Sunday, March 26, 2017

Far Rockaway

EDC touts Rockaway storefronts prior to rezoning vote

The city Economic Development Corp. and the city’s Department of Small Business Services are touting the January completion of the SBS’s Storefront Improvement Program in Downtown Far Rockaway, which renovated 18 storefronts on business corridors in the area. Comment

Avella bill to make St. Patrick’s Day school holiday passes in Senate

A bill that would make St. Patrick’s Day a school holiday in the state of New York passed the Senate chamber Monday. Comments (1)

Game day Crusader: McClancy hoops star ready for next step

Alonzo Ortiz-Traylor has always been focused on winning basketball games, but now the Crusaders standout is looking ot take his game to the next level. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Police search for Jackson Heights robbery suspect

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were on the lookout for a man suspected of robbery in Jackson Heights. Comment

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Richmond Hill

Hate crimes discussed at 102 community council meeting

The 102nd Precinct held its monthly community council meeting last week to inform Richmond Hill’s diverse residents what makes a crime a hate crime. Comments (1)

Sanders to hold forum on women in business

State Sen. James Sanders (D-Far Rockaway) will be holding a symposium detailing the struggles and challenges facing women in the business world in honor of Women’s History Month. Comment

Momentum swing: Springfield Gardens falls in PSAL final

The Lady Eagles jumped out to an early-game lead, but foul trouble and missed shots slowed down the squad as Springfield Gardens fell to Holcombe Rucker in the PSAL final on Saturday. Comment

Woman shot in Jamaica home while asleep

JAMAICA — The NYPD was seeking a man who shot through the window of a Jamaica home Saturday evening, striking a woman in her right leg. Comments (2)

Friday, March 24, 2017


Veterans at Flushing post reach out to elected officials to avert shutdown

Queens veterans are being left in the cold. Comments (1)

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East Elmhurst

Baby girl struck and killed by pickup truck driver in East Elmhurst: NYPD

A 1-year-old baby girl was struck and killed by a pickup truck in East Elmhurst Thursday night, according to the NYPD. The toddler, identified as Skylar Perkins, was in a stroller being pushed by her mother across 23rd Avenue just before 9 p.m. when a white Dodge Ram made a right turn off 94th Street crushed the stroller, police said. Comment
Long Island City

City accused Major World auto dealerships of illegal practices

Major World is in major trouble. Comments (2)

City arts community to rally against Trump’s proposed budget cuts

The majority leader of the City Council is calling on the arts community to rally against President Donald Trump and his proposed budget cuts to the arts and humanities. Comments (1)

Braunstein proposes budget to restore funding to senior programs

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) announced the passage of a budget resolution in the Assembly to challenge the one presented by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in February that cut vital funds to seniors. The proposal is also aimed at improving the lives of families and focuses on education. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Queens pols remember Helen Marshall at Borough Hall memorial

Several hundred people attended a memorial Sunday for former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall in the cultural center at Borough Hall dedicated in her honor just months ago. Elected officials, both serving and retired, delivered remarks remembering Marshall’s qualities of leadership and friendship. Comments (2)

Homophobic graffiti targets Astoria elected officials

For the second time in a week, homophobic graffiti has been discovered on buildings housing the offices of Astoria lawmakers. Comment

Massachusetts man indicted in hate crime at JFK

A Massachusetts man who allegedly attacked and told a Muslim Delta employee “Trump is here now, he will get rid of all of you” has been indicted on hate crime charges, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Long Island City housing inventory will double this year

The unprecedented growth in Long Island City is evident to anyone in western Queens with views of the rapidly changing skyline, especially in the Court Square and Queens Plaza sections. Comments (2)

DOE tunes out

Is anyone at the Department of Education listening to the parents, teachers, students at Townsend Harris High School in Flushing and their elected officials? Comment
New Voices

Trump’s travel ban lacks coherent reason

On March 6, the Trump administration unveiled its newest iteration of its ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim nations. Among the changes in what opponents of the action call the “Muslim Ban” are the exclusion of Iraq from the list of banned countries and exemptions for travelers with green cards and visas. Comments (4)

Strong fathers program helps build backbone of the city

I had the great privilege this past weekend to serve as the commencement speaker at the Strong Fathers program graduation ceremony at Forestdale Inc. The Strong Fathers program consists of dozens of men, young and old, who are working to improve their relationships with their partners and their children. Comment

Knights’ rally comes up short in Elite Eight

The Queens College women’s basketball team made history this season, but couldn’t add one more bullet point, falling to Harding in the DI Elite Eight Tuesday night. Comment

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Long Island City

Workers rally at LIC bakery after threat of firings over immigrant status

A group of 50 workers and their advocates from immigrant rights groups rallied outside the Tom Cat Bakery in Long Island City Wednesday morning to protest the threatened mass firings of dozens of immigrant workers following a U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigation. Comments (6)

Police seek Jamaica bias attack suspect

Police were seeking a suspect in a bias assault that occurred in Jamaica when a woman allegedly made bigoted anti-Muslim statements before attacking the victim. Comment
Richmond Hill

Jimmy Breslin, 88, dies

Unlike the vast majority of household names who were born and raised in Queens, Jimmy Breslin — who died last Sunday at the age of 88 — never ever had to tell anyone where he was from. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Gotti and associates charged with violent crimes

John Gotti, the grandson and namesake of the notorious Gambino crime boss, has been indicted on more charges following his eight-year prison sentence earlier this month for peddling prescription drugs. Comments (1)
College Point

Spa Castle owners charged with tax fraud

Spa Castle’s owners are facing 11 felony charges for tax evasion. Comments (3)

Whitestone basketball league holds fundrasier for first-grader with leukemia

The Whitestone community is coming together in support of a young Whitestone girl with leukemia at an annual basketball league game. Comments (2)

CB4 delays decision on 111th Street safety improvements

Community Board 4 voted to table the Department of Transportation’s latest proposal for safety improvements on 11th Street in Corona along the western edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The 24-12 vote sparked outrage among the nearly 200 residents and safe streets advocates who packed the VFW post on 108th Street Tuesday night. Comments (1)
High Heat

Can Mets’ Conforto take the next step in 2017?

New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is off to a strong start this spring as he tries to earn more playing time at the big league level. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Ulrich won’t run for mayor as de Blasio is cleared in probes

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has decided not to run for mayor. Ulrich announced his decision just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio and his aides were cleared of criminal charges in campaign fund-raising probes by federal and state prosecutors last week. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

Woman faces prison for fatally stabbing aunt: DA

JAMAICA — A 30-year-old woman was charged with attacking her aunt with a meat cleaver March 16, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Immortal words: Flushing poet to have his ode engraved in stone in Italian town

You don’t often hear about a former high school teacher from Flushing having his poem immortalized in marble by the patriarch of a prominent family living in Southern Italy. Comments (4)
Rhymes with Crazy

Medical field embraces genetic testing

Congratulations, you’re going to have a baby! Would you like to know if, 50 years or so down the line, he or she might develop colon cancer? And by the way, the baby may also have a slightly increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Would you like to know about that, too? Oh, and how about the odds of acne? Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Man wanted in connection with Ozone Park burglaries

OZONE PARK — Police were searching for a man suspected of burglary in Ozone Park. Comments (1)

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