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Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Gianaris calls on MTA for extended bus service to compensate for subway station closures

As Astoria residents endure hardships associated with the reconstruction of several subway stations along the N and W lines, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is calling on the MTA to extend the Q102 bus to help his constituents get where they are going. No bus service currently runs along the 31st Street business corridor north of 30th Avenue. Comments (2)

Bronx man led police on car chase through Springfield Gardens: DA

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A Bronx man pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment for racing on the Nassau Expressway in Queens, leading police on a 115-mph chase through Springfield Gardens, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

The Mary Louis Academy names its new principal

Members of the board of trustees at The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates chose Ann O’Hagan-Cordes as the new principal of the all-girls Catholic college preparatory school last week, concluding a three-month search. Comment

Queens development groups earn community grants

Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop announced that three of the nine Avenue NYC grants awarded to community-based development organizations would be going to groups in Queens. Comment

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Jackson Heights

MTA will start painting, repairing elevated 7 train in Jackson Heights and Corona next month

The MTA announced Tuesday it would begin painting and conducting important structural steel repair work along the elevated 7 train line from 72nd Street in Jackson Heights to 104th Street in Corona beginning next month. Comments (1)

Mount Sinai Queens celebrates opening of $180 million Pavilion

While half a dozen of the borough’s hospitals closed in the last decade, one was plotting its expansion. Comment
Middle Village

Photos: An inside look at the Fresh Pond Crematory

The idea of burning the deceased rather than burying them is catching on. Comment

Campaign group rallies for Asian Pacific-Americans

Members of the 15% & Growing Campaign gathered on the steps of City Hall last week demanding an increase of funding for the Asian Pacific-American community in New York City. Comments (3)

Mayor launches new online bail system

After several delays, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of a new online bail payment system that will make it easier for New Yorkers to pay bail. Comments (1)

Monday, May 7, 2018


Avella demands opt-out to citywide bioswales program

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), northeast Queens residents and civic leaders are calling for a full opt-out to the citywide bioswales program. Comments (12)

Vallone’s district again has record high turnout in city in voting on City Council funds

It is another year of participatory budget voting success in the district of Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) with over 8,000 votes cast to fund school, law enforcement and community projects. Comment

Flushing man sentenced in stabbing death of ex-wife: DA

FLUSHING — A Flushing man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to the stabbing death of his 68-year-old ex-wife, whose body was found under a table in the apartment the couple shared in November 2014, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Kew Gardens

A taste of World War I at Maple Grove Cemetery

To mark the centennial of America’s entrance into World War I, the Great War, a handful of volunteers staged a re-enactment at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens — a trip back to the daily life of the Doughboys in Europe at a moment in time when the art of war was changing for the deadlier. Comment

Middle Village man skips verdict to sex abuse trial

ELMHURST — A Middle Village man has been convicted in absentia of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl as she walked to school in Elmhurst in June 2016 as well as endangering the welfare of a child, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Happy anniversary to the LIRR

Let us all wish a Happy 184th anniversary to the Long Island Rail Road. Comments (1)

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Schneiderman’s census lawsuit against Trump grows

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s lawsuit against the Trump administration’s demand for citizenship information in the 2020 census has been amended and growing, with more cities, states and counties coming on board. Comments (3)

Louis Armstrong’s love of Corona will be explored at all 62 Queens Library branches

Jazz great Louis Armstrong’s love affair with Corona will be celebrated throughout May and June as Queens Library partners with the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College and the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona to bring events to all 62 of the system’s branches. Comment
Glen Oaks

DEP to complete storm sewer upgrades in Glen Oaks

The city Dept. of Environmental Protection announced a $12.7 million project to bring better storm sewer management to Glen Oaks is nearly complete to help the community manage water runoff from rain. Comments (3)

Elevators coming to three Queens subway stations

The MTA board approved an amendment to the 2015-2019 capital plan to make 17 stations, including three in Queens, Americans with Disabilities Act compliant by installing elevators as well as redesigning stairwells and mezzanines to help the flow of people during busy hours. Comments (1)

Missing the point

I would like to respond to your reporter’s article concerning the president’s travel ban. Comments (2)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Cuomo backs Gianaris’ gun legislation

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his support for the Effective Background Checks Act Tuesday, a measure authored by state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) which would extend the time for a check to be completed from the current three days to 10 days before a firearm could be transferred. Comment

De Blasio slams state in executive budget

Mayor Bill de Blasio released a fiscal 2019 executive budget of $89 billion with clear animosity toward Albany for its mandate in the state budget requiring the city to pay half of the more than $836 million tab for the Subway Action Plan to repair the failing public transit system., Comments (1)

Nepali quake victims’ stay in US extended

U. S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) called the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end the temporary protected status designation for Nepali immigrants “heartless and senseless” in a joint statement. Comment

Addabbo bill would assist veterans’ organizations

Calling it one step closer to a “concrete way to give back to those who have given of themselves in service to our nation,” state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) announced committee approval of his legislation, S.3675, which would enable New Yorkers to check off a box on their personal income tax returns to assist veterans’ service organizations. Comment

Special exhibit highlights ethnic “gifts” brought by artists from their homelands

