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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ozone Park

Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law now in effect in New York City

The Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law is now in effect as of Monday, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Lorelei Salas. Comment

Queens Youth Music Festival shines a light on borough’s emerging talent

Prototype Music, a Jamaica-based youth music development and event production company, is having its third annual festival at St. John’s University next month in Fresh Meadows, where large crowds are expected. Comment

Stavisky voting bills would boost turnout

A new report from the Senate Democratic Conference explored potential reasons for low voter turnout in New York and new bills that could help address the problem. Comments (2)

Carranza announces expansion of bilingual programs

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced last week that over 200 bilingual programs opened or expanded in the last four years in the city’s public schools and there will be an additional 48 opening this fall, including the first of its kind Albanian dual language class. Comments (4)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Study: Queens County is one of the top five healthiest places in New York

Financial Technology Company SmartAsset released its second annual life insurance study on America’s healthiest places and Queens County made the list, ranking fifth in the state of New York. Comment
St. Albans

Waste equity debate rages on in St. Albans

Environmentalists and constituents of Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) held a waste equity rally outside the elected official’s office last week in order to convince him to co-sponsor the new version of Intro 495-C, which was reintroduced in January. Comments (1)

Report: Queens workers benefiting from tourism growth

The growth in tourism in New York City is benefitting Queens workers the most, according to a new report from the Center for an Urban Future. Comments (3)

Highland Care Center debuts upgraded facility

The Highland Care Center, a rehabilitation center in Jamaica, planned a grand reopening this Thursday to showcase its new state-of-the-art rehab gym and renovated facility. Comment

Monday, May 14, 2018


Whitestone intersection gets much-needed stop sign

After nine car accidents this year alone, a Whitestone intersection has finally received an all-way stop sign. Comments (6)
Fresh Meadows

Brinckerhoff Cemetery to be sold to nonprofit group

An abandoned Fresh Meadows cemetery has finally been sold after years of neglect. Comments (1)
Real Estate

Real estate speculators price out borough home buyers

The Center for New York City Neighborhoods released a report from its Policy Research Manager Leo Goldberg and Data Manager John Baker in late April detailing the dangerous effects of real estate speculation in Queens and the other boroughs. Comments (2)

Four Mexican nationals extradited to U.S. for sex trafficking in Corona: Feds

Federal authorities smashed an international sex trafficking ring that operated in Corona for more than 16 years, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. Comments (2)

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Community will clean up Corona park in time for World War I hero’s commemoration

Growing up in Corona, City Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) made frequent visits to William F. Moore Park, a small triangular public space on the corner of 108th Street and 51st Avenue. The park is named for a Marine who grew up on the corner of 103rd Street and Corona Avenue and was the first young man from the neighborhood to die while fighting in World War I one hundred years ago. Comments (5)
Real Estate

Airbnb, Stringer face off over alleged botched report

City Comptroller Scott Stringer and a representative from the room-sharing app Airbnb are exchanging words after a report by the government official claimed New York City renters paid an additional $616 million in 2016 because of Airbnb practices, making the affordability crisis even worse. Comments (2)

Astoria man sentenced to four years in prison for dealing Fentanyl-laced heroin: DA

An Astoria man will spend the next four years in prison for selling heroin laced with Fentanyl to at least two people who nearly died from drug overdoses, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comments (2)

Saturday, May 12, 2018


Van Bramer blasts MTA for 7 train delays and blown deadlines on signal upgrades

The morning after the MTA announced it would begin a $45 million project for structural steel repair work and painting along the elevated 7 train line from Jackson Heights and Corona, elected officials and angry straphangers rallied in Sunnyside to demand more from the agency. Comments (4)
Long Island City

A Queens Latin Music Artist Brings New Jazz Sounds to New York City

Samuel Torres was only 17 years old when he left his homeland of Bogota, Colombia, to pursue a music career. Comments (1)
East Elmhurst

Peralta, DenDekker push for improved safety on Northern Boulevard

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and state Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst) were scheduled to meet with the commissioner of the city Department of Transportation Friday to discuss traffic lighting changes along Northern Boulevard after a 9-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run incident in Jackson Heights. Comments (1)

Andrean Players’ production of ‘Annie!’ comes to Broadway-Flushing

A persevering performing arts group based out of Broadway-Flushing is getting a boost from a larger foundation to bring the musical “Annie” to the stage of St. Andrew Avellino Catholic Church throughout the month of May and looks toward the long-term survival and revival of small productions. Comments (2)
Two Queens artists have their work on display at the Rainforest Art Foundation’s “Nature in Art By Young Artists” exhibit. Comments (1)

