Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016


Ridgewood kids dig into the past

From recording the smaller moments of everyday life to digitizing thousands of historical documents, the Queens Memory project is no small undertaking. Comment
Fresh Meadows

Lancman wants more music education in public schools

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) called for an increased investment in music education at a news conference on the state of music education in his district Friday morning. Comments (1)

Alleged SNOW gang member sentenced: DA

One suspected member of the SNOW gang in southeast Queens was convicted last month after a 10-week trial for conspiracy to murder, and was sentenced Feb. 9 to serve 8 to 25 years in prison, the Queens District Attorney announced. Comments (2)

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016


CB7 to review Municipal Lot 3 proposal

A project seeking to build affordable housing in Municipal Parking Lot 3 in Flushing will be presented to Community Board 7 in March with the hopes of breaking ground by the end of the year, after the necessary approvals are granted. Comments (3)

Knicks star Mason to have street named after him

South Jamaica is slated to honor the late Knicks forward Anthony Mason, who grew up in the area, at a street naming approved by the City Council this month. Comment

FAA reform bill raises concern from Queens leaders

Northern Queens communities are paying close attention to the proposed FAA reauthorization bill, called the Aviation Innovation Reform and Reauthorization Act. Comment

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

Long Island City

DOT plans redesign of roadway in front of LaGuardia Community College

The city is planning a reconstruction for the street in front of LaGuardia Community College, where a high school student was struck and killed and four others were injured when a minivan went out of control in March 2013. Comment

Mayor’s housing plan under fire at City Council but not at one Woodside development

The management of the Big Six Towers in Woodside, a Mitchell-Lama affordable housing development, is hoping that its letter to the City Council and other city agencies can help offset some of the criticism surrounding Mayor Bill de Blasio’s embattled affordable housing plan after two rounds of hearings last week. Comments (2)
Little Neck

Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Parade honorees announced

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Association is hitting the ground early this year. Organizers released this week a list of honorees from Queens and beyond for what historically has been the largest Memorial Day parade in the country. Comments (1)

PS 120 students talk soccer with New York Cosmos

Players from the New York Cosmos professional soccer club teamed up with state Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) at PS 120 in Flushing last week to kick off a series of free soccer clinics. Comment

Avella introduces bill to make Saint Patrick’s Day school holiday

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has introduced a bill that would establish Saint Patrick’s Day as a school holiday in districts with a significant Irish population. Comments (3)
Ozone Park

One suspect in Ozone Park robbery still at large: Police

OZONE PARK — One of two suspects, who allegedly robbed and assaulted an elderly man at gunpoint last month in Ozone Park, remains at large, according to police officials. Comments (1)

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016


Flushing black history committee in motion

As Black History Month kicks off, a black history committee made up of Flushing residents is working on a number of initiatives, such as a more comprehensive African-American history curriculum in public schools, to help their community. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Parent Advisory Board to discuss college admissions

The Queens Parent Advisory Board, co-chaired by Borough President Melinda Katz, will meet later this month to discuss “The College Admissions Process and How to Fund Your Child’s College Education.” Comments (2)

Shots fired outside Rosedale bar: NYPD

ROSEDALE — On Monday, a man fired several gunshots outside of a bar in Rosedale, police said. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

Kew Gardens

Boro budget needs more funding: Katz

While the state and city go back and forth over who will foot the bill for various items, the borough’s preliminary budget meeting held last week at Borough Hall in Kew Gardens concluded Queens needs more money from the city. Comment

Flushing House prepares for its big 1 double 0

World War I was raging in Europe when Flushing House’s origins were no more than blueprints and good intentions and now its founding institution is throwing a party to celebrate its 100th birthday. Comment

Thieves after tires and rims in Bayside

Tires and rims are tempting thieves throughout Queens and especially in Bayside. Comments (5)

Elizabeth Ann Volk, 54, died in Redding, Conn.

Elizabeth Ann Volk, also known as Liz, died Feb. 8 at age 54 in Redding. Conn. Surrounded by family and close friends, she left us peacefully from the home she shared with her life-partner, Josephine Mineo. Comments (3)

Hollis man missing

HOLLIS—Police were looking for a Hollis man missing since last week. Comment

Friday, Feb. 19, 2016


Holocaust survivor tells her story at Cardozo HS

Elly Berkovits Gross, a Holocaust survivor, offers no easy explanations for the things that she has been through. Comments (3)

Mayor cracks down on construction site safety-lapses

Hoping to assuage the fears of residents and business owners in high-density construction zones such as Long Island City, Flushing and Jamaica, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that the city will quadruple the penalties for serious construction-safety lapses, conduct a wave of more than 1,500 enforcement sweeps and require new supervision at construction sites citywide to protect workers and the public amid the record building boom. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Phagwah Parade is back for 2016

After the Phagwah Parade was canceled last year for the first time in 27 years due to disputes within the Hindu Parades & Festivals Committee, another nonprofit organization announced at a press conference in Richmond Hill that the event will be in full swing, rain or shine, this March. Comments (2)

