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Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

Jackson Heights

Ramos weighing challenge against Peralta

A former Democratic district leader from Jackson Heights has left her position at City Hall and is mulling a primary challenge against state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhrust) next year. Comment
Jackson Heights

Woodhaven man honored with state Liberty Medal for feeding the needy

A Woodhaven man was awarded the New York State Senate Liberty Medal during a ceremony at St. Mark’s AME Church in Jackson Heights Saturday. Comment
LeFrak City

Peralta unveils tax relief proposal for tenants

As rents skyrocket across the borough and the inflation rate is rising, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) introduced legislation at LeFrak City in Corona last week that would provide a tax credit for tenants by increasing the eligibility levels of the current real property tax circuit breaker. Comment
Transit

Schumer calls for fast-track approval of bomb detection technology

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (DNY) is calling for better technology to be fast-tracked for approval by security agencies to keep the city safe against terrorist attacks following the one which shook the Port Authority Dec. 11. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017

Flushing

Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s future up for debate at open house

The Community Advisory Board for Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosted a Holiday Open House at the New York Hall of Science Sunday afternoon, allowing park users and advocates to share what they imagine as the park’s future. Comments (2)
Transit

E, M lines to partially close between holidays

Big upgrades are coming to the E and M line between the holidays with an East River tunnel being shut down to expedite the replacement of infrastructure. Comments (1)

LIRR Expansion Project contracts awarded, work to begin Jan. 2018

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved contracts to implement the next phase in the project to add a third track to the Long Island Rail Road’s busiest corridor. Comment
Hollis

Music icon Russell Simmons denies sex assault allegations

Music mogul Russell Simmons, a Hollis native, continues to deny all accusations that he committed rape and sexual assault, allegations that prompted the New York Police Department to open an investigation last week. Comment

Monday, Dec. 25, 2017

Astoria

Constantinides bill on cleaner power generation passed by City Council

The City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill that would require power plant operators to end the use of dirty fuel oils, which will decrease hazardous emissions and pollution. Comment
Arverne

Two Far Rockaway renewal schools to be closed

Two schools in the Rockaways are among the 14 New York City schools scheduled for closure, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Monday. A Bronx school where one student was stabbed to death, and another injured was also to be terminated. Comments (3)

Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017

South Ozone Park

Southside Seahawks glide to first place in dance competition

The Queens Southside Seahawks cheerleading squad defeated their competition in Florida and became first place Division 10 Dance champions at the 2017 American Youth Football & Cheer National Competition and second place winners in step, according to the team’s Director Kim Wilson. Comment
Jamaica

Queens Library now offers video streaming

Cinephiles who are patrons of Queens Public Library are in luck. Comment
Rego Park

Four men plead guilty to ‘movie-like’ bank heist in Rego Park

Four men have pleaded guilty to blow-torching their way into the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank branch in Rego Park, and another bank in Brooklyn in the spring of 2016, making off with more than $5 million in cash, jewelry, collectibles and other valuables form vaults and safety deposit boxes, U.S. officials said last Friday. Comments (2)
The Play’s the Thing

Queens is lacking updated theater venues

My wish list for Queens this holiday season has only one item – new theater venues! Regular readers of this column know that I frequently lament the lack of state-of-the-art locales to house our local community theaters. Mainly confined to churches and other make-do spaces, these companies do their best with minimal budgets and resources in this borough of at least 2.3 million inhabitants, a number larger than most cities. Comments (1)
Woodside

Santathon: Bottoms Up for the Big Guy

Whoever thought that dressing up like Santa and going on a pub crawl with all your friends was a great holiday idea probably did not get the credit he or she desreves. Because the birth of what has come to be called Santathon has been a major contribution to the already crowded field of Yuletide traditions. Comment
Letters

Is the Queens Montauk Light Rail Project dead?

