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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Bayside

Auburndale man kills his father: Police

The first homicide in the 111th Precinct since 2014 is the result of a family affair gone horribly wrong, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (4).
Long Island City

New streetcars could help LIC tech and innovation sector

A proposed streetcar system along the East River, connecting western Queens with Brooklyn, would be a tremendous asset to the growth of the tech and innovation sector in Long Island City, according to two key figures in the industry. Comment.
Corona

DEP to modernize sewers in Flushing and Bowery bays

The city Department of Environmental Protection will start working on a $33 million sewer upgrade project this spring to prevent 225 million gallons of sewage from being released into Flushing and Bowery bays every year. Comment.
Long Island City

Plans for new tower in LIC would make it the borough’s tallest

A Flushing-based developer is planning to transform the Long Island City skyline in a gigantic way. Chris Jiashu Xu has filed plans to build a 964-foot, 79-story residential tower that will dwarf the Citigroup building, which has been the tallest in Queens since it opened in 1990. Comments (3).
Government

Horse carriage deal collapses day before City Council vote

Mayor Bill de Blasio has dismissed a union’s call for a state investigation into his campaign to ban horse carriages from city streets. The Transport Workers Union requested a probe by the state attorney general’s office after de Blasio’s plan to rein in the city’s horse carriage industry fell apart last week. Comment.
Elmhurst

Katz pledges economic growth and family values at annual speech

The rapid transformation of Queens into a coveted destination for tourists, businesses and the arts will not compromise the borough’s commitment to family values, Melinda Katz said at her annual Queens Borough Cabinet meeting Tuesday. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing bus crashes in Connecticut: State Police

A bus owned by a Flushing company traveling from the neighborhood to a casino in Connecticut overturned on I-95 early Monday afternoon due to snow on the road, according to the Connecticut State Police. Comments (1).
Flushing

Asians celebrate first Lunar New Year school holiday

Community leaders said the new Lunar New Year school holiday, which shuttered public classrooms Monday, will help educate the public about a key Asian celebration. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Mayor announces new crane regulations

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced emergency regulations after a crane owned and operated by two Queens companies crashed in Lower Manhattan last Friday morning, killing a 38-year-old man and injuring three others. Comment.
Opinion

Will you be my Valentine’s disaster?

This week, our columnist breaks down the bad and good of Valentine’s Day. Comment.
Basketball

Power of three: Star trio sends Dozo division title

Benjamin Cardozo’s big three alone were greater than Construction as a whole. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Flushing

Flushing 2050 initiative eyes vision for the future

Flushing residents, business owners and community leaders have launched the Flushing 2050 Community Building Initiative to establish a collective, community-led vision for the neighborhood’s future. Comments (7).
Transit

LIRR, Metro-North hit record ridership levels in 2015

Both of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s commuter railroads reported modern ridership records in 2015. Comments (1).
Education

PA files lawsuit against Dept. of Education

The Public Advocate’s office filed a lawsuit against the city Department of Education earlier this week, claiming the agency has failed to meet the needs of its students with disabilities, which has resulted in a loss in Medicaid revenue for the city. Comments (2).
Bellerose

Bellerose couple have been each other’s Valentines for more than 70 years

Their story began in New York City during World War II. Comment.
Astoria

How to spend an un-Valentine’s Day

If roses, chocolates and sipping champagne do not sound like your idea of how to spend Valentine’s Day, Q.E.D. in Astoria wants you to know there are plenty of other ways to spend Sunday, Feb. 14. Comment.
Transit

MTA OK’s contract for East Side Access

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved the final major contract for construction of the $10.8 billion East Side Access project to provide tens of thousands of commuters a faster and more direct route from Queens to Manhattan’s East Side. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Sunnyside

No. 7 straphangers demand better service from the MTA

Angry No. 7 train riders in Sunnyside rallied beneath the 40th Street station during Tuesday’s morning rush to demand better service on the beleaguered subway line. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) called on the MTA to perform Full-Line Reviews on the No. 7 line, a top-to-bottom study that resulted in improvements on the A, C, F, G and L trains. Comments (3).
Jackson Heights

