Attorney Neda Melamed, co-chair of the Brandeis Association’s Committee on Anti-Semitism and a former President of the Brandeis Association. Photo courtesy of Neda Melamed.

Brandeis Association Confronts Resurgent Anti-Semitism

Amid the rise of such brazen anti-semitism in Queens and the rest of the U.S., the Brandeis Association continues to confront hatred and stand up for the Jewish community through advocacy and education initiatives.

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State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Jr. joins NYLAG attorneys during a recent visit by NYLAG’s Mobile Legal Help Center. Photo courtesy of Joseph Addabbo’s office

Addabbo and NYLAG Team Up To Counsel Rockaway Residents

Next month, a mobile legal center will pull up to Rockaway Beach Boulevard and provide free legal assistance to peninsula residents. It one of the latest Queens stops for the innovative van.

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The Queens House of Detention sits vacant but will factor into the city's plan to close Rikers // nyc.gov

Queens House of Detention Set to Re-Open As Rikers Closes

The vacant Queens House of Detention is one step closer to re-opening as a key component of the city’s plan to shutter Rikers Island.

On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the four proposed borough-based sites to replace Rikers. The Queens jail will be located at 126-02 82nd Avenue, the site of the vacant House of Detention, which closed as a cost-cutting measure in 2002.
On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the four proposed borough-based sites to replace Rikers.

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Joaquin Guzmán (center in blue), known as El Chapo, waves to his wife Emma Coronel Aispuro (right) while Andrea Goldbarg (left) and U.S. District Court Judge Brian Cogan look on. // Court sketch by Shirley and Andrea Shepard

Judge Nixed Trial Move For Drug Kingpin El Chapo

By Rob Abruzzese Queens Daily Eagle Federal court judge Brian Cogan ruled against a motion by the defense of Mexican

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Derrick Hamilton was wrongfully convicted and spent 21 years in prison. He speaks at a rally to establish a prosecutorial misconduct commission. // Photo courtesy of VOCAL-NY

Advocates Rally for Prosecutorial Watchdog Despite DA Resistance

More than 100 organizations rallied in New York City Monday to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a law creating a prosecutorial misconduct commission.

The watchdog would monitor and investigate claims of prosecutorial misconduct involving the state’s 62 district attorney offices.

“New York has an ugly stain as one of the states with the most wrongful convictions,” said Assembly Member Nick Perry from Brooklyn during a rally at 60 Centre Street Monday. “The governor should stand with us and sign this law.”

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Woodhaven’s historic Neirs Tavern hosts the debut of a whiskey that honors the legacy of Nearest Green, a black man who concocted Jack Daniel’s whiskey. // Public domain photo courtesy of Wikimedia

Historic Woodhaven Tavern Honors Influence of Black Distillers

By Sara Bosworth A Woodhaven tavern is honoring the legacy of black distillers who played an outsized role in the

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