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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

De Blasio proposal to phase out SHSAT fails to resonate with Queens lawmakers

A plan from the mayor to phase out the use of the Specialized High School Admissions Test was announced to diversify the student population at the nine elite high schools across the city, where minorities make up only 9 percent of the student population. Comments (5)

Rozic, Stavisky tour John Bowne High School farm

State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing) gave a tour on May 29 of John Bowne High School’s farm to Richard Ball, commissioner of the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets. Comment
South Jamaica

South Jamaica musician releases third book

Robert Torres is a Latin hip-hop artist who writes and raps positive music that inspires, uplifts, and motivates young people. Comment

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


House passes Meng’s measures to reduce jet noise

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced on May 30 the House has passed measures to authorize the Jet Noise Reduction Program, an initiative within the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research, to combat excessive aircraft noise over Queens and other affected communities. Comments (3)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man convicted in 2017 shooting: DA

A Richmond Hill man has been convicted on multiple counts of first-degree murder in the shooting execution death of a fellow Richmond Hill man in 2017, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Andrew Shakespeare, 34, of Roselle, N.J., pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in a 2017 crash on the Grand Central Parkway that left two people dead, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Queens program honors recovering military veterans

Military veterans who are recovering from addiction were recognized and honored for their service and sacrifice at a ceremony held by the Samaritan Daytop Village, where they were joined by the New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and community members. Comment

Monday, June 11, 2018


Agreement reached to bring polling sites back to LeFrak City complex

Residents of LeFrak City appear to have their polling sites back at their sprawling residential complex in Corona after a year-long battle with the city’s Board of Elections. In the summer of 2017, LeFrak City tenants learned that their polling place -- containing five different election districts -- would be moved from within the complex’s Continental Room, where they had been voting for more than 50 years, to schools three-quarters of a mile away. Comment

New building with 100 percent affordable housing breaks ground in Far Rockaway

City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) joined L+M Development Partners, Triangle Equities and city officials to break ground on a 100 percent affordable housing development in Far Rockaway last Friday. Comments (2)

Sunnyside attorney pleads guilty to helping ‘Taxi King’ steal $5 million in state taxes: AG

Just days after the conviction of so-called “Taxi King” Evgeny Freidman for stealing nearly $5 million in MTA taxes, state Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced last Friday the guilty plea of Sunnyside attorney Andreea Dumitru for her role in assisting Freidman. Comments (2)
Rochdale Village

Investment adviser charged in elderly fraud scheme: AG

Dean Mustaphalli, an investment adviser, was charged last week with securities fraud, grand larceny, forgery and scheming to defraud 22 of his elderly and near retirement-aged clients of nearly $5 million of their savings, according to state Attorney General Barbara Underwood. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

A true story from behind the bench comes to Maple Grove Cemetery

Judge Gloria C. Coco, the first Italian-American woman to sit on the bench in Chicago, wanted to satisfy her mother’s dying wish, to find an uncle’s burial place. Comment

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Mr. Eric’s Toddler Time set for Bowne Park return

Parents who take their children to Bowne Park Field House for entertainment at a beloved toddler program known as Mr. Eric, led by Eric Friedman, will resume in September after the city Department. of Parks and Recreation nearly terminated the program. Comments (2)
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College graduates cross the stage at Barclays Center

Nearly 10,000 family members filled the stands at Barclays Center in Brooklyn to send off about 1,600 LaGuardia Community College graduates during Tuesday’s commencement. Comments (1)
Jamaica Estates

Businessman charged with poisoning Jamaica Estates family: DA

A Queens County HVAC business owner has been charged with attempted assault and endangering public health after allegedly placing mercury in the air-conditioning units of a Jamaica Estates home, causing the family to become sick, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2)

Transforming junk to art at Socrates Sculpture Park

Once an abandoned landfill and illegal dumpsite, Socrates Sculpture Park is now a venue for art, music and the joy of the view of the New York skyline. Sculptor Virginia Overton made use of what one would see as “junk” to create her solo exhibition, “Built.” Comment

Letter to the Editor: MTA needs funding, and it needs it now

While Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo continue to fight over who is responsible for the management and funding of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Washington continues to be a reliable financial partner. Comments (3)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Bayside Hills

PS 376 in Bayside Hills will add one new grade each year

The city’s Department of Education held an inauguration ceremony Saturday at the now-completed PS 376 in Bayside Hills near 48th Avenue and 210th Street. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

City honors Forest Hills Child Protective Services specialist

Some of our most-often overlooked first responders are getting their due after Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday declared June 3-10 appreciation week with child protective specialists being honored for the first time citywide. Comment

