There’s a 20-foot sycamore tree on the curb in front of Carla Errico’s house on 90th Street in Howard Beach and Errico says it needs to go. Most of the tree is bare. A few leaves are growing on a branch in the middle of the tree.
Gov. Cuomo announced last week that A train subway service will be restored to the Rockaways on May 30, just over seven months after Hurricane Sandy destroyed tracks across Jamaica Bay and seriously damaged two stations.
“Superstorm Sandy devastated the entire MTA network like no other storm, but the MTA did a remarkable job of restoring service following the storm and at the end of this month, the A line to the Rockaways will be up and running,” Cuomo said in a statement issued Thursday morning.
Resorts World Casino New York City has hit another big milestone.
The casino, which opened in October, 2011, announced last week that it raked in $67 million in April, putting total revenue since opening at over $1 billion.
For many who live around Jamaica Bay, life has been separated into two eras: before Hurricane Sandy and after.
The significance of last October’s storm on the history of the bay and its surrounding communities was clear during the premiere of the trailer for “Jamaica Bay Lives,” a documentary produced by Dan Hendrick, vice president for external affairs at the League of Conservation Voters and an author who penned a book about Jamaica Bay. The trailer premiered Sunday inside the PS 1 VW Dome 2 in Rockaway Beach.
It’s been nearly seven months since Hurricane Sandy barreled through the Rockaways, devastating the peninsula, badly eroding the beach and leaving residents vulnerable to the raging Atlantic Ocean.
And as another summer season — and with it another hurricane season — approaches, residents say the city hasn’t done much to help them.
Captain Hank Sautner, the commanding officer of the 102 Precinct, opened Tuesday’s meeting of the community council by discussing an incident that occurred outside of his jurisdiction, the shooting death of D’aja Robinson in South Jamaica last weekend.
“These tragedies are unfortunate, but these are the tragedies we work to prevent,” Sautner said, reminding the audience in the basement of the Richmond Hill library to be vigilant and careful.
≈n elderly man from Ozone Park was killed crossing Atlantic Avenue last Thursday.
At around 7:23 p.m., police responded to a 911 call of a pedestrian struck at 88th Street and Atlantic Avenue. When they arrived at the scene, they found Rafael Diaz, 73, of 97-36 88 St. unconscious and unresponsive.
For Catholic Charities’ Howard Beach Senior Center, the past year has been one of ups and downs, and the theme at last Thursday’s volunteer party seemed to be a simple one — survival.
More than 100 people turned out for the center’s annual party honoring the volunteers who help out. The party featured pizza donated by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).
A popular video game store in Howard Beach was the target of a brazen robbery on Monday.
Two gunmen barged into the Game Stop store at 160-08 Cross Bay Blvd. around noon in the daring daylight robbery, according to Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct.
“This is a totally obvious statement, but being the mayor of the City of New York is a tough job, and people need to make sure they have somebody who’s tough enough to lead, but smart enough to listen and to lead in a collaborative way.”
That’s how City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) responded to the first question asked of her during an interview last Thursday with the Queens Chronicle editorial board: the old standard, “What makes you the best candidate?”
The Queens County Democratic Party on Monday announced its endorsements three three citywide candidates, as well as its pick to be Borough Hall’s next occupant.
The borough’s Dems, led by Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx), are backing former Councilwoman Melinda Katz for borough president, Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) for mayor, Resham Saujani for public advocate and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer for comptroller.
The city Department of Education announced Tuesday that it will significantly expedite the removal of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, from city schools from the original 10-year deadline to three and a half years from now — a total of five years from the project’s 2011 start date.
The announcement came as a result of a settlement between the city and the activist organization New York Communities for Change, which sued the city last fall to move up the project after PCBs were found leaking from lighting ballasts in dozens of city schools, including IS 204 in Long Island City.
The unemployment rate fell substantially in Queens, along with the rest of the city, state and nation as a whole, in April, according to the state Department of Labor, marking a true improvement that was also reflected in the number of people actually working.
