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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Crime

Phone sting brings indictments on 11 in southeast Queens

A Queens grand jury has indicted 11 persons, predominantly young southeast Queens residents, and charged them with running a counterfeit credit card operation, DA Richard Brown said. Comments (5)
Elmhurst

Elmhurst’s Veterans Grove Playground reopens nearly a year ahead of schedule

An Elmhurst Park dedicated to those lost in battle during World War I has reopened months ahead of schedule after receiving a full $2.3 million makeover from the city Parks Department. Comments (1)
Business

Yellow cabs to offer ride-sharing through new app

New York City’s yellow cabs, traditionally known to bring out the competition among those seeking to catch a ride, now offer riders a new feature: sharing. Comments (2)
Bayside

Seinfeld bids farewell to CB11

Susan Seinfeld received recognition from the community on Monday at the last meeting she would attend as district manager of Community Board 11. Comments (6)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Flushing

Queens Memory helps residents share life experience

Queens Memory, a project documenting life in the borough, will make it easier for residents to share materials with its new website and app. Comments (4)
Jamaica ►Video

Heavy hearts at York College commencement address

York College held an emotional 47th commencement ceremony outside the university’s gymnasium Friday with 1,200 graduates collecting their hard-won degrees and Snapchatting the event for their followers to see. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Lady of Lourdes installs new priest

Our Lady of Lourdes, a Catholic church in Queens Village, will have a new pastor on June 18 when the Rev. Patrick Henry Longalong,38, is installed as the seventh religious leader. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Senate passes Peralta bill instructing MTA to study lead paint levels on No. 7 subway line

It took just over a month for the state Senate to unanimously approve legislation that requires the MTA and the NYC Transit Authority to conduct a study about the amount of lead paint in elevated subway tracks, trestles and stations throughout New York City. Comments (1)

Storm stumble in NCAA Tournament, wrap up season

The St. John’s baseball team came up short in the NCAA Tournament last weekend, dropping both games in the Clemson Regional. Comments (1)
New Voices

Federal government tension with sanctuary cities intensifies

The standoff between so-called “sanctuary cities” and the federal government crystalized for Queens residents recently, when rumors spread that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement visited PS 58 in Maspeth, allegedly to check on the immigration status of a fourth- grader there before being turned away by school security. Comments (9)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bayside

111th Precinct recognizes valuable players with Medal Day ceremony

Members of the NYPD and civilians took home awards at Tuesday night’s Medal Day Ceremony hosted by the 111th Precinct. Comment

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Bayside

Queensborough Community College holds 56th Commencement ceremony

Queensborough Community College held its 56th Commencement ceremony Friday in Bayside, sending some 2,600 graduates out into the world with messages of resilience and confidence. Comment
Bayside

Vallone secures funds for schools, parks and seniors in 2017 budget

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) is celebrating the passing of the city’s fiscal 2018 budget, which he said will help provide over $1 million to support non-profits exclusively in his district. Comments (1)
Long Island City

INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival to take place in LIC parks

For the first time in Long Island City, the INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival will take over four waterfront parks on July 8-9 with performances by a diverse lineup of 24 New York City-based professional dance companies. Comment
Letters

Honor Paris Climate Accord through diet

Are you, too, fighting mad about Donald Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord? Then let’s fight back three times a day by adopting an eco-friendly, plant-based diet. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Lacrosse could become a fixture at Jamaica High School after breakout season

It’s a brand new ball game. Comment

LIRR Mail & Ride has its benefits

May marked the 42nd anniversary for the successful Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Long Island Rail Road Mail & Ride ticket program. Over 160,000 Queens, Nassau and Suffolk County residents benefit from this program, riding the LIRR on a daily basis to commute from home to work. Comment

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hunters Point

Outdoor cinema returns to Hunters Point South Park this month

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, along with real estate broker Nestseekers, will present its free CinemaLIC outdoor film series at the LIC Landing event space beginning Friday, June 23. Movies will be screened on a 24-foot inflatable screen with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. Comment
Baseball

Holy Cross drops CHSAA playoff match

Holy Cross manager Steven Adams knew that his team had its chance. Comment
Flushing

