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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Flushing

Flushing Riverfront Project in motion

A Flushing group and the Department of City Planning have teamed up to push forth a project that would redevelop the Flushing waterfront and bring more affordable housing to the area. Comment.
Maspeth

Junior’s Cheesecake leaving Maspeth factory for New Jersey

With the announcement made earlier this month that Junior’s Cheesecake Factory will be leaving its Maspeth factory, another part of the neighborhood’s industrial identity is being removed. Comment.
Queens Village

Truck hits school bus, fruit store on Hillside Avenue

A 60-year-old man driving an out-of-control Penske rental struck a school bus with 23 second-graders on Hillside Avenue and rammed a fruit store, pinning a 35-year-old woman last Friday, the NYPD said. Comment.
Jamaica

Homeland amps up TSA security after review

The Transportation Security Administration announced it will take take additional steps to address inhouse airport security vulnerability at U.S. airports Monday. Comment.
Block Shots

Landing Diallo would be major step forward for St. John’s

Landing Cheick Diallo would be the exclamation point to the early success of Chris Mullin’s tenure as St. John’s men’s basketball coach. Comment.
The Civic Scene

New zoning could imperil quality of life

Using the valid excuse that more affordable housing is needed for the homeless, the city administration is planning sweeping zoning revisions which civic leaders fear will undo years of positive changes they have been working for. Comment.
Whitestone

State budget deal dealt empty hand to boro Dems

The 2015 state budget is a travesty for the average Ne York resident. Gov. Cuomo and the Republican-controlled state Senate have eliminated many taxes on the wealthy, including sales taxes on yachts costing over $230,000 and private planes. State Sen. Sanders of South Ozone Park remarked that when he tried to find yacht and jet owners in his district, he couldn’t find any. There are none in my district either. Comment.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Flushing

Disbarred lawyer stole money from couple: DA

A Flushing man, who was disbarred from the practice of law, has been charged with stealing more than $34,000 in estate funds that were meant to go toward a convent, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comments (1).
Glendale

Glendale residents clean community garden

Residents of Glendale celebrated Earth Day over the weekend by cleaning up the community’s garden and getting it ready for the warm season. Comment.
Briarwood

Young Stanners struggle through the early season

Archbishop Molly is experiencing plenty of growing plains with its inexperienced club. Comment.
Opinion

Ask DenDekker to allow vote on GMO food

An important debate is underway concerning the labeling of genetically modified foods as a bill to mandate this action makes its way through the New York State Assembly and state Senate. Comment.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Jamaica Hills

Jamaica Hills man killed by officers: NYPD

A 30-year-old Jamaica Hills resident was shot and killed by two police officers after he fired a gun inside a bar in Jamaica Wednesday night, the NYPD said. Comments (3).

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Corona

More trespassing at the World’s Fair observation decks

For the second time in a month, a group of youngsters was caught sneaking into the World’s Fair observation towers at Flushing Meadow Corona Park. On April 14, officers from Parks Enforcement Patrol saw that the lock on the door to the towers had been clipped and heard people speaking from the platform. Comments (3).
Crime

Early days of spring bring violence to Queens & New York City

The first spring days of the year arrived last week with a bang as a string of shootings erupted around the borough, but the deadliest toll was reserved for three fatal stabbings. Comments (3).
Flushing

Holi celebrates culture and diversity in Queens

Last weekend brought some of the first sure signs of spring, which were commemorated by the annual ancient Hindu religious festival, Holi. Comments (1).
Little Neck

5,000 new plants take root in Alley Pond Park

About 3,500 trees and 1,500 new shrubs took root in Alley Pond Park last week due to the combined effort of more than 200 volunteers. Comments (2).
Sunnyside

Bike lanes on the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge get nod from CB2

The city Department of Transportation will begin building bike lanes on the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge in late spring or early summer after the plans were approved by Community Board 2 earlier this month. When completed, cyclists will have six-foot bike lanes on both side of the bridge with four-foot buffers from automotive traffic. Comments (2).
Broadway-Flushing

Avella, homeowners group want landmarking for Broadway-Flushing

Residents of the Broadway-Flushing neighborhood want the Landmarks Preservation Commission to recognize the neighborhood as a historic district. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing schools doing well with Common Core standards

Students in School District 25 have been faring well since the new Common Core Learning standards launched, according to the district’s superintendent. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Jamaica car dealer charged with tax fraud: DA

A used car salesman who operated two businesses in Jamaica has been charged with tax fraud with the state and city out of nearly $500,000 in collected sales taxes over a five-year period, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1).
Briarwood

