About two dozen bicycle enthusiasts came together last Saturday at Maspeth High School for a community forum to kick into gear plans that could see a new bike infrastructure for the area and surrounding neighborhoods in place by as early as next year. Among those in attendance was Frank Rosado, a Ridgewood resident who commutes by bicycle to Manhattan every day.
The new executive officer of the 103rd Precinct said crime statistics — particularly those involving guns — are headed in the right direction on Tuesday at the monthly meeting of the precinct’s Community Council.
“Year to date we have had five shootings; last year at this time the precinct had 16,” Capt. James Fey said. “In those incidents there have been six shooting victims. We had 19 in the same period last year.
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 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.
Famed choreographer and Jamaica native Brice D. Vick has guided the candied heels of Ashanti, Beyonce and Christina Aguilera. But his ambition goes beyond bold-faced names and music videos. Now he’s hoping to put a step in the moves of kids with the founding of Hip-Hop 4 Health Plus, a DVD dance program he hopes will help kids get and stay healthy.
The 29-year-old kicked off HH4H+ with a party and fundraiser on Saturday, May 4 in Fresh Meadows, with over 300 kids in tow and a bevy of dancers and talent to help.
The homecare workers at the First Chinese Presbyterian Church Home Attendant Corporation in Lower Manhattan will keep their healthcare benefits now that the FCPC and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the union representing the workers, have negotiated a settlement.
“I’m so glad and I’m so proud of 1199,” said Maximina Delgado, a caregiver at FCPC for 14 years. “This is for our health. If we don’t have medical insurance, we can’t work for the clients. If we don’t have medical insurance, how can we see the doctors? We don’t make a lot of money. At any moment we can get sick. Our job is very serious and very dangerous. There can be an accident at any moment.”
The state Health Department has approved Mount Sinai Hospital’s expansion project in Long Island City.
Plans for the $115 million construction of a new five-story annex include a primary care clinic, an expanded emergency department with 36 treatment wards, eight observation beds and 10 operating rooms. The addition of primary care allows the 235-bed LIC hospital on 30th Avenue to become a more one-stop shop, according to the executive summary.
The bill mandating that companies in the city with more than 15 employees eventually provide paid sick leave is awaiting a promised mayoral veto — and an expected override of that veto by the City Council.
The bill passed last Wednesday 45-3, more than enough to nullify the veto promised by Mayor Bloomberg, if members stick to their positions.
Compared to the March and April meetings of Community Board 9, which featured raucous debates over the future of Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the mitigation of toxic chemicals at an Ozone Park industrial site, Tuesday’s meeting of CB 9 at Maple Grove Cemetery seemed serene.
The meeting’s most action-packed moment came over renewing the beer and wine license for a Woodhaven bar whose owners made an error on the establishment’s application and failed to respond to CB 9’s request to fix it.
A group that began seven months ago with a few people venting their complaints while eating at the Terrace Diner has evolved into a neighborhood movement, a force dedicated to making the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority work for the residents of Northeast Queens to alleviate the noise and pollution from planes flying out of LaGuardia airport.
Approximately 200 people with similar frustrations attended the first Queens Quiet Skies community education meting on May 2 in the Bayside High School auditorium. While planes rumbled overhead, leaders and experts presented residents with legal and technical information and encouraged them to get more involved.