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Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

East Elmhurst

City extends paid leave for survivors of abuse

The city will expand paid leave to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking survivors after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a new law Monday which will allow nearly 3 million New Yorkers eligible for paid leave to attend to immediate safety needs without fear of penalty or loss of income. The bill was introduced by de Blasio and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) in October 2016. Comment
Far Rockaway

Homeless man convicted in fatal Rockaway beating

A three-week bench trial concluded last week at Queens Criminal Court with the conviction of a homeless man for manslaughter in the beating death of a 57-year-old man who was at a bus stop in Far Rockaway, according to the Queens DA. Comment

Louis Armstrong School in Corona to add $88M annex

A Corona school will be adding nearly 1,000 new seats with a new $88 million permanent extension to replace decades-old classroom trailers. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017


Young men receive free suits and ties in Jamaica

Several young men received free suits and lessons on standard knots for ties at a pop-up shop organized by 100 Suits For 100 Men in Jamaica in front of Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas on 159th Street last week. Comments (3)
South Ozone Park

Mayor pushes for 3-K for All expansion

Parents of toddlers who live in School District 27 in Queens can get their kids who are as young as 3 ready for pre-school by next year. Comment
Kew Gardens

Dromm leads cyberbullying town hall

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), the chairman of the Council’s Education Committee, led a lively forum at Queens Borough Hall to address cyberbullying Nov. 1, just one month after a fateful stabbing incident at a Bronx high school, which left one student dead and another in critical condition. Comments (2)

Avella’s new bills aim to curb election abuse

A new set of bills to be introduced in the state Senate would prohibit party bosses and elected officials who are resigning from appointing their own successors instead of having a special election to fill the seat. Comment

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017


Stringer releases Board of Elections audit showing major dysfunction

A report from city Comptroller Scott Stringer exposed massive dysfunction within the Board of Elections in a report which audited its performance over the course of three elections in 2016. Comment
Forest Hills

Weprin holds hearing on prison health care

State Assemblymen David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) held a nearly eight-hour hearing to address health care in New York state prisons and local jails Oct. 30 at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Civic leaders want city to review Fresh Meadows day-care

Plans for a day-care center in Fresh Meadows provoked an outcry from the surrounding community, which called upon on the help of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) last Friday. Comment

Queens man starts petition to restore RKO Keith’s theater

A Queens man has started an online petition in the hopes of restoring Flushing’s famous RKO Keith’s theater. Comments (1)

MTA made wrong decision to ban alcohol advertising

The decision by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to ban alcohol advertising (TimesLedger story/ Nov. 3) is misguided and unsupported by the scientific research. Comments (1)

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017


Sean’s Place playground reopens in Astoria after $1M renovation project

A playground in Astoria that used to be a nighttime hangout has undergone a million-dollar restoration with tighter security measures. Comment
Rego Park

Teen missing in Rego Park

REGO PARK — Corinna Slusser, 19, went missing in Queens on Sept. 20, police said. She was last seen in the early hours of the morning at Haven Motel on 6805 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park. Comments (2)

Queens College exhibit showcases Italian American fashion roots

Newer immigrants have been contributing many layers of cultural authenticity to Queens’ multi-ethnic pot, but those who were once considered new immigrants back in the early 1900s don’t seem to be getting as much recognition these days. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

Long Island City

Long Island City High School star quarterback struck in Halloween hit-and-run

Long Island City High School’s football team suffered its worst loss of the season Sunday after losing its promising young quarterback in a violent Halloween hit-and-run. Christopher Miraba, 17, who was the Bulldogs’ starter as a junior, was leading his league in passing yards, completions and passing touchdowns before he became the victim of a shocking attack. Comment

After-school kids get a taste of Broadway

Several public schools will get a taste of Broadway this year and in 2018 with a new after-school theater program provided by the arts education non-profit Inside Broadway, according to its spokesman Sam Morris. Comment

Jazz Masters take the stage at Flushing Town Hall

The National Endowment for the Arts has, from time to time, designated more than a 120 musicians as Jazz Masters. It is a late-in-life distinction and most who have received it are as exhilarated by the stipend check that comes with it as they are with the honor. Comment
Cambria Heights

Cambria Heights jazz musician releases second album

Queens native Carl Bartlett, Jr. and his band, The Carl Bartlett, Jr. Ensemble, continue to bring the elegance of jazz to New York. Comment
High Heat

Mets need to shop for free agency bargains

Free agency is finally upon us. Comment

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

LeFrak City

Polling sites return to LeFrak City in time for Election Day

After a yearlong battle with the city Board of Elections, LeFrak City voters were thrilled to have their polling sites back in a community room at the sprawling residential complex in Corona that is home to more than 14,000 people. Comment

Rent prices outpace incomes in Queens: Study

Fresh Meadows is the most expensive neighborhood for renters in Queens, according to a new study from StreetEasy, a real estate website. The study, which examined incomes compared to rent rates in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queen, found that the income required to live in New York City apartments exceeds what most New Yorkers earn. Comments (2)
Northeast Queens voters handed victories with wide margins to two councilmen who faced rivals from the Republican and Reform parties. Comments (3)

Bus collision on Northern Boulevard attributed to bike lanes: Avella

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) blamed another accident on Northern Boulevard on the newly installed protected bike lanes between Bayside and Douglaston, which has split the community between bike advocates and those who view the lanes as being just as dangerous while hobbling traffic flow. Comments (22)

Corona landlord eyed as state files complaint

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday a complaint has been filed by the State Division of Human Rights on behalf of New York State against the landlord of a Corona apartment building for allegedly discriminating against immigrants. Comments (2)
Melinda Katz will serve her second term as Queens borough president following an impressive win with 78 percent of the 201,877 votes cast, or 78 percent, according to unofficial results from the WNYC website. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Veterans Day Parade in Middle Village

