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Friday, Oct. 14, 2016


Gala evening celebrates Taiwanese art and culture

A wide array of Taiwanese art and culture was recently on display at the Taiwanese American Arts Council’s third annual gala. Held at the Taiwan Center, just across the street from Flushing Town Hall, the gala featured music, dance, food, art and prominent cultural and political figures. The gala was coordinated by Luchia Meihua Lee, TAAC’s executive director. Comments (2)

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016


Museum of the Moving Image receives grant for expansion of family programs

The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, the nation’s only museum dedicated to film, television and digital media, has been awarded a grant of nearly $150,000 for the development of a new family initiative. The grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will allow MoMI to offer public programs for children, ages 4 to 12, and their caregivers. Comment

Pols hold forum for minority and women-owned businesses

Queens residents interested in opportunities for Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises can attend a forum at the Queens Central Library this Tuesday to learn more. Comment

Last two gang members sentenced in fatal Woodhaven beating

The final two members of a group of teenagers who beat and stomped an 18-year-old Long Island man to death in March 2011 have been sentenced to prison in what Queens District Attorney Richard Brown called a “horrific” and “heinous” case that occurred after the victim attended a birthday party hosted by two openly gay men in Woodhaven. Comments (3)

Organic recycling program heads to Ridgewood

Free brown bins with latches will be rolling out to Ridgewood as part of the city’s zero waste programs to keep organics, which emit greenhouse gases, out of landfills by 2030. Comment
Political Action

Presidential debates have changed over the years

The long-awaited presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has taken place with both candidates claiming success. Both candidates showed considerable knowledge. However, there were important issues that could have been discussed more in detail, including homeland security, immigration and military preparedness. Hopefully, at the next debate these matters will be addressed more than they were this time. Comments (3)

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016


New York energy czar calls for complete overhaul of electricity system

Richard Kauffman, chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, stood before an audience of representatives from clean energy companies throughout the city and state Tuesday to discuss Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision program. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent, generate 50 percent of electricity from renewable sources and decrease energy consumption in buildings by 23 percent by 2050. Comments (3)
Members of Make Queens Safer and other advocacy groups joined state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and other elected officials as they unveiled new legislation intended to tackle drivers who speed in school zones to reduce collisions. Under the proposed legislation, announced last week at a Greenwich Village school, drivers convicted of three or more speeding violations in school zones during school days within an 18-month period would lose their licenses for 60 days. Comments (4)
Springfield Gardens

Avon rep describes how she paid down student debt

A Springfield Gardens resident is free from her student loans thanks to what started as a high school side job. Comments (4)

Protesters target Jamaica company over stacked lumber

Concerned residents picketed outside of Jamaica lumber yard Saturday morning, urging the company to change what they contended was a worrisome stacking of lumber, although a representative for the company maintained it was a good neighbor to the community and committed to safety. Comment

High School football roundup: Week 4

The Springfield Gardens football team continues to blossom. The Golden Eagles (4-0) grabbed yet another victory, staging some late-game dramatics to top Thomas Jefferson 21-18 in a PSAL Bowl Conference matchup. Comment

Monday, Oct. 10, 2016


John Lennon bus makes stop at Holy Cross High School

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus made a stop at Holy Cross High School at last week to introduce students to techniques in music and video production as part of their Come Together NYC Tour. Comment

Senator Avella looks into soil contamination at Whitestone strip mall

A strip mall in Whitestone is once again being looked into for soil contamination. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) sent a letter to the state Department of Environmental Conservation asking for any information regarding contaminated soil. Comments (1)

Council votes in favor of increased biofuel in home heating oil

New York City took another step toward a greener future last week when the City Council voted overwhelmingly to pass the Clean Oil Heating Bill sponsored by Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria). Comment

Cuomo signs bill to increase J-51 tax abatement

The J-51 tax abatement cap for co-op maintenance assessments was increased to $32,000 Friday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) into effect. The legislation is designed to remove some of the financial burden from middle-class and elderly co-op and condo owners as necessary maintenance and updates are made to their homes. The percentage cap for the assessment will be tied to the cost-of-living increase as needed. Comments (1)

The ill and elderly need to connect with others

Sept. 11-17 is National Assisted Living Week, celebrating all adult care and assisted living communities across the nation. New York has more than 540 such communities, providing quality care and services to the elderly, frail, disabled and mentally ill. Comment
The Civic Scene

