Stop and Shop opens new Flushing location

Stop and Shop opened its new location at 31-06 Farrington Street this week. The site was formerly a Pathmark but transformed into a Stop and Shop after Pathmark filed for bankruptcy.

An an introduction to the neighborhood, the company donated $2,000 to the local Flushing YMCA.

Store Manager, Carmine Verdino( right) and Jay Cohen, Marketing Manager/Stop & Shop (left) present a check to Jen Silvers the Executive Director of the Flushing YMCA

Flushing bar creates Mets-inspired drinks

Left to right: The Dark Knight, Thor’s Hammer, The Murph and The deGrominator
Left to right: The Dark Knight, Thor’s Hammer, The Murph and The deGrominator

Okay, so the Mets have not been doing so well. Still, don’t count the team out! In fact, while the team is back in Flushing, you can stop by their neighbor Leaf Bar & Lounge for drinks that are named after some of the players.

The bar, located at 133-42 39th Avenue, has a number of specialty drinks that are available during each World Series game for $8. The drinks will be sold from 5pm until the end of the game. They include:

· The deGrominator – a blue curacao cocktail honoring pitcher Jacob deGrom.

· The Dark Knight – for pitcher Matt Harvey and made with bourbon, a splash of club soda and a dash of bitters.

· Thor’s Hammer – a Scandinavian cocktail of lemonade, Aquavit liquor and muddled basil for pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

· The Murph – a Jameson Irish Whiskey homerun of a cocktail that honors infielder Daniel Murphy.

Fans of Murphy can recreate this drink at home by combining 1.5 oz Jameson, .25 oz Chartreuse Green, .5 oz lemon juice, 1 tsp of brown sugar and 5 muddled cucumbers in a cocktail shaker. Then, shake and double strain over a rocks glass filled with a two-inch ice cube. Garnish with a brandy cherry on a skewer.

Halloween Family Fun TONIGHT

Even though Halloween is this Saturday, the Voelker Orth Museum is hosting an evening of spooks and treats for the kids tonight. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., children will enjoy spooky stories as well as craft time and surprises. To join in the fun, come in costume and bring some friends or family members. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission is $3 while infants can go for free.
The Voelker Orth Museum is located at 149-19 38th Avenue in Flushing.

Police ask for help after Flushing break-in

The 109th Precinct is asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects wanted for a Flushing break-in and robbery.

The robbery occurred on Friday, Oct. 9 around 1 a.m. with a 23-year-old man, 25-year-old woman, 27-year-old woman and 30-year-old woman all present at the home. The victims were tied up by a couple of suspects after they forced their way into the private home with hand guns and stun guns.

The suspects stole an undetermined amount of money, electronic equipment and cell phones. No one was seriously injured.

Although the police have yet to release a description of the perps, they hope that the public can help with any tips or IDs. Anyone with information can call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at

Pol to host health seminar for immigrants in Flushing

Councilman Peter Koo along with MetroPlus Health Plan are hosting a seminar titled Health Plan Option for Immigrants to educate the immigrant community on the different health care options the city offers. Open enrollment in the health care market place is opening soon and a multitude of options are available to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and lawfully present immigrants.

The free seminar will take place at the Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St., on Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Too often, health insurance is viewed as a luxury new immigrants can’t afford, and when a serious emergency occurs, the cost of medical care can quickly spiral out of control,” Koo said in a release. “I encourage anyone who is uninsured and exploring health care options to take advantage of this free seminar.”


Flushing officials highlight safety concerns after Flushing hit and run

Photo courtesy Assemblyman Ron Kim

A group of Flushing residents joined elected officials on College Point Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue yesterday to call for the city to ensure that future development doesn’t make and already problematic area even more dangerous.

“Downtown Flushing is undergoing a period of rapid growth that must be balanced with improved safeguards against traffic accidents,” said Councilman Peter Koo. “The 109th Police Precinct and Related Companies have both worked to provide traffic safety agents during periods of high traffic at this intersection, and it must be the responsibility of the City of New York to ensure future development does not turn this heavily traveled roadway into a safety hazard. I will continue to advocate for traffic safety and awareness on all levels of government, but it is important to remember that this responsibility falls on all of us, and if you are involved in an accident it is your duty as a driver, as a citizen, as a human being, to stop, help and report the incident to the authorities. This driver decided to flee the scene, and I encourage anyone with information to contact the authorities.”

The rally came on the heels of a fatal hit-and-run incident that took place over the weekend, where Mariano Contreras was hit by a northbound black SUV just after 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

“It is a tragedy whenever a life is taken, but even more so when it could have been prevented,” said Senator Toby Ann Stavisky. “Drivers and pedestrians must use caution on the road at all times. Traffic lights, harsher punishments on reckless drivers and clearly marked crosswalks are important, but awareness is also key. I extend my condolences to Mariano Contreras’ loved ones and call on the driver to do the right thing and turn themselves in, so that the family may have some closure and grieve fully.”

According to the New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vision zero website, there’s been an accident along every intersection on a 10-block stretch of College Point Boulevard with at least one injury in the last year with 11 total injuries at the intersection of College Point Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue.

Police are still looking for the suspect they say fled the scene after striking Contreras. Below is video of the incident, courtesy the NYPD. The vehicle is described as a 2014/15 dark colored Jeep Cherokee.

Flushing man gets 22 years for 2011 shooting

Pols discuss security camera upgrades at Pomonok Houses.

Jerome Robinson, 26, of Flushing was sentenced to 22 years behind bars for his role in a 2011 July 4 weekend shooting that killed a woman and injured her son.

According to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Robinson and an accomplice (Malik Wallace) approached the two victims outside their vehicle, which was parked outside the Pomonok Houses. The two then fired into the car, according to the complaint, killing the woman and injuring her teenage son.

Wallace was sentence to 23-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted of first-degree manslaughter on Sept. 11, 2015.

“This was a senseless slaying of a woman and the brutal assault of her son. It is yet another example of how illegal firearms can devastate families and communities,” said Brown in a statement. “The defendant has now been sentenced to a lengthy term behind bars that will protect the public and punish him for this brazen crime.”