A Department of Sanitation garbage truck. Photo by Jason Lawrence.

Trash Law Treasured In Southeast Queens

The smell of trash and the rumble of garbage trucks are all too common experiences for residents of Southeast Queens.

For years, Community District 12 — which includes Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, Baisley Park, Rochdale Village and South Jamaica — has been a literal dumping ground for the rest of New York City, but starting next year, the trash burden will lighten.

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Queens Civil Court // Photo by YoungKing11

Advocates Praise Bill Ensuring Free Divorce Lawyers For DV Survivors

By Rob Abruzzese, David Brand and Paula Katinas A City Council bill that would mandate free legal representation for victims

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A vacant factory at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale is the potential site of a new homeless shelter. Eagle Photo by David Brand

Glendale Residents Raise Money To Fight Shelter For Poorest New Yorkers

Glendale and Middle Village residents are raising money to block a potential homeless shelter for the city’s poorest residents — even before the city has issued an official proposal.

A group of residents calling themselves the Glendale Middle Village Coalition has raised more than $8,500 through a GoFundMe page in a mission they say is not aimed at opposing homeless people but is designed to denounce Mayor Bill de Blasio’s strategy for housing the homeless.

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The Queens House of Detention sits vacant but will factor into the city's plan to close Rikers // nyc.gov

Queens House of Detention Set to Re-Open As Rikers Closes

The vacant Queens House of Detention is one step closer to re-opening as a key component of the city’s plan to shutter Rikers Island.

On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the four proposed borough-based sites to replace Rikers. The Queens jail will be located at 126-02 82nd Avenue, the site of the vacant House of Detention, which closed as a cost-cutting measure in 2002.
On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the four proposed borough-based sites to replace Rikers.

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Rikers Island, site of an upcoming voter registration drive for detained New Yorkers. AP Photo by Seth Wenig.

Free Phone Calls, Voter Registration Drive Come to Rikers

Perhaps the Rikers detainees will use their free phone calls to contact their elected officials.

New York will soon become the first major city in the U.S. to offer free phone calls from jails.

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The Mayor and NYPD officials often tout NYC as the "Safest Big City In America." // Photo by NYPD News

Queens Murder Dropped, Shooting Incidents Rose In ‘Safest July’ on Record

By Jack Ryan It was the safest July on record, but try telling that to Queens’ 17 shooting victims. Murder

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Queens Borough Hall//NYC.gov

NYC Charter Revision Commission Holds Public Hearing at Borough Hall

Speak up and shape the city.

The New York City Charter Revision Commission will hold a public hearing tonight at 6 p.m. Queens Borough Hall, located at 20-55 Queens Blvd in Kew Gardens. The commission seeks suggestions from Queens residents on how to revise the document that defines and outlines civic life in the city.

The public hearing is part of the five-borough Charter Week, a series that seeks to gain input from various community stakeholders on what they would like to see the commission address in a revised charter.

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The Queensbridge Houses, a NYCHA development in Long Island City//Metro Centric

Smoking Ban Begins Monday in Queens’ 21 NYCHA Complexes

In six days, New York City Housing Authority tenants can breathe a little easier.

Starting July 30, smoking will be banned inside all NYCHA developments, including the 21 complexes in Queens, from Long Island City’s Queensbridge Houses — the largest public housing development in North America — to a 20-tower complex in Woodside.

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Joe Caruana, president of a neighborhood association in Ozone Park criticizes the shelter proposal // Eagle photo by Andy Katz

Ozone Park Residents Square Off With DHS Over Shelter Site

A hearing over a homeless shelter in Ozone Park attracted hundreds of residents eager to confront Department of Homeless Services officials over the agency’s proposal to turn a former church into a shelter for homeless men with mental illness Thursday.

The evening was punctuated by angry outbursts, including from local lawmakers.

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The Bedford-Atlantic Armory Men's Shelter in Brooklyn // Google Maps

De Blasio Streamlines Rental Assistance Vouchers for City’s Homeless

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that New York City will consolidate the various and confusing ways homeless residents can apply for housing assistance to get back on their feet.

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