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Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Long Island City

Queens lawmaker drafts legislation curbing insider dealing in real estate after reports of Amazon employees buying LIC condos

A Queens lawmaker who has been out front in his opposition to the state and city deal that will bring Amazon to Long Island City since it was announced Nov. 13, is acting on reports that some employees of the e-commerce giant had inside information to buy condominiums in the neighborhood before the deal was announced. Comment
In kicking off Computer Science Education Week, Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced Monday that approximately 134,000 students received Computer Science Education at 359 city schools from 2017 to 2018. Comments (2)
Flushing City Councilman Peter Koo’s bill to suspend alternate side parking on Lunar New Year’s Eve — one of the most important cultural days of the year for Asian-Americans — was unanimously approved by the City Council. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

Lieutenant Colonel Justin Constantine, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, was the guest speaker at the Queens College Disabled Veterans Awareness Program last week in Flushing. Comment
The Winter Solstice is fast approaching, so once Dec. 21 rolls around you can start looking forward to brighter days ahead and the emergence of spring. Comment

Katz calls on Amazon to front cost of BQX streetcar and other mass transit expansions in Queens

With Amazon heading to Long Island City to establish part of its second headquarters (HQ2), Borough President Melinda Katz said last week that the trillion-dollar corporation should pay for the proposed Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) and other transit improvements in the neighborhood. Comments (2)

Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) unveiled its plan for its first-ever simulation training sites in Harlem and Jamaica for child welfare workers last week, according to the city agency. Comments (1)
Glendale

Cops catch alleged serial Glendale burglar after he pawned off stolen items at Ridgewood shop

Selling stolen jewelry at a local pawn shop proved to be a big mistake for an alleged burglar from Glendale accused of taking loot from several area homes over the last six weeks, prosecutors said. Comments (1)
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that New Yorkers will soon see a dramatic expansion in Citi Bike across the city. The number of new bikes and biking docs to come to Queens has yet to be determined. Comment
Astoria

Kaufman Astoria Studios VP Tracy Capune elected president of QEDC’s board of directors

Kaufman Astoria Studios Vice President Tracy Capune, a veteran urban planner and economic development consultant, was elected president of the Queens Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors. Comment
Astoria

Greater Astoria Historical Society launches $20,000 campaign to move to new space

By the end of 2018, the Greater Astoria Historical Society (GAHS) will have to move from its current location at 35-20 Broadway. Comment
Ridgewood

Opposition to Amazon HQ2 grows at Ridgewood community space

Ridgewood-based Woodbine began organizing opposition to Amazon’s decision to land a headquarters in Long Island City’s Anable Basin with a meeting at their community space in Ridgewood on Nov. 30. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018

Woodhaven

Woodhaven BID looking toward future with new appointment

Raquel Oliveras of Downtown Manhattan was chosen to be the new executive director of the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, according to an announcement made by the BID last week. Comments (2)
What would an artless Queens look like? Comment
Flushing

‘Faces of the 7 Train’ exhibition set to open at Flushing public library

Candid shots of New York City subway riders on the 7 train will be displayed at the Queens Public Library Flushing branch on Dec. 14. Comments (1)
Government

Queens City Council members outraged over reported firing of OEM Commissioner Joe Esposito

Seven members of the Queens delegation to the City Council signed a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday expressing their strong support for Joe Esposito, the outgoing commissioner of the city’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Comments (1)

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018

Members of the NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Medical Staff Society recently gave a generous donation of $5,000 to a Brooklyn-based organization that supports and inspires teen mothers. Comments (2)
Astoria

Simotas urges Cuomo to sign Sexual Assault Bill of Rights legislation

State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign her Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights legislation after the state’s attorney general reached settlements with seven New York City hospitals that illegally billed at least 200 rape survivors for forensic rape examinations. Comments (1)

DOT receives more than $2M to fix Woodhaven Boulevard overpass and repave southwest Queens roads

Standing with Department of Transportation officials at the foot of the Woodhaven Boulevard overpass above Atlantic Avenue on Friday, City Councilman Eric Ulrich announced that he’s providing $2.125 million in city funds toward repaving streets around his district. Comment
Starting Jan. 5, 2019, Flushing Town Hall will partner with curator Bert Chau of the Grumpy Bert gallery for the Red Envelope Show in honor of the 2019 Lunar New Year and Flushing Town Hall’s 40th anniversary. Comment
Work has finally begun on a new soccer field in Astoria Park. Comment
While the Yankees were the first New York baseball team to make a big move this offseason, the Mets have made a splash of their own, acquiring former All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano and All-Star closer Edwin Diaz from the Mariners Monday in exchange for Jay Bruce and Anthony Swarzak, plus former first-round draft picks Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn and reliever Gerson Bautista. Comment

