Stories from Astoria, Long Island City, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside, Woodside, Corona, Elmhurst and East Elmhurst

Thursday, August 04, 2022

You may know someone who gets a monthly Social Security benefit or Supplemental Security Income payment and who also needs help managing their money. If someone you know needs help, we can appoint a person or an organization to act as a “representative payee” responsible for receiving and managing a person’s benefits.

When we assign a representative payee, we select someone who knows the beneficiary’s needs and can make decisions about how to best use their benefits for their care and well being. Representative payees are responsible for completing an annual form to account for the benefit payments they receive and manage. Read more

For a great view of the borough’s business prospects — and a great view period — the Queens Chamber of Commerce invites you to its August Summer Rooftop Mixer in Long Island City.

The event is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Vista Sky Lounge, located 12 floors above street level on the rooftop of the Vista LIC Hotel. The venue at 27-05 39 Ave. features a 30-foot bar under the stars. Read more

The Finishing Trades Institute of New York is recruiting 50 painter and decorator apprentices, for structural steel-bridges work, from Aug. 29 through Sept. 12, the state Department of Labor said last week.

The openings represent the total number for three recruitment regions: the city, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. Read more

Friday, July 29, 2022
Thursday, July 28, 2022

Faced with an ongoing homelessness crisis that is damaging not just to those enduring it but also to public safety, commerce and hygiene, Mayor Adams and the Partnership for New York City business group announced a new $8 million initiative Monday to aid those without housing.

The Homeless Assistance Fund is designed to get more people into shelters and treatment by letting Breaking Ground, a nonprofit, add outreach teams with its Connect to Care program to areas not covered by city contracts, such as ATM vestibules, retail spaces and plazas. Read more

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Facing a spike in the number of asylum seekers arriving in the city, Mayor Adams on Tuesday called for the federal government to provide more “financial and technical resources” to help with the situation.

Adams said there has been a sharp increase in the number of people from Latin America and other areas arriving in the city in recent weeks, with more than 2,800 of them entering the shelter system. Read more

The Queens Chronicle’s 14th annual Summer in the Borough Photo Contest is, like the last two, a bit different from before.

We still want you to take your best shots of children playing, workers working, lovely landscapes, birds on the bay — whatever you think best says “summertime in Queens.” If you need some inspiration, check out 2020’s winning photo, above, by Malgorzata Bartyzel of Woodhaven, and another fine entry from the year before, taken by Carmen Garcia in Briarwood. Read more

Thursday, July 07, 2022

Thank you, Good Ground Growers: DeVonne Jackson and Nehemoyia Young for partnering with Springfield Gardens High School and The Home Depot in Springfield Gardens to create a functioning garden in our courtyard. We can now teach our students the value of growing our own food and the importance of healthy eating. Springfield Gardens Community was founded in 1921 and it’s amazing to see the beauty that continues to bloom from the Gardens. How can we foster an environmentally sustainable community into the next 100 years?

The Springfield Gardens Community Courtyard Project started with a few pictures and a question on a Facebook post by Aleeia Abraham, founder of the BlaQue Resource Network, “Springfield Gardens HS wants to start a community garden but needs a little help! I don’t know the steps for this but does anyone want to get together and try to figure this out? They have so much space!” Read more

As Pride Month came to an end, Mayor Adams and Schools Chancellor David Banks recommitted to the Department of Education’s investment in LGBTQ+ communities and curriculums through its Hidden Voices project.

“For our public schools, Pride Month is every month. We celebrate all students and honor the diverse identities that make up the unique fabric of our school communities and city,” said Banks in a statement last Thursday. Read more

Six days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down abortion protections accorded under the landmark Roe v. Wade case, the City Council introduced seven bills aimed at reaffirming and cementing in law protections for patients and providers.

Some would expand resources and care throughout the city, while others go so far as to extend legal and confidentiality provisions for women who will opt to come to New York for the procedures in the wake of the Court’s June 24 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson. Read more

The first time he voted at PS 164, Kew Gardens Hills resident Richard Reif cast his ballot for soon-to-be-President John F. Kennedy. And with the exception of his time away at graduate school, in the Air Force and a seven-year period when the polling site was closed (which he successfully advocated to end), he has voted there ever since.

So when he received an absentee ballot he did not request, and therefore, could not vote in the June 28 primary in person, Reif was taken aback. Read more

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has begun replacing nearly 2.4 miles of track along the J/Z lines between 121st Street and the terminus at Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer. Work is expected to continue through September. No J or Z trains will operate between the two stations, and the MTA has announced the following alternatives.

J trains will make all stops between 121st Street and Myrtle Avenue. E trains still serve the Jamaica Center-Parsons/Archer, Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue-JFK and Jamaica-Van Wyck stations. Read more