A lawmaker from southeast Queens who spent two days on the street last year wants Albany to ease restrictions he says are preventing the city from helping the homeless get back on their feet. Comments (1).
I think most of us are aware of our elected officials and the jobs they do on behalf of our communities, but we should also recognize the contribution our community boards and civic associations make in affecting conditions in our neighborhoods. Comments (6).
Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday directed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to complete a series of tasks intended to address concerns from residents about the recent increase in airplane noise in the New York City area. Comment.
Twelve winning writers and 12 illustrators from around the globe — including Seonhee Lim of Long Island City — will be honored April 13 during the 30th annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards. Comment.
Propelling more females into the FDNY ranks and investing pension funding in women-led corporations may seem unusual policy priorities for a city councilwoman from Glendale, but not when the legislator leads the Council’s Women’s Caucus. Comment.
In the latest chapter of the battle between feuding factions of the Queens Republican Party, the state Supreme Court earlier this month threw out a challenge to Chairman Phil Ragusa’s victory at the party’s leadership vote last year. Comment.
Charter school supporters gathered outside a southeast Queens church earlier this week, asking Albany to pass legislation that will provide the institutions with funding to build their own school houses. Comments (2).
A while ago I saw a Charlie Rose interview with Frank Langella on Channel 13. Langella was starring in “King Lear” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and he had a lot to say about playing such a demanding role and his approach to acting. Three elements of his craft are vital, he said: “Know the lines, know what they mean, and mean them when you say them.” Comment.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has urged federal railroad officials to examine the Long Island Rail Road’s safety procedures following a 60-day federal probe into Metro-North Railroad, where investigators reported a culture of safety was lacking. Comment.
Some of New York City’s worst-maintained infrastructure is in Queens, including highways, bridges, water quality standards and public housing, according to a report by an urban think tank and planning agency. Comments (4).
Lauren Schwartzberg, a 17-year-old senior at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside and newly licensed driver, won a 2014 Ford Mustang Convertible at the National American Miss Pageant held in Hollywood, Calif. Comment.
Hookah, an Arabian water pipe used to smoke tobacco, is a time-honored tradition and social activity spanning the Middle East and South Asia. Even limited use of this water pipe to smoke the tobacco, known as sheesha, produces a pleasant, light-headed sensation. Comments (4).
The battle for quieter skies in northeast Queens traveled across the country last month as one borough advocate attended a conference to address airplane noise with representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration. Comments (1).
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, together with Port Authority Inspector General Robert Van Etten, announced Wednesday that 16 airport taxi dispatchers were arrested in an undercover sting operation and charged with unlawfully receiving cash bribes in a taxi-dispatching scheme at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comments (2).
Let me first introduce myself as a former constituent within Queens Community Board 9 from Richmond Hill, with relatives who had resided in Ozone Park and Howard Beach over the years within your district constituency. Comment.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and Police Commissioner William Bratton announced recently that a Corona man was arraigned on charges of luring young girls over the Internet to participate in what he allegedly called “The Game.” Comments (2).
A few weeks ago, Administrative Law Judge Michelle Manzione, after a city Environmental Control Board hearing, found the tenant of Klein Farm guilty of having several trees cut down and the 100-year-old circular driveway paved over. Comments (4).
As New Yorkers celebrated their Irish heritage during the Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade, senators in Albany ignored their immigrant roots and defeated a bill to give tuition assistance to undocumented college students. Comments (3).
Officials from the MTA will finally meet with Long Island City residents and business owners to discuss the issues involved with the suspended weekend service on the No. 7 subway line, into and out of LIC, now entering its third weekend. Carmen Bianco, the president of MTA NYC Transit, is scheduled to take part along with elected officials this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at PS/IS 78Q, at 46-08 5th St. Comment.
Dozens of northeast Queens residents joined the United War Veterans Council at the Community Church of Little Neck Wednesday evening to pledge their determination to save the Little Neck Douglaston Memorial Day Parade as the future of the annual event hangs in jeopardy. Comments (6).
With the clock ticking in Albany where his push for an education-funding tax hike received mixed support, Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped in Sunnyside last week to tour one of the many half-day pre-K sites he hopes to expand next school year. Comments (1).
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Friday that the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Commuter Railroad plan to install equipment capable of detecting and instantly reporting defects or damage or overheating in wheels and other equipment as well as those of freight trains using the same tracks. Comment.
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) introduced new legislation this week that aims to help small businesses by encouraging them to put money into a special savings account that can be used tax-free in times of need. Comments (1).
LONG ISLAND CITY — Police from the 108th Precinct responded to a 911 call of a motor vehicle accident on the eastbound upper roadway of the Queensboro Bridge Wednesday and found a taxi driver unconscious and unresponsive in the driver’s seat. Comment.
New York state’s 3rd Congressional District, which runs along the north shore of Long Island, is in three counties: Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. It contains, within its Queens part, Douglaston, Little Neck and parts of Whitestone and Bayside. Comments (1).
Hundreds of students, parents and teachers will take a safety pledge at PS 173 Friday to commemorate the memory of Allison Liao, a 3-year-old girl who police say was struck and killed by a car in downtown Flushing in October. Comment.
Henry Zilberman, the former gypsy cab driver who built his own taxi and limousine enterprise before putting a chic exclamation point on Long Island City with his boutique Z Hotel, died earlier this month, TimesLedger Newspapers has learned. Comments (2).
In an effort to shed new light on one of the lesser-known episodes of World War II, a Korean leader visited the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives in Bayside last week to view an exhibit on the Korean comfort women that has become one of the museum’s most popular items since its opening three years ago. Comment.
The D train is the dirtiest subway line and the L is the cleanest in the latest report from the transit advocacy agency Straphangers Campaign, which reported several Queens lines “significantly deteriorated.” Comments (1).
Three Queens residents were found dead Saturday when the NYPD received calls about a body floating along the coast of Gantry Plaza State Park, another in a Howard Beach motel room and a third inside a closed Flushing construction site. Comments (1).
Police were still looking for the killer of an IT worker who was slain walking home from work last week in South Jamaica after a 12-year-old boy accidentally shot his sister a few days later with a gun a source said was identified as the murder weapon. Comments (1).