Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

College Point

College Point neighbors up in arms against commercial businesses

Some College Point neighbors have had it with several commercial businesses that took over a street by using the sidewalk to pile up construction materials and debris. Comment.

Meeks seeks ninth term in office against independent Steinhardt

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) is seeking his ninth term in office. And the only person who can stop that from happening is his independent challenger, Allen Steinhardt. Comment.

Red Devils top Kennedy to push win streak to four


Chhaya director moves on to Asian Pacific American post

After 14 years serving as the executive director of Jackson Heights-based Chhaya Community Development Corporation, Seema Agnani announced late last month that she would step down from her position to become the director of Policy and Civic Engagement for the National Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans Community Development Jan. 15. Comment.

A terrible toll

Two recent cases stand out as Queens marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Comment.

Stop heroin scourge

As a resident of Bayside, I am deeply concerned about an epidemic sweeping our neighborhood. It has claimed the lives of many people I once called my friends and continues to live in the lifeless faces of many more. Heroin. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Queens Village

Woman, 66, stabbed to death in Queens Village

A 66-year-old Queens Village woman was stabbed to death in what police are calling a “possible home invasion” Friday morning. Officers from the 105th Precinct responded to a 911 call just after 3 a.m. Comment.

Hero cop gets street co-named near 110th Precinct

The mournful skirl of bagpipes filled the air and nearly a hundred police officers stood at attention as 95th Street and 43rd Avenue in Elmhurst was co-named “P.O. Robert Ehmer Place” last week. Comment.

MTA says subways are safe for riders after city’s first Ebola case

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Friday assured straphangers that travel aboard the subways is safe. Comment.
Long Island City

Subway ridership hits record high

Multitudes of transit patrons have surpassed the all-time high subway record for a single day. Comments (3).
Jackson Heights

Watchdog workshop teaches Cop Watch in Jackson Heights

More than 50 Queens community members took part in a Cop Watch workshop in Jackson Heights to learn how to effectively monitor and document the police. Comments (5).

North Shore-LIJ plans biological containement unit to prepare for Ebola

The North Shore-LIJ health System announced it will pursue the development of a biological containment unit to further improve its preparedness and response to infectious disease outbreaks. The announcement came just hours before the news broke that Dr. Craig Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola at Bellevue Hospital. Comment.

Two more trustees named to Queens Library

Two more trustees were named to the board of the Queens Borough Public Library this week. Comment.

Queens raises $420K for breast cancer research

More than 5,000 walkers strolled through Flushing Meadows Corona Park Sunday morning to make strides for breast cancer research. Comments (1).

Conference to help achieve economic independence for working women

With the unequivocal purpose of helping women achieve financial independence as a means of escaping domestic violence and sex trafficking, the Center for the Women of New York will host its 27th annual World of Working Women conference Oct. 31. Comment.
Willets Point

Queens Borough Historian to host Willets Pt. walk

Queens Borough Historian Jack Eichenbaum is set to guide a tour through Willets Point, a neighborhood long populated by hundreds of auto-repair shops that has been slated for redevelopment by the city. Comment.

MTA to study bus service in northeast Queens

The Metropolitan Transit Authority is not just looking at the underserved southeast Queens neighborhoods to improve public transportation service, especially bus lines. Comments (2).

Doe Fund street cleaners come to Broadway in Elmhurst

The Doe Fund is coming to Broadway. Comments (2).

Commission signs off on preliminary Glendale Library revamp

The city Design Commission signed off Monday on preliminary remodeling plans for the Glendale Library, but elevators, ramps and other accessibility features will not be rolled out for years. Comments (1).

Bulova Building on the market for $30 million

The iconic Bulova Building in Woodside is for sale at an asking price of $30 million. Comment.

Something funny is happening in Queens

From cave men telling rock-rock jokes to comedian Chris Rock and everything in between, the Reduced Shakespeare Company will leave no gag untold while de-constructing “The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)” in just 90 rollicking minutes at Queens Theatre. Reed Martin is one of the managing partners of the RSC as well as a longtime actor. The company is a three-man comedy group. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

Red Storm’s Big East title hopes suffer setback

St. John’s hopes of claiming the Big East regular season title was delivered a setback just three days after it took a big step forward with a win over national-raked Georgetown. Comment.

