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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Far Rockaway

EDC touts Rockaway storefronts prior to rezoning vote

The city Economic Development Corp. and the city’s Department of Small Business Services are touting the January completion of the SBS’s Storefront Improvement Program in Downtown Far Rockaway, which renovated 18 storefronts on business corridors in the area. Comment
Bayside

Avella bill to make St. Patrick’s Day school holiday passes in Senate

A bill that would make St. Patrick’s Day a school holiday in the state of New York passed the Senate chamber Monday. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Police search for Jackson Heights robbery suspect

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police were on the lookout for a man suspected of robbery in Jackson Heights. Comment

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Richmond Hill

Hate crimes discussed at 102 community council meeting

The 102nd Precinct held its monthly community council meeting last week to inform Richmond Hill’s diverse residents what makes a crime a hate crime. Comments (1)

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Rosedale

Sanders to hold forum on women in business

State Sen. James Sanders (D-Far Rockaway) will be holding a symposium detailing the struggles and challenges facing women in the business world in honor of Women’s History Month. Comment
Jamaica

Woman shot in Jamaica home while asleep

JAMAICA — The NYPD was seeking a man who shot through the window of a Jamaica home Saturday evening, striking a woman in her right leg. Comments (2)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Flushing

Veterans at Flushing post reach out to elected officials to avert shutdown

Queens veterans are being left in the cold. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Baby girl struck and killed by pickup truck driver in East Elmhurst: NYPD

A 1-year-old baby girl was struck and killed by a pickup truck in East Elmhurst Thursday night, according to the NYPD. The toddler, identified as Skylar Perkins, was in a stroller being pushed by her mother across 23rd Avenue just before 9 p.m. when a white Dodge Ram made a right turn off 94th Street crushed the stroller, police said. Comment
Long Island City

City accused Major World auto dealerships of illegal practices

Major World is in major trouble. Comments (2)
Sunnyside

City arts community to rally against Trump’s proposed budget cuts

The majority leader of the City Council is calling on the arts community to rally against President Donald Trump and his proposed budget cuts to the arts and humanities. Comments (1)
Bayside

Braunstein proposes budget to restore funding to senior programs

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) announced the passage of a budget resolution in the Assembly to challenge the one presented by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in February that cut vital funds to seniors. The proposal is also aimed at improving the lives of families and focuses on education. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Queens pols remember Helen Marshall at Borough Hall memorial

Several hundred people attended a memorial Sunday for former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall in the cultural center at Borough Hall dedicated in her honor just months ago. Elected officials, both serving and retired, delivered remarks remembering Marshall’s qualities of leadership and friendship. Comments (2)
Astoria

Homophobic graffiti targets Astoria elected officials

For the second time in a week, homophobic graffiti has been discovered on buildings housing the offices of Astoria lawmakers. Comment
Jamaica

Massachusetts man indicted in hate crime at JFK

A Massachusetts man who allegedly attacked and told a Muslim Delta employee “Trump is here now, he will get rid of all of you” has been indicted on hate crime charges, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Long Island City housing inventory will double this year

The unprecedented growth in Long Island City is evident to anyone in western Queens with views of the rapidly changing skyline, especially in the Court Square and Queens Plaza sections. Comments (2)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Long Island City

Workers rally at LIC bakery after threat of firings over immigrant status

A group of 50 workers and their advocates from immigrant rights groups rallied outside the Tom Cat Bakery in Long Island City Wednesday morning to protest the threatened mass firings of dozens of immigrant workers following a U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigation. Comments (6)
Jamaica

Police seek Jamaica bias attack suspect

Police were seeking a suspect in a bias assault that occurred in Jamaica when a woman allegedly made bigoted anti-Muslim statements before attacking the victim. Comment
Richmond Hill

Jimmy Breslin, 88, dies

Unlike the vast majority of household names who were born and raised in Queens, Jimmy Breslin — who died last Sunday at the age of 88 — never ever had to tell anyone where he was from. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Gotti and associates charged with violent crimes

