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The city joined Shadia Sands this week in mourning D’aja Robinson, her 14-year-old daughter who was killed by gunfire on Saturday.
“She was my only child — my heart, my everything,” Sands said Tuesday at a press conference near the Sutphin Ave. bus stop where she was killed when a gunman fired at least nine shots into a Q6 bus.
Then-Rep. Anthony Weiner, during an October 2010 meeting at the Queens Chronicle offices in Rego Park.
Gov. Cuomo announced last week that A train subway service will be restored to the Rockaways on May 30, just over seven months after Hurricane Sandy destroyed tracks across Jamaica Bay and seriously damaged two stations.
“Superstorm Sandy devastated the entire MTA network like no other storm, but the MTA did a remarkable job of restoring service following the storm and at the end of this month, the A line to the Rockaways will be up and running,” Cuomo said in a statement issued Thursday morning.
As a member of Rockwood Park Jewish Center, I was offended and angered by the article and front page of the Chronicle of May 16 depicting the center hosting a raucous party (“Hava tequila — synagogue is a party place, neighbors say,” South Queens edition).
As the writer describes in his outrageous article, the synagogue had no knowledge of the event, which did not take place in the synagogue as suggested by the article. You should get your facts straight before printing anti-semitic remarks. We had always had a good relationship with our neighbors and regret the incident.
Middle Village was given its name because it was midpoint between points on the East River and Jamaica. The area was served by a trolley, which was replaced by the B53 bus in 1949.
One of the last surviving landmarks of old Middle Village was Niederstein’s, a hotel at what became 69-16 Metropolitan Ave. Officials didn’t file and keep records in the 19th century like we do today, but the building is estimated to have gone up in 1835. New wings were added over the years.
With all the disasters — natural and otherwise — wreaking havoc across the country as of late, as well as the ongoing state of the economy, two presentations at this month’s Community Board 13 meeting on Monday night took on added significance.
Representing the city’s Department of the Aging, Darnley Jones said areas around the borough are still trying to recuperate from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, particularly in the Rockaways, where he estimated it will take another five years to fully recover.
The Subway Series, which gets underway on Monday at Citi Field and concludes Thursday at Yankee Stadium, is a great way to take stock of our two Major League Baseball franchises. Last June the Mets dropped five out of six games against the Yankees, which served as a warning that their supposed terrific first half when they won 46 games was a mirage.
This year the Mets are not teasing their fans, as they have been playing at the low level that was expected of them before the season began. The Yankees, on the other hand, have been near or at the top of the American League East standings despite the loss to injuries of such household names as Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Texeira and Curtis Granderson. Granderson has returned to the team but was replaced on the disabled list by veteran pitcher Andy Pettitte.
“This is a totally obvious statement, but being the mayor of the City of New York is a tough job, and people need to make sure they have somebody who’s tough enough to lead, but smart enough to listen and to lead in a collaborative way.”
That’s how City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) responded to the first question asked of her during an interview last Thursday with the Queens Chronicle editorial board: the old standard, “What makes you the best candidate?”
Saturday night you might have heard the sound of people being slammed to the ground, fans screaming or the loud grunts of hulking men at St. Sebastian Parish in Woodside. Don’t worry. It was only the Pro Wrestling Syndicate, a New Jersey-based wrestling promotion, putting on a return show in the neighborhood.
Promoted under the title “The Empire State Strikes Back,” hundreds of fans, some taking a bus from New Jersey, looked forward to seeing veteran former stars of WWE, PWS’ homegrown talent and their favorite stars on the independent scene.
Though people experiencing many different symptoms come to her office, the majority of patients seen by Dr. Ellen Edgar of Complete Neurological Care in Forest Hills suffer from recurring headaches or migraines.
“We have a good success rate in helping patients with headaches,” the doctor says, adding that they “usually feel better after two or three weeks. They see a big difference.”
Elected officials and civic organizations from throughout Southeast Queens are sponsoring a rally outside the borough offices of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection beginning at noon on Friday, May 24.
The focus of the rally is a 12-year fight by local residents to get the DEP to restart pumping from wells initially belonging to the old Jamaica Water Service, which the city acquired and began phasing out in 1996.
