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Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

Rockaway Beach

Ridership on NYC Ferry much higher than anticipated: NYCEDC

In a final ridership review of its 2017 inaugural year, NYC Ferry learned it had served nearly three million passengers across all four routes currently in operation. Based on preliminary projections, the figure was 34 percent higher than expected. Comment
Transit

Cuomo floats MTA revenue fixes in budget address

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget address admitted that Fiscal Year 2019 would be a complicated one for the state in terms of closing a $4.4 billion deficit with a $168.1 billion spending plan. Comment
Government

Lancman takes over Council’s justice committee

Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is the new chairman of the Committee on the Justice System, which will oversee criminal and civil justice in New York City. Comments (1)
Long Island City

QCA will grant $465,000 to 136 artists and arts organizations

The Queens Council on the Arts, a nonprofit that supports diverse artists throughout the borough, will award $465,000 to 136 artists and art organizations at the Paper Factory Hotel on Jan. 25 during an event from 6 to 8 p.m. at 37-06 36th St., Long Island City. Comment

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

Event

Crowds reach 200,000 at second annual Women’s March on New York

Over 200,000 women, men, children and dogs marched, sang, chanted and drummed their way from West 72nd Street and Central Park West to Times Square Saturday for the second annual Women’s March on New York City, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (3)
Transit

Express service on the No. 7 train to be cut back in February, March

Express train service on the No. 7 line will be cut back for repairs to take place at the 61st Street-Woodside station for as long as a month in February and March, and Queens commuters may need more time to make it to work. Comments (1)
Queensboro Hill

New study reveals increase in heat complaints in 2018

2018 has already set a record for the most heat complaints in the city. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Dromm appointed chair of Council Finance Committee

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) was named chairman of the powerful and prestigious Committee on Finance, replacing Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, who did not seek re-election to a third term. The committee has jurisdiction to review and modify the city’s $85 billion budget and oversees fiscal policy, the comptroller’s office, the city’s Banking Commission, and the Department of Finance. Comment

City sues oil companies over climate change

New York City is taking on big oil. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the city was suing the five largest fossil fuel companies, seeking damages to help protect the city from climate change. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Homeless man found dead in Long Island City: NYPD

A 40-year-old homeless man was found dead Saturday morning in Long Island City. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018

Bayside

Divine Wisdom to shutter Bayside campus for expanded Douglaston facility

Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy in Bayside will close its doors to merge with the Douglaston campus only two miles away, a Brooklyn Diocese spokeswoman confirmed. Comment
Elmhurst

Elmhurst couple busted for unlawful conversions

An Elmhurst couple were indicted on charges that they endangered the lives of up to 15 people living in a one-bedroom house on Forley Street, which they converted into five single-room occupancies, despite a city order requiring the tenants to vacate the premises, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Tuesday. Comments (2)
Political Action

Here’s to a peaceful presidential campaign

Having a presidential election every four years has led to longer and longer presidential campaigns. Comment
Letters

Islanders’ new arena will lead to more traffic on Cross Island Parkway

I read with dismay that an 18,000-seat hockey and concert arena will be built at Belmont Park for the New York Islanders. Comments (3)

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

Government

Queens City Councilmen appointed to lead committees

Three City Council members from Queens were chosen to lead some of the most important committees in local government following the election of Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) as speaker. Comments (2)
Rockaway Beach

HPD to blame in fatal Rockaway blaze: Electeds

A fatal blaze that tore through a Rockaway Beach high-rise Friday, injuring 17 people, including nine police officers and three firefighters, was ruled accidental by the FDNY, but it could have been prevented, according to several elected officials. Comment
Bayside

Police search for two suspects in recent crime spree

Police were looking for two men responsible for a crime spree in numerous locations around the borough this month, striking most recently in Bayside. Comments (4)
Long Island City

LIC gallery features Japanese knitted dolls

Long Island City

LIC gallery features Japanese knitted dolls

The Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures is the subject of the latest exhibition at Resobox, a Japanese gallery and studio at 41-26 27th St. in Long Island City. Comment
Basketball

St. John’s women’s hoops extends winning streak to five

The St. John’s women’s basketball team continues to roll, earning its fifth straight victory by dispatching Villanova, 70-64, Sunday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena. Comment

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