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Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Long Island City

Queens lawmaker drafts legislation curbing insider dealing in real estate after reports of Amazon employees buying LIC condos

A Queens lawmaker who has been out front in his opposition to the state and city deal that will bring Amazon to Long Island City since it was announced Nov. 13, is acting on reports that some employees of the e-commerce giant had inside information to buy condominiums in the neighborhood before the deal was announced. Comment
In kicking off Computer Science Education Week, Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced Monday that approximately 134,000 students received Computer Science Education at 359 city schools from 2017 to 2018. Comment
Flushing City Councilman Peter Koo’s bill to suspend alternate side parking on Lunar New Year’s Eve — one of the most important cultural days of the year for Asian-Americans — was unanimously approved by the City Council. Comment

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 (21)
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 (2)
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. Comments (1)
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)

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