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Friday, March 16, 2018


Activists rejoice as Community Board 4 votes against proposal for Target, housing structure in Elmhurst

Developers at a site in Elmhurst may not be getting the zoning change they need for a 13-story housing complex and Target location if Community Board 4 and anti-gentrification groups have the final say. Comments (1)

Afrikan Poetry Theatre seeks funding after devastating blaze

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre may be down a building for the moment due to an electrical fire, but do not count out the Jamaica cultural arts center just yet. Comment

DSS Commissioner addresses homeless crisis in Queens

City council members throughout Queens were at Borough Hall in Kew Gardens Monday to learn more about the homeless crisis in the county and the city from the Department of Social Services Commissioner Steve Banks , Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

Queens DA’s office probes death of dog aboard LaGuardia-bound United Airlines flight

The Queens District Attorney’s office is looking into the death of a dog on a LaGuardia Airport-bound United Airlines flight to see if animal cruelty charges are warranted. Comment
College Point

Repairs to MacNeil Park Seawall underway

Long-awaited repairs to College Point’s MacNeil Park Seawall have finally begun. Comments (1)

Flushing’s World Journalism Preparatory School students join national protest

In wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., hundreds of students at the World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing joined the national protests on the issue of gun violence Wednesday and conducted an optional walkout at exactly 10 a.m. Comment

Better pay can help bring true police reform

True police reform cannot be done with policies alone; it takes great police officers, too. Comment

MTA augments LIRR service for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

The MTA announced service changes to commuter and subways lines in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations happening across the city. Comment

‘Sure-Fire’ tells tale of New York City con-man

Keep your eyes peeled for this hilarious, upcoming crime comedy feature, “Sure-Fire.” Comment

Film frenzy

It’s that time of the year again. Comment

David Wright can still help the Mets

Could this finally be the end for David Wright? Comment

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Students returned to class at Forest Hills High School following a soft lockdown Thursday morning, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)
Thousands of students at high schools across Queens joined a national 17-minute walkout protesting inaction from government officials on gun control in response to the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla. that killed 14 teenagers and three adults. Comments (2)

Simotas bill would help struggling Astoria businesses hit by subway station shutdowns

As Astoria restaurants and stores continue to reel financially due to subway station closures on the N/W line, state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) introduced legislation to give tax relief to any New York small business that experiences significant loss or dislocation from a state or local infrastructure project. Comment

Flushing ranks as most seller friendly neighborhood in NYC: Report

Three Queens neighborhoods — Flushing, Woodhaven and Kew Garden Hills — dominated the top 10 list of seller friendly markets in the city, according to a new study from StreetEasy. Comments (4)
After the Whitestone community raised concerns about soil contamination, elected officials and local leaders met with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and developers of the Whitestone Waterpointe project to discuss the future of the venture moving forward. Comment
Jackson Heights

Crowley visits Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights to discuss gun control issues with students

A day before they took part in the national walkout to protest congressional inaction on gun violence at schools, students at the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights held a roundtable discussion with U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights). Comment

Elder Care Expo raises awareness for key issues

Community News Group’s Elder Care Expo at Queens College Sunday drew sponsors from a full spectrum of business and organizations to inform families of the best options for the well-being of loved ones entering their golden years. Comment

An open letter to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota

We write today to bring to your attention the problems posed by a proposed revision to the “Freedom Ticket” plan that would significantly limit the plan’s effectiveness by preventing commuters from using Freedom Tickets to travel to and from Penn Station. Comment

‘Beau Jest’ brings romantic comedy to life at Theatre by the Bay

Theatre by the Bay is celebrating its 15th anniversary in style with its production, “Beau Jest.” Comment

Dickie Chapelle sacrificed her life in the name of journalism

Born Georgette Louise Meyer on March 14, 1919 in Milwaukee, Wis., Dickey Chapelle was a trailblazing female photojournalist who covered war zones the world over, from the Pacific Theater in World War II to the anti-Communist uprising in Hungary and finally the Vietnam War. Chapelle was killed in combat in Chu Lai, Vietnam, on Nov. 4, 1965. She lived in Queens during her marriage to fellow photojournalist Tony Chapelle. Comment

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Borough residents urged to ‘wait’ before doing laundry, flushing toilets during rain storms

The city has asked Queens residents to reduce their water use during rainstorms in an effort to cut down on pollution in Newtown Creek, Bowery Bay, Flushing Creek and Flushing Bay. This is a first-in-the nation undertaking. Comments (3)
The borough’s tourism industry received a boost when travel guide publisher Lonely Planet named Queens the No. 1 tourist destination in the United States in 2015 and legislation is making its way through Albany to provide funding that would further promote the brand. Comments (2)

Constantinides proposes affordable housing for seniors in place of parking lot

The need for senior affordable housing in Astoria is so great that City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) is willing to give up one of the neighborhood’s most precious resources: a public parking lot. Comment

Queens Library to eliminate plastic bags throughout the borough

The Queens Public Library System will stop offering plastic bags to readers at all 63 of its branches throughout the borough on June 30, according to its Chief Executive Officer Dennis Walcott. Comment

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Queens electeds voice disapproval for revised ‘Freedom Ticket’ proposal

Elected officials are calling for the MTA to backtrack on a revision to the Freedom Ticket proposal, a reduced rate for LIRR commuters at select south Queens stations, to include both Atlantic Terminal and Penn Station as a final destination. Comments (2)

City launches increased enforcement of ‘block the box’ violations at a dozen Queens intersections

The NYPD has stepped up enforcement at a dozen of the borough’s busiest intersections as part of a citywide crackdown on motorists who block the box, which was launched Monday during an announcement from Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights photographer will recreate father’s famous photo and pay tribute to the borough’s ethnic diversity

One of the most celebrated photographs in New York City history will be recreated here in Queens this spring. Comment
Public transit advocacy group Riders Alliance launched a campaign for straphangers to hold Gov. Andrew Cuomo responsible for the state of the city’s subways, which continue to suffer a high number of delays from antiquated infrastructure. Comments (1)


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