What is White Pot Junction? And Why Should I Care?
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 5/01/2012 at 11:17AM

By Vincent S. Castellano   On March 13, Community Board 14 in Rockaway unanimously voted to re-open the old LIRR line between Aqueduct and Queens Blvd. This line has been closed so long, most people don’t even know it exists. Yet it is the key to the future of mass transit in Queens. Many people [...]

Patient Navigators Calm the Waters
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 5/01/2012 at 11:10AM

BY Jane Hall-Alston   The cost of health care has exploded in the last 40 years. In 1950, five cents of every dollar earned went to health care; in 2010 health care consumed 17 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). If this rate continues, in 70 years health care will consume 40 percent of the [...]

‘Justice for George’
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 4/25/2012 at 11:32AM

Though nothing will bring him back, we hope that George Gibbons’ family can sleep a little easier at night knowing that the man responsible for his death will face the maximum sentence allowed under the law. It was last October that Gibbons, 37, was killed heading home from work when the livery cab he was [...]

A Battle Co-op & Condo Owners Cannot Afford To Lose
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 4/23/2012 at 11:11AM

By Bob Friedrich On Thursday, April 12 at North Shore Towers, more than 900 angry co-op & condo owners assembled at a Town Hall meeting organized by the Presidents Co-op & Condo Council (PCCC). It was the largest such gathering ever held in Queens. The demand was simple: fairness and equity in how their property [...]

What’s in a name?
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 4/23/2012 at 10:31AM

By Thomas M. Long & Herbert W. Stupp The Jamaica Bay area has a number of public works named for notable New Yorkers who merit our remembrance. There is the bridge named for former Congressmember Joseph Addabbo, the Marine Park Bridge named for Mets and Dodgers hero Gil Hodges, and Floyd Bennett Field, which honors [...]

Protect our protectors
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 4/12/2012 at 3:24PM

Protect our protectors Why is it that in only four months, eight — EIGHT — police officers have been shot in our city? Though most have been lucky enough to escape serious injury, the fact remains that more needs to be done to protect our protectors. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that, “All the shootings have [...]

Editorial Queens Courier Staff 3/06/2012 at 3:42PM

Just when we thought Peninsula Hospital had gotten the life-saving CPR it needed, it seems the facility is once again flatlining. Late last month, the hospital was barred from accepting new patients after the State Department of Health (DOH) shut down the lab. Reportedly, there was expired blood plasma and staffers handling samples were not [...]

A classroom is for learning
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 2/21/2012 at 9:01AM

What is the Department of Education (DOE) doing? Administrators at the city’s public school system are seemingly asleep at the wheel, allowing teachers to run amok — WITH OUR CHILDREN. In the past week alone, two teachers — who are supposed to be role models for our youth — were busted, one for inappropriately touching [...]

If you build it, they will come
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 1/09/2012 at 5:10PM

Last week’s State of the State address by Governor Andrew Cuomo promised big things for Queens, chief among them building the country’s largest convention center on the former site of the Aqueduct Racino. The 3.8 million-square-foot convention center would accommodate the nation’s largest events, up to 3,000 hotel rooms and many restaurants, and create new [...]

Strike averted
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 1/03/2012 at 12:53PM

We applaud the efforts of the 32BJ Union and the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations (RAB) in averting the potential strike of over 22,000 service workers, including office cleaners. Queens is home to the largest population of these workers, and in avoiding a strike, we feel the economy of the borough, as well as [...]