Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Groups encourage people to shred documents

Queens residents concerned about being scammed brought their private documents, old tax papers and medical records to three separate events throughout the borough to shred them in an attempt to thwart perpetrators of identity theft. Comments (1)
Dining Out

Queens Dinner Club serves up the borough in a moveable feast

Have you ever gone to a restaurant, and wanted to try more than just two or three dishes? Comment

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Corona getting 162 new pre-K seats: Fariña

Corona is receiving more than 100 new pre-K seats as the second round of admissions kicked off, with nearly 70 percent of borough applicants having received their top choice in the first round, City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Tuesday. Comments (2)
The Play’s the Thing

Community actors do it for the love of theater

“You Can’t Take It With You,” the hit comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, opens in Forest Hills in a little more than two weeks. Comment

Police look for man who followed woman into her Astoria building

ASTORIA - Police from the 114th Precinct were looking for a man who followed a 21-year-old woman into her building’s lobby and tried to push his way into her apartment early Tuesday morning, according to the NYPD. The suspect was unsuccessful and fled the building in the vicinity of Broadway and 36th Street, police say. Comment

Monday, May 9, 2016


Vallone announces new animal shelter for Queens

Politicians and animal rights activists gathered at Alley Pond Environmental Center to welcome funding for the first animal shelter in Queens. Comments (4)
Long Island City

Aggressive policing has burglary rate tumbling in the 108th Precinct

Aggressive police work is paying off in the 108th Precinct, according to its commanding officer. Comment
Forest Hills

Jackson Heights man indicted for killing girlfriend’s dog: DA

A Jackson Heights man has been indicted by a Queens grand jury on charges of killing his girlfriend’s dog. Comment

Battery powered: Budding Ferreira, Paulino have Lewis thriving

Diana Ferreira isn’t shaking her head at Yenifer Paulino any more. She’s nodding in agreement instead. Comment

JamaicaFlux brings artistic changes to downtown’s business core

Flux is defined as either one continuous change or an extended series of changes. Comments (2)

Overdose of oversight

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal creating the New York State Design and Construction Corporation to provide oversight for all Metropolitan Transportation Authority capital projects worth $50 million or more is redundant. Comments (1)

F train rider accused of public lewdness: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police were seeking the public’s assistance identifying an individual in connection to a public lewdness incident that occurred within the 108th Precinct aboard a southbound F train at the Northern Boulevard station. Comments (3)

Sunday, May 8, 2016


How the Democratic presidential candidates courted the black vote in Queens

Southeast Queens residents, community leaders and activists weighed in on how the two Democratic presidential candidates courted the black vote at an event hosted by state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) last weekend. Comments (3)

Student builds bonds between Boy Scouts and children with Down syndrome through sports

A student at Holy Cross High School has joined forces with a group of teens and adults with Down syndrome to organize a partnership between them and his Boy Scout troop, a teaming that has benefited both groups. Comment

Mural unveiled at pedestrian tunnel

Politicians and members of the northeast Queens community gathered for the unveiling of a mural spanning the length of a pedestrian tunnel at 88th Road and Cross Island Parkway. Comments (2)

Maloney delivers books to area schools to encourage literacy

U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Astoria) delivered more than 250 new books to several District 30 schools Monday in an effort to boost literacy and a love of reading. Maloney partnered with Zone 126, an organization that focuses on building a cradle-to-career pipeline for children in Queens, who requested these books on behalf of the schools with which they work. Comment

Community Board 11 holds monthly meeting

At Community Board 11’s monthly meeting at MS 158, what began as a discussion about the expansion of St. Anastasia School turned into a proverbial dumpster fire when the question of how that expansion would affect the placement of the school’s garbage bins was addresed.The debate at Monday’s meeting was centered onwhether or not the new location of the bins would cause a “quality-of-life issue,”with garbage pickups taking place too close to neighboring residences.. The final status of the bins is to bedecided on by the Department of Sanitation Comments (3)
Long Island City

Pulaski Bridge Bikeway finally opens connecting Long Island City with Brooklyn

It took the city’s Department of Transportation nearly four years but they completed the Pulaski Bridge Bikeway in time for the Five BoroBike Tour Sunday. More than 32,000 cyclists rode the dedicated and fully protected two-way bike path on the 0.6 mile span across Newtown Creek connecting Long Island City and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Comment

