Seven alleged southeast Queens gang members busted for murder plots: prosecutors


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com


Counting themselves among “killas,” seven street gang members based in southeast Queens were indicted for allegedly plotting two murder attempts, prosecutors said.

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Buildings Department authorized nearly 4,900 Queens units in 2014: report


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The Department of Buildings authorized about 4,900 units in 448 buildings in Queens last year, a jump of 64 percent from 2013 when the department approved 3,161 units, according to a New York Building Congress analysis released Thursday.

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Repairs to disrupt service on E, F, M, R lines in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit

The MTA’s Fastrack late-night repair and maintenance program will return to the E, F, M and R lines in Manhattan and Queens the next two weeks, causing disruptions on all four subway lines.

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Homeless Queens woman sentenced for 2010 Astoria Park beating, strangulation


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A 33-year-old homeless woman has been sentenced to 17 years to life in prison for her role in the 2010 fatal beating and strangulation of a 32-year-old man in Astoria Park, according to the Queens district attorney.

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Astoria band wants to rock Queens with first EP


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos by Susan DiBello

Some things are just meant to be and are destined to come together — and in the case of Megan DiBello and Colin Clough, one encounter over a bummed cigarette has transformed into a perfect musical match.

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Plans for tallest Queens building move forward as MTA sells development rights


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Google Maps

The MTA board voted Wednesday to transfer unused development rights from a Queens site it owns for $56 million to a firm that plans to construct the largest building in the borough, according to published reports.

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Queens husband beats wife with hammer to end her suffering: prosecutors


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

An 87-year-old man was charged with assault after hitting his 83-year-old wife on the head with a hammer because he didn’t want to see her suffer as she went into surgery at Elmhurst Hospital, officials said.

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Queens home buying seminar for veterans set for York College


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of StreetEasy.com

Owning a home is a central part of the American Dream, and some veterans turned real estate agents are planning a free home buyer seminar at York College to help those who protect that dream afford homes of their own.

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Queens native starts campaign to fund Dennis Hopper’s final film


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of "The Last Film Festival"

One filmmaker is turning to Kickstarter and the Queens community she grew up in to help put the finishing touches on what will be known as the late Dennis Hopper’s last movie, filmed completely in the “World’s Borough.”

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NYS Pavilion documentary to premiere this May at Queens Theatre


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Matthew Silva

“Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion,” a documentary about the history of the iconic Flushing Meadows Corona Park structure and the efforts to save the neglected relic, will debut to the public at the Queens Theatre this May.

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MTA to award $236.5M contract to rebuild Queens Midtown Tunnel


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of MTA Bridges and Tunnels/Mark Valentin

One of the city’s tunnel systems is expected to get a much-needed face-lift after being heavily damaged during Superstorm Sandy.

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Queens children’s author visits students at Glendale school


| a.giudice@timesnewsweekly.com

Photo by Anthony Giudice

Students at Glendale’s P.S. 91 Richard Arkwright School got a special treat on Friday when children’s author Dee Ardelean came to read the first installment of her new short story series, “Pup, A Series of Short Tails.”

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Star of Queens: Marlene Smith-Sotillo, president and CEO, Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation International


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Star of Queens

Marlene Smith-Sotillo is the president and CEO of the Sickle Cell Awareness Foundation International based out of Jamaica. She engages the community with educational outreach workshops, health fairs and support group development to improve the quality of life for those affected by the disease.

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