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Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017


City backs plan to redesign to make Steinway Street safer for shoppers

It wasn’t his divulgence that he lived for two years “in a bachelor pad” across from Riccardo’s by the Bridge on 24th Avenue, or that he met his wife Chirlane in Astoria, or that he swore that Othello’s Deli had the best spinach pie. Mayor Bill de Blasio won over most of the crowd at his town hall meeting last Wednesday at PS 90 in Astoria when he announced the city is planning to redesign Steinway Street. Comments (1)

Cuomo announces $5.6 billion for over 40 LIRR projects

A broad array of capital improvement projects is underway to overhaul the Long Island Rail Road to accommodate the modern needs of its ridership. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week a total of $5.6 billion in state funds would be spent adding additional tracks, renovating about 40 stations and adding vital infrastructure to increase train capacity by 80 percent. Comments (3)

Countdown clocks arrive at numerous Astoria bus stops

The city is installing countdown clocks at 10 bus stops around Astoria, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) announced Monday. The signs will display real-time arrival information for city buses using GPS-based tracking technology called MTA Bus Time, which provides information on an easy-to-see LED display. Comment

Flushing couple admits to enslaving children: DA

A Flushing Korean couple has pleaded guilty to charges that they brought to children to America, enslaved them, and forced them to work outside the house for wages their captors demanded, the Queens DA said. Comments (6)

Astoria couple charged with selling Fentanyl: DA

A 45-year-old Astoria man has been charged with recklessly endangering lives for knowingly selling and possessing narcotic drugs containing the opioid painkiller Fentanyl, the Queens DA said this week. His wife also has been arrested on drug-related charges, according to prosecutors. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017


Stretch of Merrick Boulevard to get safety enhancements

Laurelton, a Vision Zero Priority Corridor in southeast Queens, will receive new safety features spanning 1.5 miles from Springfield Boulevard to Hook Creek Boulevard by the end of the summer. Comments (1)

A new era begins for District 29 schools

With a new school year comes a new interim superintendent for School District 29. Comment

Fourth Queens suspect charged in Jamaica sexual assault: DA

The Fugitive Task Force in Brooklyn nabbed a fourth Queens suspect wanted in connection with the robbery and sexual assault of a 50-year-old mother of two in Jamaica July 11, police said. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Seven reputed Latin Kings busted in undercover operation

Seven known members and associates of the Latin Kings street gang were arrested on narcotics and weapons charges following a three-month undercover operation, prosecutors announced last week. Comments (1)

Tour de Flushing launches in northeast Queens

Queens residents were able to check out Flushing landmarks on wheels Saturday at the inaugural Tour de Flushing. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Local theater deserves to spread wings

The more things change, the more they stay the same (French proverb). Comment

Monday, July 31, 2017


Conviction leaves Wills’ City Council seat vacant

With a possible seven-year prison sentence on the horizon and a second trial pending in Manhattan, City Councilman Ruben Wills’ job as a politician is done - at least for now. Comments (2)

Flushing man charged for Kissena Park attacks: DA

A Flushing man has been charged with rape after allegedly attacking two women on two consecutive nights in Kissena Park, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said. Comments (4)
Jackson Heights

City begins $4.5 million project to make Diversity Plaza permanent

Mayor Bill de Blasio began the final day of his weeklong stay in the borough with a ride on the F train to Jackson Heights where he joined City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and community leaders to break ground on a $4.5 million project to make Diversity Plaza a permanent public space. Comments (3)

Avella endorses Graziano in City Council race

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) endorsed City Council candidate Paul Graziano last week at the new Korean Community Services building in Bayside, formerly the Jewish Community Center. Comment
Long Island City

SchoolFood to serve over 7.5 million free meals in all five boroughs throughout the summer

Free breakfast and lunch is being served to kids 18-and-under at thousands of select sites in all five boroughs, as part of the city Department of Education’s Summer Meals program called SchoolFood. Comments (1)
Dining Out

Rimtim offers authentic Mediterranean cuisine in Forest Hills

Some restaurant locations, for no discernable reason, seem to be doomed. Perfectly acceptable eateries come and go with predictably depressing regularity. Others, equally accessible, inexplicably appear to be blessed. Comment

St. Francis southpaw heading to Fordham

Terriers left-handed pitcher Garrett Crowley didn’t need much time to decide he’d found the perfect college after visiting the Bronx campus earlier this summer. Comment

Sunday, July 30, 2017


Muslim legal summit on rights held in Astoria

Muslim community leaders gathered in Astoria for a legal conference featuring some of the country’s top civil rights lawyers. The Muslim Legal Fund of America hosted the Muslim Nonprofit Leadership Conference all-day Saturday at the IBN SINA Center at 46-01 20th Ave. Topics discussed ranged from the travel ban, immigrant rights and mosque operations. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Bayside skateboarder hit and killed by city bus: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Bayside’s Kevin Zeng, a resident of Bell Boulevard, died last Friday when his skateboard rolled into the street and the 25-year-old was struck by an MTA city bus, according to NYPD. Comment
Fresh Meadows

