Political heavyweights from throughout Queens were on hand at LaGuardia Airport last Friday as Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) announced legislation that would require airlines to stock their fleets with quieter planes.The Quiet Skies Act (HR 3650) will, if passed, give the Federal Aviation Administration until the end of 2015 to come up with regulations that would require all domestic airlines to phase in quiter aircraft, or those meeting the federal Stage 4 noise requirements.
The Industrial Development Agency, a branch of the Economic Development Corp., approved a proposal Tuesday that will grant Willets Point developers $43 million in tax breaks to raze the “Valley of Ashes” and put a mega-mall and more in its place.
The $3 billion project, spearheaded by the Queens Development Group, recently bought the 23-acre site near Flushing Meadows Corona Park from the city for a dollar.
From a “supportive” mayor to the “nanny” mayor of Queens, Mayor Bloomberg has left business leaders with a range of opinions on his impact on small businesses in the borough.
With 80 percent of the 44,000 businesses in Queens having fewer than 10 employees, according to Rob Mackay of the Queens Economic Development Corp., small businesses make up a significant portion of the Queens economy. Mackay has seen the mayor as someone who’s realized the importance of small businesses for each neighborhood, but as other business owners noted, that was sometimes hard to realize when the “nanny” mayor came into the spotlight.
In life Nelson Mandela was called a rebel, a freedom fighter, a terrorist, Mr. President, a healer, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and an inspiration to millions.
The world has joined South Africa this week in paying homage to Madiba — a title of respect and a tribute to his ancestral clan — who died on Dec. 5 at age 95.
Gov. Cuomo’s Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption quoted a recording purported to be embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) last week as it reported preliminary findings on the state of money and influence in New York politics.
“Not about whether or will, it’s about how much, and that’s our politicians in New York, they’re all like that,” Halloran is alleged to have told an undercover investigator. “And they get like that because of the drive that the money does for everything else. You can’t get anything without the f---ing money.”
For the better part of the still young season, the St. John’s men’s basketball team has not looked as impressive on the court as many experts had predicted.
In its first of nine home games at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 7, the Johnnies finally looked like the team that some heralded as one of the nation’s most talented.
In the last month, there has been a lot of news about Airbnb in New York. I’m an Airbnb host in Astoria and I think it’s important that people in Queens know more about Airbnb and how it has improved my life.
As a competitive marathon runner and avid musician, my time is consumed with promoting classical music and logging 40+ miles a week. My nonprofit job at Carnegie Hall allows me to get by, but I don’t have a lot of extra spending money.
Kisook Ahn, the Woodside nurse who was killed in the Dec. 1 Metro North train derailment near the Spuyten Duyvil station, was remembered at a funeral Mass last Saturday as a kind and extremely bright nurse, outstanding student and devoted family member.
The service at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Woodside was attended by more than 150 family members, friends, colleagues and fellow parishioners.
The appointment of former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton back to his old post once Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio takes office was lauded across Queens and the city.
As commissioner under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Bratton drove crime down and instituted the CompStat tracking system that has been a staple of the NYPD ever since. The system is cited as a key reason crime has declined for more than 20 years, as it gives police notice of where crime is happening so they can deploy accordingly.
A doctor who runs a nonprofit medical practice at multiple sites throughout Queens was arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing approximately $373,000 obtained in the form of city, state and federal grants.
Dr. Dorothy Ogundu, who operates Angeldocs Inc., has been indicted on charges including second-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, according to the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
St. John’s University’s Child HELP Partnership has announced receiving a two-year, $500,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to increase the quality of childhood bereavement services and serve a greater number of bereaved children in New York City.
A 2011 assessment by the foundation revealed a lack of childhood bereavement services as well as a stigma associated with death and grief counseling.
There is no need to jump on a subway bound for the tourist-laden Manhattan streets to shop for your loved ones this holiday season.
Some of the best deals with the most personable customer service won’t be found on Madison Avenue or Broadway. Instead, they can be found right here on the busy streets of Forest Hills and Rego Park.
With just under two weeks before Christmas, the masses are rushing to buy those last-second gifts.
But with grand Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales only available for a short time, some struggle to find great gifts at great prices.
