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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Politics

Joe Concannon announces run for Grodenchik’s seat

Joe Concannon, an activist and former NYPD captain, formally announced he would challenge Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) once again for the District 23 seat at a Republican National Convention viewing party at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Glen Oaks. Comments (1)
Astoria

Astoria-based bank ranked in top 200 in nation

An Astoria-based bank has been named one of the Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America by DepositAccounts.com, a website that monitors and informs consumers about how well financial institutions perform. Quontic Bank made the list at No. 88 of the 6,199 federally insured banks in the United States. Comment
Crime

Police seek suspect in Richmond Hill stabbing

RICHMOND HILL – Police from the 106th Precinct were looking for information relating to a stabbing which took place at 10 p.m. Saturday. According to the NYPD, a 31-year-old man was walking in the vicinity of 107-36 109th Ave., when he was struck with an unknown object on the lower left back. He then walked to Jamaica Hospital where he was treated with for a stab would, police said. Comment

Friday, July 29, 2016

Event

Your Queens Weekend: July 29-31

This weekend, the outdoor summer concert scene is hitting full swing. Friday night at 6, the Latin band Orquestra Finke will bring their swinging rhythm section and harmonic brass sound to Clement Clarke Moore Homestead Park in Elmhurst (www.nycgovparks.org/parks/Q361/events/2016/07/29/summer-sounds-orquesta-finke for details). Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Queensbridge Park is hosting an evening o Comment
Kew Gardens

Couple receives medical attention at Queens County Courthouse

Drama erupted at the Queens County Courthouse at 125-01 Queens Blvd. Friday morning, when a woman slipped on the main floor of the courhouse and fell. Her husband subsequently experienced an anxiety attack, said the Queens District Attorney, which led to two ambulances arriving at the scene to care for the couple. Comment
Flushing

Meng elected vice chair of Democratic National Committee

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) was unanimously elected vice chair of the Democratic National Committee after the convention ended in Philadelphia. Comments (4)
Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills man arrested for touching two women joggers: NYPD

A 25-year-old Kew Gardens Hills man was arrested and charged with two counts of forcible touching after two incidents in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this week, according to the NYPD. Comment
Crime

NYPD body cameras discussed at town hall meeting

Community members gathered in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica Tuesday night for a town hall meeting hosted by Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) about the NYPD’s proposed pilot program for equipping officers with body cameras. Comments (2)
College Point

College Point blaze caused by discarded cigarettes in trash

Discarded cigarettes and matches ignited a five-alarm fire in College Point that displaced eight families, burned through three businesses and injured nine firefighters, the Fire Department said. Comment
Health

Why Northshore-LIJ changed its name to Northwell

The evolution of North Shore-LIJ Health System to Northwell Health has been years in the making. As the health system has grown through mergers and acquisitions, consumers, employees and affiliates have dealt with confusion over what to call the institution, which has many parts. But at the beginning of 2016, North Shore-LIJ officially emerged with a name that would resonate and form an identity to generate solidarity for the institution. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Gunman gets 20 years for shooting at police officers in Jackson Heights

A man who opened fire on two police officers in Jackson Heights in 2011 was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison Tuesday. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

Feds should probe security blind spots at LaGuardia Airport: Schumer

Last month’s attack at Turkey’s Istanbul Ataturk Airport in which terrorists killed 45 people and injured 230 others has prompted U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) to call on the feds to investigate security at LaGuardia Airport. Schumer cited a recent investigative report by NBC which showed the baggage pick-up and drop-off areas at LaGuardia lacked surveillance cameras, leaving the areas at-risk in the event of a future terror attack. Comments (1)
Environment

donateNYC will help residents give and get second-hand goods

Second-hand goods do not generally come to mind at the mention of the Department of Sanitation. But the city agency recently announced the launch of donateNYC, an online medium for New Yorkers to give and find goods as well as reduce the amount of garbage which ends up in landfills. Comments (4)
Politics

Appellate court affirms lower ruling in Republican primary question

A New York State appellate court ruled it would not set a primary date for two Republicans in a race to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville), whose district covers part of Queens, and the case may be heading for federal court. Comment
Flushing

