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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Bayside

New batch of high schoolers selected for Vallone’s ambassador program

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) last week introduced a new group of high school students who will work with his office for his Educational Ambassador Program over the course of the next year. Comment.
Long Island City

Sage Music in LIC wins prestigious small business award

Long Island City’s Sage Music was honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration last month. The popular music school’s founder, Jason Sagebiel, received the Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year Award, from the agency’s New York District office. Comment.
Bayside

Family Fun Day slated for June 13

Friends of Fort Totten Park, the city Department of Parks and Recreation and Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) are gearing up for their 11th annual Family Fun Day on the grounds of Fort Totten Park. The event is slated for Saturday, June 13, from noon to 3 p.m. Comment.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Willets Point

Willets Point auto shop group launch hunger strike to protest pending eviction

Sunrise Cooperative, a group of 48 auto shop owners in Willets Point, is holding a hunger strike to protest their scheduled eviction from the neighborhood this Monday as part of an agreement with the city Economic Development Corporation. Comment.
Queens Village

Five-alarm Queens Village warehouse fire under investigation: FDNY

A five-alarm fire inside a Queens Village food-packing warehouse near 218th Street is under investigation, FDNY officials said Monday morning. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Lidia Bastianich: Celebrated chef keynotes Impact Awards

Lidia Bastianich is an acclaimed chef and restaurateur specializing in Italian cuisine, author of multiple cookbooks and host of several popular TV programs. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Alberto Barreto: Drug counselor changes lives in Rockaway

With the summer approaching, Alberto Barreto knows gunshots will become common in Far Rockaway’s soundscape. Comment.
Queensboro Hill

Parking to remain in Flushing, Queensboro Hill in Select Bus Service project

The city Department of Transportation announced that it would only pursue travel lanes for buses in Flushing, leaving access to the curb for parking, as part of its proposal to create a Select Bus Service route between downtown Flushing and Jamaica. Comments (1).
Queens Impact Awards

Adrian Bordoni: Community builder moves Woodside

Maspeth resident Adrian Bordoni, who has been a teacher for nearly 20 years, got into the community-building business in 2011. That’s when he became the executive director of Woodside on The Move, a grassroots nonprofit that is dedicated to making the community a better place to live, work and do business. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights community rallies for more library funding

Elected officials joined the Queens Library interim president and dozens of parents in a call for more library funding at a Tuesday rally outside the Jackson Heights branch. Libraries across the city are advocating for an increase in operating expenses of $65 million, and full funding of capital needs of $1.4 billion citywide over ten years. Comments (1).
Queens Impact Awards

Aline Euler: Nature lover opens APEC to more people

As a child, Aline Euler remembered falling in love with nature when her family first moved from Manhattan to Astoria before eventually settling in Bayside. Comment.
Whitestone

Former resident of Bronx shelter pleads not guilty in shooting of Whitestone woman

A former resident of a Bronx homeless shelter pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting death of a Whitestone woman, who was the shelter’s director, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson announced Tuesday. Comments (1).
Queens Impact Awards

Alisha Johnson: Mother of four nourishes kids’ creativity

Alisha Johnson is dedicated to improving and enriching the lives of the many young people who live in her Jamaica community. As executive director/founder of Talent Youth Development Education and Entertainment, her job is to respond to their needs and support their creative endeavors. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Ann Margaret O’Connor: Cultural collaborator connects borough talent

She has been described as an urban wanderer, foodie, lover of life and all things “Queens” and an authentic New Yorker Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Barbara Brown: Southeast Queens activist fights airplane noise

Longtime Queens resident Barbara Brown is known for her dedication and desire to help folks in her southeast Queens community as well as her ongoing efforts as head of the Eastern Queens Alliance. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Bob Reid: Commish leads Bayside Little League for 47 years

Bob Reid might be too humble to bring up the little things he’s done behind the scenes over the years in Bayside, but they’ve added up to some tremendous accomplishments. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Carol Lacks: Retiree invigorates Kew Gardens art scene

