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Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Willets Point

Willets Point United urges mayor not to proceed with sale of land to QDC

The Willets Point community is criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio for proceeding with the sale of “Phase One” Willets Point Land to Queens Development Group. Comments (1)
Bayside

Inspector General’s investigation targets CUNY staff research

CUNY professors are under scrutiny from the state Inspector General’s office for possibly using pay-to-play publications to get easy tenure and advance their careers. Comment
Forest Hills

Schumer, Gillibrand urge DOT to enforce railroad safety

New York’s U.S. senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, have called on the federal Dept. of Transportation to crack down on railroads that fail to implement adequate safety measures to prevent accidents such as the deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state Dec. 18. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

Bayside

Money from state brings meaningful change to LGBT Community Center: Avella

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said his effort to have Manhattan’s LGBT Community Center funded by the 2017 budget was a success, with $100,000 providing for immigrant and career coaching programs through the organization. Comment
The City Council voted unanimously to pass legislation that requires a two-year study of the feasibility of using alternative fuel in city ferries. Comment
Long Island City

Maloney critiques Plaxall’s Anable Basin rezoning proposal

The public will have another two weeks to submit written comments on Long Island City-based Plaxall’s Anable Basin rezoning proposal after the Department of City Planning extended the original deadline. The agency will accept comments on the plan to develop 15 acres along the East River waterfront until the close of business Jan. 19. Comments (1)
College Point

Avella, College Point residents oppose plans for six-story hotel

College Point residents are concerned about a potential new hotel. Comments (2)

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

Environment

City’s clean water earns a filtration waiver

After the success of the watershed program that has provided New Yorkers with high quality tap water, the city Department of Environmental Protection announced a new 10-year filtration waiver. Comments (1)
Crime

Bonanno family capo Vincent Asaro sentenced to eight years for torching car

The reputed Bonanno family captain Vincent Asaro, 82, was sentenced last week to eight years in prison for torching a car as retribution for a road rage incident in Howard Beach. Comment
Queens Village

City searches for chancellor to replace Carmen Fariña

Whoever replaces Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who announced her retirement as the head of education in New York City before 2017 came to a close, will have a tough year ahead when it comes to helping failing schools thanks to President Trump’s tax bill. She will be stepping down once her replacement is chosen. Comment
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill mother stabbed in murder-suicide: Cops

A young mother of two who was in an abusive relationship was stabbed to death in her Richmond Hill home in an apparent murder-suicide, police said. Comments (9)

Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018

Business

National chains make inroads in boro: Study

Queens has seen steady growth in national chain stores, including Dunkin’ Donuts and MetroPCS, according to a new study from the Center for an Urban Future. Comments (2)
St. Albans

Southern cooking comes to St. Albans

Southern-style fish, barbecue and soul food home cooking are being brought to Queens at the House of Smoke in St. Albans. Comments (2)
Letters

Railway needs could delay Islanders’ arena

There is more to “Islanders arena on tap near Belmont Race Track: Cuomo” (Mark Hallum, Dec. 22) when it comes to Gov. Cuomo’s promise of significant increases in Long Island Rail Road service to coincide with the Islanders stadium’s planned opening by 2020 at Belmont Park, which may be unrealsitic. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018

Bayside

Indiana Jones fan fiction film shoots in Bayside

A Queens native is bringing his filmmaking skills to the table to create a fan fiction addition to the Indiana Jones saga, a narrative that will take place in Alley Pond Park and revolve around the Queens Giant as the tree of life. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing Town Hall’s lineup promises fun this winter

You may recall the Lindy hop from the 1940s and ‘50s, with hoop skirts and songs like “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & His Comets. This dance craze actually began in the 1920s and flourished in the Swing era of jazz and Big Band greats like Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. Comment
Flushing

Christmas on the hardwood

The 13th Annual Queens Jam Christmas Classic returned to John Bowne High School. Comment

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

Whitestone

Questions surround Waterpointe site

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has reached out to the state Department of Environmental Conservation seeking answers about soil contamination and the lack of communication regarding Whitestone’s Waterpointe development site. Comment
Jackson Heights

Transgender advocate from Jackson Heights, facing deportation, is pardoned by Cuomo

