Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that construction had begun on the Moynihan Train Hall, the city’s majestic former post office, which will become the new destination for Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak passengers as an annex to Penn Station. Comments (2)

Sickle Cell Walk-A-Thon scheduled for Sept. 9 in Jamaica

The Queens Sickle Advocacy Network, Inc. is marking Sickle Cell Awareness Month with its 17th annual Walk-A-Thon on Sept. 9. Comments (1)
It was a balmy Monday morning for a ribbon-cutting at St. Albans Park. Comments (3)

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

Mounted Police Officer Derek Ghee of the NYPD was grooming Chief, a golden brown, 5-foot-9-inch gelding he rides each day. Comments (1)

City scores inch higher on ELA, math tests

The state Education Department released the city and state proficiency test scores for English Language Arts and Math of students in third to eighth grade, which showed a small uptick in performance. Comments (2)

Ulrich endorses Richard David for Wills’ vacated seat

Richard David, one of three contenders for the City Council formerly held by convicted felon Ruben Wills, a Democrat from Jamaica, was endorsed by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) Monday at the intersection of Lefferts Boulevard and Liberty Avenue. Comments (1)
From gigs around the world to the famous New York City jazz club Birdland, trombonist and composer John Yao has been sharing his talents for over a decade. Comment

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017

Female community leaders and elected officials endorsed Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) for re-election at a Monday rally in front of the entrance to Fort Totten. Comments (1)
Queens-based political organization Korean Americans for Political Advancement endorsed City Council candidate Paul Graziano Saturday in front of the Korean Community Center, formerly the Bayside Jewish Center. Comments (3)
A bill designed to ease the strain on the foster care system in the state received support from child advocacy groups across the city following its unanimous passage in both the state Senate and the Assembly. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

The ribbon was cut last week for a $12 million upgrade to a U.S. Army building at Fort Totten which will help the facility maintain military equipment for installations across the region. Comment
The Civic Scene

Utopia Estates’ association tackles bioswales

The June 2017 issue of the Utopia News contained a message from the association president about bioswales or rain gardens. Due to a New York State requirement that more rainwater be absorbed into the ground, New York City is digging areas on the sidewalks which would absorb rainwater. Green lines indicate the proposed size of the bioswale. Comment

TMLA hoops star excels on summer circuit

Jordan Nixon has emerged as one of the top guards in the 2018 class after a dominant summer, taking on some of the top hardwood talent in the country. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017


Rozic, Schumer announce Blossom Avenue crosswalk

A busy Flushing intersection will finally be getting a crosswalk after a push from elected officials. Comments (1)

City makes strides in water conservation with spray shower upgrades

City officials joined City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) at Raimonda Playground in Astoria to announce that water-saving automatic shut-off timers and activation buttons have been installed on 400 spray showers at city playgrounds. Comments (1)

John Bowne baseball alum returns to New York as manager of Lowell Spinners

It might not be Citi Field, but for Ignacio “Iggy” Suarez, standing on the grounds of MCU Park in Brooklyn as the manager of the Lowell Spinners, is another step in his round-about journey to the big leagues. It is a long way for the Corona native who sharpened his skills on the New York sandlots. Comment

Man wanted in connection to Flushing assault: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were searching for a man wanted in connection with an assault in Flushing. Comment

Friday, Aug. 25, 2017


Crowley announces legislation to provide rent relief for working families

As more families are in danger of becoming homeless due to rising rents and stagnant wages in New York City, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) believes renters need tax breaks that could help low- and middle-income tenants across the country stay in their homes. Comments (1)

EDC VP seeks City Council District 28 seat left empty by Wills

Richard David took a leave of absence from his job at the Administration of Children’s Services on Valentine’s Day this year to run for the City Council District 28 seat vacated by Ruben Wills, a Jamaica Democrat who was sentenced to two to six years in prison on corruption charges in August. Comments (1)
The $126 million Downtown Far Rockaway rezoning project moved a step closer to approval Monday after the City Council’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises voted unanimously in favor of the plan, 5-0. Comments (2)
The battle between two Democratic candidates heading to the Sept. 12 primary to fill the District 21 seat that will be vacated by the retiring City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) has moved from jabs to fierce body blows. Comments (8)
With so much attention from the state concerning the city’s subways, a number of state Assembly members formed a coalition to call on MTA Chairman Joe Lhota to shift focus to improve bus service for residents in transit deserts such as northeast Queens. Comments (2)
The United States Tennis Association is gearing up for this year’s US Open with performances from 12 kids, all under the age of 14, showcasing their singing chops in the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

Bay Terrace celebrates new left turn signal

Northeast Queens pols celebrated an announcement about a long-overdue safety improvement in Bay Terrace last week in the best interest of the large number of seniors living in the area. Comments (3)

CEO helps girls discover computer science

Women are better coders, but are less likely than their male counterparts to get a job in a STEM field without connections, according to a peer-reviewed study conducted by PeerJ in February 2016. Comment

