Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Noisy freight rail repair facility to move out of Glendale

Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and other Queens officials announced last week that the New York and Atlantic Railway will reduce noise in Glendale by moving its train repair facility to East New York, providing needed relief to residents in the area. Comments (1)

Meng nominates six Queens students to U.S. service academies

Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) hosted a reception for six Queens high school students she nominated to attend the United States Service Academies. The teens will depart for their institutions later this month after they graduate from their local high schools. Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

Sandy-damaged apartment complex in Far Rockaway undergoing major restoration

When Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Rockaway peninsula in October 2012, it did extensive damage to the Ocean Bay Apartments complex, a 24-building, 1,395-unit NYCHA campus, home to nearly 4,000 low-income New Yorkers. Comments (1)

Police hear Jamaica residents’ concerns

Officers of the 103rd Precinct held a neighborhood community meeting Tuesday on unlicensed mechanics, abandoned cars and prostitution. Comments (1)
Dining Out

Lunera mixes Old World and New

Thanks to the insistent connections of inscrutable internet logic, my attention has recently been driven to a constellation of articles about cultural appropriation as it relates to food. Are we really stealing something when mainstream cuisine adopts and adapts the foodways of ethnic cultures? Comment

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Long Island City

Business, real estate leaders discuss Long Island City’s unprecedented growth

More than 300 leaders in business, tech and real estate gathered Tuesday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria for the 4th Annual LIC Summit, a daylong forum exploring issues affecting a neighborhood that has been experiencing explosive and unprecedented growth. Comments (2)

Council helps match artists with funding

If you’re a Queens-based creative looking for a way to connect to people in your neighborhood through your project-based work, it’s easier to get by with a little help from your friends. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Lancman joins Local 3 union condemning Charter Communications

Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) and other elected officials joined over 100 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 members Tuesday morning in front of a Charter Communications location in Fresh Meadows to denounce the company’s use of out-of-state contractors. Comment

Simotas bills to help small businesses pass in state Legislature

A package of four bills to help small businesses avoid common violations and increase transparency and public participation in agency rulemaking has passed in both houses of the state Legislature. Comment

More for Mooney: Red Storm pitcher earns another honor

St. John’s freshman ace Sean Mooney was named to the 2017 Collegiate National Team on Tuesday, another honor for the dominant right-hander. Comment

Monday, June 26, 2017


Woodside’s Doughboy Park to receive $750,000 renovation

Doughboy Park in Woodside, the 1.7-acre public space on Woodside Avenue and 52nd Street, will receive a $750,000 overhaul, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced last week. Comments (1)

Anti-choice protesters outside Jamaica clinic sued by Attorney General

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit Tuesday against 14 anti-choice protesters who have threatened patients of the Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica. Comment

9/11 memorial draws crowds in Bayside

A new plaque commemorating the victims of 9/11 in Bayside got a new look Saturday. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Two formerly homeless men hired to clean Roosevelt Avenue

Two formerly homeless men will work full-time cleaning Roosevelt Avenue between 82nd Street and 90th Street, beginning July 1. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Some interesting items from my inbox

Once in a while, something interesting shows up in my email inbox. It’s often hard to spot, since it’s surrounded by offers to reduce belly fat, regrow hair, lower blood pressure, increase income, improve one’s sex life — among many other dubious offers. But this one caught my attention. Comment

Home field advantage: Cricket star uses sport to settle stateside

John Adams senior standout Richie Balkarran found a home in the United States and on the cricket field, notching a career that was nothing short of excpetional. Comment

Queens-born Jason Patric a Hollywood mainstay

Born Jason Patric Miller, Jr., in Queens on June 17, 1966, Jason Patric is a film, stage and television actor who has over 20 movies to his credit in a career spanning more than 30 years. He has also appeared in TV shows including “Saturday Night Live,” “Entourage, “and the mystery series “Wayward Pines.” Comment

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Kim, Urban Upground celebrate successful 2017 tax season

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and staffers from Urban Unbound celebrated the conclusion of a successful 2017 partnership in providing free tax services for his constituents. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Redwood Park in Oakland Gardens scheduled for renovation

Funding has been secured to renovate a playground adjacent to Cunningham Park in Oakland Gardens, and according to Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Bayside), the improvements will raise the conditions of the playground to the standard of the rest of the park, known for its well-groomed lawns. Comments (1)

