Lawyers representing the developers of the $3 billion Willets Point project answered questions about why a shopping mall and hotel are scheduled to be built in the Iron Triangle before affordable housing Tuesday night during a presentation to the Queens Housing Coalition. Comment.
City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has had his hands full since union bus drivers went on strike just days before Mayor Michael Bloomberg failed to reach a deal with the teachers’ union, leading to the loss of nearly $450 million in state and federal assistance. Comments (2).
The crimes were committed decades ago, but elected officials and college students still grappled with the harsh realities faced by Korean comfort women as Queensborough Community College capped off its first East Asia history internships. Comment.
The normal hustle and bustle of Grand Central Terminal at rush hour was almost interrupted Friday by a birthday party. The celebrants showed up in the thousands as the venerable transit edifice turned 100. Comment.
An international dispute involving a Russian ban on U.S. adoptions has hit home for one couple in Little Neck, and U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Hauppauge) pledged to help ensure they bring their new son home. Comments (2).
The American Red Cross, which has come under fire from residents and Queens politicians for what they say was a slow and inadequate response to Hurricane Sandy, issued a progress report Tuesday that detailed its activities in the three months after the storm. Comment.
With reports of looting still circulating after Hurricane Sandy, many legislators at the city and state level are calling for stricter penalties for those who steal during states of emergency. Comment.
GLOUCESTER COUNTY, N.J. — A suspect wanted in connection with eight violent robberies of Asians in East Harlem between Jan. 17 and Jan. 26 was arrested as he was traveling on a bus in New Jersey and is currently awaiting extradition to be formally charged, the NYPD said. Comment.
The Flushing father of two-month old Annie Li was found guilty of manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child Friday, but he was acquitted on murder charges by a jury in State Supreme Court, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
City Comptroller John Liu believes the city’s cavernous income gap can be tackled through tax reform and a minimum wage increase, he told TimesLedger Newspapers in a recent interview at its offices. Comment.
As an institution with a large Greek-American student population in a borough with the largest Greek enclave in New York, Queens College unveiled the first part of an ongoing research project last week that is aimed at filling a gap in the study of the Greek diaspora. Comment.
The 110th Precinct saw a huge spike in homicides and an uptick in crime overall in 2012, although its neighboring precinct to the north, the 115th, had a drop in crime but a small increase in murders, NYPD statistics showed. Comment.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented his preliminary budget plan Tuesday for the next fiscal year and spent much time discussing the loss of hundreds of millions in education funds due to the impasse between his administration and the teacher’s union. Comments (2).
City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), chairman of the Council’s powerful Land Use Committee, has drawn some interest from real estate industry donors in his campaign for borough president. Comment.
Consolidated Edison is proposing rate increases for its customers that it says would help allay the costs of protecting equipment against severe storms such as Hurricane Sandy, but City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) said this week she was deeply troubled by the plan. Comments (1).
As the Queens Jewish Community Council struggles to fund its weekend meal program for seniors without Citymeals-on-wheels, the food program said its contract was only for a year and to serve ambulatory seniors. Comment.
The Springfield Gardens man who strangled his pregnant girlfriend and set her apartment aflame, killing her two-year-old son, was convicted of the double murder Thursday, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
The long road to recovery now begins in earnest in communities across Queens as the U.S. Senate finally saw fit to approve a $50.5 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package this week 91 days after the superstorm hit. Comment.
Thousands of Queens residents routinely take the No. 7 train to Grand Central Terminal en route to their jobs, but now they can pause to help celebrate the 100th birthday of the venerable landmark, now a destination in itself with everything from luxury shopping to a dazzling array of gastronomical delights. Comments (1).
Many parts of Howard Beach and the Rockaways that were not previously listed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as being at a high risk for flooding are now grouped into the flood zones in new maps released by the agency Monday. Comment.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), along with the husband and friends of a Sunnyside man who was fatally beaten in October, distributed fliers at three subway stops Tuesday alerting the neighborhood to new police sketches of the man’s murderers. Comment.
As the air cargo industry is poised to capitalize on a rebounding economy, a Boston-based newcomer has purchased a $57 million portfolio of properties adjacent to John F. Kennedy International Airport from the world’s largest warehouse landlord, which is realigning its assets to adapt to a changing market. Comment.
Police were still looking for clues to identify who may have shot and killed a 24-year-old former resident of LeFrak City in Elmhurst Saturday, putting an end to a 10-day city streak without a murder, the NYPD said. Comments (3).
Linda Riss Pugach, a Forest Hills woman whose story of lust, betrayal, disfigurement and eventual love captivated the city and became the subject of a 2007 documentary film, died Jan. 22 of heart failure at the age of 75. Comments (2).
Queens elected officials and activists applauded the introduction of a new plan, proposed by U.S. senators from both parties and supported by President Barack Obama, for overhauling the country’s immigration laws. Comments (2).
SPRINGFIELD GARDENS — The police were reaching out to the public to help identify two men who have robbed 15 bodegas, gas stations and cellphone stores across southeast Queens since late November. Comment.
As the chef for S Prime, a new steakhouse in the Dutch Kills area of Astoria/Long Island City, Joel Reiss said he strives to maintain a restaurant that serves high-quality food while being intimate and customer-friendly. Comment.
Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday to federal mail fraud charges and could face 18 to 24 months in prison.
The 74-year-old Huntley admitted in court to embezzling more than $80,000 she received in member items dispersed by the state’s Education Department, which went to the Parents Information Network educational nonprofit run by her daughter, Pamela Corey, prosecutors said. Comment.
Three months after the Northeast bore the brunt of Superstorm Sandy’s destructive force, the U.S. Senate finally approved a $50.5 billion relief package Monday night 91 days after the hurricane hit. Comments (1).
A former state senator from Queens is expected to plead guilty next month to federal and state charges after authorities charged her with helping scam taxpayers out of nearly $30,000, according to published reports. Comment.
South Jamaica’s 113th Precinct recorded 16 murders in 2012, according to the Police Department’s preliminary figures, and while that number is one less than the previous year’s total, it still made the 113th the precinct with the greatest number of homicides in Queens. Comments (2).
In the four times Rosa Kichikova has given birth, she never mistook the hospital for a hotel.
But that almost happened the fifth time, when the Flushing mother last week became the first woman to deliver a baby at the new Katz Women’s Hospital in New Hyde Park.
Little Avital Kichikova was brought into the world at 10:24 p.m. Jan. 24, the first birth at the new hospital. Comment.
A Brooklyn man attacked his extended family with a knife Wednesday morning in South Jamaica, according to police, cutting his 1-year-old niece before fatally stabbing his brother, who was planning to be married next week. Comments (9).