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Long Island City best neighborhood for single women to find men


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If you are looking for love ladies, then try Long Island City.

The Queens neighborhood is the best area in the city for single women to find single men, according to real estate website Trulia.com.

To come up with that conclusion, Trulia, using Census data, compared the ratio of women to men living alone in each neighborhood, subtracting estimates of the gay and lesbian population, and individuals over 65 years old.

Though single people sometimes have roommates, the website found in a love and housing survey that only 14 percent of bachelors and bachelorettes prefer to date someone who lives with other people.

Data showed that typically there are more single women in large metro areas than single men.

The New York City-New Jersey metro area ranked fourth in the ratio of women living alone to man living alone at 1.07 to 1, preceded by Boston, Washington D.C. and the Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland region.  Las Vegas, Honolulu and the Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida area had the highest ratio of males living alone to females.

Looking at each New York City neighborhood, the Upper East Side’s 10021 zip code, covering most of the East 70s, is where men should go to pick up the ladies, with almost two women living alone for every man who lives alone. Long Island City, as well as other parts of Queens and Lower Manhattan, is where women should head to find a date, with the highest ratio of single males living alone to females.

 

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Queens man pleads guilty to Federal Reserve bomb plot


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The Bangladeshi national said that he wanted to “destroy America.”

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, pleaded guilty Thursday to attempting to bomb the New York Federal Reserve Bank, resolving to commit mass murder last October, according to the FBI.

Nafis first came to the United States last January on a student visa, but his intentions were instead to execute a terrorist attack on the behalf of al Qaeda.

“As [the] guilty plea shows, [Nafis] came to this country not to further his studies but to advance goals of jihad,” said U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch. “Once here, he devoted his energies to refining his plan to disrupt the U.S. economy and kill Americans and attempting to recruit others to join him.”

Nafis sought to recruit multiple individuals to assist him in his quest, including al Qaeda contacts, but unknowingly recruited an FBI source who posed as an al Qaeda facilitator. At Nafis’ request, the undercover agent supplied him with 20 50-pound bags of purported explosives.

On Wednesday, October 17, the two traveled in a van to a warehouse where Nafis attempted to assemble what he believed to be a bomb. He explained to the agent that he also had a “Plan B” that involved a suicide bombing if his original plan were to be thwarted by the police.

Nafis and the undercover agent then drove to Lower Manhattan, parked next to the Federal Reserve Bank, and went to a nearby hotel. There, the 21-year-old recorded a video statement meant for the American public.

“We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom,” he said, according to the FBI.

Nafis then repeatedly tried to detonate the purported bomb, and was immediately arrested after his failed attempts.

NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that this was just one of 16 terrorist plots against the city since 9/11.

After his guilty plea, Nafis now faces life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for the end of May.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Overcast with a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 48. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Friday night: Overcast with rain, then a chance of rain after midnight. Fog overnight. Low of 43. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the East after midnight. Chance of rain 80%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Homesick Hound Dogs

The Queens Kickshaw in Astoria presents the Homesick Hound Dogs — an altcountry/Americana band that couldn’t have happened anywhere besides New York City. With high-energy original songs about love, whiskey and other things that make life awkward and wonderful, the group strives to make the listener feel at home no matter how far home is, most importantly they will make you feel at home in your dancing shoes. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Donations for Sandy victims may not be going entirely to victims and recovery, says watchdog

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Obama names Queens native Jack Lew as treasury secretary

Queens is coming to the cabinet. President Obama officially nominated his chief of staff, Queens native Jacob “Jack” Lew, for secretary of the treasury Thursday. Read more: Queens Courier

Mechanical error may have been cause of ferry crash

The day after a ferry ride left dozens of passengers in stretchers, the National Transportation Safety Board is slowly finding answers. Read more: NY1

New York City examining DNA errors in rape cases

The New York City medical examiner is reviewing hundreds of rape cases for DNA evidence errors. ABC New York

New York in midst of flu epidemic as emergency room and drug store visits rise

A ferocious flu “epidemic” has New Yorkers rushing to doctors, hospitals and drug stores — with emergency-room visits up 150 percent over last year, city health officials said yesterday. Read more: New York Post

FDA requires lower doses for sleep medications

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness. Read more: ABC News

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High of 48. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 36. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Urinetown: The Musical

