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Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

Jamaica

Afrikan Poetry Theatre to serve Thanksgiving dinner to less fortunate

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre will be celebrating Thanksgiving by giving back to the people of its community. Comment.
Elmhurst

Woman found dead with gunshot to head in Elmhurst

An unidentified 29-year-old woman was shot to death in Elmhurst early Tuesday, police said. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens construction nears halfway point: DOT

Both parts of the Kew Gardens interchange construction project are almost halfway done, according to officials from the state Department of Transportation. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

It’s now 21 to buy cigs but smoking at 18 OK

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill into law banning the sale of cigarettes to New Yorkers under 21 Tuesday. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Fresh Mdws. shop unleashes new pet options

There is a new one-stop shop fulfilling the needs for all of Fresh Meadows’ four-legged friends. Comment.
Bayside

Avella forum faults Million Trees NYC

More than 800,000 trees later, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) still has not let up in his ongoing critique of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Million Tree NYC initiative. Comments (1).

Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

Woodside

Officials break ground at Woodside school site

Officials broke ground last week for the first new public school to be built in Woodside in more than 60 years, and the construction will bring relief to a crushing overcrowding problem that has plagued School District 30 for decades. Comment.
Whitestone

Fire breaks out in Whitestone home

A three-alarm fire broke out at a Whitestone house, at 15th Drive and 163rd Street, just before noon Monday. Comment.
Transit

MTA explains finances behind lower fare hikes

Transit fares are scheduled to rise in 2015 and 2017, but the MTA, in a perhaps unprecedented move, now says it will cut the increases by nearly half. Comment.
Astoria

Zombies march through Astoria

Dozens of costumed ghouls took to the streets of Astoria for the annual Queens Thanksgiving Zombie Walk. Organizers said they had to make a last-minute switch from Bud’s Ale House, which closed down, to Applebee’s for the event’s meetup location. Comment.
Maspeth

104th Precinct captain gives holiday safety tips

Shoppers should be especially cautious during the next few months because robberies tend to go up during the holiday season, according to Christopher Manson, captain of the 104th Precinct. Comment.
Hollis

Hollis used car dealers charged with sales tax theft: DA

HOLLIS - Two members of a family from Suffolk County, who operated two used car dealerships in Hollis, were charged with bilking the state out of $500,000 in sales tax by allegedly under reporting sales and neglecting to turn over to the state funds collected as sales tax, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (1).

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013

Flushing

Pressure builds to move Q34 stop at end of route

A northeast Queens lawmaker is pushing for North Flushing residents to receive better and safer bus service through the extension of a bus route, but he says a lack of funding is standing in the way of an adjustment to the line. Comment.
Forest Hills Gardens

Queens doctor targeted over circumcisions

An organization advocating against circumcision of baby boys targeted a Queens doctor in its latest demonstration. Comments (34).
Rockaway Beach

Man pleads guilty in Rockaway Beach rape: DA

ROCKAWAY BEACH — A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty last week to raping an elderly woman last year, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Flushing

Pair plucks wallet from victim in Flushing market: Police

FLUSHING — The New York Police Department was asking for the public’s help in finding suspects wanted in connection with a Halloween grand larceny, cops said. Comment.
Flushing

Cops seeking info on man who used stolen card at Flushing ATM: Police

Police were searching for a man wanted for questioning about a purse stolen from a popular Manhattan nightclub, the NYPD said. Comment.
Corona

Man gets 25 to life for killing toddler: Brown

CORONA — A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison last week for killing his girlfriend’s toddler daughter in her 103rd Street apartment, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
Elmhurst

Police searching for suspect in $7K check theft: Cops

ELMHURST - The NYPD was trying to identify and locate a suspect in a grand larceny within the 110th Precinct. Comments (1).