Animals have area to relieve themselves at JFK

Service animals that travel through John F. Kennedy International Airport can now breathe a sigh of relief should they need to relieve themselves. Comments (1)

What a relief: Knights hold off St. Francis Prep

It was a decision Holy Cross coach Steve Adams hoped wouldn’t come back to haunt his team as he sent pitcher Stephen Castro to the mound to close out the game against St. Francis Prep. Comment
New Voices

May Day celebration focuses on worker rights

Sunday, in a show of cross-cultural solidarity, approximately 50 Hispanic and South Asian workers rallied at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights on International Workers Day, to call attention to labor abuses and other harassment they face from employers. Comments (2)

City streets can be safe places

Mujeres en Movimiento is a collective of almost 150 members, primarily immigrant Latina women. We are women who jumped the fence years ago in search of the American dream. We used to think that the American dream was having a big house, earning money, having a car. Now we know that it is something else. It is speaking freely amongst ourselves about the things that affect us; it is feeling that we have a right to our communities and neighborhoods. Comments (4)

Man dies in motorcycle crash on Belt Parkway

LAURELTON — A 22-year-old man died Monday morning as a result of a fatal motorcycle crash, police said. Comment

Saturday, May 7, 2016


Parks Dept. agrees to lock Sean’s Place playground at night

For years residents on 38th Street in Astoria have been complaining of unsafe conditions at Sean’s Place playground due to broken bottles, drug paraphernalia and used condoms left by overnight trespassers. After “intense discussions” with elected officials, the Parks Department has begun locking the gate each night at 9 p.m. and returning to open the playground before 6 a.m. Comment

Avella calls out realtors at cease and desist hearing

At a Department of State hearing for the reinstatement of cease-and-desist zones, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) found the meeting inundated with real estate agents—38 of them, according to an April 29 press release. The result was what he called a “hijacking” to prevent homeowners from once again being able to opt-out of solicitations. Comments (4)

Osprey nest at Udalls Cove park is torched

Udalls Cove Preservation Committee is offering a reward for information about the burning of an osprey’s nest in the park. Comments (3)

Boro electeds support study on link between plane noise and health

The Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus is backing a bill that calls for a study of the effects airplane noise has on people’s health. Comments (3)

Police investigate possible hate crime in Astoria

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes unit is investigating a possible bias attack that occurred in Astoria last Wednesday. Comments (3)

Candidates claim Suozzi signatures are invalid

Several Democratic candidates vying to replace Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) in the 3rd Congressional District asserted that some of the signatures collected by Tom Suozzi’s campaign to qualify for the ballot should be viewed as invalid by the state Board of Elections, but the Suozzi campaign countered that his opponents were playing politics. Comment

Molloy’s Anthony embracing big recruiting stage

Cole Anthony is enjoying his first real taste of the big-time high school AAU basketball that he’s craved for so long. Comment
Political Action

For democracy to thrive, the conventions must be orderly

We have heard, at least until the results of Tuesday's Indiana primary, about a possible contested Republican convention with Sen. Ted Cruz and some members of the Republican establishment seeking to prevent Donald Trump from getting their party’s nomination for president. Comment

All New Yorkers need access to health care

Queens has been severely impacted by our nation’s health care crisis. As of 2014, 332,000 people—14 percent of Queens residents—were still uninsured. Within the last decade, five hospitals (Mary Immaculate, Parkway, Peninsula, St. John’s and Victoria Memorial) have closed. With these closings, 1,054 hospital beds have been lost, as well as over 1,000 jobs. Hospital crowding is severe. Comment
Richmond Hill

Man wanted for threatening victim with knife on train: NYPD

RICHMOND HILL — Police were searching for a man who allegedly menaced a 46-year-old man on a Queens-bound E train in Richmond Hill. Comment

Friday, May 6, 2016


Alliance has ideas to improve city’s Flushing West proposal

The Flushing Rezoning Community Alliance has presented a series of recommendations from its white paper on the Flushing West rezoning proposal, including more senior centers, more 7 train service and extra subway entrances. Comments (2)
Willets Point

Avella gets award for efforts to help Willets Pt. businesses

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) received an award from the Property Rights Foundation of America for his fight against eminent domain in Willets Point. Comment

