Lunar New Year is a public school holiday for the first time today
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For the first time in their history, New York City public schools will be closed to observe the Asian Lunar New Year this Monday, Feb. 8. The addition of the Lunar New Year to the public school calendar, which Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last June, was celebrated by Public Advocate Letitia James, other elected officials […]

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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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Muslim NYPD official is Congresswoman’s guest of honor at State of the Union
Photo by Amanda Lucidon/The White House

BY ERICA SIUDZINSKI Seeking to combat a growing Islamophobic sentiment nationwide, Congresswoman Grace Meng announced on Monday that a Muslim lieutenant with the NYPD will accompany her to President Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Meng’s guest of honor is Lt. Adeel Rana, president of the NYPD Muslim Officers Society. Rana is […]

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Assemblyman Ron Kim hosts first fundraiser for 2016 election
Photo courtesy of the office of Ron Kim

And so begins the race to Election Day. Flushing Assemblyman Ron Kim kicked off his 2016 reelection bid by hosting a D.C. fundraiser attended by several congress members and local leaders. Local Congresswoman Grace Meng attended the event, along with Congressman Mike Honda and Mark Takano of California and Hawaii Congressman Mark Takai. Kim has […]

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Pols, Flushing homeowners request neighborhood landmark consideration
THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

The Broadway-Homeowners Association and officials are continuing the push to designate the area as a New York City Landmark Historic District with a letter imploring the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) to add it to the public hearing calendar for consideration. The letter was signed by politicians at the federal, state and local level, many of […]

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