Queens Museum of Art to change name, expand


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Renderings courtesy of Grimshaw and the Queens Museum of Art

The Queens Museum of Art (QMA) is getting a major makeover. This fall, the international art space will double in size and shorten its name. “This is a time of tremendous change for the Queens Museum,” said executive director Tom Finkelpearl. Come October, the institution will total 105,000-square-feet. It will have new galleries, artist studios, […]

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Make your voice heard on gun control


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

In light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, The Courier is calling on you to reach out to your elected officials on gun control. If you want to see change, we urge you to reach out to the politicians and call for action. U.S. Congressmembers Congressmember Joseph Crowley 74-09 37th Avenue, Suite 306-B Queens, […]

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Obituary: Judge Lawrence V. Cullen


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

The Honorable Lawrence V. Cullen died in the early hours of Sunday, November 25 in his home, surrounded by family and friends. He was 64. He had battled multiple myeloma for several years. He is survived by his wife, Malgorzata “Margaret” (nee Zysk), and two children, Anya Sinead, 17, and Patrick Lawrence, 15; in addition […]

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Melinda Katz kicks off campaign for borough president


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Terence Cullen

Noting that it was crucial to determine what the common needs of a diverse borough like Queens were, Melinda Katz, former member of the City Council and Assembly, embarked Wednesday, October 10 on a year-long run for the borough president’s office — after incumbent Helen Marshall steps down at the end of 2013 due to term […]

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Local officials endorse Jeffries for Congress


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

Congressional hopeful and incumbent State Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries received key endorsements from several local officials Friday afternoon on Cross Bay Boulevard as the days leading up to the June 26th primary grow fewer. “I am honored to have the support of so many distinguished leaders from Queens,” Jeffries said. “Although our district spans two boroughs, […]

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Truck driver arrested after allegedly assaulting Councilmember Daniel Dromm


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Daniel Dromm

While it is generally positive for officials to personally engage themselves in community issues, one councilmember’s involvement landed him as the victim of an assault. Around noon on Wednesday, May 30, as Councilmember Daniel Dromm drove his car through Jackson Heights on the way back to his office, he saw an 18-wheel truck from National […]

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Protect our protectors


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Protect our protectors Why is it that in only four months, eight — EIGHT — police officers have been shot in our city? Though most have been lucky enough to escape serious injury, the fact remains that more needs to be done to protect our protectors. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that, “All the shootings have […]

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Ackerman knows when to fold ‘em


| dbrennan@queenscourier.com

You have to admire the style of Congressmember Gary Ackerman. The Democrat from Queens and Long Island wore a carnation on his lapel every day, because he said, “every day is a special day.” While he was in Washington, D.C., he lived on a boat called the “The Unsinkable II”, apparently because the first boat […]

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New Woodside school to ease overcrowding


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

The city is using several empty lots to ensure students in one of New York’s most congested school districts don’t get lost in the “crowd.” Due to collaboration between the Department of Education (DOE), School Construction Authority (SCA) and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, the city plans to purchase a cluster of land in Woodside to […]

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Woman dies after getting pinned between floors inside Madison Avenue elevator


| jlane@queenscourier.com

Graphic by Jay Lane

Woman dies after getting pinned between floors inside Madison Avenue elevator A woman was crushed to death this morning in Midtown after getting pinned between floors while riding in an elevator, authorities said. The victim, who was not immediately identified by police, walked into the elevator at about 10 a.m. on the first floor at […]

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[Update] Queens postal center to remain open – for now


| smosco@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Steve Mosco

Elected officials joined union representatives and several community leaders to deliver a clear message to the United States Postal Service (USPS) — don’t even think about closing Queens’ distribution center. And for now, it seems the USPS got the message. Just days after State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Congressmember Joseph Crowley led a rally […]

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Delta Air Lines to expand presence at LaGuardia Airport


| ecamhi@queenscourier.com

Delta Air Lines will be expanding its presence at LaGuardia Airport as a result of a deal with US Airways. The deal will also beget a $117 million renovation project at LaGuardia, which Delta says will greatly expand and enhance service for travelers while creating new jobs for Queens and New York area residents. Under […]

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Queens gripped by fear of gropers


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Women across Queens have been gripped by a fear of gropers. For the past month, female residents of Sunnyside and Woodside have been looking over their shoulders for a predator on pedals. The neighboring communities are the most recent areas to experience repeated sexual attacks on women by men on bicycles. Beginning September 15, five […]

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Sunnyside and Woodside concerned over sex attacks


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

For the past month, women in Sunnyside and Woodside have been looking over their shoulders for a predator on pedals. With incidents of sexual assault rising across the five boroughs, the neighboring communities are the most recent areas to experience repeated sexual attacks on women. Beginning September 15, five women and one 12-year-old girl have […]

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Special Elections roundup – Who’s running


By Queens Courier Staff

A slow election year is quickly turning into a heated race to the finish. The sprint to fill former-representative Anthony Weiner’s seat in Congressional District 9 officially kicked off as Assemblymember David Weprin was named as the Democratic candidate, while the Republican Party named businessman Bob Turner as its candidate. The campaign leading up to […]

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