A lot can change in five days. Community Board 7 voted on Monday to approve the proposed Phase One redevelopment of Willets Point, including a controversial 1.4 million-square-foot shopping mall adjacent to Citi Field, after its Land Use Committee initially failed to approve the project.
From his office on Bell Boulevard and 73rd Avenue, City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) says he can hear his frustrated constituents at the former Q75 bus stop swearing, yelling, and literally crying out for someone to restore the cancelled bus route.
The Q75, which ran from Oakland Gardens to the F train stations in Jamaica, was eliminated along with 32 other bus routes, 570 bus stops and two subway lines on June 27, 2010, a $93 million service reduction.
A Whitestone woman pleaded guilty to taking part in a prostitution-and-money- laundering scheme.
Jay King, 53, pleaded on May 8 to one count of enterprise corruption for taking part in the ring operated with the help of a Manhattan-based ad agency. She is expected to be given a 3- to 9-year sentence.She will also be required to pay $100,000 in forfeiture. She will remain out of jail on $1 million bail until her sentencing.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott blasted Community Board 11 and its Chairman Jerry Iannece for allegedly allowing reps from the School Construction Authority endure verbal abuse during a contentious May 6 public meeting.
The gathering featured heated exchanges regarding the proposed creation of a school at what is currently the site of the Keil Brothers Garden Center and Nursery at 210-11 48th Ave. in Bayside. The board ultimately voted it down, but not before angry exchanges occurred between the public and SCA reps Christopher Persheff and Monica Gutierrez.
The comprehensive immigration reform bill that U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is co-sponsoring would put millions of immigrants on the path to citizenship and would specifically benefit the Asians here, he said.
“We have a great Asian community and I am a great fan of immigration because it adds to the greatness of New York and the greatness of our country,” Schumer said during a phone press conference Friday.
An 18-year-old Brentwood, LI teenager pleaded guilty last Thursday to burglary as a hate crime for committing three separate thefts in Queens in one day, duping three elderly men into allowing the defendant and his cohorts into their homes so they could steal cash and valuables.
“The defendant in this case shamefully targeted his victims because their advanced age and frailties made them easy targets,” said District Attorney Richard Brown.
The race for the 19th Council District has a set candidate for the Republican Party. Well, it had one up until Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was arrested on corruption charges in April.
The incumbent has since announced he will not seek re-election, leaving the door open for a fresh-faced Republican to enter a field that is seemingly growing in number by the week.
Famed choreographer and Jamaica native Brice D. Vick has guided the candied heels of Ashanti, Beyonce and Christina Aguilera. But his ambition goes beyond bold-faced names and music videos. Now he’s hoping to put a step in the moves of kids with the founding of Hip-Hop 4 Health Plus, a DVD dance program he hopes will help kids get and stay healthy.
The 29-year-old kicked off HH4H+ with a party and fundraiser on Saturday, May 4 in Fresh Meadows, with over 300 kids in tow and a bevy of dancers and talent to help.
The homecare workers at the First Chinese Presbyterian Church Home Attendant Corporation in Lower Manhattan will keep their healthcare benefits now that the FCPC and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the union representing the workers, have negotiated a settlement.
“I’m so glad and I’m so proud of 1199,” said Maximina Delgado, a caregiver at FCPC for 14 years. “This is for our health. If we don’t have medical insurance, we can’t work for the clients. If we don’t have medical insurance, how can we see the doctors? We don’t make a lot of money. At any moment we can get sick. Our job is very serious and very dangerous. There can be an accident at any moment.”
The bill mandating that companies in the city with more than 15 employees eventually provide paid sick leave is awaiting a promised mayoral veto — and an expected override of that veto by the City Council.
The bill passed last Wednesday 45-3, more than enough to nullify the veto promised by Mayor Bloomberg, if members stick to their positions.
The police are asking for the public’s assistance in apprehending the man wanted for a burglary in Flushing.
On Wednesday, April 24, at 3:30 a.m., an Asian man in his 20s entered 163-10 Northern Blvd. through a rear window and removed a laptop computer. No injuries were reported.
Urinary incontinence affects one out of three women in the United States. Factors such as pregnancy, childbirth and menopause can trigger urinary incontinence. Since it is such a delicate issue, countless women won’t mention their symptoms to doctors and often suffer in silence.
“Urinary incontinence is more common of a health issue than women think, therefore, they should seek help to ensure that they receive the proper treatment for a more comfortable and happier life,” said Dr. Sue Zhou, a urogynecologist at Flushing Hospital Medical Center.
Ten people have been indicted on 82 counts in an alleged auto theft ring that targeted four well-known Queens auto dealerships, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.
The suspects are accused of stealing vehicles from the four dealerships in Queens and one more in Brooklyn over the course of three months and allegedly selling one of the cars to a defendant who planned to send it overseas on a container ship.
