Friday, Oct. 9, 2015


Gianaris to intoduce legislation to eliminate bail

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) will introduce legislation that would reform the pre-trial detention system in New York State by eliminating bail. The bill would remove cash bail or any form of monetary bail bond as an option for a judge to impose on a defendant pending trial. Comment.

Constantinides brings Doe Fund street cleaners to Astoria Park

Astoria Park has some of the best river views, and the most popular public swimming pool, in the entire city. It also has a problem with windblown trash. Comment.

City Council members head to D.C. to stop foreclosures

Two southeast Queens City Council members joined U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.), along with homeowners from across the nation, at a rally last week in Washington D.C. against foreclosures and the big companies that still benefit from the 2008 mortgage crisis. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Driver in bus crash faces charges: DA

The driver involved in the MTA bus crash into the backyard of a home near South Conduit Oct 3, was charged Wednesday for possessing 64 zip lock bags of cocaine and other charges stemming from the incident, announced the District Attorney’s office. Comment.

Fall into the arts

As the weather turns colder the outdoor fairs and festivities wrap up for another season. Comment.
Little Neck

Seniors recognized for community service

Jim Alchus of Little Neck, who has been recognized for his volunteerism with children with disabilities, was crowned the “2015 Savvy Senior King” at the Association of Generational Experts for Seniors’ Savvy Senior Day. Comment.
Block Shots

Ponds’ commitment shows Red Storm’s recruiting blueprint

Chris Mullin sat in the middle of Carnesecca Arena during his first day on the job as St. John’s men’s basketball coach and said the Red Storm would dominate local recruiting. Landing his first player from New York City—Thomas Jefferson guard Shamorie Ponds—gave us our first insight into how he plans to do that. Comment.

Room to improve

If you believe what the pundits and professional survey takers tell us, New York State does a lot of things really well. Comment.

Dozo shuts out Bayside to keep perfect record

On a day when it was a struggle for Benjamin Cardozo to find the back of the net, even the one that made its way there didn’t come easy. Comment.

Men should care about breast cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and is a reminder for all of us to do something. Throughout the month of October, women are encouraged to make mammography appointments. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Dutch Kills

City opens new homeless shelter in Dutch Kills hotel

The city opened a new homeless shelter for 200 single women in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City this week in response to a 9 percent increase in the number of adult women coming into the shelter system. The Verve Hotel at 40-03 29th St., becomes the second shelter the Department of Homeless Services has opened this year. Both of those shelters are in western Queens. Comments (4).

Police force tactics get redefined

The NYPD announced new guidelines on police use of force last week by redefining the controversial tactic and introduced a new system to document its use, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. Comments (1).
Little Neck

Little Neck street co-named for native Matinecock Tribe

Northern Boulevard now also bears the name of Long Island’s Matinecock Native American Tribe following a street co-naming ceremony in Little Neck Monday. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

One woman dead, 2-year old clings to life after crash

One woman is dead and a 2-year-old girl remains in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital after being struck Tuesday night by a white SUV on a sidewalk in Richmond Hill, according to police. Comment.

Talks underway to bring Coachella-style festival to borough

A concert promoter is in preliminary discussions with the City Parks Department and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) that would bring a large-scale music festival to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in June. AEG Live, which stages the wildly popular Coachella Festival in California each year, as well as Firefly in Delaware, would stage a show called Panorama, a nod to the name of a model of the five boroughs that was created for the 1964 World’s Fair. Comment.
Long Island City

March for Safety remembers Avonte Oquendo on anniversary of disappearance

Family and friends will remember Avonte Oquendo on the second anniversary of his disappearance with a “March for Safety” to promote autism awareness Saturday. They will gather at The Riverview School in Long Island City where the 14-year-old autistic student disappeared through an unlocked side door on Oct. 4, 2013. Comment.

Whitestone woman missing for more than one month

The husband of a Whitestone woman who went missing in early September, along with the private investigator looking into her disappearance, spoke at a news conference held at state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) district office Tuesday afternoon. Comment.

Annual Greek festival to take place in Flushing

Greeks and non-Greeks around the borough can enjoy a taste of Greece and Cyprus at the Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas’ 44th annual Greek Festival in Flushing this weekend. Comment.

Restaurant week comes to Queens

The Shops at Atlas Park played host to the best of culinary Queens Monday where five borough restaurants—Jamaica’s Vintage Curry, Astoria’s Christos Steak House and Maspeth’s Connolly’s Corner, along with Shiro of Japan and Chili’s—provided free buffet-style samples of their fare. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Fresh Meadows

New TJ Maxx store officially opens in Fresh Meadows

At least 400 people came to Fresh Meadows Sunday to check out a TJ Maxx store that opened in a former Barnes & Noble site. Comment.
Little Neck

Veterinary Care Group reinvents animal care experience in Little Neck

The Veterinary Care Group opened a new animal hospital in Little Neck last weekend, which it said is the first of many re-envisioned veterinary practices that reinvent the customer experience. Comments (1).

Homeless man charged with identity theft: DA

A grand jury has indicted a 26-year-old Queens homeless man for what prosecutors said was assuming the identity of an elderly man who welcomed him into his home and maxing out credit cards belonging to his benefactor. Comments (2).
The Play’s the Thing

Queens community theaters can take a lesson from Brooklyn company

Fifty is a nice round number, and any theater company that’s been around for that long must be doing something right. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015


Daly has record-setting day in seventh-straight win for SJU

Rachel Daly’s header put her ahead of everyone else in the St. John’s record book. Comment.

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Rochdale Village

Rochdale library reopens adult center

It took almost a dozen years, but the Friends of Rochdale Library Adult Learning Center was able to see its hard work come to fruition Sept. 25, the opening day of the renovated and extended Rochdale Village Queens Library Adult Learning Center at 137th Avenue. Comment.

Flushing couple indicted on sex trafficking charges: Nassau County DA

A Flushing couple charged with coercing two women into performing sex acts on customers in Nassau County massage parlors that the pair owned did not have licenses to practice massage therapy of any kind, according to the Nassau County DA’s office. Comments (3).

Walk of hope hopes for Gov signature

Dozens of friends, families and supporters joined the annual missing persons Walk of Hope last weekend to commemorate missing children and adults across the nation in an event that started from Rufus King Park in downtown Jamaica. Comment.
Dining Out

Brazilian buffet offers Latino flavors in Jackson Heights

As anyone who has spent any time here knows, Queens can lay claim to innumerable good restaurants, and maybe even more than its fair share of great ones. Comments (2).

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