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Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway man charged in hit-and-run claims he was the victim: Legal A.R.T.S.

Unedited surveillance footage of a hit-and-run incident that took place in Bayswater in August may help to clear a Far Rockaway man of one of the charges levied against him, according to Jack Burr, the manager at Legal A.R.T.S., a legal research, litigation design and technology firm. Comment

Human rights organization founded by Maryknoll Sister recognized with prestigious award

Along the shores of Lake Titicaca in the Andes Mountains of Peru, 13,000 feet above sea level, lives Maryknoll Sister Patricia Ryan from Jamaica. She has spent 47 years of her life working with indigenous communities and educating them on their rights. Comments (1)

House passes Meng’s bill to create designated zip code for Glendale

Glendale will soon have its own designated zip code after U.S. Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) measure was passed in the House. Comments (1)
With a new move to Forest Hills, the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema has dropped the neighborhood name and rebranded itself as the FESTIVAL OF CINEMA NYC, according to a spokesman for the organization. Comments (3)

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

Long Island City

Long Island City tech nonprofit expands mission beyond Queens

For much of the decade, C4Q, the Long Island City-based nonprofit once known as Coalition for Queens, has provided the means for low-income New Yorkers to work their way out of poverty through computer programming training with the hopes of eventually entering into the city’s exploding tech sector. Comment
The Kiddie Academy of Flushing has achieved the highest educational standards, earning accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Comment

Lancman leads hearing to examine ‘cost of justice’ in criminal cases

The Committee on the Justice System, chaired by City Councilman Rory Lancman, held an oversight hearing Sept. 27 to examine the “cost of justice” in criminal cases. Comments (2)
PS 150 in Sunnyside will have a new auditorium. Comment

Monday, Oct. 8, 2018

U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Little Neck) is checking an agenda item off the list by announcing a change to the North Shore helicopter route that sees aircraft flying low over northeast Queens and has been a topic for activists for years. Comment

Cruz collects endorsements from Gianaris, Simotas

After clearing a path for herself to serve the Assembly district covering Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, attorney Catalina Cruz continues accumulating support from city and state politicians in Queens. Comments (1)

PS 24 celebrates opening of new expansion

City and state elected officials joined school leadership from District 25 to celebrate the opening of a new building at PS 24Q Andrew Jackson School last week. Comments (2)
Nearly 400 Long Island and Rockaways children returned to school this year with brand new backpacks and school supplies donated by PSEG Long Island employees. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018

The city Economic Development Corporation and the Port Authority are working to decrease congestion on the streets by creating an advisory council which will implement a regional barge network to offer alternatives from transporting goods through the northeast. Comments (3)
Politicians from communities surrounding Jamaica Bay are looking to a cleaner future for the waterway as they gathered at Crossbay Kiteboarding Launch in Broad Channel last Friday to celebrate the passage of a package of environmental bills at City Hall. Comment

Koo bill restricting Flushing street vendors passes City Council

City Councilman Peter Koo’s (D-Flushing) legislation to restrict street vendors and sidewalk obstructions threatening pedestrians’ safe passage in bustling downtown Flushing passed the City Council last week. Comments (6)
Long Island City locale’s Rainforest Art Foundation held its opening reception last Friday with a focus on seasoned and accomplished artists over the age of 80 who are still producing work in relation to the foundation’s mission. Comments (1)

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018

East Elmhurst

Airport workers celebrate minimum wage increase

For nearly seven years, airport workers across the borough have marched, held sit-ins and rallies and committed civil disobedience — like shutting down the 94th Street Bridge approach into LaGuardia Airport — in their fight for dignity and economic justice. Comments (3)

108th Precinct rolls out neighborhood policing program

The 108th Precinct joined many other precincts across the city with the rollout of its Neighborhood Coordination Officers program Monday. Comment
A Little Neck man and his two sons were arrested last week when a multi-state cigarette smuggling ring was dismantled following a long-term law enforcement investigation, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office. Comments (4)
Middle Village

Holden introduces bills to address quality of life issues

City Councilman Robert Holden (D-Middle Village) is making good on a campaign promise to tackle quality of life issues affecting constituents in the southwest Queens neighborhoods in his district with the introduction of a series of bills last week. Comment

Learn about borough’s past in ‘Hidden History of Queens’

Thousands of vehicles have gone past an old brick octagon building on the corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and Park Lane South. The people in those vehicles wonder what it is or whether it is part of Forest Park. Comment
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” —Rachel Zoe Comments (1)

