Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

The wave of Ridgewood property development shows no signs of slowing, with another prime location now on the market. Comment
A Hollis woman who spent two decades caring for her mother, stricken with dementia, received a state Assembly proclamation and the AARP I Heart Caregivers award. Comment
Minors will no longer be allowed to use indoor tanning beds if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gets its way. The FDA released proposed rules Dec. 18 warning that indoor tanning is a known contributor to skin cancer, including melanoma, its most deadly form, and other skin damage. Comments (1)
After the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, the 106th Precinct, along with most precincts across the city, underwent active shooter training to be prepared to protect a major tourist attraction: Resorts World Casino. Comments (2)

Tapas comes to Bell

Sangarita’s, a sister restaurant to successful tapas bars in Whitestone and Long Beach, is Bell Boulevard’s latest ethnic cuisine addition. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

New York state will reimburse congressionally chartered veterans organizations that provide funeral and burial services for indigent military veterans under legislation signed Dec. 23 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Comments (2)
Alexa Weitzman, a Forest Hills community activist, was watching her young son play in Katzman Playground in Yellowstone Park when he briefly drifted out of her sight. Weitzman immediately looked to the three large, permanently open gates which led to the street. For a moment, she feared the worst. Comments (2)

Executive budget falls short for mayor’s summer program: report

In a review of the current fiscal year city budget, the Independent Budget Office found that the city has not come up with enough funding for the 2016 summer session of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s School’s Out New York City initiative. Comments (2)

Monday, Jan. 4, 2016

Middle Village

Memorial coming for Shirtwaist Factory fire

Middle Village

Memorial coming for Shirtwaist Factory fire

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a disaster that highlighted dangerous labor conditions for European immigrants in early 20th century New York, will be remembered with a memorial. Comments (1)
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has released the final report on the current state of homelessness in the city, following a forum convened by the Senate Task Force on the Delivery of Social Services in New York City in October. Comments (1)
New York State became the first in the nation to guarantee prenatal care for all women regardless of income last week when Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that makes pregnancy a qualifying event for enrollment in a health insurance plan. The bill was introduced by state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) following a report by city Comptroller Scott Stringer that highlighted the need for expanded access to vital prenatal care. Comments (2)

Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016

Queens lawmakers are welcoming the news that all non-union city employees will receive six weeks of paid parental leave for maternity, paternity, adoption and foster care at 100 percent salary beginning in 2016, thanks to an executive order from Mayor Bill de Blasio. The new terms will apply to more than 20,000 managers and staffers as of Jan. 1. Comments (2)
Plans are underway for an open outdoor market in downtown Flushing. Comments (6)
City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) gave the Hillcrest Jewish Center in Fresh Meadows $20,000 to assist with programming for seniors and young campers. Comment

Can planes and birds co-exist at JFK?

It is so very important to continue to address the issue of birds colliding with planes, because this is an issue that will never totally be rectified. While we certainly do not want to see collisions between birds and planes that could result in passenger injuries or deaths, we just simply cannot start rounding up and killing hundreds of ducks, geese, seagulls, swans, falcons, red-tailed hawks and other birds that might potentially collide with planes. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016

Astoria residents will be able to tell the city Parks Department what they want see in the neighborhood’s first official dog run, which will be built under the RFK Bridge at Hoyt Avenue North between 23rd and 24th streets. The public is invited to attend a visioning session at Bohemian Hall, located at 29-19 24th Ave., Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. Comment
As the holidays draw to a close and Queens residents put away their decorations, they need to figure out what to do with their old, dried-up Christmas trees. Comment
Borough President Melinda Katz is making a call for community board member applications. Comments (6)

Court gives city a shot at a better deal

Recently, I voted against authorizing the City Council to file an amicus curiae, or “friend of the court” brief, with the Court of Appeals, asking the state’s highest court to overturn a lower court’s decision that the Bloomberg administration’s plan to sell parkland to build a shopping mall at Citi Field (technically, part of Flushing Meadows Corona Park) improperly bypassed the state Legislature. This is an important safeguard against the permanent giveaway of cherished public spaces for minimal public benefit. Comment

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

The organizers behind a project seeking to improve access, circulation and connectivity in Flushing Meadows Corona Park hope to have their ideas heard as well as get community advisers involved in the new board and alliance formed by the city in January. Comment
Kew Gardens