While longtime Kew Gardens resident Carol Lacks has been described as caring and proactive by her neighbors, she has also gained a reputation as someone who likes to shake things up a bit. As a result of her creative efforts, folks in her neighborhood have benefited in many ways, and the local artistic community has flourished. This, in turn, has made a deep impact on Queens’ cultural landscape. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Dr. Charles Schleien: Doctor saves children in cardiac arrest

Dr. Charles Schleien, who grew up in Flushing, has dedicated his career to helping others. In particular, he has a long history of doing and supporting research for children. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Dominick Bruccoleri: Restaurateur helps buoy Bayside business

Dominick Bruccoleri is not only a longstanding business owner in the Bayside community, he has been with the Bayside Village Business Improvement District as chairman from the beginning to what it is today. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

David Rosasco: Translator cleans Woodside streets with kids

The founder of the Woodside Neighborhood Association spent 12 years in Japan studying language to become the professional translator he is today. It was when David Rosasco returned home in 2005 that he realized his hometown needed a drastic makeover. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Ed Horn: Memorial counselor melds death with life

Ed Horn is concerned with the living and the dead. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Ellen Kodadek: Flushing Town Hall director champions global arts

When Ellen Kodadek first arrived at Flushing Town Hall, she inherited financial problems brought on by funding cuts. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Frank Raffaele has chariable component in his business plan

Frank “Turtle” Raffaele is on a mission. The founder and CEO of Coffeed Roasters, and his partners, are out to prove that the business model behind their Coffeed chain of coffee cafés can both make a profit and support various social missions. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Frances O. Scarantino: Busy woman founds Howard Beach day care

Several years ago Howard Beach native Frances Scarantino, 43, saw that quality day care options in her area were limited. Compelled to help working parents, she started her own nonprofit youth organization, after completing a successful career in the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Jacques Leandre: Lawyer gives back to Rosedale football league

Born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, Jacques Léandre’s parents left the city known as the Paris of the Antilles to raise their family in New York. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Jason and Joy Marr: Woodside couple brings Shakespeare to Queens parks

William Shakespeare brought Jason and Joy Marr together. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Dr. Jill Rabin: Doctor builds LIJ’s prenatal care services

Dr. Jill Rabin, recognized for her extraordinary drive in helping to improve North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Prenatal Care Assistance Program, said outreach and education have been essential measures in empowering women to take a proactive role in their health. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Marissa Bernowitz: Disaster volunteer delivers Rockaway relief

Volunteering comes naturally to Marissa Bernowitz. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Ouida Duncan: Healer provides free spinal surgery for poor

While Ouida Duncan grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, she watched her parents who worked in the local hospital: They gave their time and energy to help heal others. Unknowingly, the act of healing became ingrained in her and she carried it over to New York in the 1970s. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Rob MacKay: Booster of borough touts all things Queens

Rob MacKay is the gatekeeper to the World’s Borough. Or, as he puts it, “I’m basically the cheerleader of Queens.” Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Susan Brustmann: Director keeps saving Poppenhusen Institute

When Susan Brustmann first became executive director of the Poppenhusen Institute in College Point in 1983 after saving the institute from demolition, she was a novice. She had no staff, no salary and no experience. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Steven Hitt: Director builds LaGuardia Community College’s theater group

Steven Hitt said he is very honored to be acknowledged for the work he has been doing as managing director for the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and as adjunct assistant professor of Dance and Human Services at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Theresa Adams: Volunteer gives her all for Hunters Point

The Hunters Point area of Long Island City has been transformed and revitalized over the years, thanks to third-generation resident Terri Adams, a dedicated volunteer who has been working tirelessly for community betterment. Comment.
Queens Impact Awards

Tyra Emerson: JAMS Festival organizer eyes her 20th year

If someone had told a 10-year old Tyra Emerson, the executive director of Cultural Collaborative Jamaica, that she would be leading a major arts and culture group for downtown Jamaica, she would have shaken her head no. Comment.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Woodhaven

Trash at center of Woodhaven debate

There was a lot of trash talk at a recent Woodhaven community meeting. Comments (3).

