Wednesday, June 29, 2016


New trash cans set up along Hillside Avenue Corridor

Streets in Jamaica, Kew Gardens and Kew Gardens Hills have received new trash cans, thanks to a new cleanup initiative from Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) and the city Department of Sanitation. Comments (2)

Vallone brings home record district budget

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) announced a budgetary victory for his district Monday after securing up to $14 million from the city budget, the Queens delegation and Borough President Melinda Katz. The record-setting funds will be used to enhance schools, parks, libraries, law enforcement and senior care, according to Vallone. Comments (3)

Meng gets $8M for cancer research in Defense Dept. appropriations bill

An amendment introduced by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) securing an additional $8 million for cancer research was passed last week. Comments (4)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Long Island City

Issues facing LIC residents and businesses discussed at annual summit

The challenges facing residents and businesses in Long Island City were discussed at length during the third annual LIC Summit at the Museum of the Moving Image Tuesday. Several panels brought together business and civic leaders as well as city and state officials, to weigh in on the changing landscape of Long Island City during the day-long event. Comment

Katz allocates $3M for CUNY institutions

Borough President Melinda Katz will be allocating $3.6 million from her discretionary funds toward projects at the four CUNY colleges in Queens. Queens College, York College, Queensborough Community College and LaGuardia Community College will receive backing for the creation of new programs and facilities. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

City Council approves legislation that would guarantee free access to tampons and pads

New York City is on the verge of becoming the first in the nation to guarantee free access to feminine hygiene products for tens of thousands of women in public schools, homeless shelters and jails. Comments (5)

Veterans of Bernie, Obama campaigns join Stavisky challenger’s staff

S.J. Jung, a community activist challenging state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) for her seat, introduced his campaign staff to the media Tuesday, which includes veterans of the presidential campaigns of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. President Barack Obama. Comment

Man sought for alleged sex crimes in Flushing: NYPD

Police were looking for a man wanted in connection with a sex crime pattern this month in Flushing. Comments (2)

Hello, Idlewild Airport; Goodbye, United Nations

Suppose you could afford your own plane and might decide to bypass the daily commute? In June 1948 Queens residents were watching with interest preparations for the official opening of the New York International Airport at Idlewild (now known as JFK Airport). On June 28 practice flights and landings began. Capt. Douglas Larsen piloted the first commercial plane to land at the new airport, a Peruvian International Airways DC-4. Comment
Ozone Park

Police seek Ozone Park robbery suspect

OZONE PARK - Police sought help in finding a man who allegedly stole a cell phone from a teenager earlier this month. Comment

Monday, June 27, 2016

Forest Hills Stadium had two new murals added to the 71th Avenue underpass beneath the LIRR right-of-way last week. Comments (1)
Opponents of a controversial proposed co-location between a public middle school and a charter high school in Queens Village celebrated the news this week that the DOE had withdrawn the plan. Comment
Forest Hills

NY Pops, AT&T host free event at Forest Hills Stadium

AT&T is sponsoring concerts for the New York Pops Orchestra’s “Kids in the Stadium” program coming to Forest Hills Stadium July 7. Comment
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks gets upgrades on flood management

Glen Oaks will soon receive an updated water and sewer infrastructure, thanks to a project on which city officials broke ground last week. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Assembly passes bill combating false caller ID information

Legislation co-sponsored by state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) giving regulators a new tool to pursue anonymous telemarketers operating in New York was passed last week in the state Assembly. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Korean Theatre Festival returns to New York

For the inaugural Korean Theatre Festival in New York 10 years ago, founder Du-Yee Chang performed an original one-man show based on one of Franz Kafka’s novels. Comment

SJU hoops duo heads to Europe to play pro ball

Danaejah Grant and Aliyyah Handford have already cemented their names in the St. John’s record books. Now, the women’s basketball duo are taking their talents to a slightly different venue, with each of them signing professional contracts to play in Europe last week. Comment

Nassau County cops arrest Bayside man for counterfeiting

NASSAU COUNTY – A Bayside man has been arrested in connection with a trademark counterfeiting operation which was discovered in New Cassel June 16, according to the Nassau County Police Department. Comments (3)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A group of three teenagers assaulted a Muslim man outside of his Queens Village mosque earlier this month as a part of a “knockout game,” according to a 14-year-old who was arrested and charged with the attack, police said. Comments (1)
College Point

