Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017


Hospital bedside arraignment for mother charged with murder of baby

An Elmhurst mother who confessed to killing her 15-month-old daughter earlier this month was arraigned at her hospital bed on a murder charge, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Man busted with thousands of illegal prescription pills; DA

FLUSHING -An Elmhurst man was busted last week by narcotics officers while illegally parked in front of a Flushing driveway, police said. Comments (1)

Ridgewood grandmother’s death ruled homicide by medical examiner

The mysterious death of a Ridgewood grandmother has been ruled a homicide, according to police. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

Springfield Gardens

NYPD kills man for attacking mother with screwdriver

A Springfield Gardens man was shot and killed by NYPD officers after he allegedly attacked his mother with a screwdriver in the home where they both lived early Saturday morning, according to police. Comments (1)

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Cuomo wants 3-year mayoral control extension

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 budget for education includes a call for Mayor Bill de Blasio to retain mayoral control over New York City’s schools for the next three years. Comments (1)

Giving Moore: Molloy guard adds another threat to Stanners’ backcourt

Khalid Moore struggled to find his game during the early-goings of the season, but a conversation with his coach changed all of that. Comment

Stop the senseless slaughter of birds

Ever since that plane went down in the Hudson eight years ago, the wanton and senseless slaughter of thousands of birds of various species has continued unabated. Comments (1)

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017


It can happen here

New Yorkers dourly watch Trump’s swearing in at Times Square. Comments (2)

Coalition of LIRR riders circulates petition pushing for third track

A group petitioning to expedite the construction of a third track along a corridor for the Long Island Rail Road known as the main line gathered signatures from 4,542 commuters last week. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC warehouse quarantine hundreds of cats exposed to avian flu virus

A MASH unit for cats has been set up in recent weeks in a Long Island City warehouse, located at 47-32 Austell Place near the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sent a team of first responders to set up a temporary quarantine for more than 500 felines who were exposed to the avian flu virus at three Animal Care Centers of NYC shelters across the city. Comment

Man kills himself after hostage situation in Laurelton

A man fatally shot himself after holding three people hostage inside his Laurelton home late Wednesday evening, according to the NYPD. Comment

Simotas urges immediate redesign of dangerous Astoria intersection

A temporary fix was not good enough at a notorious Astoria intersection and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) is calling on the city’s Department of Transportation to take immediate action to improve the crossroad at 32nd Street, the Grand Central Parkway’s Exit 45 ramp and Astoria Boulevard North. Comment

Flake recalls Queens College student killed in Mississippi on MLK Day

At Queens College, the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered for his struggles and sacrifice for the fight for equality on what would have been his 88th birthday Sunday, at the Colden Auditorium in the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

Boyhood House of Trump sold to mystery bidder

President- elect Donald Trump’s childhood home in Jamaica Estates was sold at auction just days before his inauguration. Comment

De Blasio launches mentoring program to increase grad rates

Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the NYC Youth Initiative to expand opportunities for high school students to receive guidance across the city Jan. 12 and earned the approval of Queens elected officials. Comments (1)

Jamaica legal clinic holds Inauguration Day event

A Jamaica nonprofit specializing in legal assistance will offer concerned community members the chance to learn more about the benefits of New York’s status as a sanctuary city. Comments (8)

A call to action

As the Trump inauguration approached, there was a palpable nervousness coursing throughout Queens. Comments (2)

Learning curve: TMLA grabs non-league win with brand-new defense

The Mary Louis Academy took down Baldinw 63–52 at the Rose Classic Super Jam on Sunday afternoon, sparked by a brand-new defensive scheme. Comment

Let’s call a cease-fire on extreme political warfare

American politics has always been a contact sport. But it has crossed a line in recent years. It is now less like sport and more like war. Comments (3)

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017


Meng, Velazquez to boycott inauguration for Women’s March on Washington

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced she will be among the Democrats boycotting the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump Friday. Comments (5)

City to share Sunnyside Yards study in a few weeks

The mayor’s vaunted plan to build affordable housing atop Sunnyside Yards has been in the dark for nearly two years since its proposal, but that could finally change soon. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Jax Heights man struck and killed by neighbor

An Uber driver struck and killed a 67-year-old man in Jackson Heights Thursday night, police said. He stayed at the scene. Comments (1)

Flushing lawmakers demand apology from comedian Steve Harvey

Flushing elected officials are taking issue with a recent segment on comedian Steve Harvey’s talk show that implied Asian men are not dateable. Comments (9)

Mayor touts increased AP exam participation in city

The city marked big increases in the rate of students taking Advanced Placement exams in 2016, while an even greater percentage of students saw boosts in their performance on the exams. Comments (1)

New hope for Astoria’s Hallets Point as Cuomo pushes 421-a replacement

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday a push for legislation to create a new housing program that will replace the 421-a tax abatement to allow developers to move forward with mega-developments such as the Hallets Point project in Astoria. Comments (1)

Poets verses Trump: Protesting POTUS with poetry

On Nov. 9, 2016, I woke up numb. Comments (3)

Bayside’s Dinette & Furniture Center to close after 40 years

The Dinette & Furniture Center Inc. at 21621 Northern Blvd. will be closing its doors after 40 years in Bayside. Comments (3)

Evicted tenants begin to leave Christian non-profit residence in Astoria

More than a dozen low-income residents of the New York School of Urban Ministry dormitory residence in Astoria have moved out ahead of a Jan. 31 eviction date after the building was sold to a provider to turn the dormitory into a shelter. Comments (2)

City Council passes commuter van regulations

The City Council passed several pieces of legislation regulating the commuter van industry throughout the city, an industry with a prominent role in public transit-starved areas in southeast Queens. Comments (4)

Pols say King’s legacy holds lessons for facing Trump

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and direction is as pertinent as ever, elected officials said during a celebration of King’s life held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center Monday afternoon. Comments (1)

Lady Crusaders can’t connect, fall at Fontbonne

Monsignor McClancy was held to just a single field goal in the thrid quarter on Thursday night, dropping a 43-34 matchup at Fontbonne Hall. Comments (1)

Unconscious biases make us blame moms for tragedies

Remember the bad old days when a rape victim would show up in court and the defense attorney would say, “Why was her skirt so short?” As if the woman caused her own rape. Comments (1)

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