The blazing lights of Broadway might be a borough away, but that doesn’t stop members of Belle’s Players: The Actors’ Workshop of Kew Gardens Community Center from giving their all when they take the spotlight.
The spark that was first ignited nearly two decades ago by the late Belle Weiss burns no less brightly now, as the group, devoted to seniors with the acting bug, prepares for its latest performance.
The loss of Police Officer and now Detective First-grade Dennis Guerra was not far from the minds of the 102nd Precinct Community Council Tuesday night. When the council’s president, Latchman Budhai, opened the meeting with a moment of silence — as he regularly does for soldiers serving overseas — he also included Guerra and his seriously injured partner Police Officer Rosa Rodriguez.
Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, the 102nd Precinct’s commanding officer, was solemn and at times choked up, as he spoke about Guerra and Rodriguez, who were overcome in a Brooklyn fire. Though he didn’t know Guerra, he said he did attend his wake, which took place at a funeral home in his command.
Community Board 5 often votes in unison when it comes to controversial issues like Maspeth’s Knockdown Center or the proposed homeless shelter in Glendale.
That wasn’t the case last Wednesday.
When an NBA team doesn’t make the playoffs, as is the case with the Knicks this year, the lone silver lining is a chance to nab a very good college player in the NBA Draft Lottery. Lamentably for Knicks fans, their team traded their top pick in the upcoming draft to the Denver Nuggets when they obtained Carmelo Anthony in 2011.
Adding to Knicks fans’ concern is that Carmelo will be a free agent come July 1. My guess is that he will re-sign with the Knicks since he and his wife very much like living in New York, and that team owner James Dolan has constantly sought out his advice. But the Knicks’ failures this season must give Anthony pause to making a long-term commitment.
A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 10 years in prison last Thursday for eleven home burglaries across Queens since 2011.
Mario Girau, 28, was arrested on Sept. 19, 2013, after he was caught breaking into a home on Tahoe Street in Ozone Park.
Next to the sea of blue, another sea of blue gathered to say goodbye to one of their own.
Thousands of cops from around the city, and even from other states, descended on the Rockaway Peninsula Monday for the funeral of Police Officer Dennis Guerra, who died April 9 from injuries he sustained in a fire in Coney Island that was allegedly started by a bored teenager.
Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display will return to the East River this year, a change he pushed for as public advocate, after several years in the Hudson.
The pyrotechnics will not be fired off near the Queens shore, however. The show will instead be centered in the lower part of the river around the Brooklyn Bridge, but will be viewable from much of the borough. Macy’s said the fireworks will be launched directly from the 131-year-old Brooklyn Bridge.
The DOE is not responding to parent demands that it not further overcrowd Bayside High School, a school that already has 1,000 more students than it was built to house.
The DOE is planning to overcrowd the already packed popular Queens high school that services students from all parts of Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn to clear space for new schools co-locating at the downsizing Flushing and Martin Van Buren High Schools — schools that do accommodate far fewer students — according to Bayside PTA Co-president Edward Tang.
Bayside High School, rated “A” by the DOE for three years in a row, is bracing for over 1,000 new students this fall, expecting to bring its enrollment to over 3,600 — 170 percent of the building’s capacity.
“Bayside is a victim of its own success and of the DOE’s unresponsiveness to this community,” said Alex Lee, a Bayside parent and member of the Citywide Council on High Schools. “The school received 14,000 applications due to the great results it produces for families and now
the DOE wants to bury it to accommodate Bloomberg’s leftover plans to downsize Van Buren and Flushing. The school already has students from all parts of Queens as well as the Bronx and Brooklyn!”
“If this goes through, Bayside would be second only to Forest Hills High School in percent overcrowding while more than half of Queens’ high schools operate below 100 percent capacity,” echoed Bayside parent Judy Rossman.
“Here’s the thing, overcrowding is not good for students or administrators. It forces a school to reduce support services, increase class sizes, and reduce safety measures. We have reached out to the chancellor and our local elected officials demanding that no more than 750 new students be admitted. We will still be way overcrowded but not as bad as the DOE is planning.”
No response from the DOE to the parents has been forthcoming
Our position is logical. We will not stand idly by if the chancellor turns a blind eye to our situation and undermines the very success that we have worked so hard to achieve. Increasing Beside’s enrollment to over 170 percent capacity is not logical and would not be a good decision for quality education or for our children’s futures.
It is a real travesty that the dioceses of Brooklyn and New York cannot seem to be able to find the money to pay their dedicated teachers and administrators the salaries that they truly deserve for all of their hard work, professionalism and dedication to their jobs and students.
The Catholic Church is always crying poverty, but the truth is the Church has more money than God. It has had to spend a lot of it on lawsuits against priests who molested innocent kids. St. Patrick’s Cathedral was improved at the cost of $117 million dollars — why so much?
Catholic school teachers and administrators put in long hours each and every day, and are truly dedicated to their schools and students. Anything that they do after regular school hours, they do not get paid for. It is really a shame that they are treated in such an unprofessional, unkind manner. No wonder Catholic school teachers do not stay — they never know if they are going to have a job and benefits from one year to the next.
