Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015


Mounting opposition leads to withdrawal of high school proposal

The School Construction Authority has officially withdrawn its plan to build a new high school in Bayside. Comment.
Hunters Point

Van Bramer calls for tougher penalties on affordable housing renters who list on Airbnb

Controversy continues to swirl in and around Hunter Point South Crossing, an affordable housing development in Long Island City, where two tenants were found to have listed their government subsidized apartments on Airbnb, one of them for $500 a night. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Worry runs high in fire-stricken neighborhoods

Residents in Forest Hills and Rego Park are on edge after a rash of fires that the FDNY has deemed “suspicious.” Comment.

Queens has the least number of hungry residents in city

Queens has the fewest number of food insecure residents in New York City, according to a report from the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, while 11 percent of Queens children live in food insecure homes, considerably lower than the citywide rate of one-in-five children. Comment.
Jackson Heights

City’s second worst landlord has Queens properties: Public Advocate

The second worst landlord in the city owns two apartment buildings in Woodside and Jackson Heights, according to the latest Worst Landlords Watchlist released Monday by the city’s Public Advocate office. Comments (1).

Small Business Saturday events come to Queens

The Friday after Thanksgiving has for decades been known as the busiest shopping day of the year. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Transit group pushes for free LGA shuttle

A transit advocacy organization has released a study concluding that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Q70 bus line could be converted into a free LaGuardia Airport subway shuttle that would attract thousands of riders and could be introduced immediately, probably at no net cost to the MTA. Comment.
Willets Point

Willets West mega-mall appeal to be heard by court

After an appellate court ruled in July that the Willets West mega-mall proposal could not proceed without state legislative approval, the Court of Appeals has announced that it will hear an appeal by the developer. Comment.

Roosevelt Avenue bridge project to start in January

Construction work seeking to restore and rehabilitate the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge over the Flushing River and the Van Wyck Expressway will begin in January. Comment.
Block Shots

Cardozo coach, star have eyes on history

Ron Naclerio and Rashond Salnave can each earn a piece of history this season. Comment.

Another visit with Christmas past, present and future

Before diving into a new role, Astoria-based actor Marc LeVasseur always follows some advice given to him by an actor friend. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Far Rockaway

Tyrone Howard pleads not guilty in Officer Holder’s death

Tyrone Howard, accused of gunning-down NYPD officer Randolph Holder, pleaded not-guilty to murder in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Tuesday. Comment.

DOT will not be closing Shore Boulevard to vehicular traffic

Shore Boulevard in Astoria Park will not be closed to vehicular traffic following discussions on a controversial proposal to improve traffic safety on the half-mile riverfront roadway, according to Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. She made that announcement during an Astoria Civic Association last week. Comment.

CB7 recommends rezoning of Waterpointe site

Community Board 7 is looking to rezone the Waterpointe site in Whitestone because it contends the developer did not provide a deed restriction ensuring that only homes are built at the site. The developer maintains that it has provided the board with everything it has requested. Comments (1).

From making wigs to changing lives, SE Queens business thrives

The hair industry in southeast Queens is big business from salons that braid and twist strands into special dos to wigs in every shape, length and color one can imagine. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Memo to Queens theater groups: Stop playing it safe

I’m leaving a wedding reception in Smithtown, hoping my hearing recovers from countless decibels of deejay music, when a couple approaches to tell me how much they miss the Outrageous Fortune Company. Comment.

Bellerose teen honored as Girl Scouts’ Future Woman of Distinction

A teenage girl from Bellerose was named the Girls Scouts of Greater New York’s Future Woman of Distinction. The award is presented to one of the organization’s most outstanding girls for her commitment to academics, leadership and community service. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015


SCA scraps plan to build a new high school in Bayside

The city School Construction Authority has announced it would rescind its contract to purchase the Bayside Jewish Center along with its plans to build a 739-seat high school on the site, ending a controversy over which has been growing for months. Comments (6).
Richmond Hill

Newborn baby found in Richmond Hill church Nativity scene

RICHMOND HILL—A newborn baby was left inside the crèche—a tableau representing the scene of Jesus’s birth—of a Richmond Hill church Monday afternoon, police said. Comment.

As new tenants flow in, things look up for Atlas Park

HomeGoods, a popular household-supply franchise, opened its first store in Queens at The Shops at Atlas Park last Thursday—another sign that the long-struggling mall may be turning things around. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Cuomo vetoes Port Ambrose gas project

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nixed a controversial 3-year-old proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal 19 miles off Jones Beach on Long Island amid fears that it could trigger an environmental disaster or become a target for terrorists. Comments (1).
Long Island City

LIC Partnership Trade Show draws thousands to Astoria World Manor

More than 100 businesses gathered to exhibit at the Long Island City Partnership’s Business-to-Business Trade Show and Luncheon at Astoria World Manor last Friday. The 28th annual trade show attracts thousands of community members each year in a showcase displaying the mixed-use landscape of LIC, ranging from business services and real estate, to hotels and health care, to 3-D printing and catering. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm veterans fuel win vs. UMBC

St. John’s celebrated a different kind of Veterans Day five days after the real thing. Comment.

Obey the rules of the road

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Middle Village

Central Queens debates zoning changes and future of neighborhoods

While both Community Board 5 and Community Board 6 voted overwhelmingly against two major zoning text amendments, the few individual holdouts offered a window into an increasingly contentious relationship between Central Queens and City Hall. Comment.

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Mural project brings hip-hop legacy to light

A new, colorful mural dedicated to the history of hip-hop culture in southeast Queens appeared on the corner of 198th Street and Hollis Avenue last week in Hollis. Comments (1).

109th Pct. captain sheds light on jaywalking campaign

The 109th Precinct’s commanding officer clarified the precinct’s plans to bolster pedestrian safety but said news reports inaccurately stated that the precinct was issuing summons to jaywalkers . Comments (4).

Woodhaven’s Peking opera star

After a lifetime spent in the world of opera, Woodhaven resident Qi Shu Fang has gathered more than her fair share of unique mementos. Comment.

Royals roll to first ‘AA’ final in 12 years

Christ the King’s greatest luxury was its ticket to the championship game. Comment.

Building a life in the shadow of the Holocaust

In November 1961, the Cold War was only an itchy trigger finger away from turning hot and national security was the most pressing issue on the minds of many in Queens. Making a stop at Fort Totten in Bayside that month, Lt. General Robert Wood announced that New York City was defenseless against Soviet nuclear missiles. The commanding officer of the Air Defense Command noted that they could handle bombers approaching our nationR Comment.

A bad deal for College Point

Before the police academy in College Point opened up, the city had an agreement that residential parking would not be affected. I live on 128th Street between 23rd and 25th avenues. And there were several occasions when NYPD cadets would park on the very block I live on and would hop into their fellow cadets cars to be driven down to the Police Academy. Comments (2).

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