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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Long Island City

Techies share words of wisdom at Long Island City meetup

The geek shall inherit the earth. Comment.
Howard Beach

Two men found dead in Howard Beach brush fire: Police

Two men were found dead in the smoldering remains of a brush fire in Howard Beach Wednesday morning, cops said, and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said he did not believe the bodies were there for long. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Parks reveals new images in Rockaway Beach fixup

Rockaway residents got their first view of what a post-Hurricane Sandy beachfront could look like when the city Parks Department presented renderings at a community meeting at Beach Channel High School last week. Comments (1).
Maspeth

Maspeth High celebrates new 74th Street building

After a controversial first year of incubation at Queens Metropolitan High School, Maspeth HS cut the ribbon Monday on its new building. Comment.
Flushing

Doc pinpoints pain with Flushing acupuncture clinic

Signs point to an increasing interest in traditional Chinese medicine in the Western world, and a Flushing doctor has jumped into the competitive downtown market to offer a natural approach to treating certain chronic conditions. Comment.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Real Estate

DOB inspects few iffy homes in Qns

A number of buildings in Queens that may be dangerous or pose quality-of-life problems for their surrounding communities have gone unchecked by the city Department of Buildings, according to a recent audit of the agency. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Bloomy touts plan to stop inmates from reoffending

Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a trip to Rikers Island last week to announce a new program to help inmates stay out of jail once they are released. Comments (3).
Woodhaven

Police looking for man last seen in Woodhaven

WOODHAVEN — A 19-year-old Ozone Park man went missing from a store in Woodhaven Friday, police said. Comment.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Woodhaven

Neighborhood Spotlight: Woodhaven split irks civic

The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association wants to unify the neighborhood — a difficult task when redistricting carves up the community. Comment.
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks’ challenger division suits up for another season

For Glen Oaks dad Dennis Noonan, few things have been more gratifying than going to bat for his community’s special needs children who want to play ball. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Cops searching for missing Elmhurst senior

ELMHURST — Police were searching for a 71-year-old Asian woman who went missing from her home Sunday at 10:30 p.m. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC woman pleads to manslaughter in fatal Queensbridge stabbing

LONG ISLAND CITY — A 20-year-old Long Island City woman has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of a 29-year-old man outside the 21st Street-Queensbridge subway station on Christmas Eve in 2009, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Flushing

Police locate Flushing girl, 14, who had been missing

FLUSHING — A 14-year-old girl who had been missing from her Flushing home last Friday has been located and was in good condition, police said Saturday. Comment.
History

Obituary: Paul J. Olvany, 57

Former Queens resident Paul J. Olvany, 57, of Austin, Texas, died Feb. 19 in Fairfield, Texas. He was 57. Comment.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Douglaston

Douglaston eyeing parkway makeover

A busy and sometimes problematic intersection along Douglaston Parkway has been on the community’s radar for months but a solution may finally be in the works, the city Department of Transportation said. Comment.
Sunnyside

Sunnyside raises funds for Newtown victim kin

While the Wheelers, a former Sunnyside family whose 6-year-old son Benjamin was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, were not able to attend a fund-raiser for them in the neighborhood where they once lived, hundreds showed up Saturday to donate and have fun. Comment.
Flushing

NYPD captains endorse Halloran

The Republican incumbent preparing to defend his northeast Queens seat in the City Council collected an early endorsement, courtesy of the New York Police Department’s Captains Endowment Association. Comment.
Corona

Langston Hughes Library now a ‘literary landmark’

The national Literary Landmarks Association has designated 10 New York locations for landmark status throughout its 27 years, but Saturday marked the first time in the state the association landmarked a library. Comment.

City Council offers plans to help small biz after Sandy

Some Queens small businesses still struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy may receive some help in the form of waived fees and insurance seminars, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) announced Monday. Comment.
Flushing

Cop searching for suspect in Flushing cell phone theft

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a 31-year-old Asian man who allegedly stole a cellphone from a Flushing business in January. Comments (2).

