• February 20, 2018
  • Welcome!
    |
    ||
    Logout|My Dashboard

Queens Chronicle

Queenswide

Stories with boroughwide interest

Top Story

New tax cuts a win for boro commerce?

Many say the tax bill signed by President Trump is just a gift to the biggest corporations. But in Queens, it’s not only the largest companies that are seeing positive results.Count borough native Tom Clarke as a big fan of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. He’s a franchisee of Arby’s locations in Fresh Meadows and Middle Village, along with Burger Kings in Douglaston and Springfield Gardens.

Queens cool to Trump infrastructure plans
Posted: February 15, 2018

President Trump’s long-awaited national infrastructure initiative delivers a lot less than promised, according to federal and local officials here.

A 55-page summary of a plan the president had been promising since he was a candidate would commit $200 billion in federal funds while seeking to leverage an additional $1.5 trillion from state and local governments and private investment.

Comments (0)
more »
Survey: MTA Queens buses below C level
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 2:40 pm

City bus routes in Queens may have to attend summer school based on the latest report card from the Bus Turnaround Coalition.

The report, released Feb. 8, gave out only one A — to the Q35, which runs between Rockaway Park Beach and Brooklyn College. And 54 of the 83 lines that traverse Queens received a D or F.

Comments (1)
more »
Business sector wary of trash pickup zones
Posted: February 15, 2018

Anyone opening a brick-and-mortar business in New York City must factor in the cost of selecting a private garbage collection service.

But the city and the Department of Sanitation are working on a five-year plan in which officials would divide all five boroughs into zones, each with a single, city-selected commercial carter.

Comments (0)
more »
Graduation rates are up, city says
Posted: February 15, 2018

Mayor de Blasio and the Department of Education announced last Wednesday that 2017 saw the highest four-year high school graduation rate on record, with 74.3 percent of children earning their diploma on time.

The year also saw the lowest dropout rate on the books, 7.8 percent.

Comments (0)
more »
State of the city is a ‘fair’ to remember
Posted: February 15, 2018

Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City address on Tuesday did not have the level of splashy programs that he has unveiled in the past, but instead focused on what he believes defines fairness.

“Three years, 10 months and 15 days — that’s how long this administration has to ensure that we become the fairest big city in America,” de Blasio said. “And we will take on that mission and we will do it with speed and we’ll do it with urgency.”

Comments (0)
more »
Trump’s plans could hurt bus, rail projects
Posted: February 15, 2018

President Trump’s proposed budget and infrastructure plans released Monday call for a drastic cut in federal dollars that New York City is seeking to fund the second phase of Select Bus Service on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards, the continuation of the Second Avenue Subway and other projects.

The budget would essentially call for the elimination of the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program, known as New Starts.

Comments (0)
more »
Judge strikes down tax lawsuit amicus
Posted: February 15, 2018

A Manhattan state Supreme Court justice ruled Feb. 7 that five Council members, including two from Queens, cannot use a private attorney to file an amicus curiae brief backing a lawsuit challenging the city’s property tax system. Justice Gerald Lebovits said in a four-page decision that the members must use the city’s corporation counsel, who has already said he will not represent them, when acting in their official capacity.

“Because the proposed Amici are seeking relief in their official capacity, they may not use anyone but the Corporation Counsel to represent them,” Lebovits wrote.

Comments (0)
more »
Lanes, cameras and tickets — oh my!
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:28 pm

Final warning.

The Department of Transportation announced Monday that people caught driving in the bus lanes on Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards when not permitted will be issued violations starting Tuesday.

Comments (0)
more »
Activists, U.S. agency wary of FAA decision
Updated: February 16, 2018 - 12:10 pm

Like many other quiet skies advocates in northeast Queens, Maria Becce of Broadway-Flushing is far from a fan of the TNNIS climb flight procedure from LaGuardia Airport.

The noisy NextGen departure procedure, which was created to spare the US Open tournament in Flushing Meadows Corona Park of irritating airplane noise, became frequent in northeast Queens in 2012. It has led residents of Bayside and Flushing to heavily criticize the Federal Aviation Administration.

Comments (0)
more »
Jets honor Queens Metro for anti-bullying work
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:36 pm

Long before Long Island City resident Tony Richardson was named to the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team or inducted into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame, he was just a kid with an afro who changed schools every two years.

The son of a soldier, Richardson was born on a military base in Germany and frequently moved around the world with his family. And each move brought with it a new town, a new school and a new set of challenges.

Comments (0)
more »
Judge hits 5Pointz developer with fine
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:37 pm

A federal judge on Monday ruled the owner of the former site of 5Pointz in Long Island City violated federal copyright law when he had the graffiti mecca whitewashed in 2013 and must pay the artists $6.75 million.

