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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Forest Hills

Hevesi bill would provide $15 million in housing subsidies

A rental subsidy bill championed by state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) and state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) advanced in both houses of the state Legislature last week. Comment
Food

Astor Room changes name to honor late George Kaufman

The old Astor Room, the speakeasy-era restaurant at the base of the Kaufman Astoria Studios, reopened last weekend and was renamed in honor of George Kaufman, the visionary who revitalized the studio and its surrounding neighborhood beginning in 1982. Comment
Douglas Manor

Center for the Women of New York will honor community leaders at annual luncheon

The Center for the Women of New York announced it will hold its 31st Anniversary Luncheon next month at Douglaston Manor where the organization will honor men and women who have played a critical role in their communities. Comment

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) at the offices of Woodside on the Move Monday to discuss tenants’ rights with dozens of concerned renters and activists during a roundtable discussion. Participants asked Crowley and Schneiderman about their efforts to combat the practices of predatory landlords and expand access to affordable housing in New York City. Comments (1)
Tourism

Mayor: NYC tourism on the rise

New York City attracted a record number of tourists in 2017 despite negative rhetoric from the White House, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Comments (4)
Government

IBO claims state budget proposal pushes out key juvenile justice program

The city Independent Budget Office is claiming Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal will not only provide major setbacks for child services, but also affect its juvenile justice programs. Comment
Crime

Jealous husband stabbed stranger to death: DA

A Jamaica man who spotted his wife with another man was convicted of murder March 22 by a jury of his peers for fatally stabbing an unrelated individual four times in Hollis, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Monday, April 2, 2018

Far Rockaway

Rockaway economy sees boom mixed with remaining Sandy-related issues: DiNapoli

Business is booming in the Rockaways following Superstorm Sandy, but there is still much work to be done by those who have returned to the peninsula after the disaster, a new report from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says. Comment
Queens Village

Martin Van Buren High School is off receivership, in “good standing:” elected officials

Queens lawmakers celebrated Martin Van Buren High School making its way into good financial standing as it was taken out of receivership this month and will no longer be on the list of schools slated for closure after investment in programming, technology, and physical upgrades. Comment
Immigration

Queens is home to most naturalized immigrant population: MOIA report

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs presented its first report last week, and despite the upheaval within the city’s immigrant population due to shifting policies from the White House, Queens remains the biggest bastion for immigrants of varying statuses. Comments (6)
Flushing

Koo bill would ban smoking on DOT, Parks Department sidewalks

A new bill will make it illegal to smoke while walking on city sidewalks. Comments (4)

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Bayside

Braunstein, Vallone propose locking school doors

In light of the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 students dead, two Bayside-elected officials are asking the city Department of Education to rethink its policy toward locking the front doors of schools. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills attorney, three others indicted for conspiracy and making false statements

A Forest Hills-based criminal defense attorney was indicted along with three others Monday for allegedly making false statements. Comment
Far Rockaway

Renovations to Far Rockaway’s Grassmere Playground complete

Grassmere Playground in Far Rockaway was one of five parks in the city Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver’s five borough relay ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. Comment
Art

QCA offers new art residency at LaGuardia Airport

The Queens Council on the Arts has an open call for a new art residency at LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Terminal A, which will come to a close next Thursday. Comment
Letters

An open letter to DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia

I am writing with concerns about overcrowding at the Queens 1 district garage. Comments (2)
Five Queens students were named winners in the Police Athletic League’s competition for creative poetry for children across the five boroughs. Comments (1)

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Politics

Van Bramer endorses Ramos in primary challenge against Peralta

The breakaway Independent Democratic Conference in Albany is an affront to strong progressive values, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) said Monday, and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), a Queens member, effectively “disqualifies himself in a Democratic primary” by “empowering Republicans in the Age of Trump.” Comment

Port Authority votes to raise airport workers’ wages to $19 an hour

They’ve rallied and marched, staged sit-ins and strikes since 2012 and finally airport workers at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports have their eyes on the prize after the Port Authority recommended last week that the agency raise the minimum wage to $19 an hour by the fall of 2023. Comment
Jamaica

Peralta renews call for passage of Carlos’ Law after construction worker dies in Jamaica

A Jackson Heights nonprofit and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) demanded a full investigation into the death of Edgar Pazmino, a construction worker killed at his workplace in Jamaica earlier in March. Comment
Crime

Simmons again accused of sexual assault: civil suit

Last week another woman came forward to accuse Hollis hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of allegedly raping her and causing her emotional distress in a civil suit asking for $10 million in damages. Comment
Letters

Canadian newsprint is not the enemy — tariffs are

Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end. Comment
Did you ever wonder where fortune cookies came from? You may be interested to find out that those crispy little nuggets you break open were probably made in Blissville, a remote corner of Queens, which happens to have the world’s largest fortune cookie factory. Comments (2)

