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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Long Island City

New comedy club opens in Long Island City

Long Island City

New comedy club opens in Long Island City

The laughter is back on Vernon Boulevard. A new comedy club called The Standing Room quietly opened in late June at the former home of The Laughing Devil. Comment
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, after nearly two years of delays, has announced Sept. 13 as the opening date of the new station that will permit the No.7 train to travel all the way from Flushing to Manhattan’s far west side. Comments (34)
Bayside

Escape room games come to Bayside

Bayside is now home to a new game that has grown in popularity in Manhattan in the past few years: the escape room. Comment
Since the legislative session finished at the end of June, Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has raised more than $160,000 for the July filing period. Comment

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jamaica

Russell Simmons brings peace and yoga to youth

Hollis-raised hip-hop business magnate Russell Simmons returned to Queens last week to join community leaders and police officers at the annual Keep the Peace initiative Comment
The city Department of Probation brought attention to both gun violence and domestic violence at a street fair last week. Comment
Jamaica

Jamaica developers bring jobs to local biz

As downtown Jamaica development projects increase so do opportunities. Comment
Bayside

Bayside teen shatters Powerlifting records

Baysider Andrew Spyridon-Tow, 17, broke the teenage world record for deadlifting during the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate meet in Strong Island, L.I., earlier this month. Spyridon-Tow lifted 550 pounds on his third of three deadlift attempts. Comment
Crime

City firefighter charged with drunk driving: NYPD

FLUSHING—An off-duty firefighter was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in the 109th Precinct area, the NYPD said. Comment
Letters

A tip of his hat to the late, great Omar Sharif

We saw his star at its rising in the Middle East, and today we remember the excellence of his artistic performances in such memorable films as “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), “Doctor Zhivago” (1965) and my favorite, “Funny Girl” (1968): Omar Sharif (1932-2015). Comment

Monday, July 27, 2015

Queens Village

The 105th Precinct gets more cops

The head of the 105th Precinct, Inspector Michael Coyle, spoke with church and community leaders at Bethel Ministries Church on Jamaica Avenue last week, addressing the upcoming changes at the precinct. Comments (1)
Politics

Bill targeting bad salons, worker exploitation passed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into a law a bill last week that would shut down unlicensed nail salons and grant trainee status to vulnerable unlicensed workers. Comments (1)
Bayside Hills

BP Katz announces support for City Council candidate Barry Grodenchik

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, along with other female political leaders, Tuesday announced her endorsement of former Flushing Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin at a brief event in Bayside Hills. Comments (4)
The long-neglected Diving Pool in Astoria Park will undergo reconstruction next spring and be transformed into a public music and arts amphitheater, according to the city Parks Department. The 32-foot Arte Moderne diving platform that towers over the largest public swimming pool in the city was closed in the early ‘80s and sat deteriorating ever since with plant life growing in stagnant water at the bottom. Comments (6)
Bayside

Former Cross receiver Bah settling in at Grand Street

Ahmed Bah has another place to call home. Comment
Flushing High School allegedly enrolled 150 students in online courses to meet its 60 percent graduation rate goal, according to a published report. Comments (5)
Flushing

NYPD is searching for suspect in connection with burglaries

FLUSHING—Police were looking for a suspect behind burglaries in the 109th Precinct area in June and July. Comment
Letters

Limit the carriages

I belong to several save-the-animal organizations. I have to admit that when I first read about the street accidents occurring to horses and carriages in Manhattan with manhole electrocution and carriage collisions, I felt that a time for change had come. Comment

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Queens Village

Boro remembers Eric Garner

Queens Village

Boro remembers Eric Garner

A Queens Village community memoriam for Eric Garner, who died from a police chokehold last year, was held at the New Greater Bethel Ministries bookstore on Jamaica Avenue to discuss the impact of his death on the area and the new NYPD neighborhood policing efforts that are gradually taking place across the borough. Comments (1)
Queens elected officials and veterans groups praised a new veteran designation on the municipal ID card announced by the city last week as a good first step in addressing problems that veterans face. Comment
Basketball

Charles is named WNBA All-Star

One of Christ the King’s greatest players was voted among the WNBA’s brightest stars. Comment
Flushing