The seemingly endless stream of casualties resulting from collisions between motor vehicles and cyclists has claimed another victim.
Angel Torres, 46, of Glendale, was killed last Wednesday after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bicycle in the intersection of Broadway and Halsey Street in Brooklyn, authorities said.
Vacuuming never gets old. Certainly not at Aerus Electrolux, located at 62-71 Woodhaven Blvd. The vacuum repair shop in Rego Park is not just any fix-it-up business — it has been around 90 years, ever since 1924.
The current owner is passionate about providing service throughout the metropolitan area, with the exception of the Bronx and Staten Island. Eki Aguebor, who declined to give his age but said he was younger than 50, sat behind his office desk wearing a pin-striped blazer and described the business, which he has been a part of for the last two decades.
Heavily criticized NYPD antiterror unit is disbanded
In another break from the former administration’s approach to law and order and questions of constitutional rights, the NYPD has dissolved the police detachment that had been infiltrating the Muslim community in order to thwart any planned acts of terrorism.
Highland Park is a great spot for walking, jogging or cycling in extreme southwestern Queens, right on the Brooklyn border.
Brunch has grown from being a meal for the rich and famous to a more accessible and creative way to enjoy the sweetness of breakfast and the savoriness of lunch.
While it has become popular with young adults, particularly in Brooklyn, Queens has become home to a significant number of eateries that specialize in the weekend afternoon meal.
Spring blooms are ready to burst in bold patterns and creamy pastels, not just in our tiny Queens strip gardens and brick-house flower boxes but also splashed across freshly styled women’s dresses and yes, the neckties of fashion-forward men.
“Pastels is huge. Floral dresses is huge,” said Jacqueline Quinn, a Long Island City fashion designer. Quinn is creative director for the Sara Emanuel fashion house, sells her own line of clothing and accessories and works as a stylist and fashion consultant for celebrities. She recently consulted on and judged a “Design for Brad Smith” competition for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Brad Smith and dressed 2013 Grammy winner Billy Vera, as well as others for the 2012 and 2013 Grammies.
There are over two million stories in Queens. Everyone who lives or works here, or is just passing through, has a story to tell.
And Briarwood resident Amy Wu wants to share as many as she can via “QNSMADE” — one human at a time.
Nick Carey answers questions on the Department of Transportation’s initiative to add a bicycle lane on the Brooklyn-bound side of the Pulaski Bridge.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) paid a visit to the South Queens Democratic Club meeting in Howard Beach on March 27 to discuss issues that he has been focusing on during his first term in Congress.
Jeffries, who represents Howard Beach, Lindenwood and Ozone Park in Washington, DC, as well as most of eastern Brooklyn, was welcomed by Democratic district leader and club president Frank Gulluscio, left, and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder.
Lindenwood resident James Noto lives four blocks east of Spring Creek, but whenever it rains, the basement of his home on the corner of 81st Street and 153rd Avenue essentially becomes part of it.
For years now, during heavy rainstorms, sewer backup has flooded his basement, causing mold and mildew to develop and forcing Noto to spend a fortune in repairs.
Cyclists and pedestrians will each get a lane of their own when the Department of Transportation implements its plan to make the Pulaski Bridge safer.
Nicole Garcia, the DOT Queens deputy borough commissioner, and Nick Carey from the DOT Bike program gave Community Board 2 an update on the plan during its April 3 meeting. The board voted to approve the DOT’s recommendations.
In a 12-hour period on April 3, state senators introduced a bill to change oversight of the Queens Library system; Borough President Melinda Katz reiterated her call for library CEO Tom Galante to be placed on temporary leave; the Library Board of Trustees issued a list of changes it intends to vote on to improve oversight; a board measure to place Galante on paid leave was defeated when the vote ended in a 9-9 tie; and the board reissued the list of changes intended to improve oversight.
Residents of Middle Village and Maspeth have long complained of people driving recklessly down area streets, and maybe six speed demons who were caught in the act last weekend will think twice next time before putting the pedal to the medal.
According to the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Edgar Lozano, 26, of Jamaica, and Edward Henry, 21, of St. Albans, were apprehended by police after taking part in a drag racing event on Laurel Hill Boulevard in Maspeth around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Under the bright sunny sky on one of the first warm days of spring, a caravan of bicyclists rode up 160th Avenue in Howard Beach on Sunday, stopped at the corner of 84th Street and leaned their bikes up against the fence surrounding the Con Edison substation that occupies what would otherwise be coveted corner property.
They gathered around a white bicycle chained to a stop sign and placed flowers in the rungs of the wheels and the chains. This bicycle was not left there by anyone in particular, but was placed by a group in memory of Gary Zammett Jr., the Brooklyn man who was killed riding his bicycle at the intersection last summer.
Public Advocate Letitia James has a goal — to prove those who say her office is irrelevant wrong.
The city’s fourth public advocate since the position was created in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that eliminated the old Board of Estimate, James said she would use all the powers of the office, despite having a budget that’s only about a quarter of what it was in the 1990s.