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Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows bakery celebrates 15th year

When Charlie Tola first opened his Fresh Meadows bakery at 23, many in the neighborhood said he would never make it. Comments (1).
Transit

MTA to operate on modified schedule with LIRR running on weekend timetable

The MTA announced plans for modified subway, bus and rail service Wednesday morning as the city digs out from the latest winter storm that dumped about 7 inches on the boroughs. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Jamaica

Group says JFK, LGA need to be modernized

An air travel advocacy agency has called for increased efforts to modernize and improve New York’s three airports to decrease the tremendous number of flight delays and cancellations caused by winter storms, like the one early this month that crippled John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaca father suspected of fatally stabbing wife, toddlers apprehended: NYPD

A 28-year-old man suspected of killing his 21-year-old wife and two young daughters in their Jamaica apartment was awaiting extradition proceedings Tuesday morning after being apprehended in Texas, a spokesman for the NYPD said. Comments (3).
Whitestone

Feil acquires retail strip

The Waldbaum’s Shopping Center in Whitestone was sold to a New York City-based real estate firm for $23.9 million last week. Comments (2).
Ozone Park

Catering hall where ‘Pizza Dance’ was born files for bankruptcy

Court documents show La Bella Vita filed for bankruptcy in March, months before the Ozone Park catering hall closed in mid-December. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

Forest Hills

Historic District Council hopes to protect Forest Close’s architecture

The Historic Districts Council has named Forest Close one of its six preservation priorities for 2014. Comments (2).
Jamaica

Family mourns mother and young daughters stabbed to death in Jamaica

A Jamaica woman and her two young daughters were found stabbed to death Sunday evening by her 12-year-old cousin and other relatives in an apartment the extended family shared on Sutphin Boulevard, relatives said. Comments (2).
Flushing

Stringer vows to keep close eye on city contracts

Newly inaugurated city Comptroller Scott Stringer made a surprise appearance at a Community Board 7 meeting Monday. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill PTA asks Fariña for help

City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has an open invitation to assess the trailers slated to serve as classrooms for Richmond Hill High School freshmen next fall. Comments (1).
Little Neck

BSA greenlights changes to Scobee Diner lot plans

The city Board of Standards and Appeals has approved a variance allowing construction to move forward at the site of the former Scobee Diner in Little Neck. Comments (2).
Maspeth

Polish-Jewish group collaborates to name Maspeth street for pope

The Polish-Jewish Dialogue Committee has gotten approval from the city to rename the street in front of a Maspeth church in honor of the late Pope John Paul II. Comments (2).
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill shares Afghan literature

Olivia Kate Cerrone leaned toward the crowd gathered in the Richmond Hill Library’s auditorium and began reading the story of an Afghan woman burned to death for riding a motorcycle with a boy. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Elected officials attend QJCC Legislative Breakfast

The Queens Jewish Community Council held its Legislative Breakfast at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014

Fresh Meadows

Cuomo appoints Gennaro to new state DEC position

After he was term-limited out of office at the end of the year, former City Councilman James Gennaro wasted little time finding a new job. Comments (1).
Maspeth

Driver charged in fatal Maspeth crash: NYPD

A 28-year-old man, who was behind the wheel of an SUV that fatally struck an Elmhurst senior Saturday morning, was charged with aggravated driving without a license, police said. Comments (4).
Flushing

Meng wants holiday for Lunar New Year

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has renewed a call to make Lunar New Year a school holiday. Comments (2).
Bayside

Bayside gift shop to close its doors

A popular Bayside shop will soon permanently close its doors after 35 years in business. Comment.
South Jamaica

Cops on the lookout for missing 12-year-old girl

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police were asking the public to help find a missing 12-year-old girl. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Customs finds woman with counterfeit bills: Authorities

JAMAICA — U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport seized $150,000 in phony bills from a Colombian passenger last month. Comment.
Flushing

Cops look for suspects in theft from Flushing jewelry store

FLUSHING — Police were seeking the public’s help in finding a man and woman wanted in connection with a grand larceny that took place at the H.Y. Jewelry store Jan. 9. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

