Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Howard Beach

Jeffries up against one in bid for second term

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) faces a lone challenger in his bid to earn a sophomore title. Comments (1).

Two more Flushing playgrounds to get city funds

A week after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a Flushing playground would be part of a citywide initiative to renovate neglected parks, the Parks Department confirmed two more playgrounds in the neighborhood have been slated for facelifts. Comment.

Five-star nutrition treatment for pets

All pets are welcome. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014


Biden, Cuomo announce airport modernization in Queens

Vice President Joe Biden joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Queens Monday morning to announce a design competition as part of a plan to revitalize the borough’s airports. Comments (4).

Participatory budgeting spreads to additional Council districts

Two more City Council members are introducing participatory budgeting to their districts. Comment.

Nelly Jannaccio dies at 92

Nelly Jannaccio, a Flushing resident for 57 years, died suddenly in her home in City Island, Bronx, Sept. 26 of complications of Alzheimer’s dementia, according to the medical examiner. She was 92. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

Glen Oaks

15-year-old boy shot in the face in Glen Oaks park: NYPD

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the face in Glen Oaks Saturday evening in a possible attempted robbery, police said. Comment.
Long Island City

Doughnut Plant moving into the Falchi Building

A high-end, Manhattan-based baker has decided it’s time to make his doughnuts in Queens. The Doughnut Plant will open a factory and retail facility in the Falchi Building, at 31-00 47th Ave. in Long Island City, in December. Comment.
College Point

Police Academy in College Pt. faces possible further delays

A Manhattan flooring expert who was consulted on the building of a gym floor in the new Police Academy in College Point said his warnings the floor would fail were ignored. Comments (5).

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

St. Albans

St. Albans accident sends Queens resident to hospital: NYPD

A Queens man was fighting for his life Saturday morning after a bizarre car accident in St. Albans Friday night, police said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Two more tenants for Forest Hills Tower

Two more high profile tenants have signed leases for a combined 50,000 square feet of office space in Forest Hills Tower, at 118-35 Queens Blvd., Muss Developers announced Monday. Regus and the New York City Board of Elections join Plaza College, FEMA and Signature Bank as the newest tenants in the Class A tower that was already home to Mutual of America, Massey Knakal Realty Services and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng. Comment.
Kew Gardens

DDC to contract for garage demolition

The city Department of Design and Construction said it received permission to solicit demolition services for the shuttered Borough Hall parking garage under an emergency declaration, which will speed up the project. Comment.

McClancy remains favorite for fourth crown after topping St. Joseph’s

Monsignor McClancy’s journey to a fourth straight CHSAA Class A soccer city championship remains on track. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014


Queens redistricting questioned

Queens is the poster borough for redistricting reform, at least if you let one good government group tell it. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Four new charter schools coming to Queens

The SUNY board of trustees has approved four new charter schools that will open in Queens. Comments (2).

Bayside middle school blows out candles on 60th

Bayside’s Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74 is turning 60. Comment.

Historic Sunnyside Gardens district turns 90 years old

Sunnyside Gardens turns 90 this month and residents will unveil three historic district signs and throw a birthday reception Oct. 25. Comment.

Woodside calls for street safety after hit-run

Woodside community activists, neighbors and elected officials asked the driver of a hit-and-run accident in Queens Boulevard that left a man fighting for his life in a hospital to surrender to authorities. Comment.

MTA capital plan would renew 7, N and Q subway platforms

Straphangers in western Queens took notice when the MTA proposed its $32 billion capital plan. An overhaul of subway stations along the Astoria line and the No. 7 were included among the agency’s priorities and major objectives for the years 2015 to 2019. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Fallen marshal honored at Ft. Totten playground

Close to 100 people clustered around a Fort Totten playground Sunday as bagpipes hummed and FDNY members tugged a navy cloth off a plaque, paying tribute to Martin “Woody” McHale. Comment.

Oakland Lake shuttered

Oakland Lake is closed to visitors until next fall. Comments (4).

Jamaica dad guilty in family deaths: Brown

Shortly before the Empire State Building was slated to glow violet in honor of domestic violence awareness month, Queens prosecutors heralded a guilty plea in one of the borough’s most notorious such crimes in recent memory. Comment.

Superhero two-way star Hermitt powers Red Devils to third straight victory

Keron Hermitt goes by many nicknames that he is starting to live up to. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Long Island City

Planned Parenthood breaks ground in Long Island City

Elected officials from across the borough joined the leaders of Planned Parenthood of New York City, Thursday, for a groundbreaking ceremony for its new health center in Long Island City. When the 14,000-square-foot state-of-the-art center opens in May 2015, it will be PPNYC’s first in the county allowing 24,000 client visits within the first year of operation. Comments (4).

Schumer unites with boro groups to fight increasing airplane noise

The groups fighting against airplane noise in Queens have enlisted what they hope is a new and strong ally. Comments (5).
Forest Hills

QueensWay study eyes $120M price tag

It would take $120 million to curate a park along the abandoned Rockawy Beach LIRR spur, but QueensWay advocates contend most of the project could be funded by the federal government. Comments (1).

