Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Job Fair at Queens Center mall connects unemployed with resources

More than 750 job-seekers were able to meet with over 30 potential employers last week at the Queens Center mall and almost all of them had on-site interviews, according to state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), the host of his 7th annual job fair. Comment

Low-income homeowners to receive $115 credit on water and sewer bill

Over 23,000 homeowners in Queens will receive a $115 credit on their next water and sewer bill, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (3)
The first annual Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema will take over Queens in August, presenting over 150 films from 24 countries — including various Queens-made projects. Comment

LIRR’s modernization not possible without subsidy

When it comes to Long Island Rail Road problems, the buck stops on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. Comments (1)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray visited the Charles B. Wang Health Center in Flushing Tuesday to announce a $65 million expansion to the institution’s facility and services. The funding coincides with the ThriveNYC initiative for the city to support neighborhood medical support through community organizations serving a variety of nationalities. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Three Queens men charged for involvement in alleged heroin ring: Suffolk DA

An alleged heroin network spanning parts of Queens and Suffolk County was busted up by Long Island law enforcement and the DEA, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota announced. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights sex offender admits to contacting past victim: DA

A 42-year-old Jackson Heights man pleaded guilty to contempt of court for violating an order of protection for contacting the young woman he pleaded guilty to raping in 2012 when the victim was just 15 years old. Comment

Trump, Putin cohesion little surprise

By any yardstick one chooses, Vladimir Putin is a depot, the antithesis of democracy and a free press. Comments (2)

Monday, July 24, 2017

The city is making strides in combating the affordable housing crisis. Comments (1)
Middle Village

CB5 discusses cannabidoil products, soccer fields at Rosemary Playground

Community Board 5 held a meeting last week with avid discussions on issues ranging from the opening of a coffee shop serving cannabidiol-infused drink to the installation of soccer fields that would replace basketball courts. Comment
People from all over the world will now be able to learn more about Corona’s own “Satchmo” at the new Louis Armstrong House Museum Education Center. Comment
Second-year head coach Matt Collier is anxious for another year on the sidelines, looking to challenge his young squad after scheduling an early-season exhibition game at UConn. Comment

Have a heart regarding panhandlers

Mayor Bill de Blasio claims some panhandlers are doing it for fun. In the past, he’s said he wished he could eliminate panhandling. In my opinion, many are doing so because they are homeless and have little-to-no income. Comments (9)

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Assemblyman Kim honors Marine captain after returning from tour

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) honored Daniel Kim, a captain in the United States Marine Corps, after his return from a recent tour of duty in Afghanistan. Comments (2)

Brooklyn man found dead at Elmhurst subway station: NYPD

ELMHURST — A 33-year-old Brooklyn man was found dead at the Elmhurst Avenue subway station on 90th Street Saturday morning, according to the NYPD. Comment

Christ the King pitcher finds success in summer league

Royals rising junior Josh Vega is hoping a summer with the Midville Dodgers will help him jumpstart his high school program next spring. Comment

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Western Queens environmentalists celebrate City of Water Day

Seventeen members of HarborLab slipped their kayaks into the polluted waters of Newtown Creek early Saturday morning and paddled off from their launch site at the southern tip on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. Comment
South Ozone Park

Resorts World breaks ground on $400 million development at South Ozone Park

In 90-degree temperatures, more than 100 people sat under a tent outside the Resorts World Casino last week for a groundbreaking that ushered in a major new chapter for the complex. Comments (6)
Queens Village

Police searching for missing Queens Village teen

QUEENS VILLAGE — A 14-year-old Queens Village girl was reported missing, according to police. Comments (5)

St. Francis Prep pitcher commits to LIU Brooklyn

Sal Ferro finally got the perfect opportunity, committing to LIU Brooklyn earlier this month after a dominant senior season with the Terriers. Comment

Friday, July 21, 2017


Fourth suspect in Jamaica gang assault identified

The 103rd Precinct has identified a fourth suspect in the July 11 gang assault and robbery of a 50-year-old mother of two who was leaving Celestial Church of Christ in Jamaica last week. Comment

