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George Kaufman, who transformed large section of Astoria, dead at 89

George Kaufman, a Manhattan real estate developer who acquired the old Astoria Studios in 1982 that helped bring a renaissance to an entire neighborhood in the process, died Tuesday at age 89. Published Feb 22, 2018

Police looking for men involved in burglaries at homes in several Queens neighborhoods

The NYPD was looking for several men who are believed to be involved in nearly a dozen burglaries across a swath of north-central Queens in the past two months. Published Feb 23, 2018
Long Island City

Police searching for suspect who ‘manipulated his privates’ in front of a female R train rider

Police wanted to question a man who allegedly committed an act of public lewdness aboard a moving Queens R train Wednesday morning. Published Feb 24, 2018
East Elmhurst

Free LaGuardia Link Q70 bus service is in effect through Feb. 20 to alleviate holiday traffic

Travelers heading to LaGuardia Airport can ride the Q70 bus for free until Thursday, Feb. 20, the Port Authority announced. Published Feb 15, 2018

Dead infant discovered in trash at Dutch Kills playground: NYPD

The body of a newborn baby was discovered inside a garbage can at the Dutch Kills Playground in Astoria Saturday morning. Published Feb 19, 2018

Democratic insider mounts primary challenge against Assemblyman Brian Barnwell

Woodside resident Melissa Sklarz announced Tuesday she will mount a primary challenge against state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) in September. Published Feb 22, 2018

Sunnyside property manager who displayed Nazi imagery in condo lobby ousted

The property manager of a Sunnyside condominium who became the focus of multiple state and city investigations after he was accused of intimidating and harassing residents has resigned from the condominium’s board of managers in a settlement the city’s Commission on Human Rights announced last Friday. Published Feb 22, 2018

Van Bramer announces he will seek office of borough president when City Council term expires

When three-quarters of the City Council gets term-limited out of office in 2021, many political leaders will be looking for new opportunities in public service. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) will be among them and he has already set in motion his plan of action, announcing last week that he will run for Queens Borough President, as current Borough President Melinda Katz is also term-limited and considering a run for mayor. Published Feb 23, 2018

Queens-born teen among Parkland shooting victims

A Queens native was among the high school students killed during a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. last week. At age 14, Alyssa Alhadeff was one of the youngest victims and the first to be laid to rest after Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly opened fire with his AR-15 at his former school, leaving 17 dead and 15 injured. Published Feb 23, 2018
Long Island City

Long Island City Partnership launches effort to lure New York’s life-sciences campus to booming neighborhood

The unprecedented growth of Long Island City could include a multimillion-dollar life-sciences campus and the neighborhood’s development organization is aiming to make that happen. Published Feb 23, 2018

Espinal gets nod from Democrats to run in special election to fill Moya’s Assembly seat

As expected, lifelong Corona resident Ari Espinal will run as the Democratic Party’s candidate in the April 24 special election to fill former state Assemblyman Francisco Moya’s seat that became vacant after he was elected to the City Council in November. Published Feb 23, 2018
East Elmhurst

Crowley hosts Black History Month event in East Elmhurst

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) hosted his 19th annual Black History Month celebration at Bruno’s on the Boulevard in East Elmhurst Tuesday night. Published Feb 23, 2018
Jackson Heights

Woman fights off knife-wielding man at Jackson Heights apartment building: NYPD

Police were looking for a man who followed a 39-year-old woman into her Jackson Heights apartment building, in the vicinity of 76th Street and 35th Avenue, and threatened her with a knife early Monday morning. Published Feb 14, 2018

Man pulls knife on subway rider in Astoria: NYPD

Police were searching for a knife-wielding man who menaced a straphanger in Astoria last month. Published Feb 14, 2018
Long Island City

5Pointz artists awarded $6.7 million for destroyed graffiti as developer vows appeal

A federal judge in Brooklyn ruled in favor of the 5Pointz artists Monday, ordering developer Jerry Wolkoff to pay $6.7 million in compensation for ordering the whitewashing of the world famous graffiti mecca in November 2013. Published Feb 13, 2018

Borough-based prison coming to Kew Gardens as plan to close Rikers moves forward

Less than a week after a Rikers Island prison guard was viciously attacked by six alleged gang members and hospitalized with a fractured spine and bleeding on the brain, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an agreement Wednesday to move forward with the closing of the notorious prison complex by creating a borough-based jail system. Published Feb 15, 2018

Ridgewood Reservoir added to the National Register of Historic Places

“Having the Ridgewood Reservoir recognized on the New York State Historic Register back in December, and now having it listed on the National Register of Historic Places is an amazing achievement,” state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said. “I am pleased to see that the National Park Service moved so quickly to place the Ridgewood Reservoir on the list, officially preserving its natural beauty, its historic context to Brooklyn and Queens, and its educational importance for future generations.” Published Feb 15, 2018

Judge rules in favor of 5Pointz artists

The leader of the 5Pointz artists is hailing the federal judge in Brooklyn who ruled in their favor Monday, forcing developer Jerry Wolkoff to pay $6.7 million in compensation for ordering the whitewashing of the world famous graffiti mecca in November 2013. Published Feb 15, 2018

Nolan demands action after concrete falls from 7 train viaduct in Sunnyside while MTA says structure is safe

One Queens lawmaker and a group of straphangers are urging the MTA to perform an immediate survey and review of the 7 train viaduct in Sunnyside after a chunk of concrete loosened and fell to the ground at 41st Street and Queens Boulevard last Friday. Published Feb 15, 2018

Simotas introduces new family-friendly legislation

Parents and caregivers with small babies and toddlers would have easier access to places of entertainment under legislation written and introduced by state Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) which will make spaces more accommodating and family friendly. Published Feb 18, 2018

After young girl’s death, Peralta urges residents to get flu shots

The city’s health department confirmed that an 8-year-old LeFrak City girl’s death last week was flu related, but it was unclear if Amely Baez had received a flu shot. Published Feb 21, 2018
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights gang member sentenced for killing Elmhurst man

A reputed Sureno 13 gang member was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for fatally shooting a 38-year-old Elmhurst man in 2015, the Queens DA said. Published Feb 17, 2018

Astorians vent anger at MTA over subway station reconstruction

Astoria’s elected officials said they believe the MTA is tone deaf to the community’s needs during a rally in opposition to the $22 million plan to reconstruct the Ditmars Boulevard subway station last Thursday. Published Feb 20, 2018
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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. Published Feb 2, 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. Published Feb 8, 2018

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. Published Feb 8, 2018
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. Published Feb 13, 2018

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. Published Feb 11, 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. Published Feb 14, 2018

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. Published Feb 12, 2018

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