Floral Park man accused of hate crime for graffiti incident in shop windows, authorities say

A man in Floral Park faces a hate crime charge for allegedly using makeup to write a derogatory word on the window of a Muslim-owned village shop, according to court documents Monday. Andrew Niemir, 58, was already charged with writing graffiti and attempted crime in the fourth degree before the incident on Nov. 18, when … Read more

Experts in infectious diseases say that the best defense against the omicron variant is booster

Leading infectious disease experts on Long Island on Monday urged people to get their COVID-19 booster shot immediately as the best defense against the new omicron variant, whose outbreak they said is the most definitive proof yet that the pandemic is likely to be with us for years more. As more cases of omicron appeared … Read more

Decorate your home with untraditional holiday wreaths that you can make or buy

When it comes to holiday wreaths, Maura Maietta Nixon thinks outside the box. Wreaths of evergreen flowers dotted with pine cones and finished with a red bow may be traditional, but Nixon’s colorful wreaths instead prefer themes such as football, autism awareness, teachers’ appreciation and the beach. “My military wreaths are really bestsellers,” she says. … Read more

Events at night to celebrate Hanukkah on Long Island

L’chaim is a Hebrew dish meaning “to life” – and this Hanukkah is a celebration of the return of ordinary life, says Rabbi Dovid Weinbaum of The Chai Center in Dix Hills. Several events that were interrupted last year due to the pandemic are returning to Long Island this holiday season, including an indoor Hanukkah … Read more

Weather forecast: Mixture of sun and clouds with heights in the mid 40s

Monday begins the work week under cloudy skies before making room for the sun, which was supposed to raise thermometers until the mid-40s, forecast experts said, although strong winds could develop this afternoon. “The wind will make it feel about 5 to 10 degrees colder late in the morning and afternoon during the period of … Read more

LI’s Lindsay Lohan is engaged to financier Bader Shammas

Lindsay Lohan is once again engaged to be married. “My love. My life. My family. My future. @ Bader.shamma’s #love,” wrote the actor-entrepreneur, who has lived in Dubai for years, on Twitter and Instagram early Sunday, Eastern Daylight Time, adds an emoji of an engagement ring. The post was followed by four close-ups of herself … Read more

Harry Styles performs with his first UBS Arena concert

UBS Arena started its concert career with one of the hottest pop stars in the world: Harry Styles, who played a sold-out show Sunday night at the Elmont venue in Belmont Park, the final stop on his “Love on Tour” concert tour. “This is like a piece of history that I’m going to be a … Read more

A death in Southern State Parkway accident, state police say

A passenger in a vehicle that crashed into a pole on Southern State Parkway in Hempstead died Sunday, according to New York State Police. The vehicle was traveling westbound around 1 p.m. 13.15 in the southern state west of exit 22 as it left the roadway and hit the pole, state police said. The driver … Read more

Experts: Meetings are likely to boost the COVID increase on LI; omicron influence unknown

Thanksgiving gatherings and celebrations during the holiday season are likely to promote a sustained increase in COVID-19 cases, but the potential effect of the newly discovered omicron coronavirus variant on Long Island remains unknown, experts said Sunday. The variant could already be in New York, but “if it’s going to have an impact on rising … Read more

Two died in North New Hyde Park car accident

Two women died and a man is in critical condition after a single-car accident in North New Hyde Park Sunday morning, Nassau police said. A 41-year-old man drove a 2009 Toyota Corolla on Marcus Avenue near the intersection with the Union Turnpike around noon. 06.50 when the car overturned and then hit a utility bar, … Read more