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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bayside

Key witness sobs at Halloran trial

Former Bronx GOP boss Joseph Savino, who pleaded guilty in an election-rigging scheme and now faces 30 years in prison, said he had a guide in the plot: a quarterback from Queens. Comment.
Flushing

Avella scores union nod in re-election bid

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) won a big ally in his re-election campaign Tuesday when Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the two-term incumbent. Comments (3).
Flushing

PS 107 collects funds to send boy’s body to Cameroon

The PS 107 community is offering financial help to Orlie Siankam as she travels to her native Cameroon to bury a son who authorities allege was strangled to death by his dad. Comment.
Hollis

Sen. Smith missed 808 votes: Report

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) was absent in Albany more than all his colleagues in the chamber, except for Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights), who was mounting an unsuccessful bid for Congress. Comments (1).
Little Neck

No winner yet in GOP primary for Israel’s seat

A congressional primary between two Republican candidates in northeast Queens is still not officially decided after three unsuccessful weeks of trying to determine a winner, the state Board of Elections said. Comments (1).
Bayside

Bayside Village BID to study offering more spots for vehicles

Parking troubles in Bayside may soon become much milder. Comment.
College Point

Consolidation could trim College Point mail center

The College Point Mail Center could be back on the block two years after the community successfully rallied to save it. Comment.
Ridgewood

M Train graffiti arrests follow famed taggers funeral: NYPD

Two men were arrested and charged with making graffiti shortly after memorial services in Ridgewood for famed Queens graffiti artist Jason Wulf Monday, the NYPD and commemorative blogs said. Comments (2).
Flushing

Zupnick pleads guilty in PS 79 teacher crash

A 24-year-old Flushing man who was driving without a license in a crash, which claimed the life of a beloved PS 79 teacher on New Year’s Eve, has pleaded guilty to charges related to the accident. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaican jerk festival returns

It’s back and jerkier than ever. Comments (1).
Transit

Congress refuses to help in LIRR talks

MTA President Thomas Prendergast went to the nation’s capital to find out if Congress might intervene in the event of a Long Island Rail Road strike, and quickly found the answer was in the negative. Comments (1).
Glendale

Fans celebrate Germany’s World Cup victory

German soccer fans rejoiced outside of Zum Stammtisch Restaurant in Glendale after their team defeated Brazil in the World Cup semifinal game, advancing to the final match. Comment.
Elmhurst

Mother arrested in baby’s death: NYPD

ELMHURST — The mother of an 11-month-old boy, who was found dead in her Elmhurst apartment, was arrested Monday after she allegedly admitted to authorities that she suffocated the child, police said. Comment.
South Jamaica

Police hunt for man who shot two people

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were searching for the gunman who opened fire and injured two people in the vicinity of 142nd Street and Rockaway Boulevard in South Jamaica. Comments (4).

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Transit

Congress refuses to intervene in LIRR talks

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast went to Washington, D.C., Wednesday seeking help from Congress in the negotiations with Long Island Rail Road workers, but several lawmakers cautioned him not to count on them. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens Hills

Revamped Kew Gardens Hills Library to open next summer

A fresh Kew Gardens Hills Library complete with an area exclusively for teens should be ready to greet students next summer break. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Art of business is on display in Sunnyside

Sunnyside has become a magnet for the arts. Comment.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Woodside

MTA asks Congress if it will intervene in an LIRR strike

MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast Tuesday asked Congress whether it intends to intervene in the labor dispute involving the Long Island Rail Road and its workers, whose union has threatened to strike as early as July 20. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Mother arrested in Elmhurst baby’s death: NYPD

The mother of an 11-month-old boy, who was found dead in her Elmhurst apartment, was arrested Monday after she allegedly admitted to authorities that she suffocated the child, police said. Comments (3).
Jamaica

JFK construction to suspend AirTrain service

The Port Authority will suspend JFK AirTrain service from 10 p.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday because of airport construction. Comment.
Woodhaven

Qns gets $1M for streets

Borough President Melinda Katz announced last week that more than $1 million in capital funds will be going toward streetscape improvements along commercial areas in several Queens neighborhoods. Comments (8).

