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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Long Island City

Borough opioid kingpin indicted: City

The alleged ringleader of a deadly Queens drug ring and three co-conspirators were arrested and indicted last week in connection with sales of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine after a year-long investigation by law enforcement, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor said. Comments (2)

Electeds blast NYPD for failing to help victims of sexual violence

City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway), chairman of the Public Safety Committee, and Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), the chair of the Committee on Women, held a joint hearing last week where they blasted the NYPD for failing to help victims of sexual violence, especially those abused by acquaintances. Comments (2)

Right to Counsel law explained to Elmhurst residents as free legal representation comes to Queens

When Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation last August to provide low-income New Yorkers with universal access to legal representation for wrongful evictions, the city became the first in the nation to establish this type of law. Comments (1)

Activist fights for rights of disabled women

Big Bird encounters a delivery man with many boxes for 456 Sesame Street. He said someone is moving to Sesame Street. Excitedly, Big Bird runs to tell Maria in the Mail It Shop, where he meets Mrs. Rosen and her daughter Emily. Emily talks briefly about her condition and leaves with Big Bird for a tour. Comments (1)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens residents fighting for 116th Street speed bump

Residents who live on 116th Street in Kew Gardens are calling out Community Board 9 for ignoring a traffic survey that emphasized the necessity of speed bumps to calm traffic on the street. Comments (2)
Ozone Park

Ulrich pushes for expanded sanitation services on Jamaica Avenue

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has funded another clean-up project, this time expanding sanitation services along Jamaica Avenue to seven days a week. Comments (2)
When L train service is suspended next April for repairs to the Canarsie Subway Tunnel, the founding members of the transit group Access Queens worry that the MTA is not seriously considering the impact the displaced Brooklyn straphangers will have on the already packed No. 7 Train. Comments (2)

Student-designed playground breaks ground in Flushing

Flushing residents will be able to enjoy a new environmentally friendly playground designed by IS 250 students in the fall. Comment

Monday, April 23, 2018


Whitestone residents claim their water pipes often run dry

Residents of 2nd Avenue in Whitestone said they have been living each day not knowing if they will have water due to insufficient pipes. Comments (1)
Real Estate

Report: Queens is the place to live for middle-income New Yorkers

A new report from StreetEasy found that Queens remains a haven for middle-income New Yorkers. Comments (2)

LeFrak City tenants rally against Board of Elections’ appeal of voting rights ruling

LeFrak City tenants rallied with civil rights activists on the steps of City Hall Monday to demand the city Board of Elections immediately withdraw its appeal of an October 2017 court ruling that prevented the agency from permanently relocating the residential complex’s longstanding polling sites. Comment

Report shows that New York City poverty rates are down

Poverty rates across the city are down, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Comments (2)

Jamaica man sentenced for selling stolen vans: DA

Aziz Salaam, a South Road Jamaica resident, was sentenced to join two co-conspirators in jail last week for selling stolen Econoline vans, Ford’s E-Series of cargo vans, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Real Estate

LIC Partnership’s annual report shows “tremendous growth across all real estate sectors” in booming neighborhood

More than 6,200 new residential units are slated to come online in Long Island City within the next year, which will bring the total number of new apartments to nearly 22,000, according to the “LIC Neighborhood Snapshot,” an annual report presented by the Long Island City Partnership at its 13th-annual real estate breakfast last week. Comments (2)

Commuter van drivers protest Jamaica redevelopment

Members of the commuter van industry are infuriated about the redevelopment plans for Jamaica, which include an apartment complex being built by Sutphin Boulevard and a pedestrian plaza on Parsons Boulevard that will force them to operate at 153rd St. between Jamaica and Archer avenues. Comments (2)

Woodhaven pop-up museum will launch in May

A pop-up museum on the history of Woodhaven is set to launch in May. Comment

Community leader Jack Friedman memorialized with street co-naming

Community leader Jack Friedman once again drew attention from Queens leaders with a street co-naming in his honor, three years after his death. Comment

Jamaica man pleads guilty to sex trafficking of teen girl: DA

A 29-year-old man from Jamaica pleaded guilty last week to sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl into prostitution, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2)

Bayside native brings vintage Vegas vibe to Studio 54

It was that unforgettable era of sex, swagger and swing – when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and Sammy Davis, Jr. were household names. Comment

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Espinal running unopposed in Tuesday’s special election to fill District 39 Assembly seat

As New Yorkers head to the polls Tuesday for a special election to fill 11 vacant seats in the state Legislature, only one office representing Queens is open. Corona resident Ari Espinal, 30, is running unopposed for the District 39 Assembly seat vacated by her old boss and mentor Francisco Moya when he won election to the City Council last year. Comments (1)

Chase banker milks dead sisters’ estates: DA

A 27-year-old bank employee from Far Rockaway, was accused last week of grand larceny for allegedly siphoning more than $650,000 of estate funds from two deceased sisters’ who were his private clients at the JP Morgan Chase bank in Hollis where he was employed, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan urging an 18-month extension for the Temporary Protected Status designation of Nepali New Yorkers. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Renovations to basketball courts, playground at Queensbridge Houses are underway

The basketball courts and playground at the Queensbridge Houses are about to get a complete overhaul. Comment

