Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Astoria

Vallone city grant funds PS 17 academic program for summer

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and Astoria nonprofit Zone 126 teamed up in early July to fund PS 17’s summer learning program for students, the organization said. Comments (5).
Jamaica

CityRib fills sit-down dining void in Jamaica

Walk past the Italian Renaissance-style facade of the old Queens Family Courthouse around Happy Hour, and you’re likely to view a scene downtown Jamaica has been waiting on for some time. Comments (1).
Letters

Council legislation protects people from cops

Bob Friedrich’s July 12-18 column criticizing the Community Safety Act was misleading and inflammatory. Comments (6).

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Long Island City

LIC’s Citiview Connections Clubhouse gets new home

The Citiview Connections Clubhouse, a Long Island City center for adults with psychiatric disabilities, has a new location and the recent move has helped generate interest about its mission and professional services, the center’s director said. Comments (7).
Oakland Gardens

Motorcyclist dies after hitting bus in Oakland Gardens

A 21-year-old motorcycle rider was killed after he allegedly blew through a red light and slammed into the side of an MTA bus in Oakland Gardens early Tuesday, police said. Comments (1).
Dutch Kills

Dangerous traffic conditions spark concern across LIC

Elected officials and residents gathered in Dutch Kills in Long Island City last week to demand that the city Department of Transportation take immediate action in addressing unsafe traffic conditions in the neighborhood. Comment.
Jamaica

JAMS is sweet on southeast Queens

Nearly two decades ago, a group of Jamaica residents decided it was time for somebody to highlight the diverse talents of southeast Queens. Comments (1).
Letters

Turn Shops at Atlas Park into community center

The Shops at Atlas Park mall have not received an auspicious beginning. Almost from the time they opened their doors, the local media started adopting a bipolar attitude. Comments (2).

Monday, July 29, 2013

Astoria

Constantinides touts plan to clean Astoria

Astoria District Leader and City Council candidate Costa Constantinides announced a comprehensive five-point plan last week to clean up Astoria’s streets and parks, a plan he believes will benefit businesses and the community. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man stands up for bungalows

Far Rockaway’s Beachside Bungalows have been given a guardian by the name of Richard George. Comments (1).
Astoria

MP Taverna brings Mediterranean to Astoria

MP Taverna has replaced Mezzo-Mezzo on Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria. When initials are presumed to produce recognition it’s a clue that the restaurateur has achieved celebrity chefdom. In this case, the media darling is Michael Psilakis, a winner of culinary awards, a TV personality and a cookbook author. The Astoria location is the latest addition to his restaurant empire consisting of three places in Manhattan, one in Westchester and one in Roslyn. The MP moniker seems to be reserved for restaurants outside of Manhattan. Comment.
Corona

Corona boy missing since last week: Police

CORONA — Police were seeking assistance in finding a boy who went missing last week in Corona.The NYPD said 14-year-old Xavier Molina disappeared July 19 and was last seen around 8:30 p.m. the day before near 60th Avenue and 99th Street. He was wearing a white shirt and tan shorts. Comment.
New Voices

Workers in South Asian community hit hard by recession

Though most Queens residents have felt the impact of the recession, not all are affected equally. The South Asian community, especially new immigrants, have not fared well in this economic climate. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

SFP sophomore realizes her potential on the court

St. Francis Prep forward Sofia Recupero is handling the high expectations for her while learning to compete in arguably the best girl’s basketball league in the country and building her game from the outside in. With her freshman season as a starter on the varsit team behind her, she is on her way to showing why she is one of the city’s top young players. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

Councilmen wrong on effectiveness of safety law

In their letters to the editor, City Councilmen Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) and Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) make a valiant effort trying to spin the Community Safety Act as measures that will not jeopardize public safety. Comments (1).

