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Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Long Island City

Parents, elected officials renew call for play street after third rejection from City

Students at an overcrowded Long Island City elementary school located at 48-09 Center Boulevard are not getting enough exercise because their playground is too small to accommodate proper recess. Comment
Flushing

Queens Library honors 19th century Flushing philanthropist

Queens Library celebrated Black History Month by honoring 19th century Flushing philanthropist and educator Mary Shaw. Comments (2)
Crime

Hollis man faces 50 years on murder, firearm charges: DA

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown charged a Hollis man with the murder of two individuals after a firearm linked him to the shootings through ballistics tests. Comment

Mayor’s office expands funds to combat domestic violence

The city’s First Lady and the head of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence have announced that $3.3 million in new funding will be allocated to Family Justice Centers citywide. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

Astoria

Hallets Point project in Astoria on hold once again

Construction of the massive Hallets Point development in Astoria has stalled after City Hall pulled funding for Building 7, a 14-story structure with all of its 163 units set to be below-market-rate housing. The Housing Development Corporation diverted the $43.5 million in funding to other projects in November, so while work continues on Building 1 at the site, the Durst Corporation suspended construction of the other six buildings at the complex along the East River, putting the remainder of the project in limbo. Comment
Astoria

Gianaris calls on legislature to enact tougher penalties on unlicensed drivers

In the wake of a fatal car crash that took the life of a 13-year-old Ridgewood boy, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is calling on his colleagues to pass his bill that would increase the penalty when a driver kills or seriously injures someone while driving with a suspended or invalid license. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Department of Correction ends package restrictions program

The New York State Department of Correction and Community Supervision has ended a pilot program that restricted prison packages earlier last month, which Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Forest Hills) and families of inmates considered flawed. Comment
East Elmhurst

Peralta teams with Urban Upbound to offer free tax return prep services

As the 2018 tax season got underway last week, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) launched free tax preparation services at his district office on Junction Boulevard. Comment

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Mayor Bill de Blasio released his preliminary budget for FY2019 on Feb. 1 with no mention of providing funding toward public transportation, even as commuters face an ongoing crisis on the city’s subways. Comments (3)
Transit

Study: Queens health care workers face long commutes

A new study has found that Queens health care workers have the city’s worst commute. Comments (1)

City joins lawsuit against Sessions to fight for police funding

New York City has joined 22 other “sanctuary” cities and organizations across the country in a lawsuit against the U.S. Attorney’s office in response to the Trump Administration’s attempt to cut off funding to the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program. Comments (1)
Astoria

Simotas seeks safer packaging for toxic laundry pods

A Queens lawmaker is leading the fight against a corporate giant for endangering the health and welfare of children as well as seniors suffering from dementia. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

Politics

Corona district leader will likely run in special election for Moya’s Assembly seat

A Corona woman has the inside track to run on the Democratic Party line in the April 24 special election to fill the Assembly seat vacated by Francisco Moya. Moya was recently elected to the City Council. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Jamaica man charged with pimping 16-year-old girl

Richard Trantham, a 34-year-old Jamaica man, is facing a 16-count indictment for pimping a 16-year-old girl for three months in 2017, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Rikers escapee faces 16 to life for Queens burglaries: DA

A Far Rockaway man from Eggbert Place was sentenced to 16 years to life as a persistent felon for burglarizing two Queens homes, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Two Queens men re-arrested at court house for sex-trafficking: DA

Two Queens men were re-arrested on additional counts of kidnapping and sex trafficking young women while at the Queens Criminal Courthouse in Kew Gardens on prior such charges, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced. Comments (5)

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

Non-profit advocacy group Tri-State Transportation Campaign reinforced the assessment from the Fix NYC panel that congestion pricing would only affect around four percent of outer borough drivers in a new report. Comments (2)
Kew Gardens

Queens DA briefs elected officials on successful 2017

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown briefed the borough’s elected officials at his 26th legislative breakfast, held at his Kew Gardens offices last Friday. Comment
Crime

Jamaica man faces 25 years in prison for kidnap, rape of teen girl: DA

A Jamaica man was convicted last week of kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old girl that he convinced through social media to run away from home, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (2)
Flushing