We need to make sure our trees are safe

As the summer season approaches, more and more people fill the sidewalks and parks of our city. There are the thousands of trees that line those sidewalks and fill those parks. Are they safe to walk under? Comments (1)
The Play’s the Thing

Springtime theater promises to delight in Queens

Try to put those recurring thoughts out of your mind because, hey, it’s spring, it’s warming up, and local theater is in full bloom. Here are three productions to put on your list. Comment
Political Action

Changing the terms of office for federal executives

Our president is restricted to two four-year terms in office. It was the tradition in the U.S. government before it became law with the 22nd Amendment. Comment

Friday, April 20, 2018

Hundreds from the Hindu community showed up to get colorful by tossing rainbow-hued powder at one another and to celebrate the beginning of spring at the 30th Annual Phagwah Festival Saturday in accordance with tradition. Comment

Senate passes Gianaris bill that would enforce harsher penalties on drivers who kill, injure pedestrians

Almost a half decade has passed since state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) first introduced legislation that would toughen penalties on drivers without valid licenses who kill or injure pedestrians, cyclists or other motorists and the measure was approved unanimously Monday by the state Senate. The bill now awaits action in the state Assembly, where it sits in the Codes Committee. Comments (2)

MTA announces major overhaul of Astoria Blvd. station will include four elevators

After decades of complaints from the Astoria community about the lack of accessibility at subway stations along the N/W line, the MTA announced Tuesday that four elevators would be installed at the Astoria Boulevard station, beginning this summer. Comments (1)

Peralta rallies for DREAM Act at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) joined Dreamers and their advocates last week at a rally held at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park to call on the New York State Senate to pass the Dream Act and expand the Tuition Assistance Program to undocumented college students. Comments (3)
Cambria Heights

Stringer town hall focuses on better education, transportation and improved senior centers

City Comptroller Scott Stringer spelled out his priorities for Cambria Heights residents last week, holding a civic association meeting at Community Bridge Home to address and find potential solutions to quality-of-life issues in that neighborhood and in the city. Comment
Jackson Heights

NYPD: 4-month-old girl found dead in Jackson Heights home

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The NYPD is investigating the death of a 4-month-old baby girl in Jackson Heights. Police, responding to a 911 call around 10:50 a.m. Monday, discovered the little girl unconscious inside her family’s home on 35th Avenue. Zeyrep Kocaman was unresponsive with no obvious signs of trauma, police said. Comment

Put money back into the hands of people

The property tax system in this city has been broken for decades. Comments (1)
High Heat

Mets’ starting rotation is dealing, but can the pitchers stay healthy?

The Mets finally have a chance to see what the team — and fans —have envisioned for years: all five of their vaunted starting pitchers in the rotation at the same time. Comment

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Oakland Gardens man charged with possession of illegal firearms: DA

An Oakland Gardens man shocked the city after he was charged with possession of a massive collection of over 65 illegal firearms, consisting primarily of assault rifles, and up to 50,000 rounds of ammunition, which he admitted to police his intent to sell, according to the criminal complaint. Comment

Bayside Little League kicks off new baseball season

The Bayside Little League parade drew families out to the sidewalks of Bell Boulevard Saturday to kick off the new season with elected officials and businesses sponsoring teams from around northeast Queens. Comment

Bayside’s 111th Precinct celebrates official launch of neighborhood policing

Residents within the 111th Precinct will now be able to text or email an officer assigned to their area after the full launch of the much-awaited Neighborhood Policing Program. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Veterans get housing area of their own at Rikers Island

The city Department of Correction has opened the first housing area exclusively for military veterans at its Rikers Island prison complex, and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced city jails will house inmates according to their gender identity as a safe housing option for transgender prisoners. Comment

Flushing-born Barbara Bush dead at 92

Flushing-born Former First Lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday following a battle with an unspecified illness. She was 92. Comments (3)

Flight from LaGuardia Airport turns deadly due to blown engine

A Southwest Airlines flight from LaGuardia Airport to Dallas turned deadly Tuesday when a blown jet engine shattered a window that left a woman hanging halfway outside a twin-engine Boeing 737. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Meet the ‘Hidden Figures’ of the fashion industry

Women fashion designers have been turning heads for more than a century. Comment

‘Wicked Frozen’ pokes fun at theater classics

Have you ever heard of a mash-up? It’s when a producer puts the vocals to a popular song on top of the beat and melody of another. Comment
With weather wreaking havoc on this year’s softball season, Saturday’s great spring weather enabled the St. Francis Prep softball team to get out and work off their rust against Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx. Comment

Rerouting the LIRR

Out with the old and in with the new. Comment

Monday, April 16, 2018

Oakland Gardens

Officers seize 71 guns, including assault rifles, from Oakland Gardens home

OAKLAND GARDENS – Officers executing a search warrant at an Oakland Gardens home uncovered 71 firearms, including pistols, assault rifles, rifles, handguns and shotguns Sunday, police said. Comment

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Long Island Rail Road President Patrick Nowakowski announced Thursday he will be stepping down on April 13, just weeks after a state report claimed commuter service was at its lowest performance rate in nearly two decades. Comments (1)



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