Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

Far Rockaway

Donut shop owner hosts opening in Rockaways

Business is already doing well for the newest Dunkin’ Donuts in the Rockaways. Comments (1).
Astoria

Astoria bike shop helps all riders get rolling

The whirring sound of tires spinning fills the back room of the bike shop, where Andres Jimenez is busy doing repairs. Comments (1).
Letters

Treat people and cops fairly

Now that a judge has ruled that stop-and-frisk needs to be amended, what will be next? Comment.
Letters

New York needs renewable energy now

For the past few years, it seems New Yorkers have been dealing with one weather-related disaster after another. We have seen heat waves and flooding, and you do not need to tell New Yorkers about hurricanes and tropical storms. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

Astoria

Moms turn lemons into lemonade to push for gun control legislation

Moms around the country chose an unusual way to advocate for gun control over the weekend: lemonade. Comments (4).
Jamaica

Bloomberg administration asks judge to suspend stop-and-frisk ruling

The Bloomberg administration Tuesday asked the federal judge who earlier this month ruled the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional to temporarily suspend her appointment of an independent monitor and her order to reform the practice, claiming the broad-sweeping directive is likely to cause “irreparable harm” to public safety. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Blishteyn eyes Gennaro seat

Republican Alex Blishteyn hopes to provide parents with more education options and defend NYPD tools like stop-and-frisk if he is elected to the City Council in November. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Vallone pledges cleaner boro streets

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) would encourage small business owners to help manage the city’s overflowing garbage cans should be become borough president next year. Comment.
Letters

City needs speed cameras

Is columnist Bob Friedrich so cynical of government as to deny the practical benefits of speed cameras (“Speed cameras feed Gotham’s revenue addiction,” Aug. 2-8)? Comment.

Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

College Point

Queens violinist makes the journey from subway platforms to Lincoln Center

When Frank Sinatra sang that iconic song, “New York, New York,” making it in this city was just as tough as it is today, especially for musicians and artists. Comment.
Rego Park

Authorities searching for suspect called ‘Junior’ in Rego Park rape [With Video]

Authorities are hunting for a man who allegedly harassed and followed a 52-year-old woman in Rego Park, before throwing her down a flight of stairs and raping her Friday evening, police said. Comments (7).
Astoria

Astoria’s De Stefano centers campaign on safety

For the entire time Danielle De Stefano has lived in Astoria, her city councilman’s last name has been Vallone. Comment.
Astoria

Ciafone hopes to secure more funding for Astoria

Lawyer John Ciafone would like to bring Astoria its fair share of funding should he be elected the area’s next city councilman. Comment.
Crime

Queens scores best felony conviction rate in city: Report

The Queens district attorney’s office was rated the highest in New York City in conviction rates for violent felony arrests and other categories in ratings of the Summer 2013 Criminal Justice Indicator Report. Comments (2).
The Play’s the Thing

Still time to catch a little theater this summer

August is winding down, things are slow and you’re wondering what to do next. Hopefully you realize that life is too serious to be taken seriously. Take politics for instance – you may have heard that local elections are coming up. On the positive side, your mailbox is full and all those robo-calls mean somebody knows your number. TV news leads with crime and natural disasters, sports emphasize those who game the system and the moviemak Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Cabbie receives 11 years in passenger slay: DA

OZONE PARK — A livery cab driver was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbing and killing a patron three years ago, the Queens DA said. Comment.
Jamaica

Senior last seen at Jamaica subway station: Cops

JAMAICA — Police were looking for a missing elderly woman who was last seen entering the F train subway station at 169th Street last week. Comment.
New Voices

Elmhurst group helps South Asians get ready for college

Many immigrant families face anxiety when preparing their children for college. Some families, which have children who will be the first in their family to pursue higher education, are woefully unaware of the process. Comment.
Letters

Return Auburndale’s PS 130 to District 26

The city School Construction Authority says that if residents do not want a new elementary school on the Keil Bros. property in Bayside, an alternate site should be recommended. Comments (1).

