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Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

Flushing

Dodging the rules

It’s up to the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of Monday’s heart-breaking bus collision that left three people dead and injured 16 in the early morning hours in Flushing. Comments (2)

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

Kew Gardens

$15.5 billion invested in district schools

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and community board chairs were at Borough Hall in Kew Gardens Monday to listen to representatives from the School Construction Authority elaborate on how they intend to spend $15.5 billion in capital projects over the course of five to 10 years in Queens. Comments (2)
Crime

Pair sentenced for forced prostitution of teen girl

Two Queens men are facing lengthy prison terms for kidnaping, raping and forcing a 14-year-old girl into prostitution. Comments (2)
Bayside

City Comptroller tours Bell Boulevard businesses

City Comptroller Scott Stringer toured Bell Boulevard with neighborhood leadership Tuesday and spoke with business owners about commerce along Bayside’s main drag. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

Van Bramer brings back participatory budgeting for a fourth year

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) officially kicked off the fourth cycle of participatory budgeting with the announcement of the dates and locations for seven neighborhood assemblies to be held throughout the 26th District from Sept. 25 through Oct. 12. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017

Elmhurst

Old St. James Church in Elmhurst is city’s newest landmarks

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously voted to designate the Old St. James Episcopal Church in Elmhurst as a New York City Individual Landmark. The church, located at 86-02 Broadway, was built in 1735 and 1736 in what was called Newtown Village. Comments (1)
Bellerose

State exam test scores soar in northeast Queens school districts

School Districts 26 and 25 in northeast Queens had some of the city’s highest test scores for third to eighth graders in proficiency exams in Mathematics and English Language Arts for the 2016-2017 school year, according to the state’s Dept. of Education. Comments (2)
Jamaica

New luxury apartment complex coming to Jamaica by 2019

Zara Realty, a Queens-based real estate firm, is developing a new luxury apartment complex near Rufus King Park on 89th Avenue between 172nd and 173 streets in Jamaica. Comments (4)
Flushing

Flushing’s PS 201Q unveils new SmartLab

Elected officials joined students and teachers at Flushing’s PS 201Q to help unveil the school’s new SmartLab. Comment

Monday, Sept. 25, 2017

Astoria

Astoria strip club closes after liquor license gets terminated

An Astoria strip club closed down last week after losing its liquor license for becoming “a focal point for police attention,” according to the State Liquor Authority. Comment
Hillcrest

Lancman holds hearing on effectiveness of domestic violence courts

A steep rise in domestic violence across the five boroughs, and its effect on the city’s homeless crisis, prompted an oversight hearing Monday by the City Council’s Committee on Courts & Legal Services chaired by Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest). Comment
Jamaica

Social justice, art come together in Jamaica

Dozens came out last Friday to see the Social Justice Art Show’s second run at Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning presented by Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest). Comment
Crime

Neir’s Tavern burglars raid cash drawer, ATM

Historic Neir’s Tavern was the victim of a burglary Sept. 10, when just after closing time a side door was forced open and cash was removed from the ATM and the register, according to the police. About $925 was pulled from the drawer while an unknown amount was taken from the cash machine. The investigation was continuing. Comment
Letters

Moya thanks voting public for election turnout

Thank you very much for everything you did to help me win last on election day. But it wasn’t just a win for me — on Sept. 12, our neighborhood won. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

Astoria

Simotas hosts Paid Family Leave event for pregnant women

Dozens of pregnant women and expecting parents gathered at a free seminar in Astoria last week to get comprehensive information on workplace rights guaranteed by New York State’s landmark paid family leave law which goes into effect Jan. 1. Comment
Ridgewood

Ridgewood man gets 15 years in grandmother’s death

A Ridgewood man who killed his grandmother and left her rotting corpse in the house for months has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Wednesday. Comment
Forest Hills

Manhattan man sentenced in 1990 Forest Hills murder

A 60-year-old Manhattan man has been sentenced to 25 years to life for fatally shooting a motorist in the back of the head more than a quarter century ago. Comment
Volleyball

Early success has St. John’s volleyball primed for big season

A number of strong showings in early season tournaments across the country have the St. John’s women’s volleyball team building momentum as it prepares to begin Big East play later this month. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017

