An Auburndale house that has practically been engulfed by overgrown foliage has became a thorn in the side of neighbors on Utopia Parkway.
Built in 1925, the two-level residence at 32-51 Utopia Pkwy. was converted to two apartments about 20 years ago. Since then, the owner, Michael C. Lee, has received citations for the overgrown conditions and trash in the front yard as well as rats on the property.
Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez speaks during a discussion on a resolution stating the board’s opposition to Mayor de Blasio’s plan to legalize basement dwellings in an effort to add more affordable housing.
Community Board 9 members have a message for Mayor de Blasio: not in our basements.
Members of the board passed a resolution affirming the board’s opposition to a plan by the mayor to legalize basement dwellings as part of his plan to place or preserve an additional 200,000 units of affordable housing throughout the city.
When Joe Conley joined Community Board 2 in 1985, it wasn’t to become the area staple he is today.
“I joined because of the squeegee men in our area harassing residents,” Conley said reminiscently. “Since then, we’ve done some great things.”
Community Board 7 member Phil Konigsberg made the long trek from Bay Terrace to South Ozone Park last Thursday night in an effort to convince Community Board 10 members to pass a resolution that would encourage landlords to establish smoke-free units in new developments, a measure that his board passed in June.
“It’s basically a public health measure,” Konigsberg said during the public forum part of Community Board 10’s meeting.
(BPT) - One in five fatal accidents in America involves a drowsy driver, according to a recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Unfortunately, driving while fatigued is common in today’s business world. Yet the consequences of driving when you’re tired can be tragic.
(NewsUSA) - Millennials want to see the world. According to a study by Boston Consulting Group, Americans ages 18-34 reported a greater desire to travel abroad by a 23 percent margin. While the economy rebounds, travel spending by this group is up.
Fifty-four officers in six Police Department commands, including the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, are poised to begin a pilot program testing two different types of body cameras, the mayor announced Wednesday in College Point.
The 103rd and two other precincts in other boroughs will begin testing one type of camera Friday and three more precincts will begin testing the other next week.
A tour of Flushing Creek with area officials and Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd last week only tended to show the sharp differences in approach to cleaning up the polluted waterway.
While Lloyd is pushing for small steps, including rooftop gardens and bioswales to prevent minor flooding, Friends of Flushing Creek and Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) want another combined sewer overflow retention tank built and additional capacity added at the Tallman Island Treatment Plant.
Those with gripes and grievances about airplane noise and pollution met with Port Authority officials last week after a three-month hiatus to try once again to establish the structure and governance of a community aviation roundtable.
The governor ordered the Port Authority to create the roundtable over a year ago, but nothing has materialized because different groups from various impacted communities cannot agree on whether there should be one roundtable for the entire airspace or separate roundtables to address issues at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.
(BPT) - Are you ready to say goodbye to diapers, strollers and bottles? Are your kids starting school and becoming more self-sufficient?
The attorney for the owner of a proposed billiards hall in Woodhaven blasted Community Board 9 members for denying him and his client the opportunity to speak before voting to deny the establishment a liquor license.
“I am surprised at what happened here tonight,” attorney Franklin Genao said during the public forum part of the board’s meeting last Wednesday.
(Family Features) Everyone loves traditional holiday fare – mom’s stuffing, grandma’s sugar cookies, or that best-kept secret recipe that keeps friends and family coming back for more. But where does tradition end and boring begin?
(StatePoint) Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes and another 37 percent of U.S. adults have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(BPT) - A creepy-crawly feeling. An irresistible urge to move your legs. The inability to sit still for long periods of time. These are common complaints of those living with moderate-to-severe restless leg syndrome (RLS), a progressive and chronic condition that affects 2-3 percent of U.S. adults.
Borough President Melinda Katz, right, listens as Dr. Jessica Kattan, fourth from left, gives a presentation to the Queens Borough Board on Ebola preparedness and the science of the deadly disease on Monday at Borough Hall.
There is no need to panic, as the chances of an Ebola outbreak in the United States of America are miniscule.
The Centers for Disease Control, multiple other medical agencies and federal, state and city governments have made that declaration repeatedly over the last few months, citing this country’s advanced healthcare system and how the disease can only be transferred from person to person under certain circumstances.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, has some advice for anyone looking at the polls showing him far behind incumbent Democratic Gov. Cuomo: Don’t believe them.
“This race is going to be a lot closer than people think,” Astorino said.
(BPT) - New parents have plenty of concerns when it comes to raising a newborn, and pediatricians have heard them all. While some questions are unusual – “When can I feed my baby fast food?” or “Is it OK for my newborn baby to go kite surfing on my back?” – the most common ones are about the most basic of necessities: food.
Blackie the dog is in need of a home. Abandoned last August when his family moved, he was left behind in his Brooklyn backyard. Now a former neighbor is hoping to find someone to adopt him.
Cathy Pantaleno, 70, lived across the street from Blackie’s family until she moved to Jamaica three years ago. She kept in contact with the dog, frequently going back to her old neighborhood to play with Blackie and bring him food and water. Pantaleno came to care for the dog as if he were her own, but was unable to adopt him herself because she lives in a small apartment and has cats.