Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Forest Hills

Forest Hills movie theater closes

The landlord yelled cut on a Forest Hills movie theater’s final act earlier this month. Comment.
Jamaica

Councilman Wills arrested by attorney general’s office

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested early Wednesday by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, a law enforcement source said. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

Wills calls on city to boost funding for youth

City lawmakers have about one month to pump up funding for anti-violence initiatives so they are in place when summer comes, City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) said last week. Comments (2).
Astoria

New Asian fusion eatery proves popular in Astoria

A new Asian fusion restaurant in Astoria, which takes a fresh approach to bao, has already started to gain a loyal following in a matter of weeks. Comments (1).
Bayside

Tip of the week

Letters

Third time’s the charm in enrolling for Obamacare

In 1969, Robert Lamm of the rock group Chicago sang. Comment.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Long Island City

New LIC restaurant blocked from having backyard tables

A new Vernon Boulevard pizzeria and charcuterie is opening in Long Island City in early June, but it won’t have the outdoor seating that the owner had planned on. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

South Jamaica man fatally shot in front site of city’s first 2014 murder

A 24-year-old man was shot dead Monday outside the same South Jamaica home where the year’s first murder victim was killed. Comments (6).
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis fears losing trailer space

Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows has a capacity of about 2,100 students, but today more than 4,000 are enrolled and many attend classes in one of the school’s eight outdoor trailers. Comments (2).
Astoria

Apartment in Astoria rents for record $5,000 a month

A three-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom apartment has set a new record for rentals in Astoria at $5,000 per month, according to an agent at Douglas Elliman, which had the exclusive listing. Comments (1).
Transit

Port Authority needs big changes: Schumer

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called for major reforms in the Port Authority and restoration of the agency’s original mission. Comments (1).
Corona

Now you see it, now you don’t

Plenty of visitors to Queens World’s Fairs might have called the experience magical, but for at least one young man, magic summed up his entire trip to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in 1964. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Weprin seeks to protect carriages

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) has introduced a bill aimed at protecting the city’s horse carriage industry by stopping the city from lowering the number of permits it issues this year. Comments (1).
Letters

Thank you, strangers, for kindness

I would like to send a shout-out to two Good Samaritans. About a month ago they were driving along an avenue in North Flushing when they noticed an elderly man hitchhiking. Comments (1).

Monday, May 5, 2014

Forest Hills

Tennis Club discusses concerts slated for Forest Hills Stadium

The Forest Hills Stadium’s revival as a concert venue has gotten rave and raw reviews alike from the surrounding community. Comment.
Astoria

Steinway Mansion sold for $2.6 million

The historic Steinway Mansion has been officially sold to a private buyer, according to Michele Kazarian, the daughter of the late owner Michael Halberian and executor of his will. Comment.
Flushing

Foodies taste Queens at 12th annual culinary event

More than 700 people flocked to Queens Taste Tuesday night to sample food from some of the borough’s newest restaurants. Comments (1).
Flushing

Parks employee sentenced to 25 years in slay

A former city Parks Department employee was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday in the fatal 2012 stabbing of a colleague at a recreation center in Flushing. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Dear Madame President Katz: Let’s talk theater

If I get the chance, I’d like to sit down with Borough President Melinda Katz to talk to her about theater in Queens. She should be interested, not only as our newly elected leader, but as someone with artistic genes — her mother, Jeanne Dale Katz, started up the Queens Council on the Arts in 1966, and her father, David Katz, was founder (in 1953) and maestro of the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Police search for suspect in Rich Hill burglary: Cops [With Video]

RICHMOND HILL — Police were asking for help in identifying a suspect wanted in an attempted burglary in Richmond Hill last week, the NYPD said. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Police on the lookout for teenager last seen at North Shore-LIJ

GLEN OAKS — Police were looking for a teenager who went missing from North Shore-LIJ last week, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
New Voices

Testing event increases HIV awareness in Rich Hill

On April 18, volunteers from the LGBT community and their allies collaborated with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis to set up a mobile HIV testing unit outside the Lefferts branch of the Queens Library, at Lefferts Boulevard and Liberty Avenue. Comment.
Letters

World’s Fairs are big to-dos over nothing

I may well be in a minority, but I have difficulty understanding the media hoopla about a 50th anniversary commemorating the 1964-65 World’s Fair (“A Bright Tomorrow,” April 25-May 1). Comments (3).

