Latimer House, museum for African-American inventor, rethinks museum concepts


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

On Friday, Parks Department officials and representatives of New York City’s historic houses met at the Latimer House to celebrate Black History Month and receive a check for $100,000 from the Historic House Trust, a public charity organization that runs a network of the 23 historic houses across the city. The Latimer House will receive $5,000 from the check.

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More tree removal in Howard Beach


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THE COURIER/Photos by Salvatore Licata

The Parks Department has come into Howard Beach for a second round of tree removal. This is a continuation of the previous tree removal process that took place in September. All Sandy-stricken trees that the Parks Department feels are too far gone and not likely to survive will be cut down and replaced, according to the agency.

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A year in photos: The Queens Courier looks back at 2014


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The Queens Courier is taking a look back at the year gone by, from the inauguration of a new mayor to the horrifying derailment of an F train under Queens Boulevard. The year saw more political ups and downs, tragedies and celebrations. Our high school basketball teams were champions and Queens was named the best place to visit in the nation.

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Councilwoman steers $5.7M in city funding to upgrade Frank Principe Park in Maspeth


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

The baseball fields are plagued with drainage issues and the track is nothing more than a slab of asphalt. But that will soon change due to funding allocated to Frank Principe Park by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.

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$1.2M to reconstruct park in Jamaica


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

The Parks Department broke ground this week to help clean up the park. Under the $1.2 million project, crews will remove invasive plants in the northern half of the park and replant with native ones that will help to combat the erosion of the area.

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Western Queens gets greener: park officials


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Photo by Valerie Medoff

Western Queens has gotten greener these past four years with a project that has planted more than 1,000 new trees — and the program will just keep growing.

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Fort Totten’s historic buildings in danger because of neglect


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

The historic Bayside park is home to several dilapidated and historic buildings that have been sitting vacant and in need of repair, according to the Bayside Historical Society. The oldest among these is the Willets Farmhouse, built in 1829, making it the oldest building in the area.

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Vacation benefit: reading an eclectic group of books


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There are some people who say newspapers and books are dead, but the brilliant Mark Twain said, The rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated. So true for newspapers and books. There is something special about holding a book, feeling its silky pages and shiny covers and feeling a newspaper in your hands. The Kindle […]

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Conservancy group pushes local pols to fund meditation garden in Kissena Corridor Park


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Illustrations courtesy of the Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy

The Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy is trying to turn a section of the Flushing park that’s overgrown with weeds into a meditation garden. But a lack of money is keeping the group from attaining tranquility.

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Second Sunnyside pedestrian plaza officially opens


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Sunnyside residents will now have more room to get together and enjoy the outdoors.

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