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Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

Fresh Meadows

Challywood of Fresh Mdws. to expand menu

Michael Kahan knew it was time to open his own business when caterers were requesting his bread for events featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Bette Midler. Comments (1).
Flushing

Queens College TV studio gets overdue $1.5 million face-lift

Queens College is set to give its TV studio a long-overdue $1.5 million renovation. Comment.
Rockaway Park

City plans to start rebuilding Rockaway roller rink this fall

Hurricane Sandy hit the Rockaway Roller Hockey Rink with a slapshot, leaving roller hockey players reliant upon a makeshift facility the city is just getting around to replacing. Comments (2).
Corona

Queens Museum celebrates Lunar New Year

The New York Chinese Cultural Center brought a taste of the Lunar New Year to Queens Museum last Sunday. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills bar to host arm wrestling showdown

The New York Arm Wrestling Association announced that the first annual NYC sit-down arm wrestling championships would be held Sunday at Cheap Shots Sports Bar in Kew Gardens Hills at 1pm. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Historic Jackson Heights church awarded $25K grant for repairs

A total of $200,000 was awarded in Sacred Sites Grants to 13 of New York’s historic religious properties through The New York Landmarks Conservancy. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Long Island City

LIC Foundry owner pleads guilty over cheating artist Jasper Johns

A formerLong Island City foundry owner admitted to trying to sell phony knockoffs of famed artist Jasper Johns’ classic 1960 “Flag” piece for $11 million. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Updated: Bus fatally strikes Bronx woman crossing Jackson Heights street: NYPD

A Bronx woman was struck and killed by a Q53 bus Monday night while crossing Broadway and 74th Street in Jackson Heights around 6 p.m., the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Woman hit by Q64 plans to sue MTA

An 84-year-old woman who was struck by a city bus in Forest Hills and lost a foot has served notice that she plans to file a $10 million lawsuit against the bus driver and the city. Comment.
Glendale

Design Commission signs off on plans for plaza in Glendale

Pedestrians may soon have a haven in Glendale. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Pols earmark $5.85M for Sandy repairs in Rockaway schools

New York lawmakers announced Tuesday that they had secured roughly $5.85 million in federal money for repairs at two Queens schools and a Staten Island campus ravaged by Superstorm Sandy. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Corona

Alliance fights BID’s expansion into Corona

Opposition to the proposed expansion of the 82nd Street Partnership from Jackson Heights into Corona is gaining strength with the rise of the Roosevelt Avenue Community Alliance. Comments (3).
Bayside

Queens crawls out from under snowfall

By the TimesLedger staff Comments (1).
Jamaica Estates

SJU says students, alumni happy with brand changes

St. John’s University says students and staff have reacted positively to the school’s decision to return to a former university brand that included changes to the school logo and nickname. Comment.
Glendale

Hevesi wants $3M for a new locomotive engine

State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) has again requested $3 million in the state budget be reserved for retrofitting a high-emissions freight locomotive with a more modern engine. Comment.
Flushing

NY Hospital adds two boro practices

New York Hospital Queens acquired two additional practices in the borough this week, adding more primary care and specialty services to the hospital’s expanding network. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014

Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights road given new traffic light

City Councilmen Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) and I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) met on the border of their districts last week to tout the installation of new traffic lights as the kind of results the two members of the Progressive Caucus will deliver over the next few years. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Five hurt in Sunnyside hit-and-run: Authorities

The NYPD was searching for a driver who allegedly lost control of a white Mazda SUV and crashed into several people near a stop for the Q66 bus in Sunnyside Saturday night, authorities said. Comments (1).
Douglaston

Lawmakers seek funds for more buses in Douglaston

Elected officials converged on Douglaston this week, calling on the federal government to provide funding that would allow the MTA to increase bus service to parts of northeast Queens that residents contend are being ignored by public transportation. Comments (2).
Government

