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Friday, March 23, 2018


New park will be great victory for Sunnyside and Woodside: Van Bramer

The city is moving forward with plans to acquire a one-acre parcel of land in Sunnyside Gardens that was abandoned in the mid-’80s and repurpose the private site as public park space, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced Monday. Comment

Gianaris urges Albany to act on gun violence with longer background checks

In the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) says it time for action and is calling on Senate Republicans to support inclusion of his Effective Background Checks Act in the 2018-19 New York State Budget. Comment

Astoria girl, 7, on life support after choking incident: NYPD

A 7-year-old girl living in the Marine Terrace Apartments in Astoria is in critical condition after a choking incident while she was playing a prank on her mother, authorities said. Comment
UniverSoul Circus is celebrating its 25th anniversary with another tour through the Tri-State area. Comment
A five-alarm fire at the Royal Waste Services waste management facility in Jamaica required approximately 20 hours and 200 firefighters to put out last week, according to the FDNY. Comment
The co-founder of the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City was among the hundreds of borough business and cultural leaders who trekked to Albany Tuesday to take part in the second annual Queens Day for a chance to mingle with lawmakers while showcasing the products of more than 50 food and beverage purveyors. Comment

Man gunned down at Elmhurst market: NYPD

A 31-year-old man was shot and killed inside an Elmhurst bodega Thursday night. Comment

Making it right

Kudos to the NYPD for reversing its decision on the posting of armed officers in three public high schools in Queens. Comment
Amed Rosario got his first taste of life in the big leagues last season. Now, he’s looking to take the next step in his career and become a consistent contributor for the Mets in 2018. Comment
New Voices

Policy of separating children spurs ACLU lawsuit

A controversial practice by Immigration Customs Enforcement made national headlines as the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the agency for separating mothers and children detained at the border in a policy the ACLU has panned as having “no legitimate purpose.” Comment
Manager David Czegedi is turning Ben’s Kosher Deli in Bayside into a dinner theatre with “Latkes and Laughs.” Comment

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The city Parks Department will utilize New York’s fourth Nor’easter as a day of free winter fun in the city’s former greenspaces that have been blanketed in snow following Winter Storm Toby. Comments (1)

Constantinides supports Ramos in her Senate challenge against Peralta

There was a time when City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) was a supporter of state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). Comments (2)
Parents and students were shaken up after Forest Hills High School was put into a soft lockdown last week following a hoax gun threat. Comments (1)
The City Council plans to launch a probe into the real estate venture formerly run by White House adviser Jared Kushner that allegedly falsified documents on rent stabilized tenants in three Astoria buildings as well as numerous other locations around the city. Comments (1)
A recent report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli claims the Long Island Rail Road had the worst on-time performance in nearly two decades in 2017. Comments (1)
The public took turns lashing out against a homeless shelter slated for Blissville at a public hearing on week by the city Department of Homeless Services at St. Rafael’s church. Comments (1)

Gotti grandson gets five more years in prison

John Gotti, the 24-year-old grandson of the notorious Gambino crime boss, received five additional years last week— this time in federal prison — tacked onto his current eight-year sentence in connection with his role in a 2012 arson he helped to commit to assist an already convicted Bonnano family capo Vincent Asaro, 82, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

The flip side of post-traumatic stress disorder

For some but not all, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Comments (1)
“Yeah, I got issues... one of them is how bad I need you...” Comments (1)
The St. John’s baseball team dropped its third consecutive game, falling to Fairfield 2-1 Tuesday afternoon at Jack Kaiser Stadium in Queens. Comments (1)
Queens is alive with the sound of music, so come hear the music play... when Broadway takes Queens Theatre by storm this weekend. Comments (1)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Suozzi backs Vallone resolution to reduce helicopter noise

U.S. Rep Tom Suozzi (D-Little Neck) has backed a city resolution to amend a route allowing helicopters to fly low over northeast Queens, specifically Whitestone, for the health and environmental impact it has on the residents along the shore. Comments (6)
Astoria’s elected officials and community leaders have been arguing since October that the MTA’s massive renovation project that completely closed the 30th and 36th Avenue stations on the N and W stations violated federal law for not upgrading accessibility with elevators. Comments (2)
Queens Hospital Center is expecting over $1 million in state-of-the-art equipment from a capital projects request it made to Borough President Melinda Katz and members of the Queens City Council delegation. The hospital wants to use the money to better service its growing patient population and their needs. Comment

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


NYC public schools canceled ahead of Winter Storm Toby

The city Department of Education announced all school activities will be called off Wednesday due to inclement weather. Comment

Demolition work begins on historic Astoria house

Demolition work began on a house once belonging to a family of classical music legends and contemporaries of the Steinway family after a drawn-out effort to save the unofficial landmark. Comments (4)

Stavisky, Koo call for expansion of specialized test program

State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) have called for the continued expansion of Specialized High School Admissions Test preparation programs to help diversify the city’s specialized high schools. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Mosque construction site vandalized in Queens Village: NYPD

The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating a possible bias incident that took place at a construction site where a mosque is being built in Queens Village. Comment

New York Conservative Party looks for election success

The New York State Conservative Party was formed in 1962 and it has had a significant impact on the political way things have been run across the state, with some success closer to Queens. Comment

Praise for the Zucker Hillside Hospital

I would like to praise the Zucker Hillside Hospital for all they do in the mental health field to help the many in need. Comments (1)


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