Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012

Flushing

Boro eatery puts twist on Chinese dishes

Despite a large Taiwanese population in Flushing, there are surprisingly few restaurants where gourmets can get a taste of the island’s bold and innovative food. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012

Belle Harbor

Christmas comes to Rockaway

Bad weather couldn’t dampen the holiday spirit at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club last Sunday as more than 1,000 people partied to help the flock-ravaged Rockaways. Comment.
Elmhurst

Woodside Child Center gets new Elmhurst spot

The Child Center of New York, a well-known Woodside nonprofit that helps at-risk children and young people across the city, opened a new Elmhurst branch earlier this month in the name of one of its most dedicated members. Comment.
St. Albans

Community Board 12 chooses Adams as its new chairwoman

Community Board 12 elected Education Committee head Adrienne Adams as its new chairwoman during last month’s meeting in St. Albans. Comment.
Diversity

All Taxis of Tomorrow must serve disabled: Liu

Two Queens city councilmen from opposite sides of the political spectrum have thrown their support behind city Comptroller John Liu’s rejection of the proposed new yellow cabs for not being handicapped accessible. Comments (2).
Flushing

Missing Flushing man sought by police

FLUSHING — Police were looking for the public’s assistance in finding a missing man who lives in Flushing, the NYPD said. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 24, 2012

St. Albans

Young businessman shares stadium plan with CB 12

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to build a convention center at Aqueduct Racetrack may have fallen apart, but a southeast Queens entrepreneur has a money-making plan to build a stadium in its place. Comment.
Middle Village

Pol find faults in new electronic cab hail system

When it comes to hailing cabs, some elected officials are not happy there’s an app for that. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Ozone Park residents have mixed reactions to Muni-Meters

Consumers and businesses have mixed feelings about new city electronic parking meters, known as Muni-Meters, which have popped up around Ozone Park this month. Comment.
Ridgewood

Straphangers Campaign names Q58 as the slowest bus in boro

The slowest bus in Queens is the Q58, which averages 7 miles an hour, but that is practically speeding when compared to the winners of the Straphangers Campaign Pokey Award, which creep along Manhattan crosstown routes. Comment.
Flushing

Missing teen, 14, last seen in Flushing home

FLUSHING — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in finding a missing teen who lives within the 109th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment.
Flushing

Freshman Korzevinski gets rookie honors

Queens College freshman Kristen Korzevinski was named East Coast Conference Rookie of the Week Dec. 17 for women’s basketball. The guard earned her first such award as a Knight. Comment.
Bayside

Tip of the week

Letters

Rebuild the city’s infrastructure

Hurricane Sandy struck a devastating blow to New York City. It is going to be a long time before Far Rockaway, Breezy Point and Staten Island are going to be back to the way things were before Sandy. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012

Bayside

Cardozo brings the gritty Civil War to life for students

High school students study the Civil War every year, but rarely do they ever get a chance to see, hear, smell and taste it. Comments (3).
Rockaway Beach

Air monitor in Rock gauges storm impact

The state and city have added an extra air monitor to the Rockaways to determine the impact of recovery efforts on outdoor air quality in the region since Hurricane Sandy hit, three agencies devoted to safeguarding health and the environment said last Thursday. Comment.
Bayside

Braunstein law aims to bust fake lawyers

Lawyers caught practicing without a license will now be charged with a felony, according to the northeast Queens official who originally introduced the bill. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Clergy puts faith in mayor to quicken cleanup

Religious background did not figure in to Superstorm Sandy’s trail of destruction and now victims of all creeds are pushing to accelerate the cleanup. Comment.
Astoria

Serial Queens bank robber sought by police

ASTORIA — The city Police Department was looking for help in identifying one suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery pattern across the borough, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Cops on the lookout for missing Asian girl, 12

FLUSHING —Police were asking for the public’s assistance in finding a missing teen who lives within the 109th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment.
Editorial

Peace on Earth

Two events in the final weeks of 2012 have dampened the holiday season and will make this a year we will never forget. First was Hurricane Sandy, a storm that hit our shores and destroyed communities. The second was the Newtown, Conn., shooting that has shaken a nation. Comment.
Letters

Government will help single parents

Thank you for writing. I have heard from single parents across America about the challenges they face, and I am glad you reached out to me to share your perspective. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012

Glendale

Fast forward flood-fix plans

A pair of summer storms accelerated plans to revamp the sewer system in flood-prone areas in Queens, officials said. Comment.
Floral Park

Avella gets tough on trees

Even before Hurricane Sandy, Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich said his group maintained a running list of ailing trees in his part of northeast Queens, but to no avail. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Boro senators serve on Sandy recovery task force

