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“Voters should not be fooled,” Lasak said. “Melinda Katz still wants a new jail in Queens. Only now, she won’t t...
05/17/2019
Queens DA race heats up: Katz backs off Kew Gardens jail plan - and Lasak asks, 'What took so long?' - QNS.com

“Voters should not be fooled,” Lasak said. “Melinda Katz still wants a new jail in Queens. Only now, she won’t tell us where she wants to put it.”

As the June 25 Democratic primary draws closer, tensions are beginning to rise in the field of seven candidates in the race for Queens District Attorney. This week, retired Judge Greg Lasak issued a challenge to one of his opponents, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz over the controversial propo...

Greg Grambo, teacher at Louis Armstrong Middle School in East Elmhurst, was awarded the WNBC Star Teacher Award for Exce...
05/17/2019
This East Elmhurst teacher stunned to received STEM education award from NBC - QNS.com

Greg Grambo, teacher at Louis Armstrong Middle School in East Elmhurst, was awarded the WNBC Star Teacher Award for Excellence in STEM Education this week.

Greg Grambo has spent over 41 years teaching STEM to students at the Louis Armstrong Middle School in East Elmhurst, which he described as a calling that goes beyond simply making students memorize curriculum. The level of care Grambo puts into his students have left a mark across generations, accor...

Queens Farm has partnered with Jamaica Hospital Medical Center to open a farm stand and bring fresh produce to the commu...
05/17/2019
Queens County Farm opening its first farmstand outside Jamaica Hospital to bring fresh produce to area - QNS.com

Queens Farm has partnered with Jamaica Hospital Medical Center to open a farm stand and bring fresh produce to the community.

For the first time since its inception in 1975, the Queens County Farm Museum will open a farmstand in partnership with a healthcare organization to bring fresh produce to communities in need. Queens Farm has partnered with Jamaica Hospital Medical Center to be the farmstand provider for the hospita...

Don't miss the food, drink and cultural event of the year! @theworldsfare is this weekend at Citi Field. Get your ticket...
05/17/2019

Don't miss the food, drink and cultural event of the year! @theworldsfare is this weekend at Citi Field. Get your tickets today at http://bit.ly/2HyobkX

A Queens man was found guilty of his role in a sex trafficking scheme that recruited at-risk youth in New York.
05/17/2019
Queens man convicted of recruiting a dozen young at-risk adults into prostitution - QNS.com

A Queens man was found guilty of his role in a sex trafficking scheme that recruited at-risk youth in New York.

A Queens man was convicted on federal sex trafficking charges for allegedly luring a number of underage people into sex sales, prosecutors announced this week. Luidji Benjamin (also known as “Zoe”), 22, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, which carries a maximu...

A cop that was formerly assigned to the 106th Precinct was arrested for allegedly plotting to murder her estranged husba...
05/17/2019
Cop formerly assigned to Queens precinct busted by feds for murder-for-hire plot against her husband - QNS.com

A cop that was formerly assigned to the 106th Precinct was arrested for allegedly plotting to murder her estranged husband.

An officer formerly assigned to Ozone Park’s 106th Precinct wound up on the wrong side of the law Friday for allegedly plotting to murder her estranged husband on Long Island. The FBI took Valerie Cincinelli, 34, into custody on May 17 resulting from an indictment charging her for allegedly trying...

Students at York College's Astrobotic Research and Design Program brought home a trophy for their robot built out of rec...
05/17/2019
York College students bring home to Queens its first-ever prize-winning trophy from NASA Robotics Competition - QNS.com

Students at York College's Astrobotic Research and Design Program brought home a trophy for their robot built out of recycled materials.

Though they didn’t advance to the qualifying round in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition, the York College Astrobotics Program in Jamaica brought home their first-ever trophy for the “smallest and most efficient bot.” Members of the York College Astrobotic Research and Design Program traveled...

More than 100 Long Island City artists will open their studios this weekend for the public.
05/17/2019
Watch shows, visit studios, chat with creators at the LIC Arts Open this weekend - QNS.com

More than 100 Long Island City artists will open their studios this weekend for the public.

First question: Where to begin? Second question: Where to end? For the ninth year in a row, more than 100 Long Island City artists will open their studios on both days this weekend. Galleries, consortia, and art-based nonprofits will also welcome the public to view their pieces, meet the talent, and...

A Bayside school is hosting a carnival this weekend to raise money for their STEM program.
05/17/2019
Bayside public school hosts spring carnival this weekend to benefit STEM program - QNS.com

A Bayside school is hosting a carnival this weekend to raise money for their STEM program.