Borough’s LGBT community upset that Chick-fil-A is moving in

Members of the borough’s LGBT community are upset that Chick-fil-A will open its first restaurant in Queens this fall. The Atlanta-based chain with a history of anti-LGBT activism will open a location in the food court of Queens Center mall at 90-15 Queens Blvd. Comments (4)
Block Shots

Droesch takes rightful place with CHSAA greats

Clare Droesch still remembers being a grammar school kid in Rockaway, dreaming of being a star at Christ the King. Comment

Want to live large? Start thinking small

Most people moving to the Upper West Side don’t expect to live in a mansion with a pool in the back. But neither are they jonesing to live in an apartment the size of a 2001 Honda Accord. Comment

We’ve been Trumped

What started as a joke for many people has left no one laughing. Well, except maybe Queens native Donald Trump. Comments (1)

Have we already forgotten the victims of 9/11?

As has been reported lately, a number of monuments dedicated to the heroes and those who died on 9/11, are in disrepair and some have been vandalized. There is much disrepair and decay with these sites. Comment

Suspect wanted for grand larcenies: NYPD

WHITESTONE—Police were looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a grand larceny pattern in Whitestone. Comment

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Queens Village

NYPD remembers fallen officer one year later

A crowd of NYPD officers clad in dress blues gathered at the corner of 212th Street and 104th Road to remember Detective Brian Moore, who was shot and killed at the intersection one year earlier. Comment
Queens Village

De Blasio and Bratton visit Queens Village to discuss new precinct for Southeast Queens

Community leaders in Southeast Queens were rewarded for their 40-year effort to secure a much-needed police precinct. Not only did the city commit $70 million in the Capital Plan for a new state-of-the-art station house, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton visited the 105th Precinct in Queens Village Tuesday to tell them all about it. Comment

Boro electeds divided over bill proposing grocery bag fee

A City Council bill mandating a minimum 5-cent fee for grocery bags has divided Comments (6)

St. Luke’s Church sells part of property to pay off $3M debt

St. Luke’s Church in Whitestone sold a portion of the parish property located across from its school, St. Luke’s School, to pay off its $3 million debt. Comments (2)

Halloran appeal shot down

Former Bayside City Councilman Dan Halloran, serving time for corruption charges, lost an appeal to have his sentence reduced on April 28. Comments (4)

Taste attendees sample Queens cuisine

About 60 restaurants, breweries and businesses set up shop at the 14th annual Queens Taste event held at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Wednesday evening. Hundreds of attendees sampled bites and beverages offered by eateries from throughout the borough. Comment

Fairway in Douglaston to stay open despite bankruptcy

It will still be business as usual for Fairway Market after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday. According to the grocery store chain’s corporate office, all stores are to remain open, including the location in Douglaston. Comments (2)

Prince fans in southeast Queens celebrate the late pop legend

About 50 southeast Queens fans paid tribute to pop legend Prince at an intimate celebration hosted by state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) over the weekend. Comments (2)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton came to Queens Village Tuesday to discuss plans for the new 116th Precinct with community leaders and elected officials. Comment

Israel endorses Stern in 3rd Congressional district Democratic primary

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) endorsed Suffolk County legislator Steve Stern as his replacement for the 3rd Congressional District, which includes Little Neck, Whitestone, Glen Oaks and Floral Park. Comment

Monday, May 2, 2016


Animals have area to relieve themselves at JFK

Service animals that travel through John F. Kennedy Airport can breathe a sigh of relief should they need to relieve themselves. Comments (1)

How Bernie Sanders lost the New York city black vote

At an event examining how the two Democratic presidential candidates courted the black vote, state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) said U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had the “best platform” but that there were some steps he could have taken to win the black vote in the New York city primary. Comment

Saturday, April 30, 2016


Man found slashed in front of Flushing supermarket: NYPD

A suspect was arrested in the slashing of a 26-year-old man in front of a Flushing supermarket Friday night, the NYPD said. Comments (3)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Long Island City

Bike path opens on Pulaski Bridge from LIC to Greenpoint

The city’s Department of Transportation officially opened the long-awaited Pulaski Bridge bikeway Friday connecting Long Island City and Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Cyclists now have a dedicated and fully protected two-way path separated from the pedestrian walkway on the 0.6 mile span across Newtown Creek. Comments (3)



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