Paul Simon // Wikimedia

Queens Today


News, events, sports and politics from the world’s most diverse urban center

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

Weather in Queens (NWS): Today: 76° Cloudy, Night: 64° Cloudy

SATURDAY: 74° Thunderstorms, Night: 62° Rainy

SUNDAY: 88° Sunny, 76° Cloudy

Send tips to

THE LEDE: Happy Friday! Anger over the Trump administration’s family separation policy continues to fuel activists and everyday citizens in Queens and on Wednesday night, hundreds of protesters arrived at LaGuardia Airport to protest the border policies. Yesterday, Council Member Rory Lancman convened DAs from each borough to discuss how they address the opioid crisis and Jamaica tenants took their landlord to housing court for alleged abuse and intimidation. Want more proof that the subways really are that bad? During the Thursday morning commute, nearly every line had some sort of delay. But here’s some good news: Music legend Paul Simon, a Kew Gardens native, announced that his Farewell Tour will conclude in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. And tomorrow, food critic Joe DiStefano dishes on his 111 Can’t-Miss Queens eateries

TWEET OF THE DAY: “It’s now 1:53am here in NYC and the crowd at LaGuardia is standing strong to say #FamiliesBelongTogether” — The ACLU on the ground at LaGuardia Airport as demonstrators protested family separation late Wednesday night



Discover the 111 Can’t-Miss Queens Eateries

As a food writer, Joe DiStefano crisscrosses Queens, sampling the best of the borough’s countless flavors. On Saturday at 2:30 pm, he’ll visit the Elmhurst Library to share that wisdom with other residents. Join DiStefano as he discusses Queens food culture and offers highlights from his book 111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss.

Lancman Called on DAs To Learn How Each Borough Addresses the Opioid Crisis

Yesterday, City Council Member Rory Lancman, the Chair of the Committee on Criminal Justice, hosted a hearing to determine how borough DAs are handling the opioid epidemic. Lancman said prosecutors have a “vital role to play” in ensuring people with opioid use disorder get treatment and opportunities to enter alternatives to incarceration programs. “The opioid epidemic is a public health crisis that has torn apart families and communities all across New York City,” Lancman said. Council Member Eric Ulrich, who also presided over the hearing, acknowledged how the crisis has affected his own life. “I’ve been to more funerals and wakes than I care to mention,” he said.

Jamaica Residents Take ‘Worst Landlord’ Nominee to Housing Court for Abuse

Nine residents from 87-40 165th Street in Jamaica have taken their landlord to court, alleging “harassment, intimidation and/or abuse,” according to court documents filed by Legal Aid. The Daily News reports that the suit filed in Queens Housing Court says Hillside, the building management company, has pressured the tenants to move out of their apartments. To make matters worse, rats and roaches roam the halls, tenants say. Last year, Hillside appeared on Public Advocate Letitia James’ Worst Landlords List. In the face of alleged harassment, one blind tenant said giving up and moving out would be too challenging for her. “To make any changes, it puts a lot of pressure on me,” she said.

Activists Flocked to LaGuardia to Protest Family Separation As Immigrant Children Arrived in NYC

Hundreds of New York City residents traveled to LaGuardia Airport late Wednesday night to protest Trump Administration policies that separate children from their families and stick them in far-flung detention sites. Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer joined the demonstration, which convened after reports revealed that the federal government transported hundreds of the 2,300 children taken from their families at the border by plane to New York City.

Yikes. Almost Every Subway Line Got Delayed Yesterday Morning

It wasn’t just your imagination: The subways really were that bad yesterday. According to Queens Patch, the 2, 3, 4, 5 B, D, F, M, A, C and E trains were all delayed during yesterday’s morning commute, which made for a lot of late employees. Make sure to share this piece evidence to defuse your angry boss.

Simon Says “Goodbye to Rosie, the Queen of Corona” By Closing His Farewell Tour in Queens

Yesterday, legendary songwriter and musician Paul Simon announced the last stop on his Farewell Tour. And it’s right here in Queens. Simon, a music icon since the mid-1960s, grew up in Kew Gardens. He will conclude his tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Sept. 22.



LONG READ: Luis Soto is narrating Peru’s first appearance at the World Cup since 1982 in his native language, Quechua, the latest move to keep a fading oral tradition alive. The New York Times

ANOTHER LONG READ: ‘Stop and Frisk’ is over, but low-level police encounters still raise concerns City Limits

VIRAL: Thousands gathered at Stonehenge yesterday to celebrate the Summer Solstice

YUM: 111 Places in Queens You Must Not Miss author Joe DiStefano discusses Queens’ best food at Elmhurst Library on Saturday at 2:30 pm


NATIONAL NEWS: Hundreds of children separated from their families at the border were transported to New York City Politico . . . Trump’s executive order does not automatically reunite children with their families Reuters

FOREIGN DISPATCHES: Hungary criminalizes aiding undocumented immigrants The New York Times . . . New Zealand’s PM gave birth to a baby girl BBC


QUEENS SPORTS: AM New York lists the top spots to watch the World Cup in Queens this weekend. The venues include O Lavrador in Jamaica, Basurero in Astoria and Queens Brewery in Ridgewood


5 pm: Rockaway Beach Clam Bake and Lobster Boil at Jacob Riis Beach

5:30 pm: Small Business Open House in Ridgewood

7 pm to 10 pm: Q-Youth Pride Party in Long Island City

7:30 pm to 10:30 pm: Global Youth Benefit: Celebrating Studying Abroad and Global Citizenship in Long Island City

7:30 pm to 10:45 pm: Back to the Future Drive-in Movie in Bayside

8 pm to 10 pm: Theater Weekend Doubleheader at Jamaica Center for Performing Arts

8 pm to 10 pm: Flamenco Latino Mas Alla at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

8 pm to 10 pm: Movies Under the Stars: Despicable Me 3 in Flushing

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *