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Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Astoria

Council passes bill to encourage use of electric vehicles

The City Council, looking for ways to make the city greener, voted unanimously on a measure that creates a pilot program for electric car charging stations in public areas and municipal parking lots. The program will encourage the use of electric vehicles and help reduce carbon emissions citywide. Comments (4)
Bayside

Avella weighs run for mayor

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is considering the possibility of running for mayor next year. Comments (7)

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Richmond Hill

Airport workers hold conference to discuss low wages

Local union workers held a conference in Richmond Hill this weekend to discuss the struggles of working in the airport industry. Comments (3)

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Bayside

‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ films near Bayside High School

The long running NBC series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was on set in Bayside last week and Raymond O’Connor Park was lined with trailers and 18-wheelers for the filming of episode 11 of the 18th season. Comment
Bayside

Meng brings VA services to Flushing

The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs will hold office hours in Flushing to ease the travel demands of former servicemen and women seeking help from the federal agency. U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) has arranged with the VA to share her office in Queens Dec. 2 to address problems veterans may be having with benefits, services and claims. Comments (1)
Government

Wills sponsors bill on voting rights for jailed

The Department of Corrections will promote absentee voting for jailed individuals, many of whom are not aware of their eligibility to vote. The increased attention will come due to legislation signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and sponsored by Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica). Comments (4)

Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

Government

Richards sponsors foster care survey legislation

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed several pieces of legislation earlier this month aimed at improving the transparency and efficacy of the Administration for Children’s Services, including a bill sponsored by Queens Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Arverne) that will provide all youth in foster care with an annual survey to rate their experience in the system. Comments (1)
Flushing

Queens College to receive $1M grant for STEM program

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced that Queens College would be receiving a nearly $1 million federal grant for its STEM program, an initiative to improve and expand the college’s capacity to serve Hispanic and other low-income students. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Cuomo announces JFK security reforms

Security protocols at John F. Kennedy International Airport will undergo a number of reforms in the aftermath of a false report of an active shooter on Aug. 14 that caused the frenzied evacuation of several terminals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Comment
Hollis

A Tribe Called Quest looks back and forward

A Tribe Called Quest’s new album “We’ll Take It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service,” will be their last, according to the group, particularly after founding member Mailk “Phife Dawg” Taylor’s death earlier this year. The album is utterly in keeping with the rest of the seminal hip-hop group’s discography without ever giving into the pull of nostalgia. Comment
Event

Season filled with big events coming to QPAC

How can you not want to get up and boogie when you hear songs like “That’s The Way I Like It,” “Get Down Tonight,” “Boogie Shoes,” “Please Don’t Go” and “Shake Your Booty”? Those were just some of the many songs performed by the timeless KC and The Sunshine Band at Queensborough Performing Arts Center Nov. 19. Comment
QueensLine

A November of tunnels, buses and conflicts

On Nov. 8, 1939, the Queens-Midtown Tunnel was holed-through at 11:45 a.m., when Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, dressed as a sandhog, set off a blast that pierced the last 6 feet of rock. Postmaster General James Farley and Queens Borough President George Harvey were among the dignitaries who spoke at the ceremonies at the Manhattan entrance to the tunnel. The Queens entrance was still under construction. The tunnel opened to traffic N Comment
Jamaica

Red Storm women drop their home opener

For the St. John’s women’s basketball team, the hoop just seemed to shrink. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

Elmhurst

Elmhurst vigil remembers transgender victims lost to violence and hate

More than 150 LGBT advocates and local faith leaders joined city Commission on Human Rights Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis for a vigil last week to remember the 26 transgender individuals murdered in 2016, the most violent year on record in the city for the transgender community. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Police searching for suspects in Taco Bell stabbing

Police were searching for five individuals in connection with a stabbing in Ozone Park. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Red Storm comes up short against Minnesota

The St. John’s men’s basketball team couldn’t quite mount a late-game comeback last Friday night, but the Red Storm’s freshman backcourt continued to impress. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016

Bayside

Bayside father gets 18 years for killing infant son

A Bayside man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing his 4-month-old son in 2014. The Queens district attorney’s office said the act of abuse, which resulted in the multiple skull fracture, was more than enough to sentence the man who pleaded guilty on Oct. 22, 2016 to second-degree manslaughter and assault. Comment
Long Island City