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013

Flushing

Flushing street co-named for late civil rights activist

The late Rev. Timothy Mitchell is now officially the “prince of Prince Street” after he was honored Saturday when the street was co-named after him. Comment.
Flushing

US Open: First lady, stars shine at Kids’ Day

Thousands of fans flocked to Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Saturday afternoon at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.
Queensbridge

Van Bramer calls on NYCHA to fix center at Queensbridge

A Queens lawmaker called on the city last Friday to repair a crumbling Long Island City community center. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria man charged with swiping prospective tenants’ deposits: DA

An Astoria landlord has been charged swindling tenants of tens of thousands of dollars through a bogus rent scam, the Queens DA said. Comment.
Woodhaven

Howard Beach man gets seven years for sex abuse

A Howard Beach man was sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing a female customer of the laundromat where he worked, District Attorney Richard Brown announced last Thursday. Comment.
Flushing

Liu proposes legalizing marijuana in five boros

City Comptroller John Liu wants to legalize marijuana possession in the city, although the proposal would likely have the least impact on Queens, which already logs the fewest arrests per capita than any other borough. Comments (5).
Middle Village

Suspect used stolen credit card: Cops

FLUSHING — The NYPD was searching for a woman wanted in connection with grand larceny in Flushing. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Man knocks off Far Rock cellphone store at knifepoint: NYPD [With Video]

FAR ROCKAWAY — A knife-wielding man allegedly ripped off a cellphone store in Far Rockaway earlier this month, police said. Comment.
Glendale

Motorcyclist dies in Glendale crash: NYPD

GLENDALE — A motorcyclist died Aug. 16 after an accident on Woodhaven Boulevard at 78th Avenue, police said. Comment.
Long Island City

Armed man robs LIC video store: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY — The Police Department was asking for help to find a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery within the 108th Precinct, cops said. Comments (1).
Ridgewood

Truckers get hit with 80 tickets in 104th Precinct

RIDGEWOOD — The 104th Precinct slapped scofflaw truckers with more than 80 tickets during an enforcement operation in the area earlier this month, police said. Comment.
QueensLine

Queens residents torn over Kinsey report in August ‘53

In August 1953, the Korean War truce was signed. Just returned to stateside, Airman First Class Raymond W. King, of Astoria, received the Distinguished Flying Cross for meritorious service over North Korea. As a flight engineer on a B-26 bomber, King was taking part in a reconnaissance mission the previous year when his crew spotted a convoy and destroyed 22 enemy vehicles. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013

Bayside

Bayside park construction stalled by city: Activist

Construction at Little Bay Park has been ongoing, the city Parks Department said, but one northeast Queens activist has been keeping a close watch on the progress and said he has not seen enough. Comment.
Astoria

City sends Halletts Point project to final stage

The city voted to approve the $1 billion Halletts Point project that is slated to bring nearly 2,000 residential units to the Astoria waterfront. Comment.
Jamaica

Southeast Queens demands attention from mayoral field

The city’s mayoral candidates were put on notice that, as of Monday, they had 76 days to show the voters of southeast Queens they are more than just a stop on the campaign trail. Comments (5).
Flushing

Queens Theatre to skip Latino Cultural Festival this year

Fans of the Queens Latino Cultural Festival should fear not: The show will go on. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside gets new H Mart

A crowd of supporters and neighbors welcomed a new H Mart into the Bayside community Saturday when the store held its grand opening ceremony. Comments (8).
Flushing

Boro leaders blast Bloomy’s fingerprint idea

The heads of Queens public housing communities blasted the mayor’s recent suggestion that residents should be fingerprinted in order to make the houses safer. Comments (3).
Flushing

3 Brooklyn men charged in Qns. robbery spree: DA

QUEENS — Three Brooklyn men have been indicted on charges of burglarizing several homes in Queens in July, the district attorney announced Monday. Comment.
Elmhurst

Elmhurst home burglarized twice: Police

ELMHURST — Keep your eyes open on Calamus Avenue. Comment.
Sunnyside

Flushing, Sunnyside hit in city robberies: NYPD

SUNNYSIDE — A string of 28 different robberies throughout the city included incidents in Sunnyside and Flushing, the Police Department said. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill man dies in motorcycle crash: NYPD

RICHMOND HILL — A Richmond Hill man was killed after the motorcycle he was riding struck a parked car in Brooklyn last week, police said. Comment.
Block Shots

Intersectional formal for girls long overdue

The CHSAA is finally moving toward structuring its girls’ leagues like its boys’ counterparts and providing a more competitive experience for its athletes. Comment.
Briarwood

Stanners guard Irizarry commits to Manhattan

Nyasha Irizarry said she didn’t quite understand while she was growing up the magnitude of earning a college scholarship to play basketball. Comments (4).
Editorial

Queens Hospitals on Life Support

Queens is on the brink of a health care crisis that will only become more dire if two more borough facilities close. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

Astoria

Cops hunt man involved in Astoria shootout

Cops were still hunting Friday for a suspect involved in a wild Astoria pursuit the night before, police said, where shots were fired, an was officer struck by a truck and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge was shut down to prevent the man’s escape into Manhattan. Comment.
Howard Beach