Lincoln Center brings the show to Queens

If you cannot make it to Lincoln Center this summer, you are in luck as Manhattan’s premier performing arts facility is heading to Queens — sort of. Comment
The Civic Scene

Small businesses in Queens need help to survive

At the Queens Civic Congress, Inc. general meeting in the Union Nursing Home June 16, it agreed to help sponsor a forum July 29 to discuss the Small Business Survival Act. This act was introduced in the City Council in June 2014. The act is stalled in the Committee on Small Business without the support of the speaker or the mayor. Comments (2)
Letters

Cutout governor symbolizes subway snafus

I really appreciate the very creative idea the Riders Alliance had for focusing attention on the insufficient service provided to 7 train customers like myself. They took the governor—or a life-size cardboard cutout of him since he wouldn’t show up—for a ride on the 7 train. It was appropriate because the MTA has been taking 7 train customers for a ride without bothering to show up for quite a while. Comments (1)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Jamaica

Starbucks to start brewing in downtown Jamaica

Starbucks will open its first branch in Jamaica during the first half of 2016. Comments (6)
Flushing

Boys Club in Flushing addresses summer decline in youth literacy

The Boys Club of New York, 133-01 41st Road in Flushing, is spending the summer working with children who have been struggling with reading, fighting what many educators call the “summer slide.” Comments (5)
Block Shots

Landing Heron could help lure Alkins to Red Storm

Bringing Rawle Alkins to St. John’s is going to be a white-knuckle recruiting battle with some of the nation’s top programs and destinations. It makes landing Alkins’ Rens travel ball teammate Mustapha Heron that much more important. Comment
Kew Gardens

Five Queens campuses get $5million

Kew Gardens

Five Queens campuses get $5million

City University of New York colleges across the borough will receive an estimated $5 million this fiscal year from the borough president’s discretionary funds to support capital projects at CUNY campuses. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Can you hear him now? Hopefully not

Today I write about civility and cell phones. I practice one but don’t have the other. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Who’s running the ship when they run for president?

I’ve been worried recently about New Jersey and Wisconsin. These states elected governors a few years ago and they probably expected that a big job like running a state would be more than a full-time job. But instead, their chief executives are running around the country auditioning for a new job while their constituents get to scratch their heads and wonder who is minding the ship. Comments (1)
Letters

Taking a positive step against racism

The removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Capitol is a positive step against racism, despite the fact that it was removed because of public pressure and shame rather than the desire of many Southerners who still waxed nostalgic over it. It was a symbol of an ignominious period in American history. Its sight for enlightened whites and especially blacks was a reminder of a harsh period which is best forgotten. It is to be placed in a museum as an historic relic, which should have occurred when the Civil War ended. Comments (2)

Friday, July 24, 2015

The sign above the entrance to the offices of Urban Upbound says “Need a job?” It’s a question the non-profit organization has been asking residents of the Astoria Houses for more than a decade as it provides residents of public housing with the tools and resources needed to achieve economic mobility and self sufficiency, and to break the cycle of poverty. Comment
Eight candidates have now filed petitions to with the city Board of Elections for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat, with three hopefuls leading the pack in the amount of funds raised. Comment
Queens Village

The seriously comical debate for District 23

Queens Village

The seriously comical debate for District 23

The candidate debate for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin was going to be a regular debate session organized by different Queens Village community organizations until Michael Foubister, a new candidate for District 23, showed up Tuesday night. Comments (3)
Concerns about the NYPD’s plans to lease a tow pound in College Point were raised by Community Board 7 Chairman Eugene Kelty at a land-use hearing hosted by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. Comment
Key Food and Stop & Shop are acquiring 11 Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company grocery stores in Queens after A&P filed for bankruptcy. Comment
Howard Beach

City Council speeds up Sandy recovery process

Howard Beach

City Council speeds up Sandy recovery process

The City Council approved a text amendment on special zoning rules to accelerate rebuilding of Sandy-damaged residences in areas within flood zones in the Rockaways, south Queens, south Brooklyn and Staten Island. Comment
A Queens man and renowned jeweler to several national celebrities, Aron Aranbayev, 40, died at Jamaica Hospital Monday from injuries he sustained when he was struck by a vehicle the night before, police said. Comment
Middle Village

