Friday, Dec. 16, 2016


Chronic pain added as qualifying condition for medical marijuana

Thousands of New Yorkers who suffer from chronic pain will be able to seek relief with medical marijuana after the state Health Department agreed to loosen strict eligibility rule. The DOH will develop a proposed regulatory amendment, which will include language specifying the chronic pain conditions that will qualify for medical marijuana. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016


New art exhibit opens in Jamaica Colosseum Mall

A new art exhibition sponsored by the arts non-profit No Longer Empty is open for viewing at Jamaica Colosseum Mall. The exhibition features several artists, including many from southeast Queens, in an exhibit that intends to “gather and reimagine histories” in southeastern Queens and beyond, according to the exhibition’s site. Comments (1)

Anti-LGBT graffiti discovered in Astoria

After two instances of anti-LGBT graffiti were discovered in Astoria last weekend, one elected official took immediate action and then announced plans to continue to organize his community to respond to the rise of hate crimes, bigotry and bullying in western Queens since Election Day. Comments (7)
Kew Gardens

New film festival is coming to Kew Gardens

A new film festival is making its debut in Queens next year, but aspiring borough filmmakers already have a chance to get in on the act. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016


Astoria woman injured in anti-Muslim attack

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a possible bias incident that left an Astoria woman bruised, sore and frightened. The 45-year-old mother of four was called a “terrorist,” shoved down a staircase and injured during an apparent anti-Muslim attack at Grand Central Station early Monday morning, according to the NYPD. Comments (21)

Elected officials push for chokehold legislation

Two years after a Staten Island grand jury cleared officer Daniel Pantaleo of any wrongdoing in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, The National Action Network held a rally for justice on the steps of City Hall last week. Comments (6)

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016


New hotel planned for TWA Flight Center

A new hotel scheduled to utilize architect Eero Saarinen’s Trans World Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport is expected to open in late 2018, with an official announcement on new details of the project expected later this month, according to a report from The New York Times. Comments (1)

Maspeth officer killed 45 years ago honored with street renaming

A Maspeth NYPD detective who died in the line of duty 45 years ago was honored Saturday with a street renaming. The Maspeth block where he lived with his wife and children, 62nd Street and 53rd Drive, will now be co-named “Detective Joseph A. Picciano Way” Comments (1)

Meng’s Glendale zip code bill passes House

The postal code woes of Glendale residents may be coming to an end with a new bill that made its way through the House Nov. 30 and will soon be voted on in the U.S. Senate. Comments (3)

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016


NYPD circulates sketch of suspect in Jamaica home invasion

Police released a sketch of one of the assailants suspected in a home invasion attempt in Jamaica last week, along with a clearer picture of a car the NYPD thinks may have been used by one of the attackers. Comment

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016


Ridgewood pedestrian plaza unveiled

The city Department of Transportation unveiled a new pedestrian plaza at the intersection of Wyckoff Avenue, Myrtle Avenue and Palmetto Street in Ridgewood last Friday. The project is part of Vision Zero, an effort from the DOT to make streets safer for pedestrians. The intersection was the site of 38 serious traffic injuries and three deaths between 2010 and 2014. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Rich Hill man charged with killing wife on the street

A Richmond Hill man is accused of nearly decapitating his wife in the middle of the street after finding out she met someone online, police said. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Hundreds march against hate in Jackson Heights

Organizations and immigrant groups came together for a march though Queens to declare a hate-free zone last week. Comments (9)
Long Island City

Roofs replaced at Queensbridge after over 50 years

The scaffolding that has enveloped the Queensbridge Houses for more than a decade is nearly all gone now that the city has completed an $87 million comprehensive roof replacement project on all 26 buildings of the nation’s largest public housing development has been completed — six months ahead of schedule. Comments (1)

Maspeth protesters change tactics on shelter, rally at Banks’ home

After protesting the city’s plan to convert the Holiday Inn Express into a homeless shelter every weeknight since mid-August, the Maspeth-Middle Village Task Force announced a change in strategy Sunday. Comments (1)
Hunters Point

Hunters Point Civic shatters record with annual food drive

The Hunters Point Civic Association annual holiday food drive delivered a record 5,200 pounds of food and supplies to three food pantries in western Queens last Saturday. During the month of November food, shampoo, diapers and baby supplies were donated at several locations around the community and divided between the Hour Child Food Pantry in Long Island City, St. Rafael’s Food Pantry in Sunnyside and St. Teresa’s Food Pantry in Woodside. Comment

Jamaica legal clinic celebrates one-year anniversary

The Legal Hand Project’s Jamaica clinic, which marks one year in the neighborhood this month, moved into a new space more conducive to the services the group offers in October. Comment

Nick Cannon, Gavin DeGraw visit kids at St. Mary’s

Entertainer Nick Cannon and Grammy-nominated musician Gavin DeGraw toured the St. Mary’s Hospital for Children facility in Bayside Wednesday in a lead up to their annual benefit concert in Manhattan. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Report considers possible sea level rise in Queens

Parts of New York City, including significant sections of the Rockaways and other parts of southern Queens, could potentially be inundated by a possible sea level rise projected for the coming century, according to a new study from the Regional Plan Association. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016


