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Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

Cambria Heights

Panelists discuss who goes to prison

A panel discussion on who ends up behind bars was held at the Cambria Heights Library and included prison reform advocates, some of whom were formerly incarcerated. Comments (1)
Glen Oaks

MS 172 in Glen Oaks gets one-way street conversion

The DOT has made significant safety improvements at MS 172 in Glen Oaks by converting 256th Street between 81st and 82nd avenues into a one-way thoroughfare. Comments (1)
Cambria Heights

Barbara Clark remembered for her 30 years of service

Family, friends and elected officials from southeast Queens came out in droves Saturday to honor the late state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark at the 227th Street Cambria Heights Community Garden, where artwork, a plaque and a Japanese maple tree were dedicated to her. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

Jackson Heights

Crowley introduces new legislation to honor first responders who died of Sept. 11-related illnesses

The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus wants to extend the Medal of Valor to public safety officers who died from 9/11-related illnesses. Comments (2)
Work is underway on a $110 million safety improvement project at the Kew Gardens Interchange, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing couple sentenced for enslaving two children

A Flushing couple has been sentenced for enslaving two children over the course of six years, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (3)

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

Jackson Heights

House Democrats seek to force a vote on Dream Act

House Democrats introduced a motion Monday to force a vote on the bipartisan Dream Act, legislation that would provide a permanent solution to allow between 1.2 million and 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants brought here as children to remain in the United States legally. The Democrats are using a procedure called a discharge petition which requires a majority of members to bring the legislation to the floor for a vote. Comments (2)
Flushing

New website shows off everything Flushing has to offer

A new campaign will show off the best spots in Flushing, as Flushingfantastic.nyc was officially launched last week. Comments (2)
Daniel Rosenthal, a 26-year-old staffer for Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), has been nominated by the Queens County Democratic Party to take over the district left without representation following the death of Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing). A special election is set for November. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Tiny house in Rego Park delivers big ideas

Big ideas dwell within Queens’ only tiny house. Comment
Letters

NFL unites despite Trump

On Saturday Trump said: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that &**@ off the field right now. Out! He’s fired!” Comments (3)

Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows man sentenced for killing pug, tampering with evidence

A Fresh Meadows man received a 45-day jail sentence and five years’ probation Tuesday for killing his pug by throwing it from his girlfriend’s apartment balconyand tampering with evidence, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Jamaica

Jamaica man gets six months in jail for child porn

A Jamaica man has been sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to promoting a sexual performance by a child. Comment
Bayside

Renzo Gracie Bayside offers more than just fitness

While awaiting its official grand opening, Renzo Gracie Bayside has opened its doors to over 100 students following the near completion of space once occupied by a Bayside fitness staple, Bell Plaza Sports Club. Comment
Astoria

Astoria playwright to direct show at New York festival

Let us Talk playwright and director, Ludovic Coutaund, doesn’t typecast. That is, his script doesn’t limit performers to specific appearances. The show includes a diverse cast for its off-Broadway performance at the New York New Work Theatre Festival at the Duke’s Theatre on 42nd Street, Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Comment
Letters

Trump fails First Amendment test

One cannot practice law, medicine or dentistry without passing a written test. One cannot procure a driver’s license without passing a written test. Unfortunately, our founding fathers failed to require one seeking the office of President of the United States to pass a written test that confirms knowledge of our Constitution. Comments (4)
The 2016-2017 Queens College men’s soccer season marked the end of an era. Long-time coach Carl Christian stepped down at the end of a 6-7-4 campaign last year. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017

Lawmakers, businesses and individuals across Queens and the rest of the city are doing their part to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria. Comments (1)
After the six weeks it reportedly took for Equifax, a credit reporting company, to release information about the July data breach of personal information for its 143 million customers, state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) has introduced three pieces of legislation to protect customers. Comments (2)
Maspeth

