Author Archives: Terence M. Cullen

Weprin vies to become next Council speaker


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It’s off to the races for six legislators looking to become the next City Council speaker. Councilmembers Melissa Mark-Viverito, Inez Dickens, Dan Garodnick, James Vacca, Anabel Palma and Mark Weprin are vying to replace incumbent-Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is term-limited. Quinn was voted to lead the Council, the city’s de facto second most powerful […]

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The 7 Line brand becomes part of Mets culture


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THE COURIER/Photos by Terence M. Cullen

In the bar where Darren Meenan once sold t-shirts, he now holds court. People shake his hand and wish him well. Only about four years ago Meenan, a Queens native, founded The 7 Line clothing company. Now he and his brand have become fixtures in Mets culture. It’s hooked a younger generation, he said, that […]

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Baseball meets art at All-Star FanFest


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THE COURIER/Photos by Terence Cullen

It was a bright day at Citi Field, Mr. Met on the JumboTron and traffic on all surrounding parkways was bumper-to-bumper. Then the sky fell dark as artist Charles Fazzone took a paintbrush to the heavens and made it a midnight blue. A group of people gathered around his work station and marveled as Fazzone […]

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Helen Marshall: Looking back on three terms as borough president


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Photos courtesy of Dominick Totino Photography

Borough President Helen Marshall has always seen herself as a public servant. Her chief of staff, Alexandra Rosa, said her boss has worked for every person she represents. “She never forgets where she came from and the fact that it’s about people,” Rosa said. “Always about people.” Marshall, the first African-American Queens Borough President, will […]

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The Avett Brothers’ Joe Kwon talks love of music, food


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Photo by Mike Valente

As he inspected a near-empty charcuterie plate, cellist Joe Kwon exhaled and said how much he enjoys the dish: toasted bread, Toscano salami, head cheese, chicken liver pate, mustard and red wine-glazed onions. “I’d eat that every day if my doctor would let me,” he quipped. While his livelihood is playing the cello for the […]

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Annual Lindenwood car wash raises $3K for New York Families for Autistic Children


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New York Families for Autistic Children (NYFAC) raised more than $3,000 from its seventh annual car wash, which took place in Lindenwood on Sunday, June 23. Organizers held the wash in conjunction with a car show by the Bow Wow Boys Car Club. The money will go toward rebuilding the NYFAC facility, which opened in […]

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Huntley speaks: Ex-State Senator alleges charges were in retaliation


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

Former State Senator Shirley Huntley says the investigation that led to state charges against her last year stemmed from political decisions she made in Albany. Speaking with political commentator Roy Paul in Springfield Gardens, Huntley — who is set to go to federal prison next month — said State Senator Malcolm Smith tried to have […]

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Redone London Plane Tree Park opens to skateboarders


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It was a great day to skate in Queens. The newly redone London Plane Tree Park, on the border of Woodhaven and Ozone Park, opened on Sunday with a ribbon cutting by officials and skateboarders. The $1.6 million project, which started about a year ago, included full renovations, more greenery and exercise equipment around the […]

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Mayor, City Council reach on-time budget deal


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NYC Mayor's Office's Flickr/Photo by Samantha Modell

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and councilmembers yesterday reached an on-time, balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on Monday, July 1, hizzoner’s final budget. Highlights of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget include no increase in taxes, compensating for federal cuts to public housing and funding toward storm protection. The city will allocate $58 million […]

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State gaming agreement leaves Queens out of casino deal


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Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislators have come to an agreement on a gaming deal that would effectively put four casinos upstate and leave Queens without one for now. There is a seven-year hold on increasing the number of New York casinos, according to Cuomo’s office. After that, the entire state is up for grabs […]

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Community Board 9 district manager says she’s willing to work with probation committee


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Mary Anne Carey says she is not holding any grudges. The longtime district manager of Community Board 9 has been placed on six months’ probation after a battle with the board’s executive committee, which came to the brink of ousting her. There was speculation about the board voting to remove Carey at its June 11 […]

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Woodhaven noise complaints raise concerns


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With summer coming, concerns about noise are among the top worries in the neighborhood, as addressed at the June 15 meeting of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association (WRBA). WRBA President Ed Wendell said many sound abusers have been a constant problem for residents. He added they often continue the noise, if not even raising the […]

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Parents, officials call for crosswalk outside Lindenwood school


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

As students poured out of school, a crowd gathered on the corner of 153rd Avenue and 83rd Street in Lindenwood. Passing through were parents and guardians, sometimes holding the hands of several children as they tried to cross 153rd Avenue toward the Lindenwood Shopping Center. The crossing guard shuttled people across 83rd Street, but could […]

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Man fatally stabbed in South Ozone Park


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A 19-year-old was stabbed to death on Linden Boulevard Friday night. Police responded to a 9-1-1 call around 9 p.m. on Linden Boulevard, where they found Danthony McDonald with a stab wound to the chest. EMS transported McDonald, who lived nearby, to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. No arrests have been […]

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Board approves variance to move parking at former Scobee Diner site


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Community Board 11 approved a variance that would shift parking at the former Scobee Diner site. The variance, which moves the parking lot to the back of the property, will improve safety, said Matt Carmody, a traffic engineer for new owner Lion Bee Equities. He said otherwise, drivers would have to back on to Northern […]

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