Flushing Times

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015


Queens Symphony Orchestra director steps down

After eight years at the podium, Queens Symphony Orchestra Music Director Constantine Kitsopoulos has announced his resignation, effective immediately. Comment.
The Play’s the Thing

Censorship is alive and well on American school stages

Freedom of speech is very much in the news these days, so an article in American Theatre with the headline “Who Cares about Censorship on School Stages?” particularly caught my attention. Comment.

Defending our right to choose

Why do I need a politician to tell me where I can shop? And why pick on Walmart? Comments (1).

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015


Residents, leaders weigh in on proposed Flushing-Jamaica bus route

The MTA and the city Department of Transportation held a lively forum in Kew Gardens Hills on their proposal for a Select Bus Service between Flushing and Jamaica that drew strong opposition and some support from the overflow crowd. Comments (1).

Lunar New Year celebrations will have full 7 train service

For the first time, the 7 train will be running at full capacity during all Lunar New Year celebrations in February. Comments (3).
Fresh Meadows

Standing together for greatest good

The recent PBA delegate meeting in Queens was interrupted by several upset members who voiced their legitimate concerns regarding safety issues for police officers. There has to be unity among the PBA and its president, Pat Lynch, so that a unified front can be presented to the commissioner and the mayor with regard to all issues of concerns from the police. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Willets Point

Governor proposes AirTrain to LaGuardia and an increase to the minimum wage

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made two proposals this week that will have significant impact on the borough: the unveiling of plans to build an AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport and a plan to increase the minimum wage in New York City. Comments (2).

NE Queens leaders wary of Select Bus Service proposal

Two northeast Queens lawmakers have expressed concerns about a proposal for a Select Bus Service route in and between Flushing and Jamaica. Comments (5).

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015


First-ever Korean American Day held at City Hall

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and Korean-American community groups celebrated the first Korean American Day on the steps of City Hall Tuesday morning. Comments (4).
Fresh Meadows

United Federation of Teachers not defending members

The United Federation of Teachers has long been perceived as a powerful union in New York City. So, why would so many of its members find themselves in need of legal representation when they find themselves unfairly targeted by an unethical principal when members pay so much in dues? Comments (5).

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015


Tons of e-waste gets new life at Queens Botanical Garden

Elmhurst resident Tom Harrison drove to the parking lot of the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing to drop off a broken DVD player and a non-functioning wireless keyboard. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015


CB7 tables vote on proposed mosque in Flushing

After nearly three hours of intense debate marked by cultural differences between the East and the West, Queens Community Board 7 tabled a vote on whether to approve the construction of a mosque in Flushing. Comments (4).

Lancman seeks support for chokehold bill

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) said Mayor Bill de Blasio’s threat to veto his bill outlawing the use of chokeholds by police officers does not come as a surprise. Comments (4).

Hundreds line up for new identification card

New York City residents who want to get the new municipal ID will now have to sign up for an appointment in response to the high demand for the card since it was formally launched Tuesday. Residents have to make an appointment at the closest enrollment center by going online at www.nyc.gov/‌IDNYC or by calling 311. Walk-ins can also schedule appointments. Comments (4).

Ring in the [Lunar] New Year at Flushing Town Hall

The weather outside may be frightful, but the lineup at Flushing Town Hall remains delightful. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015


The city officially launches municipal ID program

On a rainy Tuesday morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan) formally launched the municipal ID, known as IDNYC, at the Queens Public Library in downtown Flushing. Comments (11).

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