2019-04-03

Mom Faces 15-Years In Infant Death


A 36-year-old Long Island woman has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of her newborn baby at a Long Island City hotel in July 2018. Police responding to a 911 call on July 18, 2018 found Lauren Becker, of Seaford, Long Island, alone with her newborn baby girl inside a room at the Day’s Inn Hotel at […]

10 People Suffer Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: FDNY

Ten people were hospitalized after carbon monoxide filled a home in Woodside on March 30th, fire officials said. Firefighters responding to the home at 56-29 Roosevelt Avenue just before midnight on March 30th discovered high levels of carbon monoxide levels and multiple victims in the two-story wood structure. The victims were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where they were listed […]

Astoria Resident Arrested For Child Porn


A Queens grand jury has indicted a 40-year-old Astoria man in a 3,200-count indictment charging him with promoting child sexual abuse and related charges, Queens Chief Assistant District Attorney John Ryan said. Ryan said Dodelyn Vertilus stored and shared thousands of photos and videos of children, some as young as 3-years old, being sexually abused by adults. Vertilus, who lives […]

British Co-Living Firm ‘The Collective’ Acquires Paper Factory Hotel


The London-based co-living firm, The Collective, has acquired the 123-key Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City for $58 million. Plans call for conversion of the hotel at 37-06 36th Street, in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City to accommodate travelers from one to 29 days, a company spokesperson said. The firm will spend the next few months […]

Crime Watch:

Compiled by Liz Goff

Astoria Woman Attacked, Robbed In Building Lobby Police are searching for a man who attacked and robed a 37-year-old woman in the lobby of her Astoria apartment building on March 2nd. Cops said the man followed the victim to the building on 33rd Street near 34th Avenue at about 1:10 a.m. on March 2nd, grabbed her by the neck and […]

St. Francis Prep Presents The Little Mermaid

On Friday and Saturday, April 12th and 13th, The Alvernian Drama Society of St. Francis Preparatory School will be presenting the Disney classic, The Little Mermaid. There are a wide variety of students involved, whether they are enrolled in performing arts classes, or the broader school community. On Thursday, April 11th, the Drama Society will perform for invited intermediate and […]

Brexit: What’s Next?


On Thursday, April 9, the New York City Bar (42 West 44th Street) will host a program, entitled “Brexit: What’s Next”, featuring key speakers from the Law Society of England and Wales, the University of Antwerp, and Law360, who will be on tap to furnish their singular perspective on the international impact of Brexit, especially on the legal profession, immigration, and cross-border […]

State Senate Enacts Budget

NYS Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris and the Senate Majority passed the 2019-2020 State Budget. According to Sen. Gianaris, “The budget includes historic action to reform the state’s justice system, implement the Affordable Care Act into state law, advance a public (campaign) financing system, and invest in environmental protection efforts. The budget also provides tax relief for overburdened New York […]

Flushing Community Learns Of Human Trafficking Nightmare


Human trafficking is a deep and awful problem throughout the world, so it was fitting that the issue be discussed in the worldly borough of Queens. The auditorium of the Queens Library’s Flushing branch was filled to capacity to hear the police, public officials and speakers from the mayor’s office, the Queens district attorney’s office, the Queens Family Justice Center […]

Old Astoria Neighborhood Association Meeting

Old Astoria Neighborhood Association is holding its April 9th meeting at 7 pm at St. George Episcopal Church basement (14-20 27th Ave. Astoria, entrance in rear of parking lot by 14th Street). Their meeting agenda includes: • Welcoming their new neighbor, Brooklyn Harvest Market opening in the new Durst, Hallets Point Bldg. 1: Community Outreach. • Update on street cleaning […]