Two attacks target children in Bowne Park

FLUSHING — A Flushing man has been charged with sexual assault and robbery of a 12-year-old after an attack in Bowne Park last week, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Jamaica Hospital announces hospice care renovations

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center will entirely renovate its hospice care unit, including the construction of a new center that will provide compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life care for patients. Comment
Flushing

Jung challenges validity of Stavisky’s petitions

S.J. Jung challenged the validity of state Sen. Toby Stavisky’s (D-Flushing) campaign petitions at a Tuesday news conference claiming many of the signatures were out of the district, illegible or lacking a valid address to the extent that the incumbent was only left with about 13 valid signers. Comment

Tennis returns to Forest Hills

Ilana Kloss stood on the court at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills in November and swore she could almost hear the sounds of the crowd. Comment
Long Island City

80-year-old-woman’s purse stolen at LIC Art Center

LONG ISLAND CITY - Police from the 108th Precinct were looking for a woman who allegedly stole an unattended purse from a table inside the LIC Art Center earlier this month. The suspect stole an 80-year-old woman’s purse July 13, at around 3:35 p.m., according to police. Among the items inside the purse were the victim’s credit card and $125 in cash. Comment

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fresh Meadows

Big Apple Circle cancels season after fund-raising fails

Big Apple Circus, a beloved non-profit that entertained families for decades, won’t be coming back for the 2016-17 season after not meeting its $2 million fund-raising goal. The New York staple has entertained families since 1977 with annual performances in Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows and Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Comments (3)

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East Elmhurst

First contracts awarded for LaGuardia AirTrain project

As the LaGuardia Airport reconstruction project got underway June 1, some groundwork was laid for the proposed AirTrain that would bring travelers to and from Willets Point. Comments (8)
Astoria

BQX street car advocates confident project finances won’t feel loss of 421-a

Advocates of the Brooklyn Queens Connector don’t believe the expiration of the 421-a tax abatement for developers will affect the financing of the $2.5 billion street car project. The Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector say the project will pay for itself by capturing the increases in property taxes of existing real estate and the new developments along the 16-mile street car corridor, from Astoria to Sunset Park, Brooklyn, one of the fastest-growing parts of the city, according to Mayor de Blasio, with 405,000 residents and 296,000 workers. Comments (3)
Willets Point

Islanders eye Willets Point for new arena: Report

If the Islanders have their way, they’ll soon be calling Willets Point home. This is all according to Bloomberg News, which did not name the source, but reported the New York Islanders’ owners have been in talks for months with New York Mets owners to build an arena adjacent to Citifield in Flushing. Comments (3)
Queensbridge

Queensbridge Park esplanade named for community leader

The esplanade in Queensbridge Park was named in honor of advocate Elizabeth McQueen, who founded The Friends of Queensbridge Park in 1998 and led the group for 18 years. McQueen organized volunteer events and helped to beautify the park that runs along the East River, across Vernon Boulevard from the Queensbridge Houses, where she lived until her death in February at the age of 83. Comments (1)
Politics

James Sanders notes passion of Bernie Sanders supporters

State Sen. James Sanders (D-Rochdale Village) said he was “astounded” when supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bid for the Democratic nomination booed him when he expressed his support for Hillary Clinton during a meeting with his pledged delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday. Comments (1)
Politics

Queens Dems rally to support Suozzi bid

Since Tom Suozzi won the Democratic primary for Congress, the former Nassau County executive has been working to further bring elected officials who were formerly neutral in the five-way race for the primary over into his sphere of support. The Queens neighborhoods covered in the district are in the northeast and predominately Democrats. Comments (1)
Politics

Crowley compares Clinton and Trump’s response to 9/11 attacks

A raucous Democratic National Convention turned somber around 9:11 p.m. Tuesday as a trio of speakers remembered the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center and Hillary Clinton’s response as one of New York’s senators. U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) stepped to the microphone and recalled getting the news on a runway at LaGuardia Airport. Comments (5)
Rego Park