A transgender woman from Jackson Heights who has become a strong advocate for transgender and immigrant communities nationwide was granted a pardon by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Windsor Oaks co-op attempts to remove cat colony

Windsor Oaks co-op has backed down after recently attempting to remove a cat colony from their shelters on a wooded variance in the Oakland Gardens community. Comment
Government

Cuomo unveils plan to end food shaming

Ahead of his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo previewed his five-step plan to combat hunger for food insecure students from kindergarten through college. Cuomo’s announcement could not have come at a better time for Queens’ children. Comment
Fire marshals are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that broke out on a blistering cold New Year’s Eve in Queens Village. Comment
Editorial

Long Overdue

The message is loud and clear in Queens: 2018 is the year for women. Comment
High Heat

Mets reportedly shopping Juan Lagares

Stuck in the middle of one of the slowest offseasons in recent memory, the Mets’ hot stove may be warming a bit. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Jamaica

Waste equity bill dead

Community leaders in Queens and environmentalists were shocked last month when Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) chose not to support Intro 495-C, therefore killing the waste equity bill he co-sponsored in 2014. The bill could have helped to reduce the garbage stations in low-income neighborhoods in southeast Queens, north Brooklyn and the South Bronx. Comments (9)
Long Island City

Wood from Winter Classic hockey rink donated to Materials for the Arts in Long Island City

The New York Rangers were not the only winners on New Year’s Day, when they beat the Buffalo Sabres in overtime, 3-2, in the NHL’s Winter Classic at Citi Field before a sold-out crowd of 42,000 very chilly spectators. Comment
East Elmhurst

City will close first jail on Rikers Island this summer

The city will begin its long process of closing the prison complex on Rikers Island this summer, when the first of nine jails will be closed, the de Blasio administration announced Tuesday. The closing is made possible by the reduction of the city’s jail population, which last month fell below 9,000, a record low last reported in 1982. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Flushing Hospital welcomes first baby of the year

Flushing Hospital Medical Center had a lot to celebrate as it welcomed the city’s first baby of the new year for the second straight time. Comment

MulchFest planned at 13 locations in borough this weekend

The city Parks Department will hold its annual MulchFest for Christmas trees at multiple locations across the city Saturday and Sunday. Comment
Art

TheNYCGrind offers chance for aspiring artists to follow their dreams

Watch closely. This is going to be an exciting year for New York City’s diverse arts scene. Comment
Letters

Congratulations on President Trump’s first year

We celebrate President Trump’s first year of extraordinary achievements. This is a joyous Christmas season and a Happy New Year for millions of Americans as we rejoice in the pinnacle of our freedom, prosperity, opportunity and dreams for the future. Comments (2)
The Civic Scene

Queens Civic Congress is opposed to any plans to put tolls on free East River crossings

The Queens Civic Congress Inc. is a registered New York State non-profit organization representing more than 100 civic associations and other community organizations in Queens County. Comments (1)
Basketball

Molloy boys’ hoops falls to All Hallows

Last week’s intersectional basketball game between Archbishop Molloy and All Hallows was a rematch of last year’s playoff classic, won by Molloy. The Gaels, with clutch free throw shots and tough defensive play, held off Molloy to earn a 69-62 victory, at the Gauchos Gym in the Bronx. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

Forest Hills

Man fondles teenage girl in Forest Hills: NYPD

Police from the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills were looking for a man who forcibly touched the groin of a 16-year-old girl. Comment
Little Neck

Little Neck salon burglarized: NYPD

Little Neck

Little Neck salon burglarized: NYPD

Police were looking for suspect wanted in connection to a burglary in Little Neck on Dec. 29. Comment

Friday, Dec. 29, 2017

Breezy Point

Addabbo calls for better response after ferry grounded off the Rockaways

A Queens lawmaker is calling on the city to develop a better system for rescuing passengers aboard city ferries that are stranded on waterways. Comments (1)
Dutch Kills

Dutch Kills senior struck and killed last week: NYPD

An 81-year-old man was fatally stuck by a car just blocks from his Dutch Kills home last week, police said. Comment
Corona

Three Kings Day event planned at Corona Library

Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and Councilman Francisco Moya (D-East Elmhurst) are expected to join members of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Tuesday at the Corona branch of Queens Library of Three Kings Day. Comment
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