News

Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

Middle Village

MidVill slams Q38 delays

It’s the end of the line for Middle Village straphangers who said they have put up with spotty service on the Q38 line for far too long. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill man seeks to clear name in 1996 drive-by killing

The Queens DA agreed last Thursday to look into the 2004 conviction of a Richmond Hill man who is serving 11 years of a life sentence for a 1996 drive-by shooting. Comment.
Elmhurst

Elmhurst shopping center gets earful over workers’ wages

Activist groups marched into the administrative offices of Elmhurst’s Queens Center Mall last Thursday, dropping off 5,500 signatures demanding the mall give their workers higher wages and provide a community space. Comment.
Long Island City

Queens Library gala to raise money for resources

Queens Library gala to raise money for resources Comment.
Kew Gardens

Woman steals $50 from wallet in Fresh Mdws.: DA

KEW GARDENS — It was not kosher with police when Rosemarie Vega, of Fresh Meadows, allegedly stole a woman’s wallet Aug. 18 outside Aron’s Kissena Farms, according to a criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011

Animals

Council rejects Queens animal shelters

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) criticized a bill passed by his fellow Council members and championed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that increases funding and the hours of operation for animal receiving centers but gets rid of a requirement for full-service shelters in Queens and the Bronx. Comment.
St. Albans

Comrie helps minorities join city’s Bravest

The FDNY has seen an increase in the number of minorities who have applied to be part of New York’s Bravest and an elected official in southeast Queens as well as the fire commissioner are crediting the rise to a more active recruiting presence in inner-city communities. Comment.
Maspeth

City prepares to banish tractor trailers from Maspeth

The city will begin implementing the long-awaited truck bypass plan to route tractor trailers around Maspeth beginning in October. Comment.
Politics

GOP may add state Senate seat: Rumor

Republicans in the state Senate are reportedly thinking of adding an extra seat in the upper chamber when the redrawing of district lines are conducted next year. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

111th officers make arrest in phone rob spree

Detectives from the 111th Precinct arrested a man two weeks ago who they believe to be responsible for a string of cell phone thefts throughout the borough dating back to June. Comment.
International

UN shouldn’t vote on Palestine: Pols

A Palestinian path to statehood should come through negotiations with Israel, not a United Nations vote, the borough’s elected officials said. Comment.
Transit

$14B capital program will harm MTA operating budget: DiNapoli

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said the MTA’s plan to borrow more than $14 billion could further imperil the agency’s financial straits. Comment.
Queensbridge

Cops seek man, 22, in killing of Queens teen

QUEENSBRIDGE — Police were on the lookout for a man suspected of killing a Woodside Houses teenager at Queensbridge Houses in early July. Comment.
Queensbridge

Police hunt for robbers of boro delivery person

QUEENSBRIDGE — Police were on the lookout for two suspects suspected of robbing a deliveryman going to a Queensbridge Houses apartment Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011

Music

Northeast Queens choir welcomes president of South Korea

The boys and girls of a northeast Queens choir provided a stately welcome last week when they performed the South Korean and American national anthems during a ceremony honoring South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. Comment.
Middle Village

West Nile virus kills 60-yr-old Queens man: City

A 60-year-old man recently died from West Nile virus in Queens, which city tests indicated is home to the most mosquitoes that carry the virus in all of the five boroughs, and the city is currently testing a woman who might be from Middle Village for the virus. Comment.
Education

Queens Library offers book amnesty to adolescents

The Queens Library’s young users who have been taking a long time to finish their favorite book now have the chance to clear the slate. Comment.
Jamaica

Jury finds Jamaica squatter guilty of killing neighbor

A Jamaica squatter was convicted last week of killing another person in an abandoned building two years ago after the two quarreled over an illegal prostitution ring that was being operated out of the property, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Transit

Cellphone service arrives at subway platforms

The MTA has inaugurated the first cellphone service in subway stations since the system opened more than a century ago. Comment.
Middle Village

CSX garbage train idling spot to move south: Hevesi

State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) updated Middle Village about what lawmakers are doing to fight pollution-belching trains that plague the neighborhood at last Thursday’s Juniper Park Civic Association meeting. Comment.
Astoria

Millions from EDC could have gone to city projects: Liu

The city comptroller’s office’s audit of the city Economic Development Corp. revealed the agency has been holding on to more than $9 million in public purpose funds, $344,659 of which is in an untouched fund that dates back to 1982 and was intended to be used to rehabilitate an area around Astoria Studios. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria Houses teenager sought in shooting: Cops

ASTORIA — Police were looking for an Astoria Houses resident suspected of shooting another male in the torso and in the leg in Astoria on the afternoon of Sept. 9. Comment.
Maspeth

Cops seek two robbers of Maspeth tire shop

MASPETH — Police were searching for two men suspected of robbing the BP and L Brothers Tire Shop Aug. 25. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Korean college student joins Lancman’s office as intern

The office of state Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) is building bridges to Asia in hopes of boosting its connection to the sizable Asian-American communities in his district. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 30, 2011

