Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017


New Latin cultural center focuses on multicultural Jamaica

In the bustling neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens is a new cultural center, the Latin American Intercultural Alliance. Comments (1)

Richards calls for developer to make needed repairs

City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) is calling for the developer of a 130-unit Arverne complex to fix construction problems that have plagued homeowners and residents since they moved in. Comments (4)
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows man, 73, sentenced to 15 years for killing girlfriend

A Fresh Meadows man pleaded guilty to the beating death of his live-in girlfriend and has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Hollis born founder of WorldStarHipHop dies at 43

Lee O’Denat, the Hollis-born founder of the popular website WorldStarHipHop, died at age 43. Comments (1)

Bowlero Queens offers visitors full experience

Gone are the days when you parked outside a drive-In for a hamburger and then went straight to what was termed a “Bowling Alley,” where pins were set up manually. Comment

LIRR ridership booms in 2016: MTA report

If Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road seemed more jammed than ever over the past year, it’s no illusion. Comments (1)

Finding a rhythm: Stanners cruise to win with well-rounded performance

Archbishop Molloy moved into first place in the BQCHSAA with a lopsided 97-67 victory over Bishop Loughlin on Sunday afternoon. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017


LPC approves revitalizing restoration of Douglaston home

The Landmark Preservation Commission approved the concepts for the remodeling of a Douglaston Historic District home dating to the turn of the century Jan. 5. Comments (2)

Young Dems hold panel discussion on future of labor under Trump

President Stacey Eliuk of the Queens County Young Democrats held a panel discussion Jan. 12 with labor leaders on the Trump administration’s position on labor at the new Latin American Intercultural Alliance center in Jamaica. Comments (5)

Queens Library rolls out community survey

Seeking to provide better services and programs at its 62 community libraries that draw 11.2 million visitors a year, Queens Library launched a community survey in 9 languages last week. The survey is part of a sweeping five- year planning initiative that will guide the library for the next five years, and enhance and align its services and programs with the needs of the most internationally diverse corner of the world. Comments (3)
Real Estate

Tenants advocates have agenda at Women’s March

City advocates for tenants’ rights were familiar with Donald Trump long before the celebrity, the reality television and his successful campaign for the presidency. In New York, many tenants knew him as a landlord, when he was alleged to have harassed and intimidated renters living in buildings he owned, according to members of the Metropolitan Council on Housing. Comments (6)

Long way ‘round: St. John’s frosh settles into role with Storm

Red Storm guard Alisha Kebbe didn’t originally plan to play college hoops in Queens, but the freshman has found the perfect fit with St. John’s this season. Comment

Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

Long Island City

Anti-gentrification groups prepare for city’s rezoning push in Long Island City

The city’s Department of City Planning will make its first community engagement towards rezoning Court Square and Queens Plaza to address needs for affordable housing when it hosts a public meeting at CUNY Law School Tuesday night. Comments (2)

Protest crowds concerns public space advocates

Advocates for better transit and more robust public spaces in New York City are pointing to the massive crowds at the Women’s March held on Saturday as a sign that Mayor Bill de Blasio needs to expand safe areas for demonstrations. Comments (1)

Queens College tops list of colleges that move students to financial prosperity

Queens College and six other CUNY schools made the top 20 for colleges that help move students from poverty to prosperity, according to a recent study from the Equality of Opportunity Project. Comment

Mayor budgets increased funding for his Vision Zero initiative

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday he will expand the city’s five-year commitment to his Vision Zero initiative to $1.6 billion, dedicating more than $400 million in new resources for street redesign, street markings, lighting and other engineering improvements. He also plans to increase the number of NYPD crossing guards and increasing capacity of the NYPD to crack down on dangerous driving. Comments (1)

Stolen moments: LIC native notches spot in La Salle record books

Jasmine Alston cemented her spot in La Salle woman’s hoops history, becoming the team’s all-time steals leader earlier this season. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills author spins mysteries 140 characters at a time

A Forest Hills wordsmith is celebrating the launch of his third mystery novel as a Kindle eBook — but his fans may have seen it already if they follow him on Twitter. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway mom pleads guilty to killing 2-year-old daughter

A 31-year-old Far Rockaway mom has been charged in the 2014 beating death of her two-year-old daughter, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)

Alvarado’s big night lifts Royals to victory

The Christ the King senior racked up a game-high 32 points as Christ the King cruised to a confidence-boosting victory over Cardinal Hayes on Friday. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017


Concerns regarding new cultural unit

I read the article regarding the Indian cultural unit being implemented at Parker Jewish Institute (Parker Institute opens Indian Cultural Unit, Jan. 18). I find it interesting that in none of the articles I have read is there mention of how this is going to be accomplished. Comment

Friday, Jan. 27, 2017


Lancman renews call for justice for juveniles as ‘Raise the Age’ movement grows

New York is the only state other than North Carolina that treats all youth as adults when they are 16, regardless of the offense. Comments (4)
Long Island City

City Council passes public art legislation following Sunbather controversey

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law Wednesday a raft of bills that changes how the city approaches and is involved in the arts following years of controversy over the placement of a sculpture known as “The Sunbather” in Long Island City. Comments (1)

City settles civil suit over unnecessary summonses

The city has agreed to pay $75 million to settle a civil suit claiming that NYPD officers were unfairly handing out summonses, particularly in minority neighborhoods, to meet quotas. Comments (1)
Long Island City

City seeks developer to build over potion on LIC rail yard

As residents wait a few more weeks to see the results of the city’s Sunnyside Yards feasibility study, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the MTA issued a request for proposals Monday for the development of a 58,000-square-foot site in the southwest corner of the rail yards adjacent to Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. Comment

