Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

New Hyde Park

Parker Institute to open Indian cultural unit

The Parker Institute for Health care and Rehabilitation said it is planning to establish an Indian Cultural Unit, a facility dedicated to serving the Indian population of Queens and Nassau Counties. Established in 1907 as a shelter for 25 indigent men, the Parker Institute has grown into a network of community programs which oversee the health and wellness of adults. The new unit will focus on patients in Indian communities suffering from short and long-term conditions and their families. Comments (2)

Simotas named head of powerful commission that oversees all agency rulemaking

As lawmakers returned to Albany for the new legislative session Monday, state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) announced she was appointed to head the powerful Administrative Regulations Review Commission by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. The commission is a bi-partisan watchdog over every state agency’s rules and regulatory activities to make sure they are legal and effective. Comment

Jiu-jitsu center to take place of Bell Plaza Sports Club

The space occupied by Bell Plaza Sports Club will be reoccupied following the gym’s sudden closure in late June. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017


Bayside Council for the Arts to host ‘Literary Night on Bell Blvd’

What started out as a one-night writers’ showcase on Bell Boulevard got shut down by the snow Saturday. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Richards wants SBS service to eastern Rockaway

A proposed Department of Transportation Select Bus Service route planned to travel from Woodhaven to the Rockaways via Cross Bay Boulevard should extend as far into the eastern peninsula as possible, Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Arverne) said. He argued it could alleviate long travel times for Rockaway residents. Comments (4)

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017


HPD moves closer to community land trusts

The city Department of Housing Preservation and Development opened a Request for Expressed Interest from parties that want to develop community land trusts in the city, which Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Arverne) said could be one way to increase affordable homeownership in areas wracked by foreclosures and rising prices like southeast Queens. Comments (1)

NYPD is overseeing security at city homeless shelters

The NYPD has taken over the management of security at Department of Homeless Services shelters citywide. Nearly 700 DHS peace officers have already been retrained and security plans at all locations have been reviewed and enhancements were made where needed. Comments (2)

IRS scams targeted at CB7

Michael O’Kane, president of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 32 in Whitestone, proposed setting up a veterans committee on CB7 to help returnees navigate life after their service. Comments (1)

Elmhurst medical marijuana dispensary gets green light to deliver

The borough’s only dispensary of medical marijuana is set to launch home delivery. Comments (2)
Divisive and downright ugly from the first primary to the final tally, last year’s presidential election had supersized portions of the key ingredients one would expect to find in a meaty theatrical drama: conflict, contrast, and the quest for power. With these elements still very much in play after Nov. 8, the flabbergasted duo behind feminist theater company The Dirty Blondes had no question as to how they would answer the president-elect: Cancel the production booked for January and heed the call of an ominous new muse. Comments (3)
Queens Village

Michael Cutler talks immigration at Queens Village Republican Club

A special guest at the Queens Village Republican Club meeting last week discussed the dangers lurking in sanctuary cities from the perspective of a former Immigration and Naturalization Services agent of 30 years. Mike Cutler, having retired, now uses his experience to write and talk about issues of immigration and terrorism on networks such as Fox News. Comment

Early miscues too much for St. John’s as Storm drop first Big East game

The St. John’s men’s basketball team did its best to rally in the second half, but a double-digit deficit was too much to overcome in the squad’s 85-72 loss to No. 10 Creighton on Wednesday. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017


Corona kids celebrate Three Kings Day at St. Leo’s

Elected officials from western Queens led a toy giveaway for students in Corona at St. Leo’s School last Saturday. Comment

Splash in the pond: St. Johns’ freshman defying expectations this season

Shamorie Ponds came to St. John’s to turn the program around. No one thought he could do it immediately. He’s proving them all wrong. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017


Stanners stars lift Molloy to late-game win over Christ the King

Archbishop Molloy rallied in the fourth quarter, notching a handful of big-time plays, to take down Christ the King 78-67 on Friday night. Comment

Pass bill to provide lawyers for tenants facing eviction

Every year landlords seeking evictions force nearly 300,000 New Yorkers into Housing Court. Some 90 percent of landlords have a lawyer present, while only 30 percent of tenants have legal representation. Not surprisingly, most tenants lose their case. Those tenants could wind up in homeless shelters—eviction being the No. 1 cause of homelessness—with enormous costs to city taxpayers. Providing tenants with legal representation could prevent about half of evictions and as a result save taxpayers an estimated $320 million per year, according to the Right to Counsel Coalition. Comments (1)