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Maspeth

SLA to vote on Knockdown Center license

One community’s art is another’s pornography. Comment.
Forest Hills

Pedestrian fatally struck on Queens Boulevard: Police

A pedestrian trying to cross Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills was hit and killed by a car Saturday night, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Jamaica

Meng looks back at Dhaka tragedy

In the year since a deadly garment factory disaster killed more than 1,100 workers in Bangladesh, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) said not enough has been done to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing mourns with Korea

Community leaders gathered in downtown Flushing last week to mourn the victims of the South Korean ferry tragedy that claimed the lives of at least 188 people. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Thugs beat up person waiting to eat: Police

FAR ROCKAWAY — A group of ultra-violent hoodlums reminiscent of something out of “A Clockwork Orange” beat on a young man as he waited for his food, police said. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Woman charged with stealing from Springfield Gardens school to pay credit cards: DA

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A Long Island woman was charged with skimming nearly half a million dollars, which she allegedly used to pay off her credit cards, from the books of a school for students with special needs, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

NYPD searches for missing Far Rock woman

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were searching for a missing woman last seen April 24 in Far Rockaway, the NYPD said. Comment.
Remember the Date

Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s victory over France

Mexicans will observe the holiday of Cinco de Mayo Monday. This observance commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France in the 1862 Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Comments (5).
Letters

Facts get in the way of beliefs

As painful as it may be to the chronically misinformed, but President Barack Hussein Obama II has not only not overused his executive orders, but he has through his second term used it less than any president from Dwight Eisenhower on. Comments (1).

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Maspeth

Former FDNY facility sold for $13 million in Maspeth

Years after the FDNY vacated a 100,000-square-foot lot in Maspeth, the city successfully unloaded the land for $13.4 million last month. Comment.
Flushing

New exhibition takes root in downtown Flushing

If you’ve ever ventured on over to the Pitch and Putt at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, you might have just seen a plant known as a perennial, one that seems to grow year after year. Comment.
Bayside

Beware of ATM scam: 111th Precinct

The NYPD was warning the public about an ongoing scam that hacks personal banking information from ATMs using a device inserted into the machines. Comment.
Flushing

Firefighter arrested in 109th Precinct: Cops

FLUSHING — A firefighter was arrested Monday morning for allegedly obstructing the breathing of his girlfriend, police said. Comment.
Howard Beach

Officer charged with child porn possession: DA

OZONE PARK — An off-duty police officer was arrested Monday within the 106th Precinct, which covers Ozone Park, South Ozone Park and Howard Beach, after authorities said they found five videos containing pornographic images of underage girls on his computer, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney’s office and the NYPD. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man sentenced to 54 years in stabbing of NYPD sergeant: DA

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway man was sentenced to 54 years to life in prison last week for the attempted murder of a police sergeant and for assaulting two other officers, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Queens Village

NYPD sergeant charged with assault: Police

QUEENS VILLAGE — An off-duty NYPD sergeant was arrested and charged with assaulting another man in the confines of the 105th Precinct last Thursday, police said. Comment.
On Point

Obamacare fails to deliver lofty goals for middle class

The U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as some refer to it, has not lived up to the promise made by elected officials to millions of middle-class workers and families. Comments (3).
Editorial

New Venues Needed

Across the borough, the caliber of Queens-based theater groups continues to evolve and produce shows that would fit nicely below 23rd Street in Manhattan. Comment.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Woodside