Arrests made in nearly $5M Rego Park bank robbery

Three men were arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly executing two bank burglaries in Queens and Brooklyn which temporarily made them $5 million richer, law enforcement officials said. Comments (3)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Long Island City

City Council votes to designate iconic Pepsi-Cola sign a landmark

It took nearly three decades, but the Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City’s Gantry State Park is finally an official New York City landmark. The City Council voted 43-0 in favor of the designation last week. Comment
Long Island City

Artists work with developers so both can thrive in Long Island City

While strolling to her gallery space recently, Carolina Peñafiel experienced a slight existential crisis. Comment
Jamaica

Organization promotes STEAM in Jamaica

In the basement of the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Jamaica, Terence Dew, the founder and lead program developer of STEAM Academy, demonstrated the dizzying array of devices, hardware and software the students in the program were utilizing. He said he wanted the class to have an open, supportive atmosphere. Comments (1)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Jamaica

Man is fatally shot in Jamaica

Police were seeking information about a fatal shooting that occurred in Jamaica on Monday evening, according to the NYPD. Comments (5)
Flushing

Bioswale plans anger Flushing residents: Avella

A city Department of Environmental Protection project to install bioswales across Flushing to clean up nearby waterways has residents fuming over the lack of homeowner notification. Comments (6)
Transit

No more room on the Flushing  No. 7 line

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to rezone Flushing West was put on hold for very good reasons. Everyone is aware that the Flushing No. 7 subway has been running at full capacity during rush hour for years. There is no space to accommodate the thousands of new riders that would have been generated by new housing as a result of Flushing West. Comments (3)
Flushing

Summer Meals Program will feed hungry kids in Queens

In an effort to provide free meals over the summer to underprivileged kids, Hunger Free America has collaborated with the city Department of Education. Hunger Free America is a non profit organization that helps schools through out the country feed kids. The Summer Meals program will run in three locations in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. The program will provide free summer meals to anyone 18 years old and under. Comments (6)
Crime

Bratton takes dim view of Pokémon Go

Pokemon Go may be one of the most popular apps ever, but New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton isn’t amused. Comments (1)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Flushing

Fallen tree suspends LIRR Port Washington service

The MTA suspended service on the Long Island Rail Road Port Washington line Monday after a tree fell on the tracks east of the Flushing station. Comments (1)
Government

Open-gangway subway cars on the way but not to the No. 7 line

Riders of the beleaguered No. 7 subway line have been dreaming of open-gangway subway cars for years as an answer to the chronic over-crowding on their trains. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that he has a plan that will bring 1,025 new subway cars, including 750 “Open Car End” designed cars, to the MTA, hope ran high on social media. Comments (9)
Jamaica

Jamaica foresees forward strides in downtown development

After years of protracted conversations about development in downtown Jamaica, many of the players who have been pushing for more robust investment in the neighborhood say change is in the air. Comments (2)
Crime

113th Precinct touts lower crime rates

The 113th Precinct wants people to know that despite popular belief, police relations with the community are not all bad. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Ulrich says de Blasio mishandles Build It Back Program

“All they gave us was bleach and sponges,” Maria S., a homeowner in Rockaway Beach, told City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) Monday morning. She said that when Hurricane Sandy decimated the peninsula in November 2012, she did not see the Red Cross or Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comments (1)
Flushing

Stavisky and Jung file campaign petitions

S.J. Jung is challenging state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) again as the two file petitions and raise funds for the Democratic primary Sept. 13. Comments (1)
Astoria

Suspects steal wallet, use credit card at Astoria CVS store

ASTORIA - Police were looking for two men who stole a wallet from a parked car last week and then used the victim’s credit cards to make purchases at a nearby CVS store. Comments (1)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ozone Park

Richmond Hill man charged in fatal hit-and-run that killed mother

The man charged in the Ozone Park hit-and-run case that left a mother dead and her 9-year-old daughter seriously injured has been arraigned, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Bay Terrace

