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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sunnyside

Southern musician attracts fans in Sunnyside pubs

Few Queens musicians can boast that a Masters golf champion watched him or her perform, but Sunnyside resident Will McCranie can do that after Sandy Lyle caught his show Sunday night. Comments (2).
Long Island City

High school in LIC ranked 5th in Northeast: Report

The Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Long Island City has been ranked as the fifth best high school in the Northeast, according to The Washington Post. Comment.
Broadway-Flushing

Broadway-Flushing shop sells water wellness

For those who do not speak Korean, the Erom store near Broadway Station may appear — at first glance — to be a place devoted solely to the sale of bidets. Comments (4).
South Jamaica

Wills lays out plan to clean up southeast Queens

Southeast Queens lawmakers are taking the gloves off in order to deal with the area’s persistent trash problem. Comments (3).
Ridgewood

Reynoso, Richards to lead Progressives

Two Queens city councilmen have been elected co-chairs of the body’s Progressive Caucus. Comments (2).

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jamaica Estates

Evils of global slavery explored at SJU event

In globalized supply chains where timber felled in Brazil is used in the manufacturing process that creates steel for U.S. automobiles, the economic and moral systems that permit forced labor are often hidden from sight. Comments (1).
Maspeth

Maspeth street honors saintly Pope John Paul

A few weeks before Pope John Paul II was scheduled to be canonized as a saint in Rome, Maspeth’s faithful gathered over the weekend outside the neighborhood church the Polish pope visited in 1979 for a street co-naming ceremony honoring Blessed John Paul. Comment.
Astoria

Costa calls Doe Fund to tackle trash troubles

After 90 days in office, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) has crossed a major campaign promise off his “to-do” list. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Jamaica man pleads guilty to sex acts: DA

A Jamaica man pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with two 7-year-old girls in separate incidents in South Ozone Park last year, the Queens DA said. Comments (2).
Whitestone

Whitestone center for seniors rescued

A Whitestone senior center, in danger of closing down this summer because of funding problems, will be able to keep its doors open, thanks to state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (1).
Bayside

St. Mary’s in Bayside names new president

The board of directors at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children named a new president last week who will also take over the role as chief executive officer of New York’s largest long-term child health care provider. Comment.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jackson Heights

Peralta discusses bills to fight sex trafficking

Few politicians aspire to bring the ambiance of Times Square to their districts, but state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said a stretch of Roosevelt Avenue that has grown saturated with prostitution could use some of the sterilization that transformed Times Square in the 1980s. Comments (3).
Astoria

Anything goes at Astoria town hall meeting

For the ninth straight year, the Museum of the Moving Image opened its doors for a town hall meeting last Thursday. Comments (1).
Little Neck

Film shows ‘Haunted NYC’

Vincent Sinatra believes that paranormal spirits exist throughout New York City, and he is on a mission to document them. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Vaughn College finds new president in DeVivo

Vaughn College found a new president this week. Comment.
Flushing

Boro reps sign minimum wage letter

U.S. Reps. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Nydia Velazquez (D-Ridgewood) signed a letter sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking that local municipalities be allowed to set their own minimum wages. Comment.
Bayside

111th warns against Green Dot scam

The 111th Precinct continues to warn of an ongoing Green Dot money card phone scam that has recently made its way through the borough. Comment.
Corona

Police search for missing Corona teen

CORONA — Police from the 110th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in locating 16-year-old Cesar Suazo of Corona. Comment.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jamaica

Kennedy Airport cuts ribbon on city’s only truck stop

Despite being home to a multibillion-dollar air-cargo industry, Kennedy Airport has been sorely lacking an amenity that is commonplace at millions of miles of highway across the country. Comment.
Howard Beach

Community Board 10 elects officers

Community Board 10 re-elected Betty Braton as its chairwoman during its April 3 meeting. Comment.
Flushing

Parks worker convicted in slay

A city Parks Department employee was found guilty of manslaughter Monday in the 2012 stabbing of a co-worker at a recreation center in Flushing, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Man steals mailed checks in Forest Hills: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Police were looking for a suspect they said is going around depositing checks stolen from mailboxes. Comment.
Rego Park

Two wanted in Rego Park bank robbery: NYPD

REGO PARK — Police were searching for two men they say robbed a bank in Rego Park last week. Comments (1).
Maspeth

Police charge Queens residents with watching drag race: DA

MASPETH — Police arrested six people this week and charged four with drag racing and two Queens residents with watching the race in Maspeth April 6, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill located, reunited with family: NYPD

RICHMOND HILL — Police said a Richmond Hill man went missing from Manhattan last week has been located. Comment.
Glendale

Officer charged with DWI after Glendale collision: DA

GLENDALE — An off-duty police officer was arrested and charged with DWI in Glendale early last Saturday morning after he allegedly rear-ended another vehicle, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Long Island City

Avonte tried to run away the day before

The day before Avonte Oquendo disappeared from his school in Long Island City, the teen tried to run away during his class’ lunch break, his family’s lawyer said new documents revealed. Comment.
Bayside

