Science-fiction, fantasy and mystery book lovers in Queens are in luck: Enigma Bookstore, a new, independent business in the community, is offering up an exciting variety of page turners for residents. Comment.
The children at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside were all smiles last Thursday as they showed off their dance moves with dancer Val Chmerkovskiy from the reality competition show “Dancing with the Stars.” Comment.
Earlier this spring a new band became part of New York’s emerging music scene as semi-finalists representing Queens at the 2013 Battle of the Boroughs talent quest held this March at The Greene Space in Manhattan. The Dirty Gems beat the competition and won first place and grand prize. Then they went on to compete in the Ultimate Battle in June. Comment.
In 2008, the Bloomberg administration declared 62 acres of property in Flushing to the east of Citi Field called Willets Point, on which there were more than 200 small auto businesses as well as others, a blight. Comments (1).
The recently formed group West Indians Serving Humanity has bold plans to aid underprivileged children through tapping the large West Indian community in Queens. I spoke with WISH group members Safraz Deen and Deven Dindiyal on their experiences, aspirations for their group and the charitable spirit they have discovered in borough residents. Comment.
Mae West once said, “Personality is the most important thing to an actress’s success.” Seemingly having followed this advice, movie and television actress Debi Mazar (b. 1964) has cultivated a specific persona — that of the sassy, Italian Jersey Girl. Comment.
The late City Councilman Walter McCaffrey is now officially free from the scourge of term limits. How ironic that he was one of the first victims of term limits, which is nothing more — politically speaking — than the voters’ expression of a preference for a one-night stand. Comment.
A Brooklyn man is facing murder charges after he allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend’s ex-husband in an early morning altercation outside the South Jamaica Houses in May,the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2).
Two northeast Queens lawmakers celebrated the passage of legislation they drafted that requires the state Department of Environmental Conservation to notify affected community boards whenever the agency is considering cleanups at any brownfield sites throughout the city. Comment.
Hindus in America face a challenge as traditions tends to fade in immigrant offspring, but a Flushing temple that offers instruction for children is hoping to push back against that trend and last weekend showed off the knowledge of some of its brightest students at Hindu Awareness Day. Comment.
The death of a young pregnant woman who was crushed by a giant oak that toppled onto the bench where she was sitting in Kissena Park Sunday might have been avoided. The city Parks Department has been under pressure from legislators in Queens in recent years to accelerate its inspection and maintenance of borough trees. Comments (1).
Narrowing the wealth gap in New York City and advancing realistic transit goals for Queens are some of the platform points City Comptroller John Liu is pushing as he enters the home stretch of his mayoral campaign. Comments (4).
She may have been the last Democrat to enter the five-way primary race for the 19th City Council District, but Auburndale’s Chrissy Voskerichian said she was keeping pace with her opponents by hitting the pavement and knocking on doors. Comment.
In a city as richly steeped in history as New York, every neighborhood has a story to tell. In Queens, where you can experience the world in a nutshell by riding the No. 7 train, a Sunnyside photographer, compelled to focus her lens on “the Queens of yesterday and today,” captured local images that she says “depict serene moments and initiate a feeling of a lost time.” Comment.
ASTORIA - An NYPD detective and an assistant Queens DA were arrested Saturday after getting into a scuffle with on-duty police officers, according to a criminal complaint filed by the DA’s office. Comments (2).
JAMAICA — Police said early Thursday that an unidentified 14-year-old boy was arrested and charged in connection to the sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl in Jamaica in a McDonald’s play area Tuesday. Comments (2).
As educators have been warning for some time, third-through-eighth-graders’ scores on the state’s English and math tests fell precipitously this year as New York implemented tougher standards, and Queens was no different. But while overall scores declined in the borough, data released by the state Department of Education show Queens outperformed statewide averages. Comments (1).
Controversy has erupted after the sale of a Rego Park commercial property containing a synagogue amid fears the house of worship will be evicted. The new landlords contend they want to preserve the synagogue and support its huge congregation. Comment.
The 14 members of the borough’s City Council delegation gave almost half of their combined $66.4 million in capital budget member items to schools this year, although the way that money was spent varied from district to district. Comments (3).
Several of the candidates in the contest to succeed term-limited City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) discussed their plans for economic development at a forum in St. Albans earlier this week. Comment.
FLUSHING - A Flushing man has been arrested and charged with stabbing another man, police said. Bulmaro Diaz, 25, of 38-05 Union St., is accused of stabbing a 24-year-old man in the stomach Aug. 3, the NYPD said. Comment.
Beneath the glow of the Golden Arches and amid the throng of tourists queueing up for half-price theater tickets, a Buddhist monk dressed in a traditional orange robe stood in the middle of Times Square last week to awaken a sleeping dragon. Comment.
The Dragon Boat Festival is a rite of the Chinese holiday, the Fifth Moon Festival. Celebrated throughout Asia, it is also known as the Double Fifth, Tuen Ng in Cantonese, or Duānwǔ Jié in Mandarin. Comment.
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens draws hundreds and thousands of people to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the championship dragon boat racing, the opening parade and the variety of unexpected free attractions. Comment.
The NYPD descended upon a quiet Bayside street Saturday night with guns drawn and what neighbors described as a SWAT team-like vehicle after a resident allegedly pushed his girlfriend inside the basement of a 42nd Avenue home at gunpoint and refused to come out, police said. Comment.
SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — Authorities now believe a 35-year-old man discovered dead at the corner of 230th Place and Lansing Avenue early Thursday morning was hit by a car at another location, police said. Comment.