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It seems nearly impossible to have an attitude of gratitude in these dismal times, but Thanksgiving is that one day out of the year when nearly all Americans, regardless of faith or ethnic origin, agree that we should consciously appreciate all that we enjoy. And we do indeed have much to be thankful for.

With Covid-19 rapidly spreading, we can be thankful that lifesaving vaccines are nearly ready to go. Inoculations could begin as early as Dec. 11. They will take a long time to get to everyone, but think of the explosion of hope and joy that will burst forth as the virus gets knocked down. It might end up like the end of World War II. And today may be like early 1944: There is a lot of misery ahead — expect a brutal, unforgiving winter — but the light at the end of the tunnel is within sight.

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With his single term wedged between the longer tenures of two much more boisterous and impactful mayors, it can be easy to dismiss David Dinkins’ service to New York City. But we should not.Dinkins, who died on Monday at 93, brought a grace a…

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Mayor de Blasio’s decision to close the city’s public schools to in-person learning and go to the fully remote model for who knows how long is a tragic surrender in the city’s fight against the coronavirus.It’s true that the majority of stude…

How fitting for 2020 — the Queens Chronicle is celebrating our 42nd anniversary with a special history supplement reliving some of the worst events ever to happen here — from devastating transportation accidents to natural disasters, from the…

We can’t say we weren’t warned. As COVID infection rates dropped in the late spring and early summer, we enjoyed some of our newfound freedom after the horrors of March, April and early May. That was only natural, and we could do it, because …

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Nationwide, the election results at this point appear to be a clear repudiation of President Trump, of the reactionary recklessness, casual cruelty and debilitating dishonesty that stain his character, overshadowing any decent policies that m…

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We were thrilled to see Neir’s, the historic Woodhaven tavern that has so often come to the verge of closure only to rise again, sign a five-year lease last week that will give it some of the stability it needs to survive and thrive.But Neir’…

Once we are done with this epic election, and know who’s going to occupy the White House, as well as Congress and our own state Legislature, lawmakers here should get right down to remaking the Board of Elections.You remember how the BOE wron…

Hey, remember when we were supposed to assess how we were doing with the virus this month and see if restaurants could go from 25 to 50 percent capacity in the city on Nov. 1? We do. You might. Apparently Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio do not…

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You hear the same old mantra every four years, and you may be tired of it: “This is the most important election of our lifetimes.” But the thing is, it’s true, just about every time. As the country becomes more divided, as the government grow…

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If you’re going to do a traffic study at a complex intersection adjacent to a school, following a request from the administration and the area’s community board for a new stop sign, naturally you’re going to do it in July. During the coronavi…

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Things are really happening over at the Umbrella Hotel in Kew Gardens. Things like shootings, raucous parties, drug use and prostitution — even the underage kind, according to the police.And what’s City Hall’s answer? “We don’t have time for …

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Gov. Cuomo is many things, among them a savvy politician, a builder and a man who will rarely miss a chance to put Mayor de Blasio in his place. All three of these aspects of Cuomo’s character came together Monday, when the governor unveiled …

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The confusion and anger welled up immediately. Community Board 6 was flooded with calls from business owners wondering if they could open their stores. Orthodox Jews demonstrated in Brooklyn, burning masks of all things to show their defiance…

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For weeks now, weeks that seem like months, this page has spoken about two issues more than any other: the need to reopen businesses, especially restaurants, as much as possible while keeping patrons safe, and the need to provide in-person le…

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It’s vital that Americans of all views have faith in the results of the election we say is Nov. 3 but is actually well underway already. That should be fairly easy in New York City, where relatively few people follow President Trump down rabb…

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The toxic political outlook that is costing New York City jobs by the tens of thousands claimed another victim Tuesday, when the developers looking to rezone part of Sunset Park in Brooklyn for a project called Industry City pulled the plug o…

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Wondering whether children should be going back to school, as more than half of those in New York City will start doing part-time on Monday? Just ask the experts at the American Academy of Pediatrics:“The importance of in-person learning is w…

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Hand it to the city for maintaining a perfect record when it comes to creating thousands of jobs and millions in tax revenue on the land surrounding Anable Basin in Long Island City: two amazingly ambitious proposals put on the table, two pro…

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When it comes to the haphazard plans to reopen city public schools, Mayor de Blasio has his heart in the right place, though of course his head can’t follow it there — he’s a terrible manager. But when it comes to his insistence that restaura…

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Elected officials and advocacy groups have been beating the drum for years, and now the moment is here — it’s time to complete the U.S. Census.You’ve heard it a hundred times before and it’s true: Without an accurate count of how many people …

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Whatever’s going on with President Trump, the postmaster general and the election, people in Queens have had problems with mail delivery since long before this summer.The Elmhurst Civic Association used to tell us all the time how its newslet…

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“We don’t hate the Jews. We just hate Israel,” a Queens shop owner from North Africa once told a member of the Chronicle’s editorial board as the two were discussing the endless horror show known as Mideast politics.Don’t believe it. Our boy’…

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Dedicated cops never want to let go of an unsolved murder case. And though it took 18 years to make an arrest, those who investigated the killing of Jason Mizell, the pioneering hip-hop DJ known as Jam Master Jay, never did.The slaying of Miz…

