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Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Forest Hills

Electeds question Jung on abortion statement

Elected officials and women’s groups are being invited to celebrate Women’s Equality Day by denouncing S.J. Jung in response to his announcement that he does not support a woman’s right to choose on the matter of abortion. Jung is the former President of the MinKwon Center and state Sen. Toby Stavisky’s (D-Flushing) Democratic opponent in the Sept. 13 primary. Comment
Real Estate

Amtrak raises rent 100,000 % for tenants below Hell Gate Bridge right-of-way

The Paratore family — Anthony, Michael, Mary and Rose — were born and raised in the single-family home their grandfather leased from Amtrak at 22-38 23rd St. in Astoria, below the right-of-way leading to the Hell Gate Bridge, in 1946. Since then the rent has not been raised since 1973. This all changed in early August when the Paratores and other residents received a letter from Amtrak informing the tenants their rent would be increased by as much as 100,000 percent starting in September. Comment
Pomonok

73 year-old Pomonok man charged with murder of live-in girlfriend

An elderly Fresh Meadows man has been charged in the murder of his live-in girlfriend, the Queens district attorney said Wednesday. Comment
Bellerose

Pakistani Christians endorse Trump at Jewish center

With chants calling to “make America great again,” Republican candidates and members of the city’s Pakistani Christian community crowded into the basement hall of the Bellerose Jewish Center Saturday evening to celebrate their endorsement of Donald Trump for president. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Hundreds protest Wolkoff’s use of non-union labor at 5Pointz site

For more than two months union leaders have been setting up giant inflatable rats along the perimeter of the 5Pointz Towers construction site in Long Island City, protesting developer Jerry Wolkoff’s use of non-union labor. On Tuesday, reinforcements arrived as several hundred steamfitters, plumbers, carpenters and concrete workers flooded Jackson Avenue and Davis Street for a full-throated lunchtime rally alongside another inflatable called “Greedy the Pig.” Comments (1)
Flushing

Stavisky, Jung debate issues in Dem primary race

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) faced off against S.J. Jung in a Tuesday night debate which raised tough questions about nail salons, government ethics, public transportation, housing and education. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

Sunnyside backs Van Bramer in rift with mayor

More than a week has passed since Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would have a “polite but firm conversation” with City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) over his position on a City Hall-backed affordable housing plan in his district. While Van Bramer is still waiting for that phone call from the mayor, who is currently on a family vacation in New England, he has heard plenty of support from his constituents after he took umbrage with de Blasio’s tone. Comments (2)
Politics

Candidates unite to criticize Martins on moving primary date

The race to succeed U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) has taken several twists, including three candidates from different political parties who joined forces on Saturday to criticize Republican state Sen. Jack Martins (D-Mineola) in his attempt to postpone the general election date after a federal court mandated a Republican primary date in October. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill woman charged with murder of 9-year-old stepdaughter

A Richmond Hill woman who been charged with killing her 9-year-old girl stepdaughter told a neighbor three days earlier that she would kill Ashdeep Kaur, prosecutors said. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing karaoke bars sue NYPD for $300M

Three Flushing karaoke bars have sued the NYPD for $300 million, claiming they were singled out during a bribery scandal involving officers from the 109th Precinct. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

Investigators search for motive in imam murder

Muslim community members and leaders are urging the authorities to remain open to the possibility that the murder of the Ozone Park imam and his assistant were a hate crime. Comment
Bayside

Muhammad brings home gold from Rio

This former Judge ruled in Rio. Comment
Long Island City

New exhibit tracks works from 20 artists

Tucked away on a side street in Long Island City, just steps away from the 39th Avenue stop on the Q and N trains, is a unique museum that both explores the development of some of contemporary art’s major figures and encapsulates the vision of its founder, Emily Fisher Landau. Comment
Opinion

Is the walk to school really so terrifying?

These are the safest times in history, but if you believe what you see on television, they are not. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Bayside

Flushing bicyclist killed on streets of Bayside

A 78-year-old bicyclist was killed at 223rd Street and Northern Boulevard in Bayside Wednesday morning, police said. NYPD said it received a call about a collision involving a bicyclist at around 6:30 a.m. and arrived to find Michael Schenkman lying unconscious in the street near the intersection. Comments (3)
Event

Preparations under way for breast cancer walk

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Queens held a breakfast Aug. 11 at Terrace on the Park in Corona to kick off preparations for its annual Queens walk. The walk’s main purpose is to raise awareness and funds to combat breast cancer. Comment
Government

New law would protect city vets with Human Rights Law

Legislation was introduced Tuesday that will make veterans a protected class under New York City’s Human Rights Law, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials. Comment
Music

Big City musicians showcase talent at LIC venue

Big City Music Festival returned to Long Island City’s LIC Bar, where 24 musicians and groups from across the city gathered to showcase their original song-writing talent Saturday and Sunday. The two-day event comes along every two years and was founded by Niall Connolly, an Irish immigrant who sought to bring a little bit of home to the city. Among performers gaining in notoriety were Warren Malone, August Wells and Youth in a Roman Field. Comment
Corona

