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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Long Island City

CityLights fighting to keep LIC tower affordable

Residents of the CityLights co-op in Long Island City are pressuring city and state officials to preserve the affordability of the tower with the tax abatement on the property scheduled to expire this year. Comments (2)

Weprin launches annual Summer Reading Challenge

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) has partnered with Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott to launch the lawmaker’s fourth annual Summer Reading Challenge at the Lefferts Library Branch located at 103-34 Lefferts Blvd. in Jamaica. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Alleged private investigator pleads guilty to bribery: DA

Charles Gallman is the third defendant accused of witness tampering and bribing to plead guilty to interfering in an illegal gun possession case in Jamaica, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Good deeds and preparation tools across the borough

In November the Kissena Park Civic Association members coordinated with City Councilman Peter Koo’s Office, the Partnership for Parks, Parks District Manager Mark Edwards and students from Hunter High School to spread wood chips on trails in Kissena Park. Woodchips and tools were provided by the city Parks Department. Comments (2)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Skillman bike lanes to be installed despite community opposition

Mayor Bill de Blasio has set aside community opposition in Sunnyside and Woodside and will be moving forward with road safety improvements on Skillman and 43rd Avenues for bicyclists. Comments (5)
Democratic state Senate candidate Jessica Ramos picked up an endorsement from state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) this week. Comments (4)
Forest Hills

Hevesi urges creation of safe housing for human trafficking survivors

Brave survivors of human trafficking shared their personal stories on the steps of City Hall last week after state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) and state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Bay Ridge) alongside advocacy groups urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill into law to establish safe housing for victims of human trafficking. Comments (3)
Jamaica Hills

Thomas Edison students receive SkillsUSA reward

Students from Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical High School in Jamaica Hills were rewarded in a skills competition at the SkillsUSA Championships in Kentucky. Comments (1)

Monday, July 23, 2018

Politics

Families who lost loved ones urge speed camera renewal

Raul Ampuero held back tears through squinted eyes as he recalled the day his 9-year-old son was killed in a hit-and-run on Northern Boulevard in Corona in April. Comments (1)
Politics

Democrats divided over Crowley’s place on WFP line

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) is taking heat from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Working Families Party after declining to take measures to remove himself from their line on the ballot in the November general election. Comments (8)
Bayside

Clutter Free celebrates grand opening of its Bayside headquarters

With just one phone call and one visit your home can be clutter-free. Comments (2)
Transit

Dockless bike-sharing program launches in the Rockaways

The dockless bike sharing initiative for the outer boroughs kicked off in the Rockaways last week with cycles being provided by Pace and Lime, two mobile bike rental companies. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

Lexington School for The Deaf uses technology to help students communicate

At the Lexington School for the Deaf in East Elmhurst, technology plays a vital role in classrooms, creating a rich learning environment for teachers of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Comments (1)

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Elmhurst

Developer withdraws from 82nd Street rezoning

Activists were celebrating a victory over developers following the announcement Sun Equity would withdraw its rezoning application for a 13-story partial affordable housing structure in Elmhurst with Target on the ground level. Comments (1)
Jamaica

More health food offerings boost bodega sales in city

When customers walk into a corner store, commonly known as a bodega in New York City, they may not know where to look to find healthy food and snacks that are scattered among unhealthy options for purchase. Comments (1)
Flushing

Flushing-born Native American keeps her family heritage alive

Donna Gentle Spirit Barron, a Matinecock/Montaukett Indian who is the published author of five books about the life of her Matinecock ancestors of Little Neck and the family historian of her people. She continues to fight for the truth to be told and to keep her family’s heritage alive. Comments (3)
Flushing

Flushing Greenmarket launches third season at Maple Playground

To increase health and wellness in the Flushing community and provide opportunities to learn about better nutrition and environmental practices, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with GrowNYC and Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), launched the third season of the Flushing Greenmarket last week. Comments (1)
Woodhaven

U-Me Sushi delivers with authentic Japanese cuisine

My favorite brand of sake is Gekkeikan, a company who has settled in Folsom, Calif., due to the water coming from the snow of the Sierra Mountains. I traveled there to do a tasting and found that I enjoyed their domestic products more than ones that were imported from Japan. Four stood out above the rest: Haiku, Traditional, Silver, and Black and Gold, which is the best. Comments (1)

Saturday, July 21, 2018

As the most senior graduate of The College of New Rochelle, Ozone Park resident Bettye Lee has completed an educational journey spanning her 76 years of life. Comments (2)
Little Neck

