BREAKING NEWS: Katz, de Blasio Oust 8 Library Board Members

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief The months-long stand-off between elected officials and the Queens Public Library system received a new twist on Wednesday, as a library spokeswoman announced that several members of the library’s Board of Trustees had received notices, removing them from their posts. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz released a statement late Wednesday […]

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5Pointz Demo May Come This Month

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Long Island City’s once iconic, now whitewashed, graffiti mecca 5Pointz is approaching its date with the wrecking ball. According to David Wolkoff of G&M Realty, whose family owns the property, demolition of 5Pointz is slated to begin in the next three or four weeks. The building could be completely leveled […]

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Gary Ackerman Backs John Liu

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer As September draws near, the State Senate race for District 11 continues to heat up, this time with some big endorsements. On July 22, former U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman announced his endorsement of John Liu for the seat held by State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Ackerman joins U.S. Reps. Joe […]

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More Affordable Housing At Astoria Cove

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer At a public hearing in Borough President Melinda Katz’s office last Thursday, Alma Realty announced that the number of affordable housing units at their proposed Astoria Cove development has been increased to 345. This number represents 20 percent of the entire project, up from 17 percent. Last month, CB1 rejected […]

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Borough Electeds Hold Pro-Israel Rally

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Several Queens elected officials and religious leaders stood together to support Israel last week. Gathered in front of Queens Borough Hall, they called on Israel and Palestine to bury the hatchet and stop the seemingly endless conflict between the two countries. “For the state of Israel, the problem has always […]

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Queens College Gets $2 Million For Lab Upgrade

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Last week, Queens College received a significant chunk of change to upgrade a decades-old research and teaching laboratory. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented the college with a $2 million grant on July 17, funding that he secured in this year’s State budget negotiations. The money will go towards renovating […]

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Stephen A. Halsey: The Father of Astoria

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Although the neighborhood bears his name, Astoria owes little of its legacy and charm to John Jacob Astor. Rather, we have a fur trader named Stephen A. Halsey to thank for the community’s existence, according to Greater Astoria Historical Society executive director Bob Singleton. “[Halsey] would go home to Flushing […]

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