Alleged gang member pleads guilty in Corona shooting

A 22-year-old purported member of the Los Travaiesos street gang has pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the December 2015 shooting of a reputed rival gang member in a Corona club, the Queens DA said. Comments (1)
Education

Using creativity to teach about science

For many kids, the summer that is about to end was a time to head for the beach or just relax. But for the 30 young people who participated in the Museum Education and Employment Program, the break between school years has been an opportunity to learn about museums and how they operate. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

Long Island City

Workers protest use of non-union labor at 5Pointz Towers construction site

Nearly 1,000 steamfitters, plumbers, carpenters and concrete workers flooded Jackson Avenue in Long Island City for a lunchtime rally Tuesday to protest developer Jerry Wolkoff’s practices at the site of the former 5Pointz graffiti mecca. During the public review process, Wolkoff’s G & M Realty agreed to several major community givebacks, including a commitment to build and staff the site using 100 percent union labor, so that he could construct an additional 400 units. Comments (1)

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Event

City to spray again in Queens to combat Zika

The city Department of Health is continuing pesticide spraying all over the city, including Queens, in an attempt to stop the Zika virus from spreading. Comments (2)
Queens Village

Queens Village playground gets upgrade

Community members and elected officials in Queens Village celebrated the ground breaking of an $800,000 reconstruction for Pat Williams Playground. Comment
Government

Trio of lawmakers determined to pass the DREAM Act

With the start of the next state legislative session beginning in January, three Queens lawmakers renewed their call last week to pass the DREAM Act in New York. Comments (7)
Crime

Jackson Heights man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend’s dog

A 33-year-old Jackson Heights man has pleaded to killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old Chihuahua by violently slamming the dog against the floor during a verbal dispute, with the girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter present, the Queens DA said. Comments (1)
Food

Grain House aims to please—and does

We were sort of lured to Grain House on Northern Boulevard in Little Neck under false pretenses, not that we have anyone to blame but our selves. Comment
Opinion

Puttiing up a roadblock against bicycle safety

Imagine asking Astoria drivers to detour to Staten Island on their way to pick up a relative at JFK Airport. Or requiring pedestrians to walk to Rikers Island on their way to Astoria Park. It would be absurd, and you’d get laughed out of the room! But that’s basically what Queens Community Board 1 wants the Department of Transportation to say to future cyclists of the proposed 31st Avenue bike lane, which would connect the East River and Flushing Bay. Comments (4)
Soccer

For SJU’s Tinari, winning is the ultimate goal

Morgan Tinari knew something had to change. Comment

Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Ozone Park

Man indicted in murder of Queens imam, associate

A Queens grand jury indicted a Brooklyn man accused of gunning down the imam of an Ozone Park mosque, along with his friend and associate. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced the indictment Monday. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Police search for missing elderly man in Rego Park

Police from the 104th Precinct were searching for a man who was reported missing Saturday in Rego Park. Stanley Micek, of 1830 Madison St., was last seen at a Sears department store located at 96-05 Queens Blvd., at around noon, police said. Comment
Flushing

Two men stage several Flushing muggings

Police were searching for two suspects in connection with a string of robberies in the Flushing area. Police said that in at least two of the robberies the suspects tasered their victims. Comment
Auburndale

Thief robs $25K from pharmacy in Auburndale: cops

A thief who held up a Rite Aid Pharmacy in Auburndale while allegedly brandishing a firearm fled on foot with $25,000 Sunday morning, NYPD said. Comment
Business

Electeds, business owners push Cuomo to sign bill to aid small businesses

Lawmakers and small business owners gathered at the Greater Flushing Chambers of Commerce to urge Gov. Cuomo to sign a new law that would help small businesses. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Dromm calls on Conservative leader to resign after student suicide

In the aftermath of a Staten Island schoolboy’s suicide, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) is calling upon state Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long to resign his position at the Brooklyn school the child attended. Daniel Joseph Fitzpatrick, 13, was a student at Holy Angels Catholic Academy where Long is the chairman of the board. Comments (3)
Business

New grocery store needed in former Waldbaums space: Avella

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) called attention to the need for a new grocery store in a vacant retail space formerly occupied by Waldbaums in Whitestone at a news conference Friday. Comments (1)
Bayside

Kupferberg opens ‘Women at the Frontline of Mass Violence Worldwide’

The Kupferberg Holocaust Center at 222-05 56th Ave. in Bayside is showcasing a new exhibit which illustrates the struggle of women in the face of mass violence and genocide through video and photography. Comments (1)
Opinion

The fallout of Bill Bratton’s resignation

This week, our columnist wonders what is next for New York City’s — and America’s — police force. Comment
Baseball

Reyes returns to Mets lineup after second stint with Cyclones

After a difficult string of games that saw a handful of big-time players make their way to the DL and manager Terry Collins shut down a post-game press conference in three minutes, the Mets finally received some good news Aug. 11 when Jose Reyes made his on-field return with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Comment

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