Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

Flushing

Birds counted at Queens Botanical Garden

The Queens Botanical Garden held its 17th annual bird counting event Saturday morning. Comment.
Bayside

Avella will join Independent Democratic Conference

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Wednesday that he will leave the formal Democratic Party to become a member of the Independent Democratic Conference. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing eatery serves up insane mix of tastes

If you’re a gastronome, always on the lookout for the next new taste thrill, Crazy Crab ought to be on your list. Comment.
Sunnyside

Sunnyside pub’s movie project pays off dividends

During his 32 years in the bar business since moving to the United States from England, Paul Flynn has never seen a winter like this one. Comment.
Cartoon

Tip of the week

Letters

Wealth redistribution even worse

If reader Ed Konecnik is not careful, he will dislocate his shoulder due to his non-stop personal backslapping. Somehow his description of what to him is freedom is more akin to “greedom.” It is particularly ugly in our advanced, socially civilized country to approach life with a Neanderthal, every man for himself mentality. Lady Liberty’s green face would turn red with embarrassment. Comments (2).

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Queens Village

Queens Village man cops to conning Home Depot charity: Nassau DA

A Queens Village man is facing up to three years in prison after he admitted to scamming more than $100,000 from the charity-matching program offered to employees at the Long Island Home Depot where he worked, the Nassau County district attorney said. Comment.
Flushing

Scammer impersonates 109th inspector in failed try to bilk Flushing senior

A fraudster tried to con an elderly Flushing man out of $4,000 by impersonating a commander at the 109th Precinct, police said. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Electric wires sparked S. Jamaica fire: FDNY

Fire marshals determined electrical wiring sparked the two-alarm blaze that damaged a South Jamaica church Monday and sent four firefighters to the hospital. Comment.
Long Island City

Long Island City toy maker creates out of Sandy’s wrath

Post-Sandy fallen Shady Park trees have undergone a metamorphosis, becoming hand-carved wooden toys and puzzles that put smiles on kids’ faces. Comment.
Letters

New York City must set its own minimum wage

As New York City’s economy recovers from the recession, thousands of working families in Queens and the other boroughs face a grim reality: Although one of their members might have a full-time job, the weekly wages they earn are not nearly enough to make ends meet. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Long Island City

Hunters Point library on hold as new plans drawn up

Residents of the Hunters Point section of Long Island City will have to wait longer for their public library — perhaps several years. Comments (2).
Rego Park

UPDATED: Fires break out in two western Queens malls

Police detained a 23-year-old man leaving the Burlington Coat Factory Monday afternoon and were investigating whether he was behind several small fires set in the Rego Center and Queens Center malls over the past few days, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
College Point

Retired 109th detective describes life as a cop in new book

As a high school dropout, Raymond Berke never thought he would be a cop, let alone an author. Comments (2).
East Elmhurst

FBI launches new initiative to combat laser strikes on aircraft

The FBI has launched a crackdown aimed at those who point lasers at aircraft. Comment.
Flushing

Ellington’s tune could be dubbed take the J train

Steinway is synonymous with the grandest of pianos and its factory, Steinway & Sons, helped to put Astoria on the map. Comment.
The Civic Scene

CB 8 will decide on how to properly hold farmers markets

A few weeks ago, the Community Board 8 Parks Committee held a meeting to evaluate a proposal to have a farmers market in Cunningham Park. The proposal grew from a meeting of the Holliswood Civic Association, where a Jon Klar, recycling outreach coordinator associated with GrowNYC, spoke about farmers markets. The civic, on the south border of Cunningham Park, brought the idea to the committee. Comment.
Letters

Do not fall for anti-union talk but respect role labor has played

All the articles about Mayor Bill de Blasio not caving to unions are disgraceful. Comments (1).