Winner of three Tony awards and one of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Performances start Thursday, January 10 and continue through Saturday, January 26 at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Crane collapses in Long Island City, injuring seven

Seven workers suffered minor injuries when a crane collapsed at a Long Island City building site. Read more: Queens Courier

Cuomo takes aim at guns, Sandy relief during State of the State address

Governor Andrew Cuomo has vowed New York will become the nation’s leader in gun safety laws in wake of recent shootings. Read more: Queens Courier

Seastreak Wall Street Ferry saw other problems before crash

The Seastreak Wall Street ferry that crashed in Lower Manhattan Wednesday has had a few minor incidents in recent years. Read more: CBS New York

Cheating teacher the answer man: probe

A Queens elementary- school teacher brazenly helped fourth-graders cheat on the state’s high-stakes English exams, even though there was a second proctor in the room, investigators found. Read more: New York Post

Breezy Point couple surprised with newly renovated home after it was destroyed by Sandy

An octogenarian Queens couple whose house was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy received a surprise gift on Wednesday — a brand new home. Read more: New York Daily News

Report: Queens Native Will Likely Head Up Treasury Dept.

President Barack Obama is reportedly set to tap a native New Yorker to serve as the new head of the United States Treasury Department. Read more: NY1

NYC firm hit hard on 9/11 gives $10M in Sandy aid

The New York City brokerage firm that lost 658 employees in the Sept. 11 terror attacks announced that it will “adopt” 19 schools in communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy and will give each family in those schools $1,000 to spend as they see fit. Read more: AP

57 hurt in Lower Manhattan ferry crash


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A commuter ferry originating from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey crashed in Lower Manhattan this morning leaving dozens of passengers injured.

Around 8:45 a.m the Seastreak Wall Street ferry, which was carrying 326 passengers and crew members, ran into two slips at about 10 to 12 knots (11.5 to 13.8 mph) as it was coming into Pier 11 at the South Street Seaport, according to a news conference following the accident and media reports.

A total of 57 people were hurt. Two are in critical condition with head injuries, nine are serious, 17 are in guarded condition and 29 received minor injuries. No one ended up in the water as a result of the crash.

Those with critical and serious injuries were transported to Manhattan hospitals and those with minor ones were taken to hospitals in Brooklyn.

Photos from the accident scene show a large gash in the front corner of the ferry, but the exact cause of the crash is still unknown.

According to the Wall Street Journal, all of the crew members passed Breathalyzer tests.

“We don’t know what happened,” one injured passenger told the Daily News. “The boat hit something, and we went flying. People were bleeding all over the place.”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending a 11 member team from Washington D.C. to investigate the accident and should arrive at the scene around 2 p.m.

The pier is expected to reopen to commuters at noon today.

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Public hearing on MTA fare hikes to be held in Queens today


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After the MTA released its proposed fare hikes last month, riders in Queens will get the chance to sound off about the proposed increases, when the transit agency holds a public hearing in the borough this Thursday, November 15.

It will take place at 5 p.m. in the ballroom of the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, located at 135-20 39th Avenue.

This week there will also be video conference hearings at the Hicksville and Ronkonkoma LIRR stations on Tuesday and Wednesday, and in Lower Manhattan, 2 Broadway (3 Stone Street entrance), bid room suite, on Thursday.

The MTA is also accepting public statements via email and regular mail.

In the meantime, some straphangers are annoyed with the MTA after it was widely reported Tuesday that there will be no refunds for unlimited weekly and monthly MetroCard holders that purchased them before Sandy shut down public transit.

Though no refund was issued after the Irene suspension, there was one following the 2005 transit strike.

The MTA also gives a refund for a lost or stolen MetroCard, as long as it was purchased with a debit or credit card and reported missing.

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 68. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 57. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

EVENT of the DAY: Trifecta: Curators’ Choice

This is the last week to see the exhibit Trifecta: Curators’ Choice at the Queens College Art Center. The show is a tribute to the school’s 75th anniversary and features a contemporary viewing of three of the 475 artists presented on campus in the last 25 years. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

State’s top judge christens new CUNY law school building in Long Island City

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St. John’s dean burned documents at Queens home as officials raided her office: former student

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Queens community urges peace in wake of local terror arrest

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Obama, Romney pumped for dash to the finish

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Apple set to unwrap mini-iPad to take on Amazon, Google

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Queens man arrested for Federal Reserve bomb plot


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A Queens man was arrested for allegedly attempting to detonate what he believed was a real bomb at the New York Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan this morning, said the FBI.