Bicyclist dies after being hit by SUV in Howard Beach

A Brooklyn man riding a bicycle through Howard Beach was killed last week after an SUV struck him, police said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Rockaway hospital under financial strain

The future of St. John’s Episcopal Hospital — the only hospital on the Rockaway peninsula — is uncertain, according to staff members, who say that the facility has already closed its chemical dependency unit, transferred ownership of two nursing homes and has failed to expand its emergency department. Comment.
Education

Borough’s education schools mold best city teachers: Report

Teachers in Queens public schools may not overwhelming choose to live in the borough, but they would be well-advised to study here. Comment.
Douglaston

CB 11 calls on city to preserve Udalls

A preservation group from Douglaston called on the city to acquire the last few remaining privately owned lots in Udalls Cove Park before they are sold and possibly developed. Comment.
Bayside

Avella stuck on beep primary ballot

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) cannot get his name off the ballot for borough president despite his surprising announcement last week that he would drop out of the race. Comments (4).
South Jamaica

Famed designer dies in fire

He was an internationally renowned furniture designer who spent the last year of his life living in a studio apartment in a South Jamaica house. Comment.
Hollis

Royal Ivey set to return to Hollis for annual summer clinic

ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith and city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott are slated to help NBA player Royal Ivey teach children basketball moves during his annual summer clinic in Hollis, organizers said. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Task force creates plan for superstorm recovery

Should there be another Superstorm Sandy in Queens’ future, the federal government wants to be prepared to withstand the extreme weather and rebuild in its wake, officials announced Monday. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Weprin jump-starts re-election campaign

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) did not have anyone challenging him for his northeast Queens seat until a controversial vote landed him an opponent earlier this month. Comment.
Long Island City

For mindless fun, RSVP to ‘The Wedding Singer’

People who seek out live theater usually fall into one of two categories. Comment.
Long Island City

Interracial couple attacked in LIC

Elected officials throughout the city condemned an attack in Long Island City over the weekend on an interracial couple, which sent the neighborhood into shock. Comments (3).
Flushing

Teacher pleads guilty to having sex with student in Forest Hills home: DA

FLUSHING — A Flushing teacher was sentenced to six months in prison and labeled a sex offender for life for having sex with a student, the district attorney said. Comment.
Long Island City

Man exposes himself on No. 7 train: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — Cops were reaching out to the public with hopes of locating a man wanted for allegedly exposing himself on the subway, the NYPD said. Comment.
Astoria

Giants lineman reaches deal on DWI charge

ASTORIA — A New York Giants lineman was sentenced to a conditional discharge in connection to series of smashups in Astoria earlier this year, the New York Post reported. The ruling frees him from reimbursing any of the damages to several parked cars he drunkenly crashed into after a soccer match last summer, the Post reported. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Former Knicks star dishes out money advice after hard times

Anthony Mason is working to help others not make the same financial mistakes he did. Comments (6).
Bayside

Semper leaves Bayside for Construction HS

Cory Semper has left his position as Bayside boys’ basketball coach after five seasons to become the coach at Construction, he told TimesLedger Newspapers. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Education reforms little more than the latest fads

New York City’s education system, like the rest of America’s, has been hijacked by politicians who are eager to tout their success at making much-needed gains. Comments (1).
Letters

Reforming stop-and-frisk will lessen gun violence

In 2003, my childhood friend was a victim of gun violence, murdered in front of his home in South Jamaica. It was an event that changed my life and led to my involvement in government. Comments (4).

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Government

Council overrides Bloomberg on stop-and-frisk reform

In the latest rebuke of the Bloomberg administration’s use of stop-and-frisk, the City Council Thursday voted to defeat the mayor’s veto on two NYPD-reform bills known as the Community Safety Act. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway ferry to continue through January

The weekday ferry operating between the Rockaways and lower Manhattan will continue to run through Jan. 31, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday. Comments (1).
Long Island City

City passes plan to tear down 5Pointz in LIC

The city approved a controversial plan Wednesday to tear down the graffiti mecca in Long Island City known as 5Pointz and allow a developer to build high rises in its stead. Comments (3).
Willets Point

Willets Pt. plan goes to Council for final vote

A crucial city agency voted to approve the $3 billion Willets Point project Wednesday, sending the proposal to its last stop: the City Council. Comments (3).
Holliswood

Holliswood Hospital shuts its doors

Another Queens hospital shut its doors this week because of financial hardship. Comments (24).
Queens Village

Retired Queens Village cop speaks out on stop-and-frisk

Days after the city filed notice it would appeal a federal judge’s ruling on stop-and-frisk, a retired police captain from Queens Village stood with others earlier this week to voice her support for a package of NYPD reform bills the City Council was scheduled to vote on Thursday. Comment.
Forest Hills

