Pols announce construction of new library in Far Rockaway
Photo courtesy of Dominick Totino Photography

Elected officials gathered at the Queens Library at Far Rockaway on Wednesday to announce that the $29.75 million project to completely rebuild the structure is underway. Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman Donovan Richards secured more than $6 million in capital funding for the project and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz added more than $21 […]

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Banks to help stop zombie properties in south Queens and elsewhere
Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder

BY ANGELA MATUA New York is preparing to take on zombies — not the flesh-eating walking dead, but the abandoned properties that have been a scourge in Howard Beach and other south Queens neighborhoods. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that 11 leading banks, mortgage companies and credit unions representing 70 percent of the New York market will actively work […]

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New ferry system will benefit burgeoning Astoria waterfront
Map courtesy of Councilman Vincent Gentile

Mayor de Blasio’s proposal to create a citywide ferry system, including a dock along Astoria’s waterfront, will boost interest in the already hot neighborhood where industrial properties are being gobbled up as possible new residential projects. In his State of the City address, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a $55 million plan to expand citywide ferry service that […]

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Op-ed: Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Rail Line

BY ASSEMBLYMAN PHILLIP GOLDFEDER We are currently at a crossroads in Queens. In recent years, we’ve seen tremendous growth and progress. At same time, we’ve struggled together to recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy over two years ago. Now, as we continue forward, we have a real opportunity to make lasting changes that will […]

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Only hospital on Rockaway peninsula to receive $500,000 grant
Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Goldfeder’s office

It’s the only hospital on the Rockaway peninsula, and now it has the funds needed to improve its facility. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital services over 130,000 residents in Rockaway in addition to those in the neighboring parts of Nassau County. After being hit by Hurricane Sandy, it has been hard for the hospital to get […]

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