John Gotti, the grandson and namesake of the notorious Gambino crime boss, has been indicted on more charges following his eight-year prison sentence earlier this month for peddling prescription drugs. Comments (1)
College Point

Spa Castle owners charged with tax fraud

Spa Castle’s owners are facing 11 felony charges for tax evasion. Comments (3)
Whitestone

Whitestone basketball league holds fundrasier for first-grader with leukemia

The Whitestone community is coming together in support of a young Whitestone girl with leukemia at an annual basketball league game. Comments (2)
Corona

CB4 delays decision on 111th Street safety improvements

Community Board 4 voted to table the Department of Transportation’s latest proposal for safety improvements on 11th Street in Corona along the western edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The 24-12 vote sparked outrage among the nearly 200 residents and safe streets advocates who packed the VFW post on 108th Street Tuesday night. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Ulrich won’t run for mayor as de Blasio is cleared in probes

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has decided not to run for mayor. Ulrich announced his decision just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio and his aides were cleared of criminal charges in campaign fund-raising probes by federal and state prosecutors last week. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

Woman faces prison for fatally stabbing aunt: DA

JAMAICA — A 30-year-old woman was charged with attacking her aunt with a meat cleaver March 16, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Man wanted in connection with Ozone Park burglaries

OZONE PARK — Police were searching for a man suspected of burglary in Ozone Park. Comments (1)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Government

Gender marker changes skyrocket as city dials back transgender requirements

A City Council motion in 2014 to ease restrictions on gender change applications has resulted in a spike of birth certificate changes in the past few years. Comments (2)
Health

City invests millions to combat overdose deaths

The city will fund a new effort to vastly reduce the spiking numbers of fatal drug overdoses in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Moya celebrates STEM funding

A national organization of pharmaceutical firms throughout the country granted $2,000 to a Jackson Heights charter school to help bolster the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs. Comments (1)
Event

Specialty camps get kids ready for future

The warm bright days of summer seem far away, but they’re too close for comfort if you’re a parent who is wondering: What do we do with the kids once school is over? Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ozone Park

Ulrich rules out run for mayor

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has decided against running for mayor. The 32-year-old announced on NY1 that he will instead seek re-election representing the 32nd Council District, which covers the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Howard Beach and Ozone Park, where Ulrich was born and raised. Comments (2)
Business

Tax lien sales concentrated in SE Queens

The highest concentrations of tax liens sold in New York City were located in southeastern Queens and central Brooklyn, according to an analysis conducted by New York University’s Furman Center. Though foreclosures on these properties remain low, some elected officials stress the need to allay the uncertainty the process can bring while acknowledging it is a revenue source for the city. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

City promotes new storefronts in Downtown Far Rockaway

The New York City Economic Development Corporation and the city’s Department of Small Business Services are touting the January completion of the latter’s Storefront Improvement Program, which renovated 18 storefronts on business corridors in Downtown Far Rockaway. Comment
Little Neck

Councilman Vallone holds rally to condemn hate crimes

Elected officials and religious and community leaders gathered at the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck for a rally last Friday condemning the rising number of anti-Semitic attacks in New York City and all forms of discrimination. Comments (4)
Education

Students will choose how to spend funds

A Queens councilwoman is taking the “participatory budgeting” process into the schools in her district, and has allocated more than $2 million to fund capital projects for 21 school communities. Comments (2)
Woodside

Officials announce removal of classroom trailers at PS 151 in Woodside

Borough President Melinda Katz joined City Councilman Costa Constantinides in Woodside Monday to announce that all 11 classroom trailers will be removed at the end of the year from the PS 151 playground, which will be updated to bring increased recreational space for students and the community. At its April policy meeting, the Panel for Educational Policy will vote to approve the resiting of PS Q255, which serves autistic students between the ages of 5 and 17, which is co-located at PS 151’s building but occupies the trailers in the playground. Comment

