Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013

Jamaica

NYCLU releases iPhone app to document stop-and-frisks

The New York Civil Liberties Union last week released an iPhone version of the stop-and-frisk application the group said has documented 200 videos of police encounters since it was unveiled for Android phones over the summer. Comment.
Laurelton

[Updated] Richard, Osina both claim victory in tight Council race

As of the early hours Wednesday morning, two City Council candidates had claimed victory in southeast Queens’ special election, and it may be weeks before a winner is officially declared. Comment.
Bellerose

Queens company offers mobile gym classes

Gymnasts are celebrated for their mobility, flexibility and coordination, and one Queens company offers gymnastics classes designed to be just as nimble. Comment.
Letters

Koch was a true New Yorker

I am writing to express my sympathies over the departure of former Mayor Ed Koch (1924-2013), Mr. New York. The time was 1924 when Mr. New York was born in the Bronx, when “the smell of the Bronx is perfume to me” (Rodgers & Hart, “I Gotta Get Back to New York”) and “as black as onyx, we’ll find the Bron-nix Park Express” (Rodgers & Hart, “Manhattan”). Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013

Health

Mayor lauds companies for reducing salt in foods

Mayor Michael Bloomberg lauded the almost two-dozen companies and restaurants that voluntarily reduced the salt content in their foods as part of an initiative to reduce the nation’s sodium intake Monday. Comments (1).
Laurelton

Voters head to the polls in southeast Queens special election

TVoters headed to the polls throughout the day Tuesday to decide the outcome in southeast Queens’ hotly contested special election. Some of the City Council hopefuls who were in Laurelton making a last-minute push to grab undecided votes appeared to have put the rhetoric of their campaigns behind them. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks community calls for complete curb overhaul

Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich said he has grown tired of seeing his community get kicked to the curb when asking the city to dig up the funding for street renovations. Comments (1).
Rockaway Park

City honors Rockaway site

The red brick facade of Engine Co. 268/Hook & Ladder 137 has watched over the Rockaway Peninsula for 100 years, keeping residents safe on both land and at sea. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Police looking for missing Rockaway man

ROCKAWAY BEACH — Police were asking the public to help locate a 64-year-old man who went missing from his Far Rockaway church last Sunday. Comment.
Flushing

South Asian film fest reels in cinema lovers

Sometimes there is no better way to learn about a particular part of the world than through its cinema. Starting Feb. 6, Queen’s College’s Godwin-Ternback Museum introduced the second installment of its series “Representing South Asia on Film,” which is screening eight more films from the region as part of the college’s “Year of India” event. Comment.
QueensLine

Plan was made in 1959 for boro to secede from N.Y. over taxes

In 1959, the City Planning Commission formally received plans for the Big Six Towers Feb. 2, a proposed cooperative apartment housing complex sponsored by New York Typographical Union No. 6. Comment.
Letters

Storms proof of global warming

The latest information regarding this past year is that it was the warmest on record for the United States since records were kept since 1895. Comments (15).

Monday, Feb. 18, 2013

Howard Beach

Number of violent crimes drop as property crimes rise in 106th

Some categories of violent crime were down in the 106th Precinct in 2012 from the year before, while the number of property crimes went up, according to police statistics. Comment.
Jamaica

Missing Jamaica woman found dead on Breezy Point beach

The body of a Queens woman who had been missing since December was discovered on the beach in Breezy Point Saturday and police were looking for clues as to what happened to her. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

City Council passes bill to help prevent flooding in boro

A bill that would help prevent flooding after intense storms — an increasingly common scourge of many homeowners in some areas of Queens — was passed by the City Council last week to the applause of a Queens councilman. Comment.
Glendale

Hevesi seeks funds to curb train stink

In an effort to keep pollution-spewing garbage trucks off city streets, lawmakers have worked to shift waste transport onto rails. Comment.
Flushing

Obituary: Beverly Ordonez-Sacks, 65

Beverly Ordonez-Sacks, of Flushing, died Saturday. She was 65. Comment.
Long Island City

Cops search for teen missing from Long Island City school

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police have released a photo of a teen who disappeared in Long Island City Feb. 7. Comment.
South Ozone Park

South Ozone Park woman, 37, missing

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Police released a photo of a South Ozone Park woman who went missing earlier this month. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

Enjoy parks for open spaces, not sports stadiums

Major League Soccer’s Madison Avenue advertising that its proposed stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park will be a business boon for Queens is like everything it has been claiming: nonsense and without any credibility (“MLS sees stadium plan biz boon for Queens,” Jan. 25-31). Comments (1).

