Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer returns $20K of extra pay he gets for majority leader role


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File Photo

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, the second-highest ranking member of the Council as majority leader, has decided to return his annual stipend, also known as a lulu, to taxpayers. He is eligible for the extra pay, in addition to his $112,500 salary, for his leadership post.

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Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer discusses vision for new majority leader role


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THE COURIER/ File Photo

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer is looking forward to the next four years as Majority Leader.

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Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer engaged


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

Congrats to Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. Van Bramer got engaged on Monday to his longtime partner, Dan Hendrick while vacationing in Puerto Rico. Van Bramer was among the elected officials that championed the Marriage Equality Act that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law.

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$3M more invested into Hunters Point Community Library


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

A Long Island City community has fought for over a decade to get a library, and now its dream has started to become a reality — all with a little help from its friends.

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Street to be co-named after architect who helped design Sunnyside Gardens


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Photo via Google Maps

Sunnyside Gardens will soon remember one of the women who envisioned the landscape and architecture that make up the neighborhood today.

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PHOTOS: Preview of new QNS.com website at Queens Museum party


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Corazon Aguirre

Businesspeople, elected officials and other movers and shakers from across Queens came to the Queens Museum Wednesday night to get a glimpse of QNS.com, the future Internet home of The Queens Courier, Ridgewood Times, LIC Magazine and BORO magazine.

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Citi Bike rolling into LIC this August


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THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

Motivate, the company that operates Citi Bike, and the Department of Transportation announced Friday that the Citi Bike expansion, which was announced last October, will begin in early August with new stations being installed in various neighborhoods, including Long Island City.

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$100M transformation to turn Queens Boulevard into ‘Boulevard of Life’ begins


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Department of Transportation representatives and local elected officials and community leaders announced on Thursday morning the beginning of the $100 million redesign of Queens Boulevard, which has claimed 185 lives since 1990.

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LIC business community: BID expansion ‘a necessity’ for neighborhood growth


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Members of the Long Island City business community say the proposed plan to expand the existing business improvement district is a necessity in helping the area become more inviting and attractive.

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Participatory budgeting coming to Councilwoman Crowley’s district


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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

Crowley announced on Tuesday that residents in the 30th City Council District — which includes all or parts of Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodhaven and Woodside — will get to decide how to spend $1 million in city funds on community improvement projects.

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PHOTOS: An early Independence Day fireworks show on the Astoria waterfront


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Dominick Totino Photography

The Astoria waterfront shined bright Tuesday night, as the neighborhood celebrated the nation’s birthday a few days early.

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Safety improvements unveiled at ‘deadly’ Astoria intersection


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Photo courtesy of DOT

One two-mile long Astoria thoroughfare, which has seen five fatalities and seven severe injuries between 2009 and 2013, has just gotten safer for pedestrians.

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