Championing their constituents’ gripes about airplane noise over their homes, elected officials from Northeast Queens headed down to Washington, DC last Wednesday to convince the Federal Aviation Administration that its environmental review process was insufficient when it changed the procedures for planes departing from LaGuardia Airport last year.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), and Reps. Grace Meng (D-Bayside) and Steve Israel (D-Melville) agreed with federal and regional FAA representatives to meet again with lawyers and technical experts to discuss the legal arguments over implementing new flight paths without a cumulative environmental impact study. The first meeting is not scheduled yet.
It doesn’t say all that much for our political situation when it’s worth going out of our way to congratulate an honest politician. But that’s how it is.
“Shocker! Post finds honest NY politician” a New York Post page 2 headline blared last Saturday. That politician is Queens City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who blew the whistle on a builder’s alleged efforts to bribe him.
The ongoing saga of Major League Soccer’s proposal to build a stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and the city’s apparent acquiescence in defiling Queens’ crown jewel with yet another massive structure, took two major turns this week.
First, it was announced that in addition to the Arab sheikh who would be the majority owner of the new team that would play there, the New York Yankees would take a 25 percent stake in the franchise. That just adds to our contention that there is no way to justify Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to give our parkland away. Both the sheikh and the Yankees have extremely deep pockets, and if they want to build a stadium somewhere in the city, they can afford to buy the land to do it.
Aside from the usual array of sneakers, knee socks and uniforms, the parents of a Catholic Youth Organization collective that uses Little Bay Park’s soccer fields have grown accustomed to bringing one extra piece of equipment: first-aid kits.
Every weekend children take the field at Little Bay Park, they’re running a high risk of leaving with bloodied extremities, according to parent and Malba Gardens Civic Association president Alfredo Centola.
On a Saturday afternoon at Kissena Corridor Park, Field 10 plays host to a good old American softball game. On one side is the Mets and their opponents are the Yankees. There are pre-game stretches and the Star-Spangled Banner.
But you won’t see David Wright or A-Rod wielding a bat. Instead of high-paid athletes, Randy Novick is giving an opportunity to developmentally disabled adults to put on an exciting game of America’s pastime.
When 30-year-old Calvin Li told his family and friends that he would be competing in a two-day endurance race with no sleep or breaks, they told him that he was crazy. “Why would you pay to torture yourself?” they asked him.
A fund has been created for the family of D'aja Robinson, the 14-year old who was shot and killed on a Q6 bus Saturday night in Jamaica. Local rapper and author QueenzFlip started the fund after learning that Robinson was a fan of his work. He received Facebook messages from Robinson's family members informing him about Saturday's tragedy shortly after it happened.
It’s been 30 years since the New York Islanders won their last Stanley Cup, and frankly, they have been abysmal for most of the years between 1983 and now. During this labor-dispute-shortened National Hockey League season, the Islanders played respectably enough to earn their first playoff berth in seven years as they clinched the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Islanders drew the unenviable assignment of playing Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins, long an NHL powerhouse, in the first round. To their credit, the Isles showed that they weren’t merely happy to be there, as they battled hard to force the series to six games. Unfortunately for the Isles, they lost two overtime games at the Nassau Coliseum, including Saturday night’s finale.
The Bellerose, Glen Oaks and Floral Park neighborhoods in Queens were among the very last parts of the borough to be developed, starting right after the end of world War II.
The last virgin lots of farmland were sacrificed for the exploding population of men coming home from the service wanting to get married and start a family. In 1948 a shopping center had to be built to accommodate the needs of the new homeowners. On Union Turnpike between 247th and 248th streets, rows of stores were built on both the north and south sides of the roadway.
Police Officer Frank Calafiore was honored with the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month award at the Community Council meeting in Ozone Park on May 8, for his arrest last month of an alleged armed robber and the seizure of a loaded firearm and other assorted contraband.
According to Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, Calafiore, Sgt. John Egan and members of his anti-crime team responded to an armed robbery in progress of a 25-year-old woman in South Ozone Park on April 11.
A Hispanic male with dark curly hair, driving a gold minivan who has allegedly been exposing himself to young girls in South Richmond Hill is the subject of a police manhunt.
Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, told members of the 106th Precinct Community Council at their May 8 meeting in Ozone Park that the individual they seek has exposed himself three times to two different girls 14 and 19 years old in the area bounded by 111th and 116th avenues from 123th and 126th streets.
If published reports are right, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and seven others were taped in former Sen. Shirley Huntley’s home either at the request of the FBI, or at Huntley’s recommendation to the bureau.
In an interview following Huntley’s sentencing to prison last week, Peralta said he is at a loss to explain why either would consider him a possible target for a corruption probe.