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

An equitable solution

Long before neo-Nazis and white supremacists converged on Charlottesville, Va., to demand that a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee not be removed, Queens had its own struggle with a controversial monument. Comment
Very few MLB teams have had as many major injuries as the Mets in 2017. And while it may seem that the injuries have led to this lost season, it has allowed the team to turn its focus completely to 2018. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

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Exclusive: Manhattan woman gives $2,300 to Corona church to replace stolen instruments

A philanthropist from Manhattan’s Upper East Side was watching the news Saturday morning and saw surveillance video of a thief breaking into a Corona church. The suspect was stealing musical instruments valued at $2,300 by the NYPD. It was then that Boo Grace, 64, began planning a trip to Queens. Comments (1)

Study: Rising rents a factor in Astoria homelessness

A new study by the Citizens Committee for Children revealed that Astoria and Jackson Heights have experienced a significant increase in homelessness. Comments (3)
St. Albans

Royal Ivey basketball clinic gathers for 10th year this week

The Royal Ivey Life and Basketball Skills Clinic will have its 10th anniversary Friday and Saturday at the Hollis Playground between 204th Street and Run DMC Grandmaster Jay Way on school grounds in St. Albans. Comments (1)
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 (2)
City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and his Democratic challenger Alison Tan had a heated debate Sunday, taking personal jabs at one another while answering questions from the community. Comments (4)
Residents of a Sunnyside condominium have been terrorized in their own homes, subjected daily to Nazi and Confederate posters, racist images and tributes to President Donald Trump festooning the building’s lobby, according the City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). Comments (2)
The de Blasio administration and City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) settled a lawsuit last week challenging the structure and funding of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Alliance, an independent nonprofit organization that will decide how to spend more than $10 million that will be contributed by the United States Tennis Association. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

‘Women’s Plaza in Queens’ unveiled in Kew Gardens

A new Public Plaza was unveiled Tuesday, replacing a controversial statue that depicted a man standing over two women in Kew Gardens. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Forum publisher busted in mob tampering case

Patricia Adams, the publisher of The Forum newspaper, has been accused of participating in witness tampering on behalf of an associate of the Bonanno crime family, according to the FBI. Comments (1)
If you were lucky enough to catch the screening of “Romance & Cigarettes” and meet with actor and filmmaker John Turturro at Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park last week at dusk, you hopefully came away with an autograph, as well as a strong opinion about a very special, unapologetically bawdy film. Offering hefty doses of humor and pathos, and featuring a stellar cast of famous actors, the R-rated, down-and-dirty 2005 musical was written and directed by the highly talented Turturro, best known for his roles in such films as “Do the Right Thing&# Comments (1)

Jerry Lewis made us laugh and care

Comedian-actor Jerry Lewis had a long career that spanned 70 years, and during that time, he made millions of people laugh with his stage, screen and television antics. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Her son fell in love with Siri, so what?

Manhattanite Judith Newman was at the deli counter ordering cold cuts with her sons Gus and Henry, twins in their early teens. One of them was hopping up and down, announcing to anyone and everyone that his father would soon be coming home from a trip and would land at JFK, then take “the A train from Howard Beach to West Fourth and then change to the B or D to Broadway-Lafayette. He’ll arrive at 77 Bleecker…” At which point, the boy continued, Daddy and Mommy “will do sex…” And then he went back to explaining more about the train transfers. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017


Man exposes himself, tries to rape a woman in Woodside: NYPD

A man tried to rape a 24-year-old woman in Woodside early on the morning of Aug. 17, according to the NYPD. The suspect approached the woman in the vicinity of Woodside Avenue and 61st Street at around 12:30 a.m. and pretended to have a gun as he exposed himself, police said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Man robbed in Jackson Heights subway station: NYPD

The NYPD is looking for two suspects who allegedly robbed a man inside the elevator at the Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street subway station in Jackson Heights Aug. 12. Just before 5 p.m., a man and a woman followed the 51-year-old victim into the elevator and demanded money, police said. Comment

Sanders brings back sexual assault defense workshop to Jamaica

Sex crimes rose to 73 through Aug. 13 from 57 incidents in the same period last year within the 101st, 102nd, and 103rd precincts in southern Queens, according to NYPD crime statistics. Comment

Cops seek two suspects in Maspeth burglaries

The NYPD was seeking two suspects in connection with a burglary pattern within the confines of the 104th Precinct. Comment

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

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Thief steals $2,300 worth of musical instruments from Corona church: NYPD

Police were searching for a thief who broke into a Baptist Church in Corona, and stole musical instruments valued around $2,300 according to the NYPD. Comment

MTA employee slugged after chastising rider doing pull-ups: NYPD

A 64-year-old MTA worker was assaulted in Astoria after he told a rider to stop doing pull-ups on an N train’s handrails, according to the NYPD. Comment

Three Queens Detention Facility correction officers arrested

Three correction officers who worked at Queens Detention Facility in Jamaica were arrested for allegedly smuggling contraband to at least nine inmates and accepting bribes of over $4,725 through wire transfers and cash from 2016-17, according to the United States Attorney’s Office of the Southern District. Comments (1)


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