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Business

StartUP! Business Plan Contest winners selected

The winners of the Queens Economic Development Corporation’s 9th annual StartUP! Business Plan contests were announced earlier this month with winning entrepreneurs receiving $10,000 to jump-start their businesses. The awards cap a five-month challenge-and-instruction course. Comments (2).

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Long Island City

Three shot, one dead, in Queensbridge Houses shooting

An early morning shooting at the Queensbridge Houses left one man dead and two other people wounded Saturday, police said. Officers from the 114th Precinct responded to a 911 call of multiple shots fired in the rear courtyard of 40-15 12th Street around 2:20 a.m. The NYPD observed two victims with gunshot wounds to the body. Comments (4).
Flushing

Joseph D’Alessandro Sr. dies at age 66

Joseph John D’Alessandro Sr., who operated D’Alessandro’s Food Market in Flushing with his four brothers, died May 21 at the age of 66 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Comments (2).
Sunnyside

Sunnyside subway pusher sentenced to 24 years in prison

A Rego Park woman was sentenced to 24 years in prison last Wednesday for shoving an Elmhurst man in front of a subway train because she thought he was a Muslim, prosecutors said. Comment.
Jamaica

Police shot, kill, Resorts World Casino gunman

The angry man who murdered his ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of Resorts World Casino Tuesday before being killed by police in Brooklyn sent threatening text messages to her family members after he shot her, police said. Comments (3).
Jamaica

S. Jamaica man sentenced to 20 years in strangulation case

JAMAICA — A South Jamaica man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for the strangulation death of his girlfriend whose body was found floating in the water near the Idlewild Park Preserve in Rosedale in March 2013, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Bayside

After appeal denied, Halloran asks for one more week before prison

Former City Councilman Daniel Halloran, convicted of bribery and fraud earlier this year, filed Friday for an extension on his surrender date after his bail pending appeal May 27 was denied in Federal Court in White Plains. Comments (2).
Bayside

Little Bay parking lot opens after decade-long wait

The long overdue completion of Little Bay Park’s comfort station was announced Friday even if visitors had to use portable toilets because the comfort station still was not finished. Comment.
Jamaica

Federal prosecution files to hide identity of undercover agent in terror case

Prosecutors in the federal case of two Queens women accused of plotting a terror attack filed a request Tuesday for a protective order for unclassified materials, including the identity of the undercover agent who befriended them, in Brooklyn federal court. Comment.
Flushing

Residents, leaders weigh in on Flushing waterfront project

At a lively town hall meeting last week, the Department of City Planning fielded questions from Flushing residents and community and business leaders on plans to revitalize the waterfront. Comment.
Glendale

Owner of new Glendale shelter has complaints with other building he owns: City board

The owners of Glendale’s soon to be homeless shelter have experience with owning residential buildings. They also have experience with complaints. Comment.
Astoria

New commander at the 114th Precinct settles into Astoria

NYPD Capt. Peter Fortune had just settled in as the new commanding officer of the 114th Precinct in Astoria when Officer Brian Moore was shot in the head less than 10 miles away in Queens Village. He died May 4, sending shock waves through the department and the borough’s station houses. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills commemorates Memorial Day with veterans ceremony

American Legion Continental Post 1424 organized the annual Forest Hills-Rego Park Memorial Day Parade Saturday, bringing together diverse groups with participants of all ages. Comment.
Transit

Advocates wary of proposed amendment to right-of-way law

Pedestrian safety advocates are worried that a bill City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is proposing will make the city’s right-of-way law for drivers more lenient. Comments (2).
Astoria

Simotas former staff member passes away at the age of 27

Jim McFadden, who served as Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas’ director of communications for nearly two years, died May 20 at the age of 27. The first year student at George Washington University School of Law went into cardiac arrest May 1 after choking on food at dinner and was kept alive by life support for two weeks, according to his mother Lisa. Comments (1).
Whitestone