Braunstein to sponsor annual blood drive in Bay Terrace

State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) will be sponsoring his fourth annual summer blood drive at Bay Terrace Shopping Center Aug. 11. Comment

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Politics

City creates new voter registration form for five more languages

Voter registration forms will now be available in five new languages, according to an announcement from the city Campaign Finance Board and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Comments (5)
Bayside

Caffebene in Bayside closes shop

The Caffebene coffee shop located in Bayside has locked up for good after only a year in the neighborhood. Comments (10)
Rochdale Village

Hollis man fatally stabbed in Rochdale Village

A Hollis man was stabbed to death in Rochdale Village Monday and police were seeking information about his murder. Comments (1)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Event

Things to do in Queens this weekend

With the temperature set to push the 100-degree mark for most of the weekend, sitting on the sofa with the AC cranked up to high might seem like the most attractive option, but there are still a variety of outdoor activities that will give those hardy souls who are willing to brave the heat a reward for their efforts. Comment
East Elmhurst

Port Authority reaches deal for new Delta terminal at LaGuardia

The final piece of the LaGuardia Airport reconstruction puzzle is now in place after the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners voted to authorize $600 million toward a new terminal for Delta Airlines. Comment
East Elmhurst

LaGuardia Airport reconstruction project underway

There will be a day when travelers enter LaGuardia Airports’s new Central Terminal, its 1.3 million square feet flooded with natural light and featuring world-class food, beverage and retail options. Then they will be able to walk across dual pedestrian bridges connecting to Concourses A and B spanning active aircraft taxi lanes. Comment
Ozone Park

Woman killed by A train in Ozone Park

Police and firefighters responded to an incident in the 102nd Precinct in which a woman was hit by a train at the Rockaway Boulevard stop of the A train at 10 a.m. Friday. The Police Department said the 55-year-old jumped in front of the southbound train and when firefighters arrived she was dead. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway street renamed for midshipman who died in Amtrak crash

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced the renaming of the corner of Seaside Avenue and Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway as “Midshipman Justin Zemser Way” for the late Queens resident who died in the 2015 Amtrak crash while on his way to visit family in the Rockaways. The City Council passed legislation to approve several renamings in the five boroughs. Comment
Corona

Dr. John rocks Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Flushing Meadows Corona Park was transformed into the Big Easy as Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John headlined the third annual Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival Saturday. Comment
Flushing

Major reconstruction planned for downtown Flushing sidewalks

Main Street is about to become a lot more convenient for pedestrians and commuters. City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) announced an upcoming project that will completely reconstruct four blocks of the second busiest pedestrian hub in New York City behind Times Square. Comments (3)
Bayside

Bell Blvd. eyesore gets demo notice

Bayside’s Community Board 11 picked up a notice from the city Department of Buildings which may hold welcome news for many who walk regularly along Bell Boulevard. The storefront at 42-07 Bell Blvd., which was formerly home to Chelsea Coffee Shop, is officially slated for demolition. Comment
Emergencies

Senate passes Avonte’s law to protect autistic children

The U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan bill named in part for a Queens autistic teen whose disappearance set off a citywide search that lasted months. The bill, known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law, was unanimously approved July 7. The bill was in honor of Kevin Willis and Avonte Oquendo, two autistic boys who both died after wandering off. Avonte disappeared in October 2013 when he ran out of Riverview High School in Long Island City. His whereabouts were unknown until January 2014, when officials discovered pieces of his body washed up onto the College Point shoreline. Willis, Comments (5)
Auburndale

Grodenchik and Weprin call on illegal tire dumping to end in Queens green space

Stacks of abandoned tires have been seen littering the side of the highway around 73rd Avenue and Clearview Expressway in recent months. Comments (4)
Jamaica

Public learns protection in event of active shooter

Jamaica community members learned how to combat an active shooter in a state of last resort during a training session held Saturday at Holy Unity Baptist Church in Jamaica organized by state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) for concerned community residents. Dozens of community members attended, according to Sanders’ office. Comment
Queens Village

