Monday, Nov. 24, 2014


LIC Partnership’s 27th annual Trade Fair moves back to the west

The Long Island City Partnership’s 27th annual Trade Show drew more than 2,000 visitors and 103 exhibitors to the Astoria World Manor last week. The event showcases the diverse blend of industrial, commercial tech, residential and cultural sectors that make up the booming business community. Comment.

Costa gets Astoria Cove deal and carbon emission reduction bill passed

The massive Astoria Cove development is expected to get the green light when the full City Council puts it to a vote Tuesday. Comment.

Homeowners want to put end to unsolicited real estate offers

They want the phone calls, the mail and the notes at the door to stop. Comments (1).

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014


Sunnyside art and craft show grows each year

The Sunnyside Arts and Craft show is growing every year. Comment.

Flushing kicks off holiday with lighting in the rain

Despite pouring rain, City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), Santa Claus and members of the Flushing Business Improvement District kicked off the holiday shopping season with Macy’s Flushing at the 12th annual holiday lighting ceremony late Monday afternoon. Comment.

Driver in Sunnyside hit-and-run gets two years: DA

A Queens Supreme Court judge sentenced a Jackson Heights man to two years behind bars after prosecutors said he fled from a Sunnyside wreck that left an 8-year-old girl and five others injured in February, the Queens DA said. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014


Miller pitches bills for Vision Zero

State Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven) aims to be the next visionary contributing to the mayor’s traffic safety initiative. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Prosecutors appeal ‘Cannibal Cop’ case

Prosecutors want another go-around with a former Forest Hills police officer, known as the “Cannibal Cop,” who got a judge to toss out his prior conviction on conspiring to kidnap, kill and eat women. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Report shows airport workers are victims of wage and hour violations

A scathing new report finds that airport workers are the victims of rampant wage theft at JFK and LaGuardia Airports. The survey, conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, reports nine out of 10 subcontracted workers report at least one violation of wage and hour laws by their employer while 69 percent reported multiple violations last year. Comments (1).
College Point

Suspect sought in College Point purse snatching

COLLEGE POINT — The Police Department was looking for a woman suspected of stealing a pocketbook at the Marshall’s Department store in Flushing in late October. Comments (1).

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014


Tabone-Smith trial to proceed as planned

A White Plains federal court judge ruled Thursday that former Queens GOP Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone’s trial would resume with co-defendant state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis ) despite his attorney requesting an adjournment because of her pregnancy, prosecutors said. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens man sues Army over turban policy

A Kew Gardens man filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army last week claiming its ROTC program violated his religious rights by refusing to accept him unless he strayed from Sikh practices. Comments (4).

Jamaica basketball coach accused of lewd video chat with teen player : DA

A Jamaica basketball coach was arrested and charged in connection with a lewd video of one of the teenage players he coached, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Queens Councilman announces police chokehold bill

City Councilman Rory I. Lancman (D-Hillcrest) introduced three bills last week that would give police officers a misdemeanor for performing chokeholds and address police officers’ excessive use of force. Comments (5).
South Jamaica

Many homeless hail from S. Jamaica: Study

A three-avenue strip of South Jamaica is among 30 Census tracts in the city that are collectively home to about 2 percent of the city’s population, but 10 percent of families entering homeless shelters, a recent study found. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Two plead guilty in murder of Jackson Heights teacher

A Bronx man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the strangulation death of a Jackson Heights teacher and his accomplice has copped a plea to robbing the victim of his cell phone and other items, the Queens district attorney said. The case was one of several to shake the LGBT community in recent years. Comment.

North Shore unveils helicopter for faster medical service

Faster emergency treatment is on the way for borough and area residents with life-threatening injuries due to the launching of a medical helicopter at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Comment.

Avella calls for better benefits for non-uniform 9/11 respondents

Glen Oaks resident Arthur Syken was one of the thousands of first responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014


Mayor signs bills reducing city cooperation with ICE

While the nation awaited President Obama’s planned overhaul of the immigration system, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed two bills into law that dramatically reduces New York City’s cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on detentions and deportations of undocumented immigrants. Comments (4).

City to study affordable housing in western Flushing

Western Flushing is among the latest New York City neighborhoods that are next in line for the city’s affordable housing agenda. Comments (2).

Tabone’s lawyers seek adjournment in corruption trial

Too many lawyers in the courtroom may spoil the federal court date for two Queens political figures fighting corruption charges. Comment.

