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Friday, May 4, 2018

Willets Point

Memories of Willets Point

The transportation system in New York City is typically abominable. Comments (4)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Peralta brings ACE cleaning crews to East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights

Additional street cleaning crews are on the way to Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst after state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) secured $75,000 in state funds to help homeless New Yorkers gain work experience. Comment
Environment

Volunteers sought to keep Queens beaches clean

The city Department of Environmental Protection is looking for volunteers to monitor garbage on the waterways of Queens this summer in the interest of protecting wildlife, such as turtles, birds and fish. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway teen with Bloods connection claims innocence in March robbery: DA

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Far Rockaway teenager who claims he is no longer a member of the Bloods gang was arrested last week and charged with robbery, assault and criminal possession of stolen property, the Queens District Attorney’s Office said. Comment

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Bayside

City Council deliberates on helicopter noise mitigation and safety

A City Council hearing to re-evaluate helicopter safety precautions and noise mitigation revolved around not only the unresolved issue of low-flying choppers on their way to eastern Long Island, but also the seeming inability of the government to track noise complaints. Comments (2)
Elmhurst

East Elmhurst mom faces child endangerment charges: DA

EAST ELMHURST — An East Elmhurst mother is facing up to a year in jail after allegedly leaving her 2-year-old daughter in a locked car Sunday with the windows up on a warm day, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)
Astoria

Kushner Companies subpoenaed over allegedly false filings at three Astoria properties

The Kushner Companies, formerly run by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information on the purchase of three buildings in Astoria in 2015 and the filing of city documents claiming they had no rent-regulated tenants, even though there were hundreds at the time, according to the Wall Street Journal. Comments (1)

Stavisky proposal would help improve high school diversity

State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Sen. Jamaal Bailey (D-Brooklyn) announced a new legislative package to diversify the student population in the highly competitive specialized high schools across the city. Comments (3)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Jackson Heights

Officials hold ground-breaking ceremony for Travers Park reconstruction in Jackson Heights

Generations of Jackson Heights residents have grown up in a neighborhood deprived of proper parkland, but now the city is working to change that. Comment
Jamaica

Suspect wanted in connection with Jamaica robbery: NYPD

JAMAICA — The police were looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery that took place in Jamaica earlier this month. Comments (1)
Middle Village

Middle Village firm to bring crypto funds to corner stores

A Middle Village financial company is aiming to change the landscape of how people use cryptocurrency by making their assets deployable in day-to-day transactions. Comment
Crime

Four Queens men charged in slip-and-fall scheme collecting $31 million

Four men from Queens, including a Long Island City chiropractor, have been charged in federal court for allegedly perpetrating the “oldest plays in the fraudster handbook” and amassing $31 million from numerous companies in a fake slip-and-fall scheme. Comment

Sunday, April 29, 2018

St. Albans

Adams trumpets passage of sexual harassment legislation in return to Community Board 12

City Councilwoman Adrienne Adams (D-Jamaica) was greeted with cheers as she made her return to the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans for a meeting with Community Board 12, a board she use to chair before taking up elected office. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Rozic’s legislative resolution honors Israel for 70 years of statehood

State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) honored Israel’s Independence Day with a legislative resolution congratulating the country on 70 years of statehood. Comment
Transit

MTA unveils sweeping changes to bus fleet

Buses across the city are getting an upgrade that will increase the capacity for riders and better link them via redesigned routes to other lines and forms of transportation. Comments (2)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Long Island City

Long Island City High School student from wins full culinary scholarship

A senior at Long Island City High School was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., as the top prize at the Careers through Culinary Arts Program New York Awards Breakfast at the Pierre Hotel earlier this month. Comment
Emergencies

Puerto Rican families get extended New York City stay

The Federal Emergency Management Agency extended assistance for 83 Puerto Rican families last week that survived Hurricane Maria in 2017 and were set to lose their shelter in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx April 21. Comment
Far Rockaway

Public will help decide fate of Far Rockaway firehouse, police station up for landmark status: LPC

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission held a public hearing Tuesday about a proposal to designate two Far Rockaway locations built in the early-20th century as historical sites. Comments (1)
Rosedale

Rosedale woman charged in death of infant step-grandson: DA

A Rosedale woman has been charged with murder for allegedly causing the death of her 11-month-old step-grandson, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Lacrosse

Bombers Lacrosse Club continues to grow in Queens

When Demian DeViccaro and Ken Stubbolo first had the idea of creating a lacrosse team in Queens to recruit high school boys about seven years ago, they had no idea it would grow to become what it is today. Comment
November 11, 1918, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. To commemorate the historical event, Friends of Maple Grove, along with Boots and Saddles Productions, are sponsoring the “1918 WWI Cavalry comes to Maple Grove” event on Sunday. Comment

Friday, April 27, 2018

Flushing

Residential lot freed of trucks on 149th Street in Flushing

After a six-month nightmare, Flushing residents are celebrating the clearing of a residential lot that was being used as a dumping site for a landscaping company. Comment
Bellerose

