News

Friday, May 2, 2008

Whitestone Times

Waldheim rezone coming: Liu

City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) announced this week that a community forum on the Waldheim rezoning will take place at Flushing Hospital May 1 as the oft-delayed plan gets set to undergo the public approval process. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Traffic issues top woes in city survey

New Yorkers love their neighborhoods, but hate the traffic. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Professors slam China’s news image: Flushing panel speakers pan Western coverage of Olympics

Chinese educators, writers and community leaders came together in Flushing Tuesday afternoon to decry the Western media coverage of the Tibetan uprising and the controversy surrounding China as it gets set to host the Olympic Games this summer. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Parks group eyes Klein Farm plans

Sometimes the city's ideas for parkland are at odds with the community's, and the Queens Conservancy for Parks and Green Spaces has an eye on several areas where this is the case, such as Fresh Meadows' Klein Farm and the Ridgewood Reservoir. Comment.
Whitestone Times

MS 74 student takes spot at elite Hopkins program

A Bayside middle-school student will join the ranks of an elite group of the nation's brightest kids and teens this summer. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Genocide survivors honored in Flushing

Two survivors of the nearly 100-year-old Armenian genocide, who are nearly a century old themselves, were honored last Thursday at the New York Armenian Home in Flushing. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Flushing church opens gallery

One of Flushing's oldest religious institutions is taking strides to become one of its newest cultural institutions. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Doug parks group plans to halt Aurora Pond decay

In a "penny-wise" and ecologically sound move, the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee will begin a restoration project to protect the recently restored Aurora Pond in Udalls Cove this week. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Council tackles PCBs in schools

The testimony in City Council chambers lasted all Tuesday afternoon and stretched toward evening as representatives of city and federal agencies as well as the teachers' union spoke about why some city schools have been found to contain a potentially carcinogenic substance and what should be done about it. Comment.
Whitestone Times

College Pt. Corp. Pk. to be special district

The Department of City Planning has promised to set up a special zoning district for the College Point Corporate Park which would mirror the zoning limitations of the soon-to-expire Urban Renewal Area agreement, the head of the Community Board 7 Zoning Committee said this week. Comment.
Whitestone Times

50 Cent gives $62K for Queensborough students

A rap superstar is giving back to the community he came from by giving thousands in college scholarships to Queens students. Comment.
Whitestone Times

CB 7 bracing for deep budget cuts

Community Board 7 stands to lose as much as $16,000 out of its operating budget if proposed cuts by the city are approved for the coming fiscal year. CB 7 District Manager Marilyn Bitterman said such cuts would amount to a lot more than Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed citywide belt tightening. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Belmont trots out customer service improvements

In the past weeks could be devoted to how a misplaced pebble reached the storied race track at Belmont Park in Elmont, L.I., but a hole in the wall or a messy bathroom in the lobby could go unnoticed for months, an executive with the New York Racing Association said Monday. Comment.
Whitestone Times

Bellerose traffic island gets ready to go green

The city Department of Transportation said it will perform the work needed to transform a Bellerose traffic island into a Greenstreet. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Ozone Park DJ charged with child pornography

An Ozone Park disc jockey was arraigned last week on child pornography charges after he allegedly uploaded videos on the Internet showing a 4-year-old girl involved in a sex act and an instructional clip on how to molest minors, Queens DA Richard Brown said. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Parks Dept. seeks DOT aid to green 245th St. triangle

The city Parks Department said it will convert a dilapidated Bellerose traffic triangle into a green street, but only if the city Department of Transportation reconstructs it so it abuts a nearby sidewalk. Comment.
Little Neck Ledger

Glen Oaks Campus honors Padavan

The city Department of Education will rename the Glen Oaks Campus after state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) Monday, nearly a decade after the senator brokered a deal that created the sprawling school complex. Comment.
Laurelton

Man found dead in car in Rosedale: Victim from Springfield Gardens 105th Pct.’s third homicide of ‘08

Residents on a quiet Rosedale street said they woke up to a horrific sight last Thursday morning. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Robberies up in 110th Precinct

Crime was down in Corona and Elmhurst in the first quarter of the year compared to the same time in 2007, NYPD statistics showed. But the 110th Precinct recently faced a spate of store robberies and an upswing in muggings of teens for their popular cell phones, the precinct commander said. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Pain management center opens

FRESH MEADOWS The borough's center for cancer and blood disorders at Queens Medical Associates officially announced last week the opening of a new facility within the Union Turnpike building to manage patients' pain. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Queens restaurateur faces bribery charges