Gaggle of geese strung on clothesline in Whitestone

Whitestone’s got an unusual problem. One of its houses has been hosting dead geese in its backyard since last Friday. Comments (14).
Rego Park

Rally calls for the reactivation of Rockaway Beach train line

Borough residents held a rally Sunday to demand the restoration of the Rockaway Beach Line, an LIRR train that left the station in 1962 for the last time and took riders from Penn Station in midtown Manhattan to Ozone Park, Rego Park and across Jamaica Bay to the Rockaways. Comments (3).
Fresh Meadows

RoboMindTech teams to compete at robot Olympiad in Russia

Six students from the RoboMindTech Science and Technology Learning Center in Fresh Meadows will represent the United States this Friday in the 11th World Robot Olympiad in Sochi, Russia, one of the world’s largest robotics competitions. Comment.
Willets Point

Boro historian leads tour of Willets Point

A mile from where shuttered auto shops rise above cratered roads, Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum started his tour of several sleek shopping complexes that will one day compete with the redesigned Willets Point. Comment.

Bayside supports young girl fighting brain tumor

Little Izabella Gamarra cut her waist-long brunette hair in the summer to donate it to kids suffering from hair loss to cancer and other illnesses. Comments (1).
College Point

Postal workers protest decision to stop processing first-class mail in College Point

In light of U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s announcement he will retire Feb. 1, postal workers protested against his decision to stop processing first-class mail at the USPS facility in College Point Friday afternoon before it goes into effect. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014


Fund-raiser slated for late Ridgewood graffitist Wulf

Those mourning Ridgewood graffiti legend Jason Wulf are hoping tagged tributes can help finance his gravestone. Comments (9).
College Point

Chamber launches Queens VETS program

Dozens of businesses across the borough have started providing discounts to veterans as part of a new program, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) announced Monday. Comment.

MTA to vote on cameras for MetroNorth trains

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee has approved installation of cameras in Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road trains as a safety and secure measure. Comment.

Fire breaks out at trash facility in Jamaica

About 100 firefighters battle a blaze that broke out Tuesday morning at a Jamaica waste disposal site, a Fire Department spokesman said. Comments (2).

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014


Massive water main project disrupts Bayside life

Bayside is undergoing a major underground transformation and with it some headaches for its neighbors above ground. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Smart Schools Bond Act passes

Western Queens lawmakers are applauding the overwhelming approval of the Smart Schools Bond Act by voters statewide on Election Day. Comments (1).

Jamaica dad sentence to 45 years in prison for killing wife and baby daughters

The Jamaica man who killed his wife and his two infant daughters was sentenced to 45 years in prison by a Queens judge. Comments (4).

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014


MTA releases proposals for 4 percent subway, bus fare hikes

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Monday disclosed a complete list of its proposals to hike bus and subway fares as well as bridge and tunnel tolls by a total of 4 percent in the next two years. Comments (2).

Greater Jamaica president Towery stepping down

Carlisle Towery, the longtime president of the nonprofit Greater Jamaica Development Corp., is leaving his post in 2015. Comments (4).

Karma Boutique offers just that, karma and fashion

There is a lot of karma in this boutique, and a lot of fashion. Comment.

Two air controllers arrested for allegedly stealing time from the FAA: U.S. Attorney

JAMAICA — Two air traffic controllers at JFK were arrested for allegedly stealing about $165,000 in time from the Federal Aviation Administration, said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District. Comments (1).

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014


Head of Small Business Administrators visits Bayside shops

María Contreras, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, did not resist the temptation and bought some sweets on Bell Boulevard during her first official visit to Queens. Comment.
Willets Point

Avella calls on state to reject tax incentives for Willets Point developers

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has called on the state Department of Conservation to reject an application by the developers of Willets Point for millions of dollars in tax credits. Comments (8).
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill HS trailers slated for removal: DOE

Richmond Hill High is slated to shake off the trailers languishing in its yard and make room for an outdoor athletic space, the city said. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Vaughn College installs new president

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology inaugurated its first female president in its 82-year history last week. Comment.
Ozone Park

Ozone Park man missing: NYPD

OZONE PARK — Police requested assistance finding an Ozone Park man reported missing Monday. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

St. Albans

Jury finds two Queens men guilty in fatal shooting of woman: DA

A Queens jury found two men guilty of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a woman at a St. Albans’ house party in February 2011, said District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment.

One Queens-bound lane at Whitestone Bridge to close Sunday

One of the three Queens-bound lanes of the Whitestone Bridge will be closed this Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment.

Prosecutors push for 10 to 20 years for Flushing doc

Prosecutors are asking a judge to give a doctor 10 to 20 years in prison for illegally prescribing lethal doses to two patients from his Flushing clinic. Comments (1).

MTA considering more fare hikes

Officials of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have been crunching figures in search of the best formula to raise transit fares without financially damaging the ever-rising numbers of straphangers. Comments (2).

Retired cop sentenced 23 years to life for wife’s murder: DA

A retired cop has been sentenced to 23 years to life in prison for the 2011 slaying of his wife in their Briarwood apartment, the Queens DA announced Wednesday. Comments (1).

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014


Mayor signs laws that ends city cooperation with ICE over immigration detentions

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law two bills Friday that dramatically reduce New York City’s cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportations. The new laws, which take effect in 30 days, require immigration officials to present a judicial warrant before the city can hold an immigrant in custody, except in instances where there is a public safety concern. Comments (4).
South Ozone Park

Resorts World’s revenues slow: Analysts

Resorts World has all its cards on the table. Comments (2).

