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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Local leaders, advocates call for public’s help to find fatal LIC hit-and-run driver


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

The Long Island City community is asking for the public’s help in finding the driver who fled the scene after fatally hitting a 64-year-old man on Northern Boulevard last Friday.

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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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Parents, pols oppose temporary relocation plan for P.S. 11 students


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Congressmember Joseph Crowley gathered with other local elected officials and parents of students from P.S. 11, located at 54-25 Skillman Ave., to voice their disagreement with the DOE’s final recommendation of sending the school’s kindergarten and first grade students to P.S. 171 in Astoria.

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Pols, leaders meet with MTA to begin dialogue on No. 7 train suspensions


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After local elected officials and community leaders met with the MTA Thursday, the agency plans on making no changes to the No. 7 train suspension but is looking to reach out to the community.

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Op-ed: Make traffic safety a priority


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The 21st Street corridor between Queens Plaza and 20th Avenue has always been notorious for pedestrian fatalities. It serves as a conduit between the Queensboro and Robert F. Kennedy Bridges, resulting in cars, trucks, and other heavy vehicles using the street to move quickly between these two points.

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Victims’ families, pols gather to support Vision Zero


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Supporters of “Vision Zero” rallied at problem intersections in Maspeth and Ridgewood to call for safer streets.

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No. 7 train service suspensions scheduled for 22 weekends in 2014


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Another year, another round of No. 7 train suspensions. The subway line will not run in parts of western Queens and Manhattan for over a dozen weekends this year, starting in the end of February, according to a notice from the MTA.

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A week of losses


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It was a sad January 2 when I got the call that cherished friend Gloria Aloise, who had been ill for several years, lost her battle with Parkinson’s disease. But it was a shock when I got the call that my beautiful friend Georgiana Reese-Benatti had lost her beloved Ray, who suffered a massive heart […]

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Community demands end to disruptive subway noise by Astoria school


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Local elected officials and the P.S. 85 community in Astoria want to put a screeching halt to subway noise created by the N and Q elevated subway line.

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Off-duty NYPD officer killed after car hits storefront near Queensboro Bridge


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A woman is dead after her car smashed into an exit ramp of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge before striking a storefront in an accident-prone area of Long Island City early Tuesday morning.

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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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Astoria welcomes affordable senior housing


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Some Astoria seniors now have a safe, comfortable and affordable place to call home. City and state Housing representatives and local elected officials gathered with the community on November 15 for the grand opening of the affordable Hellenic-American Neighborhood Action Committee (HANAC) – Presbyterian Church of Astoria (PCA) Senior Residence, located at 31-34 33rd Street. […]

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Costa Constantinides wins City Council District 22 race


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Costa Constantinides is making history and will now serve the community he has called home his whole life. The lifelong Astoria resident has been elected to fill Peter Vallone Jr.’s seat in City Council District 22 and represent Astoria, Long Island City and parts of Jackson Heights. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, he […]

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