Special vacations for special-needs kids

Autism on the Seas was founded in 2006, as a niche travel company that organizes and staffs cruise and land resort vacations for families and adult guests with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other cognitive and intellectually development disorders. Comment

Royals put it all together

(correcting name to Demetrius Wilson) Comment

Son charged in mother’s murder

A man was charged with the murder of his mother after she had gone missing, according to the NYPD. The news came hours after police confirmed human remains had been found in a lake in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

A gas leak in Richmond Hill caused a major headache for commuters early Monday morning. Comment

SJU soccer star Rachel Daly is big success in pros

Rachel Daly was one of the most dominant soccer players in St. John’s history, so it should come as no surprise that the former Red Storm standout is just as dominant at the next level. Comments (2)

Suspects sought in string of Flushing burglaries

FLUSHING—Police were looking for two men in connection with a series of burglaries in Flushing. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016


City draws up new rules for affordable housing applications

The city has revised its affordable housing lottery rules. Comments (2)

Francis Lewis junior lives up to his rep on soccer field

When Francis Lewis junior Jean Rodriguez was growing up, his mother told him he was going to be a soccer player. Comment

Suspect sought in assault of bartender in Flushing

FLUSHING—Police were searching for a man suspected of assaulting a bartender in Flushing. Comment

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

Hurricane Relief

Hollis Haitian group calls for donations as hurricane death toll rises

Hurricane Matthew, which swept across the southern tip of Haiti and left nearly 600 people dead, unleashed a path of destruction that has been felt in Queens. Comments (4)

Ferreras-Copeland, Corona residents demand action on 111th St. safety plan

Nearly a hundred residents of Corona and Jackson Heights joined Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) Tuesday on the steps of City Hall as she demanded that a safety plan for 111th Street be implemented immediately. Mothers and their children delivered 1,600 petitions to the Mayor’s Office asking for the long-sought-after improvements on the broad roadway along Flushing Meadows Corona Park that would provide safe space for people walking, biking and driving. Comments (1)

Avella questions BSA on Flushing mosque approval

A proposed mosque that has sparked controversy in Flushing was the subject of a letter state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) wrote to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara asking him to take a closer look at recent actions and decisions made by the Board of Standards and Appeals. Comments (8)

All New Yorkers deserve to be respected

Xenophobic rhetoric has reached a fever pitch in recent months. Across the country, Muslim, immigrant and refugee communities have become targets for hateful speech and even hateful acts, including here in Queens. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Dangerfield honored

Artist Francesca Tosca Robicci put the finishing touches on a mural dedicated to comedy great Rodney Dangerfield in Kew Gardens Tuesday, a project organized by Queens-based non-profit 501(See)(Streets). The street art is a visual tribute to Dangerfield’s roots in the neighborhood, where he grew up above Austin’s Ale House, went to PS 99 and worked in a nearby candy shop on Lefferts Boulevard. Comment

Koo partners up with food delivery service to promote voter registration

With the deadline for voter registration approaching fast, officials are beginning to get creative in their approach to get people to register. Comments (1)

Vacant Sunnyside lot will be turned into park

A dilapidated vacant lot that many Sunnyside residents feared would be developed over the years will instead become a neighborhood park. Comment

DOT makes 3rd Avenue safer for Whitestone pedestrians

Francis Lewis Park is now safer for pedestrians. At the request of City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) the city Department of Transportation implemented its pedestrian safety project along 3rd Avenue between Whitestone Expressway Service Road and 147th Street. Because of the width of the 3rd Avenue corridor speeding has been a huge concern for community members. Comment

Over 1,000 NE Queens residents attend bike helmet event

Residents of eastern Queens turned out in force Sunday to take advantage of an event sponsored by state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing) and Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) to provide free bicycle helmets to the community through the city Department of Transportation’s Vision Zero project. Tents were set up on the basketball court of PS 46 Alley Pond School at 64-45 218 St., where Vision Zero was fitting children and adults with brand new helmets, as well as educating them on how a helmet should fit. Comments (1)

Jamaica man sets apt on fire; 11 families displaced: Red Cross

A Jamaica man was charged with attempted murder after allegedly setting fire to the apartment where he lived, according to the NYPD and the FDNY. The Red Cross responded to the scene and had to temporarily provide housing for a number of families by putting them up in nearby hotels. Comment
Dining Out

