If it goes off without a hitch, it may be the shining moment of Mayor de Blasio’s term in office so far. If it doesn’t, it could be a black eye to any chances of a second.
As summer winds down, a new school year prepares to start up, and with it, 50,000 new prekindergarten students, the first class of the city’s universal pre-K program who will be entering the classroom for the first time on Sept. 8.
Our family’s traditional August soaking detachment from all responsibilities was slothing happily along when, on Aug. 19, I received a Facebook message wishing me a Happy Hoo Hah Day. That’s how I knew it was time to start thinking about back-to-school.
When my siblings and I were teens, my brother invented Hoo Hah Day as a way to indulge while still sheltered by several weeks from summer’s last call on Labor Day. We observed by concocting a favorite beverage and running wild in the yard at night. Now as the mother of a 9-year-old, my first priority for back-to-school season is still to happily top off summer before we yield to practical preparations.
As students and teachers head back into the classroom, some parents and union officials are heading into the courtroom.
At issue are teacher tenure and other job protections for educators. The plaintiffs in two lawsuits filed against the state this summer — including two parents from Queens suing on behalf of their children — contend that tenure and the lengthy process for removing teachers are so onerous that many bad educators remain in the system, denying children their constitutional right to a sound basic education.
Career counselor Nancy Cafferty sits at a small round table opposite two young ladies who have come for guidance in their search for fulfillment in the workforce.
Kafayat Onanuga, of Jamaica, is in her mid-20s and has been through the process before. Leandra Cedeno, who lives in Ridgewood and is also 20-something, has come for the first time.
The debate over player safety and the impact of playing sports on an athlete’s body has raged on the professional level for years.
News of a major league pitcher needing elbow reconstruction surgery or an NFL star getting a concussion are often top stories on ESPN and professional sports leagues have made player safety one of, if not the, highest priorities.
Sept. 4, Thursday SCHOOL SESSIONS BEGIN FOR ALL STUDENTS. (Partial day for prekindergarten.)
Bills to change the admissions criteria for the specialized high schools were defeated in the last state legislative session and won’t come up again until January when the next one starts. But that hasn’t stopped advocates on both sides of the issue from pushing their agendas, especially since election season is approaching.
The issue is especially hot in Queens, which sends more students (1,119) than any other borough to these high schools — Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, Brooklyn Latin School, the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College and Staten Island Tech — which currently require that admission is based on a single entrance exam, as mandated by the Hecht-Calandra Act of 1971. Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Arts is the only specialized high school that does not require that students take the Specialized High School Admissions Test, but rather admits them through auditions.
With weather already starting to shift into fall, look forward to a burst of punchy prints, vibrant gem hues and funky, eclectic patterns spilling over from summer.
While New Yorkers tend to lapse into wearing darker, muted tones like black, slate, or deep stone fruit colors in the fall, runway trends suggest shoppers should stand out against the autumnal landscape.
If you think fall means putting away your trowel and rake, think again. Preparing the garden for the winter as well as next spring is an important part of planning for its future.
And just because the days are getting shorter and cooler doesn’t mean you should overlook fall planting of vegetable crops that will be ready to harvest long before Thanksgiving.
Fall isn’t always a season people look forward to. Kids go back to school and the days get cooler and shorter.
But if there is one thing to be excited over, it’s the delicious comfort food that comes along with the browning leaves and long sweaters.
When we Baby Boomers were growing up the changing of the seasons from summer to fall meant two things: (a) the start of a new school year and (b) the various TV networks launching their new primetime programs.
The ability to spend a few hours exploring culture from some of the country’s earliest history to some of its newest art is available to Queens residents without even crossing a river.
And with school starting, many of those listed here — which are not quite all Queens has to offer — have educational programs for those of all ages, and some discounted admission for students and school groups.
Yes, there is still a month to go in the 2014 season but for all intents and purposes the Mets organization and their fans are looking ahead to next year. I will put on my turban and shine up my crystal ball as I attempt to be a clairvoyant.
The first order of business for Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson is to decide whether to retain Terry Collins as the team’s manager next year.
The NYPD is warning people of two scams they could possibly become a victim of. One of them is an EZPass phishing scam and the other a hotel credit card scam.
Ongoing paving work will result in some lane closures on the Throgs Neck Bridge this weekend.
More than 200 residents gathered across the street from the Rochdale Village apartment complex on Tuesday night in an effort to rally their neighbors — and state officials — to make changes in governance and management.
Residents met in Holy Unity Baptist Church, saying the complex’s board of directors would not grant state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) permission to have it on the grounds.
During a low-key forum Tuesday night between Democratic state Senate hopefuls John Liu and incumbent Tony Avella, the only real sparks were provided by a handful of hot-headed members of the audience, who temporarily brought the proceedings to a halt.
