Queens Blvd. Dropping To 25 MPH

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Much like the rest of the City, drivers will have to slow down when commuting on Queens Boulevard. The major thoroughfare, often nicknamed “The Boulevard of Death,” will have its speed reduced to 25 miles per hour, the Dept. of Transportation announced last week. The speed reduction falls under Mayor […]

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New Stores Sweeten The Season At Queens Center

Earlier this year, retail powerhouse Queens Center opened eight new top retailers – US Polo Association, Kiko Milano, Puma, an expanded Foot Locker/House of Hoops and Journeys. And recently the center unveiled a two-level flagship Express store, a new American Eagle/Aerie and Aeropostale/Live, Love, Dream stores. As you make your list and check it twice […]

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Simotas Sues DHS Over Queens Shelters

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE     Staff Writer The Dept. of Homeless Services is set to transition two Queens homeless shelters into permanent facilities, and one lawmaker is suing the City in response. Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) filed a lawsuit against the City earlier this month, charging that the DHS “manipulated” emergency procurement procedures in order to […]

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Vaughn College Gets First Female President

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer 2014 has been a year of transformation for Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. The college held its installation ceremony on Nov. 7 for Dr. Sharon DeVivo, the school’s seventh president and the first woman to hold that position. The celebration came hours after a reception highlighting the completion of […]

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Greater Jamaica President Retires

BY JORDAN GIBBONS Staff Writer Carlisle Towery, the president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, has been the organization’s guiding force since its formation in 1967. On Monday, Towery announced he would be stepping down and retiring in 2015. With Towery at the helm, Greater Jamaica helped to facilitate the removal of the Jamaica Avenue […]

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Rockaway Beach Rail Line Survey Completed

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Nearly one year after announcing its launch, a survey organized by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) and Queens College has been completed. Findings were announced along with more support for reactivating the Rockaway Beach Rail Line at a press conference on Monday at the University. The study, which was conducted […]

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Local Orgs Win Grant To Fight Dropout Rate

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE     Staff Writer The path to graduation for Queens students just got clearer. In an effort to address low graduation rates among the Borough’s high schoolers, AT&T has awarded $800,000 in grants to three Queens organizations supporting underserved students, through its Aspire education initiative. The YMCA Y-Scholars program, the Sports and Arts […]

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Vets Discount Program Announced

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A new program aims to give back to Queens’ veterans not just on holidays, but all year-around. The Queens Chamber of Commerce, Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) and veterans met in front of the VFW Post in College Point to announce the Queens Veterans Discount Program. Businesses throughout the Borough who […]

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