DEP plans $33M sewer project to reduce Flushing Bay pollution
THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

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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Western Queens making progress digging out from the blizzard of 2016
THE COURIER/Photo by Katrina Medoff

Three days after the Blizzard of 2016 completely covered the city in snow, western Queens residents and city agencies are still shoveling and plowing their way out. Many people, including elected officials, took to social media to express their frustration with the city for not handling the several feet of snow dumped on Queens in a quicker manner. […]

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Want the city to fix something in Queens? Speak out at budget hearing Monday
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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Queens Borough Board will listen to requests for funding in the 2017 New York City capital budget in a public hearing this Monday. The hearing is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. at Borough Hall, located at 120-55 Queens Blvd. in Kew Gardens. City officials, local organizations and others […]

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Katz touts progress across Queens in latest State of Borough address
THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

“Only in Queens” was the theme of the State of the Borough address given by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz Thursday, and she used that phrase to talk about the good, the bad, and how far we still need to go to achieve her vision for the “World’s Borough.” During her speech at Queens College in Flushing, […]

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LIC urban garden fights to keep land on defunct rail line, envisions new use
Photo courtesy of Flickr/ Timothy Krause

In a neighborhood known for its industrial feel and growing number of towers, Long Island City’s Smiling Hogshead Ranch, with the help of other community groups, is trying to preserve its vision for an urban garden as a community organizing tool. The group is fighting to maintain not only its vision, but also the land it operates […]

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