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Mets parking may come to Willets Pt.

Two large swathes of Willets Point land are being eyed for temporary Citi Field parking spaces, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.That’s because construction of the proposed $2.05 billion AirTrain linking LaGuardia Airport to the area will require staging areas be placed in Citi Field parking lots, the agency said. The work is expected to mostly affect the Southfield lot, which sits south of Roosevelt Avenue. The Willets Point sections in question would be used for replacement parking.

Off-duty cop kills self in Fresh Meadows
Posted: October 17, 2019

In the 10th suicide by an NYPD officer this year, Sgt. Linhong Li shot himself while off-duty in his Fresh Meadows home on Tuesday night.

His wife found him in their home around 9:30 p.m., according the Daily News. Emergency responders brought him to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

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Council poised to vote ‘yes’ on jails
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:58 pm

Days before the City Council is scheduled to cast a crucial vote on the mayor’s plan to build four new jailsÇ including one in Kew Gardens, the administration agreed to shave down their size — a last-minute revision that appeared to cinch passage of the controversial proposal.

A roll call vote in the City Council scheduled for today, Oct. 17, is the final step before mayoral approval of the plan.

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A plan to transform LIC’s Anable Basin
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:07 pm

The death of one Anable Basin mega-project led to the birth of another one.

It’s a story that begins a few months after Amazon ditched Long Island City earlier this year. That’s when the City Council and the de Blasio administration approached TF Cornerstone, Simon Baron Development, L&L MAG and Plaxall, four companies that hold land in and around the waterfront site where the online retail behemoth planned to set up its complex. The conversations centered around the idea of taking a unified approach to developing the 28-acre space.

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School-zone speed cameras going up
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:03 pm

Somewhere up above, a new speed camera is watching and waiting.

The city Department of Transportation is not quite halfway through a $62-million program to install 770 speed cameras near every school in the city that didn’t have one by the end of next year.

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New book explores Korean life in Queens
Posted: October 17, 2019

Dorothy Hong got to know Queens from doing pro bono legal work with the MinKwon Center for Community Action in Flushing over the years. And in her new self-published book, “Queens County Koreans in NYC,” she writes all about her native land’s diaspora in the borough.

“So I have seen how the neighborhood changed,” she told the Chronicle, adding, “I felt like it’s about time that someone wrote about this.”

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115 Pct. cop cuffed over bar incident
Posted: October 17, 2019

A police officer with the 115th Precinct has reportedly been suspended without pay after allegedly pointing his gun at two waitresses while drinking off-duty at an east Flushing karaoke bar with his sergeant on Oct. 8.

Hyun Kim, 25, was arrested last Saturday and charged with two counts of menacing, according to the NYPD.

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Katz looks back at time in Boro Hall
Posted: October 17, 2019

If next month’s special election for Queens District Attorney does not remove Melinda Katz from the Borough President’s Office on Jan. 1. 2020, term limits will do so a year later.

Four Democrats, in fact, already have requisitioned measuring tapes for the office drapes, metaphorically speaking, with others expected to announce their intentions shortly.

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Gianaris reflects on ‘most successful’ ’19
Posted: October 17, 2019

So just where does state Senate Deputy Majority Leader Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) buy his books?

“Not at Amazon,” he said. “I deleted the Amazon Prime app from my phone. I do it the old-fashioned way — at a small bookstore around the corner in Astoria.”

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Friday 10/18/2019
Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Oct. 18-20
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 5:32 pm

As we enter a brisk fall weekend, events both indoors and out await you in the geographically largest of New York City’s five boroughs. And here we list just five of those things to do in Queens this weekend in which you might consider partaking. Anyone who wishes to peruse more should click or tap this or this.

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City Council approves sweeping new jail plan
Updated: October 18, 2019 - 1:37 pm

The City Council voted Thursday to  "reshape our city " by closing Rikers Island and building four new jails, one in every borough except Staten Island. The vote was 36-13.

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Thursday 10/17/2019
Impatient passenger hits bus driver with an umbrella
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:29 pm

An MTA bus operator driving the Q8 route from Jamaica to East New York last week was assaulted by an irate passenger who struck him with an umbrella.

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PA unveils ‘historic’ JFK jobs initiative
Posted: October 17, 2019

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Tuesday officially memorialized initiatives targeting job opportunities, business opportunities, and training and education for Queens and the communities surrounding John F. Kennedy International Airport, all interwoven into the five-year $13 billion rebuilding plan.

PA Executive Director Rick Cotton made the announcement in Jamaica at the JFK Redevelopment Community Information Center, surrounded by elected officials and community and business leaders.

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Koslowitz: Rego Pk. Library coming soon
Posted: October 17, 2019

Rego Park residents can expect the long awaited reconstruction of the community’s library to start soon — well, at some point before 2022 at least. Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) told those at Community Board 6’s monthly meeting last Thursday that she’s been reassured that’s at least the idea.

“They have committed to me that the library groundbreaking is going to happen before I retire,” said Koslowitz, who will be ineligible to run in 2021 due to term limits. “It’s going to happen.”

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Homeless man slams boy onto ground: cops
Posted: October 17, 2019

A homeless man attacked a 6-year-old boy in Kew Gardens last Thursday, according to police.

Laurance Gendreau, 35, was walking at Metropolitan Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard at approximately 4:50 p.m. when he picked up the boy and threw him to the ground. Police took Gendreau, whom they described as an emotionally disturbed person, into custody at the scene without further incident.

