Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannece announced Tuesday he was setting up an exploratory committee to run for the Assembly seat currently held by Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), who already has launching his own campaign for Congress. Comment.
The ancient practice of smoking hookah is believed to have begun in 16th-century India, from where it migrated to the Middle East, eventually exploding up and down the sidewalks of Astoria’s Steinway Street, and has now crossed great distances to take hold in Auburndale. Comment.
Piece by piece, they’re building toward an academic experience their friends at school are not getting and after winning top honors at the New York City First Lego League Regional Tournament in Manhattan, the first all-girl Lego team in Fresh Meadows has a lot to be excited about. Comment.
State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) honored three women Friday for Women’s History Month and talked about what needs to be done for women to achieve true equality with men. Comment.
With an area of nearly 13 square miles and 354 miles of roads, the 105th Precinct is the fourth largest in the city, snaking its way up along the Queens-Nassau County border. Community members in neighborhoods from Rosedale to Glen Oaks say the precinct is too big, so they are calling on the city to split it in half. Comment.
A group of religious residents from churches across Queens picketed outside the office of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) Friday afternoon to protest a controversial federal health care mandate that would require all employers to cover birth control as part of any insurance plan. Comments (1).
Donovan Richards’ political aspirations got a bit of a boost last week when his boss, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton), handed over the reins of a crime summit he had convened to his young chief of staff. Comment.
Diet Coke and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) teamed up with Elmcor last week, turning the Corona nonprofit’s gym into a red-tinted runway to celebrate women and raise awareness of heart disease. Comments (2).
Keeping the story alive has always been most important, according to Dr. Dennis Papazian, national grand commander of the Armenian fraternal service Knights of Vartan and founding director of the Armenian Research Center . Comments (1).
Queens politicians expect a lawsuit challenging the creation of a 63rd state Senate seat to be decided next month, and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) will then decide in which district she will run. Comment.
Bishop Mitchell Taylor and City Council members came together in Queensbridge last week to urge public housing residents to take advantage of the East River Development Alliance’s free tax preparation sites. Comment.
Bayside’s Beacon Program through the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck could be one of seven citywide programs to close this summer, according to an announcement from the city Department of Youth and Community Development. Comments (1).
A young Howard Beach resident was laid to rest Thursday less than a week after he was struck and killed by a subway train, and a 33-year-old man has been charged with attempted assault in his death, police said. Comment.
Removing a controversial piece of land from his redrawn 11th District won’t silence state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who called for an investigation over what he suspects might be foul play. Comment.
Two days after a 23-year-old man was found shot in the head at Astoria Houses and his teenage neighbor charged with murder, community leaders and a city councilman pledged to fight the gun violence they said was plaguing their neighborhood. Comments (2).
It has been nearly 5 1/2 years since the killing of Sean Bell threw a spotlight on the tensions between the NYPD and the communities it serves, but voices from southeast Queens said the relationship still is strained after the firing of the detective who fired the first of 50 shots and the forced resignations of three other officers. Comment.
A young man left his troubles and his South Jamaica home to try to better himself, but his life was cut short when he returned briefly to visit his family last weekend, his grieving mother said. Comments (8).
Real estate planners are ready to begin construction in the spring on a nine-story, 65-unit affordable housing development near Jamaica’s Rufus King Park, and while they are confident there will be plenty of buyers, community members are not completely sold on the project. Comment.
A troubled man stepped out of his South Jamaica home early last Thursday, crossed the street to his parked car, got inside and then set it ablaze in an apparent suicide, neighbors and the FDNY said. Comment.
Although the plan was almost derailed more than a year ago, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) celebrated with government officials and civic leaders last Thursday the sale of the Garden School’s playground to the city. Comment.
Northeast Queens commuters might be pulling out their hair over two more years of ongoing construction on the Whitestone Bridge, but for children the important work is nearly complete, thanks to a new playground set to open in early May. Comments (26).
Protesters looking to disrupt a foreclosure auction with song were tuned out when a sudden bankruptcy filing forced the cancelation of the auction at Queens Supreme Court in Jamaica Friday. Comments (1).
A JetBlue flight leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport for Las Vegas Tuesday had to be rerouted to Texas after eyewitness accounts and video evidence revealed the captain had to be restrained in the aisle by his own crew and passengers. Comment.
SUNNYSIDE — A man was found dead when police said emergency responders found him lying unconscious on the ground of Calvary Cemetery, which sits on the border of Sunnyside and Maspeth, according to police reports. Comment.
City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) marched his two great Danes into Bowne Park Monday afternoon and declared his run to for the congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comments (1).
The Queens County Republican Party endorsed City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) to run for the congressional seat that will be vacated by U.S. Rep Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) next year and Halloran was set to make a formal announcement at 5 p.m. Monday in Flushing. Comments (1).
A young father was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head Sunday afternoon in the lobby of the Astoria Houses building where he had lived, and his neighbor has been charged with murder, police and tenants said. Comments (28).