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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Long Island City

New comedy club opens in Long Island City

Long Island City

New comedy club opens in Long Island City

The laughter is back on Vernon Boulevard. A new comedy club called The Standing Room quietly opened in late June at the former home of The Laughing Devil. Comment
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, after nearly two years of delays, has announced Sept. 13 as the opening date of the new station that will permit the No.7 train to travel all the way from Flushing to Manhattan’s far west side. Comments (34)
Bayside

Escape room games come to Bayside

Bayside is now home to a new game that has grown in popularity in Manhattan in the past few years: the escape room. Comment
Since the legislative session finished at the end of June, Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has raised more than $160,000 for the July filing period. Comment

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jamaica

Russell Simmons brings peace and yoga to youth

Hollis-raised hip-hop business magnate Russell Simmons returned to Queens last week to join community leaders and police officers at the annual Keep the Peace initiative Comment
The city Department of Probation brought attention to both gun violence and domestic violence at a street fair last week. Comment
Jamaica

Jamaica developers bring jobs to local biz

As downtown Jamaica development projects increase so do opportunities. Comment
Bayside

Bayside teen shatters Powerlifting records

Baysider Andrew Spyridon-Tow, 17, broke the teenage world record for deadlifting during the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate meet in Strong Island, L.I., earlier this month. Spyridon-Tow lifted 550 pounds on his third of three deadlift attempts. Comment
Crime

City firefighter charged with drunk driving: NYPD

FLUSHING—An off-duty firefighter was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in the 109th Precinct area, the NYPD said. Comment

Monday, July 27, 2015

Queens Village

The 105th Precinct gets more cops

The head of the 105th Precinct, Inspector Michael Coyle, spoke with church and community leaders at Bethel Ministries Church on Jamaica Avenue last week, addressing the upcoming changes at the precinct. Comments (1)
Politics

Bill targeting bad salons, worker exploitation passed

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into a law a bill last week that would shut down unlicensed nail salons and grant trainee status to vulnerable unlicensed workers. Comments (1)
Bayside Hills

BP Katz announces support for City Council candidate Barry Grodenchik

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, along with other female political leaders, Tuesday announced her endorsement of former Flushing Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin at a brief event in Bayside Hills. Comments (4)
The long-neglected Diving Pool in Astoria Park will undergo reconstruction next spring and be transformed into a public music and arts amphitheater, according to the city Parks Department. The 32-foot Arte Moderne diving platform that towers over the largest public swimming pool in the city was closed in the early ‘80s and sat deteriorating ever since with plant life growing in stagnant water at the bottom. Comments (6)
Flushing High School allegedly enrolled 150 students in online courses to meet its 60 percent graduation rate goal, according to a published report. Comments (5)
Flushing

NYPD is searching for suspect in connection with burglaries

FLUSHING—Police were looking for a suspect behind burglaries in the 109th Precinct area in June and July. Comment

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Queens Village

Boro remembers Eric Garner

Queens Village

Boro remembers Eric Garner

A Queens Village community memoriam for Eric Garner, who died from a police chokehold last year, was held at the New Greater Bethel Ministries bookstore on Jamaica Avenue to discuss the impact of his death on the area and the new NYPD neighborhood policing efforts that are gradually taking place across the borough. Comments (1)
Queens elected officials and veterans groups praised a new veteran designation on the municipal ID card announced by the city last week as a good first step in addressing problems that veterans face. Comment

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Jamaica

Starbucks to start brewing in downtown Jamaica

Starbucks will open its first branch in Jamaica during the first half of 2016. Comments (6)
Flushing

Boys Club in Flushing addresses summer decline in youth literacy

The Boys Club of New York, 133-01 41st Road in Flushing, is spending the summer working with children who have been struggling with reading, fighting what many educators call the “summer slide.” Comments (5)
Kew Gardens

Five Queens campuses get $5million

Kew Gardens

Five Queens campuses get $5million

City University of New York colleges across the borough will receive an estimated $5 million this fiscal year from the borough president’s discretionary funds to support capital projects at CUNY campuses. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Who’s running the ship when they run for president?