Queens College celebrates its 94th commencement

Dark clouds and rain couldn’t dampen the high-spirited celebration of Queens College graduates who earned their degrees at the 94th commencement ceremony held at the campus Quadrangle in Flushing last week. Comment

Police charge suspect in fatal Ozone Park shooting: DA

Police have identified Denzel Floyd as a suspect in the fatal shooting of Jonathan Polanco and the wounding of two others on Memorial Day in Ozone Park last week within the 106th Precinct, the Queens DA said. Comment
Long Island City

Microsessions returns to Queens

Jackson Heights has its own vibe. You can sense it just walking down the street. Comment

Letter to the Editor: Raise the smoking age

It’s June once again, and a proposed New York State Tobacco 21-minimum legal sales age law is once again in jeopardy of running out of time. With bipartisan support in the Senate and Assembly, both full chambers in Albany should be given an opportunity to pass this common sense, bipartisan-supported law. Comments (2)

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks are returning to the East River for the fourth year in a row as once again Long Island City will be showcased in the national broadcast. This year’s pyrotechnic spectacle will mark the largest display of Macy’s fireworks since the Millennial Celebration, with more than 75,000 shells and effects launched from seven barges positioned on the East River. Comment

York College celebrates 48th commencement ceremony

York College held a celebratory 48th commencement ceremony in Jamaica with a record-breaking 1,206 graduates receiving their degrees Friday. Comment

Queensborough Community College bids farewell to longtime president

Queensborough Community College President Diane Call is closing the book on a 47-year career with the Bayside-based CUNY branch. Comment

Queens Village woman dies in car collision: DA

Gabriella Nuel, 19, of Queens Village died in a hit-and-run last month in Jamaica after a car crashed into the livery cab in which she was riding, according to authorities. Comment

Art in the Parks program kicks off throughout the borough

With warm weather approaching, it is the perfect time to visit local parks. Further adding to the fun is the city Parks Department’s public art program, Art in the Parks, which announced new outdoor exhibitions at Forest Park, Lewis H. Latimer House and MacDonald Park. Comments (19)
High Heat

Two high school picks headline Mets’ 2018 draft class

As the Mets’ season continues to spiral into chaos, there was reason for optimism this week. Comment

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Jackson Heights

Queens kicks off Pride Month with annual parade

Jackson Heights

Queens kicks off Pride Month with annual parade

Thousands of spectators flooded the vibrant streets of Jackson Heights Sunday as dancers, musicians, advocates, and elected officials marched down 37th Avenue from 89th Street to 75th Street in the 26th Annual Queens Pride Parade and Festival in celebration of Pride Month. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Gianaris urges passage of bill to penalize drivers with suspended licenses after fatal collision in LIC

In the wake of another fatal traffic crash in Long Island City, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is urging action, calling on the Assembly to pass his legislation to penalize reckless motorists. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Crowley introduces bill to hold ICE, Border Patrol agents accountable

Sending a message that it is time to push back against the broad autonomy given to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in their ongoing crackdown on immigrants, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) announced new legislation last Friday that would mandate stricter scrutiny and oversight of ICE agents and CBP officers by establishing a formal record-keeping process of all stops and searches by the two agencies. Comments (6)

Astoria man convicted in 2015 murder: DA

An Astoria man has been convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of a friend in 2015 and his jury needed just two hours to deliberate the case, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Former Cardozo hoops star joins Knicks coaching staff

A former Cardozo High School basketball player will be returning to New York, not as a player, but as a coach. Comment

June 1964: Queens College disappearance, civil rights drama and Mets’ marathon double-header

Welcome to June 1964! Comment
Photo Galleries

Flushing baseball drops semifinal game to Bathgate

The Flushing Red Devils traveled to the Bronx Saturday Looking for their fifth-straight playoff win and a birth in the PSAL Class AA City Championship game at Yankee Stadium. In their way was an undefeated Bathgate Educational Complex team, at Monroe High School Field. Comment

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A Brooklyn man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday without the possibility of parole for the daylight execution of Imam Maulana Akonjee, 55, and his associate and friend Thara Uddin, 64, in Queens nearly two years ago, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (2)
A 46-year-old man who works in Bayside was shot in the face while leaving his vehicle in front of his Queens Village home Tuesday night, according to police. Comments (1)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


Five injured in Whitestone crash: NYPD


Five injured in Whitestone crash: NYPD

Five people were injured in a car collision in Whitestone the morning of May 31, according to the NYPD. Comment

Marijuana reform is necessary in Queens

Last month, a front page New York Times story about the city’s marijuana possession enforcement set off alarm bells. Comments (3)



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