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Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

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Video shows firefighters caught in a violent blast as five-alarm fire destroys row of Sunnyside shops

Twelve people, including seven firefighters, were injured after flames ripped through a row of stores on Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside early Thursday morning, according to the FDNY. Comment
A newly formed coalition of over a dozen local organizations were joined by community leaders and local elected officials Monday urging Mayor de Blasio to honor the original Willets Point redevelopment Plan that guaranteed affordable housing. Comment
Police continued their search for two men who stole cash and jewelry after burglarizing 11 homes throughout northeast Queens — stealing, in one instance, more than $400,000 in loot. Comments (4)
Astoria’s Beans & Lager will host a musical charity event Saturday, Dec. 15, with all the proceeds going to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds for cancer research. Comment
Flushing

‘Faces of The 7 Train’ photography exhibition canceled by Flushing Public Library

“Faces of The 7 Train,” the much-awaited street photography exhibit, has been canceled by the Queens Public Library citing privacy concerns. Comment
BAYSIDE — Police were investigating the death of a man who was found dead after a fire broke out in his Bayside home Thursday night. Comment
Business

Economic development boss defends Amazon HQ2 deal during City Council grilling

The deal that the state and city struck with Amazon to build its HQ2 campus in Long Island City came under intense scrutiny at City Hall on Wednesday in the first of three oversight hearings. Comment
Elmhurst Hospital has been recognized for its leadership in heart attack and stroke prevention on Dec. 7. Comment
As the Winter Meetings progressed, rumors began circulating that the Yankees and Mets were discussing a potential three-team trade with the Marlins that would send Noah Syndergaard to the Yankees, JT Realmuto to the Mets and prospects — or possibly Miguel Andujar — to Miami. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Police sources confirmed Wednesday that a 15-year-old boy is now in custody on assault and weapons possession charges after slashing a fellow student at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside on Tuesday morning — and causing a 2 1/2 hour lockdown of the campus that alarmed students, parents and staff alike Comments (24)
Police were investigating the death of a woman who was found after an apartment fire in Flushing Tuesday night. Comment
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. Comments (2)
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. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

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. Comments (2)
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. Comments (2)
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

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