Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017


NYCHA’s Ocean Bay Apartments set for major repairs

Ocean Bay Apartments, a NYCHA development in the Rockaways, will benefit from more than $200 million in state-issued bonds to pay for necessary repairs, including new roofs, heating systems, elevators and security systems. Comment

Whitestone residents get NYPD Block Watcher training classes

A Whitestone civic group is working with the NYPD to teach residents the skills to help police protect their community. Comment

MTA Chairman announces retirement

Thomas Prendergast, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority since 2013 who presided at the opening of the Second Avenue subway in recent days, has confirmed his intent to resign within weeks as head of the sprawling transit system. Comments (1)
Political Action

Conservative Party expects great things from Trump

The New York State Conservative Party, at its state committee meeting earlier this year, endorsed Donald Trump for president. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017


New state drug reforms combat overdoses

As New York City announced a grim milestone in the number of drug overdose deaths in the city in 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a volley of new reforms aimed at curtailing the number of overdose deaths, including a requirement for health insurance plans to cover treatment services for addicted New Yorkers. Comment
Long Island City

LIC Partnership BID expansion approved

The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve legislation allowing the LIC Partnership to expand its Business Improvement District to include large sections of Hunters Point, effective on July 1, 2017. Comment

DOT to repair ramps on Grand Central, Clearview: Avella

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced a response from the state Dept. of Transportation regarding his request for the agency to repair entrance and exit ramps on the Grand Central Parkway and the Clearview Expressway. According to the DOT, Exit 1 off the Clearview Expressway going southbound which connects to the Grand Central Parkway headed eastbound, and the entrance and exit ramps to the Clearview Expressway at 188th Street will be refurbished. Comment

Chaplain offers support when family member faces death

For Rev. Denise Parker Lawrence, the holidays bring a particular challenge for her profession. Lawrence, a pastoral care coordinator, works with a team at the non-profit MJHS to provide hospice, palliative and in-home care for patients and families throughout the borough. Lawrence’s goal is to provide families facing the death of a loved one with the support they need. Comment

Three-way tie for Straphangers best subway line

For the first time in the history of the Straphangers campaign, it’s a three-way tie for the best subway in the New York City transit system, Comment


Monday, Jan. 9, 2017


State announces homeownership repair funding

Nearly $8 million in state funding will go toward rehabilitating damaged houses or constructing new ones throughout the state, according to an announcement last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Some funding will go towards repairing homes damaged during Superstorm Sandy. Comment

Staten Island man charged in Qns burglaries

A Staten Island man was indicted for allegedly burglarizing six locations throughout Queens, stealing significant amounts of cash, lottery tickets and cigarettes, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Bayside’s Party City searches for new home

The party’s over for the Party City on Northern Boulevard. Comments (5)

Split decision: St. John’s women notch highs and lows to open Big East play

The Red Storm were disappointed after falling to Seton Hall on Friday, but the squad bounced back with a decisive victory over Xaver on Monday night. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017


Flushing Bank sells Auburndale building

The Flushing Bank branch will stay open until a new, updated branch location nearby is ready for occupancy, according to John Buran, president and chief executive officer of Flushing Financial Corporation. Comment

Storm surge: St. John’s downs Butler in Big East opener

The Red Storm matched their Big East win total from last season, upsetting No. 13 Butler 76-73 at Carnesecca Arena on Thursday night. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017


Lowe’s to swallow Macy’s and MovieWorld in Douglaston

Plans have been filed at 242-02 61st Ave. in Douglaston for changes to the spaces currently occupied by Macy’s Department Store and MovieWorld theater. According to the city Department of Buildings, the Alt-1 permit is to convert the spaces into a Lowe’s Home Improvement Center. Comments (12)

Elmhurst mother charged in one-year-old baby’s death

An Elmhurst mother has been charged with the murder of her one-year-old daughter, police said. Comment

Astoria nightspot Cavo closes

Cavo has closed. Comment

Turnaround Terriers: St. Francis Prep girls rally for non-league win over St. Mary’s

The St. Francis Prep girls basketball team staged a late-game rally, sparked by the dominant performance of Emily Engstler, to take down St. Mary’s in a non-league CHSAA contest on Thursday. Comment

Friday, Jan. 6, 2017


Court hears arguments over IDNYC information as program expands

City officials and two GOP lawmakers squared off in a Staten Island courtroom where a judge will decide if the de Blasio administration can follow through on its vow to destroy the personal data of nearly one million IDNYC cardholders. After Donald Trump became president-elect, the mayor promised he would protect cardholders’ information from being used in the deportations of illegal immigrants. Comment

Astoria to get Citi Bike, ferry service after record-breaking ridership around city

Astoria residents will have new transit options this year with Citywide Ferry Service arriving at Hallets Point in June and Citi Bike expanding north from Long Island City before the end of 2017. Comments (3)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new proposal at LaGuardia Community College Tuesday that would make SUNY and CUNY college tuition free for nearly a million families making less than $125,000 a year. With Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at his side, Cuomo announced his new Excelsior Scholarship program to alleviate the crushing burden of student debt. Comments (1)
Hollis Hills

Bayside shopkeeper sells winning lottery ticket — to himself!

