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Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017


Con Ed makes improvements to protect customers from severe weather following Sandy outages

Five years after Super storm Sandy hit Con Edison with their largest electric outages, the companys $1 billion storm hardening fortifications program continues to hold up against extreme weather. Comments (1)
Hollis Hills

Grodenchik, Weprin call for tax exemption on curb repairs

City Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) and state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) called for the passage of a bill which would provide a tax credit to make up for the financial burden placed on homeowners for sidewalk and curb repairs. Comment

Royal Waste Services’ wall collapses on two men: FDNY

The Fire Department filed a complaint with the city’s Department of Buildings against Royal Waste Services, a waste management facility in Jamaica, where a wall collapsed on two men Saturday, according to the FDNY. Comments (1)

MTA money should be spent on Subway Action Plan

MTA awarding a contract for $573 million to Cubic Transportation Systems may not be the best use of these dollars. Why will Cubic Transportation Systems open up a call center in Buffalo to support future customers using this new fare collection system with so many out of work Queens and NYC residents looking for employment? Comments (2)

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

Rockaway Beach

Sandy survivors mark fifth anniversary

To mark the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy Sunday in Broad Channel, state Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach) and a working group she convened presented a list of 12 legislative recommendations to strengthen the National Flood Insurance Program, which is slated to be reauthorized by Congress this month. Comment
Jackson Heights

MTA board eliminates alcohol advertising after four-year campaign by Dromm’s coalition

A grassroots coalition praised the MTA board of directors last week for its decision to eliminate alcohol advertising on New York City buses, subway cars and stations. Over 650,000 young people use New York City Transit to go to and from school and the board’s action will ensure that those children and youth will not be further exposed to alcohol advertising — a recognized risk factor for underage drinking. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Peralta proposes crackdown on massage parlors that are fronts for prostitution

A Queens lawmaker is taking action against two quality-of-life issues in his district, prostitution and a lack of parking in the residential neighborhoods around LaGuardia Airport. Comments (1)
Rockaway Beach

Rockaways get $145M for Sandy projects

Rockaway Beach

Rockaways get $145M for Sandy projects

With the backing of FEMA, the mayor announced Sunday on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy that the Rockaways would receive a $145 million investment for seven resiliency and recreational projects to help protect the area from future storms and improve quality-of-life issues that have been plaguing the peninsula. Comment

Monday, Nov. 6, 2017


Stakes run high for vote on Constitutional Convention

The general election is just days away and one of the most crucial referendums on the back of the Nov. 7ballot is whether or not New York should hold a Constitutional Convention in order to tweak, overhaul or let the state’s charter remain the same. Comment

Constantinides introduces legislation to help manage property taxes online

City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) introduced legislation Tuesday that would ease property tax management, creating greater transparency between the city’s Department of Finance and property owners. The bill would create a secure online portal for homeowners and other property owners to pay their taxes, directly submit questions to Finance and view other records. Comment

Voter turnout in city hovers at low levels

With one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the country, New York City’s elected officials and agencies have worked to change this and engage residents to participate in the democratic process. Comment
Jackson Heights

Fariña, Dromm address school bullying at City Hall hearing

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced an $8 million investment in anti-bullying reforms for schools Monday at a hearing in City Hall as a response to two high school students being stabbed in the Bronx at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation a month ago. One student died and the other was hospitalized, according to police. Comment

Vote yes for a Constitutional Convention

New Yorkers across the state have a rare and important opportunity to vote for a state constitutional convention in November. It is one of the few chances we have as citizens directly to make positive and lasting change by our own hands and with our own votes. We have an opportunity to fix problems (like Albany) from the outside in. Clearly it will never happen from the insiders. Comments (1)

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017


Ulrich bill aims to bring Columbus statue removal before Council

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) introduced a bill on the steps of City Hall this week to end Mayor Bill de Blasio’s quest to evaluate whether the Christopher Columbus statue should be removed from Manhattan’s Columbus Circle among other monuments deemed offensive. Comments (2)

Driver charged with murder in fiery death of Astoria resident

The Brooklyn man who left a 25-year-old Astoria woman to die in a fiery car crash in the early morning hours of Oct. 13 has been charged in her murder and locked up without bail, the Brooklyn DA’s office said. Comments (2)
Cambria Heights