Monday, July 7, 2014

Elmhurst

Baby found dead in Elmhurst apartment: NYPD

An 11-month-old boy was found dead Sunday afternoon in the Elmhurst apartment where he lived with his mother, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Funding windfall starts project to fix up Pavilion

The restoration of the iconic New York State Pavilion is set to begin after funding of more than $4.8 million was allocated in the capital budget the City Council approved last Thursday. Comments (3).
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights town square gets cops in time for summer

Diversity Plaza now has a dedicated police presence. Comment.
St. Albans

City Councilman Miller hails budget as boon for SE Queens

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) said the $75 billion city budget for 2015 “has proven to be both thoughtful and progressive.” Comments (1).
Flushing

Queens Botanical Garden hosts inaugural Brew Fest

The borough’s plant and craft beer lovers will have a chance to combine their passions this summer. Comment.
Flushing

Hostos president tapped to lead Queens College

Queens College has a new president. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Man convicted of using bodega in Kew Gdns as stash house: DA

A Long Island man convicted of gun possession and conspiring to sell cocaine out of a Kew Gardens bodega was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (3).
Glendale

Woman from Glendale reported missing: NYPD

GLENDALE — Police were requesting help finding a 28-year-old woman reported missing from her Glendale home. Comment.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Jackson Heights

Florida man charged with DWI in Jax. Hts. crash: NYPD

A Florida man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in the early Saturday morning collision that killed a pedestrian crossing Roosevelt Avenue near 92nd Street, the NYPD said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Florida man charged with DWI in Jax. Hts. crash: NYPD

A Florida man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in the early Saturday morning collision that killed a pedestrian crossing Roosevelt Avenue near 92nd Street, the NYPD said. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Jamaica High hands out last batch of diplomas to 25

School’s out. Forever. Comments (3).
Immigration

Immigrants get legal aid

Universal legal representation is on the way for more than 1,000 indigent immigrants facing deportation. Comments (4).
Transit

MTA group set to analyze future trends, expectations

The MTA has appointed a special committee to look into possible challenges the MTA might experience in future decades and how it might be improved. Comments (1).
Breezy Point

Poetry and music fill the air during Ft. Tilden homecoming

Rockaway Beach played host to a pair of famous faces Sunday during the opening day of the MoMA PS1’s Rockaway! festival in Fort Tilden. Comment.
Ozone Park

Electronics stolen from vehicles parked in Ozone Park driveways

OZONE PARK — Police were searching for two men they said stole electronics from cars on at least four occasions since June 12 in Ozone Park. Comment.
Astoria

Bikes swiped in Astoria break-ins [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police were trying to find suspects who allegedly stole bicycles in Astoria, NYPD said. Comment.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Flushing

Fresh Meadows school raises funds for funeral of slain 8-year-old

Amidst mourning, staff and families at PS 107 have gathered to fund-raise the $10,000 necessary to send a recently killed fourth-grader’s remains back to Cameroon with relatives. Comment.
Corona

Suspected drunk driver fatally strikes man with car in Corona: NYPD

An unidentified man was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver while crossing Roosevelt Avenue near 92nd Street early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comment.
Far Rockaway

S. Ozone Park man dies in motorcyle crash

A 26-year-old South Ozone Park man died Friday evening after his motorcyle hit a street curb in Far Rockaway and then crashed into a wooden utility pole, the NYPD said. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Three injured in borough blazes: FDNY

Firefighters had a busy July 4 weekend, with at least two fires sending Queens residents to the hospital. Comment.
Ridgewood

Ridgewood Reservoir culvert plan draws ire

The city has sought to quiet activists upset about its plans to decommission the Ridgewood Reservoir dams by citing new, cumbersome regulations it would need to comply with before an August deadline. Comment.
Bellerose

Bellerose parish holds summer fair

St. Gregory the Great Parish in Bellerose held its 35th Gregorian Summer Festival, featuring rides, games and live entertainment. The fair began June 19 and concluded Sunday. Comment.
Bayside

City dollars flow to NE Qns

Just a few months after the City Council passed a historic reform package that included changes to the discretionary funding process, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) touted a 2015 fiscal year budget that included nearly three times more funding for his Council district than the area had seen in the past few years. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Four wanted in Far Rockaway burglary

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were searching for suspects in the burglary of a woman in Far Rockaway in May, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing woman disappears from Queens Plaza

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a Flushing woman, reported missing last Friday. Comments (1).

