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Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

St. Albans

Vivica A. Fox heads to Black Spectrum Theatre to promote new book

Black Spectrum Theatre will kick off its 49th year with star Vivica A. Fox, who will be in St. Albans to promote her autobiography, “Every Day I’m Hustling.” Comments (3)
Long Island City

Civic groups rally for park space in Court Square

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and several Long Island City community organizations are urging the city to include park space in Court Square as the neighborhood continues to grow at an unprecedented pace. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Katz releases updated informational resource for borough’s immigrant communities

Borough President Melinda Katz announced the release of the latest edition of the Queens Directory of Immigrant Services last Friday. Comments (5)
Long Island City

Queens Beer Festival to boast best drafts brewed in the borough

The Queens Beer Festival is returning to Long Island City for its third year and will be showing off craft brews from around Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx Oct. 13 and Oct. 14. Comments (2)
Elmhurst

Carvana’s online car purchasing service launches in Queens

A caravan of three flatbed trucks carrying strange looking cargo rolled through Jamaica, Forest Hills and Elmhurst on Sept. 20 as part of an online car-buying service’s rollout in the borough. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

Transit

No. 7 line to add more trains to accommodate riders when Canarsie Tunnel closes in April

The MTA will be stepping up its effort to mitigate the impact to commuters in April 2019 when the Canarsie Tunnel is set to close for about a year to make repairs from damage caused by flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Comments (2)
Astoria

Constantinides sets funds aside to educate borough youth on climate change

City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) announced at Astoria Houses Tuesday he will be investing district funds in educating children on climate change and science. Comments (3)
Kew Gardens

LIRR lengthens station platforms in Forest Hills, Kew Gardens

The Long Island Rail Road has completed work to lengthen station platforms in both Kew Gardens and Forest Hills, according to Murray Berger, the executive chairman of the Kew Gardens Civic Association. Comments (1)
Hillcrest

Hip-hop artist visits Hillcrest High School to promote college planning

National hip-hop recording artist and motivational speaker Dee-1 hopes to inspire students at Hillcrest High School to pursue a college education. Comments (1)
College Point

Briarwood, Poppenhusen libraries split $50,000 grant for new programming

Two Queens Library branches will evenly split a $50,000 grant that was provided by state Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing), according a spokesman from Rosenthal’s office. Comment

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

A hearing regarding a proposal from City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) took place at City Hall Tuesday, where local leaders weighed the pros and cons of establishing what he calls a School Emergency Preparedness Task Force, which was designed to prevent school shootings. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Weprin calls on ICE to end detention of immigrants, asylum seekers

State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) is calling on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Department of Justice to end the indefinite detention of asylum seekers and other immigrants being held on administrative violations. Comments (4)
Flushing

New Kumon center opens in Flushing

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce was joined by City Council Member Peter Koo (D-Flushing), business leaders, and entrepreneurs as they welcomed the new Kumon Math and Reading Center to the Flushing community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week. Comment
Flushing

Gateway Sports and Pools to host free carnival in celebration of new swim program

Gateway Sports and Pools is hosting a free carnival for kids next week to celebrate the grand opening of its new week-long Learn to Swim Program. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Police on the lookout for Jamaica robbery suspect

JAMAICA — Police were on the lookout for a suspect in a gunpoint robbery that occurred Sept. 13 in Jamaica, according to the NYPD. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018

Bayside

EDC reports lowest citywide unemployment rate since 1976

The city’s Economic Development Corporation reported unemployment across New York City is at a record low since it began tracking the numbers in 1976. Comments (4)
Bayside

Bayside artist’s work to be showcased in Italy

Clare Stokolosa, a former Long Island City resident who now lives in Bayside, is having her first solo show in Tuscany, Italy, at the hall of Teatro Signorelli in October. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Queens LGBT activist Bruce Friedman dies at 70

Bruce Friedman, the longtime LGBT activist and former president of the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, died Monday at Mt. Sinai Hospital after a long battle with leukemia. He was 70 years old. Comment
Jamaica

Jamaica man sentenced in 2015 murder: DA

A Jamaica man was sentenced Tuesday in the 2015 murder of an innocent third-party in Hollis, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018

Bayside

Public feedback could help bring NYC Ferry service to northeast Queens

It is time for the city to expand its NYC Ferry service to northeast Queens, according to City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), who started a social media campaign urging his constituents to get involved. Comments (4)
A coalition of street safety advocates gathered last Saturday at The Queensboro, a Jackson Heights restaurant that sits on Northern Boulevard near 80th Street, along the corridor that has seen four pedestrian fatalities in 2018 alone. Comment
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Jamaica to mark the start of construction on a 100 percent affordable housing and mixed-used development that will provide more than 380 apartment units, a supermarket and 300 permanent jobs to the southeast Queens neighborhood. Comments (3)
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway Library’s $33M renovation project begins

