Of all the accomplishments of Mayor Bloomberg’s three terms in office, which this page will be examining over the next several weeks, along with his shortcomings, the most profound is the remarkable reduction in violent crime that he has achi…
It was only last week that the Borough Board approved the city’s sale of 23 acres of Willets Point to a development group composed of the Mets’ real estate arm and the Related Companies for all of $1. So we see no reason the city can’t wait a little longer for the many small businesses it’s kicking out of the area to move.
In order to get the full year’s rent money they were promised for their new locations, businesses must move out by this weekend. But many are not ready to do that. If they move by Jan. 1, they can get six months’ worth of rent.
Whether you get up from the table to shop on Thanksgiving or wait until the traditional Black Friday to hit the stores, we hope you’ll remember Small Business Saturday this weekend.
That’s the effort led by American Express to get people to patronize individual stores and small, locally owned chains, as opposed to the megaretailers and online outlets. AmEx holders can even save a few dollars by registering their cards at americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small ahead of time.
For many years, the Wolkoff family, wealthy developers, allowed street artists to paint all over the old warehouse in Long Island City known as 5Pointz. That came to an end in the very early hours of Tuesday morning, as crews painted over the street art that had made the building an icon to many.
But the artists and those who keep up with the news in Queens knew, or should have known, that it would happen one day. And the Wolkoffs had every right to do it. Yes, the artists were trying to stop the building’s pending destruction in court, but they had a very difficult case to make. And they were trying to get it landmarked, but that’s a long, arduous process. They may very well be right that the Wolkoffs took action this week in response to the landmarking effort.
The redevelopment of blighted Willets Point, next to Citi Field, took a big step forward Monday when the Borough Board approved selling more than 20 acres of land to the developers for all of $1.
We liked the idea of redeveloping the Iron Triangle at first, but the bait and switch the city pulled — letting a mall go up first and then maybe, eventually, the affordable housing Queens needs — was a bitter pill to swallow. We hope the housing gets built one day.
This year’s elections and a lawsuit filed this week against the city together demonstrate the need for two reforms in the electoral process.
First off, voters are entitled to privacy when voting, but under the system being used now, they’re not getting it. Mayor Bloomberg himself said that a poll worker had seen his ballot.
You may notice that this week’s Queens Chronicle is a bit heftier than usual. That’s because there’s a special pullout section inside celebrating our 35th anniversary of giving you the news.
Inside the section you’ll find 36 articles about Queens news makers, one for each year we’ve been publishing, from 1978 through today. Each piece focuses on an individual who made news in a given year — telling not just what happened but telling something about the person behind the event.
We were thrilled to see the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit put on hold the so-called “remedies” Judge Shira Scheindlin had tried to impose on the Police Department after wrongly determining that it intentionally discriminates against minorities when stopping and frisking people officers deem suspicious.
As this page said after Scheindlin made her ruling last summer, the judge had not taken a fair view of the case from the start. Breaking judicial standards, she had made sure she was the one who got to hear it, had put excessive weight in the testimony of the plaintiffs’ expert witness while dismissing the city’s own expert, and had made comments to the press that revealed she sees judging as a way to write the laws as she sees fit, rather than just determine if they’ve been broken. Scheindlin clearly sought to set Police Department policy, just as her fellow U.S. Judge Nicholas Garaufis set some Fire Department policy, to the detriment of members and the public alike. And she went even further than he had.
We bet you’ve never been to the Queens Museum. “Sure I have,” you say.
But you haven’t been to this Queens Museum, the newly remodeled, expanded and vastly improved facility in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Its grand reopening is this weekend; see the details in this week’s qboro, the Chronicle’s arts and entertainment section.
After Hurricane Katrina demolished so much of New Orleans, the federal government promised to step up and build better, stronger levees to protect the city against future storms. And it followed through, spending $14 billion on the project, which now has the Big Easy resting easier than ever before when it comes to storm preparedness.
After Hurricane Sandy damaged much of South Queens, other parts of the city and the region, similar promises of financial support and rebuilding were made. The mayor announced a $20 billion “resiliency” plan to repair bulkheads on Jamaica Bay, replenish lost sand in the Rockaways and do other projects around the city to protect it from whatever Mother Nature might throw at us. The projects’ short-term goals are being met, he says.
It was a great triumph for the people of Queens when public opposition, led by civic activists and echoed in community newspaper editorials and internet blog posts, defeated the misguided plan to build a professional soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The vast wealth of the New York Yankees and their business acumen also were key, as the team made a deal with Major League Soccer that the Mets had declined, meaning the stadium will probably be built in the Bronx, if anywhere.
Wisdom comes with age. People are living longer than ever before. And it’s not smart to fire someone just because he or she is getting older — in fact it’s now seen as a form of discrimination known as ageism.
For all these reasons, we urge our readers to vote yes this Nov. 5 on Proposition 6. The measure will allow state Supreme Court justices, who now must retire at age 76, to serve until they’re 80. The official retirement age now is actually 70, but the jurists are allowed six more years if they pass a certification process. The proposition also would allow judges on the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest, to serve until they’re 80.
Millions of people have seen the video of a family being terrorized by a gang of motorcyclists on the West Side Highway on Sept. 29. Most are disgusted as they see the bikers hem the driver in, force him to stop and trash his SUV. Off-camera, they beat him as his wife and their 2-year-old child cower in fear of the reckless mob.
But not everyone is disturbed by the bikers’ behavior. Some people are on their side. And among their sympathizers may be a Queens woman who just happens to be the district office manager for City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras of East Elmhurst.