Monday, March 20, 2017

Astoria

Hate graffiti discovered at elected officials’ office building in Astoria

Hate graffiti was discovered scrawled on the wall outside the district offices of state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and at two other locations in Astoria Monday morning. The two, along with City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) have been vocal critics of the Trump administrations executive orders and have taken actions towards uniting the community after numerous anti-Muslim incidents since Election Day. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Man arrested in Jackson Heights transgender attack: Cops

A Long Island man has been arrested and charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking two transgender women outside a Jackson Height’s McDonald’s Friday, according to the NYPD. Comments (4)
South Jamaica

Niece arrested in meat cleaver stabbing of aunt: DA

A 30-year-old woman was arrested and charged with fatally stabbing her aunt last Thursday inside the South Jamaica home where they both resided, the Queens DA said. Comment

Lancman leads the call for $25 million security grant

City Council members gathered on the steps of City Hall last week calling for a $25 million security grant to combat the rise in hate crimes. Comments (4)
Jamaica

Jamaica man sentenced to 24 years in burglaries, conspiracy

JAMAICA — A Jamaica man was sentenced to 24 years in prison for conspiring to murder a witness to two home invasions he committed in March 2015, the Queens DA said. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Abandoned Fresh Meadows home sold at auction

An abandoned Fresh Meadows home that drew complaints from neighbors for years has finally been sold at auction for $710,000 to an unidentified buyer, according to the public administrator of Queens County. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Jamaica Muslim Center head wants to build wall against hate

The Jamaica Muslim Center was packed last Friday as state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) held a Town Hall Against Hate with representatives from nonprofits and city agencies throughout New York. Comments (3)
Bayside

Lois A Katz, 1946-2017

Lois A Katz, a former Bronx resident who lived in Bayside, died March 9. Comment

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bayside

Knife-wielding robbers hold up Bayside nail salon

BAYSIDE - Two men armed with a kitchen knife stormed into a Bayside nail salon March 9 where they stole an iPad and cash, police said. Comments (1)
Woodside

Retired prison guard shoots estranged wife in Woodside: DA

A 54-year-old retired city correction officer has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of his wife in their Woodside home last Sunday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. According to the charges, Victor Guzman was involved in a verbal and physical altercation with his wife, Maria Guzman, 52, inside their apartment on 59th Street near Laurel Hill Boulevard when he pulled out a .38 caliber revolver and fired one round while their 7-year-old grandson was in the home. Comment

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Jamaica

Huge cocaine bust at JFK

KENNEDY AIRPORT — U.S. Customs and Border protection arrested a man at JFK Airport who the agency said was “busting out of his pants” with cocaine. Comments (1)
Glen Oaks

Retired NYPD officer found dead in apparent suicide: Cops

A retired NYPD officer was found dead in an apparent suicide Tuesday near Union Turnpike and 246th Street, according to police. Comment

Friday, March 17, 2017

Corona

Police look for suspects in chain of robberies in western Queens

Police were searching for a group of men suspected of more than 20 robberies in western Queens. Comments (1)
Hollis

Hollis man indicted in two different sex trafficking cases

A man from Hollis has been indicted for a second time on sex trafficking charges, according to the Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Corey Hannah, 34, was charged by a grand jury Monday of kidnapping a 15-year-old,forcing her into prostitution and collecting all the profits. Comments (2)
Event

Weekend Calendar for Queens: March 18-19

Your weekend calendar: March 18-19 Comment
Bayside

District 26 parents talk need for AC in schools at legislative breakfast

Students in Queens’ northeastern schools suffer from a lack of adequate air conditioning, a problem they share with many students around the city, according to attendees and elected officials at a legislative breakfast for School District 26. Comments (4)
Jamaica

Budget cuts threaten NEA, several cultural organizations in Queens

More than a dozen of the borough’s arts organizations would be affected by the Trump administration’s threat to eliminate funding for the National Endowment of the Arts, City Comptroller Scott Stringer warned, costing thousands of jobs in New York City. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

NYPD retakes Travers Park from alleged drug gang

The NYPD has smashed a notorious street gang that has terrorized a Jackson Heights park for years following a long-term investigation. Comments (4)

