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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

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THE LEDE: Happy Monday! It’s International Sushi Day and International Fishing Day. Head to Crocheron Park or Little Bay Park to catch your meal. In citywide news, federal and local authorities raided a Queens NYCHA office as part of an investigation into NYCHA’s lead abatement program. When an intern brought a fake grenade to Queens Criminal Courthouse, NYPD evacuated the building and called on the Bomb Squad. Rep. Joe Crowley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez completed their first and only debate, the state attorney general busted a shady Queens car dealer and a hunk of metal from an MTA construction site smashed through an office window in Jackson Heights. Plus, ICE arrested a Chinese immigrant with an American wife and kids after he checked in for a green card interview in Flushing. Looking to unwind on a hot and sunny Monday? Dance all day at Jacob Riis Beach or take a $15 figure drawing class in LIC.

TWEET OF THE DAY:22 people shot last night at an all-night art event. Nobody’s even talking about it. Happy Father’s Day, America.” — Comedian Michael Ian Black reacts to the shooting at a Trenton, NJ Art Festival early Sunday morning.



Feds Seize Documents from Long Island City NYCHA Office

On Wednesday, federal and local authorities seized documents and other items from a Long Island City NYCHA office. The raid came two days after Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a $1.2 billion settlement to make repairs and address lead contamination in NYCHA properties. The seizure was conducted by the city’s Department of Investigation, the inspector general for the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency. According to The New York Times, the raid is likely part of a criminal inquiry into NYCHA’s lead abatement program.

Queens Criminal Courthouse Evacuated After Intern’s Grenade Sets Off Alarms

An intern with the Queens Criminal Court’s mental health office triggered a 90-minute evacuation when the fake grenade he carried into the courthouse set off the metal detectors. The item was meant as a gift for his supervisor, but the gag blew up in his face when officers cleared the courthouse, NYPD shut down a stretch of Queens Boulevard and the city’s Bomb Squad arrived. “Someone said it looked like a perfume bottle, but you never know with these things so you got to check it out,” the president of the Supreme Court Officers Association told the Daily News

Crowley and Ocasio-Cortez Faced Off in Their First and Only Debate

Rep. Joe Crowley sat across from progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a New York 1 studio for their first and only debate Friday. Ocasio-Cortez laid out her progressive bonafides and said the district demands a different kind of Democrat. “For 20 years our rents have been going up, healthcare has been getting more expensive and our incomes are staying the same,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Not all Democrats are the same and I am proud to be the only Democrat in this race that rejects all corporate money and champions and advances improved and expanded Medicare for all, a federal jobs guarantee, tuition free public college and the abolition of ICE.” In response, Crowley promoted his own progressive achievements in Congress and as Queens County Democratic Party boss. “I am very proud of my record of electing progressive Democrats in Queens County whether it’s in the judiciary or elected office.” he said. “Virtually every person in Queens County is a Democrat — in no small part because of my efforts.”

AG Punished Shady Queens Car Dealer with $165,000 Settlement

Queens car dealer Nemet Motors agreed to pay $50,000 to the state and $115,000 to customers who it defrauded with shady car deals. State Attorney General Barbara Underwood said the dealership added unwanted products, like security devices, to contracts and rushed customers to sign them. “If you’re going be in business, you shouldn’t look to get over on people,” one ripped-off customer told the Daily News. “It’s just not fair.”

Chinese Immigrant With American Family Arrested During Routine Green Card Interview

Flushing resident Xiu Qing You, 39, arrived at the Queens ICE office for a routine green card interview. He departed in shackles. You arrived in the US 18 years ago and immediately applied for asylum. He has a 4-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter who were both born in the US and his wife is an American citizen. But ICE arrested him and transported him to a jail in New Jersey because it said he skipped a deportation proceeding in 2002. “Xiu Qing You was simply seeking to adjust his immigration status so that he could continue providing for his family,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted. “Now, he faces deportation and separation from his wife and kids. This abject cruelty must stop.”

A Hunk of Metal From MTA Site Crashed Into a Jackson Heights Office

Lawyer Michael Siegel was working inside his Long Island City office when a piece of metal fell from a nearby MTA construction site and crashed through his window. “A shot, like a rifle shot. That’s what I thought it was,” he told CBS2 News. “If I was standing on the other the side of the desk, or even sitting down, that thing would’ve hit my head, and I would have been killed.”

The Part Doesn’t Stop at Riis Beach

It may be Monday, but the party continues all day and night at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar. The festival starts at 11 am and lasts into the evening. “Don’t be scared to dance,” event organizers advise.

AlterWorks Studio in LIC Hosts $15 Figure Drawing Class

The three-hour class begins at 7 pm is open to artists of all skill levels and experiences. Every Monday, professional figure models pose nude for illustrators inside AlterWorks Studio. The event costs $15 at the door. AlterWorks “welcomes anyone who wants to hone their skills and practice in a professional yet fun environment.”



LONG READ: What a Father Learns by Reading With His Special-Needs Son The New York Times

ANOTHER LONG READ: Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health The Atlantic

VIRAL: Nature has overtaken an abandoned town in China

YUM: Step inside Queens’ secret restaurants with Food & Wine Magazine


NATIONAL NEWS: Paul Manafort is locked inside a Virginia jail CNN . . . 1 Dead, 17 Shot at New Jersey Art Festival The New York Times

FOREIGN DISPATCHES:  Police detain 56 far-right protesters during Kiev Pride parade Reuters . . . Greece and Macedonia have signed a deal that could end a decades-long dispute over Macedonia’s name BBC



11 am: Riis Beach Party

1 pm to 2:30 pm: Salsa for Seniors at South Asian Center for Social Services

6 pm to 7:30 pm: Suraj Patel, who is challenging Rep. Carolyn Maloney in the Democratic Primary, hosts a town hall in LIC

6 pm to 8 pm: The Flushing Toastmasters meet tonight in the Flushing Main St. Library

7 pm to 9 pm: Lecture on Intercommunalism at the Woodbine in Ridgewood

7 pm to 10 pm: Figure Drawing Open Sketch Night in LIC


QUEENS SPORTS: The Jamaica High School Boy’s Lacrosse Team won its first-ever state playoff game. The lacrosses program was defunct for more than 25 years until the school revived it in 2014  . . . The Mets finally won a game and Michael Conforto quieted calls to demote him on Saturday night.

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