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.”
At Willets Point, they come quickly and unannounced. And usually, they leave their mark.
Local business owners claim city agencies conducted a sudden sweep of the Iron Triangle on Friday morning, shutting down nearly a dozen stores along 126th Street, right across from Citi Field.
With all the disasters — natural and otherwise — wreaking havoc across the country as of late, as well as the ongoing state of the economy, two presentations at this month’s Community Board 13 meeting on Monday night took on added significance.
Representing the city’s Department of the Aging, Darnley Jones said areas around the borough are still trying to recuperate from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, particularly in the Rockaways, where he estimated it will take another five years to fully recover.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn,Queens) came to the May meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance, in the Fairfield Arms Co-op, to meet some of his new constituents.
Jeffries told the audience that he was concerned with resolving any issues that residents had with the Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding Hurricane Sandy.
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.