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013

Whitestone

NYHQ opens first satellite in Queens

New York Hospital Queens cut the ribbon on its first community-based practice Tuesday night in Whitestone, heralding a new phase of expansion in a borough where many other health care facilities have failed. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Rockaways A train to resurrect in June

Normal A train service in the Rockaway Peninsula is expected to be restored in June, MTA President Thomas Prendergast said this week. Comments (10).
Whitestone

City DEP service plan protects water and sewer pipes

A new city-endorsed water and sewer service line protection program sparked some skepticism from concerned residents over how safe it really was to sign onto and how it stacked up against other options. Comments (2).
Environment

Cuomo delays decision on hydraulic fracturing in state

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will delay making a decision on whether to allow hydrofracking in the state, with the state Health Department announcing it needs more time to complete a public health analysis. Comment.
Rego Park

Woman caught on tape in Rego Park purse snatch sought by police

REGO PARK — A suspected thief was caught on camera last month, and police are asking for the public’s help in identifying him. Comment.
Flushing

Man committed suicide with knife: Police

FLUSHING — A man was found dead in his Flushing apartment last week from an apparent self-inflicted knife wound to the chest, police said. Comment.
Political Action

City should bring back system of vocational schools

The policy of teacher evaluations has been with us during the last several years. This issue is constantly being brought to the forefront in terms of improving the public education system in New York state and especially New York City. Comment.
Editorial

The Challenge for Nily Rozic

Recently elected state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic is the only Queens official on a Top 13 list of lawmakers labeled as up-and-coming environmental leaders. Comment.
Letters

GOP should look in mirror over hypocrisy

Republican supporters say if Democrats are going to call them stupid and hypocrites, they should have their facts right. Well, here are a few examples. Comments (4).

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013

Jamaica

Delta prepares for Phase 2 of JFK expansion

With Delta set to open the doors on the first phase of its expansion to John F. Kennedy Airport’s Terminal 4 in May, the airline Tuesday announced the Port Authority had authorized a second, $175 million phase, which is scheduled for completion in 2015. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Council tackles subway deaths

City Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx) convened a public hearing last week to try to determine what can be done to reduce the number of people struck by subway trains, declaring “one death on our city’s subway tracks is one death too many.” Comment.
Flushing

Residents urge CB 7 to oppose Tennis Center expansion

A parade of residents and advocates against private development in Flushing Meadows Corona Park spoke en masse during Community Board 7’s Monday night meeting, even as the developers of a proposed soccer stadium chalked up more support on their side. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Obituary: Vincent Ierardi, 88

Vincent Ierardi, an Oakland Gardens resident, died Jan. 28. He was 88. Comment.
South Jamaica

Police hunt hotel robbery suspects in SE Queens

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were looking for two suspects wanted in connection with a trio of stick ups at hotels over a two month period. Comments (2).
Bayside

Electric mishap causes Clearview shutdown

BAYSIDE — An electrical failure on a line running under the roadbed of the Northern Boulevard overpass spanning the Clearview Expressway caused a massive shutdown of both thoroughfares last weekend, according to Consolidated Edison and the FDNY. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

[UPDATE] Police charge two teens in S. Richmond Hill cell phone theft from 12 year old: NYPD

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police arrested two teens last week and charged them with robbing a 12-year-old, according to the NYPD. Comments (2).
The Play’s the Thing

Theaters in Queens offer a sweetheart’s delight of picks

For another Valentine’s Day, I offer the gift of revisiting The Outrageous Fortune Company, my very own theater company, 17 years and 50 productions at Queens Theatre in the Park, still homeless and out of action for three years this May. Perhaps, in return, one of you faithful readers will lead me to a benefactor who will locate a new venue for our rebirth. Comments (1).
Broad Channel

Police rescue two kayakers from Jamaica Bay

JAMAICA BAY — A few of the city’s finest plunged into the icy waters of Jamaica Bay last Saturday to rescue two kayakers who fell overboard, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Block Shots

PSAL raises bar on academic standards

The Public School Athletic League’s new academic standards make it tougher for athletes to suit up for their school. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Beware of people calling, asking for your personal info

The October 2012 edition of the Holliswood Civic News warns about mail tampering and theft on two blocks in the community. It seems that a person has or people have been going into mailboxes. People have had their mail thrown into a garbage pail, a credit card application was taken and unauthorized charges were made and a large check was stolen but was not cashed. The U.S. postal inspector has been notified. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Cambria Heights

Two Crips get 50 years each in 13-year old’s death

The two Queens Crips members whose gang shootout caught 13-year-old Kevin Miller in its deadly crossfire as he was walking home from school three years ago were each sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (16).

