The city’s Office of Emergency Management last month published updated hurricane evacuation zones.
And while adjustments are slight from ones prepared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, OEM has been spending the last few weeks getting the message out about the new maps, and precautions Queens residents should exercise before a storm hits.
From the highest point on Vaughn College of Aeronautics’ East Elmhurst campus, students can get a clear view of their future.
The school’s “control tower” — an observation deck several stories high designed like an airport control tower looks down on busy Runway 4 at LaGuardia Airport. From here, the entire length of the runway can be seen, as can planes taking off and landing. Inside the observation deck are speakers which play a live feed of air traffic control at LaGuardia’s tower, less than a quarter mile away.
The largest flag of the day held by Mariano Fernandez, left, and Rafael Rodriguez as the marching contingent from Aviation High School passes by.
The Aviation High School Air Force Jr. ROTC marchers
• the star-spangled outfits of 8 year old Victoria Pipia, left, and her sister Julia, 5;
• the female veterans and widows waving to the crowd;
Just in time for Women’s History Month, Community Board 11 on March 3 elected an all-woman slate for its top four positions.
In what may be a first for community boards in Queens and definitely for CB 11, the new all-female leadership includes Chairwoman Christine Haider of East Flushing; First Vice Chairwoman Laura Jones of Little Neck; Second Vice Chairwoman Ocelia Claro of Bayside; and Third Vice Chairwoman Eileen Miller of Bayside.
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.
From the perspective of many north and northeast Queens residents, 2013 was a good year for developers and not so great for the average citizen, who had to put up with increased airplane noise, overcrowded schools and more from College Point to Little Neck.
Like any year, 2013 brought many changes, but the overriding story here is Flushing Meadows Park, which has been bombarded on all fronts with some unpopular projects as the New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair continues to suffer from neglect.
Elections and new laws adopted in 2013 promised sweeping changes across the city’s horizon in 2014, with a new mayor, a new City Council, and an uncertain future for policies on education, law enforcement and city finances.
It could be said that 2013 was a good year to be a political junkie in New York City with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio being elected mayor, and Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner enjoying short-lived political comeback tours.
It also proved to be a bad year to be a school advocate, a Republican seeking elective office or former state Sen. Shirley Huntley.