Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jackson Heights

Jax Hts 9/11 worker facing deportation released after Cuomo pardon

A former Ground Zero worker from Jackson Heights who was facing imminent deportation over a non-violent conviction nearly three decades ago walked out of a New Jersey correctional facility Wednesday afternoon. Comment

State lawmakers dither on mayor control as session turns to other issues

The special session Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Wednesday for state lawmakers to vote on mayor control stalled as members of the Legislature decided to discuss other issues that were unresolved at the end of the regular session. Comment

Former Holliswood Hospital vandalized with hate graffiti

Residents of Holliswood were in an uproar after discovering that the old Holliswood Hospital, located at 87-37 Palermo St., had graffiti of swastikas and hate speech scrawled outside and inside the building. Comment

Flushing poet honored in Italy for poem sculpted in marble

Flushing poet Vincent J. Tomeo has given Monterosso Calabro – the bucolic, rustic town that inspired his most acclaimed poem “A View from a Tower in Calabria, Italy” — a place in the sun. Comment
Forest Hills

Katz criticizes Spectrum customer service after outage

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz criticized internet service provider Spectrum after multiple Queens neighborhoods were left without service or answers Monday. Comments (2)

Kim, Avella, Peralta enact small business bill, seafood reform

Elected officials stood at the Manhattan headquarters of the Korean American Association of Greater New York urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign two bills that will provide financial support for small businesses and improve labeling practices in the seafood industry. Comment
Dutch Kills

Dutch Kills calls for return of Engine Company 261

Dutch Kills wants its FDNY engine company back. Comment

Cuomo appoints Lhota head of MTA

Former MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota will return to his position as head of the transit agency, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced June 21, in a move approved by the state Senate later that evening. Lhota served as head of the agency until 2013 when he resigned to face Bill de Blasio in the race for mayor. Comment

NYC Parks opens pools for the summer season

It’s time to bring out your bathing suits and floaties. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Rethinking the concept of free city parking

What if you could rent a place to store a giant pile of your stuff in New York City for free? Comment

Cuomo goes with familiar face for MTA

On June 21, Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed former MTA chairman Joe Lhota to come back as MTA chairman. Comment

Wednesday, June 28, 2017


MTA execs blame A train derailment on human error

Newly appointed MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota and Executive Director Veronique Hakim rushed to the scene of an A train’s derailment Tuesday in Harlem which they later blamed on a loose rail stored on the tracks. Comments (4)

Advisory: Health Department to begin mosquito spraying in Queens

The New York City Health Department will begin to spray pesticides throughout the summer in all five boroughs in order to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, such as the West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus. Comments (1)

Noisy freight rail repair facility to move out of Glendale

Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and other Queens officials announced last week that the New York and Atlantic Railway will reduce noise in Glendale by moving its train repair facility to East New York, providing needed relief to residents in the area. Comments (1)

Meng nominates six Queens students to U.S. service academies

Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) hosted a reception for six Queens high school students she nominated to attend the United States Service Academies. The teens will depart for their institutions later this month after they graduate from their local high schools. Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

Sandy-damaged apartment complex in Far Rockaway undergoing major restoration

When Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Rockaway peninsula in October 2012, it did extensive damage to the Ocean Bay Apartments complex, a 24-building, 1,395-unit NYCHA campus, home to nearly 4,000 low-income New Yorkers. Comments (1)

Police hear Jamaica residents’ concerns

Officers of the 103rd Precinct held a neighborhood community meeting Tuesday on unlicensed mechanics, abandoned cars and prostitution. Comments (1)
Dining Out

Lunera mixes Old World and New

Thanks to the insistent connections of inscrutable internet logic, my attention has recently been driven to a constellation of articles about cultural appropriation as it relates to food. Are we really stealing something when mainstream cuisine adopts and adapts the foodways of ethnic cultures? Comment

Massey halts his mayoral campaign

Paul Massey, a Republican candidate for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s seat, dropped out of the race Wednesday, citing funding issues as the main reason for calling off the campaign. Comment

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Teenage girl found unconscious in Woodside after possible sex assault: NYPD

A teenage girl was found unconscious and in her underwear near a Woodside warehouse early Sunday morning and now the NYPD’s special victims unit is investigating the case as a possible sex crime. Police were called to 46-21 70th St. near 47th Avenue where the 16-year-old was discovered unresponsive on a sidewalk around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Six workers hurt in LIC construction accident: FDNY

