91-year-old WWII veteran fighting NYCHA for Flushing apartment


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Ralph Calinda lives alone in a three-bedroom apartment in the NYCHA Pomonok Houses in Flushing. Through NYCHA’s downsizing policy, which moves residents who “overuse apartments” to smaller ones, the city agency wants to kick him out of his home.

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Meet the 114th Precinct’s new top cop


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Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Deputy Inspector Kevin Maloney will draw on his close to 22 years of NYPD experience to lead the 114th Precinct on the right path. “I’m looking forward to being here at the 114th Precinct, ultimately making it a better place for people to work and live,” Maloney said. Maloney assumed his position on November 1 […]

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LIC, Astoria best bet for hailing green cabs


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Taxi & Limousine Commission

Queens taxi riders have the best shot at hailing a green cab in Long Island City and Astoria. Nearly 900 new apple green cabs roam the northwestern edge of the borough, according to data from the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). City officials said more than 1,000 borough taxis have hit the streets since the […]

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Queens woman finds healing through art


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Rising from the ashes as a survivor of domestic violence, Beverly Cowan has reached a new moment in her life in which her passion for art has served as therapy. Now she hopes it will become a career. Born and raised in Harlem, Cowan always enjoyed working with any form of art. She filled up […]

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$300G in repairs not made at Long Island City NYCHA center


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THE COURIER/ Photos By Angy Altamirano

Long Island City seniors are waiting for fixes to be made to their senior center, and have been doing so for three years. Funds allocated to fix various problems at the Jacob Riis Settlement House at the Queensbridge Houses have yet to be put to use, and now the community wants answers as to why. […]

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST Wednesday: Overcast in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 73. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SE in the afternoon. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 59. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. EVENT OF THE DAY: Long Island City to Old Astoria Guided […]

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51 charged in drug sweep at Queens housing developments


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An undercover drug investigation at two western Queens housing developments has led to the indictment of 28 men and women for selling narcotics, and the arrest of 23 others, announced District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. Authorities have 15 of the indicted individuals in custody and are still seeking 13 more. Ranging […]

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Long Island City murder leads to calls against gun violence


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

The shooting of a 27-year-old aspiring hip-hop artist near the Queensbridge Houses is raising clamor among politicians and community activists fighting against gun violence. The victim, Francisco Leal, 27, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest around 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 2 at the corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue. While the […]

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Western Queens braces for Hurricane Sandy


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

A few brave locals in makeshift trash bag ponchos trekked across Gantry State Park in Long Island City to witness Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. One storm chaser, who lives just across Vernon Boulevard in Zone B, said she wasn’t afraid of the storm, even though officials speculated the worst was yet to come. She bought a […]

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Fresh food push comes to western Queens


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There’s now an oasis in the middle of a Queens food desert. Residents of the Queensbridge Houses — a neighborhood where fresh produce is scarce — now have the option of purchasing a bag of fruits and vegetables every Wednesday afternoon, just outside their doors. The push reflects a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, but is […]

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST Friday: Sunny, with a high near 93. Southwest wind 8 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. West wind 8 to 10 mph. EVENT of the DAY: Doctor Zhivago at the Museum of the Moving Image Take in the 1965 classic at the Museum of the Moving Image.  Based on […]

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POLICE BLOTTER


By Queens Courier Staff

Robber sought The NYPD is asking for your help in identifying the suspect wanted for two robberies in the confines of the 107th and 109th Precincts. 1. On March 10, the suspect held up the Mobil gas station at 147-10 Northern Boulevard. He demanded money and fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. […]

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POLICE BLOTTER


By Queens Courier Staff

Pedestrian killed by car from Ed Koch Bridge A 68-year-old man was killed where he stood when a car traveling from the Ed Koch (Queensboro) Bridge jumped a curb and crushed him in the early morning hours of Monday, March 28. Police were called to Queens Plaza North and Crescent Street, where they saw the […]

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POLICE BLOTTER


By Queens Courier Staff

108th Precinct Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside Pedestrian killed by car from Ed Koch Bridge A 68-year-old man was killed where he stood when a car traveling from the Ed Koch (Queensboro) Bridge jumped a curb and crushed him in the early morning hours of Monday, March 28. Police were called to Queens Plaza […]

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Where to find free tax help


By Queens Courier Staff

Elected officials are encouraging Queens resisdents to take advantage of free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), part of the East River Development Alliance (ERDA), and potentially receive thousands back in tax returns. VITA sites allow qualified working families and individuals to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits, providing assistance to families […]

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