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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Far Rockaway

Meeks faces off against two challengers in Democratic Primary

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) is facing two very different challengers in the June 26 Democratic Primary for the 5th Congressional District, which comprises parts of both of Queens and Nassau County. Comment

Saturday, June 23, 2018


City provides $6.5 million for complete renovation of Woodside Library

The Woodside Library will be receiving a multimillion-dollar renovation with funding allocated by the City Council in its recently passed 2019 budget. The branch, located at 54-22 Skillman Ave., has not undergone any significant capital renovation in more than 20 years. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Poesie Café offers more than just food in Forest Hills

There’s a new café on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills with a French name of Poesie, where the style of cooking is not about the cream sauces. Instead, owner Alexandra Rodionova, an entrepreneur from Russia, is offering “healthy food.” The small bistro with both indoor and outdoor seating has an atmosphere that encourages relaxation. Bistro tables and chairs line the outside along with two Adirondack lounge chairs facing the street. Comments (1)

Friday, June 22, 2018


Maloney faces congressional primary challenge

Suraj Patel, an attorney and professor, is challenging 25-year incumbent U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) in Tuesday’s Democratic primary and hopes to protect immigrants from the policies of the Trump administration and uplift the science community to take on climate change. Comments (2)
Long Island City

New York Public Lawyers for Interest to provide free legal services to immigrants in Queens

The New York Lawyers for the Public Interest in partnership with Catholic Migration Services reopened their immigration hotline this month to help eligible immigrants receive assistance with their naturalization applications, said Annamaria Santamaria, program associate of Pro Bono Programs at NYLPI. Comments (4)

Astoria man sentenced in fatal park shooting

An Astoria man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Monday for the murder of his friend, who moved from Italy to Astoria only to be conned by the defendant and then shot and killed in Astoria Park in January 2015, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)
A Bronx resident who pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and other charges for drag racing on the Nassau Expressway in Queens will go to jail for six months, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comments (1)

Photos: Jiu-Jitsu fever at York College

At York College, the KASAI’s “The Elite Grappling Championships,” a day-long series of amateur jiu-jitsu matches, showed off the world’s oldest form of hand-to-hand combat. In case you missed it, here’s a look at the scene. Comments (1)

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Long Island City

Federal judge upholds $6.75 million in damages awarded to 5Pointz artists

When a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled in favor of the 5Pointz artists in their landmark lawsuit against developer Jerry Wolkoff in February and ordered him to pay $6.7 million in compensation for ordering the whitewashing of the world famous Long Island City graffiti mecca in November 2013, Judge Frederick Block blamed Wolkoff’s “insolence” for the damages being so costly. Comments (1)
The East Elmhurst Library, which is undergoing an expansion, closed its doors Saturday for the second phase of construction of the $8.9 million project, which is expected to be completed this fall, according to a library spokeswoman. Comments (1)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

When Gelasio Reyes was struck and killed by a drunk driver at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and 39th Street in Sunnyside in April 2017, it set off a chain of events rarely seen in the tight-knit neighborhood. Twelve days later, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) spoke at a rally for the 32-year-old father of three and a second cyclist who was critically injured at the same intersection just days later. Comments (12)
Losing a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. A local mom who lost her baby to a prenatal condition yearned to help other grieving parents dealing with a newborn’s passing. Comment
Forest Hills

Gingerbread Players to bring second edition of ‘Shakespeare-aoke’ to Forest Hills

The Queens theatre company Gingerbread Players is preparing for its second edition of “Shakespeare-aoke! The Ultimate Shakespearience,” at St. Luke’s Church in Forest Hills on June 30 at 7:30 p.m. Comment

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Lefferts Boulevard Bridge Study Bill introduced in March by state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing) passed in the state Legislature last week. Comments (1)

From prisoner to CEO: Queens native heads nonprofit organization

John Valverde, of Woodside, was incarcerated at the age of 20 for manslaughter after killing a man who had allegedly raped his girlfriend. Valverde spent 16 years in prison. Now, he is the CEO of YouthBuild USA, a nonprofit organization, and has been awarded the Brian S. Fischer Achievement Award from Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison. Comments (1)
Howard Beach

State Senate approves bill to create grant program for municipalities to hire veterans

Legislation that would create a grant program for municipalities that hire veterans has been approved by the state Senate. Comments (1)

Monday, June 18, 2018


Holliswood resident celebrates her 101st birthday

Centers Health Care, a rehabilitation and nursing home company with branches across the Northeast does not stereotypically host Bingo nights and leave their elderly residents to watch television throughout the day. Instead its recreational staff plans visits with mini-horses, dance events, Cinco de Mayo celebrations and birthday parties for its centenarians, according to spokesman Jeffrey Jacomowitz. Comments (1)

Work on Broadway and 39th Avenue subway stations in Astoria set to begin July 2

Astoria is about to get two of its subway stations back in operation just as two more stations are about to close for extensive repairs and renovations. Comments (2)
The Welling Court Mural Project kicked off its ninth year in an ongoing effort to beautify the mostly industrial community centered around 12th Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria. Comments (1)
Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man found guilty of rape: DA

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Monday that Albert Premnauth, 24, was convicted after a week-long trial of rape, criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child at his home in Richmond Hill in February 2016. Comments (2)

