Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Flushing

Flushing biz exemplifies entrepreneurship

On a recent Thursday in Flushing, a group of people including two neighborhood politicians and a man dressed as a human-sized pork bun were learning the art of secret yoga. Comment.
Letters

We need water, not tar sand oil

There is positive and negative talk relative to the XL Keystone Pipeline. It is planned to pump crude tar sand oil from Canada across the United States to Texas, where it would be distilled and sold overseas. Comment.
Letters

MTA must improve Rockaway bus service

I wish I did not have to write this letter, but the Metropolitan Transportation Authority monopoly failed the public trust once again. Comment.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Jamaica

Arverne man pleads guilty to killing robbery witness

An Arverne man faces 25 years in prison after he admitted to killing a witness who had testified against him previously in a robbery case, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Mayor proposes ambitious plan to protect Rockaways from flooding

With just over 200 days left in his administration, Mayor Michael Bloomberg laid out an elaborate plan Tuesday afternoon to protect the city’s waterfront, including the hard-hit Rockaways, from future flooding and other effects of climate change that could be even worse than the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
Political Action

Expect a showdown over religious group meets in public schools

Since Mayor Michael Bloomberg began his administration in 2002, he has been trying to keep religious groups from renting public school properties for Sunday services. Recently, the City Council passed a resolution giving religious institutions permission to use school property for religious services. The vote was 38-11 against the mayor’s position and in favor of the religious groups. Comments (2).
Letters

Buses in Rockaway too crowded

My name is Jerome D. Reyes and I have lived in the Rockaways for 10 years. I have three sons and a caring woman at home. It was never my intention to move to Rockaway, but after I saw the beach I fell in love with It. My son just turned 8 and the ocean and the beach is all he wants. Comment.
Letters

Treat all law breakers the same

Our laws are meant to stop people from doing unlawful things and penalize those who disregard them. Our immigration laws, however, are different because their focus is not on the transgression but on the plight of those who have broken the laws and what can be done to lift the stigma they feel so they can normalize their lives. Comments (3).

Monday, June 10, 2013

Long Island City

Man convicted in slay of LIC livery driver

A Brooklyn man was convicted Monday in the 2010 slaying of a 62-year-old livery cab driver during an attempted armed robbery in Long Island City, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1).
Woodhaven

Landmarks Commission to hold hearing on Forest Park Carousel

The city’s Landmark Preservation Commission is scheduled to hear testimony about the a possible landmark designation for the Forest Park Carousel Tuesday, starting at 9:30 a.m. Comment.
Queens Village

Thompson woos small biz on stop in Queens Village

Former city Comptroller Bill Thompson was one of the last mayoral candidates to do a five-borough tour when he stopped in Queens Village Monday for a low-key chat with a few small business owners. Comment.
Hollis

Hollis man goes missing: Cops

HOLLIS - An 85-year-old man disappeared late last month, the NYPD said. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Cops investigating death of baby in Rockaway Beach home

ROCKAWAY BEACH - Police found the dead body of a four-month-old baby over the weekend but were not yet able to figure out why, the NYPD said. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

Parks needs to deal with beetle

The Asian longhorn beetle threatens our trees yet the city Parks Department refuses to pick up potentially infested wood. Comments (1).

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Long Island City

Mini city built for kittens promotes adoption [With Video]

Kitty City wasn’t built in a day, but that’s how long the Long Island City “meow-tropolis” lasted. Comment.
Bayside

111th Precinct honors year’s best performers

As it does every spring, the 111th Precinct in northeast Queens came together Tuesday to honor its top cops, but this year there was one honor that broke the mold. Comment.
Bayside

QCC gets new prez at 2013 graduation

This year’s 52nd Queensborough Community College commencement ceremony was a last hurrah for more than 2,000 graduates, but also a new beginning for its first female president. Comments (2).
Education

State Ed Dept. imposes teacher evaluation sytem

After the city and the teachers union failed to reach an agreement earlier this year on a new teacher evaluation system, state education officials last week came out with a plan. Comment.
Flushing

Police seeking suspect who swiped cash from Flushing restaurant register: NYPD

FLUSHING — A man walked into the Oceanica Restaurant in downtown Flushing last month and helped himself to the cash register, the NYPD said. Comment.
Corona

Police investigate possible Flushing Meadows assault: NY Post

FLUSHING MEADOWS — Cops are looking into a possible sexual assault of a 28-year-old in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, though the victim cannot remember what happened to her, the New York Post reported. Comment.
St. Albans

Woman missing from St. Albans: NYPD

ST ALBANS - The Police Department was asking for help in finding a missing woman within the 113th Precinct, cops said. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill teen, 15, missing from home: Cops

RICHMOND HILL –– Police were looking for a teen who went missing from his home last week. Comment.
Elmhurst

Grapplers fight in Qns.

