Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Maspeth

Dancing teams from Maspeth and Woodside to compete in final

Two western Queens schools have secured spots in the Dancing Classrooms’ final Sunday, as other teams are slated to compete for the remaining spots Thursday. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Teen charged in fatal stabbing in S. Ozone Park: NYPD

A South Ozone Park teen has been arrested and charged with stabbing D’Anthony McDonald to death, police said Tuesday night. Comments (7).
Bayside

LIC shop uniquely caters to your sweet tooth

Everyone knows the zombie apocalypse is coming, but how many preppers’ survival kits include chocolate-covered jalapenos? Comment.
Letters

Ban fruit-flavored liquors in N.Y.

I am writing to urge all honorable legislators in New York City and the state to propose a bill which would make illegal the manufacture, distribution and sale of any liquors which are deceptively advertised as soft drinks or flavored with fruit juices. Comment.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Far Rockaway

Rockaway bungalows put on historic state registry

More than 7,000 humble bungalows once bordered New York City’s Atlantic Shore in Far Rockaway, providing summer getaways for New Yorkers for much of the 20th century. Now, the bungalow community has dwindled to about 100 on three blocks bound by Beach 24th Street, Seagirt Avenue, Beach 26th Street and the oceanfront boardwalk. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Update: FDNY rescue man stuck in Kew Gardens hole

KEW GARDENS — The FDNY successfully removed a construction worker from a muddy trench about three hours after he fell several stories in Kew Gardens, a spokesman for the FDNY said. Comment.
Flushing

East meets West in Flushing

Queens resident Simon Xianwen Zeng is what the Chinese call “a person of talents.” Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans couple gets jail time for sex trafficking

A Queens man who pimped two young women out of a foreclosed home in St. Albans he lived in with his girlfriend was sentenced to up to 12 years behind bars Tuesday on sex-trafficking charges, the district attorney said. Comment.
Letters

Disapproval vote has more weight in Willets Pt. plan

Please consider this letter as a supplement to my remarks before you on June 6 concerning the Willets Point application. I am placing on the record what I believe is a misconception about what is relevant in your decision process. You appear to believe the 22-18 Community Board 7 vote is relevant, but not the negative CB 3 vote of 30-1 with one abstention. Comment.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Forest Hills

Forest Hills street renamed for late community member

In what made for a joyous yet moving ceremony in honor of a late decorated police officer, elected officials, friends and family united Sunday in Forest Hills to see the intersection of Metropolitan and Ascan avenues co-named Thomas X. Winberry Way. Comment.
Rochdale Village

Rochdale Village: 50 years in SE Queens

When it was conceived amid the turbulence of the civil rights era, Rochdale Village in southeast Queens was expected to be the paragon of the progressive movement in integrated housing, a vision that ultimately did not take hold with the cooperative’s residents. Comments (42).
Ridgewood

NYC Correction officer found guilty in 2000 slay

Jurors convicted a suspended New York City Correction officer last week on a grisly murder that occurred 13 years ago behind a Ridgewood gym, the borough’s top prosecutor said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Alchemy: Jx Hts joint turns meat into culinary gold

When we heard that Queens’ own BBQ luminary Robbie Richter had his farewell party at Alchemy, Texas BBQ in Jackson Heights before heading for the Coast, we knew we had to check this place out. Comment.
Sunnyside

Sunnyside man missing since last month: NYPD

SUNNYSIDE- The NYPD was asking for help to find a man who went missing last month in Sunnyside. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

MTA needs to communicate better

Queens has a major problem. Comment.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Jamaica

Activists raise voices vs guns

A powerful soprano voice belted out a song lamenting loss as community members gathered in Jamaica Monday to take a stand against violence. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Sasson scraps bid for Gennaro’s Council seat

Isaac Sasson shelved his bid for City Councilman James Gennaro’s (D-Fresh Meadows) seat this week after dropping nearly $100,000 of his own money into the race. Comment.
Corona

Corona resident stages suicide try near NBC

A Corona man slashed his wrists outside the “Today” show studio at Rockefeller Center last week after ranting about tax problems with the IRS, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Woodside

Woodsider dies in Williamsburg car accident: Cops

WOODSIDE — A Woodside man was killed in a car crash Tuesday morning in Williamsburg, police said. Comment.
Ozone Park