Sunday, July 28, 2013

South Jamaica

Rockaway man gets 25 years for shooting death of witness

A Far Rockaway man Tuesday received the maximum prison sentence of 25 years for the shooting death of a witness who testified againsthim in an earlier case, the Queens DA said. Comments (11).
Ozone Park

Three hurt in Ozone Park blaze

Three people were seriously injured, possibly from jumping out the window, after a fire spread from the ground flood of an Ozone Park building to the second floor Saturday morning, a spokesman for the Fire Department and neighbors said. Comment.
Woodside

Pols call for repairs at Woodside Houses

Tina Ferguson has lived in the Woodside Houses all her life, but the 54-year-old says she now often spends the night with her mother in Jamaica because she cannot stand the state of disrepair in her first-floor apartment. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Bay Terrace teen tackles eating disorders with teddy bears

For Bay Terrace’s 17-year-old Nicole Javorsky, comfort comes in the form of tiny, handmade teddy bears. Comment.
Laurelton

Two libraries plan to grow with Council funds

The Laurelton and Rosedale libraries took a step toward building second floors with more than $2.5 million in city funds allocated this year by City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton). Comment.
Woodhaven

Woman dies in Woodhaven crash: Police

WOODHAVEN — A North Massapequa, L.I., woman died after the vehicle she was driving struck a light pole in Woodhaven, police said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Cops search for Jackson Heights robber: NYPD

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The Police Department seeking help in finding a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Jackson Heights, cops said. Comment.
Elmhurst

Police hunt suspect in Elmhursy break-in

ELMHURST — The NYPD was searching for a suspect in an Elmhurst burglary. Comments (1).
I Sit and Look Out

Sports more concerned with business, not competition

For many years, I used to say I had two forms of exercise: walking and jumping to conclusions. Comment.
Block Shots

Harvey could give Amazins’ edge in battle for NYC fans

New York Mets ace Matt Harvey has a chance to earn more than wins and strikeouts with his blazing fastball and model good looks. He has shown the potential to make the city his and be the Mets’ version of Derek Jeter during his career. Comment.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Jamaica

Man helps Jamaica suit up for new jobs

Some people need a suit to wear to a job interview, while others need a job to interview for. Kevin Livingston has both ends covered. Comment.
Briarwood

Briarwood woman beats back cancer

A 27-year-old Briarwood woman diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer last month was left to fend for herself in an insurance black hole before state health care providers steered her toward a Queens facility and saved her from an uncertain future. Comment.
Douglaston

Giftalicious shuttered near Douglaston LIRR

Douglaston’s go-to shop for anything from food and treats to gift baskets closed its doors for good after only two years in business. Comment.
Forest Hills Gardens

Two arrested in late-night Forest Hills robbery

Two women were arrested earlier this month in connection with a Forest Hills robbery, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (5).
Corona

Teen possibly faces jail for All-Star stunt: DA

CORONA — The Long Island teenager who rushed the field during last week’s All-Star game at Citi Field could end up warming the bench in prison, authorities said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Cops hunt suspects in Jackson Heights wallet theft

JACKSON HEIGHTS - Police were searching for two suspects who allegedly robbed a man inside a Jackson Heights bank last month, the NYPD said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway man goes missing: Cops

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding a missing man in Far Rockaway, cops said. Comment.
QueensLine

S. Jamaica’s 50 Cent made his name as rapper, actor

During an almost 20-year career as a recording artist in rap music, Curtis Jackson III, a native of South Jamaica, has been better known by his stage name: 50 Cent. Comments (1).
Bayside

Former hoops star concentrates on coaching

Rafer Alston hasn’t played in the NBA since his 2010 stint with the Miami Heat and the New Jersey Nets. Still, the former Benjamin Cardozo point guard isn’t exactly ready to call it quits on his playing career, but but admitted it’s “pretty much” over. Comment.
Editorial

Light at the Subway Tunnel’s End

Queens, the stepchild of the city transit system, is finally getting attention from the powers-that-be at the MTA and the governor. Comment.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Hurricane Relief

City Council passes package to prepare for future storms

The City Council passed a package of legislation Wednesday as a result of 12 Superstorm Sandy oversight hearings with the goal of making the city Office of Emergency Management more prepared to respond to emergencies. Comment.
Flushing

Parks crews restore sacred Flushing site

An abundance of overgrown weeds and vegetation at the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground were the end result of a city Parks Department staff changeover and equipment malfunction that have since been corrected, a spokesman said. Comment.
Government

Mayor upholds vow to veto

As expected, Mayor Michael Bloomberg took his red pen to a pair of NYPD-reform bills Tuesday, setting up the final showdown in the politically charged debate over legislation to rein in the department’s stop-and-frisk practices. Comments (2).
Jamaica