Laurelton man accused of stealing house from 70-year-old woman

A Queens man has been charged with stealing the home of an elderly woman “with the stroke of a pen” by illegally transferring the deed on the house and moving into it, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (4).

World’s Fair anniversery celebrations draw to a close Sunday

A six-month series of celebrations commemorating the World’s Fair anniversaries will conclude Sunday at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park with several free events and activities. Comments (1).
College Point

College Pt trucking company given till end of October to clear out

The city said a College Point trucking company, which residents have complained has kept them up at night and spewed pollution into their neighborhood for years, must close its doors at a secondary site by the end of October. Comments (4).

Lawsuit challenges city’s Glendale shelter study

In its haste to ease a homeless shelter into Glendale, the city misclassified some 150 acres of private cemetery as open to the public, overlooked an error in school enrollment calculations and ignored potential burdens on the FDNY, a lawsuit from opponents to the project alleges. Comment.

Queens Botanical Garden ushers in fall with Harvest Fest

The Queens Botanical Garden is set to celebrate the arrival of autumn with its annual Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch Sunday. Comment.

Price of Queens homes rises while sales dip: Report

The average price of homes in Queens has gone up in the third quarter of 2014, but sales have dropped since the same time last year, a new report by the Real Estate Board of New York said. Comments (4).
Rockaway Beach

De Blasio launches initiatives to help Rockaways get back on feet

Mayor Bill de Blasio went to the Rockaways Wednesday afternoon to launch initiatives to help neighborhoods that are still struggling from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Comment.

City’s worst landlord list focuses on NW Queens

The city public advocate’s annual worst landlord list included several buildings clustered in northwest Queens, with few residences east of the Van Wyck Expressway excluding the Rockaways getting included. Comments (2).

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014


Dead man found hung on LIE overpass: NYPD

MASPETH — Police were investigating the death of a man found hung with a belt on a Long Island Expressway pedestrian overpass Wednesday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (3).
Fresh Meadows

Kati roll shop opens in Fresh Meadows

Kati roll lovers no longer have to schlep to Manhattan for the savory snacks. Comment.

Vallone co-sponsors bill to aid police dogs

City legislators want to protect police dogs from housing discrimination. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014


Ridgewood Library branch marks 85 years

Dozens gathered to mark the Ridgewood Library’s 85th anniversary Monday and toast decades more of page turning in the oldest city-funded branch in the borough. Comment.
Howard Beach

ICE agent fires gun in Howard Beach: Feds

HOWARD BEACH — A Department of Homeland Security agent fired his gun around 11 p.m. Monday when a suspect driving a car near Cross Bay Diner accelerated toward agents, the department said. Comment.

First-time novelist hits it big with story set in Woodside

A first time novelist raised in Jackson Heights has set the book publishing world on fire with the Aug. 19 release of “We Are Not Ourselves”, an epic chronicle of a multi-generational Irish family in Woodside. Comment.
Forest Hills

QueensWay plans to be unveiled

Friends of the QueensWay plans to announce its blueprint to transform the abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch LIRR into a High Line-style park at a news conference Tuesday. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Gas line workers dig up human bones: NYPD

RICHMOND HILL — The medical examiner’s office is studying five human bones police said gas line workers dug up in Richmond Hill last week. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

East Elmhurst

Chamber of Commerce studies energy issues with winter on way

With winter approaching, the Queens Chamber of Commerce has formed an Energy Committee to inform and educate members who are responsible for thousands of jobs in the borough and region about energy-supply challenges facing Queens, promote solutions to meet demand with local resources, and accelerate regional economic growth. Comments (1).

The ‘men in blue’ crews coming to clean up Rosedale

The “men in blue” are coming to Rosedale. Comments (8).

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

Long Island City

SculptureCenter opens new $4.5 million expansion

Hundreds of art lovers gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the SculptureCenter’s 14-month, $4.5 million expansion in Long Island City. The popular cultural institution, which opened in 2001 in a former trolley car repair factory at 44-19 Purves St., now has a modern entrance lobby with several amenities. Comment.

Dead man found unconscious in Corona identified: NYPD

CORONA — Police have identified the man who died shortly after being found unconscious on a Corona street Friday as Amar Amador, the NYPD said. Comments (1).

Retired Briarwood cop convicted of fatally shooting wife in Briarwood home

A retired cop has been found guilty of murdering his wife inside their Briarwood apartment, the borough’s top prosecutor announced last week. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014


Jamaica man pleads guilty in death of wife and toddlers: DA

A 28-year-old Jamaica man pleaded guilty Friday to stabbing his wife to death as she slept and then fatally turning the knife on his two young daughters, the DA said. Comment.

Man dies after found with head trauma on Corona Ave.: NYPD

CORONA — The medical examiner is investigating whether criminality contributed to the death of a 54-year-old man found unconscious on a Corona street Friday night, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Long Island City

A movable gallery comes to Queens

Art meets food European-style in Queens when the popular Astoria Art Festival returns to the borough for the third year. Comments (1).

