Author: Allie Griffin

Queens Place Mall Gets New Tenants Including Chipotle

Sept. 17, 2019 By Allie Griffin The Queens Place Mall is getting some fresh new tenants for hungry shoppers. Chipotle and Teriyaki One are both opening locations on the street level of the mall located at 88-01 Queens Boulevard, according to the mall’s owner Madison International Realty.  Both are expected to open in the first… Read more »

Electrician Dead after His Cherry Picker Was Struck by Box Truck in Elmhurst

Sept. 12, 2019 By Allie Griffin An electrician has died after a box truck struck the cherry picker he was inside, causing him to fall to the street below in Elmhurst early this morning. The 59-year-old, who reportedly worked for Welsbach Electric, was inside the cherry picker’s bucket fixing a traffic light at the intersection of… Read more »

Council Funds Program that Provides Free Legal Counsel to Detained Immigrants Facing Deportation

Sept. 12, 2019 By Allie Griffin The City Council is dedicating $16.6 million of this year’s budget to fund and expand a program that provides free legal council to detained immigrants facing deportation.  The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP) is the country’s first public defender system for detained immigrants facing deportation. The funding… Read more »

NYPD to Ramp up Enforcement Near Schools, as Speed Camera Installation Continues

Sept. 4, 2019 By Allie Griffin With New York City public schools opening tomorrow, the NYPD is ramping up its traffic safety enforcement, with more speed cameras being installed and additional cops assigned to write tickets.  The city began adding cameras in July in an effort to rapidly expand its anti-speeding enforcements and in that… Read more »

39 Queens Public Schools are Near Heavily Polluting Roads: Report

Sept. 3, 2019 By Allie Griffin As if lead paint inside classrooms wasn’t worrisome enough, a new report shows that 39 public schools across Queens are near heavily polluting roadways. Booming residential development, coupled with overcrowded school districts has made it difficult to find spaces large enough to build new schools, often leading the city… Read more »

East Elmhurst Teen Planned ISIS-Inspired Attack at World’s Fair Marina

Sept. 3, 2019 By Allie Griffin A 19-year-old from East Elmhurst planned an ISIS-inspired knife attack at several Queens locations including the World’s Fair Marina — going so far as to purchase a knife and camera mount to livestream the attack, according to the FBI.  Awais Chudhary, a U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, was arrested… Read more »

Constantinides Pledges $299,000 to Clean Up Jackson Heights and Astoria Streets

Aug. 29, 2019 By Allie Griffin Council Member Costa Constantinides has pledged $299,000 to keep the streets of Jackson Heights and Astoria clean over the next year, he announced today.  The money will fund a number of organizations that will sweep the sidewalks, empty garbage cans, remove graffiti from walls and enhance natural plantings along… Read more »