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Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Long Island City

City’s plan for massive project on LIC waterfront draws rebuke from Van Bramer

The city will have to make some changes to its plan to allow a developer to build a massive 1,000 unit residential complex on public land along the Long Island City waterfront, according to City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside). Comments (1)

Triplets born early brought home after long stay at Jamaica clinic

Manjinder Singh went to the hospital with his partner Navdeep Kaur so that they could prepare for a scheduled Caesarian on Jan. 16, for a trio of girls, but the triplets decided to come a day early, according to hospital spokesman Cleon Edwards. Comments (1)

Addabbo pushes new bill to help Simanowitz family

Months after the passing of former state Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) his State Senate and Assembly colleagues are looking to pass a bill to provide the remainder of his salary to his family. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018


Cashless tolling malfunctions lead to massive fines for motorists: lawsuit

Issues with cashless tolling have provoked a class-action lawsuit by a Westchester resident against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, claiming the state agency is notifying drivers of unpaid mail-in tolls after payment due dates and imposing “unfair and improper” penalties of $100 for each violation. Comments (1)

Pols call on feds to fix railroad crossing signals

A pair of Queens congresswomen called on the Federal Railroad Administration to address a crossing in Maspeth, which it was reported to them has not been signaling to motorists when train traffic comes through. Comments (1)

Suozzi opponent plans for futuristic infrastructure changes

A Queens-born Syosset resident is rising up to challenge freshman U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Huntington), whose district covers the northeastern corner of the borough, in the 2018 Democratic primary. Comments (1)
St. Albans

March of Dimes to host health forum for expectant mothers

The Clergy United for Community Empowerment, in collaboration with the March of Dimes, is hosting a health forum for expectant mothers March 2 at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 172-17 Linden Blvd. in St. Albans. Comment

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

Forest Hills

Riders Alliance declares first winner of ‘Worst Commute’ contest

The transit advocacy group Riders Alliance has launched a weekly contest for straphangers to win prizes for sharing the worst commute on the out-of-kilter subways throughout the city. Forest Hills resident Jennifer Tang was named the contest’s first winner. Comments (1)

‘Fine Food’ festival returns to Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Queens Centers for Progress will hold its 24th annual “Evening of Fine Food” Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

Simotas urges passing of her legislation to preserve rape kits, increase protections for sexual assault survivors

Sexual assault survivors would have a greater opportunity to seek justice and expand their rights under proposed legislation authored by state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and she urged its passage during a bi-partisan news conference in Albany last week. Comment

Students’ fight against gun violence

The Broward County shootings have been felt more than a thousand miles from Queens, where one of the youngest victims was born 14 years ago. Few traces remain of Alyssa Alhadeff’s earliest days since her family moved to New Jersey when she was an infant, but the borough and the rest of the city have embraced her as a full-fledged member of our mourning community. Comments (3)

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018


Appeals court favors Sandy victims’ lawsuit

The New York State Court of Appeals handed down a favorable decision for dozens of Rockaway residents and business owners on their lawsuit against the Long Island Power Authority and National Grid, LLC, according to lawyers representing the plaintiffs. Comment

‘Black Panther’ actor screens film for 200 Jamaica kids

More than 200 kids will get the chance to go to a screening of the “Black Panther” film Tuesday at the Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas, thanks to the contributions of Jamaica actor Shomari, who stars in the superhero flick. Comment

Two sentenced in 2015 Whitestone slashing: DA

Two men were sentenced to “lengthy” prison terms after pleading guilty to slashing a teenage girl’s face in Whitestone as she walked to school in 2015, according to the Queens DA. Comment

Fun and games at IndieCade

With controllers in hand and virtual-reality goggles in place, IndieCade, a the three-day festival, attracts more than 200 exhibitors from the eastern seaboard, all eager to show off their video game creations and maybe find a big-time game company willing to take a chance on them. Comments (10)

Residents need to do their part to support local businesses

This Valentine’s Day, my wife Wendy and I went to Aunt Bella’s restaurant on Marathon Parkway in Little Neck. The restaurant opened in 1977 and just celebrated its 41st anniversary. Upon walking into Bella’s, we were meet by Moana, whose husband Richie is the owner. She sat us at one of our favorite tables in the back corner, facing the kitchen. I have always enjoyed watching the cooks at work. It is like going to the opera. The head chef waved and before I even ordered, proceeded to prepare my favorite appetizer of sauteed sweet peppers in olive oil, no garlic. Longtime host and head waiter Danny came to our table and took our order. Comments (1)

Queens World Film Festival shines light on locally and globally-sourced independent films

If you’re looking for some big screen entertainment that’s exciting, shocking, endearing, repulsive, engaging and uplifting, grab your friends and stop by the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios to check out the best independent film has to offer at the 2018 Queens World Film Festival. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018


Illegal Whitestone lot shut down

The city last month officially closed down a Whitestone lot used illegally for commercial storage that neighbors and pols including state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) fumed over for nearly two years. Comments (3)

Survey says: Bayside residents unhappy about tree conditions

Bayside residents are concerned about the condition of city trees in their community, a new survey shows. Comments (1)
Fresh Meadows

Legendary St. Francis Prep basketball coach dies

Legendary St. Francis Prep Basketball coach Tim Leary, 73, died last week after battling gallbladder cancer. Comment

Jamaica man sentenced in kidnapping, rape of teen girl: DA

JAMAICA — A Jamaica man was sentenced last week to 16 years in prison for second-degree kidnapping and third-degree rape of a 15-year-old Canadian girl, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Thalia Spanish Theatre brings ‘Queens of the Night’ to life

