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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 (4).
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 (1).
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. Comment.
Flushing

Bright Flushing shop offers Korean accessories

Although it has nothing to do with its Feb. 14 namesake holiday, Valentine in downtown Flushing receives a lot of love from its customers who shop the store looking for unique, Korean accessories. Comment.

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 (1).

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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).

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Flushing

Bus lane cameras on Q44 Select Bus Service route worry community

As the warning period alerting motorists to new camera installations along the route of the Q44 Select Bus Service is currently underway, community leaders and elected officials are casting a wary eye on the bus lane cameras. Comment.
Flushing

Lion dancers to perform in Flushing for Lunar New Year

Lion dancers will ring in Lunar New Year at The Shops at SkyView Center in Flushing. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Queens Big Bro honored at ceremony

Mark Zustovich was honored last week by Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and a host of elected officials as ‘Queens Big Brother of the Year,’ for his commitment to his “Little Brother,” Spencer Ford. Comment.
Flushing

Meng seeks better access for women to feminine hygiene products

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has introduced a bill that aims to make feminine hygiene products such as tampons and pads more accessible and affordable to women. Comments (3).
New Voices

Lack of discretionary funding leaves southeast Queens in the cold

Queens’ reputation as the forgotten borough never seemed more pertinent until the weekend before last, as we dug out of record snowfall and waited well into the work week for the plowing of tertiary streets. While the mayor toured Ridgewood and Sunnyside, offering a mea culpa, members of the Queens delegation wrote op-eds and held press conferences, bringing attention to the situation. Despite loud complaints from at least two elected officials in southeast Queens, many residents felt their anger was not heard at City Hall. Comments (2).
Basketball

Molloy leaps Lions in standings on Anthony’s put-back

When Cole Anthony had the ball stolen away from him in the closing seconds of Archbishop Molloy’s face-off with Bishop Loughlin, it led to a go-ahead hoop for Loughlin. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills butt stabber arrested

FOREST HILLS — A man who police say repeatedly stabbed a subway passenger on a Forest Hills train late last year was arrested Jan. 12, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1).

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