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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hunters Point

Summer Kids program returns to LIC Landing for 2017

The popular Summer Kids program returns to the LIC Landing by Coffeed in Hunters Point South Park for a second year. Comment

One Station Plaza will combine old and new in Bayside

Joining what is becoming a mecca for dining, restaurateur Mark Boccia and his business partner John Ryan will soon open up a new eatery in Bayside — with a vintage, yet modern, flare. Comments (7)
Jackson Heights

Peralta announces funding for racial and ethnic awareness project at the Renaissance School in Jackson Heights

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) announced a $25,000 state allocation for a Renaissance Charter School project called “Teens for Racial and Ethnic Awakening, aimed at providing training and improving relations for high school students. Comment

Councilman Miller visits art institutions

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) secured $700,000 in funding for 17 art institutions throughout Queens and visited some of them last week to learn about their projects for the summer and the ensuing year. Comment

Women’s City Club applauds physical education initiative

At the Women’s City Club of New York, we believe that all children and young adults deserve a quality education, one that sets them on a clear path to success. But for too long, our schools have ignored a New York State mandate that all students have access to physical education — a vital piece of any student’s health and achievement. Comment

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


NYCHA loses key leader as massive federal cuts will affect agency

When the New York City Housing Authority launched a comprehensive plan called NextGeneration Operations to secure the future of public housing in 2015, it faced its worst financial position in more than 80 years. Now, with proposed federal budget cutbacks, NYCHA is staring at more of a challenge. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Non-profit that gives jobs and training to homeless New Yorkers moves headquarters to Long Island City

A non-profit organization that helps homeless people get back on their feet while cleaning several business corridors in Queens has moved its headquarters to Long Island City from SoHo in Manhattan. Comment

Maspeth’s Frank Principe Park to undergo renovations

The Frank Principe Park in Maspeth will undergo a $6.8 million, year-long renovation, made possible by City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), beginning this fall. Comment
Queens Village

Queens Village man convicted of sex trafficking, prostitution: DA

A Queens Village man is facing up to 50 years in state prison after he was convicted last Friday of sex trafficking two teenage girls and promoting prostitution, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (5)

Going international: Queens College alum set to head Uganda lax

Peter Ginnegar has been involved in lacrosse for over forty years, but the opportunity to helm the Uganda National Lacrosse Team might be the most important work he’s ever done. Comment

Monday, July 10, 2017


Renee Katz returns to the stage to tell her story

It has been almost four decades since Renee Katz narrowly survived after being pushed onto the subway tracks by a crazed stranger and run over by a passing E train. Comment

Avella writes to MTA asking to relieve traffic near Whitestone Bridge

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has written to MTA Bridges and Tunnels Acting President Tim Mulligan asking for help to mitigate traffic near the Whitestone bridge. Comments (2)

ICE activity in city courthouses draws scrutiny

Two weeks after ICE agents arrested a woman in Human Trafficking Intervention Court in Queens for overstaying her visa, the City Council Courts & Legal Services Committee, chaired by Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), held a joint hearing last week with the Immigration Committee to examine the impact of recent ICE activity in New York City courthouses. Comments (4)

Simotas raising awareness of two serious mental health disorders

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) is working to raise awareness of two serious mental health disorders affecting millions of Americans that are frequently misunderstood and often go untreated – Borderline Personality Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Comments (1)

Lindbergh, livelihood and leisure in 1931 Queens

Two planes carefully made several passes in the skies over North Beach on June 5, 1931. One aircraft, a Lockheed Sirius flown by Charles Lindbergh, broke away to make a landing at Flushing Airport. Comment

Celebrity food adventurer Anthony Bourdain finds world’s menu right here in Queens

Described as a former bawdy bad boy of the foodie scene, Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is still pushing culinary boundaries in his quest for global food offerings on CNN’s TV series “Parts Unknown.” Comment

McClancy outfielder ready for next step, signs with Cleveland Indians

Monsignor McClancy standout Quentin Holmes inked his future this week, officially signing with the Indians after being selected in the second round of the MLB Draft. Comment

