Following hundreds of undercover buys of cocaine, marijuana and heroin, the NYPD charged 51 alleged drug dealers at the Ravenswood and Queensbridge houses, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced today.
Gov. Cuomo announced Thursday morning that A train subway service will be restored to the Rockaways on May 30, just over seven months after Hurricane Sandy destroyed tracks across Jamaica Bay and seriously damaged two stations.
The recent spate of arrests and criminal investigations involving public officials has ensnared a high percentage of minorities in the state Legislature, leading some in the community to ask if black and Hispanic lawmakers are being targeted.
State Sen. James Sanders (D-Jamaica) decided last week that the question of conspiracy or corruption was far better-suited for an open, frank and free-wheeling debate before nearly 200 people at the Black Spectrum Theatre in Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica.
A lot can change in five days.
Community Board 7 voted on Monday to approve the proposed Phase One redevelopment of Willets Point, including a controversial 1.4 million-square-foot shopping mall adjacent to Citi Field, after its Land Use Committee initially failed to approve the project.
An inactive construction site that has been stalled for years is frustrating the residents of Briarwood.
The lot located at 84-03 Lander St. was supposed to be developed into a six-story apartment house. But years later, the building remains unfinished, with metal columns that have since rusted over and a plywood fence that has become weather-worn and covered in graffiti.
People who live near the Rockwood Park Jewish Center, Howard Beach’s only Orthodox synagogue, have a message for its rabbi:
This is a residential neighborhood, not a place for nightclubs.
If published reports are right, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and seven others were taped in former Sen. Shirley Huntley’s home either at the request of the FBI, or at Huntley’s recommendation to the bureau.
In an interview following Huntley’s sentencing to prison last week, Peralta said he is at a loss to explain why either would consider him a possible target for a corruption probe.
Only one will be crowned No. 1.
On Sunday at 1:30 p.m. about 100 foodies are expected to gather at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, at the confluence of 37th Road, 74th Street and Broadway, to kick off the second annual Momo Crawl. Last year 30 hungry folks participated.
About two dozen bicycle enthusiasts came together last Saturday at Maspeth High School for a community forum to kick into gear plans that could see a new bike infrastructure for the area and surrounding neighborhoods in place by as early as next year.
Among those in attendance was Frank Rosado, a Ridgewood resident who commutes by bicycle to Manhattan every day.
From his office on Bell Boulevard and 73rd Avenue, City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) says he can hear his frustrated constituents at the former Q75 bus stop swearing, yelling, and literally crying out for someone to restore the cancelled bus route.
The Q75, which ran from Oakland Gardens to the F train stations in Jamaica, was eliminated along with 32 other bus routes, 570 bus stops and two subway lines on June 27, 2010, a $93 million service reduction.
The historic Forest Park Carousel, which has survived fire, closure and bad management in the past, may finally be heading into a safer position than the tenuous one it lived under for decades.
The carousel, built in 1903, will be considered for landmark status after the city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to schedule a public hearing on the proposal.
Queens borough president candidate Melinda Katz’s campaign says that the recent allegations made against her and her partner, radio personality Curtis Sliwa, are an attempt to compromise Katz’s run.
“This is a sad, frivolous lawsuit,” George Arzt, a spokesman for Katz’s campaign, wrote in an email. “Unfortunately, it is an attempt to use a political campaign and false innuendo as leverage to publically rehash a long-ago settled divorce.”
Repairing the seawall in Queensbridge Park has been talked about for well over a decade. Last Friday those plans came to fruition when politicians, the Parks Department and dedicated neighborhood advocates dipped their symbolic golden shovels into a pre-dug pile of dirt to commence construction.
The $6.65 million project will raise the crumbling seawall separating the park from the East River in the most northern section of Long Island City across from the Queensbridge Houses. Plans also call for a 6-foot-wide promenade with benches, plantings and a small wharf at its northern end.