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014

Astoria

Canadian pipeline to send cleaner power to Astoria

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is supporting a plan to construct a $2.2 billion transmission line to import cleaner electricity to the Con Edison facility near 20th Avenue in Astoria from Canada. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

‘Michael Deng’s Law’ would amend definition of hazing: Weprin

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) announced new legislation Sunday aimed at cracking down on hazing after the recent death of Michael Deng, a 19-year-old Baruch College student from Oakland Gardens who died in December from injuries he sustained during a fraternity hazing ritual. Comment.
Middle Village

Icy sidewalks pose peril

The city may be the worst landlord in town, if you let Middle Village residents tell it. Comments (3).
Long Island City

FDNY credits Bravest with coming to aid of woman and children

A group of New York City firefighters came to the rescue of a woman and two children who were allegedly being attacked in Long Island City last Friday, the FDNY said. The half dozen Bravest of Ladder 115 were on their way back to their firehouse on 47th Avenue when they saw a young boy waving towards their truck, according to the Fire Department. Comment.
QueensLine

First female lawyer argued case in boro during 1906

Queens in February 1906 found itself a bustling community of rapidly disappearing farms and booming residential and industrial developments. Comment.
Letters

City must respect all its wild animals

It seems that there has been an increasingly growing threat to start killing wildlife that lives in our region for various reasons. Comments (1).

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

Woodhaven

Pols disclose planned locations of Forest Park security cameras

State legislators and the city Parks Department have selected where they plan to install security cameras in Forest Park and are awaiting legislative approval to begin the project. Comment.
Queensbridge

Japanese student remembered at vigil one year after he was fatally struck by police vehicle

Huddled on a damp sidewalk in Queensbridge a little after midnight Friday, more than one dozen mourners gathered to remember a Japanese student who authorities say was fatally struck by an NYPD cruiser last year. Comment.
Flushing

Family of deaf Flushing man sues hospitals

Relatives of a deaf Flushing man who died of cancer in April 2013 are suing three Long Island medical facilities for not providing him with sign language interpreters. Comment.
New Hyde Park

Cops search for missing teenager, 17, from LIJ

NEW HYDE PARK — Police were seeking the public’s help in locating a missing teenager last seen leaving a hospital in Nassau County. Comment.
Block Shots

Breezy Point native scores 1,000th point

His place in Xavier High School’s history was closer than Kevin Crockett realized. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

Religious holidays should not be recognized by gov’t

Christmas Day has been a national holiday since President Ulysses S. Grant signed a bill to that effect June 6, 1870. The same law made July 4 and Thanksgiving national holidays. Comments (2).
Editorial

Questionable Income

The Queens Library system is one of the borough’s greatest treasures, but its president and CEO apparently doesn’t fall into the same category. Comments (1).

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

South Ozone Park

UPDATED: South Ozone man not charged in brother’s death

A South Ozone Park man is still under investigation by police in his brother’s death following a brawl between the two siblings in their home but no charges have been filed, the Queens district attorney’s office said Friday. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill group runs NY’s first mobile pantry

A dozen people watched the white van back into Rufus King Park in Jamaica, some with black trash bags in hand, others leaning on grocery carts. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Queens Library board agrees to review Galante’s salary

The Queens Library’s board announced it will take a new look at library CEO Thomas Galante’s salary after the borough president called on the trustees to review the embattled executive’s compensation. Comments (1).
Flushing

PS 201 teacher nixed Malcolm X: parents

A Flushing parent was furious when her son was forbidden by a teacher to write an essay about Malcolm X for Black History Month. Comments (2).
Little Neck

WWII vet receives medals

More than 70 years after he entered the U.S. Army, James Dikeman has finally been awarded the medals he earned. Comment.
Sunnyside

NYU bungled boy’s care: State

A Manhattan hospital should have taken better care of a 12-year-old Sunnyside boy who was given IV fluids and pain relievers, sent home and later died of sepsis in 2012, a state Health Department report concluded. Comment.
St. Albans

Smith, Tabone ask to have trial delayed

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and Vince Tabone, the former vice chairman of the Queens Republican Party, are both asking that their federal corruption trial be delayed until later this year, arguing the proceedings could possibly coincide with this year’s elections. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Plow incident damages Exo Cafe in Forest Hills

The owner of a Forest Hills café inundated with snow after a plow accident last Thursday said the debacle has been his biggest headache since opening the restaurant three years ago. Comment.
Whitestone

PS 79 mourns beloved teacher of pre-K classes

Students and teachers at PS 79 in Whitestone gathered last week to pay their respects to Annamarie Tromp, the preschool teacher who was killed in a car accident in Flushing New Year’s Eve. Comment.
Far Rockaway

PS 106 principal should be let go: Report

City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) called on the city Department of Education to fire the principal of Far Rockaway’s PS 106 after a city investigation concluded the school administrator cashed a full pay check while frequently showing up to work either late or not at all. Comment.
Bayside

