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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Forest Hills

MTA does not accommodate commuters with non-traditional hours: Stringer

City Comptroller Scott Stringer issued a report on the subways that shows how the agency has failed to adjust to the needs of a modern city where residents no longer abide by the 9-to-5 workday. Comments (3)
Ridgewood

Ridgewood middle school teacher pleads guilty to sexting student: DA

RIDGEWOOD — A Ridgewood middle school teacher has admitted to sexting a student and faces a jail sentence, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Sunnyside

Sunnyside attorney charged with asylum fraud

A Sunnyside-based immigration attorney has been charged with asylum fraud and knowingly making false statements on more than 180 asylum applications for clients, according to federal prosecutors. Comment

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The city Department of Environmental Protection announced the completion of extensive infrastructure upgrades in Flushing to combat flooding in a $71 million project. Comment
Transit

Transit advocates voice disappointment in state budget

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state budget for 2019 set the ball in motion to reclaim the failing transit system in the city through short-term funding of projects in the outer boroughs and a requirement that the city pay up its half of the $836 million Subway Action Plan. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

City moves closer to selecting master planner for Sunnyside Yard proposal

City Hall is denying that a master planner has been selected to design the massive Sunnyside Yards project that would deck over 180 acres of the yards in order to build as many as 24,000 apartments with parkland, commercial, retail and cultural venues costing $19 billion. Comment
Economy

City app-based drivers seek minimum wage increase

More than 15,000 city Uber and Lyft drivers have signed a petition calling on the city to pass a law raising the minimum wage in New York City by 37 percent, according to the Independent Drivers Guild. Comment

Monday, April 9, 2018

Bay Terrace

David Bressler announces challenge against Braunstein

A northeast Queens business leader officially announced his candidacy against Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) at a Republican dinner event in Queens Village in mid-March. Comments (2)
Students from St. John’s Prep in Astoria and St. Leo’s Catholic Academy in Corona donated their time and efforts to brighten the Easter holiday for children living in two shelters for homeless families Sunday. Comment
Crime

Genovese crime family associate convicted of racketeering, murder conspiracy

An associate of the Genovese crime family was convicted of racketeering and murder conspiracy for an attempted hit on a Whitestone man, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said. Comment
Flushing

State budget passes provisions to protect workers against sexual harassment

The state Legislature has reached an agreement on a series of policy changes to protect workers against sexual harassment as part of the fiscal year 2019 state budget. Comment
The uniquely-named “[title of show]” has begun its run at Long Island City’s Secret Theatre. Comment

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Hunters Point

Free Wi-Fi coming to Gantry Plaza

Free Wi-Fi service is now available in Gantry Plaza State Park, the 12-acre oasis along the East River waterfront in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City, the state Parks Department announced last Friday. Comment

Schneiderman files suit against Trump over 2020 census

The fight for a fair 2020 census has led to a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from demanding citizenship information. Comments (7)
Located on the bustling strip of Bell Boulevard, Krave It has revolutionized the restaurant row offerings with a creative twist. Comments (2)
Crime

Former NYPD officer gets 14 years for extorting Astoria business owners

A former city cop was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison in Brooklyn federal court late last month for his role in two schemes to extort small business owners in the Albanian community in Astoria. Comment
Letters

Excessive airplane noise must be reduced

For the last three days, and as I write this letter to the editor, it sounds like a ballistic missile is screaming above the homes of the Broadway-Flushing Historic District. I am sure it is much worse in downtown Flushing. Comments (2)
The Play’s the Thing

Ivy Lane Players have Queens roots

The Play’s the Thing

Ivy Lane Players have Queens roots

Once upon a time, Nassau County was part of Queens — until 1898, when Greater New York City was formed. It has lots of theater companies, and many Queens residents, actors and theatergoers venture east across the city border — no passport required — to see what these groups are up to. Comment

Saturday, April 7, 2018

State Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing) and state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) announced Monday that they have introduced a bill to rehabilitate Lefferts Boulevard Bridge. Comment
Queens representatives are optimistic following new provisions in the $1.3 trillion congressional spending bill that will update an outdated metric used to measure aircraft noise. Comments (3)
FLUSHING — A Flushing man admitted to stabbing his girlfriend to death in their home, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Comment
Astoria

Simotas’ Rape Kit Preservation Bill signed into law

The $168 billion 2018-2019 state budget approved and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo early Saturday contained legislation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), ensuring sexual assault survivors have a greater opportunity to seek justice by preventing the premature destruction of sexual assault evidence kits, commonly referred to as forensic rape kits. Comment
Letters

Do Congress members even read legislation before voting?