Borough leaders celebrate extension to sick pay law

Supporters of a bill that would increase paid sick leave for part-time workers are celebrating after Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) announced an agreement that will likely expand the legislation by its inauguration in April. Comment.
Flushing

Group kicks off drive to save NYS Pavilion

A new organization held its first event Saturday to kick off its campaign to preserve the New York State Pavilion. Comments (5).
Flushing

Cops looking for suspect in Flushing larcenies

FLUSHING — Police were asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted in connection with four grand larcenies in downtown Flushing. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

Police searching for suspect in attempted garage break-in: NYPD [With Video]

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Police released surveillance footage of a man they suspect attempted to break into a garage near 132nd Street and 101st Avenue Jan. 17, before a house alarm scared him off. Comment.
Elmhurst

Elmhurst bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing rent: DA

ELMHURST — A Westchester County woman, who formerly was a bookkeeper for an Elmhurst building management company, pleaded guilty to stealing $177,000 in rent payments from the company’s tenants, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Police search for suspect in stolen credit card use: Authorities

SOUTH OZONE PARK — The NYPD released a photo of a man they believe lives within the 106th Precinct and allegedly used a stolen credit card to shop at a Brooklyn Walgreens Dec. 28, police said. Comments (1).

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014

Sunnyside

Pet shop celebrates year in Sunnyside

A successful pet shop in Sunnyside celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend, and the owner says it may not have been had he not seen a magazine article four years ago. Comment.
Flushing

109th appeals to businesses for help with pickpockets

The 109th Precinct met with Flushing business owners Tuesday to tell them how they can help deal with a rise in pickpockets. Comments (1).
South Ozone Park

Queens pols aim to ban gamblers under age 21

After bills to raise the gambling age to 21 stalled in state Legislature committees last year, Ozone Park lawmakers hope the measures’ odds will shake out better this session. Comments (2).
Education

De Blasio spars with guv over how to pay for pre-K

Queens public schools met less than a quarter of the demand for pre-kindergarten last year, with more than 26,000 applicants for fewer than 6,000 available seats. Comment.
South Jamaica

Man arrested in attack on teen in stolen SUV: Police

SOUTH JAMAICA — Cops arrested a man last week who they said allegedly stole a car and then tried to sexually assault the teenage girl who had fallen asleep in the back seat. Comment.
Astoria

Suspect burglarized Astoria home: Police [With Video]

ASTORIA — Police were hunting for a suspect who allegedly broke into an Astoria home through a window and stole an unknown amount of money, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Woodside

Suspect swiped $500 from flat in Woodside temple: Cops [With Video]

WOODSIDE — Police were searching for a suspect who allegedly burglarized an apartment in a Woodside temple, the NYPD said. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

Flushing

Lunar New Year baby born at NYHQ

One of the first babies born in the borough in the Lunar New Year was delivered at New York Hospital Queens at 12:39 a.m. Friday. Comments (8).
Bayside

Borough carriage drivers fear for jobs

For many Queens residents who work as carriage drivers in Central Park, the centuries-old business is more than just a job. Comments (28).
Flushing

Traffic islands must go: CB7

The construction of traffic islands on College Point Boulevard has created a number of traffic problems and an increase in accidents since it started, community leaders say. Comments (10).
Hillcrest

Lancman touts public safety role

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) came up empty-handed when the Council speaker was doling out committee chairmanships last week, but the Queens Democratic Party loyalist did get a seat on all three public safety committees, a vantage point he said puts him in a unique position to ensure the city’s safety. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria restaurant puts cork in wine bar

One of Astoria’s finest Italian restaurants is scaling back. Comments (2).
Maspeth

Bills target unlicensed in crashes with victims

Two Queens lawmakers have introduced a pair of state bills to make prison time part of the penalty for unlicensed drivers who injure or kill others while behind the wheel and to immediately take away unlicensed drivers’ vehicles. Comments (1).
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows hotel opposed by residents

A Great Neck, L.I., developer’s plans to build a 12-story hotel on a Fresh Meadows street has nearby residents fearing their quiet neighborhood will soon be disturbed. Comments (7).
Auburndale

