A Yonkers, NY man has been arrested in connection with last weekend's attack on a mother and her three children outside the Boulevard Family Residence, formerly the Pan American Hotel, in Elmhurst.
Just because state Sen. Toby Stavisky has been in office for 14 years doesn’t mean she’s not fighting to stay there.
Stavisky, 76, will face businessman and Korean-American activist S.J. Jung, 50, in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary for the 16th District Senate seat in Albany.
Glendale Civic Association President Kathy Masi states her belief that the proposed Cooper Avenue homeless shelter site in Glendale is the perfect place for a pre-K-12 educational campus. CEC 24 passed a resolution supporting a “school setting” there.
With the start of the school year just days away, Community Education Council 24 met at PS 102 in Elmhurst on Tuesday, once again, to discuss the impact of homeless shelter construction on district schools.
The only problem was, much like at the Aug. 6 CEC 24 meeting, there were no representatives from the Department of Homeless Services to discuss the issue, disappointing the council and the approximately 50 people in attendance.
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.”
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.
Other children love walking with their friends in the hallways and tackling challenging schoolwork.
(BPT) - Americans like to think of themselves as a pet-loving society; today, nearly 70 million dogs and 74 million cats live in U.S. households, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Yet as recently as 30 years ago, animal shelters across the country routinely killed an estimated 17 million companion animals a year as a means of population control.
Maspeth resident Charlie Vavruska calls on Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and state Sen. Joe Addabbo at Community Education Council District 24’s meeting last week to demand a moratorium on homeless shelter construction throughout the city.
A collection of eight Mid Queens front pages since the May 29 issue. Four feature Pan American Hotel homeless shelter stories while three more feature articles about the one proposed in Glendale. Shelter stories actually graced the front page of all five July Mid-Queens issues of the Chronicle.
Like U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, and many others, we’d be thrilled to see New York host the 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
But unlike Schumer, we’re not pitching for the delegates to stay in Manhattan hotels and take a lower East River bridge or subway line to the Barclays. We say, stay in Queens!
The Pan American Hotel homeless shelter is being operated without a contract between the city and Samaritan Village.
There is no contract in place at the Pan American Hotel homeless shelter between the Department of Homeless Services and Samaritan Village, the human services organization tasked with operating the shelter.
According to the DHS, however, that situation is not unusual.
At last week’s Community Education Council District 24 meeting regarding the impact of homeless shelters on overcrowded area schools, one Elmhurst woman accused the Chronicle and other media outlets of not really covering the conversion of the Pan American Hotel into a shelter in June.
“So far at the Pan Am, we’ve had three different protests,” the woman said, addressing the reporters in the front row of a crowd of over 150 disgruntled residents. “And none of the protests have been heard.”
For months, residents of Elmhurst and Glendale have boisterously expressed their fear and frustration over the Department of Homeless Services’ decision to house more than 100 homeless families in each neighborhood.
Alleged crime spikes, the devaluing of real estate and the indecency of “warehousing” the city’s less fortunate have been the main talking points of those opposed to the plans.
After going down the slide, Prince, one of a dozen or so pre-K students at the Saratoga Family Inn homeless shelter in Springfield Gardens, shows off how old he is with his hand.
Chinoso races around a small black track on his scooter making explosion sounds and pretending to save an imaginary world using his speed and heroic strength.
“Spiderman is cool because he’s part arachnid, but if I had to choose, I think I’d be Superman,” the 5-year-old said, cocking his head to and fro, considering his decision. “Yeah, I want to be super strong.”
Construction of the proposed homeless shelter in Glendale isn’t far off, as a plan exam application was filed with the Department of Buildings on July 11. It was disapproved Monday due to the lack of necessary paperwork, but the situation isn’t unusual and can be quickly rectified.
Volunteers tear up the dance floor alongside Pan American homeless shelter occupants in the parking lot of the New Life Fellowship Church in Elmhurst on Saturday. Lester Lin, the event's organizer, said the party's objectives were to welcome the families into the community and to improve the neighborhood's image.
Volunteers man the sack toss table at a barbecue attended by hundreds of Pan American homeless shelter residents at the New Life Fellowship Church in Elmhurst on Saturday. The event was labeled as a distraction from the community’s opposition to the shelter.
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) might not have been too far off the mark when he said at Community Board 5’s July 9 meeting that construction on the proposed Glendale homeless shelter may begin in two to four weeks.
Cooper Avenue Group LLC, the listed owner of the former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave., filed a plan exam application with the Department of Buildings on July 11.
Kevin Taylor, aka Slimchance, beat the odds that were stacked against him to follow his dreams of becoming a rapper. What makes this even more special is his service to the community that raised him.
Taylor hails from South Jamaica and has seen many hardships but was able to pull himself together and establish himself as a rap artist right out of NYC’s five boroughs. His drive to succeed is even greater due to his harsh background where issues of a broken home, drug addiction, academic struggles and neglect came into play.
After three caustic protests rocked Elmhurst upon converting the Pan American Hotel into a homeless shelter in June, some wanted to show shelter families a brighter side of the neighborhood.
Nearly 300 volunteers and shelter residents attended a barbecue last Saturday afternoon at the New Life Fellowship Church at 82-10 Queens Blvd.
Amid frequent outbursts that resulted in at least one attendee being escorted out by police, a crowd of about 300 area residents packed the auditorium at the Museum of the Moving Image on July 23, concerned about the recent conversion of the Westway Motor Inn in East Elmhurst into a potentially permanent shelter for homeless families. In the end many of their questions were left unanswered.
The elected officials on the panel, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), all of whom have expressed concern over the suitability of the inn as a shelter, were joined by representatives of the Department of Homeless Services, social services provider Women In Need, Community Board 1 and the 114th Precinct.
Amid frequent outbursts that resulted in at least one attendee being given a police escort out, a crowd of an estimated 300 area residents, concerned about conversion of the Westway Motor Inn into a potentially permanent shelter for homeless families, filled the auditorium for a town hall meeting at the Museum of the Moving Image on Wednesday, but in the end many questions were left unanswered.