The city's Department of Investigation announced the arrest of a Forest Hills restaurant operator who allegedly paid a bribe to avoid receiving summonses for health code violations. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

New Dem seeks Gallagher’s seat

Democrat John Seminerio, son of state Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D-Richmond Hill), has thrown his hat into the crowded race to replace former Councilman Dennis Gallagher (R-Middle Village). Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Juniper Park Civic honored: Historic Districts Council celebrates group’s fight for St. Savior’s

The city's Historic Districts Council will honor the Juniper Park Civic Association at a ceremony in May for the group's fight to preserve Maspeth's historic St. Savior's Church, which will now be moved to a Middle Village cemetery after facing demolition. Comment.
Forest Hills Ledger

Forest Hills school ready for new class: City set to give assignments for seats at former PS 3 bldg

Forest Hills's little red schoolhouse, formerly known as PS 3 at 108-55 69th Ave., will begin accepting students next month, the city Department of Education said. Comment.
Bayside Times

$4 gas at Exxon in Bayside spurs pols to push biodiesel

Two Queens City Councilmen stood at a Bayside gas station on Earth Day to promote a bill that would require city homeowners to have 20 percent of their home heating fuel come from biodiesel within the next five years. Comment.
Bayside Times

Flushing center aids parents of disabled

The Shield Institute in Flushing is offering something parents of developmentally disabled children often think of as inconceivable: a path to a secure future. Comment.
Bayside Times

Doug teen makes ‘em laugh: Andrew Vatier, 13, strikes stand-up gold with kids’ comedy tropue

For most adults, the idea of telling a joke in a darkened room full of strangers would be daunting, but it comes naturally for Andrew Vatier, a 13-year-old Douglaston resident who hones his stand-up comedy chops twice a month in workshops and performances for Kids 'n Comedy. Comment.
Bayside Times

Crime drops 10% in 111th Pct.

The 111th Precinct experienced drops in burglary, grand larceny and auto theft during the first quarter of 2008, but saw an increase in robberies and felony assaults, according to Police Department statistics. Comment.
Bayside Times

Cardozo finalists in eco competition

A group of five students from Cardozo High School showed off their knowledge of all things "green" at the citywide Envirothon environmental competition earlier this month. Comment.
Bayside Times

Brunnhilde S. Costanza, 83

Little Neck resident, teacher and artist Brunnhilde S. Costanza died April 10 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. She was 83. Comment.
Bayside Times

Bayside students go green

While most students in Bayside were enjoying their spring breaks last week by sleeping in, a group of MS 158 students braved cloudy skies and early morning hours Monday to show their support for Earth Day and a living "green." Comment.
Bayside Times

Ackerman unveils green bills

It was a showing of unity as government officials, local businesses, police and environmental advocates met under sunny skies in an Oakland Gardens park on Earth Day to voice their support for sustainable living. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woman in Auburndale robbed by own son: Cops

AUBURNDALE Police said a 16-year-old was arrested on robbery charges after allegedly putting on a mask and trying to steal his own mother's purse. Comment.
Astoria Times

Woman from Laurelton arrested for fraud: Cops

NASSAU COUNTY A Laurelton resident who worked as a cashier in North Woodmere, L.I., was arrested Monday after she allegedly used fraudulent credit cards to steal upwards of $2,700 in merchandise and gift cards, Nassau County police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Unlicensed bar owners busted in Astoria: Cops

ASTORIA Police arrested two people allegedly operating an illegal bar Saturday night at 40-17 30th Ave., the location of Paparazzi Cafe, a Mexican restaurant. A 31-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were charged with operating an unlicensed bottle club, unlicensed warehouse liquor storage, sale of alcohol after hours, criminal nuisance and sale of alcohol without a liquor license. Comment.
Astoria Times

Three men shot near Jamaica apts.: Cops

JAMAICA Three men were shot in front of an apartment complex early Saturday morning, according to authorities. Comment.
Astoria Times

Three men nabbed in prostitution sting

ELMHURST Police in the 110th Precinct busted three johns April 10 during a "Losing Proposition" anti-prostitution sting operation, authorities said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Teen nabbed for armed robbery: Cops

ASTORIA A teenager was arrested last Thursday after allegedly robbing three people at gunpoint, police said. The 16-year-old boy allegedly held the victims up at 40-06 10th St., demanding articles of clothing and money, police in the 114th Precinct said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Stolen car recovered in 112th Precinct

BAYSIDE A motorist got a nasty surprise Saturday when it was discovered an unknown person had stolen a gray 2000 Honda Civic sedan from Bell Boulevard near 32nd Avenue. The car was taken sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, police said. Officers in the 112th Precinct recovered the stolen car on Sunday, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Robber stole $800 from Chase Bank: Cops

