The Child Center of New York, a well-known Woodside nonprofit that helps at-risk children and young people across the city, opened a new Elmhurst branch earlier this month in the name of one of its most dedicated members. Comment.
Two Queens city councilmen from opposite sides of the political spectrum have thrown their support behind city Comptroller John Liu’s rejection of the proposed new yellow cabs for not being handicapped accessible. Comments (2).
The slowest bus in Queens is the Q58, which averages 7 miles an hour, but that is practically speeding when compared to the winners of the Straphangers Campaign Pokey Award, which creep along Manhattan crosstown routes. Comment.
The state and city have added an extra air monitor to the Rockaways to determine the impact of recovery efforts on outdoor air quality in the region since Hurricane Sandy hit, three agencies devoted to safeguarding health and the environment said last Thursday. Comment.
Authorities last week said they nabbed a ring of alleged gun traffickers and drug dealers so audacious as to openly peddle their firearms in the middle of the day on the streets and corners of southeast Queens. Comments (2).
Amid the formation of a new coalition between the state Senate Republicans and the breakaway Independent Democratic Council, the Democrats voted to oust Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) as their leader in favor of Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers). Comment.
With more than a little prodding from Bishop Charles Norris, state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) last week said he would provide the community with an explanation for his recent decision to caucus with the four members of the Independent Democratic Conference, the group of rogue legislators who reached an agreement last month depriving the Democrats of control in the Senate. Comment.
Two Flushing property owners have built multi-story buildings on a block in hopes the area will be rezoned — a multimillion-dollar gamble that received support from a neighborhood lawmaker last Thursday. Comment.
For three years now, Sunnyside and its surrounding neighborhoods have benefited from an anti-graffiti removal program, and City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) announced last Thursday he is bringing the same one to Jackson Heights. Comment.
The field of candidates hoping to fill the shoes of Borough President Helen Marshall have varying opinions on whether or not Major League Soccer should build a 25,000-seat stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.
Dionne Gordon, whose brother was gunned down 2 1/2 years ago while visiting their parents’ house in South Jamaica, stood behind Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall Monday in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre to call on Washington to take immediate and long-term steps to curb gun violence. Comment.
Some Parkway Village residents are outraged a bar on Union Turnpike that they say has been causing problems near a residential community will be allowed to stay open later than normal on New Year’s Eve. Comment.
The House Ethics Committee Thursday announced that U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) had been cleared in the committee’s investigation into a questionable $40,000 loan the congressman received in 2007. Comment.
More than 200 residents, many of them young children, gathered in Sunnyside Gardens Park Tuesday evening, holding candles and singing songs for two victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre Comment.
A Queens developer and a Massachusetts environmental company dumped unauthorized material onto a sprawling Whitestone site where more than 50 houses are planned at the same time they were supposed to be cleaning it under the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, a state agency revealed this week. Comments (7).
A 16-year-old was sentenced to 28 years in prison in Queens Criminal Court Friday in part for his involvement with the gunpoint murder of teenager Darryl Adams, who was killed in front of a South Jamaica housing project in March. Comments (16).
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Human Resources Administration have come under fire from several elected officials from Queens who charged that too many people in need were denied eligibility for a federal disaster food aid program and that applying was too difficult for Rockaway residents. Comment.
The investigation into a broad daylight assassination in Manhattan earlier this month has led authorities across the river to Queens in search of answers, according to police and multiple reports. Comment.
The Dutch Kills Civic Association, a decades-old citizen’s group dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Astoria/Long Island City community, will be losing its two main leaders at the end of the year. Comment.
While sections of Andrews Grove in Long Island City remain closed to the public, residents celebrated the reopening of the playground Friday with a Christmas tree and a rededication to making “Shady Park” shady again. Comment.
Less than two years after it opened in South Jamaica, the Sean Bell community center is planning on closing its doors at the end of the month as administrators try to figure out a way to raise funds for the cash-strapped nonprofit. Comment.
Beyer Farms, the 70-year-old dairy distributor in Jamaica whose trucks delivered Tuscan brand milk to stores throughout the five boroughs, Long Island and parts of New Jersey, shuttered its doors last week after Tuscan cut off the supply of the company’s bread and butter. Comment.
On the eve of his 88th birthday and one day after being released from the hospital for a respiratory infection, former Mayor Ed Koch placed his political potency behind borough presidential candidate Melinda Katz, endorsing her in a race with a crowded Democratic field. Comment.
Whether the Federal Aviation Administration has finalized its changes in departure procedures out of LaGuardia Airport or not, elected officials from northeast Queens said they would not go down quietly. Comments (3).
Security workers at John F. Kennedy International Airport Tuesday evening called off plans for a strike that threatened to see 300 security officers walk off the job at the height of the holiday travel season. Comment.
A five-alarm fire with flames shooting two to three stories high burned for hours at a South Jamaica scrap metal yard owned by Victoria Gotti’s Three Sons Real Estate Group Monday morning, according to fire officials and city records. Comment.
A number of Queens politicians are calling on the city Taxi & Limousine Commission to reject a proposal allowing taxicab drivers to use electronic hailing smartphone applications, arguing the technology could potentially produce discrimination by allowing drivers to ignore people hailing on the street for those who made prearranged calls. Comment.