Kew Gardens Hills residents enraged over city proposal to create new express bus service


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Addressing a crowd of angry Kew Gardens Hills residents, Councilman Rory Lancman urged the group to “express yourselves in a respectful manner” on Wednesday night as MTA and city officials met with residents who would be affected by a proposed express bus service line.

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York College has lowest student debt in the country: study


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The college, which is part of City University of New York, has the lowest student debt average in America. A study by The Institute for College Access & Success in 2013 found that the four-year college had an average student debt of $2,271. In New York state, the average student debt is $26,381

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Ticket sales at historic Forest Hills movie theater skyrocket in bid for survival


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The almost century-old Forest Hills theater sold out most of its showings of “American Sniper” on Thursday night — the start of a crucial weekend for sales that will be used to determine if the theater should get first-run films and remain in business.

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New T-Building housing plan revealed, includes units for homeless patients


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A development company has signed a 99-year lease with the city to turn the historic T-Building into a 205-unit apartment building that will include housing for patients at a nearby hospital, many of whom are homeless.

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Queens pols and residents tell city to scrap plans for new express bus service


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As the city revs up plans to create an express bus service line between Jamaica and Flushing, residents and local politicians are building up speed bumps and roadblocks against the city’s initiative.

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Obama’s call to make community college tuition free gets an A from Queens students


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If the whole country participates, Obama’s idea could help about nine million students per year and save them around $3,800 in tuition, according to the White House. In Queens there are two community colleges — Queensborough Community College and LaGuardia Community College. Combined, the two schools have more than 30,000 students that would benefit from free tuition.

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Pearl Jam fans hold fundraiser, continue quest to lure the band to Forest Hills


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by  Ross Belsky

On Thursday the fanatics from Pearl Jam Forest Hills hosted their long-awaited fundraiser at Austin’s Ale House in Kew Gardens hoping to add to the $107,000 they’ve already collected to convince Eddie Vedder and the band to play at Forest Hills Stadium.

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Flushing apartment building cut off from heat, residents say


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Photo by Martha Flores Vazquez

During the coldest days of the winter season this week, residents of a six-story apartment building in Flushing spent Wednesday and Thursday bundled in coats and blankets to try to stay warm because they say they haven’t had heat in their building.

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