Friday, Dec. 7, 2018

Next month, dozens of students and their families will get together for a night of “acting and staging” in Bayside. Comment

Queens resident creates ‘Block Amazon For Me’ app to advance boycott of retail giant

A small group of anonymous activists, artists and tech industry workers launched an app Dec. 3 designed to block internet users from purchasing from Amazon or its affiliates. The code for the Chrome extension is available on Github. Comments (2)
A Forest Hills dispensary is offering a $25 deal on their in-house cannabis vape pens, tinctures and tablets as part of the campaign “Live Green, Save Green” to help patients afford high quality medical marijuana products. Comment
City Councilman Eric Ulrich secured $250,000 in funding for the Queens Borough Public Library to open a temporary location while its Woodhaven branch undergoes a major renovation. Comment
Jamaica

Gun-toting robber tries to force his way inside token booth at Jamaica subway station: NYPD

Cops were searching for an unidentified man wanted for questioning in connection with an attempted armed robbery at a Jamaica subway station Saturday night. Comment
The Holy Cross Knights opened their 2018-2019 CHSAA basketball campaign at home with a tough 56-53 loss to Iona Prep in a game that was decided at the last second. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

A couple, a friend and some Rosedale residents joined forces to rescue a kitten trapped in a pipe in a storm drain during a rainstorm over the weekend, according to John Di Leonardo, the president and anthrozoologist of Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION), an animal rights nonprofit based on Long Island. Comment

New York City ranks 12th in number of parents helping millennials pay rent: Study

The number of millennials who are still receiving support from the parents throughout the city is lower than you may think, according to a recent study. Comments (1)
Whitestone

Robber flees with more than $1,000 in cash from Whitestone bank: NYPD

Police were asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted in connection with a recent bank robbery in Whitestone. Comments (6)
Ozone Park

NYPD eyes two in connection with violent Ozone Park robbery

The NYPD was searching for a man and a woman they describe as persons of interest in a violent home invasion in Ozone Park last month. Comment
Two community organizations in Queens have announced a new name to mark their merger and rebranding. Comment
State Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) shared important tips with community residents last week on how to stay safe this holiday season at a Fire and Fraud Seminar at the Hillcrest Jewish Center in Flushing. Comment
See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

A Douglaston native is part of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Chamber Orchestra that was scheduled to perform during the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush in Washington, D.C. Comment
Times Ledger Newspapers wants to make the holidays a special time for the children of one Queens neighborhood. Comment
State Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal, in partnership with Kamin Health, offered free lead testing last week to residents of the Pomonok Houses at his Flushing district office. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

City Council passes Lancman’s bill mandating that formerly jailed individuals know their voting rights

City Councilman Rory Lancman’s bill that requires the Department of Corrections to inform individuals released from a city jail of their voting rights was approved last week by the City Council on Wednesday. Comment
Health

City’s annual HIV report shows citywide decline in diagnoses

While New York City’s health department is celebrating the decline in new HIV diagnoses in 2017 compared to 2016, it is also using a new method to estimate how many of the new diagnoses in 2017 were among people who were newly infected with the virus that year, altering the recent year-to-year comparisons announced in past reports. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

Borough President Melinda Katz officially launched her campaign for Queens District Attorney against incumbent Richard Brown, City Councilman Rory Lancman and retired Judge Gregory Lasak Tuesday morning at MacDonald Park in Forest Hills. Comments (5)
The fight against a proposed College Point homeless shelter is heating up as residents are gearing up to sue the city. Comments (3)
Commuters on the 7 train in Queens and Manhattan experienced a series of setback during the first week of communications-based train control, a digital signal system which replaced the analog technology. Comments (1)
More than 600 students in kindergarten through fifth grade in Long Island City and Forest Hills will receive an UNTUCKit shirts this holiday season as part of The New York Pops’ PopsEd program. Comment
The city’s Department of Education (DOE) surpassed its goal to introduce 40 new Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs between 2016 and 2018 with a multi-year $113 million investment across all five boroughs, 11 of which were implemented in 10 schools in Queens. Comments (1)
Bayside ►Video

Bandit breaks into Bayside eatery and takes off with more than $10K in cash: NYPD

Police were looking for a burglar who allegedly broke into a Bayside cafe and stole thousands of dollars in cash. Comments (2)
Crime