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Astoria

City reveals renderings of planned performing arts center

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and Community Board 1 unveiled the schematic designs last week for an outdoor performing arts space to be built where the diving pool once stood in Astoria Park. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Queens groups seek to influence budget at boro hearing

About 150 representatives from Queens community boards, nonprofits and civic groups made their pitch to Borough President Helen Marshall last week on how they think a portion of the city’s budget should be spent in the coming fiscal year. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills HS pulls plug on wild student video dance

It was a real shake-up for one Forest Hills High School senior, who attempted to dance his class’ name onto the growing list of viral Harlem shakers taking over the Internet. Comments (5).
St. Albans

Correction cop charged with menacing: Police

ST. ALBANS — City Department of Correction Officer Latessha Goban, 37, was arrested on charges of menacing last week, police said. Comment.
Flushing

Cop tried to steal saw blade from store: Police

FLUSHING — A 44-year-old NYPD officer was arrested on charges of menacing and petit larceny after he allegedly stole a saw blade from a Flushing Home Depot and pointed a gun at a security guard’s stomach, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Woodside

Missing teen mom and son last seen in Woodside

WOODSIDE — Police were seeking information about the whereabouts of a young mother and her 1-year-old son Feb. 21. The pair were reported missing Feb. 20. Comment.
Whitestone

Cops block off Whitestone street over gun call

WHITESTONE — More than a dozen police officers responded to 8th Avenue between 148th and 149th streets Sunday afternoon for what witnesses said was a call about a gun. Comment.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Astoria

Casino survey tracks Vallone in lead as beep

A new poll from earlier this month shows City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) leading the pack for borough president, though its relevancy was questioned by the councilman’s competitors. Comments (1).
Whitestone

CB 7 wants AG to probe lux lot’s soil

Community Board 7 is asking the state attorney general to investigate how unauthorized soil was dumped on a waterfront lot in Whitestone where a luxury housing development is planned, TimesLedger Newspapers has learned. Comments (4).
Flushing

Fire escapes inviting theft

Nimble burglars have been using Flushing fire escapes to break into homes in the downtown area, officers from the 109th Precinct said this week. Comment.
Little Neck

Northeast Queens biz in transition

Business has been better in Little Neck and Douglaston, shop owners along Northern Boulevard say. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Hindu Cultural Center founder accused of larceny

Two women who had worked for a South Ozone Park nonprofit and are connected to the city government were arrested on charges they stole tens of thousands of dollars from the organization’s senior lunch program through an overbilling and kickback scheme, the state attorney general said Monday. Comments (9).
Richmond Hill

Agencies fine boro businesses more than city average: Report

City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio stood in Richmond Hill Monday and blasted the Bloomberg administration for issuing a disproportionate number of fines to small businesses in Queens while sparing Manhattan stores. Comment.
Elmhurst

Elmhurst holds parade in late Lunar New Year

Organizers of the third annual Elmhurst Lunar New Year celebration took to the streets Saturday at a rescheduled event after Snowstorm Nemo froze their previous plans, but bad weather followed them nonetheless. Comment.
Murray Hill

Lawmaker displays road rage at long-closed Flushing bridge

A Queens lawmaker took to the 149th Street bridge in Murray Hill yet again to denounce its continued closure and the horrendous traffic conditions that it causes. Comments (1).
Rockaway Park

Mayor’s Fund dedicates $2M to academic support

Queens schools that were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy are among 39 citywide learning centers set to receive a boost of relief funds. Comment.
Queensbridge

Cop car kills man, 25, on foot in Queensbridge

An NYPD spokesman said Wednesday that the identity of a man struck and killed by a police car responding to an emergency had not been released because they had not yet been able to reach the man’s family in Japan. Comments (4).
Howard Beach

Walcott reveals concerns about PS 207 at hearing

PS 207 in Howard Beach was so badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy that the city Department of Education was initially concerned it would have to be demolished, according to testimony from the department’s chancellor at a City Council oversight hearing on storm preparedness Tuesday. Comment.
Elmhurst

Man tied up Elmhurst woman before robbing her on Valentine’s: NYPD

ELMHURST — A young man entered a 69-year-old woman’s Elmhurst apartment on Valentine’s Day, restrained her and stole from her, police said. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

Bayside

Cops make arrest in late-night Bell Blvd. assault: NYPD

BAYSIDE — A Douglaston man was charged with hitting a 23-year-old in the face with a sharp object on Bell Boulevard early Thursday, the NYPD said. Comments (4).
Richmond Hill

[UPDATE] Police charge two men in death of Richmond Hill man found bound in blaze

Two men have been arrested on kidnapping, murder and arson charges in connection with a fire in Richmond Hill early Sunday morning in which a 43-year-old man was found burnt to death with his hands and feet bound, police said. Comment.
Forest Hills

‘Cannibal Cop’ trial begins

When a federal prosecutor Monday asked Kathleen Mangan-Valle if she was married, the estranged wife of the Forest Hills man known as the “Cannibal Cop” furrowed her brow, hesitating a moment before reluctantly responding “Yes.” Comment.
Laurelton

Richards wins in SE Queens

Donovan Richards is southeast Queens’ newest City Council member. Again. Comment.
Politics