Symbolic food plays key role in Lunar New Year’s festivities

Jan. 27 marks the arrival of New Year’s Eve without a countdown, champagne toast or noisemakers as it ushers in Jan. 28, the Year of the Rooster in the Lunar New Year. Comment

Legal clinic holds forum on Inauguration Day

President Donald Trump had barely finished his inaugural address when representatives from numerous city agencies and community organizations kicked off a forum to describe the services they offer for immigrants and others who may be adversely affected by the new president’s policies. Comments (2)

Flushing community prepares for Lunar New Year celebrations

The Flushing community is preparing to kick off the Year of the Rooster with Lunar New Year celebrations. Comments (3)

Hollywood great films in Bayside

A new film by Paul Schrader filmed in Bayside throughout the week. Comment
New Voices

Trump White House edits out some Obama websites

Shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States last Friday, the White House’s online presence, including, transitioned to the new administration, with some notable exceptions. Webpages on Civil Rights, LGBT rights, Climate Change were moved to the archives of the Obama White House. Comments (11)

New Yorkers stand tall

Despite our newly minted president’s concerns over the relative size of the crowds at his inauguration, City Hall’s estimate that 400,000 people marched for women’s rights in Manhattan Saturday drew few if any challenges. Comments (11)

Rising to the top: TMLA takes down Christ the King, grabs big-time confidence boost

The Hilltoppers took down their cross-borough rival for the first time in seven years on Saturday afternoon, notching a 68-52 victory. Comment

Church of The Safe to Say It

It wasn’t that kind of Inaugural Ball. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017


City investigating suspicious death of 5-year-old Jamaica boy

The city Department of Investigation is conducting a probe of the Administration for Children’s Services involvement with 5-year-old Michael Guzman, who died in Jamaica Sunday, to determine whether his death could have been prevented. The family had been visited by ACS a number of times prior to the child’s death. Comments (1)
Bayside Hills

Sewer installation project in Bayside Hills proceeds

A city Department of Design and Construction project has commenced after an extended hiccup which left residents at a November Bayside Hills Civic Association meeting in uproar. Comments (1)

MTA to cut bonuses for riders; basic fares remain unchanged

The MTA had discussed a $3 fare for the subways and buses, but in the end the board decided to keep the cost of a basic one-way ride at $2.75. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Peralta switches to renegade Independent Democratic Conference

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) joined the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference Wednesday, bringing their membership to eight. The IDC has had a power-sharing agreement with Republicans since 2012 giving them control of the upper chamber in Albany. Comment
Oakland Gardens

First of 37 sentenced in hazing death of Oakland Gardens student

The first of 37 defendants was sentenced in Pennsylvania court in the death of Oakland Gardens student, Chun Hsien “Michael” Deng, 19, after he died in a fraternity hazing ritual gone wrong in December 2013. Comments (3)

Hincapie retrial dropped by prosecutors

MANHATTAN - Prosecutors have decided not to seek a retrial in the case of Johnny Hincapie, whose murder conviction was overturned in 2015 after the man from Bayside had spent 25 years in prison. Comment

Queensbridge Houses celebrates 365 days without gun violence

There was a time, not long ago, when the nation’s largest public housing development was also one of the most violent, but last week, community members, elected officials and members of the NYPD came together to celebrate 365 days without gun violence at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City. Comments (4)

DOE to restart Townsend Harris principal search

The search for a new permanent principal at Townsend Harris High School in Flushing will begin anew, the Department of Education and elected officials said. The news comes after the process was discontinued in the midst of student, PTA and teacher protests against what they alleged was intimidating conduct from Interim Principal Rosemarie Jahoda. Comment

Malba family awaits sentencing in smuggling conspirancy run from Corona restaurant

The matriarch of a mob-connected family from the Malba section of Whitestone is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to a charge of conspiring to import cocaine in Brooklyn federal court. Comments (1)

Why aren’t we singing all the time?

The shower is where America does it — in private, with no one judging, just because it feels good. Comment

Storm stymied in lopsided loss at Seton Hall

St. John’s once again struggled on the road against a Big East foe on Sunday afternoon, falling 86-73 at Seton Hall. Comment

Fright at the museum

Halloween in January? Why not? The Queens Museum’s annual wintertime Spooktacular seems more appropriate than ever in these scary times. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017


Four-alarm fire snarls traffic, transportation in downtown Flushing

A four-alarm fire has spread through the floors of a commercial building at the main crossroads in downtown Flushing, FDNY said. Comment

Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

ConEdison reported outages throughout the borough as a result of Monday’s nor’easter. Downed lines caused 374 outages throughout Queens and 359 in Douglaston alone. Comment
People traveled from Queens, the other four boroughs and from far-flung points to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump during the Women’s March on New York, an offshoot of the massive march planned for Washington, D.C. Comments (21)
A two-alarm fire spread through a Flushing home Saturday, causing minor injuries to three residents and two firefighters, FDNY officials said. Comments (1)

Jamaica boy found dead: Police

Michael Guzman, 5, was pronounced dead after cops from 103rd Precinct responded to a call at his Jamaica home Sunday and found the boy unresponsive. Comments (1)

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

New Yorkers dourly watch Trump’s swearing in at Times Square. Comments (3)

Man kills himself after hostage situation in Laurelton

A man fatally shot himself after holding three people hostage inside his Laurelton home late Wednesday evening, according to the NYPD. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017


Meng, Velazquez to boycott inauguration for Women’s March on Washington

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced she will be among the Democrats boycotting the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump Friday. Comments (4)
Jackson Heights

Jax Heights man struck and killed by neighbor

An Uber driver struck and killed a 67-year-old man in Jackson Heights Thursday night, police said. He stayed at the scene. Comment



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