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Bayside

Beloved Bayside barber remembered for decades of building friendship on Bell Boulevard

The camaraderie is still alive at Hair Studio 41, even in the wake of Angelo Vellucci’s unexpected death on Feb. 6 after a short battle with lung cancer, an illness that his family believes could possibly be the effect of Agent Orange exposure during his service in Vietnam. Published Feb 7, 2019
Middle Village

Revised proposal for truck access part of Rentar Plaza’s plan to reinvent Middle Village shopping center

After backlash from Community Board 5 members and the public at the Jan. 9 meeting, Rentar Plaza officials unveiled a revised plan to expand truck access into their shopping center that will allow them to subdivide and attract new tenants. Published Feb 12, 2019
Transit

Stringer blasts MTA for ‘culture of concealment’ on subway delay data

After an investigation into data regarding subway delays since 2015, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is alleging that the figures indicate a “culture of concealment” within the MTA, which continues to persist despite leadership turnover in recent years. Published Feb 13, 2019
Queensbridge

Astoria, Long Island City residents blast opponents of Amazon HQ2 proposal

Bishop Mitchell Taylor and Queensbridge residents rallied Monday to support employment opportunities that the online retail giant could possibly provide to Long Island City and beyond. Published Feb 12, 2019
Transit

After Queens lawmakers rip congestion pricing plan, Cuomo makes ultimatum: accept it, or face big fare hike

Despite state lawmakers giving the MTA the cold shoulder at a Jan. 30 budget hearing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on the legislature to pass congestion pricing to circumvent a 30 percent fare increase on MetroCard swipes. Published Feb 14, 2019
Maspeth

Barnwell bill would halt zoning process for projects don’t provide enough affordable housing

A new bill being introduced by Maspeth-based state Assemblyman Brian Barnwell will address concerns of housing developments that label units as “affordable” when the surrounding community disagrees — a trend which has made itself apparent across the city. Published Feb 14, 2019
Ridgewood

‘Shred Your Ex’ for a free drink at The Seneca in Ridgewood on Valentine’s Day

The Seneca is offering something for both the love birds and the scorned on Valentine’s Day. Published Feb 5, 2019
Ridgewood

Junkyard side in Ridgewood could be come animal shelter and care center, if toxins are removed from soil

A former auto junkyard in Ridgewood is slated for environmental remediations to make room for an animal shelter to match the needs of Animal Care and Control of New York City, according to a state Department of Environmental Conservation bulletin. Published Feb 5, 2019
Kew Gardens

Residents doubt Koslowitz’s stance on Kew Gardens jail, question why Rikers Island can’t be rebuilt

A packed Queens Community House in Kew Gardens questioned on Jan. 31 why the de Blasio administration does not simply rebuild Rikers Island instead of borough-based jails — and voiced harsh criticisms toward City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz for not opposing the plan which they believe will hurt their community in many ways. Published Feb 7, 2019
Bayside

Bayside fire leads to damage at two businesses who are blaming each other for the blaze

A fire that had a Citibank branch on Bell Boulevard in Bayside shut down on Feb. 3 also had the neighboring hookah lounge out of commission with conflicting reports as to which business the blaze had originated. Published Feb 6, 2019
Astoria

MTA will close the Astoria Boulevard Station in March for elevator installation

The MTA announced it will close the Astoria Boulevard Station on the N and W lines for nine months starting in March as they install four elevators days after a 22-year-old mother died while carrying a stroller down multiple flights of stairs at a Manhattan stop. Published Feb 7, 2019
Maspeth

Petition calls on Holden, Barnwell to address overdevelopment in Maspeth and Woodside

A petition on change.org is calling on politicians representing Maspeth and Woodside to take action on conversions of homes and buildings to multi-family dwellings, which the author, who only goes by Nadia M., claims is spreading unabated in her community. Published Feb 8, 2019
Glendale

Board 5 committee hears plans for new daycare center in Glendale semi-industrial zone

Community Board 5’s Land Use Committee heard arguments Tuesday night for a special permit application with the Board of Standards and Appeals for the construction of a daycare center in Glendale. Published Feb 11, 2019
Transit

Queens pols say they don’t trust MTA with revenue generated by new congestion pricing plan

Queens elected officials who are both for and against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s congestion pricing plan gathered in Jamaica Station’s AirTrain concourse Feb. 1 to draw attention to the lack of concrete details about the proposal or financial framework after a budget hearing devoid of those items. Published Feb 10, 2019
Forest Hills

