Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Catalina Cruz and advocates for more women in office rallied in Diversity Plaza Sunday. Photo courtesy of Amplify Her.

Jackson Heights Event ‘Amplifies’ Voices of Women Running For Office

With just a few left before Thursday’s primary election, women candidates from Queens joined more than 100 supporters at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Sunday to demonstrate their support for progressive women running for office.

The event was hosted by Amplify Her, an organization created to address women’s underrepresentation in the New York City’s elected offices.

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In April, a swastika was painted on a rock in Powell’s Cove in College Point. // Photo Courtesy Mirjana Karcic

Twister-Ravaged Park Is Site of Swastika, Noose & Dangerous Conditions

Mirjana Karcic, a College Point resident, walks her dog through deteriorating Powell’s Cove every morning, but on Thursday, Aug. 3 the park looked even worse than usual.

“It was like a disaster, like a war zone,” Karcic said.  

Decade-old trees lay splintered in the path, smashed to bits, and pieces of homes and trash were scattered throughout the trees. The devastation prompted Karcic to share the conditions of the park, which she has been documenting for months, with the Queens Daily Eagle.

Her photos reveal racist graffiti, including a swastika spray painted on a rock, and a medical waste container discarded next to a garbage can.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic nominee for New York’s 14th Congressional District, high-fives a voter on primary election day in June. Photo Courtesy of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez Stumps, Fundraises Across the U.S.

Is it possible to leverage 17,000 votes into a national political movement? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying.

The 28-year-old liberal activist, who was nearly unknown outside of Queens and the Bronx until a surprise June victory over a 10-term incumbent in New York’s Democratic congressional primary, has been crisscrossing the country in recent weeks to stump for fellow progressives.

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A tornado smashed a tree into a car in College Point. // Twitter photo by Daniel Rosenthal

Freak Twister Tears Through College Point

Brooklyn has a Cyclone, but Queens has a twister. A night of heavy rain storms turned destructive as a rare tornado ripped through College Point Thursday night, tearing down trees and damaging homes, the National Weather Service confirmed Friday morning. Queens residents’ phones began buzzing around 10:20 p.m. with a unique warning: “Seek shelter as tornado conditions roll in.”

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Pablo Villavicencio leans out of an SUV while talking to reporters after being released from the Hudson County Correctional Facility, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Kearny, N.J. A judge on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Villavicencio, an Ecuadorean immigrant who was being held at the facility for deportation after he delivered pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation. U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty said Villavicencio can remain in the United States while he exhausts his right to try to gain legal status. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

College Point Pizza Man Released After 53 Days In Detention Hell

College Point pizza delivery man Pablo Villavicencio returned to his wife and two children Tuesday evening after a federal judge ordered his release from immigrant detention.

Villavicencio spent 53 days in a New Jersey jail cell following an arrest at the Fort Hamilton military base in Brooklyn for an outstanding deportation order. Villavicencio was delivering food to the base when military police stopped him and demanded he show identification. The guards used his IDNYC to conduct a background check and discovered the deportation order. They then alerted Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who arrested Villavicencio.

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Rep. Joe Crowley, left, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez // photos courtesy House.gov and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Election Law Quirk Holds Crowley Captive to WFP Party Line

By David Brand The race for the 14th Congressional District resumed with a tweet. On Thursday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic nominee

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, District 14's Democratic Nominee for Congress, high-fives a voter on election day. Photo credit: Corey Torpie

Ocasio-Cortez Defeats Crowley

By David Brand @D4V1DBR4ND In a stunning upset, progressive challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated Rep. Joe Crowley in the District 14 primary

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