Boro protesters defend values on March to Trump Tower

More than a thousand protesters gathered in Long Island City Saturday to rally behind City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) as he led a march to Trump Tower via the Queensboro Bridge pedestrian walk to protest the president-elect’s expected policies on immigration and civil liberties. Comments (19)
Opinion

Trump should be building a new America

I was sitting across from Donald Trump in his office, suggesting an idea I thought he might like. Comments (1)
Letters

Focus on local problems, not Trump

I attended the hastily put together rally in Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Dec. 9. Comments (2)
Flushing

Sister act takes charge of Queens College hoops

It started with pick-up games in a driveway upstate. Now the Rowland sisters are rebuilding the Queens College women’s basketball program. Comment
Astoria

Elderly man struck and killed by motorist in Astoria

ASTORIA - An 88-year-old Astoria man was struck and killed on 23rd Avenue at 33rd Street last Friday night, according to police. Savas Maounis was crossing the street around 12:30 p.m. when he was hit by a 1999 green Ford Econoline van travelling southbound on 33rd Street. Comment

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Corona

Corona town hall lets residents have say in quality-of-life issues

Hundreds of Corona residents packed into the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 150 last week for a town hall meeting hosted by state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights). Representatives of the Department of Transportation, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the state Liquor Authority, the 110th Precinct and Community Board 4 were all on hand to answer questions and discuss steps that can be taken to improve the community’s quality of life. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

NYPD investigates homophobic death threat received by Van Bramer

Just days after the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force launched an investigation into a homophobic death threat received by City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), the openly gay Council majority leader led more than a thousand protesters across the Queensboro Bridge to Trump Tower Saturday. Van Bramer said he received the threatening e-mail Nov. 17, a day after more than 700 community members packed the Sunnyside Community Services center to discuss president-elect Donald Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric and what to do about “things which have been explicitly promi Comments (6)
Politics

Airbnb faces enforcement of new law in Queens

The confrontation between Airbnb and New York City continues to fester, as hosts who list rentals await the possible enforcement of a law banning the advertisement of short-term rentals within the five boroughs. Comments (1)
Flushing

Rego Park man convicted of hate crime for 2012 mosque attack

A Rego Park man with a history of violence against Muslims is headed to prison for his 2012 vicious attack on a man entering a mosque in Kew Gardens Hills. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Rozic hopes to include graffiti in hate-crime laws

Graffiti could be added to the list of offenses which qualify for hate crime penalties. The bill unveiled by state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) comes following a surge of attacks on minority groups reported by the FBI, including recent incidents throughout the city since the election. Comments (4)
Jackson Heights

Crowley launched bid for Chairman of House Democratic Caucus

Casting aside calls from his own colleagues in the House of Representatives to challenge Nancy Pelosi for minority leader, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) instead announced last week that he would run for chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. Crowley served as the vice chairman of the body for the last four years. Comments (1)
Shopping

Give holiday shopping a handmade touch

They say the best gifts are the ones you make yourself. Scrapbooks are wonderful, but let’s face it, buying something special for that special someone saves time, especially around the holidays. Comments (1)
Flushing

Botanical Garden plans, snow removal stragetiges unveiled for Flushing

The plans for a new education center at Queens Botanical Garden to expose children to nature and culture were unveiled at a meeting of CB 7 last Friday. A Department of Sanitation official also explained measures the city agency has taken to prevent a repeat of last year’s winter clean-up debacle in Queens and predicted a successful season for snow removal. Comment
Film

An MTA star turns out to be a fake

Former Francis Lewis High School student Darius McCollum has been called the best-trained driver the MTA ever had. Comfortable at the controls of both subway trains and city buses, he started out by memorizing the New York City subway map by the age of 8, and became such a well-known expert on the ins and outs of the city’s transit system that the FBI consulted with him in the days following 9/11. Comments (1)
Opinion

Time for a truce

It’s time, Gentlemen, to lay down your swords and end the skirmishes that have divided the city and state despite their shared goals. Comments (1)
Flushing

LaGuardia pushed to its limits

I see the spin machine aimed at pushing little LaGuardia airport to its limits is trying to persuade us that the latest accident, the one involving now-VP-elect Mike Pence, was just a “rough landing.” Comments (4)
Sunnyside

