Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

Community Board 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams is runnng for the City Council seat to be vacated by Ruben Wills, who was convicted of corruption last month. Comments (4)
St. Albans

Miller, Rivers race for District 27 council seat

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) is running for re-election this year and faces one contender on the Democratic ticket for the Sept. 12 primary, which is a little over four weeks away. Comments (1)

Ridgewood man charged with manslaughter in grandmother’s death: DA

A Ridgewood man, suspected of strangling his grandmother to death and then placing her body in trash bags for five months, is facing manslaughter charges, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Prosecutors are charging 30-year-old Christopher Fuhrer with second-degree manslaughter and concealment of a human corpse following the death of his 85-year old grandmother, Erika Kraus-Breslin. Comment

Vallone gets support from Korean leaders

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) raked in more endorsements from the Korean community Tuesday as about 15 leaders from various immigrant organizations stood in his re-election office off Bell Boulevard and gave him their personal stamp of approval. Comments (4)
The Civic Scene

Nine new BSA laws will help neighborhoods

The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) is a five-member city agency, appointed by the mayor, whose purpose is to pass or reject variances to the zoning laws in a location when an owner wants to weaken the zoning and build more than the zoning permits. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

Jackson Heights

Mayor, Moya endorse each other before Ecuadorian Day Parade

Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) marched together during the Ecuadorian Day Parade Sunday along Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights. Before the parade stepped off, de Blasio and Moya formally endorsed each other at the Antioch Baptist Church in Corona, citing their shared support of protecting immigrants, building affordable housing and fighting for progressive causes. Comments (3)
St. Albans

Miller secures over $5 million in capital projects budget for 2018

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) secured over $5 million for technology, 11 schools, parks and a hospital in the capital projects budget for 2018. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Crowley rips Trump’s support of GOP immigration legislation

Immigration organizations joined U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) in denouncing President Donald Trump’s endorsement of an immigration plan that would drastically limit opportunities for immigrants to come to the United States legally. Comments (4)

Social Justice Art Show coming to Jamaica in September

After the success of last year’s exhibit, Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) will host the second annual Social Justice Art Show, which will be extended to a two-week event. Comments (1)

St. John’s hoops alums crowned champions once again

Overseas Elite captured its third championship in The Basketball Tournament on Thursday, sparked by a trio of former Red Storm stars. Comment

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Long Island City

Powerhouse Gym opening in Long Island City

Long Island City

Powerhouse Gym opening in Long Island City

Powerhouse Gym, a fitness industry leader for more than 40 years, is coming to Long Island City. Comment
Community leaders announced details about the upcoming third annual “Flushing Night Out.” Comment

De Blasio proposes millionaire tax for subway fix

Mayor Bill de Blasio echoed state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) Monday, proposing a levy on the city’s elite that would establish a steady and long-term revenue stream for the MTA through what he is calling a “fair fix” tax. The move would raise about $700 million by 2018, the mayor said. Comments (2)
A shared Flushing schoolyard is set to be transformed into an environmentally friendly playground. Comment
Six juniors and seniors from Queens who are heading back to college in the fall received $2,000 each in scholarships from FPWA, a nonprofit, Monday at a breakfast and networking event in Manhattan. Comment

Summer program showcases students’ artwork

The High School to Art School program — an annually, fully subsidized portfolio development program — opened its studio doors to the public, displaying students accomplishments from their summer program. Comment

Far Rockaway native ready for to bring her hoops skills to St. John’s

Kayla Charles has settled into life as a Division I athlete this summer and, now, the former William C. Bryant star is ready for the next step at St. John’s. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

South Ozone Park

American Cancer Society of Queens holds breakfast event

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Queens held a breakfast Tuesday at Resorts World in South Ozone Park to kick off preparations for its annual Queens walk. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Pols praise DOT school safety improvements

Oakland Gardens

Pols praise DOT school safety improvements

Queens elected officials and community advocates celebrated the near completion of improvements to a section of Oceania Street spanning the length of Middle School 74 in Oakland Gardens Tuesday. The upgrades include long-awaited protected bike lanes as well as better signage and traffic calming features. Comments (2)