Meng pushes for new mailboxes to combat ‘mail fishing’

Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) wants to combat “mail fishing” in Queens. Comment

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

Affordable housing is finally coming to Willets Point. Comments (10)
Douglaston

CB11 approves variance for Lowe’s in Douglaston

Members of Community Board 11 narrowly passed a variance on Feb. 5 that will allow owners of Douglaston Plaza to oust a MovieWorld from the shopping center and replace it, along with a recently closed Macy’s, with a Lowe’s home improvement store. Comments (5)
Flushing

Meng connects with hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

After visiting Puerto Rico a week ago to asses the damage and what work needs to be done, Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) brought a displaced Puerto Rican resident currently living in Queens to last week’s State of the Union address. Comment
Immigration

DACA deadline looms

Two mayoral agencies have joined forces with a Latino advocacy coalition to discuss impending federal action that will have a major impact on immigrant communities in New York and beyond. Comments (1)
Real Estate

Rent prices drop in northwest Queens: Report

Queens rent prices dropped in 2017, according to a new StreetEasy report. Comment
Flushing

Derelict property in Flushing rankles residents

Residents outraged over a long-abandoned Flushing home gathered at a news conference hosted by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) on Jan. 26, at which he called on the city to consider demolishing the house that one neighbor referred to as an “attractive nuisance.” Comment
As January came to a close, the Department of Homeland Security announced an extension to the Temporary Protected Status for nearly 7,000 Syrians that came to the United States before Aug. 1, 2016, but the remaining 2,000 recipients will have to find immigration relief through other channels and no new Syrian applicants will be accepted into the program. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

Long Island City

New multi-service LGBT center opens in Long Island City

The Queens LGBT community gathered last week with elected officials to celebrate a new safe space in Long Island City that will offer health and educational services. The LGBT Network, a nonprofit organization now in its 25th year, cut the ribbon on its first full-service LGBT community center in the borough. The Q-Center, as it is called, is located at 37-18 Northern Blvd. Comment
Woodhaven

Middle Village boy, 11, dies saving friend from frozen pond

An 11-year-old Middle Village boy is dead after falling through the ice on a frozen pond, FDNY officials said. Comment
The Monday death of an 8-year-old Corona girl from the flu spurred a reaction from the city Dept. of Health on Tuesday to inform the public on the disease as it is the second pediatric fatality in the city thus far. Comment
Flushing

Extensive construction work on the LIE in Flushing is complete

A major construction project on three bridges at the Long Island Expressway and Grand Central Parkway interchange just south of the World’s Fair site at Flushing Meadows Corona Park has been completed nine months earlier than anticipated, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. Comment
Ozone Park

Queens school cafeterias among the city’s worst: Report

Nearly half of the city’s public school cafeterias are not up to health code, according to a recently published report by the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Comment
FLUSHING — Police said a man murdered in Flushing on Feb. 2 was shot to death in what the 107th Precinct called a gang-related crime. Comments (1)
Jamaica

Five-borough police summit concludes in Queens

Queens served as the last leg of the five-borough “Still We Rise NYC Human Justice Summit,” which featured the NYPD’s top brass at the New Jerusalem Worship Center in South Jamaica last Wednesday. Comments (1)
Event

Lunar New Year is just beginning and more: Week in Pictures

By most estimates, one in four people living in Queens is of Asian descent. That makes Lunar New Year — the most important holiday in that part of the world — a big deal here. Like Christmas, it is more of a season than a holiday, The day itself is Feb. 16 but the celebration goes on for two weeks. At least. Meanwhile, the city has announced (again) what it plans to do with Willets Point, the neglected parcel of land next to Citi Field; a tragedy in Forest Park; and a surprise at the “Today” show also make up the The Week in Pictures. Comment

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

An 8-year-old LeFrak City girl died early Monday morning from the flu, according to multiple reports, after physicians visited her home because she was having trouble breathing. Comments (1)

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018

Long Island City ►Video

Woman assaulted at R train station in Long Island City: NYPD

Police from the 114th Precinct in Astoria were looking for a man who allegedly assaulted a 45-year-old woman at the 36th Street/Northern Boulevard R subway station in Long Island City last month. Comment
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