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Monday, Aug. 8, 2016

Flushing

Stavisky says plane noise exceeds FAA limits in Flushing

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) revealed new data indicating that the airplane noise levels in Flushing are above the acceptable limit set by the Federal Aviation Administration. Comments (3)

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

Springfield Gardens

LIJ nurses clean up Springfield Gardens park

Nurses from the Coronary and Thoracic Intensive Care Unit at LIJ Medical Center traded medical tools for gardening equipment when they volunteered to clean a small area of parkland adjacent to Springfield Park in Springfield Gardens Saturday morning. Comments (3)
Government

City’s affordable housing plan ahead of schedule

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday his administration secured 23,284 affordable apartments and homes during 2016, the second highest number in city history and the most since Ed Koch was mayor in 1989. His Housing New York Plan is now ahead of schedule , with 52, 936 affordable homes financed so far, enough for 130,000 New Yorkers. Comments (2)
Art

Queens cultural institutions to get $12.5M in city funds

Cultural institutions in Queens just received a major boost from the City Council in the form of capital funds. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced =roughly $12.5 million would be parceled out to seven institutions in the borough and $64 million to up to 70 institutions citywide. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016

Art

Non-profit and Dubai-based artist pay homage to Astoria immigrant communities

Artist Tarsila Schubert and non-profit organization 501 See Streets completed a mural project beneath an Amtrak railroad overpass in Astoria on Friday, and the design is a nod to the immigrant community in the neighborhood. Located on 48th street and 25th Avenue and stretching about 70 feet in length, the mural comes with the support of the residents and community leaders. Comments (1)
Flushing

Vallone measures make 32nd Ave. near Bowne Park safer

In an effort to protect pedestrians and commuters along 32nd Avenue in northeast Queens, City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and the city Department of Transportation have installed three speed humps and posted multiple “No Thru Truck Traffic” signs. Comments (5)
Elmhurst

Elmhurst’s Veterans Grove Playground to be rebuilt

The city Park’s Department broke ground on a full reconstruction of Veterans Grove Playground in Elmhurst Monday. Comment
Political Action

The vice presidency is no longer a secondary position

In presidential elections every four years, it appears that most voters vote mainly for the presidential candidate and have little interest in the vice presidential candidate. That may be true up to a point, but in some national elections vice presidential candidates can make a difference in the election results. Comments (1)

Monday, Aug. 1, 2016

Government

Cuomo signs repeal on taxes on feminine hygiene products

New York is now the sixth state to ban taxes on feminine hygiene products after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law last week. The repeal is expected to save women in New York $10 million per year. Comments (4)
Government

Mayor has plan to move teens off Rikers Island

Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to move 16- and 17-year-olds out of Rikers Island and into a facility in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. Comment
Queens Village

Several Dem candidates vie for vacant Clark seat

Multiple Democratic candidates are vying to fill the state Assembly seat in southeast Queens left vacant since Barbara Clark died in February. Comment
Education

Mayor nixes suspensions for young students

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City public schools would no longer suspend students in kindergarten up to second grade, and touted several other initiatives that he said would promote school safety and end the practice of punitive school discipline policies that disparately burden children of color. Comments (3)
Basketball

Corona’s Diallo makes noise on Team USA

It’s been a pretty good summer for Corona native Hamidou Diallo. Comment
QueensLine

Astoria’s first subway line caused controversy

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the Times/Ledger newspaper presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history Comments (1)

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Jamaica Hills

New EMS station opens in Jamaica Hills

The FDNY celebrated the opening of a new EMS station for neighborhoods in eastern Queens last Friday, marking the completion of construction that broke ground in December 2013. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Howard Beach firefighter, wife charged with ripping off FEMA

A Howard Beach firefighter and his wife have been charged with numerous crimes in a scheme in which they falsely claimed they suffered more than $25,000 in damages from Superstorm Sandy, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (5)
Baseball

Pitcher changes career focus to coaching

Greg Modica grew up with a baseball bat in his hand. Comment

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Politics

Joe Concannon announces run for Grodenchik’s seat

Joe Concannon, an activist and former NYPD captain, formally announced he would challenge Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) once again for the District 23 seat at a Republican National Convention viewing party at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Glen Oaks. Comments (2)
Astoria

Astoria-based bank ranked in top 200 in nation

An Astoria-based bank has been named one of the Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America by DepositAccounts.com, a website that monitors and informs consumers about how well financial institutions perform. Quontic Bank made the list at No. 88 of the 6,199 federally insured banks in the United States. Comments (1)
Letters

