Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015


Van Bramer returns his lulus

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) believes in giving back. In this case, he’s giving back his lulus. Comment

Bridal boutique marks 5th anniversary in Bayside

Charisol Bridal Boutique, a retail wedding gown business that has operated in Queens since the 1980s, has been serving Bayside brides-to-be for the last five years. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015


Queens World Film Festival kicks off in Astoria

The 5th annual Queens World Film Festival is two months away, but the husband-and-wife co-founders, Don and Katha Cato, held their kickoff party Sunday in Astoria. Nearly a hundred filmmakers, actors, volunteers and alumni gathered at Monika’s Cafe Bar, across the street from the Kaufman Astoria Studios. Comment

Avella wants to legislate forced tree planting

Whitestone resident Joseph Cozeolino spent $140,000 in repairs to his home from damage caused by foliage. Comment
Little Neck

Chancellor calls Little Neck’s MS 67 one of her favorite schools 

City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña wants parents to be more involved in their children’s education. But that involvement must go beyond classrooms and textbooks. Comments (1)

Moran, Mary Louis bounce back with win over Woodlands

Struggling Mary Louis forward Celeste Moran had something to prove to coach JoAnn Arbitello and herself after being taken out of the starting lineup. Comment

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Springfield Gardens

Tuskegee Airman’s story inspires the young

The unassuming Dabney Montgomery entered Merrick Academy’s auditorium supported by a dark cane and made his way toward the empty seats behind the podium. Comments (1)

Costa holds Learning Day for Astoria Cove job seekers

Two months after the massive Astoria Cove construction project got final approval by the City Council, nearly 150 people came to PS 85 to learn more about job opportunities the development will bring. Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) hosted Astoria Cove Learning Day with the help of community groups such as Build Up NYC and Urban Upbound. Comment

NY1 anchor learns ancestor was a slave

The Jamaica Performing Arts Center celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with community leaders and officials, poets, dancers, musicians and keynote speaker Cheryl Wills, a television anchorwoman for NY1 local news channel. Comments (2)

IDC launches 15-point ‘Invest New York’ agenda

The Independent Democratic Conference Monday launched its 2015-16 policy agenda, a 15-point plan designed to tackle everything from minimum wage to public housing revitalization in New York. Comments (1)

Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015


Katz donates African-American books to Queens libraries

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz made a special donation of books honoring the African-American experience at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Queens Central Library in Jamaica Saturday afternoon. Comment
St. Albans

Hundreds turn out for job fair in St. Albans

As the economy gains momentum, the unemployment rate in Queens and New York state has also dropped steadily over the last few years. Comment

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Jamaica Hills

CB8 wants more information on T-Building proposal

Although the developers for a proposed mixed use housing development at the Queens Hospital Center’s 1930s-era T-Building have revised their proposal to address community concerns, Queens Community Board 8 says it needs more information. Comment

Residents, leaders weigh in on proposed Flushing-Jamaica bus route

The MTA and the city Department of Transportation held a lively forum in Kew Gardens Hills on their proposal for a Select Bus Service between Flushing and Jamaica that drew strong opposition and some support from the overflow crowd. Comments (1)

Over 90,000 boro immigrants to benefit from Obama’s new policy

The executive orders issued by President Barack Obama will offer protection from deportation to about 91,000 Queens residents, according to a study released last week by the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute. Comments (2)

MTA raises subway and bus ride to $2.75 in March

Get your wallets ready for another fare hike. Comment

Lunar New Year celebrations will have full 7 train service

For the first time, the 7 train will be running at full capacity during all Lunar New Year celebrations in February. Comments (3)
East Elmhurst

Airport workers march on LaGuardia in spirit of MLK

Nearly 1,000 airport workers marked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a rally, march and a sit-in at LaGuardia Airport to demand better wages, benefits, working standards and the right to union representation. Unlike last year’s march where 37 union leaders, clergy and elected officials were arrested, the Jan. 14 civil disobedience came to an end after the first warning given by police. Comment

Transparency best disinfectant for Library: Katz

A month after firing Thomas Galante as CEO and president of the Queens Library and the recent resignation of five of his top aides, the nonprofit is writing a new chapter. Comment

Rosedale driver charged with hitting boy as he got off school bus

A Rosedale resident has been charged with assault, driving without a license and several other counts after allegedly hitting a 6-year-old boy leaving a stopped school bus and then fleeing the scene, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

New Yorkers think race relations worse now: Polls

A majority of New Yorkers believe police officers were wrong when their turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio at the funerals of the two cops killed coldbloodedly in a Brooklyn street, according to two recently released polls. Comments (2)

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Kew Gardens

Sad story of gifted East Elmhurst man ends in death

The initial police report came over as an assault outside a high-rise apartment building on 83rd Avenue, about a block from the Queens Criminal courthouse in Kew Gardens. The doorman had found a young man lying face up and lifeless on the plaza outside the lobby window. Comments (44)
Willets Point

Governor proposes AirTrain to LaGuardia and an increase to the minimum wage

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made two proposals this week that will have significant impact on the borough: the unveiling of plans to build an AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport and a plan to increase the minimum wage in New York City. Comments (2)

Queens Boulevard workshop draws big crowd

Hoping to play a role in changing the “Boulevard of Death,” at least 200 people took part Wednesday in the first-ever Queens Boulevard Safety Workshop at PS 11 in Woodside. Comments (7)
Kew Gardens

Katz calls for new zoning areas for basement apartments

Two days before she was to give her first State of the Borough address Thursday, Melinda Katz said Queens needs more schools, more affordable housing and more quality jobs, among other priorities, while calling on the city to consider creating new zoning districts for basement apartments. Comments (10)
Springfield Gardens

Malcolm X’s daughter speaks on her father’s legacy at Merrick Academy

As the 50th anniversary of the death of Malcolm X approached, his daughter, author Ilyasah Shabazz, gave words of wisdom to students on the importance of education and enunciated her father’s legacy at the Merrick Academy in Springfield Gardens Saturday. Comment
Long Island City

LIC to be rezoned for more building taking onus off Sunnyside railyards

The building boom in Long Island City is expected to increase exponentially now that the city is in preliminary stages of rezoning Queens Plaza and Court Square for even more development that would ease the growing housing crisis. While the news set off alarms in LIC, it provides a relief for residents in neighboring Sunnyside who fear development of the 160-acre Sunnyside Yards. Comments (4)

NE Queens leaders wary of Select Bus Service proposal

Two northeast Queens lawmakers have expressed concerns about a proposal for a Select Bus Service route in and between Flushing and Jamaica. Comments (8)

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Bay Terrace

Woman struck and killed crossing Bay Terrace street

A 69-year-old woman was killed Monday evening when she was struck by a car as she was crossing a Bay Terrace street, police said. Comments (6)

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015


Car wrecks litter Queens as black ice covers roads

A freezing, early-morning rain created havoc on the roads in Queens Sunday, forcing the closure of the Queens-Midtown Tunnel for a short while and a string of fender-crunching accidents from one end of the borough to the other. Comments (1)


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