Man dies after being hit by two cars on expressway: NYPD

The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad is investigating a pedestrian crash in which a 51-year-old man died after being hit by two cars on the Whitestone Expressway last week. Comments (2)

Maspeth dad becomes Girl Scout troop leader

Earlier this year, James Knapp, a Marine, decided to be a part of a different troop by trading in his dog tags for Girl Scout badges. Comment

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The NYPD said it has a person of interest in connection with the assault of a 21-year-old man by another man in College Point Park last week after it announced a reward of up to $2,500 to anyone with information on the assault. Comments (8)

Employees not on the job at 2nd Ave subway site

Despite an accelerated construction schedule to complete the Second Avenue subway’s first phase by December the 86th Street station of the massive project was deserted this past Saturday, according to a top MTA official. Comments (1)

Albany stalls traffic safety legislation

We at Transportation Alternatives are outraged that Albany lawmakers have ended the session without taking action on a number of bills related to street safety. We are profoundly dismayed by the lack of leadership and cooperation in both the Assembly and the Senate to address urgent transportation safety issues. Comments (2)

Holy Cross star Barongi shines in Empire Challenge

Holy Cross defensive end Stephen Barongi got the news in February. Comment
Richmond Hill

Man allegedly attacked, robbed dry cleaners employee: NYPD

RICHMOND HILL—The NYPD was looking for a man who allegedly attacked and stole money from a female employee at a dry cleaners in Richmond Hill earlier this month. Comment

Friday, June 24, 2016


Legislature passes mayoral control one-year extension...again

After months of protracted negotiations and uncertainty, the state Legislature voted to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control over the New York City public school system for only one year—the same length of time the city was granted the year before. Comment

Ex-Queens Library head Thomas Galante allegedly paid for dinners for NYPD officials

The city Conflicts of Interest Board is weighing penalties against two NYPD assistant chiefs and a retired transportation chief who allegedly ate at fancy restaurants paid for with the business credit card of former embattled Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante, according to a published report. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Renaming of Jackson Heights Post Office for gay rights pioneers moves forward

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Tuesday to rename the Jackson Heights Post Office in honor of Jeanne and Jules Manford, the late Flushing residents who fought for the advancement of equal rights for LGBT Americans. U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) introduced the bill while U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer introduced companion legislation in the Senate earlier this month. Comments (3)

Farmers Market returns to downtown Jamaica

Delicious and fresh food is on the menu for the Jamaica Farmers’ Market, which celebrated its opening weekend for the year last Saturday. Comments (3)
South Ozone Park

South Ozone Park street co-named in memory of teen advocate

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) held a ceremony Tuesday to commemorate the life of a teen advocate whose life was cut short by two rare illnesses. Comments (1)

DOT holds workshop for downtown Jamaica pedestrians

Community members asked for better options for pedestrians in downtown Jamaica during a public workshop Tuesday sponsored by the city Department of Transportation. Comments (1)
Details about the Independence Day celebrations in Bayside and Astoria have been announced by organizers in their communities. Comment

Boys’ Club program helps disadvantaged kids learn in summer

The Boys’ Club of New York is kicking off its Summer Superheroes Program, designed to prevent what the organization calls the “summer slide,” a period of reading loss which affects low-income students more than their more affluent counterparts. Comments (1)

All of Queens is a musical stage

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has partnered up with various organizations to provide talent for performances at various locations, kicking off with the “Only in Queens Summer Festival Sunday” at Flushing Meadows Corona Park near the Unisphere. Comments (1)

Saving the circus

The Big Apple Circus, which has delighted families at Cunningham Park and Lincoln Center for more than 30 years, is on the verge of extinction. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Thoughts of dad, and all he did

Tom cheers his father, a holocaust survivor who lost most of his family during World War II. Comments (1)

Abuse victims deserve their day in court

There is absolutely no logical reason why our politicians in Albany could not have passed that bill to end the statute of limitations for those adults who had been molested as children by pedophile priests and others. Comments (4)

