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Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

Long Island City

Long Island City Partnership launches effort to lure New York’s life-sciences campus to booming neighborhood

The unprecedented growth of Long Island City could include a multimillion-dollar life-sciences campus and the neighborhood’s development organization is aiming to make that happen. Comment
Corona

Espinal gets nod from Democrats to run in special election to fill Moya’s Assembly seat

As expected, lifelong Corona resident Ari Espinal will run as the Democratic Party’s candidate in the April 24 special election to fill former state Assemblyman Francisco Moya’s seat that became vacant after he was elected to the City Council in November. Comment

Queens-born teen among Parkland shooting victims

A Queens native was among the high school students killed during a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. last week. At age 14, Alyssa Alhadeff was one of the youngest victims and the first to be laid to rest after Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly opened fire with his AR-15 at his former school, leaving 17 dead and 15 injured. Comment
College Point

Spa Castle fined for child labor violation

A controversial spa in College Point is in trouble once again. Comment
Politics

Van Bramer announces he will seek office of borough president when City Council term expires

When three-quarters of the City Council gets term-limited out of office in 2021, many political leaders will be looking for new opportunities in public service. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) will be among them and he has already set in motion his plan of action, announcing last week that he will run for Queens Borough President, as current Borough President Melinda Katz is also term-limited and considering a run for mayor. Comment
Anti-choice protesters who allegedly harassed women who approached the Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica between 2012 and 2017, were in federal court in Brooklyn for the past two weeks, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood said. Comment
East Elmhurst

Crowley hosts Black History Month event in East Elmhurst

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) hosted his 19th annual Black History Month celebration at Bruno’s on the Boulevard in East Elmhurst Tuesday night. Comment
QueensLine

No. 7 train adds cars, push to make Long Island a state and more in February 1950

Its February 1950 and the No. 7 Train is adding new cars. The maroon cars with wide beige strips above and below windows will help glamorize the Flushing Line. Cooling fans and heat will be governed by thermostats sensitive to car temperature changes, including shifts brought about by an increase or decrease of passengers. Comment
Event

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Astoria

George Kaufman, who transformed large section of Astoria, dead at 89

George Kaufman, a Manhattan real estate developer who acquired the old Astoria Studios in 1982 that helped bring a renaissance to an entire neighborhood in the process, died Tuesday at age 89. Comment
Middle Village

Pols support ‘Malcolm X’ student at Christ the King rally

Activists and elected officials are not letting Christ the King High School off the hook after a black student was told he could not use the name “Malcolm X” on a school sweater. Comment
Astoria

Generators come to Astoria Houses as Council members call for state intervention on NYCHA

Astoria Houses received new rooftop generators for surge protection from storms on Feb. 14 purchased with FEMA funds awarded to NYCHA following Superstorm Sandy in 2012, which affected up 60,000 residents living in homes managed by the city agency. Comment
Sunnyside

Sunnyside property manager who displayed Nazi imagery in condo lobby ousted

The property manager of a Sunnyside condominium who became the focus of multiple state and city investigations after he was accused of intimidating and harassing residents has resigned from the condominium’s board of managers in a settlement the city’s Commission on Human Rights announced last Friday. Comment
Politics

Democratic insider mounts primary challenge against Assemblyman Brian Barnwell

Woodside resident Melissa Sklarz announced Tuesday she will mount a primary challenge against state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) in September. Comment
The Lunar New Year parade in Flushing is so big, it takes more than an hour and a half for all the groups to march by — from dignitaries to church and civic groups to tae kwon do classes. Everyone gets a moment in the sun — or the moon. Comment
St. Albans

Department of Education allocates $32.6 billion budget for 2018-2019

Community education council leaders, School District 29’s budget director and its deputy superintendent were at Lorraine Hansberry Elementary School (PS 118) last week at 190-20 109th Road in St. Albans to discuss the $32.5 billion 2018-2019 fiscal budget for New York City’s 1.1 million students, as well as pensions for teachers. Comment
Flushing

Flushing pols push census preparation bill

Elected officials gathered in Flushing last week demanding action on a census preparation bill. Comment
Crime

Corona man convicted in JFK theft of John Legend’s luggage: DA

A Corona man has been convicted for stealing singer John Legend’s luggage from JFK last March, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Is a college education a waste of money?

Do you remember what you learned in college? Does anyone? Comment
Bayside

Hold politicans accountable for gun violence

There are no words to express the horror and shock over the killings and injuries sustained by those at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Valentine’s Day. Wonderful people, most of them children, were victims of this act of terror. The lives of the families of the victims and the community at large are forever changed by this terrible event. Comment
Dance

Young choreographers selected to show works at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

Despite an always-changing world and the addictive draw of technology and social media, something as important as the arts should never be cast aside or forgotten. But behind the scenes, it seems that keeping the arts alive and relevant has been an ongoing challenge for creators, choreographers, artistic directors and producers, despite their best efforts – especially these days, with rising rents, a shortage of studio space, and changing audiences. Comment
Cardozo basketball coach Ron Naclerio knew that before he could begin to think about winning his fourth NYC PSAL Basketball Championship, his team would have to accomplish their goal of capturing the 2018 PSAL Queens Borough Championship. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

Courts

Lancman praises landmark court decision on excessive bail

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is praising a landmark decision that determined that judges should consider a defendant’s ability to pay before setting bail. Comment
Health

After young girl’s death, Peralta urges residents to get flu shots

The city’s health department confirmed that an 8-year-old LeFrak City girl’s death last week was flu related, but it was unclear if Amely Baez had received a flu shot. Comment
Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) reintroduced a bill to City Hall which will mandate an animal shelter be built in Queens as part of the advocacy work he began in 2016 to bring relief to overburdened receiving centers and reduce euthanasia. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Astoria’s elected officials said they believe the MTA is tone deaf to the community’s needs during a rally in opposition to the $22 million plan to reconstruct the Ditmars Boulevard subway station last Thursday. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Jamaica, Ridgewood sites assessed for environmental contaminants

Residents in Jamaica and Ridgewood were invited to comment on Brownfield Cleanup Programs in their area, the state Department of Environmental Conservation says. Comment
Bayside

AG investigation convicts Queens construction companies of ripping off employees

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the conviction of three Queens construction companies after they pleaded guilty to misclassifying employees as independent contractors to avoid paying overtime. Comment

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