South Ozone Park

South Ozone Park carjacker faces 18 years in prison

Donald Warren, a 55-year-old man from Queens, was sentenced to 18 years in prison last week for shooting a woman he tried to carjack in South Ozone Park, according to federal prosecutors in Brooklyn. Comment
Bayside

CWNY walkathon raises money for renovations

The Center for the Women of New York held its 9th annual walkathon at Fort Totten Park Saturday, raising funds for operations and services and the renovation of the group’s new headquarters at Fort Totten. Comment
Flushing

Whitepoint Youth Football and Cheer kicks off season with a bang

Whitepoint Youth Football and Cheer hosted their opening day in honor of local first responders Saturday. Comment
Long Island City

Banquet of the Beheaded brings historical characters to life in Long Island City

If you were invited to a dinner party for talking heads, would you go? Comment
Letters

Support for Northern Boulevard corridor redesign

On behalf of the Douglaston Local Development Corporation, representing the Douglaston community, we are writing to express our strong support for the redesign of the Northern Boulevard corridor, as currently being performed by the New York City Dept. of Transportation. Comments (2)
High Heat

Time for Matt Harvey and the Mets to break up

Matt Harvey has been in the spotlight since making his dynamic debut in 2012. He’s had his ups and downs since then, but it’s become clear this season that the Dark Knight’s time in Queens may be coming to an end. Comment

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

Bayside

Residents clash over implementation of DOT bike lanes on Northern Boulevard

A protest organized by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) at Alley Pond Golf Center Monday was met with intense opposition by bike advocates in favor of the city DOT’s decision to overrule Community Board 11’s alternative proposal for bicycle safety improvements along Northern Boulevard between Bayside and Douglaston and implement their own plan. Comments (4)
Astoria

Constantinides slams MTA over subway station closures in Astoria

After a summer with no weekend service on Astoria’s N and W subway lines, straphangers will have to contend with two subway station closures late next month. The 36th Avenue and 30th Avenue stations will be shuttered beginning Oct. 23 for an eight-month renovation, according to the MTA. Comments (3)
Flushing

Rozic gets hate mail after announcing bill to rename Donald J. Trump State Park

Despite backlash, state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing) is continuing to push for legislation that would rename Donald J. Trump State Park to Heather D. Heyer State Park, after the demonstrator who was mowed down in Charlottesville, Va., last month. Comments (3)
Crime

Islamophobic fire-bomber pleads guilty to 2012 attacks

It has been five years since Ray Lengend went on fire-bombing spree of mosques throughout southeast Queens, but he has only just now pleaded guilty to the crimes against Muslims who the 45-year-old Guyanese man claimed in 2012 had been “trying to take over his life.” Comment
Jamaica

Medicaid drops plan for Jamaica office

Some staffers at the Queens Community Medicaid Office are dismayed by a last-minute change that will mean the consolidation of the borough’s Medicaid operations in one Long Island City location. Comment
Elmhurst

Malliotakis hits de Blasio over Pan Am shelter

Republican mayoral challenger state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (D-Staten Island) rallied with dozens of members of Elmhurst United outside the shelter for homeless families in the former Pan American Hotel Wednesday. Malliotakis railed against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s policy of sheltering the homeless in hotels. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Maple Grove Cemetery offers new discoveries

You would never think to have a fun-filled day at a cemetery ... unless it’s The Friends of Maple Grove. Comment
Hurricane Relief

Queens citizens help with hurricane relief efforts

From Queens businesses to politicians, adults to schoolchildren, residents who remember the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 are donating funds and supplies for the Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Healthy Community Day coming to Queens Village Veterans Plaza Saturday

Community Board 13 is hosting its inaugural Healthy Community Day at Queens Village Veterans Plaza Saturday. Comment
Theater

Secret Theatre’s dark comedy ‘Love is Dead’ thrills audiences with murderous tale of love gone bad

Let’s face it, human beings seem to have a secret thirst for blood. Have you noticed how many popular binge-worthy crime/murder programming offerings are out there? It’s shocking: Snapped, It Takes a Killer, Swamp Murders, Killer Confessions, Grave Secrets, Deadly Women, Surviving Evil, The Perfect Murder, Fatal Vows, American Monster, Fear Thy Neighbor, Murder Among Friends, and more. Comment
Event

