Ethel Katz has already told her story of survival more times than she could ever remember, but her eyes still filled with tears when she was asked once again to share her memories of living through the Holocaust. Comments (2).
With more people falling below the poverty level in Queens, the unemployment rate remaining high and the sluggish economy showing little signs of a turnaround, New York City’s food bank is worried proposed cuts to the national food stamp program could have a devastating impact on the borough’s poor. Comment.
Four officers, including three who were struck by a suspect’s car as they tried to make an arrest in August, were given a stirring round of applause last week as they were honored at the 105th Precinct’s community council meeting. Comment.
City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) invited representatives from a number of city agencies to Richmond Hill last week to hear residents’ concerns and help them find the most effective ways to find satisfying resolutions to their complaints. Comment.
Community Education Council District 25 will be hosting the 2012 Parent Empowerment Summit in Nov. 17, where parents can get information about taking an active role in their child’s education. Comments (19).
It was a celebration of accomplishments for the hundreds of onlookers getting their first glimpse at the new patient pavilion at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside — but for the 97 guests of honor, it was a first look at their new home. Comment.
Several Sikhs and elected officials in Queens are throwing their support behind a petition urging the NYPD to reform its dress code to allow Sikh employees to wear turbans and beards in accordance with their religious faith. Comments (1).
Young people from southeast Queens exploring their academic options got a visit, and plenty of advice, from city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott at a college fair in the St. Albans Congregational Church Saturday. Comment.
A 50-year old South Ozone Park man may find 15 years a bitter pill to swallow after he allegedly passed himself off as a Harvard grad with intentions of opening a medical facility in order to steal the identities of six doctors and cash in on their lines of credit, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment.
JAMAICA — Passengers aboard TAM Flight 8078 from Rio de Janeiro got the scare of their lives as their plane prepared to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport last Thursday, the New York Post reported. Comment.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement Friday his office and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Division would be looking into a police detective’s shooting of an unarmed Corona man who was pulled over on the Grand Central Parkway for a traffic stop. Comments (2).
Community members are cautiously optimistic that the security situation — or, rather, the lack of security situation — at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Campus in Bellerose is going to improve after meeting with the head of the state’s Office of Mental Health last week. Comment.
The 54-year-old man who admitted to using his position as a Little League coach at Rochdale Village to sexually abuse his young players was sentenced to 18 years in jail last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced. Comment.
LaGuardia Community College is expanding its library to include a new, technologically-advanced second floor and nearly double the student seating, thanks in part to a $6 million donation from Borough President Helen Marshall. Comment.
The commissioner of Major League Soccer met with the Queens press corps Friday morning to discuss the outfit’s plans to build a 25,000-seat stadium on city-owned land in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (1).
Four Queens nonprofits will receive a share of more than $16 million the state attorney general’s office has set aside this year to assist homeowners in avoiding foreclosure, though it was not certain whether the grants would allow the groups to expand their services or simply compensate for other sources of funding that have run dry. Comment.
Michael Feiner, president of the Bayside Hills Civic Association, said he has never seen more people line up to say goodbye to a loved one than he had for Joe Lupo, of Flushing, who died suddenly last month of heart complications. Comment.
Tensions ran high at a town hall meeting in Forest Hills last Thursday, where city Department of Environmental Protection officials offered little hope to people who say rainstorms are flooding their homes and businesses — sometimes with sewage. Comments (1).
A group opposing the city and federal government over construction of a College Point garbage facility near LaGuardia Airport has a policy of keeping its donors anonymous, leading some community members to question who is driving the media blitz about bird strikes. Comments (1).
With the 105th Precinct experiencing a surge in burglaries, authorities are warning neighbors to be on the lookout for two sets of suspects operating on opposite ends of the command’s territory. Comment.
With slightly more than one month before the November general elections, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) are ratcheting up endorsements by major city players as they continue to campaign for the Senate seat in the 15th District. Comment.
The owner of the crumbling RKO Keith’s Theatre in downtown Flushing still owes more than $380,000 in unpaid back taxes and entered into a payment plan earlier this year to prevent the city from putting a lien on the property. Comment.
Community Board 7 has been asking the city to replace a College Point road since 1987 and is wondering why it still has not been done after construction crews began the job several years ago. Comments (1).
A task force investigating a spike in horse deaths at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park last winter is calling for widespread rule changes in veterinary structure and the prohibition of certain drugs. Comment.
In the wake of charges that outgoing state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) misused taxpayer dollars, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said every nonprofit connected to an elected official should be the subject of scrutiny. Comment.
To address an ongoing issue of too many kids in the classrooms of a Whitestone school, one northeast Queens lawmaker said he worked with the city Department of Education to lower class sizes while keeping the same number of seats at the school. Comments (1).
The Capital One Bank in College Point seems to be a popular target for stick-up artists, since last month’s failed heist marked the third incident there in a year, according to police, but it did not seem to phase residents who use the lender on a regular basis. Comment.
Voters in central and northeast Queens will be choosing two members of Congress in November in newly drawn districts, one of which was carved out of the center of the borough and the other absorbed a few neighborhoods in the northeast into a district largely based in Long Island. Comment.
While longtime U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) did not have to contend with a primary contest, both will have challengers in November’s general election for their redrawn districts. Comment.
The Republican candidate for the Flushing state Assembly seat detailed his plan to clean up corruption in Albany this week, while the Democratic hopeful touted a neighborhood lawmaker as an honorary member of his campaign. Comments (2).
The NYPD was the focus of last week’s College Point Civic/Taxpayer’s Association meeting, where the commanding officer of the 109th Precinct discussed crimes committed in the area and a Manhattan inspector took questions about the department’s police academy under construction near the Whitestone Expressway. Comments (2).
Sarah Obraitis, half of the team behind the much-mourned French-Quebecois diner M. Wells, is furious over a controversy spurred after she and husband Hugue Dufor had considered adding horse meat dishes to their new spot at art institution MoMA PS1. Comments (1).
The real estate firms tapped to redevelop Willets Point held a public meeting last week to solicit input on the potential environmental impacts of the $3 billion project, and many speakers were concerned with the idea of using the borough’s park land to house a large mall. Comments (1).
A fund-raiser for Republican Astoria state Senate candidate Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio, held this weekend at a Long Island pizzeria, had a visitor in John Gotti Jr., son of the notorious Gambino crime family mob boss. Comment.
A southeast Queens environmental group with a backyard view of John F. Kennedy International Airport has successfully lobbied Port Authority officials to hear the public’s comments on a plan to extend one of the airport’s runways closer toward protected wetlands and residential neighborhoods. Comment.
The prominent lobbyist sentenced last week to three months in prison for bribing a state senator was involved in several Queens issues, and some in the borough’s political circles wonder what he told federal investigators, since court documents showed he cooperated to get a lesser sentence. Comment.
The Bayside man who threatened to set himself on fire in a Flushing garden last week is the latest associate of a Flushing state Assembly candidate to have a run-in with authorities, according to the NYPD. Comment.