Suspect sought in Sunnyside burglary

SUNNYSIDE—Police were searching for a suspect wanted in a Sunnyside burglary. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016

St. Albans

Street renaming honors the late Phife Dawg in St. Albans

More than 500 people gathered outside of Nu Clean cleaners in St. Albans Saturday for the street renaming in honor of the late A Tribe Called Quest rapper, Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor. The site at 192nd Street and Linden Boulevard is now also Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way. Comments (1)
Flushing

Immigrants ‘Speak Out’ at Flushing Library

The annual Immigration Resource Fair at the Flushing Library was a little different this year, with a Speak Out session for those worried about the new administration coming to the White House on Inauguration Day. Borough President Melinda Katz hosted the session, which turned into an open mic for leaders from immigrant organizations throughout Queens to discuss the issues facing the people they serve. Comments (6)
Flushing

Electeds rally for school safety legislation in Flushing

A rally for safer streets near schools drew hundreds Friday after two boys were struck by cars within the same week, leaving one 11-year-old boy in critical condition. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Big Apple circus files for bankruptcy

After having to cancel its 2016-2017 season, the Big Apple Circus has filed for bankruptcy. The beloved non-profit circus had focused its efforts on helping young children through entertainment since 1977 with performances in Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows and Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Jamaica Avenue is set for holiday shoppers

Jewelry, furniture, shoes, brand-named clothes—you name it, Jamaica Avenue has it for affordable prices. With Black Friday marking the onset of full-scale holiday shopping, all these items are set to be on sale, making them even more affordable. Comments (1)
Theater

Katha Cato gets back in the spotlight

For Katha Cato, looking to both the past and the future is essential. Comments (1)
Opinion

Supreme Court on verge of becoming a political court

In creating a Republican form of government non-existent at the time, while our founding fathers did not agree on everything, they were uniformly intelligent. They created three branches of government: the executive, legislative and judiciary. They recognized the executive and legislative would be political in nature, but not the judiciary, which should adhere to the law impartially, free of ideological and political interference. Comments (2)
Middle Village

Royals show big potential on the court

Christ the King basketball coach Joe Arbitello has been pleasantly surprised. Comments (1)
Bayside

Bayside crushes in quarters

Jonathan Cato couldn’t feel any of his extremities. It didn’t matter. He would have stood outside, battling freezing cold and gusts of wind for another two hours if it meant Bayside’s football season didn’t end on Sunday afternoon. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Truck and MTA bus crash in Jamaica

JAMAICA — A truck struck the front of an MTA bus in Jamaica Monday, sending 15 passengers to the hospital with minor injuries, according to the MTA. Comments (2)

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

Long Island City

Gianaris, civil rights groups speak out after spate of bias incidents

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a possible bias crime that occurred Saturday night in Long Island City in which a group of three white men attacked a Muslim teenager. The 17-year-old was sitting outside 21-35 21st St.just after 7 p.m. when the assailants approached and one yelled, “I don’t want no Muslims (expletive) sitting on this bench,” according to an NYPD spokeswoman. Comments (3)
Briarwood

High winds not likely cause of fatal crane accident: DOB commish

The DOB was investigating the cause of the accident. Comments (1)

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

Astoria

Gianaris condemns anti-Muslim tirade in Astoria

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) condemned a video which has surfaced on the Internet, displaying a racist incident on Crescent Street in Astoria targeting an Arab-American motorist. Comments (6)
Sunnyside

NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force investigating homophobic death threat to Van Bramer

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a homophobic death threat from an unknown source that was received by City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) Thursday afternoon. The letter arrived via e-mail after Van Bramer’s office sent a mass e-mail to constituents urging them to take part in his #QueensResponds march Saturday across the Queensboro Bridge to Trump Tower to rally against the president-elect. Comments (3)
Event

Your Queens Weekend: Nov. 18-20

A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, a disco legend and the booming Long Island City arts scene are all on the cultural radar this weekend. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Jackson Heights

Crowley runs for chairman of House Democratic Caucus

Calling Nov. 8 a difficult day for the country and the Democratic Party, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) announced Thursday that he will run for chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. Crowley served as the vice chairman of the body for the last four years. Comment
Transit

MTA makes plans to hike transit fares

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has come up with two choices for making what it says are essential raises to transit fares, which would would become effective next spring. Comments (3)

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