Pols remember 9/11: SENATOR MICHAEL GIANARIS


By Queens Courier Staff

Where were you when you heard that planes had struck the World Trade Center? September 11th was an Election Day for municipal offices. I was campaigning with Peter Vallone Jr., who was a candidate for the City Council that day. After the attacks, we went to the rooftop of our polling place and saw the […]

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Massive community-made mural unveiled in LIC


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Photos via Department of Transportation's Flickr

The commute to and from work, school and other daily activities for pedestrians and drivers in Long Island City just got more colorful — all with help from the community.

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Sunnyside street co-named after beloved resident who put neighborhood ‘on the map’


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Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office

Sunnyside came together this weekend to honor the life of a man who many say helped make the neighborhood what it is today.

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First Queens Citi Bike station debuts in LIC


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Motivate, the company that operates Citi Bike, the Department of Transportation and local elected officials and leaders gathered Wednesday afternoon to cut the ribbon on the borough’s first-ever Citi Bike station located on Center Boulevard right on the waterfront.

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Elmhurst site near Queens Center may soon distribute medical marijuana


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

A state-regulated medical marijuana dispensary center may soon open shop across the street from the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst.

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Astoria street to be co-named after late community leader


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

The City Council unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would co-name streets throughout the city, including 30th Avenue between 30th and 29th streets, which will be named in honor of Dennis Syntilas, who died on Jan. 7.

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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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Pols propose $682M education package to help alleviate overcrowding


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Elected officials in the state Senate have put forth a new plan that hopes to bring some relief to the overcrowded school districts throughout the city including western Queens.

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BP secures $250K for new pre-K program at Queens Library in Ravenswood Houses


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Photo courtesy of BP Melinda Katz's office

More than 30 seats are being added to School District 30, as Queens Borough President Melinda Katz secured funding for a new pre-K program at a Queens Library branch at one Astoria housing development.

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Sunnyside Shines BID executive director honored for dedication


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Photo courtesy of state Senator Michael Gianaris' office

One Sunnyside community leader shined extra bright this week, receiving an award for her dedication and commitment to the western Queens neighborhood she serves.

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CB 1 chair, district manager to retire in the summer after almost four decades of service


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Map via CB1 Website

Astoria will soon say goodbye to two Community Board 1 leaders as they get ready to retire from their posts after nearly eight decades of combined service to the area.

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Sunnyside playground unveils renovations, months ahead of schedule


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Local elected officials, community leaders and Parks Department representatives joined families on Tuesday morning to unveil the new renovations at the Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan Playground located at the intersection of 43rd Street and Greenpoint Avenue.

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Community feedback leads to permanent bus service expansion along Vernon Boulevard


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

The MTA announced on Friday that weekend and increased weeknight service on the Q103 route, which runs down Vernon Boulevard between Astoria and Long Island City, will be permanently added after a successful pilot program started last June.

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Pols continue push for law change after another Queens hit-and-run


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

In response to a fatal hit-and-run in Elmhurst on Sunday, which took the life of a 26-year-old woman, state Senator Michael Gianaris gathered with local officials and advocacy groups at the site of the crash to reintroduce legislation he put forth more than a year ago.

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