Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

Community Service

National Night Out comes to Queens

Police precincts across the borough are gearing up for the annual National Night Out Against Crime, which takes place Tuesday, Aug. 4, at various locations around Queens. Comments (1).

Historic JFK terminal will transform into modern hotel: Gov

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday plans for a proposed state-of-the-art TWA Flight Center Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Jamaica. Comment.

Queens College gets federal grant for disability services project

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced a $1.1 million, five-year federal grant for Queens College to continue a disability services initiative that seeks to help low-income students with disabilities. Comment.

Maspeth, MidVil streets renamed for local legends

The City Council unanimously passed a bill last week that includes a proposal to co-name two Queens streets, one in Maspeth and the other in Middle Village. Comment.

Bayside author heads to the garden for her new book

Bayside author Kim Cunniffe has taken her experiences as a tutor of young students and turned them into a new book to help inspire children to think positively. Comment.
Block Shots

Hardy still basks in SJU success as career blossoms

Dwight Hardy is reminded of his magical senior season at St. John’s whenever he returns home to New York City, even as his career has moved on to bigger and better things. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

Kew Gardens

Katz gives $14 million to Queens Library for capital improvements

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has allocated $14 million for key expansions, renovations and technology across 12 branches of the Queens Library System. Comments (2).

Edge Tae Kwon Do Academy reaps success at National Championships

Edge Tae Kwon Do Academy sent its 19-member traveling team to the National Championships in Austin, Texas and nine of them returned as national champions, winning in their respective categories. Three reached second place and returned to Woodside with silver medals. Comment.

Vallone bill to streamline senior services passes

Councilman Paul Vallone’s (D-Bayside) six-month-long senior task force came to fruition last week with the City Council’s passage of two bills and a resolution to protect aging residents in the city as well as to reform the city Adult Protective Services. Comment.

Upgrades to begin on Woodhaven playground

Long-awaited upgrades to the Mary Whalen Playground in Woodhaven are set to begin Aug. 18 at a ground-breaking ceremony led by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale). Comment.
Dining Out

Peruvian fare finds new home in Forest Hills

Chalet Alpina was a fixture of the Forest Hills dining scene for over 30 years until the owners decided to retire in November. Comments (1).
New Voices

Local LGBTQ activists launch outreach initiative

In a massive shift in cultural attitudes over the past 10 years, a majority of Americans have come to support marriage equality and other legal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons—a societal awakening that some LGBTQ activists once believed was unthinkable. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015


Woman found floating and unresponsive in World’s Fair Marina

A woman was found unconscious in the World’s Fair Marina in Flushing Bay Saturday afternoon. Comments (1).

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Council candidate hires registered sex offender to collect signatures

City Council Democratic candidate Rebecca Lynch, who worked as deputy commissioner of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Community Affairs Office prior to launching her campaign, hired a registered sex offender to go door-to-door collecting signatures for her petition to run for city office. Comments (5).
Hunters Point

Hunters Point Library gets $3M infusion

The long-awaited Hunters Point Community Library, which had its ground-breaking in May, received a $3 million boost from the City Council. Comment.

Safety review launched in Maspeth freight rail crash

The Federal Railroad Administration has launched a safety review of freight-line New York & Atlantic’s safety culture and management practices. Comment.

City restaurants hope to win suit against Styrofoam ban

As of now, restaurant owners in New York City will have to package their take-out in non-polystyrene, or plastic foam containers, unless the Restaurant Action Alliance of NYC wins its lawsuit against the Sanitation Department to have the plastic boxes reinstated. Comment.
Political Action

A Supreme Court legacy

It has been indicated many times in the past that the United States government is comprised of three co-equal branches of government, serving as a check and balance on each other. Comment.

Trump is a ‘self-made man’ in name only

Donald Braggadocio Trump, the quintessential “Self Made Man”... almost. And indeed he is, if “Self” means having a millionaire father. Born in 1946, son of real estate tycoon Fred Trump, blessed with a posh youth of private schools and limitless security plus an inheritance of up to $200 million, this “Self Made Man” was destined to succeed. Comments (3).

All-star Charles eyes strong finish for Liberty

UNCASVILLE, Conn.—Tina Charles is ready to get back to business after her fourth WNBA All-Star Game appearance. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015

Floral Park

Native tribes hold 37th annual Powwow

The 37th annual Native American Thunderbird Pow Wow was performed at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park last weekend. Thousands of visitors were on hand as Native American culture and history were demonstrated through the traditional dance competition. Comments (1).
College Point

Street in College Pt. to honor officer slain more than 40 years ago

A street outside the Police Academy in College Point is being renamed in honor of a police officer killed in the line of duty more than 40 years ago. Comment.

Elmhurst Hospital Center in design phase of expansion for ER

Elmhurst Hospital Center is one of the busiest public hospitals in the city with more than 1.7 million visitors annually and nearly 150,000 patients visiting its Emergency Room every year, according to New York state data. Administrators have begun the process that will allow for the much-needed expansion and renovation of its Emergency Department. Comment.

MTA funding becomes political football

The chairman of the MTA has jumped feet first into the sparring match between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, urging both to contribute more money to the struggling transit agency as the aging system grapples with deteriorating service. Comment.

What was going on in July 1955

In Queens, the heads of four families in the Queensbridge federal housing project refused to sign required loyalty oaths. Eviction procedures against them were begun. The oath was required under an amendment to the Public Housing Law in 1952, which required all 30,000 families living in 15 projects in the city to sign. The Queensbridge Tenants League had also been declared a subversive organization two months before by U.S. Att Comment.

Parks should belong to the people

On July 6, the Appellate Division Court ruled that part of Flushing Meadows Corona Park may not be used for a mall complex known as Willets West. This has been a contentious issue for some time, because many people feel that parkland belongs to the public and should not be awarded out for private development projects. At the very least, such proposals should have been reviewed by the state Legislature, which in this case was not done. The people’s land was just going to be given away. Comment.
Willets Point

Mets continuing history of pitchers excelling at the plate

The New York Mets pitchers’ performance on the mound has been a big part of what’s kept the team in the playoff race this season, but the hurlers have also been making a big contribution at the plate. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Police seek suspect in ice cream robbery: NYPD

SOUTH OZONE PARK – Police were asking for the public’s assistance in finding an individual wanted in connection with a robbery within the confines of the 106th precinct. Comment.

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