Whitestone

EXCLUSIVE: Incoming Councilmember Paul Vallone names staff
EXCLUSIVE: Incoming Councilmember Paul Vallone names staff
Politics Melissa Chan 12/04/2013 at 3:33PM

Councilmember-elect Paul Vallone has picked the team he’ll take to City Hall in January, The Courier has learned. The seven-member staff consists mostly of longtime supporters and includes two former employees of Queens elected officials and the aunt of a local assemblymember. “These are people who believed in me five years ago, when I first [...]

Late night fire tears through Whitestone auto body shop
Late night fire tears through Whitestone auto body shop
Police Melissa Chan 12/01/2013 at 1:21AM

A Whitestone auto body shop erupted in flames late Saturday night, fire officials and residents said. More than 100 firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at 150-15 14th Road, the site of Whitestone Collision, at 11:13 p.m. on November 30, according to the FDNY. It was under control by 12:20 p.m. There were no reported injuries, an [...]

EXCLUSIVE: City eyes two more northeast Queens school sites
EXCLUSIVE: City eyes two more northeast Queens school sites
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 11/22/2013 at 4:47PM

The city’s School Construction Authority (SCA) is looking for more than an acre of Queens land to build a new high school, The Courier has learned. The SCA has allocated funds for the future institution, poised to alleviate Queens high school congestion, but is still scouring the borough for a site slightly larger than an [...]

BP Marshall OKs city’s plan to dispose of vacant lots too small to develop
News Melissa Chan 10/31/2013 at 3:21PM

Borough President Helen Marshall approved the city’s plan to dispose of four vacant lots that are too small to develop. The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) wants to remove the properties from its inventory in order to sell in the future. Community Board 7 gave the department the green light last month. The tiny [...]

Hundreds show up to sign petition opposing Whitestone school site
Hundreds show up to sign petition opposing Whitestone school site
Education & Kids Queens Courier Staff 10/06/2013 at 12:18PM

CRISTABELLE TUMOLA AND ANGY ALTAMIRANO Hundreds came out to Whitestone Saturday afternoon to sign a petition asking the city’s School Construction Authority (SCA) to propose alternate sites for a high school. Residents, after hearing rumors of a school coming to an abandoned six-acre along 150th Street and 5th Avenue, said they were upset they weren’t [...]

Whitestone school rumors met with rally
Whitestone school rumors met with rally
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 10/03/2013 at 11:45AM

Whitestone residents are upset they weren’t involved in the decision process after hearing rumors of a school coming to an abandoned six-acre lot in the heart of their community. After residents had seen city employees and School Construction Authority (SCA) surveyors measuring a vacant lot located along 150th Street and 5th Avenue, they began to [...]

Police: Long Island office shooting suspect shot himself
Police: Long Island office shooting suspect shot himself
Police Cristabelle Tumola 10/02/2013 at 1:15PM

The Long Island office shooting suspect whose body was found in the Hudson River earlier this week shot himself. Sang Ho Kim, 63, a Fresh Meadows resident, died from drowning, according to Nassau County police. A self-inflicted gunshot wound to the mouth as well as a heart condition contributed to the drowning. A suicide note was [...]

City looking to sell four undevelopable lots in northeast Queens
City looking to sell four undevelopable lots in northeast Queens
Northeast Melissa Chan 9/27/2013 at 11:18AM

Community Board 7 gave the city permission this week to dispose of four vacant lots that are too small to develop. The city’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) needed approval from the board on September 23 to remove the properties from its inventory in order to sell in the future. The tiny plots of [...]