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Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014

Whitestone

A&P seeks brownfield cleanup for Whitestone shopping center site

The site of a former dry cleaners’ service, which is part of a shopping center in Whitestone, is now being considered for the state Brownfield Cleanup Program. Comment.
Long Island City

Weekend service on No. 7 subway line will be shut down as work resumes

Straphangers from Long Island City will have to bear the brunt of another round of weekend service shutdowns of the No. 7 subway line beginning next month. The MTA announced that disruptions will affect the line on 12 weekends during the first five months of 2015. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Civic calls for runway expansion impact study

The Eastern Queens Alliance had its day in court. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014

Officers stage silent protest at Ramos funeral

More than 20,000 police officers from as far away as Pearl, Miss., and San Francisco gathered outside Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale Saturday for the funeral of Rafael Ramos, one of the two NYPD officers who were assassinated as they sat in their squad car a week earlier. They came to stand with their brothers and sisters in the NYPD as a show of unity that even extended to joining the thousands in blue who turned their backs as Mayor Bill de Blasio eulogized their slain colleague. Comments (4).
Flushing

No school on Diwali, Lunar New Year

Starting next year, school holidays will be allowed on Lunar New Year, Diwali and Eid. Comments (2).
Astoria

Queens pols praise fracking ban

Queens lawmakers are saying the potential health risks associated with hydraulic fracturing outweigh the benefits after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on the procedure last week. Comments (1).

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

Glendale

Hundreds mourn slain officer at Glendale wake

With the line to enter Police Officer Rafael Ramos’ wake at Christ Tabernacle Church in Glendale stretching nearly four blocks , hundreds crowded behind police barricades and watched mourners come and go in solidarity with the fallen cop’s family. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside baby dies after alleged assault by father: NYPD

A Bayside infant who was allegedly assaulted by his father died on Christmas Eve, the NYPD said. Comments (1).
Crime

Glendale man allegedly threatens to kill cops: NYPD

A Glendale man allegedly threatened to kill cops at a TD Bank in Middle Village on Christmas Eve and was arrested Wednesday, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Richmond Hill

Jamaica man shot and killed on Xmas: NYPD

Two separate Christmas Day disputes led to a 20-year-old man dying of a gunshot wound to the neck in Richmond Hill and a 24-year-old nursing a bullet to the leg in Jamaica Hospital, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Sunnyside

Novel set in Queens riding high in the literary world

A first-time novelist raised in Jackson Heights has plenty to celebrate this holiday season. Comment.
Jamaica

Chain stores boom in Queens: Report

Chain stores are multiplying across Queens. Comment.
Long Island City

Police save life of LaGuardia prof the day he retires

Two officers from the 108th Precinct are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a LaGuardia Community College Professor Tuesday, his last day of teaching before retirement this summer. Comment.
Long Island City

Unique cooking school opens in LIC

A Long Island City man is taking his love of cooking and turning it into a second career, right in his own home on Crescent Street. After traveling the world for 30 years, Dan Dolgin decided to quit his job as vice president of Global Sourcing for Vanity Fair and open a culinary school. Comment.
Long Island City

NAACP hosts solidarity march

Some 50 elected leaders, pastors and Queensbridge residents marched peacefully in Long Island City to protest the grand jury decision to not indict a white police officer in the death of black Staten Island resident Eric Garner in August. Comments (1).

Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014

Glendale

Council passes Crowley’s animal rights legislation

Cats, dogs and the City Council — oh my. Comment.
Kew Gardens

Farina discusses dual langauge push

Surrounded by community and ethnic news outlets, city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced plans to open 40 dual language programs across the city next fall. Comments (2).

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Kew Gardens

Open police relations debate: Katz

Borough President Melinda Katz said Queens residents “really want a moment” after two police officers were assassinated in Brooklyn as they sat in their patrol car. Comments (3).
Long Island City

LIC residents support 108th Pct. during candlelight vigil

As they filed out of the 108th Precinct, the hard and angry expressions on the faces of the NYPD officers and detectives began to soften as they looked at the crowd that gathered outside their stationhouse. Hundreds of Long Island City residents turned out in a cold and misty rain to stand with the police following the assassinations of two of their own Saturday. Comments (1).
Corona

Cubans in boro speak of new Cuba-USA relations

The Cuban community in the borough was caught by surprise when President Barack Obama announced moves to restore diplomatic and commercial relations with the island after more than half a century of Cold War tension. Comments (1).
Astoria

City Hall has surprise party for Peter Vallone Sr.’s 80th

Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor David Dinkins, and hundreds of current and former city leaders, family and friends joined Peter Vallone, Sr. to celebrate his 80th birthday with a surprise party at City Hall. The first and longest serving City Council speaker was overjoyed to see his former colleagues. Comment.
Glendale

Natural food bar comes to Glendale

The recently opened Raw Juice Café is making a name for itself in Glendale as one of the few options for healthy, natural food in the neighborhood. Comment.
Education

High school graduation rate rises in Queens

Queens’ public high schools have seen a modest increase in the number of students who graduated in August, according to data released by the city Department of Education. Comment.
Sunnyside

Sunnyside rallies to save movie theater

Roughly 170 residents and community leaders rallied in front of the Sunnyside Theater Sunday afternoon to protest the theater’s closing despite the owner’s rejection of a six-month lease extension. Comment.
Jamaica

Galante vows to sue library over dismissal

Thomas Galante will not go quietly. The disgraced former president and chief executive officer of Queens Library is planning to sue the board of trustees for firing him this week. Comment.
Flushing

MTA: Train delays increased in 2014

Straphangers: Has taking the subway in the past year often been a bad dream of pushing and shoving bodies on platforms and inside trains all ending in late arrivals? Comments (3).

