Thursday, July 20, 2017


African spurred tortoise stolen from Alley Pond Environmental Center

Staff at the Alley Pond Environmental Center are still shocked that one of their most prized animals has apparently been stolen. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Mobile payment system comes to borough’s muni-meters

Motorists in Queens can use their cell phones to pay parking meters remotely now that the city’s Department of Transportation activated its ParkNYC mobile payment system that was already available in the other boroughs. An online system links registered license plate numbers to NYPD traffic enforcement agents’ handheld devices that confirm payment. Comment
Kew Gardens

Prosecution, defense rest on Wills’ corruption case

The defense and the prosecution issued their closing arguments for Councilman Ruben Wills’ (D-Jamaica) corruption case Tuesday at Queens Supreme Court and the jury was still deliberating late Wednesday. Comments (4)

Ridgewood landlord tipped ICE: City agency

The city brought charges against a Ridgewood landlord for retaliating against immigrant tenants after they reported him to the Commission on Human Rights for discrimination based on their immigration status. Comments (2)
Long Island City

City to bolster arts funding with comprehensive cultural plan

New York City’s first-ever comprehensive cultural plan, based on the feedback from nearly 200,000 residents in the past year, was released at Material for the Arts in Long Island City Wednesday. Comment

Cuomo advances JFK redevelopment plan while one Queens lawmaker wants more

The $10 billion redevelopment plan for JFK International Airport is still in its early stages but it took a significant step forward Tuesday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a Request for Proposals for preliminary engineering and design on the project. Comment

De Blasio talks face-to-face with constituents at Borough Hall

The second day of City Hall in Your Borough kicked off Tuesday with constituent office hours where residents could get a few minutes of one-on-one time with Mayor Bill de Blasio. Some shared problems they experienced with court programs in the city while other topics were lost in the murmur of the crowds of people waiting in a line stretching to the back of the Helen Marshall Cultural Center. Comments (1)

New York Hall of Science exhibit explores how artistic depictions of female robots have evolved over the decades

Robots come in all shapes and sizes. And whether we want it or not, they’re getting more and more human-like. Comment

Mixed grades for de Blasio’s first term

You remember that kid who sat in the back row, kind of slumped over, who never seemed to be paying attention in class but still got A’s on most of the tests? Comments (2)

New bill holds NYPD accountable on fare evasion targets

In the first six months of 2017, the NYPD stopped New Yorkers more than 30,000 times for jumping a turnstile. Of those who were stopped, nearly three-quarters were issued a civil summons for violating the MTA rules against fare evasion. Comments (1)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Police searching for two suspects in Flushing robbery spree

According to police, the first robbery took place May 25, at 11:30 p.m. near 59th Avenue and 138th Street. Police said the two men approached a 54-year-old woman from behind, shoved her to the ground and took her purse. The men then fled westbound on 59th Avenue inside of a gray sedan. Among the items inside the victim’s purse were $90 in cash, her cell phone and various credit cards, police said. Comment

Second phase of Evergreen playground renovations revealed

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Borough President Melinda Katz Tuesday announced the final design for the second phase of Glendale’s Evergreen Playground renovation. Comment

Day Three: Mayor brings top staff to Queens to run city government

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his commissioners had a busy schedule planned Wednesday on Day Three of City Hall in Your Borough as they listened to constituents, made announcements and toured facilities in Queens. Comments (3)

Flushing cyclist gears up for PMC race in Boston

Flushing cyclist Hoyin Tong will ride up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge this August. Comment

Suozzi endorses Vallone in his re-election bid

Tony’s Beechhurst Delicatessen in Whitestone was the scene of another endorsement for Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), who accepted support from U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Huntington) and the Italian American Political Action Committee for his re-election. Comment

MTA can’t afford to wait on signals upgrades

Problems with both NYCT system-wide subway and LIRR signals at Penn Station require decisive action today, not tommorow. Comments (1)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Corona graduate represents Queens as Young Innovator to watch

Sharon Lin, a Corona native, a poet laureate, a tech wunderkind and a recent graduate of Stuyvesant High School who will be attending MIT in the fall, is one of 13 young adult recipients of CE Week NY and Living in Digital Times’ 2017 Young Innovators to Watch awards. Comments (1)

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Voluntary summer school program draws 13,400 students

Summer schools are teeming with city kids this year, despite a drop in the number of students who need the requisite session to move forward. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst man gets two life sentences for beating ‘witches’ to death with hammer: DA

An East Elmhurst man was sentenced last week to two life sentences for beating his girlfriend and her daughter to death with a hammer under the impression they were witches making life hard for him with supernatural abilities, the Queens district attorney said. The brutal 2014 murders spared only a 7-year-old, who was in the home at the time. Comments (1)

Queens College names new men’s soccer coach

Frank Vertullo spent a decade shaping the Suffolk County Community College men’s soccer program into a JUCO powerhouse and now he’s ready to do the same at Queens College. Comment
Political Action

The presidency involving New York and California

As we look at the American presidency as it has developed over the years, we see a large number of our presidents and presidential candidates come from large states, especially New York and California. Comments (1)

Monday, July 17, 2017


De Blasio unveils site of long-awaited 116th Precinct in Rosedale

In his first official act from Queens as he runs City Hall out of the borough this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio brought NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill to Rosedale Monday morning. Comments (1)

Queens DA charges New Jersey man for deadly accident on Grand Central Parkway

A New Jersey man has been charged with manslaughter, reckless driving and reckless edangerment after he allegedly caused a four-vehicle crash on the Grand Central Parkway which killed two passengers and injured three more in his own vehicle, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2)

Jim Henson Exhibition set to open at the Museum of the Moving Image

It has taken nearly a half decade to create, but the Museum of the Moving Image will open its permanent Jim Henson Exhibition Saturday, July 22, in the museum’s first gallery dedicated to a single artist. Comment

Ravenswood resident gunned down waiting for bus: NYPD

A 26-year-old man was gunned down in broad daylight outside the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria Sunday, according to the NYPD. Comment

Man punched and robbed on Astoria street: NYPD

A 29-year-old man was punched in the face and then robbed in Astoria last Thursday night, according to the NYPD. Comment

Mayor announces Vision Zero milestone with fewest traffic deaths in first six months of 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative passed a significant milestone last week, ending the first six months of 2017 with the fewest traffic fatalities ever recorded since the city began documenting traffic deaths in 1910. Comments (1)

DOT implements Stavisky’s recommendation for handicap parking tags

Following a suggestion from State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), the city Department of Transportation will now issue reminders prior to the expiration of New York State parking Permits for Persons with Severe Disabilities. According to Stavisky, permit holders used to have to send out renewal notices for permits set to expire. Holders would receive a notice in the mail that informed them of the change and suggested they write their expiration date down in a safe place. Stavisky, who was approached by a constituent, thought that under this process senior citizens would forget Comments (1)

Former tennis pro ready for season as New York Empire’s head coach

Seventeen-time Grand Slam champ Gigi Fernández is set to make her World Team Tennis coaching debut this summer, taking over the reigns for the New York Empire. Comment
The Civic Scene

Avella, civic groups winning battle to save parkland

Parkland is one of the amenities which make our Queens quality of life so special. Queens civic leaders applauded the recent ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals that said private developers can not take 30 acres of parking lot next to Citi Field to build a mega-mall and recreation center. Comment

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