Whitestone celebrates and commemorates Memorial Day

The Whitestone Veterans Memorial Association put on its annual Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade with a flawless performance by all involved. Comments (2).
South Ozone Park

Fatal collision kills 1, injures several children

SOUTH OZONE PARK — One woman died, while one adult and several children were injured after a three-vehicle collision Tuesday morning in South Ozone Park, police said. Comment.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Flushing

PS 120 students banned from carnival for not paying fee

A carnival company is planning to host a free carnival for about 100 students at PS 120 in Flushing who were banned from participating in a school yard carnival last week because their parents did not pay the required fee. Comments (11).
Jamaica

Rapper Chinx funeral has strong police presence

Surrounded by a heavy NYPD presence, the wake and funeral of upcoming rapper Lionel “Chinx” Pickens, a member of the group Coke Boys, was held Tuesday at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

First section of rebuilt boardwalk reopens in Rockaway

Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to Rockaway last Friday for the first time since he was booed for his late arrival at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on the peninsula. He was joined by an array of elected officials for the reopening of a new stretch of boardwalk which runs from Beach 87th Street to Beach 97th Street, 2 1/2 years after the previous boardwalk was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Comments (3).
Event

Queens brings in Memorial Day Weekend with 11 parades

Queens celebrated Memorial Day weekend with 11 parades, more than any other borough in the city. Comment.
Little Neck

Little Neck parade pays special tribute to Vietnam War veterans

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade is often touted as the largest such procession in the country. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Mayor de Blasio to be Grand Marshal at Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights

Mayor Bill de Blasio will be the grand marshal of this year’s Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights June 7, one year after he became the first mayor to march. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Forest Hills community fights to save Barnes & Noble

Thousands of people have signed a petition to keep Forest Hills’ Barnes & Noble open. Comments (2).
Flushing

SUV strikes Pathmark in Flushing, injuring 5

The Pathmark Plaza in Flushing is now closed after an SUV crashed into the store Tuesday night, injuring five people, including the driver. Comments (2).
Bayside

Three Queensborough grads to continue degrees on Cooke scholarships

Three Queensborough Community College students who are set to graduate Friday plan to continue on to complete their baccalaureate degrees in the fall after being awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships. Comments (1).

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Howard Beach

Copper cable theft shuts down A train service to Rockaways

Thousands of Rockaway commuters were stranded because of a copper cable theft that left the A-train line completely down, according to the MTA. Service was restored temporarily around noon. Comments (2).
Whitestone

Former Bronx shelter resident pleads not guilty to shooting Whitestone woman

A former resident of a Bronx homeless shelter pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting death of a Whitestone woman, the shelter’s director, Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson announced Tuesday. Comments (1).
Laurelton

District 31 announces participatory budget winners

High-technology projects were the winners in the participatory budget bids for southeast Queens’ District 31 represented by Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton). Comment.
Long Island City

LIC company puts new twist on food cart business

A Long Island City-based company is looking to change the way the food cart business operates in New York City. Comment.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Jamaica

Ex-lover shot by police after killing former girlfriend:

In a love triangle gone wrong, a jealous man was killed in a police shooting after he shot his ex-girlfriend in the parking lot of Resorts World Casino Monday morning in Jamaica, according to the police. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Planned Parenthood health center in Court Square set to open in June

Queens residents will no longer have to travel to another borough for sexual and reproductive health services when a new Planned Parenthood clinic opens in Long Island City next month. Comments (2).
Maspeth

Maspeth Park set for millions in upgrades

A park in Maspeth that was once a water pump station has been plagued by flooding and an old track, but several million dollars will be used to get the small park back on track. Comments (1).
Whitestone

Whitestone rallies against overdevelopment

Dozens of Whitestone residents rallied against overdevelopment in their neighborhood Sunday, following the sale of a trash-ridden waterfront property to a major New York developer. Comments (8).

