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Truck fire on Queensboro Bridge brings traffic delays

Sept. 2, 2:00 pm A truck caught fire at around 10 am on the Queensboro Bridge this morning temporarily shutting down traffic on the lower level in both directions. The FDNY has not yet determined what caused an 18-wheel truck to catch fire on the Manhattan-bound side of the bridge.…

City completes Shady Park repairs, trees to arrive this fall

August 31, By Christian Murray
The Parks Department reopened Andrews Grove/Shady Park in its entirety Wednesday–the first time since superstorm Sandy struck last October. Andrews Grove/Shady Park, a popular playground on 49th Ave (btwn Vernon Blvd. and 5th Street) was battered during last year’s storm when eight 50 foot trees were uprooted,…

With latest addition, Hunters Point has 17.5 acres of waterfront park space

August 29, By Christian Murray
An additional 5.5 acres of waterfront parkland was officially added to the Long Island City waterfront yesterday—taking the total amount of waterfront park space in the Hunters Point neighborhood to 17.5 acres. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and elected officials cut the ribbon to the Hunters Point South Waterfront Park yesterday—a 5.5 acre city park that features a central green,…

Men fire shots at Goldfinger’s strip club

August 28, By Christian Murray
The police are looking for two suspects who went into a Long Island City strip club Tuesday morning and shot two men. According to police, the suspects went into Goldfinger’s Infinity Club, a gentlemen’s club located at 51-07 27th Street (near  51st Avenue),…

Burned out car near Vernon expected to be wheeled away soon

August 27, By Christian Murray
No, it’s not post-modern art. In fact, it’s what’s left following an arson attack that blew up a car in Sunnyside about 10 days ago. The vehicle—or at least its carcass—rests just outside the Vernon Boulevard subway station and bemused commuters walk by smelling the burned out fumes wondering what it is doing there.…

Hunters Point South Waterfront Park opened last Tuesday

August 26, By Christian Murray
The New York City Parks Department opened a 5 ½ acre waterfront park near Borden Avenue last Tuesday. The park, which is called Hunters Point South Waterfront Park, includes a large lawn, a new dog run,…

Alewife to get into the brewing business

August 25, By Christian Murray
Alewife NYC, a popular Long Island City bar, has plans to break into the brewing business. The owners of the pub, located at 5-14 51st Ave, are currently applying to the state liquor authority seeking the permits necessary to brew beer in a section of the bar.…

NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force dismisses claims that racism sparked attack near Shi last week

August 23, By Christian Murray The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force has investigated the alleged bias attack that took place near Shi Restaurant early Saturday morning and has determined that the incident was not sparked by hate. The Hate Crimes unit has turned the investigation over to the local 108 police precinct which is investigating the incident as an assault,…

City Planning Commission approves developer’s 5 Pointz zoning permit

August 21, By Christian Murray
The 5 Pointz graffiti icon moved one step closer to meeting the wrecking ball this morning. The developer’s application to demolish the site and erect 1,000 apartment units –370 more than what is permitted under current zoning rules—was approved by the City Planning Commission.…

M Wells Steakhouse may not open until Christmas

August 21, By Christian Murray
M. Wells, the acclaimed Long Island City restaurant that closed in the summer of 2011, was supposed to open its steakhouse in July. However, there have been delays. And there are likely to be several more to come.…