Heading to the past for a look to the future

Welcome to May 1886. Comments (2)

Friday, May 11, 2018


Flushing lot controversy persists

One of the parties responsible for the Flushing lot said neighbors should be thankful to them for clearing out a lot that had been abandoned for more than 25 years. Comment

Electeds object to city’s plan to move forward with planning for Sunnyside Yards development

Elected officials in western Queens are united in staunch opposition to the de Blasio administration’s plan to build a deck over much of the 180-acre Sunnyside Yard and construct a small city with 24,000 apartments at a cost of $19 billion. Comments (1)

Peralta’s proposed Carlos’ Law would help protect construction workers

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and the New Immigrant Community Empowerment are urging the state Senate to pass his law aimed at protecting the lives of construction workers at dangerous job sites. Comments (1)
Several Queens lawmakers are relieved that Eric Schneiderman resigned as state attorney general just hours after his alleged violence towards four women were exposed in The New Yorker magazine Monday. Queens’ newest assemblywoman, Ari Espinal (D-Jackson Heights), who won her seat in the special election last month, supported the women who came forward against Schneiderman in the exposé. Comment

NewYork-Presbyterian brings mobile stroke treatment units to Queens

NewYork-Presbyterian is expanding its mobile stroke treatment units to Queens and Brooklyn. Comment
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens exhibit shows that local art has a home

Kew Gardens is a place where art has a home. Comment
On Point

Council ignoring real problems by going after ‘segregation’

Newsflash: New York City is a segregated city with “extreme levels of segregation,” and “remains more segregated than most metropolitan areas in the United States.” Comments (12)

Continue the fight

As the story of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s alleged violence toward women unfolds, we applaud those who have had the courage to speak out and tell their tales of horror. Comments (1)
High Heat

Mets put an end to the Matt Harvey era

In the blink of an eye, the Matt Harvey era is officially over. Comment

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Katz recommends City Planning approve zoning change for proposed Target, housing structure in Elmhust

Borough President Melinda Katz issued a recommendation Thursday to approve a zoning change that would allow developers to build 13 stories instead of 10 on an empty lot in Elmhurst with a set of conditions. Comments (1)

Three arrested for alleged prostitution in Bayside after undercover sting

Three people are facing prostitution charges following an April 21 arrest in Bayside in which the alleged ringleader offered two of his “employees” to two undercover cops from Queens Vice Enforcement Division for sex acts in exchange for money, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (14)
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights mourns for 9-year-old boy killed in hit-and-run

Residents in the Jackson Heights community along with safety advocates and elected officials gathered Saturday at IS 230 for a rally and vigil in remembrance of 9-year-old Giovanni Ampuero, who was hit and killed by a driver on 70th Street along Northern Boulevard April 28. Comment

Susan Sarandon returns home to Queens to plant trees

Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon came back to Queens to help plant trees in Jamaica Saturday. Comments (3)

Flushing doctor pleads guilty to negligent homicide after abortion gone-wrong: DA

A doctor who used to work at a Flushing medical facility for women has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide after a botched abortion led to the death of one of his patients, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Executive budget calls for big expansion of NYC Ferry program

Ferry service will be getting a major boost from the city’s executive budget, just in time for summer. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Workers rally for union contract at Two Men and a Truck in Long Island City

Professional movers at the New York City franchise of Two Men and a Truck rallied Tuesday with Teamsters and other allies outside the company’s Long Island City office. Comment

Middle Village teacher competes on ‘Jeopardy!’

It has been 34 years since America’s Favorite Quiz Show’s syndicated debut in 1984, and these days 23 million viewers are still tuning in each week to watch -- and trying to audition for a spot on -- “Jeopardy.” Comment
New Voices

Queens’ Nepali immigrants slam decision to end TPS

Accusing the federal government of “playing games with immigrant rights” and making a “political decision,” the Nepali community in Queens slammed the Trump administration’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status for Nepali nationals. Comments (7)

St. John’s baseball stays hot with sweep of Liberty

The St. John’s baseball team’s winning streak now sits at six after the Johnnies’ swept Liberty in a three-game series in Queens last weekend, winning two games in walk-off fashion. Comment

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Eric Schneiderman resigned as the New York attorney general Monday night just three hours after the release of a scandalous exposé in The New Yorker magazine revealed allegations of physical violence against women. Comments (1)

Monday, May 7, 2018

Kew Gardens Hills ►Video

Police identifies suspect in connection with Kew Gardens Hills sexual assault

The NYPD identified a suspect in connection with the brutal attack of a 52-year-old mother of two in Kew Gardens Hills last week. Comments (1)



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