City planners develop transit plan to cope with LIC building boom

Capacity crowds have filled three public forums for residents of Community Board 2 in the past week, while more than a thousand people sought information on the application process for units of affordable housing at Hunters Point South. The buildings, still under construction on Long Island City’s waterfront, will begin moving in residents in the spring and when the project is completed, Hunters Point South will have 5,000 units. Comments (1).

CB 11 approves variance for Auburndale auto repair biz

An auto repair businesses at Francis Lewis Boulevard got what it was looking for during this month’s Community Board 11 meeting. Comments (1).

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014


Local jazz musicians greet Airtrain statio commuters and visitors

Every Thursday until Nov. 20 jazz will make a delightful sound in the mezzanine of Jamaica’s AirTrain station. After all, jazz is to Jamaica and Queens as Elvis is to Memphis. Comments (4).

Ridgewood subway station among worst in city: DiNapoli

Queens is home to two of the city’s bottom five subway stations in dire need of structural repairs, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said last week. Comments (1).

Family shelter plan floated in Ridgewood: Addabbo

As Glendale and Middle Village gathered last week to assess their strategy for stopping plans to build a homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue, word of a second proposed facility in Ridgewood spread. Comments (1).

Few Queens’ legislators face challenges this Nov.

The majority of Queens’ state and federal legislators do not face a challenger this Election Day, but the redistricting process that culls candidates is on the ballot. Comment.

Man dies in police custody in Ridgewood

RIDGEWOOD -The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau was investigating why a man died in police custody in Ridgewood Wednesday just after 2 p.m. Comment.

First place still up for grabs after Molloy, CK tie

By Joseph Staszewski Comment.
College Point

City to restore wetlands around abandoned Flushing Airport

The city is set to restore 12 acres of wetlands surrounding Flushing Airport as part of a plan to extend 132nd Street in College Point. Comments (1).

Queens restaurant week enters 11th year

Dozens gathered in Atlas Park’s lawn Monday to sample dishes from participants in Queens Restaurant Week. Comment.

Queens Museum hires new president

The Queens Museum named Laura Raicovich as its new executive director and president last week, replacing Tom Finkelpearl, who is leaving to join Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Art brings to life concrete barrier along street safety path

A passerby simply admired the barrier as it was being painted and said “thank you.” Comment.

Woman arrested in stabbing death of Jamaica man

JAMAICA- A 33-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend to death in southeast Queens, police said. Comments (2).

Legal help for unaccompanied migrant minors

Help is on the way for hundreds, if not thousands, of unaccompanied minors facing deportation at immigration court. Comments (2).

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014


Queens hospitals on high alert for Ebola virus

Elected officials at the city, state and federal levels are urging calm in the face of increased tension since the Ebola virus reached U.S. soil with the sole case in Dallas of a Liberian man who died Wednesday. Mayor de Blasio said Monday that he was “very confident” in the city’s preparation for an outbreak of the virus. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Avonte Oquendo remembered on first anniversary of disappearance

Avonte Oquendo was remembered by his mother, Vanessa Fontaine, and a small circle of friends on the first anniversary of his disappearance Saturday. The gathering took place in Hunters Point South Park near where the 14-year-old autistic boy was believed to have entered the water of the East River after he vanished from the Riverview School in Long Island City last Oct. 4. Comment.

Flushing marches against domestic violence

A few weeks after murder suicides claimed five lives in downtown Flushing, hundreds of purple-wearing marchers weaved through the neighborhood’s streets to take a stand against domestic violence. Comment.

De Blasio lauches new parks initiative in Flushing

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to turn over a new leaf on how funding for the city’s parks is doled out. Comments (5).

Library funds spent on ‘questionable expenditures’: Stringer

All onboard Thomas Galante’s gravy train. Comment.

Ridgewood NYPD escapee sentenced to five years: DA

A Queens Supreme Court Judge handed down a five-year sentence to the Ridgewood man who injured a police officer while hijacking an NYPD van during an arrest this spring, the Queens DA said. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

St. Albans

Two young brothers dead in St. Albans blaze

Two young brothers were killed in a fire that broke out on the first floor of a two-story frame house on Tioga Drive near 188th Street in St. Albans Monday evening. Comments (2).

Missing man walked from Ridgewood to Corona: Family

A Ridgewood family said they were relieved to find a cousin with a mental disability Monday after he disappeared this weekend, walked to Corona and suffered an epileptic seizure on the street. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010


Sunnyside Restaurant Week twice the size of last year’s

The 2nd Annual Sunnyside Restaurant Week is being billed as “Around the World in 32 Plates” as a nod to the diversity in the neighborhood’s culinary scene. The five-day promotion, featuring a three- course dinner menu for $25, is twice the size of last year’s inaugural event. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 15, 2010


Elected officials call on voters to approve Smart Schools Bond Act

State Assemblymen Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) and Michael DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst) joined forces to call on voters to approve the Smart Schools Bond Act in November. The bill would help pay for the replacement of classroom trailers with permanent classroom space, the construction of new facilities for pre-kindergarten and the purchase of new educational technology equipment. Comment.

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