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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Pols call on DOT to address dangerous intersection after Corona teen’s death
Photo via Twitter/Senator Jose Peralta

After 17-year-old Ovidio Jaramillo was killed in a hit-and-run at the intersection of Northern and Junction boulevards, several elected officials and local leaders are calling on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install more traffic safety measures. State Senator Jose Peralta, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Cristina Furlong of Make Queens Safer and DOT Queens Borough Commissioner Nicole […]

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Pols, Flushing residents rally for safety at high traffic intersection
Photo courtesy of the office of Ron Kim

Elected officials and Flushing residents rallied on Tuesday for improved safety measures at a College Point Boulevard intersection after a recent fatal hit-and-run. Mariano Contreras, 41, was found unconscious and unresponsive after being struck by a northbound black SUV early Sunday morning on College Point Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue. The driver fled the scene and […]

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Makes Queens Safer founding member honored at state Capitol
Photo courtesy of state Sen. Jose Peralta's office

A Jackson Heights advocate was honored this week for her dedication in fighting for safer New York City streets. State Sen. Jose Peralta honored Cristina Furlong, one of the founding members of the organization Make Queens Safer, on Tuesday with a Women of Distinction 2015 award given by the state Senate. “Ms. Furlong has worked tirelessly to advocate […]

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Star of Queens: Michael Brothers, chairman of the board, NYFAC Foundation
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BACKGROUND: Born in the Bronx and raised in Pequannock, New Jersey, Michael Brothers, 56, moved to Queens in 1987 to become a licensed insurance broker for a firm in Woodhaven. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Brothers has been the chairman of the board of the NYFAC Foundation based in Howard Beach since its inception in 2012. NYFAC is […]

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