Flushing House leader Paule Alexander dies

Paule “Pauline” Rivoire Oakes Alexander, of Bayside, who served in many community and faith-based organizations and on boards dedicated to helping the elderly in Queens and beyond, died March 28. She was 99. Comments (1).
Flushing

Police search for suspect who robbed senior: NYPD [With Video]

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a man wanted for robbing a 71-year-old woman in her Flushing apartment building Saturday. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Trinidadian smuggled 7 pounds of cocaine: Feds

JAMAICA — Customs police arrested a Trinidadian traveler last month who allegedly tried to smuggle more than 7 pounds of cocaine inside packages of frozen meat. Comment.
Woodhaven

Cops seek suspect in Woodhaven burglary

WOODHAVEN — Police released a surveillance image of a man wanted for breaking into a Woodhaven home and stealing two laptops, headphones and a necklace, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Woodside man charged with graffiting: 104th Precinct

WOODSIDE — Police announced the arrest of a 30-year-old Woodside resident believed to be behind 30 separate instances of graffiti on various Queens structures, including City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Middle Village) office. Comment.
Long Island City

Artist who scaled Q-boro bridge surrenders: Cops

LONG ISLAND CITY — On March 24, 35-year-old Brendan Fagan allegedly climbed the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge and proceeded to display artwork on the bridge while videotaping the entire incident, police said. Comment.
Editorial

Artistic Decision

Earlier this week, Queens took another step out from the long shadow cast by Manhattan and the ever trendier borough next door, Brooklyn. Comment.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Oakland Gardens

Art missing at boro schools

Nearly one in five public schools in Queens is lacking a certified arts teacher and about 17 percent of borough schools do not have a partnership with an outside arts and cultural organization, a new report by the city comptroller’s office shows. Comments (3).
Glendale

Glendale man struck and killed by BMW in Brooklyn: NYPD

Police are searching for the driver of a BMW who struck and killed a Glendale man riding a bicycle in Brooklyn early Wednesday morning and sent two others to the hospital, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Maspeth

Petitions debate Knockdown Center’s place in Maspeth

Dueling petitions have cropped up debating the merits of the Knockdown Center in Maspeth. Comments (1).
St. Albans

Jamaica’s 103rd Precinct meets its new commander

The new top cop in Jamaica said that when he learned about his new assignment, his first thought was of a notorious slaying 26 years ago in southeast Queens, where bloodshed is still one of the biggest problems the commander will have to tackle. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill High rallies for keeping its annex

A new district school may have its name printed in the city’s high school brochure, but Richmond Hill High School says legacy is displayed on the building where the new school is slated to open. Comments (2).
East Elmhurst

Airport workers walk again for wages

More than 100 low-wage airport workers marched 10 miles from Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports Friday to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. while renewing their call for major air carriers to increase hourly pay, improve benefits and recognize MLK’s birthday as a paid holiday. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Katz hosts job event for pre-vetted seekers

Kenyon Thompson has been unemployed for two years, but that might be about to change. Comment.
Long Island City

Arts group sent packing to make sale of building easier

The Center for Holographic Arts is being forced from its headquarters at the iconic Clock Tower in Long Island City later this month. Comment.
Bayside

Avella announces transit study

Lawmakers and civic leaders gathered in Bayside last week to announce a half-million dollar funding allocation in the recently adopted state budget that will allow the MTA to conduct a bus restoration study in northeast Queens. Comment.
Bayside

Historical society celebrates 50 years

The Bayside Historical Society will gather with members of the community next month to celebrate its 50th anniversary serving the neighborhood and its landmarks. Comment.
Little Neck

Little Neck woman prepares to celebrate 100th birthday

A family in Little Neck is gearing up to celebrate a milestone for their beloved matriarch, decades after she first laid down their roots in Queens. Comments (2).
Corona

Mayor taps boro for arts

In addition to sculptor and museum director, Tom Finkelpearl can now add government agency commissioner to his résumé. Comment.
Jamaica

Katz slams library board for refusing to oust prez

Borough President Melinda Katz made her displeasure known after nine members on the Queens Library’s board of trustees shot down a measure to send embattled library President Tom Galante on a temporary leave of absence. Comment.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Maspeth

UPS cancels termination notices for 250 Maspeth employees

UPS rescinded the pink slips given to 250 Maspeth employees Wednesday after several city and state lawmakers urged the company to negotiate with the drivers’ union or face the prospect of canceled contracts. Comment.
Sunnyside

Gay pride flag draws hate mail

The founder of the inclusive St. Pat’s For All Parade was appalled when he found out a Sunnyside restaurant owner has been harassed for flying a gay pride flag since the march last month. Mike Murphy has been getting anonymous phone calls and mailings at his Murphy’s Lobster Grill, at 48-20 Skillman Ave., and the NYPD is now investigating. Comments (1).
Politics

BOE commissioners hire close to home

Months after City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) prevailed against a Queens GOP Party-backed opponent in his ultimately unsuccessful 2012 state Senate bid, he huddled with two Republican colleagues and used a loophole to replace the county party’s top appointee at the city Board of Elections. Comment.
Pomonok

