Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Jackson Heights

City Council passes bills to better service minority, LGBT communities

The City Council passed three measures and one resolution last week to count and bring more robust services to LGBTQ individuals and people of color in the five boroughs. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Councilman Wills addresses proposed drop-in center in Ozone Park

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Richmond Hill) and state Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Jamaica) held a news conference in front of the proposed drop-in center on 100- 32 Atlantic Ave. urging the Department of Homeless Services to reconsider the site. The lawmakers were joined by community leaders who all agreed that a homeless shelter should not be opened when there are two schools less than 1,000 feet away from the site. Comments (1)

Mayor’s Office announces initiative to raise profile of women in city film business

When it comes to the worlds of film and television, New York City has “the richest talent base in the country,” says Julie Menin, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Comments (1)

Electeds call for stricter zoning in South Corona to relieve school overcrowding

Children are bearing the brunt of South Corona’s exploding population, according to several elected officials. Standing in front of classroom trailers at PS 16 on 114th Street, they demanded an immediate response to the district’s overcrowded schools, urging the city to downgrade South Corona’s existing zoning code to lower the neighborhood’s density. Comment

Bell and Northern boulevards to get a left turn signal: DOT

The uneasy intersection at Bell and Northern boulevards will have a left-turn signal before too long after requests from neighborhood officials. City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), Bayside Hills Civic Association President Michael Feiner and state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) reached out to DOT to study the intersection for the viability of a left turn signal and were told Oct. 6 that the dream would become a reality. Comment

Proposed Sunnyside Gardens middle school sparks controversy

Weeks after the School Construction Authority announced it had selected a site for a new middle school in the Sunnyside Gardens area, community members and some elected officials are expressing caution about proceeding. Comment
East Elmhurst

Prison guards’ union sues city over solitary

The Correction Officer Benevolent Association sued Mayor Bill de Blasio, the City Council and the city Board of Correction because the group contends its complaints are not being heard while the city caters to inmates’ wishes. COBA President Elias Husamudeen charges that violence against officers has surged since the de Blasio administration ended the use of solitary confinement for prisoners 21years old and under. Comment
East Elmhurst

Lawmakers want Cuomo to sign Justice for Job Seekers legislation

Several legislators, including state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-East Elmhurst), called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign protections for job seekers as they released the results of a new investigation, “Demanding Justice for Job Seekers,” last week. The report illustrated deceptive and illegal tactics employment agencies use to prey on minimum-wage work seeking applicants. Comments (1)

Suspect sought in attack on woman in Jamaica

A 69-year-old woman was assaulted outside a Jamaica deli Saturday morning, and police were asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect in the attack. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Jamaica Estates

Auction of Trump’s boyhood home in Queens postponed

An auction for the childhood home of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Jamaica Estates has been postponed until after the election, according to the real estate firm handling the property. The sellers originally scheduled the auction for Wednesday night, but held back in order to give interested buyers more time to evaluate the home. Comments (1)

Man tried to lure Elmhurst girl while she waited for school bus: Cops

Police from the 110th Precinct were looking for a man who tried to lure a 13-year-old girl from her building’s lobby last week as she waited for her school bus in Elmhurst. The incident occurred just after 6 a.m. Oct. 6, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Banks faces borough’s leaders to review the state of homeless in Queens

The man who tried to convert a Maspeth hotel into a homeless shelter, setting off two months of protests that still continue, and rented rooms in other hotels around the borough without alerting officials came to Queens Wednesday night. Comments (4)
East Elmhurst

Electeds warn homeless may be placed in another East Elmhurst hotel

Several elected officials say they believe yet another hotel in Queens has been earmarked by the Department of Homeless Services to be partially converted into a shelter for the homeless. Comments (2)

Suozzi battles Martin in final stretch for Israel’s seat

Democratic candidate for Congress Tom Suozzi has received the endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but the official announcement scheduled for Verdi’s Restaurant in Whitestone on Monday was canceled due to the death of Suozzi’s father, Joseph Suozzi, overnight on Sunday. Comments (3)

Criminal summons issued at Little Neck station for illegal crossing

The pedestrian bridge serving commuters along the LIRR stop of Little Neck on the Port Washington branch was taken down in mid-September due to unsafe conditions, but now commuters crossing to the other side may find themselves in trouble. Comments (6)

Making Strides Against Cancer walk reaches 12K turnout in Queens

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Cancer walk Sunday in Flushing Meadows Corona Park saw a turnout which rivaled last year’s and raised awareness and funds for breast cancer research, education, early detection efforts and patient service programs. The disease is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer among women and is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women. Comments (1)