Putting the heat on Con Edison

With soaring temperatures, there have been reports of scattered power outages in various parts of the city. Con Ed is asking customers to restrict the use of all non-essential appliances during the day, which includes air conditioners, unless there are medical issues. Comments (1)
Crime

Police seek suspect in Richmond Hill stabbing

RICHMOND HILL – Police from the 106th Precinct were looking for information relating to a stabbing which took place at 10 p.m. Saturday. According to the NYPD, a 31-year-old man was walking in the vicinity of 107-36 109th Ave., when he was struck with an unknown object on the lower left back. He then walked to Jamaica Hospital where he was treated with for a stab would, police said. Comment

Friday, July 29, 2016

Crime

NYPD body cameras discussed at town hall meeting

Community members gathered in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica Tuesday night for a town hall meeting hosted by Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) about the NYPD’s proposed pilot program for equipping officers with body cameras. Comments (2)
College Point

College Point blaze caused by discarded cigarettes in trash

Discarded cigarettes and matches ignited a five-alarm fire in College Point that displaced eight families, burned through three businesses and injured nine firefighters, the Fire Department said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Gunman gets 20 years for shooting at police officers in Jackson Heights

A man who opened fire on two police officers in Jackson Heights in 2011 was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison Tuesday. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

Feds should probe security blind spots at LaGuardia Airport: Schumer

Last month’s attack at Turkey’s Istanbul Ataturk Airport in which terrorists killed 45 people and injured 230 others has prompted U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) to call on the feds to investigate security at LaGuardia Airport. Schumer cited a recent investigative report by NBC which showed the baggage pick-up and drop-off areas at LaGuardia lacked surveillance cameras, leaving the areas at-risk in the event of a future terror attack. Comments (1)
Environment

donateNYC will help residents give and get second-hand goods

Second-hand goods do not generally come to mind at the mention of the Department of Sanitation. But the city agency recently announced the launch of donateNYC, an online medium for New Yorkers to give and find goods as well as reduce the amount of garbage which ends up in landfills. Comments (4)
Politics

Appellate court affirms lower ruling in Republican primary question

A New York State appellate court ruled it would not set a primary date for two Republicans in a race to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville), whose district covers part of Queens, and the case may be heading for federal court. Comment
Flushing

Two attacks target children in Bowne Park

FLUSHING — A Flushing man has been charged with sexual assault and robbery of a 12-year-old after an attack in Bowne Park last week, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (5)
Jamaica

Jamaica Hospital announces hospice care renovations

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center will entirely renovate its hospice care unit, including the construction of a new center that will provide compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life care for patients. Comment
Flushing

Jung challenges validity of Stavisky’s petitions

S.J. Jung challenged the validity of state Sen. Toby Stavisky’s (D-Flushing) campaign petitions at a Tuesday news conference claiming many of the signatures were out of the district, illegible or lacking a valid address to the extent that the incumbent was only left with about 13 valid signers. Comment
Film

MMI puts on a really big show for film lovers

In Hollywood’s heyday, the line between “movies” and “films” was for the most part an artistic one. “Movies” came with a tub of popcorn, “films” were accompanied by an artistic pedgree and, usually, subtitles. Comment

Tennis returns to Forest Hills

Ilana Kloss stood on the court at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills in November and swore she could almost hear the sounds of the crowd. Comment
Basketball

Patterson thrives in basketball spotlight

When Danielle Patterson walked up to the newsstand July 23, her hands were shaking just a little bit. Comment
Long Island City

80-year-old-woman’s purse stolen at LIC Art Center

LONG ISLAND CITY - Police from the 108th Precinct were looking for a woman who allegedly stole an unattended purse from a table inside the LIC Art Center earlier this month. The suspect stole an 80-year-old woman’s purse July 13, at around 3:35 p.m., according to police. Among the items inside the purse were the victim’s credit card and $125 in cash. Comment
Editorial

Bratton moves on

Commissioner Bill Bratton’s decision to close the second chapter on his New York City tour as head of the nation’s largest police force doesn’t come as a surprise. But it creates a vacuum at a point when Queens and the rest of the city are grappling with a racial divide between the police and the community as well as the threat of terrorism. Comments (2)
Opinion

Do Republicans really want to build a wall?

