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


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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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Historic Flushing church that once played a role in freeing slaves slated for replacement


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

A historic 19th-century Queens church that once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad could be facing the wrecking ball as leaders in the Flushing congregation consider a proposal to replace the aging structure with a new sanctuary.

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Video: Queens residents share how to say ‘I love you’ in seven languages


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Screenshot via YouTube

The first video of a series, looking to bringing awareness to public plazas throughout the city, gives a taste of the different ways Queens residents say “I love you,” just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Real estate investors shelled out $3.6 billion for Queens properties last year


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Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner/PropertyShark

Queens’ relatively low land prices, access to public transportation and growing popularity has helped the borough attract a significantly larger amount of money from real estate investors in 2014 than previous years, according to a new report.

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Catherine Nolan says she wants to replace Sheldon Silver as Assembly speaker


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

The three-headed leadership of the New York State government, called “three men in a room,” could soon face a makeover now that Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan announced she wants to replace scandal-scarred Sheldon Silver, who stepped down as Assembly speaker this week.

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Four top Queens Library execs out in the wake of director’s firing


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Queens Library

Just a month after the former director of the Queens Library was fired from his post, four of his top deputies have now followed him out the door amid a reshuffling of the library’s executive staff.

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