Jewish community in Forest Hills calls on police to get tough on anti-Semitic hate crimes

Members of Forest Hills’ Bukharian community stood together Feb. 3 to condemn anti-Semitic violence and called on the NYPD to stand with them by charging hate crimes where they claim it is evident after a November attack on a local Yeshiva student. Published Feb 9, 2019
Politics

State legislature approves DREAM Act named for late state Sen. Jose Peralta

The Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act, named for one of its most ardent champions, passed the Assembly Jan. 23 after years of advocacy and will finally grant immigrants access to financial aid to attend SUNY and CUNY institutions. Published Jan 26, 2019
Transit

MTA board delays fare hike vote until February citing need to demonstrate improvements

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will not be making any big decisions on whether New Yorkers should pay a higher cost for poorer service on trains and buses, voting instead to shelve the controversial fare hike until February. Published Jan 28, 2019
Transit

City cracks down on illegal parking in bus lanes

A Manhattan impound lot was an unusual location for a news conference, but Mayor Bill de Blasio assured everyone in attendance that the site was on-message when he announced last week there would be a citywide crackdown on vehicles parking in bus lanes. Published Jan 29, 2019
Government

Katz vows to avoid 2020 Census citizenship question during State of the Borough Address

Borough President Melinda Katz said she would opt out of responding to the 2020 Census question regarding the documented status of residents and advised the crowd at Friday’s State of the Borough address to follow suit in a speech that covered not only immigration, but also criminal justice reform. Published Jan 30, 2019
Ridgewood

Ridgewood burglar busted for cutting hole in apartment wall to steal roommates’ stuff: NYPD

Detectives arrested an upstate man last week who allegedly burglarized a Ridgewood apartment building nearly a year ago, breaking into one residence and cutting a hole through the wall in order to enter a neighboring unit, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office. Published Feb 1, 2019
Middle Village

Holden wants city to crack down on speeding tow trucks and dangerous cement haulers

City Councilman Robert Holden introduced a set of bills last week that will take on towing and cement truck practices that lead to dangerous road conditions. Published Jan 31, 2019
Crime

Several Queens residents picked up in recent ICE raid that arrested 118 individuals

A five-day raid throughout New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley rounded up 118 undocumented immigrants, including many Queens residents, Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) officials announced Tuesday. Published Jan 30, 2019
Maspeth

City inching closer to rebuilding 115-year-old Grand Street Bridge in Maspeth

The Grand Street Bridge on the Maspeth/Brooklyn border could be getting a contractor for a rebuild that’s been 16 years in the making. Published Feb 3, 2019
Long Island City

Cops searching for man who slipped away from custody after Long Island City drug bust

While making multiple arrests in a Queensbridge Houses drug takedown on Jan. 29, one suspect escaped police custody while on the way to the 114th Precinct and is still on the lam, according to authorities. Published Jan 31, 2019
Ridgewood

Hydroponics lab brings something for every student at St. Matthias Academy in Ridgewood

St. Matthias Catholic Academy in Ridgewood got a great deal of attention for its new STEM lab, which they showed off during a celebration on Jan. 28 for the successful launch of its hydroponics program. Published Feb 3, 2019

Hevesi urges Cuomo to fund ‘Home Stability Support’ to curb homelessness

State Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi is calling for the executive budget to include a critical program he claims will stop the growth of homelessness in its tracks in a recent letter Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Published Jan 22, 2019
Transit

Queens transit activists and politicians clash on Cuomo’s new congestion pricing plan

Congestion pricing has been contentiously debated in the city and state ever since Gov. Andrew Cuomo first announced it was “an idea whose time has come” in August 2017, but now it has been officially included in the state budget. Published Jan 21, 2019

Queens reacts to DA Brown’s decision to not run for re-election

With news that long-time District Attorney Richard Brown will not be seeking re-election, many politicians had mixed emotions about his impending departure, but anticipate a much different criminal justice landscape in Queens. Published Jan 13, 2019
Business

Developers appeal to Community Board 5 to bounce back from Toys ‘R’ Us, Kmart bankruptcy

It may or may not have been a last ditch effort for redemption at Middle Village’s Rentar Plaza, but the development company operating the site claims a proposal to add more truck unloading bays could possibly save the shopping center from becoming a ghost town. Published Jan 14, 2019
Transit

Could alternative repair method for L Train work for fixing railroad tunnels between Queens & Manhattan?

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is not the only one turning to the new method of concrete repair that will be applied to the Canarsie Tunnel in April. Published Jan 15, 2019

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