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The new wooden fence partially constructed at the vacant lot on Cross Bay Boulevard, just north of the Belt Parkway, where work on a strip mall will begin soon.
In the last few years we have spent tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions of dollars repaving the Belt Parkway. This winter has caused enormous damage to the parkway. In some places this is the first winter after repaving.
This seems like a disgrace to me. Germany has more severe winters then we do and no speed limit on the autobahn, but it does not suffer the damage that our roads do.
Why? Is the quality of our work so inferior? Are the materials we use so inferior? Is the strata of soil beneath the parkway, and all the roads, so weak that it cannot support them, or is there another reason for such quick and massive deterioration?
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg joined a roadway maintenance crew in Queens today to announce a comprehensive plan to battle the historic wear-and-tear on streets and highways as the extreme winter weather continues.
The 106th Precinct community was hit by a rash of car thefts in January – 21 for the past 28 days compared to 12 reported for the same period last year, according to the Precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff. He revealed the statistics in an emailed statement issued last Sunday. Most of the thefts have occurred in Ozone Park and South Ozone Park.
Schiff said that 20 of the car thefts have occurred north of the Belt Parkway and within a block or two of Cross Bay Boulevard, Liberty Avenue, Rockaway Boulevard, Lefferts Boulevard or North Conduit Avenue. One theft occurred one block south of South Conduit Avenue. He said the sites of the robberies suggest the thieves were scouting locations where fleeing the neighborhood would easy.
In his State of the State address on Jan. 8, Gov. Cuomo said the state has talked too long about modernizing LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports without the action to back it up.
He said it is time for that to change, even going so far as to have the state take over construction management of LaGuardia’s new central terminal from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Tolls existed at New York City’s East River crossings until 1911, and reinstating them in some form has long been a topic of conversation.
Now state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) wants to end the discussion — permanently.
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.
As the leadership of the Rockwood Park Jewish Center and the on-site caterer accused of hosting parties behind the temple’s back battle in a courtroom, residents who are fed up with the often-wild parties at the Howard Beach house of worship have taken their concerns directly to the area’s top cop.
A handful of residents attended the Nov. 13 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council to complain directly to the precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, about the parties held in the center’s catering hall on Saturday nights.
The new sewer pipe would be build from 150th and South Conduit avenues, under the Belt Parkway to South Conduit Avenue where it will connect with the pipeline to the Jamaica Water Treatment Plant.
The Department of Environmental Protection will undergo a massive sewer project next year that aims to reduce sewer overflow into Bergen Basin, a tributary of Jamaica Bay that runs into the western side of JFK Airport.
At the core of the project is the construction of a new sewer line under the Belt Parkway at 126th Street to supplement already existing, nearly century-old sewer lines that are often overwhelmed during heavy rains. The pipes connect the sewers of South Ozone Park to the Jamaica Water Treatment Plant in JFK Airport before releasing the treated water into Bergen Basin.
The developer of a planned hotel near JFK Airport say their project will not do the community any harm, but a cautious Community Board 10, mindful of its lack of input on other hotel projects along the Belt Parkway and the situation at the former Skyway Motel, now a men’s homeless shelter, are not rushing to approve a zoning variance to allow it.
The hotel is planned for a triangle zoned for manufacturing between 149th and 150th avenues and 132nd Street in South Ozone Park. The location at 132-10 149 Ave. is directly across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn, JFK Sheraton and the Skyway men’s shelter, where a number of registered sex offenders live. Because of the manufacturing zoning, the hotel’s developer would need a variance to construct the building. The location is one block south of the Belt Parkway and about a quarter of a mile west of the main entrance to JFK Airport.
St. Barnabas Church in Howard Beach lost a lot in Hurricane Sandy, but the congregation’s faith was not among the items taken by the storm.
A little more than a year after Sandy’s storm surge destroyed the church’s basement and events space in the adjacent parish house, Bishop Robert Rimbo of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America joined congregants to rededicate the sanctuary at 159-19 98 St. on Saturday.
The sky was clear, the winds were calm, the sounds of a regular evening in Howard Beach — airplane engines overhead and cars whizzing past on the Belt Parkway — were the norm for a typical October evening.