Briarwood

Briarwood tax man stole thousands: IRS

A Briarwood tax preparer is facing up to 72 years in the pen after he was convicted last week of filing hundreds of phony tax rate returns, federal prosecutors said. Comments (1).
Maspeth

Elmhurst senior fatally struck by SUV in Maspeth: NYPD

A 68-year-old woman was killed when she was struck by an SUV as she crossed Grand Avenue Saturday morning en route to Maspeth Bingo Hall, authorities and a witness said. Comments (4).
Jamaica

New Council speaker performs Miller’s inauguration

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller was sworn into his post by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito during a ceremony at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center last Saturday. Comment.
Sunnyside

Cops on hunt for Sunnyside robbery suspects [With Video]

SUNNYSIDE — Police were asking for the public’s help in tracking down two men believed to be involved in a robbery that took place in December in the 108th Precinct. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Teenage girl missing from western Queens

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Authorities were trying to find a missing teen last seen within the confines of the 115th Precinct. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria man last seen in his home

ASTORIA — Police from the 114th Precinct were seeking the public’s help in finding a missing Astoria man. Comment.
Transit

MTA’s payroll tax constitutional: Court

The MTA said Wednesday it was pleased the state Court of Appeals has dismissed a legal challenge to the MTA’s 12-county Payroll Mobility Tax. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Two arrested in tagging of J train in boro

RICHMOND HILL — Undercover officers arrested two men Jan. 11 for allegedly spray painting “FEAL” on a J train near the Jamaica Avenue-111th Street station, police said. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Brooklyn man sentenced to 40 year sin barbershop slay: DA

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — A Brooklyn man convicted of shooting two men, one fatally, in a Queens barbershop in 2010 has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Jamaica

JFK to get fair share of customs agents: Schumer

John F. Kennedy International Airport, which has the longest customs-wait in the country, will be getting an “adequate portion” of the 2,000 new customs agents the U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to add across the country, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. Comments (1).

Friday, Jan. 17, 2014

Long Island City

Boro builders bought more air rights in 2013

Builders in Queens looked toward the sky in 2013 as they increasingly put unused development rights to work in order to push their outsized construction projects past the city’s zoning limits, though the market for the assets remains up in the air when it comes to prices. Comments (1).
College Point

Body parts found that could belong to missing boy Avonte

Family members were still waiting Friday afternoon to hear if human remains found on the shore in College Point were those of Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy who vanished from his Long Island School in October. Comments (2).
Howard Beach

Sheehan starts clemency push with petition

Barbara Sheehan, a Howard Beach mother imprisoned after she fatally shot her abusive husband, said she will not be able to meet her first grandchild for a few months, but hopes a clemency push may spare her from completely missing the baby’s first years. Comment.
Jamaica

Queens airports set records in 2013: PA

Queens’ two airports had a banner year in 2013 as an all-time-record number of passengers passed through their gates, the Port Authority’s preliminary figures showed. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Cheap Shots faces loss of liquor license

A bar whose neighbors have complained for years that its patrons have wreaked havoc on Kew Gardens Hills residents came one step closer to losing its liquor license Monday night. Comments (1).
Glendale

Crime dips 4.3 % in 104th Precinct

Capt. Christopher Manson said he was pleased crime dropped 4.3 percent in the 104th Precinct last year and planned to focus on cracking down on traffic violations as well as unruly park patrons in 2014. Comment.
Whitestone

Whitestone nonprofit raises money for Haiti with art show

Four years after an earthquake devastated Haiti and killed more than 100,000 people, Patricia Brintle is still hard at work rebuilding her homeland. Comment.
Whitestone

Whitestone hip-hop artist battles addiction with music

In February 2012, it might have seemed like Charlie Scott would never amount to much. The once drug-addicted youth had amassed a large amount of debt, been kicked out of his family’s home and was on his way to rehab. Comments (4).
Woodside

Woodside school gets annex to ease crowding

IS 125 in Woodside will finally get some relief for its overcrowding. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Political leaders hail Sharon as founding father of Israel