Police arrest four in Ozone Park cell phone store robbery: NYPD

OZONE PARK — Quick-thinking cops foiled the getaway of four men who allegedly stuck up a cellphone store last week, the NYPD said. Comment.
QueensLine

Quakers protest germ weapons in Flushing during 1960

Relations between the United States and Cuba were very strained. On July 6, 1960, President Dwight Eisenhower slashed the Cuban sugar quota by 700,000 tons, virtually eliminating it, and sending Fidel Castro into a rage. Comment.
Letters

Sequester hurts gov’t workers

I am a member of the American Federation of Government Employees and a hardworking federal employee at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in New York City. I work on a daily basis as a compliance specialist protecting the public from violations of environmental law. Comments (2).

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Astoria

Qns. pols demand MTA restore station agents

Elected officials and Transport Workers Union Local 100 representatives gathered in Astoria last week to demand the MTA restore station agents at subway booths who were removed throughout New York City in 2010. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Teen stabbed to death after dispute in S. Ozone Park: Family

On Saturday, he would have turned 20. Comments (2).
Far Rockaway

Nursing home loses man: AG

The former nursing services director of a Far Rockaway nursing home was arrested on multiple accounts after a 74-year-old resident with dementia was reported missing, the state attorney general’s office said. Comment.
Bayside

Report may exonerate convicted child rapist

More than two decades later, the reputation of a convicted Long Island child molester might be wiped clean by the end of this month. Comments (1).
Corona

Queens Theatre’s fund-raiser offers a movable feast of arts

Queens Theatre’s annual fund-raiser this year billed as “A Movable Musical Feast” promises to deliver tuneful music, culinary delights and, yes, plenty of moving about the building. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Mayor lays out storm plan

Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants the city to prepare for storms far worse than Hurricane Sandy, which devastated parts of the Rockaways and southern Queens. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Cops searching for missing Rich Hill teen

RICHMOND HILL — The Police Department was reaching out to the public with hopes of finding a teenage girl who went missing within the 102nd Precinct, cops said. Comment.
Jamaica

Two teen girls failed in subway robbery: Police

JAMAICA — The police were looking for two teenage girls they say allegedly tried to rob a woman of her cellphone inside the Jamaica Center subway station. Comments (2).
East Elmhurst

Tournament aims to prevent teen cardiac arrest

Dominic Murray, a former basketball standout at Monsignor McClancy in East Elmhurst, lived by a hauntingly accurate motto of “live by the ball, die by the ball.” Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

Political scandals make even good electeds look bad

Not long after my family moved from Borough Park, Brooklyn, into our attached bungalow home on 57th Avenue in Elmhurst, I learned Queens was frequently referred to as the “Forgotten Borough.” To most New Yorkers, we were in that place somewhere east of Manhattan and north of Brooklyn and we did not count for much. Comment.
Editorial

Give Queens a Place at the Table

Queens and the other outerboroughs are being pushed to the back of the room again as another Manhattan-centric group sets the agenda. This time it’s the city Rent Guidelines Board, which recently proposed steep rent hikes for stabilized apartments around the city. Comment.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Corona

Parks hearing studies Flushing Mdws funds

The city Parks Department revealed how much money goes into Flushing Meadows Corona Park at a hearing last week, although the answers did little to shed light on how the borough’s greenspace is treated in comparison to others in the city. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Mayoral candidates talk Sandy recovery at E. Elmhurst summit

Following Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of a $20 billion plan to protect the city from future storms, clergy and Hurricane Sandy victims grilled mayoral candidates Thursday on how they would leverage those funds to create jobs, expand affordable housing and invest in neighborhoods. Comment.
Whitestone

Halloran spokesman steps down

Another staffer of City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) resigned Friday, adding to the list of top aides to quit since their boss was arrested in April. Comments (7).
Sunnyside

Two men wanted for alleged commercial robberies: NYPD

SUNNYSIDE — Cops are looking for a pair of alleged thieves who knocked over two Queens businesses. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Boro reverses reroute of Q13, Q16 bus lines

Borough officials put the brakes on a city proposal this week that would have rerouted buses through residential areas of Bay Terrace. Comment.
South Jamaica