Today’s generation in Congress could learn much from the late Idaho Republican Sen. James A. McClure, who died seven years ago on Feb. 26, 2011. Comments (1)
Bayside

Actor pays tribute to late father Jack Lemmon at QPAC

For over half a century, Chris Lemmon’s beloved dad was a “human leprechaun” who could make ‘em laugh while breaking their hearts. Comment
High Heat

Mets icon Rusty Staub remembered for his philanthropy

The 2018 Mets season began on a sad note, as legend Rusty Staub died last week just before the team’s home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. Comment

Friday, April 6, 2018

Astoria

MTA cuts back subway station repairs citywide, but work continues in Astoria

The MTA is scaling back its original plan to overhaul and modernize 32 subway stations throughout the five boroughs after most of the program’s $936 million budget has already been spent on 19 stations, including two in Astoria on the N/W line’s 30th Avenue and 36th Avenue stations. Comments (1)
Guardians of Flushing Bay is hosting its second annual 5K on the Bay Fun Run. Comment
Queensbridge

Construction begins on new $6.25 million Queensbridge Park House

The extreme makeover of Queensbridge Park took another step forward last week with the ground-breaking for a new $6.25 million Park House that will replace an old dilapidated structure that stood unused for decades. Comment

Katz announces community board appointments

Borough President Melinda Katz announced the appointment of 331 members to community boards across Queens Monday with up to 62 of them having no background in government. Comments (11)
Government

Schneiderman leads coalition fight against Trump travel ban

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, leading a coalition of 17 attorneys general around the nation, filed a new amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court last Friday opposing President Donald Trump’s third travel ban. The brief supports Hawaii’s case against the Trump administration. Comment
New Voices

Queens immigration advocates blast change to 2020 U.S. Census

Last week Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross skirted an April 1 deadline and consented to a request from the U.S. Justice Department to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 U.S. Census. Across the borough, immigration activists are furious at the political implications of the move and have voiced concerns over the integrity of the data that is to be collected as immigrants may question the confidentiality of the data. Comments (3)
Letters

Community Board 1 launches Ravenswood survey

Community Board 1 is launching a community survey to gather input from residents, business owners and other stakeholders in the Ravenswood neighborhood. Comment
Baseball

Francis Lewis baseball falls to Monroe in tournament matchup

The Francis Lewis High School baseball team faced off against the Monroe Eagles in the 49th annual James Monroe Campus Holiday Invitational Baseball Tournament and fell 8-1 to last season’s PSAL champions. Comment
Event

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Astoria

Cuomo releases state budget with emphasis on city improvements

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced details of the fiscal year 2019 state budget with a message that tightened oversight of City Hall and stood defiant against the administration in Washington. Comment
Mayor Bill de Blasio was in Jackson Heights last week for a town hall to announce progress on two major park projects in the neighborhood and extended trash pickups to combat litter. Some of the other announcements that elicited cheers from the hundreds in attendance involved education, hospitals, sanitation, transportation and public safety. Comment

Glendale, South Jamaica library branches close for repair

Two branches of the Queens Public Library system will close for temporary upgrades. Comment
Dozens of people were outside City Hall last week to condemn Charter Communications, a cable company that also goes by the name of Spectrum, to mark the one-year anniversary when many of the multibillion-dollar corporation’s employees went on strike. Comments (4)
Crime

Rockaway man charged in death of 3-year-old girl: NYPD

The father of a Rockaway Park toddler who died from injuries sustained under the watch of her stepfather Monday night claimed he found out about the incident on Facebook after it happened instead of being informed by the mother of his child. Comment
Bayside

Law targets NYPD sexual misconduct

City and state elected officials announced the passage of legislation last Friday that will amend the penal code, making it illegal for police officers to engage in sexual activity with those in their custody. Comment
Letters

Support bike lines in Sunnyside, Woodside

As a Sunnyside father and husband, I support the installation of protected bike lanes and safer crosswalks for pedestrians on Skillman and 43rd avenues. Let me tell you why. Comments (6)
Rhymes with Crazy

New York should follow ‘free-range’ Utah

So why can you be arrested for it in New York? Comment
An opening night weather delay did not deter a great show for UniverSoul Circus at Roy Wilkins Park Comment
Baseball

Short-handed Construction falls to Bathgate

With several players unavailable while on vacation, Construction coach Daniel Paradis used the opening round of the 49th Annual James Monroe Campus Holiday Invitational Baseball Tournament to reward some of his younger players with game experience and play other starters in different positions. Comment

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Elmhurst

Corona man arrested in fatal shooting of Jackson Heights man: NYPD

Police arrested a Corona man in the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man inside an Elmhurst bodega last month. Comments (1)

Monday, April 2, 2018

Jackson Heights

MTA conductor saves straphanger’s life on F train in Jackson Heights

An MTA worker is being hailed as a hero after his quick actions saved the life of a straphanger aboard an F train in Jackson Heights last week. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Man crushed to death inside Long Island City factory: NYPD

A 50-year-old man was crushed to death underneath a marble slab at a Long Island City warehouse Friday. Comment

Friday, March 30, 2018

Corona

Stinger endorses Ramos in challenge for Peralta’s seat

City Comptroller Scott Stringer endorsed Jackson Heights resident Jessica Ramos in her Democratic primary challenge against state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) Thursday in Corona. Comment

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