Whitestone

Five injured in Whitestone restaurant fire
Five injured in Whitestone restaurant fire
Northeast Queens Courier Staff 8/10/2013 at 6:48PM

MELISSA CHAN AND ANGY ALTAMIRANO Five people were injured, two of them seriously, when a fire erupted inside a popular Whitestone Chinese restaurant Saturday, fire officials said. Flames broke out at Emperor House Chinese Restaurant around 4:49 p.m., according to the FDNY. Three victims sustained minor injuries and one man was being treated for second-degree [...]

Bayside man wrongfully jailed for attempted rape to sue for $133M
Northeast Melissa Chan 8/06/2013 at 3:55PM

The Bayside man exonerated by DNA after being wrongfully jailed for almost nine months is suing the city for more than $133 million, his lawyer said. Kenneth King was charged with the attempted rape and sex abuse of a woman in Whitestone in September 2011. The early morning attack along the Cross Island Parkway near [...]

Whitestone woman pleads guilty in prostitution ring bust
Northeast Melissa Chan 8/06/2013 at 9:39AM

A Whitestone woman who headed a large-scale prostitution and drug ring has pleaded guilty to felony enterprise corruption charges, officials said. Jay King, 53, was sentenced to three to nine years in state prison for her role in a money laundering operation that spanned the tri-state area, said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. She illegally sold [...]

West Nile spraying in Queens this week
West Nile spraying in Queens this week
News Queens Courier Staff 8/04/2013 at 12:52PM

On Monday, August 5 there will be West Nile spraying in parts of Queens to help reduce the mosquito population and the risk of the disease. The spraying will take place between the hours of 8:15 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning. In case of bad weather, the application will be delayed until Tuesday, [...]

Residents: Area around Whitestone park unsafe for pedestrians
Residents: Area around Whitestone park unsafe for pedestrians
Northeast Melissa Chan 7/25/2013 at 3:38PM

Getting to and from a Whitestone playground is no walk in the park, some residents say. The lack of a crosswalk or traffic controls at the 3rd Avenue and 147th Street entrance to Francis Lewis Park is dangerous to pedestrians, said Malba Civic Association president Alfredo Centola. “It’s a beautiful park,” Centola said. “These poor [...]

Embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran launches law practice
Embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran launches law practice
Politics Melissa Chan 7/18/2013 at 11:51AM

An embattled Queens legislator has launched a law practice as he awaits his own day in court. Councilmember Dan Halloran is still taking on legal cases as an attorney and has formed a separate office to handle them, The Courier has learned. This firm’s website, www.halloranlaw.org, describes Whitestone-based Halloran Law P.C. as a “one-stop shop [...]

Whitestone residents rally against bus route
Whitestone residents rally against bus route
Northeast Melissa Chan 7/16/2013 at 10:22AM

Buses are still going down a narrow residential street in Whitestone and often getting stuck, residents say, despite two years the community has spent pushing for another route. “It is incomprehensible that the MTA would consider such a narrow street for the routing of a city bus,” said State Senator Tony Avella. “This is an [...]

Queens centenarians celebrate birthdays
Queens centenarians celebrate birthdays
News Queens Courier Staff 7/14/2013 at 11:48AM

MELISSA FERRARI Woman celebrates turning 102 at local cafe Maria Biancaniello celebrated turning 102 surrounded by family and friends. On Friday, July 5, Caffe Italia in Whitestone hosted Biancaniello’s 102nd birthday party. The energy in Biancaniello’s favorite restaurant was joyous as her family gathered to celebrate her life. The turnout included Biancaniello’s three children, nine [...]

Whitestone teen skates his way to success
Whitestone teen skates his way to success
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 6/30/2013 at 1:08PM

Stephen Pallos is skating his way to success in the hockey rink. After playing on Holy Cross High School’s varsity team for four years, the 17-year-old is making his way to college hockey. After being contacted and recruited by numerous schools, Pallos and his family made the final decision that he will attend Washington and [...]

Walk to raise funds for Flushing toddler’s chemo
Walk to raise funds for Flushing toddler’s chemo
Northeast Melissa Chan 6/06/2013 at 3:34PM

Kimberly Scott’s life changed in March, when doctors discovered a lemon sized tumor in her toddler’s brain. “They said in a week, he would have died if he didn’t have the surgery,” she said. Her 3-year-old son Alex now faces at least six months of aggressive chemotherapy after the cancerous brain tumor was removed. Hundreds [...]