Astoria park plagued with drug paraphernalia and used condoms will now be locked at night
Photo courtesy of Councilman Costa Constantinides

An Astoria park long known for being a nighttime hangout spot will now be locked every night to discourage trespassers. Councilman Costa Constantinides, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and state Senator Michael Gianaris announced on Monday that Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers would now lock the gates of Sean’s Place every night and open them every morning. Though the […]

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Come to a special Woodside concert on Sunday to help the victims of the Ecuador earthquake
Photo via Facebook/La Boom New York

The “World’s Borough” will reach out to the people of quake-stricken Ecuador in a special way this Sunday. State Senator Jose Peralta announced the “Queens for Ecuador” benefit concert, which will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at La Boom New York, located at 56-15 Northern Blvd. in Woodside. Proceeds from the benefit […]

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Overcrowded Long Island City school will not lose middle school seats next year
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updated March 22, 10:25 a.m. Students attending the only middle school in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City will no longer need to scramble to find a new school as previously expected. Parents and students rallied last spring to bring awareness about the possible truncation of sixth- through eighth-grade classes at P.S./I.S. 78. The Department of Education […]

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Shady Astoria strip club closed after shooting should not reopen, officials say
Photo via Flickr/CHICI NYCE

Club Purlieu, the Astoria nightclub that made headlines after a livery cab driver was shot outside last week, was temporarily closed by the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Thursday night. An inspection conducted on March 10 by the 114th Precinct in conjunction with the Department of Health, Department of Buildings, the State Liquor Authority and the DCA found many violations, according […]

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Queens officials call for a paint job of Astoria’s Hell Gate Bridge
THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua

Officials are calling on Amtrak to provide the ultimate birthday present to an iconic structure in Queens. The Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria will turn 100 years old on Sept. 30, and some argue that “the patchwork of pink, beige and brown” coating is unsightly and not representative of the historic bridge. Congressman Joseph Crowley, […]

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