Unsurprisingly, immigration is a flashpoint in this year’s presidential election, particularly with the Republican nominee Donald Trump’s signature policy goals of “border walls” and sweeping country and religious-specific bans on immigration. Comments (3)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fresh Meadows

Big Apple Circle cancels season after fund-raising fails

Big Apple Circus, a beloved non-profit that entertained families for decades, won’t be coming back for the 2016-17 season after not meeting its $2 million fund-raising goal. The New York staple has entertained families since 1977 with annual performances in Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows and Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Comments (3)
Astoria

BQX street car advocates confident project finances won’t feel loss of 421-a

Advocates of the Brooklyn Queens Connector don’t believe the expiration of the 421-a tax abatement for developers will affect the financing of the $2.5 billion street car project. The Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector say the project will pay for itself by capturing the increases in property taxes of existing real estate and the new developments along the 16-mile street car corridor, from Astoria to Sunset Park, Brooklyn, one of the fastest-growing parts of the city, according to Mayor de Blasio, with 405,000 residents and 296,000 workers. Comments (3)
Willets Point

Islanders eye Willets Point for new arena: Report

If the Islanders have their way, they’ll soon be calling Willets Point home. This is all according to Bloomberg News, which did not name the source, but reported the New York Islanders’ owners have been in talks for months with New York Mets owners to build an arena adjacent to Citifield in Flushing. Comments (3)
Queensbridge

Queensbridge Park esplanade named for community leader

The esplanade in Queensbridge Park was named in honor of advocate Elizabeth McQueen, who founded The Friends of Queensbridge Park in 1998 and led the group for 18 years. McQueen organized volunteer events and helped to beautify the park that runs along the East River, across Vernon Boulevard from the Queensbridge Houses, where she lived until her death in February at the age of 83. Comments (1)
Politics

James Sanders notes passion of Bernie Sanders supporters

State Sen. James Sanders (D-Rochdale Village) said he was “astounded” when supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bid for the Democratic nomination booed him when he expressed his support for Hillary Clinton during a meeting with his pledged delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday. Comments (1)
Politics

Queens Dems rally to support Suozzi bid

Since Tom Suozzi won the Democratic primary for Congress, the former Nassau County executive has been working to further bring elected officials who were formerly neutral in the five-way race for the primary over into his sphere of support. The Queens neighborhoods covered in the district are in the northeast and predominately Democrats. Comments (1)
Politics

Crowley compares Clinton and Trump’s response to 9/11 attacks

A raucous Democratic National Convention turned somber around 9:11 p.m. Tuesday as a trio of speakers remembered the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center and Hillary Clinton’s response as one of New York’s senators. U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) stepped to the microphone and recalled getting the news on a runway at LaGuardia Airport. Comments (5)
Rego Park

Arrests made in nearly $5M Rego Park bank robbery

Three men were arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly executing two bank burglaries in Queens and Brooklyn which temporarily made them $5 million richer, law enforcement officials said. Comments (3)
Forest Hills

Queens Museum celebrates the Ramones

From Forest Hills High School to Rockaway Beach, the Ramones’ roots in Queens are deep. The punk-rock foursome is most well-known for its CBGB shows, wild songs and a well-earned reputation as one of rock’s fiercest and finest bands, but the Queens Museum is currently highlighting the group’s Forest Hills origins in an exhibition. Comments (1)
Baseball

Mike Piazza gets his Hall-of-Fame moment

Mike Piazza was selected in the 62nd round of the MLB Draft in 1988. That’s the 1,390th pick overall. Comments (1)
Opinion

Mail-order marriages have their virtues

Years ago, when Marcia Zug read a GQ magazine article about mail-order brides, she was revolted. A high-flying New York City photographer, fed up with all the demanding models he was dating, wanted to find a subservient woman to make him happy. So he ordered a pretty bride from a foreign country. Comments (2)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Jamaica

Man is fatally shot in Jamaica

Police were seeking information about a fatal shooting that occurred in Jamaica on Monday evening, according to the NYPD. Comments (5)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Flushing

Fallen tree suspends LIRR Port Washington service

The MTA suspended service on the Long Island Rail Road Port Washington line Monday after a tree fell on the tracks east of the Flushing station. Comments (2)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ozone Park

Woman killed by A train in Ozone Park

Police and firefighters responded to an incident in the 102nd Precinct in which a woman was hit by a train at the Rockaway Boulevard stop of the A train at 10 a.m. Friday. The Police Department said the 55-year-old jumped in front of the southbound train and when firefighters arrived she was dead. Comment

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