Little Neck’s North Shore Hardware to close its doors

For many of the mom-and-pop shops of today, times are hard on the boulevard and the latest casualty is North Shore Hardware. Comments (1)
Crime

Murder, rape rates climb up in Queens: NYPD

Throughout the first half of 2018, crime across the city dropped compared to the first six months of 2017, but there has been an increase in murder and rape citywide and in the northern and southern sections of Queens, according to the NYPD’s crime statistics. Comments (6)
Breezy Point

Contractor pleads guilty to bilking Sandy victims of more than $170K: DA

Andrew Troiano, a former L.I. resident, was sentenced up to three years in prison for the grand larceny of over $170,000 from three Superstorm Sandy (2012) couples he promised new homes in the Rockaways, according to the Queens district attorney’s office. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema takes over Forest Hills

A 10-day event will transform vibrant Forest Hills into a movie mecca, as Kew Gardens passes the torch to its neighboring community when the 2nd Annual Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema launches an exciting lineup of 110 films created by talented filmmakers from the borough and beyond. Comment

Friday, July 20, 2018

Politics

Queens incumbents, political hopefuls file petitions

Politicians across Queens are eyeing seats and challenging incumbents to lead their home districts in what seems to be a new political landscape in the city following the defeat of Queens County Democratic boss, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), in June. Comments (3)
Bayside

Liu garners necessary signatures to challenge Avella

Former City Comptroller John Liu has moved closer to getting on the ballot for the September Democratic primary to challenge state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for the second time by gathering 3,000 necessary signatures in just under a week. He will be on the ballot if his signatures survive challenges. Comments (3)
Bay Terrace

Vallone, Katz announce $2 million in funding for Samuel Field Y complex

The often discussed possibility of a Samuel Field Y indoor sports facility has finally come to fruition. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man sentenced in 2016 rape of 14-year-old girl

A Richmond Hill man was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday after raping a 14-year-old teenage girl in February 2016, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway gets nearly 700 affordable housing units

The city has furthered its commitment to Downtown Far Rockaway’s development by announcing its plan to deliver on more than 670 units of affordable housing last week, according to City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway). Comments (3)

Whitepoint Youth Football encourages safety among its players

Sportsmanship. Safety. Education. Family. Comments (1)
Editorial

A necessary solution

Human trafficking is an epidemic that spans the United States and afflicts Queens. Comments (1)
QueensLine

Cosmetics queen Estée Lauder was born in Corona

Born Josephine Esther Mentzer on July 1, 1908 in Corona, Estée Lauder was a businesswoman known for her eponymous brand of cosmetics. From a modest beginning in which an uncle made cosmetic products in an abandoned stable behind their house, Lauder diligently built her brand into a global beauty empire. When her company went public in 1995, it was worth some $2 billion. Comment

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Troop 6000 expands to all five boroughs with $1 million grant from city

More than a year ago, Girl Scout Troop 6000 started with one facility and 22 girls in Long Island City. Last week, the group catering to girls and young women in the shelter system received $1 million from the city and has already expanded to 15 shelters in all five boroughs to serve more than 500 youths. Comment
Kew Gardens

MTA will repair, not demolish Lefferts Boulevard bridge

A years-long struggle between Kew Gardens’ residents, business owners, the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Long Island Rail Road over the Lefferts Boulevard bridge came to an end last week. Comments (4)
Bayside

Bayside community honors Frank Skala with street co-naming

Those who knew Frank Skala knew that when it came to making important decisions, it was his way or the highway. Now it will always be his way. Comment
College Point

Infant found dead inside College Point home: NYPD

COLLEGE POINT — A 3-month-old infant male was found unconscious inside a Dalian Court home at 114-37 in College Point July 11, according to the NYPD. Comment
Flushing

Cross Cultural Internship Program marks 10 years of guiding exchanged students

The Cross Cultural Internship Program celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this month as 70 exchange students from Asia and the Pacific nations recounted their experiences interning in the offices of Queens lawmakers at the 2018 Recognition Ceremony at Citi Field, home of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets. Comment
Did Astoria-based comedian Carmen Lynch move a step closer to snagging her own Las Vegas show and a cool million on “America’s Got Talent”? Comments (1)
High Heat

Mets’ first half struggles too much to overcome

The All-Star break couldn’t come soon enough for the Mets, who experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows through the first half of the 2018 campaign. Comment
New Voices

On Queens’ shores, a lesson on asylum seekers

Lost in the discussions on whether it is acceptable to lock up children separately or to simply lock up entire families for violating immigration law is the case of the Golden Venture, which landed on Queens shores 25 years ago carrying more than 200 illegal immigrants. Comments (5)

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