Wednesday, July 6, 2016

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) have announced the passage of a bill designed to expand access to the J-51 Tax Abatement for middle-class condo and co-op owners. The bill is a small step, compared to years prior, in the right direction. Comments (1)
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced he would allocate nearly half a million dollars to Project Boost funding for 44 schools within his district. Project Building Options and Opportunities for Students is a program from the Center for Educational Innovation and gives schools the financing they need for education programs, cultural trips or other extracurricular activities. Comment
Far Rockaway

St. John’s Hospital will receive $10 million

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway will receive more than $10 million in funding to help improve its health care delivery, according to state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park). Comments (1)

Celebrated Astoria food truck expands to Bayside

Every morning at 7, Antonis Tsampas arrives at the King Souvlaki food truck in Astoria and prepares the truck for the day’s business. By 10 a.m., the truck is open for business across the borough at the intersection of Northern and Bell boulevards in Bayside, offering passers-by authentic Greek food that Tsampas says lives up to the company’s motto of being a truck offering “Greek on the street.” Comments (1)

Street trees need to be watered

The thousands of newly planted trees that are lining our streets need to be watered on a regular basis during these hot summer months. These are all young trees with as yet undeveloped deep root systems, and they cannot pull up large quantities of groundwater like older trees, which have deeper root systems that reach down to that depth. Comment

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center has opened its second Flushing site, with expanded services for older adults in the community. Comment

Parking spaces turned into mechanic bays in Corona

For the residents on 53rd Avenue between 103rd and 108th streets in Corona, the past decade has been a nightmare. Comments (3)

Catch a rising Astoria comic star

Astoria comic Blake Rice is still working out a few childhood issues. Comment

Monday, July 4, 2016


Jamaica street renamed for late co-founder of Afrikan Poetry Theatre

Residents walking along the northwest corner of 176th Street and Jamaica Avenue will now be greeted by a new street sign — John Watusi Branch Way — in honor of the late John Watusi, who co-founded the Afrikan Poetry Theatre in the 1970s. Comments (1)

Bald eagle returns to Meadow Lake after wetlands are restored

A bald eagle has taken up residence in Flushing Meadows Corona Park along with egrets, swans, muskrats and turtles since the city invested $2.8 million to restore the wetlands along the shore of Meadow Lake. Comments (1)

Stavisky weighs in on mayoral control of schools

At her annual legislative roundtable, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) said she was disappointed that mayoral control over the city’s schools was only extended for a year but touted a series of legislative achievements. Comments (2)
State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Long Island City) announced her re-election candidacy at Dazie’s Restaurant in Sunnyside Monday. She has been a member of the state Legislature ever since her ground-breaking win in 1984 as one of the youngest women ever elected in New York. Comments (4)

Diverse communities form present-day Flushing

In the area surrounding the Flushing-Main Street station, downtown Flushing’s main transportation hub, Hispanic, Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, European, African-American, Latin American and South Asian individuals can be seen bustling about. Comments (4)

College star ready to take the mound for the Mets

Justin Dunn was sitting in a restaurant in Miami a few weeks ago when his phone started to ring. Comment
Political Action

Libertarians are ready to affect the presidential contest

The Libertarian Party seems to be in a much stronger political position nationally in regard to the presidential race than it has been in past years. Recent polls show them with 10 percent of the presidential vote. Comment

Sunday, July 3, 2016

East Elmhurst

Fererras-Copeland elected vice president of national Latino organization

City Councilwoman Julissa Fererras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) expanded her profile Sunday when she was elected vice president of the board of directors of The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials following the organization’s 33rd annual conference. Comment

Arverne project to fix NYCHA after Sandy

The city has broken ground on a $67 million reconstruction project at a New York City Housing Authority residential development in the Rockaways that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy. It was the first of 33 scheduled projects to repair Sandy-affected NYCHA housing that would be funded by a $3 billion grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Comment
Queens Village

