Queens Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside) officially announced on Wednesday that she is throwing her hat in the ring to replace Assemblyman Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) as speaker, following Silver's arrest last week.
Two of New York’s three citywide elected officials on Monday called on Assemblyman Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) to step down as speaker following his arrest Thursday morning on allegations of bribery and fraud.
Old Man Winter's wrath will be unleashed on Queens and the rest of the New York City metropolitan area tonight and Tuesday.
A blizzard warning is in effect the five boroughs, Long Island, Connecticut and most of New Jersey ahead of a potentially historic Nor'easter that could drop up to 30 inches of snow on the area through Tuesday night.
For 30 minutes, St. John’s appeared determined to spoil Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s attempt at becoming the first NCAA Division 1 coach to win 1,000 career games.
But the Blue Devils are the nation’s fifth-ranked team for a reason.
A Springfield Gardens man fatally shot three family members, including a seven-year-old girl, and wounded another girl early Saturday morning before killing himself shortly before noon, according to police.
Speaking at an open house meeting regarding the restoration of the West Pond, Broad Channel residents and nature enthusiasts last Thursday overwhelmingly agreed that the loop at the pond needed to be secured and the body of water should be brought back to its freshwater status.
“We’d like to see a complete circle on that pond,” one person said. “I think that’s the most important thing.”
Residents eager to help decide the fate of the reconstructed Bruson Building crowded into the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights Thursday evening, causing the town hall’s organizers to add extra chairs and bump out the back wall to make room.
A Springfield Gardens man has been arrested on charges that he assaulted an off-duty police officer outside a St. Albans supermarket on Monday.
Tommie Williams, 27, of 173rd Street, was charged with second-degree assault and second-degree harassment in an alleged attack that required the officer to have surgery on his face, according to a statement issued by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The Shannon Gaels Gaelic Athletic Association Club will officially be getting a home of its own in College Point this spring with the construction of a $1.7 million training field in Frank Golden Park.
Community Board 7 voted unanimously last week to approve the plan that will be carried out in three phases. Phase 1 will cost $1.7 million to construct a training field and will be paid for by Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
A new report by the Migration Policy Institute found that New York City is home to more than a half-million undocumented immigrants, with the largest concentration of that population living in Queens.
“I think that Queens, to many people, symbolizes opportunity,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Bayside), who was unsurprised to learn of the figure. She cited the large amount of small businesses in Queens, many of them immigrant-owned, as a potential reason.
Two days ahead of her first State of the Borough address, set for 10 a.m. today, Jan. 22, Borough President Melinda Katz took questions on some of the key issues facing Queens from community and ethnic news outlets Tuesday afternoon.
Reiterating messages she has been putting forth during her year in office, Katz touted tourism as key to Queens’ future, boasted of its ethnic diversity — she brands it “The World’s Borough” — and voiced her full support for two of Mayor de Blasio’s signature initiatives, universal pre-kindergarten and official identification cards for all residents, regardless of immigration status.
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) was arrested Thursday morning on a five-count federal indictment charging him with taking millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks disguised as outside income from a private law firm for the last 15 years at least.
Silver was charged with fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud.
On her 387th day in office, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz delivered her first tate of the Borough speech, listing accomplishments that she spoke of with pride, and future goals that she addressed with a mixture of hope and determination.
“Our motto at Borough Hall is simply this,” Katz told a capacity crowd at the Colden Center at Queens College. “If it’s good for our families, it’s good for Queens.”
Community Board 5 didn’t support a rail tunnel underneath New York Harbor when it was first proposed a decade ago, and it sure isn’t going to support it now.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has proposed five waterborne and five rail alternatives to the current system of moving 90 percent of the New York City metropolitan area’s freight by truck, something officials say is no longer efficient.
“There could not have been a Gregory Meeks if there wasn’t a Malcolm X,” the congressman who represents Southeast Queens on Capitol Hill said.
Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) was looking directly at Ilyasah Shabazz, a daughter of the slain civil rights leader, when he said that, citing the deep effect her father had had on his early life.
The Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps is planning to shut down its operations almost two years after its next-door neighbor’s building collapsed, according to area civic leaders.
Martin Colberg, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, announced the news last Saturday at the civic’s monthly meeting.
Following in the footsteps of the late Martin Luther King Jr., nearly a thousand attended a rally and march last Thursday to send a message to airlines, subcontracting companies and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to allow 12,000 subcontracted service workers to unionize, earn a living wage and have benefits.
