New contract bid for Elmhurst shelter that got 17 code violations in one day
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There’s yet another contract proposal for the homeless shelter operated at the former Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst. After Comptroller Scott M. Stringer thrice rejected a proposal to convert the currently temporary shelter at 79-00 Queens Blvd. into a permanent homeless shelter, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) submitted its fourth proposal earlier this month. The new proposal, […]

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A step closer to MLK’s ‘beloved community’ at Pomonok Houses
Photo courtesy of Office of Councilman Rory I. Lancman

BY ERICA SIUDZINSKI Three lawmakers are bringing Queens closer to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a “beloved community,” a goal he first talked about in his 1957 speech Birth of a New Nation. Councilman Rory Lancman, state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz joined volunteers from Pomonok Houses and Queens College on […]

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Queens pols welcome shakeup at Department of Homeless Services
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Lawmakers and activists in Queens who have repeatedly called for reforms at the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) finally got their wish on Tuesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city would “evaluate and seek potential reorganizations” at the DHS. That process began with the resignation of DHS Commissioner Gilbert Taylor, who will remain with the de […]

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Flushing bridge to be fixed after five years of closure
THE COURIER/Photos by Alina Suriel

Construction on a Flushing bridge is set to begin later this month after years of being closed to vehicular traffic due to deep structural defects. The bridge is located in the Murray Hill neighborhood at 149th Street between Roosevelt Avenue and 41st Avenue, and has been barricaded for five years. Construction will begin on Nov. […]

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Elmhurst residents fighting to preserve historic Bernardus Bloom Farmhouse
Photo courtesy of Newtown Civic Association

When Marialena Giampino began researching the Bernardus Bloom Farmhouse in Elmhurst, she never expected to find more than 300 years of history. Giampino, who is the communications officer for the Newtown Civic Association (NCA), started looking into its history as part of a new initiative by the NCA to get several historical structures in Elmhurst […]

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