Southeast Queens community parade draws big crowd in Cambria Heights

People came out in droves to walk, step and dance in celebration of the second annual community parade in southeast Queens, which started at Andrew Jackson High School on 116th Avenue in Cambria Heights and proceeded down Linden Boulevard across Francis Lewis Boulevard. Comment
Long Island City

Broadway Star Jason Danieley to perform in Long Island City

Broadway star Jason Danieley will give a free performance at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Long Island City Sunday, Nov. 12. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017


Flushing’s Ultimate Champions raise $15,000 for hurricane victims

A Flushing-based Taekwondo group has raised $15,000 for victims of recent natural disasters. Comment
College Point

MacNeil Seawall repairs set to begin in 2018

After years of delays, construction on the long-awaited MacNeil Seawall is set to begin this spring. Comment
Broad Channel

Volunteers plant 18,000 trees to replenish Jamaica Bay after Hurricane Sandy

Over the course of two weeks, 600 volunteers planted 18,000 salt-tolerant and flood-tolerant trees and shrubs at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, which is a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The last tree was rooted in the ground Oct. 29, the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Comment
Middle Village

Middle Village Halloween Parade a tradition in the making

The Halloween kids parade in Middle Village — a first of what seems like a new tradition in the making — stretched from one end of Juniper Valley Park to the other. Comment
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights comedy club closes after 30-plus years of laughter

Guests lined the walls of the Manhattan Proper Cafe last week to get a final laugh after learning of the impending closing of the restaurant and club, which had been a mainstay in Cambria Heights for over 30 years, according to host Lisa Ray. Comment
High Heat

Mets buy Syracuse Chiefs, will bring Triple-A team to upstate New York

As the offseason progresses, Mets have continued their bold new strategy of doing sensible things to improve the organization. Comment

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017


CB 7 weighs wind turbine at Fort Totten

Community Board 7 held its monthly meeting and at the top of the agenda was a potential wind turbine on Bayside’s Fort Totten military base. Comment

Uber sees large increase of ridership in Queens

Uber ridership has nearly doubled in Queens. Comments (2)
Far Rockaway

Former addict now a recovery peer advocate

Far Rockaway resident Barbara Bell recently graduated from a city program to train unemployed or underemployed New Yorkers who have a personal history of substance abuse. Comment

Three Queens men charged with hate crimes after Cyprus Hills Cemetery desecration

Three Queens residents have been charged with desecrating Cypress Hills Cemetery in Ridgewood in August, causing more than $100,000 in damage, according to the Queens district attorney. Comments (1)

Scala campaigns for better public transportation in South Queens

South Queens attorney Mike Scala is challenging City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and hopes to fight for better public transportation. Comment

Ulrich talks transportation, Build It Back as Election Day approaches

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) is shooting for re-election and is campaigning for better services for constituents still caught in the quagmire of Built It Back five years after Hurricane Sandy. He wants better public transportation, has withdrawn his support for a Constitutional Convention and is enthusiastic about a new chapter for the Queens Republican Party under different leadership. Comment

Kregler challenging Katz for borough president

Republican William Kregler is hoping to become Queens borough president. Comment

Happy Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead — the spooky folk festival celebrated in Mexico and much of Latin America at the same time Halloween is going on here — had to find a new home in Queens this year. Comment

Army veteran from Woodside challenges Van Bramer for Council seat

A U.S. Army veteran who saw combat during Operation Desert Storm is challenging City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) in Tuesday’s general election. Woodside resident Marvin Jeffcoat hopes to upset Van Bramer, who is running for a third term and is one of eight candidates for Council speaker. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights momo crawl set for Sunday

A Jackson Heights food guide is hosting his sixth annual momo crawl through the neighborhood Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The first 1,000 passports to the multicultural event celebrating the Himalayan dumplings will be given away free for access to the festival where momos from a record 27 participating restaurants and vendors will be served. Comment
The Play’s the Thing

Plenty of theater options coming up in Queens

This weekend you might be wondering what it’s like to run in a marathon, or perhaps you’re debating whether to finish off the last of the Halloween goodies, or maybe, like me, you’re not sure if time really exists as we change the clocks back from daylight to standard. However, let me suggest that you escape these dilemmas by taking in a local show or two. Comment

