Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

New middle school coming to East Elmhurst

An intersection near the Grand Central Parkway in East Elmhurst will soon be the site of a new middle school, according to Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D–East Elmhurst) and the School Construction Authority. Comments (1)

Bay Terrace Samuel Field Y gets a new playground in just 8 hours

Over 200 volunteers got involved last Friday in a project between the Samuel Field Y, Citizen Disney and non-profit organization KaBOOM! to turn an empty lot at the Bay Terrace Pool and Tennis Center into a playground. The new playground will provide a place to play for the more than 4,100 children who live in the area, according to a joint press release from the three organizations. The space was transformed in only eight hours. Bay Terrace Pool and Tennis Center is owned by the Samuel Field Y. Comments (1)

Bioswales, scam artists, discussed by community organization

Bioswales and what they mean for Whitestone home owners were two of several community concerns discussed at The Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association meeting last month at the American Legion Post in Whitestone. Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D–Flushing) and Deputy Inspector of the 109th Precinct Judith Harrison spoke at the meeting, which also addressed sewage management, potholes and helicopter noise. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016


Tax lien deal could decide status of land in Udalls Cove

For decades, Udalls Cove Preservation Committee President Walter Mugdan has worked to reinvigorate a wild patch of land in the preserve. The mostly Parks Department-owned land in northeast Queens, which is pieced together from donations made by land owners, has operated since the ‘70s, going from shipyard to wildlife haven with the help of volunteers and advocates. Now, Mugdan fears money may be the deciding factor in whether a piece of property within the preserve is developed by its landowners. Comments (1)

Jamaica Hospital announces hospice care renovations

Jamaica Medical Center’s hospice care unit began with four beds in 2010, with a palliative care staff who worked to ensure dignity and comfort care for patients. The wing expanded throughout the years, but Sept. 22 the hospital announced a new renovation to be completed for the space, creating a home-like atmosphere for patients and families. Comment

St. Nicholas will bring Greek food and fun to Flushing at annual fair

The Church of St. Nicholas in Flushing will show off a bit of Hellenic flair at its 45th annual Greek Festival Oct. 6-9, and those who attend will have the opportunity to enjoy all the food, music, goods and atmosphere the country has to offer. Comments (1)

Crowley’s light-rail solution is non-starter

Central Queens is currently in a state of crisis regarding its public transportation network. People from the area have to spend over two hours waiting in the crush of traffic to get to and from work, lowering their quality of life and destroying our environment. Comments (4)

Italian volleyball trio joins Red Storm

For three St. John’s volleyball stars, one big thing to remember is to not speak Italian on the court. Comment

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

Belle Harbor

City’s ferry boats under construction but landing safety questioned by activist

A Belle Harbor resident says the new ferry landings are “an accident waiting to happen.” Comments (1)
Douglas Manor

Vallone drafts legislation after DDC errs in Douglas Manor

The new legislation will make the DDC check Landmark Preservation Commission standards before any project takes place. Comment

Railway operator faulted for Maspeth train collision

A federal probe into a fiery train crash last year faults the railway operator, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D–Flushing) announced Sunday. The crash occurred July 8, 2015, when a freight train operated by New York and Atlantic Railway (NYA) slammed into a tractor-trailer at the railroad crossing at Maspeth Avenue and injured the truck’s driver. Comments (1)

Bioswales are bad news for Bayside

Maybe you’ve been puzzled by all the strange green paint markings popping up in recent weeks on sidewalks all over Bayside (and probably elsewhere). It’s about a new New York City initiative called “bioswales.” And it’s not good. Comments (27)

Cuomo must clean up the cesspool in Albany

Look, Albany is corrupt. Everyone knows that. Here’s how to fix it. Comments (2)

Country music finds a home at LIC Bar

Some things in New York City simply do not meet expectations. Take the Island City Outlaws, for example. When Matt Cusack and Alex Kerckhoff started bringing the cowboy tunes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams—among others—to Queens about three years ago, acceptance from borough musical audiences might not have been totally expected. But that’s what has happened. Comment

St. John’s hurler heading to World Baseball Classic

Former St. John’s pitcher Alex Katz missed a week of school to get a shot playing in the World Baseball Classic, but he’s more than convinced that it was worth it. Comment

Alleged groping in Jackson Heights: police

JACKSON HEIGHTS—Police from the 115th Precinct were searching for a man suspected of allegedly forcibly touching a woman in Jackson Heights. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

Jamaica Hills

Jamaica Hills business owners announce new website

The Jamaica Hills Partnership celebrated the establishment of a new website to help business and homeowners around Hillside Avenue collaborate, as well as to help visitors to the area learn more about local merchants. Comment

109th Precinct holds Family Fun Day

The 109th Precinct’s third annual community party was a huge success. Comment

Long Island man indicted for stealing from Queens Sandy victims

Queens prosecutors are accusing a Long Island contractor of swindling three borough homeowners out of more than $200,000 when they hired him to build their new homes after Hurricane Sandy. Comment

Cops seek suspect in attempted Elmhurst robbery

ELMHURST—Police were searching for a man who allegedly attempted to rob a bank in Elmhurst. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016


Fariña attends eastern Queens town hall meeting

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña touted what she said was significant progress towards alleviating parent concerns in recent years during a town hall meeting for parents, teachers, and students in eastern Queens Tuesday. Comments (1)