Six construction workers were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after a partial collapse of a construction site in Long Island City Monday morning, according to the FDNY. The incident occurred just after 11 a.m. at 42-20 27th St., a half block south of Queensboro Plaza, when part of the eighth floor gave way after concrete was poured into a 20-foot by 20-foot formwork, according to the city Department of Buildings. Comment
Long Island City

Business, real estate leaders discuss Long Island City’s unprecedented growth

More than 300 leaders in business, tech and real estate gathered Tuesday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria for the 4th Annual LIC Summit, a daylong forum exploring issues affecting a neighborhood that has been experiencing explosive and unprecedented growth. Comments (2)

Council helps match artists with funding

If you’re a Queens-based creative looking for a way to connect to people in your neighborhood through your project-based work, it’s easier to get by with a little help from your friends. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Lancman joins Local 3 union condemning Charter Communications

Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) and other elected officials joined over 100 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 members Tuesday morning in front of a Charter Communications location in Fresh Meadows to denounce the company’s use of out-of-state contractors. Comment

Simotas bills to help small businesses pass in state Legislature

A package of four bills to help small businesses avoid common violations and increase transparency and public participation in agency rulemaking has passed in both houses of the state Legislature. Comment

More for Mooney: Red Storm pitcher earns another honor

St. John’s freshman ace Sean Mooney was named to the 2017 Collegiate National Team on Tuesday, another honor for the dominant right-hander. Comment

Monday, June 26, 2017


Supreme Court revives Trump administration’s travel ban with limits

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to allow a limited version of the Trump administration’s travel ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States Monday, the final day of the high court’s opinions. Comments (1)

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Long Island City

Long Island City collision kills Woodside man, injures teen girl: NYPD

A 28-year-old Woodside man was killed and a teenage girl was critically injured Saturday morning in a collision at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Skillman Avenue, the NYPD said. Comment

Woodside’s Doughboy Park to receive $750,000 renovation

Doughboy Park in Woodside, the 1.7-acre public space on Woodside Avenue and 52nd Street, will receive a $750,000 overhaul, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced last week. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Police hunt for suspected groper at Jax Hts subway station

The NYPD wants to question a man for allegedly touching a 17-year-old woman’s buttocks at the Broadway and Roosevelt Avenue subway station in Jackson Heights June 9. The victim was exiting the F train staircase when the suspect groped her around 8 a.m., police said. The suspect fled the station in an unknown direction. Comment

Anti-choice protesters outside Jamaica clinic sued by Attorney General

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit Tuesday against 14 anti-choice protesters who have threatened patients of the Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica. Comment

Police looking for suspect who damaged nearly a dozen cars in Corona

Police were searching for a man suspected of puncturing nearly a dozen tires in Corona June 17. Comment

9/11 memorial draws crowds in Bayside

A new plaque commemorating the victims of 9/11 in Bayside got a new look Saturday. Comments (1)
Ozone Park ►Video

NYPD seeks two male suspected of robbing a 12-year-old

The NYPD was in search of two men who they say stole an iPhone 7 Plus from a 12-year-old boy in Ozone Park. Comment
Jackson Heights

Two formerly homeless men hired to clean Roosevelt Avenue

Two formerly homeless men will work full-time cleaning Roosevelt Avenue between 82nd Street and 90th Street, beginning July 1. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Some interesting items from my inbox

Once in a while, something interesting shows up in my email inbox. It’s often hard to spot, since it’s surrounded by offers to reduce belly fat, regrow hair, lower blood pressure, increase income, improve one’s sex life — among many other dubious offers. But this one caught my attention. Comment

Home field advantage: Cricket star uses sport to settle stateside

John Adams senior standout Richie Balkarran found a home in the United States and on the cricket field, notching a career that was nothing short of excpetional. Comment

Queens-born Jason Patric a Hollywood mainstay

Born Jason Patric Miller, Jr., in Queens on June 17, 1966, Jason Patric is a film, stage and television actor who has over 20 movies to his credit in a career spanning more than 30 years. He has also appeared in TV shows including “Saturday Night Live,” “Entourage, “and the mystery series “Wayward Pines.” Comment

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