In November 1995, Dr. Robert Somerville, a popular physician in Southeast Queens, was driving to his Springfield Boulevard office in Queens Village when his car was struck by a man driving a stolen Jeep Cherokee.
Somerville would die 12 days later. The man who hit him was never caught.
Corona, east of Jackson Heights along Roosevelt Avenue, is bounded by the Grand Central Parkway and Junction Boulevard. It was once known as West Flushing and was the home of the National Race Course from 1854 to 1856, when it was renamed Fashion Race Course, after a champion horse. The race track closed in 1866.
Corona got its name in 1870, when a developer began building homes on the old race track property. By the turn of the century, it had a moderate Jewish population mixed with Italian immigrant laborers. After World War I, when much of Queens was still farmland, Corona had its own newspaper, six public schools, two parochial schools and a “colored” congregational church.
Today, July 31, is the Major League Baseball trade deadline. This generally has been the week on the baseball calendar when contending teams try to acquire a veteran player that they believe will help them win a World Series by trading a highly regarded prospect or two to a team whose season pretty much ended long ago. The down-on-the-luck team gets to sell images of a rosy future to a downcast fan base as well as getting to shed high-salaried contracts.
For the past five years it was understood that the Mets would be talent sellers at the trade deadline since they were so far down in the standings that it was conceivable that they could lose 100 games. They have managed to avoid that ignominy the last five years but they have not had a winning season since moving into Citi Field five years ago.
Kevin Taylor, aka Slimchance, beat the odds that were stacked against him to follow his dreams of becoming a rapper. What makes this even more special is his service to the community that raised him.
Taylor hails from South Jamaica and has seen many hardships but was able to pull himself together and establish himself as a rap artist right out of NYC’s five boroughs. His drive to succeed is even greater due to his harsh background where issues of a broken home, drug addiction, academic struggles and neglect came into play.
After three caustic protests rocked Elmhurst upon converting the Pan American Hotel into a homeless shelter in June, some wanted to show shelter families a brighter side of the neighborhood.
Nearly 300 volunteers and shelter residents attended a barbecue last Saturday afternoon at the New Life Fellowship Church at 82-10 Queens Blvd.
Dan Halloran faces up to 55 years in federal prison after the former councilman’s jurors took less than 90 minutes to convict him on five corruption charges.
“With today’s verdict of guilty reached by an impartial and independent jury, the clean-up of corruption in New York continues in courtrooms,” said Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a statement issued by his office Tuesday at the conclusion of Halloran’s eight-week trial.
You can see the yellow crane and the bright orange construction material from almost anywhere in Queens.
From the Mets-Willets Point No. 7 train station to the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, the towering apartment building under construction atop the Rego Center II shopping mall in Rego Park has become a recognizable piece of the Central Queens skyline.
Amid frequent outbursts that resulted in at least one attendee being escorted out by police, a crowd of about 300 area residents packed the auditorium at the Museum of the Moving Image on July 23, concerned about the recent conversion of the Westway Motor Inn in East Elmhurst into a potentially permanent shelter for homeless families. In the end many of their questions were left unanswered.
The elected officials on the panel, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), all of whom have expressed concern over the suitability of the inn as a shelter, were joined by representatives of the Department of Homeless Services, social services provider Women In Need, Community Board 1 and the 114th Precinct.
The keen nose of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine trained to detect illicit substances can’t be fooled no matter where smugglers hide their contraband.
A passenger arriving from the Caribbean was ‘sniffed’ out on July 15 by Ari, a 5-year-old male Czech shepherd, CBP spokesman Anthony Bucci said.
A number of Queens-based literary arts groups made their way to Governors Island this past weekend to participate in the 4th annual NYC Poetry Festival, a gathering of the disparate literary organizations throughout New York to celebrate poetry.
For most of the visiting Queens literary groups, this marked the first time they were showcased in the festival, a sign of the festival’s growing popularity and the developing literary communities in the borough.
The Police Department is seeking help in finding a suspect who is known to be responsible for a string of bank robberies in various Queens neighborhoods.
The known suspect is said to be a male, 30 to 35 years old, medium complexion, 6 feet tall with a 200- pound frame. He is wanted for two attempted robberies and five completed robberies occurring in 2012 and 2014.
