Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016


Bowne Street Community Church designated by Landmarks Preseration Commission

After several setbacks the Bowne Street Community Church was officially landmarked by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Committee Dec. 13. The church was one of 27 sites in the city landmarked as part of the backlog initiative, including Loew’s 175th Street Theatre in Manhattan, St. Barbara’s Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn and Broughham College in Staten Island. Comments (1)

Queens Community House holds clothing drive for trans youth

Queens Community House is helping dress transgender teens. Comments (2)
Oakland Gardens saw the filming of the hit Showtime series “Homeland” last week. The Golden Globe-winning drama started shooting in the early morning hours at 210th Street and 67th Avenue where signs were placed informing residents to remove vehicles from what would be used as the set. Comment

Blizzard shared headlines in 1960 with new Pan Am terminal at Idlewild

By the Astoria Historical Society Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

Queens Village

Pols celebrate Jamaica Avenue repaving

The completion of the first phase of a significant repaving of Jamaica Avenue was celebrated Friday morning, as lawmakers, community leaders and officials from the Department of Transportation lauded the completion of the first phase of a process that many said was long overdue. Comments (4)

Bayside residents praise de Blasio on water bill credit

Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Bayside earlier this month to talk to residents at Clearview Senior Center about a $183 water bill credit to relieve the financial burden on homeowners. The Water Board approved de Blasio’s proposal for the credit back in April, which is an issue the mayor said has wanted to address since his time as public advocate. Comments (3)

NYPD officer adopts rescued dog


NYPD officer adopts rescued dog

JAMAICA — A rescued dog has found a new home with the NYPD officer who helped her. Comments (1)
It’s been a long road traveled for Nan-Chang Chen, but the Forest Hills resident continues to make an impact on the musical world. Comment
They had the looks – they just couldn’t hit. Comment

Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

East Elmhurst

Moya calls for sanctuary campuses

East Elmhurst

Moya calls for sanctuary campuses

State Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-East Elmhurst) is urging all SUNY and CUNY school to become sanctuary campuses in order to protect the students, faculty and staff from the looming Trump administration’s plans to effect mass deportations and potentially undo President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Comments (5)

Men charged in Queens insurance scheme

Conspirators allegedly bilked more than $88,000 by staging faked motor vehicle collisions in an attempt to trick auto insurers into paying for unneeded medical treatment, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. In all, four men, including three from southeastern Queens, were charged with taking part in the plot, according to the DA. Comments (3)

Whitestone biz district welcomes new sign

Whitestone residents have a new and improved welcome sign. The Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association replaced a rotting, wooden sign with a new aluminum sign this week reading “The village of Whitestone welcomes you” Comment

Basketball a life-saver for Queens College junior

Basketball, quite literally, saved Tyrone Hall’s life. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016


Three Queens educators win Sloan Awards

A handful of public school science and mathematics teachers were honored by receiving Sloan Awards for Excellence in teaching Science and Mathematics last week, bestowed by the Fund for the City of New York. The seven winners included three Queens educators. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

Ozone Park

New industrial center slated for Ozone Park

A sprawling modern industrial center will bring work space for 24 businesses and create 80 living wage jobs in Ozone Park. The city Economic Development Corporation announced last week that the 90,000-square-foot Ozone Park Industrial Center is the first project to win a $10 million grant through Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Industrial Developer Fund. Comment

Astoria Heights Playground reconstruction underway

The Astoria Heights Playground will be closed for a year as it undergoes a nearly $6 million reconstruction, its first major renovation in 20 years. Comment

Red Storm blows past Fordham

Shamorie Ponds wasn’t out for revenge. He just wanted to win. Comment

Friday, Dec. 16, 2016


Barnwell, Crowley endorse Hevesi’s homeless plan

Brian Barnwell, the 32-year-old Woodside attorney who upset longtime state Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) in the Democratic primary and then won her seat easily on Election Day, isn’t waiting to be sworn in come January for his first policy statement. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights immigrant groups speak out about harassment

Members of the Jackson Heights’ South Asian community spoke out about concerns following the presidential election on Saturday at a Chhaya CDC town hall meeting and were joined by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst). Chhaya is an organization dedicated to advocating for South Asian immigrant centers in the city to build economically stable, sustainable, and thriving communities. The town hall meeting took place at Renaissance Charter School, 35-59 81st St., with more than 200 people in attendance. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Queens Borough Board reviews Queens Library’s new strategic planning process

The Queens Borough Board held a meeting at Borough Hall Monday to review Queens Library’s new strategic planning process. Borough President Melinda Katz chaired the meeting and Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott led the presentation on the library’s new plans. Comment
Carwasheros is a term that entered the borough lexicon in 2012 when a group of undocumented immigrant workers at an East Elmhurst car wash fought and won the right to organize and eventually become the first shop to sign a union contract east of Los Angeles, Calif. Comments (1)
Douglas Manor

Macy’s in Douglaston to close its doors

Douglas Manor

Macy’s in Douglaston to close its doors

The Macy’s department store in Douglaston at 242-02 61st Ave. will be closing permanently at the beginning of the new year, a Macy’s spokeswoman said. Comments (7)

Townsend Harris students protest temp principal

The acting principal of Townsend Harris High School is facing criticism from students, teachers and alumni, some of whom are calling on the city Department of Education to ensure she is not installed as the school’s permanent principal. Comments (1)

