Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flushing

Speaker taps three Qns pols to join policy working group

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) named three Queens Council members to her new Policy Working Group last week. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Bratton honors Far Rock officer who died in Coney Island fire

A Far Rockaway police officer and father of four who died after he was critically injured responding to a fire at a Coney Island housing development Sunday was honored by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and his fellow officers at noon Wednesday. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Twice the art as shows team up in Kew Gdns.

Two Kew Gardens community art shows will merge to celebrate International Day of Peace and Earth Day. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

Ban city horse-drawn carriages

Leave it to the always-sensible and intelligent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to dismiss the most recent Quinnipiac University poll showing support for keeping the carriage horses on Manhattan’s dangerous streets (“Poll shows New Yorkers support horse carriages,” March 21-27). Comments (2).

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Long Island City

Hibino heads north to open second site in LIC

Hibino, in Long Island City, is the second location of the similarly named Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Japanese restaurant. Comment.
Bayside

MTA circulates wanted posted of suspected LIRR ticket scammer

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police have released a wanted poster for a suspect allegedly behind an attempt to scam Long Island Rail Road ticket dispensers at the Baldwin, L.I. station. Comment.
Flushing

Urban farm pushes park soil cleanup

A Flushing nonprofit is hoping to start a soil remediation program this summer that would treat soil in a section of Kissena Corridor Park by planting rice and different types of grass. Comments (2).
Flushing

Boro reps want immigration vote

Queens immigration advocates joined federal and state lawmakers in front of Flushing Town Hall last week to rally for comprehensive immigration reform. Comments (5).
I Sit and Look Out

Queens should lead the city on being green-friendly

There is a tendency among too many public officials these days to ignore or denigrate the good work their predecessors may have done. I fear our new mayor is an example of that. That does not make for effective governing. Comments (2).
Letters

Blacks need to understand politics

I watched your “Morning Joe” show March 12 from around 6 a.m. to 6:25 a.m. as it reported on the win of David Jolly in the special election in Florida’s 13th congressional district. Comment.

Monday, April 7, 2014

St. Albans

‘Women warriors’ recognized at St. Albans luncheon

City lawmakers came together in St. Albans Saturday to wrap up Women’s History Month by recognizing dozens of strong women praised as being some of the most dedicated community leaders in all of Queens. Comments (1).
Corona

Mayor appoints Queens Museum head as commissioner of cultural affairs

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Queens Wednesday to tap Tom Finkelpearl as his commissioner of cultural affairs. Comment.
Bayside

Meng hosts cultural panel

Leaders of key Jewish and Korean-American organizations gathered at Queensborough Community College Monday night to bridge the gap between their cultures. Comments (6).
Queensbridge

Teen’s killer convicted: DA

A second Manhattan man was convicted in the 2011 fatal shooting of Queensbridge native and high school hoops star Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy, the Manhattan district attorney said Tuesday. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Spring moves at dance studio

If you’ve never seen buckets of water used as creative props in modern dance or dancers’ bodies birthed out of fabric cocoons, then you shouldn’t miss the eighth annual Green Space Blooms Festival. It is a four-night, multi-cultural entertainment experience in Long Island City, showcasing 28 diverse choreographers. Comment.
Bayside

Avella moves 2011 bill weeks after joining IDC

After campaigning his way to Albany on pledges to push for longer legislative terms and limiting lawmakers’ time in office, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he made headway on his first state bill, which would extend legislators’ terms to four years, by joining the Independent Democratic Conference. Comments (2).
Hillcrest

Lancman to keep an eye on NYPD’s new watchdog

The city Council’s Public Safety Committee is hoping the new NYPD inspector general can effectively walk the line between deterring crime and protecting civil liberties. Comment.
Middle Village

Alkins named All-Queens Player of the Year

Queens had one of its best boys’ basketball seasons in recent years. Comment.
New Voices

Group looks out for voting rights of Asians in Queens

Queens’ political nature has changed dramatically from a decade ago. A year after a round of redistricting has been completed, immigrant communities in the borough continue to flourish and old City Council districts have grown or shifted with new residents. Comments (4).
Letters

Keep Rockaway Beach branch closed

The subject of the reactivation of the Rockaway Beach branch of the Long Island Rail Road has been debated and discussed ever since the discontinuance of service in 1961. Comments (35).

