Queens Public Library reopened seven additional branches across the borough on Monday. Those branches are:
Forest Hills Library
Fresh Meadows Library
Langston Hughes Library
The reopened branches offer limited “to-go” service six days a week.
With the seven reopenings, QPL now has 22 locations across Queens open to the public for pickups in a designated area of each building.
The branches will also accept returns at their exterior return machines.
The hours for each reopened branch are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday (closed between 1 to 2 p.m. for cleaning); 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday; 12 to 7 p.m. on Thursday (closed between 3 to 4 p.m. for cleaning).
All staff and visitors are required to wear a mask and practical physical distancing. Hand sanitizer is available at all open branches.
At this time, there is no on-site public programs, browsing, meeting room availability, seating, public computers or in-person reference service.
In addition, there will be no fines or fees on any library materials checked out this year until January 4, 2021 at the earliest.
Lorena Delaguna, 53, has been charged with attempted assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment for throwing a bottle at a passing Black jogger, District Attorney Melinda Katz announced.
Delaguna was also seen on video calling the jogger the n-word in an incident that dated back to August 17 in Woodside.
“Crimes like this, which are fueled by hate, are in a special category for a reason,” Katz said. “No one should have to endure being called a vile slur or being attacked simply because of the color of their skin, their religion, or who they love.”
Delaguna returns to Queens Criminal Court on Friday, and if convicted, could face up to seven years in prison.
Delaguna threw a glass bottle at the jogger, which missed and shattered, splashing liquid on the victim. She not only used the n-word, but also told the jogger to “go back to Africa.”
The jogger tried to get away from Delaguna, who followed her at least a block while yelling and threatening her.
On Wednesday at 7 p.m., the campaign of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will co-host a workshop to educate and empower the community on their rights while engaging with ICE.
The #AbolishICE: Know Your Rights and Resisting ICE workshop will be led by Luba Cortes from Make the Road NY, Genia Blaser from Immigrant Defense Project, and Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, the Democratic nominee for Assembly District 34.
This is the third workshop in a series of events hosted by the campaign. Previous ones included topics like organizing a childcare collective and an eviction defense workshop.
UPDATE: According to the FDNY, four people, including a civilian and three firefighters, were taken to a local hospital. The incident was under control in two hours and 10 minutes.
A fire broke out in the basement of an apartment building at 45-45 46th Street in Sunnyside on Friday afternoon.
No one appeared to be injured. After just a few minutes, the fire seemed to be contained, though several dozen firefighters were on the scene for more than an hour.
As you can see from the photo above, the windows of the first floor and basement were broken.
Though some residents from nearby buildings were evacuated, it looked like some went to the roof to check out what was going on.
It was unclear if the restaurant next door, Bistro Punta Sal, a Peruvian spot, was affected.
Dozens of people were watching the firefighters at work just across the street. One man with an American flag-designed mask tossed two firefighters water bottles. Others applauded the firefighters for their work.