The defeat of Queens NYC Council member Elizabeth Crowley may also signal the end of the line for her proposed Long Island Rail Road Lower Montauk branch Light Rail Project. Comments (3)

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

Queens Village

Brian Moore’s killer gets life in prison with no parole: DA

Demetrius Blackwell, 37, the Queens Village man responsible for the shooting death of NYPD Officer Brian Moore and the attempted murder of Officer Erik Jansen, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Wednesday, Comment
Queens Village

Queens cops recognized for animal rescues

Two Queens NYPD officers were honored last week for their contributions to helping the city’s most vulnerable animals at the third annual Appreciation Luncheon held by ASPCA, a non-profit dedicated to preventing animal cruelty. Comment
Bayside

Vallone’s senior transportation program expands

Seniors in northeast Queens now have established free transportation to link them up with the services they require, such as visiting senior centers, physicians and running errands. Comments (1)
Glendale

Mayor offers olive branch to residents who protested against Maspeth homeless shelter

Mayor Bill de Blasio attempted to hit the reset button with Queens residents who rose up against his administration’s attempt to covert the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express into a homeless shelter during the summer of 2016. Comments (4)
Corona

True-to-life comedy at Queens Theatre

Therapy continues for Steve Solomon in his self-written show, “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m Home for the Holidays.” Comment
Flushing

Put a rink on it

It takes a week, more or less, to put a hockey rink in the middle of a baseball stadium. So, work is underway at CitiField, home of the New York Mets in balmier months, to lay down a deck and the ice in time for the NHL Winter Classic. It is an annual hockey event, one game a year, played outdoors no matter the weather, on New Year’s Day. This year, the 10th edition of the Winter Classic is being played in New York — an all-state affair between the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres. Comment
Letters

Alabama got it right with senatorial election

The saying “Hope springs eternal in the human breast” was evident in the recent Alabama senatorial election. Comment
High Heat

Trying to decipher Mets’ offseason blueprint

Major League Baseball has seen a slow start to its hot stove season, and the Mets have been no different. Comment

Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

Whitestone

Community Board 7 calls for state hearing on Waterpointe soil removal

Community Board 7 wants answers about contamination at Waterpointe residential development site in Whitestone. Comment
Astoria

Big trucks can now to stay on Grand Central Parkway instead of Astoria’s streets

A long-running traffic nightmare came to an end Friday morning when large tractor trailers were no longer forced to detour on to the neighborhood streets. Matthew Weiss, an Astoria resident for more than 20 years, called it“an amazing turn of events” that “restored his faith in government” after he registered complaints with elected officials for more than 15 years. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Cuomo signs Peralta bill requiring MTA to study lead paint level on elevated subway lines

A bill requiring the MTA and the New York City Transit Authority to study lead levels on above-ground subway stations, tracks and trestles whenever renovations are made was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday. The legislation co-sponsored by state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) was passed by the state Legislature in June. Comment
Flushing

Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce invites immigrants, refugees to annual holiday meal

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is getting into the holiday spirit by feeding the less fortunate at its annual holiday community meal. Comment
Flushing

RKO Keith’s future up in the air again

Reconstruction of Flushing’s RKO Keith’s theater may be delayed once again. Comments (4)
Hollis

Funeral for slain Hollis traveler

A wake and funeral arrangements have been set for Desiree Gibbon, a woman who was raised in Hollis and was slain on a trip to the Caribbean island of Jamaica. Comment
Middle Village

Middle Village man shared child sex abuse files: DA

A 56-year-old Middle Village man has been charged with sharing and possessing hundreds of files of child sex abuse material collected online, including videos of prepubescent girls as young as 5 years old being abused, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (3)
Event

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Editorial

Holiday melting pot

Christmas in Queens is a very special holiday celebrated by homegrown Americans and residents from many parts of the world who leave their imprint on the traditions. Comment
New Voices

Democrats face impossible DREAMers choice

This year, the DREAMers – young people brought into this country as children and given a stay of deportation through an Obama-era program — have been a political football between the warring parties. Comments (1)
Glen Oaks