Residents call for cameras on deadly intersection

Days after a teenage girl died in a hit-and-run commuter van accident in Rosedale, several residents and Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurleton) gathered last Friday near the scene of the incident to bring attention to the fact that there was no speed camera at one of the busiest intersections in Rosedale. Comments (8)

Residents riled up over Hollis veteran housing

Dozens of upset and frustrated Hollis residents joined the People for the Neighborhood community group at a town hall meeting at St. Matthew’s Church Tuesday to discuss the controversial issue of homeless veterans who moved into the supportive housing units inside buildings on Hollis Avenue. Comments (1)

Macedonia Plaza affordable housing complex fully rented

The city Department of Housing Preservation and Development said the Macedonia Plaza affordable housing complex is completely rented and that a grocery store in the complex is scheduled to open within the next two months. Comment

Community wants new police precinct this year

Dozens of residents from neighborhoods in Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens, along with Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), called on the City Council and the NYPD last week for a new precinct in southeast Queens. Comments (2)

African Americans celebrated on stage

In honor of Black History Month, a couple of Jamaica performing arts centers are producing two very different plays that explore the African-American experience. Comments (1)

Man attacks Chinese women in hate crimes: DA

A Flushing man charged with hate crimes involving robbery and assault in two attacks on Chinese women said he committed the crimes because of bad experiences with Chinese people, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (2)

Man imprisoned woman for sex: DA

A Hollis man was charged last week with sex trafficking, rape and other related offenses for allegedly forcing a teenager into the sex trade against her will, according to the Queens district attorney. Comment

Police look for suspected wallet snatcher: NYPD

FLUSHING — Police were looking for a woman who allegedly robbed another woman in Flushing, police officials said. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016


Mayor offers some more detail on BQX streetcar project

Mayor Bill de Blasio rallied supporters Tuesday in Red Hook, Brooklyn for his proposed $2.5 billion Brooklyn Queens Connector, the 16-mile-long streetcar system that would serve communities from Astoria to Sunset Park, along the East River waterfront. The mayor called the corridor one of the fastest-growing parts of the city, with more than 405,000 residents and 296,000 workers, where transit capacity has not kept pace. Comments (6)

Department of Education adds first LGBT community liaison

The Department of Education has hired its first LGBT community liaison, a ground-breaking position that will implement a balanced literacy program that includes gay authors as well as providing an LGBT curriculum for teachers. Comments (2)
Queens Democrats praised the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s legal brilliance but were quick to point out they did not support his conservative opinions. Comments (2)

Alleged Ridgewood car thief dropped I.D. card: NYPD

Police from the 104th Precinct have arrested a suspect wanted in a string of car break-ins in Ridgewood and Maspeth. Comments (3)

109th Precinct to get more officers in new program

The NYPD approved a community policing program in the 109th Precinct that will bring in a substantial number of new officers to serve all northeast Queens residents as a way of compensating for the tow pound in College Point. Comments (1)

CB5 votes against Ridgewood street festival

For the second year in a row, Community Board 5 has recommended that the application for the annual Fresh Pond Road Italian Festival in Ridgewood be denied. Comment
Forest Hills

Fight brews over the future of Forest Hills

A new reality is hitting home for many residents of Forest Hills: Development has arrived. Comment

Costs of applying for citizenship soaring: Stringer

Nearly 670,000 New Yorkers are eligible to apply for citizenship, but the costs have spiked so high that immigrants may no longer be able to afford becoming full-fledged Americans, the city comptroller has warned. Comments (3)

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016

Larry Sawlani, 69, owner of the Bayside Smoke Shop, at 41-05 Bell Blvd., died Saturday after a five-year battle with heart disease. A well-respected and recognized face in the community for more than 33 years, Sawlani was remembered fondly by those around him. Comments (4)
A subway passenger was dragged to his death Monday night after he got stuck in the doors of an F train as it left a Kew Gardens subway station, MTA officials said. Comments (1)

Monday, Feb. 15, 2016


Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who grew up in Elmhurst, dies at 79

President Obama ordered flags to be flown at half-staff across the nation as a mark of respect for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died of natural causes at a ranch near Marfa, Texas. The 79-year-old’s body was discovered Saturday morning. Comment

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016


Residents call for pedestrian safety after teenage girl killed in hit/run

After the hit-and-run death of a teenage girl struck by a van, community and elected officials called on the Department of Transportation Friday for pedestrian safety measures on the busy intersection of Francis Lewis Boulevard and Sunrise Highway in Rosedale. Comment

More officers coming to 109th Precinct neighborhoods

The 109th Precinct and City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) announced a new community policing program that will bring in a substantial number of officers to serve all northeast Queens residents when it kicks off this spring. Comments (1)

Man charged with hate crimes in attacks on Chinese women: DA

A Flushing man has been charged with hate crimes involving robbery and assault in two alleged attacks on Chinese women, one at the end of January and the other on Wednesday, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Whitestone man dies after fire in basement apartment

A Whitestone man died late Thursday night after a fire broke out in his basement apartment, according to the NYPD and the FDNY. Comments (2)


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