Alternate side parking suspended for one week near Borough Hall


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Department of Transportation

Alternate side parking will be suspended from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 near Borough Hall in an effort to counter the increase in demand for parking after the municipal garage closed on Wednesday, according to a Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

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Op-ed: Reintroduction of a non-resident commuter payroll tax makes no sense


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY LARRY PENNER

New York State Assemblyman David Weprin’s bill for reintroduction of a non-resident commuter tax is an old, recycled idea periodically proposed by many others, missing the potential economic consequences that might occur after implementing it.

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Ridgewood art center provides free space for locals and intellectually disabled


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

An arts center in Ridgewood is applying for a liquor license. Okay, sounds like Williamsburg so far. But while it wants to serve alcohol for its weekend music shows, the owners also want to make more money so that they can continue to offer free services on weekdays to the local community — especially the intellectually disabled.

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Councilwoman Crowley proposes alternative to controversial Glendale homeless shelter


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Jeff Stone

The proposed homeless shelter in Glendale is too close to chemicals, too far from public transportation and would pack an already overcrowded school district, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley said in a letter to city officials.

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Influx of hipsters revives 90-year-old Ridgewood German bar


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Gottscheer Hall was on its way to closing down two years ago. But the Ridgewood bar and grill turned a profit in 2012 because of younger, more affluent patrons who began to appear in larger and larger groups.

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Ridgewood, Glendale German ancestry revealed in World Cup


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Gottscheer Hall

Most bars will be broadcasting the World Cup game this weekend but to celebrate it in true Deutsch fashion, Ridgewood and Glendale maintain a healthy group of German bars that harken back to the German ancestry of the area.

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Queens teacher accused of sexual encounter with second student


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File Photo

A Queens teacher busted for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student was arrested again for sexually abusing another teen at the Ridgewood high school where she worked, prosecutors said Wednesday.

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The Queens Courier staff recognized by New York Press Association


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

The Queens Courier congratulates its staff in taking home a handful of awards at this year’s New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

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Queens…explosive growth in New York City


| sweiner@gmipny.com

When you think about aggressively growing markets, you might look to the southwestern United States where people flock, looking for jobs and a warm climate. The oil fields of North Dakota and the gas fields of Pennsylvania are also experiencing significant population growth as people seek jobs in those industries. You can also look closer […]

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Why a non-NYC resident commuter tax won’t work


| lpenner@queenscourier.com

Watch in the coming months as New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio with the support of NYC Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer, NYC Public Advocate-elect Letitia James along with virtually all other NYC Council, State Assembly and State Senate members from the Big Apple renew their annual call for reintroduction of a non-NYC resident commuter tax. […]

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Middle Village man has contentious plan to fix community parking issues


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

One Middle Village resident is proposing a divisive plan to relieve parking problems in the community. Matthew Crafa will meet with Community Board 5’s Transportation Committee to present his idea, which involves changing the parking signs around the perimeter of Juniper Valley Park to open up new overnight spots. Parking is not allowed around most […]

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Flying on your next vacation? Get ready to inhale to fit in your seat


| Bobmetnews@aol.com

Photo by Bob Nesoff

Airlines have become quite creative in recent years when it comes to squeezing the last dollar out of a passenger’s wallet. They’ve added fees for everything but the air you breathe…and perhaps that’s the next thing on the agenda. Passenger’s wallets are not the only thing being squeezed by the airlines. The latest is reducing […]

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Howard Beach helps ‘Stuff the Bus’ for charity


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

After being knocked out by Sandy last year, the Rotary Club of Southwest Queens once again collected dozens of grocery bags filled with Thanksgiving food for the needy. “People are being very generous,” said Joseph DiBlasi of the Rotary Club. “Some people come out with big bags.” DiBlasi and other volunteers camped out by the […]

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