Friday, July 4, 2014

Astoria

Man charged in Astoria Houses shooting after getaway car crashes: NYPD

Police said they caught up with an armed man fleeing from the scene of a double shooting at the Astoria Houses in Thursday afternoon after the car he was riding in slammed into another vehicle several blocks away. Comments (1).
Bay Terrace

NYPD charges Corona man in Bay Terrace home invasion

Police arrested one of two suspects last week wanted in connection with a home invasion in Bay Terrace earlier this year that injured an elderly couple, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Queens Village

Gubernatorial candidate Astorino visits Queens Village GOP club

The Queens Village Republican Club welcomed gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino this week as he made an appearance to discuss the upcoming election and issues currently challenging New Yorkers across the state. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Southeast Queens residents want house parties silenced

Southeast Queens has declared war on noise for the second year in a row. Comments (1).
Bayside

Sacred Heart celebrates confirmation in Bayside

More than 60 students celebrated the Catholic sacrament of confirmation during a mass Monday afternoon at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Bayside. Auxiliary Bishop Guy Sansaricq led the annual ceremony for those confirmed, which included eighth grade students at Sacred Heart as well as children from public schools. Each youngster selected a name from a saint or the Bible as their confirmation name as well as a sponsor to oversee their spiritual development. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Unidentified man found dead in Far Rock: NYPD

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were called to 21-07 Cornaga Ave. in Far Rockaway early Monday morning, where the NYPD said an unidentified male was pronounced dead by EMS. Comment.
Astoria

Celebrating independence

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition celebrated the Fourth of July early with a Grucci fireworks display Monday evening. Thousands packed Astoria park for the festivities. Comment.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Astoria

Two shot at Astoria Houses: NYPD

Two people were shot at the Astoria Houses Thursday afternoon, the FDNY said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Pat Toro loses battle with leukemia

Pastor “Pat” Toro, a decorated Forest Hills war veteran and the former president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32 in Queens, has lost his battle with Myelodysplastic syndrome. Comments (2).
Jamaica Estates

Teen couple honored one year after deaths

Family and friends of a teenage couple killed in a car accident last year gathered in Jamaica Estates last weekend to remember their loved ones as the one-year anniversary of the crash approached. Comment.
Astoria

MTA expands Q103 service linking LIC with Astoria

The newly expanded Q103 bus service between Astoria and Long Island City will made its debut Sunday, providing a link between numerous cultural institutions near or along Vernon Boulevard. Comment.
Long Island City

5th Street in LIC will soon be one-way road

One of the most dangerous streets in Long Island City will begin to change July 7. Comments (2).
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway calls on city to keep funding ferry

Residents gathered in Rockaway Beach last weekend to protest the city’s decision to eliminate funding for the Rockaway Ferry in the 2015 budget and to urge citizens and elected officials to fight to save the service. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Airport workers rally for better wages

Several hundred airport workers rallied for fair wages and benefits at LaGuardia Airport Monday. Comment.
St. Albans

SE Qns pols ask City Hall to lower foreclosures

Roxanne R. is a southeast Queens resident trying to swim to shore from an underwater mortgage. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills education provider billed state improperly: DiNapoli

A Forest Hills-based special education provider billed the state for $875,729 in inappropriate expenses, including lease and insurance payments for Lexus SUVs, rent and cable TV fees for the organization’s husband-wife leadership team and international recruiting, a state audit found. Comment.
Immigration

City Council OKs municipal ID card

New York City is one step closer to creating the largest municipal identification program in the country. Comments (3).
Corona

Satchmo honored at festival

Fifty years after jazz legend Louis Armstrong performed at the 1964 World’s Fair, hundreds of people came out to honor his memory at the inaugural Louis Armstrong International Music Festival Sunday at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Bayside

Liu stays in race after IDC deal

Despite a deal reached between state Democratic leadership and a group of five rogue state senators to form a new power sharing agreement in the upper chamber, former city Comptroller John Liu has vowed to continue his bid to unseat Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (7).
Flushing

Flushing father admits to killing young son: DA

An 8-year-old Flushing boy, whose father allegedly admitted to strangling him to death before slitting his own wrists Sunday night, was identified by police as Jerry Kenmoe, the NYPD said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Conviction of ‘cannibal’ cop overturned by judge

