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A Bronx man is facing up to 25 years in prison and a Laurelton man up to 25 years to life after a Queens grand jury this week handed up indictments for two attacks — one fatal — that took place back in May.

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced Friday that the DEC will begin enforcement of the state’s ban on single-use plastic carryout bags beginning on Monday, on Oct. 19.The plastic bag ban,…

Mayor de Blasio on Friday announced that adjustments to alternate side parking first introduced in June will be in place until further notice.They were supposed to revert back to normal as of Sunday, Sept. 20.

The mayor announced that the full Uniform Land Use Review Procedure would resume as of Sept. 14, allowing the Special Flushing Waterfront District plan to move forward for the first time since March, and community advocates wasted no time pro…

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The Howard Beach community held its annual September 11th candlelight memorial ceremony last Friday night in the parking lot of Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church in Old Howard, to allow for proper social distancing.Clockwise from top ri…

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The devastation that the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked on the airline industry has had an equally devastating effect on the redevelopment of John F. Kennedy International Airport — and, by extension, on a number of community benefit proposals…

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Citing the staffing concerns that union leaders have been raising for weeks, Mayor de Blasio announced Thursday that in-person schooling for most students will be delayed again, four days before it had been scheduled to begin.The new reopenin…

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After staffing shortages continued to plague New York City’s school reopening plan under the demands of its blended learning model, the Department of Education announced a last-minute policy shift aimed to address the issue the night before v…

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In-person schooling for most students will be delayed again in New York City, Mayor de Blasio announced Thursday.

Tiffany Cabán, the the 33-year-old public defender and queer Latina who came within 55 votes of becoming Queens district attorney last summer, announced last Thursday that she is running for City Council in 2021.During her run for district at…

Community Board 8 is fed up with Mayor de Blasio’s apparent cluelessness about the formerly detained individuals staying at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Fresh Meadows and unanimously agreed at its Sept. 9 meeting to send his office a letter de…

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One of the largest organizations in New York City when it comes to distributing food was in a small church parking lot in St. Albans on Tuesday morning to help keep people fed.The Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, located in the Bronx, don…

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As restaurant owners prepare to welcome their first indoor sit-down guests in seven months, they and industry advocates are hoping that they will have enough customers — and enough time — to stay in business.Regulations until at least Novembe…

Progress on the RKO Keith’s Theatre has been stalled once again — citing dissatisfaction with the developer’s plans, Community Board 7 near-unanimously voted to disapprove a variance application at its Sept. 7 meeting.“The way it is built rig…

A reputed gang member has been indicted by a grand jury for attempted murder, assault and other charges for allegedly shooting and injuring a Queens Village resident moments after he stepped out of the Umbrella Hotel in Kew Gardens on July 3.…

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Howard Beach held its annual 9/11 memorial candlelight vigil outdoors last week, a decision that defied the shift away from in-person gatherings.Nearly 250 people turned out for the ceremony that had been moved from its traditional location, …

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Howard Beach native Paul “PJ” Marcel has been drawn to the call of community service since he was a Boy Scout, particularly as a first responder.“My family always instilled how to take care of certain situations,” he told the Chronicle.

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Century 21, known as “New York’s Best Kept Secret,” will close all its stores, including one in Rego Park, as the discount retailer has filed for bankruptcy.“We now have no viable alternative but to begin the closure of our beloved family bus…

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After six months, the Queens Museum has once again opened its doors to the public Wednesday, Sept. 16, along with several new exhibitions and safety guidelines.“Our staff has been hard at work reimagining a visitor experience that showcases o…

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The Queens Center mall hastily reopened last Wednesday without fanfare after a six-month shutdown.Gov. Cuomo announced Sept. 3 that New York City malls and casinos across the state, including Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park, would be…

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday began enforcing a directive from Gov. Cuomo that allows for a $50 fine for those found to be on mass transit without wearing a face mask.But among transit rider advocates contacted by the Ch…

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Environmental groups and some area politicians last weekend protested outside an electricity generating plant in Astoria that is the subject of an application to convert it for use of cleaner fuel.Critics say the application by NRG Energy wou…

The New York City Council grilled Con Edison officials on Monday in an oversight hearing on the utility company’s response to Tropical Storm Isaias last month.The councilmembers, including a group from Queens whose districts were the hardest …

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Ozone Park resident Joe Maldonado said that he has been calling 311 about an unhealthy tree on Woodhaven Boulevard between Liberty and 103rd avenues for about a half decade — placing at least one of those calls over the past year.It was one o…

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Regina Bain touts a strong history in African-American studies as well as a extensive passion for theater and the arts, making her the ideal choice as the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s new executive director.“I want to continue what has been…

