The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults should drink about 56 glasses of water a week and more when the temperature rises. The city Parks Department recommends that on those same hot, dry summer weeks trees should get up to 20 gallons of water. Comment.
A Queens judge threw the book at a borough man last week who was involved in the fatal shooting of a Brooklyn cop just a day after he nearly killed a man during a Jamaica robbery, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Police said three men, one only 17 years old, have been arrested and charged in connection with a fatal stabbing in front of an Ecuadorian restaurant in Corona early Sunday morning, police said. Comment.
A controversial Borough Hall statue that some have labeled as sexist might be moved from Queens to Brooklyn, according to an Astoria councilman who would rather the stone structure stay firmly planted in place. Comments (5).
City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) announced last week he was a leading advocate in the city’s restoration of a $1.31 million allocation to the Council’s Autism Initiative in the fiscal year 2013 budget, which provides services to children and families affected by the disorder. Comments (1).
When the United States Tennis Association opted to move out of Forest Hills to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, an unprecedented usurpation of public parkland, it promised it would never seek more parkland. That promise had as much credibility as a dead tennis ball, and it thereafter demanded and was given space that almost doubled its presence in the park. Comments (1).
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week requesting a personal meeting to further discuss hydraulic fracturing before the governor decides if he would allow the controversial oil and gas extraction procedure in the state. Comments (5).
A crowd of community and family members gathered on the corner of 48th Avenue and 41st Street Saturday to honor Carlo Lanzillotti, the late state senator who represented his neighborhood of Sunnyside in the 1950s. Comment.
With its new board mostly intact, the Bayside Village Business Improvement District has nowhere to look but forward after hosting its annual meeting last week, and with new Executive Director Lyle Sclair at the helm, the supply of ideas is not at a premium. Comment.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and civic members called upon the NYPD and city Department of Transportation Monday to better enforce truck traffic laws in Woodside. Comment.
For as long as many can — or care to — remember, Bell Boulevard has been a hot spot for nightlife, drawing revelers from the boroughs and the suburbs to its numerous and famed bars, where they recall memories of good times and create new ones as well. Comments (1).
An Astoria man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and leaving her body in the bathtub of their shared apartment pleaded not guilty to the charges in Queens Criminal Court last week, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
John Messer, an Oakland Gardens businessman and lawyer, officially kicked off his challenge to state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) Sunday, touting his multicultural credentials in a redrawn, more diverse district. Comments (1).
Apostle John Boyd Sr., who started the New Greater Bethel Ministries under a tent in Cambria Heights, died earlier this month of natural causes at 85. By 2012 his church was 2,000 strong and his radio ministry reached an estimated 150 million each week. Comment.
June 22 was a sad day in Bayside. It was almost 19 years to the day that I first entered the little blue building that housed the Bayside YMCA Early Childhood Center with my newborn son and his 2-year-old brother. Comment.
Jimmy Meng, a former Flushing state assemblyman and father of current Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), was arrested on charges of wire fraud in an FBI sting operation after he accepted a fruit basket containing $80,000 in bribery money Tuesday afternoon at his Flushing-based company, according to federal prosecutors. Comments (3).
In light of recent public transportation restorations across the city, Astoria’s elected officials and civic members demanded Tuesday that the MTA bring back the W subway line and the QM22 express bus. Comments (1).
Oby Okoro, the woman the NYPD identified as the driver in a gruesome accident Sunday morning in Jamaica that left five passengers dead, told police she lost control of her Mercedes-Benz because the brakes failed, according to a report. Comment.
The city Parks Department announced last week it had opened the bidding process for the construction of a comfort station at Little Bay Park, putting an end to years of delays and waiting. Comments (1).
After more than a year of work, the Jackson Heights-based immigrant advocacy group Desis Rising Up and Moving released a report of South Asian low-wage workers in Queens last week that revealed a large majority of them are paid below minimum wage and get little to no benefits. Comment.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined local leaders Friday, including Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece, and East Bayside Homeowners Association President Frank Skala, to protest a possible relocation of the Bayside post office at 212-35 42nd Ave. Comment.