Help us solve Maurice Gordon’s murder: Sister

As the three-year anniversary of her brother’s unsolved murder approaches, Dionne Gordon continues her heartfelt plea asking anyone with information to step forward and help find those responsible for the murder of the man who friends and family affectionately knew as Big Mo. Comments (3).
Politics

Reshma makes a run for public advocate

The city public advocate race does not get as much attention as the mayoral contest does, and one candidate thinks the office needs a makeover. Comment.
Forest Hills

Parkway Hospital building to be auctioned

The building that previously housed the Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills is slated to be auctioned at the end of June with an outstanding lien of $14.86 million, according to PropertyShark. Comment.
Woodhaven

Preservationists await landmarking decision on Forest Park Carousel

A vote on whether to landmark the historic Forest Park Carousel is on the agenda for later this month. Comment.
Forest Hills Gardens

Two SE Queens schools win ballroom dance gold

The gymnasium at PS 101 in Forest Hills Gardens roared with students from nine different schools in Queens, each rooting for their team to win the competition — not of basketball, but ballroom dancing. Comment.
Long Island City

G,R trains to close for Sandy repairs

Commuters who ride the G and R trains will have to find alternative routes to get around this summer, after the MTA announced last week that major construction is scheduled to repair damage in the tunnels that carry the lines caused by Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
Flushing

High-cost heists hit Flushing

A gas station courier who had a bag containing $90,000 stolen out of his parked car Monday was just the latest victim in a Flushing neighborhood known for large-scale thefts of cash. Comments (2).
Government

City lawyers argue for 16 oz. soda cap

The Bloomberg administration was back in court this week arguing for the legality of its proposed regulations on the size of sugary drinks — a day after releasing dire diabetes statistics for the city. Comments (1).
Long Island City

LIC Post renamed after WWII veteran

In an honorary ceremony that at times grew emotional, the Long Island City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2348 was officially renamed after World War II veteran and Astoria resident Rocco Moretto, who was recognized for his service and longtime dedication to the post. Comments (1).
Howard Beach

Grandmother fends off alleged attempted break-in: NY Post

HOWARD BEACH — A Howard Beach grandmother used her house phone to fend off two thugs allegedly trying to break into her home, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Politics

New York voters want Silver to step down: Poll

Half of New York voters want Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) to step down as state Assembly speaker because of the way he handled a sexual harassment scandal, a recent Quinnipiac University poll showed. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

SFP cruises past St. Ray’s

Ryan Delevan’s focus, skill and competitiveness were all on display as the sophomore wanted to be the one to clinch history for the St. Francis Prep handball team. Comment.
Block Shots

CHSAA honors Curran’s legacy with award

Jack Curran’s legacy was given one final honor that spilled over into the CHSAA Class AA intersectional baseball final last weekend. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Mayoral hopefuls have homework to do on edu. policies

A wise, upper-middle-class friend told me her children will not inherit anything because their private school and college tuitions gobbled it all up. Let’s face it: We have a public education crisis of epic proportions. Comment.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Long Island City

Mayor comes to LIC to unveil plan to make city’s buildings weather-resistant

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) unveiled a comprehensive report Thursday designed to act as a road map for making the city’s buildings more resilient to extreme weather. Comment.
Willets Point

City selective in reopening Willets Point businesses

The city paid to repair several Willets Point businesses shut down by its own inspectors last month, but has not taken any action to renovate equally unsafe structures on land it owns elsewhere in the Iron Triangle. Comment.
Murray Hill

Young man killed in Flushing motorcyle accident

MURRAY HILL — A 20-year-old was killed while riding his motorcycle on Northern Boulevard Wednesday afternoon, police said. Comments (13).
South Jamaica

Kedrick Morrow dinner honors fathers and sons

The bond between fathers and their sons will be the theme for this Sunday’s benefit dinner to honor the memory of Kedrick Ali Morrow, Jr., the Elmont teen who was killed following a dispute at a Springfield Gardens party in 2010. Comment.
Long Island City

CB 2 rejects 5Pointz plan for rental apts.

