Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018


MTA hosts tour of massive East Side Access project

East Side Access has been a topic of discussion for transit planners since the 1950s, but not only do over eight miles of tunneling now exist for LIRR commuters lines to reach Grand Central Station, the Long Island Rail Road terminal is inching toward completion as well. Comments (1)

Constantinides bill designed to clean up city’s water towers

City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), chairman of the Committee on Environmental Protection, introduced legislation to protect residents from unsanitary water supplies coming from buildings with storage tanks kept in poor shape by landlords and building managers. Comment

Local artist’s work featured on digital art wall in Jamaica

A digital art wall was installed in Jamaica in front of the 165th Street Mall and the first person to have her work displayed was Jamaica artist Jocelyn Goode of CultureCocoa Arthouse, a non-profit that provides art and graphic design classes to kids who otherwise would not be able to afford them. Comments (2)

Velázquez knocks DHS over TPS termination

U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-Brooklyn) is questioning the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from Nepal and Honduras. Comments (3)

Trump undermines our freedom of expression

Republicans are right when they say it’s important to support newspapers, especially local papers. But I wonder if they’re aware that in March, President Trump imposed a tariff of up to 30 percent on Canadian uncoated paper. Comments (4)

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018


Mayor signs Lancman’s bail bonds bill into law

City Councilman Rory Lancman’s (D-Hillcrest) legislation requiring bail bond businesses to provide customers with a bill of rights and to disclose information about financial charges was signed into law last week by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (3)

Vallone law requires senior center report

City Councilman Paul Vallone’s (D-Bayside) bill requiring the city Department for the Aging to report data on senior centers was signed into law last week by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (2)
Long Island City

More than 20 charged in Queensbridge drug bust: DA

A group of 22 men and women from Long Island City, Jackson Heights and South Ozone Park have been charged with weapons and drug offenses following a year-long investigation of their operations in and around Long Island City’s Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing facility in North America, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1)

Long Island man charged with selling drugs, stolen motorcycles: DA

KEW GARDENS — A Nassau County resident was charged last week with selling drugs and a dozen stolen motorcycles, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (2)

LIRR falling short

Recent news that the Long Island Rail Road will fail to meet the Federal Rail Road Administration December 2018 deadline for completing 100 percent systemwide installation of Positive Train Control comes as no surprise to those of us who worked in the transit industry. Comments (2)

Monday, Aug. 20, 2018


Meng warns chemicals in food may harm kids

Following a July report from the American Academy of Pediatrics citing chemicals in processed food, Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to address the threat food additives pose to infants and children. Comments (2)

DOT terminates Clear Curbs initiative along Roosevelt Avenue

City Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Corona) has announced the city Department of Transportation will terminate its Clear Curbs initiative along Roosevelt Avenue early after business owners told elected officials that the program to ban street parking for personal and commercial vehicles was killing their profits. Comments (3)

Woodside man allegedly killed girlfriend’s dog: DA

A Woodside man has been charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal after allegedly killing a Shih Tzu last month belonging to his girlfriend and her family, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Jamaica man arraigned on charges of prostituting 16-year-old girl: DA

Tyquan Henderson, 21, is expected back in court Aug. 22 after being arraigned last week on a 13-count indictment of prostituting a 16-year-old girl he met in May, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

Important information about some city rules, regulations and programs

Since Jan. 1, 2015, electronic equipment can no longer be disposed of in the trash we put out each week. Comments (2)

Corruption, wasted taxpayer money has become the norm in Albany

As Sheldon Silver, the former New York State Assembly Speaker was sentenced to seven years for kickbacks, I was appalled by the state that the Albany legislative body is in today. All the corruption and wasted taxpayer dollars seems not to anger the incumbent elected officials. I know there are some that are upset, but not enough politicians are speaking out on the rampant corruption that Albany is faced with. Comments (7)

Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

Richmond Hill

Alphapointe’s move to Richmond Hill on track

Alphapointe, one of the largest employers of the legally blind, is less than one month away from completing a move of its headquarters to Richmond Hill from Brooklyn. Comments (2)

