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State Pavilion project breaks ground

Symbolic ground has finally been broken on the preservation project for the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, a plan that has been in the works since September 2015.“This is an important structure in this park, and it’s an important part of our history in New York City,” said Community Board 7 Parks Chairwoman Kim Ohanian. “We need to remember that structures like this belong here and should be taken care of.”

FAA confirms folks have AirTrain worries
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 12:28 pm

A recent report from the Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed what interested observers already knew — residents living near LaGuardia Airport have serious concerns about the potential health, environmental and aesthetic impacts that a proposed AirTrain could unleash.

The Port Authority, in an effort to speed up travel time between LaGuardia and both Midtown and Downtown Manhattan, is planning to spend $2 billion or more on an elevated rail line that would connect with the Long Island Rail Road and the No 7 subway line at Mets/Willets Point.

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Alonso and deGrom take home hardware
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 12:32 pm

The baseball season is over but it was a winning week for the Mets, who saw two players win major awards.

First, Pete Alonso was named Rookie of the Year on Monday, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes. The first baseman hit 53 home runs, setting a Mets record as well as the rookie record. Alonso was the first rookie to set his franchise’s single-season home run record in more than 80 years.

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Cop: Enforcement up on Queens Blvd.
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 12:29 pm

A video of a cyclist being hit by a vehicle that ran a stop sign on Queens Boulevard has been viewed more than 34,000 times on Twitter since being posted last Friday.

The poster, Jessica, said her husband was struck and that the responding officer failed to issue a summons, saying that he didn’t witness the incident. The crash took place at 68th Road.

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Meng talks Trump, Hill, Dems and more
Posted: November 14, 2019

Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) came out in support of an inquiry into President Trump’s impeachment shortly after hearing former special counsel Robert Mueller testify to the House Judiciary Committee, saying that Trump basically accepting contributions for a political campaign from a foreign entity was “most alarming” to her.

“I do believe, however, that this is not the only thing that Congress needs to focus on,” she said during a wide-ranging sit-down interview with the Chronicle editorial staff last Thursday. “There are a lot of issues, bread-and-butter issues, that the majority of American people care about, whether they support impeachment or not.”

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Pols, residents call for co-op relief
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 12:31 pm

Passage of the state’s Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act back in June was intended to protect tenants in traditional tenant-landlord relationships.

But it also had the unintended consequence of harming tenant-shareholders of co-operative units, who are uniquely both tenants and landlords of their own homes.

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Cuomo threatens to drop National Grid
Posted: November 14, 2019

Gov. Cuomo has issued an ultimatum to National Grid — start hooking up customers to gas lines within two weeks or lose its license to operate in New York City and on Long Island.

“I’m not going to allow New Yorkers to be extorted,” Cuomo told NY1 Tuesday.

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Where you can donate food for Thanksgiving
Posted: November 14, 2019

It’s that time of year again.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and organizations across the borough continue to accept food donations to offer to those less fortunate.

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State level concerns raised at town hall
Posted: November 14, 2019

A concerned parent used an Assembly District 25 community town hall meeting Tuesday to air her state-level grievances at Sen. John Liu (D-Bayside) and his decision to support mandated vaccines for public school students.

“My child hasn’t been in school in weeks, and I do hold you accountable,” she said freely from the audience. “You pretended that you cared about my family, and then you voted against us.”

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Accused child sex attacker skips out
Posted: November 14, 2019

The homeless man charged in the sexual assault of a 3-year-old boy in Woodhaven last month failed to show up for a court appearance last Friday and is being sought for bail jumping.

Luis Olivo, 63, posted $2,000 bail on Nov. 4 with the help of a nonprofit charity called the Bronx Freedom Fund, according to court records.

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Military-style vehicle startles Ridgewood
Posted: November 14, 2019

Some Ridgewood residents became concerned when an armored personnel carrier operated by the Department of Homeland Security appeared on Forest Avenue near Norman Street last Wednesday morning.

Agents wearing Immigration and Customs Enforcement jackets triggered concern in the neighborhood that an immigration raid was taking place.

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Armed duo robs spots in Corona, Willets Pt.
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 12:53 pm

Someone should’ve told him: Robbers are supposed to put on the masks before they point the gun at the employee behind the counter — not after.

But surveillance video released by the NYPD shows half of an armed robber duo making exactly that mistake.

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Monday 11/18/2019
No more cash on board for LIRR tickets in March
Updated: November 18, 2019 - 4:56 pm

The Long Island Rail Road will no longer accept cash for tickets bought on trains as part of a pilot program, Newsday reported Monday.

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Bloomberg apology comes 6 years late
Updated: November 18, 2019 - 5:14 pm

Just a few weeks after teasing intentions to enter the presidential race, former mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized for his determined enforcement of stop-and-frisk policy during his time in office.

“I now see that we could and should have acted sooner and acted faster to cut the stops,” Bloomberg said at the Christian Culture Center in East New York, Brooklyn, a predominately black mega church. “I wish we had and I’m sorry that we didn’t, but I can’t change history.”

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Friday 11/15/2019
Five things to do in Queens this weekend! Nov. 15-17
Updated: November 15, 2019 - 4:05 pm

Looking for something to do over the next couple of days? Take a look at this week’s “Five things to do in Queens this weekend!” and you just might find what you’re looking for. If not, there are always plenty more in our calendars, posted here and here.