AUBURNDALE Police said a man robbed a Chase Bank on Northern Boulevard Friday afternoon, pocketing $800 before fleeing the scene. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police seeking suspect in identity theft case

LITTLE NECK Police said they were investigating a case of grand larceny after someone obtained an Overbrook Street resident's bank account number and stole thousands of dollars. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police looking for robber of four Queens banks

FLUSHING Police were seeking the public's assistance in locating a man wanted in four bank robberies in northern Queens during the last three months. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man steals own car back after DWI arrest: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY A Brooklyn man is facing assault and resisting arrest charges on top of drunk driving charges after he broke into a police impound lot two days after his first arrest to steal back his car, authorities said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man steals Mets jacket at Shea

FLUSHING A Bronx man was arrested April 12 at Shea Stadium after allegedly stealing a Mets jacket from a Newsday booth, authorities said. Nelson Ondre, 43, walked up to the booth and picked up one of the jackets, which were being given away with a new subscription to Newsday, and walked away with it, a criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man busted stealing frozen oxtails: DA

JAMAICA A South Ozone Park man was arrested April 7 on suspicion of stealing frozen oxtails from a company the New York Post identified as his former employer, authorities said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man arrested for biting girlfriend, robbery: Cops

BAYSIDE A 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with robbery and assault after allegedly biting his girlfriend's face and stealing her Sidekick cell phone, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man and family reunited after two-month search

JAMAICA An El Salvador man who suffered a stroke two months ago was reunited with his family after a lengthy search, according to Mary Immaculate Hospital. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jamaica man wounded after firing at cops: DA

JAMAICA A man was hospitalized after a vehicle stop turned into a police shoot-out Sunday, authorities said. Darnell Routier, 21, of Jamaica, was in a black Toyota stopped by officers from the 113th Precinct at 9:20 p.m. at Foch Avenue and 169th Street, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

2 hurt in Woodside kitchen fire

WOODSIDE Two tenants suffered minor injuries in a kitchen fire April 23, FDNY officials said. The blaze was reported at 8:36 a.m. in a second-floor kitchen in a six-story brick apartment building on 49th Street near 48th Avenue. The blaze was under control by 8:59 a.m. The tenants were transported to Elmhurst Hospital Center, one with serious injuries and one with minor injuries. No firefighters were hurt, officials said. Comment.
Astoria Times

20 hurt in Far Rockaway as inferno hits home

FAR ROCKAWAY An early morning blaze sent 20 people to the hospital when it ripped through a three-story home on Loretta Road, fire officials said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Flushing Meadows fire takes 3 hours to halt

FLUSHING Firefighters spent three hours battling a massive wildfire in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Friday. The fire was reported at 12:26 p.m. at Union Turnpike and 141st Street and soon warranted a second alarm, fire officials said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Angry flier arrested after JFK bomb scare

JAMAICA A business consultant with homes in Manhattan and Austin, Texas, was arrested last week at JFK Airport after suggesting her luggage contained a bomb, federal prosecutors said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Police blotter map

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Letters

Wrong for anybody to criticize Padavan school advocacy record

As an educator, a teacher, a school administrator and a mother of children who attend area public schools, I was outraged to hear about dishonest tactics being used against state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) by partisan operatives intent on misleading the public about his stellar record as an advocate for our schools, children and teachers. Comment.
Letters

Treat Flushing Meadows with respect

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the second-most used park in the city municipal park system. It also has the dubious distinction of being the most abused, pillaged and neglected of any major park in the system. Comment.
Letters

State should protect retired cops

As a former city police officer injured in the line of duty and a candidate for the 26th State Assembly District, I was appalled to hear about a recent criminal case involving a man arrested on charges of attacking retired police Capt. Charles Stravalle in a Rego Park restaurant by hitting Stravalle with brass knuckles in retaliation for a 2002 arrest. Comment.
Letters

Speak out on Silver’s apparent conflict

As a retired police officer and member of Community Board 11, I want to express my indignation over state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's (D-Manhattan) ongoing relationship with New York's largest personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg. Comment.
Letters

Public transit trumps congestion pricing

I would like to applaud the New York State Assembly, its members and state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) for delivering a knockout punch to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan. As much as I support the idea of reducing vehicular traffic and alleviating chronic asthma conditions in the city, most people in Queens were very upset by the plan. They saw it as a regressive tax, and I agree. Comment.
Letters