GOP coup ends with successful rebel power play

The leaders of the Queens Republican Party dropped their legal bid to oust the borough’s GOP Board of Elections Commissioner Michael Michel, who was installed in a political coup earlier this year. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

St. Patrick’s Day parade returns to the Rockaways this weekend

Green and shamrocks are taking over the borough this weekend, with revelers celebrating St. Patrick’s Day expected to gather for two major parades — one to take place in the storm-hit Rockaways. Comment.
Flushing

Graziano eyes Halloran seat

When discussing his decision to enter a crowded Democratic primary race and challenge City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), Flushing’s Paul Graziano did not hesitate to emphasize his focus on fighting over-development in northeast Queens. Comments (7).
Woodhaven

Woodhaven Blvd. nets worst road designation

A new report by a transportation group has compiled a list of the most dangerous roads for New Yorkers traveling by foot, and that report has some bad news for Woodhaven residents. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

JFK has lost ground in air cargo industry

At the turn of the century, Port Authority and state officials were cautiously optimistic that new markets in Asia would provide a boon to the region’s air-cargo industry. Comment.
Astoria

Queens’ best music acts tune up for annual battle of the boros

Queens will look to regain its title in the annual Battle of the Boroughs this week when seven area bands compete for the chance to take home the crown. Comment.
Long Island City

Qns domestic violence forum mulls solutions

Domestic violence complaints have not declined over the last 10 years despite increased enforcement by the NYPD, even as major crime and incarceration rates fell. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Queens DA says man shot friend while drinking in Jax Hts

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A Jackson Heights man has been charged with shooting his friend during a night of drinking, but he told authorities that he allegedly hid the gun after his buddy accidentally shot himself, the Queens DA said. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Queens food pantries fearing cuts to hunger funding

Since the start of the recession, River Fund Executive Director Swami Durga Das said he has seen the families coming to his Richmond Hill food pantry nearly double and he worries that planned state and federal cuts could make the problem worse. Comment.
Flushing

Pennsylvanian gets 50 years in Flushing murder

FLUSHING — A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison last week for the 2011 kidnapping and murder of a Flushing man, and the kidnapping of the victim’s 80-year-old mother, according to the Queens district attorney. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Garden School play space now officially a city park

After years of negotiation, fund-raising and a near-loss of the land forever, the city Parks Department said its acquisition of the private Garden School’s playground in Jackson Heights is complete. Comment.
Elmhurst

Man falls 3 stories at Queens Center mall

ELMHURST — A 35-year-old man was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital Center in critical condition last week afternoon after falling multiple stories at the Queens Center mall, sources said. Comment.
Transit

Latest fare hike for MTA to kick in over the weekend

The cost of your ride is going up as of this weekend. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Man injured after he was hit by car in Kew Gardens: NYPD

KEW GARDENS — A man in his 80s was taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition last week after being hit by a motor vehicle that smashed through a storefront in Kew Gardens, police said. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Flushing

Woman found dead near Flushing River: Cops

FLUSHING — A 46-year-old woman was found dead in the vicinity of the Flushing River Tuesday, according to police sources. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

Forest Hills

Wife of ‘Cannibal Cop’ first to testify at his trial

The trial for the Forest Hills man known as the “Cannibal Cop” began in Manhattan federal court Monday with Gilberto Valle’s estranged wife testifying about how she discovered his alleged plot to kidnap, rape, murder and cannibalize a number of women. Comment.
South Ozone Park

United Hindu Cultural Council founder arrested in overbilling and kickback scheme: AG

The founder of the United Hindu Cultural Council Senior Center in South Ozone Park was arrested on charges she stole tens of thousands of dollars from the organization’s lunch program through an overbilling and kickback scheme, the state attorney general said Monday. Comments (5).
Transit

MTA fares and tolls to rise over weekend

Whatever your mode of mass transit, bridge or tunnel, you will pay more in several steps starting Friday. Comments (1).

Monday, Feb. 25, 2013

Richmond Hill

Man killed in suspicious Richmond Hill blaze: NYPD

A 43-year-old man died early Sunday morning in a Richmond Hill fire that the NYPD has classified as suspicious, police said. Comments (3).

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013

Elmhurst

Father gets 20 years for shaking baby daughter

An Elmhurst man is set to spend 20 years in prison for shaking his 2-month-old baby last year, giving her brain damage that has put her on life support since the incident, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Transit

Stars help Grand Central celebrate 100th birthday

The normal hustle and bustle of Grand Central Terminal at rush hour was almost interrupted Friday by a birthday party. The celebrants showed up in the thousands as the venerable transit edifice turned 100. Comment.

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