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Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

The search continues for the suspect who slashed a student at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside on Tuesday morning — and caused a 2 1/2 hour lockdown of the campus that alarmed students, parents and staff alike. Comments (2)
Flushing

Flushing lawmaker debunks rumor of homeless shelter coming to a neighborhood hotel

Rumors that the city plans on opening a homeless shelter at the Parc Hotel in Flushing are greatly exaggerated, according to City Councilman Peter Koo. Comment
Lieutenant Colonel Justin Constantine, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, was the guest speaker at the Queens College Disabled Veterans Awareness Program last week in Flushing. Comment
The city Economic Development Corporation will consider a long-advocated expansion into waterways along the transit deserts of northeast Queens, City Councilman Paul Vallone announced Monday. Comment
The Winter Solstice is fast approaching, so once Dec. 21 rolls around you can start looking forward to brighter days ahead and the emergence of spring. Comment

Katz calls on Amazon to front cost of BQX streetcar and other mass transit expansions in Queens

With Amazon heading to Long Island City to establish part of its second headquarters (HQ2), Borough President Melinda Katz said last week that the trillion-dollar corporation should pay for the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) and other transit improvements in the neighborhood. Comments (1)
Construction has started on the Academy of American Studies’ new home which will be right across the street from its current location at 28-04 41st Ave., Long Island City. Comment

Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) unveiled its plan for its first-ever simulation training sites in Harlem and Jamaica for child welfare workers last week, according to the city agency. Comment
Glendale

Cops catch alleged serial Glendale burglar after he pawned off stolen items at Ridgewood shop

Selling stolen jewelry at a local pawn shop proved to be a big mistake for an alleged burglar from Glendale accused of taking loot from several area homes over the last six weeks, prosecutors said. Comments (1)
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that New Yorkers will soon see a dramatic expansion in Citi Bike across the city. The number of new bikes and biking docs to come to Queens has yet to be determined. Comment
Two Queens officers were honored Dec. 4 at the ASPCA’s fourth annual Appreciation Luncheon for their service to help fight animal cruelty in their communities. Comment
Astoria

Kaufman Astoria Studios VP Tracy Capune elected president of QEDC’s board of directors

Kaufman Astoria Studios Vice President Tracy Capune, a veteran urban planner and economic development consultant, was elected president of the Queens Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors. Comment
Astoria

Greater Astoria Historical Society launches $20,000 campaign to move to new space

By the end of 2018, the Greater Astoria Historical Society (GAHS) will have to move from its current location at 35-20 Broadway. Comment
Ridgewood

Opposition to Amazon HQ2 grows at Ridgewood community space

Ridgewood-based Woodbine began organizing opposition to Amazon’s decision to land a headquarters in Long Island City’s Anable Basin with a meeting at their community space in Ridgewood on Nov. 30. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018

Mailbox fishers have been running rampant in the 111th Precinct and local police are warning residents against using the blue United States Postal Service (USPS) mailboxes to send checks or cash. Comments (3)
Woodhaven

Woodhaven BID looking toward future with new appointment

Raquel Oliveras of Downtown Manhattan was chosen to be the new executive director of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, according to an announcement made by the BID last week. Comments (2)
What would an artless Queens look like? Comment
City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and the Queens Chamber of Commerce will be co-hosting a Building Bridges for Small Businesses symposium to help teach small businesses how to respond to summonses from city agencies. Comments (2)
A free transportation option for Queens seniors is set to return. Comments (1)
Flushing

‘Faces of the 7 Train’ exhibition set to open at Flushing public library

Candid shots of New York City subway riders on the 7 train will be displayed at the Queens Public Library Flushing branch on Dec. 14. Comments (1)
Government

Queens City Council members outraged over reported firing of OEM Commissioner Joe Esposito

Seven members of the Queens delegation to the City Council signed a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday expressing their strong support for Joe Esposito, the outgoing commissioner of the city’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018

While cops are classifying a recent beating of a Bukharian teen — and other violent incidents — as gang-related rather than bigoted, a number of Forest Hills residents insist that the episodes are, in fact, driven by anti-Semitism. Comments (4)
Members of the NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Medical Staff Society recently gave a generous donation of $5,000 to a Brooklyn-based organization that supports and inspires teen mothers. Comments (2)
Astoria

Simotas urges Cuomo to sign Sexual Assault Bill of Rights legislation

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign her Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights legislation after the state’s attorney general reached settlements with seven New York City hospitals that illegally billed at least 200 rape survivors for forensic rape examinations. Comments (1)

DOT receives more than $2M to fix Woodhaven Boulevard overpass and repave southwest Queens roads

Standing with Department of Transportation officials at the foot of the Woodhaven Boulevard overpass above Atlantic Avenue on Friday, City Councilman Eric Ulrich announced that he’s providing $2.125 million in city funds toward repaving streets around his district. Comment
Elmhurst

Elmhurst bar patron bashes man in the head with a bottle during a dispute: NYPD

Police were searching for a suspect who allegedly smashed a bottle on a man’s head at an Elmhurst bar and cut him last month. Comment
Starting Jan. 5, 2019, Flushing Town Hall will partner with curator Bert Chau of the Grumpy Bert gallery for the Red Envelope Show in honor of the 2019 Lunar New Year and Flushing Town Hall’s 40th anniversary. Comment
Work has finally begun on a new soccer field in Astoria Park. Comment
A Maspeth man was among seven individuals arrested by federal agents on Dec. 5 for alleged involvement in a heroin distribution ring that operated in Williamsburg and surrounding communities. Comments (1)
While the Yankees were the first New York baseball team to make a big move this offseason, the Mets have made a splash of their own, acquiring former All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano and All-Star closer Edwin Diaz from the Mariners Monday in exchange for Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak, plus former first-round draft picks Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn and reliever Gerson Bautista. Comment

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