Queens paid tribute to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon this week as a courageous warrior who stood his ground to defend the people of his young nation. Comments (1).
Glendale

CB 5 forms committee to analyze shelter plan

Glendale has escalated its fight against a proposed homeless shelter now that a new administration runs City Hall. Comment.
Jamaica

Suspect sought by NYPD in Jamaica shooting

SOUTH JAMAICA — The NYPD was looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard over the weekend. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Studio Square in LIC hosts kickoff for Super Bowl week

Studio Square in Long Island City will kick off Super Bowl week with Tailgate 48 Jan. 26. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside eatery to offer happy hour specials

A Bayside eatery has announced its plans to launch a new happy hour schedule. Comments (1).

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Willets Point

Willets Pt shops eye new home

A group of Willets Point business owners, hoping to relocate together, have settled on a new home in the Bronx. Comments (3).
Long Island City

No. 7 shutdowns planned for 22 weekends

Straphangers on the No. 7 subway line will have to get used to full and partial service disruptions as the MTA prepares to shut down the western segment of the line for 22 weekends beginning Feb. 28. Comments (3).
Ditmars

Astoria cats go missing

Stray cats are disappearing in Astoria and city services are not helping to solve the mystery. Comments (8).
Government

City Board of Elections rife with patronage: Report

Good government groups are not the only organizations calling for city Board of Election reform these days. Comments (1).
Woodside

De Blasio unveils plan for safe streets in city

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to a school in Woodside, where an 8-year-old boy was run down by a tractor trailer, to announce a new initiative Wednesday to combat the epidemic of traffic fatalities in western Queens and the rest of the city. Comment.
Richmond Hill

CB 9 district manager says chair harasses staff

District Manager Mary Ann Carey announced at the Jan. 14 Community Board 9 meeting that she felt harassed by the board chairman following a poor performance review and had contacted her union. Comment.
Elmhurst

Discovery of burial site holds up construction work

A five-story, 32-unit apartment building sits unfinished, at 90-11 Corona Ave. in Elmhurst, and nobody knows when the project will be completed. Comments (1).
Bayside

Boro leads health law signups

The newest set of data published by the state Department of Health shows that more than 37 percent of New York residents already enrolled for coverage through the Affordable Care Act live in New York City. Comment.
St. Albans

5Pointz owner cuts $10K check to Malcolm Smith

Queens’ most notorious developer of 2013 made a sizable political contribution to the borough’s most ambitious, federally indicted politician of the year. Comments (54).
Fresh Meadows

Remembering the Lensman

Ira Cohen, who worked as a photographer for the Queens Tribune for the past 15 years, died last week. Comments (2).
Flushing

Burglars steal $60K from Flushing building

Three apartments in the same Flushing building were burglarized Saturday, residents said, with the loss of more than $60,000 in cash and jewels. Comments (2).
Maspeth

Photog spots dapper bank robbery suspect: NYPD and freelancer

MASPETH — Officers arrested a bank robbery suspect Tuesday, thanks to a freelance photographer and recent Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol recruit, authorities and the lensman said. Comment.
Corona

Corona celebrates Three Kings Day with Hizzoner

Dozens of children flocked to Corona Sunday for a Three Kings Day Celebration. Comment.
Queens Village

Separate shootings leave two dead in Qns. Village

Two men were killed in Queens Village last week in separate incidents. Comment.
Steinway

NYPD seeks Astoria shooting suspects [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police were seeking help identifying a man in connection with an assault that occurred in the early hours of Monday in Astoria. Comment.
Forest Hills

Woman struck by bus in critical condition: FDNY

FOREST HILLS — A pedestrian was rushed to the hospital after being struck by an MTA bus at the corner of Queens Boulevard and 71st Avenue Wednesday morning, police said. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Queens’ Katz era begins

Borough President Melinda Katz was inaugurated during a ceremony last week that repeated the tenets of her campaign: her Queens heritage and capacity to lead the borough through her experience with land use. Comments (3).

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