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Keep The Community In The Know

The news that a patient who was convicted of manslaughter and assault was able to escape from Creedmoor Psychiatric Center is alarming enough. The news from nearby civic groups that they were not notified by the center about his escape seems downright negligent. A statement from 14 civic groups near Creedmoor was sent out last […]

Fresh Approach Needed

It has been a common problem for straphangers that rely on the 7 train to get around the Borough to have problems travelling this time of year. Track repairs and upgrades have historically disrupted weekend commutes for millions of residents, and many businesses that rely on the 7 train to bring them customers feel a […]

A Better Travel Experience

It is difficult to believe that New York City, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, offers such a distinctly negative experience to those flying in to the two airports in Queens. LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports are consistently ranked as some of the worst in the world for travel […]

We Need A Balance

The City Council came together yesterday after a sharp divide over the last few weeks to throw its support behind Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, making her the first Latina Speaker in the City’s history. We look forward to what she has planned as the legislative body’s new leader, and we hope she stands firm in the […]

Hoping For More Change

As the ball dropped earlier this week signifying the start of the New Year, it brought to an end a year that reshaped the landscape of the Borough and the City, and the promise of even more change looms over the horizon for 2014. The New Year is a time to reflect and learn from […]

A Tragic Holiday

While many of us celebrate the holidays with friends and family this week, there are some who will spend this week mourning the loss of a young life, struck down well before his time. We send our thoughts and prayers to the family of Noshat Nahian, the eight-year-old student killed in a traffic accident late […]

Standing Strong

It has not been the best of times to hope for positive economic growth, but it seems as though Queens has survived, not only literally weathering a storm, but surviving a recession that has crippled a good portion of the country. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s overview of the Queens economy was a pat on the […]

New Future For Education Needed

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott may have made his last official visit to Queens schools this week, as we wait to find out who Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will appoint as his chief education official. It was good to see a Queens native lead the Dept. of Education over the last two-and-a-half years, but we wish […]

A Time To Think of Others

Last week, we celebrated Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah, holidays that are marked by families coming together, usually with a great deal of food. As we continue with this holiday season, with Christmas and Kwanzaa just around the corner, the recent report that one in 10 Queens residents are not sure where they will […]

Another Call To Save A Landmark

We’ve written a lot in the past about how the City has left Queens to rot when it comes to parkland, to its historic structures and to its symbols, and it seems as though we will have ample opportunity to continue. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows […]