The playground and ball fields at Kissena Corridor Park in Flushing will receive some upgrades as part of the city’s fiscal year 2021 budget, Councilmember Peter Koo (D-Flushing) announced July 1.

The $88.2 billion budget passed by the City Council on June 30 includes $503 million in operating funds for the Department of Parks and Recreation and capital spending, which includes mayoral, borough president, City Council, private and grant funding, of $770 million. Koo announced that $5.975 million in capital spending will be dedicated to two projects funded in conjunction with Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) and acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee aimed at improving the District 20 park.

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Businesses this week entered Phase 3 of the state’s reopening protocols. But business owners and advocates in Jamaica hope it is enough.“We need things to get back to normal,” said Rigo Pena, owner of Plaintain Werkes, which specializes in Do…

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When Tanagra Bledman first met Khaleel Anderson in 2012 he was doing Hurricane Sandy relief. She couldn’t believe the scale and competence of the relief effort the then-teenage activist was undertaking with the Rockaway Youth Task Force.On th…

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Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced on Wednesday a plan to reopen schools in September that they said puts health and safety first.Students would only spend some days in the classroom under the plan, which also w…

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The holiday weekend was marked with at least 44 shootings with 63 victims and 11 deaths throughout the city, which NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea blamed on bail reform and Councilmember Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) blamed on Shea’s failure.T…

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A car’s tires were punctured by an unknown object and the hood of the vehicle was defaced with the carving of a swastika over the weekend.Capt. Joseph Cappelmann, commanding officer of the 112th Precinct, which consists of Forest Hills and Re…

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July 3: A man sitting in his car on 164th Street in Hillcrest is approached by two armed men, robbed of cash and a cell phone and pistol-whipped.July 4: A man is standing in front of a home on 168th Place in Jamaica Estates when a man on a bi…

Residents of a building in Flushing’s Bland Houses complex have been without cooking gas for over three months and elected officials are demanding action on their behalf.“Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March, [New York Cit…

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After a month of being off limits, the ocean at Rockaway Beach is open for business again. Over the long Fourth of July weekend, city lifeguards climbed into their tall chairs and, for the first time this strange summer, people had the go-ahe…

With summer kicking into full swing, the city on Tuesday announced it is expanding its Open Streets program to include Cool Streets.In a statement issued by his office, Mayor de Blasio announced the Cool It! NYC initiative, which will come to…