Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Environment

Proposed plastic foam ban met with criticism

Restaurant industry members are voicing concern over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban plastic foam cups and food containers, a measure some say has the potential to hurt small businesses that rely on the low-cost products throughout New York City. Comments (1).
Woodhaven

Woodhaven con gets 25 years for brazen 2012 sexual assault [With Video]

A violent criminal who sexually assaulted a woman as she was waiting to catch an early morning bus in Woodhaven was sentenced to 25 years in jail last week, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Ridgewood

Rudy’s remains a mainstay in Ridgewood

Stepping into Rudy’s Bakery and Café in Ridgewood is a lot like stepping into a time machine. Comment.
Letters

Con Ed must carefully prune trees

The tree manglers hired by Con Edison to “trim” trees near overhead power lines have struck again. Trees are being mutilated and disfigured by the manglers cutting the centers out of trees or taking off the branches on one side of certain trees. Comments (1).

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Flushing

Five police cameras head to downtown Flushing

Several intersections in the downtown Flushing area will soon be equipped with additional NYPD police cameras, though long-promised cameras at the site of two recent murders in a nearby housing project are still not operational. Comment.
Corona

Man gunned down in Corona: NYPD

A 27-year-old man was fatally shot in the head in a residential section of Corona early Tuesday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Astoria

Museum of Moving Image unveils brand new courtyard

Elected officials and representatives from the Museum of the Moving Image gathered Tuesday at a celebratory dedication ceremony for the museum’s newly completed outdoor courtyard, named in honor of George S. Kaufman, the chairman of Kaufman Astoria Studios and a MoMI trustee. Comment.
Little Neck

CB 11 variance shifts Scobee Diner parking lot

Parking patterns at the former Scobee Diner site in Little Neck will be changing to accommodate a two-story commercial building there for a bank and dentist’s office, Community Board 11 said. Comments (1).
Corona

All the world’s his stage

When Melissa Friedman witnessed Xavier Pacheco’s self-proclaimed first attempt at performing Shakespeare, she decided the then 14-year-old Corona freshman was either a skilled liar or a naturally talented actor. Comment.
Letters

FMCP needs no soccer stadium

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is important to the people of Queens. Comment.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Long Island City

New rules to save boro homes

The city’s building code will probably be modified to better prepare for storms following recommendations unveiled last week by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) in Long Island City. Comment.
Jamaica

Infant mortality rate remains high in SE Queens

A baby born to a mother from Jamaica is three times less likely to celebrate his or her first birthday than a baby from Forest Hills, according to a report by the city Health Department, a fact that highlights the disparities that exist among communities even as the city celebrates its lowest infant mortality rate in history. Comment.
Jamaica

Clinton’s group praises Council for city Jobs to Build On project

Scores of elected officials, along with labor, African-American, Latino and Asian leaders congregated at City Hall last week to express appreciation and praise for the Bill Clinton Global Initiative. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Theater company serves up murder mysteries

It was a dark and stormy night when suddenly gunshots rang out! If that sounds like a cliché start to a murder mystery, you’re right, only in this case the weather was real but the bullets were fake. The setting was Riccardo’s in Astoria, near the bridge that I still prefer to call the Triborough, and the host was The Killing Kompany. Comment.
Beechhurst

Missing Flushing man last seen in Midtown: NYPD

BEECHHURST — A 55-year-old man who lives on Powells Cove Boulevard went missing across the river last week, and the NYPD is hoping the public can help find him. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Police searching for missing S. Rich Hill man

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were asking for help finding a missing person last seen June 12, the NYPD said. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

City can treat unkempt land better

The issue of unkempt properties has plagued our communities since the housing bust. Presently, the city Sanitation Department can go on properties and clean them once they have been given a particular status. While I am pleased with this change in regulations, more needs to be done. Comment.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Whitestone

Halloran’s spokesman steps down

Another top official working for embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) stepped down this week, making it the third time an aide has quit since the councilman was arrested on federal corruption charges. Comments (18).
Little Neck

Little Neck art students to be featured in Douglaston show

A group of young artists from Little Neck will have their work prominently displayed by the National Art League this month, their teacher said. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

House defeats farm bill with provisions for food stamp cuts

The new Farm Bill was voted down by the House of Representatives Thursday by a vote of 234-195. Comment.
Politics

Majority of voters want Shelly shelved as Assembly boss: Poll

In a recent poll conducted by Siena College Research Institute, 52 percent of New York state voters say state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) failed to handle the Vito Lopez case appropriately and believe he should step down as speaker. Comments (1).
Long Island City

LIC muggers punch, steal from victims: NYPD [With Video]

