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Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

Investigators believe rage over a parking spot set the stage for a Far Rockway man to be accused of killing his friend when he drove his car into a crowd of onlookers, injuring five people, police said. Comments (3)

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017


Kim, Braunstein push DOE for dual language expansion

State Assemblymen Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) met with city Department of Education officials Monday to discuss the expansion of the Korean Dual Language program in New York schools. Comments (10)

Whitestone community rallies to help family of ill baby

The Whitestone community has pulled together to help the family of a sick newborn. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017


Mayor discusses new library, outdoor classroom at Briarwood town hall

Mayor Bill de Blasio held a town meeting at MS 217 in Briarwood last week where he updated the community on issues such as street repaving and a new library. Moderating the event was Councilman Rory Lancman (D- Hillcrest). Comments (1)

Hollis woman found dead on Jamaica trip

An aspiring actress and model from Hollis who went to the West Indian island of Jamaica to make a documentary and visit family was found dead Nov. 26, according to, a Caribbean breaking news website. Comment

Cuomo gives green light for pre-K center to be built on Flushing Meadows Corona Park land

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed off on legislation last week that gives the city a green light to build a new state-of-the-art pre-K center at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow Corona Park. The pre-K Center, near the intersection of 111th Street and 46th Avenue, will be dedicated to science, technology, engineering, art and math. Comment

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Forest Hills

Bramson ORT struggled under DOE’s watch

Bramson ORT, the 40-year-old technical college in Forest Hills that lost accreditation and closed in February, was considered financially unhealthy and failed to meet six of 13 standards outlined by the New York State Education Department Board of Regents. Comment

Community Board 11 approves Douglaston group home

Community Board 11 approved the proposal for a new group home in Douglaston to assist people in the community who are developmentally challenged with life skills to live independent and productive lives. Comment

Online bail payment launch pushed back to 2018

Despite promises it would be completed this spring, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s online bail payment system has been pushed back to 2018. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

A Port Authority official elaborated on plans to overhaul LaGuardia Airport Monday that included a feasibility study of Willets Point for an AirTrain connection from the Long Island Rail Road, redevelopments of terminals and on-site hotels. Comment
South Ozone Park

WinterCon: Don’t you look like a comic book hero?

WinterCon, the sci-fi and comic convention at Resorts World Casino’s, is an excuse to leave your work clothes at home. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017


Think tank proposes ending 24-hour subway

The Regional Plan Association, a think tank, released a 300-plus page proposal to revolutionize transit infrastructure in New York which fielded the idea of discontinuing 24-hour subway service and expanding subway lines to serve transit deserts where job markets are up. Comments (3)

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Fresh Meadows

Avella asks owner to sell Brinckerhoff Cemetery

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and members of Friends of Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery called on the owner of the neglected landmark to sell the land to the neighborhood preservation group. Comments (2)

Astoria family receives holiday surprise

Maria Lourdes Hernandez and her soon-to-be family of four received a holiday package, including a Christmas tree and four tickets to the Broadway show “Home for the Holidays,” from House of Holiday in Ozone Park and the show. Comment
Queens Village

Martin Van Buren High School off list of struggling schools

Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village was one of 27 schools to be removed from the struggling school list, according to New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. Comments (1)

Flushing man pleads guilty to hate crimes against Chinese women

A Flushing man has pleaded guilty to two hate crimes after telling police “I don’t like Chinese people,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Hollis icon Russell Simmons resigns from business after sexual misconduct accusations

Not only did Russell Simmons step down from his multimillion-dollar companies after being accused of sexual misconduct twice in November, but he has also resigned from the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

Mayor draws mixed support at Belle Harbor town hall

Mayor Bill de Blasio led a town hall Tuesday in City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park)’s district, where he discussed the death of a 12-year-old in a fire over the weekend, transportation issues and an odorous sewage treatment facility. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017


Threats against three Queens schools an Internet hoax: NYPD

A police investigation has determined threats against three Queens schools last week turned out to be an Internet hoax, Detective Thomas Bell of the 104th Precinct’s Community Affairs unit said in a brief statement Thursday morning. Comment

Anti-IDC groups reject Dem coalition calling for primaries against breakaway group

Political groups opposed to the Independent Democratic Committee are still beating the drums of war against the rogue group of state senators after a tentative peace was brokered with the mainline Democrats. Comment

Bayside dealerships continue parking on residential streets following NYPD crackdown

Car dealerships on Northern Boulevard continue to use public parking on residential streets as auxiliary storage for their business even after a crackdown by the police, a civic activist said at Community Board 11’s Monday meeting. Comments (2)
East Elmhurst

East Elmhurst caught off guard by new pipeline construction around LaGuardia Airport

Residents of East Elmhurst and parts of Jackson Heights were surprised last week as heavy equipment and construction crews working for National Grid began a massive construction project with no notice. National Grid is updating the gas infrastructure in the area from Ditmars Boulevard and 100th Street to Astoria Boulevard and 95th Street. Comment
East Elmhurst

Three holiday events on tap this weekend in western Queens

With the holiday season in full swing there are three unique events in western Queens this weekend that promise fun for families and shoppers. During visits to area malls last year, state Assemblyman Michael DenDekker (D-East Elmhurst) was shocked at the high cost of taking a photo with Santa. Comment

Van Bramer, Richards try to separate from pack in race for Council Speaker

With less than a month to go before the 51 members of the City Council choose between eight candidates to replace Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the two representatives from Queens, City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), broke with the other contenders who are mostly in favor of extending term limits. Comment

Annual Christmas parade returns to Bell Blvd.

Just like the Macy’s parade, Santa came to town at the end of the Bayside Kids Christmas parade last Sunday. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017


Supreme Court approves travel ban

A rally outside the office of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) by the Jackson Heights-based DRUM, immigrant communities and their allies was overshadowed by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the preliminary injunction, allowing full enforcement of the Trump administration’s ban on travel from eight nations while legal challenges proceed through the lower courts. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

Long Island City

Two men robbed at Murray Playground in LIC last week: NYPD

Two men were robbed at gunpoint inside the John F. Murray Playground in Long Island City last week, according to the NYPD. Comment
Jackson Heights

Child assaulted in Jackson Heights despite order of protection: NYPD

Police were looking for a man who allegedly violated an order of protection and assaulted a young boy in Jackson Heights last week. Comment

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Far Rockaway

Belle Harbor boy dies in fire caused by smoking: FDNY

A young boy was the fatal victim of a fire that occurred Sunday morning in Belle Harbor, according to police. Comments (1)

Man charged in weekend shooting at Ravenswood Houses: NYPD

A 19-year-old Long Island City man was arrested and charged Monday in the shooting death of an Astoria resident near the Ravenswood Houses in broad daylight Saturday afternoon, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment
Long Island City

Police search for suspect in another groping incident on the No. 7 train

Police were looking for a man who allegedly grabbed a woman’s rear end on the No. 7 train last month. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights senior missing since last Wednesday :NYPD

Police from the 115th Precinct were searching for a 78-year-old Jackson Heights man who has been missing since last Wednesday. Arnoldo Molina-Gonzalez was last seen at the Elmhurst Senior Center around 4 p.m. Nov. 29, according to the NYPD. Comment

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

The State approved a plan to build a pre-K center adjacent to the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this week. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Suspect wanted in killing of Springfield Gardens man: Cops

Police were a looking for a suspect wanted in connection with the shooting death of a Springfield Gardens man in front of a house located at 178-10 146 Terrace in the early morning of Nov. 4, according to authorities. Comment



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