Bring Civic Virtue Back To Queens

To The Editor: An open letter to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz: Last week, I was in the audience at Queens Community Board 9 and heard you speak about how the election of Bill de Blasio represented a “change” towards greater responsiveness to communities’ needs, which you said reverberated to all elected officials, including yourself. […]

Residents Protest Pan Am Hotel Shelter

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer They took over a portion of Queens Boulevard to say “No!” to a homeless shelter. Around 1,000 residents gathered outside the Pan American Hotel Tuesday evening to protest the shelter the City created last week, much to the surprise of many residents and elected officials. Droves of residents came out […]

Boosting Business Through Beautification

Boosting Business Through Beautification

BY JORDAN GIBBONS Staff Writer Last week, Borough President Melinda Katz announced the allocation of $1.1 million in capital funds to pay for streetscape improvements along commercial corridors in several neighborhoods. The goal is to create more attractive commercial shopping districts to ensure the development of the surrounding neighborhoods. The improvements are intended to enhance […]

112th Pct.: Sex Abuse & Grand Larceny

SEX ABUSE - The NYPD is asking for the public’s assistance locating a suspect wanted in connection to a sexual abuse. At 6:55 p.m. on June 3, the suspect followed a female, 47, into her apartment building, located in the vicinity of Queens Boulevard and 76th Road  The suspect grabbed the victim from behind and […]

City To Move Homeless To Pan Am Hotel

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer A homeless shelter is apparently coming to Elmhurst’s Pan American Hotel, despite an initial claim that such a plan would not be feasible at the site. According to a newsletter posted on the website of the civic group Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together, or COMET, Samaritan Village is planning […]

No Slowing Down At Slow Zone

Despite fanfare over the new arterial slow zone along Queens Boulevard – aka the Boulevard of Death, where 23 people have died since 2008 – it turns out zero actual reforms will hit the speed limit on the rough thoroughfare. While a handful of Queens streets will have their speed limits lowered from 30 miles […]

Events In Queens For May 22-28

Events In Queens For May 22-28

Whitestone Veterans Memorial Association’s Memorial Day Parade, Monday, 5/26 (see below). FRIDAY 5/23 HELEN SUNG TRIO Celebrated jazz pianist Helen Sung will perform at Flushing Town Hall at 8 p.m. Accompanied by Harish Raghavan on the bass and Rodney Green on the drums, Sung will play numbers from her five previous albums, as well as […]

Taste Of Sunnyside Coming On Tuesday

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer The fourth annual Taste of Sunnyside festival takes place next Tuesday, in a new location this year, outdoors under the 7 train at Queens Boulevard and 46th Street. More than 25 local restaurants will participate in the festival, with menus that offer everything from lobster mac & cheese to sushi […]

Focus On Queens, May 15

Dr. Payal Doctor, the faculty advisor of the Alpha Theta Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at LaGuardia Community College, was honored by the PTK Honor Society for her significant contributions to the growth of the LaGuardia chapter and its student members. Martin Luther School, located at 60-02 Maspeth Ave., Maspeth, will administer its entrance […]