Whitestone officials pledge action to deal with overhead helicopter noise


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of George Mirtsopoulos

Lawmakers at the city, state and federal level met with Whitestone residents this month to address complaints of excessive noise pollution from low flying helicopters and outline courses of action to lessen the impact on the community.

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In Bayside, activists call to keep unwanted ads away from homes


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

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Community activists gathered outside state Senator Tony Avella’s office to call for an extension of the state’s “cease-and-desist” law, which empowers Queens homeowners to prohibit unwanted solicitations from real estate brokers.

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Pols call for rejection of resubmitted proposal for Pan Am homeless shelter


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

The fight continues for Elmhurst community members who continue to stand together hoping the city will again reject the proposal to convert the former Pan American Hotel into a permanent homeless shelter, which was resubmitted last month.

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Plans for Willets Point mega mall blocked by appellate court


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Rendering courtesy of NYCEDC

An appellate court blocked developers of proposed mega mall Willets West last week from using designated parkland without legislative approval, creating a major bump in the road to the project’s construction.

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Mosquitoes, graffiti and uncertainty: history of problems for Whitestone site


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos THE COURIER/by Liam La Guerre and courtesy of Artie McCrossen

For about a decade McCrossen and his family have been living with the property, which has attracted rodents and garbage, and while developing it could be good, it comes with a level of uncertainty that troubles him.

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Grand opening of Tanenbaum Pool at Samuel Field Y in Little Neck


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Photos by Zerline Alverez

The entire Tanenbaum family was in attendance for the June 4 ribbon cutting of their namesake pool club which was acquired by the Samuel Field Y in early spring and opened to the public in late May.

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Broadway-Flushing residents renew fight for landmark status


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THE COURIER/Photos by Alina Suriel

A previous attempt to get the neighborhood recognized by the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) only resulted in a few homes receiving the designation, but the community is renewing its efforts due to a change in leadership at the LPC last year.

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Community shows strong support against alleged Flushing hotel


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THE COURIER/Photos by Alina Suriel

Scores of residents attended a rally Thursday that state Senator Tony Avella and the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association held against a single-family home they allege will be turned into an illegal hotel on 156th Street.

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Confusion arises after allegations of illegal Flushing hotel


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Photo courtesy of Robert Hanophy Jr.

Although members of the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners’ Association have issues with renovations on a single-family home they believe will create a transient hotel on 156th Street, the property’s owner was surprised to learn that these allegations were being spread about what he claims will be his family home.

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Queens Centers for Progress celebrates 65 years in the community


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Photo courtesy QCP

From their humble beginnings operating out of the basement of a wood-framed house in Queens 65 years ago to now servicing over 1,500 people at several different facilities, the Queens Centers for Progress (QCP) has grown to become a leader in helping people with developmental disabilities.

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