Public’s opinions should guide zoning exceptions

A community facility such as a church, school, medical building or college dormitory may be built in most zoning designations as of right without community input. The facility built can exceed the zoning regulations. Comment.
Letters

Pope Benedict deserves respect

I would like to applaud Pope Benedict XVI for addressing the issue of clerical sex abuse. I was deeply moved when I read his comments, like when he said, "We are deeply ashamed and will do all possible that this cannot happen again in the future." There is so much anger, pain and suffering from this abuse. I truly have faith and believe Benedict will help in the healing. I pray there will be change for the better. Comment.
Letters

Padavan applauds plan to end train horn noise in Little Neck

The acquisition of funding to install the quad gates will solve the problem of excess horn use at the Long Island Rail Road Little Neck station. In the meantime, I am pleased with the plan forwarded to me by LIRR President Helena Williams. Comment.
Letters

Name Fort Totten visitors center

Jack Fein's name always comes to mind when I think of Fort Totten. He proudly preserved the fort's history and secrets. We are all saddened by Jack Fein's death. His passing marks the end of an era. Jack Fein kept the memories alive. Comment.
Letters

Mayor should tour Flushing

An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
Letters

Enact citywide plans to solve traffic congestion problems

I call on Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to tackle traffic congestion issues in all the boroughs, not just in Manhattan. Let us hope they will consider using a number of sound suggestions made as alternatives to taxing motorists to enter Manhattan. Comment.
Letters

City’s finest needs better pay to keep ranks full, city safe

I was troubled to read in the paper that fewer people are signing up to become police officers and more candidates are dropping out of the academy. Also, the more experienced officers are taking tests in Nassau and Suffolk counties to be officers there because of better pay. To rub more salt in the wound, the city plans to cut 1,000 department positions due to the slowdown in the city's economy. This is reported to bring the force to its lowest numbers since 1993. Comment.
Editorial

Unfinished Business

As of Friday, Dennis Gallagher no longer represented Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Glendale on the City Council. The former city councilman pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges after initially being charged with felony rape. As part of his plea, Gallagher was forced to resign from the Council, but he won't have to spend a day in jail or register as a sex offender. Comment.
Editorial

The Sean Bell Verdict

It is altogether understandable that many people in Queens and throughout the city feel tremendous anger and disappointment in the not-guilty verdict in the trial of the three detectives charged in the killing of Sean Bell. Although the police officers have been acquitted, there is no denying that something went terribly wrong that night. Comment.
Editorial

Pig Heaven

The revelation that there was a phantom slush fund in which the City Council hid funds set aside for fictitious organizations has shaken New Yorkers' confidence in the City Council and may ultimately make it difficult if not impossible for Speaker Christine Quinn to run for mayor. The recent announcement that two City Council staffers were indicted on charges of stealing from the slush fund and putting the money in their own pockets makes it that much more important that the Council's use of funds be thoroughly investigated. Comment.
Editorial

Osama bin Sharpton

Just hours after the not-guilty verdict was revealed in the shooting of Sean Bell, the Rev. Al Sharpton announced that he had plans to "shut the city down." Comment.
Editorial

Fair Pay for Judges

Once again, the state Legislature is giving incompetence a bad name. The legislators have refused to give the state's judges a pay raise until their own salaries are raised. Earlier this month, the Legislature had set aside $48 million for pay raise for the judges, but then failed to introduce a bill releasing the money. Comment.
Editorial

Con Ed Gets Off Easy

In response to being left in the dark for 10 days, Con Ed is offering its customers in western Queens a paltry $100. That is a mere $10 a day. It is better than nothing but just barely. The offering to businesses is even less generous $200 to $350. Comment.
Editorial

A Royal Welcome

The city can take pride in the way it handled the visit of Pope Benedict XVI. The aging leader of the nation's 65 million Catholics was given a royal welcome. From his two speeches at the United Nations to his trip to Ground Zero to his mass before a packed Yankee Stadium, everything went off without a hitch. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Civic Scene

The history of mankind has always been a battle between those who respect historic sites and those who want to build new things no matter what will be torn down. New buildings can be interesting, but we should appreciate the past to understand it and where we are headed. Comment.
Astoria Times

The Civic Scene: Queens civic leaders decry boro development

As a Community Board 8 member, I was invited to attend the annual Scholarship Awards Program of the Educational and Cultural Trust Fund of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 3, in Electchester. The Electrical Industry Center is in CB 8. I find the event interesting because about 43 high school graduates, whose parents are members of the electrical union, receive scholarships. Comment.
Astoria Times