Espinal touts established record in bid for re-election

State Assemblywoman Ari Espinal (D-Jackson Heights) is touting her presence in the communities within her district as an activist and her track record providing constituent services in a bid for re-election. Comments (2)

Rozic, Stavisky share resource guide with Queens seniors

State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic’s (D-Fresh Meadows) Senior Resource Guide is the complete package to better serve seniors, their families, and caregivers in Queens. Comments (1)

August 1935: From Gustav Lindenthal to Will Rogers

Welcome to August 1935. Comments (1)

Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018

Large wage gap in city harms black women: Report

City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report last week on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day and revealed that the wage gap for this group compared to better paid white men in 2016 was the highest in the country. Comments (5)

Sklarz pushing Barnwell in Democratic primary

As transgender activist Melissa Sklarz campaigns to challenge freshman state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth), she looks at the diversity of her district in search of universal concerns and values. Comments (2)

Bay Terrace blood drive helps curb seasonal shortage

More than 150 donors signed up for the Bayside Community Summer Blood Drive, sponsored by state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside), to help offset a seasonal blood shortage affecting the New York area. Comment
Middle Village

Photos: St. John’s Cemetery to demolish ’50s-era chapel

The only weekly pre-Vatican II mass in Queens is coming to an end at the home it has had since 2004. Comments (1)

Friday, Aug. 17, 2018


‘Crazy Rich Asians’ premieres at College Point Multiplex Cinemas

In celebration of its newly renovated auditoriums, College Point Multiplex Cinemas in Whitestone held a special screening Monday night of the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” hosted by breakout actor Henry Golding. Comments (14)

Family’s plea to keep Ecuadorian man in the U.S. falls on deaf ears

The family of Edisson Barros was waiting anxiously for New Jersey federal immigration Judge Mirlande Tadal to reach a conclusion about the Queens taxi driver’s impending deportation to Ecuador on Aug. 14 when they were heartbroken by bad news. Comments (6)

Liu ready for primary rematch against Avella

John Liu, the first Asian-American elected to a citywide office as comptroller in 2009, is challenging state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the Sept. 13 primary on the grounds that he gave control of the state Senate to the Republicans after leaving the mainstream Democratic Party for the renegade IDC. Comments (2)

Peralta renews call for speed camera legislation

State elected officials are continuing to call on Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown) to bring legislation to the floor that would renew and expand a speed camera program aimed at protecting students around schools and residential neighborhoods. Comments (2)

Photos: Day Off concert wows the crowd at Knockdown Center

After eight years of traipsing around the country — including Los Angeles, Miami and Austin — Fool’s Gold, the indie hip-hop label headquartered in downtown Brooklyn, brought its famed Day Off festival to Queens. Comment
Woodhaven has a distinct history that includes the site of two racetracks, a professional Negro Baseball team, the first house address in Queens, and Manor Delicatessen, which opened in 1915. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018


Swastika removed from Flushing BID booth

A swastika found written on the Flushing Business Improvement District booth, located on Main Street and Kissena Boulevard, was immediately painted over within an hour after a constituent notified City Councilman Peter Koo’s (D-Flushing) office. Comments (3)

Cuomo signs Weprin’s anti-hazing bill after death of Oakland Gardens student

Nearly five years after the death of a Baruch College student from Oakland Gardens in 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an anti-hazing bill into law Monday to reduce the dangerous hazing death incidents that occur in New York state each year. Comments (2)

Slain officers honored at Dragon Boat Festival

Leading one of the NYPD teams that raced during the festival was Brittany Hawkrigg, a police officer from Manhattan. Comments (1)
College Point

Man found dead in water near College Point Yacht Club

COLLEGE POINT — A man presumed to be in his 40s was found dead floating in the water near the College Point Yacht Club last week, according to the NYPD. Comments (2)

Four suspected MS-13 gang members detained pending trial

A federal judge has granted a request by Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue for the permanent detention of four alleged MS-13 gang members charged with crippling a Jamaica man in 2016. Comments (8)

CreArt Music Festival offers unique take on classical music

He was once dubbed “a six-and-a-half-foot tall scowl,” appearing somewhat cold and aloof. Comments (1)
High Heat

David Wright attempting yet another comeback

It looks like David Wright is attempting another come back. Comments (1)



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