School bus strike may end Friday

After more than a monthlong work stoppage, union school bus drivers could be back in the driver’s seat as early as next week, sources said. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

City Council to investigate property tax hikes

The City Council announced this week that it will hold an emergency hearing to investigate reports that numerous people whose homes were damaged in Hurricane Sandy, including some who live in the Rockaways, have had their property tax assessments raised. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Foreclosure activity in county records huge increase in 2012

By the time the foreclosure crisis peaked in Queens in 2009, the borough had seen four years in which mortgage servicers were filing a growing number of actions against struggling homeowners. Comment.
Education

Bus companies bid for routes amid drivers’ strike

The city Department of Education started reviewing bids from various bus companies for the 1,100 routes that initially went out to bid in December in the latest chapter of the now month-long union bus drivers’ strike. Comment.
Queens Village

GOP channels Honest Abe

The Queens Village Republican Club honored our nation’s 16th president, an outspoken blogger and a fallen soldier at its Lincoln Dinner Sunday. Comments (1).
Bayside

Bayside steps up FAA fight

The Bayside community has been making itself heard over airplane noise in recent months and has now recruited some CUNY law students to help get its legal battle off the ground. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Corona man who hit officers, torched house draws 30 years

A 52-year-old Corona man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for setting the home of a Forest Hills couple on fire, returning later in the day to attack the male resident and then assaulting and striking with his car three officers during his arrest, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Astoria

Giants’ Diehl admits drunk driving: Brown

New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl pleaded guilty in Queens Criminal Court Monday to driving under the influence of alcohol in Astoria last year, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Gas utility gives sweet assist to ravaged Rockaway factory

How sweet it is. Comment.
Long Island City

Catsimatidis slams No. 7 shutdown

Republican mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis visited Queens Plaza last week to demand the MTA halt work on the No. 7 train for the weekends of the Lunar New Year. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica man pleads in Federal Reserve bomb plot

The young Bangladeshi man who attempted to blow up the Federal Reserve bank with a phony bomb supplied by the feds faces life in prison after he pleaded guilty last week to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, the U.S. prosecutor handling the case said. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Missing man from South Richmond Hill dead

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A day after a South Richmond Hill man was reported missing, his body was discovered in southeast Queens, police said. Comments (5).
Ozone Park

Getaway driver in Figoski death cleared

OZONE PARK - The man accused of acting as the getaway driver for a robbery that led to Officer Peter Figoski’s slaying was cleared of all charges in Brooklyn Supreme Court, the New York Post reported Thursday. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

SJU exorcises late-game demons in overtime battle with Hoyas

St. John’s women’s basketball team isn’t used to having close games go their way. Seven of the Red Storm’s 10 losses have been by 10 points or less this season, including two overtime defeats by a single point at home. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

SFP soccer star fulfills dream to play with Red Storm

For Eric Mirkov, there was always one school above the rest. Comment.
Editorial

Some Rob You with a Fountain Pen

Once again the people of Queens have learned that a leader they trusted has been picking their pockets. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013

East Elmhurst

Jury clears officer in death of Corona Guardsman

A Queens grand jury has decided that no criminal charges should be filed against Hassan Hamdy, an NYPD detective who shot and killed an unarmed Corona National Guardsman during a traffic stop in October, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement Thursday. Comment.
Elmhurst

Man arrested in strangling death of gay man in Elmhurst hotel

Police arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with the murder of Joseph Benzinger, who was found strangled in an Elmhurst hotel room last weekend, the NYPD said Thursday. Comment.
Ozone Park

Political coup could reframe Queens GOP

A group of Republican City Council members found a loophole last month to appoint a new Queens commissioner to the city Board of Elections, which could cause a major shift in power inside the Queens GOP organization. Comment.
Jamaica

Huntley pleads guilty to fraud

Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley, who just two weeks ago admitted in federal court to stealing thousands in taxpayer dollars from one of her sham non-profits, pleaded guilty again Wednesday to state charges of covering up a scam at another non-profit, authorities said. Comments (2).
Flushing

Lawyer claims teen brutalized in 109th arrest

A southeast Queens lawyer running for City Council held a news conference Tuesday to denounce the NYPD for what he said was excessive force when officers from the 109th Precinct in Flushing arrested a teenager. Comments (1).
Woodside

Family holds service for toddler who fell from 5th-floor window

The family of a 3-year-old girl who fell out a window of a Woodside apartment held a funeral Tuesday night. Comment.
Laurelton

SE Queens council candidates spar at second forum

Donovan Richards did not make it to the first candidates forum for Tuesday’s special election in southeast Queens, but at a second meeting last week a few of the other City Council hopefuls let him know he was missed. Comment.
Sunnyside