Bayside theater group keeps audience guessing

When examining what makes a good mystery story, the discussion invariably turns to the element of surprise. Comment.

Astoria Cove project will create union jobs

I am a resident of Astoria Houses now for 17 years. Astoria Cove is extremely important to me because I have young siblings who are being raised in this neighborhood. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014


Cops shoot and kill ax-wielding man in downtown Jamaica:NYPD

Police officers fatally shot a man who attacked them with a hatchet in a commercial strip in downtown Jamaica about 2 p.m. Thursday, said the NYPD. Comments (6).

City Council hearing draws nays for Astoria Cove plan

The chorus of opposition to the Astoria Cove development project is getting bigger and louder. Comments (1).

How to scare up a good time in Queens

It’s time to gear up for another ghoulish Halloween, so hang up those spooky decorations and stock up on treats to avoid getting tricked by a zombie or mutant turtle. Comment.

Townsend Harris ranked best high school in Queens

This is a tough final examination, one that students don’t have to memorize to be ready for it but need to do lots of research to make the right choice. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Planned Parenthood breaks ground on new health care center in Long Island City

Leaders of Planned Parenthood NYC joined with a dozen elected officials for a groundbreaking ceremony for their $9 million health care center in Long Island City last week. Construction at the site -- a former hardware store and office building at 21-41 45th Road -- has entered its second phase and is on schedule to open in May. Comments (3).

Biden, Cuomo announce revitalization of borough’s airports

Vice President Joe Biden came to Queens Monday to announce an ambitious revitalization for LaGuardia Airport, which he recently compared to a “third world country.” Comments (1).

Jamaica Development Corp. mulls artist lofts

Jamaica may provide the stage artists are scouring the city for, one study suggests. Comments (2).

Community leaders ask BSA to deny development to Indian cultural group

Now that another city Board of Standards and Appeals hearing is nearing, opposition is mounting again against plans by the Indian Cultural and Community Center to break ground in Bellerose to construct a four-story building on the site of the Creedmoor Psychiatric facility campus. Comments (7).

Mid Village man dies in Glendale crash: NYPD

GLENDALE — A 46-year-old Middle Village man died after a tractor-trailer struck him as he crossed 80th Street near Cooper Avenue around 6 a.m. Thursday, the NYPD said. Comment.

McLaughlin released from prison

After serving five years in the slammer for racketeering, Brian McLaughlin is a free man. Comment.
Long Island City

Weekend service on No. 7 subway line to be suspended

Service on the No. 7 subway line will be suspended in both directions this weekend between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square, leaving Long Island City straphangers stranded for the second of five weekends this fall. Comment.

W. Africa flights restricted to JFK and four other airports: Feds

Flights from West African countries ravaged by Ebola have been restricted to five airports, including Kennedy, where personnel screen passengers for symptoms of the disease, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014


Man punches another in Jamaica subway station

Jamaica- Police were searching for a suspect who punched and sprayed an unknown substance in the face of a rider at a Jamaica subway station last month. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights middle school opens much needed annex

Relief has come for one school in District 30, one of most overcrowded in the city. Comments (1).

Bayside rejects city’s homeless shelter plans

The alarms went off in Bayside, even before the fire. Comments (3).

Jamaica Hills teen crowned

Benjamin Cardozo High School graduate Lauren Schwartzberg was crowned 2014 National America Miss New York Teen. Comment.

Give Glendale its own ZIP code: Meng

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) is trying to get Glendale its own ZIP code. Comments (5).

Technology stuck in 18th century at city polling places

Why is voting such a cumbersome task and why do so few eligible voters take advantage of this right? In some developing countries, where democracy has just taken hold, voting rates can top 60 percent to 70 percent of the eligible population. In New York, one of the largest states in the oldest democracy in the world, we are not likely to see elections where more than one in five eligible voters head to their local polling place on Election Day. Comments (1).

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