Ladies and gentlemen, damas y caballeros, if you’d like to experience a play quite unlike any other, look no further than Queens of the Night/Reinas de la Noche, playing in the Thalia Spanish Theatre until Feb. 25. Comment
High Heat

Vargas offers Mets much-needed depth

The Mets’ strong offseason continued with the addition of veteran southpaw Jason Vargas. Comment

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

Long Island City

Long Island City Partnership launches effort to lure New York’s life-sciences campus to booming neighborhood

The unprecedented growth of Long Island City could include a multimillion-dollar life-sciences campus and the neighborhood’s development organization is aiming to make that happen. Comment

Espinal gets nod from Democrats to run in special election to fill Moya’s Assembly seat

As expected, lifelong Corona resident Ari Espinal will run as the Democratic Party’s candidate in the April 24 special election to fill former state Assemblyman Francisco Moya’s seat that became vacant after he was elected to the City Council in November. Comment

Queens-born teen among Parkland shooting victims

A Queens native was among the high school students killed during a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. last week. At age 14, Alyssa Alhadeff was one of the youngest victims and the first to be laid to rest after Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly opened fire with his AR-15 at his former school, leaving 17 dead and 15 injured. Comments (1)
College Point

Spa Castle fined for child labor violation

A controversial spa in College Point is in trouble once again. Comments (4)

Van Bramer announces he will seek office of borough president when City Council term expires

When three-quarters of the City Council gets term-limited out of office in 2021, many political leaders will be looking for new opportunities in public service. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) will be among them and he has already set in motion his plan of action, announcing last week that he will run for Queens Borough President, as current Borough President Melinda Katz is also term-limited and considering a run for mayor. Comment
Anti-choice protesters who allegedly harassed women who approached the Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica between 2012 and 2017, were in federal court in Brooklyn for the past two weeks, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood said. Comment
East Elmhurst

Crowley hosts Black History Month event in East Elmhurst

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) hosted his 19th annual Black History Month celebration at Bruno’s on the Boulevard in East Elmhurst Tuesday night. Comment

No. 7 train adds cars, push to make Long Island a state and more in February 1950

Its February 1950 and the No. 7 Train is adding new cars. The maroon cars with wide beige strips above and below windows will help glamorize the Flushing Line. Cooling fans and heat will be governed by thermostats sensitive to car temperature changes, including shifts brought about by an increase or decrease of passengers. Comment

Queens Arts and Events Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Middle Village

Pols support ‘Malcolm X’ student at Christ the King rally

Activists and elected officials are not letting Christ the King High School off the hook after a black student was told he could not use the name “Malcolm X” on a school sweater. Comment

Generators come to Astoria Houses as Council members call for state intervention on NYCHA

Astoria Houses received new rooftop generators for surge protection from storms on Feb. 14 purchased with FEMA funds awarded to NYCHA following Superstorm Sandy in 2012, which affected up 60,000 residents living in homes managed by the city agency. Comments (1)

Sunnyside property manager who displayed Nazi imagery in condo lobby ousted

The property manager of a Sunnyside condominium who became the focus of multiple state and city investigations after he was accused of intimidating and harassing residents has resigned from the condominium’s board of managers in a settlement the city’s Commission on Human Rights announced last Friday. Comment

Democratic insider mounts primary challenge against Assemblyman Brian Barnwell

Woodside resident Melissa Sklarz announced Tuesday she will mount a primary challenge against state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) in September. Comment
The Lunar New Year parade in Flushing is so big, it takes more than an hour and a half for all the groups to march by — from dignitaries to church and civic groups to tae kwon do classes. Everyone gets a moment in the sun — or the moon. Comment
St. Albans

Department of Education allocates $32.6 billion budget for 2018-2019

Community education council leaders, School District 29’s budget director and its deputy superintendent were at Lorraine Hansberry Elementary School (PS 118) last week at 190-20 109th Road in St. Albans to discuss the $32.5 billion 2018-2019 fiscal budget for New York City’s 1.1 million students, as well as pensions for teachers. Comments (1)

Flushing pols push census preparation bill

Elected officials gathered in Flushing last week demanding action on a census preparation bill. Comment

Corona man convicted in JFK theft of John Legend’s luggage: DA

A Corona man has been convicted for stealing singer John Legend’s luggage from JFK last March, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Is a college education a waste of money?

Do you remember what you learned in college? Does anyone? Comment

Hold politicans accountable for gun violence

There are no words to express the horror and shock over the killings and injuries sustained by those at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Valentine’s Day. Wonderful people, most of them children, were victims of this act of terror. The lives of the families of the victims and the community at large are forever changed by this terrible event. Comments (1)

Young choreographers selected to show works at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center

Despite an always-changing world and the addictive draw of technology and social media, something as important as the arts should never be cast aside or forgotten. But behind the scenes, it seems that keeping the arts alive and relevant has been an ongoing challenge for creators, choreographers, artistic directors and producers, despite their best efforts – especially these days, with rising rents, a shortage of studio space, and changing audiences. Comment
Cardozo basketball coach Ron Naclerio knew that before he could begin to think about winning his fourth NYC PSAL Basketball Championship, his team would have to accomplish their goal of capturing the 2018 PSAL Queens Borough Championship. Comment

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018


Dead infant discovered in trash at Dutch Kills playground: NYPD

The body of a newborn baby was discovered inside a garbage can at the Dutch Kills Playground in Astoria Saturday morning. Comments (1)

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

East Elmhurst

Free LaGuardia Link Q70 bus service is in effect through Feb. 20 to alleviate holiday traffic

Travelers heading to LaGuardia Airport can ride the Q70 bus for free until Thursday, Feb. 20, the Port Authority announced. Comments (1)



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