The recent arrest of a man charged in connection with a string of burglaries in Forest Hills was announced by Captain Thomas Conforti, commander of the 112th Precinct, at the May 8 meeting of Community Board 6.
But a couple of attempted robberies targeting taxi drivers in the area marked a new cause for concern, Conforti indicated.
The new executive officer of the 103rd Precinct said crime statistics — particularly those involving guns — are headed in the right direction on Tuesday at the monthly meeting of the precinct’s Community Council.
“Year to date we have had five shootings; last year at this time the precinct had 16,” Capt. James Fey said. “In those incidents there have been six shooting victims. We had 19 in the same period last year.
The comprehensive immigration reform bill that U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is co-sponsoring would put millions of immigrants on the path to citizenship and would specifically benefit the Asians here, he said.
“We have a great Asian community and I am a great fan of immigration because it adds to the greatness of New York and the greatness of our country,” Schumer said during a phone press conference Friday.
The Juniper Park Civic Association is not happy with the approach of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and the city to cleaning up the district and has decided to take one matter into its own hands.
At the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, there is an abandoned newsstand that has been an eyesore for about 10 years. In 2009, Crowley held a press conference calling on the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Long Island Rail Road to allow the community to demolish the newsstand and create a temporary green space in its place.
A Whitestone woman pleaded guilty to taking part in a prostitution-and-money- laundering scheme.
Jay King, 53, pleaded on May 8 to one count of enterprise corruption for taking part in the ring operated with the help of a Manhattan-based ad agency. She is expected to be given a 3- to 9-year sentence.She will also be required to pay $100,000 in forfeiture. She will remain out of jail on $1 million bail until her sentencing.
Ten blocks west of Resorts World Casino New York City, a billboard over Rockaway Boulevard advertised casino table games less than two hours away in New Jersey.
To anyone with even the slightest knowledge of marketing, the ad seems to make sense — targeting gamers leaving Resorts World perhaps disappointed that New York City’s first casino lacks real roulette wheels and craps tables.
Triston Griffith, a 20-year-old from Jamaica, wears a Barry Manilow Broadway play pin on his tie and someday hopes to sing just like him.
“I want to go to college and work on my singing more to make sure I don’t make a fool of myself,” Griffith said. He sits calmly in the lounge area at the Mental Health Association of New York City. His hair is neatly braided and his suit is fancier than anyone’s dress in the multiroom school.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn,Queens) came to the May meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance, in the Fairfield Arms Co-op, to meet some of his new constituents.
Jeffries told the audience that he was concerned with resolving any issues that residents had with the Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding Hurricane Sandy.
About a dozen restaurant owners and bikers got the 411 on Tuesday on new delivery regulations.
A package of city laws that went into effect on April 23 requires helmets, reflective vests, lights, bells and identification linking the riders to their employers’ establishments.
City officials broke ground Tuesday for a new K through 5 school in Ozone Park that is being constructed on the site of a former Catholic school.
The new school, called PS 316, is located at 90-07 101 Ave and will serve 444 students from the Ozone Park community and is currently slated to open in September 2014. It will feature reading and speech resource rooms, a library, guidance room and a medical suite. Two of the 20 classrooms in the school will be dedicated to District 75 students.
Last Thursday a man allegedly terrorized his home neighborhood of Long Island City, stealing cars and money while wielding a gun that wasn’t all that it seemed.
Police briefly closed down part of Borden Avenue in their pursuit of the suspect. About eight hours later they arrested Nicolas Almonte, 27, who lives on Borden Avenue.
The organizers of this year’s Memorial Day Parade in Maspeth have selected a Korean War combat veteran and a Navy man who served for 26 years for special recognition during the annual post-parade ceremony. The event will be held at 2 p.m. May 26 in Veterans Square, at Grand Avenue and 69th Street, immediately following the parade, which starts at 1 p.m.
Donald Steinmaker was a rifleman in Korea and Joseph Romano joined the Navy in the final months of World War II.
