Astoria Cove could be the next luxury residential development to line New York City’s valuable waterfront, four towers with more than 1,600 residential units, a public school and retail space, including a supermarket.
The proposed Astoria Cove development is currently moving through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, the public process by which the city determines whether to allow a real estate company to build this project.
If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.
Residents of Pomonok Houses in Flushing, for years considered the crown jewel of public housing, are about to see some long-awaited improvements but, according to the president of the Pomonok Residents Association, a lot more needs to happen.
Last week, Community Board 1 unanimously voted against the building proposal for development of Astoria Cove unless the developers agree to several conditions it laid out.
It was deemed a victory by many of the union workers and affordable housing advocates in attendance.
Avonte’s Law, a bill proposed by Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. (D-Brooklyn), was brought before the Education Committee on Thursday and almost every speaker and councilmember seemed on board, except the Department of Education.
“We have some concerns,” DOE deputy chancellor Kathleen Grimm said.
Despite the controversy about potentially cancer-causing PCB contamination at hundreds of public schools, attendance was scant at a hearing last Thursday in Queens on the city’s plan to remove the material from hundreds of city schools by the end of 2016.
Meetings were held in every borough over the past week and a half to discuss the issue. While attendance was lacking in Queens and the Bronx, meetings in Staten Island and Brooklyn were slated for this week.
Woodhaven residents who have been demanding the city demolish a Jamaica Avenue building that partially collapsed a year ago may finally get their wish. The building could come down within a month.
The owner of the building failed to appear in court for a hearing on April 10 — almost a year to the day since the collapse — allowing the judge to give the city the authority to make the next move.
Speculation over the future of Queens Hospital Center’s old tuberculosis building had died down in the past year since community opposition rose against a plan to convert the structure into housing for the elderly mentally disabled.
Now officials are going on offense, calling for ehe building to be demolished.
After years of planning, waiting and fundraising, the Center for the Women of New York is finally getting a new home, even if it won’t be partially finished for more than a year.
The group’s founder and now its chairwoman Ann Jawin reports that work has finally begun on its building at Fort Totten in Bayside.
The expansion of the Meadow Park Rehabilitation Center, the removal of the T-Building at Queens Hospital Center and the state of the water supply were a few of the items on the agenda for last week’s Community Board 8 meeting.
Residents started the meeting with the public participation, where a number of locals raised concerns about a 12-story hotel to be built at 61-27 186 St., in a residential neighborhood. [See separate story.]
MTA New York City Transit, MTA Metro-North Railroad, MTA Long Island Rail Road, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels are preparing for the arrival of a winter storm this weekend that has the potential to blanket the metropolitan area with anywhere from two to ten inches of snow. Customers are urged to use caution while walking on outdoor platforms and stairs.
The fate of graffiti mecca 5Pointz has been up in the air for weeks after 17 artists filed a lawsuit to block Jerry Wolkoff — owner of the building — from razing it.
The paint-spattered building, which has drawn thousands of art fans to Long Island City, is up for demolition with a large, mixed-use development set to be put in its place.
The Woodside Houses Tenants Association wants to form a quality of life committee so the New York City Housing Authority can work directly with its tenants to fix problems that have been backlogged for years, Annie Cotton-Cotton Morris, president of the association, said.
Morris stood with Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and several Woodside Houses senior residents on Monday morning who have been asking for repairs for years.
When students of PS 207 left school on Friday, Oct. 26, no one believed the next time they’d return to their classrooms again would be in 2013.
But when Sandy struck Queens three days later, the school in the Rockwood Park section of Howard Beach fell victim to the hurricane’s storm surge.
Politics in middle and southwestern Queens was the favorite sport outside of Citi Field in 2012, and the worst storm to hit the region in 74 years devastated some while causing others just a few flickers of their lights.
As the year began, the city filed an appeal of a ruling by federal Judge Nicholas Garaufus that found discrimination on the part of the FDNY against African-American firefighters in the testing and hiring process.
We all want to live in healthy homes. We install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, remove asbestos and use lead-free paint to reduce risk and protect health. We have lived in our Bay Terrace, Queens apartment for over 20 years, and our building has done everything it can to prevent injuries and reduce health risks. If we considered moving to another apartment building, we would want to know everything we could about our new home before we moved in, especially its smoking policy.
We have a right to know a building’s smoking policy if we care about our health. Secondhand smoke cannot be contained, and there is no safe level of exposure. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home have an increased risk of asthma and respiratory infections. Seniors are at particular risk. In addition to serving as a heart attack trigger, secondhand smoke can trigger or worsen a range of pre-existing health conditions.
At this point in our lives we would not consider moving to a building that allows smoking. And we’re not alone. Fifty-nine percent of New Yorkers support smoke-free housing.
Fortunately, Mayor Bloomberg has proposed legislation that would require landlords of multi-unit buildings to make their smoking policy known to current and future tenants and buyers. The proposed policy will not require landlords or owners to change their policy. It will merely require that they disclose it.
Given the number of New Yorkers who support smoke-free housing, I urge every property manager, co-op and condo board to have their buildings go smoke-free. A smoke-free multiple-unit building means higher property values and lower property costs. We have a right to know if our new home allows pets, outdoor grilling and subletting. We should certainly have a right to know if smoking is allowed in a building to protect our health and property.
The chairman of Community Board 5 has released a statement saying that numerous legal and technical difficulties would await any developer seeking to convert an old factory in Glendale into a homeless shelter, as has been rumored for the last two weeks.
Vincent Arcuri Jr., in a statement issued on Friday, said that the board has not received any proposal for a shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. He also said that existing zoning for the site would not allow a so-called community residence facility, though “if Mayor Bloomberg declared that an emergency situation existed, the City of New York may be able to place such a facility here, there or anywhere else.”
Former first lady of New York State Matilda Cuomo will be honored as a woman of distinction at the 25th anniversary luncheon of the Center for the Women of New York on Saturday, April 28 at the Douglaston Manor Golf Course, 63-20 Commonwealth Blvd.
At the annual fundraising event, which will begin at noon, the organization celebrates men and women in leadership who are committed to women’s rights and who have made major contributions.
A public hearing on a new school in Ridgewood brought more than 100 people to the cafeteria at PS 305 on Tuesday night.
The School Construction Authority recently entered into contract with St. Aloysius Parish in Glendale for the possible purchase of the school building at 360 Seneca Ave., which closed more than a year ago.
Ann Jawin, chairwoman and founder of the Center for the Women of New York, has been waiting nearly five years for approval to move into a building at Fort Totten Park, and now says she believes it will happen in a year.
“We should be in in a year. The Parks Department finally approved the design plan and we’re very happy about it,” said Jawin, who now works with her staff out of a small office at Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens. “We want to be positive and look to the future.”