Auburndale work site still empty

Members of Auburndale community groups are puzzled by a vacant lot on Northern Boulevard that appears to be under construction but has remained unchanged for more than four years. Comments (2).
Richmond Hill

Man indicted in Richmond Hill rapes of ‘97: DA

Prosecutors combing through the state DNA bank linked an incarcerated man to two rapes committed more than 16 years ago in Richmond Hill, the Queens district attorney’s office said this week. Comment.
Elmhurst

Pan American Hotel sale could be nearing its finish

The sale of the iconic Pan American Hotel is expected to be completed next week. Comments (1).
Astoria

Costa plans to back Vision Zero to cut traffic deaths

Astoria’s new city councilman hopes to make his district safer, cleaner and greener, he told supporters during a ceremonial inauguration Sunday. Comments (1).
Murray Hill

Authorities identify man killed in Flushing blaze

A 63-year-old man who was found dead after a fire broke out in his basement apartment last week has been identified by police as Richard Winckler. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Police officers revive heart attack victim while responding to noise complaint

REGO PARK — Officers from the 112th Precinct responding to a noise complaint came to the rescue a man having a heart attack after he collapsed near Austin Street and 63rd Drive Saturday afternoon. Comment.
Crime

More than two dozen charged in Queens during prostitution sting: NYPD

KEW GARDENS — Police arrested 28 suspected johns in Queens during a citywide prostitution bust last weekend, the NYPD said. Authorities said Queens’ tally of arrests was the highest of all five boroughs, with 21 nabbed in the Bronx for the second-highest number, police said. Staten Island had the lowest number of arrests with six. Comments (1).
Corona

Queens Museum to showcase plays about prison, cocaine

The Queens Museum is hosting two plays performed by homeless people from Los Angeles about the California prison system and cocaine trafficking. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

Woodside

Parents oppose DOE plan to bus PS 11 kids to Astoria

When the city Department of Education announced plans for a new annex at Woodside’s PS 11, the news was well-received, but with construction set to begin in June a new problem has arisen: What will they do with the children? Comment.
Rego Park

DOJ to pay for voluntary tracking devices for autistic children: Schumer

Federal officials plan to start paying for voluntary tracking devices for autistic children who escape their caregivers following 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo’s disappearance from a Long Island City school that ended in his death. Comment.
Jamaica

Queens toddlers laid to rest

A 28-year-old father was arraigned on charges of killing his wife and two young daughters a day after the mother and children were remembered as princesses during an emotional funeral in South Jamaica, authorities said. Comment.
Jamaica

Electeds to track how funds spent at Queens Library

Borough lawmakers are calling for an investigation — and even a reorganization — of the Queens Library after a news report detailed the library’s spending under President Thomas Galante. Comments (7).
Willets Point

Second deadline approaches for Willets Pt shops

Willets Point business owners scrambled to relocate as another deadline approached this week. Comments (4).
East Elmhurst

Port Authority chief urges hike in JFK, LGA workers’ wages

A union leader who spearheaded the recent fight for better wages and working conditions for airport workers is pleased that the head of the Port Authority has come out with his own call for higher wages. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Man charged in double slay of mother and daughter

The NYPD made a gruesome discovery when officers responded to a frantic 911 call from an attached brick home in East Elmhurst just past midnight Wednesday morning. Comments (3).
Ridgewood

Vigil held for Ridgewood traffic victim

A candlelight vigil held on the Queens-Brooklyn border drew 150 pedestrian safety advocates despite wind chills near zero Sunday. Comment.
Howard Beach

Howard Beach mobster robbed Lufthansa: FBI

There is no statute of limitations on the notorious theft of $5 million in cash and $1 million in gold jewelry swiped at gunpoint from the Lufthansa Terminal in 1978. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Workers blast new supermarket

Elected leaders joined union members to call on the Jackson Heights community to boycott the new Global Supermarket during a rally and news conference Wednesday, but the store did not open as planned. Comments (1).
Bayside

