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Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013

Queens Village

Queens Village man admits to pimping 15-year-old: DA

The borough’s top prosecutor said his office has locked up a dozen criminals since the state created tougher sex-trafficking laws after a Queens Village man pleaded guilty Monday to forcing a 15-year-old girl into sex work last year. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Four-year-old assaulted in Jamaica McDonald’s: NYPD [With Video of Suspect]

JAMAICA — A 4-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a McDonald’s restaurant play area Tuesday, the NYPD said. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside’s Yogurtland strives for freshness

Things have gotten real for yogurt lovers on Bell Boulevard. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013

Transit

MSG must leave home atop Penn in 10 years

Madison Square Garden’s days above Penn Station, through which thousands of Queens commuters pass daily, are now numbered and community activists hope it means a new start toward an elegant rail station named for Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Comment.
Woodhaven

Police release photos of suspect in Woodhaven teen stabbing

Police have released new photos of a man wanted in the stabbing of a 17-year-old Woodhaven girl. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Old Rockaway Courthouse to become medical center

The old Rockaway courthouse, abandoned for decades, will soon undergo a makeover as it becomes a medical center, officials said. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Council passes bills inspired by Sandy damage

The Rockaway community is still reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in October. Comment.
Hollis

Police looking for missing Hollis senior

HOLLIS — An elderly man went missing last weekend, police said. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 5, 2013

Astoria

Kaufman begins work on outdoor movie lot

Construction on the back lot of Kaufman Astoria Studios officially kicked off two weeks ago, making way for New York City’s first outdoor film set. Comment.
Laurelton

Richards emphasizes big bucks in district address

City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), who won a special election in February to fill the seat left vacant by his mentor, touted the tax dollars he brought back from his first city budget during his state of the district address Tuesday. Comment.
Health

Bloomberg’s soda ban falls flat in latest ruling from the courts

Despite its second loss in court, the Bloomberg administration vowed Tuesday to continue its fight to limit sugary drinks to 16 ounces or less. Comments (2).
Whitestone

Whitestone man reported missing: NYPD

WHITESTONE — A 60-year-old man vanished from a 20th Avenue nursing home, and police are hoping the public can help locate him. Comments (1).
Rego Park

Cops on the lookout for missing Rego Park man

REGO PARK — Police were searching for an elderly Hispanic man missing from Rego Park. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013

Springfield Gardens

State nixes liquor store

Springfield Gardens is two-for-two when it comes to fighting unwanted businesses near the neighborhood high school after the state rejected an application for a liquor store across the street. Comment.
Forest Hills

Forest Hills health aide helps self to $55,000 from elderly client: DA

A home health aide from the Bronx has been accused of stealing $55,000 from a 98-year-old Forest Hills woman, who employed her, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Event

Queens police prepping for National Night Out

National Night Out Against Crime Comments (2).
Far Rockaway

Far Rock man shot to death in the Bronx

FAR ROCKAWAY — A 27 year-old was gunned down in the Mt. Hope section of the Bronx last month, and police are looking for his killers. Comments (1).
Arverne

NYPD looking for missing Averne woman

AVERNE — The Police Department reached out for help to find a woman who went missing from the 101st Precinct, cops said. Comment.
Woodhaven

Man followed, punched woman in Woodhaven: Police

WOODHAVEN — A Woodhaven man was arrested and charged with assaulting a 23-year-old woman, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Elmhurst

Police officer charged with menacing: NYPD

ELMHURST — An off-duty police officer was arrested last week and charged with threatening a southeast Queens woman, according to the NYPD and the New York Post. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013

Queens Village

Van Buren gets $4 million

The state Education Department has set aside more than $4 million in federal money for a Queens Village high school on the mend. Comment.
Floral Park

Surgeons save Floral Park teen after brain aneurysm

Floral Park teenager Miele Alexander will never forget the summer of 2013. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing gang leader gets 30 years

The leader of a violent, international gang’s Flushing chapter was sentenced to three decades behind bars, federal authorities said Tuesday. Comments (4).
Jackson Heights

‘Dream 9’ mom protests boro immigration event

Among two dozen protesters outside the Becoming America Congressional Delegation’s event in Jackson Heights Saturday was a mother who knows firsthand how the country’s immigration policy can affect a family. Comments (1).
Transit

Study says MetroCards will cost $168 in 10 yrs.

