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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Astoria

Borough residents urged to ‘wait’ before doing laundry, flushing toilets during rain storms

The city has asked Queens residents to reduce their water use during rainstorms in an effort to cut down on pollution in Newtown Creek, Bowery Bay, Flushing Creek and Flushing Bay. This is a first-in-the nation undertaking. Comments (3)
The borough’s tourism industry received a boost when travel guide publisher Lonely Planet named Queens the No. 1 tourist destination in the United States in 2015 and legislation is making its way through Albany to provide funding that would further promote the brand. Comments (2)

Constantinides proposes affordable housing for seniors in place of parking lot

The need for senior affordable housing in Astoria is so great that City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) is willing to give up one of the neighborhood’s most precious resources: a public parking lot. Comment

Queens Library to eliminate plastic bags throughout the borough

The Queens Public Library System will stop offering plastic bags to readers at all 63 of its branches throughout the borough on June 30, according to its Chief Executive Officer Dennis Walcott. Comment

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Transit

Queens electeds voice disapproval for revised ‘Freedom Ticket’ proposal

Elected officials are calling for the MTA to backtrack on a revision to the Freedom Ticket proposal, a reduced rate for LIRR commuters at select south Queens stations, to include both Atlantic Terminal and Penn Station as a final destination. Comments (2)
Flushing

City launches increased enforcement of ‘block the box’ violations at a dozen Queens intersections

The NYPD has stepped up enforcement at a dozen of the borough’s busiest intersections as part of a citywide crackdown on motorists who block the box, which was launched Monday during an announcement from Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights photographer will recreate father’s famous photo and pay tribute to the borough’s ethnic diversity

One of the most celebrated photographs in New York City history will be recreated here in Queens this spring. Comment
Public transit advocacy group Riders Alliance launched a campaign for straphangers to hold Gov. Andrew Cuomo responsible for the state of the city’s subways, which continue to suffer a high number of delays from antiquated infrastructure. Comments (1)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Long Island City

Van Bramer meets with Bard High School student who will protest Congress’ inaction on gun control

Students at Bard High School Early College in Long Island City will take part in a national walkout March 14 to protest federal inaction on gun violence following the mass shooting that claimed 17 lives last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Women’s March youth chapters across the country are calling for students to walk out of their schools at 10 a.m. to “protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers after school shootings,” according to their website. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Blissville residents speak out against homeless shelters in neighborhood

As the city prepares to convert a second hotel into a temporary shelter for the homeless in the Blissville section of Long Island City, the Department of Homeless Services is organizing a public hearing focused on the new borough-based facility at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott. Comments (1)
Crime

Queens sees dramatic increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: Report

Anti-Semitic incidents recorded the largest increase over the last year in Queens compared to the other boroughs, a new report from the Anti-Defamation League found. Comments (1)
Corona

Corona man arrested, charged in fatal stabbing near LeFrak City: NYPD

A Corona man was arrested and charged with the murder of a 22-year-old Florida man who was visiting LeFrak City where he was born and raised, police said. Comments (3)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Flushing

New York-Presbyterian nurses rally for fair pay

Nurses at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Queens in Flushing held a rally last week to demand fair wages. Comment
Flushing

Kim asks Trump to tone down rhetoric on North Korea

After months of issuing vague threats, state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and fellow Korean-American leaders are asking that President Donald Trump tone down his rhetoric and seek peace with North Korean dictator Kim Jung-Un. Comments (6)
Springfield Gardens

Springfield Gardens porch bombing suspect nabbed in Brooklyn

A joint investigative team comprised of the FBI and the NYPD arrested a suspect last week in the July murder of an elderly Springfield Gardens man who was killed by a bomb in a package. Comment
Flushing

Queens College alumnus wins fourth Grammy

Queens College alumnus and award-winning musical composer Arturo O’Farrill was awarded with his fourth Grammy at the 60th awards in January at Madison Square Garden. Comment

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Astoria

Crowley helps nonprofit launch scholarship accounts for kindergarten students

More than 3,500 kindergarten students in western Queens are getting a head start on saving up for college with the help of a charitable nonprofit organization. Comment
Residents came out in the hundreds for the Southern Queens Park Association’s 16th annual art exhibit at Roy Wilkins Park Family Center Sunday. Comment
Crime

EMT arraigned on charges of rape, child endangerment: DA

Frantz Petion, an emergency medical technician for the FDNY was arraigned Monday on charges of first-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a 10-year-old girl in Kew Gardens at Queens Criminal Court, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)
Film

‘Emerald City’ to debut at Queens College

No matter who you are and where you’re from, you’re bound to find meaning in the award-winning film “Emerald City,” which is making its borough debut in LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College Wednesday, March 14, during a celebration of Irish music and dance. Comment

