Mayor de Blasio has selected another trustee for the Queens Library Board, this time appointing James Haddad, a litigation attorney, Forest Hills resident and father of four.
Responding to the controversy that has enveloped the Queens Library since the end of January, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) will on Wednesday introduce a package of six bills meant to strengthen the oversight of and increase the transparency of all three library systems in the city.
This morning elected officials, women's rights activists and Planned Parenthood representatives gathered on the second floor of an empty warehouse to celebrate the second phase of construction for the organization's, located at 41-21 45 Road in Long Island city, new health center.
ctims of domestic violence often need long-term shelter on very short notice.
And when they seek relocation in the city’s public housing system, they can run out of time before the New York City Housing Authority is prepared to make them a priority.
Despite the city and the Queens Development Group owning 95 percent of the property in Phase 1 for the Willets Point project, Community Board 7 expressed doubts that the development will run on schedule.
During a quarterly meeting, held on Oct. 8, where CBs 3 and 7 met with the QDG, Economic Development Corp. and borough president representatives, developers expressed optimistic enthusiasm for the eminent closing on outstanding parcels.
Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), center, cut the ribbon on the newest middle school annex in Jackson Heights on Oct. 9.
The addition to IS 230 on 74th Street and 34th Avenue, which officially opened in September, features science labs, an art studio, a library with computers, classrooms, an exercise room and a cafeteria.
In July, the state Department of Environmental Conservation issued an emergency 30-day permit to Omni Recycling, requiring all trains carrying municipal solid waste from Long Island be properly sealed and environmental monitors be present along the tracks, including at Fresh Pond Rail Yard in Glendale, among other improvements.
Now, numerous area elected officials are calling for such provisions to prevent the escape of pungent odors often given off by MSW into neighborhoods surrounding the tracks to become permanent.
Testing, testing, one, two, three ...
That’s what students do when they want to get into one of the city’s eight elite high schools — Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and the like, including, in this borough, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College.
With a recent holdup at the Queens Zoo and hot rodders speeding at a Meadow Lake parking lot, crime at Flushing Meadows Park has been in the spotlight lately.
But talk to Parks Department and NYPD officials and you’d never know that Queens’ premier greenspace has been rated the worst for crime out of 30 parks throughout the city.
Borough President Melinda Katz, seated center, celebrated Queens Restaurant Week on Tuesday at Neir’s Tavern in Woodside, joined, clockwise from left front, by Assemblyman Mike Miller, Seth Bornstein of the Queens Economic Development Corporation, Neir’s Owner Loycent Gordon, and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. Neir’s, which opened in 1829, is the oldest bar in the Borough of Queens.
“We heard this was the oldest tavern in Queens, and here we are,” Katz said.
Neir’s, which first opened in 1829, is one of more than 200 dining establishments running dinner and sometimes lunch specials in what Katz considers a promotion for Queens as well as the businesses.
Peter C. Mastrosimone’s article “Queens Library spent money on luxuries, NYC comptroller says” (Oct. 3, qchron.com) highlights a massive problem within the Queens Library. Instead of funding literacy programs and hiring qualified teachers such as myself, staffers such as suspended President and CEO Tom Galante are allowed to spend money on $1,000 dinners and baseball memorabilia.
This is so upsetting to me. One reason is that even as a volunteer tutor at the Queens Library’s Long Island City center branch, I wasn’t even given reimbursement for the $10 per week I spent on subway fare.
Our libraries these days are little more than havens for homeless people, with obnoxious staff, dark lighting, and not enough space for children to sit and read. It is so disheartening when I compare Queens libraries to those in Manhattan, such as the one located at 328 East 67 St. That branch includes the latest books, a huge children’s library, and educated, polite staff who are more than happy to help the library’s visitors.
As a lifelong Queens resident, I help fund the Queens Library with my tax dollars. I would appreciate the opportunity to work to help make it better and a source of pride for those that use it. However, becoming a member of the staff has been very frustrating, with most applications seemingly going into a black hole. Those running the library are too distracted allocating funds for personal use. Perhaps Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and whoever takes over now should become more involved in picking those running the daily operations.
