MTA town hall to address 7 train shutdowns


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

A town hall meeting for locals to decry the last three weekends of No. 7 train suspensions is scheduled for March 27 to go over the details of the service disruption, expected to last for 19 more weekends.

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Op-ed: No. 7 Train closures can’t close Long Island City


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Each year the residents of western Queens, and Long Island City in particular, wonder anxiously how many weekends the MTA will shut down the No. 7 train. In past years, the MTA did not even provide advance warning, adding insult to injury. All the prior notice in the world, however, cannot ease the pain of the 22 weekend closures we face in 2014.

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DOT begins process to bring Citi Bike to Astoria


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THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

Citi Bike is slowly pedaling its way into western Queens. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has begun the process of bringing the Citi Bike Share Program into Long Island City, Sunnyside and now Astoria, by getting community input from Community Boards (CB) 1 and 2. On Tuesday, the DOT began the first step of a […]

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Pol introduces bill to keep Astoria clean


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Photos courtesy of Assemblymember Aravella Simotas

Residents and local officials want to take out the trash in Astoria. “We all want a clean living environment for our growing community and to help our small businesses thrive,” said Assemblymember Aravella Simotas at a rally on September 24 at the corner of 31st Street and Ditmars Boulevard. Her office has heard from an […]

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LIC welcomes better bus service


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The Astoria and Long Island City waterfront is getting better bus service. Improvements to the Q103 bus line, which runs along Vernon Boulevard between Hunters Point and Astoria, began on Monday, September 9. Instead of 25 runs a day, the Q103 will now have 30. It will run every 15 minutes during the morning rush-hour. […]

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Costa Constantinides wins 22nd Council District primary race


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THE COURIER/Photos By Angy Altamirano

After months of campaigning, Costa Constantinides is one step closer to filling Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat in City Council District 22 and representing Astoria, Long Island City and parts of Jackson Heights. Together with his wife, 4-year old son, mother, family, friends and supporters Constantinides celebrated his victory as the Democratic candidate in the Primary […]

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Woodhaven manhole fires injure five, damage two vehicles


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Photo courtesy State Senator Michael Gianaris

Five people were injured and two vehicles damaged in a pair of manhole fires in Woodhaven early Thursday morning. The fire department responded to the blaze on 88th Road and 75th Street just before 1 a.m., officials said, and the flames were under control around 2 a.m. The fires, which awoke residents, were caused by […]

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Citi Bike share program headed to Astoria


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THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

Citi Bike is coming to Astoria. Although the Department of Transportation (DOT) has yet to set a timetable as to when the Citi Bike share program will be coming into Queens, Senator Michael Gianaris has announced he has worked with the DOT to include Astoria in the future plans. “Citi Bike will be a great […]

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Former Councilmember Walter McCaffrey dies


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Former City Councilmember Walter McCaffrey, known for his generosity and effectiveness in office, has died. He was 64. McCaffrey represented Council District 26, including Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Astoria and Maspeth, for nearly two decades until he was term-limited out of office in 2001. One of his successors, Jimmy Van Bramer, said the veteran […]

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Republican Arcabascio to run for Borough President


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An Astoria technology professional is eyeing a Borough Hall run as a Republican, making the race for borough president a little tighter. Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio confirmed his candidacy and expects to receive county endorsement soon. Arcabascio, who ran his own technology company for 13 years, made his debut in the political world last year when […]

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2012 Election Day coverage


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THE COURIER/Photo by Billy Rennison

Throughout the day and night Queens Courier will be updating our website, Facebook page and Twitter account (@QueensCourier) using the hashtag #courierpolitics, with news about the local elections and presidential race, from the casting of ballots to the final results. 2:00 a.m. Joseph Addabbo is projected as the winner in the State Senate District 15 race, defeating Republican opponent Eric Ulrich. 1:45 […]

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LIC strip club makes third run at liquor license


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After two strikes, a Long Island City strip club is taking another swing at a liquor license. 21 Group Inc. — the proprietors of the controversial Show Palace strip club — requested that the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) reconsider the venue’s recent application. In June, the SLA sent 21 Group Inc. a denial […]

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Courier hosts Power Breakfast on future of LIC’s tech boom


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence Cullen

Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), made clear that as business sectors based in the city move forward, technology will become more crucial. “As we like to say at EDC: whereas in the past the technology industry was a sector; increasingly, today, the economy itself is the tech sector.” […]

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Gianaris bills would make NY toughest on guns


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In the wake of multiple massacres across the country and an increase in shootings citywide, a state politician is calling for New York to become the nation’s leader in gun control. State Senator Michael Gianaris introduced a bevy of bills in Albany that would strengthen the state’s gun laws, making them the toughest in the […]

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