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Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

Astoria

Constantinides readies for third cycle of participatory budgeting

City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) is gearing up for a third season of participatory budgeting in which residents of his district, including Astoria and parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, can decide how to invest $1 million on capital projects. Beginning next month community members can attend four neighborhood assemblies and make suggestions for public projects in the district. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016

Politics

Avella pushes to clear Whitestone lot

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is fighting to get what is supposed to be a vacant Whitestone lot cleared. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Baisley Park library to be renovated

Baisley Park Community Library in South Jamaica will undergo renovations that will make the facility compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, improving access to the building’s collection for individuals who previously had difficulty entering the space. Comments (2)

Monday, Aug. 15, 2016

Politics

BID holds annual meeting

The Bayside Village Business Improvement District held its annual meeting in the Magnolia Room of Bourbon Street Restaurant Monday to discuss a new street lamp program and progress on the plan to build a parking garage on 41st Avenue. Comments (1)
Bayside

Local 342 stages strike vs. Bayside Key Foods

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 342 representatives were picketing outside the Food Universe in Bayside at 35-10 Francis Lewis Blvd. last week and passing cars honked their support for the protestors and their giant inflatable rat. Comments (7)

Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016

Crime

Jamaica man pleads guilty in fatal accident

A 28-year-old Jamaica man has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident in which his car fatally struck a 48-year-old man who was standing next to his car on a Richmond Hill street. Comments (4)
Pomonok

Dead woman found in Pomonok a murder victim: Cops

A 61-year-old woman was found dead in her Pomonok apartment Aug. 1, according to the NYPD. Comment
Crime

Gotti grandson charged with drug sales

Suspects in a 12-month drug trafficking operation allegedly spearheaded by John J. Gotti, the grandson of the famed mobster John Gotti, were charged in Queens Criminal Court Aug. 4 with possession, criminal selling of a controlled substance and money laundering. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016

Astoria

Vincenzo Palazzolo dies at 67

Vincenzo Palazzolo, 67, of Jackson Heights died Sunday. Comments (1)
South Jamaica

Man stabs NYPD officer in hand

JAMAICA - A police officer was injured after being stabbed in the hand by a man who had locked himself in his bathroom, according to the NYPD. Comment
Event

Former MTA Chairmam Robert Kiley dies

Former MTA Chairman Robert Kiley, whose administration brought the end of the subway token and introduced the MetroCard, died Tuesday. He was 80. Comments (1)

Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

Murray Hill

Murray HIll massage parlors operating illegally: DOB

The city Department of Buildings has found multiple massage parlors in Murray Hill have been operating illegally after a lawmaker asked the agency to investigate their status. Comments (5)
Bayside

Former Garaufis house gets rejected for permits, receives ‘stop work order’ from DOB

Construction on the house formerly owned by federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis at 218-15 40th Ave. in Bayside had a stop work order slapped on it in July due to revocation of the owners’ Alt-1 permit after the once stately home was torn down. Comments (7)
Event

Dragon Boats return to Meadow Lake

The 2016 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival brought the competition of traditional Chinese boat racing together with food, fun and entertainment to Flushing Meadows Corona Park last weekend and thousands of people came from across the city and beyond to explore what the attraction had to offer. Comment
Politics

Salon owners tell Kim regs causing problems

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) met with nail salon owners and Asian business leaders this week to discuss the hardships caused by new, strict state regulations. Laws meant to protect workers have cracked down on nail salon owners, who have told Kim that the regulations are punitive and impossible to abide by. Comments (5)
Health

Heroin and Fentanyl ODs rise in city and boro

Drug overdose deaths from heroin and Fentanyl abuse have skyrocketed across the five boroughs in the past five years, the city Department of Health reported. The Bronx had the most unintentional overdose deaths at 252, while Queens had 144 deaths, 83 of which involved heroin. Comments (2)
South Jamaica

Street renamed for teen shooting victim

Three years after the shooting death of a teenager sitting on an idling bus in south Jamaica, a portion of the street near where she died will be named in her memory and honor. Comments (5)
Transit

Woodhaven residents rally against Select Bus Service

Neighborhood residents and activist groups gathered in Woodhaven Saturday to protest the city Department of Transportation’s new Select Bus Service plan. The route would reconfigure lanes and eliminate left turns at major intersections as well as install bus stops in the median of Woodhaven Boulevard, which opponents fear will create unsafe conditions along the corridor and interrupt flow of traffic. Comments (5)

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

Howard Beach

Police raise reward for information about Vetrano murder

Police doubled the reward for information leading to Karina Vetrano’s killer to $20,000 as authorities continued to search for clues in the mysterious murder of the Howard Beach jogger. The victim’s family also announced a fund to raise a reward that quickly exceeded more than $100,000. Comments (7)
Howard Beach

Friends remember Karina Vetrano

Residents of the Howard Beach community say they won’t rest until the killer of Karina Vetrano is found. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

Funeral held for jogger in Howard Beach church

Hundreds gathered at St. Helen’s Church in Howard Beach Saturday to mourn the death of Karina Vetrano, with many inside the church having to stand to fit into the space. Like the town hall meeting that would be held two days later, the church set up loudspeakers outside to let those who could not enter hear the eulogies for the 30-year-old jogger who was found murdered earlier that week. Comments (1)
Flushing

Stavisky strikes back at primary opponent

The state Sen. Toby Stavisky’s (D-Flushing) campaign is firing back at primary opponent S.J. Jung by calling on the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics to investigate his tardiness in filing an annual statement of financial disclosure with the agency. Comments (1)
Murray Hill

149th Street bridge in Murray Hill finally opens

After more than five years of construction, the new149th Street bridge in Murray Hill is finally open in a move that should help the area’s business community, which is largely composed of Korean-owned businesses, recover some of their losses. The ongoing bridge problems have closed off a major street in the neighborhood, blocking traffic and making it difficult for potential customers to reach businesses. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Queens DA asked to treat Jamaica assault as a hate crime

The lawyer for a Jamaica man who was assaulted this spring has called on the Queens district attorney to prosecute the attack as a hate crime. Comments (1)
Politics

Five candidates approved by BOE to run for Clark seat

Candidates in the Democratic primary race to run for the seat left vacant by the death of state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark have learned if they qualified for the ballot. Comments (1)
Basketball

Moses Brown gets lots of traction on basketball court

Moses Brown knows what you’re thinking. He’s tall—6 feet and 11 inches tall, in fact. He knows it’s a lot to take in. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016

Howard Beach

Residents seek answers on jogger’s murder at Howard Beach town hall

Concerned community residents turned out in the hundreds at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Howard Beach Monday evening for a town hall meeting about the ongoing investigation into the murder of Karina Vetrano, who was killed during a jog through a secluded area in Spring Creek Park. Comments (2)
Health

City plans Zika spraying in parts of Queens Tuesday

Pesticide spraying to combat mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus have been done all over the city, including Queens. The next round of truck spraying will be Tuesday night in parts of Jackson Heights, Astoria and Woodside. The sprayings will take place between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday, weather permitting. Comments (2)

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