Corona

Armstrong museum jazzed over donation

The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona has received a treasure trove of recordings and memorabilia honoring the late jazz legend from Swedish Armstrong aficionado Gösta Hägglöf, who died in 2009 and bequeathed his entire collection of Armstrong items to the museum. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts. takes stand against stand

About 50 business owners and activists crowded onto the northeast corner and out onto the street near 74th Street and 37th Road in Jackson Heights Monday to lambaste the city Departments of Transportation and Consumer Affairs for allowing a newsstand to be constructed there. Comment.
Corona

Louis Armstrong museum getting $15M upgrade

As the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona gets closer to breaking ground on a $15 million visitor’s center, the director says it will transform the borough’s music and arts scene while greatly boosting the small museum’s stature. Comment.
Hollis

Sickle Cell sufferers march to put disease in spotlight

About 60 people marched from York College to Roy Wilkins Park Sunday to bring attention to a disease they say does not get the attention it deserves. Comment.
Flushing

Bowne House to fete 350 yrs

The Bowne House in Flushing celebrates its 350th birthday this year, and even though it is in a state of severe disrepair, the future looks bright for an edifice many people contend may be the oldest one left standing in New York City. Comment.
Long Island City

Queens leads city in overcrowded classrooms: UFT

Queens public schools lead the city in overcrowded classrooms, according to a survey the United Federation of Teachers took of school registers on the sixth day of class this year. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside BID to close down side streets for future events

If you spend time on Bell Boulevard, chances are you know about the Bayside Village Business Improvement District — and if you know about the BID, you have probably met Gregg Sullivan. Comment.
Elmhurst

L.I. killer convicted in Elmhurst stabbing

A Long Island man who made a nasty comment to a woman outside an Elmhurst nightclub and then killed her boyfriend when he tried to defend her was found guilty of murder last Thursday, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1).
Whitestone

Parents protest canceled buses

Parents of seventh- and eighth-graders at JHS 194 in Whitestone diligently went through the usual back-to-school routines this year: shopping for clothes, getting last-minute haircuts for their little ones and figuring out what bus to expect to pick their children up at the neighborhood stop. Comment.
Middle Village

PS 49 head slams DOE residency law

A Middle Village principal echoed calls last Thursday to rein in parents who give false addresses in order to place their children in high-performing schools around the borough. Comment.
Astoria

Work of Astoria biz a neighborhood affair

The owners of an Astoria café called The Lil Kitchen that Could wanted their restaurant to have the atmosphere of their home — and they are there so often that is exactly what happened. Comment.
Jamaica

Woman robbed of $40 at knifepoint: Post

JFK AIRPORT — Gary Fitzgerald, 47, allegedly robbed a woman Sept. 18 in the John F. Kennedy International Airport parking lot, the New York Post reported. Comment.
South Jamaica

Drunk driver hits family of three in Jamaica: DA

JAMAICA — A South Jamaica man who was allegedly driving drunk hit a family of three standing near their car Sept. 12, according to a criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
South Jamaica

Boro man caught with drugs, gun in home: DA

SOUTH JAMAICA — A South Jamaica man unsuccessfully tried to ditch a gun and bag full of drugs when he led police on a chase into his own house Sept. 13, according to a complaint from the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

Economy

Economic hardships hit boro hard: Census

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week painted a bleak economic picture of Queens, where one in seven residents lives below the federal poverty line and the percentage of residents who are struggling to meet basic needs is far higher. Comment.
Bayside

Centenarians fill Ozanam Hall

At Ozanam Hall in Bayside, there is a select group of people who have earned their way into one of the nursing home’s more exclusive clubs. While the average age of the more than 400 residents hovers somewhere around a spry 90, Ozanam is home to 18 people 100 or older, and that number looks like it is only going to get bigger. Comment.
Bellerose

Residents rip Creedmoor project

An Indian group proposing senior housing and a cultural center on the ground of Creedmoor was grilled on its plans by a testy crowd during a public hearing last week in Bellerose. Comment.
Rosedale

Rosedale girl stabbed to death in Brooklyn

City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) is calling for an end to youth violence after a Rosedale teen was fatally stabbed when she walked the streets of Brooklyn unattended over the weekend. Comment.
Long Island City

Ex-president of Chile speaks at LaGuardia graduation

After the shouts of exultation subsided, former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet urged graduates of LaGuardia Community College to remember their roots and improve humanity. Comment.
St. Albans

Reddick returns to CB 12

Community Board 12 gave a warm welcome to its district manager last week during its monthly meeting as she proudly stepped back into her position after spending five months recuperating from a serious auto accident. Comment.
Jamaica

City eyes hospital for landmark

The president of the Central Queens Historical Association said southeast Queens has been lucky to have several of its buildings and neighborhoods recognized by the city as official landmarks and there are still more places that deserve recognition, including Mary Immaculate Hospital. Comment.
Howard Beach

Sheehan kids say mother justified in husband slay

The murder trial of the Howard Beach woman who admits she shot her husband 11 times hinges on the ability of each side to reconstruct the personality of a dead man. Comment.
Politics