Jamaica receives $10M for downtown revitalization

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that seven projects in Jamaica would receive a combined $10 million for his Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Comments (3)
De Blasio administration officials spread their wings for City Hall in Your Borough, an initiative by Mayor Bill de Blasio to govern from each borough, by touring the facility of S&L Aerospace Metals in College Point. Comment

Jim Henson Exhibition opens at Museum of Moving Image

The much-anticipated Jim Henson Exhibition, featuring an array of more than 300 artifacts from his renowned film and television career, will permanently open to the public Saturday in the Museum of the Moving Image. Comment

Avella, civic leaders demand replacement of Clearview foot bridges

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and civic leaders Monday stood at what used to be the entrance of a pedestrian ramp leading to a crossing over the Clearview Expressway at 39th Avenue to call on DOT to replace what some regard as a link between two parts of Bayside split by the construction of the freeway. Comments (1)

Commission finds transgender discrimination in substance abuse centers

The NYC Commission on Human Rights filed complaints against a substance abuse center in Jamaica, and three more in other boroughs, for gender identity discrimination against transgender patients. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Electeds urge Cuomo to sign bill addressing lead paint on No. 7 train

State lawmakers from Queens and the Bronx are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation which will address toxic and illegal lead levels in paint lacing the elevated tracks of the No. 7 train in the area of the 74th Street - Roosevelt Avenue station. The bill passed the Senate and Assembly last month. Comment
You don’t often hear about a nurse who happens to front her own band. Comment

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Helping Hands

Amid the grim statistics on the city’s ballooning homeless population, there are moments that speak to the arc of the human spirit and the resilience of young people left on the margins. Comment
John Isner always loves competing in Queens and the tennis star relished the chance to play in Flushing on Sunday, joining the NY Empire for their WTT opener. Comment

Champion long-distance runner looks back on career

Born on July 9, 1978, Kara Goucher is one of the most competitive female long-distance runners in recent United States history. Beginning in her collegiate days at the University of Colorado, where the Queens native was an NCAA champion in track and cross country events, Goucher has been an elite runner in events nationwide and across the globe from the 1,500-meter race to numerous marathons. Comment

CB7 did not condemn Katz

I read the Queens Weekly dated July 9, 2017, and I was taken aback by the article with the headline “CB7 says city, Katz bailed on Willets Pt meeting.” Comment

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kew Gardens

Wills found guilty of five counts of corruption

A jury found City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) guilty of five counts of corruption late Thursday after deliberating for two full days. Comments (4)
Staff at the Alley Pond Environmental Center are still shocked that one of their most prized animals has apparently been stolen. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Mobile payment system comes to borough’s muni-meters

Motorists in Queens can use their cell phones to pay parking meters remotely now that the city’s Department of Transportation activated its ParkNYC mobile payment system that was already available in the other boroughs. An online system links registered license plate numbers to NYPD traffic enforcement agents’ handheld devices that confirm payment. Comment
The city brought charges against a Ridgewood landlord for retaliating against immigrant tenants after they reported him to the Commission on Human Rights for discrimination based on their immigration status. Comments (3)
Long Island City

City to bolster arts funding with comprehensive cultural plan

New York City’s first-ever comprehensive cultural plan, based on the feedback from nearly 200,000 residents in the past year, was released at Material for the Arts in Long Island City Wednesday. Comment
The $10 billion redevelopment plan for JFK International Airport is still in its early stages but it took a significant step forward Tuesday when Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a Request for Proposals for preliminary engineering and design on the project. Comment

De Blasio talks face-to-face with constituents at Borough Hall

The second day of City Hall in Your Borough kicked off Tuesday with constituent office hours where residents could get a few minutes of one-on-one time with Mayor Bill de Blasio. Some shared problems they experienced with court programs in the city while other topics were lost in the murmur of the crowds of people waiting in a line stretching to the back of the Helen Marshall Cultural Center. Comments (2)