A Hollis Hills shop owner picked up a winning Lottery ticket at his own store and will be raking in more than $200,000 annually, but he seems to be enjoying his windfall by not going to work anymore. Comment
Forest Hills

GallopNYC brings therapeutic horseback riding to Forest Hills

A Forest Hills stable has been acquired by a non-profit that will offer therapeutic horsemanship to people with disabilities. GallopNYC acquired the horse stables formerly known as Lynne’s Riding School at 88-08 70th Road in Forest Park. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Police hunt driver in deadly hit-and-run on South Conduit

A St. Albans man was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Springfield Gardens that occurred only a few hours into the new year, and police were seeking information about the driver of the vehicle that was caught by a surveillance camera speeding away from the scene. Comment

QCC gets $1.3M America’s Promise grant for tech students

Queensborough Community College received a $1.3 million America’s Promise grant from the U.S. Department of Labor through CUNY’s TechWorks to help students attain the portfolio items and credentials necessary to enter the workforce in the tech industry. Comment

That’s ‘anOTHER’ story

A new play out of Queensborough Community College exploring what it means to be the “other” in America was selected to open the main stage performances at the regional-level Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival this week. Comment

Second Avenue miracle

Yes, the Upper East Side of Manhattan has hijacked the Q train from Astoria for the stunning new Second Avenue subway, but Queens got the W line back in return. Comments (1)

Obama report card: mixed grades but A for civility

In high school I excelled in humanities subjects like English and history, but found math and science much more difficult. Comments (8)
North Shore Towers

Milestone for non-smokers at North Shore Towers

New Year’s Day started off with a great celebration for the residents of North Shore Towers, the 1,844 apartment co-op in Floral Park, Queens, as it became the largest smoke-free private residential building in New York (another No. 1 ranking for Queens County) as well as the United States. Comments (1)

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017


Death of a mogul may breathe life into southeast nabes

A controversial real estate mogul with major holdings in southeast Queens died last autumn, perhaps finally releasing a death grip that for years has throttled development in neighborhoods where she owned properties. Comments (3)
Kew Gardens Hills

14 Kew Garden Hills small businesses destroyed in five-alarm fire

“This was the lifeline of the neighborhood — now where are you going to go? asked longtime Kew Gardens Hills resident Jimmy J. F. as he stared at the burned-out block of mom-and-pop stores. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Little Guyana mourns tragic gun death

A Guyanese man was shot and killed while visiting New York for his grandmother’s funeral when he and his brother were robbed early Monday morning in Richmond Hill, police said. Comments (2)
Queens Village

Van Buren touts improved graduation, attendance

Martin Van Buren High School has seen dramatic improvements in its graduation and attendance rates since being classified as one of the 94 struggling schools in the city’s Renewal Program, elected officials and school administration announced Tuesday. Comments (2)

Early cushion helps QHST take down ‘Dozo

The Queens High School of Teaching boys’ basketball team made a statement Tuesday – one the squad has been waiting to make for years. Comment

Queens Quiet Skies says airplane noise talks with FAA progressing

Queens Quiet Skies President Janet McEneaney told the Community Board 11 meeting Tuesday that talks between her organization, the FAA and Port Authority to reduce airplane noise over the borough have improved since they began in 2012 and progress is underway to bring relief to residents. Comments (1)

Cuomo unveils ‘vision plan’ for JFK Airport

Gov. Andrew Cuomo presented a sweeping “vision plan” to transform JFK International Airport for the 21st century. Comments (3)
Hunters Point

Recycle your Christmas tree during MulchFest at several spots in borough

Now that the holidays are over the city is asking residents to “tree-cycle” their used Christmas trees. Comments (1)

City’s first baby of 2017 born in Flushing

The city’s first baby of 2017 was born in Flushing Hospital. Comment

Film fest honors daughter of the borough

LIC native Julie Dash, auteur of ‘Daughters of the Dust,’ will receive the Spirit of Queens award at the Queens World Film Festival in March. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Science fiction: Research shows ‘research’ just grabbing headlines

Oh to be a scientist 50 or 60 years ago, warning people about the stuff they really needed to know: Stop smoking! Don’t take thalidomide if you’re pregnant! For God’s sake, ditch the Corvair unless you want to get impaled on your gear shift! Comment

Time to join your community board

January is the month that you may apply to serve on your local community board. Community Boards make advisory decisions on many aspects of neighborhood life, including on land use cases where variances and special permits have been requested, capital and expense budget matters as well as issues concerning transportation, education, environmental concerns, parks, health and community facilities, to name some of the areas. Serving on a community board is a non-paid, volunteer position. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017

A cheering crowd at LaGuardia Community College welcomed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to their Long Island City campus Tuesday where Cuomo announced his plan to give free college tuition to eligible New York students. The Excelsior Scholarship program would offer free tuition at SUNY and CUNY schools for students from nearly a million families making less than $125,000 a year. Comments (6)

Friday, Dec. 30, 2016


Party City in Bayside looking for new home

Party City in Bayside will be closing in January after 20 years in the community. Comments (7)

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016


NYPD allows Sikh officers to serve with turbans and beards

Police Commissioner James O’Neill has announced the department will allow observant Sikh officers to wear turbans and beards while on duty. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

Jackson Heights

Crowley rips city’s use of hotels to shelter homeless

Just before Christmas, the city Department of Homeless Services posted a request for vendors to procure 3,900 hotel rooms in order to shelter more of the record 60,000 homeless in the five boroughs. Comment



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