DEP plans $33M sewer project to reduce Flushing Bay pollution
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A $33 million sewer upgrade to substantially reduce pollution in the Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay is set to begin this spring, according to the city Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The project will prevent an annual total of 225 million gallons of combined sewer overflow from reaching the creek. Combined sewer overflow — or […]

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FIFA-sized soccer field is included in councilman’s goals for Astoria Park
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Calling Astoria Park “the jewel in our neighborhood’s crown,” Councilman Costa Constantinides made a pitch in his State of the District address on Monday to improve the park, including adding a FIFA regulation-size soccer field. The nearly 60-acre park became official parkland in 1913 and is home to the city’s largest and oldest swimming pool, bocce […]

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Avenue where Astoria man was killed to receive traffic safety improvements
Photo courtesy of Councilman Costa Constantinides

More traffic safety improvements are being installed along Astoria’s 21st Avenue in response to community concerns about the dangerous thoroughfare, which has been the scene of dozens of pedestrian injuries and a death. Department of Transportation (DOT) Queens Commissioner Nicole Garcia announced on Friday the installation of traffic lights at the intersection of 21st Avenue and 23rd, […]

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Queens pols request full review of ‘infrequent and unreliable’ R train
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The R train, referred to as “Rarely” by some riders, is in desperate need of a review, according to local lawmakers. More than 40 elected officials and transportation groups are turning up the heat on the MTA and demanding that the agency conduct a full review of the R line, which makes stops in Manhattan, Queens […]

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DEP begins $30M project to install litter capture devices near Newtown Creek
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BY KIRSTEN E. PAULSON Newtown Creek is getting a huge investment toward improving its health and restoring its natural beauty. Emily Lloyd, commissioner of the city’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), announced Monday that construction has begun on a $30 million project to build litter capture devices at four points in the creek’s vicinity. The project is […]

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