Volunteers create new classrooms for Astoria school


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos by Liam La Guerre and Dimension Data

As part of its Heads, Hearts and Hands program, workers from information technology services company Dimension Data volunteered to beautify I.S. 126Q on May 21 and convert storage space into new classrooms, allowing the school to serve an additional 120 students.

Read More ...

Flushing public forum reveals planning study


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photo by Alina Suriel/ Gallery courtesy of the NYC Department of City Planning

The NYC Department of City Planning publicly revealed Thursday night details of a Flushing West planning study which will result in large scale re-zoning in line with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 10-year plan to increase affordable housing.

Read More ...

Corona’s Langston Hughes Library wins $20K


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos by Don Pollard

The Langston Hughes Community Library, located at, 100-01 Northern Blvd., was announced on Thursday as one of five winners in this year’s 2nd annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards.

Read More ...

Queens Library CEO appeals for more city funding


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Queens Borough Public Library

With a little more than a month until the city’s budget deadline, the Queens Borough Public Library is urging elected officials to make a much-needed investment in its system.

Read More ...

Rooftop beekeeping, skyline views: Peek inside Hunters Point South affordable units


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Despite offering affordable housing for low and moderate-income earners, the Hunter’s Point South Living developments offer an array of luxury amenities, including top-grade finishes, fitness rooms, a rooftop garden and views of the Manhattan skyline.

Read More ...

Jackson Heights students raise $2K for Nepal earthquake victims


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Garden School

A local nonprofit to benefit communities from Nepal received a $2,000 donation from the Garden School Key Club to go towards relief efforts after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake in the South Asian country on April 25.

Read More ...

LIC public art looks to raise awareness about homelessness


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of Fanny Allié

Residents and visitors in Long Island City looking for a place to sit will get more than just that when coming into contact with a new public art installation aiming to raise awareness about homelessness.

Read More ...

Jamaica funeral set for rapper slain in Briarwood drive-by shooting


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo via Instagram/@chinxmusic

A Jamaica church will host the wake and funeral Tuesday for the rapper Chinx, real name Lionel Pickens, who was murdered in a Briarwood drive-by shooting on May 17.

Read More ...

Residents rally against high school planned for Bayside Jewish Center


| asuriel@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

Residents living near the Bayside Jewish Center rallied with state Sen. Tony Avella on Thursday against a proposed high school planned for their neighborhood.

Read More ...