CB 11 appoints new district manager

Community Board 11 welcomed a new district manager to take over the role left open by Susan Seinfeld, who retired in June. Joseph Marziliano, a community coordinator for the city Health Department and a former community assistant for CB 8, will take over as CB 11 goes back into session in September. Comments (1)

St. John’s grad inks minor league deal with Mets

Former Red Storm pitcher Ryan McAuliffe is ready for the next step in his career, signing with the Gulf Coast Mets earlier this summer. Comment

State committees let tobacco industry meddle

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a law last Friday that will raise the statewide minimum age to purchase tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, from 19 to 21, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Comments (1)

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Flushing’s Latimer House receives federal grant

Flushing’s Lewis H. Latimer House Museum has been given a $24,950 grant in Support of African American Heritage. Comments (2)
Queens Village

Ribbon cutting held at Pat Williams Park in Queens Village

The Pat Williams Playground in Queens Village, which is named after a local community activist who died in 1990, held a ribbon cutting last week after receiving a nine-month, $900,000 face-lift. Comment

Former boxing champ convicted of 2014 murder: DA

A former boxing champion from Queens has been convicted of murder and other crimes in the death of his former girlfriend, who was stabbed and bludgeoned to death in 2014, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Cardozo star heads home with Hofstra transfer

Tareq Coburn wasn’t happy with his game at St. Bonaventure so the former Cardozo star is taking his talents to Hofstra, transferring into the program this season. Comment

Sharing economy essential for Queens

On his hit show, “Parts Unknown,” famed chef and New York City native Anthony Bourdain has taken millions of viewers around the world in search of the most eclectic, inventive cuisine. Comment

Friday, July 28, 2017


Opt-outs for real estate solicitation to return to NE Queens

An expired program that allowed homeowners to opt out of real estate solicitations will return to select areas of northeast Queens, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Wednesday. Comments (7)
Long Island City

Electeds, union officials call for workplace training after LIC construction collapse

Elected officials and community groups joined members of Build Up NYC Tuesday to urge the city to suspend the license of a contractor for an accident at a Long Island City construction project that injured six workers last month. Comment

Bayside centenarians celebrate birthdays

Three seniors over the age of 100 will celebrate their birthdays collectively Friday at Bayside Senior Center. Comment
Springfield Gardens

Celebrity barbershop owner shot to death in Springfield Gardens

Hollis barbershop owner Zanu Simpson, 32, who catered to rappers and professional athletes, was shot to death early Tuesday morning outside a bar in Springfield Gardens, according to the NYPD. He had complained on social media that rivals were jealous of him. Comments (28)

Police, Safe Horizon target homelessness

The 102nd Precinct and Safe Horizon, an agency that helps victims of violence, has created a new program called the Crime Victims Assistance Program. Comment
East Elmhurst

Delta approved for $4 billion LaGuardia terminal

Delta Airlines got the green light to begin construction on its new $4 billion, 37-gate terminal at LaGuardia Airport. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Board of Commissioners gave final approval to a new lease agreement with the airline last week, putting the final component of the airport reconstruction project in place. Comments (1)

Lhota echoes Cuomo in telling City Hall to pay up for repairs

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota jumped into a recent squabble between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over whether the city or state is responsible for funding the New York City Transit system. The transit head said in a Tuesday press conference he believed the de Blasio administration has an obligation to involve itself in funding not only the short-term plan to stabilize the subways while formulating a long-term solution, but funding the subway’s operations in general. Comments (3)
Fresh Meadows

Queens Theater presents 10 original productions during Park Plays festival

Ten stories about Flushing Meadows Corona Park will come to life at the Queens Theater from July 28 to Aug. 6 during the Park Plays festival. Comment

The Big Fix

As subway riders brave the rails despite recent derailments, track fires and frequent delays, the three hot-headed men shaping the future of the MTA are at war. In fact, the blame game playing out among Gov. Andrew Cuomo, MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota and Mayor Bill de Blasio is an all-too-familiar reminder that politics can trump real concern for the public. Comments (1)

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
The Civic Scene

Rikers debate becomes forum for civic leaders to complain

Last month at the Queens County Farm Museum, the Queens Civic Congress hosted a debate on the issue of closing Rikers Island. Supporters spoke for closing it, while opponents were for keeping it open. Comment
High Heat

Mets should sacrifice 2017 season for a better future

With no turnaround in sight, it’s time for the Mets to focus their attention on the 2018 season. Comment