East Elmhurst jogger slashed in Jackson Heights

A 19-year-old East Elmhurst woman was slashed while jogging Sunday morning in Jackson Heights, according to the NYPD. The victim was at the corner of 79th Street and 25th Avenue just after 11 a.m. when a man ran up beside her and slashed her in the left thigh with an unknown weapon, police said. Comments (2).
Forest Hills

Forest Hills Asian Association holds State of the Civics event

Edwin Wong, co-founder of the Forest Hills Asian Association, likes to think of his organization as the new kid on the Forest Hills block. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside man convicted for his parents’ murders

A Bayside man charged with killing his parents in separate attacks over a year apart was convicted Friday after a nearly three-week-long trial. Comment.
East Elmhurst

MTA bans hoverboards

Hoverboards are officially banned from subways, buses, railroads and even Access-A-Rides, according to the MTA. The popular personal transportation devices are even barred from subway stations because they have been known to burst into flames and blow up due to their lithium batteries. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing girl receives 3D printed prosthesis

A young girl from Flushing has received a new prosthetic hand that was developed using some of the latest in 3D printing technology. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

College Point

Decomposed body discovered in College Point Yacht Club

Police were investigating the death of a man whose body was found decomposed inside the College Point Yacht Club grounds. Comments (2).

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Far Rockaway

Queens GOP establishment pushes Ulrich for mayoral run

A spokesman for Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) says that his office is not putting too much into reports that the Queens GOP is pushing him to run for Mayor. Comments (4).
Forest Hills

New ambulance for Forest Hills volunteers

After almost eight years of effort, the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps unveiled its bright and shiny new ambulance during a ceremony Sunday at its headquarters that was attended by ambulance volunteers from across the city and elected officials. Comment.
Astoria

Falafel King has grand opening for new eatery

Faras “Freddy” Zeideia, known as “King of Falafel,” was smiling from ear to ear as his cash register rang up sales from a long line of hungry folks Saturday, the opening day of his restaurant at 30-15 Broadway in Astoria. “I feel good,” Zeideia said between customers. Comment.
Astoria

Costa invests in technology upgrades at Astoria schools

In his State of the District address last week, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) went back to his old school, PS 122, to map out his commitment to improving education in District 22’s 17 schools. His plan, called the Science 2050 Learning Initiative, will make sure students have the latest technology in their classrooms. Comments (1).
Economy

Borough sees rise in number of private sector jobs

Queens has seen growth in private sector employment since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office, according to the city Economic Development Corporation. Comments (2).
East Elmhurst

Peralta hosts seventh annual coat drive

Just days after Winter Storm Jonas basted Jackson Heights with 34 inches of snow, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Woodside on the Move donated more than 1,700 winter coats to area community and faith-based organizations, which will distribute them to needy families and individuals. This was Peralta’s seventh annual coat drive. Comment.
Flushing

Schools compete in Lego robotics bout

More than 30 schools across the borough competed Sunday in the First Lego League, a competition at George Ryan Junior High School in Flushing, to qualify for the annual NYC Regional First robotics contest in March. Comment.
Long Island City

The Chain Theatre says goodbye for now

Long Island City’s The Chain Theatre went out with a bang not a whimper with its final performance Saturday night. Comment.
Political Action

We need to protect the heroes who protect us

Charles Lindbergh is recognized as the first pilot to fly an airplane across the Atlantic Ocean from the United States to Europe. At the time, in the late 1920s, he became a national hero. Comments (1).
Basketball

Recovered Kinder sparks Royals past Mary Louis

For the first two months of the season, all an injured Kaela Kinder could do was watch when things got tight and tough for her Christ the King team. Comment.
Ozone Park

Deli robbers flee when alarm went off: NYPD

OZONE PARK — Police were looking for suspects in an attempted robbery incident at a deli in Ozone Park, police said. Comments (1).

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