Flushing zombie home to be auctioned

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced progress had been made at an abandoned house in Flushing where he had previously held a July news conference to call attention to the dangerous and unhealthy condition of the long-neglected property. The land has been cleaned up, thanks to help from the Queens County Public Administrator’s office, and the house is going to auction in December. Comments (1)

109th Precinct Council describes theft scheme

A crowd of people wearing pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month packed the 109th Precinct’s monthly community council meeting last week. The meeting focused on crime and transportation issues. Comments (2)

Queens GOP fields many candidates in local races

Queens Republicans held a fund-raiser last week in support of their local candidates and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Comments (5)

What ever happened to Briarwood?

“Briarwood,” the MTA speaker proudly announced to the F-train passengers, as if Hollywood was on the horizon with the Walter Mittys humming the classic Phillips’ tune, “California Dreamin’.” Within two square blocks of the town, you may see the redundancy of three 99 Cents stores, three bodegas, three laundromats, three Chinese restaurants, three pharmacies, four beauty parlors, five dry cleaners and seven gambling venues vending Lotto. Comments (5)

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens man sentenced to 12 years in shooting of girlfriend

A Kew Gardens man who first claimed his girlfriend had been shot in a home invasion but later admitted he accidentally shot her in the head, leaving her helpless for life, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for criminal possession of a weapon and other charges, the Queens DA said. Comments (1)

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Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

East Elmhurst

City denies it plans to shelter homeless in East Elmhurst hotel

The city is refuting Monday’s claim made by three lawmakers that an East Elmhurst hotel has been earmarked by the Department of Homeless Services to be partially converted into a shelter for the homeless. Comments (3)
Kew Gardens Hills

Police hunt rapist in Flushing attack

Police were looking for a man wanted in the rape of a 51-year-old woman who was ambushed in Flushing early Sunday morning as she walked along the Horace Harding Expressway. Comments (2)

19th silent march against domestic violence held in Flushing

The Korean American Family Service Center held its 19th Silent March Against Domestic Violence last week in Flushing. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

Bartlett to build new dairy facility on JFK land

A portion of land at John F. Kennedy International Airport will be the site of a distribution and manufacturing center for Bartlett Dairy and Food Service, the New York City Economic Development Corporation announced Tuesday. Comments (2)

Monday, Oct. 17, 2016


Cuomo’s endorsement event for Suozzi canceled after candidate’s father dies

Democratic candidate for Congress Tom Suozzi received an endorsement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo as Election Day nears, but the official announcement scheduled for Verdi’s Restaurant in Whitestone was canceled due to the death of Suozzi’s father, Joseph Suozzi, overnight on Sunday. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Civic groups, pols to protest homeless policies at City Hall

While members of the Maspeth-Middle Village Task Force protested in solidarity with civic groups in Sunset Park, Brooklyn Saturday, where several homeless shelters have opened, anger spread to the Rockaway Peninsula where the city is now renting rooms at the Playland Motel to house homeless families. Comments (1)

NYPD arrests woman in pellet gun attack

Police arrested and charged a Long Island woman Saturday with shooting a plainclothes NYPD officer with a pellet gun in downtown Jamaica, authorities said. Comments (1)

A look behind the scenes on the front line against cancer

Dr. David Fishman, a cancer researcher who came from Manhattan a year ago to start a new cancer center at New York-Presbyterian in Flushing, keeps a worn picture of his father propped up against the lamp on his desk. Comment
East Elmhurst

City jails end solitary confinement of young inmates

The city’s jail system will no longer subject inmates 21 years old and younger to solitary confinement, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte announced Tuesday. The DOC has created alternative, more humane approaches for managing young inmates’ behavior that have paved the way for ending a practice that can be counterproductive to the development of young adults. Comments (1)

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016


Flushing doctor indicted after botched fatal abortion: DA

A Flushing doctor has been indicted on charges of recklessly causing the death of a 30-year-old woman on whom he performed an abortion, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (4)

Suspect sought in Flushing grand larceny

FLUSHING—Police were searching for a man suspected of grand larceny in Flushing. Comments (1)

Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016


Pink Brigade

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a time for us all to redouble our efforts to eradicate the second leading killer of women in America. Comment

Bayside mother is winning battle with breast cancer

Marisa Storer had an ideal life. The Bayside resident worked as a real estate agent alongside her husband and was raising her teenage son, when one day everything changed. Storer was diagnosed with breast cancer. Comment

