Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016


Ferreras-Copeland thanks local group for dramatic rescue in storm

Members of the Corona Community Ambulance Corps were treated to lunch last week by City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) to thank them for their heroics during Winter Storm Jonas, which dumped 34 inches of snow in Jackson Heights last month. Comment.

Police plan to make arrest soon in spate of Central Queens car thefts

As the spate of car break-ins in Central Queens continued, police said they have a suspect of interest and will be making arrests in the “near future,” according to 104th Precinct Capt. Mark Wachter. Comment.
Long Island City

Studio bosses agree with de Blasio’s choice for movie czar

The heads of the borough’s two biggest film and television studios are delighted with the city’s new movie czar. Comment.

New photo exhibition at QCC looks at family history

When award-winning photographer Marc Asnin completed a project about his troubled, enigmatic uncle three years ago, his subject was very different from the tough, tattooed guy Asnin had known and looked up to back when he was growing up on Brooklyn’s gritty streets. Comment.
New Voices

For major transit problems, few real solutions

Anyone looking to take public transit from Southeast Queens to Coney Island can expect a sojourn of at least 90 minutes, from hopping on the A train, to transferring in Downtown Brooklyn to the Q and traveling the length of the borough. Rockaway residents, despite being just a stone’s throw away, would have to take two to three buses to get there, and allocate an hour of travel time. People in Northern Queens can forget about trying to use mass transit to get there, as it would take up to two hours and invariably involve having to route through Manhattan. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Jefferson steal victory late from Christ the King

A few bad seconds slowed a week’s worth of momentum for Christ the King. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Robber escapes from back window: NYPD

RICHMOND HILL — Police said an unidentified male robbed a deli grocery store Feb. 6 at 126-09 Jamaica Ave. in Richmond Hill. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016


Flushing man charged in fatal beating of father

A 19-year-old Flushing man was arrested in the fatal beating of his father Friday night, according to the NYPD. Officers from the 111th Precinct, responding to an assault in progress, discovered 57-year-old Ioannis Safetis unconscious and unresponsive in front of 47-05 Utopia Parkway. Comment.

Residents call for pedestrian safety after teenage girl killed in hit/run

After the hit-and-run death of a teenage girl struck by a van, community and elected officials called on the Department of Transportation Friday for pedestrian safety measures on the busy intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard and Sunrise Highway in Rosedale. Comment.

More officers coming to 109th Precinct neighborhoods

The 109th Precinct and City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) announced a new community policing program that will bring in a substantial number of officers to serve all northeast Queens residents when it kicks off this spring. Comments (1).

Man charged with hate crimes in attacks on Chinese women: DA

A Flushing man has been charged with hate crimes involving robbery and assault in two alleged attacks on Chinese women, one at the end of January and the other on Wednesday, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1).

Whitestone man dies after fire in basement apartment

A Whitestone man died late Thursday night after a fire broke out in his basement apartment, according to the NYPD and the FDNY. Comments (2).

Stringer finally registers Pan Am shelter contract

The city has finally approved a limited contract for the Boulevard Family Shelter, in the former Pan American Hotel, on the provider’s fourth try, according to the city comptroller’s office. The $23.8 million, 30-month contract was registered, or approved, by Comptroller Scott Stringer, but its duration is just 30 months instead of the five-year contract that Samaritan Daytop Village was seeking. Comments (3).

No. 7 straphangers demand better service from MTA

Fed up with poor service on the No. 7 subway line, angry straphangers joined community leaders at a rally beneath the 40th Street station in Sunnyside during Tuesday’s morning rush. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) called on the MTA to implement and expedite a complete Full-Line Review of the 7 line, something that has proven successful on the A, C, F, G and L trains. Comments (1).

MTA settles Flushing LIRR eminent domain case

A Midtown Manhattan law firm settled a case with the MTA on behalf of the Ou Jiang City Supermarket, which the transportation agency seized to make upgrades to the Flushing-Main Street LIRR station. Comments (4).

CB7 approves special permit for Whitestone gym

Community Board 7 voted Monday night in favor of a motion to approve a 10-year special permit to operate a gym in Whitestone, but some were opposed to the proposal due to parking concerns. Comment.
College Point

Body found decomposed inside College Point Yacht Club

The body of a man whose name police could not yet release because the body was badly decomposed was found in the College Point Yacht Club grounds Saturday afternoon, according to the NYPD and the yacht club. Comment.

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning celebrates black artists

This February marks the 40th anniversary of Black History Month, which was recognized by the federal government in 1976. As part of this year’s celebration, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning will showcase work by Weusi artist collective members. The month-long exhibit of the Weusi story emphasizes the importance of African-American imagery in a modern setting. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Defendants fished, washed check from USPS: DA

Nearly a dozen suspected members of the Snow gang, were charged last week with a two-month scheme involving stealing checks from USPS mailboxes and then forging the checks to cash them, the Queens district attorney said.. Comments (1).