Elderly woman waits 70 minutes for ambulance after slip and fall

A 96-year-old woman waited longer than an hour for an ambulance to arrive after she took a fall inside a Jamaica nursing home Monday, a staffer said, in yet the latest episode of the city’s beleaguered, new 911 call system. Comments (1).
Bayside

Boro seeks FAA noise panel

Bayside activists and their elected officials have not let up on their efforts to give everyday residents a seat at the Federal Aviation Administration’s negotiation table. Comments (2).
Richmond Hill

Ballerina makes the leap home to Richmond Hill

It was an afternoon of ballet memories. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Forest Hills moviehouse gets makeover

Business is heating up for the newest Buffalo Wild Wings in New York City. Comment.
Jamaica

Councilman Wills’ opponent cashing in funds

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) is facing a challenge from a well-funded opponent in southeast Queens, and as the weeks creep closer to the Sept. 10 Democratic primary his name keeps popping up in the wrong places. Comments (2).
Neponsit

Pipeline plan stirs debate

Despite increasing opposition, energy companies National Grid and Williams Transco are moving forward to build a 3.2-mile-long pipeline that would increase the supply of natural gas in Brooklyn and Queens. A number of local groups and individuals are against the project, citing safety hazards and concerns for the environment. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica clinic confronts obesity

On the heels of the American Medical Association’s designation of obesity as a disease, a downtown Jamaica health clinic is launching a culturally tailored campaign to help southeast Queens fight the battle of the bulge. Comments (1).
Ridgewood

Q31, Q77 and M train to see increased service

Three years ago, the MTA was in such financial straits that it had to shut down or curtail dozens of bus and subway lines in Queens and other parts of the city. Comment.
Breezy Point

Charities failed to disburse all Sandy aid: AG

Just 58 percent of the money raised for Hurricane Sandy victims has been spent, according to a report released by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway teen goes missing: NYPD

FAR ROCKAWAY — An 18-year-old girl disappeared from her Trist Place home Monday, according to police, and cops are hoping the public can help track her down. Comments (2).
Springfield Gardens

Man charged in five church break-ins: Queens DA

SOUTHEAST QUEENS — A Brooklyn man was arrested and charged with pilfering more than $7,000 worth of items he allegedly amassed during a week-long spree at several churches, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Columnist gives Bloomberg passing grade as mayor

OK, class. It’s near the end of 12 years of school (in this case, City Hall High), and now it’s time for you to graduate and receive your final grades. Comments (3).
Queensbridge

World Peace joins Knicks

Metta World Peace is coming home. Comment.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Ozone Park

Ozone Park livery driver found guilty of killing of drunk passenger: DA

An Ozone Park man faces a sentence of 25 years in prison after he was convicted of robbing and murdering a man in August of 2010, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside protests proposed school on 48th Avenue

The city was days away from pushing forward a widely unpopular plan to build a new primary school in Bayside when political opposition put the vote on hold, officials said. Comments (3).
Long Island City

Queens Midtown Tunnel’s south tube to close for weekend construction

The MTA announced this week that the Queens-Midtown Tunnel’s Queens-bound tube (south) will be shut down for construction work this weekend. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Cops pursuing group who kidnapped woman in East Elmhurst

EAST ELMHURST - The NYPD is searching for a group of suspects who allegedly kidnapped a woman off the street over the weekend in East Elmhurst. Comment.
Corona

USTA pledges $10M to park for expansion

The City Council voted Wednesday to allow the United States Tennis Association to expand in Flushing Meadows Corona Park following an 11th-hour agreement that will pump about $10 million into the shabby greenspace. Comment.
Jamaica

Young father gunned down outside Jamaica home: Family

A 28-year-old father of two was shot outside his Jamaica home early Wednesday morning as he headed to work, his family and police said. Comments (6).
Laurelton

Laurelton nonprofit prez pleads guilty to larceny

The attorney for Van Holmes, the president of a Laurelton nonprofit who pleaded guilty earlier this week to pocketing tens of thousands of public dollars, said his office will be paying refunds to the parents whose children were enrolled in Holmes’ now-defunct summer camp. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Public paid to repair statue of Civic Virtue

