Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016


School trailers discussed at Boro Board meeting

Elected officials quizzed representatives from the School Construction Authority on a number of issues affecting the construction of schools in the borough at a meeting of the Queens Borough Board at Borough Hall Monday evening. Comment

Queens female leaders express concern over Trump

Donald Trump’s unexpected win last week over Hillary Clinton in the presidential race shocked many women in Queens, who are concerned about an uncertain future. Comments (4)

Cartoon from the Nov. 18-24 issue


Cartoon from the Nov. 18-24 issue

The cartoon from the Nov. 18-24 newspaper. Comment
The library at Junior High School 189 in Flushing got a huge upgrade. City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) joined staff and students Monday for a ribbon cutting as they unveiled the new Apple laptop computers. Comments (5)

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016


Bellrose playground gets new repairs

The schoolyard at Public School 133, along with the neighboring Bellerose Playground, will undergo repairs and improvements with funding allocated by Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens). Comment

John Bowne principal accused of sexual assault - again

Howard Kwait, the principal at John Bowne High School in Flushing, is being accused for the fourth time of sexual assault, according to a new lawsuit filed in Brooklyn federal court. Comments (5)
Jackson Heights

Queens Latinos take a stand against Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has made immigrants in Queens nervous with his campaign rhetoric to build a wall to keep out Mexicans and to deport illegal residents. Comments (12)

City Council hearing will investigate power plant emissions

The City Council is inviting the public to testify at a committee oversight hearing on power plants Monday. Nov. 28. Comments (2)

Monday, Nov. 21, 2016

Springfield Gardens

Mayor signs legislation for new JFK BID

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation creating the Greater JFK Business Improvement District Wednesday, a new BID that will include more than 500 properties in the Springfield Gardens area of southeast Queens. Comment

Meng hosts session on keeping houses of worship safe

One week before the presidential election, leaders from different houses of faith and non-profits gathered in Glendale for a security preparedness workshop hosted by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and presented by FEMA and NYPD SHIELD, the counter-terrorism unit. Comments (3)
Real Estate

Trump’s boyhood home in Jamaica Estates will soon go to auction

The auction date for President-elect Donald Trump’s boyhood home in Jamaica Estates will be released within the next couple of weeks after the public bidding on the Tudor-style home located at 85-15 Wareham Place was postponed last month, according to the real estate firm handling the property. Comments (1)

SUV driver hits 11-year-old boy in Flushing: Cops

FLUSHING —An 11-year-old boy was in critical condition after being struck in Flushing Monday afternoon, police said. Comments (1)
Dutch Kills

Dutch Kills Playground to get makeover

Dutch Kills

Dutch Kills Playground to get makeover

The Dutch Kills Playground, is set for a $4.5 million reconstruction. Comment

Springfield Gardens opens PSAL playoff stand with a win

While Springfield Gardens wide receiver Christophe Spain refused to take any of the credit, he was still the hero of the day Sunday, hauling in the game-winning touchdown to lift the Golden Eagles to a 28-22 OT victory over Jamaica in the first-round of the PSAL bowl conference football playoffs. Comments (1)

A 2nd Wave Feminist’s View of the Election for President

Stronger together! Comments (3)

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016


Lynch’s son flees after gun accidently goes off in Whitestone

Two rookie officers from the 113th Precinct in Jamaica are in hot water for fleeing the scene after a gun accidently went off. One of the officers is 23-year-old Kevin Lynch, son of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president, Patrick Lynch. Comments (4)
FLORAL PARK—An elderly Floral Park woman was killed Sunday when she was struck by a car backing into the driveway of her residence that was driven by her grandson, police said. Comments (4)

Flushing native’s website helps consumers save money on heating oil

As the days get shorter and temperatures begin to drop, homeowners across the borough are scheduling deliveries of home heating oil, kerosene and propane. One Queens native is helping them find better prices with his three-year-old crowdsourcing website that can help them save big if they are smart about how they research and negotiate with vendors. Comments (1)

Big screen Bayside

Two different stories are told in “Bayside: The Actors’ Enclave,” an exhibit currently on display at the Bayside Historical Society in Fort Totten. Comment

Lady Crusaders take their game to a new level

Go ahead and doubt the McClancy girls’ basketball team—the Lady Crusaders don’t care. In fact, this year’s squad is using that doubt as a motivation as it heads into a season full of transition. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016