Several state senators from Queens and elsewhere in New York have formed a task force to help communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy get back on their feet. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside Historical Society salutes movers in boro

There were some new kinds of presents under the tree at this year’s holiday celebration for the Bayside Historical Society. Comment.
Jamaica

Five arrested in Jamaica gun-trafficking sting: DA

Authorities last week said they nabbed a ring of alleged gun traffickers and drug dealers so audacious as to openly peddle their firearms in the middle of the day on the streets and corners of southeast Queens. Comments (2).
Business

Chain stores slip in Queens

Chain stores in Queens grew at half the rate of last year, a report released Monday showed, though their effect on the borough is not always positive, according to business experts. Comment.
Elmhurst

Crowds flock to Queens Center for sneakers

ELMHURST - Police were called to Queens Center Sunday afternoon to assist with crowd control at the mall, according to the Breaking News Network. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Roka: Kew Gardens welcomes big Turkish tastes

Last spring I was all excited that a Turkish restaurant had opened up on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills. I was impressed, in more or less equal parts, by the quality of the food, and by the fact that there was a new cuisine in this rather Italian-heavy stretch of geography. As often happens in the restaurant business, the relationship between the two partners began to fray. Eventually Annette Dulger broke away to found a new Turkish restaurant Roka, less than a quarter of a mile west on Metropolitan Avenue in Kew Gardens. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Scanlan basketball gets leadership from St. John’s alum

Mercedes Dukes was uncertain about taking new Monsignor Scanlan girls’ basketball Coach Tom Catalanotto up on his offer to be his assistant at her alma mater. Comment.
Political Action

Conservative-Republican coalition plans future campaigns

In a recent interview with Michael Long, the state chairman of the Conservative Party, he discussed the recently concluded 2012 campaign. Comment.
Editorial

Peace on Earth

Two events in the final weeks of 2012 have dampened the holiday season and will make this a year we will never forget. First was Hurricane Sandy, a storm that hit our shores and destroyed communities. The second was the Newtown, Conn., shooting that has shaken a nation. Comments (1).
Letters

Ferry service a lifesaver to city during disasters

The challenges that ground, air and public transportation faced in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy were unimaginable. Subway service was suspended for days, with some parts of the system experiencing damage so great they could be out of operation for months. Cars ran out of gas and the airports were closed. Even after bridges, tunnels and airports reopened, gas shortages and debilitating traffic ensued. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

Politics

Dems cite weak leadership as they vote out Sampson

Amid the formation of a new coalition between the state Senate Republicans and the breakaway Independent Democratic Council, the Democrats voted to oust Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) as their leader in favor of Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers). Comment.
Flushing

EDC picks developer for Flushing building

A Bayside developer was selected Monday to breathe new life into a downtown Flushing eyesore. Comment.
St. Albans

Malcolm Smith takes heat over GOP deal

With more than a little prodding from Bishop Charles Norris, state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) last week said he would provide the community with an explanation for his recent decision to caucus with the four members of the Independent Democratic Conference, the group of rogue legislators who reached an agreement last month depriving the Democrats of control in the Senate. Comment.
Flushing

Rezoning pits CB 7 against Koo

Two Flushing property owners have built multi-story buildings on a block in hopes the area will be rezoned — a multimillion-dollar gamble that received support from a neighborhood lawmaker last Thursday. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Heights gets graffiti fix

For three years now, Sunnyside and its surrounding neighborhoods have benefited from an anti-graffiti removal program, and City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) announced last Thursday he is bringing the same one to Jackson Heights. Comment.
Corona

Beep candidates wary of soccer site

The field of candidates hoping to fill the shoes of Borough President Helen Marshall have varying opinions on whether or not Major League Soccer should build a 25,000-seat stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Serial city robber sought in Far Rock case

FAR ROCKAWAY — The Police Department was looking for help identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a citywide robbery pattern, police said. Comment.
South Jamaica

Jamaica woman tells story of loss in mayor’s campaign against guns

Dionne Gordon, whose brother was gunned down 2 1/2 years ago while visiting their parents’ house in South Jamaica, stood behind Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall Monday in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre to call on Washington to take immediate and long-term steps to curb gun violence. Comment.
South Jamaica

Baisley woman pleads guilty to sister’s murder: DA

A Baisley Park Houses woman pleaded guilty Monday to stabbing her younger sister to death last year in the apartment they shared according to the Queens district attorney. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Don’t party like its 1999

Some Parkway Village residents are outraged a bar on Union Turnpike that they say has been causing problems near a residential community will be allowed to stay open later than normal on New Year’s Eve. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Cuomo appoints LIPA chief as post-storm shift continues

