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Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing) has introduced a bill that aims to increase the number of women on state public boards. Comment
The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College has added 122 years’ worth of historical documents donated by the Real Estate Board of New York to its on-campus repository in Long Island City. Comment
Crime

East Elmhurst man gets six months in sale of stolen tortoise

The East Elmhurst man who authorities say was responsible for lifting a rare tortoise from its Douglaston habitat was sentenced to six months behind bars last Friday on charges of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018

Astoria

Simotas announces $1 million investment in further Mount Sinai Queens expansion

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) secured $1 million in capital funding for three projects at Mount Sinai Queens in Astoria that she nominated for support from the New York State Assembly. The investment helps further the expansion that built a five-story Pavilion with new operating suites, facilities for primary care and an expanded emergency room with an off-street ambulance bay. Comment
St. Albans

Miller gets new term as chairman of Civil Service and Labor Committee

Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) has been reappointed as the chairman of the Committee on Civil Service and Labor. He was also appointed to the Committees on Land Use, Public Safety and Immigration and the Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses. Comments (1)
Long Island City

NYPD closes down Long Island City strip club

A Long Island City strip joint was closed down last Friday by members of the NYPD vice squad by order of the Queens Supreme Court. Comments (1)

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018

Newly appointed New York City Transit President Andy Byford attended his first Metropolitan Transportation Authority board meeting on Monday as the Fix NYC proposal to enact congestion pricing in Manhattan was unveiled. Comments (4)
South Jamaica

Police Summit heads to South Jamaica

South Jamaica

Police Summit heads to South Jamaica

The last leg of the five-borough “Still We Rise NYC Human Justice Summit” will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the New Jerusalem Worship Center, 122-05 Smith St. on the corner of Baisley Boulevard in South Jamaica. Comments (18)
Flushing

Community proposals sought for fund-raising dinner

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its third annual Queens SOUP fund-raising event. Comment
Kew Gardens

Connecticut man convicted in 2011 road-rage killing

A Connecticut man has been convicted of murder in a Kew Gardens road-rage episode that left one man dead and his brother shot in the face, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

Flushing

NYC Legionnaires cases spiked 65 percent in 2017: Report

In 2017, New York state had a record number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease, more than any other state in the country per capita, according to the Allegiance to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease. Comment
Forest Hills Jewish Center will be getting some upgrades. Comment
Americana musician Wes Houston performed with his trio at historic Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven last Saturday, bringing special significance for both the folk legend and the venue for the fact his grandfather played the same spot in 1908. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights Orchestra will offer ‘Four Seasons’

Maestro Patricia Glunt and the Jackson Heights Orchestra will stage their February concert, the second of the season, at 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 33-50 82nd St. The orchestra will present “The Four Seasons,” by Antonio Vivaldi. Comment
Queens Community House in Forest Hills sponsors a cypher dance contest every year that attracts scores of performers from around the city. Comments (1)

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

Event

Crowds reach 200,000 at second annual Women’s March on New York

More than 200,000 women, men, children and dogs marched, sang, chanted and drummed their way from West 72nd Street and Central Park West to Times Square on Saturday for the second annual Women’s March on New York City, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Comments (5)
Ozone Park

Ozone Park man sentenced for child sexual abuse: DA

An Ozone Park man will face time in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing and taking nude photographs of a 14-year-old girl, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Legal Hand event provides a helping hand to immigrants

The second annual Sanctuary for All event, an occasion meant to empower and protect immigrants with social and legal services, was held last week at Legal Hand Jamaica, 149-13 Jamaica Ave. Comment
Flushing

The powerful unity of tea and Zen

Flushing

The powerful unity of tea and Zen

If you’re an avid tea drinker, you’re probably aware of tea’s calming effect and are instinctively cognizant of how different having a cup of tea vs. a cup of coffee feels. Comment
As collegiate sports go, fencing has 400 or 500 years on football and basketball. But the fine art of thrust and parry does not show its age. Comment

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

Bayside

Bayside pols oppose proposal to expand government use of Fort Totten

Elected officials in Bayside have sounded the alarm about a study being conducted by the city at Fort Totten to possibly expand the footprint of agencies operating there by creating training facilities for the Department of Corrections and the New York Fire Department. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Homeless families uprooted from Long Island City shelter with short notice

The city’s Department of Homeless Services has come under fire for suddenly moving 54 families out of a temporary shelter at a Long Island City hotel to make room for homeless men. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Report: Southeast Queens leads borough in 2017 foreclosures

Foreclosures in the city have hit their highest peak since 2009, according to PropertyShark, a real estate analytic company. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Burglar pleads guilty to thefts posted on Facebook

Naquan Hill, a Far Rockaway man who boldly attempted to escape from the Rikers Island Prison Complex last summer, pleaded guilty last week to burglarizing two homes in Queens in 2016, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment
Elmhurst

Dromm, Asian Americans for Equality help small businesses hurt by water main break

