Author Archives: Alexa Altman

Local artist spotlight: The ever ethereal Donna Levinstone


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In a place divided by opposites — old and new, natural and artificial, solid and ethereal — pastel artist Donna Levinstone finds balance. A universe at odds take shape in the fine lines and smudges of chalky clouds and smooth sunsets, juxtaposed against steel and glass. “I’ve always been fascinated with the dichotomy between what’s […]

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Plaza College raises domestic violence awareness


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Alexa Altman

Instead of flowers or chocolates, students at Plaza College celebrated Valentine’s Day by raising awareness about domestic violence. On February 14, students at the Jackson Heights college sold sweets and raffled off prizes to raise money for Safe Horizons, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence by providing counseling, mentoring and assistance with finding […]

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LIC residents say sanitation tickets are a means to evict them


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

A resident of “the neatest block in Long Island City” is fighting a sanitation ticket, issued, some say, as part of a plot to push low-rise occupants from prime real estate. Ann Leggett, an artist who has lived on Jackson Avenue since 1979, was issued a $100 ticket for trash surrounding her home at 8:22 […]

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Mother of slain National Guardsman vows justice despite grand jury ruling


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Even after the verdict was final, Cecilia Reyes vowed her son would get justice. Reyes, the mother of Noel Polanco, the 22-year-old National Guardsman who was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop on the Grand Central Parkway on October 4, was outraged by the court’s ruling that her son’s killer would not […]

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Parents relieved school buses are up and running again


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

The wheels on the bus will finally be going round and round again. School bus drivers and matrons returned to their posts on Wednesday, February 19, after the month-long stalemate that left more than 150,000 students stranded. “I am very pleased and happy that the strike is over,” said Far Rockaway resident Crystal Blount, whose […]

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Cannibal cop eyed Queens high schooler


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One object of the “cannibal” cop’s obsession was an 18-year-old softball star from Archbishop Molloy High School. Gilberto Valle, the six-year NYPD veteran who planned to kidnap, kill and consume 100 women, eyed a girl from his own alma mater to join his roster of victims. According to reports, in emails exchanged between Valle and […]

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