South Queens Speaks

At a recent 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting, Capt. Charles McEvoy honored two of his own for quick-thinking and right-timing during their midnight shift on April 6 in the apprehension of an out-of-control, emotionally disturbed person. Comment.
Astoria Times

Political Action: Two more candidates vie for Gallagher’s seat

Interest is increasing in the special City Council election in the 30th Council District of southwest Queens, which comprises Middle Village, Glendale, Maspeth and Ridgewood. This special election, scheduled for early June, includes candidates Anthony Como, Charles Ober, Thomas Ognibene and Elizabeth Crowley. Comment.
Astoria Times

Our History: Wheelwrights helped history move along

One of the oldest crafts known to man is wheelwrighting, which dates to prehistoric times. I recently recalled that my maternal grandfather was a wheelwright, an occupation he pursued in Europe and continued after he emigrated to the United States in the 19th century, settling in Yorkville, Manhattan. Comment.
Astoria Times

Neighbor to Neighbor

Many people have told me, "It takes all kinds of people to fill the world." The longer I live, the more I find that true. On Thursday, April 10, I joined friends, neighbors and family members of Lloyd "Pops" Augustus Bowrey to honor him and the life he shared with us before he embarked to be with his wife and others. We have been missing him. Comment.
Astoria Times

I Sit and Look Out: Americans must get universal health care

Some TimesLedger readers may have noticed that this column has not appeared for some time in fact, since January. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee

Our calendar seems to be getting busier. May and June are filling up rapidly which is understandable, since most organizations either slow down or come to a halt during vacation in July and August. This year, however, has the potential of following a different pattern due mainly to the number of contestants to fill the political positions coming up for grabs. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dishing with Dee: Surprises abound at luncheon and rally

The weather this week has been absolutely gorgeous and time speeds by so rapidly it makes you wonder where it goes. Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg

Do you have talcum powder?" asked the elderly gentleman. "Yes, sir. Please walk this way." "If I could walk that way, I wouldn't need the talcum powder." Comment.
Astoria Times

Berger’s Burg: Revisit the insults of high-profile celebrities

For this column, I am letting a few readers have their say. My previous columns elicited strong reader reaction, but this one, printed many months ago, generated one of the strongest responses of any I wrote. So for those readers who requested it again, regular readers who may have missed it and new readers, join me as I revisit, with slight modifications, my "insults" column of Feb. 2, 2006. Enjoy! Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business?

Are we in a recession? The unemployment rate is at 5.1 percent, there were 80,000 layoffs in March, we are in a mortgage crisis and the real estate market is at an all-time low. Bear Stearns is out of business and stock portfolios have mostly broken even over the last decade. I would say we are headed for our first recession in about 16 years. A recession hits some job seekers hard because many will not have the luxury of going for their first choice. Necessity is the mother of invention, though, so there are employment sectors that will probably remain strong. Comment.
Astoria Times

How’s Business? Recession-proof jobs

Are we in a recession? The unemployment rate was 5.1 percent with 80,000 layoffs in March. We are in a mortgage crisis and the real estate market is at an all-time low. An 800-pound gorilla like Bear Stearns is out of business and stock portfolios have mostly broken about even over the last decade. I would say we are headed for our first recession in about 16 years. Comment.
Astoria Times

Fundraisers

2008 Annual Benefit Gala Comment.
Astoria Times

Flushing eatery gets a makeover

Joseph Pipia is trying to reinvent a neighborhood standard, one his family created more than 15 years ago. Comment.
Astoria Times

Flushing eatery gets a makeover: In wake of family death, That’s Amore changes layout, updates menu

Joseph Pipia is trying to reinvent a neighborhood standard, one his family created more than 15 years ago. Comment.
Astoria Times

Business Calendar

Queens is Green Fashion Show Comment.
Astoria Times

Weiner talks ecology at Jamaica Bay

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) celebrated Earth Day Tuesday by presenting his plan to help save the ecosystem of the Jamaica Bay Area. Comment.
Astoria Times

114th Pct. leads graffiti war; Astoria, LIC successful in fighting surge in vandalism: Vallone

Graffiti vandalism has risen by an estimated 82 percent in the borough during the past two years, representing a citywide spike, and western Queens police precincts have led the way in busting vandals, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Thompson slams city on senior centers

City Comptroller William Thompson aligned himself with Queens' senior citizens Monday, visiting centers in Flushing to talk about the city's Aging Department's proposal to revamp services and meals to the over-65 population. Comment.
Astoria Times

St. Francis orchestra bids Benedict adieu

Some of the students in the St. Francis Prep Chamber Orchestra and those in the Vicariate High School Choir, who performed for the pope before he left Kennedy Airport Sunday, said nervousness about the eminent audience was all part of the act. Comment.
Astoria Times