I’ve been worried recently about New Jersey and Wisconsin. These states elected governors a few years ago and they probably expected that a big job like running a state would be more than a full-time job. But instead, their chief executives are running around the country auditioning for a new job while their constituents get to scratch their heads and wonder who is minding the ship. Comments (1)

Friday, July 24, 2015

The sign above the entrance to the offices of Urban Upbound says “Need a job?” It’s a question the non-profit organization has been asking residents of the Astoria Houses for more than a decade as it provides residents of public housing with the tools and resources needed to achieve economic mobility and self sufficiency, and to break the cycle of poverty. Comment
Eight candidates have now filed petitions to with the city Board of Elections for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat, with three hopefuls leading the pack in the amount of funds raised. Comment
Queens Village

The seriously comical debate for District 23

Queens Village

The seriously comical debate for District 23

The candidate debate for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin was going to be a regular debate session organized by different Queens Village community organizations until Michael Foubister, a new candidate for District 23, showed up Tuesday night. Comments (3)
Concerns about the NYPD’s plans to lease a tow pound in College Point were raised by Community Board 7 Chairman Eugene Kelty at a land-use hearing hosted by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. Comment
Key Food and Stop & Shop are acquiring 11 Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company grocery stores in Queens after A&P filed for bankruptcy. Comment
Howard Beach

City Council speeds up Sandy recovery process

Howard Beach

City Council speeds up Sandy recovery process

The City Council approved a text amendment on special zoning rules to accelerate rebuilding of Sandy-damaged residences in areas within flood zones in the Rockaways, south Queens, south Brooklyn and Staten Island. Comment
A Queens man and renowned jeweler to several national celebrities, Aron Aranbayev, 40, died at Jamaica Hospital Monday from injuries he sustained when he was struck by a vehicle the night before, police said. Comment
Flushing

First District 25 Bike Ride held in Kissena Park

About 25 Queens residents joined state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) for the inaugural District 25 Bike Ride late Monday morning to discover ways to improve biking paths. Comment
Corona

New hotel opens in Corona

Corona

New hotel opens in Corona

A brand new 90-room hotel opened in Corona Friday just a short walk from Citi Field, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the USTA Tennis Center, home of the US Open. Comments (1)
Bayside Hills

The Jacksons come to Queens on 50th anniversary tour

The remaining members of the Jackson 5—Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Marlon Jackson—are making a stop in Queens on their 50th-anniversary tour. The concert will take place Aug. 30, one day after what would have been Michael Jackson’s 57th birthday. Comment

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The billionaire for-hire car service Uber came to an agreement Wednesday under which the City Council will postpone a vote on capping the number of its drivers this year. Comments (3)
Transit

Members of Congress push for stricter aircraft noise controls

The three members of Congress’ Quiet Skies Caucus from Queens are pushing for tougher aircraft noise controls amid growing concern over the health of residents living near major U.S. airports. Comments (3)
Long Island City

LIC BID expansion plan announced

Long Island City

LIC BID expansion plan announced

The Long Island City Business Improvement District announced its proposed expansion plan this week that would create a new sub-district along Vernon Boulevard, Jackson Avenue and 44th Drive. Comments (1)
A “potentially crippling” strike by 1,200 airport workers was averted just hours before the picket lines were to form at Kennedy and LaGuardia Wednesday. Comment
The Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City will be the first of five public housing developments citywide that will receive free high-speed Internet service under a $10-million pilot project, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week. Comments (3)
Jamaica

Hindus want prayer room at JFK

The Hindu community is calling on the Port Authority to create a designated prayer room at JFK Airport in response to the airport’s large number of Hindu employees and passengers. Comments (2)
One of the smallest parks in the borough is about to get an expensive makeover. Comments (1)
The Cole Bros Circus will be making things funny in Belmont Park when it performs Friday through Sunday. Show times on Friday are at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., whereas Saturday and Sunday have extra opportunities with three shows each day at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Comments (3)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Queens Village

Elderly Queens Village woman found dead

Police were investigating the suspicious death over the weekend of a 94-year-old Queens Village woman, who lived with her son. Comment
Kew Gardens

Power outages hit the borough during heat wave

An estimated 12 Queens neighborhoods have been affected by power outages and downed wires since the Monday evening heat wave according to the latest update on the Con Edison power outage map. Comment
Bayside Hills

BP Katz announces support for City Council candidate Barry Grodenchik

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, along with other female political leaders, Tuesday announced her endorsement for former Flushing Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik for the City Council seat vacated by Mark Weprin in a brief event in Bayside Hills. Comments (11)

Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

Eight candidates have now filed petitions with the city Board of Elections to run for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat, with three hopefuls leading the pack in the amount of funds raised. Comments (1)

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

Transit

Members of Congress recommend stricter controls on aircraft noise

The three members of Congress’ Quiet Skies Caucus from Queens are pushing for tougher aircraft noise controls amid growing concern over the health of residents living near major U.S. airports. Comment

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