Dist. 26’s gifted kids can keep slots in JHS

The city Department of Education has agreed to satisfy a request from parents in District 26 that will prevent students from losing their spots in the Gifted and Talented programs. Comments (8).
Flushing

Speaker joins push for Lunar holiday

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) joined Queens elected officials in Flushing last week to renew a call to make Lunar New Year a school holiday. Comments (6).
Bellerose

Man remanded to Creedmoor escapes after swapping clothes with friend: NYPD

BELLEROSE — Cops were searching for a 33-year-old man who authorities said escaped from the Creedmoor Psychiatric Facility Tuesday. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Price of East Side Access could increase to $11B

Long Island Rail Road trains had been scheduled to arrive in Grand Central Terminal in 2019 at a cost of $8.l3 billion, but transit officials now say it is going to take more time and money to finish the gargantuan East Side Access project. Comment.
Flushing

John Liu lands teaching gig at CUNY’s Baruch College

Former city Comptroller John Liu did not stay unemployed for long. Comments (3).
Jamaica Hills

Group vies to save hospital’s T Building

About a year after it floated a plan to convert an underused building on its Jamaica Hills campus into supportive housing, Queens Hospital Center is now considering tearing down the T Building, though a group of preservationists wants to see the historic structure stay. Comment.
Astoria

Jamaica man charged with selling bogus Super Bowl tix: DA

ASTORIA — A Jamaica man is one of two suspects each facing more than 200 charges for allegedly selling counterfeit tickets to high-profile football games, including Super Bowl XLVIII, to be played this weekend in New Jersey, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

St. Albans

Southeast Queens man arrested in beating of gay journalist

A southeast Queens man was arrested Tuesday following the vicious attack on an award-winning, gay journalist in Midtown Manhattan last week, police said. Comments (2).
Elmhurst

Two women found murdered in Elmhurst apartment

The NYPD made a grisly discovery when officers responded to a call from an East Elmhurst home just past midnight Wednesday morning. Comments (1).
Transit

MetroCards sport Super Bowl logo

The MTA, joining the excitement leading up to the Super Bowl XLVIII, has come out with special MetroCards decorated with commemorative designs promoting the ultimate football game. Comment.
Transit

Jump on a subway or LIRR to get to the Super Bowl

The MTA, the Port Authority and many other New York regional entities have been working day and night to provide fans headed for the Super Bowl XLVIII Feb. 2 a day to remember. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

Ditmars

Updated: Driver charged with heroin possession in Astoria crash with parked van: Police

Police charged a 33-year-old man with crashing his van into a parked vehicle in Astoria while allegedly under the influence of heroin and with a suspended license, a spokeswoman for the NYPD said. Comments (9).
Astoria

Moving image museum plays ball

Late last week, Flushing resident Saul Zeitlin and his son, Jeremy, 3 1/2, hunkered down on the third floor of the Museum of the Moving Image to get a jump on Super Bowl XLVIII festivities. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Rego Park

$10M bill would fund tracking program for autistic children

A federal lawmaker plans to introduce a $10 million bill to create a voluntary tracking program and expand support services for children with developmental disorders in response to the death of a 14-year-old autistic boy whose remains were found in College Point three months after he ran out of his Long Island City school. Comment.
Astoria

Updated: Man’s body recovered from Astoria shore

Authorities pulled the body of an unidentified man from the rocky shoreline of the East River in Astoria Monday morning, a spokeswoman for the NYPD said. Comments (3).
Sunnyside

East Side Access project over budget and late

The already long awaited day that Long Island Rail Road trains finally pull into Grand Central Terminal has crept even further into the future along with a higher price tag. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014

Rego Park

Hundreds pack Manhattan church for Avonte’s funeral

A 14-year-old boy who went missing in October from his Long Island City school was remembered as a courageous child for dealing with autism during his funeral mass in Greenwich Village Saturday morning. Comments (2).

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