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Philly Pretzel Factory Opens its First Location in Queens

May 16, 2020 By Michael Dorgan A Queens couple opened the borough’s first Philly Pretzel Factory in Forest Hills last week, following two months of delays due to COVID-19. Corona residents Jose and Nancy Villa opened their Philadelphia-based franchise Friday and are finally serving up the company’s signature hand-twisted pretzels and other popular dishes. The… Read more »

Cuomo Lifts More Restrictions as COVID-19 Data Trends Downward

May 16, 2020 By Michael Dorgan Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that some sporting events will now be able to take place and elective surgeries are now permitted in more regions across the state. The announcement comes at a time when many COVID-19 indicators like new hospitalizations and deaths continue to trend downward. The governor… Read more »

Cuomo Extends New York City ‘PAUSE’ Order Until May 28

May 15, 2020 By Michael Dorgan Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended New York state’s stay-at-home order for another two weeks. The new PAUSE order–which was signed Thursday night–extends the existing May 15 stay-at-home requirement until May 28 for half of the state’s 10 regions, including New York City. The PAUSE order has been in effect… Read more »

City Closing Field Hospital at Billie Jean King Tennis Center

May 15, 2020 By Allie Griffin The city is closing down the field hospital at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center. The field hospital, which opened April 10, was established to help ease the overcrowding at Elmhurst Hospital as a time when the number of COVID-19 cases were near their peak. The facility treated 79… Read more »

MS-13 Members Charged in Three Murders, Attempted Murder in Queens: Feds

May 14, 2020 By Christian Murray Ten MS-13 members have been charged with a slew of violent crimes ranging from murder to firearms offences, according to federal investigators. The men, nine from Queens and one from California, are allegedly responsible for three murders that took place in the borough, an attempted murder, fire arms offences… Read more »

Key Indicators Show NYC Making Progress Toward Lifting Restrictions in June

May 14, 2020 By Allie Griffin New York City is on track toward lifting some restrictions next month as three key indicators continue to move in the right direction, the mayor said. The number of people admitted to hospitals for COVID-19; the number of patients currently in ICUs for the virus; and the percentage of… Read more »

LIC Relief Group Launches Career Advice Service to Help People Get Back to Work

May 14, 2020 By Michael Dorgan A local relief group that is providing food to needy Queens residents during the COVID-19 shutdown has launched a new job assistance program to help unemployed people get back to work. LIC Community COVID-19 Relief Group, which has served up more than 30,000 hot meals since it formed two… Read more »

Where to Get COVID-19 Testing in Queens — New Site to Open in Woodside

May 14, 2020 By Allie Griffin A new COVID-19 testing center will open in Woodside in about two weeks, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced from City Hall today. The site, at 51-30 Northern Blvd., is one of 10 new testing facilities across the five boroughs that will open the week of May 25, de Blasio… Read more »

Low Income Families Fear Not Having Enough Cash and Food Within a Month: Survey

May 14, 2020 By Michael Dorgan A new survey has revealed that low-income families in Queens are facing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 shutdown. Public Health Solutions, a nonprofit that conducted the survey between April 17 and April 29, found that the majority of low-income households in Queens are worried about running out of… Read more »