Monserrate Sues For

Blackout Damages

Deriding corporate officials and spokespeople who, he said, talk only about investigations and commissions, City Councilmember Hiram Monserrate last week filed a class action law suit against electric companies, state power agencies and grid operators on behalf of those who suffered extreme financial consequenses because of the August 14 power blackout. The lawmaker’s attorney said millions of dollars were lost. […]

Fire Destroys

Sunnyside Businesses
Photo Anthony Lombardo


Fire Destroys Sunnyside Businesses Photo Anthony Lombardo Sunnyside Businesses Photo Anthony Lombardo Fire gutted a row of seven stores in Sunnyside last Thursday afternoon, halting traffic on the Number 7 elevated line and snarling traffic on a 10-block stretch of Queens Boulevard. The cause of the blaze was undetermined at press time. Although destruction is not outwardly visible a day […]

Mayor Expected To Sign Flushing BID Bill



Mayor Expected To Sign Flushing BID Bill By John Toscano Creation of a Business Improvement District (BID) for Downtown Flushing, expected to received final approval from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will enhance the quality of life in that area and will unlock "the enormous potential we have in Flushing to continue to transform it into a ‘Destination of Choice,’" City Councilmember John Liu declared. […]

Calendar of Events

Community Meetings
Associations


Calendar of Events Community Meetings Associations Community Meetings Associations Sept. 8, 8 p.m., Jackson Heights Neighborhood Assn.; Atonement Lutheran Church Basement Meeting Room, 87th Street. Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Middle Village Property Owners/Residents Assn.; St. Margaret’s Parish Hall, 66-05 79th Pl. Candidates’ Night Sept. 3, 8 p.m., Incumbent City Councilmember James Gennaro, District 24 and opponents David Reich […]

Nature Up Close

And Personal At APEC

Nature Up Close And Personal At APEC Visitors will enjoy a variety of exhibits and a chance to see nature up close and personal at the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) mini-zoo and aquarium, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Meet and perhaps pet (if volunteers are available) Monty the Python snake, Bobby II the box […]

Summer Hours At

Queens Museum Of Art

Summer Hours At Queens Museum Of Art The Queens Museum of Art is open Wednesday to Sunday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. during August. This temporary change takes advantage of summer’s long days, Art Executive Director Tom Finkelpearl said. "We simply want to be open when people are in the park. Right now, we have a great exhibition about an […]

Ion politics



Ion politics By John Toscano Ion politics Will Top State Court Settle Jennings Case? Queens Democratic Leader Thomas Manton expressed confidence last Friday that the state’s highest court would reverse a lower court decision and keep maverick City Councilmember Allan Jennings off the primary ballot. The party law committee was not expected to reach any decision until yesterday, the deadline […]

Anti-Graffiti Group

Adopts 2 Buildings

Anti-Graffiti Group Adopts 2 Buildings City Councilmember Tony Avella (l.) and North Shore Anti-Graffiti Volunteers Ariel and Stephen Kavaseno recently adopted two commercial locations at 150th Street and 14th Avenue, Whitestone. Members of the volunteer group "adopt" locations, paint over graffiti and repeat the process when new graffiti vandalism appears.

Restaurant

Of The WeekPorto Bello Offers
Great Food In A Casual Setting


Restaurant Of The Week By Teresa Barile Porto Bello Offers Great Food In A Casual Setting Of The Week Porto Bello Offers Great Food In A Casual Setting On any given night at Porto Bello, conveniently located in the LaGuardia Shopping Center, you’ll find dozens of tables full of families, friends and co-workers enjoying excellent, freshly prepared Italian dishes as […]

Senior Spotlight



Senior Spotlight By John Toscano A major lung operation for people over 65 suffering from severe emphysema, which presently costs $60,000, will henceforth be paid for by Medicare as part of a member’s coverage, it was announced last week. Private insurers and Medicaid usually follow the Medicare coverage example. Emphysema, which attacks the air sacs in the lungs making it […]