Oro brings upscale Italian cuisine to Long Island City

Oro is a sleek new Italian restaurant in Long Island City. One of a new wave of upscale eateries descending on the area, it is no doubt intended to serve the needs of recent and soon-to-be residents brought by LIC’s dizzying residential development boom. Comment

Hold Build It Back accountable

I write today to respectfully request that your office commence a investigation into the misuse of federal funds awarded to the city of New York to rebuild homes in communities still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. As the Wall Street Journal reported last week, the NYC Build It Back program is about $500 million over budget, Comment

A transit solution to LaGuardia Airport

The MTA should be commended for upgrading the service on the Q70 bus to LaGuardia from two transit hubs in Queens as passengers and residents struggle during the $8 billion renovation of the airport. Comments (1)

Star Mary Louis swimmer makes waves in the pool

Joanna McNulty doesn’t think when she swims. At this point, swimming is instinctual for The Mary Louis Academy junior. She jumps into the pool, settles into her stroke and, more often than not, finishes at the front of the pack. Comments (1)

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

Long Island City

Hunters Point Library dedicated in topping out ceremony

As construction proceeded on the eye-catching Hunters Point Community Library, a topping out ceremony was held last week with Queens Library President Dennis Walcott, elected officials and architect Steven Holl to mark the completion of the steel framing and exterior. The structure, a modern design which looks out over the East River, will give visitors a stunning view of Manhattan while sitting against the backdrop of the high-rise condominiums of Long Island City. Comment

Gofundme page started for Ridgewood writer allegedly killed by roommate

Carolyn Bush came to New York after graduating from Bard College to pursue her artistic dreams, but the young poet’s life was ended by her roommate, who confessed to police that he stabbed her to death in their Ridgewood apartment, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Work continues at Garaufis house as city restores permits

Work has been allowed to continue on the land where the Bayside house formerly owned by federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis once stood. Comments (9)

Maspeth takes homeless protests to other parts of boro

After nearly two months of rallies each weeknight at a proposed homeless shelter in Maspeth, protesters are expanding their actions to other parts of the borough. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Longtime pillar of Jackson Heights, Ivan Lafayette, dead at 86

The Jackson Heights community lost a giant this week when longtime civic leader Ivan Lafayette died this week at the age of 86. Comment

Neighborhood policing comes to two boro precincts amid crime drop

The NYPD announced a continued reduction in crime for the month of September while also touting the extension of the neighborhood policing model into nine new areas, including precincts in Jamaica and Astoria, as well as a housing bureau based out of Flushing. Comment

Queens gets some love from rock ‘n’ roll legend

Like most performers, Darlene Love has a lot to think about when she’s on stage—set lists, cues from the other musicians and all of the other things that go into putting on a show. But her biggest consideration, she says, is making sure that the audience has a good time. Comment

Historic tweets that preceded Donald Trump’s nighttime rants

Donald Trump’s 3 am “Tweets that woke the world” wasn’t the first time a sleep-deprived celebrity shot his month off when he should have been counting sheep. Here’s a rundown of other tweeters in history who said too much. Comments (2)

Bayside football squad enjoys its path to perfect record

The Bayside football team is having fun. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016


Mets’ season ends with a three-run Giants homer in the ninth

The Amazin’ season is over. And it all ended on one hit. Comments (1)
St. Albans

De Blasio discusses homeless during St. Albans town hall

Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his administration’s approach to finding housing for the city’s homeless during a town hall meeting in St. Albans last week, saying he had an obligation to house people, including using space in hotels if necessary. Comment

Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

The inaugural The Meadows Music and Arts Festival, which stretched throughout the Citi Field parking lot, could have easily been called the Kanye West festival. But it ended abruptly before the final curtain. Comments (1)

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

Your Queens Weekend: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

The first weekend of October is just about here, and along with that comes the longstanding tradition of Oktoberfest. But since we are, after all, in the world’s borough, Oktoberfest here takes on a multicultural flavor. On Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Voelker Orth Museum (49-19 38th Ave., Flushing) will be putting on what it calls “Oktoberfest Flushing Style,” a chance to enjoy the festival’s traditional German-American fare alongside a sampling of Korean-American dishes, uniting what the museum calls “two culinary tradition Comment



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