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Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016

Flushing

Multiple developments on their way to downtown Flushing

When John Napolitano, HANAC’s director of community development and planning, was growing up just 2.5 miles from downtown Flushing, the area was going through a new age of growth and renewal spurred by the growth of the Asian community. He said some people feel the growth is happening too quickly. Comments (4)

Monday, Aug. 1, 2016

Transit

Brooklyn-Queens trolley proposal shows outer borough clout

Public transit for New York City’s outer boroughs is designed to move commuters to and from Manhattan. The hub-and-spoke design of the subway system, however, no longer reflects the transportation needs of many New Yorkers, according to Executive Director for Transportation Alternatives Paul Steely-White. Comments (1)

Friday, July 29, 2016

Health

Why Northshore-LIJ changed its name to Northwell

The evolution of North Shore-LIJ Health System to Northwell Health has been years in the making. As the health system has grown through mergers and acquisitions, consumers, employees and affiliates have dealt with confusion over what to call the institution, which has many parts. But at the beginning of 2016, North Shore-LIJ officially emerged with a name that would resonate and form an identity to generate solidarity for the institution. Comments (3)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

East Elmhurst

First contracts awarded for LaGuardia AirTrain project

As the LaGuardia Airport reconstruction project got underway June 1, some groundwork was laid for the proposed AirTrain that would bring travelers to and from Willets Point. Comments (9)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Long Island City

City Council votes to designate iconic Pepsi-Cola sign a landmark

It took nearly three decades, but the Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City’s Gantry State Park is finally an official New York City landmark. The City Council voted 43-0 in favor of the designation last week. Comment
Long Island City

Artists work with developers so both can thrive in Long Island City

While strolling to her gallery space recently, Carolina Peñafiel experienced a slight existential crisis. Comment
Jamaica

Organization promotes STEAM in Jamaica

In the basement of the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Jamaica, Terence Dew, the founder and lead program developer of STEAM Academy, demonstrated the dizzying array of devices, hardware and software the students in the program were utilizing. He said he wanted the class to have an open, supportive atmosphere. Comments (1)
Opinion

Civic associations improve their neighborhoods

In the March-April 2016 Newsletter of the Auburndale Improvement Association Inc. First Vice President Henry Euler told of several activities by the civic. He gave information about City Council Intro 446, which would ban the discharge, disposal or use within the city of New York of any wastewater or natural gas waste produced from the process of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. Although fracking is illegal in New York state, this toxic wastewater can be sent into the state and could be used to deice roads. Comment

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A city Department of Environmental Protection project to install bioswales across Flushing to clean up nearby waterways has residents fuming over the lack of homeowner notification. Comments (10)
Transit

No more room on the Flushing  No. 7 line

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to rezone Flushing West was put on hold for very good reasons. Everyone is aware that the Flushing No. 7 subway has been running at full capacity during rush hour for years. There is no space to accommodate the thousands of new riders that would have been generated by new housing as a result of Flushing West. Comments (5)
Flushing

Summer Meals Program will feed hungry kids in Queens

In an effort to provide free meals over the summer to underprivileged kids, Hunger Free America has collaborated with the city Department of Education. Hunger Free America is a non profit organization that helps schools through out the country feed kids. The Summer Meals program will run in three locations in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. The program will provide free summer meals to anyone 18 years old and under. Comments (6)
Crime

Bratton takes dim view of Pokémon Go

Pokemon Go may be one of the most popular apps ever, but New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton isn’t amused. Comments (1)
Letters

Vote your beliefs

All of the above words are, unfortunately, connected at this trying time. Comments (3)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Government

Open-gangway subway cars on the way but not to the No. 7 line

Riders of the beleaguered No. 7 subway line have been dreaming of open-gangway subway cars for years as an answer to the chronic over-crowding on their trains. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that he has a plan that will bring 1,025 new subway cars, including 750 “Open Car End” designed cars, to the MTA, hope ran high on social media. Comments (9)
Jamaica

Jamaica foresees forward strides in downtown development

After years of protracted conversations about development in downtown Jamaica, many of the players who have been pushing for more robust investment in the neighborhood say change is in the air. Comments (2)
Crime

113th Precinct touts lower crime rates

The 113th Precinct wants people to know that despite popular belief, police relations with the community are not all bad. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Ulrich says de Blasio mishandles Build It Back Program

“All they gave us was bleach and sponges,” Maria S., a homeowner in Rockaway Beach, told City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) Monday morning. She said that when Hurricane Sandy decimated the peninsula in November 2012, she did not see the Red Cross or Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comments (3)
Flushing

Stavisky and Jung file campaign petitions

S.J. Jung is challenging state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) again as the two file petitions and raise funds for the Democratic primary Sept. 13. Comments (2)
Track and field

Dalilah Muhammad takes the fast lane to Rio

Dalilah Muhammad was 7 years old when she first started running. Comment
Astoria

Suspects steal wallet, use credit card at Astoria CVS store

ASTORIA - Police were looking for two men who stole a wallet from a parked car last week and then used the victim’s credit cards to make purchases at a nearby CVS store. Comments (1)
Art

