Jimmy Van Bramer

City speed camera program hits a red light
News Cristabelle Tumola 4/03/2013 at 4:45PM

Albany has put the brakes on the city’s speed cameras. Despite a push from the Department of Transportation, the City Council, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, the State Legislature failed to include funding for the program in the 2013-2014 budget passed last week. “I think the wrong decision was made by the [...]

3rd Annual Queens World Film Festival ready for its close-up
3rd Annual Queens World Film Festival ready for its close-up
Entertainment Angy Altamirano 2/25/2013 at 10:15AM

The 3rd Annual Queens World Film Festival is just around the corner, with organizers and filmmakers from near and far ready to take the stage. “Brooklyn has an identity, Manhattan has an identity, everyone has an identity, except for Queens,” said festival director Katha Cato who arranges the event along with her husband, Don. “Everybody [...]

Long Island City murder leads to calls against gun violence
Long Island City murder leads to calls against gun violence
Police Alexa Altman 2/12/2013 at 12:46PM

The shooting of a 27-year-old aspiring hip-hop artist near the Queensbridge Houses is raising clamor among politicians and community activists fighting against gun violence. The victim, Francisco Leal, 27, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest around 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 at the corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue. While the [...]

Queens celebrates Winter Pride
Queens celebrates Winter Pride
News Alexa Altman 1/31/2013 at 4:08PM

Hundreds gathered at the Astoria World Manor to fete distinguished guests at the Queens Pride Committee’s 20th annual Winter Pride event. The January 26 gala, which honored Congressmember Grace Meng, Dr. Marjorie Hill and Out Astoria, raised funds to support the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade and Multi-Cultural Festival as well as a film [...]

Dangerous Sunnyside intersection prompts DOT study
Dangerous Sunnyside intersection prompts DOT study
Top Stories Alexa Altman 1/24/2013 at 9:22AM

A transit advocacy group is moving to make changes to a hazardous Sunnyside intersection. Representatives from the Queens Committee of Transportation Alternatives say the juncture of Borden Avenue and Greenpoint Avenue, running above the Long Island Expressway, is perilous for pedestrians and cyclists due to unclear markings and poorly-timed traffic signals. “Frankly, it’s an absolute [...]

What City Council members wish for their constituents in 2013
What City Council members wish for their constituents in 2013
Politics Queens Courier Staff 1/07/2013 at 12:18PM

The Queens Courier asked the City Council what they wish for their constituents in 2013. Here are some of the responses: Speaker Christine Quinn: To help New Yorkers still reeling from Sandy recover fully and quickly, & rebuild New York City to protect New Yorkers from the impact of climate change. Daniel Dromm: To see comprehensive immigration reform including the Uniting American Families Act (for families headed [...]

Queens businesses fear 7 subway suspension may hurt profits
Queens businesses fear 7 subway suspension may hurt profits
Top Stories Maggie Hayes 1/03/2013 at 1:34PM

Once more, western Queens business owners could potentially say goodbye to a profitable winter. The No. 7 line weekend service between Queens and Manhattan is being suspended until the end of March, and many area business owners fear that this will affect the influx of customers they usually get. The award-winning Chocolate Factory Theater in [...]

Sunnyside grocery store to close after lease dispute
Sunnyside grocery store to close after lease dispute
News Alexa Altman 12/12/2012 at 4:12PM

After 28 years, Suzy Szabo will no longer work at her neighborhood grocery store. The five-minute walk from her Sunnyside home to her job at the local Foodtown on Greenpoint Avenue will become a nearly 90 minute commute on two trains across two boroughs. In two weeks, the store will be emptied, its merchandise sold [...]

Plea for information on fatal Sunnyside attack
Plea for information on fatal Sunnyside attack
News Alexa Altman 10/31/2012 at 2:02PM

Through tears, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer pleaded for information leading to the capture of those responsible for the murder of a close personal friend. Around midnight on Saturday, October 20, Lou Rispoli, 62, left his Sunnyside home for a late night walk as he sometimes did to quell his insomnia. At roughly 2 a.m. on [...]

LIC strip club makes third run at liquor license
LIC strip club makes third run at liquor license
News Alexa Altman 10/18/2012 at 10:30AM

After two strikes, a Long Island City strip club is taking another swing at a liquor license. 21 Group Inc. — the proprietors of the controversial Show Palace strip club — requested that the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) reconsider the venue’s recent application. In June, the SLA sent 21 Group Inc. a denial [...]