Cops put the brakes on illegal truck activity in southwest Queens


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The 104th Precinct recently conducted a Truck Enforcement Operation that stalled about 80 law-breaking vehicles. The precinct directed the program within neighborhoods it oversees — Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Glendale. Some streets in these areas are notorious for truck traffic, such as Grand Avenue in Maspeth, where local civic leaders and elected officials have […]

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Suspects busted for southwest Queens burglaries


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Cops have made several arrests in connection with a string of burglaries in Middle Village. Police arrested Brooklyn resident Michael Watts, 37, in connection with four thefts in the area. Middle Village resident John Lease, 21, and three other juvenile accomplices were arrested and charged in separate cases. In addition to the Middle Village cases, police […]

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Southwest Queens real estate


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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-Courtesy of MLSLI 70-19 71st Street Glendale This perfect starter home in great condition boasts three bedrooms, an eat-in kitchen, a formal dining room and an oversized living room. The yard is nicely sized with an above ground pool. Total taxes for this home are $2,129 and the listed price is $449,000. The lot size […]

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Where to shop, eat and more in southwest Queens


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Dee’s 107-23 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village 718-793-7553 Whether you’re looking to grab a brick oven pizza to go or sit and enjoy a glass of wine and a pasta dish, Dee’s on Metropolitan Avenue is just the right spot. The cozy dining room has an antique fireplace, the ideal setting for a first date or […]

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Southwest Rotary Club ‘stuffs’ bus for a good cause


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THE COURIER/Photos by Melissa Chan. The Rotary Club of Southwest Queens collected enough nonperishable foods to “stuff” this bus.

The school bus was stuffed and ready to go, only its passengers weren’t students — they were boxes of Cheerios and cans of Campbell’s soups. During its second annual food drive on Saturday, November 5, the Rotary Club of southwest Queens parked outside of Waldbaum’s on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach for a full […]

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Sunnyside Yards development back in discussion with possible study


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Photo courtesy of Jim Henderson/ Wikipedia Commons

The space above the Sunnyside Yards railroad complex could contain a hospital, affordable housing buildings, a school, a public space or some combination of those to form a new community.

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Real estate roundup: Alternate Silvercup expansion renderings, city approves shaming landlords, Court Square permits filed


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of LEESER Architecture

The expansion of Long Island City’s Silvercup Studios to include Silvercup West, a mixed-use extension of the famed production studio, hasn’t been a dormant project after all; in fact, LEESER Architecture has been busy creating a plan as an alternate to the originally-proposed Richard Rogers design. [Curbed]

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Alternate side parking suspended for one week near Borough Hall


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Photo courtesy of the Department of Transportation

Alternate side parking will be suspended from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 near Borough Hall in an effort to counter the increase in demand for parking after the municipal garage closed on Wednesday, according to a Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

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Op-ed: Reintroduction of a non-resident commuter payroll tax makes no sense


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY LARRY PENNER

New York State Assemblyman David Weprin’s bill for reintroduction of a non-resident commuter tax is an old, recycled idea periodically proposed by many others, missing the potential economic consequences that might occur after implementing it.

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Ridgewood art center provides free space for locals and intellectually disabled


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

An arts center in Ridgewood is applying for a liquor license. Okay, sounds like Williamsburg so far. But while it wants to serve alcohol for its weekend music shows, the owners also want to make more money so that they can continue to offer free services on weekdays to the local community — especially the intellectually disabled.

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Councilwoman Crowley proposes alternative to controversial Glendale homeless shelter


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Jeff Stone

The proposed homeless shelter in Glendale is too close to chemicals, too far from public transportation and would pack an already overcrowded school district, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley said in a letter to city officials.

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Influx of hipsters revives 90-year-old Ridgewood German bar


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Gottscheer Hall was on its way to closing down two years ago. But the Ridgewood bar and grill turned a profit in 2012 because of younger, more affluent patrons who began to appear in larger and larger groups.

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Ridgewood, Glendale German ancestry revealed in World Cup


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Photo courtesy of Gottscheer Hall

Most bars will be broadcasting the World Cup game this weekend but to celebrate it in true Deutsch fashion, Ridgewood and Glendale maintain a healthy group of German bars that harken back to the German ancestry of the area.

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