State plans Glendale toxic site cleanup

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation has drawn up plans for the remediation of a contaminated Glendale site eight years after the agency found it to be hazardous, a DEC spokesman said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Sharpton leads protest charge

Members of the Queens black community largely stifled their anger over Friday's acquittal of three detectives in the Sean Bell shooting case, watching and waiting for Rev. Al Sharpton to deliver on his promise of a massive protest that would "shut this city down." Comment.
Astoria Times

Rich Hill man’s walk honors dad’s memory

Adam Kern used to avoid dealing with his father' suicide, but the Richmond Hill resident said he recently realized that was not the answer. Comment.
Astoria Times

Rally backs Willets Pt. plan

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and former Borough President Claire Shulman championed the city's decision to move forward with a plan to transform Willets Point into a community of retail establishments, a convention center and housing last Thursday. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens vehicles seized by Sanitation Dept.

Four Queens men were among 32 people whose vehicles were seized by the city Sanitation Department last month for illegally removing recyclables from in front of buildings, the agency's commissioner said this week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens Hospital Center unveils new infant ICU

Some of Queens's most fragile residents have a new temporary home at Queens Hospital Center, which unveiled its neonatal intensive care unit last week. Comment.
Astoria Times

Queens College starts construction on dorm

Queens College announced Monday that it has closed on a contract with Alabama-based Capstone Development Corporation to build an on-campus dormitory, which some residents have opposed on grounds that the CUNY campus is a commuter school serving local students. Comment.
Astoria Times

QMA presentations show plight of immigrants: Museum showcases digital shorts produced by new New Yorkers recounting their experiences

The production and consumption of art have long been an international undertaking, but multiculturalism may ignore the conflict or rawness of the immigrant's perspective. The Queens Museum of Art, located in the most diverse community in the nation, set out to remedy this during the city's fifth annual Immigrant Heritage Week with a series of special presentations. Comment.
Astoria Times

Public should review FedEx sale: Gianaris

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is calling on the state to require public utilities to submit an application to community boards and take part in public hearings when they attempt to sell part of their property following Con Edison's negotiations to sell a portion of its Astoria facility to Federal Express. Comment.
Astoria Times

Pt. Authority: We can fund Moynihan Station project

Port Authority Chairman Anthony Coscia said his agency is "well positioned" and has the financial resources to come to the aid of the faltering Moynihan Station project. Comment.
Astoria Times

Plan to surround Penn with virtual fence OK’d

Transit officials and Madison Square Garden have finally agreed Monday on a belated plan to install barriers around Penn Station to deter truck and car bomb attacks. Comment.
Astoria Times

Peralta wants a greener boro

Earth Day 2008 may be behind us, but in Jackson Heights, the need to go green is increasing. So says state Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights), who joined several other officials last Thursday to encourage residents to conserve energy and promote green space. Comment.
Astoria Times

Nolan urges toxic school bill

Western Queens community activists and elected officials called on the city Monday to notify communities when schools are planned for city-leased sites following the construction of high schools at once-contaminated sites in Long Island City and Ozone Park. Comment.
Astoria Times

New lights for Queensbridge Houses

Queensbridge Houses residents will see energy efficiency in a new light now that the city's Housing Authority has donated and begun installing 10,000 fluorescent light bulbs at the Long Island City housing development, a NYCHA spokesman said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Muss company built on trust, experience

With more than a century of construction and development under their belt, the Muss family knows a thing or two about real estate. Comment.
Astoria Times

Monserrate’s funding goes missing at nonprofit

A nonprofit organization supported by City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) is working to account for more than $160,000 that was disbursed to it by the Council over the past three years. Comment.
Astoria Times

Mom charged in death of Corona baby

A Corona woman arrested earlier this month on suspicion of child abuse has now been charged with second-degree murder, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Maspeth man not charged in January check-cash ploy

A Manhattan judge dropped charges Tuesday against a 65-year-old Maspeth man and his friend accused of dressing up the corpse of their Hell's Kitchen friend and wheeling him into a Ninth Avenue check-cashing business to cash his Social Security check, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man shot in car off Van Wyck

What began as a traffic accident turned into a homicide investigation Saturday night after police discovered that a Jamaica man whose car had hit a tree had been shot twice. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man sentenced in Ravenswood stab

A 23-year-old Manhattan man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for luring a Chinese food deliveryman to Astoria's Ravenswood Houses and repeatedly stabbing him in October 2006, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Man arrested in Fla. cops to ‘85 boro slay