Taxpayers shelled out $100,000 to clean the exiled Triumph of Civic Virtue statue and help move it from its perch outside Borough Hall to a private cemetery in Brooklyn late last year, city contracts show. Comments (1).
Broadway-Flushing

Broadway civic wins suit to preserve nabe

Homeowners in Flushing last week successfully sued a developer who planned to build new homes that were perfectly permissible under city laws but ran afoul of a century-old private building code that also governs the neighborhood. Comments (1).
Bayside

Willets Point parties perturb Baysiders 3 miles away

Party animals who blast music out of trunk-mounted car speakers in Willets Point are driving homeowners nuts as far away as Bayside. Comments (13).
Hollis

Boxer Emile Griffith, 77, called SE Qns. home

Boxing legend Emile Griffith, who began preparing for his glory days in the ring at the Gil Clancy Gym in Queens, died Tuesday. He was 77. Comments (3).
Glen Oaks

Fireman fakes 911 calls to steal FDNY cash: DA

Firehouses from Glen Oaks and Astoria were two of five spots throughout the city to be ransacked for cash by a renegade firefighter making phony 911 calls as distractions, the city Department of Investigation said. Comments (1).
Queensbridge

Police make arrest in robberies of Queensbridge blind man

A Brooklyn man was arrested last week on charges of robbing a 73-year-old blind man twice in two weeks at his home in the Queensbridge Houses, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Long Island City

Marshall OKs 5Pointz redevelopment project

Borough President Helen Marshall approved a tweaked special permit application last week for the 5Pointz redevelopment project that includes additional community benefits for Long Island City residents. Comment.
Forest Hills

Man assaulted woman near her home: Police

FOREST HILLS — Police were searching for a man wanted in connection with a sexual assault in Forest Hills. Comment.
East Elmhurst

LGA grinds to halt after landing gear malfunction

EAST ELMHURST — National safety regulators are eyeing the Southwest Airlines flight that skidded across a LaGuardia Airport runway Monday evening after its front landing gear collapsed shortly after touching down. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans woman charged with assault: DA

ST. ALBANS — A 32-year-old woman was charged with first-degree assault after she allegedly shook her 3-month-old daughter, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Half-naked man runs through JFK: Port Authority

JOHN F. KENNEDY AIRPORT — A shirtless man ran into an unoccupied terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport Wednesday morning, but he did not get far before authorities had him wearing handcuffs, authorities said. Comment.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bayside

City to spray for West Nile in northeast Queens

The city will continue its fight with West Nile virus starting Wednesday night with sprayings scheduled in northeast Queens, the city Department of Health said. Comments (2).

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Laurelton

SE Queens non-profit head pleads guilty to stealing funds allocated by Huntley

A week after he was arrested, the head of a Laurelton youth camp agreed Tuesday to pay back tens of thousands of dollars in public money he scammed from the do-nothing nonprofit, authorities said. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Youthmarket returns to Long Island City after hiatus

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) joined with nonprofit GrowNYC in Long Island City last week to celebrate the return of the neighborhood’s Youthmarket, an event that featured a fresh assortment of fruits and vegetables. Comment.

Monday, July 22, 2013

East Elmhurst

LaGuardia grinds to halt after landing gear malfunction: BNN

EAST ELMHURST — LaGuardia Airport was shut down Monday evening after the front landing gear of a Southwest Airlines flight collapsed after touching down, the Breaking News Network reported. Comment.
Transit

MTA to boost bus, subway service in Queens

Transit officials announced Monday plans to spend $18 million to bring back bus and subway service slashed during financial peril three years ago, including increasing G trains and restoring weekend service on the Q31 bus between Bayside and Jamaica and Q77 bus from Laurelton to Jamaica in Queens. Comment.
Woodside

Woman faints at outdoor Woodside news event

It took emergency responders far less time to respond to a call about a woman fainting at a steamy news conference in Woodside Monday than it had for an ambulance to arrive at one in Brooklyn where an intern collapsed last week. Comment.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Little Neck

Hollis man killed in GCP crash where gun later found: Police

A 28-year-old woman was charged with gun possession following what police described as a high-speed car crash on the Grand Central Parkway that took the life of the driver early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (42).

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