Woodside F train derailment injures 19

A Manhattan-bound F train derailed under the streets of Woodside Friday morning, sending four riders to area hospitals with potentially serious injuries, including some with chest pain, a Fire Department official said at the scene. Another 15 straphangers suffered minor injuries. Comment.
Education

City, UFT announce tentative contract deal

The city and the United Federation of Teachers announced a handshake deal this week on a nine-year, $5.5 billion contract that includes raises, additional time for professional development, more input for parents and more than $1 billion in health-care cost savings. Comment.
Queens Village

Teenagers charged in attempted abductions of girls in Queens Village: NYPD

Two southeast Queens teens were arrested and charged in two attempted abductions of young girls Wednesday, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Woodside

BREAKING NEWS: F train derails near Woodside’s 65th Street station

Shortly before 10:45 a.m. Friday, a Brooklyn-bound express F train derailed near the 65th Street subway station in Queens, an MTA spokeswoman said. Comment.
Flushing

Gay rights pioneers honored with Flushing street naming

For Jeanne Manford, it never mattered that her son, Morty, was gay. Comments (3).
Douglaston

Queens Impact Awards to honor boro’s unsung heroes

More than two dozen people who have helped shape Queens over the years will be honored at TimesLedger Newspapers’ inaugural Queens Impact Awards May 15. Comments (1).
Flushing

MTA chairman fires Long Island Rail Road president

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has fired Helena Williams, president of the Long Island Rail Road, as the railroad negotiates with the possibility of a strike this summer. Comment.
Whitestone

City nixes plan for high school in Whitestone

A rumored plan to build a high school on a six-acre lot in Whitestone, which drew significant community opposition, has been dropped by the city School Construction Authority. Comment.
Middle Village

CK guard commits to Molloy College

Shannon Barrett was getting a little uneasy as her senior season went along. The Christ the King guard didn’t have a college to play for next year. But then a text message intiated her college selection process. Comment.
Jamaica

Budget agency eyes payments to library

The city is giving a second look at the receipts the Queens Library submitted for reimbursement on its controversial renovation of the central library in downtown Jamaica. Comment.
Flushing

Titan delivers a monumental ‘King Lear’

Any man who offers to give his children their inheritance only after each one proclaims how much they love him would be lucky to get a tie on Father’s Day. Comment.
Astoria

Kaufman Astoria plans to build 10th sound stage

Kaufman Astoria Studios, one of the largest film production centers on the East Coast, is about to become even larger. Comment.
Rego Park

Peralta lands crossing guard for dangerous intersection

It took more than a year and a half and dozens of letters and phone calls, but state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) will finally get a crossing guard replaced near PS 206 in Rego Park. Comments (1).
Bayside Hills

Rozic begins study of greener Bayside

Elected officials from northeast Queens celebrated Arbor Day last week by gathering at Capt. Dermody Triangle in Bayside Hills to launch a “Greening Eastern Queens” study aimed at repairing the worn-down parks and greenspaces around the area. Comment.
Maspeth

Fedkowskyj launches bid to unseat Markey

Civic leader Dmytro Fedkowskyj announced his candidacy last weekend to challenge state Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Ridgewood) in her first primary in more than a decade. Comment.
Forest Hills

Board of Elections eyes new site in Forest Hills for boro offices

The city Board of Elections is planning to move its front offices up Queens Boulevard from its current location at 83rd Avenue in Kew Gardens to Muss Development’s 17-story office tower at the corner of Union Turnpike. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Elderly Bayside couple injured in break-in that shocks electeds

Bay Terrace lawmakers expressed shock and sadness this week after an elderly couple was injured in a violent home invasion that shook the normally quiet neighborhood. Comments (3).
Far Rockaway

Four dispatchers suspended after Far Rock fire: FDNY

The FDNY said it suspended four staffers at the Queens dispatching center after a preliminary investigation found they mishandled calls during a fatal Far Rockaway fire. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Pedestrians killed on Atlantic Ave.

