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STORY: Studio Square NYC in Astoria permanently closed under
SUMMARY: The large Astoria music venue Studio Square NYC has
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REACH: 35,581 people (as of 12/3/18)
Find a way to keep
7 line moving
Aft er many years, millions of
dollars and thousands of hours
of service disruptions, the MTA
rolled out last week a new, modern,
computerized signal system
on the 7 line.
Naturally, the 7 line suff ered
signal problems in the days
aft er the new signal system went
online. It would be hilarious if it
weren’t so infuriating.
Th e MTA says that they weren’t
surprised with the trouble during
the fi rst week of communications
based train control (CBTC)
on the 7 line. Th e L line experienced
similar issues when CBTC
went live on the L line, and
those problems were eventually
We would expect that the
signal problems on the 7 line
should come to a similar resolution.
However, there are so many
other issues with the all-important
line and others in Queens that
must be resolved — especially
now with Amazon’s grand plans
for Long Island City.
Th e MTA is adding service next
year to the 7 line to accommodate
riders displaced by the L
train during reconstruction of the
Canarsie Tube. Th e extra service
should be made permanent, but
the MTA should also think of
other ways to keep passengers
moving more quickly on the 7
line — including an expansion
of express service during daytime
hours and on weekends.
Services should also get a boost
on the N and Q trains (which connect
with the 7 line at Queensboro
Plaza) and the E and M trains
(which connect with the 7 at
Court Square). And we agree with
Borough President Melinda Katz:
the BQX streetcar should move
forward, with Amazon footing
most of the bill (at the very least).
Riders have had it with delays
and crowded trains. Th ey’ve also
had it with paying more money
for lousy train service. Th e MTA
needs to step up and improve
transit service in Queens.
We realize it may take some
pain to get there, but we’ll take it
in stride if the end result is better
train service for more commuters.
Rest in peace, President Bush
Th e nation suff ered a great
loss with the death of President
George H.W. Bush on Nov. 30.
The 41st commander
in-chief played a vital role
in bringing an end to the Cold
War and ushering in a new era
of democracy in Europe. He
also didn’t hesitate to break
a campaign promise when it
came to doing the right thing;
his “read my lips, no new
taxes” promise went by the
wayside when he supported a
tax increase to address a ballooning
national defi cit.
Th at kind of leadership and
political courage is lost in
Washington today. Lawmakers
in constant fear of being
unseated always seem to pass
the buck on the big decisions.
Th e elder Bush paid the price
in the 1992 election, but the
record shows that he never
let the possible outcome of
his re-election campaign dictate
what he did in offi ce. He
always sought to do the right
thing, even when others disagreed.
Our thoughts and prayers
are with the Bush family in
their time of mourning.