About 80 were displaced from their homes after a five-alarm fire ripped through the roof and upper floor of a four-story apartment building just off of Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park Thursday, city Fire Department officials said.
Will former Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante sue the Board of Trustees for terminating him last Wednesday?
It depends on which of his attorneys you ask. Or maybe which newspaper you’re representing when you ask.
You’re a mean one, Mrs. Grinch.
Students at St. Stanislaus Kostka School at 61-17 Grand Ave. in Maspeth received an early Christmas present last Friday, as a classical quartet from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College performed for the students.
Opponents of the Pan American Hotel’s transformation into a homeless shelter six months ago have new ammunition in their fight to get the shelter shut down.
On Friday, members of the civic group Elmhurst United, other area residents and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) rallied outside the shelter to shed light on living conditions they described as “horrendous” inside the Boulevard Family Residence in a press release announcing the event.
QueensWay: 1. Rail: 0.
Supporters of the idea to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into an elevated park similar to Manhattan’s High Line scored a victory on Friday, as $443,750 was awarded to the QueensWay project through Gov. Cuomo’s New York City Regional Economic Development Council.
Chanukah, the festival of lights, has been dimmed in Hollis Hills this year after vandals destroyed a community menorah.
For seven years, the community has been celebrating Chanukah by lighting a giant menorah at the traffic island on Union Turnpike at 220th Street during the eight-day Jewish holiday. But right before the first candle was to be lit on Tuesday night, residents discovered it had been overturned and the lighting mechanisms destroyed.
Beginning Jan. 1 the Department of Sanitation will no longer collect old electronics left at the curbside. That includes computers, televisions, DVD players, keyboards, MP3 players, video game consoles and a variety of other devices.
The change stems from a state law that will make it illegal to throw out such electronics in the regular trash. The goal of the 2010 Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act is to encourage the proper disposal of potentially harmful electronic waste. Residents who leave such items at their curbs may receive a summons and most will have to bring them to designated drop-off sites.
Two Astoria men and an Astoria business owner were charged with being part of an international heroin pipeline spanning from New York to Mexico that involved six other people, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said on Thursday.
Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have delayed a plan to kill or remove every mute swan in the state. The Department of Environmental Conservation considers the birds an invasive species and wants all 2,200 of them in the state gone by 2025.
A water main break turned 23rd Street in Astoria into river rapids on Saturday morning, according to officials and residents.
Around 4:30 a.m., residents reported hearing water gushing from under the sidewalk and street near 24th Drive where Con Edison crews had been working the week before.
An example of state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) concerns with the Flushing Commons construction site could be seen by all before his press conference began last Friday.
A large truck blocked a lane of traffic at the intersection of 39th Avenue and Union Street while a crane lifted materials off it.
The city Department of Sanitation is now authorized to immediately seize illegitimate clothing donation bins placed throughout the city — a process that previously took more than a month — after the City Council approved new legislation last month and it went unaddressed by Mayor de Blasio.
“While we want to encourage New Yorkers to donate clothing and other materials to those in need, we also want to ensure that organizations collecting these items are doing so responsibly, and this bill will achieve both of those goals,” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) said in a written statement.
Leaders of Community Board 13 said Monday that the city’s Administration for Children’s Services wants to place a home for nonviolent youthful offenders in Queens Village.
But board members also said they want ACS officials to attend a meeting and discuss exactly what they have in mind.
Once any snow we may get melts and the weather warms up again, Ridgewood residents may have yet another unique, brand-new eatery to kick back and relax at.
Community Board 5 voted 24-7 in favor of granting a 600-plus person seasonal beer and wine license to The Back Yard, an outdoor gathering space planned for 56-06 Cooper Ave. in Ridgewood, last Wednesday.
The already-heated rhetoric between local officials and the NYPD was ratcheted up a notch on Monday at a “die-in” organized by students at York College.
The rally took place on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard outside the entrance to York’s campus.
In an effort to help families affected by Superstorm Sandy rebuild their homes, the city’s Build it Back program is seeking a new construction manager for Queens.
“Since the mayor’s overhaul, this has been a year of significant progress,” Amy Peterson, director of the mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery, which oversees the Build it Back program, said in an email to the Queens Chronicle. “And we expect the onboarding of new construction firms — who will deploy new strategies to target entire neighborhoods — will continue to accelerate the city’s Sandy recovery.”
Three masked intruders have entered Jamaica High School and police emergency units have responded, the city announced around 2:25 p.m. Thursday on its NYC Alerts Twitter feed.
