Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

New Hyde Park

Parker Institute to open Indian cultural unit

The Parker Institute for Health care and Rehabilitation said it is planning to establish an Indian Cultural Unit, a facility dedicated to serving the Indian population of Queens and Nassau Counties. Established in 1907 as a shelter for 25 indigent men, the Parker Institute has grown into a network of community programs which oversee the health and wellness of adults. The new unit will focus on patients in Indian communities suffering from short and long-term conditions and their families. Comments (3)

Simotas named head of powerful commission that oversees all agency rulemaking

As lawmakers returned to Albany for the new legislative session Monday, state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) announced she was appointed to head the powerful Administrative Regulations Review Commission by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. The commission is a bi-partisan watchdog over every state agency’s rules and regulatory activities to make sure they are legal and effective. Comments (1)

Jiu-jitsu center to take place of Bell Plaza Sports Club

The space occupied by Bell Plaza Sports Club will be reoccupied following the gym’s sudden closure in late June. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017


Bayside Council for the Arts to host ‘Literary Night on Bell Blvd’

What started out as a one-night writers’ showcase on Bell Boulevard got shut down by the snow Saturday. Comments (2)
Rockaway Beach

Richards wants SBS service to eastern Rockaway

A proposed Department of Transportation Select Bus Service route planned to travel from Woodhaven to the Rockaways via Cross Bay Boulevard should extend as far into the eastern peninsula as possible, Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Arverne) said. He argued it could alleviate long travel times for Rockaway residents. Comments (5)

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017


HPD moves closer to community land trusts

The city Department of Housing Preservation and Development opened a Request for Expressed Interest from parties that want to develop community land trusts in the city, which Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Arverne) said could be one way to increase affordable homeownership in areas wracked by foreclosures and rising prices like southeast Queens. Comments (1)

NYPD is overseeing security at city homeless shelters

The NYPD has taken over the management of security at Department of Homeless Services shelters citywide. Nearly 700 DHS peace officers have already been retrained and security plans at all locations have been reviewed and enhancements were made where needed. Comments (2)

IRS scams targeted at CB7

Michael O’Kane, president of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 32 in Whitestone, proposed setting up a veterans committee on CB7 to help returnees navigate life after their service. Comments (1)

Elmhurst medical marijuana dispensary gets green light to deliver

The borough’s only dispensary of medical marijuana is set to launch home delivery. Comments (2)
Queens Village

Michael Cutler talks immigration at Queens Village Republican Club

A special guest at the Queens Village Republican Club meeting last week discussed the dangers lurking in sanctuary cities from the perspective of a former Immigration and Naturalization Services agent of 30 years. Mike Cutler, having retired, now uses his experience to write and talk about issues of immigration and terrorism on networks such as Fox News. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017


Corona kids celebrate Three Kings Day at St. Leo’s

Elected officials from western Queens led a toy giveaway for students in Corona at St. Leo’s School last Saturday. Comment

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017


Floyd Flake, Cheryl Wills headline MLK event at Queens College

Sunday marks the third commemoration of Martin Luther King’s Day at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts in Flushing. For honoree Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake, keynote speaker Cheryl Wills and dancer Lindsey Croop, celebrate the civil rights leader’s life is personal. Comments (6)
East Elmhurst

Port Authority approves lease for new Delta terminal at LaGuardia Airport

The final piece of the $8 billion LaGuardia Airport reconstruction puzzle fell into place last week when the Port Authority approved a lease through 2050 to redevelop the Delta terminals. Comment

Queens top for foreclosure numbers in city

New York’s foreclosures hit a height in 2016 not seen since the two years immediately following the 2008 market crash, according to a new report from property research specialists PropertyShark. Queens was the site of the most foreclosures by a significant margin, with southeast Queens particularly hard hit in 2016. Comments (4)

Astoria lawmakers concerned over Indian Point nuclear reactor shutdown

While environmentalists across the region hailed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement Monday that the Indian Point Energy Center would close by 2021, two Astoria lawmakers have their concerns. Comments (1)

City announces college savings accounts for students

More than 3,000 kindergartners in a school district containing much of northwestern Queens will have $100 allocated to them into scholarship accounts this fall to help them start saving for a college education. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Forgione takes command of the 108th Pct. after years of service around borough

The new commanding officer of the 108th Precinct in Long Island City can’t top smiling since he replaced Deputy Inspector John Travaglia last week. Capt. Ralph Forgione joined the NYPD in 1989 and served much of his career in precincts throughout the borough where he was born and raised. Comments (1)

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017


MLK celebrated in several SE Qns events

An array of events throughout southeastern Queens will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the weekend before the holiday celebrating his life this coming Monday. Comments (1)
Real Estate

Forest Hills Gardens one of city’s priciest neighborhoods

A number of Queens neighborhoods made the list of 50 priciest neighborhoods in New York City, according to a study conducted by real estate analyst PropertyShark. Comment

Crime drops to historic low in city, borough

New York City saw a continued drop in overall crime in the past year, according to recently-released statistics from the NYPD. Crime was reduced by more than 4 percent, leading to the fewest annual index crimes ever reported since the police first introduced CompStat in 1994. Comments (1)

2016 saw fewest fatalities ever on city streets: Mayor

Last January Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg toured Queens Boulevard in Woodside and declared for the first time in a quarter of a century there were no fatalities on the Boulevard of Death and that his Vision Zero initiative was working. Make that two years. Comment

Allen AME holds affordable housing workshop

The message was clear at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral: Congregations and houses of worship can act as intermediaries for parishioners and community residents endangered by foreclosure or rising rent prices. Comment

Flushing-born Max Kupferberg dies at 97

Flushing born philanthropist Max Kupferberg has died at 97. Comments (3)

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

Queens Village

Inspirational NYPD Detective Steven McDonald dies at 59

NYPD Detective Steven McDonald, who was paralyzed after being shot in the line of duty more than 30 years ago, died Tuesday afternoon. He was 59. Comments (1)

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017


Bayside Council for the Arts to hold Literary Night on Bell

The Bayside Council for the Arts will showcase readings from writers around the neighborhood Saturday. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill vigil mourns death of city’s first 2017 homicide

Friends and family of Ricky Kalisaran gathered at the site of his murder in Richmond Hill to mourn him last Friday afternoon. Comment


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