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Stranger pays for elderly Queens couple’s sidewalk repairs
Stranger pays for elderly Queens couple’s sidewalk repairs
News Melissa Chan 9/05/2012 at 4:08PM

A good Samaritan — and complete stranger — has stepped up to aid an embattled, elderly Whitestone couple burdened with the charge of sidewalk repairs they say should not have been on their hands to begin with. Judith Smith, 68, and her husband Everett, 71, were told by the city’s Department of Transportation in June [...]

Whitestone couple faces walkway woes
Whitestone couple faces walkway woes
News Melissa Chan 8/30/2012 at 3:07PM

An infuriated Whitestone couple has a bone to pick with the city after they were pinned for violations on 70 square feet of sidewalk outside their property line. The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) told Judith and Everett Smith this June to fix two broken and improperly sloped concrete slabs of sidewalk, according to a [...]

Homeowners get free tree help
Homeowners get free tree help
News Crystal Hudson 3/27/2012 at 11:46AM

Thanks to a $1.1 million grant from Councilmember Eric Ulrich, 317 people are going to get brand new sidewalks for free. The Trees and Sidewalks program, started in 2005 by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, repairs sidewalks throughout the city that have been damaged by overgrown tree roots. The Parks Department [...]

Homeowner says he was bilked by city
Homeowner says he was bilked by city
News Melissa Chan 3/14/2012 at 2:35PM

A dog lounges leisurely in the backyard of John Biagi’s Utopia Parkway home, which rests on a quiet corner, overlooking the neighborhood park. But in place of this Fresh Meadows man’s white picket fence is a white handcrafted billboard sign that reads “Another Homeowner Screwed by NYC” in bold, red-painted lettering. “This is the American [...]

Pol, residents demand DOT repair broken curbs
Pol, residents demand DOT repair broken curbs
News Michael Pantelidis 1/04/2012 at 9:00AM

Queens residents have had their hopes for safe sidewalks curbed by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Senator Tony Avella recently united with perturbed residents from northern and eastern Queens – who have suffered with broken curbs in front of their homes for years – to demand the DOT “accelerate” their sidewalk repair program. “DOT is [...]