A former Bronx man who was a fugitive for 23 years in an East Elmhurst murder case was apprehended in Florida by 115th Precinct detectives earlier this month, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Lawyer for Tarloff says he is insane; Corona man’s attorney builds defense on doctor’s evaluation

David Tarloff, the Corona man accused of murdering a Manhattan therapist in February with a meat cleaver, will pursue an insanity defense, his attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jamaica subway rescuer lauded at City Hall event

The Jamaica resident who leaped onto the subway tracks and rescued an unconscious man was praised as a hero last week as City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) presented him with a proclamation at City Hall. Comment.
Astoria Times

Jamaica granny assault victim recounts crime

Octogenarian Solange Elizee said she experienced the scariest ordeal of her very long life last year when she was violently mugged in the elevator of her Jamaica apartment. Comment.
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Intruder shot dead in MidVille: Would-be victim killed burglar during botched break-in: Cops

A would-be robber was fatally shot during what appeared to have been a break-in at a home on 70th Street in Middle Village early Tuesday morning, police said. Comment.
Astoria Times

In the presence of the pope: Sacred Heart Church members cherish memories of pontiff’s visit

For a group of Bayside Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI's visit to New York City was the greatest experience of their lives. Comment.
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Hunters Pt. South raises income levels for tenants

The 5,000-unit Hunters Point South development will proceed with a hike in the eligible income level for affordable housing , drawing the ire of housing advocates, who claimed the development's rent-subsidized units are still beyond what most Queens residents can afford. Comment.
Astoria Times

Hands off Ridgewood Reservoir: Civic

Sometimes the city's ideas for parkland are at odds with the community's, and the Queens Conservancy for Parks and Green Spaces has an eye on several areas where this is the case, such as Fresh Meadows' Klein Farm and the Ridgewood Reservoir. Comment.
Astoria Times

Gallagher’s victim speaks out publicly

Identifying herself only as "Mrs. A," the 52-year-old Middle Village grandmother assaulted by former City Councilman Dennis Gallagher in July at his district office spoke publicly last Thursday for the first time about the case at the Juniper Park Civic Association's monthly meeting. Comment.
Astoria Times

Flushing 86-yr-old wins fight vs. MTA

Toby Rosen showed this week that while her legs may not be what they used to be, she still has the vigor to fight for what she deserves. Comment.
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First blueprint unveiled for Hunters Point South

The city unveiled plans this week for its portion of the massive Queens West development project, which will include park space, a public school, retail outlets and an estimated 5,000 apartment units in Long Island City. Comment.
Astoria Times

Feds to auction LGA runway slots

The U.S. Transportation Department has announced last Wednesday it will auction off takeoff and landing slots in an effort to ease congestion at LaGuardia Airport in a decision denounced by elected officials, the nation's airlines and the Port Authority. Comment.
Astoria Times

Feds bust counterfeit operation: Police raid LIC shoe warehouse, take two boro men into custody

Law enforcement officials seized an estimated $25 million in counterfeit goods last week at a Long Island City warehouse and arrested two borough men who are accused of delivering the items to flea markets, a spokesman for federal prosecutors said. Comment.
Astoria Times

EPA to study Newtown Creek spill

The House of Representatives approved a measure last week that would require the federal Environmental Protection Agency to conduct its own independent study of the massive oil spill at Newtown Creek, an EPA spokeswoman said. Comment.
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Emotions churn in court after Bell verdict

Exactly 17 months from the day Sean Bell, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman were shot in a barrage of 50 police bullets, the fate of three detectives was decided with a 10-minute statement issued before 9:30 a.m. Friday morning. Comment.
Astoria Times

Dentist’s wife to hear tapes

The Forest Hills mother accused of ordering the murder of her estranged husband in front of their daughter will not only have access to the wiretaps that allegedly incriminated her in his shooting, but will also be asked to translate the dialogue for her defense her attorney said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Corona man pleads guilty to ‘02 murder

A man who pleaded guilty to stomping a Corona woman to death as part of a robbery that netted just $5 will face 22 years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
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Cops arrest home defender

Police said they arrested a Middle Village tenant who fatally shot a robber during a home invasion last week after the gun was discovered to be illegal. Comment.
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Cooper apologizes for role in “tragedy”

A grim-faced Detective Marc Cooper spoke in a halting voice that seemed barely to restrain a flood of emotion as he reached out to Sean Bell's family. Comment.
Astoria Times

