New ferry system will benefit burgeoning Astoria waterfront


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Map courtesy of Councilman Vincent Gentile

As development heats up on the Astoria waterfront, the area is further poised to become another bustling Queens community with the addition of a ferry dock, which will connect future residents to Manhattan and other parts of the city.

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Goldfeder urging National Grid for plant site usage as new hope arises in fight for ferry service


| slicata@queenscourier.com

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As Mayor de Blasio announced plans for a resumption of ferry service to the Rockaways, local elected officials and community advocates immediately took up the call for community development projects that they say would go hand-in-hand with a ferry — including a proposal for a new parking lot on the site of an old gas plant.

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What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The New York Mets will once again give its fans a glimpse into Taiwanese culture. The 10th annual Taiwan Heritage Night, presented by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, will take place at Citi Field when the Mets host the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, Aug. 31. starting 6 p.m.

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Free outdoor summer events and activities in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Hip to Hip Theater Company

Zumba Under the Stars with Lisa G aka RockaZumbaWay Every Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., thru August 28 Beach 108th Street Hockey Rink, Rockaway Beach Boardwalk Get in shape with this popular form of exercise and dance which combines Latin and African dance steps. Yoga on the Beach Every Saturday, 8 a.m. – 9 […]

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Rockaway ferry service extended through Labor Day


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Rockaway residents rejoice: ferry service has now been expanded through to Labor Day. The weekday ferry service between the Rockaways and Lower Manhattan will continue to operate on its current schedule, now all the way through early September. “Continuing [the ferry’s] operation through Labor Day weekend is critical in addressing transportation needs and an integral […]

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Free outdoor movies in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of .nycgovparks.org

Take advantage of the longer days and warmer nights of summer with free outdoor movies in parks across Queens. Beginning on Friday, May 31, there are options for every age and taste, from kid-friendly animated features, such as “Wreck-It Ralph,” to the Oscar-winning “Les Miserables,” and the Hitchcock classic “North by Northwest.” Captain Tilly Park Friday, May 31, 7:30 […]

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Rockaway Ferry service extended for at least six more weeks


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Though the A train is returning to the Rockaways tomorrow, the ferry is still going to continue, at least until July. Rockaway Ferry weekday service between the peninsula and Manhattan has been extended for the next six weeks, with the possibility of continuing through Labor Day weekend, city officials announced Tuesday. The ferry will also […]

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Full A train service returns to Rockaways May 30


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo  Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Amy Hausmann

Almost seven months after Sandy significantly damaged the A train in the Rockaways, the subway will fully start running in the area on May 30, the MTA announced today. The storm washed-out 1,500 feet of tracks, and damaged miles of signal, power and communications wires. Two stations were also completely flooded and needed to be […]

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Rockaway hockey rink set for repair


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Mike Leahy

A Rockaway roller hockey rink is getting some help from the Parks Department after damage from Sandy nearly put a summer league on ice. Waves pummeled the boards on the seaside rink near Beach 108th Street, which underwent renovations only a few years ago. The 20-year-old rink was not completely destroyed, but because the boards […]

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Ferry service from Rockaways to Manhattan to begin Monday


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Rockaway residents still without subway service into Manhattan will now be able to make it off the peninsula and onto the island via a temporary ferry service set to begin Monday. The ferry, announced today by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Seastreak, will depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel […]

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Restorations means Rockaway’s rocking


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

Rockaway is rocking its way to a promising destination for beachgoers. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe ceremoniously cut the ribbon on Monday, August 6, at the completed $30 million restoration of areas of eastern Rockaway beach. The restoration included a 15,700-square-foot skateboard park, handball and basketball courts, playgrounds, climbing wall, performance space, […]

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Where to go in Queens for National Night Out


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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National Night Out, an annual event of anti-crime rallies organized by police precincts, is tonight. At the precincts, community members can meet local officials and participate in activities for adults and children. In Queens, Mayor Bloomberg will be at he 113th precinct at 6:30 p.m., and NYC Department of Education Chancelor Dennis Walcott will be at the 103rd […]

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Happenings this week


By Queens Courier Staff

EDITOR’S PICKS ZZ Top live Sunday, August 28 at 8 p.m. NYCB Theatre at Westbury: ZZ Top live; the world-famous bearded blues-rock band makes a stop at Westbury for a special live performance; call 800-745-3000 or visit www.livenation.com for ticket information. WEEKEND EVENTS Saturday, August 27 at 7 a.m. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Meet at […]

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Happenings this week


By Queens Courier Staff

EDITOR’S PICKS Saturday, August 13 at 8 p.m. NYCB Theatre at Westbury: Steve Miller Band; fly like an eagle to this live performance featuring the legendary Steve Miller Band; call 800-745-3000 or visit www.livenation.com for ticket information. THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 6:30 p.m. Ridgewood Library: The Art of Belly Dance with Shoshana; Shoshana, legendary artist of […]

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