Queens commuters report racial and ethnic harassment Trump supporters

The victory of President-elect Donald Trump set the stage for reports of harassment taking place in public spots where New Yorkers are commonly forced to tolerate one another: city buses. Comments (14)
Three former officials and the office manager of IntaBoro Acres Inc.,an Ozone Park black car taxi cooperative, have been indicted for allegedly bilking the cooperative out of more than $732 000 over the period between 2007 and 2014, the Queens DA said. District Attorney Richard Brown identified the defendants as Intaboro’s former president,Iqbal Ali, 60,of 29 Hatfield Place, Staten Island; former Vice President Kubilay Durantas, 55, of 110 Connolly Ave. on Staten Island: former Treasurer Mitat Beymolla, 62, of 2689 Grand Ave. in Baldwin, N.Y.; and former office manager Lisa Cruz of 33 Steward St. in Bayshore, L.I., Comment
HOWARD BEACH—Police were searching for five men in connection with a robbery in Howard Beach. Comments (1)

Converse store opens at SkyView

Converse is coming to the SkyView Center in Flushing. Comment

Four McClancy standouts head for college baseball careers

While there were nerves and handshakes and plenty of pictures taken, the main feeling was pride as four McClancy baseball standouts signed their national letters of intent on Thursday. Comment

A surprising finish to a contentious campaign

The 2016 presidential race turned into an unexpected upset victory for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Most political observers thought Clinton would win. Some news media people seemed to believe that she would win by a large margin. Comments (2)

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016


Boro’s Muslim community takes stock of Trump election

Many members of the Queens Muslim community remain anxious in the aftermath of the presidential election due to policy proposals made by Donald Trump during his campaign. Elected officials and community organizations are pledging to fight if Trump, who won an upset victory, tries to make his campaign rhetoric a reality. Comments (10)

Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground commemorates 10-year anniversary of reclamation

Elected officials and community activists gathered at the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground Saturday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the reclamation of the pauper cemetery which was once turned into a playground known as Martin’s Field. Primarily, It is estimated 1,000 people were laid to rest on the plot of land containing the remains of African Americans and American Indians, as well as those people who had died of highly infectious diseases between 1840 and 1914 when it was turned over to the city Parks Department. Comments (1)

De Blasio and Trump meet as Cuomo launches hate crime hotline

After denigrating one another during the year-long presidential campaign, Mayor Bill de Blasio and President-elect Donald Trump met face-to-face — alone — for 62 minutes Wednesday morning. Comments (6)
Long Island City

LIC Partnership welcomes Dean of Cornell Tech at trade show

The 29th annual Long Island City Partnership business-to-business Trade Show and Luncheon drew more than 1,000 visitors to the Astoria Manor last week where more than 100 businesses took part. The event showcases businesses ranging from services and real estate, to hotels, health care and catering. Comment

Jamaica wary of Trump election

The black community in Jamaica engaged in a meeting Saturday with elected officials and activists to discuss their feelings after the presidential election, which dismayed many who expressed not only apprehension toward the prospect of a Donald Trump administration, but also disillusionment toward the Democratic Party. Comments (6)

Addabbo medical center in Averne to be expanded

A medical facility in the Rockaways will nearly double in size to better serve the community of Averne, city officials said. The project will expand the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, increasing the facility’s examination rooms by 50 percent, and bring new medical services to the federally-designated Medically Underserved Area. Comment
East Elmhurst

Electeds, Woodside on the Move distribute 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys

With Thanksgiving Day fast approaching, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) along with several elected officials and Woodside on the Move Tuesday donated more than 1,000 turkeys to community and faith-based organizations, senior and day care centers and schools. Peralta’s sixth annual Turkey Drive provided meals to families in need throughout his district. Comment

Jamaica native Gwen Ifill dies


Jamaica native Gwen Ifill dies

Celebrated PBS newscaster and Queens native Gwen Ifill was remembered for her incisive work in journalism by colleagues and President Barack Obama this week. Ifill died Monday at 61 after a battle with cancer. Comments (1)

A classic musical gets a ‘loverly’ production

Social class, human behavior and the relationship between the sexes are the basis for the Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady,” the famed musical comedy based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.” Theatre By The Bay, located at Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, gave director Ovi Vargas the opportunity to turn the show into a hit for the company. Comments (1)

Holy Cross falls to Canisius in state soccer semifinals

The whistle sounded at Belson Stadium last Friday night and the Holy Cross boys’ soccer team collectively cringed. Comment

