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Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Flushing Town Hall receives grant for performing arts program

Flushing Town Hall received an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts that will provide funding for its educational performing arts programming. Comment

New museum dedicated to history of EMS opens at Fort Totten

It was a remarkable reunion for around 100 retired and current New York City Fire Department officials at the recent red-ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the rededication of the renovated EMS Museum at Fort Totten, which celebrates New York City’s paramedics and emergency medical service technicians. Comment

Lancman introduces new bill for ATMs in courthouses

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) wants the city to install ATMs in all criminal courthouses where arraignments take place. Comments (4)

Queens economy continues to boom: DiNapoli

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was at Queens Borough Hall last week and released a report that said the borough’s economy was experiencing an economic upswing. Comments (6)
Long Island City

Long Island City restaurant gives local art a home

Dan Dougherty and his bother, Shaun — the owners of Crescent Grill restaurant in Long Island City — are proud to house local art in their eatery as part of the LIC Arts Open. The Crescent Grill — located at 38-40 Crescent St. — features its own art venue, known as Dougherty Gallery. Comment

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Elmhurst school to implement new Bengali dual-language program

A new dual language Bengali program will be implemented in September at PS 7, the Louis F. Simeone School in Elmhurst, Queens, after U.S. Reps. Joseph Crowley and Grace Meng (D-Flushing) urged the city Department of Education to create programs in South Asian languages. Comments (2)

Drop in crime attributed to NCO program: NYPD

The New York Police Department was at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens last week, where it said its new neighborhood crime-fighting strategy built on collaboration with community residents has helped lower crime throughout the city. Comment
State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) was joined by members of the advocacy group Elmhurst United last week outside the former Pan American hotel, where she announced legislation she recently introduced that would mandate homeless family shelter units to have working kitchens. Comments (2)
St. Albans

Renaissance Middle School in St. Albans to host annual science fair

Community District Education Council 29 will present its 14th annual Science and Technology Fair at Renaissance Middle School (IS 192) in St. Albans June 2, with the deadline for pre-K to eighth grade students to apply May 25. Comment

New Get Fit program shows you where to find healthy food options

Modifying the bounty of ethnic comfort food options offered in the borough’s most diverse area may prove challenging for brave Elmhurst Hospital dieticians, but they’re trying nonetheless. Comment

Monday, May 28, 2018


Bayside Business Association gets $115,000 from Avella’s office

Judith Limpert let out a cry of joy upon being told the organization she led for nearly two decades, the Bayside Business Association, would get almost double the expected amount from the office of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (1)

Transit head unveils plan to expedite signal upgrades on subway lines

New York City Transit President Andy Byford unveiled what some agency board members regard as a bold plan to bring the most critical parts of the subway system into the 21st century in just five to 10 years as opposed to the previously projected 40 years. Comments (1)
New Yorkers struggling with infertility would be guaranteed coverage by their health insurance plans for in-vitro fertilization under a bill sponsored by state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), which passed the Assembly May 15. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

New children’s book will inspire little ladies to dream big

Forest Hills moms Sarita Manickam and Jennifer Bruno came up with their children’s book idea, “RAD Girl Revolution,” hoping that it would empower little girls to, as the acronym suggests, “Rise Above Doubt” and “Reach Any Dream.” Comments (1)

Walt Whitman spent part of the 1830s in Queens

Born Walter Whitman on May 31, 1819 in West Hills, N.Y., Walt Whitman was a quintessentially American poet, essayist and journalist. He is best remembered for his collection of poetry “Leaves of Grass,” an American epic that champions and identifies with the common man. Comment

Sunday, May 27, 2018


Weprin passes anti-hazing bill invoking the memory of Michael Deng

Five years after the hazing death of Oakland Gardens student Michael Deng in 2013, the state Assembly has passed an anti-hazing bill to forbid members of fraternities from touching pledges during initiation ceremonies. Comments (1)

Comrie advances voting bills, introduces MTA track study legislation

Throughout May, state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) has advanced and introduced new bills that would ease access to voting and protect voters’ rights, and conduct studies on track side hazards along MTA’s railroads. Comments (1)

Gianaris decides against running for attorney general, endorses Letitia James

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) announced he would not run for state attorney general this fall and he has thrown his support behind Public Advocate Letitia James, who announced her candidacy last week. Comments (1)

Queens, Brooklyn, New York library systems rally for more funds

The presidents of the Queens, Brooklyn and New York library systems held a joint rally last week at City Hall to draw attention to the unchanged funding for their organizations in the city’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019. Comment

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Vietnam Veterans of America Queens Chapter 32 will march in Monday’s Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade with their former leader, Michael O’Kane — still slowed by knee surgery — riding along in a camouflage Camaro. This year the organization will pay a special tribute to former service members from Queens who died alone and sometimes homeless. Comment
The 91st Annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, the largest in the nation, will recognize two historic events in American military annals as it kicks off at Jayson Avenue and Northern Boulevard this year. Comment
Murray Hill

