Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015


Three-story retail building planned for Northern Boulevard

The real estate firm Robert K. Futterman and Associates has announced plans for a new development that will take the place of the Burger King on Northern Boulevard in Bayside. Comments (3)

Wills introduces bill to combat gang violence

In an effort to curb gang violence across the city, Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) has reintroduced the Community Violence Prevention Act bill during a City Council hearing. Comments (2)

Vicky Morales to serve as Katz’s community boards director

Veronica “Vicky Morales” Casella has been appointed by Borough President Melinda Katz to succeed newly elected City Councilman Barry Grodenchik as director of community boards. Casella will also serve as Katz’s director of parks and recreation and director of facilities. Comments (2)

Flushing pharmacy offers personalized care to residents

A Flushing pharmacy nearing its one-year anniversary aims to serve as a hometown drugstore for residents in the area. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015


Community applauds scrapping of plan for high school at Linden Place

Community leaders and elected officials applauded the city’s decision to scrap plans for a high school inside its building at 30-48 Linden Place, while the city Department of Education said it is considering putting programs for high school students at the site. Comment

MinKwon Center registers 70,000 new immigrant voters

The MinKwon Center for Community Action in Flushing has reached a milestone, having registered more than 70,000 new immigrant voters citywide as part of its civic participation program. Comments (5)
Richmond Hill

After hate crime wave, residents start a discussion

Residents from Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Jewish religious backgrounds met last week at the Bosnian Community Center in Richmond Hill to compare notes on the recent wave of hate incidents across the city. Comment

Monday, Dec. 28, 2015


No quick fix for homeless crisis despite new initiative: de Blasio

As Mayor Bill de Blasio nears the midway point of his first term, the homeless crisis continues to be the 800-pound gorilla in City Hall. In an hour-long session with reporters Monday, the mayor admitted mistakes have been made. Comments (5)
Long Island City

Van Bramer wants violence-plagued LIC nightclub shuttered

Back in 2010, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley teamed up to close Casa Romano, a restaurant on Queens Boulevard that frequently served minors alcohol, leading to episodes of violence that affected area residents and businesses in Sunnyside. Comment

Corona man pleads guilty to strangling Astoria woman to death

A 22-year-old Corona man faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder in the 2009 strangulation death of a fashion school student in Astoria, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Jackson Heights

Muslim Americans rally to dispel hate and remember victims of terror

Several Muslim communities from the city and Long Island rallied in Jackson Heights Saturday to mark one year since Taliban militants killed more than 150 children and adults at a school in Pakistan in an event. The event was held to remember victims of terror both abroad and in the United States. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Connecticut man arrested in 2011 shooting death of Kew Gardens man

A 52-year-old Connecticut man was arrested early Monday morning in Shelton, Conn., in the fatal shooting of a Kew Gardens man in 2011, the Shelton Police Department said Tuesday. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015


Markey’s re-election campaign kicks off with celebration

Friends and supporters of state Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) gathered at Dazies Restaurant in Sunnyside earlier this month to officially kick off the Queens lawmaker’s 2016 re-election campaign. Comment

Meng says new tax measures will help Queens

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) praised the passage of tax breaks that she said will benefit individuals and small businesses in Queens, including a commuter tax credit for mass transit commuters and increasing expense limits for businesses for equipment costs. These were part of a $1.1 trillion spending package approved in Washington last week. Comments (7)
Fresh Meadows

St. Francis Prep helps those in need this Christmas

This holiday season, students and staff at the St. Francis Preparatory School have been working with the surrounding community on a number of projects to help those in need. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015


First phase of SBS coming to Woodhaven Blvd. in 2017

The city Department of Transportation plans to implement a preliminary short-term Select Bus Service program in early 2017 along the Q52 and Q53 bus routes before a full capital build-out, a DOT spokesman said. Comments (7)
Forest Hills

Long-awaited Amtrak safety upgrades arrive after Philadelphia crash

Travelers taking Amtrak between New York City and Philadelphia are now benefiting from a new crash-prevention system six months after a train derailment in Philadelphia killed seven, including a Far Rockaway midshipman. The engineer of the train, a resident of Forest Hills, was one of 200 injured. Comment
Middle Village

Christ the King inks new faculty contract

Teachers at Christ the King Regional High School are set to receive a raise over the next three years as part of a freshly signed contract agreement reached between the faculty union and the Middle Village school. The raise marks the second pay increase for faculty since 2014. Comment

Friday, Dec. 25, 2015


Bayside kids giving back for holidays

Students at PS 159 in Bayside are giving back this holiday season—something they are encouraged to do year round, but they are learning the importance of going the extra mile this time of year. Comment
Forest Hills

Barnes & Noble closes next week

Jennifer Hudson-Phillips stood by the entrance of the Forest Hills Barnes & Noble, which closes next Thursday and picked up a book. She examined it as if she was testing the ripeness of a vegetable or fruit. Comment

9/11 first responders, survivors celebrate Zadroga extension

Several dozen 9/11 first responders and survivors returned to Ground Zero Saturday to celebrate the successful end of a yearlong campaign one day after Congress voted to extend the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act for 75 years at a cost of $3.5 billion. The legislation also renews the Victims Compensation Fund for five years with $4.6 billion to pay claims. Comment

103rd Pct. officer attacked with hatchet heads back to work

Police Officer Kenneth Healey, who suffered a skull fracture after he was attacked by a hatchet-wielding man, returned to work this week after a full year of undergoing rehabilitation. Comment

Astoria leaders collect donated coats and toys for the holidays

Astoria’s elected officials collected nearly 100 winter coats donated by community members for families in need. The coats were dropped off at their offices as part of a holiday season coat drive and given to New York Cares for their 27th annual effort that gathers around 80,000 coats. Comment
Community Service

