Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

Jackson Heights

Medical firm to move into Jackson Heights Shopping Center

A Jackson Heights medical firm is moving into developer Muss Development’s Jackson Heights Shopping Center. Comment

Ridgewood man’s car catches fire in Bayside

BAYSIDE — A Ridgewood man parked near the Capital One Bank in Bayside after he started smelling smoke from his car Feb. 12. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015


Famous pizza chef opens restaurant in Sunnyside

A legendary pizzaiolo, a master Neopolitan and Roma style-pizza chef, has opened a new outpost in Sunnyside and the neighborhood has turned out in droves. Comments (1)

Costa introduces bill to increase biofuel use

Continuing his efforts to make New York City more sustainable, City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) introduced legislation last week which would increase the use of biodiesel in home heating oil. The bill would mandate that home heating oil contain a 5 percent blend of biofuel by October 2016 and create a framework to raise that blend every five years until we reach 20 percent by 2030. Comment

Jamaica church reaches out to NYPD to engage

NYPD Community Affairs Sgt. Dwayne Palmer doesn’t need a microphone. A former Marine, his vocals cords could be heard working loud and clear across the mostly empty Bethany Baptist Church on 160th Street in Jamaica during the youth group meeting on community relations with the Police Department late last week. Comment

Flushing Town Hall meets $35,000 campaign challenge

Flushing Town Hall has met its campaign goal of raising $35,000 to match funding from an anonymous donor ahead of its Feb. 28 deadline. Comment

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Rockaway Beach

FEMA allocates nearly $500 million to rebuild Rockaway boardwalk

The federal government has finally allocated nearly $500 million to repair the boardwalk in Rockaway, nearly a million square feet of which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Comments (1)

Who’s Who of western Queens examines the future of Astoria, LIC

An eclectic mix of arts people, business owners, elected officials and an activist comedian gathered to weigh in on the future of their thriving Astoria and Long Island City communities during a panel discussion and Q&A held earlier this month at the Greater Astoria Historical Society. A diverse audience made up of area residents from different walks of life filled the crowded room. Comment

MTA workshop to discuss bus service in NE Queens

The MTA is conducting a free public workshop next week to get feedback from northeast Queens residents on how to improve bus service in the area. Comment

Queens residents, properties involved in city housing, building schemes

Nine city employees from Queens were arrested last week and charged in a massive housing fraud and bribery scheme that involved properties in three boroughs, the Manhattan district attorney said. Three Queens real estate sites were part of the crackdown. Comments (1)

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

Fresh Meadows

Adoptees bill will give access to medical history

An adoptee legislation bill will finally an adopted person who has reached the age of 18 to request, a non-certified copy of his or her birth certificate and/or medical historyfrom the Department of Health, lawmakers and adoptee rights advocacy groups announced last week. Comments (2)

MTA awards contract for LIRR corridor at Grand Central

Transit officials have awarded the contract for construction of the $400 million-plus concourse more than 100 feet below Grand Central Terminal where Long Island Rail Road trains will for the first time arrive on Manhattan’s East Side. Comments (1)

Suspect stole cell phone at Astoria Laundromat: NYPD

ASTORIA — Police were searching for a suspect who committed grand larceny at an Astoria Laundromat in January, according to the NYPD. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Long Island City

Waterfront Crab House closed after nearly 40 years following owner’s death

The Waterfront Crab House has closed after nearly 40 years in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City. Visitors to the iconic seafood restaurant Sunday were surprised to learn that three children of owner Tony Mazzarella decided to close down just three weeks after he died. Comments (2)

Crime down in 109th Precinct

The 109th Precinct, whose area includes downtown Flushing, College Point, Whitestone and Bay Terrace, has already seen a decrease in crime since the new year began. Comments (1)
Borough residents are keeping the fight alive to limit airplane noise, a disturbing sound that increased about three years ago when the Senate passed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization bill. Comments (5)