This is what Christmas should really be about

Christmas is a time for caring, sharing and giving. It is a time we travel to visit friends and relatives and exchanging presents. Comments (4)
Basketball

St. John’s downs Iona at MSG

Madison Square Garden serves as St. John’s University’s home away from home and the Johnnies (9-2) protected their home court, defeating Iona (5-5) 69-59 in a men’s hoops tilt Sunday night at the “World’s Most Famous Arena.” Comment

Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Economy

Islanders arena on tap near Belmont Race Track: Cuomo

The New York Islanders are moving back to Nassau County with a new arena that will benefit fans in both Long Island and Queens. Comment
Politics

IDC officials release study on economic effects of ‘zombie homes’

Two Independent Democratic Committee members released an in-house report claiming Queens is experiencing a foreclosure crisis alongside dropping property values as some banks act as “nightmare neighbors”in some communities. Comment
Ridgewood

Ridgewood Reservoir added to New York State Register of Historic Places

The Ridgewood Reservoir on the Queens/Brooklyn border will be preserved after the New York State Historic Review Board voted unanimously this month to add the 50-acre natural oasis to the New York State Register of Historic Places. Elected officials, community boards and environmental experts joined forces to have the site designated as a wetland preserving it from developers for future generations. Comments (1)
Flushing

Protesters rally at 109th Precinct after woman dies in police raid

A rally in honor of Yang Song, a Chinese woman who died following a police raid of a Flushing massage parlor, was held Sunday in front of the 109th Precinct on Union Street. Comments (7)
Flushing

Members hope to preserve Flushing burial ground

After Mayor Bill de Blasio’s visit to Flushing for a town hall event last month, members of Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground Conservancy are hoping they are closer to getting the cemetery properly restored. Comment
Faith

Lawyers urge victims to settle with diocese

The Brooklyn Queens Diocese and a group of attorneys are sparring over a report that establishes a list of more than 60 alleged and convicted sexual abusers within the clergy. Comment
Long Island City

LIC music school founder sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for sex trafficking of minors

A Long Island City music school teacher was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for underage sex trafficking. Comment
Astorian Nick Testa loves to build stuff. Anything from simple bookshelves to outdoor furniture. He once cobbled together a work table out of reclaimed bowling alley floor. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Fall of powerful males has been a long time coming

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once famously said, “No man ever steps in the same river twice” to describe his belief that the only constant in life is change. Comment
Letters

A new proposal for Q48 bus route

An Open Letter to the Port Authority, Comments (1)
Bayside

Bayside drops non-conference match to Mount St. Michael

Playing without two key starters put the Bayside boys’ basketball team in a bind that the Commodores couldn’t overcome, as they fell 86-44 to Mount St. Michael in a non-league matchup Saturday in the Bronx. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

NHL team’s bid for Belmont Park site approved

The New York Islanders are coming back to Nassau County. Comment

Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Queens Village

Queens Village man found shot dead in Mercedes

A Queens Village man was found shot in a 2015 Mercedes Benz with another man in the vehicle Saturday morning near his home, according to police. Comments (6)
Corona

Queens Council on the Arts announces open call for ArtHotel Residency

Hotel guests at the Paper Factory in Long Island City and at the SpringHill Suites LaGuardia in Corona will have the opportunity to interact with artists as they produce artwork for both hotels starting mid-February, according to the Queens Council on the Arts. Comment

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Fresh Meadows

Two arrested in murder of rapper Chinx in 2015

Two Long Island men have been charged in the 2015 fatal shooting of rapper Chinx and wounding of his friend in Briarwood, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Jamaica

January death of 5-year-old boy ruled a homicide: NYPD

Police deemed the Jan. 22 death of 5-year-old Michael Guzman from Jamaica a homicide Thursday, according to the NYPD. Comment
Jamaica

Two stabbed, one slashed in knife robberies in Jamaica: NYPD

Police were on the lookout for three male suspects armed with knives who may be responsible for a robbery, a slashing, and two stabbings in Jamaica, according to the NYPD. Comments (3)
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