Maspeth Marine wins Medal of Honor

Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan, Jr. was a United States Marine posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for selfless gallantry while serving in the Vietnam War. Comments (1)

No place for hate

Queens welcomes people from all over the world, but there is no room for anyone spewing hate in the nation’s most ethnically diverse borough. Half of Queens’ residents were born outside the United States and many came here—some at great risk—to find the freedom and equality they were denied at home. Comments (6)

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Hundreds of messages from the children of immigrants dangling from a church’s tree in Jackson Heights tells of the fear they have of a Trump presidency. “The American Dream is big enough for everyone,” is written on one piece of cloth. “Peace for all women, LGBT, immigrants and men,” is scrawled on another. Comments (8)
Queens Village

Pols call for action from Trump on hate crimes

The FBI report on the recent uptick in hate crimes has Queens elected officials on edge with incidents in Queens and across the city coming to the forefront of public attention. Crimes are up 7 percent against minorities, and those targeting Muslims are up 67 percent nationwide, according to the federal agency. Comments (8)
Ozone Park

Ozone Park residents oppose homeless center at rowdy meeting

South Queens residents used a town hall meeting to voice their disdain for the proposed Ozone Park drop-in center. The meeting, hosted by Councilman Ruben Wills (D- Jamaica) was filled with tension. Comments (9)
The Whitepoint Wolverines Youth Football League held its all-star game at Leavitts Field in Flushing, offering neighborhood youngsters a chance to show off their skills on the football field, and giving members of the community the chance to cheer them on. Comment

Cuomo reaches deal to spur building of affordable apartments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he reached a deal that would revive an important tax abatement that is necessary to build large developments such as the Hallets Cove project in Astoria. That $1.5 billion complex which would have consisted of five buildings and 2,400 apartments, 484 of them affordable, was scaled back to just one building after the 421-a program was allowed to expire in January. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

City expands free Rockaway Shuttle bus to ferry terminal

City officials announced last week the expansion of its plans for the Rockaway Shuttle, a free bus service that will connect thousands more residents with the Citywide Ferry Service launching in summer 2017.The two shuttle routes span four miles each, connecting the ferry terminal at Beach 108th Street with Beach 35th Street to the east, and Beach 169th Street to the west. Comment

‘Easter Rising Way’ dedicated in Maspeth with Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams

The Easter Rising of 1916 in Ireland was remembered with a street renaming of a stairway in Maspeth Saturday with over 300 members of the Irish immigrant community turning out to pay their respects. Comment
St. Albans

Phife Dawg to be memorialized in street co-naming

A member of the celebrated Queens-based hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest who died earlier this year will be honored with a street co-naming this coming weekend, outside of a building now emblazoned with a mural of the famous group. Comment

Finding the funny side of family relations

They’re sometimes referred to as the Sandwich Generation. Typically in their 40s or 50s, these selfless souls are sandwiched between two life stages: supporting their own children, while caring for their aging parents. And the challenges they face are extraordinary. Comment

Francis Lewis comes up short in state girls’ soccer final

It couldn’t have come at a less opportune time. The Francis Lewis girls soccer team hadn’t given up a goal all season, a defensive wall that took the city by storm. But that wall gave way a bit in the championship game. Comment

The unseen detours on the road to Yale

On Sunday I went to my local Queens bakery at 9, 11 and 2, and each time sat across from a friendly, open 18-year-old. These New York City students shared their hopes, dreams and what they do in their free time. One researches drone strikes in Somalia. Another teaches the disabled to ski. A third measures the size and shape of snake skulls. Comment

We must protect historic preservation

As things begin to settle in Washington, the possible effects on the core issues of the historic preservation community and movement are concerning. The Historic Districts Council (HDC) believes that the protection and preservation of our shared built environment is—and must be—a shared civil right for all people, guided by community consensus and aided by government action. Comment

Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

Women’s rights activists are planning a massive solidarity march on Washington, D.C. to protest the election of Donald Trump as president. Comments (10)

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016


Your Queens Weekend: Nov. 11-13

Several of the many countries that contribute to the unique identity of Queens are being celebrated in events taking place around the borough this weekend. Comments (1)

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016


LoVett excels in St. John’s sesason opener

He couldn’t say it was quite worth the wait, but Marcus LoVett couldn’t wipe the smile off his face when he walked out of Carnesecca Arena last Friday. Comment



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