Man sought in connection with Flushing robbery: Cops

FLUSHING — The NYPD was searching for a man who allegedly impersonated a police officer and robbed an 82-year-old man near 31-06 Farrington St. May 27. Comment

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Flushing

State Senate unanimously passes Stavisky’s bingo bill

A bill that will allow senior citizen centers to play bingo twice a week each year for free was passed unanimously on Wednesday, June 7. Comments (2)
Baseball

McClancy ace lifts Crusaders to shutout victory

Charlie Neuweiler tossed a complete game on June 5, leading McClancy to a 2–0 victory over Xaverian in the CHSAA baseball playoffs. Comment
Jamaica

Jamaica man facing sex trafficking, rape charges: DA

JAMAICA — A 28-year-old man has been arraigned on a 76-point indictment charging him with sex trafficking, rape and other crimes, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (2)

Friday, June 9, 2017

Douglaston

Douglaston residents rally for more greenspace

Residents are pushing to make a park out of an empty Douglas Manor lot. On Friday, many of them joined civic leaders and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in an effort to transform the rough acre into greenspace the whole community can enjoy. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Jamaica residents, police meet at Queens Library

Concerned citizens from Jamaica who live between Van Wyck Expressway to 175th Street and from Hillside Avenue to the Long Island Rail Road tracks got a chance to meet police from the 103rd Precinct Tuesday in the first of many Neighborhood Community Officer meetings. Comment
Education

Mayor facing pushback over school control

Mayoral control over New York City schools will expire July 1. In the meantime, Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Sen. John Flanagan (R-Smithtown) have been in a political tug-of-war over whether to extend it or not. Comments (1)
Corona

Three candidates run to replace Ferreras-Copeland on City Council as she choses family over third term

When City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) decided against seeking a third term so she could spend more time with her young family, it left Hiram Monserrate, the disgraced former councilman and state senator alone in the field after he announced his candidacy in May. That did not last long. Comment
Bayside

Queens library branches among final 10 vying for city awards

Three Queens institutions have made it to the final 10 eligible to receive the NYC Neighborhood Library Award along with $20,000 to improve services for the communities they contribute to. Comment
Education

Gym in every school by 2021: de Blasio

Mayor de Blasio confesses that as a kid he never much liked gym, but that’s not stopping the city from launching a $385-million plan to put a gym in every school by 2021 and make physical education available for all. Comments (1)
Bayside

Brooklyn man pleads guilty in 2014 Bayside home invasion

A Brooklyn man pleaded guilty May 30 to first-degree robbery in a 2014 Bayside home invasion in which two elderly victims were terrorized, the Queens district attorney said. He identified the defendant as 41-year-old Vincente Barzola. Comment
High Heat

How the Mets should shuffle their rotation as injured pitchers return

With Steven Matz and Seth Lugo due back from their injuries, it’s time for the Mets to shuffle their pitching rotation. Comment
Willets Point

A broken promise

The future of the ambitious $3 billion Willets Point development plan is murky at best, now that the state Court of Appeals has blocked a proposed mega-mall on parkland. Comment
Letters

Delays continue for Lefferts Boulevard subway elevator

The Metropolitan Transit Authority must be reminded about its public commitment, promise and obligation to complete the wheelchair-accessible elevator at the busy Lefferts Boulevard and Liberty Avenue subway stop, in the heart of the Richmond Hill/Ozone Park community. This $29 million project, ongoing since 2014, was scheduled to be finished by the end of 2016, but unpalatable excuses abound each time we enquire about the constantly deferred completion date. Comments (1)
Art

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Long Island City

Police searching for seven individuals in connection with assault of teen

The NYPD was searching for seven individuals in connection with an assault of a Long Island City teenager, according to authorities. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

A busy year of watching, if not writing

I haven’t written many columns this year, in case you hadn’t noticed, but I have seen a lot of theater — 14 shows to date, usually in the company of my first wife, the former Lois Abramowitz. She is also my only wife, as we are about to celebrate our 54th anniversary on June 16 — which is also Bloomsday for you James Joyce readers. Comment

