its banks, flooding a number of blocks in the neighborhood. Comments (1).
Flushing

Felled tree kills Flushing man

The family of a 29-year-old St. John’s University graduate received an outpouring of support after the Flushing resident was killed by a falling tree during Superstorm Sandy Monday night. Comments (3).
Astoria

Northwest Queens helps neighbors during Sandy

Mindful of greater problems elsewhere in the borough, northwestern Queens residents have been donating supplies for their neighbors in the Rockaways, but Astoria and Long Island City are still suffering transportation limits and power outages days after Superstorm Sandy ripped through the city. Comment.
Broad Channel

Heavy flooding wrecks Broad Channel island

Although many residents of Broad Channel and Hamilton Beach lost all of their belongings during Hurricane Sandy, some were just thankful they survived the superstorm. Comments (2).
South Ozone Park

Boro lawmakers call on Con Ed to restore power faster

With Con Edison projecting it could take up to another week to restore power to all of Queens, several of the borough’s elected officials Friday said the time line was unacceptable and called on the public utility to do everything and anything it could to expedite the process. Comments (1).
Belle Harbor

Death toll in Rockaways rises to four

Outside the Rockaway home where a man died in his flooded basement during Hurricane Sandy, remnants of the storm were still apparent with mud thick on the streets and a nearby large felled tree. Comments (2).
Auburndale

Disaster looms in Auburndale days after storm

Superstorm Sandy turned the streets of northeast Queens into a life-sized maze, downing trees to block off roads and tearing down power lines in a destructive series of events that created outages for nearly 20,000 customers around Flushing and Fresh Meadows, but for one Auburndale family, the ordeal went on for days. Comment.
Long Island City

Storm brings flooding, gas shortages to western Queens

While northwestern Queens was not hit as hard as other parts of the borough during Superstorm Sandy, residents were still feeling its effects after the waters receded and the skies cleared. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Pol seeks perps in slay of gay Sunnyside man

A 62-year-old gay Sunnyside man who was hit in the head by two assailants while out walking at night nearly two weeks ago succumbed to his injuries Friday, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s (D-Sunnyside) office said. Comment.
Howard Beach

Howard Beach senior drowns in non-flood zone

Neighbors of a Howard Beach woman who drowned during superstorm Sandy questioned why the area was not evacuated. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Live power line electrocutes woman who steps in Richmond Hill puddle

Friends and colleagues of a makeup artist were in mourning after the 23-year-old was electrocuted by a downed electrical line in Richmond Hill Monday. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Baldeo plans to fight election fraud charge

After turning himself in to the FBI last week amid charges of fraud and obstruction, former City Council candidate and current Queens District Leader Albert Baldeo is firing back at his critics. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills comes out to pay homage to Geraldine Ferraro

For 37 years Geraldine Ferraro passed through the intersection of Ascan Avenue and Austin Street on her way to and from her Forest Hills Gardens home and the community gathered there Sunday to ensure that her legacy lived on for another 37 years and beyond. Comment.
Floral Park

Floral Park neighbors decorate trees for Army vet

Stephanie Sanchez-Riffle, of Floral Park, has not seen her husband for 10 months since he embarked on his second deployment, this time to Afghanistan. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Rockaway looters ransacked broken neighborhoods: DA

While Queens residents were dealing with record devastation to homes and businesses, the Queens district attorney said more than a dozen people took advantage of Monday night’s superstorm and allegedly looted stores in Far Rockaway. Comments (7).
East Elmhurst

Police looking for vandal of rental car biz

EAST ELMHURST — The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in identifying a vandal who snuck into a rental car company and spilled hundreds of gallons of gas all over the place. Comment.
Middle Village

CK’s Calhoun tries out new roles in Classic loss

Christ the King’s Sierra Calhoun may be listed as a small forward in the Metro Classic program, but the highly touted junior was running the point for most of the game. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Prep caps flawless season

St. Francis Prep played like a team with something to prove all year after losing in the CHSFL Class A football final last year. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

Breezy Point

Breezy Point resembles war zone after Sandy

Firefighters were searching houses for people in Breezy Point Wednesday after a six-alarm fire leveled more than 100 homes and severe flooding destroyed many more during the superstorm Sandy two days ago. Comment.
Flushing

Avella wants downed trees cleared, power restored in Queens

As New York City tries to rebuild and move forward in the aftermath of the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, one northeast Queens lawmaker said the borough deserves better. Comments (12).
Hillcrest

