Walk past the Italian Renaissance-style facade of the old Queens Family Courthouse around Happy Hour, and you’re likely to view a scene downtown Jamaica has been waiting on for some time. Comments (1).
The Citiview Connections Clubhouse, a Long Island City center for adults with psychiatric disabilities, has a new location and the recent move has helped generate interest about its mission and professional services, the center’s director said. Comments (7).
Elected officials and residents gathered in Dutch Kills in Long Island City last week to demand that the city Department of Transportation take immediate action in addressing unsafe traffic conditions in the neighborhood. Comment.
Astoria District Leader and City Council candidate Costa Constantinides announced a comprehensive five-point plan last week to clean up Astoria’s streets and parks, a plan he believes will benefit businesses and the community. Comments (1).
MP Taverna has replaced Mezzo-Mezzo on Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria. When initials are presumed to produce recognition it’s a clue that the restaurateur has achieved celebrity chefdom. In this case, the media darling is Michael Psilakis, a winner of culinary awards, a TV personality and a cookbook author. The Astoria location is the latest addition to his restaurant empire consisting of three places in Manhattan, one in Westchester and one in Roslyn. The MP moniker seems to be reserved for restaurants outside of Manhattan. Comment.
CORONA — Police were seeking assistance in finding a boy who went missing last week in Corona.The NYPD said 14-year-old Xavier Molina disappeared July 19 and was last seen around 8:30 p.m. the day before near 60th Avenue and 99th Street. He was wearing a white shirt and tan shorts. Comment.
Though most Queens residents have felt the impact of the recession, not all are affected equally. The South Asian community, especially new immigrants, have not fared well in this economic climate. Comment.
St. Francis Prep forward Sofia Recupero is handling the high expectations for her while learning to compete in arguably the best girl’s basketball league in the country and building her game from the outside in. With her freshman season as a starter on the varsit team behind her, she is on her way to showing why she is one of the city’s top young players. Comment.
In their letters to the editor, City Councilmen Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) and Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) make a valiant effort trying to spin the Community Safety Act as measures that will not jeopardize public safety. Comments (1).
Three people were seriously injured, possibly from jumping out the window, after a fire spread from the ground flood of an Ozone Park building to the second floor Saturday morning, a spokesman for the Fire Department and neighbors said. Comment.
Tina Ferguson has lived in the Woodside Houses all her life, but the 54-year-old says she now often spends the night with her mother in Jamaica because she cannot stand the state of disrepair in her first-floor apartment. Comment.
New York Mets ace Matt Harvey has a chance to earn more than wins and strikeouts with his blazing fastball and model good looks. He has shown the potential to make the city his and be the Mets’ version of Derek Jeter during his career. Comment.
A 27-year-old Briarwood woman diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer last month was left to fend for herself in an insurance black hole before state health care providers steered her toward a Queens facility and saved her from an uncertain future. Comment.
Rafer Alston hasn’t played in the NBA since his 2010 stint with the Miami Heat and the New Jersey Nets. Still, the former Benjamin Cardozo point guard isn’t exactly ready to call it quits on his playing career, but but admitted it’s “pretty much” over. Comment.
The City Council passed a package of legislation Wednesday as a result of 12 Superstorm Sandy oversight hearings with the goal of making the city Office of Emergency Management more prepared to respond to emergencies. Comment.
An abundance of overgrown weeds and vegetation at the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground were the end result of a city Parks Department staff changeover and equipment malfunction that have since been corrected, a spokesman said. Comment.
As expected, Mayor Michael Bloomberg took his red pen to a pair of NYPD-reform bills Tuesday, setting up the final showdown in the politically charged debate over legislation to rein in the department’s stop-and-frisk practices. Comments (2).
A 96-year-old woman waited longer than an hour for an ambulance to arrive after she took a fall inside a Jamaica nursing home Monday, a staffer said, in yet the latest episode of the city’s beleaguered, new 911 call system. Comments (1).
City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) is facing a challenge from a well-funded opponent in southeast Queens, and as the weeks creep closer to the Sept. 10 Democratic primary his name keeps popping up in the wrong places. Comments (2).
Despite increasing opposition, energy companies National Grid and Williams Transco are moving forward to build a 3.2-mile-long pipeline that would increase the supply of natural gas in Brooklyn and Queens. A number of local groups and individuals are against the project, citing safety hazards and concerns for the environment. Comment.
On the heels of the American Medical Association’s designation of obesity as a disease, a downtown Jamaica health clinic is launching a culturally tailored campaign to help southeast Queens fight the battle of the bulge. Comments (1).
SOUTHEAST QUEENS — A Brooklyn man was arrested and charged with pilfering more than $7,000 worth of items he allegedly amassed during a week-long spree at several churches, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
The City Council voted Wednesday to allow the United States Tennis Association to expand in Flushing Meadows Corona Park following an 11th-hour agreement that will pump about $10 million into the shabby greenspace. Comment.
The attorney for Van Holmes, the president of a Laurelton nonprofit who pleaded guilty earlier this week to pocketing tens of thousands of public dollars, said his office will be paying refunds to the parents whose children were enrolled in Holmes’ now-defunct summer camp. Comments (1).
Taxpayers shelled out $100,000 to clean the exiled Triumph of Civic Virtue statue and help move it from its perch outside Borough Hall to a private cemetery in Brooklyn late last year, city contracts show. Comments (1).
Homeowners in Flushing last week successfully sued a developer who planned to build new homes that were perfectly permissible under city laws but ran afoul of a century-old private building code that also governs the neighborhood. Comments (1).
Firehouses from Glen Oaks and Astoria were two of five spots throughout the city to be ransacked for cash by a renegade firefighter making phony 911 calls as distractions, the city Department of Investigation said. Comments (1).
Borough President Helen Marshall approved a tweaked special permit application last week for the 5Pointz redevelopment project that includes additional community benefits for Long Island City residents. Comment.
EAST ELMHURST — National safety regulators are eyeing the Southwest Airlines flight that skidded across a LaGuardia Airport runway Monday evening after its front landing gear collapsed shortly after touching down. Comment.
JOHN F. KENNEDY AIRPORT — A shirtless man ran into an unoccupied terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport Wednesday morning, but he did not get far before authorities had him wearing handcuffs, authorities said. Comment.
A week after he was arrested, the head of a Laurelton youth camp agreed Tuesday to pay back tens of thousands of dollars in public money he scammed from the do-nothing nonprofit, authorities said. Comments (1).
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) joined with nonprofit GrowNYC in Long Island City last week to celebrate the return of the neighborhood’s Youthmarket, an event that featured a fresh assortment of fruits and vegetables. Comment.
Transit officials announced Monday plans to spend $18 million to bring back bus and subway service slashed during financial peril three years ago, including increasing G trains and restoring weekend service on the Q31 bus between Bayside and Jamaica and Q77 bus from Laurelton to Jamaica in Queens. Comment.
It took emergency responders far less time to respond to a call about a woman fainting at a steamy news conference in Woodside Monday than it had for an ambulance to arrive at one in Brooklyn where an intern collapsed last week. Comment.
A 28-year-old woman was charged with gun possession following what police described as a high-speed car crash on the Grand Central Parkway that took the life of the driver early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (42).