Independent promotion Impact Championship Wrestling held its Back on the Boulevard card at the Brooklyn-Queensborough Elks Lodge in Elmhurst last Friday. Comments (3).
The Civic Scene

Autism group holds first meeting in Cunningham Park

Victoria Valdes and her fiance Aaron Eason were devastated, confused and frustrated when they discovered four years ago that their 2-year-old son, Joseph Valdes, had autism. Out of a desire to do something, they created a foundation called I Am Not My Autism. Look carefully at the name and understand what they are saying. Comment.
Letters

Do not stress pupils with tests

There must be no more additional state testing mandated for our students. What there must be is more teaching of subject matter so students can learn in classrooms and not be so overwhelmed with preparing for state tests. Comment.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Jamaica

York sends off Class of ‘13

The commencement speaker at York College’s 43rd graduation counseled a class of predominantly minority women students not to let the obstacles of racism, sexism and prejudice get in the way of their career goals. Comment.
Elmhurst

Elmhurst greenmarket opens for third consecutive year

District Manager of Community Board 4 Christian Cassagnol and Community Board 3 Co-Chairwoman Emma Brandt joined with officials from Elmhurst Hospital Center and nonprofit GrowNYC Tuesday to celebrate the opening day of the neighborhood’s greenmarket, an event that included live music and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Comment.
Pomonok

Queens College lauds 2013 graduates

Queens College’s class of 2013 sweated through their graduation ceremony last week while receiving some parting advice from a distinguished alumnus who got his start in the borough. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

A train comes back to Rockaways after 7 months

The A train between Howard Beach and the Rockaways is running again after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the line and forced a seven-month suspension, but the section of the subway has a long way to go before transit officials believe it can be protected against future storm. Comment.
Bayside Hills

Spelling champion has Bayside abuzz

Oakland Gardens’ Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School has been buzzing with excitement on the news that one of its own was crowned a national spelling bee champion. Comment.
Astoria

Listen to the sounds of sawing

Recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest musical saw ensemble ever assembled, the NYC Musical Saw Festival returned to Astoria for its 10th-year milestone celebration, filling Trinity Lutheran Church, at 31-18 37th St., last weekend with 300-plus concertgoers, including many diehard fans and curious folks looking for a new musical experience. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Police hunting suspect in S. Jamaica pizzeria robbery [With Video]

SOUTH JAMAICA –– The public’s help is needed to track down a suspect wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a Little Caesars pizza place. Comments (3).
College Point

Cops seek suspect in March College Point stabbing

COLLEGE POINT — A 22 year-old man was stabbed multiple times on a College Point street corner, and the NYPD is hoping the public can help identify the suspect. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Suspect sought in possible Jx Hts hate crime: Police

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The NYPD was seeking information about a man wanted in connection with an assault that occurred within the 115th Precinct. Comment.
Hillcrest

Police bust stolen electronic stash of St. John’s trio: Post

HILLCREST — Three 20-somethings were arrested last week after police found drugs, cash, a fake gun and more than 400 stolen Apple products in their apartment, according to the NYPD. Comments (1).
On Point

Queens civic associations speak out against actions of Silver

Eight months ago, six civic association leaders under the umbrella of Queens Civics United took a bold step on behalf of the communities they represent. They issued a press release to the media calling for state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) to be relieved of his role. Comment.
Editorial

The A Train Rocks Again

Seven months after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City and delivered the most crippling blow in the MTA’s history to the subway system, the A train resumed service between Howard Beach and the Rockaways last week. Comment.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Flushing

Flushing Food Festival features neighborhood’s best nosh

The Flushing Food Festival’s first year going public was so successful that the 450 lucky ticket holders devoured the entire stockpile of curries, noodles, sandwiches and sushi before the event was scheduled to close last Saturday. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Comrie relaunches run for borough president

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) kicked off his campaign for borough president a second time Monday a day before starting to collect signatures to get on the ballot and five months after a similar event in southeast Queens. Comment.
Long Island City

Suspect assaulted woman on Queens E train: NYPD

A woman was allegedly elbowed and punched in the face after she told a man to stop touching her leg on a Queens subway train, according to the NYPD. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst car washers form city’s first union

Workers at an East Elmhurst car wash celebrated a historic contract this week after becoming the first unionized car wash east of Los Angeles. Comment.
St. Albans