Sunnyside hosting benefit for Newtown family

A social group co-founded by a mother who lost her youngest son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre is holding a benefit Feb. 23 to help the former Sunnyside family. Comment.
Bayside

Pope’s resignation catches boro off guard

The unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI did more than surprise members of the Catholic community and the world. It also broke a more than 600-year-old tradition, setting the stage for what Bayside’s Dennis Farrell said will undoubtedly spark interest in the church’s future moving forward. Comment.
Douglaston

Douglaston woman who fought to be taken off life support dies

The terminally ill quadriplegic woman who fought with family over her right to be taken off of life support died Sunday, her family said. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Winter storm causes concern over Rockaway power supply

The winter storm that carried fear and anxiety toward New York City last weekend brought about a foot of snow to Queens as thousands of households in the Rockaways lost power after the failure of temporary electrical infrastructure constructed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Comment.
Queensbridge

Queensbridge seeking killer of Upper West Side man [With Video]

Western Queens elected officials and public housing residents implored the Long Island City community last week to come forward with any information about the shooter of an Upper West Side man who was gunned down in front of a Queensbridge bodega earlier this month. Comments (2).
Economy

Queens living costs fifth highest in U.S.

Queens ranks as one of the top five most expensive urban areas in the country as detailed by a City Council report on the city’s middle class released this month. Comment.
Flushing

Over the Moon: Lunar New Year returns to Queens

The Lunar New Year began Sunday and more celebrations are on the horizon for this weekend — a double dose of jubilation that community leaders in Flushing contend should be standard practice. Comment.
Flushing

Dead body found inside car on Union Street

FLUSHING — Police discovered the body of an Asian male Wednesday morning inside a vehicle parked along Union Street, cops said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Jury set for cannibalism case as disturbing trial nears start

Jurors were chosen this week for the grim task of deciding the fate of former Forest Hills Officer Gilberto Valle, who is accused of planning to practice cannibalism on a number of women. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Man, 52, found dead in back on Far Rockaway bank: Police

FAR ROCKAWAY — A man was found dead Saturday behind a Chase Bank, police said. Comment.
Corona

iPhone swiped on No. 7: Police [With Video]

CORONA — A woman had her iPhone swiped from her hand on the No. 7 train earlier this month, police said. Comment.
Jamaica

Cops seek second teen suspect in triple stabbing at Jamaica station

JAMAICA — Police released a surveillance image showing a second teen wanted in connection with a triple stabbing at a Jamaica subway station earlier this month. Comments (2).
Middle Village

Royals power past Ford

Christ the King proved it is more than Sierra Calhoun. Comment.
Bayside

Dozo tops Bayside for division crown

In their last two regular-season match-ups Bayside beat Cardozo and celebrated in court-storming fashion. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013

Jamaica

Huntley pleads to covering up embezzlement - again

Disgraced former southeast Queens lawmaker Shirley Huntley pleaded guilty Wednesday in Nassau County to trying to thwart an investigation into nearly $30,000 in taxpayer funds embezzled from a sham nonprofit she was connected to, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced. Comments (1).
Broad Channel

Boro residents may get city help removing mold

Some Queens homeowners who are battling mold after Hurricane Sandy ravaged their houses may see some relief through a new $15 million initiative sponsored by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and two nonprofits helping with recovery efforts . But some borough houses of worship contend the plan falls short. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Dromm urges caution after 2nd gay man slain

Police arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with the murder of Joseph Benzinger, who was found strangled in an Elmhurst hotel room last weekend, according to the NYPD. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013

Long Island City

Spend romantic V-Day at Newtown Creek Plant

While many lovebirds will flock to one of the borough’s restaurants and parks for Valentine’s Day, more than 200 are expected to spend their day with their special someone on top of a wastewater treatment plant. Comment.
Breezy Point

Polar Bears take dip on Breezy Point shore for hurricane relief

For the past 13 years, hundreds have helped Annie McMahon celebrate her birthday and fund cystic fibrosis research by plunging into the icy waters off Rockaway but this year’s frigid swim also raised money for the storm-ravaged community where the event was held. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2013

Woodside

3-year-old falls to death from Woodside window: NYPD

A three-year-old girl died Sunday after falling out a third-floor window of a Woodside building, police said. Comment.
Elmhurst

Middle Village man found strangled inside Elmhurst hotel room: NYPD

A 54-year-old Middle Village man was found strangled in an Elmhurst hotel room Saturday night, police sources said. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013

Broad Channel

Kayakers rescued from Jamaica Bay by police [With Video]

A few of the city’s finest plunged into the icy waters of Jamaica Bay Saturday to rescue two kayakers who fell overboard, according to the NYPD. Comments (1).

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