A 28-week pregnant woman was shot and killed in the hallway houtside of her LeFrak City apartment police say, just one day before Thanksgiving.
For the third time in Citi Field’s six-year history, the Mets have altered their ballpark’s dimensions. This time a good chunk of the right field wall was brought in an average of 10 feet.
While moving in the fences would seem counterproductive to a team that lives and dies by its pitching, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson believes the changes will yield a net benefit to the Mets. Apparently his thinking is that Mets pitchers can shut down opposing hitters in even a bandbox while the visiting teams’ mediocre pitchers have looked like the second coming of Cy Young against our Flushing heroes because of the spaciousness of Citi Field.
On Monday West Maspeth civic leader Charlene Stubbs called to our attention some graffiti on a box containing the Q54 schedule at a bus stop on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village. Its simple, sickening message:
“N-----s go home.”
Should this be legal in New York? Some Queens members of the City Council say yes.
When asked in recent days if New York should legalize marijuana for recreational use, a move that is supported by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx), six of Queens’ 15 Council members gave varied responses.
All 15, including Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn), whose Brooklyn district also includes much of Ridgewood, were asked the same questions via email to their main spokespersons: Would you support the legalization of marijuana in New York? Why or why not? And how would how would it benefit or affect New York?
Before the spectacular GOP electoral victories, Republicans were the target of political invective falsely accusing them of racism and extremism. Presently, Obama’s executive action on illegal immigration has spawned constant smears from the left that Republicans are anti-immigrant and anti-Latino.
But it’s really problematic when these lies trickle down into the popular culture and are accepted as legitimate. Recently I heard a startling statement on a New York City radio news station, when a reporter said literally, “Republicans hate immigration.” The context was that the GOP electoral victories should be good for business but are not, he said, because immigration is a huge driver of the economy, and “Republicans hate immigration.”
Although Republicans oppose illegal immigration and open borders with the ever-present threat of terrorism and the spread of Ebola, we welcome our recent immigrants who bring new ideas to the table and the spirit of entrepreneurship and rugged individualism, the very principles that Republicans embrace. Queens is the melting pot of the world, and the GOP here in Queens reflects that diversity. That’s why we found the reporter’s statement so troubling.
When discussing this complex issue above the level of political flame-throwing we’ve seen in negative campaigns, we expect objective news reporters to refrain from such irresponsible statements in order to paint Republicans as the bad guys. We set the record straight with the reporter involved as to the distinction between legal and illegal immigration, but it’s instructive for all to hear both sides of the story.
The Queens Village Republican Club is America’s oldest and perhaps most ethnically diverse Republican Club, and we are proud that our members hail from the Indian, Haitian, Caribbean, Russian, Chinese and other communities, recent immigrants who came seeking the American Dream. They believe in our credo that if you work hard, study hard and sacrifice for your children, anyone can succeed with minimal government assistance and interference.
Utah voters elected to Congress Republican Mia Love, the Brooklyn-born daughter of Haitian immigrants, who said: “My parents immigrated to the U.S. with $10 in their pocket, believing that the America they had heard about really did exist. When times got tough, they didn’t look to Washington, they looked within.’’
These are the new faces of the “Party of Lincoln,” the party that abolished slavery and continues to fight economic slavery and welcomes all to our shores who wish to succeed free from government overreach.
Residents of Hamilton Beach are taking their fight to have a street in the community repaired to the highest level of City Hall.
Roger Gendron, president of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association, has started a petition asking Mayor de Blasio to direct the Department of Transportation to repave 104th Street, which has been neglected for years.
A dog that was believed to have been thrown out of a moving car in Glendale is now the center of an NYPD investigation.
William Aaron, a firefighter with Engine 286 in Glendale, was in a truck that was flagged down around 10:30 p.m. last Thursday by a couple who said they saw something thrown from a car near Cyprus Avenue and Vermont Place.
The winter holiday season is fast approaching. In the spirit of the season, New York Junior Tennis & Learning is taking part in the third annual day of giving, called #GivingTuesday, on Tuesday, Dec. 2.
This day is devoted to inspire giving and create a better world. That speaks directly to our mission. For more than 40 years, NYJTL has endeavored to bring the joys of tennis and education to underserved youth. Together, we are changing the lives of inner-city youth, providing them with the necessary tools they will need to excel on and off the court.
The words of Arthur Ashe speak of the difference a person can make in this world. “Start where you are. Use what you have,” he once said. “Do what you can.”
I encourage all New Yorkers to mark their calendars for Tuesday, Dec. 2. Seek an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the season, and make a meaningful difference.
Frank Patz loves attending comic and science fiction conventions, but has always had to travel outside of Queens to attend them.
