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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Flushing

Municipal Lot 3 affordable housing plan in early planning stages

The city Department of Housing Preservation and Development said a plan to build affordable housing units in Municipal Parking Lot 3 in Flushing is currently in the early planning and predevelopment stages. Comments (1)
Shake Shack, the burger joint with a cult-like following, is coming to the Queens Center mall. Construction is underway at the former location of Urban Outfitters, on the ground floor, at the corner of 59th Avenue and 92nd Street in Elmhurst. Comments (1)
Flushing

Bowne House visitor center plan under way

The long-awaited visitor’s center for the historic Bowne House in Flushing is currently in its design phase, according to the city Department of Parks and Recreation. Comment
Government

Law to regulate clothing receptacles included in omnibus bill

Included in the state Legislature’s omnibus bill that passed in both chambers at the end of the session was legislation introduced by Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) to work against the proliferation of used clothing receptacles provided by fake charities. Comments (2)
Bayside

Dozo tennis ace Xieng heads to Harvard

Sabrina Xieng, like many young kids, grew up saying she wanted to study at Harvard, never thinking she would actually get the chance. Comment

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Howard Beach

Two Sandy bills will help recovery funds

Two state legislative bills related to Hurricane Sandy recovery funds, sponsored by Queens elected officials, should help New Yorkers across the state who were devastated by the 2012 superstorm. Comment
Woodhaven

Woodhaven library graduates its first pre-K class

Woodhaven’s library saluted the youngsters who graduated from its first pre-K class last week. Comments (1)
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) has put together an impressive array of potential employers for his fifth annual jobs fair this Thursday, July 9, at the Queens Center mall. The event is scheduled to take place at the Food Court from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comment

Monday, July 6, 2015

Although Community Board 7 recently approved a 20-year lease for the NYPD’s tow pound in College Point, board members were divided over the decision. Comments (2)
Jamaica

NYPD forum on police reform held

Southeast Queens residents showed up in the hundreds at the first NYPD Queens South community crime forum Monday at the High School of Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Jamaica. Comments (3)
The couple behind the Queens World Film Festival have started their fifth annual outdoor screenings in Jackson Heights and expanded for the first time to Long Island City. Comment
College Point

College Point pharmacy to pay $2.5 million for improper Medicaid billings

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a $2.5 million settlement with Trinity Homecare, a College Point-based pharmacy owned by Walgreen Co., for improper Medicaid billings. Comment
Long Island City

Artist paints pretty as a picture

When you look at any of Sharon Florin’s oil paintings, you could easily mistake them for photographs. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

Top Italian guard commits to St. John’s

Chris Mullin has stepped up the rebuilding of the St. John’s roster. Comments (2)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Bayside

Four Queens community leaders awarded with Senate Liberty Medal

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented the Senate’s Liberty Medal to four community leaders from northeast Queens on Monday, each of whom he nominated for the recognition, which the legislature reserves as one of its highest civilian honors. Comments (1)
Astoria

DOT starts corridor safety improvements on 21st Street in Astoria

The city Department of Transportation has begun construction on a redesign of 21st Street, a dangerous 2-mile long stretch of roadway in Astoria that often resembles a speedway. There have been five fatalities and 19 pedestrians injured along the street between 2009 and 2013, according to DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, who joined elected officials and community leaders at the spotlast Friday. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway nursing home nightmare: AG

Three Far Rockaway nursing home employees were arrested and arraigned last week on neglect and abuse-related charges before Judge John Zoll in Queens Criminal Court, the state attorney general said. Comments (2)
Sunnyside

Tiny You closing original Sunnyside location to focus on LIC

An upscale children’s clothing boutique in Sunnyside is closing its doors at the end of July. Tiny You, which opened at 46-21 Skillman Ave. five years ago, was the last shop of its type in the neighborhood. Comment
Letters

No life terms for judges

Poor Ted Cruz. The Canadian-born senator of Texas and just one of the slew of Republican presidential candidates is apoplectic at the very thought that the United States Supreme Court majority voted that marriage between two people of the same sex is now legal in all 50 states. In his overwhelming grief he then made a statement that struck home and that I have long advocated. Comments (3)
Block Shots