U.S. District Judge Frederic Block found Gerald Wolkoff, owner of the property at 45-46 Davis St., should be penalized because he did not wait for the proper permits before having the artwork painted over and did not give the artists a chance to salvage their work, a violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act.

Comments (0)
more »
Heroic Glendale boy is laid to rest
Posted: February 15, 2018

Glendale youngster Anthony Perez should have spent Monday morning at school at PS/IS 113 and the afternoon playing with friends.

Instead, his family was laying their 11-year-old relative to rest, six days after Perez died saving a friend who had fallen through the ice at Forest Park’s Strack Pond.

Comments (0)
more »
Illegal units in house where fatal fire occurred
Posted: February 15, 2018

The Richmond Hill house that caught on fire, killing one person, last Thursday has a history of illegal conversions and multiple failed attempts to vacate the people living in the units, according to the Department of Buildings and public records.

The DOB’s website states there are 37 open Environmental Control Board violations on the property, located at 86-81 102 St., and 29 complaints filed by residents or city officials.

Comments (0)
more »
Van Bramer may run for BP in 2021
Posted: February 15, 2018

Three months after securing his third — and final — term in the City Council, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) appears to be setting his eyes on Queens Borough Hall in 2021.

Van Bramer on Monday issued a statement saying he’s accepting donations for an election more than three years in the future, and while he doesn’t specify which office he’s looking for there are hints that he wants to become borough president.

Comments (0)
more »
Astoria fighter beat more than opponents
Posted: February 15, 2018

In the ever-crowded 155-pound lightweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, one fighter is quietly climbing up the ranks. Astoria’s Jared “Flash” Gordon (14-1) is on a four-fight win streak, two of them in the UFC. He is set to face Brazilian Carlos Diego Ferreira on Fox Sports 1 Sunday night in Austin, Texas.

Gordon, 29, is becoming a fighter to look out for among fans, earning praise for his aggressive and brutal bouts. However, the road to the UFC was not an easy one for him.

Comments (0)
more »
Still no long-term NFIP reauthorization
Posted: February 15, 2018

Federal lawmakers once again failed to agree to a long-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program when they passed a law keeping the government open until March 23.

It’s the sixth time in five months Congress has authorized a short-term extension of the program, which had lapsed for a short time both in late January when the government shut down for two days and for a few hours early Feb. 9.

Comments (0)
more »
Monday 02/19/2018
Cardozo tops Construction to claim the Queens PSAL title
Updated: February 19, 2018 - 3:34 pm

With the Public School Athletic League’s Queens championship on the line, Hammond was simply too much for the Red Hawks to handle, as the Niagara commit dropped a game-high 25 points and eight assists en route to a 64-55 Judges win.

Comments (0)
read more »
Baby left in trash didn’t have to die
Updated: February 20, 2018 - 10:38 am

The newborn baby found dead in a garbage can in Astoria did not have to die, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown pointed out Sunday.

Comments (1)
read more »
Friday 02/16/2018
Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Feb. 16-18
Updated: February 16, 2018 - 1:24 pm

It’s starting to feel a bit like spring out there, but of course it’s not, and in fact we may get 4 to 8 inches of snow overnight Saturday into Sunday. At least so sayeth the National Weather Service as of this writing. Regardless, you’ve got things to do and places to go! Maybe even one of these five things to do in Queens this weekend.

Comments (0)
read more »
Thursday 02/15/2018
NYPD rolls out body cameras in the 103rd
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:45 pm

The NYPD’s 103rd Precinct is one of the first in the department to have its officers fully outfitted with body cameras.

Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune, commanding officer of the 103rd, announced the move Tuesday night at the monthly meeting of the precinct’s Community Council.

Comments (0)
read more »
Iconic SFP coach Tim Leary dies of cancer
Posted: February 15, 2018

New York State’s high school basketball history is long and storied, with many of the most iconic names in the history of the sport coming from the Empire State.

But men like St. Francis Prep head coach Tim Leary were few and far between.

Comments (0)
read more »
Georgia Diner set to close March 25
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:33 pm

The Georgia Diner in Elmhurst will be closing for good on March 25 after 40 years of serving hungry customers.

Management confirmed the pending closure to the Chronicle last Friday, one week after a demolition permit for the structure was filed with the Department of Buildings.

Comments (0)
read more »
Small details lead to big arrests in 103rd
Posted: February 15, 2018

Even in the most important police investigations, little things can mean a lot.

Speaking Tuesday night at a meeting of the 103rd Precinct Community Council, Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune, the precinct’s commander, said a little bit of shoe-leather police work and a relatively small number of arrests in the last few weeks have closed more than a dozen open cases; and in one case, defused a domestic situation with a man who allegedly turned out to be heavily armed.

