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Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018

Laurelton

Three Laurelton lots put on market for $9.25M

Three lots along in Laurelton, known as the Merrick Boulevard Assemblage, are up for sale for $9.25 million, according to Ariel Property Advisors, the commercial real estate service that has been exclusively retained to sell the property. Comments (3)
Sunnyside

QCA searching to add diverse artists

Queens Council on the Arts is launching year two of its Artistic Commissioning Program and is seeking new artists and art producers. Comment
State Sen. James Sanders is well on his way to creating a new tradition in the Rockaways with a Caribbean Day Carnival — which includes a parade and a festival — a week or two before the big celebration in Brooklyn on Labor Day. Comment
Flushing

Queens College collaboration with Google offers students tech career building skills

The science of today is the technology of tomorrow, and Queens College students are building their skills and gaining valuable insight to help them succeed in college and in the tech world in a first-time collaboration with Google. Comment
Letters

Why I’m voting for Tony Avella

I will be voting for state Sen. Tony Avella in both the primary and the general election. When Sen. Avella defeated the great former Sen. Frank Padavan, I was devastated, as the former senator’s advertising slogans used to say, “Nobody Cared Like Frank.” Comments (2)

Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

Flushing

Meng introduces measures to lower voter age to 16

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) wants to lower the voting age in the United States to 16 years old in legislation introduced to the House of Representatives last week. Comments (20)
Long Island City

Queens electeds urge Cuomo to expand solar initiative

Activists stood with Queens legislators last week to urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo to adopt the goal of making a million homes across the state, including 100,000 low- income dwellings, solar-powered by 2023. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Vanel eyes another term as southeast Queens assemblyman

State Assemblyman Clyde Vanel (D-Queens Village) is hoping to fend off a challenge from fellow Democrat Oster Bryan in his bid for re-election in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary. Comments (3)
Elmhurst

Photos: Hundreds baptized on Queens Boulevard

It is a bold public statement of faith — getting baptized in a swimming pool with hundreds of people watching at one of the busiest intersections in Queens. Comment
Jamaica

Queens Hospital Center to upgrade pediatric waiting room

Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica announced it will receive upwards of $25,000 toward upgrading its pediatric waiting room. Comment

Monday, Aug. 27, 2018

Astoria

Constantinides brings funding to clean up Astoria streets

Cleaning up the streets of Astoria has become a heightened priority for City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), who said the MTA’s closing of subway stations in his district has aggravated the litter problem. Comments (2)
Bayswater

Far Rockaway man charged after hitting 11-year-old bicyclist and fleeing: DA

Agostinho Sinclair, 41, was arraigned and charged last week after hitting an 11-year-old bicyclist with his car and fleeing the scene in his hometown of Bayswater, a section of Far Rockaway, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office. The child was seriously injured. Comments (2)
Woodside

Barnwell hopes to fend off challenge from Sklarz

As state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) prepares to fend a off a challenge in the Sept. 13 primary, he is working on resolving key issues through legislation. Comments (2)
Hollis

Photos: Old School is new again at Video Music Box concert

To mark the 35th year of Video Music Box — a TV series that’s as old as hip-hop itself and played an outsized role in making the music happen — Ralph McDaniels, the DJ who created the show and now serves as master of hip-hop for the Queens Library system, staged a concert in Roy Wilkins Park. Comment
Jamaica

Two Jamaica men plead guilty to 2015 murder:DA

A jury found two men from Jamaica guilty in the 2015 shooting murder of a Bronx man last week. Comments (1)

Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018

Flushing

New parking meter rates to increase in Queens

The cost of metered parking will be going up in New York City, including Queens, when the Big Apple is hit with the increase beginning Nov. 1 Comments (3)
Flushing

Rozic brings government to constituents in ‘Big Block of Cheese Week’

Although state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing) does not face a challenger in this year’s election cycle, the veteran legislator still pounds the pavement in door-knocking tours throughout her district. Comments (2)
Flushing

Queens Botanical Garden celebrates Taiwanese culture with orchid exhibit

Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing celebrated its Fifth Annual Orchid Exhibit last week with a stunning exotic display of over 400 pots of exquisite Taiwanese orchids which was open to the public to participate in fun orchid arts activities while learning about Taiwanese culture. Comment
Opinion

New York and its history as a political powerhouse

New York state, one of the original 13 states, became a place that grew based on commerce and trade and immigration from many countries throughout the world. New York is now the fourth largest states in terms of population and played a prominent role in the American Revolutionary War. Comments (2)

Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018

Jamaica

Byrnes Hardware set to close after 56 years in Jamaica

Byrnes Hardware and Tool Rentals is closing shop in mid-September in Jamaica after 56 years in business, according to owner Greg Comodore. Comments (4)
Astoria

Homeless students participate in STEM-related activities at New York Hall of Science

Nearly 40 children from homeless shelters in Queens and Manhattan visited the New York Hall of Science Monday for a fun-filled day involving STEM-related activities. Comments (3)
St. Albans

MetroCard vans head to Jamaica to educate seniors, disabled riders

MetroCard Mobile Sales Vans will be outside state Sen. Leroy Comrie’s (D-St. Albans) district office in St. Albans Wednesday to help seniors and those with disabilities sign up for reduced fares for transit rides. Comments (4)
Rhymes with Crazy

Are we hard-wired to believe in a higher power?

This week, our columnists gets to the bottom of why humans believe in god. Comments (1)

Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

Bayside

Flight patterns shaving a year off life of northeast Queens residents: Study

Elected officials may have more concrete fodder in their fight against airplane noise above northeast Queens with the release of a Columbia University study that claims the raucous flight patterns could be shaving a year of life off residents below. Comments (6)
Little Neck

Little Neck teen to restore Matinecock Indian burial site

After learning about the history of the Matinecock Indian tribe and the sacred burial site in his hometown of Little Neck, 15-year-old Aidan Decker decided to restore and memorialize the grave site that has been in disrepair with overgrown trees and shrubs. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Ozone Park man’s hunger strike against homeless shelter ends with hospital trip

An Ozone Park civic leader took his opposition to homeless shelters to an unprecedented level recently with a hunger strike that lasted three weeks and ended in an ambulance ride. Comment
Maspeth

Maspeth man’s deportation overturned by federal judge

Maspeth resident Edisson Barros’ deportation to Ecuador, issued by a New Jersey immigration judge, was waylaid by Manhattan Federal Judge Katherine Polk Failla late last week when she issued a stay allowing him to fight for the right to remain in the country. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

Forest Hills chef crowned ‘Chopped’ champion

Melvin “Boots” Johnson, the owner of Queens Bully in Forest Hills, was recently crowned champion on Food Network’s “Chopped,” winning a spot in the $50,000 Grill Masters grand finale, beating out three other chefs with his Memphis-style barbecue. Comment
Opinion

Time to pass legislation banning police chokeholds

It is time to pass my legislation banning police chokeholds, and for the mayor to commit to sign it. Comments (1)
Editorial

Think it through

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week his plan to replace Rikers Island with four borough-based community jails, including facilities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and one in Queens. Comments (2)

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Bayside

Bayside couple pleads guilty to kidnapping housekeeper: DA

A Bayside man who alongside his wife kidknapped and imprisoned their housekeeper was sentenced to prison time Tuesday after pleading guilty nearly a year ago, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (4)
Kew Gardens

Queens electeds split on mayor’s plan to bring jail to Kew Gardens

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to replace the detention facilities on Rikers Island with four modern community-based borough jails has divided Queens lawmakers on the opening of a proposed Kew Gardens jail site. Comments (3)
Flushing

‘Discover Flushing’ tour invites US Open visitors to explore town’s features

Flushing community leaders are hoping visitors to the US Open Tennis Championship inn Flushing Meadows Corona Park will experience a love match of their own. Comment
Kew Gardens

Borough President collects backpacks for homeless children

With the school year right around the corner, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is urging members of the public to donate backpacks and other school supplies to homeless children as part of “Project: Back to School,” an annual drive organized by the Coalition for the Homeless. Comments (1)
Event

Close out the summer in style at these Queens events

Autumn anxiety. Families are starting to feel it as summer winds down and back to school looms large. Comment
Letters

Public response to curbing gun violence pays off

Across the nation, we have all been witness to the distressing routine: People are murdered by gun violence — we experience collective outrage, calls for tighter gun control laws, calls for greater mental health awareness and truly heartfelt thoughts and prayers for the victims. Comments (3)
High Heat

Mets made right call to keep Wheeler

Years from now, the Mets will look back to the 2018 trade deadline season and wonder “what if?” Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

Sunnyside

Jackson Heights Nazi, 95, deported to Germany

Jakiw Palij, 95, was more than just another immigrant among millions in Queens. Comments (9)

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