A Bayside public school is hosting a day of fun, games and fundraising this weekend. The parent-teacher association at P.S. 130 have organized a spring carnival for Saturday, May 18, complete with rides, bouncy castles, food, face painting and raffles. All proceeds from the carnival will go toward p...

Barack Obama's former Nevada state director from his re-election campaign Luke Hayes has joined Tiffany Cabán's campaig...
05/17/2019
Queens DA hopeful taps Obama 2012 veteran and listserv in latest round of fundraising - QNS.com

Barack Obama's former Nevada state director from his re-election campaign Luke Hayes has joined Tiffany Cabán's campaign for Queens District Attorney.

Tiffany Cabán has not only enlisted the help of a veteran to the 2012 Obama campaign, but the Queens district attorney candidate has also scooped up access to a listserv used to reach individuals in Nevada at the time of the election that year. According to an email obtained by QNS, the listserv is...

A Jamaica man will spend the next 18 years in prison for his role in botched robbery that led to a man's death in 2014.
05/17/2019
Jamaica man gets 18 years for beating a man to death during a 2014 Richmond Hill robbery - QNS.com

A Jamaica man will spend the next 18 years in prison for his role in botched robbery that led to a man's death in 2014.

A Jamaica man was sentenced for his role in violently beating a Bangladeshi man to death during a botched robbery attempt in Richmond Hill in 2014, prosecutors announced on Thursday. Carlos Genno, 27, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in April. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison, to be...

A Woodhaven drug dealer faces up to 25 years in prison after he was convicted of gunning down a man in a drive-by shooti...
05/17/2019
Reputed drug dealer from Woodhaven guilty of fatally shooting rival in Richmond Hill - QNS.com

A Woodhaven drug dealer faces up to 25 years in prison after he was convicted of gunning down a man in a drive-by shooting in Richmond Hill over 5 years ago.

Jurors convicted a Woodhaven man on Thursday who allegedly gunned down a Briarwood man in a drive-by shooting in Richmond Hill more than five years ago. Sherman Manning, 40, of 89th Avenue was found guilty on May 16 of second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing following a fo...

Police are reopening a case in which a Queens cyclist was hit by a car in Brooklyn earlier this month.
05/17/2019
Cops taking another look at incident where an Elmhurst cyclist was struck in hit-and-run in Brooklyn - QNS.com

Police are reopening a case in which a Queens cyclist was hit by a car in Brooklyn earlier this month.

Police are reinvestigating a hit-and-run in which an Elmhurst cyclist was struck by a car on the streets of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Paper first reported that around 5:30 p.m. on May 6, 22-year-old Jason Gan was riding his bike on Vanderbilt Avenue towards Willoughby Avenue when he was side-swiped by....

The founder of the Women's March is officially endorsing Tiffany Cabán for Queens District Attorney.
05/17/2019
Women's March leader endorses Tiffany Cabán for DA, citing stance on justice reform - QNS.com

The founder of the Women's March is officially endorsing Tiffany Cabán for Queens District Attorney.

High profile endorsements for former public defender Tiffany Cabán continue to flow in as Linda Sarsour, a leader and founder of the Women’s March, put some of her movement’s momentum behind the candidate for district attorney. Sarsour mentioned the need for justice reform that ends mass incarc...

95-year-old John McHugh Sr. will serve as the grand marshal of this year's Whitestone Memorial Day Parade.
05/17/2019
Honorable U.S. World War II hero and veteran John McHugh Sr. to lead Whitestone Memorial Day Parade - QNS.com

95-year-old John McHugh Sr. will serve as the grand marshal of this year's Whitestone Memorial Day Parade.

Leading the way at this year’s Whitestone Memorial Day Parade is grand marshal Corporal John McHugh Sr., a U.S. army veteran who served during World War II. McHugh, a 95-year-old Whitestone resident, who was placed in the First Infantry Division and fought in the Battle of Normandy, France, in the...

Here's a look at which neighborhoods in Queens offer the most space per square foot for the lowest prices.
05/17/2019
Two northeast Queens neighborhoods have the lowest rental prices by square foot in borough: report - QNS.com

Here's a look at which neighborhoods in Queens offer the most space per square foot for the lowest prices.

A recent report explored which Queens neighborhoods are offering renters the most space for their money when looking for apartments. Zumper, a company that seeks to redesign the rental market for the 21st century, recently released a report that takes a look at which neighborhoods offer the least ex...

To celebrate their new funding for their gym, teachers at College Point's P.S. 129 were duct taped to the wall.
05/17/2019
College Point teachers get duct taped to the wall after school wins $400K in funds for new gymnasium - QNS.com

To celebrate their new funding for their gym, teachers at College Point's P.S. 129 were duct taped to the wall.