An 18-year-old Brentwood, LI teenager pleaded guilty last Thursday to burglary as a hate crime for committing three separate thefts in Queens in one day, duping three elderly men into allowing the defendant and his cohorts into their homes so they could steal cash and valuables.
An appellate court has overturned a ruling by Brooklyn Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis that states the city is practicing deliberate discrimination against minority applicants for the FDNY.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is close to approving a new bus route that would offer more direct service to LaGuardia Airport while cutting the existing Q33 route short to focus more on neighborhood riders.
For most people, growing up in Queens often meant a trip to “the butcher,” “the meat market” or simply “the store.”
Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights for decades has been a dangerous mix of pedestrians, cars, bicycles and scooters. And not just a small amount of each, but mobs of each that don’t always obey traffic laws. Pedestrians rarely wait for walk signals and cars often run red lights — just to make a little headway down the congested avenue.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott blasted Community Board 11 and its Chairman Jerry Iannece for allegedly allowing reps from the School Construction Authority endure verbal abuse during a contentious May 6 public meeting.
The intersections surrounding St. Stanislaus Kostka School are about to get safer.
Queens neighborhoods are all ripe with history. There’s a seemingly never-ending parade of people, places and events that define the borough’s 350-year existence and have given birth to hundreds of books and films. From the Flushing Remonstrance through Hurricane Sandy, the myriad of stories can take a lifetime to tell.
Corona residents gathered last Wednesday to talk trash.
The race for the 19th Council District has a set candidate for the Republican Party. Well, it had one up until Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was arrested on corruption charges in April.
The New York City Water Board voted on Friday, as expected, to increase water rates by 5.6 percent for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1.
An Astoria man faces several charges for allegedly bringing what were described as two BB guns to a crowded park May 7, loading one of them with plastic pellets, firing at a tree and then handing them to his children so they could shoot too.
MillionTreesNYC was established to greenify public spaces in the city, but private spaces, including backyards, apartment building courtyards and community gardens, are not included in the initiative.
As smiling parents and excited teachers filed into room 301 at PS 96 in South Ozone Park Monday morning, the fourth-graders in Anna LoMagno’s class smiled anxiously and shuffled their feet nervously.
Famed choreographer and Jamaica native Brice D. Vick has guided the candied heels of Ashanti, Beyonce and Christina Aguilera. But his ambition goes beyond bold-faced names and music videos. Now he’s hoping to put a step in the moves of kids with the founding of Hip-Hop 4 Health Plus, a DVD dance program he hopes will help kids get and stay healthy.
The homecare workers at the First Chinese Presbyterian Church Home Attendant Corporation in Lower Manhattan will keep their healthcare benefits now that the FCPC and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the union representing the workers, have negotiated a settlement.
The state Health Department has approved Mount Sinai Hospital’s expansion project in Long Island City.
A man died after police found him bleeding from stab wounds on Liberty Avenue early Sunday, and police are looking for the suspect in his murder.
Members of the 112th Precinct Police Explorers program and students from Forest Hills High School cleaned up the community last Saturday by painting over graffiti in several locations.
At the most recent Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol meeting, held last Thursday, there was mention that Woodhaven residents may join the group in the future.
LaGuardia Community College photography students debuted their works from a study abroad expedition to Chile at the Queens Museum last Friday.
The bill mandating that companies in the city with more than 15 employees eventually provide paid sick leave is awaiting a promised mayoral veto — and an expected override of that veto by the City Council.
The We Love Ridgewood Theater campaign, a group of residents and community leaders who are hoping to turn the Ridgewood Theatre at 56-27 Myrtle Ave, now closed, into an arts venue, has launched their new website and is looking for endorsements.
Compared to the March and April meetings of Community Board 9, which featured raucous debates over the future of Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the mitigation of toxic chemicals at an Ozone Park industrial site, Tuesday’s meeting of CB 9 at Maple Grove Cemetery seemed serene.