Targeting the risk factors for breast cancer

Cancer is a formidable foe. Among women, no cancer poses a greater threat than breast cancer, which the World Health Organization reports is the most often diagnosed cancer both in the developed and developing worlds. Gaining a greater understanding of breast cancer may not prevent the onset of this disease that kills hundreds of thousands of women each year, but it might increase the chances of early detection, which can greatly improve women’s chances of survival. The following are the established risk factors for breast cancer. Comment

A guide to the mastectomy procedure

A breast cancer diagnosis is something no one wants to receive. Dealing with any form of cancer can be overwhelming, but a breast cancer diagnosis can be particularly challenging, especially when physicians recommend mastectomy to their patients. Comment

Preparing for your mammography visit

Annual mammograms are widely recommended for women beginning at age 40. Some estimates suggest that more than 48 million mammography screenings are performed in the United States every year. Comments (1)

Making ‘Strides’ against breast cancer

The annual walk across the city on Oct. 16 funds breast cancer research, patient-caregiver services, and supports the law movement working to give women the care they need. Comment

Genetic testing may detect cancer risk

Cancer affects people from all walks of life. There is no guaranteed way to prevent cancer, but genetic testing can help individuals better understand their risks for certain types of cancer. Comment

Breast self-exam guidelines

In addition to scheduling clinical screenings and mammograms, women should routinely examine and massage their breasts to detect any abnormalities. These breast self-exams can be an important part of early breast cancer detection. Comment

Potential side effects of breast cancer treatment

Treatments for breast cancer have evolved considerably in recent years. When breast cancer is detected early enough to be categorized as stage 0 or stage I, the five-year survival rate is 100 percent. That’s a testament to the hard work of cancer researchers who continue to develop effective ways to treat and defeat breast cancer. Comment

NYPD officer shot in head with BB gun

JAMAICA — Police were seeking a suspect who shot a police officer with a BB gun Wednesday afternoon in the midst of downtown Jamaica. Comments (1)

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016


Your Queens Weekend: Oct. 14-16

If you’ve been wondering about where to find the best chickcn soup in Queens, there’s an event this weekend that might just clear up that question for you. Comment

Maspeth protests grow angrier after city places homeless in hotel

One day after blaming “local opposition” for its decision to shelve plans to convert the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express into a full shelter for the homeless, the de Blasio administration has changed the narrative. Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks, who oversees the Department of Homeless Services, said this week hotel owner Harshad Patel dictated the new direction. Comments (4)

Friday, Oct. 14, is the last day to register to vote

New Yorkers who are not registered to vote have until the end of the day Friday to ensure that they can cast a ballot in this year’s general election, including the vote for the next president. Comment

First Kids Bike Rodeo Day to be held in Astoria next week

Transportation Alternatives Queens Committee and Make Queens Safer will host a Kids Bike Rodeo Day Oct. 22 in partnership with the Variety Boys & Girls Club to bring the Astoria community together to celebrate kids on bicycles and to call for safer streets to ride them on. Comment
South Ozone Park

DA will not file charges in Tillman death

The police officers involved in the shooting death of a South Ozone Park man in April will not be charged with wrongdoing, according to a report released by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (5)

Queens GOP leaders stand by Trump as his support erodes

Queens GOP leaders are not following the lead of other elected officials who have withdrawn support from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in light of the recently leaked recording from 2005, which has the candidate using what he calls “locker room talk” to describe sexual advances on women. Comments (10)

Greek church in Flushing holds jubilant food fest

The Church of St. Nicholas in Flushing celebrated its 45th annual Greek Festival last weekend, offering an array of Greek delicacies as well as fun activities for children. Comment
Rego Park

Rego Park man arraigned in mother’s murder: DA

REGO PARK—A Rego Park man was arraigned Saturday evening after police said he confessed to murdering his mother and dumping her body in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016


Ridgewood grandmother’s body found months after May 21 death

The mysterious death of a Ridgewood grandmother has stunned the community. Comments (1)
Long Island City

The Floating Hospital celebrates 150th anniversary next week

The Floating Hospital, one of the last remaining private charity hospitals remaining in the city, marks its 150th anniversary Tuesday. The Long Island City-based non-profit organization is the largest provider of preventive medical, dental and mental health care to New York City’s homeless families, with a mission to provide health care for all, regardless of the patient’s insurance, legal status or their ability to pay. Comments (1)

