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Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017


Discovering outer beauty and inner peace at Fort Totten Park

Spring mornings light up my mind with the thought of taking a walk along Little Neck Bay to Fort Totten Park. The key word is “park,” because the fort — housing the U.S. Army Reserve, FDNY, EMS, police, and Coast Guard — is an inspirational, natural environment in Bayside. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017


Astoria residents will decide on $1M in public projects

Neighborhood Assemblies will convene next month to start another round of participatory budgeting to decide how $1 million in capital funding will be invested in Astoria, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) announced last week. Comment
East Elmhurst

Moya offers a plan of action for East Elmhurst which Monserrate dismisses

The race between state Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) and Hiram Monserrate for City Council District 21 grows more contentious each week. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Peralta, Kim urge parents to use ParentPatrol app

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) and Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) were joined by parents at Northern Playground in Jackson Heights last Thursday, asking residents to take advantage of an app that helps safeguard playgrounds. Comments (1)

Volunteers fix Jamaica resident’s home

Rebuilding Together NYC and volunteers from insurance company Lloyd’s America helped in fixing a Jamaica resident’s home last week. Comment

City first in country to provide low-income tenants free counsel for wrongful evictions

Low-income New Yorkers facing wrongful eviction will be guaranteed legal representation in Housing Court after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation into law last Friday. Comments (3)

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

East Elmhurst

Peralta proposes legislation that would raise consumer awareness of skimmers at ATMs

After a dramatic rise in the illegal use of skimmers — devices that criminals install in ATMs that can read bank account details and passwords — state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) filed a new bill last week that would thwart the scheme by raising consumer awareness. Comments (1)

Jamaica man faces 25 years to life in sexual assault of pre-teen girl: DA

JAMAICA — A Jamaica resident was found guilty Aug. 9 of predatory sexual assault of a pre-teen girl and faces up to 25 years to life in prison, according to the Queens District Attorney. He will be sentenced Sept. 13. Comment

Avella calls for Silver’s resignation as tree collapse injures four

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) called for the resignation of Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael Silver after reports of an elm tree collapsing and injuring a woman and three children in Central Park made headlines. Comments (1)

Sutphin BID reveals plan for Downtown Jamaica

The Sutphin Boulevard Improvement District held its third annual meeting last week at Rufus King Manor, discussing endeavors for this year and the near future, according to the BID’s executive director, Glenn Greenidge. Comments (1)

Kaufman Arts District promotes borough as cultural destination with Backlot Art Fest

The Kaufman Arts District, home to Kaufman Studios, one of the oldest continuously used movie studios in the world, is a community of unique cultural institutions that support emerging artists. Comment

Monday, Aug. 21, 2017


Congestion pricing becomes option to fund MTA: Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo fielded a controversial funding proposal for the MTA and the failing subway system Monday by claiming “congestion pricing is an idea whose time has come.” Comments (5)

DEP to offer bioswale opt-outs for select residents only

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) broke the news to civic leaders Monday that a full opt-out program for the city Department of Environmental Protection’s initiative to install bioswales throughout Flushing will not be in the cards. Comments (5)

Koo calls on DEP to revise plans for Flushing Creek

After thousands of dead fish were found in Flushing Creek, Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and local environmentalists are calling on the city to revise plans to chlorinate combined sewage overflows in Flushing’s waterways. Comments (2)
Rochdale Village

Public defender Hettie Powell lays out plan for District 28 seat

Hettie Powell, a lawyer from southeast Queens, is running for the City Council seat vacated by Ruben Wills, who was recently sentenced to prison for grand larceny. Comments (2)

Fan seeking $100,000 after being punched at Citi Field

A woman is seeking $100,000 in damages after being punched at a Mets game last year, according to a Manhattan Supreme Court summons filed Monday. Comment

Kew Gardens Festival Cinema announces event winners

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema recently announced the winners of its inaugural 10-day event that took place earlier this month at Kew Gardens Cinemas and Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens and at the Queens Museum in nearby Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment
South Richmond Hill

Cops seek two grand larceny suspects

SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — The police wants the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects in connection to a grand larceny in South Richmond Hill. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017


Former Bayside resident raises $10K for Parkinson’s to honor late father

Parkinson’s research will continue moving forward thanks to the fundraising efforts of Kyle Kravitz, who dedicated a weekend golf outing to his father and levied over $10,800 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Comment

Brooklyn man sentenced for cellphone robberies in Flushing, Howard Beach

A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for being the ringleader in 11 cellphone store robberies that included locations in Flushing and Howard Beach, prosecutors said. Comment

Flushing native returns to coaching after health scare

Monsignor Scanlan girls basketball coach Tom Catalanotto was forced off the sidelines this summer after being diagnosed wtih a heart condition, but now he’s ready to step back onto the hardwood. Comment

Police look for trio behind Cypress Hills Cemetery destruction

RIDGEWOOD — The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force was investigating the desecration of Cyprus Hills Cemetery in Ridgewood just after midnight Tuesday morning. Comments (1)

Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017


Jamaica mother with MS aims to inspire others

Lisa Ray, a single mother in Jamaica with multiple sclerosis, has been through many hurdles over the past eight years, but she refused to let them stop her from living a full life. Comments (5)
St. Albans

