Facing strong opposition, developer to build just 52 homes on Whitestone Waterpointe site


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52-home plan

Following unyielding pressure by residents and politicians, including the announcement of a planned protest, developers of the 18-acre Waterpointe site are returning to the original proposal of 52 single-family detached homes instead of one that would have had quadruple the number of units.

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More than 100 townhouses, park and ‘eco dock’ planned for Whitestone Waterpointe site


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Rendering courtesy Joseph Sultana Architects

Edgestone Group, which owns the 18-acre vacant Waterpointe site at 151-45 6th Rd., plans to construct 107 residential buildings on it — more than double the number of units that were originally promised for the property years ago.

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Whitestone students, teachers walk to raise awareness for autism


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

In honor of National Autism Awareness Month, the staff and students at P.S. 209, located at 16-10 Utopia Pkwy., participated in a walkathon at the school throughout the day on Friday.

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Whitestone community group wants park on vacant sites


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Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/PropertyShark

We Love Whitestone, a new civic organization that has been gaining popularity, is going on the offensive against possible overdevelopment of two massive vacant Whitestone sites, and hopes to convince city politicians of a plan to buy one and turn it into a park with ball fields.

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Avella hopes to stop plans of overdevelopment on massive Whitestone vacant sites


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Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/PropertyShark 

Winter may be coming to an end, but state Sen. Tony Avella isn’t planning a warm welcome for anyone who purchases a controversial site in Whitestone if they plan on overdeveloping the property or building something that doesn’t comply with zoning.

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Whitestone auto center grooms new generation of tech-savvy workers


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

On Tuesday, students from Thomas Edison High School broke out their laptops to fix a Lexus SUV in a timed competition that pitted them against 12 other high schools in the greater New York area, testing their skills with computers as much as with wrenches.

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Newly constructed Whitestone office building starts search for tenants


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Photo courtesy of CBRE

The glassy, newly constructed 16-16 Whitestone Expwy. building boasts about 60,000 square feet for office space, half of which will be occupied by the owner, the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30 Pension Trust Fund.

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Pressure builds to expand school program in northern Queens and Whitestone


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

A push to expand programs for gifted and talented students into middle schools in a northern Queens district has the support of local elected officials and at least 500 parents who have signed petitions backing the effort.

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Whitestone and northern Queens residents push for expansion of school program


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Lisa Fusco, from Whitestone, and 150 parents in northern Queens signed a petition to the city Department of Eudcation demanding the creation of gifted and talented programs for the middle schools in their district. Several of the parents are also meeting with Borough President Melinda Katz and Department of Education officials on Dec. 10 to discuss the issue.

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