Author: Allie Griffin

Three Queens Protected Bike Lanes to be Fortified With Cement Barriers

Feb. 22, 2022 By Allie Griffin Three protected bike lanes in Queens will be getting safety upgrades as part of an effort to better protect cyclists from cars throughout the city, the Department of Transportation announced Friday. Bike lanes in Long Island City, Astoria and Forest Hills will be among the first lanes in the… Read more »

State Sen. John Liu Calls for Additional Funds to Fight Hate Crimes Targeting Asian New Yorkers

Feb. 18, 2022 By Allie Griffin State Sen. John Liu and local Asian American groups are calling for increased state funding to support Asian New Yorkers who have increasingly been the target of violent—and even deadly—hate crimes. Liu wants the state to allocate $64.5 million to support community-based organizations that provide services for Asian New… Read more »

Three Candidates Announce Campaigns for Cathy Nolan’s Western Queens Assembly Seat

Feb. 17, 2022 By Allie Griffin and Christian Murray Three Democrats — one progressive and two moderates — have launched campaigns for Cathy Nolan’s state assembly seat this week. Juan Ardila, a progressive, along with James Magee and Vlad Pavlyuk have announced that they are running for the 37th Assembly District covering Long Island City,… Read more »

Gianaris Calls on State Regulators to Investigate Con Ed’s Surging Bills

Feb. 10, 2022 By Allie Griffin State Sen. Michael Gianaris is calling on state regulators to investigate the spike in electricity bills that many Con Edison customers are now required to pay. Gianaris penned a letter Tuesday to the New York State Public Service Commission Tuesday asking the utility regulator to probe the bill increases… Read more »

Council Members Williams and Lee Elected Co-Chairs of Queens Council Delegation

Feb. 8, 2022 By Allie Griffin Council Members Nantasha Williams and Linda Lee will be leading the Queens Council Delegation. Williams and Lee were elected co-chairs of the delegation by their Queens council colleagues Friday. As co-chairs, Williams and Lee will advocate for funding for Queens during the council’s discretionary budget negotiations. They will serve… Read more »

Makina Cafe, Popular Ethiopian and Eritrean Food Truck, to Open Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant in Sunnyside

Jan. 27, 2022 By Allie Griffin The woman behind the popular Ethiopian and Eritrean food truck—Makina Cafe—will put down roots in Sunnyside this spring with the opening of her first brick-and-mortar restaurant. Eden Egziabher plans to open Makina Cafe at 46-11 Skillman Ave. in mid-April, while still operating the business’s two food trucks. The location… Read more »

Queens Legislators Split on Mayor Adams’ Plan to Combat Gun Violence

Jan. 25, 2022 By Allie Griffin Queens lawmakers are split on the mayor’s recently released plan to combat gun violence — with some applauding it while others denounce it. The 15-page plan titled “The Blueprint to End Gun Violence” was unveiled by Mayor Eric Adams Monday following a number of high-profile shootings this month, including… Read more »