The event was spearheaded by officials from Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, the nation’s largest property service union. Protestors, many of whom were shuttled from 32BJ’s Manhattan headquarters by bus, assembled on a lawn adjacent to the National Car Rental station on Ditmars Boulevard, not far from LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal.
A third-world facility, no more.
In a move that would surely please Vice President Joe Biden, who compared LaGuardia Airport to a third-world country last year, a new AirTrain may be shuttling commuters back and forth between the airport and an area near Citi Field by the end of the decade.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Board today approved increasing fares and tolls by 4% over the next two years, fulfilling a promise to keep fare and toll increases as low as possible. The new fares and tolls will take effect March 22, and will ensure the MTA can continue providing quality service even as ridership continues to climb.
When Gabby D’Angelo first entered Dr. Robert Costiera’s physical therapy office in Howard Beach last January, she did so in a wheelchair with the hope of walking again.
“I hadn’t seen a case like hers in years,” Costiera, the owner of Ortho Flex Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, said. “I knew it was going to be a challenge.”
For months, the debate has been whether to put parkland or a train on the old Rockaway Beach rail tracks.
But state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) has a different idea: Do nothing.
Community Board 3 residents can now know the purpose of peculiar green sidewalk markings that have appeared in the last year.
At CB 3’s January meeting last Thursday at IS 227 in East Elmhurst, Mikelle Adgate, from the city Department of Environmental Protection, spoke about the upcoming construction of 11 bioswales, a planter-like infrastructures designed, built and maintained to absorb excess rainwater.
Jamaica paid tribute on Monday to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a celebration of his life and legacy at the Jamaica Center for the Performing Arts.
The slain civil rights leader was honored on his national holiday in song, story and dance.
What was billed as a way for South Ozone Park residents to get answers from officials seeking to operate a residence for juvenile delinquents in the community quickly dissolved into more than 100 people shouting with frustration on Tuesday.
“We don’t want it here,” several residents yelled at a meeting of the South Ozone Park Civic Association West. “Put it somewhere else.”
City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina said last Thursday that her question-and-answer session with parents and educators in Little Neck was one of the most challenging Q&As she’s attended.
“You’ve given me the most complex questions and the most variety of questions,” she told those packed inside JHS 67’s auditorium.
The New York Racing Association last Friday announced further reforms to racing conducted at Aqueduct Race Track in light of a recent string of horse deaths at the South Ozone Park venue.
Nearly 500 people attended a meeting Wednesday evening at the Most Precious Blood School on 37th Avenue in Astoria.
Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) wants to clear up some confusion about recent immigration reform and warn immigrants about potential scams.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) today, Jan. 22, will introduce a new bill that would require the Department of Environmental Protection commissioner to give an annual report on the city’s drainage infrastructure — a proposal inspired by the mass flooding in Lindenwood last year after a DEP facility malfunctioned during a downpour.
After high ticket sales last weekend and an outpouring of support from the community, owner Nicolas Nicolaou has decided to keep the Cinemart Cinemas in Forest Hills open.
If it would be possible to sum up Dabney Montgomery’s life in a single sentence, Gerald Karikari would have it about right.
The January meeting of Community Board 1, on Tuesday evening at Astoria World Manor, kicked off with seven area eateries seeking to establish or renew licenses to operate unenclosed cafes.
The de Blasio administration last week was calling Vision Zero a success in its first year, calling 2014 the safest year for pedestrians in New York City history.
Students in the high school equivalency program at the YWCA of Queens made a special visit to the 109th Precinct last week to present cards of support and condolences following the deaths of two officers last month in Brooklyn.
The effort to connect Flushing and Jamaica via bus rapid transit is starting to draw criticism from elected officials who believe it would have a negative impact on their constituents.
Two former New York City Republican county chairmen told a jury last week that former state Sen. Malcolm Smith freely offered to bribe them for their support in getting the party’s 2013 mayoral nomination.
“You really can’t revitalize the Rockaways if you don’t have the ferry,” the state senator said in a sit-down interview. “You need the ferry.”
A former Ridgewood high school teacher has pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with two male students during 2013 and 2014 according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Residents in the Beach 41st Street Houses in the Rockaways have for years been told to be patient and wait for the installation of security cameras. Last Friday, the wait was over.
A nearly $1 million state grant to St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside is allowing healthcare workers to reach out to homebound patients to prevent costly hospitalizations.