Multiplex coming to downtown Flushing

Flushing will be getting its first movie theater in 30 years at the former site of Flushing mall on 133-15 39th Ave. between College Point Boulevard and Prince Street. Comments (4)

Small Jamaica hotels house homeless for city

A southeast Queens councilman is hoping the New York City Council will produce legislation that can curtail the use of small hotels by the Department for Homeless Services for housing homeless individuals by requiring any hotel to be constructed to require a permit for usage, regardless of the zoning in a particular area. Comments (3)

MTA discusses fair hikes at Jamaica hearing

New Yorkers at or below the poverty line would be unduly burdened by proposed subway and bus fare hikes, according to members of the public who spoke at an MTA hearing at York College in Jamaica Monday evening. Comments (2)
Douglas Manor

Udalls Cove kicks off restoration project for Big Rock Wetland

The Big Rock Wetland in the northern section of Udalls Cove is a stretch of reeds and grass at the mouth of Little Neck Bay where pollution has led to environmental change. Comment

Noisy booze cruises disturb Whitestone residents

Traffic and noise from booze cruises in the harbor were the main topic of conversation at the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association meeting last week. Comments (1)

Complaints about PS332 roil CB 11 meeting

A representative from the School Construction Authority vexed residents at Monday’s Community Board 11 meeting when he announced progress has been made on the construction of PS 332 in Bayside. The new school raised concerns over decreased property values and aggravating already congested traffic conditions. Comments (5)
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst Community Library expansion finally under way

The East Elmhurst branch of Queens Library has been a special place for City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst). It is where her social activism began at the age of 14 at a meeting of the NAACP, so Ferreras-Copeland was smiling broadly at a ground-breaking ceremony Monday for the long-awaited $8.9 million renovation and extension project that will nearly double its size. Comment
East Elmhurst

City changes policy on IDNYC after lawsuit filed

A New York state court blocked the city from destroying personal records of 900,000 IDNYC cardholders after two Republican lawmakers from Staten Island filed a lawsuit Monday. City officials had been considering destroying copies of passports, birth certificates, educational records and other documents submitted by applicants for the municipal identification cards if President-elect Donald Trump moves forward with plans to deport illegal immigrants. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

East Elmhurst

Senior struck, killed by cab on Grand Central Parkway

A 72-year-old man was struck and killed by a taxi while crossing the eastbound Grand Central Parkway in East Elmhurst late Monday night, according to the NYPD. Police from the 115th Precinct, responding to a 911 call around 11:30 p.m., found the victim lying on the roadway unconscious and unresponsive with severe head trauma. Comments (1)

Monday, Dec. 5, 2016


Two more bias incidents hit Astoria

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) received news of another troubling bias incident in western Queens Sunday. Someone had scrawled “kill fags & dykes” on a poster for World Pride in Madrid, Spain, at a bus stop on Steinway Street near 31st Avenue in Astoria. Comments (1)

Making the arts more accessible

With its diverse, vibrant communities and the energy they generate, Queens is turning into a destination for the arts. But there are some roadblocks in the path to the full flowering of its cultural scene. Such problems as the high rents faced by artists and cultural venues, a lack of diversity in the workforce employed by cultural organizations, and limited access to cultural opportunities for low-income people and immigrants still affect the borough, as they do the city as a whole. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016


Arrest made in brutal Corona murder nearly four years later

The NYPD has cracked a cold case file of a brutal murder in Corona nearly four years ago. Comment

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

Up this weekend: Celebrating diversity in its many forms

This weekend gives Queens residents the opportunity to express solidarity with all their neighbors, as well as sample the variety of cuisines and cultures that make up the borough. On Friday at 5:30 p.m. there will be a press conference and rally at Diversity Plaza, followed by a march through Jackson Heights to Corona Plaza as a way of launching a “Hate-Free Zone.” Neighborhood-based groups are holding the event to encourage people to take an active role in defending and protecting themselves in the face of increasing hostility toward immigrant groups, LGBTQ peo Comments (1)

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016


Meng’s bill for Glendale to get its own ZIP code passes House

A measure by U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) to establish a ZIP code for Glendale passed the House of Representatives Wednesday. She cited widespread and longstanding inconveniences for residents as well as instances where medications are delivered to the wrong locations or first responder units arrive at the wrong address. Comments (3)

Laurelton man may have been homicide victim

A man who police initially suspected was killed after being hit by a car in Laurelton was actually the victim of a homicide, according to the commanding officer of the Queens precinct that responded. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Roofs repaired at Queensbridge after more than 50 years

For the first time in more than half a century, the rooftops at the Queensbridge Houses complex in Long Island City no longer leak. New York City Housing Authority Chairman and CEO Shola Olatoye announced Thursday the $87 million comprehensive roof replacement project on all 26 buildings of the nation’s largest public housing development has been completed — six months ahead of schedule. Comments (2)

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016


Woodside firefighters honored at City Hall for life-saving rescue in Sunnyside

A dozen Woodside-based firefighters and EMTs were honored for their heroics at City Hall Tuesday. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnysid) presented a proclamation to Ladder Company 163 and EMS Station 45 & 46 for their lifesaving work during a fire in Sunnyside in October. Comment


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