Mixed grades for de Blasio’s first term

You remember that kid who sat in the back row, kind of slumped over, who never seemed to be paying attention in class but still got A’s on most of the tests? Comments (3)

New bill holds NYPD accountable on fare evasion targets

In the first six months of 2017, the NYPD stopped New Yorkers more than 30,000 times for jumping a turnstile. Of those who were stopped, nearly three-quarters were issued a civil summons for violating the MTA rules against fare evasion. Comments (1)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Police searching for two suspects in Flushing robbery spree

According to police, the first robbery took place May 25, at 11:30 p.m. near 59th Avenue and 138th Street. Police said the two men approached a 54-year-old woman from behind, shoved her to the ground and took her purse. The men then fled westbound on 59th Avenue inside of a gray sedan. Among the items inside the victim’s purse were $90 in cash, her cell phone and various credit cards, police said. Comments (1)

Day Three: Mayor brings top staff to Queens to run city government

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his commissioners had a busy schedule planned Wednesday on Day Three of City Hall in Your Borough as they listened to constituents, made announcements and toured facilities in Queens. Comments (3)

Monday, July 17, 2017


De Blasio unveils site of long-awaited 116th Precinct in Rosedale

In his first official act from Queens as he runs City Hall out of the borough this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio brought NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill to Rosedale Monday morning. Comments (1)

Queens DA charges New Jersey man for deadly accident on Grand Central Parkway

A New Jersey man has been charged with manslaughter, reckless driving and reckless edangerment after he allegedly caused a four-vehicle crash on the Grand Central Parkway which killed two passengers and injured three more in his own vehicle, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2)

Ravenswood resident gunned down waiting for bus: NYPD

A 26-year-old man was gunned down in broad daylight outside the Ravenswood Houses in Astoria Sunday, according to the NYPD. Comment

Man punched and robbed on Astoria street: NYPD

A 29-year-old man was punched in the face and then robbed in Astoria last Thursday night, according to the NYPD. Comment

Sunday, July 16, 2017


Senior citizen pushed to the ground and robbed in Astoria: NYPD

A 72-year-old man was pushed to the ground and robbed Monday in Astoria, according to the NYPD. Comment

Saturday, July 15, 2017


Three shelter residents arrested, charged in sexual assault near Jamaica church: Cops

Three residents of a homeless shelter for young men in Jamaica were arrested and charged in the sexual assault and gunpoint robbery of a 50-year-old churchgoer after a staffer at the group home informed the NYPD after overhearing the suspects brag about the attack. Comments (3)

Friday, July 14, 2017


Man gropes woman at 40th Street station in Sunnyside: NYPD

Police officers from the 108th Precinct are looking for a man who allegedly grabbed a 32-year-old woman’s buttocks and thighs as she was climbing the stairs at the 40th Street 7 line subway station in Sunnyside last week, according to the NYPD. Comment
Far Rockaway

Cops search for missing Far Rockaway man

Police were searching for a Far Rockaway man who had been missing since early July. Comment

‘Hate has No Business Here’ campaign comes to Queens

Sutphin Boulevard BID will be among the 21 business improvement districts across Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx rallying for diversity while combatting racism and bigotry with the “Hate Has No Business Here” campaign. Demonstrators will gather at the Civic Court Plaza, located at Sutphin Boulevard on 89th Avenue in Jamaica Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Comments (3)

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Woman sexually assaulted by five men after leaving Jamaica church: Cops

Police were questioning three out of five suspects Thursday who allegedly assaulted and robbed a woman as she left a Jamaica Church. Comments (1)
A City Resource Fair at Queens Borough Hall and a town hall meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio in Astoria will take place as “City Hall in Your Borough” gets underway next week. Comments (1)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Ozone Park

Homeless get a boon: Ozone Park drop-in center opens

Ozone Park’s highly debated drop-in center has opened. Comments (1)
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