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

Sunday marks the third commemoration of Martin Luther King’s Day at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Flushing. For honoree Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake, keynote speaker Cheryl Wills and dancer Lindsey Croop, celebrate the civil rights leader’s life is personal. Comments (6)
The final piece of the $8 billion LaGuardia Airport reconstruction puzzle fell into place last week when the Port Authority approved a lease through 2050 to redevelop the Delta terminals. Comment

Queens top for foreclosure numbers in city

New York’s foreclosures hit a height in 2016 not seen since the two years immediately following the 2008 market crash, according to a new report from property research specialists PropertyShark. Queens was the site of the most foreclosures by a significant margin, with southeast Queens particularly hard hit in 2016. Comments (4)

Astoria lawmakers concerned over Indian Point nuclear reactor shutdown

While environmentalists across the region hailed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement Monday that the Indian Point Energy Center would close by 2021, two Astoria lawmakers have their concerns. Comments (1)

City announces college savings accounts for students

More than 3,000 kindergartners in a school district containing much of northwestern Queens will have $100 allocated to them into scholarship accounts this fall to help them start saving for a college education. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Forgione takes command of the 108th Pct. after years of service around borough

The new commanding officer of the 108th Precinct in Long Island City can’t top smiling since he replaced Deputy Inspector John Travaglia last week. Capt. Ralph Forgione joined the NYPD in 1989 and served much of his career in precincts throughout the borough where he was born and raised. Comments (1)

Swords, shields, flips — and the fire to perform

Plenty of people dream about running away to join the circus, but precious few have enough core strength to make it in the world of spandex, sawdust, and high-flying derring-do. Comment

Learn debt free

Elitism in education has been a growing problem in the country as the cost of a college degree hit $60,000 a year at many top-rated institutions. The trickle-down effect was felt at the other end of the spectrum where tuitions rose at two-year community colleges and small four-year schools. Comment

Granby the great: Legendary boys hoops coach honored with gym renaming

Charles “Chuck” Granby spent most of his life pacing the sidelines in the Campus Magnet gym – and now that gym will bear his name after a ceremony honored the late coach on Thursday. Comment
The Civic Scene

Hevesi plan could help tenants living on the edge

State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi has been visiting civic associations and community boards to explain his Home Stability Support Program, which he thinks would help solve the homeless problem in New York State. Currently there are 60,000 people in homeless shelters every night. To solve this problem New York City is putting homeless families in regular neighborhood hotels, which are not the answer, so neighborhood people are demonstrating against this policy. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017


MLK celebrated in several SE Qns events

An array of events throughout southeastern Queens will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the weekend before the holiday celebrating his life this coming Monday. Comments (1)
Real Estate

Forest Hills Gardens one of city’s priciest neighborhoods

A number of Queens neighborhoods made the list of 50 priciest neighborhoods in New York City, according to a study conducted by real estate analyst PropertyShark. Comment

Crime drops to historic low in city, borough

New York City saw a continued drop in overall crime in the past year, according to recently-released statistics from the NYPD. Crime was reduced by more than 4 percent, leading to the fewest annual index crimes ever reported since the police first introduced CompStat in 1994. Comments (1)

2016 saw fewest fatalities ever on city streets: Mayor

Last January Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg toured Queens Boulevard in Woodside and declared for the first time in a quarter of a century there were no fatalities on the Boulevard of Death and that his Vision Zero initiative was working. Make that two years. Comment

Allen AME holds affordable housing workshop

The message was clear at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral: Congregations and houses of worship can act as intermediaries for parishioners and community residents endangered by foreclosure or rising rent prices. Comment

Flushing-born Max Kupferberg dies at 97

Flushing born philanthropist Max Kupferberg has died at 97. Comments (3)

Royals hold on for first victory of the new year

Klarke Sconiers sank four free throws in the final 20 seconds of play as Christ the King held on for a 60-54 victory over Archbishop Molloy on Thursday. Comment

Subtext: A dictionary of Subway vernacular

To celebrate the opening of the Second Avenue Subway, we have commissioned the first New York Guide to Subway Jargon. Here it is — after 98 years in the making! Comments (2)

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

NYPD Detective Steven McDonald, who was paralyzed after being shot in the line of duty more than 30 years ago, died Tuesday afternoon. He was 59. Comments (1)

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017


Bayside Council for the Arts to hold Literary Night on Bell

The Bayside Council for the Arts will showcase readings from writers around the neighborhood Saturday. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill vigil mourns death of city’s first 2017 homicide

Friends and family of Ricky Kalisaran gathered at the site of his murder in Richmond Hill to mourn him last Friday afternoon. Comment



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