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bayside

111th Pct. singles out two officers for making series of drunk driving arrests

Two members of the NYPD were honored by their commanding officer at the 111th Precinct this week after they racked up more than two dozen drunk driving arrests over a three-month span. Comments (12).
Astoria

Gianaris calls for safety review after fatal Steinway Creek plunge

A state lawmaker is asking the city’s Department of Transportation to review safety measures on roads leading up to bodies of water two days after four East Elmhurst residents were killed when the car they were riding in plunged into the Steinway Creek, police said. Comments (3).
Jamaica Estates

SJU student hacked by online date

Police are reportedly investigating an incident involving a St. John’s University student who had her phone stolen and hacked at the end of a date with a Brooklyn man she met on a dating website. Comment.
Corona

Activists help women get checked for breast cancer

In December 2010, Darcy Novick was diagnosed with breast cancer. A year later she was on a lunch break from her job in Long Island City, and she happened to notice a bus from the American Italian Cancer Foundation. They were offering free mammograms and breast cancer screenings. As a result she started the Bosom Buddies Organization. Comments (1).
Flushing

Cops search for Flushing iPhone robbery suspect

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s help finding a man they said stole an iPhone from a teen on the No. 7 train at the end of February. Comments (1).
Astoria

Cops search for Astoria burglary suspect [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police were looking for a suspect they said entered an apartment in Astoria last month and stole several electronic devices and some jewelry. Comment.
Astoria

Police look for man who tried to snatch woman’s purse: Cops [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police were seeking help in identifying a man who allegedly attempted to steal a woman’s purse in Astoria last month, authorities said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Man indicted in 1996 Far Rock rape: DA

FAR ROCKAWAY — A 47-year-old former Far Rockaway man was indicted on charges of raping a woman in her home more than 17 years ago after DNA analysis allegedly connected him to the crime, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Woodside

Cops on the lookout for missing Woodside man

WOODSIDE — Police from the 108th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in finding Jerome Greene, a 62-year-old black man who was last seen leaving his 37th Avenue residence at 10:30 p.m. March 29, the NYPD said. Comment.
On Point

Drivers must fight city’s plan for congestion pricing

The highway robber barons are at it again. “Congestion pricing” has now morphed into the euphemistic “Fair Tolling and Transportation Reinvestment Plan.” Comments (1).
Letters

Columnist spot-on over religion

I want to thank you for the Feb. 21-27 column “Religious holidays should not be recognized by gov’t.” Your type of article is rare, and I appreciate the principle on which it stands. Comments (1).

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Oakland Gardens

Weprin bill asks schools to teach anti-bully class

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) has introduced new legislation he hopes will tackle an increase in bullying among schoolchildren that he believes has become a dangerous epidemic. Comments (1).
Astoria

Updated: Police ID four killed after car plunges into Steinway Creek

Police identified the four people, who authorities say were killed when a car plunged into Steinway Creek Friday night and became fully submerged in the Astoria waterway, as East Elmhurst residents. Comment.
College Point

Avonte’s teacher knew he was a runner: Mother

Avonte Oquendo’s mother broke her silence last week for the first time since her son’s remains washed up on the College Point shore in January. Comment.
Bayside

Q13, Q16 bus routes return to Ft. Totten

The MTA restored service to Fort Totten on the Q13 and Q16 bus lines last week after the city Department of Transportation completed a nearly 10-month construction project that restricted turn-around access within the Fort Totten parking lot. Comment.
Flushing

NYPD looks for suspected bank robber

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man in connection with a string of eight bank robberies across the city over the last two months. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Jamaica Hospital workers charged with handing over patient info to lawyers: DA

JAMAICA — A pair of hospital employees were charged last week with illegally accessing patients’ information and giving it to ambulance chasers trying to pick them up as clients — sometimes even while patients were still laid up in the emergency room, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
South Jamaica