NY’s senators want Haitian nationals in U.S. spared after storm

New York’s two U.S. senators have asked Washington to halt deportation proceedings against non-criminals from Haiti in light of the havoc created by Hurricane Matthew to the island last week. Comments (3)

Cardinal Dolan announces abuse victim compensation program

The New York Catholic Archdiocese announced last week it would initiate a process that could provide compensation for survivors of sexual abuse suffered at the hands of diocesan priests, and a Queens assemblywoman who has advocated for victims cautiously praised it as a positive first step. Comments (3)

Abandoned Bayside home cause for health concern

An abandoned property in Bayside Hills has the neighboring residents itching with discomfort. Comments (1)

Open House NY hosts tours of Douglaston

Open House NY with hosts Victor Dadras and Kevin Wolfe will be leading two walking tours through Douglaston Saturday to showcase the best food and beverage the neighborhood has to offer. The tours are sponsored by The Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society, the Douglas House Trust and the Douglaston Local Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historic aspects of Douglaston Village. Comments (1)

Rally planned Saturday against pipe project in MacNeil Park

Activists and elected officials have planned a “Day of Outrage” Saturday in an attempt to stop a pipe project in MacNeil Park in College Point. Expected to speak at the event are state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Coastal Preservation Network President Dr. James Cervino and Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside). Comment

American Cancer Society offices open at SkyView Wellness Center

The American Cancer Society is one of the first tenants to occupy offices in the SkyView Wellness Center in Flushing, which opened in August. The Wellness Center is a 50,000-square-foot, 32-unit office complex located in The Shops at SkyView Center, a mixed-use development at 40-24 College Point Blvd. The American Cancer Society has leased 3,200 square feet for their offices. Comment

Sanitation Dept.’s Queen of Trash

If you happen to be at Flushing Meadows Corona Park and see an odd sanitation truck at the east entrance to the Queens Museum, chances are that it’s not there to pick up garbage. Instead, it is one of many works at the museum that are part of the exhibit “Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art,” which is up through Feb. 19, 2017. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016


Atlas Mall offers an appetizer for Dine In Queens 2016

Restaurants from all over central and parts of western Queens were represented at Atlas Mall in Glendale for the Dine in Queens Kick Off event Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016


Maspeth residents grow angrier after city puts homeless in hotel

For two months members of the Maspeth-Middle Village Task Force have rallied in front of the Holiday Inn Express on 55th Road protesting the city’s plan to convert the hotel into a shelter for the homeless. Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to “happily stare them down” after they rented buses and traveled to Bellerose, Rosedale and Brooklyn to protest at the home of Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steven Banks. Comments (2)

Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

New Hyde Park

LIRR running at half-steam after derailment

The MTA announced the restoration of one of the two main-line tracks on the Long Island Rail Road LIRR’s Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma and Oyster Bay Branches near New Hyde Park following a collision that derailed the passenger train late Saturday. Although crews worked around the clock to have the trains operating in time for the Monday morning commute, traffic was expected to be slow until both tracks were fully operational. Comments (1)

Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson dies at 50

The borough’s top prosecutor passed away at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital surrounded by his loved ones, who announced the death Sunday evening. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016

Rego Park

Son charged in mother’s murder

A man was charged with the murder of his mother after she had gone missing, according to the NYPD. The news came hours after police confirmed human remains had been found in a lake in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Comment

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016


Your Queens Weekend: Oct. 8-10

If your disco shoes have been sitting in moth balls for a while, this weekend might just be the time to bring them out of cold storage. On Saturday at 5 pm, Forest Hills Stadium (1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills Gardens) is hosting Freak Out Let’s Dance, a music fest with the goal of getting everybody on their feet. Bette Midler will be sharing the stage with CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers; Earth, Wind & Fire will perform some of their chart-topping hits; and a cast of characters including Alex Newell, DJ Cassidy, Village People, DJ Nicky and Siano of Studio 54 will be on Comment

Queens lawmakers appalled at city videos of Maspeth shelter protesters

Three Queens lawmakers took to the steps on City Hall Thursday to demand the de Blasio administration provide realistic, effective solutions to New York City’s homelessness crisis. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) condemned the mayor’s treatment of homelessness and short-sighted policies. Comments (3)

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016


Stavisky calls Fox News clip on Asian Americans “racist”

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) condemned a Fox News clip about Asian Americans which aired on the O’Reilly Factor Monday as “racist rhetoric” and called for a boycott of the network until it issued a formal apology. Comments (7)

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