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

Jamaica

Council approves ‘Tuskegee Airmen Way’ renaming

Students at York College’s Aviation Institute are used to peering toward the sky and pretty soon they will have something new to look up to. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Amtrak announces fix for East River Tunnels

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) revealed a new Amtrak plan Monday aimed at lessening disruptions in its East River tunnels for travel between Long Island and Penn Station. Comment.
East Elmhurst

$37M upgrade to fight flooding at LaGuardia

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a $37.5 million project to protect LaGuardia Airport from flooding from storms like Hurricane Sandy, which a year ago shut down the airport at a cost of $54 million a day. Comments (1).
Bayside

Shafran signs on as director for Working Families Party

A former City Council hopeful from Bayside signed on to a new job this week with the same party that endorsed him when he was running for public office. Comment.
Queensbridge

Suspect snatched woman’s phone at Queensbridge station: Police

LONG ISLAND CITY - The NYPD was searching for a suspect wanted in a grand larceny at the Queensbridge subway station at 21st Street. Comment.
Bayside

Police still searching for Bayside bank robber

BAYSIDE — Police were on the lookout for a suspect wanted in connection with a robbery at a Flushing Savings Bank last month, cops said. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing bank robbery suspect remains at large: Cops

Police were asking for the public’s assistance in finding a suspect in a Flushing bank robbery. Comments (1).
St. Albans

Man sentenced to century behind bars in southeast Queens rapes: DA

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — A 34-year-old man was sentenced to 100 years in jail after he was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting two different women on back-to-back days in 2005, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

History

Reporter recalls covering JFK assassination

It was a beautiful day worthy of a visit by the president of the United States that Friday in late November, but would the people of Dallas heartily welcome the first family? Comment.
Crime

Appeals Court denies city’s motion to drop stop-and-frisk ruling

The 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied the city’s request to vacate U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin’s ruling defining the city Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy as discriminatory. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Queens World Film Fest set to return for fourth year

When the 4th Annual Queens World Film Festival returns March 4, the organizers will depend on donations to run some of their programs this year. The festival’s director Katha Cato has had a bad year medically and the bills have piled up, forcing her and her husband Don to become fund-raisers. Comment.
Long Island City

High school for adults celebrates new LIC digs

A school with an adult student body celebrated its new home with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Long Island City Monday. Comment.
Ozone Park

Eric Ulrich wants to reform Board of Elections

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has again set his sights on the city Board of Elections — a recent battleground in his ongoing fight with the Queens Republican Party — with a bill that would prohibit BOE employees from being paid to work on local political campaigns. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s conference cracks down on cyberbullying

Concerns over online bullying have become so prevalent in some circles that St. John’s University authored its own policy on the matter and dedicated an entire day to exploring its effects. Comment.
Long Island City

Self-published books showcase western Queens scenes

Two photographers in western Queens have released photo books about their neighborhoods, and both are self-published but at different ends of the spectrum. Using an online platform called Blurb, they have produced interesting looks at Long Island City and neighboring Sunnyside. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC burglary suspect uses rocks to break in: Police

LONG ISLAND CITY - The NYPD was searching for a suspect wanted for questioning in five Long Island City burglaries, according to cops. Comment.
Government

Stop-and-frisk leads to few convictions: AG

Aside from its questionable legality, the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program is highly ineffective at catching criminals, with just 3 percent of stops resulting in a conviction, a new report by the state attorney general found. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Boro to get share of $1 billion in foreclosure relief

As the foreclosure crisis in Queens showed signs of improvement, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced New York state will receive more than $1 billion out of a historic settlement reached with JPMorgan stemming from its role in the financial crisis. Comment.
Bayside

Savino pleads guilty to bribery scandal involving Halloran

A former Bronx GOP chairman pleaded guilty to charges accusing him of playing a part in a bribery scandal allegedly involving two lawmakers from Queens. Comments (2).
Bellerose

Hearing on ICCC moved to January

A hearing on the first of two variances the Indian Cultural and Community Center needs to break ground on its controversial plan to erect a pair of nine-story apartment towers on the Creedmoor campus in Bellerose was rescheduled for next year. Comments (5).

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Long Island City

Artists hold vigil to commemorate loss of 5Pointz graffiti mecca

Hundreds gathered at 5Pointz after sundown Tuesday for a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of iconic graffiti that was painted over on the building’s outer walls during the early morning hours under the orders of property owner Jerry Wolkoff. Comments (1).
Willets Point

Willets Point land sale approved

The Queens Borough Board voted to authorize the city’s Economic Development Council to transfer 23 acres of land for the Willets Point redevelopment project. Comments (1).
Flushing

Rep. Grace Meng robbed in attack on Capitol Hill

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) was mugged Tuesday night near Capitol Hill in Washington by an attacker who stole her purse, she said. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Kew Gardens Hills man charged in Queens College attempted rape: Police

FLUSHING — Police charged a Kew Gardens Hills man with attempting to rape a woman near Queens College earlier this month, the NYPD said Tuesday night. Comments (3).
Bayside