The jobless rate in Queens dropped to 6.9 percent in April from 7.8 percent in April 2012, according to figures the state released Tuesday. The new rate also showed an improvement over March’s 7.7 percent, but year-to-year comparisons are the most valid measure because of seasonal factors.
A former Woodhaven church is being renovated and will reopen as a day care center for children with developmental disabilities.
Christ Congregational Church at 85-27 91 St. has been closed for several years and is now being renovated by a Nassau County-based group called Kings Point High.
Warmer summer weather in the city means more and more people will be using the city’s streets and parks to go running.
With that in mind, the Community Affairs Bureau and the Crime Prevention Section of the NYPD are offering the following tips to encourage people to run more safely:
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will close down one lane on the Queens approach to the Whitestone Bridge around the clock beginning on June 1.
MTA officials said the lane closure is necessary to begin the next phase of the $109 million reconstruction of the approaches to the 74-year-old bridge.
The New York City Fire Department offers free CPR instruction courses to groups of between six and 40 through the FDNY Mobile CPR Training Unit.
Personnel from the FDNY’s EMS Division are available to teach compression-only CPR, as well as the use of automatic external defibrillators, both of which can help save a victim of a heart attack or cardiac arrest.
The Long Island Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, which includes councils from both Brooklyn and Queens, held its Annual Charity Ball at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach on Saturday May 18.
The event raised $7,500 each for two organizations: Faith in the Future, which helps poor families afford a Catholic high school education for their children, and Mercy Homes, which aids young children and young adults who are mentally and emotionally impaired with housing and education.
Police Officer Christopher Chance was named Cop of the Month at Tuesday’s meeting of the 102nd Community Council in Richmond Hill for the apprehension of a man who threatened a bouncer at a Richmond Hill nightclub with a fake gun.
According to Captain Hank Sautner, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, Chance was on patrol during the overnight shift on the night of April 27 when a man threatened to come back to Flavor Lounge on Hillside Avenue after a fight. A short time later he returned and threatened the bouncer of the club with what was believed to be a gun.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) visited tornado-ravaged Oklahoma on Wednesday to share his experiences in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and help out victims who seven months ago sent help to Queens.
Goldfeder, whose own home was damaged in Sandy, as was more than 85 percent of his district, contacted Oklahoma State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, who represents the city of Moore, Okla. in their state Legislature and offered to visit.
On Tuesday, Queens borough presidential candidate Barry Grodenchik announced that he is no longer running.
“At this time, I believe that it is in the best interest of my family, team and party to end my candidacy,” Grodenchik said in a statement. “I decided to run for borough president because I believe that this is a pivotal moment for Queens. I have run a campaign on the idea of bringing people together. In the most diverse county in the world, people should feel more than just welcome, they should feel at home.”
A St. Albans man who engaged in a one-hour felony spree in February 2010 was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison last week on charges that included the attempted murder of a police officer.
Darius Lowery, 25, was one of two men convicted in March in connection with a rampage that went through three precincts and involved a stolen car, a home invasion robbery, an armed street robbery and shots fired at officers Steven Betts and Shawn Phillips during a brief but wild car chase.
The NYPD has issued a silver alert for a missing 79-year-old Laurelton man and is seeking the public’s assistance in locating him.
Gov. Cuomo announced Thursday morning that A train subway service will be restored to the Rockaways on May 30, just over seven months after Hurricane Sandy destroyed tracks across Jamaica Bay and seriously damaged two stations.
People who live near the Rockwood Park Jewish Center, Howard Beach’s only Orthodox synagogue, have a message for its rabbi:
This is a residential neighborhood, not a place for nightclubs.
The historic Forest Park Carousel, which has survived fire, closure and bad management in the past, may finally be heading into a safer position than the tenuous one it lived under for decades.
The carousel, built in 1903, will be considered for landmark status after the city Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to schedule a public hearing on the proposal.
Ten blocks west of Resorts World Casino New York City, a billboard over Rockaway Boulevard advertised casino table games less than two hours away in New Jersey.
To anyone with even the slightest knowledge of marketing, the ad seems to make sense — targeting gamers leaving Resorts World perhaps disappointed that New York City’s first casino lacks real roulette wheels and craps tables.
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