Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015


Queens’ pre-K seats rise to 23,000 from 14,000

The city’s universal pre-K, or pre-Kindergarten, officially starts Wednesday, Sept. 9, and the mayor’s office said Wednesday it has officially met its goal of enrolling at least 70,000 families in full-day programs. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Barnes & Noble to leave Queens, closing two stores

Barnes & Noble’s two remaining locations in Queens will both be closing. The Forest Hills’ Barnes & Noble, located at 70-00 Austin St, will be replaced by a Target superstore set to open sometime in 2016, while its location in Bay Terrace does not yet have a specified closure date. Comment.
Willets Point

Future of Willets Point Development Plan now uncertain

The $3 billion Willets Point project is in limbo after the city announced it would not appeal a recent appellate court ruling requiring state legislative approval before a proposed megamall could move forward. At issue is the absence of affordable housing in the first phase of the multi-use development. Comments (2).
East Elmhurst

City opens a new shelter for homeless families in East Elmhurst

Faced with a spike in the city’s homeless population this summer, the Department of Homeless Services declared the former Clarion Hotel in East Elmhurst an emergency shelter. More than 40 homeless families began moving into the city’s first new shelter to open in 2015, directly across the Grand Central Parkway at 94-00 Ditmars Ave. Comments (3).

Two lanes at Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed this weekend

Up to two Bronx-bound lanes at the Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed this weekend for asphalt and binder work on the bridge. Comment.

Boro churches heighten security after Charleston

In the wake of the fatal church shooting in Charleston, S.C., churches in southeast Queens have taken a look at their security measures. Comment.

Ambulance corps’ future in doubt

The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Ambulance Corps is running out of options. Comment.

Rickshaw rider traveling the world arrives in Flushing

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) welcomed Chen Guanming, who is known as “the Olympic Rickshaw Rider,” to the steps of Flushing Library last weekend. Comment.

South Jamaica Houses drown in sewage water

The New York City Housing Authority brought in a contractor Tuesday morning to sanitize the South Jamaica Houses community center and the apartment above after it was flooded Sunday evening with sewage water near 109th Avenue in south Jamaica. Comments (3).

Consensus elusive over proposed Woodhaven SBS

Woodhaven Boulevard is a dangerous and congested mess. That much, transit advocates, city politicians, transit officials, and local community members can all agree on—but not much else. From the very name of the proposed $200 million redesign to the proposal’s effect on pedestrians, businesses and traffic, consensus is hard to come by. Comments (12).

DOE to investigate subpar education in city yeshivas

Young Advocates for Fair Education, or Yaffed, a Brooklyn-based advocacy organization, has caused a stir in New York’s Orthodox Jewish community after releasing a letter saying the secular education in 39 yeshivas in Brooklyn and Queens was substandard, and in some cases, likely illegal. Comments (2).
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens theater troupe heads to the Caribbean

Hillcrest High student Nadia Butler was looking for more out of her school break than an endless marathon of Netflix viewing and daily doses of chat show host Wendy Williams’ “Hot Topics.” Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

Jackson Heights

Crowley helps hand out back-to-school supplies

With the start of the school year less than three weeks away, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) took part in back-to-school events in Corona and Jackson Heights in the past week, helping to hand out supplies to more than 400 students. Comments (2).

Trans-Pecos bridges groups in a changing Ridgewood

As the line between Ridgewood and Bushwick continues to blur, the complexities of gentrification familiar to Brooklyites have arrived in central Queens. Comment.

Endorsements continue to roll in as City Council election approaches

New endorsements have been announced for three of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat in eastern Queens: Bob Friedrich, Satnam Singh Parhar and Barry Grodenchik. Comments (12).

Whalen Playground renovation under way

Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) joined members of Community Board 9 and the Woodhaven Residents Block Association to officially kick off construction at the Mary Whalen Playground in Woodhaven. Comments (5).

Homegrown talent will be featured at the New World Queens Fest

The New World Queens Fest is set to rock Astoria Park on Saturday, Aug. 29, with live performances from more than 30 bands and 30 artists featuring bossa nova, reggae, hip-hop and R&B, funk, bluegrass and Afro-Cuban. The festival, presented by the non-profit Astoria Music & Arts, will also bring visual arts, dancers, performance artists and interactive children’s events to two stages and tents set up on the Great Lawn between the RFK and Hell Gate bridges. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015


Funding to come for Sandy-struck cemetery

Life is returning to the Evergreen Cemetery. Comment.