Lancman, Rozic to sponsor supplies drive for Sandy victims

A northeast Queens Assemblyman announced he would help sponsor a Hillcrest food drive so storm victims could stock up, officials said. Comment.
Flushing

New York Hospital Queens issues alert about alternate phone number

The main phone number at New York Hospital Queens in Flushing is not working, according to staff there. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

Astoria

Bridges from Queens to Manhattan restricted to HOV vehicles: Mayor

Drivers hoping to reach Manhattan via the Ed Koch Queensborough or Robert F. Kennedy Triborough bridges will need at least three people in the vehicle beginning at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning, according to the city Department of Transportation. Comments (2).
Broad Channel

Broad Channel and Hamilton Beach residents devastated by Sandy

Many residents of Broad Channel and Hamilton Beach have lost everything as a result of superstorm Sandy. Comments (17).
Transit

Limited LIRR service to resume today, subways tomorrow

As thousands of homes sat powerless in the borough, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that limited service would return to the Long Island Railroad at 2 p.m., and limited subway service would be restored Thursday, though it was unclear if lines in Queens would be revived. Comment.
College Point

Fallen trees plague north Queens, marinas suffer Sandy’s wrath

Scores lost power in the College Point and Whitestone areas after trees fell throughout both neighborhoods Monday and Tuesday, while northern Queens marinas faced the harsh reality unleashed by Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

Flushing

Family mourns Flushing man killed by felled tree

A tree blown over by winds from Monday night’s superstorm fell onto a Flushing home, killing 29-year-old St. John’s University graduate Tony Laino, police said, and Tuesday afternoon friends and family gathered for an emotional reunion in front of the crushed residence. Comments (4).
Howard Beach

Neighbors hear screams of Howard Beach woman but unable to help before she drowned

Residents on 98th Street in Howard Beach said they heard an elderly woman yelling as storm surge waters filled the street Monday evening, but the current was too strong for them to rescue her. Comments (3).
Photo Galleries

Hurricane Sandy slams Long Island City

Hunters Point in Long Island City, many blocks of which were in the city’s designated Zone A, sustained significant flood damage as tropic storm Sandy spread its devastation across the borough. Comments (1).
South Richmond Hill

Woman electrocuted by live power line in South Richmond Hill

Friends and colleagues of a makeup artist were in mourning after the 23-year-old was killed by a downed electrical line in Richmond Hill Monday. Comments (17).
Breezy Point

Torched and flooded homes, downed trees and power lines left in Sandy’s wake

The superstorm that slammed into Queens Monday night left at least 10 dead in New York City and about 80 homes in Breezy Point smoldering after a record storm surge inundated neighborhood streets and wind gusts downed trees, leaving about 100,000 Queens residents without power Tuesday morning. Comment.
Flushing

Family seeks city assistance as fallen tree looms over house

Superstorm Sandy turned the streets of northeast Queens into a life-sized maze Monday night, downing trees to block off roads and tearing down power lines in a destructive series of events that created outages for nearly 20,000 customers around Auburndale and Fresh Meadows, but for one Auburndale family, the ordeal went on for days. Comments (1).

Monday, Oct. 29, 2012

Emergencies

Hurricane Update: Man dies in Flushing when tree falls on his house

Hurricane Sandy claimed its first life in Queens Monday when a man was killed by a downed tree in Flushing, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Emergencies

[Updated] Queens braces for Sandy, major bridges closed

Hurricane Sandy has made landfall in the Northeast and state and local officials were taking all precautions to keep residents safe as the brunt of the storm swirled toward Queens Monday afternoon. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012

Emergencies

Queens residents prepare for hurricane (LIVE BLOG)

Following an early Sunday announcement that the city would be battening down the hatches in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, many Queens residents did the same. Comment.
Parks

Queens second best place to live in city: Survey

When it comes to which New York City borough offers the most for your money, Queens comes in at No. 1, according to a survey. Comment.
Emergencies

Officials announce evacations, transit shutdown and school closures in Queens (LIVE BLOG)

As preparations for Hurricane Sandy continued in Queens, city, state and federal officials announced mandatory evacuations of some coastal areas in the borough, a citywide shutdown of the public transit system, the planned closure of public schools Monday and additional assistance from the federal government. Comments (1).

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012

Flushing

Sea of blue to honor police officer killed in Queens (with video)

More than 1,000 police officers lined the street outside St. Christopher’s Church in Baldwin, L.I. Saturday to say goodbye to one of Nassau County’s “E-Men,” the late Officer Arthur Lopez. Comment.

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