In an ongoing effort to limit the amount of storm runoff draining into Alley Creek in northeast Queens, the city Parks Department is holding a community forum to bring residents into the decision-making process. Comment.
It’s high time Queens had a literary voice of its own. With countless stories to tell, the borough of uber-diversity has brought forth Newtown Literary, an innovative semi-annual literary journal, showcasing a collection of works by 26 local writers. It’s chock-full of deep, heartfelt pieces that go beyond the realm of run-of-the-mill storytelling. Comment.
FLUSHING — A late-night attempted purse snatcher ended up pocketing an iPhone instead, police said.A 23-year-old woman was near the corner of Kissena Boulevard and Maple Avenue Jan. 12 at about midnight when a man tried to steal her purse, according to cops. Comment.
Two candidates have gotten their names on the ballot for next month’s special election to fill southeast Queens’ vacant City Council seat and seven others are waiting to be cleared by the city Board of Elections. Comment.
There has been much media coverage, including an editorial from TimesLedger Newspapers (“Noise About Noise,” Dec. 27, 2012-Jan. 2, 2013), concerning complaints about alleged changes in flight patterns emanating from LaGuardia Airport. Comment.
When the Bayside Historical Society’s current building at Fort Totten was built in 1877, there was no such thing as a modern elevator, and more than 130 years later that still has not changed. Comments (1).
After two months of being displaced from their school due to the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, parents and children say they are thrilled classes have once again started at PS 207 in Howard Beach. Comment.
Teen fashion designers recently faced off in a competition to create the most creative and stylish woman’s outfit out of men’s clothing. The Weinstein Company, which produces “Project Runway,” donated prizes and supplies. Comment.
The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., left us heartbroken and looking for answers. No doubt the shooting was a result of many underlying issues, but as a mediation and family services center, we are asking ourselves: Might the lack of opportunity to resolve conflicts be one contributing factor? Comment.
A 1965 Ford Mustang with braided racing stripes. A transparent Buddha floating just off the shore in the East River. The Virgin Mary cast in bird seed. These are just a few of the intriguing works a visitor will encounter while strolling through Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. They are part of the organization’s latest Emerging Artists Fellowship Exhibition, an annual program it holds each year to spotlight some of the most creative and compelling emerging sculptors working. Comment.
Last month, New York City lost one of its most respected and effective schools chancellor when Frank Macchiarola died. His service as chancellor coincided with the period of my husband Leonard’s service as chairman of the state Assembly Education Committee. Comment.
Parents from southeast Queens and beyond who lost their children to gun violence joined together at Occasions Banquet and Catering Hall in Springfield Gardens Sunday for the fourth annual Forgiveness Dinner. Comment.
Starting on Monday, Jan.21, the free H shuttle train from Far Rockaway-Mott Ave. to Beach 90th Street will operate Monday to Friday from 4:55 a.m. to 9:25 p.m. so that repairs can be made to restore full service to line in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the MTA said. Comment.
Loading up cars, vans and in one instance a bulldozer, residents of Flushing and beyond took their broken TVs, VCRs and computers to the Queens Botanical Gardens Sunday for its third annual E-Waste event. Comment.
First, I recommend a comprehensive education campaign for the American public and the mental health community for the public to better understand the community when communicating how to be better understood. Comment.
Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved $13 million in disaster food aid benefits for victims of Hurricane Sandy, state data show far less money was actually delivered to a fraction of families eligible for the program — a revelation some critics say points to a gross failure on the part of the city. Comments (1).
More than 3,000 borrowers in Queens who were in foreclosure in 2009 and 2010 may receive anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $125,000 after federal regulators cut short an investigation before fully determining the scope of possible abuses by 10 mortgage servicers. Comments (1).
With Gov. Andrew Cuomo setting the stage for passage of the nation’s toughest gun laws in Albany, southeast Queens activists Monday announced the program for an annual peace event, which has taken an alternative approach to ending violence long before the Sandy Hook massacre trained the nation’s attention on the subject. Comment.
Challengers hoping to unseat City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) have filed disclosure statements with the city Campaign Finance Board, beginning the next chapter in a busy Democratic primary race. Comment.
The MTA has ordered union officials to cease distributing fliers urging subway motormen to cut their speed as they enter subway stations in the name of safety, suggesting it appeared more likely the union was trying an illegal slowdown tactic to improve its stance in labor negotiations. Comment.
SOUTH RICHMOND HILL — Authorities said a robbery last month in a South Richmond Hill cell phone store can be traced to three earlier robberies of Radio Shack stores in South Richmond Hill and Brooklyn. Comment.
When one reads that the city Department of Education suspended dozens of special needs 4- and 5-year-olds last year, one has to suspect the DOE is failing some of our most fragile children. This revelation comes on the heels of new policies for special needs students just initiated this school year. Comment.
Queens lawmakers who worked to pass the state’s speedily approved gun reforms this week cautiously praised the legislation, saying it still needed to be tested and there was more work to do to prevent further violence. Comments (5).
At the baby shaking trial of a Flushing man, a parade of doctors and officers took the stand in Queens Supreme Court to testify about their knowledge of the events that led to the October 2007 death of his 2-month-old daughter. Comment.
City Council members questioned administration officials about the city’s preparations and response to Hurricane Sandy Wednesday in the first of what will be several hearings examining what was done right and what was done wrong leading up to and after the unprecedented storm. Comment.
A meeting has been set between the Federal Aviation Administration and lawmakers in northeast Queens with hopes of grounding residents’ concerns about new flight noise booming throughout their communities. Comments (1).
Tallies are in for the first round of campaign filings for the Queens borough president race, though the city’s public financing program is designed to even the playing field between the haves and have-nots. Comment.
One company’s devastating loss of life in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks inspired an annual charitable effort benefiting those in need around the world, and now that effort will help victims of Superstorm Sandy. Comments (1).
Instructors and supporters of the Flushing YMCA attended a 109th Precinct Community Council meeting earlier this month to complain about an arrest outside the facility on Northern Boulevard. Comments (1).
The Queens Jewish Community Council honored U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) at its well-attended legislative breakfast Sunday, but the event was tempered by the announcement that the group had lost all its Citymeals-on-Wheels funding for its kosher weekend meal deliveries. Comments (1).
A Rego Park woman who allegedly thrust an Elmhurst man in front of an incoming No. 7 train in Sunnyside has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial and a homeless man was arraigned on charges of pushing another Elmhurst man in front of a Q train in Manhattan last month, prosecutors said. Comment.
The crane on a construction site in Long Island City that collapsed and hurt seven workers last week had been carrying more than twice the weight it should have, the city Department of Buildings said. Comment.
Plans at Queens Hospital Center to turn one of its buildings into a residence for people with low incomes and people with chronic conditions and mental disabilities have raised concern in the community. Comment.
St. John’s spoke after a lopsided loss to Georgetown about how its basketball team needed to bounce back the same way the Hoyas did against them after their own dreadful defeat. It did just that. Comment.
Lawmakers in Albany moved swiftly this week as the state Legislature passed a set of reforms to the state’s gun and mental health laws that Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to make a priority in his State of the State speech a week earlier. Comments (4).
In the aftermath of several recent subway fatalities, motormen have been advised by their union to slow down on approaches to train stations, but transit officials suggest it is more of a labor negotiations tactic than a safety first campaign. Comment.
City officials prepared for the worst as union bus drivers said they would strike Wednesday morning, leaving more than 150,000 students without rides to school, the Department of Education said. Comment.