Throughout the 90-minute session at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, which drew about 200 mostly Asian-American constituents, Avella and Liu never came face to face. But each offered plenty of allusions — direct or indirect — to the other, making it clear that the competition between them for the 11th District seat is on.
Following the July 17 death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner while he was resisting arrest for allegedly selling single cigarettes, an already-existing campaign to dissuade police from enforcing the law on some minor crimes and violations picked up steam. Enforcement of such laws, what is known as the broken windows theory approach to policing, is one target of the protest led by the Rev. Al Sharpton that is set to take place on Staten Island Saturday.
According to activists such as Sharpton, as well as some elected officials including three members of Congress who represent parts of Queens, broken windows policing has an unfair impact on minority communities, such as the one where Garner, who was black, died.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith’s pending retrial on federal corruption charges were never very far from the surface during an Aug. 14 candidate forum for the 14th Senate District.
But the forum did give Smith (D-Hollis), former Councilman Leroy Comrie and Munir Avery the opportunity for a freewheeling discussion on education, jobs, economic development, funding for the district and a host of issues that will be confronting the person sworn into office in January.
The new Queens Library board took further shape Tuesday, as Borough President Melinda Katz made her first appointment to the 19-seat body since she and Mayor de Blasio together purged eight members on July 23 in response to the controversy surrounding the institution.
The new member is Robert Santos of Sunnyside Gardens, who Katz said in a prepared statement “has had a long, wide-ranging career in higher education, cultural institutions, municipal government and construction.”
After an uphill battle, the petitioners of the Willets West lawsuit have not prevailed.
Justice Manuel Mendez ruled Monday that, despite claims of land use violations, the city and the Queens Development Group can move forward with their plans to build a shopping mall and entertainment center on parkland.
As controversy swirled around her a little more than a year ago, Community Board 9 District Manager Mary Ann Carey said she wanted to step down from her position on her own terms.
Now she appears to be doing that.
An often-forgotten park on the shores of Jamaica Bay that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy is getting a fix up, thanks in part to a big donation from Resorts World Casino New York City.
The gaming facility, located about a mile away from the park, announced it will donate $40,000 to reconstructing the Hamilton Beach Playground in Hamilton Park. The playground, located on federal land between the A train subway tracks and Hawtree Creek, across from Charles Park, was devastated in Sandy and has not been repaired since.
S.J. Jung is a man on a mission. He wants to get elected to the state Senate and make campaign finance and ethics reforms in Albany.
That’s a tall order for the 50-year-old, who has never held elected office. He ran in 2009 for the City Council seat in Flushing, losing by 183 votes in the Democratic primary. Now Jung is opposing incumbent Sen. Toby Stavisky, who has represented the 16th District for 14 years.
Following three angry protests over the past two months against the conversion of the Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst into a homeless shelter, a rally was held Wednesday in front of the site to counter the earlier gatherings and to show support for the facility’s residents while calling for permanent housing.
Picture the Homeless, the group founded by two homeless men in 1999 that held the event, said the main goal was to “underscore the real problem ... the lack of housing affordable to working-class New Yorkers, and the city’s failure to do something about it.”
Though he is still just 22, Christopher Peguero of St. Albans has been building a resume of community service projects.
Tension between the Queensbridge Houses community and hotel owners has hit a boiling point.
Little could Carole King have known when she entered Queens College as a teenager with aspirations to become a songwriter that her life story would be the focus of a Broadway musical half a century later.
Queens’ members of the City Council did not miss many days of work, according to attendance records taken between January and May of this year, and when they did, it was often because they couldn’t be in two places at once.
The Department of Education expects construction on a new wing at PS 176 to begin within 30 to 60 days, with the intention to be open in time for the start of school in September 2016.
Incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella relishes his label as a maverick and is hoping it will carry him through to victory on Sept. 9.
A 55-year-old man from Suffolk County is facing hate crime charges for allegedly harassing a Sikh man in Ozone Park last month before intentionally running him over with his car.
Some children dread the end of the summer, as they know the school year and all the homework that comes with it are just around the corner.
Area civic leaders remain concerned about the future of the Klein farm property in Fresh Meadows following its recent sale to a convicted felon who illegally tore down trees on the protected site.
Residents of the communities near LaGuardia Airport were infuriated when the Port Authority unilaterally decided to split the combined aviation roundtable into three separate groups: one each for LaGuardia, JFK and Newark.
It may be the dog days of August, but nothing seems to be slowing down for the summer in Woodhaven.
Flushing’s Pomonok Housing was once considered the crown jewel of the NYC Housing Authority, but some tarnish has accrued over decades of neglect, mismanagement and budget cuts, according to tenants.
More than three years ago, dignitaries, civic leaders and even some South Queens residents gathered under a tarp in the lot next to what was then known as the South Queens Boys & Girls Club at 110-04 Atlantic Ave. in Richmond Hill to put shovels in the ground. On that chilly rainy April day, they promised to be back in several years to welcome the first children into a bigger, better club.
