Queens: Your best destination for the World Cup


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Soccer, or football as it’s known everywhere but in the U.S., is the world’s favorite sport — and every four years the planet is transfixed as the top national teams from around the world gather to crown a champion at soccer’s World Cup. 2014 is a World Cup year, and this year the month-long, 32-team competition will take place in Brazil starting Thursday.

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Northern Queens development update


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Renderings courtesy of NY YIMBY

As 2014 gets into full swing the development frenzy in northern Queens continues to thrive. Last year we saw announcements throughout Flushing of mega-mixed use project developments and hotel properties.  Major developments included the Willets Point Urban Renewal project, the Flushing Commons development, and multiple hotels along the major roadways in Flushing. As a recap, […]

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DOT, NYPD announce nighttime closure of Queensboro Bridge outer roadway lane to reduce speeding


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THE COURIER/ File Photo

A few weeks following the fatal accident of an off-duty police officer off the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and NYPD have implemented a new change looking to increase safety for drivers and pedestrians. The DOT and NYPD announced on Tuesday the single lane of the Queens-bound outer roadway of the […]

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Local advocates march for Queens Boulevard safety improvements


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Members of Transportation Alternatives’ (T.A.) Queens Activist Committee and residents gathered on Saturday, December 14 to march down Queens Boulevard during the “Winter Wander” Rally to call for a safer thoroughfare. The advocates called for a redesign of the strip with pedestrian safety improvements, dedicated lanes for Select Bus Service (SBS) and protected bike lanes.

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Pols call for redesign of Queensboro Bridge exit ramp after deadly accident


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Photo Courtesy of Senator Michael Gianaris' Office

Following a series of accidents at the same site in 2011, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney and Assemblymember Catherine Nolan sent a letter to the DOT demanding the redesign the ramp and continue to improve temporary safety measures.

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Off-duty NYPD officer killed after car hits storefront near Queensboro Bridge


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A woman is dead after her car smashed into an exit ramp of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge before striking a storefront in an accident-prone area of Long Island City early Tuesday morning.

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Queens PSAL high school football roundup – playoffs round 1


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CITY CONFERENCE- FIRST ROUND RED DEVILS ON FIRE  The fourth seeded Flushing Red Devils (7-2 regular season) routed the Curtis Warriors (4-5) by a score of 44-6. The Red Devils had a total of 352 offensive yards. Junior Terrence Chavis completed 12 of 20 passes for 159 yards, and three touchdowns. Senior Deandre Ross Lomax […]

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Hunter’s Point South Park opens in Long Island City


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Talk about a view. Mayor Michael Bloomberg gathered with local elected officials, community members and residents on Wednesday to cut the ribbon on the new 5.5-acre Hunter’s Point South Park located on Center Boulevard in Long Island City. “Opening up more of our city’s waterfront for public enjoyment has been a top priority for this […]

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Millions approved for Queens Museum of Art expansion


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Renderings courtesy of Grimshaw and the Queens Museum of Art

Millions of dollars are coming to the Queens Museum of Art. The city’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Tuesday, August 27 approved more than $18 million in capital funds that Borough President Helen Marshall has allocated to help pay for the expansion of the museum. The OMB also okayed around $19.8 million for […]

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30th Annual National Night Out Against Crime in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The 30th Annual National Night Out Against Crime will take place on Tuesday, August 6, bringing together cops and the community. With food, fun and games, the evening fosters a sense of partnership and sends a message that people are coming “out against crime.” Below is a list of local precincts holding events during National Night […]

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What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Saturday, February 16 From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. come celebrate the 17th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration on Main Street in Flushing. This year is the Year of the Snake. The parade’s route will start at Union Street and 39th Avenue and usually ends at Main Street and 39th Avenue. Enjoy lion and dragon […]

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Man indicted in fatal Queensboro Bridge accident


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A Brooklyn DJ whose drunken joy ride allegedly killed a pedestrian and destroyed two businesses under the Queensboro Bridge now faces up to 25 years in prison. Grant Riddell, 38, was indicted on charges of drunk driving, vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and three counts of vehicular assault in connection with the March 28, 2011 […]

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Weeknight subway closures expand to Queens


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Photo courtesy of Flickr/MTA

Starting next month, some late night subway riders will need to find alternate forms of transportation, the MTA announced Monday. The MTA’s Fastrack program, which temporality suspends parts of the subway from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights for track, tunnel and station maintenance, will affect several lines in Queens and other parts of […]

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 61. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 55. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. EVENT of the DAY: The Platinum Band The Platinum Band is once again performing on the Resorts World Casino New York […]

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Dining and drinking al fresco in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Water’s Edge

BY SWEETINA KAKAR Now that the summer heat is gone, but it’s still nice enough to sit outdoors, it’s a great time to dine or drink al fresco at one of these spots in Queens.  Austin Steak and Ale House 82-70 Austin Street, Kew Gardens, 718-849-3939 The pub-styled restaurant in the Kew Gardens neighborhood allows for a […]

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