Alkins prepping for big decisions

Rawle Alkins is quickly learning what a headache having to pick both a prep school and college can be. Comment
Flushing

First District 25 Bike Ride held in Kissena Park

About 25 Queens residents joined state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) for the inaugural District 25 Bike Ride late Monday morning to discover ways to improve biking paths. Comment
Corona

New hotel opens in Corona

Corona

New hotel opens in Corona

A brand new 90-room hotel opened in Corona Friday just a short walk from Citi Field, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the USTA Tennis Center, home of the US Open. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill folk singer’s career rows along

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill folk singer’s career rows along

Jessica Rowboat’s sound has been described as hauntingly beautiful. And her voice is gentle and fluid, like a rowboat gliding down a flowing river. Comment
Bayside Hills

The Jacksons come to Queens on 50th anniversary tour

The remaining members of the Jackson 5—Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon Jackson—are making a stop in Queens on their 50th-anniversary tour. The concert will take place Aug. 30, one day after what would have been Michael Jackson’s 57th birthday. Comment
Opinion

The Donald vs. diversity

It’s time for full disclosure: Donald Trump is a son of Queens. The scion of a second-generation German and an immigrant mother from Scotland, the Donald grew up in Jamaica Estates in what would eventually become known as the World’s Borough. Comments (3)
Opinion

‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ is a revelation

This week, our columnist checks out a non-date movie. Comment
Letters

Cardboard Cuomo explains riders digust with subway

The cardboard cutout of “Governor Mario And His Entourage Wait For The 7 Train” and accompanying article “Faux Cuomo rides the rails to protest 7 track conditions” (July 17) both clearly illustrated the lack of state financial commitment to public transportation. Comment

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The billionaire for-hire car service Uber came to an agreement Wednesday under which the City Council will postpone a vote on capping the number of its drivers this year. Comments (3)
Transit

Members of Congress push for stricter aircraft noise controls

The three members of Congress’ Quiet Skies Caucus from Queens are pushing for tougher aircraft noise controls amid growing concern over the health of residents living near major U.S. airports. Comments (3)
Long Island City

LIC BID expansion plan announced

Long Island City

LIC BID expansion plan announced

The Long Island City Business Improvement District announced its proposed expansion plan this week that would create a new sub-district along Vernon Boulevard, Jackson Avenue and 44th Drive. Comments (1)
A “potentially crippling” strike by 1,200 airport workers was averted just hours before the picket lines were to form at Kennedy and LaGuardia Wednesday. Comment
The Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City will be the first of five public housing developments citywide that will receive free high-speed Internet service under a $10-million pilot project, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week. Comments (3)
Jamaica

Hindus want prayer room at JFK

The Hindu community is calling on the Port Authority to create a designated prayer room at JFK Airport in response to the airport’s large number of Hindu employees and passengers. Comments (2)
One of the smallest parks in the borough is about to get an expensive makeover. Comments (1)
The Cole Bros Circus will be making things funny in Belmont Park when it performs Friday through Sunday. Show times on Friday are at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., whereas Saturday and Sunday have extra opportunities with three shows each day at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Comments (3)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Queens Village

Elderly Queens Village woman found dead

Police were investigating the suspicious death over the weekend of a 94-year-old Queens Village woman, who lived with her son. Comment
Kew Gardens

Power outages hit the borough during heat wave

An estimated 12 Queens neighborhoods have been affected by power outages and downed wires since the Monday evening heat wave according to the latest update on the Con Edison power outage map. Comment
Bayside Hills

BP Katz announces support for City Council candidate Barry Grodenchik

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, along with other female political leaders, Tuesday announced her endorsement for former Flushing Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin in a brief event in Bayside Hills. Comments (11)

Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

Eight candidates have now filed petitions with the city Board of Elections to run for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat, with three hopefuls leading the pack in the amount of funds raised. Comments (1)

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Transit

Members of Congress recommend stricter controls on aircraft noise

The three members of Congress’ Quiet Skies Caucus from Queens are pushing for tougher aircraft noise controls amid growing concern over the health of residents living near major U.S. airports. Comment

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