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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Middle Village

Crowley breaks ground on MidVil’s PS 49 addition

City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) led the groundbreaking ceremony for an addition to PS 49 in Middle Village Friday. Comment
Laurelton

Campaign Finance Board penalizes Richards

The city Campaign Finance Board has penalized Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) for what it contended was a misuse of public funds, though penalties that the board had previously issued to others suggest that the campaign’s missteps were not uncommon in city races. Comments (2)
Whitestone

New stroke rehab center opens at The Grand in Whitestone

A new stroke center has opened at The Grand at Queens nursing home in Whitestone, coinciding with May’s American Stroke Month. The center is intended to meet a growing demand for dedicated stroke rehabilitation centers. Some 800,000 people suffer a stroke each year, according to the Grand. Comment
Arverne

Boarwalk Pizza serves up slices in the Rockaways

Bart Troiano, a third-generation Italian American, opened Boardwalk Pizzeria & Restaurant in April 2013 after having left his father’s business, an Italian restaurant on Long Island. Comments (3)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Flushing

Flushing community sanitation program kicks off

Business owners at the intersection of Prince Street and 37th Avenue in downtown Flushing and the city Department of Sanitation are working toward a solution to address the trash problem at the intersection. Comments (4)
Whitestone

Brownfield cleanup to start at Waterpointe site in Whitestone: DEC

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced that clean-up action is set to begin at an existing brownfield at the Waterpointe site in Whitestone. Comments (1)
Transit

Second Ave. subway on schedule: Maloney

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said the Second Avenue subway is more than 94 percent completed and on schedule to start running in December, but she recommended “guarded optimism since there is very little room for error” in the final months of construction. Comments (3)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Long Island City

City approves plan for Queens Boulevard hotel despite CB2’s rejection

Plans for a 17-story hotel building in Long Island City have been approved by the Board of Standards and Appeals, despite the disapproval of elected officials and Community Board 2. Comments (3)
Crime

Bratton has illegal motocycles, other vehicles crushed to send message

Police Commissioner William Bratton stood atop a platform waiving a checkered flag calling forth a pair of bulldozers that crushed nearly 80 illegal motorcycles, dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles in a demonstration that lasted less than two minutes. The event in Red Hook, Brooklyn, which was streamed live on Facebook, had been promised by the commissioner several weeks ago to let riders know “bike wilding” on city streets will no longer be tolerated. Comments (3)
Education

On-time high school grad rates increase in city

Students who live in northeastern Queens graduate from high school on-time after four years more than in almost any other area in the city, a new report found. In parts of southeastern Queens, however, the situation is more fraught. Comments (3)
Whitestone

Police looking for missing Whitestone woman

WHITESTONE — Police were searching for a Whitestone woman who went missing in her neighborhood. Comments (1)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Bellerose

Avella presents $25k to Queens County Farm Museum

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) allocated $25,000 to the Colonial Farmhouse Restoration Society of Bellerose to support its agricultural education program, which specializes in sustainable farming, at the Queens County Farm Museum. Comments (3)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sunnyside

Taste of Sunnyside set for the big tent Tuesday

Sunnyside’s culinary scene will be showcased Tuesday inside a block-long festival tent pitched underneath the No. 7 subway station at 46th Street and Queens Boulevard. The sixth annual Taste of Sunnyside will feature samples from 25 neighborhood restaurants representing many nations ranging from Thailand, Colombia, France, Tibet and Ireland to Mexico and the Philippines. Comment
Bay Terrace

Bay Terrace library receives funding for renovation

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) have announced funding for renovations to the Queens Library in Bay Terrace. Comments (2)
Long Island City

NYPD searches for suspect in subway phone theft

LONG ISLAND CITY — Police from the 108th Precinct were searching for a suspect who was caught on camera trying to unlock a phone he allegedly stole from a No. 7 subway rider in Long Island City, the NYPD said. Comments (1)

Friday, May 20, 2016

Jackson Heights

Town hall to be held after latest gang-related stabbing in Jax Hgts

Concern about a rise in gang violence in Jackson Heights has led two elected officials to arrange for an emergency town hall meeting next week which will bring together representatives of the 115th Precinct, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the city Parks Department and the city Department of Education’s Gang Prevention Unit. Comments (2)
Ozone Park

Ulrich mulling 2017 mayoral run

Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), the only Republican lawmaker in Queens, is exploring a possible mayoral run to unseat Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017. Comments (1)
Whitestone

Eight months later, Whitestone woman still missing

The search for a Whitestone woman who has been missing since September 2015 has been reignited. Comment
Bayside