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

An Astoria woman was thrust into the national spotlight last Friday when she confronted U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on an elevator in the Capitol Building after he announced he would vote to confirm controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Comments (15)
Two schools in Queens were awarded Blue Ribbons from the U.S. Department of Education for holding standards worthy of national recognition and providing high student success rate. Comment
Queens College has agreed to spend at least $1 million to renovate its campus following a lawsuit from a disabled student. Comments (1)
An owner of four pharmacies in Queens was arraigned in a Brooklyn federal court last week on charges of swindling nearly $7.9 million in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid payments to live a lavish lifestyle, according to the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Comments (2)
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in conjunction with the mayor’s office, Borough President Melinda Katz has set up a public workshop entitled “Surviving Partner Violence & Abuse” scheduled for Oct. 12 at the Queens Family Justice Center in Kew Gardens. Comments (3)

Choose wisely

When it comes to selecting role models, Queens provides its residents plenty of worthy options to choose from. It’s up to us to make sure we elect to follow the right people. And making the choice isn’t always easy. Comments (2)

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

There was tension last week as Kew Gardens residents expressed their opposition to the city’s proposal to reopen the existing Queens Detention Center complex as part of the city’s plan to shutter the Rikers Island prison over the next 10 years. Comments (5)

Bayside Shield Institute hosts sixth annual fashion show

The Bayside Shield Institute hosted its sixth annual fashion show last week as models with intellectual and developmental disabilities walked the runway in hand-designed outfits reflecting New York City’s iconic locations. Comment
Church services are often a solemn affair, but congregants who flocked to Maranatha Baptist Church last week in Queens Village were up in arms and rallying for justice after the loss of a native son who died under mysterious circumstances while in police custody in York County, Penn. Comments (2)

Sonic Drive-In opens in Flushing


Sonic Drive-In opens in Flushing

Sonic Drive-In welcomed the Flushing community to celebrate its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony last weekend. Comments (4)
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week a replacement for controversial former Landmarks Preservation Commissioner Meenakshi Srinivasan more than three months after her resignation. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Getaway driver pleads guilty to armed robbery, weapons possession charges

A getaway driver for a crew of bank robbers who stole approximately $70,000 from four different banks in Nassau County and Queens pleaded guilty to his crimes last week, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District. Comment

Holliswood Center’s new orthopedics program gets rave review

Carolyn Augustus, a victim of a car accident a few blocks away from her house in St. Albans, is expecting to return home this week thanks to the care of staff at Holliswood Center’s new “In-House Orthopedics” program in Hollis. Comment

Queensborough Performing Arts Center kicks off new season

“Kol Esperanza: A New Year Celebration” kicked off the 2018-2019 season at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center and offered a glimpse of what’s to come at the venue this fall. Comment

St. John’s appoints new athletic director

The Red Storm have hired a former Blue Devil to run their athletic department. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018


AgeWell New York to no longer offer Fully Integrated Duals Advantage program

Members currently enrolled in the plan will be required to pick a new one. Read more…

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018


Obama endorses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress

Former President Barack Obama endorsed progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her campaign against Republican Anthony Pappas in the 14th Congressional District, which covers much of western Queens and parts of her home-borough, the Bronx. Comments (6)
The New York City Commission on Property Tax Reform is making its way to York College Wednesday to get ideas from Queens constituents on how to make taxes more fair, straightforward and transparent, according to the mayor’s office. Comments (3)

Suspect charged after St. Albans man found dead in parked car in North Corona: NYPD

NORTH CORONA — Police have made an arrest in the death of a St. Albans man whose body was found in a car outside a North Corona auto parts store Sunday morning. Comments (1)

Woodside man sentenced in assault of MTA conductor: DA

KEW GARDENS — A 23-year-old Woodside man who pleaded guilty last month to second-degree assault as a hate crime following an attack on an MTA employee in June 2018 was sentenced Monday to three and a half years in prison, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. Comments (2)

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

Rapper Cardi B. turned herself in to authorities Monday morning after an August brawl at a Flushing strip club. Comments (8)
High Heat

Mets bid farewell to David Wright

High Heat

Mets bid farewell to David Wright

David Wright said goodbye to the Mets’ faithful Saturday night at Citi Field, playing in one last game before riding off into the sunset. Comment
Saturday Night Live will feature two Queens natives in October — one in each of the next two weekends. Comments (2)
College Point

Man shot dead in College Point Multiplex Cinema parking lot: NYPD

An unidentified man was found dead inside the parking lot of the College Point Multiplex Cinemas in Whitestone early Monday morning after a dispute with four masked men, according to police. Comments (4)

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018

Art “speaks to the aesthetic heart,” according to Kew Gardens potter Sheila Blunt. Comment

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018


Second annual Evening Under the Sphere events returns to Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park invites the public to its second annual fund-raising party beside the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Comment



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