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Queens Village

Former inspector honored upon departure from 105th Precinct

Jeffrey Schiff, the former inspector of the 105th Precinct in Queens Village, may be gone, but the leaders of the southeast Queens communities he served will certainly not forget him. On June 27, 13 different civic organizations will honor him at his previous police station. Comments (1)
Roy Paar and Milana Naumenko turned their love of plants into a passion project, opening the Water and Light plant shop in Ridgewood June 2. They welcomed the community with champagne and cupcakes. Comments (1)
The origin behind the naming of the Madelaine Chocolate Company has been lost in time. The family who started the company in Rockaway Beach after World War II didn’t have a Madelaine in the fold. It may have been a once-popular movie actress or just something French that kind sounded classy. Comments (1)

Sing for Hope brings Broadway to Queens

Paul Raimonda Playground in Astoria served as an ideal location to host Sing for Hope’s seventh annual event, as the park had recently undergone renovations to include a spray shower in the shape of a baby grand piano dedicated to the Steinway and Sons factory located a few blocks away. Comments (1)

Letter to the Editor: Community Board 2 votes against bike lane proposal

Bravo to Community Board 2 in Queens for voting down the ill-conceived protected bike lane proposal. Comment

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rego Park

Ben’s Best in Rego Park closing June 30 after 73 years

A Rego Park institution for 73 years will close its doors for good at the end of the month. Ben’s Best Delicatessen, which has been serving generations of kosher deli fans since 1945, will go out of business June 30. Comments (1)
Ozone Park

DA: Ozone Park man pleads guilty to possessing images of child sexual abuse

OZONE PARK — Luis Ulloa-Rivas, 41, of Ozone Park, has pleaded guilty to possessing images of child sexual abuse on his computer, according to the Queens district attorney. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Man sentenced in 2013 fatal Jackson Heights stabbing

JACKSON HEIGHTS — A 27-year-old Bronx man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Monday for the fatal stabbing of a Woodside man under the elevated tracks of the 90th Street and Elmhurst Avenue 7 line subway station in September 2013, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

Friday, June 15, 2018


Community Board 2 shoots down DOT’s revised bike lane plan for Sunnyside

The majority vote at Community Board 2’s June 7 meeting went against the city Transportation Department’s revised bike lane proposal for Skillman Avenue and 43rd Avenue in Sunnyside. Comment

Astoria-based nonprofit launches ‘Learning for Life’ fund-raiser

To help more immigrant students assimilate in the United States while maintaining their cultural identity and become successful in school, the Center for the Integration of New Americans is expanding its Astoria-based elementary after-school program for foreign and refugee children by launching a “Learning for Life” fund-raiser. Comments (1)
Forest Hills Stadium — once the home of the US Open and now revived as a top-of-the-line concert venue — opened its concert season last week with a performance by Belle & Sebastian, a Scottish indie band that is making a comeback after being off the road for a few years. Comment

Thursday, June 14, 2018

On June 9, 1958, Jonathan Kane’s father took a photo that would represent Harlem’s jazz culture in publications around the world for decades to come. Comments (1)
The crowds at Belmont Park, the biggest race track in the country, was capped at 90,000 for this year’s Belmont Stakes. Fans were hoping to see one of the sport’s rarest moments — a Triple Crown performance. Comments (1)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

South Jamaica

South Jamaica musician releases third book

Robert Torres is a Latin hip-hop artist who writes and raps positive music that inspires, uplifts, and motivates young people. Comment

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill man convicted in 2017 shooting: DA

A Richmond Hill man has been convicted on multiple counts of first-degree murder in the shooting execution death of a fellow Richmond Hill man in 2017, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment
Richmond Hill

Queens program honors recovering military veterans

Military veterans who are recovering from addiction were recognized and honored for their service and sacrifice at a ceremony held by the Samaritan Daytop Village, where they were joined by the New York Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and community members. Comment

Monday, June 11, 2018


Agreement reached to bring polling sites back to LeFrak City complex

Residents of LeFrak City appear to have their polling sites back at their sprawling residential complex in Corona after a year-long battle with the city’s Board of Elections. In the summer of 2017, LeFrak City tenants learned that their polling place -- containing five different election districts -- would be moved from within the complex’s Continental Room, where they had been voting for more than 50 years, to schools three-quarters of a mile away. Comment

New building with 100 percent affordable housing breaks ground in Far Rockaway

City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) joined L+M Development Partners, Triangle Equities and city officials to break ground on a 100 percent affordable housing development in Far Rockaway last Friday. Comments (2)

Sunnyside attorney pleads guilty to helping ‘Taxi King’ steal $5 million in state taxes: AG

Just days after the conviction of so-called “Taxi King” Evgeny Freidman for stealing nearly $5 million in MTA taxes, state Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced last Friday the guilty plea of Sunnyside attorney Andreea Dumitru for her role in assisting Freidman. Comments (2)
Rochdale Village

Investment adviser charged in elderly fraud scheme: AG

Dean Mustaphalli, an investment adviser, was charged last week with securities fraud, grand larceny, forgery and scheming to defraud 22 of his elderly and near retirement-aged clients of nearly $5 million of their savings, according to state Attorney General Barbara Underwood. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

A true story from behind the bench comes to Maple Grove Cemetery

Judge Gloria C. Coco, the first Italian-American woman to sit on the bench in Chicago, wanted to satisfy her mother’s dying wish, to find an uncle’s burial place. Comment


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