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Parks

Court of Appeals denies Willets Point mega-mall

The future of Willets West is once again unclear. Comments (1)
Bayside

CB11 partially approves bike-friendly upgrades to northeast Queens routes

Community Board 11’s Monday meeting was a battleground between those in favor of overhauls to northeast Queens roadways to accommodate bicyclists and those against such improvements for the impact they could have on parking and businesses. Comments (5)
Jackson Heights

Queens Pride Parade celebrates the life of Julio Rivera

Queens Pride kicked off in Jackson Heights Sunday with a turnout far exceeding the year before, honoring members of the LGBT community who lost their lives to hate crimes over the decades. Comments (5)
Astoria

Astoria resident busted for homophobic graffiti spree admitted it was him: NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force

Officers from the 114th Precinct arrested an Astoria man last Friday morning in connection with a series of homophobic graffiti, often referring to former President Obama on building, signs and garages across the neighborhood starting in December. Comments (2)
Real Estate ►Video

Queens tenants rally in Jamaica against rent increases in front of stabilization board members

More than a hundred tenants, advocates and community organizers from all over Queens marched from Presentation Church at Parsons Boulevard to the Jamaica Performing Arts Center at 153rd Street a few blocks away in Jamaica, to have their voices heard during a rent guidelines board meeting Monday. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Ladders for Leaders puts students on path to paid internships and better futures

The de Blasio administration is hoping to expand an internship program which is already popular with high school and college students in Queens. The public-private partnership, called Ladders For Leaders, placed 1,538 high-performing students at 475 job sites last summer with paid internships. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Students at PS 50 in Jamaica to unveil safety banner Friday

Last year, a student from PS 50 on 101st Street in Jamaica was hit by a car. He’s doing fine now, but rather than let that incident become a reccurring nightmare for parents and students, officials at the school decided to act. Comments (1)
Flushing

Koo hosts annual Olde Town burial ground cleanup

A historical African-American and Native American burial ground in Flushing was recently cleaned up after complaints of overgrown weeds and grass. Comments (10)
Astoria

Elected officials propose allowing big trucks to use Grand Central Parkway to alleviate Astoria traffic

Astoria’s elected officials are working with city and state agencies to allow all trucks to travel on a section of the Grand Central Parkway between the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Comments (4)
Letters

Trump regressive on climate, foreign affairs

The United States, with its love of big cars and blasting air conditioners, has contributed more than most other countries to atmospheric carbon dioxide that is scorching the planet. Despite that, and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community that believes in humanity’s connection with climate change, along with the many CEOs of large corporations who supported the Paris agreement, Donald Trump — presumably on the basis of the advice of his loyal aides who share his ignorance — has chosen to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement. Comments (3)
Astoria

Mr. Warmth: MOMI to screen documentary about the late Don Rickles this weekend

Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image is dedicating a day to the “King of Zing,” and will be airing films featuring the late, Queens-born comedian Don Rickles on Sunday. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

‘Obit’ documentary stirring glimpse at journalism

It is one of the best-read parts of The New York Times each day, but few admit they read it. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Police search for missing Ozone Park woman

OZONE PARK — The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing person in Ozone Park. Comments (1)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Jackson Heights

Furlong joins Moya in bid for Ferreras-Copeland’s Council seat

One of the borough’s foremost street safety advocates decided over the weekend to join state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) and former state Sen. Hiram Monserate for the seat held by City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst), who won’t seek re-election for a third term. Comments (6)
Corona

Gunman arrested in Corona home invasion as police search for second suspect

The NYPD busted a gunman in a Corona home invasion and is currently searching for his accomplice, police said. Comment
Flushing

Man found dead in his Flushing home: Cops

Police were investigating the death of a man in Flushing. Comment

Friday, June 2, 2017

Event

Queens Weekend Calendar: June 3-4

Your weekend calendar: June 3-4 Comments (1)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

East Elmhurst

Moya to go for Ferreras-Copeland’s City Council seat after she decides against running for re-election

State Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) announced Thursday that he will run for the City Council in the 21st District after City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) decided against running for re-election this fall. Comments (1)
Baseball

Mr. Met caught making an obscene gesture at fan on video

The Mets are back in the public eye once again, and not for a good reason. Comments (1)

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