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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Rego Park

Sir Lance’s Lot weaves magic in Rego Park

Lupe Jusino is something of a fairy godmother for Rego Park. Comment.
Jamaica

JFK’s Shake Shack named best airport fast food in world

It’s the dawn of a new age in air travel or at least in airport cuisine anyway. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013

Ridgewood

Ridgewood Reservoir transformed into nature preserve

Although the Ridgewood Reservoir reopened last month, the city Parks Department joined community leaders to mark its opening this week with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

Bayside

Bayside gets closer to FAA roundtable

The northeast Queens group of activists set on silencing airplane noise over their communities has made headway in establishing an aviation roundtable with the Federal Aviation Administration. Comment.
Queens Village

Fatal fire in Queens Village caused by electrical issue: FDNY

An electrical issue in the basement of a two-story home in Queens Village sparked a blaze that claimed one person’s life Sunday, the Fire Department said. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Dromm delivers $500K for Jax Hgts Diversity Plaza

Jackson Heights’ Diversity Plaza will soon be sporting new benches, improved lighting and location maps thanks to $500,000 in funding from City Councilman Daniel Dromm’s (D-Sunnyside) discretionary fund. Comment.
Flushing

Woman from Flushing disappears: NYPD

FLUSHING — The NYPD reached out to the public for help finding a woman who went missing within the 109th Precinct, cops said. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013

Government

Cop union sues over anti-profiling law

The union representing the NYPD’s rank-and-file officers filed a lawsuit against the City Council this week, claiming lawmakers overstepped their authority by passing a vague anti-profiling law that leaves cops to guess who can and cannot be stopped. Comment.
Laurelton

Fire marshals endorse Murray in SE Queens council race

Scherie Murray, the Republican candidate vying for the City Council’s District 31 seat in southeast Queens, accepted a nomination from the fire marshals’ union during Fire Prevention Week. Comments (2).
Astoria

Police hunting for three suspects in iPhone theft: NYPD [With Video of Suspects]

ASTORIA — Police were looking for three people who allegedly stole a woman’s iPhone as she was walking down the street, the NYPD said.. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Man robbed Jax Hts. Citibank of $800: Cops

JACKSON HEIGHTS — The NYPD was on the lookout for a man who allegedly robbed a Citibank branch on Roosevelt Avenue earlier this month, police said. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Safety agent charged with assaulting child in Rockaways: Cops

THE ROCKAWAYS — Police arrested an off-duty school safety agent Wednesday and charged her with endangering a child, the NYPD said. Comments (1).

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013

Bellerose

Bellerose library set to close for upgrades

The Bellerose branch of the Queens Public Library will be closing until the spring for renovations, the group said. Comment.
Astoria

Sir Paul McCartney makes Astoria stop

A buzz swept through Astoria’s cultural campus last week when international pop star Paul McCartney played a surprise concert for 400 students at the Frank Sinatra High School of the Performing Arts. Comment.
Middle Village

Caruana, teachers want to hold off on evaluations

Student test scores fell this year citywide after the state implemented the new tougher guidelines of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, and a group of teachers rallied in Middle Village Friday to ask that the new scores not affect their evaluations. Comment.
Elmhurst

Elmhurst man accused of aiding terrorist groups in Afghanistan

Two men were arrested and charged in Queens Criminal Court with raising money to fund terrorist activities last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
Corona

Perv films up woman’s skirt in Corona: Cops

CORONA — The New York Police Department was asking for the public’s assistance in finding a suspect wanted in connection with an unlawful surveillance incident within the 115th Precinct, cops said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Supects distract mom with baby to swipe money from her purse: NYPD

FOREST HILLS — Police were looking for a crafty trio who allegedly teamed up to steal money from a mother’s purse, the NYPD said. Comment.
Forest Hills

Cops looking for Queens Boulevard burglary suspect

FOREST HILLS — Police were trying to track down a suspect wanted in connection to a burglary pattern along Queens Boulevard, the NYPD said. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013

Crime

Surveillance footage shows murdered Jamaica woman being led from her home [With Video]

A grainy video clip released Thursday shows Marisha Cheong, the 24-year-old student whose body was found on the shore in Breezy Point in February, being led from her Jamaica apartment by an unidentified woman, and police are hoping the footage will help them break open the unsolved murder case. Comment.
College Point

City to install new principal in College Pt.

The city has responded to a call for change at one College Point elementary school after members of the community demanded its principal get a pink slip. Comment.
Long Island City

Judge halts 5Pointz demolition for 10 days

The artists from 5Pointz got what they were hoping for when they took developer G & M Realty to court Thursday, a 10-day temporary restraining order meaning their artwork cannot be touched and the building may not be destroyed, for now. After the owners of the Long Island City property, David and Jerry Wolkoff, received unanimous approval from the City Council last week to demolish the complex, the graffiti artists took them to court. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria bystanders scares off sexual predator

An Astoria man is being hailed as a hero Friday after breaking up what the NYPD is calling an attempted rape. Comment.
Bayside

Council hopefuls endorsed

Endorsements have racked up for both the Republican and Democrat hoping to unseat embattled and outgoing City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), but one crossed party lines. Comments (2).
Middle Village

Candidates wrangle over discretionary funds

In one of the most hotly contested City Council races in Queens, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) is working to defend her seat in the 30th District from Republican challenger and political newcomer Craig Caruana. Comment.
Queens Village

Jimmy Carter lends a hand with Habitat in Qns Village

Taking a break from a hard day of work, Dawnette Dixon smiled when asked what she and former President Jimmy Carter talked about as they spruced up her soon-to-be home in Queens Village. Comment.