Two pedestrians were struck and killed on Atlantic Avenue in separate accidents within three days last week, police said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax. Heights pedestrian plaza greets May with arts and music

A full month of entertainment, classes and services is planned for the Manuel de Dios Unanue Triangle on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, and it is designed for families and people of all ages. Comment.
College Point

Avonte bills packaged

In the wake of Avonte Oquendo’s death, a package of bills aimed at providing additional services for disabled children was highlighted at a joint hearing last Friday. Comment.
Block Shots

Well-matched teams compete for top spots in CHSAA

Ann Marie Rich gets a reminder on a daily basis of just how competitive her league is this year. Comment.
Political Action

A third World’s Fair in the city would spur economy

With the World’s Fair anniversary at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, it is time to look at the possibility of a third world’s fair in the not too distant future. Comments (8).

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Queens Village

Police seeking suspects in attempted Queens Village abductions: Cops

Police are searching for two men in a green SUV who allegedly tried to abduct young girls in two separate incidents in Queens Village Wednesday afternoon, the NYPD said. Comment.
Bayside

Muslim-American family wins fight for street renamed after Salman Hamdani

Talat Hamdani has spent the last five years fighting for her late son, Salman, to receive the proper recognition he bravely earned Sept. 11, 2001. Comments (6).
Bayside

Oakland Gardens man killed in LIE accident: NYPD

A 22-year-old Oakland Gardens man was killed early Thursday morning after his vehicle struck the wall of a ramp on the Long Island Expressway in Bayside, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Kew Gardens

DA funding formula sought

The Queens district attorney’s budget averaged out to $2,029.20 per major felony, far lower than the $3,078.29 afforded to Manhattan prosecutors or rates at other borough DAs, according to calculations by the TimesLedger Newspapers based on NYPD crime statistics and last year’s city budget. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Powerstrip sparked flames in Bruson Building: FDNY

The FDNY reported that the massive five-alarm fire in Jackson Heights that destroyed so many offices and stores in the Bruson Building was sparked by an overloaded power strip. Comments (2).
Jackson Heights

Updated: No. 7 to run in some neighborhoods this weekend

The No. 7 subway line will be in service for customers in Sunnyside, Woodside, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights this weekend after the MTA decided to postpone track work until the end of May. Comment.
Whitestone

CB 7 OKs Whitestone school expansion

Community Board 7 approved an expansion of a Whitestone Greek Orthodox church’s school at a meeting Monday night by a vote of 35-1. Comments (5).
Long Island City

Weekend Q103 service to be offered in summer

The Q103 bus that connects Long Island City with Astoria will expand its service to include weekends this summer. Comment.
Hollis

Crowley, Rev. Norris and Miller endorse Comrie’s Senate campaign

Former City Councilman Leroy Comrie lined up a handful of endorsements as he made the announcement earlier this week that he will challenge embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) for his southeast Queens seat. Comments (2).
Kew Gardens

Doors remain open at Borough Hall

Former Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie will stay on as a special assistant at Borough Hall as he campaigns for a spot in Albany, according to a source who hinted the doors in Kew Gardens may be open should his bid fall short in the crowded southeast Queens race. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Irish Circle to close after bankruptcy auction

It’s last call for the Irish Circle Tavern in Rockaway Park, which will be closing its doors after the bank that foreclosed on the 20-year-old bar’s home snatched up the property for $1.25 million in a bankruptcy auction. Comments (34).
Little Neck

GOP candidates lash out over police complaint

The two Republican candidates vying for a congressional seat in northeast Queens are facing off over a police report filed against candidate Grant Lally for allegedly intimidating a family that took part in the petitioning process for his opponent, Stephen Labate. Comments (9).
Woodhaven

Three challenge Velazquez

Half of the candidates running for U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez’s (D-Brooklyn) seat live outside the 7th Congressional District, including the incumbent. Comment.
Rosedale

