Don’t give up on anyone’: Former Mets great Darryl Strawberry speaks in Whitestone about opioids & addiction

By Carlotta Mohamed  cmohamed@schnepsmedia.com Former New York Mets outfielder and author Darryl Strawberry discussed and addressed the opioid epidemic and his personal struggle with drug addiction Thursday night with Whitestone residents while reiterating the importance of community. “I think it’s real important that I get a chance and opportunity to travel the country and go […]

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Northeast Queens leaders continue their fight to reduce helicopter noise pollution

  Several northeast Queens representatives recently met to come up with a plan to tackle the ongoing noise pollution from helicopters flying over the area. On July 30, Congressman Tom Suozzi, Councilman Paul Vallone and state Senator Tony Avella met with local officials to discuss the mitigation of helicopter noise in northeast Queens. Among those present at the […]

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Whitestone resident aims to bring book exchange program to his community

One Whitestone resident wants to incorporate reading and the great outdoors to give back to his community. Since July, Jonathan Salazar had been working with local community groups and the New York City Parks Department to bring a Little Free Library book exchange to Francis Lewis Park — and now his plan is coming into fruition. The NYU student recalls the summer day when he observed the […]

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New helicopter route over northeast Queens aims to finally give local ears some relief

Northeast Queens may soon get some relief from the airborne noise caused by helicopters and float planes. Beginning on Monday, Oct. 15, Congressman Tom Suozzi announced, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will test a six-month-long alternative route that will shift inbound air traffic away from Whitestone, Bayside and other areas of northeast Queens. The route will […]

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Whitestone Grills the DEC on Waterpointe

Many in Whitestone have been outraged at the state Department of Environmental Conservation in recent months for its handling of the brownfield cleanup at the Waterpointe property by the East River. And when neighborhood residents met with agency officials last Thursday night at a neighborhood church, they held nothing back. “To me, this looks like […]

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Cleanup Francis Lewis Park Volunteer Event

Whitestone’s Francis Lewis Park cleaned up by group of local volunteers

A waterfront park in Whitestone looks much cleaner thanks to the leadership of a young community-minded resident. On April 7, close to 30 volunteers descended on Francis Lewis Park, located at Third Avenue and 147th Street, to give the public space a spring cleaning. The project began when 21-year-old local Rita Cinquemani reached out to the We Love Whitestone civic association on […]

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