Gambling granny charged with child endangerment

JAMAICA — A grandmother is facing charges after leaving her 5-year-old granddaughter in her car outside Resorts World Casino in Jamaica on Saturday afternoon. Comments (1)

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

The NYPD was still searching for a 63-year-old Astoria man with early onset dementia who has been missing since Feb.12. Comment

Flushing co-op requires residents to pay pet registration fee

Residents of a Flushing co-op have expressed concerns about a new registration fee for tenants who have pets. Comment
East Elmhurst

DenDekker not impressed with Vision Zero

Nearly a dozen city and state elected officials endorsed the Department of Transportation’s Pedestrian Safety Plan for Queens. Comments (1)

New cageless pet hotel opens in Astoria

A new pet hotel in Astoria puts a premium on creature comforts. Comment
The Hallets Point megaproject is set to begin construction now that the Durst Organization has acquired the final piece of the real estate puzzle. The developer paid an investor $15 million, for the land at 1-02 26th Ave. in Astoria, and will go forward with the 2.5 million-square-foot residential and retail development. Comment

Flushing resident seeks inclusive black history in public schools

A longtime Flushing resident is pushing for a more comprehensive African-American history curriculum in Flushing’s public schools. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Mayor strengthens city’s tech workforce and Coalition for Queens

The de Blasio administration is strengthening its ties to the technology sector that is driving job growth. Comment

New RKO Keith’s Theater plan to be presented to CB 7

The owner of RKO Keith’s Theater in downtown Flushing is going to present plans to build condos at the former theater to Community Board 7 in March. Comment

Children’s Room at Queens Library Broadway branch reopens after renovation

Queens Library’s Broadway branch reopened its Children’s Room after a five-month renovation. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

Bayside High School softball and basketball coach Steve Piorkowski died Wednesday night after a three-year battle with cancer, his wife Susan Hayes said. He was 54. Comments (4)

DOT rolls out Pedestrian Safety Plan for Queens

Looking to build on the first year success of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero Initiative, the Department of Transportation rolled out its comprehensive plan for “a safer Queens” in 2015. Comments (1)
St. Albans

St. Albans teacher accused of beating special ed student

An alarming audio recording allegedly of the teacher accused of beating a special ed student in January at PS 118 in St. Albans was released Tuesday by the Cochran law firm and Paul B. Weitz & Associates, which are suing the city on behalf of the child. Comment

Rival groups battle it out during trash hearing

After a rally at City Hall, advocates and opponents of a bill that would reduce city waste transfers in southeast Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx attended a five-hour City Council hearing on the measure last week. Comments (4)

Murder in Woodhaven ended 12-day lull in city

The 12-day murder-free streak ended for New York City when police responded to the home of Woodhaven resident Eric Roman, who was found shot multiple times and taken to Jamaica hospital, where he eventually succumbed to his injuries and was later pronounced dead on Valentine’s Day, police said. Comments (1)

De Blasio reveals plan for select bus service

The city has picked out four new routes for Select Bus Service, which include a route between Flushing and Jamaica and another route between Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards. Comment

Airport baggage handlers strike for one day at JFK

Nearly 100 contracted baggage handlers at JFK Airport staged a 24-hour strike last week over what they contend are unfair labor practices by their employer, Aviation Safeguards, a subcontractor at the airport. The workers said they have filed various lawsuits and complaints about unfair labor practices, health and safety violations and wage theft against the company, which denies their claims. Comment

EDC asks for affordable housing proposals in Jamaica

The city Economic Development Corp. issued a request for proposals for a mixed use, mixed-income development with a focus on affordable housing to be built at a city-owned property on 168th Street in Jamaica. Comments (1)

Queens College ranks among best schools for value

Queens College and its students have recently been recognized by various publications and programs for its affordability and quality education. Comment

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015


City’s murder-free streak ends on Valentine’s Day in Woodhaven

The 12-day murder-free streak ended for New York City Saturday when police responded to the death of Eric Roman, who was shot multiple times and taken to Jamaica hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead, said police. Comment


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