Poor performance and calls for change led to the resignation of top officials with the Long Island Power Authority, and now Gov. Andrew Cuomo has found two replacements. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

‘Forbidden Broadway’ a sparkling revue on classics

Broadway musicals are serious business. Most of them cost tens of millions of dollars to produce and less than one-third make back their investment. Two of every three tickets are sold to tourists, and the efforts to attract and satisfy those out-of-towners are not for the faint of heart. Comment.
Sunnyside

Boro artisans sell pieces for profit and to donate

It’s a bittersweet holiday season here in Queens. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s to join six other Catholic colleges to form new league

St. John’s University and the six other Big East Catholic schools are seeking a return to their programs’ basketball roots. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Briarwood’s Susil Singh, 74, worked tirelessly to help others

In Queens, Harbachan Singh is a well-known civic activist from Community Board 8, the Saul Weprin Democratic Club, the Queens Civic Congress and the Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College, but his wife Susil H. Singh was an active civil and community servant in her own right. Comment.
Editorial

Peace on Earth

Two events in the final weeks of 2012 have dampened the holiday season and will make this a year we will never forget. First was Hurricane Sandy, a storm that hit our shores and destroyed communities. The second was the Newtown, Conn., shooting that has shaken a nation. Comments (1).
Letters

Jack up buildings in the Rockaways

One of the things that needs to be carefully looked at after the devastating sweep of Hurricane Sandy is how beachfront communities can protect themselves from future storms, of which there will most certainly be. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

Jamaica

Ethics Panel clears Meeks

The House Ethics Committee Thursday announced that U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) had been cleared in the committee’s investigation into a questionable $40,000 loan the congressman received in 2007. Comment.
Sunnyside

Sunnyside weeps for Sandy Hook

More than 200 residents, many of them young children, gathered in Sunnyside Gardens Park Tuesday evening, holding candles and singing songs for two victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre Comment.
Arverne

Rockaways face health crisis after Sandy

When Peninsula Hospital closed last year, many feared the Rockaways would plunge into a health crisis, and now in a post-Sandy world those fears are being put to the test. Comments (2).
Flushing

MTA to meet on Lunar cuts for No. 7 line

In response to a public outcry, the MTA has scheduled a January meeting with Flushing leaders over planned service cuts to the No. 7 train during the Lunar New Year holiday. Comment.
Whitestone

Material dumped on huge Whitestone site

A Queens developer and a Massachusetts environmental company dumped unauthorized material onto a sprawling Whitestone site where more than 50 houses are planned at the same time they were supposed to be cleaning it under the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, a state agency revealed this week. Comments (7).
South Jamaica

Darryl Adams’ killer sentenced for March slay

A 16-year-old was sentenced to 28 years in prison in Queens Criminal Court Friday in part for his involvement with the gunpoint murder of teenager Darryl Adams, who was killed in front of a South Jamaica housing project in March. Comments (14).
Far Rockaway

Boro pols criticize food aid program

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Human Resources Administration have come under fire from several elected officials from Queens who charged that too many people in need were denied eligibility for a federal disaster food aid program and that applying was too difficult for Rockaway residents. Comment.
Long Island City

Koch Bridge driver faces homicide trial

Court proceedings have begun for the first driver in a series of eerily similar accidents that took place off the southbound exit ramp of the Edward I. Koch-Queensborough Bridge in 2011. Comment.
Little Neck

Avella sounds alarm for rail safety

A horrific railroad accident that left one man dead is prompting an elected official to push for new safety measures. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

Fire hits Jamaica scrap yard

A day after a five-alarm blaze burned for hours at a South Jamaica scrap yard owned by Victoria Gotti’s Three Sons Real Estate Group, the shop was back in business. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Arms wrestle at Flushing bar

Inside a packed pub in Kew Gardens Hills, a rowdy crowd was gripped with excitement as some of the strongest arms in the region locked up for competition. Comments (1).
Glen Oaks

Cuomo, Silver pledge to halt co-op tax hikes

Co-op and condo owners need not worry about any drastic tax increases because Gov. Andrew Cuomo has committed to their cause, lawmakers said Monday. Comment.
Astoria

Poletti Plant to be destroyed in 2013

About two years after its shuttering, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) announced Monday the Poletti Power Plant will be dismantled in 2013. Comment.
Rosedale

Murder in Midtown leads cops to SE Qns

The investigation into a broad daylight assassination in Manhattan earlier this month has led authorities across the river to Queens in search of answers, according to police and multiple reports. Comment.
Queens Village

Vehicle ends up in Queens Village laundromat: BNN

QUEENS VILLAGE - Emergency responders were called to the scene of a laundromat at Springfield Boulevard and 110th Avenue Sunday morning, according to the Breaking News Network. Comment.
Dutch Kills