But one year ago, none of that was true. One year ago Tuesday night, Howard Beach was a very different place, literally struggling to stay above water as Hurricane Sandy’s full might took the neighborhood by complete surprise.
Autumn may be upon us, but Howard Beach children are already preparing for the springtime.
On Sunday, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder joined with Girl Scouts Troop #4286 and Troop #4165 to beautify the entrance to the neighborhood by planting over a hundred daffodil bulbs at the welcome sign on Cross Bay Boulevard and the Belt Parkway.
The two community boards that cover South Queens gave their stamp of approval to the planned rezoning of Ozone Park and parts of South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, the first in more than half a century.
Community Board 10, which the vast majority of the rezoning includes, unanimously approved the plan last Thursday while Community Board 9, which includes all of South Queens north of 103rd Avenue, voted in favor of the rezoning on Tuesday night.
Her eyes on the passing cars, an elderly woman stands on the curb on the southwest corner of Cross Bay Boulevard and 156th Avenue, waiting for the red hand to change to the gray silhouette of a man walking. Finally, it does, and she steps into the street and begins her safe trek across the wide, busy boulevard. She gets only to the second southbound lane when suddenly the clock starts counting down
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Centreville Street is a well-known, mostly residential street in Ozone Park. The most popular of the neighborhood “back roads” — secondary streets used by residents to access the Belt Parkway without having to use congested corridors like Cross Bay and Lefferts boulevards — Centreville has two segments, one between the Belt and Pitkin Avenue and another between Linden and Rockaway boulevards, separated by the A train viaduct.
If you’re telling yourself “This stupid reporter spelled the street name wrong!” keep reading, because he didn’t.
Gary Zammett Sr. left his house in Canarsie on Wednesday evening to go to Howard Beach to buy a slice of cheesecake for his wife, Celeste. He hopped on his bike and pedaled across the borough border.
Less than two hours later he was dead at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.
It’s been almost three years since the flea market at Aqueduct Race track, a southern Queens staple for decades, was forced to close due to the construction of Resorts World Casino New York City.
But if you thought that meant the end of good deals and quick finds, you’d be wrong. The flea market is still alive — and growing — just across the border in Brooklyn in a new site with a new, though recognizable, name.
Members of the Howard Beach Kiwanis Club grabbed their shovels and other gardening tools and got their hands dirty earlier this year in an effort to beautify the neighborhood still struggling to fully recover from Hurricane Sandy.
Taking their skills — and a bed of pansies and marigolds — to a bare patch of dirt around a tree near the intersection of Cross Bay Boulevard and the Belt Parkway, Kiwanians Frank Ladone, left, Dino Bono, the Rev. Ronald Joseph and his son, and Howard Beach Kiwanis President Ed Tudisco, stepped in to help add a piece of beauty to the neighborhood.
Most of Howard Beach is now in the first priority evacuation area for hurricanes, according to new city maps that identify zones to be evacuated in the event of another major storm. The maps, which increased the number of zones from three to six, add another 600,000 people citywide into areas that could be evacuated in case of another hurricane, including tens of thousands in Queens neighborhoods originally not in the zones like Elmhurst, Woodhaven and Jamaica.
According to the city, just under three million people — more than a third of the city’s total population on — lives in an evacuation zone.
Inez Hawkins, president of the PTA at PS 52 in Springfield Gardens, had a direct message for the NYPD and the city Department of Transportation at a community meeting on Tuesday.
“We don’t want our children getting killed,” she said.
People who live near the Rockwood Park Jewish Center, Howard Beach’s only Orthodox synagogue, have a message for its rabbi:
This is a residential neighborhood, not a place for nightclubs.
A woman was killed after being hit by a motorcycle while crossing the Belt Parkway between Ozone Park and Howard Beach just before noon on Tuesday.
Police responded to calls of a pedestrian struck on the Belt Parkway near the North Conduit Avenue exit — between Cohancy Street and Cross Bay Boulevard — at 11:54 a.m.
Burned plants near 78th Street and the Belt Parkway in Howard Beach where firefighters discovered two bodies after responding to a brush fire on March 6.