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The Parks Committee chairman at Community Board 12 said last week the future of a proposed state-of-the-art skate park for the Laurelton Playground now is in the hands of the residents who would benefit from it.
Speaking at CB 12’s regular meeting on Feb. 19, Greg Mays said the public soon would have access to petitions, both paper and online, that will ask the city Department of Parks and Recreation to commit to the project.
A former North Carolina resident is facing more than 25 years in prison following his conviction for a six-month robbery spree in 2010 that included the shooting of a cab driver and a restaurant employee.
Shawn Peace, 25, who also once lived on 118th Avenue in Jamaica, was convicted last Thursday of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon following a three-week trial.
After all of the consternation about the weather and the first Super Bowl ever held in the New York metropolitan area, it was a pretty decent day by early February standards for all except the Denver Broncos. During Super Bowl week, perceptive lead Fox Sports voice Joe Buck told me that the weather was far worse in Dallas last year. He also pointed out that even though New York had a cold week, the conditions were far better than those in Southern cities as Atlanta and New Orleans.
Giants co-owner John Mara is one of the most accessible and likable sports executives you will ever meet. I was surprised that he wandered through the Super Bowl media party without any aides. “Even if you are not a football fan the energy and excitement of the Super Bowl raises the spirits of everyone living in the metropolitan area,” Mara told me. He concurred with my analogy of how even diehard Democrats enjoyed having the Republican National Convention in New York in 2004.
Finding the right Valentine’s Day present for someone special is never an easy chore. Here are some gift ideas that should add a touch of romance not just for February 14 but for anytime of the year.
You cannot think of Valentine’s Day without thinking of flowers, and it’s hard to think of flowers without thinking of 1-800Flowers, the company founded and still run by Woodside-native Jim McCann. While floral arrangements are still the company’s main source of income, it has expanded its lines to include food gift baskets and oversized teddy bears.
The 38 neo-Tudor homes within the confines of Forest Hills known as Forest Close has been chosen by the Historic Districts Council as one of 2014’s “Six to Celebrate” locations in the city.
A yearly contest, the HDC selected Forest Close, located along 75th and 76th avenues between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street, along with five other city neighborhoods out of approximately two dozen nominations.
I have been reading how the QueensWay versus the restoring the Rockaway Beach Line has turned out to be a fight of “trails versus rails.”
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead, why not “trails with rails”? Rails can coexist synergistically with trails in the same corridor, with trains bringing people with their bikes and strollers to the trails and parks.
Case in point is Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which has an extensive trails system beside and under the city’s expanding and mostly elevated rail rapid transit system, linking parks, other destinations, and communities. One of those trail routes uses the roadbed of an old interurban commuter rail line with the rapid transit line built above it. There are other trails that avoid the rail routes where it is not practical to follow them,
Those who have visited Vancouver, as many did four years ago during the Winter Olympics, may have seen the trails while riding on the trains. Vancouverites treasure their biking, walking, and transit very passionately, along with their concern for the environment, scenery, views and quality of life.
I can attest to that, and to the trails with rails network, from having lived in the area for several years.
In applying Vancouver’s example to the RBL, couldn’t the MTA and/or the city study the feasibility, costs and benefits of replacing the old and controversial berm with a similar elevated deck for the trains and placing the trails below? And where there are major roadways, like Atlantic Avenue and Union Turnpike, to put the trail on separate bridges?
What does New York have to lose by investigating trails with rails for the RBL?
Long Island Rail Road Service between Jamaica and Manhattan was shut down for more than two hours on Monday morning after a construction accident damaged signal cables near the Harold Interlocking in the Sunnyside rail yard.
Marjorie Anders, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the accident took place at about 9:45 a.m. when a backhoe damaged the cables. No one was injured in the mishap.
A 19-year-old Ozone Park man trying to get his car out of the snow after last Friday’s storm was offered help by another teenager, who police say then carjacked and robbed him after asking for a ride. Police then chased the suspect through a Brooklyn neighborhood after he allegedly ditched the car when it got stuck in the snow while fleeing the scene.
Police were called to the scene of the robbery at the corner of 75th Street and Pitkin Avenue on the Queens-Brooklyn border at around 3:32 p.m. on Friday.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will modify its schedules on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, to accommodate people going into Times Square for the annual celebration, as well as the Billy Joel concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Travelers to Times Square on Tuesday are advised to avoid the 42nd Street-Times Square station, as they may not be able to exit onto the street.
