Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

The Port Authority agreed to provide $55 million towards the planned AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport connecting with the Willets Point station. The money will go towards technical planning, design and the environmental review process. Comment

Neighbors ask officials to deal with abandoned Whitestone home

Whitestone residents are calling on officials to deal with an abandoned home they say has plagued the neighborhood for over a decade. Comment
Cambria Heights

Queens’ Haitians lose protected status

Cambria Heights

Queens’ Haitians lose protected status

Haitians who came to the United States under a temporary protected status because of natural disasters in their home country will have to prepare to leave the United States in the next two years or face deportation. The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that Haitians would have 18 months to make arrangements before TPS expires for them on July 22, 2019. Comment
Queens College has changed its policies regarding student groups recognition following a discrimination lawsuit filed by a pro-life group. Comment

Fighting the Tide of Fake Goods


Fighting the Tide of Fake Goods

Before there was fake news, there were fake goods. A big-time business, especially at holiday time. Comment
Guests will have an opportunity to support local artists, craftspeople, bakers, and performers at the Pop Up Shop Artist market in St. Albans—open for business three different weekends before Christmas. Comment

A Queens Blessing

The tradition at Thanksgiving has always been to pause and recognize the good turns of fortune that have come our way. In these uncertain political times, it can be easy to forget that positive things are happening in Queens despite some strong head winds from Washington. Comment

We should pardon our own turkeys

President Trump is getting his pardon pen ready, as the Mueller investigation starts indicting his associates in the Russian election probe. This week, he planned to practice on two very innocent Minnesota turkeys. Comment

Eagle Academy III drops quarterfinal contest to Brooklyn’s Eagle Academy II

A stingy Eagle II (Brooklyn) defense used penalties, turnovers, and a blustery wind to stymie the powerful Eagle III (Queens) offense during their 20-6 PSALfootball quarterfinal bowl victory at Springfield Garden High School. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017


Renovations make historic Bayside home unrecognizable

Work on the historic home formerly belonging to federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis is nearly complete with none of the original features of the classic 19th century structure remaining and complaints continuing to mount. Comments (9)
New York City families are hungrier than ever following congressional budget cuts to the food stamp program, a new report from the Food Bank of New York said. Comments (2)
Riaz Talukder, an undocumented Bengali immigrant who lives in Jamaica and was facing deportation Monday, received a six-month reprieve to reseek asylum in the United States after nearly 75 people from immigration groups came out to support him at a press conference on the steps of the Federal Building in Manhattan. Comments (3)
In a sweeping effort to free up parking space and rein in car dealerships on Northern Boulevard, NYPD’s 111th Precinct led an aggressive towing campaign against Star Nissan and Bayside Imports, both known for using public parking on neighboring residential streets for long-term storage of vehicles. Comment

Braunstein sponsors bill to reign in PD sexual misconduct

City and state officials got behind a bill introduced by Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) which will prohibit law enforcement officers from engaging sexual conduct with those in their custody after the indictments of two NYPD detectives in Brooklyn. Comments (1)
Thanks to Amazon Studios, the legendary night-lighting of the Queens Museum’s Panorama of the City of New York has brought back the world’s largest scale model featuring the famous five boroughs to its former glory. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

We’re Biden our time until Joe runs for president

Our columnist can’t wait until 2020! Comment

Thanksgiving holiday is one of America’s best

Of all major holidays, Thanksgiving Day has the least potential for being irksome, guilty of identity protectionism or driven by balkanized loyalties and passions. It’s the most inclusive of holidays. It’s not ideology-based and harbors no invidious implied comparisons with other nations, faiths or ways of life. Comments (1)

Queens College men’s hoops drops two after winning season-opener

The Queens College men’s basketball team is off to a rough start to the season, compiling a 1-2 record in their first three games. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

Seven businesses on Bell Boulevard in Bayside were hit in a rash of burglaries early Monday morning as the culprits worked their way from south to north and ended at Sterling Pharmacy, where two individuals made off with cough syrup and cash. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

Missing South Jamaica girl returns home: NYPD

SOUTH OZONE PARK — A young girl from South Jamaica who was thought to have gone missing from in front of her school in South Ozone Park Nov. 8 is back home, according to the NYPD. Comment
Far Rockaway

Build It Back career helps homeless man turn life around

After the 2012 Superstorm Sandy, Sean Perry lost his belongings, his girlfriend and his home in Far Rockaway, but despite all that his life changed for the better because of the Build It Back Workforce1 program, which helped him to move forward with his life and off the floor in his mother’s house. Comment

DiNapoli warns of ‘unplanned’ fare hikes if MTA not funded soon

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has warned that if a dedicated funding stream is not decided upon by city and state agencies, the MTA may soon be forced to impose “unplanned” fare and toll hikes. Comments (1)

Mayor allocates $8 million for NE Queens greenspace

City Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) got a big win at a town hall for Mayor Bill de Blasio when over $8 million was given to his district for park improvements. Comments (1)

Employment rates, wages rise in Queens

A new report from the U.S Department of Labor revealed that the Queens job market has contained to grow and has the second highest average wage in the city, behind Manhattan. Comment

No shame in asking for help with health care options

This year’s Affordable Care Act open enrollment period started Nov. 1. Millions of Americans will visit or the online insurance exchange run by their state to shop for 2018 health plans. Many will be confused by what they find. Comments (1)

Monday, Nov. 20, 2017


Man forced to withdraw cash from ATMs in Astoria by knife-wielding suspect: NYPD

The NYPD released surveillance footage of a man suspected of robbing a 32-year-old man at knifepoint in Astoria in early October. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Man dies in Forest Hills car collision

A 68-year-old motorist is dead following a collision in Forest Hills. Comment
Howard Beach

Addabbo wants action on drug disposal bill

For decades environmentalists have warned of the dangers of improper disposal of prescription drugs and the harm it is doing to the water supple. Late last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the roll-out of a program in which 280 locations statewide would begin accepting unused prescription drugs, but state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) believes more should be done to battle the potential safety, health and environmental hazards. Comment

Parents of slain Wyoming LGBT youth hold forum at Queens Borough Hall

Dennis and Judy Shepard, still heartbroken by the murder of their son in a 1998 Wyoming hate crime, tour the country in his honor discussing bigotry against the LGBT community. Comment

Man wanted in forcible touching incident in Flushing: Cops

Police were searching for a man suspected of forcible touching in Flushing. Comments (2)

Three suspects wanted in attempted home invasion in Hollis: NYPD

The police were on the lookout for three suspects wanted in connection with an attempted home invasion that resulted in one victim being shot in Hollis Sunday. Comments (4)

Nonprofit tech company competes for $1.5M

WeWorks, a company that provides office space to entrepreneurs, artists, startups and nonprofits, is doling out $20 million in its global initiative called The Creator Awards. Comment
East Elmhurst

Peralta launches free legal services focusing on immigration and housing

In the midst of what he calls “attacks on hardworking and immigrant families in the era of President Trump,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has launched free legal counseling services focusing on housing and immigration. Peralta secured a $50,000 state allocation to the CUNY School of Law’s Community Legal Resource Network to provide qualified attorneys and offer needed services to constituents. Comment
Chef Elvis Trenchfield scored a double first place in the second annual Chicken Soup Cook-Off held at Temple Beth Sholom in Flushing. Comments (1)



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