LONG ISLAND CITY — The city Police Department was reaching out to the public hoping to find suspects wanted in connection with a robbery pattern within the 114th Precinct, the NYPD said. Comment.
Ozone Park

Man convicted in Ozone Park sex assault gets 25 years: Brown

OZONE PARK — A 23-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexually attacking a woman in July 2011, the district attorney said. Comment.
Ridgewood

Robbery suspect hit banks in Ridgewood and B’klyn: Cops

RIDGEWOOD Police were looking for a suspect who allegedly robbed a Brooklyn bank and tried to rob another one in Ridgewood, cops said. attempted bank robbery, police said. Comment.
Sunnyside

Police release new photos of suspects in commercial robberies

SUNNYSIDE — Cops were looking for a pair of alleged thieves who knocked over two Queens businesses. Comment.
Flushing

Police seeking help in locating missing Flushing man

FLUSHING — A 23-year-old man went missing last week from his Linden Place home, police said. Comment.
Political Action

Blishteyn backs trade schools, vouchers in race for City Council

New York City in past decades has been the place where new political and social ideas have emerged. Queens Republican Chairman Phil Ragusa recently commented on some of these recent issues. He is strongly opposed to efforts being made by liberal spokesmen to grant voting rights to non-citizens. Comment.
Letters

Herbalife targets Latinos: Pol

I am writing to urge the FTC to take a look into Herbalife. Herbalife has been accused of operating an abusive pyramid scheme that targets minority groups, especially Latinos, by falsely promising large profits. As a New York City Council member in a heavily Hispanic district in Queens, I am concerned about the impact this company is having on my constituents and the Latino community in New York. Comments (7).

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Queensbridge

Convicted killer of hoops star teenager faces sentencing

A Manhattan man convicted in the fatal shooting of Queensbridge native Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy is scheduled to be sentenced next week, but the slain teen’s father says there will never be justice even if those responsible for the basketball star’s untimely death are behind bars. Comment.
Whitestone

Models to help Haiti recovery

The runway won’t end at the fashion show for these models. Comment.
Flushing

Mitchell-Linden library moves to new, more spacious location

Queens Library at Mitchell-Linden will be closing after more than 50 years of operating in the Flushing area and moving to a new space, according to Joanne King, Queens Library’s director of communications. Comment.
Transit

Federal investigators looking into cause of LIRR derailment

Federal transportation regulators will head up an investigation into what caused a Long Island Rail Road train to derail outside Penn Station Monday evening, resulting in hectic commutes for straphangers the following day. Comments (1).
Flushing

Two teens steal man’s iPhone 5: Cops

FLUSHING — Two teenagers allegedly pummeled a 21-year-old and stole his iPhone 5 near the corner of Elder Avenue and Colden Street June 12, police said. Comment.
Ridgewood

104th Precinct warns of Ridgewood robbery pattern

RIDGEWOOD — The 104th Precinct is warning residents about a robbery patterns that has been plaguing the area. Comment.
Middle Village

Police hunting for suspect in western Queens bank robberies

MIDDLE VILLAGE — Police were looking for a suspect who tried to rob three western Queens banks last year, the NYPD said.. Comment.
Astoria

Suspect breaks into car in Astoria, steals purse: Police [With Video]

ASTORIA — The NYPD was seeking information in identifying a suspect wanted for grand larceny within the confines of the 114th Precinct. Comment.
Editorial

Surviving the Storm

FEMA has released a revised version of the latest flood maps that put much of Queens’ waterfront property into high-risk zones for the first time in 30 years in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
Flushing

Police allege Flushing man wrote check to self for $3K

FLUSHING — A man living within the 109th Precinct cashed in a blank check he allegedly stole from his ex-girlfriend, a police source said. Comment.
Flushing

Missing Flushing teen last seen at home: NYPD

FLUSHING — Authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Yan Ling Zheng, 19, who went missing from her Robinson Street home last week. Comment.
The Civic Scene

DOB must do better job of cracking down on illegal apts.

