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Business sector wary of trash pickup zones

Anyone opening a brick-and-mortar business in New York City must factor in the cost of selecting a private garbage collection service.But the city and the Department of Sanitation are working on a five-year plan in which officials would divide all five boroughs into zones, each with a single, city-selected commercial carter.

Thursday 02/15/2018
Trash piles up at SBS stop
Posted: February 15, 2018

Neither the Department of Transportation nor the Sanitation Department provided clear answers on when trash cans may be placed at median bus stops along Woodhaven Boulevard, after piles of litter were left behind last Friday.

Both agencies were sent the above photo — which shows mounds of garbage at the bus stop on the southwest corner of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue — and asked when cans would be placed there. A DOT spokesman said, “We’re looking into this matter” and the DSNY did not respond by press time.

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Reservoir put on Nat’l historic places register
Posted: February 15, 2018

Community leaders and environmental activists are celebrating now that the Ridgewood Reservoir has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Parks Service made the move on Feb. 2, with leadership from environmental education group NYC H2O making the announcement to Community Board 5 last Wednesday night.

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Thursday 02/08/2018
Activists working for a leafier Forest Hills
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:19 pm

Finding an open lot in Forest Hills or Rego Park is harder than one may think.

But that doesn’t mean the new “Green Team,” made up of community activists, are giving up on their goal of transforming their neighborhoods into much greener ones.

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City makes new Willets Point deal
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:18 pm

The de Blasio administration on Tuesday officially announced its new agreement with the Queens Development Group for the Willets Point urban renewal plan.

Covering six acres of land, the deal includes a 450-seat elementary school, retail, open space and 1,100 apartments for moderate- and low-income tenants. There will be no mall.

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Woodhaven wary of ENY basement plan
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:19 pm

Woodhaven civic leaders have fought against illegal basement apartments for years, filing many 311 complaints and asking the city for increased enforcement against the units that are prevalent throughout the neighborhood.

But just west of the Brooklyn-Queens border, the city is looking to legalize hundreds of basement apartments in East New York — a plan Woodhaven residents and elected officials tell the Chronicle they’re against.

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Ridgewood Reservoir added to National Register of Historic Places
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:18 pm

Community leaders and environmental activists are celebrating this week, as the Ridgewood Reservoir has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Mayor seeks $88.7 billion for 2018-19
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:19 pm

From the release of Mayor de Blasio’s preliminary budget for 2018-19 on Feb. 1, critics said it spent too much, controlled spending too little and didn’t take into account the possible loss of up to $1.5 billion in state and federal assistance.

Then on Monday the New York Stock Exchange lost more than 1,500 points before rallying to end the day’s trading down only by 1,175. It recovered much but not all of that in the volatile buying and selling that followed.

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Queens cleans up on the environment
Updated: February 15, 2018 - 12:19 pm

Ten members of the Queens delegation to the City Council received perfect ratings from the New York League of Conservation Voters for 2017.

The scores were tabulated based on members’ support of and votes on 11 separate bills to come before them last year.

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Monday 02/05/2018
City makes new Willets Point deal
Updated: February 08, 2018 - 12:21 pm

The de Blasio administration on Tuesday officially announced its new agreement with the Queens Development Group for the Willets Point urban renewal plan.

Covering six acres of land, the deal includes a 450-seat elementary school, retail, open space and 1,100 apartments for moderate-and low-income tenants. There will be no mall.

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