A federal judge overturned a former Forest Hills police officer’s conviction of plotting to kidnap, kill and eat women in a 118-page decision handed down Monday in Manhattan federal court. Comments (3).
Flushing

Developers finally break ground on Flushing Commons

The wait for work to start on the long-delayed Flushing Commons project is over. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Elmhurst gets angrier at city over homeless

The anger and fear that has gripped Elmhurst since the city turned the Pan American Hotel into a shelter for homeless families was on full display at a hastily convened town hall meeting Monday evening. Comments (14).
Jamaica Hills

They blew 1,324 candles for a historic birthday bash

They were all alive when World War I broke out, and on Friday they were all together celebrating their birthdays. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Schoolgirl hit on Northern Boulevard

A 6-year-old kindergarten student at PS 228 in Jackson Heights will need many months to recover from injuries sustained when she and her mother were struck by a vehicle while crossing Northern Boulevard at 92nd Street one morning last week. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Cuomo OKs reforms for library

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law to reform the Queens Library board of trustees last week, thwarting a last-minute attempt by several members of the nonprofit’s board to squeeze in a special meeting to amend embattled President Thomas Galante’s contract. Comment.
Middle Village

Ognibene named on petitions as potential rival of Addabbo

Former City Councilman Tom Ognibene’s name has been circulating on petitions as a Republican contender for state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.’s (D-Howard Beach) seat. Comment.
Forest Hills

Haggerty conviction upheld

The state Court of Appeals upheld the 2011 conviction of Queens GOP consultant John Haggerty for a scheme to funnel nearly $1 million from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s election campaign toward buying his childhood home in Forest Hills, the decision said. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Bronx man murdered in Cambria Heights

Police were still trying to identify a suspect in a fatal shooting in Cambria Heights last weekend that left a Bronx man dead. Comment.
Forest Hills

West Side Tennis Club recovers from small fire

FOREST HILLS — A fire broke out on the terrace of the West Side Tennis Club early Tuesday morning, which shattered a few windows and resulted in some water damage in the clubhouse, according to the club’s president, Roland Meier. Comment.
Queens Village

Woman on motorcycle dies in Queens Village crash: Police

QUEENS VILLAGE - A 31-year-old motorcyclist was killed Sunday night when her bike was struck by a Nissan Maxima at the intersection between Jamaica Avenue and Springfield Gardens in Queens Village, police said. Comments (7).

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Woodhaven

Woodhaven school honors alum killed by remote-controlled helicopter

High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture teachers hope an inaugural scholarship commemorating alumnus Roman Pirozek will help the late Woodhaven teen’s spirit and skills live on in the tools of a future tradesman. Comment.
St. Albans

Neighbors in St. Albans rally against building

There will be a second hearing at the city Board of Standards and Appeals on the St. Albans Presbyterian Church’s plans to build a five-story, affordable housing building on Farmers Boulevard. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Sunnyside library is closed for the summer for repairs

The Sunnyside branch of Queens Library, at 43-06 Greenpoint Ave., is closed until mid-August while it gets a new roof installed. Comment.
Corona

Blood drive donator’s 5,000th pint nets VIP treatment at Mets game

The New York Mets have held blood drives even when Shea Stadium was still standing, but Monday was a special one. Comment.
Ditmars

Astoria eatery pairs sweet & savory on menu

Yogurt La Crepe opened its doors in Astoria just in time for the heat wave ushered in by the summer solstice. Comment.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Flushing

Father charged with murdering son before attempting suicide: Police

A Flushing father allegedly strangled his 8-year-old son in their home Sunday night before attempting to take his own life, police said. Comment.
Jamaica

Urban experts asked to make plan to transform downtown Jamaica

The dream of a splendid Jamaica will soon become a reality — at least, that is what city leaders, experts and business and community leaders are trying to accomplish. Comments (3).
Flushing

Boy Scout leader remembered with street co-naming

Boy Scouts and elected officials descended on downtown Flushing Saturday afternoon to commemorate the founder of a Flushing Boy Scouts of America troop with a street co-naming. Comment.
Broad Channel

Filmmaker explores Jamaica Bay ritual

For Queens’ Hindus, Jamaica Bay has become their Ganges River, a purifying source where they hold religious rituals to cast items called Puja into the water. Comments (3).

