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Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

Long Island City

5 Boro Pizza Challenge returns for third year

Participants in the third annual 5 Boro Pizza Challenge will compete against each other as they race across the five boroughs using mass transit to help raise money for an advocacy group by eating pizza. Comments (2)
Sunnyside

Electeds celebrate new traffic signal installed near PS 343 in Sunnyside

A new traffic signal at 47th Avenue and 42nd Street in Sunnyside had been in the works for over three years, ever since a new school, PS 343, was built near the northeast corner of the intersection. Comment
Bayside

Center for the Women of New York’s annual walk-a-thon set for Sept. 22

The Center for the Women of New York will be hosting its 10th annual walk-a-thon Sept. 22 near Fort Totten to raise funds in an effort to continue empowering women to rise above difficult situations. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill gets first-ever farmer’s market

Richmond Hill residents were welcomed to their first-ever farmer’s market last week. Comments (1)
St. Albans

Police investigation leads to indictment of six alleged gang members: DA

A long-term investigation spearheaded by the NYPD’s Queens South Gang Squad’s Criminal Investigations Task Force has led to the indictment of six alleged members of the Wood City Gang, a subset of the Bloods street gang that operates in Springfield Gardens and St. Albans, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (3)
Hillcrest

Hillcrest senior citizen pleads guilty to attempted rape charges: DA

HILLCREST — A 75-year-old Hillcrest man who exchanged sexually explicit text messages to a person he had met online, believed to be a 13-year-old girl, pleaded guilty to attempted rape last week, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (2)
The Civic Scene

Legislators working to curtail airplane noise in Queens

Queens Congress members Grace Meng, Gregory Meeks and Tom Suozzi are working with their colleagues as part of the Quiet Skies Caucus to monitor, study and ameliorate airplane noise over their communities. Comment

Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

Government

City View Inn welcomes homeless families

The city Department of Homeless Services met its goal of converting Blissville’s City View Inn into a full service shelter by the start of the 2018-19 school year, bringing the five-block community in Long Island City one step closer to hosting three facilities as part of the mayor’s Turning the Tide on Homelessness initiative. Comments (4)
Flushing

Annual arm wrestling championships to be held in Flushing

The best arm wrestlers in the world will be coming to Queens to compete in the 41st Annual New York City Big Apple Grapple International Arm-Wrestling Championships. Comment
Bayside

Queens man pleads guilty to sex trafficking underage girls

A Queens man who engaged underage girls and women in sex trafficking pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Court last week, according to Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Comments (3)
On Point

Plan to close Rikers must be stopped

Concerned about crime and safety in your community? You need to carefully consider the city’s plans to close Rikers Island and open a system of neighborhood prisons in every borough except Staten Island. Comments (16)

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018

Education

Alliance for Quality Education accuses Cuomo of underfunding minority school districts

The Alliance for Quality Education, an educational advocacy group, accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of underfunding public schools in majority black and Latino communities and owing them $2.6 billion in aid. Comments (4)
Glendale

104th Precinct alerts Glendale residents of mailbox fishing

The 104th Precinct is alerting residents to protect themselves from becoming victims of mail theft. Comments (3)
Astoria

Gianaris urges lead inspections at state schools and parks

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has proposed legislation mandating lead inspections of sinks and water fountains at schools and parks throughout New York state. Comments (2)
Art

Flushing Bound exhibit astounds

Flushing Town Hall’s “Flushing Bound” event last week included an art reception in the venue’s gallery, music performed by jazz group “Since When?” and a Queensboro Dance Festival event in the theatre. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018

Elmhurst

Stop work order issued at Target construction site in Elmhurst

The city Department of Buildings issued a stop work order as of Aug. 29 on the controversial development at 82nd Street and Baxter Avenue in Elmhurst after the application to have the plot rezoned was challenged in City Council. Comments (1)
Rego Park

Velázquez fights to finance affordable homes

A lack of action from the Housing and Urban Development Department in financing affordable housing could mean a loss of more than 7,800 units of apartments throughout New York City, according to U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-Brooklyn). Comments (2)
Astoria