Veterans Day is appraoching, but the annual Queens parade honoring the men and women who served our country already took place. Comment

New Yorkers say ‘no’ Constitutional Convention

Voters across the five boroughs, Long Island and upstate New York overwhelmingly said no to a Constitutional Convention to change the state’s charter, according to Comments (1)

St. Francis Prep football cruises to semifinals with convincing victory

The latest turnaround in St. Francis Prep’s 2017 football season came Sunday, when the Terriers avenged last month’s six-overtime loss to Mount St. Michael by defeating the Mountaineers 32-14 in the first round of the CHSAA Class “AA” quarterfinal playoff game at Mount’s field in the Bronx. Comment
See what’s going on in Queens. Comments (1)

Queens Heroes

Nearly two years ago, Borough President Melinda Katz visited our headquarters in Brooklyn to talk to the Community News Group owners and editors about what was happening in Queens. The role of immigrants was a recurring theme in her assessment of the borough’s achievements and she suggested in passing that we acknowledge these heroes. Comment

St. John’s mens hoops splits scrimmages as start of regular season approaches

The St. John’s men’s basketball team finished its two-game exhibition season Sunday with a loss at Rutgers following a victory over American International College earlier in the week. Comment

Underutilized sidewalks should be eliminated

As I drive my car along the traffic-clogged streets, I often notice that there are only a few pedestrians on a whole block of sidewalk. Clearly, sidewalks are under utilized and should be eliminated. Many car-centric towns do not have any at all. Comments (1)

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017

Ridgewood ►Video

Brooklyn man charged with flashing young girls in Queens from a bike: NYPD

A Brooklyn man has been arrested and charged in six incidents involving a bike rider who exposed himself to young girls, the NYPD said. Comment
The nastiest campaign of the election cycle was also the closest on Election Day and the winner of the race between City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) and challenger Robert Holden may not be determined for a week or more. Comment
As two massive residential towers rise in Long Island City, on the spot where the 5Pointz graffiti mecca drew tourists from around the world, the cost could be moving higher for its developer. Comments (1)
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has been re-elected to a third term with 66 percent of the 22, 577 votes cast, according to unofficial results from the WNYC website. Comment

Adams, Miller clinch Council races


Adams, Miller clinch Council races

Voters came out in big numbers in southeast Queens, ushering Adrienne Adams into the history books and keeping I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) in public office with landslide victories in their respective City Council races. Comment
Richmond Hill

Jamaica Hospital relief volunteers welcomed home after Puerto Rico trip

Volunteers who spent two weeks doing medical relief work in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria destroyed most of the island’s hospitals will receive a warm welcome Friday at Jamaica Hospital’s private dining room, according to the medical center. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Young Frankenstein a hit musical for Royal Star Theatre

Mel Brooks has invaded Jamaica Estates in the form of community theater as Royal Star Theatre presents “Young Frankenstein,” the musical. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Best of times, worst of times for the media

It is a grand understatement to say media in American has been undergoing a seismic shift these past few years. We all know print is suffering and could be threatened with extinction in the not-too-distant future (although I am still a firm believer that print will exist in some media outlets for many more decades). Radio has become a dinosaur. Even cable television is getting socked by all the cord-cutters who would rather stream than stick to prime-time viewing. Comment

Stop honking horns in Forest Hills

I have been living with my family on 108th Street in Forest Hills, near 69th Road for about 20 years. Comment

St. Francis Prep drops semifinal match to Fordham Prep

Losing all-league defender Shawn Chacko to an ankle injury two days before the season’s biggest game is hard. But losing key scorer Randolf Gotz early in the first half of the game proved too much for the St. Francis Prep soccer team, which dropped the CHSAA “AA” semifinal championship game to Fordham Prep 3-1. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

It took nearly four years, but the 5Pointz artists who turned a sprawling Long Island City warehouse into a world renowned graffiti mecca only to see their murals whitewashed under the cover of night have finally tasted justice. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

The race was too close to call Tuesday between City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) and her Republican challenger Bob Holden in a rematch of the Democratic primary, which she won easily by 64 percent to 36 percent. Comment
Adrienne Adams made history as the first woman to become the City Council member for the Jamaica seat in a three-way general election. The position became vacant after former Councilman Ruben Wills was found guilty of corruption and was sent to prison. Comment

Polling sites back in LeFrak City to delight of voters

LeFrak City voters were thrilled to have their polling sites back in The Continental Room Tuesday, where they have voted for more than 50 years. Last week, an appellate court judge denied an appeal for a stay on a lower court ruling the week before and ordered the city Board of Election to return four of LeFrak’s City’s precincts in time for Election Day. Comment
Long Island City

A Marathon Runs Though It: The Race in Queens

Under a rainy sky, 52,000 — more or less — people in sneakers and short pants jogged through Queens on their way to Manhattan. Thousands more lined the streets for the 47th edition of the New York City Marathon, clanking cow bells and yelling out encouragement to runners who’d written their names in Magic Marker on their jerseys. Comment

Monday, Nov. 6, 2017


How TimesLedger plans to cover the election

The TimesLedger Newspapers staff will be covering the general election from the polls in Queens Tuesday. We will be filing regular updates to the website on turnout and the candidates as well as Comment

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

Long Island City

LIC man charged with running over teen three times after egging event: DA

A 50-year-old Long Island City man has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly driving his vehicle recklessly onto the sidewalk and running down a 17-year-old boy who was among a group who were throwing eggs on Halloween night, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Another Legionnaires’ disease case reported in Flushing as outbreak appears to be ending

An additional person has been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in downtown Flushing, raising the number to 15, the city Department of Health said Thursday. Comment



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