Man fatally struck by LIRR train nears Qns Village station

QUEENS VILLAGE — A man was fatally struck by a westbound Long Island Rail Road station near a Queens Village train stop, according to a spokesman for the MTA. Comments (2)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

South Jamaica

9/11 artifacts and lives lost honored at JFK ceremony

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Hangar 17 at John F. Kennedy International Airport was put into service to house artifacts recovered from the site—from battered ambulance cruisers to retail clothing covered in ashes. Comments (1)
Broad Channel

Jamaica Bay looks primed for a greener, cleaner future

New Yorkers who enjoy Jamaica Bay have seen many potential threats to the area’s marshes in decades past, but Dan Mundy, Jr., the head of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, said the future was bright despite the challenges of protecting it. Comment
Government

New York senators want to re-establish EPA oversight on plane noise

Both U.S. senators from New York state believe the federal Environmental Protection Agency should take the lead role in airplane noise abatement. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Hundreds wait all weekend for shot at a good plumbers job

They began arriving soon after last Thursday’s ferocious thunderstorm and began staking out spaces along 38th Street just south of Queens Boulevard in Long Island City. Many more came streaming into the neighborhood on Friday evening and by Saturday morning more than 1,400 people were camping out along several blocks waiting for an application for the UA Plumbers Local 1 apprenticeship program that would be handed out Monday morning. Comments (3)
Jamaica

New foreclosure buyback plan fights speculators in SE Queens

Southeast Queens lawmakers celebrated the start of a foreclosure buyback program to protect families with distressed mortgages from losing their home, an approach that they touted as being the first of its kind in the nation. Comments (2)
Flushing

Borough bands compete for top prize

Enterprising bands from throughout the borough graced the stage of the Colden Auditorium at Queens College on July 14 for the Queens Library’s second annual “Battle of the Bands.” A fast-moving thunderstorm did not deter the excited crowd of family, friends and fans. More than 2,000 free tickets were distributed and by the time the first band hit the stage many seats were full. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Forest Hills street to be renamed for Ramones

Forest Hills is getting yet another tribute to The Ramones, a rock band who once called the neighborhood home. Comments (2)
Flushing

Flushing Greenmarket opened this week

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) helped announce the opening of the first Flushing Greenmarket Wednesday The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce partnered with GrowNYC to bring locally grown products that will emphasize nutritious fruits and vegetables. The fruits and vegetables sold will all be grown or produced within 250 miles of New York City. Comments (3)
Music

Making Space for Music

Despite the many contributions that performing artists make to the city’s cultural vibrancy, the high cost of real estate, combined with the limited resources that many performers have at their disposal, can make finding suitable rehearsal or work spaces extremely difficult. Comments (1)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ozone Park

Richmond Hill driver arrested in fatal Ozone Pk. hit-and-run:

(Queens DA corrects address of suspect, who is from Richmond Hill) Comments (2)
Flushing

Community deals with aftermath of Flushing West plan’s demise

The city’s abrupt decision to withdraw its plans to rezone Flushing West, which would have brought 1,600 units of housing to the downtown area, has drawn mixed reactions from the community. Comment
Transit

Transit group to release study to reverse bus ridership slump

Transit advocates, elected officials and passengers from throughout the city were scheduled to kick off a campaign Wednesday to reverse what they contend are falling numbers of bus riders and talk about possible solutions to the problem. Comments (3)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Long Island City

Court Square towers are changing the skyline and a neighborhood

Long Island City’s transformation from a gritty industrial neighborhood to a mixed-use community with sleek waterfront luxury residential high-rises is well into its second decade. Comments (1)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Astoria

Future phases at Hallets Point still in question

Jay Valgora’s legacy is in limbo because of an expired tax abatement. The architect behind the mammoth Hallets Point megaproject thought his grand vision of the East River becoming New York City’s new Central Park was in motion as he stood off to the side at a ground-breaking ceremony in late February. Comment

Friday, July 15, 2016

South Ozone Park

South Ozone Park shooting leaves one victim dead

Police from the 106th Precinct responded to a shooting at a home in South Ozone Park, around 12:14 a.m. Friday, NYPD said. Comments (2)

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