Friday, July 28, 2017


Opt-outs for real estate solicitation to return to NE Queens

An expired program that allowed homeowners to opt out of real estate solicitations will return to select areas of northeast Queens, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Wednesday. Comment
Long Island City

Electeds, union officials call for workplace training after LIC construction collapse

Elected officials and community groups joined members of Build Up NYC Tuesday to urge the city to suspend the license of a contractor for an accident at a Long Island City construction project that injured six workers last month. Comment

Bayside centenarians celebrate birthdays

Three seniors over the age of 100 will celebrate their birthdays collectively Friday at Bayside Senior Center. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Celebrity barbershop owner shot to death in Springfield Gardens

Hollis barbershop owner Zanu Simpson, 32, who catered to rappers and professional athletes, was shot to death early Tuesday morning outside a bar in Springfield Gardens, according to the NYPD. He had complained on social media that rivals were jealous of him. Comments (26)

Police, Safe Horizon target homelessness

The 102nd Precinct and Safe Horizon, an agency that helps victims of violence, has created a new program called the Crime Victims Assistance Program. Comment
East Elmhurst

Delta approved for $4 billion LaGuardia terminal

Delta Airlines got the green light to begin construction on its new $4 billion, 37-gate terminal at LaGuardia Airport. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Board of Commissioners gave final approval to a new lease agreement with the airline last week, putting the final component of the airport reconstruction project in place. Comment

Lhota echoes Cuomo in telling City Hall to pay up for repairs

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota jumped into a recent squabble between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over whether the city or state is responsible for funding the New York City Transit system. The transit head said in a Tuesday press conference he believed the de Blasio administration has an obligation to involve itself in funding not only the short-term plan to stabilize the subways while formulating a long-term solution, but funding the subway’s operations in general. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Queens Theater presents 10 original productions during Park Plays festival

Ten stories about Flushing Meadows Corona Park will come to life at the Queens Theater from July 28 to Aug. 6 during the Park Plays festival. Comment

The Big Fix

As subway riders brave the rails despite recent derailments, track fires and frequent delays, the three hot-headed men shaping the future of the MTA are at war. In fact, the blame game playing out among Gov. Andrew Cuomo, MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota and Mayor Bill de Blasio is an all-too-familiar reminder that politics can trump real concern for the public. Comment

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
The Civic Scene

Rikers debate becomes forum for civic leaders to complain

Last month at the Queens County Farm Museum, the Queens Civic Congress hosted a debate on the issue of closing Rikers Island. Supporters spoke for closing it, while opponents were for keeping it open. Comment
High Heat

Mets should sacrifice 2017 season for a better future

With no turnaround in sight, it’s time for the Mets to focus their attention on the 2018 season. Comment

‘Get out of jail free’ Lancman at it again

Here we go again with another bill of so-called “criminal justice reform” from City Councilman Rory Lancman (“Fare evasion data needs close scrutiny,” TimesLedger, July 21). Comment

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Long Island City

Mayor says Astoria’s new ferry service will launch Aug. 29

Astoria’s NYC Ferry service is set to launch Aug, 29, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) said the new route will be a game-changer for his constituents. Comments (3)

Pan American shelter gets a new contract from city

The city has approved a long-term deal to keep the homeless shelter at the former Pan American hotel in Elmhurst operating for six more years. City Comptroller Scott Stringer registered the $66.2 million contract between the city’s Department of Homeless Services and operator Samaritan Village to keep the Boulevard Family Residence home to 198 families. Comments (7)
Little Neck

Missing Alley Pond tortoise returns to treat-filled homecoming

Little Neck’s missing tortoise, Millennium, is back home and receiving a lot of attention from admirers after quite an adventure. Comments (3)

City Council contender Moya pushes his Willets Point plan

State Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Corona) joined Make the Road, Fairness Coalition of Queens and community leaders at a rally in front of Willets Point last Friday in support of his Willets Point Plan. Comments (1)