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Letters

Open letter to Boro Commissioner Garcia

We are writing on behalf of the Douglaston Village Chamber of Commerce, the community organization representing Douglaston area businesses. We wish to express the support of the Douglaston business community for the DOT’s proposed improvements to the Northern Boulevard traffic corridor, including bicycle lanes and other positive improvements. Comment
Swimming

Cardozo swimming enters 2017 season with high expectations

The 2017 season is gearing up to be something special for the Cardozo girls’ swimming team. Fresh off a 7-4 campaign in 2016 that saw the team finish ranked seventh in the city, the Lady Judges have high expectations as the start of the fall season approaches. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

Flushing ►Video

Bus operator had DWI record

After reports surfaced that the charter bus driver in Monday’s collision, which left three dead and 16 injured, had been fired from the MTA in 2015 for DWI, the state Department of Motor Vehicles said it had no knowledge that Raymond Mong, 49, was still behind the wheel in Flushing. Comments (18)
Flushing

Charter bus companies need tougher regulation: Electeds

After the deadly Flushing bus crash that killed three people and injured 16 Monday morning, City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and Council Transportation Chairman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Washington Heights) called for stronger regulations for private bus companies. Comments (4)
Jamaica Estates

Refugees rented Trump’s childhood home

In an attempt to send a message to President Donald Trump and world leaders, the British charity Oxfam rented out the president’s childhood Jamaica Estates home to four refugees over the weekend. Comments (6)
Real Estate

Airbnb removes Trump home listing after partial vacate order issued

President Donald Trump’s boyhood home in Jamaica estates, recently listed on Airbnb after being sold at auctions, was hit with a partial vacate order by the city Dept. of Buildings in late August. Citing an illegal conversion of the basement into an apartment without the required means of egress for occupants was the reason for the vacate order last month. Comments (1)
Astoria

Astoria graffiti vandal to get 90 days in jail

Astoria resident Yaacov Shemesh, 53, pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-degree criminal mischief, an E felony, for a six-month-long graffiti spree, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown Comments (4)
Hunters Point

Hunters Point civic leader Theresa Adams dies at 75

Hunters Point residents were saddened with the news that civic leader Theresa Adams died of heart failure Monday at the age of 75. Comment
Ozone Park

Ozone Park husband gets 21 years for wife’s murder

An Ozone Park man who stabbed and killed his wife in the middle of the street has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for her murder, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
Theater

Queens Theatre’s season premieres with ‘Jimmy and Carolyn’

Queens Theatre is noted for introducing new plays to the community, one of which was “Jimmy and Carolyn.” Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Kickass: The single mom’s updated playbook

When Emma Johnson was growing up, she was certain of one thing: She would never be a single mom. Comments (2)
Astoria

Who’s in charge at Astoria Pool?

Born and raised in Astoria, I grew up going to the Astoria Pool since the early 1970s, creating fond memories. I still go to the pool today, but these new memories are not so fond. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC football drops triple-overtime heartbreaker to East Harlem

With summer coming to a close, varsity football began Saturday for the Long Island City Bulldogs. The Bulldogs wilted in the heat and, after a grueling three-plus hours of play, fell to the East Harlem Pride 40-32 in the triple-overtime. Comments (1)

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

Flushing

Three dead, 16 injured as buses collide in Flushing

Three people were killed and 16 were injured when two buses collided in Flushing early Monday morning. An MTA Q20 bus and a Dahlia charter bus crashed around 6:15 a.m. at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Main Street, police said. Comments (8)
South Jamaica

Boyfriend arrested in murder of his baby’s mother: NYPD

Cambria Heights resident Robert Rodriguez, 31, was arrested as a suspect in the shooting death of the mother of his young son, Luz Cuza. who died Sunday, police said. Comment
Corona

Woman robs Corona bank in broad daylight: NYPD

Police were looking for a woman who allegedly robbed a Corona bank Saturday afternoon. The suspect entered the New York Community Bank located at 51-13 108th St. around 3 p.m. and approached a 21-year-old teller and passed a note demanding cash, police said. The teller complied and the suspect fled the location with an undetermined amount of cash, according to the NYPD. Comment

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

Jamaica

NYPD identifies suspect in Payne’s murder in Jamaica

Kwashan Butler is a suspect wanted in the murder of Terrence Payne, who died from a gunshot wound he sustained Aug. 18 in Jamaica, according to police. Comment

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