Robberies are fueling a large crime spike across the 114th Precinct in Astoria and LIC, cops say
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Crime is up 42 percent in the 114th Precinct over the last four weeks due in part to six active robbery patterns, Captain Peter Fortune, the precinct’s commanding officer said. The uptick in crime is from the period from February 22 through March 20 and crimes including robberies, felonies, grand larcenies and assaults are driving the increase, Fortune […]

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New 16-story hotel to be constructed in Long Island City, near largest housing project in North America
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A new hotel near the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City will span 16 stories, according to plans filed with the Department of Buildings. Flushing-based Ampiera Group is developing the 16,140-square-foot site at 38-70 12th St. The 139-room hotel will sit in a narrow, heavily industrialized road that also houses a laundromat and Friendship Baptist Church. It […]

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Man shot in head at Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City
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Police continue to investigate the shooting of a 24-year-old man at the largest public housing project in North America on Saturday afternoon, police said. The shooting occurred at the Queensbridge Houses at 40-16 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City. Police received a call at about 3:40 p.m. Once authorities arrived at the scene, they found that the suspect suffered […]

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Participatory budgeting for District 26 to begin Thursday
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Residents in Woodside, Astoria, Long Island City and Sunnyside will get a chance to decide how more than $1 million in capital discretionary funding will be used to improve their communities. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is hosting a kickoff party to celebrate the second year of participatory budgeting in his district. Last year, $1.5 million […]

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First Queens Citi Bike station debuts in LIC
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A longtime dream for Long Island City residents finally came true as Citi Bike made its grand entrance into the neighborhood and Queens for the first time. Motivate, the company that operates Citi Bike, the Department of Transportation and local elected officials and leaders gathered Wednesday afternoon to cut the ribbon on the borough’s first-ever Citi Bike […]

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