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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Whitestone

Suozzi backs Vallone resolution to reduce helicopter noise

U.S. Rep Tom Suozzi (D-Little Neck) has backed a city resolution to amend a route allowing helicopters to fly low over northeast Queens, specifically Whitestone, for the health and environmental impact it has on the residents along the shore. Comments (5)
Astoria’s elected officials and community leaders have been arguing since October that the MTA’s massive renovation project that completely closed the 30th and 36th Avenue stations on the N and W stations violated federal law for not upgrading accessibility with elevators. Comments (2)
Queens Hospital Center is expecting over $1 million in state-of-the-art equipment from a capital projects request it made to Borough President Melinda Katz and members of the Queens City Council delegation. The hospital wants to use the money to better service its growing patient population and their needs. Comment

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Astoria

Demolition work begins on historic Astoria house

Demolition work began on a house once belonging to a family of classical music legends and contemporaries of the Steinway family after a drawn-out effort to save the unofficial landmark. Comments (4)
Education

Stavisky, Koo call for expansion of specialized test program

State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) have called for the continued expansion of Specialized High School Admissions Test preparation programs to help diversify the city’s specialized high schools. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Mosque construction site vandalized in Queens Village: NYPD

The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is investigating a possible bias incident that took place at a construction site where a mosque is being built in Queens Village. Comments (1)
Opinion

New York Conservative Party looks for election success

The New York State Conservative Party was formed in 1962 and it has had a significant impact on the political way things have been run across the state, with some success closer to Queens. Comment
Letters

Praise for the Zucker Hillside Hospital

I would like to praise the Zucker Hillside Hospital for all they do in the mental health field to help the many in need. Comments (1)

Monday, March 19, 2018

Hunters Point

Hunters Point community calls on city to improve safety on Center Boulevard

Hunters Point community members and children from area schools rallied with City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) March 9 on Center Boulevard as he renewed his call for the city’s Department of Transportation to implement comprehensive traffic calming measures along the stretch of road on Long Island City’s waterfront. Comment
Bayside

First ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade coming to Bayside

Bayside will be celebrating its first ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Bell Boulevard March 24 with dozens of community groups honoring Irish heritage. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

Senate passes Peralta legislation to make organ donor registration easier

Legislation that would make it easier for New Yorkers to become organ donors was passed by the state Senate Monday. Comments (1)
Opinion

City’s changes to SBS, bioswales proposals not enough

Although many members of community boards in Queens spoke out against the proposed Select Bus Service, it was initiated anyway. Comments (1)
Letters

A closer look at arming teachers

UFT President Michael Mulgrew is on record that he does not support the idea of his members (teachers) carrying firearms in school. Comments (2)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ozone Park

Cold war vets may get property tax exemption with new bill

A pair of Republican city lawmakers joined together to introduce a bill which will qualify Cold War veterans for a tax exemption currently only reserved for those who served in a “specified period of conflict.” Comment
Corona

Queens International Night Market prepares for its fourth season at New York Hall of Science

When the popular Queens International Night Market returns for its fourth season at the New York Hall of Science parking lot in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in April, the first two nights will be ticketed to alleviate traffic, enormous crowds and any disruption to the surrounding community. Comment
Bayside

Avella calls Parks Department’s response to tree survey ‘disgraceful’

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has called the Parks Department’s response to his constituents’ complaints regarding city tree conditions “shameful.” Comment

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Bayside

New 111th Precinct head to bring modern policing to NE Queens

Capt. John Hall plans to launch the latest programs while continuing the work of his predecessor as deputy inspector at the 111th Precinct in Bayside. Comments (2)
Woodside

DACA recipient tells her story

Shortly after President Trump terminated the DACA program March 5, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent out a press release featuring video testimonials of the human faces of the Obama-era initiative, which included former Woodside resident Angie Kim. Comments (7)
Jamaica

Al-Iman students celebrate Heritage Day

Students at the Al-Iman School in Jamaica celebrated different cultures around the world at the school’s annual Heritage Day event last Friday. Comment
Jackson Heights

Breast cancer survivor will run 5K at Yankee Stadium to raise funds for research

Jackson Heights resident Evelyn Gomez will celebrate her seventh anniversary of being free from breast cancer by running her fifth 5K marathon at Yankee Stadium April 15. Comment
Film