Seniors refuse to leave homes in Pomonok

After being asked by NYCHA to leave their multi-room apartments to make room for families, a number of seniors in Pomonok Houses said they are not going anywhere. Comments (7).
Transit

MTA warns riders about safety of MetroCard machines

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is asking straphangers to be careful when using MetroCard machines after a skimming device and camera were found hidden in a machine on Manhattan’s West Side. Comment.
Middle Village

Katz silent on CB 5 members amid changes

Interested in joining a community board? Don’t ask Borough President Melinda Katz how members are chosen. Comments (2).
Hollis

Trial of Smith, Halloran scheduled to start in June

The lawyer for indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) wants to know if prospective jurors may be swayed by the high-profile nature of his client’s federal corruption trial when it kicks off in less than two months now that the presiding judge has refused to throw out the charges. Comments (1).
Astoria

Relatives mourn four killed in Steinway Creek accident

Loved ones were mourning four East Elmhurst friends killed when a car plunged into Steinway Creek Friday night and became fully submerged in the Astoria waterway. Comment.
Long Island City

5Pointz exhibition packs LIC gallery

The opening weekend of the 5Pointz artists’ “Whitewash” exhibit at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery was a smashing success. Comment.
Astoria

Safety review needed by DOT: Gianaris

The city Department of Transportation plans to review a request by a state lawmaker for the agency to check safety measures on roads leading up to bodies of water, a DOT spokesman said. State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) proposed the review two days after four young East Elmhurst residents were killed when the car they were riding careened into Steinway Creek, police said. Comment.
Faith

Appeals court upholds city’s ban on after-hours worship in schools

The status of religious groups that hold services in Queens public schools after hours took another turn in a nearly 20-year-old legal battle when an appeals court last week upheld the city’s ban on renting space for worship. Comments (2).
Laurelton

Southeast Queens activist pushes for Laurelton skate park

With all of the budget requests in for the skate park he wants to build in Laurelton, southeast Queens activist Greg Mays is not sitting still Comment.
Bayside

CB 11 unites to oppose illegally zoned housing

Community Board 11 voted at its monthly meeting this week to stand against legitimizing any illegally zoned housing units within the board’s district. Comments (5).
Astoria

Motorist leaves scene of second vehicle in water: Cops

The driver of a second car that veered into the water early Saturday morning not far from where four passengers drowned in Steinway Creek hours earlier was still on the lam, cops said. Comments (1).
Bayside

TimesLedger wins six awards in state-wide competition

TimesLedger Newspapers was honored for its coverage of Queens at the New York Press Association annual convention last weekend, capturing six awards in a contest that recognized exceptional journalism across the state. Comment.
Bayside

CB 11 OKs roof bar at Bourbon Street

A rooftop bar may soon be installed at Bourbon Street in Bayside. Comments (4).
Flushing

Flushing man charged with arson: NYPD

FLUSHING — A Flushing man was arrested on charges of setting his own building on fire Monday afternoon, police said. Comments (1).
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens senior found dead in L.I.: Cops

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — Police said the body of a senior who went missing from his home on 173rd Street Saturday was found in the water off Long Island. Comment.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Far Rockaway

Bratton honors Far Rock officer who died in Coney Island fire

A Far Rockaway police officer and father of four who died after he was critically injured responding to a fire at a Coney Island housing development Sunday was honored by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and his fellow officers at noon Wednesday. Comment.
Breezy Point

Marine Parkway Bridge walkway to close for repairs

The pedestrian walkway of the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will be shut down to pedestrians and cyclists in the daytime starting Monday. Comment.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bayside

MTA circulates wanted posted of suspected LIRR ticket scammer

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police have released a wanted poster for a suspect allegedly behind an attempt to scam Long Island Rail Road ticket dispensers at the Baldwin, L.I. station. Comment.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Corona

Mayor appoints Queens Museum head as commissioner of cultural affairs

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Queens Wednesday to tap Tom Finkelpearl as his commissioner of cultural affairs. Comment.
Flushing

Head of Queens Museum to be named city’s cultural affairs commissioner

Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to name the head of the Queens Museum Monday to the post of cultural affairs commissioner for the city. Comment.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Astoria

Decomposed woman’s body found on Astoria shoreline: Police

The decomposed body of a woman was discovered washed up on the shore near Astoria Park Saturday, police said. Comment.
Astoria

Gianaris calls for safety review after fatal Steinway Creek plunge

A state lawmaker is asking the city’s Department of Transportation to review safety measures on roads leading up to bodies of water two days after four East Elmhurst residents were killed when the car they were riding in plunged into the Steinway Creek, police said. Comments (3).

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Astoria

Updated: Police ID four killed after car plunges into Steinway Creek

Police identified the four people, who authorities say were killed when a car plunged into Steinway Creek Friday night and became fully submerged in the Astoria waterway, as East Elmhurst residents. Comment.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Astoria

Updated: Four killed after car plunges into water in Astoria: Police

Update: Police ID creek plunge victims Comments (1).

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