A College Point school community came together to celebrate their participatory budgeting win in a way that is sure to “stick” for years to come. On May 14, dozens of students, parents, teachers and faculty at P.S. 129 Patricia Larkin, as well as Councilman Paul Vallone, celebrated their first p...

If convicted, an Astoria man faces up to 15 years in prison for breaking into a South Richmond Hill mosque and destroyin...
05/16/2019
Astoria man indicted on hate crime charges after alleged bigoted rampage at a Queens mosque - QNS.com

If convicted, an Astoria man faces up to 15 years in prison for breaking into a South Richmond Hill mosque and destroying property inside.

A grand jury indicted an Astoria man for allegedly breaking into a South Richmond Hill mosque and destroying property, including numerous religious texts. Zakaria Kabir, 37, was arraigned on several counts that labeled the April 29 incident as a hate crime and could spend the next three to 15 years....

Three Jamaica men were sentenced for forcing a woman to perform sex acts during a robbery on a neighborhood street.
05/16/2019
Trio sentenced in robbing a forcing a woman off a Jamaica street to perform sex acts - QNS.com

Three Jamaica men were sentenced for forcing a woman to perform sex acts during a robbery on a neighborhood street.

Three Jamaica men were sentenced for their roles in a violent attack against a woman who was walking home from church in July 2017, prosecutors announced Thursday. The defendants were Julisses Ginel and Isaiah Shorter, both 21, and Justin Williams, 20, were residents of a group home on South Road. G...

“We have a very strong team, I have every confidence in my team. I am going to be on top of each situation here all th...
05/16/2019
Mayor vows he can run New York City while campaigning for President - QNS.com

“We have a very strong team, I have every confidence in my team. I am going to be on top of each situation here all the time like I always am. I’m confident we can make it work.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio became the 23rd person to enter the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race Thursday morning with an announcement on a network morning news show. Following his speech at the dedication ceremony for the Statue of Liberty Museum, a confident de Blasio held his first press confer...

The application for the controversial Williams Pipeline has been rejected by New York State officials.
05/16/2019
New York State regulators denies application for $1 billion Williams Pipeline project off Rockaway Beach - QNS.com

The application for the controversial Williams Pipeline has been rejected by New York State officials.

New York State rejected the application for the controversial Williams Pipeline, also known as the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, the $1 billion pipeline that would have transported fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania under New York Harbor terminating just over three miles off Rockaway Beac...

Three students at a Jamaica school won an essay contest based around discussing the pros and cons of the 19th Amendment.
05/16/2019
Revolutionary war history finds its roots in Jamaica - QNS.com

Three students at a Jamaica school won an essay contest based around discussing the pros and cons of the 19th Amendment.

BY ALLISON PLITT June 4, 2019 will be the 100th anniversary of Congress passing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. In honor of this historical change to the Constitution, the Daughters of the American Revolution, a global women’s service organization dedicate...

"Joey’s pastéis de nata are now famous, and served at festivals throughout New York City, but he originally started o...
05/16/2019
Savor a sweet taste of Portugal: Joey Bats Cafe serves up dessert at World’s Fare with classic egg tarts - QNS.com

"Joey’s pastéis de nata are now famous, and served at festivals throughout New York City, but he originally started out selling a different Portuguese dessert, bolo de bolacha, a cake made of crackers dunked in espresso and layered with vanilla pudding."

BY JOE DISTEFANO As the Culinary King of Queens, I’m so very fortunate to live in the most diverse and delicious destination in all of New York City. And I’m even luckier to be a Tastemaker for the World’s Fare, a celebration of global cuisine and culture, which will be held this coming weeken...

The western Queens-based group Unity Stage will put on two performances of "Godspell" this weekend at a Jackson Heights ...
05/16/2019
Queens-based youth theater group to perform ‘Godspell’ at Jackson Heights school - QNS.com

The western Queens-based group Unity Stage will put on two performances of "Godspell" this weekend at a Jackson Heights school.

Unity Stage, a western Queens youth theater nonprofit, will hold a production of “Godspell” at 6 p.m. on May 18 and at 3 p.m. on May 19 in the P.S. 212 auditorium, located at 34-25 82nd St. in Jackson Heights. Unity Stage has served the borough since 2010, producing summer programs as well as an...

Officials gathered at JFK Airport to cut the ribbon at the new TWA Hotel on Wednesday.
05/16/2019
Old era gives way to new one as TWA Hotel opens at JFK - QNS.com

Officials gathered at JFK Airport to cut the ribbon at the new TWA Hotel on Wednesday.

The early 60s came roaring back to life with a Beatles cover band performing as Governor Andrew Cuomo joined elected officials to cut the ribbon on the new TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport Wednesday. The landmark Trans World Airlines Flight Center, which opened in 1962 and closed nearly 20 yea...