Man in custody in 2012 Queens slaying: Cops

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police arrested a man in Georgia last week who they have been searching for in connection with a 2012 murder, the NYPD said. Comment.
Astoria

Police looking for missing Astoria man

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in finding Aristofan Amira, a 60-year-old white man last seen March 28 at 10 a.m. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Queens Civic Congress opposes development on parkland

The Queens Civic Congress is an umbrella organization of approximately 100 civic associations, co-ops and other groups. The aim of QCC is to protect the quality of life for Queens residents. When necessary, it works with other groups in other counties in New York City and state. Richard Hellenbrecht is the its president. Comment.
Editorial

Horse Sense

As the battle rages over whether the Central Park horse-drawn carriages should be banned, the politics involved confound the debate. Add to the mix a recent poll which shows that nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers want the horses to keep their jobs ferrying tourists around midtown Manhattan. Comments (2).
Letters

Congress must raise the minimum wage to $10.10

It has been more than four years since Congress last raised the federal minimum wage. Hardworking families are doing all they can to make ends meet during the worst economy of our lifetime — through no fault of their own — and feel like they are slipping further behind. Comment.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Jamaica

Queens Library board deadlocks on vote to suspend Galante

In a special session Thursday evening, the Queens Library board of trustees deadlocked on a motion to force embattled President Thomas Galante to step down temporarily from his job. Comments (1).
Astoria

Updated: Four killed after car plunges into water in Astoria: Police

Update: Police ID creek plunge victims Comments (1).
Glendale

Study on opening shelter in Glendale afoot: Pols

Glendale may be one study closer to hosting a homeless shelter. Comments (1).
Ridgewood

Couple shot dead in Ridgewood: Cops

Police have identified suspects in the double Ridgewood slaying last week, but have not made any arrests, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Glendale

Pair of Glendale freight trains slated to get $3M for upgrades

Citizens United for Railroad Environmental Solutions rejoiced when state legislators secured $3 million in the New York budget to retrofit a locomotive with a newer, cleaner engine for the second consecutive year. Comment.
Long Island City

The Cliffs at LIC finally allowed to open after delays

One of the nation’s largest rock-climbing centers is back in action following an extended closure by the city. Comment.
Politics

Matching funds plans fumble in capital

Several of Queens’ state legislators lamented that a public campaign finance pilot program approved in the New York state budget was limited to the state comptroller’s race in 2014. Comment.
Flushing

A high-flying storm is now brewing in Flushing

If the Flying Wallendas attempted to stage a version of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” it would probably look a lot like Cirque du Soleil’s “Amaluna.” Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows teen opera singer dreams big at the Met

Most teenage girls would rather dream of becoming Beyoncé than Maria Callas, but not Regina Fierro. Comment.
Howard Beach

Cops fight burglaries in Howard Beach

There is a new police command center on the block, and Howard Beach residents have welcomed it with open arms. Comments (1).
Astoria

24 blocks in Astoria designated boro’s first art district

Queens has its first arts district. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Elmhurst Hospital gets new pavilion for women

Elmhurst Hospital Center officials joined community and elected leaders to celebrate a new $16.3 million Women’s Pavilion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

De Blasio praised for new Sandy recovery efforts

Community members and borough leaders applauded an announcement from Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) last week that a new leadership team will take over the Build It Back recovery efforts throughout the city as Queens residents continue to rebuild homes they lost in Superstorm Sandy. Comment.
Immigration

Census stats indicate borough draws most immigrants in city

When it comes to attracting immigrants, the borough reigns supreme. Comments (2).
Little Neck

Parade committee names chairmen to lead plans

Two leaders have been named to chair the new committees that have taken over the organization of the 2014 Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. Comments (1).
Transit

Activists blast guv for taking $30 million from MTA fund

The New York State budget, replete with tax advantages for businesses and taxpayers but helpless against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ability to dip into $30 million earmarked for mass transit, has passed the state Legislature and is now a done deal. Comment.
Astoria

Pair claims to be cops in western Queens hold-ups: NYPD [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police released video surveillance of two men wanted in the armed robbery of an Astoria salon Tuesday and two prior hold-ups, the NYPD said. Comment.
Rosedale

