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DOT truck explodes on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City: FDNY

July 5, 2023 By Bill Parry An explosion stunned lunchtime crowds along Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City Wednesday afternoon. A truck from the city’s Department of Transportation was parked on Vernon near 47th Avenue when it caught fire and exploded just after 1 p.m. on July 5. The four DOT employees who were working… Read more »

Lawmakers gather in Astoria to unveil bill addressing pedestrian fatalities caused by oversized vehicles

June 27, 2023 By Bill Parry Armed with a new study that details the carnage on New York City streets caused by divers of SUVs and other large vehicles, Astoria Assemblyman Zohran Mamdani and Brooklyn state Senator Andrew Gounardes announced new legislation that would increase the registration fees for oversized personal vehicles. The lawmakers were… Read more »

Astoria-based HANAC provides services to help seniors live independently

June 21, 2023 By Bill Parry With the arrival of summer and the inevitable heat waves posing a challenge for the city’s elderly, along with the exorbitantly high cost of living, a western Queens-based nonprofit is reminding elderly New Yorkers that they do more than build and operate senior affordable housing. Since it was founded… Read more »

Small business owners rally against commercial rent hikes at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights

June 15, 2023 By Bill Parry Small business owners and advocates from across Queens rallied with elected officials on Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights on June 14 to highlight the challenges that excessive rent hikes are creating in neighborhoods throughout the borough. The merchants accused “predatory landlords” of doubling and tripling commercial rents that have… Read more »