Gillibrand visits Queensbridge Houses


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During a recent visit to Long Island City, United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (second from right), toured the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Queensbridge Houses. During the tour Gillibrand was joined by NYCHA Chair John Rhea (left to right) Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, East River Development Alliance (ERDA) Chair Bishop Mitchell […]

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Queensbridge Park Seawall Gets Repair Funds


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Enormous cracks and gaping holes in the seawall separating the East River from Queensbridge Park are slated for repair, now that federal funds have been requested and City money has been appropriated to fix the waterfronts dangerously unstable bulkhead. A $100,000 study by the Army Corps of Engineers, which is included in a House Appropriations […]

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91-year-old WWII veteran fighting NYCHA for Flushing apartment


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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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Meet the 114th Precinct’s new top cop


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Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Deputy Inspector Kevin Maloney will draw on his close to 22 years of NYPD experience to lead the 114th Precinct on the right path. “I’m looking forward to being here at the 114th Precinct, ultimately making it a better place for people to work and live,” Maloney said. Maloney assumed his position on November 1 […]

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LIC, Astoria best bet for hailing green cabs


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Photo courtesy of the Taxi & Limousine Commission

Queens taxi riders have the best shot at hailing a green cab in Long Island City and Astoria. Nearly 900 new apple green cabs roam the northwestern edge of the borough, according to data from the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). City officials said more than 1,000 borough taxis have hit the streets since the […]

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Queens woman finds healing through art


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Rising from the ashes as a survivor of domestic violence, Beverly Cowan has reached a new moment in her life in which her passion for art has served as therapy. Now she hopes it will become a career. Born and raised in Harlem, Cowan always enjoyed working with any form of art. She filled up […]

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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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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST Wednesday: Overcast in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 73. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SE in the afternoon. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 59. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. EVENT OF THE DAY: Long Island City to Old Astoria Guided […]

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51 charged in drug sweep at Queens housing developments


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An undercover drug investigation at two western Queens housing developments has led to the indictment of 28 men and women for selling narcotics, and the arrest of 23 others, announced District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. Authorities have 15 of the indicted individuals in custody and are still seeking 13 more. Ranging […]

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Long Island City murder leads to calls against gun violence


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

The shooting of a 27-year-old aspiring hip-hop artist near the Queensbridge Houses is raising clamor among politicians and community activists fighting against gun violence. The victim, Francisco Leal, 27, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest around 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 at the corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue. While the […]

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Western Queens braces for Hurricane Sandy


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

A few brave locals in makeshift trash bag ponchos trekked across Gantry State Park in Long Island City to witness Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. One storm chaser, who lives just across Vernon Boulevard in Zone B, said she wasn’t afraid of the storm, even though officials speculated the worst was yet to come. She bought a […]

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Fresh food push comes to western Queens


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There’s now an oasis in the middle of a Queens food desert. Residents of the Queensbridge Houses — a neighborhood where fresh produce is scarce — now have the option of purchasing a bag of fruits and vegetables every Wednesday afternoon, just outside their doors. The push reflects a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, but is […]

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