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Police are asking the public’s help in locating a Maspeth man who has been missing since noon on Sunday.
The police are asking for the public’s assistance in apprehending the man wanted for a burglary in Flushing.
Students at Ozone Park’s St. Mary Gate of Heaven school performed their annual school show last weekend. This year’s performance was “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” featuring an all child cast of the 1989 Disney classic.
A Jamaica man faces 25 years to life in prison following his conviction in a 2008 murder resulting from a dispute between two men over who controlled a 14-year-old prostitute.
JHS 202 and Robert Goddard High School of Communication Arts and Technology cut the ribbon on the new library in their Ozone Park school building last Friday.
Police are looking for a Richmond Hill man who has been missing since earlier this month.
Urinary incontinence affects one out of three women in the United States. Factors such as pregnancy, childbirth and menopause can trigger urinary incontinence. Since it is such a delicate issue, countless women won’t mention their symptoms to doctors and often suffer in silence.
New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted on Tuesday to have a public hearing on an application to designate Jamaica High School a city landmark.
Police Officer Frank Calafiore was honored with the 106th Precinct’s Cop of the Month award at the Community Council meeting in Ozone Park on May 8, for his arrest last month of an alleged armed robber and the seizure of a loaded firearm and other assorted contraband.
A Hispanic male with dark curly hair, driving a gold minivan who has allegedly been exposing himself to young girls in South Richmond Hill is the subject of a police manhunt.
Ten people have been indicted on 82 counts in an alleged auto theft ring that targeted four well-known Queens auto dealerships, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the United States today. Each year, nearly 2.5 million Americans are treated in hospital emergency departments as a result of an MVA. While the numbers are staggering, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s Trauma Team is dedicated to decreasing the number of these preventable injuries through education, research and community outreach.
Dermatologists and skin cancer experts, especially before and during the summer months, write articles and give speeches on the harmful effects of sun exposure on the skin: the risk for melanoma and other skin cancers and premature aging of the skin. Despite all efforts, beaches are filled with people tanning in the midday sun, streets are filled with people with a pink-red burnt or bronze skin and tanning salons are filled with clients. Why can’t we deliver our message? Tanning is harmful to our skin just like smoking is harmful to our lungs.
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The NYPD is searching for the pictured suspected in connection with a robbery that occurred on May 4 at 12:16 p.m. at the Amalgamated Bank located at 69-73 Grand Ave. in Maspeth.
The last section of the spire atop 1 World Trade Center — the building once officially known, and still often referred to, as the Freedom Tower — was installed last Friday, marking the building’s official height of 1,776 feet, which pays homage to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. The top of the mast was placed just after 8 a.m. Friday morning.
An Ozone Park teenager was arrested after a high-speed crash last Friday afternoon in Broad Channel that left 10 people injured and shut down a busy stretch of Cross Bay Boulevard at rush hour.
An Astoria father faces several charges for allegedly bringing what were described as two BB guns to a crowded park last Tuesday, loading one of them with plastic pellets, firing at a tree and then handing them to his children so they could shoot too.
Long Island City from the Queensboro Bridge to Hunters Point was at a standstill for awhile last Thursday beginning around 9:30 a.m. as a suspected armed robber allegedly filched three high-end vehicles.
The New York City Water Board voted on Friday, as expected, to increase water rates by 5.6 percent for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1.
The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation has reached an agreement with a Long Island real estate developer on a project that is slated to bring “a big-box retail store” and a 500-space parking garage to 168th Street.
Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica), who agreed to wear a wire for the FBI in 2012 as state and federal prosecutors closed in on her, is scheduled to be sentenced today on a wire-fraud charge in federal court in Brooklyn.
Turning onto Sapphire Street from Linden Boulevard, it almost seems like a roller coaster.
The United States Tennis Association, three Queens elected officials and some parks advocates this week lauded a deal with the city that would have the nonprofit “replace” land it wants so it can expand its National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.