If the MTA keeps raising transit fares every two years, a monthly unlimited MetroCard could cost $168 in 10 years, the Straphangers Campaign said, criticizing the transit agency for what it called “constant fare hikes that overburden riders.” Comment.
Woodside

Police searching for suspects in string of boro robberies

WOODSIDE — A brazen pair of stick-up artists have been hitting gas stations and convenience stores across the borough — and in at least one case escaping in a distinctive minivan, the NYPD said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Suspects sought in Jackson Heights home invasion

JACKSON HEIGHTS — An armed band of thieves broke into a Jackson Heights apartment last week and demanded cash from the two teenagers inside, police said. Comment.
Astoria

Cops search for missing Astoria boy

ASTORIA — The Police Department was looking for help finding a missing boy within the 114th Precinct, cops said. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 2, 2013

Jackson Heights

Boro lawmakers rename streets for gay activists

Western Queens leaders honored two late gay rights activists over the weekend with streets renamed in their honor. Comment.
Flushing

State bill aims to nip illegal smokes in butt

City efforts to stamp out illegal cigarette sales are failing, says a northeast Queens lawmaker who last week proposed a new task force to rein in the problem. Comments (1).
Bay Terrace

Israel bill calls on FEMA to include co-ops

Queens lawmakers were unable to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency to include co-ops and condos when doling out grant money after severe storms and now stand behind legislation that would force them to do so if passed. Comment.
Jackson Heights

U.S. lawmakers visit Jackson Heights to research the immigrant experience

On a final stop in a weekend geared toward examining immigration in New York City, federal lawmakers gathered in Jackson Heights to hear the story of how one of their own ended up in this country and to listen to advocates and a young woman whose immigration status remains somewhat in limbo. Comments (1).
Broadway-Flushing

Flushing home gone after illegal teardown

The city recently fined a Broadway-Flushing property owner nearly $10,000 after his workers filed permits to alter a house on a historic block — but ended up destroying most of the structure except for two walls. Comments (3).
Woodhaven

Woodhaven residents oppose Queens ‘High Line’

Much of the debate surrounding the proposed QueensWay has been framed as an either-or issue: reactivate train service along the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail route or redevelop it into parkland, similar to Manhattan’s High Line. Comments (14).
Oakland Gardens

Man dies in Oakland Gardens motorcycle crash

The dangerous intersection of Union Turnpike and Springfield Boulevard in Oakland Gardens claimed another life this week when a 21-year-old motorcycle driver blew a red light and crashed into a city bus, police said. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria senator splits support in race

State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) gave his endorsement to one candidate for borough president, but forked over nearly $4,000 to another earlier in the year. Comment.
Sunnyside

Sunnysiders blast East Side Access noise

Residents of Sunnyside rallied last week in protest against what they said was deafening noise day and night from construction on the East Side Access project. Comment.
Rockaway Park

Extra Rockaway Ferry stops to offset R train suspension

Starting Monday, Rockaway ferry service will make an additional stop in Brooklyn due to suspended R train service. Comment.
Jamaica

Executive director of Jamaica Center BID takes new post

After two years on the job overseeing downtown Jamaica’s main retail corridor, the executive director of the Jamaica Center Business Improvement District is leaving to take a similar position in Brooklyn. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

Child reported missing in southeast Queens: NYPD

SOUTH JAMAICA — Police are looking for a 12-year-old boy who has been missing since July 19. Comments (1).
Elmhurst

Man goes missing from Elmhurst: NYPD

ELMHURST — Cops were asking for help in finding a man missing from the 110th Precinct, the Police Department said. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013

Real Estate

Little lots cover the boro

It’s safe to say that every square inch of New York City real estate has been considered for its potential value, but a small plot of land on the corner of an oddly shaped block in Corona puts a new perspective on the obsession over square footage. Comment.
Flushing

Weiner wades deep into Liu territory

A former foe of city Comptroller John Liu helped emcee a Flushing campaign event this week for one of his rivals in the mayoral race: scandal-scarred Anthony Weiner. Comments (3).
Woodhaven

Teen girl stabbed on steps of her home [With Video of Suspect]

A 17-year-old Woodhaven girl was viciously attacked with a knife in front of her home Monday night, police said. Comments (1).
South Ozone Park

