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Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

Hillcrest

Bangladeshi-born Rahman challenges Lancman for City Council seat

Bangladesh-born City Council candidate Mohammed T. Rahman is hoping to make history as the first South Asian Muslim official in the City Council. Comments (2)

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

Jamaica

Mayor reveals new study to combat flooding in southeast Queens

During Mayor Bill de Blasio’s week-long blitz of Queens, his administration announced a new feasibility study for a groundwater drainage project in the southeast region of the borough. Comment

Queens DA to dismiss approximately 100,000 summonses

Queens, Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn district attorneys have announced their staffs are at work carrying out the unprecedented dismissal of nearly 700,000 open summonses to permit New Yorkers to go on with their ives without fear of arrest for long-ago infractions. Comment
QueensLine

End of the line for Third Avenue’s infamous elevated rail

In August, 1955, New Yorkers bid a bittersweet farewell to a city icon — a screeching, wheezing, brash, grease-slicked embodiment of the city’s hustle and bustle, and industriousness. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017

Jackson Heights

Elected officials oppose hotel project in Jackson Heights

Two state lawmakers are voicing opposition at plans to build a seven-story, 22-unit residential hotel in the heart of Jackson Heights. Comments (3)
Richmond Hill

Breastfeeding program at Jamaica Hospital educates new moms

The first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week, and to help raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding, Jamaica Hospital threw a huge baby shower for mothers with newborns and expectant mothers at its Garden Room rehabilitation center. Comment
Astoria

Astoria public schools to get upgrades: Constantinides

Several Astoria public schools will receive capital improvements in the coming year after City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and Borough President Melinda Katz allocated $3.7 in funding to the School Construction Authority. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Jamaica man charged with attempted murder of two police officers: DA

A 38-year-old Jamaica man has been charged with the attempted murder of two police officers who pulled him over but were injured when the motorist tried to drive away from the scene with one policeman hanging on, the Queens DA said. Comment
Elmhurst

Elmhurst sculpture garden displays local artwork

A sculpture garden grows in Elmhurst. Comment

Monday, Aug. 7, 2017

Astoria

Astoria civic leader slams City Council bill on construction safety

A community leader in Astoria is strongly opposing construction safety legislation that is currently enjoying wide support in the City Council. Comment
East Elmhurst

Peralta introduces bill to assist families of slain first responders

After the murder of NYPD Officer Miosotis Familia, assassinated in a July 5 shooting in the Bronx, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) was inspired to draft legislation that would provide financial assistance to the spouse and the dependents of police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel killed in the line of duty. Comment
Flushing

Gillibrand, Meng host town hall at Flushing Library

U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) hosted a town hall in Flushing Monday afternoon where the two lawmakers covered a wide range of topics, including election hacking, immigrant rights and health care. Comments (4)
Flushing

Avella fields suggestions for city’s sidewalk repair program

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has responded to statements made by Mayor Bill de Blasio at a July event in Flushing about a funding increase for the NYC Parks’ Trees and Sidewalks program, which helps homeowners assess damage to sidewalks due to city trees. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Van Bramer slams Trump over proposed ban of transgenders in military

Mayor Bill de Blasio called President Donald Trump’s decision last week to ban transgender troops from military service both “fundamentally un-American and unconscionable.” The commander in chief announced the policy change in a series of tweets last week. Comments (2)
Jamaica

DOT, MTA meet in Jamaica for town hall on SE Queens transit issues

Elected officials, members of the city Department of Transportation, the MTA, transit police and the Taxi and Limousine Commission were on a town hall panel in Jamaica last week to discuss transportation issues in the southeast Queens area. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Queensboro Dance Festival showcases borough’s talent

A backdrop of the United Nations could not have been more perfect for the Queensboro Dance Festival at the Hunter’s Point Park waterfront. Dance soloists and groups representing a variety of countries performed July 19-20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to an audience of passersby that gathered. Comment
Basketball

Basketball historian working hard to preserve history of the sport

Al Stark grew up with a basketball in his hands, but now the Queens native is focusing his efforts on preserving the history of the game. Comments (4)

Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017

Pomonok

PS 201Q returns as polling site after new ADA ramp installed

The new Americans with Disabilities Act ramp at PS 201 is ready for use just in time for elections. Comment
Baseball

McClancy baseball star ready for his moment to shine

Kyle Schaefer saw two of his teammates drafted this summer and now, the rising senior is embracing his chance in the spotlight. Comment
Letters

Governor not acknowledging full costs of rail upgrades

There is more to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent $5.6 billion Long Island Rail Road transformation announcement (“LIRR Improvements Will Increace Capacity,” by Mark Hallum, July 28). Comments (4)

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017

Glen Oaks

Mid-Summer Pow Wow returns to Queens

Native Americans from North America representing 40 different tribes celebrated their culture for three days during the Thunderbirds’ 39th Annual Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow at Queens County Farm Museum last weekend. Comment
Tennis

Genie Bouchard makes World Tennis Team return with New York Empire

Genie Bouchard loved her first two times with World Team Tennis and the tennis star relished her third time around the court, making her New York Empire debut this week. Comment
Flushing

Police search for suspect in connection to Flushing stabbing

FLUSHING — Police were searching for a man suspected of assault in Flushing. Comments (3)