Monday, May 25, 2015

Rego Park

Woman found dead in Rego Park apartment: NYPD

A woman was found dead in her Rego Park home early Monday morning, Memorial Day, according to the NYPD. Comment.
Sunnyside

Sunnyside food festival came back with a bang

The third annual Taste of Sunnyside event was attended by hundreds of locals Tuesday intent on sampling all the cuisine the neighborhood had to offer under the 7 train. Comment.
Flushing

Bowne playground to undergo revamp

The Bowne Playground located adjacent to PS 20 in Flushing is undergoing a renovation to update the park’s facilities for children and adults alike. Comments (1).
Douglaston

PS 98 students learn poetry at special author visit

The Douglaston School of Literature, PS 98Q, had a special visit last week from Dr. Lindamichelle Baron, who worked with children in a series of workshops to help them express themselves through poetry. Comment.
Long Island City

Butt slapper smiles in released sketch

LONG ISLAND CITY—There is a man on the loose who has an affinity for slapping butts. Comments (2).

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Whitestone

New street cleaning routes in Whitestone

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and the nonprofit Doe Fund announced additional street cleaning routes in Whitestone last week. Comment.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s University holds its 145th commencement

Family, friends and faculty members gathered on the great lawn at St. John’s Sunday to salute 2,200 students Sunday at the university’s 145th graduation ceremony. Comment.
Politics

New bill provides funding for tourism in the five boroughs

State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) unveiled a bill that would provide the five boroughs with a portion of the city hotel occupancy tax they collect to promote local tourism. Comments (3).

Friday, May 22, 2015

Maspeth

Knockdown Center embarks on public image improvement

It’s Round Two for the Knockdown Center. Comment.
Hunters Point

Long awaited Hunters Point library breaks ground

Several years ago City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) got a phone call from Fausta Ippolito, a Long Island City mother of two children. She had been traveling to the Astoria Queens Library branch because her neighborhood lacked a library, and wanted to find out how to get a library built in Long Island City. Comment.
Flushing

Pols launch network to address working conditions in nail salons

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), along with business leaders and advocacy groups have launched the Health Nail Salon Network to address illegal working conditions, an exploitable workforce and unrealistic pricing. Comments (5).
Business

Businesses mingle at annual Queens Chamber of Commerce expo

More than 1,200 businesses of varying sizes throughout the borough took part in the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Queens Business Expo and Breakfast at Citi Field last week. Comment.
Corona

LED lights, lampposts coming to Roosevelt Avenue

City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and the city Department of Transportation announced the installation of new LED lights and lampposts between 90th and 111th Streets on Roosevelt Avenue as part of her New Deal for Roosevelt Avenue. Comments (3).
Rosedale

After a long fight, Rosedale parents gets a safer street

New road safety measures are being implemented on 147th Avenue between two segments of Brookville Park’s game fields and at other intersections in the vicinity, the borough president’s office announced last week. Comments (1).
Government

FAA to conduct first air noise impact study in over 25 years

The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced it will conduct a new survey of airplane noise in neighborhoods around the country’s largest airports to determine whether new standards are needed. Comments (2).
Jamaica

South Jamaica Houses expands urban farm in trashed lot

Longtime residents of South Jamaica I Houses, along with NYCHA employees and New York Restoration Project volunteers, have expanded a small urban farm located in the housing complex. Marian Dolphus, 84, a resident of South Jamaica Houses since 1975, has been maintaining a small herb garden, flowers and plants around the NYCHA complex. But her small herb garden inside an overgrown lot was becoming harder to handle. She needed help to clear out the lot and add space for another garden. So she and the South Jamaica Houses gardening team looked for resources that could enlarge their ur Comment.
Long Island City

City Council passes bill to enhance community engagement in public art projects

New York City will have its first-ever comprehensive cultural plan now that Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the legislation Monday. The new law requires the city Department of Culture to address the availability and distribution of cultural activities in the five boroughs, the relationship between cultural activities and social and economic health and welfare, housing and studio needs of artists, and increasing arts education and activities in public schools. Comments (1).
St. Albans

St. Albans man found guilty in assault incident

A young man was convicted last week of the 2012 assault of the older brother of a New York Giants wide receiver, who was beaten to the ground and shot once in the head, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bayside

