QueensWay: 1. Rail: 0.
Supporters of the idea to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into an elevated park similar to Manhattan’s High Line scored a victory on Friday, as $443,750 was awarded to the QueensWay project through Gov. Cuomo’s New York City Regional Economic Development Council.
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi has asked the Department of Transportation to study troublesome intersections along Queens Boulevard, specifically the feasibility of installing audible beaconing or leading pedestrian interval systems to reduce collisions.
The passionate discussion over homeless services has extended far beyond the borders of Elmhurst and Glendale.
Assemblymembers Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), the chairman of the legislative body’s Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation, and Michele Titus (D-Rockaway Park), the head of the Committee on Social Services, will co-host a public hearing in Albany on homeless services throughout the state on Dec. 9 at 11 a.m.
The banishment of left turns from Yellowstone Boulevard onto westbound Queens Boulevard may not be popular with many motorists, but another effort to improve safety along the dangerous roadway is gaining community support.
A month after listening to the concerns of Forest Hills and Rego Park residents at October’s 112th Precinct Community Council meeting, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) is petitioning the Department of Transportation for various safety improvements for pedestrians along Queens Boulevard.
While the huge electronic marquee that informed northeast-bound motorists it is now illegal to make a left turn onto Queens Boulevard from Yellowstone Boulevard has been removed, leaving only a few less intrusive signs behind as reminders, complaints over the new traffic rule continue to reverberate.
The topic was given generous coverage during the Community Board 6 meeting on Nov. 12, with members of the Department of Transportation on hand to field questions and offer responses.
Forest Hills doesn’t know what side of the track it sits on.
Along the entire 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned Rockaway Beach rail tracks from Rego Park to Ozone Park, there are scores of people who strongly support either the reactivation of the rail line, which was shut down in 1962, or an elevated park called the QueensWay, similar to Manhattan’s popular High Line.
“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, exhibition thru Nov. 16; Info: dorsky.org.
“Elaine Hajian: The Evolution of an Artist,” Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, admission included with entry ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children 3-12). Contact: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
In July, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued an emergency 30-day permit to Omni Recycling, requiring all trains carrying municipal solid waste from Long Island be properly sealed and environmental monitors be present along the tracks, including at Fresh Pond Rail Yard in Glendale, among other improvements.
Now, numerous area elected officials are calling for such provisions to prevent the escape of pungent odors often given off by MSW into neighborhoods surrounding the tracks to become permanent.
If Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) is successful, Glendale will soon secede from neighboring Ridgewood, at least in the eyes of the United States Postal Service.
On Monday, the congresswoman introduced legislation calling for a new ZIP code for Glendale, which has shared Ridgewood’s 11385 since 1979.
The Queens version of the High Line may actually happen after all.
The plan to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into a linear park has a detailed proposal. A piece of it, in the northern end of the former Long Island Rail Road route, could even be built within the next year.
In 2009, New York enacted a law that mandates the state to translate and print ballots and all other voting materials in Russian, yet many eligible Russian-American voters who don’t speak English have been deprived from voting and are forced to return home because the state has never implemented the measure.
The translation rule was enacted in 2009 by former Gov. David Patterson. The state failed to translate voting materials in Russian, the third-most commonly spoken language in New York City, behind Chinese and Spanish, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey. Officials cited lack of funding as the reason.
Following in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Harry Belafonte, The Rolling Stones and a who’s who of other A-list stars, music’s elite are once again being hosted at the West Side Stadium in Forest Hills. Since last year, big-name headliners have brought tens of thousands of fans to concerts at the stadium. Revitalization of this historic venue to its former greatness is the result of a year of extraordinary partnership between the community, private sector, government and local business.
In the past, community outcry over poorly run events, parking, litter and other quality-of-life issues ended all events at the West Side Stadium. Since that time, the historic venue has remained unused and deteriorating, to the chagrin of longtime Forest Hills residents.
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) might not have been too far off the mark when he said at Community Board 5’s July 9 meeting that construction on the proposed Glendale homeless shelter may begin in two to four weeks.
Cooper Avenue Group LLC, the listed owner of the former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave., filed a plan exam application with the Department of Buildings on July 11.
Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, right, with Vince Arcuri, tells the crowd the proposed shelter will inevitably come to Glendale.
Assemblymembers Andrew Hevesi and Marge Markey present Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano, center, with a proclamation in honor of his 25th year on the board at last week’s monthly meeting.
One Jewish Democratic official called it “touching the third rail of Queens politics.”
A Democratic district leader from Jackson Heights posted one word and a symbol on her Facebook page last week and it has sparked criticism. Depending on whom you ask, her comment ignited a hot debate within the Democratic Party, or was just exploited in a cynical ploy in an obscure political race that is part of the ongoing battle between the Queens Democratic establishment and a group of anti-establishment party members backed by several citywide elected officials.
Community Board 5 took a break from debating the proposed Glendale homeless shelter to honor one of its own during its monthly meeting last Wednesday, June 9.
A humble Gary Giordano, CB 5’s longtime district manager, was recognized by the board members and elected officials for his 25th year in the position.
Normally, anger at Community Board 5 meetings comes from residents who attend.
This month, it’s the board itself that is letting its emotions flow, both verbally and on paper.
The New York State Legislature wrapped up formal business for the year last Thursday, and elected officials from Queens, chosen in a random sample, are characterizing the session as an overall success.
“The short answer is yes,” Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said, starting with one of the basics.
Continuing to defy the city comptroller and insisting on adhering to an agreement reached with one of his predecessors in 1997, the Queens Library again decided last Thursday to withhold documents that are being sought for an audit.
The library administration has refused the requests of Comptroller Scott Stringer to provide all financial records for the audit, which was prompted earlier this year by revelations about library spending and operations, brought to light primarily by the Daily News.
Continuing to defy the city comptroller and insisting on adhering to an agreement reached with one of his predecessors in 1997, the Queens Library again decided last night to withhold documents that are being sought for an audit.
Those who have stood firm against the proposed homeless shelter at the site of a former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale now have more ammunition in their fight against the plan.
An audit by the New York State Comptroller’s Office of a prior contract between Samaritan Village, the human services agency sponsoring the shelter, and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services revealed that Samaritan Village allegedly misused nearly $1 million in state funds.
2013 proved to be a very busy year for area civic groups.
Quality-of-life issues such as the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale and the trash-carrying trains roaring through southwestern Queens neighborhoods dominated many an agenda.
If it has wheels, it made headlines.
Issues involving bicycles, illegal motor scooters, out-of-control SUVs, striking school bus drivers and pungent trash trains all made their way onto the Chronicle’s pages in 2013.