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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Glendale

Second phase of Evergreen playground renovations revealed

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and Borough President Melinda Katz Tuesday announced the final design for the second phase of Glendale’s Evergreen Playground renovation. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing cyclist gears up for PMC race in Boston

Flushing cyclist Hoyin Tong will ride up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge this August. Comment
Whitestone

Suozzi endorses Vallone in his re-election bid

Tony’s Beechhurst Delicatessen in Whitestone was the scene of another endorsement for Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), who accepted support from U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Huntington) and the Italian American Political Action Committee for his re-election. Comments (1)
Letters

MTA can’t afford to wait on signals upgrades

Problems with both NYCT system-wide subway and LIRR signals at Penn Station require decisive action today, not tommorow. Comments (3)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Corona

Corona graduate represents Queens as Young Innovator to watch

Sharon Lin, a Corona native, a poet laureate, a tech wunderkind and a recent graduate of Stuyvesant High School who will be attending MIT in the fall, is one of 13 young adult recipients of CE Week NY and Living in Digital Times’ 2017 Young Innovators to Watch awards. Comments (2)
Education

Voluntary summer school program draws 13,400 students

Summer schools are teeming with city kids this year, despite a drop in the number of students who need the requisite session to move forward. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst man gets two life sentences for beating ‘witches’ to death with hammer: DA

An East Elmhurst man was sentenced last week to two life sentences for beating his girlfriend and her daughter to death with a hammer under the impression they were witches making life hard for him with supernatural abilities, the Queens district attorney said. The brutal 2014 murders spared only a 7-year-old, who was in the home at the time. Comments (2)
Soccer

Queens College names new men’s soccer coach

Frank Vertullo spent a decade shaping the Suffolk County Community College men’s soccer program into a JUCO powerhouse and now he’s ready to do the same at Queens College. Comment
Political Action

The presidency involving New York and California

As we look at the American presidency as it has developed over the years, we see a large number of our presidents and presidential candidates come from large states, especially New York and California. Comments (1)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Astoria

Jim Henson Exhibition set to open at the Museum of the Moving Image

It has taken nearly a half decade to create, but the Museum of the Moving Image will open its permanent Jim Henson Exhibition Saturday, July 22, in the museum’s first gallery dedicated to a single artist. Comment
Sunnyside

Mayor announces Vision Zero milestone with fewest traffic deaths in first six months of 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative passed a significant milestone last week, ending the first six months of 2017 with the fewest traffic fatalities ever recorded since the city began documenting traffic deaths in 1910. Comments (1)
Flushing

DOT implements Stavisky’s recommendation for handicap parking tags

Following a suggestion from State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), the city Department of Transportation will now issue reminders prior to the expiration of New York State parking Permits for Persons with Severe Disabilities. According to Stavisky, permit holders used to have to send out renewal notices for permits set to expire. Holders would receive a notice in the mail that informed them of the change and suggested they write their expiration date down in a safe place. Stavisky, who was approached by a constituent, thought that under this process senior citizens would forget Comments (1)
Tennis

Former tennis pro ready for season as New York Empire’s head coach

Seventeen-time Grand Slam champ Gigi Fernández is set to make her World Team Tennis coaching debut this summer, taking over the reigns for the New York Empire. Comment
The Civic Scene

Avella, civic groups winning battle to save parkland

Parkland is one of the amenities which make our Queens quality of life so special. Queens civic leaders applauded the recent ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals that said private developers can not take 30 acres of parking lot next to Citi Field to build a mega-mall and recreation center. Comment

Sunday, July 16, 2017

East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst man pleads guilty to possessing child porn: DA

An East Elmhurst man pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and an illegal firearm, Queens DA Richard A. Brown announced Monday. Comments (1)
Crime

Fugitive for 27 years sentenced in 1989 crash: DA

A 63-year-old fugitive, who pleaded guilty in 1990 to seriously injuring a woman in a Queens car crash, was rearrested last week and sent to jail to begin his sentence, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Baseball

Mets send first-round draft pick to Brooklyn to play for Cyclones

David Peterson officially signed with the Mets last week and, now, the first-round pick is ready to get his pro career underway with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Comment

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bayside

Queensborough Community College arts and design program gets world-class credentials