105th Precinct split geographically over new policing program

The New York Police Department will roll out its neighborhood policing program for the 105th Precinct Monday in Bellerose, but residents south of the police station are taking issue with the initiative being presented in the northern part of the district when the complaints regarding aggressive police tactics have been on the southern end of the precinct’s coverage area. Comment
Fresh Meadows

New schools chancellor visits Francis Lewis High School

As part of his city wide listening tour, New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza attended a student town hall at Francis Lewis High School Monday where he introduced himself to students and asked what their main concerns were as part of one of the city’s largest and most successful schools. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Katz declares April 20 “Life Day in Queens”

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz declared April 20 “Life Day in Queens” at a flag raising ceremony attended by nearly 70 people last Friday to help raise awareness about organ donations for National Donate Life Month. Comments (2)
Flushing

Dead body found in Kissena Park identified as Corona teen: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police confirmed Friday that the body found earlier this week in Kissena Park was a 17-year-old Corona boy. Comments (2)
Woodhaven

Boro Sikhs promote religion awareness

April is Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month and the city will host its annual Nagar Keertan (meditation) Celebration, also known as the Sikh Day Parade, in Manhattan Saturday. Comments (1)
QueensLine

Longtime NBA player, executive has Forest Hills roots

Born on April 24, 1955, in Satu Mare, Romania, Ernie Grunfeld is currently the president of the NBA’s Washington Wizards. Comment
Long Island City

LIC Arts Open returns in May

Long Island City

LIC Arts Open returns in May

Richard Mazda is at it again. Comment
High Heat

Harvey’s demotion to the bullpen could be a blessing in disguise

The Dark Knight is now working a little later. Comment

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Queens Village

Queens Village community remembers fire victim one year after tragic blaze

Melody Edwards, one of five victims who perished in a fire last year in Queens Village, was remembered at a memorial on the one-year anniversary of her death at Mount Moriah AME Church in Cambria Heights Monday night. Comments (1)
Astoria

Police provide ‘state funeral’ and ‘dignity’ for newborn left in trash at Dutch Kills Playground

A gasp from the crowd assembled on the steps at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in Astoria could be heard over the pealing bells as the tiny white casket was removed from the hearse and placed on a wooden platform. Comments (1)
Bayside

Avella stands with Bayside residents to call for resolution to longstanding flooding

Bayside residents are calling for city agencies to address a longstanding issue of flooding on their street, claiming the water consistently turns their yards and basements into large puddles. Comments (1)
Flushing

Cops hunt for serial purse snatcher

The 109th Precinct was searching for a suspect in connection with a series of grand larcenies in Flushing. Comments (2)
Politics

Espinal wins special election for Moya’s Assembly seat

Corona resident Ari Espinal, 30, will head to Albany after she won a special election to represent the 39th District in the state Assembly Tuesday, capturing the seat vacated when her former boss Francisco Moya was elected to the City Council last year. Comments (1)

LPC chair resignation welcomed in borough

As Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan plans her departure from the city agency, organizations are hoping for a better outlook for the future of historic places. Comments (2)
New Voices

Lawmakers, activists turn to innovative solutions to help undocumented

As the prospect of an immigration deal fades with each day, state and local officials as well as community groups are looking for ways to ease the burden on undocumented city residents. One such initiative, Green Light NY, pressures Albany to restore the right of undocumented persons to have driver’s licenses while another initiative proposed by the city comptroller’s office attempts to address the soaring cost of filing fees to become a citizen. Comments (3)
Basketball

Molloy can’t hold late lead in loss to Regis

The Molloy baseball team failed to right the ship against Regis, falling to 2-6 on the season after dropping a closely contested game under the bright lights in the Bronx, 4-3. Comments (2)
Douglas Manor

Douglaston Manor presents ‘Ira and Isabella’s Italian Jewish Wedding’

Take to the floor and dance the Hora and Tarantella as Laugh Out Loud Productions presents “Ira & Isabella’s Italian Jewish Wedding” at Douglaston Manor. Comments (2)

Monday, April 23, 2018

Long Island City

Long Island City girl, 14, missing since Friday: NYPD

Police were searching for a Long Island City girl who has been missing since Friday. Comment

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Nearly a hundred officers from the 114th Precinct in Astoria joined emergency responders, Nassau County Police and community leaders Saturday to help give a proper funeral for the newborn boy who was discovered dead and wrapped in plastic in a garbage can at Dutch Kills Playground March 17. Comments (1)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

East Elmhurst

ICE agents arrest 40 in Queens as part of six-day operation

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removal teams arrested nearly 200 people in New York City — including 40 in Queens — during a six-day sweep the agency called “Operation Keep Safe.” Comments (11)

Meenakshi Srinivasan resigns as head of Landmarks Preservation Commission

Meenakshi Srinivasan, the head of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, announced her resignation following recent citywide backlash over a proposed rule change within the agency to remove public input from decisions regarding approval of work on designated property, the LPC confirmed Thursday afternoon. Comments (1)

Classifieds

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