Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Letters

Expand tennis stadium for pupils

The United States Tennis Association’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is our home court, and for the players on our men’s and women’s teams there is no greater thrill than playing on the same courts where the top tennis stars compete in the renowned US Open every summer. Comment.
Event

SUMMER FUN: Queensites plan now for season of activities

As the dreary winter season comes to a halt, the excited buzz of summer grows louder than ever. Comment.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Corona

Stop-and-frisk down 27 percent in Queens in 2012

A new analysis of NYPD data by the New York Civil Liberties Union revealed Queens outpaced the city’s drop in police stops last year, and in some of the borough’s busiest areas the police appear to be stopping people more selectively than in the past. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Rockaway ferry to operate through Labor Day: Bloomberg

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday the Rockaway ferry, filling in for the hurricane-damaged transit system, will operate for at least six more weeks and possibly through Labor Day. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Rockaways film follows autistic teen’s subway journey

In New York, we often attend the cinema to escape the deep belly of the subway, the stress and strain that city living induces, so when I went to see “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,” at Tribeca Film Festival, I wasn’t sure if I’d run out of oxygen. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights man missing since weekend: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The NYPD asked for help in finding a missing person from 34th Avenue. Comment.
QueensLine

Baysider went to Nevada to test atomic weapons in 1952

Supporting a bid to stem juvenile delinquency in May 1952, Queens District Attorney T. Vincent Quinn hailed a court decision upholding a ban on certain publications as a “timely and powerful aid” to end the sale of “objectionable literature” at local newsstands. Comment.
Letters

Reactivate Rockaway Beach line for good of Queens

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has not provided enough buses for commuters. They have ignored our requests for more buses, longer buses, more express buses and 24-hour service for the Q52 and Q53. Some 35,000 Queens commuters have been affected by the loss of the A train. Thousands more have to cope with the overcrowding on buses due to this displacement. We need more regularly scheduled buses, not random, haphazard and inadequate service. Comments (4).

Monday, May 27, 2013

Whitestone

Whitestone remembers Christos ‘Angel Boy’ Voulkoudis

Nearly one year after his death, a tight-knit Queens community came together in Whitestone Sunday to raise money in honor of Christos “Angel Boy” Voulkoudis to help build a memorial rock garden and gazebo at his former pre-school. Comments (3).
Rego Park

Ready for their close-ups

As the three video makers prepared to read through their public service announcement script, they realized they were one actor short. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Green Flushing biz wins $10,000 in start-up cash

What do a Springfield Gardens fitness center, an Astoria coffee shop and an environmental consulting firm in Flushing have in common? Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans man, 79, missing from home: NYPD

ST. ALBANS — Police were asking for help to find a missing 79-year-old man last seen at his home on Adair Street within the 113th Precinct. Comment.
Forest Hills

Tip of the week

Letters

Soccer stadium to steal people’s park

A Major Soccer League stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park — for the benefit of a private, for-profit business and seating up to 25,000 people with a potential expansion to 35,000 — is another nail in the coffin of destruction that has been and is being perpetrated on the second most-used park in New York City, primarily by the less privileged. Comment.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fresh Meadows

Weprin pushes to pass ‘Alice’s Law’

A Queens state Assemblyman’s efforts to crack down on staged car accidents kicked into high gear as the lawmaker prepared his final push before the current legislation session ends in June. Comment.
Elmhurst

Historic Elmhurst church cited as one of city’s most sacred sites

From the outside, Elmhurst’s First Presbyterian Church of Newtown stands alone with a towering exterior that is markedly different from those of its neighbors along Queens Boulevard. Comment.
Woodside

Woodside burglar entered thru laundry room: Cops

WOODSIDE — Cops were looking for a suspect wanted in a burglary on 69th Street, the NYPD said. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Police investigate man found dead in car in Rockaway Park

ROCKAWAY PARK — Police were investigating what might have led to a 51-year-old man’s death after he was found inside a car near 135 Beach 120th St., the NYPD said. Comment.
Crime

Father and son indicted in alleged scheme to frame innocent man: DA

QUEENS — A grand jury issued an indictment against a Brooklyn man and his son on perjury and other charges for allegedly scheming to frame another man on armed robbery and sexual assault charges, the district attorney said. Comment.
Political Action