Queensborough Community College in Bayside announced its art program will soon carry accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, joining the ranks of only 19 other community colleges in the nation to be recognized for excellence. Comment
Glen Oaks

Rosedale woman pleads guilty to fraud charges

Channel Francis, of Rosedale, pleaded guilty Monday to identity theft and scheming to defraud multiple people, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Terraza 7 offers authentic live Latin, jazz music performances

If you are not familiar with Terraza 7, the quaint dive bar that exudes Latin American culture blended into live performances of jazz and immigrant folklore located on the border of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, then you are undoubtedly missing out. Comments (1)
Soccer

Taking on the world: St. John’s women’s soccer thriving at an international level

The St. John’s women’s soccer team has established itself as one of the best programs in the Big East, but now the Storm are ready to expand their competitive horizons. Comment

Friday, July 14, 2017

Astoria

Astoria resident asks for donations to continue helping homeless women on streets

Mickey Zezima wasn’t surprised when the city’s Department of Homeless Services announced last week that the number of homeless people on the street has increased 39 percent in the last year. Comments (2)
Corona ►Video

Louis Armstrong festival taps top performers to pay tribute to Queens legend

Jon Batiste, band leader of Stay Human, hosted a world-class line-up of musicians Saturday to pay tribute to the legend and Corona native himself, Louis Armstrong. Comment
Willets Point

EDC responds to board’s angry letter on Willets Point

After receiving a scathing letter from Community Board 7 criticizing the New York City Economic Development Corporation for not sending a representative to a quarterly meeting about the future of Willets Point, EDC President James Patchett responded with a letter of his own. Comment
St. Albans

Artisanal craft program coming to St. Albans

A Better Jamaica, a southeast Queens arts organization in its 10th year, will be hosting its first-ever Saint Albans Craft Walk at St. Albans Park Saturday. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Airport workers’ strike suspended as negotiations begin

Nearly 300 airport workers rallied in solidarity at LaGuardia Airport Wednesday as union officials and American Airlines opened negotiations a day after a brief strike was suspended. Comment
Flushing

E-waste event set for Flushing residents

Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) teamed up with the city Department of Sanitation and the Lower East Side Ecology Center to host an e-waste event where residents can drop off unwanted electronics. Comment
Event

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Editorial

Tone-deaf Mayor

Fresh from a hard-won political victory in Albany, which gave him control of the city’s schools after prolonged negotiations, Mayor Bill de Blasio decided he could spread his wings. Comments (2)
Bayside

Teaching by example: Bayside grad relishes handball success

Shkysi Cummings knows not many people understand handball, but she also knows the best way to explain her favorite sport is to play it. Comment
On Point

‘Diversity’ narrative clouding pols’ judgement

New York City is on the wrong track and voters should be concerned. Comments (31)
Letters

Officer’s murder a reprehensible act

NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia was murdered in the line of duty by Alexander Bonds in the Bronx. She was killed because she was a police officer. I find this a most appalling crime that should not have happened. Comments (1)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Astoria

Legal Aid and elected blast landlord harassment of tenants at NYSUM dorm in Astoria

It has been nearly nine months since a Christian non-profit informed 39 low-income residents of its Astoria dormitory they were being evicted so the building could be converted to a homeless shelter, claiming the ministry could no longer afford to maintain the property. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Girl Scout troop in Long Island City homeless shelter to expand citywide

Members of Girl Scout Troop 6000 joined City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) Wednesday at City Hall where the de Blasio administration announced an investment of more than $1 million to expand the first-in-the-nation troop dedicated to serving homeless girls and women. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Crowley unveils legislation to provide green cards to undocumented 9/11 clean-up workers

While he spent much of June leading the effort to stop deportation proceedings against Carlos Humberto Cardona, a Jackson Heights resident who aided the cleanup at Ground Zero following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) was drafting legislation to protect the 1,000 to 2,000 undocumented immigrants who worked at the pile with Cardona. Comment
Transit

Transit advocates urge city candidates to champion transit improvements

Transit advocates have released a set of transportation initiatives for candidates to promote in the upcoming city elections that include seeking funding for public transit, Fair Fares for low-income commuters and protecting regular L train riders who face a two year shutdown in 2019. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Wills’ nonprofit comes under fire at his trial