Former Councilman Dan Halloran’s sentencing on federal corruption charges has been pushed back again, according to a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
Vanessa Fontaine, the mother of the late Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy who tragically fled the Riverview School in Long Island City last year and died, accompanied U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to President Obama’s State of the Union address in Washington, DC on Tuesday.
A barber from Cambria Heights was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday for stabbing a man last March over the cost of a set of headphones.
MillionTreesNYC, the initiative that aims to plant that many across the city in a 10-year period, is well on its way to achieving its goal, representatives from the Department of Parks and Recreation said at the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association’s monthly meeting on Saturday.
After the approval of the Astoria Cove development two months ago, residents are already looking at how promises the project would create jobs will be fulfilled.
An item that wasn’t on the official agenda seemed to receive the most attention from members of Community Board 6 at the group’s monthly meeting last Wednesday.
State lawmakers will have to decide by June 30 whether to renew the law that gives the mayor control over public schools.
A history book on Bellerose is in the works, led by community activist Jim Trent.
Queens officials are hailing the awarding of a $95,000 grant that will spruce up five storefronts this year within the Sutphin Boulevard Business Improvement District.
City taxpayers just received an unexpected gift.
The NYPD is seeking a suspect in a grand larceny that occurred within the 104th Precinct in Glendale at the Retro Fitness Gym, located at 65-45 Otto Road.
The Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach last Friday honored Stephen Sirgiovanni, a member of the club and past lieutenant governor of the Queens West divison for the Kiwanis.
Police are seeking assistance from the public in identifying a suspect who exposed himself to a woman.
Chirlane McCray, the wife of Mayor de Blasio, spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with students at the Susan B. Anthony Academy in Hollis.
The NYPD is continuing its search for Bibi Kadim, 37, of Richmond Hill, who is developmentally disabled and has been missing since Dec. 5, 2014.
Police officials are seeking a man who held up a Chase bank on Saturday at 11:35 a.m. at 59-26 Woodside Ave., not far from the Woodside-61st Street subway station.
Community Board 8 has included the use of union construction labor and the free use of planned public space in return for its endorsement of plans to convert the old T-Building at Queens Hospital Center into 205 units of housing.
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Before we get into the Red Storm’s busy past few days, I would just like to start by congratulating St. John’s senior D’Angelo Harrison on moving into third all-time on the school’s scoring list, passing Johnnies great Felipe Lopez last week.
Former Queens Mafia kingpin John Gotti Jr. is “setting the record straight” in a tell-all, self-published book that was released on Monday.
A Bushwick resident was fatally struck by a private sanitation truck at the intersection of 41st Avenue and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City.
A Rosedale motorist is facing assault and other charges for allegedly hitting a 6-year-old boy who was getting off his school bus in December.
To celebrate the recent National Basketball Association Fit Day, students at PS 4 in Fresh Meadows were treated to a program with two basketball standouts.
Mayor de Blasio had better keep in mind that cooperation with his fellow elected officials is a two-way street, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) warned in an interview last week with the Queens Chronicle.
A 39-year-old Brooklyn man is facing burglary, robbery and assault charges in an April 2014 home invasion that left an elderly Bayside couple seriously injured. An alleged accomplice was previously charged in connection with the case.
The commanding officer of the NYPD’s 113th Precinct has been promoted to the rank of deputy inspector.
City police officers could soon be better protected on the job.
It is a rare privilege for a theater company mounting a new production of a musical classic to have any of the show’s creators available to offer personal insight.
Four top Queens Library officials resigned last week as the institution continues to reorganize following the ouster of its longtime president amid a financial and management scandal and criminal probe.
Ezra Barashy, 26, of 77th Avenue in Oakland Gardens, pleaded guilty Tuesday to arson for setting fire to his friend’s apartment last year in Little Neck.
The Asian New Year celebration in Flushing in February should be a happier one with the MTA announcing that it will not conduct disruptive No. 7 line track work on two key weekends.
Few things anger Queens residents more than vehicles with out-of-state license plates taking up their parking spaces when they return from work at night.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will receive $3.8 million in federal funding to offset the cost of repairs to bridges and tunnels necessitated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Police are looking for the whereabouts of two men accused of stealing money from a synagogue in Kew Gardens Hills on Christmas morning.
It wasn’t quite the “Nor’Beaster” everyone expected, but this week’s snowstorm still packed …
Photos taken at the second annual Queens Baseball Convention at McFadden’s bar within Citi F…
Prior to his being buried in a private service at St. John Cemetery in Middle Village on Tue…