Plans for new high school roll on, despite faction of opposition

Neighborhood residents and civic leaders turned out to the Bayside Jewish Center last week to protest the School Construction Authority’s plan to purchase the property for a new high school in northeast Queens. Comments (2).
Bayside

Bayside residents rally against newly proposed high school

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is introducing legislation to reform the site selection process for new schools in city school districts. Comments (18).
Sunnyside

Woman sent to prison for 24 years for shoving Queens subway rider

A 33-year-old Rego Park woman was sentenced to 24 years in prison Wednesday for pushing a man to his death in front of the No. 7 subway train in Sunnyside in 2012, Comments (1).
Long Island City

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks to be broadcast from LIC

Long Island City will get national exposure as it hosts NBC’s two-hour national broadcast of the 39th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. Comment.
Douglaston

Family of Amtrak victims mourn lost Queens loved ones

The Amtrak Train 188 derailment sparked a national conversation, but the Queens victims of the crash made it a tragedy that hit home for many borough residents. Comment.
Briarwood

Ozone Park rapper gunned down in Briarwood

The wife of the amateur rapper who was killed last week is in the middle of planning a funeral and memorial, she wrote on Facebook. Comments (1).
Rego Park

QueensWay advocates dedicate sandwich to high line plan

The abandoned railroad tracks in southern Queens may not be the High Line style park that advocates envision, but you can still get the “QueensWay Sandwich.” Comment.
Flushing

Airbnb generates $30m in Queens economic activity: Report

A new study released by Airbnb, the website that allows people to rent out their homes and other lodgings, found that roughly 42,000 people stayed in Queens in 2014 using listings they found on the site, generating about $30 million of economic activity in the borough. Comments (3).
Ridgewood

Ridgewood group fights gentrification

A group of Ridgewood residents is collecting stories of people being evicted in the area for a series of documentaries aimed at galvanizing the neighborhood’s tenants who are beginning to be priced out of the community as real estate prices increase. Comment.
Elmhurst

Reputed gang member charged in Elmhurst murder: DA

A reputed member of the Sureño 13 street gang has been charged with murder, gang assault and weapons possession for the fatal shooting of a 38-year-old Elmhurst man following a verbal argument earlier this month, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Jamaica

Jamaica terror suspects skips pre-trial hearing

One of the two Queens women who have been accused of plotting a terror attack in the United States did not show up in court for a pre-trial hearing Wednesday at Brooklyn federal court. Comments (2).

Monday, May 18, 2015

Briarwood

Police search for gunman in rapper’s drive-by shooting in Briarwood

Police were hunting for the suspect involved in a fatal drive-by shooting that killed a Far Rockaway rapper and critically injured the passenger early Sunday morning in Briarwood. police said. Comment.
Douglaston

Funeral planned for Douglaston native who died in Amtrak crash

A funeral was planned Monday for Laura Finamore, who was killed in the Amtrak train crash last week, at St. Anastasia Church in Douglaston, where the Cushman & Wakefield executive grew up. Comment.
Douglaston

Funeral remembers the life of Amtrak victim Laura Finamore

More than 200 family members and friends of Laura Finamore gathered for her funeral at St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Douglaston Monday morning six days after the devastating Amtrak derailment that took her life and the lives of seven others. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Man found hanging from tree in Cunningham Park: NYPD

A man in his 50s was discovered hanging from a tree in Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows Monday morning, the NYPD said. Comments (6).

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jamaica

Jamaica man pleads guilty to prostituting teenage girl

A 22-year-old man from Jamaica has pleaded guilty to forcing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution so that she could deliver the money to him, the Queens district attorney said Friday. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Douglaston

Historic landmark church makes unprecedented community effort

Zion Episcopal Church in Douglaston is celebrating 185 years in June, marked by its annual Strawberry Festival. But this year, the church is taking the festival as a chance to reaffirm its place in the Douglaston and Little Neck communities under its new leadership. Comment.

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