Maloney rips GOP’s healthcare bill

Congressional Democrats were handed new ammunition in their battle against against the Republican ObamaCare replacement bill Monday when the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office released its analysis that shows 14 million Americans would be stripped of their insurance next year, and more than 24 million would lose their coverage in the the next 10 years. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Gianaris calls for Long Island City strip club to be closed down

With reoccurring criminal activity and alarming reports revealing dozens of public safety concerns, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is calling for the closure of Aces New York, a strip joint located at 31-10 37th Ave. in Long Island City. Gianaris is demanding the State Liquor Authority deny a renewal of the club’s cabaret license. Comments (2)
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College president wins prestigious education award

Dr. Gail Mellow, the president of LaGuardia Community College, won the 2017 TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence Monday, one of the most prestigious awards in American academia. Comment
Flushing

Traffic redirected in Flushing during construction

Traffic in Downtown Flushing’s busiest street will be redirected to accommodate construction. Comments (1)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

An Israeli field of dreams at the World Baseball Classic

How I stopped worrying about the Mets and learned to love Team Israel. Comments (1)

Original Willets Point plan has been ignored

Even ignoring the fact the so-called blight in Willets Point was caused by the city’s neglect and not the small shop owners in the area, the linchpin to the approval of the 2008 Willets Point redevelopment plan was that it would include affordable housing. Comments (1)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Government

De Blasio cleared of criminal charges in campaign fund-raising probes

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his aides will not face criminal prosecution in connection with his campaign fund-raising, prosecutors announced Thursday. While Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim made his announcement in a brief statement, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. sent a 10-page letter to the state Board of Elections concluding that de Blasio and his associates acted with “advice of counsel” that channeling donations was legal and had no provable criminal intent. Comments (2)
Maspeth

Mayor vows to place a homeless shelter in Maspeth

Mayor Bill de Blasio has been vague about where in the five boroughs the city would place 90 new homeless shelters since he announced his latest plan last month, but last week the mayor was very clear about where he would build one of them. In Maspeth. Comments (3)
Flushing

Students protest as Townsend begins search for new principal

Students at Townsend Harris High School engaged in a sit-in protest at the school Wednesday afternoon as a committee held its first meetings with potential applicants to fill the position of permanent principal. Comments (9)
Bayside

NYPD officer, YouTube sensation dies of 9/11 related cancer

NYPD Officer Michael Hance, who gained notoriety not just for his contributions to the 9/11 cleanup at Ground Zero, but for becoming an Internet sensation by dancing in the Manhattan Pride Parade in 2015, died on Sunday. He was 44. Comments (1)

Forest Hills’ Kurt Sonnenfeld dead at 91

The Queens Community House board of directors announced the death of an original founder this month. Forest Hills resident Kurt Sonnenfeld, one of the non-profit, multi-service, community organization’s original board members and a lifelong champion of human rights, died March 4 at age 91. Comments (1)
Elmhurst

Meng holds immigration town hall meeting in Elmhurst

Calling the last few months “uncertain times for our country,” U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) opened an immigration town hall at the new Elmhurst Community Library Saturday to discuss President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders on immigration. A panel of experts including attorneys from the Legal Aid Society and advocates from the New York Immigration Coalition, Make the Road New York and the Black Institute were on hand to share information and advice about the so-called Muslim ban and the rights of undocumented and documented immigrants with more than 10 Comments (8)
Woodside

Queens open for business again after Stella sweeps through

Life was returning to normal in Queens Wednesday as subways and buses resumed full service, but LaGuardia and Kennedy airports were jammed with travelers trying to make up for the day lost to Winter Storm Stella. Comments (2)
Flushing

Flushing Chamber previews 2017 agenda

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting last Thursday, where leaders elected new board members and previewed its 2017 agenda. Comments (2)
Government

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara delivers farewell to staff upon final exit

As he left his Manhattan office at St. Andrews Plaza Monday, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara heard the cheers from colleagues, aides and friends when he said goodbye to his staff and moved on to an uncertain future. As the skirl of bagpipes filled the air, Bharara, fired by the White House Saturday afternoon, told reporters, “I love New York, and this is the best prosecutor’s office you’ve ever seen.” Comments (3)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Jamaica

