Bell Boulevard has always been known to be bustling with bars and other local hangouts, but there is only one place in Bayside where locals, business people and others can go to fulfill an alternative desire. Comment.
In an effort to make Lefferts Boulevard safer, the city Department of Transportation is considering taking away one travel lane in both directions between Rockaway Boulevard and 149th Street, a change the DOT says will not cause additional congestion but which the community fears will just move traffic to surrounding residential streets. Comments (1).
As the seasons transition from summer to autumn, it is important for the city Parks Department to prune many of the trees in the city’s parks and along city streets. While every tree cannot be pruned, there are those that are in serious need of pruning to reduce the risk of injury to people or damage to property. Comment.
A new charter middle school in Elmhurst aimed at helping children to learn English as a second language celebrated its first 30 days Friday with a ribbon-cutting and visit from city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. Comment.
For three of the most powerful men in our state to be involved in using $103,000 to quiet several female staffers and include $32,000, supposedly provided by the accused, proves there is something wrong and that this should be looked into immediately. Comment.
A lawmaker in northeast Queens has proposed a piece of legislation aimed at curbing illegal truck traffic on residential streets by allowing authorities to seize vehicles of drivers who repeatedly break the law. Comment.
Borden Avenue businesses said they would be sorry to lose FreshDirect, an online supermarket that has received millions in city and state subsidies to move to the Bronx for its expansion. Comments (1).
JAMAICA — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a man suspected of stealing a woman’s cell phone on an E train at the Jamaica-Van Wyck subway station Sept. 20, authorities said. Comment.
The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi showcase their energy, musicianship and heritage during a performance at York College Oct. 2. The show, called “Two Acts,” featured continuous dancing and drum beats and was divided into two 42-minute acts. Comment.
Mallomars are back and so is Theatre Time Productions. But unlike those addictive chocolate-coated marshmallow treats (absent during the summer) that give you a sugar high, Theatre Time can give you a rush of pleasure any season without causing an overdose. Comment.
It is the start of a new school year for thousands of Queens children. As children are walking to school this semester, I think it is important to think about what they are passing by on their way to school. Comment.
Erica Ford celebrated the 10th anniversary of her anti-violence group LIFE Camp with a barbecue at her new South Jamaica office Monday, where community members shared not only stories of loss but ones of inspiration and healing. Comment.
A pair of Flushing nail salon workers scored some payback against an employer who allegedly canned them for complaining about substandard working conditions, they announced this week, setting what one nonprofit called a legal precedent that could change the fortunes for low-wage workers across the city. Comment.
District 26 schools in northeast Queens had a reason to celebrate as city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott released this year’s elementary and middle school progress reports, putting the district at the top of the borough, which scored best in the entire city. Comment.
What projects would Queens residents like to see incorporated into the city’s next transportation plan? the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council asked the public at an open house at the borough president’s office last Thursday. Comment.
As the elderly population grows at a fast rate in the borough and throughout the city, the city Office of Emergency Management is increasing its efforts to inform seniors who live in hurricane evacuation zones about what steps they need to take to remain safe during floods. Comment.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said two men’s recent guilty pleas of forcing a 14-year-old into prostitution is the latest of eight sex trafficking convictions obtained by his office since tougher penalties for such crimes took effect in 2007. Comment.
The St. John’s University men’s tennis team concluded yet another impressive weekend of play this time across the East River at the Columbia Fall Classic, where senior Mike Lampa and sophomores Hugo Morth and Mark Mozer each advanced to the semifinals of their respective singles brackets. Comment.
More of today’s families need to be two-income households to make ends meet, whether they are single parents, providing homes for older and unemployed children or caring for sick or elderly loved ones. They all need and want many of the same things — especially good jobs. Comment.
We welcome the decision by the Port Authority to hold a public hearing on its plan to extend one of John F. Kennedy International Airport’s runways closer to protected wetlands and residential neighborhoods. Comment.
Starting this month, the City University of New York will offer free help applying for deferred action — a new federal program that grants temporary legal status to some undocumented immigrants so they may stay in the country and go to school or work without fear of deportation — at City Council members’ offices for all who are eligible. Comments (3).
The Port Authority got an earful last week when residents of southeast Queens finally got their chance to sound off the agency’s plan to extend one of John F. Kennedy International Airport’s runways closer to residential neighborhoods. Comment.
Some Queens state legislators said using campaign funds to donate money to struggling local nonprofits is not necessarily a good practice — even though campaign records indicate many engage in the activity. Comment.
Endorsements have continued to pile up for candidates running for state Senate in northeast Queens, with the latest endorsement coming from postal workers in support of the 11th Senate District’s Democratic incumbent. Comments (1).
