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Officials Break Ground on Only Planned Parenthood in Queens

The borough's only Planned Parenthood center is expected to open at 21-41 45th Rd. in May.

Astoria »

DOT Proposes Changes to Astoria Intersection Near Grand Central Parkway

The plan would extend the median separating Astoria Boulevard North and Grand Central Parkway.

Astoria »

Astoria Pols Hope New Mayor Can Help Bag Neighborhood's Trash Problem

Three local officials have asked the mayor for an extra daily pickup service for public trash cans.

Ditmars »

Loud Trains Disrupt Classes at Queens School, Parents Say

Parents and local leaders say the rumble of the N/Q outside P.S. 85 is disrupting students' learning.

Long Island City »

Critics Want DOE to Drop Co-Location Plan for Long Island City HS

Critics came out Wednesday night against the city's plan to co-locate a school at LIC High School.

Ditmars »

State Turns Down Liquor License for Astoria Bikini Bar 'Racks'

The owners of a proposed 'bikini bar' on Steinway Street lost their liquor license bid Tuesday.

Ditmars »

'Friends of Steinway Mansion' Will Start Fundraising to Buy Historic Home

The group is hoping to purchase the Astoria property to one day turn it into a museum or community space.

Astoria »

Astoria Community Board Cans Bikini Bar's Liquor License Bid

CB1 voted against a recommendation for Racks, where the servers would don skimpy bikinis.

Ditmars »

Astoria Bikini Bar Faces 'Prejudice' in Liquor License Fight, Lawyer Says

The owners behind proposed Steinway Street bar Racks are set to go before Community Board 1 next week.

Ditmars »

New Coalition Looks to Turn Astoria's Steinway Mansion into Museum

Friends of Steinway Mansion want to find a buyer for the property, in hopes of making it a public space.

Astoria »

Queens Assemblywoman's Bill to Redefine Rape Sparks Debate Over Wording

Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas wants state law to include forced anal and oral sex as rape.

Long Island City »

P.S. 166 Students Win Fight for Gifted Middle School Seats in Queens

Current gifted students will be granted spots at a new program that will launch next year at I.S. 126.

Astoria »

Queens Assemblywoman Pushes to Broaden State's Legal Definition of Rape

Aravella Simotas says the state's current definition of rape is too narrow.

Ditmars »

Queens Voters Forced to Trek a Mile After Polling-Place Swap

P.S. 2 was disqualified as a polling place because it was not handicap accessible.

New York City »

Thousands of City Students Have Trailers For Classrooms

Queens had 155 of the city's 357 trailers during the 2011-12 school year.