Grodenchik completes visits to schools in his district

City Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) completed his campaign pledge to visit every school in his district Tuesday, touting the $3 million in capital funding allocated to schoolsi in Districts 26 and 29 in this year’s city budget. Comments (2)

Mets fans welcome back Reyes

Jose Reyes’ return to the Mets organization sparked a mixed reaction when the team announced he had signed a minor-league deal June 25. Comment

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Car wash workers win settlement against owner

Workers at a Jamaica car wash won a settlement against the owner after claiming he had paid them below the minimum wage and withheld overtime pay. Comment

Avella wants stop work order for planned Flushing daycare expansion

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and community leaders are calling on the city Department of Buildings to issue a stop work order on what they say is the illegal and dangerous expansion of the Happy Dragon daycare facility in Flushing. Comments (2)
OAKLAND GARDENS — An Oakland Gardens man was arraigned in federal court last week on suspicion of smuggling prohibited wildlife into the United States via the Postal Service, according to the Eastern District of U.S. Attorney’s office. Comments (4)

Reyes makes progress on the road to Citi Field

Jose Reyes was nervous. Comments (2)

Friday, July 1, 2016

Community activists, artists and elected officials discussed racial and religious discrimination in post-9/11 America as well as the challenges LGBT individuals face at an evening of rights and reflection at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Saturday following the Orlando nightclub shooting last month. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Stirnger releases audit of Springfield Gardens charter

A Springfield Gardens charter school did a poor job of overseeing its financial affairs, according to an audit conducted by the office of Comptroller Scott Stringer. Comments (2)

Gianaris joins activists to demand an end to solitary confinement

A statewide organization, dedicated to ending the use of solitary confinement in the state prison system, called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to pass the Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement Act, known as HALT, immediately upon returning to session in January. Comments (4)

Neir’s Tavern shot down by LPC


Neir’s Tavern shot down by LPC

While Neir’s Tavern, the 180-year-old Woodhaven drinking establishment, had its application for landmark status rejected by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in May, owner Loycent Gordon says his battle to achieve that status for his establishment is far from over. Comments (1)

Elected officials blast NYCHA lead inaction

The New York City Housing Authority needs to take responsibility for apartments in its complexes that may need abatements to offset the dangers of lead poisoning, elected officials said Monday morning. Comment

City Council passes Municipal Lot 3 affordable housing proposal

The City Council unanimously approved the One Flushing development project, which seeks to build affordable housing at Municipal Lot 3 in downtown Flushing. Comments (2)
Borough President Melinda Katz and NYC Parks hosted the annual Only in Queens Summer Festival Sunday, involving a rare public tour of the New York State Pavilion followed by the SummerStage concert in Flushing Meadows. Among the performers at the SummerStage event were East Elmhurst-born hip-hop artists Kid N’ Play, singer/actor Tristan “Mack” Wilds, and R&B singer Ginuwine. Comment
Forest Hills

Target removes trees in front of Forest Hills site

The two-level, 21,000-square-foot Target slated to open in Forest Hills next month has left some Queens residents uneasy. Comment

Former Queens DA John Santucci dies


Former Queens DA John Santucci dies

John Santucci, who served as the Queens district attorney from 1977 to 1991 in a tenure that involved a number of controversial and highly publicized cases, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack at his home in Garden City, L.I. He was 85. Comment
Kew Gardens

New film questions the story of Kitty Genovese’s murder

Many know the story of the harrowing murder of Kitty Genovese, but according to the new documentary, “The Witness,” a lot of people may have the story wrong. Comment

Battling guns

When defiant congressional Democrats sat down on the floor of the House last week to demand a vote on gun control legislation, the Queens delegation had a prominent role in the protest. Comments (5)

Saying goodbye to our sons from another country

This week, Lenore makes a heartfelt farewell to her boys from Germany and China. Comment