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, of Jamaica, traveled to the U.S.  this January specifically to take part in a terrorist attack, said the agency.

The Federal Reserve Bank was one of several targets Nafis was considering, and in a written statement said he wanted to “destroy America” and, according to the FBI, believed the most efficient way to accomplish this goal was to target America’s economy.

The Bangladeshi national, who reportedly has overseas connections to Al-Qaeda, tried to recruit individuals to help him in the attack. One of those men was an FBI source.

The undercover FBI agent gave him non-working explosives and later met Nafis on the morning of Wednesday, October 17, and witnessed Nafis assembling the bomb. The two then drove together to the Federal Reserve.

Nafis unsuccessfully tried to detonate the bomb, then was arrested by authorities.

He has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to Al-Qaeda, and is scheduled to appear at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn this afternoon.

Fare hikes may raise monthly MetroCard to $125, cut discounts


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Ahead of public hearings on fare hikes next month, the MTA has proposed four options for when it raises MetroCard prices in March, the New York Daily News reported.

These changes would garner $232 million in additional revenue, said the paper.

“We have cut discretionary spending to the tune of $700 million and will see a reduction of more than $1 billion by 2014,” said MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz. “Unfortunately, we still need to raise fares and tolls to cover our growing non-discretionary costs like retiree benefits, pension and rising fuel costs.”

The MTA would not confirm the proposed options that the Daily News reported, and will publically release them on Monday, October 15, said Ortiz.

The first option would raise the costs of the weekly unlimited MetroCard from $29 to $34 and the monthly from $104 to $125. A straphanger would need to take 16 rides in seven days for the weekly or 56 rides in 30 days for the monthly, before saving money.

Also under this first proposal, MetroCard bonuses would be lowered to five percent. Currently, riders receive a seven percent discount each time they pay $10.

The second option only raises weekly and monthly MetroCards to $32 and $119, but gets rid of all Pay-Per-Ride bonuses.

In September, MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph Lhota publically said that even if the transit agency cuts MetroCard discounts it may still need to hike fares in order to raise the agency’s revenues.

The other two options would increase the base fare to $2.50, but would still lower MetroCard bonuses.

According to the MTA’s 2012 to 2016 financial plan, if it raises fares and tolls again in 2015, as is expected, those increases would be three times the estimated rate of inflation.

Riders will get a chance to sound off about the proposed hikes, which could also affect commuter train prices and bridge and tunnels tolls, when the MTA holds public hearings next month.

In Queens, the hearing will be held on November 15 at 5 p.m. in the ballroom of the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing. That month there will also be video conference hearings at the Hicksville and Ronkonkoma LIRR stations, in Lower Manhattan and at the Poughkeepsie Metro-North station.

Public hearings: 

Wednesday, November 7

Long Island – 5 p.m.
Roosevelt Hall
Little Theater
Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, New York

Brooklyn– 5 p.m.
NY Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, New York

Manhattan – 5 p.m.
Baruch Performing Arts Center, Mason Hall
Baruch College
17 Lexington Avenue (at 23rd St.)
New York, New York

Bronx – 5 p.m.
Main Theater
Hostos Community College
Center for the Arts & Culture
450 Grand Concourse
Bronx, New York

Newburgh– 5 p.m.
Vanderbilt/Astor Rooms
Hilton Garden Inn, Newburgh/Stewart Airport
15 Crossroads Court
Newburgh, New York

Staten Island– 5 p.m
Center for the Arts, Springer Concert Hall
College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, New York

Thursday, November 15

Westchester– 5 p.m.
Auditorium
Yonkers Public Library – Riverfront Library
One Larkin Center
Yonkers, New York

Queens– 5 p.m.
Ballroom
Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel
135-20 39th Avenue
Flushing, New York

Video conference hearings:

Thursday, November 8

9 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
2 Broadway (3 Stone St. entrance), bid room suite, Manhattan

Tuesday, November 13

6 a.m.-10 a.m.
Hicksville Long Island Rail Road Station Building

4:00 -8 p.m.
Poughkeepsie Metro-North Station, pedestrian overpass

Wednesday, November 14

6-10 a.m.
Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road Station Building