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The proposed 125-family homeless shelter slated for 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale has received the backing of the city and the Department of Homeless Services, angering area elected officials and civic leaders.
A $27 million dollar contract between the city and Samaritan Village, a Briarwood-based human services agency, to establish the homeless shelter will be discussed at a public hearing on the mezzanine level of the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Center Street at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
For better or worse, for much of the world outside of Queens, the borough is symbolized by a man who never existed: Archie Bunker. The star character of television’s “All in the Family,” one of the most popular and highly regarded shows ever made, was a gruff, blue-collar guy, old-fashioned and more than a little racist and sexist, but one who often did the right thing in the end, even if he had to be brought there kicking and screaming by his wife, Edith.
Actor Carroll O’Connor’s portrayal of Bunker was doubtlessly the key reason TV Guide ranked him the 38th greatest television star of all time in 1996. It later named Bunker himself the fifth greatest TV character ever.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) had her hands full on Tuesday night.
In a heated debate for the 30th district’s City Council seat, Crowley and first-time Republican challenger Craig Caruana faced off in a nasty battle of accusations and verbal attacks that drowned out discussions of substance and plans for the district’s future.
The historical mural at City Tech and one of its saviors, Professor Bob Holden of Middle Village, who could see it from his office window at the college.
City Councilman and Queens borough president candidate Peter Vallone Jr., left, stands with civic leader Tony Nunziato, Juniper Park Civic Association First Vice President Lorraine Sciulli and President Bob Holden near the site of the proposed family homeless shelter in Glendale on Friday.
Glendale residents may soon have a new green space to enjoy.
The Community Board 5 Transportation Committee voted in favor of placing a pedestrian plaza on Myrtle Avenue near the 71st Avenue intersection on Aug. 28.
The fight over a proposed family homeless shelter in Glendale got the attention of Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), a Democratic candidate for borough president.
Vallone gathered with residents and civic leaders from Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth near the site of the proposed 125-family shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. on Friday to demand the proposal be killed.
There has been an uptick in robberies in the 104th Precinct and officers are doing their best to keep the streets of their community safe.
Most recently, a crew of bank robbers used a stolen Caterpillar backhoe to lift an ATM from a Chase bank in Maspeth last Friday morning. The group got as far as the parking lot when the machine slipped through the backhoe’s grip. The suspects fled in a black SUV leaving the machine and the ATM in the lot.
The Department of Environmental Protection recently began testing areas throughout Queens where the city wants to insert curbside gardens called bioswales that will help absorb storm water. But some residents are not happy with the project.
“I don’t see why we need it,” Sharron Bates, a Rego Park resident, said. “I understand that the intention is good and that it’ll help the environment, but I don’t think we need any more construction projects than we already have.”
Every other day, Bob Holden is out at Juniper Valley Park, cutting the grass on the baseball fields where the area’s Little Leaguers play.
It’s labor, but for Holden it’s a labor of love.
Bob Holden, third from right, was honored at All Faiths Cemetery for his contributions to the community during a June 15 ceremony. He is joined here, before the General Slocum memorial, by a Coast Guard representative, left, former State Sen. Serf Maltese, All Faiths President Dan Austin, German Deputy Consul General Jochen Wolter, All Faiths Beautification & Restoration President Dan Austin Jr. and Fire Marshall William Kregler. Wolter presided over the ceremony, which each year commemorates the deaths of more than 1,000 German-Americans aboard the steamship General Slocum.
The Juniper Park Civic Association is not happy with the approach of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) and the city to cleaning up the district and has decided to take one matter into its own hands.
At the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, there is an abandoned newsstand that has been an eyesore for about 10 years. In 2009, Crowley held a press conference calling on the Metropolitan Transit Authority and Long Island Rail Road to allow the community to demolish the newsstand and create a temporary green space in its place.
This abandoned newsstand has been boarded up for almost a decade, and in 2009, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley promised to have the stand taken down and put a green space in its place. Civic leader Bob Holden said the councilwoman never follows through.
Three million dollars will be secured in the state budget for a freight locomotive engine upgrade to combat pollution, area lawmakers say.
“This is the first win in what will be an ongoing fight to protect the health of countless families in Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island,” Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) said.
The storefronts on Woodhaven Boulevard between 63rd Road and Dana Court in Rego Park have been vacant for almost two years and with no sign of new businesses moving in, residents are becoming impatient.
The strip, which can hold at least 10 businesses, is home to only one. Bridie’s Restaurant, located at 63-28 Woodhaven Blvd. which has currently been re-painted, is the only business occupant on the block.
Construction at the Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is harming 150-year-old trees there.
Along Vermont Place, construction for the “Ridgewood Reservoir Project,” which will provide new pathways, more handicap accessibility and lighting, as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC is underway, but with tools, machines and debris weighing on the ground, civic leaders and tree experts are worried what the arboreal effect will be.
A New York City Buildings Department program tasked with finding illegally converted apartments in Queens has done little to improve its job performance since 2009, based on the results of an audit released last week.
The report, issued by the office of City Comptroller John Liu, states that the DOB’s Queens Quality of Life Unit is losing ground on enforcement and followup visits on complaints when its inspectors cannot gain access to a building. The process requires either an owner’s permission or a warrant.
Middle Village resident Carl Burner, shown here at his 109th Birthday party in 2011, died on Monday.
He would have turned 111 on Jan. 27,
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio last week sued the Bloomberg administration to force it to release records on fines charged to small businesses for code violations. City revenue from fines has nearly doubled during Mayor Bloomberg’s 10 years in office to nearly $820 million, according to de Blasio, a candidate for mayor in 2013.
Like many small business owners and merchant advocates, de Blasio contends that the city is issuing too many violations in some areas to increase revenue from fines. The mayor frequently boasts of keeping the budget balanced without raising taxes, but many critics contend he has managed that largely through the imposition of too many fines, especially those charged to families and small businesses.
By definition, the city’s Department of Investigation tends to keep a low profile in its day-to-day operations.
So it was uncharacteristic last week when the department touted a record year for investigations and enforcement in the fiscal year ending June 30.
Residents who live near the Fresh Pond railroad yards are livid over a ruling last week by the state Department of Environmental Conservation that will greatly increase the amount of city trash that gets shipped through Maspeth, Glendale and Middle Village.
The DEC has given approval for Waste Management to increase the amount of garbage that it takes in at its transfer station at 38-22 Review Ave. in Long Island City.
FedEx broke ground on its $56 million distribution center in Long Island City on June 22. The 140,000-square-foot automated distribution center is scheduled to open in August 2013.
“This is an encouraging trend of businesses moving to Long Island City,” Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) said.
Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) brought his campaign for Congress to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s backyard last Thursday.
Standing at the former site of St. Saviour’s Church in Maspeth, Lancman held a press cnference to say eminent domain would be completely justified in an effort to create a park where the old church stood for more than a century.
Queens civic leaders are hailing Councilman Mark Weprin’s proposed legislation that would triple fines for illegally posted signs on public property.
The Oakland Gardens Democrat announced last week that he will introduce legislation to deter the proliferation of signs on utility poles, trees and street lights. He particularly pointed to the recent increase of such signage along Hillside Avenue in Bellerose.
Assemblyman and Democratic Congressional candidate Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) acknowledges that some progress has been made at state and neighborhood levels to help alleviate noise and air pollution generated by the rail yards in Middle Village and Glendale.
But residents want more.