Cops hunt for suspect in connection with robbery of Astoria bank

ASTORIA — The NYPD was searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred last week at an Astoria bank. Comments (2)
Letters

Heavy rain is putting residents at risk

As a concerned citizen who lives in Fresh Meadows, I am very worried about what is happening to our trees after all of this recent heavy rain, which has totaled nearly a foot since mid-July, causing extremely saturated soils all across the area. Comment

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

East Elmhurst

Mayor signs legislation to bring speed cameras back to monitor streets near city schools

Speed cameras are monitoring city streets near schools once again as 1.1 million students return from summer break after Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s compromise to keep the program alive. Comments (2)
Corona

Queens-based artists set to showcase work throughout borough

Winners of the first Artist Commission Program from the Queens Council on the Arts will premiere their work throughout September at Queens Theatre, Viva la Comida and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Comment
Flushing

Flushing Town Hall unveils lineup for 40th anniversary season

Flushing Town Hall launched its 40th season last week with a preview of performances of Timeless Kunqu, Paquito D’Rivera, and John di Martino Trio illustrating the popular venue’s mission to offer global arts for a global community this fall and winter. Comment
High Heat

Mets’ deGrom should be crowned NL Cy Young award winner

The biggest question left for Mets fans this season is whether or not Jacob deGrom should be the National League Cy Young award winner. He has certainly pitched like a Cy Young award winner. In fact, one can argue he has been the best pitcher in baseball this season. But is that enough for deGrom to bring home the trophy? Comment
Editorial

Always remember

Tuesday marked the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and in Queens — as across the country — we marked the tragedy with somber tributes to remember those who lost their lives. Comments (1)

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018

Corona

Fatal accident on Northern Boulevard renews calls for street redesign

Northern Boulevard is being called the “New Boulevard of Death” by safe street activists, who have increased pressure on the city to deliver a comprehensive safety redesign along the roadway which claimed the life of a fourth pedestrian this year during the weekend. Comments (6)
Long Island City

TF Cornerstone unveils plans for waterfront restoration at proposed LIC development

Developer TF Cornerstone announced this week its strategy to preserve and restore a natural waterfront habitat at the Long Island City Innovation Center, a massive mixed-use complex just north of Anable Basin at the end of 44th Drive along the East River. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Viva La Comida street fair returns to serve up the best of western Queens

Viva La Comida is heading back to Elmhurst and Jackson Heights Saturday to showcase some of the best food and entertainment Queens has to offer. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Sutphin Boulevard BID to feature local talent at second annual Harvest Festival

Vendors, nonprofit organizations, jewelers and artists from all over the city will be at the second annual Sutphin Boulevard BID Harvest Festival next weekend. Comment
Flushing

Three suspects wanted in connection with Flushing robbery: NYPD

The NYPD was searching for three male suspects in connection with a robbery at a spa on Northern Boulevard in Flushing last week. Comments (3)
St. Francis Prep was unable to overcome a slow start, falling to St. John the Baptist 30-15 in their opening game of the season at the Martin Van Buren Football Field on Sunday afternoon. Comment
Long Island City

Queensboro Dance Festival shakes things up at Hunter’s Point Park

Rooted in centuries-old traditions birthed far away in an autonomous region of China called Inner Mongolia is a rich cultural past now revealed bursting with ancient song and dance. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

Against the odds, farms are making a comeback — and thriving — in Queens. Not community gardens, which have always had a soft spot to grow in the borough, but real, working, feed-the-people farms. Comment

Monday, Sept. 10, 2018

Flushing

Elderly man struck and killed on Northern Boulevard in Flushing

FLUSHING — An elderly man was found dead in the road early Sunday in Flushing after he was allegedly struck by a vehicle on Northern Boulevard, police said. Comments (5)
Kew Gardens

Tempers flare at heated Rikers Island debate

A debate last week between City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and Queens Senior Executive Assistant District Attorney Jim Quinn became heated when the discussion turned to whether New York City should close Rikers Island. Comment
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