Cuomo asks state to fund college for prison inmates

Two state lawmakers from Queens had mixed reactions this week to news of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative that would allow inmates to earn a college degree while serving their prison sentences. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Seven characters in search of happiness in LIC

Although he spends his days snorting cocaine, smoking marijuana and guzzling alcohol, Hollywood casting director Eddie draws the line when it comes to drinking coffee. Comment.
Bayside

Avella calls for tax relief for Queens homeowners

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is calling for an extension to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed renters’ tax relief that would allow owners of small homes within New York City to be included in the tax credits. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing neighbors blast new house on block

Flushing neighbors are fuming over a large house they say dwarfs the small homes around it and completely changes the character of their block. Comments (9).
Bayside

Cardozo track star Branch aims for PSAL indoor championship

Denise Branch is continuing a number of Benjamin Cardozo traditions started by the school’s recent elite distance runners. Comment.
Political Action

King, possible ‘16 contender, speaks at boro GOP club

The Queens Village Republican Club recently held its annual club dinner. It is estimated it had more than 200 guests, which is a lot for a club function. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

South Ozone Park

Updated: S. Ozone Park man charged with assault in brother’s death

Police have arrested the younger brother of a South Ozone Park man who was killed when the siblings’ brawled Tuesday afternoon, the NYPD said. Comments (4).
Maspeth

Mayor announces more than $7 million to plug potholes

With help from Department of Transportation staff, Mayor Bill de Blasio swept debris out of a pothole, shoveled in asphalt and pounded in the filling on a Maspeth street corner Thursday morning. Comments (1).

Relatives of Japanese student killed by police vehicle to hold memorial

The family of a Japanese student who police say was hit and killed by an NYPD cruiser plan to mark the one-year anniversary of his death at a candlelight vigil in Queensbridge early Friday. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Senior killed in Rich Hill hit-and-run: NYPD

A 73-year-old Richmond Hill woman was killed Thursday after she fell while crossing Jamaica Avenue near 131st Street and was struck by a 2004 Nissan Altima, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Oakland Gardens teen ID’d in LIE crash

A 16-year-old Oakland Gardens girl who died in a car crash on the Long Island Expressway in Flushing early Tuesday morning was identified by police as Jennifer Gao. Comments (15).
Jamaica

Katz urges library to review prez’s salary

Borough President Melinda Katz delivered a list of recommendations to the Queens Library’s board of trustees in response to the ever-growing controversy enveloping library President Thomas Galante over executive compensation. Comments (1).
Flushing

Bowne St. building blames floods on city

After years of flooding problems and spending tens of thousands of dollars to repair his building’s sewer system, a Flushing building owner says his troubles are the city’s fault. Comment.
Douglas Manor

Small streets left unplowed

More than three years after contracts were signed to outsource plowing of the city’s tertiary streets, some City Council members say they have received complaints this winter claiming that small streets in many neighborhoods are still not being cleared after snowfall. Comments (1).
Flushing

Tourists flock to Queens for beds rented in homes

The house-sharing website Airbnb is a growing economic force in Queens, based on research done by Manhattan-based real estate consultant HR&A Advisors. Comments (10).
Rockaway Beach

Madelaine puts Far Rock plant on the market

The Madelaine Chocolate Co. served up a bitter batch when it placed its 5.4-acre Rockaway Beach complex on the market this year. Comment.
Jamaica

Abuse victims need NYPD translators: Suit

A group of women with limited English-speaking skills and a nonprofit that often works with immigrant clients are claiming in a federal lawsuit that police routinely fail to help abuse victims because of language barriers, a suit that brings to mind the murder of a Guatemalan woman found fatally stabbed in her Jamaica apartment with her young daughters. Comments (2).
Ditmars

Astoria thrift shop to close as church sells to developers

A popular thrift shop in Astoria, which raises money for the rehabilitation of drug addicts and alcoholics, is closing next month and currently selling its inventory of restored furniture, antiques and clothing for 50 percent off. Comment.
College Point

Major College Point manufacturer looking to expand

One of the country’s largest window manufacturing companies, based in College Point, is planning an expansion. Comments (2).
Oakland Gardens

Deng death similar to Flushing case

The Luzerne County coroner’s office in Pennsylvania ruled the death of Baruch College student Chun Michael Deng, 19, a homicide last week in a case that recalls a similar incident involving the death of a Flushing student several years ago. Comment.
Richmond Hill

