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While Long Island City has long been accustomed to towering glass and steel apartment complexes and office buildings, an architect this week released renderings for a 14-story project with a varied assortment of projected tenants — but no apartments.

Node Architecture, located in Manhattan, this week unveiled renderings for a project known as Imbros Lofts. The 14-story building proposed for 37-24 10 St. is slated to be home to a restaurant with an open terrace, enclosed parking, warehouse space and a community center.

Monday, March 01, 2021
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A Rikers Island correction officer and one of his former colleagues were among 10 people hit with federal racketeering charges last Thursday for their alleged roles in Brooklyn-based gang that prosecutors say has members as far away as Maine

In an eight-page filing with U.S. Magistrate Judge Vera Scanlon in Brooklyn on Feb. 25, Seth DuCharme, acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, alleges that Correction Officer Johnny Chiles and “then-DOC Officer” Darius Murphy, both of Brooklyn, accepted bribes from members of the Bully Gang to smuggle sheets of paper soaked with a synthetic cannabinoid known as K2 into Rikers. Read more

Friday, February 26, 2021
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The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the man wanted for the slashing death of a 78-year-old Queens Village woman on Wednesday evening.

Published reports state that Osvaldo Diaz, 45, is the son of Maria Diaz, who was found slashed to death inside her residence at 218-44 Hillside Ave. The Daily News reported that a machete was found near her body. Read more

Thursday, February 25, 2021
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One week after revealing he was threatened by the governor, Assemblymember Ron Kim (D-Flushing) rallied in front of City Hall to round off a list of demands for the Cuomo administration.

“Cuomo is a coward who has abused his powers. His pattern of abuse and harassment toward his aides, journalists, lawmakers and critics is despicable. As a lawmaker, I have the duty to hold him accountable. I will not stand down,” Kim said Feb. 24, referring to the sexual harassment alleged by Manhattan borough president candidate and former state aide Lindsay Boylan. Read more

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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a set of executive orders on Monday that will extend the city’s lease with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, allowing a 20,000-job development project at the airport to proceed.

With $10-to-15 billion of private investment going to the airport’s new infrastructure, de Blasio said the deal would support the city’s recovery from the Covid pandemic and would give residents of South and Southeast Queens a taste of the economic benefits. Read more

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In lieu of the contentious Gifted and Talented exam for this coming school year, the city announced last week that it will move to a model in which preschool educators identify students to be entered into a randomized lottery for seats.

In January, Mayor de Blasio announced that he would be changing the admission model of the city’s G&T programs, which are determined by a high-stakes exam administered to children as young as 4. Read more

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After weeks of rising opposition among the Queens community boards to Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s (D-Manhattan) proposal to create a universal system for city development, the bill received another blow at a Council hearing Tuesday — this time from the de Blasio administration.

Throughout the near-seven hour hearing, Director of the Department of City Planning Marisa Lago panned the bill, saying that it would be prohibitively expensive and create bureaucratic obstacles to land-use actions. Read more

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Friends of Tracie McManus, the 54-year-old Howard Beach mother who was killed by an alleged drunk driver at an Ozone Park car wash Feb. 15, have stepped in to support her family.

Sunnyside resident Ellenia Keane-Lyons created a fundraiser to help provide for McManus’ three children, Megan, Caitlin and Brian McManus. McManus’ husband, Brian, died in 2012. Read more

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On Feb. 9, a man verbally accosted an Asian woman in Astoria, following her and repeatedly asking why Chinese people eat dogs. A week later, a man in Flushing aggressively pushed an older Asian woman to the ground. She required stitches to close the gash on her forehead.

Hate crimes against Asian-Americans are on the rise in New York City. Racially charged incidents against the community rose by 33 percent between 2019 and 2020. Read more