Comments (0)
read more »
Transgender activist to primary Barnwell
Posted: February 15, 2018

Transgender activist and longtime city Democratic Party leader Melissa Sklarz says she will primary first-term Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth).

Sklarz announced her candidacy on her Facebook page last Thursday, saying she is one of the hundreds of Democrats around the country who have been at least partly inspired to run for office by the election of Donald Trump.

Comments (0)
read more »
Lancman tries again on youth lineup bill
Posted: February 15, 2018

Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) this week told the Chronicle that he will reintroduce a bill that would prohibit the NYPD from using minors as fillers in criminal identification lineups without parental permission.

“It’s the same bill as last year,” Lancman said, referring to a measure he introduced last fall that simply ran out of time before the election of a new City Council.

Comments (0)
read more »
Trash piles up at SBS stop
Posted: February 15, 2018

Neither the Department of Transportation nor the Sanitation Department provided clear answers on when trash cans may be placed at median bus stops along Woodhaven Boulevard, after piles of litter were left behind last Friday.

Both agencies were sent the above photo — which shows mounds of garbage at the bus stop on the southwest corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue — and asked when cans would be placed there. A DOT spokesman said, “We’re looking into this matter” and the DSNY did not respond by press time.

Comments (0)
read more »
Kew Gdns. man fined over anti-Holden ads
Posted: February 15, 2018

A Kew Gardens man is facing stiff fines for not properly reporting negative advertisements slamming now-Councilman Bob Holden (D-Glendale) that he paid for just before Election Day last year.

The New York City Campaign Finance Board levied two penalties against Michael Ricatto last Friday, the first being a $1,980 fine in connection to newspaper advertisements he took out on Nov. 2 in multiple editions of the Chronicle and three other Queens publications — as well as anti-Holden robocalls on Oct. 31 and Nov. 5.

Comments (0)
read more »
A doggone honor for Schiff
Posted: February 15, 2018

Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the Queens Village-based 105th Precinct, was honored at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 10 by the St. Rocco Foundation, an organization headquartered in Israel that advocates for animal rights.

The groups says Schiff, who previously led the 106th Precinct in South Queens, has the best record in the NYPD of getting his officers to respond to animal cruelty and missing dog cases.

Comments (0)
read more »
Commute tough for many health workers
Posted: February 15, 2018

According to a new report by the Center for an Urban Future, healthcare workers in Queens have a 56-minute-long median commute with public transit.

That’s almost 10 minutes longer than the median commute time for workers throughout the five boroughs, which is 47 minutes. And it’s five minutes more than the median for healthcare employees on a citywide scale, which is 51 minutes.

Comments (1)
read more »
Lunar New Year Parade on Feb. 17
Posted: February 15, 2018

Get ready to celebrate the Year of the Dog! The annual Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing will start on Sat., Feb 17 at 11 a.m.

Head to Union Street and 37th Avenue to catch the parade.

Comments (0)
read more »
New domestic violence website
Posted: February 15, 2018

The NYPD is spreading the word about a new city website offering information and help to victims of domestic violence.

The site, nyc.gov/nychope, is run by the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence. Speaking Tuesday night at a meeting of the 103rd Precinct Community Council, Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune, the commanding officer of the 103rd, said the site was launched on Feb. 8. The hope is to reach as many victims of domestic, dating and intimate partner violence as possible.

Comments (0)
read more »
He’s at large
Posted: February 15, 2018

The police want you to help them identify a man who has robbed 10 people in Downtown Flushing.

Some of the 10 incidents took place on Oct. 29, with the others happening on Jan. 16, cops said.

Comments (0)
read more »
The strong arms that built Armstrong
Updated: February 16, 2018 - 12:20 pm

Built for the 1964 World’s Fair, the original Louis Armstrong Stadium had not been intended to last 50 years, or to host some of the greatest tennis layers in the world from 1978 to 2016.

Last Thursday, the workers building the new stadium joined the United States Tennis Association for a topping-out ceremony, with the hard hats signing the last steel I-beam that will go into place before the rest of the building is fitted out.

Comments (0)
read more »
‘Never forget’ — NYPD commemorates Byrne
Posted: February 15, 2018

The NYPD and the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica will mark the 30th anniversary of the murder of rookie cop Edward Byrne with a pair of ceremonies this month.

The first is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue at 50th Street. The second will take place at 12:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 26 at the intersection of Inwood Street and 107th Avenue in Jamaica at the corner where Byrne was assassinated by paid gunmen while he was protecting a witness in a major drug case.

Comments (0)
read more »

Online poll

Loading…