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Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Howard Beach

DOT stands behind new SBS service on Woodhaven Blvd.

The city’s Department of Transportation is defending its new Select Bus Service route on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards after state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) introduced legislation to require the city to provide alternative parking spaces to make up for those that disappear as a result of SBS and blunt the impact on local businesses. Comments (4)
Jamaica Estates

Lancman urges City Council to pass curb height bill

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is making a final push for curb height legislation. Comment
Government

Maloney, Crowley slam gun legislation

Members of New York’s congressional delegation joined law enforcement and gun safety advocates at City Hall Saturday to slam House passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which require all states to honor a permit to carry a concealed firearm from any other state, regardless of how relaxed those state permitting laws may be. Comment
Fourth-graders at PS 69 in Jackson Heights were given more than 200 free copies of a book about their neighborhood Friday by City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and members of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

Astoria

Pols announce upgrades at two Astoria schools

PS 122 became the first public school to open a hydroponic science lab in Astoria last Friday. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills school gets $52.4M for expansion, upgrades

The Colonel Jeromus Remsen School in Forest Hills is closer to getting a much-needed expansion and upgrades after an 86-year wait to complete the school’s original 1931 U-shaped design with a groundbreaking that started construction last Friday. Comment
The East Elmhurst man arrested in August for kidnapping a rare tortoise from Alley Pond Environmental Center in Bayside pleaded guilty on Dec. 7 to fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Comments (1)

Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Long Island City

Long Island City community calls for strip joint to be shuttered

For more than half a decade, elected officials and community leaders have demanded the closure of Show Palace, an adult nightclub beneath the Queensboro Bridge on 21st Street in Long Island City. Comments (1)
Flushing

Some eastern Queens children fall behind: Report

The Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York’s new report revealed Flushing has the highest share of children without health insurance in the city. Comments (1)
Hillcrest

Lancman’s fare evasion bill passes unanimously

Councilman Rory Lancman’s (D-Hillcrest) fare evasion bill passed unanimously in the City Council this week. Comments (1)
Letters

Remember what the holidays are really about

As we begin another holiday season, the pace of life changes from one of normalcy to that of abnormalcy, with shopping malls becoming jammed with frenzied shoppers looking for all those wonderful items for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

Bayside

Brooklyn break-in suspect caught on doorbell cam: DA Brown

A Brooklyn man caught on security footage attempting to break into a Bayside home was convicted last week and possibly faces up to seven years behind bars, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment
Long Island City

Charter School Fair draws hundreds

Despite frigid temperatures and a snowfall, 400 parents and students went to the first-ever Charter Middle and High School Fair Saturday, which featured two Queens’ charter schools among the 40 at the event held at 555 Broome St. in Manhattan. Comment
The Queensboro Symphony Orchestra has expanded its venue to include a series of concerts at Moakyang Presbyterian Church in Whitestone. “Classical Christmas” marks the debut the series on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. Comments (1)
Flushing

Photos: This week in Queens

Scenes from around the borough this holiday season: shopping for artisinal goods at the Queens Museum; lights and a Radio City moment in Jamaica; and the Corona-East Elmhurst neighborhood stopped to remember a favorite daughter, the late Borough President Helen Marshall. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

Corona

Corona woman dodges bungled Port Authority blast

Veronica Chavez from Corona was one of the three victims who made it out of the Port Authority bombing alive Monday and said the experience conjured another traumatic memory: 9/11, according to a news report. Comment
State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) joined campus administrators Monday for the dedication of the new Student One-Stop Welcome Center at Queensborough Community College. Comment
Elmhurst

Latina vocalist from the block – in Elmhurst – takes NYC music scene by storm

Since embarking on her rocky, but awesome journey to fame, a dynamic vocalist from Queens has always kept it real, never forgetting her roots. Comment
Jamaica Estates

All wired up for Christmas

When is over-the-top not nearly enough? When it some to Christmas lights, that’s when. Comment
High Heat

Yankees have reclaimed New York, but Mets not too far behind

At the beginning of the 2017 season, this column questioned whether New York City had become a Mets town. It was a logical question to ask, given the Mets success in 2015 and 2016 while the Yankees were clearly a step behind. Comments (1)

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Corona

Corona human trafficking survivor honored with national award

A Corona woman who survived a harrowing ordeal at the hands of human traffickers was honored with a prestigious national award for her international advocacy on behalf of other women trapped in the world of sex slavery. Shandra Woworuntu, 41, was named the 2017 L’Oreal Paris Woman of Worth National Honoree at a star-studded ceremony at Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel last week for founding the Astoria-based Mentari USA, a non-profit which has helped hundreds of victims reintegrate into society by offering them resources, education and mentoring. Comment
Flushing

Former Congressman donates personal papers to Queens College

Former Queens congressman and Queens College ‘65 alum Gary Ackerman announced he will be donating 12 boxes of artifacts detailing his more than 30 years in public office to his CUNY alma mater located in Flushing. Comment
Flushing

Meng urges changes to data on race for 2020 Census drive

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) is urging the Office of Management and Budget to revise its data collection standards for a more accurate 2020 Census. Comments (7)
Bellerose

Hyndman fears attack could hurt boro Bengalis

Terrorism, education and mental patients were some of the issues on the agenda for the last Community Board 13 meeting of 2017 Monday night in Bellerose. Comments (4)
Bayside

Former Bayside teacher pleads guilty to attempting to pay minor for sex: DA

A former Bayside substitute teacher has pleaded guilty to attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl into performing oral sex in exchange for $500 in an undercover police sting, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2)
Fresh Meadows

