Truth about School Construction Authority


By Queens Courier Staff

In the last days of this year’s regular session of the State Legislature, a bill passed that purports to end a loophole in the School Construction Authority’s (SCA) process for securing leased space for use as schools. Assembly Bill 8838 would require the SCA to treat all leased property in the same way as new […]

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Residents rally against high school planned for Bayside Jewish Center


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

Residents living near the Bayside Jewish Center rallied with state Sen. Tony Avella on Thursday against a proposed high school planned for their neighborhood.

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Controversial Bayside elementary school to start construction this summer


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy the Department of Education 

The School Construction Authority is collecting bids to find a company to construct a controversial four-story, 468-seat elementary school in Bayside on the former Keil Brothers Garden Center and Nursery site.

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Parents call for permanent annex at Corona’s P.S. 143 to alleviate overcrowding


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Parents at one Corona school are saying enough is enough and are calling on officials to give their children more room to succeed.

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Avella hopes to stop plans of overdevelopment on massive Whitestone vacant sites


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/PropertyShark 

Winter may be coming to an end, but state Sen. Tony Avella isn’t planning a warm welcome for anyone who purchases a controversial site in Whitestone if they plan on overdeveloping the property or building something that doesn’t comply with zoning.

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Sunnyside and Woodside parents petition for a new middle school


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Map courtesy of Sunnyside Woodside MSP

A group of parents from Sunnyside and Woodside have started a petition calling on city and school officials to bring a new middle school into District 30, which is known for its overcrowding schools.

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Pre-K to replace coin arcade game warehouse in Richmond Hill


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Kalmon Dolgin Associates

The School Construction Authority signed a 10-year lease for a one-story Richmond Hill building and plans to create space for a pre-kindergarten at the site, which was formerly a warehouse for arcade vending machine supplier Bay Coin Distributors.

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Real estate roundup: 5Pointz demolition progress


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Jeremiah's Vanishing New York

“You can see the destruction as you roll past on the 7 Train, looking down into rubble. And get a closer look on the ground, through a grimy plastic window in the plywood demolition fence.”

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Renderings reveal look of new P.S./I.S. 314 school in Jamaica


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Rendering courtesy Department of Education

The School Construction Authority posted renderings of the new P.S./I.S. 314 school in Jamaica, giving residents a glimpse into the future of their neighborhood.

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Residents nervous about Glendale homeless shelter impact on schools


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THE QUEENS COURIER/ Photo by Salvatore Licata

Hundreds of residents voiced concerns of potentially overcrowded schools at a forum on the impact of a proposed homeless shelter in Glendale.

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