Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

Middle Village

City official says Crowley knew Maspeth shelter plans months ahead of public

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) has had a credibility issue with the Maspeth shelter protesters since the city announced plans to convert a hotel into a homeless shelter. Critics say her perceived lack of transparency has been a subplot during more than two months of rallies and marches, a charge she denies. Comment

Green affordable housing for seniors coming to Corona

Corona’s first affordable housing site in more than three decades will rise in place of a longtime community garden. Officials broke ground Tuesday on the $35 million HANAC’s Corona Senior Residence, located at 54-17 101st St., near Chrystie Avenue, the former home of the relocated Sparrows Nest garden which was moved to a nearby corner. Comment

Elmhurst Hospital Center first in city system with new robot technology

Elmhurst Hospital Center has become the first public hospital in New York City to use one of the most advanced robotic surgery systems available today. The recently installed state-of-the-art da Vinci robot is dramatically expanding gynecological treatment options for women in Queens. Comment
Hurricane Relief

Homeowners still face Sandy struggles

Four years after Hurricane Sandy destroyed homes and businesses along coastal regions of Queens and the rest of the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city government continue to face roadblocks assisting affected residents in rebuilding, with the city’s Build it Back program over budget by hundreds of millions of dollars. Comment
College Point

College Point Civic up in arms over seawall delays

At the College Point Civic and Taxpayer Association’s meeting last week, the main topic of conversation was the MacNeil Park renovation that caused many in attendance to question a Queens Parks official as to why funding had not been secured sooner. Comment

Avella and residents call for sound barrier on Clearview Expressway

Residents of a Bayside condominium complex have been overburdened by noise from the Clearview Expressway, just feet from their houses, for up to two decades with no action on the part of the city Department of Transportation. Comment

For Halloween, Queens brings out its ghoulish best

With Halloween falling on a Monday this year, the holiday gets three days to stretch out, with activities filling up the entire weekend. Whether you want to brave the terrors of a haunted house, wander through a mysterious corn maze or suit up the family pooch for a canine costume celebration, there’s bound to be something going on in the borough that will let you express your inner trick or treater. Comment

High school football roundup: Week 7

The streak has been snapped. Christ the King’s football team dropped its first game of the season, falling on the road to St. John the Baptist 26-13 last Saturday. Comment

Will Trump finally become The Biggest Loser?

Before people became ”brands” there was this quaint notion that the only wealth that matters is the “riches of a good name.” You don’t have to be religious to understand this. Comment

Bayside soccer squad takes division title

Daniel Castro was frustrated. He’d missed his chance—a picture-perfect breakaway opportunity that he sent wide of the net—and the Bayside senior knew it was a play he wouldn’t get again. That was, of course, unless he made sure he got another scoring chance. Comment

Police searching for two men suspected of fake gold scheme

FLUSHING—Police were searching for two men in connection with three incidents of grand larceny in Flushing. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Jackson Heights

Jax Hgts church to bury 150-year-old mummy discovered during construction

A Jackson Heights church will bury a 150-year old mummy next month. Comments (1)

Senator Avella calls on DOT to repair Flushing road

The Off Broadway Homeowners Association and Flushing residents are urging the city Department of Transportation to fix a strip of Depot Road along the Long Island Rail Road which is filled with potholes and exposed cobblestones. Comments (1)

Now is not the time to deport Haitians

To: John F. Kerry, Secretary, U.S. Department of State and Jeh C. Johnson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Comments (3)

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016


Maloney says Second Ave. subway will be finished by December

A triumphant U.S. Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), joined by community advocates, neighborhood business owners, transit advocates and elected officials proclaimed Tuesday that the long-awaited Second Avenue subway is about to become a reality. Comments (3)
South Jamaica

New home for seniors raising children opens in Jamaica

At the corner of Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 112th Road in Jamaica, a new facility is offering affordable housing and services to grandparents who are raising teenagers or children, one of only two such facilities in the state. Comments (4)

Public advocate’s worst landlord runs two Queens buildings

Public Advocate Letitia James has released her list of the 100 worst landlords throughout New York City and the landlord at No. 1 is the landlord for two buildings in Queens. Comments (5)
The Play’s the Thing

Royal Star Theatre brings joy to Jamaica Estates

If the never-ending and demeaning presidential campaign has got you down—and if it hasn’t, you haven’t been paying attention—then I have a remedy that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. It can be found in Jamaica Estates in the auditorium of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy where the Royal Star Theatre is about to open its production of “Spamalot”. Comment

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Ozone Park

13-year-old girl killed by car on Cross Bay Blvd.; friend survives

Two 13-year-old girls were struck by a car near an Ozone Park middle school Monday morning, leaving one dead and another in stable condition, police said. Comments (1)

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WeWork Studio Square offers new program for boro’s entrepreneurs

Western Queens has been drawing young tech companies and experts expect many more with the opening of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island next year. But these startups won’t be able to open office space right away. Comment

Woodhaven residents accuse DOT of deception on SBS

Woodhaven Residents Block Association announced at a meeting last week that the Department of Transportation would be putting off the implementation of the Select Bus Service plan, which has been a major source of community outrage, until 2017. But the postponement, which should have been a step in the right direction to those hoping to stop the plan, was regarded as nothing more than a deceptive ploy to residents who saw a bus stop being installed just two days after the city said it would wait. Comments (3)

Candidates for Senate and Assembly meet at Woodhaven forum

Woodhaven Residents Block Association held a candidates forum for hopefuls on the ballot for state Senate and Assembly where the community asked the candidates last week about how they would be addressing affordable housing, homeless shelters, illegal conversions and Select Bus Service. Comments (2)
Rochdale Village

Rochdale Village middle school opens science lab

Teachers, parents and Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) were on hand Monday morning to celebrate a new science lab at Public School 80, the Thurgood Marshall Magnet School of Media and Communications, in Rochdale Village. Comments (1)

Make investments in city buses

There are ongoing and future efforts to deal with complaints by various transit advocacy groups concerning problems with MTA NYCT and MTA Bus services and ridership loss. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit has already awarded contracts for $200 million to purchase and install a new bus radio system, along with $150 million for purchase and installation of a new East New York Brooklyn Bus Command Center. Comment

Suspects sought in Flushing assault

FLUSHING—Police were searching for two men suspected of assault in Flushing. Comment

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