Among the items needed are:
shaving cream and men’s and women’s razors, feminine hygiene products and deodorant for men and women;
The last section of the spire atop 1 World Trade Center — the building once officially known, and still often referred to, as the Freedom Tower — was installed last Friday, marking the building’s official height of 1,776 feet, which pays homage to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. The top of the mast was placed just after 8 a.m. Friday morning.
The $3.8 billion skyscraper can be seen from nearly every neighborhood in Queens. It returns the title of the city’s tallest to Lower Manhattan for the first time since 9/11 and stands next to the former site of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, which were destroyed that day by terrorists, killing 2,606 people, including more than 200 from Queens.
The New York City Water Board voted on Friday, as expected, to increase water rates by 5.6 percent for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1.
The average annual water bill for a single-family home will increase from $939 per year to $991. The average increase for a unit in a multifamily dwelling will go up from $610 to $644.
The New York Post is reporting that former State Senator Shirley Huntley has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison in federal court in Brooklyn on a corruption-related charge.
Huntley, 74, pleaded guilty in February to wire fraud in connection with the embezzlement of nearly $88,000 from a phony nonprofit organization.
The United States Tennis Association, three Queens elected officials and some parks advocates this week lauded a deal with the city that would have the nonprofit “replace” land it wants so it can expand its National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The accord reached between the nonprofit and city represents a unique bargain: according to a press release sent by the USTA, it replaces the 0.68 acre of parkland needed for its expansion with 1.56 acres of what looks like, is used as and mapped as existing parkland already within Flushing Meadows.
The School Construction Authority came before Community Board 11 on Monday night with a proposed new 416-seat school, pointing to what it calls a strong need for more classrooms in one of the city’s high-performing education districts.
The agency ran headlong into the gaping maw of Northeast Queens’ ire, fueled by the potential school’s incredulous neighbors, who claimed the city did not look hard enough for a better site.
City Comptroller John Liu continues to run for mayor as if confident he can overcome the embarrassment of a campaign finance scandal that could send one of his top former aides and a contributor to prison for decades.
How much impact the case will have is an open question. But according to two political science experts in Queens, the Liu campaign faces multiple challenges arising from the convictions last week of Jia “Jenny” Hou, his former treasurer, and Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan, a fundraising “bundler,” who secured donations from other parties that then went to the campaign.
St. John’s University President Rev. Donald Harrington announced his retirement on Friday in the midst of enduring accusations of corruption.
The 67-year-old, who previously acknowledged that he accepted sumptuous gifts from crooked former Dean Cecilia Chang before she committed suicide, sent an email to students and faculty declaring that he will step down effective July 31. Harrington served as president of the University for 24 years.
Elected officials, members of the public and Queens Library employees gathered Tuesday on the steps of the Flushing Library to decry a $29.6 million fiscal buzzsaw in the mayor’s proposed budget looming over the institution.
The gathering starts what has become something of an annual cut-then-rescue ritual inspired every year by Mayor Bloomberg’s budget. Inevitably, hizzoner puts out dollar figures that cause lawmakers to use terms like “unacceptable” and “draconian.”
A group that began seven months ago with a few people venting their complaints while eating at the Terrace Diner has evolved into a neighborhood movement, a force dedicated to making the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority work for the residents of Northeast Queens to alleviate the noise and pollution from planes flying out of LaGuardia airport.
Approximately 200 people with similar frustrations attended the first Queens Quiet Skies community education meting on May 2 in the Bayside High School auditorium. While planes rumbled overhead, leaders and experts presented residents with legal and technical information and encouraged them to get more involved.
Talk about timing. Just 10 days after the Boston massacre, when nerves were made raw once again, anyone passing by North Shore-LIJ Medical Center in Lake Success, LI might have gotten the scare of a lifetime, as seas of hooded alien-like figures in bright yellow suits invaded one of the hospital’s parking lots.
Not to worry. It was all part of a simulated exercise on healthcare emergency management the hospital presented in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s Center for Domestic Preparedness.
The remnants of Queens history are strewn across the borough, in the expected forms of historic houses and landmarked sites.
But a bucolic stretch of the borough next to the Flushing cemetery is home to a living anachronism: a rural and thriving horse stable in an urban setting.
The reviews are in, and critics of Mayor Bloomberg’s final executive budget are saying they have seen this show before.
And, as per usual, there is likely to be a rousing closing dance number when City Council members restore funding for the same fire companies, after-school programs, senior centers and libraries that have been proposed for cuts by the mayor for years.
They weren’t talking drag queens or queens of England, they were talking the Borough of Queens, as the actors in the new show “Let’s Hear It for Queens” sang at its debut at the Free Synagogue of Flushing last Saturday.
The musical takes audience members on a historical trip from the beginning of Queens when the Dutch snatched land from the Native Americans who occupied the area, up to present times, pausing on notable moments with personal testimonies from people who grew up in the borough and musical numbers.