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cambria Heights

Updated: Man found dead with gunshot wound to head in southeast Queens

A Bronx man was found dead in Cambria Heights Saturday night after he was shot in the head in an incident that police have since ruled a homicide, the NYPD said. Comments (10).
East Elmhurst

Port Authority simulates plane crash at LaGuardia

As smoke bellowed through the air Saturday morning at LaGuardia Airport, emergency personnel scrambled to tend to blood-soaked victims of a plane crash. Comment.
Bayside

State passes Braunstein’s campus safety bill

State lawmakers recently passed legislation that one Bayside representative believes will help better protect students on college campuses across the state from violent crimes. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Youngsters create sculptures at Middle Village Adult Center

Budding artists from PS 87 in Middle Village visited the Middle Village Adult Center earlier this month. They were partnered with seniors to create sculptures inspired by American artist Claes Oldenburg. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Men wanted for assault at S. Rich. Hill hookah bar

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were searching for three suspects believed to be involved in a June 10 assault inside a hookah bar in South Richmond Hill. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

MacBook stolen from S. Richmond Hill laundromat

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police were searching for a man who walked into a South Richmond Hill laundromat and walked away with a laptop May 30, the NYPD said. Comment.
Flushing

Shopper’s wallet stolen from purse in Skyview Center: Cops

FLUSHING - Police were looking for a suspect they said swiped a woman’s wallet from out of her purse at the Skyview Center in December. Comments (2).

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Breezy Point

James Franco, Patti Smith to read poetry in Rockaways Sunday

Rockaway Beach will play host to a pair of famous faces Sunday during the opening day of the Rockaway! festival in Fort Tilden, the MoMA PS1 announced this week. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Section of Rockaway Beach closed for weekend swimming

Rockaway Beach was being shut down between Beach 60th and Beach 113th streets on the Peninsula Saturday, the Parks Department said in an email sent at 12:25 p.m. Comments (1).
St. Albans

St. Albans gets storm sewers to combat chronic flooding

Some southeast Queens residents, especially around St. Albans, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens, get the chills every time thunderstorms are looming. Comments (1).
Bayside

Council ups spending in 2015 city budget

The City Council last week announced an agreement with Mayor Bill de Blasio on an $75 billion budget for the 2015 fiscal year 11 days before the deadline that includes several funding increases in areas such as education, the arts and public safety. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Burglary suspect stole cash register with $20: NYPD

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police were searching for a man who they said stole $20 in cash from a pizzeria June 11. Comment.
Astoria

Two men in car shot, then robbed in Astoria [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police were hunting for whoever shot two men sitting in a car in Astoria, the NYPD said. Comment.
Ozone Park

Suspects lift phones from Ozone Park cell stores: Cops

OZONE PARK — Police were trying to identify two men they said stole phones from western Queens electronics stores in broad daylight over the last two weeks. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Cop resuscitated during police softball game

FRESH MEADOWS — An off-duty police officer was resuscitated last week after passing out while playing in the Police Commissioner’s Softball League at Cunningham Park, the NYPD said. Comment.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Kew Gardens

Queens residents indicted in drug trafficking case

A worldwide drug trafficking ring has been smashed and four Queens residents are among the 17 defendants indicted Friday morning. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced that the gang had flooded New York City with several tons of khat, a plant containing controlled substances similar to amphetamines, that is popular in eastern Africa. Comments (3).
Bayside

Senate approves Avella bill to stop killing of mute swans

The state Senate passed a bill last week placing a two-year moratorium on a highly criticized plan by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to eradicate more than 2,000 mute swans, the same day three DEC agents in an upstate New York park allegedly took part in the killing of two of the birds while in an unmarked boat, Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said. Comments (1).
St. Albans

St. Albans street renamed in honor of late Dora Young

Community leaders joined elected officials in St. Albans Saturday afternoon to honor and celebrate the life of Dora Young, a political activist, veteran of the civil rights movement and prominent public servant. Comments (1).
Woodside

Elmhurst man who was punched dies after Woodside street attack

A 56-year-old church-going Filipino man from Elmhurst died Tuesday morning at Elmhurst Hospital Center after he was brutally attacked around midnight in Woodside Saturday night, police say. Comments (3).
Jamaica

