MTA blames F train derailment on small rail defects that went unfixed


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of MTA

An F train went careening off its rails last May, injuring 32 and causing massive subway delays, because of several defects in the tracks that went unreported and unrepaired for at least a year after they were first discovered by an automated inspection, according to a report released Friday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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Lonely Planet names Queens best place to visit in US next year


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of the Queens Tourism Council

The borough has made it to the top of the list of Lonely Planet’s Best in the U.S. 2015. Selected by Lonely Planet’s authors and ranked by its U.S. editors, the list consists of 10 perennial favorites, places with timely reasons to visit and understated destinations that are ready for their time in the spotlight.

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Op-ed: Where would we be without our local small businesses?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY STATE SEN. JOSEPH P. ADDABBO JR.

It has been said small businesses are the backbone of our communities here in Queens, and I am certainly one to reiterate that sentiment. The small businesses, many of which I frequent myself — convenient stores, delis, restaurants and more — are what keep so many of our borough’s commercial corridors going.

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Great Neck Plaza to be turned into $2,500 scavenger hunt for Small Business Saturday


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District

On Nov. 29, the Great Neck Plaza Business Improvement District (BID) will be holding a scavenger hunt in the shopping district to boost the local economy and celebrate Small Business Saturday, an initiative by American Express to encourage shoppers to go local and buy holiday gifts in smaller stores.

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Inside St. John’s Hospital’s transformation into Queens Pointe development


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

After about a year of construction the former St. John’s Hospital in Elmhurst is beginning to look more and more like the new Queens Pointe residential and retail destination it will become.

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Elmhurst woman writes Queens walking tour book


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Image courtesy of Adrienne Onofri

Adrienne Onofri is the author behind “Walking Queens,” a new book that features 30 detailed walking tours through the borough exploring architecture, distinct cultures in different neighborhoods, historical landmarks, celebrity homes and natural scenery.

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Queens Public Transit Committee holds rally in favor of Rockaway Beach Rail Line


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Photo courtesy of Phillip McManus

The demonstration, which was put together by the Queens Public Transit Committee, took place at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and Woodhaven Boulevard, where supporters for the rail line held up signs and showed others why they believe the restoration of the rail line is in the best interest of residents in Queens.

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Queens Sports Preview: Everything you need to know for the weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Flushing High School will open the PSAL playoffs Saturday at noon by hosting Brooklyn’s South Shore High School. Led by senior running back D’Andre Sapp, who rushed for 842 yards, the Red Devils earned the seventh seed with an 8-2 record.

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Six ways to give back to Queens for Thanksgiving


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? Is it a roof over your head or daily hot meals? Use the Nov. 27 festivities to lend a helping hand by giving back to the community.

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