Lizul Portugal is tops in Queens softball

Lizul Portugal takes it as a compliment when opposing teams opt not to pitch to her. Comment

Thursday, June 30, 2016

In the most contested congressional primary in the borough, former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi won the Democratic nod to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) in a race that drew only about 9.4 percent of registered voters in the Queens part of the district. He will face Republican Jack Martins in the general election in November. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Queens stunned by Supreme Court deadlock on immigration

In all corners of the World’s Borough immigrants and elected officials were speaking out after last week’s bombshell announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court of a deadlocked decision on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Comments (4)

Stavisky gets answers on sex offenders living at Pan Am shelter

The Elmhurst community has been shaken since two registered sex offenders were identified as living in the shelter for homeless families at the former Pan American hotel. Convicted rapist Rodney Moultrie and convicted child predator Dwayne Clark registered with the state Division of Criminal Justice Services June 7 providing the address 79-00 Queens Blvd., that of the Boulevard Family Residence. Comments (3)

After House floor sit-in, New York’s Congressional delegation rallies at City Hall

After last week’s historic 26-hour sit-in on the House floor, the New York Congressional delegation brought the fight home, rallying with gun safety advocates and victims of gun violence to continue the demand for action while the House is adjourned until July 5. Comments (1)
A Jackson Heights elementary school will be flying a new flag from now on. Comment

Pols, advocates divided over judge ruling city right of way law unconstitutional

Elected officials and advocates have expressed mixed reactions to a criminal court judge’s ruling that the city’s right of way law is unconstitutional on the grounds that it imposes criminal penalties without the need to prove wrongdoing. Comments (2)
For the first time since it was devastated during Hurricane Sandy, the full Rockaway Boardwalk will be open this weekend, including the final section from Beach 117th Street to Beach 126th Street. Beachgoers and cyclists will be able to enjoy a continuous connection spanning from Beach 9th Street to Beach 126th Street. Comments (2)

Real estate agents allegedly swindled prospective tenants: DA

Two real estate agents from Flushing and Woodside have been charged with defrauding 20 prospective tenants out of more than $65,000 in security deposits, agent fees and rental payments between 2014 and 2015, Queens DA Richard Brown said. Comment
Long Island City

LIC shop stocks wares made in Queens

The Made in Queens pop-up shop in Long Island City is bringing a cool selection of locally made offerings to the borough’s shoppers. Comment

An all-star lineup for a stellar softball season

Queens softball made its presence known across the city this year as some of the best and brightest in the sport led their squads to championship berths and title victories. Comment

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In the most contested congressional primary in the borough, former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi won the Democratic primary, beating four challengers. He will face Republican Jack Martins in the general election in November in a bid to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville). Comments (3)
Trains leaving Penn Station were cancelled for up to an hour Tuesday after a truck collided with a Long Island Road bridge west of Woodside at about 6:30 p.m., according to MTA LIRR social media pages. Comments (3)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Queens’ Dem primaries: A low turnout affair


Queens’ Dem primaries: A low turnout affair

Retired voters cast ballots at Bell Academy earlier in the day Comments (4)

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Sunnyside man and his friends will try to fill a void in after-school arts and sports programs for young people in Woodside and Sunnyside. Comment
A fire engine and a city bus collided just after noon in Astoria Sunday, injuring 19 people. Comments (4)

Friday, June 24, 2016

College Point

College Point man stabbed after argument: Cops

A man was stabbed in College Point after an altercation at 4:20 a.m. Friday, police said. Comment

British voters vote to leave the EU, shaking world financial markets

Global financial markets were rocked early Friday with news that British voters have chosen to leave the European Union. Comments (3)

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Queens stunned by Supreme Court deadlock on immigration

President Barack Obama’s controversial executive action on immigration was dealt a crushing blow Thursday by a 4-4 deadlock by the justices at the U.S. Supreme Court. The tie vote upholds a lower court’s decision to block Obama’s plan to protect up to 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Comments (9)



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