Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Astoria

City Planning Commission approves Astoria Cove plan

The mammoth Astoria Cove residential complex is now in the home stretch of the public approval process after 10 out of 13 commissioners on the City Planning Commission voted their support Monday. The project features five mixed-use buildings with nearly 1,700 units that will take a decade to construct on Hallets Point if the City Council gives final approval. Comment.
Laurelton

Habitat for Humanity helps Laurelton mother and son return to boro

For months, Voncille Chaney drove past a two-story house on 220th Place, scouring for clues about how the dilapidated structure would look when Habitat for Humanity finished. Comments (2).
Ridgewood

Police arrest suspect in Ridgewood cabbie stabbing

Police arrested a suspect in the violent stabbing of a livery cab driver in Ridgewood last week, authorities said. Comment.
South Richmond Hill

S. Rich Hill shooting ruled a homicide: NYPD

Police reclassified the shooting of a 28-year-old Brooklyn man outside of a South Richmond Hill lounge a homicide after he died at Jamaica Hospital Sept. 24, the NYPD said. Comment.

Millions of visitors flock back to Rockaway Beach

With the swimming season over at city beaches, the city Parks Department released data that showed more than 4 million people visited Rockaway Beach this year. While that figure marks a 25 percent increase over last year, it’s half the number of beachgoers Rockaway had in 2012 before Sandy tore through the peninsula. Comment.
St. Albans

St. Albans church gets approval for building

The community opposition was not enough to prevent developers, which includes the church that owns the land, from erecting an affordable housing five-story building on Farmers Boulevard in St. Albans. Comments (2).

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Jamaica

Miller urges crackdown on illegal dollars vans

Only days before a woman was injured while riding a commuter van in southeast Queens, City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), at a Primary Day campaign event in downtown Jamaica, asked one of his aides, “Did you see that? Take photos.” Comments (2).
Springfield Gardens

Boro Tuskegee Airman remembered at funeral

Queens said goodbye to one of its adopted and most famous sons. Comment.

Skycaps awarded $925K in wage settlement: AG

Skycaps at John F. Kennedy International Airport landed some good news. Comments (1).
QueensLine

Flushing-born Drescher got famous on ‘The Nanny’

Actress, producer and activist Francine Drescher was born in Flushing on Sept. 30, 1957. Comment.

When did politics become so ugly and divisive?

Calling them “extreme conservatives,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted conservative Republican New Yorkers earlier this year, telling them they have no place in New York state. More recently Nancy Pelosi said: “Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.” In ugly campaign ads and lies, the NYS Democratic Party has repeatedly slammed Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino as an “extremist” and perhaps it won’t be long before congressional candidate Grant Lally is labeled a rightwing extremist. Comments (3).

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

Sunnyside

Crowley tackles sepsis with bill to honor Rory

U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) announced plans to introduce legislation named after a Sunnyside schoolboy who died two years ago. Rory Staunton was just 12 years old when a scrape became infected and caused his death from sepsis after doctors failed to diagnose it in time. Comment.
Flushing

Wheelchair softball comes to Citi Field

For the athletes in the Wheelchair Sports Federation, there is not much their physical limitations can stop them from doing. Comment.
Ridgewood

CB 5 recoils at Ridgewood party plans

Vacant factories and liquor licenses are a toxic cocktail, as Community Board 5 sees it. Comment.
College Point

College Point social club to celebrate 85th anniversary

A storied social club headquartered in College Point is set to celebrate its 85th birthday Oct. 11. Comment.
Hillcrest

Veteran restaurateur opens Dolphin Diner in Hillcrest

John Papis is a restaurateur with a porpoise. Comment.

U. S. Rep. Steve Israel’s bill would reduce testing in schools

Last week I announced a way to reduce excessive standardized tests as part of Common Core while preserving the quality of learning and teaching in our classrooms. My proposal was developed over the course of several months by school superintendents and educators throughout our communities. Comments (1).

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Bay Terrace

Bay Terrace medical building for sale

The Bayside Medical Arts Center in Bay Terrace has been put up for sale, according to a real estate firm. Comment.
Flushing

Peter Koo wants Korea Day holiday

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) has called for the establishment of “Korea Day”as a citywide holiday. Comments (1).

Political Action: Avella victory shows independence from party

In the recently concluded Democratic Party primary election in the 11th State Senate district of northeast Queens in which incumbent Tony Avella won by 568 votes, not including proxy votes, the race had several important aspects to it. Comments (1).

Unglam Gateway

Vice President Joe Biden caused a stir in Queens and beyond with his pronouncement a few months ago that LaGuardia is a Third World airport. But he must not be a frequent traveler to Kennedy Airport, which sometimes welcomes arriving passengers with the kind of service expected in a developing nation. Comments (3).

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