Queens shoppers are not happy about the proposed 5-cent grocery bag tax
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The City Council is nearing a decision on a proposed 5-cent tax on paper and plastic bags used by grocery and retail stores, but Queens residents have mixed feelings over the idea. Councilman Brad Lander and Councilwoman Margaret Chin, the bill’s sponsors, indicated that the tax provides an incentive for shoppers to use reusable eco-friendly bags. […]

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Watch free ‘Movies Under the Stars’ in Queens parks this summer
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A major expansion of the popular summer ‘Movies Under the Stars’ will allow Queens residents to enjoy free summer screenings in parks. Mayor Bill de Blasio, Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin and Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver announced Tuesday that ‘Movies Under the Stars’ series will bring twice as many movies as last year. Three hundred movies will […]

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New Queens animal shelter will not be a ‘no-kill’ but it’s not what you think. It’s better
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When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday that the city’s executive budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 includes $10 million for two new full-service animal shelters in Queens and in the Bronx, many QNS readers asked if the shelters would have a no-kill policy. QNS reached out to the mayor’s office as well as […]

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The 107-year-old Queensboro Bridge will receive $244 million in funding for repairs
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The decades-old bridge that connects Long Island City and 59th Street in Manhattan will get a major facelift under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new budget plan. Built in 1909, the Queensboro Bridge was designed by civil engineer Leffert L. Buck and architect Henry Hornbostel. It underwent extensive renovations in 1987 that lasted until 2012 and came at […]

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UPDATE: Queens is getting a new multimillion-dollar animal shelter
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Queens will finally receive a full-service animal shelter of its own. Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement on Tuesday in revealing his executive budget proposal for fiscal year 2017. Queens animal lovers will be happy to hear that the budget sets aside $10 million to build two brand-new animal shelters in Queens and in the Bronx. This investment […]

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