Brooklyn man gets 16 years to life for burglarizing Queens home

A 38-year-old Brooklyn man faces 16 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to burglarizing a Queens home in an altercation in which the thief was shot and wounded, managed to flee, only to be quickly apprehended. Comments (1)
Astoria

Modern rock studio adds music diversity to Astoria

Astoria Rock Studio is accepting students of all ages for its fall songwriting workshops, private lessons and rock band program. The rock band and songwriting programs offer students a unique way to engage in music creation and performance — through working in groups and producing high-quality recordings and concerts. Comment
Letters

DOT should listen to community on bike lanes

As a member of Community Board 11, I supported the plan developed by board member and retired engineer Bernard Haber for a bike lane along Northern Boulevard between 223rd Street in Bayside and Douglaston Parkway, commonly known as the “Alley.” Comments (5)
While the Mets haven’t seen too much success throughout the organization this season, some prospects in the lower levels of the system had breakout seasons. Ten prospects were honored by the team as Sterling Award winners, given to the top players in the system. Comment

Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

Long Island City

Katz proposes Long Island City for Amazon’s new headquarters

Queens wants in on what is being called one of the biggest economic development deals of the century, the location for Amazon’s second headquarters. Comments (2)
Flushing

Flushing politicians call for better bus regulations

Officials who represent downtown Flushing, where the Sept. 18 bus crash killed three and injured 16, are looking for options to seal up loopholes that allowed a charter bus driver with a dangerous driving record behind the wheel. Comments (1)
Bellerose

Concannon calls for investigation into Creedmoor

City Council candidate Joseph Conannon is calling for action in response to residents’ complaints about Creedmoor patients who wander freely, causing distress in the neighborhoods surrounding the psychiatric facility. He is calling on the state Inspector General’s office to look into the issue. Comment
Government

Goldfeder joins private sector a year out of public office

Former state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) has gone back to the private sector after opting-out of re-election in 2016 and will be working with Cross River Bank in New Jersey as a liaision between the company and government agencies. Comment
Kew Gardens

Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to operate once a month at Queens Borough Hall

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs will hold monthly office hours in Queens Borough Hall to provide residents with easier access to the information and services offered by the agency, Borough President Melinda Katz announced Tuesday. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Tenants make headway with SEPS after landlords get indicted

Tenants of the Interline three-quarter housing complexes in Jamaica, Queens and Brooklyn have made some headway in their fight to receive Special Exit and Prevention Supplement vouchers from the Human Resources Administration so they won’t become homeless, according to an organizer. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Garden School ham radio club connects loved ones in storm-battered Puerto Rico

A school in Jackson Heights is connecting families to loved ones in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands this week. The Garden School currently operates an amateur radio station that has the ability to send and receive messages from the areas that have been affected by recent hurricanes and earthquakes. Comment
See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Editorial

A New York welcome

As the governor of Puerto Rico warned that his island was in the grips of an “unprecedented disaster” from the wrath of Hurricane Maria, New York City welcomed families fleeing the widespread destruction. Comment
Letters

Why we stand and salute our flag

The problem is that some people do not understand why they we are respecting our flag and anthem. What does it stand for? Well, to start, it’s recognition that our country is the best in the world. Comments (3)

Long Island City rebounds with Week Two victory

After a devastating triple-overtime loss in Week 1, the Long Island City Bulldogs rebounded Saturday to earn their first win of the season. Comment
Flushing

NYPD searches for missing Flushing woman

FLUSHING — The NYPD was on the lookout for a missing woman in Flushing. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

Maspeth

Queens GOP puts Robert Holden on its line to challenge Elizabeth Crowley

The executive committee of the Queens County Republican Party voted unanimously to place Robert Holden on its line for the Nov. 7 municipal election, during an eventful reorganization meeting at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach Wednesday night. The Queens GOP then proceeded to name Joann Ariola its new chairwoman after she defeated incumbent Chairman Bob Turner. Comments (2)
Corona

