Police officers will hold open forums with young people so the youths may ask candid questions about topics ranging from stop-and-frisk to police-involved shootings in order to build a better community relationship, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced at a news conference Wednesday. Comment.
JACKSON HEIGHTS — Authorities were asking for help in locating a Jackson Heights man reported Daniel Lucic, 18, was last seen at 9 a.m. April 9, said the NYPD. He is described as a white male is described as standing at 5-foot-8 and weighing 140 pounds. Comment.
The winner of the Curb Your Dog campaign poster contest — an initiative from students at PS 150 that aims to educate dog owners about the importance of cleaning up their pets’ droppings — was announced at the school Tuesday. Comment.
A construction worker was injured Monday when the façade of a three-story building in Astoria that formerly housed a flower shop on the ground level partially collapsed, police and a friend of the building’s owner said. Comment.
A Flushing pimp pleaded guilty to enterprise corruption for his part in an international prostitution and money laundering ring centered around a Manhattan advertising company, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday. Comments (1).
City Comptroller John Liu, a Democratic mayoral candidate, told a small crowd in Jackson Heights earlier this week his educational policy is not set in stone, but he did offer up some pretty strong opinions on career and technical training programs as an alternative to college. Comment.
City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) will be term-limited out of office at the end of the year after representing St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights and Jamaica for the last 12 years, and a bevy of candidates have lined up to take his place. Comment.
The city Department of Transportation threw its support behind calls for a speed camera at a dangerous intersection near PS 206 in Rego Park, but said it is waiting for the state to pass a law authorizing the cameras before it can move forward. Comments (2).
On his way to the National Hockey League’s Hall of Fame, former New York Islander, New York Ranger and Buffalo Sabre Pat LaFontaine learned the value of taking time away from hits and shots on the ice to visit bedridden children at area hospitals. Comment.
The joining of two northeast Queens synagogues has made way for a new beginning at Little Neck’s Congregation L’Dor V’Dor as leaders prepare for the first major event with both families under the same roof. Comment.
Just more than 100 days ago, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) was laying the groundwork for her first term as a member of Congress to succeed her predecessor, who had racked up more than 30 years on the job. Comment.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), Democratic front-runner for mayor, says New York City’s transit system badly needs modernizing because too many straphangers are spending an hour getting to work. Comment.
A southeast Queens bean counter who bragged he knew about secret tax credits was busted last week for allegedly claiming more than $6 million worth of credits for unqualified taxpayers, authorities announced. Comment.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) are now expected to enter pleas Tuesday following their indictment in connection with a wide-ranging bribery scheme. Comment.
Extreme acts of violence against humanity are often met with widespread shock and unmitigated disgust, but in fanatical circles extreme acts of violence against women are often met with hushed nods of approval from the male ruling elite. Comment.
A cherished gifted and talented program at PS 122 in Astoria that the city Department of Education had slated for a massive scaling back will remain unchanged after all, several area legislators said this week. Comment.
Residents of northeast Queens have nothing to worry about after voting on how to spend $1 million for community projects, their City Councilman Mark Weprin said, despite a bribery case against a neighboring councilman leaving budget items in limbo. Comments (1).
A Queens landlord who allegedly converted a two-family home in Astoria into several illegal apartments and made off with tens of thousands of dollars in security deposits and advance rent from tenants was charged with several crimes, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment.
The candidates for borough president outlined some of their goals at a forum last week sponsored by the Queens Chamber of Commerce, but it was difficult to gauge the differences in their platforms. Comment.
Fears that state funding cuts to organizations that serve people with developmental disabilities would trigger a sharp rollback in services were allayed last week with the release of a plan showing the direct impact to groups will be far less than originally anticipated. Comment.
MANHATTAN — A judge declared a mistrial in the prosecution of David Tarloff, a former Corona man charged with slashing Dr. Kathryn Faughey, a Manhattan psychoanalyst originally from Sunnyside, 15 times with a meat cleaver in her office on the Upper East Side in 2008, according to a report in the New York Post. Comment.
The fate of a two-story unoccupied building in Woodhaven with more than 30 open construction violations was still up in the air after it collapsed into itself last week, the city Department of Buildings said. Comment.
Nearly two weeks after he was accused of trying to bribe his way into Gracie Mansion as a Republican, state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) returned to Albany Monday and was kicked out of the Independent Democratic Conference. Comment.
Several Queens runners had finished the marathon Monday shortly before two explosions went off at the race’s finish line in Copley Square, killing at least three people and injuring more than 180, the Boston Police Department said. Comment.
A young man from Queens Village was killed earlier this week when his angry girlfriend chased him in her car for several blocks after the two got into an argument before allegedly running him down, police said. Comments (3).
The Campaign for Citizenship, a project backed by Queens Congregations United for Action, responded to new immigration reform legislation crafted in the U.S. Senate Wednesday, saying that the bill does not go far enough. Comment.
Hundreds of trees are being considered for pruning or removal in Idlewild Park, raising concerns from one southeast Queens environmental group that the Port Authority is trying to push through a controversial plan to extend one of the runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comments (1).
Con artists who promise to rid members of the Chinese community of evil spirits or illnesses by praying over sacks of cash have instead stolen $1.3 million citywide from unsuspecting victims over the last year — and about half of that money was taken within the 109th Precinct. Comment.
A prominent figure in the Queens Muslim community called for solidarity in the wake of a second possible hate crime at a Kew Garden Hills mosque last Friday, just five months after a 57-year-old man was stabbed at the same site in an early morning anti-Muslim attack. Comments (10).
The 1.4-million-square-foot mall proposed for the parking lot of Citi Field called Willets West is more like the Wild West in terms of zoning regulations, Community Board 7 learned last week at a meeting where many details of the $3 billion Willets Point redevelopment project were revealed. Comments (1).
The first lady of Massachusetts, Diane Patrick, is naturally a private person. She jokingly told a group of Queens College students Monday that if she knew her husband, Gov. Deval Patrick, would have gubernatorial ambitions when she met him, she might not have married him. Comment.
Mayoral hopefuls fielded questions about the students in the CUNY college system being priced out by rising tuition and other issues affecting city education at a debate among Democratic candidates held at Queens College last Thursday. Comment.
A 17-year-old from East Elmhurst was arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection with a ferocious attack on a teenage girl, who was hit with a brick in an Astoria alleyway and left with serious head injuries, the Queens district attorney said last weekend. Comment.
Prosecutors tried to convince a jury Tuesday that two former campaign aides to city Comptroller John Liu knowingly tried to steer illegal donations to the lawmaker’s war chest for his then unannounced mayoral campaign. Comment.
The scandal-scarred political career of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner might be due for a revival after a Marist College poll revealed the ex-Forest Hills congressman ranks second among Democratic candidates running for mayor even though he has not entered the race. Comment.
Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing sparked an increased police presence throughout New York City, but there were no legitimate threats or safety concerns following the attack, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday afternoon. Comment.
A Kew Gardens Hills mosque was the target of another hate crime Friday, police said, just five months after a 57-year-old man was stabbed at the same site in an early morning anti-Muslim attack. Comment.
Several Queens runners had finished the Boston Marathon Monday shortly before two explosions went off at the race’s finish line, killing at least two people and injuring 23, the Boston Police Department said. Comment.
A female police officer, who worked at the 108th Precinct in Long Island City, is believed to have shot and killed her young son and her boyfriend, before taking her own life in an apparent murder suicide Monday morning, the New York Post reported. Comments (1).
A two-story unoccupied building with more than 30 open construction violations collapsed in Woodhaven Friday evening, temporarily shutting down J train service nearby, fire officials said. Comments (1).