Firefighter taken to hospital after St. Albans blaze

Four firefighters were taken to the hospital after being injured at a blaze inside a St. Albans home Friday morning, the FDNY said. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Qns scam artist preyed on immigrants: DA

Authorities arrested a South Richmond Hill woman who allegedly scammed a Trinidadian national out of thousands of dollars in exchange for phony immigration documents, District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment.
Astoria

White Roof Project off to summer start in LIC

With scorching temperatures anticipated this summer season, city nonprofit White Roof Project kicked off an initiative Wednesday that will include the resurfacing of some of Astoria and Long Island City’s blackest rooftops with a solar-reflective white coating that is intended to save residents money and reduce energy consumption. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

E. Elmhurst preps for rezoning review

The Department of City Planning announced Monday a proposal for the start of an official public review process for a 127-block rezoning of East Elmhurst, in addition to 14 block fronts along Roosevelt Avenue in Corona, Commissioner Amanda Burden announced. Comment.
Bayside

Ft. Totten pool needs city funds to open in June

Residents of northeast Queens were hot with rage after learning they might lose their own free public pool unless the City Council can find the funding to keep it afloat. Comment.
Flushing

Feds dismiss case against former Flushing collector

The federal government dropped its case last month against a former Flushing resident once accused of possessing and transporting what prosecutors called a priceless artifact that may have been plundered during the Korean War. Comment.
Woodside

Queens’ GLBT film series celebrates its ninth year

When Hector Canonge approached the Queens Museum of Art about hosting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender film screenings, he spent a lot of time convincing officials “Shaving Ryan’s Privates” wouldn’t be on the bill. Comment.
Bayside

Kaitlyn Grogan walk still lives on in Bayside

Bayside father Terrence Grogan still holds back tears when he tells the story of his 18-year-old daughter Katy, who was killed crossing a busy Florida highway in 2008 during a soccer tournament. Comment.
Whitestone

Whitestone Bridge lane closes for yearlong work

A yearlong lane closure began last weekend on the Whitestone Bridge as crews moved on to the next stage of the $109 million renovation project. Comments (1).
Douglaston

Smokin’ Aces bistro replaces Strawberry’s

For months, head chef Brian Tolisano has had to tell passers-by when Smokin’ Aces would open its doors to Douglaston. Comment.
Jamaica

Appeals court upholds JFK bomb plot convictions

A federal appeals court last week upheld the convictions and life sentences of two Guyanese men who were found guilty of plotting to blow up Kennedy Airport and surrounding areas in Queens in 2007. Comment.
Rosedale

Suspect swipes woman’s cash at Rosedale ATM: NYPD [With Video]

ROSEDALE — A 50-year-old woman withdrew cash from a Rosedale ATM last month and promptly had it stolen, police said. Comment.
College Point

Cops look for suspects in Corona stabbing [With Video]

CORONA — Two suspects were being sought by the NYPD in connection with an assault that occurred within the 115th Precinct. Comment.
Bayside

Dozo’s five-year reign as track champs ends

Benjamin Carodozo’s girls’ track Coaches Gail Emmanuel and Ray James mock up scores for every championship meet prior to it happening as a way to figure out the best plan to navigate their team to a title. Comment.
Flushing

Bowne’s Gooden wins first gold in 100 meters

Brandon Gooden raised his hands into the air and then brought them to his face after looking up at the scoreboard. Comment.
Block Shots

Construction scripts storybook finish to underdog tale

What Construction, in Woodhaven, did by winning its first PSAL Class A softball title is remarkable without even including the wild seventh inning rally that made it possible. Comments (1).
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Mayoral Spin Cycle: Democrats in mayoral race need to focus on city safety

Now that the third ring of the circus is complete with the arrival of Anthony Weiner’s high-wire act to the mayoral race, perhaps we can try to take a sober look at why this election really matters for our city’s future. Comment.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

St. Albans

St. Albans husband shoots wife and turns gun on himself

An off-duty NYPD officer shot and killed his wife Wednesday night before going back inside their St. Albans home and turning the gun on himself, police and neighbors said. Comment.
Murray Hill

Cops nab teen burglar: DA

Detectives from the 109th Precinct tracked down a 16-year-old last week allegedly responsible for about 15 brazen break-ins and burglaries in northeast Queens. Comment.
Bayside

Cops keep man from suicide jump

An hour-long standoff ended for a Long Island man on the rooftop of a home in Bayside after he allegedly broke in and threatened to jump, the Police Department said. Comment.
Corona

City authors Senate legislation to lease boro parkland to USTA

A controversial bill that would help transfer Queens parkland to the United States Tennis Association was introduced in Albany Monday without any names attached, although a source said it was written by the mayor’s office. Comment.
Willets Point