Queens gives aspiring artists warm welcome

While many say that creativity is inborn, it is quite possible for people to begin cultivating their creative side as adults. Several venues in Queens offer classes in arts and crafts that promise to enhance the talent within, help students learn a new skill or simply encourage them to have fun. Comment
Opinion

Studies strand transit riders

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $5 million study to look at the feasibility of constructing a tunnel from Long Island to either the Bronx, Westchester or Connecticut, which he proudly announced months ago, has yet to begin. There is still time to spend these funds for better purposes. The concept is nothing new, has been considered for decades and deemed unfeasible. Comments (1)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The man charged in the Ozone Park hit-and-run case that left a mother dead and her 9-year-old daughter seriously injured has been arraigned, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Bay Terrace

Braunstein to sponsor annual blood drive in Bay Terrace

State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) will be sponsoring his fourth annual summer blood drive at Bay Terrace Shopping Center Aug. 11. Comment

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Politics

City creates new voter registration form for five more languages

Voter registration forms will now be available in five new languages, according to an announcement from the city Campaign Finance Board and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Comments (5)
Bayside

Caffebene in Bayside closes shop

The Caffebene coffee shop located in Bayside has locked up for good after only a year in the neighborhood. Comments (11)
Rochdale Village

Hollis man fatally stabbed in Rochdale Village

A Hollis man was stabbed to death in Rochdale Village Monday and police were seeking information about his murder. Comments (1)
Fashion

Giving borough kids a fashion-forward future

Christopher Garcia, who serves in the U.S. Army Reserve and works in construction, simply wanted to be present in his children’s lives and help set them up for a bright future. Little did he know that he and his wife Nicole would turn that wish into a youth modeling agency, Strike A Pose. Comment

Friday, July 22, 2016

Event

Things to do in Queens this weekend

With the temperature set to push the 100-degree mark for most of the weekend, sitting on the sofa with the AC cranked up to high might seem like the most attractive option, but there are still a variety of outdoor activities that will give those hardy souls who are willing to brave the heat a reward for their efforts. Comment
East Elmhurst

Port Authority reaches deal for new Delta terminal at LaGuardia

The final piece of the LaGuardia Airport reconstruction puzzle is now in place after the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners voted to authorize $600 million toward a new terminal for Delta Airlines. Comment
East Elmhurst

LaGuardia Airport reconstruction project underway

There will be a day when travelers enter LaGuardia Airports’s new Central Terminal, its 1.3 million square feet flooded with natural light and featuring world-class food, beverage and retail options. Then they will be able to walk across dual pedestrian bridges connecting to Concourses A and B spanning active aircraft taxi lanes. Comment
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced the renaming of the corner of Seaside Avenue and Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway as “Midshipman Justin Zemser Way” for the late Queens resident who died in the 2015 Amtrak crash while on his way to visit family in the Rockaways. The City Council passed legislation to approve several renamings in the five boroughs. Comment
Corona

Dr. John rocks Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Flushing Meadows Corona Park was transformed into the Big Easy as Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John headlined the third annual Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival Saturday. Comment
Flushing

Major reconstruction planned for downtown Flushing sidewalks

Main Street is about to become a lot more convenient for pedestrians and commuters. City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) announced an upcoming project that will completely reconstruct four blocks of the second busiest pedestrian hub in New York City behind Times Square. Comments (4)
Bayside

Bell Blvd. eyesore gets demo notice

Bayside’s Community Board 11 picked up a notice from the city Department of Buildings which may hold welcome news for many who walk regularly along Bell Boulevard. The storefront at 42-07 Bell Blvd., which was formerly home to Chelsea Coffee Shop, is officially slated for demolition. Comment
Emergencies

Senate passes Avonte’s law to protect autistic children

The U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan bill named in part for a Queens autistic teen whose disappearance set off a citywide search that lasted months. The bill, known as Kevin and Avonte’s Law, was unanimously approved July 7. The bill was in honor of Kevin Willis and Avonte Oquendo, two autistic boys who both died after wandering off. Avonte disappeared in October 2013 when he ran out of Riverview High School in Long Island City. His whereabouts were unknown until January 2014, when officials discovered pieces of his body washed up onto the College Point shoreline. Willis, Comments (7)
Auburndale

Grodenchik and Weprin call on illegal tire dumping to end in Queens green space

Stacks of abandoned tires have been seen littering the side of the highway around 73rd Avenue and Clearview Expressway in recent months. Comments (4)
Jamaica

Public learns protection in event of active shooter

Jamaica community members learned how to combat an active shooter in a state of last resort during a training session held Saturday at Holy Unity Baptist Church in Jamaica organized by state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park) for concerned community residents. Dozens of community members attended, according to Sanders’ office. Comment
Baseball

Former St. John’s star Hackimer hits his stride in the pros

A few months ago, Thomas Hackimer was sitting on a bus on a Sunday night desperately trying to avoid “Game of Thrones” spoilers. Comment
Queens Village

