TimesLedger Newspapers reader Ed Konecnik finds it perturbing that some folks do not believe in his philosophical world. Since he refers to the U.S. Constitution all the time, he is either a constitutional lawyer or one of those laughable right-wingers who carry around a pocket Constitution and flash it at every progressive they see as if it was a cross to vanquish a vampire. Comments (2).
Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials are floating the idea of legalizing illegal basement apartments and other units as a way of dealing with the need for more affordable housing in our city. The outgoing chairwoman of the City Planning Commission, Amanda Burden, has said we must accept an increase in density and height in our neighborhoods if we are to accommodate all those needing housing. She admitted this would be a hard sell in most areas of the city. Comments (9).
Public housing tenants in southeast Queens have long suspected their neglected apartments may have something to do with increased asthma rates and possibly even cancer, and now one lawmaker wants to send the state on a fact-finding mission to see if those theories are true. Comments (2).
Mayor Bill de Blasio came to LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City Monday to deliver his first State of the City address and present his progressive plan to attack income inequality. Comments (4).
Radio ads and billboards will proclaim just about any message that has been paid for. The placement, whether in a public square or on the airwaves, is like a rented body from an escort service. Industrial psychologists are hired by the ad’s bank rollers and function like wardrobe provocateurs. They calculate how to appeal to fantasy and what will work. Comment.
City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) is renewing calls for the city Department of Transportation to make changes to traffic patterns around Broadway and 74th Street following the tdeath of a pedestrian Monday evening. Comments (1).
ELMHURST — An Elmhurst man was busted by police in the Bronx for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes and dodging more than $56,000 in taxes, the state Department of Taxation and Finance said. Comments (1).
I commend state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for his continued common sense support for New York City to join other congested cities, such as London and Paris, in ending the antiquated horse-drawn carriage industry (“Borough carriage drivers fear for jobs,” Jan 31-Feb. 6). Comments (4).
Known to the world as John Barrymore, stage and screen star John Sidney Blyth was born in Philadelphia Feb. 15, 1882. His English father, Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blyth, was a dashing leading man on the late 19th century stage, and his mother, Georgie Drew, was also an accomplished actress. Comment.
LaGuardia is taking a lot of heat for being the worst airport in America, and now the governor has joined the chorus of critics who trash the Queens gateway as dingy, obsolete and low tech. Comments (2).
Again it has happened. I come down the sidewalk along the Clearview Expressway service road on my motorized scooter and vehicles from Star Nissan block my way because they are parked on the sidewalk. I, as a handicapped person in my 80s, have to risk my life and go out into the service road, where vehicles are speeding off the expressway trying to make the light at Northern Boulevard. Comments (4).
A 24-year-old Flushing man, accused of driving with a suspended license when he was in a New Year’s Eve car crash that took the life of a pre-K teacher, made his first appearance in court Monday. Comments (4).
Dozens of protesters took to the sidewalk Friday outside the office of U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) in hopes of persuading him to vote against the fast-tracking of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that opponents fear would send thousands of American jobs overseas. Comment.
Three former New York residents pleaded guilty Monday to murdering two members of a rival street gang and dumping their bodies behind a Ridgewood warehouse in 2004, federal prsecutors said. Comments (1).
A Flushing doctor was sentenced to a year in prison last week after he pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme that prosecutors said fraudulently billed Medicare for more than $15 million, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn said. Comments (4).
While a number of their colleagues got glowing reviews, a trio of Queens City Council members showed a duller shade of green when their voting records put them on the bottom of the list of environmental causes. Comments (1).
A Whitestone man pleaded guilty this week to allegations that he failed to pay more than $300,000 in taxes from sales at his two auto businesses in Great Neck, L.I., according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Comment.
ROCKAWAY PARK — Police said a trio in blackface masks allegedly tied up three people in Wharf Bar and Grill, at 416 Beach 116th St., pistol whipped two victims and stole $60,000 in cash at 1:40 a.m. Feb. 3. Comments (1).
Sierra Calhoun’s dream of playing in the McDonald’s All-American game formed from watching it on television at a young age. The Christ the King senior will now get a chance to be the player others aspire to be. Comment.
Curtis Sliwa’s love-spurned ex-wife claimed in court papers last week that the Guardian Angel and Borough President Melinda Katz concocted an unbelievable story about the method by which the Queens politician conceived her children in order to pull a fast one on borough voters. Comments (6).
Members of a special City Council oversight committee on the Queens Library grilled library President Tom Galante for more than two hours last Wednesday during a hearing on executive compensation and outsourced labor, with promises of more inquiries to come. Comments (1).
Mayor Bill de Blasio will march in the St. Pat’s For All Parade in Sunnyside March 2, according to City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights). The news came a day after de Blasio said that he would not join the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue because the events’ sponsor, the Hibernian Order, does not allow gay groups to participate. Comment.
Northeast Queens residents fighting for quieter skies around New York City’s major airports are butting heads with the Global Gateway Alliance over suggestions that building more runways will help to improve and modernize the overcrowded facilities. Comments (4).
ROCKAWAYS — A 28-year-old mother was charged with beating her 2-year-old daughter to death in the Arverne section of the Rockaways, and authorities were also investigating the death of another toddler in South Jamaica, the Queens DA said Wednesday. Comment.
The United Black Men of Queens Foundation Inc. is hosting a ceremony Saturday at 10 a.m. in honor of its newly elected officers and board of directors.
It will be held at the Raddison Hotel JFK, located at 135-40 140th St. in South Ozone Park. A continental breakfast will be served. Comment.
The St. John’s University women’s basketball team hasn’t forgotten October when the preseason Big East rankings were announced. The Red Storm was picked third and is now making it a point of trying to show the league’s coaches they were a little bit off. Comment.
The NYPD was searching for a driver who allegedly lost control of a white Mazda SUV and crashed into several people near a stop for the Q66 bus in Sunnyside Saturday night, authorities said. Comments (1).
An armored-truck guard was robbed at gunpoint of an estimated $300,000 in Elmhurst Friday, according to authorities and news reports. Three men in heavy winter clothing approached the guard around noon as he was collecting deposits at the HSBC branch, at 82-57 Broadway, according to the FBI. One assailant allegedly held .45 semi-automatic handgun to the guard’s face, investigators said. Comments (1).