Police are looking for two women who stole property from unsuspecting victims at businesses in Flushing and Fresh Meadow...
05/16/2019
Two women lifted valuables from unsuspecting victims at businesses in Flushing and Fresh Meadows - QNS.com

Police are looking for two women who stole property from unsuspecting victims at businesses in Flushing and Fresh Meadows.

Police are looking for two women who stole property from their victims on two separate occasions in Flushing and Fresh Meadows. According to police, at 5:10 p.m. on April 12, a 20-year-old man realized that he had left his backpack at Coco Fresh Tea, located at 39-22 Main St. When he went to retriev...

A free performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" is coming to multiple Queens locations this month.
05/16/2019
Public Theater brings Free Shakespeare in the Park production 'Much Ado About Nothing' to Queens - QNS.com

A free performance of "Much Ado About Nothing" is coming to multiple Queens locations this month.

This year the Public Theater will be offering vouchers or ticket distributions in Queens and across the boroughs over the course of the summer for every public performance of Free Shakespeare in the Park, continuing The Public’s mission of making greater theater accessible for all. The Public Thea...

Take a look inside these homes that are for sale in Whitestone, Fresh Meadows and Glenwood Landing. #sponsored
05/16/2019
Check out these homes that are up for sale in Whitestone, Fresh Meadows and Nassau County - QNS.com

Take a look inside these homes that are for sale in Whitestone, Fresh Meadows and Glenwood Landing. #sponsored

When looking for your perfect home, there are many different styles of home to consider. While a hi-ranch or colonial may be perfect for some, others may be happy in a condo or co-op. This week, we’re highlighting a Beechhurst co-op with country club amenities and incredible water views, a Glenwoo...

"Most of the poor street conditions are due to the never-ending construction going on. 38th Avenue from the service road...
05/16/2019
Residents say that Bayside streets are a 'war zone' for traveling cars - QNS.com

"Most of the poor street conditions are due to the never-ending construction going on. 38th Avenue from the service road to 217th [Street] is a warzone."

Residents are criticizing the poor street conditions in Bayside, as cars traveling down local streets run into potholes, large cracks and uneven roads. Some like Danielle Chase, blame the ongoing sewer and water main replacement for the pothole hell plaguing the neighborhood. “Most of the poor str...

A new gelato shop will celebrate its grand opening in Whitestone on Saturday with discounts and raffles for free pints.
05/16/2019
Whitestone gelateria Chillato to celebrate grand opening with Assemblyman Braunstein and the community - QNS.com

A new gelato shop will celebrate its grand opening in Whitestone on Saturday with discounts and raffles for free pints.

Whitestone’s newest eatery and the only one in the neighborhood specializing in freshly churned artisanal gelato is inviting the community to its grand opening on Saturday, May 18. Chillato, a friendly neighborhood gelateria where customers can indulge in classic and innovative flavors that deligh...

Police are looking for a man who grabbed two women's buttocks while they were walking in Astoria.
05/15/2019
Creep wanted for grabbing the buttocks of two women one day apart in Astoria: cops - QNS.com

Police are looking for a man who grabbed two women's buttocks while they were walking in Astoria.

Cops are looking for a creep who grabbed the buttocks of two women just one day apart from each other on the streets of Astoria. According to authorities, at 9 p.m. on May 9, a 32-year-old woman was walking in the vicinity of 28th Street and 23rd Avenue when she was approached by an unknown man. …

"We look forward to working in partnership going forward to determine what can be done to make this area much safer and ...
05/15/2019
Holden suggests changes to Fresh Pond Road leading up to Ridgewood bus lane launch - QNS.com

"We look forward to working in partnership going forward to determine what can be done to make this area much safer and less congested."

On a recent walking tour of Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood, Councilman Robert Holden made a series of recommendations to the city Department of Transportation (DOT) in regard to the launch of a dedicated bus lane along between Metropolitan and Myrtle Avenues. As part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Better...

A group of protesters gathered in Albany to call on state Senator Leroy Comrie to pass a number of bills that aim to pro...
05/15/2019
Protesters target Jamaica state Senator for his resistance to rent control legislation - QNS.com

A group of protesters gathered in Albany to call on state Senator Leroy Comrie to pass a number of bills that aim to protect tenants from rising rents, landlord harassment, and unjust evictions.

As part of a push to pass a package of laws that would protect tenants from rising rents, landlord harassment, and unjust evictions across the state, tenant advocates affiliated with Housing Justice for All stormed state Senator Leroy Comrie’s Albany office on Tuesday to demand that he agree to ni...

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