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hundreds of LaGuardia Community College students stood shoulder to shoulder with the trailblazers of the borough’s LGBTQ civil rights movement Monday afternoon for the opening of a new exhibit called “The Lavender Line: Coming Out in Queens” located in the college’s historic Hall of Flags in Joseph Shenker Hall. Comments (5)
Jamaica

PETA protests UniverSoul Circus at Roy Wilkins Park

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals gave an unfriendly welcome to the UniverSoul Circus last Friday on its opening night in Jamaica. Comments (4)
Far Rockaway

Madelaine Chocolate Company delivers sweet treats for Easter

The Madelaine Chocolate Company, a Far Rockaway business that was established nearly 70 years ago and was one of the largest manufacturing employers in Queens, faced an uncertain future after it was flooded during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Comment
Long Island City

Legislation drawn up after the death of Avonte Oquendo is now law

Children with autism who are prone to wandering and seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia will be provided with voluntary tracking devices and expanded support services for their families after President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion federal spending omnibus bill Friday. Comment
Flushing

Community rallies to support Flushing girl battling rare cancer

Friends and family are rallying to support a Flushing family whose 2-year-old daughter faces a rare form of cancer. Comment
Letters

Demand more women lawmakers in city government

Susan B. Anthony said in 1897, “There will never be complete equality until women themselves help make laws and elect lawmakers.” Comments (7)
Bayside

Bayside native, 72, showcases her ping pong skills

Bayside native Carol Klenfner has found something new... and all she had to do was follow the bouncing ball. Comment
Event

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sunnyside

City celebrates fallen firefighter with Queens roots

Members of FDNY celebrated the life and sacrifice of one of their own, Lt. Michael Davidson, after the 15-year veteran who grew up in Queens was killed quelling a blaze in Harlem last week. Comment
Ozone Park

Brooklyn man convicted in killing of Ozone Park imam: DA

A Muslim community in southeast Queens may be able to find some semblance of closure after a Brooklyn man was convicted in Queens Supreme Court last week in the 2016 murder of an imam and his friend, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
Government

New York one of 12 states planning to sue Trump administration over adding citizenship question to census

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) blasted the Trump administration’s decision to include a question regarding citizenship on the 2020 US Census. Comments (8)
Sunnyside

Revised bike lane proposal continues to divide Sunnyside

A town hall to discuss the revised city Department of Transportation proposal for protected bike lanes in Sunnyside drew a standing-room-only crowd Monday as the mournful widow of a bicyclist who was killed in the area called for better safety and the community debated whether the improvements were worth the lost parking spaces. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Mayor: 2017 was city’s safest traffic year on record

New York City saw its safest traffic year on record in 2017 with the fourth straight year of fatality declines, according to a City Hall Vision Zero review released last Friday. Since Mayor Bill de Blasio’s traffic safety initiative began in 2014, the city’s traffic fatalities have declined 28 percent with a 45 percent drop in pedestrian fatalities, bucking national fatality trends, which have increased 15 percent over the same period. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Former MTA operator sentenced in killing of well-known Forest Hills jeweler: DA

A suspended MTA train operator has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for the road rage killing of a Forest Hills jeweler known for his high-profile clientele, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment
Letters

MTA should restore original Freedom Ticket plan

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s “Freedom Ticket” program is gearing up to become a broken promise that represents a classic bait-and-switch on Queens. Comments (7)
QueensLine

Roosevelt, the rails and more in 1937 Queens

In 1937, the nation was still in the grip of the Great Depression, a period in our history where the economy all but collapsed and one in four workers was unemployed. Comment
Food

Alternative dishes to serve at your Passover Seder

Are you looking for some Passover alternatives to the usual Seder fare? Comment
High Heat

Season preview: Mets will improve, but fall just short of playoffs in 2018

Another Major League Baseball season has begun. The Mets opened their season Thursday afternoon and are set to embark on what should be an interesting 2018 campaign, the team’s first under the guidance of new manager Mickey Callaway. Comment
Editorial

All for fair fares

It’s time for fair fares. Comments (1)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Organizers of the very first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Bayside started working on it last September. So no one was more happy to see the parade’s Grand Marshal, PBA President Pay Lynch, step off to start the march down Bell Boulevard last weekend. Comment

Friday, March 23, 2018

Astoria

Astoria girl, 7, on life support after choking incident: NYPD

A 7-year-old girl living in the Marine Terrace Apartments in Astoria is in critical condition after a choking incident while she was playing a prank on her mother, authorities said. Comment
Elmhurst

Man gunned down at Elmhurst market: NYPD

A 31-year-old man was shot and killed inside an Elmhurst bodega Thursday night. Comments (1)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The city Parks Department will utilize New York’s fourth Nor’easter as a day of free winter fun in the city’s former greenspaces that have been blanketed in snow following Winter Storm Toby. Comment

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