Moya calls for immediate passage of ‘Carlos Law’ after another Corona construction worker dies

A Corona father of five children died last week when he fell 29 floors at a construction site in Lower Manhattan. Juan Chonillo, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene last week. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Tenants voice fears after Legionnaires’ cases at Forest Hills building

Residents of Parker Tower gathered in the community room at 104-60 Queens Blvd. this week for a briefing by the city Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene about two cases of Legionnaires disease, which had recently broken out in the Forest Hills building. Comments (1)
Government

Avella moves to bar employers from implanting staff with microchips

A bill to be introduced in the state Senate would prohibit companies from planting microchips in employees as a condition of employment. Comments (2)
Flushing

Terrace on the Park unveils $9 million face-lift

Terrace on the Park, the 1964 World’s Fair landmark that has become a top wedding venue in Flushing Meadows, unveiled a $9-million renovation for the press and events planners Wednesday. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Trump administration revises travel ban to include more countries

The New York Immigration Coalition has begun monitoring international arrivals at JFK International Airport after Comments (1)
Richmond Hill ►Video

Alphapointe lends a hand to the legally blind

Alphapointe, one of the largest employers of legally blind New Yorkers in the city, is moving its offices to Richmond Hill from Brooklyn. Comment
Art

Never Built New York exhibition at Queens Museum shows what could have been

Have you ever started an ambitious home or work project that involved months of planning, labor and high expectations, only to find out you had to nix everything because of budgetary constraints or other factors? If so, you can probably relate to the interesting backstory behind how and why New York City looks the way it does. Comments (2)
Letters

Christ the King gets time to fight order to close charter school

Last week, Christ the King High School, Middle Village Preparatory Charter School, and Christ the King Continuing Education received the welcome news that a judge from the Appellate Division had granted us a temporary restraining order so that we have the necessary time to appeal a decision by Justice Marguerite Grays of Queens Supreme Court. Comments (2)
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Athletes establishing their 1st Amendment rights

This week, our columnist says players have a right to speak their minds — and they should. Comments (4)
Middle Village

Christ the King football looks to bounce back after 0-2 start

After falling to 0-2 to start the season, Christ the King High School’s football program is looking to rebound and make a name for itself this season, its first playing at the AAA level in the Catholic High School Football League. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017

Astoria

Car stolen from 73-year-old man in Astoria: NYPD

Police were looking for two men who allegedly stole the car belonging to a 73-year-old man in Astoria last week. The victim was parking his 2012 Honda Accord in the vicinity of 44th Street and 25th Avenue around 9:40 a.m. Sept. 18 when a white or silver vehicle approached from behind. Comment

Monday, Sept. 25, 2017

As Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million residents struggle to find food, water and shelter in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Queens is trying to do its part in the relief efforts. Comment
Following the death of state Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing), the Queens Democratic Party has nominated David Rosenthal, a Kew Gardens resident. Comment
An Ozone Park grandfather died in an early Sunday morning fire that started in the basement breaker box, the NYPD and FDNY said. Comment
Elmhurst

Two police impersonators rob man in Elmhurst: NYPD

The NYPD was looking for two police impersonators who allegedly robbed a 60-year-old man in Elmhurst last week. The two suspects driving a gray sedan approached the victim in the vicinity of Ithaca Avenue and Britton Avenue just after 3 p.m. and identified themselves as police officers, according to the NYPD. Comment

Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

The expansion of Citi Bike in western Queens finally got underway Friday morning with the installation of a bike dock on Vernon Boulevard and 41st Avenue, alongside Queensbridge Park. When work is completed this fall, Astoria will have 59 Citi Bike stations and Long Island City will have an additional seven new docks. Comments (1)

Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

Jackson Heights

Elderly man attacked and robbed in Jackson Heights: NYPD

The NYPD is looking for two men who allegedly attacked an 89-year-old man in Jackson Heights Saturday afternoon, stealing a set of keys. Comments (2)

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