Community Board 7 votes to name park after fallen fire marshal


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Randall Wilson

Community Board 7 voted Monday to name a playground in Fort Totten after Martin “Woody” McHale, 50, who died of a heart attack in his car Christmas Eve 2012.

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Community Board 7 approves Bowne House visitor center designs


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo rendering by Parks Department

Designs for the new $2.7 million Bowne House visitor center include a smaller-than-planned building and sliding, wooden barn doors. Community Board 7 approved the Parks Department’s construction plans for a 1,250-square-foot center, that will be free to the public, on October 28. It is 400 square feet smaller than originally proposed, officials said, and will […]

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Community Board 7 Marathon Session: KO’s New High School . . . Ok’s Whitestone Expwy. Bridge


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Bleary-eyed C.B. 7 members ended a hotly-fought marathon SRO session that ranged from the rejection of an 800-student high school in Auburndale to approved reconstruction of the $93 million Whitestone Expwy. bridge. During Monday’s five-hour talk-a-thon in the Union Plaza Nursing Home, busy Board members also approved a group home in west Flushing, okayed a […]

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Whitestone community to honor late resident with street renaming


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Lohnes family; THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Community board 7 unanimously voted to make 145th Street between 15th and 17th Avenue Robert C. Lohnes Way. Family members and Boy Scout troop 235 attended the meeting to talk about Lohnes, who served as the troop’s scout master for over three decades.

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Leaders pushing to save Flushing row houses


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Politicians and civic representatives are still pushing for a way to save row houses, after yet another residence on 56th Road was gobbled up by a developer, who has already begun to expand it from a single-family residence to a multi-family home.

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City accepting proposals to develop 200-unit building on Flushing parking lot


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development recently announced a request for proposals to build a new residential and commercial mixed-use building on Flushing Municipal Lot 3.

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Board approves Greek-American school expansion in Whitestone


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy Giannopoulos Architects

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church is planning a $1.5 million expansion of its elementary school in Whitestone, and recently cleared a major hurdle in the process.

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Politics springing ahead


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

Recent raw temperatures are threatening to send March out like a polar bear rather than a lamb, but things are springing up all over the political landscape. Another political neophyte has stepped up to challenge embattled State Senator Malcolm Smith for his 14th District seat, according to the Board of Elections (BOE). Bernadette Semple, who […]

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Star of Queens: Kim Cody, president, Greater Whitestone Taxpayer Civic Association


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Kim Cody

Kim Cody is the president of the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association, a group that is made up of volunteers devoted to the betterment of the community.

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Board approves variances for 12-story hotel, 14-story office building in Flushing


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo rendering courtesy of Richard Lobel

Community Board 7 gave developer CA Plaza its advisory approval to build 12-story Hotel Indigo on Prince Street and a 14-story general office building on Main Street.

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Borough Board casts vote in first meeting of the year


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The Queens Borough Board approved the $1.5 million sale of a vacant Flushing lot Monday, during its first meeting of the year.

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Borough Board approves $1 sale of Willets Point


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

The project to build a shopping center next to Citi Field is on the move. The Queens Borough Board voted on November 18 to allow the city’s Economic Development Council to sell the 23 acres of land for $1 to the Queens Development Group. The land is needed for the Willets Point project and would […]

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Community board OKs rezone for part of Union Turnpike


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Renderings courtesy of Richard Lobel

A split community board narrowly approved a proposal last week to rezone a portion of Union Turnpike. The controversial rezoning plan would allow developer Sam Zirkiev build a four-story residential and retail structure at 158-15 Union Turnpike. It barely cleared Community Board 8 last Wednesday, with a nail-biting 17-14 vote. “It was definitely nerve-wracking,” Zirkiev […]

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