Jamaica man gets 24 years for two home invasions

A 37-year-old Queens man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for two home invasions and a concurrent 12-to-24 year prison term for trying while in Rikers Island to hire a hitman to kill witnesses before they could testify against him in court. Comments (2)
Woodhaven

Man dies after brother abandons car in Woodhaven crash: Police

A man allegedly abandoned by his brother after a serious car crash in Woodhaven has died, police said. Comments (1)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Weather

Queens takes Stella’s snow and sleet in stride

As Winter Storm Stella wound down Tuesday afternoon, residents in Woodside were busy running snowblowers and wading through the wet snow that packed sidewalks as well as street crossings. Comments (2)

Queens standout credits Angelou for inspiration

A one-minute commercial serves to span the successes of one woman as you hear the voice of Maya Angelou reciting one of her poems. It is the year 1968 in New York. There is a teenage girl with her family excitedly watching an Olympic track meet surprised and excited to see that they are both women and black. Her father is cheering in the background. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Detectives charged in lying about arrest

A Queens grand jury indicted two NYPD detectives for allegedly filing false paperwork and charged one with lying under oath about the August 2014 arrest of a man falsely accused of selling crack cocaine. Comments (1)
Woodhaven

Forest Park playground gets new equipment

A Forest Park playground got an early makeover. Comment
Jamaica

Department of Probation holds fashion show to promote jobs opportunities for clients

The lobby of the Jamaica office for the city Probation Department’s Neighborhood Opportunity Network was transformed into a fashion runway last week as department staff, motivational speakers and DOP Commissioner Ana Bermúdez touted opportunities available to probation clients. Comment
East Elmhurst

Peralta bill tackling speeding in school zones passes Senate

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who made a controversial switch to the Independent Democratic Conference in late January, was given a leadership title Tuesday when he was appointed vice chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee. The post comes with a $12,500 stipend, which is down from the $14,500 stipend he had received as minority whip with the mainline Democrats. Comment
Howard Beach

Gotti grandson sentenced to eight years in prison

The 23-year-old namesake of the infamous John Gotti was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to selling prescription drugs on the black market, a scheme which banked him about $1.6 million a year, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)
Bayside

‘Frank Skala Way’ to honor the life of local activist

The name of the late Frank Skala will be emblazoned over Bell Boulevard and 40th Avenue this summer pending City Council approval. Comments (1)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Service to be suspended on No. 7, J and A lines due to storm

Queens prepared for the loss of all above ground subway service, including the No. 7, the J and the A, at 4 a.m. Tuesday as the winter storm bore down on the borough and the rest of the city. Comment
Flushing

Elderly Flushing pedestrian dies after being struck by tow truck

An 81-year-old woman, who was hit by a driver of the same age, has died as result of her injuries, police said. Comment
Willets Point

Protestors fight for affordable housing in Willets Point

Former Councilman Hiram Monserrate and Elmhurst community leaders gathered in Willets Point to demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio honor the original Willets Point redevelopment Plan that guaranteed affordable housing. Comments (5)
Woodside

Woodside man shoots estranged wife: NYPD

A retired city correction officer from Woodside is awaiting charges and arraignment in the shooting of his estranged wife Sunday night, the Queens district attorney’s office said Monday. Comment
College Point

Police searching for suspects in College Point robbery

Police were searching for two men suspected of robbery in College Point. Comments (3)
Flushing

Delta to fly quieter aircraft into LaGuardia

An initiative announced by Delta Airlines is taking aim at airplane noise over Queens, not by switching the trajectory for take-offs and landings but by swapping out raucous equipment with aircraft which are quieter. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Man convicted of killing Far Rock officer in 2015

The man charged with killing NYPD Detective Randolph Holder in October 2015 was convicted in New York State Supreme Court this week, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Comment

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway mom charged after school finds drugs in son’s bag

A Far Rockaway mother is facing prison time after sending her son to school with heroin, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comments (2)

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