Just as the new year gets under way, TimesLedger Newspapers takes a look back at the best of the borough’s theater scene in 2013. This week, the QGuide presents its first Queens Kudos Awards to those actors, actresses and directors who delivered performances and productions that outshined the rest. Comment.
Several teachers at the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture have started a scholarship fund to honor a graduate who died in a remote-controlled model helicopter accident late last summer. Comments (1).
Thousands of people packed the Blessed Sacrament Church in Jackson Heights Tuesday morning for the funeral of Christopher Miller, the 7-year-old boy who died in a house fire on New Year’s Day. Comment.
A member of the city Fire Department’s City Safety Division addressed the public and members of Community Board 11 this week, warning against some of the most common causes of fires at this time of year and providing helpful tips on ways to prevent them. Comment.
A Woodside couple are the proud parents of a newborn girl with two special distinctions: The baby was the first one born in New York City in the new year and her name was selected by the Dalai Lama. Comment.
Councilman Rory Lancman was inaugurated during a ceremonial swearing in at Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall Sunday. Lancman was elected to the seat formerly held by Councilman James Gennaro, who was term-limited out of office. Comment.
An off-duty corrections officer who confronted his estranged wife outside a home in Queens Village was shot dead by her new boyfriend early Friday morning, according to the NYPD and a news report. Comments (3).
Three lawmakers have announced that more than $4.9 million in federal funding has been allocated to help complete repairs to Beach Channel High School and to clean up Jamaica Bay more than a year after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Rockaways. Comment.
The developers of the Flushing Commons project have opted into a city-run, environmental cleanup program after low levels of contaminants were found below Municipal Lot 1 — protecting them from future enforcement actions from city or state environmental agencies. Comment.
Flooding has plagued Rockaways residents of Beach 84th Street and Beach Channel Drive for years, but the long-term effects have made sinkholes a dangerous new problem for families living there. Comment.
Hundreds of friends and family members gathered at Flushing’s St. Andrew Avellino Parish Monday to mourn the loss of Annamarie Tromp, a beloved pre-K teacher who died in a New Year’s Eve car crash. Comments (6).
An arm of the Rev. Floyd Flake’s Allen AME Church turned over a pair of derelict apartment buildings to a Brooklyn-based nonprofit developer several months ago after it failed to renovate them under a city-run affordable housing program, TimesLedger Newspapers has learned. Comments (5).
The 14 members of the borough’s City Council delegation fell in line with their colleagues Wednesday to unanimously elect East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) as the body’s speaker, putting an amicable end to the power struggle between Mark-Viverito’s progressive allies and the outerborough political machines that traditionally held sway in the selection. Comments (2).
The St. John’s Hospital building on Queens Boulevard across from the Queens Center Mall has been sold to a developer for more than $50 million and will be turned into rental apartments, Crain’s New York Business reported. Comments (8).
Leaders in the Queens communities where stop-and-frisk was most heavily used during the 12 years of the Bloomberg administration said they were encouraged by recent statements made by some of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top appointments. Comment.
Less than three months after those pushing to authorize casino expansion in the state touted Resorts World as the epitome of the industry’s economic benefits, the South Ozone Park business closed its Aqueduct Buffet restaurant. Comments (6).
An armed robbery suspect who was shot while Nassau police officers were attempting to apprehend him in Jamaica Estates Sunday afternoon was charged with attempted murder of a police officer after he allegedly pinned one cop with his vehicle while trying to flee, according to court documents filed by the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.
As the cold weather front bore down on Queens Monday, a major airline canceled all flights to Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, but the MTA said subway and LIRR service would continue without interruption. Comment.
An armed robbery suspect was shot by a Nassau County police officer in Jamaica Estates Sunday evening after four plainclothes cops tried to apprehend the 21-year-old, who allegedly crushed one of the officers between two cars while attempting to flee, Nassau County police said. Comment.
Brooklyn teen offered to help a 19-year-old man push a car that was stuck in the snow in Ozone Park Friday afternoon, before allegedly stealing the vehicle at gunpoint as well as the victim’s iPhone and money, police said. Comments (1).
A plane skidded off a runway into a snowbank after landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday morning, causing all flights at the Queens airport to be halted for two hours, the Port Authority said. Comment.
Youngsters and the young of heart flocked to Juniper Valley Park Saturday to enjoy the fallen snow. The Parks Department handed out hot chocolate and organized snow activities for the enjoyment of visitors to the Middle Village park. Comment.
A 42-year-old rapper who grew up in South Jamaica and had ties to the famed Queens native, 50 Cent, was killed in a shooting that left a 22-year-old man in critical condition and injured two others Friday afternoon, police said. Comments (22).
A 24-year-old driver, involved in a New Year’s Eve crash that killed a Flushing pre-K teacher, allegedly had his license suspended nine times, the Queens district attorney’s office said in court documents. Comments (148).
A 7-year-old East Elmhurst boy was killed in an early morning house fire on New Year’s Day when sparks from an unattended fireplace ignited pillows, blankets, a couch and Christmas decorations, the FDNY said Thursday. Comments (5).
Authorities were looking for a 26-year-old man in connection with the death of a Richmond Hill resident who was shot to death in a South Jamaica house during the city’s first murder of the year, police said. Comments (35).
For the second year in a row, the first baby to be born in New York City in the new year was delivered at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Tenzin Choetso, a girl, was born at one second after midnight on New Year’s Day to a Tibetan-born couple from Woodside. Comment.