Dutch Kills’ activists elect new leadership

The Dutch Kills Civic Association, a decades-old citizen’s group dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Astoria/Long Island City community, will be losing its two main leaders at the end of the year. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC’s battered ‘Shady Park’ returns for holiday season

While sections of Andrews Grove in Long Island City remain closed to the public, residents celebrated the reopening of the playground Friday with a Christmas tree and a rededication to making “Shady Park” shady again. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside library to close for renovations

The Bayside branch of the Queens Library will close its doors by the end of this month for extensive renovations scheduled for completion this summer, the library said. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Dreaming to be a Rockette

Unlike other kids, it was not the inflated balloons that most mesmerized Stacey Sund during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It wasn’t the floating cartoon Kermit, Mickey Mouse or even Spider-Man tethered to his strings. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm breezes past St. Francis at Barclays

Much like his St. John’s team, D’Angelo Harrison has been a second-half performer the majority of the season. The sophomore bucked that trend at the Barclays Center Saturday. Comment.
Briarwood

Molloy victory caps end of tough week

Archbishop Molloy knows a thing or two about watching double-digit leads evaporate in the fourth quarter. Unlike last year, the Briarwood school wasn’t the one having to make the comeback and it was refreshing. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

Transit

MTA hikes fares as its chairman resigns

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board approved a fare increase Wednesday but not before MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota announced he is leaving his job to consider a run for mayor. Comment.
South Jamaica

Bell Center set to close at year’s end

Less than two years after it opened in South Jamaica, the Sean Bell community center is planning on closing its doors at the end of the month as administrators try to figure out a way to raise funds for the cash-strapped nonprofit. Comment.
Jamaica

Dairy supply runs dry for Jamaica distributor

Beyer Farms, the 70-year-old dairy distributor in Jamaica whose trucks delivered Tuscan brand milk to stores throughout the five boroughs, Long Island and parts of New Jersey, shuttered its doors last week after Tuscan cut off the supply of the company’s bread and butter. Comment.
Forest Hills

Katz nets Koch nod

On the eve of his 88th birthday and one day after being released from the hospital for a respiratory infection, former Mayor Ed Koch placed his political potency behind borough presidential candidate Melinda Katz, endorsing her in a race with a crowded Democratic field. Comment.
Bayside

Boro raises voice over flight noise

Whether the Federal Aviation Administration has finalized its changes in departure procedures out of LaGuardia Airport or not, elected officials from northeast Queens said they would not go down quietly. Comments (3).
Kew Gardens

City whisks off ‘Civic Virtue’ to Green-Wood

A towering Borough Hall statue was quietly loaded onto a truck by workers and carefully moved to its final resting place Saturday. Comments (1).
Jamaica

JFK workers call off holiday strike

Security workers at John F. Kennedy International Airport Tuesday evening called off plans for a strike that threatened to see 300 security officers walk off the job at the height of the holiday travel season. Comment.
Little Neck

Man dies while crossing Long Island Expressway

LITTLE NECK — A man from Jericho, L.I., was struck and killed while walking along the Long Island Expressway over the weekend, police said. Comments (1).
Rosedale

Man crossing Belt Parkway struck and killed

ROSEDALE — A man was struck and killed on the Belt Parkway over the weekend, according to the New York Police Department. Comment.
Middle Village

Deja Johnson rises above fray to get Christ the King point role

One of biggest questions facing Christ the King heading into the season was who was going to be their point guard. It may not be a question any longer. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Terriers rally falls short in overtime loss to Bishop Ford

Michael Fields wasn’t interested in his team’s fight. St. Francis Prep twice rallied to send its game against Bishop Ford into overtime, but ultimately couldn’t convert key hoops down the stretch. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

South Jamaica

Fire strikes Victoria Gotti’s Jamaica scrap metal yard

A five-alarm fire with flames shooting two to three stories high burned for hours at a South Jamaica scrap metal yard owned by Victoria Gotti’s Three Sons Real Estate Group Monday morning, according to fire officials and city records. Comment.
Transit

Queens pols want down vote on taxi e-hail apps

A number of Queens politicians are calling on the city Taxi & Limousine Commission to reject a proposal allowing taxicab drivers to use electronic hailing smartphone applications, arguing the technology could potentially produce discrimination by allowing drivers to ignore people hailing on the street for those who made prearranged calls. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s leaving Big East with other Catholic colleges

The presidents of the Big East’s seven Catholic schools, including St. John’s University, officially announced their decision to leave the conference in a joint statement issued Saturday. Comment.

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