Community Board 2 voted down 5Pointz owner David Wolkoff’s special permit application to develop the graffiti-covered warehouse in Long Island City into two high-rise luxury apartments last week, a decision that was well-received by artists and supporters of the building. Comment.
Politics

Bikers go full-throttle into borough president election

A motorcycle enthusiast running for borough president may seem like the obvious choice for Queens gearheads, but lingering bitterness over a 2008 proposed law has the biker voting bloc backing rival candidates. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Flood-prone Fresh Meadows needs a fix: Pols

With hurricane season in full bloom, officials took one of the borough’s most flood-prone places in Fresh Meadows to push the city to prioritize a solution. Comment.
Flushing

Queens at heart of NSA program defense

A former Flushing High School student has become the center of a debate over the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs. Comment.
Bayside

H Mart delays Bayside store’s grand opening

The opening of a new Korean supermarket in Bayside may be later than anticipated, the chain said. Comment.
Long Island City

Blankfein attends LCC graduation

LaGuardia Community College, which seems to operate under the motto Ad Astra Per Aspera — “To the stars despite adversity” — last week heard commencement speakers who understand that concept. Comment.
Woodhaven

Forest Park’s concert cranks it all the way up

Nearly 2 1/2 decades after Greg Cerar first imagined himself headlining his neighborhood park’s bandshell, he’ll finally get his chance with the debut of the Forest Park Rock Fest this Saturday. Comment.
Rego Park

Ben’s Best Deli names matzo dish for Baysider who won spelling bee

It won him the Scripps National Spelling Bee title, and now Bayside’s own Arvind Mahankali and the “knaidel,” the Yiddish word for matzo ball, will forever be linked after a Rego Park deli named a special version of the dish for the whiz kid. Comment.
Willets Point

Marshall mulls Willets plan as litigation looms in offing

Borough President Helen Marshall heard testimony about a special permit for the $3 billion Willets Point redevelopment project last week, but a judge may ultimately decide whether the ambitious plan can move forward. Comments (1).
Bayside

Parks concession prepares for new beginning in Bayside

Another restaurant operated by the city Parks Department on the site once occupied by Caffe on the Green should open under a new name later this month, management said. Comment.
South Jamaica

Teen’s death spurs SE Qns gun buyback

Borough President Helen Marshall is allocating up to $50,000 from her office’s discretionary budget for a gun buyback to honor the memory of the 14-year-old girl who was shot and killed while riding a city bus in South Jamaica last month. Comments (1).
Howard Beach

Police seek suspects posing as FedEx workers in Howard Beach [With Video]

HOWARD BEACH — Two would-be robbers posing as FedEx workers were caught on surveillance video as they allegedly tried to loot a house Monday, police said. Comment.
Astoria

Person struck by train in Astoria dies: FDNY

ASTORIA — A man was struck and killed by an N train late Tuesday afternoon in Astoria, according to the MTA and FDNY. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Molotov cocktails fail to damage home: Cops [With Video]

RICHMOND HILL — Authorities were looking for two suspects they believe tried to burn down a home with Molotov cocktails late last month. Comment.
Bayside

Cardozo track stars ink Division-I scholarship deals

Sabrina Southerland and Deajah Stevens both wanted a feeling of family and comfort in their college destinations. The Benjamin Cardozo track stars both found it in different ways as Southerland heads to Georgetown and Stevens moves on to South Carolina next season after signing national letters of intent. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s lefty leads boro players drafted

St. John’s University baseball Coach Ed Blankmeyer believes Ryan Horstman’s potential made him an attractive commodity to Major League Baseball scouts and he has only scratched the surface of it. Comments (1).

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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.
Astoria

FDNY: Person struck by train in Astoria

A person struck by a train late Tuesday afternoon in Astoria suffered multiple traumas, according to the FDNY. Comment.
Broadway-Flushing

Man has nearly $100G stolen from unattended car parked in Flushing

A suspected thief swiped $90,000 from a parked car in Broadway Flushing Monday morning, according to the NYPD. Comments (1).

Monday, June 10, 2013

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.
College Point

City to spray for West Nile in Queens

Parts of northeast Queens will be getting a spraying this week as the city steps up its fight against West Nile virus. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Man inside Mercedes SUV shot in South Richmond Hill

Police were hunting for whoever shot a 26-year-old man in the head in South Richmond Hill Sunday evening. Comments (3).

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bellerose

Palace Malice rides to victory in Belmont Stakes

Longshot Palace Malice and jockey Mike Smith rode to victory in the 145th Belmont Stakes Saturday in Belmont Park. Comments (1).
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.

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