It took 16 years, but the bill to form a commission on the creation of a National Women’s History Museum went to President Obama’s desk this week after being passed by Congress.
“When you go down the mall, everything is there,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), who introduced the bill in 1998, said. “They have museums for postage stamps, for law and order, and yet there is not a single museum dedicated to the accomplishments of women.”
Crime continues to drop in the 104th Precinct. But that doesn’t mean there can’t be ugly blips on the radar every now and then.
At the 104th Precinct Community Council meeting on Tuesday, Capt. Chris Manson, the squad room’s commanding officer, said crime is down significantly in the jurisdiction, made up of Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood and Glendale.
Ozone Park resident Eduardo Venegas has been waking up at 5:30 a.m. to the sound of idling school buses for the past two years, and he’s sick of it.
“I’m thinking that I might have to move out of here,” he said. “They honk, double-park and litter all around the street.”
Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Washington, DC last Saturday to call for legislative reform and show solidarity against what they called a flawed and racist judiciary system.
Saturday’s “Day of Resistance” was just the latest in a series of protests nationwide in the wake of a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the wrongful death of Eric Garner.
More than 90 percent of city teachers and principals were rated as effective or highly effective in the state’s Annual Professional Performance Review in the first year that the five boroughs were graded under the assessment system.
“For our schools to succeed, we need to hold ourselves accountable for the development of our educators,” city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a said in a written statement after the report was released on Tuesday. “At the same time, a well-developed evaluation system — with four, much more nuanced ratings, instead of only two — helps us identify and provide specific support to struggling teachers, as well as identify those who do not belong in the classroom.”
It’s likely a federal feasibility study to look into the National Park Service acquiring and operating the historic Bowne House and the Quaker Meeting House, both in Flushing, will be undertaken.
The measure, introduced by Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), was approved by the Senate Saturday as part of a larger appropriations bill. It previously had won House approval and now goes to President Obama for signing, though no date has been set.
The clock is ticking and soon the 20th annual Queens Chronicle Toy Drive will be over. Won’t you please contribute before the deadline on Monday, Dec. 22?
This year, the Chronicle is collecting gifts for children in four Queens city homeless shelters and a safe house in Eastern Queens for victims of domestic violence.
Arthur Flug loved all six of his careers, but has a special connection to his last one as director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Research Center and Archives.
While most graduates put their caps and gowns on, the 20 men who completed the The Fortune Society Green Job Training Program put on their construction helmets.
The annual Holidays on the Avenue celebration brought the spirit of the season to Downtown Jamaica on Dec. 13.
The star of the St. John’s men’s basketball team is not the tattooed shooting guard with the sweet jump shot.
The U.S. Post Office in Springfield Gardens soon will bear the name of a trailblazer in Queens politics.
New York City will spend $130 million over the next four years, as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce crime, jail re-entry and the number of people with mental illnesses, who are often locked up for minor offenses.
Officer Andres Gonzalez of the 106th Precinct was honored on Dec. 10 as Cop of the Month for his arrest of an alleged armed burglar who scuffled with officers while an accomplice allegedly came at them with a hammer.
Kew Gardens residents can now enjoy the finest tap water from sea to shining sea.
During the holiday season, youngsters at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside get inundated with new toys from individuals and groups, but this year they have decided to give back.
Santa Claus came to town.
Victims of domestic violence will now have an easier pathway into the city’s homeless shelter system.
Margaret Finnerty described her job as School District 27’s family advocate as a juggling act.
The Captain Malcolm A. Rafferty Monument at Rafferty Triangle in Long Island City was recently restored thanks to a joint effort from the Newtown Historical Society and the city Parks Department.
An HIV diagnosis is no longer the death sentence it once was, as patients are now able to treat the condition with medication and live well into their 80s, but there are still 16,000 cases in Queens alone, according to health officials, and young gay and bisexual men are most adversely affected.
Close to $5 million has been allocated to the revamping of the Cross Bay Bridge’s infrastructure and electronic equipment that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced last Thursday.
Kevin Lynch of Whitestone has set up his award-winning display of Christmas lights once again this year.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) released his annual holiday card this week. This year, the picture is of the councilman and his staff — Matt Wallace, Jason Banrey, Deborah Tharrington, Andres Villa, Amanda Nasner, Elana Ehrenberg and Cody Reter — sledding down the No. 7 elevated line, something that might very well happen given all the construction lately.
Clients and staff at Lifespire, a nonprofit based in Jamaica that provides services for the developmentally disabled, last week transformed their floor in a Jamaica office building into a Manhattan holiday showcase.
State Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island) last week dismissed Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s (D-Glendale) assertion about gender discrimination in hiring at the Fire Department, instead arguing that most women are simply not interested to become firefighters or aren’t fit for the job.
Protesters gathered outside the Queens Center mall in Rego Park on Sunday, calling for justice for victims of police violence and an indictment of Police Officer Peter Liang, who fatally shot Akai Gurley in the stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project last month.
Action needs to be taken to improve mobility between northern and southern Queens along the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor, including to and from Midtown Manhattan.
Two Queens residents on Tuesday were sentenced to 15 years in prison for their roles in the February 2011 shooting at a party that killed a 26-year-old woman.
After a rendering of a pink sculpture planned for Jackson Avenue was released, outrage was sparked.
Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and his wife, Alison, welcomed baby Olive, their first, on Friday.
Just in time for Hanukkah, Borough President Melinda Katz heard explanations from the representatives of an illegally operated synagogue in Kew Gardens Hills at last Thursday’s land use hearing at Borough Hall.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said last Wednesday that the 106th Precinct has seen crime drop by 7 percent year-to-date, following a 5-percent decline in crime over the last month.
It’s been a long time since I and many other St. John’s alumni around my age have said we’re proud of our basketball team, since our college squad has energized its fan base like this.
NY Rehab: Queens Physical Therapy Rehabilitation on 31st Street in Astoria partnered with the Chronicle for our 20th annual Toy Drive by donating a generous amount of gifts to be handed out to area shelters over the holidays.
Citi Field is the location for the 4th annual Ugly Sweater Run on Saturday, at 11 a.m.
For the third consecutive time, the Q58 route between Ridgewood and Flushing Main Street, won the Pokey Awards for what it’s best at: being the slowest bus in the Borough of Queens.
Citi Field was the location last Saturday for gingerbread, dancing elves and Santa Claus at the Winter Fest.
The Middle Village Adult Center, located at 69-10 75 St., now offers a one-hour men’s fitness class twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. The class is taught by Gerard, a city Parks and Recreation-certified instructor. It has three components: cardio aerobics, upperbody toning (using bands and weights) and muscle stretching.
The 106th Precinct is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man who robbed an Ozone Park house of jewelry and cash.
Councilman Donovan Richards presided last Saturday over the annual tree lighting in Brookville Park. The evening’s fare included live music and entertainment, holiday-themed activities and giveaways.
Halloran, Tabone and outgoing state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) were among six people arrested in 2013 in connection with an alleged plot for Smith, a lifelong Democrat, to bribe his way onto the city’s 2013 Republican mayoral ballot.
Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, here joins istaff members Amber Yoon, Meagan Chen and David Fischer in his Bayside office among the hundreds of toys they have collected for needy children.
The spirit of giving has gotten into the employees of Astoria Bank at 75-25 Metropolitan Ave. in Middle Village.
The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in locating a man wanted for an attempted rape in the 113th Precinct.
The 106th Precinct is seeking the public’s help in identifying two men who allegedly robbed a laundromat at gun-point on Dec. 10.
Central Veterinary Associates has released several tips to keep your pets safe this holiday season. The veterinary practice, with offices in Bayside, Forest Hills and Far Rockaway, stresses the unintended hazards seemingly harmless decorations may pose for pets. Among the tips are these:
Chanukah began Tuesday and will run for eight days. The Lerner family of Bayside had their decorations up just in time for the festival of lights.
In addition to a lengthy discussion and vote on The Back Yard last Wednesday, Community Board 5 also took a stand on a proposed gym expansion and a November City Council pro-industry report.
Something just didn’t smell right recently when a woman arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport from Guyana with alleged bags of powdered milk and custard powder in her luggage.
A 24-year-old New York City police officer, who worked part-time for a Flushing paint store, has been charged with cashing two checks and pocketing nearly $7,000 in cash two months ago. The checks had allegedly been stolen from a business sharing building space with the paint store.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced on Tuesday that his anti-graffiti initiative has successfully cleaned up 60 locations throughout his district since its implementation in early October.
The Hamilton Beach Civic Association held its third annual Christmas tree lighting and holiday party on Saturday.
Members of Community Board 7 voted 24-9 on Monday night in favor of a zoning change that will allow developers to build an 11-story mixed-use building on Northern Boulevard.
Outreach, a Richmond Hill-based substance abuse treatment center, announced on Monday that it will start a new program to treat members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer community who are suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol.
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