S. Jamaica man arraigned in city’s first killing of 2014: DA

Authorities have charged a 26-year-old man with killing a Richmond Hill resident with a single gunshot to the chest in the city’s first murder of 2014, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (3).
Far Rockaway

Camera catches Far Rock exposer: Cops [With Video]

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police said they caught a suspected pervert on camera before he got candid with a female straphanger at the Beach 25th Street station late last month. Comment.
Little Neck

Bravest battle Little Neck blaze for half hour: FDNY

LITTLE NECK — Residents of a two-story home escaped injury during a house fire in Little Neck Wednesday, according to the FDNY. Comment.
Ozone Park

Candy crushed: Construction upsets Cardozo

The difference between Construction’s two lopsided basketball losses to Benjamin Cardozo and its upset win in the PSAL Queens borough final has little to do with adjustments on the court. Comments (2).
Briarwood

Molloy rides streak into diocesan playoffs

Archbishop Molloy said it finally had enough after a lopsided basketball loss to Christ the King. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

South Ozone Park

Disabled woman attacked in Aqueduct bathroom: NYPD, DA

Police and the Queens District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday the sexual assault of a 40-year-old disabled woman first reported to have occurred at Resorts World actually happened in the bathroom stall of a women’s restroom on the Aqueduct Racetrack’s property. Comments (4).
Bayside

Three boro janitors settle with DOE in fraud scheme

The city Department of Education has reached a seven-figure settlement with five former employees, including three from Queens, who admitted to defrauding the agency of hundreds of thousands of dollar, according to the DOE. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s dispatches Hoyas in decisive victory at MSG

No player on the current St. John’s University team had ever defeated rival Georgetown until now with both basketball teams sitting squarely on the bubble to make the NCAA tournament. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

Woodside

De Blasio releases Vision Zero plan for 25 mph limit

Dropping the citywide speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph is one of 63 items in the Vision Zero action plan to curb pedestrian fatalities that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration released Tuesday afternoon. Comments (2).
College Point

Dead body found on College Point shore: NYPD

An unidentified man was found dead on the College Point shoreline Tuesday afternoon, police said. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Disabled woman sexually abused at Resorts World: Authorities

A 37-year-old man is accused of sexually abusing a 40-year-old disabled woman in the women’s bathroom at Resorts World Feb. 2, police said. Comments (10).
Flushing

Two die in one-car crash on LIE: Police

Two unidentified people died after their car hurtled off of the Long Island Expressway, turned on its side and struck a tree in Flushing just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, the NYPD said. Comments (5).
Richmond Hill

South Jamaica man arrested in first murder of 2014: Police

A 26-year-old man who was being sought by police in connection with the city’s first murder of 2014 was apprehended in Long Island and charged in the South Jamaica shooting death, the NYPD said Monday night. Comments (19).
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Taco to host dinner at Brooklyn supper club

Hungry for a taste of summer? Comments (1).

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

South Jamaica

Four firefighters injured in two-alarm church blaze: FDNY

A two-alarm blaze ripped through a South Jamaica church early Monday morning, sending four firefighters to Jamaica Hospital with minor injuries, the FDNY said. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014

Arverne

Man stabbed in abdomen in the Rockaways: NYPD

A man was stabbed multiple times during a robbery in Arverne Sunday evening and brought to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition, police said. Comment.
Bayside

St. Mary’s program for tots ending due to lack of funds

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children has announced that it will end its more than 20-year-old Early Intervention program this spring due to a lack of adequate funding. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

Forest Hills

Two people injured when plow knocks trash can through eatery window: Authorities

The city is disciplining two Department of Sanitation employees after authorities said a plow they was operating struck a trash can Thursday night and launched the bin through a Forest Hills café window, injuring two people. Comments (1).
Arverne

Senior’s hand sliced while trying to fend off robbery suspect: NYPD

A 67-year-old woman was slashed in the hand while unsuccessfully trying to fend off a robbery suspect in Arverne Saturday afternoon, police said. Comment.
Rosedale

Head-on crash in Rosedale sends two drivers to the hospital: Police

Two drivers were rushed to Jamaica Hospital with serious injuries following a head-on collision in Rosedale Friday night, police said. Comments (1).

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