For decades Queens civic associations have fought to preserve their quality of life by improving the enforcement of the zoning laws. People bought their homes or rented their apartments because of the ambiance in a community. When the zoning laws are violated and large, illegal buildings are built or illegal conversions take place, then more people are added to a neighborhood zoned for fewer people. Comments (1).
Bayside

Cardozo pitcher drafted highest of city HS players

Adrian Castano didn’t concern himself with being drafted, just baseball. Comments (3).
Letters

Racino leaves area biz in the lurch

In April 2013, I was in the area of Rockaway Boulevard, a neighborhood street just outside the gates of Aqueduct Racetrack and the racino. There were at least a half-dozen enormous restaurants with about 40 tables each and a dozen more smaller dining places along Rockaway Boulevard in back of the racino gates. The same went for nearby Lefferts Boulevard. Comment.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Richmond Hill

Rich Hill man celebrates Father’s Day with dad’s kidney

Leonard Burke, of Richmond Hill, spent his first Father’s Day on the heels of his second kidney transplant. This time, it was his own father’s kidney keeping him alive. Comment.
South Jamaica

Mourners march for D’aja, 14

They marched mostly in silence Saturday, stopping only once along the way to pray on Sutphin Boulevard and 116th Road where D’aja Robinson grew up, before reaching the intersection where the 14-year-old was shot and killed last month. Comments (4).
Crime

NYPD: Elmhurst man found dead in home

A 65-year-old Elmhurst man was found dead in his home Thursday with bruises on his neck, the NYPD said Friday. Comment.
Whitestone

Queens keeping close eye on Halloran capital cash

It has been two months since City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was arrested on federal corruption charges and barred from touching government funds, but groups who were promised some of that money said they were still optimistic they will see green. Comment.
South Jamaica

Community salutes police for Q6 arrest

Several elected officials were joined by parents whose children were killed or wounded by gunfire in honoring NYPD Chief of the Department Phillip Banks III and the Police Department following its arrest of a suspect in last month’s fatal shooting of a teenage girl on a South Jamaica bus. Comments (3).
Auburndale

Forum questions Dems seeking seat in Council

Five Democrats hoping to replace City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) came together for their first public forum as primary opponents Tuesday, fielding questions largely revolving around quality of life in northeast Queens. Comment.
Flushing

Historical hints hidden in walls of Bowne House

Flushing’s Bowne House is already one of the most significant historical sites in the city, but crews restoring the 17th-century building recently peeled back the outside wall to reveal further clues to the area’s rich colonial history. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Mayoral hopefuls tackle Sandy at faith forum in East Elmhurst

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

SE Queens task force wants to quiet house parties

Neighbors in southeast Queens have come to dread unruly house parties that take over their residential blocks during the summer months, and they are banding together to try to pull the plug before things get out of hand this year. Comments (5).
Maspeth

Two years later O’Neills pushes back reopening

People are constantly asking George O’Neill when his restaurant is going to reopen. Comments (6).
Government

Ferreras pushes feds to probe Herbalife

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate recruitment practices of Herbalife, a company recently accused of operating a pyramid scheme targeting minority groups. Comments (3).
Astoria

Sheldon Silver rejects new Scaffold Law: Moya

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) killed proposed changes to the city’s Scaffold Law Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman for Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights). Comment.
Ozone Park

Ozone Park cat killer faces 2 years for animal cruelty

An Ozone Park man faces up to two years in prison after being convicted of bludgeoning a stray cat to death, the Queens district attorney said this week. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Cop receives 7 years for shooting unarmed man

SOUTH JAMAICA — A city cop with 19 years on the force was sentenced to seven years in jail last week for shooting an unarmed man in 2010 while off duty, the district attorney said. Comment.
Jamaica

Inbound JFK flight diverted to Scotland after letter scare: Post

JAMAICA — A flight on its way to JFK Airport from Cairo, Egypt, was forced to land in Scotland earlier this week after a passenger found a note threatening to set the plan on fire, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Democrats have no real plan to tackle union back pay

One of the reasons New York has had Republican mayors for the last 20 years is because the city’s public- and private-sector unions have not rallied behind the same candidate during Democratic primaries. Comment.
Rosedale

Rosedale cabbie killed by umbrella eye stabbing: NYPD

ROSEDALE — A Queens cab driver was killed in Brooklyn last week when his passenger allegedly stabbed him in the eye with an umbrella, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU softball star honored by school

Courtney Fitzgerald-Cardot added another prestigious honor to a softball career full of them. Comment.
Block Shots

Boro football standouts could transform UConn

The talk around the New York City roster the most recent Empire Challenge football games has been about the players heading to Syracuse. Comments (6).

