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Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

A report by the NYC Department of Investigation reveals that homeless families in the city have been housed in hotels where criminal activity, including prostitution, has been taking place. Comments (1)
The Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization that creates plans to help improve the prosperity of the tri-state area, included the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation as a major source for its idealized view of Downtown Jamaica’s economy 22 years into the future. Comments (7)
In an effort to help small businesses adapt to new rules and regulations, the NYC Department of Small Business Services has reached out to small-business owners throughout the city. Comment
Government

New law opens diaper-changing stations to dads

New York City dads will now have the opportunity to change their babies’ diapers in public buildings. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

It was announced on Monday that the Temporary Protected Status of 200,000 El Salvadorans in the United States has come to an end, and they will have to leave the country by Sept. 9, 2019, according to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. Comments (5)
Politics

Addabbo becomes ranking member of Senate Education Committee

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) will now be the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Education Committee. Comment
Three Jamaica siblings, inspired by Spike Lee’s display of Brooklyn on his Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It,” curated their own pop-up art show Saturday, “Queens Gotta Have It,” which featured 10 artists who live or went to school in Queens. The show took place at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Comment
Bayside

Bank of America building in Bayside sells for $13.5 million

The building occupied by Bank of America in Bayside’s business district was purchased for $13.5 million and will now belong to Forest Hills resident Hersel Sonbolian, the brokerage firm announced. Comment

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

Bayside

Douglaston civic group aims to sue DOT over Northern Boulevard bike lanes

The Douglaston Civic Association is aiming to sue the city over its launch of bike lanes on Northern Boulevard between Bayside and Little Neck, contending that the layout of the plan will cause more accidents than it prevents. Comments (1)
Bayside

Solicitation opt-out program takes effect

A cease-and-desist list targeting unwanted real estate solicitations went into effect with the new year, allowing residents of northeast Queens to opt out of receiving fliers and door-to-door visits. Comments (2)
When work was completed on a 350-seat, $92 million annex at PS 11 in Woodside in time for the new school year, it didn’t take long to notice the new main entrance of the school put students and faculty at risk. Traffic safety is now a main concern for parents at the school as the 1,000 children at the school empty out at 54th Street and Skillman Avenue where motorists come off Roosevelt Avenue driving fast. Comment
A Whitestone restaurant is hosting a fundraiser Tuesday to help a local baby with a rare genetic condition. Comment
QueensLine

Battaglia rose from Howard Beach to football stardom

Retired National Football League tight end Marco Antonio Battaglia was born on Jan. 25, 1973, and raised in Howard Beach, Queens. After capping a stellar football career at Rutgers University as a consensus first-team All-American in 1995, Battaglia played for five pro teams in eight seasons. He retired from the NFL after playing for the Carolina Panthers team that reached Super Bowl XXXVIII. The former football star still resides in Queens with his wife and two children and works in the athletics department at his alma mater in New Jersey. Battaglia is a friend and personal trainer of fellow Queens native and radio “shock j Comment

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018

Springfield Gardens

Elected officials honor heroic EMTs

Two emergency medical technicians for the New York Fire Department were celebrated Saturday for saving four lives from carbon monoxide poisoning. Comments (1)
A GoFundMe page in support of the family of a slain Richmond Hill mother has taken in more than $6,000 within a few days. Comment
Crime

Queens DA indicts seven for alleged involvement in motorcycle theft ring

A series of indictments from the Queens district attorney’s office accused seven male individuals of grand larceny and conspiracy, among other charges, for what it said was their involvement in a motorcycle theft ring. Comment
Letters

Well-intentioned tree should be moved

During the December tree lightings and related festivities, it was so seemingly easy for the NYC Parks Department to ignore the advocacy of Sen. Tony Avella and Dr. Charles Lombardi, urging department not to plant a tree right outside Lombardi’s medical facility on Francis Lewis Boulevard. Comment
Baseball

St. John’s coaching legend gets Hall of Fame nod

A St. John’s coaching legend has been enshrined in baseball history. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

Crime

Queens sees dramatic decline in murder, but ‘staggering’ increase in opioid deaths: DA Brown

The murder rate in the borough plunged to the lowest level in years, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Tuesday, but the deadly drug crisis has worsened. Comment
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway native plans to open charter school

As two schools in the Far Rockaway area are set to be closed, a native of the neighborhood intends to open a charter high school late next year. Comments (1)
“With comedy, it’s a combination of knowing the comedic beat was good — it made you laugh, it made people on the crew laugh.” Comment
Letters

Public deserves to see details of the LIRR’s ballooning third-track budget

There is more to “LIRR expansion project contracts awarded, work to begin Jan. 2018” (Mark Hallum, Dec. 26), concerning the recent approval of $1.8 billion in contracts awarded to the joint-venture 3rd Track Constructors for design, engineering, community outreach and construction of the Long Island Rail Road Main Line third track. Comments (17)
Well, it’s that time of the year again. Comment

