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It had been talked about for nearly three decades; and on Wednesday, the Queens Public Library officially released plans to replace the 47-year-old Rego Park Library with a modern two-story structure that is scheduled to open in 2025.

QPL President and CEO Dennis Walcott on Wednesday welcomed city and elected officials to 91-41 63 Drive, where the $33.2 million, two-story structure will be erected. Read more

Thursday, July 29, 2021

After being canceled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, National Night Out Against Crime returns to the city and all the precincts in Queens the afternoon and evening of Aug. 3.

The free event always is scheduled for the first Tuesday in August. The gatherings typically include food and beverages, especially freshly grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, family- and child-friendly activities, plus useful information on crime prevention, safety and community-police relations. Read more

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Queens has had its first hearing in the post-Census process of redrawing congressional and state legislative lines under a new commission ushered in by voters back in 2014.

An online forum last Thursday gave constituents of the World’s Borough a three-minute opportunity to expose gerrymandering and propose alternatives to the current formation of legislative districts. The hearing was the Queens leg of a virtual “listening tour” that the nonpartisan Independent Redistricting Commission is holding to gather public testimony about legislative districts across the state. Read more

It had been talked about for nearly three decades; and on Wednesday, the Queens Public Library officially released plans to replace the 47-year-old Rego Park Library with a modern two-story structure that is scheduled to open in 2025.

QPL President and CEO Dennis Walcott on Wednesday welcomed city and elected officials to 91-41 63 Drive, where the $33.2 million, two-story structure will be erected. Read more

Friday, July 23, 2021
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expected to delay planned fare increases for bus and subway rides until at least 2022.

Bloomberg News and the New York Daily News both quoted Larry Schwartz, finance committee chairman for the MTA, as saying on Monday that the time is not right with the city’s economy still reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic and mass transit ridership in the city still far below pre-Covid levels. Read more

Monday, July 19, 2021
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Police recently released new surveillance video of a subject wanted in connection with an alleged hate crime in which a 55-year-old Asian woman found herself the target of harassment.

The victim was walking her dog next to the Chase Bank along Queens Plaza South in Long Island City around noon May 22, when she was approached by an unknown individual who sprayed her with a bottle of water and allegedly called her an anti-Asian slur, according to the NYPD. Read more

Thursday, July 15, 2021
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Thursday, July 08, 2021

Several Queens legislators took the lead on giving their constituents a good night’s sleep during the June legislative session.

State Sens. John Liu (D-Bayside) and Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) both co-sponsored legislation aimed at fighting the trend of cars and motorcycles mufflers that are customized to pop like firecrackers or rumble so loud they shake windows. Read more

Masks will continue to be required at Queens Public Libraries until further notice, the organization told the Chronicle July 6.

The QPL had intended to make masks optional for vaccinated individuals that very day, but reverted its protocols and made face coverings mandatory for all regardless of vaccination status. Read more

Thursday, July 01, 2021

Celebrating our nation’s independence every year on July 4 is a point of joy and pride. For more than 85 years, our programs have helped provide financial independence to millions of hardworking people. We have three useful online tools to help you achieve the financial independence you deserve in retirement.

“my Social Security” – You’re in control with the many services available online through my Social Security. Creating a secure account will help you conduct Social Security business from home or on the go. Read more

State Attorney General Letitia James secured her largest monetary settlement since taking office in 2019 by delivering up to $230 million to the Empire State from Johnson & Johnson and barring the multinational health company and its subsidiaries, predecessors and successors from ever manufacturing or selling opioids anywhere in the nation.

Southeast Queens elected officials came out in support of James’ triumph after the June 28 announcment. Read more

Restaurant business advocates in Queens, the city and state are fully backing a bipartisan bill in Washington that would authorize $60 billion to replenish the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which was created to award grants to eateries and bars facing closure due to Covid-19.

Bills are being sponsored in the House of Representatives by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.); and in the Senate by Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.). Read more

The 11th annual Queens World Film Festival opened June 23, with 198 films from 33 nations running virtually on FilmFestivalFlix.com and 133 of them screening live at five venues in Queens through July 3.

At the top, QWFF volunteers joined festival directors Katha and Preston Cato, third and fourth from left in the rear, for their own moment in front of a camera. The opening event at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, above, included screenings of festival feature film “Mouse” by Queens filmmaker Adam Engel and “Rewind,” a short piece by Joseph Eigenmann. Catya Plate received the Lois Weber Pioneer Award for her forward-thinking and socially active stop-motion animation work. Opal Hope Benet received the Trailblazer award for opening doors for young women of color to take their rightful place in the next generation of curatorial talent. Read more