City has new strategy to combat Islamophobia

The de Blasio administration has rolled out a new initiative to combat Islamophobia. Comments (3)

Whitestone library to get new roof

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein announced $500,000 will go into repairs for the branch. Comment

How life was in Queens on the brink of war

On Sept. 1 Queens, not to mention the nation as a whole, was on the cusp of great change as 1941 drew to a close. Comment

Keeping America’s safe is everyone’s job

Bombs have gone off in New York City and New Jersey. The one that blew up in the Chelsea section of New York City had injured 29 people and the other in Seaside Park in New Jersey failed to blow up in time ended up with no fatalities. Comment

SJU players use hoops skills for worthy cause

For the sixth straight year, the St. John’s men’s and women’s basketball teams combined practicing the fundamentals of the game with raising money for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation as they quite literally dribbled around campus in the Dribble for the Cure. Comment
College Point

Police: ‘Abduction’ a simple mix up

Police say a man who grabbed a young girl outside of her school was actually a family friend she did not recognize. Comment

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016


Council task force sets up evaluation process with eye on tax breaks for developers

Group calls for improvements to transparency. Comments (1)

State pumps $65 million into Jamaica station

The state is giving the Long Island Rail Road $64.9 million to build a new platform and tracks at the Jamaica Station—an attempt to update the hub for the growing number of commuters who pass through it. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

MTA rolls out rebranded Q70 bus to provide speedier access to LaGuardia Airport

The MTA relaunched its Q70 bus on Sunday as the new LaGuardia Link special bus service which will provide travelers and airport employees with better transit options to and from LaGuardia to transit hubs at 61st Street in Woodside and 74th Street/Broadway in Jackson Heights. The specially marked buses will speed service with off-board fare collection. Comments (1)

W train returns to Astoria in November

Astoria and Long Island City will have their W subway line again beginning Nov. 7, according to MTA officials. The agency discontinued the service amid budget cuts in 2010, but will relaunch the W to replace the Q train, which will depart Queens to operate on the 2nd Avenue subway line in Manhattan beginning in December. Comments (4)

Rapper J. Cole added to Meadows Music and Arts Fest lineup

The Meadows Music and Arts Festival, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Citi Field and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, got a little bigger following a scheduling mishap involving one of its headliners, The Weeknd, and the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.” Comment
Long Island City

At Secret Theatre, ‘The Underpants Godot’ works on many levels

From the moment you’re handed your program, it is clear that “The Underpants Godot,” currently running at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, is an unusual production. Comment

Molloy fails to score, falls to Fordham

There’s still a lot of season left—that was the message Molloy soccer coach Andy Kostel gave his team after the Stanners 1-0 loss to Fordham Prep Sept. 22. Comment

A continuing controversy

Finding a way to make sure every Queens resident has a safe, secure place to live is one of the most important, and difficult, problems the borough faces. Comments (1)

Alleged ATM skimmers at Bayside bank: NYPD

Police were searching for two men who allegedly used an ATM skimming device in Bayside. Comments (1)

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016


Nearly a thousand protesters march through Astoria calling for close of Rikers Island

Nearly 1,000 protesters demanded the closing of Rikers Island during a march through Astoria on their way to a rally at the base of the bridge to the notorious prison complex. Glenn E. Martin, founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA, which organized the event that drew celebrity speakers such as Russell Simmons and John Legend and a host of former prisoners, advocates and elected officials, marvelled at the turnout. Comments (2)

Mayor’s tweet miffs anti-shelter activists

"How do you explain to children why angry adults are out in front of the place they’re living and want to throw them into the streets?” Comments (4)

Community Board 4 holds its first youth fair

Youth 101 fair will be a one-stop shop to show young residents what services are available to them. Comment

For Queens GOPers, Trump takes night

The Queens Village Republican Club partnered for a watch party with the Nassau County Federation of Republican Women, joining them at the Park City Diner in Garden City, Long Island to enjoy a buffet dinner and cheer on Republican candidate Donald Trump against his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Comments (5)
Long Island City

Van Bramer shows Clinton support at LIC debate viewing party

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) hosted a presidential debate viewing party at The Creek and the Cave, at 10-93 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City, Monday night, along with the club’s owner, Rebecca Trent. The event was primarily a chance for Clinton supporters from the area to mingle with one another and cheer on their candidate. Comments (5)

Helen Marshall Cultural Center dedicated in Kew Gardens

Former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall was honored for her career in politics and service to Queens at the grand opening Tuesday of the Helen Marshall Cultural Center, an 11,000-square-foot atrium at Queens Borough Hall. The project cost about $23 million, according to current Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

In Forest Hills, it’s time for everybody to dance

If you remember the 21st night of September as something more than just a date on the calendar, then Forest Hills Stadium next weekend may be the place for you. Comments (1)

Uncovering why women cover up

This week, our columnist checks out the growing modest fashion movement. Comment

McClancy’s Quentin Holmes makes it to Team USA

McClancy baseball star Quentin Holmes has picked up so many accolades and been named to so many all-star teams over the last few months that the senior speedster has gotten used to seeing his name listed among the top players in the country. Comment

High school football roundup: Week 3

The Christ the King football team is keeping it dramatic. Comment


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