The residents of Woodhaven came together Monday night to discuss the future of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line, which runs on the neighborhood’s eastern border right alongside some backyards.The right of way, which has been abandoned since 1962, has become a major issue of controversy, as there are such strong opinions about what should or should not be done to the line. There are two competing plans for the line: to reactivate the train, or to build a park similar to Manhattan’s High Line called the QueensWay.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency released Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for New York City last week that reflect the latest updates to the agency’s redrawing of the coastal flood zones.
The Preliminary FIRMs replace the Preliminary Work Maps that were released in June as an interim product. Those maps, placed much of Howard Beach into a new zone, Zone A, would require residents to have flood insurance and take measures, such as raising their homes, or risk substantially higher flood insurance premiums.
A Brooklyn man was killed in a hit-and-run accident at one of South Queens’ deadliest intersections over the weekend.
On Saturday at 3:15 a.m., police responded to a 911 call of a car accident at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard in Woodhaven. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a vehicle had struck Yunior Antonio Perez Rodriguez, 35, of Brooklyn as he crossed Woodhaven Boulevard from east to west.
Since the United States began its global war on terror more than a decade ago, hundreds of thousands of soldiers have gone overseas — to Afghanistan, Iraq and other places — to fight and protect this nation and its ideals.
Like the millions who went before them, to places like Europe, Africa, the Pacific, Korea, Vietnam and Kuwait, they served long tours far from home and in precarious situations that require a level of bravery and courage many people can only admire.
The City Council gave its final stamp of approval to the rezoning of 530 blocks in South Queens Tuesday. The unanimous vote puts the plan into motion immediately,
There was little opposition to the plan, which aimed to protect the characteristics of residential homes in the neighborhood.
Community Board 10 took up two land use issues last Thursday night, one involving a proposed hotel and another on a planned gym due to open in a new shopping strip.
Revisiting the proposed variance that the board tabled last month for a hotel slated for 149th Avenue and 132nd Street — a site zoned for industrial use — CB 10 Land Use Committee Chairman John Calcagnile said he had met with the hotel’s developers and some of the issues that were brought up at the November meeting had been addressed. Those included moving the hotel’s entrance to face south into the parking lot and a guarantee from the hotel’s owner that it would never become a homeless shelter, as the former Skyway Motel, across the street from the site of the proposed hotel, did several years ago.
Another speed bump was approved for a busy residential street in Woodhaven Tuesday night.
Community Board 9 voted unanimously to move forward with plans from the city Department of Transportation to construct a speed bump on 78th Street between Rockaway Boulevard and 91st Avenue.
Community Board 9 unanimously rejected a plan to change a two-way street in Kew Gardens into a one-way after several residents and the local civic group spoke out in opposition.
The city Department of Transportation is proposing converting Beverly Road, a two-way street between Brevoort Street and Park Lane South, into a one-way northbound.
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.”
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.
by The government doesn’t care.
That is what Green Power E-Bike owner Daniel Zhou says when asked about the recent citywide ban on all motor scooters and electric bikes.
Councilman Eric Ulrich and Assemblyman Mike Miller participated in the Tomahawk Division Merit Badge Fair on Saturday at Nativity of the B.V.M Church in Ozone Park.
Ulrich and Miller discussed the importance of good citizenship with Boy Scouts from several troops from South Queens and talked about the importance of scouting to boys and what it teaches them as they grow older.
The rain did not dampen the holiday spirit last Friday when Woodhaven residents and elected officials gathered for the tree and menorah lighting in Forest Parkway Plaza.
For the second year in a row an artificial tree was lit in the plaza. The live tree that previously stood on the site was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.
For an instant look into how pleased clients are at Hair Spray, all you need to do is glance at Monica Cuadros’ Instagram account, Hairbymonicaa. “Beautiful,” “Love it” and “Looks so good,” read some of the compliments.
At 25, the dynamic hairstylist is just one of the creative family members who have made Hair Spray a salon staple in Ozone Park for the past 10 years.
Two men, accused of forcing three teenagers to work as prostitutes, were indicted by a grand jury on sex trafficking, kidnapping, rape and other charges this week.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the men, Peter Gerardi, 28, of Forest Hills and Christopher Stephenbush, 30, of Richmond Hill, face 100 charges between that could send them to prison for 25 years to life.
Chabad of Howard Beach held a Hanukkah party and menorah lighting at the Old Mill Yacht Club on Dec. 1 to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights.
The festivities included food, games and a menorah-building contest for children, top. Contest judges Phyllis Seeman, top back row third from left, Gary Parlefsky and Sharon Kleinberg stopped for a photo with second-place winners Talya Fuld, back row left, and Farha Fuld, second-place winner Rivkaleh Richter, front row left, and first-place winners Shay Tarab, Velvel Marin-Cohen, Omer Mosker, Amir Mosker, Daniel Gregor and Mendel Richter.
At the American Littoral Society’s Northeast Chapter 24th annual Holiday Fundraiser on Sunday at the American Legion Hall Post 1404 in Broad Channel, Dan Mundy Sr., left, and Dan Mundy Jr. of Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers were presented with the “Coastal Conservation” Award by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, third from left.
A special thank you was also given to Chapter Director Don Riepe, right, and all of the volunteers, community members, and partners who support the American Littoral Society and help protect and conserve the coastline.
The Exit Realty Central office at 133-07 Cross Bay Blvd. is quiet at 10 a.m. on a rainy Monday morning. The new workweek has not yet kicked into full gear.
But it will.
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.
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