St. John’s fresh start can really get going now

St. John’s fans will need programs to identify the guys in the Red Storm uniforms next season and that’s a good thing. Comment

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Bayside

Army Corps presents Fort Totten lead remediation options to public

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a public meeting Tuesday to unveil options for remediation of soil containing traces of lead in a small area of Fort Totten behind the baseball field. Comments (1)
Ridgewood

Fox TV show films in Ridgewood

For a few days this week, Ridgewood was Gotham City. The Fox television show “Gotham” filmed in Ridgewood this week, according to city notices posted around Palmetto Street and Onderdonk Avenue. The show filmed in the area earlier this year under the Seneca Avenue train station. Comment
Executive Assistant District Attorney Jesse Sligh from the Queens District Attorney’s office spoke to residents in Flushing last month about plans to develop stronger laws protecting seniors’ rights and resources for domestic violence victims. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights is ready for its close-up

For nearly 50 years, documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman has captured the drama of the everyday by simply flicking on his camera. Comment
Political Action

Catsimatidis Honored at County Dinner

The newly created Queens County Republican Organization, led by new chairman, former Congressman Robert Turner, held its first county fund-raising dinner. Comment
Letters

Let NYC welcome young travelers

Beds and Bars is a leading operator of backpacker hostels. Since establishing the first of six hostels in London back in 1997, we have accommodated millions of young travelers. In 2014 alone, we sold over one million bed nights across Europe. Comments (2)

Friday, July 3, 2015

The first phase of a project to redevelop Frank Golden Park in College Point for a Gaelic football club in Queens, the construction of a synthetic-turf playing field, will start this summer when construction of a synthetic-turf playing field begins. Comment
The Ravenswood Houses in Astoria figured prominently in a scathing report by the city comptroller’s office in an audit released last week. It showed the New York City Housing Authority keeps apartments off the rent rolls for an average of seven years while doing major repairs costing the city more than $8 million in lost rent. Comment
Flushing

Girl found dead in Queens College soccer field area: NYPD

A 10-year-old girl found unconscious in the soccer field area of Queens College in Flushing Monday afternoon died, the NYPD said. Comment
Education

Hindus continues push for Diwali school holiday

The Hindu community is planning to continue its efforts to get Diwali, the festival of lights, recognized as a school holiday by the city, despite feeling ignored after the recent recognitions of Muslim and southeast Asian holidays. Comments (2)
Music

Kids and teens spend their summer finding their inner ‘Rocker’

More and more children from Queens are finding their inner rocker, and with their first public debut during the fireworks event at Fort Totten on Wednesday, kids and teens enrolled in a Whitestone-based musical performance camp got a chance to show off their ever-developing skills. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights celebrates historical LGBT win

The morning after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages were a constitutional right, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) set up a small celebration with rainbow-sprinkled cupcakes Saturday outside of the Jackson Heights post office on 37th Avenue. Comment
After the Port Authority’s announcement at the end of May that LaGuardia Gateway Partners will lead the $3.6 billion renovation of LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B, black and Latino leaders are repeating calls for more minority- and women-owned businesses to be given contracts. Comment
Howard Beach

Queens GOP awards Catsimatidis, unifies party

The Queens GOP honored John Catsimatidis last week for his work in creating a unified front for the party. Comment
Astoria

Museum of the Moving Image screens Robin Williams’ last film

The Museum of the Moving Image has in its collection at least two items connected to Robin Williams: the Mork costume he wore in the television series “Mork and Mindy” and the rubberized mask he used in the movie “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Comment
Opinion

Let freedom ring

Even before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right, Queens had planned a candlelight vigil this week to mark the 25th anniversary of gay bartender Julio Rivera’s murder. Comments (2)
New Voices

Bringing family-friendly nightlife to Flushing

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is aiming to bring family-friendly nightlife to Flushing while celebrating the small businesses that have made the neighborhood flourish. Comments (1)
Opinion

Uniformed officers need pension equality

Everyday police officers and firefighters rush to respond to 911 calls, racing toward danger to protect us. When firefighters go into a burning building, or cops tackle an active shooter, they do so without a moment’s hesitation, despite the clear risks to their own lives and health. As a city, we should be recognizing and honoring this immense commitment by ensuring that when someone is hurt in the line of duty, they are taken care of. Comment
Baseball

