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Bayside residents oppose school in place of Keil Bros Garden Center
Bayside residents oppose school in place of Keil Bros Garden Center
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 5/08/2013 at 12:02PM

Build a school, say Bayside residents, just not in our backyards. Community Board (CB) 11 voted against a controversial proposal to build an elementary school in the place of a popular garden center after enraged residents who live near the 210-11 48th Avenue site vehemently opposed it. “This area is saturated with schools, and we [...]

Queens least improved in subway delays: report
Queens least improved in subway delays: report
Top Stories Melissa Chan 5/07/2013 at 10:26AM

Queens straphangers will have to hold on for a little longer. The borough suffered a 17 percent spike in subway delays from 2011 to 2012, according to a new Straphangers Campaign report by the New York Public Interest research Group (NYPIRG). Queens was the least improved in the city when it came to decreasing subway [...]

Dozens compete in Jamaica High School cardboard boat race
Dozens compete in Jamaica High School cardboard boat race
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 4/23/2013 at 3:59PM

Dozens of students sat in boats made of cardboard and duct tape and waited to sink or swim. Spaceships, pirate ships and even Pokemon were among 30 vessels trying their luck in Jamaica High School’s eighth annual cardboard boat race on April 19. “It’s not as easy as it looks,” said Saudia Hashally, a sophomore [...]

Outrage over teacher’s alleged sex romp with student
Outrage over teacher’s alleged sex romp with student
Police Melissa Chan 4/10/2013 at 12:57PM

The Queens middle school teacher charged with statutory rape was a popular, fun educator who shared details about his personal life with his class, students said. “He was actually a really cool teacher,” said a former student. “He was funny. He joked around with us a lot.” Daniel Reilly, a sixth grade English teacher at [...]

Storm update: 3 to 5 inches of snow expected in NYC
Storm update: 3 to 5 inches of snow expected in NYC
News Cristabelle Tumola 3/06/2013 at 4:24PM

A significant winter storm that will begin Wednesday afternoon and last through Friday will bring up to five inches of snow, as well as rain and strong winds to New York City. According to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS), daytime rain will turn to snow around 7 p.m. Wednesday and winds [...]

Audit finds Department of Buildings is ‘incapable of improving itself’
Audit finds Department of Buildings is ‘incapable of improving itself’
Top Stories Melissa Chan 2/26/2013 at 2:23PM

The city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) is falling down on the job. “The Buildings Department is just dysfunctional and incapable of improving itself,” said Comptroller John Liu. “Its inability to perform basic tasks … bode poorly not just for the department, but for residents and neighborhoods too.” A recent audit by the comptroller’s office found [...]

DOE: Students can transfer out of failing schools
DOE: Students can transfer out of failing schools
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 2/18/2013 at 1:22PM

Students in failing city schools will be allowed to transfer, the Department of Education said. The city is in the process of phasing out 39 struggling schools. The Panel for Educational Policy will vote in March on whether to phase out another 22, including three in Queens. The transfer option will give students a chance [...]

Quinn focuses on middle class in State of the City address
Quinn focuses on middle class in State of the City address
Politics Terence M. Cullen 2/12/2013 at 1:30PM

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, in her final State of the City address, promised it would become more affordable to live and work in New York in the years to come. Quinn, who will be term limited out of the Council at the end of this year, is a heavy favorite on the Democratic side [...]

Shadows are no-shows, groundhogs predict early spring
Shadows are no-shows, groundhogs predict early spring
News Melissa Chan 2/02/2013 at 12:15PM

Spring is coming early if the city’s most famous marmot has predicted correctly. Groundhog Chuck in Staten Island and Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania did not see their shadows this morning. City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn celebrated at the city’s Groundhog Day festivities in Staten Island after the tiny rodent predicted the end [...]

City plans to put new schools inside Flushing, Newtown high schools
City plans to put new schools inside Flushing, Newtown high schools
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 1/30/2013 at 10:44AM

Students in two overcrowded Queens schools could soon learn a lesson in sharing. The city plans to place two new schools inside a scaled-down Flushing High School and an international school in Newtown High School, education officials said. The existing Flushing High School building would house a small district high school and another Chinese bilingual [...]