City can’t ‘walk and chew gum at the same time’ on Queens graffiti removal, lawmaker says
Photo courtesy of the Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation

The city’s Vision Zero program may be making streets safer, but it’s also pushed graffiti removal to the back burner, according to one Queens elected official. State Senator Tony Avella railed against the de Blasio administration and the Department of Transportation (DOT) for allegedly ignoring his repeated requests last December to sign a graffiti removal […]

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Springfield Gardens residents demand end to illegal truck activities
Photo by Brooke Smith

BY BROOKE SMITH Residents of Springfield Gardens living near John F. Kennedy Airport are demanding a crackdown on illegal truck activities and solutions to residential congestion and speeding. The Department of Transportation (DOT) hosted a public meeting Thursday to present possible solutions to transportation concerns raised in the previous meeting as well as discuss the findings of […]

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Flushing street co-named for 3-year-old killed in auto accident
Photo courtesy of the office of state Senator Toby Stavisky

A Flushing street was co-named on Friday in honor of Allison Hope Liao, a 3-year-old who was fatally hit by a car two years ago while crossing the street with her grandmother. The northeast corner of Main Street and Cherry Avenue will now be also be known as Allison Hope Liao Way. Councilman Peter Koo sponsored the […]

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Transit advocates to rally in Elmhurst for improvements
Photo courtesy of NYC DOT

As Select Bus Service (SBS) and bus rapid transit (BRT) routes are scheduled to come to Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards, an increasing amount of Queens residents are opposed to the idea of the Department of Transportation (DOT) taking away lanes from drivers and dedicating them for buses. The Queens Public Transit Committee (QPTC) urges the […]

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Participatory budgeting coming to Councilwoman Crowley’s district
RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is the latest city lawmaker to hop on the participatory budgeting bandwagon. Crowley announced on Tuesday that residents in the 30th City Council District — which includes all or parts of Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodhaven and Woodside — will get to decide how to spend $1 million in city funds […]

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