Haggerty theft trial opens in Manhattan

Opening arguments began Monday in the case against John Haggerty, a Queens political operative and Bloomberg campaign volunteer who is accused of stealing $1.1 million of the mayor’s money in 2009. Comment.
Howard Beach

Howard Beach rings in Columbus Day with grand parade

Cross Bay Boulevard was full of green, white and red Sunday as hundreds marched in the sixth-annual Columbus Day Parade in Howard Beach as even more watched from the sidelines. Comment.
Politics

Ognibene makes plans to enter race for Queens GOP chairman

The rift between two warring factions of the Queens Republican Party is heating up after former City Councilman Tom Ognibene said he plans to run for chairman of the party. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Koslowitz calls for banks in low-income boro areas

City lawmakers held a hearing in Kew Gardens Monday to investigate the benefits of a state program to bring banks into low-income and underserved areas of Queens and the rest of the city. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Cemetery marks FDNY slain

The new 9/11 memorial at St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst honors not only those who have died but those who have continued to die since that horrible day. Comment.
Little Neck

Neighbors cry foul over use of Little Neck lot

Do not use our community as your storage lot. Comment.
Bayside

Avella says Albany suits him

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) may be one of 62 senators, but the lawmaker said he has a stronger voice among his colleagues than when he was on the City Council, where he was one of 51 legislators — 48 of them Democrats. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Homeless blamed for E, F line odor

Straphangers in Forest Hills and Kew Gardens got some relief last week after city workers found the source of a stench that permeated a subway station in each neighborhood. Comment.
Environment

Queens leads city in pothole complaints

Queens roads are in the worst shape in the city, according to a new study by city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Cecere gets Jax Hts. corner

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said when people walk by the northwest corner of 83rd Street and 37th Avenue, he wants them to ask who Richard Cecere was. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing quickest in job growth

One of the state’s top elected officials visited Flushing last week to extol the economic health of the neighborhood, which has fared exceptionally well in the economic downturn. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside Getty gets city OK

The city Board of Standards and Appeals voted last week to renew a variance for the Getty gas station on Northern Boulevard and that decision has stirred up some of the old emotions that seem to come out any time that particular board is mentioned. Comment.
Bayside

Two Bayside schools among best in USA

The U.S. Department of Education recently recognized three northeast Queens elementary schools as among the most successful in the nation. Comment.
Bellerose

Indian Center tried to buy support: Finkelstein

Citing a lack of information, Community Board 13 tabled a vote on a controversial plan by an Indian group to build senior housing and a community center on the grounds of the Creedmoor campus, but the meeting did not come without fireworks. Comment.
College Point

Carriers rally to keep College Pt. mail plant open

Well over a hundred U.S. Postal Service employees gathered with union leaders in front of the Bayside office of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) Tuesday afternoon to thank him for supporting a bill that would ease the financial burden on the beleaguered agency. Comment.
Politics

Reps loyal to party in vote on spending

The borough’s congressional delegation voted along party lines in a spending measure that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Friday that would have funded government services until Sept. 30 —the end of the federal government’s fiscal year. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forestdale 8 found safe in Pennsylvania

The eight children who were abducted by the parents from a Forest Hills foster care center last week were found safe and sound along with their fugitive parents in Pennsylvania Monday night, police said. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Tietz Center renovation receives praise from pols

After two years, The Margaret Tietz Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica Hills held the grand opening Friday for its newly renovated facility on Chapin Parkway with the help of elected officials. Comment.
Bayside

Ft. Totten charity event honors Throgs Neck worker

Pamela McGlaughlin said her brother, Billy Barnes, worked on subways and trains underground as an electrician for years, so when he got a job to work on the Throgs Neck Bridge, he was delighted to be out in the fresh air. Comment.
Long Island City

Long Island City Dog Run gets second lease on life

A dog run off Vernon Boulevard that has for some time been a green-and-brown fenced-off lot will more than double in size and sport numerous amenities after construction finishes. Comment.
Bellerose

Creedmoor proposed for tech center

The Joint Bellerose Business District Development Corp. suggested the Creedmoor campus would be an ideal site for an applied sciences and engineering campus in response to the city Economic Development Corp.’s wish that such a institution be built. Comment.
Flushing

L.I. bros. steal $24K from senior, 90: Brown

0FLUSHING — Two Long Island brothers were arrested on fraud charges after they allegedly defrauded a 90-year-old Flushing woman of $24,185, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Flushing

Victim dragged by beard and hit with bottle: Post

FLUSHING — A 52-year-old man allegedly attacked his 58-year-old friend with a beer bottle in a building on 56th Avenue and 185th Street Sept. 5 at 7:45 a.m., the New York Post reported. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Bicyclist on cell phone stealing spree: Police

WESTERN QUEENS — Police were on the lookout for a bicycle-riding man suspected of stealing cell phones from 19 people in Jackson Heights, Astoria, Corona and Rego Park between July 15 and Sept. 19. Comment.

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