Willets housing vow lost to city’s legal fears

Developers of the $3 million Willets Point project are not contractually required to build affordable housing in part because the city wants to shield itself from a potential lawsuit. Comments (1).
Bayside

Townsend leads boro’s stars

Two Bayside high schools, along with eight others from across the borough landed in the annual Top 2,000 list put out by Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Comment.
Whitestone

Kevin Kim passes on run to replace Dan Halloran

The man defeated by now embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) squashed rumors that he would enter the race again this year as the crowded field of contenders produced a new round of political endorsements for some of the players. Comment.
Ridgewood

Couple found beaten to death in Ridgewood home

A Ridgewood woman and her boyfriend found slain in the ground-floor apartment they shared were strangled and beaten to death, the city medical examiner’s office said. Comments (1).
Cambria Heights

Council candidates spar at SE Queens education forum

Candidates vying to succeed outgoing City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) sat in the hot seat earlier this week as they tried to show they had done their homework on city schools. Comments (2).
Woodside

Man charged with stabbing ex-girlfriend to death in Woodside: Police

Police arrested a man who allegedly stabbed and killed his ex-girlfriend in her Woodside home Tuesday evening, the authorities and witnesses said. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

City gets $640M in Sandy aid

New York City will provide more than $640 million in federal money to help thousands in the city, including residents of the Rockaways and other parts of Queens still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
South Jamaica

Father killed outside 40 Projects waiting for his daughter: Family

Police Wednesday were still conducting interviews and investigating the fatal shooting of man outside South Jamaica’s 40 Projects Friday morning. Comments (11).
South Jamaica

Suspect in fatal Q6 bus shooting nabbed in South

Murder charges await the man who police allege killed a 14-year-old girl on a bus in South Jamaica when he is extradicted from South Carolina, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts Pride Parade still grapples with LGBT hatred

More than two decades have passed since the Queens Pride Parade took root in Jackson Heights to combat discrimination, but organizers and elected officials say the LGBT community is still battling hate-fueled violence. Comment.
Maspeth

Mom ran grow Maspeth factory: DEA

A Scarsdale woman was charged with conspiring to manufacture and distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants out of her Maspeth warehouse in a venture called Fantastic Enterprises, federal authorities said. Comments (1).
Jamaica

JetBlue flight lands at JFK after bird strike

KENNEDY AIRPORT — JetBlue Flight 1205, which took off from White Plains, N.Y., airport, made an unscheduled landing at Kennedy Airport Thursday morning shortly after it experienced a bird strike, according to the airline. Comment.
Astoria

Maloney lands a role with ABT production

Performers often make the journey from stage and screen to politics, but U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) plans to make the leap in the opposite direction. Comment.
Flushing

Lewd behavior reported on No. 7 train

FLUSHING — Cops are looking for a man who allegedly masturbated on the No. 7 train last month. Comment.
Steinway

Gold reportedly stolen from Astoria jewelry store

ASTORIA — Police were seeking information about a man wanted for grand larceny. Comment.
Ozone Park

Construction upsets Tottenville in PSAL Class ‘A’ championship

A wild set of events helped Construction, in Woodhaven, realize its dream of winning the program’s first PSAL Class A softball city title. Comment.
Flushing

RFK tops QHST to win ‘B’ crown

Robert F. Kennedy shortstop Julia Toth is a dreamer. The senior recalls sitting next to softball Coach Jed Herman in the stands last June watching Lab Museum capture the PSAL Class B title at St. John’s University. Comment.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

South Jamaica

Suspect arrested in shooting of 14-year-old girl on bus

The alleged shooter who opened fire on a bus in South Jamaica 2 1/2 weeks ago killing a 14-year-old girl was picked up by the authorities in South Carolina early Tuesday morning, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Comment.
Bayside

Man threatens to jump off Bayside roof after breaking into home: NYPD

An unidentified man was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly broke into a Bayside home, made his way up to the roof and threatened to jump, the Police Department said. Comments (7).
Ridgewood

Two people with head wounds found dead in Ridgewood

The bodies of two people who had head injuries were found in the building where they lived in Ridgewood Monday night, police said. Comment.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Bayside

Fort Totten pool may close: Parks

Four city pools, including one at Fort Totten in Bayside, might be closed this year unless the City Council can find the funds to keep them afloat, the Parks Department said. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Overnight subway repair to begin on E, F, M and R lines

The MTA returns to Queens starting Monday night for a four-night session of maintenance that will disrupt service on the E, F, M and R lines. Comment.

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