The owner of the South Ozone Park house that exploded on Thanksgiving Day has been cited by the Department of Buildings for not removing illegal conversions at the site, according to public records.
The DOB states on its website that Bonness Harrychand was ordered by the commissioner to remove illegal units and a canopy at his house, located at 107-55 108 St., following an explosion at the site on Nov. 27.
A Thanksgiving Day explosion at a South Ozone Park house was caused by the misuse of a stove inside an illegal apartment, according to Fire Department officials.
“The location of the explosion was an illegally renovated setback apartment,” an FDNY spokesman said in an email. “The explosion was caused by misuse of a stove on the premises.”
The Queens Public Transit Committee is asking the people of Queens and the region to support the restoration of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the new Queens Crosstown. This unused transit corridor is only two to six blocks east and parallel to Woodhaven Boulevard, the most congested and dangerous roadway in Queens. Formerly a branch of the Long Island Railroad, its right-of-way remains largely intact and is owned by the City of New York.
State Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder; state Senator Tony Avella; U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler; City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Council Committee on Transportation; Assembly District Leaders Lew Simon and Geraldine Chapey; John Samuelsen, president of TWU Local 100; New York Daily News; The Wave; Queens Tribune; Queens Courier; and Times Newsweekly have all called for reactivating the line. In addition, Community Boards 5, 10 and 14 support restoration.
When we Baby Boomers were growing up the changing of the seasons from summer to fall meant two things: (a) the start of a new school year and (b) the various TV networks launching their new primetime programs.
Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is a time when Jews over the world remember the six million Jews who died during World War II. It also honors the survivors, most of them elderly, whose numbers decrease every year.
Their testimony serves as a reminder of what they endured and is an attempt to prevent such atrocities from happening again.
Since December we have had snowstorms, which have gotten more severe. It seems more like Juneau, Alaska than New York City. It has been frigid cold with snow and ice. This weather has really been hard on everyone of all ages, the old and the young suffering the most. The ice is especially dangerous. So, please be careful walking and if there are any problem areas on Jamaica Avenue, please call our Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation office at (718) 805-0202 and we will address the location.
As all Woodhavenites we have to keep on getting down to Jamaica Avenue. In spite of the continued bad weather, the stores are open. If you can’t get to our Avenue, there are many restaurants and businesses that deliver.
Protestors wearing masks, singing songs and waving signs stood outside of Rep. Joe Crowley’s (D-Bronx, Queens) office in Jackson Heights, asking him to come out against fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a free trade agreement that also would give foreign corporations the ability to sue the United States for unlimited sums in international tribunals.
“Congressman Crowley is one of only two New York Democrats in the House who haven’t spoken out against fast-tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” said Adam Weissman of Global Justice for Animals and the Environment. “Fast track renders Congress powerless to amend TPP to ensure that this trade deal won’t empower foreign corporations to attack the laws that protect us in international tribunals, resulting in more fracking, factory farms and contaminated food.”
CNN’s Piers Morgan interrogated LeFrak City native and Archbishop Molloy High School alum Kenny Anderson last week about being one of a number of former NBA players who went on Dennis Rodman’s latest ill-advised tour of North Korea. As naive as it may sound, Kenny claimed that he was unaware of what a totalitarian state North Korea is. He added that he felt he owed Rodman a favor for frequently coming through for him in the past.
Kenny also made it clear that he realized that he was in over his head the moment he set foot in Pyongyang and tried to stay in his hotel room as much as possible.
A veteran of the Vietnam War who also retired from the MTA and was an auxilary police officer, Cohen was a regular at press conference and public events in the borough, where he would take photos and converse with other photographers, reporters and officials. He was known for telling people his job “didn’t feel like work.”
Cohen spent more than a decade taking photos for the Queens Tribune and Press of Southeast Queens newspapers, and his photos would regularly grace the covers of both papers.
Congratulations on your 35th Anniversary! How fortunate we are to live in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available. Sadly, most American cities, suburbs and small towns are down to one local daily or weekly newspaper.
Newspapers and magazines have to deal with increasing costs for newsprint, delivery and distribution along with reduced advertising revenues and declining readership due to competition from the internet and other new information sources.
Queens residents have a number of daily newspapers to select from including the Daily News, Post, Times, Newsday, USA Today and Wall Street Journal, along with freebies such as AM New York and Metro New York. Decades ago we had our own daily Long Island Star Journal and Long Island Press.
Daily newspapers concentrate on international, Washington, Albany, City Hall, business and sports stories. They have few reporters assigned to cover local neighborhood news. As a result, daily newspapers miss significant news and political stories from local Queens neighborhoods.