‘Cruise’ shines spotlight on 1980s Francis Lewis Boulevard

If you enjoyed “American Graffiti,” or grew up in Queens in the 1980s, or spent your teenage years cruising up and down Main Street, you’re bound to connect with “Cruise,” a nostalgic feature film coming out later this year. Comments (14)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Elmhurst

Activists rejoice as Community Board 4 votes against proposal for Target, housing structure in Elmhurst

Developers at a site in Elmhurst may not be getting the zoning change they need for a 13-story housing complex and Target location if Community Board 4 and anti-gentrification groups have the final say. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Afrikan Poetry Theatre seeks funding after devastating blaze

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre may be down a building for the moment due to an electrical fire, but do not count out the Jamaica cultural arts center just yet. Comment
Jamaica

DSS Commissioner addresses homeless crisis in Queens

City council members throughout Queens were at Borough Hall in Kew Gardens Monday to learn more about the homeless crisis in the county and the city from the Department of Social Services Commissioner Steve Banks , Comments (4)
College Point

Repairs to MacNeil Park Seawall underway

Long-awaited repairs to College Point’s MacNeil Park Seawall have finally begun. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing’s World Journalism Preparatory School students join national protest

In wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., hundreds of students at the World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing joined the national protests on the issue of gun violence Wednesday and conducted an optional walkout at exactly 10 a.m. Comments (1)
Film

‘Sure-Fire’ tells tale of New York City con-man

Keep your eyes peeled for this hilarious, upcoming crime comedy feature, “Sure-Fire.” Comments (1)
Editorial

Film frenzy

It’s that time of the year again. Comment

David Wright can still help the Mets

Could this finally be the end for David Wright? Comment

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thousands of students at high schools across Queens joined a national 17-minute walkout protesting inaction from government officials on gun control in response to the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla. that killed 14 teenagers and three adults. Comments (3)
Astoria

Simotas bill would help struggling Astoria businesses hit by subway station shutdowns

As Astoria restaurants and stores continue to reel financially due to subway station closures on the N/W line, state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) introduced legislation to give tax relief to any New York small business that experiences significant loss or dislocation from a state or local infrastructure project. Comment
Flushing

Flushing ranks as most seller friendly neighborhood in NYC: Report

Three Queens neighborhoods — Flushing, Woodhaven and Kew Garden Hills — dominated the top 10 list of seller friendly markets in the city, according to a new study from StreetEasy. Comments (5)
After the Whitestone community raised concerns about soil contamination, elected officials and local leaders met with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and developers of the Whitestone Waterpointe project to discuss the future of the venture moving forward. Comment
Jackson Heights

Crowley visits Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights to discuss gun control issues with students

A day before they took part in the national walkout to protest congressional inaction on gun violence at schools, students at the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights held a roundtable discussion with U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights). Comment

Elder Care Expo raises awareness for key issues

Community News Group’s Elder Care Expo at Queens College Sunday drew sponsors from a full spectrum of business and organizations to inform families of the best options for the well-being of loved ones entering their golden years. Comment
Letters

An open letter to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota

We write today to bring to your attention the problems posed by a proposed revision to the “Freedom Ticket” plan that would significantly limit the plan’s effectiveness by preventing commuters from using Freedom Tickets to travel to and from Penn Station. Comments (1)
Bayside

‘Beau Jest’ brings romantic comedy to life at Theatre by the Bay

Theatre by the Bay is celebrating its 15th anniversary in style with its production, “Beau Jest.” Comment
Opinion

Dickie Chapelle sacrificed her life in the name of journalism

Born Georgette Louise Meyer on March 14, 1919 in Milwaukee, Wis., Dickey Chapelle was a trailblazing female photojournalist who covered war zones the world over, from the Pacific Theater in World War II to the anti-Communist uprising in Hungary and finally the Vietnam War. Chapelle was killed in combat in Chu Lai, Vietnam, on Nov. 4, 1965. She lived in Queens during her marriage to fellow photojournalist Tony Chapelle. Comment

Monday, March 12, 2018

A dead man was discovered stuffed inside a donation box in Woodside early last Friday, police said. Comment
Astoria

Five passengers killed in chopper crash near Astoria’s Hallets Peninsula

Five people were killed when a helicopter crashed into the East River off Astoria’s Hallets Peninsula Sunday evening. Comment
Woodside

Police search for missing Woodside man: NYPD

Police from the 108th Precinct were searching for a Woodside man who was reported missing Sunday. 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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