Edgestone Plans Scaled Back Amid Furor

BY DOMENICK RAFTER Editor in Chief Fifty-two single-family homes. That’s what Community Board 7 Vice Chairman Chuck Apelian reiterated – several times – at Monday’s board meeting, he wanted to see built at the waterfront site in Whitestone that has been slated for development since 2008. Fifty-two. And that was the original plan the community board says […]

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Weprin Talks Resignation As Race Heats Up

BY TESS McRAE Editor Rumblings of replacements for Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) began almost as soon as the long-standing public servant announced his resignation last week. But now, top contender and Queens political veteran Barry Grodenchik has taken the first step in launching his career. The former Assemblyman and deputy borough president tapped Steve […]

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Nail Salon Owners Support Reform To Industry

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Several representatives of the nail salon industry came together Monday for the first time publicly since a New York Times investigative series shined light on the deplorable conditions for salon workers in New York. The workers, along with Assemblyman Ron Kim (D- Flushing) and Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) gathered at […]

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Hunters Pt. Library Finally Breaks Ground

BY DANIEL OFFNER Staff Writer More than 20 years in the making, elected officials and representatives of the Queens Public Library donned hardhats and grabbed their ceremonial golden shovels, on Saturday, May 16, to break ground on the Queens Public Library’s newest branch – the Hunters Point Community Library – at Center Boulevard and 48th […]

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Avella Opposes High School At Temple Site

BY DOMENICK RAFTER Editor in Chief The plans to build a high school on the site of the Bayside Jewish Center may not go any smoother than previous proposals for schools in Northeast Queens. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) came out in opposition to a proposal from the Schools Construction Authority, and planned a rally […]

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LIC Clock Tower Now A Landmark

BY DANIEL OFFNER Staff Writer Last week, members of the Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously voted to designate the former Bank of the Manhattan Company building in Long Island City as a New York City Landmark. “For nearly a century, the Queens Clock Tower building has been one of Long Island City’s most recognizable structures, greeting […]

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Mayor’s Budget Gets Mixed Reactions

BY DOMENICK RAFTER Editor in Chief During the Bloomberg administration, the annual “budget dance” was as much a spring staple as colorful flowers and warm weather. In the de Blasio era, the annual “dance” has become less prominent. Gone are the rallies with children holding signs and threats of library closures and padlocked firehouses. But […]

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Pan Am Shelter Loses Contract With City

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Just hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Queens to announce a task force to address issues with homeless shelters, Comptroller Scott Stringer announced that his office has rejected two permanent shelter contracts, including the Boulevard Family Residence at the former Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst. Stringer cited a […]

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Mark Weprin To Resign From City Council

BY JORDAN GIBBONS Staff Writer Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) will be resigning within the next two weeks from his seat as the representative for District 23, which he has held since 2010. Weprin will be taking a position in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration as the Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs. The Weprin family has […]

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