This area of land had once been called Brooklyn and now it is officially Howard Beach.
The area was always marshy meadowlands loaded with mosquitoes. It was also the site of the Old Mill Yacht club, which can be seen to the far right of the photo.
Borough President Melinda Katz, speaking at a meeting of Community Board 10 last Thursday, said she has “reservations” about a proposed soccer stadium at Aqueduct Race Track.
Queens Restaurant Week kicked off on Monday and residents and lawmakers were more than ready to take advantage.
The event was held on the center green of The Shops at Atlas Park, where restaurants, including O’Neil’s Bar and Grill, Shiro Japanese Restaurant and California Pizza Kitchen offered up samples of some of their most popular dishes.
In 2009, New York enacted a law that mandates the state to translate and print ballots and all other voting materials in Russian, yet many eligible Russian-American voters who don’t speak English have been deprived from voting and are forced to return home because the state has never implemented the measure.
The translation rule was enacted in 2009 by former Gov. David Patterson. The state failed to translate voting materials in Russian, the third-most commonly spoken language in New York City, behind Chinese and Spanish, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey. Officials cited lack of funding as the reason.
The month-old Business Technology Early College High School celebrated its formal ribbon cutting last Friday with leaders from the Queens education and business communities and government in attendance.
The school, which opened in the Martin Van Buren High School building in Queens Village, right now teaches 124 freshmen with the goal of having them earn their high school diplomas as well as associate degrees in six years while creating the next generation of diverse leaders in business technology.
In what could be his harshest criticism of the mixed-development plan yet, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) has slammed the affordable housing rates for the Astoria Cove project.
According to the councilman, an “affordable” one-bedroom unit could cost $2,70 per month in rent, something Constantinides said is unacceptable.
“I think this is what, quite honestly, I was always afraid of,” Borough President Melinda Katz told the Queens Chronicle last Friday. “There was no transparency, nobody had any idea what was going on — and that’s completely unacceptable for an institution that’s so much funded by the taxpayers.”
Katz was referring to documents newly provided to city Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office, which show that the Queens Library under now-suspended President and CEO Tom Galante made what Stringer calls “a substantial number of questionable expenditures that may not be sufficiently related to the mission of the library.”
Borough President Melinda Katz is not on the Aqueduct soccer stadium bandwagon — at least not yet.
At Community Board 10 last Thursday in South Ozone Park, Katz said she “likes the idea” of a Major League Soccer stadium in Queens, but had “deep reservations” about siting it at Aqueduct, which she said is not easily accessible from other parts of the city.
What the critics suspected turns out to be true: Documents newly provided to city Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office show that the Queens Library under now-suspended President and CEO Tom Galante made what Stringer calls “a substantial number of questionable expenditures that may not be sufficiently related to the mission of the library.”
It’s no secret that New York City is a popular area to film in. From television shows to feature films, using the city as a backdrop is attractive to many directors and producers, and Queens has become a hotbed for production.
With Kaufman Studios in Astoria, Silvercup Studios in Long Island City and many other independent studios around the borough, the most diverse area in New York has been featured in some of the most popular shows and movies in recent years.
Despite reservations from Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Community Board 1, the City Planning Commission voted Monday in favor of the proposed Astoria Cove project.
The 1,723-unit mixed-use development got the go-ahead with 10 commissioners signing on, two abstaining and one granting partial approval.
The Metro Parrot Head Club likes to party with a purpose and its Bayside president is making sure that effort continues.
Fans of musician Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band are legendary. They attend his concerts dressed in tropical garb and many join one of the 200 Parrot Head clubs in the United States.
Several sources have confirmed that demolition of Aqueduct Race Track for a new soccer stadium is not off the table.
It was announced last month that Major League Soccer was looking at Aqueduct as a site for a soccer-specific stadium to host the New York City Football Club, an expansion team that will begin playing next year at Yankee Stadium.