Mets broadcasters team up for trivia battle

Gary Cohen and Howie Rose both grew up as New York Mets fans. Comment

Thursday, June 23, 2016

In the aftermath of the worst gun massacre in U.S. history, the father of Omar Mateen said “it had nothing to do with religion.” Mateen had gone to a gay nightclub in Orlando, murdered 49 people and injured another 53 after he saw two men kissing, Mir Seddique told NBC News. Comments (7)

Candidates face off in Dem primaries for Congress

Queens Democrats will head to the polls Tuesday for primary elections to determine the candidates who will face off against Republican opponents in this November’s general election. Comment

Candidates raise funds for congressional race

Running for Congress is not cheap, according to Federal Election Commission campaign filings submitted by candidates in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville). Comments (1)

Queens Library Archives closing temporarily

The Archives at Queens Library, located within the Central Library in Jamaica, is moving to a newly renovated space in the same building. Comment
Jamaica Hills

Traditions Pub in Jamaica Hills closed by SLA

Traditions Pub, a Jamaica Hills bar that elected officials and community leaders contend has frequently violated liquor laws and been the site of underage drinking, has been shut down by the state Liquor Authority. Comments (1)

City’s bid for taller towers blocked as legislative session comes to an end

Long Island City, and other areas of the city, has been saved from even taller and wider towers than the ones currently under construction. The de Blasio administration was thwarted in its attempt to lift the existing cap on building density as a chaotic legislative session came to a close in Albany early Saturday morning. Comment

Monserrate runs for office - yet again

Hiram Monserrate is plotting his return to politics. The disgraced former state senator is running for Democratic district leader in the Elmhurst and Corona neighborhoods, a position held by incumbent George Dixon. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Mayor holds town hall in southeast Queens

Mayor Bill de Blasio said a location for the long-awaited new police precinct in southeast Queens might be determined by the end of the summer, although he cautioned that it would likely be years before construction on the precinct was completed. Comment

Assembly passes Simotas’ rape kit bill

On the last day it was in session, the state Assembly passed a bill that would speed up the testing of rape kits and prevent future backlogs. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), mandates that rape kits are sent to a forensic laboratory for testing within 10 days and that their progress is tracked from police agencies to the lab. Comment

Say it with flowers at the Festival de las Flores

Colombia’s people are as varied as its landscape, and much like Queens’ multicultural mosaic, the country’s cultural mix makes its foods, music, dance and art diverse and unique. Comment

When tragedy strikes, the Internet looks to place blame

There was an outpouring of online sympathy for the parents of the little boy killed by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando last week, which just goes to show that sometimes the Internet has a heart, and sometimes it calls for blood. Comments (1)

Muniz reaches a longtime goal: winning a Wingate

Joanna Muniz had waited her whole life for this moment. Comment

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Queens House reps stage sit-in to demand gun vote

The Queens congressional delegation hit the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday as more than 50 Democratic representatives from across the country staged a sit-in to demand a vote on gun legislation. Comments (6)
The promoters of an October music festival at the Citi Field parking lot featuring hip-hopper artist Kanye West is drawing the wrath of City Councilwoman Julissa Fererras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) for misrepresenting themselves. Comments (3)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Queens Village

Queens Village co-location is a no-go

A proposed controversial co-location between a public middle school and a charter high school in Queens Village will not be going forward, according to the Panel for Educational Policy. Comment

Berry Important Festival

Every June for as long as anyone in Douglaston can remember, Zion Church, the 186-year-old Episcopal congregation on Northern Boulevard, has held a strawberry festival. The longtime organizer, Julia Schoeck, and her husband trek out to the Anderson family farm in Riverhead on the Friday before to pick up the berries — 536 quarts in all this year. Comments (1)
Police have an arrested a 14-year old in the assault of a Muslim man that took place outside of a Queens Village mosque earlier this month, an attack that the NYPD said was being investigated and classified as a hate crime. Comment

Friday, June 17, 2016

Springfield Gardens

Mayor holds town hall in southeast Queens

Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed a location for the long-awaited new police precinct in southeast Queens might be determined by the end of the summer. Comments (6)



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