Morrissey helps make changes at Holy Cross

Holy Cross ace Patrick Morrissey wrapped up a strong high school career at the Mayor’s Cup, marking a strong finish to a historic season on the mound. Comment

Victim complex won’t save Trump

If President Donald Trump knows he did nothing wrong, he would welcome an investigation by Robert S. Mueller lll, a person of unquestionable ability and integrity who hired a staff of an equal sterling reputation. Comments (6)

Saturday, June 24, 2017


Meng champions act to help community colleges

In an effort to boost graduation rates at community colleges, Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) introduced the “Community College Student Success Act.” Comments (1)

North Korean delegates detained at JFK

Three North Korean delegates were detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport last Friday and had a diplomatic package seized by U.S. authorities, according to North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Comment
St. Albans

Father knows best: NBA dads offer insight for community

The Father’s and Men of Professional Baskebtall Players group hosted a roundtable discussion at Renaissance Middle School on Thursday, offering a chance for the community to learn the ins and outs of raising a professional athlete. Comments (1)

An ode to the USS Fitzgerald and the U.S. Navy

Time is passing Comments (8)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Howard Beach

Karina Vetrano’s parents applaud expanded use of DNA testing in New York state

The parents of Karina Vetrano, the 30-year-old jogger who was brutally beaten, raped and strangled in Howard Beach in August, held a rally last week with elected officials and community leaders to thank the New York State Commission on Forensic Science for adopting the use of Familial DNA Matching in certain cases. Comments (1)
Oakland Gardens

Jax Hts woman gets 12 to 22 years for crash killing mother, two daughters

A Jackson Heights woman was sentenced to 12 to 22 years behind bars after being convicted of manslaughter and other charges in a deadly Oakland Gardens crash that took the lives of three family members in 2015, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)

Parks, Vallone cut the ribbon for Little Bay’s soccer fields

Little Bay Park opened its renovated soccer fields Tuesday with City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) in attendance, along with Parks Department officials and other figures from around the neighborhood. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Weprin, advocates rally for restored prison visitation rights and services

Lawmakers and attorneys are pushing to restore visitation rights for convicts in medium security facilities across the state, claiming limits to family contact contribute to recidivism and violence in prison. Comments (1)

NYPD Commissioner visits Glendale to talk public safety

Police Commissioner James O’Neill addressed terrorism, the rise in opioid addiction and quality-of-life offenses at Tuesday’s 104th Precinct Community Council meeting in Glendale. Comments (1)

Old Bayside tennis club renewed after a century

The legacy of a Bayside institution has been reinvigorated in the Bayside North Shore Tennis and Racquet Club, which has stood for over century and hosted legends of the sport such as Butch Seewagon and Vitas Gerulaitis. Comment
Richmond Hill

Jamaica Hospital dedicates new hospice center to Ferrara family

Jamaica Hospital celebrated the completion of its new hospice facility with a ribbon-cutting dedicated as the Ferrara Family Center, a step up from the prior unit, which offered few amenities and an atmosphere administrators did not believe was suitable for patients or families. Comment

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

NE Queens commuters stiffed

As the “Summer of Hell” approaches for Long Island Rail Road riders, northeast Queens commuters are destined to end up in purgatory. Comments (3)

State, local officials gather to honor community leader

For Seymour Schwartz, a retired pharmaceutical executive who devoted his entire life to the betterment of society, it was like an episode of “This is your life,” the old TV reality-documentary show from 1952 to 1961 where the host would take the guest through a retrospective of their lives with surprise appearances by colleagues. Comment

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Albany lawmakers fail to agree on mayoral control but urged to reconvene

The state Legislature ended its annual session without reaching an agreement to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control of the city school system late Wednesday. There were rumblings of requests for a special session Thursday morning, but lawmakers have not reconvened to reconsider the measure before it expires in eight days, according to state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) office. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

City reminds immigrants of legal protections against housing discrimination after Corona landlord intimidates residents

The de Blasio administration deployed a half dozen city agencies to Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Wednesday to calm an outraged immigrant community after undocumented residents of a Corona building were threatened with eviction and intimidated by their landlord. Comments (8)