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Bayside veteran recalls time spent in Japan after WW II ended

In the summer of 1945, Paul Stein was 19 years old, in the Navy and part of the first group of Americans to enter Japan after the bombs were dropped and the country had surrendered. Comment.
Long Island City

First-ever EcoBon Floating Lantern Festival comes to Long Island City

Hundreds of visitors to Gantry Plaza State Park and Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City witnessed the first-ever EcoBon Floating Lantern Festival at sundown Sunday. Dozens of volunteers gathered at the shoreline of the East River to release more than 100 lanterns modeled after an ancient Japanese summer rite of remembrance. Comment.

Grodenchik says years in government prepare him for Council

Barry Grodenchik has been campaigning for one of the most competitive political races in the off-year elections slated for this fall. Comments (6).
Queens Village

Lynch see chance for small changes with big impact

In the 1990s, Rebecca Lynch, a Democratic City Council candidate for Mark Weprin’s former seat, sat around the family dinner table to discuss worries her parents and neighbors had about the state of the borough. Comments (13).

Queens native Jack preparing for next stage of hoops career

The time that Queens native Kadeem Jack has spent playing for Rutgers University men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan has him better prepared for his future in professional basketball. Comment.

JFK workers allegedly steal $250K

JAMAICA — Six current and former cargo handlersat JFK International Airport, three from Queens and three from Brooklyn, were arrested and charged in federal court Wednesday with conspiracy to steal United States mail and money laundering, according to U.S. attorney in Brooklyn. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

Rego Park

Bus swerves into Rego Park building, at least six injured officials say

A Resorts World Casino shuttle swerved into a three-story building on the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard Monday as it tried to avoid another car in a crash that seriously injured the bus driver and left five others with injuries, witnesses and officials said. Comments (1).
East Elmhurst

City opens a new shelter for homeless families in East Elmhurst

The city began moving homeless families into a new emergency shelter in East Elmhurst, directly across the Grand Central Parkway at the former Clarion Hotel. Comments (2).

West Nile pesticide to be sprayed in NE Queens Monday

The city Health Department has scheduled pesticide spraying in northeast Queens beginning Monday, Aug. 24, from trucks on the ground as part of its efforts to reduce mosquito activity and prevent the risk of West Nile Virus from spreading. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

Two die in fire at Far Rockaway home: NYPD

Two people were killed in a fast-moving fire in Far Rockaway Sunday afternoon, the FDNY said. Comment.

Longtime Sunnyside Irish pub closing down

Saturday will be the final Karaoke night at the Bliss Street Station, the popular Irish pub and restaurant in Sunnyside that is closing down Sunday after 26 years on the corner of Greenpoint Avenue and 47th Street. Owner Ambrose Gurhy had his restaurant on the market for several years and finally found a buyer who plans to open a South American eatery in its place. Comments (5).

Major construction begins on Kosciuszko Bridge

One of Maspeth’s busiest avenues has been closed as major construction on the Kosciuszko Bridge gets underway. Comment.

State Comptroller: MTA delays are getting worse

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has complained to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority about hundreds of thousands of delays in the New York City subway system, many of which the comptroller’s auditors said were preventable. Comment.

Several elected officials remind residents of the benefits of municipal ID cards

Three elected officials enrolled in the city’s municipal ID program last Friday, hoping it would encourage their constituents to take advantage of the benefits the IDNYC card offers. The free card provides identification for residents, including undocumented immigrants and others who have trouble getting government-issued identification such as the homeless and the formerly incarcerated, as well as providing a range of other benefits to cardholders. Comments (1).

Skala’s peers reflect on a life spent serving Bayside

Bayside leaders and the friends and family of Frank Skala reflected on his life this week following the death of the civic leader and community activist. Comment.
Long Island City

New rendering shows what tallest tower in borough will look like in 2019

A newly released rendering shows how the recently landmarked Clock Tower building in Long Island City will be dwarfed by a 77-story skyscraper to be called the Queens Plaza Park. Queens Plaza Development LLC, including Property Markets Group and the Hakim Organization, reached a $56 million deal for air rights with the MTA in late March that will allow them to build the largest tower outside Manhattan. Comment.
Track and field

Belle Harbor’s Gallagher taking relaxed mindset into biggest race

Kerri Gallagher is preparing for the biggest race of her career. The Belle Harbor native and Fordham University star is racing in the 1500 meters for Team USA at the International Association Athletics Federation World Championships in Beijing Saturday and has herself ready to give her best. Comment.

Ranting is wrong, but it’s here to stay

I recently saw a woman in a rant against a parking attendant, and today I read about Reggie Jackson’s rant at a fan that wanted two signatures. Comment.

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