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Celebrating Columbus Day in Queens
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:17 pm

The Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Queens’ 42nd Annual Queens Columbus Day Parade marched in Astoria last Saturday. The crowd went from Kaufman Studios to the Columbus Triangle.

Above, the FIAOQ contingent marches.

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JFK environmental studies needed: EQA
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:38 pm

As president of the Eastern Queens Alliance, Barbara Brown appreciates the potential economic advantages that could be awaiting surrounding communities with the planned $13 billion rebuild of John F. Kennedy International Airport.

But she said when it comes to the possible exacerbation of already worrisome environmental concerns for people in communities surrounding JFK, the time has come to fight fire with fire — or, more accurately, noise with noise.

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ACS, Chronicle pay tribute to the survivors
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:45 pm

On Oct. 10 the Queens Chronicle marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month, sponsoring a ceremony at which the American Cancer Society honored Queens women who have survived the disease.

The ceremony was hosted by the Jamaica site of Raymour & Flanigan, the furniture chain with a location at 168-23 Jamaica Ave.

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Breast cancer walk highlights ACS’s work
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:32 pm

With 15,000 participants, the Making Strides Against Breast Center walk at Flushing Meadows Corona Park raised over $655,00 last year. And this year, organizers are hoping to surpass that number.

Scheduled for the morning of Sunday, Oct. 20, the annual event raises funds for both breast cancer research and services provided by the American Cancer Society. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Register online at makingstrideswalk.org/queens.

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Partners’ support is invaluable after diagnosis
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:31 pm

When the diagnosis is breast cancer, a woman’s husband or intimate partner is directly affected, and can be crucial during times of treatment and recovery.

“It’s an ultimate ‘in sickness and in health’ situation,” said Dr. Jane Carleton, associate chief of Clinical Affairs at Northwell Health’s Monter Cancer Center.

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Housing dominates QICA’s conference
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:08 pm

As sure as summer turns to fall, the quality-of-life issues facing seniors remain a constant, as indicated by the Queens Interagency Council on Aging at its annual Legislative Forum, held at Borough Hall last Friday, with about a dozen elected officials and an estimated 100 concerned citizens in attendance.

Highlighting one of the greatest needs, QICA President Barry Klitsberg reminded those on hand that “seniors, among the most vulnerable of the city’s citizens, have been virtually ignored in the planning for affordable housing.”

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Looking to revive a defunct rail line
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 1:09 pm

A stretch of train tracks that hasn’t transported passengers in more than 20 years is the answer to the question of commuting in certain transit deserts around the borough, says an advocacy group led by former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.

The Long Island Rail Road’s Lower Montauk branch runs 8.5 miles between Long Island City and Jamaica and would serve residents in those neighborhoods as well as Blissville, Maspeth, Ridgewood, Glendale and Richmond Hill. The MTA closed the stops along the line in 1998.

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Early Halloween at Comic Con
Posted: October 17, 2019

New York Comic Con always gets good attendance from the superheroes and other wild characters of Queens, and this year’s installment was no exception.

Among those enjoying some cosplay at the Manhattan extravaganza were: Rob Enate, from Woodside, dressed asZenitsu Agatsuma from anime/manga “Demon Slayer”; Jen Silverman, from Flushing, dressed as Himiko Toga from anime “My Hero Academia”; and Alana Sun, originally from Little Neck, dressed as Zatanna Zatara from the DC Comics Universe.

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The power of ‘we’ must take on climate change
Updated: October 17, 2019 - 2:04 pm

Greta Thunberg learned about climate change when she was 8, and she felt isolated. Neither her relatives, her classmates nor her parents acted in ways that were commensurate with the situation. Climate change is too big for any individual to solve. It requires the collective power of “we.” Now Greta is the leader of a global movement, School Strike for Climate, that is mobilizing people on every continent, even Antarctica, to unite and take action to save our future.

Like many, I’ve known of climate change for a long time, but thought it was a distant problem. Bill McKibben’s article “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math” worried me, and I sought a deeper understanding of climate change. Mitigating climate change became a fixation. The things that once gave me purpose became dependent on maintaining a livable future. Greta overcame her loss of purpose, and she’s inspiring me to do the same.

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Grumbling, utility will start hookups
Posted: October 17, 2019

A reluctant National Grid said this week it would abide by an order from the state’s Public Service Commission and begin hooking up 1,157 former customers in New York City and on Long Island to gas service.

The order brought an end, at least temporarily, to the utility’s moratorium, declared last May, on new or restored gas connections in the metropolitan area.

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Wanted in robbery, slashing
Posted: October 17, 2019

The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating four people seen in surveillance photos from a robbery and slashing in Jamaica on Oct. 8.

According to police at the 103rd Precinct, the incident tool place at approximately 5:50 p.m. at a shop at the corner of 108th Avenue and 157th Street. Police said two victims, ages 16 and 17, were approached by a group of males who demanded their property. A sharp instrument was produced and both victims were slashed. A cell phone and AirPods were stolen before the robbers fled the scene in an unknown direction.

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Decomposed body found in Little Neck
Posted: October 17, 2019

A “badly decomposed” body was discovered in Little Neck last Sunday, police said.

Officers saw the body in an apartment at 251-26 Northern Blvd. in response to a 911 call.

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