Man fatally struck by LIRR train nears Qns Village station

QUEENS VILLAGE — A man was fatally struck by a westbound Long Island Rail Road station near a Queens Village train stop, according to a spokesman for the MTA. Comments (3)
Opinion

Game changer

Republican nominee Donald Trump, in keeping with the new unorthodoxy, broke the rules at the GOP convention in Cleveland, flouting tradition by turning the political rites into a TV spectacle. Comments (2)
Opinion

A fearless investigative journalist and the lessons he taught

When I went to Columbia Journalism School in 1985, we were taught that good journalism “comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.” Comments (2)
Letters

Beat the heat while saving the earth

New York’s first heat wave of the summer arrived this week as temperatures soared into the 90s. Across the area, people looked for ways to beat the heat. Comment

Thursday, July 21, 2016

South Jamaica

9/11 artifacts and lives lost honored at JFK ceremony

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Hangar 17 at John F. Kennedy International Airport was put into service to house artifacts recovered from the site—from battered ambulance cruisers to retail clothing covered in ashes. Comments (1)
Broad Channel

Jamaica Bay looks primed for a greener, cleaner future

New Yorkers who enjoy Jamaica Bay have seen many potential threats to the area’s marshes in decades past, but Dan Mundy, Jr., the head of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, said the future was bright despite the challenges of protecting it. Comment
Government

New York senators want to re-establish EPA oversight on plane noise

Both U.S. senators from New York state believe the federal Environmental Protection Agency should take the lead role in airplane noise abatement. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Hundreds wait all weekend for shot at a good plumbers job

They began arriving soon after last Thursday’s ferocious thunderstorm and began staking out spaces along 38th Street just south of Queens Boulevard in Long Island City. Many more came streaming into the neighborhood on Friday evening and by Saturday morning more than 1,400 people were camping out along several blocks waiting for an application for the UA Plumbers Local 1 apprenticeship program that would be handed out Monday morning. Comments (2)
Jamaica

New foreclosure buyback plan fights speculators in SE Queens

Southeast Queens lawmakers celebrated the start of a foreclosure buyback program to protect families with distressed mortgages from losing their home, an approach that they touted as being the first of its kind in the nation. Comments (1)
Flushing

Borough bands compete for top prize

Enterprising bands from throughout the borough graced the stage of the Colden Auditorium at Queens College on July 14 for the Queens Library’s second annual “Battle of the Bands.” A fast-moving thunderstorm did not deter the excited crowd of family, friends and fans. More than 2,000 free tickets were distributed and by the time the first band hit the stage many seats were full. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills street to be renamed for Ramones

Forest Hills is getting yet another tribute to The Ramones, a rock band who once called the neighborhood home. Comments (3)
Flushing

Flushing Greenmarket opened this week

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) helped announce the opening of the first Flushing Greenmarket Wednesday The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce partnered with GrowNYC to bring locally grown products that will emphasize nutritious fruits and vegetables. The fruits and vegetables sold will all be grown or produced within 250 miles of New York City. Comments (2)
Music

Making Space for Music

Despite the many contributions that performing artists make to the city’s cultural vibrancy, the high cost of real estate, combined with the limited resources that many performers have at their disposal, can make finding suitable rehearsal or work spaces extremely difficult. Comment
Opinion

Pokemon Go gets the fear mongers going

By now even if you have not yet played Pokemon Go, you are more aware of it than your own breathing. You have read that the app has been more downloaded than any other app, ever, and that it has actually convinced kids to leave the house to go play outside—a miracle! Comment

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ozone Park

Richmond Hill driver arrested in fatal Ozone Pk. hit-and-run:

(Queens DA corrects address of suspect, who is from Richmond Hill) Comments (1)
Flushing

Community deals with aftermath of Flushing West plan’s demise

The city’s abrupt decision to withdraw its plans to rezone Flushing West, which would have brought 1,600 units of housing to the downtown area, has drawn mixed reactions from the community. Comment
Transit

Transit group to release study to reverse bus ridership slump

Transit advocates, elected officials and passengers from throughout the city were scheduled to kick off a campaign Wednesday to reverse what they contend are falling numbers of bus riders and talk about possible solutions to the problem. Comments (3)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Long Island City

Court Square towers are changing the skyline and a neighborhood

Long Island City’s transformation from a gritty industrial neighborhood to a mixed-use community with sleek waterfront luxury residential high-rises is well into its second decade. Comments (2)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Astoria

Future phases at Hallets Point still in question

Jay Valgora’s legacy is in limbo because of an expired tax abatement. The architect behind the mammoth Hallets Point megaproject thought his grand vision of the East River becoming New York City’s new Central Park was in motion as he stood off to the side at a ground-breaking ceremony in late February. Comment

Friday, July 15, 2016

South Ozone Park

South Ozone Park shooting leaves one victim dead

Police from the 106th Precinct responded to a shooting at a home in South Ozone Park, around 12:14 a.m. Friday, NYPD said. Comments (3)

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