With schools preparing to be back in session, the 104th Precinct is prepping to keep students in the area safe, as residents have voiced concern about the homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue being in close proximity to several schools.The preci…

A young man from Flushing has set out to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, a condition that mostly affects the elderly.“My relative recently just passed away from Parkinson’s ... My parents described how hard her life was — she couldn’t wa…

Spikes in burglaries and vehicle thefts are responsible for a 6.5 percent increase in crime in the 104th Precinct, in the 28-day period through Sept. 13 as compared to the same period in 2019.There were 27 burglaries, up from six, a 350 perce…

A 25-year-old man is in custody after allegedly shooting at police officers from inside a College Point home on Sunday.According to officials, an officer from the 109th Precinct responded to a domestic assault call from the 25-07 125 St. home…

Never mind.The city’s plan to move around homeless residents from the Upper West Side and women from the LIC Plaza Hotel in Long Island City is on hold.

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Eleven members of the FDNY who were assigned to Queens were among the 27 added last Wednesday to the department’s memorial wall dedicated to those who died from illnesses caused by rescue and recovery work at the site of the 9/11 World Trade …

A Fresh Meadows school is set to get a much needed upgrade, though the Department of Education is keeping many of the details under wraps.“The good news that I can report tonight is that we have struck a deal for an addition at PS 26,” City C…

State Sen. Leroy Comrie on Sept. 14 teamed with EmblemHealth and the Campaign Against Hunger for a pop-up food pantry at the EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care facility on Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights.Hundreds of boxes of produce, foods wi…

An Astoria man who may be emotionally disturbed was hospitalized and charged with reckless endangerment Tuesday after a fire and the subsequent discovery of suspicious materials at his apartment, according to multiple media reports.The fire b…

The Department of Design and Construction is taking too long to install rain gardens in the Fresh Meadows and Kew Gardens area, according to Community Board 8.“The amount of time it’s been taking to get them done is terribly long. For example…

After Joe Thompson, above right, noticed that the ghost bike on the corner of 160th Avenue and 84th Street in Howard Beach had aged and been vandalized, he decided it was a job for the Howard Beach Civilian Observation Patrol.The bike, which …

New Hope Lutheran Church in Jamaica will offer several days of health service beginning Sunday, Sept. 27, when it teams with Walgreens Pharmacy from noon to 1:30 p.m. to provide free flu shots to anyone 18 years of age or older.Those looking …

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Residents looking to donate clothing and household goods or shred documents can head to the bandshell parking lot in Forest Park on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Accepted donations include clothing, shoes, small appliances, kitchen…

This Saturday, Sept. 19 is World Cleanup Day, and the Friends of Crocheron and John Golden Park is celebrating by beautifying the Bayside green space.The park cleanup marks the new organization’s second event, following its first cleanup on A…

The Liber-T Community Tennis Association will be collecting donations of new or used tennis racquets for use in youth programs from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Detective Keith L. Williams Park, also known as Liberty Park, in Jamaica…

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In 1952, Congress designated Sept. 17 Citizenship Day in order to honor the formation and signing of our Constitution. Thereafter, then-President Truman proclaimed “... it is most fitting that every citizen of the United States, whether nativ…

How sweet it is.The community celebrated the 90th anniversary of Aigner Chocolates on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills last Sunday, with elected officials and residents coming out for the milestone.

The annual fundraiser gala for the Idlewild Park Wetland and Wildlife Preserve will be going virtual this year, taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. Tickets and sponsorships are from $45 to $500.This year’s Snowy Egret Awards w…

Michael Perlman, chairman of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council, wants to see Community Board 6 help with landmark designations “at a time when Rego Park and Forest Hills are undergoing redevelopment,” he wrote in a letter to the board.He i…

Two fatal shootings took place less than five hours part in Jamaica between last Saturday night and early Sunday morning.The first took place at 9 p.m. on Sept. 12 in front of 191-02 Jamaica Ave.

A federal court ruled against President Trump’s attempt to not count undocumented immigrants for the purpose of reapportioning congressional seats after the 2020 Census, saying last Thursday it violated the law.“The Presidential Memorandum vi…

Where Do We Go from Here, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families affected by gun violence, hosted a memorial garden planting on Sept. 13 in memory of Tupac Shakur at the South Jamaica Houses at 160th Street and Tuskegee Airmen Way.The infl…

The owners of the New York Mets have reached an agreement to sell the club to hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen.“The Sterling Partners have signed an agreement with Steven Cohen pursuant to which Mr. Cohen would purchase the New York Mets,” …

The ramp from the southbound Van Wyck Expressway to the westbound Jackie Robinson Parkway will be closed for about six months, the state Department of Transportation said this week. The ramp is being rebuilt as part of the Kew Gardens Interch…