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Corona

Bratton refuses to consolidate Roosevelt Avenue under single precint

A proposal to unite Roosevelt Avenue under one precinct command has been rejected by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Comments (1).
Rego Park

Grant to fund design of proposed QueensWay

The greenery that has taken root along the long-shuttered Rockaway Beach LIRR spur appears one step closer to claiming the tracks, thanks to a state grant. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Crime

Vigils planned in boro to mourn slain police officers

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, in response to the killings of two police officers Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, said the public must remember challenges confronting cops in their efforts to keep the city safe. Comments (2).
Kew Gardens

Authorities seized millions in knockoff goods

Authorities seized more than $2 million worth of counterfeit goods in Queens bearing logos of such designers as Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, The North Face and Versace. Comments (6).
Jamaica

Jamaica Hospital among city’s best

Jamaica Hospital just received a great Christmas gift. Comments (9).
Bayside

Book puts Jamaica Bay at center of World War I

New York and the metropolitan area were the most important port for American soldiers traveling to Europe to fight in World War I. Comment.
Woodhaven

Cop dragged 2 blocks in Woodhaven: NYPD

WOODHAVEN — A police officer who pulled over a tan Nissan Maxima on Atlantic Avenue near 75th Street Dec. 11 got caught on the car as the driver allegedly sped off and was dragged for two blocks, the NYPD said. Comments (2).

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

Ditmars

Watermain leak floods Ditmars basements

A torrent streamed out of a Ditmars watermain Saturday, caking several basements with water, mud and debris that quickly solidified into a deluge of insurance queries. Comment.
Bayside

Vallone calls for drone regulation

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) wants to restrict the use of drones and establish no-fly zones for the devices. Comments (1).
Flushing

Stavisky: Keep specialized HS test

State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) says she supports keeping the specialized high school admissions test as the sole factor for admission to the city’s specialized high schools. Comments (5).
Long Island City

City finds new way to invest in safety at public housing

The city has found a unique way to finance enhanced security at some of the most dangerous public housing developments. Comment.
St. Albans

Police seek man for attacking teenager in St. Albans: NYPD

ST. ALBANS — Police were asking for the public’s help in locating a man in connection with an attempted rape of a teenager that took place in July in the vicinity of 109th Road and Farmers Boulevard in St. Albans. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014

Ridgewood

Straphangers name Q58 slowest bus in Queens

The slowest bus in Queens is the Q58, according to the transit advocacy agency Straphangers Campaign. Comment.
Ozone Park

Elvis Christmas show rocks Ozone Park

The seats were filled, decorations hung and nothing stirred, not even a mouse until there was a shout, a rattle and gyration of his hips when Elvis filled the Esquire Diner in Ozone Park through the voice of tribute performer Gregg Peters last week during his Elvis Christmas show. Comment.
Jackson Heights

$6 million in federal funds to combat domestic violence

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state received more than $6 million in federal funds that would allow community organizations, hospitals, police departments and district attorneys’ offices to increase services and protections for domestic violence or sexual assault victims. Comment.
Ozone Park

Man sought in alleged Ozone Park burglary: Cops

OZONE PARK — Police were seeking a man suspected of stealing $5,000 during an Ozone Park burglary Saturday, the NYPD said. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Long Island City

Police save life of LaGuardia prof the day he retires

Two officers from the 108th Precinct are being hailed as heroes for saving the life of a LaGuardia Community College Professor Tuesday on the day he was to retire. Comments (3).
Ozone Park

Ozone Park fire displaces dozens of residents

A five-alarm blaze swept a four-story apartment building in Ozone Park Thursday, leaving dozens homeless Comment.
Flushing

CB7 approves proposed hotel for downtown Flushing

At the monthly Community Board 7 meeting at the Union Plaza Care Center, board members approved plans to build a hotel on the old Sears site in Flushing. Comments (3).
Long Island City

Van Bramer drafts law to give community greater voice in public art projects

A city agency’s plan to install an expensive sculpture in Long Island City has angered members of the neighborhood’s art scene and Community Board 2. Now City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), the chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee, is drafting new legislation that would change the way the agency’s Percent for Art initiative works and increase the public’s involvement with future projects. Comments (2).
Astoria