A new shopping center proposed for Glendale has community leaders raising concerns about traffic and the economic viability of another mall that would be located adjacent to The Shops at Atlas Park.
Presented by Schuckman Realty, the plan would convert the Atlas Terminals site at 8200 Cooper Avenue into retail stores and a public storage facility of 26,100 square feet. Three anchor stores are proposed, one of them to be a grocery store, with additional space for restaurants, a bank and smaller retail shops, including a “junior box anchor opportunity” for 42,000 square feet. Although a Schuckman brochure does not mention a specific store yet, a diagram does cite a letter of intent to occupy at least one space.
The City Council gave its final stamp of approval to the rezoning of 530 blocks in South Queens Tuesday. The unanimous vote puts the plan into motion immediately,
There was little opposition to the plan, which aimed to protect the characteristics of residential homes in the neighborhood.
A Brooklyn man was killed in a hit-and-run accident at one of South Queens’ deadliest intersections over the weekend.
On Saturday at 3:15 a.m., police responded to a 911 call of a car accident at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard in Woodhaven. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a vehicle had struck Yunior Antonio Perez Rodriguez, 35, of Brooklyn as he crossed Woodhaven Boulevard from east to west.
Another speed bump was approved for a busy residential street in Woodhaven Tuesday night.
Community Board 9 voted unanimously to move forward with plans from the city Department of Transportation to construct a speed bump on 78th Street between Rockaway Boulevard and 91st Avenue.
Had enough of driving to the malls or searching the internet for the best gifts this holiday season? Then take a few minutes, maybe on your way home from work, to shop at your local commercial district this holiday season?
For over a century, Jamaica Avenue has attracted shoppers from Woodhaven and surrounding neighborhoods.
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association will host another public forum on the plans for the old Rockaway Beach rail line, which runs along 98th Street, abutting dozens of neighborhood homes.
The forum will be held on Monday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m., at Emanuel United Church of Christ at 91st Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. The meeting is open to the public, but only Woodhaven residents will be permitted to speak.
Public hearings and community input are lacking in the rollout of the QueensWay project, a proposed public greenway that will transform the former railroad-consisting of the 3.5 miles from Rego Park and Forest Hills down to Ozone Park.
There are grave concerns advocates for and against this project must take into consideration before the final draft is put up for a vote before the City Council. Feasibility studies must address the social, economic and environmental impact this project will have on all surrounding communities.
Woodhaven residents, especially those who live in the area of the line that runs parallel to 98th street in Woodhaven, are expectedly concerned about their continued safety and quality of life. The crime issue in Woodhaven and Ozone Park will only be aggravated, even if proposals to build gates and closure of the entrances are implemented, further overwhelming our precincts. These communities do not have a Civilian Observation Patrol, like G-COP in Glendale. We should respect and address the concerns of the 120 households who signed the petition to stop the project, which constitutes an overwhelming majority of homeowners living there.
Decisions must take into consideration the impact the project will have on the livelihoods and families of small business owners that occupy space below and adjacent to the train tracks. Many have been here for decades.
We need to know the effect the plan will have on PS 65, the Raymond York Elementary School and MS 137, America’s School of Heroes, and other area schools.
Many small business owners in the Aqueduct Flea market were forced to close due to Resorts World’s expansion, and it would be harsh to uproot and destroy others in our area — again. Moreover, any proposal must guarantee jobs and contracts to residents in the impacted communities.
We should also consider whether the MTA got it right, when its 20-year plan recommended that the rail line from Atlantic Avenue to Rockaway Boulevard should be left as is and eventually be used as a connection for an express line into Manhattan.
Proponents of the QueensWay who compare it to Manhattan’s High Line must research whether continuous sponsorship and maintenance is a realistic expectation, given the economic constraints, and the comparative paucity of large corporations and tourism in this area to offset such costs. None of us want to be saddled with a proverbial “pie in the sky.”
Illegally-parked trucks have been an ongoing concern throughout the communities served by the 102nd Precinct, and the precinct’s executive officer Matt Hanrahan told the community council Tuesday night that the police have been cracking down.
“This past Saturday night, we did a heavy tow operation,” Hanrahan said. “Three vehicles were towed, two tractor-trailers and a box truck, in the Atlantic Avenue-Woodhaven Boulevard vicinity. We also issued 20 summonses.”
Police arrested four men last month in Ozone Park who are accused of being members of the Latin King street gang.
The four men, whom police sources did not identify, were stopped and arrested at 88th Street and 95th Avenue in Ozone Park on Oct. 24.