Con Ed’s $100 offer panned by boro reps

Elected officials at the city, state and federal level blasted a settlement reached last week between Con Edison and borough residents as well as business owners affected by the 2006 western Queens blackout on the grounds that $17 million would not adequately repay ratepayers for suffering through the outage. Comment.
Astoria Times

City unveils three new Queens rezonings

Three major Queens rezoning proposals were introduced to the City Planning Commission Monday, starting the seven-month approval process for projects that would change the face of northern and western parts of the borough while preserving its southern coastline. The city Economic Development Corporation presented plans to redevelop industrial and manufacturing zones in Hunters Point South and Willets Point, which if approved would pave the way for more than 10,000 housing units and millions of square footage of retail and office space. Comment.
Astoria Times

City Council members pan mayor’s Willets Point plans

The city released an exhaustive 1,050-page document detailing its controversial vision for the redevelopment of Willets Point Monday, an action which kick-started the seven-month approval process and drew the immediate disapproval of all but two members of Queens' City Council delegation. Comment.
Astoria Times

Citigroup’s $5.1B loss may affect LIC jobs

Citigroup reported a $5.1 billion net loss for this year's first quarter Friday and estimated it would cut 9,000 jobs from its payroll, but a spokeswoman said it was not clear whether the financial services giant's losses would affect its Long Island City-based work force. Comment.
Astoria Times

Chamber’s Joseph Previte dies at 86

Former Queens Chamber of Commerce President Joseph Previte died from complications following a minor stroke at a Queens hospital Monday. He was 86. Comment.
Astoria Times

Campus named for Padavan stirs campaign controversy

The city Department of Education renamed the Glen Oaks Campus after state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) Monday amid criticism from the Democratic challenger to Padavan's Senate seat, who claimed the honor was politically motivated. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro tenants fight for homes: Sunnysiders say landlord trying to empty rent-regulated apartments

Their apartments may be cold and pest-ridden, but a group of Queens tenants are fighting their corporate landlord to keep their rent-regulated spots in the face of what they are calling eviction tactics. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro reaction to cops’ acquittal muted

Across the borough residents, activists and leaders of different races said they were disappointed with Judge Arthur Cooperman's not-guilty verdict in the Sean Bell case, but despite the collective frustration Queens community remained quiet. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro photographer had child porn: Feds

A former Jackson Heights photographer suspected of drug smuggling and child pornography was arraigned in Brooklyn federal court last week after being extradited from Colombia, federal prosecutors said. Comment.
Astoria Times

Boro council reps call for pork funds overhaul

In the wake of two Brooklyn City Council staffers' indictments on federal fraud charges last week, members of the Queens delegation said the system for dolling out pork funding needs to be overhauled. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bobbi and the Strays looks for new home

A Queens non-profit that comes to the aid of stray animals is in need of its own rescuer. Comment.
Astoria Times

Blueprint for Rockaways unveiled

The City Planning Department unveiled a proposal Monday to rezone 280 blocks in the Rockaways that the agency said would help preserve the peninsula's signature bungalows and its predominantly one- and two-family homes. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bloomberg unveils plan to combat boro flooding

On the first rainy day of what Mayor Michael Bloomberg referred to as "flood season," he and the commissioners of a handful of city agencies involved in the Flood Mitigation Taskforce sloshed to Queens, which was especially hard hit by flooding during the summer of 2007, to discuss the city's new emergency flood response plan. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bell verdict sparks quiet anger

The head of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee flew to southeast Queens this week in response to Friday's exoneration of the three detectives on trial for the shooting death of Sean Bell as residents across the borough remained calm and waited for specifics of a mass public demonstration against the verdict. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bell verdict slated for Friday: 24-hour vigil to be held night before judge issues decision in shooting

Family, friends and supporters of Sean Bell are planning one last plea for justice in the streets of southeast Queens hours before a Queens Criminal Court Judge delivers his verdict Friday in the criminal trial of the three detectives charged with killing the Rockaway resident in a 50-shot barrage. Comment.
Astoria Times

Bell loss not likely to harm DA Brown’s legacy

Queens DA Richard Brown has long said he looks forward to serving in office as long as the tenure of his Manhattan counterpart, 88-year-old Robert Morgenthau, who is in his 33rd year as DA and counting. Comment.
Astoria Times

Ballerina dreams come true for 26 disabled girls: Bayside nonprofit helps handicapped children learn to dance in studio and perform on stage

At the top of many young girls' lists of what they want to be when they grow up is "ballerina," and for 26 girls for whom that dream was once impossible, their turn in the limelight came when they took the stage at the Mary Louis Academy in tutus, tiaras and leg braces and wheelchairs. Comment.

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