Category Archives: Forest Hills

West Nile spotted in boro

Mosquitoes around parts of northeast Queens were found to be carrying West Nile Virus, the city Health Department reported, but posed no threat to the residents living in the southern part of the borough. It was the first West Nile detection of the season, the city said, mostly emanating from Douglaston and College Point as well as part of Staten Island. No human cases of the virus were reported, the DOH said, and there was no cause for alarm just … Continue reading

Queens Republicans look ahead without Ragusa

Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa died at a turbulent time for his party and now members are looking where to go next amid infighting and minimal results.   Ragusa, 74, died late last month after a short battle with Leukemia in the company of loved ones. His death came just weeks after his party’s various clubs met in Forest Hills to try and find a common ground and move towards the ultimate goal of getting Republicans elected.   Currently, City … Continue reading

Cannibal cop conviction overturned

A federal judge delivered some bitter sweet news to former “cannibal” city cop Gilberto Valle Tuesday, allowing him to walk out of prison and into freedom after overturning a conviction that once accused him of plotting to capture, kill, cook and eat young women. Valle, 30, walked out of Manhattan Federal Court on Tuesday after nearly two years behind bars and into the custody of his mother after Judge Paul Gardephe overturned his conviction on the grounds of flawed evidence. … Continue reading

Smooth sailing for Forest Hills stadium’s summer shows

It has been an ongoing revival since last August for the Forest Hills Stadium, when the band Mumford & Sons put it back on the map with its first concert in 15 years. Now, the Forest Hills community said it is ready for another string of concerts to roll through the stadium as the summer rolls on. The stadium had fallen into disrepair over recent decades, but revived itself over the past year with four concerts planned for this summer … Continue reading

Teachers Back Stavisky for Senate

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) accepted key endorsements this week from some of the city’s biggest voices on education representing more than 140,000 teachers and school employees. The United Federation of Teachers, the New York State United Teachers and the Professional Staff Congress all threw support behind the former teacher and seven-term senator, citing her education background as a motivator for their decision. It was the first time that NYSUT, an umbrella organization for the UFT and PSC, endorsed an … Continue reading

Parkway Hospital Heads to Another Auction

The footprint of the former Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills will hit the auction block once again next month. Documents showed the mortgage on the 70-35 113st St. spot would be auctioned once again at Queens Supreme Civil Court on July 11 at 10 a.m. after several failed attempts over the past year. The site was most recently auctioned off for $22.2 million in January, but the buyer, 70-35 113th St. Holdings LLC, could not finalize the deal, leading to … Continue reading

Strong Turnout for 112th Pct. Open House

Heidi Chain, president of the 112th Precinct Community Council, said there were more than 1,000 people passing through the precinct’s open house during Sunday’s Austin Street fair in Forest Hills. The event was the latest in a series of initiatives both the Council and precinct have taken to keep the public informed. “It was a great event for everyone there,” Chain said. “Capt.[Thomas Conforti] tweeted pictures. The captain has to be congratulated for his efforts.” Chain said the initiative brought … Continue reading

Thousands Hit Forest Hills for Festival of the Arts

The Forest Hills Festival of the Arts drew huge crowds to Austin Street Sunday, when thousands of people from throughout the neighborhood – and beyond – enjoyed food, crafts, and entertainment. The annual festival, which was on its 14th year, mixed world-class music and high-end merchants and crafts across 69th to 72nd Road. With more than 115 local business represented, it was a way for people to meet the business owners and enjoy free entertainment with their friends and family. … Continue reading

Man Sexually Assaults Woman in Forest Hills Apartment: Cops

Cops are searching for a man wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman inside of her Forest Hills apartment building, the NYPD said. The unidentified man reportedly followed the woman into her apartment building last Tuesday near Queens Boulevard and 76th Road around 7 p.m., where he attacked her from behind and threw her to the ground, police said. He immediately fled the scene, cops said. The NYPD described him as a 47-year-old man wearing a forwards Yankees baseball cap, … Continue reading

Forest Hills Native Michael Perlman Honored by Historic Districts Council

Few residents in the borough have the kind of passion for preservation and landmark issues as native Forest Hills resident Michael Perlman, who some say “lives and breathes” preservation. In recognition of his tireless activism and service to the community, the Historic Districts Council, a leading citywide advocate for New York’s historic neighborhoods, recently honored Perlman with a 2014 Grassroots Preservation Award. The award honors and celebrates activists and groups who work to preserve the city’s historic neighborhoods. Simeon Bankoff, … Continue reading

Forest Hills Students Preserve Immigrant Stories

A group of Forest Hills middle schoolers took a step back into history to tell the stories of their immigrant ancestors. More than 50 oral histories joined together to form “Queens Migration: Origins Stories,” which Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School students will present at a book launch Saturday night. Each story focused on Queens residents and their journeys while immigrating to the United States. Evan O’Connell was one of the three English teachers behind the project, which guided nearly 115 eighth-graders … Continue reading

Former State Sen. Serphin Maltese Named to Veterans Hall of Fame

Serphin “Serf” Maltese has been many things in his lifetime – including a 10-term state senator and a Queens assistant district attorney, to name just a couple. But before his career as a politician and an attorney, Maltese served in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army, and this service inspired state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) to select Maltese to be inducted into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. “It’s an honor to recognize … Continue reading

Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade Draws Crowd to Metropolitan Avenue

Crowds lined up along Metropolitan Avenue to commemorate the sacrifices and remember the heroism of veterans for the annual Memorial Day parade in Forest Hills. It’s a ceremony that has grown over the past years, from the small event it was when Our Lady of Mercy’s Monsignor John McGuirl was a 10-year-old boy in the neighborhood to this year’s event – for which McGuirl was one of the grand marshals – that drew a crowd of patriots from throughout the … Continue reading

Step by Step, Breaking Down Hatred with Dance

There is so much more to it than just dancing. An upcoming film screening at the Central Queens YM & YWHA in Forest Hills will take viewers overseas into Jaffa, Israel and show how the simple act of dancing managed to bridge sworn enemies into trusted companions. The award-winning “Dancing in Jaffa” asks the question: Is it possible to use the medium of dance to foster understanding between Jewish and Palestinian Israeli youths raised in distrust of one another? The … Continue reading

Hevesi Bill Prompts Smartphone Anti-Theft Reform

Political pressure put the heat on cell phone snatchers, in part because of a bill introduced by state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills). Hevesi has been pushing service providers and manufacturers to explore new ways to combat smartphone and tablet thieves by constructing a doomsday switch that could remotely wipe any device clean. He introduced a bill on the subject back in March along with several other pieces of legislation drafted across the country and celebrated an agreement to reform … Continue reading