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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hollis Hills

Hollis Hills pizzeria serves upper-crust pies

For more than a decade, a Hollis Hills pizzeria has been serving meals that are affordable and decidedly gourmet — and they come by the slice. Comment.
Bayside

Ackerman says he wanted to leave office at top of his game

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) addressed reporters during a Tuesday afternoon conference call after maintaining radio silence in the wake of his abrupt retirement announcement last Thursday evening. Comments (1).
Astoria

2 youths stole mountain bikes from lot: Police

ASTORIA — Police were on the lookout for two young men suspected of stealing mountain bicycles in a parking lot at 22nd Street and Astoria Boulevard. Comment.
Astoria

Bank card cloned and money taken: Police

ASTORIA — A suspect was being sought in connection with a grand larceny in the 114th Precinct. Comment.
Murray Hill

Man, 65, dies after car strikes him in Murray Hill

MURRAY HILL — An unidentified 65-year-old man was hit by a vehicle while crossing the intersection of 149th Street and 45th Avenue in Murray Hill last Thursday and later died, police said. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights leader ordinated into gospel ministry

Minister Eva Duzant, the president of the Cambria Heights Development Corp. and a member of the 232nd Street Block Assoication, was ordinated into the gospel ministry at the Southern Baptist Church in Manhattan. The event was held in collaboration with the United Missionary Baptist Association, the Empire State Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Comment.
St. Albans

Smith recognizes March as Women’s History Month

In recognition of Women’s History month, Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) noted the contributions New York women have mad throughout history and identified organizations that can help women succeed today. Comment.
Whitestone

Two lanes on Bronx-Whitestone Bridge to close nightly for work

Two of three southbound Queens-bound lanes on the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge will be closed to traffic nightly between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Friday night into Saturday while a new steel girder is installed at the Bronx approach of the bridge. Comments (2).

Monday, March 19, 2012

Queensboro Hill

Elder Ave. project revised

A spokeswoman for the company planning to erect a 12-story, mixed-use building in Queensboro Hill said developers plan to start excavating the vacant site this summer after Community Board 7 approved a revised plan for the project Monday night. Comment.
Flushing

Lancman challenges Meng for Ackerman seat

The Queens Democratic Party endorsed state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) in the race for the congressional seat left vacant after U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) unexpectedly announced his retirement last week, but she already has some competition. Comment.
Rochdale Village

New literacy center planned for village

The popular literacy program at the Rochdale Village branch of the Queens Library that has helped expand opportunities for adults is itself about to get a lot more room to grow. Comment.
Douglaston

APEC to share some green

Douglaston’s going to get a little greener come April 1. Comment.
Transit

Public transit ridership increases across nation

A billion more people nationwide took public transportation last year than in 2000, according to a transportation advocacy agency. Comment.
Elmhurst

Doc Gooden signs autographs at opening of store

Dwight “Doc” Gooden, a former pitcher for both the New York Yankees and Mets, signed autographs and greeted fans during the opening of an AT&T store in Queens Center. Gooden made his debut with the Mets in 1984 and was signed by the Yankees in 1996 before he retired in 2001. Comment.
Cambria Heights

SE Queens leaders honored

The First Family of Queens held its inaugural Black Tie Affair in Franklin Square last Friday. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill doused with color during this year’s Holi celebration

Thousands celebrated the Hindu holiday of Phagwah, which marks the start of spring. Comment.
Corona

Robber struck two stores in Corona: Police

CORONA — Police were seeking a man suspected in the robberies of two commercial properties in Corona. Comment.
Flushing

Woman robbed of car keys in Flushing: Cops

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man who a Flushing woman reported robbed her inside her apartment March 7. Comments (1).
Woodhaven

Teen girl gone missing from boro home: Cops

WOODHAVEN — A 17-year-old girl went missing from her Woodhaven home Nov. 25, police said. Comment.
Ridgewood

Operating engineers recruit apprentices

The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local Union No. 30, will conduct a recruitment from March 12 through March 23 for 25 stationary engineer apprentices. Comment.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Albans

113th Pct. hears youths’ concerns at council forum

Most of the adults at the 113th Precinct Community Council’s youth forum last week had never heard of “the cinnamon challenge,” so they were dumbfounded when Sgt. Jo-Ann Gonzalez explained the YouTube meme popular among kids. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Holi inspires Rich Hill with flying colors

Spring — and dyed power — was in the air in Richmond Hill Sunday as thousands of South Asians and others came to celebrate the 24th annual Phagwah Parade. Comments (2).
Bayside

New St. Mary’s entry is unsafe: East Bayside

The entrance in front of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside was only moved over by a few feet, but some residents said it was just enough to raise concerns over what they contend is now a dangerous new intersection. Comment.
Little Neck

Princesses and painting part of Samuel Field Y’s Purim

The Samuel Field Y in Little Neck held a Purim celebration. Comment.
Breezy Point

Body of woman found in Breezy Point: Police

BREEZY POINT — A Brooklyn woman turned up dead on the shoreline in Breezy Point Sunday near Bayside Drive, police said. Comments (2).