Saffran backs stop-and-frisk, vocational schools in mayor race

The City Council race to replace Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) is moving forward. Attorney Dennis Saffran has emerged as the key Republican candidate. Saffran ran 12 years ago for the 19th District seat and lost by 1 percent of the vote against now-state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who is now running in a Democratic primary for borough president. Comment.
Letters

Queens Library needs help from patrons

The city’s executive budget has been released. It proposes a cut to Queens Library of $29.6 million, part of a proposed cut to libraries citywide of $100 million. Comments (1).

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s grads welcome future challenges

St. John’s University class of 2013 student speaker Kevin Lee Grover summed it up with three words when asked what his generation had the potential to do in the years ahead: Change the world. Comments (3).
Corona

Qns greenmarkets see rise in food stamp customers

Greenmarkets sales to food stamp users rose by 30 percent in the past year in what City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) called proof that “all New Yorkers will buy health foods when given the opportunity.” Comment.
Ozone Park

Man, 73, dies after getting hit by car in Ozone Pk.: Police

OZONE PARK — A man was struck and killed while crossing between 87th and 88th streets in Ozone Park May 16, and a 25-year-old man was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle without the owner’s consent, the NYPD said. Comment.
Bayside

Police seek fake utility worker in burglary spree

CITYWIDE — The NYPD was seeking the public’s help in finding a suspect who helped orchestrate a total of 18 burglaries throughout the city by falsely claiming to be a utility worker. Comments (1).
Block Shots

St. John’s coach notches 612th win

Ed Blankmeyer knew the record was coming — he just didn’t know exactly when and didn’t care to guess. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

When buying clothing, be wary of country on the label

Since I was a child, I have been reading plaques, historical signs and labels. Some of my first columns for TimesLedger Newspapers were about historical markers near and around Borough Hall. Comments (7).
Editorial

Rockaway Rebound

Storm-battered Rockaway Beach is opening as promised Memorial Day weekend despite some tough odds, and it’s time for Queens residents to support the peninsula by going out for the day to play. Comment.

Friday, May 24, 2013

South Jamaica

Police question suspect in fatal shooting of girl on bus

Police were questioning a suspect in connection with the 14-year-old girl who was shot in the head while riding a bus and killed Saturday night, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. Comment.
Breezy Point

Utility aids storm recovery

More than six months after Hurricane Sandy, the small community of Breezy Point is still fighting to rebuild and return a sense of normalcy to everyday life. Comment.
Queens Village

Police investigate cyberbullying in 12-year-old’s suicide

Police were investigating whether cyberbullying led to the suicide of a 12-year-old Queens Village girl earlier this week. Comments (2).
Bayside

FAA committee agrees to review LGA plane noise

Baysiders never stopped speaking up about unprecedented airplane noise over northeast Queens, and the Federal Aviation Administration showed they were heard when it agreed to include them in its decision-making, lawmakers said. Comments (2).
Flushing

Koo’s campaign HQ opens in Flushing

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) kicked off his campaign for re-election last week when the lawmaker officially opened his downtown headquarters. Comment.
Bayside

Thursdays to get later for businesses on Bell

Bell Boulevard businesses will be keeping their doors open later this summer as part of a new initiative to draw more shoppers to Bayside, business leaders said. Comments (1).
Queensbridge

Drug sweep yields dozens of arrests in boro projects

More than 50 people were charged last week in a massive drug sweep through two Queens housing projects as a result of an eight-month investigation, District Attorney Richard Brown announced. Comment.
New Hyde Park

Hospital examines war wound of ancient Greek veteran

Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who served their country — no matter the century. Comment.
Corona

Cops seize over $2M in drugs from Corona ring

State police busted up a suspected Corona-based drug trafficking ring they said was responsible for peddling millions of dollars’ worth of Mexican crystal meth and “black tar” heroin throughout the area. Comment.
Rosedale

Rosedale man sentenced to two-four year for stripping church van: DA

ROSEDALE — A Rosedale man was sentenced to two to four years in prison after he was convicted of stripping a $30,000 van owned by a Korean church used to shuttle elderly and infirm members to prayer services, the district attorney said. Comment.
Long Island City