Council passes plan to build Bayside school

Nearby neighbors in Bayside have made their opposition to a new elementary school on 48th Avenue loud and clear, but that did not stop the City Council from passing it with flying colors. Comments (8).
Richmond Hill

CB 9 may revote on ouster

The decision on whether to remove longtime board member Sam Esposito from Community Board 9 amid accusations he made anti-Semitic remarks is not over. Comment.
Jamaica

Queens trio named to de Blasio’s transition team

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio Wednesday announced three leaders from Queens in the realms of technology, higher education and the arts who will help the city’s 109th mayor choose his new government. Comments (1).
Woodside

Woodside Filipinos raise thousands in typhoon aid

Woodside’s Bayanihan Filipino Community Center continues to be at the heart of the neighborhood Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Jamaica man charged in assault of cop: DA

A Jamaica man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly brutally beat an off-duty police officer, according to authorities. Comments (1).
Astoria

Astoria residence to house 90 low-income seniors

Community members and elected officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Astoria’s newest affordable senior residence Friday. Comment.

Police identify man killed in Cross Island crash as Pomonok resident

QUEENS VILLAGE — A 49-year-old Pomonok resident was killed when the Toyota Corolla he was driving hit a guardrail, flipping over and ejecting him from the car late Friday, police said. Comment.
Bellerose

Queens residents charged in counterfeiting ring indictment: DA

BELLEROSE - Four organized counterfeiting rings based in Queens were allegedly taken down after prosecutors went undercover for over three years, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (3).
Bayside

Boro wins roundtable battle

After more than a year, northeast Queens activists marked a key milestone in their ongoing battle to curb unprecedented airplane noise over residential areas. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Buildings Dept. shuts new Cliffs gym in LIC

A Long Island City climbing gym has given new meaning to an open-and-shut case. Comments (1).
Ozone Park

Ozone Park husband charged wife’s murder awaiting arraignment: Authorities

A 50-year-old man was awaiting arraignment Wednesday on charges that he stabbed his wife to death inside their Ozone Park home early Friday, police and a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.
Willets Point

Willets Pt. businesses denounce relocation offer

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined Willets Point business owners at City Hall Wednesday to decry a relocation plan proposed by the city as part of its plan to develop the blighted area into a $3 billion commercial, retail and residential site. Comments (8).
South Ozone Park

Police find man murdered in South Ozone Park home

A man who was found dead in the basement of a South Ozone Park home Tuesday morning has still not been identified, authorities said. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Long Island City

5Pointz graffiti covered over at night

5Pointz was whitewashed overnight. The graffiti that covered the iconic warehouse in Long Island City was covered with white paint by an army of workers under the cover of darkness Monday night. “I went in there and painted it all at once,” said property owner Jerry Wolkoff, “It’s like taking medicine, get it over with all at once. Now it’s done, the torture is over.” Comment.
South Ozone Park

Man found dead in South Ozone Park home

A man was found dead in the basement of a South Ozone Park home Tuesday morning, authorities said. Comments (7).

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

East Elmhurst

La Guardia Airport to get anti-flooding protection

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that $37.5 million has been set aside to provide anti-flooding measures to prevent a repeat of the shutdown of LaGuardia airport that occurred a year ago when Hurricane Sandy struck. Comment.
Richmond Hill

Cop in medically induced coma after brutal beating: DA

An off-duty police sergeant remained in critical condition following a brutal beating outside an Ozone Park diner on Sunday morning, authorities said. Comments (1).

Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013

Ozone Park

Husband charged in stabbing death of Ozone Park wife: Cops

A 50--year-old man was arrested and charged with stabbing his wife to death inside their Ozone Park home early Friday, police said. Comment.
Kew Gardens Hills

Cops release surveillance images of Queens College attempted sexual assault suspect

Police released surveillance images of a man they believe is a suspect in the attempted sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman near Queens College earlier this month. Comments (7).
Cambria Heights

Driver dies in Cross Island crash: NYPD

A 49-year-old man was killed when the Toyota Corolla he was driving hit a guardrail, flipping over and ejecting him from the car late Friday, police said. Comments (2).
Far Rockaway

Man shot by police in Far Rockaway: NYPD

A police officer shot and critically wounded a 25-year-old man who allegedly pointed a loaded gun at housing cops in Far Rockaway early Saturday, the NYPD said. Comments (2).

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