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Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Corona cyclist remembered as bike lane plan continues to divide Sunnyside

Street safety advocates marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic death of Gelasio Reyes Sunday with a ride and rally at the Sunnyside intersection where the Corona father of three and an active member of the Queens cycling community was killed by a drunk driver while he cycled home from work. Comment

Dromm urges DOE to inform parents of right to opt out of state exams

City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) rallied with parents, students, teachers and education advocates Monday in Jackson Heights to demand that the city Department of Education inform parents of their right to opt their children out of state exams. Comments (2)

Far Rockaway to get expanded health center while losing transit option

Elected officials and community leaders joined Denham Wolf Real Estate Services Tuesday to break-ground for the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center expansion project in Averne. Comment

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway boardwalk reconstruction project wins national planning achievement award

The Rockaway Boardwalk’s Reconstruction Project has received a national planning achievement award. Comments (1)

Corona, Jackson Heights and Jamaica lacking healthy food options: Report

Corona, Jackson Heights and Jamaica were identified as food swamps in a report from Public Health Solutions, one of the largest public health nonprofits in New York City dedicated to helping families through research in order to help them thrive. Comments (2)
After a suggestion from a friend a Bellerose, a stay-at-home mom completely switched careers and opened her own after-school center in Flushing. Comment

Immigration groups call on city to fund adult learning programs

Immigrants rallied at the steps of Queens Borough Hall Tuesday to call on the de Blasio administration to continue funding adult learning programs in the city budget, due for passage in June. Comments (1)

Monday, April 16, 2018

College Point

Community rallies against proposed College Point hotel

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined concerned College Point residents who are unhappy with a proposed hotel Tuesday afternoon. Comments (2)
David Beier, the president of the Committee for Taxi Safety, is asking the National Credit Union Administration to work with medallion owners to make reasonable repayment plans. Comment
Survivors of sex trafficking joined U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) for a rally on the steps of City Hall Monday celebrating the FBI’s seizure and shutdown of and other websites that allegedly help those engaged in human trafficking. Comments (1)

Stepfather gets 150 years in sisters’ rape: DA

Lorenzo Arline was sentenced to 150 years in prison Tuesday for the decade-long sexual assault of his two stepdaughters that resulted in the births of eight children. Comment

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The reorganization continues at NYPD’s 111th Precinct, based in Bayside, as it welcomes a new Community Affairs officer many in the neighborhood may already know. Comment
Little Neck

Sauberman changes party designation in run for Suozzi’s seat

Freshman U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Little Neck) will be facing one more general election challenger after Syosset resident Joshua Sauberman changed his party designation from Democrat to Independent. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Angry ex-employee douses Elmhurst restaurant in gasoline: FDNY

A Jamaica man was charged with dousing a female employee with gasoline while attempting to burn down an Elmhurst restaurant, Fire Department officials said. Comments (1)

Back in the spotlight


Back in the spotlight

As the 1980’s rapper MC Shan once put it, the Bridge is where “stars are born.” Comment

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Queens Village

Queens Village pageant queen wins Miss NY Outstanding Teen crown

Queens Village’s own Cayla Kumar will receive a resolution on the state Senate floor April 30 by Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) for winning Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen contest last week and for her countless hours of volunteer service. Comment

Queens SOUP announces its finalists


Queens SOUP announces its finalists

Queens SOUP has found its “final four.” Comment
State Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens) was at a meet-and-greet Monday with Paul Hendel, a Rosedale McDonald’s owner and operator who also serves as the president of the New York Tri-State McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association. Comments (4)

NYPD searching for suspect wanted in connection with six robberies in southeast Queens

Police were searching for a suspect wanted for questioning in connection with a string of robberies that occurred over the course of a month in southeast Queens. Comments (1)

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company takes the stage at Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall will play host to a dynamic perofrmance as the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company returns to perform Sunday, April 15, at 1 p.m. Comment