Museum of Moving Image makes room for Muppets

The fabled Muppets have found a permanent home in Queens. Comment.
South Jamaica

Mother says 14-year-old didn’t deserve to die

Days after young D’aja Robinson was gunned down as she sat on an idling city bus in South Jamaica, the 14-year-old’s mother said she could not come to terms with the way her daughter was killed. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Weiner tries comback with mayor race entry

Former Forest Hills U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner officially kicked off his quest for Gracie Mansion with a video announcement posted on YouTube late Tuesday. Comments (1).
The Play’s the Thing

Flushing writer tackles multiple genres to tell tales

I’m back from a couple of weeks in Central Europe — Prague and Budapest and thereabouts — and now I’m in a cozy corner of the West Village at the Cherry Lane Theatre listening to Richard Vetere tell some of his stories. Comment.
Forest Hills

Rangers win first lax crown

Mariana Pastrana took the job nobody wanted when she volunteered to become the goalkeeper two years ago after Forest Hills started its girls’ lacrosse program. It couldn’t have worked out better for her and the team. Comments (1).
Long Island City

American Studies tops Dozo for title

Academy of American Studies’ Conrad Zajkowski knew expectations would be higher coming into this season for the defending PSAL volleyball champions. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Dolphins fall short without star keeper

Beach Channel’s season of obstacles presented one more road block and an unexpected turn it finally could not overcome. Comment.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

South Jamaica

NYPD detective convicted of shooting man in buttocks: DA

A Queens NYPD detective and former bodyguard to Mayor Michael Bloomberg was convicted Thursday of shooting another man in the buttocks while off duty in 2010, the Queens DA said. Comment.
Long Island City

Three charged with kidnapping in LIC: DA

Three men have been charged in an abduction of an Ecuadorian man from Woodside and allegedly holding him in a Long Island City warehouse for more than a month while demanding $3 million in exchange for his release, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment.
Flushing

Qns soccer site may be dead

The odds that a soccer team funded by an Abu Dhabi sheik and the New York Yankees will scrap plans for a stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park are more likely than official announcements have indicated, TimesLedger Newspapers has learned. Comments (2).
Maspeth

Maspeth eatery readies to reopen after rebuild

George O’Neill can see it now: a packed dining room, a raucous bar and a Maspeth neighborhood thrilled to have its favorite place back. Comments (19).
South Jamaica

Shooting of 14-year-old shakes South Jamaica

Police in South Jamaica put out a $22,000 bounty on the suspect wanted for shooting and killing a 14-year-old girl on a city bus last weekend with hopes to bring justice to a wounded community. Comments (3).
Broad Channel

‘A’ train to start running to Rockaways Thursday

Rockaways residents who have endured months without the A subway line linking them to the rest of the city due to Hurricane Sandy’s wrath will soon have that vital service back up and running. Comment.
Flushing

Qns. Dem party backs Quinn

Two Democratic lawmakers from Queens are diverging from the mayoral endorsements of the party leadership. Comment.
Flushing

Commons developers to pay $20M for lot

The developers constructing Flushing Commons will pay $20 million for Municipal Lot 1 and must finish constructing the public park space by March 2018, a contract with the city shows. Comment.
Willets Point

City shutters Willets shops

A group of Willets Point auto shops shut down by the city last week are hoping to reopen soon, according to a community organizer affiliated with some of the tenants. Comment.
Forest Hills

Teacher pleads guilty to student sex trysts

A former Flushing public school teacher who carried out a torrid affair inside his Forest Hills home with a female student half his age, pleaded guilty Monday to statutory rape, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Long Island City

Hundreds wait on line in LIC for elevator repair jobs

They waited for line for days, sleeping in tents as it rained, saving spots so their comrades could use the restrooms, watching for line jumpers and forming allegiances so strong they nicknamed themselves the Spartans. Comment.
Elmhurst

Man allegedly used cans to lure Elmhurst robbery victim: NYPD

ELMHURST - The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in finding a suspect wanted for robbery in the 115th Precinct. Comments (1).
Queens Village

