City to spend $300M over next three years on NYCHA housing roof replacements


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo by Scott Bintner/PropertyShark

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced a new initiative that will benefit thousands of residents, including those at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, in the upcoming years.

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Free legal clinic services to be offered for NYCHA residents


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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


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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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Rooftop beekeeping, skyline views: Peek inside Hunter’s Point South affordable units


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Despite offering affordable housing for low and moderate-income earners, the Hunter’s Point South Living developments offer an array of luxury amenities, including top-grade finishes, fitness rooms, a rooftop garden and views of the Manhattan skyline.

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Crystal Windows celebrating 25 years in Queens


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Crystal Windows & Door Systems, now headquartered in a sprawling 215,000-square-foot Flushing facility not far from their old garage, produces more than 400,000 windows a year, serving numerous customers around the country and in some parts of the world, such as the Caribbean and Asia.

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BP Katz approves zoning amendment to speed up post-Sandy recovery


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THE COURIER/File photo

Borough President Melinda Katz recently approved amendments to citywide zoning codes, which will allow more Sandy-affected homeowners to rebuild their homes faster and to return them to how they were before the storm instead of having to alter them to fit current regulations.

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BP secures $250K for new pre-K program at Queens Library in Ravenswood Houses


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Photo courtesy of BP Melinda Katz's office

More than 30 seats are being added to School District 30, as Queens Borough President Melinda Katz secured funding for a new pre-K program at a Queens Library branch at one Astoria housing development.

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