6th annual Queens World Film Festival is biggest it’s ever been
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This year’s Queens World Film Festival (QWFF), starting March 15 in Astoria, is the largest in its six-year history, featuring 144 films and representing 23 nations. “The jump in quality is exceptional,” Katha Cato, executive director for QWFF said. Cato began curating the festival six years ago with her husband and artistic director, Don Cato, from their […]

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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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LIC to receive nearly $40 million for street upgrades
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Long Island City streets will receive major upgrades as a part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, city officials formally announced at a Monday press conference. A large swath of streets, many of which have not been reconstructed since the early 20th century, will be upgraded to enhance transportation safety, especially in a neighborhood […]

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GOP leaders considering local councilman as mayoral candidate in 2017
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Queens’ only Republican City Council member may be under consideration among party leaders as a potential challenger to Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017. The New York Post reported on Monday that several Republican leaders — including Queens County GOP Chairman Robert Turner — are encouraging Councilman Eric Ulrich to make a run for the city’s highest elected post. […]

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City will now recognize deed restrictions: Vallone
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Properties with restrictive deed covenants can now be added to a registry with the city Department of Finance, thanks to legislation from northeast Queens Councilman Paul Vallone. A restrictive covenant is a binding legal obligation embedded into the deed of a property by the seller that can levy penalties against buyers who fail to obey them. […]

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