Queens pols claim IDC, Avella will never cooperate with mainline Dems in coalition

City and state elected officials spoke out at a forum in Fresh Meadows last week against the Independent Democratic Committee, claiming the breakaway Democrats had no interest in actually forming a coalition with the mainline party. Comments (1)
Flushing

Rosenthal preps for first term in Albany

Just 26 years old, the newly elected state Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing) announced Tuesday he will jump right into tackling issues plaguing his community by joining five committees in the 2018 legislative session. He will join the Aging, Insurance, the Labor, Real Property Taxation and Social Services committees. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens Consort to bring Baroque Period to life

The baroque period – from around 1600 to 1750 – was an interesting time. Comments (1)
Event

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Editorial

Overcoming hate

The pipe bomb that exploded in a heavily traveled passenger tunnel under the Port Authority Bus Terminal was several miles away from Queens, but the fallout could be felt in the cancellation of subway service in lines that connect the borough to Manhattan. Comments (1)
Baseball

Bobby Valentine, Brandon Nimmo make their pitch to support IABF in Brooklyn

Imagine a great Sunday Italian feast, only this time with 100 members of your extended family and at the helm sits the incomparable Bobby Valentine. For those in attendance last week at Carmine’s in Brooklyn, this epic gathering was a reality, led by the former New York Mets manager in support of the Italian American Baseball Foundation. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Sunnyside

Van Bramer bill would block non profits from city funds if they have history of sexual harassment complaints

As boldfaced names are added to the list of sexual misconduct scandals almost daily, one Queens lawmaker is planning to introduce legislation early next year that would stop non-profit organizations from receiving city funds if they have been subject to multiple sexual harassment complaints. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer’s (D-Sunnyside) proposal would require organizations to provide up-to-date documents and records related to sexual harassment complaints, how they were resolved, what disciplinary actions were taken with personnel involved in complaints, and what type of e Comment
Corona

Former Borough President Helen Marshall honored with street co-naming in Corona

The corner of 103rd Street and Northern Boulevard in Corona was co-named to honor the late former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall Sunday during a ceremony organized by City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry (D-Corona). Comments (2)
Bayside

Bayside activist raises winter lodging funds for two homeless companions

A GoFundMe page to provide winter housing for a homeless companions living near Fort Totten has gathered over $3,000 in a $5,000 goal in the first three days since its launch by Bayside activist Gregg Sullivan. Comments (2)
Flushing

Study reveals students struggle to graduate at CUNY

The non-profit research organization Center for an Urban Future has released a study in which it found too few students from Queens and across the city graduate from both community and four-year colleges in the CUNY system on time or leave without credentials, based on graduation data from 2010 to 2017. Comments (5)
Flushing

Public advocate urges governor to sign Kim’s small business bill

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) is garnering support for his bill in support of small businesses. Comment
Whitestone

Whitestone man charged in converter-stealing spree

A Whitestone man was charged with stealing more than a dozen catalytic converters from parked cars throughout the borough in a spree that lasted almost two months, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Flushing

‘Gift of the Magi’ is a gift from Queens Opera Theatre

Queens Opera Theatre will present its first full production at Flushing Town Hall as part of its inaugural 2017-2018 season. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

The threats that worry you are barely threats at all

Until the advent of photography, every time you witnessed something scary, it was in your neighborhood. Comment
Basketball

Christ the King falls to Iona Prep

The early season adjustment problems continued for the Christ the King boys’ hoops team Friday, as the Royals fell 55-48 lost to Iona Prep in New Rochelle. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Elmhurst

25-year-old man found stabbed to death in Elmhurst

ELMHURST — Police responding to a 911 call of an unconscious man in Elmhurst Tuesday morning discovered a 25-year-old man inside a dwelling on 80th Street near 45th Avenue unconscious and unresponsive with multiple stab wounds to the torso, police said. EMS arrived and pronounced the man dead at the scene, according to the NYPD. Comment
Astoria

Straphanger robbed aboard N train last month: NYPD

ASTORIA — An N train rider in Astoria discovered his cell phones and wallet were missing last month, police said. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

Bayside Hills

Cops on the lookout for sharply dressed Bayside Hills burglary suspect

Police were on the hunt for a sharp dressed burglary suspect in the Bayside Hills area who has been seen on security footage in a black suit concealing his identity with a black umbrella. Comment
Jamaica

Elderly Jamaica woman with dementia missing: NYPD

An older woman from Jamaica who suffers from dementia disappeared Monday afternoon, according to the NYPD. Comment

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Police have identified the suspect in an early Monday morning explosion that shook commuters at one of the city’s busiest transit hubs. Comments (2)
Subway service was nearly back to normal after an explosion in the Port Authority Bus Terminal caused up to 11 trains to skip the 42nd Street stop near 8th Avenue as an investigation into the incident took place beginning at around 7:20 a.m. Monday morning. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Man stabbed to death in St. Albans

A man was stabbed to death Sunday night in St. Albans, police said. Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

Letters

GOP’s tax reform bill would rob middle class in Queens

The neighborhood I grew up in was marked by a sense of community. It was more than a set of city blocks; it was a place where families and friends helped and looked out for one another. Through good times and bad, neighbors did the best they could to put food on the table, save some money and help their kids get a leg up in the world. Comments (3)

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Astoria

Man steals cash from employee’s wallet at Astoria pharmacy: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police were searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a grand larceny that took place in an Astoria pharmacy. Comments (1)

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens HIlls man sentenced in botched robbery

A Kew Garden HIlls man was found guilty of second-degree murder following a robbery gone wrong, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Thursday. Comment

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