NYPD hunting for missing Rosedale girl

ROSEDALE — Police were asking for help finding a teenage girl who was last seen at her home Monday. Comment.
Ozone Park

Construction sets sights on PSAL crown

It is always difficult to defend a championship, but it may be harder to do so at the high school level because teams lose key members each season. Comment.
Political Action

Ex-mayoral hopeful Catsimatidis hosts radio show

On March 16, a new radio show began featuring John Catsimatidis as the moderator. Catsimatidis ran for mayor last year in the Republican primary. The program is on station WNYM 970 AM at 9 a.m. and runs for one hour. Comment.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Jamaica

State lawmakers introduce Queens Library reform bill

Now Albany is turning up the heat on embattled Queens Library President Tom Galante. Two state legislators have crafted a bill to reform the operations of the library’s Board of Trustees and improve the organization’s overall governance. Comment.
South Jamaica

Slain youth becomes fourth family member to fall victim to gun violence

The mother of a Cambria Heights teenager who was killed in a drive-by shooting in South Jamaica last week said he never recovered from the fatal shooting of his 14-year-old cousin on a city bus last summer. Comment.
Bayside

Tabone’s lawyers may have political bias: Feds

Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to consider whether the political aspirations of a Republican attorney seeking a northeast Queens congressional seat conflict with his firm’s representation of a GOP operative on trial in a borough corruption case. Comment.
Flushing

Katz starts Flushing task force

The first meeting of a task force on the Flushing Commons development left some business leaders with lingering questions. Comments (23).
Forest Hills

Queens Vietnam Vets organize blood drive for Pat Toro

After years of advocating for fellow veterans, Pat Toro is turning to the troops for support in fighting off an illness stemming from Agent Orange. Comments (3).
Springfield Gardens

Family of murdered teen offers forgiveness

The family of the southeast Queens teenager who was stabbed to death during an argument inside a barber shop last week offered their forgiveness to his accused murderer in a public denunciation of violence. Comment.
Flushing

Mets fans flock to Queens with Opening Day hopes

The New York Mets opened their season to tempered optimism. Comments (1).
Long Island City

LIC residents bash No. 7 suspensions

Nearly 200 Long Island City residents faced off with the senior leadership of the MTA in a town hall meeting last Thursday at PS 78. Comments (1).
Flushing

Albany to foot pre-K bill

Parents have until the end of the month to enroll their children in the first phase of the city’s pre-kindergarten expansion, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a Ridgewood school Wednesday. Comment.
Woodside

Vision Zero comes to Woodside, Jackson Hts.

The Vision Zero traffic safety plan will soon make its Queens debut at the Northern Boulevard intersection with 61st Street in Woodside, where Mayor Bill de Blasio first announced the initiative Jan. 15. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Asian immigrant wins U-Visa as crime victim

Li Ping traveled to Jackson Heights from her home in Flushing to be the face of City Councilman Daniel Dromm’s (D-Jackson Heights) new campaign to raise awareness about the merits of U-Visas for immigrant victims of violent crime. Comments (14).
Flushing

Murray Hill father found fatally stabbed: Police

A 44-year-old Murray Hill father of two was stabbed to death a few blocks from his home Tuesday evening, police said. Comment.
South Jamaica

State accord clears way for SE Queens charter

The new state budget effectively reverses Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to deny space to a previously approved charter school in South Jamaica, and the City Council Education Committee is planning to hold a hearing on the effect Albany’s decision will have on traditional public schools going forward. Comment.
Bayside

Obamacare signups hit 865K in NYS

With the passing of the March 31 deadline, the state Department of Health announced this week that more than 865,000 residents across the state are now enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Comments (1).
Corona

NYS Pavilion to launch 6-month World’s Fair fete

Borough President Melinda Katz has announced an ambitious six-month-long schedule of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park beginning later this month. Comment.
Maspeth

Maspeth UPS drivers battle to save jobs after 20 firings

Maspeth UPS workers are slated to protest the firing of 25 drivers in an ongoing dispute over one driver’s termination at City Hall Thursday morning Comments (7).
Flushing