Mets 2017 first-round draft pick makes pro debut in Brooklyn

David Peterson made his pro debut Aug. 4, throwing one inning for the Brooklyn Cyclones as the squad fell to the Tri-City ValleyCats. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017


Astoria infant gets breastfeeding diploma

Month-old Mason Wheeler, of Astoria, was honored last Friday during World Breastfeeding Week at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital, which was recently designated as “baby friendly” by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Comment
Jamaica Arts and Music Summer, better known as JAMS, returned to southeast Queens last weekend, bringing some of the best food and talent to the streets for the second decade in a row. Comments (2)

Christ the King hoops star puts in extra work over summer break

Brandy Thomas has spent most of her summer vacation the hardwood, but the Royals’ rising senior wouldn’t have it any other way. Comment

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Phase Two of the $8 billion LaGuardia Airport reconstruction project got underway Tuesday with Gov. Andrew Cuomo taking part in a ground-breaking ceremony after signing a long-term deal with Delta Airlines. Delta will build a new $4 billion state-of-the-art terminal on the eastern portion of the airport. Comments (1)
A hero has emerged from the rubble of a tragic July 16 accident that killed a 16-year-old boy and injured several others on the Grand Central Parkway. Comments (5)
Airbnb may require more complete information from guests if a bill introduced by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is passed. Comments (1)
Paul Graziano, Democratic contender for City Council, has dropped a lawsuit challenging the petition signatures of his opponent for city government, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside). Comments (3)

Former Councilwoman Julia Harrison dead at 97

Former Flushing Councilwoman Judith Harrison died at age 97 last week after battling an undisclosed illness. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway street co-named in honor of fallen NYPD detective

The skirl of bagpipes was heard last Friday in Far Rockaway as Briar Place was co-named Detective Randolph Holder Way to honor the slain NYPD officer whose family home stands across the street. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

116th Precinct slowly on its way to southeast Queens

Several elected officials met with southeast Queens block associations and St. Clare’s Academy for a town hall briefing last week at Birch Early Childhood Center in Springfield Gardens to discuss the new 116th Precinct. Comment
Thousands of Queens cyclists ride over the Queensboro Bridge every day on their way to work or school, but they lack a safe, protected bike lane on Crescent Street in Astoria and Long Island City to get to the bridge. Transportation Alternatives’ Queens Committee has launched a campaign to change that. Comments (4)
See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Trump slept here

“The Art of the Deal” has taken a precarious turn in Jamaica Estates, where our president’s childhood house has been hijacked by a new kind of competitor. In short, President Trump has been trumped by none other than Airbnb, which relies on unique rentals rather than splashy brick-and-mortar hotels to build its fortune. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017


Violent crime escalating in Bayside area

Crime in northeast Queens has taken a turn for the worse in recent months with a spate of gang activity, armed robberies and senseless acts of violence. Comments (7)
Dutch Kills

Chocolate Factory Theater acquires permanent home in Dutch Kills section of Long Island City

The over-development of Long Island City south of the Queensboro Bridge has been displacing artists for more than a decade and Sheila Lewandowski was terrified her non-profit Chocolate Factory Theater was going to cease to exist when its current lease expired in May 2019. Comment

Attacker hurls eggs with anti-Muslim message at Egyptian man in Astoria: NYPD

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a bias incident in Astoria where a food vendor was pelted by eggs wrapped in hateful notes. Farid El-Baghdadi, 56, told police the eggs were thrown at him while his food truck was parked on Steinway Street several times in the last few weeks. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Trump’s childhood home listed on Airbnb

Jamaica Estates

Trump’s childhood home listed on Airbnb

President Donald Trump’s childhood home in Jamaica Estates is listed on Airbnb for $725 per night and drawing visitors who want to share his birthright. Comments (2)

Suspect arrested in Forest Park serial rapes: NYPD

Police have arrested a man they believe could be behind six attacks against women in Forest Park since 2011. Comment