Airport workers plan to crash JFK party

Delta Airlines and the Port Authority plan to cut the ribbon Friday on a $1.2 billion expansion to Kennedy Airport’s Terminal 4, but as the airport continues to grow, those who work at JFK and live in the neighborhoods surrounding it said they are not sharing in the wealth and they are planning to make their voices heard on the big day. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts. teen girl reported missing: Police

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The city Police Department was asking the public for help to find a missing teenager last seen within the 115th Precinct. Comment.
Little Neck

Little Neck-Doug parade to remember Vietnam vets

There are Memorial Day parades throughout the country, but only one owns the Web address memorialdayparade.org — and with good reason. Comment.
South Jamaica

Ozone Park convict gets 40-to-life for crime spree

The second member of a violent twosome that rampaged across southeast Queens two years ago got slapped with 40 years to life last week for shooting at the police while hanging out the window of a speeding, stolen car, the Queens DA said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Prep tastes defeat again in softball final

Danielle Cervasio lay crumpled in the grass just behind shortstop as the ball sailed over the left field fence. Comment.
Ozone Park

Valle’s heroics power Construction to quarter finals

Construction Coach Marco Migliaccio couldn’t help but think how fitting it was that Katherine Valle, who was having a monster day at the plate, came up to bat with a chance to clinch the win for her softball team. Comment.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

No Holds Barred

Suspected crimes must be judged impartially

I learned a good deal about government and many other things when I held an appointed position in the then new New York City Department of Air Pollution Control. The commissioner was Leonard Greenburg, a medical doctor and a Ph.D. in engineering. The deputy commissioner was Sylvan Hanauer, a brilliant civil engineer and good government activist. Comment.
Rego Park

Ben’s Best keeps deli legacy alive in Rego Pk.

The once ubiquitous New York City delicatessen is disappearing from the metropolitan landscape. These proud establishments, some owned and operated by the same family for generations, are being replaced by banal fast food chains where the only thing more disturbing than the food is the indifferent glare of the person serving it. Comment.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

South Jamaica

Mother of slain teen says violent youth are ‘not tough without a gun’

The grief-stricken mother of a 14-year-old girl who was shot dead as she sat on a city bus in South Jamaica over the weekend had some stern words Tuesday for her daughter’s killer. Comments (4).
Flushing

Yankees join MLS stadium project as search for site expands

Major League Soccer announced Tuesday the New York Yankees have teamed up with an Abu Dhabi sheik to buy a new soccer team franchise based in the Big Apple, but the announcement cast doubt on whether the crew will eventually play in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Grodenchik ends bid to replace Helen Marshall

Queens Director of Community Boards Barry Grodenchik announced Tuesday he would drop out of the race for borough president. Comment.
Long Island City

Moving Image to house permanent collection of Jim Henson’s work

Jim Henson’s children announced Tuesday they are donating their father’s entire Muppet collection to Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image, which, in turn, will provide a new wing to display the beloved puppets. Comment.
Corona

Authorities bust suspected Corona drug house

State police staking out a suspected stash house in Corona seized more than $2 million worth of heroin and crystal meth last month, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor announced Monday. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Richards to host resource fair for businesses slammed by Sandy

Elected officials are banding together to drum up some help for businesses in the Rockaways. Comment.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Forest Hills

Queens Dems back Katz for beep

The Queens County Democratic Party endorsed a slew of candidates Monday, including former Assemblywoman Melinda Katz who picked up the party’s backing for borough president and Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) who the group is supporting for mayor. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Flushing teacher pleads guilty to statutory rape of 14-year-old student: DA

A former Flushing public school teacher pleaded guilty Monday to the statutory rape of a female student inside his Forest Hills home, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

[UPDATE] Police search for suspect who shot, killed 14-year-old Jamaica girl

Police were still on high alert Monday with a suspect at large in South Jamaica where the NYPD said a 14-year-old girl was shot in the head while sitting on a city bus over the weekend. Comments (3).

Sunday, May 19, 2013

South Jamaica

South Jamaica teen shot and killed riding Q6 bus: NYPD

A 14-year-old girl was shot and killed Saturday night while riding a city bus, police said. Comments (3).

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