Star of Queens: Sheila Lewandowski


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Sheila LewandowskiCommunity Board 2 MemberLong Island City COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Sheila Lewandowski has been involved with Community Board 2 for the past three years. Lewandowski started going to meetings because she wanted to foster a stronger relationship with other residents and business owners in the community. During the initial years of her involvement, the board asked […]

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9th Annual Taste of LIC offers items from over 50 local restaurants


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Photos by Dominick Totino Photography

Foodies made their way to the Long Island City waterfront to a get a taste of what the popular western Queens neighborhood has to offer.

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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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LIC demands better communication over G train suspensions


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THE COURIER/ File Photo

The Long Island City community is concerned a new string of subway shutdowns will bring more problems to residents and business owners.

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LIC community struggles with first weekend of No. 7 train suspensions


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

All of Long Island City felt the pinch this past weekend as the community endured the first of more than a dozen weekends of No. 7 train suspensions.

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LIC’s Shady Park reopens following Sandy repairs


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

The first phase of restoring the beloved “Shady Park” back to its former glory has been completed. The Parks Department began repairs in June at Andrews Grove, located on 49th Avenue between 5th Street and Vernon Boulevard in LIC, after the park was left with significant damage from Sandy. Play equipment, safety surfaces and fencing […]

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Restoration underway at LIC’s Shady Park following Sandy damage


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Rosa Kim

After massive damage from Sandy, repairs are underway for the beloved Long Island City site known as “Shady Park” for its signature tall trees. Andrews Grove, located on 49th Avenue between 5th Street and Vernon Boulevard, had significant damage to its play equipment, safety surfaces, fencing and immense trees. Since Sandy, a large portion of […]

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Long Island City park secures funding for Sandy repairs


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Photo courtesy of Nicholas Paul

A beloved Long Island City park, nicknamed “Shady Park” for its signature tall trees, will finally regain some of the shade Sandy took away. Working together with the Friends of Shady Park — a group of neighbors advocating for the repair of Andrews Grove Playground – Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer’s office has secured $10,000 in […]

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Citywide initiative to help cultural nonprofits, art funding


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THE COURIER/PHOTO BY ALEXA ALTMAN

The infamous moniker of “one percent” gained an innovative, positive meaning among the arts community. At MoMA PS1 on Tuesday, January 8, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced his support for the One Percent for Culture campaign, a citywide initiative aimed at increasing funding towards art institutions and impressing upon the city the value of cultural […]

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Queens businesses fear 7 subway suspension may hurt profits


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Once more, western Queens business owners could potentially say goodbye to a profitable winter. The No. 7 line weekend service between Queens and Manhattan is being suspended until the end of March, and many area business owners fear that this will affect the influx of customers they usually get. The award-winning Chocolate Factory Theater in […]

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Short-term parking announced in Long Island City


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THE COURIER/Photo by Steve Mosco

Fed up with commuters using their neighborhood as a parking lot, residents and community leaders of Long Island City banded together with the Department of Transportation, (DOT) and announced the reduction of 12-hour parking meters. The new meter regulation, which accounts for 39 spots where Vernon Boulevard meets Borden Avenue, one block from the No. […]

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Waging war on Woodside graffiti


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Photo Courtesy of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer - Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer united with residents of Woodside on November 1 to remove unwanted graffiti in the neighborhood.

The war against graffiti in Queens is never ending, but Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer has no reservations about arming himself with a brush and leading the charge. The councilmember united with CitySolve, a graffiti removal company, and residents of Woodside on November 1 to stand in opposition to the vandalism that has plagued the neighborhood. […]

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Waging war on graffiti in Sunnyside


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Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer is taking his fight against graffiti to the streets. The councilmember joined with CitySolve, a graffiti removal company, on August 22 to commemorate the second year of his initiative against graffiti in District 26. With help from a spray gun provided by CitySolve, Van Bramer painted over graffiti at the corner […]

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Waging war on graffiti in Sunnyside


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer is taking his fight against graffiti to the streets. The councilmember joined with CitySolve, a graffiti removal company, on August 22 to commemorate the second year of his initiative against graffiti in District 26. With help from a spray gun provided by CitySolve, Van Bramer painted over graffiti at the corner […]

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Waging war on graffiti in Sunnyside


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer is taking his fight against graffiti to the streets. The councilmember joined with CitySolve, a graffiti removal company, on August 22 to commemorate the second year of his initiative against graffiti in District 26. With help from a spray gun provided by CitySolve, Van Bramer painted over graffiti at the corner […]

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