Briarwood gets subway stop named solely for neighborhood

After decades of confusion, Queens residents can now rejoice in the clarification of the Briarwood subway station. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) , Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and Seymour Schwartz announced the renaming of the Briarwood-Van Wyck subway station to simply Briarwood after a 14-year battle. Comments (2).
History

Borough president honors Queens’ history with landmarks tour

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law, Borough President Melinda Katz declared April “Queens Landmarks Month” and invited members of the press on a tour of prominent landmarks throughout the borough Tuesday afternoon. Comments (2).
Opinion

Money matters

The annual budget dance in the city marking a standoff between the mayor and the large interest groups is underway. The tone has softened under Mayor Bill de Blasio, but there is still anguished testimony from lawmakers and horse-trading behind the scenes as many institutions try to emerge unscathed. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep sets sights on consecutive diocesan crowns

St. Francis Prep doesn’t want to get too far ahead of itself. Comment.
Opinion

Kiddie phone shot not worth 1,000 looks

A high school friend I hadn’t seen in years was passing through New York. We had just a few precious hours to catch up, so we wandered around Central Park, exulting in its blossom overdrive, then sat on a sun-warmed rock to chat. Of course, I wanted to see a picture of her kids. Comment.
Flushing

F line makes history in Briarwood

Flushing

Men wanted for attempted robbery at massage spot: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were looking for four men who allegedly punched and tried to rob a 48-year-old man at a massage parlor in Flushing last month. Comments (1).

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jamaica

Man shot, killed by police after firing at officers: NYPD

A 30-year-old man suspected of firing a gun inside a bar in Jamaica was shot and killed by two police officers Wednesday night, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Flushing

Queens woman found dead in van in Brooklyn: NYPD

A woman living in the northeast Queens area was found dead in her boyfriend’s van in Brooklyn Wednesday night, the NYPD said. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Judge gives Deng family OK to file claim against CUNY in 2013 hazing death

A Manhattan judge has ruled that the Queens family of Chun Hsien Deng can file a late claim against CUNY Baruch College, where he was a student when he died during an alleged hazing ritual during a trip with a fraternity to Pennsylvania in December 2013. Comments (3).
Long Island City

The Clock Tower one step closer to landmark status

The iconic Clock Tower building in Long Island City is one step closer to official landmark status. The city Landmarks Preservation Commission set a date for a formal vote following a public hearing Tuesday. Comments (2).
Education

Opt out movement sees low numbers in Queens

City schools administered state Common Core standardized math tests this week to children enrolled in grades three through eight, just as the numbers of students whose families decided to “opt out” of the previous week’s English Language Arts tests were coming in. Comments (3).
South Ozone Park

S. Ozone Park community takes legal action against second juvenile detention center development 

South Ozone Park Civic Association West and three neighborhood residents filed a class action suit in Queens Supreme Court Tuesday against the property owner and the future operator of a juvenile justice facility on 127th Street. Comments (2).
Willets Point

Avella, park advocates appeal Willets megamall case

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and park advocates say they are hopeful after a panel of judges heard arguments last week in the case of a proposed megamall on the former site of Shea Stadium. Comments (2).
Jamaica

103rd Precinct cops get national award for bravery

Four 103rd Precinct officers who survived a 2014 hatchet attack are being recognized at the 22nd Annual Top Cops Awards dinner by the National Association of Police Organizations for actions above and beyond the call of duty in May in Washington, D.C. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens Hills

Plans for bus lane on Q44 route in Kew Gardens Hills halted

The MTA and the city Department of Transportation announced that they have canceled plans for a dedicated bus-only lane on the Q44 bus route in Kew Gardens Hills. Comments (2).
Rockaway Beach

Express bus foes want ’50s train back

While the city moves forward with plans to create an express bus service that would run along Woodhaven Boulevard, some residents in Rockaway are pushing for the revival of a subway line that once ran from Rockaway to northern Queens. Comments (12).
Bayside

Bayside Little Leaguers commemorate new season

The official start of the Bayside Little League was commemorated with ceremonial first pitches Saturday by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and state Assemblyman Braunstein (D-Bayside). Comments (1).

Subway ridership jumps in Long Island City

It will come as no surprise to Queens straphangers that subway ridership in the borough surged in 2014. Comments (1).
Long Island City

LIC Partnership crunches numbers at annual real estate breakfast

Hundreds of real estate industry professionals gathered at the Con Edison Learning Center on Vernon Boulevard for the Long Island City Partnership’s 9th Annual Real Estate Breakfast Wednesday. Comment.
Basketball

2015 All-Queens boys basketball honors

What a boys’ basketball season it was in Queens as the borough produced three city champions. Comment.
Jamaica

JFK bust finds coke in granny underwear

JAMAICA — Five days apart, two Caribbean Airline passengers were arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle in cocaine at John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Comments (1).

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