Community board OKs rezone for part of Union Turnpike


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Renderings courtesy of Richard Lobel

A split community board narrowly approved a proposal last week to rezone a portion of Union Turnpike. The controversial rezoning plan would allow developer Sam Zirkiev build a four-story residential and retail structure at 158-15 Union Turnpike. It barely cleared Community Board 8 last Wednesday, with a nail-biting 17-14 vote. “It was definitely nerve-wracking,” Zirkiev […]

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Willets Point developers discuss affordable housing, ramps at meeting with community board


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Ramps and affordable housing were at the heart of the first quarterly meeting between a local community board and developers of a major Willets Point redevelopment project. Related Companies and Sterling Equities briefed Community Board 7 on October 17. The meeting was the first of four this year required under a last-minute pledge they made […]

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BP Marshall OKs city’s plan to dispose of vacant lots too small to develop


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Borough President Helen Marshall approved the city’s plan to dispose of four vacant lots that are too small to develop. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) wants to remove the properties from its inventory in order to sell in the future. Community Board 7 gave the department the green light last month. The tiny […]

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Push to rename Flushing street for gay rights activist


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Photos courtesy of Councilmember Danny Dromm’s office

A trailblazing gay rights activist who left her stamp on the world as a historic and heroic leader may soon be memorialized on a Flushing street sign. Community Board 7 passed a motion on Monday to honor Jeanne Manford with a street-name change for standing up for gays and lesbians at a time when homosexuality […]

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Willets Point mega mall gets final City Council green light


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Photo rendering courtesy of NYCEDC

The City Council approved a major $3 billion Willets Point project Wednesday, clearing the way for a mega mall near Citi Field. Developers Sterling Equities and Related Companies needed the council’s permission to move Citi Field parking to Willets Point in order to build a 1.4 million-square-foot shopping center west of the baseball stadium. It […]

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Concern in College Point over police tow pound


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College Point leaders fear crumbling roads in an already congested neighborhood will not be able to handle a new police tow pound that “magically appeared” out of nowhere. State Senator Tony Avella said NYPD tow trucks have been bringing cars in and out of College Point Corporate Park for more than two weeks without first […]

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City looking to sell four undevelopable lots in northeast Queens


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Graphic courtesy of DCAS

Community Board 7 gave the city permission this week to dispose of four vacant lots that are too small to develop. The city’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) needed approval from the board on September 23 to remove the properties from its inventory in order to sell in the future. The tiny plots of […]

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Primary guide: City Council District 19


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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As the clock ticks closer to city primaries on Tuesday, September 10, The Courier would like to provide you, the reader and the voter, with a fair, detailed guide of who is running. Here is a list of the candidates in City Council District 19 (College Point, Auburndale-Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Douglaston and Little Neck), who […]

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Willets Point business owners hold hunger strike as vote is delayed


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The hunger strike being held by a group of auto shop owners at Willets Point is a “look into the future” for soon-to-be displaced families who could be left fending for food and a sustainable job, advocates said. At least eight business owners are fasting and staying put inside an auto shop at 37-03 126th […]

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DOT lifts parking restrictions along Northern Boulevard following complaints


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

JOHANN HAMILTON The community has spoken, and they have been answered. There have been increasing complaints from business owners as well as neighborhood residents that the parking restrictions on certain blocks along Northern Boulevard are more of a hindrance than a benefit. Because of this, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) will be […]

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City Planning Commission approves plan for Willets Point mall


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A $3 billion Willets Point project jumped through another hurdle Wednesday as the City Planning Commission approved plans that would make way for a mega mall near Citi Field. The commission voted 10-1 in favor of giving developers Sterling Equities and Related Companies permission to move Citi Field parking to Willets Point. The joint venture […]

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Law to alert community boards about contaminated site cleanups


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Photo courtesy of State Senator Tony Avella

The state is set to begin notifying community boards when cleanups of contaminated land are planned in their areas. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently approved a bill that would make the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) responsible for alerting community boards of brownfield site cleanups. Quoting Public Law, the DEC defines a brownfield as “any […]

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Borough President Marshall OKs Willets West


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Borough President Helen Marshall approved a special permit that would pave the way for a mega mall near Citi Field. Marshall gave developers Sterling Equities and Related Companies the thumbs up on July 2 to move parking for Citi Field to Willets Point. The joint venture ultimately needed the permit to construct a 1.4 million-square-foot […]

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Call for middle school to replace St. Fidelis in College Point


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More than 200 residents in College Point have signed a petition calling for a middle school to replace soon-to-be shuttered St. Fidelis School. “With St. Fidelis closing, we didn’t see it as a crisis but an opportunity,” said Andrew Rocco, president of the College Point Civic and Taxpayers Association. “People are flooding into College Point […]

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Board permits Willets Point mall in key vote


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Plans for a behemoth mall at Willets Point received a key nod from Community Board (CB) 7 after the city and the facility’s developer laid out a list of new commitments. CB 7 granted a special permit to Sterling Equities and Related with a 22-18 advisory vote. The joint venture wants to move Citi Field […]

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