Scrap dealers saluted for finding lost cash

One Queens woman would have lost her life savings if it were not for the good will of two strangers. Comment.
Bayside

CB 11 blasts city’s proposal for new school

Community Board 11 accused the city Education Department of trying to sneak through a proposal to build a primary school in Bayside despite widespread opposition. Comments (3).
Hollis

Young couple leaps to death in front of Hollis LIRR train

In a tragedy reminiscent of Shakespeare, two young lovers from Queens Village chose to throw themselves in front of a speeding Long Island Rail Road train rather than live without one another, according to authorities and a newspaper report. Comments (9).
Sunnyside

Beep field woos senior vote

Four candidates for borough president pledged to create more senior centers and advocate for better transportation at a forum in Sunnyside last week. Comment.
South Jamaica

Exxon loses court appeal in Queens chemical case

ExxonMobil owes the city nearly $105 million to help pay the cost of treating contaminated groundwater in southeast Queens, a federal appeals court ruled last week after the international oil behemoth challenged the 2009 jury award. Comment.
LeFrak City

Molloy b-ball star who went pro discloses sexual abuse

Kenny Anderson, the former Archbishop Molloy and NBA star, recently revealed he was sexually abused as a child and plans to identify his attackers in his autobiography, which is slated to be released next year. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Mdws. man had sex with students: Commish

A Fresh Meadows man who worked as a dean and community associate for a Manhattan high school had unprotected sex with four students there and sexually harassed several others, a Special Commissioner of Investigation report said. Comment.
Flushing

GOP hopeful disqualified from ballot

A Queens Republican Party pick for City Council was disqualified Tuesday after what political observers called a colossal blunder, but the candidate suggested she may have been the victim of sabotage. Comments (3).
Briarwood

Maspeth man charged in Van Wyck truck death: DA

BRIARWOOD — A Maspeth truck driver was arraigned on a manslaughter charge after a Springfield Gardens woman who had been clinging to the door of the truck he had been driving fell and died from her injuries early Saturday, according to court documents and police. Comment.
Bayside

Butterfly Dreams golf tournament stays strong in Bayside

What started as a simple golf tournament and fund-raiser to benefit a Bay Terrace child with cerebral palsy has blossomed into an annual event that benefits kids in need throughout the community. Comment.
Maspeth

Thieves use backhoe for bank heist: Cops

MASPETH — Thieves used a stolen backhoe in an attempt to break into a Chase Bank and steal the ATM inside, but could not break it open, police said. Comment.
Little Neck

Construction work begins at Scobee Diner’s old spot

Construction has begun at the site where the Scobee Diner once thrived on Northern Boulevard in Little Neck. Comments (3).
Richmond Hill

Slashing suspect arrested in Georgia: WPIX

RICHMOND HILL — The 23-year-old who allegedly slashed his ex-wife so badly she required more than 2,500 stiches was arrested in Georgia last week, according to reports. Comments (1).

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Transit

Fares to increase by 50% in 10 years: Straphangers

The Straphangers Campaign said Tuesday that subway and bus fares would go up by 50 percent over the next 10 years if the MTA keeps raising fares by 8.4 percent every two years. Comments (2).
Oakland Gardens

Motorcyclist dies after hitting bus in Oakland Gardens

A 21-year-old motorcycle rider was killed after he allegedly blew through a red light and slammed into the side of an MTA bus in Oakland Gardens early Tuesday, police said. Comments (1).

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Briarwood

Springfield Gardens woman killed in Van Wyck accident

A Maspeth truck driver has been charged with hitting and killing a woman on the Van Wyck Expressway Saturday morning in front of a Jamaica motel, the NYPD said Sunday. Comment.
Ozone Park

Three hurt in Ozone Park blaze

Three people were seriously injured, possibly from jumping out the window, after a fire spread from the ground flood of an Ozone Park building to the second floor Saturday morning, a spokesman for the Fire Department and neighbors said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Cops searching for suspect who grabbed woman: Police

Police were looking for a man who allegedly grabbed a woman’s butt at a Jackson Heights subway Wednesday, the NYPD said. Comment.
Rosedale

SUV driver dies in Rosedale crash

A 23-year-old man was killed after his 2013 Lexus SUV struck a fence and a pole in Rosedale early Sunday, the NYPD said. Comment.

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