City can’t ‘walk and chew gum at the same time’ on Queens graffiti removal, lawmaker says
Photo courtesy of the Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation

The city’s Vision Zero program may be making streets safer, but it’s also pushed graffiti removal to the back burner, according to one Queens elected official. State Senator Tony Avella railed against the de Blasio administration and the Department of Transportation (DOT) for allegedly ignoring his repeated requests last December to sign a graffiti removal […]

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LIC to receive nearly $40 million for street upgrades
THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua

Long Island City streets will receive major upgrades as a part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, city officials formally announced at a Monday press conference. A large swath of streets, many of which have not been reconstructed since the early 20th century, will be upgraded to enhance transportation safety, especially in a neighborhood […]

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Safety improvements finished near Forest Hills’ MacDonald Park
Photos courtesy of NYC DOT

MacDonald Park in Forest Hills received some much-needed safety and access improvements thanks to the efforts of local politicians. City Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced Tuesday that the DOT had completed pedestrian improvements near the park in response to a request from Katz and other area politicians. The improvements […]

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Despite concerns, local bicyclists show support for Queens Blvd. bike lanes
Photo courtesy of DOT

Many western Queens residents who frequent Queens Boulevard protested the roadway’s new protected bike lanes, arguing that they cause more traffic and unsafe driving conditions. But a number of residents who use bicycles as their main mode of transportation applauded Community Board 2 at its Thursday meeting for approving the bike lanes’ implementation. At least seven people […]

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Woodhaven residents to DOT: Make us a better boulevard bus plan
Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO A standing-room-only crowd gave a Department of Transportation (DOT) official an earful regarding the proposed Select Bus Service (SBS) plan for the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor during a public forum Monday night in Woodhaven. The special town hall meeting was organized by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation (GWDC) in partnership with the […]

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