Controversial Astoria power plant to be dismantled
Controversial Astoria power plant to be dismantled
News Alexa Altman 12/27/2012 at 1:11PM

After powering down several years ago, a controversial power plant is finally going to be dismantled. Years of litigation, led by Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., ended with the shuttering of operations at the old branch of the Charles Poletti Power Plant on 20th Avenue in Astoria in 2010. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced [...]

Elderly Queens man missing
Elderly Queens man missing
News Billy Rennison 12/27/2012 at 11:01AM

A silver alert has been issued for a missing Queens man last seen yesterday morning in Briarwood. Hong Sheng Zhang, 78, went missing at 11:30 a.m. yesterday near the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Main Street. Zhang, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, is 5-feet-3-inches tall, 120 pounds, with grey shaved hair and brown eyes. He was last [...]

Sandy changes Hunter’s Point library plans
Sandy changes Hunter’s Point library plans
Top Stories Alexa Altman 12/27/2012 at 9:50AM

Fear of another Sandy is altering plans for the Queens Library’s upcoming Hunter’s Point destination. The land supporting the 21,500-square-foot facility, to be located at Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue on the banks of the East River, will be graded an extra foot higher to avoid any possible flooding that could occur during another Sandy-type [...]

Cuomo to hold New Year’s open house at Executive Mansion
Cuomo to hold New Year’s open house at Executive Mansion
News Billy Rennison 12/27/2012 at 9:20AM

Want to spend New Year’s with the governor? Well, here’s your chance. Governor Andrew Cuomo is opening the doors to the Executive Mansion in Albany on New Year’s Day and he’s invited the whole state to join him. The open house will take place from 1-3 p.m. All adults over 16 wishing to join the [...]

Cards for Christmas: Students help ill boy reach record
Cards for Christmas: Students help ill boy reach record
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 12/27/2012 at 8:58AM

Bayside youngsters have risen to the challenge of fulfilling a terminally ill Kentucky boy’s dying wish. Students at P.S. 46 have joined a worldwide initiative to help nine-year-old Dalton Dingus reach a world record for receiving the most holiday cards. Dingus, who is in stage 4 of cystic fibrosis, skyrocketed to national stardom this month, [...]

Queens Morning Roundup
Top Stories Billy Rennison 12/27/2012 at 7:50AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Thursday: Rain likely, mainly before 9 a.m. Patchy fog before 9 a.m. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 45. Breezy, with a northeast wind 11 to 16 mph becoming northwest 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Blustery, with a [...]

Tom Cruise reportedly dating 26-year-old Queens native
News Queens Courier Staff 12/26/2012 at 4:20PM

After finalizing his divorce from Katie Holmes this summer, Tom Cruise appears to be dating again, but it’s not a fellow actor, it’s a New York City restaurant manager and Queens native. According to In Touch, the 50-year-old “Jack Reacher” star is wooing a 26-year-old brunette named Cynthia Jorge, who works at Beauty & Essex in [...]

Comptroller Liu delivers State of the City
News Billy Rennison 12/26/2012 at 3:56PM

Raising the minimum wage, providing free college tuition and ending corporate welfare were among the myriad of topics touched on during Comptroller John Liu’s State of the City speech last week. After a pre-speech show featuring a children’s choir, interpretive dancers and violinists, the presumptive mayoral hopeful delivered his second State of the City speech [...]

NY newspaper publishes controversial map of local gun owners
NY newspaper publishes controversial map of local gun owners
News Cristabelle Tumola 12/26/2012 at 2:28PM

A New York newspaper is receiving criticism for posting an online map of gun permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties as the country debates firearm control following the Sandy Hook shooting. On its website this Saturday, The Journal News, using data gathered from Freedom of Information requests and Google Maps, published the names and [...]

Significant winter storm heading to Northeast
Significant winter storm heading to Northeast
News Cristabelle Tumola 12/26/2012 at 12:15PM

A storm system that already brought snow, tornadoes and other severe weather to the central and southern U.S. will hit the Northeast today and tomorrow, further disrupting holiday travel. Though, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), the snow is expected in the upper Ohio Valley and the interior Northeast, locally it will mainly bring [...]