Time to stand up

In Comptroller Scott Stringer’s words, voter turnout in the city has been “abysmal.” In the 2016 presidential election that propelled Queens native Donald Trump to an uneasy victory, just under 56 percent of the registered voters in the five boroughs went to the polls. Comment

Malliotakis didn’t fumble Douglaston Forum

Having organized and been present throughout the Douglaston Civic Association Candidates Night on Oct.17, I was taken aback by Mark Hallum’s story about the event, “Malliotakis Fumbles at Douglaston Forum.” Comments (1)

St. John’s volleyball wins annual Dig for the Cure match

It wasn’t easy, but the St. John’s women’s volleyball team secured a 3-1 victory over visiting DePaul in the university’s annual Dig for the Cure Match. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

LeFrak City

Appellate court rejects Board of Elections appeal as polling sites return to LeFrak City

Lefrak City voters are getting almost all of their polling sites back in time for Election Day after an appellate court judge denied an appeal by the city Board of Elections Wedneday for a stay on a lower court’s ruling last week. Comment
East Elmhurst

Two East Elmhurst hotels rededicate giant boulder at behest of community elders

Generations of children in East Elmhurst and Corona grew up with a giant boulder as an important part their lives. It’s where they played and fought and had tea parties and picnics. The youngsters used to bury their pets around it because they loved the Giant Rock and in later years they grew concerned for its future in the middle of the rapid development in and around LaGuardia Airport. Comments (1)

Subway delays still on the rise, with three Queens rail lines among the worst offenders

New data from the Community Service Society shows low-income New Yorkers from the outer boroughs would benefit most from the Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Move NY Fair Plan, also known as congestion pricing, with only 2 percent of the city’s working poor expected to pay a bridge or tunnel fee in order to get to work. Comments (1)
Mayor Bill de Blasio stood with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in downtown Manhattan Monday to announce support for the incumbent’s re-election and to back the proposal from City Hall to implement an income tax hike on the wealthiest New Yorkers to create a dedicated revenue stream for the MTA and reinvigorate the subways. Comments (2)

Vallone honors Frank Skala with Bayside street co-naming

The late Bayside civic activist Frank Skala will be honored with a street co-naming of the northeast corner of 40th Avenue and Bell Boulevard sponsored by City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside). Comments (3)

Gladys Knight brings the funk to Queens College

No one does R&B, Soul, Pop, Gospel, and Adult Contemporary like seven-time Grammy-winning superstar and dynamic Motown diva Gladys Knight, who is still going strong after dazzling audiences for 60-plus years. Comment

Keep fighting for women’s health care

For more than four decades, Choices Women’s Medical Center has provided critical health care services to Queens residents. Choices is a woman-owned and operated medical facility that offers a wide range of services, including prenatal care, birth control, testing for sexually transmitted infections, behavioral health services and abortion. Comment
On Point

Wandering Creedmoor patients unnerve community

For decades, Creedmoor and its neighbors have lived side by side, in a generally non-contentious relationship. Sadly, over the past year, the relationship has become quite tenuous. Daily occurrences of aggressive panhandling by Creedmoor patients plague the surrounding communities, shopping centers and commercial strips of Union Turnpike. Aggressive panhandling is threatening and dangerous and nearby residents are demanding action. Comments (12)

Lady Knights’ perfect season comes to an end

The Queens College women’s tennis season came to a disappointing halt after falling to NYIT in the finals of the East Coast Conference Championship, the Knights first loss of the season. Comment

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017


Man breaks into Astoria apartments to steal jewelry, electronics: NYPD

Police were looking for a man who allegedly broke into two Astoria apartments this month, stealing jewelry and electronics, according to the NYPD. The first incident took place the morning of Oct. 12, when the suspect slipped into an apartment through an unlocked window in the vicinity of 33rd Avenue and 29th Street. Comment

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

East Elmhurst

Mother charged with child endangerment after leaving her kids in parked car at LaGuardia: PAPD

LAGUARDIA — A Brooklyn woman was arrested and charged Wednesday with child endangerment for leaving her two children alone in her car parked at LaGuardia Airport, Port Authority Police Department said. Comment



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