Queens’ Morning Roundup


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EVENT of the DAY: 14th annual free summer concert at St. John’s University

This year the Queens Symphony Orchestra presents “La Traviata” at the 14th Annual St. John’s University Summer Concert. Wednesday, August 1, at 7 p.m. on the Queen’s Campus Great Lawn. No charge and no tickets are necessary, just bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy live opera under the stars, there’s no better way to spend a warm summer evening.

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Neighbors say empty lot in Queens is a nuisance

Some residents of Whitestone, Queens, say that an undeveloped six-acre lot has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other creatures. The developer, Whitestone jewels, broke ground on the land about 4 years ago when they planned to build more than 50 homes. Read more: [Fox 5]

Queens homeowner says root of tree problem still exists

A huge, 100-year-old tree sits right outside Mickey Garnploog’s house in Woodside, Queens and he says it’s slowly but surely uprooting. Read More: [NY1]

Turnaround schools revert to old names

The city has retreated from part of its turnaround plan for 24 low-performing schools, telling principals the schools will keep their original names. A Department of Education letter to principals outlined the change in strategy regarding the names, and offered guidance on how to get the schools in shape before September. The schools affected include John Dewey High School in Brooklyn and Newtown High School in Queens, among others. [NY Times]

Queens’ new top architect

Derek Lee, the Buildings Department’s new Queens Borough Commissioner, started his second stint this earlier this month as the borough’s top architect. Lee, who oversees more than 15,000 blocks of houses, work sites and developments, said his top priority is safety. Read More: [NY Daily News]

Soccer’s worldwide popularity stretches to Queens

From the friendly pick-up games to a growing number of leagues and tournaments, soccer fever is high in Queens. It’s a summertime favorite for many immigrants, who play in the shadow of Citi Field and parks and playgrounds across the borough. Read More: [NY1]