They crossed over the Queensboro Bridge from the World’s Borough bearing gifts. Comment

Defining today’s America

America is not just a place but an idea and an ideal and a way of life. Comment

Friday, May 4, 2018


Plans advance for Sunnyside Yard deck

The de Blasio administration is pushing forward with its plan to build a deck over much of the 180-acre Sunnyside Yard in order to construct as many as 24,000 apartments with parkland, schools, commercial, retail and cultural venues at a cost of $19 billion. Comment

Vigil scheduled for boy killed in Jackson Heights hit-and-run

Street safety activists from Make Queens Safer and Transportation Alternative Queens Committee have organized a vigil Saturday to honor Giovanni Ampuero, a 9-year-old Fresh Meadows boy who was struck and killed last Saturday by an elderly hit-and-run driver in Jackson Heights. Comment

New York Taxi Workers Alliance pushes plan to solve poverty crisis

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance rallied at City Hall last week, pushing for a policy that would solve the crisis of poverty that they said has led to the suicides of four drivers in four months. Comment
Cambria Heights

Campus Magnet receives $900,000 to fund new initiatives

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) announced the results of the participatory budget vote for projects in his district last week at the Campus Magnet Complex to more than 200 students in Cambria Heights. Comment

Port Authority considering changes to LaGuardia AirTrain route after community input

The Port Authority is considering a new route for the proposed LaGuardia AirTrain after listening to complaints about the project during three meetings in one week last month with Community Board 3 members and civic associations from neighborhoods surrounding the airport, state Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry (D-Corona) said. Comment

Cuomo allocates funds to fix decimated roads

Roads across the city will get some help from Gov. Andrew Cuomo with the injection of over $100 million in state funds after a particularly rough winter left them in equally rough shape. Comment

The importance of the State of the Union

Nowhere is it mentioned in the U.S. Constitution that the State of the Union has to be a verbal statement or that the president has to give a speech before members of Congress. Comment

Stop the hate

We, as a community, should be better than this. Comments (2)
High Heat

Evaluating the Mets’ first month of the season

The Mets shocked the baseball world with a strong April that left the team in first place heading into the second month of the season. Comment

Thursday, May 3, 2018


Swastika graffiti makes second appearance on dilapidated Holliswood Hospital

The derelict Holliswood Hospital has once again been a canvas for hate symbol graffiti after a swastika was discovered on the roof of the building now enclosed in a construction gate where a housing development is being built. Comment
Queens Village

Granddaughter died trying to save grandparents from fatal Queens Village fire: NYPD

A granddaughter died Saturday trying in vain to save her grandparents from a three-alarm fire that destroyed their two-story frame house in Queens Village, police said. Comment

MTA reinstates service on M train in Ridgewood

The MTA’s celebration of the reopening of the M train with reconstruction of the Myrtle Viaduct was not without its snags Monday as a switch malfunction stalled service for over an hour and a half just hours after the line was once again made available. Comments (1)
Bayside ►Video

Annual St. Mary’s walk raises $92,000 for pediatric charity

More than 500 people throughout New York came out to support the 13th annual “Big Hearts Walk for St. Mary’s Kids” Sunday morning at Crocheron Park in Bayside. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights woman ordered to counseling after hoarding 67 pets in filthy conditions: DA

A Jackson Heights woman will not serve time in prison for hoarding 67 pets in her filthy 82nd Street apartment, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Monday. Comment
The Jackie Robinson School (PS 15) in St. Albans will be the site of a major book giveaway Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for individuals of all ages. State Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens), state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), other Queens officials, the American Federation of Teachers, the NAACP and the United Federation of Teachers will give away 40,000 brand new books to students, families, and educators, according to Comrie. Comment

How you can stay comfortable this allergy season

Allergy sufferers and asthmatics have a lot to worry about this spring, despite the prolonged cool weather, but there are ways to find comfort this allergy season, according to Dr. Lisa Roth, an allergist and immunologist at Jamaica Hospital in Richmond Hill. Comment

Annual pediatric cancer fund-raiser returns to Forest Park

Registration is now open for the 26th Annual Forest Park 4-Mile Classic, organized by the Forest Park Runners Club. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

When was the first time you spanked your child?

Times change, and so have baby books. Comment

St. John’s baseball continues its strong play

The St. John’s baseball team extended its winning streak to four games, defeating Iona 9-1 Tuesday night at Jack Kaiser Stadium in Queens. Comment

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Long Island City

Queens’ ice man reveals the action behind the artistry

Icy shavings fly everywhere as the cameras flash. It’s not a hockey game, it’s the filming of an interesting new video series called “How to Make It” (now on YouTube), which comes to viewers from popular dining and food guide Eater. Comments (1)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Jackson Heights

Driver charged in fatal hit-and-run that killed 9-year-old boy in Jackson Heights

An elderly motorist claims he never saw the 9-year-old boy he allegedly struck and killed Saturday afternoon in Jackson Heights, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Queens Criminal Court. Comment

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Queens Village

Three-alarm fire kills three, injures eight others in Queens Village

All hands were on deck late Saturday night when a three-alarm fire broke out in Queens Village, killing three people and injuring eight others at a two-story private home on 211th Street, according to FDNY officials. Comment



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