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Douglaston

NE Qns weighs fracking

One side looked to oil, while another looked to water when the Douglaston Civic Association hosted a hydrofracking debate forum last Thursday night. Comment.
Corona

Workers reminded of rights to safety

State Assemblymen Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) told immigrants at Make the Road New York’s Corona office last week that if they are working in a hazardous or discriminatory environment, they can get recourse regardless of their legal status. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria cabbie claims banker ballistic: Cops

A Morgan Stanley executive pleaded not guilty in Connecticut Superior Court Friday to attacking a New York City cab driver when the cabbie asked for his $204 fare for driving him from Manhattan to his home in Darien, Conn. Comment.
Ozone Park

Ozone Park men charged in teen girl pimping

In what the Queens district attorney called a “horrific case,” two people from Ozone Park were indicted last week on a host of charges alleging they forced a kidnapped teenage girl into prostitution at an illegally occupied house on 101st Avenue. Comments (1).
Transit

Schumer adds tax break for transit riders to bill

The tax break for New York City’s beleaguered straphangers that once seemed as gone as the subway token may be back and $10 richer. Comment.
Bayside

Ackerman awarded for support on protecting rights of animals

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) was honored this month for his legislative leadership on animal protection, courtesy of the Humane Society and on behalf of supporters in the 5th Congressional District. Comments (1).
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a parade

Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway was awash with green and gold for the 37th-annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Bay Terrace Purim event features fish

The Bay Terrace Jewish Center held a Purim carnival. Comment.
Broad Channel

Brooklyn man dies in car accident in Broad Channel

BROAD CHANNEL — A Brooklyn man died of injuries sustained after striking a tree and utility pole on Cross Bay Boulevard near East 1st Road, police said. Comment.
Woodside

Man tried to use stolen card in Marshall’s: Cops

WOODSIDE — Police were asking for the public’s assistance in finding a 30-year-old man, who allegedly used a stolen credit card at a store in Woodside. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Suspect robbed five locations in boro: Cops

RICHMOND HILL — Police were on the lookout for a man suspected of being involved in five robberies in southern Queens at stops not far from the Van Wyck Expressway. Comment.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Malba

Malba Gardens wants sign telling tractors to stay out

A group of Whitestone residents want the city to put up a simple sign that would stop tractor trailers from barreling through their neighborhood, but the city said no 10 years ago and the answer still stands. Comments (57).
Politics

Queens will crown Ackerman’s replacement Monday: Pols

The political world of Queens is buzzing with possibilities about who will run for Congress in the wake of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s surprising announcement Thursday evening that he will retire after his term ends in January, but by Monday the political storm should settle. Comments (1).
Bayside

111th’s top cops snag iPhone snatcher: Police

Early February heroics led to the honoring of two police officers last week at the 111th Precinct in Bayside. Comments (2).
Douglaston

Strawberry celebrates turning 50 at his Douglaston eatery

There wasn’t an empty seat in the house when Darryl Strawberry celebrated his 50th birthday at his Douglaston sports grill Monday night. Comment.
Laurelton

Sanders’ chief of staff eyes future as city councilman

City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) will be term-limited out of his southeast Queens district in 2013 and his young chief of staff is already making plans to make a smooth transition into the seat. Comment.
Hunters Point

Parents want PS 78 in LIC to stay open

Community District Education Council 30 held a meeting on the upcoming middle and high school to be built in Hunters Point, but many of the parents of younger children were more concerned about the future of PS 78, the school where the meeting was held. Comment.
Woodside

Big Six wants bus restored

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) held a rally last Thursday with Big Six Towers residents protesting the lack of bus service for children of the Woodside apartment complex to PS 229. Comment.
Whitestone

Whitestone Centre celebrates Purim

The Whitesone Hebrew Centre held a Purim celebration. Comment.
Astoria

Electronics swiped from Astoria apartment: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police are seeking information about a burglary of electronics from an Astoria apartment on Jan. 19. Comment.
Laurelton

Authorities search for missing Laurelton man

LAURELTON — Police were looking for a mentally impaired man who went missing from his Laurelton home Friday at 7 a.m. Comment.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bayside

Ackerman announces he will not seek re-election, decision could jump-start campaigns in Queens

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) announced Thursday evening that he will not seek re-election for his congressional seat this year after a more than three-decade stint as a lawmaker, possibly kicking off a domino effect of other campaign announcements. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

UPDATE: Mother charged with kidnapping her daughter from hospital: NYPD

Police officers located a missing mother and her infant in Richmond Hill after the baby was allegedly taken from Queens Hospital Center Wednesday afternoon, the NYPD said. Comment.
Flushing

Bank of America owns blighted house in Flushing

A northeast Queens lawmaker has made a list of derelict or vacant properties around the area that he wants to clean up, including a Flushing home owned by Bank of America that was being used as an illegal apartment. But there is only so much he can do to stop the problems. Comments (1).
Flushing

