Thursday, July 27, 2017

Long Island City

Mayor says Astoria’s new ferry service will launch Aug. 29

Astoria’s NYC Ferry service is set to launch Aug, 29, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) said the new route will be a game-changer for his constituents. Comments (2)

Pan American shelter gets a new contract from city

The city has approved a long-term deal to keep the homeless shelter at the former Pan American hotel in Elmhurst operating for six more years. City Comptroller Scott Stringer registered the $66.2 million contract between the city’s Department of Homeless Services and operator Samaritan Village to keep the Boulevard Family Residence home to 198 families. Comments (3)
Little Neck

Missing Alley Pond tortoise returns to treat-filled homecoming

Little Neck’s missing tortoise, Millennium, is back home and receiving a lot of attention from admirers after quite an adventure. Comments (3)

City Council contender Moya pushes his Willets Point plan

State Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Corona) joined Make the Road, Fairness Coalition of Queens and community leaders at a rally in front of Willets Point last Friday in support of his Willets Point Plan. Comment

Bay Terrace leaseholders to purchase their land from Cord Meyer

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) announced a land purchase between Cord Meyer and Bay Terrace Cooperative Section I, ending a 60-year lease between the development company and shareholders. Comment

MTA chair to immediately launch short-term stabilization plan for subway

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota unveiled his short-term plan this week to repair the city’s failing subway system and restore riders’ confidence in public transit. Comment

Koo hosts candlelight vigil for Vincent Tse one year after his tragic death

The Flushing community came together in remembrance of Vincent Tse one year after his death. Comment
Cambria Heights

Southeast Queens authors honored at Cambria Heights library

The Cambria Heights’ branch of Queens Library held a Celebration of Southeast Queens Authors Saturday, hosting 17 authors ranging from 8 years old to senior citizens, and from first-time writers to those with an established history. Comment
Middle Village

Strong performances highlight ‘Joseph’ at Maggie’s Little Theater

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice maintain their theater reputation of writing musicals minus the spoken word. Maggie’s Little Theater in Middle Village took on one of their oldest with “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a Biblical story based on the “coat of many colors” of Joseph in the Book of Genesis. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Time for ailing mom to receive rather than give

Friday was a normal day for my friend Barbie Levin, an occupational therapist. She went to the modest home of a brand new patient, a baby who’d had a stroke in utero. She was now a 1-year-old and still not crawling because one leg was too weak. Comment

Billie Jean King, World Team Tennis hope to spark interest in sport

Tennis legend Billie Jean King is hoping World Team Tennis, and its recent return to Queens, can help jumpstart participation in the sport. Comment

Peralta staying true to progressive values

According to recent reports, efforts are underway by the Democratic Party leadership to bring to heel members of the Independent Democratic Caucus, a group of eight elected state senators who vote as a bloc and are currently aligned with Republicans. Comment

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Job Fair at Queens Center mall connects unemployed with resources

More than 750 job-seekers were able to meet with over 30 potential employers last week at the Queens Center mall and almost all of them had on-site interviews, according to state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), the host of his 7th annual job fair. Comment

Low-income homeowners to receive $115 credit on water and sewer bill

Over 23,000 homeowners in Queens will receive a $115 credit on their next water and sewer bill, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (3)
Kew Gardens

First Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema showcases Queens talent

The first annual Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema will take over Queens in August, presenting over 150 films from 24 countries — including various Queens-made projects. Comment

LIRR’s modernization not possible without subsidy

When it comes to Long Island Rail Road problems, the buck stops on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. Comment

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Springfield Gardens

Celebrity barbershop owner shot to death in Springfield Gardens

Barbershop owner Zanu Simpson, 32, who catered to rappers and professional athletes, was shot in the head several times around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday in Springfield Gardens, the NYPD said Comments (22)
East Elmhurst

Three men posed as homeowners to scam apartment hunters: NYPD

The NYPD was looking for three men who misrepresented themselves as home owners to rip off unsuspecting apartment hunters in East Elmhurst, Corona and Jackson Heights this spring. Comments (1)

De Blasio announces expansion to Charles B. Wang Health Center in Flushing

Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray visited the Charles B. Wang Health Center in Flushing Tuesday to announce a $65 million expansion to the institution’s facility and services. The funding coincides with the ThriveNYC initiative for the city to support neighborhood medical support through community organizations serving a variety of nationalities. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Three Queens men charged for involvement in alleged heroin ring: Suffolk DA

An alleged heroin network spanning parts of Queens and Suffolk County was busted up by Long Island law enforcement and the DEA, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights sex offender admits to contacting past victim: DA

A 42-year-old Jackson Heights man pleaded guilty to contempt of court for violating an order of protection for contacting the young woman he pleaded guilty to raping in 2012 when the victim was just 15 years old. Comment

Trump, Putin cohesion little surprise

By any yardstick one chooses, Vladimir Putin is a depot, the antithesis of democracy and a free press. Comments (2)

Monday, July 24, 2017


Fourth Queens suspect charged in Jamaica sexual assault: DA

The Fugitive Task Force in Brooklyn nabbed a fourth Queens suspect wanted in connection to the robbery and sexual assault of a 50-year-old mother of two in Jamaica on Friday. Comments (1)

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City Hall’s affordable housing plan on time and under budget

The city is making strides in combating the affordable housing crisis. Comments (1)

Cops hunt for suspect in connection to Sunnyside attempted bank robbery

Police were searching for a suspect in connection to an attempted bank robbery in Sunnyside. Comment
Middle Village

CB5 discusses cannabidoil products, soccer fields at Rosemary Playground

Community Board 5 held a meeting last week with avid discussions on issues ranging from the opening of a coffee shop serving cannabidiol-infused drink to the installation of soccer fields that would replace basketball courts. Comment

Louis Armstrong House Museum breaks ground on new Education Center

People from all over the world will now be able to learn more about Corona’s own “Satchmo” at the new Louis Armstrong House Museum Education Center. Comment

Queens College men’s hoops coach ready for second year with program

Second-year head coach Matt Collier is anxious for another year on the sidelines, looking to challenge his young squad after scheduling an early-season exhibition game at UConn. Comment

Have a heart regarding panhandlers

Mayor Bill de Blasio claims some panhandlers are doing it for fun. In the past, he’s said he wished he could eliminate panhandling. In my opinion, many are doing so because they are homeless and have little-to-no income. Comments (8)

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