Although Miss Piggy made a convincing pitch for the planned Muppets gallery at the Museum of the Moving Image to be devoted to her solely, to her reluctant acceptance the honor will go to her creator. “I guess that’s OK,” Miss Piggy said to Mayor Bloomberg at Tuesday’s announcement of the expansion. “He certainly does deserve it.”
A community art fair and community- building workshops are coming to Jackson Heights.
The Hibridos Collective, a relatively new community-based art group in Jackson Heights, has begun asking for proposals from individuals who live in the neighborhood or nearby in East Elmhurst or Corona who wish to lead art workshops or show their creations at the event on June 22.
The neighborhood of Corona south of Roosevelt Avenue is filled with two-story wood- paneled houses. The side streets are narrow and slope down to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and main streets such as Corona Avenue and 108th Street are lined mostly with brick two- and three-story buildings that have businesses on the ground floors and apartments above.
Establishments like the 60-year-old Lemon Ice King of Corona surround William Moore Park, which twinkles with strings of white lights at night.
The implementation of a slow zone in an area with two schools comes at a perfect time, residents and officials say.
“As school lets out for summer, parents will feel much safer having these tools in place,” Community Board 3 District Manager Giovanna Reid said at the new site in East Elmhurst.
Community Board 1 unanimously supported rezoning and special permit approvals sought by the company looking to build 11 residential buildings on the Astoria peninsula mostly occupied by the Astoria Houses.
Residents of these projects and other neighbors filled the Tuesday night meeting, all backing the project that would add parks and a supermarket to the desolate, run down area with a few requests and questions.
Saturday night you might have heard the sound of people being slammed to the ground, fans screaming or the loud grunts of hulking men at St. Sebastian Parish in Woodside. Don’t worry. It was only the Pro Wrestling Syndicate, a New Jersey-based wrestling promotion, putting on a return show in the neighborhood.
Promoted under the title “The Empire State Strikes Back,” hundreds of fans, some taking a bus from New Jersey, looked forward to seeing veteran former stars of WWE, PWS’ homegrown talent and their favorite stars on the independent scene.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) reported a hint-hint-nudge-nudge email to the Department of Investigation, leading to bribery charges filed against a Long Island City business owner.
Michael Wolfert, owner of the yet-to-open Cliffs Climbing and Fitness Center, was charged with bribery in the third degree and unlawful continuance.
Wear your red, white and blue to these two Memorial Day events in Western Queens (neither on Monday).
On Thursday, May 23, a concert will be held to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country, as well as veterans and active troops of the Armed Forces and members of first responder agencies from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Windmuller Bandshell at 52nd Street and 39th Drive.
Following hundreds of undercover buys of cocaine, marijuana and heroin, the NYPD charged 51 alleged drug dealers at the Ravenswood and Queensbridge houses, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced today.
“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.
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.
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.”
Only one will be crowned No. 1.
On Sunday at 1:30 p.m. about 100 foodies are expected to gather at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, at the confluence of 37th Road, 74th Street and Broadway, to kick off the second annual Momo Crawl. Last year 30 hungry folks participated.
Repairing the seawall in Queensbridge Park has been talked about for well over a decade. Last Friday those plans came to fruition when politicians, the Parks Department and dedicated neighborhood advocates dipped their symbolic golden shovels into a pre-dug pile of dirt to commence construction.
The $6.65 million project will raise the crumbling seawall separating the park from the East River in the most northern section of Long Island City across from the Queensbridge Houses. Plans also call for a 6-foot-wide promenade with benches, plantings and a small wharf at its northern end.
Triston Griffith, a 20-year-old from Jamaica, wears a Barry Manilow Broadway play pin on his tie and someday hopes to sing just like him.
“I want to go to college and work on my singing more to make sure I don’t make a fool of myself,” Griffith said. He sits calmly in the lounge area at the Mental Health Association of New York City. His hair is neatly braided and his suit is fancier than anyone’s dress in the multiroom school.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is close to approving a new bus route that would offer more direct service to LaGuardia Airport while cutting the existing Q33 route short to focus more on neighborhood riders.
The proposed Q70 Limited line — “a new faster and more direct route to LaGuardia” — would run from transit hubs in Woodside and Jackson Heights along the 7 subway line on Roosevelt Avenue and provide a shorter link with the airport.
About a dozen restaurant owners and bikers got the 411 on Tuesday on new delivery regulations.
A package of city laws that went into effect on April 23 requires helmets, reflective vests, lights, bells and identification linking the riders to their employers’ establishments.
Last Thursday a man allegedly terrorized his home neighborhood of Long Island City, stealing cars and money while wielding a gun that wasn’t all that it seemed.
Police briefly closed down part of Borden Avenue in their pursuit of the suspect. About eight hours later they arrested Nicolas Almonte, 27, who lives on Borden Avenue.
Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights for decades has been a dangerous mix of pedestrians, cars, bicycles and scooters. And not just a small amount of each, but mobs of each that don’t always obey traffic laws. Pedestrians rarely wait for walk signals and cars often run red lights — just to make a little headway down the congested avenue.
Sunday’s fatal accident was a reminder of the road’s perils.
Corona residents gathered last Wednesday to talk trash.
As part of the ongoing $3 million effort to clean up Roosevelt Avenue, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Corona) held a town hall meeting so residents could ask her and representatives from the Department of Sanitation and two community boards about sanitation issues. About 40 attended.
An Astoria man faces several charges for allegedly bringing what were described as two BB guns to a crowded park May 7, loading one of them with plastic pellets, firing at a tree and then handing them to his children so they could shoot too.
His 5-year-old daughter allegedly ran around the park waving one of the loaded guns at other children.
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