Neighbors fight JFK plan

Residents in southeast Queens want to ground the Port Authority’s plan to rehabilitate a runaway at JFK Airport. Comment.
Long Island City

City bars film crews from shoots in LIC

The city declared a moratorium on film and television production on several streets in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City. Comments (3).
Rockaway Beach

Funding for Rockaway Ferry dries up

The Rockaway ferry is sinking. Comments (1).
Bayside

Bayside street named for late PS 41 teacher

Queens officially named its first street in honor of a teacher when dozens gathered to pay tribute to Geraldine “Geri” Cilmi beside PS 41 last Friday afternoon. Comment.
Real Estate

City’s smallest rent hikes in history escape freeze

The small rent increases approved by the Rent Guidelines Board Monday disappointed both Queens renters and landlords in a decision that marked the lowest rise in the city agency’s history. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Parents disapprove of charter school at PS 15

Parents and community activists from southeast Queens expressed their concerns about the project to co-locate a Success Academy school at the IS 59 building in Springfield Gardens during a meeting with the city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Comment.
Flushing

Advocates discuss noise at aviation roundtable

Residents fighting to reduce plane noise near the city’s three major airports got an update from the Port Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration last week about the status of a much-awaited noise study and the steps being taken to address other community concerns. Comments (2).
Springfield Gardens

Man accused of shooting girlfriend, 15

Authorities arrested two men and charged them in two separate murders in southeast Queens last week, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing Commons work to start

F&T Group is finally set to break ground on its long-delayed Flushing Commons development in downtown Flushing. Comments (1).

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jamaica

Queens Library meet on Galante’s golden parachute canceled

The board of the Queens Public Library canceled a special meeting to consider a golden parachute for beleaguered President Thomas Galante Thursday after the borough president urged the trustees to postpone the session. Comment.
Jamaica

Two injured in second-alarm blaze in Jamaica

JAMAICA — Two people were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries after a Thursday afternoon fire in Jamaica, a FDNY spokesman said. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Police arrest Corona man in Bay Terrace break-in

A Corona man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a home invasion in Bay Terrace earlier this year that left an elderly couple injured, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Sightlines for fireworks in question for Queens

When the mayor announced in April that the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks were moving back to the East River this year, there was excitement among business owners and elected officials that there would be an economic windfall along the Queens waterfront. Comments (1).
Little Neck

GOP race still undecided

A day after the election, a heated primary between GOP candidates Grant Lally and Stephen Labate was too close to call as the two men awaited the final results that will decide who appears on the Republican ticket for a chance to upset U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) in November. Comments (1).
Politics

Rogue Dems return home

Democratic state senators in Albany have agreed to mend the fences between the mainstream party and the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference in a move that will take effect after the fall elections. Comments (4).
Bayside

Halloran returns to court after Sen. Smith’s mistrial

Former City Councilman Daniel Halloran allegedly agreed to a $75,000 payment for his part in a bribery scheme to get state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica) on the Republican mayoral ticket, the undercover FBI agent involved in the case testified Wednesday at Halloran’s corruption trial. Comment.
Woodside

Spain exits World Cup early

As the king of Spain was abdicating his throne in favor of his son, Spain’s national team in the World Cup was also abdicating its crown — unexpectedly early in the international tournament. Comment.
Whitestone

Queens GOP Chairman Ragusa dies

Politicians across the borough expressed sadness this week following the passing of Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa, who died Tuesday night after a battle with leukemia, the party said. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Last grads close door forever at Jamaica HS

Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola wandered the Jamaica High School halls in the mid-1950s. Comments (2).
Jamaica

Pols pass Queens Library reform

State lawmakers set political differences aside last week to make sure the state Legislature passed a Queens Library reform bill. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Elmhurst to debate Pan Am shelter plan

Elmhurst and surrounding communities are poised to turn up the heat on City Hall for its decision to move homeless families into the 216-room Pan American Hotel on Queens Boulevard. Comments (1).
Bayside

Suspicious clothing donation bins plaguing Bayside

Home and business owners in Bayside and surrounding neighborhoods have recently lodged dozens of complaints with elected officials and civic groups after seeing several clothing donation boxes that appear to be scams pop up throughout the area. Comments (4).
Astoria