Cops on the lookout for missing teen

Police from the 105th Precinct were searching for Enjai Smith, 16, who went missing from his home near 147th Street and 120th Avenue on June 28. Comment

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Illegal fireworks continue to plague Bayside

Longtime Bayside activist Mandingo Tshaka believes a police presence is not enough to curb the use of illegal fireworks in his neighborhood and the ongoing complaint of noise in that area has remained unchanged from years before. Comments (9)

Vallone gets endorsement from WFP, Central Labor Council

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) was endorsed Monday by two organizations advocating for the rights of working class New Yorkers, adding to the list of groups backing him for re-election. Comments (1)

Construction softball star best in Queens

Lizul Portugal had some of the best on-field numbers in the city this season, but the Red Hawks standout didn’t pay attention to any of them, simply focused on leaving a mark on the program. Comments (1)
Glen Oaks

Two suspects wanted in connection with attempted Glen Oaks robbery

Police are looking two individuals wanted in connection with an attempted robbery of a drug store near 248th Street and Union Turnpike. Comments (1)

Saturday, July 8, 2017


Hollis Gardens vets display artwork

The South Hollis branch of Queens Public Library will have its first Hollis Gardens Photo and Art Show on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Comments (1)

Constantinides, DEP give away free rain barrels

City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) joined the city Department of Environmental Protection to distribute free rain barrels to about 100 homeowners in the Astoria, Jackson Heights, Woodside and East Elmhurst neighborhoods. Comments (1)

2017 Queens Softball All-Stars

It was a banner year for softball in Queens. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway woman reported missing: NYPD

The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 47-year-old woman reported missing last Sunday within the confines of the 101st Precinct. Comments (2)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Fresh Meadows ►Video

Cunningham Health Fair tries to save lives

On a picturesque summer’s day, hundreds gathered for a health fair at Cunningham Park last Friday on topics ranging from fire safety to holistic well-being and even to mountain bikes. Comment

Homeless shelter bill passes state Senate

A bill designed to impose greater transparency over the placement of homeless shelters passed the state Senate and will include community leaders and elected officials in the process of deciding if a center is in the best interest of the neighborhood it will affect. Comments (1)

No chaos at JFK as partial travel ban kicks in

A small group of lawyers and activists, who set up shop in Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport last week as the Trump administration’s partial travel ban went into effect, saw no signs of detained travelers in need of assistance. Comments (1)
Dutch Kills

Long awaited Mothership Meat Company set to launch in Dutch Kills

As dozens of barbecue lovers lined up outside John Brown Smokehouse in Long Island City hours ahead of the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks, owner Josh Bowen was in Dutch Kills at his soon-to-open Mothership Meat Company slicing up three giant briskets that he was providing free to any of his neighbors who stopped by. Comments (2)

Flushing housekeeper accuses employers of subjecting her to indentured servitude

A Flushing housekeeper is accusing her employers of subjecting her to indentured servitude in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court. Hongxia Wang, 57, is suing Derek Enlander over what she contends was forced labor and sexual abuse that lasted from 1999- 2011. Comment

Flushing Greenmarket launches at Maple Playground

Flushing residents, from seniors to kids, attended the Flushing Greenmarket launch, which will provide the neighborhood with fresh vegetables all summer long. Comments (3)

Lhota holds international transit improvement panel discussion

Newly re-appointed MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota led a panel discussion at the June 29 Genius Transit Challenge conference last Friday with transit leaders from major cities across the world who shared methods their organizations utilized to improve service for riders. Comments (2)

Queens Craft Brigade to showcase local vendors’ products

The first-ever Queens Craft Brigade, a free-entry market that will showcase products created by local vendors, is set to take place Sunday in Astoria. Comment

Albany magic

There is nothing as simple as a straight line in Albany. The state Legislature finally managed to approve a renewal of mayoral control to keep Bill de Blasio running the city’s schools after wandering way off course for more than a day. Comment
High Heat

Michael Conforto is first Mets’ homegrown position player to be named an All-Star since 2014