Firefighters with the FDNY, top, investigate an accident that saw a car strike an apartment building in Jamaica on Tuesday morning.
Along with their canes, walkers and wheelchairs, and with members of their families on hand, the former servicemen arrived on Saturday with their pride and memories intact to attend the sixth annual veterans recognition barbecue hosted by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) around the corner from his office.
The Secret Theatre may soon be no more.
A 40-year-old cold case murder of a Flushing teen in Bayside is being fired up anew by the NYPD.
There’s a new Kiwanis club in town.
Before squaring off with the division rival Washington Nationals on Thursday, a couple of New York Mets players helped make a day at summer camp at the Cross Island YMCA in Bellerose unforgettable for 31 area children.
The streets around the College Point Corporate Park are heavily used and, according to one elected official, have been neglected for years.
For the second time this year, the defunct Parkway Hospital at 70-35 113 St. in Forest Hills has been auctioned off.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Tuesday a six-point economic plan for Queens to increase employment and attract businesses to the borough.
A Howard Beach teenager is one of fewer than two dozen winners of a national scholarship awarded to children of law enforcement and firefighters who were killed or injured in the line of duty.
Kafui Kouakou, a former goalkeeper on the York College Men’s Soccer team, has been named the squad’s head coach.
Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) recently hosted a back-to-school supplies giveaway for children attending the New York Junior Tennis League Aces Club summer program at IS 61 in Corona.
The City Council’s Land Use Committee voted unanimously 20-0, with three Council members marked absent, in favor of rezoning 176 Woodward Ave. in Ridgewood from manufacturing to residential.
The U.S. Tennis Association has announced the opening night program for the US Open on Aug. 25, while defending US Open champ Rafael Nadal said Mondayhe has dropped out of the competition due to a wrist injury.
The Global Supermarket in Jackson Heights has a bit of a rat problem.
What do you do when a loved one says he or she wants to go home — while sitting in his or her own living room?
Come budget season this fall, Councilmembers Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn, Queens) will be kicking their feet up and allowing constituents to do at least a portion of their work for them.
Hip-hop superstars Drake and Lil Wayne knew the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium concert series wasn’t created without with a twinge of worry from area residents over excessive noise and large crowds.
Do you ever wonder how Mr. Met is able to tirelessly entertain a crowd of thousands on a nightly basis at Citi Field?
Sorry to say, but all our students will be heading back to school!
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) appointed a lifelong Ozone Park resident to be his new chief of staff last week.
For 24 hours on Wednesday, Aug. 13, the area in front of the Forest Hills LIRR station was transformed into a Polish crime scene as NBC crime drama “The Blacklist” filmed in Forest Hills Gardens.
As the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center prepares for its 125th anniversary, the acute care teaching hospital located on the border between Queens and Brooklyn held its annual Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday to promote good health and offer free screenings to members of the community.
A 32-year-old man was killed early Monday morning in a hit-and-run collision in Maspeth.
For some students, summer is a time for unwinding, perhaps taking a family vacation or just hanging out with their friends. Edward Li, Cindy Pietrakowski, and Yulin Yang had different plans.
A Long Island man has been charged with grand larceny after he allegedly was caught selling counterfeit Long Island Rail Road tickets.
The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for District Council #9 will conduct a recruitment from Sept. 19 to Oct. 2 for 50 glazier apprentices.
The Aug. 14 article “Meet the FDNY’s new deputy commissioner” mentioned only one of two former African-American city fire commissioners.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) has been finding endorsements hard to come by in his battle to hold his 14th District seat.
A 32-year-old man was killed early Monday morning in a hit-and-run collision in Maspeth.
The New York City Department of Health will spray a mosquito-killing pesticide throughout multiple Queens neighborhoods between 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday and 6 a.m. on Wednesday in order to reduce the risk of West Nile virus infections.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith said last Thursday he will name names of those plotting to ruin him and other African-American officials in Southeast Queens via the criminal justice system when his retrial on federal corruption charges begins in January.
Tuesday’s press conference on a St. Albans Street corner was intended to cement support at all levels of government for Leroy Comrie.
When Gov. Cuomo last Friday signed a law that will cut the speed limit on many city streets to 25 miles per hour, he, Mayor de Blasio and others all called it a step in the right direction.
A white minivan turns onto 101st Street from 101st Avenue and begins racing up the desolate mainly industrial Ozone Park block. Suddenly the red brake lights, like tiny distant explosions, light up. A screech is heard. The driver stops, then slowly veers right, then accelerates again.
Before squaring off with the division rival Washington Nationals on Thursday, a couple of Ne…
Over 100 young players served and volleyed their way through the City Parks Foundation Junio…
Jamaica’s annual Corn Roast, an annual rite of summer in Southeast Queens, drew the crowds t…