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Mayor de Blasio sure was fired up last Thursday. First he went out of his way to insult wealthy New Yorkers who may have fled for the suburbs over what turned out to be one of the worst onslaughts of COVID-19 anywhere on Earth. Then he turned…

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We’ll often have contrasting headlines on a given issue here in the Chronicle, as various people and groups get their chance to speak to the public through our pages. Yet few point to such stark differences as a pair we’re running this week.“…

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We may end up sometime soon looking back fondly at the good old days — of May.Remember the first three weeks of the month, before Memorial Day and the murder of George Floyd? Things were actually looking up. Coronavirus cases, hospitalization…

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At one shopping center in southwestern Queens, the large planters that normally beautify its plaza have been neglected this year, with volunteer plants like mugwort, fleabane and lamb’s quarters thriving where the usual bright garden cultivar…

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One of the most profitable things in the restaurant industry is alcohol. Eateries that sell drinks generally make 20 to 30 percent of their income that way. Alcohol has a longer shelf life than food, the markup on it is higher and servers are…

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Mayor de Blasio is a killjoy. Before the virus came, you’d never see him out on the town — not at a Broadway show, not at a ball game, not at Shakespeare in the Park. He’s a real nowhere man. You just know he’d much rather figure out a way to…

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Congratulations go out to St. John’s University, the City University of New York and scores of other colleges nationwide, as well as municipalities, for getting the Trump administration to back down on one of its simply dumb, pointless polici…

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The long-awaited announcement of how school will resume in September came Wednesday, and it’s a doozy. Parents who were wondering what the heck their families’ lives will look like come fall probably will not feel any closer to knowing after …

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We don’t understand what those 20 families in Flushing’s Bland Houses who have been without gas since at least Feb. 1 in some cases and March 24 in others are upset about. That’s nothing.According to the New York City Housing Authority’s own …

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Our city is getting slammed with a generation’s set of crises in the space of a few months between the coronavirus, the economic collapse it drove and the deep divisions over crime and policing that have been driven to the fore by long-smolde…

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Remember the good old days — no, not February, though that seems a kind of golden age today — back when we held an election and found out who won the very same day we voted?Those days are gone, thanks to the expansion of mail-in voting. No co…

George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were great men. In fact, that’s a vast understatement. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were among the greatest men who have ever lived. Their life’s work was the creation of this country, the one …

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Here’s some breaking news — Mayor de Blasio made three solid common-sense moves this week! Guess he was due.First he decided it was time to do something about the skyrocketing use of fireworks around the city. His answer is a task force, but …

Of all the institutions whose reopening we look forward to as the city emerges from the coronavirus crisis — and there are many — one that’s certainly at the top of the list is the Queens Library.As everyone knows, today’s Queens Library is f…

Are you a social justice warrior looking to bring radical change to a system you believe has imposed injustice on too many for too long? Or are you a more reserved type who believes that more incremental improvements are a less disruptive way…

Leave it to Mayor de Blasio to manage to anger both sides in a debate and wind up looking the fool instead of showing leadership. That’s what he does. He has an uncanny ability to annoy all sides in almost any controversy.The latest and best …

As the city continues to fight a hard battle against the forces of lawlessness in the streets, New Yorkers should not forget our great success in another struggle that remains ongoing — the war against the coronavirus.That conflict is nowhere…

Mayor de Blasio has to stop speaking in the future tense when it comes to the plans that need to be on the table for reopening New York City.“We’re going to be briefing all New Yorkers” on the details, he said Tuesday. “It’ll all be in place …

In the age of the coronavirus, there often are no easy answers. Everything is a trade-off, especially when it comes to the most pressing questions facing policy makers and the public right now: How much can we reopen society without causing a…

Overall, Gov. Cuomo has earned high marks for his performance during the coronavirus crisis. He’s dutifully laid out the facts every day, giving New Yorkers a precise picture of where things stand via hard numbers on new cases, hospitalizatio…

Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have a lot of newfound power under the state of emergency in which we find ourselves. They do not have the power to override the U.S. Constitution.Yet that is just what the mayor, and possibly the governor, have…

When you talk about frontline workers, it doesn’t get any more frontline than nurses. So it’s only apropos that National Nurses Week happens to fall in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.Don’t expect much in the way of celebrations, though…

While countless businesses deemed nonessential are closed across Queens, many of those considered most vital remain open. Groceries, restaurants, hardware stores, auto repair shops, pet food chains, home supply outlets — all these and more ca…

We’re two weeks away from Gov. Cuomo’s plan to begin reopening parts of the state to whatever our new normal will be on May 15. But it’s not enough to just go region by region. It might be nice to tell the tiny Village of Speculator in the ba…

The people of the 31st Assembly District — folks living in South Ozone Park, Brookville, much of Ozone Park and swaths of eastern Rockaway — will just have to put up with taxation without representation for the rest of the year. So decided Go…

It’s now becoming clear that the biggest tragedy of all in the coronavirus crisis is the carnage happening in our nation’s nursing homes, nowhere more so than right here in Queens. According to the state Department of Health, nearly 24 percen…

The federal payments to individual taxpayers and families are starting to appear in bank accounts, and not a moment too soon. We hope that when it comes to the checks that will be mailed to those who lack direct deposit, the administration’s …