When the 2017 season started, it was believed the Mets would boast a handful of All-Stars at July’s Midsummer Classic in Miami. The top candidates included Noah Syndergaard, Jacob de Grom and Yoneis Cespedes. Comment

Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival returns to Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival will celebrate its fourth year at Flushing Meadow Corona Park Saturday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Comment

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Malliotakis is the mayor we need

Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is running to unseat Bill de Blasio as mayor. She represents parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island, and is of Greek and Cuban parents. Comments (4)

Cops search for suspects involved with series of Flushing robberies, assaults

FLUSHING — The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying four out of five men in connection with a series of robberies and assaults that occurred in Flushing June 27. Comments (3)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Kew Gardens

Prosecution, defense issue opening statements at Wills trial

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) went on trial in Queens Supreme Court Wednesday to fight 12 charges of fraud, falsifying business records and grand larceny brought by the New York state attorney general’s office. Comments (2)

Queens’ delegates chime in on extended mayoral control

Elected officials in Queens had a lot to say about the bumpy road to renewing mayoral control during an extraordinary session last week in Albany. Comments (1)

Friends, neighbors express shock at Hillcrest doctor’s death

A Hillcrest doctor, who neighbors and colleagues described as “kind” and “compassionate,” was one of the victims of last week’s Bronx Lebanon Hospital shooting. Comment

Cuomo’s MTA plan gets mixed reviews

State Sen. Gianaris (D-Astoria) has backed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to issue a state of emergency for the MTA, suspending certain bureaucratic processes to expedite upgrades and overhauls as “the Summer of Hell” begins at Penn Station and the city’s transit system reels from delayed maintenance. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

82nd Street Partnership stands with other BIDs citywide against hate aimed at small businesses

Dozens of Jackson Heights businesses that are part of the 82nd Street Partnership have joined the “Hate Has No Business Here” campaign. The initiative was launched last week in 21 business improvement districts across the city. Comments (1)

Woodside residents busted in NYPD raid: DA

Four Queens residents were charged Friday with possession of a catalog of drugs after an early morning NYPD raid in Woodside allegedly turned up a large supply of marijuana, oxycodone, methamphetamine as well as firearm ammunition, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

FDNY hosts charity boxing event in Rockaway

FDNY Boxing is hosting a charity event in Rockaway beach Friday. Comment
Willets Point

CB 7 chairman says BP Katz did not bail on Willets Point meeting

With the future of Willets Point unclear, Community Board 7 is lashing out at the city and the Economic Development Corporation over what it says is a lack of transparency. Comment

Movies Under the Stars available across the borough

As summer engulfs New York City, a myriad of activities to enjoy is emerging throughout the boroughs. Some of these activities won’t even cost you a dime, such as the “Movies Under the Stars” program. Comment
New Voices

End to DAPA leaves parents reeling

Though declining to alter the rights and status of undocumented young persons under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Trump administration opted to end efforts to establish a similar benefit for their parents, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents status. Comments (3)

Public transportation, LBJ ‘s vision, paying off

July marks the 53rd anniversary of federal government support for public transportation. Comments (1)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Councilman Wills’ corruption trial opens

City Councilman Ruben Wills’ (D-Jamaica) faced 12 charges of fraud, falsifying business records and grand larceny as his trial opened Wednesday in State Supreme Court. Comment

Cops: Three shot, two of them dead in Jamaica

JAMAICA — Two people were shot dead and a man was wounded in Jamaica early Wednesday morning, police said. Comments (1)

Monday, July 3, 2017


Corona man charged in stabbing: NYPD

A schizophrenic Corona man who was off his medication was arrested Saturday and charged in the stabbing of a 30-year-old man last Thursday, according to the NYPD. Comment

Friday, June 30, 2017

Queens Village

Queens Village cathedral hosts annual youth conference

Dabar Bethlehem Cathedral, a church in Queens Village, will have it’s seventh annual youth conference this weekend. Comment

Thursday, June 29, 2017


Cuomo declares MTA state of emergency over transit failures

With the mounting transit breakdowns and disasters throughout the city, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the MTA Thursdauy and said he would sign a series of executive orders for vital upgrades to get the agency back on track. Comments (1)


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