Astoria park plagued with drug paraphernalia and used condoms will now be locked at night
Photo courtesy of Councilman Costa Constantinides

An Astoria park long known for being a nighttime hangout spot will now be locked every night to discourage trespassers. Councilman Costa Constantinides, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and state Senator Michael Gianaris announced on Monday that Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers would now lock the gates of Sean’s Place every night and open them every morning. Though the […]

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Overcrowded Long Island City school will not lose middle school seats next year
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updated March 22, 10:25 a.m. Students attending the only middle school in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City will no longer need to scramble to find a new school as previously expected. Parents and students rallied last spring to bring awareness about the possible truncation of sixth- through eighth-grade classes at P.S./I.S. 78. The Department of Education […]

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Decades-long Astoria Park sewage leak in East River might prompt citywide review
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Updated Feb.10, 4:57 p.m Astoria residents were surprised last week to learn that sewage from Astoria Park bathrooms was being dumped into the East River for decades, and one politician wants to make sure this problem is not a regular occurrence. State Senator Michael Gianaris is calling on the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to conduct a citywide […]

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LIC Partnership launches business survey to gauge future economic improvements
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The Long Island City Partnership (LICP), whose mission is to advocate for economic development in the area, on Monday launched a business survey that will be distributed to more than 6,000 businesses. The survey will inform the organization’s comprehensive plan to strengthen Long Island City’s economic, social and physical infrastructure. In light of a major […]

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Verizon workers protest contract changes in Bayside rally
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Verizon employees banded together Thursday in a rally outside a Bayside building owned by the company during ongoing contract negotiations over benefits and additional job demands. Nearly 300 people were estimated to be at the rally, which attracted approving honks from passing cars and had its own on-site DJ. Union members sang pro-union chants cheering for district […]

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