Civic leader hopes to bring World War I veteran’s legacy to life

Flushing historian Joseph Brostek said he hopes to revitalize the legacy of a fallen World War I veteran who died in the conflict and whose body remains in Belgium. Comment

Community remembers Corona Marine who sacrificed his life in battle

In June, we will pay homage to a Corona hero with an event to honor United States Marine Private William Frederick Moore. Comment
Commemorative Flags — To commemorate Memorial Day, 2018, Arash Real Estate will once again adorn the lawns of local homeowners in Little Neck and Douglaston with American Flags. This will be the 19th year of distributing the flags during the parade. At parade time, please drop the office for a complimentary bag of popcorn. Comment

Eat these healthy foods at your Memorial Day barbecues

What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion? Comment

Friday, May 25, 2018

Just three weeks after the death of 9-year-old Giovanni Ampuero in a hit-and-run on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights that prompted the city to implement changes on the congested thoroughfare, a 47-year-old man was struck and killed Monday while crossing the corridor 30 blocks away, Comments (1)
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) was pleased but not surprised when he learned Monday that his re-election campaign had scored an endorsement from the Queens County Democratic Party. Comment
Owning a home can be quite expensive in New York City. Comments (5)
Jackson Heights

More than a dozen Queens elected officials endorse Crowley in primary challenge

More than 100 supporters joined U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) Sunday at his Jackson Heights campaign headquarters where after a brief rally they went to knock on doors across the borough to discuss the congressman’s record of fighting for equal pay, Medicare for all and immigrant rights. Comments (2)
Bicycling advocacy group Trips for Kids Metro New York will be hosting a trail ride through Cunningham Park Saturday to highlight the positive effects of mountain biking for children and adults. Comments (1)

Four men sentenced in 2016 Rego Park bank heist

Four men have been sentenced in federal court for their roles in two brazen bank heists, one in Rego Park and the other in Brooklyn, to more than 11 years in federal prison earlier this month. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Queens Civic Association leaders voice concern about bioswales

State Sen. Tony Avella just held a press conference in Fresh Meadows concerning bioswales, or rain gardens as the city calls them. He again stated his view that homeowners should have the right to opt-out of having the city build a bioswale at the curb in front of their houses. A score of civic association leaders with other supporters came to support his views. Comment

Honor our heroes

As everyone prepares for the holiday weekend, it’s important to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day. Comment
With star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list, the New York Mets were in desperate need for a right-handed power bat and decided to take a flier on veteran outfielder Jose Bautista. Comment

Thursday, May 24, 2018


Alleged Jamaica gang members indicted in February’s MS-13 related murder in Flushing

Four alleged members of a Jamaica-based gang have been indicted by the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn on charges of murdering an MS-13 gang member in Flushing back in February, the authorities said. Comments (4)
Rockaway Beach

Electeds warn businesses will suffer after city closes section of Rockaway Beach for the summer

Days before the start of the summer swim season, the city announced Monday that an 11-block stretch of Rockaway Beach would be closed for the summer due to beach erosion that has created unsafe conditions for beachgoers. The portion of the beach, from 91st Street to 102nd Street, includes restaurants and bars such as Connolly’s, Community House, Thai Rock, Uma’s and Bungalow Bar which could lose business due to the closure. Comments (1)
Lawmakers across the city and Police Commissioner James O’Neill revealed their intentions last week to overhaul the way they approach low-level marijuana offenses, especially as it pertains to people of color. Comments (2)

St. John’s ushers in next generation with commencement ceremony

About 1,800 St. John’s University undergraduates walked across the Great Lawn of the Jamaica campus to formally receive their degrees Sunday morning and heard remarks on systemic racism from Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle. Comments (3)

World Journalism Preparatory School ranked in top 100 for financial literacy education

The World Journalism Preparatory School, located at 34-65 192 St. in Flushing, has been ranked as one of the Top 100 Best Schools nationwide for Financial Literacy Education, according to Working In Support of Education, a national nonprofit organization. Comment
New Voices

City releases first-ever report on inclusion

The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs released its first ever annual report in March detailing efforts in 2017 to in the report’s words integrate immigrant New Yorkers into the city’s “civic, economic and cultural life.” Comments (3)
Coming into Monday afternoon’s game, the Archbishop Molloy baseball team needed a win over a good St. Raymond’s side to keep its season alive and put them in this year’s CHSAA playoffs. Comment

Monday, May 21, 2018

A 47-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing Northern Boulevard from north to south, between 100th Street and 101th Street, in Corona Monday at around 12:30 a.m., according to the NYPD. Comments (2)
When the Independent Democratic Conference was dissolved and its members reunited with the mainline Democrats in April after seven years of aligning with Republicans in a power sharing arrangement, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) declared it to be a historic moment that put the party in position to take over the majority in the Senate for just the second time in more than 50 years. Comments (2)



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