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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

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

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

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

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
Jamaica

QPAC announces new season of diverse entertainment

There’s another fabulous season of performances coming to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center on the campus of Queensborough Community College. Highlights of the February and March calendar include Russian dancers, a tribute to two of pop’s greatest pianists, and a celebration of the Lunar New Year. Comment

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

Letters

There’s more to the IDC than meets the eye

In the last 18 months, I immersed myself in a lot of things, one of which was understanding state politics. Comment
Jamaica

JCAL, JPAC celebrate Black History Month

A free film screening, a theatrical performance and a concert highlight Black History Month at Jamaica Center for the Performing Arts and the Jamaica Center for Learning. 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
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
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)

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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