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Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Flushing

Flushing academy teaches art of ping-pong

If you grew up playing ping-pong in a rec room in the United States, it may strike you as odd the passion the Chinese have for table tennis, and even more so that a master of the sport teaches the finer points in the basement of a Flushing hotel. Comments (2).

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013

Long Island City

AG nails JPMorgan and talks about role

Fresh off his record $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman spoke to a packed Little Theater at LaGuardia Community College Monday night. Comment.
Long Island City

Off-duty police officer dies in Queens Plaza car crash

An early morning crash at a notorious spot in Queens Plaza South claimed the life of an off-duty police officer early Tuesday morning, according to the NYPD. Comments (1).

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

Astoria

Muppets take Astoria with programs for the holidays

The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria is shifting into full Muppet mode for the holiday season with a series of screenings and puppetry workshops for children. Comment.
Flushing

USTA announces beginning of expansion into green space

The United States Tennis Association announced the first phase of a $500 million plan to renovate the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to the Queens Borough Board Monday night. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Cops on the lookout for missing Far Rock boy

FAR ROCKAWAY — Police were looking for a missing boy, 12, who was last seen the day before Thanksgiving. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013

Bayside

City ignored CB 11 in school vote: Chair

CB 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece lambasted the city schools chancellor for ignoring Bayside’s opposition to building a new elementary school on 48th Avenue and showing a lack of respect for the community board. Comments (1).
Jamaica Estates

SJU alumni carnival to host student music video premiere

St. John’s University will host its 23rd annual Alumni Winter Carnival Tuesday. Comment.
Flushing

One Flushing unveils station mural

Business owners, elected officials and residents gathered in downtown Flushing Saturday to celebrate the completion of a community mural. Comments (2).
Jackson Heights

Traffic agent charged with assault: NYPD

JACKSON HEIGHTS — An off-duty NYPD ticket agent was arrested earlier this week and charged with assault, police said. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013

Jamaica

Biz leaders try to lure restaurants to open in downtown Jamaica

Downtown Jamaica is hungry — to the tune of $428.5 million. Comments (1).
Woodside

Train derailment victim remembered at Woodside funeral

Relatives of a Woodside nurse killed in the Bronx Metro-North Railroad train derailment last weekend said the 35-year-old hoped to help her ill nephew through her work in the United States. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria eatery owner extorted: U.S. attorney

An NYPD officer and two Albanian immigrants have been charged with what federal prosecutors said was an extortion racket that cost an Astoria restaurateur some $24,000. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights man killed while crossing street on Upper East Side: NYPD

A Jackson Heights man was struck and killed while crossing a busy Manhattan street last week, the NYPD said. Comment.
Astoria

NYPD searching for suspect in string of bank robberies

BAYSIDE — The NYPD is asking for help identifying an individual wanted for a bank robbery at the Flushing Savings Bank branch, located at 188-08 Hollis Court Blvd. on Oct. 25. The suspect passed a demand note and fled with an undetermined amount of money, cops said Comment.
Flushing

Police look for missing man from Flushing

FLUSHING — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a 66-year-old man who disappeared Saturday just after 4 p.m. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

History

Queens mourns Nelson Mandela

The borough’s elected officials mourned the death of Nelson Mandela, many citing the former South African president as a source of personal inspiration. Comments (1).
Willets Point

Willets Pt developers request $42.6 million in subsidies

Developers have requested $42.6 million in tax breaks from the city for the redevelopment of Willets Point into residential, commercial and retail space. Comment.
Woodside

Boro’s stalled work sites show little change: Study

At an empty construction site along Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside, plans to erect a five-story residential/commercial building have been stalled since 2009, one of 165 properties across the borough that have remained in limbo over the past five years. Comments (1).
Astoria

N, Q trains to cut noise at Ditmars

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) liked what he heard and so will pupils at an elementary school and untold numbers of passers-by at a subway stop in Astoria, where subway trains have been creating a deafening din for years. Comment.
Whitestone

Tabone lawyers move to dismiss bribery charges

Lawyers for Vince Tabone, the former vice-chairman of the Queens Republican Party who was charged earlier this year in a public corruption scheme, are arguing their client was too low on the totem pole to be prosecuted as a public official. Comments (1).
Jamaica