Friday, April 13, 2018

Mayor announces new NYCHA head

Mayor Bill de Blasio toured the recently renovated Ocean Bay Bayside Houses Tuesday in Far Rockaway, which featured new kitchens and bathrooms, calling it a model for the rest of the NYCHA repairs that will happen around the city. Comments (1)
Embattled NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye was conspicuously absent when Mayor Bill de Blasio came to the Queensbridge Houses for a rooftop press briefing last week. She was on a family vacation, the mayor explained, but on Tuesday Olatoye announced she would depart the post at the end of April. Comments (1)

Community Board 11 joins groups across the city in opposition of LPC rule changes

Community Board 11 voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to oppose new rules that no longer require the Landmark Preservation Commission to seek the input of advisory boards within the city before making a decision certain types of work on designated property. Comment
A follow-up report on Rikers Island said the prison complex can be closed before the 10-year timeline Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last year with a few additional amendments to the plan. Comments (2)

LIRR to begin tests to implement life-saving technology on Port Washington line

The MTA anticipates meeting a federal deadline of Dec. 31 for the launch of Positive Train Control, a potentially life-saving technology which controls the speed of locomotives, and will be testing technology along the LIRR’s Port Washington line between Woodside and Bayside throughout April. Comments (1)

Photos: Thousands attend fan-based Lego festival at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

What is that makes those colorful little plastic bricks such an obsession? Comment

A dose of doo-wop

While strolling through Central Park near Bethesda Fountain last Sunday, I was drawn to the strains of songs of the 1950s being performed by a group of gentlemen who call themselves Cover Story. Their music, affectionately referred to as doo wop, revived many fond memories, uplifted my spirits and made me smile. It even stirred my patriotic pride because those sounds could not have been created anywhere else on the planet. Sadly there are some who are of the opinion that the “classic songs of the ‘50s” represented an era of repression and segregation. Comment

Fashion in Film Festival comes to MOMI

The London-based Fashion in Film Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary season at the Museum of the Moving Image. Comment

St. John’s men’s lacrosse handed first loss at home

After a 6-2 start, the St. John’s men’s lacrosse team has dropped three consecutive games, including a closely contested 11-10 overtime loss at home to Marquette last Friday. Comment

Thursday, April 12, 2018

East Elmhurst

Peralta reunites with mainline Democrats as Ramos stays in race

Two days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the renegade Independent Democratic Conference had dissolved and reunited with the mainline Democrats in Albany, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) declared it an historic moment that has put the Democratic Party in a position to take over the majority in the Senate for just the second time in more than 50 years. Comment
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) was smiling as he spoke about the reunification of Democrats in the Legislature and the dissolution of the Independent Democratic Conference in a TimesLedger interview on April 6. Comment

Crowley holds town hall on gun issues

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) held a town hall at East Elmhurst Community Library Saturday where community members raised their concerns about gun reform in Congress. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Nas brings Sweet Chick home to Queens

In the ‘80s and ‘90s, Long Island City’s golden age of hip-hop produced amazing talent like legendary rapper Nas. Comment
St. Albans

Queens residents vote on projects during Participatory Budgeting Week

Residents throughout Queens, including those in District 27 who are represented by City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), have until Sunday to make sure their voices are heard for their area’s Participatory Budgeting Week. Comment
The Amazon Prime original series “The Tick” joined other hit TV shows by choosing Bell Boulevard as the scene for a filming destination. Comment

A look back to April 1963 in Queens

This is the way it was in April 1963 in Queens. Comment

Romantic concert featuring real-life Broadway couples comes to Queens Theatre

If you happen to be a total sap and a hopeless romantic, you’re probably thinking, “Even though Valentine’s Day has passed, it doesn’t mean it can’t be Valentine’s Day every day!” Comment
High Heat

Are these Mets for real?

High Heat

Are these Mets for real?

The new-look Mets may be here to stay. Comment

Monday, April 9, 2018

Rochdale Village

Rochdale woman found one day after being reported missing: NYPD

Police have found a Rochdale woman who had been missing since Saturday. Comment

Thursday, April 5, 2018

East Elmhurst

Peralta reunifies with mainline Democrats, but Ramos will not drop challenge

After spending the last 16 months as a member of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) praised the deal brokered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday that reunifies Democrats in the upper chamber in Albany. Comment



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