The Far Rockaway branch of Queens Library will be closed down and prepped for construction Friday, as a $33 million state-of-the-art replacement building that will be double the size of the original facility begins construction, according to a spokeswoman for Queens Library. Comments (3)

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018

Whitestone

Senior pleads guilty, surrenders license after crash that killed Flushing teenager: DA

A senior woman who struck and killed a 17-year-old girl earlier this year pleaded guilty in court last week and surrendered her driver’s license, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (8)
Hundreds came out to Bell Boulevard in Bayside for the annual Bell Blvd. Sunday Stroll. In case you missed it, here are some photos of the event. Comments (2)
Glendale

Glendale remembers FDNY hero with plaque, street co-naming

City officials and family members immortalized fallen FDNY Firefighter William Tolley with a plaque dedication and a street co-naming Wednesday and remembered the day he fell from a five-story residential building while fighting a fire in Ridgewood in April 2017. Comment
Howard Beach

Judge OKs DNA evidence in Karina Vetrano murder trial

There were two significant developments in the pretrial hearings of Chanel Lewis, 21, the Brooklyn man accused of murdering and sexually abusing Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano in August 2016. Comment
Despite entering the game with an 0-2 record, the Holy Cross Knights’ football team showed grit and toughness, as they battled to the end against the Mount St. Michael Mountaineers in a heartbreaking 42-36 overtime loss at Sen. Michael J. Tully Park in New Hyde Park last Saturday. Comment
Event

Queens Night Market returns

As the sun sets on summer, a global open-air night market springs to life, filled with the promise of an abundance of tasty, affordable foods from different lands — cooked to order right in front of you — and a seemingly endless array of merchandise and artist offerings sold by even more vendors, in addition to live music and entertainment. Comment
Jamaica

Musical comedy looks for silver lining in dark times

Ultimately, we are all far more similar than we are different, and that’s especially true here in Queens. Comments (3)
Editorial

A safer Queens

The push to make Queens streets safer for pedestrians has gotten stronger in recent months and real change may soon be on the horizon. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

Hillcrest

Lancman announces 2019 run for Queens DA

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) officially announced his candidacy for Queens District Attorney Wednesday with a promise to make “real transformative change in Queens” by reshaping the criminal justice system. Comments (3)
A Flushing woman who fatally stabbed three infants and two adults at a local daycare center last week was arrested and charged, said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (25)
East Elmhurst

Two dead in East Elmhurst shooting: NYPD

The NYPD released the names of the two victims of last week’s East Elmhurst shootout that ensued from what cops believe was a love triangle. Comment
Sunnyside

City Council passes legislation to increase transparency at facilities housing homeless youth

The New York City Council unanimously passed a bill Wednesday authored by City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) that would amend the New York City Charter in relation to information posting and reporting requirements for runaway and homeless youth services. Comments (2)
St. Albans

St. Albans Civic Association president asked to resign after state Assembly run

Oster Bryan, the former candidate who ran for an Assembly seat in southeast Queens against incumbent Clyde Vanel (D-Queens Village) in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary was asked to resign from his post as the president of the St. Albans Improvement Association. Comments (1)
Maspeth

DOT unveils approach to rebuilding Brooklyn-Queens Expressway

The city Dept. of Transportation unveiled some of the options it is considering for the tricky revamp needed on the stretch of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway along Brooklyn Heights, the effects of which are expected to resonate throughout the city. Comment
Coming off an encouraging scrimmage on Saturday afternoon, the Holy Cross Knights boys’ soccer team were hoping for a positive outcome in their game against Fordham Prep Monday afternoon, at Fordham University in the Bronx. Comment
Long Island City

To be or not to be: Catch ‘Hamlet’ in its final weekend at Secret Theatre

Get ready for a fast-paced whirlwind of mind and body as rational thought battles with hysteria. Comment

Monday, Sept. 24, 2018

Astoria

Cop busted in Astoria after assaulting and harassing former girlfriend: prosecutors

An NYPD officer was arrested twice by police officers from the 114th Precinct in Astoria this weekend and charged with criminal contempt in a domestic violence case, according to authorities. Comments (1)

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018

A sudden downpour Tuesday afternoon flooded roads and subway stations as the remnants of Hurricane Florence swept through New York City. Comments (1)

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

A suspected love triangle took a turn for the worst Friday morning, as two people were found dead in an East Elmhurst apartment in an incident that also put an off-duty Yonkers police officer in the hospital after a dispute broke out at 19-54 77th St., according to the NYPD. Comment
Elmhurst

Police search for missing elderly Elmhurst woman

The NYPD was searching for an Elmhurst woman who was reported missing on Wednesday. Comment

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