Court settlement gives 4,000 Queens residents new disability claim hearings

A judge in Brooklyn federal court Friday approved a class action settlement against the Social Security Administration, which denied claims to more than 4,000 disabled Queens residents, who are now entitled to new hearings, the Urban Law Center said. Comments (1).
Corona

Drunk driver kills child on Corona street: Cops

A Corona lawmaker has set up a bank account to help pay for the funeral of a toddler, who police said was killed by a suspected drunk driver as he crossed the street with his pregnant mother Friday night. Comment.
Flushing

Liu aides sentenced to prison

City Comptroller John Liu was outraged that his former aides were sentenced in Manhattan federal court to prison terms for soliciting illegal campaign donations in support of his failed run for mayor. Comments (3).
Middle Village

Middle Village school extension to reduce crowding at PS/IS 87

Students, parents and other members of the PS/IS 87 community celebrated the opening of a $20 million extension to the campus Tuesday. Comment.
Jamaica

Mireille Leroy challenges Wills on Unity Party line

Mireille Leroy said not much has changed in her southeast Queens community since her last bid for City Council, except that this time around she is on the ballot. Comments (1).
Crime

Queens detective to appear before grand jury about alleged role in motorcycle melee: NY Post

MANHATTAN — Authorities were investigating the alleged role of an undercover NYPD detective from Queens in the West Side Highway motorcycle melee last month, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

Long Island City

Artists sue to save 5Pointz

The artists at Long Island City’s 5Pointz will not go away quietly. Comment.
Bellerose

Bellerose grapples with graffiti

Neighbors in Bellerose are hoping they can turn an act of hate into a teachable moment after finding swastikas scrawled on parked cars throughout the area. Comment.
Astoria

Police crack 22-yr-old Baby Hope case

Neighbors of Margarita Castillo said they knew little about the tragic cold case of Baby Hope, let alone suspected that the woman who lives in their Elmhurst apartment building was the mother of the 4-year-old girl whose murder baffled investigators for more than two decades. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Boro vendors to headline new Long Island City market

A new indoor market is set to make its debut in the historic Standard Motor Parts Building in Long Island City and showcase Queens’ creative spirit in everything from food to furniture. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Man injured in Rich Hill conversion fire: City

The owner of a Richmond Hill home severely damaged in a fire over the weekend plans to comply with the Department of Buildings’ order that the house be torn down, a spokeswoman for the agency said. Comments (2).
Richmond Hill

Couple charged with child, animal abuse

A Richmond Hill couple were arrested for allegedly endangering their children and pets following an alleged violent domestic dispute Sunday, police said. Comment.
Long Island City

Authorities keep up search for autistic Rego Park teen

The massive search moved into the second week for Avonte Oquendo, the autistic Rego Park teen who disappeared when he ran out of his Long Island City school earlier this month. Comment.
Sunnyside

Fed workers at Maloney rally decry shutdown

Scores of federal employees described the negative impact of the federal shutdown on their families and finances in a Columbus Day demonstration in Manhattan organized by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria). Comments (1).
Astoria

Woman found guilty in Astoria Park slay

ASTORIA — A transient Astoria woman was convicted of murder and other charges after a six-week jury trial for attacking a 32-year-old man at Astoria Park in 2010, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
South Ozone Park

Man abducts and exposes himself to girl: Police [With Video of Suspect]

SOUTH OZONE PARK — Police were searching for a man wanted for allegedly committing a criminal sex act against a 12-year-old girl. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 14, 2013

Astoria

Police crack 22-year-old cold case of Astoria girl’s death

With the help of an anonymous tip and DNA evidence, detectives identified a 4-year-old Astoria girl as the nameless murder victim who for more than two decades was known only as Baby Hope and arrested the man they say allegedly brought her young life to a gruesome, tragic end. Comments (1).
Whitestone

South Richmond Hill motorcyclist dies in Whitestone highway crash: Police

WHITESTONE - A 27-year-old man was killed early Sunday when the motorcycle he was driving slammed into a Whitestone highway barrier at “Dead Man’s Curve,” police said. Comments (2).
Sunnyside

Government employees join Maloney in shutdown protest

Scores of idled Internal Revenue Service workers and other government employees demonstrated Monday in Midtown Manhattan in an appeal for an end to the congressional stalemate that has shut down the federal government and shared stories of the resulting financial strain. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013

Corona

Man charged with DWI after SUV hits and kills Corona toddler: NYPD

Police charged a South Ozone Park SUV man with drinking and driving after a Corona toddler crossing the street with his pregnant mother was struck and killed on Junction Boulevard Friday night, the NYPD said. Comments (2).
Richmond Hill

Man seriously injured in Richmond Hill fire: FDNY

Fire officials were trying to find out what caused a Richmond Hill blaze early Saturday that left one man with serious burns and appeared to separate the front of the multi-family home from the rest of the building. Comments (1).
Bellerose

Avella condemns swastika graffiti in Bellerose

A northeast Queens lawmaker condemned what he called hate-filled vandalism in Bellerose, which was discovered by residents early Friday. Comments (1).

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