The city Health Department plans to spray pesticides in several areas of southeast Queens Tuesday night through Wednesday morning in order to reduce mosquito populations and the risk of West Nile virus. Comments (2).
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants the MTA to create a “nerd bus” which would connect riders going from the upcoming applied science campus at Roosevelt Island to the growing technology hub in Brooklyn, but transit agency officials say better options for commuters already exist. Comment.
A worker unloading a truck in Woodside Monday morning was killed in an accident involving a school bus carrying special-needs children, according to police, witnesses, fellow employees and the man’s boss. Comment.
A memorial is set up on the Grand Central Parkway for Frank Avino, a 63-year-old electrician with Welsbach Electric Corp., in College Point, who was struck and killed while performing work on the roadway last month. Jamaica Hills resident Munshi Abdullah, 26, was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while under the influence of alcohol in the fatal accident, the Queens DA said. Comment.
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Hauppauge) announced last week that his campaign had opened an office in Bayside to serve as the base for his Queens volunteers making calls to and canvassing new constituents in the area. The new office was opened at 213-33 39th Ave., Suite 236. Comment.
Emergency responders assist in the removal of a sailboat Aug. 4 from underneath the Roosevelt Island Bridge, which connects Long Island City to Roosevelt Avenue. According to the Breaking News Network, all of those aboard the boat were removed without incident. Comment.
For most of the year, the basketball rims at St. Albans Park stand bare, but for a few weeks in the summer the hoops are outfitted with nylon nets as young men from southeast Queens sweat it out and learn a few life lessons in the process. Comment.
Following President Barack Obama’s June 15 announcement that young, undocumented immigrants could apply for work permits, New York state lawmakers have allocated about $450,000 in grants to programs to help them navigate through the application process. Comment.
In a small Queens College dormitory suite, Adriana Molello is taking a private lesson in violin, but you might not guess it was an instrument she was studying if you just walked into the room. Comment.
With Astoria’s Shore Road blocked off to any passing traffic, enough room was made for something Queens doesn’t see a lot of on any typical quiet summer Sunday, from ukulele lessons to fruit-eating frenzies. Comment.
Middle Village activist Richie Polgar rolled up to the intersection of 73rd Place and 69th Avenue in Middle Village on his bike before anyone else had arrived, and as other volunteers started to appear, he threw on a pair of working gloves and got right to work. Comment.
On the steps of the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill and surrounded by dozens of community Sikhs, state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) joined with northeast Queens lawmakers Sunday to call on tougher measures against discrimination in the workplace. Comment.
In anticipation of a gun buyback in Jamaica Saturday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and southeast Queens legislators announced Friday a nine-point plan to end the growing number of shooting deaths in the borough. Comment.
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) has mentioned Willets Point as a possible site for a casino should the state Legislature modify New York state’s constitution to legalize the currently taboo activity. Comments (1).
In a capstone to a nearly yearlong fight, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and business owners in Jackson Heights announced Friday the controversy around the 37th Road Plaza was essentially over now that the businesses have created an organization to care for the space. Comments (3).
City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) met with city Department of Environmental Protection officials last Thursday to discuss potential fixes to Fresh Meadows storm sewers in order to alleviate flooding, an issue which has again come to the forefront after a storm crippled the area Aug. 1. Comments (1).
Dwayne Walker said he just recently learned about the King of Kings Foundation, a group founded in southern Queens to stop gun violence and promote community involvement, but he was impressed by the group’s message and made the trip to Jamaica for the ninth annual Friends 4 Life community barbecue. Comments (1).
The city Landmarks Preservation Commission ended a 12-year battle over the fate of Brinckerhoff Cemetery, a colonial-era burial ground in Fresh Meadows where some of Queens’ earliest settlers are buried, by voting Tuesday to make it a landmark. Comment.
State education officials are currently reviewing a Flushing charter school application that outlines a curriculum based on teachings from both ancient Chinese and modern Western philosophies, yet is rife with references to an acrid political debate in China and Flushing involving the spiritual movement known as Falun Dafa. Comment.
The group selected by the city to build a $3 billion, mixed-use neighborhood at Willets Point has revealed ambitious plans for the new neighborhood, but their vision would not have been possible without a separate proposed retail center on a parking lot to the west of Citi Field. Comments (2).
For more than 30 years, state and city officials have enjoyed free tickets to the US Open courtesy of the U.S. Tennis Association, but after one northeast Queens lawmaker called foul on the practice, the state Legislature’s Ethics Commission ordered the sports group to revoke the invitations from state officials. Comments (1).
Officials want to know how a Howard Beach jet skier breached security at John F. Kennedy International Airport Friday night and walked undetected through two runways and into a terminal after becoming stranded in Jamaica Bay on his vessel. Comment.
The NYPD is offering a $22,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of John Thomas, wanted in connection with the attempted murder of a Queens anti-gang sergeant who was shot last week in South Jamaica and later released from the hospital. Comments (1).
The federal government’s efforts to save the auto industry got a lot of hype in other parts of the country, but the man overseeing the recovery toured a College Point facility Monday to see how New York fared after the 2009 bailout. Comment.
Thirteen people have been charged in what authorities said was a Queens-based criminal enterprise that took in millions in a system that stole bank and personal identification data to finance a vast criminal shopping spree. Comments (1).
A three-alarm blaze tore through an extension to a home that was being built in Douglaston Tuesday evening, then spread into the house and threatened neighboring residences before it was put out, fire officials said. Comments (1).
Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week that 70 newly minted police officers have been assigned to the Impact Zone straddling the 103rd and 113th precincts, where murders have risen sharply in the past year. Comment.
A 29-year-old Pomonok woman was formally charged with manslaughter after the Queens district attorney released the results of an autopsy indicating her 2-year-old son was strangled to death, but the woman’s family said the charges were part of a setup. Comments (1).
WHITESTONE — Three people were injured in an accident involving two vehicles at Francis Lewis Boulevard and 23rd Avenue in Whitestone Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman for the city Fire Department said. Comment.
The city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to make Brinckerhoff Cemetery a landmark in a move that will protect the historic Fresh Meadows burial ground from development. Comment.