Queens Remembers The Charleston Nine

BY TESS McRAE Editor Though the shots fired in a Charleston church last week were still ringing in the ears of Americans around the country, the Queens community came together to begin the healing process. All last weekend, vigils, rallies and prayer services were held in honor of the Charleston Nine, the group of men […]

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Astoria Co-Op Fuming After Gas Shut Off

BY YVETTE BROWN Staff Writer It has been eight weeks and residents of an Astoria co-op are still without hot water or gas. On Monday morning, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and Public Advocate Letitia James were joined by the shareholders and occupants of Acropolis Gardens on a rally to restore the shortages. Residents of the […]

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Concannon In Race To Replace Weprin

BY LYNN EDMONDS Staff Writer Joseph Concannon announced his candidacy for City Council on Monday, making him the fourth candidate to jump into the race to succeed former Councilman Mark Weprin, who left the post empty last week. The former police Captain and United States. Army veteran promised to prioritize public safety. “I will be […]

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Build It Back Application Deadline Looms

BY CRYSTAL LAU The Build It Back outreach campaign seeking out the remainder of the homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy is winding down, but the post-Sandy reconstruction project is no means coming to a close. Rather, is it just taking off. The city recently released a final deadline for Build It Back applicants to complete […]

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NYC Not Privy To Fireworks Law

BY FRANCO FINO Last November, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into a law a bill that would allow New Yorkers to purchase and sell small fireworks. But Queens might be out of luck. According to New York State Police, “Sparkling devices may only be sold by authorized retailers during two periods each year – between June […]

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Borough Hall Garage Is Coming Down

BY FRANCO FINO Since the parking garage at Borough Hall abruptly closed down last September, there has not been any action by the city on demolishing and replacing the structure – until now. The city Department of Transportation has planned a project that will last a total of seven months, in which demolition will occur […]

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Sky View Mall Sold

Several sources have confirmed Blackstone Group has bought Sky View Parc shopping mall and garage from the Canadian company and complex’s co-developer Onex. According to published reports, Blackstone paid $400 million for the complex at College Point Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue in Downtown Flushing, that includes a 560,000-square-foot shopping mall with stores including Best Buy, […]

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City Reaches Out To Small Biz In Flushing

BY ANGELIA ROGGIE In an effort to cut through the red tape and confusion that often strains the relationships between business and government, the Mayor’s Office Community Affairs Unit hosted a town hall for businesses at PS 20 in Flushing on Monday. The event had officials from various city programs and services, who participated in […]

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