‘Get out of jail free’ Lancman at it again

Here we go again with another bill of so-called “criminal justice reform” from City Councilman Rory Lancman (“Fare evasion data needs close scrutiny,” TimesLedger, July 21). Comments (4)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Long Island City

Mayor says Astoria’s new ferry service will launch Aug. 29

Astoria’s NYC Ferry service is set to launch Aug, 29, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) said the new route will be a game-changer for his constituents. Comments (2)

Pan American shelter gets a new contract from city

The city has approved a long-term deal to keep the homeless shelter at the former Pan American hotel in Elmhurst operating for six more years. City Comptroller Scott Stringer registered the $66.2 million contract between the city’s Department of Homeless Services and operator Samaritan Village to keep the Boulevard Family Residence home to 198 families. Comments (6)
Little Neck

Missing Alley Pond tortoise returns to treat-filled homecoming

Little Neck’s missing tortoise, Millennium, is back home and receiving a lot of attention from admirers after quite an adventure. Comments (3)

City Council contender Moya pushes his Willets Point plan

State Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Corona) joined Make the Road, Fairness Coalition of Queens and community leaders at a rally in front of Willets Point last Friday in support of his Willets Point Plan. Comment

Bay Terrace leaseholders to purchase their land from Cord Meyer

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) announced a land purchase between Cord Meyer and Bay Terrace Cooperative Section I, ending a 60-year lease between the development company and shareholders. Comment

MTA chair to immediately launch short-term stabilization plan for subway

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota unveiled his short-term plan this week to repair the city’s failing subway system and restore riders’ confidence in public transit. Comments (2)

Koo hosts candlelight vigil for Vincent Tse one year after his tragic death

The Flushing community came together in remembrance of Vincent Tse one year after his death. Comment
Cambria Heights

Southeast Queens authors honored at Cambria Heights library

The Cambria Heights’ branch of Queens Library held a Celebration of Southeast Queens Authors Saturday, hosting 17 authors ranging from 8 years old to senior citizens, and from first-time writers to those with an established history. Comment
Middle Village

Strong performances highlight ‘Joseph’ at Maggie’s Little Theater

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice maintain their theater reputation of writing musicals minus the spoken word. Maggie’s Little Theater in Middle Village took on one of their oldest with “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a Biblical story based on the “coat of many colors” of Joseph in the Book of Genesis. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Time for ailing mom to receive rather than give

Friday was a normal day for my friend Barbie Levin, an occupational therapist. She went to the modest home of a brand new patient, a baby who’d had a stroke in utero. She was now a 1-year-old and still not crawling because one leg was too weak. Comment

Billie Jean King, World Team Tennis hope to spark interest in sport

Tennis legend Billie Jean King is hoping World Team Tennis, and its recent return to Queens, can help jumpstart participation in the sport. Comment

Peralta staying true to progressive values

According to recent reports, efforts are underway by the Democratic Party leadership to bring to heel members of the Independent Democratic Caucus, a group of eight elected state senators who vote as a bloc and are currently aligned with Republicans. Comment

Lancman introduces bill on turnstile jumping

Councilman Rory I. Lancman (D-Hillcrest) formally introduced legislation that would require the NYPD to report the total number of arrests and summonses issued for fare evasion every three months. Comment

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

East Elmhurst

Three men posed as homeowners to scam apartment hunters: NYPD

The NYPD was looking for three men who misrepresented themselves as home owners to rip off unsuspecting apartment hunters in East Elmhurst, Corona and Jackson Heights this spring. Comments (1)

Monday, July 24, 2017


Cops hunt for suspect in connection to Sunnyside attempted bank robbery

Police were searching for a suspect in connection to an attempted bank robbery in Sunnyside. Comment

Saturday, July 22, 2017


Morgan Heritage headlines Jamaican Jerk Fest

There will be fun for the entire family at Roy Wilkins Park as the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival kicks off at noon Sunday in Jamaica. Comment

Friday, July 21, 2017

Kew Gardens

Wills facing jail time for stealing public funds

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 10 after he was found guilty of stealing $30,500 in campaign funds and grant money Thursday. The jury deliberated for two days in his corruption trial. Comments (1)

PETA fronts $5,000 for the whereabouts of stolen Bayside tortoise

PETA has put out a $5,000 reward for any information leading authorities to the whereabouts of Millennium, a 17-year-old African spurred tortoise which was stolen from his enclosure at Alley Pond Environmental Center in Bayside sometime between the late afternoon of June 16 and early the next morning. Comments (3)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

South Jamaica

Second assailant in D’aja Robinson murder sentenced

Shamel Capers, 19, a Brooklyn teenager, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison Wednesday for the shooting death of D’aja Robinson, 14, in 2013, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

New York Hall of Science exhibit explores how artistic depictions of female robots have evolved over the decades

Robots come in all shapes and sizes. And whether we want it or not, they’re getting more and more human-like. Comments (2)



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