Claims of voter suppression at LeFrak City one month before primary

The Black Leadership Action Coalition rallied outside the New York City Board of Elections Tuesday demanding restoration of voting sites at LeFrak City, contending the relocation of the polls is an act of voter suppression. Comments (2)
During the last two winters, Sunnyside resident Regina Shandley and members of the United Forties civic association have volunteered to collect socks for residents of homeless shelters that operate at hotels in Woodside. The sock drives started after a woman at the Metro Hotel on Queens Boulevard told Shandley that most of the residents there had only one pair of socks for the entire winter. Comments (2)
College Point

MacNeil Park sewage issues rile College Point residents

Residents of College Point are asking that a sewage leak at MacNeil Park be cleaned up. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills’ newest hotspot pairs local artwork with eclectic menu

If you believe that enjoying a good cup of coffee and colorful artwork is great for the psyche, you should check out Forest Hills’ newest java hotspot, Pink Forest Cafe, which opened its doors to eager patrons last Friday at 72-01 Austin St. Comment
The Mets took a positive first step in their youth movement by calling up super prospect Amed Rosario after the trade deadline last week. Now, it’s time for New York to take the next step and call up first base prospect Dominic Smith. Comment

‘Kidnap’ adds to the parental paranoia pile-up

“Marco!” Halle Berry calls to her insanely adorable son in the new movie, “Kidnap.” Comment

Letter to City Council has been retracted

I am writing to you about the article titled “Astoria civic leader slams City Council bill on construction safety,” published on Aug. 7. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

South Ozone Park

iPhone stolen from open window in South Ozone Park

In the wee hours of July 18 an iPhone was stolen from an open window in South Ozone Park within the confines of the 106th Precinct, police said. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017

Forest Hills

West Nile to spray in 10 Queens neighborhoods

The city Health Department will spray 10 neighborhoods throughout Queens with pesticide from trucks Thursday between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Friday. Comment

Suspect sought in attempted rape at Hillside spa

The police were looking for a Pacific Island man with a mustache who is a suspect in the attempted rape of a 49-year-old woman who worked at the Health Foot Spa on Jamaica. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens ►Video

Police seek ID of suspect in Springfield Gardens murder

The NYPD wants the public’s help in identifying a suspect wanted in the May 14 murder of Robert Cuvilly, 38, who was shot in Springfield Gardens. Comment

Monday, Aug. 7, 2017


Police search for missing Astoria man

The NYPD was searching for an Astoria man. Comment
Forest Hills

Police hunt for suspect in connection with Forest Hills burglary

Police were searching for a man in connection with a burglary in Forest Hills. Comment

Friday, Aug. 4, 2017

Astoria ►Video

Man snatches necklace from 16-year-old girl in Astoria: NYPD

Police were looking for a chain snatcher who struck in Astoria July 22. A 16-year-old girl was in front of 32-86 Steinway St. just before 4 p.m. when a man approached her and snatched a necklace from her neck before fleeing westbound on 34th Avenue, police said. Comments (2)
Ridgewood ►Video

Suspect wanted in Halsey St. subway incident: NYPD

The NYPD was searching for a suspect wanted in connection to a forcible touching incident that occurred within the confines of the 104th Precinct inside the Halsey Street “L” subway station stop in Ridgewood bound for Manhattan. Comment

Man steals clothes at Steinway Street store, pulls knife on employee: NYPD

Police were looking for a man who walked into a store on Steinway Street in Astoria and stole clothes, then pulled a knife on a worker who tried to stop him, according to police. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017

Springfield Gardens

Police release sketch of Springfield Gardens bomb suspect

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS - Police from the 105th Precinct were looking for a suspect wanted for homicide in the death of a man who opened a package that exploded. Comments (4)
Kew Gardens

Older pedestrian dies after accident in Kew Gardens

A 71-year-old man in Kew Gardens died Tuesday after suffering from injuries sustained during a car accident. Comment

Police impersonators steal cash, wallet and phone from two victims in Corona: Cops

The NYPD was looking for a group of police impersonators who stole cash, an iPhone, and a wallet from two victims on two separate occasions in Corona. Comment



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