National Congress of Black Women plans to start Flushing chapter

A national organization promoting the progress and development of African-American women will soon be heading to Queens to establish the group’s first chapter in the borough. Comments (3).
Jamaica

Wills hails cooperation on homeless deal

More than 10,000 homeless families — including 22,000 children — will get a helping hand to land back on their feet now that the state has agreed to free up money for a city rent-assistance program, City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) said. Comments (1).
Middle Village

CHSAA stars shine at Mayor’s Cup game

Kollyns Scarbrough had four fouls and knew Coach Bob Mackey was saving her on the bench for an important moment. Comment.
Block Shots

Opening Day gives fans glimpse at Amazin’s flawed roster

Mets fans, get used to this. Comment.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Murray Hill

Father of two murdered in Murray Hill: NYPD

A 44-year-old Murray Hill father of two was stabbed to death a few blocks from his home Tuesday evening, police said. Comments (5).
Bayside

Restored weekend service on M8, Q31 and Q77 to begin shortly

Improved bus service for straphangers in Manhattan and Queens, including restoration of weekend service on the M8 and Q31, is coming Sunday. Comments (2).
Briarwood

Grab a front-row seat to borough’s best sports

Queens’ rich sports history goes well beyond the professional ranks. The borough is home to two of the nation’s most storied high school gyms and provides fans with numerous sports escapes at the high school and college level. Comments (1).
Briarwood

Queens stars’ play in Big Dance falls short of finals

Former Archbishop Molloy guard Russ Smith saw his stellar four years at Louisville come to a close in the No. 4 Cardinals’ 74-69 loss to No. 8 Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Saturday. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Cricket attracts players from around the globe

In recent years, the popularity of the game of cricket has surged across the city, but it remains a fan favorite in Queens among the borough’s diverse immigrant population. Comment.
Whitestone

Home-grown talent rises to top of their game

Queens has seen many great athletes perform at Shea Stadium, Citi Field and at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, but the borough can also claim a couple of prodigies who played their way to the big leagues. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

‘Wonder Five’ leads St. John’s to big time

Most people with any interest in basketball know about St. John’s University and the famous Redmen whose winning history goes back to the early 1900s. There’s even a little history lesson about the school and its basketball program on the university’s website. Comment.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Jamaica

Katz calls on Galante to take leave from Queens Library

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz called on Queens Library President Thomas Galante to take a leave of absence Monday following more than two months of criticism over the non-profit executive’s compensation and the library’s operations. Comments (4).

Monday, March 31, 2014

South Jamaica

Update: Murdered Cambria Heights teen related to girl killed on bus

The Cambria Heights teenager who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting over the weekend was related to slain teen D’aja Robinson, said a Queens mother whose family has been haunted by bloodshed. Comments (7).

Sunday, March 30, 2014

South Jamaica

Teen killed in South Jamaica double shooting

A Cambria Heights teenager was killed and another teen was wounded in a shooting on a South Jamaica street Sunday afternoon, police said. Comments (6).
Astoria

Authorities release new surveillance images of attempted rape suspect

ASTORIA - Police released new surveillance images in hopes of identifying a man suspected of trying to rape a woman in Astoria last month, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Flushing

There’s more to Citi Field than just playing ball

Although Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets will be five years old this spring, it still has the feel of a new ballpark. Comment.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Rockaway Beach

Mayor appoints new Sandy recovery leadership

Mayor Bill de Blasio paid a visit to the Rockaways Saturday to announce a new leadership team set to take over the city’s rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy nearly a year and a half ago. Comments (1).
Transit

Activists blast plan to divert $30M from MTA

Transit activists expressed disappointment Saturday that the state legislature’s new budget has no provision to prevent Gov. Andrew Cuomo from diverting $40 million in funds meant for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Pedestrian killed crossing GCP: Police

A Flushing man was killed Friday night after he was hit by two cars while trying to cross the Grand Central Parkway near 31st Drive in East Elmhurst, the NYPD said. Comments (2).

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