Not to be outdone by other Queens elected officials, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced a bill Monday that would not only limit pay for the Queens Library president, but also call for an entire new board of directors by January.“The other bill, initiated by Borough President Melinda Katz, doesn’t go far enough,” Avella said. “My bill limits outside employment [for the director] and reduces the number on the board.”
When construction begins on the new Alley Pond Environmental Center, staff offices and classes will have to be relocated to trailers on the Douglaston property.
That’s the latest situation for Executive Director Irene Scheid, who is going to have to arrange scheduling and events around the new setup.
St. John’s University in Jamaica has named a new president and it’s not a priest.
The Board of Trustees has selected Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, 60, as the school’s 17th president; the first time a priest will not be at the helm. The position becomes effective in July.
A Holy Cross High School football coach and one of his players will receive awards on April 23 at the “Elite Eleven” Scholar-Athlete Award banquet in Manhattan.
Honored for his service to the Flushing school will be Coach Tom Pugh, who will receive the Accorsi Award. Last season, Pugh completed his 41st year at Holy Cross, compiling 212 wins and placing him among the state’s all-time most winning high school coaches.
For the second week in a row, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has announced he’s saved a senior center from closing —and a third one is expected to be announced next week.
On Tuesday, Avella met with members of the College Point Senior Center, a satellite of the North Flushing Senior Center, to tell them that their worst fears have been allayed. He presented the center with a $100,000 check from the taxpayers, which is expected to keep the facility open for at least two years.
It was 1964, the height of the Cold War and Americans were still reeling from the loss of their young president a year earlier. The perfect antidote was a World’s Fair.
Although not a financial success, the two-year event at Flushing Meadows buoyed spirits in a time when that was much needed.
Going to a violin concert may not sound like an ideal way for kids to spend their weekend but last Saturday was different.
Hundreds of people of all races, ethnicities and ages crammed into the newly renovated Flushing Town Hall to listen to some classical violin music “with some stank on it.”
Long considered taboo throughout much of the city’s Asian population, acknowledgment of the existence of domestic violence and sexual assault is gradually becoming acceptable, as evidenced by the Korean American Family Service Center’s First Annual Rally Against Sexual Assault on the steps of Queens Borough Hall last Friday evening, with several dignitaries and hundreds of young people on hand.
The event, held to coincide with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, was spearheaded by the KAFSC’s Youth Community Project Team.
The cherry trees are in bloom at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, marking the arrival of spring as surely as the Mets Opening Day or the call of the robin.
Chronicle reader and fine art photographer Natali S. Bravo of Elmhurst captured their beauty in this expertly framed shot with the New York State Pavilion’s iconic Observation Towers rising behind them — showing the works of both nature and mankind reaching earnestly into the sky.
At the 50th anniversary celebration Tuesday of the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows, a representative from the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that the iconic but rusting New York State Pavilion has been named as one of the trust’s “National Treasures.”
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has reached a tentative agreement that is expected to end a two-year contract impasse with the union representing about 34,000 mass transit workers.
Under the five-year deal announced last week by Gov. Cuomo, members of Transport Workers Union Local 100 would receive raises of 1, 1, 2, 2 and 2 percent per year, retroactive to Jan. 16, 2012, when the TWU’s last contract expired.
The suspect wanted for a string of violent robberies throughout northern Queens last November is still wreaking mayhem on the borough’s streets.
A man accused of spitting on and menacing an teenage girl on a bus while making anti-Muslim statements has been picked up by police.
Heavily criticized NYPD antiterror unit is disbanded
In another break from the former administration’s approach to law and order and questions of constitutional rights, the NYPD has dissolved the police detachment that had been infiltrating the Muslim community in order to thwart any planned acts of terrorism.
Members of the Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble performed the theme song from Disney’s It’s a Small World attraction last week at Flushing Meadows Park to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair, where it originated.
The attraction featured a boat ride through a land populated by colorfully dressed audio-animatronics dolls. They represent children from around the world, all singing a song about universal harmony.
Youngsters gathered last Saturday at Bowne Park in Flushing to take part in the Northeast Queens Republican Club’s Easter egg hunt.
Free baskets were provided for the first 150 children. Hundreds of eggs were hidden in the park and were stuffed with prizes.
Police officers are seeking this man, above, who allegedly spit on a 15-year-old girl on a bus, made anti-Muslim statements and raised his fist while threatening to punch her.
The incident took place on April 7 on the Q88 bus at the Horace Harding Expressway and Kissena Boulevard in Flushing.
If you’ve been curious about the New York State Pavilion and wonder what it looks like, the Tent of Tomorrow will be open to the public on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The rare opening of the gates commemorates opening day of the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows 50 years ago.
April is also tax season at the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Brown on Thursday announced the filing of tax-related complaints against two Queens businesses and their owners.
New York State’s physicians generated more than 570,000 jobs — nearly 10 jobs apiece — in 2012, according to a new study released Wednesday. The report, announced by the American Medical Association, also showed that economic activity by New York’s physicians generated $5.6 billion in state and local taxes, and over $57 billion in wages and benefits for New Yorkers.
Nationwide, the study said, patient care physicians contributed $1.6 trillion in economic activity and supported 10 million jobs in 2012. The efforts of New York’s physicians generated nearly $100 billion in economic activity, with each doctor here supporting nearly $1.7 million in output.
After plans for a Major League Soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park fell through last year, the New York City Football Club, the league’s new expansion team, was left homeless, until now.
Instead of playing their inaugural season in Queens, NYC F.C. will call Yankee Stadium home for three years, beginning in 2015.
With summer just around the corner, we all want beautiful, blemish-free skin to enjoy. For some of us, that means a clear complexion without freckles or dark spots. For others, it means getting rid of those acne scars or wrinkles we’ve had forever. The good news is that there is a single laser device that can help with both: Fraxel DUAL.
The weeping cherry trees in full bloom in Flushing Meadows Park.
A cold, raw drizzle did not keep more than 100 airport workers from marching clear across Queens demanding higher pay last Friday.
Sporting ponchos and carrying signs in both English and Spanish, the workers marched 10 miles from JFK Airport to LaGuardia.
Downtown Flushing is hard enough to navigate with all the buses, people and general congestion, but add to that the poor condition of the streets and it becomes even more than problematic.
Dian Yu, executive director of the Downtown Flushing Business Improvement District, says the numerous potholes and uneven pavement along bumpy Main Street are actually interfering with business. “The conditions discourage people from coming downtown and it doesn’t look good,” Yu said on Monday.
A $500,000 state allocation to the MTA to study the possibility of bus service restoration in Northeast Queens was announced last week by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
Avella was able to secure the funding during this year’s budget negotiations.
For years, regulars who attend the senior center at the Whitestone Armory have dreaded the day it would be closed because funding ran out. On Tuesday, they cheered that their facility is safe for up to three more years.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced to members of the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers and Civic Association Senior Center that he had secured $100,000 in the state budget to keep it functioning.