Success Academy gets Rosedale site

The city has found a home in Rosedale for more than 100 charter school students who were told earlier this year that come fall the doors would not be open to them at the public school building in South Jamaica where they had previously been promised space. Comment.
College Point

Passers-by interrupt attempted abduction in College Point: Police

COLLEGE POINT — Police were looking for a man who they said tried to drag an 18-year-old woman into his car early Sunday morning in College Point. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside Anglers plan to clean waterfront park

The Bayside Anglers plan to spruce up the shoreline of Little Neck Bay Sunday during the group’s 20th annual cleanup. Comment.
Briarwood

Molloy slugs way past St. Francis Prep

Consecutive hits haven’t come with regularity for Archbishop Molloy this season — that is, until the fourth inning of a pivotal game against rival St. Francis Prep. Comment.
Bayside

Commodores crush Construction

Up until this point in the season, it looked like Construction was the top PSAL girls’ softball team in Queens and arguably the best in the city. Comment.
Flushing

Marchesini steps down as Cross hoops coach

Holy Cross will be looking for its third boys’ basketball coach in the last three years after Tom Marchesini stepped down following his second season leading the team because of time constraints. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm bashes Hoyas during three-game sweep

St. John’s University and its bats remained red hot. Comment.
Flushing

Holy Cross defensive slipups hurt Knights’ record

Holy Cross continues to be its own worst enemy against the top teams in the CHSAA boys’ baseball league. Comment.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

College Point

Man sought in attempted abduction of teenager in College Point: NYPD

Police were looking for a man who they said tried to drag an 18-year-old woman into his car early Sunday morning in College Point. Comments (30).
Hollis

Comrie to serve as special assistant to beep during campaign for Smith’s seat: Source

Former Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie will stay on as a special assistant at Borough Hall as he campaigns for a spot in Albany, according to a source who hinted the doors in Kew Gardens may be open should his bid fall short in the crowded southeast Queens race. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Rental assistance program for low-income Sandy victims expanding: Mayor

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday his administration is immediately expanding a federally funded program to help poor victims of Hurricane Sandy now paying rents they cannot afford after being left homeless by Hurricane Sandy. Comment.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hollis

Comrie will challenge Smith for Senate seat: Reports

Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie could announce later this week his plans to challenge indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) for Smith’s southeast Queens seat, according to several news reports. Comments (3).

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Rosedale

Rosedale man’s body found in moving Bronx truck after shooting: NYPD

ROSEDALE — The bullet-riddled remains of a Rosedale man were found in the back of a rental truck in the Bronx Saturday night, police said. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Pedestrian killed in late night accident in Richmond Hill: NYPD

A father of four was struck and killed by a car in Richmond Hill Saturday night while trying to cross the street, police said. Comments (1).
Rosedale

Rosedale man’s body found in moving Bronx truck after shooting: NYPD

The bullet-riddled remains of a Rosedale man were found in the back of a rental truck in the Bronx Saturday night, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing man found dead at karaoke bar: Cops

A 49-year-old man was found dead in a Flushing karaoke bar late Saturday night after he dozed off and never woke up, police said. Comment.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

South Jamaica

Police hunting suspect in South Jamaica stabbing of 15-year-old girl: Cops

Police were searching for a man who allegedly stabbed a 15-year-old girl in the face, neck, back and hands in South Jamaica Monday, authorities said. Comments (2).
South Jamaica

Success Academy Jamaica to get new home in Rosedale

The mayor’s office announced Saturday a South Jamaica charter school, previously turned down for co-location, will have a new home this fall. Comment.
Whitestone

Suspect swiped $25K in prescription drugs in Whitestone carjacking: NYPD

Police were searching for a man who allegedly stole $25,000 in prescription drugs from a delivery man in Whitestone last Friday, the NYPD said. Comments (1).

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