Cops reel in two mailbox fishers who stole checks in Forest Hills and Richmond Hill

Two men who allegedly stole mail out of United States Postal Service mailboxes on the streets of Forest Hills and Richmond Hill found themselves in court this week, prosecutors announced on Friday. Comments (1)

Monday, Dec. 3, 2018

Many Vietnam War veterans returned home to cries of protest — something that Manfred Edenhofer, president of the Queens chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association, believes does not do justice to the individuals who served either voluntarily or through the draft. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City homeless shelter sold to Brooklyn investor for $23.2M

The Fairfield Inn in Long Island City, which was controversially converted into a homeless shelter by the city Department of Homeless Services (DHS) in May, has been sold to Brooklyn investor Shulem Herman. Comments (1)
Flushing ►Video

Hammer-wielding man goes wild after Flushing spa workers refuse to give him a refund: NYPD

Armed with a hammer, a man terrorized workers at a Flushing spa last week after his request for a refund was rebuffed, according to authorities. Comments (11)
Next week is Computer Science Education Week, and one Bayside public school is celebrating it by teaching students and parents the basics of coding. Comment
Flushing

Flushing civic activist Don Capalbi dies at age 73

Flushing civic leader Don Capalbi died Sunday at the age of 73, according to U.S. Rep. Grace Meng. Comment
The World’s Fare is coming back to Citi Field next spring and figures to attract thousands of local foodies eager to try curated bites from across the globe. Comment
Astoria

Bronx men charged in Astoria robbery that led to shooting of 18-year-old man who chased them: DA

Two suspects who were allegedly part of a four-man team that attempted to rob an Astoria bodega and then shot the store owner’s brother as he tried to pursue them face multiple charges, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office. Comments (3)

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018

College Point

College Point residents blast city over shelter plan at raucous meeting

Tensions were through the roof at Wednesday night’s College Point Civic Association and Taxpayers meeting as residents expressed anger and fear over a proposed homeless shelter in the neighborhood. Comments (6)
A South Ozone Park man faces up to eight years behind bars after pleading guilty Nov. 28 to torching nine cars parked around the neighborhood. Comment
Seven Queens individuals were indicted Wednesday in a massive untaxed cigarette ring in the east coast evading over $3 million in taxes, according to New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood. Comments (3)
The large Astoria music venue Studio Square NYC has closed. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018

Long Island City

City Council prepares to take action against deal that brings Amazon to Long Island City

The New York City Council is planning to hold hearings looking into the state and city deal to bring Amazon to Long Island City. Comments (2)
Sunnyside

Thumbtacks allegedly placed along 43rd Avenue bike path in Sunnyside on purpose: Van Bramer

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer posted a photo to his Twitter account Nov. 29 of a gloved hand filled with thumbtacks that he claims were intentionally placed on the bike lane along 43rd Avenue in Sunnyside. Comments (3)
Douglaston

90-year-old Douglaston composer debuts newest piece at Tuesday Morning Music Club

Age hasn’t slowed down 90-year-old composer James Cohn, who just debuted his newest musical creation this week. Comment

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

Amazon is dismissing a report released this week by one of the city’s largest unions that slams the e-commerce giant’s anti-union, anti-worker, and anti-brick and mortar activities. Comment
A Whitestone house, which is known to locals as “Santa’s Corner,” is back with its larger-than-life display just in time for the holiday season after homeowner Kevin Lynch took a decorating hiatus last year. Comments (4)
Legendary hip-hop dancer, Gabriel “Kwikstep” Dionisio, who started dancing at the age of six and was influenced by Soul Train and block parties in New York City, has choreographed DIMENSIONS, The Queens College Fall Concert. Comment
“A Whole New LaGuardia,” an $8 billion redevelopment plan for the East Elmhurst airport, is soaring to new heights with the opening of its first new concourse on Saturday, according to his office. Comment
It wasn’t art that drew a crowd outside MoMA PS1 in Long Island City this time. Comment
Bayside

Nearby street construction forces water outage affecting Bayside businesses

Bayside businesses will have their water shut off after 9 p.m. starting next week, according to the Department of Design and Construction (DDC). Comment
An elderly pedestrian died near his home in Queens Village Wednesday after being struck by a car, police reported. Comments (1)

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

Flushing

Flushing teen starring in Manhattan musical

A Flushing resident is starring in a new musical presented by TADA! Youth Theater from Nov. 16 through Dec. 2 in a riveting theatrical performance. Comment

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