Pols call for Northern Boulevard to be included in mayor’s Vision Zero initiative


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer gathered with other elected officials and traffic safety advocates Thursday to call for Northern Blvd. to be added as one of the 50 locations in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative.

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New Jackson Heights metal benches along Northern Boulevard


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Photo Courtesy Councilmember Daniel Dromm

Residents and visitors walking along Northern Boulevard now have 13 new spots to take a break. Councilmember Daniel Dromm announced he had allocated $7,000 for Community Board 3 (CB3) to remove broken-down wooden benches down Northern Boulevard and replace them with 13 new metal benches as part of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) CityBench program. […]

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DOT lifts parking restrictions along Northern Boulevard following complaints


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

JOHANN HAMILTON The community has spoken, and they have been answered. There have been increasing complaints from business owners as well as neighborhood residents that the parking restrictions on certain blocks along Northern Boulevard are more of a hindrance than a benefit. Because of this, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will be […]

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Conti’s, a star along Northern Boulevard


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Conti's restaurant

Northern Boulevard in Little Neck hosts some of the finest restaurants in the New York metropolitan area. A star among this galaxy is Conti’s, at 249-11 Northern Boulevard. A warm welcome by partner Alessandro was the opening to a very pleasant and relaxing dining experience. With subdued music supplied by keyboardist Lynn and pleasant lighting, […]

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Ecuadorians celebrate along Northern Boulevard


| ccruz@queenscourier.com

The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the revelers at the Queens Ecuadorian Day parade. On Sunday, August 2 in celebration of Ecuador’s bicentennial, hundreds of people waved their yellow, blue and red flags along the stretch of Northern Boulevard from 69th to 90th Street while braving the torrential downpour. The dozens of floats – […]

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On Friday, April 25 at 2 p.m., Bayside Library will present Global Youth Service Day 2008 Project. Get involved with GYSD 2008 and join its Youth Give Back Team at Queens Library at Bayside to create handmade gifts for seniors. Help make a difference and join students between the ages of 5 to 17, April 18 to May 2, Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The library is located at 214-20 Northern Boulevard. For more information, call 718-229-1834.


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On Friday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m., Cambria Heights Library will present FitKids. A program for youth that promotes healthier lifestyles through nutrition and fitness. Ages 7 to 13 are introduced to healthy alternatives to junk food and also taught low-impact exercises. Preregistration is required. The library is located at 218-13 Linden Boulevard. For more […]

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Flushing groups urge city to seek community input on redevelopment plans


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Photo courtesy of Flushing BOA

Flushing is no stranger to development but local business owners and groups are skeptical about Mayor de Blasio’s recent announcement to turn an industrial and polluted section of Flushing into a residential area.

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City to begin studying western part of Flushing for residential development


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

The Department of City Planning will launch a study from the westernmost part of Flushing to Prince Street and Northern Boulevard to Roosevelt Avenue. The area is largely industrial and most of it hugs Flushing Creek’s bank.

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Real estate roundup: 1,789-unit, three-tower project planned for LIC, Astoria Cove developers to hire union labor


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner

“Permits have been filed for the mega-development, and it’s gotten a bit bigger: 1,789 apartments will now be included across the complex, which takes up two blocks bounded by Jackson Avenue, Orchard Street, Sunnyside Yards, and Queens Boulevard.”

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Real estate roundup: Residential support for Astoria Cove, Saving murals for Cornell’s Roosevelt Island tech campus


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

“There has been a lot of debate about this 1.7 million square-foot waterfront development. We’ve heard opinions coming from The Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan — but take it from neighbors who live down the street in the NYCHA Astoria Houses, one for the past 61 years and the other for 60 years: This project can help move our community in the right direction.”

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City’s closure of Flushing overpass causes businesses to suffer


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

The city’s extended closure of an overpass bridge in Flushing is set to end by 2016, according to a Department of Transportation spokesman. But the long wait could continue to hurt local business owners.

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