Hundreds take Valentine’s Day tour of a waste treatment plant

She should have been shopping for her wedding dress, but the lure of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant was too much for Alexandra Hiniker. The 35-year-old representative to the United Nations for PAX, an international peace organization in the Netherlands, was one of the 300 visitors to take part in the Department of Environmental Protection’s 5th annual Valentine’s Day Tour of the largest water treatment plant in the city. Comments (1).
Broad Channel

High tide flood over for South Queens: NWS

After two days of unusually high tide, the coastal flood warning ended Wednesday afternoon for parts of southern Queens, according to the National Weather Service. Comment.

Using horse sense

Hold your horses, Mr. Mayor Comment.

Who will pay for costly Queens projects?

When it comes to public transportation, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s recent speech on the “State of Queens” made for some great sound bites but provided little substance. Katz failed to provide any specific information on how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New York City Department of Transportation will come up with funding to implement any of the following transportation projects advocated by many other Queens elected officials, constituents and transit advocates. Comment.

Diarra dazzles in Battle of the Boulevard win for Cross

It was an impressive night for the youngest Knight. Comment.

Teenage girl dies in hit and run: NYPD

ROSEDALE—After midnight Wednesday, a teenage girl was fatally struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard and Sunrise Highway in Rosedale, police officials said. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016


Auburndale man kills his father: Police

The first homicide in the 111th Precinct since 2014 is the result of a family affair gone horribly wrong, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (5).
Long Island City

New streetcars could help LIC tech and innovation sector

A proposed streetcar system along the East River, connecting western Queens with Brooklyn, would be a tremendous asset to the growth of the tech and innovation sector in Long Island City, according to two key figures in the industry. Comment.

DEP to modernize sewers in Flushing and Bowery bays

The city Department of Environmental Protection will start working on a $33 million sewer upgrade project this spring to prevent 225 million gallons of sewage from being released into Flushing and Bowery bays every year. Comment.
Long Island City

Plans for new tower in LIC would make it the borough’s tallest

A Flushing-based developer is planning to transform the Long Island City skyline in a gigantic way. Chris Jiashu Xu has filed plans to build a 964-foot, 79-story residential tower that will dwarf the Citigroup building, which has been the tallest in Queens since it opened in 1990. Comments (3).

Horse carriage deal collapses day before City Council vote

Mayor Bill de Blasio has dismissed a union’s call for a state investigation into his campaign to ban horse carriages from city streets. The Transport Workers Union requested a probe by the state attorney general’s office after de Blasio’s plan to rein in the city’s horse carriage industry fell apart last week. Comment.

Katz pledges economic growth and family values at annual speech

The rapid transformation of Queens into a coveted destination for tourists, businesses and the arts will not compromise the borough’s commitment to family values, Melinda Katz said at her annual Queens Borough Cabinet meeting Tuesday. Comments (2).

Flushing bus crashes in Connecticut: State Police

A bus owned by a Flushing company traveling from the neighborhood to a casino in Connecticut overturned on I-95 early Monday afternoon due to snow on the road, according to the Connecticut State Police. Comments (1).

Asians celebrate first Lunar New Year school holiday

Community leaders said the new Lunar New Year school holiday, which shuttered public classrooms Monday, will help educate the public about a key Asian celebration. Comments (3).
Long Island City

Mayor announces new crane regulations

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced emergency regulations after a crane owned and operated by two Queens companies crashed in Lower Manhattan last Friday morning, killing a 38-year-old man and injuring three others. Comment.

Will you be my Valentine’s disaster?

This week, our columnist breaks down the bad and good of Valentine’s Day. Comment.

Power of three: Star trio sends Dozo division title

Benjamin Cardozo’s big three alone were greater than Construction as a whole. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016


Flushing 2050 initiative eyes vision for the future

Flushing residents, business owners and community leaders have launched the Flushing 2050 Community Building Initiative to establish a collective, community-led vision for the neighborhood’s future. Comments (7).

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LIRR, Metro-North hit record ridership levels in 2015

Both of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s commuter railroads reported modern ridership records in 2015. Comments (1).

PA files lawsuit against Dept. of Education

The Public Advocate’s office filed a lawsuit against the city Department of Education earlier this week, claiming the agency has failed to meet the needs of its students with disabilities, which has resulted in a loss in Medicaid revenue for the city. Comments (2).

Bellerose couple have been each other’s Valentines for more than 70 years

Their story began in New York City during World War II. Comment.

How to spend an un-Valentine’s Day

If roses, chocolates and sipping champagne do not sound like your idea of how to spend Valentine’s Day, Q.E.D. in Astoria wants you to know there are plenty of other ways to spend Sunday, Feb. 14. Comment.

MTA OK’s contract for East Side Access

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved the final major contract for construction of the $10.8 billion East Side Access project to provide tens of thousands of commuters a faster and more direct route from Queens to Manhattan’s East Side. Comments (1).

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