City looks to extend hotel tax as Queens heads new boom

Queens is leading the outerboroughs in the current hotel building boom, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ensure that visitors to the Big Apple’s hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfasts continue to fill the city’s tax coffers. Comments (3).
Hollis

Democratic lawyer making a run at indicted Smith’s Senate seat

Soon after state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) was arrested eight months ago in an alleged scheme to rig the mayor’s race, speculation arose as to who would seize the opportunity to run for the southeast Queens seat in 2014, and now there is an answer. Comments (2).
Whitestone

Whitestone auto shop reopens after big fire

A two-alarm blaze that destroyed much of a Whitestone auto body shop over the weekend remained under investigation by fire marshals Tuesday, a Fire Department said, but the damage did not stop the business owners from reopening in an adjoining area less than 36 hours later. Comment.
Howard Beach

Howard Beach to receive $50M from feds for storm protection

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the federal government will provide nearly $50 million to fund storm protection for Howard Beach, which suffered heavy damage from Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1).
Bayside

Poggiali to retire from 111th as community affairs officer

The 111th Precinct Community Council met in a packed conference room Tuesday night as community members and police honored Officer Gary Poggiali for his 10 years of service as the precinct’s community affairs officer. Comment.
Astoria

New commander for the 114th will meet community at party

The 114th Precinct is Astoria has a new commanding officer. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Far Rock residents given special meal

Organizations from all over Queens joined together to give Far Rockaway a Thanksgiving dinner for the second year in a row last Thursday. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Weprin among candidates vying to be council speaker

With the public forums all wrapped up, the race for City Council speaker shifts from something resembling the democratic process to an affair to be negotiated behind closed doors.. Comment.
Ozone Park

Police look for Ozone Park hotel robbers

OZONE PARK — Police were seeking the public’s help in identifying two men in connection with a robbery at La Quinta Hotel on Van Wyck Expressway Saturday night. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

Government

De Blasio names Bill Bratton as top cop

Incoming Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio made one of his most closely watched appointments Thursday when he named Bill Bratton as his administration’s new police commissioner. This will be Bratton’s second turn as head of the nation’s largest police force. Comment.
Woodside

Train victim’s funeral set

The Queens nurse who was killed Sunday morning in the Metro-North Railroad train derailment in the Bronx will be laid to rest in Woodside Saturday. Comment.
Flushing

S. J. Jung ends hunger strike

Doctors insisted S.J. Jung, a Flushing business owner and president of the MinKwon Center for Community Action, end an eight-day fast for immigration reform last week in Washington after he experienced stomach pain and severe dehydration. Comments (3).
Willets Point

Willets Point shops face deadline

Willets Point business owners mulled difficult decisions this weekend as the first relocation deadline passed. Comment.
Howard Beach

Loved ones remember musician killed in Howard Beach crash

Susan Sisini said she was still trying to come to grips with the death of her husband four days after the popular musician was killed in a Howard Beach car crash. Comment.
Hillcrest

FDNY breaks ground on boro EMS station

One day after a Metro-North Railroad train derailed in the Bronx, killing four passengers and injuring dozens of others, the head of the FDNY said the department’s EMS bureau was laying the groundwork to be prepared for future emergencies in Queens. Comment.
Ditmars

Pet psychic to visit Ditmars shop

An Astoria boutique plans to celebrate the season by helping animal owners find out what their four-legged creatures are really thinking. Comment.
Whitestone

Whitestone resident competes in national ‘Light Fight’

A Whitestone resident known for extravagant Christmas lights is now vying to have the best display in the country. Comments (6).
Long Island City

Some 319,000 residents of Queens battle hunger

More than 319,000 people in Queens live in households without enough food, although the borough trails the Bronx, which leads New York City in what a family advocacy agency calls “food insecurity.” Comments (2).
Kew Gardens

Katz names Comrie as deputy beep

Borough President-elect Melinda Katz has tapped City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), a term-limited lawmaker from southeast Queens and her former Democratic primary rival, as her deputy borough president. Comments (2).
Astoria

Movie biz gets big rush from new back lot

Film and television production in New York City got a powerful upgrade Tuesday when film executives joined political leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Kaufman Astoria Studios’ new back lot. Comment.
Bayside

Work stopped at GNC site on Bell Blvd.