Weekly newspapers such as our own Queens Chronicle and others fill the void for coverage of local community news. We are blessed with many weekly papers to select from besides our own Queens Chronicle. These competitors include the Queens Courier, Queens Gazette, Queens Tribune, Queens Examiner, Times, Times Ledger chain, TimesNewsweekly, Ridgewood Times, Forum and The Wave.
I’ve been grateful all this time that the Queens Chronicle has afforded me the opportunity to express my views via letters to the editor, along with others who may have different opinions on the issues. Thanks to you, an ordinary citizen like me has the freedom to comment on the actions and legislation of various elected officials. Public officials use taxpayers dollars on a regular basis to promote their views via mass mailings of newsletters, news releases, letters to the editor and guest columns. In many cases, they are ghost written by campaign or office staffers paid for by taxpayers on public time. Ordinary citizens like me only have the limited ability to write when we can to find the time.
We need to continue supporting all our weekly community newspapers. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the necessary revenues to help keep them in business. Let them know you saw their ad. This helps keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing. In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for everyone, including the Queens Chronicle and many others.
The West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department has been feeling the love of other fire companies like theirs ever since the department lost all of their vehicles in Hurricane Sandy.
The crew has received donated fire trucks from all across the country, including from vollies as far away as Mississippi and Georgia.
The Queens Tribune is housed in the same building as Multi-Media Advertising, a political consulting firm owned by the same parent company.
The power of the local press was on full display in the tight 2009 City Council race between Democratic nominee Kevin Kim and Republican Dan Halloran.
Halloran did not allow Multi-Media’s role in the race to go unnoticed. In September 2009, the Tribune ran a story originally headlined “Democratic Victor vs. Pagan Lord” that detailed Halloran’s unconventional religious practices.
A Queens Tribune ad for an escort service.
This past spring your paper brought to light ads promoting prostitution in the Queens Tribune. The publisher of the Tribune hid behind free speech and also said they would do what they could to end trafficking. As someone who has worked overseas, in safe houses, rehabilitating and educating trafficked and sexually abused girls, I find these ads disgusting.
The paper has now gone even further by recently placing Tribune-sponsored coupons, offering discounts when johns mention the Tribune at a particular agency. This directly contradicts their promise to stop trafficking. Instead they have chosen to partner with pimps for profit. This is truly despicable and should be made known to the wider public.
Queens children were in for a treat when Max Gruberg, a well-known Philadelphia carnival operator, purchased a piece of land abutting what was then Horace Harding Boulevard at 174th Street, close to Saint Mary’s Cemetery. The plan was to build an amusement park. Gruberg had successfully opened a similar fun spot in Long Beach, LI a few years earlier and saw the need for the expanding population of Fresh Meadows to be entertained.
On March 15, 1950 he opened Kiddie Park at 174-15 Horace Harding Blvd., offering free admission, nine great rides, a clown, refreshments and souvenirs. Six rides cost 50 cents. With a special postcard you got three more for free. Kiddie Park was a big hit with the little baby boomers of the area.
Queens politics in 2012 brought new districts, a historic election in the 6th Congressional District and enough cloak-and-dagger intrigue to fill a Robert Ludlum novel.
But when Hurricane Sandy struck in October, killing 12 people in Queens and more than 40 in the city, devastating the Rockaways, Howard Beach, lower Manhattan and Staten Island, the people of central Queens, who were largely spared the storm’s wrath, rallied to the cause of those worst hit.
Politics in middle and southwestern Queens was the favorite sport outside of Citi Field in 2012, and the worst storm to hit the region in 74 years devastated some while causing others just a few flickers of their lights.
As the year began, the city filed an appeal of a ruling by federal Judge Nicholas Garaufus that found discrimination on the part of the FDNY against African-American firefighters in the testing and hiring process.
With the announcement this past weekend that The Village Voice is being sold came word from the new owners that Backpage.com would not be among the properties included in the deal.
The owners had been under increasing pressure to shut the site down, with critics saying the site advertises prostitution and sex trafficking.
Saying that women in the city face a health crisis because it’s getting harder for them to find insurance, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) on Tuesday released a five-point plan to improve their access to care.
Crowley, who is running for the Democratic nomination for the 6th Congressional District against three opponents [see separate stories], says too many women are not seeking preventative and prenatal care due to, respectively, a lack of insurance and the number of obstetricians and gynecologists who have left the city.
Saying that she is the best choice for the job, retiring Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-Queens, Nassau) endorsed Flushing Assemblywoman Grace Meng for the newly created 6th Congressional District seat on Tuesday outside the Pomonok Senior Center.
Although the new district only covers 37 percent of Ackerman’s domain, his support is seen as important. Since Meng has the backing of the Queens Democratic Party, virtually every other elected Democratic official has already endorsed her.