Bay Terrace leaseholders to purchase their land from Cord Meyer

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) announced a land purchase between Cord Meyer and Bay Terrace Cooperative Section I, ending a 60-year lease between the development company and shareholders. Comments (1)

MTA chair to immediately launch short-term stabilization plan for subway

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota unveiled his short-term plan this week to repair the city’s failing subway system and restore riders’ confidence in public transit. Comments (2)

Koo hosts candlelight vigil for Vincent Tse one year after his tragic death

The Flushing community came together in remembrance of Vincent Tse one year after his death. Comment
Cambria Heights

Southeast Queens authors honored at Cambria Heights library

The Cambria Heights’ branch of Queens Library held a Celebration of Southeast Queens Authors Saturday, hosting 17 authors ranging from 8 years old to senior citizens, and from first-time writers to those with an established history. Comment
Middle Village

Strong performances highlight ‘Joseph’ at Maggie’s Little Theater

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice maintain their theater reputation of writing musicals minus the spoken word. Maggie’s Little Theater in Middle Village took on one of their oldest with “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a Biblical story based on the “coat of many colors” of Joseph in the Book of Genesis. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Time for ailing mom to receive rather than give

Friday was a normal day for my friend Barbie Levin, an occupational therapist. She went to the modest home of a brand new patient, a baby who’d had a stroke in utero. She was now a 1-year-old and still not crawling because one leg was too weak. Comment

Billie Jean King, World Team Tennis hope to spark interest in sport

Tennis legend Billie Jean King is hoping World Team Tennis, and its recent return to Queens, can help jumpstart participation in the sport. Comment

Peralta staying true to progressive values

According to recent reports, efforts are underway by the Democratic Party leadership to bring to heel members of the Independent Democratic Caucus, a group of eight elected state senators who vote as a bloc and are currently aligned with Republicans. Comment

Lancman introduces bill on turnstyle jumping

Councilman Rory I. Lancman (D-Hillcrest) formally introduced legislation that would require the NYPD to report the total number of arrests and summonses issued for fare evasion every three months. Comment

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Job Fair at Queens Center mall connects unemployed with resources

More than 750 job-seekers were able to meet with over 30 potential employers last week at the Queens Center mall and almost all of them had on-site interviews, according to state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), the host of his 7th annual job fair. Comment

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Low-income homeowners to receive $115 credit on water and sewer bill

Over 23,000 homeowners in Queens will receive a $115 credit on their next water and sewer bill, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (3)
Kew Gardens

First Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema showcases Queens talent

The first annual Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema will take over Queens in August, presenting over 150 films from 24 countries — including various Queens-made projects. Comment

LIRR’s modernization not possible without subsidy

When it comes to Long Island Rail Road problems, the buck stops on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. Comment

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

East Elmhurst

Three men posed as homeowners to scam apartment hunters: NYPD

The NYPD was looking for three men who misrepresented themselves as home owners to rip off unsuspecting apartment hunters in East Elmhurst, Corona and Jackson Heights this spring. Comments (1)

De Blasio announces expansion to Charles B. Wang Health Center in Flushing

Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray visited the Charles B. Wang Health Center in Flushing Tuesday to announce a $65 million expansion to the institution’s facility and services. The funding coincides with the ThriveNYC initiative for the city to support neighborhood medical support through community organizations serving a variety of nationalities. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Three Queens men charged for involvement in alleged heroin ring: Suffolk DA

An alleged heroin network spanning parts of Queens and Suffolk County was busted up by Long Island law enforcement and the DEA, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights sex offender admits to contacting past victim: DA

A 42-year-old Jackson Heights man pleaded guilty to contempt of court for violating an order of protection for contacting the young woman he pleaded guilty to raping in 2012 when the victim was just 15 years old. Comment

Trump, Putin cohesion little surprise

By any yardstick one chooses, Vladimir Putin is a depot, the antithesis of democracy and a free press. Comments (2)

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