DOT Chooses Ambitious Select Bus Plan

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The City Department of Transportation has settled on an ambitious plan to bring Select Bus Service between Rockaway and Woodside and redesign one of the Borough’s busiest routes. The Woodhaven/Cross Bay Select Bus Service plan, announced late Tuesday afternoon, will bring 14 miles of faster bus service to several transit-starved […]

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Shifting Gears On RKO Theater Project

BY DANIEL OFFNER Staff Writer After three failed attempts to redevelop the historic RKO Keith’s Theatre in Flushing, plans have surfaced once again, which look to convert the dilapidated venue into luxury condominiums, while preserving the landmarked ticket booth and front lobby. This week, members of Community Board 7 held a public hearing to discuss […]

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Wages Up, But Problems Remain With Ciampa

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE     Staff Writer Doormen at Long Island City’s Packard Square apartments won a wage battle last week, but say their fight is not over. After months of petitioning for higher wages, benefits and the right to unionize, the doormen at the Queens Plaza luxury residence opened their paychecks on Friday to a […]

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WiFi Coming To Hunters Point Park This Spring

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE     Long Island City residents will be able to do their summer reading outside and online. Installation of wireless Internet at Hunters Point South Park is slated to begin in April, according to the Parks Department and Time Warner Cable. Parks spokesperson Meghan Lalor said that residents can expect to connect “later […]

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LPC Calendars LIC Clock Tower

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE     Staff Writer The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to calendar the clock tower, meaning it is under formal consideration for landmarking designation. The Commission will next hold a public hearing on the building – no date has yet been set, according to a spokesperson. Although some items sit in […]

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ICCC Details Surface After BSA Vote

BY DANIEL OFFNER Staff Writer Details surrounding the Indian Cultural and Community Center’s plans to erect a four-story adult living facility on the campus of Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital have emerged, more than a week after the Board of Standards and Appeals approved the application – with a caveat. According to the decision, the board approved […]

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Culture Czar Talks Percent For Art Program

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE     Staff Writer After a proposed eight-foot, bright pink sculpture riled Long Island City residents last year, Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl addressed community concerns regarding the Percent For Art program that commissioned it. Finkelpearl, a former Percent For Art director and the author of a text on public art, […]

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Community Garden Site Sold, Apartments Planned

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE     Staff Writer Several years ago, a handful of Elmhurst neighbors and volunteers transformed a vacant lot into a community garden. In the coming months, it is slated to transform again, but this time into new apartments. Winnie Mok, a secretary at Tan Architect P.C., which is designing the planned development, said […]

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