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Neighborhood meeting to address persistent sewer backup and flooding concerns in northwest Queens set for February


Jan. 4, 2024 By Rachel Butler Residents of East Elmhurst, Astoria and Jackson Heights will be meeting with government officials on Feb. 1 to discuss the long-standing issue of sewer backups and flooding in their respective neighborhoods. The issue has been especially problematic in recent years, given the extreme weather. For instance, Hurricane Ida in…
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2024 Queens community board applications open

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Jan. 4, 2024 By Ethan Marshall Queens Borough President Donovan Richards announced his office is now accepting applications for the 14 Queens community boards in 2024. Qualified and civic-minded individuals have until Feb. 16 to apply. The deadline also applies for existing community board members who wish to continue to serve should their two-year term…
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Locals poke fun at Astoria trees planted in the middle of the sidewalk

Jan. 3, 2024 By zgewelb Jan. 3, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan   Astoria residents woke up the day after Christmas to find four new trees planted smack in the middle of the sidewalk.  The new trees, planted along 29th Street between Broadway and 31st Avenue, came as a surprise since the city generally plants trees alongside curbs.  Residents posted pictures of the trees on social media, and they blew up in a local Facebook group and on the r/astoria subreddit page. Many visited the site to take a look for themselves and poke fun at their placement, with some even… Read more »

Crunching the Queens crime numbers: large jump in robberies during final month of 2023


Jan. 3, 2024 By Ethan Marshall The number of robberies spiked across Queens over the final month of 2023 when compared to the same period in 2022, according to the latest crime stats released by the NYPD on Monday. During the 28-day period from Dec. 4-31, the number of robberies rose 54.2% in northern Queens, from 118 cases in 2022 to 182 in 2023. The most significant increase was seen in the 110th Precinct, which oversees Corona and Elmhurst. Cases there rose from 18 to 52. In southern Queens, there was a 23.6% increase in robberies over the same period…
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Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz sworn in for second term


Jan. 3, 2024 By Bill Parry Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz was sworn in for a second term Tuesday in the Helen Marshall Cultural Center at Queens Borough Hall. The ceremony was attended by 200 staff and justices, and her youngest son, Hunter, held the copy of the Old Testament used for the swearing in. She was sworn in by Supreme Court Administrative Judge Donna-Marie Golia. Katz made history when she first took office four years ago becoming the first woman ever to serve as head prosecutor in Queens and the first new Queens District Attorney in 28 years, following…
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Eating healthy without breaking the bank

Jan. 2, 2024 By admin Jan. 2, 2024 By Czarinna Andres Eating healthy is often perceived as an expensive endeavor, with organic produce and specialty health foods often sold at a premium price. However, with some savvy meal planning, it’s entirely possible to maintain a nutritious diet without straining your budget. Here, we’ll explore some… Read more »

NYC earthquake: 1.7 magnitude tremor originating in Astoria

Jan. 2, 2024 By admin Jan. 2, 2024 By Czarinna Andres Residents of western Queens, Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side of Manhattan got a shaky start to the week Tuesday morning, with a 1.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Astoria. The seismic activity was recorded at precisely 5:45 a.m., according to the United States… Read more »

Five Ways to Thrive in the New Year: Embracing 2024 in Western Queens

Dec. 31, 2023 By admin Dec. 31, 2023 By Maxwell Murray 2024 is here – and whether you’re a resident of Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside or anywhere in Western Queens, the new year marks a moment to reflect, reset and embrace new possibilities. Here are five local tips to help you thrive in the… Read more »

COVID-19 cases on the rise in Queens


Dec. 29, 2023 By Ethan Marshall COVID-19 is on the rise throughout the nation and Queens is one of the areas most impacted by the surge. New York City as a whole has seen an increase in cases over the past month, with Queens being the borough that is leading the way. The number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Queens has been steadily rising since the middle of November, according to, which is tracking the cases. Cases have increased from 215 on Nov. 21 to 636 on Dec. 21. This rise in cases has occurred even with…
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