CB 1 kicks back Astoria Cove plan

Developers of the massive Astoria Cove project were dealt a setback last week when Community Board 1 voted unanimously to recommend denial of the plan until a number of conditions were met. Comment.
Maspeth

Loved ones, colleague pay tribute to late Maspeth Sanitation worker

Colleagues and friends held a mass Monday to remember Steven Frosch, a city Sanitation Department worker who died in Maspeth Saturday after he was struck by a street sweeper. Comments (1).
Woodside

Mayor in Woodside signs pedestrian bills

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a package of legislation, passed by the City Council in recent weeks, designed to further his Vision Zero plan to make streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists Monday in Woodside. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

CB 8 nixes yeshiva expansion

Community Board 8 voted against a Kew Gardens Hills yeshiva’s expansion proposal at a meeting last week after neighbors railed against the plan. Comment.
Jamaica

Man stabbed in back seeks help in McD’s

Police are investigating the stabbing of the man who Tuesday morning walked into a Jamaica McDonald’s with the knife sticking in his back. Comments (1).
Crime

Authorities ID man suspected of shooting at police

ELMHURST — Authorities were looking for a suspect who got in a shootout with police in Elmhurst early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Transit

MTA offers LIRR unions hikes of 17% to avert possible strike

The MTA and unions of the Long Island Rail Road will meet in a negotiating session Friday to discuss the MTA’s latest offer, which the unions have already called inadequate. Comments (3).

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bayside

Bayside 7-Eleven sells winning Cash4Life ticket

A Bayside convenience store has sold the first winning jackpot ticket in a new state lottery game, just 10 days after the $2 game was first unveiled, New York State Lottery said this week. Comment.
Little Neck

Meeks and Velazquez win Queens primaries as Lally holds slight lead over Labate in polls

A heated race between two congressional candidates failed to draw much voter turnout in northeast Queens during Tuesday’s primary, and as of midnight Grant Lally held a slight lead over Stephen Labate as both vied for the chance to challenge U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) on the Republican ticket in November. Comments (1).

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Little Neck

Turnout low for congressional primaries in Queens

A heated race between two congressional candidates failed to draw much voter turnout in northeast Queens during Tuesday’s primary as Grant Lally and Stephen Labate faced off for a chance to challenge U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) on the Republican ticket in November. Comments (2).
Jamaica

Man stabbed in back near Big Mac in Jamaica

JAMAICA - A man was stabbed in the back Tuesday morning on Sutphin Boulevard near 91st Avenue in downtown Jamaica during a fight with other men, a police spokesman said. Comments (1).
Whitestone

Queens leaders mourn GOP Chairman Ragusa

Phil Ragusa, chairman of the Queens Republican Party, died Tuesday surrounded by his family after a short battle with leukemia, the party said. Comments (1).
Woodside

Man dies after being punched in the face in Woodside

A 56-year-old man died Tuesday morning at Elmhurst Hospital Center after he was brutally attacked around midnight in Woodside Saturday night, police say. Comments (2).

Monday, June 23, 2014

Woodside

Mayor signs traffic safety legislation to protect pedestrians

Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan took a major step forward Monday as he signed 11 life-saving traffic safety bills at PS 152 in Woodside. The legislation, passed by the City Council in recent weeks, enhances traffic data collection and enforcement efforts, codifies safety engineering commitments and updates the city’s legal code to toughen penalties for dangerous driving. Comments (1).
Bayside

TimesLedger Newspapers group sold to former president and wife

News executives Les Goodstein and his wife Jennifer are buying the Community Newspaper Group, the umbrella company that publishes The TimesLedger Newspapers, the Brooklyn Paper, Brooklyn Courier Life, the Bronx Times, Caribbean Life and several other weekly papers and specialty magazines from News Corp. Comment.
College Point

Police hunt for College Point burglary suspect

Police were searching for a brazen burglary suspect they said hit 25 homes in College Point since March. Comments (3).

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Elmhurst

Man who shot at cops sought by NYPD: Police [With Video]

Police were looking for a suspect whogot in a shoot out with police in Elmhurst early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comment.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Maspeth

Sanitation worker killed in sweeper truck accident: DSNY

A Department of Sanitation worker was killed in Maspeth Saturday afternoon after he was accidentally pinned down by a mechanical street sweeper, agency officials said. Comments (6).

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