“I’ve always wanted to do something like this in Queens,” the Jackson Heights resident said. “Queens has always needed its own comic-con.”
The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, highlights of the collection of over 1,600 objects spanning 5,000 years, Queens College, Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Jan. 10. Info: daghlian.qc.cuny.edu.
Help is on the way for many residents still suffering from Superstorm Sandy.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) announced on Monday that he is reintroducing legislation that would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to forgive the overpayment of emergency aid to victims of natural disasters, if they were given the funds due to a clerical error.
A federal judge has denied a motion to postpone the Jan. 5 retrial of former Deputy Queens Republican Chairman Vincent Tabone due to his lawyer being unable to participate because of a difficult pregnancy.
Tabone is scheduled to be tried beginning Jan. 5 along with outgoing state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) as part of a government corruption case centered on the lawmaker.
After a series of twists and turns, negotiations and debates, the Astoria Cove project was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday.
The development — which includes waterfront access, affordable housing, a commercial corridor, green space and a school — is the first to be approved under the new affordable housing stipulations made by Mayor de Blasio this year.
The monster snowstorm in Buffalo last week was downright scary. But storms like this are exactly the sort of extreme weather that climate scientist predict will become more frequent in New York unless we rein in the carbon pollution fueling global warming.
We know what we have to do: limit carbon from the largest sources — our power plants — and shift to clean energy like wind, solar, and energy efficiency. And that’s just what the Environmental Protection Agency would do under the newly proposed Clean Power Plan.
But instead of letting EPA do its job, polluters’ allies in Congress are actually threatening to shut down the government instead of cutting carbon from power plants. It’s time for New Yorkers, along with our leaders like Gov. Cuomo, to do everything we can to support EPA’s action.
Gov. Cuomo has stuck up for our health by investing significantly in renewable energy. Now it’s time for him to come up with a strong plan that uses wind and solar energy to beat the Clean Power Plan targets!
With affordable housing becoming a focal point for Mayor de Blasio, the City Council issued a comprehensive report on another dwindling sector — industrial businesses.
On Nov. 19, Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) announced the city’s commitment to keeping manufacturing areas and Industrial Business Zones from becoming strictly residential.
Monday night’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown has filled up any openings in the Rev. Phil Craig’s normally busy schedule.
“I’ll be in Staten Island tonight,” said Craig, pastor of The Greater Springfield Community Church in Jamaica on Tuesday afternoon. “I’ll be at the press conference in Manhattan on Wednesday.”
It has been said the small businesses are the backbone of our communities here in Queens, and I am certainly one to reiterate that sentiment. The small businesses, many of which I frequent myself — convenience stores, delis, restaurants and more — are what keep so many of our borough’s commercial corridors going.
Small Business Saturday, this year set for Nov. 29, is a time to acknowledge the services our local stores have to offer. The everyday items we may not always take the time to note, the comfort you have in being a “regular” somewhere or simply just having a convenient place to shop are certainly reasons to appreciate our local stores. Cross Bay Boulevard, Myrtle Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue, Jamaica Avenue, Grand Avenue, Beach 116th Street and Beach 129th Street are just some of the corridors that see thousands of people every day. Where would we be without them?
Julissa Melo said every day she suffers and does not have enough to survive.
“Attitude from the higher-ups is a 24/7 thing,” she said. “I only stay here because I have to pay rent. I have to do what I have to do and put my own attitude on the side.”
President Obama’s executive order to provide certain undocumented residents with deferred action in case of future reform legislation as a possible pathway to citizenship or deportations was debated over and over again on the news and in legislative offices around the country.
Many activist groups, including Make the Road New York, hosted viewing parties of the president’s speech and tweeted about being excited to hear Obama’s plan.
The ongoing community outcry against a new homeless shelter in Elmhurst and one proposed for Glendale have been watched with interest within Community Board 12.
“There are 18 permanent shelters in Queens, and 10 of them are in Community Board 12,” said Board Chairwoman Adrienne Adams at the group’s Nov. 19 meeting.
Elected officials on a cold and windy Friday afternoon gathered in Long Island City to donate more than 1,000 pounds of food to shelters that serve homeless veterans, following a 10-day long food drive by council members throughout the city.
It’s never too early to get in the Christmas spirit and making it easier are the holiday street lights now illuminating Downtown Flushing and the GingerBread Lane village on display at the New York Hall of Science. Chef Jon Lovitch once again created his confectionary extraganza that will be open to the public now through Jan. 11 at the Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Park. The 1.5-ton, 450-square-foot village made of edible gingerbread, icing and candy this year features more New York City icons. Last year, it won the Guinness World Record title. In nearby Downtown Flushing, the BID and Macy’s held a street-lighting ceremony on Monday night. This year, three-dimensional snowflakes are featured. — Liz Rhoades