Study of QueensWay proposal to begin by September

Two New York design firms have been chosen to conduct a feasibility study for the QueensWay, a proposed project that would transform 3 1/2 miles of an abandoned railway into a linear park, the Trust for Public Land and Friends of the QueensWay announced Tuesday. Comments (1).
Bayside

Candidates for Halloran seat discuss development

Monday’s 19th City Council District candidates forum in Bayside centered around issues many northeast Queens voters feel passionately about: preservation, conservation and overdevelopment. Comments (1).
Astoria

Investment firm to buy Steinway piano factory

New York-based investment firm Paulson & Co. Inc. agreed to purchase piano maker Steinway Musical Instruments Inc. for a little more than half a billion dollars last week. Comment.
Jamaica

Four candidates vie for SE Queens seat

Democratic candidates vying for southeast Queens’ City Council District 28 seat shared their views on education with TimesLedger Newspapers. Comments (3).
South Jamaica

2011 shooting suspect cuffed in South Carolina: DA

A fugitive who allegedly paralyzed a 14-year-old girl when he opened fire on a South Jamaica barbecue in 2011 was arrested Monday in North Carolina and was waiting to be brought back to Queens, where nearly a dozen counts of attempted murder await him, law enforcement officials said. Comments (2).
Sunnyside

Cops charge Sunnyside man with arson spree: DA

A 22-year-old man from Sunnyside was arraigned on charges of setting multiple fires, which damaged three houses, a pizzeria and a former city councilman’s car, at five different locations within a three-block area of where he lives, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Long Island City

Affordable workspace for artists opens in LIC

A modern dance troupe broke in a new, affordable performing arts workspace in Long Island City earlier this week with a dance number for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and in turn hizzoner did a little performing of his own. Comments (1).
Flushing

US Open set to serve 700K fans in Flushing Meadows

The US Open kicks off its tournament in Queens this weekend with the annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, which heralds two weeks of world-class tennis in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.
Jamaica

Transit buff sentenced for 2010 boro joyride

The MTA may want to consider printing some new “If you see something, say something” posters. Comment.
South Jamaica

S. Jamaica teenager assaulted in elevator: Cops [With Video]

SOUTH JAMAICA — A 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in an elevator in the South Jamaica Housing Development last weekend, police said. Comment.
Ridgewood

Cops investigate shooting of man near Ridgewood cemetery

RIDGEWOOD — Police are looking for whoever is responsible for shooting a 27-year-old man in the buttocks Saturday night, authorities said. Comment.
Corona

Suspects lifted items from Con Ed truck in Corona: NYPD

CORONA - The Police Department was asking for the public’s help in finding suspects wanted in connection with a burglary in Corona, cops said. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Harrison rejoins St. John’s

The next few weeks marks a new beginning for the St. John’s University men’s basketball team and star guard D’Angelo Harrison. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013

South Jamaica

Man suspected of shooting 11 people at BBQ arrested in North Carolina: Queens DA

A fugitive who allegedly paralyzed a 14-year-old girl when he opened fire on a South Jamaica barbeque in 2011 was arrested Monday in North Carolina and is waiting to be brought back to the borough where nearly a dozen counts of attempted murder await him, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

South Jamaica blaze claims life of famed furniture designer: Neighbors

An elderly furniture designer died in a South Jamaica blaze early Tuesday morning, his neighbors and a woman who worked with him said. Comment.
Sunnyside

Sunnyside man charged with setting five fires: NYPD

A 22-year-old Sunnyside man was arrested and charged with setting five fires within a block of where he lives, police said Monday night. Comment.
Flushing

Tip of the week

Monday, Aug. 19, 2013

Long Island City

Hate Crime Unit investigating assault on interracial couple in LIC: Police

Elected officials throughout the city condemned an attack on an interracial couple in Long Island City over the weekend. Comment.
Sunnyside

Sunnyside arson suspect torched former councilman’s car: NYPD [With Video]

Police are on the lookout for a suspected arsonist in Sunnyside who may be linked to at least five different fires, including a blaze in a former city councilman’s SUV, cops said. Comments (2).

Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013

Jackson Heights

Bicyclist from Queens dies after Palisades crash: Authorities

A Jackson Heights woman died after she crashed while riding her bicycle near the cliffs of the Palisades Cliffs in New Jersey, according to Palisades Interstate Parkway Police. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Man killed by train in Jackson Heights: Police

An unidentified man was struck and killed early Sunday morning by a Manhattan-bound 7 train, police said. Comments (2).

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