St. Albans teen nabs coveted internship at American Museum of Natural History

Every summer, around 300 students apply for a paid internship at the American Museum of Natural History. Approximately 200 will make it to the interview phase, and only 10 percent of applicants are selected for the coveted spots. Comment

Edgardo Alfonzo making most of first season as Cyclones skipper

First-year Cyclones manager Edgardo Alfonzo has faced his fair share of ups and downs this season, but the former Met is taking it all in stride. Comment

Woman beaten, robbed in Astoria apartment building: NYPD

Police are looking for a man who beat an woman in Astoria Tuesday morning before stealing her purse, according to the NYPD. The suspect followed the victim into her apartment building near 31st Drive and 21st Street at around 7:30 a.m. and the elevator with her to the fifth floor where he placed the 35-year-old woman in a choke hold and repeatedly punched her in the face, police said. The suspect fled the location with the victim’s credit card, according to the NYPD. Comment

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017


Queens pols call for safety improvements along Grand Central Parkway

City and state elected officials gathered at a stretch of the Grand Central Parkway on Monday to call on safety improvements for the major artery which is often beset by wrecks. Comments (1)

Record number of teams compete at Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

A record-setting 212 teams competed at the 27th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at Flushing Meadow Corona Park last weekend, drawing an estimated 60,000 visitors to one of the city’s largest cultural events. Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans cop’s suicide brings issue to surface

The suicide death of a 37-year-old male police officer at his home Sunday in St. Albans was the fifth in the city this year by an active, uniformed member of law enforcement, according to the NYPD, matching the total from all of 2016. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City music school founder pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges

The founder of a Long Island City music school is facing life in prison after pleading guilty to sex trafficking charges. Comment

Family of former St. Mary’s patient donates $27K to Bayside facility

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children dedicated a room in its facility to the memory of a patient who passed away just over three months after being born with a rare chromosomal condition. while the infant’s the parents made a generous donation to the Bayside institution. Comment

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
High Heat

Mets’ future is looking bright

The Mets are finally on the right track. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017


Van Bramer, Crowley slam Trump’s Charlottesville remarks

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) is calling on President Donald Trump to resign after his comments Tuesday at Trump Tower, where the president re-directed blame for Saturday’s violent clash in Charlottesville, Va. Comments (14)

Queens Museum’s Israel Independence re-enactment back on

After elected officials expressed outrage, the Queens Museum has decided not to cancel a re-enactment of the 1947 United Nations Vote on Israel Independence scheduled for November. Comments (6)

Anthony Rivers eyes District 27 seat

Anthony Rivers, a former U.S. Marine and retired police officer, is running against City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) for the District 27 seat in the Sept. 12 primaries. The St. Albans resident is running with a mission to address inequity in southeast Queens. Comments (2)

Son of Sam murders still haunting New Yorkers 40 years later

That twisted message was scribbled on one of several weird notes that the NYPD police and press had gotten from the notorious .44 serial killer Son of Sam, during his 13-month reign of terror across the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. Comment

Kim, Meng denounce Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ statement on North Korea

Elected officials gathered in front of Flushing Town Hall last Thursday, denouncing President Donald Trump’s threat against North Korea. Comments (3)

Fresh Meadows man sentenced for dog’s death

A Fresh Meadows man was sentenced to 45 days in jail after throwing a dog from a balcony during an argument with his ex-girlfriend, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Queens County Young Democrats rally in support of Charlottesville protestors

People from different backgrounds, religions and creeds came out to King Manor Museum Tuesday night for a Rally Against Hate and Bigotry. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Astoria actress impresses with role in ‘Garden of Delights’

Surrealistic, curiously bizarre and a bit disturbing, late-medieval Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych entitled “The Garden of Earthly Delights” is by no means your typical Renaissance-era masterpiece. Far from it. Comments (1)

Riders being heard

The “Summer of Hell” has not been as devilish for most straphangers as feared even though riders still face widespread delays and interrupted service. Comments (1)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Memories of college — as I send my daughters off

We are getting an early dose of fall breezes in August even though we are entering the dog days of summer now. Comment

Dissmissing low-level warrants the right way to go

Last Thursday, district attorneys from four of the city’s boroughs, including Queens, moved to dismiss 645,000 summons warrants issued more than 10 years ago for low-level offenses, such as riding a bicycle on the sidewalk or violating park rules. Only individuals who have stayed out of trouble for the past decade were eligible to have a warrant cleared. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017


New York Lottery awaits two Queens winners

Hey, you never know. Comment

Astoria man assaulted and robbed at home: NYPD

A 29-year-old Astoria man was beaten and robbed inside his own home earlier this month, according to police. Comments (2)

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017


Long Island man dies after fight outside Elmhurst strip club: NYPD

A 24-year-old Long Island man died after he was beaten after leaving an Elmhurst strip club early Saturday morning, according to the NYPD. Comment

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Fresh Meadows

Police search for missing Fresh Meadows woman

Police were searching for a missing woman Fresh Meadows woman. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

Kew Gardens

Wills sentenced to two to six years in prison for corruption

A sobbing former Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was sentenced to two to six years in prison Thursday in Queens Supreme Court for stealing $33,000 in public funds after being convicted in an 11-day trial. Comments (2)


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