RKO owes $380k in taxes, in danger of being sold as lien: City

Plans to develop the RKO Keith’s Theatre are still in a holding pattern as the Federal Aviation Administration has not issued a final ruling to allow construction, but developer Patrick Thompson also faces nearly $400,000 in unpaid taxes and the potential sale of the property as a tax lien, according to city records. Comment.
Environment

DEP seeks green relief for Flushing Bay woes

The city wants actual plants in the concrete jungle and is seeking companies to build green infrastructure in central and western Queens neighborhoods that will help clean some of the borough’s toxic waterways. Comment.
Flushing

Congress cuts security funds for synogogues

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) took Congress to task this week for cutting funding to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that goes toward beefing up security at Queens synagogues and other nonprofits at risk for terrorist attacks. Comment.
Woodhaven

Feds bust heroin connection from Woodhaven to Nassau

After a nine-month investigation, 20 suspected members of a Woodhaven-based heroin ring were indicted in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday , the U.S. attorney’s office said. Comments (2).
Flushing

Sheraton hosts Flushing job fair

A group of Flushing organizations will host a job fair and career expo Friday at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel at 10 a.m. Comment.
Glendale

Glendale man who shot at cops committed suicide in apartment

The Glendale community was shocked by a standoff between a neighborhood man and police Sunday night that required the evacuation of the surrounding residential buildings and ended in his suicide. Comment.
Rochdale Village

Rochdale man murdered

Police said they were still searching Tuesday for suspects wanted in the shooting death of a young Rochdale man last week. Comments (21).
Sunnyside

Olympic champs’ names recalled

Where apartments and car-filled streets now stand in Sunnyside, there was once a grand stadium, Celtic Park, that produced some of the greatest Olympic champions. Comments (2).
Rochdale Village

Dangerous fake pot should be banned: Wills

At a number of bodegas in southeast Queens, customers can legally purchase a product that produces a marijuana-like high, but while the weed may be fake, the dangerous side effects are real. Comment.
Bayside

Sullivan puts Bayside in spotlight

Bayside now has its own channel and Gregg Sullivan is its cameraman. Comment.
Astoria

War correspondent hailed from Astoria

OYSTER BAY, L.I. — More than 200 mourners filled St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church Monday for the funeral of war correspondent Marie Colvin, killed in Syria while covering the attacks by army troops on defenseless civilians. Comment.
Long Island City

LaGuardia CC panel looks at immigrant entrepreneurs

While running a business can be challenging for immigrants, Reshma Saujani of the city public advocate’s office said last Thursday they are often not aware of the many resources available to them. Comment.
Flushing

Mormon Church going before BSA

Flushing civics and lawmakers want the city Board of Standards and Appeals to deny plans for a Mormon church that exceeds zoning regulations, but the agency recently gave a green light to a similar application in southern Queens. Comment.
Murray Hill

DOE worker, 59, hits minor in school: Police

MURRAY HILL — A 59-year-old city Department of Education employee was arrested on charges of assaulting a minor March 7, police said. Comment.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Middle Village

Turner challenges Gillibrand for Senate seat in big money race

U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Middle Village) announced he will run against U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) this week, but now that the primary has been moved up and the election season extended, the funding gap between the two could become more paramount if they end up facing off. Comment.
South Jamaica

Hundreds mourn Darryl Adams

The more than 1,000 people who filled up a Rochdale church Monday night were there for two reasons. Comments (32).
Jamaica Hills

Mom stole baby from Queens Hospital Center: Police

NYPD officers were looking for an Ozone Park woman and her infant daughter Wednesday afternoon after the 40-year-old mother allegedly fled Queens Hospital Center with the baby, police said. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Fuel spill causes traffic delays on BQE

A large oil spill on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway tied up traffic in the area of East Elmhurst for several hours Wednesday as emergency responders worked to clean the roadway and remove the remaining unspilled fuel from the truck. Comment.
Government

Boro lawmaker hopes guv vetoes district lines

The state Legislature drafted bills for a new set of maps that would define political boundaries in the state Assembly and state Senate for the next decade, but Queens lawmakers were still hopeful Gov. Andrew Cuomo would veto them. Comment.
Jamaica

Burglar killed at Met mart

An intruder who broke in through the ceiling at a Met food market in Jamaica early Tuesday morning was shot and killed by a market employee, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Jamaica NAACP fights upstate seat

NAACP and southeast Queens leaders gathered outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to veto a proposal by the state Legislature to add a 63rd state Senate seat upstate, a move they said would dilute the voting power of everyone downstate, regardless of race. Comment.
Douglaston

Fairway shoppers donate to Midwest tornado relief

Douglaston’s Fairway Market is looking to its shoppers to help aid those affected by a recent string of tornados in the Midwest and South. Comment.
Rochdale Village

Home attendant gave woman bruises: Police

ROCHDALE VILLAGE — A South Ozone Park woman was arrested on charges of assault and harassment after she allegedly hurt a 90-year-old Rochdale Village woman to whom she acted as a home care attendant, police said. Comment.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Glendale

Glendale man kills self after firing at cops

A Glendale man shot at NYPD officers and then barricaded himself inside his apartment’s bathroom before killing himself Sunday night, authorities said. Comment.

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