Johnny Carson once remarked that he was great in front of 10 million people but not so good in front of just 10. The same can be said for the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown, based on what we see in the new biopic, “Get On Up.” Throughout the film we see Brown (Chadwick Boseman) disrespecting the women in his life, his loyal band and his longtime best friend, Bobby Byrd (Nelsan Ellis), yet he is a tour de force when he gets on stage as large audiences go into a frenzy when he breaks into his “hardest working man in show business” persona as he sings, knocks the microphone stand back and forth, and dances in such a way that it looks as if he is defying gravity. The fact that he is lip syncing Brown’s vocals doesn’t detract.
Amid frequent outbursts that resulted in at least one attendee being given a police escort out, a crowd of an estimated 300 area residents, concerned about conversion of the Westway Motor Inn into a potentially permanent shelter for homeless families, filled the auditorium for a town hall meeting at the Museum of the Moving Image on Wednesday, but in the end many questions were left unanswered.
Before the construction of the Interborough Parkway in 1933 one wasn’t quite sure where Kew Gardens left off and Forest Hills began. Even the name of the section of Forest Hills right up against Kew Gardens had a transitional flavor to it: Kew Forest.
On the north side of Queens Boulevard at the corner of 78th Avenue was the Kew Gardens Theater. The Pickman Building stands on the site today.
In these difficult economic times along with many people going away for summer vacations, it is especially important to patronize your local neighborhood businesses. There are so many great local businesses within the heart of your local village or town downtown main street.
My wife and I don’t mind occasionally paying a little more to help our local businesses survive. Don’t forget your cook and server at your favorite local neighborhood restaurant. We try to tip 20 percent against the total bill including taxes. If it is an odd amount, we round up to the next dollar. If we can afford to eat out, we can afford an extra dollar tip. When ordering takeout, we always leave a dollar or two for the waiter or cook. It is appreciated.
Remember these people are our neighbors. Our local entrepreneurs have continued to create new employment opportunities without the assistance of federally funded taxpayers’ stimulus dollars. They work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment especially to students during the summer. If we don’t patronize our local community stores and restaurants to shop and eat, they don’t eat either.
Please join me and your neighbors in continuing to support our own Queens Chronicle. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the necessary revenues to help keep them in business and your paper free of charge. Let them know you saw their ad.
Carmelo Anthony seemed pretty optimistic he’d be returning to the Knicks when I saw him in May at an ESPN event. “We’re working on it!” he said with his trademark smile.
Clearly the Knicks had the negotiating advantage over other NBA clubs of being able to offer Melo an extra year at maximum money, but they had other things going for them as well. MSG/Cablevision CEO James Dolan was instrumental in getting Anthony traded to the Knicks in 2011 and he has worked hard to maintain a solid relationship with his superstar. Carmelo’s actress wife, La La, loves New York even more than the town she is seemingly named after.
The Queens Chronicle’s sixth annual Summer in the Borough Photo Contest is underway, and you’re invited to join in!
Take your best shots of children playing, workers working, lovely landscapes — whatever you think best says “summertime in Queens.”
A Muslim-Jewish interfaith dialogue took place Monday at the Central Queens Y, a Jewish organization. The sold-out event of about 125 people was planned before the outbreak of hostilities in Gaza.
First, no pre-event interviews were granted. Then no media were allowed at the event.
Attention Forest Hills and Rego Park. There’s a new sheriff in town.
After two years under the watch of Capt. Thomas Conforti, command of the 112th Precinct has been handed over to Capt. Judith Harrison after Conforti took the same job at the 109th Precinct in Flushing.
A group of students and staffers from the Phyllis L. Susser School in Fresh Meadows recently stopped by the Queens Chronicle offices for a brief education in the community newspaper business and a tour. Taking part were Pamela Smith, left, Marisol Alcantara, Isaac Garcia, David DeJong, Madyson Harris, Alejandro Suarez and A.J. Mejia.
They learned how the Chronicle focuses like a laser on hyperlocal news in its eight regional editions, and how advertising from local businesses supports all the paper does.
Midsummer isn’t a quiet time for Woodhaven residents and civic leaders.
During a town hall meeting Saturday that drew a sizable audience to Emanuel United Church of Christ, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association addressed more than half a dozen issues, most of them ongoing problems facing the area, including graffiti, illegally parked cars, and a collapsed Jamaica Avenue building that many worry is a safety risk.
To coincide with the 30th anniversary of longtime Forest Hills resident Geraldine Ferraro’s historic vice presidential nomination, which made her the first U.S. woman to be nominated on a major party presidential ticket, her filmmaker daughter, Donna Zaccaro, has produced a documentary about the woman who became a trailblazer without forgetting where she came from.
On Monday night, St. John’s University hosted a screening of the film, “Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way,” which has been chosen as a selection at several film festivals and is now being broadcast on Showtime.