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

As Winter Storm Grayson bore down on the city last week, residents of the Woodside Houses were freezing in their own homes as they were left without heat or hot water in the New York City Housing Authority complex at 50-51 Broadway. Tenants in more than 30 NYCHA developments reported heat problems that same day, but Mayor Bill de Blasio went to the Astoria Houses, where 1,357 apartments were affected, with City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth), and service was restored within four hours, according to NYCHA. Comment
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is urging President Donald Trump to help New York City eliminate drug trafficking by signing a bill that would bring high-tech machines able to detect the powerful drug fentanyl to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

Councilman Dromm’s mother, a PFLAG founding member, dies at 85

The Queens LGBT community is mourning the loss of a beloved figure. Mary Audrey Gallagher, the mother of City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and a founding member of PFLAG/Queens, died last Thursday after suffering a heart attack. She was 85. Comment
Two men have pleaded guilty to slashing a teenage Chinese exchange student’s face in what they claim to have been a case of mistaken identity on the streets of Whitestone in December 2015. Comments (1)
A Middle Village man apparently froze to death in the backseat of his car during the recent frigid weekend. Comments (6)
Event

Photos of the week

The end of 13 straight days of sub-freeezing temperatures was certainly welcome. But Winter Storm Grayson left a slushy reminder that there is still a long way to go to spring. Here are some of the best shots of the storm and more top photos of the week. Comment
The city Parks Department extended MulchFest by another week to give New Yorkers “mulch more time” to dispose of Christmas trees. Comment
Event

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment
Letters

It’s time to give the original Willets Point plan to another developer

Good and responsible government does not exist in the absence of transparency and in particular when it involves land-use matters that have been notorious in favoring real estate interests and those with political connections. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Crime

Fraternity sentenced for 2013 hazing death of Michael Deng

A judge in Pennsylvania issued a fine and a statewide ban to Pi Delta Psi, a national Asian-American fraternity, for the 2013 hazing death of Oakland Gardens resident Michael Deng, 18. Comments (1)
Major overhauls to the general layout of Penn Station to curb terrorist threats are on the horizon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during his State of the State address last Wednesday, saying he may use eminent domain to make it happen. Comments (1)
Traffic deaths hit an all-time low in Queens during 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday inside the NYPD’s Central Garage in Woodside, not far from PS 152, where he signed initial Vision Zero legislation four years ago. Comments (4)
Government

Cuomo to challenge federal tax overhaul as unconstitutional attack on states’ rights

Gov. Andrew Cuomo went on the offensive last week, using his State of the State address to attack Republicans’ tax overhaul and pledging to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration, proclaiming an unconstitutional assault on states’ rights. Comment
John F. Kennedy International Airport began returning to normal after a confluence of events that crippled one of the nation’s busiest airports Sunday. Comment
The legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a beacon of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, will be celebrated throughout Queens from Jan. 13 to Jan. 15. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

Helicopter parenting makes kids more anxious

And here’s the solution: Let your children do things! Comments (1)
Letters

Bail relief overdue

In November 2016, Mayor de Blasio announced that the city was planning to create an online bail payment system to make it easier for individuals and family members to post bail. These are individuals who a Court already deemed could be set free while awaiting trial, if they can come up with a few hundred or a few thousand dollars. The administration claimed that the system would be up and running by spring 2017. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Astoria

Police seek suspect in connection with N train assault

ASTORIA — The NYPD wanted to question a man they called a person of interest in connection to an assault on board an N train in Astoria last week. Comment
JAMAICA ESTATES — Police were searching for two suspects in connection with a robbery of a teenage boy in Jamaica Estates, according to police. Comments (5)

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

The Port Authority launched an investigation into the water pipe break that occurred at JFK International Airport Sunday afternoon that caused flooding and the evacuation of Terminal 4 and the temporary suspension of international flights. Comments (1)
Bayside Hills

Bayside Hills woman killed in weekend house fire

A blaze in a Bayside Hills home ended with the death of a woman who family said was in recovery from cancer before the attached dwelling went up in flames. Comment
Woodside

Man steals jewelry, computer from Woodside apartment: NYPD

Police were looking for a man who allegedly broke into a Woodside apartment last week and stole jewelry and a tablet. Comments (5)
Flushing

Police eyes suspect in Flushing Christmas Eve robbery

FLUSHING — Police were searching for a man suspected of robbery in Flushing. Comments (1)

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

Queens residents began to deal with the frozen tundra left behind by Winter Storm Grayson, which dumped as much as 13 inches of snow in Rego Park and nearly a foot in the rest of the borough Thursday, more than double what forecasters had predicted. Comments (1)

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