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Elmhurst

Huang pleads guilty to illegal sales

Infamous Queens developer Tommy Huang has pleaded guilty to making illegal transactions under the table after the state ordered him to stop building and selling condos, the state attorney general said Wednesday. Comment.
Willets Point

City returns to shutter more Willets shops

The city again shut down a group of Willets Point businesses that lie in the footprint of a $3 billion redevelopment project set to begin early next year, while talks about a detailed plan to relocate the auto repair shops to Maspeth have been stalled since October. Comment.
South Ozone Park

South Ozone Pk teen killed on eve of his 20th birthday

Instead of celebrating his son’s birthday, a heartbroken father in South Ozone Park had to plan a funeral. Comments (4).
Ozone Park

FBI makes find at home of Ozone Park mobster

Two days after the FBI started looking for a body buried in Ozone Park, agents uncovered unspecified material Wednesday at the home of the late mobster James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke, authorities familiar with the investigation said. Comment.
Jamaica

JFK barrier to keep turtles off the tarmac

When it comes to wind and clouds, Mother Nature is pretty much an unstoppable force as far as your flight plans are concerned. Turtles, on the other hand, appear to be more manageable. Comment.
Education

HS grad rate falls in Queens in 2012

The graduation rate for Queens high schoolers dropped about 2 percent last year as changes were made to diploma requirements, but the percentage of pupils leaving college-ready climbed, with Hispanic students making gains on closing the education gap. Comment.
Pomonok

Jury convicts Pomonok killer

Days before a Queens Supreme Court jury convicted Malcolm Thompson Wednesday of murdering a man in Pomonok Houses in 2010, they watched Assistant District Attorney Peter Lomp place several bullets on a ledge a few feet in front of their faces. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside activists ask for FAA roundtable

The Bayside-based group established to fight the Federal Aviation Administration over flight noise in northeast Queens has been working with the agency to draft a binding document with hopes of creating an aviation roundtable, its leaders said. Comments (1).
Long Island City

CitiBike may come to LIC to offset G closing

The MTA is in talks with the city’s Department of Transportation about expanding the CitiBike program to areas that will be affected by upcoming closures of the G train, including Long Island City and Greenpoint in Brooklyn. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside BID to hold annual board elections

It has been five years since the Bayside Village Business Improvement District started doing business along Bell Boulevard, and top members said they had come a long way. Comment.
South Jamaica

Off-duty cop shot while breaking up fight: NYPD

An Ozone Park man who police say allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s South Jamaica home over the weekend and shot an off-duty cop who came to her aid was charged with assault and attempting to kill a police officer, the district attorney announced. Comments (2).
Astoria

Queens Symphony to perform at June Astoria firework show

Astoria celebrates its independence early with the first firework celebration in the city this summer Monday. Central Astoria’s 31st annual Waterfront Independence celebration will feature the Queens Symphony Orchestra followed by a Grucci fireworks display over the East River. Comment.
Astoria

Weekend block party welcomes newest neighbor to Astoria

It’s a Queens-centric event and you’re invited. Comment.
Crime

Queens man at center of East Village crash

MANHATTAN - An allegedly drunk Queens man was behind the wheel Wednesday morning when his car hopped an East Village curb, smashed into a deli and launched a fire hydrant into the air, injuring five, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Ridgewood

Teen robbed 2 people on M train: Police

REGO PARK — Police were searching for a suspect wanted in two robberies that occurred on the northbound M train.On May 14 at 12:30 p.m., the suspect allegedly stole a woman’s iPhone and fled the train as it pulled into the 67th Avenue station according to the NYPD. Comment.
Astoria

LIC captures cricket crown

There was an uneasy feeling on the Long Island City sideline, as a second straight city cricket title appeared to be slipping away. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

L.I. lopsidedly beats New York City all-stars

Beach Channel’s Folorunso “Foley” Fatukasi is an intense competitor on the football field and jolly teenager off it, but the mood emanating from the University of Connecticut-bound defensive lineman Tuesday night was sadness and disappointment. Comment.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Elmhurst

Tommy Huang pleads guilty to illegal condo sales in Elmhurst: AG

A notorious Queens developer pleaded guilty to developing and selling condos in Elmhurst after a 1999 court order banned them from the business, the state attorney general said. Comments (2).
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).

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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.
Ozone Park

FBI dig up famed mobster’s house

The sound of jackhammers interrupted an otherwise quiet neighborhood in Ozone Park Tuesday morning, where members of the FBI evidence response team had launched an investigation a day earlier to find the remains of a dead mobster. Comment.
Jamaica

MTA says LIRR delays to extend into Tuesday evening rush hour

Straphangers can expect cancellations and delays during the Tuesday evening rush hour as crews repair damages left behind after a Long Island Rail Road train derailed under the East River Monday night, according to the MTA. Comments (3).
Transit

Limited evening service on N, Q and R trains this week

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority begin four consecutive nights of maintenance Monday on N, Q and R subway lines. Comment.

Monday, June 17, 2013

South Jamaica

Officer shot in South Jamaica after intervening in domestic dispute

An off-duty cop who was at a party in South Jamaica Sunday night was shot in the hand after he stepped into an alleged domestic dispute nearby, police said. Comments (1).
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.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

South Ozone Park

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

On Saturday, he would have turned 20. Comments (1).

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