Maloney decries Senate failure to renew terrorist insurance act

A bill to extend the expiring Terrorism Insurance Act effectively died Tuesday when the U.S. Senate failed to reach an agreement to hold a vote before Congress heads home for the long holiday break. The program was created following the Sept. 11 attacks providing crucial federal insurance for the owners of skyscrapers and other large projects that could be the target of terrorist strikes. Comments (1).
St. Albans

St. Albans fights off floods with new sewer lines

St. Albans has withstood the torrential rains that have fallen on the borough so far this month. It was the first test for the city Department of Environmental Protection to determine if the $1 million storm sewer project recently completed mitigated the all too familiar floods. Comment.
Jamaica Hills

Renovation at Tilly Park will provide greener modern space

Capt. George Tilly would be proud of the construction underway at the Jamaica Hills park that bears his name. Comment.
Flushing

Senate passes Meng’s historic sites bill

U.S. Rep Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) bill to study the viability of the National Park Service supporting Queens historic sites associated with the signing of the Flushing Remonstrance passed the Senate last Friday night. Comments (1).
Glendale

Crowley wants more women in FDNY

City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) is seeking to snuff out what some say are FDNY hiring practices that disfavor women. Comments (1).
Bayside

Halloran sentencing scheduled for Jan. 15

A month ahead of his scheduled sentencing, former Bayside City Councilman Daniel Halloran replaced his trial attorney with one he said is known for appeal work. Comment.
Politics

Nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers disagree with Eric Garner decision: Poll

Almost two-thirds of New York City adults believe the Staten Island grand jury should have brought criminal charges against a police officer in the death of Eric Garner last summer, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll. Comments (2).
Flushing

AG slaps Papa John’s franchisee with wage suit

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn County Supreme Court Monday against Papa John’s franchisee Emstar Pizza Inc. and owners Emmanuel Onuaguluchi and Uchenna Onuaguluchi for allegedly underpaying employees at six location, the AG announced. Comment.
St. Albans

Two Queens men sentenced to 15 years for fatal St. Albans shooting: DA

ST. ALBANS — Two Queens men were sentenced to 15 years in prison for the shooting death of a woman during a birthday party at a St. Albans home in 2011. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Jamaica

Queens Library library board fires President Galante

The Queens Library’s board of trustees voted unanimously to dismiss President and CEO Tom Galante, who is being investigated by the FBI, federal prosecutors and the city Department of Investigations for alleged misuse of funds. Comments (3).
Jamaica

York holds protest as PBA chief slams City Council on Garner reaction

About 100 York College students staged a “die-in” Monday to vent their frustration over the Eric Garner case and other instances where unarmed civilians died in confrontations with the police. Comments (1).
Oakland Gardens

Ads target Weprin, Koo on horse carriage ban

Fashion guru and actor Tim Gunn wants City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) to support Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ban on the horse-drawn carriage industry. And Angelica Huston is targeting Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) seeking the same support. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Lonely Planet names Queens nation’s top travel spot

Lonely Planet crowned Queens the top U.S. tourist destination in its annual list, but the travel publishing outlet apparently found the borough’s lodging less than regal. Comments (4).
Transit

MTA head warns about crowded subway platforms

Nearly 6 million straphangers jam New York City’s subways daily, and MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast says his agency may increase the number of subway platform conductors to remedy the situation. Comment.
Elmhurst

Avella joins with Elmhurst United to stop city from making homeless shelter permanent

Members of the Elmhurst United Civic Association approached state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Flushing) to enlist his help in fighting against permanent status for the homeless shelter in the former Pan American Hotel at 79-00 Queens Blvd. Comments (3).
Flushing

Traffic snarls Flushing

Elected officials and community and business leaders say they are not satisfied with the way the city Department of Transportation is handling the traffic problems brought on by the Flushing Commons construction site in downtown Flushing. Comments (7).
Elmhurst

Elmhurst kid center of media storm after stock market fib

An Elmhurst teenager is apologizing for a fib that swept him, and a buddy, into a media firestorm this week. Mohammed Islam, 17, is admitting that he made up a story about making $72 million trading stocks at school, but not before a magazine article generated headlines around the world with the release of its issue Sunday. Comments (1).
Sunnyside

Rally for Sunnyside Theater goes on despite rejection of six-month extension

The organizer behind Sunday’s rally to save the Sunnyside Center Cinemas from a date with the wrecking ball says the protest will go on despite the theater owner’s rejection of a six-month lease extension. Community activist Ty Sullivan hopes a huge turnout at the neighborhood’s only movie theater at 12:30 p.m. will bring the two sides together for more negotiations. Comment.
Woodside

MTA blames four workers for missing derailment clues

The MTA blames three maintenance supervisors and a track inspector for their roles in an F train derailment in Woodside back in May that injured 30 riders. Comments (1).
Far Rockaway

DA: Queens trio allegedly raped 14-year-old girl

Three Far Rockaway men were indicted on charges of kidnapping, sex trafficking and other counts for allegedly using intimidation and threats to force a 14-year-old girl to work for them as a prostitute, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Monday. Comment.
Environment

New York state bans fracking

Queens lawmakers welcomed the state Department of Health’s recommendation Wednesday to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State. Comments (3).

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