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Weekly Protests Against Hotel Shelter Have Begun

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Protests have begun at 115th Avenue and Guy R. Brewer Blvd, the site of a new hotel.  Residents believe the hotel is just a front for what will likely turn into a shelter.  They promise a weekly protest from 12:30-1:30PM.   For their first week, protesters were joined by residents of the Maspeth Community who were successful in shutting down a proposed homeless shelter.  Watch a video from that protest which include a special visitor to the protest.  

NYPD Accident Reports Now Available Online!

Categories, Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Hallelujah! Drivers involved in collisions can now obtain copies of their reports electronically and with no fee.  The new portal is thanks to the NYPD and City Council which introduced legislation which mandated the NYPD provide individuals access to reports online and immediately upon its preparation.     Previously, individuals had to appear in person at the precinct where the collision occurred in order to obtain a copy of their report.  The process was often inconvenient and involved setting aside a large portion of time.    Thanks to today’s technology, officers can take reports electronically at the scene.  This allows for the report to be processed in a timely fashion.  Affected parties can obtain their paperwork faster and easier as
Supermarkets Fill Up as Residents Prepare for Weekend Blizzard

Supermarkets Fill Up as Residents Prepare for Weekend Blizzard

Categories, Far Rockaway, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Supermarkets around town are starting to fill up as residents rush to buy groceries in advance of the pending storm. Lines at Key Food and Stop and Shop are long during hours typically reserved for senior shoppers.  Parking lots are crowding as people rush to get supplies.  Supermarket shelves are currently well stocked.  Many stores have added shovels and ice to their entryway displays.  Supplies for milk and bread are said to be the first to disappear from shelves The National Weather Service is predicting a potentially crippling winter storm for the mid-Atlantic region Friday into early Saturday.  That includes parts of Baltimore and Washington, DC and up to two feet of snow.  The storm is predicted to reach the New York City-Boston corridor as well, but there is an uncertaint
113th Precinct Welcomes New Officers

113th Precinct Welcomes New Officers

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Just before the Christmas Holiday, the NYPD graduated over 1,300 new officers. In a graduation ceremony held at Madison Square Garden, over 1,300 officers took that pledge that officially inducted them into the ranks of the NYPD. Family and friends filled the seats in support of their loved ones.  Mayor deBlasio and Police Comissioner Bratton were among the honored dignitaries on the dias.  City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverto also welcomed the new officers.  It was the City Council that allocated the funds for the new officers. Officers were assigned their new precinct homes prior to the graduation and were set to begin just before the new year.  Officer Marahaj is assigned to the 113th Precinct.  Community partners and Executive Board members from the 113th Precinct wer
AirTrain Jazz Festival Expands…Seeks Artists

AirTrain Jazz Festival Expands…Seeks Artists

Categories, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Last year, the AirTrain Jazz Festival welcomed commuters traveling through the AirTrain Jamaica Station.  In the same manner that travelers are warmly greeted with music when de-boarding planes in the Caribbean, this jazz festival offered the same welcoming tone. This year the festival is expanding from its eight week run to thirty weeks!  The series will also move performances from the evening house to late afternoon/evening. Promoters have put out a call for  jazz bands that want to be a part of the lineup.  Last years festival took the opportunity to showcase area talent.   The hope is that additional local bands will answer the call. The festival is successful at capturing the attention of commuters at they move through the station.  Many pause their travels to enjoy the m
Upcoming Election Leaves Voters Voiceless and Choiceless

Upcoming Election Leaves Voters Voiceless and Choiceless

Categories, In Depth Reporting, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Assemblyman William Scarborough, District 29, stepped down from his position after pleading guilty to state and federal felony charges of grand larceny in the misuse of travel funds over a four year period.  This November, the election to install a new Assembly member will take place.  Three ladies are vying for the seat.  Alicia Hyndman, Scherie Murray and Terryl Ebony are in a lackluster campaign that has left many residents disappointed with a shortage of candidates, crying ‘voter suppression’ and dismayed with a repeat of the same old thing from the same old guard. After it was confirmed that Scarborough was stepping down, there was a buzz in the community that there would be many potential candidates tossing their hat into the ring.  The number was rumored to be upwards of 11 i
Brookville Park  Prepare for Upgrades

Brookville Park Prepare for Upgrades

Categories, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Local Serena Williams hopefuls will soon get an opportunity to train for the next grand slam both day and night. Plans were unveiled for the new and improved Brookville Park which will include upgrades to its tennis courts, synthetic playing field and picnic areas on September 22nd. The tennis courts will receive new lighting to allow for evening hour playing and events.  The turf field will include bleachers along the 50 yard line and wide paths for accessibility ease.  Picnic area upgrades will include the addition of eight tables, four hot coal stations and five barbecue grills. An upgrade to Brookville Park's reading and chess areas, which was a winner of the 2015 Participatory Budgeting Project which allocated $1 million to spend in the District, will be addressed in a la

Have coffee with a cop

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It is said that a cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness and time well spent. On June 26, the 113th Precinct wants to spread some of that happiness as it hosts its first ‘coffee with a cop’ event.  The Communities Affair Unit is stepping outside the confines of the precinct, to enjoy some down time with members of the community.  The event will be held at the JFK Hilton Hotel’s lounge, a setting conducive to intimate conversations and coffee klatches. Coffee with a cop is a way of meeting precinct personnel.  The conversation will be open and does not have to center around police or justice concerns. “You can ask a cop anything.  It doesn’t have to be police related,” said Detective Tanya Duhaney from the precinct’s community affairs unit, hosts of the event.  “You ca
Residents receive gift as they learn to prepare for disasters

Residents receive gift as they learn to prepare for disasters

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Did you know that New York is more likely to fall victim to a disaster than Washington DC or other similarly large states combined? Superstorm Sandy hit many neighborhoods in the area hard with week long power outages, MTA transit outages, road closures and severe flooding. This gave residents firsthand knowledge on the near and present danger of disasters. It is no wonder that so many residents came out for the Governors Citizen Preparedness Training Program held on Thursday, April 9. The program imparted knowledge to residents on how to prepare, respond and recover from a disaster. At the end of the session, residents were gifted a ‘go bag’, with disaster essentials. Although the freebie at the end of the forum was a huge plus, the real takeaway was how much residents learned about