Free legal clinic services to be offered for NYCHA residents


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office

The Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer launched free legal clinic services on Monday that will serve residents of the New York City Housing Authority.

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Meeting held to strengthen relationship between western Queens NYCHA residents and NYPD


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Residents of NYCHA developments in western Queens came together Saturday afternoon to discuss strengthening relationships with the police officers assigned to protect them.

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91-year-old WWII veteran fighting NYCHA for Flushing apartment


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Ralph Calinda lives alone in a three-bedroom apartment in the NYCHA Pomonok Houses in Flushing. Through NYCHA’s downsizing policy, which moves residents who “overuse apartments” to smaller ones, the city agency wants to kick him out of his home.

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$300G in repairs not made at Long Island City NYCHA center


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photos By Angy Altamirano

Long Island City seniors are waiting for fixes to be made to their senior center, and have been doing so for three years. Funds allocated to fix various problems at the Jacob Riis Settlement House at the Queensbridge Houses have yet to be put to use, and now the community wants answers as to why. […]

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Security cameras to be installed in Far Rockaway NYCHA complexes


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Big Brother is watching in NYCHA complexes across Far Rockaway. Security cameras are set to be installed in various housing projects, intended to curb violence, particularly gun violence, in troubled areas. “I’m tired of hearing the stories – our seniors and our children not being able to play outside because they’re afraid of getting struck […]

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Rent credits for NYCHA residents


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Residents of public housing buildings severely affected by Sandy are catching a break. The Board of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced that rent adjustments will be made for tenants in developments where heat, hot water and electricity have been nonexistent. After Sandy hit, 402 NYCHA buildings, housing approximately 79,000 people, were without […]

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Pay your NYCHA rent at the bank


By Queens Courier Staff

Public housing residents in Long Island City now have an additional option of paying their rent - through the bank. The hope is that besides convenience this alternative will also provide public housing communities with much needed banking experience. As of October, the residents of the Queensbridge and Ravenswood Houses, over 95,000, can pay their […]

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NYPD’s first deputy commissioner honored at Black History Month celebration


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy the office of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer

Members of the NYPD, including First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, and local community leaders were honored for all their achievements during an annual Black History Month celebration in Long Island City.

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Merrick Academy gets renewed five-year lease


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Giving parents an educational option within a neighborhood that deals with economic challenges is vital to the success of the children living there, said Staci White, chief of operations at Merrick Academy, which recently received a new five-year lease with the city.

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


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File photo

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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Queens is ground zero for Mayor de Blasio’s plan to create affordable housing


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photographer/Mayoral Photography Office

Queens is at the center of a sweeping plan to create affordable housing unveiled by Mayor Bill de Blasio in his State of the City speech on Tuesday, including a push to create more than 11,000 new homes above the Sunnyside Rail Yard — a project as large as Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Town.

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