Had enough of driving to the malls or searching the internet for the best gifts this holiday season? Then take a few minutes, maybe on your way home from work, to shop at your local commercial district this holiday season?
For over a century, Jamaica Avenue has attracted shoppers from Woodhaven and surrounding neighborhoods.
There’s still time for you to participate in the Queens Chronicle’s 19th annual Holiday Toy Drive, now underway. But time is running out and the need is great.
We are collecting new toys for children at the Kings Inn in East Elmhurst and the Metro Family Residence in Elmhurst, both city homeless shelters, and Dove House, a refuge for domestic violence victims and their children in Eastern Queens. There are more than 400 children living temporarily at the three facilities.
The look and feel of the holidays always seems to come to Southeast Queens right on cue at the start of December.
Decades ago the Christmas rush meant places like Mays and Gertz department stores with floor after floor of holiday bargains.
When the pages remaining on December’s calendar start to wane and the pressure to find the perfect holiday gift begins to mount, a walk among the many diversified shops in Bayside could provide some surprising solutions. Here’s what’s offered at just a few of the stores that keep the area lively.
Karma, a tidy little boutique located at 38-27 Bell Blvd., takes its name from “the essence of life itself,” as owner Margaret Papacostas puts it, who says she is a strong believer in karma.
Hidden among the many fast-food restaurants, nail and hair salons and corner pharmacies that dot much of downtown Flushing, holiday shoppers can find a variety of gift ideas that come with wide-ranging price tags.
For seven years, New York Deluxe Fucha Jewelry, located at 135-33 Roosevelt Ave., has been selling rubies, diamonds, sapphires and other precious stones to customers with pockets of a certain depth. The store also carries items to fit every budget.
While the holidays are all about being thankful and giving back, the shopping can be stressful. Standing in lines, clipping coupons and fighting over the last flat-screen TV is not something most people enjoy.
However, Western Queens is home to some of the finest shopping, dining, and arts in the city, and with the holidays just around the corner, there is sure to be something for everyone on your Christmas list.
Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties.
For several years now, Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy — the Department of Education’s policy-making body — has convened parents and community education council members at Borough Hall several times a year to discuss education issues and concerns with him and policy advisors to Borough President Helen Marshall.
On Tuesday, they met one last time. With Marshall — and likely Fedkowskyj, who serves at her pleasure — leaving office at the end of the month, the parents, officials, former teachers and CEC members gathered to put together a list of concerns and suggestions they hope Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, her future PEP appointee and the de Blasio administration will tackle.
Though the signs have been hung and decision finalized, the fight over co-naming the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge continues.
Outgoing Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) has introduced a bill that would remove former Mayor Ed Koch’s name from the historic bridge and place it on the Municipal Building in Manhattan.
Queens officials are hailing the City Council’s passage of a bill that will result in speed humps on busy streets that run past schools, and are pulling for one that would reduce speed limits on some side streets while mandating approval of slow zones.
Bill 732-A, introduced by Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-Staten Island), mandates that the Department of Transportation install one or more speed humps on a minimum of 50 streets per year adjacent to public or private schools.
One of the victims of Sunday’s train derailment in the Bronx was a nurse living in Woodside who cared for children after immigrating to the United States from South Korea and was known as “an exceptional person.
Kisook Ahn, 35, was the youngest of the four people killed in the accident, which also injured more than 60 as a southbound Metro North train left the tracks near the Spuyten Duyvil station at about 7:20 a.m. The federal government says the train was going 82 miles an hour around a curved section of track where the limit is 30, reportedly because the engineer had dozed off.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz has tapped a longtime associate and a former rival for key positions in Borough Hall come January.
Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who dropped out of the borough president race this past summer, will serve as deputy borough president, while Jay Bond, a former policy advisor to Katz during her tenure on the City Council and in the state Assembly, will be brought on board as chief of staff.
Demographics are not always destiny, as proven by two men whose unlikely friendship has been at the heart of their efforts to bridge religious chasms in the United States since the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001.
Now the pair are bringing their mutual understanding to Forest Hills, where they will discuss their new book, “Sons of Abraham: A Candid Conversation about the Issues that Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims,” on Dec. 15.
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