Queens celebrates Kwanzaa

Kew Gardens

Queens celebrates Kwanzaa

The seven-day celebration of Kwanzaa, now drawing to an end, is a holiday observed by American black communities to practice moral principles and to honor their African heritage. Comment
A program that provides legal services for no charge has opened its first center in Queens in downtown Jamaica. Comments (2)

A wish list for 2016

As Queens watches the calendar flip up to another year, we are checking off a virtual list of what we would like to see happen in our neighborhoods in 2016. It may take years for these projects to get beyond the drawing board, but New Yorkers are optimists at heart—especially those of us who live in this outer borough. Comment

The guy that everyone loves is from Forest Hills

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the TimesLedger newspaper presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history Comments (1)

Reopening Rockaway branch is no path to the future

A recent tour of the long-abandoned Rockaway Long Island Rail Road branch by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg was a great photo op, but little else. Comments (7)

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015

The real estate developer at the focal point of the corruption trials of fallen Albany power brokers Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos gave over $65,000 in campaign contributions to two state Senate Ethics Committee members from Queens since 2012, according to state records. Comments (3)
As the city Parks Department reviews permit applications from concert promoters hoping to use Flushing Meadows Corona Park for large-scale music festivals this summer, the debate is growing louder. Several elected officials have spoken in favor of the festivals, while a number of civic associations, community boards and the Queens Civic Congress voiced their concerns. Comment
Middle Village

Queens lags behind on Vision Zero stats

Middle Village

Queens lags behind on Vision Zero stats

Make Queens Safer, a grassroots street-safety advocacy organization, contends Queens is falling behind the other boroughs in reducing traffic injuries and fatalities over the past year. Comments (2)
Dozens of residents have collectively taken legal action against the city to stop a set of Hollis apartment buildings from being used as permanent affordable housing for more than 100 homeless veterans, according to Queens Supreme Court records. Comments (3)
A Little Neck man who is facing several felony charges in connection with an attempted armed robbery and shooting at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City was often left at home without his parents, neighbors said.. Comments (1)
A socio-linguist from Queens has a book coming out in 2017 that explores inter-ethnic communication between Latino and Korean immigrants in Flushing and Manhattan’s Koreatown. Comment
LIFE Camp, a Queens-based anti-violence organization, reported last week there were no shootings for 365 days in its designated impact zone in South Jamaica, which falls under the 113th Precinct, to keep the peace in the neighborhood. Comment
In response to concerns from community advocates and elected officials in eastern Queens who were up in arms over discussions by the governor to house homeless at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, he has nixed the idea. Comment
Alvery Guiler of Laurelton died Dec. 13 at the age of 80. He lived on 227th Street for over 40 years. Comments (1)

2015’s best and worst of the MTA

The Straphangers Campaign has issued its list of best and worst news from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 2015 with the agency’s $26 billion capital program topping the good news and the aging, jam-packed subway and increasing fares leading the worst column. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

City Comptroller Scott Stringer has approved a nearly $24 million permanent contract for the homeless shelter at East Elmhurst’s Westway motel. The city has operated a family shelter at the Westway since July 2014 and it currently houses more than 100 families. Comment

Knick player Cleanthony Early shot in Maspeth robbery

New York Knick forward Cleanthony Early was shot in the leg and robbed early Wednesday morning after leaving a strip club in Maspeth, according to authorities. Comment

Knick player Cleanthony Early shot in Maspeth robbery

New York Knick forward Cleanthony Early was shot in the leg and robbed early Wednesday morning after leaving a strip club in Maspeth, according to authorities. Comment

Brooklyn man indicted in stabbing death of Elmhurst woman: DA

A Brooklyn man and former Queens resident has been indicted on murder, robbery and other charges in connection with the death of an Elmhurst woman whose body was found disemboweled in Kissena Park in Flushing in October, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015

Forest Hills ►Video

Butt stabber seen on video: NYPD

Police have released surveillance video of a man who they believe stabbed another man several times in the butt on subway platforms in both Forest Hills and Kew Gardens Sunday evening. Comments (2)

Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) praised the recent passage of a law that prohibits the shackling of pregnant women throughout all stages of pregnancy. Comment

Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

An off-duty NYPD cop saved the life of a suicidal man at the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst with a simple hug. Officer Christian Campoverde was shopping with his wife and child around 2 p.m. Dec. 20 when he heard a man mumbling that he wanted to kill himself as he pushed his way up an escalator. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014



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