De Blasio addresses public on Bronx radiator accident

Mayor Bill de Blasio briefed the public on an incident involving the deaths of two Bronx toddlers in homeless housing due to a radiator valve malfunction when he visited Bayside last week. Comments (4)
Two Jamaica men have been charged in the shooting death of a 21-year old South Ozone Park man. Comment

Queens artist remembers his Haitian childhood

For six weeks, Queens Library is featuring the artwork of Haitian-American artists for the Festival an Koulè (Festival of Colors) exhibit that is taking place in four of its southeast locations for the Queens Memory Project, which archives the history of the borough and its residents. Comment

Rossi’s stellar play wins nod as Player of the Year

Eric Rossi considers himself a quiet kid. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

The attorney for the New York School of Urban Ministry would neither confirm nor deny that the Astoria residence owned by the Christian non-profit would be converted into a shelter. Ira Clair did confirm the property, located at 31-65 46th St., is “being turned over to a long-term lessee,” but he is required to not discuss specifics of the deal. Comments (6)

Katz opposes large-scale music festivals in Flushing Meadows

Borough President Melinda Katz has launched a pre-emptive strike against the city Parks Department and three entertainment giants that are seeking to use Flushing Meadows Corona Park for paid-admission music festivals this summer. Madison Square Garden, AEG Live and Founders Entertainment have all filed applications with the city to close off large portions of the park in order to stage events. Comments (2)
Long Island City

City to look at Long Island City as home to new life sciences campus

Long Island City is in the running for a $100 million-world-class Applied Life Sciences Campus that will drive bio-engineering innovations, research and development partnerships and entrepreneurial training. The campus will serve as an institutional anchor for the life sciences industry, much as Cornell-Tech will serve as an anchor for applied sciences and engineering, Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed Tuesday. Comment
Jackson Heights

Crowley speaks about Trump concerns

Undocumented New Yorkers, including many students who benefitted from President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order from 2012, told U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) they fear changes to immigration policy under President-elect Donald Trump. Comments (6)
Howard Beach

DA cites Vetrano murder in call for expanded DNA testing

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown called on the New York State Commission on Forensic Science to consider expanding the type of DNA testing currently allowable in the hopes of finding a suspect in the unsolved murder of a Howard Beach jogger last summer, as well as other unsolved cases. Comment
Glen Oaks

Gas pains at Glen Oaks

A seemingly manageable gas leak in the street of Glen Oaks Village spread throughout the complex in an unexpected way before service was finally restored. Comments (4)
Oakland Gardens

Windsor Oaks seeks BSA approval to develope wooded variance

Windsor Oaks Tenant’s Corporation is seeking approval by the Board of Standards and Appeals to amend a variance between the co-op and the neighboring housing development so they may clear a wooded area for a new clubhouse and 98 new parking spaces, according to Steve Behar, legislative council to Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens). Comments (1)

Elected officials working to save Flushing High School

Flushing elected officials are showing support for Flushing High School after the state Department of Education revealed the school is still struggling. State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) visited Flushing High School last week and met with Principal Tyee Chin to discussed the school’s performance. Comments (6)

Free meals to be served at Flushing Town Hall on Christmas Eve

Flushing restaurateurs are flush with the spirit of giving this holiday season. Comments (2)

The wonderful world of scorpions: all 2,500 species

Stephanie Loria would like to set the record straight: “If you get stung by a scorpion and you are a healthy adult, you won’t die.” She paused, then added, “You may wish you were dead. But they get such a bad rap.” Comment

Holy Cross history 11 years in the making

It was a dominant soccer season in Queens this fall. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) will be officially announcing his 2017 mayoral run Sunday, according to Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association President Ed Jaworsky in Brooklyn. Comments (6)

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

A double-edged crisis is playing out in Astoria where the leader of a faith-based non-profit sent out eviction notices to 39 residents just after Thanksgiving saying they had to vacate the premises before Dec. 31. The New York School of Urban Ministry housed low-income New Yorkers at the facility in dorm-style single rooms with common spaces and kitchens for more than 33 years, but its pastor, Rev. Peter DeArruda, believes he can make more money by having a service provider run a “shelter-like” operation at the location. Comments (3)
State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has made repeated visits to a faith-based housing facility in Astoria advising residents to remain in their homes. The low-income residents of a 35-unit Astoria apartment building have been told they must vacate their units by Dec. 31, but Gianaris is reminding them the non-profit owner may have issued eviction letters but that does not mean they have to leave. Comments (4)
The low-income residents of a 35-unit Astoria apartment building have been told they must vacate their units by Dec. 31. The building, located at 31-65 46th St., is owned by the New York School of Urban Ministries at 31-10 47th St. Comments (3)

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016


Irish President to Honor Brendan Fay, Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy

An Irishman who came to America and an Irish-American woman whose family has been here for nearly a century are going back to the old country to be honored by its president for “sustained and distinguished service to Ireland and Irish communities abroad.” Comment

Weekend calendar for Queens:  Dec. 10-11

Your weekend calendar: Dec. 10-11 Comment

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016


Seven injured in Flushing apartment fire

Several families have been left homeless after a two-alarm fire in Flushing. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

Long Island City

Queens lawmaker calls on power plant operators to burn cleaner fuel oils

Residents of Long Island City and Astoria are demanding environmental justice for Asthma Alley, the area of western Queens that is home to more than half of the city’s power plants. Comment



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