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New Exit 15 ramp on the Grand Central Parkway
Updated: November 18, 2019 - 4:48 pm

New York State’s Department of Transportation is advising drivers that there is a permanent change in traffic patterns on the westbound Grand Central Parkway in the heart of Queens beginning on or about Saturday morning, Nov. 16.

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Police seek man in subway slashing
Updated: November 18, 2019 - 4:49 pm

A bump on the stairs turned into a slashing Thursday morning at Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike subway station, and police ask your help in finding the knife man.

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Thursday 11/14/2019
NYC Mayor de Blasio holds Jamaica town hall meeting
Posted: November 14, 2019

Mayor de Blasio was the headline attraction at Wednesday night at a town hall meeting at August Martin High School in Jamaica, but young Amaryllis Greene, 9, was the showstopper.

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Reward
Posted: November 14, 2019

Authorities are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the Oct. 26 shooting that killed Aamir Griffin, 14, of South Jamaica as he played basketball on the court at the Baisley Park Houses.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or, for Spanish, 1 (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577.

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41st Anniversary Edition
Posted: November 14, 2019

Enjoy the articles from our 41st Anniversary Edition:

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The borough’s memorable movie moments
Posted: November 14, 2019

Long before sequels, spinoffs and CGI dominated the movie landscape, Astoria was at the center of the Silent Era of film.

Adolph Zuckor opened Astoria Studios in 1920 for the Famous Players Film Co., which would eventually become Paramount Pictures.

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Horse racing is also the sport of Queens
Posted: November 14, 2019

Go to Aqueduct Race Track and lay down your $2, and you are participating in a Queens tradition that goes back to 1667.

The Dutch had surrendered what is now New York City to the British, and King Charles II, a huge horse racing fan, horse owner and breeder, introduced his favorite sport to his new possession, establishing a race course in what became Queens.

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Theater has bonded our communities together
Posted: November 14, 2019

The very day he moved to Woodside, as a newlywed some 70 years ago, Lindo Meli attended Sunday Mass at his church and expressed interest in starting a theater group.

The result was St. Mary’s Drama Guild, which remains a fixture in the neighborhood, where its latest production, the musical, “The Fantasticks,” opens Dec. 6.

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Remembering the Mafia’s heyday in Queens
Posted: November 14, 2019

It was a time of defining change in Queens.

The early post-war years saw the borough develop into what it is today. Thousands of houses went up in the large swathes of the borough that hadn’t been developed already. Idlewild Airport, having begun operations in 1948, was becoming a major job hub. And the Long Island Expressway opened in 1958, with bumper-to-bumper traffic quickly following.

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Eight places we are lucky to have
Posted: November 14, 2019

What these Queens places have in common is that, beyond dispute, they were all designed and built by hardworking, ingenious people for noble purposes.

Old and new, they have given people great pleasure and proved themselves to be deeply useful.

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Lennon. McCartney. Harrison. Starr. Shea.
Posted: November 14, 2019

“Ladies and gentlemen, honored by their country, decorated by their queen, and loved here in America, here are The Beatles.”

That was Ed Sullivan’s introduction as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came out of the third base dugout at Shea Stadium on Aug. 15, 1965 and changed music forever.

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The Pre-Seaver years at Shea Stadium
Posted: November 14, 2019

The 50th anniversary of the Miracle Mets winning the World Series, arguably the greatest sports story in history, was a tale that was understandably covered quite thoroughly this year.

Tying into the celebration of that amazing (it’s nearly impossible to not use that adjective) year was the renaming of Citi Field’s address as 41 Seaver Way in honor of their Hall of Fame pitcher and the man most responsible for changing the fortunes of the New York Mets from laughable losers to the ultimate winners, Tom Seaver, who sadly couldn’t attend the June ceremony because of his battle with dementia.

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No. 41 on the field, No. 1 with Mets fans
Posted: November 14, 2019

The return of National League baseball to New York City hadn’t been going exactly well.

After five seasons the New York Mets had a collective record of 260-557. They were, as a group, even funnier than their legendary first manager, Casey Stengel, but somehow were far less entertaining. They had escaped the National League’s basement exactly once, when they finished ninth in a 10-team league.

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Borough historian looks back
Updated: November 14, 2019 - 1:44 pm

“The wonderful thing about getting older is looking back at your life ... these decisions that look like they were mostly coincidences — well, they really weren’t,” said Jack Eichenbaum from inside his Flushing apartment that overlooks the Bowne House, which was built in 1661, making it one of the oldest homes in New York City. “You look back at the critical junctures in your life, [you realize] they’re part of a master plan.”

Eichenbaum will be celebrating a decade as Queens borough historian in 2020, a position he feels he had always been destined to fill despite not considering the role until a few months before his appointment in 2010. A Queens native, Eichenbaum left the city in 1963 to further his education and pursue a career in urban geography, a discipline he earned a Ph.D. in. He spent 13 years traveling in pursuit of higher education, working and living in Michigan, California, Washington, Mexico, Switzerland and Israel before a message, which he believes came from a higher power, told him to come home.

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Hunger is a local fight in Ridgewood
Posted: November 14, 2019

The main reception office of the Ridgewood Older Adult Center was stocked with grocery bags last Tuesday, each one containing a bag of oranges, one of apples, a loaf of bread, bell peppers and some frozen pork chops.

In all but the first week of each month, Tuesdays see the building turn from a senior center into a community center when the subject is fighting hunger.

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