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The Jackson Heights Beautification Group and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation hosted a Christmas tree recycling program at Travers Park on Jan. 8 and 9.

Rather than just be discarded, the trees were chipped up and given back to residents who wanted the material back to use as mulch for their gardens. Read more

Monday, January 17, 2022
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The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance in locating the suspect in a slashing that took place in the 21st Street-Queensbridge subway station in Long Island City on Dec. 12.

According to the 114th Precinct and Transit District 20, the attack took place at about 9:15 p.m. when a 28-year-old woman got into a verbal dispute with a male acquaintance. Transit District 20, with its headquarters in Briarwood, patrols all subways in Queens except the A line. Read more

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The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in finding the man who attacked a 75-year-old woman in broad daylight on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills on Jan. 12.

According to police in the 112th Precinct, the attack took place at about 1:30 p.m. on the sidewalk near 116-23 Queens Blvd. when the man approached the woman and tackled her for no apparent reason. Read more

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The snow came in as predicted last Friday morning, with depths meeting or exceeding forecasts in Queens during the first real storm of the season. But that meant a lot of people’s days didn’t go as planned. And at least one who works here let his bosses hear about it.

Schools remained open, with Mayor Adams saying, “We don’t have any more days to waste, and the long-term impact of leaving our children home is going to impact us for years to come,” according to NY1. “I’m not going to contribute to that.” Read more

Friday, January 07, 2022
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The snow came in as predicted Friday morning, with depths meeting or exceeding forecasts in Queens during the first real storm of the season.

At LaGuardia Airport, the National Weather Service officially observed 8.4 inches, according to a report marked for 8:05 a.m. Other totals in the borough were lower, ranging from 6 inches in Elmhurst, as reported by a member of the public, to only 3.7 inches in Bayside, also as reported to the NWS. The other official government reading, at Kennedy Airport, was 5.5 inches. Read more

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In Wednesday’s State of the State address, Gov. Hochul touched on an initiative to get teams of social service workers and mental health experts into the subways to reduce the numbers of homeless below ground.

Hochul went into more detail Thursday at Manhattan’s Fulton Street subway station. She was joined by Mayor Adams and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, who said the plan dovetails with theirs to greatly increase  police presence underground to stop crime. Read more

Thursday, January 06, 2022
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Saturday, January 01, 2022
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Mayor Adams and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell on Saturday afternoon made the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica one of the first stops of Adams’ mayoralty.

Adams had planned the visit, though his schedule had an unanticipated detour to a hospital in Harlem on Saturday morning when an off-duty police officer was shot in the parking lot of the 25th Precinct. Read more

Thursday, December 30, 2021
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The city has released details outlining how children will return to school as scheduled on Jan. 3 following the holiday vacation.

The “Stay Safe and Stay Open” plan will double in-school testing and shorten the isolation period for fully vaccinated staff. At-home rapid tests will be sent home with any student or adult who was exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid. Read more

Vaccinations — they were the No. 1 issue by most measures as 2021 dawned on a borough, city, state and nation tormented by the worst virus in a century, and they remain that way as the second year darkened by the foul new plague draws to a close.

At the beginning of the year the issue was who could get the vaccines as they were restricted to the older population and healthcare workers, with the rules gradually loosening until any adult could receive them. Read more

The city’s Small Business Services agency and the Black Entrepreneurs NYC program have teamed up with Mastercard, a multinational financial services company, to support Black-owned businesses through Black History Month.

The Shop Your City: BE NYC marketing promotion kicked off on Christmas Eve and is meant to encourage New Yorkers of all backgrounds to support Black businesses across the city as the National Retail Federation projects an 8.5 to 10.5 percent increase in sales activity during the holiday months, according to SBS. Read more

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The Panel for Educational Policy voted to pass a regulation last week that sparked a heated debate over race and freedom of speech.

Chancellor’s Regulation D-210, passed with a vote of 10-2, is an “anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy governing the conduct of the elected and appointed members of the Community and Citywide Education Councils and establishes a procedure for the filing and resolution of complaints of violation of this regulation,” the Department of Education notice reads. Read more

ClearMD Health, a private lab with a number of locations throughout Manhattan and one in Astoria, was issued a warning from Attorney General Tish James Tuesday for allegedly misrepresenting its turnaround times for Covid-19 test results to paying customers.

The private lab offers free or low-cost coronavirus tests for those with insurance as well as to Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act patients, or patients whose tests were covered by the federal government, but it also upcharged up to $498 to people who wanted a premium service where they could get their results within two hours, according to James’ office. ClearMD Health advertised that it had the “fastest [test] turnaround time in New York — less than 24 hours.” Read more

The New York City Racial Justice Commission put forth its final report on Monday on how to amend the Big Apple’s charter to address structural racism via ballot measures.

The first ballot measure included adding a new preamble or introductory statement to the charter that establishes that New York City would be “a just and equitable city for all residents”; the second referendum was to create a Racial Equity Office, a racial equity plan and a racial equity commission; the last item was to measure the true cost of living to track the price of meeting essential needs in the Big Apple, according to the RJC. Read more