2016-10-19 E-Edition

Eating and Shopping at Arbat, Russia



           Out tour group left us at the Arbat to dine and shop. We saw that many items for sale were made in China. There were many shops with Chinese tourists. A major disappointment was in shopping products. We were not impressed by quality and felt we were in a tourist trap. We just bought two Russian matryoshka dolls […]

Gianaris Speaks At Dutch Kills Civic Association



The Dutch Kills Civic Association has been a little unmoored recently, after Thea Romano, its president, moved to Florida, reportedly saying that living in New York had become too expensive for her.  Monthly meetings were managed in September and October by George Stamatiades while a new election of officers was readied.  Nominations for that election were made at the October […]

CB 1 Meets; Floating Hospital Talks About Healthcare



The October Community Board 1 cabinet meeting at Kaufman Astoria Studios seemed an exceptionally quick affair after the first four scheduled speakers were done and the fifth was absent.  Florence Koulouris, CB 1’s district manager and moderator of the meeting, said that everyone might go home early.  But when one of the unscheduled speakers began to talk about food carts […]

Shelter Video Scuffle



The war between the deBlasio administration and a group of Maspeth resident protesting over a proposed homeless shelter in their neighborhood turned ugly last week, when the city unleashed a video campaign depicting the residents as hate mongers who are turning their backs on homeless New Yorkers. The footage shows residents holding signs reading, “Dump The Dope,” with a photo […]

Cops: Beware ‘Mail Fishing’ In 114th Precinct



Police at the 114th Precinct are searching for a team of suspects responsible for a recent uptick in “mail fishing” within the command. Cops said suspects involved in mail “fishing” schemes attach an assortment of sticky or adhesive objects to a string, to “fish” mail out of mailboxes. The crooks sort through the stolen mail for checks and personal information, […]

Eye On Safety At Queens Library Branches



Three additional western Queens library branches have been equipped with security cameras to ensure they remain safe havens for patrons, young and old, library officials said. As part of $400,000 in funding recently secured by City Councilmember Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, the Corona, Langston Hughes and East Elmhurst Queens Library branches have been equipped with multiple security cameras that will monitor activities […]

FDNY Probing Astoria Fire



City fire marshals are sifting through charred debris to determine the cause of a fire that injured four residents at an Astoria apartment building on October 10. Approximately 60 firefighters from 12 FDNY units battled the blaze that started at about 8 p.m., at the building at 35-30 34th Street for almost an hour before it was brought under control, […]

FDNY: October Is Fire Safety Month



Fire officials have again dubbed October as Fire Safety Month, pointing to electric space heaters with faulty wiring as the “Number One Cold Weather Killer,” and the leading cause of fires during cold weather months. Sparks from electric heaters with frayed or worn wires set off the majority of fires each year during cold weather months, FDNY officials said. “They […]

It’s In Queens! (October 20 to October 26)



Judy Collins, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and Capitol Steps are the internationally recognized acts in Queens this week. Plus, the borough hosts the country’s largest Diwali festival, dance galore, films, tours, storytelling, and Mingei. Oct. 20-21, Take Root: Treehouse Shakers, 11 am. This company creates original dance-plays that encourage multi-generational audiences to connect to their community. $15. Green Space, […]