2010-12-29 E-Edition

Op-Ed: What Is Wrong With Everyone In Queens?



Dear Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo, I am writing this Op-Ed piece to simply ask you, the new sheriff in town, what can be done to fix the healthcare crisis in our borough of Queens, the borough where your father started his political career and where you grew up. It is a fact that the waiting times in all Queens Emergency Rooms […]

Firefighters Battle Frozen Hydrants, Unplowed Streets In 5-Alarm Blaze



Frozen hydrants buried in snow, unplowed streets and abandoned vehicles endangered  lives in Elmhurst on the night of December 27 as firefighters fought the elements to battle a five-alarm blaze in a six-story apartment building. Fire officials said firefighters arrived at the building at 41-17 Judge St. at 6:27 p.m., carrying equipment on their backs and running hoses hooked up […]

City Crackdown On Sidewalk Signs



The city has started a crackdown on restaurants and other establishments that use sidewalk signs, by slapping bars and eateries with Department of Sanitation (DOS) violations. City law allows owners to place the signs directly outside the establishment, but the so-called sandwich signs used to advertise daily specials or happy hour often break the law by extending past the allowed […]

Queens, The Originator Of The New Year’s Eve Party?



Did you know that Western Queens might have been the birthplace of the traditional New Years Eve party? The first recorded New Year’s Eve bash was held in 1852 when 200 Astoria and Long Island City residents gathered at a ball and supper hosted by Astoria businessman, Henry Hunt. Hunt hosted the party at a hotel located at 21st Street […]

New Year’s Calling Cards–An Astoria Tradition



The emergence of a new year held special significance for young men and women living in Astoria in the early 20th Century. Young men carried small, ornately designed calling cards to present to young women as a sign of their desire to begin a courtship. The men were often chosen by family or friends to call on the women on […]

Lawmakers Group To Halt Meter Rate Hike



Councilmember Karen Koslowitz last week added her support to proposed legislation that would block Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to hike parking meter rates in Queens and the outer boroughs. Koslowitz joined Councilmembers James Vacca and Diana Reyna in entertaining Vacca’s plan to introduce a bill next month that would prohibit raising outer borough meter rates more than 25 percent over […]

Give The Gift Of Knowledge, Donate A Book



Queens library officials are urging residents to spend their holiday gift cash on something unusual, the donation of a new book to fill shelves of the cash starved library system. Officials said in light of the city’s $4.5 million budget cut, they no longer purchase new library materials such as best selling novels, homework study guides and DVDs. The decision […]

Ridgewood ‘Knife’ Man Had Violent History



The knife-wielding Ridgewood man, Zachary Blingert, who was shot to death last week by police had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, along with a history of domestic violence, law enforcement sources said. Blingert had a history of threatening to hurt his mother, the sources said. In fact, Blingert lived in his car because his mother refused to allow […]

CB1 Says ‘No’ To Disputed Developer



Members of Community Board 1 voted last week not to approve an application by controversial developer Stephen Bahar, to renew a building permit for a tern of two years, for the completion of a hotel at 29-11 39th Avenue in Long Island City. Bahar, who was not present at the December 21 meeting, applied for extension of a Certificate of […]