Several small businesses were flooded in parts of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst on Jan. 12 when an 80-year-old water main broke open at Broadway and 74th Street. Many of the businesses that were not damaged by the flood lost revenue because of street closures, emergency vehicles and repairs during the cleanup effort. Comment
Bay Terrace

Gas leaks make repeated appearance in Bay Terrace

One Bay Terrace resident raised concerns about the gas infrastructure in her neighborhood as the Fire Department and ConEd were at work repairing the gas main near her home Tuesday for the second time in 12 months. Comment
QueensLine

Defense, offenses and more in January 1951

In January 1951, as part of domestic moves to defend the country, it was announced that for the first time since World War II, 2,000 regular Army anti-aircraft troops would start guarding Queens and New York City from Fort Totten in Bayside and Fort Tilden in the Rockaways. The decision was part of a series of moves by which the military and civil defense of the metropolitan area would be coordinated. In December, the Air Force had anno Comment
Letters

Cleaning Up Mess Transit

Here in Eastern Queens, we are more than familiar with the term “transit desert.” Look no further than our Assembly district to see the lack of public transit options: without a single subway or train station, transit riders depend on buses as their primary mode of public transit. Comments (1)
High Heat

Mets’ Tim Tebow circus continues

High Heat

Mets’ Tim Tebow circus continues

The Tim Tebow experiment will continue in 2018. Comments (3)
An early taste of spring, the government shuts down and wakes up again, all in the space of a giddy, three-day weekend. Sword fighting breaks out at St. John’s University, a battle of the break dancers in Forest Hills and a guy who loved turtles too much — see it all in the Week in Pictures, Comment

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

A large family that has been tormented by an infestation of cockroaches in its Queensbridge Houses apartment since July 2016 is now at the top of a waiting list for a new apartment in Queens, according to the New York City Housing Authority, but five-bedroom apartments are rare in public housing, with only one available in the borough last year. Comments (10)
Kew Gardens

Katz previews Friday’s State of the Borough address

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz offered a preview of her State of the Borough address she will deliver Friday in Astoria during a press briefing at Borough Hall Tuesday. Comment
Bellerose

Former City Council hopeful goes to trial for campaign finance fraud

A unsuccessful City Council candidate went on trial Jan. 10 on charges that she submitted fraudulent campaign contribution reports in order to cash in on the city’s matching-funds program. Comments (1)
Long Island City is still in the hunt for what is being called one of the biggest economic development deals of the century, making the short list of 20 metropolitan areas out of 238 proposals for e-commerce giant Amazon’s second headquarters. Comment
The recently released Fix NYC panel report to enact Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s congestion-pricing proposal calls for sweeping change to how cars are charged to enter Manhattan’s most gridlocked sections while keeping historically toll-free East River bridge crossings gratis. Comments (1)
Immigration

The fate of DACA is up in the air

With the government shutdown having come to an end on Monday for at least three weeks, Congress has until Feb. 8 to decide the fate of about 689,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients, undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children and remain temporarily protected from deportation. The Trump administration has said that the protection from DACA will expire on March 5. Comments (1)
Nearly a hundred protesters rallied outside the Brooklyn home of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Tuesday night in response to the Senate vote on a budget deal he made to end the three-day government shutdown Monday without protections for young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. Comments (2)
Rhymes with Crazy

Teen terrorists and other tales of adolescence

What makes a teen want to blow things up, hack computers, or cry over that burger you are eating? His brain. Comment
Letters

Demanding better mail service in Queens

We write to you regarding the ongoing and serious problems with mail delivery in our congressional districts in Queens. Comments (1)
“I’m lucky to have worked in theater all over the world, but there’s something magical about Broadway. The audiences are smart, they’re educated. They go in ready and they’re up for it, they’re up for the party.” — Hugh Jackman Comment
Flushing

Knights’ losing streak extends to three

The Queens College men’s basketball team’s losing extended to three when the Knights fell to Daemen College 81-70 Sunday in an ECC match in Flushing. Comment

Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

Long Island City

Homeless man found dead in Long Island City: NYPD

A 40-year-old homeless man was found dead Saturday morning in Long Island City. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

Bayside

Police search for two suspects in recent crime spree

Police were looking for two men responsible for a crime spree in numerous locations around the borough this month, striking most recently in Bayside. Comments (4)

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

The East Elmhurst man responsible for lifting a rare tortoise from its Douglaston habitat was sentenced to six months behind bars Thursday on charges of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Comment
Jamaica

Police searching for suspect who robbed Jamaica grocery store

Police were searching for a suspect who allegedly stole $600 from a supermarket in Jamaica. Comments (8)
Maspeth

Man robs Investor’s Bank in Maspeth: NYPD

The NYPD was searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery that occurred Monday in Maspeth. Comments (1)

Classifieds

Do you know an immigrant in Queens who has made an impact on the community? Nominate a person who has made a difference for the 2018 Queens Ambassador Awards.
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