Bayside businesses offer culinary taste

Taste of Bayside and Beyond delivered Tuesday night. Restaurants from across the neighborhood gathered under a tent in the parking lot of Vivaldi Ristorante on Cross Island Parkway to showcase their best dishes. Comments (3)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Flushing

109th Pct. head promoted to NYPD’s Crime Prevention Division

After serving for two years as commanding officer of the 109th Precinct, Capt. Thomas Conforti has been transferred to the Crime Prevention Division where he will serve as commanding officer. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills engineer was distracted by radio communications in Amtrak crash: NTSB

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Tuesday that Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian, who lives in Forest Hills, was distracted by radio dispatches from another train when the train he was at the controls of crashed in Philadelphia last year. Comment
Bayside

Avella calls for facilitator to oversee aviation roundtable

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he will not participate in another New York Aviation Community Roundtable meeting until the Port Authority hires a facilitator to oversee the roundtable meetings. A roundtable meeting was on the calendar for May 19 but was postponed due to scheduling issues. Comments (13)
Politics

Contenders debate in race for U.S. Rep. Israel’s seat

The five Democratic candidates in the race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) gathered for a civil debate in Great Neck Tuesday on issues that touched the part of the district that lies in Queens. Comment
Government

Gov announced new buses while city plans faster rides to LaGuardia

The first of 75 new state-of-the-art buses rolled out on the borough’s streets Tuesday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The fleet of new city buses are equipped with Wi-Fi and USB charging ports. Comments (4)
Crime

Queens residents in Genovese crime family charged with racketeering

Three Whitestone residents, one Bayside resident and one Oakland Gardens resident are among 18 individuals from the Genovese organized crime family who have been indicted on racketeering offenses, including conspiracy to commit murder and illegal gambling, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced last week. Comments (8)
Astoria

Kaufman Astoria Studios offers free open house Sunday

The Hollywood-style gate at the Kaufman Astoria Studios will open to the public Sunday for a daylong, family-friendly street fair on the studio’s back lot and surrounding streets. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Three men charged with St. John’s robbery attempt

Three men have been arraigned in a robbery attempt that ended with a gun being fire inside a dormitory room at St. John’s University, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment
Hillcrest

Vision Zero Education Week launched in Hillcrest

Borough elected officials, the city Department of Transportation and the 107th Precinct kicked off the third annual Vision Zero Education Week to inform drivers, bikers and pedestrians of street safety practices. The city Department of Transportation and the NYPD launched the third year of the Vision Zero Street Team collaborations in which DOT safety personnel team up with local precincts throughout New York City on a rotating basis to caution people against dangerous driving, including failing to yield to pedestrians. Comments (1)
Briarwood

Investigation in shooting death of rapper Chinx continues: NYPD

BRIARWOOD — The NYPD is renewing efforts to find the suspect responsible for the shooting death of Far Rockaway-raised rapper Chinx in Briarwood in May 2015. Comment

Monday, May 16, 2016

Jamaica

FDNY battles fire in Jamaica buildings

Flames engulfed a pair of buildings in Jamaica Monday morning and badly damaged both structures as five firefighters sustained minor injuries fighting the blaze, the FDNY said. Comment

Friday, May 13, 2016

Jackson Heights

Alleged gang members stab 18-year-old boy in Jackson Heights: NYPD

An 18-year-old boy was stabbed by an alleged gang member in Jackson Heights Monday night, the NYPD said. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Three face 25 years if guilty of St. John’s robbery attempt

Three men face up to 25 years in prison after being arrested for firing a weapon during a robbery attempt that took place in a residence hall at St. John’s University in Jamaica Estates, the Queens district attorney said. Comment
Queens Village

Officer shoots man during Queens Village traffic stop: NYPD

Police shot a Hempstead man after he allegedly pulled a gun during a traffic stop gone awry in Queens Village Wednesday evening, the NYPD said. Comments (3)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Jamaica Estates

Three men charged in St. John’s robbery attempt

Three men have been arrested and charged with firing a weapon during a robbery attempt that took place in a residence hall at St. John’s University in Jamaica Estates, police said. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City arts charity closes following acid attack on director: Report

A Long Island City-based non-profit whose executive director was attacked with acid and later fired suddenly closed Wednesday. Healing Arts Initiative, a charitable arts organization founded in 1969, began to implode Aug. 19, when an attacker threw lye in the face of Rev. D. Alexandra Dyer outside her office on Skillman Avenue. Comment

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