A storefront under construction that used to house Lucky Bell Store, at 42-09 Bell Blvd., has been sitting at a standstill since mid-November. Comments (3).
Flushing

Boro thankful for shopping

Queens shoppers left the Thanksgiving dinner cleanup for later and opted to hit the stores in search of bargains as retailers opened that evening for an early start to Black Friday holiday spending. At the Sky View Center in downtown Flushing, customers waited in a long line in front of Best Buy that snaked around the parking lot. Comment.
Corona

Medical examiner to determine cause of York student’s death

A York College student who had been missing for more than a week was found dead inside a Corona home over the weekend, and authorities were working to determine how he died, officials said. Comments (1).
Corona

DOT unveils project for plazas around city at spot in Corona

Corona Plaza was the scene of the announcement last week launching the city’s new Neighborhood Plaza Partnership. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Police investigating death of man found bound and possibly beaten

RICHMOND HILL — A 58-year-old man was discovered bound and apparently beaten to death inside his home Wednesday evening, police said. Comment.
Jamaica

St. Albans resident gives back during Thanksgiving

Adrienne Hayes did her best to make sure no one in Jamaica went hungry this Thanksgiving. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Police on lookout for missing Jackson Heights teen

The NYPD was asking for the public’s help in finding a teenager reported missing in Jackson Heights. Comment.
South Jamaica

‘Good Samaritans’ now persons of interest: Cops

SOUTH JAMAICA — A Queens woman who initially told police she flagged down a cab and took a fatal-gunshot victim to Jamaica Hospital is now considered a person of interest after her story changed several times, a police source said. Comment.
Long Island City

Cops hunt for suspect in subway iPhone theft [With Video]

LONG ISLAND CITY — Cops were looking for a suspect they say snatched an iPhone from a straphanger at the Queens Plaza subway station last week. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

Kew Gardens

Katz taps Comrie for deputy BP

Queens Borough President-elect Melinda Katz has tapped Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), a term-limited lawmaker from southeast Queens and her former Democratic Party primary rival, as her deputy borough president. Comments (1).
Glen Oaks

Woman injured by vehicle in Glen Oaks: FDNY

A 19-year-old woman was taken to North Shore LIJ Tuesday afternoon after she was allegedly hit by a minivan just a few blocks away in Glen Oaks, authorities said. Comments (2).

Monday, Dec. 2, 2013

Woodside

Queens derailment victim worked with severely ill children

At age 35, Kisook Ahn was the youngest of the four victims in Sunday’s Metro-North derailment in the Bronx that injured 63 others, the MTA Police Department said. Comment.
Whitestone

UPDATE: Whitestone auto body shop to reopen after two-alarm blaze

One of the owners of a Whitestone auto body shop that was ravaged by a two-alarm blaze over the weekend plans to reopen in an annex next door to his business Monday morning. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

Woodside

Queens resident killed in Metro-North derailment: Officials

A Queens woman was one of four people killed when a Metro-North Railroad train derailed in the Bronx Sunday morning, transit officials said. Comment.
Whitestone

Bravest battle two-alarm blaze at Whitestone auto body shop

A two-alarm blaze tore through a Whitestone auto body shop Saturday night, fire officials and a community leader said. Comments (2).
Howard Beach

Driver charged in Howard Beach crash that took life of musician: NYPD

A popular musician from Glendale was killed in a car crash in Howard Beach early Saturday, police and friends said. Comments (4).
Corona

Man found dead in Corona house: Police

The medical examiner was working to determine how a 27-year-old man died after his body was found inside a Corona home early Sunday, a spokesman for the NYPD said. Comments (5).

Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013

Emergencies

Traffic cop killed in midtown: NYPD

An NYPD traffic officer from Queens died after he was pinned underneath the wheel of a truck in midtown Saturday afternoon, according to police and The New York Post. Comment.

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