A Far Rockaway man faces up to six years in prison after he admitted to walking off with passengers’ luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Ethel Chen, a longtime Flushing Democrat and retired librarian, kicked off her campaign last week for the Flushing state Assembly seat currently represented by Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing). Comment.
JACKSON HEIGHTS — The New York Police Department was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who was wanted in connection with a bank robbery within the 115th Precinct, police said. Comment.
READING, Pa. — Jevon Thomas walks under the hoop, inbounds the ball and playfully shoulder-bumps Wings Academy Coach Billy Turnage. He does the same to another familiar face, smiling at each one. Comment.
Nancy Davis Reagan was born Anne Francis Robbins July 6, 1921, in New York City. She was the only child of car salesman Kenneth Robbins and actress Edith Luckett. After spending her early childhood in Elmhurst and Flushing, she decided to pursue an acting career after graduating from college, and eventually moved to Hollywood. Comment.
Several decades ago, when the City Charter was revised, the city Board of Standards and Appeals was created. The old city Board of Estimate was eliminated and a five-member BSA was created. The BSA hears appeals from concerned landowners if they believe the zoning resolutions passed by the City Planning Commission and the City Council are unfair. Comments (3).
I invite the community to participate in an experiment in public participation in the city budget. This year, I am allocating $1 million in capital funds for the community to decide how to spend based on local priority needs. Comment.
Members of a state agency assigned to investigate the role Consolidated Edison played in a deadly 2008 Queens gas explosion were secretly passing their findings onto a consultant for the utility, a report from the state inspector general alleged. Comment.
The former principal of Flushing HS was busted and charged last week with possession of methamphetamine, commonly known as meth, less than a block away from the school, police said, although he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Comments (1).
The United States Tennis Association’s plan to expand its 42-acre facility in Flushing Meadows Corona Park could mean more perks for the borough’s largest green space, although it is unclear whether a state law will require the USTA to foot the bill. Comment.
Public transportation will soon get a little easier for many riders in northeast Queens, thanks to the restoration of weekday bus service along the former Q79 route, a vital transportation corridor that runs along Little Neck Parkway. Comments (4).
A day before a state judge rebuked the mayor’s attempt to shutter seven Queens high schools, parents, teachers and students at four of the institutions rated their schools below average, according to surveys the city Department of Education released Monday. Comment.
A Rego Park company will have to pay a hefty fine after an investigation found that the firm advertised and sold products containing dog fur, a federal crime, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Comments (5).
Democratic candidate John Messer accused the Queens Democratic Party, which is backing state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) in the race, of using forged signatures to get contenders on the ballot, but the Oakland Gardens businessman and lawyer did not take the opportunity to alert the city Board of Elections. Comments (1).
Protesters marched in Jamaica last week to bring attention to a new report highlighting the plight of low-wage workers in the city and one that named a few Queens businesses as some of the biggest offenders. Comment.
A Long Island City man was arraigned on manslaughter, DWI and drug charges Friday after he allegedly hit a bicyclist in Sunnyside and drove away for 10 blocks until he plowed into a building, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (1).
William Bell said Tuesday he did not believe Gescard Isnora, the former NYPD detective who was fired for his involvement in the deadly 2006 shooting of his son, Sean Bell, should get his job back. Comments (1).
Corona has been singled out as having the highest rate of childhood obesity in the city, but City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) joined with local business owners and a new coalition last Thursday to say Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban is the wrong way to fight it. Comment.
Three days of inter-tribal native American dance competitions are expected to draw as many as 17,000 people from throughout the country, Canada and the Caribbean this weekend as the Queens Farm Museum hosts the 34th annual American Indian Pow-wow. Comment.
Jimmy Meng, a former Flushing state assemblyman and father of current Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), was arrested on charges of wire fraud in an FBI sting operation after he accepted a fruit basket containing $80,000 in bribery money Tuesday afternoon at his Flushing-based company, according to federal prosecutors. Comments (2).
An SUV packed with family members on their way home from a Nigerian benefit early Sunday morning flipped over in Jamaica, killing five passengers and leaving three others in stable condition, police and family members said. Comment.