Flushing Bay, river focus of cleanup push

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) has been joined by environmental advocacy groups to announce “All Hands on Deck!”— a Flushing Waterways Community Visioning Workshop coming to Queens Museum this week. Comment

Cuomo calls for Amtrak to pick up mitigation costs for Penn repairs

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on Amtrak to reimburse the Long Island Rail Road after announcing the acceleration of improvements to MTA bridges and tunnels to mitigate disruptions for commuters as Amtrak takes six weeks to complete major overhauls of Penn Station. Comments (1)

Gianaris bill would tax the rich to fund MTA rescue plan

Hundreds of thousands of straphangers faced yet another MTA meltdown citywide Tuesday morning, enduring frustrating delays and service changes attributed to signal problems and other failures. Comments (1)

Queensbridge rapper Prodigy dead at 42

Queensbridge rapper Prodigy, one half of the famous rap group Mobb Deep, died Tuesday after a brief hospitalization. He was 42. Comment

Astoria’s Hallets Peninsula gets millions in funding for public spaces, security and library

After decades of dormancy, Astoria’s Hallets Peninsula is springing to life with the launch of a new NYC Ferry route in August while the Durst Organization moves forward with its massive $1.5 billion Hallets Point development, featuring seven buildings and 2,400 apartments, a waterfront esplanade, school and a supermarket. Comment

Sing for Hope brings painted pianos to the sidewalks of Queens

Place an artistically decorated piano at high traffic locations in New York City and you never know who will stop by and tickle the ivories. Comment
High Heat

Jacob deGrom returning to form as ace of Mets’ pitching staff

This is the ace the Mets have been looking for. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Now is the time for universal day care in New York City

There’s a simple way to help raise up the middle class: Take care of their kids. Comments (1)

Justice reform makes sense for petty offenses

For decades, New York City has imposed overly harsh penalties on individuals who commit low-level, nonviolent offenses. Guided by the ill-conceived broken windows policing strategy, countless men and women have been run through the criminal justice system solely for committing a petty, victimless offense. Comment

Police seek man suspected of robbing a Duane Reade Pharmacy in Astoria

ASTORIA — The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who allegedly robbed a Duane Reade Pharmacy on May 17. Comment

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Three injured in Astoria roof collapse caused by heavy material: FDNY

Three construction workers were seriously injured in a roof collapse at an Astoria construction site Tuesday afternoon, according to Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights man in fatal fall: NYPD

Police from the 115th Precinct responding to a 911 call Sunday discovered a 27-year-old man who had fallen down a basement staircase, according to the NYPD. Comment
Long Island City ►Video

Employee slugged as man steals tip jar at Long Island City bagel store: NYPD

The NYPD released surveillance video of a suspect wanted in the robbery of a Long Island City bagel shop last month. Comment

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Three rescued in Astoria crane incident: FDNY

Two people were rescued and rushed to Elmhurst Hospital Center in critical condition following a construction accident in Astoria Tuesday afternoon, according to the FDNY. Comment

MTA offers discount, free transfer for LIRR riders in light of Penn Station troubles

The Metropolitan Transit Authority is granting passengers on the Long Island Rail Road a discounted rate on fares after Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the state agency to assist in easing the challenges commuters are expected to face as Amtrak prepares to shut down 20 percent of Penn Station for six weeks over the summer. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Man found dead in stairwell of Far Rock project

Joseph Smart, 47, a Far Rockaway Beach Blvd. resident who lived in public housing at 82-01 Beach Channel Drive, was found dead in a stairwell with multiple stab wounds, police said. Comment
Jackson Heights ►Video

Man attacked, robbed at Jackson Heights subway station: NYPD

A 30-year-old man was beaten and robbed inside a bathroom at the Roosevelt Avenue-Broadway subway station in Jackson Heights earlier this month, according to the NYPD. Comments (1)

Monday, June 19, 2017


Police: Man steals cash from Woori Bank in Sunnyside

Police were searching for a man who allegedly stole a large amount of cash from Woori Bank in Sunnyside May 15. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Police searching for missing Kew Garden Hills man

Police were looking for a missing man in Kew Garden Hills. Comment

Mets announce new netting plan for a safer Citi Field

Things are about to get a little safer at Citi Field. Comment

Friday, June 16, 2017


Queens Weekend Calendar: June 17-18

Your weekend calendar: June 17-18 Comment


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