On Day Two of City Councilman Ruben Wills’ (D-Jamaica) corruption trial, a witness for the prosecution testified he had no idea he was listed as the executive director of a charity run by the lawmaker. Comments (1)

MTA is hurting economy: Stringer report

City Comptroller Scott Stringer has thrown his hat into the transit nightmare ring by releasing the results of a survey which polled hard-pressed subway riders. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Ideas exchanged for Belmont Park space at development meeting

There was a great divide between the 300 residents of Queens and Nassau counties who attended a meeting Monday night at Elmont Memorial Library on what should be done to develop about 36 acres of available space at Belmont Park. Comments (6)
Astoria

Fashion Icon: Astoria native Iris Apfel still in the spotlight at 95 years old

It seems every time we turn around, we hear or read about another creative, spirited and accomplished individual who happens to hail from Queens. Comments (1)
High Heat

New York Mets’ mid-season report card: C-

Perhaps no team in baseball could have used the All-Star break more than the New York Mets. The squad has played through injuries to its biggest stars and tumbled into the break with a 39-47 record, the fourth-worst in the National League. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

The first cold war: Popsicle vs. Good Humor

As a warning, it may be important to note that reading this column may have the same effect it had on the woman writing it. (I must have a Popsicle or Good Humor right now!) Comments (1)
Letters

Willets Point’s fate in hands of community boards

The Wilpons and their Related Companies never had any intention of completing the Willets Point Redevelopment Plan adopted in 2008. Comments (1)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

South Ozone Park

Resorts World Casino to begin groundbreaking for new hotel complex Thursday

Resorts World Casino New York City will unveil plans for its expansion project at a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday. Comment
Fresh Meadows

GOP hopeful defends homeowners in blame game over Fresh Meadows water leak

Fresh Meadows residents are footing the bill for a water leak they say is not their fault. Comments (1)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Long Island City

LIC art dealer charged with selling sculpture made with elephant ivory

A Long Island City gallery owner and a salesman were arrested and charged with illegal trafficking of sculptures made with banned elephant ivory, the Queens district attorney said Monday. Comments (1)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Economy

Belmont Park development raises concerns in Queens, Long Island

Lawmakers in Queens and Long Island will attend a listening session with constituents in Elmont about redevelopment at Belmont Park by Empire State Development Corporation Monday night. The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Elmont Memorial Library at 700 Hempstead Turnpike. Comments (3)
Transit

Commuter snags are few as ‘summer of hell’ kicks off

The first day of what Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling the “summer of hell” was business as usual Monday, as commuters experienced a small amount of backup in traffic near the entrance of the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and no significant delays on the LIRR, while foot traffic through Penn Station was lighter than usual. Comments (2)
Queens Village

Valley Stream woman hit and killed in Queens Village car accident: Cops

A Valley Stream woman was struck and killed by a motor vehicle while attempting to cross Jamaica Avenue from 217th Street in Queens Village on Friday, according to police. Comment
Flushing ►Video

Police searching for man wanted in Flushing burglary

Police were searching for a man suspected of burglary in Flushing. Comment
Richmond Hill

NYPD: 74-year-old man in Richmond Hill reported missing

The NYPD was asking for the public’s assistance, as they search for Xue Yin, who was reported missing on Saturday within the confines of the 102 Precinct. Comment

Friday, July 7, 2017

Ozone Park

Manhole fire causes electricity outage in Ozone Park

A total of 630 Ozone Park residents were left without electricity following an outage this morning, according to Con Edison officials. Comment

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Transit

MTA releases details on LIRR plans when Penn Station repairs begin Monday

MTA leaders held a briefing Thursday to give further details about what LIRR riders can expect as well as the measures the agency has taken with the “summer of hell” fast approaching for scheduled repairs to Penn Station. Comments (3)
Flushing

Police search for suspect in Flushing internet cafe attack

Police were searching for a man in connection with a strangulation incident in Flushing. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Fund-raiser for Queens Village mother changed to Jamaica Performing Arts Center

Celebrities, entertainers, Queens officials and the Rev. Al Sharpton will now be in attendance at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center July 14 for the “Rebuild Comedy & Music Benefit Concert,” to support Queens Village resident Dajuana Green’s efforts to build a new home. The event was originally planned for York College. Comments (1)

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