State Senate hopeful Joseph Concannon said that, if elected, he will focus on reducing crime and taxes and bringing new jobs into the community at an opening celebration at his new campaign headquarters in Bayside Saturday. Comment.
A stately, 100-year-old Black Locust tree has sparked a war between two neighbors in Bellerose, with one man claiming the tree’s roots damaged his property and one woman worried that clearing the roots would cause the massive tree to topple over. Comments (4).
Student farmers at John Bowne High School in Flushing were visited last week by a mobile truck dispensing maple syrup cotton candy along with doses of education about a burgeoning Empire State commodity. Comment.
BAYSIDE — A north-bound vehicle overturned on Cross Island Parkway by Northern Boulevard on Sunday, the Breaking News Network reported. Eight people were injured in the crash, according to BNN. Comment.
The Voelker Orth Museum will be offering up some complex jazz on Oct. 14, as the Bern Nix Trio performs in the venue’s Victorian Garden at 3 p.m. The ensemble, led by jazz guitarist Nix, moves between set compositions and improvisational experiments, promising visitors an engaging, if unpredictable, show. Comment.
Cecilia Reyes, the Corona mother of an unarmed National Guardsman who was shot by an Emergency Services Unit detective during a traffic stop last week, said after a meeting with Queens District Attorney Richard Brown Thursday that she believed she would get “justice” for her son’s death. Comment.
A real estate agent with questionable ties to U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding financial institutions in order to obtain mortgages for homes in southeast Queens. Comment.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) visited LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City last week to announce that the city had at last allocated $71 million for needed repairs to City University of New York colleges, including critical projects at LaGuardia and Queensborough Community College. Comment.
Two candidates for the congressional seat based in Queens traded more barbs this week after violations from one candidate’s past elections surfaced and could land him in legal trouble, according to the state Board of Elections. Comment.
Police were investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another injured after a brawl in a Richmond Hill billiards hall early Saturday morning, according to the NYPD and witnesses. As of Tuesday, no one had been arrested, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Ongoing security concerns inside and beneath a Bayside housing complex have not yet been addressed due to the management’s unwillingness to cooperate, according to one northeast Queens lawmaker. Comments (1).
Candidates running for the state Assembly seat currently held by Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) in the 25th District have begun collecting endorsements as they take their messages to the public this week. Comments (1).
State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) said at a harvest season celebration at his Fresh Meadows home Sunday he will not make a final decision about a potential future run for another New York government office until the end of the current election cycle. Comment.
The number of newly foreclosed homes in Queens fell to its lowest point in two years during the third quarter of 2012, according to a recent report, but experts warn the new figures do not indicate a light at the end of the tunnel for struggling borough homeowners. Comment.
Taking a break from his biology studies at Penn State University, 18-year-old Clinton Aiyedun said he would not be the young man he is today were it not for his mentors at the United Black Men of Queens. Comment.
The Hunters Point’s library will not be open until 2015, but at the dedication ceremony for its site Friday, Queens Library and elected officials spoke as if they had reached the end of a long journey. Comment.
Jordan Fuchs was wearing loud, bright orange cleats Saturday afternoon, but the senior star stood out for more than that in Christ the King’s 28-0 win over host Cardinal Spellman in a CHSFL Class AA-A game. Comment.
A car carrying five Queens teens careened off a Long Island road and hit a number of trees, slicing the car in half and killing the passengers and injuring the driver over the Columbus Day weekend, state police said. Comment.
The mother of a Corona National Guardsman who police say was fatally shot by an NYPD detective on the Grand Central Parkway last Thursday stood with the Rev. Al Sharpton in Manhattan Saturday to demand a thorough investigation. Comment.
A quadriplegic woman who fought her Queens parents for the right to end her own life support finished another legal battle Tuesday, as her father dropped his bid to take over all decision making regarding her care. Comments (1).
In August, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new initiative designed to lift the state’s dismal voter registration numbers, and as the Oct. 12 deadline to register for next month’s general election draws near, critics in Queens said there is no good reason those numbers should be so low. Comment.
The man accused of shooting a police officer in South Jamaica during a late night chase in August appeared in Queens Supreme Court last Thursday, where he was arraigned on an attempted murder charge. Comments (1).
Autumn has officially arrived, and rather than think about the potentially dreary winter behind it, Queens Botanical Garden is hosting a celebration this week where the community can enjoy nature and some of the more delicious offerings that accompany fall. Comments (1).
Ethel Katz has already told her story of survival more times than she could ever remember, but her eyes still filled with tears when she was asked once again to share her memories of living through the Holocaust. Comments (2).