Judge tosses tickets for driver who hit toddler

The parents of a 3-year-old girl killed by an SUV last year were fuming after a DMV judge dismissed two tickets issued to the driver, whom they hold responsible for their daughter’s death. Comments (3).
Forest Hills

MTA suspends N,Q, R service in Manhattan for track repairs

On four consecutive nights starting Monday, N, Q and R subway trains will not stop at Manhattan stations so the MTA can perform its Fastrack maintenance. Comment.
East Elmhurst

New crackdown on Rikers Island focuses on guards

New security measures have been announced at Rikers Island that will include tighter screenings of guards and employees following a large-scale undercover investigation by the New York City Department of Investigations. Comment.

Sunnyside mourns loss of civic leader

Sunnyside residents are mourning the loss of one of their most civic-minded neighbors. For more than 40 years, Luke Adams immersed himself in community work as a president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and the Sunnyside Woodside Lions Club. Comment.
Jackson Heights

New commander at the 115th precinct is a familiar face

When Deputy Inspector Michael Cody was transferred to an investigative assignment in the Bronx two weeks ago, the NYPD didn’t go very far to find his replacement as the commanding officer at the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights. Comment.
Dutch Kills

Dutch Kills president stepping down

The president of the Dutch Kills Civic Association has stepped down after realizing that fellow members are resistant to change. Comment.

Ridgewood couple charged in pickpocket spree: DA

A Ridgewood couple has been charged in a spate of pickpocketing targeting more than a dozen women with strollers across the borough, the Queens district attorney said this week. Comment.

Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce relaunches

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce has been resurrected two years after it closed its doors. Comments (1).

Fundraiser Sunday for Sacred Heart student

Family and friends are hosting a fund-raiser for a 7-year-old Bayside girl who is in the fight of her life. Comment.

Borough war veterans were honored in different ceremonies to recognize their service to the United States. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Forest Hills

‘Cannibal Cop’ gets year of supervised release: Prosecutors

Hours after a Manhattan judge sentenced the so-called Cannibal Cop to a year of supervised release, prosecutors submitted an appeal asking that the Forest Hills man’s initial conviction of planning to kidnap, kill and eat women stand, prosecutors said. Comment.

Astoria Cove architect applauds City Council decision

The City Council’s Land Use Committee voted to approve the Astoria Cove project Wednesday, after intensive negotiations raised the number of affordable units to 27 percent of the 1,723 apartments from the original 20 percent that was offered by 2030 Astoria Developers. The project will also use union labor to build the massive 2.2 million-square-foot residential and retail development Comment.

Vigil honors man killed after Laurelton brawl

With dozens huddled around her, the mother of a Laurelton man mowed down by a suspected peer last weekend urged those clutching votive candles to cooperate with police. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Simotas sues Department of Homeless Services over homeless shelters

While the city Department of Homeless Services was planning last week to make two Queens homeless shelters permanent, one lawmaker was taking them to court. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Study shows Rock Beach LIRR spur vital: Pol

State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Beach) seized on a study of reviving the Rockaway Beach LIRR spur as evidence the train had left the station. Comment.

Borough suffers several violent deaths within days

Isolated episodes of violence erupted in several Queens neighborhoods, which left at least four people dead and several people arrested, according to several police reports. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Veterans Day parade marches through Middle Village

Several people watching Queens’ Veterans Day Parade Sunday said they happened upon the procession and then slipped into the crowds on Metropolitan Avenue. Comments (1).

Federal grants to mitigate jet noise around JFK and LaGuardia

Congressional lawmakers want the Federal Aviation Administration to lower its “outdated and disconnected” noise standards, a measure that would make thousands of Queens residents living around JFK and LaGuardia airports eligible for federal grants to install noise insulation in their homes. Comments (3).

Avella stays with IDC

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has pledged to stay with his colleagues in the Independent Democratic Conference despite recent hints the breakaway group might rejoin the GOP, which regained control of the Senate. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014


MTA mulls new fare hikes

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials are discussing a variety of possibilities as to how much subway and bus fares will go up in 2015. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014


Three killed in separate crimes: NYPD

Three were killed in Queens and another trio remain in the hospital after separate crimes claimed lives in Laurelton, Linden Hill and Rockaway last night, the NYPD said. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014


Jamaica man sentenced to 45 years for killing wife and daughters: DA

The Jamaica man who killed his wife and his two infant daughters was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison. Comments (3).

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

South Ozone Park

Bronx man charged in robbery of casino winner: DA

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A Bronx man has been arrested and charged in the robbery of an 88-year-old Queens man who left Resorts World Casino last month with $1,000 in winnings and wound up in the hospital, the DA said. Comment.

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