Friday, March 9, 2018

Long Island City

LIC residents rally against city’s waterfront plan

Hundreds of Long Island City residents and business owners rallied with community leaders and elected officials Saturday against the city’s plan to develop two plots of publicly owned waterfront property on 44th Drive and a neighboring Department of Education building on Vernon Boulevard. Comment
Far Rockaway

Protests save two Far Rockaway schools

More than two months of protests have paid off for the Brian Piccolo Middle School (MS 53) and the Robert Vernam School (PS/MS 42), which Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña had targeted for closure in December. Comment
Forest Hills

Brooklyn woman tried to poison Forest Hills look-alike with cheesecake: DA

A Brooklyn woman was indicted on a charge of poisoning the cheesecake she gave to her Forest Hills look-alike, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)
Woodside

City will install traffic calming measures at Woodside school

The city has agreed to bring traffic calming measures to a dangerous stretch of Skillman Avenue in Woodside to protect students at the newly expanded P.S. 11 in Woodside. Comment
Cambria Heights

Queens Village man sentenced in 2008 murder of Cambria Heights girl: DA

A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to life in prison last week for the 2008 murder of a 14-year-old girl in her Cambria Heights home, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment
Howard Beach

Mayor appoints Richard Carranza as new schools chancellor

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s selection for a new schools chancellor went from feeling like a simple draft pick to a soap opera in the course of five days, but Monday he announced that Houston Superintendent Richard Carranza will replace the city’s top educational official, Carmen Fariña. Comment
Opinion

Taking a further look at the Trump, GOP tax bill

As an accountant and student of economics at CUNY years ago, I was trained to view and measure the economy through an objectives prism and not base it on the popularity of a president or, in the case of Trump, his social tweeting skills. Comments (6)
Editorial

Not so E-Z fast

While the push to implement cashless tolling was met with applause, it seems as though things have taken a turn for the worse. Comments (1)

Mets’ Brandon Nimmo proving he belongs

Brandon Nimmo is making a name for himself this spring. Comment
Event

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Bayside

Threat to shoot up school discredited by authorities: DOE

A message scrawled on the desk from an unidentified school in Queens claiming a shooting would occur March 5, shook the borough earlier this week, but the NYPD determined it was not a credible threat. Comment
Bayside

111th Precinct welcomes new deputy inspector

The 111th Precinct bid farewell to Deputy Inspector William McBride and welcomed a new face to the role of leading law enforcement in northeast Queens. Comment
Flushing

Protesters gather in Flushing in support of immigrants

At least 200 people gathered in Flushing Monday afternoon to demand that Congress act on DACA, the Obama-era program that protected nearly 700,000 young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Comments (2)
Transit

Fordham student drafts proposal to improve Little Neck bus service

A Fordham University freshman and Little Neck resident is aiming to bring his proposal for improved bus service to fruition after presenting his case to Community Board 11 this week. Comments (3)
Willets Point

NYPD removes abandoned cars in Willets Point

Willets Point

NYPD removes abandoned cars in Willets Point

Police have taken action in clearing Willets Point. Comments (2)
Queens Village

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy to close this summer

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy, a religious school that had been a mainstay in Queens Village since 1932, will be closing its doors and leaving 170 students in limbo. Comments (6)
Event

The Green Mile: St. Pat’s kicks off with grand parades

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, but parades in celebration of the holiday have already started in Queens — one in Rockaway, the traditional first parade of the season, and the St. Pat’s Parade for All in Sunnyside. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Now hear this: Your toys are listening!

Believe it! Today’s dolls double as surveillance devices. Comment
Letters

Catholic HS principals support victims of Florida shooting

As the principals of the Catholic high schools of Brooklyn and Queens, we have kept the administration, faculty, staff, students and parents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in our prayers since the thoughtless tragedy on Feb.14. Comment
Film

ReelAbilities Film Festival heads to Queens

The Central Queens Y in Forest Hills announced the presentation of “ReelAbilities Film Festival,” an international array of films. Comment
Basketball

St. John’s star named to All-Big East first team

In the midst of his best collegiate season, St. John’s men’s hoops star Shamorie Ponds earned a spot on the All-Big East first team. Comment

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The city’s office of Emergency Management issued a weather advisory Wednesday as another nor’easter prepared to wreak havoc in New York City just one week after a stormed downed trees and power lines across Queens. Comment

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Corona

Man fatally stabbed during argument in Corona: NYPD

A 22-year-old man was fatally stabbed across the street from LeFrak City in Corona Wednesday night, according to the NYPD. Comment

Classifieds

Do you know an immigrant in Queens who has made an impact on the community? Nominate a person who has made a difference for the 2018 Queens Ambassador Awards.
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