Friday, Aug. 4, 2017

Jamaica

Son honors fallen NBA All-Star with commemorative sneaker

Former professional basketball player Anthony Mason, Jr. honored his father with a limited edition commemorative sneaker through his Falln Apparel clothing line with a shoe launch at Jimmy Jazz, a streetwear fashion store in Jamaica. Comment
Long Island City

Massive project planned near Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City

TF Cornerstone is going to change the skyline of Long Island City’s waterfront — again. Comments (1)
Bayside

Graziano challenges Vallone’s petition signatures

Democratic City Council candidate Paul Graziano has filed a lawsuit challenging Councilman Paul Vallone’s (D-Bayside) petition signatures. Comment
Jamaica

Mayor reveals plan to upgrade Jamaica storefronts

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced two projects to help keep money in the pockets of small business owners in Jamaica. Comments (5)
Bayside

Three seniors over 100 celebrate their good fortune at Bayside Senior Center

The Bayside Senior Center hosted a birthday celebration for three centenarians who credited dancing, youthful spirit and driving for their long lives. Comment
Jackson Heights

Three challengers bounced out of race to replace City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland

Three of the Democratic challengers who were in the race to replace City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) were kicked off the ballot Tuesday after attorneys from the Queens Democratic Party challenged their petitions on behalf of state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-East Elmhurst). Comments (1)
Long Island City

Penn Station repairs surpass halfway mark for completion

Progress in Penn Station bodes well for commuters on the Long Island Rail Road with overhauls on infrastructure exceeding the halfway mark, according to a new report from Amtrak, with 12 of 20 items on a task list marked as complete. Comments (1)
Event

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Opinion

A second chance

As the city and state attempt to reform the criminal justice system, the Queens district attorney announced he will dismiss nearly 100,000 open warrants for low-level offenses that are at least 10 years old. Comment
Bayside

Bayside senior’s AAU experience boosts confidence

Kendra Sanchez knew playing on the AAU circuit this summer would be a challenge, but it’s one she’s embraced and enjoyed. Comment
Letters

Open letter to NYC Dept. of Transportation

I am writing to you as president of the Douglaston Civic Association on behalf of our 3,000 families. The current proposal presented by DOT at the May 17 Community Board 11 meeting has serious public safety and traffic issues, as well as public comment violations. Comments (2)

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

Willets Point

Willets Point business owners remind city they are ‘open for business’

Willets Point business owners stood together Tuesday to remind the city that they’re still open for business. Comment
Bayside

East Elmhurst man charged in tortoise theft

An East Elmhurst man has been arrested and charged with the theft of Alley Pond’s prized tortoise, Millennium, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Wednesday. Comments (3)
Flushing

Two Flushing residents struck by Legionnaires’

Two people in the Latimer Gardens Houses in Flushing have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease, according the New York City Health Department. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Bike network expansion will focus on three Queens community boards as cycling popularity soars

Bicycles have never been a more popular mode of transportation in New York City, with close to half a million riders each day. Comments (1)
Bayside

Two men charged in shooting of Bayside resident

The suspected shooters of a Bayside man outside a Flushing deli in May have been charged with murder, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, who also said the two may have ties to the notorious MS-13 gang. Comments (1)
Douglaston

Douglaston Civic Association issues letter to DOT opposing bike lanes

Douglaston Civic Association President Sean Walsh has sent a letter to the Queens Department of Transportation commissioner about the proposal to bring Vision Zero improvements to northeast Queens. Comments (5)
Jamaica

Music meets street fair at JAMS Festival

With summer in full swing, the 21st Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival launches this weekend. Comment
Flushing

DEP says it has been in contact with Koo over Flushing sewer repairs

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) is calling out the Department of Environmental Protection for lack of communication, but the DEP said it has been in contact. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Microsessions delivers thrills with cutting-edge musical encounters

A group of music lovers took part in a mind-blowing listening experience that happened right here in Queens. Comment
Maspeth

Cops want two for possession of skimming device

MASPETH — Police were searching for two men suspected of criminal possession of a forged instrument in Maspeth. Comment
High Heat

Alderson, Mets fail to make trade deadline splash

The Mets were expected to be big sellers ahead of Monday’s trade deadline, with a plethora of steady veterans available for the taking. It was thought the Mets would seek out deals for Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Addison Reed and Asdrubal Cabrera. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

A convenient time for an ‘Inconvenient Sequel’

He soars through the skies of the Antarctic checking up on the melting of the glaciers near the pole. Comments (2)
Letters

Our Lady of the Snows flourishing

Aug. 5 is the ninth anniversary of the main church building at Our Lady of the Snows in Floral Park. Comments (6)

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017

Bayside

Police arrest East Elmhurst man in connection to Millennium theft

An East Elmhurst man has been arrested and charged for the theft of Alley Pond’s prized tortoise, Millennium, police said. Comments (9)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Far Rockaway

Police search for missing Far Rock girl

Police were searching for a missing 11-year-old girl from Far Rockaway. Comments (1)
Woodside

Woodside senior is missing: NYPD

The NYPD was searching for an 88-year-old Woodside man who has been missing since Saturday. Comment
South Ozone Park

Man shot in knee on Van Wyck

A man, 37, was shot in the right knee Sunday morning when walking near the Van Wyck Expressway in South Ozone Park, police said. Comments (1)

Stepping up war on transgender Americans, Trump opposes military service

In a rapid-fire series of three tweets this morning, President Donald Trump announced his intention to bar transgender Americans from serving openly in the military. Comments (2)

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