Celebrating the borough’s best in baseball

There were no titles brought home to Queens this season despite the borough producing some of the city’s top talent. Comment
Jamaica

S. Jamaica teenager reported missing

JAMAICA—The NYPD was seeking the public’s assistance in locating 14-year old Carvens Richard. He was last seen, June 24 at approximately 2 p.m. at his residence, 119-25 145th St. in South Jamaica. Comment

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Surrounded by family and friends who filled the courtroom, former southeast Queens state Sen. Malcolm Smith sat with his head bowed Thursday as a federal judge sentenced him to seven years in prison and two years of parole on bribery and fraud charges. Comment
Over 70 Jackson Heights residents joined LGBTQ activists and City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) for a candlelight vigil Wednesday to mark the 25th anniversary of Julio Rivera’s brutal anti-gay murder. The solemn crowd, that included Rivera’s brother and sister, gathered at the southwest corner of 78th Street and 37th Avenue that bears Rivera’s name. Comment
Well over a thousand members of Astoria’s Greek community rallied at Athens Square Park on 30th Avenue Wednesday evening in support of their homeland. Greece has been plunged into near chaos since it became the first developed nation to miss a repayment deadline to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday, cutting its financial lifelines. Comments (2)
Flushing

Kids, parents attend free carnival in Flushing

Nearly 1,200 children and parents from Flushing and other parts of Queens attended a carnival hosted for children by state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) Tuesday morning after PS 120 students were banned from a school carnival back in May. Comment
In an effort to soften opposition by members of Community Board 4 to a DOT redesign plan for 111th Street, in Corona, City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) hosted a town hall meeting at the New York Hall of Science Tuesday. Comment
Maspeth

Newtown Creek aeration facility approved, DEP agrees to allow for public space

The City Council has approved the city Department of Environmental Protection’s application to construct its second of three water aeration facilities on Newtown Creek. Comment
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has allocated $200,000 for countdown clocks to be installed at ten bus stops in the borough. The clocks would give people waiting for buses the exact time that the bus will take to get to a specific stop. Comment
Opinion

Superheroes to the rescue — of America!

Superman helped America find its fighting spirit. Captain America did his white male, square-jawed, hetero-normative bit, too. But it was the next generation of superheroes—the mutants—who made us the more tolerant, more feminist, more mutli-culti America that we are today—and maybe even gave us gay marriage. Comment
Letters

Celebrating a new school holiday

Denoting Lunar New Year as a public school holiday was a welcome and wonderful decision by Mayor de Blasio, and sends a message of inclusivity in a city that has historically attracted and embraced cultures from across the globe. Comments (1)
St. Albans

St. Albans Gulf gas station burglarized: NYPD

ST. ALBANS — The Gulf gas station at 79-10 Springfield Blvd. on the border of St. Albans and Laurelton was burglarized at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday, according to the NYPD. Comment

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Former southeast Queens state Sen. Malcolm Smith was sentenced to 84 months in prison on bribery and fraud charges Thursday while former Queens Republican Party Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone got 42 months for bribery, fraud and witness tampering in federal court in White Plains. Comments (2)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Police from the 114th Precinct were searching for a man who robbed an Astoria bank in a wheelchair. The suspect entered the Santander Bank, located at 37-10 Broadway, Monday around 2 p.m. and passed a note to the teller demanding cash, police said. Comments (1)
Economy

One-year leases for Queens’ stabilized apts frozen

In a boon for Queens’ 135,000 rent-stabilized tenants, the city Rent Guidelines Board voted Monday to freeze rents for one-year leases. It was the first time in 46 years that a freeze had been approved for the 1 million rent-regulated apartments in the five boroughs. Comments (2)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Rochdale Village

Man shot to death in Rochdale Village

A Jamaica resident was fatally shot Sunday night near 166th Place in Rochdale, according to police. Comment
Woodhaven

Arson blamed in fire at Woodhaven church’s community center

A fire briefly lit a church’s community center in Woodhaven on Monday morning, according to police. Comments (1)

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