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Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Long Island City

Long Island City community calls for strip joint to be shuttered

For more than half a decade, elected officials and community leaders have demanded the closure of Show Palace, an adult nightclub beneath the Queensboro Bridge on 21st Street in Long Island City. Comment

Some eastern Queens children fall behind: Report

The Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York’s new report revealed Flushing has the highest share of children without health insurance in the city. Comment
Howard Beach

Addabbo bill addresses Select Bus Service flaws

Citing economic hardships for businesses that have lost significant customer parking spaces from Elmhurst to the Rockaways to the newly-implemented Select Bus Service program, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) introduced legislation to require the city to provide alternative parking spaces to make up for those that disappear as a result of the SBS or other municipal capital projects. Comment

Lancman’s fare evasion bill passes unanimously

Councilman Rory Lancman’s (D-Hillcrest) fare evasion bill passed unanimously in the City Council this week. Comment

Remember what the holidays are really about

As we begin another holiday season, the pace of life changes from one of normalcy to that of abnormalcy, with shopping malls becoming jammed with frenzied shoppers looking for all those wonderful items for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017


Brooklyn break-in suspect caught on doorbell cam: DA Brown

A Brooklyn man caught on security footage attempting to break into a Bayside home was convicted last week and possibly faces up to seven years behind bars, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment
Long Island City

Charter School Fair draws hundreds

Despite frigid temperatures and a snowfall, 400 parents and students went to the first-ever Charter Middle and High School Fair Saturday, which featured two Queens’ charter schools among the 40 at the event held at 555 Broome St. in Manhattan. Comment
Investigators believe rage over a parking spot set the stage for a Far Rockway man to be accused of killing his friend when he drove his car into a crowd of onlookers, injuring five people, police said. Comments (3)

Queensboro Symphony Orchestra debuts Christmas concert in Whitestone

The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra has expanded its venue to include a series of concerts at Moakyang Presbyterian Church in Whitestone. “Classical Christmas” marks the debut the series on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. Comment

Photos: This week in Queens

Scenes from around the borough this holiday season: shopping for artisinal goods at the Queens Museum; lights and a Radio City moment in Jamaica; and the Corona-East Elmhurst neighborhood stopped to remember a favorite daughter, the late Borough President Helen Marshall. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017


Corona woman dodges bungled Port Authority blast

Veronica Chavez from Corona was one of the three victims who made it out of the Port Authority bombing alive Monday and said the experience conjured another traumatic memory: 9/11, according to a news report. Comment
State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) joined campus administrators Monday for the dedication of the new Student One-Stop Welcome Center at Queensborough Community College. Comment

Latina vocalist from the block – in Elmhurst – takes NYC music scene by storm

Since embarking on her rocky, but awesome journey to fame, a dynamic vocalist from Queens has always kept it real, never forgetting her roots. Comment
Jamaica Estates

All wired up for Christmas

When is over-the-top not nearly enough? When it some to Christmas lights, that’s when. Comment
High Heat

Yankees have reclaimed New York, but Mets not too far behind

At the beginning of the 2017 season, this column questioned whether New York City had become a Mets town. It was a logical question to ask, given the Mets success in 2015 and 2016 while the Yankees were clearly a step behind. Comments (1)

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Fresh Meadows

Two arrested in murder of rapper Chinx in 2015

Two Long Island men have been charged in the 2015 fatal shooting of rapper Chinx and wounding of his friend in Briarwood, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

January death of 5-year-old boy ruled a homicide: NYPD

Police deemed the Jan. 22 death of 5-year-old Michael Guzman from Jamaica a homicide Thursday, according to the NYPD. Comment

Corona human trafficking survivor honored with national award

A Corona woman who survived a harrowing ordeal at the hands of human traffickers was honored with a prestigious national award for her international advocacy on behalf of other women trapped in the world of sex slavery. Shandra Woworuntu, 41, was named the 2017 L’Oreal Paris Woman of Worth National Honoree at a star-studded ceremony at Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel last week for founding the Astoria-based Mentari USA, a non-profit which has helped hundreds of victims reintegrate into society by offering them resources, education and mentoring. Comment

Former Congressman donates personal papers to Queens College

Former Queens congressman and Queens College ‘65 alum Gary Ackerman announced he will be donating 12 boxes of artifacts detailing his more than 30 years in public office to his CUNY alma mater located in Flushing. Comment

Meng urges changes to data on race for 2020 Census drive

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) is urging the Office of Management and Budget to revise its data collection standards for a more accurate 2020 Census. Comments (7)

Hyndman fears attack could hurt boro Bengalis

Terrorism, education and mental patients were some of the issues on the agenda for the last Community Board 13 meeting of 2017 Monday night in Bellerose. Comments (2)

Former Bayside teacher pleads guilty to attempting to pay minor for sex: DA

A former Bayside substitute teacher has pleaded guilty to attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl into performing oral sex in exchange for $500 in an undercover police sting, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Queens pols claim IDC, Avella will never cooperate with mainline Dems in coalition

City and state elected officials spoke out at a forum in Fresh Meadows last week against the Independent Democratic Committee, claiming the breakaway Democrats had no interest in actually forming a coalition with the mainline party. Comment

Rosenthal preps for first term in Albany

Just 26 years old, the newly elected state Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing) announced Tuesday he will jump right into tackling issues plaguing his community by joining five committees in the 2018 legislative session. He will join the Aging, Insurance, the Labor, Real Property Taxation and Social Services committees. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens Consort to bring Baroque Period to life

The baroque period – from around 1600 to 1750 – was an interesting time. Comments (1)

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Overcoming hate

The pipe bomb that exploded in a heavily traveled passenger tunnel under the Port Authority Bus Terminal was several miles away from Queens, but the fallout could be felt in the cancellation of subway service in lines that connect the borough to Manhattan. Comments (1)

Bobby Valentine, Brandon Nimmo make their pitch to support IABF in Brooklyn

Imagine a great Sunday Italian feast, only this time with 100 members of your extended family and at the helm sits the incomparable Bobby Valentine. For those in attendance last week at Carmine’s in Brooklyn, this epic gathering was a reality, led by the former New York Mets manager in support of the Italian American Baseball Foundation. Comment

Two stabbed, one slashed in knife robberies in Jamaica: NYPD

Police were on the lookout for three male suspects armed with knives who may be responsible for a robbery, a slashing, and two stabbings in Jamaica, according to the NYPD. Comments (3)



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