Braunstein collects thousands of gifts during annual holiday drive

State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) announced the end of his holiday gift drive last week, which he said collected thousands of children’s toys, as well as toiletries and clothing for veterans. The items collected for the veterans gift drive went to residents at the St. Albans VA Community Living Center and the state Veterans Home in St. Albans. Comment
Rego Park

NYPD searches for suspect in Rego Park bank robbery

REGO PARK — Police from the 112th Precinct were asking the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted in connection with a bank robbery. Comment
Richmond Hill

Police arrest man in 20-month-old murder case

RICHMOND HILL — More than a year later, a man was arrested and charged last week for the murder of a young man, according to the NYPD. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015

Queens Village

Talks of putting homeless at Creedmoor get mixed reviews

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is in discussions with the state’s chief economic development agency over the possibility of using one or more abandoned buildings for a homeless shelter at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village. Comments (3)
Little Neck

Roosevelt Mall robbery suspect from Little Neck

The Little Neck man facing several felony charges in connection with an attempted armed robbery and shooting at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City Tuesday entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Nassau County DA. Comments (6)
Hunters Point

Hunters Point South achieves Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines certification

When the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks moved back to the East River this summer, NBC chose Hunters Point South Park for its broadcast, giving the nation a look at what many Long Island City residents call the “borough’s front lawn.” Since opening in August 2013, the park has received numerous awards for its design and development. Comment
Forest Hills

Longtime Queens child care provider shutters program

The Jewish Child Care Association, which has provided child care services in Queens for over 50 years, will close its flagship child care program according to Ronald Richter, the JCCA’s chief executive officer. Comment
Willets Point

City to continue push for affordable housing after Council megamall vote

As elected officials expressed mixed reactions on the City Council’s vote to support a developer’s legal appeal for the Willets West megamall proposal to proceed, the city said it remains concerned about the affordable housing component even though it backs the $3 billion Willets Point project. Comments (1)

Kim starts fund for slashed exchange student in Whitestone

A 16-year-old exchange student from China and her family have been frightened since the student was slashed by a vicious attacker while she was heading to school in Whitestone last week, according to state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), who has helped set up a special fund for the student and requested she be transferred to another school. Comments (5)

Restaurateur hosts Christmas Eve holiday meal giveaway in Flushing

Danny’s Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, a gourmet restaurant in College Point, will be distributing up to 300 meals to feed those in Flushing who do not have enough food to eat on Christmas Eve. The holiday meal, dubbed “Feed Those in Need on Christmas Eve,” was scheduled to take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall at 137-35 Northern Blvd. Comment
Long Island City

MTA release schedule of No. 7 line shutdowns

An MTA schedule of weekend service shutdowns in 2016 shows there is light at the end of the tunnel for straphangers who ride the No. 7 subway line. The MTA said it requires fewer shutdowns than in previous years as reconstruction progresses and improvement projects near completion. Comments (1)

Woman killed in Flushing DWI told driver to slow down: DA

A Long Island man admitted to having several drinks at a bar and driving over the speed limit in his Porsche Cayman before slamming into the rear of a parked school bus in Flushing and killing the woman in the passenger seat, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015


Kalamaki brings authentic Greek food to Bayside and Flushing

When Aris Konstantinidis emigrated from Greece in 1984, he was astonished at the variety of international cuisine available in the city, but believed the Americanized versions paled in comparisons to the originals. Comment
Forest Hills

Man stabbed in butt on Forest Hills subway platform

FOREST HILLS — A man was stabbed in his buttocks several times by another rider on two subway platforms in Forest Hills and Kew Gardens Sunday police said. The victim told police he only became aware of his wounds when he returned home. Comment

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015


Woman killed in Flushing DWI told driver to slow down: DA

The woman who was killed last week while riding in a Porsche Cayman that slammed into the rear of a parked school bus in Flushing had told the driver who was allegedly intoxicated, to slow down before the collision occurred, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (5)

LISTEN TODAY:Director Michael Moore on Brooklyn Paper Radio

Fans of the documentarian won’t want to miss the controversial director’s lively conversation on Community News Group’s Brooklyn Paper Radio at 4:30 pm. Comments (5)

Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015


Woman killed in Flushing DWI was visitor from South Korea

The woman who was killed while riding in a Porsche Cayman that slammed into the rear of a parked school bus in Flushing has been identified as a visitor from South Korea, police said. The driver has been charged with driving while intoxicated. Comment

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015


DOE scraps plans for high school on Linden Place in Flushing

City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has decided the city Department of Education will no longer be placing a high school inside its building at 30-48 Linden Place after significant community opposition to the proposal, elected officials and community leaders said Friday. Comment

Kim sets up special fund for Chinese exchange student who was slashed

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has set up a special fund for a 16-year-old exchange student from China who was slashed by a “crazed attacker” while she was heading to school in Whitestone Wednesday morning. Comments (3)

Restaurant to give free meals in Flushing on Christmas Eve

Danny’s Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, a gourmet restaurant in College Point, will be distributing up to 300 meals to feed those in Flushing who do not have enough food to eat on Christmas Eve. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

Willets Point

City Council votes to support Willets West megamall proposal

The City Council voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to support a developer’s legal appeal for the Willets West megamall proposal to proceed after an appellate court halted it. Comments (2)
Richmond Hill

Community meets with NYPD after wave of hate crimes

Almost a hundred community members from Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Jewish backgrounds met at the Bosnian Community Center in Richmond Hill Wednesday night to discuss issues surrounding the recent wave of hate crimes against religious minorities across the city. Comment


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